Confessions in the Gym — or, How to Use Peer Pressure for Your Benefit

The other day I’m bound­ing in to the gym where I work out and I see Steve – the head trainer.

How ya doing, Doc?’ he says.

I’m doing fine. But I haven’t been get­ting to the gym that reg­u­larly,’ I respond, feel­ing slightly guilt-ridden to con­fess my slothfulness.

Don’t tell me about it — do it for your­self, man, not for me,’ he answers.

He’s right.

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Growing Up to Be a “Man”

Some­one was thought­ful enough to share with me a recent inter­view that was heard on NPR as part of their “Men in Amer­ica” series.

The inter­view is with Joe Ehrmann, a for­mer NFL defen­sive line­man and now a pastor.

Check it out.


Latest Medical Research

Here are six brand new find­ings from the world of bio­med­ical research that I think are par­tic­u­larly interesting.

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My Back Pain is Better — Do I Still Have to Come for My Chiropractic Treatments?

An indi­vid­ual episode of low back pain is usu­ally a pretty benign thing. If you have an iso­lated attack of back pain – even if the pain is severe – you can be highly con­fi­dent you’ll get over it. With chi­ro­prac­tic hands-on treat­ment, you’re likely to get rid of pain more quickly. And with­out the risks inher­ent in tak­ing pain pills.

Once you’re feel­ing bet­ter, is that the end of the story?

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What Bodybuilders Taught Me About Treating Intervertebral Discs

Prob­lems of the inter­ver­te­bral discs are a com­mon cause of seri­ous low back pain. The discs are espe­cially likely to be involved when the pain shoots down the leg or is accom­pa­nied by numb­ness or mus­cle weakness.

Many patients can be helped with hands-on chi­ro­prac­tic meth­ods. But when disc prob­lems are bad enough, some­thing extra is needed. That’s why, more than ten years ago, I became one of the first physi­cians in New York to intro­duce lum­bar decom­pres­sion with the DRX-9000.

The DRX-9000 is effec­tive for her­ni­ated, bulging, or degen­er­ated discs. It opens up the space between the ver­te­brae to relieve pres­sure on pinched nerves and allow the disc to rebuild.

But when I first began using the DRX-9000, I had a problem

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Newest Research Findings on Health

Reg­u­lar read­ers of Your Body of Knowl­edge are famil­iar with our point of view that empha­sizes build­ing health from the inside out and avoid­ing the chem­i­cal­ized approach to life.  I thought read­ers would be inter­ested in these recent research arti­cles which rein­force these con­cepts.
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Get Off the Treadmill

You know the type.

One of my patients – we’ll call her Elaine – gets up every morn­ing at 5:45 and hops on the tread­mill for a 45 minute power walk before she shows up at her high-stress job run­ning the HR depart­ment of a large law firm.

Her con­sis­tency and com­mit­ment to health are admirable. And she looks pretty trim for some­one of her age.

But repet­i­tive car­dio exer­cise isn’t enough. Elaine needs to get more cre­ative with her exer­cise reg­i­men. She’s miss­ing out on at least five of the ben­e­fits that reg­u­lar phys­i­cal activ­ity could bring her.

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Epidural Injections for Back Pain and Sciatica

If you have back prob­lems or sci­at­ica and your pain is bad enough and has lasted too long, your med­ical doc­tor might rec­om­mend inject­ing steroids around the spinal nerve roots. This pro­ce­dure is known as an epidural injection.

Some­times epidural injec­tions work effec­tively. But there are a num­ber of prob­lems with the procedure.

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My Son Got Off to a Lucky Start In Kindergarten

My son got off to a lucky start in kinder­garten — he had a teacher who ran his class­room to allow plenty of (appro­pri­ate) phys­i­cal con­tact. Hugs and phys­i­cal play were impor­tant parts of the kinder­garten curriculum.

Nowa­days, the pre­ma­ture intro­duc­tion of “aca­d­e­mics” – read­ing, writ­ing and arith­metic – is the rule. Par­ents are afraid that lit­tle Johnny and Saman­tha will fall behind if they’re not sit­ting at a desk “learn­ing” some­thing at age six.

Not only that.

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The Science of Chiropractic – After 120 Years, Still Ahead of the Times

You can hardly blame Dr. D.D. Palmer for his excite­ment back in 1895: he had just restored the hear­ing of a deaf man by using hands-on spinal treatment.

While he was enthu­si­as­ti­cally try­ing his novel treat­ment method on more patients, he was also devel­op­ing a sci­en­tific model to explain the results.

His expla­na­tion of the new heal­ing art of “chi­ro­prac­tic” was insight­ful. Chi­ro­prac­tic fixed “ver­te­bral mis­align­ment” that caused “nerve inter­fer­ence.” Chi­ro­prac­tors use pal­pa­tion to iden­tify spinal bones that are out of place which impinge nerves and inter­fere with the body’s abil­ity to con­trol its inter­nal environment.

Given the state of med­ical knowl­edge in 1895, this sci­en­tific model was ahead of its time.

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