Thursday, April 28, 2011

Medicine = Fireman Chiropractic = Carpenters/plumbers/etc

A Doctor that focuses primarily on removing Symptoms is like a Fireman who focuses primarily in removing smoke. While your symptoms, as well as smoke, may be your concern, neither is the CAUSE of most of your problems. The Chiropractor removes the interferences with your spine which restores balance back to your body to fix the problem. The Medical Model sells you a gas mask while you burn. Chiropractic gets rid of the fire and teaches you how to prevent the fire.

A chiropractor, looks at the whole body and try to nurture that entire body as a full functional unit. We try to teach you how to eat the right kind of food, get the right kind of exercise and learn how to de-stress the mind, while giving you regular chiropractic adjustments that enhance your nervous system. This is my concept of health: Eat Wise - Move Wise - Think Wise. In Chiropractic it is similar to wellness, or holistic care. What the Medical paradigm does best is help keep people alive, to save that life in a crisis. This is called crisis care.

In fact, when it comes to keeping people alive in situations where they would have most likely died, America is one of the best. If I get my leg chopped off in an accident, I will definitely go to the hospital so that I won’t die. There would be no reason to call a Chiropractor in this case. However, if I have a lifestyle disease such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, I don’t want to go to the same people who work well in a crisis because they will treat high blood pressure as a crisis. “Your blood pressure is high, you could have a heart attack tomorrow (even though you have probably had high blood pressure for 10 years already) we need a pill that will lower your blood pressure today regardless of the side effects.” However, the chances of you having a heart attack the day after you find out you have high blood pressure is very small, this is not a crisis. This is a job for a doctor who is going to work with you on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis, to help you change your lifestyle, figure out what is causing the high blood pressure, help your nervous system run better, and help your body function at a higher level so that your blood pressure will decrease gradually and your risk for heart disease will decrease as well.

Here is an analogy that I learned from one of my mentors in Wellness, Dr. James Chestnut. If your house is on fire and everything you own is burning, like the ghostbusters thing song, WHO ARE YOU GOING TO CALL? Carpenters, electricians, plumbers, firemen? You aren’t going to want to call a carpenter, electrician or the plumber; they have the wrong tools to help you. You are going to call a fireman. The firemen are going to break down your door, smash in your windows and douse your entire house in water. But if they get there fast enough and if they work hard enough, the integrity of your house might be salvaged! The crisis that occurred might be taken care of and your house might live! Who cares about the small things like your door and windows and carpet, your house is saved!!! Now, when it comes time to repair your broken down house, are you going to call the same firemen or are you going to call the profession that works on slowly, rebuilding your house piece by piece? Of course you would call the carpenter, the plumbers, the electricians because you are no longer in a crisis and it would be absurd to call the profession who specializes in crisis care.

If you haven’t already guessed it, the firemen are like the medical doctors and the carpenters, electricians and plumbers are like the chiropractors. America may be ranked very highly for crisis care, but it is ranked 37th for overall health care. We are consuming 55x more prescription drugs today then back in 1960. What does this mean? We are 55x more unhealthy then we where back in 1960! Why is this so? Maybe it is because we are confusing what type of profession does what. Both professions have their own specialty and when we work together, we can make people’s lives better but it is important for you as the consumer to understand and differentiate what those specialties are.

Thank you for reading!
Dr. Jon Wise

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Science and Paradigm of Wellness & Prevention Nutrition

Species Wide and Species Specific: The Science and Paradigm of Wellness & Prevention Nutrition
Posted At : April 21, 2011 7:22 PM | Posted By : Dr James L. Chestnut
Related Categories: General, The Wellness & Prevention Paradigm, Eat Well

I just recently returned from speaking at the Parker Seminar in Florida. I was asked to speak about nutrition in general (The Innate Diet – The Genetically Congruent Diet for the Human Species) and specifically to explain the difference between wellness & prevention supplementation versus diagnosis & treatment nutraceutical therapy.

After I received so much positive feedback from the presentation, and so many questions, many from Innate Choice customers, I realized that it was worth writing a newsletter.

How do we determine what diet is healthy or what supplements, if any, are required? These are THE QUESTIONS regarding nutrition and unless we ask the right questions we will, of course, never get the right answers. Let’s answer these questions so that we can take the confusion out of nutrition and supplementation once and for all. Knowing the answers to these questions provides complete immunity from all the predatory marketing and confusion that takes place in the nutritional field. Let’s develop our innate immunity with the correct paradigm and the correct scientific questions and evidence.

The first concept that must be understood when discussing nutrition, or any other health topic, is that both what is required to express health, and what stressors force states of chronic adaptation and sickness, are SPECIES WIDE and SPECIES SPECIFIC. Think of biology, think of animal species. Is there any member of any animal species that requires different nutrients than any other member of that species? Do all giraffes require an individualized diet or do all giraffes require the same diet? They all require the same diet of course. Is what is toxic to eat for one giraffe toxic to all giraffes? Of course it is. Individuality regarding nutrition is only applicable to individual species NOT to individual members of a species. In other words, the genome of a giraffe is different from a panda and thus each species has unique nutritional requirements. However, every member of each species has the same nutritional requirements because every member of every species has the same genome – this is in fact how species type is determined; it is the very defining aspect of species.

It is our GENE CODE that determines what species we belong to and thus what we require in terms of nutrient sufficiency and what is perceived as a stressor in terms of nutritional toxicity or deficiency. GENE EXPRESSION is determined by our state of sufficiency and purity versus states of deficiency and toxicity. If we are sufficient and pure, if we are getting all the genetically determined nutrients that are required to express health and if, at the same time, we are free from toxins, we will genetically express our health potential (of course there are factors other than nutrition that affect health, for example exercise levels, self-esteem, social environments etc).

GENE CODE determines what we require, whether or not our dietary habits match these requirements determines our states of sufficiency/deficiency and purity/toxity, and these determine our GENE EXPRESSION which determines our state of physiology and health which determines whether we are EXPRESSING HEALTH or SICKNESS.

So, gene code determines WHAT we require, but whether or not we get sufficient amounts of what we require determines our gene expression and gene expression determines our state of cell function (physiology) or our state of health or sickness. Since our gene code is a constant (our gene code does NOT change during our lifetime – we NEVER change species type) the variable that determines our state of health is gene expression not gene code. What determines gene expression is state of sufficiency and purity or deficiency and toxicity. Thus the thing that determines whether we express health or sickness is whether or not we get sufficient amounts of the genetically required nutrients and whether or not we avoid those things that are toxic. You can see why it is so important, in fact why it is MOST IMPORTANT, to determine what the genetic requirements regarding nutrients are for any species for which we provide dietary recommendations. Sadly very little of this has guided “expert” dietary and supplement recommendations. For more information please refer to my book entitled The Innate Diet which I wrote specifically to answer this question with regard to the human species. The Innate Diet is the species specific diet for the human species. It makes nutrition simple as it should be. The book can be purchased at www.thewellnesspractice.com The book was written as a workbook for the certification program I teach and is more of a reference guide than a book. I am working on a new version but for now the current workbook version is more than adequate to provide you with the information you need to understand what the human species should eat. Please forgive the poor editing, I won’t be reusing the same editing service for the next version!

A simple rule I like to use is that if you have genomes that are similar enough that you can successfully produce offspring then you are a member of the same species. If you are a member of the same species you thus require the same nutrients and have the same list of things which are nutritionally toxic. Yes it is that simple. Not only do all members of every species have the same nutritional requirements as all the other members of that species they also have, with the exception of infancy when they are breastfeeding (if they are a mammal), the same nutritional requirements throughout their lives. The amount of nutrients required may differ due to metabolic rate (size of individual and activity level of individual) but the type of nutrients and the relative amounts of nutrients remain identical for EVERY member of a species.

The only exceptions to this, and they are EXCEEDINGLY RARE, are those with a genetic inability to biochemically digest, absorb, or manufacture a specific nutrient or enzyme. Examples would be hemochromatosis (iron metabolism disorder), Lysosomal Storage Disorders (enzyme disorders that often affect fat metabolism – Gaucher Disease is the most common which is a deficiency of the enzyme glucocerebrosidase), Phenylketonuria [PKU] (the inability to break down the amino acid phenylalanine due to defective gene responsible for production of the enzyme phenylalanine hydroxylase) and Tay-Sachs Disease (lack of enzyme Hexosaminidase A). Genetic disorders causing nutritional or enzyme deficiencies are VERY VERY RARE both in absolute terms (far less than one percent of the population) and in relative terms (represent far less than one percent of the cases of nutritional deficiencies present in the population). Surgical removal and damage by pharmaceutical and recreational drugs of glands and organs can also cause such deficiencies. However, BY FAR, BY REALLY REALLY FAR, the most common cause of nutritional deficiency and toxicity is environment or dietary habits.

The other exception is allergies and hypersensitivities. The vast majority of these are solved by eating the Innate Diet as most allergies and hypersensitivities are related to genetically incongruent foods and the toxins found in them (grains/gluten, dairy, legumes, refined sugars, food preservatives, dyes, chemical additives, pesticides, herbicides etc). When these foods are eliminated so are most allergies and hypersensitivities. Be aware of those who try to “treat” the allergy and attempt to make you less sensitive to toxic foods! Why would anyone want to become less sensitive to toxic foods?

How Do We Determine What the Healthy Diet is for Ourselves, Our Families, and Our Patients?

The first thing we have to do is identify what species we belong to. Let’s assume for now that you are dealing with members of the human species (yes even teenagers still fit in this category).

The next thing we must do is to realize that all members of every species require the same nutrients. This means that how we determine what diet to recommend has nothing to do with blood tests, muscle testing, metabolic type, blood type, hair color, gender, height, race, religion, or political affiliation. What God we worship, what race we belong to, and what blood type we are do NOT determine our gene code and thus do NOT determine what nutrients we require. These things might affect beliefs and behaviors but they do NOT determine our genome or our requirements. If you can mate and produce offspring you need the same nutrients because you have the same genome and it is genome that determines nutritional requirements!

The next thing we must do is to determine what the genetically required nutrients are for the human species and what foods are toxic to the human species. Easy. Humans are genetically designed to get our nutrients from free-range, organic, grass (not grain or soy) fed meat, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds and water. You read that correctly, no grains or dairy. Humans are not genetically equipped to digest the anti-nutrients like gluten in grains or to consume dairy (no mammal on earth consumes breast milk past infancy). I don’t have time here to go into details but I will write newsletters specific to the issues of grains and dairy in the coming months. Again, if you want more information please read the Innate Diet book.

That was easy! If it is that easy why are there so many different diet books and why are the food guidelines and food pyramids not consistent with this information? Easy again- lack of science, lack of asking the right question and an abundance of financial interests. Paradigm also has a great deal to do with it. Most nutritional recommendations are either based on what keeps someone alive or what can improve the health of someone who is very sick rather than what is required to express health potential. Many different diets can make very sick people a little less sick by making them a little less toxic and a little more sufficient but only the correct diet for the species can allow the expression of health potential and maximize the prevention of nutritional-related illness.

How many diet books or dietary recommendations have you seen that were based on the genetically congruent diet for the human species? If we don’t ask and answer this question how can we ever make correct recommendations? We can’t. One Species - One Diet. Is this not true for EVERY animal species you can think of? What makes you think humans are any different? Humans are an animal species and we are governed by the same physiological laws as every other animal species. Period - no exceptions. Gravity affects all animal species the same and so do all the other natural laws. If gene code determines what a species requires in terms of nutrition then this is true for ALL SPECIES not just all species except humans.

Supplementation vs Nutraceutical Therapy

Supplementation is NOT nutritional therapy or nutraceutical treatment. Nutritional therapy and nutraceutical treatments are aimed at signs and symptoms of disease or illness. Nutritional therapy and nutraceutical treatments are within the allopathic or disease & treatment paradigm. Such treatments are PRESCRIBED based on diagnosis. Such treatments are based on individual diagnosis and are thus prescribed only for the duration of the illness or symptoms. Nutritional therapy and nutraceutical treatments are for an individual person, based on individual diagnosis, for a limited time.
Supplementation is aimed at providing sufficient ingestion of those essential nutrients which are not readily available in the diet. The purpose of supplementation is the expression of health potential and the prevention of nutrient deficiency illness. Supplementation is within the wellness & prevention paradigm. Supplementation is REQUIRED based on dietary habits and essential nutrient availability. Such requirements are based on essential nutrient requirements for species type and thus apply to every member of that species for the duration of life. Supplementation is for EVERYBODY – EVERYDAY – FOR LIFE!™ This is precisely why this is the trademarked slogan of Innate Choice; because we are a supplement company not a nutritional therapy or nutraceutical company. We are the only such company in the world.
Supplementation, like all health, wellness, and prevention interventions, is a species-wide and species-specific issue. The definition of an essential nutrient is based entirely on genome or species type. EVERY member of a species requires the same essential nutrients as each other and throughout their lives. Can you think of any nutrient (again other than breast-milk) that any member of any species only requires for a certain amount of time? Can you think of any essential nutrient that is only required by some members of a species? Is not the very definition of essential based on what is required by that species but cannot be endogenously supplied by that species (required to be ingested)? Essential, in biochemical terms, means that it cannot be produced by the cells of the organism of that species. In other words it must be ingested or absorbed from the environment, by every member of that species, everyday, for life.

Which Supplements are Necessary Based on Valid Scientific Research?

Great question. The way to answer this question to go through what I call the “Hierarchy of Questions to Determine Supplement Necessity, Quality, and Validity”. Let’s review these.

1. Does the supplement represent an essential nutrient complex?

Essential, in biochemical terms, means that it cannot be produced by the cells of the organism. In other words it must be ingested or absorbed from the environment. Beware of claims that a nutrient or enzyme or cofactor is “important” or part of a “complicated” biochemical pathway. These issues are IRRELEVANT. The only relevant issue is whether or not the cells are genetically capable of producing it (if it is not essential they are). Just because the cellular “manufacture” of a product requires ingredients does not mean either the product or the ingredients require supplementation. Your body is INCREDIBLY INTELLIGENT and INCREDIBLY CAPABLE. Deficiencies are due to dietary ingestion patterns NOT due to the fact that your body simply forgets how to digest, ingest, and utilize nutrients or because it forgets how to manufacture them.

2. Is there a DIETARY deficiency of the nutrient complex?

Please note that I did NOT indicate any importance to cellular or plasma levels. These are IRRELEVANT if looked at independently of dietary patterns because we cannot manufacture essential nutrients so regardless of cellular or plasma levels, if we do not have them in our diet we are destined for deficiency and if we are deficient at time of testing it is clearly a result of dietary deficiency. Thus regardless of testing status the advice is the same – dietary sufficiency!
Cellular and plasma levels are EFFECTS not causes. The dietary ingestion habits regarding essential nutrient ingestion is the ONLY relevant issue.

3. Can we get the nutrient complex with a reasonable dietary alteration?

The GOLDEN RULE – Food is ALWAYS best and the best supplements ARE FOOD!

It is ALWAYS better to make a dietary alteration and consume the NUTRIENT COMPLEX in its naturally occurring, genetically compatible whole food form. This is the most cost-effective means AND it ensures that you get THE NUTRIENT COMPLEX as you are genetically designed to ingest it. Consuming food is also beneficial for many other reasons. The digestive enzymes from chewing, the proprioception from chewing, the emotional and social connection to whole foods, the greater awareness of food production etc.

4. Is the supplement in the form found in nature or biochemically altered by humans?

We have NEVER improved on nature. We have NEVER biochemically altered a food and made it better for human consumption – EVER. Do you think it would be better to consume olive oil from squeezed olives or olive oil that has been biochemically altered in a lab? Do you think it would be better to consume fish oil in its naturally occurring, full fatty acid complement form or fish oil that has been biochemically altered in a lab (concentrated, all other naturally occurring essential fatty acids removed, changed EPA and DHA fatty acid ratio, changed from natural triglyceride form to ester form)?

Do you think it is better to consume whole food, whole nutrient complex containing fruits and vegetables or isolated nutrients or juice extracts?

The ultimate test is to ask – “Does this mimic what the healthiest humans (our hunter-gatherer ancestors) consumed?” If the product is delivered in a formula or in a form that is NOT FOUND IN NATURE then by definition it cannot be genetically compatible for the human species (or any species) because our genetic requirements are based entirely on what is found in nature.

Be aware of the word ‘natural’. ‘Natural’ does NOT mean as it is found in nature. ‘Natural’ means that it is a by-product of something natural. Only ‘naturally occurring’ means that it is in the form found in nature. There is a BIG DIFFERENCE!

Synthetic vitamins, isolated vitamins and nutrients, and synthetic vitamins extracted from yeast fall into the category of ‘natural’ because they are a by-product of something found in nature. However, they are NOT naturally occurring and NOT found anywhere in nature. The same is true for concentrated fish oils or fish oils with altered EPA and DHA fatty acid ratios and fish oils in the ester rather than triglyceride form. Be aware!

Synthetic, fractionated chemical vitamins never grew in the ground, were never energized by the sun, and were never alive or part of anything alive. They are chemicals, they are drugs; they are NOT food or nutrients. The tragedy is that under the current standards these chemicals can be marketed and studied as vitamins and they are also what are used to determine daily values and to study potential benefit and harm of vitamin supplementation. Ingesting chemical synthetic vitamins does NOT represent vitamin supplementation; it represents the ingestion of chemicals or drugs.

This confusion regarding the difference between real nutrients and synthetic chemicals is also the basis of all the seemingly contradictory and confusing information regarding the benefits of supplementation. A very important point that needs to be made is that research is clear that vitamin deficiencies are linked to chronic illnesses like cancer and heart disease and diabetes and osteoporosis and depression and virtually every other chronic illness. One of the seemingly confusing things about vitamin research is that there is very good evidence that vitamin deficiency is linked to disease, but research on vitamin supplementation is NOT linked to the prevention of these same diseases! One more confusing component of all this is that research on the consumption of fruits and vegetables is clearly shown to prevent cancer, heart disease, and many other chronic diseases. How is this possible? The explanation is actually very obvious once you understand that the vitamin supplementation research that fails to show a benefit does NOT actually study vitamins as they are found in fruits and vegetables. These studies use synthetic vitamins NOT naturally occurring vitamins!
Let me provide you with just a few quotes from the research.

The Physicians Health Study reported no benefit of supplementation with ISOLATED SYNTHETIC beta-carotene (Hennekens et al. Lack of effect of long-term supplementation with beta carotene on the incidence of malignant neoplasms and cardiovascular disease. N Engl J Med. 1996;334(18):1145-1149).

The Alpha-Tocopherol Beta Carotene (ATBC) Trial observed a higher mortality rate in the ISOLATED SYNTHETIC beta-carotene group and no treatment effect in the ISOLATED alpha-tocopherol group (Blumberg, J, Block, G. The Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention Study in Finland. Nutr Rev. 1994;52(7):242-245).

The Heart Outcomes Prevention and Evaluation (HOPE) study reported greater all-cause mortality with ISOLATED vitamin E (tocopherol) supplementation (Yusuf, S. et al. Vitamin E supplementation and cardiovascular events in high-risk patients. The Heart Outcomes Prevention Evaluation Study Investigators. N Engl J Med. 2000 342(3) : 154-160).

Dietary consumption of fruits and vegetables rich in carotenoids lowers risk of lung cancer, CHD, cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration. Intervention trials of SYNTHETIC, ISOLATED supplemental beta-carotene increased the risk of lung cancer in smokers (van Helden et al, Free Radic Biol Med. 2009 Jan 15;46(2):299-304).

For more information on this topic please view the archived newsletters entitled ‘RDI, RDA, and DV: The Inconvenient Truth’ and ‘Naturally Occurring vs Naturally Derived – What Everyone Needs to Know’.

Also be aware of companies that use the term organic instead of CERTIFIED ORGANIC. Organic is meaningless in terms of product quality and freedom from pesticides, herbicides, GMO foods, synthetic vitamins or synthetic fertilizers. The term organic has nothing to do with being grown, harvested, or processed according to certified organic standards. Many companies use the term organic to deliberately mislead consumers. If there is not a certified organic label on the product or the product description then you know you are being deliberately deceived. Also, companies are allowed to use certified organic ingredients and spike them with synthetic vitamins and still have the product certified organic. Be aware!

Also be aware of companies that give a long list of healthy ingredients such as fruits and vegetables but then simply add synthetic vitamins and make label claims based entirely on the synthetic vitamin content and not the fruits and vegetables (because there is so little of the fruits and vegetables in the product – the only thing the long list of fruits and vegetables means is that there is a large variety of fruit and vegetable content in minute amounts). As soon as you see a label that has 100% of the recommended daily allowance of fat soluble vitamins (A,D,E, and K) in a fruit and vegetable product you can be virtually certain that these come from synthetic vitamins – fruits and vegetables contain virtually no fat or fat soluble vitamins (with the exception of vitamin K)!

5. Is there a BODY of RESEARCH supporting the effectiveness of supplementation for HEALTH and PREVENTION outcomes?

A handful of studies does not represent a body of research, and be especially skeptical if the studies are conducted by the manufacturer. BE AWARE of studies claiming superiority based on a “special formulation.” Make sure they compared the same amounts of nutrients, ask whether or not this formulation or combination is found anywhere in nature or only from a chemical laboratory. Nature makes the best formulations – no exceptions. It is called food.
Also make sure you check the outcomes they measure. Do they simply measure blood levels or plasma levels of a nutrient or do they actually show health and prevention outcome improvements from their supplement?
The MAIN POINT is that just because you can change the levels of a nutrient or biomarker in the BLOOD and measure this does NOT indicate that there is ANY benefit in terms of health, prevention or longevity or that there is no increased risk!

This is why nutritional therapy, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical companies like to refer to evidence for changing blood levels rather than changing health outcomes! Cholesterol drugs change cholesterol levels they don’t improve health, prevent illness, or prolong life! Ingesting synthetic, non whole food, isolated nutrients may change the levels of these nutrients in the blood but there is no evidence that they improve health, prevent illness, improve quality of life, or prolong life.

What 4 supplements have a body of valid scientific research indicating they are required by Everybody, Everyday, For Life™?

1. Omega 3 EPA/DHA Essential Fatty Acids
2. Vitamin D
3. Probiotics
4. Certified Organic Whole Food Phytonutrient Concentrate

I will be providing newsletters regarding the BODY of RESEARCH for each of these supplements in the near future. For more immediate information please go to www.innatechoice.com and watch the FREE videos. You do not have to sign up for anything, your email address is not captured or asked for, and you will NOT be solicited.

Yours in the Wellness & Prevention Paradigm

Dr. James L. Chestnut B.Ed., M.Sc., D.C., C.C.W.P

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Why Professional Athletes have Regular Chiropractic Care

According to a study published in Chiropractic: The Journal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation by Lauro A and Mouch B in 1991, athletes exhibited a 30% improvement in performance after 12 weeks of chiropractic treatment. They were tested on several aspects of athletic ability including kinesthetic perception, power, r...eaction time, agility and balance. Those who did not receive chiropractic treatment showed only a 1% increase in performance after 6 weeks of treatment, while those who received the chiropractic treatments showed an 18% increase in performance after 6 weeks.

Many professional athletes also undergo treatments before, during and after a game. According to PracticalChiro.com, athletes including Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong, and Barry Bonds all receive treatments from sports chiropractors so that they can improve their performance and recover properly throughout training and game season. (Source: PracticalChiro.com) Professional sports teams such as Los Angeles Galaxy, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, and multiple UFC fighters also receive the benefits from chiropractic care.

Young athletes - not only professionals or Olympians – can also benefit from chiropractic treatment because this type of therapy enhances blood flow, improves range of motion and can also increase recovery rates after intensive training or a game. Full range of motion is particularly important for endurance athletes and those who must employ various types of stretches into their training routine.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Posture and the Bonsai Tree

The ancient Japanese art form of growing Bonsai trees is fascinating. Bonsai trees are essentially normal shrubs that have been consistently stressed in a particular way for a long time to create a posture which would never be found in nature. Depending on how the tree is stressed while it grows, it may end up looking like a miniature version of a full-sized tree, or it may end up looking like a wild tangle of branches with twists and loops. To most people, "good posture" simply means sitting and standing up straight. Few of us realize the importance of posture to our health and performance.

The human body craves alignment. When we are properly aligned, our bones, not our muscles, support our weight, reducing effort and strain. The big payoff with proper posture is that we feel healthier, have more energy, and move gracefully. So while the word "posture" may conjure up images of book-balancing charm-school girls, it is not just about standing up straight. It’s about being aware of and connected to every part of your self.

Posture ranks right up at the top of the list when you are talking about good health. It is as important as eating right, exercising, getting proper rest and avoiding potentially harmful substances like alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. Good posture is a way of doing things with more energy, less stress and fatigue. Without good posture, you cannot really be physically fit. Without good posture, you can actually damage your spine every time you exercise.

Ideally, our bones stack up one upon the other: the head rests directly on top of the spine, which sits directly over the pelvis, which sits directly over the knees and ankles. But if you spend hours every day sitting in a chair, if you hunch forward or balance your weight primarily on one leg, the muscles of your neck and back have to carry the weight of the body rather than it being supported by the spine. The resulting tension and joint pressure can affect you not only physically, but emotionally, too, -- from the predictable shoulder and back pain to headaches, short attention span, and depression.

Poor posture distorts the alignment of bones, chronically tenses muscles, and contributes to stressful conditions such as loss of vital lung capacity, increased fatigue, reduced blood and oxygen to the brain, limited range of motion, stiffness of joints, pain syndromes, reduced mental alertness, and decreased productivity at work. According to the Nobel Laureate Dr. Roger Sperry, "the more mechanically distorted a person is, the less energy is available for thinking, metabolism, and healing."

The most immediate problem with poor posture is that it creates a lot of chronic muscle tension as the weight of the head and upper body must be supported by the muscles instead of the bones. This effect becomes more pronounced the further your posture deviates from your body’s center of balance.

To illustrate this idea further, think about carrying a briefcase. If you had to carry a briefcase with your arms outstretched in front of you, it would not take long before the muscles of your shoulders would be completely exhausted. This is because carrying the briefcase far away from your center of balance places undue stress on your shoulder muscles. If you held the same briefcase down at your side, your muscles would not fatigue as quickly, because the briefcase is closer to your center of balance and therefore the weight is supported by the bones of the skeleton, rather than the muscles.

In some parts of the world, women can carry big pots full of water from distant water sources back to their homes. They are able to carry these heavy pots a long distance without significant effort because they balance them on the top of their heads, thereby carrying them at their center of balance and allowing the strength of their skeleton to bear the weight, rather than their muscles.

Correcting bad posture and the physical problems that result can be accomplished in two ways. The first is by eliminating as much "bad" stress from your body as possible. Bad stress includes all the factors, habits, or stressors that cause your body to deviate from your structural center. Bad stress can result from a poorly adjusted workstation at work, from not having your seat adjusted correctly in your car, or even from carrying too much weight around in a heavy purse or backpack.

The second is by applying "good" stress on the body in an effort to move your posture back toward your center of balance. This is accomplished through a series of exercises, stretches, adjustments, and changes to your physical environment, all designed to help correct your posture. Getting your body back to its center of balance by improving your posture is critically important to improving how you feel.

Like Japanese artists tending to a bonsai tree, chiropractors can adjust the spine to achieve greater spinal alignment.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Benefits of Massage Therapy at Wise Chiropractic
How Can Massage Be Medically Beneficial?

Massage therapy helps you relax, re-align and rejuvenate. There are many positive aspects to receiving massage therapy on an ongoing regular basis. Due to our busy lives, our stressful environment both at home and the work place we can all benefit from a little stress-management. Our experienced, professional therapist at Wise Chiropractic provides exceptional care and will design an effective customized massage treatment to address your individual needs.

More Las Vegas Residents are turning to therapeutic massage treatment to provide relaxation, relieve tension associated with the daily stresses of their busy lives, or simply to help maintain good health and achieve a balanced lifestyle.
There are so many healthy benefits to receiving massage therapy on a regular basis:

* Relieves Stress
* Encourages Relaxation
* Improves Posture
* Improves Circulation
* Lowers Blood Pressure
* Helps Manage Pain
* Relaxes Muscles
* Improves Flexibility and Range of Motion
* Relieves Tension-Related Headaches
* Strengthens The Immune System
* Enhances Post-Operative Rehabilitation
* Improves Rehabilitation After Injury
* Manage Fibromyalgia Pain Naturally

Recent scientific research also proves that massage therapy increases immune function, decreases stress levels and reduces recovery time in many medical conditions including:

* Allergies
* Depression and Anxiety
* Arthritis
* Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
* Asthma and Bronchitis
* Circulatory Problems
* Insomnia
* Sports Injuries
* Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)
* Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
* Musculo-Skeletal Disorders

For more information, please call our office at 702-248-6292 and Speak with Mark Jones LMT or Dr. Jon Wise. You can also view our website at www.wisechiropractor.com

Detailed Massage Therapy @ Wise Chiropractic

Hello there! Let me introduce myself, I am Mark Jones, A licensed massage therapist. A graduate of the Nevada School of Massage Therapy Professional & Masterbody Worker programs. Earning certificates in modalities ie; Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Advanced Cranial Sacral as well as Eastern Paradigm & Sports Massage.

Through courses such as Kinesiology and Myokinetics, I have learned that fascia, muscle, and skin adapts to stressful environments in many ways. With that knowledge, I am able to construct a proper functional assessment to provide any client information regarding a massage designed specifically for their particular needs . It has become a great gift and technique that I am honored to be able provide.

My passion for assisting client's bodies relieve pain thru relaxation has always been a big dream of mine. I truly enjoy what I do and i am always willing to teach and assist to anyone who will allow me to do so. It is said best by a person I hold in high respects, " Massage is a rediscovered link between health and self-awareness."

Massage is great for your body, mind, and soul. Some of the reasons why your body needs it is because it relieves stress and aids relaxation as well relieves muscle tension and stiffness. Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments. Reduces muscle spasms and provides better flexibility and range of motion to enhance an athletes performance, Promotes deeper and easier breathing, improves circulation and reduces blood pressure. Helps the health of nourishment of skin, improves posture, strengthens the immune system. With the mind it helps with a relaxed state of mental alertness, peace of mind, helps relieve mental stress, and it can help promote calm thinking and creativity. And lastly your soul it can satisfy needs for caring nurturing touch, fosters a feeling of well-being, reduces anxiety levels, increases the state of awareness between the mind and body.

I hope this helps you understand all the great benefits massage can do for you. Please take the time to better yourself and give your body the attention it needs. I look forward to seeing you.

Mark Jones L.M.T

Homemade Beauty Recipes & Herbal Cosmetics

Homemade
Beauty Recipes & Herbal Cosmetics
Dr. Andrew Napier


Look Younger and Beautiful

Skin care is very important, and proper hygiene and skin care techniques would help to have a clean, healthy skin desired by all. This article briefly describes some of the effective homemade beauty recipes and herbal cosmetics that will help you look younger and beautiful.

The cosmetic market is flooded with beauty and skin care products promising to make you beautiful and younger. Many of these products give long term side effects resulting in wrinkles and fine lines. This is why we highly recommend homemade beauty recipes and herbal cosmetics that improve your skin complexion naturally without causing any harmful side effects.

Homemade Beauty Recipes and Herbal Cosmetics

Below are some simple and effective homemade beauty recipes and herbal cosmetics that will help you look younger and beautiful.

1. Applying a paste of grounded almond, honey and warm milk on the skin improves complexion and dryness and makes it glow.

2. A mixture of fermented flour and milk makes a good mask for oily skin.

3. Application of a paste made out of gram flour (fermented chick peas), lime juice, turmeric and milk would make skin radiant.

4. Massaging skin with unboiled milk also makes it radiant. It is one of the traditional and very effective homemade beauty recipes.

5. Massaging skin with mustard powder in milk helps to get rid of blemishes. Rubbing skin with aloe Vera juice heals sun burnt skin.

6. Apple cider vinegar serves as an effective natural cosmetic for sunburns.

7. Application of a mixture of two teaspoons of buttermilk and tomato juice on the skin gives relief from sunburns.

8. Massaging skin with coconut oil makes it wrinkle free.

9. Rubbing the core of pineapple on the skin and leaving for about 15 minutes also gives one a wrinkle free skin.

10. Spreading mashed banana all over the skin, keeping it for 15-20 minutes and then rinsing off with warm water is also an effective anti-wrinkle treatment.

11. One may soak cotton balls in ice-cold water mixed with 4 teaspoons of lime juice and place it on the eyes to remove tiredness of the eyes.

12. Refrigerated herbal tea bag can do away with eye puffiness.

13. Dark circles under the eyes would disappear if one places freshly cut figs over the eyes and leave it on for half an hour.

14. Slices of cucumber placed on each eye can soothe tiredness of eyes.

15. Massaging hands and legs with a mixture of tomato juice, lime juice and glycerin helps to do away with skin roughness.

16. Application of a mixture of an ounce of honey, little egg white, glycerin, and barley powder makes the skin on hands and legs soft and supple.

Copyright © Dr Andrew Napier, All Rights Reserved. Read more useful Home Remedies for Dry Skin. Also know effective Home Remedies for Stretch Marks. Visit: http://www.Home-Remedies-Guide.com/dry-skin.htm .

Thoughts To Live By

Thoughts To Live By
(original title: The Handbook)
Author Unknown

Health:

1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E’s: Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
5. Make time to speak good of yourself to yourself, out loud.
6. Play more games.
7. Read more books than you did last year.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.

Personality:

11. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don’t overdo. Keep your limits.
14. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake.
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
18. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

Society:

25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

Life:

32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. LOVE heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come.
38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOODNESS for it.
39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.

Last But Not Least:

40. Please share this to everyone you care about, I just did.

The Nature of Dis-ease

The Nature of Dis-ease
By Bruce Lipton

Sometimes, the body’s natural harmony breaks down, and we experience dis-ease, which is a reflection of the body’s inability to maintain normal control of its function-providing systems. Because behavior is created through the interaction of proteins with their complementary signals, there are really only two sources of dis-ease: either the proteins are defective or the signals are distorted.

About 5% of the world’s population is born with birth defects, which means they have mutated genes that code for dysfunctional proteins. Structurally deformed or defective proteins can “jam the machine,” disturb normal pathway functions, and impair the character and quality of lives. However, 95% of the human population arrives on this planet with a perfectly functional set of gene blueprints.

Because the majority of us have a perfectly healthy genome and produce functional proteins, illness in this group can likely be attributed to the nature of the signal. There are three primary situations in which signals contribute to dysfunction and dis-ease.

The first is trauma. If you twist or misalign your spine and physically impede the transmission of the nervous system’s signals, it may result in a distortion of the information being exchanged between the brain and the body’s cells, tissues, and organs.

The second is toxicity. Toxins and poisons in our system represent inappropriate chemistry that can distort the signal’s information on its path between the nervous system and targeted cells and tissues. Altered signals, derived from either of these causes, can inhibit or modify normal behaviors and lead to the expression of dis-ease.

The third and most important influence of signals on the dis-ease process is thought; the action of the mind. Mind-related illnesses do not require that there be anything physically wrong with the body at the outset of the dis-ease. Health is predicated upon the nervous system’s ability to accurately perceive environmental information and selectively engage appropriate, life-sustaining behaviors. If a mind misinterprets environmental signals and generates an inappropriate response, survival is threatened because the body’s behaviors become out of synch with the environment. We may not think that a thought could be enough to undermine an entire system, but, in fact, misperceptions can be lethal.

Consider the situation of a person with anorexia. While relatives and friends clearly perceive that this skin-and-bones individual is near death, the anorexic looks in a mirror and sees a fat person. Using this distorted view, that resembles an image in a funhouse mirror, the anorexic’s brain attempts to control a misperceived runaway weight gain, by-oops!-inhibiting the system’s metabolic functions.

The brain, like any governing entity, seeks harmony. Neural harmony is expressed as a measure of congruency between the mind’s perceptions and the life we experience.

An interesting insight into how the mind creates harmony between its perceptions and the real world is frequently illustrated in stage hypnosis shows. A volunteer from the audience is invited onstage, hypnotized, and asked to pick up a glass of water, which the volunteer is told weighs one thousand pounds. With that misinformation, the volunteer struggles unsuccessfully with straining muscles, bulging veins, and perspiration. How can that be? Obviously the glass doesn’t weigh one thousand pounds even though the mind of the subject firmly believes that it does.

To manifest the perceived reality of a thousand pound glass of water, something that cannot be lifted, the hypnotized subject’s mind fires a signal to the muscles used to lift the glass at the same time it fires contradictory signals to the muscles used to set the glass down! This results in an isometric exercise wherein two groups of muscles work to oppose each other, which results in no net movement-but a lot of strain and sweat.

pictCells, tissues, and organs do not question information sent by the nervous system. Rather, they respond with equal fervor to accurate life-affirming perceptions and to self-destructive misperceptions. Consequently, the nature of our perceptions greatly influences the fate of our lives.

While most of us are aware of the healing influences of the placebo effect, few are aware of its evil twin, the nocebo effect. Just as surely as positive thoughts can heal, negative ones, including the belief we are susceptible to an illness or have been exposed to a toxic condition, can actually manifest the undesired realities of those thoughts.

Japanese children allergic to a poison ivy-like plant took part in an experiment where a leaf of the poisonous plant was rubbed onto one forearm. As a control, a nonpoisonous leaf resembling the toxic plant was rubbed on the other forearm. As expected almost all the children broke out in a rash on the arm rubbed with the toxic leaf and had no response to the imposter leaf.

What the children did not know was that the leaves were purposefully mislabeled. The negative thought of being touched by the poisonous plant led to the rash produced by the nontoxic leaf! In the majority of cases, no rash resulted from contact with the toxic leaf that was thought to be the harmless control. The conclusion is simple: positive perceptions enhance health, and negative perceptions precipitate dis-ease. This mind-bending example of the power of belief was one of the founding experiments that led to the science of psychoneuroimmunology.

Considering that a minimum of one third of all medical healings are attributed to the placebo effect, what percentage of illness and disease might be the result of negative thought in the nocebo effect? Perhaps more than we think, especially since psychologists estimate that 70% of our thoughts are negative and redundant.

Perceptions have a tremendous influence in shaping the character and experiences of our lives. They’re the reason why those faith-filled folks can swig poison, joyously play with deadly snakes and lift a car to free a loved one. Perceptions shape the placebo and nocebo effects. They are more influential than positive thinking because they are more than mere thoughts in your mind. Perceptions are beliefs that permeate every cell. Simply, the expression of the body is a complement to the mind’s perceptions, or, in simpler terms, believing is seeing!

New-Edge Biology Conclusion:
Accurate perceptions encourage success; misperceptions threaten survival.

Bruce H. Lipton, PhD, author of bestselling, The Biology of Belief, is an internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. Visit: www.BruceLipton.com.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Discussion on Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hcg)

By Dr. Jon Wise
Practicing Holistic Physician in Las Vegas, NV.

Over the last several years, Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hcg)has received significant media attention, both positive and negative. Although somewhat controversial, it is currently being used for clinical weight management.

Background:
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hcg)is a glycoportein hormone composed of 244 amino acids. the hcg molecule is produced by trophoblast cells of the placenta during pregnancy; its role is to prevent disintegration of the corpus luteum, thereby promoting progesterone production. The hcg hormone may have additional functions: for instance, it is thought that hcg may be a placental link for the development of local maternal immunotolerance. Additionally, hcg plays a role in cellular differentiation and proliferation which assist in fetal development. What most people also do not really understand is that hcg also assist in opening the gates between your fat storage and your blood stream. Which is why pregnant women tend to store body fat extremely fast during the 9 month process.

The first report on hcg for weight management was published in 1954 by the late Dr. ATW Simeons, a German-born Physician practicing in Rome. While working in India, Simeons observed that body fat distribution was modified in boys who displayed Adiposogenital dystrophy and were treated with hcg. Simeons hypothesized that hcg acted at diencephalic level, modulating hypothalamic regulatory centers, which were in turn responsible for fat accumulation. He theorized that hcg moved body fat from available for metabolism while mobilized. Simeons believed that this redistribution of body fat could be combined with a hypo-caloric diet, allowing the body to consume "fat on the move." The resulting effect is similar to the body of a pregnant women rapidly metabolizing its own fat stored to nourish a developing fetus.

Simeon eventually extended his investigations to patients showing varying degrees of obesity and ultimately concluded that hcg might be useful for the treatment of obesity. In Simeons' studies, hcg seemed to assist patients in resisting cravings and tolerating a very low calorie diet without suffering headaches, irritability, weakness or other side effects of this approach to weight loss. In 1954 Simeons reported in the medical journal The Lancet that patients who followed the regimen for 40 days lost 20-30 pounds, and that 70% of them maintained their weight loss after going off the diet. Over the next several years, doctors who put their own patients on Simeons' regiment reported similar successes. My own patients have seen the same similar success over the last few years. For most who have read my last post, already know that I, myself, use to weight 315 lbs. I have lost 70 lbs and do plan on continuing to use my product until I achieve my weight loss goals!

Regulation and Controversy:
The US FDA has approved hcg as a fertility treatment, but does not recognize hcg as an obesity treatment despite years of smaller studies and 100,000's of case studies and individual claims. The FDA allows doctors to prescribe hcg for weight loss, but requited notice indicating that hcg is not approved for this "off label" purpose. Whether used for fertility or weight management, hcg traditionally been administered in pharmacological doses and only available to patients through a prescription. Even homeopathic hcg needs to prescribed by a physician or medical care provider who is licensed and qualified to prescribe homeopathic remedies.

As a side note: Always make sure your homeopathic remedies are coming from an FDA registered and regulated homeopathic lab. There are many people out there that are attempting to sell "Homeopathic remedies" ihncluding but not limited to hcg, thse products can be made in their houses or garages or purchased from outside of the country and may not officially know what is in the bottle.

Over the last several years, "homeopathic hcg" has become a very popular alternative to hcg injections for weight management. Compared to injections, homeopathically prepared hcg is widely promoted as being easier to administer (without the need for needles) and devoid of side effects.

HCG is not listed as an official ingredient in the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States (HPUS); accordingly, homeopathic hcg is not recognized by the fda or the HPUS as an official remedy, even when it is prepared according to the homeopathic guidelines for comparable substances. Like all homeopathic remedies, homeopathic hcg is energetic medicine, it has been energetically activated by hand succussion.


What can HCG do for me:
* Lose up to 1-2 pounds per day (1 lbs of fat burned = 3500 Calories)
* Eliminates Abnormal fat
* Re-sculpts your body
* HCG resets your hypothalamus
* Your skin retracts so you aren't flabby later
* Protects your Muscle
* Dramatically reduces hunger
* HCG is a natural hormone substance
* Exercise is not needed to reduce

The Body Sculpting Benefits of HCG Treatments:
Many of the people that are using HCG to help them lose weight are finding that the hormone helps with the reshaping of their bodies as well. Unlike many weight loss programs that only help with losing weight, HCG appears to help contour the body and decrease the circumference of the body. HCG also helps tone common problem areas, such as reducing the amount of fat deposited in double chins and getting rid of pot bellies. HCG also appears to help rejuvenate structural fat, which helps make the hands, neck, and face look refreshed.

The Health Benefits of the HCG Diet:
Obviously, shedding extra pounds will help improve the overall health of a person on the HCG diet. Researchers also believe that taking HCG helps to normalize the cholesterol levels of those on the diet. In addition, the hormone appears to help normalize the thyroid gland and balance the hormones while rebuilding the adrenaline glands. We even had patients who normalized their blood sugar and voluntarily stopped their Diabetic medication.

The Emotional Benefits of the HCG Diet:
People on the HCG diet also routinely report experiencing less irritability and generally feeling in a better mood. This lift in spirits seems to continue throughout the entire treatment period. Patients also report having more restful sleep, which may be partially responsible for the improved mood. Similarly, patients report feeling more energized while undergoing the therapy. This may be attributed to the improvement in sleep, the loss of excess weight, and the positive impact HCG has on the adrenaline glands.

For many, just the weight loss benefits of HCG would be enough to make this hormone worth taking. If there is anything I can ever do for you, please do not hesitate to ask.

Thank you for reading!

Dr. Jon Wise

Wise Chiropractic
5875 S. Rainbow Blvd #201
Las Vegas, NV 89118
702-248-6292

A chiropractic physician may prescribe, dispense, and administer herbal medicines, homeopathic medicines, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, glandular products, naturally derived substances, protomorphogens, live cell products, gerovital, amino acids, dietary supplements, foods for special dietary use, bioidentical hormones, sterile water, sterile saline, sarapin or its generic, caffeine, procaine, oxygen, epinephrine, and vapocoolants.

Disclaimer:
These weight reduction treatments include oral HCG or an injection of HCG, a drug which has not been approved by the food and drug administration as safe and effective in the treatment of obesity or weight control. There is no substantial evidence that HCG increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or "normal" distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restrictive diets.

Common uses of HCG: HCG is presently relied upon as a medication for fertility and it is also used to safely promote the production of testosterone in males.It is not approved by the FDA for weight loss.

HCG Side effects: The HCG side effects one will have to keep an eye out for include the onset of headaches, irritability, restlessness, slight water retention, tenderness of breast tissue, and depression. There are some very rare, severe side effects as well which include the development of ovarian hyperstimulation in females. The latter condition requires immediate medical treatment and is accompanied by the following symptoms: tremendous pain in the region of the pelvis, the swelling of feet, legs, and hands, abdominal pain, abdominal swelling, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, a diminishing of urination, and weight gain. If a user of HCG products notes any side effects it is recommended that he or she cease using the products immediately and that he or she seek out the assistance of a physician.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Killing household ants with Splenda

Jasmine Jafferali

* Chicago Family Health Examiner


Spring is in the air and the ants are marching right into your house. You may want to hold off on buying those ugly little ant traps, the little yellow packets just may do the trick.

I'll never forget when I first read about Splenda. I jumped on the bandwagon as everyone else did. Then about four years ago, I read that you could use Splenda to kill household ants. So I dumped my bag of splenda in the dirt. Fascinated by my recent discovery, I began my research and here is what I found:

1. Splenda was “discovered” accidentally in a lab back in 1975 while trying to create a new insecticide (Ewww...who decided it was safe for human consumption? Oh yeah the FDA did back in 1998).
2. Whole Foods or Trader Joe's will not sell Splenda or any product that contains "sucralose" because it does not fit within their code of ethics of selling “real food”. (Thank you Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe's)
3. Sucralose, the made-up name by the manufacturer of Splenda, contains chlorinated compounds. (Ohhh...Splenda made up the name sucralose...because anything that ends on "ose" makes it sound like yummy sugar)
4. Chlorine is toxic and is not found in any food or table salt even though the manufacturer of Splenda will tell you it is fine. However there is chloride present in food and table salt, which is non-toxic. (Very sneaky Splenda makers)
5. Chlorine, (which we now know is in Splenda), has caused so much damage to human health that Greenpeace has launched a Chlorine-Free Campaign, calling for a worldwide ban on chlorine. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also maintains a strong anti-chlorine stance. (Did you know that cancer patients have high levels of chlorine in their bodies?)
6. If you really want some motivation for staying away from Splenda and anything that contains it (example: Weight Watchers, Atkins and South Beach, flavored waters, Crystal Light, diet drinks anything "diet" or labeled as "sugar-free", "low in sugar" or no sugar" typically contains it. Yes, this includes your kids' favorite "no-sugar" Hawaiian Punch) and if you are a future mother, read all about baby boys being born with shortened male anatomy due to chlorine passed to them in the womb. (and we want to do this to our unborn children, why?)
7. Studies show that people that consumed diet drinks were 41% more likely to be overweight than those who did not. (so diet drinks and foods are sabatoging our weight loss efforts? Seems like an oxymoron to me)

But honestly, any artificial sweetener will work. How do I know this? I have had both friends and family members try it with great success, even my sister-in-law who lives in a very rural part of Ohio. The nice thing about using up your little yellow (or blue or pink) packets is there are no harsh chemicals used. Your family does not breathe in all the chemicals, your baby doesn't find an ant trap and put it in their mouths and if your pets lick it, you can save the call to poison control. Now is the time to try some other safer alternative sweeteners like stevia and agave nectar syrup. And don't forget the old tried and trued, honey and real maple syrup (not Aunt Jemima).

Don't get mad at me if your favorite drink contains sucralose. There are ways to give our families safer options if using a sweetener is a must. Here are some fun family cocktails that you can try (and it is cheaper than buying bottled juice):

Homemade Lemonade: 1 1/2c of real lemon juice (about 6 lemons squeezed), 6 cups of cold water, 1/3 cup of raw honey (more or less to your liking). Mix and enjoy!

Chocolate milk: 1 TB of cocoa powder, 1TB of agave nectar syrup and 1 cup of your favorite milk

Homemade Flavored Water: 1 cup of carbonated water, 1TB of agave nectar syrup and half of your favorite fruit squeezed such as an orange. Or puree your favorite berry such as frozen strawberries and a kiwi.

Homemade Orange Pop: 2 liter bottle of carbonated water, 1/2 can of orange juice concentrate, 3 lemons squeezed.

Get creative in the kitchen with the kids and leave the Splenda to the ants.

Chiropractic in the News | Kids & Ear Infections

99-year young's chiropractic testimony



Forget the Treadmill. Get a Dog.

Forget the Treadmill. Get a Dog.
By TARA PARKER-POPE
UNLEASHED Among dog owners who went for regular walks, 60 percent met federal criteria for regular moderate or vigorous exercise, a new study says.Kevin Moloney for The New York Times UNLEASHED Among dog owners who went for regular walks, 60 percent met federal criteria for regular moderate or vigorous exercise, a new study says.

If you’re looking for the latest in home exercise equipment, you may want to consider something with four legs and a wagging tail.

Several studies now show that dogs can be powerful motivators to get people moving. Not only are dog owners more likely to take regular walks, but new research shows that dog walkers are more active over all than people who don’t have dogs.

One study even found that older people are more likely to take regular walks if the walking companion is canine rather than human.

“You need to walk, and so does your dog,” said Rebecca A. Johnson, director of the human-animal interaction research center at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. “It’s good for both ends of the leash.”

Just last week, researchers from Michigan State University reported that among dog owners who took their pets for regular walks, 60 percent met federal criteria for regular moderate or vigorous exercise. Nearly half of dog walkers exercised an average of 30 minutes a day at least five days a week. By comparison, only about a third of those without dogs got that much regular exercise.

The researchers tracked the exercise habits of 5,900 people in Michigan, including 2,170 who owned dogs. They found that about two-thirds of dog owners took their pets for regular walks, defined as lasting at least 10 minutes.

Unlike other studies of dog ownership and walking, this one also tracked other forms of exercise, seeking to answer what the lead author, Mathew Reeves, called an obvious question: whether dog walking “adds significantly to the amount of exercise you do, or is it simply that it replaces exercise you would have done otherwise?”

The answers were encouraging, said Dr. Reeves, an associate professor of epidemiology at Michigan State. The dog walkers had higher overall levels of both moderate and vigorous physical activity than the other subjects, and they were more likely to take part in other leisure-time physical activities like sports and gardening. On average, they exercised about 30 minutes a week more than people who didn’t have dogs.
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Dr. Reeves, who owns two Labrador mixes named Cadbury and Bella, said he was not surprised.

“There is exercise that gets done in this household that wouldn’t get done otherwise,” he said. “Our dogs demand that you take them out at 10 o’clock at night, when it’s the last thing you feel like doing. They’re not going to leave you alone until they get their walk in.”

But owning a dog didn’t guarantee physical activity. Some owners in the study did not walk their dogs, and they posted far less overall exercise than dog walkers or people who didn’t have a dog.

Dog walking was highest among the young and educated, with 18-to-24-year-old owners twice as likely to walk the dog as those over 65, and college graduates more than twice as likely as those with less education. Younger dogs were more likely to be walked than older dogs; and larger dogs (45 pounds or more) were taken for longer walks than smaller dogs.

The researchers asked owners who didn’t walk their pets to explain why. About 40 percent said their dogs ran free in a yard, so they didn’t need walks; 11 percent hired dog walkers.

Nine percent said they didn’t have time to walk their dogs, while another 9 percent said their dogs were too ill behaved to take on a walk. Age of the dog or dog owner also had an effect: 9 percent said the dog was too old to go for walks, while 8 percent said the owner was too old.

“There is still a lot more dog walking that could be done among dog owners,” Dr. Reeves said.

And the question remains whether owning a dog encourages regular activity or whether active, healthy people are simply more likely to acquire dogs as walking companions.

A 2008 study in Western Australia addressed the question when it followed 773 adults who didn’t have dogs. After a year, 92 people, or 12 percent of the group, had acquired a dog. Getting a dog increased average walking by about 30 minutes a week, compared with those who didn’t own dogs.

But on closer analysis, the new dog owners had been laggards before getting a dog, walking about 24 percent less than other people without dogs.

The researchers found that one of the motivations for getting a dog was a desire to get more exercise. Before getting a dog, the new dog owners had clocked about 89 minutes of weekly walking, but dog ownership boosted that number to 130 minutes a week.

A study of 41,500 California residents also looked at walking among dog and cat owners as well as those who didn’t have pets. Dog owners were about 60 percent more likely to walk for leisure than people who owned a cat or no pet at all. That translated to an extra 19 minutes a week of walking compared with people without dogs.

A study last year from the University of Missouri showed that for getting exercise, dogs are better walking companions than humans. In a 12-week study of 54 older adults at an assisted-living home, some people selected a friend or spouse as a walking companion, while others took a bus daily to a local animal shelter, where they were assigned a dog to walk.

To the surprise of the researchers, the dog walkers showed a much greater improvement in fitness. Walking speed among the dog walkers increased by 28 percent, compared with just 4 percent among the human walkers.

Dr. Johnson, the study’s lead author, said that human walkers often complained about the heat and talked each other out of exercise, but that people who were paired with dogs didn’t make those excuses.

“They help themselves by helping the dog,” said Dr. Johnson, co-author of the new book “Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound,” to be published in May by Purdue University Press. “If we’re committed to a dog, it enables us to commit to physical activity ourselves.”

Yoga's Ability to Improve Mood and Lessen Anxiety

Yoga's Ability to Improve Mood and Lessen Anxiety Is Linked to Increased Levels of a Critical Brain Chemical, Research Finds

ScienceDaily (Nov. 12, 2010) — Yoga has a greater positive effect on a person's mood and anxiety level than walking and other forms of exercise, which may be due to higher levels of the brain chemical GABA according to an article in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The article is available free online.
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Yoga has been shown to increase the level of gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA, a chemical in the brain that helps to regulate nerve activity. GABA activity is reduced in people with mood and anxiety disorders, and drugs that increase GABA activity are commonly prescribed to improve mood and decrease anxiety.

Tying all of these observations together, the study by Chris Streeter, MD, from Boston University School of Medicine (Massachusetts) and colleagues demonstrates that increased GABA levels measured after a session of yoga postures are associated with improved mood and decreased anxiety. Their findings establish a new link between yoga, higher levels of GABA in the thalamus, and improvements in mood and anxiety based on psychological assessments. The authors suggest that the practice of yoga stimulates specific brain areas, thereby giving rise to changes in endogenous antidepressant neurotransmitters such as GABA.

"This is important work that establishes some objective bases for the effects that highly trained practitioners of yoga therapy throughout the world see on a daily basis. What is important now is that these findings are further investigated in long-term studies to establish just how sustainable such changes can be in the search for safe non-drug treatments for depression," says Kim A. Jobst, MA, DM, MRCP, MFHom, DipAc, Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
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