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Whole Body Purification

Center for Chiropractic and Wellness is hosting a workshop next Wednesday, May 11 on the Purification Program from Standard Process.  We’ve been using this powerfully effective detoxification program in our office for several years now and we invite you to learn more. 

 You may be asking yourself, “Why do I need the Purification Program?”  Unfortunately we live in a toxic environment.  We are exposed to environmental and internal toxins on a daily basis.  Here are some unfortunate statistics:

  • Approximately 87,000 new chemicals have been created and introduced into our environment in the US since World War II. 
  • Two thousand new chemicals are added every year!  Additionally, tap water is contaminated with chlorine, trihalamethanes (environmental pollutants), lead, cadmium, plus medications and hormones. 
  • Body care products such as shampoo, shaving cream, deodorant, makeup, hair styling products, sunscreen, and perfume contain xenohormones.  These hormone-like chemicals wreak havoc on the body’s hormones, nervous system, and general cellular function. 
  • The average American home contains over 60 hazardous products, most of which are lawn/garden and cleaning supplies.
  • The average American consumes 14 lbs of food additives, 160 lbs of sugar, 8 lbs of salt in a given year.

I could go on but needless to say, we live in an environment that is not conducive to health! 

 But other reasons why patients choose to do the Purification Program is that they want to feel better.  So many people are plagued with weight gain, brain fog, allergies, insomnia, acne, menstrual irregularities, poor digestion, sugar and/or salt cravings, pre-diabetes, eczema, low libido, etc.  The purpose of the Purification Program is to stimulate the liver, kidneys, small intestine and large intestine so as to allow the body to lighten it’s toxic load and cleanse itself from the inside out. 

 The Purification Program is a 21-day cleanse that involves eating whole, organic (if possible), unprocessed foods, taking whole-food supplements and drinking plenty of water (filtered or spring).  We have scores of recipes available to help patients create flavorful and exciting food during the cleanse. 

 The Purification Program is also backed by research demonstrating it as an effective tool to lessen cardiovascular disease risk.  Research published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine (September 2008) reported  a total cholesterol decrease of 47 points after the 28 patients in the study completed the 21-day Purification Program.  Additionally the patients experienced decreases in triglycerides, LDL, HDL, and VLDL cholesterol during the program.  As an added benefit, weight loss was also noted for all 28 patients!  To read the research article, please click here.

 That has been our experience at CCW as well.  Last week I spoke with several patients who had recently finished the Purification Program.  One woman lost 15 pounds and her heel pain disappeared.  Another female patient lost 8 pounds, had clearer skin and resumed a “regular” menstrual cycle, which previously had been absent.  Other patients of mine have reported being pulled out of depression, sleeping better, increased energy, decreased allergies, regular bowel movements, improved digestion, clearer thinking, increased vitality, mood stability and a general positive outlook. 

 Even if you are unable to attend the workshop but are interested in the Purification Program, please call us at 919-845-3280.  Here’s to your health!

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High-Fructose Corn Syrup Continues to Be Bad For You Even When It is Called Corn Sugar!

February 22, 2011 3 comments

I read another article on high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) also known as corn sugar.  Some of the things I learned is that when  corn syrup is converted into high-fructose corn syrup,  it is genetically altered through a chemical process called glucose isomerization.  Because this is not a natural process, the body does not react to HFCS like it does to corn syrup.  When a  natural sugar is consumed, the pancreas releases insulin to get the sugar out of the bloodstream and into the cells to be used as energy.   At the same time, the brain receives a signal that the body is full.   There are certainly problems with this process when sugar is overconsumed but that’s another topic for another time!   When HFCS is consumed, the pancreas does not release insulin so the brain never receives this important signal.  This can result in continued overconsumption of the HFCS.   Additionally since the body does not recognize HFCS as a natural food source, the liver processes it like a chemical and converts into fat.  This is one reason why consumption of HFCS can lead to high triglyceride levels in the blood stream.

Other disturbing news about HFCS is that a study recently published by Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in Minneapolis determined that in the 55 products it survey that contained HFCS as one of it’s first ingredients, 31% of the food products contained detectable levels of mercury! 

The food industry has created a slick advertising campaign trying to say that HFCS is just like sugar.  It is clearly not.  Don’t be food.  Be vigilant in reading labels.  Look for high-fructose corn syrup or corn sugar as ingredients.  Teach your children to read labels.  Eat a diet based on whole foods such as fresh vegetables, fruits, meats and whole grains.  As my favorite food writer Michael Pollan has said, “Don’t eat anything your great-great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” 

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What’s for Breakfast?

I’m starting a new series of blog posts of food suggestions.  Regularly in my practice, I encourage patients to look at their diets and to explore healthier options.  Eating fresher, non-processed whole foods improves health on every level!  We’ll start with breakfast.  A great way to start the day is with a nutrient-dense, energy packed smoothie.  Smoothies are a perfect breakfast food because they can be made in the morning or the previous night and are portable.  There are endless, tasty combinations to explore.  Feedback I’ve received from patients is that smoothies are satisfying because they taste good and provide energy until lunch.  Patients have expressed more energy, greater concentration, and no mid-morning food cravings! 

Pick and choose from the following list to create your own smoothie masterpiece.  It’s important to get a healthy amount of protein and fat.

Liquid (1 Cup)*

Fruits**

Protein/Fat (1-2 Tbs)*

Optional

Veggies

 
Plain Yogurt 1/2 Banana Avocado Cinnamon Beets  
Plain Kefir Berries (1C) Hemp Protein Nutmeg Spinach  
Almond Milk Peaches (1C) Hemp Seed Oil Vanilla Kale  
Rice Milk Apples (1C) Almond Butter   Zucchini  
Water (filtered or Spring)   Natural PB      
Coconut Water   Coconut Oil      
Coconut Milk (1/4 C + Water) Flax Seed Oil      
    Coconut Flakes       
    Whey Protein      
    SP Complete      

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