Repairing Your Body After Injury

Posted on July 14, 2016. Filed under: Aging, Exercise, Healing, Health, injury, rebuild, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |

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By Dr. Greg Steiner
CA Acupuncture & Chiropractic Clinic

In its simplest terms, aging could be described as the body’s failure to repair. We grow, we mature, we reach various physical and mental peaks, and then…..we age.  When we are young our hormones, e.g. testosterone and growth hormone – are at high levels and command our bodies to grow and repair; our circulatory system is efficient as it transports those hormones and necessary nutrients towards muscles and organs; we have more enzymes that we know what to do with that make the chemical process necessary for growth and repair work at super speed. Though other factors are involved, hormones, transportation, enzymes and nutrients form the basis for growth, and its first cousin – repair.

Have you noted when an athlete of say, 20 years of age sustains an injury he or she seems able to be back on the field in just a few weeks? If an athlete of age 30 sustains an identical injury, it’s often much longer before return to play. At age 40, who knows?  The younger athlete’s speed of recovery demonstrates all those factors in play, working fast and in a coordinated way.

Of course with every injury comes scar tissue. If you tear a hamstring, it will eventually heal, but somewhere within the muscle will likely be a cluster of tough, stringy tissue that while strong, is nowhere near as elastic as the original muscle, nor does it have the same circulation properties which means the scar won’t receive or use nutrients as effectively as original tissue. One thing that I’d say every aging fitness person or athlete knows very, very well is what a painful body feels like. All the accumulated injuries of younger years are still present in scar tissue, and as the body loses efficiency and elasticity, the aging athlete feels them all the more. That’s why putting a strong emphasis on ‘repair’ is crucial to prolonging your active life and living a vigorous lifestyle.

While a team doctor for Master’s weightlifters in Scotland, I would often converse with coaches and lifters who had travelled to Eastern Europe and Russia to train, learn and exchange ideas. Though many bits and pieces of knowledge were exchanged during these travels, two factors truly stuck out. First, the emphasis on conditioning no matter what the sport practiced; and second, how much effort they would put into restoration.  One way of summing up the ‘conditioning’ emphasis was to say ‘an athlete is as good as his legs,’ meaning that legs take real effort to condition, and if the legs are strong and have stamina the whole person probably does too.

Repair then, is replacing what has been lost, mending what has been torn, restoring arrangements in what has been disrupted and so on. To live is to be injured, but through nutrition, good body mechanics, enzymatic replacement, and the right type of conditioning your body has the ability to restore itself.

 

 

 

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Water & Acupuncture = A Good Mix

Posted on July 3, 2013. Filed under: Acupuncture Information, Acupuncturist, Healing, Health, Joints | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

water & acupuncture combinedIt’s pretty common knowledge that most people don’t drink enough water.  Some people figure if they drink lots of coffee or soda, or even alcoholic beverages, it counts for water intake.  On the contrary,  instead of quenching your thirst and providing you with hydration, these caffeinated or alcoholic drinks cause your body to lose water reserves instead of adding to it.  So in theory, for every alcoholic or caffeinated drink you take, you have to drink 1 more glass of water to counter balance the effect.  Just make sure you meet the minimum requirement of at least 8 glasses of water a day (64 ounces), and even more if you are vigorously exercising.

Avoid Alcohol & Coffee before & after  Acupuncture
Drinking alcohol or coffee before your acupuncture session can reduce your positive experience.  Because one of the main goals of acupuncture is to bring greater clarity and consciousness to how we really feel, alcohol or coffee before the session can disrupt the bodily awareness.  Since alcohol impairs the senses and caffeinated coffee heightens them, both can potentially counteract or mask the effects of acupuncture.

It’s also important to steer clear of those beverages for a day or two after your acupuncture session as well.  Because acupuncture can help release toxins in the body, staying effectively hydrated will help flush out those toxins.  Drinking clean water works best to do the job. Alcohol and coffee will only work to dehydrate the body, so stay clear.

Interesting Water Facts

  • Most headaches are caused by dehydration.  Simple solution:  drink lots of water!
  • Constipation is a sure sign of not enough water.
  • Hangovers are usually caused by not enough water.  This is due to the fact that alcohol inhibits hormones in the kidney from retaining water therefore allowing your body to lose its reserves
  • At least 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated
  • Being mildly dehydrated can slow down the metabolism as much as 3%
  • One glass of water staved off hunger pangs for 98% of the dieters observed in a Univ. of Wash study
  • Sleepiness & fatigue in the afternoon are triggered by lack of enough water
  • Research has shown that drinking between 8-10 glasses of water daily can significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers
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Our Environment and Health

Posted on March 28, 2013. Filed under: Acupuncture Information, Depression, Healing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

~by Dr. Greg Steiner

What surrounds us affects how we feel, and how we feel affects our health.  When push comes to shove; environmental health is a subset of stress management. Environmental health, in its most common usage, concerns itself with toxicities which ‘poison’ the body, and ergonomics, which is the study of how  our bodies do what they do at work when sitting at desks, operating machines, or making the motions required of work.

One of the first things any doctor or nurse learns is the basics of how the body regulates itself towards health.  The fancy word for this is homeostasis. One example is how our bodies regulate our temperature to 98.6 degrees no matter what happens to it. However, it’s more accurate to say that our bodies attempt to regulate our temperature to 98.6 depending on whether its infected, its hormones are working as a team, its properly hydrated, and whether its dressed appropriate to the environment outside.

Eastern medicine and naturopathic Western medicine both put a great emphasis on how the person interacts with their environment. Western medicine does emphasize this to some degree, all depending on the exact discipline and the practitioner himself.  But Western medicine can also look at a person like an experimental variable, more like a statistical or laboratory problem than a living, changing, ‘inexact’ being constantly influenced by an ever-changing environment.

Both approaches have their uses and abuses – for promoting good, general health the naturalistic way is hard to beat- good food, rest, exercise, ‘natural’ remedies if needed,  which are usually easy on the body and have few side effects. The downside is that sometimes, whatever is wrong with a person is just too much for that person’s own repair system to fix without substantial help.  In this situation, naturalistic remedies may just not be strong enough. For the most part, good health practices help healing overall, even when a stronger intervention is required.

Modern medicine can and does provide those stronger remedies, but at times the weakness is that some doctors see the patient as a ‘lab rat’ in a laboratory setting, as though the patient were a specimen living in a fully predictable and fully controlled environment, or perhaps as an engineering problem needing correction. In orthopedic surgery this approach is largely true – if a knee is worn out,  it needs to be replaced, but the story doesn’t end there. Even with a new knee, the ‘person’ needs to recover, strengthen, feel good internally, and do everything possible to help their overall body heal itself.

The real key though, is how a person feels about their environment. However, in this context we’re not speaking of everyday ‘feeling’, but a deep interpretation and gut-level love-hate, like-dislike of their physical and social environment.  I speak of that  place deep inside where we know the unvarnished truth about ourselves and what we really like, fear, hate, and love. This ‘place’ is a combination of thought, interpretation of events, self-judgment, and habitual feelings whether good and bad.

The point is this – it’s in that place, largely dependent on our overall environment and our reactions to it that creates the hormones that create health, or destroy it.

Eastern medicine continues to put a strong emphasis on the person-environment interaction; if that dynamic is out of balance, it acts to restore it with acupuncture, herbs, and good health practices.

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Can Eating Local Honey Reduce Seasonal Allergies?

Posted on March 7, 2013. Filed under: Allergies, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Health Experts have long touted the wonders of using honey for ailments.  It’s been slathered on wounds to prevent infection and hasten healing and even been used as a natural cure for diarrhea and upset stomachs.  It’s even recommended today as a way to help the body overcome seasonal allergies and hay fever.

Allopathic Medicine utilizes a process called “Immunotherapy”  wherein an allergen is injected into the body to help an individual become desensitized to it by building up an immunity toward it. This is the premise for the “Allergy Shot”. The same process can be done in a natural, painless, and healthy way by eating local honey.

Local honey is produced by bees usually within several miles of where the person eating the honey lives. There’s no rule of thumb on what the exact proximity needs to be, but proponents suggest the closer, the better. The reason you want “local honey” is that this increases the chances that the varieties of plants and flowering grasses that give the allergy sufferer trouble are the same kinds the bees are including in the honey they produce. By consuming this honey, you are creating a natural form of “immunotherapy”. Because the honey includes the pollen spores which so many allergy sufferers are affected by, introducing them into the body in small amounts by eating honey can help make the body accustomed to their presence and decrease the chance of an immune system response like the release of histamine. Since the concentration of pollen spores is low, ideally, the production of anti-bodies shouldn’t trigger symptoms similar to an allergic reaction.

In addition to finding “local honey”, be sure to purchase “raw” honey. This means that it has not been pasteurized, or heated to more than 120 degrees. While pasteurization can help keep the honey from fermenting, it kills the active pollen spores that your body needs to help build up its immunity.

Recommended amounts are about 1-2 teaspoons per day. Try to start taking it at least a month before allergy season, or take it throughout the year. Adding the honey to a cup of green tea is a great way to incorporate it into the diet.

Scientific research has not determined honey to be the cure for seasonal allergies, namely hay fever, but many people claim that their intake of local honey has had a direct correlation to the reduction in their allergy symptoms.

Note: Be sure not to serve honey to infants under 2 years of age.

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The Beautiful, The Ugly, and Your Health Effected

Posted on February 26, 2013. Filed under: Acupuncture Information, Children, Chiropractic, Depression, Healing | Tags: , , , , , , , |

~By Dr. Greg Steiner

Maybe it’s because I was once studying to be an anthropologist; maybe it’s because I earned a master’s in psychology; or could be because I once spent two years living out of a backpack while traveling abroad; or even maybe it’s because I spent 30 years in serious study of martial arts and its allied healing disciplines. But whatever the cause, it is more than probably true that when I speak of  “health” I have something quite “other” in mind than what generally passes for the definition of that term.

Maybe once again the study of all those things created a different point of view – surely today, in our global culture of digits, widgets, and social engineering we live in the time of the specialist, in which each person, employee, and department within an organization has its own special and unique function, and shall perform none other. Quite a change from the time of Da Vinci, in which the person of distinction was to be a man of letters, of science, of art, of philosophy – and he or she would probably be quite a horseman and traveler to boot – in other words, the exemplary “Renaissance Man”.

Such a contrast today, in which “The Expert” is the path we travel. I see it in my own field – specialists for this, for that – probably soon we will have to see two different specialists – one for the right ear and another for the left!

A famous author of cutting edge science fiction – Robert Heinlein – once said: “Specialization is for insects.”

Keeping this backdrop in mind, a great part of my clinical life is invested in helping people regain energy and handle chronic stress. The usual Western way is to medicate, medicate – and while it can help calm the sick feeling in the stomach or quiet the heart palpitations, it does nothing to address the real issues behind the stress which sucks the enjoyment of living from so many educated and accomplished people.

Let’s abruptly jump tracks for a minute.  A few days ago I did an interesting “experiment” in which I compared the plot, characters, and speed of old black and white television shows with what I see today. If I said I was shocked, I would be understating by a huge margin.

What I was shocked by wasn’t the language, the inappropriate situations, or the seemingly mandatory inclusion of increasingly graphic sex, glorified violence and new-normal Machiavellian skullduggery, lies and treachery  in “just another day at the office.”  What shocked me were the portrayals of functional – yes, functional(!) families with violence as part of the story and not for gore effects; and the unfolding story development over the entire episode, without all the shaking ADHD camera angles and quick cuts (now shown to hard-wire young children’s brains into ADD, instant gratification processors). Nobody messed with anyone else’s husband or wife, either.

While all that touches on psychology, anthropology, and a bit of physiology – we may ask, “What is your point?”   Well, whatt is easy to see in music, art, and expressive media in probably any period up to but not including the recent is a valuation and attempt to seek or express many things, but most of all “Beauty”.  While “The Beautiful” is a big word and idea, seeing and feeling it in those pre-24/7, constantly-switched-on songs, shows, stories and paintings tells a tale all its own, and the tale it tells is the people who created  those expressions of visual and performing arts valued beauty over ugliness. And apparently the culture of the day liked that, because those were the big shows, big songs and esteemed works of art.

Enter satellite 1000 channels; creeper shows, stalker shows, dysfunctional real housewives, treacherous big brother houses, not to mention cyber bullying and no-holds-barred politics  – all for daily consumption. Of course as Solomon once stated, “There is nothing new under the sun,” but what has changed are the percentages of relative exposure to beauty and ugliness, and the desirability of each. It’s almost as if natural beauty, harmony, and balance are new-normed as worthy of ridicule, and a near-worship of distorted, manufactured “ugliness-as-beauty” is currently the way.

Don’t think there aren’t serious and lasting effects on your health depending on what you and your family have long-term exposure to……

Continued next issue.

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Why Cleanse & Detox Your Body?

Posted on January 2, 2013. Filed under: Fatigue, Healing, Weightloss | Tags: , , , , , , |

detoxingThe body is like a highly complex engine.  It runs on whatever we feed it.  If we feed it what it needs, it runs great, if we feed it what we shouldn’t, it starts to malfunction and break down.   Just like our car, we also need tune-ups. unfortunately, most people tune up their car more often than their body.  A car expels its waste products through the exhaust system,  our bodies do the same via the bloodstream, respiration, and other processes.

What is Nutritional Cleansing?

In short, Nutritional Cleansing involves nourishing the body with the perfect combination of nutrients that assist in clearing out the unwanted substances in your body.  It’s not a colon cleanse which is based on using fiber laxatives or diuretics.  Instead, it involves using nutrition to help the body perform at its best by ridding it of harmful substances, naturally.  Natural ingredients are used to assist the liver and cells in ridding the body of harmful chemicals and impurities.  This helps offset the effects of toxins, which can accelerate the aging process.

Why do we need to Cleanse & Detox?

Every day our bodies ingest a multitude of chemicals, toxins, and impurities from the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink as well as the personal care products (including lotions, cosmetics, and toothpaste) we use.  Free radicals are everywhere.  When we cleanse & detox, we help eliminate these toxins from our system and provide it with antioxidants, which combat the free radicals.

What Benefits does Cleansing Provide?

Many people who’ve tried cleansing have experienced one or most often more of the following results:

Weight loss
Improved Mental Performance
Better Physical Fitness
More Energy
More Restful Sleep

What to Try?

We’ve had great success with the Isagenix program’s “Cleanse for Life” product.  In liquid or powder formulations, it is easy to take, palatable and reasonably priced.

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Enzymes – A Catalyst for Good Health

Posted on August 31, 2012. Filed under: Aging, Healing, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Enzymes are energy-rich protein molecules that are essential for life.  They catalyze and regulate chemical reactions and are an essential part of every activity in the body.  Their process speeds up rates of reaction for a specific chemical reaction in a cell.  With an enzyme, reactions work faster in the body than they would without.  For example, a digestive enzyme helps break down the food we eat, releasing nutrients for energy production, cell growth and repair.  Due to existing factors such as genetics, stressful lifestyle, environment and diet, we are all at risk for compromised digestion.  This is why many people may benefit from the support of a digestive supplement.

Enzymes are used for numerous therapies including promoting detoxification, improving overall digestion, increasing immune system health, and helping repair tissues and ligaments.

Why do we need Enzymes?

Except in cases of genetic deficiencies, most organisms (including humans) have the ability to synthesize and secrete the enzymes that are needed for metabolism.  However, under certain conditions, that synthesis or activity may be impaired.  These conditions are often the result of poor diet, poor lifestyle (smoking, alcohol, etc…), exposure to environmental pollutants and/or aging.

When we eat a meal, the requirement for digestive enzymes becomes a high priority.  Our body’s enzyme-making machinery must work over-time and still can’t usually meet the body’s demands and enzyme requirements.  Since digestion takes precedence over nearly everything else, many bodily functions that require metabolic enzymes are often short-changed during these times.  The result is a lower disease fighting capability and a general weakening of the body’s ability to mend itself.

Enzymes contribute to the delivery of vitamins and minerals throughout our system.  If this process is not functioning at maximum capacity, then foods are poorly digested.  Protein putrifies, fats turn rancid, and carbohydrates ferment in the body.  These undigested food particles may serve as nutrients to the various intestinal microorganisms resulting in the generation of microbial metabolites which are toxic and can leak back into the bloodstream, undermining health and creating further toxicity.  Without the support of an effective enzyme reserve, we begin to lose energy, lose our ability to fight disease, and lose our body’s ability to remedy its own naturally occurring malfunctions.  This loss may lead to disease and may eventually lead to death.

This concept supports the case for safe, supplemental enzymes.  If the body can get the necessary extra digestive enzymes it needs to complete the digestive process, then a metabolic enzyme shortage will not occur.  Without overstressing the body’s enzyme-making potential, our body will be in  a much more favorable position to fight biologic and genetic malfunctions and diseases as they occur.

Excerpts taken from Transformation Enzymes, which produces a superior product line with documented successes & results

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Kids Backpacks – Preventing Injury & Pain

Posted on August 6, 2012. Filed under: Chiropractic, Pain | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

bigstock-Happy-school-kids-giving-thumb-42775159~by Dr. Gregory Steiner

The beginning of the new school year brings excitement and enthusiasm.  With that, the inevitable purchases for school supplies including those brand new back packs!  Unfortunately, overloaded, heavy and improperly worn kid’s backpacks have accounted for several thousand visits to the doctor and ER room each year.  Most of these visits can easily be avoided.  Kids should not be in pain when carrying their school books to classes each day.   The following tips serve as a great guideline in prevention for improper use of school back packs.  Use these proactive solutions to help prevent injuries:

  • Make sure the backpack is a good fit for the child.  Bigger bags encourage over filling.  Many back packs are now equipped with wheels, provided the handle extends long enough to allow the child to stand upright while pulling it.
  • Shoulder straps should be adjustable, wide and padded.
  • Never carry the pack on just one side of the shoulder.  It produces an uneven distribution of weight on one side forcing the child to lean, which can result in a pinching of the shoulder muscle causing it to not function properly and creating uncomfortable pain on one side.  Always use both shoulder straps.
  • Make sure the shoulder straps are tight enough so the pack hangs slightly below the shoulders with no more than 4 inches hanging below the waist.
  • Use waist and chest straps – it improves how the bag is positioned on the body and encourages the bag to be worn over both shoulders.
  • Doctors suggest that no one carry more than 15% of their weight in the backpack.  If a child weighs 70 lbs, they should not be carrying more than 10 ½  lbs in their pack.  No one should carry more than 25 lbs in a backpack.
  • Pack the heavier items at the bottom.  The goal here is to transfer the weight to the hips.  A backpack with compartments helps keep the load in place.

Inform kids on the importance of keeping a light backpack and to store their unnecessary items in their locker or desk.  Other options would be to keep a second set of the heavy text books at home if possible.  Don’t be afraid to discuss the issue with the teachers if the backpacks are too heavy with all the books the children are required to take home.

The downside of improper back pack use and too much weight are many.  With heavy backpacks, kids begin to lean forward and thereby throw off their natural state of balance.  Eventually, they may experience an alteration in the curve of the middle and lower back as well as increase muscle strain and irritating the spinal joints resulting in a rounding of the shoulders.  Be sure to ask your child how comfortable they feel with their loaded back packs and take notice to see if their shoulders are equally level and whether they are hunching forward.  If you’ve taken the above precautions but your child complains of pain or doesn’t stand correctly when at ease (with or without a back pack) a doctor should be consulted.

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Arthrostim-the Modern Alternative in Chiropractic Adjustments

Posted on June 12, 2012. Filed under: Chiropractic, Healing, Joints, Pain | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

 

arthrostimmeganThe Arthrostim is a natural solution and revolutionary procedure that is helping hundreds of neck and back pain sufferers get out of pain safely and gently without any side effects. It is a contemporary chiropractic adjustment instrument that is an alternative to traditional manual adjustments. It was designed to gently and safely decrease the muscle and joint tension in the neck and back, thereby reducing any muscle spasm present, increasing joint movement, and eliminating any nerve pressure or irritation

How does it work?

The Arthrostim instrument works with the natural feedback cycle of the nervous system. It delivers a rapid series of controlled thrusts. These thrusts create a barrage of nervous system stimulation to the brain which can help reset dysfunctional muscular and skeletal patterns. The precise movements produced by the adjustment stimulate ‘neural receptors’ in the area which, in turn, produce nerve impulses that relay crucial information back to the brain.

It is this ‘neurological feedback system’ that the brain relies upon in order to update its awareness about the areas of the body.  Upon evaluation of changes produced by the adjustment, the brain issues self-correcting commands to the muscular system and other tissues to bring about healing changes.

There have been recent developments in new ways to produce this important neurological feedback system. The Arthrostim device is one new way of creating this valuable input. It offers the modern doctor many benefits for health-conscious people, using advanced technology to make chiropractic adjustments an enjoyable as well as a rewarding experience.

The Arthrostim instrument can deliver 1 or up to 14 rapid series recoiling thrusts per second, which works with the natural feedback cycle of the nervous system.  Because the Arthrostim oscillations are so rapid, they do not fire pain receptors so the treatment is comfortable yet highly effective. The effectiveness comes from the instruments controlled repetitive input, producing a cumulative ‘snowballing’ effect on the neural receptors. Therefore the Arthrostim, using greatly reduced forces, can create extensive neurological feedback to the brain which can help reset dysfunctional muscular and skeletal patterns.

This instrument can be used to mobilize joints of the spine and extremities and for acute muscular spasms as a way to increase muscular metabolism to release muscular contraction.

Who can use it?

Individuals that may especially benefit from the use of the Arthrostim include:

  • Infants and young children
  • Individuals in acute or chronic pain
  • Particularly sensitive individuals
  • Individuals who dislike being ‘twisted’
  • Individuals with disc or related spinal conditions
  • Individuals with arthritic conditions
  • Individuals with osteoporosis
  • Elderly individuals

Even individuals who are large and stronger (and may be difficult to adjust with a single thrust) can benefit from use of the arthrostim.

By utilizing the Arthrostim, effectiveness of the adjustment can be maintained while reducing the amount of force that is applied. This dynamic combination allows for a wide range of conditions that can be managed more comfortably by the practitioner.

What is it used for?

There are virtually no limitations to the Arthrostim; the following is a short list of potential uses:

  • Ribs blocked in a holding pattern
  • Adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder
  • Deep fascial adhesions
  • Lower cervical laxity coupled with upper thoracic rigidity
  • Muscle spasms
  • Adjusting vertebrae
  • Adhesions in joints and muscles
  • Trigger points
  • Realigning of joints
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The Mystery of Weight

Posted on June 11, 2012. Filed under: Weightloss | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Dr. Gregory Steiner~

As another hot summer descends upon us, the calls for weight loss become even louder; many frustrated women and men continue to seek the Holy Grail of losing unwanted weight and keeping it off. If only it were that easy….

Probably the most frustrated of all are the sincerely dedicated people who exercise, watch their diet, and sigh every time they look at the unmoving, heartless scale!

Over my 21 years of clinical practice I have noted there are actually three common weights people speak of and desire, not just one.

First, is what could be called a best ‘athletic’ weight, in which a person is at his or her strongest (e.g. a weight lifter), or has the best endurance (e.g. a runner). This weight is achieved by a combination of consistent exercise and diet specific to the sport they are engaging in.

Second is the best cosmetic weight which is the most common desire. Most patients will tell me they want a healthy weight – which they do – but on further examination what they really, truly want is to achieve their ideal ‘visual’ weight, which us usually – but not always – quite thin.

Then there is the third weight, which is where a person actually feels and functions the best in daily life; they feel very energetic, they have few aches and pains, and they rarely get sick. Often this weight is a bit heavier than their ideal weight, and occasionally it is less. Interestingly enough it is usually not the best athletic weight, because a sport-specific weight demands that a body be tip-top to the demands of that sport, not for daily living. For example, I have known more than one weight lifter who could lift 600 lbs., yet who could barely walk up stairs without losing breath or downstairs without pain.

It’s a lucky person (genetically that is) where all three are the same.

“Ideal’ weight then, is particular to what you want and is determined by bone structure and hormones, and then by your activity level and what you eat. Where people run into frustration is when they want a weight -either too big or small – for what their skeletal frame will support, or when they have hormonal issues that hinder fat loss and muscle gain. For example, I often see a larger framed female who wants to be model-thin, or a small framed lanky man who wants to have Mr. Universe muscles. Their desires are real, and they spend no small amount of time and emotional energy fretting about not getting their dream body; it’s no wonder cosmetic surgery is such big business in the Metroplex.

Hormonal imbalances are frequently talked about, as the prevalence of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone excess and deficiencies become more known to the general public. Debates rage over the causes of hormonal irregularities and the resulting obesity, diabetes, premature puberty and low testosterone, but the ‘natural health community’ usually points to the use of hormones in food, plastics that leach into the system, and the persistent stress of modern  American culture as likely culprits that either cause or exacerbate the situation.

Living in such an environment makes it challenging to defend against such hormonal ‘imbalancers’, but the natural medicine approach includes herbs to defend against the toxicities, acupuncture to balance the body’s energetics, chiropractic to do the same to the nervous system, and following a solid nutritional program day after day, meal after meal. Correction and re-balancing is the first step, but real nutrition and defense against the ‘bad stuff’ is the key to long lasting results and keeping the weight you want.

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