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What You Need To Know About High Blood Cholesterol

High blood cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for heart disease.  So lets take a look at the differences between “bad” and “good” levels of cholesterols.  It is desirable to have a measurement of less than 200 mg/dL level of total cholesterol level.

Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol–the main source of cholesterol buildup and blockage of arteries.  It is optimal to have an LDL level lower than 100 mg/dL.

High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL, or “good”) cholesterol–which helps keep cholesterol from building up in the arteries.  An HDL of > or equal to 60 md/dL will help your risk for heart disease.

Keep the ratio of LDL to HDL around 3-1.  If you have 10 times as much LDL as HDL, then you’re at very high risk of a heart attack as well as other cardiovascular disorders.  Take some proactive steps to avoid taking statins drugs for the rest of your life.  Avoid corn oil, low graded oil, hydrogenated oil and processed foods.  Regularly physical activities (8-10 hrs/wk).  Start incorporating superfoods such as spirulina and chlorella into your diet.  Any plant based foods from the ocean is high in anticancer agents and LDL fighting agents.

Starting moving today.  Go out and walk to the mailbox.  Set a goal everyday to walk a little further.  Drink lots of water.  We all know what we have to do.  We just have to execute the game plan.

If you have any questions or would like more tips please call our office at 616.238.8888.

Bananarama Smoothie

Looking for a fun healthy smoothie to try this summer?  Try this simple recipe below.


 -      2 rounded tablespoons Whey Pro Complete or SP Complete®(or any whey protein)

-      ½ to 1 banana (frozen or fresh)

-      1/3 cup nuts of your choice, soaked in water overnight (Cashews or macadamia nuts work best in this recipe)

-      1 cup milk (For dairy-free option, use almond, coconut milk, or yogurt)

-      1 teaspoon honey (or to taste)

-      ½  to 1 cup of ice


 Blend all ingredients

Drink and enjoy

 Makes 2 servings


Study Shows Improvement in Low-Back Pain for Active-Duty Military Patients Receiving Chiropractic Care


Patients with acute low-back pain receiving a combination of chiropractic manipulative therapy and standard medical care experienced a statistically and clinically significant reduction in their back pain and improved physical functioning when compared to those receiving standard medical care alone, reports an article in the April 15 issue of Spine.

Study Highlights included:

-       Adjusted mean Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire scores were significantly better in the standard medical care plus chiropractic manipulative therapy group than in the standard medical care group at both week two and week four.

-       Mean Numerical Pain Rating Scale (0-10) scores were significantly improved in the group that received chiropractic manipulative therapy when compared to standard medical care alone at both week two and week four.

-       Seventy-three percent of participants in the standard medical care plus chiropractic manipulative therapy group rated their global improvement as pain completely gone, much better or moderately better, compared to 17 percent in the standard medical care group.

Sources: Palmer College of Chiropractic, palmer.edu, “Study shows improvement in low-back pain for active-duty military patients receiving chiropractic,”  April 17, 2013

JAMA suggests chiropractic for low-back pain

May 9, 2013 — An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests patients try chiropractic services for the treatment of low-back pain.

According to the article, surgery is not usually needed and should only be considered if more conservative therapies fail. The information in JAMA reinforces the American Chiropractic Association’s (ACA) position that conservative care options should serve as a first line of defense against pain.

The article, part of JAMA’s Patient Page public education series, explains that the back is made up of bones, nerves, muscles, and other soft tissues such as ligaments and tendons that support posture and give the body flexibility. Back pain can be caused by problems with any of the structures in the back.

As neuromusculoskeletal experts, chiropractic physicians are particularly well suited to manage and help prevent low-back pain.

“We are encouraged to see JAMA suggest patients try chiropractic and other more conservative types of treatment for their back pain. In many cases pain can be alleviated without the use of unnecessary drugs or surgery, so it makes sense to exhaust conservative options first,” said ACA President Keith Overland, DC.

“Research confirms that the services provided by chiropractic physicians are not only clinically effective but also cost-effective, so taking a more conservative approach at the onset of low back pain can also potentially save both patients and the healt care system money down the line,” he added.

For those who are currently pain-free, the exercise tips, posture recommendations, and guidance on injury prevention routinely provided by chiropractic physicians can help people maintain a healthy back throughout their lives. To learn more, visit acatoday.org/backpain.

You can also get relieve by contacting our office at 238-8888.

Drug Overdose Deaths Increase for 11th Consecutive Year

Drug Overdose Deaths Increase for 11th Consecutive Year 

Opioids Drive Continued Increase in OD Deaths

      Drug overdose deaths increased for the 11th consecutive year in 2010, according to an analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings were published in a research letter, “Pharmaceutical Overdose Deaths, United States, 2010,” in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

            “The big picture is that this is a big problem that has gotten much worse quickly,” Dr. Thomas Frieden, head of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told the Associated Press.

Dr. Frieden also released this statement, “if you’ve got terrible back pain or terrible migraines, using these addictive drugs (ovoid analgesics) can be dangerous…”

CDC’s analysis shows that 38,329 people died from a drug overdose in the United States in 2010, up from 37,004 deaths in 2009.  This continues the steady rise in overdose deaths seen over the past 11 years, starting with 16,849 deaths in 1999.  Overdose deaths involving opioid analgesics have shown a similar increase.  Starting with 4,030 deaths in 1999, the number of deaths increased to 15,597 in 2009 and 16,651 in 2010.

In 2010, nearly 60 percent of the drug overdose deaths (22,134) involved pharmaceutical drugs. Opioid analgesics, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone, were involved in about every 3 of every 4 pharmaceutical overdose deaths (16,651), confirming the predominant role opioid analgesics play in drug overdose deaths.

CDC researchers analyzed data from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics 2010 multiple cause-of-death file, which is based on death certificates.

Try chiropractic first before taking opioids for pain relief.  Contact our office at 238-8888 to start your care today.

Source: US Department of Health and Human Services Press Release.  ”Opioids drive continued increase in drug overdose deaths.” February 20, 2013

Improving Health with Improved Balance and Orthotics

Many adults are faced with cumulative traumas, combined with the degenerative conditions of ligament laxity and decreased sensory input in general.  You already know how complicated the process of human balance is, but are you aware that balance requires coordinated participation of sensory (visual, vestibular, and proprioceptive) and motor systems?  Because of the complexity, treating balance often requires cooperation among several healthcare specialists; however, the chiropractor’s ability to positively affect proprioception and motor control should be fairly obvious.

Injuries to the lower extremity, whether acute or from chronic deformation, can alter proprioception and diminish the motor response of balance.  Any musculoskeletal abnormality-for example, weakness of the ankle joint muscles and/or reduced range of motion about the ankles-shrinks the limits of stability.

Chiropractic adjustments improve proprioceptive input by normalizing joint alignment and muscle tones in general.  Adjustments are most effective when supported by proper muscular retraining, rehabilitation, and orthotic support.  The feet contain approximately one quarter of all the body’s joints and a concentration of proprioceptive fibers.  Therefore, it makes sense that supporting the postural foundation using individually designed stabilizing orthotics will help enhance balance.

So next time you have low back or hip pain, look at your feet and examine how you walk in the mirror.  You may need to properly be fitted for a good pair of orthotics.  Contact our office to get a free complimentary foot exam.  We use state of the art technology from Foot Levelers.

Sources: Foot Levelers Balanced Insights Vol 2, Iss 2, Sept 2012

Omega 3s: Reduce Heart Disease, Stroke, and Type 2 Diabetes



Numerous studies in the past decade have shown clinical support of the use of Omega-3 fatty acids supplement to assist in reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.  A study recently published in Nutrition and Metabolism is the first to show how Omega-3 fatty acids play a role in metabolic processes with respect to blood sugar and fat processing, reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

“These findings are important because the aging process is closely linked with a higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome – a clustering of risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and obesity,” says Professor Breier, Chair of Human Nutrition at the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health.  Professor Breier leads an international research team and indicates Omega-3 fatty acids improve carbohydrate and fat metabolism.  A diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids helps to burn metabolic fuels (glucose and fat) better, and can regulate energy storage across different tissue.

Foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids include:

  • Flax Seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Fatty fish and Seafood (Chinook Salmon, Sardines, Halibut, Scallops, Shrimp, Anchovies, Snapper, Yellowfin Tuna, Cod, Bluefish, Herring, Mackerel, Sturgeon, Lake Trout)
  • Leafy Green Vegetables (Kale, Spinach, Lettuce)
  • Winter Squash
  • Oils (Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Canola Oil, Flaxseed Oil, Linseed Oil, Coconut Oil
  • With fish and oil, stay away from frying, since frying will damage the Omega-3′s and deprive the food of its health benefits

Our office also recommends Tuna Omega-3 oil/chewable supplements from Standard Process.  We trust Standard Process since they are a whole food supplements company with a reputable name.


MAC Journal 8/2012

ProactiveLife Press Release, “Omega-3 Fish Oil can Reduce Risk of Developing Type 2 diabetes and heart disease according to Recent Studies, by Proactive Life, ” March 13, 2012


Michigan Senate Takes Steps to Protect Young Athletes from Concussions

In late May, the Michigan Senate unanimously approved legislation that aims to protect young athletes from concussions.  Senate Bill 1122- sponsored by state Senator John Proos (R-St. Joseph) – requires educating coaches of youth sports organizations, including schools, and requiring them to adopt a concussion awareness program.  A concussion awareness program would include training and distribution of brochures for parents and athletes.  A youth suspected of sustaining a concussion would be required to be immediately removed from activity and would not be able to return until he or she had been evaluated by a health professional and received written clearance to play.

“Nationwide and throughout Michigan, we hear more and more about tragic deaths and debilitating brain injuries that are suspected to be linked to concussions.  The number of children suffering sport-related concussions is rising at an alarming rate- impacting the lives of many young people.  It is time to acknowledge the seriousness of concussions in youth sports and set guidelines to ensure child safety is always the top priority,” Senator Proos said in a statement after the Senate passed the bill.

The National Football League (NFL) has been canvassing the nation to try to pass legislation like SB 1122 in all 50 states.  Roughly 35 states have enacted legislation similar to Michigan’s bill so far.  Detroit Lions President Tom Lewand, former Detroit Lions tight end Charlie Sanders, and a representative from the NFL all testified in favor of the legislation in the Senate Health Policy Committee earlier in the month.

Lewand talked about the impact of concussions and the need to address it at all levels of sport, saying “What the NFL and the Detroit Lions are working to establish is a standard of care across the country, so that youth athletes, coaches and volunteers are knowledgeable enough to recognize the signs of concussion and kids get the medical attention they need to recover before returning to play.”

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder supports the efforts as well: “Concussions are serious brain injuries that are increasingly affecting young athletes… Establishing concussion awareness programs will help parents and coaches make youth sports safer.”

State Representative Tom Hooker (R-Byron Center) has introduced similar legislation in the Michigan House of Representatives and also testified in favor of SB 1122, saying, “I come to the issue of concussions from the standpoint of a former coach with 37 years of experience… Many times these injuries occur without medical staff present, making it primarily important that all the coaches have the ability to recognize the signs of brain injuries.”

Others testifying in favor of the bill included representatives from the Brain Injury Association of Michigan and the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

The bill now moves to the Michigan House of Representatives’ Health Policy Committee for evaluation and consideration.

sources: MAC Journal July 2012

We now accept Priority Health at VFC!

After waiting for nearly two years, we are now in network with Priority Health.  Please contact our office at 238.8888 for any questions.

Workers’ Comp Study: Lumbar Fusion Surgery Fails 74% of the Time

Did you know that the annual number of spinal fusion operations in the U.S. increased more than 75 percent between 1996 and 2001?  But “failed back sugary syndrome” is still a common problem, with enormous costs to patients, insurers, and society.

According to a study published in Spine last year, spinal fusion surgeries often backfire, failing an astonishing 74 percent of the time!

Researchers looked at 1,450 workers’ compensation patients who had diagnosis of disc herniation, radiculopathy, or disc degeneration.  Half of the patients had fusion surgery in hopes of curing low back pain.  The other half had no surgery, even though they had comparable diagnoses.  The results were as follows:

  • Two year after fusion surgery, 26 percent of union cases had returned to work, while 67 percent of nonsurgical controls had returned to work within town years from date of injury
  • The re-operation rate was 27 percent for surgical patients
  • Of the lumbar fusion subjects, 36 percent had complications
  • Permanent disability rates were 11 percent for surgery case and 2 percent for nonoperative controls
  • For lumbar fusion subjects, daily opioid use increased 41 percent after surgery, with 76 percent of cases continuing opioid use after surgery
  • Total number of days off work was more prolonged for surgical cases compared to nonoperative controls, 1140 and 316 days, respectively

From the study’s conclusion:  ”Lumbar fusion for the diagnoses of disc degeneration, disc herniation, and/or radiculopathy in a WC setting is associated with significant increase in disability, opiate use, prolonged work loss, and poor RTW(Return to Work) status.”

Source: Long-term Outcomes of Lumbar Fusion Among Workers’ Compensation Subjects: An Historical Cohort Study, Spine: 15 February 2011-Vol 36-Issue 4-p 313-3

(MAC Journal-May/June 2012)