Monday, June 28, 2010

Back Pain Relief: Help Me Fix It with Dr. Richard Besser - ABC News

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Surgery can help some people with back pain, but should only be considered as a last resort for most people.

Open Studies | chiropractic - List Results -

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Chiropractic research in progress!

Dark Chocolate Lowers Blood Pressure

Dark chocolate lowers blood pressure, research finds: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

I'm sure that most of us are now aware of the benefits of dark chocolate in lowering blood pressure. How does this work? Chemicals in dark chocolate called flavonols help produce nitric oxide which causes vasodilation of blood vessels. A relaxed blood vessel has better blood flow. Theoretically this would also help men who have ED.

This article does not say how much dark chocolate must be consumed, but that consumption can lead to as much as a 5mm Hg systolic decrease leading to "and could theoretically reduce the risk of a cardiovascular event by about 20% over five years."

Textbook normal BP is 120/80. Now that has changed. The new norm is less than 120/80. 120/80 is now considered to be pre-hypertensive.

Why Mercury Is More Dangerous in Oceans

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This finally answers a question people ask all the time about the dangers of eating fish. Is is safe to eat fish if there is a suspicion of mercury in the water?

Here is the article broken down for you. Freshwater contains higher levels of mercury than seawater. But the mercury in freshwater is also less toxic since it more readily undergoes chemical conversion to a safer form of mercury. The mercury in seawater is in a lower concentration but it remains more toxic because it bonds to the salt in the water and remains in it's more dangerous form.

Therefore marine fish like tuna, mackerel and shark, are generally more laden with toxic mercury than are freshwater fish and are more dangerous to eat.

There is still a theory that the mercury in large ocean fish is bound tightly to the proteins and will therefore not be bio-available to the person eating it, thus making it safer to eat.

When eating large marine fish proceed with question. Even though they are inherently healthy they come with their share of toxins. This brings be back to my big point. Everyone of us must make detoxing a priority in this day and age.

Crowds throng health clinic - Fiji Times Online

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Very impressive that people are lining up for chiropractic care on the island of Fiji!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Facebook | The Integrative Health Center: Trust Your Doctor

Facebook | The Integrative Health Center: Trust Your Doctor: "You pick a Doctor, and trust him or her, precisely because you have not gone to medical school. And if you indeed do not trust your Doctor, or think you know better , do yourself and the Dr. a favor--go away, and find another Doctor.

Because if you do not trust him , if you think he is not knowledgeable enough , or that he has an agenda (such as money or kavod)--well , as Moshe Rabeinu put it—“Ribbono shel Olom: This won't work.” Because you will find 101 things to complain about , nothing he does will satisfy you , you will kvetch and complain about how he treats you--because you are missing the basic element of trust. You don't trust him.

By Rabbi Chaim Malinowitz - with permission from the ‘Chadash’ Beit Shemesh Weekly

Yes, maybe he has to earn your trust--that's ok. And yes, he should allow you to ask questions , and he should answer your questions as best as he can , and explain as much as he can. And yes --very
important-- part of trust is that you trust him to admit when he doesn't know something ,and will consult with a more expert doctor and find out the answer for you. But certainly expect that at some
point , he's going to turn to you and say--Sir, Madam, I went to medical school, spent years and tears (EDITOR---THIS IS NOT A TYPO!!) studying and interning--trust me , or , find a Doctor whom you will

And when you find a Doctor whom you trust--you will trust him with all your medical issues.You will ask him which is surgeons you can trust , which pharmacy you should use---all your medical questions
will go to him.He will answer you,or he will refer you to someone who knows the answer.You are secure-you trust him. And if you don't---it won't work, just go away. The foundation of the relationship must be one of trust.

And why have medical referral services sprouted? Because the world of medicine has grown by leaps and bounds, there are specialists for just about every limb and every illness imaginable ; we intuit that our doctor can't keep up with all that knowledge , and the reality is also that trust between patient and Doctor has broken down (thanks to the world of medical insurance), and most people have never had the experience of a true 'family Doctor' who knows them, they know him, and they simply trust him.

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The chiropractor is the doctor of the past and the future, the one who takes the time to listen, and explains what might be the problem. That future is now.

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Soy Protein Used in "Natural" Foods Bathed in Toxic Solvent Hexane

Soy Protein Used in "Natural" Foods Bathed in Toxic Solvent Hexane: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

Thought you were being healthy by avoiding meat and eating lots of soy? Think again! This article is an eye-opener. Most soy is processed with an industrial explosive chemical called hexane. Read the full article for more info. If you don't have time to read the full article at least know to look for the green USDA Organic seal on the package.

Even if soy were not processed with hexane too much soy has an estrogenizing effect, making theone who eats it more feminine. This means that girls may develop early puberty, boys and men may develop feminine characteristics, and latent cancers may be encouraged to grow out of control.

If you're concerned see a functional nutritionist for an evaluation and dietary recommendations. It's not simple these days.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Integrative Medicalese | Psychology Today

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Have you heard the terms Alternative Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Holistic Medicine? What's the difference? Here is a good explanation.

Circadian clock in pancreas directly linked to diabetes

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Just like cortisol and other hormones have a normal cycle, so does insulin. With cortisol testing we now take four samples over the course of the day and compare the results to the normal curve. From this information the doctor can prescribe the correct nutrients to normalize function at the precise time of day the body needs it.

The standard method of testing is with a single blood test after a 12 hour fast. That's OK but limited. That's like taking a snapshot. It's static. Hormonal cycles are dynamic. The four sample test is also dynamic and gives a far more accurate picture of what really is going on.

Perhaps the same can now be done with insulin.

Chiropractor works on animals |

Chiropractor works on animals | "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

If it has a spine and joints it can be adjusted!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Why Chiropractic & Why The Integrative Health Center

You have many health care options.  First of course is the care provided by the excellent doctors at the various Kupot Cholim.  After that it becomes a blur for many.  There are many alternative therapies, all of  which are provided by some very talented and caring people who deliver effective care.

In most people's minds the medical doctor is thought of as "the doctor", the one with the highest level of education, and they have certainly earned that reputation.

What about the chiropractor?  He also uses the title doctor as conferred by his degree.  Is the chiropractor a "real" doctor?  Take a look at this link
from my website comparing medical school to chiropractic school:

As you can see chiropractic education is very similar to medical education.   Each has a different emphasis.  MDs get more training in pharmacology, immunology, general surgery, pathology, and other areas specific to the care they provide.  DCs get more training in anatomy, physiology, neurology, and orthopedics.

Chiropractic is no longer "alternative" care.  It is complementary care.

The chiropractor is the one most like your MD in level of education!  He is highly educated and qualified to be on your health care team as an expert in spinal hygiene, posture & ergonomics, neuromusculoskeletal problems, injuries due to sports or accidents, and nutritional issues.

Why The Integrative Health Center?  Top 10 reasons:

*Advanced post grad training in neurology and nutrition
*Offering a wide variety of modalities
*Regular spinal manipulation & gentle techniques
*Treat the person and not the problem!
*10 years experience
*Worked with many MDs and can communicate with your doctor
*Reasonably priced expert level service
*Gives you the time you need
*What I do is fun!
*Bottom line: Great results!  Ask my patients!

Be well & be healthy!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Overtreating earliest cancers — but which ones? - Yahoo! News

Overtreating earliest cancers — but which ones? - Yahoo! News: "specialists say more tumors actually are being found too early.

"...specialists say more tumors actually are being found too early."

How can a tumor be found "too early"? Wouldn't you want to know about it as soon as possible?

Many people develop some cancerous cells throughout their lives at some point and never know about it. The immune system does its job. If early detection reveals cancer, all the better. Appropriate treatment can be started including lifestyle changes and nutritional advice. A measurement of salivary pH is a must and will almost certainly reveal a very high acid/low pH level. Cancers love this acidity and they help create it. A detox program is a must!

Early detection is the best detection!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Forced Vaccination

The Statue of Liberty flees her pedestal in this 1904 sketch depicting a medical practitioner injecting a vaccine into an unwilling citizen, who is restrained by a legislator.

The Key to Health

"Look to the nervous system as the key to maximum health." Galen

Middle-Aged Men Lose Testosterone and Sleep

Middle-Aged Men Lose Testosterone and Sleep: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

There is a whole neuro-endocrine circuit at work here. Natural aging decreases testosterone. But when we pile on stress and unhealthy habits the problem is compounded exponentially. Testosterone levels can be normalized and even enhanced with natural nutritional methods. Stress management and sleep hygiene must be enforced to normalize the body clock.

Middle aged men who have spent years being sleep deprived and over stressed will begin to experience decrease of muscle mass, increase of fat especially around the middle, an increase in pains, decreased brain function, increased risk of diabetes and heart disease, and increase in blood pressure, and decreased libido and ability to perform sexually. Not a pretty picture. They present to my office usually when they hit a wall and cannot function any more.

All of this is not normal aging! It is the body breaking down after years of abuse. It DOES NOT have to be this way. My suggestions:

7 hours sleep in a dark room
Bedroom should be only for sleeping and sex, no eating!
No eating withing 2 hours of bed
Drink 64-80 oz/2-3 L of water every day, this excludes any other drinks
No diet anything foods or drinks with artificial sweeteners
Eat your fruits & veggies! Lean protein OK, reduce or eliminate simple carbs....white flour & sugar
Get at least a multi-vitamin for your nutritional deficiencies
There's more but this is a good start!

Get an endocrine panel done...brain chemicals, testosterone, cortisol, thyroid, etc.
Get a checkup every year!

Once you establish the state of your internal health you can begin to take specific measure to improve and correct the situation! Are you really living? Or are those little nagging things becoming more frequent? Listen to them and do something about it!

My office offers help in these areas!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Depressed Mood Increases The Perception Of Pain

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Oh wow, this is really fascinating! Researchers have linked depressed moods with an increased perception of pain in the body. I've been working with a combination of techniques that verify this and work very powerfully to decrease pain and negative moods and emotions. Patients can see and feel the results right away, even during the treatment itself. So much of body pain is induced by stress and negative emotions. Of course we have always known of the mind body connection, but now we have a little more evidence.

One patient came in with his neck flexed forward and completely stuck. He was unable to move a drop in any direction. He was in fear as well, and understandably so.

I quickly realized that I would be unable to give him a neck adjustment so I laid him down on his belly and did some gentle stretches. When I finished he was actually worse and fighting back tears. I considered sending him to the ER.

I decided to try this new approach for the first time. Earlier I established with him that he had no particular stress in his life. Happy marriage, great kids, and his own business in the creative arts which he enjoyed.

I got to work and started asking him about past experiences. It turns out that as a soldier he had to kill two people about to perpetrate a terrorist attack on a beach. This was some 2o years ago. When this was revealed I had him contact the emotional point on his forehead and his neck at the same time. While he was doing this I held a bottle of oil of Frankincense/Levonah/Boswellia under his nose as he inhaled deeply.

When Frankincense is inhaled it hits the olfactory bulb of the brain and triggers the brain to produce powerful anti-anxiety/depression medications. Natural medications with no side effects!

In two treatments this person's pain and stiffness completely disappeared. I was as shocked as he was and almost as happy. All of this was done without a chiropractic adjustment. Now he comes in for regular adjustments to maintain his status.

66 Million Deadly Medication Mistakes

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Do you take medications? Probably so.

Listen to this. Last year there were "more than 66 million drug mistakes a year. Of those, about 325,000 are wrong-drug errors serious enough to cause potential harm to patients, including long-lasting injury or death. That equates to at least 1 death per day due to a medication error."

Be very careful. It's better in most cases to consider natural medicine first. That doesn't mean to the exclusion of a visit to the family doctor, but when he wants to put you on a medication it might be best to ask about alternatives such as diet, exercise, and other lifestyle modifications.

Consider acupuncture, nutrition, and chiropractic. These days it helps to have a team of healthcare providers. Don't exclude the M.D., just start thinking about including natural medicine in your healthcare arsenal.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Resistance Training Improves Flexibility, Too

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Flexibility is an extremely important component of health. How many of us can bend and touch our toes? Or raise our leg straight up when lying on our backs?

Many of us sit all day, and in an ergonomically incorrect fashion. This tightens the hamstrings, draws in the shoulders, and causes the head to move forward all leading to increased postural deformities. Canadian scientist Hans Selye said, "Postural deformities are the beginning of the disease process." We need to take this seriously guys!

Hamburgers Linked to Asthma Risk in Kids

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Meat and dairy increase systemic inflammation. Some inflammation is good but we get way too much of it today from our diet and from our environment. Asthma is an inflammation of the lungs.

Fruits, veggies, and fish are anti-inflammatory. This study is not new news but simply reinforces what we know about human biochemistry.

Brain Controls Blood Cholesterol, Study

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Remember! The brain controls all function in the body. Here is another study which bears this out. At The Integrative Health Center brain function is primary in relation to any health problem.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Toxic chemicals enter womb

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You must watch this!

The cord blood of 10 babies was sampled for toxins. An average of 232 chemicals was found.

100% of air samples contained pesticides which end up in the womb

Before you become pregnant ask your doctor for a blood test to measure environmental toxins.

It's necessary for all of us to be on a constant detox program. That includes diet, exercise which makes you sweat, drinking plenty of filtered water (2-4 liters per day), and specific additional nutrients such as glutathione and NAC which bind heavy metals and other toxins.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Boost From Coffee Is Just an illusion

Boost From Coffee Is Just an illusion

"Their study involved 379 brave volunteers who went coffee "cold turkey" for 16 hours before being given a caffeine capsule or a placebo capsule containing corn flour."

This is an interesting study in that in seems to contradict everything we know about caffeine. If accurate this study would seem to indicate that the mind-body connection is even stronger than we thought. If you think you're getting coffee then that's as good as getting coffee. If we were only more aware of the power of our own minds and bodies we could become much healthier just by thinking about it.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Really? - The Claim - Rosemary Helps Reduce Toxins in Grilled Meat -

Really? - The Claim - Rosemary Helps Reduce Toxins in Grilled Meat - "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

Like to eat meat? Broiled, grilled, fried? Then you're also creating and eating cancer causing chemicals. That's a bummer! There's a way around the problem though. Just add some rosemary to the meat, either within or as a marinade. Rosemary neutralizes the bad guys by up to 90%. Go ahead and enjoy that summer BBQ. For extra benefit add some raw onion and garlic too!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Acupuncture's Molecular Effects Pinned Down

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Acupuncture increases the effects of adenosine, a naturally occurring ant-inflammatory chemical. It's a natural pain killer and it's affects are increased by acupuncture.

Acupuncture does not need to be done with needles. I use a cold laser to stimulate acupuncture points.