Health Tip Archive

Enhance Your Health

  • Is Yogurt actually good for you?

    I remember watching television commercials as a child. One commercial that stands out was for yogurt. Very, very old, old people were eating yogurt in the Asian countries. The tag line was that they were able to become so old because they ate yogurt every day (which they actually did). Yogurt is classified as a superfood..... Read more »

  • Sun Exposure

    Skin cancer is a huge problem. The problem begins with sun exposure. This is where the topic can get tricky. Experts agree that over exposure to the sun, via burning of the skin is a catalyst for many skin issues including skin cancer. The conundrum is that exposure to the sun is of extreme benefit to the body. This is in fact due to vitamin D3..... Read more »

  • Why Bones Pop and Crack

    As a chiropractor, I am often asked two questions. The first is, “What is that noise that occurs when my spine is adjusted?” And number two, “Will cracking my knuckles give me arthritis?” Years ago, the common belief was that the sound your joints make when “cracked” is due to the popping of bubbles in the fluid between the joint..... Read more »

  • Eat Antibiotic Free

    Antibiotics are possibly the greatest discovery of all time. Medication that attacks and destroys harmful bacteria in the body at a time when the body is not able to do it on its own is a wonderful thing. Antibiotics have saved countless lives and are one of the most important tools that doctors have in their disease treating arsenal. That being said..... Read more »

  • Health and Exercise

    Exercise is widely considered to be the answer for weight loss, heart disease and diabetes prevention and overall health. When the topic of cancer comes up, exercise is not usually mentioned as a treatment or preventative tool. According to recent research, exercise can help lower your risk of..... Read more »

  • Superfoods!

    For this week's health tip, I will list the generally considered top 10 healthiest foods of all time. 1. Avocados, which are actually classified as a fruit, are low in fructose and rich in healthy monounsaturated fat and potassium, and research has confirmed the avocado's ability to benefit vascular function and heart health. Avocados also provide..... Read more »

  • Sugar is the killer!

    Sugar consumption is at an all-time record high. At the same time, obesity and diabetes rates have skyrocketed worldwide. For the first time in history, obese people outnumber those who are underweight, and prediabetes affects half of the adults in the USA.  According to a 2014 study, 10 percent of Americans consume 25 percent or more of their daily calories...... Read more »

  • Chiropractic Matters!

    Although chiropractic care is not normally associated with allergy relief or chronic sinus trouble, it offers a profound and medically sound method for improving well-being and fending against common, everyday afflictions. This is achieved through the release of stress on the nervous system..... Read more »

  • Curbing Obesity

    A new study in PLOS Genetics suggests that your body has a self-fulfilling prophecy when it comes to a propensity for being thin or obese. In other words, if you’re doing everything you can to lose a few pounds and it seems like nothing works, it could be your genes are programmed to work against those efforts..... Read more »

  • High Intensity Interval Training

    Next to eating healthy foods, the next best and greatest thing you can be doing for your health is exercise.  As we all know, exercise is good for you and is a valuable tool for maintaining body weight. Additionally, major benefits include increased metabolism (burn more calories while at rest), increased bone density, greater flexibility, improved..... Read more »

  • Carbohydrates, Sugar and Diabetes

    Now, for irony, nearly 80 million Americans - about one in four - has diabetes or pre-diabetes. Diabetes among children and teens is also growing at a rapid rate. The most recent data reveals that, between 2001 and 2009, type 2 diabetes among children aged 10-19 rose by 30 percent. The evidence points to a faulty diet, with the main culprit being carbohydrates..... Read more »

  • Top 10 Healthiest Foods of All Time

    I will list the generally considered top 10 healthiest foods of all time.  Here we go. 1. Avocados, which are actually classified as a fruit, are low in fructose and rich in healthy monounsaturated fat and potassium, and research has confirmed the avocado's ability to benefit vascular function and heart health. Avocados also provide.... Read more »

  • Cluster Headaches

    An estimated 13 percent of Americans suffer from migraines. Cluster headaches are far less common, affecting maybe five percent of people, or less. Headaches, especially migraines, are typically caused by mitochondrial dysfunction. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) will help regenerate your mitochondria. The reduced form, ubiquinol, tends to work best for most people.... Read more »

  • Benefits of Bone Broth

    Here is a smattering of the latest health news from the last week.  Have you ever heard of bone broth.  It is the latest rage in nutritious foods.  A powerfully nourishing food, bone broth is easily digestible, heals the lining of your gut, and is loaded with valuable nutrients that promote healing. If you’re struggling with illness.... Read more »

  • Exercise your Body for your Brain!

    Scientists have linked physical exercise to brain health for many years. In fact, there’s compelling evidence that physical exercise helps build a brain that not only resists shrinkage, but increases cognitive abilities by promoting neurogenesis, i.e. your brain’s ability to adapt and grow new brain cells. In essence, physical activity produces biochemical changes... Read more »

  • How Thoughts Change Health

    The power of the mind is tremendous. Recent research finds that dwelling on negative events can increase levels of inflammation in the body. Research performed at Ohio University discovered that when study participants were asked to think about a stressful incident, their levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of tissue inflammation, rose. The study is the first.... Read more »

  • Diet Affects Inflammation

    Most people think of inflammation as the byproduct of a muscular injury, tendonitis or bursitis.  A large, puffy, swollen body part is what usually accompanies those conditions. In addition to musculoskeletal inflammation, there is a much more serious type of inflammation. This second type of inflammation is more important to the health of the human body.... Read more »

  • Cell Phone Damage

    It’s been about 24 years since the first handheld cell phones hit the market.  After a slow, trickling roll out, the gradual purchase of these much bigger, bulkier phones turned into a stampede with cellular phones being the “must have” technology of the mid 1990’s.  If my memory serves me correctly, I had a cell phone.... Read more »

  • Gardasil

    Warning, Danger, Alert!! The HPV vaccine Gardasil was granted European license in February 2006, followed by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval that same year in June. Gardasil was controversial in the U.S. from the beginning, with vaccine safety activists questioning the quality.... Read more »

  • Astaxanthin

    In past health tips, I have written about the benefits of organic coconut oil for improving overall health and specifically brain function. Coconut oil has been shown to have positive affects on improving cognitive function in people suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Well, after you read this week's Health Tip.... Read more »

  • Heart Attacks

    I recently came across an article of most interest to me concerning heart attacks.  In the article written by Thomas Cowan, M.D., he sites research that says that most heart attacks are likely caused by an imbalance in your central nervous system (CNS) and your autonomic (or unconscious) nervous system (ANS), which controls the function of our internal organs.... Read more »

  • Vitamin C

    Vitamin C holds a special place in my heart as well as my medicine cabinet. As a young teen, my interest in health was initiated by learning the ins and outs of exercise. Once I started lifting weights, I realized (from reading muscle magazines) that nutrition was very important for fitness. More reading taught me that.... Read more »

  • Brussel Sprouts

    Tis the season.  The season of Brussel sprouts! Brussels sprouts have been voted as the most-hated vegetable in both the US and Britain, perhaps because they can be notoriously smelly. But the offensive odor only occurs when these nutritional powerhouses are overcooked – something you definitely want to avoid to preserve both their flavor and nutrients. Further.... Read more »

  • Roundup

    A very popular brand of weed killer that is found in every hardware store, and garden and farm supply store is “Round up”. Scientists have said for years that not only are the active chemicals contained in Round-Up dangerous to the environment (as it pollutes and contaminates our soil and vegetation), but it is also harmful to humans.... Read more »

  • Organic Foods

    One of the strongest selling points for eating organic food is the fact that doing so can significantly lower your exposure to pesticides and other harmful chemicals used in conventional agriculture. Both the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics and a US Endocrine Society task force warn... Read more »

  • Weight Loss

    Over the years, as a former competitive bodybuilder, powerlifter and elite level rugby player, I have used my body as tool to perform at a higher level in sports. For some sports I weighed as much as 237 lbs and as low as 200 lbs for others. In general, I usually maintained an average weight of 215lbs. Once my high level competitive sports years ended... Read more »

  • Fiber

    Dietary fiber (found in vegetables, fruits and grains) is a type of carbohydrate that the body can't digest.  Though most carbohydrates are broken down into sugar molecules, fiber cannot be broken down into sugar molecules, and instead it passes through the body undigested. Fiber helps regulate... Read more »

  • Change of Season

    As the seasons change and the weather turns from warm to colder, the days get shorter with less health boosting sunshine.  In a pre-emptive strike on the cold and flu season, now is the time to pay attention to your body’s immune system needs.  It is time to pay attention to what is needed to enhance... Read more »

  • Sugar

    Being overweight (no pun intended) is a huge problem. Obesity, 30 or more pounds over your ideal weight, is the leading contributor to ill health and disease in the entire countrty.

    People rightly think that smoking is bad for you... Read more »

  • Artificial Sweeteners

    The business of artificial sweeteners is built on the idea that no- or low-calorie sugar substitutes will help you lose weight. Unfortunately, this simply isn't true. Research has repeatedly shown that artificially sweetened "diet" foods and beverages tend to stimulate your appetite, increase cravings for carbs, and stimulate fat storage and weight gain.... Read more »

  • Deoderant

    The underarm are is one of the most sensitive areas in the body (it is the go to ticklish spot for kids trying to tickle parents!). The underarm area is also where we tend to have the most perspiration come out of our bodies when we are over heated. The defense for sweaty, smelly armpits is underarm deoderant. We use deoderant to keep our underarms dry and block offensive odors.

    The problem is that all deoderants... Read more »

  • Heart

    I recently came across an article concerning heart attacks. In the article written by Thomas Cowan, M.D., he sites research that says that most heart attacks are likely caused by an imbalance in your central nervous system (CNS) and your autonomic (or unconscious) nervous system (ANS), which controls the function of our internal organs. He goes on to say that bypass surgery provides minimal benefit for most people... Read more »

  • Acetaminophen and Pregnancy

    Acetaminophen (brand name Tylenol) is one of the most widely used pain relievers in the United States, including among pregnant women. Research published in the journal American Family Physician even called acetaminophen "the pain reliever of choice during pregnancy," and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data suggest 65 percent of pregnant women use the drug. Acetaminophen was most commonly used to treat pain, fever and flu symptoms among pregnant women... Read more »

  • Drinking Enough Water

    If you think that you have a bit of a problem drinking enough water on a daily basis, you are probably right. Even worse is the lack of water that is occurring with children.

    According to recent statistics that I have found on the internet, more than half of American children are dehydrated, which can have repercussions for their health and academic performance... Read more »