New York Times Article on Bone Density

The New York Times had an article recently on bone density.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/07/why-high-impact-exercise-is-good-for-your-bones/?ref=magazine about exercise and bone density.

Some advice from the article worth noting was,  “So, Dr. Tobias says, young people and healthy adults should probably pound the ground, at least sometimes. Sprint. Jump off a box 15 inches or higher at your gym and jump back up. Hop in place.A study by other researchers published in January found that women between 25 and 50 who hopped at least 10 times twice a day, with 30 seconds between each hop, significantly increased their hipbone density after four months. Another group of subjects, who hopped 20 times daily, showed even greater gains.

 A link in the above NYTimes  article was to: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24460005

They concluded’ “After 16 weeks of high-impact jump training, hip BMD can be improved in premenopausal women by jumping 10 or 20 times, twice daily, with 30 seconds of rest between each jump, compared with controls.”

  A couple of books I recommend on the subject are:

Building Bone Vitality: A Revolutionary Diet Plan to Prevent Bone Loss and Reverse Osteoporosis–Without Dairy Foods, Calcium, Estrogen, or Drugs by Amy Lanou and Michael Castleman  

http://www.amazon.com/Building-Bone-Vitality-Revolutionary-Osteoporosis-Without/dp/0071600191/ref=pd_sim_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=1FYX3FTDTVJ9DRE6QGW7

Better Bones, Better Body : Beyond Estrogen and Calcium by Susan Brown

http://www.amazon.com/Better-Bones-Body-Estrogen-Calcium/dp/0658002899/ref=pd_sim_b_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=1FYX3FTDTVJ9DRE6QGW7

Posted in Uncategorized at March 18th, 2014. No Comments.

Do you have a short leg?

The other day a patient of mine came in for an adjustment.  He said his tailor was making a suit for him and  told him his leg was short.   A leg discrepancy can mean the spinal bones are out of alignment.  It can be an anatomical short leg or a functional short leg because of the way the muscles are pulling on the bones.  My patient said to me that he was feeling fine but because  of his short leg he knew he must be out of alignment and wanted to get adjusted as a preventative measure.

I started thinking that tailors would be a great group to educate about the benefits of chiropractic.  They see misalignments and compensate for them with fabric.  They should tell the client they are out of alignment and  how to fix it. When I was telling my husband this story,  he thought that the tailor could say to the client “Don’t get mad, get even.”

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized at March 16th, 2014. No Comments.

Some Information From the 2014 Integrative Health Symposium

Recently I was as the Integrative Health Symposium.
Check out the event here: http://www.ihsymposium.com/annual-conference/ 

One panel discussion session I particularly enjoyed was titled:
Vegan, Paleo or Mediterranean/Asian: The Right Diet or the “Rite” Diet

This session was a mix of doctors  in the field of nutrition who recommend different diets. They all seemed to agree that we need to:

  • Eat organic vegetables
  • Avoid trans fats, fast foods, and GMO’s
  • Nothing artificial… eat only from nature
  • No processed foods even if gluten free

Meat, Fish, Chicken, Eggs – pasture raised, grass fed, organic

Fish – the smaller the better

Dairy – raw from a farm you know

Oils – olive, macadamia, avocado, coconut and butter is back

Canola Oil is not good to use.  Here is an article about Canola Oil I chose to include from Snopeshttp://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/canola.asp  You decide.

Opinions on fiber, grains  and carbohydrates varied. I personally like to follow the recommendations of Mark Hyman, MD who spoke at the symposium, but was not at this session.

More than one doctor said they’d hoped that the studies that said in moderation red wine and chocolate were good for you were  correct because they enjoyed eating/drinking them and didn’t want to have to give them up.

The moderator was:

Gerald M. Lemole, MD  who wrote:
The Healing Diet: A Total Health Program to Purify Your Lymph System and Reduce the rist of Heart Disease, Arthritis, and Cancer

The panelists were:

1. David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM who wrote:
Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugars – Your Brain’s Silent Killers 

2. Stephen T. Sinatra, MD, FACC, FACN, CNS, CBT who wrote:
The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease – and the Statin-Free Plan That Will 

3. Michael Greger, MD who wrote:
Carbophobia: The Scary Truth about America’s Low-Carb Craze

4. Colin Champ, MD, The Caveman Doctor

The overall theme I took away was that modern diseases are largely the result of inflammation.  They didn’t believe there was any pill  that would ever  radically change the state of health of Americans. We should choose what we eat wisely.

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized at March 9th, 2014. No Comments.

Mindfulness quote from Thik Nhat Hanh

 Last year in a meditation class someone gave me this quote from Thik Nhat Hanh on a piece of paper.  I read it and put it away somewhere.  One day last week it fell out of where ever I had stuffed it.  I re-stuffed it into my bag after that thinking,  “I should read that later.”   Then I forgot about it.  A few days later it fell out of my bag.  I thought,  “I should read that later.” I really felt like someone was trying to tell me something.  When I finally did read it, I felt compelled to post it.  Maybe someone else needs it too. 

 The quote is from the book:

Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life 

“We often ask, “What’s wrong?” Doing so, we invite painful seeds of sorrow to come up and manifest. We feel suffering, anger, and depression, and produce more such seeds. We would be much happier if we tried to stay in touch with the healthy, joyful seeds inside of us and around us. We should learn to ask, “What’s not wrong?” and be in touch with that. There are so many elements in the world and within our bodies, feelings, perceptions, and consciousness that are wholesome, refreshing, and healing. If we block ourselves, if we stay in the prison of our sorrow, we will not be in touch with these healing elements.Life is filled with many wonders, like the blue sky, the sunshine, the eyes of a baby. Our breathing, for example, can be very enjoyable. I enjoy breathing every day. But many people appreciate the joy of breathing only when they have asthma or a stuffed-up nose. We don’t need to wait until we asthma to enjoy our breathing. Awareness of the precious elements of happiness is itself the practice of right mindfulness. Elements like these are within us an all around us. In each second of our lives we can enjoy them…

 

Posted in Uncategorized at March 3rd, 2014. No Comments.