October 30, 2013

Product Spotlight!

Vitamin C is one of those staples we rely on when we catch those pesky flus and colds. We hear all kinds of great things about vitamin C helping to boost our immune system’s fighting power—exactly what we want when we’re trying to fight a bug, right? But did you know that not all vitamin C is created equal? Unfortunately, most of the vitamin C supplements that we find at our local drug store are isolated vitamin C, or synthetic, often referred to as ascorbic acid. This is only “a distillate of naturally occurring vitamin C.” 1 In other words, it is only a small part of the phytonutrients that naturally make up vitamin C.

“Over 90% of ascorbic acid in this country is manufactured at a facility in Nutley, New Jersey, owned by Hoffman-LaRoche, one of the world’s biggest drug manufacturers…. Here ascorbic acid is made from a process involving cornstarch and volatile acids. Most U.S. vitamin companies then buy the bulk ascorbic acid from this single facility. After that, marketing takes over. Each company makes its own labels, its own claims, and its own formulations, each one claiming to have the superior form of vitamin C, even though it all came from the same place, and it’s really not vitamin C at all. FRACTIONATED = SYNTHETIC = CRYSTALLINE = FAKE. The word synthetic means two things: manmade [and] occurs nowhere in nature.” 1

Here at Olson Chiropractic, we searched earnestly to offer you the highest-quality, most-healing vitamin C supplement on the market. It has been selling in our office for about 2 years now, and we can’t say enough good things about it. The product comes from a health company called Health Force. They are also the creators of Vitamineral Green—the wonderful, all-round, whole-food supplement that we love. Health Force is one of the leading producers in naturally occurring, whole-food, organic supplements. They put a lot of integrity into the products they create, because they know the healing power that is available through the use of whole foods. Their Truly Natural Vitamin C is a “naturally occurring, truly natural, absorbable vitamin C complex from a whole food extract of acerola berry. Food sources of the entire vitamin C complex are the only way to get nutrition as nature intended.” 2

As the cooler weather hits, adding a natural form of vitamin C to your morning smoothie, your cup of juice, or just drinking it in some warm water, will help support your immune system, offer your body some powerful antioxidant activity, and promote healing. “When we get enough in our diets, vitamin C helps detoxify our bodies, promotes healing of all of our cells, and allows us to better deal with stress. It also supports the good bacteria in our gut, destroys detrimental bacteria and viruses, neutralizes harmful free radicals, removes heavy metals, protects us from pollution, and much more.” 3

If you aren’t getting enough vitamin C into your system, stop by the office and pick up a bottle of Health Force’s Truly Natural Vitamin C! It is a truly fantastic source of this important vitamin!

1. thedoctorwithin.com. “Natural Whole Food Vitamins: Ascorbic Acid Is Not Vitamin C.” http://www.thedoctorwithin.com/vitaminC/Ascorbic-Acid-Is-Not-Vitamin-C/

2. healthforce.com. https://healthforce.com/longevity-immunity/truly-natural-vitamin-c

3. Melissa Makris. “The health benefits of vitamin C go well beyond a stronger immune system.” 11 April 2011. naturalnews.com. http://www.naturalnews.com/032027_vitamin_C_immune_system.html

Photo of Truly Natural Vitamin C from healthforce.com.

Photo of acerola berries from www.incrediblesmoothies.com.

October 18, 2013

The "O" Zone

Health is the ability to comprehend yourself in your environment. 
This capacity and level of living grows out of a vivid understanding of ourselves: who we are, what we are, what our potential is. As we act out of an intelligent understanding and awareness of this reality, we can begin to be accurately aware of our environment.   
Once we can connect to our environment, we can begin to sense the other people in our circle of influence.   
As we become aware of the realities of other people, we can start to gain insight into the full sense of our environment.  
As we come to know ourselves in our environment, we can seek the path of health, with growing knowledge and our most powerful intention.  
To review these steps again:
1.    A vivid understanding of ourselves: who we are, what we are, and our potential.
2.    An accurate awareness of our environment.
a.    Our geographic environment.
b.    Our physical environment.
c.    Our social environment.
d.    Our emotional environment.
e.    Our spiritual environment.
3.    With this accurate awareness, we begin to seek a balance of these factors to engender a powerful basis for our physical, emotional and spiritual being to thrive and grow in.
In this state our physical being will reflect this amazing integrity by flowing through life like a stream over a rough streambed. It creates a harmony of sound and sight, and an unending persistent rush to our fullness. 
In our full awareness, or intelligence, we are primed for more and greater wisdom, knowledge and enlightenment to be added to our heart, mind and soul.
There is a good example in the scientific literature. One study found that our "surroundings play a key role in [our diet choices and in obesity]." They found that “people who used to be satisfied by a 12-ounce can of soda may now feel that a 20-ounce bottle is just right.” They determined that “people learn how big an appropriate food unit is from their cultures. For example, yogurt containers in French supermarkets are a bit more than half the size of their American counterparts. Yet French shoppers don't make up the difference by eating more containers of the stuff.” 1
If we enjoy a full awareness of our environment, we will be aware of our own needs and the pressures of our society, and resist the pressure of society and meet the genuine needs of our body in our dietary choices, social choices and our interaction with both the people in our environment as well as the culture of our environment. 
The oft-repeated quote makes this principle plain and simple: “To thine own self be true.” But to be true to yourself you must know yourself as you really are, not as you have believed yourself to be in the past. I hear from people, over and over again, statements like: “My mother had degeneration in her hips, so I am sure that I am going to have it too.” Or, “It’s going to take a long time for me to change.” Or when we hear we have been diagnosed with cancer, we believe our culture, and the belief we acquire is expressed in the first question we ask, which is, “How long do I have to live?” This shows that we believe the doctor really knows what our potential is, and that we choose to take their opinion of what our likelihoods and possibilities are and accept these as real, and by so doing we make them real. Statements like, “Well I am the kind of person that…” are deadly traps in which disease finds a fertile, fresh Petri dish to grow on. 
Our environment only becomes a limitation to our expressed potential if we choose to let it be. If we don’t really understand that environment, it will likely take control of our destiny.  
We can become anything we desire; anything within the laws of nature, and they are very generous in so far as potential goes. If we are to be truly healthy, we will come to know what kind of a person we really are, and really can become. The reality is that we can become whatever kind of person we choose to be. 

Dr. O.

1. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/science/2006-07-30-eating-cues_x.htm

October 7, 2013

Short and Sweet!

Help Alzheimers by fasting: Several studies have suggested that fasting can have health benefits. A recent study from the National Institute on Aging found that fasting one or two days a week eases the symptoms of those suffering from Alzheimer's, and other studies have shown that fasting increases life span as well as being protective of the brain. 

Fast food burgers contain only 7% meat; the 8 other ‘ingredients’ will disgust you: Americans consume somewhere in the ballpark of 5 billion hamburgers a year. A study published in the Annals of Diagnostic Pathology helped to discover that actual meat content in the burgers is only 2-14% of what you think it is! The other tissues were connective tissue, blood vessels, peripheral nerve, adipose tissue, plant material, cartilage, bone, and intracellular parasites known as Sarcocystis. http://www.realfarmacy.com/fast-food-burgers-only-7-meat/#uAHPFymstubXWbhO.99

New research explains statin-caused memory loss: In a new study published in the journal Disease Models & Mechanisms, UA investigators determined statin drugs may cause unusual swellings within nerve cells that appear to cause cognitive declines in some patients taking the widely prescribed class of cholesterol-lowering drugs. http://www.newsmax.com/Health-News/cholesterol-lowering-drugs-statings/2013/05/13/id/504235

Vinegar, not just for your salad: Vinegar is probably a staple in your kitchen for homemade salad dressings, but it's been known for its healing properties since the ancient Babylonians and Greeks. Vinegar has uses which effect the following: Weight loss, diabetes, arthritis, heart health, stomach problems. http://www.newsmaxhealth.com/Headline/vinegar-apple-cider-vinegar-folk-remedies-weight-loss/2013/07/07/id/513664#ixzz2YVY0AWSw 

Be careful next time you change the kitty litter: Cat feces can carry a nefarious parasite that may be much more widespread than thought, researchers say. Cats in the United States release about 2.6 billion pounds (1.2 million metric tons) of feces into the environment every year. Cat dung carries the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, a single-celled organism that creates infectious agents called oocysts. These oocysts can infect pregnant women, causing congenital problems in the baby such as deafness, seizures, eye damage and mental retardation. The parasite also infects people with compromised immune systems, such as those with HIV/AIDS. http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/07/09/cat-poop-parasite-is-dangerously-widespread/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxnews%2Fhealth+%28Internal+-+Health+-+Text%29#ixzz2YZlDpAAC

Gardasil may not be as safe was we were told: US court paid $6 million to victims of Gardasil, the vaccine for HPV (human papillomavirus). Judicial Watch announced it has received documents from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealing that its National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has awarded $5,877,710 dollars to 49 victims in claims made against the highly controversial HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines. To date (as of April 10, 2013), 200 claims have been filed with VICP, with barely half adjudicated. http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/stress-and-health-dr-lind/2013/apr/10/us-court-pays-6-million-gardasil-victims/#ixzz2QV4Fdx3L