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