Sitting Disease & Computer Ergonomics to Save You

     A study in 2013 (by Ergotron) found that 70% of all Americans have to sit all day at work.  When you combine the hours working with hours watching tv, playing games and lounging – that is a total of an average of 13 hours a day and sleeping an average of 8 hours resulting in a sedentary lifestyle of around 21 hours a day!  While Americans know about the importance of exercise, only 31 percent go to the gym.

The survey also found that the vast majority (93 percent) didn’t know what “Sitting Disease” is, but 74 percent believe that sitting too much could lead to an early death.  The term “Sitting Disease” has been coined by the scientific community and is commonly used when referring to metabolic syndrome and the ill-effects of an overly sedentary lifestyle.  Also in 2013, the American Medical Association adopted a policy recognizing potential risks of prolonged sitting and encouraging employers, employees and others to make available alternatives to sitting.

“Research is showing links between sedentary lifestyles and diabetes, several types of cancer, obesity and cardiovascular disease,” said Jane Payfer, an Ergotron spokesperson. “There is a significant opportunity for people to change their behavior in the workplace and for corporations to change their cultures. Standing increases energy, burns extra calories, tones muscles, improves posture, increases blood flow, reduces blood sugar levels and ramps up metabolism. Frequently overlooked, standing more is the simplest, easiest change someone can make.”  The World Health Organization (in 2015) stated that prolonged sitting, meaning sitting for eight to 12 hours or more a day, increased your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 90%.

So how do we combat ‘Sitting Disease’?

With proper computer ergonomics.  Working at a computer for long periods of time causes strain to our bodies, especially our spine, and results in many nerve system problems.  People at work or children at home who spend a lot of time on computers may be putting their health at risk due to an overload of stress to their spine.  Here are some practical tips that can reduce some of the spinal stress.

 

  • Take breaks from sitting throughout the day to walk around.
  • Invest in a standing work desk or one that converts from sitting to standing.
  • Exercise during your lunch break, even just walking around to promote movement, cardio and fitness.
  • Set your chair height so that your forearms are at a right angle to the upper arm and your wrist is straight. Your upper arm should hang comfortably at the side of your body.
  • Adjust the backrest of your chair to support your lumbar spine. Relaxed muscles will not fatigue over time.
  • Place a footrest under your desk so that you are leaning back into your chair, this prevents tension in the mid to upper back. This is very important because these are the nerves that control your heart, lung and stomach function.
  • Your knees should be level or slightly higher than your hips, so you may have to adjust your seat tilt. This helps to prevent swelling in the feet and calves and reduces pressure on your sciatic nerves.
  • Be sure to use a glare reducing screen and have no bright lights behind you or in front of you. Also, if your screen faces a window and the view is filled with sunlight at certain times of day, close your blinds or draw the curtains to decrease eyestrain.
  • Your eye level should be at the top or within the top half of your screen. Many people have their screen height too low, so grab some old telephone books and prop yours up if you need to.
  • Use a vertical copy stand to reduce tension in the neck and place it directly beside the screen.
  • Your mouse should be right beside the keyboard. If you have a keyboard tray and the mouse doesn’t fit, extensions are available.  This is a good investment because if you’re reaching for your mouse all day, you’re subluxated.
  • The distance between your wrists and your screen should be about 15 inches. Any more and you’ll be tempted to lean in.
  • The distance from your eye to the top of your screen should be 18-24 inches. Don’t sit too close and don’t sit too far away.
  • Have regular spinal check ups. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

We see success with many symptoms in our office, call us if you are ready to change your life!

“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, podcaster, visionary, Doctor of Chiropractic and health ambassador to the general public as he educates and empowers others about true health and well-being.  He works out of two health clinics in Roswell and Johns Creek, GA (both are just north of Atlanta) and has over 12 years of clinical experience.  You can reach him at (drmattcares@gmail.com)

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting has been a very popular topic in my office with my patients for several years and it seems it’s now gaining traction especially for my dieters in ketosis.  Many are using it to lose weight, regain health and simplify their nutritional lifestyle.  In fact many studies show IF’s many benefits on the body, brain and overall vitality.  Here is what you need to know when it comes to Intermittent Fasting.

First, it should be noted as beneficial as IF can be for most people, some people should seek out approval from their qualified health care professional as studies have shown that IF may have risks with people with diabetes, problems with blood sugar regulation, low blood pressure, underweight, history of eating disorders, pregnant or breast-feeding women, and the use of certain medications.

Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating.  On a basic level, it does not say anything about which foods you should eat, but rather when you should eat them.  However with my patients, we have them use foods specified in our Advanced eating plan or Diet protocol.  We utilize the daily 16 hour intermittent fasting method with our patients.  Cutting our unnecessary sugars and carbs and filling your diet with plenty of veggies, cruciferous greens, essential healthy fats (coconut oil and grass-fed butter), and pasture-raised / organic animal proteins is a great start.

Since most people sleep 7-8 hours, performing the fast at night tends to be easier.  In fact when you break down the word ‘breakfast’ it literally means the break of a nightly fasting.  Having your dinner meal around 6pm would lead your breakfast meal around 10am.  You can move the hours up and down to fit your lifestyle and schedule.

When you fast, your body changes hormone levels like Human Growth Hormone (HGH) to rise and Insulin levels to drop – helping to make stored body fat more accessible.  The fat-burning hormone, Norepinephrine also is turned on helping in aiding in fat loss.  Fasting also allows for the cellular repair processes to occur.  Finally, it has been found that genetic expression of specific genes linked to longevity and disease prevention are turned on.

By fasting for 16 hours and then eating properly for the other 8 hours helps to limit caloric intake and can aid in weight loss as well.  Short-term fasting has been found to also help increase your metabolic rate with the changes in hormones.

Some studies show that IF can help reduce inflammation (the culprit of many chronic diseases), LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugars and insulin resistance.  These are all risk factors for heart disease.

Many are finding fasting easier as it actually simplifies your lifestyle by reducing the worried endless choices of meals, meal preparation can be easy and it keeps you healthy and energetic.

***Dr. Matt will go in depth on this at our next In-Office Workshop – Sat. 2/18 12pm (Roswell) 3pm (Johns Creek).  Sign up now at the office or calling 770-552-700***

 

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“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, visionary, Maximized Living Doctor of Chiropractic and health ambassador to the general public as he educates and empowers others about true health and well-being.  He works out of two health clinics in Roswell and Johns Creek, GA (both are just north of Atlanta) and has over 11 years of clinical experience.  You can reach him at (drmattcares@gmail.com)

Detox Your Body to Better Health

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The process of a ‘Detox’ has been used by mankind since our early days.  Why?  Because we keep poisoning ourselves.  The Romans used lead to line water lines and tanks and today we use heavy metals in pipes, cheap paint, dental fillings and in many household products – even when it has been proven by research that too much lead, mercury and other heavy metals are toxic and carcinogenic.

Some toxins we can avoid, think of using a glass water bottle as opposed to a plastic water bottle where elements of the plastic can leach into the water and into your body.  Some toxins we can not avoid, think of air pollution, toxins inhaled inside the home like from paint, furniture and cleaners.  Since we can not avoid all toxins, it is important to conduct routine detox protocols to inhibit the effects of continual ingestion of many toxic chemicals.

There are two kinds of reactions to toxins in our bodies: acute and cumulative. Acute effects can be seen when heavy amounts of a toxin directly affect you all at once, such as spilling a pesticide onto your skin. The cumulative effect occurs when the toxin is constantly presented to your body in low levels, such as residue on your produce and the effects will hardly be noticed.

In recent years, experts are recognizing inflammatory illness as connected to toxin exposure. There are, of course, genetic tendencies for many illnesses, but it’s the epigenetic factors we’re considering with strategic detoxification.  The principle of epigenetics is that our genetic tendencies can be modified by external exposures and factors. So while you may have some predisposition to inflammatory disease, like fibromyalgia, you may also have some control over whether that predisposition is expressed sooner, later, or not at all.

An example of the problems with a slow and steady toxic exposure is found in a 2011 review on the cumulative exposure to lead. Elderly men with lead content in their blood were found to have lower cognitive function and memory ability, either from childhood exposure or from slow and steady exposures over time.

Metals aren’t the only risk, by any means. In an extensive study published in the Annals of Agri Bio Research in 2012, the effects of a long term buildup of pesticide exposure were listed as follows:

“…impaired memory and concentration, disorientation, severe depression, irritability, confusion, headache, speech difficulties, delayed reaction times, nightmares, sleepwalking, and drowsiness or insomnia.”

A leading cause of death and frightening proposition – the slow loss of memory and brain function – Alzheimer’s is a force to be reckoned with. And, yet again, while we often think of it as genetic, Alzheimer’s is another example of an illness triggered by environmental factors.

Chemicals are the main concern with Alzheimer’s disease, with a very recent study depicting the threat of “inhalation Alzheimer’s.” You won’t catch these illnesses like a virus spreading from a sneeze, but careless contact with the herbicides, pesticides, processing chemicals and other environmental pollutants build up in our bodies and brains over time, cutting our golden years painfully short.  Other conditions shown to have a large tie to toxic environmental factors like autoimmune disorders, cancer, diabetes, dementia disorders, obesity, leaky gut syndrome and much more.

Minimizing exposure to plastics, keeping indoor air clean, and buying organic are all simple but effective steps you can take to limit your family’s exposure to new and unproven substances.  How can we “detox” our bodies?  Here are a few examples:

  1. Clean Eating – eating the right foods doesn’t mean dieting; it means eating to support a healthy gut flora and a functioning detoxification pathway.  Eating anti-inflammatory meals like green leafy veggies, garlic, tumeric, Apple Cider Vinegar, cruciferous veggies, apples, green tea, milk thistle, cilantro, kimchi, almonds, coconut oil, wild-caught Alaskan fish and other grass-feed lean animal proteins are great sources.  Staying away from sugar, soda, juices, most dairy and most gluten-full breads will help cleanse the gut flora as well.
  2. Water – Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, it helps flush toxins out of the body as a catalyst when you sweat or go to the bathroom.  We are upwards of 70% water, so keep your levels up.
  3. Proper Fitness – Exercise is not simply to improve size and shape; it’s to keep the circulatory system moving and flushing away toxins and disease.  High Intensity Training workouts are a great way to increase oxygen to many tissues and cells of the body.  Studies show that up to 36 hours after these workouts the body is still burning fat.
  4. Deep Breathing – Taking deep breathes will allow your body to take in optimal levels of oxygen and breathe out cellular waste (carbon dioxide).
  5. Chiropractic Adjustments – Treatments help boost your immune response, maintain optimal biomechanical function, lymph flow, decrease inflammation and improve mobility.
  6. Raise your Glutathione levels – Highest in your liver and kidneys, which are your body’s primary detoxification organs. Glutathione is important to your overall immune system, protecting your cells and mitochondria from the damaging effects of oxidative stress and helping keep inflammation at bay.

If interested, we have an amazing Cellular Detox product that helps detox your body on a cellular level.  It is a whole food formula containing powerful probiotics, traditional organ system detoxifiers like chlorella, milk thistle, spirulina, alongside intra-cellular antioxidants like glutathione, catalase and superoxide dismutase to support the body’s defense against toxin-related free radicals (shown to cause a rapid aging process, chronic conditions, inflammtion and cancer).  Our product also boasts fiber from psyllium husk, flax seed meal and glucomannan plus whole body botanical detoxifers like peppermint leaf, fennel seed, ginger root and fenugreek seed with ativated charcoal that effectively binds to toxins helping your body naturally eliminating them.

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As we begin to detox our lives and our bodies, it’s important to remember that prevention is the best medicine. The best rule of thumb to create a lifestyle of minimal exposure is to stick as closely to nature as possible.

When in doubt, seek the guidance of a professional. Never attempt more dramatic detoxification measures without the oversight of a medical professional who is experienced and understands how to proceed.  If your concerns are simply lifestyle related, you can begin to work on the necessary diet, lifestyle, and supplement changes that can help your body get rid of the excess and overcome the exposure that remains.

 

Dr. Eisen will host a Toxicity Workshop in his clinics Enhanced Wellness of Roswell, GA on Tue Nov. 29, 2016 at 6:30 pm and Enhanced Wellness of Johns Creek on Mon Nov 28 at 8:00pm. Call 770-552-7500 to RSVP.

Take a few moments to read through our patient Success Stories and you will see that Dr. Matthew Eisen and the Enhanced Wellness team have experience in helping patients live life to the fullest. If you are ready to try a new approach today in maintaining your health and wellness, then contact us at (770) 552-7500 to make an appointment.

Dr_Matthew_Eisen“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, visionary, Maximized Living Doctor of Chiropractic and health ambassador to the general public as he educates and empowers others about true health and well-being.  He works out of two health clinics in Roswell and Johns Creek, GA (both are just north of Atlanta) and has over 11 years of clinical experience.  You can reach him at drmattcares@gmail.com

Skin Issues, Allergies and Immunity Helped with Chiropractic

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Chiropractic and Medical research have shown that spinal misalignments (subluxations) can create visceral disease and immune dysfunction.  In 2004, one major medical study had a controlled group who had vertebral correction (Chiropractic adjustments) to reduce the vertebral misalignments in patients with atopic dermatitis and bronchial asthma.  The study also focused on the connections between visceral / immune dysfunction and the vertebral deformities (subluxations).

Among 120 atopic dermatitis patients who received spinal correction treatments each day, 106 (88%) showed improvement in skin itching and 86 (72%) showed improvement in skin condition.  Among 240 atopic dermatitis patients who did not receive spinal correction treatments each day, they could not obtain a sure treatment effect as well as the Chiropractic controlled group.

There was over a 70 percent improvement in allergic diseases as well. It was found that vertebral misalignment is a common and characteristic finding in patients with atopic dermatitis and bronchial asthma.

The study went on to say, “according to the results of this study the possibility may be considered that chronic nerve compression secondary to vertebral deformity in the thoracic region had a significant effect on the immune function of atopic dermatitis and bronchial asthma patients. The adrenal cortex functions of these allergy patients may be in the chronic decline condition with this chronic nerve compression” (1).

Understanding  the devastating effects of a Vertebral subluxation and the power of a Chiropractic adjustment, makes one study the laws of ‘adaptive physiology’.  When your body goes into a “Fight or Flight” response due to a stressor (when you are being chased by a mountain lion or hearing bad news) your body will respond by raising your blood pressure, heart rate, LDL cholesterol, insulin, and glucose.  this allows your body to adapt to your new environment stressors properly. Your cell-mediated immune system goes down which decreases your hormones that bind globulin resulting in a higher level of hormones in your blood that over time that can make you more susceptible to developing such illnesses as cancer, colds, influenza, and other infections.

Also, your body will decreases serotonin which down regulates learning and up regulates anxiety and fear centers in your brain so that your body can react properly to the stressor as well.  However, this may lead to increased anxiety, fear, depression, learning and attention deficit disorders.  This response is essentially adaptive physiology (2).  As great as this is when your being chased by a mountain lion, but this can be very harmful when this occurs all day, every day and you’re trying to live a healthy lifestyle.

During an adjustment, the movement of the spine creates a stimulation of proprioceptors in the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and discs.  This proprioception and mechanoreception are essential nutrients for balance and health of the brain and body.  With a vertebral subluxation, proprioception is diminished which is recognized by the body as a stressor.  This elicits the stress response, putting the body into adaptive physiology (3).  If it is not removed, the stressor stays there chronically and may cause the cascade of negative health conditions.

When you analyze the 95% of chronic illness, they are all the result of chronic adaptive physiology due to a stressor: cancer, diabetes, chronic pain, obesity, heart disease, fatigue, depression, infertility, decreased libido, insomnia, acid reflux, constipation, auto-immune issues, Alzheimer’s, dementia, etc.

“The 2004 Journal of Orthopedic Surgery” did a study and proved the relationship between vertebral deformities and allergic diseases (4).  They concluded that chronic nerve compression secondary to vertebral deformity in the thoracic region had a significant effect on the immune function of atopic dermatitis and bronchial asthma patients. The adrenal cortex functions of these allergy patients may be in the chronic decline condition with this chronic nerve compression. A sure treatment effect cannot be obtained without considering the nature and the function of the autonomous nerves.

So, in conclusion, if you yourself or if you know of someone suffering with any skin issues, asthma or immune system deficiencies (they get sick more often and easier than others), recommend them to visit our clinic for a Chiropractic evaluation. Chiropractors are the only types of healthcare professionals and doctors that directly treat nerve-impinging subluxations with specific Chiropractic adjustments.

 

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“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, visionary and health ambassador to the general public as he educates and empowers others about true health and well-being.  He works in a health clinic in Roswell, GA (just north of Atlanta) and has over 10 years of clinical experience.  You can reach him at drmattcares@gmail.com

Disclaimer: The entire contents of this email are based upon the opinions of the author, unless otherwise noted. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information presented is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician. The information here is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice.  © Copyright  Dr. Matthew Eisen.  All rights reserved.

SOURCES:

1 Y. Takeda & S. Arai : Relationship Between Vertebral Deformities And Allergic Diseases . The Internet Journal of Orthopedic Surgery. 2004 Volume 2 Number 1
2 McEwen, Bruce. Central effects of stress hormones in health and disease:understanding the protective and damaging effects of stress and stress mediators. Eur J Pharmacol. 2008 April 7;583(2-3): 174-185.
3 Seaman, D.R. Dysafferentation: a novel term to describe the neuropathophysiological affects of joint complex dysfunction.  JMPT 1998 21 (4)
4 Y. Takeda & S. Arai : Relationship Between Vertebral Deformities And Allergic Diseases . The Internet Journal of Orthopedic Surgery. 2004 Volume 2 Number 1