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I Can See Pain in Your Future

Not the best forecast, but its true. By observing one’s posture and movement, a healthcare practitioner should be able to identify the source of pain or the risk of developing pain later on. I’m not talking about obvious pain, such as a traumatic injury like a strain/sprain, but the nagging, chronic pain or recurrent injuries that nobody seems to be …

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Diet Soda=Fat gain/Carbohydrate Mouth Rinse=Performance Enhancement

A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that people who drank diet soda gained almost triple the abdominal fat over nine years compared to those who didn’t drink diet soda. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jgs.13376/abstract This was an epidemiological study where 749 people ages 65 and older were asked how many cans of soda they drank a day, and …

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“Obesity-genic” Chemicals

 Obesity has become a universal epidemic which continues to grow. Obese people are at risk for numerous comorbidities, such as insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, stroke, sleep apnea, gallbladder disease, gout and osteoarthritis. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10696282 It has been traditionally thought that obesity results from a high caloric intake in comparison with energy expenditure. However, new research …

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The “Sunshine” Vitamin

    Introduction Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin”, was identified in the 17th century by Dr. Daniel Whistler and Professor Francis Glisson when they discovered the causative factors of rickets. Circa 1920, Sir Edward Mellanby, while working with dogs raised exclusively indoors, devised a diet that allowed him to unequivocally establish that rickets was caused by a …

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Are you Metabolically Flexible?

  Metabolic flexibility is the body’s ability to preferentially use fat or carbohydrate as fuel under specific conditions. It is an Essential Physiological process needed for health, weight loss or weight gain and Performance. Metabolic inflexibility occurs when the body has a limited capacity to switch from one fuel source to another (i.e. carbohydrates and fats). It has  been linked …

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What’s the Skinny on Fat?

Fat is probably the most feared and misunderstood macronutient. It has been erroneously associated with heart disease and conjures up images of going directly from the lips to the hips. These misconceptions are propagated by the notion that fat from foods is inherently fattening. It is not. Fat, like carbohydrates and protein, is a source of energy (calories). Calories are …

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Hopefully This Week’s Blog will Get You “Pumped Up”!

This week’s blog focuses on the global effects that exercise aimed at increasing lean body mass (muscle tissue) can have on preventing and reversing diseases, facilitating weight loss and promoting longevity. In general, skeletal muscle consists of two types of fibers. Type I (slow oxidative/slow twitch) and  type II (fast glycolytic/fast twitch). The slow twitch fibers (I) use aerobic metabolism …

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Eat or Drink Your Pain Away

This week’s blog contains several  studies on medicinal food for pain. I hope you find it tasty (and helpful). Consumption of Dried Apple Peel Powder Increases Joint Function and Range of Motion The goal of this study was to evaluate the effects of consumption of dried apple peel powder (DAPP) on joint function and range of motion (ROM). Twelve healthy people …

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Taking a Functional Approach to YOUR Pain

    In general, there are two broad classifications of pain: Acute Chronic Acute pain is more often than not due to an injury that causes inflammation. The inflammatory process is how your body heals. Chronic pain can be due to ongoing inflammation where an injury site is repeatedly irritated, some sort of disease process, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psychological …

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If you have chronic pain or recurrent injuries, you may not be addressing the core of your problem

  The core operates in conjunction with the extremities as an integrated functional unit, which enables force production (a concentric contraction), force reduction (an eccentric contraction) and dynamic stabilization (isometric contraction) against external forces. Many people who suffer from chronic pain or recurrent injuries lack optimum core strength. This is perpetuated by postural strain from our jobs or lifestyle as …

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