“Will The Real Water Please Stand Up!
Courtesy of Dr. Frank Gomez, Sayville Immediate Chiropractic

“True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.”  ~Humboldt~

Time keeps on marching on. Anyway, speaking of marching, running and/or exercising, a key component to any health regimen is drinking enough water.  Have you had enough H20 today? Well, that’s a deep subject that we are going to explore right now.

Did you know that many Americans live in a dehydrated state?  They simply don’t drink enough water.  So, how much water is optimal?  Experts agree that it is beneficial to drink 8-12 glasses of water a day or two to three quarts.  Eight glasses if your weight is average, and add an extra glass for every 25 pounds in excess of your ideal weight. People who live in hot dry places, and people who exercise frequently and sweat a lot will need to drink more than eight glasses a day also.
Imagine what would happen if you stopped putting oil into your car’s engine.  Would your automobile function properly?  No, so neither does your body when it doesn’t receive enough water.
60% of our bodies are made up of water, our bodies need water, similar to how a car needs oil, to run smoothly and efficiently. Muscle is about 75% water, fat tissue is about 25% water and even your bones are more than 20% water by weight. Your bodily fluids, blood, urine, sweat, and tears, are also made up in part by water.
O.K. let’s say it’s summertime, or you’ve just come home from gym. You feel hot and thirsty and your body is craving something cool and refreshing to drink.  What do you do? Take a drink from the tap? Slurp down a soft drink, or go to the refrigerator and pour yourself a glass of bottled water? Iced tea? Lemonade, mocha java?….Anyone?
What do you suppose is the healthiest choice?  That’s right, water. First of all, there are many reasons we need to drink water (not substitutes such as juice, tea, or alcoholic beverages that contain water). Caffeinated beverages like tea and coffee stimulate the adrenal glands, fruit juices contain a lot of sugar and stimulate the pancreas.  Soda contains sodium.  Such drinks tend to stress the body more than cleanse it.

What does water really do?

Water carries precious nutrients and oxygen to the cells through the blood and regulates body temperature.  When you get hot, water goes onto your skin (sweat). Sweat uses heat from your body to dry up (evaporate). We also keep cool by breathing out (exhaling) water vapor from our lungs.
Water is also your body’s lubricant — it keeps your eyeballs moistened and “oils” your
joints. (Remember, the tin man from the Wizard of Oz?)
Our brains and spinal cords are protected by water. Water helps us to maintain proper muscle tone by giving our muscles their natural ability to contract and by preventing dehydration.
Water cleanses our bodies. We have natural toxins in our bodies that come from many things. The air we breathe, the foods we eat, and the body produces its own toxins when we are under stress. The body uses water to carry away waste that builds up that makes us feel sluggish and fatigued.

Water suppresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat.

Without enough water, a chain reaction occurs.  The kidneys can’t function properly.  When they don’t work to capacity, some of their load is dumped onto the liver. One of the liver’s primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy for the body.  But, if the liver has to do some of the kidney’s work, it can’t operate correctly.  As a result, it metabolizes less fat which means more fat remains stored in the body.
Now, do you know where to get the best water to drink? Definitely stay away from that tap! The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) estimates that 40 percent of the fresh water in the United States is unusable; and 1,300 different chemicals exist in the average “EPA-approved” city drinking water. Chlorine and lead are the most common, with many industrial volatile organic chemicals ending up in the drinking water.
Municipal water is used as a source for approximately 25% of the bottled water sold in the U.S. Often this is packaged as “purified” or “drinking water”.
If you do not know the quality of your tap water, you may want to purchase a good water filter such as reverse osmosis for home use. Make sure that the water you drink is not contaminated with heavy metals, chemicals and microorganisms!
Some of the toxins in water come from what is added to it to neutralize the other toxins that already exist in the water. Did you know that fluoride is a powerful enzyme inhibitor and a waste product of the aluminum and phosphate fertilizer industries?  It is promoted as being beneficial for teeth and bones but some people feel it is harmful and should not be added to our water. Radon gas released from radioactive mineral deposits has also been found in municipal water supplies!
Whether you buy water by the case, bottles from the supermarket or through a company that delivers water to your home, you may be better off buying your own filter and purifying the water at home for less money.
Ready to pour on the H20? Start slowly. Try to add one glass to your meal schedule such as drinking one glass upon arising, then a glass before and after breakfast, lunch and dinner and one an hour before bed, that’s eight glasses a day right there. Flavor the water with lemon if you don’t like the taste or lack of. While forming your new habit, try to also reduce your intake of sugars, caffeine and diuretics and experience how great you’ll feel

We at Sayville Immediate Chiropractic Care realize you have a choice in who you choose to provide your healthcare services.  If you, a friend or family member requires care for low back pain, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward in serving you and your family presently and, in the future.

The Sayville Chiropractic office that makes it convenient for you to get the care you want in today’s busy society! Our practice has a strong working relationship with many local allied health care professionals and primary care MD’s.

No Appointment Necessary, Walk-in Chiropractic Care:
New patients welcome. No Long Term Care Plans

Since Back Pain, Neck Pain and Headaches are one of the most common complaints presenting to the chiropractic physician, please ask for more information about this if you or a loved one is suffering.  It’s one of most significant acts of kindness you can give to those you care about.

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Chiropractic and Sleep

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Chiropractic is well known for management of pain in the back, neck, arms, and legs, but what about enhancing sleep quality? Chronic, long-term sleep related disorders affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans each year and accounts for an estimated $16 billion in medical costs annually, not including indirect costs due to lost productivity and other factors! Sleep deprivation can interfere with work, driving, social activities, overall quality of life, and even cause serious health problems (even a shorter lifespan!). With over 80 defined sleep disorders, insomnia (difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, and/or poor sleep quality) is one of the most common followed by sleep apnea (interrupted breathing while sleeping), restless-leg syndrome (tingly/prickly leg sensations), and narcolepsy (daytime “sleep attacks”).

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), sleep is a “neurobiologic need.” Think of it like recharging a battery, except the battery is your brain! The optimum amount of sleep needed changes with age.Infants need nine to ten hours at night AND three or more hours of naps, while toddlers need the same nine hours at night but two to three hours/less daytime naps. School age children do best with nine to eleven hours and adultswith seven to eight hours. When sleep-deprived (>1-2 hrs of less than normal sleep), daytime napping needs increase as well as the need for longer nighttime sleep. Without establishing a sleep cycle or when interrupting the normal circadian rhythm (cycle of sleep and wakefulness), long- term problems can arise. This can occur as a result of missing as little as one to two hours a night. Though many claim and even brag about only needing a few hours of sleep a night, it is reported that they are less able to perform well on complex mental tasks compared with those who get closer to seven hours of nighttime sleep. It has also been reported that a higher mortality rate is associated with getting less OR much more than seven hours of sleep per night.

As chiropractors, spinal manipulation, exercise training, dietary supplements, relaxation therapy, massage therapy, and acupuncture are all viable options to help in the effort to fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and improve the overall quality of sleep. Lifestyle coaching facilitating sleep improvement includes 1) Establishing a regular sleep schedule; 2) Relaxing (like reading) before bedtime; 3) Regular exercise (≥2 hrs pre-bedtime); and 4) Avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine! Medication side-effects can be a culprit and sleep aid medications can leave one too sleepy the next day to optimally function. Herbal supplements can include the Valerian (when taken for four to six weeks, it can improve sleep quality and reduce falling asleep time — it is often combined with others such as lavender, lemon balm, and skullcap); Chamomile tea at bedtime; and Kava. The supplementmelatonin is another popular approach shown to help with insomnia, particularly falling asleep faster and for those with circadian rhythm interruptions. The amino acid L-Tryptophan converts to 5-HTP followed by serotonin (a brain neurotransmitter) and finally into melatonin. Other forms of therapy include music therapy and the use of sound machines, which can especially help older adults and children. Certain exercise such as Yoga, Ti Chi, and / or Qigong act like a combination of both meditation and exercise. Combining some of these methods with cognitive-behavioral therapy (such as sleep restriction and stimulus control) has been shown to demonstrate some lasting improvements in sleep quality. The use of nasal dialator strips were also reported to be helpful in those with insomnia and sleep disordered breathing.

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Since Back Pain, Neck Pain and Headaches are one of the most common complaints presenting to the chiropractic physician, please ask for more information about this if you or a loved one is suffering.  It’s one of most significant acts of kindness you can give to those you care about.

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Is Exercise a “Cure-All?”
Courtesy of: Dr. Frank Gomez, Sayville Immediate Chiropractic care

            Some of you may have heard about how a modified form of boxing is helping patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). If you haven’t, it’s been observed that people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) who engage in this boxing-like exercise routine can enhance their quality of life and even build impressive gains in posture, strength, flexibility, and speed. Proponents of the program report that regardless the degree of severity of PD, participants have a happier, healthier, and higher quality of life.

            But must it be boxing? Maybe not. A report presented at the International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in San Diego in June 2015 found that patients with Parkinson’s disease who began regular exercise early into the PD process had a much slower decline in their quality of life when compared with those who started exercising later. The researchers found just 2.5 hours per week of exercise is needed to improve quality of life scores. According to the report, it didn’t matter what exercise the participants did — simply getting up and moving for a total of 2.5 hours/week was reportedly enough (that’s only 20-25 minutes / day)!

            Looking beyond Parkinson’s, other chronic conditions also benefit from adding exercise into a person’s lifestyle. Studies show that regular exercise as simple as walking helps reduce one’s risk for memory loss, and it slows down functional decline in the elderly. Incorporating aerobic exercise into one’s lifestyle can also improve reaction time in people at ALL AGES. Exercise has also been shown to improve both physical and emotional well-being in those afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease with as little as 60 minutes/week of moderate exercise! Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) have also reported less stiffness and less muscle wasting when using exercise machines, aquatic exercise, and/or walking.

            Research has shown just 30 minutes of brisk exercise three times a week can help reduce depressive symptoms in patients with mild-to-moderate depression. In a study involving teenagers, those who engaged in sports reported a greater level of well-being than their sedentary peers, and the more vigorous the exercise, the better their emotion health! In kids 8-12 years old, physical inactivity is strongly linked to depression. Even anxiety, stress, and depression associated with menopause are less severe in those who exercise! So LET’S ALL GET OUT THERE AND EXERCISE!!!

            We realize you have a choice in whom you consider for your health care provision and we sincerely appreciate your trust in choosing our service for those needs.  If you, a friend, or family member requires care, we would be honored to render our services.

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The Sayville Chiropractic office that makes it convenient for you to get the care you want in today’s busy society! Our practice has a strong working relationship with many local allied health care professionals and primary care MD’s.

No Appointment Necessary, Walk-in Chiropractic Care:
New patients welcome. No Long Term Care Plans

Since Back Pain, Neck Pain and Headaches are one of the most common complaints presenting to the chiropractic physician, please ask for more information about this if you or a loved one is suffering.  It’s one of most significant acts of kindness you can give to those you care about.

Serving the areas of Sayville, Oakdale, Bohemia, Bayport.

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Fibromyalgia “Diet”
Is There Such a Thing?

Courtesy of: Dr. Frank Gomez, Sayville Immediate Chiropractic care

            Folks suffering with fibromyalgia (FM) commonly complain that certain foods can make their symptoms worse. How common is this? One study reported 42% of FM patients found that certain foods worsened their symptoms!

Because FM affects each person differently, there is no ONE FM diet or, “…one size fits all” when it comes to eating “right” for FM. Patients with FM usually find out by trial and error which foods work vs. those that consistently don’t. However, remembering which foods do what can be a challenge so FIRST, make a three column FOOD LOG with the following headings: BETTER, NO CHANGE, WORSE. This will allow you to QUICKLY review the list as a memory refresher.

According to Dr. Ginevra Liptan, medical director of the Frida Center for Fibromyalgia (Portland, OR) and author of Figuring Out Fibromyalgia: Current Science and the Most Effective Treatments, there are some common trends she’s observed through treating FM patients. Here are some of her recommendations:

PAY ATTENTION TO HOW FOOD MAKES YOU FEEL: It is quite common to have “sensitivities” to certain foods, but this is highly variable from person to person. Examples of problematic foods/ingredients include: MSG (commonly used in Chinese food), other preservatives, eggs, gluten, and dairy. Dr. Liptan HIGHLY recommends the food journal approach! She also recommends including a note about the type of symptoms noticed with each “WORSE” food, as symptoms can vary significantly.

ELIMINATE CERTAIN FOODS: If you suspect a certain food may be problematic, try an elimination challenge diet. That means STOP eating that food for six to eight weeks and then ADD it back into your diet and see how you feel. Remember, FM sufferers frequently have irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, and this approach can be REALLY HELPFUL! Food allergies may be part of the problem, and your doctor may refer you for a consult with an allergist and/or a dietician. They will also discuss the “anti-inflammatory diet” with you.

EAT HEALTHY: In general, your diet should emphasize fruits and vegetables and lean protein. Pre-prepare food so you have something “healthy” to reach for rather than a less healthy snack when you’re hungry and tired. Consider “pre-washed” and pre-cut up vegetables; try quinoa rather than pasta. Consume anti-fatigue foods and eat multiple small meals daily vs. one to two large meals. Protein snacks (like a hardboiled egg or oatmeal – GLUTEN FREE) help a lot! Eat breakfast and include protein. Also, GET ENOUGH SLEEP (at least seven to eight hours and be consistent)!

SUPPLEMENTS: Consider a good general multi-vitamin, calcium and magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D3, and Co-Enzyme Q10. There are others, but this represents a great place to start. Remember to check any medication you may be taking with these/any suggestions before taking supplements!

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The Sayville Chiropractic office that makes it convenient for you to get the care you want in today’s busy society! Our practice has a strong working relationship with many local allied health care professionals and primary care MD’s.

No Appointment Necessary, Walk-in Chiropractic Care:
New patients welcome. No Long Term Care Plans

Since Back Pain, Neck Pain and Headaches are one of the most common complaints presenting to the chiropractic physician, please ask for more information about this if you or a loved one is suffering.  It’s one of most significant acts of kindness you can give to those you care about.

Serving the areas of Sayville, Oakdale, Bohemia, Bayport.

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The Most Important Principles for Staying Young:
Morph an Addiction

Dr. Michael F. Roizen

Co-Author of 4 #1 NY Times Bestsellers including: YOU Staying Young.

The Owner’s Manual For Extending Your Warranty (Free Press)

            Our basic premise is that your body is amazing.  You get a do over. It doesn’t take that long, and it isn’t that hard if you know what to do.  In these notes, we give you a short course in what to do so it becomes easy for you, and for you to teach others. We want you to know how much control you have over both the quality and length of your life.

Courtesy of: Dr. Frank Gomez, Sayville Immediate Chiropractic care

You know that tobacco addiction ages you—your blood vessels and your immune system become older so you suffer disabilities earlier –18 years of disability before death on average—and die 10 years earlier. But addiction isn’t limited to just tobacco. Addiction is everyone’s problem – and it’s time to get real about our nation’s most urgent health crisis. One in three American households bear the burden of life-changing addictions, so you likely know someone who’s faced the fear and frustration that surrounds this disease. The ripples touch the lives of 85 million people, harming friends, family, and co-workers.

            Right now, more than 17 million Americans are dependent on alcohol; 1.9 million on prescription pain killers; 855,000 have a dependence on cocaine, and more than a half-million are addicted to heroin. When University of Southern California researchers looked at 11 types of addiction, they concluded that half of those addicted to nicotine, alcohol, or drugs are dependent on more than one substance. Still more were also addicted to sex, gambling, or overspending as well.

            Drug-related deaths have increased three to five-fold since 2001 according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) as more and more children, teens, and adults get hooked on alcohol, prescription pain killers, heroin, and other chemicals. A life is lost every minute. Yet, 90 percent of those who need treatment cannot get it.

Beyond the War on Drugs

            Addiction is a reversible brain disease — not a moral failing. It’s a result of dysfunction deep within brain circuits involved with reward, motivation, and memory. While criminals should be punished, we agree with Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s recent remarks that “we simply cannot arrest our way out of this problem. We also have to address the root causes of addiction and focus on treatment.” Indiana has seen a tenfold increase in the number of deaths from heroin overdoses from 2005 to 2013 — as well as a rise in child abuse and neglect related to substance abuse. Now, that state, like Ohio and like many medical centers, is among the many who are looking for a new direction. People struggling with addiction need access to research-based treatment, but it’s often is too expensive, too far away, or has a waiting list that’s too long.  You cannot break an addiction without your brain being busy with something else… your brain needs a new addiction like walking, or talking to a buddy, or both. 

         The reason breaking addictions poses such a biological test is that repeated and addictive behavior actually changes your brain circuitry. When you learn a behavior, neurons communicate with one another, telling you,
“This is how you do the task,” whatever it might be. New connections are made to enable you to add numbers, solve problems, translate foreign languages, serve a tennis ball, learn guitar chords—anything.

         Two things happen when you’re learning that skill or action. One, the connections between those neurons strengthen. Use those neurons, and they become tough so that the once-difficult skill becomes easy. It’s why learning piano may be difficult at first, but then you practice and practice until the neighbors are so sick of hearing “Chopsticks” that playing the song becomes second nature. Your neurons know what to do and do it quickly. It’s an example of biological efficiency: you need energy at first to learn the behavior, but not so much once you know it.

         Two, while those connections between neurons are strengthening, the ones you aren’t using are being whittled away. It’s the whole “Use it or lose it” maxim. Let’s say that you learned Spanish in elementary school but haven’t used a lick of it since. If you try to remember it when you’re fifty-five, you may sputter a few words or phrases, but you won’t recall much at all. Those neurons said essentially, “This bozo knows nada about Spanish, so why are we wasting our time firing off ‘uno, dos, tres, cuatro’ to one another? Forget about it. We’re outta here.” And in the process, you lose those connections; you lose that ability.

         So, how does this apply to addictions and habits? When you’re addicted to drinking or cigarettes or Lucky Charms, it works the same way. The repeated behavior rewires your brain to perform that action like you do when you learn to play Beethoven’s Fifth. I eat, therefore I smoke. I talk on the phone, therefore I smoke. I have sex, therefore I smoke. You have created the brain circuitry to reinforce those unhealthy habits because your brain wants the temporary high that comes from them, no matter the damage that follows.

         Therefore, the answer lies in the problem. We need to use that same circuitry to discover new habits that allow us to build new connections so that the destructive ones can be pruned. But here’s the thing: you can’t expect the cigarette or other addictive circuitry to whittle away by itself; you have to put something in its place. You have to find new circuitry boards to build so that your brain stops investing its energy in the connections that make you want to do the destructive behavior, like smoke. This is where the power of habit comes into play. As long as there are no adverse effects associated with that repeated habit, then you are going to rewire your brain away from the addiction and into a healthy habit.

            That’s the ultimate goal of peer-to-peer and professional treatment: Creating new brain circuits that support healthy habits as you let the old, addictive circuitry wither. It can be a long, painful process, but it’s the path to freedom. We can only get there by working as a team. Don’t intervene alone; get help; remember you are showing love by helping the addicted person live longer, and with less disability.  All of us have a role.

            Thanks for reading. Feel free to send questions—to youdocs@gmail.com, and some of them we may know enough to answer (we’ll try to get answers for you if we do not know).

            Young Dr Mike Roizen (aka, The Enforcer)

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We at Sayville Immediate Chiropractic Care realize you have a choice in who you choose to provide your healthcare services.  If you, a friend or family member requires care for low back pain, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward in serving you and your family presently and, in the future.

The Sayville Chiropractic office that makes it convenient for you to get the care you want in today’s busy society! Our practice has a strong working relationship with many local allied health care professionals and primary care MD’s.

No Appointment Necessary, Walk-in Chiropractic Care:
New patients welcome. No Long Term Care Plans

Since Back Pain, Neck Pain and Headaches are one of the most common complaints presenting to the chiropractic physician, please ask for more information about this if you or a loved one is suffering.  It’s one of most significant acts of kindness you can give to those you care about.

Serving the areas of Sayville, Oakdale, Bohemia, Bayport.

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NOTE: You should NOT take this as medical advice.

This article is of the opinion of its author.

Before you do anything, please consult with your doctor.

You can follow Dr Roizen on twitter @YoungDrMike (and get updates on the latest and most important medical stories of the week).  The YOU docs have tow newly revised books: The patron saint “book” of this column YOU Staying Young—revised and YOU: The Owner’s Manual…revised —yes a revision of the book that started Dr Oz to being Dr OzThese makes great gifts—so do YOU: ON a Diet and YOU: The Owner’s Manual for teens.  And, the new book by Dr Mike Roizen: This isYOUR Do-Over

Michael F. Roizen, M.D., is chief wellness officer and chair of the Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. His radio show streams live onwww.radioMD.com Saturdays from 5-7 p.m. He is the co-author of 4 #1 NY Times Best Sellers including: YOU Staying Young.

The Cholesterol Controversy!
Courtesy of: Dr. Frank Gomez, Sayville Immediate Chiropractic care                                                 

            With all the hype about cholesterol, where does the truth lie? On one hand, some doctors recommend EVERYONE be placed on a statin (cholesterol lowering medication) regardless if their cholesterol levels are high or not. On the other hand, some experts report that statins are unnecessary and cholesterol is both essential and good for us. So, where does the current research fit into this picture?

            Let’s look at a July 2015 Harvard School of Public Health publication that reported “….it would be cost effective to treat 48-67% of all adults aged 40-75 in the [United States] with cholesterol-lowering statins. By expanding the current recommended treatment guidelines and boosting the percentage of adults taking statins, an additional 161,560 cardiovascular-related events could be averted.” The authors of the report start their discussion by recognizing the “new cholesterol treatment guidelines have been controversial” and seek to weigh the pros and cons of their recommendation. They point out that on one side, “there is strong evidence that statins reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke” and on the other, they report that “…more people would be at increased risk for negative side effects, such as memory loss, type 2 diabetes, and muscle damage.”

            Of interest, in November 2013, the American Heart Association and others recommended that statins be prescribed for people with a 7.5% or greater risk of heart attack or stroke over a 10-year period (down from 10-20% or higher in previous guidelines), including many with no existing cardiovascular issues. An article in the July edition of Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports the 7.5% was acceptable in terms of cost-effectiveness, “…but more lenient treatment thresholds of ≥3.0-4.0% would be “optimal…and would avert an estimated additional 125,000-160,000 CVD-events.”

            The opposing camp regarding cholesterol management says that inflammation is at the core of heart disease and stroke, NOT cholesterol. Moreover, RAISING the amount of cholesterol-rich foods in our diet is reportedly WISE since only a small amount of our body’s cholesterol actually comes from diet and most is produced by the liver. Cleveland Clinic’s cardiologist Dr. Steven Nissen says we NEED cholesterol, a theory that is now embraced by the new 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), as they have taken a TOTAL about-face compared with their 2010 recommendations (which had “stood” strong since the 1960s). The DGAC are now stating that “cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.”

            Other researchers say lowering dietary cholesterol is likely causing far more harm than good. Our cell membranes, as well as activity that goes on INSIDE our cells, our liver (cholesterol is a precursor to bile acids needed to digest the fat we eat), our digestive system, and our brain (which contains 25% of the cholesterol in our body) REQUIRE adequate cholesterol levels. Low levels of HDL cholesterol have been linked to several brain-related malfunctions including depression, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, violent behavior, and suicide. Also, cholesterol provides insulation for our nerve cells and plays an important role in the production of hormones (particularly testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen). Cholesterol is also important for the production of vitamin D, as when sunlight hits our skin, the cholesterol in the skin is converted into the vitamin.

            Obviously, we have a choice: limit / reduce our cholesterol or embrace it. Which camp appeals to you the most?

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We at Sayville Immediate Chiropractic Care realize you have a choice in who you choose to provide your healthcare services.  If you, a friend or family member requires care for low back pain, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward in serving you and your family presently and, in the future.

The Sayville Chiropractic office that makes it convenient for you to get the care you want in today’s busy society! Our practice has a strong working relationship with many local allied health care professionals and primary care MD’s.

No Appointment Necessary, Walk-in Chiropractic Care:
New patients welcome. No Long Term Care Plans

Since Back Pain, Neck Pain and Headaches are one of the most common complaints presenting to the chiropractic physician, please ask for more information about this if you or a loved one is suffering.  It’s one of most significant acts of kindness you can give to those you care about.

Serving the areas of Sayville, Oakdale, Bohemia, Bayport.

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Dietary Strategies to Treat Fibromyalgia
Courtesy of: Dr. Frank Gomez, Sayville Immediate Chiropractic care

            Fibromyalgia (FM) is a common condition that affects about five million Americans, often between ages 20 and 45 years old. FM is very difficult to diagnose primarily because there is no definitive test like there is for heart, liver, or kidney disease. Equally challenging is the ability to effectively treat FM as there are frequently other conditions that co-exist with FM that require special treatment considerations. Typically, each FM case is unique with a different group of symptoms and therefore, each person requires individualized care.

            Fibromyalgia symptoms can include generalized pain throughout the body that can vary from mild to severely disabling, extreme fatigue, nausea/flu-like symptoms, brain “fog” (“fibro-fog”), depression and/or anxiety, sleeping problems and feeling un-refreshed in the mornings, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, morning stiffness, painful menstrual cramps, numbness or tingling (arms/hands, legs/feet), tender points, urinary pain or burning, and more!

            So, let’s talk about ways to improve your FM-related symptoms through dietary approaches. When the FM symptom group includes gut trouble (bad/painful gas, bloating, and/or constipation), it’s not uncommon to have an imbalance between the “good” vs. the “bad” bacteria, yeast, and problems with digestion or absorption. Think of management as a “Four Step” process for the digestive system:

1.                  REMOVE HARMFUL TOXINS: Consider food allergy testing to determine any foods the FM patient has a sensitivity for. Frequently, removing gluten, dairy, eggs, bananas, potatoes, corn, and red meat can benefit the FM patient. The use of anti-fungal and / or anti-bacterial botanicals (as opposed to drug approaches such as antibiotics) can be highly effective. A low allergy-potential diet consisting of fish, poultry, certain vegetables, legumes, fruits, rice, and olive and coconut oil is usually a good choice.

2.                  IMPROVE DIGESTIVE FUNCTION: The presence of bloating and gas is usually indicative of poor digestion, and the use of a digestive enzyme with every meal can be highly effective!

3.                  RESTORE THE “GOOD” BACTERIA: Probiotics (with at least 20-30 billion live organisms) at each meal are often necessary to improve the “good” gut bacteria population, which will likely also improve immune function.

4.                  REPAIR THE GUT: If the gut wall is damaged, nutrients like l-glutamine, fish oils, and n-acetyl-d-glucosamine may help repair it.

            This process will take several months, and some of these approaches may have to be continued over the long term. Doctors of chiropractic are trained in nutritional counseling and can help you in this process. As an added benefit, many FM sufferers find the inclusion of chiropractic adjustments to be both symptomatically relieving and energy producing.

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No Appointment Necessary, Walk-in Chiropractic Care:
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Since Back Pain, Neck Pain and Headaches are one of the most common complaints presenting to the chiropractic physician, please ask for more information about this if you or a loved one is suffering.  It’s one of most significant acts of kindness you can give to those you care about.

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The Most Important Principles for Staying Young:
Foods to Avoid and to Choose

Dr. Michael F. Roizen

Co-Author of 4 #1 NY Times Bestsellers including: YOU Staying Young.
The Owner’s Manual For Extending Your Warranty (Free Press)

Courtesy of: Dr. Frank Gomez, Sayville Immediate Chiropractic care

Our basic premise is that your body is amazing.  You get a do over. It doesn’t take that long, and it isn’t that hard if you know what to do.  In these notes, we give you a short course in what to do so it becomes easy for you, and for you to teach others. We want you to know how much control you have over both the quality and length of your life.

            This month, let’s talk about choices you make that may slow down your brain and choices that can help you stay sharp. 

            We’ve long known artery-clogging saturated and trans fats and inflammation-producing added sugars and syrups damage your cardiovascular and immune systems. Now it’s clear the sugar- and fat-laden diet of most North Americans slams the brakes on cognitive flexibility—that’s the ability to adapt to changing circumstance and think on your feet. And there’s more: The high-sugar/high-saturated fat diet also dims short- and long-term memory.

            Why are added sugars and unhealthy fats so brain-dulling? The research shows they alter the way your gut bacteria communicate with your brain! Healthy, happy gut bacteria release compounds that act as neurotransmitters, stimulate sensory nerves, and enhance other biological functions. But they can’t run smoothly if there’s a lot of sugar and saturated fat disrupting their fuel lines. In lab-based research, it took just four weeks for saturated fat- and sugar-eating mice to become dim-witted.

            So stay sharp. Avoid life-shortening sugars and fats in processed foods as well as saturated fats in red and processed meats. ‘Cause as Lloyd says to Harry in the 1994 movie Dumb and Dumber: “Life’s a fragile thing, Harr. One minute you’re chewin’ on a burger, and the next minute you’re dead meat.”

            On to the great news… Researchers found two choices that help make you smarter, even if you cannot pronounce one of them…

            For me, some words are always hard to pronounce… the Irish girl’s name Siobhan (Shivone) as in Siobhan Dervan, 4-time Irish National Road Race Champion; Worcestershire (worster-sheer) sauce, which left New Jersey chef Pasquale Sciarappa tongue-tied in a cooking video viewed more than 1 million times on YouTube; and the latest trendy pseudo-grain, quinoa (pronounced keen-wah).

            But no matter how you say it, quinoa’s nutritional virtues are clear. Rutgers University researchers (and international partners) report that quinoa contains health-beneficial phytochemicals, including healthful amino acids, fiber, polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, (and say these next ones correctly) phytoecdysteroids, phenolics, and glycine betaine. Plus, they cite four clinical studies that indicate supplementing your diet with quinoa “exerts significant, positive effects on metabolic, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal health…”

  • Protein: It’s got more than barley, oat, rice, and maize and delivers more than 180% of the daily recommended intake of 10 essential amino acids.
  • Fiber: It’s 10% dietary fiber, and fiber boosts your digestive health, lowers lousy LDL cholesterol, and helps control your appetite. 
  • Healthy Fats: Quinoa delivers anti-inflammatory omega-3 and omega-6 in a good ratio.
  • Vitamins and Minerals: You’ll get a good dose of A, Bs, C, and E. Plus more minerals, such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc, than in rice or wheat.
  • Odd Stuff: Contains phytoecdysteroids that may help build muscle; phenolics that have anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antidiabetic, anti-obesity and cardio-protective effects; glycine betaine, an amino acid, helps manage diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease.

            Did you know Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was buried with a good supply of chocolate and red wine—along with snooker cues, pencils, and a power saw? Apparently, he knew chocolate and red wine are two healthful choices. (We’re not sure what to make of the other supplies!)

Red wine–in moderation –has long been touted as heart-friendly. Now, a vast new study in the journal Heart reveals that regularly enjoying chocolate is associated with a lower waist-to-hip ratio and a 23% lower risk of stroke. Plus, it helps cool inflammatory CRP proteins and reduces the risk for diabetes. And compared with folks in a study population who didn’t eat chocolate, higher chocolate intake was linked to a 25% lower risk of cardiovascular-associated death.

That’s because chocolate’s polyphenols help reduce your blood pressure, decreasing your risk for heart attack and stroke.

How can you get chocolate into your diet without falling for candy bars laced with sugar, palm oil, corn syrup, and artificial flavors and colors? We recommend having one ounce a day of 70% cacao dark chocolate after dinner (Dr. Mike grabs 3 Featherss 22 calorie chocolates a day– see http://bit.ly/11K18D6) or try unsweetened cocoa powder added to black beans seasoned with cinnamon and hot sauce. You can also grate it and sprinkle it over your morning oatmeal with unsweetened almond milk.

Thanks for reading. Feel free to send questions—to youdocs@gmail.com, and some of them we may know enough to answer (we’ll try to get answers for you if we do not know).

Young Dr Mike Roizen (aka, The Enforcer)

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Since Back Pain, Neck Pain and Headaches are one of the most common complaints presenting to the chiropractic physician, please ask for more information about this if you or a loved one is suffering.  It’s one of most significant acts of kindness you can give to those you care about.

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Feet, Leg Length, and a Stable Foundation
Courtesy of: Sayville Immediate Chiropractic and Dr. Frank Gomez

Chiropractic care focuses on treating the whole person and realigning the spine to maximize function and health. This month’s focus is on the feet and how they can have a tremendous effect on the whole body. Let’s take a look!

Did you know that the foot consists of 26 bones, 33 joints (20 of which are freely moveable), and more than 100 muscles, tendons (the attachments of muscle to bone), and ligaments (strong, non-elastic structures that hold bones together)? The foot can be subdivided into three regions: the hindfoot (ankle and heel), midfoot (5 irregularly shaped bones that form the main arch of the foot), and forefoot (the 5 toes and metatarsals, or long bones, that connect the toes to the midfoot). Also important is that the foot has not one, but two arches – the medial longitudinal arch (the one we all know about on the inside of the foot) and the metatarsal arch (which runs across the forefoot commonly referred to as “the ball of the foot” at the base of the toes). Both are important, as they absorb shock when we walk and run!

Because we stand on two legs, everything from the feet upwards is at the mercy of the position and the function of our feet! That means if one leg is short, if one foot rolls in (pronates) more than the other, and/or if a fracture of a long bone of the leg occurs especially while we are growing, the spine will sit on a crooked foundation. When this occurs, the spine typically has to bend to compensate for the unleveled pelvis, which can result in scoliosis. When scoliosis occurs, the vertebrae (the “building blocks” of the spine) tilt and rotate, and this “domino effect” continues as it moves up the spine. Since our body can compensate for a while, we may not even notice anything is wrong, but sooner or later, its ability to compensate fails and problems begin to surface. This is why we recommend checking children for leg length inequality. One study reported 32% of 600 military recruits had a 1/5th to 3/5th of an inch difference between leg lengths! A simple heel lift placed in a shoe can remedy this problem so let us check you and your family!

In addition to leg length imbalance, ankle and/or forefoot pronation (rolling in of the foot) can create problems as we ascend the body or “kinetic chain” (think of the body as a chain and each link is a joint from the feet upwards). When pronated, the foot is more likely to have a reduced or lost medial arch and an ankle that rolls inwards. When this occurs, the knee may then “knock” inwards as the hip shifts outwards, resulting in an unstable pelvis. Ankle pronation may be on one or both sides and it‘s often NOT symmetrical, which can cause an imbalance between the two sides. Think of a card table with the legs partially folded in – the table top is shaky and unsteady. This is the net result of ankle/foot pronation – the pelvis is shaky and unstable making the spine less stable (like a house sitting on a weak foundation).

Low back pain (LBP) will affect up to 85% of all of us at some point in life. There are MANY studies that have reported LBP improvement from using foot orthotics that realign the ankle/foot to stabilize the kinetic chain. Balance is also altered when ankle/foot pronation is present and foot orthotics have been found to have an immediate positive benefit for patients with poor balance. The #1 cause of injuries in the elderly is from falling, which is due in part to the fact that we lose our ability to balance as we age.

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The Sayville Chiropractic office that makes it convenient for you to get the care you want in today’s busy society! Our practice has a strong working relationship with many local allied health care professionals and primary care MD’s.

No Appointment Necessary, Walk-in Chiropractic Care:
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Since Back Pain, Neck Pain and Headaches are one of the most common complaints presenting to the chiropractic physician, please ask for more information about this if you or a loved one is suffering.  It’s one of most significant acts of kindness you can give to those you care about.

Serving the areas of Sayville, Oakdale, Bohemia, Bayport.

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The Most Important Principles for Staying Young:
Patrol Your Health When it Comes to What You Wear!

Dr. Michael F. Roizen
Co-Author of 4 #1 NY Times Bestsellers including: YOU Staying Young.
The Owner’s Manual For Extending Your Warranty (Free Press)

Courtesy of Dr. Frank Gomez & Sayville Immediate Chiropractic

            Our basic premise is that your body is amazing.  You get a do over. It doesn’t take that long, and it isn’t that hard if you know what to do.  In these notes, we give you a short course in what to do so it becomes easy for you, and for you to teach others. We want you to know how much control you have over both the quality and length of your life.

            This month, we want to discuss the safety of antimicrobial and water-repellent fabrics.

            Your favorite antimicrobial workout shirt or water-repellent hiking jacket may contain some surprising, and potentially toxic, chemicals. A recent Swedish study reports 10% of the 2,400 chemicals found in an analysis of such fabrics could pose a risk to human health — and less than 1% are regulated in the United States.

            While a single piece of clothing may contain tiny amounts of potentially risky chemicals, the researchers note that exposure could add up over time. And work-out gear poses a special risk because sweat and movement may release more of these “bad actor” substances like phthalates, perfluorinated compounds, triclosan, and silver nanoparticles. In many cases, these chemicals may also pose a risk for wildlife as they’re laundered out of clothes and wind up in streams, rivers, and lakes. One 2012 European report even found cancer-causing chemicals and lead in soccer jerseys!

            Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs). These chemicals repel water, oil, and dirt, and so are used in some waterproof jackets, pants, and shoes. But they’re also associated with health problems like low birth weight and prostate cancer. Many companies have stopped using them — including H&M, Levis, and Puma, while others are phasing them out.

            Phthalates. These plasticizing chemicals are found in vinyl clothing and some printed fabrics.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reproductive problems and hormone disruptions have been observed when lab animals are exposed to these chemicals.  In a 2011 review, University of Pennsylvania scientists noted that phthalates can act as endocrine disruptors, interfering with hormonal systems in the body.

            Alkylphenol Ethoxylates (APEs) are sometimes found in detergents used by textile manufacturers to wash fabrics.   They don’t break down easily and hang around for long periods of time. Some get washed out at home and go into local waterways. From there they accumulate in the bodies of fish and people, according to the Environmental Working Group. Some research links these chemicals with reproductive problems in fish.

            Triclosan. Used in some antibacterial and antimicrobial fabrics, triclosan is better known as an ingredient in antibacterial soaps and body washes, kitchenware, and even toys. The Food and Drug Administration is conducting a review of the chemical, which has been shown to affect hormone regulation in animals. It may be a hormone disruptor for humans as well, and it doesn’t remove any more germs than washing with regular soap. And once it’s washed down the drain, triclosan can morph into the chemical dioxin, a strong carcinogen that’s been showing up in the mud at the bottom of American lakes.

            Silver nanoparticles. These tiny, bacteria-battling orbs are used to make workout clothes and even hospital gowns resistant to smelly or infectious germs. They can also be absorbed into your skin when you sweat, as recent research shows. It’s unclear whether silver nanoparticles pose a threat to people, but the little metal balls do break down when clothing is washed with strong detergents containing bleach or bleach alternatives. That releases silver nanoparticles into the water system, where they may be toxic to aquatic organisms and beneficial for bacteria living in the soil. 

            Ways to reduce your exposure:

            Wear clothes from companies that are phasing out toxins. According to Greenpeace, some companies — including Adidas and Puma — are taking significant steps to eliminate 11 toxic chemicals from clothing including APEs, phthalates, and PFCs. Others, the group says, have eliminated some but not all. Get the current lineup of Greenpeace’s Detox Leaders, Greenwashers, and Detox Losers at www.greepeace.org.

            Not sure what’s in your favorite athletic wear? Add a barrier. Slip an old cotton t-shirt under your work-out shirt. A nontoxic layer between your skin and your work-out shirt will help protect you.

            Wash before you wear. It’s a good rule to follow with all new clothing. New fabrics may contain dyes and formaldehyde resins, which prevent wrinkling and discourage mildew but can also trigger a rash, even at safe levels.  

            Thanks for reading. Feel free to send questions—to youdocs@gmail.com, and some of them we may know enough to answer (we’ll try to get answers for you if we do not know).

            Young Dr Mike Roizen (aka, The Enforcer)

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The Sayville Chiropractic office that makes it convenient for you to get the care you want in today’s busy society! Our practice has a strong working relationship with many local allied health care professionals and primary care MD’s.

No Appointment Necessary, Walk-in Chiropractic Care:
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Since Back Pain, Neck Pain and Headaches are one of the most common complaints presenting to the chiropractic physician, please ask for more information about this if you or a loved one is suffering.  It’s one of most significant acts of kindness you can give to those you care about.

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NOTE: You should NOT take this as medical advice.

This article is of the opinion of its author.

Before you do anything, please consult with your doctor.

You can follow Dr Roizen on twitter @YoungDrMike (and get updates on the latest and most important medical stories of the week).  The YOU docs have tow newly revised books: The patron saint “book” of this column YOU Staying Young—revised andYOU: The Owner’s Manual…revised —yes a revision of the book that started Dr Oz to being Dr OzThese makes great gifts—so do YOU: ON a Diet and YOU: The Owner’s Manual for teens.  And, the new book by Dr Mike Roizen: This is YOUR Do-Over

Michael F. Roizen, M.D., is chief wellness officer and chair of the Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. His radio show streams live onwww.radioMD.com Saturdays from 5-7 p.m. He is the co-author of 4 #1 NY Times Best Sellers including: YOU Staying Young.

Can I PREVENT Fibromyalgia?
Courtesy of Dr. Frank Gomez & Sayville Immediate Chiropractic Care

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a common cause for chronic pain (pain that lasts three or more months) and afflicts 4% of the general population in the United States! FM commonly affects the muscles and soft tissues – not the joints (like arthritis); however, many FM sufferers are mistakenly diagnosed with arthritis, so it may take years before they get an accurate diagnosis. There are NO known accurate diagnostic tests for FM, which is another reason for a delayed diagnosis.

            In order to answer the question, “Can fibromyalgia be prevented?” we must first find the cause of FM. There are two types of FM: PRIMARY and SECONDARY. Primary FM occurs for no known reason, while secondary FM can be triggered by a physical event such as a trauma (e.g., car accident), an emotional event or a stressful situation (e.g., loss of a child), and/or a medical event such as a condition like irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, or systemic lupus erythymatosus (SLE). Any condition that carries chronic or long-lasting symptoms can trigger FM, and some argue that the lack of being able to get into the deep sleep stage may be at the core of triggering FM since sleep disorders are a common finding in FM sufferers!

            The “KEY” to managing FM has consistently been and probably always will be EXERCISE and SLEEP. So, if FM is preventable, daily exercise and getting the “right kind” of sleep are very important ways that may reduce the likelihood for developing the condition! Since emotions play a KEY ROLE in the cause and/or effect of FM, applying skills that keep life’s stressors in check is also important. This list can include hobbies like reading a good book, playing and/or listening to music, or meditation. The combination of exercise with mindful meditation using approaches like Tai Chi, Yoga, Qi Gong, and others has had positive impacts on FM patients such as improved balance and stability, reduced pain, enhanced mental clarity, and generally improved quality of life. Managing physical conditions that are associated with FM (such as irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, or systemic lupus erythymatosus) is also important in managing and/or preventing FM.

            Another management strategy of FM is diet. As most patients with FM will agree, certain foods help and others make the FM symptoms worse. In a survey published in the Journal of Cinlical Rheumatology, 42% of FM patients reported certain foods exacerbated their symptoms. Of course, each individual case is unique, so keeping a food log or journal can be very helpful to determine dietary “friends” vs. “enemies.” The first step is to eliminate certain foods for four to six weeks, such as dairy and/or gluten. Most patients report a significant improvement in energy (less fatigue) while some report less pain when problem foods are elimated from their diet. Generally, a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins can have a positive impact on the FM patient. Consider eating multiple small meals vs. two or three large meals during the day, as this can keep blood sugar levels more stable and reduce fatigue.

            So back to the question, can fibromyalgia be prevented? Maybe…maybe not. Since the medical community doesn’t know the exact cause, it’s hard to answer this question. However, being proactive and implementing the strategies used to better manage FM may help in preventing it as well!

            If you, a friend or family member requires care for Fibromyalgia, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services!

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The Sayville Chiropractic office that makes it convenient for you to get the care you want in today’s busy society! Our practice has a strong working relationship with many local allied health care professionals and primary care MD’s.

No Appointment Necessary, Walk-in Chiropractic Care:
New patients welcome. No Long Term Care Plans

Since Back Pain, Neck Pain and Headaches are one of the most common complaints presenting to the chiropractic physician, please ask for more information about this if you or a loved one is suffering.  It’s one of most significant acts of kindness you can give to those you care about.

Serving the areas of Sayville, Oakdale, Bohemia, Bayport.

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The Most Important Principles for Staying Young: 
When It Comes To Antibiotics and Hookah Parlors…
Dr. Michael F. Roizen

Co-Author of 4 #1 NY Times Bestsellers including: YOU Staying Young.
The Owner’s Manual For Extending Your Warranty (Free Press)
 
Courtesy Of: Dr. Frank Gomez & Sayville Immediate Chiropractic Care

Our basic premise is that your body is amazing.  You get a do over. It doesn’t take that long, and it isn’t that hard if you know what to do.  In these notes, we give you a short course in what to do so it becomes easy for you, and for you to teach others. We want you to know how much control you have over both the quality and length of your life.

            This month, we want to discuss a couple questions sent by readers of my new book, This is YOUR Do-Over: The Seven Secrets to Losing Weight, Living Longer, And Getting A Second Chance at the Life You Want (shameless plug—you can order it on Amazon).  You can send us questions anytime to youdocs@gmail.com, just put “Question for Dr Mike Roizen to answer” in the subject line and I’ll try to get to it.

            Q) How safe are antibiotics for kids under 6?   Jill in Atlanta.

            A) Scientists from New York University Langone Medical Center have found that antibiotics (amoxicillin and a class of antibiotics called macrolides, in terms of their research) are linked to immune problems and alternations in bone development if more than two rounds are taken during childhood—especially between birth and age two. They also suggest that exposure to antibiotics early in life upsets a child’s gut bacteria balance and permanently reprograms the body’s metabolism, setting up a predisposition for obesity!

            So, Jill, where does that leave you? You want to help your kids overcome ear infections and other childhood bacterial assaults, but you and your doctor need to discuss the risks and benefits of antibiotic prescriptions for your child. And when antibiotics are truly needed (hey, they’re life-savers!), you want to help your child restore his or her gut biome. Feed ‘em lots of fiber-rich veggies and 100% whole grains, probiotic foods (if your child can handle solids like these) such as sauerkraut, kimchii, yogurt, and kefir (try em…your kids will follow your lead) and, if your doc says okay, a low-dose lactobacillus probiotic. We believe the obesity epidemic may well turn out to be related to a combination of factors including more screen time, larger serving portions, and antibiotics in the food supply and their overuse during childhood!

            Q2) My teenage son and now my daughter are hanging out in a Hookah club…and tell me the stuff is all filtered thru water so it is safe.  I trust you—and even my kids read your columns.  Tell me and them the truth. Are Hookah Parlors Safe? Jo Ann in Albany.

            A)  The use of hookahs – pipes that bubble tobacco smoke through water before you puff – doubled among middle- and high-schoolers in just one year. Now it’s on par with cigarette use among school-age kids. One possible factor fueling the crazy is the dangerous myth that these exotic pipes are harmless.

            The truth: Hookahs are dangerous. Research shows they deliver 100 times more lung-clogging tar, four

times more nicotine (tobacco’s most addictive chemical), and eleven times more heart-threatening carbon monoxide than one cigarette. Hookah-users are also exposed to high levels of carcinogens, including benzene and acrolein.

            In one remarkable study, scientists convinced 55 hookah users to abstain for a week. They then analyzed their urine the morning after they spent one evening in the hookah bar of their choice. In this important real-world study, smokers’ nicotine levels increased 73-fold after their hookah night, and levels of cancer-causing compounds in their urine increased between 41 to 93%! But surveys show that teens and young adults, including college students, think hookahs and hookah parlors or bars are safe. They mistakenly believe that the water in these fancy pipes filters out the toxins in tobacco smoke. The truth is, these water pipes may make the smoke less irritating, but that just encourages users to smoke more!

            Typically shared with several others, a hookah user sucks in the smoke through a mouthpiece and tube attached to a pipe. A session may last a half-hour to an hour or longer, leading to inhaling as much smoke as you’d get from up to 100 cigarettes (5 packs) in one session. The exposure to air from charcoal used to keep the tobacco burning also poses substantial health risks that cause chronic disease and disability.

            The manufacturing and marketing of hookah tobacco (and the charcoal) is currently not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). That leaves the door open to sales of flavored hookah tobaccos — also called shisha, narghile and hubble-bubble — that are especially attractive to young users. We hope more states and communities close legal loopholes that allow hookah bars, lounges, and cafes to open their doors to young kids.  Until that happens, here’s what you should know about this dangerous new craze…

            Hookahs can hook your teen or tween on tobacco for life.  A recent Dartmouth College School of Medicine survey of 1,050 young smokers, age 15 to 23, found that within two years, 39% who had smoked a hookah had “graduated” to cigarettes. Those early smokers are more likely to get hooked and have a harder time quitting.

            Share a pipe and you’re swapping disease-causing germs. Sharing saliva means sharing herpes or the flu. Health groups warn that hookahs may even spread hepatitis, tuberculosis, and even some more serious viruses like MERS if you are unlucky enough to share a pipe with an infected individual!

            Hookah smoke contains an alarming variety of harmful chemicals. Yes, hookah smoking is an old tradition dating back at least 600 years. But so does the falsehood that they’re a healthy way to smoke. There’s nothing healthy or natural about it. We mentioned a bunch of the risks already. Others toxins in the smoke include heavy metals, formaldehyde, and a nasty radioactive compound called “Po.” Short for polonium-210, this radioactive stuff concentrates in the delicate airways of the lungs and can course its way throughout the body, causing genetic damage, and premature aging. Not healthy!

            Thanks for reading. Feel free to send questions—to youdocs@gmail.com, and some of them we may know enough to answer (we’ll try to get answers for you if we do not know).

            Young Dr Mike Roizen (aka, The Enforcer)

 

NOTE: You should NOT take this as medical advice.

This article is of the opinion of its author.

Before you do anything, please consult with your doctor.

You can follow Dr Roizen on twitter @YoungDrMike (and get updates on the latest and most important medical stories of the week).  The YOU docs have tow newly revised books: The patron saint “book” of this column YOU Staying Young—revised andYOU: The Owner’s Manual…revised —yes a revision of the book that started Dr Oz to being Dr OzThese makes great gifts—so do YOU: ON a Diet and YOU: The Owner’s Manual for teens.  And, the new book by Dr Mike Roizen: This is YOUR Do-Over

Michael F. Roizen, M.D., is chief wellness officer and chair of the Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. His radio show streams live onwww.radioMD.com Saturdays from 5-7 p.m. He is the co-author of 4 #1 NY Times Best Sellers including: YOU Staying Young.

We at Sayville Immediate Chiropractic Care realize you have a choice in who you choose to provide your healthcare services.  If you, a friend or family member requires care for low back pain, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward in serving you and your family presently and, in the future.

The Sayville Chiropractic office that makes it convenient for you to get the care you want in today’s busy society! Our practice has a strong working relationship with many local allied health care professionals and primary care MD’s.

No Appointment Necessary, Walk-in Chiropractic Care:
New patients welcome. No Long Term Care Plans

Since Back Pain, Neck Pain and Headaches are one of the most common complaints presenting to the chiropractic physician, please ask for more information about this if you or a loved one is suffering.  It’s one of most significant acts of kindness you can give to those you care about.

Serving the areas of Sayville, Oakdale, Bohemia, Bayport.

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FOR A FREE NO-OBLIGATION CONSULTATION CALL
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Chiropractic and Helping the Aging Population
Courtesy of: Dr. Frank Gomez at Sayville Immediate Chiropractic Care

            What can we do as individuals to improve our quality of life as we age? In order to address this question, let’s break this down into “Bio-Psycho-Social” categories: BIO: weight, diet, exercise, fitness; PSYCHO: brain stimulating activities and exercises, diet and nutritional supplementation; and SOCIAL: interaction and relationships.

            BIO: This includes “biological” functions such as weight management, exercise, and fitness. Of course, this makes sense as everything in life is easier when we don’t have to carry around so much weight. If we huff and puff after walking a short distance, up or down a short staircase, or can’t get out of a chair or car without assistance, then it’s time to shed some pounds to lessen the load on our frame and heart. This starts with a healthy diet. It is time to give up the foods that are rich in saturated fat (omega 6 fatty acids) and are full of gluten and simple carbohydrates. Learn about the Mediterranean diet, the Caveman diet, and the gluten-free diet. Also, keep in mind any or all of your specific special needs — such as blood sugar if you are diabetic — so that you can “tailor” or modify your diet accordingly. Regarding heart health, the current evidence shows inflammation is the true source of trouble for the heart and overall general health. That’s why you should consider the diets listed above that have been demonstrated to reduce inflammation in the body! Vitamin “minimums” that we ALL benefit from include: 1) A good multiple vitamin/mineral (to get a little of everything); 2) Calcium and magnesium – these are often grouped together and BOTH are important, especially if you’re over 40 years old; 3) Omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil, flaxseed oil, walnuts, butternuts, hickory nuts, pecans, pine nuts, and more); 4) Vitamin D3 (5000 IU/day); 5) Coenzyme Q10 (a strong anti-oxidant that is commonly depleted due to medication side effects and more). Of course, there are many others, but these have been found to reduce systemic inflammation, which is a BIG problem in the world! Track your BMI and make realistic goals as stepping stones.

            Along with diet, you should definitely exercise as part of your weight loss plan, but make sure your thyroid function is up to par as it is very difficult to lose weight if your metabolic rate is slow! Go for a run, walk, or bike ride – anything that increases your heart rate. When you’re at home, bounce on a gym ball while watching TV or stand and walk around instead of constantly sitting.

            PSYCHO (BRAIN FUNCTION): Again, diet and exercise are important (see above information). In general, exercise stimulates the production of many helpful chemicals such as hormones, endorphins, neurotransmitters, and more!  Brain stimulating exercises includes card games, crossword puzzles, reading, playing/reading music, Sudoku, and much more. Embrace what you enjoy the most and MAKE TIME FOR IT!

            Tune in next month for the “SOCIAL” part of this topic and how chiropractic care works synergistically with the “Bio-Psycho-Social Model!  

            To Receive Daily Health Updates, go to www.DrFrankGomezBlog.com and sign up

We at Sayville Immediate Chiropractic Care realize you have a choice in who you choose to provide your healthcare services.  If you, a friend or family member requires care for low back pain, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward in serving you and your family presently and, in the future.

The Sayville Chiropractic office that makes it convenient for you to get the care you want in today’s busy society! Our practice has a strong working relationship with many local allied health care professionals and primary care MD’s.

No Appointment Necessary, Walk-in Chiropractic Care:
New patients welcome. No Long Term Care Plans

Since Back Pain, Neck Pain and Headaches are one of the most common complaints presenting to the chiropractic physician, please ask for more information about this if you or a loved one is suffering.  It’s one of most significant acts of kindness you can give to those you care about.

Serving the areas of Sayville, Oakdale, Bohemia, Bayport.

YOU MAY BE A CANDIDATE FOR DRUG FREE RELIEF!
FOR A FREE NO-OBLIGATION CONSULTATION CALL
DR. FRANK GOMEZ at 631 991-3492

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The Most Important Principles for Staying Young:

Memory Boosting Tips!…

Dr. Michael F. Roizen

Co-Author of 4 #1 NY Times Bestsellers including: YOU Staying Young.

The Owner’s Manual For Extending Your Warranty (Free Press)

Courtesy of Dr. Frank Gomez of Sayville Immediate Chiropractic

Our basic premise is that your body is amazing.  You get a do over. It doesn’t take that long, and it isn’t that hard if you know what to do.  In these notes, we give you a short course in what to do so it becomes easy for you, and for you to teach others. We want you to know how much control you have over both the  quality and length of your life.

All your brain wants is attention. Feed it, challenge it, care for it. Constantly stretch your mind with activities like crosswords, chess, Scrabble, or learning to speak Chinese. Here are our favorite ways to keep your brain operating at maximum power…

Teach a Lesson

Teaching can save your brain. You’re far more likely to retain info if you have to explain it to someone else. The degree to which you can effectively explain information indicates how well you’ve learned it. The lesson: Take advantage of mentoring opportunities. This can include instructing others about your favorite hobby at the local college or inviting neighborhood teens over to teach them to make a soufflé or change a tire. By teaching the next generation, you’ll power up your own generator.

Be a Lifelong Learner

In a study of nuns and Alzeheimer’s disease, the nuns who fared best were those who were better educated. Those nuns who developed Alzeheimer’s were also less physically and mentally active outside their jobs in their youth. When you increase learning, you decrease the risk of developing memory-related problems. Push yourself to learn tasks that may not come naturally through a new hobby, game, or vocation. Performing tough tasks reinforces the neural connections that are important to preserve memory. Your mind has a way of rising to the occasion. Challenge it and it will reward you.

Stop and Think About Thinking

Like breathing, thinking is designed to be an automatic process. Thinking is an involuntary reflex. While you can often control what you think about, thinking is as natural as an ocean—stuff just floats and goes where it wants.

PLEASE TURN OVER…

Try this when you’re doing a simple activity like waking up: Instead of rolling out of bed, splashing water on your face and dreading your morning meeting, think of your surroundings. Listen for birds, notice the drips of water streaming down your leg as you shower, savor the sips of orange juice, think of every tooth you’re brushing. It doesn’t take more time but it helps train your brain. Thinking about the thought process is really about awareness and is one of the tools you can use to strengthen your neural connections.

See If Your Genes Fit

If you have a family history of memory-related problems and are comfortable with genetic testing, you can have your Apo E4 protein level checked. That’ll help you determine whether you’re more or less predisposed to clearing that gunky beta-amyloid from your neural wiring. No matter what your result, alcohol intake and obesity can increase expression of the gene, while exercise decreases the amount of Apo E4 in the blood.

            Thanks for reading. And feel free to send more questions, you can always send us questions at youdocs@gmail.com, and some of them we may know enough to answer (we’ll try to get answers for you if we do not know).

Young Dr. Mike Roizen (aka, The Enforcer)

NOTE: You should NOT take this as medical advice.

This article is of the opinion of its author.

Before you do anything, please consult with your doctor.

You can follow Dr Roizen  (and get updates on the latest and most important medical stories  of the week) on twitter @YoungDrMike.

Feel free to continue to send questions to youdocs@gmail.com. You can follow Dr Roizen on twitter @YoungDrMike (and get updates on the latest and most important medical stories of the week).  The YOU docs have a new web site: YOUBeauty.com  and its companion BeautySage.com the only site we know of where you can find skin products proven to meet the claims (opened for business on June 1st, 2012), and a new book: YOU: The Owner’s Manual for Teens.

Michael F. Roizen, M.D., is chief wellness officer and chair of the Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. His radio show streams live on www.healthradio.net  Saturdays from 5-7 p.m . E-mail him questions at YouDocs@gmail.com.   He is the co-author of 4 #1 NY Times Best Sellers including : YOU Staying Young and YOU: The Owner’s Manual. He is Chief Medical Consultant to the two year running Emmy award winning Dr Oz show– The Dr Oz show is #2 nationally in daytime TV.  See what all the fun is about, and what he, The Enforcer, is up to. Check local listings or log onto DoctorOz.com for channel and time. And for more health info, log onto youbeauty.com anytime.

We at Sayville Immediate Chiropractic Care realize you have a choice in who you choose to provide your healthcare services.  If you, a friend or family member requires care for low back pain, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward in serving you and your family presently and, in the future.

The Sayville Chiropractic office that makes it convenient for you to get the care you want in today’s busy society! Our practice has a strong working relationship with many local allied health care professionals and primary care MD’s.

No Appointment Necessary, Walk-in Chiropractic Care:
New patients welcome. No Long Term Care Plans

Since Back Pain, Neck Pain and Headaches are one of the most common complaints presenting to the chiropractic physician, please ask for more information about this if you or a loved one is suffering.  It’s one of most significant acts of kindness you can give to those you care about.

Serving the areas of Sayville, Oakdale, Bohemia, Bayport.

YOU MAY BE A CANDIDATE FOR DRUG FREE RELIEF!
FOR A FREE NO-OBLIGATION CONSULTATION CALL
DR. FRANK GOMEZ at 631 991-3492

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