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Exactly what is stress? Most of us will immediately think of something that would cause us mental/emotional stress like our job, spouse, family or other relationships. Well, that is true but, stress can come in several different forms that we might not think about or are not consciously aware. Stress can be medically defined as a physical, chemical or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation. Things that promote stress reactions in the human body are called stressors. Some examples of environmental stressors are, excessive noise, crowding, colors, weather conditions especially hot and cold temperature extremes , natural disasters, war, seasonal changes, exposure to light especially while sleeping, length of light exposure during the day, excessive ultraviolet exposure from the sun, ionizing radiation such as x-rays, CT scan , or cosmic rays, or low level electromagnetic fields from computers, cell phones and other electrical devices. Some examples of physical stressors: accidents or injuries, surgeries, travel (jet-lag), disrupted sleep, excessive or lack of physical exercise, prolonged periods of work without breaks, menopause, menstruation, and infections. Some examples of chemical stressors: medications, toxins found in air, water and food, heavy metals, mold and mycotoxins, processed/junk food, blood sugar imbalance, imbalanced fats in our diet, food sensitivities, cigarette smoke, excessive alcohol, excessive caffeine and lack of proper nutrients. All of these can overload our bodies ability to detoxify and create stress. Lastly, mental, emotional and spiritual stressors: fear, anger, unforgiveness, helplessness, hopelessness, divorce, apathy, death of a loved one, depression, guilt, shame, loneliness, jealousy, hatred, worry, bitterness, watching the news, financial burdens and many others. The key is the ability to cope with events in life and the perception of situation that we are dealing with. All of these various stressors can lead to a concept of the “total load”. So the number of stressors and the perceived intensity contributes to a total stress load. Stressors also have a tendency to be accumulative over time if not dealt with properly. This can eventually lead to physiological dysfunction or a “cracking” of ones health. However, not all stress is bad as it can cause us to respond to situations appropriately or cause us to move forward towards a better place. Chronic unresolved stress is what leads to many of our health problems. The Foundation for Integrated Research in Mental Health found that globally, more than 3 out of 5 doctor visits are for stress related problems!

Understanding Stress

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Most people have heard of fibromyalgia, but most patients and even other physicians do not understand this condition. For many years this was an unrecognized condition and most physicians simply thought this condition was completely psychosomatic. However, in 1990 The American College of Rheumatology finally gave physicians some criteria to determine if someone had fibromyalgia. This criteria was recently updated in 2010. Let me summarize this criteria:

  1. Widespread Pain Index (WPI) is a survey which lists the areas of the body that the patient experiences muscular pain. You should have 7 or more areas listed .
  2. Symptom Severity Scale (SS) is a survey measuring the intensity of symptoms. You should be a 5 or more.
  3. OR have a WPI from 3-6 and SS 9 and higher.
  4. These symptoms should be fairly consistent for a period of at least 3 months.
  5. You should not have another disorder that would explain your symptoms, such as hypothyroidism, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, sleep apnea, Lyme’s disease, interstitial cystitis, Chiari formation, cervical spine stenosis, depression or irritable bowel syndrome. Please note that that 25 to 65% of the conditions above can also co-occur with fibromyalgia. This might suggest some of these different conditions may have some common origins.

You can obtain a copy of these surveys by going to: www.fibroknowledge.com/ downloads/2010_ACR_CRITE RIA..pdf. See how you perform! Please remember these surveys will strongly suggest you may have fibromyalgia, but will not totally confirm your diagnosis.

According to The American College of Rheumatology in 2004 it is estimated that 1 in 50 people have fibromyalgia or about 3-6 million Americans.According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) the ratio of women to men having fibromyalgia is 7:1. Other estimates are that 80-90% of those with fibromyalgia are women. Most people are diagnosed during middle age and the incidence increases with age. It is the second most common musculoskeletal problem besides osteoarthritis, according to The American College of Rheumatology. 5.5 million visits per year are made to physicians for fibromyalgia and it also accounts for a significant loss of time from work. About 50% of those with fibromyalgia suffer from constant headaches or migraines. People with fibromyalgia are 3.4 times more likely to suffer from depression.

 

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Arizona Family Health Centre
2430 W Ray Rd
Chandler, AZ 85224‎
(480) 732-0911
http://www.eastvalleychiropractor.com/

 

Both celiac disease and gluten sensitivity are conditions in which the bodies immune system responds to proteins found in grains such wheat, barley, spelt and rye. The bodies immune system response is not just isolated to the gastrointestinal tract but, can cause inflammation by the immune system throughout the body and brain! These conditions can lead to an enormous number of symptoms and other conditions that are often misdiagnosed,, treated improperly or go untreated for years.

The existence of celiac disease (CD) is often suspected when there is chronic spells of diarrhea, malabsorption, muscular weakness/wasting, general swelling, anemia, low blood calcium, low B vitamin levels, vitamin D deficiency and osteopenia/osteoporosis. Many times these symptoms will vary in intensity and frequency. This often can to treatment of the symptoms of CD and not the actual cause of CD.

Most physicians will confirm CD with a battery of blood tests, but ultimately a biopsy of the intestines is done to actual examine the tissue change of the lining of the upper portion of the intestines, namely the duodenum and jejunum. Normally the intestines contain a velvety lining the contains finger-like projections called villi. These villi would be analogous to a shag carpet. This is where we get our absorption of our nutrients. However, with CD these villi are flattened, shortened or missing, there are increased “crevices” in the intestinal lining and there is a huge increase in white blood cells called lymphocytes that invade the lining. So it almost looks like there are bald spots, flattened spots, holes and stains in the shag carpet.

Gluten sensitivity (GS) is very similar to CD and involves an immune system response but, does not seem to demonstrate the same intestinal changes or level of symptoms as full blown CD. However, GS should not be ignored and it can cause huge problems in the body. Often, if someone is not having a lot of gastrointestinal symptoms they can have what they call “silent” CD or GS. Both “silent” CD or GS can have effects particularly on the nervous system, brain, musculoskeletal system and many other organs in the body.

Find out more in my review here or give me a call @ 480-732-0911:
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If you are looking for a chiropractor, more than likely you are in pain.  You may have be in an automobile accident, suffered an injury playing sports, or perhaps you just lifted something incorrectly.  Regardless of the cause you now find yourself needed a chiropractic doctor.  This can seem like a difficult task if it is your first time visiting a chiropractor, but don’t worry.  Below are some simple steps you can follow that will help you find the best chiropractic doctor for your needs

Word Of Mouth and Referrals

You will be surprised by how many of your friends and family members have used the services of a chiropractor in the past.  Ask around and see who they recommend and if they had successful treatment results.  By asking people that you trust, you can be sure to get an honest answer and real facts about their visit.  If you cannot find anyone who has been to a chiropractor, try asking your family doctor.  More than likely he or she will know of a chiropractor is your area that comes highly recommended by patients.

Business Listings and Yellow Page

Most people view phone books and yellow pages as an outdated source of information.  But this is not true.  These resources are constantly updated and are a very efficient way to find information, including office hours and phone number.  There will be an entire section dedicated to chiropractors.

Internet Searches and Forums

If you have access to a computer and the internet, you can find a ton of information online.  Just type what you are looking for into any major search engine, such as Google or Yahoo and check out all the information in the results.  This will give you access to all of their webpage and office information.  However, don’t just check out their home pages.  Be sure to look at forums and client posts as well.  This way you get opinions and some real stories about the professionalism of the staff and effectiveness of the treatments.

Once you narrowed down you option to a few candidates, start focusing your searches on these few.  See what qualifications and specialties each of the chiropractic doctors have.  For example if you have a sports related injury, look for an office that specializes in sports injuries etc.  If you can’t find this information online, call their office and talk to the receptionist.  Ask how long the doctor has been practicing chiropractic medicine and how much it will cost you out of pocket.    Look for ones offering a free consultation.  This way you can meet the chiropractic doctor and staff, also be sure to ask about your insurance coverage.  A good chiropractic doctor will explain all of your options before you begin treatment.  He or she should explain all the financials, in case your insurance doesn’t cover the entire treatment, as well as the treatment options available to you.

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So what is the story about high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)? To begin with this product is derived from corn stalks and goes through several stages in order to produce this product. There are a few varieties of HCFS but the most common form is HFCS 55. This form is made up of mostly 55% fructose and 45%glucose and are unbound single sugar molecules. Table sugar or cane sugar (CS) is 50%fructose and 50% glucose and are bound together and need to be broken down by enzymes in your gut. The reason for the rapid rise in HFCS is due to the government having extra tariffs on CS and subsidies to grow corn. This effectively makes HFCS less expensive than CS. Furthermore, HFCS is much sweeter than CS and you can use less, again this saves the manufacturer in producing their product. HCFS is widely used in most soft drinks and many different processed foods. The widespread usage in our food supply started in 1975 and rapidly increased through 1985 and beyond. Read some labels, you will be surprised how many products contain HFCS.

Due to its chemical nature HFCS spikes up blood sugar levels more rapidly than CS. The elevate free fructose levels require more energy to cross the intestinal lining depleting energy stores of these cells more quickly and literally punching “holes in the lining probably leading to “leaky gut”. Furthermore, the high fructose levels causes huge metabolic problems to the liver leading to excessive fat production and contributing to a condition called “fatty liver” which affects about 70 million people in the U.S. Lastly, HFCS has been found to be contaminated with a considerable amount of mercury.

So is HCFS natural? Certainly not a normal food substance that you find in nature! The amounts of fructose are extremely concentrated and fructose levels in fruits is much, much lower and fruits contain many other nutrients and healthy fibers. For further info check this link out: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/high-fructose-corn-syrup-dangers_b_861913.html

Splenda also known as sucralose, was discovered by accident in 1976 by scientists in Britain while searching for a new pesticide formulation. They found that if the sucrose molecule (white sugar) was chemically changed by substituting chlorine atoms that they found a product that was very sweet. This is the claim that Splenda is derived from sugar and is ” natural”. Sucralose is hardly similiar to sugar due to its chemical alteration. It is actually closer in structure to many pesticides called chlorocarbons.

Manufacturers supplied the FDA with a few studies based on rodents and did find that with very high doses that sucralose did cause shrunken thymus glands, enlarged livers and kidney disorders. A more recent study in 2008 published in, The Journal of Toxiclogy and Environmental Health, has shown that Splenda had significantly altered the normal microflora in the gut of rodents. This could possibly lead to leaky gut patterns. The FDA did approve the usage of sucralose as a food additive in 1999 and felt it was safe for human consumption since these few short term studies were based on rodents and not human trials. Since then only 6 very short term (3 months or less) have been performed. There have been no longer term (more than 6 months) studies performed on humans and the studies have not been conducted independently of the food industry.So, taking this product long term and on an a regular basis, you could be part of a long term human experiment!

The side effects of Splenda is slowly accumulating. Self reported adverse reactions are collected by, Sucralose Toxicity Information Center. They have found the following major side effects: skin rashes/flushing, panic-like agitation, dizziness, numbness,diarrhea, swelling, muscle aches,headaches, intestinal cramping, bladder issues and stomach pain.