I Regularly See a Chiropractor

When I moved to California, one of the first things I did was find a San Diego chiropractor that I felt comfortable with. I did this before looking for a doctor, a dentist, and even a hair stylist, because this is the person who is most important in my day to day life. I was involved in a car accident when I was younger, and my parents opted to have chiropractic care for me rather than a surgeon’s care, since that is what the hospitalist that I had seen had recommended. Even my primary doctor thought surgery was the best route. (more…)

Moving a Large Appliance Hurt Me

I helped my sister move from her apartment into her house a few weeks ago, and I might have taken on more than I should have. Though there were some younger fellows there to help as well, I still tried to move like I was their age. When you are in your 40s, that is sort of a no no. I had a sore back for a few days, but I did not think much of it. It was only when it did not go away that I knew I should probably see a chiropractor in Phoenix.

I had not been to this type of doctor before, but I knew that it just made sense because it was my back that was causing all of the pain. It was between my lower back and the middle of my back, and I suspected that it was when I helped to move her fridge. Lifting it off the truck, even with the help of three others, might not have been my smartest move. The doctor was able to help me though. (more…)

I Feel So Good Now

I am constantly busy. I have a full time career as a real estate agent, plus I am married with three children, two dogs, and a cat. My husband is great in helping out with things, and our children help immensely with the pets. Still, a lot of things fall on me, so I was worried when I fell down and hurt my back. I thought I was going to be out of commission for a while, but I barely missed a step thanks to the Sacramento chiropractors that I went to see.

I am not the type of person to sit around and cry about a problem. I want to take action to get back into the game as soon as possible, no matter what the obstacle is. (more…)

I Didn’t Want to Feel Tired Anymore

Have you ever been so sick and tired of being sick and tired? That was me about a year ago. I had been increasingly getting more tired as the weeks turned into months, and I knew something had to be done about it. I asked my doctor, who simply said that it is part of the aging process. I could see that if I was sedentary and in my 90s, but I am active and in my 40s. I went online to see if I could find more information, and that is how I knew to contact a Philadelphia chiropractor to help me with my fatigue and not feeling good issues.

I plugged a few of my symptoms into a search engine, and I was surprised with the websites that I saw pop up for suggestions. (more…)

Obesity in Men Unhealthy and Unmanly

download (81)While obesity affects both woman and men, it’s women who more often, in my experience, will eventually seek professional, guided assistance of some kind to lose weight, even after they’ve tried one quick-fix gimmick after another. Men, on the other hand, again in my experience and going by what they tell me when we meet for the first time, will usually try everything but seek professional help or do a program to lose weight. They try doing things on their own, such as abstaining from a food group or two, or eating only 1 meal a day. Or, they’ll go to a gym, get a personal trainer and work out vigorously every day. Let’s face it: Men don’t usually like to seek help. It’s a male ego thing. They’re the species who would rather drive around lost for an hour before finally pulling in somewhere to ask for directions, right ladies?

So, I want to talk to the men in the various stages of aging.

Are you an obese young man in his 20’s who would like to meet the right girl and settle

5 Leading Causes of Obesity

images (23)Overweight or obesity can be described as a very unhealthy accumulation of body fats. The excessive disposition of body fat leads to many health complications and even reduce the life expectancy of affected people. Obesity is measured in terms of body mass index which is obtained by dividing your weight by the square of your height. A body mass index in the range of 25-30 Kg/m2 is considered overweight, but if your BMI is more than 30 Kg/m2, it indicates that you are suffering from obesity.

Clinical trials and scientific studies have confirmed that obesity is linked to various health issues like osteoarthritis, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obstructive sleep apnea and certain types of cancer. In 2013, obesity has been classified as a disease.

Obesity is mainly caused by excessive intake of food energy, sedentary lifestyle, genetic or endocrine disorders, medication side effects, psychological issues or any combination of these factors. Top five causes of obesity can be described as follows:

Excess Intake of Food: Our body is supposed to store excess food energy as fat. If you are unable to resist your temptation for

Is Sugar Making You Fat?

download (82)The study of weight gain, weight loss and obesity is a mine-field of junk science, uninformed opinions and scams. The amount of misinformation is overwhelming. You have to skillfully identify reliable sources and untainted studies.

The common belief that people get fat mainly because they eat too much is today facing a strong challenge, backed up by good scientific evidence. The evidence points more to what we eat rather than the amount.

Some fat and obese people are bewildered by their increasing weight gain, because they feel they don’t really eat more than the average person. Some even consciously reduce the portion sizes of what they eat but still gain weight.

There is a growing community of health scientists, nutritionists, and healthy eating advocates, that now believe that the over consumption of sugar is the fundamental cause.

For many years we have been told that we get fat from eating foods with a high fat content. Therefore to avoid getting fat, the advice has always been to cut down on the consumption of fatty foods, particularly meat.

Many popular diet plans were created from this premise, with questionable

Regain Health To Address Health Concerns and Obesity: Key to a Healthy Eating Plan

download (80)One of the biggest health concerns that most developed countries experience today is obesity. This is simply saying it needs more awareness and education. It is not that hard to overcome this with some knowledge and just a little bit of will power. Most of the people in this situation are just oblivious or don’t understand the facts, that this is possible only through changes. It is proven fact that the biggest percentage of illness and diseases is food related.

Being overweight can lead to dramatic health complications such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, which can become fatal later in life. Secondary to that, health concerns like hypertension and even osteoarthritis develop due to excess weight. For many people looking at quick fixes such as diet pills etc. this will be of no benefit. There are these health conditions associated with obesity and the best way to change it is with a healthy eating plan. Yes, it all begins in disciplining your attitude towards food, because correct food is mainly consumed as the body’s fuel. In fact, even people who don’t need

The Skinny On Obesity and Your Skin

download (78)Everyone knows the long list of medical issues associated with obesity: heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, fatty liver disease, sleep apnea and too many others to list here. Few, however, realize that excess weight can also affect the health and appearance of your skin.

1. Acne. Sebum plays a major role in acne development. It is an oily substance produced by the sebaceous glands to keep the skin moisturized and supple. Acne occurs when the sebaceous channels are blocked and infected. Acne is clearly exacerbated by obesity-associated disorders. Additionally, in obese people, androgens (male hormones) and insulin are raised (insulin resistance), and these are known risk factors for acne.

2. Acanthosis nigricans. A body that carries too much weight undergoes shifts in hormone levels. Acanthosis nigricans is associated with insulin resistance and, as such, is a very common skin problem in obesity, and one that I see very often in young obese women who have PCOS. Acanthosis nigricans appears as dark patches on the skin, most commonly seen in the arm pits, groin, back of the neck, elbows, knuckles and face.

3. Blood vessels of

The Big Boned Theory

images (22)“I’m not really that overweight; I’m big boned!”

If I had a couple of bucks for every client that’s said that (or something similar) over the years, I could retire tomorrow!

There is such a thing as being big boned-but it’s not a medical term, and it’s never used correctly.

What big boned means, and what people mean by big boned, is never the same thing,

People with larger bones are slightly larger for their heights, yes… but it’s the soft tissue atop and around those bones-muscle and fat-that make some people look more “big boned” than others.

So, for example, an obese person can weigh more than 350 pounds and have big legs, but actually have very small bones.

The bones that make up the human skeleton comprise about 15% of the body’s weight.

Thus, a non-obese 200-pound adult has a bone weight of about 30 pounds… and half or more of that bone weight is water!-both in the bones themselves as well as in the marrow they contain. Water weighs a lot, folks!

The dry, fat-free skeleton (such as at autopsy) comprises approximately 6-7% of an adult’s body

Fast Food Is NOT The Reason For Obesity

download (79)On the KTLA news the other day, reporters referred to a study conducted by Cornell University Food & Brand Lab published in Obesity Science and Practice. They found that fast food and junk food aren’t the reasons why more than 40% of adults in this country are overweight or obese. Naturally these foods are for the most part unhealthy for the body, especially since they pack an enormous caloric punch, the study finds the main reason for weight gain comes down to overeating.

In other words, taking in too many calories than the body needs to function effectively. When this happens, the excess calories are packed away onto the body in the form of fat. If you overeat on a regular basis, which many people do, the only alternative that will happen is the number on the scale will increase bit by bit, week by week.

Study Shows Fast Food Is NOT The Reason For Obesity!

Does that mean that it’s fine to eat junk food like chips, soda, and juice, along with large orders of french fries and burgers from the local fast food restaurant?

12 Proven Ways to Lose Belly Fat

download (77)1. Time your meals: Most people only focus on what is on their plate but not the time of their meals. Eating smaller meals every three to four hours can boost your metabolism which helps in fat burn. The Key is to know your portion size to eat just about enough to keep your going for another few hours.

2. Eat more Protein: It’s a proven fact that our body burns more calories when we consume Protein Supplements than fats or carbs. Loading up on quality protein will increase your metabolism and also helps retain muscle mass, all of which helps in fat burning. A study published in the American Journal of Physiology compared 2 groups, where the first was fed with a high protein Bodybuilding diet and the second group were fed with a low protein Bodybuilding diet and the group eating higher protein burned more fat.

3. Spice it up: As surprising as it may sound, some spices contain phytochemicals that break down fatty deposits in the body while also breaking down cholesterol; kill viruses, bacteria and fungi; and protect against heart disease.

10 Tips for Better Health Even When You’re Obese

download (76)1. Create a list of your eating habits
According to CDC improving your eating habits is a key factor in maintaining or strengthening your overall health and losing weight. In order to improve your eating habits, you have to know more about them. Keeping a food journal is a good way to get to know your own eating habits and determine what you should change. Food journal should contain everything you eat and drink throughout the day. Most people discover they tend to overeat when they are stressed out, depressed, or when they are coping with unprocessed emotions. All these habits have a direct impact on your overall health and weight as well. Besides keeping a food journal you should also:

Highlight bad habits
Identify triggers that make you do those unhealthy and bad eating habits
Identify different things you can do to avoid triggers
Replace unhealthy habits with healthy alternatives.

2. Eat regularly
Overweight or obese people and even individuals who don’t want to gain weight make the same mistake – they skip meals. After all, if you skip meals, you can’t gain more

Psychological Reasons for Obesity

download (75)Miraculous diets can help you to lose weight… for some time. After one month of painful sacrifice you finally unlock the fridge and fill it up with all the yummy groceries you used to enjoy before. You are back in your routine, back in your habits – and back on your unwanted weight. The idea of staying on such a diet forever to keep your body in preferred shape is obviously freaky. You don’t want to eat what someone else orders you to eat. You want to eat what YOUR body asks for. It’s pretty natural. Therefore the only way how to lose weight with permanent effect would be to teach your body to ask for healthy food. And if we want to change the body’s preferences, we need to start at it’s management point – our mind.

The correlation between body and mind belongs to the main pillars of alternative medicine. Theoretically, if we resolve the problem residing in our soul, that psychological issue that forces us to eat abnormal doses of unhealthy food, we should be able to change our eating habits

Is My Friend Now In Heaven

download (74)After two previous mini-strokes, my friend finally succumbed to cardiac arrest a couple of months ago.

Christmas has an eerie way of making our thoughts meander, like a flowing stream flowing downhill. And one of those that stood out was a co-worker and a close buddy I find difficult to forget for two reasons:

First, he was one of those guys who come into your life with a smile. He was always willing and ready to give a helping hand, always with a grin on his face, and always ready for an intelligent discussion of a wide array of subjects.

Second: he was lovably rotund. You know, like a balloon. I loved poling his stomach. He looked like an over-aged cherub.

When I met him, he was already obese. Many years later (we parted ways for career change reasons), I was shocked to see him again. He had grown to astronomical proportions.

“My God, what have you done to yourself? Do you want to die early?” I instinctively exclaimed. He just gave me his typical grin as if saying, “God will take care of me.”

He was deeply

Can Television Help To Tackle Obesity

download (73)Childhood obesity has become a serious problem in the United Kingdom as in other Western countries. In the age of television, computers and the internet, children spend much time indoors and much less out in the fresh air involved in some form of physical activity. The British government has announced a programme addressing this problem by encouraging school-age children to participate in more sporting activities, including those that are less known and less widely practiced. Proponents of these Cinderella sports have seized the opportunity to promote their cause and stress the need to increase popularity through television exposure. This raises the questions: which sports are best adapted to television and are they likely to address the juvenile obesity problem?

Every sportsperson wants their sport on television because it is the medium which has brought great fame and fortune to the sports it traditionally favours. These have included soccer, tennis and golf globally, and American football, baseball, basketball and ice hockey in North America. In recent years, there has been an expanding presentation of other sports such as athletics, rugby and one-day cricket. It might

Do You Know How Your Obese Child Feels

download (70)I am not being dramatic or exaggerated, I was there, and I was an obese child many years ago. The time I spent in Elementary and Middle Schools are not full of fun memories, they were a nightmare. I was bullied and pushed around constantly by every skinny kid in school. I weighed one hundred pounds when I was in fourth grade, I was fat and I was sad. During all those years I never wore a pair of shorts, I was ashamed to let people look at my legs. When I was forced to go to P.E., I wore my sweat pants under my uniform so I could change easily in any lonely corner. In fact I did not see the inside of the locker room until I was in high school.

For nine years my life was miserable. I had no friends; I was not invited to birthday parties. I spent my Saturdays at home watching television and I did not do sports. I just sat in my room or the living room at home hoping to die and to be free

Why Is Obesity Growing Out Of Proportion

download (71)According to some stats, almost a third of people in the Western world are obese or overweight and the rate is increasing. This trend seems ongoing were people are just snacking their way to obesity, and it looks like it is not going to slow down any time soon. We ask ourselves the question: Where does obesity come from? What’s the cause of it, why is it almost an epidemic? There are several reasons for obesity although food is the major cause.

There is no denying that society itself has developed a weight problem and some of the consequences are starting to show themselves in the form of many illnesses. Chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and whatever comes along is an open invitation by obesity. Not suggesting everything was rosy in the 1960s but live styles were different. In our own work related environment there is always some sort of system in place we are using or being guided by; our body also functions on a system. Our body has an energy system which must at least be equal; that means your

Weighty Matters Doc Shills for Bariatric Surgery

download (69)In his article entitled “World’s Stupidest Childhood Obesity Intervention Plan” Weighty Matters blogger and bariatric surgeon Dr. Yoni Freedhoff proves his allegiance to profit over prevention by mocking an utterly simple and valid solution to childhood obesity prevention and rehab.

That is to say, you don’t have to be a professor, a surgeon, an exercise physiologist, or a physical education teacher to know that people who can physically pull their own weight (do at least one conventional pull up) are ALMOST NEVER OBESE. I ask anyone out there in the blogosphere, have you ever seen Nessie, Big Foot, or an obese human being who can do pull ups? Yes, I know there have been rumors. But actual proof? None that I know of.

Need scientific proof? How about the following study? 492 second, third and fourth graders, all of whom could do at least one conventional pull up, were tested for their Body Mass Index (BMI). Of the 492 students, 202 were girls and 290 were boys.

According to the results, NONE OF THE 202 GIRLS WERE OBESE! A full 92% fell into the normal weight

10 Reasons To Decrease Sugar Intake From Your Diet

download (68)It has been several years, since we were told to decrease the salt in our diets.

Then, we were told to cut back on sugar because researchers linked it to obesity, type-2 diabetes and many complications related to these disorders.

In 2016, the general advice is to drop sugar from your diet altogether.

This is, of course, tricky because many of us have a sweet tooth, thanks to diets that are rich in that sugary taste we crave. The more sugar we have eaten over the years, the more our body craves it now. It doesn’t help that pastries, cakes, glazed donuts, ice cream and many others seem to be right in our path as we shop with healthy intention for the foods we have been told make up the optimal diet.

It’s just the way things are.

Reports reveal the average person in the United States consumes more than 126 grams of sugar daily, which is almost twice the average sugar intake of all 54 countries.

Additionally, 126 grams is two times more than the recommended daily intake, which the World Health Organization designates to be 50 grams