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CHIROPRACTIC HELP #16: Obesity in the Chiropractic clinic
July 15, 2010
OBESITY IN THE CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC
This newsletter is not going to be a diatribe against all you overweight people. Promise. Like smoking, you already know what's coming, so there's no point in me adding grist to the mill.
However, talking to patients who at my goading lose significant amounts of weight, they always seem to be saying that it was not that difficult. So I started to make a list of the innovative things they did. You too can profit from their collective wisdom.
But the first step is to decide whether you have a small problem of a few extra pounds, a serious problem, or are you a time bomb waiting to go off? The way to do that is via this simple calculator. Simply add your weight and height, and out it pops.
Your BMI calculator. Couldn't be easier!
BMI less than 30: Okay, so you're a bit overweight, and your weight continues to edge up... fiddle with that calculator and work out at how many pounds you will reach a BMI of 30. Promise yourself faithfully, cross your heart, hope to die, that you won't cross that boundry. Ever.
BMI greater than 30: Yes, you already know you have a problem, I'm not telling you anything you don't already know. You feet are probably starting to ache after a long day, the stairs are getting more difficult, and you are getting some little stabs in your knees and/or hips. Are there really some little things that will make a difference? Yes!
BMI over 35: Your doctor has already warned you that there is a heart attack or stroke waiting in the wings. Adult onset diabetes is a cert, and you'll probably be injecting yourself four times a day before too long. (The pills do work for some).
HEART ATTACK ...know the signs?
Health is additive. And subtractive. If you are obese, BUT you work out regularly so that your muscles have good tone, then you are less likely to have serious back pain. If you are obese, AND smoke, then the chances of cardio-vasular disease begin to soar... Something PREDICTABLE Something SURPRISING ...a short story by Bernard Preston from his next book.
You can't lose weight and give up smoking simultaneously. Chose one or the other, or you'll go crazy. Smoking is by far the harder, but it's also the more pernicious. Together they are killers. I've seen it so often... my own family too.
An absolutely fascinating tale by a neurologist who had a stroke ...
Just because you are overweight does not necessarily mean that you have a poor fatty acid profile in your bloodstream. But if you are obese AND you have raised Low Density Lipoproteins in your blood stream, then there's trouble coming. Bad trouble. Heart attack and stroke.
But if you are overweight AND have poor ABS then there is most likely severe backache awaiting you.
TONING ABDOMINAL MUSCLES ...
Of caterpillars and butterflies and things...Better health comes at a price. But if you want to study butterflies, you have no option but to put up with some caterpillars crawling about in your life.
Stepping up to that place where you will have less pain and a greater likelihood of seeing your grandchildren grow up is actually not that difficult. Really, is a glass of water between your beers so painful? A leaf of lettuce on your peanut-butter sandwich...?
Here are three gems for this month.
APPLE DIET ...
Olive Garden Salad dressing ...
"I have to put up with two or three caterpillars if I want to know butterflies."
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
I've listed these in no particular order.
Chiropractic and Medical books.If you are a Chiropractor, would you please send me (via CONTACT), the Chiropractic and Medical book that you reach for most often.
"In a 2006 study, researchers at Colorado State University found that people who ate the widest variety of fruits and vegetables had the most DNA protection."
This month we feature FLAX SEED.
It's that time of the year when the fields of Kent in England are usually covered with fields of bright blue flowers. Only this year they are all white, a new hybrid of flax seed. I wonder if it's really better? Blue is so pretty...
Flax is grown mainly for animal feed, and it seems that we humans have forgotten that we too are animals. What's good for the pig is also good for the human body. So, what so good about flax seed?
Omega-3 essential fatty acids are food nutrients that we cannot survive without. They form the basis of many tissues in the body including the brain and nerves; in particular a deficiency has been associated with a high level of heart and blood vessel disease and premature memory loss. Losing your marbles? Flax seed.
Most humans get their Omega-3 from fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, herring) but if you are a vegetarian, then this's not an option. Thus it comes as no surprise that vegetarians are big into a healthy spoon of ground flax seed every morning with their oats muesli.
Why ground? Because the tiny flax seed will go straight through your digestive system untouched. But... once ground they must be consumed within a few days or the fat will oxidise (= go rancid). Don't buy ground flax seed unless it's frozen, quite useless, and possibly harmful.
Every family needs a small cheap grinder for pepper, herbs... and flax seed. Grind enough for a week, freeze, and next week grind some more. My Tristar grinder (just a spinning blade) cost me less than $10.
Growing butternut squash is another (less good, but very delic) option for Omega-3. It's all about balance, and eating as many food sources as possible.
GROWING BUTTERNUT SQUASH ...
The fields of Kent are "white unto harvest". With flax.FREE WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAMS ...
Until next month then. Promise not to fill your Inbox with information overload.
Should you have found this email helpful, feel free to forward to family and friends. Your doctor?! Our readership is rising in leaps and bounds, 97 000 page impressions at CHIROPRACTIC HELP last month, but for the considerable work put in, I would love this letter to go to 10 000 people!
Yours in Better Health. Plant two butternut seeds this summer, and some parsley. They are particularly rich in the anti-oxidants that protect the cells of your body, omega-3 oil and vitamin K.
Till next month then.
Bernard Preston, DC.
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