#002 – Living the Innate Lifestyle – Dr. James Chestnut

Dr. James Chestnut

Dr. James L. Chestnut has devoted his professional life to the implementation of evidence-based healthcare based on identifying and addressing the root stressor causes of illness and the genome-determined requirements for the epigenetic expression of health. He holds a Bachelor of Physical Education degree, a Master of Science degree in exercise physiology with a specialization in neuromuscular adaptation, is a Doctor of Chiropractic, and holds a post-graduate Certification in Wellness Lifestyle. Dr. Chestnut received numerous academic awards of distinction during his undergraduate and graduate studies.

After graduating as a Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Chestnut wrote a book entitled ‘The 14 Foundational Premises’ summarizing the neurophysiological and musculoskeletal effects of the vertebral subluxation complex and the chiropractic adjustment that received an award of distinction from the International Chiropractors Association for its significant contribution to the scientific literature validating chiropractic. It is amongst the best-selling chiropractic books in history.

Dr. Chestnut developed, wrote the texts, and still teaches the evidence-based chiropractic and wellness lifestyle provider post-graduate certification program accredited through the International Chiropractors Association (ICA). Dr. Chestnut has received numerous awards of distinction for his texts, his program, and for his teaching, including “Chiropractor of the Year” awards from the ICA and Parker Seminars.

Dr. Chestnut’s latest book, ‘Live Right for Your Species Type’, is considered the gold standard evidence-based argument that unhealthy lifestyle stressors leading to states of adaptive allostasis (including VSC), and not pathological genes or pathological self-regulation, are the root causes of the chronic illness pandemic.

He presently holds the position of Chair of the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) Council on Wellness Lifestyle Science and is a member of the ICA Committee on Chiropractic Postgraduate Education. He is also on the Clinical Advisory Panel of the Australian Spinal Research Foundation.

Dr. Cale interviews wellness expert Dr. James Chestnut about his newest book, health, genes and chiropractic.

Dr. Chestnut has also recently developed evidence-based chiropractic and lifestyle clinical intervention protocols which are in use around the world. He also created an evidence-based supplement company – Innate Choice® and the on-line Eat Well – Move Well – Think Well® 90 Day Innate Lifestyle Plan. Dr. Chestnut’s efforts have influenced many thousands of chiropractors, and through them, millions of patients worldwide. For more information please visit www.eatwellmovewellthinkwell.com

In this Episode, we cover some amazing stuff, including:

  • How to thrive with a full schedule
  • What environment makes for the most successful and healthiest people
  • The beliefs that have fueled Dr. James’s success
  • The beliefs that have fueled Dr. James’s health
  • Why chiropractic is an integral part of wellbeing and performance
  • And much more

I love this episode and I hope you take some of the many gems spoken about and implement them into your life! Stay tuned for episode #3 🙂

Wishing you outstanding health,


Victoria Family Chiropractic
3200 Shelbourne St #203 (250) 592-5553
Web: http://www.vfchiro.com

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Glory Bowl

We all love great food and this particular recipe from BC chef Shelley Adams is outstanding. The key to this super delicious vegetarian meal in my opinion is the dressing. Even though I know it’s just psychological, I often don’t feel satisfied after a vegetarian dish, but that was NOT the case after having this! It’s fresh, tasty, light and packed with nutrients so it’s perfect for the summer.
It serves 8, so you can half it if that’s too much, but leftovers are wonderful with chicken 🙂


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (I use olive)
  • 8 cups hot cooked brown rice
  • 2 cups grated raw carrots
  • 2 cups grated raw beets
  • 2 cups of packed raw baby spinach leaves
  • 2 cups of roasted chopped almonds
  • 2 cups of cubed extra-firm tofu (optional – I don’t use this personally)

Glory Bowl Dressing: (this can be refrigerated for up to 1 week)

  • ½ cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1/3 cup of tamari sauce
  • 1/3 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 cloves of crushed garlic
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable oil (I use olive)


If you are using tofu, in a large skillet heat oil over medium-high heat; fry tofu and stir often until browned – typically about 10 minutes.

Dressing: In a blender, puree the yeast, tamari, vinegar, water, tahini and garlic. With the motor running, slowly add the oil and blend until smooth.

To serve, divide the rice evenly among the bowls and tops with the carrots, spinach, beets, almonds and tofu. Then drizzle each bowl with 3 tablespoons of dressing and it’s ready to enjoy.


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#001 – Strong, Healthy, Flexible Muscles, and Becoming the Best You Can Be – Jamie Johnston

Dr. Cale Copeland speaks with Registered Massage Therapist, Jamie Johnston, About Strong, Healthy, Flexible Muscles, and Becoming the Best You Can Be.

Jamie Johnston (@Jamie_MTDC Twitter) is a Registered Massage Therapist in Victoria BC. He has been in practice for six years and while enjoying his clinical practice, he has also been focused in sport. Over his career Jamie has worked with the Victoria Grizzlies Junior A hockey club, Rugby Canada Men’s 7’s national team and is proud to have been invited back to work with Hockey Canada and the women’s development program this year. Jamie also sits on the board of directors for the provincial massage therapy association. He also travels around the province teaching first aid to massage therapists.

Two years ago, he launched a website “The Massage Therapist Development Centre” (https://themtdc.com) with the intent of helping to better the profession and help other therapists gain confidence in their practice. When not working, Jamie has been a volunteer firefighter for the past 15 years and enjoys hockey, golf and snowboarding.

In this episode, we cover some awesome stuff, including:

  • The habits and traits some of the best athletes in the world use
  • How to use adversity as a springboard
  • Is self-massage and foam rolling a good thing or just a fad
  • What a RMT needs to be successful in practice
  • The keys to keeping muscles healthy and pain free
  • And much more

I hope you find this episode helpful, insightful and inspiring! Stay tuned for episode #2.

Wishing you outstanding health,


Victoria Family Chiropractic
3200 Shelbourne St #203
Phone: (250) 592-5553
Web: http://www.vfchiro.com

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Pins and Needles

Have you ever experienced a strange sensation in your arms, legs, hands, or feet?  If you have, there is a good chance the problem was originating from somewhere else, often the spine.  To be clear, this will not be a conversation about the “normal” pins and needles sensation you get from a circulatory issue, such as sitting in an awkward position and having your leg fall asleep.  Sensations such as pins and needles, numbness, burning, stabbing, or aching are common results of pressure on nerves in the neck or lower back.

Fascinatingly, the surface of the body has been mapped because nerves have specific patterns of where they go.  These patterns are known as dermatomes (see image).  An example of dermatomes can be seen in individuals with shingles: during a shingles attack, a nerve gets affected by a virus and the skin affected by that nerve can erupt with painful sores in a particular pattern.

Arguably the largest benefit from chiropractic comes from the freeing up of nerves.  When the spine becomes misaligned from trauma, strain, or stress it puts pressure on nerves like a rock on a hose.  A chiropractic adjustment can relieve this pressure and allow the body to heal and perform at its best.

Common Areas:


The nerves that exit the spine from the neck (the cervical spine from C1 – T1) go to the upper back, face, scalp, arms, and hands.  When nerves are under pressure in the neck, it is common for sensations such as numbness, burning, pins and needles, or stabbing pain to be experienced in areas ranging from the shoulders, face, or even hands and specific fingers.

The nerves that exit the spine from the lower back (the lumbar spine and sacrum from L5 – S5) go to the pelvis, buttocks, legs, and feet. Common issues and symptoms of nerve pressure in this region are sciatica, stenosis, weakness such as legs buckling or drop foot, and, as above, sensations such as pain, numbness, and burning, pins and needles, etc..

Symptoms often begin mildly with arms or legs going numb during sleep or in specific positions.  This warning sign is often the result of a disc bulge pushing on a nerve.  Over time, if left untreated, disc issues can worsen.  Disc bulges can turn into a herniation, which puts even greater pressure on nerves and can result in disabling pain and inability to use the affected limb/s.  Disc issues are slow to heal because they lack significant blood supply.  Even problems with shoulders, wrists, knees, and feet are often attributed to problems at the spine.  It’s ideal to catch these misalignments in the early stages or, better yet, prevent them; often problems are present before symptoms start.

Prevention and Treatment:

Disc injuries such as degenerative disc disease, disc herniation (sometimes referred to as a slipped disc), and pain originating from weakened or bulging discs can result from trauma or repetitive strain.  The best ways to prevent disc problems are to lift, sit, and move properly and to keep the spine in proper alignment with chiropractic, stretching, and exercise.  Spinal decompression in particular is a terrific way to help discs heal.  Decompression draws blood into damaged discs which allows healing to occur more quickly.  To learn more about chiropractic, spinal decompression, and specific stretches, exercises, and dietary recommendations for a healthier spine and nervous system please visit the video section of my Facebook page or explore my blog.


Posted in Articles, Blog, Cervical Spine, Disc disease, Disc Health, Disc Herniation, Lower Back Pain, Lumbar Spine, Muscle cramps, Neck Pain, Nerve interference, Numbness, Osteoarthritis, Sciatica

Trampolines and Trauma


Recently a trampoline park opened in my town and my kids love it! It seems like all they want to do is go and have to come and watch them do flips. I decided to write this blog because a couple weeks ago I had two cases of children coming into my office with trampoline related injuries. Fortunately, both those children are now 100% better.

After researching trampolines, I have to admit I was surprised at the amount of documented research on injuries. Serious injuries are a real concern such as extremity fractures primarily of the arm, forearm and the lower leg bone close to the knee, especially in children between 2-5 years of age (these are actually known as ‘trampoline fractures’). Also, spinal injuries are common along with sprain/strains especially of the ankle, and even spinal fractures and paraplegia have been reported. (1,2,3) Here is the link to a great article if you wish to read more detail regarding trampoline injuries.

Obviously, people get hurt using trampolines and the purpose of this article is not to stop trampoline use but to create a safer environment for children to play. Kids love trampolines and there are many benefits including laughter, social interaction, playing, strengthening the body and becoming more agile and athletic. There is hope for people that enjoying bouncing on trampolines as the following guidelines will help to greatly reduce injuries.

Trampoline Safety Tips:

  • Only have one person on the trampoline at a time. The risk of injury greatly increases when more than one person in on the trampoline at once.
  • Children aged 0-6 should not use a full-sized trampoline. This age group is highly associated with significant injuries.
  • Avoid doing flips or somersaults as these are highly associated with significant injuries.
  • Do not jump onto or off the trampoline.
  • Adult supervision of children is recommended.
  • Trampoline should be inspected regularly for proper working order and either fixed or discarded if parts are defective such as springs or tears.
  • Protective padding and net enclosures are recommended.
  • Ensure the trampoline is level and set in a clear area away from hazards.

I hope you found this helpful! If you know of anyone with a trampoline, consider sharing this with them.




  1. Furnival RA1Street KASchunk JE. Too many pediatric trampoline injuries. 1999 May;103(5):e57.
  2. Klimek PM1Juen DStranzinger EWolf RSlongo T. Trampoline related injuries in children: risk factors and radiographic findings. World J Pediatr.2013 May;9(2):169-74. doi: 10.1007/s12519-013-0416-2. Epub 2013 May 16.
  3. Königshausen MGothner MKruppa CDudda MGodry HSchildhauer TASeybold D. Trampoline-related injuries in children: an increasing problem. [Article in German] Sportverletz Sportschaden. 2014 Jun;28(2):69-74. doi: 10.1055/s-0034-1366544. Epub 2014 Jun 25.




Posted in Articles, Blog, Cervical Spine, Concussion, Extremities, Fractures, Lower Back Pain, Pediatrics, Torticollis, Trampoline safety, Whiplash
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