2010 – October Newsletter

Posted on: October 1st, 2010



October Healthy Living Newsletter    


Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter.  Hopefully I can inform you, entertain you and support you in healthy living.  Take a look at the articles and please feel free to contact me if you want more information.  I’ve done my best to present what I feel are interesting topics over the past month, but I welcome your ideas as well.  Please forward this newsletter to your friends.


Flu Prevention: Think Vitamin D

In recent years, studies have shown that vitamin D is an important modulator of immune function. Some authorities suggest it has the potential to reduce the risk of life-threatening influenzas based on the initial observation that influenza normally strikes in countries during the colder (winter) months, when vitamin D production in the skin declines. This happens because the most generally available source of vitamin D is sunlight. Reduction in skin production of vitamin D due to reduced or no exposure to daily sunlight is accompanied by a decline in blood levels of vitamin D.


Some vitamin D experts suggest adults should supplement with 2,000 IU vitamin D per day (especially during the winter) as a means to maintain more optimal vitamin D status in general, strengthen immune function and help reduce the risk of influenza and its invasion into the lung cavity.


Anyone who’s suffered through the flu knows that it’s not only potentially dangerous; it can be downright miserable. Next time you’re here, ask to assess your current vitamin D status and discuss the value of vitamin D supplementation, particularly during the flu season. Whatever your strategy, it won’t eliminate your risk altogether, but why not do everything you can do naturally to protect yourself and your loved ones?


Learn more about Vitamin D here.





We Are What We Eat

“Most of the antibiotics sold in the United States — 70 percent — go

to the animals we eat, especially pigs and chickens. To speed up growth and to prevent the spread of disease in crowded conditions, growers put small amounts of antibiotics into animals’ daily feed. The result is nearly the same as if we were eating the antibiotics ourselves: an increase in antibiotic resistance in humans and the emergence of drug-resistant microbes.”  New York Times editorial


October 11, 2010 




Too many people resign themselves to living with chronic pain or relying on a steady diet of medication to get through the day.  I believe there is a better way. 


We offer a knowledgeable diagnosis and evaluation with actual hands-on care, along with lifestyle counseling, focused on your well being.”


Dr. Brian Baker






 133 Reef Road  Fairfield, CT





Chiropractic: The Spinal Dentist?

Consider for a moment everything you did today. Almost every movement you made, from getting out of bed in the morning until you got back into bed at night, required your spine to work in very complex ways that you’ve probably never thought twice about. Not only did your spine perform delicate mechanical functions, but it also facilitated the majority of your nerve function, another aspect of proper spinal function that most people never consider … until there’s a problem.


If your spine were just one solid bone, it couldn’t perform any of the variety of body movements; but as a stack of 26 bones, your spinal column can twist and bend to accommodate your every activity. This is accomplished by each spinal segment doing its job. When your spine moves, each movement of your vertebrae is choreographed through the rest of your body via a wonderfully designed system of muscles and ligaments that work together. 


Your spine also has 31 pairs of spinal nerves that exit at some point from your spinal column.  These delicate spinal nerves can become irritated, or inflammation can occur, when your spine fails to function properly.  These irritations or inflammation are thought to impact the nerve flow to the vital organs throughout your body.


In a healthy spine, each vertebra moves just a little each time you bend or twist. Even when you use your arms and legs, your spine plays a role. When you walk, your spine rotates just enough to allow your feet to move forward without tripping on the ground. The nerves inside and around your spine are protected and function comfortably when your vertebrae move within their normal range.


If you’re listening, your body usually will warn you when your spine is not functioning normally. This warning will come in the form of pain, discomfort, stiffness or a lack of function in your spine or extremities. Rather than address the problem, some people ignore their body’s warnings by taking pain relievers. Others just ignore the pain until their body adapts to the discomfort and the pain goes away.


The body puts the spine in a state of spasm to protect the delicate nerves and allow the inflammatory process to subside. Removing the pain often causes more problems because the body’s protective mechanism has been removed. It’s similar to pulling out the wire under the dashboard of your car when a warning light comes on. The light is no longer visible, but the problem remains and will continue to get worse.


Pain is your body’s way of telling you there’s a problem. Reducing the pain doesn’t necessarily address the problem. A problem ignored is a problem that will only become worse. The time to act is when you first begin to feel pain or discomfort, before it becomes chronic and much more serious.


When you do experience pain, recognize that your body is communicating a problem and address that problem immediately. Just as your teeth need regular brushing and a regular appointment with your dentist, your spine needs good nutrition, posture, flexibility and a periodic spinal checkup. It’s the way to your highest quality of life.


Water Intake and Health

According to Dr. F. Batmanghelidj,  author of Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, “THE SIMPLE TRUTH IS THAT DEHYDRATION CAN CAUSE DISEASE.” So here are some water facts to ponder: 


Muscle is 70 percent water. Sixty percent of body weight is water. Every cell contains water. The more muscle, the more glycogen stored; therefore, the more water that is needed for usage and storage.

Water aids in digestion and metabolic processes. Water transports nutrients to cells and takes wastes away from the cells. Water curbs the appetite.  Dehydration may mimic hunger. Proper water intake prevents this response.  Water aids in healthy kidney function. During dehydration or insufficient water intake, the kidneys must compensate and kidney stones may form.  More than one-third of older adults (age 60 or older) have inadequate water consumption


Filtered water is the preferable choice.  Pharmaceuticals are the most common chemicals found in U.S. waterways.  Chlorine, feces, bacteria, iron and lead are definitely not needed through your water intake. Chlorine adversely affects enzymes in food and whole food supplements.  We need enzymes for superior digestion.  Bottled water may not be cleaner than tap water.  Water in typical plastic Nalgene bottles and all polycarbonate plastics can leak Bisphenol A (BPA), potentially causing birth defects, tumors, breast tissue disturbances and changes in chromosomes.


There isn’t any specific research that supports drinking eight glasses of water per day.  If you are over 100 pounds, the simplest method is to take half of your body weight in pounds and drink that number of ounces.  For example, if you weigh 120 pounds, you would need at least 60 oz of water (7 ½ cups).

Another method is to monitor your activity levels: 8-10 cups/day for the normal, less active person; 10-12 cups/day for more active people; and 4-8 oz of water every 15-20 minutes during exercise.  A third way of deciding how much water to drink: Consume 1 milliliter of water/kcal of expenditure.


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