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Healing Hands Newsletter – January 2014


Dear Patients and Friends,
Good grief! I could have sworn that by now we would all be driving electric cars that would fold up into a brief case like the old Jetson’s cartoon! (maybe I’m dating myself). Some things change, some things stay the same, right?
Well, I suppose that change is the only constant thing. I was talking recently with an eight year old, reminiscing about how things used to be. It came as a shock to her that the internet didn’t exist until just a couple short decades ago. She was asking, “What did you guys used to do when you were kids if there were no IPads to play on or Xbox 360’s?” Playing outside? Is that a new video game?
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So….What Are You Really Going To Do This Year To Be Healthier?
In my last newsletter, I wrote about goals. Most articles you see this time of year talk about resolutions, hopes and dreams for the New Year. The gyms and “weight loss clubs” are filled with people energized by New Year’s resolutions, good intentions and no real plan to achieve them. I am going to focus on actually achieving one of our most common resolutions, weight loss.
Some of you already know I offer my own weight loss system. Why don’t I just offer a premade system just like everyone else? For me, the system has to give fast results, be natural and organic (whenever possible), of course be safe and effective and above all else, be less of a diet and more of a healthy lifestyle. Are you really going to eat pre-made food packets for the rest of your life? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to not only lose weight and keep it off, but also have all those so called chronic conditions also start to disappear? Better energy, less chronic headaches, joint pain, stomach problems, allergies, the list can be endless.

Happy New Year to you and yours! Make 2014 the best one yet.

What Makes My System Different

Most diets will help you lose weight, some even rapidly however, they also promote yoyo dieting. Within 1-2 years, most people are back where they started or worse. My diet helps reset your weight set point (the average weight your body tries to maintain). Perhaps you notice that you always weigh about the same, give or take, over time. That is your body’s weight set point. That has to do with brain chemistry as well as certain trigger foods. Drinking diet soda and eating low calorie treats are not going to achieve this. Most diets don’t address trigger foods. Foods that in your case, will put on the pounds fast. Just avoiding your danger foods alone, will help you maintain your weight.

Why have you gained weight in the first place? Remember when you were young and could eat anything you wanted and never put on a pound? Now you just look at a cup cake and you gain 5 pounds. Perhaps it’s your hormones? After 35, as we age, Progesterone, Estrogen, Testosterone and Growth hormones all start to significantly decrease. Men notice less energy, vitality, weight gain and they start to see the “spare tire” on their belly. Women start to lose tone, peri-menopausal symptoms start (hot flashes) and weight gain are signs of diminished hormones. When you are fighting hormone deficiency, weight loss becomes more difficult and harder to maintain.

Maybe you are toxic and need to clean up your body as part of your weight loss program? Hint: you hold onto fat as a way to store toxins in the body. Eating premade foods and snacks with Splenda, Equal, etc, may work but you are just adding toxins to your body. You may lose weight but you are still toxic and your body will try to store fat to protect you. In the end, you are making it more difficult to maintain your hard won weight loss.

You are eating real food, preferably organic,as part of this program. You will continue to eat real food after your weight loss. Eating low calorie brownies and diet soda only sabotages you.

If you eat foods that promote an acidic state, it’s harder to lose weight. Reinforcing alkalinity, drinking alkaline water for example, instead of acidic diet soda, not only helps with weight loss but promotes overall health. Maintaining an alkaline diet also helps you maintain your weight.

This is just an overview of what my program offers. If you are interested in more information, you can call (489-2628) and make an appointment to watch a more complete video of the program. If you like what you see, I can customize this system to your particular needs.

TAX Breaks for Weight Loss, Chiropractic, Etc?….YES!!

Weight loss programs are tax deductable … but of course there are limits and exceptions.
You should check with your tax professional. Check into this brand new update from IRS about this and deducting chiropractic fees too (under medical expenses).

Weight loss programs ARE deductible. All programs – whether a big commercial program like Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig or a physician or hospital-based weight loss program – can be deducted, providing your doctor has confirmed that your current weight is a threat to your health, and has therefore ordered you to enroll in a program to treat a specific disease, whether obesity (a designated disease as of 2002), hypertension, heart disease, or high cholesterol, for example. You must have this in writing. Note: You must get that letter from your primary physician. We are not allowed to treat specific diseases such as obesity or heart disease nor use nutrition as a specific treatment. We are allowed to offer programs for the general health of our patients but cannot say they are for any specific treatment or disease.

Dangers of Artificial Sweeteners

The dangers of artificial sweeteners continue to generate a fair amount of news coverage and even more confusion for consumers. The FDA has blessed them as safe; end of story. Watchdog groups beg to differ, saying research on artificial sweeteners is flawed and doesn’t account for how long-term use of the additives may impact health. Whether artificial sweeteners are dangerous for you may come down to how well-defended your own body is against the chemicals they contain.

  • Aspartame (Equal)
    What’s in it: Phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol. Reported side effects: Headaches, fibromyalgia, anxiety, memory loss, arthritis, abdominal pain, nausea, depression, heart palpitations, irritable bowel syndrome, seizures, neurological disorders, vision problems, brain tumors and weight gain.
    Concerns: Phenylalanine and aspartic acid directly impact brain and central nervous system functions; evidence shows they play a role in mood disorders, memory problems and other neurological illnesses. Methanol is converted into formaldehyde when metabolized.  Makers of aspartame say methanol and its byproducts are quickly excreted.  But research has found measurable amounts of formaldehyde in the livers, kidneys and brains of test subjects after ingestion of aspartame.At high temperatures, phenylalnine breaks down into diketopiperazine (DPK), a known carcinogen. Phenylalnine is especially dangerous for people with the hereditary disease, phenylketonuria.
  • Aceslulfame-K (Sunette or Sweet one)
    What’s in it: Acesulfame-K is a potassium salt containing methylene chloride, a known carcinogen. Reported side effects: Long term exposure to methylene chloride can cause nausea, headaches, mood problems, impairment of the liver and kidneys, problems with eyesight and possibly cancer. Acesulfame-K may contribute to hypoglemica.
    Concerns: Of all artificial sweeteners, acesulfame-K has undergone the least scientific scrutiny. Early studies showed a potential link between the sweetener and development of multiple cancers in laboratory animals.
  • Sucralose (Splenda)
    What’s in it: Sucralose is a synthetic additive created by chlorinating sugar. Manufacturers say the chlorine in sucralose is no different from that in table salt. Fact: the chemical structure of the chlorine in sucralose is almost the same as that in the now-banned pesticide DDT.
    Reported side effects: Head and muscle aches, stomach cramps and diarrhea, bladder issues, skin irritation, dizziness and inflammation. Concerns: Research has shown Sucralose can cause shrinking of the thymus gland, an important immune system regulator, and liver and kidney dysfunction. A recent study by Duke University found Sucralose reduces healthy intestinal bacteria, which are needed for proper digestion and can impact the effectiveness of prescription and other drugs.
  • Saccharin (Sweet & Low)
    What’s in it: Saccharin is a sulfa-based sweetener; its primary ingredient is benzoic sulfimide. Reported side effects: For those with sulfa allergies, saccharin may cause nausea, diarrhea, skin problems or other allergy-related symptoms.
    Concerns: Early safety studies of saccharin showed the sweetener caused bladder cancer in rats.

Happy New Year from all of us, to YOU…

(2014 is just starting, so I want you to be prepared for it by reading this.)

“I hope that in 2014, you make mistakes. Why would I tell you to make mistakes in the coming year? Simple.
Because… if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things in your life, learning, living without limits, pushing yourself, changing yourself as only you can do, plus changing the world.

You are a great patient and if you do these types of things in 2014 you’ll be doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you are going to be – Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you. Make new mistakes in 2014 and don’t sweat the small stuff. Make glorious, amazing mistakes and then go on. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before but don’t worry. You are human and no one is perfect. Try to be good and if you make a mistake, so be it.

When you make them, don’t freeze up and don’t stop. Whatever it is you’re scared of doing; Just Do It. Make your mistakes, in 2014 and forever and never look back. It’s okay. There’s always another day.”

P.S. Have a great start to 2014, and an awesome New Year!!

Disclaimer: The information in this newsletter is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this newsletter, is for general information purposes only. Jay L Rugoff DC PLLC makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information contained in or made available through this newsletter and such information is subject to change without notice. You are encouraged to confirm any information obtained from or through this newsletter with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician.

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