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Monday, September 11, 2006

Soft Drinks Add to Waist 

Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health determined that one can of soda a day can add up to 15 pounds of weight in a year. They believe that this is one of the main factors influencing increased obesity in the United States. The reason is that high fructose corn syrup does not increase the production of insulin (which is needed to burn calories) or leptin ( which is needed to moderate appetite) Because of this,the body does not recognize the calorie intake and is unable to regulate weight.

Friday, September 08, 2006

What is chiropractic? 

What Is Chiropractic? Princeton Review Definition

Chiropractic, although many times misunderstood, is about helping people live healthier, fuller lives. While typically thought of as "bone doctors", chiropractors actually focus on the nervous system and painlessly, manually adjust the vertebral column in order to effect the nervous system.

According to Gray's Anatomy, the nervous system is the master system in the body and controls and coordinates all other systems such as respiratory, digestive, muscular, immune and so forth. The nervous system includes the brain, spinal cord, the spinal nerves that exit the vertebral column through openings on the sides of each vertebra, and all the peripheral nerves that branch off to serve organs, tissues, blood vessels, muscles etcetera. Information from the environment, both external and internal, goes through the spine to get to the brain. In the same manner, information and decisions made in the brain go through the spine to effect certain outcomes. It is a two-way flow of information.

The intention of the chiropractic adjustment is to remove any disruptions or distortions of this energy flow that may be caused by slight vertebral misalignments that we call subluxations. Chiropractors are trained to locate these subluxations and then to remove them, thereby restoring the normal flow of nerve energy in terms of both quality and quantity. The idea is that if the master system, which is the nervous system, is healthy and functioning well, then the other systems under its control will also function in a more optimal fashion.

Chiropractic is based on the belief that the same innate intelligence that can grow a single cell into a complex human being, made of billions of cells, can also heal the body if it is free of disturbance to the nervous system. For example, if the area of spine that supplies nerve flow to the stomach is subluxated then information going to the brain regarding that organ and its function, digestion, will be distorted and the brain will not be receiving accurate data on its condition. Likewise, decisions made in the brain and conveyed along the nervous pathways will be disrupted and the correct responses will be unable to be made. It is essentially the same scenario for all other organs, muscles, blood vessels and so forth. When a chiropractor removes this interference, then the nervous system functions more optimally and the body is able to heal itself via the two-way communication system.

The philosophy of chiropractic is that health, not merely the absence of symptoms, comes from within the body, not from the outside. It is the innate, or inborn intelligence of our bodies, that does the healing. It is not the drugs, the surgeries or the physician/chiropractor that does the healing, but the body itself. It is the job and the great honor of the chiropractor to remove subluxations so that the power that made the body may heal the body.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

A broken back? 

Professional cyclist, Stuart O'Grady had some nice things to say about the chiropractic care he received during the 2006 Tour de France. Nowadays, it's rare for a top professional athlete not to be receiving chiropractic on a regular basis. A big thanks to all those doctors out there that are working hard and helping to keep the world's top athletes in peak performance shape.

Australian Tour de France veteran Stuart O'Grady got himself caught up in a stage three pileup and fell off his bike during this year's (2006) tour. Like any hard-core cyclist, he got back on his bike and finished the stage. A trip to the local hospital that evening revealed that Stuart had suffered a hairline fracture in his fourth lumbar vertebrae. With a spinal fracture, doctors felt it would be doubtful he would return to the race. But O'Grady did return, and he helped his team to win two stages and finished his 10th Tour de France.

Reporter Neal Rogers of velonews.com asked O'Grady what it was like to continue the world's toughest cycling race with a broken back. O'Grady replied, "it's been hell." He went on to say... "it's a small miracle that I made it through the race. I've had so much chiropractic work done, morning and night, whenever possible. Without those guys I definitely wouldn't have seen the 10th stage, let alone Paris."

O'Grady has participated in the Tour de France since 1998, and he has contended for the prestigious sprinters' maillot vert (green jersey) on several occasions, finishing second in the 1998 and 2005 edition of the race. He has also worn the maillot jaune (yellow jersey) of the race leader in the 1998 and 2001 edition of the Tour. He currently rides for Team CSC in the UCI ProTour road racing series and is contracted to them through to 2008.

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