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16 Things You (Maybe) Didn’t Know About Yoga

Question: What’s the big deal about yoga? Answer: How much time do you have? Yes, it’s a good workout, but did you know that the overall wellness benefits of yoga abound for both your mind and body? The yoga practice of focusing energy makes it so much more than just stretching and strength building. Even if you think you know yoga, check out these Yoga facts and keys to understanding the exercise program.

  • Someone who regularly practices and adheres to yoga is called a “yogi.”
  • Yoga reduces stress by setting apart blocks of time to focus solely on poses and goals, which frees a yogi from daily demands and stress.
  • Yoga positively affects chronic health problems including depression, anxiety, pain, and insomnia.
  • Yoga leads to happiness and contentment, because of raised oxygen levels in the brain.
  • Yoga helps those who suffer from sleep disorders, because exercise leads to tiredness and Yoga’s relaxation powers cause even deeper sleeps.
  • Yoga reduces blood pressure.
  • Yoga slows the heart rate, reducing myriad of heart disease problems.
  • Yoga is associated with decreased cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Yoga boosts the immune system.
  • Yoga can lead to better memory and learning skills.
  • Yoga can slow the aging process.
  • Yoga can increase self-acceptance.
  • Yoga raises energy levels.
  • Yoga increases spiritual awareness.
  • Yoga stretches and massages internal organs, improving their function and reducing associated disease risks.
  • Yoga encourages awareness of how the entire body functions, leading to quicker self-diagnosis of problems and improved overall care.

With so many benefits to yoga, both physical and spiritual, at least one reason must inspire you to roll out a mat and clear your head. Many gyms and health clubs offer daily yoga classes, and even if you’re stuck at home, there’s no excuse—just pop in a DVD, lower the lights, and start stretching.

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Poster Abstract, American Academy of Pain Management

Presented: Friday, October 9, 2009

Articulating decompression 100 cases with 12-month follow-up

Presenter: Ryan M. Rosenthal, DC
Authors: Ryan M. Rosenthal, DC, Advanced Physical Medicine,
Oak Park, Illinois; Igor Russo, DC, Advanced Physical Medicine,
Oak Park, Illinois
Background: This presentation represents the results of our first 100
cases treating various cervical and lumbar spine conditions with
spinal traction decompression therapy in combination with specific
patient posturing, and range-of-motion therapy, including 12-month
post-treatment follow-up data.
Objective: To assess pain score outcomes and patient satisfaction.
Methods: Visual Analogue Scores (VAS) (0 to 10) were recorded in
100 cases who received treatment on the Antalgic-Trak articulating
traction decompression system. Pre-treatment, post-treatment, and
12-month post-treatment VAS scores were recorded. Patient
satisfaction was recorded as satisfied, unsatisfied, or unsure at 12
months post-treatment.
Results: Ninety-five of 100 subjects had complete or near complete
resolution of their complaints based upon VAS (0 to 3) using our
prescribed treatment protocol. Eight-six subjects were surveyed 12
months post-treatment; of these subjects, 69 (80%) maintained
complete or near complete resolution of their complaints
(VAS 0 to 3). Satisfaction at 12 months posttreatment was 86%.
Conclusions: Post 1-year follow-up data suggests Antalgic-Trak
treatment is a valid tool in treating various spinal conditions based upon the
successful treatment outcome, and has a high level of
patient satisfaction. Based upon this preliminary observational study,
we feel that a larger controlled study should be performed to see
how our treatment protocol performs when compared with other
therapy modalities.
Disclosure: Neither Dr. Rosenthal nor Dr. Russo, nor anyone
affiliated with Advanced Physical Medicine has received any
compensation in any manner for this research.
Encore Presentation: Initial pre- and post-treatment data were
presented at the 19th Annual Clinical Meeting of the American
Academy of Pain Management.


The main role of the large intestine is the absorption of water and the removal of waste products and toxins. The two-way membrane of the colon allows for the absorption of nutrients into the blood. The majority of all vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat are absorbed through the walls of the colon.
Over the years, the walls of the intestines become lined with un-eliminated waste, making its function inefficient. Auto-intoxication occurs when poisons and toxins are absorbed into the bloodstream via the colon. This is due to the dirty buildup of old waste matter that is not properly eliminated. The average person may have up to 10 pounds or more of old un-eliminated waste sitting dormant in the large intestine. Others can have as much as 10 to 30 extra pounds of unnecessary weight that can be eliminated doing high colonic irrigation.
Common disorders of the intestines are: congenital defects, infection and inflammation, tumors, impaired blood supply, obstruction, peptic ulcers, appendicitis, diverticulitis, overweight, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, worms, bowel, or colon cancer, and other types of cancer. Medical science acknowledges that up to 85 percent or more of all adults suffer from some type of intestinal problem. Children are also affected by these same problems because of their diets.
If you experience any of the following symptoms (allergies, appetite loss, asthma, backache, bad breath, bad odor, concentration loss, depression, eczema, fatigue, food craving, gingivitis, headaches, hemorrhoids, indigestion, insomnia, irritability, memory loss, menstrual problems, nausea, nervousness, prostate problems, stomach pains, swelling, tension and weight problems), please contact our office today for a free consultation. Remember that a healthy inside will show on the outside!
When the environment of your colon becomes out-of-balance, colon cancer and other disease is the end result. When the toxins are absorbed through the blood capillaries lining the large intestine, the blood will putrefy and further acidification of the blood takes place. After time, the dirty blood can pollute every human cell. The cycle of life reverts to the cycle of death. Life begins and ends in the intestines. To fully detoxify, consider a high colonic irrigation or colon cleansing.


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Richard Simmons, one of the biggest icons in the "weight loss movement", was sent an email to see if he utilizes Chiropractors on a regular basis. We were not surprised by his response. In fact, we are very gracious that he even responded to our recent email in early March, 2010. Read the email response below, and thanks Richard for your response!



Dr. Backs has taken a lot of time since the last blog post, to get our readers ready for an interview with an icon in the fitness world. This gentleman has developed a program that will build muscle while burning fat. It’s called Turbulence Training.

Let’s face it; everyone wants to be healthy. What if you can completely control how the inside of your body is working, and at the same time, control the way the outside of your body looks. What if I told you that there is an answer we have been looking for. That answer lies within, and only takes motivation. In fact, most feel it necessary to work out every day, or at least alternate between cardio and weight-bearing exercises. Most feel that dieting and skipping meals will lead to less fat intake, thus the consumption of fewer calories. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

After years of research; after trial and error; after one of the most interesting interviews with a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and the creator of Turbulence Training, there is now an answer that may shed some light to fat-burning and interval training. Craig Ballantyne has been featured in Men's Health, Women's Health, Prevention, Oxygen, Men's Fitness, and Shape magazines.

Although he has no comments or suggestions about incorporating herbs, supplements or Chinese Medicine to a specific program, he gives us valuable advice on food intake, physical challenges, the types of people who respond best, the difference between weight bearing and turbulence training and most importantly, the “genetic excuse”.

> Q: A lot of our patients and readers are people, who for health reasons,
can’t be as active as they wish. What fitness advice do you have for
someone who has become sedentary due to health problems and is trying to
maintain his/her fitness level? Maybe some specific exercises to get them

Beginners will be shocked to find out how effective my workouts can be -
even though they can do almost all of these exercises lying on the floor.

I start beginners with this circuit in the Turbulence Training program:

Plank, side plank, bird dog, lying hip extension, kneeling pushup, stickup.

> Q: With your plan, what is the ideal body type that would respond

It's really the ideal fitness type...anyone who has just been coasting is
going to get amazing results with Turbulence Training. That said, the more
bodyfat you have, the greater the response.

> Q: A lot of our readers and patients who are trying to lose weight,
concentrate on losing fat first and foremost. Is this a good strategy or
should there be a different priority when trying to shed pounds?

This is correct, unless I've misunderstood the question.

Focus on nutrition, interval training, and metabolic resistance training.
Use the nutrition and interval training to burn the fat fast, and then use
the resistance training to burn more fat and sculpt your muscles.

> Q: How does stretching before and after exercise enhance performance, and
could you provide some tips on how to perform these stretches properly?

I wouldn't say it enhances performance, but it could help you avoid long-
term overuse injury from chronic muscle tightness.

> Q: Your program has some great body-weight exercises, do you consider
such exercises to be easier on the joints than traditional weight exercises?
If so why or why not?

In general, yes. First off, there is less resistance, so it is less stress
on the joints. Also, many weight exercises load the body in a way that can
cause overuse over time - ie. the bench press - when compared to a pushup.
However, weight exercises are still helpful for building strength, muscle,
and fitness.

> Q: When it comes to weight loss, could you please give our readers an
introduction into what types of foods your program recommends? Does this
approach apply to muscle gain programs or do you recommend something
different for that purpose?

I recommend whole, natural foods, and I recommend avoiding processed foods
from a bag or a box. Get at least 10 servings of fruits and vegetables per
day, and snack on raw nuts between meals, rather than giant muffins from
starbucks. And yes, this applies to building muscle as well, although you
will just need to eat more.

> Q: How is turbulence training different from traditional weight training,
cross fitness training or push and pull training?

Turbulence Training uses non-competing supersets - which is different from
traditional weight lifting where you go in and rest a long time between
sets. It also uses interval training after the supersets, which sets it
apart from traditional cross fitness.

>Q: What type of people are a “good fit” for turbulence program?

Anyone that wants to lose fat, because Turbulence Training has programs set
up for absolute beginners and even the most advanced fitness levels.

> Q: What are some of the physical challenges that one will encounter
during turbulence training?

It will test your endurance, your strength, and your co-ordination. But
again, each workout is set up for different fitness levels, so all folks can
find one appropriate for them.

> Q: When researching your program, I noticed that you don’t talk much
about yoga or meditation. What are your thoughts on yoga?

Yoga is fine if you like to do it.

> Q: This may be a little bit out there, have you ever incorporated herbs,
supplements or Chinese Medicine to a specific program or have you ever tried
them yourself? If yes, please tell us about your experiences. If not, please
tell us why?

No, sorry. No comment here.

> Q: A lot of our readers tell us they are afraid of starting a fitness
program because they come from “heavyset” families and think that their
genes would prevent them from getting results. Do you agree with that or
not? And why?

No, I don't agree with it, because there are too many success stories from
all walks of life to prove them wrong.

> Q: Since you started the turbulence training movement, what has been your
biggest achievement?

Helping millions of people through my articles in Men's Health, Women's
Health, Prevention, Oxygen, Men's Fitness, and Shape magazines.
Please join us next week for an interview with Dr. Mary Ann Bender. Dr. Bender is a podiatrist who will be giving tips for healthier feet! This interview will be live, so don’t miss it. You can always follow us on twitter for up-to-date information, special events and exciting interviews!


For years, heart disease has been the number one cause of death in both men and women. Early lifestyle changes including regulation of diet and exercise will help maintain a healthy heart.

Four indicators you should always be aware of are: cholesterol levels, triglycerides, c-reactive protein (CRP) and homocysteine. Always ask you physician to check each of these levels, which can be easily obtained through blood tests.

Triglycerides are fats responsible for clotting and arterial blockage. By thickening the blood, triglycerides will slow the flow of blood through arteries, thus causing hypoxia to the organs. This lack of oxygen can cause breathing abnormalty, irregular heart rates and may eventually lead to strok.

Homocysteine levels increase when your body lacks vitamin B (most specifically Folic Acid, B-6 and B-12) Vegetarians do not get regular vitamin B intake, and therefore should use supplements.

CRP measures inflammation in the blood. Pineapple has bromelain, a natural anti-inflammatory, and studies show that it helps to decrease the level of CRP.

Cholesterol may clog the arteries, leading to condition called arteriosclerosis. High LDL levels (which are easily measured in blood tests) can lead to heart attack or stroke. It is important to understand that cholesterol is not only obtained from diet, but manufactured by the liver as well.

This Valentines Day, express your feelings from the heart…while literally giving to the heart. Dr. Backs has three recipes that are healthy, full of anti-oxidants, contain no fats, and high in vitamins. Pass these recipes on to family members and friends, and enjoy!


12 whole strawberries

2 bananas

1 cup of Post Grape Nuts

Whip Cream

In a bowl, mash both bananas until pureed. Blend 12 strawberries in blender. Put half of pureed bananas on a plate, and coat with ½ cup of grape nuts. Pour half of the strawberry puree and drizzle the mixture to form a heart. Fill the center with whip cream. Makes 2 servings.


1 cup frozen strawberries

1 cup frozen blueberries

1 cup frozen peaches

1 fresh banana

1 cup orange juice

1 cup frozen rasberries

Mix all the above ingredients in a blender (except for the raspberries). Pour blended ingredients into a heart-shaped molding. (if you don’t have heart shaped moldings, you may improvise) Put in freezer for about 4 hours, or until frozen. Take out of molding carefully and place on a small plate. Puree the raspberries and drizzle over the heart. Make 2 servings.


1 cup of dark chocolate

5 large fresh whole strawberries

Melt chocolate over a stove stirring constantly or it will burn. When completely melted, dip strawberries into chocolate (up to stem) and place on wax paper. Place in refrigerator and serve in 1 hour.

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