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Top Vitamins and Supplements For Anti-aging

One’s body goes through a variety of changes as it gets older: Muscles, blood  vessels and other tissues lose their elasticity The heart becomes less efficient Bones become weaker Metabolism slows down. The immune system is more easily compromised leaving one  susceptible to infections Digestion can become sluggish My general philosophy is that the best way to slow down the …

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Snake Oil?

Patients often ask me if the supplement they are taking works or if it’s “Snake Oil”. The following is a list (courtesy of my close friend, Gary) of what some of the research has to say. Keep in mind that this is a growing field and what may be shown to be ineffective today, may be the cure of tomorrow. …

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If you have chronic, unexplained symptoms, your doctor may be missing the point

Trigger points are hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules and shortened muscle fibers. The trigger point model states that  pain frequently radiates from these points of local tenderness to broader areas, sometimes distant from the trigger point itself. Compression of a trigger point may elicit local tenderness, referred pain, or a local twitch response. In prior blogs, I …

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Are you on Acid?

Our bodies have a buffering system that works through our blood, kidneys and lungs. This system of checks and balances tightly regulates our pH (or acid-base) levels through feedback loops. The various systems within the body operate within specific pH ranges. For instance, blood pH is 7.35-7.45, urine pH is 4.5-8.0 and gastric juice pH is 1.2-3.0. In general, pH …

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20(14) tips for a Healthy New Year

With 2014 around the corner, many people make New Years resolutions, such as adopting healthier habits. Here are some of my recommendations (not in any particular order):   1. Keep hydrated– drink a minimum of half your weight in ounces of water. If you active exercising, then increase your consumption. If your urine is dark, take  this is as a …

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What is the CORE of your pain?

As you read this week’s blog, it is likely that you may be experiencing pain somewhere in your spine or extremities. Statistics indicate that the majority of the population does or will have some sort of musculoskeletal pain, and that this pain has a good chance of becoming chronic due to lifestyle, occupation, hobbies and even incorrect exercise techniques. What …

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Integrative Sports Medicine

Integrative sports medicine is a holistic approach to preventing illness and injuries in athletes while optimizing their performance through nutrition, manual therapies and corrective exercise. In general, athletes seek care for  three reasons: 1. Managing acute and chronic injuries 2. Performance enhancement 3. Injury prevention A holistic approach takes into consideration nutritional, structural and psychological factors. Nutrition Nutrition can be …

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Is your Exercise Routine Integrated?

  Most people who exercise have a goal in mind, such as weight loss, weight gain, general conditioning, core stabilization, hypertrophy, strength,  power or performance enhancement. Exercise can be a vehicle which can take one towards any of these goals by creating adaptations in the various systems of the body. These systems include: Nervous Musculoskeletal Endocrine Immune Cardiorespiratory Adaptations occur …

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Eating Tip for the Holidays- and the rest of your life…

I am frequently asked, “What’s  the best diet?” This week’s blog borrows from Michael Pollan, a renowned and respected author and food journalist and Stephanie Lecovin, RD, a registered dietitian and renowned wife/mother 🙂 Rules to live by: Rule 1: Eat mostly plants, especially leaves.   Numerous studies point to the benefits of a plant-based diet: improved blood pressure, decreased …

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Do You Suffer from Neck pain, Shoulder Pain or Headaches? You Could Have Upper Crossed Syndrome

    Upper Crossed Syndrome (UCS) is a pattern of muscle imbalance primarily affecting the head, neck, shoulders and upper extremities. It is common in individuals who work at a desk or who sit for a majority of the day, perform repetitive types of activities or continuously exhibit poor posture. In UCS, tightness of the sub-occipitals, upper trapezius and levator …

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