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Are You Eating Too Much Sugar?
Can sugar be deadly? According to recent buzz, yes. For the past few years sugar has received negative press and has been blamed for everything including obesity, heart disease to cancer.

Because sugar consumption has tripled worldwide, many researchers and doctors are now calling sugar "toxic" for our overall health.

Case in point - in a recent issue of Nature the authors went as far as calling for regulation for sugar similar to the ones in place for alcohol and tobacco. According to the report, sugar meets the same criteria for regulation as alcohol, because it's unavoidable, there's potential for abuse, it's toxic, and it negatively impacts society. They wrote that sugar is added to so many processed foods that it's everywhere, and people eat up to 500 calories per day in added sugar alone. Sugar acts on the same areas of the brain as alcohol and tobacco to encourage subsequent intake, and it's toxic because research shows that sugar increases disease risk from factors other than added calories, such as when it disrupts metabolism.

This debate is expected to go on. So, what should you do when it comes to sugar in your diet?

There are many reasons why you should try to avoid it and minimize its presence in your overall daily food intake. Here are some solid reasons to start doing so now:

You'll Eat Less

Think of sugar as a wave; it rushes into your bloodstream quickly, forcing your body (the pancreas, specifically) to react with a surge of insulin. The result: a short burst of energy while the sugar's in your system, followed by a down phase once it's removed from the bloodstream. In other words, you have lots of energy and then little or no energy in a short period of time. No energy means your body needs to eat again - soon. Limit your sugar intake in favor of nutrient-dense foods and your body provides sustained energy, meaning you eat less often.

You'll Eat Better

Sugar has an addictive quality; eat one cookie and you generally want a second one, and a third. Sure, there's a limit, but by then you're loaded up on sweets and either a) ready for a change of pace, which means packing on more calories; or b) so sick to your stomach that you're in no mood for the meal you were supposed to eat. Skip a meal in lieu of sugary snacks and you'll end up missing out on balanced nutrition. There's a psychological component, too: the more you stray from your diet, the more likely you are to say, "Oh well," and deviate even further.

You'll Save Money

Unless you're eating sugar straight from the bag, you're probably going to spend a substantial amount of money sustaining your sugar habit. Most sugar-laden products (regular or artificially sweetened), of which soft drinks are among the worst offenders, make a big dent in your budget over time. Just think about how much money you'd save over the course of a month if you didn't buy all those sodas, energy drinks, mocha lattes and the like? In short, you'd have plenty of money to splurge on your favorite healthy foods. Now that's a reason to watch out for sugar.
Chiropractic Care: a Solution for Migraines
The remedy for a migraine eludes most people despite the many years of suffering, until they are introduced to chiropractic care. A migraine is described as an incapacitating condition that is characterized by a throbbing headache, which occurs in episodes that lasts from several hours to 3 days.

According to the World Health Organization, 10% of the world's adult population suffers from migraines and it accounts for over 2% of years lost as a result of disability globally. Close to 40 million people have migraines with at least three million of them suffering from chronic migraine in the United States alone. In addition, over 90% of migraine sufferers miss work or cannot attend function during an attack. These figures are staggering and they indicate the imminent threat migraines pose to individuals and the economy in general. Therefore, it makes sense for people to embrace the answer for migraines; chiropractic care.

How Does Our Office Treat Migraines?

For those who know the pain, stress and cost of dealing with a migraine for years on end without success, they find it hard to believe that their migraine can be cured by simple and drug free solutions.

People with chronic migraines have been victims of empty medical promises for so long they become wary of anything or anyone suggesting that migraines are treatable. What they do not know is that the main cause of their migraines is a misalignment of their upper cervical spine, which can effectively and efficiently be readjusted through chiropractic care, resulting in recovery from migraine.

To treat a migraine, we focus on what other traditional migraine treatments do not; the underlying cause of a migraine. The most common cause of migraines is neck muscle tension. In our office, the muscle tension is eliminated by combining different chiropractic migraine treatments including cervical spine adjustments, trigger point therapy, and acupuncture.

Some of the other causes of migraines that chiropractic care treatment identifies and rectifies include stiff necks, tension in the shoulders, tension in the lower or upper back and even postural misalignment. Once the underlying causes are located and dealt with, the occurrences of migraines are greatly reduced and in most instances, stopped.

Is Chiropractic Care Really Better Than Other Migraine Remedies?

Debates have been raging on for years about the effectiveness and safety of chiropractic care in dealing with various health problems including migraines. Recent studies have brought the debate to a close. According to studies conducted to examine the ability of chiropractic care to treat migraines, chiropractic care is the most effective, safest and most efficient in providing long term benefits with the least number of side effects compared to other remedies.

The results of the study were obtained by comparing two different groups of people suffering from headaches. The two groups had to undergo six weeks of traditional medication and chiropractic treatment respectively.

Conclusively, chiropractic care relieved the subjects migraines.
5 Ways to Help Prevent Food-Related Illnesses
Even though the weather is beginning to cool, there’s plenty of outdoor grilling and picnicking to be done. Whether it’s a barbecue in the backyard, the company picnic, or just toasting marshmallows around the camp fire.

The hot temperature and casual attitude are not only ideal for humans but for microorganisms as well such as bacteria. These organisms also feast during the summer and are able to cause illnesses by contaminating the food.

Here are 5 suggestions to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable summer, free from food borne illnesses. Remember, even though these types of illnesses are more common in the summer, these rules should be followed year round!

1. Always clean your hands meticulously and completely for around 20 seconds, using warm water and soap, every time you handle food and go to the bathroom.

2. Maintain the cleanliness of your surfaces and apparatus. This includes soaping up your countertops, utensils, cutting boards, kitchen equipment after handling them and before handling food.

3. Handle individual foods independent of each other. Bacteria can go from one food to another via cross contamination. Avoid handling eggs, raw meat, and seafood all at the same time since this is prone to contamination. Each food type should have its own chopping board. Wash the surface immediately especially those in contact with raw food.

4. Vegetables and fruits should be washed thoroughly under running water, making sure that the skin is clean using a vegetable brush. Bacteria can be transferred from the skin to the food when peeled or cut.

5. Cook food thoroughly and completely to eradicate any bacteria present in it. Make use of a meat thermometer especially when grilling to ensure that the meat is thoroughly grilled.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer and remember, an enjoyable summer is a healthy one. Stay safe!
What's Causes Nighttime Leg Cramps?
Leg cramps at rest are very common, especially in older adults, but can be experienced at any age. They frequently occur at night and while not life threatening, can be very painful, disruptive of sleep, and can recur throughout the night or many nights each week. There are several possible reasons for leg cramps. Sometimes, such cramps are initiated by making a movement that shortens the muscle. An example is pointing the toe down while lying in bed, which shortens the calf muscle, a common site of muscle cramps.

Dehydration: Sports and other vigorous activities can cause excessive fluid loss from perspiration. This kind of dehydration increases the likelihood of true cramps. These cramps are more likely to occur in warm weather and can be an early sign of heat stroke. Chronic volume depletion of body fluids from diuretics (medicine that promote urination) and poor fluid intake may act similarly to predispose to cramps, especially in older people. Sodium depletion has also been associated with cramps. Loss of sodium, the most abundant chemical constituent of body fluids outside the cell, is usually a function of dehydration.

Body fluid shifts: True cramps also may be experienced in other conditions that feature an unusual distribution of body fluids. An example is cirrhosis of the liver, which leads to the accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity (ascites). Similarly, cramps are a relatively frequent complication of the rapid body fluid changes that occur during dialysis for kidney failure.

Low blood calcium, magnesium: Low blood levels of either calcium or magnesium directly increase the excitability of both the nerve endings and the muscles they stimulate. This may be a predisposing factor for the spontaneous true cramps experienced by many older adults, as well as for those that are commonly noted during pregnancy. Low levels of calcium and magnesium are common in pregnant women unless these minerals are supplemented in the diet. Cramps are seen in any circumstance that decreases the availability of calcium or magnesium in body fluids, such as taking diuretics, hyperventilation, excessive vomiting, inadequate calcium and/or magnesium in the diet, inadequate calcium absorption due to vitamin D deficiency, poor function of the parathyroid glands (tiny glands in the neck that regulate calcium balance), and other conditions.

Low potassium: Low potassium blood levels occasionally cause muscle cramps, although it is more common for low potassium to be associated with muscle weakness.

If you're suffering from cramping or pain in the legs during the day, the cause of your problem may be from pressure on the spinal nerves that exit from the lower spine.
Is Sleeping Becoming A Pain In The Neck?
If you frequently wake up in the morning with neck pain or headaches, your pillow may be the reason.

Sleeping night after night on a flat pillow without any support can cause a lot of unnecessary pain. Because of this, some people resort to using pain medications and sleep aids to get through the night. If you are forced to use pain medication or sleeping pills to get to sleep and are still uncomfortable throughout the day… a cervical pillow might be just the thing for you.

Cervical pillows help put the neck in a “neutral” position when you are laying in bed or sleeping. These pillows are designed to work whether you are a side or back sleeper. They provide support to maintain the natural curve of the neck while laying on your back and keep the cervical vertebrae in a straight line when laying on your side. Stomach sleeping is discouraged in general as it puts undue stress on the neck and lower back, leading to painful, uncomfortable mornings.

There are many types of cervical pillows advertised, using everything from rice to space age foams and even water filled ones. We have several types of pillows to choose from at our office that vary in cost, design, and materials. Stop in and we can help you find which one will work best for you.

Of course sleeping positions can also have an effect on the quality of sleep you get as well. If possible, try to sleep on your back or side to prevent too much stress from being put on the lower back or neck. If that doesn’t help and you still have neck pain, it may be time for a chiropractic adjustment.
I Have Spinal Stenosis, Now What!?
What causes spinal stenosis, or narrowing of the openings in the spine? People can develop spinal stenosis due to traumatic injuries or congenital defects, but the most common cause is age-related degeneration. If you have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, some of the most effective conservative treatment methods available are chiropractic and stretching. In fact, depending on the cause of the narrowing within your spinal canal, stretching and exercise can do a great deal to help alleviate back or neck pain associated with spinal stenosis. Of course, it’s important to always consult your chiropractor before beginning a new exercise or stretching regimen, especially if you suffer from the pain, tingling, numbness, and/or muscle weakness and spasms caused by spinal nerve compression.

The goal of any stretching and strengthening program is to strengthen the “core” muscles that support the torso while improving flexibility and reducing pressure in the spinal column. Here are some simple exercises you might want to try:

Knee to chest – Start by lying on your back with your knees bent and feet flat. Grasp one knee with both hands and pull it toward your chest as far as is comfortable. Repeat with the other knee, then both knees simultaneously. This stretch can be very helpful when performed in the morning, before getting out of bed to start your day.

Plank - Lift up off your knees so that you are supported on your forearms and toes with a level back. Almost like a modified push up position. Keep your head in line with your body and spine in a neutral alignment, pull your navel in, bracing your abs tight. Try to hold this position for as long as possible.

Side Plank - Lie on your right side, supporting your upper body on your right forearm, with your left arm at your left side. Lift your hips, keeping your body weight supported on the forearm and the side of the right foot. Again, try to hold this position for as long as possible then switch sides and repeat.

Tips on Technique:
- Keep breathing throughout the held contraction. Don't hold your
- Don't let your body sag in the middle. Lock in a solid position.
- Gradually increase the hold time, up to 60 to 120 seconds.
- Focus on bracing your abs as you hold the position.
- Increase difficulty by placing your feet and/or arms on unstable
objects like an exercise ball.

“Superman” - Lie on your stomach on an exercise ball (or the floor). Raise your right arm and left leg as far as you comfortably can (or about 5-6 in. if you’re laying on the ground) and hold for 5 to 10 seconds. Repeat with opposite arm and leg. These will help strengthen the muscles of the upper and lower back.

There is a chance that stretching and strengthening alone won’t be enough to manage severe spinal stenosis symptoms. However, exercise and stretching in conjunction with other conservative treatments – Chiropractic adjustments, proper body mechanics, and others – will frequently help reduce your back and neck pain.
10 Reasons Parents Take Healthy Children To Chiropractors
Some adults may wonder why more and more people are taking their children to see chiropractors. That’s a good question and the answer is simple: whether we have a large, full grown spine or a little, growing one, if that spine is not functioning properly, our bodies won’t work the way they’re supposed to.

The second question then, would be “Why would a kids spine not work correctly?”

Spinal dysfunction (or vertebral subluxations) occurs as a part of normal daily life. Typical causes in children are from physical stressors like falls while learning to walk or off of playground equipment or collisions on the soccer field or basketball court. It is also important to keep in mind that the nervous system of a child isn’t fully developed until they’re in their late teens. That is why children can take a fall that would knock you or I senseless, and they pop back up and head off again. It’s not that they’re not injured, their body just isn’t good at telling the brain about it.

When soft tissue like joints, ligaments, and capsules are injured, they will heal whether you treat them or not. The problem is that an untreated soft tissue injury will heal like a scab on a cut, becoming thick and fibrotic, unable to bend and flex properly. These injuries are often the beginning of the “bad” knee, shoulder, or lower back that many people suffer from later in life.

Because the developing spine doesn’t send “pain” signals very well, children don’t frequently complain of back and neck pain. Instead, they suffer from things like colic or irritability, an inability to suckle and breastfeed, poor sleep, developmental delays, digestion issues, asthma, behavioral problems, low energy, inability to concentrate, headaches, etc – the list is endless. In fact, regardless of what the end result or symptom may be, all roads lead back to the nervous system – to the body’s ability to self-regulate and function at a peak level.

This leads to… 10 reasons parents take their kids to see a chiropractor:

1. To prevent spinal problems later in life.
2. To enhance their child’s overall health and well-being.
3. To strengthen the immune system and reduce the incidence of colds and ear-aches.
4. To help with colic and “Irritable Baby Syndrome“.
5. To help with asthma and allergies.
6. To improve spinal posture.
7. To improve their child’s ability to concentrate.
8. To assist with behavioral disorders and enhance emotional well-being.
9. To help alleviate digestive problems.
10. To assist with bed-wetting and sleep issues.

Please contact our office and schedule a FREE Consultation and Exam to see if your child could benefit from a Chiropractic adjustment.