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Seasonal Allergies, Lab Grown Meat & Pregnancy Care

“Sugar Crash,” is a documentary that covers the sugar crisis in Ireland.  The Irish average 24 teaspoons of sugar consumption per person, per day.  Ironically, The US population is the # 1 sugar consumer at 31.6 teaspoons of sugar per day.  The World Health Organization recommends 6 teaspoons per day.  Excess sugar consumption is linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes and metabolic hormonal disorders.  Excess sugar consumption is a major contributor to overwhelming health care costs due to the disease / sugar connection.


Vitamin K is not only essential to take with vitamin D (K helps D work better and more effectively concerning bone health and immune system function), K plays a role helping to prevent diabetes.  Researchers found that K plays an important role in maintaining calcium levels which prevents disturbances in insulin secretion.  Vitamin K also lowers inflammatory responses in the body and prevents calcification of the arterial system.


The trend in manufacturing lab grown meat continues with disturbing results.  Lab grown meat produces 25 times more CO2 than traditional animal farming.  Which is one of the opposite intended effects of developing this product.  The climate impact of lab cultured meat is up to 25 times greater than that of conventional meat.


According to the World Health Organization, only 40% of infants under the age of 6 months are being exclusively breast fed.  Thanks to the growing body of science and health evidence, breast feeding rates in the US have risen to 81% in 2016 from a low of 24% in 1971. 


Antibiotic resistance is a very large health concern and threat.  23,000 Americans die each year from antibacterial resistant infections.  Agriculture plays a very large role in this issue as four times as many antibiotics are used in farm animals than in human medicine. The meat from these animals with the antibiotics is passed to humans every time beef, pork or chicken is eaten.  It is essential to eat organic drug free meat and poultry to avoid this.


Chiropractic care is a helpful tool to utilize if you suffer from allergies.  While not a treatment for allergies (like Claritin of Allegra), chiropractic improves the function of systems in the body that are related to allergic reactions.  In addition to boosting immune function, chiropractic adjustments can also help control the influx of histamines produced during allergy season. Your body battles the rush of histamines by releasing a hormone called cortisol. That hormone is produced in the adrenal gland.  Disruption in neural impulse flow from the spine that controls the adrenal gland can occur when spinal bones are encroaching on the openings where the spinal nerves exit the spinal bones.  This can irritate the nerve roots and cause malfunctions in adrenal gland function.  In addition, the nerves in the upper neck control sinus function. Upper neck misalignments with neural irritation can cause the sinuses not to drain normally, clogging the seasonal allergens inside the sinuses, resulting in an increase in allergy symptoms.


Chiropractic Pregnancy / Prenatal information:  Ideally you should notify your prenatal chiropractor as soon as you find out you are pregnant. While no significant modifications to care are necessary early on, there may be certain exercises or stretches your chiropractor will recommend for you, and others they may suggest you avoid.  Worried about lying on your stomach during a chiropractic spinal adjustment? Don't be! Pregnancy chiropractors have specialized equipment like adjustment tables with belly cutouts to accommodate your growing abdomen. There is absolutely no risk of putting undue pressure on the baby.  While there is no set schedule for visiting a chiropractor while pregnant, chiropractors recommend regular visits — once every two weeks early on and then increasing to once a week for the remainder of pregnancy for optimal alignment of the spine, pelvis and reduction in nerve irritation. Naturally, if you have pregnancy related symptoms like back pain, sciatica, round ligament tension or carpel tunnel syndrome visits may be more frequent.

Dr J. Zimmerman, Chiropractor Dr. Zimmerman is a practicing chiropractor from Galloway, NJ with 30 years of chiropractic practice.

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