The sensation of pain comes from many places. Obviously, there is a nervous system component; after all, it is our nerves that transmit the signals that alert us to pain and it is our brain that responds to those signals. In addition, there are structural components – if your leg is broken, it must be reset in order for the healing process to proceed quickly; if you have a subluxation in your back or neck, you’ve got to see a chiropractor or osteopath to help you get that corrected so the nervous system can respond appropriately.
However, the degree of our pain, and the length we suffer with that pain is to a large extent the result of chemical messengers that are created in response to an injury. This is called inflammation. However, how this inflammatory process plays out is largely dependent on what we eat. (more…)
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. In the US, approximately one in three adults has high blood pressure, totaling more than 72 million people. Additionally, more than half of Americans over the age of 60 have hypertension. Blood pressure medications have helped a lot of people reduce a condition that can damage their cardiovascular systems. However, recent research has also shown that these medications can have serious health consequences; this post will explore alternative, natural ways you can use to help lower your blood pressure and support your overall health. (more…)
According to conventional wisdom, the infamous “beer belly” is caused by excess alcohol calories being stored as fat. Yet, less than five percent of the alcohol calories you drink are turned into fat. Rather, the main effect of alcohol is to reduce the amount of fat or carbohydrate your body burns for energy, along with increasing your appetite and dramatically decreasing your testosterone levels. (more…)
Medical doctors want to help people feel and be well; however, the tools that they have at their disposal are often inadequate to get the job done. Take, for instance, the top ten highest-grossing medications in the United States; research shows that they only help between 1 in 25 to 1 in 4 of the people who take them.
Many people are unknowingly placing themselves in harms way by consuming grapefruit juice along with their medications. (more…)
Most people are dehydrated. We’ve tested thousands of people for hydration status in the clinic (using a device that uses bioelectric impedance analysis (BIA)) and have found that less than 1% of people are properly hydrated when they first walk through our door. (more…)