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

 

male menopauseFrom a strict medical standpoint andropause is defined as a loss of androgen dominance. What exactly does that mean? Androgens are hormones such as testosterone which are naturally found in higher quantities in the male gender. When a man looses his “androgen dominance” this simply means that he has low testosterone or as you may have heard, “ low T”. However, this could also mean that someone could have a “normal” testosterone level but increased estrogen levels and therefore no longer has a dominance of testosterone or other androgens. So, that is the technical definition, but what does andropause look like and how would someone know if they have symptoms of andropause?

SYMPTOMS OF ANDROPAUSE:

1. Decreased libido

2. Increased body fat especially around the abdomen

3. Loss of muscle strength, size and ability to gain muscle mass

4. Erectile dysfunction

5. Mood disturbances, including depression, irritability, loss of drive/ambition and fatigue

6. Sleep disturbances

7. Bone loss/osteoporosis

8. Night sweats, sleep apnea

9. Male breast development

10. Enlarged prostate

11. Increased cardiovascular/heart problems

The problem with identifying andropause is that in men the changes are very gradual and may develop over several years unlike in women were menopause can develop within months. Often many men chalk up these changes to “ I am just getting older”. They often ignore chronic fatigue or are embarrassed by their lack of interest in sex or sexual performance. It is sad because a simple salivary test is a great tool to detect andropause and it only takes minutes to collect a sample. There are also some blood tests that can be performed as well. It is estimated that 30 million American males from ages 35 through 70, suffer from some degree of andropause. 30% of men 60-70 years and 70% of men 70-80 years of age have low available levels of testosterone. 60% of men 40-59 years have enlarged prostates. One out of two men between the ages of 40-60 will experience andropause! Five of the main causes of death in men are heart disease, stroke, diabetes, suicide and Alzheimer’s. It is interesting that many of these diseases can have some of their causation due to lack of androgen or testosterone dominance. Andropause potentially has huge health effects on men especially as they age. Most men should be evaluated for this condition before serious health conditions develop.

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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.

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.

 

Chandler AZ Chiropractic

 

Chiropractors diagnose and treat a broad range of physical conditions in patients with muscular, nervous, and skeletal problems, especially the spine.

Chiropractors make use of conventional diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, MRIs, and lab work, as well as specific procedures that involve manipulation by hand of various parts of the body. Chiropractors are best known for their ability to correct misalignments of the spine, which are called subluxations. But spinal manipulation is only a small part of what chiropractors do as part of an overall plan to manage and relieve pain and many kinds of ailments. Other kinds of treatments chiropractors are capable of providing include:

  • Electrotherapy
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Ice/heat therapy, including therapeutic ultrasound
  • Lifestyle and nutrition counseling
  • Massage therapy
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Stress management