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08
June
2021

A Look Into Fats in the Diet

By Dr. Edwin Chun | Chiropractor, Lifestyle Nutritionist

woman neck pain

Fats are a macronutrient (a large group of consumed nutrients) known to provide energy in the human diet. Fats are dense calorie rich sources of long term stored energy found in plants and animals. Fats provide many essential roles in survival. To name a few, they provide extra insulation around tissues and also provide thermal protection. However, there are many human diseases in modern society that are related to excess fats in the diet. This article is meant to get a simple understanding of fats found in the diet and look at their importance.

Not all fats are considered bad. Bad fats are fats that are detrimental to human health. For example, TRANS FATS are a class of fats that are now banned by most countries because they are known to be dangerous to human health. You should avoid all trans fats in your diet for good health. They were once found in many types of baked goods and eaten regularly in the past before they were understood. Other fats known to be bad fats because of their effect of weight gain and stimulating disease are SATURATED FATS. These are fats commonly from animal products but also found in some plants such as nuts. They are considered bad fats because the consumption of too many will cause weight gain and increase many diseases such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease etc. It is recommended that people watch their consumption of saturated fats especially if they already have a disease and limit consuming too much of this fat in their diet. The American Heart Association recommends limiting saturated fats to no more than 7% of total calories.

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29
April
2021

Top 10 Reasons to See A Chiropractor

By Dr. Edwin Chun | Chiropractor, Lifestyle Nutritionist

woman neck pain

(from a patient’s own words)

10. Crick in the Neck – "I slept on my friends sofa and woke up the next day with a crick in my neck, now it hurts to turn my neck!" Also common when traveling or sleeping on a different bed.

9. Shooting leg pain – "I am getting a numbness and a constant pain on my hip and rear end. It also travels into the leg."

8. Back imbalance – "My back has been feeling off and imbalanced and I notice this when I walk or stand."

7. Muscle spasms – "I feel like I have these tight balls in my back that hurt."

6. Arm and hand numbness and pain – "I get pain and/or numbness in my arms and hands after being on the computer for awhile."

5. Medical Rejection – "I saw my primary doctor and he wanted to give me medicine for this pain, but did not really do anything for me."

4. Alternative Medicine – "I have this diagnosis that I have been living with and want to get better naturally and to the best of my ability."

3. Aching stiff joints – "I am getting older and have been noticing a lot of pain in my joints."

2. Accidents – "I got into a car accident! I got hurt at work! I got hurt playing sports!"

1. Better Health– "I like getting my neck and back adjusted because it feels better afterward!"

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01
April
2021

Facts About Fibromyalgia

By Dr. Edwin Chun Chiropractor, Lifestyle Nutritionist

woman back pain

One of the most common reasons many people come for chiropractic treatment is for treatment for fibromyalgia but what exactly is fibromyalgia and what are the most common symptoms. Over my twenty years of practice experience I have encountered many patients suffering from this common but relatively mysterious condition.

The majority of them had no idea about the cause or the actual disease. This disease causes symptoms in the body such as constant achiness, fatigue and soreness which can negatively effect a person’s well being.

Let me give you the basics of the condition, common symptoms and an understanding of how chiropractic can help you overcome the disease and stay healthy.

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02
March
2021

Easy Solutions to a Healthier Life

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We have a wonderful article about healthy living written by a guest writer this month, Ms. Jennifer McGregor. Her article is titled "Easier Solutions to a Healthier Life."

The year 2021 is still fresh. There’s still time to make meaningful changes to your lifestyle that can leave you healthier and happier than ever before. But rather than setting out to achieve a complete overhaul of your lifestyle, why not try a different approach this time?

Lasting change often comes from taking baby steps. As you make small-but-significant decisions that benefit your health each day, you can set yourself up for better long-term health and well-being. Healthways Medical Group is always looking for ways to help our patients and audience lead healthier lives. That’s why we’ve listed some realistic habits you can begin working into your life today.

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28
January
2021

The Victims' Fund

By Dr. Edwin Chun, Chiropractor

Auto accident

Happy new year everyone, with over 20 years of experience in the field of personal injury, I am very familiar with the rollercoaster of events that can happen when you are involved in an unfortunate accident.

Unexpected accidents continue every year and not only cause physical injury but can also produce emotional and psycological scarring and even death.

It is with that realization that accidents are very serious and victims of personal injury should be provided all the useful information to make the right decisions for their care.

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31
December
2020

What is PRP?

Blood cells

Let's look at an article about a popular, safe and effective sports medicine treatment performed by trained physicians known as PRP. It is used for many different disorders and injuries of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and nerves as well as joint disorders.

We have been performing PRP in our clinic for over 10 years and have had great success bringing people natural healing with minimal side effects and avoiding surgeries year after year. For more information, please contact our clinic.

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26
November
2020

Fight inflammation with the help of these 6 powerful vitamins

By Divina Ramirez

Parsvottan-AsanaInflammation is a key immune response to infection or injury. It means that immune cells are actively helping the body to heal.

But inflammation that persists could be a sign of an underlying health problem. If the body is in a state of chronic inflammation, it is unable to heal properly.

Over time, chronic inflammation could lead to serious conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and cancer.

Fortunately, certain vitamins can help reduce inflammation and decrease the risk of chronic disease.

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28
October
2020

Change Your Mind, Change Your Body

By Jagdishchandra Parikh, MD

Parsvottan-AsanaOne of the things I really enjoy is teaching my patients about yoga because it helps the body stretch out tight muscles, relax the mind, and release stress.

In my book, “Metamorphosis Change your Body, Change Your Mind,” I talk about a complete guide to weight loss including using yoga. Here I will share a highly effective stretch known as Parsvottan-Asana or Intense Pectoral Stretch.

This is a great stretch for people who are working on the computer constantly, stuck behind the wheel, and tense in the chest area.

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29
September
2020

Sports Medicine Review and Tips to Stay Injury Free

By Jay Parikh, MD

tennis racketOver my many years of Medical Practice, one area I continue to enjoy is sports medicine. Sometimes people ask me, “what exactly is sports medicine, is it working with sports teams?” I tell them possibly, but it’s really a term that means working with common sports injuries and, also, everyday injuries that occur in any everyday lifestyle.

Here is a summary of an article I found in my studies that gives a great descriptor of sports medicine “Everything You Need to Know About Sports Injuries and Rehab,” by Dr. W. Morrison. 

Overview

Sports injuries occur during exercise or while participating in a sport. Children are particularly at risk for these types of injuries, but adults can get them, too.

You’re at risk for sports injuries if you:

  • haven’t been regularly active
  • don’t warm up properly before exercise
  • play contact sports

Read on to learn more about sports injuries, your treatment options, and tips for preventing them in the first place.

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26
August
2020

Healthy Drinking Water

By Edwin Chun, D.C., CPT III, Lifestyle Nutritionist

healthy drinking waterWater is crucial to life, second only to oxygen in the body’s essential needs.  You can go months without food, days without water but only minutes without oxygen. 

With so many choices of drinking waters, it’s great to know about the basics of water and good health to simplify your life and create a better ripple effect to the world around you. 

Unfortunately, not all water from public municipal systems are safe for drinking.  Let’s not forget what happened in Flint, Michigan where dangerous lead leaked into people’s homes and many people consumed it. These days, there seems to be a level of ignorance and lack of understanding of what constitutes good healthy water. 

Let’s look at some known health functions regarding water and the human body.

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29
July
2020

Easy Lifestyle Modifications to Improve Health (Stretching)

By Dr. Edwin Chun, CPT III, Lifestyle Nutritionist

woman stretching One of the easiest things everybody can do to increase their health is to incorporate daily stretching into their lifestyles. Stretching your body regularly has many benefits and is very easy to perform. It doesn’t involve anything other than yourself and can be performed anywhere you feel comfortable within minutes (about 8 minutes).

As our bodies age and undergo the effects of work and physical activities, our muscles have a tendency to tighten up and shorten. So it is important to stretch them out to restore them to the correct length and tone. This is specifically important for things like muscle tendons that affect the joints of the body.

If the muscles are either weak and lax from such factors as chronic injury, lack of exercise, or age, or too tight from something like an acute injury or increased intense physical activity or exercise, it is possible that the muscle tendons (muscle attachments to bones) will not glide correctly in and around the joints in their natural positions.

The effect is like a bridge with the cables drawn too tight or too loose. The natural position is altered and negatively affected which if not corrected will go on to create further accelerated degeneration in the joints and muscles. These negative effects may not allow the muscles and joints to perform their optimum dynamic functions.

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19
June
2020

Exercises For A Healthy Spine

spine exercisesby Edwin Chun, D.C., CPT master level ACSM, NASM

Back pain is one of the leading causes of pain and disability in our society. Even healthy young people can experience it and about 80% of people will experience a significant event in their lives that causes low back pain.

There are many different causes to back pain, some being simple such as physical injury to some being complex such as internal diseases like kidney disease and cancer. Also, there are different presentations to back pain. Some have simple pain in the back or neck (spine) to more complex symptoms such as pain in the spine with pain in an arm or a leg.

In addition, there are different qualities to the pain such as sharp, stabbing to dull, throbbing which depend on the pain generators in the body. Many people experience back pain and simply choose to ignore it and wait for it to go away. Even in the medical community about 20 years ago, doctors were trained to tell patients not to worry about common back pain complaints and that most of the time it would just go away.

The only treatment given for back pain was pain medication. This was before the opioid epidemic that caused many people to lose their lives to addiction. Now medical doctors are trained to encourage patients to see other healthcare providers such as chiropractors and physical therapists without using medications.

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22
May
2020

Weight loss - a healthy approach

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Did you know that most major chronic diseases respond better when a person is not overweight? Healthy weight loss, which is the reduction of unhealthy body fat as measured scientifically, almost always improves health in all diseases (i.e. high blood pressure, diabetes, cancers, arthritis etc.). It also improves longevity and vitality. It is one of the most important signs of good health. The following is a straight forward article from an Australian university that is a great reminder for us all.

Summary

  • Yo-yo dieting makes you gain more weight in the long run because it lowers your metabolism.
  • Obesity rates are on the rise because lifestyle is becoming increasingly inactive.
  • Any type of regular physical activity, no matter how moderate, can help you to lose body fat.
  • Eating a balanced, nutritious diet and being physically active is the best way to stay healthy and help reduce your risk of disease.
  • To maintain a stable weight, your energy intake needs to equal the energy you use. If you use more energy than you consume, you will lose weight. On the other hand, if you eat more than you use, you will gain weight.

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08
April
2020

How to use Personal Affirmations for better health

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 You are what you think about, easily stated and understood. The human experience is controlled by how we think about life. Lets read an article by Yash Naik on how we can improve our life with positive affirmations.

Affirmations are basically positive statements that you repeat them consistently in order to create a desired belief or mindset. So basically, they are statements that describe a desired goal, a habit or a situation.
Now, the logic behind this is to penetrate that particular statement/affirmation into your subconscious mind in order to create your desired reality. Now, if an affirmation is used in the right way, it programs your mind to act according to the repeated words. So, this process triggers your subconscious mind to work on those statements. Hence, this helps you manifest those repeated words in your reality.

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27
February
2020

Exercise may improve thinking skills in people as young as 20

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Let's look at one of the amazing scientific benefits of exercise and mental function. This is a study from Stern et al. (2019) on the "Effect of aerobic exercise on cognition in younger adults: A randomized clinical trial."

Summary:

Regular aerobic exercise such as walking, cycling or climbing stairs may improve thinking skills not only in older people, but in young people as well, according to a new study. The study also found that the positive effect of exercise on thinking skills may increase as people age.

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