Do You Get Constipated?

What in the world does Constipation have to do with Back Pain?

Well, chronic constipation can cause all sorts of health complications, from hemorrhoids to fecal impaction to dull skin. Many people also experience related symptoms such as headaches and back pain, which accompany the constipation.

None of this is pleasant, but from the standpoint of detoxification, constipation is one of the largest barriers to the efficient elimination of accumulated toxins. If stool sits inside the colon too long without being eliminated, the toxins contained within may be circulated back into the blood. Furthermore, stools that are held up from being eliminated may generate even more toxins. The bacteria implicated in constipation emit their own wastes, which must be eliminated. With chronic constipation, good bacteria may die off as harmful bacteria flourishes and their toxins may damage the colon, causing further stagnancy.*

Constipation is not only uncomfortable, but also has long term damaging effects on the colon. One of the processes that happens in the colon is the extraction of water. The colon is constantly extracting water from it’s contents transforming the liquid wastes to solid. As a result, if elimination is not regular and complete, too much water is extracted causing the wastes to become too dry and then cemented to the walls of the colon.






Squatting toilet posture helps relieve and prevent constipation in four ways:

1. In the squatting position, gravity does most of the work. The weight of the torso presses against the thighs and naturally compresses the colon. Gentle pressure from the diaphragm supplements the force of gravity.

2. Squatting relaxes the puborectalis muscle, allowing the anorectal angle to straighten and the bowel to empty completely.

3. Squatting lifts the sigmoid colon to unlock the “kink” at the entrance to the rectum. This kink also helps prevent incontinence, by taking some of the pressure off the puborectalis muscle.

4. The colon is equipped with an inlet valve (the ileocecal valve) and an outlet valve (the puborectalis muscle). Squatting simultaneously closes the inlet valve, to keep the small intestine clean, and opens the outlet valve, to allow wastes to pass freely. The sitting position defeats the purpose of both valves, making elimination difficult and incomplete, and soiling the small intestine.


Let’s review the mechanics of going to the bathroom…

People can control when they defecate, to some extent, by contracting or releasing the anal sphincter. But that muscle can’t maintain continence on its own. The body also relies on a bend in the rectum (where feces is stored), and the anus (where feces comes out). When we’re standing or sitting the bend, called the anorectal angle, is kinked which puts upward pressure on the rectum and keeps the feces inside. The sitting posture actually keeps us in ‘continence mode’. This makes elimination difficult and incomplete, creating the need to STRAIN.

Optimal elimination is achieved in the natural squat position when the puborectalis muscle relaxes, allowing the anorectal angle to straighten, resulting in easier defecation.

There is a product that you can get for your home that is specifically designed to give you the correct posture when squatting.  If you’re tired of straining when you go, then this is a must have.  My patients absolutely love it.  I’ve actually gotten more information than I needed about how it’s helped them get “Regular” again.

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Top 5 Superfoods That Reduce Pain

Are you tired of going to the doctor describing your pain to him or her and the only thing you get is some ridiculous explanation about pain… and then a prescription for more drugs?  Have you also tried the cortisone injections and got no relief?  Stop the madness?  It’s time that you take your health back into your own hands.  You don’t need to live life taking medications for every single symptom that you have.  How did we ever let “Health Care” get this out of control?

So where do you start?  Well, the first steps are through your diet and lifestyle.  By making small changes now, you can begin to decrease the inflammation in your body all on your own.

So I have compiled a list of the top 5 superfoods that reduce pain, the same list I personally use and recommend for my patients.  Each one is very powerful on it’s own, but if you eat them all throughout the day, then you will see dramatic changes in the way you feel.  Just be patient… Doing things naturally takes time.  It may take a few days to see great improvement in the way you feel.

Top 5 Superfoods That Reduce Pain


1)  Cherries

The antioxidants in cherries have proven to be helpful in decreasing inflammation Choosing sour over sweet will give you the best benefits.   Raw sour cherries contain higher vitamin C content per 100 g (17% DV) and are also an excellent source of vitamin A (26% DV). Cherries are also among foods that give you energy.


2)  Broccoli

Broccoli is high in vitamin C and dietary fiber; it also contains multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties, such as diindolylmethane and small amounts of selenium.  It is also rich in lutein and beta-carotene.  This is a true powerhouse in helping the body fight off many different illnesses.  This vegetable will help knock out your inflammation.


3)  Red Grapes

The skin of the red grapes contains Resveratrol.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 5 years, you must have heard about this wonderful anti-inflammatory food.  Resveratrol in red grapes has been shown to decrease inflammation, lower blood sugar, and provide other positive effects for heart health.  Eating the grapes, or even drinking red wine in moderation can help you greatly reduce your chronic inflammation.


4)  Wild Alaskan Salmon

This one gets my top vote!  Not only does grilled or baked salmon taste delicious, you will also be getting some wonderful health benefits from eating it.  It is very high in Omega 3’s which help to reduce inflammation, lower blood sugar, lowers triglyceride levels and can help prevent obesity.


5)  Spirulina

What is Spirulina and how does it help with inflammation?

Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is consumed by humans typically in caplet or capsule form.  It is a  complete protein, meaning that it includes all of the essential amino acids. Researchers have recently found a compound in Spirulina called C-phycocyanin that may have anti-inflammatory properties. This compound is one of the bluish-green pigments that gives Spirulina its color. C-phycocyanin is known to have a antioxidant properties, which means it can help to protect our cells against free radical damage. But now research is also indicating that it may be able to help relieve inflammation as well.

Other benefits of Spirulina:  Boosting immunity and energy levels, supporting eye, brain and cardiovascular health
helping to maintain healthy blood sugar balance, and providing a good vegetarian source of Iron and protein.  You can purchase the capsules or caplets at almost any health food store.



Remember, when you try to get control of your own health again, seeing results can take a little bit of time.  Don’t get frustrated.  Continue on your path and you will see that there truly healthier ways to live.  Look in your medicine cabinet sometime and take inventory.  You will be shocked at the way the pharmaceutical industry has almost taken over your life.  Most of us have pills for every single symptom that we have ever gotten.  This is not Health Care… It is sickness care.

These are great foods that give you energy, especially salmon and broccoli. 

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Thank you,

Dr. Jason Hurst, DC, CCSP, CSCS



How To Make Your Own Ice Pack Or Heat Pack At Home


 Making Your Own Ice And Heat Packs At Home



Have you ever needed an ice pack at home and realized all you had was a frozen bag of peas or corn? Well, I’m gonna explain how you can make your own ice pack with only a couple of items that you probably already have at home.

Benefits of using an ice pack

  • Reduces Inflammation by decreasing tissue temperature
  • Temporarily blocks the pain by numbing the area involved
  • Decreases muscle spasms

What you need…

  1. Freezer bags – 1 quart and 1 gallon sizes are best
  2. Rubbing Alcohol
  3. Water
  4. Food Coloring

If using the quart size freezer bag…

  • Fill the bag with 2 cups of water and 1 cup of rubbing alcohol.
  • If you want the gel to be thicker, increase the water amount and decrease the alcohol amount.
  • If you want the gel to be less thick, then increase the alcohol amount and decrease the water amount.
  • Do not fill the bag to the top because the water will expand when it freezes.
  • Make sure to squeeze as much air out of the bag as possible before sealing it shut.
  • Double bag it to reduce the chance of leaking.
  • Never put the frozen bag directly on your skin… Use a thin towel or cloth between your skin and the bag.
  • Add a couple of drops of food coloring to help identify the ice pack in your freezer.

If using the gallon size freezer bag…

There are 4 quarts to a gallon but I would start by only doubling the amounts from the quart bag first.
If you fill the bag too much then you run the risk of the bag popping open when it freezes.

Play around with the measurements until you get the consistency you are looking for.



Next up is the Heat Pack



Let’s face it… most people hate using ice packs. Although they definitely help to decrease pain and inflammation, some people can’t tolerate the way it feels. So let’s discuss the option of using heat instead.

Benefits of using a heat pack

  • Heat Packs increase circulation and they feel good which helps block the pain.

What you need…

  • A cloth that can hold the filling… such as a tube sock
  • The filling material… rice is the most convenient. But you can use oatmeal, or flax seed as well.
  • Needle and thread to make a permanent heat pack… otherwise just tie the end of the filled sock.
  • Aromatherapy oils can be added to help with relaxing or giving you energy.

Lavender – To help you sleep
Ginger – For energy
Eucalyptus – To relieve stress

How to Make the Heat Pack

  • Fill the tube sock with the rice or other filling.
  • Add the oils… just use a few drops to start, if you have some.
  • Tie the sock closed at the end, or use the needle and thread to seal it permanently.
  • Warm it in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Reheat as needed 
  • You can re-use these heat packs over and over again

If ice and heat just aren’t getting the job done anymore, then make sure to check out the Doctor’s Pain Relief Systems website.  It’s time for you take the next step to getting rid of your pain.

Thank You,

Dr Jason Hurst, DC, CCSP, CSCS