Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Vitamin D and colds?!?

Everyone is worried about Vitamin D.  Should we be?

The simple answer is yes.  If you don't think that you are getting your required amount, then have yourself tested.  It is a simple blood test.  You should be able to simply boost your levels daily by standing out side (without sunscreen!) for 20 minutes a day.

But what does Vitamin D do?  And why is it so darn important?

Well.  Immunologists are saying that "Vitamin D directly and favorably affects the cells of your immune system."  And when it comes to your immune system, Vitamins A and D take center stage to start and command the immune cells to fight bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

Vitamin D suppresses inflammation in sinuses and breathing membranes as well.

So where to get Vitamin D from?  Well Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin - meaning your body will keep some for reserves unlike our B Vitamins that need to be replenished daily through our food or supplements.  Cod liver oil is a great way to get Vitamin D.

Do NOT do store bought Vitamin D.  Studies have shown that synthetic or high doses of isolated vitamin D can cause calcification in your body. (Think kidney stones or hardened arteries!)  Your body uses nutrients  when they are consumed in their natural, raw state - with all the naturally occurring nutritional counterparts.  When consumed this way, they are more effective than synthetics and are safer.  So make sure you are receiving it from a whole food based supplement and the sun.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Idealistically, our bodies should eliminate toxins easily. However, with the barrage of toxins we face each day (like pesticides, air pollution, skin lotion, fast food) make it hard for your body to be efficient. The solution is to detox!

Bit before you drastically alter your diet - you need to prep your body and change your habits. You will also need to prepare for the post-detox lifestyle. You absolutely CANNOT return to your old habits - as this is too harsh to your system.

Suggestions for preparations are below:
  • Choose a D-Day. Pick a time when you can relax into the detox. The first few days are the hardest with tiredness, sugar cravings, and mood swings being the most common symptoms noticed.
  • Gradually wean yourself off of sugar, caffeine, dairy, and other foods not "allowed" on your detox over two weeks prior to D-Day.
  • Become familiar with your new foods. Try to eat more fresh foods, especially greens. Broccoli, kale, brussel sprouts, collard greens, artichokes and napa cabbage all contain sulphur compounds that help boost the liver's detoxifying capabilities.
  • Fiber is your friend! Your bowel is your major means of eliminating toxins. Ideally, you should have at least one, well formed bowel movement each day. 1-2 tablespoons of flax seed should help.
  • Learn to love water. At the least, you need half your body weight in ounces of water per day. If you are detoxing, more is better! And don't forget that if you are adding fiber and not water - you will end up with constipation. Yikes!
  • Light exercise always helps. If you aren't already exercising, now is a great time to start. Walking daily is one of the easiest ways to get started. Beginning a light yoga program is a good option as well. The daily exercise gets your blood pumping and lymph (or waste product) moving, whereby boosting your body's ability to eliminate waste.

Monday, April 11, 2011

To Detox or Not?

Ever wonder if you are a good candidate for a detox program?

Well, let's look at a list of symptoms that may clue us in:
  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Excessive Gas
  • Fatigue
  • Breakouts (skin)
  • Sweet cravings
  • Chronic Headaches
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach Pains
  • Chronic Muscle Pains - even Fibromyalgia
  • Difficulty losing weight
**You are NOT a candidate if you are currently pregnant, anemic, have an eating disorder, or are currently battling cancer.

Be aware that some herbs can speed up the clearance of some medications

While it is true that a detox program can jump start weight loss, this should not be its only intended function.

Detoxing is a wonderful way to make the body's system function optimally.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Interesting News about Colon Cancer

I was reading "Nutrition News and Views" recently and the author, Judith DeCava, was talking about Colon and Colorectal cancer. Some of the interesting things I learned in that article are listed below:

*Most colonoscopies look for polyps, which are removed during that process. However, colorectal cancers tend to arise from nonpolyp growths (flat or depressed) which are common. These flat wounds are hard to detect and may be easily missed with routine colonoscopies.

*A colonoscopy should be done by Gastroenterologist. There is also a 2-3 times greater risk of having a suspicious growth missed when performed in the doctor's office rather than a hospital. Also be sure to ask the doctor about their withdrawal method. Doctors who take their time, up to 17 minutes, to withdraw the wand detect nearly 4 times more polyps and cancers than those with fast (as little as 3 minutes) withdrawal times.

*It is well established that lifestyle factors, like diet, affect risk of colorectal cancer. Numerous studies have found that diets rich in fruits and vegetables reduce the risk of polyps and colorectal cancer.

*A diet with high intake of refined grains, sugary foods, processed and red meats, fried foods, and altered fats can lead to obesity and being overweight. Both obesity and being overweight increase the risk of colorectal cancer.

*Foods high in fiber also contain many other substances and nutrients that may help prevent colorectal cancer.

*Several studies showed that dietary synbiotics (namely prebiotics and probiotics) help reduce risk of colorectal cancer by keeping the gut flora in balance and keep the gut lining healthy.

*Calcium and Vitamin D may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. A Harvard study in 2002 found that consuming at least 700 mg of calcium daily in food was linked to reduced risk of certain types of colorectal cancer.

*Excercise can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. Not only does it help to reduce excess fat and help with weight management, but improves immune function, circulation, insulin sensitivity, bone and muscle tone, and nerve function -- all important to the digestive tract.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Proper Education

It is sometimes amazing to me that parents (who are patients) do not think about bringing their children into the office for assessment and treatment. I have to blame myself for this. I have not done a great job at educating them the importance of chiropractic care to their health and the health of their family.

Now, when we think of chiropractors, we immediately think, "Back Pain." While this is how some of my fellow doctors have branded themselves, I do not readily identify with this thought. I look at chiropractic as a wellness treatment, a complimentary alternative to allopathic medicine. Now, as you may guess, I don't use my MD regularly. I see them as directed, when I am sick. Chiropractic is just the opposite. It is preventative.

The body is an amazing thing that I am in awe of daily. To see the smiling faces of people who come in saying, "I feel pretty good" and see them walk out feeling that much better shows me there is more to what I do than just "crack backs." It is a lifestyle choice - A lifestyle where people are in-tune with their bodies and listen to what is has to say, make the appropriate accomodations, and make healthier choices. I'm proud of what I do. And I'm more proud of my practice where you all listen and learn.

So, if for some reason, I haven't done my job and properly educating you of how chiropractic really works - just ask me. I'd love the opportunity.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Goat Milk

For those of you who may not know, my daughter has a milk allergy. It isn't lactose intolerance, instead a complete dairy allergy. While her reaction isn't as extreme as some, her reactions do include diarrhea, rash, and mood changes. Our alternative is Goat Milk.

As I was flipping through a chiropractic magazine, I ran across an article about the benefits of goat milk vs. cow milk. Now, we didn't really give too much thought to our choice of goat milk. Our daughter wouldn't drink rice or almond milk. And if you didn't know, 50% of people with a milk allergy will be allergic to soy!!

What I didn't know was that goat milk is similar to human milk. The "DNA structure has similar constituents to those in human breast milk." This is an amazing option, especially if your family has food allergies.

The article also states digestion of goat milk is much easier on the digestive tract. This is always a concern with a young child, and even adults as well.

What this article doesn't tell you is that the fat content is to a much lesser degree in goat milk as well. This is a great cooking alternative when you are watching your caloric intake.

To read the article, click HERE

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Why is chiropractic care so darn important?

Why is chiropractic care so darn important?
Let me take my doctor hat off for a minute. I’m sure most of you know that I have been under chiropractic care the majority of my life. My mother saw it important to our health. I grew up assuming everyone did it. You go when you hurt, when you don’t hurt, when you were sick, and more often when you were playing sports. Even when I went away to college (and had to pay for adjustments!), I sought chiropractic care for trouble sleeping, aches, pains, headaches, and more. It wasn’t until college when I realized not everyone went to a chiropractor, or knew what chiropractic was.

Ok, so, knowing this it wasn’t until I went to chiropractic school that I realized the full potential of chiropractic as a form of healthcare. Let me use some analogies. You have a home phone. Fuzz, what sounds like other callers, high pitched noises, cutting in and out are all common problems that affect the quality of your phone call. Now, where or what is the cause? The truth is that there is lots of room for error. It could be a line that is frayed or cut. What about a transformer that has blown? Miscommunication between you and your provider (ie they turned off service)? The body works very similarly. Brain is home-base and all the nerves in the body are the telephone lines. When you get pain, tingling, or numbness, there is usually one BIG source of nerve irritation. Spinal vertebrae that are misaligned cause irritation to the beginning of the nerve at that level. This can cause muscle tension, muscle spasm, inflammation, and pain all along that nerve. Now where is that nerve going? To your finger, intestine, ear, somewhere in your head? The fact that irritation is present causes dysfunction down the line. That dysfunction can mean headaches, indigestion, tightness in your chest, sciatica, and tingling in your fingers or toes to name a few. And if that irritation is left alone, it can lead to much more serious conditions.

Now, my point. While I truly believe that chiropractic can help LOTS of problems, your job is to constantly challenge me to that! I want you to tell me about a new (or old) problem so that I can help. And if you haven’t given it any further thought – Bring your kiddos in to get “checked out.” With all the falls and run-ins they take, their little bodies need to be working at 100% when growing.

One last point. In case I haven’t told you, each adjustment gives you an immune boost. Your white blood cells increase in number over the next 24 hours. This can be crucial when you are sick or are starting to feel sick. So don’t be afraid to keep that appointment when you are sick. It may be just the boost you need to get better more quickly.

I hope that you understand that chiropractic is more than just getting your back “cracked.” It really is a lifestyle. I hope that you can see why it is important to use chiropractic for more than just back pain.