Living a Flu-Free Lifestyle and Morton's Neuroma

Living a Flu-Free Lifestyle and Morton's Neuroma
The Spine Who Nagged Me
Living a Flu-Free Lifestyle and Morton's Neuroma
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Episode 16 November 14, 2022 00:18:14

Hosted By

Dr. Chase Horton

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The guys reveal easy lifestyle hacks to avoid the flu and discuss natural treatments for Morton's Neuroma. Plus, a Baby Horton update.

 

 

Dr. Chase Horton Website

Rocky Ridge Chiropractic Website

 

 

 

*Disclaimer* This podcast is not to be used as personal medical advice. Speak with your personal healthcare practitioner.

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Speaker 1 00:00:20 Flu season. Speaker 2 00:00:23 Yes. It's upon us. And man, they having been showing up, uh, in droves for the last couple weeks. Speaker 1 00:00:30 Oh, I've had so many patients having to reschedule because they've come down with the flu or whatever the bug is that's going around. I saw something the other day. It said, We live in a country that considers or that has a flu season when in actuality it's just a lack of sunlight. The season where we have a sugar holiday, which is Halloween with a feast holiday, which is Thanksgiving with another feast holiday, which is Christmas, which is just eating a bunch of junk food and then considering it flu season, when in actuality we're just bombarding our bodies with the, with the too much stuff. Speaker 2 00:01:07 It shoots your immune system. Season is what it is. Speaker 1 00:01:10 Shoots your immune Speaker 2 00:01:11 System season and yeah. And that low, you know, and of course it gets dark early and we're missing that vitamin D three that we get from the sunshine. It's so important to help boost the immune system. It's time to, uh, crank up the immune system, start thinking about prevention. Speaker 1 00:01:28 Yeah. They call it seasonal effective disorder. They have a, you know, they have a name for it, so it must be real, but really it's just a lack of vitamin D you know, they call it the winter, the winter blues. Yeah. And really it's a lack of vitamin D that affects everything from your, uh, your mood to your immune system. Speaker 2 00:01:44 And last week I wanted to go to bed at eight o'clock, you know, it's just a little too early, but when it gets dark at five, of course there's a little bit of, um, the blues associated with that too. You know, I think we talked about the penal gland and how it's just, you know, it's time. It gets dark, it's time to shut it down. Speaker 1 00:02:01 It's like a trade off Now when, when we walk out the door or the office at the end of the day it's dark, but at least when I get up to go to the gym, now I have some light. Yeah, Speaker 2 00:02:09 That's the bright side of that, especially for us early risers. I tell you what folks, this is what we need to do. So let's talk about a protocol. Let's, uh, you know, when it comes that time, cause you know, you were talking about there again, you get your patients who, uh, they're down, right? They just really don't feel like coming in and getting themselves taken care of in most people's mind, which is understandable. Stay home, take care of yourself, hibernate, however, yes. But this is the time when you wanna make sure you keep your upper cer cervicals well adjusted because that immune system chain starts right there at c2. So all the more reason this time of year to make sure that the nervous system is functioning maximum because there's a direct correlation between that nervous system and the immune system. So make sure you stay fine tuned this time of year in the upper cervical area as well. Speaker 1 00:02:53 Yeah, that's a, a really good way to help make sure that your whole body's working on all the cylinders. But we, we need to talk about how to avoid the flu here because it's hitting us hard right now. The flu is in full force and any mainstream source will tell you, Oh, just get your flu shot. Well let's talk about that. The number one thing about the flu shot is that well at best it's only 17% effective. So they say, and I think that might even be a bit of an overstatement because we all have that friend who gets the flu shot every year and gets the flu every year. So what's, I don't understand the logic there never have. But it's a mindset. It's a mindset of the entire medical system. It's, it has to be something external to make me healthy. But we know that health comes from the inside out. Speaker 1 00:03:42 And that goes back to your lifestyle choices. So number one, even though it's cold outside, still get some sunlight. You can make it happen. Make sure that you're eating whole fruits and vegetables. Make sure you're still getting in some exercise. And that doesn't necessarily have to be in a gym. It can be just walking, you know, 8,200 steps a day is the magic number for longevity. Make sure you're drinking all your water. Make sure you're getting at least eight hours of sleep a night. Drink at least half your body weight and ounces of water. And those are the only doctors you need is the one that's right inside your body right there. And the way that you allow your body to thrive is by taking care of it with lifestyle habits. Speaker 2 00:04:22 And if you get outside to exercise, chances are very good chance you're gonna get some D three while you're out there. This is a dummy year when I'll up my D three a little bit just because we can't guarantee we're gonna get those hours cuz there's short hours outside now. So if you're supplementing with D three this or if you're not, this was a good time to consider that. Do everything you can to keep that immune system boosted. I love UEX from standard process. It has uh, all those antioxidants in there and it has that really key component that I found was like the magic bullet with the uh, the C was that, um, the T-cell stimulator has a thymus gland within the IMEX Pro supplement itself that is gonna boost the T-cell. That's gonna help fight off any infection. That's why I love this product for prevention this time of year. Uh, I use another product called Conex. Once size start to develop symptoms or my patients should I say start to develop symptoms and I wanna put those out very quickly then that's Conex. Conex is viral or bacterial. It makes no difference. The infection, it's gonna help to knock that outta the system very quickly and get you back on your feet again. Speaker 1 00:05:30 Right? So those are some supplements that we can take to help fight off illness in the long term. That's good stuff. And it just makes me think about the mentality of someone who looks to external sources for health. But like we were saying earlier, it comes down to your habits. A farmer doesn't plant corn and expect roses to grow. The habits that you have are gonna create the level of health that you have. So that's what we're talking about here is supplementation, nutrition, movement and exercise, sleep, water intake. Those are the keys to good health. And that goes back to immune system. That goes back to avoiding the flu. It has nothing to do with taking the flu shot. Speaker 2 00:06:19 This is that season when all those things sort of, uh, they become a a back burner. Which is sad cuz this is when we need 'em the most, like you were saying earlier, you start off with how the ween is sugar. You go right into Thanksgiving, everybody's over eating, laying up and watching football and it rolls right into Christmas. And again, we are cold weather, we're inside, we're together with family if we're lucky, same time we're over consuming basically a sugar carbohydrate diet and we are just predisposing ourselves to the inevitable. I'll tell you another really interesting thing, uh, with this system, this flu season is remember we just came outta Covid. Everybody was on lockdown, right? Masks, nobody was getting acclimated to societies, bugs out there. And I think our immune systems took a major hit. A lot of children wound up being affected by this particular strain this time. Speaker 2 00:07:23 And I think that's because of the fact that they weren't in school, they weren't being exposed to each other. And now we gotta pay the piper. It's a new year coming up. Get ourselves healthy, keep that immune system boosting. Get out and get yourselves some exercise. Even if it's like you were saying, take a walk, take a five minute walk, get yourself outside if you're lunch, break at work, do that. Think a little bit more about what you're putting in the body. Cause there's gonna be the holidays. Everybody tends to put on a few more pounds here. It's okay, you know, you know it's going happen. If it happens, get back on track quickly. Know that your health is going to pay for it though. So what fun is the holiday seasons if you're laid up. Speaker 1 00:08:03 Speaking of exercise and getting your steps in, uh, what's going on with the foot. Speaker 2 00:08:10 Oh yes, we've gotta talk about the Morton's neuro, which, um, guess who developed myself now what is a Morton's neuro, Well lemme put it this way. I like to describe it as a pissed off ball of nerves in the ball of the foot. Typically found. Well, typically in women, uh, women tend to wear a lot more high heeled shoes. And they're very often the pointed toe type that push the toes together. Now, honestly promise you that wasn't the ideology behind my Morton's neuro. And that's the first time I've ever experienced one. And I tell you what, it was very, very, very, very uncomfortable. Cause I was kind of putting it off, trying to walk around it. It's a pain that's usually found between the big toe and the toe next to it and is been slightly more common than next toe over. Speaker 1 00:09:11 Tell tell us how this is different than plantar fasciitis. How, if a patient has foot pain, how can they differentiate between a Morton's neuro and plantar fasciitis Speaker 2 00:09:20 Location? That Morton's neuro is usually gonna be in the ball, the foot, right. The plantar fascia usually runs back towards the hill and the pain is a little bit more in the insertion of the fascia into the, to the heel. So it's, and also more. And the plantar fas tends to be more in the arch. So we're, Speaker 1 00:09:37 So plantar fasciitis is medial arch while Morton's zoma is more in transverse arch, Speaker 2 00:09:42 Well below the transverse arch distal, I'm sorry, towards the toe from the transverse arch actually. Speaker 1 00:09:48 So let's use some terms that everybody knows. Speaker 2 00:09:51 Big toe. Take the big toe, take that crease in the big toe and go up towards your ankle about an inch, maybe two at the most, right in between the, the big toe bone there and the, the second toe. And then slide over on top of that second toe into the third toe. And that's usually a very hot spot and it's more tender on the bottom of the foot. And I tell you, if you've ever had one of these, you'll know because when your patient comes in and you hit it, they will yelp and they will pull away. Now I've known a two female patients of mine. One was a physician, she was an eye doctor and they both wound up with the surgery for it and had extremely bad outcomes. My eye doctor, she wound up on a one of those little, one-legged, almost like a scooter scooter and six months I think, or circle. Speaker 2 00:10:50 She had the infection and they wound up having to go in a couple times. She said she'll never do that again. So that's not the first treatment protocol you wanna go for because there are treatment and what you did on my foot the other day, I'm telling you it's 90 plus percent effective and it's almost, the relief is almost immediate. You worked on me on I would the Monday and Tuesday morning, 90 plus percent of that was gone. Um, I should have had you hit it again on Wednesday and we got busy and didn't get around to it. So I'm back to about, oh, 30% of where I was before you worked, done on a Monday. So we're, I'm gonna get you to work on it again today. Speaker 1 00:11:32 So usually within two sessions you're Speaker 2 00:11:34 Good to go. It's amazing. It's amazing for so many people. And um, I mean it's just basically you adjusted my feet and then you did some cross friction work in the, uh, fascia between the toes and ww back to it. Um, when I was in the gym and I was performing toe raises, I think that's when I was really just agitating it. But I'm pretty sure I probably acquiring it from, um, cutting my grass. You know, I live up on that side of that hill and I'm always chasing that self-propelled lawnmower mine because I forget to, you know, take my hand off of the self-propelled part when I'm going down the hill. So <laugh>, I think I made a turn there and I think I was on a high angle where I usually have my yard guy when he comes in, which is like every month or so just to hit the, these spots that, that uh, I tend not to tackle. And I think I got a little steep on one of 'em, got a little agitated and decided I was gonna tackle it. And I think that's probably where I first tore it. And, um, then I, uh, you know, just like most people do, walked on the outside of my foot for a while thinking it would go away. Yeah. Heard that one before. Right? So anyway, not to chase, shout out for getting me through that one. And that's just another one of those things. Chiropractor Morton's Neuro. I never, I know that's why you're Speaker 1 00:13:01 Talking to us. It's on a joint. We specialize in joints and it doesn't matter the joint, it's not just spine, it's it's joints in general that we work on. So if you're having elbows, wrists, knees, joints in the foot, Speaker 2 00:13:13 Yes. Anything. And if your chiropractor's not doing it, hopefully they will. And if they don't, well we're right down the road around the corner. So let's just not limit at all to the spine people. We are joint specialist. All right my friend. What else you got for me? Speaker 1 00:13:29 We could do a Baby Charlotte update. Speaker 2 00:13:31 Let's do it. Yes. Bob baby Charlotte. What we week three, Speaker 1 00:13:35 Now we are today. She's a month Speaker 2 00:13:38 Old. Month old. Yeah. I tell you dude, watch yourself, watch yourself next month it'll be a year old. And, uh, <laugh>, I'm telling you, watch out. Speaker 1 00:13:49 It feels like it is absolutely flying by. But so far she's grown about two inches. Okay. She's up to probably seven pounds by now. Cause she born a little bit light. She's very good. She's very cute. And she gets very active at night. That's when Julie comes alive. So Katie's bobbing and weaving with the punches, but it's an experience and I I'm enjoying it and I'm not taking it for granted, like we talked about because like you said, in the blink of an eye, she's driving even though it was ch it's challenging and uh, it's, it's definitely disrupted our peaceful routine that we had established for years. But it's, uh, it's a new experience and I'm, I'm soaking it in. Speaker 2 00:14:30 You know, it's funny when with my first starter Bella and people would tell me, Now Joey, you know, it's gonna change you. And I thought, well, you know, no, I'm gonna still be the same. It's just, you know, bringing a child in. Um, it'll all still be the same old, same old and no baby's gonna change and you know, Yes. For the better, I have to say. Absolutely. Um, not that I had far to go to get there, but, uh, yeah, it is, it's amazing. It's a change. It's a beautiful change, you know, Accept it. Yes. It's um, it's an opportunity in life that sadly some people don't get the chance to, uh, to raise a child, you know, to, um, basically, um, preach sermon every day. Speaker 1 00:15:13 Yes. I, I gotta give a huge shout out to obviously Katie and also my mom and Katie's mom. Oh yes. Because my mom's staying with us most of the time. Katie's mom's there during the day almost every day. And without them it would've felt a lot more overwhelming than it has. Speaker 2 00:15:30 Well, yes. And they love every minute of it. You don't dare change the lock style Speaker 1 00:15:35 Brother. No, Speaker 2 00:15:36 No, no, no, no. They may change it on you <laugh>. But that's the same thing with Paula, Hannah's mom. It's just, it's absolutely prices. Uh, Adriana calls her, Ya ya, and that's what she does. She goes to bed saying, Yay ya, where's yay ya. She wakes up four o'clock in the morning. Yay ya. Where's yay ya. So, uh, it's, it's, it's, yeah, it's absolutely matter of fact, where is she right now? She's at yay yas. So, uh, that's what she loves. And we love having the, having them in our lives and having the avail availability for that. Especially, I'm gonna say it, especially those motherly ones. <laugh>. Oh yeah. Yes, absolutely. Now don't get me wrong, you're going to um, um, get your load of estrogen over the next uh, few months, years. Yes. Cause they're gonna be in the picture, buddy. That's right. You know, every now and then get out and find yourself some testosterone. The rub up again. Speaker 1 00:16:35 Get Oh, I'm having some Speaker 2 00:16:36 Get amongst, if you Speaker 1 00:16:37 Will, <laugh>. Hey, right now it's just me and Henry holding it down. Speaker 2 00:16:39 Yeah, it's okay. Least you got Henry. I've got a female dog at home, <laugh>, so I've got myself and four girls. Yes. Oh, lordy. Speaker 1 00:16:49 Joey's harem. Speaker 2 00:16:51 Yeah. <laugh>. Yeah. Still can't get my feet rubbed, but, uh, <laugh>. Speaker 1 00:16:58 Yeah. I thought you'd be kicked back getting fed grapes, but No. Speaker 2 00:17:01 Yeah, I did too. Yeah. But you know what? By the time they get those grapes, get to me, they're ra. Oh Speaker 1 00:17:07 Yeah, I bet. Well buddy, I'm about to get down to the natural spring today as a refill day. I'm gonna go fill up about 70 gallons of water to last us for the next month. Speaker 2 00:17:16 That's perfect. Like he was talking about, get your water, people, tis and season, get your water. Good move. Speaker 1 00:17:21 Yes. Good water. Good water is absolutely key. Don't drink outta the faucet if you gotta even shower in it, use a filter. Speaker 2 00:17:28 True. Yeah. That's that fluoride thing. Chloride we talked about last week or the week before. Avoid that at all costs. Get you some good water. Yep. All right, brother. Until I guess next. Speaker 1 00:17:42 Yep. Until next time. Thanks everybody.

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