Stickin’ It Tue You: Acupuncture to Lower Cholesterol

This is a great time to take charge of your heart health and look at ways to lower cholesterol!

One out of every two men and one out of every three women will develop heart disease sometime in their life. Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States and about 1.25 million heart attacks occur each year in the United States.

Research has clearly shown that lowering cholesterol can reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Whether you have heart disease already or want to prevent it, you can reduce your risk for having a heart attack by lowering your cholesterol level.

The American Heart Association says it’s important to pay attention to exercise, and a proper diet that is low on foods that contain cholesterol and saturated fats. That means eating better and improving lifestyle. Speak to your health care providers to make sure your cholesterol is being monitored and find out how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help you stay healthy.


Reduce Risk with TCM

Acupuncture can be used to address high cholesterol. Acupuncture can be used to treat many of the health conditions that are known to drastically increase the risk of heart disease and high cholesterol. Here are a few of the risk factors that can be addressed with acupuncture:

* Smoking
* High Blood Pressure
* Excess weight
* Diabetes

Causes of High Cholesterol

Three nutrients in your diet make LDL (“bad” cholesterol) levels rise:

* Saturated fat, a type of fat found mostly in foods that come from animals
* Trans fat, found mostly in foods made with hydrogenated oils and fats such as stick margarine,
* Cholesterol, which comes only from animal products.

Learn how to read a food label – Choose foods that are low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol.
Overweight

Excess weight tends to increase your LDL level. Also, it typically raises triglycerides, a fatty substance in the blood and in food and lowers HDL. Losing the extra pounds may help lower your LSL and triglycerides, while raising your HDL.

Physical Inactivity

Being physically inactive contributes to overweight and can raise LDL and lower HDL. Regular physical activity can raise HDL and lower triglycerides, and can help you lose weight and, in that way, help lower your LDL.

Participate in physical activity of moderate intensity—like brisk walking—for at least 30 minutes on most, and preferably all, days of the week. No time? Break the 30 minutes into three, 10-minute segments during the day.

Smoking

Don’t smoke. If you do smoke, contact our office to help you quit.


Your Cholesterol Level

You can have high cholesterol and not realize it. Most of the 65 million Americans with high cholesterol have no symptoms. So it’s important to have your blood cholesterol levels checked. All adults age 20 and older should have their cholesterol levels checked at least once every 5 years. If you have elevated cholesterol, you’ll need to have it tested more often.

Setting your Goal

The main goal in treating high cholesterol is to lower your LDL level. Studies have proven that lowering LDL can prevent heart attacks and reduce deaths from heart disease in both men and women.

Are you ready to see how acupuncture could change your life for the better? To learn more about acupuncture or to schedule an appointment for treatment, please call our office at (304) 263-4927 today.  Dr. Terry Chambers is a Board certified chiropractor and acupuncturist, licensed in WV, and trained to perform functional medicine.

Sunday FUNday: Is it your thyroid?

Thyroid Function and Neurotransmitters | Dr. HagmeyerThe thyroid gland is one of many glands comprising the endocrine system. Other endocrine glands include the adrenal gland, pituitary gland, the pineal and the pancreas. These glands are responsible for the production of hormones. So how do neurotransmitter relate to hormone production and thyroid health?

Thyroid hormone levels play an important role in the release of neurotransmitters, so thyroid hormone imbalances can cause neurotransmitter imbalances. Neurotransmitters and hormones are both messengers. Neurotransmitters such as serotonin, GABA and dopamine regulate certain body functions, including gastrointestinal tract motility, mood, appetite and sleep. Thyroid hormones serve as a release function for neurotransmitters, so they are closely tied to each other in their functionality. Therefore thyroid conditions can cause an imbalance in neurotransmitter function, and can even affect the production of neurotransmitters.

For example, hypothyroidism can lead to an increase in serotonin. Certain people with hypothyroidism may be prone to depression due to low hormone levels. When antidepressants are prescribed, they may not have a positive affect because the issue is with the thyroid hormone imbalance. Where drugs don’t work to fix the problem, functional medicine will seek the underlying issue, not simply reduce the symptoms.

Another example is thyroid hormone levels affecting the output of dopamine. Cases of restless leg syndrome have been linked to dopamine output and thyroid health.

Testing the thyroid is a good first step to determining if a primary cause of neurotransmitter imbalance is due to a thyroid disorder. Conventional medicine focuses on fixing neurotransmitter imbalances with drugs, whereas functional medicine considers nutrient deficiencies and hormone levels as a possible cause of the imbalance.

Dr. Chambers offers help to those with neurotransmitter and hormone imbalance due to the thyroid issues. If you suffer from hypothyroidism, sleep disorders, mood disorders or issues with your gastrointestinal tract, you may have a neurotransmitter/hormone imbalance caused by your thyroid.

Are you ready to make a change to get healthy? Are you ready to start a personalized treatment plan that works without the use of pharmaceutical drugs? To learn more about our functional medicine program or to schedule an appointment, please call (304) 263-4927 today. Dr. Terry Chambers is a Board certified chiropractor and acupuncturist, licensed in WV, and trained to perform functional medicine.

Source: https://www.drhagmeyer.com/thyroid-health-neurotransmitter-function/

Curvesday Thursday: Facet Tropism

Tropism is developmental abnormality of the spine. Today’s article defines tropism, lists the symptoms and how chiropractic can treat tropism to get you back to optimal health.

If you have reoccurring pain on one side of your  lower back when you bend or twist in certain motions, you may have facet tropism. This is a developmental abnormality of the small joints of the lower lumbar spine. A child can be born with a slight alignment issue to the spinal joints, and the problem persists into adulthood.  Surgery is not generally a good option for most people. Conservative measures (like chiropractic care) can greatly reduce the frequency, duration, and intensity of pain associated with facet tropism.

In the normal lumbar spine, the facet joints have a predictable orientation.  The plane of the paired facets should match up and allow for smooth, even motion.  At the bottom of the lumbar spine, the facet is optimized for bending forward as well and sideways bending.  The two joints have the same orientation.  Typically, the alignment of the facet is about half-way between the coronal plane and the sagittal plane of the body.  Having the plane angles equal and mirrored reduces stress to the joint by spreading weight-bearing forces evenly.

If the facet joints do not have proper orientation, stresses are applied to the structures.  These joint stresses can cause sharp pain as well as promoting inflammation.  When inflammation is allowed to persist, the joint surfaces erode.  This leads to arthritis of the facet joint.  It’s just like a car-tire out of alignment causing a slow, steady wear on the tire.

Tropism can occur when the facet is aligned in either the coronal or sagittal plane.  I have seen cases when one facet is coronal and the other is sagittal.  Those patients have considerable pain since both sides are misaligned.

Frequently, patients are unaware of the alignment tropism until they reach adulthood.  As a young person, the bones are more pliable and can tolerate the mechanical stresses better.  As we age, the bones and joint surfaces become less tolerant.

A chiropractor can identify a tropism on x-ray.  X-rays are fairly inexpensive and provide a tremendous amount of information for the small amount of resources invested.  Surgery is not a realistic option for most people.  The risk/benefit ratio does not pan out.  Most people benefit by conservative measures involving inflammation reduction and improved joint biomechanics. Because this is a life-long issue, pain medications are generally a bad idea.  Pain medications are not to be used long-term. Regular maintenance through chiropractic care is the best conservative option when dealing with facet tropism.

Are you ready to find the cause of your pain instead of just masking the symptoms? Are you ready to start drug-free pain management, have a treatment plan provided all under one roof and return your body back to its natural state of optimal health? To learn more about our full service chiropractic program or to schedule an appointment, please call (304) 263-4927 today. Dr. Terry Chambers is a Board certified chiropractor and acupuncturist, licensed in WV, and trained to perform functional medicine.

Source: http://www.innova-pain.com/2014/01/17/facet-tropism/

Weight Loss Wednesday: 10 Really Good Reasons to Lose 1olbs (or more!)

When it comes to losing weight, changing your life isn’t as difficult as you may think. New research has indicated that even a small weight loss can result in enormous gains and potentially life-saving changes. You can reduce your risk of heart attack, cancer, stroke, dementia, and more – by losing just 10 pounds.

At times, the difference between what you weigh and what you want to weigh can seem insurmountable. You’re not alone in your frustration. The average American woman has a BMI of 28, which is overweight – nearly obese. Her waists measures 37 inches, almost 5 inches too wide, and she weighs nearly 165 pounds. In 1960, the average American woman’s weight was 140 pounds. If we continue at this rate, in the next 50 years, your daughter or granddaughter will weigh 190 pounds.
America is in need of a lifestyle change. It can be intimidating; however, the benefits of weight loss aren’t reserved for those who drop 30, 50 or 100 pounds. By losing just 10 pounds, you can prevent deadly illness, alleviate daily pain, and improve your quality of life.
Are you ready to change your life? Read on to learn all you have to gain from losing just 10 pounds:


1.
A Lower Cholesterol Level

Being overweight is linked to high levels of LDL, which is the “bad” type of cholesterol. As LDL cholesterol circulates through your blood, it can deposit plaque in your arteries, narrowing them – which can lead to heart attack or stroke.
Exercise and a healthy diet will help increase your HDL cholesterol, which is the “good” type of cholesterol that stops LDL from depositing on your artery walls. Ten pounds of weight loss can lower cholesterol by more than 10%.


2.
Lower Blood Pressure

Blood pressure measures the pressure on your artery walls, so if you have plaque buildup in your arteries, your blood pressure will be high. Hypertension thickens the walls of the heart, leaving them stiff and prone to heart failure. As the heart works harder, blood vessels in the kidneys can be damaged, which can lead to kidney failure. Losing 10 pounds will decrease your blood pressure, protecting your heart and kidneys.


3.
Reduced Risk for Heart Attacks

Excessive plaque buildup can result in dangerously narrowed arteries. In the case of a heart attack, your coronary artery becomes completely blocked, cutting off the oxygen that your heart muscle needs, with possibly fatal results.
As mentioned above, weight loss lowers your blood pressure and cholesterol. Incredibly, just 10 pounds of weight loss can result in a greater than 50% risk reduction for heart attacks.

4. Reduced Risk for Dementia

Nearly half of Americans have too much visceral fat, the abdominal fat that surrounds your internal organs, visible in their protruding bellies. The danger is this: visceral fat contains cells that release inflammation-causing chemicals in the body, which can cause memory loss and increase your chances of developing dementia.

 

Additionally, 2 symptoms of obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, can put you at risk for stroke. Some strokes, known as “silent strokes” can occur without symptoms – but each time, blood is cut off to the brain, resulting in damaged, dementia-prone brain tissue. High blood pressure and cholesterol can also increase the likelihood that you’ll develop Alzheimer’s disease.


5.
Reduced Risk for Sleep Apnea

When you are overweight, extra tissue thickens your windpipe wall, narrowing your airway. Consequently, the size of your tongue and tonsils become a threat to the narrowed airway – especially when you are sleeping, and can cause a life-threatening condition known as sleep apnea. In this illness, an unsuccessful effort to take in air results in a dangerously low oxygen level while you’re sleeping. Your brain shocks your body awake to keep you alive. If you have severe sleep apnea, you can be woken up hundreds of times a night.
Losing just 10 pounds can widen your windpipe, helping you sleep through the night and reduce your risk for developing sleep apnea. And when you sleep well, your levels of leptin (the hormone that signals when you’ve had enough to eat) rise. So, a good night’s sleep will help you lose even more weight.


6.
Reduced Joint Pain

Being overweight puts huge pressure on your joints. For each extra pound of excess weight on your body, you add 3 times that amount of pressure on your knees. This means that 10 extra pounds equates to 30 pounds of pressure grinding down. And when walking up stairs, multiply your extra weight by 7. Thirty pounds of pressure just became 70 pounds. Over time, this force wears away your cartilage, leaving an area of arthritis.
As you lose weight and reduce the pressure on your joints, the cushioning between your bones will build back up. A 10 pound weight loss over 10 years may result in as much as a 50% decrease in your odds of developing osteoarthritis.


7.
Reduced Risk for Cancer

Obesity increases cancer risk. The exact reasoning remains unclear– but fat cells are highly active, releasing large amounts of hormones like estrogen, insulin, and insulin-like growth factors that can fuel many cancers.
The risk for many types of cancers declines when you lose weight, but it’s particularly true for breast and uterine cancer, where losing only 8 pounds can significantly reduce the levels of specific carcinogenic hormones.

8. Reduced Risk for Diabetes

The more excess weight on your body, the less sensitive your cells become to insulin, the hormone that manages the movement of sugar into your cells. Being overweight puts you at huge risk for developing type 2 diabetes, where your body’s cells become resistant to insulin and cannot function properly as a result. By getting active and controlling your weight, you can increase your response to insulin. A weight loss of 10 pounds can reduce your chance of getting diabetes by 60%.


9.
Improved Sex Life

Your sex drive is affected by high blood pressure and diabetes, conditions you’re likely to have if you’re overweight. Additionally, erectile dysfunction can be a problem for as many as 80% of obese and overweight men.


10.
Taking Less Medications

Even if you only reduce the dosage you currently need for high blood pressure or diabetes, you’ll still save money on your prescriptions. A recent study estimated that cutting just 100 calories a day could prevent or eliminate 71.2 million cases of obesity and save $58 billion annually in the United States.
Are you ready to make a change to get healthy? Are you ready to start a doctor supervised weight loss program that really works? No shakes, no points, and no crazy exercise routines! Just a simple plan, supplements and 12 weeks are all you need to lose 10% of your current weight and change your life for the healthier! To learn more about our new ChiroTHIN weight loss program, click here, or call our office today at (304) 263-4927 to schedule an appointment to start the ChiroTHIN program.Dr. Terry Chambers is a Board certified chiropractor and acupuncturist, licensed in WV, and trained to perform functional medicine.

Source: http://www.doctoroz.com/article/10-reasons-lose-just-10?page=3

Stickin It Tue You: Acupuncture to Curb Cravings

What does it mean to listen to your body, as the expression goes? What if your body is telling you to eat chocolate bars for breakfast, or that a few martinis make for an acceptable and tasty dinner? When your mind and body enjoy relative good health, the body’s cravings should prove more reliable in discerning which foods to take in for maximum nutrition. Oriental medicine not only offers therapies to reduce cravings, such as acupuncture and dietary counseling, but it also explains the nature of these cravings in a simple, eloquent way.

The five-element theory is a popular school of thought embraced by many acupuncture and Oriental Medicine practitioners. This theory helps diagnose and explain why certain medical conditions exist in the body. As the name proposes, there are five elements in the model that exist, and each element is designated specific internal organs and characteristics.

What are the five elements and their associated organs, season, sense organ, taste and color?

  1. Wood- liver/gallbladder, spring, eyes, sour and green.
  2. Fire- heart/small intestine, summer, tongue, bitter and red.
  3. Earth- spleen/stomach, late summer, mouth, sweet and yellow.
  4. Metal- lung/large intestine, fall, nose, pungent and white.
  5. Water- kidneys/urinary bladder, winter, ear, salty and black.

What stands out amongst the information found in the five-element theory is the salty taste for water and the sweet taste associated with the earth. These two flavors represent the most commonly experienced cravings. A practitioner will place heavy importance on what type of craving you experience. Sweet cravings indicate an imbalance with the digestive organs of the spleen and stomach. The desire for sweetness may manifest in a craving for alcohol and carbohydrate-heavy foods like bread, pastries and pasta. Whereas salty cravings reflect a possible deficiency in the kidneys. Different organs may also play a role, and need addressing as well.

According to acupuncture and Oriental medicine theory, a small taste of the element’s corresponding flavor will help to enhance the function of those organs. For example, sweet potato, corn or a little fruit may strengthen the stomach and spleen, whereas excessively sugary foods like cookies and candy can cause damage. When the body experiences a nutritional deficiency, there is a tendency to crave things that provide instant energy.

Whether you describe your cravings as a longing, hankering, or an urge, it all signifies a possible internal organ imbalance resulting in addictive, compulsive behavior. An acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioner can provide the necessary acupuncture and lifestyle modification suggestions to help reach optimum health.

Are you ready to see how acupuncture could change your life for the better? To learn more about acupuncture or to schedule an appointment for treatment, please call our office at (304) 263-4927 today.  Dr. Terry Chambers is a Board certified chiropractor and acupuncturist, licensed in WV, and trained to perform functional medicine.

Sunday FUNday: Understanding Oxidative Stress

Like an apple turns brown when exposed to air, our cells can “rust” when we breathe due to oxidative stress, a process caused by free radicals. Today, Dr Catherine Waller explains how functional medicine testing and treatment can prevent further tissue damage.

Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage or “oxidize” cells throughout the body in a process called oxidative stress. Over time, oxidative stress can leave our cells and tissues unable to function properly. According to anti-aging specialist Dr. Catherine Waller, this means that free radicals can have serious consequences for our health.

“They damage tissue, they damage our DNA, they damage our cell membrane,” Dr. Waller says. “They’re the underpinnings of almost all of our chronic diseases.”

Because free radicals contribute to disease, hardened arteries and wrinkles, they’re often intertwined with the health problems we experience with age. Avoiding the causes of free radicals and adopting a lifestyle that helps you fight back against them can help you safeguard your health by preventing oxidative stress.

What Causes Free Radicals?

Free radicals are a byproduct of energy consumption in our mitochondria, the factories that produce energy in each of our cells. As we breathe, we can’t help but make some free radicals, but many other factors in your lifestyle and environment can also contribute to their production, like:

  • Eating too many calories, sugars and/or refined carbohydrates. When we eat more, our mitochondria release more “exhaust,” creating higher levels of free radicals as they burn fuel from food for energy.
  • Exercising too much or too little. Exercise is an important part of any healthy lifestyle, but too much can increase oxidative stress in our bodies. In general, more than 60 minutes per day is considered excessive, while less than 30 minutes five times a week is not enough.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption. Drinking alcohol increases your levels of cytokines, inflammatory molecules that are linked to oxidative stress.
  • Exposure to tobacco smoke. Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 toxic chemicals that lead to oxidative stress.
  • Exposure to air pollutants. Allergens and industrial pollution increase oxidation in our bodies.
  • Excessive stress. Stress and the stress hormone cortisol increase inflammation, which further increases free radical production.
  • Ionizing radiation. Exposure to the sun, x-rays, radon, hair dryers, cellphones, airplanes, electric blankets and waterbed heaters can contribute to oxidative stress.
  • Eating charbroiled foods. These contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which can contribute to oxidative stress.
  • Exposure to fungal toxins. Environmental molds (like those in bathrooms and basements) and internal molds and fungi (those related to your gut) can produce toxins that increase oxidative stress.
  • Poor liver and gut detoxification. When the liver becomes overwhelmed with toxins from food (like when you eat too much sugar) or the environment (like exposure to pesticides or mercury), it becomes inflamed and produces more free radicals.
  • Chronic infections. Dental infections and chlamydia can cause hidden infections that contribute to oxidative stress.
  • Lack of sleep. Sleep deprivation increases oxidation.

How Can You Prevent Oxidative Stress?

Preventing oxidative stress can begin by avoiding the causes of free radicals above. You can also prevent free radical formation and control oxidative stress by:

  • Improving your breathing and oxygenation
  • Eating foods that reduce oxidation
  • Using herbs
  • Using supplements
  • Testing and Treatment

An anti-aging specialist can help you assess the damage caused by oxidative stress by examining the DNA damaged by free radicals and testing for levels of antioxidants like CoQ10 in the blood. Dr. Waller says that most doctors do not order these tests, but that testing can provide the basis for treatment that can reduce your risk of diseases like cancer.

“I can put people on supplements of CoQ10 can help them change their diet,” Dr. Waller says. “This is very proactive, very preventative. Traditional medicine tends not to focus on such subtle things.”

Do you want your DNA tested for signs oxidative stress? Are you ready to make a change to get healthy? Are you ready to start a personalized treatment plan that works without the use of pharmaceutical drugs? To learn more about our functional medicine program or to schedule an appointment, please call (304) 263-4927 today. Dr. Terry Chambers is a Board certified chiropractor and acupuncturist, licensed in WV, and trained to perform functional medicine.

Source: http://www.wallerwellness.com/what-is-functional-medicine/understanding-oxidative-stress

Curvesday Thursday: Put down That Pill Bottle! Effective Pain Relief Found With Chiropractic.

What do you do when your lower back suddenly starts hurting enough to cause you to miss work and other activities? You may be tempted to try an easy fix by taking the pain medication in your medicine cabinet, but a recent study suggests you may be better off seeing a chiropractor or osteopathic physician for spinal manipulation instead.

A new study published in Spine revealed that treating acute, non-specific lower back pain with spinal manipulation therapy is more effective than the non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drug Diclofenac. Diclofenac 12.5 mg has been shown to be more effective than Ibuprofen 200 mg for lower back pain relief in an earlier study.

Study design:

A total of 93 patients with recent (<48 hours) acute back pain entered the study and were randomly assigned to one of three groups:

  • Spinal manipulation group. 35 patients received a standardized spinal manipulation and placebo Diclofenac.
  • Diclofenac Group. 36 patients received 50 mg Diclofenac three times per day along with sham manipulation.
  • Placebo Group. 22 patients received sham manipulation and placebo Diclofenac.

    Results point to spinal manipulation:

    Data were collected 12 weeks into the trial to measure self-rated disability, function, time off work, and the number of times a study participant was in enough pain to take a different medication not included in the study (rescue medication).

    The main findings after 12 weeks were two-fold:

    • Spinal manipulation and Diclofenac were each more effective than placebo. In fact, the placebo group had such a large dropout rate due to high pain levels that investigators closed that arm of the study early.
    • Analysis of the results showed that the group receiving spinal manipulation fared significantly better than the group receiving Diclofenac.

    The takeaway:

    It may be easier and less time consuming to take pain medicine to help your lower back pain, but spinal manipulation may be more effective.

    Spinal manipulation is mainly provided by a chiropractor (DC) or an osteopathic physician (DO), and may be provided by other appropriately trained and accredited health professionals.

Are you ready to find the cause of your pain instead of just masking the symptoms? Are you ready to start drug-free pain management, have a treatment plan provided all under one roof and return your body back to its natural state of optimal health? To learn more about our full service chiropractic program or to schedule an appointment, please call (304) 263-4927 today. Dr. Terry Chambers is a Board certified chiropractor and acupuncturist, licensed in WV, and trained to perform functional medicine.

Source: http://www.spine-health.com/blog/chiropractic-manipulation-or-medication-low-back-pain

Weight Loss Wednesday: What Losing 10 or more pounds could do for you!

There are a ton of benefits to losing those last 10 pounds—from having a healthier heart to feeling better in a bikini! But did you ever wonder exactly what happens to your bod when you do drop that weight?

According to Vicki March, M.D., the medical director of the lifestyle program of the Weight Management Center at Magee-Womens Hospital, of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, exactly what happens internally when you lose 10 pounds depends on a few key factors: how overweight you were to begin with, how quickly you lost the weight and what kind of a diet you went on to trim down.

“Most of your body is made out of water, and of course, fat and muscle,” explains Dr. March. When you go on diet that either restricts your caloric intake too much or cuts out an entire category of food, like a zero-carb diet, it’s possible to see the scale go down by five to 10 pounds in one week, but Dr. March says that’s usually not real fat loss; it’s water. It’s much healthier, she says, to “reasonably” reduce calories while staying moderately active, allowing for slower, steadier weight loss.

“On any diet, after you’ve lost some water weight, what you lose next is either fat or muscle,” says Dr. March. Ideally, she says, you want to lose only fat, and no muscle. Not only does losing muscle mass cause your metabolism to drop, because muscle burns more calories than fat, but you become susceptible to bone loss and your immune capacity is decreased, she says.

“Even better is to actually increase your muscle mass and lose to fat at the same time,” says Dr. March. You can only achieve this, she says, with a very balanced diet that includes enough protein (the building block of muscle) and doesn’t make you lose too much weight too fast (as consuming too few calories would do), and by incorporating resistance training into your workout schedule. “If you’re not exercising, you’ll start digging into that muscle mass, and that’s not good,” says Dr. March.

So assuming you lose weight the healthy way, with a balanced diet plan and plenty of exercise, after you lose some water weight, says Dr. March, your fat cells will actually start shrinking! But you’re not really losing the actual fat cells: “Research seems to point to us acquiring most of our fat cells by adolescence,” Dr. March explains. “So when you lose weight, the fat cells you have get smaller, each cell holding less fat, and when you gain weight they get bigger.”

Most women, says Dr. March, tend to have most of their weight in the lower part of their body, so that’s where you’ll probably start losing fat first. Unlike losing muscle, losing fat doesn’t affect your metabolism, but, says Dr. March, you do have to be more careful about what you eat even after you’ve lost the weight. “We don’t know exactly why, but when you lose weight, the various hormones that control your hunger and desire to eat seem to kick in more, encouraging you back to your own set point.”

In other words, Dr. March says, if you want to maintain your new weight of, say, 140 pounds, you will probably need to eat fewer calories than someone who is already 140 pounds and just wants to maintain her weight.

Doesn’t seem totally fair, right? But it’s worth it! Aside from feeling better, dropping even five percent of your body weight can positively impact your health, says Dr. March. “You can reduce your risk of diabetes, hypertension and heart disease,” she says.

Are you ready to make a change to get healthy? Are you ready to start a doctor supervised weight loss program that really works? No shakes, no points, and no crazy exercise routines! Just a simple plan, supplements and 12 weeks are all you need to lose 10% of your current weight and change your life for the healthier! To learn more about our new ChiroTHIN weight loss program, click here, or call our office today at (304) 263-4927 to schedule an appointment to start the ChiroTHIN program.Dr. Terry Chambers is a Board certified chiropractor and acupuncturist, licensed in WV, and trained to perform functional medicine.

Source: http://www.self.com/flash/diet-blog/2012/07/what-really-happens-to-your-bo/

Stickin’ It Tue You: Treating Peripheral Neuropathy with Acupuncture

For some people it is experienced as the uncomfortable sensation of “pins and needles” or burning pain (especially at night) of their hands or feet. Others may suffer even more extreme symptoms such as muscle wasting, paralysis, or organ or gland dysfunction. With more than 100 types of peripheral neuropathies in existence, each with its own characteristic set of symptoms, pattern of development, and prognosis, the symptoms can vary as much as the cause. Nevertheless, Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition that can be treated with Acupuncture.

What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy describes damage to the peripheral nervous system, which transmits information from the brain and spinal cord to every other part of the body. In most cases, peripheral neuropathy is secondary to conditions including diabetes, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, alcoholism, nutritional deficiencies, AIDS, or poisoning from heavy metals, chemotherapy, or various drugs.

Other causes include compression or entrapment (carpal tunnel syndrome), direct physical injury to a nerve (trauma), penetrated injuries, fractures or dislocated bones, pressure involving superficial nerves (ulna or radial) which can result from prolonged use of crutches or staying in same position, tumor, intraneural hemorrhage, exposure to cold, radiation or atherosclerosis.

It is a syndrome which includes symptoms of numbness, tingling, pricking sensations, sensitivity to touch, burning pain, and muscle weakness and atrophy of the arms and legs. The feet and legs are likely to be affected before the hands and arms.

Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy may include:

  • numbness or insensitivity to pain or temperature
  • a tingling, burning, or prickling sensation
  • sharp, burning pain or cramps
  • extreme sensitivity to touch, even a light touch
  • loss of balance and coordination
  • muscle weakness
  • muscle wasting
  • paralysis

These symptoms are often worse at night.
Many people have signs of neuropathy upon examination but have no symptoms at all.

How can acupuncture treat peripheral neuropathy?

Traditional Chinese medicine teaches that Peripheral neuropathy is due to dampness moving to the limbs, where it obstructs the flow of Qi (energy) and Blood within them. The treatment is twofold, to treat the underlying factor that is causing this dampness to accumulate and to directly facilitate the circulation of Qi and Blood in the affected area. By improving the circulation, the nerve tissues of the affected area can be nourished to repair the nerve functions and reduce pain.

Peripheral neuropathy is a symptom for many different patterns of disharmony within the body. Oriental Medicine aims to treat each individual uniquely depending on what caused the neuropathy and how it manifests.

What Points Are Used?

In treating peripheral neuropathy, acupuncture points on the affected area are used (treating the branch) as well as points on various parts of the body to treat the person according to their particular pattern (treating the root).

Each patient is custom-treated according to his or her specific and unique diagnosis. There are many acupuncture points on the hands and feet. Often the points will be chosen by which are the most tender to obtain the best results.

What will an Acupuncture Treatment feel like?

There seems to be little sensitivity to the insertion of acupuncture needles. They are so thin that several acupuncture needles can go into the middle of a hypodermic needle. Occasionally, there is a brief moment of discomfort as the needle penetrates the skin, but once the needles are in place, most people relax and even fall asleep for the duration of the treatment.

The length, number and frequency of treatments will vary. Typical treatments last from five to 30 minutes, with the patient being treated one or two times a week. Some symptoms are relieved after the first treatment, while more severe or chronic ailments often require multiple treatments.

Are you ready to see how acupuncture could change your life for the better? To learn more about acupuncture or to schedule an appointment for treatment, please call our office at (304) 263-4927 today.  Dr. Terry Chambers is a Board certified chiropractor and acupuncturist, licensed in WV, and trained to perform functional medicine.

Source: https://www.acufinder.com/Acupuncture+Information/Detail/Treating+Peripheral+Neuropathy+with+Acupuncture+and+Chinese+Medicine

Sunday FUNday:Toxicity and Your Health

Today Dr. Mark Hyman discusses toxicity, your health and its connection to how well you feel everyday. He says your body is most likely a toxic waste dump. Worried? You should be …

We are exposed to 6 million pounds of mercury and the 2.5 billion pounds other toxic chemicals each year. Eighty thousand toxic chemicals have been released into our environment since the dawn of the industrial revolution, and very few have been tested for their long-term impact on human health. And let me tell you, the results aren’t pretty for those that have been tested …

How can we not be affected by this massive amount of poison?

According to the nonprofit organization Environmental Working Group, the average newborn baby has 287 known toxins in his or her umbilical cord blood. If a newborn is exposed to that many toxins, imagine how many you have been exposed to in your life.

Do you think this may be why so many of us are sick and fat today?

The simple truth is that we are living in a sea of toxins and it is destroying our bodies and brains. The two most important things you need to know to cure disease, create health, and lose weight are:

  1. The role of nutrition in health and disease.
  2. The role of toxins and the importance of detoxification in health and disease.

Unfortunately, you probably aren’t going to learn much about them from your primary care physician. Most physicians today are still hopelessly ignorant in these areas. They were simply never taught about nutrition and detoxification in medical school. However, there are many things you can do to reduce your toxic exposures and enhance your detoxification.

The Role of Toxins in Health and Disease

The role of toxins and detoxification in health has been largely ignored by medicine. Thankfully, scientists and practitioners are starting to recognize its importance in health. The reality is that many of you probably have symptoms of chronic toxicity but don’t realize that you’re toxic. The following is a list of the common symptoms of chronic toxicity. If you suffer from any of the following, detoxifying might be critical for you to get healthy and feel good again:

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Joint pain
  • Sinus congestion
  • Postnasal drip
  • Excessive sinus problems
  • Headaches
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Foul-smelling stools
  • Heartburn
  • Sleep problems
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Food cravings
  • Water retention
  • Trouble losing weight
  • Rashes
  • Skin problems
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Canker sores
  • Acne
  • Puffy, dark circles under the eyes
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Other menstrual disorders
  • Bad breath

What are Toxicity and Detoxification?

When you hear the word “detox” you might think drug detox or alcohol detox or wheat grass enemas. That’s not what I am talking about. I am referring to the science of how our bodies get rid of waste. If waste builds up, we get sick. And the key is to figure out how to enhance your body’s capacity to detoxify and get rid of waste while minimizing your exposure to toxins.

This is so important, because many diseases of our society are actually related to toxicity. Here are some of the diseases you may suffer from if you are toxic:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s diseaseDementia
  • Autism
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Depression and other mood disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Heart disease
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Cancer
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Food allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Digestive diseases like Crohn’s disease, ulcers, and colitis
  • Menstrual problems like heavy bleeding, cramps, PMS, menopausal symptoms, mood changes and hot flashes

With so many conditions on that list, it might seem that everyone is toxic.

That may be true to differing degrees …

Problems with detoxification form one of the roots of illness–and signify one of the core systems in the body that must be working well for you to be healthy. If you feel lousy, it’s likely you’re toxic.

To understand toxicity, you must understand the concept of “total load.” Total load is the total amount of stressors on your system at any one time–it’s like what happens when a glass fills over with water. It takes a certain amount of water to fill the glass and then, after a certain point, you put more in and it overflows.

When our detoxification system is overwhelmed, it gets overloaded. That’s when we start developing symptoms and getting sick, but it may take years of accumulated stress and toxins to get to that point.

Here are some, but not all, of the factors that can contribute to your total toxic load:

  • Exposure to heavy metals like mercury and lead, petrochemicals, residues, pesticides, and fertilizers.
  • Food allergies, environmental allergies, molds, and toxins from molds.
  • Eating a standard American diet.
  • Mental, emotional, and spiritual toxins — isolation, loneliness, anger, jealousy, and hostility, all of which translate into toxins in our system.
  • Medications can sometimes be toxins. Often we need medications, but the reality is that most of us are overmedicated and use medications to treat problems for which there are better solutions, such as lifestyle and diet.
  • Internal toxins–things like bacteria, fungus, and yeast inside our gut as well as hormonal and metabolic toxins that we need to eliminate.

That’s a lot of toxins for our bodies to manage. You may wonder: Why aren’t we all sick, given this incredible load of toxins? The answer is simple. It is because each of us is genetically and biochemically unique. Some of us are good at getting rid of toxins and waste, and others are not.  Depending on your symptoms, genetic predispositions and environmental exposures, you may need different levels of nutrients and types of treatment. Remember, getting rid of toxins and learning how to optimize your detoxification system is essential for creating lifelong vibrant health.

Want to learn the key steps to detoxifying your body? Are you ready to make a change to get healthy? Are you ready to start a personalized treatment plan that works without the use of pharmaceutical drugs? To learn more about our functional medicine program or to schedule an appointment, please call (304) 263-4927 today. Dr. Terry Chambers is a Board certified chiropractor and acupuncturist, licensed in WV, and trained to perform functional medicine.

Source: http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/05/19/is-there-toxic-waste-in-your-body-2/