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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/

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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

                      

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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.

 

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

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

 

Everyone has experienced times in which we feel sad, lonely, isolated and melancholy. However, “clinical” depression is much more intense and much longer lasting than our isolated times of sadness.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) it is estimated that 1 out of 10 Americans are clinically depressed. The median age of those being depressed is 32 years old. As many as two times the number of women versus men are depressed. The most likely to be depressed according to the National Institute of Mental Health are women ages 45-64, being Afro-American, Hispanic, mixed racial background, having less of a high school education, previously married, unable to work/disabled, unemployed and those without health insurance. Another interesting fact is that depression is the major cause of disability in the US ages 15 through 44!

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America found that it is not uncommon to treat those who suffer from depression and from anxiety. Approximately 1/2 of those with depression also have an anxiety disorder. The brain is an incredible organ, but also very sensitive to alterations in biochemistry which can have profound effects on behavior

 DEFINITION OF DEPRESSION:

 “Clinical” depression is also known as major depression. Generally a person would be considered depressed if at least 5 of the 8 criteria below are experienced for more than 2 weeks:

  1. Little interest or pleasure in most activities.
  2. Feeling down, depressed, hopeless nearly every day with thoughts of death and/or suicide
  3. Trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or sleeping too much
  4. Feeling tired and fatigued everyday
  5. Poor appetite or overeating. Weight loss or gain.
  6. Feeling bad about yourself or that you are a failure or let yourself or family down, Poor self-esteem.
  7. Trouble concentrating on things like reading or watching TV.
  8. Moving or speaking so slowly or being so fidgety or restless that most people will notice.

Depression significantly impacts a person’s life where they have great difficulty functioning on a daily basis. Most people are incapable of working, go to school or keep up with daily tasks, chores and social activities. Over 90% of those that commit suicide have clinical depression. If you or someone needs help call the National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Our mission is to help inform and educate the public about alternative treatments that are less invasive and employ more natural therapeutics. We in no way are suggesting that regular medical treatments should not be sought and with some conditions we will suggest a referral to the appropriate specialist.

We wish to provide hope to those people suffering and especially to those with chronic conditions. It is our purpose to provide you with knowledge that is helpful and can provide better health.

Find out more in my review here or give me a call @ 480-732-0911:
http://chiropracticchandleraz.com/Depression.pdf

Arizona Family Health Centre
2430 W Ray Rd
Chandler, AZ 85224‎
(480) 732-091
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:
http://chiropracticchandleraz.com/Gluten-Sensitivity-and-Celiac-Disease.pdf

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.

for more information about Chiropractors in Chandler AZ or call 480-732-0911

 

What exactly is the prostate gland? It is a donut shaped gland that weighs about an ounce and is about the size of a walnut. It is located below the bladder and just in front of the rectum. The prostate wraps around the urethra which is the tube that allows urine to flow from the bladder to the penis.

The prostate helps to regulate the urine flow, it adds a slightly alkaline, milky white fluid to the semen. It mixes prostate fluid with fluid from the seminal vesicles and sperm from the testicles to form semen.

The prostate gland contains both glandular and muscular tissue. The glandular portion helps to prevent urinary infections, helps with maintaining the proper consistency of semen, helps to keep the sperm healthy, removes toxins, and is sensitive to hormones such as testosterone, DHT and estrogen.

The muscular portion helps with mixing different fluids to get the correct balance to help with the keeping the sperm healthy. The “two valves “or sphincters one at the top and one at the bottom of the gland regulates the flow of urine. It also regulates the flow of semen during ejaculation. The prostates unique tissue structure makes it sensitive to hormone levels. It appears that this is probably one of the main mechanisms that leads to an enlargement of the prostate as men age.

Prostate cancer is the number two leading cancer cause of death in American men.

SYMPTOMS OF BPH

Here are some of the more common symptoms of BPH or enlarged prostate:

1. Increased frequency during nighttime hours

2. Excessive urinary dribbling

3. Difficulty to begin urination or need to apply more pressure to begin urination

4. Sudden urge to urinate

5. Intermittent stopping and starting while urinating

6. Feeling of incomplete voiding of urine

7. Less ejaculate is produced and appears a bit clearer

8. Fewer hard erections and some difficulty maintaining the erection

Some more severe symptoms:

1.Painful or minimal urination

2. Loss of sleep at night due to urges to urinate

3. Painful or minimal semen during ejaculation

4. Uncontrollable frequency, urgency and dribbling

All of these symptoms can lead to a lose of bladder function, backflow could lead to
bladder or kidney infections or eventual kidney failure.

Find out more in my review here or give me a call @ 480-732-0911:
http://chiropracticchandleraz.com/The-Prostate-Gland.pdf