Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot
I interact with hundreds of patients each week and get asked a lot of questions. On Fridays I like to share some of the answers I give and hope it has value for you.
Any research you’ve seen about COVID that you found interesting? I read through a study led by Northwestern University on Vitamin D and COVID. The study conducted a statistical analysis of data from hospitals and clinics across China, France, Germany, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The data gathered from these 10 countries tried to find commonalities among age, location and a host of many factors but ended up finding Vitamin D to be the most pertinent factor. The study suggests that Vitamin D may reduce COVID-19 fatality by suppressing cytokine storm (hyper-inflammatory condition caused by an overactive immune system that damages lungs and leads to acute respiratory distress). It is a powerful vitamin with so many benefits and though it doesn’t necessarily prevent COVID, it is still a powerful defensive force against it and can decrease the severity to someone that contracts it according to the study. Vitamin D supplements can help as well but make sure you’re getting sunlight daily as this is the most effective way for your body to absorb the vitamin. The study is worth looking up if you’d like to Google it and read through it.
A great piece of advice? A year into my career I joined a chiropractic office with an excellent doctor who became my mentor. One of my favorite pieces of advice that he ever gave me was this: “You need to call up other chiropractors to see how they’re doing. If they start talking about how business is bad because insurance isn’t paying as much or it’s a tough economy or their town has too many chiropractors; hang up the phone. Then pick it back up and call until you find a person that is excited, passionate and tells you that their business is booming. Those are the type of people you want to talk to because they help make you better.” I use this advice all the time and try to fill my life with people that inspire me, drive me, and motivate me to do better in my personal life and businesses.
Something I’ve been eating lately? I mentioned this many months ago but something I love to make (especially now as the weather is getting hot) are either acai or dragon fruits bowls. I get frozen packets of these from Sprouts, Whole Foods or Costco and will use 2 at a time for a bowl. I put them in a blender with almond milk and get it to a smooth consistency and then pour it into a bowl. Then I’ll usually top it with banana slices, granola, slivered almonds, peanut or almond butter and a drizzle of honey. At times I may also use strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, walnuts, chia seeds or any number of other items on top. This is a refreshing and nutrient rich meal that I often have for dinner or after workouts.
Do you adjust dogs? For whatever reason I have gotten this question many times this week. I do adjust dogs and have for many years. When I was in chiropractic school, I got my first dog as a puppy. During his first couple of visits I noticed on a chart that the canine spine was very similar to a human spine. As I learned how to adjust and how the spine functioned, I began to adjust my own dog. I don’t have any formal training with dogs, but I’ve gotten very good at it and have adjusted hundreds of dogs over the years with some amazing results. Patients often ask for my help with their dogs and I usually offer to help their furry friends out – usually for spinal issues, arthritis, joint issues (shoulders, hips, knees, ankles, etc.), vertigo and more.
Some quotes I love?
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.” – Steve Maraboli, Life, the
Truth, and Being Free
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