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)

Childhood Ear Infections & Chiropractic

 

     What is the most common reason parents bring their child to the doctor?  Ear infections.  This is an inflammation of the middle ear, usually caused by bacteria, that occurs when fluid builds up behind the eardrum.  Although adults can get ear infections, they are more common in children.  The National Institute of Health has said that Five out of six children will have at least one ear infection by their third birthday.

Let’s look at the anatomy to understand why an ear infection may occur.  Behind the ear is the Eustachian tube which are smaller and more level in children than they are in adults.  This can make it difficult for fluid to drain out of the ear, even under normal conditions. If the eustachian tubes are swollen or blocked with mucus due to a cold or other respiratory illness, fluid may not be able to drain.

From a biomechanical or Chiropractic view, the atlas (first cervical vertebra aka C1) has two side projections called transverse processes and when the Atlas (C1) is subluxated (spinal vertebra misaligned) can put pressure or partially block the Eustacian tube from draining as well.

One common question, I get from patients is, “Why would my young child have a subluxation?”  I respond it’s because they have a spine like adults, they are active (running, falling, bumps, etc.) and they went through the birth process which for some can be traumatic at times on a infants spine.  The overwhelming majority of newborns that I have checked for subluxation in my 12 years of practice have shown some type of subluxation – many times at C1.  Side note: Chiropractic care for newborns is unlike care for adults and is very safe, gentle and effective.  

When the Eustacian tube is blocked, bacteria can build up thriving off the build up of mucus that accumulated.  Research has shown that children get ear infections as a result of this improper drainage of the deep neck lymphatics.  This causes fluid build up, an inflamed and bulging ear drum, and a welcome habitat for bacteria.  Since a child’s immune system isn’t as effective as an adult’s because it’s still developing, this makes it harder for children to fight infections.

The medical approach has children using antibiotics, which with prolonged use can lead to future antibiotic resistance, gut flora problems that can lead to leaky gut and other GI issues and it makes the child more susceptible to other infectious diseases, allergies, obesity, and autoimmune disorders.  Even famous medical doctors like Dr. Sears has come out and recommended a restricted and limited use of Antibiotics.  Even, the Journal of the American Medical Association had a study that concluded that children who took Amoxicillin for chronic ear infections were up to 6 times more likely to have a recurrence of their ear problem than those who received a sugar pill.  Lead author Erdem Cantekin Ph.D. said “children are being abused by the antibiotic treatment in this country.”

Drug resistant strains of childhood ear infections are rapidly increasing.  Health officials say the trend is closely linked to doctors’ misuse of broad spectrum antibiotics.  It is now known that antibiotics can cause side effects and lead to the development of drug resistant bacteria that can cause a more serious disease.  Antibiotics are not the preferred option in the early stages of the condition.

A more natural approach of killing off bacteria is to restore nervous system function which results in normal drainage of the ears and lymphatics and a more normalized function of the immune system.  Doctors of Chiropractic specialize in restoring normal function of the spine and nervous system and have shown to have a good track record in dealing with children with chronic ear infections.  I have seen an incredibly high success rate in my own clinic in treating Childhood and Adult Ear Infections and each case was a subluxation of the Atlas (C1) that we removed the nerve interference for maximum healing and removed the blocking of the Eustacian tube for proper ear drainage.

 

“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, podcaster, 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)

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***

 

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)

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