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March 5, 2011

March 5, 2011

5 Stress Relievers

March 5, 2011

Do you often feel tired and stressed out? You‘re not alone. One of the most common problems I hear from patients is that they felt fatigued, anxious or depressed. And they often have trouble sleeping — even though they are exhausted.

Most of them share a common underlying theme — adrenal burnout. It‘s the result of racing through life with a constantly aroused sympathetic (“fight or flight”) nervous system.

In the heightened nervous state of adrenal burnout, the body overproduces adrenaline, cortisol and other stress hormones. Eventually, this causes the adrenal glands, the front line in the stress reaction, to show wear and tear and become depleted. This frequently leads to an impairment in the thyroid gland, which can cause a further decline in energy level and mood and is one of the reasons why so many women have thyroid glands that don‘t work to their full potential.

Fortunately, you can help reverse this problem by making a few simple lifestyle changes:

Eat steadily, all day long. Skipping meals is one of the worst things you can do for your body. When you‘re hungry, your blood sugar drops, stressing your adrenal glands and triggering your sympathetic nervous system. That causes light-headedness, cravings, anxiety and fatigue.

Skipping breakfast is particularly bad, as it is a sure fire way to gain, not lose, weight. If you start each morning with a good breakfast and “graze” healthfully every two to four hours, your “metabolic flame” will burn evenly all day and your blood sugar won‘t take any sharp dips. You‘ll feel more rested and energetic.

Another drawback to skipping meals: The resulting low blood sugar can slow the speed at which you process information and shorten your attention span .

Eat More Raw Uncooked Food. Stopping at McDonald’s for breakfast is the way most American‘s eat breakfast, but this will not allow you to receive the maximum energy that uncooked food stores. Raw vegetables, fruits, and even raw eggs may take some getting used to, but they are an inexpensive way to increase the amount of uncooked protein and fat in your diet. And forget the myths of their great risk in eggs: the risk of salmonella from raw eggs is only 1 in 30,000, and even that risk can be greatly avoided by carefully examining the eggs prior to eating them.

  • Use Psychological Acupressure Techniques to Lower Your Stress.
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a powerful but easy technique for quickly resolving emotional distress. It can even relieve physical complaints such as chronic pain, allergic symptoms, and much more. Not only does it do this quickly, but it works without forcing yourself or the recipient to repeatedly re-experience the negative emotional state. This treatment is generally permanent, relatively easy to apply, boasts a higher than 80% success rate and is free of negative side effects.
    • See the free 25 page manual on EFT at http://www.mercola.com that provides an overview and clear instructions on how you can use this valuable tool to:
        • Remove Negative Emotions
        • Reduce Food Cravings
        • Reduce or Eliminate Pain
        • Implement Positive Goals

Pay off your sleep debt. During sleep your adrenal glands are restored and repaired. Unfortunately, most of us place little value on sleep, and end up getting less than we need, night after night. Result: Your adrenal glands stay depleted.

The average person needs six to eight hours of sleep each night. Sleeping under six hours will actually accelerate aging and increase your risk of diabetes. If you feel as if you‘re dragging, you need the full eight hours of sleep..

For better sleep:

  • Avoid before-bed snacks, particularly grains and sugars. This will raise blood sugar and inhibit sleep. Later, when blood sugar drops too low (hypoglycemia), you might wake up and not be able to fall back asleep.
  • Sleep in complete darkness or as close as possible. When light hits the eyes, it disrupts the circadian rhythm of the pineal gland and production of melatonin and seratonin. There also should be as little light in the bathroom as possible if you get up in the middle of the night.
  • No TV right before bed. Even better, get the TV out of the bedroom or even out of the house, completely. It is too stimulating to the brain and it will take longer to fall asleep. Also disruptive of pineal gland function for the same reason as above.
  • Wear socks to bed. Due to the fact that they have the poorest circulation, the feet often feel cold before the rest of the body. Studies have shown that this reduces night wakings.
  • Read something spiritual or religious. This will help to relax. Don‘t read anything stimulating, such as a mystery or suspense novel, as this may have the opposite effect. In addition, if you are really enjoying a suspenseful book, you might wind up unintentionally reading for hours, instead of going to sleep.
  • Avoid using loud alarm clocks. It is very stressful on the body to be awoken suddenly. If you are regularly getting enough sleep, they should be unnecessary. I gave up my alarm clock five years ago and use a dawn simulator which works by with an alarm to a dimmer switch that gradually turns the light on to full intensity over 45 minutes. I just love it as it is so gentle and if I need more sleep, I get it without being startled or disrupting my adrenals. Almost like a real dawn.

Avoid energy-zappers. A variety of toxins in food and the environment contribute to a heightened adrenal response:…

Consider Vegetable Juicing for Breakfast.

  • One of the most common questions people ask me is “What am I supposed to eat for breakfast?” This is because most American breakfasts are a prescription for health disaster. So I developed a green vegetable juicing recipe that seems to help most of my patients regain their energy.
  • Sugar. When you eat sugar in any form, it throws your blood sugar out of balance, activating your sympathetic nervous system and causing a variety of other severely disrupting actions to your body.
  • Household and self-care products. The vast majority of chemicals found in pesticides and other products, undergo little or no testing for chronic, low level exposures and for chronic health effects. Virtually all household products are now available in natural, nontoxic formulations. Purge your cupboards and medicine chest of chemical-based cleaning products, air fresheners, gardening supplies, shampoos, soaps and deodorants, and find non-chemical alternatives.

In the place of chemical cleaning products, I highly recommend the PerfectClean line of cleaning tools, like the PerfectClean terry cloths and dusters. Due to their ultra-microfiber construction, you can use them with only water (so you eliminate the need for cleaning your home with chemicals) and they clean at a deeper level than any other product you could find out there.

Start by making just a few of the changes defined in the five sections above. You will begin to see major improvements within days. Build on your energy levels and relaxed stress by incorporating more of the changes as you go along, and your adrenal burnout will soon be a distant memory.

The Real Dangers of Soda

March 4, 2011

By Dr. Joseph Mercola
with Rachael Droege

How many sodas have you had today? How about your kids? The average American drinks an estimated 56 gallons of soft drinks each year, but before you grab that next can of soda, consider this: one can of soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, 30 to 55 mg of caffeine, and is loaded with artificial food colors and sulphites.

This is an alarming amount of sugar, calories and harmful additives in a product that has absolutely no nutritional value. Plus, studies have linked soda to osteoporosis, obesity, tooth decay and heart disease. Despite this, soda accounts for more than one-quarter of all drinks consumed in the United States.

Teenagers and children, who many soft drinks are marketed toward, are among the largest consumers. In the past 10 years, soft drink consumption among children has almost doubled in the United States. Teenage boys now drink, on average, three or more cans of soda per day, and 10 percent drink seven or more cans a day. The average for teenage girls is more than two cans a day, and 10 percent drink more than five cans a day.

While these numbers may sound high, they’re not surprising considering that most school hallways are lined with vending machines that sell, of course, soft drinks. It’s not uncommon for schools to make marketing deals with leading soft drink companies such as Coca-Cola from which they receive commissions–based on a percentage of sales at each school–and sometimes a lump-sum payment.

The revenues are used for various academic and after-school activities, but what activity could be worth devastating the students’ health, which is exactly what consuming all that soda is doing? Getting rid of vending machines in schools–or replacing their contents with pure water and healthy snacks–could make a big difference, as vending machines can increase the consumption of sweetened beverages by up to 50 or more cans of soda per student per year.

Let’s take a look at some of the major components of a can of soda:

  • Phosphoric Acid: May interfere with the body’s ability to use calcium, which can lead to osteoporosis or softening of the teeth and bones. Phosphoric acid also neutralizes the hydrochloric acid in your stomach, which can interfere with digestion, making it difficult to utilize nutrients.
  • Sugar: Soft drink manufacturers are the largest single user of refined sugar in the United States. It is a proven fact that sugar increases insulin levels, which can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, premature aging and many more negative side effects. Most sodas include over 100 percent of the RDA of sugar.
  • Aspartame: This chemical is used as a sugar substitute in diet soda. There are over 92 different health side effects associated with aspartame consumption including brain tumors, birth defects, diabetes, emotional disorders and epilispsy/seizures. Further, when aspartame is stored for long periods of time or kept in warm areas it changes to methanol, an alcohol that converts to formaldehyde and formic acid, which are known carcinogens.
  • Caffeine: Caffeinated drinks cause jitters, insomnia, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, elevated blood cholesterol levels, vitamin and mineral depletion, breast lumps, birth defects, and perhaps some forms of cancer.
  • Tap Water: I recommend that everyone avoid drinking tap water because it can carry any number of chemicals including chlorine, trihalomethanes, lead, cadmium, and various organic pollutants. Tap water is the main ingredient in bottled soft drinks.
  • Soda is one of the main reasons, nutritionally speaking, why many people suffer health problems. Aside from the negative effects of the soda itself, drinking a lot of soda is likely to leave you with little appetite for vegetables, protein and other food that your body needs.

If you are still drinking soda, stopping the habit is an easy way to improve your health. Pure water is a much better choice. If you must drink a carbonated beverage, try sparkling mineral water.

HEALTH EDUCATION

March 4, 2011

Health, as defined in Dorland’s medical dictionary, is optimum physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

The primary focus of our care is detecting and eliminating the cause of your health concerns. By reducing spinal stress/interference to the nervous system, the body is better able to return to health and normal function. Whether you desire relief, improved performance, or optimizing your human potential, we welcome the opportunity to serve you!

Lunch and Learn Workshops

These workshops are known as “Lunch and Learn” because they are done during the lunch hour. We can provide complimentary lunch when requested, and an exact head count is needed two days prior to the event. They can also be done in an evening format if enough notice is given.

1. Women’s Health

  • Find out the most up to date research on women’s health. During this workshop learn how to improve longevity and improve gender specific topics on thyroid, hormone balance and osteoporosis. Dr. Terry will show you ways to avoid fractures and use natural anti-aging remedies in your daily routine. Our gift at this information session will be techniques to help you look and feel younger!

2.) Headaches

  • Dr. Terry is known as a headache specialist and enjoys teaching people how they can avoid terrible headaches in a drug-free environment instead of trying to cope with the wear and tear they put on your body. Even one headache a month will equate to almost two weeks of your life every year being lived in unnecessary pain. We have the solution to 90% of all headaches! We will decode your headaches, classify them, and show home remedies you can implement right away!

3.) Stress

  • Stress in also known as the “Silent Killer” and is the number one trigger to heart attack. Heart attacks kill more Americans in the US than any other disease. Learn how to avoid the initial start to a heart attack and heart disease overall with this important lecture. In corporate settings we will raffle off a free one hour massage to help with stress and increase employee morale. It creates a fun lunch and some excitement.

4.) Nutrition/Weight Loss and Eating for Maximum Performance

  • This workshop explains the proper method of combining the appropriate foods for optimum digestion, maximum energy and also, if sensibly applied, will result in weight loss for those that need to shed some extra pounds. He also covers the secrets to fueling your immune system and eating to decrease your risk of cancer! This is a rare lecture in that we will actually show you how not to become a patient of any doctor.

5.) Living Your Best Life

  • You can learn how people are living longer and with a better quality of life. During this lecture you will learn the techniques Dr. McCoskey uses with people of all ages to live not just longer, but happier and healthier.This is about living with purpose and is Dr. McCoskey’s favorite workshop!

NUTRITION

March 4, 2011

Anabolic Laboratories nutritional products exceed voluntary standards for manufacturing nutritional supplements. Founded in 1924, Anabolic Laboratories combines it’s expertise in pharmaceutical, Rx nutritional supplements manufacturing to formulate and develop products utilizing many of the same cGMP’s (Good Manufacturing Practices) mandated by the USFDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) for prescription and over the counter pharmaceutical products. Anabolic Laboratories also maintains an A rating from the voluntary nutritional products manufacturing GMP’s of the Natural Products Association.

Here at the Living Well Spine Center, we provide you with these supplements:

  • The Core 5! 30 Packets of 5 essential supplements. Including – AVED-Multi, Mega Magnesium, CoEnzyme Q10, concentrates Omega-3, and Pro-Enz.
  • AVED-Multi Iron Free. 60 Tablets of a multiple vitamin and mineral supplement.
  • Coenzyme Q10.30 Soft-gels that support cellular energy production.
  • Concentrated Omega-3. 90 Capsules support the cardiovascular, immune, and nervous system.
  • Digestive Complete. 90 Capsules of digestive aid supplement.
  • Mega D 1,000 IU. 100 Soft-gels to support cellular and bone health.
  • Mega Magnesium. 90 Capsules to promote optimal muscle, nerve and bone health.
  • Pro-Enz. 90 Capsules of advanced supplement for inflammation management.
  • ProBiotic Complete. 100 Capsules that assist in restoring and maintaining intestinal flora.

Please refer to EAT WELL, and the Nutritional Supplement Articles on our Home Page for more facts and information on the Anabolic Laboratories Nutritional Supplements that we provide.

 

THINK WELL

March 4, 2011

Thoughts create your reality. Focus becomes physiology. Here’s an example, stop right now and think about something in your past that was incredible. The birth of a child, your wedding, the first time you saw the grand canyon, anything you remember as incredible…how do you feel? Feelings of joy, happiness and positive energy actually begin to change your body chemistry in ways proven to boost your immune system and relieve stress on your heart.

This section of the site will provide information on stress management, positve feedback and things that let you take charge of your mental/emotional well-being.