April 30, 2015

A doctor's response to "7 of the biggest ‘facts’ about unhealthy food that actually aren’t true"

There is no better experience and understanding of health than sitting down face to face with someone and working with them on health and nutrition. When nutrition and health protocols are dictated by the front line instead of our government and reporters we will see positive improvements.

I read articles all the time that are parroting what someone else has said, and these people almost never have hands on experience.

When it comes to the health field it is almost like reporters are the ones dictating the information. Not the health experts on the front lines actually working with people and seeing results. Because after all if it's in the news or on the internet it must be true!

It's very easy to sort through the junk out there like the article "7 of the biggest ‘facts’ about unhealthy food that actually aren’t true" by Roberto Ferdman.

1. They say GMO's are safe because research and scientists said so, OK follow the money trail then. Who's doing and paying for the research (I'll give you a hint, it's the companies producing the GMO's, don't fall out of your chair)? Bill Nye the science guy says so? When is the last time Bill Nye worked with patients? Also, two of the primary crops that are GMO are corn and wheat which are junk food even before they are GMO.

2. He says Aspartame is not bad for us. Tell that to our clients who have severe migraines, digestive problems, weight gain or other neurological issues for artificial sweeteners. It's called artificial for a reason.

3 and 4. I don't disagree with, YAY! We have clients start eating eggs and other high cholesterol foods and their cholesterol actually comes down!

5. MSG is an excitotoxin and addictive. Nerves are meant to send impulses and stop, MSG turns them on and they don't shutoff. When you eat meals that have a lot of MSG in them make note on how you feel throughout the next day. Also checkout some of neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock's videos.

6. He says gluten isn't a problem unless you have celiac's disease. Check with all the people who don't have celiac's disease but have a variety of other issues caused by gluten. Gluten has a very high affinity for metals such as iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium etc. (Sounds like anemia, immune problems, muscle spasms, osteoporosis) Also, it's found in grains which are inflammatory and unhealthy anyways. Double whammy!

7. He said high fructose corn syrup is the same as regular sugar. Really? Check how it's actually processed biochemically in the body through the liver, ever wonder why people can have fatty liver disease and not be caused from drinking? I hear it all the time, "My doctor said I have fatty liver disease and I should stop drinking, but I don't even drink!"

Please share for anyone you think might benefit.

-Dr. Dan Kehres

April 7, 2015

Natural health remedies: ginger

Ginger has been used as a natural medicine and remedy for thousands of years.

My favorite use of ginger is for its anti-inflammatory properties. It works on the same pathways as Aspirin and Ibuprofen but it doesn't inhibit the pathways, just down regulates them. This minimizes the risk of side effects, but you get all the benefits!

Not only can it help reduce pain and inflammation, it has been shown to slow oxidation of LDL cholesterol preventing atherosclerosis and reduce morning sickness as well.

Try adding ginger to your tea in the morning or supplementing with one gram each day (we have ginger supplements at our office).

If you are taking blood thinners such as Coumadin, consult with your primary physician before adding in a supplement.

April 5, 2015

Health benefits of chocolate

Dark chocolate is loaded flavenols and anti-oxidants. These two substances have been found to reduce risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease (British Medical Journal, Dec. 18, 2004)

The key is eating chocolate with high amounts of these two substances and not just milk chocolate (sorry). Chocolate that has 65% cocoa or higher is when the concentration of the flavenols becomes powerful enough to have an impact.

As cocoa content increases so does the bitterness of the chocolate. The more bitter the healthier it is for you! I find that chocolate that's 70-80% cocoa still tastes great!

April 3, 2015

Inspiration: "if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will workout in the end"

"I've got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will workout in the end." -Larry Bird 

I stole this quote from my friend Jeff Janis and former Kehres Health & Chiropractic intern, who plays for The Green Bay Packers. This philosophy seemed to workout for him pretty well so far! 

If you are going to do something, you might as well put everything you have into it or you are probably just going to waste your time and end up frustrated. If you give it everything you have and it fails, a least you have no regrets!

April 1, 2015

Mobility Tip: Lumbar Curvature Release

Mobility Tip: Lumbar Curvature Release.

Anyone who sits on a regular basis is going to lose their lumbar curve, if you aren't doing something proactive to get it back you are going to have low back problems at some point. 

This video shows you a quick exercise to help release lumbar tension and helps to get your curvature back!

If you need to buy a foam roller, they are available at Kehres Health & Chiropractic Saginaw and Midland chiropractic offices.