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How healthy hygiene leads to more energy and better athleticism? (My natural product list)

In this world there are toxins we can control and toxins we cannot.

When I go running outside down Peachtree Road, I cannot control the amount of fumes and toxicity being released into the air. I could control the time I run and reduce the exposure, but breathing in pollution is something I cannot control.

Throughout life there are many things that we cannot do anything about, but there are also many things we can, and personal hygiene is a big control factor.

We are exposed to thousands upon thousands of toxins each day through the food we eat, air we breathe, and water we drink. As we keep intoxicating ourselves, we will ultimately lead ourselves into many chronic diseases, especially neurological and gut issues.

Research has been done on toxic sunscreens, deodorants, toothpaste, and many more products regarding the effects they have on our health. Studies have shown that by using many of these toxic ingredients daily, we can increase our risk of future problems.

Personally I like to keep it simple, and here are the products I use on a regular basis to keep myself well and clean.

Shampoo – Our house favorite for shampoo is Avalon Organics, which is made of aloe, extracts, and tons of different essential oils. It’s a product that has no parabens or other chemicals and one that does wonders for the hair. Too many shampoos and popular brands are loaded with chemicals, which should be a no-no especially considering how close to the brain they end up.

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Soap – This one is easy and one you should switch out immediately. Why would you take a toxic piece of soap loaded with chemicals and rub it all over your body to clean yourself? It makes no sense! We love the Dudu Osun (I know, terrible name) but there are only 9 ingredients and all give that fresh feeling. The list of ingredients are: Pure Honey, Shea Butter, Osun, Palmkernel Oil, Cocoa Pad Ash, Palm Bunch Ash, Aloe Vera, Lime Juice, and Water. That is it! Look at your soap right now and if you cannot pronounce the words then it may be time to upgrade to the good stuff. We buy this product on Amazon in packages of 6 for less than $15.

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Toothpaste – For 10 years my wife and I have not used fluoridated toothpaste and since then I have not had any cavities. I am not a dentist so I can’t speak too much on this, but every dentist I go to says how irrelevant fluoridated toothpaste is to cavity formation. The dentists I see say the cause is diet and not flossing regularly to break up the bacteria colonies. The concept makes tons of sense and for those worried about fluoride, you get enough of it in your city water. The toothpaste we use is Claybrite Natural Toothpaste, whose tagline is ‘Let the Earth clean your teeth’.

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Deodorant – This is one that a lot of people always question when they find out I do this, but deodorants are by far some of the most toxic products on the market. Studies have been done to show how breast cancer tumors are filled with parabens and one of the most common spots is under the arm near the armpit. Not only for women in regards to breast cancer, but men should also be avoiding these products as they can be very harmful since they are used daily and on a regular basis. Like I said, there are things that we can do to try and prevent cancer and things in the air we can do nothing about. Deodorant is a huge control piece, which is why I only use coconut oil. Yes, that’s it! I take a little bit of coconut oil and put it under my arms every morning when I wake up. Some ask about body odor, but I take 3 tablespoons of chlorophyll a day to prevent smells, as chlorophyll is an internal deodorant.

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Sunscreen – With summer in the air and the sun blazing, many people will be loading up on chemically-induced sunscreens. It always amazes me how people are concerned about cancer by putting on sunscreen, yet sunscreen is filled with tons of cancer-causing agents. I am not against sunscreen at all, but putting the right sunscreen on will be crucial. The difference between using all-natural sunscreens and chemical sunscreens is that with all-natural sunscreen you have to reapply it every 60-80 minutes. Why? Because there are much less preservatives. You should not look at that as a negative, but rather as a positive knowing you’re using the right product.

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People ask me all the time about my energy level and how I keep it sustained throughout the day while not being dependent on caffeine. I get asked how I can do so much in a day while having a family, writing a book, running a business, and training for an Ironman. The main factor that keeps me going is that I am not loaded up with tons of toxic chemicals inside my body slowing me down. The people I know who are the least organic and utilize every manmade product in the world, even in their diet, are some of the most sluggish and non-productive people. I am not perfect, but each day I have a hunger for wanting to be healthier and a better athlete, not only for myself but for my family and now, my daughter.

 

I would love to hear in the comments which products you use that are healthier and alternatives to the mainstream hygiene products in the world today.

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I Screenshot 20+ CrossFit Games Athletes InstaGram Accounts – Not Surprised!

Over the past 2 weekends, I have been watching the CrossFit Regionals to see who will punch their tickets to Carson, California, and compete in the CrossFit Games. While watching the Regionals online, I have also been checking out the Instagram accounts of these top athletes and their excitement leading up to the competition. 

The most common topic amongst all these great athletes is – RECOVERY. 

I have written and posted (Instagram = draustincohen) about this in so many past posts, as well as discussing my favorite foods and lotions for recovery. If you missed any of those, then in the “Search Box” type in “recovery” to see past posts. 

There are 6 CrossFit athletes I treat, and each of them takes their recovery just as seriously as their training. The protocols each day are recover, train, recover, train, etc. 

While at the Atlantic Regionals, many people stopped and asked me what I think it takes to get to the next level in your athletic performance, and my answer was: “Individualized programming as well as a recovery team.” 

A RECOVERY TEAM means a group of people you see to take care of your body not only when you’re hurt but also to prevent injury.  Whether it’s chiropractors, PTs, or massage therapists, having an all-star team is crucial to being the best of the best. This also includes having a system of soaking in Epsom baths, taking magnesium supplements, eating tons of BCAAs post-workout, and the list goes on of what you need to do to recover. Whether you do CrossFit or not, the people who tend to be the healthiest are the people who utilize massive amounts of recovery. 

There is so much in the realm of recovery and so much to write about, which will all be in my book Eliteness coming out in 2016. The top things that I think are most important are: 

* Healthcare Team – Chiropractor, PT, acupuncturist, and massage therapist

* Homecare Recovery – Epsom salt baths and taking the right supplements

* Specific Mobility – Psoas, TFL, hamstrings, and rectus femoris muscles

* Strengthening – Rhomboids and SHOULDERS (before kipping)

* Nutrition – Knowing when to eat certain foods and what to eat post-workout 

I have a big speaking tour beginning June 6th, so if your gym or facility is interested in “3 Strategies to Becoming Elite,” then e-mail DrAustinCohen@gmail.com

Instead of writing more on this topic, I decided to show you over 20 Instagram accounts of some of the fittest people on the planet and what they use.

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Resiliency – A Life Lesson From the CrossFit Atlantic Regionals

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 2015 CrossFit Atlantic Regionals in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center.

It was the first time CrossFit has combined two regions (Mid-Atlantic and Southeast) together and the first time it was in Atlanta. The crowd was ignited; the arena was jam-packed, and the atmosphere was dynamite.

One of my main reasons for attending was because my athletes, Emily Bridgers and Team Terminus, were competing, and I wanted to support them. They have been extremely motivating the past year and have worked very hard to get to the point they have achieved.

The weekend consisted of 7 workouts in total, and the top scorer would get 100 points, going down by 5 each rank. The people who ranked in the top 5 by the end of the weekend would punch their ticket for an opportunity to compete in Carson, California, at the CrossFit Games.

By the end of Day 1, Emily was sitting in 6th place, below what many spectators expected and not eligible for a spot at the CrossFit Games. Many people probably expected a similar performance on Days 2 and 3 because of the fierce competition and because they don’t know her personally. I, however, knew that wasn’t an option.Em1st

If there is one thing I know about her and what makes her elite, it is her resiliency, embodied in her motto of #allsmiles and her attitude of never giving up.

She took this energy and was placed 2nd by the end of Day 2, and by the final day, she ended up finishing in 1st place.

As I watched the entire weekend, what I noticed was how many people and teams that fell outside the top 10 gave lackluster performances throughout the weekend. It looked as if many of them saw their place and gave up, not wanting to earn that top spot.

Yes, some athletes may have been fatigued, but how was it that Ben Smith at the end of workout 3 went super fast on the box jump overs to beat Noah Ohlsen? He did that because that is what winners do and that is what elite people do.

Emily was down by 2 minutes on workout 3 getting off the treadmill and ended up beating all guys and the rest of girls in that workout. Why? Because winners never give up. They always give it their max and are committed to winning.

This principle applies to so many facets of our life, whether it’s business, family, finances, or health. How often do you give up, and how often do you dig deep and think, “What can I do to be better?”

Elite athletes and most successful people always ask why and how and find ways to dig deep into their reserves to reach as much of their potential as possible.

On Friday night, when I went to adjust Emily after Day 1, she asked me, “What could I have done or how could I have performed to be better than the rest of the girls today?”

She asked this because that is what elite people do. They want to know how and what they could do to be the best.

If your business is slow and not working, do you keep doing the same thing though it’s not giving you the desired results, or do you strategize with elite mentors to think differently?

If your relationship is failing, do you give up on it and not try to have conversations or dates to keep it growing?

If your finances get low, do you give up on earning more money or do you ask, “What could I do to make more money and grow my bank account?”Terminus

If you’ve been the same mediocre athlete for so many years or look the same with no weight loss or muscle gain despite working out for so many years, do you ask what could I do to improve and reach my optimal results?

Resiliency is a key element that winners have to make their life work for them and not let life happen to them.

What could you do, and who could you be to be better than you were yesterday?

What are you doing to beat the competition, not only in the gym but also outside the gym in your daily life?

A major congratulations to Emily Bridgers on her stellar performance this weekend, and another recognition to Team Terminus. Team Terminus was extremely consistent with their performances, never letting ego get in the way of the end result.

It has been an honor being your chiropractor and health coach, and I am looking forward to being with all of you in Carson, California, at the CrossFit Games.

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You May Be 1 Day Away from Success

My question to you is, how close are you to reaching that next milestone of success?

Whether it’s at home, career, finances, or in the gym, are you close to giving up on something even though you are a small step away from reaching the major tipping point?

This past Friday night, my wife and I decided to enjoy a date night and go see Hozier perform at a small amphitheater in Atlanta. I am the sort of person who does not like going to watch performances in big domes, arenas, or coliseums with 20,000 people, as I feel it takes away from the personal connection with the artist.

In smaller venues, I always feel the artist connects very well and usually if they are still playing in smaller venues, they are either newer or they have been around the block for a while.

Hozier is one of those newer artists that will probably not be playing in smaller venues forever, but was such a joy to listen to.

The crazy story about Hozier is that only 2 years ago in 2013, he was struggling to play open mic nights in Dublin. He was broke and desperate to make it in the big leagues, where he’d be able to make a living playing music. After a bad breakup that year, he went to his parents’ house, wrote a song, and then at 2:00 AM recorded the vocals.

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This song you may recognize called “Take Me to Church”was nominated as “Song of the Year”at the Grammy’s and is currently nominated for “Top Streaming Song”and “Top Rock Song”for the Billboard Music Awards.

While at the concert, Hozier said “I am so excited because this is the largest venue I have ever played at”. The crowd was sold out at 7,000 and throughout the night, you could see his humbleness and how proud he was to perform for his fans. You could see that deep down, he knew his fans were the ones that got him to this point and supported him, starting from his open mic nights in Dublin.

Hozier has said he enjoys jamming and playing small local venues, but I am sure that with his new success, he will be taking over major stadiums. image1

What I find interesting about Hozier’s situation is that he could’ve easily given up when playing open mic nights and gone into a career he was not passionate about. Little did he know that the one song at 2:00 AM would be the tipping point that catapults him into success and gets him known.

I know that early on in my career, when I was a chiropractor and just started my business, there were times when I was so frustrated I was willing to do things not in the best interest of my practice, but simply because I needed extra income. For instance, personal injury is a big income builder for many chiropractors, but not something I ever wanted to be involved in because the treatment protocols go against my values. I could’ve made an insane amount of money and been able to do to what I want and when I want, but that would have meant jeopardizing my values. Fortunately, I held true to myself never giving in because little did I know that a few months later, I would find my niche in practice and our practice would grow 10 fold.

When I first started Crossfit, I remember watching all the guys in there annihilating the workouts, lifting heavy weights, and moving around like monkeys. I could barely do a pull-up without assistance and the weight I was lifting was extremely minimal. I remember 6 months into Crossfit when I thought about quitting because I felt I was not growing, as everyone else was dominating and I was still doing banded pull-ups. The day I thought about quitting, I reminded myself ‘where else in my life am I quitting early’. When that thought came to my mind, I immediately re-committed and this time I changed my diet, increased mobility work, and pushed a little harder. I went from a back squat of 240 pounds in 2011 to 350 pounds in 2013. This was one of the big gains that wouldn’t have happened if I gave up on myself and quit early.

My question to you as you evaluate your life is, which departments of your life are you about to go to the next level BUT quitting early is leaving you where you have always been?

One of my patients, Emily Bridgers, began competing in 2011 for the Crossfit Games. The top 3 from every region get invited to Carson, California to compete for the World Championships of Crossfit, which is every athletes goal. In 2011 Emily placed 9th, 2012 she placed 4th, 2013 she placed 5th, BUT in 2014 she placed 1st in the SouthEast region punching her ticket to Carson. That July she ended up finishing 6th in the World due to her commitment and discipline to NEVER give up and always fight for whats important. Little did Emily know how close she was to making it so far and by committing and not giving up she was able to see even more successes in 2015.

I see people come to my office and after a month or two stop caring simply because ‘work got busy’or some other poor excuse. The fact is they are days from making those major gains and progress in their care and by stopping early, they are losing all progress.

Look at your day to day routine and start evaluating it, as the extraordinary life you were meant to live may be waiting right around the corner.

I bet Hozier never thought that one night in 2013 would have been the time where he went from small time to a Grammy Award nominee.

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My New Favorite Recovery Tool

Over the past 10 years of intense working out, training for marathons, Crossfit competitions, and Ironman competitions, my body has taken a toll. 

I have put my body through the ringer as far as physical stress, and each day I am always looking for new strategies to recover. As of now, on a regular basis, I get chiropractic adjustments, massages, and acupuncture; I take epsom salt baths; I use RockTape; and I have taken many supplements to help my body recover. I eat super clean and drink tons of water throughout the day so my recovery time and recovery levels are quick and back to 100%. Fortunately, with all that I do to improve my recovery, I have never been injured or hurt from excessive working out, even with all the training I have done. 

Nonetheless, to this day, I still continue seeking other strategies, as I want to make sure my body stays in tip-top shape with all the physical stress I place upon it. I want to play sports with my kids and continue to do organized sporting events well after 50. 

A new tool that I have recently come upon is magnesium lotion. ll-magnetic-clay_ancient-minerals-mag-ultra-lotion_main_225x225

Literally made up of magnesium, which is the 4th most abundant mineral in the body, this tool has helped tremendously. After long runs, long bike rides, or even heavy lifting, I will rub this lotion on the areas of my body that took the bulk of the stress. For example, after a long run, I will rub magnesium lotion on my calf muscles, quads, and hamstrings. After a deadlift workout, I will rub the lotion on my lower back and hamstrings. 

The lotion is a natural product with no formaldehyde or other chemicals, and it is a great tool. Sometimes I will have my massage therapist use the lotion instead of oils so I can get the magnesium rubbed in even more into the sore muscles. 

In fact, 1 in 5 Americans receive less than half the recommended daily dose of magnesium, and for those of you who are extremely athletic, you may be particularly deficient. The average American diet supplies less than two-thirds of the amount of magnesium considered to be sufficient. 

I know many of you are always looking for that added value or that extra trick to become elite. Well, this simple step could be the game changer. 

Speaking of elite, from June 6 – December 31 I will be doing an Eliteness Tour throughout the country and Caribbean Islands. If your Crossfit gym would be interested in hosting one of these workshops please have them send me an e-mail at DrAustinCohen@gmail.com.

For the current schedule – Click Here 

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Assembling Your All-Star Team for Life Dominance

Every day I get random e-mails, Facebook messages, and texts asking about things I do in my life to make it successful. People want to know how I created such great business success as well as personal success at such a young age while making it look easy. 

Each week I do roughly 4 hours of consultations with people in business, and every week the response to these questions tends to be the same. 

Becoming successful comes down to having an all-star team of people around you who take ownership of your vision. 

The Birth of My Daughter:

When my wife gave birth to our daughter, Harlow, the all-star team of Anjili (the midwife) and Shari (the doula) knew exactly what our goals were for the birth. They knew we wanted no medical intervention and wanted to treat the pregnancy and birth as the natural process it is, not a medical procedure. Anjili and Shari both became part of our vision and helped us to have such an amazing an easy birthing experience. If you want to read more about our birthing experience, I posted about it here – http://draustincohen.com/the-top-2-lessons-i-learned-from-my-wifes-birthing-experience-pictures-included/.

Business:

Every morning when I show up to work, there are 3 people who are always there and have each been there for over a year. Jessica, Savy, and Shalonda are my 3 employees and are some of the best people in the world, with hearts full of love and service. When they came in for their interviews, they knew exactly what the vision of the practice was and bought into it. They would do anything for any patient and know the level of customer service I expect them to deliver. They show up early and don’t leave the minute we close BUT leave the minute we finish. The only reason my practice runs as efficiently as it does and is as successful as it is, is because of them. Staf

A teammate I think everyone needs that most are lacking is a business mentor. I have had the same business coach for 6 years, Rick Markson, and it has been the greatest investment I have ever made, as the returns have been exponential. I see too many people avoid hiring a business coach because of the cost, but if you gave me $1 and I could gave you $100 in return, wouldn’t you give me that $1? Of course! The investment isn’t huge, and you would be making 100x what you gave me. Hiring a business coach should be the same thing for you, and fortunately, my business coach is my life coach. 

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One area of my life I pay a lot of attention to is our financial infrastructure, such as 401Ks, IRAs, investments, stocks, and all the bank accounts we have. It would be impossible for me to manage all of this myself and keep tabs on everything, which is why my all-star team of Kevin (accountant), Ashley (financial planner), and Scott (life insurance agent) take care of this aspect of my life. I look at categories in my life and say, “Is there someone that could be doing this better than me?” Once I ask this, then I find the best person for that position who understands my vision and goals and then bring them on the team. 

Health: 

My health is my wealth, and to me, this is my greatest asset and a category I pay extremely close attention to. I have many players in this category that I use on a regular basis and not because I am sick or have problems BUT because I want to avoid being sick and having problems. 

My goal is to be drug-free the rest of my life without any surgeries or medical interventions, and the more players I have in this category, the higher my chances.

I have an awesome chiropractor I see every Saturday at 12:15 PM to repair my body after a long week of working out and adjusting lots of people. My massage therapist takes care of those tense muscles twice a month to break up any tight tissues. I utilize Edesia Meals on a weekly basis and order pre-made paleo food for my family to make it easy to have healthy food on the go. When I did Crossfit training, I had a coach who did my programming and put together specific workouts based on my goals, and currently, I have an Ironman coach, Bethany Rutledge, who has been helping me dominate Ironman Chattanooga 2015. Jessica Elizondo with @more_than_food is my nutrition advisor and gives me the right foods I need when I need them.  

For those that are thinking right now, “I could never afford all these people” or “I don’t have time for all of these people”, there are strategies and ways to bring these people on board low cost or at no expense. 

When your “why” becomes big enough to live an extraordinary life that makes an impact, then you will find the resources for coaches and team players, and you will find the time to make it happen. Your “why” will become so big that instead of recreating the wheel, you will want to stand on the shoulders of giants and build more success both professionally and personally. 

I would love to know what kind of players you have on your Life Team and in what categories, as the ideas we share help us all grow. 

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Why I NEVER drink after even 1 workout

As far as creating workout gains is concerned, there is one rule I always abide by, that is to NEVER DRINK ALCOHOL AFTER A WORKOUT.

Working out and staying healthy is my greatest passion. I will do anything I can do to grow in the gym. I know the same is true for many of you, which is why this little step can be a great value for you in the future.

One of the biggest mistakes I see from some people and amongst friends, who have goals to become elite athletes, is their habit of drinking alcohol after a workout. Having one beverage can make a difference to those who want to be average in the gym, and to those who are eager to get elite.

Drinking alcohol is a huge deterrent for those looking to grow muscle mass, enhanced performance, and to those who desire to become overall better athletes.Beer Gut

When you workout and perform moves such as squats, cleans, snatch, shoulder presses, and other weightlifting moves, you produce growth hormone (HGH) and testosterone. HGH and testosterone are vital for increasing muscle mass, losing fat, and many other factors to being healthy.

If you workout in the morning and want to get the best gains from the gym, then ideally you would be eating tons of healthy nutrients throughout the day and keeping your body active, so you can help your body recover 100%. If you workout in the afternoon, then having a solid dinner full of nutrients will be important as well getting a good nights rest.

There are different issues why it is a problem to drink alcohol after a workout; one most important factor is the blocking and lowering of testosterone levels. If you drink a few beers after a hard workout, you just wasted your body’s ability to produce testosterone and grow from the gym. Aside from the muscle gains, increasing testosterone levels from working out is beneficial in other areas such as a youthful glow in appearance, and increases energy.

For those who are highly intoxicated, study shows that testosterone levels drop to an average of 25% lower than normal. Basically, every alcoholic beverage you take after workout decreases your production of HGH and testosterone, which is what you need to help you build muscle mass and become stronger.

I am not saying that you stop drinking, but for those who are looking to get the greatest gains in the gym, you must stop alcohol intake on the day you workout. Drinking a glass of wine on an off day is going to be much different than drinking a glass of wine on a day of working out.

Another negative factor is the empty calories you get from alcohol, which slows down the production of fat loss and muscle gain.

When you drink alcohol you slow down your metabolism. Once this occurs, fats cannot be broken down. Your body is trying too hard to digest and metabolize the alcohol; the fat burning and muscle gain process stops.

I have seen this in many triathletes who think that just because they workout so much, they can drink as much beer as they want. When we all go out after a long ride or run, I see them devour the bar. If you look at their body type, they are higher than normal body-fat percentages.

Bottom line is that if you are not seeing the gains you want or have hit a plateau then look into your alcohol intake, the day you head to the gym. This simple strategy can be a game changer for those looking to grow to new levels in their health and fitness.

 

 

 

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Why your kids neck is in trouble

Every day, whether I am at the office, at a restaurant, or walking around town, lo and behold there will be some kid with an iPad or iPhone in front of their face looking down. In fact, on Saturday, April 11th, I counted 7 kids under the age of 10 on some form of technology looking down.

The Kaiser Family Foundation stated that the average 8 – 18 year old will spend roughly 7 hours a day on some form of media device. This study did not include the children less than 8 years old who sit at their dinner tables on their phones, looking down and placing major stress on their necks.

Parents! If you want your kids to experience their potentially healthiest life then:

A) take away their media device, or

B) make them hold it at eye level so they are not looking down.

Yes, some of your kids may cry at first because they are dependent on those devices, but this is about their future. This is about their health and not experiencing the same issues and problems modern day America deals with, and being better than the status quo. I iPadknow that I want the best for my daughter, and having her avoid staring at TVs, phones, or any other LED lights at a young age is crucial to her not becoming dependent on those devices later on.

When your kids were born they spent months trying to lift their head up and hold it in place without you having to support their neck. They were building the C-shape curve of the neck, AKA “Arc of Life”, because that is the normal position of the body.

The curve that we were built to have is a 40-degree C-curve, similar to other famous infrastructures (Hoover Dam, Eiffel Tower, etc.). All these structures have this 40-degree C-shaped curve in place as it is the strongest support system to maintain stress, which for children would be the weight of their head. The Hoover Dam supports 656 million gallons of water, the Eiffel Tower holds 10,000 tons of weight, and your neck is holding up your 10-pound head.

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When looking down your child is putting all the stress and weight of their head on their upper back, which then translates into more problems in the lower back. Your child spent so much time working to build the C curve in their neck and then when they get technology in front of them, looking down, they reverse that C curve and put pressure on those nerves. Science has shown that for every inch forward the head goes, the weight on the upper back is increased by 10 pounds. For example, if your child’s head is looking at an iPad where their neck is 2 inches forward, then that is 20 pounds of additional weight on their spine.

This is why I love those parents who have become proactive and bring their children for chiropractic check-ups similar to how they do dental check-ups. The gentle chiropractic adjustments help to maintain the C curve and keep the nervous system functioning properly while taking stress off the nerves from improper biomechanics.

In fact, I do not think it’s coincidental that more children come to my office with headaches because of the damage they are doing early on. The long-term effects on these children is too early to tell, but adults who come to the office with computer jobs tend to have earlier stages of degeneration way before my clients who stand or walk throughout the day. The degeneration happens due to the body adapting to the excess weight for many years. If our children lose their C curve too early, then imagine the age at which degeneration could start happening in the spine.

Unfortunately, if this happens America will blame the problem on their 2 favorite excuses: age & genetics.

If our children never fully get to experience this world with the ‘arc of life’in their neck, then they will be missing out on so much life has to offer.

No one knows exactly what symptoms and diagnoses are that contribute to the loss of curve, but what is confirmed is that stress on nerves equates to lower quality of life.

Wake up people! There is a major problem happening literally right in front of our eyes, and we need to be the adults and parents of our children and guide them in healthier decisions. All of us want the best for our children and sometimes we need to do things that our children may not want to hear, but must.

Let your child live their life out to their full expression and be the healthiest version of themselves!

 

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#1 Trick to Find Success in Any Area of Life

It was June 15, 2008. I decided to take a trip to Pennsylvania to visit some of the top chiropractors in the country. My itinerary was destined for success. This is how it looks like:

  • June 16th
  1. Wake up at 6:00 a.m.
  2. Drive to two offices in Willow Grove, PA.
  3. Drive to one office in Feasterville, PA.
  • June 17th
  1. Wake up at 6:00 a.m.
  2. Drive to Upper Darby, PA in the morning
  3. Spend the night in my car after visiting a practice in Lancaster, PA.
  • June 18th
  1. Drive to Cherry Hill, NJ.
  2. Spend the day in another practice
  • June 19th
  1. Drive to Baltimore, MD.
  2. Spend the day in two practices
  • June 20th
  1. Drive back to Philadelphia, PA.
  2. Fly home.

This summer was the year before I graduated and the year before my dream would come true of opening my own clinic. I feel very fortunate to have learned this lesson early on, but ‘success leaves clues’.

While I was in all of these chiropractic clinics observing the doctor, I had a notebook where I wrote down what I liked and didn’t like about their systems, techniques, marketing, and other components of their practice. I would use these notes as a guide to create my own success BUT based on what other successful people had done.Succ

Whatever kind of business you are in, there are a lot of people out there that are more successful than you are now, but you can be one as well if that is what you hope to achieve.

The key is looking for those people and learning from them; absorb the knowledge, get the wisdom behind their success, then create your own game plan.

The mistake people make is they listen and utilize strategies and tips from people who have failed not only in business but also in life.

* If I want financial success, then I am not going to hire a poor and cheap financial planner.

* If I want a successful relationship, then I am not going to listen to someone who has been divorced for five times.

* If I want health advice, then I am not going to take advice from some overweight person on numerous medications due to poor lifestyle choices.

When I want success in any category of life, I will look at people whom I admire and want to be like. Everyone has their opinion on EVERYTHING but the point that sticks are from the ones who have the life that I am looking to live.

Whenever someone is about to start a business the number one strategy that I tell them is to find someone who has what they want, then study them for a week. What do they do in their morning routine? How does their schedule look like? Who are their biggest contacts? How many hours do they work? And the list of questions goes on.

Unfortunately, I find a lot of people who resort to not only news outlets but also on social media (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram) for their strategies on success in different categories.

I am in a couple of chiropractic groups, and it is sad to see how many people would receive advices on how to run a business from other chiropractors who are not successful themselves; those who can barely keep the lights on.

I am in a couple Community Exchange Groups throughout the country, and it is sad to see how many people take health advices from people who are not eligible to give certain health advices themselves, as they are not ideally healthy individuals.

What categories do you need help in? Who is that person?

I accredit most of my success to my coaches whom I admire, with the kind of business success I strive to achieve. I would never hire a coach or have a mentor who does not have the traits I want. My mentors and coaches challenge me and encourage me to be better than I was yesterday.

Use this chart to categorize your most important categories and what needs to happen in order for you to hit success in all of them. Some of them, such as ‘Business’, may need to be broken down, as I have a mentor for marketing and a mentor for the day-to-day operations.

CATEGORIES                                   MENTOR                   CONTACT        GOALS I WANT

1) Business

2) Social

3) Relationship

4) Fitness

5) Nutrition

6) Spiritual

Don’t forget on April 18th, I will be hosting a webinar on the number one strategy I use to grow 20% every year. Whether you are a crossfit gym, chiropractic clinic, or run any small business, this webinar will easily help you integrate a simple tool to grow year after year, no matter what the economy may be.

E-mail DrAustinCohen@gmail.com for details.

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The Best Doctor In the World

Somehow, in this world, every person is the “Greatest Orthopedist”, “Greatest Dentist”, or “Greatest Medical Doctor”of all time because of their accolades and the famous people they treat. It amazes me how every person says they offer the “best of the best”considering how many doctors there are in our communities and world. 

Do you want me to be honest and tell you who the best doctor is?

YOU!

You are your best doctor and your body, when treated with the right fuel, movement, and function, can experience extreme levels of health. 

It’s not coincidental that I haven’t taken a drug or missed a day of work over the past 10 years, as I have made my body my biggest investment, while experiencing a high return on investment. 

Am I immune to getting sick? No, but my chances are drastically decreased based on the lifestyle I have chosen

In fact, this doctor is so amazing that when you eat inflammatory or foods with excessive toxic oils or bad fats, it increases your cholesterol in order to adapt to the environment. Sound familiar in your blood work? (High cholesterol)

When you are overstressed or not taking care of your body it raises your blood pressure as a way to adapt to this stress. (High blood pressure)

When you eat toxic or dead food, you deplete your stomach levels and when your levels are too low, the next food items you eat won’t be broken down and will rot in the gut. Well, your doctor (body) is so smart that it tries to expel this food by creating acid reflux and getting this toxic food out of you. Hmmm, maybe that antacid is doing more harm than good?

When your body is in a state of stress, your doctor is so smart it does not release melatonin to help you sleep so you have difficulty sleeping. Not getting 6 – 8 uninterrupted hours of sleep?

What I want you to understand is that most symptoms, blood work results, or problems people suffer from are their inner doctor at work adapting to their stressful environment. 

Am I saying drugs are bad? NO! However, we live in a country that abuses them and uses them for our poor lifestyle choices rather than taking them when we are in crisis care and absolutely need them. 

Don’t believe me? Then why does the United States make up only 5% of the world’s population yet take over 75% of the drugs produced? We should be between 5-15%, not over half!you1

Even though I invested a significant amount of time, energy, and money into my doctor (body) over the past 10 years, ever since having a child have I become even more disciplined and committed to doing better. My daughter and family mean the world to me and taking care of myself has to be my biggest commitment so I can not only be living while my daughter grows up BUT BE ALIVE. 

Honestly, it’s time for all of us wake up and get connected with ourselves and, instead of relying on another person to keep you healthy, take ownership in your health. 

Read blogs, read books, listen to podcasts, go to seminars, and keep educating yourself so you can make the right decisions not only for you but your family. Think you’re doing good? Great, BUT could it be better?

Begin eating clean foods that have life to them. Start moving more and getting your heart rate up every day. Start thanking people more often and telling them you love them. Get away with your family more often and get out of the office. Go on a walk in nature or get out in the ocean and get connected to Earth. Find your purpose or passion in life and go after it.  

Your health is your responsibility and the greatest doctor is not some person with a degree behind their name; the greatest doctor is you. 

Does this mean you should stop seeing your medical doctor? Absolutely not! 

It means you begin to take ownership of your health and become responsible for it as that is not your medical doctor’s job. Their job is to help you when there is a problem, and they are great at it. Your job is to make sure there never is a problem and live the greatest life you were intended to live.