Category: Your Health Buddy – Speaks

One of Jack's many 60 year old plus adventures: the ol' hand cuffed tow-boats swim...any takers?

When was the first time you heard the name Jack LaLanne?  I can’t recall because like many American’s I was too young to remember.  I do however remember being impressed. I’m not sure I even knew what the definition of that word meant, but the feeling was there.  The year before I was born, Jack LaLane towed 10 boats carying 77 people, for over one mile, in less than one hour.  He was 66 years old. 

His entire life was just that, impressive.  In a time when no one thought about what to eat, nutrients, calories, processed food, or working abs, butts, glutes or any exercise other than what life demanded of them, Jack was telling it like it was.  He was concerned.  He saw the trends moving toward inactivity and more and more unhealthy food.  He saw those trends clearly because as a child he was part of those trends. Jack has written of his childhood including addiction to sweets and junk food along with a poor physique and behavioral problems.  Jack is quoted saying “I was a miserable goddamned kid, it was hell!”

But Jack changed.  At age 15 after attending a lecture on nutrition, he reformed his diet eliminating sugar, began working out and began studying the human body.  After high school he attended and graduated from chiropractic college, and in 1936 at age 22 he opened his own (not to mention the first) fitness club in America.  In 1955 he won Mr. America, and by 1959 he was on national television taking Americans through all sorts of movements, exercises and callisthenics, while teaching them what health was and how to journey towards it.

50 years ago...Jack was explaining how you eat, move and think over time = your health. Pioneer!

This approach at this early time rightfully earned  Jack the title of Godfather of Fitness.  Unlike many early strongmen, Jack was concerned with health, not just strength and physique.  You can see from the picture on the left, Jack is showing the difference good nutrition, exercise and positive thoughts can have over a lifetime in reguards to health. 

He was telling people to exercise for health back when the medical community was endorsing cigarettes. “People thought I was a charlatan and a nut,” Jack says, “The doctors were against me –

This puts Jack's accomplishements in perspective for sure...

they said that working out with weights would give people heart attacks and they would lose their sex drive. Women would look like men and even varsity coaches predicted that their athletes would get muscle bound and banned them from lifting weights.” 

Jack proved them all wrong and became an authority on health, fighting the good fight as a health advocate for over 80 years.  His television show aired for over 30 years making it the longest running of its kind in history.   Throughout most of our lives, Jack played the seemingly never ending role as America’s inspiration for good health at any age.

Jack passed on Sunday at his home in Morro Bay, CA at the age of 96.  He was an inspiration to millions and one of my heros.

Rest in Peace Jack, You’ve earned it.

With Love,

Dr. Nicholas Araza DC CCWP

Jack at 91 "It's better to wear out than rust out"

Jack’s Feats:

  • 1954 Age 40: Swam the length of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge underwater with 140 pounds of equipment, including two air tanks… an undisputed world record.
  • 1955 Age 41: Swam, handcuffed, from Alcatraz to Fisherman’s Wharf in
    San Francisco, CA.
  • 1956 Age 42: Set a world record of 1,033 pushups in 23 minutes on “You Asked for It, a TV Show with Art Baker.
  • 1957 Age 43: Swam the treacherous Golden Gate Channel, towing a 2,500-pound cabin cruiser. This involved fighting the cold, swift ocean currents that made the 1 mile swim a 6 ½ mile test of strength and endurance.
  • 1958 Age 44: Maneuvered a paddleboard 30 miles, 9-½ hours non-stop from Farallon Islands to the San Francisco shore.
  • 1959 Age 45: Completed 1,000 pushups and 1,000 chin-ups in 1 hours and 22
    minutes. “Happy” is born and The Jack LaLanne Show goes nationwide
  • 1974 Age 60: Swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf, for a second time handcuffed, shackled and towing a 1,000-pound boat.
  • 1975 Age 61: Swam the length of the Golden Gate Bridge, underwater, for a second time handcuffed, shackled and towing a 1,000-pound boat.
  • 1976 Age 62: Commemorating the “Spirit of ‘76”, swam 1 mile in Long Beach Harbor, handcuffed, shackled and towing 13 boats (representing the 13 original colonies) containing 76 people.
  • 1979 Age 65: Towed 65 boats filled with 6,500-pounds of Lousiana Pacific wood pulp while handcuffed and shackled in Lake Ashinoko, near Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1980 Age 66: Towed 10 boats in North Miami, Florida filled with 77 people for over a mile in less than 1 hour.
  • 1984 Age 70: Handcuffed, shackled and fighting strong winds and currents, towed 70 boats with 70 people from the Queen’s Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary, 1 ½ miles.

Jack Firsts:

  • Opened the first modern health spa
  • The first to have a nationally syndicated exercise show on television
  • The first to have athletes working out with weights
  • The first to have women working out with weights
  • The first to have the elderly working out with weights
  • The first to have a combination Health Food Bar and Gym
  • The first to have a weight loss Instant Breakfast meal replacement drink
  • The first to have a Coed health club
  • The first to combine weight training with nutrition
  • The first to have an edible snack nutrition bar
  • The first to sell vitamins and exercise equipment on television
  • The first to teach scientific body building by changing the program every 2 to 3 weeks
  • The first to encourage the physically challenged to exercise… to work around their disabilities
  • The first to do feats of strength and endurance to emphasize what exercise and nutrition can do for you
  • Developed the first:
    • Leg Extension Machine
    • Weight selector machine
    • Cable/Pulley machines
    • Calf machines
    • Wrist roll machines


  • Anything in life is possible if you make it happen.
  • Anything in life is possible and you can make it happen.
  • Your waistline is your lifeline.
  • Exercise is King, nutrition is Queen, put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.
  • Don’t exceed the feed limit.
  • The food you eat today is walking and talking tomorrow.
  • Ten seconds on the lips and a lifetime on the hips.
  • Better to wear out than rust out
  • Do – don’t stew.
  • People don’t die of old age, they die of inactivity.
  • First we inspire them, then we perspire them.
  • You eat everyday, you sleep everyday, and your body was made to exercise everyday.
  • Work at living and you don’t have to die tomorrow.
  • I can’t die, it would ruin my image.
  • If man makes it, don’t eat it.
  • If it tastes good, spit it out.
  • What’s it doing for me?
  • Your health account is like your bank account: The more you put in, the more you can take out.
  • If one apple is good, you wouldn’t eat 100.
  • It’s not what you do some of the time that counts, it’s what you do all of the time that counts.
  • Make haste slowly.
  • Eat right and you can’t go wrong.

For more on this amazing individual please see his website @


Yeah I'm talking to YOU!

You may be thinking “I’m too busy with holiday prep, can’t we talk about this later maybe after Christmas or in January, yeah, in January I’ll be ready for this?”

NO.   The reason you don’t have time is the reason you need to make time!! NOW is the time you need to start preparing your immune system for battle!  Practice and preparation are not for game day – game day is about executing already mastered skills, so we need to get to work.

Your immune system is your body’s Alarm System, SWAT team, and Clean Up Crew all rolled up into one, and it needs time and training to get to optimal performance.  If you are living the life of a typical American, your immune system is like a  county sheriff in a ghost town, which is why you get sick often – especially around the holidays.

It’s time to get your defense up to LAPD SWAT Standards!!

Before HOW comes the WHY.

It is so important to have a healthy, strong immune system (and just because don’t feel sick doesn’t mean your immune system is healthy!!) because that is the system that protects you from cancers (there are cancers in your body all the time; a healthy immune system neutralizes them, day in and day out for life), auto-immune diseases, pneumonia, the flu, bacteria, viruses, colds, infections, bad food, etc.  IT KEEPS YOU ALIVE, so lets give it a chance, eh?!!

Now here’s how to get the boys in blue to top form:

DECREASE YOUR STRESS – case closed, that is all you need to do, because stress crushes your Immune System!  Imagine that was your white blood cell (WBC) in the video above and your stressed out ways made it weak and lazy and confused, so he just let that little pathogen go by.  That little sucker may replicate every 20 min so within 12 hours 68,719,476,736 of his decedents may be inhabiting your body.  This is battle, and you need to be prepared!

Let’s talk about exactly how to Destress and keep your WBC’s ready for anything!

1.  Get Adjusted – Spinal subluxations (dysfunctional joints) cause stress.

2. Exercise – Deficiency in movement causes stress (minimum of 6 days a week (anything better than nothing), to the point of moving, sweating, and panting, which can be done in just 4 minutes).

3. Eat your veggies, fruits, seeds, nuts, and healthy meats. Diets deficient in healthy-from-the-earth foods, or toxic with processed, packaged foods cause stress.

4.  Master your mental stress. I know, I know, easier said than done…but here’s how to start:  Breathing exercises, morning rituals, daily affirmations, and surrounding yourself with positive people boosts your immune system.

5.  Get some SUNSHINE. When sun hits your skin, it is able to create Vitamin D, which is a potent stimulator of your immune system (if you live in New England during the winter, TAKE VITAMIN D 1,000-5,000 IU’s).

6.  Take Your Basic 4 Supplements.  Americans are typically deficient in Omega 3 (fish oil), Probiotics (healthy bacteria), Vitamin D (see above), and an organic, whole food based multivitamin.  Deficiency = Stress, so take ’em!  For more info, click on this link.



















No Matter What You Believe,

Your Living Body IS a MIRACLE.


Sometimes we forget.

Sometimes we are misled.

Sometimes we think that our body is not brilliant, magnificent or miraculous.

We can all easily get caught up in pain/discomfort and forget or even question this.

But if your really stop and think how truly amazing YOUR BODY is, you will be amazed at how everything works so well.  I mean, think about it – you pump 2,000 gallons of blood through your body every single day and don’t think about a drop.  You breath 20,000 times every day and do not think about it once.  We all go through amazing changes in our bodies from birth to adult, everyone goes through puberty at roughly the same time, and all of this happens with out any oversight, no meds, nothing – it just happens.  And we don’t question it.  Our bodies are so smart that even slightly before we start exercising, our blood pressure goes up; and if we get a cut on our finger, it heals.  HOW AMAZING IS THAT?!  On a normal day, you don’t think about even 1 of the trillions of chemical reactions that take place in your body every single second of every single minute of every single hour of every single day of every single year of every single life time… Just stop and think about that and how incredible your body and this life is.

You see, you are intelligent, you are amazing, you carry inside of you an intelligence that runs your body and all of those trillions of reactions discussed above.  Chiropractors call this intelligence “Innate Intelligence.”  It is what separates the living from the dead even though all the same parts are there…It is Innate because it is inborn – you don’t have to learn how to use it, it was there from the second the sperm and egg met that miraculously created you, and actually even before that (somehow, the sperm knew to go toward the egg).  That intelligence is carried through your nervous system, which in coordination with your endocrine system is the master regulator/communicator in your body.  Your brain, spinal cord, nerve roots and peripheral nerves make up your nervous system, and that is the big cheese, the CEO, the General, el Jefe.  All information about what is happening in the body is sent to the brain through the spinal cord, and that information is used to properly run your body.

The central nerve system is the ONLY organ system in your body to be entirely encased in BONE.

The purpose of your spine and skull areis to support and protect your nervous system, while giving shape to your body.  A solid tube of bone would have been the safest way to protect our nerve system, but that wouldn’t have been conducive to movement or life, so we have joints.  Made of much softer tissue, these joints are the inherently the weak spots in the skeletal system.  So, if a spinal bone gets jarred from its healthy position (through acute or sustained postural trauma), it causes damage to the joints of the spine.  Damage to these joints irritates the nerve system, decreasing your body’s ability to communicate within or to itself, which blocks or disrupts Innate Intelligence.  Chiropractic is so simple, it is brilliant.  Chiropractic understands that the body is brilliant, and works with it through specific chiropractic adjustments on specifically damaged joints to return proper function to the spine, as well as to remove the irritation to the nervous system, unblocking your body’s life force.

This is why chiropractors do not claim to treat any specific disease, but get tremendously amazing results with many.  We restore proper communication to the body, making it healthier, and  HEALTHY BODIES DO NOT HAVE SYMPTOMS.  Symptoms are signals telling us that there is something wrong that needs our attention.  Not alarms to be turned off with medications that dampen alarms.  You get hungry and thirsty because you are getting low on fuel and water that is essential to run your body.  What if there was a medication you could take when you felt hungry or thirsty, so you wouldn’t have to be bothered with eating or drinking?  How long do you think that would work for?  It is the same thing with other symptoms!  A headache, sciatic pain, breathing problems, poor digestion,etc., are not just bothersome symptoms that need to be quieted with medication – they are telling you that something is wrong and needs to be dealt with by finding the cause, not just eliminating the symptom.

The body is amazing and I have always been fascinated with it, which is why I began studying it 12 years ago.  I have been led down a path to chiropractic by asking this question:  “How can I make my body as healthy as possible?”  I was open-minded the whole time, and have found out a few times that what I had learned was wrong.  As of now, through much trial and error, I understand that everyone must have a chiropractor on their health team, just as I understand everyone requires good, natural, from-the-earth foods, plenty of exercise and positive self talk and gratitude with a support group or tribe.  This is what I do for myself, and it is what I recommend to my family, friends and patients – because this is what all of the research points to when I ask “How to be the healthiest person?”  This may change, but for now this is my best recommendation as a health coach.

I hope you get your spine checked soon.


Dr. Nicholas Araza DC CCWP

The practice I work @ had its first MOVIE NIGHT (a big shout out to D-vo for the idea), and it was awesome.  Great company and a great movie Super Size Me the 2004 documentary of a man named Morgan Spurlock and his insane challenge (to himself) to eat nothing but McDonald’s for 30 days.

Below is the gist along with some commentary by yours truly ;-p

His STATS: At the beginning of the 30 days, Morgan was evaluated, weighed, measured, poked and prodded by a registered dietitian (RD), exercise physiologist and three separate MD’s (GP, cardiologist & internist). The RD expressed concern with what Morgan was about to do, but none of the other specialists thought that the diet change would have any extreme effects on his health! One MD said that because he had a family history that didn’t include many lifestyle diseases, he had “great genes.” The cardiologist thought his TG’s (triglycerides) might go up a little.

Morgan appeared fairly healthy @ 6’2″ tall / 11% body fat / 185 lbs / blood panel including liver enzymes, cholesterol (~160) and TG’s all within normal limits. Again, one MD was quoted saying “you have great genes.”

The Rules:

  • He must fully eat three McDonald’s meals per day (at breakfast, lunch, and dinner time).
  • He must try every item on the McDonald’s menu at least once over the course of the 30 days (he managed this in nine days).
  • He must only ingest items that are offered on the McDonald’s menu. This includes bottled water. Any and all outside consumption of food is prohibited.
  • He must SuperSize the meal when asked, but only when asked. He is not able to SuperSize by his own accord.
  • He will attempt to walk about as much as a typical U.S citizen, based on a suggested figure of 5,000 standardized distance steps per day,[5] but he did not closely adhere to this, as he walked more while in New York than Houston. (Wikipedia)

The movie takes us through not only Morgan’s journey through McDonald’s madness, but also through America’s (and the world’s) journey through fast food history. He goes over many shocking statistics about the fast food industry as well as a lot into details of school lunch programs and the health of our nation and our food supply.

Interesting movie stats:

  • McDonald’s feeds roughly 40 million people each day, and outnumbers other fast food companies by 2 to 1 in many areas.
  • McDonald’s is mentioned during the movie to have two classes of users of their restaurants: There are the “Heavy Users” (about 72% of customers, who eat at their restaurants once or twice a week), and the “SUPER Heavy Users” (about 22% of customers, who eat McDonald’s three or more times a week). But no one was found who ate at McDonald’s three times a day. Spurlock said that he was eating in thirty days the amount of fast food most nutritionists suggest someone should eat in eight years.[14]
  • Morgan’s average intake of calories over the month was roughly 5,000 per day (double his requirements)
  • Many prominent junk food CEO’s die of cardiovascular disease.
  • The size of a McDonalds drink/fries in the 50’s is now either the small or kids size, and the large is often 3-4x as big now (including the Super Sized soda coming in at over 42oz and Super Sized Fries coming in at over 500 calories).

Would you like 500 calories with that?

  • The movie starts off with some terrible Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken and McDonald’s song being sung by some preteens at summer camp?!

The Results:

“After five days Spurlock has gained 9.5 pounds (4.5 kg) (from 185.5 to about 195 pounds). It is not long before he finds himself with a feeling of depression, and he claims that his bouts of depression, lethargy, and headaches are relieved by a McDonald’s. His general practitioner describes him as being “addicted.” He has soon gained another 8 pounds (3.5 kg), putting his weight at 203.5 lb (92 kg). By the end of the month he weighs about 210 pounds (95.5 kg), an increase of about 24.5 pounds (about 11 kg). Because he could only eat McDonald’s food for a month, Spurlock refused to take any medication at all” (although his internist recommended a daily aspirin at one point, which drives home the message to me that our medical system is designed to treat our unhealthy disease producing lifestyles rather than get to the root cause and help people change how they eat, move and think for health). “At one weigh-in Morgan lost 1 lb. from the previous weigh-in, but it was hypothesized by a nutritionist that he had lost muscle mass, which weighs more than an identical volume of fat.

Spurlock’s girlfriend, Alexandra Jamieson, attests to the fact that Spurlock has lost much of his energy and sex drive during his experiment. It was not clear at the time if Spurlock would be able to complete the full month of the high-fat, high-carbohydrate diet, and friends and family began to express concern.

In Day 21, Spurlock has heart
palpitations. His internist, Dr. Daryl Isaacs, advises him to stop what he is doing immediately to avoid any serious health problems. He compares Spurlock with the protagonist played by Nicolas Cage in the movie Leaving Las Vegas who intentionally drinks himself to death in a matter of weeks. Despite this warning, Spurlock decides to continue the experiment.

Spurlock makes it to day 30 and achieves his goal. In thirty days, he “Supersized” his meals nine times along the way (five of which were in Texas, three in New York City). His doctors are surprised at the degree of deterioration in Spurlock’s health. He notes that he has eaten as many McDonald’s meals as most nutritionists say the ordinary person should eat in 8 years (he ate 90 meals, which is close to 8 years of eating it once a month).” Wikipedia.

My take: We literally are what we eat, our magnificent body has no alternative than to build our eyes, brain, blood vessels, hormone receptors, skin..etc with what we eat. So if you eat toxic and deficient food (Fast Food by definition, not mine, theirs: During the movie, we are shown that it is actually written in McDonald’s operations manual something to the extent that their food is not healthy) your body will be toxic and deficient. Try building a home out of tin and sticks vs steel, bricks and lumber!

So, I expected to see some seriously deleterious changes to Morgan’s health, but I was even surprised to see how much Morgan’s health deteriorated in just one month. His cholesterol shot up to 230 and his liver enzymes measured similar to an alcoholic (his liver was dying, and when it goes, you go), his doctors told him to stop the experiment just over 3 weeks because they thought he could seriously or permanently injure himself. I’m going to repeat this: in roughly 3 weeks of consuming an all McDonald’s diet Morgan went from a healthy guy with “great genes” to a man with blood chemistry and liver damage of that of an alcoholic who was advised if he did not stop this eating pattern he could seriously injure himself or die. Hmmm where were his great genes now? Does this support that our genes really are a blueprint and it is our environment (food, exercise and thoughts choices) that provides the building supplies or what!!?

I was surprised at many of the stats in the movie because I kind of live in this wellness bubble and surround myself with healthy people and people who are in the process of becoming healthier, so seeing how much of America eats and lives was eye opening (we have a lot of work to do).

The Movie Night Participants had about a 30 min discussion afterward about genetics, the health of our country, weight gain and loss and why it is simple, but not always easy (it took Morgan 14 months to lose the weight he gained in the McDonald’s Month) and what it means to eat for health.

What we didn’t get a chance to discuss at Movie Night was the empowering principle that every dollar we spend is a vote for the types of food in grocery stores and restaurants, and that is one of the great things about capitalism. The mighty dollar has powerful voice, and the market will listen, so if we keep spending our money on organic and the healthiest options there will be more and more of them as time goes on. Voting with purchases will also affect the cost of those items in a positive way, so keep on voting for your health by buying and eating healthy organic veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, oils and meats.

Shop (and don’t eat crap) 4 Health,

Dr. Nicholas Araza DC CCWP

Wish I could make them for you Mom!!

Well, not these pancakes, come on, if you know me at all, you know that I would never condone your typical pancakes. Back in the day I used to eat me some mean pancakes, even held tri-annual breakfast parties at my different apartments back in college, so I could get together with buddies and eat pancakes, two of my favorite things. Alas, now I am a wellness doctor and health coach, who understands that the phytic acid and gliadin in traditional pancakes wreaks havoc on our digestive system and along with the refined processed grains cause huge insulin spikes speeding us toward old age, osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer and other lifestyle diseases.

That being said, one thing hasn’t changed since my flapjack flipping days of college, and that is my love for my Mother. I know there are many of you out there that will dispute this, but my mom really is the best mom on earth. She is understanding, empathetic, caring and selfless. She always seems to put everyone else in the family before her and has always made me feel special and loved every single day. She is the best period, and I still love her immensely. So for mother’s day this year I sent her a small bottle of Pure Vermont Maple Syrup (from a recent & awesome trip to Vermont) and a recipe for one of my favorite treats, Blueberry, Walnut & Almond-Flour Pancakes. Unfortunately I will not get to be with my mom this mother’s day, but through the magic of technology and the internet, we will have an awesome Skype session, which if well-timed, may have us eating blueberry flapjacks together.

Happy Mothers Day!

I love you Mom,

-Your Son Nicholas

PS Here’s the receipee:

Almond Flour Pancakes:

1.5 cups almond meal/flour

½ cup ground flaxseeds

2 eggs

1.5 cups almond milk

2 Tble sp olive oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp baking powder

Dash salt

Optional: ½ cup crushed walnuts, pecans or macs & ½ cup frozen blueberries.

Mix all ingredients together in big bowl and cook like regular pancakes.

Control Your Morning = Control Your Day

Last week at our practice, I had the opportunity to teach Morning Rituals, one of the key activities we wellness doctors do each morning to get the MOST out of our day.  Our day starts early, so the rituals began early, 530 a.m. to be exact, and if I may speak for the few brave souls who participated, we had an awesome experience!  So awesome in fact, I have decided to continue this practice at the practice throughout summer while we have light.

Now for those of you who find idea of 530 am more stressful than the reward of the awesome feelings of gratitude and community that we all felt last Friday, OR YOU LIVE TOO FAR AWAY,  I do not judge you; however, I still want you to be able to participate, so with this blog I will be sharing some of the activities that guarantee to get your day started off in a much different and better light.

Step 1:  Stretch. (1-2min)

Have you noticed what every other animal in the animal kingdom does when they wake up from a snooze?  Whether arising from a nap or a 10 hour sleep-fest, every animal, save one (human beings) stretch upon arising from slumber.  Think about it, your cat, your dog, the animals on the discovery channel….they all give a little stretch & a bend, to wake up their musculo-skeletal & nerve system, which allows them to fully wake up and begin their day.  Your body undergoes a HUGE shift in its physiology when going from sleep to wakefulness; a stretch will get things moving, increase positive stimulation to your nervous system, allowing it to finish its preparations for your day?!!  This doesn’t have to be long or drawn out, just a quick minute of moving and doing what feels good will give you a better shot @ an awesome day.

Step 2: Herd your thoughts & control your mind. (5-10min)

There are many ways to meditate, the simplest that I have found is breathing.  The simple act of concentrating on your breath is a form of meditation that can be practiced anytime and anywhere.  Get into a comfortable position (good posture is the best) & the simply focus on your breath and let all the other thoughts drift away.  Actively think “I am breathing in, I am breathing out,” keeping your breaths slow and controlled breathing deep into your belly. Practice for 5-10 minute, keeping in mind: IT WILL BE DIFFICULT AT FIRST.  You must border collie your thoughts and always come back to your breath.  This will get easier the more often you practice.  (if you find yourself off track, don’t bother getting upset, just realize you are now thinking about what you are going to have for lunch tomorrow and return to thinking about your breath).

Step 3: Nourish Your Spine – Spinal Hygiene Exercises (5min)

Your spine protects and supports your nervous system, the master communicator in your body.  Your nerve system is responsible for regulating everything from digestion to breath & circulation.  Your spine also gives support to your vital organs & gives your muscles a place to attach to allowing for movement, and movement is life.

“…The vertebral column; (which is) undoubtedly the most neglected vital organ in the human body.” JMPT 1985.

Practicing Spinal Hygiene Exercises & Life Extension Exercises will take your spine through its natural range of motion keeping it & you healthy, as well as stimulate proper posture, which can add life to your years & years to your life.  Check out the links to the videos on these exercises for more.

Step 4: Daily Affirmation (1-3min)

There is nothing more empowering than an awesome daily affirmation first (4th) thing in the morning.  Come up with your own or use the one I use/modify from the masters circle, but it should focus on giving thanks for the day, your abilities now and in the future, and your drive for kaizen (constant and continual self improvement).

Step 5: Attitude of Gratitude

This is the simplest and best part of my morning rituals.  After this final step I am ready for the day and feeling fantastic.  It is a simple fact that our minds can only hold focus on one thing at a time, sure you can shuffle the focus from item to item, but we can really only concentrate on one thing at a time.  So when you are being thankful, everything else just melts away and the day seems a little brighter.  (This can be done at any time especially when you need a pick-me-up, works way better than chocolate!)

First focus on all of the things you are thankful for that are currently in your life. Be specific and say it out loud (even if you have to whisper).  Specify family members and their attributes that your thankful for, your friends, your health, job, the food you ate yesterday, the birds that you are seeing…etc anything is fair game, just say what you are feeling grateful for.

Second, focus on all of the things you are thankful for that are coming into your life. It is an act of manifestation, by bringing what you want to the forefront of your mind.  Whether its your parents’ health, a promotion at work, a new PR at the dead lift, your brothers business success…anything you hope for, but again be specific.

Take a few breaths, smile and have a great day!!

Give Thanks 4 Health,

-Dr. Nicholas Araza DC CCWP

Buuuuuuuuuddddddiiiiiiieeees! (that's buddies for long)

So, I finally did it, I started my very own blog and since you are here you know it is called Your Health Buddy.  If you know me, I know what you are thinking, “that is a perfect title for your blog.” And, after much deliberation, I agree with you, it is perfect.  Friendship (buddyship, buddydom) is at the core of my being, and has been ever since the end of high school and beginning of college where I found myself roaming the halls of my dorm, doing whatever I could to stay out of my room due to some irronically less than friendly roommates.  So, I found myself in the rooms of pretty much every other freshman in the hall (shout out to Santa Cruz dorms, UCSB fall 99’).  Most of my dorm-mates were awesome and I quickly became friends with many of them.  That was when the term “buddy” entered my (& Dan Buddy’s (& countless subsequent buddies since then, although many of you have tried, and will try to fight it ;)) vocabulary where it took hold and has been pretty much a staple ever since.  It’s just so gosh darned versatile….buuuddy, budy, buuuuuuddddy.  You know, yooouuu know.

Fast forward about 11 years, I have finished undergraduate and graduate school and now work in one of the largest chiropractic & wellness practices in the world with some of the best doctors & most passionate educators I have ever met.  I have earned a doctorate degree in chiropractic as well as a few certifications in the strength, health & wellness sciences that gives me a HUGE amount of life-saving knowledge that has changed my life as well as the lives of many of my family, friends & patients’ for the better, almost certainly improving the quality and quantity of their lives and their family/future families lives.  Now, I know I am only 25% done with this crazy thing called life, but I can tell you that the information I have come across and keep coming across has allowed me to see no decline in health whatsoever; in fact, I can honestly say that every single year I am healthier, stronger, smarter, better looking, more positive and even happier to be alive, and I see no end of that upward swing any time soon if ever.  (There may be an eventual decrease in strength, but not in health, intelligence, positivity, or usefulness.)  Did I mention really really ridiculously good looking too? ;-p

Simply put, I love teaching.  I love helping people get healthier, I love spreading information about health, wellness & any life improving information that I have come across, which is why the Blog of Franson Chiropractic has been such a blessing.  During the past almost year and a half at the practice and on the blog, I have had a wide open forum and more importantly the encouragement & guidance to begin to disseminate the MASSIVE AMOUNT OF INFORMATION that I have gathered throughout the past 9 years of school, thirty something educational seminars all over the country & world, and thousands upon thousands of hours reading health, wellness & self improvement information.

So this brings me to my own blog, with the awesome (stop it, I’m blushing) name “Your Health Buddy.”  (Shout out to my brother (aka “bruddy”) for its creation, yeah Bro & my GF for her support & inspiration with her own awesome blog, I love you both!!)  You see, most of my buddies ask me health questions from time to time, and so I am going to use this forum to answer their and your (new buddies) inquiries as well as post about any awesome life-saving, life improving information that I come across or have come across.  I’ve always had a personal motto of making the world my buddy because I love the world, and I love my buddies, and I love making buddies become buddies, and more importantly I want them (YOU) to live long, fruitful, healthy and happy lives because they (YOU) deserve it!



Your Health Buddy,

Dr. Nicholas Araza DC CCWP CSCS