Rushing Nature

I recently saw a quote on Facebook that said “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished – Lao Tsu.”  We don’t often think of it this way, but our body and health is a function of nature.  We aren’t machines, but living and breathing organisms that follow nature’s rhythmn.  Our bodies cannot be rushed or artificially altered without consequences.

Many times patients and doctors want to rush the healing process by using medication to allow us to have less pain as we push ourselves to do something that we perhaps are not ready to do.  At other times, we might try to speed things along by playing baseball when our shoulder still isn’t strong enough or push to run the 10th mile when our knee was only ready for 9.  After we “overdo it,” our body complains by increasing our pain levels and we get frustrated because it won’t “cooperate” with our demands.  This often leads to more medication use and further injury, that might need injections or surgery to correct.

At the heart of chiropractic medicine is the prinicple that the body will heal itself if given the right environment and tools.  To fully align with this natural view of healthcare, it’s important move at your body’s pace and not speed up the healing process artificially.  Taking the time that you need to restore balance will help you recover with less intervention, less medications and help you be healthier for a lifetime.

Dr Erin Ducat is a Board-Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician in Bloomingdale IL, who specializes in the natural, non-surgical treatment of muscle, joint and nerve injuries.  For more information, go to


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Why You Can’t Find That Home For Sale on Zillow or Trulia

I talk with home buyers and sellers every day.  Most are in the initial stages of deciding if the market is right for them.  They’re searching on Google for real estate sites with local home listings and prices.  The first search results they receive are often big, national websites that aggregate listings and look great.

These usually include sites like Zillow and Trulia.  While consumers gravitate to these sites because of the high-end user experience, very few realize that they’re missing a huge portion of the market.  It seems counter-intuitive, but for all of the programming horsepower of the largest nationwide sites, there are actually far more timely and accurate listings on the average real estate agent’s site than there are on these monstrous property portals.

Zillow Trulia Seattle HomesBig Portals Have Fewer Real Listings, More Duplicates and Expireds

To cite just one example, a recent study compared agent websites to portals in the Seattle market.  While agent websites with a regular MLS feed had 100% of the agent-listed homes available, on that same day, Zillow had just 72% available on their website.  Trulia only had 63% of those same homes.  Consumers searching on these sites for homes were literally missing out on 30% or more of the market.

How can this be?  It all comes down to where real estate listings are created and how they’re distributed.  

Agent Websites Receive Direct Feeds While Portals Patch Together Secondary Sources

Real estate agents create and enter their “for sale” listings into the local MLS database.  Those listings are available for the public to see, the very same day, on the website of every real estate agent that signs up for the listing feed.  It’s fairly simple.  The day the listing goes live, it shows up on the agents’ websites, and the day it’s sold, it goes away.  There are no outdated listings or duplicates, just the raw list of homes for sale, straight from the MLS.

With a big property portal, on the other hand, there are a multitude of different sources being pulled in to attempt to construct a full market picture.  Some agents send their listings directly to the portal, some brokers do it for them, some indirect feeds are pulled in, and some listings are just never submitted to the portal at all.  

The inefficient process creates delays in the display of new home listings, and a backlog of sold and expired listings that remain on the portal websites long after they should be gone.  The inventory of listings on a portal site balloons with outdated listings, while the newest homes often show up days or weeks after they’ve already been on the market.

Serious Home Buyers And Sellers Are Using Their Agents’ Websites For Listings

While it’s clear why a consumer would enjoy browsing homes on a beautifully-designed portal website, it’s also important that real home buyers and sellers are informed about their choices.  If you’re truly looking to buy a home, or to assess your chances of selling, you need to see the entire market picture to make a good decision.  Portal websites’ beautiful graphics and charts notwithstanding, inaccurate data in an attractive format will not overcome missing out on that perfect home, nor will it help you find the right set of comparable homes to make a good decision for your sale.

So, if you enjoy browsing real estate on a national portal’s website, just remember that while the local information and statistics are interesting, the listing portion of the site is merely an advertising platform, not the full picture of homes for sale.  If you’re a serious buyer or seller, use an agent’s website.  Whether it’s,, or your favorite local REALTOR®’s site, you’ll feel much more secure knowing you can see that perfect home on the first day it’s available.  In a market where many homes are selling within a week, you’ll never miss out because you were looking in the wrong location.

* By the way–apps have the same problem.  See the real Seattle market.  Try The Seattle Homes App. *


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Open House in Queen Anne Today – 2429 1st Ave N, Seattle WA 98109

We’ll be open from 1-4pm today and tomorrow.  Come by and see a beautifully-crafted contemporary home with the traditional style to fit the historic Queen Anne neighborhood.

Click here for the full MLS listing for the home

Current list price:  $1,300,000

2429 1st Ave N front of houseExperience the sophisticated style of this custom-built Queen Anne residence. Natural surroundings complement the traditional Northwest style of the home. High-end finishes give a rich texture to the open layout. Relax in your spacious master suite, or converse with friends on the sun deck. Walk to nearby shopping, or entertain at home in the spacious kitchen and dining rooms. With an entire suite of amenities downstairs, this home is perfect for large groups of guests, or quiet relaxation.

The entire top floor of this home is the master suite, with an expansive bedroom and bath, plus a private balcony, walk-in closet, and laundry room.  Limestone, glass, and tile keep the bathroom luxurious and bright.

The main floor is perfect for entertaining, with an open kitchen, formal dining space, and comfortable living room.  Walk out the french doors to the sun deck on top of the garage, or out to the lush gardens in the full fenced from yard.  Quarter-sawn white oak floors and custom box beams give a warm, traditional feel to the open spaces.

Listing: 2429 1st Ave N Seatle WA 98109Downstairs is perfect for guests, with two bedrooms, a kitchen, a full bath and a half bath, as well as a large family room and utility hookups.  

Live in the comfort of contemporary construction with the style of a traditional home that fits the historic Queen Anne neighborhood.

Built in 2008 – 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 2 half baths, 3,240 square feet – MLS 607613

Call Sam DeBord for a showing or any additional information:  206-658-3225 

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State Director, Washington Association of Realtors

Coldwell Banker Seattle: Coldwell Banker Danforth & Associates
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Keeping Your Back Healthy During The Holidays

Back pain during the holiday season is a common problem.  You’re stressed out.  Shopping at the mall in heels has taken its toll.  The airplane ride has permanently “hunched” you over.  How can your back make it to January in one piece?

Take 5 minutes to stretch your hips on a daily basis.  95% of low back pain patients have tight hip muscles including the hamstrings, piriformis and hip flexors.  Don’t bounce into the stretch and make sure you breath as you feel your muscles lengthen.

Keep your weight in check.  Eating one extra cookie today won’t effect your low back, but eating an extra cookie every day until Christmas might put on a couple of extra pounds.  Extra abdominal fat increases the pressure on your lumbar discs.

Holiday shopping is an athletic event — pick the right shoes.  Wearing running shoes when walking for long periods of time on hard mall floors helps decrease the shock to your knees, hips and spine.  Flats, heels and boots are common low back pain culprits.

Dr. Erin Ducat is a Board-Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician in Bloomingdale, IL and an expert in helping you move well for a lifetime.


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Chiropractor in Freehold NJ Shows Hamstring Iliopsoas and Quadricep stretching to help People Suffering with Low Back Pain

Stretching is a key component to any therapeutic or rehabilitation program. In our Freehold, NJ office, we advise all of our chiropractic patients on home stretching. We have been helping patients that suffer with low back pain, sciatica pain and disc herniations in Freehold, Marlboro, Howell, Colts neck, Jackson, Morganville, Manalapan and other neighboring towns in Monmouth Country NJ for the last 7 years. If more people would make stretching a part of their daily routine, many of the back injuries that people experience, could be avoided. Up to 80% of the population experiences back pain and it is the number one reason for people to call out of work.

Following is a video of some basic stretching that can be done at home to help relieve pain and help you enjoy a normal active lifestyle:

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A Natural Edge in Athletic Performance Provided by Chiropractic Explains Freehold Chiropractor

Athletes at all levels are using chiropractic for sports injuries and to recover from the demanding workouts.  Many college and professional teams even have chiropractors on their medical staff to treat patients.  chiropractor freehold A Natural Edge in Athletic Performance Provided by Chiropractic Explains Freehold ChiropractorJust this past football season, athletes were seen being treated by the team chiropractor right on the sidelines.  To the left you can see the Denver team chiropractor adjusting one of the players.

Now, a new award-winning study further confirmed previous studies that chiropractic can also improve athletic performance.  Chiropractic is giving a natural edge to the athletes.

Researchers examined 18 professional Brazilian judo competitors while under chiropractic care.  Half of the athletes received chiropractic adjustments while the other received sham treatment.  Researchers then evaluated athletes’ grip strength using a device that measures muscle force.

Throughout the study both groups maintained their regular workout schedule, but the chiropractic group had substantial improvements in their scores.  After just three treatments, the chiropractic group improved their grip strength by 11% on the left side and 17% on their right, while athletes in the sham treatment group had only improved by 4-6%.

This study is more evidence that chiropractic improves nervous system functioning, which in turn strengthens muscles.  Other studies and researchers report improved reflexes, flexibility, range of motion, breathing capacity, postural strength and coordination.

Chiropractic keeps your nervous system working efficiently and that is what plays the vital role in all the edges it provides the athletes in improving peak performance, chiropractor freehold A Natural Edge in Athletic Performance Provided by Chiropractic Explains Freehold Chiropractorinjury prevention and facilitating recovery.

Many pro athletes are speaking about the benefits of chiropractic:

Lance Armstrong said “The Chiropractor is the most important person on the team staff.”

One of the greatest boxers of all time, Holyfield remarks, “I have to have an adjustment before I go into the ring.  The majority of boxers go to get that edge.”

Recently NBA MVP Derrick Rose credited chiropractic for getting him back on the court after suffering with back spasms.

From the worlds fastest man, Usain Bolt, to Roger Craig, Jerry Rice, Emmit Smith, Tiger Woods, Aaron Rodgers, Olympian Dan O’Brien, Mark McGwire, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roy Jones Jr, Wayne Gretzky, Billy Jean King, John McEnroe, Mary Lou Retton, Bruce Jennor, Jimmy Connors, Dan Marino, Warren Moon, Jack Dempsey to Michael Jordan just to name a few have all been under regular chiropractic care.

chiropractor freehold A Natural Edge in Athletic Performance Provided by Chiropractic Explains Freehold ChiropractorYou do not have to be a professional athlete to benefit from the edge it can provide you too.  Chiropractic is great to improve your work outs, athletic performance, injury recovery and promoting healthy lifestyles and habits.  If you are ready to receive the best care that pro athletes utilize, contact a local chiropractor.

Dr. Russell Brokstein, DC is owner of Hometown Family Wellness Center in Freehold, NJ.  He has been in practice for 13 years and has worked on all levels of athletes from grade school to professional level and retirees who still get to enjoy their recreational sports while under chiropractic care.  Call our office today to see how we can help you at 732-780-0044.  Find out more information about chiropractic by clicking here:

Botelho MB, Andrade BB. Effect of cervical spine manipulative therapy on judo athletes’ grip strength. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2012;35(11):38-44.


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