Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Five Small Meals

Five Small Meals

Chiropractic Care and Healthy Eating
Regular chiropractic care and consistent, healthy nutrition represent two powerful lifestyle choices for people interested in supporting their long-term health and well-being.
These life-affirming action steps work together to give you more energy, more restful sleep, and an overall positive mental attitude. When you don't get enough nutritious food, your body doesn't work properly. Supplies aren't available to build strong cells and tissues. Toxins accumulate. People wonder why they feel tired and listless. A big part of the answer is too much of the foods that are harmful and not enough of the foods that have high nutritional content.
Also, when your body's out of alignment, joints, muscles, cartilage, and ligaments are all working against each other. Your body wastes energy because these biomechanical structures are literally at cross purposes. Even maintaining a seated posture or standing for a few minutes becomes stressful and painful. Regular chiropractic care addresses these biomechanical problems and helps your body to work much more easily and efficiently.
Regular chiropractic care and healthy nutrition work together to provide optimal health. There may even be delightful, unexpected benefits as your body and mind begin to work in harmony.
Plenty of people go through plenty of suffering trying to lose weight. But why does it have to be that way? Surely there's some discipline involved, but the process can actually be empowering and personally fulfilling. Weight loss doesn't need to be about suffering. Losing weight can actually be fun.  

The fun part of losing weight is the fulfillment and personal satisfaction you get out of doing what you said you'd do. The fun part is seeing the pounds come off, week by week. The fun part is seeing yourself get back in shape. And, the very fun part is the free day that you enjoy each week. The free day is built-in to your losing-weight food plan.

What's a free day? You want to be on a food plan that changes your body's metabolism - one that flattens out your blood glucose levels, one that flattens out your blood insulin levels. The result is a body that knows how to burn glucose for energy, rather than a body that's out of synch and stores glucose as fat.1,2

The best way to normalize your metabolism is to eat five or six small meals per day. This is not news. This powerful approach to maintaining optimal body weight has been around for many decades. And the multiple small meals food plan works just as well today.3

This approach has a surprise bonus - a built-in fun factor - the free day. The free day fulfills two important functions. First, your body needs to know that it's not in starvation mode. If your body thinks it's starving, you'll begin to store fat. So you actually need to have a free day once a week.

Your free day also has a very important psychological purpose. You're doing work and following a plan. A break from the plan is necessary, otherwise it's going to become boring. It's great to look forward to your free day and the opportunity to break the routine.

On your free day you can eat anything you want. After a while, you become less exorbitant on your free day. You still eat more pure-fun foods, but you find you're eating less in terms of mass quantities. You just get more normalized, naturally, as you find yourself listening more to what your body really wants and needs.

Your free day, combined with the ongoing positive feedback from your bathroom scale, makes it possible and realistic to continue on the multiple small meals per day plan.

Over time your weekly weight loss decreases and eventually you stop losing weight - you've reached your body's natural weight. This is a major accomplishment. Your food plan has become a way of life. You've learned how to eat so that you're healthy, fit, and well. Make sure you celebrate!

1Otani H: Oxidative stress as pathogenesis of cardiovascular risk associated with metabolic syndrome. Antiox Redox Signal 15(7):1911-1926, 2011
2Brietzke SA: A personalized approach to metabolic aspects of obesity. Mt Sinai J Med 77(5):499-510, 2010
3Roth CL, et al: Changes in adipose-derived inflammatory cytokines and chemokines after successful lifestyle intervention in obese children. Metabolism 60(4):445-452, 2011

Yoga, Cardio, or Strength Training?

Yoga, Cardio, or Strength Training?

Chiropractic Care and the Benefits of Exercise
Chiropractic care provides a boost for all types of exercise. For all of us, time is immensely valuable, and we want to be sure that we get the most out of our exercise time.
What is it exactly that we "get" out of exercise? Aside from the well-known physical benefits in terms of lean muscle mass development and enhanced cardiovascular functioning, we also derive a sense of personal power, satisfaction from a job well done, and increased concentrations of endorphins flowing through the blood stream. All this is very good.
Regular chiropractic care helps ensure that our bodies are capable of performing all the tasks that are required during exercise. Regular chiropractic care optimizes spinal joint mobility and mobility of other key joints such as the hip, knee, and shoulder. Regular chiropractic care removes mechanical roadblocks to full flexibility and stretchability. By providing these benefits, regular chiropractic care helps reduce the possibility of injury and helps ensure that we get what we want from our exercise time.
Which type of exercise is right for me? Is lifting weights going to give me the best result? Maybe I should concentrate on running - that will really help to strengthen my heart. What about yoga - everyone says yoga is good for flexibility. All of us, at one point or another, have had these conversations with ourselves. We're continually bombarded with exercise-related stories on television, in magazines, and in our electronic newsreaders. But many of us don't know how to put the information we're receiving to good use. We don't have a context or framework with which to assess the potential value in these media communications.

For most of us, a very good answer to the exercise conundrum is to do a variety of activities on a weekly basis. We know this intuitively. Concentrating on one type of exercise will usually lead to the loss of other important benefits. Again for most of us, across-the-board benefits are required. We need to maintain or increase a healthful amount of lean muscle mass. We gain this benefit from strength training. We need to maintain or improve cardiovascular strength and health. These are obtained from aerobic-type exercise such as brisk walking, running, swimming, or bicycling.1 We need to maintain or improve flexibility and stretchability. These benefits are gained from yoga. Each category of physical fitness is necessary for ongoing health and well-being. Thus, each of the three main categories of exercise is needed to ensure we obtain the full range of benefits.

It's important to be aware that each exercise category provides a distinct benefit, and as such no individual category is a "better" than the others. Doing exercise consistently is what counts. Going further, consistently doing a range of types of exercise provides lasting health benefits. There might be times when a person chooses to focus on one specific category. That's fine, provided that the other two categories continue to be incorporated on a temporarily reduced basis. After a while, the person will usually choose to return to a broader approach.

Finally, most people are familiar with strength training and the various types of cardiovascular exercise. Not everyone is familiar with yoga. There are numerous other activities that promote flexibility and stretchability, and yoga is not the only means of obtaining these benefits. But many people have discovered that yoga in itself is complete exercise. Regular yoga practice provides strength training, cardiovascular training, and deep training of the proprioceptive system (the body's awareness of position in 3-dimensional space) which leads to improved agility and balance.2,3 Regular yoga practice adds lean muscle mass and lowers the heart rate (as a result of improved cardiovascular capacity). Those who do yoga are "light on their feet". Yoga is a remarkable exercise system and could be sufficient in itself for long-lasting health and wellness. But when a person adds a weight lifting program and specific cardiovascular training, the remarkable benefits of cross-training kick in. The overall gains achieved are noticeably enhanced. Thus, a broad program of strength training, cardiovascular training, and yoga can lead to the best results.

1Snel M, et al: Effects of Adding Exercise to a 16-Week Very Low-Calorie Diet in Obese, Insulin-Dependent Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Patients. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2012 May 8 (Epub ahead of print) 
2Galantino ML, et al: Impact of Yoga on Functional Outcomes in Breast Cancer Survivors With Aromatase Inhibitor-Associated Arthralgias. Integr Cancer Ther 2011 July 6 (DOI: 10.1177/1534735411413270)
3Kiecolt-Glaser JK, et al: Adiponectin, leptin, and yoga practice. Physiol Behav 2012 Jan 27 (Epub ahead of print)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Flu Vaccine: Stay Out of My Womb!

October 8, 1999

Flu Vaccine: Stay Out of My Womb!

Commentary by Dawn Richardson

Pregnant women everywhere know the feeling of making it to the milestone of their second trimester.  For most, queasiness starts to subside, energy returns in spurts, and of course there is that indescribable feeling of becoming aware of your developing baby's movements.

You've altered your diet, exercised, stayed away from over the counter medications, your true hair color is revealing itself, and that wonderful bottle of wine with the Surgeon General's warning will continue stay buried in the back of the refrigerator awaiting the skinnier days ahead.

You ask yourself, "Is there anything more that I can do for me and my baby during the remainder of my pregnancy?" Well, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the federal government's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) there is - get the flu vaccine before this year's flu season hits.  According to the CDC and ACIP, it was  estimated that an average of 1 to 2 hospitalizations among pregnant women could be prevented for every 1,000 pregnant women immunized. (Prevention and Control of Influenza: Recommendations of ACIP. MMWR - May 1, 1998; 47)

My initial pregnant maternally protective hormonal response to this was utter disbelief.   How could a biological pharmaceutical product be recommended for routine use for all healthy second and third trimester pregnant women?  As I looked into this further, I became outraged and inspired to share the truth with pregnant women so they could make up their own minds.  Here is what I found.

There are four drug manufacturers for this year's flu vaccine.  The product package inserts published by the manufacturers state the disclaimer that "Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with influenza virus vaccine.  It is also not known whether influenza virus vaccine can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman...Although animal reproductive studies have not been conducted, the prescribing health-care provider should be aware of the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices...The ACIP states that, if used during pregnancy, administration of influenza virus vaccine after 14 weeks of gestation may be preferable to avoid coincidental association of the vaccine with early pregnancy loss..."

Additional reading and phone calls to the manufacturers confirmed that all four flu vaccines contain thimerosal, a mercury derivative preservative banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in over-the-counter (OTC) drug preparations because of questions over safety. (Federal Register: April 22, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 77)][Page 19799-19802].

On July 7, 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the United States Public Health Service (PHS) issued a joint statement that because of the "neuro-developmental effects posed by exposure to thimerosal", "thimerosal-containing vaccines should be removed as soon as possible." The PHS and AAP recognized that because of thimerosal in vaccines, some children would be exposed to "a cumulative level of mercury over the first six months of life that exceeds one of the federal  guidelines on methyl mercury."   Hospitals around the country responded this summer by halting the administration of the thimerosal containing vaccine for hepatitis B at birth, deferring vaccination until the baby is older and more developed. What about my beloved little baby that isn't even developed enough to live outside the womb yet?

A quick internet search showed that even the CDC, in a revealing self-contradiction at another location, posted: "Q. Who is most vulnerable to mercury? A. Two groups are most vulnerable to methyl mercury: the fetus and children ages 14 and younger." (   More searching on the National Library of Medicine site almost effortlessly produced hundreds of articles and studies in medical and scientific journals clearly documenting the damaging effects of prenatal exposure to mercury.  The results of one recent study published in the August 1, 1999 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology stated that "the greatest susceptibility to methylmercury neurotoxicity occurs during late gestation, while early postnatal vulnerability is less" which is the precise point in time that ACIP and the CDC is recommending we get the shot.

I then decided to call the CDC's Influenza Division myself, as a pregnant mother baffled by this scientifically unfounded and potentially unsafe recommendation.  Maybe I was missing something that an "expert" could reveal for me.  I was told that there was no scientific proof that the flu vaccine caused fetal harm. Well of course not, the manufacturers are right up front when they state that this hasn't been studied - isn't that convenient.  I was also told that the CDC had no intention to change the recommendation for pregnant women because of thimerosal.  The doctor blamed the recent concerns on "politics" rather than science.  What a shame.

Even though the CDC does claim that a single study of a small number of pregnant women have demonstrated no adverse fetal effects associated with influenza vaccine; they continue and say, "however, more data are needed." Maybe this scientifically unsubstantiated recommendation is how the CDC plans on getting that data.  So much for the Nazi war criminal trials at Nuremberg outlawing human experimentation without informed consent.

While I would absolutely hate to be one of the 1 in 1000 pregnant women needing to go to the hospital for the flu this winter, at this point, I feel far more threatened by the public health bureaucrats recklessly willing to experiment on me and my unborn child with a flu vaccine not proven safe for my baby.
"Study: Giving Flu Vaccine Doesn't Save Money"
Tuesday October 3 3:16 PM ET

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent

for full article

...``Vaccination of healthy adults may not provide overall economic benefit, even in a well-paid population,'' Dr. Carolyn Buxton Bridges of the National Center for Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (news - web sites) (CDC) told reporters.

...During the 1997-1998 flu season, the first of the study, the vaccine did not match well with the flu virus that was going around and no benefit was found to vaccination.

...``But because influenza rates were low and the (resulting) costs were low, the average cost of vaccine ... in the vaccine group was $11.32 greater than the average cost of illness alone in the placebo group,'' Bridges said. ``Vaccination of this population did not result in a net cost saving from a societal perspective.''  The vaccine was estimated to have cost $10, while employee time was estimated, based on the average hourly wage at Ford, to be worth $29.39 per hour. The average cost of getting a shot was estimated to be $24.70.

Wednesday October 4 1:12 PM ET
Flu Shots Cut Misery, But Not Costs

By Amy Norton

for full article

"NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Employers who offer workers flu vaccines in the hopes of cutting sick days may not be saving money after all, new research suggests.

Experts agree that people at risk of flu complications, such as the elderly and the chronically ill, should get vaccinated every year. For healthy younger adults, vaccination is more about avoiding a few days of misery than preventing a serious health threat. And in terms of dollars, researchers have found, it is not a cost-effective choice..."

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Resolution of suckling intolerance in a 6-month-old

Resolution of suckling intolerance in a 6-month-old chiropractic patient

Holtrop, DP ,  J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2000; 23:615-8
Abstract: Objective: To discuss the management and resolution of suckling intolerance in a 6-month-old infant. Clinical Features: A 6-month-old boy with a 2-month history of aversion to suckling was evaluated in a chiropractic office. Static and motion palpation and observation detected an abnormal inward dishing at the occipitoparietal junction, as well as upper cervical (C1-C2) asymmetry and fixation. These indicated the presence of cranial and upper cervical subluxations.
Intervention and Outcome: The patient was treated 5 times through use of cranial adjusting; 4 of these visits included atlas (C1) adjustment. The suckling intolerance resolved immediately after the first office visit and did not return.
Conclusion: It is possible that in the infant, a relationship between mechanical abnormalities of the cervicocranial junction and suckling dysfunction exists; further research in this area could be beneficial. Possible physiological etiologies of painful suckling are presented.

Outcome-based comparison of Ritalin versus food-supplement treated children with AD/HD

Outcome-based comparison of Ritalin versus food-supplement treated children with AD/HD

Harding KL; Judah RD; Gant C Altern Med Rev 2003 Aug;8(3):319-30
Harvard Medical School Fellow, McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts, internship in child/adolescent psychology, post-doctoral program, neuropsychology.
ABSTRACT: Twenty children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) were treated with either Ritalin (10 children) or dietary supplements (10 children), and outcomes were compared using the Intermediate Visual and Auditory/Continuous Performance Test (IVA/CPT) and the WINKS two-way analysis of variance with repeated measures and with Tukey multiple comparisons. Subjects in both groups showed significant gains (p less than 0.01) on the IVA/CPT’s Full Scale Response Control Quotient and Full Scale Attention Control Quotient (p less than 0.001). Improvements in the four sub-quotients of the IVA/CPT were also found to be significant and essentially identical in both groups: Auditory Response Control Quotient (p less than 0.001), Visual Response Control Quotient (p less than 0.05), Auditory Attention Quotient (p less than 0.001), and Visual Attention Quotient (p less than 0.001). Numerous studies suggest that biochemical heterogeneous etiologies for AD/HD cluster around at least eight risk factors: food and additive allergies, heavy metal toxicity and other environmental toxins, low-protein/high-carbohydrate diets, mineral imbalances, essential fatty acid and phospholipid deficiencies, amino acid deficiencies, thyroid disorders, and B-vitamin deficiencies. The dietary supplements used were a mix of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, amino acids, essential fatty acids, phospholipids, and probiotics that attempted to address the AD/HD biochemical risk factors. These findings support the effectiveness of food supplement treatment in improving attention and self-control in children with AD/HD and suggest food supplement treatment of AD/HD may be of equal efficacy to Ritalin treatment.

Two Approaches To Pediatric Muscular Torticollis

Two Approaches To Muscular Torticollis [Case Report]

Smith-Nguyen EJ. J Clin Chiropr Pediatr. 2004 Sum;6(2):387-393.
ABSTRACT: Objective: The purpose of this paper is to compare and contrast chiropractic care with physical therapy in the management of an infant with congenital torticollis. Design: Case study.  Setting: Private practice.  Clinical Features:  An infant, 10 months of age, was diagnosed with congenital torticollis. Physical therapy was prescribed of a period of two months. This therapy initially was effective in correcting the patient’s postural deformity, but after the physical therapy course was concluded, the patient’s symptoms progressively returned over the following three months. At this time, a course of chiropractic care was initiated. The patient received five chiropractic adjustments over a period of six weeks and the torticollis resolved without returning. Intervention and Outcome: Physical therapy was prescribed by the infant’s pediatrician at 10 months of age. The course of physical therapy included neuromuscular evaluation and recommendation for home exercises to aid in stretching and strengthening the cervical musculature and increasing cervical range of motion. This type of therapy was deemed effective initially but upon release, after two months of therapy, symptoms gradually began returning.  Three months later, the child’s mother sought a chiropractic evaluation, as a second opinion. At this time the patient’s torticollis had returned. In addition, plagiocephaly and delay in gross motor skills development was evident. After a thorough physical examination and neuromuscular evaluation, it was determined that spinal subluxations were the likely cause of the patient’s torticollis. Chiropractic adjustments were performed using light force activator adjustments and gentle joint mobilization. Five adjusting sessions were performed over a six-week period. Follow-up care over a period of eight months indicated no return of the torticollis.  Conclusion:  The use of different therapies, in the treatment of torticollis, can have similar results, but it is important to look at potential underlying causes in the spine, rather than just the muscular contraction alone, in order to achieve the desired long-term results. Chiropractic care provided permanent resolution of the child’s torticollis, reduction of plagiocephaly and improved development milestones.