March for Health

Mother Theresa, when asked if she would march against the war, refused.   Although, when asked to march for peace, she gladly accepted.  For to be “for something” is empowering.

In light of the recent hysteria surrounding this year’s pandemic, I am reminded of Mother Theresa.  What we focus on matters.  How we perceive our surroundings matters.  Do we see friends or enemies?  Hate or love?  Disease or health? 

Pathogenesis is the study of the origins of disease, while, on the contrary, Salutogenesis is the study of health and its origins.  If we focus on disease, we must work backwards to try to find a solution to a problem, and then remove the perceived problem.  This is the approach of western medicine.  However, an alternative to this is the focus on health and what our bodies need to be healthy.  If we focus on health, we can provide our body with the ground floor materials to promote the best expression of life.  What this looks like is simple:  it’s keeping our environment pure and providing sufficiency in terms of the essential ingredients or nutrients that our ecosystem needs to function at its best, express life and be able to freely adapt and respond to the environment. 

Even though the concept is simple, the application is difficult because there is no accurate measure for health.  All the measures we have in our current model addresses ways we can measure sickness, disease or pathogenesis.  X rays, MRI, CT scans, bloodwork…they are function to determine if we are in a dis-ease state or not.   The problem with these measures is that our health is a continuum.  Our bodies are continually adapting to its environment and the ingredients we provide it, and in doing so, can either move towards health or away from it.  So, you don’t magically have diabetes the moment your fasting blood sugars are measured at 126 mg/dL.  You were moving in that direction for potentially years prior your diagnosis, moving away from health.  Your body was in a dis-ease state already prior to being diagnosed with disease.   

So, health is a continuum.  What we choose to do daily either moves us toward dis-ease in the body or away from it and so, health, like life, ebbs and flows according to how pure our environment is and how sufficiently we supply our bodies with what it needs to be healthy.  The bottom line is our bodies should always be able to adapt to its circumstances.  This is the key.  What we focus on matters.  If we are focused only on the disease state of our bodies, or the pathogenesis, we are blinded to the ability to move towards health.  When we focus on health, or salutogenesis, we can address the dis-ease that occurs in the body and prevent us from entering the disease state. 

This is where the problem lies.  Like it or not, health requires personal responsibility.  Health is a daily, if not minute by minute choice.  It is our personal responsibility to take care of the body that God created for us.  Everything we do; the foods we eat-are they organic, green harvested, soil deficient, the products we use in our home and on our bodies, how we move our bodies or not move our bodies, how we think- is it positive or negative, how much technology are we exposed to, how many toxins are in our environment,how we handle stress, if we forgive others, are we healing our trauma; it all matters in terms of our health continuum.  And so, moving towards health requires personal responsibility. 

I see a future of humanity.  Those that focus on health and salutogenesis and those who focus on disease and pathogenesis.  The picture is vastly different.  And Mother Theresa said it best.  If we focus on pathogenesis, we remove human choice and thus, are left victims to our circumstances.  Our health is left in someone else’s hands whom we are powerless to.  We are disempowered. 

Today, I choose health.  I choose to focus on salutogenesis.  I do what I can, in my power, to improve the health of myself and my family.  It’s my personal responsibility, not only for me, but for my children and their children ever after and also, for our earth!  I choose to fulfill the purposes that God created me to do in this world.  For without health, I cannot share truth, I cannot enjoy my family, I cannot create memories I choose to have. I become a victim, disempowered, hopeless.   Instead, I choose empowerment.  I choose to march “for something” and not “against”.  I choose to no longer be a victim of circumstance.  I choose health. 

So, I ask you today to join me and change your focus.  From fear to faith.  From being disempowered to taking power into your own hands.  Let’s march together. 

For health,

Dr Tiffany Leonida

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A Challenge to LOVE

I had the overwhelming urge to write today…this is what transposed:

I have a dream…I know its cliché but this needs to be heard loud and clear.

I have a dream of peace.  Peace from all of this chaos.

A nation where we are not run on corruption, where there is so much lack of trust on the individual and the government alike.

A government not funded by parties with ulterior motives.

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Myriel’s Birth Story- A Chiropractic Message

Myriel’s Arrival!Leonida Family-47

In celebration of our daughter’s 3rd birthday coming up, I wanted to share a little about her birth story:

Myriel Eden was born on September 10th and came exactly the way that she was supposed to come….in the back of our brand new SUV!  Now, I know what most of you are thinking.  How could that possibly be the perfect entry into the world for a baby and a mother?  I’ll answer that in a minute, but first, let me start with our personal beliefs in birth.  

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Chiropractic: The Missing Piece in your Prenatal Care

ChiropracJess 4tic: The Missing Piece in your Prenatal Care

Dr Tiffany Leonida, DC CACCP

Pregnancy and birth need our respect, not intervention.  As a chiropractor, board certified in pediatric and prenatal care, it is my mission to make the birth process a smoother transition, not only for the mom–to-be, but also, for also for the benefit of the developing baby.

Throughout pregnancy and beyond, a mom and child’s health depends on the body’s ability to heal itself.  The body is quite amazing!  For example, all of the cells of your liver die and are completely replaced every 24 days.  You get a brand new liver every month!  Your taste buds are replaced every 11 days and you get a brand new stomach lining every 5 days.  Our bodies are absolutely incredible!  The same is true for the birth process!  The process of conception for a sperm cell to fertilize an egg is equivalent to swimming across the Atlantic Ocean blindfolded!  As long as there is no interference in this process, the tiny baby will develop healthy and according to the master plan.

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Welcome to Healthy Start in the Raw!

Leonida Family 2015 Lincoln NE-85Welcome to Healthy Start in the Raw!!!

Healthy Start in the Raw was created because we are excited about all the going-ons at Healthy Start Family Chiropractic and within our family, and we wanted to be able to share it with the world.  This page will be a very raw take on our family and office, but will also include resources, patient testimonials, and professionally written articles that we have published as well as our thoughts as we grow as chiropractors, a family, in our faith, and the community at our office.  So I hope that you enjoy as much as we will!  Feel welcome to make positive comments or contact us if you have a particular topic of interest.

Many Blessing and More Healing,

Alex & Tiffany

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Chiropractic — Restoring Your Life Force!

Restoring your Life Force through Chiropractic!

Tiffany Leonida, DC CACCP

treepic-300x225Every day at the office, I am amazed at the power of the human body and humbled by God’s ability to create such an amazing being!  To elaborate, chiropractic was founded on the principle that the power that made the body will heal the body as long as there aren’t any interferences.  The life force of our body travels from our brain down our spinal column and branches out to the billions of destinations in your body.  There is a constant communication between this life force in the form of nerve impulses that send information from your brain and spinal cord to your muscles, bones, heart, liver, stomach, eyes, ears and blood vessels.  This delicate communication system is how your body is able to continue working properly and if these messages are blocked or altered in anyway, the result is a state of dis-ease in your body, leading to malfunction, sickness, suffering, disease and continual decline.  The weight of a tiny dime on your nerve system results in more than 50% decrease in nerve impulse!  You can go for many weeks without food, a week or so without water, for a few minutes without air, but not even a second without the life force and information streaming across your nerves.  To be fully alive you need to be fully connected!

That is why I am humbled every day at the results that people get with chiropractic care.  Chiropractors are trained to specifically locate and treat subluxations of our spine which create this interference to our life force.  The healing someone receives from a series of chiropractic adjustments is phenomenal and unmatched!  Get yourself and your loved ones checked by a chiropractor for subluxations!  The results are limitless!

In the Raw,
Dr Tiffany

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