December 2017 Health Newsletter

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» Happy Holidays!
» Ice or Heat for Pain?
» Gratitude
» Salt Redux
» Stay Healthy
» Your Feet
» New Testing
» Adrenal Fatigue
» Posture
» Your Core!

Happy Holidays!

It has been a pleasure to serve you this year!  We are grateful that you have chosen us to be your health care providers. We truly think our patients are the best. People that have the intuition and courage to choose alternative medicine in the face of all the stuff we see on TV deserve to be acknowledged. 

Mainstream medicine is brilliant on in many ways and on many levels, but big pharma will have you believe that you need a pill for everything and this is simply not true. YOU have the wisdom to know when its not in your best interest to merely mask the symptoms of a dis-ease and try to get to the root of the problem. For this, we applaud you. It sets you apart.

Thanks again for making 2017 an amazing year. All of us at the clinic wish you continued health and happiness and a bright 2018. We all have so much to be thankful for.

 

Regards,

 

Dr. Saul

 

Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Dr. Steven Saul
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2017


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Ice or Heat for Pain?

Low Back Pain: An Ice Pack or the Hot Tub?


Many patients perform some self-care when they first hurt their lower back, hoping this will keep them out of a doctor’s office. While home remedies can sometimes make the pain go away, sometimes they don’t. It just depends on what you try. When the back is first hurt, it’s often a sprain/strain type of injury with accompanying muscle spasm.

When a nerve in the low back becomes pinched or irritated, the body will protect the delicate nerves by keeping you from moving and risking further nerve injury. The easiest way for the body to do this is to cause the back muscles to spasm in the injured area.

Muscle pain can be quite severe and heat can sometimes soothe the pain. For this reason, many patients take to the heating pad or to the hot tub to try and get some relief. This should be avoided in an acute injury because inflammation is present. With inflammation, there is increased heat and the additional heat you provide is like adding gasoline to a fire. The results are usually not good.

A better choice with an acute injury is to ice the area, but this also needs to be done with some caution. The simplest ice pack is ice cubes placed in a plastic bag. While effective, you can cause a frostbite injury if you leave the pack on for too long. When you first ice the area, you will go through several phases before some pain relief is achieved. At first, the pack will feel cold. The next phase is a burning sensation and the ice will almost feel hot. This is followed by an aching or throbbing sensation. Just before the area is numbed, a very sharp pain will be experienced followed by the relief you desire. It can take between five to ten minutes to go through all of the phases.

Once numbness is achieved, the pack should be removed. You should most definitely not fall asleep while the pack is on.

If this simple procedure does not solve the problem, it’s best to get your spine checked by a doctor of chiropractic.
Chiro-Trust.org

Author: Chiro-Trust
Source: Chiro-Trust
Copyright: Chiro-Trust 2017


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Gratitude

Hi! Have you ever noticed how much better life feels when you are in the gratitide zone? Complaining can be perfectly appropriate at times, but can easily get out of control. You see, we are not hard-wired for gratititude. It is not the default setting for our mental conditioning. It must be cultivated.

According to  Dr. Robert Emmons there are 3 stages. 1. Recognize what you are grateful for. 2. Acknoledge what you are grateful for and 3, Appreciate it.

 

Gratitude makes us happier. It helps put situations into perspective. It helps us realize what we have. For example, recently, there has been much debate over NFL players kneeling durng the national anthem. There is a lot of upset on both sides of this issue. So what is there to be grateful for? Lots! We can ALL be extremely grateful that we live in a country where we can actually even have a debate!!

And yes, this realization helps put this all in perspective.

 

Ways to cultivate gratitude

 

Pay attention to the goodness around you. Amplify these moments.

Keep a gratitude journal. Write down the good you see. Savor the observations.

If you find yourself caught up in negativity, take a few deep breaths. Remember this too shall pass.

Compliment others and yourself on a daily basis. At least once a day. EX: "The sky looks beautiful today", "I am so happy to know you", Thanks for being you", "Isn't it great to be alive"?

(Its awesome to think that we ive better than Kings and Queens of the not too distant past. Did they have air conditioning, bathrooms with hot showers, refrigeration, grocery stores? We are living in an amazing time that we can easily take for granted.)

If you find yourself in a difficult situation, ask yourself, "What am I supposed to learn from this"? There is always a lesson. Life is for continuous learning.

Give up watching the news for a week. Its ok, you can pick up where you left off. Its ok to take a NEWS vacation.

Remember to be happy when people call you. They are showing that they value you. Dont feel like you have to answer the phone if you know you dont want to talk right then.

 

Wishing you a beautiful Autumnal season!

 

Regards,

 

Dr. Saul and Staff

 

 

 

 

Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Dr. Steven Saul, Dr. Robert Emmons
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul, Dr. Robert Emmons 2017


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Salt Redux

Hi. Why is Celtic Sea Salt is good and regular salt is not. I wrote this awhile ago, but thought it was worth repeating.....

When I found out that salt was actually good for you, I was really confused. All those years spent not salting, eating bland foods, trying to do what was right!

WE WERE LIED TO!

Here is the problem. Most of us grew up eating something that said "SALT" on the box. However, it was not really salt at all!!

It was merely Sodium Chloride, the combination of just 2 minerals. It turns out that Sodium Chloride or NaCL is toxic and your body will retain water in an effort to dilute it on a cellular level. Excess NaCl can lead to increased risks of Osteoporosis, Hypertension and Stomach cancer and Adrenal exhaustion.

But here is the good news... SALT...real salt has over 80..yes...84 trace minerals which are essential for the survival of all living creatures, including humans. Lack of these minerals can result in Liver , Kidney and Adrenal problems, lack of electrolytes, early cellular degeneration, and heart problems.

Celtic Sea Salt is naturally moist and harvested right from the sea. It contains magnesium as the second ingredient as well as iodine, iron, calcium, manganese, potassium and zinc. The appropriate magnesium content makes sure that the unused sodium is quickly and completely eliminated by the body through the kidneys to prevent harm.

Celtic Sea Salt helps with�Digestion,�Sinus and Bronchial congestion. It regulates blood pressure, aids healing, prevents over-acidity in the body, balances sugar in diabetics, prevents muscle cramps and is a strong alkalinizer.

Generally you use 2/3 of the amount of Salt that you would normally use. Of course, EVERYTHING must be done in moderation. When cooking, use it at the end so that the heat will not destroy the nutrients. As always, make sure you get adequate amounts of water.

Now you can enjoy your meals...salt to taste....dont overdo it......have fun....

 

Cheers to you,

Dr. Saul

Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Dr. Steven Saul
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2017


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Stay Healthy

Hi. I was thinking about what to say this month and frankly speaking there has been a lot going on in the world of healthcare. Debates about who should be covered. Who should pay? Is health care a right?

 

I dont pretend to have all the answers. I only have my opinion. The system is broken. Malpractice suits cause Doctors to charge more to then be able to pay the insurance premiums. Insurance companies are profit minded, not health minded. They want profits for their shareholders. The government is divided and uses the issue for its own political agenda. Its a mess and I am sure this is not news to you and merely a recap.

 

We need to consider and adopt strategies to stay healthy so you only need to use your health insurance in an emergency. What to do? Get Adjusted. Get Acupuncture. Get massages. Eat properly. Get some exercise. Drink plenty of water. Avoid artifiical stuff.

 

Please share with me how you plan to stay healthy and I will share your ideas in the next newsletter.

 

Happy Summer,

 

Dr. Steven Saul and Staff

Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Dr. Steven Saul
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2017


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Your Feet

Welcome!

How are your feet? If you want to stay in optimal alignment, you should always consider your feet first!  Each foot has 26 bones and 19 muscles. If that foundation is not solid and balanced, your entire body is affected.As soon as your feet hit the ground, signals are sent to your brain asking for coordination of muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, fascia nd all the connections in between.

If you feet do not follow the proper path, it will put more pressure on your knees and then your hips sockets get involved which lead to spinal problems.

As summer approaches, more and more people wear shoes with little or no support for their arches. Traditionally, flip flops have been enemy number one. Till now!

 I recently found and have a display of great flip flops and slides that really suport normal foot/gait path! Finally a flip flop I can recommend!! Call Lily if you have questions. These really are the most supportive and comfortable flip flops and slides I have ever worn.

If you have foot trouble, let me know and I can evaluate you for pronation/supination and of course if you need to see a Podiatrist, we can recommend that as well.

 

 

 

All the best,

 

Dr. Saul

Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Dr. Steven Saul
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2017


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New Testing

We have 2 new tests that we are very excited about! One is SPECTRACELL micronutrient  analysis.

What is Micronutrient Testing?

SpectraCell's Micronutrient tests measure the function of 35 nutritional components including vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and amino acids within our white blood cells.  Scientific evidence shows us that analyzing the white blood cells gives us the most accurate analysis of a body's deficiencies.

 



Are You in Control of Your Health, or Is It Controlling You?


Nutritional balance plays a key role in optimal wellness, chronic disease prevention and managing the aging process.

  • Do you find yourself feeling stressed, tired and maybe a little depressed?
  • Do you take prescription medicines to alleviate symptoms of certain conditions, but wonder why the condition exists at all?
  • Do you want to boost your immune system now, to possibly prevent chronic disease later? 

SpectraCell's Micronutrient testing offers the most accurate, scientifically proven method of assessing nutritional deficiencies.

Be Proactive, NOT Reactive

Traditionally, a person waited to go to the doctor at the first signs of a symptom.  Today, individuals are looking for way to not only manage illness with personalized treatment plans, but they are also seeking to achieve a higher level of wellness.

Eating a balanced diet, exercising and taking a multivitamin is simply not enough.  Each person's body is unique in its own way.  Due to the complexity of the human body, an individualized healthcare approach is the only way to guarantee optimal results.

What is Micronutrient Testing?

SpectraCell's Micronutrient tests measure the function of 35 nutritional components including vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and amino acids within our white blood cells.  Scientific evidence shows us that analyzing the white blood cells gives us the most accurate analysis of a body's deficiencies.

What results will I see?

SpectraCell's Micronutrient lab results include an overview page with all deficiencies listed, numeric and graphic reports easily identifying deficiencies and repletion and supplementation recommendations.

sample results - mnt graphs

SpectraCell's Micronutrient test includes:

Vitamins

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Biotin
  • Folate
  • Pantothenate
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin K

Minerals

  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Zinc
  • Copper

Amino Acids

  • Asparagine
  • Glutamine
  • Serine

Fatty Acids

  • Oleic Acid

Antioxidants

  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Cysteine
  • Glutathione
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin E

Carbohydrate Metabolism

  • Chromium
  • Fructose Sensitivity
  • Glucose-Insulin Metabolism

Metabolites

  • Choline
  • Inositol
  • Carnitine

 

The other analysis is Genetic testing. Genetic testing is also called DNA testing. This test will show  vulnerabilities in your bloodline and your  tendency toward inherited diseases. This test can shore up you inherited weaknesses and help capitalize on your strengths. If you have already done the "23 and me" test we can have it analyzed to see what specific nutrients are needed for you to perform at your best. I consider this the most amazing breakthrough in the last  25 years of studying nutrition.

 

Call us to discuss timing and options. These tests offer the best value in healthcare today.

 

Yours in Health,

 

Dr. Saul and Staff

Author: Dr. Steven Saul, Wikipedia
Source: Dr. Steven Saul, Wikipedia
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2017


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Adrenal Fatigue
Are you suffering with Adrenal fatigue? Here are the common signs.
1. Difficulty getting up in the morning.
2. Mid morning low.
3. You feel better after the noon meal.
4. You have an afternoon low.
5. You feel better from 6 to 9:30 pm and get a second wind from 11pm to 1:30am.
6. You feel better if you can sleep in an extra 2 hours in the morning.

Other common signs are low bloods sugar or hypoglycemia, craving sweets and/or salty foods, difficulty sleeping, lowered libido, taking longer to recover from illness or stress, respiratory problems that come back too soon, a feeling of overwhelm or mild depression and difficulty concentrating
There are multiple causes of adrenal fatigue, but the most common is prolonged periods of stress or acute injuries like auto accidents.

The good news is that we can help. If you think you are suffering from adrenal fatigue, call us to see if we can provide a way back to being the person you know yourself to be!

The most common groups of people who suffer from this are caregivers, social workers, police, doctors, nurses, single moms, lawyers and people working 2 jobs. Self employed people are likely candidates as well.


All the best,

Dr. Saul



Author: Dr. Steven Saul via Dr. James L Wilson
Source: ChiroEco No9 6/13
Copyright: Dr Steven Saul 2013


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Posture

Many of us are getting into terrible positions on our cell phones and computers. It is going to be more important than ever to make sure we get into good posture!

When I was growing up I was told "Chest out, stomach in, shoulders back, etc, etc". The problem is that following that advice caused a lot of tension in my body.

Here is how to get in good posture. Stand up. Allow you head to float up toward the ceiling. Or if you like, imagine that a hook at the top of your head is pulling your head toward the ceiling. Don't force it. Let is rise or float up.

Next, find the area under the front of your sternum (breastbone).  Its about the height of the crease of your elbow.

Now find your belly button. When you bend over, these 2 points will get closer. What we want is for these to points to get further apart!  This will naturally bring your shoulders back properly without tensing.

Thats it. Now you must practice this standing, walking and sitting. When you realize you are slumping, just repeat this process. Keep repeating for the rest of your life!

 

Dr. Saul

 

Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Dr. Steven Saul
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2015


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Your Core!


Hi! This is so important, I may leave this up permanently!

Lets talk about Core strength. You hear this term a lot. So what exactly is your core? Here is what you need to know.

You are made of Bones, Muscles, Tendons, Ligaments, and Fascia. If there is a breakdown in any of these systems you will have a loss of function which will lead to pain and dis-ease. We evaluate your body to find out the source of the problem.


What are the Core Muscles named and why are they so Important?


The core is made of all the muscles that ultimately attach to the pelvis. These muscles can be divided into two sections based on their anatomical functions. One provides stabilization and the others provide movement.

    1. Deep stabilization system
    2. Superficial movement system


Anatomically, the muscles that are deeper in the body work more to stabilize the pelvis and spine, and the muscles that are located more superficially are more important for moving the pelvis and spine.

1. Deep Stabilization System


Core Training places a lot of emphasis on working the deep muscles of the core. Research shows that the deep muscles contract first before any movement is initiated. The body is brilliant! It is wired to be stable first before it engages action.

The deep muscles are close to the spine and pelvis and they can help to move the body, but their primary role is to stabilize the pelvis and lower back. This protects these areas and gives you a strong foundation for the upcoming activity.

The core muscles that make the deep stabilization system are:

The transversus abdominus is one of the most important core muscles. It attaches to the pubic bone and fascia in the front. It compresses the abdominal contents, thus adding stability to the lower back and pelvis.

The lumbar multifidus runs on an angle and it helps with rotational stability. Research shows that people with chronic lower back pain have significant atrophy (wasting away) of the multifidus.

The pelvic floor muscles connect the sacrum and pelvis to the pubic bone. Their primary job is to stabilize the bottom of the abdominal cavity. The pelvis floor works with the transversus abdominus and multifidus to stabilize the pelvis. Kegel exercises are a great way to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.

The diaphragm is the main respiratory muscle. It attaches to the ribs and spine. The diaphragm also forms the roof of the abdominal cavity, so it stabilizes the top of the abdominal cavity.

The internal oblique is the deeper of the 2 oblique muscles. It runs on an angle from the pelvis up to the ribs. Its primary role is in stabilizing the core, but it also helps to move the spine.

The transverso-spinalis muscles focus on segmental stability of the spine because they span just a few vertebrae in length. These muscles are also important for rotational stability.

All of the deep core muscles are important. When you perform exercises that require your spine to be stable, you challenge these core muscles. The plank exercise http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiA9j-dR0oM, bridges, alternate arm and leg raises, and the drawing in maneuver are examples of exercises that can increase core stability. Any exercise or piece of equipment that requires your muscles to work harder to keep your spine stable will increase the muscle work in the deep stabilization system of the core.

2) Superficial Movement System


When the pelvis moves, the hips move, and when the hip move, the lower back moves. If the pelvis is stable, the lower back and hip are stable, so any muscle that attaches to the pelvis is part of the core as well.

The latissimus dorsi (lats), which helps you do pull ups, is most often thought of as a back and shoulder muscle, but it also attaches to the upper border of the hip bone, (pelvis), lumbar vertebrae, thoracic vertebrae, and ribs. The lats can help to tilt the pelvis forwards or to the side, and it can negatively affect lower back posture when tight and inflexible.

The erector spinae are the group of muscles that people most commonly think of when they talk about lower back muscles. They are a group of superficial muscles that run the entire length of the spine. As the name suggests, these muscles help to keep the spine erect and they also pull the spine backwards. Every lower back exercise will place some emphasis on the erector spinae muscles.

The iliopsoas is the main hip flexor muscle. It attaches to the front of the lumbar spine and pelvis. It is primarily responsible for bending the hip, but it can also help to stabilize the pelvis, lower back, and hip.

The adductors are the muscles of the inner thigh. Most people don't think of the inner thigh muscles as core muscles, but all of the adductor muscles attach to the pubic bone, which is the front part of the pelvis. Because they attach to the pubic bone they can help to stabilize the pelvis, especially when standing on 1 leg.

The hip abductors (gluteus medius and minimus) also attach to the pelvis. The gluteus medius and minimus are very important for hip stability, and they are especially important for stabilizing the hip and pelvis when standing on one leg. This is one of the reasons I say that balance exercises are so important in core training.

The hamstrings are the muscles on the back of the thigh, and they attach to the bottom of the pelvis. Strong hamstrings can help to anchor and stabilize the pelvis, and tight inflexible hamstrings can pull on the pelvis and negatively affect lower back posture.

The gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in the body and it attaches to the back of the pelvis. It extends thigh at the hip, and assists in laterally rotating the thigh. It works with the hamstrings to move the pelvis and also helps to stabilize the pelvis. Bridges can be considered a core exercise because it works the glutes while keeping the spine stable.

The external obliques attach to the ribs and pelvis but they are located superficially compared to the internal obliques. The external obliques are designed slightly more for moving the spine than stabilizing, but the external obliques also help to stabilize the pelvis and lower back.

The rectus abdominus (6 pack)
is probably the most popular core muscle. It runs down the front of the spine, and it is the main muscle for flexing and bending. It is the main muscle for core exercises such as crunches and sit-ups.

So, what exercises, will help strengthen your core? Primarily we recommend yoga..http://www.springsyoga.com

and Pilates. We also know some private instructors if you need one. Just give us a call.


Dr. Saul and Staff


Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Internet Articles ,Kinetic Spine and Sports
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2012


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