Top Ten Reasons Our World Is Destroying Our Health

Genes adapt in about 10,000 years.  These factors are less than 100 years old.  So, without further ado, let’s jump right in.

1.  Trans Fatty Acids.  If you don’t know about these, please, PLEASE read my article, Trans Fatty Acids, Butter and a girl named Marg(arine).  Trans Fatty Acids cannot be metabolized, and they alter receptor sensitivity (in other words, the function of receptors) for neurotransmitters and hormones.

2.  Unbalanced omega-6 to omega-3 ratio in our diets.  Omega-6 equals animal fats.  Omega-3 equals fish oils.  We, as a nation, are low on fish oils.  Too much omega-6  causes systemic inflammation, immuno-suppression, elevated cortisol levels (causing weight gain) and an increased sympathetic response.  Too little omega-3 reduces brain function, neuroplasticity and reduces the level of the neurotransmitters (and this is important!) dopamine and serotonin!  (Low levels of these neurotransmitters is what drives the anti-depressant medication market).

3. (This will be shorter..)  Refined sugars (see white sugar) increases insulin production and release (see diabetes), and ages all of our systems (including your skin).

4.  Plastics release a chemical (phthalates) which get into our water and food.  This acts as a hormone disruptor (mimics hormone estrogen) and carcinogen.

5.  Antibiotics, not only giving rise to SUPER BUGS but also causing increased incidence of allergies and autoimmune disorders.

6.  Insecticides, herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, etc., these are neurological disruptors and carcinogens (cancer causing!).

7.  Aspartame & Glutamate (aka, MSG).  For you med-heads out there, these excite the N-methyl d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor.  In laymen terms, causes chronic pain and there have been links to it in degenerative brain diseases.

8.  Deficiencies of vitamins and minerals in good foods because of soil depletion and vitamin destruction from microwave ovens.

9.  Pollution: diesel, mercury, fluoride, lead, aluminum, cadmium, etc.  These are also wonderful neurolgical disruptors and carcinogens.

10.  Finally, last but not least, our sedentary lifestyle.  Primarily from television, secondary from computers and video games.  Remember, motion is life.  Just like when a joint stops moving, due to injury or other issues, it quickly degenerates.  The same can be said for our health.

In conclusion, there are numerous things that can cause our bodies problems, however, knowing what these things are is the first step in being able to overcome them and eliminate them from our lives.  Choose a healthy lifestyle, find a health partner who will help you and guide you, whether it is a dietitian, wellness coach or chiropractor and then see your life change.  Your health is in our hands.

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Your body, a road map of where you’ve been.

I cannot tell you how often I have had someone come into my office and tell me, “I was in a car wreck 25 years ago, but I never had any problems from it.”  One of the biggest misconceptions in our society today is the concept that, if it doesn’t hurt, then nothing’s wrong.  

Here’s a mind blowing statistic.  Can you guess what the first sign of heart disease is for over 40% of the human population?  Pain down the arm?  Nope.  Crushing pain in the chest?  Umm, not really.  What about death?  Ding ding ding!  The first sign of heart disease for over 40% of the human population is DEATH.  So, let’s ask a question.  Let’s take a person, say Joe Schmo, who happens to fall in the 40 percenter club.

Two days before Joe’s fatality, did he have a healthy heart?  What about two weeks prior? Two months?  Two years?  You see where I’m going.  Joe had a problem brewing in his heart long before he felt any symptoms, he had to!  Whether it was plaque build-up, arrythmia, clotting, etc.  Any number of issues that were symptomless.  Well, the same thing happens not only to the heart, but the entire body.  Underlying injuries and issues will continue to progress and get worse until, BOOM, “Dr., it just started hurting when I bent over to pick up a pencil…”  Maybe that’s when the pain started, but the problem, the issue, has usually been there for a much longer time.  

The point?  See someone who can detect these underlying, insidious problems before they turn into overlying, pernicious problems that ruin lives.  See your chiropractor today!

Hang with the RIGHT crowd

If you’re like me, you’ve probably set some goals for this 2013 new year.  And, like me, those goals most likely involve being healthier, eating better, losing weight, etc.  The question then arises, are you around the right people in order to be successful in your goals?

“If you want to be happy, hang out with happy people.”  The same could be said for being healthy.  Stop by your local Chiropractic Clinic and note the people who go in and out.  These people are, for the most part, healthy and excited about life.  However (and here’s the key), most of them didn’t start out with that attitude.  They had to make the conscious decision to maintain their spinal health like other happy, healthy Chiropractic patients.  

If, this New Year, you are resolved to being unhappy, sicker and more tired, by all means drop by your local pharmacy or hospital.  However, if you are committed to bettering your health and improving your life this New Year, then join the masses who can help get you there.  They’ll be hanging out at their Chiropractor’s office. 

Top ten ways to LOSE weight during the holidays!

In the spirit of overeating, here are 10 ways to avoid the results of excessive engorgement.

10. Eat Less!  Yes, eating less can almost (almost, I say) guarantee that you will not put on that excessive weight during the holidays.  But is that any fun?  No, not at all.  So, onto number…

9. Take a picture of what you are eating and send it out to the facebook world.  Not only will this make you analyze what you are eating before you eat, it will allow the thousands of people who hang on your every post to also analyze your eating habits and give constructive feedback.  Only rule, you gotta do it with everything you eat.  No picking and choosing.  Have fun!

8. Eat everything… in very small portions.  Yes, their is literally a smorgasbord of options out there during the holidays.  One thing I have realized as I have aged is that I cannot eat endlessly like I could before.  This has turned me onto a rather ingenious discovery.  I can still experience everything by only eating very little of each.  Try it!

7. Put on your “small” pants to every holiday get together.

6. Perfect the art of the tactful ‘decline’.

5. Exercise before AND after dinner.

4. Instead of soda or egg nog or (put in drink of choice), choose water.

3. Have a recording go off each time you look in the mirror that says, “how much did you eat again?”

2. Choose things that you can eat while chewing gum.

1.  It’s the holidays!  Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow the gym will open…  Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!