Adrenal Fatigue – Kelsey Becker

Adrenal Fatigue -Kelsey’s Story It was a Saturday night when we picked our daughter Kelsey up from the airport. She had just returned from Guatemala, her second mission trip with our church. She had been so excited to go because she was going on her own – without us this time. As a young adult she wanted to prove to herself and to us she could do this independently. After we came home we talked to her about the trip. As she was talking, it seemed as if she just couldn’t collect her thoughts. It seemed as if her thoughts were so disjointed. Her Dad, Wayne, and I attributed it to her being overly excited to share her mission experience. So, we blew it off and thought we’d hear more about it when she was rested. The following morning another perplexing thing happened. We were at church and the group from the mission trip gave a presentation sharing their travel experiences. The next thing I knew Kelsey ran out of the room crying, she couldn’t get herself under control. Yes, she is sensitive, but this was a little uncharacteristic of her. We talked in the hall and she still couldn’t seem to express what she was thinking. It all seemed a little odd. Wayne and I tried to make sense of it by saying it must be due to lack of sleep. Kelsey had left on this trip with so much energy and excitement. She had come such a long way in the past few years. While living at home, she had started school at the community college, which...

Direct Care vs Insurance

For those of us that have high deductible insurance plans (my family and I have a bronze plan that combines a Health Savings Account with a HDHP) direct care just makes sense. Less cost up front means more money in your pocket. One question we get quite often is “Since I have good coverage, won’t direct care cost me more?” In the example below we show how direct care, even for those that have great coverage, can save money. Insurance* Direct Pay Moderate Visit $108.00 $90.00 Copay** $30.00 $0.00 CBC $12.83 $10.00 CMP $16.00 $12.00 Total $166.83 $112.00  80/20 (in network)  $57.37**  $56.00  50/50 (out of network) Difference: $1.37 *Representative of one of the largest insurance providers in KS **Copay not reimburse-able and doesn’t count toward deductible We’re excited to offer good value and affordable care in a simplified...
Eat Food

Eat Food

This is a talk given by one of my favorite writers when it comes to food, Michael Pollan. He started with the Omnivore’s Dilemma and then wrote Food Rules (a sort of instruction manual for eating). He is an American author, journalist, activist, and professor of journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.  A 2006 New York Times book review describes him as a “liberal foodie intellectual.”   I frequently share his 3 rules of eating: Eat food* Mostly plants Not much of it *I remind people that real food generally doesn’t come out of a box out of a can out of a bag over a counter through a window And… if it have more than 5 ingredients you should really question whether its food. There are some exceptions to those rules (frozen fruit and veggies from a bag etc), but for the most part that will be all you need to know about how to eat. I found one particular fact that he points out interesting: poor women that cooked their own food were healthier than wealthy women that didn’t. We need to get back to food that’s cooked by us rather than food that’s cooked by corporations. Although I haven’t read his latest book, Cooked: A Natural History of  Transformation, I plan to very soon. Oh, and for those of you disturbed by the pesticide used on potatoes, I found a link to the chemical profile of...
Stress Check

Stress Check

Stress Check from Azumio  is pretty simple. It uses the camera on your phone to take your pulse and then analyzes the variability of your heart rate to calculate your level of stress. Research evidence increasingly links high heart rate variability to good health and a high level of fitness, while decreased HRV is linked to stress, fatigue and even burnout. Algorithms used to analyze HRV follow recommendations of European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology (NASPE). A number of studies have shown that HRV is an important indicator of both physiological resiliency and behavioral flexibility, reflecting an individual’s capacity to adapt effectively to stress and environmental demands. It has become apparent that while a large degree of instability is detrimental to efficient physiological functioning, too little variation can also be pathological. An optimal level of variability within an organism’s key regulatory systems is critical to the inherent flexibility and adaptability that epitomize healthy function. This principle is aptly illustrated by a simple analogy: just as the shifting stance of a tennis player about to receive a serve may facilitate swift adaptation, in healthy individuals, the heart remains similarly responsive and resilient, primed and ready to react when needed. Most of us know when we are stressed. But we don’t always know how to relieve that stress. One way to use this application is to take a measurement and work on ways to decrease the effect of stress on your body. In future posts we’ll talk more about how you can use this biofeedback in conjunction with deep breathing exercises. There are more...

Fat Coffee

Ok, its time to share my breakfast secret. Actually, its not a secret. I tell lots of people about it. Disclaimer: this isn’t my recipe, I got it from Ben Greenfield and have been drinking it almost every morning. I believe its a slight twist on “Bullet Proof Coffee“. Mornings at the Davis household are busy. Breakfast needs to be something that can be easily thrown together. If I have the time I love having two eggs (fresh from the hen house) cooked in my cast iron skillet in a large spoonful of coconut oil. When I don’t have time for that, I throw these ingredients in the blender for “Fat Coffee”. 8 oz of Black coffee 3 oz of full fat coconut milk 1 Tbs of grass fed butter 1 Tbs of extra virgin coconut oil (can sub with MCT Oil) 1 tsp of vanilla dash of cinnamon 3 drops of stevia (have been eliminating this lately) Blend at low low speed, pour and enjoy! Dietary Fats that Improve Brain...