Chocolate: Friend or Foe?

You may have heard that chocolate is detrimental to your waistline and health, but at Foundation Chiropractic we say eat it up! A recent study in the journal Heart shows that habitual chocolate consumption is correlated to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Flavonoids found in cacao have been shown to be an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogen. However, not all chocolate is created equally, so be sure to grab a higher cacao percentage found in dark chocolate. 

Crawling Is The New Plank

You learned to crawl as a baby but - why is this motion beneficial to anyone past infancy? 

Using cross crawl motions is a reset for your brain, nervous system, paraspinal support muscles and pelvic stability. Having older children crawl has been shown also improved coordination, sensory integration, behavior, and skills in reading and writing. These benefits don’t end in childhood and carry on into all ages.

Crawling is any form of cross-lateral pattern that causes the opposite side of your body to 

work in unison. This means you may already see it in the gym - it may be disguised as "bird dog", mountain climbers, or scissor crunches. 


So how can you support your neurostructural correction by crawling? I suggest you start with 5-minutes each day. Find a spot, preferably with carpet or rubber flooring to make it a bit easier on your knees, and start crawling like a baby. Be sure to plant one hand then bring the opposite knee forward. Hold your core in tightly and keep your back neutral to prevent swaying. Concentrate on form, not speed. After you get used to the motion you can add in variations such as crawling backwards or on uneven surfaces such as stairs, hills or sand.

Does Your Furry Friend Affect Your Health?

Man’s best friend and your health’s best friend! Researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden are reporting in the journal JAMA Pediatrics that early childhood exposure to dogs and farm animals is linked to lower asthma rates.

The link was dramatically stronger in farm animals—where exposure in early childhood resulted in a 50% lower risk of asthma later.

This research supports previous research from the University of Arizona that showed canines might also have a "probiotic effect" on humans. Microbes in our gut can have profound effects on our health, both our mental health as well as our physical well-being.

Forget the yogurt and kiss that pup!


Omega-3 Oil: What You MUST Know!

As you know, at Foundation Chiropractic, we strongly advocate our patients take Omega-3 oil supplementations as a complementary recommendation. Let’s say you have two different brands of 1,000mg capsules. Are the capsules the same?  The answer is NO.

Here’s why: there is a huge difference when s comes to sourcing, quality and quantity of oil. The best Omega-3 is from cold salt-water fish such as sardines, anchovies, and salmon. Warm water and fresh-water fish are not a good source for Omega-3. Quality has a lot to do with the extraction process from I’s source as well as the elimination of PCBs, dioxins, furans, PAHs, mercury, and of course other heavy metals. You obviously want to removes the unwanted junk while still preserving the quality of oil.

When it comes to the correct amount, we need to get specific. At the very least, an average adult should be taking no less than 1,000 EPA per day. Notice we don’t mention “1,000mg of Omega-3 or fish oil per day”. We specifically mention EPA.

EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) is the powerhouse of fish oil. It, along with DHA (which is very important for little ones and nursing moms), are the most important part of Omega-3 oil. Two different brands of 1,000mg capsules may have varying levels of EPA ranging from as little as 70mg to 750mg. The point? All oils are not created equally.

You need to know what to look for. In our practice, we carry the finest quality Omega-3 oil. Is our Omega-3 oil more expensive that what you might find at a warehouse club, department store or supplement store? Absolutely. We will never apologize for carrying quality products.

Anti-Antibacterial

How does the new FDA ban on triclosan, amongst 18 ingredients found in hand soaps, affect your family? 

First, you need to throw out the products that do contain these ingredients. Triclosan has been linked to a range of adverse health and environmental effects from skin irritation, endocrine disruption, bacterial and compounded antibiotic resistance, to the contamination of water and its negative impact on fragile aquatic ecosystems. Products that contain triclosan include sanitizers, wipes, toothpaste, toys, and other “antibacterial” qualities.

Second, take the proper measures to effectively interact with the daily bugs and germs we all encounter.

  • ·       Wash your hands with plain soap and water.
  • ·       Cover yourmouth and nose with a tissue or the crook of your arm when you sneeze or cough to prevent droplets from spreading.
  • ·       Strengthen your immune system through a healthy diet with a variety of fruits andvegetable, plenty of water,  staying active outdoors when possible, and corrective chiropractic care.

Are you fueling your child's brain?

The portion of your brain that connects the two sides, along with the covering that wraps around your nerves are made up of fat. Our brains are made up of 60% fat, with half of that coming from DHA - found in fish oil, algae, egg yolks, liver and mother's milk.

So what does gender have to do with it? Males have a 3x higher need for essential fatty acids than girls do. The difference between the genders accounts for the ease of men to lose weight, however it can also mean that boy's/men's brains are starving. 

Without proper fat intake, the neurostructural corrections that you receive will be less effective in improving healing and function. Stay tuned next month for signs and symptoms of too little fat and what you can do at home.

PR's and Chiropractic

Can you increase your personal record (PR), strength, improve muscle function, and prevent fatigue with chiropractic care?

Yes! 

New research suggests that chiropractic corrections maximize sport performance and aid recovery. A study in the Journal of Experimental Brain Research measured the electrical activity of muscle before and after the chiropractic correction. The results showed an increase in muscle electrical activity of 60% and a 16% increase in absolute muscle force measures. There was also a 45% increase in the ‘drive’ from the brain to muscle.

How? 

When the chiropractic correction is made, it stimulates and excites neural pathways between the brain and the target muscles. This results in increased muscle fiber activity. This work provides further evidence of the capacity of chiropractic care to address the aspects of the brain-body integration and overall body performance.

 

Why Infants Need Neurostructural Correction

Birth trauma can lead to neurological dysfunction, because 65% of neurological development occurs in the first year, it is crucial to optimize these structures and allow your child the best possible chances and normal, healthy neurological development. 

What  does the research say?

A recent study by Viola Frymann, an osteopathic doctor, revealed that out of 1,500 babies - 

  • only 10% had perfect skulls without cranial restriction 
  • 10% had severe trauma to the head 
  • 80% had some strain patterns


Dr. Abram Towbin, a Harvard pathologist found spinal injury is a common result of the bathing process as well as in many cases of SIDS.

Another study by Dr. Gutmann, found in 1,000 infants, 80% had some form of nerve dysfunction.

Very short labor, very long labor, failure for the cervix to dilate, use of Pitocin, use of forces or vacuum extraction, cord around the babies neck and cesarean can all alter the normal structure that may lead to nervous dysfunction. 

For these reasons, infants should be checked and assessed by a pediatric chiropractor as soon after birth as possible. 

 

Are Your Kids Sprouting Like Weeds?

While halloween is most likely the time of year you will see skeletons walking around, Spring is when those bones do the most growing - 3x as fast in fact! 

Our bodies are made up of 206 bones and are 4x stronger than concrete. 26 of these bones are in your spine to protect your spinal cord, provide structure and allow motion.

As kiddos grow at such a fast rate, there are a few things to remember to keep their bones healthy as they "spring" into their new bodies:

 

  • Get them outside! Vitamin D is essential in bone health and growth. Limit sunscreen use for peak hours of the day (10:30am-3:30pm)

 

  • Schedule their Neurostructural correction to be sure their nerve tissue is protected by properly aligned spinal bones


By keeping those developing bones healthy and strong, you may end up at the mall shopping for the next sizes sooner than you thought. Happy Spring!

Tumeric: Natures Ibuprofen

I often have patients ask about how they can reduce the inflammation causing their secondary conditions such as neck pain, foot pain or aches. After addressing the primary condition of neurostructural shift that is causing these secondary conditions, I often advise them to consider turmeric to address the inflammation. 

There are endless reports and studies involving the most active constituent of turmeric – curcumin. This powerful antioxidant has shown to work equally or better than NSAID’s in relief from osteoarthritis. It also has been shown to reduce GI inflammation involved with IBS and inducing programmed death of cancer cell. 

Whether you use a high quality curcumin supplement or eat a big serving of delicious turmeric curry, we should all be enjoying the benefits of nature’s liquid or powdered gold.

Lemongrass Turmeric Curry Paste:

4 lemongrass stalks, trimmed, tender center part only

6 medium garlic cloves, peeled

6 medium shallots, peeled

3 medium serrano chiles, stemmed

3-inch piece of ginger, peeled

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons ground turmeric

1/4 cup good extra-virgin coconut, sunflower or olive oil

 

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. The paste will keep in the refrigerator for about a week. Freeze any paste you won't use for future use.

 

 

Pediatric/Family Wellness: Best Kept Secret Finalist!!!!

It's an honor...

We have been named a finalist in the Pediatric/Family Wellness: Best Kept Secret category for the 2016 Macaroni Kid Gold Daisy Award.

Please vote for us if you think we are the best! Voting ends October 18th. You also have a chance to win! By voting, you will be entered for a chance to win a $50 Gift Card, compliments of Macaroni Kid! Click here to submit your vote: Gold Daisy Award Voting  

Thank you for the nominations and votes!