Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Although not new in asian culture, the newest performance enhancement drug is deer antler spray.  IGF-1 (insulin growth factor) From Deer Antler Velvet has been used for 10,000 years by Orientals to improve energy levels and strengthen the organs of endurance; specifically improving lung function, muscle development, stamina, kidney function, and blood components.

For over 2,000 years Chinese physicians have used velvet antler to treat over 55 different disorders including general pain, weakness, chronic joint degeneration, sexual impotency, and infertility. Scientific research over the lost 40 years has demonstrated velvet deer antler, if harvested at the correct time of year and processed to concentrate the various biological active ingredients, can produce enormous health, endurance, and strength benefits.

 Recent research substantiates that velvet deer antler contains a variety of complex elements including:

■Eight known growth factors including IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor 1), IGF-2 (insulin-like growth factor 2), TGF beta (transforming growth factor beta), erythropoietin (red blood cell growth stimulant), neurotrophin (nerve growth factor), bone morphogenic protein, epidermal growth factor, luteinizing hormone stimulant (increases testosterone), and fibroblast growth factor 8

■anti-inflammatory prostaglandins – an anti-inflammatory protein (newly discovered)

■nerve protective fatty acids (sphingomyelin and phospholipids)

■prohormones and sterols

■amino acids

■cartilage components

■glucosamine – cartilage growth, maintenance and repair stimulant (polymeric N-acetyl-D-glucosamine – proven wound-healing stimulant)

■chondroitin sulfate A (CSA) – shown to improve circulation, reduce the bloods’ clotting tendancies, decrease the risk of stroke, and improve cardiovascular health)

■collagen type I

For the Athlete or  Bodybuilder, The effects of IGF-1 include:

1. An increase in proliferation and growth of muscle cells

2. An increased uptake of amino acids into the muscle cells

3. An increase in the uptake of blood sugar (glucose) into muscle cells

4. Improved utilization of fat for energy with a decrease utilization of carbohydrates

5. Reduction of catabolism (muscle breakdown) following workouts

Problems exist in determining purity, efficacy, and potency. IGF-1 dosages vary between 10 and 50 micrograms taken on a daily basis if taken orally. However, understand that when it is ingested and has to go through the gastrointestinal tract only a fraction of that taken is actually absorbed. This absorption rate may vary from individual to individual depending upon the degree of efficiency of the digestive process. For this reason, a novel, new mechanism of absorption has been applied to the standardized cold processed deer antler extract. By combining the extract which contains a minimum of 2,500 nanograms per gram of IGF-1 with the lipospray sublingual delivery system there is an assurance of receiving and absorbing IGF-1 at a consistent level.

Monday, January 28, 2013

80% of Patients with Dizziness Improve with Chiropractic

Chiropractic treatments relieved symptoms in 80% of patients with dizziness and neck pain in a new study. The study compared treatment outcomes in neck-pain patients with and without dizziness.

Although dizziness is common in patients with whiplash, less is known about these symptoms in patients with neck pain who have not suffered from auto injuries. The researchers sought to investigate whether dizziness made recovery more difficult for neck-pain patients, and whether gender affected prognosis.

Initially, patients with neck pain and dizziness had worse pain and disability scores than patients with just neck pain. After six months of chiropractic treatment however, the differences between the groups disappeared as both groups experienced clinically significant improvements.

The researchers also discovered that symptoms of dizziness and depression were more prevalent in women. Despite women’s increased risk of dizziness, they also responded favorably to chiropractic treatments.

Earlier research has also demonstrated the efficacy of chiropractic for dizziness and neck pain. 

If you are suffering from dizziness or vertigo with little benefit from traditional medicine, please consider us an ally in your quest for help.

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Proprioception - Making Your Body Smarter

Chiropractic Care Helps Your Body Be Smarter

Your body's awareness of where it is in three dimensions is critical to your ability to function effectively in the world. This awareness depends on proprioceptors. These specialized nerve endings are part of your nervous system - your body's master system.

Nerve signals are transmitted from proprioceptors in joints and muscles, along nerve pathways, to spinal nerves. Spinal nerves connect to the spinal cord, and from there signals are transmitted to the brain. But spinal nerves are a potential bottleneck to the free flow of information. These nerves may become irritated or inflamed, blocking accurate information from reaching the brain and accurate instructions from reaching the rest of the body.

Chiropractic care helps keep your body free of nerve interference. By correcting spinal misalignments, chiropractic care helps remove nerve interference and ensures a free flow of information from the brain, to the spinal cord, to all the body's cells, and back again. Optimal health and well-being are the result.

We usually don't think of our bodies in terms of their being "smart." For example, we walk to the corner store without giving a single thought to the complex mechanics involved in getting there and back. But behind the scenes there's plenty going on and your body's "IQ" has a lot to do with your success in accomplishing everyday tasks.

Proprioception is one of those background physical processes that make up your body's total IQ. Proprioceptors are specialized nerve endings located in your muscles and joints that inform your brain about your body's position in three-dimensional space. You're able to write legibly because proprioceptors are sending instantaneous data about the angles of the small joints of your fingers and wrists as your pen moves across the page. You're able to run on the beach because proprioceptors are continuously sending signals to your brain about the changing shape of the uneven surface of the sand.

Without these specialized nerve endings, we'd never be able to hit a baseball, throw a Frisbee, or drive a car. But proprioceptors can be smart or less than that. It all depends on how well-trained they are. One person out for a stroll might trip over a crack in the pavement and suffer a badly sprained ankle. Another person might trip over the same crack, even badly turning over their ankle in the process, and keep on walking without even a trace of a limp.

The difference between injury and non-injury is the level of proprioceptor training, and this level usually is related to whether you're doing regular exercise.  Exercise trains your muscles and joints to adapt to varying kinds of stresses (weight-bearing loads) throughout a variety of positions (the full range of motion of those joints). As a result, trained proprioceptors can withstand a high degree of stress (such as a sudden twisting of an ankle). The untrained ankle, possibly the ankle of a person who hasn't done much walking, running, or bike riding in the last 5 years, will be damaged by an unusual and unexpected stress. The result is an ankle sprain of varying severity and possibly a broken ankle.

Similarly, it is well known that older adults experience more frequent falls than do younger adults. Part of the explanation involves proprioception.  Many older adults don't engage in regular exercise. Proprioceptive function decreases, changes in level or surface aren't recognized quickly by the person's feet and ankles, and the person falls.

It's easy to see that the effort to maintain your body's IQ is time very well spent. The fastest way to boost this skill set is by doing regular exercise. All kinds of exercise provide benefit, so the best exercises are the ones that have some interest for you personally. Optimally, a person is doing both strength training and cardiovascular exercise. As always, the key to long-term health and wellness is consistency.

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