Maximized Living believes that everybody who walks into our clinic deserves the full power of The 5 Essentials™. We have seen the results every day for people just like you who are committed to transforming their health. We will work with you to build your own story of Maximized Living success.
Dr. Elkin and Maximized Living has truly changed my life! Since having chiropractic care, I rarely get headaches, when I used to get them quite frequently. I also don’t have my allergies anymore (including seasonal dust and cats), and have reduced back/neck pain.
Since practising a Maximized Living diet, I’ve lost 40 pounds (in the past year) and FEEL GREAT! I have more energy and rarely feel “down” or super stressed. My digestive issues that I had had for nearly 10 years, have also recently diminished – no more heartburn, no gas, bloating, intestinal cramps, etc. I’m off all of my stomach medication, which used to be so essential.
I also exercise and I really enjoy it (used to hate it) and I’ve been doing ZUMBA with Elena, and I’m sure that I’ve gained some muscle mass. Burst training has also been great — Dr. Lianne is very inspiring.
I have also QUIT SMOKING! I’ve quit before, but I always went back – this time, I have quit for good because I have the mindset to do what is good for me!
Above and beyond my health and wellness, I’ve decided to involve myself in this wave of “natural healing”. I am making a career shift to get out of the pharmaceutical industry, where I’ve been employed for 7 years. I will be a natural healer one day and I’ve already started taking courses. I’ve never been so inspired by a concept in my entire life – the concept of the body healing itself – just give it what it needs.
I started with the Maximized Living concepts after having an adverse reaction to the smoking drug, Champix. As a result of this, the only recommendation from my M.D. was that I needed anti-depressants. In seeking an alternative, I got on a sugar-free diet, which helped me to lose weight, gain energy, lose depression/stress, want to exercise and gained a desire to change my life. I guess I can thank my M.D. after all!
Restoring my strength
On January 29, 2004, I herniated the disc between L5-S1 vertebrae just by sneezing three times. In an instant life as I knew it was over. My back locked up and I began to feel numbness in my right calf and foot. I was screaming when I finally made it to the emergency room. I was given pain pills and muscle relaxers to mask the pain and was told my spine was fine.
In May of 2004 x-rays showed incredible degeneration and damage. My spine literally looked like a question mark and I was only 30!!
In the four months that I have been under care here, I have made tremendous progress! I am so amazed. My numbness is almost entirely gone. I can lift, carry and even chase my son; I can walk several miles; and I have even begun weight training. My husband and I are truly grateful.
Reliable healthy living
I feel I now have a reliable plan to live a healthy lifestyle for myself and my family. I get to make healthy choices—or not—and it all falls into the plan. This has given me a lot of freedom, especially to tell people I’m not on a diet, I’m just making healthier choices, which feels great.
Overcoming depression, fibromyalgia and chronic sickness
My body was ravaged by sickness and disease, my lifestyle was horrifically unhealthy, and I felt like I imagined people do when they are 90. All of this at just 31.
I had struggled with various health issues since childhood, but still never dreamed it could get as bad as it did. I had a laundry list of problems: chronic sinusitis and bronchitis, allergies, migraine headaches, digestive problems, menstrual problems, insomnia, joint pain, sciatica and got an average six to eight viral infections a year. I had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, which brought with it muscle pain and weakness, crushing pain in my hands and feet, profound exhaustion, difficulty concentrating and focusing and even hair loss.
Basically, everything hurt all the time.
I was taking all sorts of different prescriptions and over-the-counter medications every single day. I was overweight and was struggling with an eating disorder. I had also been told by various doctors that I would have to be on antidepressants for the rest of my life to deal with depression. Not a very pretty picture.
At that point, I had no hope.
After about two months [of Maximized Living care], my health started improving—much to my surprise. Today, I am the healthiest I have ever been! I take no medications for anything. I have no more allergies, no more sinusitis, no more bronchitis, no more migraines, no more digestive or menstrual problems, no more insomnia, my hair quit falling out, and my pain levels have dramatically decreased. Some days, I have no pain at all! I have been delivered from depression, no longer have an eating disorder, and have lost over 40 pounds and am still losing.
My life has been truly transformed.
And through all of this, I have discovered my purpose, my passion, and my destiny. I have discovered who I am.
Nutrition plans that changed my family’s lives
I don’t even know if I can completely express just how much this program has changed my life!
I have a completely different view of food now. I don’t think of it simply as something to eat because I am hungry. I have a new mindset about how food fuels my body and how to combine different foods in a way that will fuel my body to keep up with the demands of my life.
As you know, our whole family is on board and the kids are loving it! They are sleeping better and are less cranky without the processed foods and so much sugar. We have broken a cycle for them. It has become who we are now.
Losing pounds, fixing my scoliosis and kicked my medications
I knew I had a problem and it was going to take a long time and money. My back has been in pain for four years. Mainly due to football injuries. My neck was nearly curving the wrong way. On the fourth week of care my pain was gone and I had more energy to do things.
My scoliosis is now from 11 degrees to 5 degrees. To date I take no medications for my back pain (I took four Ibuprofen a day or more in the past!) and take no allergy medicine. I have also lost a considerable amount of weight which is still coming off.
When I attended the Maximized Living Makeover on February, 2010, I was looking to boost my knowledge on nutrition and kick-start my desire to start living a healthier life.
I received that, and so much more. I’ve received ongoing information on the whole mind, body, health connection and have learned to think of my body as a “vessel” affected not only by what I put into it, but also how I exercise and treat it.
One of the major things I have learned is how my central nervous system is the essence of my being and needs to be respected and supported at all times. It was a basic biology lesson back in the day, but is now the absolute in how I plan to live my life going forward.
I am grateful to have had this opportunity and want to thank everyone at Elkin for their kindness, information and support.
I look forward to a long and healthy relationship with you.
My name is Jeff H. I am married and have two grown children. I live and work in Brantford. I first came to the Elkin Natural Health Centre approximately 4 ½ months ago. I came for assistance in reducing the back pain and discomfort I have experienced for many years along with assistance in reducing my weight. I also have heart disease that I have been living with for 10 years, and have to take medications to control my heart rate. I have tried many diets over the years and my family doctor has been trying to reduce my medication requirements for several years, but with no real success.
I heard that through chiropractic treatments and nutritional diets I might be able to relieve the back pain, lose weight and possibly reduce the medications I take daily.
I started with Elkin and have been receiving treatments by Dr. Lianne Coombe. She has been doing adjustments and advising me on methods to improve my eating habits and lose weight. I have also attended a few of Dr. Coombe’s seminars on nutrition and healthier lifestyles.
Since coming to Elkin, I have not been experiencing back pain or discomfort, and I have managed to lose weight and inches. My most amazing accomplishment is that I have been able to reduce dependency on some of my medications while feeling great. I do not intend to satisfy myself with this and stop. I fully intend to continue in this direction to get stronger and healthier.
I have to say that I am very happy with my decision to come to Elkin’s, and I feel meeting Dr. Coombe and the entire staff has been a very positive and important part of changing my life. I can’t thank them enough for how they have come to help me. I would highly recommend anyone to come to Elkin’s and see how his or her life can change as well.