Office Habits that Cause Weight Gain

6231943532_b1d45efce4_zToday’s office worker works longer hours is exposed to more stress and increased risk of disease than ever before. As a nation, we are neglecting our health and future in order to get just one more task done today. Here are a few habits you might consider changing in order to avoid an expanding middle and a future filled with medical visits.

1. Evaluate how many hours a day you sit. Studies have shown that office workers who sit most of the day at a desk or computer terminal are at significantly increased risk of cardiovascular disease and early death. Where we once rose at dawn, worked all day, and went to bed after sunset without having sat down for much more than to eat, we now spend our lives in a seated position. We sit on our way to and from work. We sit at our desk. We sit at meetings. Most meals are in a seated position and then we spend the rest of the evening sitting in front of the television.

Changing your habits just a little will impact your life in a very positive way. Incorporate activity into your work life. Walk to a colleague’s office rather than sending an email. Aim for a step count of 10,000 by wearing a pedometer every day to remind you that you’re looking to increase your activity. Look for reasons to get up and stand. Some businesses have instituted that all meetings were to be stand-up meetings, not only for the health benefits, but for an increased level of engagement.

2. Office Goodies. There is always someone in an office who brings in doughnuts, or orders pizza once a week, or otherwise provides treats and snacks like a never-ending candy jar that we absently dip our hands into. While you may be very careful with your calories at every meal, consuming just a couple hundred calories every day adds up fast. Those two little Milky Way bars you eat at your friend’s desk every day may translate into a bigger clothing size by the end of the year.

3. Emotional Eating. This sounds like something usually done at home, in private, like in the closet or something. But with ever-increasing stress and demanding jobs, more and more people turn to food to feel better. And it works, at least for a little while. Got chewed at this morning’s meeting, you deserve that crunchy granola bar or two. And crunchy foods do make us feel better because we can’t exactly turn around and chew out our boss. Not if we want to keep our jobs. And you probably didn’t think to pack carrots and celery sticks to help curb your emotional eating. You may not even realize you’re doing it. In truth, eating makes us feel better. Not only does it nourish our body, it eases the physical symptoms of stress, making us feel better. Which foods make us feel better? The ones with sugar, salt, and fat in them, otherwise known as junk food. Notice what you eat on any given day and why you might be reaching for foods that will make you feel better for an hour or so, but will leave you feeling worse than before.
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Benefits of Chiropractic for your Child

Soapbubbles-SteveEFThere are innumerable benefits of taking your child to a chiropractic doctor. Several of very serious and worrisome conditions that your child suffers from can be dealt with under this conservative care. The one major reason why chiropractic is considered a conservative mechanism is that it helps maintain the health and prevents it from unforeseen risks and issues.


Several reasons worry you about your kids, and chiropractic treatments are a great way to tackle these reasons. You might have stumbled upon a few of these benefits earlier, however, chiropractic has success stories in a wide array of child related issues. Following is a list of benefits that attract parents to this form of care:

1. Alternative To Medicine– During pregnancy, women avoid all kinds of medication to ensure the safety of their developing baby from any physical or mental harm. Similarly, parents avoid medicines with their infants and young children. Chiropractic services are a healthy and active way of dealing with many issues.

2. Colic- For the first few months of an infant’s life, being in a colic state is one of the major headaches for the parents. With several spine manipulation techniques, this state can be overcome allowing the child to be at ease.

3. Sleep disturbance- Inadequate or disturbed sleep can constantly irritate the mood of an infant. Spine dysfunction is said to be associated with sleep issues and a chiropractic doctor can help alleviate the issues.

4. Bed wetting– Chiropractic practitioners manipulate the spine to adjust the functioning of the body. Running through the spine are nerve roots that carry signal and messages to and from different parts of the body. Spine manipulation can then allow the practitioner to adjust nerves that run to urinary system and treat the habit of bed wetting.

5. Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – A common psychological disorder amongst children, this is often dealt with the use of medication. The medications can have several negative side effects such as loss of memory etc. However, with a chiropractic doctor, the part of the brain that functions poorly can be stimulated through spine manipulation. Thus, conservative care can put forward promising results for ADHD.

Several other issues with which chiropractic care is effective include ear infections, allergies, asthma, headaches, constipation, cold, sore throat, body aches and many more.  The chiropractic doctor utilizes several manual therapies on the spine, and contributes to the healthy development and the overall wellness of your child.

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DYK?  Did you know that when most people get hungry, they actually are not.  The typical American Diet, nearly 87% processed foods and animal products, is so absent of nutrients and so high in protein, that the body becomes a “toxic mess”.  When the typical American has not eaten for awhile, the body’s natural systems begin the process of detoxification.  This is when you feel like you need to eat, preferably something sweet, sour or fatty. Because when you do, the uncomfortable symptoms of detoxification subside.  And your body just gets sicker…….

For those of you starting the 21 DAY FREEDOM PLAN, you are about to stop this endless cycle of dieting, of trying to lose weight just to put it on again, of getting sicker each and every day.  In your first week, your body will start to detoxify.  Your systems of detoxification are strongly supported during this time with your Standard Process whole food supplements.  They will help to minimize the uncomfortable feelings.  But be prepared for them.  Common symptoms are fatigue, sluggishness, general uncomfortableness, excessive sleep, perhaps some mild sweating or bodily discomfort.  Drink alot of water, especially during your first week.  Try to get at least 90 ounces of water in daily.   Three Smart Waters are a good example.

Once you get through the first week of cleansing, your “hunger pains”, or “detoxification symptoms” will start to clear and your energy will start to climb.  Listen to your body, because you will then start to experience what “normal hunger” feels like.  It will be a gentle urge felt in your throat or stomach, and your desire will be for real food, not the processed sugars, fats and animal products your body has learned to crave.

This will be the start of your new life.  A life full of joy, because for once in your life, YOU ARE IN CONTROL of your body…. Your body in not in control of you.!

Stay tuned and check into my blog each day over this 21 day journey…. Good Luck!   Dr. Craig Roles, DABCI, DCBCN

I wish to give proper credit to a colleague of mine, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, who authored his best selling book titled, “Eat To Live.”   Please take the time to educate yourself, read Dr. Fuhrman’s book and visit his website.  The more you learn, the more successful you will be

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Risks of Leaving the Sciatica Untreated

9605942387_6e2293b844Sciatica is very painful medical condition in which the patient experiences extreme pain and tingling sensations in his back, hip, legs and thighs. The pain is caused as a result of pressure exerted on the nerves, either due to any inflammation in the vertebra or the narrowing of the spinal canal. Piriformis syndrome, lumber spinal stenosis and spinal disc herniation are common causes of sciatica pain in individuals. Chiropractic treatment is highly effective for relieving the patients of the painful condition.

Why Is Prompt Identification And Treatment Important?

It is very important for patients to recognize the symptoms and seek professional medical assistance for their sciatica condition. The doctor takes prompt prescribed tests to identify the cause of the sciatica pain in order to focus his attention on the specific treatment required for the condition.

If a patient does not seek medical assistance for his sciatica problem, it may result in exaggerating his condition with the period of time. A number of possible problems can arise for the patient besides the continuous pain in the back and the hip region.

Permanent Nerve Damage

Patients who do not seek prompt medical help for their sciatica run a high risk of suffering from permanent nerve damage. In case of a permanent damage to the sciatica nerve, the patient will experience excruciating pain in the back and legs, which will not be alleviated to a satisfactory level, even with the use of pain relieving medication.

The different treatment methods like water and physical therapy become extremely painful for the patient because of his severe nerve damage.

Paralysis in the Affected Limb

The patient experiences a loss of feeling in the affected limb, which in some cases also leads to difficulty in movement, and ultimately paralysis. The affected leg becomes devoid of all sensation and movement, hampering the patient already troubled with the excruciating pain.

Loss of Bladder Control

Patients who do not get medical treatment for their sciatica problem can experience a loss of control in their bladder and bowels. This adds to the problems already faced by the patient while dealing with his sciatica condition.

A pressurized sciatica nerve causes severe pain, tingling and numbing sensations in the legs and thighs, and cramps along with fever. Patients should seek prompt medical assistance for the correct identification and treatment of sciatica before the condition becomes incurable. Chiropractic treatment is considered as very effective for the treatment of sciatica pain in individuals.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Chiropractic

800px-Playing_childrenWhat is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

Being one of the most commonly occurring behavioral disorders, ADHD can be diagnosed at a very early stage. Three main elements namely hyperactivity, inattention and impulsivity can be the basis for this disorder and can be obvious at a very early age. Although, it is common for children to be inattentive and run around, the inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsivity for ADHD comes forward in an exaggerated manner.

To be diagnosed with ADHD, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders- IV (DSM-IV) gives a list of certain signs and symptoms that have to prevail for a period of at least six months. However, care needs to be taken not to engage in self diagnosis or in the process of diagnosing your child yourself. Several times, only certain traits for as particular disorder are prevalent, indicating that a full blown diagnosis cannot be given.

How Can Chiropractics Help With ADHD?

What A Chiropractic Practitioner Does?

Chiropractic is based in the belief that the spine is the central structure and determines the activities and functioning in every other part of the body. Spine manipulation is adopted several times to stimulate the joints and adjust the spine. Chiropractic doctors make use of manual therapies where they use their hands and apply a certain amount of force at an area of concern.

Kids and Chiropractic

Chiropractic is mostly associated with adults who have pain in the back or neck and visit the practitioners for alleviation of the pain. With adults, they make use of high velocity thrust, if the case requires so. However, with infants and young children, they take the sensitivity of their bones into special consideration. With kids, chiropractic doctors avoid every sort of pressure and the pressure applied is equal to a fingers touch.

Spine Manipulation and Chiropractic

The area of the brain associated with ADHD is called the reticular activating system. This area is involved in two other activities of the body – the vision and hearing. Besides the reticular activating system, patients with ADHD are believed to have an under functioning in the frontal lobe, the cerebellum and the right or left hemisphere.

Depending on the side that is your child’s strength (whether he is right or left handed), the particular hemisphere is likely to be under functioning. Based on these issues, the child faces major obstacles in processing and interpreting information. With the help of chiropractics, the spine manipulation therapies can be utilized to activate and stimulate the under functioning areas of the brain. Thereby, treating ADHD in younger children and preventing it from being carried till adulthood.

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Many of our participants are sharing experiences of low energy, needing to sleep more, malaise, hunger…… This is when you want to CELEBRATE!!! You may not want to…. but your body is. We have a saying in our office, “Better OUT than IN”. These are all symptoms of DETOXIFICATION and are extremely healing for your body. Your body is going to want to rest more and you may crave your old patterns of addiction to make you feel better. STAY TRUE TO THE COURSE!!! Nothing of value comes without some sacrifice and perseverance. Your energy will start to climb in 2-3 days and you will start to feel the benefit of a healthy body. YOU ARE ALL DOING A GREAT JOB!!!


Remember, on the SP Purification Program, as you eliminate the foods that you crave, your body will at first experience a desire for them. You will feel like you are hungry when you really are not. You just feel “uneasy” because the body is starting to detoxify. If you were to eat your sugar, your chocolate or your starches… whatever you crave, the detoxification will stop and your “hunger” will go away. This is not true hunger, it is ADDICTIVE HUNGER. Once your body has cleared the toxins (3-5 days), your “hunger” will go away, your cravings will reduce and you will start to experience NORMAL HUNGER. A real sign when your body is actually telling you it is time to eat.

ALSO…. remember to eat LARGE AMOUNTS of greens and vegetables, both cooked and raw. Ideally a pound of each per day. The high amount water, fiber and nutrients will remove your hunger completely once your addictive hunger has passed.

Hope this helps…. Keep up the good work

Dr. Roles

How Lack of Exercise Affects Health

The_'weigh'_he_was_--_weightloss_at_GuantanamoA lack of exercise results in numerous health problems, starting from seemingly harmless weight gain to cardiovascular diseases and a much higher chance of suffering a stroke.  Research has concluded that as many people die because of the effects of lack of exercise as the number that die from smoking.

This is why chiropractic exercises are strongly recommended to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle and avoid all complications that can lead up to a stroke.

The following problems can occur due to lack of exercise:

1. Obesity

Obesity is one of the major effects of a lack of exercise.  Various health problems can surface due to obesity such as diabetes, breathing issues, high blood pressure and a far greater risk of suffering a heart attack.

Besides the physical effects, many psychological effects also accompany obese people.  Low self-esteem that leads to depression can be a devastating experience.

It is no doubt that obesity can result from genetic factors, but a lack of exercise is usually a major reason.

2. High Blood Pressure

Being overweight can lead to hypertension.  The blood vessels clog up which restricts blood flow.  Hypertension exposes a person to various other risks, such as heart attack, kidney failure and many other ailments.  A hypertensive individual is more likely to develop diabetes.

3. Decline in Brain Function

Exercise helps in increasing the flow of blood to the brain, while lack of exercise does the opposite.  A brain that is deprived of blood cannot function normally as it would otherwise.  The brain can also physically shrink due to the lack of blood supply – a research states that this ‘shrinkage’ can be avoided and mental abilities can be enhanced by regular exercise.

4. Reduction in Strength of Bones and Muscles

A sedentary lifestyle can weaken the bones and muscles, thus exposing an individual to a greater chance of injury as well as diseases such as arthritis.  Lack of exercise can make a person more prone to fractures in case of a fall along with knee-joint and hip problems later on.

5. Increased Chances of Developing Cancer

Research was carried over several years and the results show an increased chance of cancer from a lack of exercise.  Also, people who were physically fit when they developed cancer had a far greater chance of survival than those who had led a sedentary lifestyle.

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