THE SINGLE BEST EXERCISE FOR WEIGHT LOSS?
WHAT YOU PUT IN YOUR MOUTH!
People are always asking me questions like, "Dr. Schierling; what is the best exercise I can do to lose weight?". This is an easy one. Change your diet! There is no hidden meaning to this statement. It is what it is. Remember the old "You Are What You eat" slogan you learned in grade school? It's true. What you eat is far more important than how or how much you exercise. Don't get me wrong, there is a specific type of exercise that will allow you to achieve the results you are looking for to a much greater degree and much quicker than others, but what you eat is the most important step you can take in winning the battle of the bulge. For more information on WEIGHT LOSS, follow the link. For those of you asking what kinds of foods you should be eating; we'll cover that one tomorrow.
DESTROY CHRONIC PAIN
I have three websites (this one, SPINAL DECOMPRESSION MISSOURI, and DESTROY CHRONIC PAIN). I do all of the work on them. I take that back. There is one part of my site that I have farmed out --- the banners. Diana Rosdail is not only a wizard with her graphics software, she knows how to create images that convey the message that I am looking to get across to my readers. My last couple of banners were somewhat garish. Using Vincent Van Gogh's "Sorrowing Man" painting as a starting point, Diana knocked this one out of the park. The original paining, done in 1890, was also called Worn Out: At Eternity's Gate. It was completed two months before Van Gogh's death via suicide.
Although I have not experienced the crazy kind of pain that many of my patients deal with on a day-to-day basis, I have dealt with my share of Chronic Pain. You can read about my experience HERE and on my ABOUT US PAGE. Personally struggling with Chronic Pain, as well as treating thousands of patients dealing with the same, has given me an empathy and understanding for your situation. Can I help you with your particular problem? I never know the answer to that question beforehand (HERE). However, I will do whatever I can to help you find a solution to your pain. If you have never seen them, take a couple of minutes and look at our VIDEO TESTIMONIALS.
FOUR DECADES OF CHRONIC BACK PAIN SOLVED
Migraine headaches are a common side effect of gluten exposure for those who are intolerant. The website of the Gluten Free Society
Fasting, eating high-sugar foods, dieting too rigorously, and skipping meals can all trigger, or make people more likely to have a headache or migraine. Even delayed or irregular meals can make a difference. This is usually due to people’s blood-glucose levels falling too low. The website of the Migraine Trust
As a chiropractor, most people would assume that I would start out by recommending a bunch of Chiropractic Adjustments. You know what happens when you assume don't you? The starting point for taking care of Migraines is almost always diet. The two things that I see associated with Migraine Headaches over and over and over again are Blood Sugar and Gluten Sensitivity. Both can be dealt with by yourself if you know how to go about doing it properly. The really cool thing is that both of these problems are dealt with in much the same way; a strict PALEO DIET.
It is interesting to note that Migraine Headaches are not the first neurological problem to be tied to these two things. In case you missed it, NEUROPATHY is being heavily linked to Gluten Sensitivity and Blood Sugar Dysregulation as well. In fact, fluctuations in blood sugar are not only tied to almost every health problem you can name, they are being tied directly to Migraine Headaches by several studies. When a person eats a diet high in grains, processed and starchy carbs, or SUGAR, their blood sugar can become "UNCONTROLLED". It is critical that you understand that this might be going on even though your blood sugar readings are in the "normal" range. Most particularly, Migraine Headaches are shown to be linked to the blood sugar crash that comes after the spike ---- REACTIVE HYPOGLYCEMIA.
If you were to Google "Gluten Migraine" you will get three quarters of a million hits. Not only is this relationship seen in clinical practice, there are a number of peer-reviewed studies on the topic. Although most people associate Gluten with gastrointestinal symptoms, GLUTEN is heavily linked to neurological problems as well. In fact, more often than not, Gluten Sensitive people show neurological symptoms rather than GI symptoms (HERE). If you want to know the proper way to go Gluten Free, read my post on the GLUTEN FREE ELIMINATION DIET.
Here is the really great thing about following this method. This sort of approach is the basis for healing THE GUT and solving LEAKY GUT SYNDROME as well. It also happens to be the best way of eating if you have ADRENAL PROBLEMS / FIBROMYALGIA, THYROID PROBLEMS, all sorts of AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES as well as a host of INFLAMMATORY ILLNESSES ---- all of which can be related to Migraine Headaches. And for those of you who have tried this method of managing your Migraine Headaches without the results you were hoping for; do not give up hope. Your problem may very well be caused by Scar Tissue and FASCIAL ADHESIONS. Having the Scar Tissue broken, along with some CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS and STRUCTURAL CORRECTION can go a long way toward helping you manage your Migraine Headaches.
Take a look at Heidi Martin's testimonial from Dr. Osborne's site below. Her statement about misdiagnosis is particularly interesting in light of THIS HEALTHCARE PROVIDER SURVEY. Unfortunately, Heidi is the norm. In fact, if you fail to step outside the box and tackle these sorts of problems on your own (HERE), it is likely you will not ever find a solution.
I had been on disability for nearly 3 years due to debilitating migraines. I was getting them on an average of 26 to 29 days a month. I have recently gone on a gluten free diet and have stopped having migraines. My doctor had diagnosed my migraines as being brought on by stress but I am undergoing the most stress I have ever gone through yet I am migraine free, so I highly suggest to all you migraine sufferers, please try a gluten free diet. It really isn't hard to do at all... What a gift to not be living in daily physical pain... Now I am wondering if they misdiagnosed the reason I have an eight inch scar on my tummy from that intestinal surgery as when I read the symptoms of celiac disease, I seemed to have all those symptoms as well... I have lost so much faith in doctors...I am starting to feel better off researching things myself.
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CHRONIC PAIN AND OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH
FORWARD HEAD POSTURE
EXAMPLES OF LOSS OF CERVICAL LORDOSIS OR REVERSE CURVE (KYPHOSIS)
EXAMPLES OF A LORDOTIC CERVICAL CURVE
On the other hand, if you do not have the proper amount of curve (or you have a reverse cervical curve), force is not only not dissipated, it is redistributed in a manner that both causes and accelerates the degenerative processes which are at work on all of us due to the effects of gravity. Instead of acting like a spring, your neck can end up pounding your discs like a hammer pounds a nail. As you might imagine, the resulting mechanical dysfunction causes a host of problems which can actually be seen on X-ray. The first of these is something called "Sclerosis" (a build-up of calcium). When this gets more severe, there will be bone spurs that form. Right along with these is DISC DEGENERATION. The bottom line is that anything that keeps your spine from moving like it should move (including having the proper curvature and GOOD POSTURE) will cause or accelerate Spinal Decay.
RESULTS OF HAVING AN IMPROPER CERVICAL CURVE
WHAT IT TAKES TO ADDRESS IMPROPER CERVICAL CURVES
The great thing is; once your chiropractor has put you through the proper tests and figured out that you can tolerate Cervical Extension Traction, you can do most of it at home with inexpensive devices such as my favorite, the DAKOTA TRACTION UNIT (thanks Dr. Tressler!). Not only does it have the ability to help the problems listed above by improving the biomechanical function of the cervical spine, it is my belief that Cervical Extension Traction (along with EXTENSION EXERCISES) are probably the single best methods of dealing with the CHRONIC TRIGGER POINTS that do not respond to SCAR TISSUE REMODELING.
SATURATED FAT AND HEART DISEASE
IS THERE A LINK?
"The mantra that saturated fat must be removed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease has dominated dietary advice and guidelines for almost four decades. Yet scientific evidence shows that this advice has, paradoxically, increased our cardiovascular risks. Furthermore, the government’s obsession with levels of total cholesterol, which has led to the overmedication of millions of people with statins..." Aseem Malhotra, Interventional Cardiology specialist at Croydon University Hospital of London
One of the oldest and most prestigious medical journals on the planet, the British Medical Journal, published an interesting (and controversial) commentary by Malhorta a couple of days ago called Observations From the Heart: Saturated Fat is not the Major Issue. The article, an overview of the peer-reviewed literature on the subject, showed that saturated fat is not the Great Satan it has been made out to be. Hopefully, this is not new information for you (HERE). TRANS FATS are the fats which are widely associated with disease; not Saturated Fats. This is why a PALEO DIET is so beneficial for people with a wide variety of chronic illnesses, including most cases of cardiovascular disease and OBESITY.
I would suggest you read the entire article (HERE), as it will only take you five minutes to get through it. While you are at it, you may want to check out our information on STATIN DRUGS as well. It all boils down to understanding and educating patients about what it takes to squelch INFLAMMATION at its source ---- something the worldwide medical community is, in my opinion, doing an extremely poor job of (HERE).
COMMON THYROID DRUGS LINKED TO BIRTH DEFECTS
The thing I want you to focus on here are the words, "early in pregnancy". This means that these drugs could be causing their damage before the woman even realizes she is pregnant. While I am certainly not advocating that you simply stop taking your meds, there are things that you can do to begin getting a handle on virtually all ENDOCRINE PROBLEMS, including THYROID. Although far from a total solution, HERE is what I consider to be the starting point.
WHY YOU ARE ADDICTED TO JUNK FOOD
HOW TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF ADDICTION
I am sort of like that "dry alcoholic". As long as I never touch it, I don't really crave it. But give me that first Oreo (or doughnut, or bite of cheesecake, or whatever) and I want more. And the more I want is not just here-and-now today. I promise that I'll want it tomorrow as well. It's the nature of an addiction. The more you eat, the more you want. This is why you will almost never see me eating desert or junk.
Using modern medical technology, Schroeder and his team at CC proved that Oreo Cookies (admit it ---- you can't eat just one yourself) actually activate a greater number of neurons that either cocaine or heroin / morphine. Stop and re-read that sentence and let the magnitude of it sink in. Here is the thing ---- you already knew this! Otherwise, pushing away from the table, saying no to junk, losing weight, and getting in great shape would be so simple that everyone would be jumping on the wagon. Instead, if you count those who are SKINNY FAT, we are a society where nearly 4 of 5 adults are either OBESE OR OVERWEIGHT. To learn more about breaking the vicious cycle of addiction, I provided a few links.
LIFESAVER? DESTROYER OF HEALTH? OR BOTH?
"Antibiotic resistance is rising for many different pathogens that are threats to health,” said “If we don’t act now, our medicine cabinet will be empty and we won’t have the antibiotics we need to save lives. Every year, more than two million people in the United States get infections that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a result..... Studies have estimated that, in the United States, antibiotic resistance adds $20 billion in excess direct health care costs, with additional costs to society for lost productivity as high as $35 billion a year. The use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance. Up to 50 percent of all the antibiotics prescribed for people are not needed or are not prescribed appropriately. " Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dr. Tom Frieden, from September's 113 page paper Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013. By thy way, many studies are putting the percentage of 'inappropriately prescribed' antibiotics at 70% or greater.
"Resistance has emerged for all known antibiotics in use. For most antibiotics, and classes of antibiotics, antibiotic resistant genes have also entered the bacterial population in the domains where antibiotics are used. For example, in hospitals, farms and aqua-culture ponds." The Australian Department of Health's Joint Expert Technical Advisory Committee on Antibiotic Resistance (JETACAR) from a study called, ‘The Use of Antibiotics in Food Producing Animals: Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria in Animals and Humans’. October 1999
"The greatest possibility of evil in self-medication is the use of too small doses so that instead of clearing up infection the microbes are educated to resist penicillin and a host of penicillin-fast organisms is bred out which can be passed to other individuals and from them to others until they reach someone who gets a septicaemia or pneumonia which penicillin cannot save." New York Times June 26, 1945
Amoxicillin (a version of Penicillin invented in 1972) is America's most commonly prescribed Antibiotic for both adults and CHILDREN. It also happens to be the cheapest Antibiotic at $12 to $30 per prescription. Because the patent has expired, there are over 70 different companies manufacturing and / or marketing their version of the drug. Go to the average doctor with a sniffle, sneeze, or sore throat, and the odds are you'll walk out with a script for Amoxicillin.
A recent study of Amoxocillin was done using just over 2,000 patients from all over Europe. It was published in one of the oldest and most prestigious medical journals on the planet ---- Lancet. The study, published last December, took people with uncomplicated LTRI (Lower Respiratory Tract Infection without pneumonia) and broke them up into two groups ---- those who were given Antibiotics, and those who were given a placebo. The two groups showed almost no difference in the severity or the duration of the illness ---- even in the GERIATRIC POPULATION. There were, however, significantly more side effects in the Antibiotic group. Lead researcher, Dr. Paul Little of the University of Southampton, summed it up best when he said that, "patients given amoxicillin don't recover much quicker or have significantly fewer symptoms. Using amoxicillin to treat respiratory infections in patients not suspected of having pneumonia is not likely to help and could be harmful." HERE is a previous study on Upper Respiratory Infections and Antibiotics.
If you go back 100 years ago, the most common causes of death were related to bacterial infections. Half of all the infants that died did so due to infection with a bacterium called Streptococcus Pyogenes. Tuberculosis ("Consumption") was a dreaded problem that was not particularly uncommon. And Staph infections were fatal in about 80% of infected wounds. Antibiotics were discovered in the 1920's and became widely available for use just prior to the outbreak of WWII. This new "Miracle Drug" saved lives --- period! In fact, greatly due to Antibiotics, the generation who lived through this war saw their life expectancy increase by an astounding 8 years. Optimism was running so high the year I was born (1967), that William Stewart, the Surgeon General during President LBJ's "Great Society" made the following statement. "The time has come to close the book on infectious diseases. We have basically wiped out infection in the United States." Unfortunately, Stewart's statement was not only premature, it showed a total lack of understanding of what "health" is really all about.
LIFE WITHOUT FEAR
Just remember that even though they are all too often being used as such, study after study after scientific study tells us that Antibiotics should never be a first line of defense against things like EAR INFECTIONS, sinus infections, CHRONIC NASAL AND SINUS CONGESTION, colds, FLU, COUGHS, ALLERGIES / ASTHMA, and a whole host of others. Furthermore, if you do end up taking Antibiotics for any reason, there are very specific protocols you need to follow to replenish your body's good bacteria (HERE, HERE, and HERE are a few of these). This is because fully 80% OF YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM IS FOUND IN THE GUT ---- LARGELY MADE UP OF BACTERIA. If you take some time to read my posts on ANTIBIOTICS, GUT HEALTH, AUTOIMMUNITY, and BLOOD SUGAR, you might freak out just a bit. That's OK. Whatever it takes to wake you up and educate you about the harmful side effects of Antibiotics. Just remember that the lives and health of you and your family are at stake.
Many of you reading this post live your life in a state of fear. You are germaphobics. You are completely freaked out by the prospect of coming in contact with bacteria or other "germs". This is a completely wrong way to think. For the most part, bacteria should be one of your closest friends (HERE). Think about it for a moment; if germs were really the root cause of sickness and disease, none of us would be alive to be having this conversation. For information about starting your journey back to health, HERE it is.
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).
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