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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

INFLAMMATION – THE MAJOR CAUSE OF DISEASE

5-13-2014 2-14-58 PMWhat exactly is inflammation?

Simply put, it is the body’s normal response to injury. Injury to the tissues of the body are due to trauma, infection (acute and/or chronic), autoimmune, heat/cold, food and/or environmental toxins. This entire inflammatory response is orchestrated by the immune system. In a normally functioning immune system the body will cause swelling, heat, redness and pain. While we may not experience pleasurable sensations the body’s immune system is busy attacking an infection, toxin and protecting damaged or traumatized tissue. In a normal, properly balanced immune system the body “cleans up” the effected area and initiates the healing and repair process. However, in an imbalanced and poorly functioning immune system the complete healing process is delayed and often the inflammation now becomes chronic and/or low grade. We are aware sometimes of this chronic inflammation due to persistent pain and malfunction of the tissue. However, often this chronic inflammation is not consciously detected as it does not cause pain, but it is still causing damage to your tissues. A good example of this is hardening of the arteries or known as atherosclerosis. It is only after years of chronic arterial inflammation that we become aware of this process when someone experiences a heart attack. It is unfortunate but, that may be the only outward sign of this inflammatory process. However, running the proper blood chemistries can detect these inflammatory processes in the blood vessels. They can determine your risk factor for cardiovascular disease and/or heart attack years before it becomes life threatening.

What cells or tissues are involved with inflammation? This involves every white blood cell such as: neutrophils, eosinphils (involved with allergies and parasites), basohils, monocyctes, mast cells, macrophages, natural killer cells, dendritric cells, B&T lymphocytes and other immune cells such as microglia (found in the brain), osteoclasts (found in the bone) and more. Some of the main organs involved are the spleen, thymus, adrenals, thyroid, brain, lymph nodes, liver and especially the digestive tract. The digestive tract in particular, the small intestine, plays a major part in the inflammatory process. There is about 70-80% of your entire immune system located in the lining of your gut!

Is inflammation the major cause of disease? Philip Schauer M.D. , Director of Bariatric & Metabolic Institute at the Cleveland Clinic states, “There are clear indications that inflammation explains why plague builds up in the arteries in patients with atherosclerosis, chronic inflammation also plays a direct role in diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, asthma and many other conditions”. Inflammation is a body wide phenomena and effects all cells in the body. We only become aware of the inflammation when it reaches a certain level or it elicits pain, but some types of inflammation can exist for months or years without your awareness.

Special Points of Interest:
-Inflammation the Major Cause of Disease
-Inflammation We are Most
-Familiar with – Acute Inflammation
-Causes of Inflammation
-Chronic Inflammation – a Silent Killer
-Anti-inflammatory Diet

Find out more in my review here or give me a call @ 480-732-0911:
Inflammation-Major-Cause-of-Disease.pdf

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

7-22-2013 10-10-42 AM

OSTEOARTHRITIS

Did you know there are about 100 different types of arthritis? However, we are going to focus on the most common form of arthritis called osteoarthritis (OA). Most everybody would consider this arthritis to be the “wear and tear” or “old age” arthritis. About 2% of the US population under the age of 45 suffers from OA, 30%suffers from OA between the ages of 45-64 and 65-85% suffers from OA over the age of 65. So, generally speaking this is a chronic disease that becomes more prevalent as one ages. It should be remembered that OA changes to the joint develop years earlier before significant pain is noted.

Based on the National Health Survey from 2007-2009, revealed 50 million or about 22% of adults have self reported doctor diagnosed OA. 21 million or about 9% have arthritis related reduction in activity. OA is the most common cause of disability particularly after age 50.

From the journal, Arthritis Rheumatology 2008, nearly 1 in 2 people will develop symptomatic knee OA by age 85 and 2 in 3 people who are obese ,which is a huge risk factor, may develop symptomatic knee OA in their lifetime. 1 in 4 may develop painful hip arthritis in their lifetime according to the journal

Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.

The most common sites that OA occurs are the knees, hips, spine and hands. Of course almost any other joint in the body can also be affected by OA. Due to it widespread presence about 25% of all visits to primary care physicians (PCP) are due to OA. Another interesting statistic is that 50% of those visits are due to complications from taking non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as, aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, Celebrex, Voltaren and others.

In brief, OA is characterized by degeneration of the lining of the joints referred to as hyaline cartilage. Normally cartilage is smooth, slippery, and gives with joint compression. With OA the cartilage becomes roughened, thinned out, provides less cushioning with compression and there often are calcific changes in the cartilage and around the joint resulting in spurs.

 

RISK FACTORS:

1. Age – the likely hood of OA dramatically increases with age.

2. Gender – before age 45 men are more likely to have OA, but over age 45 women are more likely

3. Weight – this is a very significant, as increased weight places increased loads on the joints.

4. Repetitive activity – places greater continual demands on joint structures.

5. Abnormal alignment – asymmetrical forces can accelerate damage to the joints – Chiropractic!

6. Prior injuries – sets the stage for inflammation and abnormal alignment.

7. Genetics and other medical conditions

8. Weakened muscles

Find out more in my review here or give me a call @ 480-732-0911:
OSTEOARTHRITIS.pdf

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

CholesterolMost of the time when we hear the word “cholesterol” we often think of fatty globules choking our arteries and causing heart attacks. However, there is another side of cholesterol that we often do not hear much about. Often we hear only the negative and none of the positive aspects of cholesterol.

 

To begin with about 70-75% of the cholesterol in your body is manufactured in your liver and another 10-15% from your small intestine, adrenals and sexual organs. The rest comes directly from our diet. So, essentially a “cholesterol problem” is primarily a “ liver problem” and from direct consumption of cholesterol from the diet. So, controlling cholesterol by avoiding foods that contain it is not very effective

 

Cholesterol is an important and vital component of all cellular membranes. Cholesterol and saturated fats make the membranes firmer. Without them they would be more fluid and flabby. Different cells use different amounts of cholesterol in their membranes, some up to 50%! Cells that form a protective barrier (like the lining in the sinuses) must be strong , sturdy and resistant to invasion by other organisms. Organelles inside the cell may have to be soft and fluid so they may contain less cholesterol.

The ability to firm up and strengthen the cellular membranes is used in our blood vessels. This helps to resist the pressure, pounding and turbulence within the blood vessels. This is especially important in areas that the blood vessels bend or twist particularly in large to medium arteries. Sometimes “fatty streaks” of cholesterol are found in these areas and are totally normal. It is only with excessive deposits of fat that they become known as atherosclerosclerotic or hardening of the arteries.

 

Cholesterol helps cells to communicate with one another via proteins found in the cellular membrane. Cholesterol and saturated fats allow these proteins to operate properly. A fatty substance made up of 20% cholesterol that surrounds most nerves is called myelin. Myelin acts a an insulator, protector, a source of nourishment and especially allows proper conduction of nerve impulses. Without proper levels of myelin, nerve degeneration along with memory loss can occur. Other cognitive function can also suffer. About 25% of all cholesterol is found in the brain and spinal cord.

 

Cholesterol is also essential for the production of adrenal and other steroid hormones such as estrogen, testosterone, aldosterone, and cortisol. It an important component of bile which helps in the absorption of Vitamin A, D, E and K. Cholesterol also has a direct involvement with the synthesis of Vitamin D in the body. It is a vital substance that the immune system uses as well to help fight infections and to heal. Cholesterol also acts as an antioxidant and is important in wound healing.

Find out more in my review here or give me a call @ 480-732-0911:
Cholesterol.pdf

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

Just as I had mentioned in the newsletter March/April 2013, cholesterol itself is not the main contributing factor to heart attack risk. More importantly are the HDL (good cholesterol) to Total cholesterol ratio. HDL/total cholesterol can be calculated by looking at your blood lipid profile and dividing your HDL by total cholesterol. Example: HDL 45, Total cholesterol 220, 45/220 = .20

Breakdown of ratios in Adults:

.24 and above is ideal

.24 and under is low risk

.10 or less is very dangerous for heart attack risk

So, the higher the ratio the better you are at avoiding heart attack and atherosclerosis

Another ratio that is also important has to do with triglycerides and HDL. Take your triglycerides and divide by HDL. In most adults people that have high triglycerides also have increased clotting factors in their blood. Remember HDL is generally protective to the heart and blood vessels.

Breakdown of ratios in Adults:

2 or less is ideal

4 is high risk

6 is much to high and risk is very high

A Harvard study published in Circulation 1997 indicated the following:

Triglyceride to HDL ratio is a very strong predictor of heart attack, more than the LDL to HDL ratio. They also found just elevated triglycerides levels (above 150) increases your heart attack risk three fold. Lastly, those with the higher triglyceride ratio to HDL had a 16 increase in heart attacks versus those at 2 or less. Something to calculate! Again there are natural means of balancing these different fats that your body produces without drug side effects. Just a reminder, check out our newsletter on facebook or our website. http://www.facebook.com//ChandlerAZChiropractic or www.eastvalleychiropractor.com. Thanks!

Dr. Reade

                      

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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The last few entries have had to do with other sweeteners such as Splenda, high fructose corn syrup and asparmatame. I decided to discuss these since these are very frequently used products that are found in our diet and we should really know how they affect our bodies. So, we have to discuss Stevia. This is a plant derived product that comes from the leaf of  a shrub called Stevia rebaudiana which comes from the sunflower family that is found primarily in South America. It has been used by the natives in around Paraguay and Brazil for over 1500 years. It has been used widely in South America for about 300 years. It is extremely popular in Japan especially for the last 20 years.  It was not until 2008 that the FDA approved stevia as a food additive but, prior to this allowed this as a food supplement. Yet the FDA approved aparmatame despite the problems with asparmatame. Hmmm….

The leaf itself is 30-45 times sweeter than sugar and in concentrated form is about 300 times sweeter than sugar. The glycosides that make up stevia are stable at high temperatures so it can be used in baking and cooking. There are no known bad side effects to stevia. However, stevia can reduce blood pressure and reduce blood glucose levels so patients taking medications for high blood pressure or diabetes should monitor their blood pressure and glucose levels more carefully. It has also been found that stevia inhibits the growth of different bacteria and may help with dental decay, gum problems and some intestinal problems. In 2008 the Cocoa- Cola company came out with their stevia containing product called Truvia and PepsiCo came out with their stevia product called Pure Via.

it is probably best to use unadulterated stevia and use in small amounts. Constantly stimulating your sweet tooth may cause you to want to consume more food. At this time someone who is pregnant or breast feeding may want to avoid this product to be on the safe side.

Dr. Reade

 

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.

It hard to believe but this additive is known as Nutrisweet, Equal, and Aminosweet. The active ingredient in these sweeteners is aspartame. This aspartame is made of 40% aspartic acid, 50% phenylalanine and 10% methanol which is converted into formaldehyde and formic acid. The relatively high amount of aspartic acid and phenyalanine ( which are amino acids if you care to know), are known to rapidly stimulate the release of two hormones that are very much involved with appetite, fat storage and your metabolism.

So. although you may not be getting calories from your diet drink it still raises these two hormones. Continued regular consumption of aspartame causes your body to become “resistant” or not as responsive to these hormones. This results in your body not knowing when to stop eating, to burn fat efficiently,and to maintain good sensitivity to sweet tastes in your taste buds. Essentially you stay hungry, crave sweets and your body stores fat. Leptin and insulin resistance can potential lead to increased risk of visceral fat, heart disease, diabetes, PCOS and metabolic syndrome and others.

So, look at your labels and avoid drinking these diet soda and products. Here is one more interesting study: The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX followed 474 diet soda drinkers for 10 years and found that their waist size increased 70% more than the waist of non-diet soda drinkers. Those that drank 1-2 diet soda per day saw a 500% greater increase!

One of the main causes of pain and disease in the human body can be traced to improper alignment of the vertebrae in your spinal column. This is called a subluxation. Through carefully applied pressure, massage, and manual manipulation of the vertebrae and joints, pressure and irritation on the nerves is relieved and joint mobility is restored, allowing your body to return to its natural state of balance, called homeostasis. Put another way, when the bones in your spine are allowed to go back to their proper positions, the nerve energy can resume its normal flow and your body’s natural healing processes can function properly.

In general, proper chiropractic treatment of your body’s lumbar, or lower back, region, involves very little risk and the rewards can be significant.

Chiropractic or osteopathic manipulations can be especially helpful in relieving pain for facet joint injuries, osteoarthritis, and sacroiliac joint dysfunction, because such conditions respond well to mobilization. Moreover, scores of patients with chronic headaches, sinus problems, high blood pressure, ear infections, leg pain, arthritis, and many other illnesses have reported significant relief after chiropractic therapy.

Increasingly over the past few decades, the medical community has come to accept and recognize chiropractic care as a valid form of treatment for a variety of neuro-musculoskeletal conditions, and as a conservative treatment option for patients with lower back pain. Moreover, many medical doctors recognize a chiropractic diagnosis and accept it as the first line of treatment for functional disorders of the entire musculoskeletal system.

Studies by leading medical journals in recent years have confirmed the benefits of chiropractic care:

  1. A 1993 report by the Ontario Ministry of Health concluded that chiropractic care was the most effective treatment for lower back pain. The agency also recommended that chiropractic care be fully integrated in the Canadian government’s health care system.
  2. In 1994, the federal Agency for Health Care Policy and Research published its Clinical Practice Guidelines, which asserted that spinal manipulation was effective in reducing pain and speeding recovery among patients with acute low back symptoms without radiculopathy.
  3. A 1996 New England Journal of Medicine study of outcomes and costs for acute low back pain found that patients treated by chiropractors were significantly more satisfied than those who saw primary care, orthopedic or managed care practitioners.
  4. A 1996 study in the journal Spine echoed that study and found that patients who sought chiropractic care were more likely to feel that treatment was helpful, more likely to be satisfied with their care, and less likely to seek care from another provider for the same condition, compared to those who sought care from medical doctors.
  5. In 2001, the Center for Clinical Health Policy Research at Duke University concluded in a study that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for cervicogenic headaches, or those that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication.

 

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