Natural Healthcare Center https://naturalhealthcarecenter.com Wed, 07 Nov 2018 15:39:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Understanding and Caring for the Female Athlete, Part 1 https://naturalhealthcarecenter.com/understanding-and-caring-for-the-female-athlete-part-1/ Wed, 07 Nov 2018 15:39:27 +0000 https://naturalhealthcarecenter.com/?p=3726 During the past 20-30 years, nothing in youth sports has changed more radically than the female athlete. To be clear, I could not be happier that girls are being given more opportunities to achieve their athletic potential. However, female physiology is very different from male physiology and should be treated as such. Most female athletes […]

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During the past 20-30 years, nothing in youth sports has changed more radically than the female athlete. To be clear, I could not be happier that girls are being given more opportunities to achieve their athletic potential. However, female physiology is very different from male physiology and should be treated as such.

Most female athletes aren’t properly monitored and assessed, and most health issues and injuries aren’t properly diagnosed and treated. Doctors tend to care for female athletes the same way they care for male athletes. This is especially dangerous for teens and young girls whose bodies are changing rapidly. Inadequate attention and care at this stage of life could set up these girls for a lifetime of chronic illness.

Part of the problem is the expansion of organized sports. When we were kids, we were told to go outside and play. Today’s kids play multiple sports on multiple teams all year round, and parents shuttle them all over God’s creation to practice and compete. This type of routine increases the risk of injury and health problems for both boys and girls, but in different ways.

The first step to addressing the problem is to understand differences in female and male physiology. Here are a few examples.

  • A female has a wider, shallower pelvis.
  • The femur, or upper leg bone, of a female is angled in more than a male.
  • A female’s limbs are shorter, relative to full body height.
  • A female’s shoulders are narrower.
  • A female with healthy body composition has 8-10 percent more body fat due to higher estrogen levels and fat tissue in the breasts and reproductive organs.
  • A female has 20-30 percent less muscle than a male.
  • A female’s heart is smaller and has a faster pulse rate, but a male typically has better blood circulation.
  • A female respiratory system has a smaller thorax, higher respiratory rate and less total lung capacity.
  • A female has a slower metabolism.

Because of the way females are built and function, injuries to the foot, ankle and knee happen more frequently than they do with males. These issues often lead to hip and back pain. One of the main reasons why we’ve added podiatry at Natural Healthcare Center is to address foot and ankle injuries and conditions early before they become serious problems.

Female athletes, especially young girls and teens, need to be monitored and properly assessed to reduce the risk of injury.

For example, females are more susceptible to stress fractures and shin splints. Stress fractures occur when new bone growth can’t keep up with the destruction of bone from various types of activity. When bone is repeatedly stressed and not given enough rest to repair, stress fractures occur. Outside factors such as poor shoe quality, improper training and poor nutrition also contribute to stress fractures.

Females are also more likely to have plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and bunions, those painful bumps where the big toe meets the foot. Again, poor-fitting shoes with a lack of support (like UGGs, flip flops and most sneakers), as well as high heels and pointy shoes, are often the source of the problem. Bunions can become so severe that the big toe overlaps the second toe. If left untreated, bunions can lead to arthritis.

The higher angle of the female upper leg bone increases the risk of ACL injuries and patellofemoral pain syndrome. Patellofemoral pain syndrome is a painful knee condition caused by the breakdown of cartilage and soft tissue around the patella. This condition is more common among adolescents and young adults.

Beyond musculoskeletal injuries, female athletes are at risk of eating disorders, amenorrhea (the absence of menstruation) and osteoporosis. In the next post, we’ll discuss what contributes to these issues and what can be done to prevent them.

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Big Soda Is at It Again. When Will We Take a Stronger Stand? https://naturalhealthcarecenter.com/big-soda-is-at-it-again-when-will-we-take-a-stronger-stand/ Wed, 24 Oct 2018 13:29:51 +0000 https://naturalhealthcarecenter.com/?p=3713 A reader of my blog sent me a screenshot of paid content from the American Beverage Association that appeared on a major news network’s website. When I say “paid content,” I’m referring to advertising that’s dressed up to look like the kinds of articles that visitors actually go to the website to read. There were […]

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A reader of my blog sent me a screenshot of paid content from the American Beverage Association that appeared on a major news network’s website. When I say “paid content,” I’m referring to advertising that’s dressed up to look like the kinds of articles that visitors actually go to the website to read.

There were four headlines.

  • Worried about calories & sugar in your family’s diet?
  • Why are Coke, Dr. Pepper and Pepsi working together?
  • We’re helping moms cut sugar in their families’ diets.
  • What drives innovation at America’s beverages companies?

But these weren’t four different articles. Clicking any of these headlines would take you to the same page, shown here. On that page, you’ll find information about the efforts of the American Beverage Association to reduce calories and sugar in their member companies’ offerings.

They call it “the largest voluntary effort to fight obesity by any industry.” If they could reduce the amount of calories in their beverages, “that would be a profound public health achievement.”

I was also made aware of Diet Coke’s recent “because you can” TV ad campaign. They have well-known, 20-something actors saying to drink Diet Coke “because you can.” Some of the lines in those ads include, “life is short” and “it’s not the kind of cherry you bring home to mom.”

Both the paid content and the ad campaign make one thing abundantly clear. Big soda is resigned to the fact that people are very much aware that their products are unhealthy.

The paid content, targeted at a slightly older audience, deals with this dilemma by trying to make you believe A) they care, and B) they’re trying to create healthy products. As if a drink with 20 percent less of a bad thing magically makes it healthy.

The TV ad campaign, which seems to target teens and young adults, deals with this dilemma by basically telling people to do whatever the heck they want. You know it’s not healthy, but drink Diet Coke anyway. Because you can. Show people how tough and cool you are.

Both approaches are shameful. But did you really expect anything different?

I lump big soda in with tobacco, alcohol and processed food. These products are legal for adults. But they’re detrimental to your health. It’s no secret.

The costs in terms of human life and healthcare costs are devastating, and these products have led to a chronic illness epidemic that threatens to destroy our healthcare system.

You have a cause and effect. Scientifically proven and widely understood.

As a healthcare practitioner and a father, I find it absolutely intolerable that these things are marketed to children. But as a society, I feel like we’ve willfully lost this battle to the big corporations that make and sell these products.

I wish that, as parents, we could at least universally agree that none of these products should be marketed to or used by children. And if you use them as adults, you’re knowingly making a choice that contributes to the chronic illness epidemic.

Big soda is showing us that they’ll do anything to make money, even at the expense of our health and the health of our kids. The question is, will we continue to allow it to happen?

Remember, good health requires good choices. Choose better. That would be a profound public health achievement.

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Intestinal Permeability, Part 3: Causes and Treatment Options https://naturalhealthcarecenter.com/intestinal-permeability-part-3-causes-and-treatment-options/ Wed, 10 Oct 2018 15:08:48 +0000 https://naturalhealthcarecenter.com/?p=3710 In Part 1 of our blog series on intestinal permeability, we explained what intestinal permeability is and why it’s a problem. When there’s an imbalance of gut bacteria, the passage of toxins, digestive proteins, bacteria and viruses from the gastrointestinal system into the bloodstream becomes unregulated. When permeability isn’t tightly controlled, it can cause the […]

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In Part 1 of our blog series on intestinal permeability, we explained what intestinal permeability is and why it’s a problem. When there’s an imbalance of gut bacteria, the passage of toxins, digestive proteins, bacteria and viruses from the gastrointestinal system into the bloodstream becomes unregulated.

When permeability isn’t tightly controlled, it can cause the immune system to run nonstop and eventually burn out. When this happens, you can develop a wide range of chronic conditions, including autoimmune diseases and food allergies.

In Part 2, we discussed the causes of intestinal permeability and treatment options. Intestinal permeability can be traced back to highly refined foods such as gluten, highly processed foods with added sugar, herbicides and environmental toxins, alcohol, and prescription drugs.

While the right diet can be helpful for patients by eliminating inflammatory foods, proper nutrition alone doesn’t solve the problem. Medication is more likely to make the problem worse.

In this final article in the intestinal permeability series, I want to discuss the treatment protocol developed by Dr. Coetzee. This protocol is based on years of scientific research and is currently in the clinical trial phase. Please keep in mind that this is a very high-level explanation of the protocol, which Dr. Coetzee discusses in far more detail in this YouTube video.

The protocol has three phases – re-soil, re-seed and re-feed.

Phase 1: Re-soil

Microbes find the vitamins and minerals needed to stimulate a healthy gut in the soil. Even if you eat organic food, you’re not getting the soil microbes you need in your diet. The soil microbe that was attached to a carrot pulled from the ground 30 years ago no longer exists.

Herbicides and pesticides have largely destroyed these microbes during the past 25 years or so. You can be on the healthiest diet in the world, but your gut biome (the trillions of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other substances in the gut) must be balanced, re-soiled and repopulated to achieve a state of optimal health. The first step is to find clean soil that hasn’t been contaminated.

Phase 2: Re-seed

In the soil of 30 years ago, we could find microscopic probiotics that would only activate after entering the digestive tract of a human or animal. They’re like a dormant seed, living in the soil and the gastrointestinal system. Once we have a supply of the right kind of soil, the “seed” can grow in the soil.

Phase 3: Re-feed

Once the seed has been activated, it needs to be fed a diversified diet. Consider the fact that people today eat about 15 different foods compared to the 600 types consumed by people 100 years ago. That’s what makes the gut biome more diverse.

100 years ago, people ate seasonally based on what the environment provided. Today, food makers use herbicides, preservatives, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and other man made substances to provide popular foods 365 days a year. To correct intestinal permeability and achieve balance in the gut biome, we need to feed the seed a diversified diet.

Where We Stand Now

Just like protocols developed, tested and published by Dr. Coetzee have been successful in reversing prediabetes, diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and high cholesterol, we’re confident that this new protocol will do the same for intestinal permeability.

Dr. Coetzee’s “re-soil, re-seed, re-feed” hypothesis is still in the testing stage as we speak. We believe that after six months on this protocol, a person should be able to eat anything grown naturally on this planet without issue. That’s how you know you have a truly healthy person.

The exciting part about this is that the gut biome has a fingerprint. The literature we’ve studied shows the gut biome seems to be completely formed by age 3. You can destroy it with alcohol, toxins and bad foods, but there’s a fingerprint waiting to be reactivated. We believe it just needs the right soil, the right seed and a diversified diet.

Remember, the human body is ready to recharge if you just give it the right things. That’s how you feel better, function better and live longer.

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Intestinal Permeability, Part 2: Causes and Treatment Options https://naturalhealthcarecenter.com/intestinal-permeability-part-2-causes-and-treatment-options/ Wed, 26 Sep 2018 18:30:58 +0000 https://naturalhealthcarecenter.com/?p=3695 In Part 1 of our blog series on intestinal permeability, we explained what intestinal permeability really is and why the more popular term, leaky gut, doesn’t make sense. The gut is supposed to “leak” to allow nutrients into the bloodstream while the immune system fights off any toxins that sneak through the gastrointestinal wall. However, […]

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In Part 1 of our blog series on intestinal permeability, we explained what intestinal permeability really is and why the more popular term, leaky gut, doesn’t make sense. The gut is supposed to “leak” to allow nutrients into the bloodstream while the immune system fights off any toxins that sneak through the gastrointestinal wall.

However, the passage of nutrients, toxins and other substances through the intestinal wall is supposed to be tightly controlled. An imbalance of gut bacteria causes the gastrointestinal system to become unregulated, which allows toxins, digestive proteins, bacteria and viruses to enter the blood stream. This causes the immune system to start attacking everything until it wears down and crashes, which leads to problems ranging from food allergies to autoimmune diseases.

What Causes Intestinal Permeability?

We know an imbalance of gut bacteria causes the problem, but what causes the imbalance of gut bacteria? Let’s start with the obvious – the food we put into our bodies.

Severely refined foods such as gluten and certain grain products can cause bacterial imbalance in the gut. Heavily processed foods with added sugar, sodium and fats can have a similar effect. Herbicides and environmental toxins found in our food supply, including non-organic fruits and vegetables, can contribute to intestinal permeability.

For example, Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, encourages farmers to apply this herbicide to crops such as wheat, barley, oats, canola, flax, peas, lentils and beans. The active ingredient is glyphosate, which is considered nontoxic to humans. However, glyphosate is capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of gut bacteria. It also prevents this bacteria from making aromatic amino acids that are essential to human health.

The effects of excessive alcohol consumption – headache, dehydration, diarrhea, mood swings and physical weakness – are all signs of intestinal permeability. Prescription antibiotics, steroid drugs, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as MiraLAX can also cause a gut bacteria imbalance.

How to Treat Intestinal Permeability

Before we treat, we have to diagnose. Although there is no official diagnosis for intestinal permeability, conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, small intestinal bowel overgrowth, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s disease, thyroiditis, some attention deficit disorders, and depression are all considered subsets of intestinal permeability. Food allergies, especially those involving organic, naturally grown foods that every human should be able to consume, can often be traced back to intestinal permeability.

Treating intestinal permeability requires us to restore and maintain a balance in gut bacteria. Medication, one of the top causes of intestinal permeability, only makes the problem worse. But special diets can also be ineffective.

For example, suppose the patient feels better after several months on an elimination diet that cuts out certain foods, whether they’re berries, avocados or natural carbohydrates. The patient may feel better, but the problem hasn’t been corrected. All you did was remove the inflammatory substance.

This is just the entry level phase of the solution. It’s the symptom reducer.

A diet rich in natural, unprocessed foods, probiotics (the good gut bacteria), and prebiotics (fibers that feed the good gut bacteria) can certainly help. Getting rid of added sugars, artificial sweeteners, processed foods, alcohol, pain medication and other inflammatory substances is always a good idea, regardless of your condition.

Dr. Oscar Coetzee has been conducting scientific research into a treatment protocol for intestinal permeability for years. This protocol is currently in the clinical trial stage and includes three phases – re-soil (with the soil microbes that we no longer get in our diet), re-seed (by activating these microscopic probiotics in the digestive tract), and re-feed (with the kind of diversified diet that’s required for a healthy gut biome).

In the third and final part of this blog series, we’ll dig into this exciting research in more detail.

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Intestinal Permeability, Part 1: What Is It and Why Is It a Problem? https://naturalhealthcarecenter.com/intestinal-permeability-part-1-what-is-it-and-why-is-it-a-problem/ Wed, 12 Sep 2018 16:13:53 +0000 https://naturalhealthcarecenter.com/?p=3656 Leaky gut has become a bit of a buzzword as more healthcare providers wake up to the fact that the food we put into our bodies can get into the bloodstream and affect our health. Unfortunately, we’ve found that many people don’t take the term “leaky gut” seriously. Not only does it sound silly, but […]

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Leaky gut has become a bit of a buzzword as more healthcare providers wake up to the fact that the food we put into our bodies can get into the bloodstream and affect our health. Unfortunately, we’ve found that many people don’t take the term “leaky gut” seriously. Not only does it sound silly, but the definition doesn’t match the term.

That’s why the clinical nutrition team at Natural Healthcare Center, including director Dr. Oscar Coetzee, Dr. Dana Filatova and myself, use the scientific term – intestinal permeability.

Leaky gut as a medical condition doesn’t make sense because the gut is supposed to leak in a controlled manner. It’s not like the gastrointestinal wall has a permanent seal. A certain amount of nutrients is supposed to go into the bloodstream.

A small amount of toxins also passes through the wall. This activates the immune system so it can prevent the spread of toxins throughout the body. Most people think the immune system lies on the inside lining of the gastrointestinal tract, but it actually lies on the opposite side, closer to the bloodstream.

What Is Intestinal Permeability?

Intestinal permeability refers to how the passage of nutrients, toxins and other materials from the gastrointestinal tract to the bloodstream is controlled.

Food is broken down in your stomach, but most digestion is handled by the gut bacteria. This gut bacteria communicates with little “gates” in the gastrointestinal wall. These gates open and close based on the information provided by the gut bacteria.

When there’s an imbalance in gut bacteria, communication is disrupted, which prevents the opening and closing of the gates from being consistently controlled. Your gastrointestinal system becomes unregulated. As a result, toxins, digestive proteins, bacteria and viruses go through, or permeate, the gastrointestinal wall undigested and enter the bloodstream.

Why Is Intestinal Permeability a Problem?

When these substances enter the bloodstream, they send the immune system into overdrive. It starts attacking everything. But the human body only has so many white blood cells. If this happens constantly, the immune system can’t attack and defend against everything.

It’s like putting racing fuel in your car and driving it as hard as you can for as long as you can. At some point, you’re going to burn out the engine.

When the immune system is supercharged for such a long period of time, it will become depleted and worn down and eventually crash. At this point, it becomes difficult for the immune system to function properly.

Conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, some attention deficit disorders, and depression have been linked to intestinal permeability. Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s, type 1 diabetes and thyroiditis are common. People often develop unusual food allergies as a result of intestinal permeability.

All humans should be able to eat and digest natural food grown that was grown in a healthy environment, whether it’s an apple, kale, or a piece of meat or chicken. If you have adverse or allergic reactions to those foods, you have intestinal permeability. Your body is seeing those foods as invaders because they’re getting into the bloodstream undigested.

We’re all “permeable” to a certain level because of the toxic environment that surrounds us. In fact, we believe virtually all diseases that can’t be explained can be traced back to intestinal permeability on some level. The only way to achieve a state of optimal health is to restore and maintain balance in the gut microbiome, which is made up of the trillions of bacteria and other microbes that live in the gut.

In upcoming posts, we’ll discuss the causes of intestinal permeability, how to treat it, and exciting research being led by Dr. Coetzee here at Natural Healthcare Center.

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15 Years of Natural Healthcare Center, Part 2: The Early Years https://naturalhealthcarecenter.com/15-years-of-natural-healthcare-center-part-2-the-early-years/ https://naturalhealthcarecenter.com/15-years-of-natural-healthcare-center-part-2-the-early-years/#respond Wed, 04 Jul 2018 13:00:07 +0000 http://drproodian.com/?p=3359 Natural Healthcare Center opened its doors in July of 2003. All this month, we’re celebrating our 15th anniversary by looking at our humble beginnings, how Natural Healthcare Center has evolved, and what lies ahead. We couldn’t be more thankful for our patients, friends and family who help us make Natural Healthcare Center such a special […]

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Dr. Proodian outside Natural Healthcare CenterNatural Healthcare Center opened its doors in July of 2003. All this month, we’re celebrating our 15th anniversary by looking at our humble beginnings, how Natural Healthcare Center has evolved, and what lies ahead. We couldn’t be more thankful for our patients, friends and family who help us make Natural Healthcare Center such a special place.

In part 1 of this post, I discussed the frustration I encountered in trying to partner with an existing practice and then trying to find a facility to purchase. Looking back, I know God wanted me to be at Natural Healthcare Center. He wanted me in this building, with this kind of practice, working with this incredible team, serving this wonderful community.

As I said at the end of the first post, people tend to resist change, and the previous practice had been doing things a certain way for 25 years. After opening Natural Healthcare Center, I implemented changes gradually, whether it was adding a new service or installing hardwood floors.

Of course, the first six months were spent building relationships with patients. I knew that if they didn’t respond positively to me in the first one or two visits, they wouldn’t be back. I worked my tail off to make sure my patients knew they were in good hands.

From day one, I began developing our Community Relations program. It took 12 months of writing and fine tuning before I was satisfied with my presentations and scheduled my first speaking engagement. During those early years, I was on the road doing 40-50 seminars a year.

Dr. Proodian community outreach

2005 Community Relations Event – Speaking to Local Gymnastic Team

What has driven me since I first opened the doors of Natural Healthcare Center, and what continues to drive my team and me today, are our core values. Be passionate about what you do, do it with a high level of consistency, and provide outstanding customer service.

I wanted my patients to have a genuine experience. Nothing about Natural Healthcare Center would be canned or scripted. I wanted to build a culture of authenticity that would grow organically as we expanded from a staff of one to 20 people who fully embraced the mission of our practice.

Natural Healthcare Center Before Renovations

More than the quality of service and compassion you receive from staff, this experience is also affected by how your surroundings make you feel. I continue to work with a designer on lighting, colors, furniture and other design elements to make patients feel comfortable and welcome.

Another core value that drove me in those early days was, if the patient needs it, you give it them. I didn’t hold back therapies from patients even when I knew the insurance companies wouldn’t pay me for them.

Honestly, I think this is the first time I’ve said that out loud. But it’s not that hard to understand.

Not every service we offered was reimbursable by insurance companies. My philosophy was and continues to be that you don’t hold back a service the patient needs because you don’t get paid for it.

This required more staffing and more open hours at the center, which leads me to the third core value of accessibility. Disjointed doctor office hours drive me crazy as a patient, so why would I subject my patients to the same craziness?

The practice I purchased was open three days a week. I set hours of 8 am – 7 pm, six days a week. During this time, I didn’t have an assistant. It was me by myself. 60-hour weeks weren’t normal. They were the minimum. During the first seven years, I think I took one full-week vacation.

Each day, I would tap on the door, say a prayer, and thank God for the opportunity he was giving me to pursue my dream. I still do that to this day.

“Labor of love” is a bit of an overused cliché, but it definitely applies here. I thank my father, whose work ethic and family values were instilled in me at a young age. I thank my mother for her unconditional love and gentle support. And, of course, I thank my wife, Stacy, who has always been my only true partner in life and was a wonderful mother to five children under 10 years old during those early years. Her faith in me has never wavered.

The long hours and core values helped me earn the confidence of my patients and attract top-notch talent to the Natural Healthcare Center team. As a result, we’ve been able to do things that even I never dreamed of. In the third and final installment of this series, I’ll discuss what lies ahead for Natural Healthcare Center.

 

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15 Years of Natural Healthcare Center, Part 1: How This Wonderful Place Came to Be https://naturalhealthcarecenter.com/15-years-of-natural-healthcare-center-part-1-how-this-wonderful-place-came-to-be/ https://naturalhealthcarecenter.com/15-years-of-natural-healthcare-center-part-1-how-this-wonderful-place-came-to-be/#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:30:23 +0000 http://drproodian.com/?p=3350 Natural Healthcare Center opened its doors in July of 2003. All this month, we’re celebrating our 15th anniversary by looking at our humble beginnings, how Natural Healthcare Center has evolved, and what lies ahead. We couldn’t be more thankful for our patients, friends and family who help us make Natural Healthcare Center such a special […]

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My 2004 donation of all the Atlantic Chiropractic Center fitness equipment to the Long Branch Police Department.

Natural Healthcare Center opened its doors in July of 2003. All this month, we’re celebrating our 15th anniversary by looking at our humble beginnings, how Natural Healthcare Center has evolved, and what lies ahead. We couldn’t be more thankful for our patients, friends and family who help us make Natural Healthcare Center such a special place.

The first five or six years of my associate career working for other people were very enjoyable. I loved the 60-hour work weeks. I couldn’t soak up enough knowledge. My patients were incredibly happy.

But the last two years or so of my associate career were intensely frustrating. I put together business plans and buy-in strategies to become a partner in several practices, only to have door after door shut in my face.

I eventually realized God’s plan for me was to have no other partner besides my wife, Stacy.

Toward the end of 2002, I was commuting from Red Bank to Bridgewater and Wyckoff every day, we had just bought a fixer upper home, and Stacy was pregnant with our third child. I switched gears and looked for a place where I could launch my own practice.

I called Dr. Dennis Nitto, who I heard was selling his practice in West End. He said someone else had agreed to buy the practice, so it wasn’t available. I started trekking out to Princeton three days a week to look at available spaces.

At one point, I thought everything had finally fallen into place with a facility in Princeton Forrestal Village. My credit was excellent, the bank had approved my loan, and I had a solid business plan that I had spent years developing.

In March of 2003, I remember sitting at the desk I had set up in the basement – hardly a home office at that point – and finding out from the landlord in Princeton that the deal fell through.

Five minutes after hanging up the phone, I got a call from Dr. Nitto. I didn’t even remember calling him months earlier. He said the deal with the other interested buyer fell through and asked if I was still interested.

I went to meet Dr. Nitto that day. We agreed on a deal and I immediately began working for him at Atlantic Chiropractic Center.

I had never been to West End. I lived in Red Bank and spent my summers in Sea Bright. But I felt an instant connection with the community.

The next step was financing. The debt load was more than $1.5 million.

My house was collateral on the loan and I had to borrow money from my mother. Without a second thought, she took out a second mortgage so she could lend me the money I needed. Stacy, who was pregnant at the time, signed every piece of paper that was put in front of her. The unconditional love, trust and support of my mother and wife are why they’re still the two most important women in my life.

Me with the Mayor of Long Branch after first renovations in 2005

The purchase of Dr. Nitto’s practice and facility closed in early July. My attorney said it was the fastest commercial closing he had ever seen.

A week later, my son, James, was born.

I can state unequivocally that God had his hand on my back. This is where He wanted me to be. This is the kind of practice He wanted me to have. As always, He was right.

I finally had my own practice. Of course, the real challenge would be getting it up and running.

When you buy an existing practice, you normally spend at least a year in their office learning about the patients. I was only there for a few months, so not a single patient of Dr. Nitto’s knew me, and my business model and approach to care were nothing like the previous practice.

People usually hate change, but big changes were coming.

TO BE CONTINUED…

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How to Identify Nutritional Imbalances and Toxicities https://naturalhealthcarecenter.com/how-to-identify-nutritional-imbalances-and-toxicities/ https://naturalhealthcarecenter.com/how-to-identify-nutritional-imbalances-and-toxicities/#respond Wed, 06 Jun 2018 17:51:01 +0000 http://drproodian.com/?p=3345 Because there’s no license for nutrition in New Jersey, a lot of different people make nutritional recommendations, from those with degrees in nutrition to dietitians and gym owners. In many doctor’s offices, “nutrition” amounts to a brief patient history and stepping on a scale. If your weight is appropriate, you’re told everything is fine. If […]

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laboratory technician holding a blood tube testBecause there’s no license for nutrition in New Jersey, a lot of different people make nutritional recommendations, from those with degrees in nutrition to dietitians and gym owners. In many doctor’s offices, “nutrition” amounts to a brief patient history and stepping on a scale.

If your weight is appropriate, you’re told everything is fine. If you’re overweight, you’re told to go on a certain diet and take a few supplements. The problem is, this approach typically fails to identify and address the root cause of nutritional imbalances, genetic issues, and conditions like intestinal permeability.

When you go to the doctor, it’s their job to tell you what’s wrong with you – the root cause, not the symptom – and what you should do about it. If you took your car to the shop because it was making a weird noise, the mechanic wouldn’t just give you ear plugs to block out the noise. They’d find out what was causing the noise and fix it at the source.

Functional medicine works the same way. When a patient comes to Natural Healthcare Center, we examine their health and family history. We assess their current state of health. If they bring blood tests, we review them. But we go far beyond height and weight to measure things like body fat, water content, fat free mass and fat mass content.

Based on this data, we begin to determine what we think is going on with the patient. We then often order more functional testing to pinpoint nutritional imbalances and toxicities, working with several of the most respected testing labs in the country.

Depending on the patient and the suspected condition, we may test hormone levels. We may test for levels of glyphosate, a toxic weed-killing herbicide that’s been found in our food supply. We may order 23andMe genetic testing as part of our nutrigenomics program to find out how food affects your genes. We may order an organic acid profile to assess metabolic dysfunction.

We may test neurotransmitter levels to determine how well you’re converting amino acids to neurotransmitters, which can impact anxiety levels, depression and ADHD symptoms. We may order a GI Effects Functional Stool test to analyze your DNA and identify all microbiota present in your body. We may test for amino acids, which play a role in every chemical process that affects your physical, mention and emotional function.

I think you get the point. We want to gather as much data as possible so we can provide an accurate, science-based diagnosis and recommend a personalized, natural treatment plan that stimulates the body’s ability to heal itself. Medication and surgery are a last resort, not a crutch.

I share this information not to impress anyone, but to explain the level of testing, analysis and investigative work that’s often required to diagnose and treat nutritional imbalances. This is the kind of work that Dr. Oscar Coetzee, Dr. Dana Filatova and I do every day to deliver the kind of outcomes people expect when they come to Natural Healthcare Center.

Nutrition and its impact on the body are far too complex to be evaluated based on one conversation and a bathroom scale, and then treated with a cookie-cutter diet. If you suspect your doctor isn’t digging deeply enough, it may be time to look for a new doctor.

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What Is Myofascial Release Therapy? https://naturalhealthcarecenter.com/what-is-myofascial-release-therapy/ https://naturalhealthcarecenter.com/what-is-myofascial-release-therapy/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 14:40:25 +0000 http://drproodian.com/?p=3341 Myofascial release therapy is often confused with massage therapy because both involve hands-on manipulation of the soft tissue. While massage focuses primarily on muscles, myofascial release focuses primarily on the fascia. Fascia is the connective tissue that runs from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet, almost like a three-dimensional spider […]

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Massage therapist trigger point release Myofascial release therapy is often confused with massage therapy because both involve hands-on manipulation of the soft tissue. While massage focuses primarily on muscles, myofascial release focuses primarily on the fascia.

Fascia is the connective tissue that runs from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet, almost like a three-dimensional spider web with gel between the strand of web. Fascia strengthens, supports and cushions the human body.

There are three layers of fascia. Superficial fascia is the top layer that lies below the skin and allows muscles to move the skin. Nerves run through this layer. Deep fascia surrounds muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels, while the visceral or parietal fascia holds organs in place within their cavities.

Normally, the fascia is elastic, fluid and flexible. But if one part of the fascia is pulled, injured, overused, underused, dehydrated or inflamed, it can cause a painful ripple effect that extends to other parts of the body. That’s why, for example, the source of the pain in your knee could be a problem in your lower back. And that’s another reason why it’s so important to get to the root cause of what’s bothering you.

Tightness, hardness or restrictions in the fascia slow down blood flow and cause myofascial pain, which can range from mild discomfort and tenderness to excruciating pain. This leads to the creation of myofascial adhesions, or scar tissue.

As more blood flow is restricted, more muscles tighten, more adhesions develop, and more pain follows. In addition to pain, many people experience poor sleep, fatigue and stiffness. This condition typically doesn’t show up in diagnostic imaging such as CT scans and x-rays.

Myofascial release is a hands-on therapy in which a highly trained therapist uses specific protocols to pinpoint the areas of the fascia that are tight or restricted. The therapist will look for myofascial trigger points, or knots. These are the myofascial adhesions and the source of the pain. The therapist will also evaluate any loss of motion or symmetry. Based on this evaluation, the therapist will recommend a personalized treatment plan.

Myofascial release therapy involves the use of gentle, sustained pressure and/or stretching in the restricted area, allowing the fascia to release and return to its normal elastic, flexible self. The patient’s progress is measured by improvements in motion and function, as well as pain relief. Treatment can take weeks or months depending on the individual and the severity of the condition.

Myofascial release therapy can be used to treat dozens of chronic and acute conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Chronic back, neck and joint pain
  • Auto accidents, sports injuries and other trauma
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Bulging, herniated and degenerative discs
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Pelvic pain
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bladder issues
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Painful scars
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Jaw pain/TMJ syndrome
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

Of course, myofascial release therapy is part of a comprehensive treatment program. Nutrition and exercise (too much, incorrect or lack of exercise) have a direct impact on the formation of myofascial adhesions. We go over proper body mechanics, movement and posture, and how to safely improve strength and flexibility. We talk about the level of stress in your life. All three components of the Triad of Health – the physical, nutritional and psychological – must be in balance for any treatment program to work.

People rarely come to Natural Healthcare Center and say, “I want myofascial release therapy.” But it’s one more tool we have at our disposal for addressing the source of your pain or discomfort so you can feel better, function better and live longer.

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New Study Finds Pesticides in Nearly 70% of Non-Organic Produce https://naturalhealthcarecenter.com/new-study-finds-pesticides-in-nearly-70-of-non-organic-produce/ https://naturalhealthcarecenter.com/new-study-finds-pesticides-in-nearly-70-of-non-organic-produce/#respond Wed, 09 May 2018 14:31:37 +0000 http://drproodian.com/?p=3337 If there was ever a case for buying organic foods and supporting local farmers and farm markets, this is it. Each year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes its Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. This report is based on the analysis of tests performed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on more than 38,800 […]

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Tractor spraying wheat field with sprayerIf there was ever a case for buying organic foods and supporting local farmers and farm markets, this is it.

Each year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes its Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. This report is based on the analysis of tests performed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on more than 38,800 non-organic produce samples.

This year’s report revealed that nearly 70 percent of samples of conventionally grown produce were contaminated with 230 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products.

Here is the Dirty Dozen list of the most contaminated produce, according to the EWG report:

  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet bell peppers

Let’s take a look at strawberries, a popular fruit among young kids that topped the list of the most contaminated produce. 89 percent of tested strawberries were grown in the U.S. The rest were grown in Mexico, except for one sample that came from the Netherlands. The data is shocking.

  • 99 percent of strawberries had at least one pesticide.
  • On average, strawberry samples contained 7.8 pesticides.
  • One in five samples had at least 10 pesticides.
  • One sample contained 22 different pesticides.
  • Carbendazim, a fungicide that disrupts hormones and damages the male reproductive system, was found in 16 percent of samples. Carbendazim is banned in the European Union.
  • Bifenthrin, an insecticide designated as a possible human carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California regulators, was found in nearly three in 10 samples.

“But,” you say, “I wash my strawberries before my kids eat them.” It doesn’t matter. Even strawberries that are rinsed in the field and washed before eating are likely to be contaminated with pesticides.

In addition to pesticides, strawberry growers typically use high volumes of poisonous, toxic gases to sterilize their fields and kill off every other living thing in their soil, including animals. Some of these gases were developed as chemical weapons and are banned by the Geneva Convention.

Here’s the real kicker. Almost all these strawberries are considered safe to eat, according to U.S. laws and regulations.

Of the 1,174 batches of strawberries tested, only 28 had pesticide levels that exceeded the legally permissible level set by the EPA, and only 40 percent contained pesticides designated as illegal for use on strawberries.

Remember when you could only get strawberries a few months a year? Today, they’re available all year because of unhealthy, unsafe growing practices, which is why strawberry consumption in the U.S. has grown nearly four times since 1980.

I’m picking on strawberries here, but there are equally horrifying stories about every fruit and vegetable on the list. For example, 80 percent of apples contained diphenylamine, a pesticide banned in Europe, while 30 percent of cherries contained iprodione, another pesticide banned in Europe because it has been linked to cancer.

For what it’s worth, the EWG provides a Clean 15 guide to produce containing the least amount of pesticides. But do you really want to roll the dice with your health and the health of your children?

Clearly, we can’t trust the government to protect us. The big food lobby’s money and influence are too powerful. The only way to guarantee you’re eating safe foods is to buy organic.

Shop local farmers markets. Talk to farmers about how they grow their foods. Buy foods that have spent minimal time in transit. You could end up paying less for fresher, healthier and better-tasting food. If you shop at the grocery store, you could end up paying a little more for organic products.

Do you know what’s more expensive than buying organic? Getting sick. Increasing the risk of chronic illness and cancer.

Good health is more often a choice than a predetermined fate. Make smart health choices for you and your family. Do your research and buy organic.

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