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Got Your OPT?

                                   OPT is the acronym for Optimum Performance Training. It is an evidence based training model that incorporates all forms of training in an integrated fashion safely and progressively. What is the OPT model? The OPT model was created out of the need to …

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Nutrition for Recreational Soccer Players

  Proper conditioning/practicing, maintaining good nutrition and adequate rest/recovery are the foundation for optimal performance and health for athletes. As parents and health professionals, we have observed that many kids involved in recreational sports, such as soccer, fall short of following optimal nutritional guidelines, especially regarding choices of pre and post-game meals. This article briefly outlines some nutritional and lifestyle …

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Two Healthy Decadent Recipes You Need to Try!

Dr. Geoff’s Power Pancakes (Grain Free/Low Carb/ Delicious) These are delicious gluten free/grain free/low carb pancakes that the whole family will love. Ingredients 4 eggs (2 whole eggs/2 eggs whites only) ½ cup almond flour (I use Trader  Joes) 1 banana 1 tbsp vanilla extract 1 tsp cinnamon Blend ingredients in Vita Mix (or other blender). Heat frying pan on …

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hCG- Is it Naturopathic

In my last post on hCG, I received a comment from a reader who had a favorable response to using hCG and disagreed with my post, believing it was an unfair description. I have had a few patient’s who lost weight using the hCG protocol. I have also had some who have had adverse reactions. At Evergreen Integrative Medicine, we …

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hCG for Weight Loss- Fact or Fad?

What is HCG? Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a glycoprotein made up of amino acids. It promotes the maintenance of the corpus luteum during the beginning of pregnancy, causing it to secrete the hormone progesterone. Progesterone enriches the uterus with a thick lining of blood vessels and capillaries so that it can sustain the growing fetus. hCG can also be …

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Is your Exercise Routine Hurting You?

Many exercise programs are poorly designed and can result in muscle imbalances, faulty movement patterns and injuries. Walk into most gyms and the first thing you see is rows of machines designed to isolate muscles. The problem with this is that muscles don’t work in isolation and by performing these isolated movements; you are forcing your body to work inefficiently, …

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How To Roll a Joint… For Pain

This video demonstrates the use of a Foam Roller for Self Myofascial Release. An effective technique for managing pain in your joints and muscles. So what are you waiting for? Learn how to roll a joint…

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Are Chemicals Making You Fat?

  In prior posts I wrote about the fallacy of calories in versus calories out for weight loss.  Many people have tried this route with less than favorable outcomes. New research indicates that the obesity crisis can’t be blamed entirely on too much fast food and too little exercise. Another factor may be responsible: a class of natural and synthetic …

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Functional Movement Screen- The Key to Your Pain

Normal functional movement is dependent on the ability of the nervous system to coordinate movements of muscles surrounding joints. These muscles are classified as agonists (the prime mover), antagonists (opposite to the prime mover), synergists (helpers), and stabilizers. Depending on the movement, muscles will change their classification, e.g.  During arm flexion, the biceps are the agonist and triceps the antagonist. …

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Andropause

  Andropause or male menopause is a name that has been given to a menopause-like condition in aging men. This relates to the slow but steady reduction of the production of the hormones testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone in middle-aged men, and the consequences of that reduction. Unlike women, middle-aged men do not experience a complete and permanent physiological shutting down of …

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