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June 2009 Health Newsletter

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» Dandelions For Dinner?
» Surfing The Electric Sky
» Chiropractor Cures Paralyzed K9
» Chiropractic Safety Check
» Chiropractic Care Not Bankruptcy
» Increase Sleep, Lower Blood Pressure

Dandelions For Dinner?

            Did you know that the dandelion is one of the world's most nutritional foods, with more vitamins and minerals than even broccoli or spinach?  In our country, the dandelion is commonly thought of as a "weed," which we commonly see growing rampant in fields, roadsides, and unattended yards in the springtime.  Perhaps you remember picking dandelions as a child and couldn't understand why your parents weren't as thrilled with the beautiful "flowers" as you were.  Maybe you were even bold enough to taste your bouquet, unconsciously aware of its health benefits.  As adults, we tend to rely on others and want the support of studies to tell us what is good for us…. which is why you will be amazed at what you are about to read!                        

            Rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, niacin, thiamin, iron, and vitamin A, as well as other micro-nutrients, the dandelion has one-third more beta-carotene (the precursor to vitamin A) than carrots, (840 g beta-carotene/100 g for dandelions vs. 610 g/100 g for carrots.  Used medicinally since the 11th century, the dandelion is known for its ability to purify the blood and detoxify the body.  It is among the top six herbs in the Chinese herbal medicine chest.  Taking approximately 5mL (1 metric teaspoon) one or more times per day of dandelion as a liquid herbal supplement is the best way to obtain all of its therapeutic benefits.  In our office,  we carry Dandelion Leaves 1:1 and Dandelion Root 1:2, which are listed by MediHerb to help with fat metabolism, aid digestion and bowel   function, and support your kidneys, liver, gallbladder, skin, and urinary tract.  Not surprisingly, it's often used in weight loss programs.  Dandelion greens are also an interesting addition to salads and can be included in recipes, such as those found in The Dandelion Celebration, A Guide To Unexpected Cuisine by Peter A. Gail, PhD (on our shelf in the office).  Roasted dandelion root smells and tastes much like coffee, minus the caffeine, so drinking an instant herbal alternative to coffee, such as Dandy Blend, is great way to obtain the benefits of dandelion.                                                                                                    

            Stop by the office, pick up a FREE packet single serving of Dandy Blend and see for yourself how delicious it tastes.  Begin celebrating the bounty of our Michigan spring by including some dandelion in your diet today!

Author: Dr. William H. Karl, D.C.
Source: Dr. William H. Karl, D.C.
Copyright: Dr. William H. Karl, D.C. 2009

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Surfing The Electric Sky


Recently, I got a new cell phone.  Highly functional with a full keyboard inside to make texting easier and faster, it is sleek and sexy.  It enticed me with new features and the ability to do everything I needed my phone to do, and more.  Anxious to start using it, I didn't read the instructions, much less the precautions in fine print.  Reading how electromagnetic radiation from my new cell phone could hurt me was the last thing on my mind.  Modern technology, with all of its glitz and glamour, is here to stay; and besides, I would miss my computer, my Wi-Fi, my cell phone, my television and all of the other wonderful electronic devices I use on a daily basis.  So, why should anyone learn more about the effects these things have on health?   

As a Certified Wellness Doctor, I am familiar with electromagnetic pollution as one of the Six Interferences to Health.  However, I have recently begun to do more research into the effects of electromagnetic radiation from carrying cell phones, spending time in front of television screens, and using computers.  It is my contention that as we increase our understanding of this invisible radiation that floods our environment and fills the sky, we can better make the kinds of choices that will benefit our health and our future.  I'm certain that you will agree how important this is, especially when it comes to our children. 

Looking up at the sky, we don't see anything except the beautiful colors of a sunset, a sunrise, or a reflection of our ever-changing weather.  What we don't see is something that is very dangerous, yet is just as real as the clouds.  Although easy to ignore, we are all affected by it.  The "it" I am referring to is the radiation that was developed in the name of progress.   Radar waves, television waves, and microwaves followed radio waves, one of the earliest forms of electromagnetic radiation.  Then came Extremely Low Frequency waves (ELF) that are used in communications with submerged submarines, Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Radiation waves (PEMR) that are used in old style television screens, and the latest are Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplex Modulation (OFDMM) that are used in the new digital televisions.

Quite a few years ago, it was observed that if you were in close proximity to radio wave transmitters, you could become ill.  This was aptly called "radio wave sickness" or "RWS."  As time went on, more problems with radiation were observed.  Research from as far back as 1989 shows problems stemming from time spent in front of television and computer screens, especially those of the tube (CRT) type.  These screens produce PEMR waves that affect productivity, development, behavior, memory, attention span, fatigue, reproduction and more.  Studies have shown that four solid hours in front of a screen increased the urinary output of adrenaline, a stress hormone that has been associated with aggression, nervousness, and even violence. (Reference: WHO publication-1989.) 

Exposure to PEMR waves coming from computers, televisions and video game screens also blocks the secretion of melatonin, the hormone needed for the immune system to function.  Blocking melatonin can result in general weakness, chronic fatigue, and pathogen attacks that disrupt endocrine functions.  Research has shown that after just 20 minutes of exposure to these types of screens, the corpus callosum (which divides the right and left brain) is saturated with electro-magnetic radiation and certain brain waves between the G and D lobes are shown to go flat. 

Cell phones create extra problems because of the fact that phones are constantly seeking and staying connected to the closest cell phone towers to be ready to serve at a moment's notice.  Since they emit microwaves even when not in active use, we are constantly eradiated from our cell phones.  Dr. George Carlo, formerly the lead epidemiologist of Cellular Telecommunication Industry Association, makes the risks very clear.  He states, "There are over 300 statistically significant findings showing an increased risk of tumors (from cell phone use.)  There are three to four statistically significant findings showing no increased risk.  So it's like 300 to 4.  So how do you reconcile that with what's in the news media?  We've never had an exposure that's that dangerous that's being sustained by four billion people (cell phone users worldwide)."  (EPOCH Times.Feb.2009)

Children are at the greatest risk from cell phone use due to the nature of their developing bodies and the possibility of mutation in cells that divide quickly.  This is the reason we try to avoid x-raying children under age twelve, and restrict exposure whenever possible below age twenty-one.  Often unbeknownst to their parents, I've heard that some children even sleep with cell phones under their pillows so they can text their friends at night.  Some experts believe that cell phone use may be contributing to learning disabilities, such as ADD and ADHD, as well as cancer, brain tumors and acoustic neuroma's.  Other risks to children come from the significant wave energies derived from WI-FI networks, high power lines, and cell towers that have been located on school property as an income source for financially strapped educational systems. 

By now you are probably shaking your head.  It is frightening stuff, but there are things that you can do.  Limiting time spent in front of computers and televisions is a great place to start.  When it comes to kids, limiting their exposure may not be easy, but it is so important.  Remember that your job as a parent is to protect your children from what they don't yet understand.  A Bible verse from the Gospel of Luke, Verse 11:12 says,  "No parent would hand their child a snake in place of a fish or a scorpion instead of an egg."  Since the media uses such sophisticated advertising in trying to seduce children (and adults) into wanting to buy all kinds of new electronic toys, parents have to be strong.  It's hard for parents to resist their child's begging for these new and exciting toys, or the latest video games.  It is equally hard to turn down requests to spend more time in front of the television or computer, and to ignore the cries that they are the only ones that don't have their own cell phone or computer.  Saying no isn't easy, but parents must remember that children will be exposed to electromagnetic radiation for a very long time!

Our bodies are extremely sensitive to even the minutest electrical fields that are produced by other people and other things on the planet.  You, or perhaps people you know, can probably feel the advance of a storm coming in their direction often days before it arrives.  People have been known to sense other phenomena as well.  How often have you heard the expressions,  " I feel it in my bones" or "This just doesn't feel right"?  You should not ignore the things that you feel, but instead use them to guide you.  If you don't feel well when you are under florescent lights or when you have been sitting too long at your computer, do something about it.  For example, replace those bulbs with some of the new full spectrum bulbs and make the best use natural sunlight whenever possible.  Get up and stretch intermittently when you are using a computer.  It is good for your eyes and will give your body a chance to rebalance itself.  We are so used to running our bodies and neglecting the things we need to do to take care of ourselves.  Perhaps we should feed and take care of our bodies as if we were planning on keeping them for a while - as if they were irreplaceable.  Wait a minute, they are!

Taking responsibility for your body and your health is the best way to offset the effects of electromagnetic radiation.  Although there is danger in our electric sky, fear can be replaced with understanding.  Going backwards in technology is not the answer.  Learn about the Six Interferences to Health by coming to workshops where I am a guest speaker, or call my office to make an appointment so that I can show you what you can do to reduce the ways that these interferences, such as electromagnetic radiation, interfere with your health.  Remember that the things that are invisible to us are the things that hurt us the most, as well as the things that help us the most.  Appreciate every sunrise and sunset, and start making the kinds of choices that will help you, rather than hurt you. 


Author: Dr. William H. Karl, D.C
Source: Dr. William H. Karl, D.C
Copyright: Dr. William H. Karl, D.C 2009

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Chiropractor Cures Paralyzed K9

The following is a re-posting of a recent article discussing the incredible power of chiropractic care. While in this case the patient happened to be a paralyzed dog, the mechanism is not much different, if at all, in humans:

Mike Lean and dog
Mike and Tania Lean's cherished pet Lady was hit by a car last year and diagnosed "paralyzed" and worse by their vet.

Cue Sylvia Arts, a doctor chiropractor, who when asked if she would treat the eight-year-old mongrel could not refuse.

"Mike rang me terribly upset," says Ms Arts. "He told me Lady was paralyzed and would have to be put down. He just said 'will you try?'

"At first I said I had never dealt with anything of this capacity. Mike said to me, 'a back is a back, a bone is bone, would you please check her?' If you can potentially help, how can you say no?"

Mr and Mrs Lean travelled from their home at Kaiwaka, north of Wellsford, to visit Ms Arts in Howick, a trip they've been doing for some years as her regular clients.

Giving it a go, Ms Arts says the first time she saw Lady, the little dog couldn't move her two hind legs and was in "terrible pain".

"I'd been told she was paralyzed, but I knew she could feel what I was doing," she says.

"Then her tail started wagging – we all nearly started crying. I was as astounded as Mike and Tania were."

Lady's mum Mrs Lean told the Times the dog now runs around as if the accident never happened, the opposite to her diagnosis.

Although Ms Arts enjoys working with Lady, it's an unusual case and she prefers to keep her practice for humans. "Obviously if someone came to me [with their animal] and had no other option I wouldn't say no," says Ms Arts.

"People should always go to their vet first and there are professional veterinary chiropractors out there."

Whether it's a human or canine, Ms Arts has used her same healing principals on Lady.

Initially she treated Lady daily, then every three to four days and had her bounding around in two weeks.

"Looking at Lady now, you'd never know what she went through last year," says Mrs Lean.

"Seeing Sylvia really worked for us and it still works for Lady."

Ms Arts does not want to take any credit for the dog's rehabilitation. She says she works on a principal of "getting the body to heal itself".

"Her tail started wagging – we all nearly started crying." – Sylvia Arts
"I clear the subluxations [when spinal joints misalign] to the vertebra, then the central nervous system, which is like the super highway of information from brain to body, can communicate better and then go on to heal itself."

Lady still visits Ms Arts "every few months" for minor readjustments.

Her owners say that "it's easy because Lady gets treated the same time as we do".

"She still gets a bit nervous but mostly excited when she comes in," says Ms Arts. "It's as if she knows what I'm doing is good for her."

Author: Jo Tuapawa
Source: Howick and Pakuranga Times
Copyright: Times Newspapers 2009

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Chiropractic Safety Check

Chiropractic is not only one of the most effective forms of care for a number of different health conditions, it's also extremely safe. Numerous studies have been conducted showing this to be true. Chiropractic's natural, non-invasive approach helps to minimize adverse effects and helps ensure a safe, successful outcome to care. In fact, according to a recent study published in the new issue of Spine, the leading international medical journal focusing on the spine and spinal region, "There is no robust data concerning the incidence or prevalence of adverse reactions after chiropractic." Chiropractic is and continues to be safe, natural and effective health care for all ages.

Source: Spine. May 15, 2009. Volume 34. Issue 11.
Copyright: LLC 2009

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Chiropractic Care Not Bankruptcy

While we're not claiming chiropractic care will prevent bankruptcy, we do want consumers to be aware that chiropractic care has been shown to be a very cost-effective solution for back pain as well as other conditions. With more than 60 percent of U.S. bankruptcies stemming from excessive medical bills and the economy struggling to get back on track, now more than ever is the time to make not only wise financial decisions but also wise health care decisions. If you're suffering from back pain, musculoskeletal pain and other ailments, or you just wish to become healthier and "well" again, consider the safe, natural, cost-effective approach of chiropractic care.

Source: The American Journal of Medicine. Volume 122. No. 6.
Copyright: LLC 2009

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Increase Sleep, Lower Blood Pressure

New research indicates adults who get inadequate amounts of sleep experience an increased incidence of high blood pressure. In middle-aged adults, missing on average of just one hour of sleep per night over five years raises the risk of developing high blood pressure by 37 percent. This is concerning as high blood pressure significantly increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, and is the first and third leading cause of death in Americans. Other complications include heart failure, kidney disease and blindness. So if you're looking for a valid excuse to get your beauty sleep, you've now got it!

Source: Reuters. June 8, 2009.
Copyright: LLC 2009

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