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Dr. Ellen Krumme is a Doctor of Chiropractic and eager to help others live healthy lives.
Like many holidays, Valentine’s Day is usually accompanied by a decadent indulgence in candy of various sorts. In past blog posts we have discussed the fact that sugars are not all created equal, and the dangers associated with the use of Aspertame.
You may think that the majority of candies are made from cane sugar or other natural sweeteners, but the fact is, more and more of them are being made with high fructose corn syrup. What difference does it make? Well, simply put, the more processed a given food item is, the less healthy it is for you to consume it. High fructose corn syrup is a heavily processed sweetener whose properties cause the body to respond to it quite differently than it does to more natural sweeteners such as honey or even natural cane sugar or stevia. If you did not click on that link, I suggest you go back and do so… because what you don’t know can hurt you in this case.
Many times people are involved in auto accidents and don't even realize they are hurt. (See prior blog post on the subject) They feel stiff and sore but don't look for help until they have chronic pain and it’s too late to seek compensation. While it is true that filing claims against insurance can raise your rates, if you’re involved in an accident, your insurance will pay for care related to the accident. That is part of what you pay for. I'm not suggesting your abuse the benefits, but any time you are injured in an auto accident there is a possibility that you have more problems than you will know at first glance. These people find their way into my office 10 or 15 years later with degeneration of the neck or lower spine: with no other explanation except an auto accident that they were never treated for.
It is unlikely that you have never heard of Aspertame. But how much do you know about this artificial sweetener? Dr. Mercola warns that what you don't know can hurt you! From the linked article:
The excess glutamate and aspartate slowly begin to destroy neurons. The large majority (75 percent or more) of neural cells in a particular area of the brain are killed before any clinical symptoms of a chronic illness are noticed. A few of the many chronic illnesses that have been shown to be contributed to by long-term exposure to excitatory amino acid damage include:
While degeneration of intervertebral discs is called Degenerative Disc Disease, it is not actually a disease as such. It is not contagious nor hereditary, but rather, caused by changes that occur as a result of the aging process. Degeneration is often found in people who engage in more physically-demanding jobs or activity, but these are not the only people who suffer from this condition. Some degeneration is inevitable, but there are a few steps you can take to minimize this phenomenon and improve your spinal health.
There are studies like this one being quoted in the news lately which suggest that taking vitamins may be linked to higher death rates. In my opinion, this is sensationalism at best, and is by no means entirely accurate. The studies mentioned are very limited in scope and any reported increase in death rates was within the margin of error (+/- 3%) expected on any given random study. There is no telling what drugs the people in the study were taking in addition to their vitamins, nor whether there were any other associated risk factors.
Happy New Year to you and your family, from all of us here at Krumme Clinic of Chiropractic!
New Year's Eve is a time when we all say “out with the old, and in with the new”. We make resolutions and look forward to growth and change, hoping to put the past behind us and move on to bigger and better things. It can be easy to go overboard with our plans and expectations, setting ourselves up for failure. Then we feel like losers because we did not manage to keep these promises. Promises we had made to ourselves! But the simple truth is, we know we might have succeeded if we had followed a few simple steps to make it all work. We just aren't always clear on just what those steps should be.
Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays; including wishes for a very Happy Chanukah and Merry Christmas (or whatever else you and your family choose to celebrate!) from all of us here at Krumme Clinic of Chiropractic!
Reflecting back upon 2011 as we close out the year and prepare to begin a new one, I am grateful for a great many things. My family and dear pets, our health; my patients, colleagues and good friends are all things that top the list. While I do not suffer from lack of material possessions, these are not what is most dear to my heart and without which I would cease to be who I am. It is the people who fill my life which help to shape every day into a new and challenging experience. The people who need me, as well as those whose counsel I respect and often turn to... every one in their own way has shaped my path and given me incentive to keep moving forward.
Do you have a tendency to suffer from a non-contagious itchy rash that is not caused by contact dermatitis? That is the nutshell description of Dermatitis Herpetiformis, a condition most often associated with gluten intolerance/ sensitivity or Celiac Disease. Other symptoms of gluten intolerance/sensitivity include abdominal distention, pain, cramping; alternating bouts of diarrhea & constipation; anemia, arthritis, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), bloating; depression, anxiety and irritability; Diabetes, fatigue; malodorous flatulence & stools, grayish colored stools or stools which float; hair loss (Alopecia), headaches and Migraines, hypoglycemia, infertility, joint pain, Lactose Intolerance, mouth sores or mouth ulcers, nausea, numbness or tingling in your hands and feet, osteoporosis, peripheral neuropathy (including a tingling or sensation of swelling in toes and fingers), teeth and gum problems, vomiting, unexplained weight loss and more.
Are you on Medicare? You may be surprised to find that Medicare Part B covers Chiropractic Manipulative Treatment for subluxation of the spine, which is a much more common condition that you might expect. Additionally, if you have secondary coverage such as a Medicare Advantage plan; it may also cover your copayment. Occasionally some secondary plans cover other chiropractic services too, but it is the exception rather than the rule.
It’s the holiday season again, and I don’t need to tell you just how stressful life can be. Under the best of circumstances most of us are pushed to the limit on a daily basis, and this can lead to illness, injury, even death; and at this time of year the usual stresses of life tend to be multiplied. Therefore it is important that we find ways to de-stress and balance our lives so that we will be able to manage all of the many things we have to do.
As Diabetes Awareness Month draws to a close, I thought it would be a good idea to mention the chiropractic approach to this condition which plagues over 25 million people in the United States alone. There are several types of diabetes, but all of them affect how the pancreas produces insulin, which is how glucose is regulated within our bodies. Chiropractic care seeks to ensure that your body is working at its peak by removing nerve interference. As holistic professionals; we don't treat the disease, but the person who has this condition.
If you followed the first link above, you will note that chiropractic adjustments are believed to help improve blood sugar issues by restoring proper nerve function to the pancreas. Dr. Andrew Weil’s advice is excellent, and well worth reading. In a nutshell, he suggests three supplements that can help your body to regulate glucose better. As always, it is best to discuss the addition of these or any other nutrients/medications with me or another holistic professional.
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with (or suspect) ADHD? ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a very big moneymaker for the pharmaceutical industry; since many (if not most) of those diagnosed with it are prescribed chemical stimulants such as Adderall/Adderall XR, Concerta, Dexedrine, Focalin/Focalin XR, Metadate CD/Metadate ER, Methylin, Ritalin/Ritalin LA, Vyvanse, and Desoxyn. But drugs have side effects and long-term usage of any of them can cause you to exchange one set of problems for another.
If you have experienced heel spurs, a.k.a. plantar fasciitis, you may be surprised to learn that it is not the heel spur itself that causes pain. No, the pain comes from inadequate flexibility in your calf muscles, lack of arch support, bad shoes in general, being overweight, sudden increases in activity, vitamin c deficiency, and/or spending too much time on your feet. The spur is just a symptom of the condition.
This time of year as the temperature drops and we are all cooped up inside, it is important to observe good hygiene and nourishment in order to avoid illness. But you may be surprised to learn that chiropractic adjustment can help prevent flu and other seasonal illness as well.
Chiropractic adjustment corrects spinal abnormalities called vertebral subluxations. When these are present, the result is interference of the nervous system. Because the nervous system controls all functions of the body, including the immune system; chiropractic care can have an immediate and measurable positive effect on immune function.
Do you suffer from constant sinus and/or allergy symptoms? Have you had to miss work because of it? Many people do. These are some of the most common complaints from patients who visit their doctors, yet most are never "cured" but rather, just "managed" by the medical profession. This is especially prevalent in the spring and fall, when pollen and ragweed are at their highest and many people find they have allergy problems. In recent years, I have even had patients who never had such problems before start having them.
Do you have (or think you have) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? What have you done about it? If you are considering surgery, you are among the majority of those who suffer from this condition. You may also be wearing a brace on one or both arms, either to bed at night or during the day when such a device can be cumbersome as well as unattractive.
Psoas. It's a word I'll bet you've never heard before. However, it is equally likely you have felt the effects of this muscle; it is a likely cause of lower back pain. The psoas is a long, thick and powerful muscle that lies deep within your pelvic region, and is critical to what we call core strength. Simply speaking, this muscle contributes to hip flexion and rotation. It functions to lift the upper leg toward the body or to bring the body toward the upper leg, depending upon the position you are in and what you are doing.
Are you, or is someone you know a weekend warrior? By this I mean extremely active on weekends: training as part of the military reserve forces, or just engaging in strenuous athletic activity?
Weekend warriors are more likely than others to end up with serious injuries, because quite often they do not prepare their bodies properly for the demands that will be placed upon them. They are more likely to eschew exercise altogether during the week, and jump right in headfirst as soon as the weekend arrives.