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Sitting is the New Smoking – Even if Fit & Active, Desk Jobs are Bad for Health

sitting the new smokingSitting is the new smoking. It is killing us by the masses and we don’t know any better. Our human bodies are not meant to be folded in half for hours at a time. Sedentary lifestyle instigates every co-morbidity known to man. The muscles decondition and atrophy. The organs are squished, restricted in function and get backed up with viscous fluids. The joints degenerate and the nerves get irritated and inflamed. The brain slows with fog. The cardiovascular and lymphatic systems grow stagnant. All that is just the beginning! Compile years of desk time studying, reading, computer work, phone calls, meals, entertainment, and traveling then you have created a human body that is really good at one thing- sitting. We will adapt to the stresses and demands that are asked of us. If the challenge is only that of endurance in the seated posture, then we will lose our mobility. Use it or lose it!

Researchers are taking a closer look at how we position ourselves day to day and are repeatedly demonstrating that standing and moving is a much more safe, efficient way to spend our time as opposed to sitting. Those who are adopting standing workstations, where the day to day tasks can be performed in the upright standing position, are experiencing many benefits including: improved health profiles and lab-work, more efficiency and productivity, better mood, more enjoyment and fulfillment in career, more energy etc. They are finding less fatigue, irritability, brain fog and sick days. Choosing standing over sitting can reduce your risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

The abundance of evidence is in. Standing desks need to replace the primitive seated work environment in school, home, and work. There are many options available to help you make the switch. You can simply prop up your monitor and keyboard with standard household tables, boxes, and stands of any kind.  Or you can invest in yourself with more elegant and custom fitted furniture like this one from www.anthrodesk.com/

This is the model that we use at Baltuska Chiropractic!
http://anthrodesk.com/standing-desk-converter.html

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Essential Oils Now Available at Baltuska Chiropractic!

Essential OilsPic

Essential Oils are naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. In addition to giving plants their distinctive smells, essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and being beautifully fragrant to people, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health care practices. I enjoy using oils topically during patient care and diffusing scents into the office for additional health benefits. Essential Oils are great to help cut down or avoid the use of dangerously invasive medications. You can give your whole medicine cabinet a make-over.

Essential oils are used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends in one of three methods:

Aromatic

Essential oils, when diffused, can be very stimulating, while others can be calming and soothing. Diffusing essential oils can also cleanse and purify the air.

Topical

Essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and many can be safely applied topically when used in conjunction with a carrier oil, such as Coconut Oil.

Internal

Certain essential oils have a rich culinary history and can be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions.

Some of the most commonly used oils include Peppermint for tummy trouble and headaches, Lavender for stress and anxiety, Tea Tree for topical skin infections, and Eucalyptus for sinuses and breathing. There are many other more exotic oils to use and the possibilities are endless when mixing them together.

You can shop online now at www.mydoterra.com/baltuskachiropractic and have your favorite oils delivered to your home or purchase them in my practice when you visit for care.

Schedule your appointment for Chiropractic or Acupuncture at this link:
Schedule Appointment Now!


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Acupuncture now available at Baltuska Chiropractic!

AcupunctureAcupuncture now available at Baltuska Chiropractic! 

Call 913-283-9803 or schedule yourself online at this link: Schedule Now!

Acupuncture is a natural healing practice developed from Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been used for more than 2000 years.

It works on the premise that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others.

The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points. The acupuncture needles clear the obstructions at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.

The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.

The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.

The experience of receiving acupuncture is very gentle and relaxing. The idea of needles in the skin makes many people uneasy, but once they try it out, realize that the needles stay well within the superficial layers of the outer skin layer. Patients then relax seated or laying down in a private room for about 20 minutes until the needles are then removed.

I invite you to experience acupuncture for just $45 at Baltuska Chiropractic.

Call 913-283-9803 or schedule yourself online at this link: Schedule Now!


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Lenexa Chiropractor Kelly Baltuska, DC Back Pain, Neck Pain, Headache, Stress, Anxiety, Sleep, Flexibility, Fewer Colds

TableChiroCallnowTop Benefits of Chiropractic Care

First of all, your spine protects the most important system in your body, your central nervous system. When the vertebrae in your spine become restricted in their motion, the area begins to degenerate at a faster rate than normal. Degeneration is a normal part of aging, but lack of motion in a joint speeds up the degeneration process. We are now beginning to see advanced stages of spinal degeneration in people as young as 30. This is due to lack of activity and lack of motion in the spine. The health concern with spinal degeneration is that the space that protects your spinal nerves decreases. This directly affects spinal nerve function in a negative way, as the nerves become inflamed.

Some of the later symptoms of spinal degeneration are shooting pain down the arms and/or legs and muscle weakness. Any organ systems these spinal nerves innervate, are also affected and begin to not function as well as they should. This is why chiropractors stress getting adjusted on a regular basis even if you don’t show pain. Pain is often the later stage of the problem.

With that said, your central nervous system controls all function in your body. By keeping your spine aligned, you prevent degeneration of your spine and maintain the health of your central nervous system. Visit your chiropractor today and start feeling better! In the meantime, here are five more reasons why you should get adjusted on a regular basis:

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1. Improved Posture & Relief of Back Pain

The research doesn’t lie, as chiropractic is proven to be effective time and time again for neck pain and low back pain. (1,2,4)

This is the most common reason patients seek chiropractic care. Chiropractors are very good at getting to the root cause of the problem, so that you get out of pain. Unfortunately, many patients wait for the pain to get severe before seeking chiropractic care. Pain is your body’s way of letting you know that something is wrong and should not be accepted as normal. One of the most common things we hear in the office before a patient seeks chiropractic care is that “I just thought I’d tough it out” or “I thought the pain would go away”.

Don’t let the pain get to this point. Just about every patient wishes they would have tried chiropractic sooner because of the relief it provides. Many patients also choose to get regular chiropractic care, once a week or once a month, so that their pain does not ever return or get worse.

2. Fewer Headaches

There are many reasons physiologically why chiropractic can help with your headaches. One reason would be that misalignments in your spine cause stress on your nervous system resulting in muscle tension, neck pain, and headaches. Getting adjusted helps remove this stress. (6)

Did you know that there are two arteries called the vertebral arteries that run between the cervical vertebrae in your neck? When the vertebrae in your neck become misaligned, this causes stress on the arteries, resulting in vascular headaches such as migraines. Adjustments help remove this stress and relieve migraine headaches. (3)

3. Less Stress & Less Anxiety

Everyone is familiar with the central nervous system, the brain and spinal cord. But, are you familiar with the autonomic nervous system? The parasympathetic and sympathetic systems make up the autonomic nervous system and are responsible for the body’s unconscious functions.

Adjustments to the spine help restore the balance between these two systems which is important for controlling stress and anxiety. (5) Again, often times after an adjustment, patient’s often report feeling “Lighter” and “More free”.

4. Greater Energy & Better Sleep

Adjustments positively affect the autonomic nervous system which can help improve energy. In addition, because the central nervous system is calmed after adjustments, the mind is able to relax and many patients often experience a very restful sleep. We’ve had many patients tell us that “last night was the best sleep I’ve had in years”, after an adjustment.(5)

5. Better Coordination & Flexibility

Muscle spasms and tightness occur when there are restrictions in your spine. By getting adjusted, the “tightness” is relieved and patients often feel like they can not only move better, but also feel like they can breathe better.  As mentioned before, the removal of this tightness can also help with tension headaches.(7)

6. Improved Immune System & Fewer Colds

The central nervous system and autonomic nervous system control immune system function. Adjustments improve their function which indirectly affects immune system function. In fact, Dr. Hampton adjusts his family whenever anyone starts to feel under the weather. By getting adjusted before the cold/sickness kicks in, it can help boost your immune system so that virus is defeated before it even gets started.

Click here to schedule your Chiropractic Adjustment online now!

1: BMJ 2003; 326 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7395.911 (Published 26 April 2003)

2: JAMA Patient Page. April 24, 2013. Low Back PainDenise M. Goodman, MD, MS; Alison E. Burke, MA; Edward H. Livingston, MD

3: A case of chronic migraine remission after chiropractic care. Peter J. Tuchin

4: Efficacy of spinal manipulation and mobilization for low back pain and neck pain: a systematic review and best evidence synthesis. Bronfort G1, Haas M, Evans RL, Bouter LM.

5: Heart failure as an autonomic nervous system dysfunction. Takuya Kishi, MD, PhD,

6: Boline PD, Kassak K, Bronfort G, et al. Spinal manipulation vs. amitriptyline for the treatment of chronic tension-type headaches: A randomized clinical trial J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1995;18(3): 148-154.

7: The effect of spinal manipulation on imbalances in leg strength. Philip D. Chilibeck, PhD, Stephen M. Cornish, PhD, Al Schulte, DC, Nathan Jantz, MSc, Charlene R.A. Magnus, BSc, Shane Schwanbeck, MSc, and Bernhard H.J. Juurlink, PhD

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Believe it in Your Heart that Life is Miraculous

 

old-and-healthy

I was visiting with a good friend and patient of mine earlier this afternoon during his weekly adjustment. He was just about to turn 70 years old and told me about his monthly lunch get-together with his lifelong friends. Over the last few years, he has watched as his buddies let their health slip away. Poor diet and inactivity were catching up with them and causing many different kinds of problems in how they felt and how they functioned. What was once a cheery reunion full of laughter and nostalgic memories now seemed to be a pity party. Each guy would take turns complaining about a body part, explaining why they were worse off then the last guy. They would solemnly talk about their favorite activities that they missed doing since their health deteriorated. Then they would explain how some of the regulars couldn’t attend that day due to hospitalizations or doctors appointments.

This was difficult for my friend to watch. We agreed that the more often we see and hear of people suffering, the more we wanted to avoid such a demise. This would encourage us to take better care of ourselves and do our best to maintain good health in many different ways. I do understand that there are uncontrollable variables that cause pathology in us. I often wonder if I might end up the unlucky diagnosis of a completely random and fatal condition, simply because it would be so ironic for a guy who spends so much time, energy, money, and focus on trying to be as healthy as possible. An outside perspective might shake their head and think: “All that for nothing. What a shame.”

But as the healthy habits and practices become so ingrained, I wonder how others could get along living any other way. It really doesn’t take more than a couple of days falling out of the routines to start to feel worse in my mind, body and spirit. I crave the practices that nourish me. As I reflect upon my life’s calling, I continue to return back to similar ideas. I want to show you how to take care of yourself. I want you to feel vibrant, young, healthy, and alive. I want you to learn to love the practices that nourish your mind, body, and spirit so that you too can live your calling and passion. I smile SO BIG when a patient gets it. 

As for the sick and suffering, please know that you can always do more to nurture yourself. When the health maladies begin to overlap and the medications begin to mix dangerously within your body, the heaviness of self defeat is gargantuan. Know that what is holding you back the most is the limitations you have in your thoughts and your mind. Cyclical negative ideas will stop you in your tracks before even attempting to change your ways. Your body will freak out when you try to trade a bad habit for a healthy one. Break free from those old stories you have been telling yourself and your loved ones. Rewrite a vision for yourself. One that is fresh and revitalizing. Believe it in your heart that life is miraculous and be amazed and grateful when the healing ensues. 

Schedule your own Chiropractic adjustment at this link.

I’ll be looking forward to meeting you!


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What’s up with that colorful tape? Kinesio Tape

KT tape

Call 913-283-9803 or schedule online at this link.

Have you noticed the colorful tape on professional athletes lately? It is typically called Kinesio Tape but has many other names depending on the company brand. If you ask someone that has tried it out, you’ll likely hear pretty awesome feedback.

Unlike traditional medical taping methods that seek to stabilize an area and restrict range of motion, Kinesio tape is a new functional taping strategy that can be used in a variety of ways. KT can be applied to the body with the intention to speed the healing process of a sports injury and quickly resolve bruising. It can also be applied in such a way to either inhibit or activate certain muscle groups. For instance, KT tape could be used to calm overactivity in tendinitis and hypertonic muscles to allow them to relax and recover. Or KT tape could be used to “wake up” and turn on or activate a de-conditioned and atrophied muscle to rehabilitate it back to full function.

Although KT tape may seem relatvely new to the scene of sports medicine and performance, there is already a good amount of published research showing its’ efficacy in many ways. Here is a link to an extensive list of research: http://www.kinesiotaping.com/research/published-research

I am enjoying powerful and effective results taping my patients in collaboration with their full spine and extremity Chiropractic adjustments. I offer this functional taping service for just $10! I invite you to come try it out at my new practice in Lenexa, KS soon.

Call 913-283-9803 or schedule online at this link.

Dr. Kelly Baltuska, DC

Baltuska Chiropractic 13830 Santa Fe Trail Drive Suite 102 Lenexa KS 66215


Dr. Kelly Baltuska, DC opens his own practice! Baltuska Chiropractic in Lenexa, KS

I am very excited to announce that after 2 years as an associate doctor, I have now opened my own practice in Lenexa at Green Prairie Office Center located at 13830 Santa Fe Trail Drive (Suite 102) and Widmer. This is just a 5 minute drive from my previous location at Boyer Chiropractic. Thank you Dr. Boyer for a wonderful experience over the past 2 years and good luck at your new location! Please call 913-283-9803 to schedule your Chiropractic adjustments.

Baltuska Chiropractic no longer accepts health insurance. This allows us to maintain very simple and affordable costs of care. I’d like you to be able to get adjusted as often as possible without any contracts or long term obligation. Here is a list of the services that I can provide:

First visit (includes exam and adjustment) : $70

Return visit adjustments: $45

Dry Needling: $45

Acupuncture: $45

Electric Stim + traction bed: $15

Infrared Sauna: $40

Kineso Taping: $10

Voodoo Flossing: $10

Sports Physicals: $35

DOT exams: $75

Science Based Nutrition Blood Lab Analysis: $375

Thank you to patients, friends and family for all of your love and support!

Here are some pictures of the new place! 

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Healthy Habits Prevent Disease

A male in the U.S. has a better statistical chance of winning a Super Bowl ring or an Academy Award than they do of reaching the age of 65 without a diagnosis of diabetes, hypertension, or heart disease. With a gloomy statistic like that, it seems we are all destined for illness. As if it is our fate. As if it is out of our control. You may even feel like: “My Mom and Dad had it so I’m expecting to have it.” This is just not true!


These major pathologies are both preventable and reversible through lifestyle choices. These 3 major illnesses which can hinder the quality and length of life can be avoided if we so choose. If you have already been diagnosed with one, or even collected all three, you can still make a choice to reverse the conditions. You can change the habits that you do every day, to allow your amazing body to heal. The details and recommendations are fairly common knowledge now. We all know that we could choose to be healthier. You can even google: “how can I lower my blood pressure naturally?” or “How can I reverse my diabetes?” or “How can I prevent or reverse heart disease?” If you do a little bit of poking around, I’m sure you’ll find that all of the recommendations and healthy habits overlap. They are the same. All will include exercise, (move your body, challenge your body, make it sweat, tear some muscle, burn your lungs with exercise) All will include wholesome nutrition, (Stop feeding yourself things without any nutritional value, eat beautiful colorful vegetables, healthy fats, fibers, protein and drink plenty of water) all will include ways to lower stress and get more sleep. (be sure to get to sleep especially between the hours of 10 pm to 2 am for many different healthy reasons) All should include regular Chiropractic adjustments to allow the Central Nervous System to express itself to the fullest potential. So we all know that we can always do a better job taking care of ourselves. The knowhow is available. The kicker is: What is it going to take to provoke you to change your ways? We are so comfortable and stubborn and afraid of change. We are creatures of habit who are so reluctant to change. You may have heard the words for a person to change; they must be pushed by pain, or pulled by a vision. Otherwise we will just sit right where we are in life. [Arms crossed] “No thanks, I’m fine right here.” To move me I must feel excruciating pain, be it physical or mental, to provoke me to get out of pain. My current state has to hurt really badly. Or, to move me, I must see an inspiring vision of what my life could be. I must see someone doing something awesome that I’d like to do, that I know that I can do if I set my mind on it. Or simply be around someone vibrant with youthful health that practices what they preach and is responsible for making healthful changes in their life. This will help me know that I could have that too. This might pull me toward a vision to change the way I am.
The tricky part of these 3 major pathologies (heart disease, hypertension and diabetes), and a lot of other diseases, is that you can slowly acquire them without any major pain. They can creep up and snatch you in a very ninja-like way. You can succumb to them without being in any real pain. You may have some uncomfortable symptoms that cause you to seek medical care and a diagnosis with a prescription. It gets really messy when you get some strong drugs that mask the symptoms. Then disease can get way out of control! These amazing breakthrough medicines just make it more comfortable for us to live with disease. This is missing the big picture. To prevent or reverse disease in our life, we have to be pulled by a vision of what could be to inspire us to change our daily lifestyle habits. Pain will not likely be the instigating factor. So find a vision and hold on to it.
Some of us treat our body the way we treat our car. No care or maintenance. We just drive it right into the dirt. We wake up every day and count on it to work the way we expect it too. Until too many days go by without attention and we wake up sick and we can’t do what we want. We can’t play golf with friends or we can’t play with our children or grandchildren. Or maybe we wake up and the car won’t start or it breaks down.
Or maybe you’re the guy who dumps all his time, energy, and money into taking very detailed care of the car, leaving absolutely no attention to your body. This guy pulls up in to park his beautiful sports car. It is squeaky clean and shiny. He climbs out of the car dragging a dead leg behind him in a lot of pain. He hobbles into the office carrying a bag of chips and a soda pop and he calls that his “lunch”. He has just come from filling his car with the finest quality products; the most expensive oil and gasoline that money can buy. He spent all his time and energy waxing and polishing it. Here he is spending top dollar on his ride while feeding himself the poorest, nutritionally bankrupt “food-like-substance” available. The cheapest products and care for himself and the best of the best for his car.
The good Lord blessed us with amazing human bodies that are built with an inherent capability to regulate the pressure of our blood as it courses through our arteries and veins. As we abuse the body day to day, over years without care, it begins to show signs of wear and tear. One of these signs is an increase in blood pressure. Our body is struggling to maintain performance with poor improper care. Sadly we attempt to exogenously regulate our BP by introducing a substance into our bodies that tampers with our chemistry. We take BP medication to lower the pressure for some time. Really consider this. Really think how ludicrous this idea is.
Amazing and brilliant mechanics build cars for performance. They install the wonderful capability for a car to cool it as it works so hard to burn fuel and propel itself against gravity to all of the places we like to go. Over time with wear and tear, let’s say my car loses the ability to cool itself and begins to overheat. I’ve got to keep moving so I stop at the quick trip to buy a bag of ice and place it over the top of the engine to cool it down. The ice melts and the car cools. I get in and drive a few more blocks down the road until it begins to overheat again. Then I stop again to buy another bag of ice and place it over the engine to cool it. This is silly right!? This is ridiculous! It would never work, it is not sustainable. You would call me a fool if I tried this. My car lost the ability to regulate its temperature and I’m trying to cool it with external means. What is the difference with this analogy and blood pressure? Your BP is up and you stop at the pharmacy to buy pills to drop it down. You get a few more miles down the road and eventually you use all of the pills and your BP goes up again and you stop at the pharmacy (Quicktrip) to get more drugs (your bag of ice). This is not sustainable. This is stressing your body system immensely. Yet millions of Americans are completely comfortable with doing this every single day. It is the same story with diabetes and blood sugar and with high cholesterol and medications.

Reflect upon your health. What are you using as a bag of ice on your engine?


Healthy Habits Prevent Disease

A male in the U.S. has a better statistical chance of winning a Super Bowl ring or an Academy Award than they do of reaching the age of 65 without a diagnosis of diabetes, hypertension, or heart disease. With a gloomy statistic like that, it seems we are all destined for illness. As if it is our fate. As if it is out of our control. You may even feel like: “My Mom and Dad had it so I’m expecting to have it.” This is just not true!


These major pathologies are both preventable and reversible through lifestyle choices. These 3 major illnesses which can hinder the quality and length of life can be avoided if we so choose. If you have already been diagnosed with one, or even collected all three, you can still make a choice to reverse the conditions. You can change the habits that you do every day, to allow your amazing body to heal. The details and recommendations are fairly common knowledge now. We all know that we could choose to be healthier. You can even google: “how can I lower my blood pressure naturally?” or “How can I reverse my diabetes?” or “How can I prevent or reverse heart disease?” If you do a little bit of poking around, I’m sure you’ll find that all of the recommendations and healthy habits overlap. They are the same. All will include exercise, (move your body, challenge your body, make it sweat, tear some muscle, burn your lungs with exercise) All will include wholesome nutrition, (Stop feeding yourself things without any nutritional value, eat beautiful colorful vegetables, healthy fats, fibers, protein and drink plenty of water) all will include ways to lower stress and get more sleep. (be sure to get to sleep especially between the hours of 10 pm to 2 am for many different healthy reasons) All should include regular Chiropractic adjustments to allow the Central Nervous System to express itself to the fullest potential. So we all know that we can always do a better job taking care of ourselves. The knowhow is available. The kicker is: What is it going to take to provoke you to change your ways? We are so comfortable and stubborn and afraid of change. We are creatures of habit who are so reluctant to change. You may have heard the words for a person to change; they must be pushed by pain, or pulled by a vision. Otherwise we will just sit right where we are in life. [Arms crossed] “No thanks, I’m fine right here.” To move me I must feel excruciating pain, be it physical or mental, to provoke me to get out of pain. My current state has to hurt really badly. Or, to move me, I must see an inspiring vision of what my life could be. I must see someone doing something awesome that I’d like to do, that I know that I can do if I set my mind on it. Or simply be around someone vibrant with youthful health that practices what they preach and is responsible for making healthful changes in their life. This will help me know that I could have that too. This might pull me toward a vision to change the way I am.
The tricky part of these 3 major pathologies (heart disease, hypertension and diabetes), and a lot of other diseases, is that you can slowly acquire them without any major pain. They can creep up and snatch you in a very ninja-like way. You can succumb to them without being in any real pain. You may have some uncomfortable symptoms that cause you to seek medical care and a diagnosis with a prescription. It gets really messy when you get some strong drugs that mask the symptoms. Then disease can get way out of control! These amazing breakthrough medicines just make it more comfortable for us to live with disease. This is missing the big picture. To prevent or reverse disease in our life, we have to be pulled by a vision of what could be to inspire us to change our daily lifestyle habits. Pain will not likely be the instigating factor. So find a vision and hold on to it.
Some of us treat our body the way we treat our car. No care or maintenance. We just drive it right into the dirt. We wake up every day and count on it to work the way we expect it too. Until too many days go by without attention and we wake up sick and we can’t do what we want. We can’t play golf with friends or we can’t play with our children or grandchildren. Or maybe we wake up and the car won’t start or it breaks down.
Or maybe you’re the guy who dumps all his time, energy, and money into taking very detailed care of the car, leaving absolutely no attention to your body. This guy pulls up in to park his beautiful sports car. It is squeaky clean and shiny. He climbs out of the car dragging a dead leg behind him in a lot of pain. He hobbles into the office carrying a bag of chips and a soda pop and he calls that his “lunch”. He has just come from filling his car with the finest quality products; the most expensive oil and gasoline that money can buy. He spent all his time and energy waxing and polishing it. Here he is spending top dollar on his ride while feeding himself the poorest, nutritionally bankrupt “food-like-substance” available. The cheapest products and care for himself and the best of the best for his car.
The good Lord blessed us with amazing human bodies that are built with an inherent capability to regulate the pressure of our blood as it courses through our arteries and veins. As we abuse the body day to day, over years without care, it begins to show signs of wear and tear. One of these signs is an increase in blood pressure. Our body is struggling to maintain performance with poor improper care. Sadly we attempt to exogenously regulate our BP by introducing a substance into our bodies that tampers with our chemistry. We take BP medication to lower the pressure for some time. Really consider this. Really think how ludicrous this idea is.
Amazing and brilliant mechanics build cars for performance. They install the wonderful capability for a car to cool it as it works so hard to burn fuel and propel itself against gravity to all of the places we like to go. Over time with wear and tear, let’s say my car loses the ability to cool itself and begins to overheat. I’ve got to keep moving so I stop at the quick trip to buy a bag of ice and place it over the top of the engine to cool it down. The ice melts and the car cools. I get in and drive a few more blocks down the road until it begins to overheat again. Then I stop again to buy another bag of ice and place it over the engine to cool it. This is silly right!? This is ridiculous! It would never work, it is not sustainable. You would call me a fool if I tried this. My car lost the ability to regulate its temperature and I’m trying to cool it with external means. What is the difference with this analogy and blood pressure? Your BP is up and you stop at the pharmacy to buy pills to drop it down. You get a few more miles down the road and eventually you use all of the pills and your BP goes up again and you stop at the pharmacy (Quicktrip) to get more drugs (your bag of ice). This is not sustainable. This is stressing your body system immensely. Yet millions of Americans are completely comfortable with doing this every single day. It is the same story with diabetes and blood sugar and with high cholesterol and medications.

Reflect upon your health. What are you using as a bag of ice on your engine?

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More than 80% of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D

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The geographic location of the United States on Earth is known as the “Mid-Latitudes” (from 35 to 50 degrees). This position causes us to have little to no access to UV-B rays from some point in autumn to some point in spring. These UV-B rays are required for us to naturally produce vitamin D in our body. During these times, we must rely on our stores of vitamin D that we have accumulated through the summer and/or vitamin D from foods and supplements. Those who are not aware of this information and do not supplement are very likely to be suffering from Vitamin D deficiency. This deficiency is associated with a myriad of health problems anywhere from poor functioning immune system to increased risk for cancers and many other diseases. It is unfortunate that more than 80% of Americans may be deficient. There are small amounts of vitamin D in a few foods. Unfortunately it is nearly impossible to get the proper amount that your body needs from food.


Vitamin D is the vitamin of the sun. When our skin is exposed to sunlight, UV rays activate a blood soluble form of the vitamin termed D3. There have been a manyimportant discoveries in the past few years about the health benefits of having optimal levels of this vitamin in our body. A powerful article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition identifies vitamin D’s potential for contributions to good health in the adaptive and innate immune systems, the secretion and regulation of insulin by the pancreas, the heart and blood pressure regulation, muscle strength and brain activity. Furthermore, it demonstrates that 36 different organ tissues in our body respond biologically to vitamin D. Similar to the past newsletter about Omega 3 Fatty Acids, optimal vitamin D levels has been shown to reduce the risk of death from ALL CAUSES.


Order High Quality Vitamin D Supplement at this link:

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How Much Vitamin D Should I Take?

It is a great idea to add this one as a supplement for your daily use. Adults in the United States should take 5,000 units of Vitamin D each day through the summer and increase intake to 10,000 units through the winter months. Children from the ages of 5 to 10 should take 2500 units each day. For those under the age of 5; supplement with 35 units per pound per day.
For those who may have been deficient for an extended time, it is important to have levels tested by a lab using a serum test or a dried blood spot test. It may be necessary to supplement with 4 to 5 times the recommended doses above for a short time to restore adequate levels.


I have recently been tracking my vitamin D intake from the Sun using a smart phone application called “D minder”. With a few clicks, the app can very accurately track your intake and account for many different variables including geographic location, cloud cover, amount of skin exposed, etc. The app can also warn when too much exposure is increasing your risk of burn. The use of this app has helped me to really understand how difficult it is to maintain adequate vitamin D levels from sun exposure alone. It also helps me to be more mindful of the time I spend in sunlight and offers me more opportunities to obtain the vitamin more naturally.
Please enjoy this 4 minute video clip that further discusses the topic:

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