Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Autism’s First Child - Magazine - The Atlantic

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This is a fascinating article. The subject is a 77 year old man and he is the first officially diagnosed case of autism.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The 1st Principle of Jewish Healing

The first principle of Jewish healing is that prevention is best. Safeguarding health is a mitzva -- the one on which all others depend:
"Take very great care of yourself" (Deuteronomy 4:15).

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

This is your neck when hit from behind in 5 km/h

Patients often dismiss low impact car accidents as nothing. Watch!

Kids' ER visits fell after cold drugs' removal - Health - Kids and parenting - msnbc.com

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Kids usually don't need drugs to solve colds. They need some hands-on therapy like chiropractic and massage, stimulation of acupuncture points, and a boost to the immune system through diet. Chicken soup, garlic, honey, and greens are just a few foods that would help. A warm bath with salt (Dead Sea is best).

Leave the poison drugs on the shelf. Even the government now states the stuff is dangerous!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Gene links to anorexia identified: Largest genetic study of the eating disorder detects common and rare variants

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Anorexia Nervosa, a disease most prevalent in young woman, is characterized by refusal to eat, severe weight loss, and the distorted view that the person is fat when in fact they are emaciated. Treatment plans are difficult as there is no reasoning with the person.

Now we have a study which demonstrates that the problem is occurring on the genetic level and is not just in the patient's head. The genes which were identified were in a region which "code for neuronal cell-adhesion molecules -- proteins that influence how neurons communicate with each other in the brain."

If genes which code for communication are lacking that would make sense in people who are having a disconnect between thinking they are obese and an actual state of life-threatening emaciation.

I would look into the possibility of running neurotransmitter profiles and then prescribing classic brain nutrients like acetyl choline and phosphatidyl serine. I wish the researchers would incorporate this sort of treatment into their study.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Children's Belly Fat Affects Heart Risk

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Children today are fatter than ever before. On one hand it's pretty simple. Like their parents their diet is awful and they're too busy playing with their thumbs rather than their legs. The rate of soft drink consumption has skyrocketed in recent times and therefore so has sugar, and even worse artificial sweeteners, which are hundreds of times sweeter than sugar and are neurotoxic.

Compounding the problem is also the presence of multiple environmental toxins which have an effect on the brain and neuorendocrine system. Many of these chemicals are estrogenizing, meaning in this case that greater fat stores will be induced in kids exposed to them. Unfortunately these chemicals can be found in the air, water, and soil. This means they're found in the water we drink, in the air we breathe, and in the food we eat. Through lab testing we can find out how much of a problem this is and then we can take steps to reverse and minimize future damage. This is the most difficult area to control.

Excess soy products may also be estrogenizers. This is bad for boys in that it will encourage female sex traits and bad for girls in that it will induce early puberty and development. The best soy products are natural fermented products like natto. Stay away from any processed soy products like soy dogs, soy ice cream, soy cheese, soy meat, etc.

In this study waist size was found to correlate to increased blood pressure rates as opposed to BMI (Body Mass Index).

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Scientists reveal surgical procedure for hard to cure hypertension

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A surgical procedure has been shown to cut high blood pressure by 39%. In the surgery nerves to the kidney are cut. This may be good for some extremely difficult cases but I would not recommend it for most. Nerves are there for a good reason. They are the information highway between the brain and end organ. Cutting nerves to the kidney cannot be good long term.

A recent study showed that chiropractic neck adjustments can lower blood pressure significantly without drugs or surgery. Isn't that worth trying first? Watch the video:

Easy and effective body detox tips - by Nicole Evans M.D. - Helium

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Some easy and practical ways to detox!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Whey Protein Lowers Blood Pressure

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Another great benefit of Whey protein!

Antibiotics Only Slightly More Effective Than No Treatment For Kids' Ear Infections

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Here's the main point of this study:

If 100 children of average risk develop middle ear infection (acute otitis media), 80 of them will get better within three days with no antibiotic medications, while 92 would if you gave every single one of them ampicillin/amoxicillin. However, the antibiotics would cause 3 to 10 cases of rash and 5 to 10 cases of diarrhea, researchers from Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles and RAND at Santa Monica wrote in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association).

So your choices as a parent seem to be either to let your kid suffer for a few days with an infection or go to the doctor for an antibiotic prescription. The catch to taking the medication is that they probably would have gotten better in the same time period without the medication. Well, OK, what's wrong with that? You take a decent chance on them getting rash or diarrhea. And guess what that means; staying home anyway. More symptoms, maybe another doctor's visit, and maybe more drugs. Does this make any sense? Oh, on top of that the antibiotics will have killed off any friendly germs in their GI tract setting them up for further infections! And the cycle will continue ad nauseum, pardon the pun.

They mention nothing about chiropractic and acupuncture, both very effective drug-free treatments for this problem. Chiropractic adjustment of the upper cranials and a tug on the eustachian tubes will get the drainage going and get all the dead and infectious agents flowing out into the lymphatic system. This gives the immune system a boost to do it's job. The child will improve sometimes immediately or within hours. Also important is to evaluate digestive function and look into whether or not there is an infection of the GI tract by bacteria, viruses, parasites, and yeast. These are the real culprits of ear infections and sinus problems.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Today's Health Quote

It is remarkable how one's wits are sharpened by physical exercise. - Pliny the Younger

Obama White House Hands Out 111 Obamacare Waivers- Hides It on Website

The mess gets uglier and messier!  It's time to take your health into your own hands.  The information is all around you!  Get started and don't rely on the government to take care of you!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Brain chemical that regulates mood may have anti-diabetic properties

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Serotonin helps to regulate blood sugar! This is a great piece of info for clinicians and patients.

Lack of proper rest has been associated with obesity for quite some time and now we have a new piece of the puzzle. This study ties together brain and liver function, metabolism and blood sugar regulation.

What it does not address is that much serotonin, perhaps 80%, is produced in the intestinal system. Digestive health is also affected by sleep and stress levels. So you see how this all ties together. The whole body talks and communicates. This is especially true of the neuroendocrine system. If you hear cortisol you can think melatonin and insulin. Now you can add serotonin to the list. And there's much more!

Western medicine compartmentalized everything and one day will have to adjust for this new knowledge. In the meantime the integrative practitioner already knows how to tie together brain function, sleep issues, blood sugar, stress levels, digestive status, and more into one comprehensive package. This is the way the research is going.

Everyone May Benefit From Chelation

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This is an excellent summary of heavy metal contaminants in the environment and how we can protect our health.

Monday, November 08, 2010

IDEA LAB - The Worm Turns - NYTimes.com

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Can a hookworm make you healthy? | ISRAELITY

Can a hookworm make you healthy?

This news story is an absolute mind blower to me! I have always been focused on ridding people's digestive tracts of bad bacteria, fungus, and especially worms and parasites. Many times they indeed cause problems. In fact we know to de-worm our pets. Worms are large and visible. Some may be several meters long. The idea of such a creature living within us is naturally repulsive to most people and so we think in terms of killing it and expelling it somehow.

Now I have learned that some of these worms may actually be helpful to reduce inflammation and protect against various ailments and diseases. Hygienic practices are credited with reduction of diseases but perhaps we have now gone too far in our use of antibiotics, anti-bacterial hand soaps.

There are more microbes in our body than there are cells. In the GI tract they weigh in at about 3- 4 pounds. That's stunning. Many of them are beneficial and I have always tried to get rid of the "bad" guys and encourage growth of the "good" guys! For sure there is a balance.

Most of us are unaware that we are hosts for many colonies of tiny living creatures that are symbiotic with us. There are bacteria on the skin which can never be washed off. It's time to realize that we are part of the environment and that infection with microbes and other creatures can actually be beneficial to our health. In this case "infection" takes on a whole new mindset in that it's not always associated with "bad". It may not be such a bad idea to let your kids play in the sandbox after all!

Visible Body | 3D Human Anatomy

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If you like to study anatomy this is a great tool!

Do You Have Any Idea of the Chemicals Used in Fast Food Chicken

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Toxic environment is bad enough, but toxic food that's only partially food? Stay away!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Beet Juice Good for Brain

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In this study it was found that beet juice increases blood flow to the brain. That's great news! Anything that helps blood vessels relax in order to deliver more blood rich in oxygen and nutrients to the whole body is worth looking into. The brain is a very greedy organ needing lots of fuel and the two primary brain foods are oxygen and glucose. The blood delivers both so your brain can be at top function to take care of the rest of your body.

Other ways to increase blood flow to the brain are aerobic exercise and life long learning, especially new subjects.

One of the best things you can do for your health is to buy a Vitamix machine. Click on the link and you'll see why. Whole foods!

Monday, November 01, 2010

TECHNION FOCUS MAGAZINE - Research - Pruning Neuronal Trees

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An Israeli study of the development of mechanoreceptor neurons and it's impact on the growth of neuronal trees. These are the same mechanoreceptors we chiropractors affect with our adjustments! Could it be that by stimulating mechanoreceptors we are promoting the growth of neuronal trees?

The old chiropractic model is a bone of out place pinching a nerve. The new model says that joints become restricted and no longer move freely. Mechanoreceptors located with the joints no longer are stimulated since they respond to motion and there is none. The chiropractic adjustment does three things:

1) restores joint Range of Motion (ROM)
2) fires a barrage of info into the mechanoreceptors
3) quick stretches the muscle, thereby helping it to relax

Motion is life. Motion fires off the receptors located in your joints, muscles, and ligaments and that all feeds to the brain. That information plus all the sensory input keeps the brain active and healthy. The brain is the master over the whole body and relies on this stimulation to maintain itself and the rest of the body. When you exercise you not only give your body a workout but you are also fueling your brain with lots of input from your whole body' receptors firing off! The cross crawl of opposite arms and legs moving forward is especially good.
 This is what fake food looks like after 6 months:

And this is what happens to real food:

Still want to eat that happy meal???