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September 2009 Health Newsletter


Current Articles

» THE IMPORTANCE OF ELECTROLYTES
» OXIDATION-REDUCTION
» WHY DO I NEED ALKALINE RESERVES
» ABC Testing!
» NMT
» New Drug Information/Cholesterol
» Chiropractic Care Of A 6 Year–Old Girl With Head, Neck & Extremity Pain
» Chiropractic Care Cost-Effectiveness for Musculoskeletal Disorders
» Aquatic Exercise Effective For Chronic Low Back Pain
» Broccoli's Artery Cleaning Effects

THE IMPORTANCE OF ELECTROLYTES

This month we discuss the importance of Electrolytes. This is the 3rd key biomarker of the ABC test that we now have available in our office.

Electrolyte imbalances can increase problems with dehydration and exacerbate problems with your heart and nervous system. Why? Because, your body is electric. On the smallest levels, your body passes fluids via osmosis (passage of fluids through semi-permeable membranes) by attracting positive molecules to negative molecules. Your body has a North and South pole just like the earth!

Without the essential conductive materials (electro-lytes), your muscles don't funtiona t optimal levels, including the most important one, your heart!

If you are low in electrolytes, trace minerals and good salt, like Celtic Sea salt can help! I do not support the use of commonly sold "ade" type drinks loaded with sugar and chemicals. Make your own with real fresh lime and lemon and add some good Celtic Sea Salt. Next month we will go into the importance of good salt and why the regular salt you and I were brought up on deserves the bad reputation is has gotten. Use only Celtic Sea salt or Real Salt. As always, just call me or email me if you have any questions or comments.

Happy Summertime!

 

Dr. Steven Saul

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


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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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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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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 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 Of A 6 Year–Old Girl With Head, Neck & Extremity Pain
A recent case study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine reviewed the care and outcome of a 6-year old girl receiving chiropractic care. The 6-year old girl was pushed into a playground slide, hitting her head and resulting in acute complaints of her "neck and brain hurting" and hand, foot, and occasional leg pain. In addition, she had a several-year history of unexplained fatigue, vomiting, and coughing spells. Upon examination, the treating chiropractic doctor found she was suffering from noticeable head tilt, significant loss of the cervical (neck) range of motion as well as tenderness, muscle spasm and edema along her cervical (neck) and thoracic (upper back) regions. After her 5th chiropractic treatment, her symptoms had dissipated and by her 9th treatment, she was able to return to normal activity. At 19 weeks, her neck and back continued to be asymptomatic and full and normal motion had returned to her spine.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. September 2009.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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Chiropractic Care Cost-Effectiveness for Musculoskeletal Disorders

A new pilot program shows that conservative heath care, including chiropractic, may reduce overall health care costs in patients with musculoskeletal disorders, such as back and neck pain. The pilot, conducted by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield to measure quality of patient care for its members in Iowa and South Dakota, also shows promising outcomes for the patients choosing chiropractic and other conservative care.

"The cost-effectiveness and safety of chiropractic has been documented in several studies. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is pleased that insurance companies are starting to recognize the value that doctors of chiropractic and other conservative providers can offer to their members," said ACA President Glenn Manceaux, DC. "Especially during the health care reform debate, it's important that chiropractic and other conservative care methods are taken into serious consideration as a cost-effective alternative to the utilization of expensive surgery and hospital-based care," he added.

Wellmark conducted the Physical Medicine Pilot on Quality in 2008 for Iowa and South Dakota physical medicine providers. A total of 238 chiropractors, physical therapists and occupational therapists provided care to 5,500 members with musculoskeletal disorders. According to Wellmark, data from participating clinicians show that 89 percent of the patients treated in the pilot reported a greater than 30-percent improvement in 30 days.

The pilot compared data for Wellmark members who received care from doctors of chiropractic or physical therapists with a member population with similar demographics who did not receive such services. The comparison showed that those who received chiropractic care or physical therapy were less likely to have surgery and experienced lower total health care costs, according to Wellmark.

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of back pain, neck pain, headaches and other neuromusculoskeletal complaints. A significant amount of evidence shows that chiropractic care for certain conditions can be more effective and less costly than traditional medical care. Recent research includes:

  • A study published in the October 2005 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) found that chiropractic and medical care have comparable costs for treating chronic low-back pain, with chiropractic care producing significantly better outcomes.
  • A March 2004 study in JMPT found that chiropractic care is more effective than medical care at treating chronic low-back pain in patients' first year of symptoms.
  • A study published in a 2003 edition of the medical journal Spine found that manual manipulation provides better short-term relief of chronic spinal pain than do a variety of medications.

Author: American Chiropractic Association.
Source: Acatoday.com. August 12, 2009.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association. 2009


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Aquatic Exercise Effective For Chronic Low Back Pain
Did you know that aquatic-based (water-based) exercise can be very beneficial for lower back pain? New research indicates in certain cases, it can actually be more effective than land-based exercise. In a recent study of 65 chronic low back pain patients, individuals were randomly assigned to receive either aquatic exercise or land-based exercise. Patients performed 5 exercise sessions per week for 4 weeks – 20 total exercise sessions over 4 weeks. Patients were initially evaluated a 0 weeks, then re-evaluated at 4 and 12 weeks. Both groups experienced statistically significant improvements with certain improvements in lower back disability being superior within the aquatic exercise group.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Spine: June 15, 2009. Volume 34; Issue 14.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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Broccoli's Artery Cleaning Effects
Heart Disease is the number 1 killer in America as well as other parts of the world. Aside from the obvious exercise and physical activity, diet also greatly affects one's risk for developing heart disease. New research indicates that broccoli and other green leafy vegetables can provide a natural defense against heart disease. British researchers recently discovered that broccoli and other brassicas turn on a protective protein in the arteries that in effect, prevent the arteries from clogging with fatty plaques, especially in the most vulnerable parts of the arteries most prone to clogging. While additional research is in the works, these preliminary findings drive home the importance of eating plenty of green leafy vegetables on a regular basis.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. September 3, 2009.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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