The Psychology of Fasting

Maybe you are interested in fasting to improve your physical or spiritual health. Maybe you are just curious.  It is present in cultures and religions around the world, but is gaining appreciation in the west.

Jesus went fasting for forty days and forty nights, but this level of cleansing and enlightenment is almost unthinkable to us mere mortals.

Some fasts are just from dusk to dawn, some fasts are juice fasts, water fasts, and some people just give up one thing for a few weeks.

I am interested in why it is so hard to give some things up. Giving up alcohol, coffee, drugs, cigarettes, can be understandably difficult since they are known to be addictive. Sometimes I have to wonder why some other things are perceived as difficult.

For example, imagine giving up all devices with screens for a month, or even whatever it is you eat for breakfast every day. I have seen my child go into a fit of rage because I took away their iPad. I have seen grown men and women go into what I can only describe as a state of confusion and panic at the mere mention of giving up gluten, or doughnuts, or pop.

What the hell is going on here?

Are some people born with less willpower?

I remember a term that was popular about ten years ago. I haven’t heard it much lately. It was called the “addictive personality.” In short, some people just “have that personality” where they will easily become addicted to something. It’s almost like we were given a label that showed “yes, I am that type.”

I really think this “personality” can change. It’s less like a personal trait, and more like a level of fitness. In other words, mental effort and control is like a muscle. You can “exercise” your abilities to be mindful of your daily actions and control them as you please.

A few years ago I gave up gluten. I was highly incentivized to do so because as I discovered, I am allergic to it.  If I am exposed, I not only develop digestive issues and swelling, but I also get eczema to the point where my skin will crack and bleed. It’s not pretty. Yet when transitioning there were five or six occasions where I found myself holding a half-eaten bread stick, or slice of pizza, or croissant, suddenly realizing that I had devoured some of it unconsciously.

The laws of entropy.

If you are not in control, creating order, then disorder will take over. You become a victim to things other than what you desire. You succumb to the “norm” around you. The norm are people eating processed foods that are expensive and cause weight gain, sugar that causes diabetes, processed meats that increase the risk of cancer, drinking beer after hockey games so your body can’t recover, the list goes on. The outside “normal” is a huge soup of disorder, backed up with advertising telling us to eat second (or third or fourth rate) products.

When is the last time you saw an ad for fresh fruit and vegetables? Now you get it, right?

So when you give something up, it’s not just about giving up the thing itself, it’s about giving up SOME THING. It’s about the EFFORT, because that little bit of effort is an exercise. It is a prayer for strength. The more you exercise, the stronger you get. This helps you grow mentally, physically and spiritually. It makes you more connected, devoted, and more present for everyone.

While fasting, is the effort that makes you stronger.

About ten years ago a patient came in with headaches and a sore foot. I examined him and realized there was a fracture in his foot, and told hime he should go to the hospital to have an x-ray of his foot. He said he was too busy, and didn’t want to wait for four hours, so he wasn’t going to go. I adjusted him, and he left.

He was coming in three times per week for his headaches, and each visit, he complained about his headaches that wouldn’t get better. I would tell him every time “by the way, your foot is broken, go to the hospital.” He said he had no time to go to the hospital.

After a little over two weeks of this he walked in with a cast on his foot. I asked him “what happened to your foot” and he said “my foot is broken, and in addition since I put on the cast, strangely my headache symptoms are gone. He then theorized how the weight of the cast changed his muscle activity and cured his headachs.”

I corrected him and told him no, that’s not why your headaches went away. They went away because you started taking care of yourself. Your attitude has changed.

I have had this happen a few times with casts on the leg.  It happened one time with a broken arm.  Also, once with a mole that was obviously skin cancer.  They were all things people didn’t want to deal with.  Everybody tries to theorize how the cast (or incision or whatever) made their problem feel better.

What’s the real reason?

There is a common denominator here that made every person’s back pain improve: They started to pay attention to themselves. They stopped letting themselves drift in the stream of society.  They stopped letting the disorder carry them away, and started to take control of their lives again.  It was the effort that made the difference.

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”  – Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

What is the one thing you can take away, to give your life more focus and make it more pure.


Gary Barone has owned NewPort Village Chiropractic since 2000. Follow us on social media to see our new edition of “Pure: The Detoxification Conversation” Coming soon

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Healthy Little Pumpkins

It’s that time of year again, and I just re-watched our Healthy Little Pumpkins Webinar

I have a confession to make.  Since I did this project two years ago, I’d forgotten about half of the amazing information I gathered.  I think it is worth watching, even if you have seen it before.

Visit to watch it now!

From fireworks to costumes, and pumpkin patches to Jack O Lantern carvings, Halloween is a fun time time for everyone. We are so excited to get ready for the festivities!

Of course, there’s also the very large buckets of candy that are just around the corner, which makes Halloween time the perfect opportunity to teach your little ones about healthy nutrition. Healthy LIttle Pumpkins at NewPort Village Chiropractic

See how to make Halloween MORE fun and less of a tummy ache for your kids (and the kids you give candy to).

As some of you know, I am a Halloween expert!  I will lead you and your kids through some fun crafts. We will also guide parents and neighbours on ways to upgrade their Halloween to something that is so good for you, it’s SCARY!

It’s no secret.  We at NewPort Village Chiropractic want ours to be the healthiest city in the world. Join us and we can make it happen!


Time:  Saturday October 21st 2017 to Halloween
Registration: Registration is closed for the live event, please watch the webinar 🙂

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First Ever “Friends & Family Month”

March 2017 is the FIRST EVER “Friends & Family Month” at NewPort Village Chiropractic.

If you are an active patient you can refer any friend or family member who is new to our office for a free initial examination and report of findings.

This is only this month.  Take advantage of it while you can!

Since moving, our office has been in a growth phase.  We have never had the capacity to see so many people, and we want to help you and your friends and family first, before we start advertising elsewhere.

If you have a friend or family member who would love to get checked for free, then email us at [email protected], or use the “Book an Appointment” button.

We have already had a boat-load of people take advantage of this, and can’t wait to serve the people you care about.

Our Health is Connected to Our Family & Loved Ones

You know I was just at Port Moody City Hall today. I was telling the lady at the counter how my mother would come to watch me play hockey.  I would occasionally look up at my mom after delivering a big hit.  She looked shocked and scared.  The lady at the counter said knowingly “she felt the pain for you.”

This reminded me of something I read last year.  Did you know that in one study, moms felt their back pain improve after a chiropractor checked their small child?  It kinda makes sense doesn’t it?  We do feel our family’s pain.  Your health can cause a ripple effect that changes the health of the people close to you.

That is why so many chiropractors tout the benefits of checking the whole family.  If one of you is succumbing to the effects of stress, then that person affects everybody.

Friends and Family Month is a great opportunity for you to get back on track with regular chiropractic care and invest in great health for you and your loved ones.



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The Great Orthotics Sale Ends Friday!

Orthotics Sale Extended By Popular Demand!

We have extended The Great Orthotics Sale to February 10th.  You still have time to save $50 on your pair of orthotics, and as always, your second pair is half-price within 6 months.  Give us a call at 604-461-2725 to schedule your computerized gait analysis and consultation.

Strength and Balance With Orthotics

You know when I first started practice 16 years ago, I didn’t believe in orthotics.  I thought they were a “crutch” for old people.  In 2002 I reluctantly accepted an offer for a free pair from an orthotics company, and I could not believe what a difference it made!
Suddenly, my body was in balance, and it felt like I was getting a therapeutic adjustment every time I took a step!  I went from dreading the thought of running around the block, to running half marathons.
The best part, after a few years, my feet were strong enough that I could wear the orthotics less and less.  I found the same thing in practice, feet get stronger over time when you wear orthotics.  Your feet get trained to move correctly, and your muscles move more naturally.  The result is less pain, better alignment and a decrease in many conditions:Custom Orthotics, Port Moody,

  • Shin Splints
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Patellofemoral Syndrome
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Low Back Pain

For the first time ever, I am having the GREAT ORTHOTICS SALE, from now until February 10th, 2017.  Schedule and come in before then to get $50 off your first pair of orthotics (Regular $420), and as always, your second pair is half price.

If you are not sure whether you need orthotics, this is a great time to get a computerized gait analysis in our office.  Let us check you out, then you can decide.

Just call us at 604-461-2725, or use the handy online scheduler by clicking the orange button.



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The Great Orthotics Sale!

Between January 15th to February 3rd 2017, you can save $50 on your first pair of orthotics.  Give us a call at 604-461-2725 to schedule a free computerized gait analysis and consultation.



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“All I Want For Christmas” Food Drive

Happy December! For many, this is the season of family, health, and abundance. But for some, the Christmas season is made a little less meaningful when there’s not enough money to buy the bare necessities and staples, much less toys for the kids.

That’s why we’re joining in on the season of giving with a toy and food drive! This is a small way that we can give back to our community to make a difference.

Throughout the month of December, we’ll be collecting food items and toys at our office. All goods collected will be donated to those in need throughout our community.

Ideas for items to bring in:

  • New toys in original packaging (but unwrapped, please!)
  • Canned proteins and soups
  • Bags of pasta or rice
  • Infant food and powdered baby formula
  • Anything else non-perishable!

As a Thank You

If you bring in 5 non-perishable food items or 1 toy, you will receive a health certificate coupon good for a free initial visit (valued at $90). This is a fantastic offer to share with your friends and family!

We feel grateful to be working with such a supportive group of members, and we hope you’ll join us in this initiative. See you at the office!

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Anti-Aging Month and Movie Night

It’s Anti-Aging Month at NewPort Village Chiropractic! In celebration of this, we’ve partnered up with local filmmaker Laurent Goldstein to bring you a very special opportunity to attend a movie screening of his film Your Second Fifty.

Your Second Fifty: Rising Above the Myths of Aging is a documentary that will educate and inspire those in their second fifty years of life. The documentary clarifies how myths and limiting beliefs affect our health and happiness and prevent us from reaching our true potential within each of our five dimensions: mental, emotional, physical, financial and spiritual.

Join us at the Inlet Theatre and Gallery on Monday, November 21st for this special event, with refreshments, prizes, and a Q&A with the Director. We are selling tickets in the clinic for $10.

Call us at 604-461-2725 or email [email protected] for more information.

Event details

Date: November 21st, 2016, Reception at 6:30, Screening at 7:15
Venue: Inlet Theatre and Gallery, 100 Newport Dr, Port Moody


As part of our Anti-Aging theme, we are also offering a free Anti-Aging E-book.

By Courtney Chan, Chiropractic Assistant at NewPort Village Chiropractic
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Healthy Little Pumpkins

Due to popular demand, we are bringing you the Healthy Little Pumpkins Webinar! 

Visit to watch it now!

From fireworks to costumes, and pumpkin patches to Jack O Lantern carvings, Halloween is a fun time time for everyone. We are so excited to get ready for the festivities!

Of course, there’s also the very large buckets of candy that are just around the corner, which makes Halloween time the perfect opportunity to teach your little ones about healthy nutrition. And what better way to do that than with a fun and FREE workshop for the whole family?Healthy LIttle Pumpkins at NewPort Village Chiropractic

Join us on Saturday, October 22nd so you can see how to make Halloween MORE fun and less of a tummy ache for your kids (and the kids you give candy to). It’s the second annual “Healthy Little Pumpkins!”

Our resident Halloween specialist, Dr. Gary, will lead your kids through some fun crafts. We will also guide parents and neighbours on ways to upgrade their Halloween to something that is so good for you, it’s SCARY!

It’s no secret that we at NewPort Village Chiropractic want Port Moody to be the most vibrant and healthy city in the world. Join us and we can make it happen!


Time:  Saturday October 22nd 2016 to Halloween
Registration: Registration is closed for the live event, please watch the webinar 🙂

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The Winning Edge, August 13th

Do you know anybody who is active? Of course you do. Maybe it’s your friend, your hockey team, or your son or daughter. Maybe it’s you. They will love “The Winning Edge.”

This free workshop will take place at NewPort Village Chiropractic on August 13th, 2016, between 10am and 11am.

This workshop will be focused on improving the connection between the mind and the body, and between the body and your environment… between you and other people.

Improving coordination and perception improves performance.  It is as simple as that.

And especially relevant, there will be some snacks and beverages served, and all attendees will receive something special.

This is a great chance for you and other active people in your community to find out how chiropractic can improve performance and prevent injury, and consequently, you will get THE WINNING EDGE.

Professional athletes do it, and so should you!

To Register, Call 604-461-2725

or click here

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Pure: The Purification Workshop

Every once and a while, pressing the “reset” button in life can be healthy. A purification or cleanse is a great way to jumpstart good health within your body and get your systems back to running in tip top shape. Read on to learn about who should cleanse, the benefits and the secret powers purification holds!

Whether you want a one-day cleanse, or a daily purification ritual, we have strategies that can be tailored just for you.

Each day we have a series of choices to make in regards to how we operate, what we do and what we eat. Scientists have found that we make over 1,000 decisions each day! Some of these decisions are in regards to what we choose to fuel our body with for meals and snacks (Cornell Researchers have estimated around 226!*). Are you making healthy choices?

A deep cleanse for 1-10 days can help you reset your body, clear your mind, and enliven your spirit.   We are going to let you in on how to change your habits to keep your body cleansed throughout the year via purification of your daily routines.

There aren’t any secret potions or magic formulas.  We aren’t selling you a “purification kit” (although we could if you want).  We are giving you the undeniable truths about what makes your body work, how it cleanses, what it is cleansing, and three ways (of varying intensity) to stimulate the body to enhance purification.

Please enjoy our video, and remember to share it with your friends….

We are giving away three $40 gift boxes to for sharing our video on FaceBook.  You have to share the page publicly and send me the link to your page by emailing [email protected]… and if you “like” our page we will give you ANOTHER entry!!  That’s it!  We haven’t had too many entries, so you have a great chance of winning.  Just do it!

Not only will you be helping your health with great food, you will be helping us fulfill our mission of creating health and wellness in the community by spreading our message.

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