Okay let’s get going. I talked about gaining five pounds in the last article, so let’s get back on track here and tell you the INS and OUTS of losing weight.
You might be thinking, “If I can’t lose weight during the summer, I am in bad shape literally all fall and winter,”.
You might be saying, “My weight starts to creep up by October, probably because I work , and too little light makes me too tired to exercise. So by December, I am already 15 pounds heavier than I should be. I dread the holidays because I always gain even more weight. As a result, my back and knees feel the effects all winter.”
The solution to preventing or minimizing weight gain isn’t all that difficult if you follow the program. It simply takes focus, i.e., focus on what you have just eaten, what you are chewing on now and planning to eat in the next few minutes. Follow the program I’ve outlined for you and you’re home free. It works.
And the best way to do this is to talk to yourself (silently, of course… if you have to.).
“Do I really need to eat this third handful of salty cashew nuts? The dip is good, but must I put so much on the potato chip that it starts to break? Maybe I should stop eating and start drinking more water.
These are just little tips. If you’re following the program you know that you shouldn’t be eating cookies and dip. I covered that in an email, so you’ll want to review that if you forgot.
Here’s something else to think about. You might say, “Can I put anymore food from the buffet on my plate? It looks pretty loaded. I guess I don’t have to eat it all. How many appetizers have I eaten so far? Was it three or four? More? Better make it no more. Is this my second drink?”You might even say, “I should get diet soda instead. I really want Aunt Jessie’s coconut cake but I feel stuffed. If she lets me take a piece home, I can save it for when I am really hungry.”
Like I said, doing any of this is like putting charges on your credit card; you can decide that you are able to “afford” the calories, or you can choose to stop eating because you have already consumed more than your limit. But don’t fool yourself. If you decide not to notice how much or what you are eating and drinking, your scale will show you.
Do you know those advertisements for furniture that promise “no interest or payment required for 18 months”? Eventually, of course, you have to pay. Eventually, you will have to “pay” for your overeating as well. Weight gain does not have to be inevitable if you follow the program. You’re going to love the results just by following this program.
I went off to my favorite discount clothing and housewares store the other day to buy some glasses for a party.
As I emerged from the escalator, stacks of elaborately-boxed food items, ready for at-home nibbling, surrounded me.
Chocolate-covered pretzels, nuts and coffee beans, and mock chocolate-covered dog biscuits (for the pet on your list) were piled on one table. An entire aisle was filled with bags of high-fat snack foods designed to titillate you as well as clog your arteries.
As I hurried toward the glassware section, I almost felt as if I should wear blinders so my eyes would not stray toward these tempting and all-too-fattening treats.
The next day, as I checked in at my gym, I saw a message written on a large board: “Are you going to gain five pounds?”
Well, yes, I thought, if the gym members, like most everyone else, chew their way through the snacks and food they can get at will. Chocolates, nuts, candies, cheese, sour cream dips, cakes, pizza, and cookies are but a few of the foods set out in bowls, on platters and trays everywhere you go.
There are bad foods at every corner. All you have to do is look for the signs, and they’re there. You can eat just about anything you want, when it comes to fast food and you’re going to gain weight.
Nevertheless, you can successful generate a five-pound or MORE weight gain (at least) pretty easily, and perhaps even more, especially when calories from alcohol are involved.
This is not cause for alarm if gaining five pounds puts the eater slightly over his or her perfect weight. But alas, for most of us gaining five pounds, like an unanticipated credit card charge, simply makes the problem even more difficult to solve.
Learn the program, follow the program, and you’ll lose weight. Cheat and it’ll slow down your results. We’ve had too many people on this program and it works. All you have to do is focus on what you’re eating, what you’re drinking, and this program will work for you.
Chronic health problems can affect your quality of life for decades. Yes, decades. Whether they are musculoskeletal in nature affecting your back, neck, and limbs or different where they affect your organs (heart, lungs, stomach, kidneys or sex organs), your daily activities may become limited and your longevity can be compromised. The longer you “wait” the more suffering these chronic conditions deliver . Research shows that within two weeks of an injury, scar tissue can appear. Why would you wait another day when you can start your healing process right away?
You might choose to hold off on addressing chronic health problems because you have grown used to the problem and consider it normal. It is not normal . You might choose to wait because you feel like you don’t have the money and cannot afford to address the problem. This can be an extremely “costly decision.” The more chronic your health problems become, the more expense is involved to care for them and the more likely you will experience some permanent damage .
No matter how long it has been , there is no better time than the present – to start your healing journey. The human body has an amazing capacity to heal itself when you remove the interference to the nervous system and are consistent with chiropractic care and healthy lifestyle choices. The initial care, Crisis Care , can give you the relief and stability you are looking for, take the edge off, and give you hope for a healthy future.
Once your spine and nervous system are stable, and you stay consistent with your care through the Critical Transition , you will notice that your body begins to regenerate . It works and feels better. If you are like most people you will feel younger and more energetic. The energy that your body was using to protect you from your chronic condition will be ‘freed up’ and can be redirected towards a more purposeful and healthy lifestyle. You will want to exercise . You will want to eat healthier. You will want to engage in activities you enjoy. Your newfound health and outlook on life will motivate you to make Lifestyle Care your top priority .
How long have you or a loved one been suffering from a chronic condition ? Has it been months, years or decades? Now think about the oldest grandparent in your family history. If you live at least as long as they did and you do not correct your chronic condition now, how many more years of suffering do you have ahead of you? This is not your destiny. Researcher Ian D. Coulter, found that geriatric patients receiving chiropractic care are more active , live independent lifestyle s and are less likely to end up in a nursing home .
Nurture the healing capacity of your body and don’t let your condition become more chronic than it is right now. Start your journey of healing and optimize your health by making an appointment today. Call my office today to schedule a follow up.
Neck pain can stem from an endless list of causes. For example, you might sleep in the wrong position, and wake up with a cramp in your neck; you might be involved in an auto accident, and experience discomfort characteristic of whiplash; or you may go dancing with friends, and experience a spasm that causes pain if you move a certain way.
These and many other circumstances can lead to neck-related pain. Most of us will experience it sometime during our lives, though it will present in different ways.
The most common approach most people take to address the issue is to simply ignore the discomfort. It eventually dissipates to the point at which motion becomes less painful – doesn’t it? Not always, and even it if does, you should have it checked.
Unfortunately , if you wait, and the pain goes away, this fails to resolve the most common underlying problems: spinal misalignments and joint restrictions. Without addressing these root causes, the stage is set for a recurrence of pain in the future.
At this office we diagnose the catalysts of neck pain. You’ll discover there’s little need to wait for the pain to disappear on its own; chiropractic care at this office offers quicker and longer-lasting relief.
Cervical discomfort is usually related to vertebral subluxations, joint restrictions, and taut muscles that have accumulated tension for myriad reasons. The aches and soreness may be due to strains, sprains, or injuries suffered in the past, which have then steadily worsened over time. Chronic pain can also be caused by degenerative diseases that affect the joints, and restrict their motion. Call now for an appointment. Don’t wait for your pain to just go away!
I’m not sure if you’ve ever thought about weight loss, and your chiropractic care, but having excessive weight can pose many health threats like cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, diabetes, colon cancer, and gall bladder disease. Being overweight can also make you feel insecure, embarrassed and uncomfortable at times.
What Is Causing This Weight Gain
Primarily, weight gain is caused by excessive food intake and physical strain. Internal reasons like, decreased brain stimulation of the glands like hypothalamus, thyroid glands, adrenal glands can also result to obesity.
Stress, boredom, comfort issues and malnutrition can also cause of obesity. If you constantly eat the wrong foods, that will keep YOUR body hungry and will prompt you to continue eating.
Most of the people who try dieting FAIL because of the reduced amount of the food they eat. In this case, It can be a big help for people who are considering weight loss. I offer counseling and guidance that can help you slim down and help you evaluate your current lifestyle and nutritional needs.
What’s The First Step?
The evaluation of your needs should be the first step in order to achieve successful weight loss . In this case, we offer encouragement and specific advice.
According to studies, spinal adjustments can be very effective in weight loss management . The reason is because the nerves control your stomach, liver, kidneys, etc. Keeping them working properly assures you a better weight loss program. Flexibility is further enhanced during spinal alignments because it takes the pressure off your spinal cord and nerves. This aids in the absorption of essential nutrients and distribution of oxygen in your body. With regular adjustments you can gradually lose more weight.
Researchers also confirmed that adjustments can be very advantageous to the muscle building ability of the body, as well as fitness levels. Adjustments help increase your capacity to reduce or control weight gain. Firm and toned muscles reduce your body’s excess fats in the adipose (fat) tissues.
It’s Your Choice
If you want to lose weight avoid drugs, alcoholic beverages and other vices. Get adequate sleep, refrain from caffeinated drinks and smoking, but in return, you have to drink plenty of water. This lifestyle can help in the program of losing weight because of the reduction of caloric intake and substituting it with nutritious foods.
Anything living depends on a certain environment in order to not only survive, but to grow and thrive. One of the most important factors that impacts environment is pH… the balance between acid elements and alkaline elements.
Let’s take a look at how pH affects life.
Plants need the soil that they live in to have an optimal pH. If the pH is off a little bit, growth will not be optimal. If it’s off by a lot, the plant will literally DIE .
Just like plants, fish require an optimal environment to live in. For example, the water that fish swim around in and the coral reefs that are so vitally important to our entire ecosystem must be properly pH balanced and regulated in order for live to happen. Too much acid throws off balance and destroys life .
As a matter of fact, EVERYTHING in life…MUST have a properly pH balanced environment in the inside AND the outside of it – ‘in order to live’.
Your body is no different. If you want to experience a VIBRANT body and a VIBRANT life, you need to create a vibrant environment on the inside of your body…and that starts with the right pH.
Inner balance… pH balance …will create the outer balance you desire.
In terms of your body, the optimal pH for your blood and fluids that make up over 70% of your body weight is roughly 7.37. That means a pH that’s slightly alkaline .
If your body becomes acidic, which is like a 6, problems begin. If it becomes chronically acidic, you now have the type of environment that breeds a whole host of health problems.
Research shows a direct correlation between excess acidity and obesity, diabetes, arthritis, acid reflux, colitis, IBS, fibromyalgia, fatigue, and on and on.
So, the first question you might have is…”OK, how do I know what the pH of my body is?” The answer is simple… Test. Come to the office so we can test Your pH !
I can’t emphasize this enough… the regulation of your pH is as important to your health as the regulation of temperature is. If you had a fever of 101 and your body is out of its REQUIRED temperature range of 98 – 99 degrees, you’d go take care of THAT before you worried about losing those extra pounds…right? pH is no different. If you’re too acidic, NOTHING in your body is going to work right…So, get your pH checked now!
Chronic inflammation is being discussed a lot lately, but the average person may not know much about this mysterious condition that’s the cause of some of the deadliest health conditions known to man. That’s right, I said some of the deadliest health conditions known to man.
What It Is
Inflammation in itself is not harmful. In fact, it’s a normal and healthy attempt by your body to preserve and heal itself. As you know, inflammation helps remove harmful debris from your body so that the healing process can begin. The problem with inflammation begins when the inflammation becomes chronic. At this point, your body creates more inflammation than it needs to heal you… in direct response to the existing inflammation—and a cycle that can have dire consequences for you if you don’t recognize it early on.
So Doc, What Causes This Excess Inflammation
Good question, but here’s the answer. Chronic inflammation is caused by an imbalance in your immune system. Your acquired immune system develops over time via exposure to your environment and the more successes it has, the stronger it becomes.
What I’m saying is this. Your body has to fight some battles -on it’s own – to get stronger, and that’s one of the reasons you get “sick” when you’re younger.
That’s why we feel it’s important for you to avoid taking unnecessary antibiotics—learning to fight some nasty bugs and allergens makes your acquired immune system a lot stronger. In addition, certain foods and lifestyles can INCREASE your risk of chronic inflammation. One big bad thing to think about.
Know this. Not getting enough rest, or too much stress plus a high carbohydrate diet = are all ways for you to increase your risk of chronic inflammation, which you don’t want.
Chronic inflammation can also be the result of your body’s inability to eliminate the cause of acute inflammation or an autoimmune response where the immune system mistakes healthy tissue for unhealthy pathogens.
Signs and Symptoms of Inflammation
Most people don’t find out that they have chronic inflammation until they’re diagnosed with a disease – that’s associated with their chronic inflammation.
Examples : Rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis are all conditions that are frequently associated with “chronic inflammation.” However, you don’t have to wait until you’ve been diagnosed with a life threatening illness to treat chronic inflammation.
Other signs you should be aware of include :
- Allergies and asthma
- High blood pressure
- Fatigue and lethargy
- Skin problems
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Pain in the joints
- Frequent infections
- Shortness of breath
- WEIGHT GAIN , and added pounds around the belly
How Can We Help You With Your Chronic Inflammation?
Here’s the deal. We feel we’re the best partner for you in your fight against chronic inflammation . Studies have shown that adjustments, you losing some weight, you exercising and eating the right foods help reduce the production of two inflammatory cytokines, which can reduce inflammation throughout your entire body. However, we help in other ways too.
Like I said, chronic inflammation responds very well to lifestyle changes. We suggest you change your diet to nutrient-dense, low calorie foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meat and fish. (We have a complete system ready for you if you’re ready to drop some weight and inches off your frame.)
Supplements like vitamin D may also provide relief from chronic inflammation. We’ve discovered that most Americans don’t eat enough omega-3 fatty acids like those found in dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, flax and fish.
While supplementing can help some patients, most experts that we’ve talked to agree that we as Americans should all endeavor to eat fish like salmon that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids at least twice per week.
Exercise, proper nutrition and regular chiropractic care can go a long way toward treating a variety of health problems, including chronic inflammation . We also have supplements that can help you with this, so if you’re ready to get rid of or at least slow down the chronic inflammation you are probably suffering from right now, make sure you make an appointment today for a follow up treatment.
Oh and make this happen. If you’re experiencing the symptoms of chronic inflammation , like having some of the symptoms I talked about earlier, it’s time to make a change. You need to find out how to finally reach a level of wellness you never thought possible, and if you’re ready to feel better, now’s the time to make that decision. Call the office today or talk to the assistant and make an appointment to get started on a natural chronic inflammation reduction program at this office immediately.
A lot of people in our community now know, and look at chiropractic as the best way to deal with back and neck pain naturally (and they’re right! ), however, most of them are not aware that chiropractic has several other benefits that can be found in the latest scientific studies?
Here are just five of the many important articles that show how chiropractic care can help you improve your overall health:
1. Chiropractic Can Reduce Blood Pressure – A study from 2013 reports what other studies have found: chiropractic adjustments can reduce hypertension in patients, sometimes just as much as common anti-hypertensive drugs.
2. Chiropractic Can Boost Your Immune System – A number of recent studies have found that chiropractic adjustments result in objective signs of positive immune system changes. Your immune system keeps you healthy and “fights off” illness, and these studies show that chiropractic might be a great way to keep your immune system going strong!
3. Chiropractic Reduces Stress – Researchers from Japan found that patients who received regular chiropractic like the care that is available here… had dramatic changes to their nervous system and reductions in their stress hormones.
4. Chiropractic Can Help Asthma Patients – Many people (including children) suffer from asthma, and a new body of research shows that chiropractic can reduce asthma symptoms and increase lung function in some patients. I have a colleague that used to suffer from bad asthma attacks where he could hardly breath, but since becoming a chiropractor himself, he doesn’t have any issues with asthma because he’s adjusted regularly.
5. Chiropractic Can Save You Money! – Health care costs are spiraling out of control. With modern medical tests and expensive medications, it can be hard for people to afford the care they need. Studies show , however, that seeing a doctor like me is much less expensive than a medical doctor, and with all the benefits of chiropractic, you can have better health without drugs or surgery, too, as there is NO HEALTH in taking artificial drugs. They are made to do one thing. Cover up the symptoms! Your health is one of if not the most important asset you have, so take care of yourself and your family with chiropractic!
While living with Fibromyalgia , it is very hard for one to imagine a life without pain. You may have lived months or years with your pain, and you may have even accepted it to be a permanent part of your life, but I am here to tell you that I totally disagree. You can live pain free and I can help you without the use of drugs or surgery.
Many of my fibromyalgia patients experience numerous symptoms from pain and aching muscles, poor sleep, fatigue, depression, headaches, tingling limbs, TMJ, all the way to bowel and bladder disturbances. They are in a vicious cycle of pain and are often prescribed drugs to simply mask the symptoms.
See, the truth is, millions of people have been misdiagnosed with this “mysterious” condition because the medical tests they’ve been given can’t actually prove the cause of the pain. So when other doctors are at a loss, they simply diagnose the patient with Fibromyalgia. Because most medical doctors focus their practices on treating infections, cuts and fractures, or performing surgery, they just don’t know how to properly diagnose or successfully treat this condition. It’s their lack of knowledge and expertise about fibromyalgia that misguides you.
But what if your fibromyalgia pain and fatigue can be helped right now? I know for a fact that Fibromyalgia robs you of your youth and sucks the fun right out of life. But it does NOT have to be that way.
For many years, I was on a quest for answers to help my patients suffering from this painful condition. Finally, I came across a secret from a doctor who was diagnosed with fibromyalgia himself. I found out that the secret to treating fibromyalgia is actually in the brain.
In basic terms, the brain is sending incorrect messages to the rest of the body, making a person feel pain when really, there is no reason or condition for the pain. There is nothing wrong with the body, which is why medical tests often come back negative. It’s all happening in the brain.
I have written a full report that you can download here for free. All you need to do is enter your email address so I know where to send it. This report will reveal it ALL to you. Everything will finally make sense for you; it will be like weight lifted right off your shoulders.
The best part is, because I understand the root of the problem, I can also treat the problem so you can FINALLY live a happy, healthy life with ease and joy. And you won’t even have to take more medication or undergo risky, expensive surgery.
If you’ve been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, give us a call IMMEDIATELY for an evaluation. (403) 291-0603
Peripheral neuropathy ( PN ) is damage or disease affecting nerves, which may impair sensation, movement, gland or organ function, or other aspects of health, depending on the type of nerve affected.
Neuropathy is most commonly seen in several different medical conditions. You might also suffer from neuropathy without any disease playing its role.
What is Neuropathy?
Neuropathy is a short form of the term peripheral neuropathy, which means nerve injuries of the peripheral nervous system. Peripheral neuropathy ( PN ) is damage or disease affecting these nerves, which may impair sensation, movement, gland or organ function, or other aspects of health, depending on the type of nerve affected.
Signs and Symptoms of Neuropathy
People suffering from this medical condition often experience tingling or burning sensation in their bodies. Some of them even experience the loss of sensation, which is similar to what is experienced when wearing a thin glove or a sock. Symptoms associated with this condition depend on the kind of neuropathy a person is suffering from. Neuropathy usually begins in the longest nerves – the ones that come to your toes. The types of nerves that can be affected by neuropathy include autonomic, motor and sensory.
Symptoms associated with sensory nerve damage may include:
1. Gradual onset of tingling or numbness in the hands or feet. These sensations can also spread to the extremities of the body like arms and legs.
2. Burning sensation
3. High sensitivity to touch
4. Electric-like, jabbing or sharp pain
5. Loss of coordination in the body
6. Changes in nail, hair and the skin
Symptoms associated with sensory nerve damage may include:
1. Intolerance to heat
2. Digestive problems
3. Lightheadedness or dizziness caused due to changes in blood pressure
In the event your motor nerves are affected due to neuropathy, the symptoms might be as severe as muscle paralysis or weakness.
Tests and Diagnosis
Apart from asking about your medical history and the complaints related to the problems, doctors will conduct several medical examinations to ascertain the root cause of the disease. In some cases, laboratory tests might be needed. Your medical history can reveal many things about you. The doctor might want to have answers to the following questions:
1. What are the exact symptoms experienced?
2. What is your lifestyle?
3. Is there any exposure to toxins?
4. Is there any drinking habit involved?
5. Is there any family history of nervous system diseases?
Physical examinations conducted before more specific tests aim at checking your:
1. Coordination and posture
2. Ability to feel certain sensations done with specialized sensory nerve testing tools.
3. Muscle strengthen and tone to determine motor nerve involvement.
4. Tendon reflexes
What Are the Treatments One Can Undergo?
Prognosis and effective treatment of peripheral neuropathy depends largely on the cause of the nerve damage. For example, a peripheral neuropathy caused due to a vitamin deficiency can be treated or even reversed if the patient undergoes vitamin therapy and improves his nutrition. Similarly, nerve damage caused by alcohol abuse can often be eradicated by stopping the intake of alcohol. Peripheral neuropathy caused due to heavy exposure to toxins can often be corrected in the same manner. When neuropathy is associated with diabetes, careful monitoring of blood glucose can slow down its progression.
Is there any other REAL treatment for my peripheral neuropathy?
The answer is YES! There is a natural alternative. Your treatment depends on the cause, how long you’ve had your symptoms, your current and past diet, your REAL vitamin intake as mentioned, and your water intake, etc. Once this is determined we then use very specialized equipment that gently stimulates nerves to return them to normal function by sending electrical impulses through the nerves, waking up the dormant nerves which have begun a process of trans neural degeneration (TND) with the eventual outcome being nerve cell death and functional loss.
We also utilize a highly specialized system of phototherapy designed to treat peripheral neuropathy along with mechanical stimulation to increase circulation and promote healing of nerves, along with other treatment protocols that we use. If caught early enough we can prevent further nerve cell death.
Early diagnosis and treatment of a disease like peripheral neuropathy is necessary because peripheral nerves can only regenerate up to a certain extent. Proper treatment can not only stop the progress of the disease but reverse some of the nerve damage if caught early enough.
If you have suffered serious damage due to neuropathy, sometimes gentle spinal adjustments using an arthrostim or traction may be required, for those that suffer from nerve compression. Unfortunately, if your nerve damage is too severe, surgical treatment may also be required as long as the damage is operable. For the pain, pain medications may be required. However pain medications only provide partial relief in around 30% of people, the rest get no relief, and no drugs helps with the loss of sensation or numbness.
Effective treatment is a multi-faceted approach because peripheral neuropathy can be a multi-factorial disease. If caught early enough it is possible to prevent further nerve cell death.
If not treated as soon as possible and with further progression and loss of function, mobility aids like a cane, walker and wheel chair can be helpful.