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Your best D-Fence against Seasonal Illness
With winter is full swing around the Elm Grove area comes the threat of “seasonal” illnesses like colds and flus. Why do viruses and bacteria only come around in the winter and fall? It’s a MYTH—they don’t!
The truth is that we are exposed to viruses and bacteria every day, all year long. What determines who gets sick and who stays well? It’s the state of our IMMUNE FUNCTION. One of the best known studies on this was by Cohen et al. in 1991 where they exposed ALL subjects to the cold virus, but only those who were “stressed” developed a cold! (Cohen, S. et al. Psychological Stress and Susceptibility to the Common Cold. N. Engl. J Med 1991 Aug 29; 325(9); 606-612.)
The state of our immune system is influenced by the stressors in our lives. Clearly, the amount of stress in our lives is not seasonal, that’s why people get colds and flus in summer months too. What is a seasonal variable that can explain a significant change in our immune function? VITAMIN D! Vitamin D is essential to maintain immune function and we get most of our vit. D from the sun. So in those cold winter months with shorter days and less time spent outside, we become deficiency in Vit D. There is an easy solution to this….Vitamin D supplements. Besides taking vitamin D to boost your immune function, research has shown that getting chiropractic adjustments can lower stress hormone levels and increase immune function. So give colds and flus the 1-2 punch with chiropractic care and the correct supplements this winter!
Dr. Madalyn Perry is a chiropractor at Performance Chiropractic. She works with people to achieve their health and wellness goals through natural means. Performance Chiropractic is located on Bluemound Road on the border of Elm Grove and Wauwatosa, WI.
This article is a summary of an article written by Dr. James Chestnut. To read the full article by Dr. Chestnut please follow the link: https://www.wellnessandprevention.com/index.cfm/2010/10/4/DSufficiency-Your-Best-DFENCE-Against-Seasonal-Colds-and-Flus
It’s that time of year again! Holiday season is upon us and as you hurry from store to store in Elm Grove, stopping off at the local fast food joint for a quick bite in between stores is the norm. But is that burger really worth it? Dr. Mercola has recently published an article showing that the chemicals they put on fast food papers to wrap up that Whopper are actually leaking into the food. The chemical is called Perfluoroalkyls and is used on the wrappers to keep any grease from leaking through. New studies have shown that these have shown up as contaminates in people’s blood samples. To read the whole study past the following link into your browser:
Dr. Madalyn Perry works with patients to achieve their optimal level of health. Through exercise, a healthy full diet, and chiropractic care, people are able to reach their wellness goals quicker. Performance Chiropractic is located on Bluemound Rd in Wauwatsa on the border of Elm Grove.
Whether it’s going to the local fast food restaurant in Elm grove or grocery shopping at Sentry, processed food is everywhere. Recently, the large food corporations have had some bad light shown upon them and in an effort to save their reputation have released new marketing campaign to help their image. The following is from a blog written by Dr. Joseph Mercola.
Lie #1: Industrial Food is Cheap
The retail prices may be low, but they fail to include impacts on human health, the environment, and other shared public assets.
You will ultimately foot a much bigger bill, paying your part of hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies, medical expenses, insurance premiums, declining property values, and mounting cleanup costs.
Lie #2: Industrial Food is Efficient
Industrial food animal producers rely on heavily subsidized agriculture, large infusions of capital, and lax enforcement of regulations. High productivity and domination of market share should not be confused with efficiency. When you measure total cost per unit of production, or even net profit per animal, you find that confinement operations come with hidden costs.
Lie #3: Industrial Food is Healthy
Industrial animal food production heightens the risk of the spread of food-borne illnesses. And it is no coincidence that rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity are at an all-time high. What’s more, respiratory diseases and outbreaks of illnesses are increasingly common among CAFO and slaughterhouse workers — and spill over into neighboring communities.
According to AlterNet:
“Food production that is safe for the environment, humane to animals, and sound for workers and communities gives us the best chance for a food system that is safe and healthy for eaters and producers alike.”
Dr. Madalyn Perry works with patients in the Elm Grove area to improve their health naturally. Performance Chiropractic is located on the border of Elm Grove in Wauwatosa, WI on Bluemound Rd.
To read the rest of this article click on the following link. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/11/17/3-lies-big-food-wants-you-to-believe.aspx
Contrary to popular belief, eggs actually help lower your cholesterol, and that’s eating the whole egg, yolk included! Eggs have gotten a bad rap over the years with all the hype about cholesterol but they are actually one of the most nutritious foods you could eat. They contain all the essentials for growth. Their high levels of cholesterol is largely modified by their high levels of lecithin, actually a cholesterol-lowering agent. Lecithin is an essential element in every human cell. It is also a natural emulsifier, which means it helps turn fat into liquid inside the blood vessels and keeps plaque from building up on vessel walls. Eggs contain a near-perfect composition of amino acids which is the raw material your body needs to make its own antioxidants. These antioxidants help to body to slow cancer, prevent cataracts, and prevent the build up of LDL (the bad cholesterol). So eat an egg today, lower your bad cholesterol while at the same time increasing your good cholesterol (HDL)!
Dr. Madalyn Perry is a chiropractor in the Elm Grove area who works with patients to reach their wellness goals through natural processes. Performance Chiropractic Center is located on the boarder of Elm Grove and Wauwatosa on BlueMound Rd.
Most adults between the ages of 25 and 65 spend majority of their weekly daytime hours working. Whether its running kids to school in the morning or sitting in traffic on your way to down town from Elm Grove, our spines are what keep us moving from day to day. Our working habits including how we sit and perform our jobs have an affect on our spinal health which dramatically impacts our quality of life. Here are some basic tips to improve your spinal health habits:
1. Find and maintain a comfortable neutral posture. Neutral posture is balanced creating a sense of ease.
2. At work while sitting, your ears, shoulders and hips should be comfortably stacked in a straight line with your sternum facing forward.
3. Ankles, knees, thighs, and elbows should be approximately at right angles.
4. Good neutral posture is not rigid and static, STRETCH OFTEN!
5. Breath easily and deeply from your diaphragm below your sternum and rib cage.
6. Think tall with your sternum forward and head up. Your shoulders should be relaxed, not stooped or slouched.
7. Take mini-posture breaks often. Get up and love around when stresses, tension, aches and pains mount up.
Dr. Madalyn Perry is a chiropractor who works with patients to improve not only their spinal health but their overall health. Performance Chiropractic Center is located in Wauwatosa, WI on the border of Elm Grove on Bluemound Rd.
One-Third of Americans Suffer Joint Pain
The leading causes of disability in the U.S. are arthritis and related rheumatic conditions, which cause joint pain and inflammation in sufferers. Arthritis results from immune system disorders or wearing down of the cartilage and tissues of the joints.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the prevalence of arthritis and chronic joint pain and stiffness may be higher than previously thought.
Questionnaires administered to randomly chosen adults in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico provided data on arthritis incidence. Arthritis prevalence was defined as doctor diagnosis; prevalence of chronic joint symptoms, or CJS, was determined when patients responded “yes” to “pain, aching, stiffness, or swelling in or around a joint” in the previous year during “most days for at least a month.”
The overall prevalence of CJS/arthritis was 33%, or approximately 70 million adults. By categories, the percentages of American adults estimated to suffer from specific conditions were: arthritis (11%), CJS (10%) and both CJS and physician-diagnosed arthritis (12%).
Arthritis symptoms can affect anyone, particularly the elderly, women and those who are overweight and lead sedentary lives. The best way to avoid developing arthritis is to maintain a healthy diet and weight and get adequate sleep. Conservative treatments for arthritis include low-impact regular aerobic exercise, massage, acupuncture and heat and cold therapy.
Bolen J, Helmick CG, et al. Prevalence of self-reported arthritis or chronic joint symptoms among adults – United States, 2001. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (CDC) 2002:51(42), pp. 948-950.
Dr. Jeff Grosskopf and Dr. Madalyn Perry work with all types of patients to improve their joint function and slow down the degeneration process. Performance Chiropractic Center is located in Wauwatosa, WI near Elm Grove and Brookfield.
Exercise Can Add 3 Years to Life Expectancy
The above headline is from a November 15, 2005 InteliHealth article reporting on 2 recent studies that show that on average people who regularly exercise can add up to three years to their lives. The study, performed at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, Netherlands, noted that something as simple as brisk walking a half-hour a day, can positively affect the heart and can have a profound effect on life expectancy.
Dr. Oscar Franco, co-author of one of the studies noted, “Three years of extra life: It’s a very clear message that makes it easy to grasp what might be the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle.” The studies showed that the increase in life expectancy was a direct result of the positive effect on the heart.
In one of the studies researchers grouped 4,121 people into three levels of physical activity: low, medium and high. The results showed that the life expectancy at age 50 for the medium activity group was 1.5 years longer than for the low activity group. However, the high activity group lived an average of 3.5 years longer.
The second study, conducted at the University of Florida, was conducted on a “real world” basis tracking people in their daily activities and the amount of exercise they performed. The study noted that people usually exercised considerably less than they actually intended, but still received the health benefits from the exercise they did do. Lead investigator Michael Perri commented, “If you aim for exercising every day, you’ll probably do four or five days. If you aim for three or four days, you’re likely to get maybe two days done.”
Dr. Martha Gulati, a cardiologist and fitness researcher at Northwestern University concluded, “We need to know how to prescribe this and how to implement this. If we don’t, we’re never going to get to the point where we do prevention. We’re always going to be treating chronic disease.”
Exercise along with a healthy diet and regular spinal checkups are all part of a healthy lifestyle that can keep you active longer. Dr. Madalyn Perry and Dr. Jeff Grosskopf work with all different types of patients to help them achieve their wellness goals. Performance Chiropractic is located in Wauwatosa, WI on the border of Elm Grove on Bluemound Rd.
This is an excerpt taken from Dr. Mercola’s Website : http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/01/02/highfructose-corn-syrup-alters-human-metabolism.aspx
Fructose Metabolism Basics
Without getting into the very complex biochemistry of carbohydrate metabolism, it is important to understand some differences about how your body handles glucose versus fructose. I will be publishing a major article about this in the next couple of months, which will get much more into the details, but for our purpose here, I will just summarize the main points.
Dr. Robert Lustig[i] Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, has been a pioneer in decoding sugar metabolism. His work has highlighted some major differences in how different sugars are broken down and used:
- After eating fructose, 100 percent of the metabolic burden rests on your liver. But with glucose, your liver has to break down only 20 percent.
- Every cell in your body, including your brain, utilizes glucose. Therefore, much of it is “burned up” immediately after you consume it. By contrast, fructose is turned into free fatty acids (FFAs), VLDL (the damaging form of cholesterol), and triglycerides, which get stored as fat.
- The fatty acids created during fructose metabolism accumulate as fat droplets in your liver and skeletal muscle tissues, causing insulin resistance and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Insulin resistance progresses to metabolic syndrome and type II diabetes.
- Fructose is the most lipophilic carbohydrate. In other words, fructose converts to activated glycerol (g-3-p), which is directly used to turn FFAs into triglycerides. The more g-3-p you have, the more fat you store. Glucose does not do this.
- When you eat 120 calories of glucose, less than one calorie is stored as fat. 120 calories of fructose results in 40 calories being stored as fat. Consuming fructose is essentially consuming fat!
- The metabolism of fructose by your liver creates a long list of waste products and toxins, including a large amount of uric acid, which drives up blood pressure and causes gout.
- Glucose suppresses the hunger hormone ghrelin and stimulates leptin, which suppresses your appetite. Fructose has no effect on ghrelin and interferes with your brain’s communication with leptin, resulting in overeating.
If anyone tries to tell you “sugar is sugar,” they are way behind the times. As you can see, there are major differences in how your body processes each one.
The bottom line is: fructose leads to increased belly fat, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome — not to mention the long list of chronic diseases that directly result.
Panic in the Corn Fields
As the truth comes out about HFCS, the Corn Refiners Association is scrambling to convince you that their product is equal to table sugar, that it is “natural” and safe.
Of course, many things are “natural” — cocaine is natural, but you wouldn’t want to use 142 pounds of it each year.
The food and beverage industry doesn’t want you to realize how truly pervasive HFCS is in your diet — not just from soft drinks and juices, but also in salad dressings and condiments and virtually every processed food. The introduction of HFCS into the Western diet in 1975 has been a multi-billion dollar boon for the corn industry.
The FDA classifies fructose as GRAS: Generally Regarded As Safe. Which pretty much means nothing and is based on nothing.
There is plenty of data showing that fructose is not safe — but the effects on the nation’s health have not been immediate. That is why we are just now realizing the effects of the last three decades of nutritional misinformation.
As if the negative metabolic effects are not enough, there are other issues with fructose that disprove its safety:
- More than one study has detected unsafe mercury levels in HFCS[ii].
- Crystalline fructose (a super-potent form of fructose the food and beverage industry is now using) may contain arsenic, lead, chloride and heavy metals.
- Nearly all corn syrup is made from genetically modified corn, which comes with its own set of risks.
The FDA isn’t going to touch sugar, so it’s up to you to be proactive about your own dietary choices.
What’s a Sugarholic to Do?
Ideally, I recommend that you avoid as much sugar as possible. This is especially important if you are overweight or have diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure.
I also realize we don’t live in a perfect world, and following rigid dietary guidelines is not always practical or even possible.
If you want to use a sweetener occasionally, this is what I recommend:
- Use the herb stevia.
- Use organic cane sugar in moderation.
- Use organic raw honey in moderation.
- Avoid ALL artificial sweeteners, which can damage your health even more quickly than fructose.
- Avoid agave syrup since it is a highly processed sap that is almost all fructose. Your blood sugar will spike just as it would if you were consuming regular sugar or HFCS. Agave’s meteoric rise in popularity is due to a great marketing campaign, but any health benefits present in the original agave plant are processed out.
- Avoid so-called energy drinks and sports drinks because they are loaded with sugar, sodium and chemical additives. Rehydrating with pure, fresh water is a better choice
Dr. Madalyn Perry works with patients in the Elm Grove area to improve their overall health and reach their wellness goals. Performance Chiropractic Center is located on the border of Elm Grove, in Wauwatosa, WI on Bluemound Rd.
Asthma Study on Benefits of Chiropractic
Asthma has become a large health concern for children in recent years. Over the past 20 years the incidence of asthma has doubled. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that in 1998, approximately 17,299,000 people in the United States, or 6.4% of the population, with cases among very young children up 160%. As reported in the June 16, 1999 issue of JAMA, the CDC also noted that between 1980 and 1994, the number of people self-reporting asthma grew 75%.
In a study conducted in 1996 by the Michigan Chiropractic Council (MCC), a panel of doctors performed an out-come assessment study to test the qualitative and quantitative effectiveness of chiropractic care on children with asthma. The high demand of parents seeking alternative care for pediatric asthma was shown by the overwhelming interest in the study. More than 500 parents called the MCC seeking to get their child involved in the chiropractic study.
The study, which took place during May and June of 1996, examined the chiropractic effectiveness in correcting the cause of asthma in patients from birth to age 17. The average age of the participant was 10 years. “After 30 days of chiropractic health care, patients averaged only one attack, whereas prior to the study they were experiencing more than four attacks,” said MCC Dr. Bob Graham, who directed the study. “Medications, which can be costly, were decreased by nearly 70 percent. Finally, patient satisfaction was rated 8.5 on a scale of 10.” More than 70 chiropractors from 62 cities in Michigan studied more than 80 children suffering from asthma.
Dr. Madalyn Perry works with infants, teens, and adults in the Elm Grove area. Performance Chiropractic Center is located on the border of Wauwatosa and Elm Grove, WI on Bluemound Rd.