You can predict your chances of experiencing lower back pain by performing a test. It is called the lateral side support test. If you can not hold this position for 45 seconds, your risk for lower back pain is high. The good news is that the test can also be the training. Check out the video in our video section on this site. Just scroll down to the "side support" video. Simply get into this position and hold it as long as you can without too much shaking, or you losing the angle of hold. Repeat three times on each side every day. You do not have to do it this much forever! Once you get to be able to hold this position for one minute, then you can do it 2-3 times per week. It won't take long for you to attain this level of training, maybe 2 weeks.
What is the single most important thing you can do to reduce your risk for serious disease such as heart attack, stroke, and cancer? It is to optimize your vitamin D levels. Studies show that optimized vitamin D intake can reduce your risk by over 70%! This can be accomplished by either proper sunning technique, when the sun is strong enough, or by proper supplementation. A vitamin D blood test needs to be done to assess your levels. It is the most important blood test you can get, even more so than cholesterol! Vitamin D3 should not be taken alone but needs to be taken with magnesium and vitamin K2. There are supplement preparations on the market that have all 3 in one capsule. Optimizing your blood levels to 60-70 ng/L year round is the goal. If you have sun, use it safely and do not get burned. 10-20 minutes per day when the shadow you cast is shorter than you are tall. That is when the sun is strong enough to generate vitamin D from cholesterol that is in your skin!
Everywhere you go today, you see the signs: "Free vaccines today!" Ask yourself, "For what?" Is it safety? Protection? Increased health? I think it is neither. I have home-delivered three beautiful daughters into this world and we chose not to immunize them. Careless you say? Irresponsible as a parent? Not really, just informed and more trusting of the of the healing power of the human body and our own God given immune system. What should you do for the flu season?
Poor posture has its consequences. It has been shown that for every inch your head is forward of your shoulder, the neck muscles have to contract with a counter force of 10 lbs!! That's a lot of work for the neck muscles. Many of my patients have a 2-3 inch forward head posture. This translates into a 20-30 lbs contraction force acting on their necks! This can cause headache, neck pain, upper back pain, shoulder and arm pains, even lower back pain. To measure your forward head posture, first get into your typical sitting posture. Then have someone measure the distance from the center of your shoulder joint to your ear hole. Check out my video on neck exercises to help correct this problem.
If you can't, it may be an early sign of Alzheimer's disease! (1) The sense of smell is one of the earliest things to slide when you have Alzheimer's, especially if the left side nostril is effected more than the right!
Yup! Did it again. I opened the can. As a natural health care provider, I work in a health care industry with a drastically different point of view. What, sugar is bad for youi? Grains too? What about vaccines? Flouride in the water is bad? But the commercial on TV says it's good for me....
A study found that women taking this supplement had a 77% reduced risk of breast cancer over 4 years! I hate to sound like a broken record but it was vitamin D that was found (again) to reduce cancer risk. The sad thing is that a lot of people have not heard about about this. This study was done in 2007!! You would think this would be big news. Why hasn't this been reported? Why does the American Cancer Society reject this and other studies like it?
Dr. George DeFranca
I humbly ask for your divine guidance in the treatment of my patients:
I pray that you give me the understanding, strength, and wisdom to listen, look, and touch my patients with the power of your healing love.
I pray that my hands and heart will be guided by your healing love, making me an instrument of your healing.
I pray that you aid me lessen the suffering and pain in my patients on the physical, emotional, and spiritual planes.
I pray that you supply me with purity of intent, the wisdom to heal, and the compassion to help another with a gentle hand and an open heart.
Ok. So you go food shopping like everyone else– the local supermarket. What do you look for? What do you do? Think like a caveman/woman! Listen to your innate genetic programming, not your tastebuds. It will tell you how to eat. Go to the produce aisle and literally "hunt" for the freshest, most colorful vegetables and fruits. Be focused. Remember, you are hunting and gathering! I go right for the broccoli and squeeze the stem. Is it rock hard and fresh or soft, limp, and old? Gather up a variety of produce and move on to secure some protein in the form of lean meats, eggs, cheeses, seeds and nuts, etc.. It is best to gather grass fed meats. Lamb is usually grass fed whereas beef is usually grain fed so you will have to look hard or shop for meats at a different place.
By local and support your neighborhood farmer. Limit your grain intake and buy fresh.
Ear infections, or acute otitis media (AOM) in children are all too common and appear to be helped by vitamin D supplemention. A recent study followed 116 children given 1000 IU of vitamin for four months.1
The researchers stated that, "The supplementation with vitamin D increased serum levels, and this increase is significantly associated with a reduction in the total number of AOM episodes." They also noted that not only did the vitamin D reduce the occurence of recurrent acute otitis media (ear infection) but it also reduced "the risk of uncomplicated episodes of AOM." Nice. Just in time for fall and winter!
1. Esposito S. Abstract G-1249. Presented at: ICAAC 2013; Sept. 9-13, 2013; Denver.
I am George DeFranca, DC, chiropractic physician in Central Massachusetts since 1982. I love my patients, my practice, and talking and teaching about health. I enjoy the outdoors, especially the ocean and kayakfishing.