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  • It’s no accident that so many philosophers and writers have used the backbone as a metaphor for discipline, force of will or character. Your spine (or “backbone”) is the primary physical support for your body’s entire frame. It’s a remarkable piece of natural engineering composed of 33 separate vertebrae that act as a single unit to provide stability as well as flexibility while you’re sitting, standing or in motion. A healthy spine is both strong and resilient. With proper nutrition, exercise, postural habits and chiropractic care, it can allow us to lead an active lifestyle well into old age. However, poor biomechanics, injury and disease can cause problems with the spine that result in misalignment, inflammation, pain and restricted movement. 
  • It almost seems like a silly question, but it’s worth answering nonetheless.
    Why? Because it’s too important not to—a great many people could avoid the potentially serious health problems associated with being overweight or obese by losing the extra pounds. And the sooner the better. 
  • Over the past few years, scientists have continued to learn remarkable things about the way that the microbes in and on our bodies—sometimes referred to as our “microbiome”—affect our health.
    In particular, they’ve discovered that the number and kinds of bacteria that colonize our digestive tract early in life seem to play an important role in the development of our immune system. Along with this discovery, researchers have also begun to identify specific factors that they believe can prevent the right combination of microbes from being introduced, potentially resulting in a variety of immune disorders.
    What are some of these factors? 
  • Last week, I had the pleasure of walking my son, Edwin, in to his kindergarten classroom for the first day of school.
    How is he this old already!? On the way to the school, I told him how he may get worried, or scared, or that he may need help with something, and if this happened, if he had any problems at all, to simply find a teacher and ask for help. 
  • Behind many of the debates about healthcare in the U.S.-its availability and cost as well as its effectiveness-is an important phenomenon.
    The demands being placed on healthcare providers are growing and changing (at least in large part) because of the way we live our lives. Day-to-day choices we all make are contributing to a wide variety of chronic health conditions that are sometimes referred to as "lifestyle diseases." And while our healthcare system is very good at treating acute medical problems, it is not very good at preventing or treating chronic ones. 
  • Just this morning, I had a patient tell me that he eats turkey bacon because "it has less fat in it."
    When hearing this, I started a discussion about how all fat isn't bad for you. "Wait...what?" was his response. 
  • Everyone deals with stress in their lives and-in small doses-this can be a very good thing.
    Manageable amounts of stress can actually help you perform at your best and may even help you develop your abilities; however, far too many of us are stressed to the point that our health and well-being could be compromised. 
  • The FDA recently announced a ban on artificial trans fat in the U.S. food supply beginning in 2018.
    While some public health officials, nutrition experts and food company managers have anticipated this decision for some time, many consumers may not know what trans fat is or why they're bad for you. And-just as important-they may not know how to avoid it between now and the time that the FDA's new ban goes into effect in three years
    What is trans fat? 
  • You've probably heard that many Americans don't drink as much water as they should-that we live in a "dehydration nation" and that even our sensation of thirst has become muted over time as a result. 
  • Your musculoskeletal system is a complex framework made up of bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and other connective tissues that protect your organs, give your body its shape and allow you to move. 
  • Sports have taught me so much in life.
    In high school, football and basketball were true passions, and I've continued to seek out the thrill of competition and comraderie that can be developed through team sports and other group exercise activities.
    From high school football teammates I still consider my best friends, to trail running buddies that I get to literally "run into" on the trails occasionally, it's always fun to see like-minded people who share a passion for exercise and health. 
  • You've probably heard it: "Once you go to chiropractor, you have to go forever."
    This isn't exactly true, and I'd like to share a story about someone I saw in our office last week. 
  • Anyone who is looking for nutritional advice on how to manage their weight and/or stay fit has likely run across lots of advice on how to reduce their calorie intake. 
  • Chiropractic is based on the idea that your body can help to keep itself healthy if your spine, neck, and head are aligned properly and free from abnormalities that impair the proper flow of energy along your spinal column.
    Doctors of chiropractic thus work with spinal structures, using "adjustments" and other hands-on techniques to correct injuries and abnormalities and to speed healing of health problems-particularly musculoskeletal and neurological ones-that arise from misaligned bones. 
  • Not only can playing sports at any age help you maintain your strength, stamina, balance, flexibility and coordination, the benefits are actually cumulative over time. 
  • As with changes in skin and hair, changes in posture are common with aging.
    Your bones give your body structure and support, joints attach your bones and allow movement and muscles give you the strength to move your body. Your brain coordinates these and many other body parts that are affected by aging. Over time, older adults might notice changes in the way they stand, sit or move because of weakness or hindered movement.
    What does aging do to your posture? 
  • It is no secret that the prevalence of obesity in America has increased dramatically over the last few decades.
    Since 1980, the obesity rate in American adults has doubled from 15 to 30 percent. The reason behind this upswing might seem obvious at first: people are simply eating too much food. Recent research, however, isn't quite that simple. Are we eating too much food (taking in too many calories) or are we not burning enough calories (calories out)? Let's look at the "Calories-In & Calories-Out" Conundrum: 
  • Sleep-and the fact that many Americans are not getting enough of it-is in the news a lot these days.
    We may intuitively know how important it is to get enough sleep, but a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) makes it more well-defined. In their report, the CDC says that "Insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic" and points out that sleep insufficiency has been linked to accidents, cognitive problems, memory loss, and lack of focus. 
  • As the snow continues to fly, your trusty shovel is often the only thing between you and a day spent snowed in.
    If used improperly, however, that same shovel could leave you with a painful (and maybe even debilitating) injury. Statistics from emergency room and primary care visits provide plenty of evidence that it happens to lots of people every year. That said, it is certainly possible to remove snow from your sidewalk and driveway safely. Here are a few techniques that will help you reduce your risk of snow shoveling injuries. 

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