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Immune system

Immune system

One simple activity to promote better health This one simple activity which we are taught at an early age may have far reaching impact on your overall health. Brushing your teeth!  Past studies have linked cardiovascular and other disease processes to periodontal disease or gingivitis. More recent research in the immune response of Fusobacterium nucleatum by Dr. Mandelboim and Dr. Bachrach  indicates  the bacteria can attach itself to immune cell receptors. While this may not sound like a breakthrough study it illuminates some of the physiologic processes of our bodies and its attempts at fighting off infections as well as other disease process. For more information: Research shows strong ties between gum disease and cancer (www.timesofisrael.com) Binding of the Fap2 Protein of Fusobacterium nucleatum to Human Inhibitory Receptor TIGIT Protects Tumors from Immune Cell Attack. (www.pubmed.gov)...

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Time to Make SMART Goals

Time to Make SMART Goals

S.M.A.R.T. Goals If you find yourself during the transition from the old year to the new year wondering what did you accomplish or feeling guilty for not fulfilling your expectations of the year you need S.M.A.R.T. Goals. We are into the second week of the new year and I hope you are creating a foundation for a great year. Whether it is reading more books, or writing your own, running a race, loosing weight, quitting smoking or just getting more active, setting goals provides a deign plan to point the direction. How do you know if you have the right goal(s)?  A great place to start is with S.M.A.R.T.  If you have never heard of S.M.A.R.T.  let me introduce you. S.  Specific Be specific to provide a focal point to your efforts. A “blah” goal would be get in shape while a focused goal is run a 5k race, or play a round of golf without taking pain medication. M. Measurable How will you measure your progress in your goal?  Obtain a training plan for running a 5K race (Google couch25k), keep a log of your status after your activities to evaluate your progress. A. Attainable/Achievable Is this goal able to be obtained. You may already have the endurance for a 5k and may wish to train for a 10k. Consulting with your support group may reveal some potential road blocks to your goal and the feedback and support may alter it up, down or even in a different direction.  Instead of one pain free round of golf a week you might change it to two half-rounds per week. The option is up to you to realize your potential and CURRENT limitations. R. Relevant Your goal should represent an objective you are interested, passionate, willing and able to work towards. If you don’t run, never ran have no interest in running or have other limiting physical conditions obviously this is not YOUR goal. For others golf may be a four letter word and nothing more. Find a goal that interests you! T. Time bound If you have children or manage others for a living, you know how essential it is to have a time bound goal. Working through the S.M.A.R.T. you may realize you may need more or less time to achieve the objective. Some couch to 5k plans may take as little as 2 months. You may be...

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Time for Change – Obesity

Time for Change – Obesity

Time for Change – Obesity The new year is right around the corner and most people spend at least a few mins, hours or even days contemplating the past year and what the would like to see in the coming year.  May be it is time for change. I found there are several interesting  in a recent article by The Wall Street Journal . American’s spent $60.5 Billion in 2013 on weight-loss efforts – Marketdata Enterpirses, Inc. Businesses could save up to 9% of healthcare cost by having obese employees  attain normal or even overweight status. Rudd Center – Yale Fitbit use wears off over time, combined with health coaching has better results. Anthem   Don’t wait for a New Year to make positive changes in your health. Do it today! Pay attention to what you eat. A good friends says, “food is fuel”. What type of fuel are you putting into your body? Start reading labels. If you do not know what it means or can not pronounce it maybe you should consider something else. Start moving. God made your body to move. You have muscles, ligaments, bones and joints which allow use to do so many movements. Don’t over do it in the beginning.  If your goal is to run a marathon have a plan. It takes time to build that kind of endurance. May be you just want to finish 18 holes of golf pain free, play a tennis match or walk around the block. If you have never done an activity, it has been a long time or you now have other healthcare issues talk to your healthcare provider for guidance, seek out the services of a certified personal trainer or of course ask your Chiropractor. If you check out the graphic from The Wall Street Journal  article, you may even consider a career change, but that’s a different blog. May God bless your new...

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Music and Back Pain

Music and Back Pain

Music and Back Pain “I can’t wait to just sit and rest!” Have you ever said something similar or even had the thought? We rush and rush preparing for Christmas and New Years. Failing to reflect and enjoy the true meaning of Christmas. Now after rushing around you have developed back pain. Don’t lose the moments you have to enjoy friends, family and fellowship chasing after things that don’t last. Incentive Need more incentive? Check out the article by Jeffrey Sklar: Stress Reduction and Healing With Music. Using music in combination with the adjustment may be a method for improving the effectiveness of the treatment as well as patient satisfaction. What should you listen to?  What do you enjoy? This time of season I suggest, obviously, Christmas Carols. I know it’s old fashion but the radio in my car still works, along with my assorted CD’s, and yes cassette tapes and records. Not to mention iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, GooglePlay, Last.fm, Beats, Amazon, Satellite Radio.  Wow! there are so many ways to listen to music.  I’m sure you can find something to enjoy and relax with. Take a few minutes today to enjoy the Christmas Music.  Who knows it may just help what ails you.   May God bless you this Christmas season as well as this New Year....

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Overeating and Low back pain

Overeating and Low back pain

Overeating and Low back pain   Who would have even thought overeating and low back pain would have a connection. In the April 2014 issue of PAIN (PubMed), Journal of the International Association of the Study of Pain a correlation between chronic low back pain and satiety (sense of feeling full, WebMD) was reported. What does this mean for you and me especially at a time when we are noted for sitting down to a large feast wearing our “eating pants” and stuffing ourselves like a turkey.  Here are just a couple articles that may help. Slow eating, Fast results All about eating slow Eating more slowly benefits your health and waistline I hope you have a great time with family and friends, and enjoy the blessing of those relationships.  May God bless your time together and this Holiday...

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Is your smartphone hurting you?

Is your smartphone hurting you?

Is your smartphone hurting you? Sometime in your childhood years you probably heard your mom say, “sit up straight”, “don’t slouch”.  It is as if she could see your future posture and know that something bad was taking place right in front of her.  May be you have noticed the posture of others or even caught a glimpse of yourself, head down staring at the latest Facebook, Instagram or whatever comes next social media. May be you are saying to yourself, “its homework”, “the big office presentation”.  Your posture not only speaks for you as body language it stays with you for a lifetime. Even the major news networks are running headlines regarding posture related to technology.  Take a moment and see the article CBSNEWS ran this week, but first… stand up straight, take a deep breath, form a mental picture of YOUR posture.  OK, now click on the link and enjoy. Don’t forget to “sit up straight!” You’re texting your way to...

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Get Moving! It’s time for 180!

Get Moving! It’s time for 180!

Get Moving! It’s time for 180! As little as 180 seconds can make a difference. According to researchers at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada 14 overweight men and women experienced improvement in VO2 Max with 180 seconds per week of high intensity exercise.  That sounds great but what is the catch?  Even though the high intensity was for a total of  60 seconds (20 seconds high intensity followed by 2 mins of recovery repeated three times) this was performed after a warm up and with proper cool down three times per week. So do not think you will simply jump out of your rocker/recliner and run to the kitchen as fast as you can and have the same results. What this does indicate is that getting active will have great benefits. Even as little as performed in this study.  VO2 Max indicates the bodies ability to intake oxygen. Now before you decide to “Go for it”, these subjects where in good health and under laboratory settings. If you are currently active great. Consider altering your workout of time and intensity. If you need ideas of how and what to change consult your health care practitioner and or personal trainer to guide you to be the best you can be. If you are not currently active consult your health care provider for an evaluation before your begin an exercise program, especially a high intensity program. Found in Discover Have a Minute? Then You Have Time for a Workout By Carl Engelking | November 6, 2014 3:04...

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MDA Lock-Up

MDA  Lock-Up

MDA Lock-up Believe it or not, I’m going to jail and I need your help. While it’s not a real jail, it’s even more important as I’m raising bail to help children and adults with muscle disease in my community who are supported by the vital work of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). I might not be able to rely on good behavior to get out so that’s why I need your help – I need you to donate to my bail! Just click on the donation button to make a secure donation – I know that together we’ll Make a Muscle and Make a Difference in the fight against muscle disease. If you would like more information you can link to the MDA.org site or to my MDA Lock-up page.  Donate to...

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Is prolonged sitting killing you?

Is prolonged sitting killing you?

Is Prolonged Sitting Killing You? In the last several decades we has witnessed a remarkable change in our society. The Post industrial age to the technology boom. We reap the benefit of time saving devices and communication but what has this done to our daily activities? A study of people 45 years and older compared duration of sitting for less than 4 hours, 4-8 hours, 8-11 and more than 11 hours daily. Their conclusion states prolonged sitting increase the risk for all-cause mortality, independent of physical activity.  This indicates even if the individual is active the prolonged sedentary life style is detrimental to their health.  The research article may be found here.  JAMA Internal Medicine   More information may also be found at SAXInstitute . What if your work requires you to sit for longer periods of time? There are some things you can to do to activate your body. Check out this article for some exercise ideas. Avoid the sitting disease at...

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Seeking World War II veterans

Seeking World War II veterans

Collier County has established  a local chapter of the HONOR FLIGHT NETWORK. (http://honorflight.org/) HONOR FLIGHT NETWORK’s mission statement: Transport America’s veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices. COLLIER COUNTY HONOR FLIGHT is actively seeking local World War II and Korean service men and women to schedule a visit to the Washington DC memorials. If you are a World War II or Korean veteran please contact the HONOR FLIGHT NETWORK. (http://honorflight.org/)...

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