Hump back, kyphosis, chicken neck, turtle neck or whatever you want to call it, poor posture is a serious epidemic in the United States . These conditions all start with Forward Head Posture and a loss of the normal neck curve. The Mayo Clinic said, "Forward Head Posture leads to long term muscle strain, disc herniations, arthritis and pinched nerves". (Mayo Clinic Health Letter, Vol. 18, #3, March of 2000)
Normal Neck Curve and Posture
Forward Head PostureThis posture can cause other serious health concerns. Listen to the title of this 2004 article in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society: "Posture Predicts Mortality in Older Community-Dwelling Men and Women: A Prospective Study". In plain English, "Poor Posture Can Predict Your Early Death". Three Key Points in this study are:
It doesn't take a doctor to look around and realize this condition starts early in life. Look at your kids or grandkids from the side and notice if their ear is even with or in front of their shoulder. It should be even,
but most are not. Think about how much time we spend with our heads forward and our shoulders slumped forward - while at the computer, in the car, on the phone, at work, knitting or crocheting, working puzzles, playing games (computer or gaming system), watching TV. You get the picture! This constant bombardment is too much for our bodies to handle and over time we get forward head posture.
One of the most important chemicals in the body, oxygen provides fuel for every cell. It is necessary for eliminating waste products and toxins. This means that sufficient oxygen is essential for maintaining purity in the blood. The number one culprit for restricting air-flow is poor posture. Try this simple exercise right now. Sit up straight with good posture then take a deep breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. Now slump down in your chair and force your neck out forward as far as you can. Now in this posture, try the same deep breath in through your nose and out through your mouth.
This condition is a real problem, and it is epidemic in the U.S. This is a concern for you and your loved ones, so ask me about exam and treatment options for this condition. I have put together a specific packet of information available at our office for free just for asking.
When you're down and out, and having a hard time getting around, that little blue tag hanging in your rearview mirror initially seems to remove a huge burden. But, while initially created to make life more accessible for those in need, the handicap tag is often over-relied on to the point it becomes a crutch, not a boost to get better. Which is why I've created an official policy against the issuance of this plate for my patients. Allow me to elaborate on the main reasons why:
1. It is a disservice to You, my patient
Research shows that even the most degenerative condition can be helped by walking as well as other exercise. Most doctors recognize this but they are fearful that they will upset the patient. I, on the other hand, have chosen to work from a position of tough love instead of acting out of fear. I will tell you what is right even if it is not what you want to hear. More steps during your day means more calories burned. Most Americans could stand to lose a few pounds. And parking further out will contribute to keeping you fit and trim.
2. It is a disservice to your Car
Parking further out in the lot where there are fewer cars means fewer dings in your car from other careless drivers. (This could ultimately save you money at resale or trade-in time.)
3. It is a disservice to your nerves
Research shows that exercise helps reduce stress. Parking in the front where all the traffic of people and cars is clearly more stressful. With the increased traffic, you increase your chances of backing into someone or someone backing into you. Dealing with the insurance companies after an accident is certainly added stress that none of us need.
4. It is an affront to your dignity
I disbelieve in any system that denigrates the elderly. By getting a handicapped tag when you really don’t need one, you are saying I am giving up. You could choose to stand up and say I am not going to let arthritis rule my life. Or you could choose to find a different chiropractor who will give you what you want out of fear of losing you as a patient. I choose to keep my dignity, your dignity, and my reputation by remaining firm in my stance.
5. I can think of two patients in my practice that truly need a handicapped license
One has Multiple Sclerosis, uses a walker to walk, and must drag both of her feet to walk because the nerves are so destroyed that she can no longer move her lower legs. The other patient is 98 years old and also uses a walker. She no longer drives herself and would never ask for a handicapped license. She would simply say “I don’t need it!”. By the way, this lady still works 3 days a week. If that's not some perspective, I'm not sure what is.
Imagine going to an auto show in hopes of finding the best vehicle for your family. Perhaps you hear everyone raving about a particular Dodge. And although it wasn’t in your initial consideration set, after hearing about all the great features, and the word-of-mouth reviews, you decide to sway your vote. But, just as you’re about to sign on the dotted line, you find out that Dodge is the one sponsoring the show. Suddenly the deck seems stacked in their favor, regardless of whether it was really the right choice for you.
This is exactly what is happening in the medical industry. For a field that claims to be completely unbiased, it seems to be anything but. Only it’s not Dodge sponsoring the show. It’s “Big Pharma.” And it’s not a car we’re referring to. It’s your health. It turns out, money talks, especially in a place where politics often rears its ugly head. And you may be the one paying the price for it all.
It’s not that doctors are malicious. Or lazy. Or uncaring. Rather, the state of our currently flawed healthcare system has created obstacles that are nearly impossible to overcome. It’s ultimately controlled by an industry (aka Big Pharma) that needs to keep it that way in order to maximize their profit margins.
Picture it: A bright-eyed student enters medical school, ready to learn everything they need to know in order to fix the broken and heal the sick. But all of their studies revolve around identifying symptoms, making a diagnosis, and then managing the disorder with medicine. Then, as medicine evolves, they attend continuing education to learn the latest and greatest. Unfortunately, though, most events are sponsored by Pharmaceutical companies, with the goal of shedding their product in only the best light. Thus, these physicians are really only getting one side of the story.
Now, back at the office, they’re forced to answer to the insurance companies. By being forced to justify every dollar billed in the name of testing, the ones requesting the most blood work, etc. are often flagged in the name of saving the insurance company more money. This means they stand the chance of getting black-balled during the re-evaluation of in-network providers at the end of the year. And if this happens, your physician could find himself suddenly outside of his practice looking in at patients he can no longer treat.
So, now they’re left with an overload of people to see, and a group of highly-biased “bosses” to answer to. You, on the other hand, are left with a 5-minute visit that leaves no real time to dig in and find out what’s really going on. Instead, you get a prescription to ease the visible symptoms. And suddenly, you’ve stepped into a viscous cycle, and are really no closer to healing yourself.
Now, if there were a rock in your shoe, would you take aspirin to dull the pain, or just take the rock out of your shoe. Yes, it really is as simple as it sounds.
Enter Functional Medicine. The reason it’s taking the health and wellness industry by storm is because people have realized they’re not getting any better, and are demanding something different. Our goal is to get back to basics. To find the root cause of the problem, and find the most natural and healthy ways to heal it. We’ll do the testing necessary to get the answers, and spend the time it takes to understand your history in its full capacity. We’re not swayed by the directive of Big Pharma, but rather by the passion for helping people live their healthiest lives, and truly heal themselves from within.
Ultimately, it’s imperative that consumers understand the full picture so that they can make an educated decision when it comes to their health. After all, your body is the one and only house you really have to live in. Therefore, you owe it to yourself to treat it right.
The United States makes up only 5% of the worlds population, yet consumes more than 75% of the worlds pharmaceuticals. So, the question becomes of the chicken and the egg. Are we getting more medicine because we’re getting sicker? Or are we getting sicker as a result of consuming more medicine?
In recent years, Functional Health care has surged with people seeking out a more natural alternative. And these practitioners are bucking against the system that has fought long and hard to the tune of billions, in order to keep the industry one that continues to pay them back in dividends. As it turns out, at the pills we’ve been popping may not be everything they were cracked up to be. In fact, you may be paying an unhealthy price for what amounts to a very profitable science experiment conducted by Big Pharma and your insurance provider. Here are four reasons to consider what’s really underneath the label of that little orange bottle.
Let’s face it. Pharmaceuticals are a multi-billion-dollar industry. And, in order to keep their bottom line growing, it’s imperative they keep you somewhere on the spectrum between healthy and dead. This ensures you keep coming back for more, and business keeps booming for them. Now, more than ever, in the face of a flawed system, it’s critical to take your health into your hands, instead of blinding swallowing any pill you’re prescribed. Your body, after all, is the only house you really have to live in.
Perhaps that’s one of the fundamental reasons that Functional Healthcare has started sweeping the nation. Although there are many misconceptions as to what it is, and how it works, there are three things you should understand when it comes to how they are changing the healthcare game for the good.
Dr. David Sanders is a Functional Health Practitioner, and owner of Classic Functional Health. He derived a passion for the industry after some devastating family diagnosis left him searching for answers that he just wasn’t getting the traditional way. An avid student of Endocrinology, he stays on the cutting edge of any new developments and how he can apply this knowledge to his patients. His primary focus is in treating Type II Diabetics, and showing them not only how to manage their diagnosis, but reverse it completely. For more information, you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out his website at ClassicFunctionalHealth.com.
The term “Cholesterol” is somewhat of a loaded word. It’s one that most everyone has heard of, but few really understand. And if it’s not you, it’s likely that someone you know has been on the panic-inducing end of a phone call from the doctor’s office, saying their bloodwork came back, and their numbers are too high. It makes sense, when you consider high cholesterol is a primary associate of heart disease and stroke, among other things. Once the news is broken, many immediately start taking a statin and are told to modify their diet in an effort to get their numbers to plummet.
However, knowledge is power, and once you understand what you’re dealing with, you’ll see that this word has gotten a bad rap for no good reason. What you should understand is that this substance is actually a helpful and vital component to your health. Its function is present in every cell of your body and helps you digest fat and produce cell membranes, vitamin D, and hormones.
Therefore, when your cholesterol spikes, it does so in response to issues in your body. They increase in an effort to repair damaged cells and create healthier ones to replace them. So, your numbers are a direct reflection of the amount of damage that has been done, and your cholesterol is trying desperately to protect, not harm, you. Unfortunately, lowering those numbers artificially through drugs still doesn’t address the root cause of the damage, and puts you at risk of dropping too low.
Yes, contrary to popular belief, there IS such a thing as going too low. And the associated risks are alarming. In fact, your total number should never fall below 150, because if it does, you exponentially multiply your odds of:
By staying away from the ends of the spectrum, and keeping your numbers nestled somewhere in the middle, you increase not only your odds of survival, but in living a vibrant, complication-free life, at least where it concerns your friend, cholesterol. Follow us at Classic Functional Health to learn more about how to keep your numbers in check.
My name is Dr. David Sanders, and I'm a proud practitioner in the field of Functional Health. I've always been an avid student of science, with an innate curiosity about cause and effect. Perhaps it was this need for understanding that prompted me to study Biology and Chemistry in college, and become a Doctor of Chiropractic. I spent years building my practice. Now, I could cite my credentials regarding my studies in Physiology at the cellular level, my advanced education in Endocrinology, or my combined work experience in Pharmaceuticals and Chiropractic that give me a full range of insight. But I'd rather tell you my story instead. Because this is beyond just a business for me. It's become a passion that's very personal to me.
In the pursuit of helping my Chiropractic patients lead healthier lives, I soon grew weary of hearing their stories of primary care physicians doing a disservice to them by simply prescribing medication instead of fixing the fundamental problem. They were slowly getting worse, not better. And they were becoming more and more dependent on pharmaceuticals, which are the antithesis of healthy living.
Furthermore, in 2004, the world as I knew it changed dramatically when I learned that my own mother was facing a fight against both Type II Diabetes and Alzheimers. My coping strategy threw me into research mode, immersing myself in both literature and endocrinology conferences across the country. I knew there were more answers than what her medical team could provide me, and I was determined to find them. What I uncovered both astounded and confounded me. I was stunned that our modern society was still abiding by such archaic information where it concerned the treatment of Type II. Shocked to uncover the strong connection between Type II and Alzheimers, which is considered "Diabetes of the Brain." Yet, I was ecstatic to learn that, contrary to popular belief, it was, possible to reverse this devastating disease. And I knew I had been called to do something about it.
Unfortunately, by the time I put all the pieces of the puzzle together and gathered all of the necessary treatment information, my mother had developed cancer (You must learn the connection between Diabetes, Alzheimers, and Cancer). She succumbed to her diseases and departed this Earthly life. The fact that I couldn't save her became more fuel for my mission to save as many others as I can. This information was too groundbreaking to waste when there were so many people ready to reclaim their life.
It was then that my wife, Tracy, and I decided to dedicate our lives to helping people beat the fastest growing epidemic in modern health. To provide a solution, or saving grace, to a problem once thought to be incurable. To go the extra mile in revealing the root of the problem, and treat each patient like the unique being he/she is, and customize a plan that will work for their individual composition. We take pride in solving the most complicated cases, in leaving no stone unturned, all in the name of changing lives for the better. Simply put, my passion is preventing others from suffering the same fate as my mother. Continuing to save lives means her diagnosis will not have been in vain.
Dr. David Sanders is a Functional Health Practitioner, and owner of Classic Functional Health. He derived a passion for the industry after some devastating family diagnosis left him searching for answers that he just wasn’t getting the traditional way. An avid student of Biochemistry, Immunology, and Endocrinology, he stays on the cutting edge of any new developments and how he can apply this knowledge to his patients. His primary focus is in helping patients who suffer with chronic and degenerative conditions.