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Cut in Half your Risk of Early Death

All of my patients can now stop rolling their eyes every time this Comox Valley Chiropractor tells them to stop smoking, exercise more, eat well and drink moderately. My patients are quite used to my preachings on living a healthier lifestyle, and now (as if I didn’t have enough research to back me up) a new article has been posted in the British Medical Journal extolling these virtues.

This 24-year long study followed a group of over 77,000 women between the ages of 34 and 59 who had no signs of heart disease (when the study began). They wanted to determine the relation of their health to 5 lifestyle factors:

  1. Being overweight
  2. Smoking
  3. Excessive drinking
  4. Poor Diet
  5. Little physical activity

Over the years 8882 of the women died – 1790 from heart disease and 4527 from cancer. Each of the above lifestyle factors was found to significantly increase the chance of dying from any disease (not just those listed above). Another interesting fact is that women who drank moderately (up to one drink per day) actually had less chance of dying from heart disease than those who did not drink at all.

While it may seem like a tall order to follow the recommendations of this study, it really doesn’t need to be that complicated. You don’t need to hit the gym, lift weights and run ten miles everyday. Often, a healthy lifestyle is all about the little things.

Quitting smoking is a must. No if, ands or buts. If you are having trouble, both acupuncture and low intensity laser therapy are safe and effective options. You don’t need to give up your wine or spirits, simply moderate it to a one-drink a day maximum.

Simple diet choices can significantly improve your nutrition, while decreasing obesity. Choose whole grain foods, less red meats and cut out the soda and excess sugar. As for exercise, walking to work or the corner store will ensure that you achieve the 30 minutes of exercise per day that is considered minimum.

Revamping your entire life to begin an unsustainable nutritional and exercise plan is not the answer – you need to make sure you take small steps in the right direction and change your lifestyle in a comfortable way. These simple changes can literally mean cutting your risk of early death by 50%.

Stop Smoking Now!

I’m sure by now everyone knows of the harmful effects of smoking. Besides the well known side-effects, most people don’t know that smoking increases your risk of back and neck pain due to the toxic effect of nicotine (and other toxins) on your discs, nerves and spine.

Nicotine is a highly addictive substance. For many smokers, quitting smoking can seem almost impossible. Regardless if you smoke three packs a day for 40 years or if you smoke one pack a day for 10 years, Rachel Shoniker’s Stop Smoking Detox Program can help you successfully quit. This program tackles the physical and psychological aspects, while enabling the body to cleanse of nicotine and harmful chemicals.

Rachel’s centre, Revitalize Now!, offers a comprehensive program consisting of:

Laser Therapy

They combine low-level laser technology with the ancient practice of acupuncture to successfully help you quit smoking. By stimulating acupuncture points on the ears, hands and legs with a low-level laser and bio-electrical stimulation, they trigger the release of endorphins – the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Instead of feeling irritable and anxious, laser therapy allows you to calmly adjust to your new lifestyle as a non-smoker.


  • Alleviates withdrawal symptoms
  • Reduces stress
  • May help to reduce craving

Guided Imagery

When trying to quit smoking, many people start with positive intentions but they are unable to maintain them. Guided imagery is an excellent complement to laser therapy. Revitalize Now! uses a powerful CD that was developed by a psychotherapist who is widely recognized as a leader in the field of guided imagery.


  • Reinforces your resolve to remain smoke-free
  • Reduces psychological cravings for nicotine
  • Completely relaxes you


After years of inhaling thousands of toxins, detoxifying your body is imperative.

It’s been estimated that there are more than 4,000 chemicals found in cigarette smoke, including: benzene (found in gasoline and pesticides); formaldehyde (used for embalming dead bodies); acetone (ingredient in nail polisher remover); ammonia (makes nicotine readily absorbed); and benzopyrene (a tar that causes cancer). Cleansing your body is imperative in order to revitalize your health.

Their detox program consists of high-quality supplements and infrared sauna therapy to help you rid your body of harmful toxins.

To learn more about how Revitalize Now! can help you finally quit, check out www.revitalizenow.ca for more information or to book your free initial consultation with Rachel.