21 ½ minutes = 5 years

Is It Possible to Increase Your Lifespan?

21 ½ minutes = 5 years? Sorry Doc, but the math doesn’t add up. Maybe we should shed some light on this concept. According to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, adults who include at least 150 minutes of physical activity in their routines each week (that’s 22 ½ minutes a day) live longer than those who don’t.
Elliptical-800x449The researchers used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the National Health Interview Study mortality linkage, and U.S. Life Tables to estimate and compare the life expectancy at each age for adults who were inactive, somewhat-active and active. “Active” was defined as doing at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week. They found that participants were estimated to gain as little as 2 years and as much as 5.5 potential years of life through moderate exercise alone.

Is There Proof That Exercise Lengthens Life Span?

Telomeres are the protective caps at the ends of chromosomes that protect your DNA and genetic information. Telomeres are like the plastic caps on the end of yotelomeres-image-nasaur shoelaces that protect the laces from becoming frayed. Shorter telomeres have been linked in previous research with cell aging and increased risks of age-related diseases like cancer and dementia, as well as premature death. In a study by Dr. Dean Ornish, researchers looked at 35 men with prostate cancer. 10 of those men were put on a strict lifestyle modification including moderate exercise, a plant-based diet, and yoga. Researchers found that telomere length actually increased among the men who were assigned to undergo the lifestyle intervention by an average of 10 percent. This is the first study to show that humans have the ability to lengthen their lifespan by exercise and diet.

Don’t you think it’s time to lace up those sneakers?

Fibromyalgia & Nutrition

What Is The Most Current Theory of Fibromyalgia?

Today, we look at fibromyalgia in a completely different way. There used to be little or no way to “see” this condition as anything other than 18 tender points in a doctor’s examination. (Which is silly, because fibromyalgia patients are sore everywhere!) Today we know that fibromyalgia patients show the following:
• Elevated inflammatory cytokines IL-6 and especially IL-17.
• Neuroimaging of the brain shows altered brain structure and disrupted white matter.
• Endothelial dysfunction disturbing blood vessels
• Sympathetic nervous system dominance
• HPA axis disturbance causing low pituitary and adrenal response to ACTH and cortisol
• Small fiber polyneuropathy is distal body joints are a driver of pain signals
• Non-restorative sleep
• Association with pathogens such as hepatitis B or C, HIV, cocksackie B, parvovirus, and Borrellia.
• Evidence of cell mitochondrial dysfunction

Science refers to fibromyalgia (FMS) as a mosaic disease, in other words, it is a condition that stems from a specific group of any or all causes. All the conditions in this group are part of Central Sensitivity Syndrome (CSS) or the Neuroinflammation Mosaic. Other conditions in the same mosaic include migraine headaches, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, PTSD, Restless Leg Syndrome, TMJ Disorder and others. Every patient’s mosaic is a little different so the approach to care has to be unique to each patient.css

What Does Research Tell Us From Previous Nutrition Studies about FMS?

There are very few studies that give us much information about FMS (Fibromyalgia Syndrome). Two studies from Spain found that there was “remarkable clinical improvement is FMS patients on a gluten-free diet” 1,2 This is consistent with the newest information that says that immunity, infection and inflammatory processes are a driver of CSS. In a random controlled trial in 2013 it was found that 300 mg/day of magnesium for 8 weeks reduced tender points, sensitivity and depression.3

How Do You Address the Four Areas of The Fibromyalgia Mosaic?

1. Immune/Infection/Inflammation: In any inflammatory condition we want to rule out any type of chronic infection causing ongoing chronic inflammation. Many patients with CSS suffer from gut inflammation due to poor gut bacterial balance (dysbiosis). Probiotics may give temporary relief to gut issues that lead to a leaky gut allowing bacteria and proteins to enter the bloodstream uninvited. To control inflammation herbs such as boswellia, turmeric and ginger will lower inflammatory cytokines. Strengthen the immune system with herbs like echinacea and astragalus. Green tea will upregulate your body’s ability to make its own antioxidants (Nrf2 cycle). One area with fibromyalgia that has been shown to help is to add these 5 things to your regular diet to manage inflammation, increase dietary nitrates, and reduce oxidative stress:

a. Boost dietary nitrate by juicing or baking beets and eating them.spoon
b. Increase cocoa intake (dark chocolate 85% or higher) rich in polyphenols
c. Increase berries and cruciferous vegetables for anthocyanins.
d. Eat ½ to 1 clove a day of raw crushed garlic in your food for the hydrogen sulfide.
e. Increase your use of herbs and spices, especially green tea, turmeric and ginger.

f. (Bonus) There was “remarkable clinical improvement” with patients who went on a gluten-free diet.4

2. Endocrine/HPA Axis Support: With fibromyalgia there is a loss of the normal stress response, disturbed sleep patterns and fatigue. The stress response of the body is mediated by the hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal glands. (HPA Axis) Cortisol is the stress hormone created by the adrenal glands. With dysfunction the adrenals will benefit from adrenal tonic herbs like licorice and rehmannia. Whole food vitamin C is critical for adrenal function. Some herbs help the HPA axis better adapt to stress. They are called adaptogens. Ashwaganda and Rhodiola are two such herbs. Herbs that support sleep like valerian root and kava are also helpful.

3. Mitochondrial Support: 20% of all the mitochondria in the body are found in the brain. Magnesium is a mineral that is very important to energy production in the mitochondria. Tension-HeadacheHerbs and herbal extracts such as gingko, hawthorn and resveratrol are supportive of normal mitochondrial function.

4. Brain/Nervous System Support
: Two areas of concentration are important to support the brain; microcirculation and central sensitivity pain. Gingko is known to improve microcirculation in the brain. One of the key features of fibromyalgia is chronic pain. For peripheral pain (pain in the extremities) the best herbs are celery seed, boswellia, turmeric and willow bark. For pain related to the brain and spinal cord herbs such as California poppy, Jamaica dogwood and corydalis are herbs known to help.

You can now understand that fibromyalgia is NOT a figment of science’s imagination, but a real condition with real solutions… and that chiropractic, nutrition and herbs can serve as a solution.

1. Isasi C, et al. Rheumatol Int 2014;34(11):1607-1612
2. Rodrigo L, et al. Arthritis Res Ther 2014;16(4):421
3. Bagis S. et al. Rheumatol Int 2013;33(1): 167-172
4. Isasi C, Colmenero I, Casco F, et al. Fibromyalgia and non-celiac gluten sensitivity: a description with remission of fibromyalgia. Rheumatology International. 2014;34(11):1607-1612.

Whole Grain Truth

Who Sounded the Alarm When the Refining of Grains Began?

In the 1920’s when the refining of wheat flour began to catch on with the American public many doctors tried to warn the public of the nutritional dangers of refining whole grains. One doctor, Dr. Royal Lee, a dentist and an engineer, set out to create a home electric flour mill so the every family could have whole grain with all its nutrients, fresh with their meals instead of buying the lifeless refined grain. That wheat grinder is still available today and Dr. Lee went on to develop a company in 1929 that still makes quality whole food supplements.

In the 1930’s another dentist Dr. Weston Price gave up his dental practice to travel the world and study the nutritional habits of indigenous cultures throughout the world. One of the things that Dr. Price noted in his studies of isolated, so-called “primitive” peoples was that when white flour and other devitalized foods were introduced into these communities, rampant tooth decay and diseases of every sort soon followed.

What Happens to Whole Grains When they are Refined?

What happens to whole grains when we refine them? During the industrial revolution we learned that whole grains go rancid faster than refined versions due to the fat content. If we mill the bran and germ away from the grain it makes a product that won’t spoil. Thus, food processors started preserving grain shelf life by stripping away the bran and germ. That doesn’t seem so bad… remove some parts and now it will last a lot longer on the shelf and we can always keep a bag of the flour in the pantry that never goes bad, right? Here’s grainsthe part we forgot to tell you… what’s gone is the germ which is where all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients are, and the bran which is the fiber that aids in digestion. What’s still left over is the endosperm which is all starch. (Code for a whole bunch of sugar) Refined grains like white flour, white rice, bread, and pasta, are all endosperm, as the refining process strips away the bran and germ and all the nutrients they contain. Even though many refined grains are “fortified” with synthetic vitamins and inorganic minerals, fortification cannot replace all the lost nutrients. Additionally refined grains are digested and absorbed very quickly by the body, which can be rough on blood sugar levels and insulin levels.

Why Eat Whole Grains?

• Whole grains contain bran and fiber, which normalize blood sugar and insulin levels.
• Fiber helps move waste through the digestive tract.
• Whole grains are a good source of B vitamin and E vitamin complexes.
• Whole grains contain phytoestrogens (plant estrogens) which can be cancer protective.
• Whole grains contain essential minerals such as magnesium, selenium and copper.

Astragalus, a Superfood

What is Astragalus and What Does It Do?

Although relatively unknown in the West, Astragalus root has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine; and to great effect. Researched since the early 80’s, Astragalus has been shown to increase the number of hunter T-Cells, leukocytes and interferon in the blood, all of which help to inhibit foreign substances and disease.

U.S studies have also shown that Astragalus is an ‘adaptogenic’ herb, which means it has the ability to promote homeostasis or to stabilize physiological processes. In the case of Astragalus it is an adaptogen for the immune system.

astragalus_slices_21402-product_2x-1437761941Astragalus has the ability to seek out rogue cells, viruses, bacteria and other pathogens that may invade the body. Due to this, Astragalus has also been shown to boost the effectiveness of chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments in cancer patients.
In one Italian study breast cancer patients were given a combination of Astragalus and Ligustrum herb. Overall, the results showed a startling reduction in mortality from 50% to 10%. This herb is revered for its ability to boost the immune system. When cancer patients undergo chemotherapy, most often, the drugs used cause the body to produce less red and white blood cells. This makes cancer patients more susceptible to infection and general illness that can quickly become serious. Astragalus enables the body to boost its white blood cell count, produce more antibodies and natural killer cells, strengthen its antiviral immunity, and increase the production of interferon.

Based on research conducted at the University of Houston, the use of astragalus enhances the ability of T-cells and natural killer cells to destroy tumors. It activates interleukin-2, which kills cancer cells and helps relieve the side effects of chemotherapy such as immunosuppression, fatigue, nausea, weight loss, and overall weakness.

There are many other reasons that you might want to take Astragalus. These may include, but are not limited to:

• Reduces metastatic spread of cancer thus increasing survival rates
• Helps with heart disease and high blood pressure by helping to dilate arteries
• Reduces inflammation
• Aids digestion
• Improves liver function
• Boosts the immune system in many different ways
• Minimizes the side-effects of chemotherapy
• Used for centuries as a treatment for allergies, colds, flus and respiratory conditions
• Anemia
• Has been used successfully in kidney disease

Chiropractic & The Gallup Poll

What Does the New Gallup Poll Tell Us About the Public Perception and Utilization of Chiropractic Today?

In 2015 Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa commissioned Gallup Inc. to undertake a study called American’s Perceptions of Chiropractic. This was important because the last studies done about chiropractic were in the 1970’s and 1980’s and were very out of date. Those studies also occurred before Federal Antitrust Laws finally broke up the AMA’s nearly 100-year plan to contain and eliminate chiropractic in a verdict handed down in 1987.

gallup-chiropractic-use-on-the-riseHere are just a few observations made by this landmark poll of the American public by Gallup concerning utilization:

One half of all Americans have been to a chiropractor (much higher than previously thought)
14% of all those polled had been to their chiropractic in the past year (a number that is twice as high as projected in previous studies)

Here are just a few observations made by this landmark poll of the American public by Gallup concerning health conditions:

• Two-thirds (61 percent) of adult Americans believe chiropractors are effective at treating neck and back pain.
• The majority (57 percent) of adults are likely to see a chiropractor for neck or back pain.
• More than 1/2 of all U.S. adults have visited a chiropractor, and more than 1/4 of Americans would choose chiropractic first for back or neck pain.

It’s great that so many Americans see their chiropractor as someone they would see for the neck and back pain. But chiropractors certainly have an upward battle to educate the public about the importance of the nervous system and how it relates to all body functions, not just neck and back pain. One encouraging statistic from the study was that of those who are seeing a chiropractor 31% of them want to see their chiropractor regularly even if they have no pain (sounds like there are a lot of chiropractors educating their patients about the true benefits of chiropractic. Hopefully this number will continue to rise exponentially.

Here are couple of statistics that are great for chiropractors. Among those who have seen their chiropractor in the past five years:

74% of all people saw their chiropractor as trustworthy. (As opposed to 58% of MDs, NEJM)
82% of all people felt that their chiropractor has their best interest in mind when it comes to health care.

Source: 2015 Gallup-Palmer Inaugural Report: Americans’ Perceptions of Chiropractic

Inborn Wisdom

Is There an Inborn Wisdom of the Body?

A frog sits on a lily pad and eats flies all day. A baby knows how to suck its thumb even before its born. A seed sprouts, the roots grow down into the earth while the stem and leaves grow up towards the sun. How do they know how to do that?

frog2Chiropractors have a unique understanding of life and health. Health is more than how you feel, it’s how you function and express yourself. Health is a state in which your body can express 100% of your human potential, 100% of your human spirit, and where your cells, tissues, organs, glands and systems are functioning 100%, 100% of the time.

When the Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary is examined do we question whether it was created by intelligence or whether it was a random event such as an explosion in a print shop? Of course not, the organization is much too complex to be a random event. Just the same as we observe the natural world around us we see complex design and order in our universe. There is little question that it was designed and is maintained by intelligence superior to our own human intelligence. We call it Universal Intelligence. It is everywhere and in everything, even in plants, frogs and human beings. It is what gives us our instincts, and our information to survive, to thrive and to adapt in this ever-changing world.

This inborn wisdom is smarter than all the scientists and doctors in the world. For example, this intelligence can take two cells and in 280 days create an infant child whether the mother is a PhD or a high school dropout. All the scientific minds in the world have been unable to create a living cell; yet this intelligence is able to create a whole body from the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that a mother eats.

What does one the world’s most famous doctors say about our inborn intelligence?

Have you ever heard of Deepak Chopra, M.D.? He is one of the most well-known authors and doctors in the health care field today. He says, “intelligence is present everywhere in our bodies… our own inborn intelligence is far superior to anything that we can substitute from the outside.”

So What… What Does This Mean to Us?

It means simply that the greatest doctor in the world may already be within us. This inborn wisdom knows what to do for your best welfare all of the time. Think about it, what heals? Do salves, ointments, Band-Aids, antibiotics or other drugs heal anything? Of course not. Life is what heals… and it is the chiropractor that removes interference to your body’s communication system allowing life force to express itself in every cell of your body.

The Truth about Chiropractic

What Is the Truth About Chiropractic?

If you are like the general public, you would believe that chiropractic is a natural treatment for back pain or neck pain or headaches or some other common condition. Here’s something that may shock you… chiropractic, when used properly, has nothing to do with backaches and it has nothing to with any other condition.

Here’s the truth:
1. Chiropractic is more than you think it is.
2. People get well from various medical conditions under chiropractic care and going to a chiropractor will help you recover from those problems.
3. If someone is using chiropractic for back pain alone, they are wasting 98% of its real value.

Chiropractic deals with human performance. Every level of human performance is controlled by body chemistry. Think about it… you cannot get up in the morning and run for a bus without first changing your body chemistry. The body pumps adrenaline into your bloodstream to enable you to increase performance. It takes chemicals to fall asleep at night and if your body is not producing a sufficient quantity of those chemicals all the time you will suffer from periodic insomnia. If someone takes a chemical into their body such as coffee, they can upset their chemical balance and have the same result (insomnia). People take chemicals to go to sleep and then have a difficult time waking up because the body is not producing a sufficient quantity to overcome the disturbance to its chemistry.

There are hundreds of different carcinogens,cancer-producing chemicals and drugs in the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink. How do we manage to survive? We survive by making the right chemicals. We make chemicals from the foods we eat. While food is important, it is the chemicals our body makes (stomach acid, enzymes and bile for example) that determines whether our foods have any nutritional value for us. It’s been said “you are what you eat” but that’s not really true. You are what your body is able to extract from what you eat.ragweed-800x533

Take the example of hay fever. Some people believe that ragweed pollen can cause hay fever. When the pollen is in the air the body responds by making the chemical histamine. If there is too much histamine, hay fever symptoms will occur. But, if ragweed pollen caused hay fever, then we’d all have hay fever.

How Do Body Chemistry and Human Performance Become Disrupted?

How does chiropractic relate to our body chemistry? There are billions of cells in the body and every one of them are little chemical factories. They have to be controlled by a master control system. That system is the nervous system and that system is protected by the skull and spinal bones.

How do the cells, glands and organs that produce chemicals know that a particular chemical is needed in a distant part of the body? All parts of the body are constantly feeding information concerning their status and their needs to the brain and the brain, in turn, is sending out messages to the chemical factories to respond to the body’s needs.FullSizeRender (1)

When the body has more stress than it is able to adapt to… physical injury, overuse or fatigue; chemical insults like pollution, toxins, drugs, a poor diet; or emotional stress like anxiety, depression, loss of loved ones, overwork, or emotional trauma, the nervous system can become overwhelmed. The result is muscle contraction for fight or flight… but if the stresses are chronic then chronic muscle contractions can move the spinal bone. If misaligned enough, the position of the bone will cause irritation of the nerve. This is called a subluxation. The irritation of the spinal nerves disrupts communication to the organs and glands. This results in improper gland function and imbalanced body chemistry.

Normal-vertebraSmall changes in body chemistry can disrupt our ability to adjust to changes in our environment. We may be unable to get the maximum benefit from the food we eat. If your body chemistry is not working as it should, all the good food in the world will not help you. Hormonal cycles may become unbalanced. Sleep can become disturbed. There may be small changes in strength, coordination, balance, reaction time, or any other area of performance. Imbalanced body chemistry decreases human performance.

What Does Chiropractic Do?

When a chiropractic adjustment is given the proper position of the spinal bone is restored. This removes the interference to the nerve. When nerve control is restored normal gland function returns. Proper gland production balances body chemistry with increases human performance.Chiropractor-Corona

So, chiropractic is not necessarily about helping stiff necks and mending sore backs. A chiropractic adjustment may not make your symptoms go away but it is not meant to. An adjustment opens up the life channels of your body and improves your overall life and it does that every time in every body. In other words, chiropractic is not about your pains or your conditions and diseases, it is about your life.

How Often Should a Person See Their Chiropractor?

What about the damage done to the body when there are subluxations that go uncorrected? The damage done to the body’s overall ability to be healthy is cumulative. If you get adjusted the day after you are subluxated that is not too bad, a month later, that is not too good, thirty years later some of the damage may be permanent. For the maximum benefits of chiropractic care, begin as early in life as you possibly can and do it for a lifetime. If you are new to chiropractic you have probably wondered why there are so many children in your chiropractor’s office… now you know. The younger you begin and the more frequently you see your chiropractor the better your health and performance will be. On your next visit ask your chiropractor how often he or she is checked by their own chiropractor… you’ll be surprised to find that they seldom go longer than 7 days without a chiropractic checkup.