14 October 2010

Chiropractic Care For Back Pain

Why Chiropractic Care Might Be a Better Option for Your Back Pain
The above headline comes from an October 10, 2010 article on the website Health Reform. The article, by Stephen Kelly, starts off by saying, "Research has shown that chiropractic care provides greater improvement and satisfaction to patients with chronic lower back pain. Patients who have been taking medicinal help have reported their back pain to be worse or much worse, whereas chiropractic patients felt more satisfied and their back pain was much better."
The article is a general overview of chiropractic care as it relates to back and musculoskeletal health problems. The author discusses how back pain creates problems in daily life including disruption of sleep. He points out that not only the sleep of the victim is affected, but also that of the whole family. Kelly then offers some comfort by saying, "The good news is you can again sleep peacefully like a baby."
In his lay-person description of chiropractic, Kelly says, "Spinal manipulation and chiropractic care is a safe, effective treatment for acute lower back pain." He also reported that, "Not only does chiropractic care improve your spinal pain, but it can also bring relief to those killing headaches. Spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches."
Dr. Gary Walsemann, president of the International Chiropractors Association noted that many articles use terminology that is not entirely accurate when describing chiropractic. Dr. Walsemann noted, "Chiropractors have maintained that they are correcting the underlying cause of health problems and not directly treating them. In response many authors describe chiropractic in terms that suggest chiropractic is a treatment for certain health issues." Dr. Walsemann continued by clarifying, Chiropractors do not treat conditions directly, we also do not manipulate, we deliver specific chiropractic adjustments to the spine to correct nerve system interference caused by spinal subluxations. As nerve interference is corrected, the body's own innate healing abilities correct the person's health issues and help return that person to good health."
In the conclusion of his article, Kelly noted other reasons "Why Chiropractic Care Might Be a Better Option for Your Back Pain". He concluded, "Furthermore, chiropractic care is a more cost-effective option because it eliminates the pain, and improves the sleep cycle in much lesser time than conventional medicines or other alternative methods. Patients receiving manipulative treatment have shown better sleep patterns and fewer absences from work".

13 October 2010

Sweet Peppers May Aid Weight Managment

Sweet Peppers, More than Good Food

Capsinoids, non-pungent compounds in sweet pepper, may boost energy use by
promoting the use of fat as the energy source, suggests a new study from Canada.

A daily 10 milligram dose of purified capsinoids increased energy use by 20
percent, according to findings from scientists from the Exercise Metabolism
Research Group at McMaster University.

“This study was the first to assess the effect of capsinoids and aerobic
exercise together in humans on measures of substrate oxidation and energy
wrote the researchers, led by Stuart Phillips.

None of the apparent beneficial effects on energy use were carried over to
the exercising state, although this may be due to the exercise regime being too
intense, said the researchers.

“Further studies are needed to assess this, possibly implementing an
exercise regimen that more closely mimics daily routines of the general North
American population, i.e. activity that is less strenuous and shorter,”

The study supports the potential weight
actions of capsinoids, sisters compounds to the more famous and
more pungent compound capsaicin.

The new study was supported by Ajinomoto Inc. The FDA issued a GRAS letter of
no objection to Ajinimoto in early 2009 for the company's capsinoid
ingredient .

12 October 2010


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06 October 2010

It's Been A Looong Time!

Well life has a way of throwing you curve balls when you least expect them. I've been busy homeschooling our daughter, it's her Senior year. Working on my Doctorate has been a challenge this school year, but hope to finish by Spring of 2011. Our family has been dealing with my husband's health challenges and making the necessary changes to prepare for the time he can no longer work. It has been a stressful time for all involved.

I know it has been a very long time since my last post, I hope to remedy that situation and post on a more frequent basis. It is important to have a creative outlet, especially during stressful periods in life. Unfortunately, during the times when you need to be at your best; stress creates havoc on your body. Headaches, muscle aches, upset stomach, lowers your immune systems ability to fight of illness, and a whole host of other unwelcome issues. Be sure to create time for yourself, eat healthy, take supplements, get some exercise and enough rest; so that you can be the best caretaker of your family.

Seek outside help, if you can, and put a plan in place for the future. Whether you are facing a chronically ill spouse, child or parent; you need to be prepared spiritually, financially,emotionally and physically to meet the demands of a life that has been permanently touched by chronic illness or disability.

15 March 2010

A Much Needed Break...

Dear Blog Followers:

As much as I enjoy sharing the latest in health & wellness, I must take a break to focus on family, homeschooling our teenager, and finishing my Doctorate. For now, I will be taking a hiatus from blogging until further notice.

Thank you for all of your support!

09 March 2010

A Crazy New Year

As most of you can tell, I have been a very neglectful blogger, to say the least. 2010 has been a very busy year, so far, filled with a myriad of ups and downs. Homeschooling, Doctorate Courses, Home Business, Loss of Beloved Family Members, Overloaded Schedule, Etc., Etc.

I hope to keep more current on the blog and offer lots of healthy information and clean eating ideas. Feel free to send me ideas, requests, or questions to answer... I'd love to hear from you.

19 January 2010

The Alkalarian Diet

Alkalarian (al-kah-LAIRE-re-in) A person and/or a diet that emphasizes predominantly alkaline food, drink and lifestyle, thereby maintaining a balanced acid-alkaline body chemistry for optimal health and vitality.This program contains a whole new way of looking at diet and nutrition. When followed it leads to a healthy, lean, trim body and an enhanced level of wellness, energy and mental clarity most people have not experienced previously.

Based on years of research and observation we have concluded that over acidification of the body is the underlying cause of all disease. Because many people consume a diet primarily comprised of acid-forming foods, (ie. Sugars, meat, dairy, yeast breads, coffee, alcohol, starches, etc.) rather than whole plant foods, that they are sick and tired.

Taste buds that have been jaded by the toxic effect of sugar, salt, and other artificial flavors may take some time to adjust and appreciate the subtler taste of vegetables. Some individuals opt to add an alkaline food and eliminate an acid food each week until reaching the goal of an alkaline diet.

Transitioning to an alkaline diet requires a shift in one’s attitude about food. It is helpful to explore new tastes and textures while making small changes and improving old habits. The following guidelines help one to understand why these changes are necessary.

End the breakfast food myth. Stop letting the first meal of your day slow you down! Most foods and beverages people choose for the first meal of the day promote high levels of acidity, yeast, and fungi growth in the body. Foods like breakfast cereals, sweet rolls, toast, pancakes, waffles, muffins, oatmeal, maple syrup, honey, coffee, orange juice, etc. contain huge amounts of sugars and simple carbohydrates which over-acidify the blood and tissues. As you over-acidify the blood and tissues, you create a terrain that promotes the growth of bacteria, yeast, and fungus, the great decomposers of cells and tissues in the human body. What a way to start the day!

Traditional high-protein breakfast foods like eggs, sausage, bacon, steak, and omelets also are highly acidifying and compromise the inner terrain. Meats are also high in parasite levels, particularly pork! Therefore, when you make a commitment to balance your eating habits and improve your health, breakfast in particular, takes on a new look. When you start your day, your choices for breakfast would also work well for lunch or even dinner. Any food you choose to start the day with should be good for your body at any time of the day.

For example, try lentil or vegetable soups for breakfast. The Japanese and many other cultures have served soups for breakfast for years rather than the sugary continental American and European foods. A favorite breakfast for many people new to the Alkalarian diet is millet or brown basmati rice with fresh avocado and tomato slices, soaked almonds, sunflower sprouts and flax oil. What a delightful way to start the day! And your pancreas will thank you as it finds it much easier to control blood sugar levels. Add some Super Soy Sprout powder for additional protein. One of my favorite breakfasts is to stir fry every vegetable that I can find in coconut oil. I add a handful of soaked raw almonds and when the veggies are ready I put them on top of a plate of sprouted buckwheat groats. That will fill you up and stick with you and yet you’ll be able to do whatever you desire without feeling bloated.

Go for the greens. Add liberal amounts of dark green and yellow vegetables and grasses from a variety of sources. Fresh vegetables and grasses are an excellent source of the alkaline salts that are anti-yeast, anti-fungal, and anti-mycotoxic. Green foods are some of the lowest calorie, lowest sugar, and most nutrient rich foods on the planet!

Fresh juiced, green vegetables are very cleansing and loaded with fiber. Fruits may be eaten as a snack between meals, especially when the fruit is in season.

Less carbohydrates, more vegetables. Feature in your diet low carbohydrate vegetables, legumes and some grains. Complex carbohydrates are highly acid forming in the body and should not exceed 20% of the diet, so eat them in moderation. Good low carbohydrate vegetables include asparagus, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, green peppers, spinach, kale, lettuce (avoid ice berg lettuce), okra, onions, garlic, parsley, radishes, and squash. Red new potatoes are the best choice in the potato family and should be used sparingly. Enjoy eating fresh legumes. Stored beans can become moldy and contain mycotoxins. Starchy grains and legumes may become moldy when stored and contain fungus, so eat them fresh. Eat fresh, preferably sprouted organic grains in moderation. Some of the ancient grains like amaranth, spelt, quinoa, buckwheat and millet are more alkalizing choices. About 80% of all meals should be fresh, raw, alkalizing foods. (If you only start out with 50% you are still doing much better than the average American!)

The hotter and drier the environment, the more alkaline foods should be eaten because these foods have a cooling effect on us and digest quickly. Therefore, person living in a very hot, dry desert climate will do much better on an alkalizing diet of 90% alkaline foods. The colder and wetter climates allow people to use the slower digesting acid forming foods. The sprouted grains used in Essene bread are a good example because they digest slower and heat the body.

Eat lots of sprouts. Some of the best foods to eat are sprouts. Sprouted seeds become more alkaline as they grow. They are live plant foods that are biogenic, which means that they transfer their life energy to us. Sprouts contain every mineral, vitamin and enzyme needed to sustain the body and assist the digestion process. Sprouts can easily be grown in your kitchen during any season, or purchased at the market. Be sure to check the bottom for brown or soggy stems because sprouts should only be eaten when fresh. Rinse them with pure water before eating them and rinse the live growing plants daily with fresh water.

Remember that sprouts will take on what ever you rinse them in because they absorb the qualities and nutrients of the water they are rinsed and soaked in. When you rinse in chlorinated water, they pick up the chlorine. Some commercial sprouts are not raised in the best of conditions, so check out the source or better yet, grow your own!

Increase your alkali-forming foods, eat less acid-forming foods. Good alkai forming foods include fresh sprouts, spinach, kale, swish chard, avacados, lemons, limes, cucumbers, celery, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, asparagus, green beans, eggplant, broccoli, fresh tomatoes, zucchini, green/red/yellow peppers, onions, okra, garlic, parsley, watercress, cabbage, squashes, soy beans (tofu), garbanzo beans, raw almonds, Brazil nuts, hazel nuts, sesame seeds, flax seed, sprouted grains and legumes. Green juices from all green vegetables and their tops are highly alkaline, as are vegetable broths (make sure they are yeast free and preservative free).

Acid forming foods you should avoid are all animal products, which include meat and dairy products, refined grains and yeast products, and eggs. All packaged foods tend to be more acid forming.

Feature proteins such as broccoli, spinach, sprouts, garbanzo beans, tofu, buckwheat and nuts.

What about protein? Animal protein foods provide more protein than required by the human body. Our bodies are only 7% protein. In contrast to cow’s milk, which is protein rich at 37%, mother’s milk is only 5% protein. Just consider the difference in the growth rate of a baby calf verses a baby human and you’ll quickly understand why they are so different. Excessive proteins often contribute to health challenges because they produce excessive acid wastes and often contain excessive amounts of saturated fats as well.

Drink plenty of alkaline water. Ideally one will drink ½ ounce of water per pound of body weight per day of good, structured water. Remember that the earth is 70% water, the body is 70% water, a cell is 70% water and DNA is 70% water! For more good information on water go to www.alkalizingwater.com

Is this just a coincidence? There is a direct connection between the quality and content of the water in our body and how the body responds to disease and ageing. The brain is 83% water, the kidneys are 82% water, the lung is 80% water, the heart 79% water, the bones 22% water and the blood 90% water! Researchers share that the body at death has only a 50% hydration level so let’s increase our water levels and live longer and healthier!

Eliminate bakers or brewers yeast and all yeast-containing foods. You should especially avoid baked goods such as bread, muffins, pies, cakes and pastries. In America, one out of nine women will develop breast cancer. The Japanese have a much lower rate of this form of cancer—and research links it with the ingestion of baked goods with bakers or brewers yeast. Researchers also clearly link diets containing these foods with gall stones, kidney stones and arthritis. Bread containing white yeast has also been linked to colon toxicity, slowing down the elimination process. Are you constipated? If so get the white, dead yeast bread out of your diet!

Eliminate milk, ice cream, and especially cheese. These should not be eaten because of their lactose (milk sugar) content, high protein content, and the presence of yeast and fungus, molds and mycotoxins. There are approximately 12 grams of lactose in every 8 ounces of milk that can break down into sugars that can feed yeast and fungus. Because of the high sugar and fat content of dairy products, the fact that dairy cows are stored grains and fungal-based antibiotics, and the fermentation process of cheese and yogurt, all dairy products should be eventually eliminated from the diet. Some alternatives are soy, almond or rice milk, spinach, collards, broccoli, okra, salmon and tofu.

What about calcium? If milk products are eliminated, where should one turn for their calcium needs? Many worry that eating an alkaline diet would seriously deplete one’s calcium intake, which is vital for so many functions of the body. All leafy, green vegetables and grasses are inherently high in calcium. We also need to understand that calcium can be pulled from the bones to help neutralize an over-acid condition which is caused when animal products are eaten; thus we see that people are suffering from a calcium-robbing problem rather than a calcium deficiency problem. As long as we are eating an alkalizing diet that is rich in green foods and green drinks, we don’t need to worry about getting enough calcium.

Avoid alcoholic beverages. Wines of all kinds, beers, whiskey, brandy, gin, rum and vodka are purely mycotoxic. Alcohol is a fungus-produced mycotoxin made by yeast which causes direct injury to human health. Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco.

Remember, eat foods that are whole and as fresh as you can. If you eat something that does nto fall in this category these foods should not make up more than 30% of the food (by volume) on your plate. When 70 to 80% of the food on your plate is healthy alkalizing whole foods you’ll experience many rewards in your health and energy levels.

09 January 2010

Baby, It's Cold Outside....

Wow, we are still in a deep freeze; but there is hope on the horizon! It's supposed to warm up to the 20's on Sunday, a virtual heat-wave. If you are experiencing the same in your area, be sure and bundle up to avoid frostbite...or worse....hypothermia.

Those with a low base body temperature, from hypothyroidism or other medical condition will definately need to be extra careful when going out into the elements or if your home is colder than usual. Be sure and dress in layers, cover your head and feet, and keep an eye on your body temperature.

If you are overly tired, suffering from confusion, shaking, tingling toes and fingers, get medical assistance as soon as possible to avoid the damaging effects of hypothermia.

Also, be sure to stay well-nourished and hydrated during this cold snap, so your body can function at its optimal level. Be sure and take your supplements, maintain your clean eating lifestyle to keep your immune system running at its best.

07 January 2010

Happy New Year!

I hope you have had a wonderful start to 2010! New Year, New Decade - Full of Possibilities! I apologize for being MIA for a few months, I've been busy with my doctorate, homeschooling a teenager, driving lessons with teenager, the holidays, taking care of hubby - he has been ill lately; so things have been a little crazy. I hope to get back in the swing of things - SOON - then back to clean eating and healthy blogging!!! In the middle of a deep freeze and 5 inches of snow, here in the Ozarks, been a while since we've seen it this cold. Ready for some warmer weather and to start stocking up the pantry; speaking of which, I need more shelves or an antique hutch to finish the storage area. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and I will blog soon, I promise. For now, back to the fire and some hot tea!