Sunday, February 25, 2007

Sugar Woes

Americans, on average consume about 150 pounds of sugar each year. This amounts close to 600 calories a day or almost 3 pounds of body weight per week. Excess sugar consumption supresses the immune system, upsets the body's mineral balance, causes hyperactivity, anxiety, heart disease, depression and weight gain. Because of the negative effect on the hormonal system in the body, the American Dietetic and Diabetic Associations agree that sugar consumption is the third leading cause of degenerative diseases, including diabetes, in America. As little as two teaspoons of sugar changes the blood chemistry in the body, so that the body is completely out of balance. Many people have reported to me that when they drastically cut back or eliminate sugar from their diet, weight loss was very easy to obtain. Also, energy levels and a higher sense of well being returned to their lives. Sugar is added to many foods and has many different names. Corn sweetener, dextrose, fructose, glucose, High Fructose Corn Syrup, sorbitol and sucrose are names you should be aware of and on the lookout for when reading the ingredient list on groceries.
Thought for the Week: "In the face of uncertainty, there is nothing wrong with hope." ---- D. Carl Simonton, MD
Chiropractic Thought for the Week: You can drive your car with the emergency brake on and you may not even notice, but take the brake off and the car will imediately appear to have more "energy." The same is with subluxated, misaligned vertebra. Man, woman and child can walk around with spinal subluxations and not even notice, but once the spine is adjusted and the subluxations are corrected, the body works better and can be healthier.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Vitamin C....Superhero!

Vitamin C is the wonder vitamin. The healing and healthful properties of vitamin C are so powerful, C could be considered the Superhero of vitamins. Vitamin C functions as an antioxidant and helps to repair damaged cells and tissues. Vitamin C plays an important role in immune system function, bone development, protein & hormone synthesis and wound healing. Vitamin C's most important role is as an antibacterial and antiviral agent. Vitamin C helps to kill off dangerous bacteria and viruses. Vitamin C's role in fighting off a cold or the flu is well documented. Studies have also shown that Vitamin C has anti-cancer properties and mega doses of C have shrunk tumors and killed cancer cells. Vitamin C is found naturally in citrus fruits, but is also present in tomatoes, green peppers, asparagus, green leafy vegetables, melons and strawberries. Daily intake of vitamin C for an adult would be 500-1000mg. When a viral infection or cold is present it is important to take vitamin C in multiple doses throughout the day. Vitamin C is water soluble, which means it does not stay in the body for long, so it needs to be replaced when fighting off an illness. 2000-3000mg every 4 hours is not an uncommon dosage for an adult fighting off an illness. Vitamin C is not harmful, when too much is consumed, diarrhea occurs, which then tells you to cut back on the dosage.
Thought for the Week: "The really good physician prevents disease, he cannot cure anything." ------J.H. Tilden, MD
Chiropractic Though for the Week: "Chiropractic's main virtue is that it's care is preventative in nature. Regular spinal adjustments boost immune system function, fostering health. Spinal adjustments also slow the degenerative process (arthritis) and balance and strengthen muscular stability. The "adjustment" helps to prevent dis-ease." ----------Dr. J.Z.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Cell Phone Dangers

A recent study published in the United Kingdom found that in people who have used cellular phones for 10 years or or longer they were 40% more likely to develop brain tumors called gliomas. This study was performed on 4800 people, which is a large number as far as medical studies go. The tumor was more likely to develop on the side of the brain in which the phone was held next to. The cause of the brain tumor is the electromagnetic field radiating from the cell phone and or remote phone device clipped onto the ear. After reviewing this information, one fact became blatantly obvious to me, more and more parents are buying cell phones for their children. A child given a cell phone at 12 yrs old will be using the phone for over 20 years by the time they reach 35 yrs old. At this time, the only responsible recommendation to be made is that all cell phones should be used on speaker phone or with a head set attached and the phone kept at a reasonable distance from the brain. It should also be noted that some electromagnetic energy can travel up the head set cord. This radiation can be blocked by purchasing a special inexpensive ferrite bead that fits on the headset cord. Google Cell Phone Ferrite Bead.
Thought for the Week: " I may not be the lion, but it was left to me to be the lion's roar." ---- Winston Churchill
Chiropractic Thought for the Week: "The reason for seeing a chiropractor for wellness care is so that you won't be less than you should be. The most damaging lie is that freedom of symptoms means health." -----Reggie Gold DC.