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The New England Journal of Medicine claims the diabetes drug Avandia increases the heart attack rate by 43%!

British government figures recently released showed that 92 deaths have been linked to the statin drugs developed to lower cholesterol, drugs like Zocor, Lipitor and Crestor.

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We are sharing this information with you to keep you informed, improve your health and well-being and help you understand critical health care information and how it impacts your health and your wallet. So what are the implications?

Studies show Avandia triples the death rate over placebo and also increased congestive heart failure and raised LDL (bad cholesterol.)Chiropractor Instead of Dangerous Meds by Algonquin Chiropractic Center

Studies have shown statin drugs to lower cholesterol are also associated with numerous side effects including kidney and liver damage, muscle pain and weakness and loss of memory.

Read this: Andrew Clark, a cardiologist at Castle Hill hospital, was the co-author of an international study of 417 heart failure patients that showed those with highest cholesterol levels actually lived longer.

Risk factors include smoking, high LDL, high blood pressure, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, diabetes, high C-reactive protein (has yours been checked?) and stress.

What do we do at our office?

1.  Lifestyle assessment to include diet, exercise, BMI, stress and toxic burden.

2. Blood work to include all the “standard tests;” however, we also look at homocysteine, CRP, insulin, Vitamin D, thyroid, B12, Folate and iron status.

3.  Develop a personalized diet, nutrition and exercise plan to decrease patients risk for chronic disease.

Many times when people improve their diet, clean out their systems, give their bodies the nutrients it needs to function properly the weight comes off, blood pressure goes down, blood sugar comes down to healthy levels and people don’t have a need for dangerous medications.

Be Well and Do Not Stop any of your medications without talking to your doctor.

Remember health is a journey and not a destination. What you do in the practice of health care will go miles and pay dividends over time.

If you still feel that you are struggling in creating a healthy living plan, you will be thrilled to know that Dr. Galante, an Algonquin chiropractor has powerful programs that will teach you the specific steps that will help you to become and stay healthier.

Call for your consultation 847-854-2000.

Mention this article and receive $25 off your initial visit.

Our Mission – To educate and inform patients so you can make educated decisions to improve your health.

Algonquin Chiropractic Center
2210 Huntington Drive North
Algonquin, IL 60102
(847) 854-2000
www.algchiro.com

The Vitamin that is Better than an Antibiotic ?

A Vitamin Better than an Antibiotic?

Two studies in The Lancet give credence to Vitamin D over amoxicillin!

Dr. Galante, an Algonquin Chiropractor, is Committed to Helping You!

We are sharing this information with you to keep you informed, improve your health and well-being and help you understand critical health care information and how it impacts your health and your wallet. So what are the implications?

Study #1 found that for patients where pneumonia is not suspected, “amoxicillin provides little benefit for acute lower-respiratory-tract Vitamin D Algonquin Chiroractor by Algonquin Chiropractic Centerinfection….and causes slight harms.”

Study #2 divided a group of adults into 2 groups: those that took Vitamin D (4000 IU) every day for 1 year and those that took a placebo.  “The overall (respiratory tract) infectious score was significantly reduce for patients allocated to the Vitamin D group.”

These studies show the power of Vitamin D and nutrition and is NOT surprising. This is not something that will be on the news or something your doctor will tell you, but anyone that follows the research on Vitamin D knows that Vitamin D is a potent immune-system stimulator, is helpful with diabetes, can prevent heart attacks and stroke, reduce cancer risks and of course, is important for bone health.

How much Vitamin D is enough?

Authors vary on that opinion and I have seen anywhere from 400 IU to 8000 IU for adults.  Dosage will also vary depending on what the blood test show.  I would estimate that 80-90% of patients tested have deficient or insufficient levels.

Sunlight may help increase Vitamin D levels, as will fortified foods and cod liver oil, fatty fish, liver, eggs and other dairy sources; however, it is becoming clear that it is difficult to get adequate amounts of Vitamin D through diet.

Do not stop any current medications, we offer individualized diet and nutrition plans.

BE WELL!

Remember health is a journey and not a destination. What you do in the practice of health care will go miles and pay dividends over time.

If you still feel that you are struggling in creating a healthy living plan, you will be thrilled to know that Dr. Galante has powerful programs that will teach you the specific steps that will help you to become and stay healthier. To learn more, contact Dr. Galante, an Algonquin Chiropractor today.

Call for your consultation 847-854-2000.

Mention this article and receive $25 off your initial visit.

Our Mission – To educate and inform patients so you can make educated decisions to improve your health.

Algonquin Chiropractic Center
2210 Huntington Drive North
Algonquin, IL 60102
(847) 854-2000

www.algchiro.com

I Run and I Can’t Lose Weight: Tips from Dr. Galante

Did You Know…

Steady paced aerobic exercise causes the body to adapt, meaning, the more you perform it,
the more efficient your body becomes at doing it. Your body becomes more efficient at burning calories so you burn fewer calories, which is a bad thing if you are trying to lose weight.

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I Run and I Can't Lose Weight: Tips from Dr. Galante by Algonquin Chiropractic Center

We are sharing this information with you to keep you informed, improve your health and well-being and help you understand critical health care information and how it impacts your health and your wallet. So what are the implications?

We use two primary fuels for energy during exercise, carbohydrates and fat. We burn a higher percentage of fat at lower intensity exercises and a higher percentage of carbohydrates at higher levels of intensity.

When we do the same exercise, like run 3 miles three times a week, our bodies burn fuel more efficiently, burning less calories to do the same activity.

Cortisol is an adrenal hormone that is released in response to stress, the stress hormone.

Any stress, including exercise, will release cortisol. Research has shown that excess aerobic exercise results in chronically elevated levels of cortisol.

Since cortisol also raises blood sugar so your muscles have a fuel source, excess cortisol can lead to an increase in insulin (to lower blood sugar levels).

Excess insulin can lead to insulin resistance, which has many effects, one of which is to store fat in the mid section in men and hips and thighs for women.

If this sounds familiar, exercising and not getting the results you want, try these tips:

1. Change your routine, instead if running three times a week, run 1 day, swim 1 day and bike another.

2. Do intervals – after a good warm-up, do a hard effort for 30 to 60 seconds, slow down and recover, do another hard effort for 30-60 seconds, recover and repeat this 7 times. Do this 2-3 times per week, you may need more recovery time with these harder efforts.

3. Add resistance exercises – Weights, body weight, bands or dumbbells can all be used,
increasing muscle mass will obviously make you stronger and also burns more calories while at rest. Resistance exercise also increases bone strength.

4. Make sure to eat within 30 minutes of exercising while your muscles are recovering and needing fuel to repair themselves. What to eat depends on your goals, if weight loss is your goal eat more protein and less carbohydrates.

These are some general tips, hiring a trainer and/or nutritionist is best and make sure to have a cardiovascular exam before attempting any strenuous exercise program.

Remember health is a journey and not a destination. What you do in the practice of health care will go miles and pay dividends over time.

If you still feel that you are struggling in creating a healthy living plan, you will be thrilled to know that Dr. Galante has powerful programs that will teach you the specific steps that will help you to become and stay healthier.

Call for your consultation 847-854-2000.

Mention this article and receive $25 off your initial visit.

Our Mission – To educate and inform patients so you can make educated decisions to improve your health.

Posture is Important: Advice from an Algonquin Chiropractor

By: Anthony Galante

Did You Know…

How posture can affect your life? The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences reports people with a “flexed” posture (being bent over at the waist) “is associated with becoming dependent on help for activities of daily living (ADL). These activities include such basic self-care tasks as bathing, feeding, toileting, maintaining continence, dressing, and transferring in or out of a bed or chair.” Researchers came to this conclusion after studying over 800 patients aged 65 or older.

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We are sharing this information with you to keep you informed, improve your health and well-being and help you understand critical health care information and how it impacts your health and your wallet. So what are the implications?

We see people with “flexed” postures everywhere, look in the grocery stores and watch people walking hunched over a cart. We now have evidence that these people will have higher levels of disability as they age. How do you prevent this posture?

Posture is Important: Advice from an Algonquin Chiropractor by Algonquin Chiropractic Center

1. We tend to move in the same movement patterns everyday. We get in a routine of working, playing and exercising with the same movements. So how do we break out of these movement patterns? Yoga, swimming and stretching are great ways to increase flexibility.

2. There are specific muscle stretches that are helpful with posture such as the pectoral stretch, shoulder stretch in external rotation, hip flexor stretch and others.

3. Try this – Sit on an exercise ball, walk your feet out and lay back on the ball so your tailbone and head are resting on the ball. With your arms relaxed out to the side, slowly roll back and forth keeping your tailbone and head on the ball at all times. This can be difficult at first, be sure to get proper assistance if needed.

4. Strengthening your scapular (shoulder blade) muscles, core muscles and lumbar stabilizer muscles help keep the body in proper alignment.

Posture is one of the most common problems we work on in our clinic. Almost all of our postures can improve.

Posture is one of the most important factors in chronic pain, if your posture is poor the body has to compensate for that all day long. In time, the body’s compensatory mechanisms will break down resulting in pain and disability.

Remember, when we see a 75 year old walking bent over at the waist they did not get that way in the last 3 months, most of the time their posture has been slowly getting worse for many, many years. Fix it now and you will have less problems down the road!

Like your mom told you, “Sit up straight!”

Remember health is a journey and not a destination. What you do in the practice of health care will go miles and pay dividends over time.

If you still feel that you are struggling in creating a healthy living plan, you will be thrilled to know that Dr. Galante, an Algonquin Chiropractor, has powerful programs that will teach you the specific steps that will help you to become and stay healthier.

Call for your consultation 847-854-2000.

Mention this article and receive $25 off your initial visit.

How Much Damage Can Soda Pop Really Do?

By Anthony Galante

Did You Know…

Everyone knows pop has tremendous amounts of sugar and artificial sweetners in it. But how much damage can it really do?
In April of last year, researchers published a study in the journal, Circulation, that showed pop drinkers have a full 20% increase in cardiovascular disease.

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We are sharing this information with you to keep you informed, improve your health and well-being and help you understand critical health care information and how it impacts your health and your wallet. So what are the implications?

It is estimated that Americans drink 57 gallons of pop per person per year!

One can of pop contains an estimated 10 teaspoons of sugar!

One can of pop per day can add as much as 15 pounds to your weight in a single year!

It is a proven fact that sugar increases your insulin levels, which can lead to not only weight gain, but also high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, premature aging and many more negative side effects.

It is easy to see decreasing or eliminating pop from your diet is one of the major ways to improve your health and prevent chronic disease.

What are some alternatives?

1. Filtered water – try adding a twist of lemon, lime and/or orange to it.How Much Damage Can Soda Pop Really Do? by Algonquin Chiropractic Center

2. Herbal teas – You can add a touch of honey, stevia or xylitol for a natural sweetner. A lot less sugar and plenty of health promoting antioxidants.

3. If you need that fizz, try seltzer water.

4. Sun Tea – Add filtered water to a large clear glass container. Put 3-6 tea bags in and close the top. Leave this in the sun for a full day, add lemon or other friuts as desired.

Remember health is a journey and not a destination. What you do in the practice of health care will go miles and pay dividends over time.

If you still feel that you are struggling in creating a healthy living plan, you will be thrilled to know that Dr. Galante has powerful programs that will teach you the specific steps that will help you to become and stay healthier.

Call for your Algonquin nutrition consultation 847-854-2000.

Mention this article and receive $25 off your initial visit.

Our Mission – To educate and inform patients so you can make educated decisions to improve your health.

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