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Keeping Bike Fitness Throughout New England Winters

It’s that time of year up here in New England, WINTER!  So what the heck do we do to keep our bike fitness throughout our LONG Winter…

Lucky for us, there are quite a few things we CAN do, not only keep from losing what we worked so hard to build but to ACTUALLY …get into even better fitness!!!

#1: Put the road & TT bikes away and dust off the Mt bike!!  Fun way to change things up, so different after months of road, constantly changing terrain and rapid accelerations/decelerations… great for building strength! In terms of temperature, it is much warmer in woods & trails due to a significant drop in wind compared to the open roads and your speed is much slower when on the mountain biker.  Less wind and slower speeds both play huge roles in making you feel warmer!  Just remember, comparing  mileage between road and mountain bike workouts is fruitless, apples to oranges folks.  For example; my last 3hr road equaled about 54mi, compared to my first 3hr technical mountain bike ride which equaled only 12mi!

#2: Once snow HITS…..get out the fat bikes!  They have huge tires which roll right over snow and ice!!

#3: Spin Classes: Most provide a variety of simulated terrain and speeds, they can be tremendously useful to keep up cardio/motor memory.  Many are limited to just 50-60min, however, often you may find you have the option of staying in back to back classes which can then make it easy to get 2hr of training in.

#4: Home Trainer Based Workouts – Main Focus today

One Major Benefit for trainer based workouts is that you get more bang for the buck in the TIME spent department.  In general 45 minutes on the trainer equals about 60 minutes on the road.  How:  Think about it, there are no stops for traffic lights, stop signs, intersections, no stopping to eat, fuel etc, and no coasting!

ALSO SAFER!! I love riding outdoors but really it is a ZOO out there, especially with the added dangers of distracted drivers courtesy of smart phones.  Sadly you do not have to look far, to find many reports of terrible accidents where cyclists have been hit by cars.

Some professional athletes, perhaps the most famous, Andy Potts, is known for doing virtually ALL his bike training indoors.

Types of Indoor trainers:
Basic resistant trainers (NON Computerized):  These utilize wind, magnets or Fluid encapsulated units to generate resistance.  These are now being built to feel smoother and provide a more road like feel.  Many are designed such that in order to change resistance levels you simple switch gears.  Some older generation basic unites had levers or switches to change resistance.

Rollers:  Great for keeping balance intact, but are easy to crash off of (see Youtube for numerous examples)

Smart trainers:  These are GAME CHANGERS!  Smart trainers use computers to modulate resistance levels, therefore, giving you the ability to dial in exactly the level of resistance desired.  They often sync with numerous programs that allow you to ride pre-programmed rides or in many cases you can plug in a bike workout from your coach or training plan!
The big benefit is with these trainers there is No more slacking!  If you are feeling tired and fail to put out the wattage required by the workout, it will grind you to a halt!

Popular programs include; Zwift, Cycleops Virtual Training, and Trainer Road.  These programs let you pick actual courses and the computer will create the nearly identical resistance at each point along the road, want to ride that 13 mi stretch of climbs on the back of the IMLP course, no problem, you can do it from home!!

Guess What?  It’s even better, many of these programs allow you to virtually race people from all over the world!!!

I hear they are AWESOME, I haven’t yet tried them because frankly, I am having a blast using Trainer Road to program my coaches workouts into my trainer and then I will stream Netflix!  Currently I am biking through The Walking Dead…

Tips on Setting up your own training space aka Pain cave

  1. Get a trainer! Examples, Kurt Kinetic, CycleOps Power Beam Pro (the model I currently use), Tacx, Computrainer, Lemond,Wahoo Kicker, etc
  2. Get a mat that you can put under your bike and trainer to allow for easy clean-up. Trust me, the sweat piles up fast!!
  3. Fan/Air circulator, unless training for a HOT race
  4. Stand(s) for water/fuel/gels/food
  5. Sound system! Even those small set of speakers with subwoofers for laptops do a fine job.
  6. Simple Shelf to set computer/laptop, try to set at normal eye level to keep neck shoulders, back used to bike position


So there you have it, despite the inevitable fact that winter is here in the Northeast, we do have many different options to use to not only keep up our bike fitness, but if we plan smart, we should come out of winter both stronger and faster!!



Coconut oil has recently come under attack by none other than the American Heart Association.  

The American Heart Association has warned us to avoid it in order to reduce the risk of heart disease.  They go further to and tell us to replace coconut oil with vegetable oil!  Now why would they tell us to make this switch when vegetable oil has been proven promote excessive inflammation within our bodies, which itself is a well known cause of cardiovascular disease?  Also why is it that the four studies they reference were all quite old: done  in the 1960’s and, ironically, all have been discredited by means of performance bias.  The answer becomes clear when we follow the money!  Although the AHA sounds altruistic, the reality is they get their funding from major players in the food industry and therefore it should come as no surprise that all of their major recommendations support the very industries that provide their funding.  Case in point: We subside canola crops which surprise surprise is the grain used to make canola oil, which is called vegetable oil, btw, vegetables are healthy so vegetable oil must be right..wrong, canola is a grain.  Now guess who is on the AHA’s nutrition advisory panel?  Hmmm the US Canola Association and the CanolaInfo board.  Interesting.  Do you know who is NOT on the AHA’s nutrition advisory panel?  That is right, no major supplier of coconuts. In fact all major producers are found outside of the US.  Here is another interesting side note; listen to some of the other members of the AHA’s Nutrition Advisory Panel: Pepsicola…

Now for a little more information about the benefits of coconut oil, I will turn to a fellow expert in nutrition Dr. Robert Silverman.  If that name sounds familiar, he was our guest on episode 007.  The following is an article written by Dr. Silverman which can be found under the Free Articles tab of functional medicine


“The recent headlines about coconut oil say that because it’s higher in saturated fat than beef or lard, it’s bad for you. “You’ll drastically increase the chances of cardiovascular disease if you eat it because saturated fat raises cholesterol, which leads to heart disease and mortality.” That kind of warning comes from the American Heart Association (AHA)—a powerful organization that continues to promote the mythical direct link between saturated fat and heart disease.

We know from the research that saturated fat can in fact raise your cholesterol. However, it raises it in a good way. Evidence has shown if your LDL cholesterol contains a lot of small, dense particles and you also have high triglycerides, then you’re setting the stage for heart disease. Those small, dense particles come from a diet that’s high in carbs and low in fat. Reduce your carbohydrate consumption and increase the good quality fats, your cholesterol particle ratio of bad to good will almost certainly improve.

However, if your LDL cholesterol is mostly made up of large, fluffy particles and your triglycerides are low, your risk of heart disease is much lower.

What makes the difference between dangerous small, dense LDL particles and safer LDL isn’t the amount of saturated fat you eat. In fact, study after study shows that your fat and cholesterol intake have almost no impact on your blood cholesterol. It’s the amount of sugar. The AHA estimates that the average person eats 20 teaspoons of sugar a day. Sugar raises your LDL cholesterol, lowers your HDL cholesterol, and increases your triglycerides. It has been shown to increase insulin resistance and trigger inflammation. In fact, an important study in JAMA Internal Medicine in 2014 proved conclusively that high sugar consumption is closely linked to death from heart disease—and that link is far closer than it is for cholesterol, smoking, hypertension, or any other risk factors. That is the statistic– about the dangers to your heart and your health–is where the real headline scare should be.

There’s no need to avoid saturated fat as long as it comes from a healthy, plant-based source. Coconut oil is definitely preferable to cheap, highly processed vegetable oils that have had their nutrients stripped away. Coconut oil has other health benefits as well. The main fatty acid in coconut oil is lauric acid, which has well-known antibiotic, anti-microbial, and anti-viral benefits.

Coconut oil also helps stabilize blood sugar and helps soothe digestive upsets. Eating a lot of coconut oil does, indeed, raise your cholesterol levels–in a positive way by raising HDL (the good cholesterol), lowering triglycerides, and lowering the amount of small LDL particles.

So go ahead. Use coconut oil in your cooking.”

So there you have it folks, as Dr. Silverman wrote, go ahead and use coconut oil and before you follow any advice from a national organization, take some time do a little research and look for conflicts of interest that will shed some light on weather to ignore or heed said advice.

For more information please see our show notes page at  There you will see links to some of the supplements that I have had the most success with, both the bile salt containing supplement and the liver supporting supplements.  Please subscribe to the podcast so that you will not miss any future episodes, also kindly rate and review us on iTunes.  Feedback: you also reach us on the contact us page at our website, if there are any topics you would like us to tackle, let me know and I will do my best to get to them in a future episode.  Lastly, thank you very much for listening and have a fantastic day!



Today’s topic is very important because so many patients that come in to my office have had their gallbladders removed and unfortunately most have never been told this critical information that we are about to cover.  How common is it to have a gallbladder removed?  Folks, in the US around 500,000 people have their gallbladders removed each and EVERY year.

Perhaps what I find most troubling is that most of these patients tell me that their surgeon told them they “do not need their gallbladders” and that they go even further by telling them that do not need to do anything different after having it taken out.

Now my friends, this could not be further from the truth.  In fact, Dr. Mercola calls this behavior from surgeons and other physician’s “reprehensible ignorance”.

In order to explain we need to get back to the basics of human physiology.  You and I have a gallbladder for a reason.  It stores our bile, which is made in the liver and releases it when needed.  Now bile is very important.  Bile is necessary for fat absorption and plays a major role in the elimination of toxins. Bile also serves as a natural lubricant to the intestinal tract which helps to prevent constipation.   Whenever we consume a meal that contains fat, your gallbladder contracts which causes bile to be released into the small intestine, where it then emulsifies the fat which assists in the fats digestion.  What do we use dietary fats for?  The list is extensive!  Dietary fats are a tremendous fuel source for the body.  For example; did you know that even the leanest marathon runner has enough fat on their body to fuel bodily functions for up to two weeks without consuming any additional food?  That shows you just how efficient fat is for fuel.  Fats are used as precursors for virtually all of our hormones.  Fat is used to provide a protective layer of insulation, which allows for the proper firing of every single nerve fiber in our entire body.  Where is the greatest collection of neurons in our body?  Yes, that is correct our BRAIN, therefore, most of it is composed of fats.    All of our major organs are encased in a protective pad of fat.  Fats are incorporated into the cell membranes of each and every one of our 70 trillion cells!

So here is the catch, when your gallbladder is removed, your liver will still make bile, BUT, you will not have the necessary reserves available to properly breakdown and absorb dietary fats.  You just heard an overview of all of the extremely valuable things we use dietary fats for.  This is why every single person that has their gallbladder removed will at some point in time show signs of, fat deficiencies.  What is worse is that they will also become deficient in the fat soluble vitamins, the big ones being A, D, E and K.  Again we could spend an entire show on these vitamins alone (and perhaps we will), take a minute, look up the functions of each and you will quickly realize that is NOT ideal to become deficient in them.  For these reasons folks that have had their gallbladders removed MUST take specific measures to mitigate their lack of bile.  So how is this done?  The answer my friends, is beautifully simple.  Everyone that has had their gallbladder removed will need take a supplement that contains bile salts with each and every meal that contains fat.  How long will they need to do this?  For the rest of their lives…or until someone gives them their gallbladder back.

Now you may be asking, why if this is so simple has my doctor and surgeon never told me this before?  Well it all comes down to a lack of education.  Remember folks, 98% of MDs and DOs graduate with less than 1 hour of formal nutrition training in medical school.  Sad, but true, that critically important information, in many of their eyes, is “old” information is for the little nutritionist.   What also complicates things further is this; you cannot patent bile salts, our bodies have been making bile ever since we have been on this earth, therefore no company and certainly no pharmaceutal company is going to promote a product that will not generate any profit.  Here we go again, look at all of the drug commercials, the drug ads in our papers and  magazines.  Also remember that in many European countries it is illegal for drug companies to advertise directly to patients, yet over here, in the US, big pharma really does rule our health care system.  Also remember that pharmacuetal companies heavily influence medical school curriculum by donating to the schools, they sponsor most continuing educational programs for MDs, DOs PAs, NPs and not only do they fund most medical research, they also provide most of the funding for the journals which are in turn publishing their paid for studies.  Enough on that!

Now for the bigger question:  what is the root cause of gallbladder dysfunction?  Here is a big hint, it is not the gallbladder.   Remember all the gallbladder does is hold what the liver makes and releases it when triggered by us eating fat.  If we are making thick, congealed bile which the gallbladder has to struggle to excrete, that is a liver problem.  A healthy, non-congested liver will not make thick congealed bile.  What about bile stones?  They too are formed when the liver is producing an overly concentrated bile product.  How does this happen?  The two most common underlying causes are too much sugar consumption and an abundance of toxic stress.  All extra sugar consumed, must go to the liver where it is converted into triglycerides, cholesterol and other fats.  All toxins that come into our body are dealt with, or at least are attempted to be dealt with by our liver.  An excellent study within the last few years showed that there are over 80,000 chemicals in our environment today that where not even on the planet when our grandparents were born.  Add to the environmental toxins all of the toxins in all of the processed foods that so many of us eat on a daily basis and it is no wonder why so many of us have congested dysfunctional livers.  Remember, if you cannot pronounce an ingredient on a food label AND that ingredient is not in your pantry, chances are it is a chemical toxin!

Okay folks, now you know that for EVERY gallbladder case, there is an underlying LIVER issue. So when you really think about it, removing a gallbladder and doing NOTHING to address the underlying liver issue is no different than if your house is on fire, the fire department is called, the firefighters arrive, they run in, they take down the fire alarms that are squealing, smash them so they are no longer going off, then leave while the house is still on fire!  This is yet another unfortunate example of conventional medicine taking great measures to cover up symptoms but doing nothing to address underlying CAUSE.

So, what can be done to address the underlying cause?  Well, there are many things that need to be done.  The number one thing that must be done is to clean up the diet.  Restrict processed foods, cut down dramatically on sugar and grain intake.  Increase organic vegetables and make sure hydration is adequate.  In general, we should be drinking purified water that is about equal to ½ our body weight in ounces with a pinch of Himalayan unrefined salt for every quart of water.  Next, we must assist the liver with its detoxification processes.  Did you know that the liver has 7 major detoxification pathways?  By eating cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, cabbage and adding pepper, onions and garlic, those foods will run a majority of those 7 systems.  Some common herbs are for promoting liver health and detoxification are Milk Thistle and Rosemary Leaf.  There are also some excellent whole food concentrates that have literally helped 10’s of 1000’s of gallbladder cases over the years.  I have had extensive experience with concentrated beet greens which are a great source of methyl compounds and Betaine which have been shown to help thin out the production of bile as well as promote detoxification.  I have had countless patients who were diagnosed with bile sludge as well as gallbladder stones, who were in significant discomfort and told they had to have their gallbladders removed, however most of them within a few weeks, some within a few days, not only had their gallbladder pain subside but went on to not need any surgical intervention.  Now, like anything, there are some rare instances where surgery is indicated.  If an individual that has gallstones ends up with a stone that blocks the bile duct this can become a life-threatening situation and in these cases, surgical intervention is indeed appropriate.  The vast majority of cases however, can be handled by working on the previously mentioned underlying CAUSES.

So there you have it folks.  For anyone that has had their gallbladder removed it is absolutely imperative they take a supplement that contains bile salts with all future meals that contain fat to allow for proper digestion.  Furthermore, these folks need to take a good look at their diet and take special care of their liver, not only to help with decongestion but also to bolster the detoxification process.  I hope you found this information helpful, please share with anyone you know that has had their gallbladder removed or are dealing with gallbladder issues and especially if they have been told they need to have their gallbladder removed.

For more information please see our show notes page at  There you will see links to some of the supplements that I have had the most success with, both the bile salt containing supplement and the liver supporting supplements.  Please subscribe to the podcast so that you will not miss any future episodes, also kindly rate and review us on iTunes.  Feedback: you also reach us on the contact us page at our website, if there are any topics you would like us to tackle, let me know and I will do my best to get to them in a future episode.  Lastly, thank you very much for listening and have a fantastic day!


Today’s episode is going to surprise many of you.  Why? Because more likely than not, you will learn that the true cause of heart burn or reflux (known specifically as GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease) is the exact opposite of what your doctor has told you is the cause.  Not surprising, you will learn that the true cause of heart burn is also the exact opposite of what countless of drug commercials are telling you is the cause.

The reality is, most heartburn is caused by a LACK of proper digestive enzymes and more specifically a LACK of hydrochloric acid.  Wow, so I’m sure you are asking, how can that possibly be the case when antacids such as tums or antacid medications makes the SYMPTOMS of heart burn go away?  Well, the answer will become crystal clear when we take a BIG step back and look at how digestion actually works.

Proper digestion works like this:  As soon as we begin eating and chewing food the first stage of digestion begins by mechanically breaking down food as we chew and the salivary amylase is the first digestive enzyme to be secreted into our mouths from the parotid and salivary glands.  These enzymes primary begin to moisten the food and break down any carbohydrates found in the food.

From here the food is swallowed and of course transported to our stomach via the esophagus.  Once in the stomach the food is further churned by muscular contractions of the stomach wall.  The next step is the biggie:  The parietal cells in the stomach should begin to secrete intrinsic factor AND the extremely acid hydrochloric acid (HCL).  Now this HCL is of a ph of 1.0, again extremely acidic!  HCL does a number of extremely important things.

#1: HCL responsible for protein digestion, by activating the key enzyme Pepsin.  Pepsin only works in an acid environment.

#2: HCL helps to prevent harmful bacteria that accompanied our food from entering our system

#3: HCL is necessary for proper mineral absorption.  Remember this point folks, minerals can only be properly absorbed in an ACIDIC environment.. more on this later.

#4: The friendly bacteria in our intestines are ACID Loving.  They do not produce gas, by the way, and those bacteria do a lot of important things for us.  For example; did you know that the healthy bacteria in our gut actually produce a number of vitamin complexes that we need for optimal health, they also convert a number of vitamin and mineral complexes into usable or bioavailable forms.

Finally and perhaps most important in regards to today’s discussion AND one of the facts most likely either not known by your doctor or forgotten by your doctor;

#5: HCL is the molecule that triggers the trap door on the top of the stomach, known as the cardiac sphincter to CLOSE, which is the major way that our body PREVENTS heartburn or reflux from occurring in the first place.

Now what regulates our digestive process?  I will give you a hint.  The answer is in our very first episode.  Now do you know?  The answer is; our Nervous system.  Our Nervous system is the master control system of our entire body.  Therefore it is also responsible for digestive system function.  The autonomic system or what I like to call the automatic system is the subconscious part of our nervous system that runs all of the bodily systems and it is divided into two parts.

Part 1: The fight or flight or Sympathetic nervous system and

Part 2: The rest & relaxation or Parasympathetic nervous system.

Now these two systems have opposite functions, so it is like a light switch, they cannot really be on at the same time.  The best of examples of each of these systems are as follows:

For the Sympathetic system, think of when you have been driving a car and someone pulls right out in front of you and in that very moment you think you are about to crash.  Think of how quickly, in a matter of seconds, your heart rate sky rockets, it feels like you heart is about to jump out of your chest, you’re breathing so hard you can barely catch your breath.  That is an example of full blown sympathetic nervous system activation.  What is happening from a physiological standpoint: Your blood pressure and heart rate quickly rise, blood is shunted to the brain and major muscles, now very important here, digestion is shut down, virtually comes to a HALT.  This is why many of us have felt nauseated or have even thrown up under severe acute stress.  Basically your brain (MC of your entire body) is trying to figure out what, A: what is chasing you and B: how to run from it.

Now for the opposite; The best example of parasympathetic stimulation is, what we will call the food coma, after that thanksgiving meal, where we are sitting on the couch, watching the football game, dozing in and out sleep…right?  What is going on physiologically here is that blood pressure and heart rate drop, blood goes to the gut for DIGESTION, absorption, repair & regeneration.

Now, both systems are important, and both have a role.  During our day when working out or doing challenging bouts of work either physically or mentally, it is okay to have some time of sympathetic stimulation.  In between those challenging time and especially after eating and of course at night when we should be at REST, our parasympathetic system should be the dominate system.

In general we should not be running from a bear, more that we are resting and recovering.  However, the REALITY IS: Most of us, particularly in the US are WAY OVERSTRESSED, working 40+hr weeks, only 2 weeks of vacation on average.  Think about it.  Money, relationships (partners, families, friends), work, training the list goes on and on.  Pressure to keep up with the joneses right???

When we are over stressed proper digestion does not occur.  Our digestive enzyme production drops significantly!  So what happens when we are eating food and are digestive system is not working well?  Here is the overview: Food normally stays in the stomach for 1-2 hours.  Folks it’s on average 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit in our body.  Now, luckily in Maine we have very few days over 90 degrees, but just imagine what would happen if it were 98 degrees outside, you took a meal, put it into a blender then poured it out onto the hot concrete and came back two hours later, gross right!?  When food sits in our stomach and is NOT properly broken down, the food literally starts to ROT and FERMENT.  Gasses are produced and here is the kicker folks; inorganic acids are formed, which are not normal, those acids combined with the gasses being produced are what brings that rotting, acidic food up into the esophagus, now remember without proper HCL production the trap door (cardiac sphincter) is OPEN and that is the underlying cause of the burning pain associated with heartburn & reflux.

Now, this explains why TUMS and antacid drugs help cover the symptoms by neutralizing this abnormal acid, however, there is a catch and it is a Huge Catch, these drugs do NOTHING to correct the underlying problem which is improper digestion.  What’s worse is that the non-broken down food then moves into the intestines where it cannot nourish the healthy bacteria in our gut, this in turn, allows harmful bacteria along with other harmful organisms such as yeasts (candida) to begin growing and then proliferate in our gut which often produces excessive gas, bloating and can lead to a breakdown of the intestinal barrier which by the way is a root cause of malabsorption issues including leaky gut syndrome.

Now remember when we talked about HCL production being required for proper mineral absorption?  Relying on antacid drugs to cover the symptoms of heartburn and reflux comes with the GREAT cost creating mineral deficiencies by literally blocking the absorption of minerals.  What are minerals used for in our bodies?  Wow, we could literally spend hours talking about the literal countless uses for minerals in our bodies, heck every one of our 70 trillion cells needs minerals but what about the most obvious… what about our bone health?  Did you know that healthy bone is composed of over a dozen minerals (far more than just calcium).  Now that you know how damaging antacid drugs can be for our bodies and especially for our bones, it should come as no surprise that study after study has shown those taking antacid drugs get this…have a much greater incidence of Bone Fractures!  These studies first began appearing in the early 2000’s and in 2011 a study was published in The American Journal of Medicine that reviewed 11 OTHER international studies that showed increased risks of hip fractures, spine fractures and, get this, “any-where” bone fractures in those people taking antacid drugs for 5 years or longer!  What is so sad is that despite this information, countless people are still taking these drugs simply because they and their doctors do know of any other solutions.

For anyone that understands the physiology behind proper digestion, the use of these drugs should NEVER have made any sense in the first place.  So, what then is the alternative?  Perhaps we should look at how heartburn and reflux were treated long before antacids drugs were even on the market?

The answer back then was actually quite simple, so simple you may be surprised.  One of the longest and most successful treatments was and IS using apple cider vinegar to PROMOTE the normal digestive process.  This involves having a person with heartburn add two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to 6-8 ounces of tea.  The person then sips the tea throughout the meal.  The acetic acid in the vinegar then stimulates the cardiac sphincter to close, while also providing the proper acidity needed to active the enzyme pepsin, and create the acidity needed to properly absorb the minerals.  This method, was literally used world-wide with fantastic results.  In fact, there are books written about the science behind how this works, perhaps the most famous is; Folk Medicine by D.C. Jarvis, MD, a family physician in Vermont that wrote extensively on the science behind many of the home remedies that his patients shared with him.  Another treatment option that I have used with literally hundreds of nutrition patients in my clinic, and is also extremely successful are whole food concentrates of bovine HCL.  This is a great option for those that cannot tolerate apple cider vinegar or have extremely weak HCL production (often those under the most stress) taking 1-2 tablets with each meal will, in a majority of cases, correct heart burn in a number of days.

Now you might be asking; If such simple treatments are so effective why aren’t they used by all doctors today?  This an excellent question, and the answer should come as no surprise.  You cannot patent apple cider vinegar and you cannot patent bovine hydrochloric acid.  Both have been around long before any corporation so the sad reality there is no real money to be made pitching these remedies.  Now, there is money, real money to be made by drug companies convincing the public through commercials virtually everywhere you look that your heartburn is from too much acid and if you just take our pills forever, you cannot worry about stress, keeping eating what you are eating and you will FEEL just fine (minus bone fractures of course).  The other sad reality is that drug companies are intimately associated with our medical schools, they sponsor continuing education seminars for the doctors and these companies even fund most of the research being published in the medical journals.  With the pharmaceutical companies so involved with the education of our medical doctors this almost guarantees that natural remedies will not be taught at any point in time to our medical doctors.

Our discussion is not complete without talking about two other significant points.  #1.  There are three chemical that can block the cardiac sphincter (stomach’s trap door) from closing properly.  They are nicotine, alcohol and caffeine.  If you or any one that you know is suffering from heart burn or reflux it is imperative that they either eliminate or greatly reduce ingesting these substances for at least 2 to 3 months in attempt to help restore normal digestive function. #2. This is the elephant in the room.  Stress.  If stress is involved and as you now know, likely is, you MUST do something to mitigate your stress.  The good news here is that there are many options that are simple and effective.  For example; daily meditation, prayer,  Receiving deep tissue work and using a sauna are just a few examples.  We can dig into that on later episodes.

Lastly, Think about this.  For those of you on antacid drugs has any one that prescribed these drugs ever talked about managing stress, did they discuss the three major chemicals that interfere with the cardiac sphincter’s ability to work properly?  My guess is not likely and I only can say that because I ask my patients all the time if they have ever discussed such things in the past and 99.9% of the time no one has.

There you have it folks I hope this discussion was helpful in uncovering the true cause of heart burn, reflux, GERD.  If you are anyone you know is dealing with these issues seek help from a qualified medical professional such as a chiropractic doctor, naturopathic doctor or functional medicine doctor.  There are certain individuals who cannot tolerate the natural remedies at first, these are folks that often have an active ulcer.  They will need such natural remedies but first they need to properly heal the ulcerated tissue, therefore do not go at this alone.

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Nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy is a revolutionary, life changing technology used primarily to treat disc injuries in the neck and lower back. Clinical research has also shown spinal decompression therapy to be effective in treating facet syndrome, radiating arm pain, leg pain, degenerative disc disease and more.

This effective treatment option consists of decreasing pressure within the spinal discs through distracting and positioning the vertebra to create negative intra-discal pressure, In other words, it creates a vacuum inside the discs that are being targeted in treatment in order to alleviate pressure.

In nonsurgical spinal decompression, the vertebrae are gently separated while the patient lies comfortably on the decompression table. In addition to decreasing the intra-discal pressure, it may also induce the retraction of the herniated or bulging disc to the inside of the disc, which then can take pressure off the nearby nerve root, thecal sac, or both.

There are numerous benefits of spinal decompression which is why this treatment has grown in demand. The cycles of decompression and partial relaxation that occur microscopically in this treatment can cause results that are quite dramatic. Over a series of visits to the clinic, the torn and degenerated disc fibers under consideration can begin to heal as water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids outside the discs are diffused within.

The issue with the majority of conventional treatments offered is that not only do they not promote the healing process, typical treatments such as steroid injections and oral anti-inflammatory drugs actually hinder the body’s innate healing process.  Injections and drugs do limit swelling which can significantly decrease pain, but the cost comes with a lowered ability to actually heal.  When tissues are swollen and inflamed your body is trying to send key nutrients and specific cells such as fibroblasts to the damaged area in order to begin the repair process.  The swelling itself is often painful, which does have an important function of telling us to rest and to not continue to use the damaged tissue in stressful ways.

The better injections and anti-inflammatory drugs do in limiting the pain, the greater their side effect is in terms of shutting down the healing response.  Because spinal decompression promotes your body’s healing process, the latest research has shown it to be 80% EFFECTIVE, no matter how badly the disc is damaged.  Compare this to the fact that back surgery has a greater than 50% failure rate!

It is important to keep in mind that although spinal decompression is highly successful, 80% is not perfect.  Therefore research has shown that around 20% of people with significant damage to their discs will need surgical intervention.  However, it only makes sense to have the proper evaluation to see if one is a candidate for decompression therapy and to try that FIRST before resorting to drugs and or surgery.

To find out more about the benefits of nonsurgical spinal decompression, contact us Back to Health Chiropractic, 207-324-7098, Due to the tremendous results we have seen with numerous patients, we are pleased to report that we have added a second decompression unit to our state of the art facility. #injureddiscsCANheal #chiropractic#drugfreepainrelief



Previous surgery with implanted hardware

Spinal injuries that resulted in instability

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