Tuesday, October 27, 2015


The consumption of probiotics, which are the live bacteria found  in yogurt, kefir, miso soup, and sauerkraut, among other foods—can lower blood pressure to a modest degree, according to the results of a new meta-analysis.
The reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressure were approximately 3.5 and 2.4 mm Hg, respectively. There were larger reductions among individuals with elevated blood pressure at baseline and those who consumed multiple probiotic species.
"However, even a small reduction of blood pressure may have important public-health benefits and cardiovascular consequences," states Dr Saman Khalesi (Griffith University, Australia) in the article published July 21, 2014 in Hypertension.
Researchers point out that the Heart Outcomes Prevention Evaluation (HOPE) study showed a 22% relative reduction in risk of cardiovascular mortality, MI, or stroke.
The current meta-analysis included nine clinical trials with 543 participants. Probiotic species varied among the trials.
In addition to the mean systolic blood pressure reduction of 3.5 mm Hg, investigators note that five studies reported a significant reduction of over 5 mm Hg in systolic blood pressure after participants consumed probiotics. The 2.4-mm-Hg overall reduction in diastolic blood pressure was significant but appears to be driven by one study in which an 8-mm-Hg reduction in diastolic blood pressure was observed.
For those who ate more than one probiotic species, the reduction in systolic blood pressure was 5.8 mm Hg. Those who consumed probiotics for more than eight weeks had a 4.9-mm-Hg reduction in systolic blood pressure.
"These findings, along with results from [another] meta-analysis on the beneficial effect of probiotics on the lipid profile, suggest that probiotics may be used as a potential supplement for future interventions to prevent hypertension or improve blood-pressure control," conclude Khalesi et al. Future studies are needed, however, to clarify the effects of different products with different probiotic species on blood pressure.
Probiotics have many benefits and it now appears that a reduction in blood pressure can be added to that list. Consider adding probiotics to your balanced diet. 

We have three chiropractors here at Family First Chiropractic. To schedule an appointment, call us at 403-347-3261. Our website is www.family1stchiro.ca. We are located in Red Deer, 142 Erickson Dr.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Vitamin D

Food Sources of Vitamin D
Although few foods contain Vitamin D naturally, some foods are fortified with it, which means that the vitamin is added to the food. Foods that contain vitamin D include.

  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Egg yolk
  • Shrimp
  • Milk
  • Cereal
  • Yogurt
  • Orange Juice
It can be hard to get enough Vitamin D each day through sun exposure and food alone, so taking vitamin D supplements can help especially in the long winter months.
How Much Do You Need
Children and Teens: 600 IU
Adults up to age 70: 600IU
Adults over 70: 800IU
Pregnant or Breastfeeding women: 600IU

Guy Lacoursiere RMT is in on Mon, Wed-Friday. To book with him call 403-347-3261. www.family1stchiro.ca Family First Chiropractic. 142 Erickson Dr, Red Deer. T4R2C3

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


CranioSacral Therapy and Birth
You may have planned and hoped for a natural vaginal delivery but what happens if complications arise during birth? These complications during labour may result in your baby being delivered by:
·         Caesarean-section (C-section).
·         With the help of vacuum pump or suction.
·         With the help of Forceps
Interventions, when necessary, often save lives. In my experience with CranioSacral Therapy - it helps to eliminate, or minimize, complications that arise as a result of these types of deliveries.
With CranioSacral Therapy, I work on the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect a person's brain and spinal cord, extending from the bones of the skull (which make up the cranium) down to the tailbone area (or sacrum).
The role of this system in the development and performance of the brain and spinal cord is so vital that an imbalance or dysfunction in it can cause sensory, motor and/or neurological disabilities
A CranioSacral Therapist uses a touch generally no heavier than the weight of a nickel. Skilled practitioners can monitor this rhythm at key body points to pinpoint the source of an obstruction or stress. Once a source has been determined, they can assist the natural movement of the fluid and related soft tissue to help the body self-correct.
I have noticed that most babies (and mums too!) often need assistance following the effects of a difficult labour. One of the reasons for this is that in the ideal birth situation, nature has designed a baby's skull to be compressed as it travels through the birth canal during a vaginal birth.
Babies born by C-section miss out on this vital compression (which helps balance the cranial bones) through the birth canal. Babies born with the use of forceps or vacuum often experience undue stress on the head and face and strain patterns can often develop in their bodies. The euphoria of your baby's safe arrival can mask the stress that your baby has experienced. But soon problems can arise.
With Craniosacral Therapy I use specific, gentle touch techniques to assess, resolve and eliminate the restrictions that cause these problems. The light pressure creates deep change - releasing restrictions in the baby's tissue that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. This intervention encourages the infant's body toward a natural alignment.
With Craniosacral Therapy I use specific, gentle touch techniques to assess, resolve and eliminate the restrictions that cause these problems. The light pressure creates deep change - releasing restrictions in the baby's tissue that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. This intervention encourages the infant's body toward a natural alignment.
During the treatment the baby often naturally needs to cuddle, feed or cry as balance is restored and emotion is released in the body. Mums and Dads often feel a sense of relaxation as the baby's CranioSacral system returns to optimum function.

I have found that treatment with CranioSacral therapy benefits all babies following birth - but it is highly recommended for babies who have had birth complications - including Caesarean Sections.

Jeannette Raskin is at Family First Chiropractic on Wednesday evenings and Saturdays. To book an appointment call 403-347-3261. 142 Erickson Dr, Red Deer, AB, www.family1stchiro.ca

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Treating Mom and Baby

Treating Mom and Baby with CranioSacral Therapy

All moms want the best for their children.  We will do anything for our children, often forgetting our own needs.  I often see mothers bring in their baby or child with problems hoping that I can help.  I love treating children because we often see results quickly, if not immediately.  I tell parents the sooner you bring your child in for a treatment the better.  The thing we often forget as adults is to treat ourselves.  The stress of taking care of a newborn or sick child reflects in our bodies as well.  Giving birth is a traumatic experience, not only for the baby, but for the mother as well.  I like to recommend to new moms to try and find at least an hour to give to yourself to help release some of the trauma of birth.  Your child will benefit from your treatment as well.  At the very least CranioSacral therapy will help you relax and get your body to heal faster.  You will be a better and more relaxed mom for it. 
Jeannette Raskin RMT CST practices at Family First Chiropractic and Wellness
For an appointment call 403-347-3261. www.family1stchiro.ca 142 Erickson Dr, Red Deer, AB,