Is There a Benefit to Using Protein Drinks for Weight Loss?

Can meal replacement powders help you control your weight?

For a number of years, I’ve recommended a detox diet plan that includes, during one phase, the use of protein powder meal replacement shakes.

The detox plan has worked great for a number of my patients – and I’ve benefited from it too.

But meal replacement powders are often recommended as part of a strategy to lose weight.

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Do they work?

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Simple Carpal Tunnel Exam – Just Answer Three Questions

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common repetitive stress problem affecting the wrist and hand.  Symptoms include pain, weakness, and numbness of the fingers.

In the imagination of the public, the term “carpal tunnel syndrome” is now used in an extremely broad way – it includes almost any pattern of tendinitis or overuse affecting the hand or forearm.

carpal tunnel syndrome

But doctors have very specific criteria for diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome.  Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve gets compressed as it passes through the wrist on its way to the skin and muscles of the thumb-side of your hand.

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Exercise for Neck Pain: Can We Do Better?

The Annals of Internal Medicine published an article in January, 2012 that tested three different treatments for neck pain:

  1. medication
  2. chiropractic manual therapy, and
  3. instruction in home exercise

The results?

  • patients receiving chiropractic care fared the best
  • those being instructed to perform exercises at home did the next best, and
  • those taking medication did the worst.

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Statistically speaking, many of the differences between the groups were fairly minor. So, for instance, the research couldn’t determine if chiropractic care was truly better than home exercise or if the results were simply due to chance.

Still, from my own point of view, I was happy reading this article, since it seems to confirm that the approach to neck pain I take – which combines chiropractic hands-on treatment with instruction in proper exercise (plus I throw in targeted connective tissue treatment too) – combines the best of all worlds.

What’s Wrong With The Picture?

There was an aspect of the article which didn’t sit right with me, though.

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Guest Post: Walking Seniors Raise Fitness, Funds for Charity

This Guest Post is courtesy of Seniority Matters, a website rich with resources of especial interest to seniors.

The Marathon Of Life. Walk It.

by Fleur Sack, MD | 05/03/10

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Chiropractic Better for Neck Pain

Chiropractic treatment proved to be the a better approach to treating neck pain than taking painkillers.  That’s the conclusion of a recent research study published in January, 2012 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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In this study, 272 participants with neck pain were randomly assigned to one of three treatment groups.  One group received chiropractic care, one group was treated with medication, and a third group was instructed in a program of home exercise.

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Pay Attention to Your Body

I asked my friend Clare Maxwell, a veteran Alexander teacher, to contribute something about her work to Your Body of Knowledge.  She’s been gracious enough to allow me to share it with you.

It’s yet another reminder of the importance of movement and body awareness.  Often, it’s not what you do, it’s how you do it.  And though we all know how beneficial exercise can be, doing exercises the wrong way, with too much tension, can backfire.

Most of all, the article illustrates the crucial health benefits of fine-tuning your brain’s control over body function.
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Guest Article: Conscious Fitness

by E. Yen Zak and Dr. Martha Eddy

True fitness increases by paying attention to bodily cues while engaging in all of life’s activities.

Have you ever had a conversation with someone who would cut you off and respond to what they thought you were saying? Have you tried to have a conversation with someone who wasn’t listening?

In observing the relationship between the mind and body, it often becomes apparent that similar patterns happen—the conscious mind is not listening to the body.

Listening to and caring for the body are important. With the fitness revolution, there is a blossoming wealth of knowledge about the body and endless voices suggesting how we should exercise and take care of our bodies.

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Fibromyalgia – One Of The Symptoms Of Mineral Deficiency?

Possible role of supplements in the natural treatment of fibromyalgia

After analyzing samples of hair from 44 women with fibromyalgia and 122 healthy controls, a team of doctors determined that fibromyalgia sufferers had significantly lower levels of five essential minerals.

Mineral Hair Analysis?

Though we’re more familiar with using blood samples to test health, hair samples are actually more meaningful in assessing mineral levels.

That’s because the body keeps the blood minerals in balance at all costs – even if it means pulling minerals out of storage in other body tissues.  Because of this balancing act, you could be quite deficient in calcium, for instance, and have seriously thinning bones, while your blood levels of calcium would still be normal.

But if your hair was tested, the calcium deficiency would show up.

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What’s the Ideal Mix of Carbs vs. Protein for Your Diet?

Where Does the Protein Go?

When you eat protein, your body does one of three basic things with it:

  1. breaks the protein down as fuel
  2. builds inflammatory and stress-response signaling molecules
  3. builds healthy lean body tissue such as internal organs, brain cells, and muscles.

The key to health is to maximize pathway #3.

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Gentle, Effective Pain Relief with NeuroTactile(tm) Therapy

The Eighty-Five Year Old Treatment of The Future

The Year Is 1929…

A physical therapist in Germany has such a serious circulation problem in her leg that she’s scheduled to have it amputated.

While lying sleepless in her hospital bed the night before her surgery, she begins idly stroking the skin of the low back and pelvis with the tip of her finger.

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The skin is very taut and almost feels numb.  As she works, she notices sensation returning to the skin of her low back.  Soon the leg itself becomes a little warmer and life starts to flow back into it.

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