January 20, 2009

President Obama Agrees, Alternative Medicine is Mainstream

Alternative Medicine is Mainstream recently ran in The Wall Street Journal and talked about how alternative medical care needs to be in the forefront in our future national health plan.

President Barack Obama said in his health plan, "This nation is facing a true epidemic of chronic disease. An increasing number of Americans are suffering and dying needlessly from diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, asthma and HIV/AIDS, all of which can be delayed in onset if not prevented entirely."

Our "health-care system" is primarily a disease-care system and is one of the worst systems of any industrialized country. Last year, $2.1 trillion was spent in the U.S. on medical care, or 16.5% of the gross national product. Of these trillions, 95 cents of every dollar was spent to treat disease after it had already occurred. At least 75% of these costs were spent on treating chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, that are preventable or even reversible.

In 2004, The Interheart Study followed 30,000 men and women on six continents and found that changing lifestyle could prevent at least 90% of all heart disease. Yes, you read it right... Lifestyle could prevent 90% of all heart disease!

Research is finally starting to catch up with the beliefs on which the profession of chiropractic was founded on more than 100 years ago -- our bodies have the innate ability to heal themselves, given there is no stress or interference slowing this process. To achieve the maximal healing potential in our bodies we have to eliminate all forms of stress. These forms of stress come from interferences of the spinal cord, eating unhealthy, moving unhealthy and mental stress.
Until you eliminate all these forms of stress on your body you aren’t going to be able to function and heal at 100%.

President Obama also recognizes chiropractic will play a very critical role in the future health of the Unit ed States. 2009 is a year of change -- not only for our country, but also an opportunity for change for your health by taking it in your own hands.

Source: Alternative Medicine is Mainstream, Deepak Chopra, M.D.; Interheart Study, Medscape.com; Letter to Doctors of Chiropractic, Barack Obama, barackobama.com.
Picture compliments of: Martin Kozlowski, WSJ

January 16, 2009

Got Milk?

Americans have been bombarded with commercials, magazine ads, billboards and many other forms of advertising for milk. All of these ads promote how healthy milk is for us. But could this be false advertising?

The milk found in your typical supermarket is very unhealthy and has been linked to a variety of symptoms and illnesses such as; allergies, gas, constipation, obesity, cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis.

Contrary to popular belief -- drinking milk can actually cause osteoporosis instead of preventing it.

What's so bad about milk? 

1.   Humans are the only species on earth that drinks milk after we go through the infant stage. Many adults actually lose their enzymes to digest milk as they age because our bodies aren’t supposed to drink milk. For instance, approximately 95% of Asians are lactose intolerant.
2.   Cows in natural environments produce 10 gallons of milk per day where as cows that are in modern day dairy farms produce 100 gallons of milk today because of all the growth hormones given to them, making their udders so large they often drag on the ground
3.   The USDA allows milk to contain 1.5 million pus particles per milliliter. These particles come from the growth hormones, antibiotics, and grains fed to the cows.
4.   Cows are forced to eat grains which cause them to become sick. Farmers then give them antibiotics to keep them alive. These grains and antibiotics cause the milk produced by the cows to become very inflammatory, which causes disease.
5.   After cow’s milk is collected it is then pasteurized and homogenized. This process basically destroys all of the healthy enzymes, vitamins, proteins and bacteria.

Does this mean you can’t ever drink milk? No, if you can find raw, organic, unpasteurized and unhomogenized milk, it can provide many healthy benefits. You can also replace cow milk with goat’s milk, or unsweetened almond milk.

Sources: 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, Jonny Bowden; The New Wellness Revolution, Paul Zane Pilzer; Origins and Evolution of the Western Diet: Health Implications for the 21st Century, Loren Cordain; Osteoarthritis, Angiogenesis and Inflammation, C.S. Bonnet.