Sleep hygiene: Health depends on sleep

Sleep hygiene, n. conditions or practices to help get some sleep, feel great, have energy, and prevent disease. (Marie’s definition  😉 ) Less than adequate sleep (between 7.5-9 hours for an adult) is associated with diabetes and obesity—likely contributing to their development—along with other common chronic diseases. Healing and repairing occurs while you sleep. Good quality and quantity of sleep are …

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Does cholesterol cause heart disease? Is the “lipid hypothesis” true?

The “Diet Heart” theory: Very early research in animals suggests the idea that eating fat could raise blood lipids and, therefore, cause health problems. But work in people started with Ancel Keys’ National Diet-Heart study. Keys’ threw out data from 15 of 22 countries to publish the now infamous Seven Countries study. Throwing out data is bad science and a terrible foundation for National …

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Is your nervous system out of sync?

I’ve tried everything but nothing worked I was doing well; now I’m not I’m tired all day; but then I can’t sleep We fix these age-old complaints in our office every day. Why do they happen? Blocking, switching, and nervous system regulation The fact is that our bodies are in a constant state of change. During the day, we play hard …

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Have the health you want—understanding healing reactions

Today I don’t feel good. Doc, I’ve been working my program. All of the sudden I started feeling bad last night and today I’ve been in-and-out of the bathroom. There’s something going around at (work, school, all the kids have ‘it’…) I hear this sometimes. Clinically, these healing reactions are very meaningful and we always make room on our schedule for …

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Is your anti-inflammatory drug causing your inflammation?

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I used NSAID’s for way too long, for every pain, to try to reduce inflammation and swelling… now I’ve learned these anti-inflammatory drugs may be why I have a gastric ulcer. –Gabe NSAIDs, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are common pain-killers available in over-the-counter doses as well as stronger, prescription-only, anti-inflammatory formulations. I thought it was safe to take aspirin and Ibuprophen. …

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Anti-inflammatory diet: Balancing omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids

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One of the most common causes of chronic inflammation is not having the right fats in your diet. Surprised? Maybe you thought I’d say sugar? Well, sugar is THE #1 cause, but here’s another rebalancing hint: The chronic imbalance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in our diet—mostly due to relying on vegetable oils—is right up there causing our inflammatory woes. …

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Chronic pain breakthrough – What I learned from Alaska’s brown bears

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We trust our remedies, especially the sort in pill form, to the extent they are backed by peer reviewed clinical studies. While not so many of us consider the Alaska griz our “peers,”—pause for good-humored joking around…—bears are really smart. In fact, they seem to know some things we’ve forgotten. What’s this got to do with chronic pain? Read on Friday …

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