Coronavirus and Immunity

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Benjamin Franklin

How many times have we used this in our lifetime? Plenty. With the advent of the Corona Virus this is especially true.

We are constantly being asked in our office “Dr. Dan is there anything we can do to help ourselves from this virus?”

The simple answer is yes.

What can you do?

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into your sleeve, not your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wash hands often for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home from work or school.
  • Avoid people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
  • Social distancing.

What else can you do?

Proper nutrition plays a vital role in immunity. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition “Nutrition is a critical determinant of immune responses.”

Vitamin and Minerals – Can They Help?

Let’s take a look at some vitamins and minerals that can help strengthen the immune system:

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that plays a role in immune health. Vitamin C is naturally found in fruits and vegetables, like oranges, broccoli, and tomatoes.

Vitamin D is essential for general health. 42 percent of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D. Deficiency in vitamin D is associated with increased autoimmunity as well as an increased susceptibility to infection. Vitamin D helps regulate the immune system.

Zinc has been studied for many years for its beneficial effects on the immune system and praised for its antioxidant properties.

Vitamin B-6 helps the body make new red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body. It also helps keep the immune system strong.

Probiotics can help to boost the immune system and ward off inflammatory responses in the gut. Probiotics also keep the gut healthy, to ensure the immune system functions well.

Turmeric is a natural way to help bolster the immune system by increasing the immunomodulating capacity of the body.

Fenugreek seeds enhance the immune and haematological response. The highly significant increase in growth rates was accompanying with increase in fenugreek dose. Fenugreek provoked significant up-regulation in most of immune-related and antioxidant enzyme genes.

Boswellia (in high doses) can boost the immune system.

Ginger is a strong antioxidant that has been shown to naturally boost the immune system. It contains tons of vitamins, some of which are magnesium, iron, zinc, and calcium. Ginger helps kill cold viruses and has been said to combat chills and fever.

Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to increase the function of immune B cells. The B-cell, also called B-lymphocyte, is a type of white blood cell that plays a significant role in protecting your body from infection. Without B-cells, your body would not be as effective at fighting off a number of common bacteria and viruses; and you would lack the long-lasting “memory antibody” function that is typical after recovering from an infection or after being immunized against a specific infectious invader.

Also, Food such as citrus fruits, red bell peppers, broccoli, garlic, ginger, spinach, almonds, green tea, papaya, kiwi, poultry, sunflower seeds, and shellfish can strengthen your immune system.

As we can see good nutrition helps strengthen your immune response and part of that is taking key nutrients.

Dr. Dan recommends the following from Metagenics:

  • Ultra Potent C 1000 – Ultra Potent-C 1000 helps support healthy immune function and is a good source of antioxidants from vitamin C.
  • Zinc A.G. – Zinc is especially important for immune and tissue health.
  • PhytoMulti – proprietary blend of 13 concentrated extracts and phytonutrients with scientifically tested biological activity to support cellular health and overall wellness.
  • UltraFlora Immune Booster – provides a blend of highly viable, pure strains of “friendly” bacteria, which supports healthy nasal, sinus, and respiratory function.
  • Inflavonoid Intensive Care- features highly bioavailable CurQfen® (curcumin and fenugreek) and XNT ProMatrix® (xanthohumol), which helps support the body’s response to oxidative stress and other stressors. It also offers boswellia and ginger extracts, which helps support the body’s immune response.
  • D3 5000 with K – Vitamin D helps modulate the immune response.
  • We are offering a 15% discount on all the above key nutrients through April 30, 2020

Give us a call and you can speak with Dr. Dan to find out which products are best for you.


Lotus Health and Aesthetics

Amarpreet Singh, MD

Dan Cardellichio, DC, MS

46 Newman Springs Road E

Red Bank, NJ

732-219-8699

SHOULD YOU BE FLEXIBLE DIETING?

What is Flexible Dieting?

I’ve had patients tell me they were told flexible dieting is where you can hit eight percent of your nutrition goals in a day and not one hundred percent. That means you are going to eat eight percent of my recommendations. Furthermore, they were informed they can enjoy themselves and go out to dinner on the weekend and eat what they want. There is no need to obsess about their nutrition and diet program. Their progress will be slower, and the process will be more sustainable and enjoyable. I have read where following a diet program one hundred percent is like being in prison.

According to the National Association of Sports Medicine flexible dieting is also known as “If It Fits Your Macros,” or IFFYM, is a nutritional dietary concept that proposes eating based off calories and the right proportion of macronutrients. It suggests you can eat any type of food, as long as it fits your macronutrient profile. Remember, macronutrients are proteins, carbohydrates, and protein.

“Flexible dieting” is a popular weight loss program. It promotes the notion that there are no “bad foods” and allows you to choose any food, as long as it fits within your macronutrient needs. Flexible dieting has risen in popularity due to its adaptable nature, which allows followers to still indulge in their favorite foods as part of their eating plan.

 

Functionised Integrative Therapeutics

My initial thoughts are as a health care provider with thirty years of clinical experience, a Chiropractor, and a Clinical Nutritionist with an MS in Human Nutrition is why would you only follow eighty percent of my recommendations. You are spending your time and hard-earned money to come see me as a clinician. I have an expectation in a doctor-patient relationship that a patient seeking care would want to follow my recommendations. There are always extraneous circumstances where a patient cannot follow recommendations. However, I will have a conversation with the patient to determine why this is so and recommend an appropriate course of action to get that patient “on board” with those recommendations.

Let’s look at some examples. As a Chiropractic Physician if you come to my office and you have back pain from a herniated disc. I recommend care at three times weekly for four weeks and home exercises. If you decide only to follow eighty percent of those recommendations, you may not receive the full benefit of care.

The same is for nutrition. If a patient enters our office and whether they want to lose weight for a wedding, want wellness, have high cholesterol, and perhaps diabetes we would want our patients to follow our recommendations. You would not want me to give you eighty percent of my knowledge, skill, education, training, an experience. We would not want you to follow our program only eighty percent of the time.

Cons of Flexible Dieting

Flexible dieting permits you to eat want you want. In our office we recommend food sensitivity testing. The test includes 180 different foods that has the potential to cause diet induced inflammation. The test will test us what foods you should be eating and what foods you should be avoiding. A flexible diet permits you to eat foods that potentially can be harmful to you. It is our goal to have you feeling and functioning like you never have before that you do not eat favorite foods that can be dangerous for you. We would recommend a very specific diet based on the testing. Our programs are very individualized for your biochemistry and metabolism.

If you like processed foods as part of your flexible dieting plan this can lead to diet induced inflammation and chronic lifestyle diseases. A recent study indicated that eating processed foods are associated with a higher incidence of dyslipidemia, hypertension, and even cancer. Processed foods are associated with a poorer diet quality. Processed foods include breakfast cereals, cheese, tinned vegetables, bread, snacks, meat products, convenience foods such as microwave meals or ready meals, cakes and biscuits, and drinks such as soft drinks.

Flexible dieting accounts for macronutrients; however, it does not account for micronutrients. Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals that are important for your metabolism. We may recommend a vitamin and mineral panel. From there we will recommend the micronutrients that you are deficient in. This would help your individual needs.

Please take a look at our webinar and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact is at 848-444-9032.

BACK PAIN

Conservative estimates report that at least 80 percent of people will experience back pain at some point in their life. Luckily, from acute injury to chronic pain, there are solutions available to address discomfort.

Back pain includes lower back pain, middle back pain, upper back pain, or sciatica. Nerve and muscular problems, degenerative disc disease, and arthritis can result in back pain. Back pain is one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor or miss work, and it is a leading cause of disability worldwide. Experts estimate that as much as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives.

Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by severe conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture, or cancer.

Common signs and symptoms of back pain can include:

  • Muscle ache
  • Shooting or stabbing pain
  • Pain that radiates down your leg
  • Pain that worsens with bending, lifting, standing or walking
  • Pain that improves with reclining

Mechanical back pain is a common condition that causes pain that’s deep and agonizing in nature. The term “mechanical” means the source of the pain may be in the spinal joints, discs, vertebrae, or soft tissues. Symptoms for this form of back injury can appear at any age and can worsen with exercise.

The other form of pain is inflammatory back pain, which is chronic, meaning it never really goes away, even if its symptoms come and go. Symptoms typically appear around age 25 with pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion lasting 3 or more months. Discomfort can also be worse in the mornings and evenings. However, exercise CAN provide relief when it comes to this form of back pain. In fact, symptoms are often made worse by INACTIVITY and long bouts of sitting. This discomfort can affect sleep quality and is one reason why many people with inflammatory back pain experience sleep disruptions. Inflammatory back pain is usually caused by an underlying autoimmune condition.

Some examples of common autoimmune conditions include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus
  • Psoriasis

The exact cause of back pain can be challenging to identify. However, determining between mechanical and inflammatory can provide the right direction for symptom relief.

Conditions commonly linked to back pain include:

  • Muscle or ligament strain. Repeated heavy lifting or a sudden awkward movement can strain back muscles and spinal ligaments. If you’re in poor physical condition, constant strain on your back can cause painful muscle spasms.
  • Bulging or ruptured disks. Disks act as cushions between the bones (vertebrae) in your spine. The soft material inside a disk can bulge or rupture and press on a nerve. However, you can have a bulging or ruptured disk without back pain. Disk disease is often found incidentally when you have spine X-rays for some other reason.
  • Arthritis. Osteoarthritis can affect the lower back. In some cases, arthritis in the spine can lead to a narrowing of the space around the spinal cord, a condition called spinal stenosis.
  • Skeletal irregularities. A condition in which your spine curves to the side (scoliosis) also can lead to back pain, but generally not until middle age.
  • Osteoporosis. Your spine’s vertebrae can develop compression fractures if your bones become porous and brittle.

While anyone can develop back pain, even children and teens, some factors might put you at higher risk of developing back pain:

  • Age- Back pain is more common as you get older, starting around age 30 or 40.
  • Lack of exercise- Weak, unused muscles in your back and abdomen might lead to back pain.
  • Excess weight- Excess body weight puts extra stress on your back.
  • Diseases- Some types of arthritis and cancer can contribute to back pain.
  • Improper lifting- Using your back instead of your legs can lead to back pain.
  • Psychological conditions- People prone to depression and anxiety appear to have a greater risk of back pain.
  • Smoking- This reduces blood flow to the lower spine, which can keep your body from delivering enough nutrients to the disks in your back. Smoking also slows healing.

You want to use your body correctly by avoiding movements that twist or strain your back.

Stand smart and don’t slouch to maintain a neutral pelvic position. If you must stand for long periods, place one foot on a low footstool to take some of the load off your lower back. Alternate feet. Good posture can reduce the stress on back muscles.

Sit smart. Choose a seat with excellent lower back support, armrests, and a swivel base. Placing a pillow or rolled towel in the small of your back can maintain its normal curve. Keep your knees and hips level. Change your position frequently, at least every half-hour.

Lift smart. Avoid heavy lifting, if possible, but if you must lift something heavy, let your legs do the work. Keep your back straight — no twisting — and bend only at the knees. Hold the load close to your body. Find a lifting partner if the object is heavy or awkward.

Lengthy bouts of sitting are the enemy! Get up every 20 minutes or so, and stretch the other way. Try walking around the office during breaks to lengthen leg muscles.

We’re all guilty of having poor posture. However, awareness of your bad habits is the first step in correcting your posture.

Wear lower heels. Swap your four-inch pumps for flats or low heels (less than 1 inch). High heels may create a more unstable posture, and increase pressure on your lower spine.

It’s time to quit. Smoking can increase your risk for osteoporosis of the spine and other bone problems which can, in turn, lead to compression fractures of the spine. Recent research found that smokers are more likely to have low back pain compared with nonsmokers.

Watch your weight. Use diet and exercise to keep your weight within a healthy range for your height. Being overweight puts excess stress on your spine.

Chiropractic adjustments are typically synonymous with back pain. And for good reason! By correcting the alignment of the spine, nerve endings can function properly and pressure causing pain can be reduced. Many studies have concluded that manual therapies commonly used by chiropractors are useful for the treatment of lower back pain, as well as for treatment of lumbar herniated disc for radiculopathy and neck pain, among other conditions.

Chiropractic care can include different forms of spinal manipulation, commonly known as adjustments. Not all chiropractic care involves cracking bones directly. One technique uses a handheld device called an activator, a gentler way to align your spine. Another involves moving the table to align the patient’s body.

NUTRITION and OBESITY in Children

Overview

Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. Children who are obese are above the normal weight for their age and height.

Childhood obesity is particularly troubling because the extra pounds often start children on the path to health problems that were once considered adult problems — diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Many obese children become obese adults, especially if one or both parents are obese. Childhood obesity can also lead to poor self-esteem and depression.

One of the best strategies to reduce childhood obesity is to improve the eating and exercise habits of your entire family. Treating and preventing childhood obesity helps protect your child’s health now and in the future.

Causes

Lifestyle issues — too little activity and too many calories from food and drinks — are the main contributors to childhood obesity. But genetic and hormonal factors might play a role as well. For example, recent research has found that changes in digestive hormones can affect the signals that let you know you’re full.

Risk factors

Many factors — usually working in combination — increase your child’s risk of becoming overweight:

  • Diet. Regularly eating high-calorie foods, such as fast foods, baked goods and vending machine snacks, can cause your child to gain weight. Candy and desserts also can cause weight gain, and more and more evidence points to sugary drinks, including fruit juices, as culprits in obesity in some people.
  • Lack of exercise. Children who don’t exercise much are more likely to gain weight because they don’t burn as many calories. Too much time spent in sedentary activities, such as watching television or playing video games, also contributes to the problem.
  • Family factors. If your child comes from a family of overweight people, he or she may be more likely to put on weight. This is especially true in an environment where high-calorie foods are always available and physical activity isn’t encouraged.
  • Psychological factors. Personal, parental and family stress can increase a child’s risk of obesity. Some children overeat to cope with problems or to deal with emotions, such as stress, or to fight boredom. Their parents might have similar tendencies.
  • Socioeconomic factors. People in some communities have limited resources and limited access to supermarkets. As a result, they might buy convenience foods that don’t spoil quickly, such as frozen meals, crackers and cookies. Also, people who live in lower income neighborhoods might not have access to a safe place to exercise.

Complications

Childhood obesity can have complications for your child’s physical, social and emotional well-being.

Physical complications

  • Type 2 diabetes. This chronic condition affects the way your child’s body uses sugar (glucose). Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • Metabolic syndrome. This cluster of conditions can put your child at risk of heart disease, diabetes or other health problems. Conditions include high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high triglycerides, low HDL (“good”) cholesterol and excess abdominal fat.
  • High cholesterol and high blood pressure. A poor diet can cause your child to develop one or both of these conditions. These factors can contribute to the buildup of plaques in the arteries, whic