Month: August 2016

Love and Intimacy Over Drugs and Lonliness

Medicine today primarily focuses on drugs and surgery, genes and germs, microbes and molecules, but love and intimacy are at the root of what makes us sick and what makes us well. 

While the connections between one another affect not only the quality of our lives but also our survival, studies have shown that people who feel lonely are many times more likely to get cardiovascular disease than those who have a strong sense of connection and community. Would you have ever figured that?

Most of this is because people who are lonely, partake in self-destructive behaviors, which is not uncommon. I’m sure we have all known that one person with this kind of description. However, it is believed that love protects your cardiovascular system in ways we don’t understand. To support this, It has been found that men and women who felt more love and support had less blocked coronary arteries and less chest pain.

When you understand the connection between how we live and how long we live, it’s easier to make different choices. Our relationships among friends and families should be acknowledged as powerful determinants of our well-being and survival.

Regular Chiropractic Care Can Scare Your Bad Health Away

Research Reveals That People Who Receive Regular Chiropractic Care:

  • Have a higher resistance to disease/stronger immunity, which leads to getting sick less often and recovering faster
  • Get fewer childhood diseases ( i.e. chicken pox, measles, mumps)
  • Take fewer prescription drugs
  • Have fewer hospital and nursing home admissions
  • Have 50 % reduction in medical doctor visits, which reduce medical costs on average by two thirds
  • Report better sleep, improved love life
  • Seniors have better mobility and greater walking stability
  • Improved mental and emotional health
  • Greater life satisfaction and contentment
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Better nerves; lower stress levels and reduced tension
  • Less time lost from work
  • Have improved sense of well-being
  • Feel stronger, walk better, and travel easier
  • Experience greater overall health and well-being!

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American Lives Reach A New Peek

Can you imagine living longer than your parents and grandparents? Well that could now be possible. American life expectancy shows slight gain to 80 years of age.

The longest in U.S. history to be exact, however, that age is still lower than the life span in more than three dozen other countries. The increase was more dramatic in contrast with the life expectancy in 1955 only being 69 years old!

The improvement was led by a drop in deaths from heart disease and stroke which were the nation’s top leading killers. People seeking more holistic means of nutrition and care are expanding their life span. Life expectancy will continue to increase if the leading causes of death diminish with the help of medical advancements and continued support in holistic studies.

Do you know who has a higher life span between men and women?

The answer is women. Research has found that women live up to five years longer than men.

Remember to always discuss any concerns in a one-on-one consult with your caring physician and express any unusual activity with your body because it could expand your life!

 

If Yoga Hurts, You’re Doing It Wrong

Practicing yoga has become a very traditional and motivating way to achieve tranquility and inner peace, as well as get a vigorous workout. Unfortunately, a high percentage of people are seeking medical care for yoga-related injuries due to the instructors not knowing enough about it. 

Yoga was traditionally taught one-on-one by a yogi over a period of years, but today instructors can lead a class after just a weekend course. Though the Yoga Alliance has set a minimum standard of 200 hours of training for certification, only about 16,000 of the estimated 70,000 instructors in the U.S. have been certified. 

Often people get hurt because they begin yoga assuming they can pretzel their body up on demand without realizing their bodies aren’t what they used to be. The truth about yoga, regardless of the form, is that it doesn’t offer a comprehensive way to get fit, doesn’t show improvement in cardiovascular health, nor is it the best way to lose weight. While yoga has proven to alleviate stress and osteoarthritis, it doesn’t develop muscle-bearing strength needed to help with osteoporosis. 

There are 5 very important keys to practicing safe yoga:

  1. Ask an instructor for credentials. 
  2. Alert your instructor to your condition. 
  3. Beware of stationary instructors. 
  4. Avoid positions prone to cause injury. 
  5. Stop if it hurts.

 

How Staying Active Online Can Make You Active Outside

When a person is spending a lot of time in front of a computer, it is no surprise how little time they are able to commit to a real-world- weight-loss program when eating out. However, did you know that being active online can actually help you lose those extra pounds?

Everyone who is trying to lose weight needs the help, and web-based diets are they way to go when unable to stay on the go. There are internet-only weight-loss programs with 24/7 access and anonymity. The sites are helpful for those who are too busy, or too shy to attend a more structured program.

 

Doctor and Patient Telephone Communication

Ever felt the need to call your doctor and ask them about symptoms you are having, or maybe to check on the results of your most recent tests?

About a quarter of the time, researchers have found that conversations between doctors and patients take place by phone. However, a new study warns about pitfalls that can lead to serious miscommunication.

The Journal of General Internal Medicine describes how errors in telephone communication can result in outcomes ranging from inconvenience and anxiety to serious compromises in patient safety. Many doctors have expressed their concerns on how much more difficult it is to know how the patient is reacting to what they are saying. In many other circumstances doctors failed to understand patients’ situations which, in consequence, led to a trip to the emergency room in the middle of the night.

In a study conducted by Dr. Anna B. Reisman of the Yale School of Medicine, only about 6 percent of residency programs trained doctors in telephone medicine, and it suggested that teaching be made more widespread.

So the next time you would like to talk to your doctor about a medical inquiry, rest assured you’re better off going in for an appointment rather than asking them over the phone.

Long Term Studies of Proven Weight Loss for Lasting Results

                     A study performed by John Jakicic and colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh on 191 women, roughly 30 pounds or more overweight, over a two year period showed the lasting effects of intensive walking.

According to the longest clinical study ever done on exercise’s effect on weight loss and maintenance, a person needs an intense amount of exercise through a long span of time to achieve and sustain weight loss.  The participants of the study were advised to follow and record a low-fat eating program of 1,200 to 1,500 calories a day. Participants were assigned different activity levels and intensities in which about 80% of those chose to walk briskly; some, however, walked more than others. The results after two years in which the time people exercised varies from less than 150 minutes a week to more than 200 minutes a week. All the participants lost an average of 7.2% of their starting body weight. Women who exercised 309 minutes a week lost and kept off about 13% of their starting weight. Jakicic states people are going to have to work up to this level of exercise and emphasizes how important it is to walk with intensity,as if you are late for a meeting.

Does Unrefined Salt Lower Blood Pressure?

We have established that a low-salt diet is not very effective at significantly lowering blood pressure in most people.  In fact, as salt levels have declined in this country over the last 50 years, there has been no trend toward lowered blood pressures in the population.  Could unrefined slat usage result in a significantly lowered blood pressure? Many minerals, including magnesium and potassium have a direct antihypertensive effect.  As previously mentioned, the National Health and Nutritional Examination survey (NHANES) is the U.S. government’s method of collecting NHANES study revealed that a pattern of low mineral intake, specifically magnesium, potassium and calcium was directly years have confirmed the relationship between low mineral intake and elevated blood pressure.  Magnesium is nature’s muscle-relaxing mineral.  For those with muscle spasms, magnesium intake is critical to stopping muscle cramping an pain.  In the blood vessels of the body, the smooth muscle surrounding the blood vessels can become constricted, elevating blood pressure.  Magnesium has been shown to have a direct effect upon the relaxation capability of the smooth muscles of the blood vessels. It’s clearly shown that is is impossible to treat an elevated blood pressure without ensuring adequate magnesium intake.  Potassium deficiency has also been shown to cause elevated blood pressure in many studies.  Researchers looked at using mineral salts in 20 elderly hypertensive subjects. The mineral salt contained lowered amounts of sodium and elevated amounts of magnesium and potassium.  Six months after using the mineral salt, a decline of 11 m Hg systolic and 15 mm Hg diastolic blood pressure was observed in 45% of the people studied.  This decline in blood pressure exceeded the decline observed in most other studies when only sodium intake was lowered.  There is no doubt that the larger decline in blood pressure in this study was due to the additional minerals found in the salt.  As previously stated, refined salt primarily contains sodium and chloride.  Unrefined salt has a wide range of minerals including potassium and magnesium.  Unrefined salt providers the body with the complex of nutrients that it needs to function optimally.  The use of unrefined salt will not cause an elevated blood pressure.  Furthermore, due to its abundance of minerals, it can actually help lower the blood pressure in hypertensive patients.

Is a Low Salt Diet Helpful?

The answer to this question depends on whom you are talking to and also depends on each individual’s medical condition.  For over 30 years, low-salt diets have been promoted by many organizations to help keep blood pressure low in the general population.  Low-salt diets have also been recommended to lower blood pressure in hypertensive patients.  Does a low-salt diet lower the blood pressure? For the vast majority of people, the answer is no.  When looking at entire populations, the medical research is clear that a low-salt diets is not effective at significantly lowering the blood pressure.  A low-salt diet can be helpful for certain individuals.  People with hypertension have a better response to a low-salt diet than people without hypertension.  However, the effect of slat restriction, even in those patients with hypertension, is modest, at best, with systolic blood pressures declining approximately 4.9 mm Hg and diastolic pressures declining 2.6mm Hg.  These numbers are not significant enough to cause the creation of public policy for promoting low-salt diets.  There is also a group of hypertensive patients who are salt sensitive.  Salt sensitivity is defined as an increase in blood pressure due to a high sodium intake.  Most hypertensive patients do not exhibit salt sensitivity.  The only way to tell if an individual with hypertensive will respond to a low-salt diet is to institute a low-salt diet.  The research shows that older individuals with hypertension will have a modest response.  A review of 56 trials showed that a low-salt diet had minimal effect on blood pressure in the vast majority of people an average of 3.7mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure was lowered by an average of 0.9mm Hg.  As previously mentioned, these numbers are nothing to set national policy with.

Salt is excreted in the kidneys.  Individual with renal failure will have a decreased ability to clear salt from their diets.  These individuals must watch their intake carefully.  Because their kidneys are lacking the ability to clear excess salt from their diets, their bodies can become overloaded with salt.  If you have renal failure, I suggest you speak with your doctor before instituting any dietary change, including a change in salt intake.

What Food is good for you for your PH Balance?

The food we eat can have dramatic effect on PH.  In nearly every case refined foods, devitalized of all the healthy vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, are acidifying to the body. Minerals are one of the most alkalinizing agents to the body.  Due to  poor diets full of refined foods, many people today are mineral deficient.  Mineral deficiency is often associated with a lowered PH <7.0.  Refined salt has no minerals in it, while unrefined salt is loaded with minerals.  It is not rocket science to realize that unrefined salt will be better to promote a healthy PH.  In fact, all refined foods, (including refined sugar, flour, oil.  For example, lack of minerals, vitamins, and enemies.  When we eat these devitalized foods, our body has to use its own store of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes to break down food.  Over time, this will lead to nutrient deficiencies and chronic illness. Furthermore, eating devitalized food leads to acidity in the body.  Due the prevalence of refined food, it is no wonder that most people run on the acidic side.  Most people will have to overcome their chronic illness.  Cancer and chronic illness are two of the consequences of an acidic PH.  Cancer cells will proliferate in an acidic environment.  In fact, most chronic illnesses will occur in an acidic environment.  It is very difficult to overcome any chronic illness if the PH of the body is acidic.  In an experiment at home you can use one teaspoon of celtic sea salt in 1/2 cup of filtered water increased the PH of the water from 6.4 to 6.8-7.0.  The same amount of refined salt, on the other hand, decreased the PH minerals, is an acidifying substance for the body.  On the other hand, unrefined salt helps to maintain a more neutral PH and can actually help elevate an acidic PH.  In order to promote a more neutral PH, unrefined salt needs to be the salt of choice.  Refined salt should be avoided at all costs.  Here is example of a patient that is 60 years old, has numerous food allergies.  Over the years, she has become more and more allergic.  Sue was reacting to nearly everything she was in contact with including foods.  We didn’t know what she was eating.  Everything seems to bother her, she complained.  Now, she even has difficult with taking supplements because she reacts to them.  She couldn’t event take vitamins because they upset her body.  She feel like she has an allergic to everything.  She has tried different techniques to help her allergies with minimal effects.  When i has her check the PH of her urine and investigation , we found that her PH was very acidic.  Upon further investigation, we found that foods containing refined salt caused her PH to become more acidic.  She said, I could not believed that the foods that you eat can change the PH so dramatically.  When she removed refined salt fro her diet and added celtic sea salt, her PH significantly increased.  The most important thing I found was that when her PH elevated, by the food she was allergic.  She also felt much better.  Her energy improved and she could think more clearly.  Also, she was able to take supplement again when her PH is elevated.  Now she will need to monitors her PH daily and adjusts her diet accordingly.