By using the following spices in your diet, research has shown that it is possible to significantly reduce the likelihood of developing cancer.
Dr. Sofiya. 6 Spices That Reduce the Risk of Cancer. Natural News. June 20, 2014. www.naturalnews.com/z045646_cancer_prevention_spices_herbal_medicine.html
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Cholesterol is a waxy substance derived from food. Low-density lipoproteins, LDLs, are considered “bad” cholesterol, because they can turn into plaque, a substance that sticks to vessel walls, blocking blood flow and making vessels less flexible. High-density lipoproteins, HDLs, are considered “good”, helping to metabolize vitamins and minerals and remove LDL from the bloodstream.
Increased cholesterol levels put you at risk for stroke, heart disease and other serious health issues. Typically with high cholesterol, statin drugs are prescribed; though recent studies are showing that long-term use poses serious risks.
There are alternatives for controlling cholesterol that don’t include medicine. Regular exercise and dietary changes can help reduce cholesterol significantly.
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During the course of pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes innumerable changes biochemically and structurally which can create postural strain and neck and back pain. A brief look at the anatomy of the spine provides insight as to why chiropractic adjustments can facilitate a healthier, more comfortable pregnancy.
The vertebral column is a strong, flexible rod composed of a series of bones called vertebrae which enclose a protect the spinal cord, support the head, and serve as an attachment for the ribs and muscles of the back. This “spine” is able to rotate and move anteriorily, posteriorily and laterally. The vertebral column shows four normal curves, which increase its strength, help maintain balance in the upright position, absorb shock, and help protect the column from fracture.
The spinal cord, which courses down the center of this column conveys sensory impulses from the peripheral nerves to the brain and conducts impulse from the seat of the Central Nervous System, the brain, to all of the peripheral nerves. When an electrical impulse is stimulated in the brain, it travels a neural pathway in the spinal cord. Misalignment of this vertebral column can create pressure on the spinal nerves irritating the surrounding tissue and causing impeded nerve flow, discomfort and/or pain.
Over the course of a forty week gestation, a mother’s weight gain will ideally reach somewhere between 30-40 lbs. This increase in weight can create spinal misalignment and/or postural distortions which in turn affect nerves, muscles and mobility of joints. As the bulk of this weight is deposited in the abdominal area, the mother’s center of gravity shifts forward. In order to compensate, the natural curves of the spine, particularly in the lumbar region, become exaggerated causing “low back pain”.
The hips may also expand laterally to help stabilize the body, putting pressure on the sacroilliac joints. The hormones of pregnancy cause muscles, ligaments, cartilage (such as the symphisis pubis), and even bones to “soften” and become more pliable. Pelvic bones “slip” and can become more easily displaced and/or fixated. In addition, certain round ligaments attach to pelvis bones and then to the uterus as it enlarges with the growth of the baby. When these ligaments are strained or torqued, as with sudden movement or “rolling over”, they can cause even more discomfort for the pregnant mother.
Benefits of Prenatal Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care can:
Provide freedom from interference of normal nerve energy which is vital for the development of a healthy baby and mother.
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I was recently on a Mom forum where a distraught mother complained about her two-year-old’s chronic ear infections. She was tortured over the notion of giving her daughter yet another antibiotic which seemed to do nothing but guarantee a return of the ear infection.
This Mom’s concerns weren’t unfounded. For decades, the evidence-based research about antibiotics has shown that not only are they ineffective at treating ear infections, but they will actually lead to repeated ear infections in the future. In 2004 the American Academy of Pediatrics began its “watch and wait” approach to treating ear infections with antibiotics.
I was thrilled to read in the comments, under this mother’s post, that many other mothers were suggesting Chiropractic care citing their positive experiences. One Mom reported “My children used to be on antibiotics more than they were off them due to ear infections, sinus infections, strep throat etc. Once we began Chiropractic care we said goodbye to all that drama.”
Chiropractors will tell you that they don’t treat ear infections. So how is it that so many parents report that their children under Chiropractic care no longer suffer from ear infections? Among many pediatricians who seek safer options for children, well renowned Dr. Sears recently said that he encourages chiropractic care to avoid the onset of ear infections.
Why? Because misalignment of the spinal bones can cause undue pulling on the child’s neck muscles creating tension to their eustachian tubes. The subsequent dysfunction of these tubes to drain lymphatic fluid causes an increased risk of infection. The Chiropractic adjustment aims to reduce the tension of misalignments all throughout the body–restoring normal physiology.
In an article in Pathways to Family Wellness Magazine, “Chiropractic and Ear Infections: What We Offer Makes a Difference, the author explains, “The purpose of Chiropractic care is not the treatment of conditions or diseases; rather, it is the
restoration of normal body function. Chiropractors work with the nervous system via gentle spinal adjustments to reduce stress related interferences to the nervous system thereby enhancing overall body function. All systems of the body— muscular, glandular, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, eliminatory, hormonal and immunological—depend on the optimal functioning of the nervous system. With Chiropractic, we focus on improving the nervous system to enhance all the body’s systems.”
Chiropractic adjustments do not treat the symptom or infection. They do not suppress or mask the symptom, but instead they allow the body to regain its natural state of function and health. Infections indicate an overloaded immune system. The best course of action is to support the body in regaining its balanced immune system. Treating the ear infection with antibiotics causes an additional overload to the immune system and can actually create greater havoc, leading to the susceptibility of repeated infections.
The science of physiology has made clear that the body is an intricate ecosystem. A vigorous disruption to any of the body’s systems cannot support long-lasting health, nor does it honor the balance of health within. Chiropractic care is all about the restoration of normal physiological balance. With this balance a child’s immune system will function more efficiently.
While you follow the evidence based recommendations to “watch and wait” follow the scientific recommendations set by normal physiology and support your child’s immunity with safe, gentle and effective Chiropractic adjustments.
Why do we fear the ‘flu season’ every year? Is there really a virus that comes out of hibernation every winter to prey on the unsuspecting? Unlikely. Though year after year the instances of viral and bacterial infections rises through the colder months.
As Americans, especially, 85% of our population could be classified as ‘less than healthy’, in reference to immunity to foreign invaders. Immunity suppressants can manifest as stress, lack of exercise, nutrition in the form of prepackaged meals, environmental pollution including the water we drink, etc. Immune system invaders are everywhere.
An American lifestyle is a fast-paced, high-pressure system that creates increased demands on our time – making us age faster and keeping us chronically inflamed. Excessive use of antibiotics as medicine and in our foods, pesticides, herbicides, preservatives, chronic mental stress, all challenge the anti-inflammatory organs and functions of the body, thus once again, depressing our immune system.
What are we to do? What we should do to keep ourselves healthy!
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We believe knowledge is power, especially when it comes to what our families and communities are consuming! We do our best to educate our patients on healthy choices even when it comes to what Halloween candies they are handing out! 🙂
Top 10 Worst Halloween Candy
WARNING: Contains Titanium Dioxide, a metal used as a pigment also in cosmetics and vitamins. Originally a glass-like structured man-made product that is completely insoluble. Its consumption has shown to disturb normal immune function. So…it’s like eating ground up glass…
WARNING: Contains Carmine, a food coloring additive also found in pharmaceuticals. Carmine is derived from female cochineal beetles. There is overwhelming research that this additive causes severe allergic reactions including long-term asthma and anaphylactic shock, which has led to its BAN in some countries such as France and Sweden.
WARNING: Contains TBHQ (Tertiary Butylhydroquinone), an artificial anti-oxidant that keeps food tasting “fresh”. Where else can you find TBHQ? Yes, it’s in lighter fluid.
WARNING: Contains food coloring Red 3 that has various additives as all food colorings do, including aluminum. Evidence shows consumption to cause tumors and has been linked to Alzheimer’s as studies have found aluminum deposits in the brains of its victims. Red 3 in particular was recommended to be BANNED during the Reagan administration.
WARNING: Contains Soy lecithin. Soy is one of the most genetically engineered organisms on the planet, and has shown toxicity in animals.
WARNING: Contains PGPR (PALSGAARD 4150), a yellow viscous liquid derived from castor oil and used as a substitute for cocoa butter. Research does not know what long-term affects PGPR has on a person. I prefer REAL cocoa butter to castor oil, wouldn’t you?
WARNING: Contains High Fructose Corn Syrup, which we have all heard to avoid, but why? HFCS is not absorbed the same way cane sugar is absorbed, thus proven to literally punch holes in the intestinal lining, allowing “leaking” out. This can lead to increased appetite and weight gain not to mention diabetes, cancer, dementia, etc. Not to mention, HFCS can even contain mercury!
WARNING: Contains partially hydrogenated soybean oil. This is a completely man made substance which causes cellular crisis within the body, leading to: cancer, because the product interferes with the enzymes your body uses to fight against cancer; decreased immune function, because the body has an immune reaction against the product; and even reproductive problems because again, the chemical interferes with the enzymes used to produce sex hormones.
WARNING: Contains Hydrogenated palm kernel oil. This oil has been linked to Alzheimer’s, colon cancer and infertility. This product is completely banned in restaurants across the nation… but still on our grocery shelves.
WARNING: Contains modified cornstarch. The modified part meaning different chemicals are used in its creation including: hydrochloric acid (corrosive used to remove rust), sodium hydroxide (chemical used in making detergents and drain cleaners) and potassium hydroxide (used to make alkaline batteries).
Top 10 Healthier Halloween Candies
Why We Like It: These sour gummy worms are made with organic sweeteners, no corn syrup or GMOs. This product is also gluten and casein free.
Where to Find It: Natural Candy store.com, Amazon.com
Why We Like It: Allergy-Friendly gourmet candies that are gluten, dairy and soy free. They are even created in an allergy-friendly facility.
Where to Find It: IndieCandy.com
Why We Like It: Bite size organic chocolate treats perfect for trick-or-treating. The cocoa used is sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms!
Where to Find It: Whole Foods, ChocolateBar.com
Why We Like It: These freeze-dried fruit snacks are Organic/Non-GMO, no sugar added and have a HUGE variety of flavors.
Where to Find It: Whole Foods, Target, Amazon.com
Why We Like It: Chemical-free organic Lollipops that use natural food such as sugar beets, purple carrots, pomegranate extract, organic pumpkins and black currants instead of petrochemical fake food dyes. (Dr. Craig likes peach the best!)
Where to Find It: Whole Foods, Earth Fare, other health food stores
Why We Like It: Gluten free hard candy free of fake food dyes and comes in a wide range of flavors.
Where to Find It: Whole Foods and fresh food markets
Why We Like It: Organic snacks without high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oil, fake preservatives or artificial flavors.
Where to Find It: Grocery and convenience stores
Why We Like It: Chocolate bars that are GMO-free, gluten-free, all chocolate is 70% cocoa or higher and cocoa is always the first ingredient always cocoa, not sugar. (See above Halloween themed Bug Bites)
Where to Find It: Locally, Vitamin Shoppe and Whole Foods.
Why We Like It: Peanut butter cups made of entirely organic ingredients. Highly recommended from our patients!
Where to Find It: Publix and other local food chains
Why We Like It: 100% made in North America, completely GMO-free/corn-free; all the candies you love with wholesome ingredients: candy coated chocolate peanuts (peanut M&M’s), peanut butter cups (Reese’s), chocolate caramel nougat bar (Milk Way), etc.
Where to Find It: Local food or convenience stores, getunreal.com
According to research published in the June 2015 journal BMC Public Health, lower energy activities that involve sitting down are associated with and increased risk of anxiety. Many studies have shown that sedentary behavior is associated with physical health problems like obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis. But there has been little research regarding the link between sedentary behavior and mental health.
“We are seeing an increase in anxiety symptoms in our modern society, which seems to parallel the increase in sedentary behavior. Thus, we were interested to see whether these two factors were in fact linked” said Megan Teychenne, the lead researcher at Deakin University’s Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research. In Australia. (Side note: Australia has a higher rate of obesity than the U.S.) “Also, since research has shown positive associations between sedentary behavior and depressive symptoms, this was another foundation for further investigating the link between sedentary behavior and anxiety symptoms.”
Researchers looked at the results of nine different studies. These studies analyzed television viewing/computer use, sitting while on transport and work-related sitting. Two studies included children and the rest included adults.
Results of the studies:
The research team suggests that the link between sitting and anxiety could be due to disturbances in sleep patterns, social withdrawal and/or poor metabolic health. “It is important that we understand the behavioral factors that may be linked to anxiety- in order to be able to develop evidence-based strategies in preventing/managing this illness”, Teychenne said.
Sources: BMC Public Health – June 2015 and Natural Practitioner – August 2015
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You’ve got….. Constipation
You’ve got….. A Stress Headache
You’ve got….. Menstrual Cramps
You’ve got… A Runny Nose
You’ve got….. Canker Sores
Sources: Allyou.com July 2015 issue, Draion Burch D.O., Mark Hyman M.D., Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., Mao Shing Ni, PhD.
Is it possible that pain can be your friend? That may sound a little crazy because pain obviously hurts. No one likes this uncomfortable feeling yet upon further examination, you will realize that pain can be your best friend, indicating that something is not right in your body and that you should do something about it before it becomes tomorrow’s deterioration, arthritis, ulcer, heart attack or cancer.
We have been trained to mask pain and keep on going. Over the counter sales of pain killing medications such as aspirin, acetaminophen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and many others run in the billions of dollars. Unfortunately, these temporary symptom relieving pills can make you feel better in the moment while setting the stage for more serious long term health problems down the road, especially if they keep you from addressing the cause of your pain.
Let’s start with a simple backache, hip pain or leg pain, for example. Many people who “feel” these symptoms for the first time may take one of these drugs to help them feel better in the moment, and then do this for years, never addressing the cause. Finally when the pain gets so severe that it causes a debilitating crisis, that individual may have accumulated deterioration and damage, to go along with their pain, which can affect their entire life.
What was a simple problem has now become a more complicated condition that could have been prevented with early Chiropractic intervention. What is worse is that the accumulated intake of these medications can lead to secondary health problems that are even more severe than the underlying cause of the pain.
Long term aspirin use, for example, has been linked to ulcers and blood clotting problems later in life. NSAIDS have been linked to kidney failure, and long term acetaminophen use has been linked to liver failure especially when combined with alcohol. These side effects are well-documented scientifically but unfortunately not well publicized. Many people take these drugs like candy, as a part of their lifestyle, not realizing the consequences of their actions.
Your body was designed to be healthy and function normally throughout your lifetime without pain and without the need for painkilling medication. Your nervous system, the master control, communication and internet hub of your body, connects your brain to your skin, muscles, bones and every organ including your heart and lungs. At nearly three million messages per second your nervous system monitors your inner world and adapts you to your environment. It will send you signals when things are not right, many times in the form of pain. Covering up these warning signals confuses your body and can lead to more severe conditions as you age.
Chiropractic care is very effective for eliminating pain, while also helping your body regenerate and restore the function that can keep you healthy for a lifetime. Top athletes utilize chiropractic care as part of their training and their lifestyle. More importantly, they are proactive in their approach using imbalance as their reason to be checked instead of pain.
Next time you or a loved one experiences pain, don’t just cover it up. Get to the cause with a Chiropractic check up. Better yet, be proactive. Check your balance before you “feel” like you need it. Ask our staff for a simple self test to see if you and your loved ones can benefit from a chiropractic check up.