Bosses Day
Happy National Bosses Day!

Having been self-employed for the last 33 years I have not actually had a boss for a while. But in prior years I had many bosses and employers. While there were certainly some who were less than desirable, most of them were great people. I look back at them as mentors and people who helped me gain maturity. I not only look at employers, but even people like my high school sports coaches. They helped me learn discipline, persistence and teamwork.

So today, National Bosses Day, I want to extend best wishes to those who employ, coach and provide opportunities for all the rest of us. Many thanks!!

Happy National Bosses Day from the chiropractic pain relief office of Dr. James Schofield

Pain Relief Associations

Correct the Cause
Chiropractic Care

In my 35 years of chiropractic practice I have seen thousands of patients looking for pain relief. I have found that although they have pain in one area of the body, the actual cause of the discomfort is coming from somewhere else. This article will discuss three cases of patients looking for relief of pain. The actual source of the pain was located elsewhere. Many times, relief of pain comes from an associated area.

Our first case study involved a patient who was having tension headaches. Kevin came to me noting that he was having frequent daily headaches. His headaches started in the back of his head and as the pain worsened, he would feel it in his temples and into his forehead. The headaches had come out of nowhere two months earlier. They made it difficult for him to be involved with his wife and three young children and to make a living at a busy job as a bartender. He had visited his medical doctor, had a brain MRI which was negative and tried medications, but his headaches persisted.

When I saw him, I found through an examination of his upper neck and x-rays of that area, he had misalignments of his upper vertebrae. These were causing pinching and irritating  the nerves and joints in that area which was the cause of his associated headaches. Once these misalignments were corrected through chiropractic care his headaches were completely eliminated, and he was able to resume his busy life as a husband, father and bartender. He was very happy to have relief of his pain.

Our second case study was Karen, who was having shoulder problems. She initially told me she was having limited movement and pain of her left shoulder. She found it hard to put on her bra and lifting a heavy object like a gallon container of milk was almost impossible. She watched her infant granddaughter during the day and was barely able to hold and carry her. Karen’s problem had been going on for about six months and was worsening. When I examined Karen, she had definite problems with the shoulder such as tendinitis, bursitis and ligament sprain. However, she also had misalignments of the vertebrae of her lower neck and upper back which was the cause of her associated shoulder pain. Chiropractic care for her spinal misalignments as well as care of the shoulder joint itself brought her back to having full movement of her shoulder, normal strength and pain relief.

The last case study in our discussion is of Patti, who was having pain of her right hip. She had constant pain of the hip and it was difficult for her to lie on her right side to sleep. She also found it difficult to use her right leg to apply pressure to the brake and gas pedals while driving. Her problem had gradually been worsening for over a year. Upon examination we discovered that she had misaligned an associated area of the pelvis called the sacroiliac joint. The sacroiliac joint and the hip are closely associated. Through chiropractic care we were able to realign the sacroiliac joint in the pelvis which brought pain relief to Patty. She was able to sleep and drive her vehicle normally.

Many patients have painful areas of the body that are associated and related to other areas that are the actual cause of the pain. Chiropractic care can help discover these related and associated painful areas and bring about pain relief.

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It’s Time To Switch Your Source Of Vitamin D

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Vitamin D From The Sun

Although we are having an extended summer here in Western Pennsylvania, we know the cooler, cloudier days of fall, and yes winter, will soon be upon us. During the summer we tend to get some sunlight exposure to our skin. This produces vitamin D which is important for our health. This article will discuss vitamin D, its benefits and how the human body obtains and utilizes vitamin D.

When you drink milk or orange juice you may notice the label on the beverage container states the product is “fortified with vitamin D.” The reason for this is mainly because of a condition called Rickets. For many years we didn’t know the wide-ranging benefits of vitamin D. It was found that vitamin D is important for the strength of our bones. Children deficient in vitamin D developed a condition called Rickets. Vitamin D helps calcium be absorbed and deposited into bones. This makes the bones stronger. If children did not have enough vitamin D their bones were a weak and they developed Rickets. One can search the Internet for pictures of individuals with Rickets and see they’ve acquired severe bowing of the legs because of this disease. As a result, many decades ago, milk was fortified with vitamin D and Rickets was virtually eliminated in the United States.

Besides helping us develop strong bones, vitamin D is also important for other aspects of our health. This vitamin helps our immune systems, especially during the winter months. Studies show that individuals deficient in vitamin D tend to develop the flu more easily. Vitamin D also helps to decrease generalized inflammation in the body. Generalized inflammation causes lifestyle diseases such as cardiovascular problems, cancer, obesity, osteoporosis and more. We can see that it is important to have sufficient levels of vitamin D.

When we discuss vitamin D, is important to note that a specific form, vitamin D3, is the most beneficial type to obtain. During the summer months, when we have direct sunlight exposure to our skin, we produce vitamin D3. In the mid-Atlantic area of the United States 15 to 20 minutes of exposure to sunlight will produce sufficient amounts of vitamin D3. People who live in the South need less time exposure. As a rule, light-skinned people will need less exposure time than dark skinned people. Also, people living at altitudes do not have to be out in the sun as long as people living near sea level to get their vitamin D3.

As mentioned earlier, those of us living in northern climes will not have the fortune to have enough sunlight exposure to produce vitamin D3 as the colder months come upon us. However, we will be able to take the vitamin D3 supplements and increase dietary foods that contain the vitamin. By acquiring our supplements at a good health store or Internet source we can maintain proper levels of this nutrient. Adults should aim to take a supplement that has at least 5000 IUs of vitamin D3 per day.

Additionally, we can eat foods that are rich in vitamin D3. These would include salmon, cod, herring and sardines and beef liver. These foods, by themselves, will not supply enough vitamin D3 to maintain sufficient levels, so supplementation is recommended.

If you are not sure that your vitamin D3 levels are where they should be you can have a simple blood test to check. Blood testing labs can readily determine if there is insufficiency.

With summer ending be sure to switch to dietary forms of vitamin D3 to help to ensure the best possible health during the upcoming colder months.

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How Many Carbs Per Day Should I Eat?

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Reduce Starchy Carbs!

It is becoming common knowledge that it’s wise to limit the amount of carbohydrates we eat. However, it is difficult to determine what are bad versus good carbs and how many carbs per day should we consume. This article will give significant information about dietary carbohydrates and how to know how many carbs we can have in our diet.

With books such as The Keto Diet, Grain Brain, The Paleolithic Diet, The Mediterranean Diet and The South Beach Diet it is becoming apparent that a diet high in carbohydrates can be deleterious to our health. The old “food pyramid” that was used as a dietary suggestion consisting of very little fat, a bit more protein, and lots of carbs has been shown to have a paucity of scientific evidence and poor anecdotal evidence to convince anyone that it had much validity. In fact, many healthcare practitioners believe that it is the major reason why we have such poor health in the United States. Lifestyle pathologies such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, dementia and others can be directly linked to high dietary carbohydrates.

Newer guidelines have established standards that warn not to consume high amounts of “starchy” carbohydrates like cereal, bread, pasta and grains. These are the foods that can ruin health. Of all the grains, wheat is the most harmful. It contains high amounts of a protein called gluten. For many of us, gluten is an allergen that is categorized as causing food sensitivities. Gluten sensitivities or gluten allergies are very common in the American population. It is not surprising that we find a myriad of gluten-free food-types on the shelves of most of our grocery stores.

If one wants to utilize a safer grain, oats and rice would be the best recommendation. Rice and oats have little to no gluten. However, they are still problematic because they are starchy carbohydrates.

It should be said that vegetables and fruit are also considered carbohydrates. But they can be eliminated from this discussion of limiting carbohydrates. Fruit and veggies are a completely different type of carbohydrate than grain carbohydrates. Even so it would be best to consume a limited amount of fruit as some contain high amounts of carbohydrate called fructose. It is suggested that a person eat 3 portions of vegetables for every 1 one portion of fruit consumed.

How many starchy carbs should one consume a day? Many experts suggest approximately 100-200 grams/day. This amount is certainly reasonable, attainable and provides enough appetite satisfaction to work for most people.

What sometimes is difficult is to be able to measure or count the grams of carbohydrates in various foods. However, food labels on the packaging of our foodstuffs provides the knowledge required to determine how much we should consume. There are two features on a food label to look for. The first is the serving size. The second is the total carbohydrates. As an example, let’s say you wanted to eat a food bar. Assume that the label said a food bar was one serving and the total carbohydrate listing was 20 grams. You would know that by eating one food bar of this type 20 grams of starchy carbohydrates would have been consumed. Another example might entail eating oatmeal. Let’s say the food label notes that one serving is 1/2 cup and that one serving yields 100 grams of total carbohydrates. We would now know exactly the amount of carbs eaten. If one were to reduce the serving size to 1/4 cup 50 grams of total carbohydrates would be ingested.

By using food labels, it is very easy to determine the amount of carbohydrates/day a person takes in.

If a food label is not available it is very easy to go on to the Internet and to simply provide the browser the information of the type of carbohydrate, the serving size and asking for the amount of total carbs numerated. By using this method, it is quite simple and easy to determine the amount of carbohydrates we consume per day.

Again, 100-200 grams per day of starchy carbohydrates is a good goal to shoot for. Many of us who initially utilized this approach found that within a year we reached a desirable weight, eliminated chronic pains, had increased energy and better sleep.

This diet does not have to be excessively stringent. Most people who do not have serious metabolic diseases could certainly afford to have a “cheat day” or two each week when they could exceed the 100-200 grams of starchy carbohydrates and have some sweets.

Limiting the amount of starchy carbs, consuming reasonable amounts of protein and healthy fats and supplying our diets with plenty of organic vegetables will allow most people to obtain healthful diet. Many healthcare practitioners, dietitians and nutritionists believe that this type of diet would allow the majority of the American population to reduce lifestyle health pathologies to a point of essential national insignificance.

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The Alkaline Anti-Inflammatory Diet

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The Alkaline Anti-Inflammatory Diet

One of the best ways to be healthy, relieve chronic pain, attain a desirable weight and promote longevity is through our diet. Unfortunately, many of us have been given the wrong information on what, how and when to eat. This article will describe an alkaline anti-inflammatory diet, why it is so good for our health and how to utilize this natural nutritional approach.

To begin a little human history is in order. For most of the history of humans on this planet we were nomadic. We traveled around the globe in search of large mammals that could be killed and eaten. Alternatively, humans herded mammals such as goats, sheep, reindeer and other cattle that required traveling to abundant pasture lands. Our ancestors ate a lot of meat and fat. They did not stay in one place for very long, therefore they were not able to farm. They did collect vegetables, a small amount of fruit and a very small amount of grains. There were very few starchy carbs such as cereal, bread, pasta and other grains in their diet. It wasn’t until about 5000 years ago when the Egyptians began to farm that humans began to have a large amount of starchy carbohydrates to eat.

Now, let’s introduce some very simple and easy to understand biochemistry. We have all heard of fish oil and its main component of omega-3 fatty acids, sometimes called omega-3 oils. Most know that these omega-3 oils are good for us. Another, sometimes overlooked, oil is omega 6 fatty acid. When our ancestors were nomadic and ate few starchy, carbohydrates their diet consisted of an approximately 1:1 ratio of omega-3 and omega six fatty acids. This ratio is very healthy for the body. It makes the body more alkaline versus acidic. The more alkaline we are the healthier we will be.

However, if we become imbalanced in our omega-3 and omega 6 fatty acids we become more acidic and have more inflammation in the body. More inflammation leads to chronic pain, weight gain and lifestyle related diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular problems, arthritis and other disease processes that affect us today. When we eat high amounts of carbohydrates such as wheat, corn and rice we are ingesting foods with more omega 6 fatty acids. These may create a ratio imbalance of 1:10 omega-3 versus omega 6 fatty acids or more. Potato chips, for instance, have a 1:60 ratio of omega-3 versus omega 6 fatty acids.

Inflammation created by in improper balance of omega oils from too many carbohydrates creates a systemic, general inflammation in the body. Conversely a diet lower in carbohydrates, promoting a ratio more in line with 1:1 fatty acids allows the body to heal and function more optimally.

A very simple way to achieve an alkaline anti-inflammatory diet is to simply eat fewer starchy carbs. If one were to consume 100-200 grams per day of products containing grains  this would lead to a healthier lifestyle. Certainly, this diet would include high amounts of vegetables and a reasonable amount of foods containing proteins and fats like eggs, meats, fish and nuts. It is also recommended that this diet be low in sweets and sugar, like candy, cookies, soda, sports drinks and cakes and pies.

This diet does not have to be excessively stringent. Most people who do not have serious metabolic diseases could certainly afford to have a “cheat day” or two each week when they could exceed the 100-200 grams of starchy carbohydrates and some sweets.

Not all healthcare practitioners or nutritionists will necessarily subscribe to what has been detailed here. However, there are many books and healthcare practitioners who align themselves with this plan. Some of these would include The South Beach Diet, The Paleolithic Diet, The Keto Diet and The Mediterranean Diet.

People interested in this dietary approach can certainly find an expert who can give them more guidance.

Most people utilizing an alkaline anti-inflammatory diet will find they have improved health in a reasonable period of time. Many of us who initially utilized this approach found that within a year we reached a desirable weight, eliminated chronic pains, had increased energy and better sleep. While an alkaline anti-inflammatory diet may not be mainstream there is certainly enough scientific and anecdotal evidence for one to investigate this lifestyle.

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Chiropractic Happy Birthday

Today is the 124th anniversary of the founding of the chiropractic profession. On September 18, 1895 Daniel David Palmer is credited with giving the first chiropractic adjustment in Davenport Iowa. Dr. Palmer believed that pinched and irritated nerves caused by spinal misalignment’s caused pain and dis-ease.

No other healthcare profession had ever conceived this idea. Dr. Palmer started a very successful chiropractic clinic and later founded the first school for training chiropractors. Since then the chiropractic profession has helped millions of people to get relief of pain.

Happy Birthday and Founders Day from the Pittsburgh North Hills chiropractic office of Dr. James J Schofield!

Why To Be Careful With Whiplash Injuries!

X-ray of Whiplash

As a practicing chiropractor of 35 years I have seen a great number of patients who have suffered needlessly from neck or back pain that originally occurred from a trauma like an auto accident. Once we help them to get rid of their pain with chiropractic care, their frequent comment has been: “I wish I had come here years ago.” This article will discuss the effects of trauma to the body, consequences and what can be done to mitigate the effects.

It is very common to have an auto accident, fall or be struck by something and not feel any immediate pain. This does not mean that our spine did not suffer an injury. It may not start becoming painful until days, weeks or months after the trauma. In fact, research studies show that from 50% to 88% of the people having whiplash from an auto accident continue to suffer years after.

When there is an unexpected sudden trauma from an accident, like whiplash, there can be injury to the soft tissues–muscles, ligaments, tendons and other tissues. If there is a significant accident, I recommend that you first go to an emergency medicine center to make sure there are no life-threatening conditions. However, I’ve seen many times where patients were sent home after x-rays, MRIs or CAT scans found nothing broken or dislocated yet the spine had suffered soft tissue injuries that were not detected by these tests.

Whiplash is a term describing an injury that occurs to a person’s spine, typically their neck. Suddenly and unexpectedly the neck and head are very quickly thrown in one direction and then in the opposite direction. We could say the head is “whipped around” on the neck. This itself be deleterious to the structures of the neck. However additionally, if the head is turned to the right or left a little when the impact occurs this can complicate the effects of the injury. If soft-tissue injuries are not treated the neck and back will not heal properly and may develop problems years later.

To avoid this, I strongly recommend that person be checked to see if there is damage to the spine. If there is not, one can be free from worry. If there is injury, it can be addressed with treatment, quickly, so it doesn’t worsen. Chiropractic care is the most effective form of helping the spine to repair and become healthy. If chiropractic treatment is neglected it could make the difference between health or disability and comfort or pain.

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