Spring is the perfect time to grow new, more healthful habits. It’s a season of green things budding all around, with a frenzy of positive change in the air. What better motivation does one need to go green than this season of green beer, green grass, and all manner of flora and fauna freshly born?

My own progress into greener living began with the birth of my oldest son. Adding a whole new being into the world made me suddenly aware of what kind of planet I would one day be leaving in his care and what our combined impact really looked like. I had already adopted many earth-friendly habits from my family, but once I felt the tremendous responsibility of owing all my choices to someone else’s future, I became acutely aware of habits and decisions I’d previously overlooked. With the aid of books, magazines, and the fervor of online message boards, I started down the path of sustainability, one step at a time.

Living lightly is a long process where the goal is ever growing and ever changing. I’ve found that the key is to go easy on yourself, start slow, and allow new habits to become fully integrated into your routine before adding too much more to the pile. Consistency is a huge, necessary component of sustainability. To get you going, pick a thing or two from this list of Eco-tips to try out:

Unplug your cell phone/laptop/palm charger.
The majority of the energy battery chargers consume over the course of their working lives is spent charging nothing. They still draw energy plugged in whether connected to your laptop or not. In fact, unplug all appliances when not in use or put several on a power strip to turn off the power all at once. You’ll save money and reduce your risk of electrical fire too.

Carry your own shopping bags.
Whether reusing old bags or better yet, carrying cloth, refusing a plastic bag at the checkout counter will help cut down on the 100 billion plastic shopping bags Americans consume each year. If you think paper is any better, you’re wrong. Paper and plastic bags are near equal contenders in having harmful effects on the environment. There’s a wide variety of stylish cloth bags on the market now and some markets offer minor discounts for using your own.

Enough energy is saved from recycling one aluminum can to run your television set for 3 hours. Buy recycled to complete the cycle.


Go Green

March 6th, 2009

It is March and St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner.  As the spring weather hits this weekend I cannot help but be inspired by spring being around the corner soon too.  (one can hope, right?)  We are concentrating on “going green” in the office this month.  Not only are we attempting to be more green in our own lives at NFC, we are also spreading the word about the great resources available to Lakewood residents to recycle, shop local, and bring green living into their world.

Lakewood Green Update

I also have enlisted a guest blogger to write about green living so look for that next week :)

Happy Health and get outside this weekend to enjoy the nice weather!

Today is the 5th anniversary of my grand opening of Norris Family Chiropractic.  Wow.  It’s been a great 5 years.  Thank you to everyone for helping me grow this wonderful business!

Office Closed February 27th

February 17th, 2009

I will be seeing patients Thursday February 26th and the office will be closed friday, the 27th.  Thank you for your understanding with this matter.

Heart Health

February 9th, 2009

So, it’s the week of valentine’s day and I am sitting amongst a sea of pink, red, and purple hearts in the office.  It got me thinking about heart health and some ways you can start TODAY in making some positive changes for yourself.

1. Fiber-specifically oat fiber has been found to help lower the small dense particles of LDL cholesterol that create plaque in our arteries. The soluble fiber, beta-glucon, found in oats is thought to be responsible.  Here is an article discussing this point.

2. Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)-there has been much hype about getting our fish oils, grinding flax seed into anything and everything we eat, seeking out fresh seafood that is safe to eat.  So how much value should we put into this hype?  A LOT!  There is a huge correlation between patients getting a healthy portion of EPA and DHA in their diets and the health of their blood panels.  Even the American Heart association agress as stated here.  I personally take Nordic Naturals Pro-Omega but there are many safe products out there on the market.  Dr. Sears and Nordic Naturals also carry products specific for children-they need EFAs for brain development and future integrity of their hearts.

What if you have an allergy to fish?  Make sure to get plenty of other nuts, seeds, and healthy oil.  Here is the page from the Vegan Society to lead you in the right direction for dietary sources.  I also really like this product from Standard Process.

3.  Know your numbers-how can you tell if you are even at risk?  Well, certainly everyone should just take care of themselves for healthy living but it is essential to know where you stand medically.  Certain situations require more immediate attention.  So, if it has been more than 2 years since your last physical please make an appointment today with your M.D.  If you don’t have one please call the office and I would be happy to recommend some wonderful doctors in the area.

Happy Heart Month!!

Two 30 minute Massages for $30

Must be purchased between February 9-14th

Must be used by February 28, 2009

Buy a massage for your sweetheart today!

Doctor Out of Town

February 2nd, 2009

Dr. Norris will be out of town February 4th-February 8th.

Lisa Zito, LMT will be available during this time for massage.  Please give her a call directly @ 440-590-2158

The office will reopen with normal hours Monday, February 9th.


January 19th, 2009

Dr. Norris and Lisa A. Zito, L.M.T. will be participating in a health fair this coming saturday, January 24th.  The event will be held at Garfield Middle School, 13114 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, Oh. from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Dr. Norris will demonstrate Active Release Technique and Lisa Zito will give free 15 minute chair massages to all attending.



December 2nd, 2007

Welcome everyone to my new website! Whether you are a prospective or current patient we hope that you find information on this website useful in your daily life. If there is anything you would like to see more of please send us an email. I strive to provide Lakewood and the surrounding communities with quality healthy living information, and my patients with the best healthcare they can find. Thanks for visiting!

Dr. Allison K. Norris


Norris Family Chiropractic Services Include:

  • chiropractic adjustments
  • post injury rehabilitation
  • nutritional counseling
  • sports physicals
  • weight loss programs
  • Active Release Technique
  • female hormone evaluation and support
  • massage therapist on site!