Thursday, January 27, 2011

National Wear Red Day is February 4

Make it your mission to fight heart disease in women by participating in the American Heart Association's program, Go Red for Women. Wear red on Friday, February 4th and make a donation.

Why should you get involved? Because heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women. Because there are so many women who still don't know what you know - that heart disease kills. And because we need to keep funding research that helps save the lives of the women we love.

Begin by setting up a fundraising page as an individual or group, or for your school or workplace. You can also search for and contribute to the fundraising page of someone you know. Donations support research, awareness, education and community programs to help women live longer heart-healthy lives. Your may also make a donation as an individual. Last year, more than 17,000 companies went Red - will you or your company be one of them this year?

Knowledge is power. Take the Go Red Heart CheckUp today to learn your risk.It only takes a few minutes and can save your life. Please go to

The American Heart Association (AHA) also offers a free makeover that can change your life. Go Red BetterU is a FREE online nutrition and fitness program that can makeover your heart. Each week will focus on a different area of your health and provide step-by-step guidance. You'll have access to everything from daily expert tips and an online journal to a downloadable BetterMe coaching tool. Other resources are available on the Go Red for Women website at

Monday, January 24, 2011

You Need A Good Night's Sleep

This is the first in a series of articles about the importance of sleep for your health and well-being.

In theory, the average person spends one-third of their life sleeping. In reality, millions of people suffer from inadequate and/or poor sleep, which can have a variety of short- and long-term consequences on their health and well-being. Lack of sleep contributes to depression, cardiovascular disease, digestive problems, gastric reflux, muscle aches, headaches, allergies, irritability, lack of mental ability, loss of lean muscle mass and loss of appetite, among other unpleasant health conditions. (And by the way, going without sleep longer than 19 days straight can literally kill you!)

We often screw up our chances of getting a good night's sleep at the beginning of the day. We eat things that don't agree with us, or things we shouldn't be eating that make us feel guilty. And many of us create poor sleep conditions, such as leaving a TV, radio or light(s) on (the entire night), and lots of other distractions that prevent the body from going into its normal sleep cycle.

All of these things can keep people from getting to sleep or staying asleep. Not getting a good night's sleep will restrict your body from producing
human growth hormone (HGH) and other natural hormones, like thyroxin, which is important for energy, weight loss and pain tolerance. In short, the consequences of inadequate or poor sleep are profound.

Health information provided by To Your Health, an MPA Media Publication.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Blood Drive in Flanders on Saturday, January 22

A Blood Drive will be held by the New York Blood Center (NYBC) at the Shoprite of Flanders on Saturday, January 22 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Shoprite is located at 90 Flanders Bartley Road. Please call 800-933-2566 to schedule an appointment if you would like to make a donation.

Donating blood or platelets is one of the few things you can do to make an immediate, life-saving difference for others. To meet the complex needs of the hospitals and patients of greater New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, NYBC needs close to 2,000 people to roll up their sleeves each day to give the gift of life. There is simply no substitute for voluntarily donated blood. Without volunteer donors, our community would not have an adequate community blood supply.

You may also go to the New York Blood Center's website at to schedule an appointment and for information about donation.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Nervous System Feedback and Subluxations

You're probably familiar with the high-pitched squealing feedback of a public address system. But there's another kind of feedback that helps keep us alive.

We all know that the brain and the rest of the nervous system orchestrates the function of every cell, tissue, organ and system of the body. Most of these impulses travel down the spinal cord and out from between each spinal joint to service all parts of the body.

Beat the heart! Secrete enzymes! Inhale! Blink! Make blood cells! Perspire! Produce stomach acid! Beat the heart! It's a full time job. Good thing we don't have to think about all this or we wouldn't have time to do anything else.

Of course, any interference or distortion of these controlling nerve messages and the heart doesn't beat right, the lungs don't inflate and our stomach produces too much or too little acid.

But there's more. Organs and tissues originate their own messages that flow back up to the brain confirming that the information was received and acted upon.

Did it! Done! Got it! Sure thing! Will do! Okay! I'm on it! Did it!

This feedback is crucial. If a subluxation compromises the signal to (or from) any tissue, it won't work properly.

The result? Ill health!

Health information provided by the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC) on behalf of local chiropractors.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Once You Go...

It keeps a lot of people from benefiting from chiropractic: they're afraid that they will somehow get "addicted" to our care!

While many of our patients choose to come in on a regular basis when they're feeling great, they don't have to. They want to. For...

- The early detection of subluxations
- Avoiding a relapse of their original problem
- Being their best and staying well

These are choices patients make, based on their understanding of what we do and how they value their health. It's mostly about priorities. Each of us gets to choose how much attention we want to give our health. We honor that choice. Sure, we explain the benefits of periodic checkups, but our job is to offer the finest chiropractic care possible, and then it's entirely up to you to decide how much of it you want.

Health information is provided by the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC) on behalf of local member chiropractors.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

ACA Member Discusses Chiropractic Neurology on PBS

American Chiropractic Association (ACA) member and Palmer College of Chiropractic West Campus alumnus Robert Adams, DC, was recently featured on the PBS program “Healing Quest,” which, according to the show’s website, “is the only weekly national television series focused on the latest in integrative health and natural approaches in wellness.”

Adams’ segment on the program, which is broadcast on more than 100 PBS stations throughout the U.S., as well as nearly a dozen broadcast networks around the world, focused on his work in the field of chiropractic neurology, and how he is utilizing this technique to help children with learning disabilities reduce their dependency on pharmaceutical drugs.

One of Adam’s current patients knows one of the “Healing Quest” producers, who contacted him to discuss a segment on chiropractic. When Adams mentioned his success in utilizing chiropractic neurology as a means by which to help children with learning disabilities, the producer decided to make this the focus of the segment, which was one of the stories featured in the episode originally broadcast the last week of November.

Adams, who earned his diplomate from the American College of Chiropractic Neurology in 1993, says the ability to precisely adjust certain areas of the nervous system without drugs is a major advantage of chiropractic.

By providing parents of ADD-afflicted children with a powerful, natural alternative, Adams has had many young patients referred to him by teachers throughout Sonoma who are interested in learning about how to deal with learning challenges without using pharmaceuticals.

The nervous systems in these kids are phenomenal; they’re just waiting for some help, they’re trying to get stimulated,” says Adams in the segment. “The paradox here is that you have a child with hyperactivity, yet the typical medical model (in treating ADD) is to do what? To give them medications, which are amphetamines, to slow them down. Instead of taking a medication that affects both sides of the brain, which affects everything, you want to target the area of the brain that’s deficient, to bring it up to higher frequency of firing, so it won’t inhibit itself.”

In addition to focusing on Adams’ specific work in helping children with learning disabilities through his “Brain Back Body” neurotechnology focused exercise program (, he also promotes chiropractic as an effective way for patients to maintain a strong immune system, and cites the results of a study by the Sloan-Kettering Institute in New York, which showed that patients who’d been adjusted monthly for five years had 200 percent better immuno-competence than the average person, and 400 percent better than sick people.

Four hours of filming in Adams’ office resulted in the 6:56 segment on the program, whose trio of hosts include singer Olivia Newton-John, and which also features weekly advice from alternative medicine proponent Dr. Deepak Chopra. “My primary motivation for agreeing to take part was to use this national stage as a way to help promote chiropractic, not to promote me,” said Adams.

“I think it’s a nice presentation, and it shows that as doctors of chiropractic, we’re more than just musculoskeletal specialists,” said Adams, past president of the California Chiropractic Association North Bay Society, from which he received “Doctor of the Year” Honors in 1995.

To learn more about the “Healing Quest” program, go to: To see the “Healing Quest” segment with Dr. Adams, go to the program’s YouTube page:

Source: Palmer College of Chiropractic,