Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Alcohol and Cancer

A recent European study found that many cases of cancer can be attributed to alcohol consumption, especially when higher than the recommended “upper limits."  The "upper limits" being one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men.

Here in the states, alcohol use has also been linked to increased risk of several types of cancer for years, including cancers of the mouth, throat, voice box, esophagus, liver, breast and colon.  How does alcohol affect the body?

The American Cancer Society warns long-term alcohol use has been linked to an increased risk of liver cancer.  Regular, heavy alcohol use can damage the liver, leading to inflammation. This, in turn, may raise the risk of liver cancer.  Regular consumption of even a few drinks per week is also associated with an increased risk of breast cancer in women.  This risk may be especially high in women who do not get enough folate in their diet or through supplements.  Alcohol can also affect estrogen levels in the body, which may explain some of the increased risk.  Reducing alcohol intake may be an important way for many women to lower their risk of breast cancer.

In addition, alcohol use has been linked with a higher risk of cancers of the colon and rectum. The evidence for such a link is generally stronger in men than in women, although studies have found the link in both sexes.

As part of its guidelines on nutrition and physical activity for cancer prevention, the American Cancer Society recommends that people who drink alcohol limit their intake to no more than 2 drinks per day for men and 1 drink a day for women.  The recommended limit is lower for women because of their smaller body size and because their bodies tend to break down alcohol more slowly.

However, if you stay below the 1 to 2 drink limits, there are some benefits to having a beer once in a while.  They include decreased risk of heart attack and stroke as well as research that indicates that "moderate drinkers" have both a longer life span and tend to be "happier" than both those that abstain completely as well as those that would be considered "heavy" drinkers.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

What 6 Questions Should You Ask Your Medical Doctor at Your Next Visit?

1.  “What is my diagnosis and what does it mean?”

It may be hard to believe, but some medical doctors don't even tell the patient what's wrong with them; they just prescribe a medication or schedule a test, pat them on the shoulder and send them on their way.
When your doctor's completed their examination, ask them what the problem is. If your doctor offers a diagnosis ("It's gallstones"), ask them what that means. Make sure they're specific; you deserve to know what's going on in your body and how your doctor plans on helping you to get better.

2.  “What is the primary cause of my health condition?”

Your doctor might not always be able to pinpoint a specific cause of your health issue, but they can at least offer a range of potential causes that will give you a frame of reference. Again, you deserve to know. It's also important information because you may be able to provide insight that will aid in your treatment. For example, is your abdominal pain related to an athletic injury, a spicy food you recently ate, or a medication you've been taking for another condition? Knowledge is indeed power for both you and your doctor.

3.  “How will medication help my condition, and can I do something instead of (or in addition to) taking drugs?”

Medical doctors prescribe medication at alarming rates; in many cases that's their first choice for most patient complaints. You need to know how a medication is supposed to help your condition; don't let your doctor prescribe something without understanding its action on the body, both good and bad. Considering the side effects associated with over-the-counter and prescription medications (a reality emphasized by recent massive recalls of children's cold and cough products), you also should ask your doctor about non-drug treatment options.

4.  “I'm also taking nutritional supplements. How could they interact with the medication you've prescribed?”

Millions of people take nutritional supplements, whether a daily multivitamin or specific nutrients like B vitamins, vitamin D, calcium or magnesium. Doctors rarely inquire about such use, and remarkably, patients rarely tell them. That's dangerous because many medications can interact with nutritional supplements, which can impact how well (or poorly) your medication addresses your health issue.

5.  “Is there a generic version of this drug available?”

If a medication seems like the only option, at least make sure it doesn't cost you house and home. It's not uncommon for doctors to prescribe the brand-name version of a drug - sometimes because the pharmaceutical rep just dropped off some samples at the office. Generic versions use the same active ingredients as the brand-name versions, are approved by the FDA, and of course, they come at a much lower price. That's particularly important if your insurance doesn't cover the drug and/or you need to take it long-term.

6.  “What is the next step if my condition does not improve within X number of days?”

This is always a great question to ask. Patients are worried about their health to begin with; they want to feel as if their doctor "has a plan" if the first treatment option doesn't seem to be working. Will they try another medication? Will they order blood work? Will they schedule a CT scan? Will we "wait and see"? Knowing what your doctor is thinking and understanding your potential course of care reduces stress, pure and simple, which is always a good thing.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October is National Chiropractic Health Month!

In honor of National Chiropractic Health Month, here are a few interesting facts you may not know about
chiropractic.  Chiropractic is among the most accepted fields in the medicine world. Because of its popularity around the world, especially in the US, one would be interested to know the early beginnings of Chiropractic and its remarkable history.

-  The Chiropractic profession was started in 1895, in Davenport Iowa.

-  According to the October 6th 1999 MSNBC web site, the number of chiropractor visits per capita has doubled in the past 20 years.

-  According to a survey of 1500 adults commissioned by Landmark Health Inc., one in six U.S. adults uses chiropractor services.

-  There are approximately 60,000 Doctors of Chiropractic in active practice in the United States today, according to the International Chiropractors Association.

-  There are approximately 10,000 students enrolled in Chiropractic College.

-  There are presently 16 chiropractic colleges in North America.

-  For the first time in history there are now presently more Chiropractic Colleges outside the United States than inside the U. S.

-  Chiropractic is the largest, most regulated, and best recognized of the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) professions.

-  Patients favor chiropractors over medical care for back or neck pain in National Surveys. Patients routinely rate Doctors of Chiropractic highly in skill, manner, and explanation of treatment.

-  About 7.4 percent of the population used chiropractor care – a higher percentage than yoga, massage, acupuncture or other diet-based therapies in 2002.

-  Patients under regular Chiropractor care account less visits to Medical doctors and less money spent on health care including less money used up on medications.

-  Aside from private practices, Doctors of Chiropractic provide care in hospitals and other multidisciplinary health care facilities.

-  Chiropractic is the third largest doctoral-level health care profession after medicine and dentistry.

-  Back pain is the second leading cause of all physician visits in the U.S. In fact, half of all working Americans admit to having back pain each year

-  A comparison of the curriculum’s of Chiropractors and Medical schools (in California, Texas, and Iowa) found that Chiropractic students complete 4800 hours of study while Medical students complete 4667.

Monday, September 16, 2013

7 Surprising Reasons You Wake Up Tired

Do you have trouble getting a good night's sleep?  Maybe you feel like you're sleeping fine but you're still tired and run down during the day?  Check out this great article from Caring.com on 7 reasons you're not getting the rest you need and what you can do about it.

Remember, back and neck pain can also affect the quality of sleep you're getting.  Seeing your chiropractor and getting adjusted can make all the difference in the world!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Turn Off That TV!

Finding things to do instead of watching TV is becoming increasingly difficult, considering how many Americans have immediate access to a seemingly endless array of reality shows, video games, music, movies and essentially anything else you could possibly watch on TV.

There are many problems with unrestricted television time, all of which impact directly on your health. Here are four important reasons to turn off the TV and tune into healthy alternatives:

1. One with the couch: Plop down on the couch with the remote and before you know it, you're effectively one with the couch. It might take a crane or a giant spatula to get you back on your feet. The problem: Every hour on the couch is another hour of inactivity, which lowers your metabolism, increases your odds of weight gain and means you have less time available to do one simple, extremely important thing: move. Studies suggest that people who spend more time watching TV spend less time exercising than people who limit TV time.

2. The snack bar is open: Inevitably, hunger pangs start to kick in as one TV show bleeds into another ... and another. The majority of the time, we satisfy our hunger not with a balanced meal, but with decidedly less balanced, less nutritious, more calorie- and fat-laden snacks, particularly the processed variety. Excessive TV time can also mean you stay up later than you normally would, chowing down extra calories right before bedtime. The problem: The more calories you consume, particularly the empty kind, ups your odds of gaining weight and developing a weight-related health condition like diabetes.

3. Information overload: Speaking of bedtime, evidence also suggests television can impact sleep in a negative fashion. Think about the last time you stayed up late watching hour after hour of TV. It's likely that you started to doze off on several occasions (or maybe even fell asleep altogether, only to wake up uncomfortably a few hours later). The problem: Refreshing, restorative sleep is innately tied to our health and wellness, particularly over the long term. Ideally, you should fall asleep before you're exhausted and sleep through the night, allowing your body to experience all of the sleep stages uninterrupted. Waking up on an uncomfortable couch after 2-3 hours, or stretching your limits to watch that late-night TV show, does little to give your body the rest it needs.

4. It’s depressing:  A study done in 2009 linked television watching in early adolescence to the development of depression later in life.  According to researchers, “Those reporting more television use had significantly greater odds of developing depression for each additional hour of daily use.” (Primack, Swanier, Georgiopoulos, Land, and Fine, "Association Between Media Use in Adolescence and Depression in Young Adulthood", Arch Gen Psychiatry, 2009).

Television is a great way to get information, have a good laugh or cry, and just "escape" from the world for a little while. But like anything else, moderation is key. Talk to your doctor of chiropractic about the dangers of excessive television time and why you should make sure "family time" and "TV time" aren't one in the same.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Activities To Help Relieve Your Back Pain

We all know when it comes to lower back pain the first person you call is your chiropractor. Chiropractors can help you find relief and can also recommend a number of ways you can extend that relief well past the chiropractic session.

Many chiropractors recommend their patients adopt healthy habits such as walking, yoga and certain exercises such as pilates and stretching. All of this advice has some strong backing.

In a recent study by the Department of Physiotherapy, Maccabi Healthcare Services in Lod at Tel-Aviv University in Tel-Aviv, Israel walking was found to help significantly with adults who were looking to strengthen their backs, this worked in comparison to doing a complicated series of back exercises. A comprehensive review published in May in the Clinical Journal of Pain also found that there was "strong evidence for short-term effectiveness" of yoga against back pain, although whether the benefits last beyond a year is less certain.

Other experiments noted by The New York Times have found that Pilates, stretching classes, acupuncture, and stationary bicycling each provide some people with some pain relief, although in head-to-head studies, no one of those options is superior to the others.

Feel free to set up an appointment to come in and discuss the different things that you can do to help get relief for your back pain in addition to chiropractic adjustments.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Chiropractic Care: A Solution for Migraines

The remedy for a migraine eludes most people despite the many years of suffering, until they are introduced to chiropractic care. A migraine is described as an incapacitating condition that is characterized by a throbbing headache, which occurs in episodes that lasts from several hours to 3 days.

According to the World Health Organization, 10% of the world's adult population suffers from migraines and it accounts for over 2% of years lost as a result of disability globally. Close to 40 million people have migraines with at least three million of them suffering from chronic migraine in the United States alone. In addition, over 90% of migraine sufferers miss work or cannot attend function during an attack. These figures are staggering and they indicate the imminent threat migraines pose to individuals and the economy in general. Therefore, it makes sense for people to embrace the answer for migraines; chiropractic care.

How Does Our Office Treat Migraines?

For those who know the pain, stress and cost of dealing with a migraine for years on end without success, they find it hard to believe that their migraine can be cured by simple and drug free solutions.

People with chronic migraines have been victims of empty medical promises for so long they become wary of anything or anyone suggesting that migraines are treatable.  What they do not know is that the main cause of their migraines is a misalignment of their upper cervical spine, which can effectively and efficiently be readjusted through chiropractic care, resulting in recovery from migraine.

To treat a migraine, we focus on what other traditional migraine treatments do not; the underlying cause of a migraine.  The most common cause of migraines is neck muscle tension.  In our office, the muscle tension is eliminated by combining different chiropractic migraine treatments including cervical spine adjustments, trigger point therapy, and acupuncture.

Some of the other causes of migraines that chiropractic care treatment identifies and rectifies include stiff necks, tension in the shoulders, tension in the lower or upper back and even postural misalignment.  Once the underlying causes are located and dealt with, the occurrences of migraines are greatly reduced and in most instances, stopped.

Is Chiropractic Care Really Better Than Other Migraine Remedies?

Debates have been raging on for years about the effectiveness and safety of chiropractic care in dealing with various health problems including migraines. Recent studies have brought the debate to a close.  According to studies conducted to examine the ability of chiropractic care to treat migraines, chiropractic care is the most effective, safest and most efficient in providing long term benefits with the least number of side effects compared to other remedies.

The results of the study were obtained by comparing two different groups of people suffering from headaches. The two groups had to undergo six weeks of traditional medication and chiropractic treatment respectively.

Conclusively, chiropractic care relieved the subjects migraines.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Chocolate: The Next Miracle Food?

You heard it right: Chocolate is rapidly becoming the next miracle food. If minimally processed, it contains the highest flavanol content of any food. [Flavanols are phytonutrients also found in various fruits and vegetables and associated with numerous health benefits.] The problem is that these valuable compounds are nearly all destroyed when the cocoa beans are heated during processing. For a number of years, chocolate companies have put a great deal of effort toward figuring out how to preserve the flavanols in chocolate, and it appears some of them have succeeded. Several research papers report striking effects from eating these "special" chocolates regularly, including that eating chocolate lowers blood pressure, improves cholesterol levels, and lowers blood sugar. One of the most intriguing suggests chocolate even prevents sunburn - not by rubbing the chocolate into one's skin, but by eating it. Let's learn more about how chocolate is not only good (really good), but also good for you.

Chocolate for Blood Pressure
A number of recent "chocolate papers" have been published. Which is the most interesting? That honor should probably go to researchers from Harvard who solved what we could call the Kuna Puzzle. The Kuna are a group of indigenous people living along the coast of Panama who for the most part live as their ancestors did, hunting and fishing. However, some have moved to Panama City. The Kuna stand out in the medical literature because they have no age-related increase in blood pressure; 60-year-olds have the same blood pressure as 20-year-olds - that is, as long as they stay out of Panama City. Once a member of the Kuna moves to the city, their blood pressure tends to rise. Of those who live in Panama City, 45 percent of Kuna ages 60 and older have elevated blood pressure.

Why the Kuna don't suffer from hypertension as they age has been a long standing puzzle, up unto recently. In 2006, Harvard researchers explained the Kuna's apparent "immunity" to hypertension. They carefully modified the Kuna diet and realized that island-dwelling Kuna drink large quantities of flavanol-rich cocoa on a daily basis (5 cups or more) and incorporate it into numerous recipes. On the other hand, Kuna who live in the city consume far less cocoa, and what they do consume is commercially produced and thus has little flavanol content.

In simple words, for non-city-dwelling Kuna, eating flavanol-rich chocolate keeps their blood pressure down. Recall that chocolate contains the highest flavanol content of any food when minimally processed, but these valuable compounds are nearly all destroyed during standard processing (which involves heating). So, when the Kuna switch from unprocessed, "homemade" chocolate to city, store-bought, processed chocolate, they no longer get the chocolate protection.

Typically, cocoa loses over 70 percent of its initial polyphenol content (flavanol is a polyphenol) during manufacturing. The heat destroys it. In the past several years, researchers and food scientists have developed ways to preserve the polyphenol and particularly the flavanol content of chocolate. These high-flavanol chocolates have allowed for the study of chocolate's potential benefits.

There is little doubt any more that these chocolates lower blood pressure. Eating them activates specific enzymes called nitric oxide synthases. These enzymes increase the amount of nitric oxide made in the blood. Nitric oxide is a potent vasodilator and improves the function of blood vessels.

How much is enough? A March 2010 study published in the American Journal of Hypertension suggests that as little as 6 grams per day of high-flavanol chocolates lowers blood pressure. Certainly any chocolate lover could manage 6 grams a day, right?

Chocolate and Heart Health
Chocolate protects against heart disease in more ways than lowering blood pressure. It also decreases blood markers of vascular inflammation and improves cholesterol levels. A 2008 paper published in the Southern Medical Journal reported that after one week of eating a daily dose of chocolate providing 700 mg of flavanols, subjects' low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels (the "bad cholesterol") fell by 6 percent and their high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (the "good cholesterol") rose by 9 percent.

Chocolate as an Edible Sunscreen?
In a double-blind study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology last year, researchers in London gave chocolates to 30 healthy volunteers. Half ate a high-flavanol chocolate and the others ate a low-flavanol chocolate. A minimal erythema dose (MED), a measurement of how much sun exposure it takes to trigger a sunburn reaction, was calculated at the start of the experiment and again three months later. Volunteers who ate the regular chocolate had no change in sun sensitivity. But in those who ate the high-flavanol chocolate, the length of time it took for their skin to start to "burn" more than doubled. In other words, they could tolerate twice the sun exposure without burning as before they started eating the chocolate.

Most people, if given a choice between eating chocolate or slathering oneself with sunscreen, would not even consider this a choice, but a no-brainer.

Let the Eater Beware: Not All Chocolate Is Created Equal

These are all fascinating studies, but there is one problem. Standard chocolates, the kind most people eat regularly, contain only small amounts of flavanol. These chocolate research studies used special chocolates with much higher than normal flavanol content. Flavanol content was preserved through special low-temperature processing. So, as tempting as it might sound to purchase a chocolate bar next time you are at the checkout while grocery shopping, don't do it with the rationale that it will improve your health. Those chocolates do not contain enough flavanol to work their health magic.

That said, more and more companies, large and small, are working to produce high-flavanol chocolate. For example, there are two major companies that claim to have figured out how to preserve the flavanols in chocolate. One is the Belgium chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut, who has developed a special refining process marketed under the brand name Acticoa. This brand of chocolate has been used in most of these recent research papers. Callebaut does not currently sell its chocolate in North America, though a rumor hints that it will introduce it to the U.S. market this summer.

The other company marketing high-flavanol chocolate is part of the Mars candy company and sells their product under the brand name CirkuHealth. This product line replaces Mars' older specialty brand called CocoaVia, which was manufactured and sold for about 10 years, but discontinued in 2009.

That something as delicious and pleasurable as chocolate might offer profound health benefits is almost too good to be true. We still can't say definitively that chocolate prevents high blood pressure, heart disease or sunburn, but I'm sure you'd be willing to volunteer for the next study! For now, talk to your doctor for additional information.

Original article at http://bit.ly/cjMRoT

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

'You Are What You Eat' and 'Gut Feelings' Take On New Meaning

In a recent UCLA study published in the journal Gastroenterology, researchers have discovered evidence that bacteria we ingest in food can affect how our brain functions.  In a study of healthy women, they found that women who regularly consumed beneficial bacteria known as probiotics showed altered brain function in both a resting state and in response to an “emotion-recognition” task.

This discovery carries significant implications for future research that could point the way toward dietary or drug interventions to improve brain function, the researchers said.

"Time and time again, we hear from patients that they never felt depressed or anxious until they started experiencing problems with their gut," Tillisch said. "Our study shows that the gut–brain connection is a two-way street."

Researchers have known that the brain sends signals to the gut, which is why stress and other emotions can contribute to gastrointestinal symptoms. This study shows what has been suspected in the medical community (but known by chiropractors since 1895): those nerve signals travel the opposite way as well.

This is one of the reasons that people with intestinal and digestive problems like “heart burn”, diarrhea, and constipation can frequently get relief from chiropractic care.  To learn more about this study, click here.  To see if Chiropractic can help you, call (303) 463-0722 and schedule an appointment today!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Is Knee Surgery the Answer?

You hear about so many people today having knee surgery after suffering through years of chronic pain due to sports injuries or osteoarthritis. They may have tried pain medication (over-the-counter and prescription strength), massage therapy, bed rest, heat and ice application, even cortisone injections – but the pain continues. It often worsens to the point where the doctor indicates that a surgical solution is the only answer.

But is it?

Interesting story:

A study was conducted involving 180 patients, divided into three groups, who were told they required arthroscopic surgery on a knee to relieve pain and stiffness due to osteoarthritis. Arthroscopic surgery involves an incision into the knee to remove worn cartilage. The first group had surgery called arthroscopic debridement, which removes worn or loose cartilage. The second group had arthroscopic lavage, which flushes painful debris and inflammatory enzymes out from the knee. The third group was all prepped and an incision into the knee was made, but no cartilage was removed.

All three groups were followed and assessed at regular intervals over the next two years and at the end of that time, all groups reported “equal degrees of reduction in pain and increase in activity level.” Interesting, isn’t it? Yet, more than 650,000 of these same procedures are performed each year and, sometimes, healthy cartilage is removed with the worn cartilage, causing even further damage to the patient.

Is there an alternative?

Yes there is – and while surgery may be an option, it should always be the last resort. Chiropractic care offers a non-invasive alternative to drugs and surgery for the type of knee pain cause by osteoarthritis. We recognize that knee pain can be related to pelvic imbalances and spinal problems higher up the spine. Correcting these misalignments often resolve knee pain and ankle problems without the risk of surgery.

Please keep in mind that our practice is committed to helping you live a way of life that focuses on healing and preventing health problems. We don’t believe in masking symptoms with medication or advising that you engage in needless surgery when your body may be fully capable of healing itself.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

This is a Job for SuperFood!

If someone were to ask for a list of the top most nutritious foods, no list would be complete without mentioning the following:

1. Apples– Loaded with Vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants, these crunchy snacks might actually help keep the doctor away, by reducing cholesterol and your risk for cancer and heart disease. But remember to eat the skin!

2. Avocados– Did someone say guacamole? Also high in antioxidants, they help to reduce cholesterol and your risk for cancer and diabetes.

3. Blueberries– A low-calorie fiber and antioxidant source, blueberries may help improve short-term memory and slow down the effects of aging on the brain (i.e., Alzheimer’s).

4. Broccoli– This highly nutritious vegetable, a relative of spinach, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale and collard greens, contains vitamin C and beta-carotene. Broccoli may help prevent diabetes, certain cancers and heart disease.

5. Flaxseeds– Reduce the risk for heart disease by providing plenty of omega-3 fats.

6. Pomegranates– These are receiving a lot of press lately, and little wonder! They contain three times the amount of antioxidants as those found in red wine and green tea. Long-term use of this juice helps to prevent heart disease and reduces the risk of certain cancers and some of the not-so-nice effects of aging (i.e., Alzheimer’s).

7. Salmon– A major source of omega-3 fats, decreases your risk for developing heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, stroke, diabetes and arthritis and may help with depression. Choose wild salmon over farm raised.

8. Sweet Potatoes– They’re loaded with beta-carotene and are great metabolism boosters! They are also a good fiber source, fat-free and low in calories – so they’re ideal for dieters!

9. Walnuts/Almonds– These nuts are good for you! Loaded with nutrients, antioxidants and omega-3 fats, they help reduce cholesterol and keep you heart-healthy. The protein, fiber and healthy fats they contain may make you feel full, so you might not be as prone to over-indulge in foods that are not so good for you!

Proper nutrition, exercise, getting enough rest – all of these are part of a healthy lifestyle that we encourage when you come in for your regular chiropractic care. All work together to make the healthiest you that you can be!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Preservative Perils

ave you ever looked at the list of ingredients on the packaging of items you buy at your local market? Some of them you can’t even pronounce – let alone describe what they are. Should this concern you?

Many of those funny sounding names and abbreviations are food preservatives, and just because they’re on the shelves doesn’t necessarily mean they’re safe.

Naturally, the safest way to keep unwanted preservatives out of your system is to eat a diet that consists mainly of organic fruits and vegetables. However, if you eat processed foods, become mindful of some of the most common food preservatives:
  • BHT, BHA and Propyl Gallate – These are used to keep fats and oils in food from spoiling. In laboratory rats, they have been found to cause cancer. These preservatives usually show up in potato-based snacks, chewing gum, vegetable oil and cereal packaging.
  • Aspartame – A sugar substitute used in beverages and found in diet foods, such as soft drinks and sweetened snacks. This artificial sweetener has been linked to an increase in lymphoma (cancer), leukemia and brain tumors.
  • Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils – Found in products such as crackers, cookies, baked goods, and salad dressings, the process used to make these oils results in the creation of trans fats – prime fodder for the development of heart disease and diabetes.
  • Food Dyes – Blue Dyes 1 and 2, Red Dye 3 and Yellow Dye 6 have been linked to the formation of various types of tumors throughout the body. Read food and pet food labels carefully to avoid these dyes.
  • Sulfites (Sulphites) – These are used to prevent discoloration in certain dried fruits and frozen potatoes. However, they can destroy B1 vitamins in the food and may cause hives and difficulty breathing, particularly in those with a history of asthma and allergies.
  • MSG – Used to flavor food, MSG may cause headaches, nausea/vomiting, and difficulty breathing in those who are sensitive to it.
Become an educated consumer. Read food labels in order to avoid the negative effects of eating foods that contain some of the more dangerous preservatives. Naturally, the best strategy is to eat fresh foods. Try to limit your shopping to the perimeter of the supermarket where there are fewer processed foods.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

“Good” Stress

woman stressed at work
Whenever we think of “stress” we usually think “anxiety.” But is there such a thing as “good” stress?

Stress is the result of a sudden release of hormones which are activated by our body’s natural “fight or flight” response. This response is triggered when we are about to have a car accident or when we perceive some type of immediate (or imagined) danger. Your adrenaline starts pumping, your heart starts to race, your blood pressure elevates and all your senses are put on alert. The “rush” that you feel helps you to avoid potential danger.

It can also sharpen your skills.

Do you know anyone who always waits until the last minute to do things? They say things like, “I function better under stress.” What do they mean when they say that? They enjoy the burst of energy they experience when a deadline is fast approaching. They find that same release of hormones to be stimulating when it is put to useful purpose – such as delivering a work report on time.

Consider some of the recent research that points to the “positive” influence of stress on the body:
- Short bursts of stress hormones can strengthen the immune system and may protect against diseases   associated with aging, such as Alzheimer’s.
- Elevated stress levels prior to surgery increase the chances that a patient will have a better recovery.
- Stress reduces estrogen production in the body, which may help to prevent breast cancer.
- A research study done at Johns Hopkins concluded that children of mothers who had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol during pregnancy were developmentally ahead of children born to women with lower levels of this hormone.
But, be careful! Long-term stress is debilitating to the body and weakens the immune system. A person who has experienced a loss, such as the death of a spouse or child, a divorce or the loss of their job may suffer from chronic long-term stress that wears them down.

If you are experiencing long-term stress, you’ll want to eat right, get enough sleep, exercise and keep to your regular chiropractic care schedule. Chiropractic helps your body cope with some of the negative effects of stress – to keep you healthy and functioning at your best. So… when you’re stressed out – remember to drop in!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Fever = Healthy Immune Response

If you’re like many parents, the first time your infant has a fever it’s a cause for concern. That’s because many of us have been brought up to see fever as a sign of sickness when really it’s a sign that you are well!


Yes, it’s true. A fever is a sign that your body is working the way it was designed. Your body has the innate wisdom to raise its temperature in response to a foreign body – a virus or bacteria – that needs to be destroyed.

Many medical practitioners advise you to give some type of child-strength fever reducer to your child to make him or her more “comfortable” and to bring the fever down. We have a different perspective. We believe that childhood fevers, and the viruses and infections that cause them, play a valuable role in strengthening your child’s immune system, making it stronger to resist future infections.

Moreover, when you give fever-reducing medications to a child, you’re overriding the intelligence of the body. This may actually prolong the length of the illness! Additionally, your child’s immune system may miss the opportunity to become resistant to the virus or bacteria that caused the infection in the first place!

So, when your child gets a fever, remember that fever is the body’s innate immune response. Instead of seeing it as something to be feared or eliminated, view it as a welcome response that signals that your child’s immune system is functioning properly and getting stronger. Understand too that giving your child acetaminophen, paracetamol or ibuprofen can defeat the intended purpose of the fever. Relax, knowing that a fever is dangerous only in rare instances. When excessive or long in duration, it may indicate a more serious problem. If in doubt, or if your child is under 12 months of age, consult a medical practitioner.

Regular chiropractic care can help to keep your child’s immune system functioning properly. In fact, many parents bring their children to our practice to not only get well, but to stay well. Parents often report that when their children receive routine chiropractic care, they tend to be sick less often and for a far shorter period than their peers.

Do you know a child who could benefit from a better working nervous system?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Should You Be Taking Vitamin C?

Vitamin C is an important nutrient that is vital for many functions in our body.   It helps with everything from wound healing to supporting the immune and cardiovascular systems.  It even helps our mood, improves our skin, and helps combat cancer.  So, how much vitamin C should you be taking and where should you get it from?

If you eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and nuts and whole grains, vitamin C is likely to be abundant in your diet.  If you are not eating a lot of these foods, the first question is… why not?  Aside from vitamin C, there’s lot’s of other “good stuff” in those foods.  However, because of modern farming techniques and the (unfortunately) high amounts of processed foods that many of us eat, supplements are becoming more and more important to maintaining good health.

So, in addition to the fruits and vegetables you’re already eating, you may want to consider adding an additional 500-1000mg of vitamin C to your daily diet.  A very important thing to remember when buying a vitamin C supplement is that for our bodies to fully utilize vitamin C, we need something called bioflavonoids.  Therefore a good vitamin C supplement will also contain things like Quercitin, Rutin, and Hesperidin.

One other thing to remember when trying to consume a diet high in vitamin C is that while consuming a diet with lots of fruits and vegetables is good, one high in fruit juices can cause a whole batch of other problems.  Fruit juices are typically very high in sugars and to much of that in you diet can result in elevated blood sugar (a precursor for diabetes) and elevated triglyceride levels (a precursor for cardiovascular disease).  Also, young children shouldn’t drink too much juice due to the potential for damage to young and developing teeth.  Ultimately, a diet higher in vegetables is better for you as they tend to be more nutrient dense, higher in fiber, and won’t affect insulin levels as greatly, helping you to maintain a healthy weight or even lose some extra pounds if needed.

To get the benefits of a "Super Antioxidant", try a revolutionary new supplement called Protandim.  You can order it here.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Take Care of Your Skin This Summer

A quick glance through the scientific literature unearthed some very interesting studies on how NRF2 activation benefits skin properties.  Nrf2 being the substance in our bodies that Protandim helps to stimulate.

Consider how much time you spend out in the sun. When the weather warms up in the spring, the dangers of UV radiation and sunburn become more and more of a reality. Weather channels highlight the UV index on the nightly news. Some occupations are higher risk than others such as farming, construction, professional sports or lifeguards and more prone to the damaging effects of the sun. Children too are in danger during their summer break considering how much time is spent outdoors. Incidences of Skin Cancer are increasing worldwide, and so these studies offer new light on the possible protecting influence of Protandim.

The article, “Nrf2-mediated protection against UVA radiation in human skin keratinocytes” revealed that a decrease in NRF2 activation provided the skin less protection against Ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation.  UVA  is an oxidizing agent “that causes significant damage to cellular components and that leads to photo-aging and cancer”.  This means that Nrf2 may play a role in protecting human skin keratinocytes from UVA radiation-induced damage. 

In a separate study, “Nrf2 links epidermal barrier function with antioxidant defense”, NRF2 activation was found to not only protect the skin from harmful UV rays, but also detoxify the skin too.  The skin is the largest organ in the body and provides the first line of defense for the body from damage due to environmental factors.  This study also shows that when the skin is damaged by means of a wound, Nrf2 activation is increased in the area of the wound, helping the skin to protect itself and aid recovery. 

Ok, what does that mean?

The special combination of ingredients in Truescience Anti-Aging Cream works at the cellular level to help stimulate your bodies natural defenses against the negative effects of aging called “oxidative stress“.  Truescience Anti-Aging not only helps to protect against the damage the sun causes in our skin, it actually helps remove the toxins that build up in our skin when exposed to too much sunlight. 

What should you do?

Use Truescience Anti-Aging Cream to help prevent the negative effects of the sun.  You can purchase it here.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A Pet Can Make You Healthier

Good news for pet owners, particularly dog owners (sorry cat lovers), Fido could be helping you avoid one of the major health concerns of our time, heart disease.

A panel of experts reviewing years of research data on the benefits of owning a dog, found that that pets play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease. The reasons are simple: many dog owners tend to go outside for walks more, they also tend to form closer bonds with their pets, which helped with lowering heart rate. Pets do have the ability to reduce stress levels in people.

According to the report, pet owners also tended to report greater amounts of physical activity, and modestly lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Some research showed that people who had pets of any kind were also more likely to survive heart attacks.

According to published reports of the study, one of the only randomized controlled studies included in the report, 48 stressed stockbrokers with hypertension were put on medication that lowered their blood pressure, and then researchers divided them into groups. Those in one group were told to adopt a dog or cat. Six months later, the researchers found that when the stockbrokers who had adopted pets were around their new companions, they were markedly calmer in the face of stressful events than the stockbrokers without pets.

If you have been thinking of getting a pet lately, this is a good incentive - it can lead to positive results in your health and can possibly even ward off heart disease if you and your pet become more active.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Treat Your Headaches Without Drugs!

One in every six people or more than 16 percent of the population complain about headaches.  That’s more than any other health condition, including back pain; in fact, approximately 45 million Americans say they suffer headaches each year.  More than 8 million Americans visit their doctor seeking relief for symptoms of headaches each year. Unfortunately, the most popular treatment is over-the-counter pain relievers or prescription medication.

Well, there is some good news when it comes to headaches.  There is a safe and effective natural solution available to help reduce or even eliminate the symptoms of various types of headaches.  One of the most common problems that we see in our office is people suffering from headaches. 

Headaches 101

The most common type of headache is the tension headache.  It’s estimated that 80-90 percent of the U.S. population suffers from tension headaches at some point in their lives.  Let’s look at the two primary types of tension headaches:

Episodic: Headaches appear occasionally, usually less than 15 times per month.
Chronic: Headaches occur more than 15 times per month or on a consistent basis.

Tension headaches are intimately connected to abnormal posture, muscular tightness, joint stiffness, and restricted range of motion in the body. To obtain optimum health and function, it is important to remember that everything is connected and everything matters.  Dysfunctional patterns of movement and posture affect how much tension and stress your body holds. The body must compensate for these dysfunctional patterns by any means necessary, and it accomplishes this by altering tension points.

Muscles attach to anchor points on bone and act as primary movers and stabilizers for your body. Mover muscles are used get you from point A to point B, such as a getting up out of a chair. Stabilizer muscles control that movement so you don't fall down while standing up. Abnormal posture and altered tension points on bone anchors puts too much wear and tear on muscles and joints. Your brain and nervous system must compensate for this dysfunction by altering blood flow, muscle movement patterns and breathing. These alterations often lead to tension headaches.

Migraines: The second most common type of headache is the migraine headache. Approximately 16-17 percent of the population complains of migraines. These headaches are far more debilitating than the tension-type headaches. More women than men suffer from migraine headaches, leading researchers to believe there may be a hormonal component to migraines. The majority of migraine sufferers report some sort of trigger that kicks of their headaches (food, drink, smell, etc).

How Chiropractic Can Help

Chiropractic care can help alleviate the symptoms of tension and migraine headaches by improving and restoring normal postural patterns. Chiropractic treatment is aimed at normalizing muscle tension, restoring joint range of motion, and stabilizing the body to reduce abnormal stressors. Optimizing postural control of the head and neck reduces the workload your muscles must apply just to keep your head up during the day. Proper spinal alignment and muscle control helps give the body a fighting chance of avoiding a tension headache.

Proper breathing is also essential to relaxation, blood flow, and oxygen supply to the brain and body. Abnormal posture, which can include such dysfunctions as rounded shoulders, neck forward over the shoulders, slouched positions and tightness in the hips from sitting all day, decrease lung capacity. This decreased capacity alters how much you breathe, how often, and from where.

Headache sufferers tend to breathe more from their chest and shoulders as opposed to their diaphragm. This leads to repeated elevation of the shoulders and upper back muscles hundreds of times a day, leading to increased tension in the head and neck. Chiropractic restores function to the spine, ribs, and hips to maximize breathing and good postural control. Better breathing equals better health.

If you're suffering from headaches and are tired of taking pain-relieving medication day after day, call our office and make an appointment to see if chiropractic can relieve the cause of your headaches.

Monday, May 13, 2013

In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Month, we would like to extend a big “Thank You” to all teachers and faculty for all their hard work.

As our way to show thanks for all the education, training, time and efforts they've put in, we're offering a package of free services as a thanks for their dedication and hard work.

From Monday, May 13th to Friday, May 25th, we’re offering all teachers and faculty:

FREE Consultation
FREE Chiropractic Adjustment
FREE Recommended Action Plan

FREE 15 Minute Chair Massage

If you are a teacher, take advantage of this great offer, if you know a teacher, pass it on!

Monday, May 6, 2013

How to Survive the Worst Allergy Season Ever

Spring is in the air – literally, in the form of massive pollen levels that are causing an historic spike in cases of seasonal allergy, also known as allergic rhinitis.  In fact, health experts are calling this the worst allergy season on record, which means the tactics you overlooked last year to survive the sneezing, coughing, runny nose, itchy eyes and various other symptoms may require real attention this time around. Bad news for spring-lovers who can't wait to emerge from their winter cocoons and enjoy the outdoors. After all, who wants to smell the flowers when doing so causes you to feel miserable?

If you're an allergy sufferer who's used to "getting away" with minimal attention to allergy avoidance, this is definitely not the year to push the envelope. With an early spring and record pollen levels, you could be asking for trouble – big trouble. Here are five ways to minimize your risk of succumbing to seasonal allergies this year:

1. Pick your spots: One of the best ways to minimize your exposure to allergens such as pollen is to make smart choices. For example, pollen levels tend to be highest in the morning or when it hasn't rained in awhile. And let's not get started on wind, which can not only circulate pollen, but also tends to cause allergy-like symptoms – a bad combination that can ruin your day.

2. Keep it out: Unless you've got a garden in your living room, the good news about pollen is that it's outside, which means you can take a few simple steps to keep it there. For starters, keep windows closed whenever possible (especially if it's windy). If you've been out, change your clothes once you get in the house, and try not to repeat-wear clothing. If it's been a particularly bad day in terms of pollen and/or you've spent most or all of the day outdoors, you may want to throw your clothes directly into the washer. And speaking of that garden in your living room, avoid bringing flowers into the house – unless putting a romantic gesture on display is worth the allergy symptoms that may accompany it.

3. Seek shade: The eyes are often the hardest hit by allergy symptoms. No one wants to spend their day rubbing watery, itchy, dry, red eyes, and trust us, it doesn't look good when you're making that big presentation in the boardroom. Two tips: 1) Wear sunglasses whenever you're outside during allergy season. (This is also a good idea because with spring comes sunnier skies, putting your eyes at risk for sun damage if they aren't protected.) 2) Carry saline drops to keep your eyes moist throughout the day, which will help when pollen, dust, etc., inevitably attack your field of vision.

4. Clean up: It's amazing how many health issues can be minimized with the simple act of washing your hands, and when it comes to seasonal allergies, it's a great recommendation. During allergy season, it becomes even more important because pollen and other irritants transfer easily from your hands to your face / mouth if you're not careful (much like germs that cause the common cold).

5. Eat smart: Research suggests vitamin C, which is found in a variety of fruits and vegetables, in addition to being available in supplement form, provides an antihistamine benefit that may help minimize allergy symptoms. (Histamine is released from cells as part of an allergic reaction.) Probiotics or "healthy bacteria," found in yogurt and increasingly added to a number of food products, also may reduce allergic symptoms caused by exposure to pollen. And don't forget that in general, a balanced diet high in antioxidants and other immune-boosting compounds helps your body defend whenever it's attacked – even by allergens.

6. Detox: By managing the level of toxins that build up in the body, you can prevent your allergies form "taking over".  Our office uses the Ioncleanse Footbath detox unit to easily pull toxins out of the body without having to purchase expensive supplements or make a big change in your eating habits.  4 to 5 sessions using the Ioncleanse unit can usually help improve your allergy symptoms.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Back Pain? Get Off of That Couch!

More than 80 percent of adults suffer from back pain at some point in their life.  This means that if you haven’t had an episode of back pain yet, you most likely will (and probably sooner than you think).  Chances are good that when the pain strikes, your first thought will be to get off your feet, lie down and rest. Unfortunately, research shows that unless the pain is severe or accompanied by other symptoms, such as pain radiating down the legs, rest is the exact opposite of what you should do to relieve your pain.

If you're suffering from back pain, staying active is the best advice to follow in the majority of cases. That means avoiding bed rest and sitting or standing in one position for long periods of time.  Try to continue doing all the things you usually do, within reason.  This means no heavy lifting or intense physical activity, including twisting or other dramatic movements that could make the pain worse.

While it may sound counterintuitive, abundant research indicates that activity can help reduce the pain and shorten recovery time in most cases of non-complicated back pain. In fact, one study that summarized findings from an international task force on back pain stated that bed rest is contraindicated in sub-acute and chronic cases of low back pain and in acute cases, bed rest should neither be enforced nor prescribed; and if authorized (based on pain indication), bed rest should be for the shortest duration possible.

The theory is relatively simple, if you think about it: Inactivity can make your spine and back muscles tight and stiff, increasing the pain, particularly when you bend or stretch. Prolonged inactivity can also make you weaker, not to mention that evidence suggests the longer you stay in bed with pain, the more likely that your pain will become chronic / more disabling, often because you avoid moving for fear it will exacerbate the pain.

Of course, the first step when suffering back pain is to make a visit with a health care provider who can evaluate your pain, make sure there's nothing more serious going on, and then offer treatment and self-care recommendations (including activity) to help relieve it. Enter your doctor of chiropractic, the expert in treating spinal pain.  If you’re suffering from back pain, call our office at (303) 463-0722 to make an appointment for a free Consultation to determine if chiropractic is right for you!

Monday, April 22, 2013

It's National Volunteer Week!

With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. The right match can help you find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Volunteering can also help protect your mental and physical health. Even if it's just once a year, volunteering your time to help others is worth it!

To find a volunteer opportunity in the Denver area, visit VolunteerMatch.org!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Who’s the Best Denver Chiropractor?

Here are some ideas on how to find the best Denver chiropractor for you, and why we may be your “best bet“!

Availability - The best Denver chiropractors offer same day appointments in most instances (we do!).  If we feel that your problem will benefit from the types of treatment we offer, we will begin your treatment on your first visit.  When you’re in pain, you don’t want to wait to feel better. 

Thorough Consultation and Exam - To get the care you need, your doctor needs to know exactly what’s wrong .  We offer a thorough consultation to every new patient that comes in our doors.  This is where you can let the doctor know the answers to questions like “Where is your pain, what makes it better, what makes it worse, what other treatments have you tried, etc.”

After an in-depth consultation you will receive a detailed physical exam testing the entire ‘musculo-skeletal system’ including muscles, ligaments, tendons, discs, capsules, and nerves.  At this time we will test your reflexes, perform range of motion tests and specific orthopedic tests to determine what type of injury or problem you have so we can plan the fastest way to get you out of pain.

Detailed Explanation - The days of blindly following your doctor’s orders without understanding your problem are over.  Once we’ve determined what is causing your pain and more importantly, that we can help, we will create a Recommended Action Plan (R.A.P.).  When going over your R.A.P., we will explain exactly what is wrong (in easy to understand language), what kind of treatment will give you the fastest results, and how long it will take to see improvement.

Track Progress/Goals - If after beginning treatment you don’t see improvement, it’s important to have a “back up plan”.  In our office we will perform re-exams throughout your treatment to track your improvement.  If your condition doesn't progress as planned, we will change your treatment accordingly.  We provide chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, acupuncture, and cold laser therapy, to make sure that you can be pain free as quickly as possible.

Specificity of Treatment - Every patient should be treated according to their specific needs because not every episode of back pain, neck pain, or headaches is the same.  While it is true that many people will have a recurring complaint like a “bad knee” or “bad back“, things like age, activity level, and how old an injury is can all affect how a complaint should be treated. 

We give every patient a course of action specific to their problem, not just a standard “three times a week for six months”.  Our goal is to get you feeling as good as possible as quickly as possible and we achieve that goal by providing the best treatment available for their specific problem.

Various Types of Treatment Available - While vertebral subluxations are frequently the cause of many of the complaints that a chiropractor sees in their office, the best Denver chiropractors know that therapies like massage, acupuncture, laser therapy, and nutritional supplementation can help speed up the recovery time for many episodes of back, neck, and shoulder pain.  Our office specializes in providing all of these complimentary services to help provide fast pain relief.

Follow Up - Unfortunately, 80% of Americans will suffer an episode of back or neck pain in their lifetime with the majority of them experiencing many.  Good chiropractors know that back pain is something to be managed, like diabetes or cardiovascular disease.  In our west Denver chiropractic office we make sure to provide our patients with instruction on everything from how to improve their sleep and posture to strengthening their “core” and relieving a back spasm at home.

Most importantly you need to find the best chiropractor in Denver… for YOU!  Every chiropractor has strengths and weaknesses and if you focus on finding one that you are comfortable with and satisfies the 7 points above, you should be very happy with the outcome.

If you are in need of a chiropractor, I hope you’ve been convinced that our office would be a good place to start.  Please call (303) 463-0722 or visit www.WestDenverChiropractor.com and schedule an appointment today. 

Friday, March 29, 2013

New Hope For MS Sufferers?

A study presented in Amsterdam on Multiple Sclerosis found that nerve tissue is especially susceptible to "oxidative stress", which can result in a worsening of the symptoms of MS.  Oxidative stress is caused by the formation of free radicals.

Free radicals are formed when a molecule splits, leaving an unpaired electron which is very unstable and reacts quickly with other compounds, trying to capture needed electrons to gain stability. When the "attacked" molecule loses its electron, it becomes a free radical itself, beginning a chain reaction.  In an adult, 300 sextillion (that's 300 followed by 21 zeroes) free radicals are produced every day.  Once the process is started, it can act like an avalanche, damaging more and more cells, causing complete cellular disruption.

The study found that the nutritional supplement, Protandim, not only protects the nerve tissue from the toxic effects of oxidative stress, enhancing the cells “survival during an oxidative attack“, it did so better than the prescription medications in the study.  Interestingly, the study was sponsored by a pharmaceutical company, Biogen Idec, that went on to submit their medication to FDA to treat MS, even though it failed to be as effective as the wholly natural alternative.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Good Fats vs. Bad Fats

      When it comes to making heart healthy choices about which fats you eat, there is a lot more to the story than avoiding saturated fat and trans fat. There are certain fats that seem to make your heart healthier and reduce your risk of heart disease. Monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids are the fats to make room for in your daily diet.

      Here is why they are heart healthy and how to get them. Unsaturated Fats - Unlike saturated fats, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are made up of fatty acids that have a chemical structure slightly different than saturated fats.

      Saturated fats are fully saturated with hydrogen, while the unsaturated fats have at least one double bond between carbon molecules. Trans fat are a unique type of fat. Trans fats are unsaturated fats but the shape of the fat is similar to a saturated fat. All foods with fat have both saturated and unsaturated fats.

       The proportions of the two types of fats vary considerably, though. Foods high in saturated fats will be solid at room temperature. Think of beef fat and other meat fats, butter and coconut oil. Also high in saturated fat are cheese and full fat milk.

       Foods high in the unsaturated fatty acids, on the other hand, will be more liquid at room temperature. Think of vegetables oils and nut oils. For a heart healthy diet, choose more foods rich in unsaturated fats and fewer foods rich in saturated fat.

      Omega-3 Fatty Acids- Omega-3 fatty acids are a special type of polyunsaturated fatty acid. The presence of a specific chemical bond identifies them as omega-3 fatty acids. Eating higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids may lower rates of heart disease. Omega-3 fats may improve cardiovascular health by several means including improving blood circulation and improving levels of blood lipids.

     Other health benefits may also be linked to omega-3s such as improved immune function. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish and fish oil with the best fish sources being oily fish like salmon, herring, and mackerel.

      Other sources of omega-3 fats are flaxseed and flaxseed oil, meat from grass-fed animals (as opposed to grain-fed animals) and certain nuts including walnuts. Plant Oils - Most oils from vegetables, nuts and seeds contain heart healthy fats like monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, they are generally low in saturated fat and contain no trans fat.

      Some oils are healthier than others, though. One thing to look at is what proportion of the vegetable oil is unsaturated fats. Oils with low levels of saturated fat are canola, corn, olive, safflower, sesame, soybean and sunflower oils. Although not commonly used as cooking oils, palm oil and coconut oil are plant oils with high levels of saturated fat.

Of course, in addition to eating right, it’s important to have your spine checked regularly for subluxations. If you haven’t been in for an adjustment recently, make an appointment today!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A Nutritional Supplement That Helps Diabetes?

Comprised of natural plant ingredients, Protandim is a new, patented, science-based formula that has been researched, tested and validated by renowned universities and institutions. It is the only supplement clinically proven to reduce oxidative stress in humans by an average of 40 percent in 30 days.

Oxidative stress, generated through the process of living life (eating, sleeping, breathing, exercising), is inevitable for everyone, but LifeVantage has the solution: Protandim, the Nrf2 Synergizer, the most important dietary supplement of our time.

Protandim activates Nrf2, which communicates with cells, instructing them to do what they're already designed to do: up-regulate "survival genes," genes that enable cells to survive in the face of stress from free radicals and other oxidants, and down-regulate other genes that promote inflammation and fibrosis to help the body function at an optimal level.

What Does That Mean?

Nrf2 is a powerful protein that is latent within each cell in the body, unable to move or operate until it is released by an Nrf2 activator. Once released it migrates into the cell nucleus and bonds to the DNA at the location of the Antioxidant Response Element (ARE) or also called hARE (Human Antioxidant Response Element) which is the master regulator of the total antioxidant system that is available in ALL human cells.

High levels of free radicals turn on a specific protein in the cell’s nucleus called Nrf2. Activation of Nrf2 essentially opens the door for the production a vast array our body’s most important antioxidants. It is clear that excessive free radicals induce better antioxidant production through this pathway, but the obvious question is, what else activates Nrf2?

It turns out that a variety of foods are powerful activators of the Nrf2 pathway. While not necessarily rich in antioxidants, they directly and dramatically amplify our innate ability to produce vast antioxidant protection by signaling our DNA. In this way, specific molecules from Nrf2 activating foods can trigger the production of thousands of antioxidant molecules, providing far better protection against the brain-damaging effects of free radicals compared to standard antioxidant supplements.

How Can it Help My Diabetes?

Protandim acts on the molecular and cellular level to trigger the body to produce superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, glutathione and other enzymes that regulate anti-oxidants also known as free radicals. These enzymes naturally decrease as we age. These free radicals, while necessary in small amounts, cause tremendous damage when they are not kept in check.

In people suffering from Diabetes, this oxidative stress can affect the kidneys (nephropathy), heart (cardiomyopathy), and nerves (neuropathy).   Controlling oxidative stress in people with Diabetes can help reduce many of these negative effects.  While the evidence is still building regarding Protandim’s effects on diabetes, it is undisputed that Protandim helps keep many of the negative effects of oxidative stress in check.

In A Nutshell...

• Protandim is a daily dietary supplement that combats oxidative stress through Nrf2 activation.
• Oxidative stress is inevitable for everyone.
• Protandim significantly reduces oxidative stress through Nrf2 activation.
• Nrf2 regulates survival genes.

To learn more, check out this ABC Primetime Report and to try Protandim yourself, visit our store.

Monday, March 4, 2013

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Loosen Up!

Flexibility is the ability to move our joints and muscles through a full range of motion, and it's an important measure of both overall health fitness measure.  Because we tend to become less flexible as we age, we need to develop it while we're young and then maintain it when we're older.

What’s So Great About Being Flexible?

Here are just a few of the health benefits attributable to a regular flexibility and stretching program:

1.  Increased circulation: Stretching increases blood flow to muscles, nourishing them and eliminating waste products. It also helps shorten recovery time following a muscle injury.

2.  Improved posture: Stretching helps keep muscles loose, which allows you to maintain proper posture which means less discomfort caused by poor posture-related conditions such as back pain.

3.  Better coordination: Flexibility improves range of motion, which maximizes balance, coordination and mobility. This is especially important to minimize the risk of falls as we age.

4.  Stress relief: Because flexible muscles are loose muscles, they're less prone to tighten up during periods of excess stress and tension.

O.k., Now What?

Now that you know why flexibility is so important. Let's talk about how to make stretching/flexibility a part of your weekly routine. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are six essential guidelines to keep in mind when stretching:

1.  Warm up first. You're more likely to pull a muscle when it's cold. Start off with five minutes of walking, light limb movement or a favorite low-intensity exercise.

2.   Hold each stretch for 30-60 seconds, remembering to breathe. Simply put, it takes time to stretch tissues safely. Go too fast and you could be in for trouble in the form of a muscle tear. For most muscle groups, a single 30-60-second stretch is adequate.

3.   Don't bounce. Speaking of muscle tears, bouncing during a stretch can cause microtears in the muscle, leaving scar tissue as the muscle heals, which will only make the muscle tighter and more prone to future pain and inflexibility.

4.   Avoid pain. You shouldn't feel pain during a stretch. If you do, you've gone too far and need to back off and hold the stretch in a pain-free position.

5.   Stretch both sides. Joint range of motion needs to be as equal as possible on both sides of the body; after all, if only half the body is flexible, the other half can still cause problems.

6.   Stretch before and after exercise. Stretch them lightly before a workout and then more thoroughly after your workout. Stretching before activity improves flexibility and reduces injury risk; stretching after exercise relaxes tired muscles and reduces muscle soreness and stiffness.

Simple Stretches

With the why and how in your memory bank, all you need now is a few minutes a day at least three days a week, or every time you exercise, to get flexible and stay flexible. Here are a five simple stretches (again courtesy of the Mayo Clinic) you can start doing right away:

Neck Stretch

Bend your head forward and slightly to the right to stretch the left side of your neck. With your right hand, gently pull your head downward, stretching the back left side of your neck. Hold for 30-60 seconds and repeat on the opposite side.

The Shoulder Stretch

Bring your left arm across the body and hold it with your right arm above or below the elbow. Hold for 30-60 seconds, switch arms and repeat. To stretch the internal rotators of the shoulder (important if you participate in tennis, golf or other overhead/throwing/swinging sports), hold a rolled-up towel vertically with both hands. One hand should hold the top of the towel and the other hand should hold the bottom of the towel. Now gently pull the towel toward the ceiling with your top hand, stretching the shoulder on your opposite arm. Hold for 30-60 seconds, switch top hand and repeat.

The Calf Stretch

Stand at arm's length from a wall or any otherwise sturdy structure. Put your right foot behind your left foot and slowly bend your left leg forward, keeping the right knee straight and the right heel on the ground. Keep your back straight and your hips and feet facing forward. Hold for 30-60 seconds, and then switch legs and repeat.

The Hamstring Stretch

Lie on the floor near the outer corner of a wall or door frame. With your left heel resting against the wall and your left knee bent slightly, straighten your left leg until you feel a stretch along the back of your left thigh. Hold the stretch for 30 to 60 seconds, switch legs and repeat.

The Knee-to-Chest Stretch

Lie on your back on a firm surface. Your knees and hips should be bent, and the backs of your heels should stay flat on the floor. Slowly pull one knee to your chest until you feel a stretch in your lower back. Keep the opposite leg relaxed in a comfortable position, with your knee bent or the leg extended. Bring the knee as close to the chest as possible without experiencing discomfort, hold for 30-60 seconds and repeat with the opposite leg.

Note: The Mayo Clinic recommends osteoporosis patients avoid the knee-to-chest stretch to prevent possible compression fractures of the vertebrae.

And there you have it: why flexibility matters and what you can do to make sure you're as flexible as possible. If you have any questions regarding how to do a particular stretch or if you believe an existing health condition could limit you from safely performing a flexibility routine, talk to your doctor first.  If you’re stretching regimen isn’t relieving your back or neck pain, be sure to call and make an appointment to have your spine checked!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Do You Suffer From the #1 Cause of Disability?

Are you suffering from back or neck pain? You're definitely not alone, and I mean on a global scale. A series of studies from the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Project, a collaboration between the World Health Organization, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the University of Queensland School of Population Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the University of Tokyo, Imperial College London, clarifies the worldwide health burden of musculoskeletal conditions, particularly back and neck pain, in crystal-clear fashion, with low back pain identified as the number-one cause of disability worldwide and neck pain the number-four cause. Overall, musculoskeletal conditions represent the second leading cause of global disability.

Findings emphasize the shift in global health that has resulted from disability making an increasingly larger footprint on the burden of disease compared to even 20 or 30 years ago. In addition, while more people are living longer, the flip side is that they do so with an increasing risk of living with the burden of pain, disability and disease compared to generations past.

Dr. Scott Haldeman, a neurologist and doctor of chiropractic, provides a summary of the project's findings that should make it abundantly clear that conditions many people may consider relatively harmless actually have tremendous potential for long-term health consequences:

 Musculoskeletal conditions such as low back pain, neck pain and arthritis affect more than 1.7 billion people worldwide and have a greater impact on the health of the world population (death and disability) than HIV/AIDS, tropical diseases including malaria, the forces of war and nature, and all neurological conditions combined.

When considering death and disability in the health equation, musculoskeletal disorders cause 21.3 percent of all years lived with disability (YLDs), second only to mental and behavioral disorders, which account for 22.7 percent of YLDs.

Musculoskeletal conditions represent the sixth leading cause of death and disability, with only cardiovascular and circulatory diseases, neonatal diseases, neoplasms, and mental and behavorial disorders accounting for more death and disability worldwide.

Low back pain is the most dominant musculoskeletal condition, accounting for nearly one-half of all musculoskeletal YLDs. Neck pain accounts for one-fifth of musculoskeletal YLDs.

Low back pain is the sixth most important contributor to the global disease burden (death and disability), and has a greater impact on global health than malaria, preterm birth complications, COPD, tuberculosis, diabetes or lung cancer.

When combined with neck pain (21st most important contributor to the global disease burden – death and disability), painful spinal disorders are second only to ischemic heart disease in terms of their impact on the global burden of disease. Spinal disorders have a greater impact than HIV/AIDS, malaria, lower respiratory infections, stroke, breast and lung cancer combined, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, depression or traffic injuries.

Current estimates suggest that 632.045 million people worldwide suffer from low back pain and 332.049 million people worldwide suffer from neck pain.

"The Global Burden of Disease Study provides indisputable evidence that musculoskeletal conditions are an enormous and emerging problem in all parts of the world and need to be given the same priority for policy and resources as other major conditions like cancer, mental health and cardiovascular disease," said Dr. Haldeman.

The seven studies from Global Burden of Disease 2010, as well as accompanying commentaries, appear in The Lancet.  If you’re in pain, chiropractic care has been shown in numerous research studies to be an effective conservative option so call and schedule your appointment today!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Let Us Help You Celebrate Valentine's Day!

Bring your address book in to the office with you this week and not only will we provide your Valentine’s Day cards for you but we’ll even PAY THE POSTAGE and INCLUDE A FREE GIFT for your valentine!

How does it work?

1.  Come to the office and pick out your Valentine cards.

2.  Write out your greetings and address your cards.

3.  Choose one of the Gift Certificate's from the front desk and insert it into your Valentines.

4.  Seal your Valentine and drop it in the “Valentine Mailbox”.

5.  SMILE!  You just made someone’s day with a fun Valentine!

Be sure to get in soon, the cards will be mailed out on Monday, February 11th so there's not much time left!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Is Smoking Increasing Your Back Pain?

According to the findings published in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, one of the best pain relief options for back pain patients is to quit smoking. Patients with back pain who quit smoking may experience a decrease in back pain, as well as an improved outcome from back surgery.

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York reported that smoking is a “modifiable risk factor” for people suffering from chronic pain.  According to their study, “smokers have reported an increased magnitude of pain when compared with nonsmokers.” In addition, earlier research noted people that quit smoking had less pain after spinal surgery and returned to work sooner than people that did not quit smoking.

If you currently are a smoker and suffering from back pain, consider this: Comparing quitters with current smokers, those who quit smoking were twice as likely to report a decrease in their back pain and those who had never smoked had a significant decrease in the likelihood of claiming disability from their back pain compared to current smokers.

Of course, chiropractic has over 100 years of proven results in relieving back pain.  If you are suffering from back, neck or shoulder pain, don't hesitate to call and schedule a free consultation to see if our office can help.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Chiropractic's 'Unintended' Consequences...

Chiropractic is attractive because its side effects are largely positive effects.

Virtually every intervention can have an "unintended consequence" or "adverse reaction", even chiropractic.

Fortunately, these are overwhelming positive, even if unintended. Such as the patient whose allergies improve after receiving chiropractic care for headaches. Or the patient whose indigestion disappears after receiving chiropractic care for back pain. Or the expectant mother whose restored fertility seems to have coincided with her chiropractic care for low back pain. You know the list.

The danger when seeing these frequent associations is to make the leap that chiropractic treats allergies, indigestion and fertility. Of course chiropractic doesn't treat anything. However with a revived nervous system, just about anything is possible. Even the relief of headaches and back pain.

If you'd like to experience some of the 'unexpected benefits' of chiropractic, call and schedule an appointment today! (303) 463-0722.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Fight the Winter ‘Blues’

Are the long nights and cold days getting you down? Seasonal affective disorder, or appropriately, SAD, is a mood disorder characterized by feelings of sadness or depression during the winter months in otherwise mentally healthy people.  If you're suffering from SAD, you may find yourself sleeping longer, lacking energy and experiencing depression.

The good news is there are ways to fight the "winter blues," as SAD has been called, without taking medication; here are three natural ways to help put a smile back on your face so you can enjoy the holiday season.

Show me the light!
Evidence suggests light (or lack thereof) during the winter months can contribute to depressive symptoms. Why light? Because  light affects serotonin, a hormone that helps regulate mood, emotions and behavior. Less sunlight in the winter months can mean less serotonin, which can cause problems with energy and mood.

The solution: Try to get outdoors as much as possible when weather permits, particularly during sunny winter days. Think about it from more than a biochemical perspective: Being outside on a sunny day always seems to make people feel better compared to sitting inside.

Try a little D
Vitamin D, that is, levels of which are also affected by lack of available sunlight during the winter months. Several studies correlate low vitamin D levels with seasonal affective disorder in particular. What's more, vitamin D production is the lowest during the winter months because the sun is the primary source. Less sunlight (and less time spent outdoors in general) equals less vitamin D production.

The solution: If you can't get outside often during the winter (or year-round due to your occupation), make sure to take a daily vitamin D supplement to ensure your body is getting the D it needs to defend against mood problems – not to mention a host of other health problems linked to low levels.

Make a move
Take winter out of the discussion for a minute and think about any time of the year. What happens when you don't exercise regularly? How do you feel as the weeks go by without physical activity? For many people, lack of physical activity can mimic symptoms of SAD: low energy levels, depression, etc.

The solution: Make time to exercise this winter. Go to the gym when the weather's bad or enjoy the fresh air and exercise outdoors when it's not too cold.  Indoors or outdoors, make physical activity a priority and you'll feel better and look better.

The bottom line is that this winter doesn't have to be a SAD one, regardless of your circumstances. By adopting these and other strategies, you can help fight the winter blues and improve your health at the same time. Talk to your doctor of chiropractic for additional information.