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Did you know this about your gut?

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I came across this article on BBC News, and I thought I should share it with you.

A new study has changed the way we look at bacteria in the gut.  Previously, we thought that since our gut bacteria is good for us, the bacteria are cooperating with one another.  However, this new study shows that the bacteria are actually in competition with each other, just like "trees competing in a jungle."  Our bodies have become "ecosystem engineers that manipulate general, system-wide properties of their microbial communities to their benefit." 

These microbial communities are collectively known as the microbiome.  This microbiome helps break down food, protect against harmful pathogens, and keep your immune system healthy!

This is why it is so important to keep your gut healthy!  Every day research is pointing to the gut as the connection between depression, bowel issues, and other long-term health conditions.  With continued studies such as this one, we realize the important of eating healthy and getting checked for leaky guy conditions.

Gut related issues can express themselves through several symptoms but the most common are constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and gas.  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or are curious how your gut is functioning, visit our website listed below to schedule your appointment OR call us at 310-819-0453!

Functional Medicine (part 2)

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As holistic doctors, we place a strong emphasis on prevention of disease and maintaining optimal wellness of mind, body, and spirit throughout all stages of life. 
Our goal is to help each patient achieve vibrant wellness by promoting healing on all levels--physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

Here at the Center For Health we work with many patients who experience what has been perceived at the "normal" aging process. We look at our patient's bloodwork from a Functional Medicine perspective-which means we take a holistic approach by evaluating the patient's unique biochemistry in context of their diet, lifestyle, and exposure to environmental toxins.  Our assessments and treatments therefore are personalized and take into account genetic uniqueness, biochemical individuality, nutritional needs, and lifestyle stressors.

We then design a completely individualized program utilizing accurate testing to combine a variety of effective and affordable therapies.  We follow up with a re-assessment to determine how your system responded and what your body needs to maintain your optimal balance and health.

Dr. Diller in the Santa Monica office and Dr. Jerez in Yucca Valley have received specialized training in ordering and assessing blood work as well as writing treatment recommendations.  Our team of chiropractic doctors, therapists, and staff are ready to help you reach your optimal balance and feel your best!

Call our office at 310-829-0453 in Santa Monica or 760-365-0804 in Yucca Valley to schedule a complimentary consultation about how Functional Medicine can help you!  

Functional Medicine (part 1)

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Today we have a little science lesson for you about your "belly fat" hormone, also known as cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone that your body releases to deal with stress, and unfortunately high levels of cortisol have been linked to increased levels of abdominal fat.
 
Want to reduce cortisol and burn more belly flab? Here are 3 things that you can do starting today:
 
1. Work less - New research shows that if you work more than 48 hours per week, the likelihood of consuming excess alcohol goes up dramatically. Alcohol consumption increases cortisol, and together they both increase belly fat. If you're looking to shrink your belly, trimming back your working hours while choosing calorie-burning exercise for stress relief (in lieu of alcohol) will do wonders for your waistline.
 
2. Don't consume caffeine after 6PM - Caffeine can be a double whammy on cortisol levels, especially if consumed at night when it's very likley to negatively affect the quality of your sleep. Getting quality, uninterrupted sleep each night is critical to reducing cortisol, so you'll want to avoid caffeine in the evening hours.
 
3. Take time to "unplug" - A recent Canadian study showed that those who were constantly "plugged in" to technology all throughout the day (TV, smart phones, computers) were significantly more stressed than those who took time to "unplug" during designated time blocks each day. More stress = more belly fat, so if you want a trim belly start planning some device-free time each day.

I hope you found this information helpful  If you need help implementing cortisol reducig techniques,  call us now at 310-829-0453!

We look forward to helping YOU create a life you love. 

How to Shop

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One of the biggest struggles that people have is knowing how to shop and choose the right foods when visiting the grocery store. And while there are SO many choices and a TON of confusion at your local grocer, they've actually made it really EASY for you to shop, if you know what sections to visit, and which to avoid.

In fact, you can get in and out of the grocery store with a full cart of fat-burning groceries in just 15 mins nowadays, simply because we know we'll NEVER even visit 90% of the store aisles.

So, before I get into the exact grocery list, here's the EASIEST grocery store tip EVER:

Shop the perimeter of the grocery store and avoid the middle aisles. That's it!

Here's why it works:

With few exceptions, the middle aisles of the grocery store are full of processed, packaged foods while the perimeter contains almost all of the whole, natural foods you'll need to stock up your fat-burning kitchen.

Here's our usual routine when visiting our local grocery store, and I am sure your store is set up in a similar way.

When walking in the door make sure to walk right on past the bakery! 

Did you know that nearly every grocery store puts the bakery right at the entrance intentionally? If they can get your saliva glands working right away, it's very likely you'll spend more as you travel through the store... nothing in a grocery store's layout is by accident, which is why I know your store is probably laid out the same way.

So, quickly pass by the bakery and head straight to the produce section... this is where wholesome goodness starts... fresh fruits & veggies. 
Here are the items I grab from the produce section:
Apples
Oranges
Bananas
Cherries
Berries
Green Beans
Brocolli
Snap Peas
Carrots
Red Potatoes
Spinach
Romaine Lettuce

Of course there are a ton of other great choices lying around the produce section... pretty much any vegetable and/or fruit would be a great fat-burning, nutrient-rich choice.

Then walk 5 steps from the produce section to the fresh meats and poultry. Some stores even have an "all natural" section of the meat department where you can get all-natural and organic meats that are sourced from animals not treated with hormones and antibiotics... your store probably has something like this as well. Just ask if you aren't sure.
From this section we grabbed:
All Natural Chicken Sausage
Grass Fed Ground Beef
Grass Fed Chuck Roast (for pot roast)
Organic Chicken Breast
Grass Fed NY Strip Steaks

Next up is the eggs section, again right on that back wall (still haven't ventured into the aisles at all). From here I picked up:
Organic Large Eggs
Organic Butter
Along the very last aisle in the store are some more dairy items where we grabbed:
Organic Greek Yogurt
All-Natural Cheddar Cheese

Also in that last aisle is water, so I grabbed a case or two and that essentially took me back to the front of the store to check out. A full cart of fat-burning groceries all while NEVER visiting the center aisles where I am sure I would have been tempted to toss in a bunch of processed garbage like cookies, crackers, chips, ice cream, cereal, stove top pasta "mixes"... and the list goes on.

If I do ever make a strategic trip into the middle of the store, it's almost always just to get these items:

Beans
Spices
Tomato Puree
Nuts
Stevia

And that's about it.

Follow that simple advice next time you're at the grocery store and you'll be in and out in no time while avoiding all those processed items that wind up ruining your diet once you get them home.

Happy, healthy shopping!

The Importance of Sleep

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We live in a cluttered world! Cities are cluttered, towns are cluttered, markets are cluttered… So is our mind. “Too much to do, very little time…” has almost become a universal phenomenon, creating stress in virtually everyone’s life. Even when one is on leave from work, the mind gets no rest. From the moment it wakes up till the time it goes to sleep, the mind is always engaged – either in something utterly useless or something very important.

As it’s almost impossible to reduce the workload and increase the time, the only option left is to increase the energy level within us. When we have enough energy and enthusiasm, we are able to handle any challenge.

But the question is how to increase the energy? Spiritual practices like meditation, yoga and pranayama do just that. They all lead one to a space of silence, which is charged with energy. That space of silence is the mother of all rest, mother of all creativity.

Inner Silence is the mother of all creativity, the source of intuition. It is in the zone of silence that great scientific discoveries were made, path-breaking inventions created, wonderful poems and melodies emerged.

Silence is not about just keeping the mouth shut. It’s more about withdrawing the senses from outward activities and turning it inward.  The mind not getting involved in any of the five senses brings a certain amount of quietness inside. This leads to a state of total contentment.

Additionally, nothing brings the mind to rest like some solid sleep!

We all know that sleep is important.  Restful sleep helps to "recharge" your system, decrease stress hormones, and reduce fatigue, but you probably didn't know that it's also vitally important to protecting your brain from toxicity, damage, and even debilitating diseases like Alzheimer's.

In a recent study conducted at the University of Rochester Medical Center, researchers discovered that it's during sleep that the brain clears out potential harmful waste the builds up during the day.

You see, as you sleep your brain pumps spinal fluid into the brain to "flush out" waste into the circulatory system and eventually to the liver for removal.  Because this process is very energy intensive, it's difficult for the brain to perform it during the day while already over-active and preoccupied with performing every day tasks.

Instead, researchers found that sleeping brains were able to clear out much more amyloid-beta, the plaque-building protein associated with Alzheimer's disease.

Take home message:  If you want to keep your brain healthy and free of toxins, strive for 7 - 8 hours of sleep each night and create some quiet time for yourself during the day.  Nothing new there, but reading this information just may cause you to make it more of a priority!  I know it does for me!

The Gluten Wars

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Most of us have probably heard about gluten free diets and have seen multiple products displaying this label.  An article in June 15, 2015 of TIME takes a look at two new books that take on today's most controversial food--gluten.  

The first book is called "Grain of Truth" by Stephen Yafa.  His wife was the inspiration for the book as she began her journey cutting out grains.  Yafa knows that humans have been eating wheat for 10,000 years and wonders if there's any validity to gluten sensitivity being linked to the way we process foods.  Yafa investigates plants that produce breads in the hundreds per minute.  Yafa also continues to explore the thought that long-fermented sourdough could be a solution to the problem.  This book explores his journey through the research and tries to answer questions for the public.  

The next book "The Gluten Lie," takes on a different approach.  Alan Levinovitz focuses on society's "one-at-a-time demonization of individual foods or nutritents."  He also explores diets and their religious connotations through history.  Levinovitz explores faith and food but also draws the question of how much our diet success is baded on power of belief.  Whether or not his thoughts fit yours, he recommends that when eating, your time must be undivided and you should have a minimum of four dinners each week that take 30 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to eat.    

While neither book doesn't provide definitive answers about whom gluten affects and why, they offer fresh perspectives on the gluten free movement.

Let us know if you read the books and what you think! 

Fitter in Five Minutes

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As we discussed a few weeks ago, workouts don't have to take an hour at the gym for you to see results.  You can break your workouts up in to 5-10 minute sessions and feel the same if not better results.  

An article in Men's Journal July/August 2015 gives some great "micro workouts" for 5 minute workouts to boost your metabolism and heart rate anywhere, anytime, and on any schedule.  Enjoy!

Routine 1: Hindu squat countdown
Perform a squat in perfect form sinking as low as possible with your chest up.  Explode up and raise your arms in front of you; immediately squat back down. Start at 20 reps, then 15, 10, 5, with a 10 second rest in between each set.  

Routine 2: Power holds
Wall sits and planks are excellent for building strength and improving balance.  When combined together, you create a total body workout.  Start in a wall sit for 30 seconds then move to a plank for 30 seconds.  Repeat for five minutes.  

Routine 3:  Speed intervals
Combine these four exercises: burpees, jumping jacks, mountain climbers and sprint in place.  Do each for one minute at max exertion and rest 15 seconds in between.  

Routine 4: Complete body weight circuit
Start with 10 jumping lunges (start in a lunge position and jump while you switch legs).  Do ten push ups with fingers placed to create a triangle shape.  End with 10 bicycle crunches.  Repeat as many times as you can in five minutes.  

As with any exercise program, you should always use correct form to avoid injury.  If you are looking to implement a workout routine but don't know correct form, we would be happy to advise you on how to perform these various exercises.  Dr. Diller specializes in exercise prescription and injury rehabiltiation, and would love to help you achieve your goals!  

The Learning Curve - Vogue Magazine

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Whenever something I talk about with patients appears in mainstream media, I always like to share with you.  The article I'm going to share with you appeared in Vogue magazine in July 2015 and is titled, "The Learning Curve."

The article highlights a recent study in the journal Surgical Technology International. which reported the new condition "text neck."  By bending your head forward just fifteen degrees, the weight of the head DOUBLES.  That means your head no longer weighs 12 lbs., but 27!  By increasing the load, it strains the body and can lead to permanent damage such as degenerative changes in the spine and arthritis.

Amy Cuddy gave a TEDtalk that discusses personal transformation via posture.  Working just two minutes per day on high- power poses increases testosterone levels by 20% and lower cortisol by nearly 25%!

In many of my lectures on posture, I discuss the importance of being tall for interviews and auditions.  When we meet someone, it only takes 3 seconds to form that first impression.  Imagine how much you could change people's perception by simple posture exercises 2 minutes each day!!

If you or someone you know has bad posture, we would love to be able to help them out.  We have very simple tools that can evaluate posture and give you a better overall picture of your body.  

Call us today for your posture evaluation and start change today!

The Quest for the Perfect Diet

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An article I read recently reviewed new information regarding how our society's mindsets around modern dietary recommendations and how they are changing.  I hope you find this article useful.

In 1970, a physiologist, Ancel Keys, published a study, "Seven Countries Study."  This study examined diets across Europe, U.S., and Asia.  Based on this study he drew several conclusions about fat and other nutrients which seemed to make sense.  The study showed that people who ate a lot of meat and dairy (Finnish lumberjacks) died of heart attacks much more than farmers  who had higher consumption rates of fruit and grains (farmers in Crete ). Even though Keys looked at the Cretan diet during Lent when they gave up meat and cheese and didn't take into account the normal diet, his study drew conclusions that seemed to make sense based on our knowledge at the time.    

After this study, the federal government created its first set of dietary guidelines telling anyone over age 2 to avoid fat  Following this advice and other recommendations, obesity rates have tripled and the U.S. spends $190 billion per year treating obesity-related conditions.  Throughout this time period, Americans began to replace the fats in their deits with carbs, whcih increases insulin and signals the body to store fat rather than burn it.  Since the body has less energy, metabolism slows, hunger starts, etc. etc. etc. 


Here are some tips on how to create a better diet: 

1.  Eat more vegetables
Veggies of all colors are high in phytonutrients and antioxidants that are essential to healthy living.  "People who eat more vegetables and other plant-based foods...tend to have lower rates of heart disease and other chronic health issues that those who mainly consume animal-based products.  

2. Fats
Incorporating a balance of healthy fats can actually support cardiovascular health.  Sources of good fats include fish, avocados, and nuts.  You can also supplement these fats if need be.

3.  Eat a variety
If there's one thing we've learned in the past, it's that singling out individual components of a diet and bilifying them is not the way forward.  We need to start promotion a balanced diet with variety. Eating colorful diets with a variety of protein sources can help you lead a more balanced life.  

If you or someone you know needs help modifying their diet and food plan, please let us know.  We are happy to help them towards their journey to wellness. 

Tabata Training

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Do you ever find it hard to git in the time to workout?  Committing to an hour in the gym 3-5x/week can be overbearing for some people.  However an article in Men's Journal, July 2014 discusses a new type of working out, Tabata.  

You may have heard of HIIT, or high intensity interval training. Tabata is a form of high intensity interval training where you exert max effort.  But here's the best part, the routine only takes 4 minutes--20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest for a total of eight times.  The method was studied in 1996 by Dr. Izumi Tabata with Japanese Olympic speedskaters.  They exerted 170% effort during their trainings, but if you are wanting to try a Tabata style workout, give your best.  

Since this type of workout can be intense, we would recommend consulting wtih a doctor to ensure this type of workout is suited for you.  We also recommend performing this type of workout under supervision to avoid injuries.  

Should you have any questions regarding this style of workout, don't hesitate to call!  

Please consult a physician before starting any exercise program.

Rethinking our sugar intake

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Below is a summary of an article I found on BBC regarding sugar intake.  The link for the full article can be found at the bottom of this newsletter.

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN), is advising that the recommended daily intake of sugar to be halved in order to reduce obesity risk and improve dental health.  Their new recommendations say they are recommending no more than 5% of daily calories should come from added sugar - about seven teaspoons.

To quote the article, "Prof Ian Macdonald, chair of the working group of the committee, said: '
The evidence is stark - too much sugar is harmful to health and we all need to cut back. The clear and consistent link between a high-sugar diet and conditions like obesity and type 2 diabetes is the wake-up call we need to rethink our diet. Cut down on sugars, increase fibre and we'll all have a better chance of living longer, healthier lives.' "

I hope you found this information interesting.  If you or someone you know needs help lowering their sugar intake for health purposes, please let us know.  We would be happy to help them on their journey to better health!

Go to this link for the full article http://www.bbc.com/news/health-33551501

Probiotics

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I wanted to share an article with you that I found in "Men's Journal, July 2015."

"A number of recent studies suggest that probiotics-microbes taken as a supplement- can promote digestion, boost immunity, support heart health, and relieve allergy symptoms by boosting the amount of healthy bacteria in the gut.

Gregor Reid, chair of Human Microbiology and Probiotics at Lawson Health Research Institute in Canada, says certain strains may even help speed recovery from workouts, ease anxiety, and lower cholesterol.  Integrative Physician Frank Lipman recommends probiotics to most of his patients.  People's microbiomes are out of whack because of poor diet, antibiotics, artifical sweeteners that kill good bacteria, and chlorinated water.  

And though yogurt, Kimchi, sauerkraut, and other fermented foods supply some probiotics, the amount you get from a capsule is so much greater."  

I've been recommending probiotics to my patients for 30 years, and it is great that this practice finally gets more attention.  Many of our patients are already using probiotics and experience the benefits on a dialy basis.  

7 Things that Slow your Metabolism

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As you know, I am a strong advocate for healthy living and there is some new infomation about a subject that almost everybody wants to know more about:- Speeding up our metabolism.

Well - here is a list of things that slows it down- so make a point during the day to avoid these pitfalls:
An irregular eating schedule- In a 2012 Hebrew University study, mice fed high fat foods sporadically gained more weight than mice that ate a similar diet on a regular schedule. Researchers suspect that eating at the same times every day trains the body to burn more calories between meals.
Pesticides in Vegetables- Organochlorines (chemicals in pesticides) can interfere with your body's energy-burning process and make it harder to lose weight, according to a Canadian study. Researchers found that dieters who ate the most toxins experienced a greater-than-normal dip in metabolism and had a harder time losing weight.
Skimping on sleep- A 2012 study found that people who sleep less move less the next day, which means they burn fewer calories. But it gets worse: Sleep deprivation actually reduces the amount of energy your body uses at rest, according to the German and Swedish researchers.
Eating too little- When you skimp on calories, your body switches into starvation mode, slowing your metabolic rate to conserve the fuel it's got.
Sitting too long- It takes only 20 minutes in any fixed position to inhibit your metabolism, according to Carrie Schmitz, an ergonomic research manager for Ergotron.
Jet Lag- Your internal clock directly controls the part of your cells that keeps your metabolism chugging along. But when you disrupt your so-called circadian rhythm—by crossing time zones, or not sleeping enough, for instance—your cells don't function the way they should and your metabolism suffers, according to researchers at the Center for Epigenetics and Metabolism at University of California - Irvine.
Dehydration- All of your body's cellular processes, including metabolism, depend on water. If you're dehydrated, you could burn up to 2 percent fewer calories, according to researchers at the University of Utah.

I hope this will help you looking at your day and whether any of these pitfals affect your metabolism??

If so, please let us know and we are here to help!

Good Body Program Results

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I want to take a moment to tell you about a couple of the successes our patients have with the cellular detox program we offer here at the office.

R.R. , 38 years of age and a cancer survivor, decided to make some to significant changes in his lifestyle . He took on the 30 day challenge.  Within two weeks he lost 12 pounds, and is physically feeling better that he has in years!

DS, Who was in a severe car accident three years ago and has been in pain ever since. He lost 18 pounds in 30 days. is no longer taking pain medications and has started exercising again!

After 32 years in practice I am still humbled by the results that people have with their health when they take it on.

All of us here at the office feel privileged to be their healthcare providers helping them on the path of wellness.

Heart Healthy

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Often times a patient will come to the office and ask about how to take better care of their heart and my answer goes something like this:

A machine that does not move is prone to stick, malfunction and break. The human body is no different. The more sedentary a person is, the more likely they are to be unhealthy. Most of us tend to be totally unaware of what our body is doing, right under our noses.
For example, a healthy heart beats roughly 60 times per minute, which is about 3600 times an hour or 86,400 times a day, 31.5 million times a year and about 2.5 billion times in a lifetime.

Now, you might think that more beats mean better heart health, but that’s not exactly true. If we are not healthy, the number of beats per minute goes way up. This is because the heart doesn’t have enough strength to pump all the blood it needs in each beat, so it increases the number of beats to make up for it. The average American has a resting heart rate in the neighborhood of 77 beats per minute. As this number of beats per minute increases, the worse it gets. This is because the only rest the heart gets is between beats. That’s it. So you can see that the faster it beats on a routine basis the more likely it is to cave-in under pressure (i.e. heart attacks).

So our job is to reduce its workload in some way, so as to extend and ensure a longer lifespan.Think of exercise as getting the rust out of the machine (your body). The heart loves exercise and needs it. Even simply laying down and doing bicycle kicks in the air with your legs during TV commercials is better than nothing. Or taking a 10 minute walk helps!

The more the heart gets used to pumping during exercise, the slower it eventually beats at rest. Two weeks of working out for 20 minutes a day, can reduce ones heart rate noticeably. Remember, fewer beats mean more rest for the heart, which means a healthier and longer life.

What else can we do to increase the life of this organ that only rests between heartbeats? Plenty! We can increase its oxygen supply, we can make its blood supply more pure, reduce the body weight, eat a diet that is conducive to heart health. We can sleep when we are supposed to sleep and rise when we are supposed to rise, even reduce stress that we know affect this mighty pumping machine.

Health is not a mystery- if we work on it- we can achieve it.

As your doctor, I am here to help you accomplishing those goals! 

Good Body Program

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As some of you know, I have now been in practice over 32 years.
During all those years a ongoing message of mine has been to "Get Well and Stay Well."
You see, many patients come to chiropractic because of back pain or an injury, but stay because of all the other health benefits. And it is my promise to you that the message of Wellness will continue to be the centerpiece of care here at the office in Yucca Valley!

We now offer a very exciting program here at the office:
Dr. Reichardt's Good Body Program- a 30 full body cellular detox program that will effectively and efficiently cleanse you whole body!

If you or a loved one are interested in making your New Year goals to get healthier, be in better shape or you plain just want ot feel better, this is the way to go!!
The program includes 3 sessions a week for 4 weeks of
-Low Level Laser therapy,
-Infrared Sauna
-Whole Body Vibration
-together with a 1 month herbal detox and food program.

The complete program is geared to break down and flush out congested tissues, and get you feeling wonderful for the year!!

Please feel free to call the office at 760-365-0804 and ask about the program.

This may just be the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one.
It is a gift that will keep on giving!

Acoustic Sound Wave Therapy

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As many of you know, healthcare is in many ways far advanced in Europe.
Acoustic Sound Wave Therapy is a technology that has been used very successfully to fight chronic pain from degenerative joint and tendon pains over the last 20 years. I researched this modality over the last several months and I am happy to announce that I now have one of these units here in my Santa Monica office!

It is an astounding therapy that literally knocks out old painful issues such as Heel Spurs, Frozen Shoulders, Degenerative Knee Pain, Hip Pain, Bursitis and the like in only 3-8 sessions.

The results are absolutely amazing! We are getting the greatest testimonials.
If you or anyone you know suffers from any of these type of conditions, I urge you to call the office or write and I will send you more information about this treatment.  

Or, even better, come to the office and I will be glad to show you how this works. You will be amazed!!

Training Your Brain for Foods

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We don't start out in life loving French fries and hating, for example, whole wheat pasta.” These habits happen over time in response to eating - repeatedly - what is out there in the toxic food environment. The good news is that the brain can be trained to prefer healthy food over unhealthy high-calorie foods by using a diet which does not leave people hungry.

Doctors know that once people are addicted to unhealthy foods, it is usually very hard to change their eating habits and get them to lose weight. Now Prof Roberts' published an article in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes, in which she suggests that the brain can learn to like healthy foods. The scientist from Tufts University determined that food addictions can be changed in this way even if the bad habits are well-established.
The researchers scanned the addiction center in the brains, the part of the brain linked to reward and addiction, of a small group of men and women. After 6 months, the results showed increased cravings for healthy lower-calorie foods once patients had gone through a program of  ”food alteration.”

They focused on changing food preferences by prescribing a diet high in fiber and protein, and low in carbohydrates, but which did not allow participants to become hungry because this is when food cravings take over and unhealthy food becomes attractive.
When the patients brains were scanned using MRI at the start and end of a six-month period, those following the program showed changes in the brain's reward center.
When participants were shown pictures of different types of food, it was the healthy, low-calorie foods which produced an increased reaction in the reward center of the brain. The study said this indicated an increased reward and enjoyment of healthier food. In addition, he brain's reward center also showed decreased sensitivity to the unhealthy, higher-calorie foods.

The Boston researchers also noted that gastric bypass surgery, while solving the problem of weight loss, can take away food enjoyment rather than make healthier foods more appealing.

Now we know why so many of my patients who follow the instructions of my Good Body program are able to make lifelong changes in their food habits! Please let me know if you are interested.

Gluten Intolerance?

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There is a new thought about the relatively strong uptick in Gluten allergy and reactions. Some researchers believe it may be due to the new farming process called dry harvesting.

This new process started about six or seven years ago and involves spraying healthy wheat plants with the herbicide glyphosate (the active ingredient in Round-Up) about three days before harvesting. This starts killing the plants and makes them easier to harvest. One researcher found Round-Up residues in every sample tested of wheat treated in this way.

The symptoms of glyphosate exposure are strikingly similar to the symptoms of gluten intolerance...stomach distress, diarrhea, headaches, and mood changes. If the researchers are correct (and unfortunately, I think they are) this could certainly explains why doctors often cannot find an accurate allergy test to predict gluten sensitivity that is not celiac disease.
This research may explain the sudden exposure of gluten sensitivity over the last few years. it may also why patients consistently tell me they can go to France or Italy and eat bread and pasta without any side effects but cannot eat it here.

It is certainly something to consider!
 

Performance Nutrition

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Like elite athletes, many of us normal mortals push ourselves to the mental and physical limits day after day; however, differently than athletes, we tend to focus just on our work or life performance rather than the body as a whole.

Here are five lessons any super busy person can take from the realm of sports science to supercharge creativity, productivity and overall performance.

Regular breaks. Watch any athletic activity (with the obvious exception of endurance-based sports) and you’ll notice plenty of downtime. Whether these breaks are 20 seconds or 30 minutes long doesn’t matter: Every few minutes, professional athletes get a chance to mentally prepare for the next burst of action so they can give it their all.

Performance nutrition. Sure, Michael Phelps may consume 12,000 calories while he’s preparing for the Olympics, but each day’s eats are precisely geared towards giving him the protein, refined carbohydrates, fat and overall nutrients he needs to power him through his grueling training regimen. Office all-stars should skip the soda and junk-food snacks in favor of healthier fare that feeds mind and body.

Strategic rest. Most athletes have a period of forced rest before and after competitions to recuperate. Most of us should similarly schedule time off after a particularly grueling project or before beginning work on a new one.

Exercise. We know that regular physical activity is linked to improved overall health and increased productivity, but consider one more benefit: harmony. By balancing a sedentary workweek with active mornings, evenings and weekends, we’re promoting overall happiness and wellness, which catalyzes work efficiency and prevents burnout.

Fundamentals. Top-tier baseball players take thousands upon thousands of ground balls during practice year-round. World-class basketball players still spend hours a week practicing free throws year-round. Why? Because they know that mastering fundamentals drives long-term success. in daily life, we ought to similarly focus on the fundamentals — particularly when it’s tempting to ignore that which you already know and only take on new tasks. 

Take a look at how you are "performing" in your life and make choices like a Pro Athlete- it'll make a difference!