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June 2010 Health Newsletter


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» Miracles (July)
» MAY The Force Be With You!
» Drug Induced Nutrient Deficiencies
» How do you know what you need?
» NMT
» Mountain Biking Hazardous To Your Spine
» New Research Sheds Light on Chiropractic and Multiple Sclerosis
» House Passes Bill to Expand Chiropractic Care to All Major VA Medical Centers
» Food industry to Obama: We'll Improve Nutrition

Miracles (July)

Hi. Its going to be a great summer! Yes, there are problems in the gulf and we are still involved in many wars. There will always be problems and challenges.

However, its always good to remember that we live in a miraculous world. It takes 100,000 light years to cross our Milky Way Galaxy and there are BILLIONS of galaxies. There are so many galaxies in fact that when you point a telescope into far reaches of space, the stars compile so densely that it becomes a WALL of light. So far, we don't know what lies beyond that wall.

Most, if not all of us will agree that whoever made the stars, made us as well. Yet, we have developed a basic mistrust regarding how our bodies work, how they are designed and what they are capable of doing. Years ago, Tonsils and Adenoids, were though useless as was the Appendix. Now we know that the Tonsils and Adenoids are one of the body's first defenses again infection and that the Appendix secretes a lubricant for the colon. Do we really think the body developed useless parts?

I believe that natural health should be your first choice, with Drugs used when needed as a back-up measure and Surgery as a last resort. This means (aside from emergencies) that you should do all you can to heal your body (Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Physical Therapy, Yoga, Pilate's, Nutrition, Exercise, Psychotherapy, etc) before you resort to taking toxic medications that only mask the pain and/or wind up with Surgical procedures that could have been avoided or need to be repeated.

Please share what you know. That Chiropractic and natural health make your world a better place!

Wishing you the best,

Dr. Steven Saul


Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Dr. Steven Saul
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2010


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MAY The Force Be With You!

Welcome to May! This month I will share with you the incredible benefits of CoQ10, sometimes called Ubiquinone. Co Enzyme Q10 (Co Q10) is a nutritional supplement used around the world to help energize the heart. It also supports the immune system and acts as an antioxidant.  Researchers found that in most of the cases of heart problems, there was an associated deficiency of CoQ10. Conversely, all the well functioning hearts had an adequate amount of CoQ10 in the tissue.  CoQ10 can help with Heart Disease, Heart Failure, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Diabetes, Damage caused by Chemotherapy, Heart Surgery, Breast Cancer and Periodontal gum disease. Co Q10 is fat soluble. To be effective, it must be taken with some fat in your meal for absorption.
CoQ10 boosts energy, enhances the immune system, and acts as an antioxidant. Clinical research suggests that using coenzyme Q10 supplements alone or in combination with other drug therapies and nutritional supplements may help prevent or treat some of the following conditions: Heart Disease, Heart Failure, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Diabetes, Heart Damage caused by Chemotherapy, Heart Surgery, Breast Cancer and  Periodontal (Gum) Disease.

Preliminary clinical studies also suggest that CoQ10 may:

Improve immune function in individuals with immune deficiencies (such as acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS) and chronic infections (such as yeast, bacteria, and viral infections)
Increase sperm motility leading to enhanced fertility
Be used as part of the treatment for Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease
Reduce damage from stroke
Boost athletic performance
Enhance physical activity in people with fatigue syndromes
Improve exercise tolerance in individuals with muscular dystrophy
Improve symptoms of tinnitus, or ringing in the ears
Be beneficial in cosmetics for healthy skin
Delay the aging process and increase longevity
Clinical research in all of these areas is underway to determine whether CoQ10 can be safely and effectively used in people with these health problems and needs.

Blood-thinning medications -- There have been reports that CoQ10 may decrease the effectiveness of blood-thinning medications such as warfarin (Coumadin) or clopidigrel (Plavix), leading to the need for increased doses. Therefore, given that this medication must be monitored very closely for maintenance of appropriate levels and steady blood thinning, CoQ10 should be used with warfarin only under careful supervision by your health care provider.

To be effective, you need to take enough Co Q10 to significantly raise its level in the blood to see any beneficial effect. The amount needed to do that varies among individuals, and also depends on the potency or "bioavailability" of the coQ-10 used. Some people get a good rise with 100 milligrams, whereas others need two or three times that much to attain the same blood level. Taking too little of this supplement won't help you.

A typical dose for heart disease is 50 to 150 milligrams a day. However when heart failure is severe, up to 360 milligrams a day taken in doses of no more than 180 milligrams at a time may be needed. Experts say that "the sicker the cardiac patient, the weaker the heart, the higher the Co Q- 10 dose needs to be."

Some researchers recommend 2 milligrams of CoQ-10 for each kilogram of body weight (0.9 milligrams for each pound of bodyweight).

Dosage is determined by measuring blood levels of coenzyme Q10.

Generally, people who have heart failure begin to see an improvement in symptoms in about four weeks, although some people may take as long as three months. Maximum improvement occurs after six months, which is longer than ordinary drugs take to exhibit an effect. Once started, you must take coQ-10 continually to maintain its heart-strengthening benefits.

Statin Drugs for High Cholesterol will rob the body of CoQ10, so make sure you add this back into your diet.

Don't cut back on your health. It wil cost you more in the long run.

See you soon.

Dr. Saul

Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: University of Maryland Medical Center, Holistic Online
Copyright: Holistic Online, UoMMC 2010


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Drug Induced Nutrient Deficiencies
This month, we will discuss Drug Induced Nutrient Deficiencies. This topic has become so important that I am going to resume the ABC testing explanation next month! Many patients have come to the clinic this year with side effects due to drugs. The most prevalent and obvious cases are those suffering with neuromuscular aches and pains due to Cholesterol Lowering Drugs. (Statins) One unfortunate consequence of statin drugs is the inhibition of CoQ10 synthesis. Thus, in the long run, statin drugs could predispose the patients to heart disease by lowering their CoQ10 status, the very condition that these drugs are intended to prevent! Therefore, it would be wise if you are on this kind of medication to add 60 mg of CoQ10 to your diet on a daily basis. This will help with the neuromuscular symptoms as well as the exercise intolerance that often accompanies this medication. Are you aware that you need to take Acidophilus following the use of antibiotics? Antibiotics don’t pick and choose between friendly and unfriendly bacteria. Antibiotics will wipe out the good bacterial leaving you susceptible to further infection, digestive disorders and yeast infections! Are you aware that SSRI’s (antidepressants) lower Folic Acid, Vitamin B6, B12, Vitamin D and increase the need for essential fatty acids? Pain relievers such as Aspirin and Nsaids increase the need for Folic Acid, Iron, Vitamin C and glutathione. There are specifics for what is needed after the use of Antibiotics, Antacids, Anti-Hypertensives, Corticosteroids, Diuretics, Gout medicine, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Laxatives, Contraceptives, Sleep Aids and more! Please let us know if you need a review of your medications to see what supplements you may need to make up for the strain put on your body by the medications you are currently taking. WE ARE THE BEST PLACE TO GET SUPPLEMENTS! WHY? Because we carry the top lines of nutritional supplements and we guarantee our supplements with a 100 percent money back policy if you are not satisfied. We will also meet or beat any price you can find on the Internet that includes shipping and handling. We can also get anything you need and many things that you wont be able to find online because they are only sold to Doctors. Any questions. Call us…we will be glad to help! HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY AND NEW YEARS!!! Dr. Steven Saul and Staff

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


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How do you know what you need?


How do you know what supplements you need? Due to the over rotation of crops and the demineralization of the soil, foods no longer contain the nutrients we need!

Our Advanced Body Chemistry Test checks 11 key Bio-markers to help you achieve Biochemical balance and wellness.

These include  Acid-Alkaline Balance, Adrenal Stress, Cellular Respiration and Oxidative stress levels and Free Radical production.

The test determines exactly what nutritional support is needed to get these Bio Markers in range for optimal health. It has changed peoples lives!

If you would like more information, please contact the office at 404 252 0014.

 Sincerely,

 Dr. 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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Mountain Biking Hazardous To Your Spine
New research indicates the increasingly popular recreational sport of mountain biking may be just as dangerous as other sports like football, hockey, skiing and rugby. Canadian researchers reviewed 107 patients seen at a spinal referral center during a 13-year period who were injured while mountain biking. The majority of those injured were male with the average age of 33. Of those injured, almost two-thirds required surgery and 40 percent sustained spinal cord injuries. Worse yet, of those 40 percent who had spinal cord injury, almost half resulted in complete paralysis. Moreover, at discharge 2 patients remained on a ventilator. Surprisingly, the study also found that helmets didn’t appear to help in reducing spinal injures, although, they protected the head. Thus, while helmets are important in protecting the head and brain, they offer little protection to the cervical spine when riders go over the handle bars or fall from heights and land on their heads. Researchers advise mountain bikers and for that matter all bikers, to use extreme caution when thinking about or performing any tricks or jumps. They also advised to ride with others and to stay together just incase someone becomes injured.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: The American Journal of Sports Medicine. May 20, 2010.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2010


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New Research Sheds Light on Chiropractic and Multiple Sclerosis

Recent research reported in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - Chiropractic revealed improvement in symptoms related to multiple sclerosis in a woman undergoing chiropractic care suggesting that chiropractic may play an important role in managing people with such disorders.

The 51 year old woman reported on in the study also suffered from gastroesophageal reflux disorder (often called GERD), asthma and a number of other problems which were all helped through chiropractic care. The research includes a review of the literature on the role of chiropractic in such disorders.

"Research is revealing that there is a relationship between abnormalities in the spine, the nervous system and brain," stated Dr. Ben Lerner, lead author of the paper. "Researchers from different fields are now showing that trauma, problems in the upper neck and problems with blood flow to and from the brain may be playing a significant role in multiple sclerosis."

Research has shown that in many cases people who have multiple sclerosis have a history of head and/or neck trauma and researchers studying this in chiropractic suggest that this trauma also cause misalignments of the bones in the neck. The trauma along with the misalignments can lead to compression of nerve structures as well as alterations of blood flow leading to the degenerative conditions and other problems associated with multiple sclerosis.

"It makes perfect sense when you think about it" stated Dr. Sheri Lerner, a co-author on the paper. "Our study is one more example of how people with these debilitating conditions can be helped through specific chiropractic adjustments to restore normal spinal and nervous system function."

According to Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study, "Chiropractors have been talking about these links for some time now and I think research in this area will soon reach a critical mass because its not just chiropractors saying this any more. You have researchers in several different fields coming to similar conclusions. The real challenge with these models is going to be showing what works best and chiropractic has a respectable foundation of research in this area" stated McCoy.

In the case reported on in the article the initial application of chiropractic was followed by nutritional advice which included eliminating sugar and grains from the patient's diet. Correction of the spinal and related neurological interference was the first priority however. Abnormal position or movement of the spinal vertebra can develop and this can lead to nerve and vascular interference. It is this interference, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.

The woman reported on in the study suffered from a number of health challenges including multiple sclerosis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), asthma, osteoarthritis, and scoliosis. She also had complaints of neck pain, back pain and jaw pain. She had been under the care of several healthcare professionals prior to presenting to the chiropractic office. These practitioners included the family medical doctor, a neurologist, allergist, rheumatologist, gastrointestinal specialist, cardiologist, and dermatologist. She was taking several medications.

The patient began to report improvement in pain levels throughout her body after just 12 visits, had better mobility and was able to increase her physical activity. Her lung function and posture improved and she was gradually able to discontinue all her medications. Follow-up x-rays revealed an improvement in the crucial curve in her neck.

The authors of the study call for more research on the role of chiropractic care in these types of disorders. 

Author: MSRC
Source: http://www.msrc.co.uk/index.cfm/fuseaction/show/pageid/2990
Copyright: MSRC 2010


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House Passes Bill to Expand Chiropractic Care to All Major VA Medical Centers

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1017, the "Chiropractic Care Available to All Veterans Act," tonight, putting America's veterans one step closer to gaining access to chiropractic care at all major Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers. The bill was approved 365:6.  

H.R. 1017 requires the VA to have doctors of chiropractic on staff at no fewer than 75 major VA medical centers before the end of 2011 and for all major VA medical centers to have a doctor of chiropractic on staff before the end of 2013. There are nearly 160 VA treatment facilities nationwide. Currently, the VA provides chiropractic care at 32 treatment facilities across the country. 

The bill comes after a recent VA report, "Analysis of VA Health Care Utilization Among Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Veterans," from Feb 2010 which cites "diseases of Musculoskeletal System/Connective System," such as back pain, as the number one ailment of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans accessing VA treatment. 

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) believes that the inclusion of chiropractic care in the VA health care system would speed the recovery of many of the veterans returning from current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Chiropractic care has been proven to be a cost-effective and beneficial treatment option. In fact, a 2010 study published in Clinical Rehabilitation found that spinal manipulation provided better short and long-term functional improvement and more pain relief in follow-up assessments than other physiotherapy interventions. Furthermore, a 2003 study published in the medical journal Spine found that manual manipulation provides better short-term relief of chronic spinal pain than a variety of medications.

House VA Committee Chairman Bob Filner (D-CA), a strong supporter of extending chiropractic care benefits to military retirees and active-duty personnel, introduced the legislation. Over the years, Rep. Filner has worked closely with ACA in securing support for a number of pro-chiropractic measures.  Rep. Michael Michaud (D-ME), Ranking Member Steve Buyer (R-IN) and Rep. Jerry Moran (R-KS) also deserve recognition for their support of this legislation.

"For too long, veterans have been denied access to the chiropractic care that they want, need and deserve through the VA," said ACA President Rick McMichael, DC. "I am proud that ACA has worked closely with our congressional allies, such as Rep. Filner, on behalf of our nation's heroes and in support of this important bill."

Prior to congressional intervention over the past decade, no doctors of chiropractic served on the staff of any VA treatment facility. The availability of chiropractic care for eligible veterans was limited to VA "referrals" to doctors of chiropractic serving in private practice outside of the VA system. Such referrals were so rare that chiropractic care was essentially non-existent within the VA system.

"I am especially proud that the member institutions that comprise the Association of Chiropractic Colleges will play a pivotal role in preparing the next generation of doctors of chiropractic to serve our military veterans throughout the United States and overseas," said Frank J. Nicchi, DC, MS, President of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges. "This legislation will assist in making that possible."

In the U.S. Senate, a companion bill (S1204) has been introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), who is a member of the Senate VA Committee. This legislation would also expand access to chiropractic care within the VA system.

The American Chiropractic Association, based in Arlington, Va., is the largest professional association in the United States representing doctors of chiropractic. ACA promotes the highest standards of ethics and patient care, contributing to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients.

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: Acatoday.com. May 24, 2010.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2010


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Food industry to Obama: We'll Improve Nutrition

The U.S. food industry is willing to let the White House take the lead on making foods healthier in schools, but said on Friday it could improve what is sold on store shelves without government intervention.

"The school environment is a special environment where having a government play a role in setting the standards for what's sold makes sense," Scott Faber, a vice president at the Grocery Manufacturers Association, told reporters.

"I think the public marketplace is a different environment," he said.

The Obama administration has launched an initiative, led by first lady Michelle Obama, to combat growing levels of obesity among children. She has urged food makers to work faster to reformulate or repackage food to make it healthier for children.

"They respect our ability to find ways to produce more products that offer consumers more choices including choices with less sodium, less sugar, less fat," said Faber.

The food industry group said its members improved the nutritional value of more than 10,000 products between 2002 and 2006 and plans in May to update that total to include changes through 2009.

A separate initiative called the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation -- which includes many GMA members -- will announce pledges to improve the health content of its products later this month.

Obesity rates among U.S. children have doubled in the past 20 years, and almost a third of American children are either overweight or obese.

Obesity causes a host of health problems such as heart disease and diabetes and costs the United States an estimated $150 billion each year, according to U.S. federal agencies.

"We've heard from consumers and you can see this in the companies in terms of how they've changed their recipes," said Pamela Bailey, president and chief executive of GMA.

In an effort not to miss the lucrative push toward healthier foods, major food manufacturers have recently changed some popular products.

Kraft Foods, the maker of Oreo cookies and Velveeta cheese, announced it would cut sodium levels in its North American products by about 10 percent over the next two years -- eliminating more than 750 million teaspoons of salt.

PepsiCo, the world's No. 2 soft-drink maker, vowed in March to cut the levels of salt, sugar and saturated fats in its top-selling products by 2020.

Author: Christopher Doering
Source: Reuters. April 10, 2010.
Copyright: Reuters 2010


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