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)

Inflammation – A Precursor to Cancer

Inflammation is a localized physical condition where part of the body becomes reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful, especially as a reaction to injury or infection.  This is a normal bodily response to stop the spread of injury or infection.  However, when triggers like toxicity causes an inflammatory response and there are no foreign bodies that the body recognizes to fight off, this is a condition known as a autoimmune disease (the body’s normally protective immune system causes damage to its own tissues).

In the study of of Cancer and other diseases (Leaky Gut, IBS, etc.) inflammation is pegged as one of the first symptoms or triggers.  Inflammation can be caused by hormonal imbalances, poor diet (sugar, bad fats, gluten, etc.), stress, toxicity, and viruses.

A study done by Washington University School of Medicine, found that the most aggressive breast cancer tumors were responding to anti-inflammatory drugs.  When they used anti-inflammatory medications with the most aggressive breast cancer tumors, they were able to slow down the growth and spreading of the Cancer.

Understand that these drugs take a heavy toll on your liver, your kidneys and your immune system.  A natural alternative to anti-inflammatory meds could be the consumption of Curcumin, Omega 3, Proteolytic Enzymes, Aloe Vera and Ginger.  I talk a lot in my office with many patients on the benefit of following an anti-inflammatory diet.  This is where you consume a lot of healthy fats (coconut oil, avocados, wild caught Pacific fish), minimal to moderate proteins, and healthy carbs (mainly veggies, cruciferous greens – kale, spinach and raw nuts and seeds).  You will want to also stop eating pro-inflammatory foods like sugar, heavy carbs (breads, pasta, etc.), gluten and bad fats.  Also, performing Intermittent Fasting is one of the best ways to help decrease inflammation, stimulate immune system and help your body to heal, repair and regenerate.

 

 

“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)

Can Your Bad Posture Be Killing You?

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Have someone take a picture of your posture from the side…do you see Bad Neck Posture as shown in the image above?  Do you see a hump on the upper part of your back?  If you draw a straight line down from your ear, does it fall in front of the middle of your shoulder?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these three questions – the quality or quantity of your life span may be shortened.

The fact is that your posture can be one of the biggest signs of disease without you knowing.  In fact, research has shown that decreased blood flow from abnormal posture is a major factor in all disease, including cancer (Reich W.The Discovery of the Orgone. New York; The Noonday Press, 197.)

The Sealy Institute has found that posture affects and moderates every physical function of the body!  The Sealy Institute has made observations of the striking influence posture mechanics has on function and symptomatology that has led to their hypothesis that posture effects and moderates every physiologic function from breathing to hormonal production.  Spinal pain, blood pressure, headaches, pulse, lung capacity and mood are only a small portion of the body’s functions that are most easily influenced by posture.

The most significant influences of posture are upon respiration, oxygenation, and nerve function. Ultimately, it appears that homeostasis (balance) and autonomic regulation are intimately connected with posture. The corollary of these observations is that many symptoms, including pain, may be moderated or eliminated by improving posture (J Lennon, BM, MM, C N Sealy, MD, R K Cady, MD, W Matta,PhD, R Cox, PhD, and W F Simpson, PhD, “Postural and Respiratory Modulation of Autonomic Function, Pain andHealth”. AJPM Vol. 4 No.1 January 1994 pp 36-39. BM, MM, C N Sealy, MD, R K Cady, MD, W Matta, PhD, R Cox, PhD, and W F Simpson, PhD, “Postural and Respiratory Modulation of Autonomic Function, Pain and Health”. AJPM Vol. 4 No.1 January 1994 pp 36-39).

Dr. Rene Cailliet, Director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Southern California, reached the following conclusions regarding the mechanical derangement of both hard and soft tissues of the spine and the patients’ posture:

1. Lordotic curves of the cervical and lumbar spine are necessary for normal spinal function.

2. With a forward-extended head posture, normal lordosis is lost in both the cervical and lumbar spine, which in turn mechanically blocks optimal spinal function.

3. Head forward posture can add up to thirty (30) pounds of abnormal leverage on the spine; therefore, abnormal position of the head can pull the entire spine out of alignment.

4. Forward head posture results in loss of vital capacity. This is seen by the Lung capacity is depleted by as much as 30%. Shortness of breath can then lead to heart and blood vascular disease.

5. The entire gastrointestinal system is affected; particularly the large intestine. Loss of good bowel parastolic function and evacuation are a common sequel to forward head posture with loss of spinal curvatures.

6. Forward head posture with loss of cervical lordosis causes an increase in discomfort and pain. Motions of the first four cervical vertebrae are blocked. Normal movement of these vertebrae is a necessary stimulus for endorphin production by the brain and spinal cord. With inadequate endorphin production, many otherwise non-painful sensations are experienced as pain.

7. Forward head position alters head-spine posture and stance, as well as ones gait and body motions. One becomes hunched. The entire body becomes rigid and all body motions are lessened. The better the posture, the better one looks and feels (Cailliet R, M.D., Gross L, Rejuvenation Strategy. New York, Doubleday Co. 1987).

Also, Dr. Alf Alfred Breig (a neurosurgeon and Nobel Prize recipient) discovered that a loss of the cervical curve can stretch the spinal cord 5 to 7 cm and produce pathological tension, putting the body in a state of disease.  Also, every inch of forward head posture can increase the weight of the head on the spine by an additional 10 pounds (Kapandji, Physiology of Th e Joints, Vol. 3).

In addition, further spinal research has concluded that:

1. Posture affects all human functions, both consciously and unconsciously, from breathing to thinking.

2. Posture affects breathing and vital capacity, as well as influences vocal sounds. If sound is not optimally vocalized, the individual does not experience vocal expression.

3. Posture reflects mind and body interaction. Inefficient posture and resultant poor breathing eventually leads to pathologic dysfunction.

4. People with good posture ventilate and oxygenate their bodies optimally. These people sit and stand straight and tall. They invariably exude vitality and project a commanding vocal presence. That elusive attribute referred to as charisma appears to be a state of mind reflected in the visual and audible presence of individuals with properly adjusted posture.

5. Correct spinal position and correct posture allow physical activities that improve mental and physical health and feelings of well being. Feeling of mental and physical well being appears to encourage the person to further exude confidence that is reflected in their posture, stance and gait.

 

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

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

Do You Know What Cancer Is?

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     It’s October and ‘pink-time’ where many products, companies and organizations fly the pink ribbons to raise awareness for Cancer.  Awareness is a wonderful thing, raising money is a wonderful thing, trying to find a cure by these foundations has been nothing short of a failure.  In the eyes of the medical world, we are no closer to a ‘cure.’  In fact Cancer is a growing epidemic.  1 out of every 2 American men and 1 out of every 3 American women will develop Cancer at some point in their life.  Childhood Cancer is now the leading cause of death in American children affecting 1 out of ever 334 children.  And its only getting worse.

     When battling Cancer, you need to understand what it is.  Here is a brief synopsis:  We have over 60 trillion cells in our body always going through their own life cycles (birth-growth-death) each day.  In fact, reading this post, millions of your cells are dying but millions are being created.  This balance in our body, homeostasis helps keep everything in order and keeps our body functioning.  Their is an innate intelligence within our bodies that keeps this cycle going even when you are unaware of it.  Cancer is when the cells replicate and don’t die, this is apoptosis.  Typically the body’s innate intelligence allows for the immune system to function by seeking out these Cancer cells and destroy them.

     When the body is not functioning properly and the environment is ideal for Cancer growth, the Cancer cells begin to grow in numbers.  Cancer is common but not normal.    Cancer has been proven to be a metabolic disease, meaning that it is not controlled by genes, but by the decisions you make on a daily basis.  You have the choice whether or not to cultivate an environment ripe for Cancer growth or develop an environment to inhibit Cancer growth – you have the choice.

     What is the environment that grows Cancer cells?  It is one where a person consumes large amounts of sugar.  Cancer feeds off glucose (sugar), this was proven over 50 years ago by researchers.  A lifestyle deprived of aerobic exercise can cause a ripe environment for Cancer as it typically grows where Oxygen levels are depleted.  Having a weakened immune system can have less white blood cells circulating the body hunting down Cancer cells.  Having an improper biomechanics, like having a scoliosis in your spine inhibits your nerve supply from feeding the proper health, healing and innervation to specific organs and parts of the body.

     When you understand what Cancer is and what environment promotes its growth, you can then start taking action steps to prevent it and in some cases reverse it.  We have seen this within our very office.  We do not treat Cancer, but when the body has been restored bio-mechanically, we address a person’s nutrition and fitness – amazing things happen.  That body functions properly again and the innate intelligence takes over with health and healing.

     For more information attend our free CANCER KILLER WORKSHOP:

Roswell, GA: Monday October 17, 2016 – 6:30-8:00pm

Johns Creek, GA: Tuesday October 18, 2016 – 8:00-9:30pm

     Call 770-552-7500 to RSVP as spaces are going quickly.  If you live outside our area, this workshop is being held in 1,000+ other offices nation-wide.  Contact us and we will find you a local Maximized Living clinic.

Take a few moments to read through our patient Success Stories and you will see that Dr. 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 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

Your Eventual Battle: Health-Care vs. Sick-Care

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In my opinion, we live in the best country. We have access to the worlds best doctors, worlds best clinics / hospitals, worlds most advanced medical technology…but why does our Healthcare system suck? In one word answer – greed. Greed from the pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies and many hospital medical administrations.  When money is the ultimate goal and not the health of a patient – we have a serious problem.  
Last week a Pharmaceutical Company CEO admitted they are in business to make substantial profits and not health from their customers.  Then a few days later the country become stirred up when the Pharmaceutical company that makes Epi-pens dramatically raised their prices from $100 to $600.  
If we stopped chasing the bottom-line and acted based truly on Hippocrates oath “to do no harm” and obtain a results-driven mentality to healthcare – every American would step out of line of the local pharmacy and step into lines to visit their local organic farmer, gym center and local Chiropractor for Life-Enhancing Adjustments.
If our country was founded on the freedom of healthcare – our government would not have to mandate insurance. It would not be illegal to treat certain diseases with specified treatment protocols mandated by a small group.  For example, In the US Cancer can only be treated with radiation and chemotherapy.
We could be better educated on how to live a proper healthy lifestyle. We would not be sold garbage disguised as food in the supermarkets or in the ‘drive-thru’ establishments.
Most people are unaware that they live in a self-perpetuating Sick-care paradigm.  They wake up with little to no sleep, eat meals with little to no substance (vitamins, minerals) and are high in sugar, have a stressful job, do not exercise, take multiple medications to escape pain or in the hopes to treat a symptom, sit for most of the day (at home, in car, at work, etc.) and wonder why they lose their health in their 50’s or 60’s. or 70’s.  These people typically suffer with pain, dementia or have other health problems.
 
Our view of healthcare would morph from being ‘Sick-care Driven’ (the pursuit of eliminating symptoms to mask the true underlying problem of bodily dysfunction) to true ‘Healthcare Driven’ – the practice of prevention by utilizing:
1. Proper nutrition with vitamin/mineral rich foods that are organic, grass-fed and minimizes other man-made properties.
2. Proper fitness to create lean muscle, maximizing oxygen levels to all bodily tissues, recirculate the lymphatics and maintain a healthy BMI and Body Fat %.
3. Corrective Chiropractic adjustments helping to maintain proper biomechanics, improving immune functioning and bodily functioning free from nervous system interference
4. Maintaining a positive mental mindset based on love, empathy, respect, forgiveness and faith.
5. Minimize all possible toxins that may cause inflammation and weaken the body’s immune response and functioning. Toxins that we breathe, absorb or ingest whether directly or in-directly. Like like various chemicals, heavy metals, sugars and more.
 
Making decisions on these 5 essentials of a living a true ‘Health-care’ lifestyle allows this individual too have a life with better quality (less pain, diseases or health problems) and better quantity (more years).  These are the people in their 70’s and 80’s going on cruise ships and not stuck in nursing homes.  Where would you want to be?
Ultimately, you as an individual must decide what steps you will take to seek out and maintain your health.  Will you choose the Sick-care or Health-care approach?

Take a few moments to read through our patient Success Stories and you will see that Dr. 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 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

Taking this once a day – may increase your chance of Cancer

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Researchers recently evaluated data on 114,000 women (ages 22-85) who participated in a California teachers study.  The women were free from breast cancer when they enrolled in the study a decade ago.  At that time, the women informed researchers how often and how long they used aspirin and ibuprofen.  During a follow up period, some 2,400 women were diagnosed with breast cancer. The results of the research were as follows:

a.        Taking ibuprofen every day for at least five years increased a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer by 50 percent, compared to women who did not regularly take the drug.
b.        Daily use of aspirin for five years or more caused a woman’s risk of breast cancer to spike by 80 percent, compared to non-regular aspirin users.   

Journal of National Cancer Institute

 

Take a few moments to read through our patient Success Stories and you will see that Dr. Eisenand 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 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.

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The Incredible Benefits of Coconut Oil

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If you created a list of the top super-foods that provide incredible nutrition, health, body-care and medicinal benefits, coconut oil would be in the top ten. Millions of people from around the world have always used it for these properties for thousands of years. Used as traditional medicine in Asia and in the Pacific, it has been considered the cure for all illnesses as it is called the ‘Tree of Life.’ Here in the west, we had false reports that the saturated fats in coconut oil and butter were bad for us by causing a myriad of health problems. In fact, when the research was conducted, we found the opposite to be true.

Coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid which means that it is easier to permeate through our cell membranes, making it easier for cellular metabolism, digestion and it can go directly into the liver as an immediate and abundant energy source. You can take coconut oil one tablespoon 1-2 times a day with meals, salads, sauces or cooking meals.

Coconut oil offers an incredible cooking solution because it can be heated to high temperatures without it turning rancid as vegetable oil does. When looking for a high quality bottle, look for all natural, organic, unrefined, unbleached and unprocessed brands. Keep at warm room temperatures as storing it in a cold place will cause it to solidify and clumping.

Coconut oil is a powerful anti-microbial as it helps kill bacteria causing urinary tract infections (UTI’s), gonorrhea, measles, gum disease, staphylococcus, etc.). It is a anti-viral that can be used to fend off the flu, influenza, typhoid, HIV and other viral infectious diseases. It is a anti-protozoan as it battles tapeworm, giardia and others.

Coconut oil can be used to help battle obesity. It helps stabilize blood sugar and insulin production. The healthy fat, coconut oil is allows it be used by the body to create more energy and increased metabolism allowing for an ideal setting for weight loss. Coconut oil or coconut water can be a great alternative to the sugar-filled sports drinks because it helps with hydration, energy and endurance due to its high content of natural electrolytes.

It can be used as a natural topical treatment as a moisturizing lotion that helps soften dry skin and provide a healthy skin barrier. It has been found to reduce bags, puffiness and wrinkles around the eyes. It helps firm skin as in the case of preventing age spots, sagging and wrinkles. It also preps the skin prior to shaving, removes make-up, eliminates head lice and can prevent nosebleeds by applying a thin coat inside the nostrils. It can be used to condition hair, prevent split ends, reduce frizz and help to control dandruff. It can be used to soothe sunburns as it promotes healing of burns and blisters. For new moms, it helps remove scars, stretch marks, diaper rash and eases cracked and sore nipples from nursing. Mixed with baking soda, coconut oil can be used as a toothpaste. Other random uses for coconut oil:

– Eases acid reflux, Gallbladder disease and Pancreatitis
– Improves proper bowel movements
– Lowers hemorrhoid incidents and topical application can relieve hemorrhoid pain and swelling.
– Relieves and healths ulcers, IBS, colitis and Crohn’s disease
– Relieves diabetic neuropathies
– Protects against osteoporosis with improved calcium and magnesium absorption
– Reduces inflammation while supporting the repair of cellular tissues
– Regulates thyroid functioning and reduces incidence of epileptic seizures
– Protects against Colon, Breast and Digestive tract cancers.
– Protects against Alzheimers disease
– Strengthen Heart and Circulatory system and protecting against Heart disease and Arthrosclerosis
– Has antioxidants that fights off free radicals that are cancer causing.
– Stabilizes female hormones during menopause and reduces hot flashes
– Reduces the chance of men’s prostate enlargement

 

Dr_Matthew_Eisen

“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.

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.

 

Dr_Matthew_Eisen

“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
 

Sugar – The Biggest Culprit in Disease Today

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With it being Halloween, it is the perfect day for me to scare you with the truth about the devastating effects of consuming refined sugar. Especially on a day, where millions of children (and parents) ignorant of the truth, will take to the streets with wide-eyed dreams of endless handouts of free candy. This holiday makes the giver and receiver of the poison a warm feeling in their heart, whether or not they know the ill-health effects the sugar has on the child’s body. The effects can lead to a spiking the child’s blood sugar and increasing the child’s chances of developing malnutrition, diabetes, obesity, cancer, heart disease, leaky gut and more. Can you tell I have a grudge with sugar?

Maybe it was the fact that I grew up not knowing the effects of consuming large amounts of sugar and regretfully, I did on a daily basis. Maybe it was because my parents (as smart and loving as they were), didn’t know the dangers of sugar consumption. As if my many cavities at the time were not a sign!

Now, I would like to think that the times are different. For one, sugar has no benefits to our health – no protein, essential fats, vitamins or minerals and it can actually cause nutrient deficiencies. Sugar leads to a decrease in satiety, meaning one would keep eating to feel full – this shows how sugar consumption contributes to the obesity epidemic in our country. Consider this, in 1914 the average American consumed about 5 pounds of sugar a year. Today that number has ballooned to over 150 pounds per year! Imagine what stress that puts on your body. In fact, too much sugar causes insulin resistance, which leads to metabolic syndrome, obesity, high cholesterol and type II diabetes. Sugar consumption also leads to an increase of bodily inflammation and the development of cancer. Sugar can also cause lead to a fatty liver and the ill consequences this has upon the body, as large amounts of fructose (derivative when sugar is broken down) turn in to liver fat. Sugar consumption can be a reason why this next generation has been forecasted not to outlive their parents. Pretty scary stuff…even for Halloween, huh?

How has this crisis developed? Well, we can blame the food manufacturing companies for putting profits over the ethical and moral procedure of producing nutrient dense and organic foods, as seen by their mass production of foods (if you can call them foods) with high sugar content, GMOs, malnutritional elements (lacking vitamins and minerals). We can blame politicians for allowing these companies to be manipulative in the way these companies advertise their products and ingredients to be untruthful. But the best blame is upon us, the parents. The following is a diet that can be seen by millions of children across the country. This is the Standard American Diet also know as the S.A.D. nutritional approach. Yeah, pun intended.

We as parents, teachers and role models need to step up and say no to our children when they want that item with large amounts of sugar. Once you remove the sugar-laced food, do not blame the child if he or she starts crying or making a scene as sugar has a biochemical reaction in our body, that can be classified as an addictive element. Sugar consumption leads to a large dopamine release (this is the hormone that makes us feel good) and leads us to why we crave or become addicted to sugar. The way to avoid or decrease the child’s exposure to sugar is for you yourself to stop consuming it and remove the temptation.

In our household, we make a conscious effort to stock a lot of fruits, vegetables, nuts and foods that are healthy and nutritious. By avoiding the cookies and cakes, we allow ourselves to remove these items as an option when it comes time for a snack or dessert. Now I understand, this may seem like an idea that is insane or impossible for some, but if you perform this Kitchen Makeover you will see a transformation over time with your health and your family’s health. Yes, you will be met with anger, resentment and many questions at first by your family, but if you remain firm, smile and say this mantra each time:

“This is our new kitchen and pantry. For our families health and vitality!”

Yes, you can blame me for the cheesy line. But the goal is to transform your house and family to be as healthy as possible and that includes removing the biggest culprit in disease today … sugar!

 

Dr_Matthew_EisenWho is Dr. Matthew Eisen?

“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 runs a large multi-discplinary 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.

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