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July 2009 Health Newsletter


Current Articles

» OXIDATION-REDUCTION
» WHY DO I NEED ALKALINE RESERVES
» NMT
» New Office Redecoration
» ABC Testing!
» New Drug Information/Cholesterol
» Chiropractic Care for Active Duty Service Members Expands to 11 New Locations
» The Secret To A Long Healthy Life
» How Well Does Your Doctor Understand Back Pain?
» Beware Bottled Water

OXIDATION-REDUCTION

This month we will investigate the relationship of oxidation-reduction.

Cut an apple and it turns brown. This is oxidation.

Ultimately, energy is the exchange of electrons. You either gain them or lose (use) them. When you (your atoms) gain an electron this is referred to as reduction. When you lose or use an electron this is called oxidation. You may have heard someone say "you need antioxidants!" Let us explure why you may need them.

An antioxidant is a molecule capable of slowing or preventing the oxidation of other molecules.  Oxidation reactions can produce free radicals, which start chain reactions that damage cells.  Although oxidation reactions are crucial for life, they can also be damaging; hence, plants  and animals maintain complex systems of multiple types of antioxidants, such as glutathione,  vitamin C, and vitamin E  as well as enzymes such as catalase, superoxide dismutase and various peroxidases.

We know that animals that have higher oxidative stress age faster. Oxidation will be increased due to exposure to toxins, inflammation, exercise, tumors and decreased pH. The effects of oxidation will be a compromised immune system, protein damage, damage to the cell membranes, mitochondrial dysfunction and damage to DNA.

Has it become obvious why it is so important to check the status of this essential biochemical function. The ABC test will tell you if you are have the right biochemical balance. http://www.advancedbodychemistry.com

Call today to get an ABC test done for you or a love one. 404 252 0014.

Next month we will discuss the importance of Electrolytes....

Warm Regards,

Dr. Steven Saul, D.C.

Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Dr. D Baltimore, Wikipedia
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2009


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WHY DO I NEED ALKALINE RESERVES

Hello. My name is Dr. Steven Saul and I have been practicing Chiropractic for almost the last 30 years. One of the major underpinnings of the Chiropractic philosophy is that the body will get better if you can improve its normal functioning. We don't aim to mask symptoms…our aim is to balance the body, physically, nutritionally and mentally.

These physical , nutritional and mental components of health are the essential pieces of what we refer to as the Health Triad.

My practice is designed to handle the physical and nutritional components of well being.

 MENTAL/EMOTIONAL/SPRITUAL

 For the emotional side, any recurring issues are referred out to mental health professionals. I am a person who totally supports the benefits of  talk therapy. I think its important for long term benefits to not just mask the symptoms of mental or emotional distress with potentially addictive and or toxic medications. Yes…good perhaps for short term, but its best to get off these medications as soon as possible.

 Are there people who will need ongoing medication? Yes, of course. But far too many people are using medication as a replacement for  the hard work that often accompanies mental and spiritual healing.

 PHYSICAL/STRUCTURAL

Our structural corrective work follows the same philosophy. If your car is out of alignment, you will wear out your tires sooner. It's the same with the body. If your body is in the proper alignment, it will function better. We improve health by improving function instead of masking the symptoms. If you have had injuries, these may show up much later in life than you would have imagined. I see patients 25 or 30 years after car accidents that didn't even know they were injured. Its much better to maintain good shape, than try to fix something after it has been damaged by years of neglect.

 NUTRITIONAL

For the next few months,  I will be focusing on the nutritional component of the health triad. The nutritional side of the triad includes, food, drugs, hormones, fluid intake, digestion….in other words it is that scientific and yet magical process whereby food is turned into energy and then eliminated as waste.

 LET ME SHARE WITH YOU A GREAT WAY TO DETERMINE YOUR NUTRITIONAL NEEDS

It's called the ABC test. The ABC or Advanced Body Chemistry test is available in our office. The ABC test checks 11 key biomarkers, including Alkaline reserves, PH, Oxidative Stress, Electrolytes, Hydration and more. This test analyzes urine and saliva.

 WHY DO I NEED ALKALINE RESERVES?

Your body is always needing to digest foods and all foods leave either an acid or alkaline residue. If the food leaves an acid residue, it must be combined with an alkali to be eliminated. If your alkaline reserves from food are low, your body will pull alkalinity from the Gall Bladder Bile, Pancreatic Fluids and eventually it will begin to mine the most abundant alkaline mineral in the body…CALCIUM! This will lead to early arthritic symptoms at any post injury sites where this is restricted motion. This is why many people have spurs in their neck following an injury. This lack of alkalinity will also cause digestive problems for the reasons already mentioned.

 WHAT TO DO?

 Our diet should be 70 to 80 percent fruits and vegetables. For most of us, it is the other way around. So make sure you eat a least one piece of fruit every day. Make sure you eat a fresh salad every day. Make sure you eat your vegetables. If you can't get enough there is a supplement we carry at the clinic called Nitro Greens. It will help alkalinize the body by supplying nutrients from Heirloom fruits and vegetables.

Lastly, keep in mind that Coffee, Soft drinks, exposure to cigarette smoke and alcohol will raise the acidity levels in your body. In addition long term fungal, viral or bacterial infections as well as parasitic infections may add to this burden.

Next month we will focus on Oxidative Stress/Free Radical Damage and what you can do to prevent this.

Blessings upon your house!

 

Dr. Steven Saul

 

 

Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Dr. Steven Saul
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2009


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NMT

Hi. We have an amazing group of massage therapists available 6 days a week at the clinic. My opinion is that you need massage to feel and stay your best! Personally, I would not be able to do what I do without it. Chiropractic, Neuromuscular Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Diet and Exercise are the main components to giving you a life you love and a body you don't mind living in!

Gift yourself the gift of health.

Call today to make an appointment.

Dont you deserve it?

Yes you do!!

Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Dr. Steven Saul
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2009


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New Office Redecoration

We have been making lots of changes to the office lately to reorganize and make a happier and more efficient space. I hired Jennifer Calfee of Ideal design to help us with these changes. Thanks to Ron and Diane who slaved over the painting and helped us mover the heavy stuff! Ron is the worlds greatest handywitheverythignman. Thanks also to Ladka and Keith who gave up an entire Sunday to help and to Helme Calfee who finally helped us remove the old ugly water fountain from the hallway. Last but not least, thanks to Susan Saul for contributing some beautiful new artwork!

If you like what you see or need help organizing yourself, feel free to contact Jenn at the following email address. Jennifer@idealdesignatl.com or check out her website at www.idealdesignatl.com

 

 

Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Dr. Steven Saul
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2009


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ABC Testing!

We are proud to offer a way for you to determine how your body is functioning utilizing ABC or Advanced Body Chemistry testing. The ABC test checks 11 key Biomarkers, uncluding PH, Oxidative Stress, Electrolytes, Cellular Respiration, etc and will inform you how much stress is on your Adrenal Glands, Kidneys, Liver, etc.

In this way you can prevent future problems and reverse the problems you already have. This testing is perticularly good for those suffering with morning stiffness, headaches, tiredness, weight gain, digestive disorders or folks who just plain feel out of whack.

This testing is also essential in determining what nutrients, supplements and specific foods you need to bring your body chemistry back into balance. Once a baseline value is established, re-checks can be performed to monitor progress and in this way, guesswork is reduced to a minimum. Most patients receive about a 5 to 8 page report of findings.

The price for the testing is $149 and includes the report of findings.For more information, please feel free to email me at drstevensaul@gmail.com

 

Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Dr. Steven Saul
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2008


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New Drug Information/Cholesterol

This month we will focus on Cholesterol lowering medicines and suggest natural alternatives to statin drugs. If you are too busy to read this entire article and have high cholesterol, call me for a cost free phone consultation. Dr. Saul

Are prescription medicines over utilized? Here are a few facts. In 2006, there were 275 billion in sales of drugs and at least 45 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug on a daily basis. Five out of six elderly or 83 percent take one prescription or more on a daily basis.

IN 2004 1.6 million teenagers and children were prescribed at least two psychiatric drugs in combination.

Lipitor TM ads state that there is a 36 percent reduction in the risk of Heart Attack (compared with placebo). This sounds great until you read between the lines and understand that the placebo group had a 2 percent reduction of Heart Attack compared with 3 percent on Lipitor. This is actually a 1 percent absolute risk reduction!! Considering the cost at about 140/month or 1680/year, is one percent really worth it? Consider the side effects as well. Elevated cancer rates, bone and muscle pain, toxicity of the central nervous system. chest pain, nausea, bronchitis, insomnia, dizziness, urinary tract infection and more.

Furthermore, statin drugs like Lipitor reduce the delivery of Coenzyme  Q-10 which is absolutely necessary for good cardiovascular health. In addition,  Cholesterol is good! Yes..you heard correctly..in fact it is essential.....you need cholesterol as a precursor to vitamin D production in the skin. It is necessary for fat and mineral production. It forms the myelin sheath around the nerves, helps serotonin receptors function properly as well as the adrenal hormones and is important for the optimal function of the immune system!

There are better and safer ways to treat high cholesterol than medicine which include the use of Niacin, Fish oils and increasing your fiber intake. Lets look at these supplement individually.

Niacin (in PCOH-plus...see below)  will increase HDL by 20-35 percent, decrease LDL by 5 to 25 percent, decrease tryglycerides by 30 percent and VLDL as well. Niacin is also very inexpensive.

To avoid the “Niacin flush” from standard Nicain supplements you can initially take it with aspirin and taper over two weeks. No flush Niacin should be avoided in favor of slow release niacin.

The health benefits of fish oil include its ability to aid in heart diseases, high cholesterol, weight loss, depression, anxiety, AHDH, immunity, cancer, pregnancy, diabetes, inflammation, arthritis, IBD, AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, eye disorders, macular degeneration, skin care, psoriasis, acne, ulcers, fertility, etc. 

Fiber is important to colon health and is able to pull fats from the bloodstream aiding to help lower elevated cholesterol levels. Avoid fiber products that contain sugar.

PCOH-Plus is a new product that we are going to have available that utilizes Policosanol from sugar cane, which is the source supported by clinical research, and emulsified CoQ10, which has been shown to be better absorbed that the most commonly used form. Some so-called "policosanols", are isolated from beeswax and rice bran. These extracts have even been shown in clinical trials to provide the health benefits of policosanol derived from sugar cane. Why the confusion? The term "policosanols" generally means a group of, or many cosanols. However, the term was originally given to the isolate from sugar cane, which has as its main component, Octacosanol. On the other hand, so-called policosanols from beeswax consists mostly of other alcohols, as is the case with rice bran extracts. Policosanols from sugar cane has been well studied and proven safe and effective. The results have been published in high quality, peer review journals such as the American Heart Journal, International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology Research, and Diabetes Care.

Dietary changes to eliminate or significantly reduce hydrogenated fats, refined carbohydrates, dairy products, gluten containing grains and alcohol should also be initiated along with an increase in exercise.
  60 capsules:

Niacin (as inosital hexaniacinate) 250 mg
Policosanol (from sugar cane) 10 mg
CoQ10 (emulsified for greater uptake and utilization) 2.5 mg
Superoxide Dismutase (from vegetable source) 15 mcg
Catalase 15 mcg

If you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol, feel free to call and discuss modern natural alternatives. 

Next month we will discuss Osteoporosis, and how to prevent it. 

Hang in there.

 

Dr. Saul

 

Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: David Brownstein M.D., Drugs that don't work and natural therapies that do.
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2009


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Chiropractic Care for Active Duty Service Members Expands to 11 New Locations

Beginning this fall, 11 additional military hospitals and clinics will provide access to chiropractic services for active duty military members, reports the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).

Included in the list of sites tentatively scheduled to open on Sept. 30, 2009, are military treatment facilities located in Germany and Okinawa, Japan—marking the first time in the history of the Chiropractic Care Program that overseas active duty military members will have access to chiropractic.

"Increasing the number of military men and women with access to the essential services provided by doctors of chiropractic is an accomplishment we can all be proud of, especially with the long-over-due expansion to overseas facilities," said ACA President Glenn D. Manceaux, DC. "Research has shown that the most common pain complaint among injured soldiers is low back pain, and let there be no doubt, doctors of chiropractic are the ideal providers to not only treat back pain, but also to help our service members prevent injuries."

The planned expansion sites are:

Air Force
1st Special Operations Medical Group, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Army
Irwin Army Community Hospital, Fort Riley, Kan.
Lyster Army Health Clinic, Fort Rucker, Ala.
Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital, Fort Polk, LA
Bassett Army Community Hospital, Fort Wainwright, Alaska
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany
Grafenwoehr Army Health Clinic, Germany

Navy
Naval Health Clinic Quantico, Va.
Naval Branch Health Clinic Groton, Conn.
Naval Hospital Lemoore, Calif.
U.S. Naval Hospital, Okinawa, Japan

The 11 new locations join the 49 military clinics and hospitals currently providing chiropractic care. For a complete list of military facilities offering chiropractic care to active duty service members, visit the TRICARE Web site at www.tricare.mil/ChiropracticCare.

Doctors of chiropractic who are interested in applying for positions at any of the 11 sites should monitor the federal government's employment Web site, www.usajobs.gov. In addition, ACA will provide application information as it becomes available.

Author: American Chiropractic Association.
Source: ACAToday.com. July 2, 2009.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association. 2009


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The Secret To A Long Healthy Life

Results of a 20-year long study on monkeys could provide insight to one of the secrets of living a longer, healthy and disease-free life. According to researchers, a reduced calorie diet could be the key. Rhesus monkeys consuming a calorie restricted diet were 3x less likely to die from age-related diseases like heart disease, cancer and diabetes during the 20-year study as compared to monkeys that ate as they liked. Another interesting finding was that the calorie restricted monkeys also had more brain volume in some regions, suggesting diet may also improve brain health in aging as well. Researchers fed the calorie restricted monkeys 1/3 less than what their counterparts were eating at their leisure. Clearly humans are not primates. However, since similar findings have been reported in yeast, worms, flies and rodents, it wouldn't be that much of a stretch to speculate that humans might also benefit from certain calorie restriction. It should be noted that no studies of this nature have been conducted on humans and to restrict calories in this manner could be harmful and is in no way recommended. What we do hope readers take from this new study is the understanding on how going in the other direction, in other words overeating, can have devastating effects on one's health.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Science. July 10, 2009: 201-204.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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How Well Does Your Doctor Understand Back Pain?

A newly published study indicates the knowledge most orthopedic surgeons and family physicians possess in managing simple low back pain (LBP) is far from stellar. The exact wording from the study abstract includes, "Both orthopaedic surgeons' and family physicians' knowledge of treating LBP is deficient." While our objective is not to bash the medical profession, we do want our patients and the general public to understand that the management of even simple back pain is often difficult. This is why chiropractors spend a significant number of years learning about and studying the back and spine as well as unique, safe, natural and effective ways to properly manage the many conditions that arise in this area. The results - Millions of people around the world have experienced the relief from pain and better overall health and wellness as a result of their chiropractic care. Perhaps you've heard as so many others have that chiropractors are the experts in treating back pain and many other conditions of the spine, extremities and body. If you or someone you know is suffering from back pain or other aches and pains, take that first step in getting relief – pick up the phone and call our office today!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Spine. July 1, 2009. Volume 34, Issue 15, pp. 1600-1603.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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Beware Bottled Water

According to a new U.S. Congressional report, makers of bottled water have less regulation than that of tap water. According to the report, the "FDA does not have the specific statutory authority to require bottlers to use certified laboratories for water quality tests or to report test results, even if violations of the standards are found." With the relatively high price of bottled water and their many slick marketing messages and claims, we're guessing like us, you may also be at least a little concerned. It should also be noted that bottled water has been recalled numerous times due to contamination with arsenic, bromate, cleaning compounds, mold, and bacteria. Just this April, a dozen students at a California junior high school reportedly were sickened after drinking bottled water from a vending machine. If you like the taste and health benefits of clean filtered water, it just might be best to purchase your own water filtration solution for your home and leave the bottled water in it's plastic container. After all, the plastic bottle isn't going anywhere anytime soon!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Reuters. July 9, 2009.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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