Had a wonderful experience here. I’d go back 100 times and be in pain to have finally been able to move almost 100% with no pain there afterward after suffering a herniated disc. The pain is in my opinion one of the best method to have long term healing and back functionality. Instead of pain, think of it as reviving your muscles that have been dormant for so long due to your back issues. Enough of these pills, adjustments, and back belts (although at times those help) lets get the real stuff going!!! This place is the real deal. Had about 5 sessions and continued my training at home.
Dr. Mercola’s Comment:
The authors of this article, Dr. Dean and Ms. Beck, are key medical advisors to www.yeastconnection.com a Web site I highly recommend to women based on the pioneering work of Dr. William Crook.
Dr. Crook, one of my first mentors and a friend who passed away last year, was the author of the classic book, The Yeast Connection, and many other bestsellers that helped millions of women. He was instrumental in helping me recognize that there was a wide network of physicians who understood the importance of nutrition.
Indirectly, he helped connect me to this network and I will be ever grateful for his guidance in this area as that was really the beginning of my journey into high-level natural health.
His great legacy is being carried on at www.yeastconnection.com, where you will find out all the latest insights on how candida yeast causes problems in your body, and how to alleviate them.
By Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D.
Pre-menstrual syndrome or PMS can make life miserable, momentarily or monthly, for 90 percent of American women. It’s a mishmash of symptoms–bloating, cramping, tender breasts, irritability, food cravings and a dozen other symptoms–that can occur in the luteal phase of a woman’s menstrual cycle (right after ovulation until the menstrual flow begins).
To the eternal aggravation of countless women through time, PMS can last as long as 14 days until menstruation begins.
PMS can be aggravated by:
- The number of children a woman has had
- Alcohol consumption
- Sugar and caffeine intake
- Progesterone deficiency
Other dietary factors, lack of exercise, hypothyroidism and depression can also contribute to PMS symptoms that are severe enough to interfere with daily life for up to 40 percent of all women.
Listed below are some of the many symptoms of PMS:
Of course, these symptoms can be caused by many conditions, but when they are consistently linked to this specific time in a woman’s menstrual cycle, they are usually grouped under the PMS label.
Scientific evidence now suggests that women who exercise regularly are less affected than sedentary women by the mood swings and depression often associated with PMS.
A Closer Look
Many doctors are now beginning to take a deeper look at PMS. Recurring and life-altering PMS warrants an investigation of the following:
- Thyroid function to determine if hyper or hypothyroid symptoms are interfering with hormone balance
- Insulin metabolism to determine if blood sugar fluctuations are triggering food cravings, fatigue, headaches and irritability
- Diet to determine if the patient is eating a diet high in sugar and refined and processed foods
The late Dr. William Crook, author of The Yeast Connection and Women’s Health, suggested a connection between the systemic overgrowth of candida albicans yeast and PMS. He believed PMS develops as the result of a number of causes, among them yeast overgrowth.
Some researchers suggest systemic candida overgrowth may trigger PMS symptoms by activating an autoimmune response to sex hormones such as estrogen.
The normal rise and decline of estrogen in a monthly cycle could help explain the periodic flare-ups and subsequent quieting of candida symptoms, which can be remarkably similar to those of PMS mentioned above.
For women experiencing PMS discomfort who also had a high score on the yeast questionnaire, Dr. Crook suggested his special sugar-free anti-candida diet, oral antifungal medications and nutritional supplements could be life changing. A growing number of his colleagues are now beginning to agree with the connection between yeast and PMS.
As can be seen from the yeast questionnaire, women who have taken repeated courses of antibiotics, suffered recurrent vaginal yeast infections, taken birth control and/or had a diet high in sugar and processed and refined foods are at particularly high risk for candida yeast overgrowth.
Learning to Eat Healthier
Research shows that women most likely to suffer from PMS had some remarkable dietary parallels. They consumed more carbohydrates (62 percent), refined sugar (75 percent), dairy products (79 percent) and more sodium (78 percent) than women eating the standard American diet.
We suggest that women suffering from the symptoms of PMS consider the following anti-candida diet for one cycle and see if there is a difference in PMS symptoms. It is best to begin the diet at the end of the luteal phase, the day your period begins.
The first phase of the anti-candida diet involves eliminating all:
- Corn syrup (most fruit drinks are sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup)
- White bread and other white flour products
- Soft drinks
- Most ready-to-eat cereals
- All sweet, fat-laden snack foods
Foods containing these nutritionally deficient simple carbohydrates promote yeast overgrowth and literally feed the yeast organisms.
Replace all processed and refined foods with more vegetables of all kinds, including those you might normally eat. Avoid all fermented or mold and fungus-based foods, including soy sauce, vinegar, blue cheese and all types of mushrooms.
Avoid and Replace
Get rid of all hydrogenated fats and foods containing food coloring and additives. Add modest amounts of olive, walnut, flaxseed, sesame and other healthy unprocessed, unrefined oils for cooking and salad dressings.
Round out the diet with lean cuts of beef and pork, chicken, turkey, seafood, wild game, nuts and seeds. Modest amounts of high-carbohydrate vegetables, including potatoes (white and sweet), avocado, beans and other legumes, are permissible. Yogurt, hard cheeses and cream cheese can be eaten too.
For this experimental phase, avoid all fruit, which is high in the fruit sugar called fructose. It can be added back cautiously after the first month. Also avoid alcoholic beverages, coffee and other caffeinated drinks.
Charting symptoms, moods and general feelings of well-being over this month-long period can provide some powerful insights. Review our symptom chart. By the end of this phase, there should be a clear picture of the connection between diet and PMS symptoms.
For the next phase, certain foods can be gradually re-introduced. Experiment with fruit, brewer’s yeast and vinegar one at a time to determine how they affect symptoms. More explicit instructions about the challenge phase can be found here.
Probiotics (live “friendly” bacteria) are an essential part of the anti-candida program because they help restore the natural balance of intestinal flora, including yeast. Nutritional supplements like olive leaf extract and caprylic acid may also be helpful. See descriptions for these nutrients at our Web site.
In extreme cases, prescription antifungal medications may be necessary while keeping on a candida-free diet and taking probiotics.
Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., is medical advisor to Woman’s Health Connection at www.yeastconnection.com and is featured on the website’s “Ask A Pro” page. Her latest books are The Miracle of Magnesium and Natural Prescriptions for Common Ailments.
Think of the neck and head like a golf ball on a tee, except your head is more like the weight of a bowling ball. Holding your head in a forward position puts strain on you neck, shoulders and upper back, causing pinched nerves, elevated shoulders and many forms of headaches.
For every inch your head posture sits forward the head gains 10 lbs in weight!! Things like building neck strength and working on scapular retraction can help correct FHP before it”s too late.
-Lumbar spine gets loaded with compressed forces
-Upper back gets stretched and weak
-Abdominal muscles turn off
-Neck moves forward to compensate for the shift in weight.
-Hip flexors shorten and tighten.
-Internal organs get compressed, compromising lung capacity and digestion.
Slouchie equals ouchie! Make little changes everyday to help your posture.
Postural Corrections. If we stay in a certain position all day, our tissues will want to move into that resting position, in this case, your Psoas. The best sitting posture is one that always changes.
Sit Back in Your Chair. This will stop you leaning forward as much, and thus your Psoas won’t be in as shortened position in comparison to when you sit on the edge of your seat.
Stop Hooking Your Feet under Your Chair. You put yourself in more hip flexion and therefore, more Psoas activation. Set your feet flat on the floor, or a raised platform if you are a shortie.
Stand Up When Performing Exercises. You sit all day at work and keep your Psoas shortened. Do the opposite in the gym. Instead of the bike, get on the treadmill. Sub in Overhead Press instead of Seated Press.
Stop Sleeping on Your Stomach. When you are on your stomach, your back goes into hyperextension. This is exacerbating what a tight Psoas already does to your back (anterior tilt). Change it up.
Move More. Not staying in a seated position all day will go a long way to stopping you developing a tight Psoas. Get up more frequently, stretch more often, change positions… just keep moving!
Dr. Adam gave me “my life back” I’m so grateful to him. My daughter referred me to Dr. Adam. I was misdiagnosed with probable MS. In my mid 30s I’d suffered lower left side paralysis. I was in extreme pain, limited mobility. I couldn’t even touch my own knees and at times needed assistance just to get dressed. I surrendered to a life of being in a wheelchair or using canes. I was in my 40s and my body was ancient. Within a few months of seeing Dr.Adam, I could touch my toes. Within a year I was hiking, mountain biking and decreasing my medications. Fast forward a few yrs-@ 51yrs old I’m now running in hardcore, military-type obstacle courses along side people half my age. Check out “ThunderChallenge”- they profiled my success, there’s no doubt in my mind, I owe it all to Dr. Adam. He gave me my life back and then some. I’m enjoying a physical wellbeing far beyond anything I ever had experienced in my “old” life. I can accomplish physically demanding challenges that would frighten most people. I can’t express in words how truly grateful and blessed I am to have met Dr.Adam.
MY PARENTS DOG, A PARAPLEGIC AND A FUTURE OLYMPIAN
A paralysed cyclist may represent her country in the Olympics after a bike crash gave her back the use of her legs.
Monique van der Vorst was paralysed from the waist down and had been confined to a wheelchair for 13 years.
Powering a bike with her hands, she had represented the Netherlands at the Paralympic Games and won two silver medals.
But last year, after being knocked off her bike, her feet started to tingle and within months she was able to walk again in a recovery that has baffled doctors.
She now competes on a standard bicycle and was this week given one of 11 places on a top women’s professional cycling team. Her dream is to ride in the 2016 Olympics.
Team spokesman Luuc Eisengo said: “It seems like a miracle.”
Van der Vorst, who is now 27, was a sporty child who enjoyed tennis and hockey. At 13, she had just taken up cycling when a routine ankle operation resulted in nerve damage and left one leg paralysed from the hip down. Confined to a wheelchair, she took up hand-cycling and competed nationally and internationally, winning six European and three world championship titles.
In 2008 she was hit by a car, which damaged her spinal cord and left her completely paralysed from the waist down. Later that year, she won two silver medals at the Beijing Paralympic Games.
Last year, while in her “best shape ever” and training for the 2012 Paralympics in London, she was involved in another accident, this time with another cyclist.
Her body went into spasm and she started to feel tingling on first one foot and then the other. By the end of the year, she was walking again.
She said it was “amazing” when her feet started to tingle, and added: “It is wonderful to walk again, the whole world has another perspective when you can stand up. I really enjoy every minute that I am walking.”
British experts said there was no obvious reason for Van der Vorst’s recovery. Although most people with spinal cord injuries do see some improvement, it is minimal. A lucky few recover fully, but the improvement usually occurs gradually, over the first 12 to 18 months, rather than suddenly, as in Van der Vorst’s case.
Dr Mark Bacon, of the charity Spinal Research, said it is impossible to know what happened.
One theory is that the 2008 accident pushed two vertebrae in her spine out of alignment, causing them to pinch or compress the spinal cord, leaving her paralysed.
Last year’s accident could have released the pressure, allowing vital messages to be transmitted between the brain and legs once more – and giving her back the power of her legs.
Van der Vorst has now swapped her hand-bike for a regular model and has started racing competitively. This week she was signed by the Dutch Rabobank’s women’s cycling team, where she will train with some of the world’s best.
She said that while she can’t explain her miracle recovery, she is an “athlete in body and soul”, and added: “My dream is to participate in the Rio Olympics in 2016, that would be beautiful.”
Eisenga, the team spokesman, said: “When we met Monique, we saw an athlete with incredible willpower and the right mentality for sport. She has a really good level in cycling and we believe we can help her develop as a professional bike rider.”
Asked if she might make it to the Olympics, he said: “In sport, everything is possible.”
Team coach Jeroen Blijlevens said: “I am sure the other members of the team have a lot to learn from Monique.” – Daily Mail
My parents dog had a similar thing happen to it.