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October 2009 Health Newsletter


Current Articles

» LIVER STRESS
» NMT
» THE IMPORTANCE OF ELECTROLYTES
» OXIDATION-REDUCTION
» WHY DO I NEED ALKALINE RESERVES
» ABC Testing!
» New Drug Information/Cholesterol
» Is Your Back Pain Becoming A Pain?
» October is National Chiropractic Month
» Whole Grains Benefit Blood Pressure

LIVER STRESS

This month, we continue with our discussion of the ABC test and how to optimize the 13 key biomarkers that help you get healthier and stay healthier.

LIVER STRESS

Your liver is an incredible organ. It is  essential to life. You cannot live without one. The good news is that with as little as 25 percent left, the liver can regenerate into a whole new one. The liver performs over one thousand known function simultaneously, not the least of which is cholesterol synthesis and the breakdown of insulin and hemoglobin.

Your liver is like the oil filter in your car. A clogged dirty oil filter will not do the job it was intended to do. If your liver becomes over loaded with toxins, (too much alcohol, preservatives in foods, toxic medications. artificial sweeteners, air pollution, water pollution, offgassing from paint and carpets, genetically engineered food,  etc) it will begin to malfunction.

Your liver is the main organ responsible for detoxification, but may not be able to do its job due to the buildup of chemicals that the liver was not designed to handle!

Common signs of a stressed liver are Headaches, Joint Pain, Fatigue, Allergies and Sinus Problems, Compromised Immune Functions, Mood Swings, Skin Problems, Hormonal Imbalances, Constipation and Back Pain.

A toxic liver can be helped greatly by taking antioxidants such as Alpha Lipoic Acid which will increase your Glutathione levels. Glutathione is a very important antioxidant normally found in our cells and responsible for mopping up all types of toxins and free radicals. ALA has also been show to help with conditions as severe as Hepatitis and Cirrhosis!

The only way to know what your body is doing is to test it and the ABC test is one of the most advanced and affordable ways to get this valuable "INSIDE INFORMATION".

One final note. Some of you have started your ABC program but have not kept up with it for one reason or another. Please let us know what problems you are encountering and we will help you design a program that gets you across the finish line! We are here to help!

Sincerely.

Dr. Steven Saul D.C.


Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Dr. Steven Saul, Wikipedia
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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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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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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Is Your Back Pain Becoming A Pain?
If you've ever experienced back pain, and who really hasn't, you'll understand the following excerpt from a recent article published in the July/August 2009 AARP Health Newsletter (AARP.org):
"The first time I thought it was a quirk. The second time I thought it was a coincidence. The third time I would have sat up and taken notice - but I couldn't sit up. And the fourth time my back went out - leaving me supine for a week, except for when I crawled to the bathroom - I was forced to take action… Despite the pervasiveness of the problem, there are few clear guidelines on how to properly diagnose and treat low back pain, leaving sufferers like me to try one therapy after another. Thankfully that disjointed approach is starting to change, as a slew of new research sheds light on what works and what doesn't. I've consolidated that research here - and consulted half a dozen experts in low back pain - to help you ease your agonizing aches."
In this article, the author provides a brief description of his personal incident of back pain as well as recommended treatments based on the most current and sound research available. In describing certain treatments for back pain, which he states "really be called spine pain because that complex of bones is the center beam of the system that holds us erect," he comments on his finding for chiropractic care:
"Chiropractic - To clarify a common misunderstanding: chiropractors don't 'crack your back.' That popping sound is a gas bubble being released from between two joints that have been coaxed into alignment. A study published in 2002 found that patients with low back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement after one month than those treated by physicians."
While there are several studies showing overwhelming evidence of chiropractic's benefits for those suffering from back and spinal problems, we thought we'd share one back pain sufferer's findings and recommendations. If you or others are suffering from back, neck and/or spinal problems, contact our office today for a safe, comprehensive evaluation.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: AARP Health Newsletter (AARP.org); July & August 2009.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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October is National Chiropractic Month
Attention to you all! Were you aware that October is officially National Chiropractic Month? Each year our friends at the American Chiropractic Association sponsor a nationwide observance in October to focus on helping certain public health problems through safe, natural chiropractic care. This year, the main focus is the effectiveness of chiropractic in the care for some of the most common forms of headaches. Did you know that 9 out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches? Chiropractic care has been shown to be effective in the care for some of the most common types of headaches such as muscle tension and cervicogenic headaches (head pain originating from structures located in the neck). If you are suffering from headaches, contact our office for an evaluation today!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: ACA. September 16, 2009.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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Whole Grains Benefit Blood Pressure
Consuming plentiful amounts of whole grain foods appears to ward off high blood pressure according to the latest research. Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a new study found men with the largest consumption of whole grain foods (52 grams/day) were 19 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure as compared with men consuming just 3 grams of whole grains daily. The process of refining grains results in the removal of their outer coating making them more quickly absorbed by the body (and thus, potentially turning into body fat more easily) as well as removing many beneficial nutrients. Thus, when purchasing grain products, it’s better to choose whole grain foods as compared with refined foods. Another finding researchers noted was that men who consumed more whole grain foods also tended to gain less weight. Of course, everything in moderation.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, September 2009.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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