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October 2009 Health Newsletter

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» Eating for Your Health
» Karl Wellness Center Events in October!
» Thyroid Health
» Is Your Back Pain Becoming A Pain?
» October is National Chiropractic Month
» Whole Grains Benefit Blood Pressure
» Vitamin D Prevents Falls In The Elderly

Eating for Your Health


By Dr. William H. Karl, D.C.

When was the last time you munched on a handful of celery and carrots, enjoyed a juicy apple, or feasted on a gigantic spinach salad?  How did you feel afterwards?  If you have been eating this way, you probably felt great!  If not, you probably didn't notice any difference.  Maybe you still felt hungry or even felt worse!  If you remember feeling like that, it may be that you missed the short burst of energy you were used to feeling - from the carbohydrates you would normally consume.  However, like the saying "what goes up must come down," your burst of energy was probably followed by a crash.  Perhaps you even lost every ounce of your newfound energy, and then some, soon afterwards. 

Many people feel tired, groggy, sometimes even terrible, after eating foods that are high in carbohydrates, or full of unnatural ingredients.  It's not uncommon to start feeling depressed or irritable for no reason after eating certain foods.  People usually think it's their own fault when they don't feel good, or if they feel depressed.  The problem is that the connection between they way they feel - and the food they just ate - is never made.  Worse yet, the chemicals that are put into most commercial foods play tricks on our bodies, our hormones and on our taste buds, to make us think that we are enjoying some chemically laden fabulous looking cardboard meal. 

If we don't eat the kinds of foods our bodies require, we won't feel our best, physically or emotionally.  It's only logical that if we eat better, we'll feel better.  The problem is that most people don't believe that healthy food can actually taste good – and that the longer you have eaten that way - the better it tastes!  I admit that I didn't always eat as many fruits and vegetables as I do now, and it took time for my taste buds to catch up to what I knew was the right way to eat.  Although it helped to know about an important study (Epidemiology, March 1998, vol 9, No.2, p208) showing that a high amount of fruits and vegetables in a person's diet positively related to a lower incidence of things like angina, arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, cirrhosis, gallstones, heart attack, kidney stones, and peptic ulcers, I needed more even more incentive to truly embrace the idea of going out of my way to eat fruits and vegetables. 

To see which fruits or vegetables are the healthiest to eat, check the ORAC score, developed by Dr. Guohoa Cao, a physician and chemist, while at the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore, Maryland.  It measures a plant's ability to neutralize oxygen free radicals.  Oxygen free radicals are formed naturally inside our bodies due to everyday functions, like digestion and physical activity.  Higher activity levels means a person must neutralize even more oxygen free radicals. (It is essential that people who exercise heavily, and want to stay healthy, eat foods that neutralize these oxygen free radicals.)  The formation of oxygen free radicals also increases when we are exposed to polluted air, rancid food, the rancid oils found in many prepared foods, and oxidizing radiation, which comes from the sun and other man-made electronic devices.  Oxygen free radicals can jeopardize the health of your body in the same way that they cause rust on a car. 

Actually, your body is much like a car, which experiences wear and tear with use, and requires maintenance.  When your body breaks down, it needs to be repaired, but unlike a car, can't be replaced.  The type of care your body receives will determine how- or even if - it continues to run.  By eating good, organic foods, especially vegetables and fruits in a wide variety of types and colors, you can keep your body in good condition.  With the right nutrition, your eyes, your internal organs, your skin, and everything else in your body will be healthier, and can be repaired as needed for many years.

The best fruits, according to the ORAC rating, include cranberries, blueberries, bilberries, raspberries, blackberries, kiwi, strawberries, red currents, elderberries, mangoes, noni, peach, pear, plum, pomegranate, tart dark cherries and deep purple plums and prunes.  Some of the best vegetables include spinach, carrots, beets, broccoli, and other cruciferous vegetables.  Just like your mom may have told you, start eating your fruits and vegetables.   Five to ten servings of all different kinds of fruits and vegetables each day is one of the best things you can do for your health!

I've discovered many ways to enjoy my five to ten servings -ways that satisfy my demanding taste buds.  Besides eating a good variety of fresh, raw vegetables and fruits, I enjoy preparing and eating them lots of different ways.  Actually, certain veggies, such as tomatoes and broccoli, release even more nutrients when they are slightly cooked.

Sautéing fresh, organic vegetables in a cast iron pan with a good high heat, unrefined oil, such as Sesame or Almond, along with a good sprinkling of Celtic sea salt and Sesame seeds is an easy way to prepare a delicious accompaniment to any meal.  Raw butter melted over them makes them extra delicious!  I also enjoy putting different kinds of squash, mushrooms, peppers, and eggplant, on my grill.  Brushing them with oil and good quality tamari, the kind made with organic cultured soybeans, makes them turn an irresistible golden brown, adding even more flavor.  Putting them on a skewer makes great veggie kabobs.

My favorite salad consists of a huge serving of organic baby spinach topped with all kinds of fruit; such as kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, Clementine's, peaches - or whatever I happen to pick up at the Farmer's Market.  For protein and extra crunch, I add a generous serving of pine nuts and hemp hearts.  Desert is a dish of fruit drizzled with raw honey - something to satisfy my sweet tooth.  These are my "feel good foods."  What are yours?  

Pick up a FREE report outlining over twenty-five different fruits and vegetables, and their amazing powers.  Give us a call at 734-425-8220 for hours and location. 

Dr. William H. Karl, D.C., is a Brimhall Certified Wellness Doctor with over 28 years of experience, an extensive knowledge of the human body, and a keen interest in applying new and advanced techniques - all of which enable him to provide the finest care possible for each and every one of his patients!  To learn about Dr. Karl's holistic wellness techniques and sign up for free monthly newsletters, visit or call (734) 425-8220.  You may also e-mail Dr. Karl, D.C., at







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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Karl Wellness Center Events in October!



Exercise and Pressure Point Therapy   

 October 12th   7-8:30 pm.  Free.

 In this two-part class, learn the Six Basic Exercises Dr. William H. Karl advises everyone to do every day, as well as before beginning any other exercise or activity, including lifting heavy items or engaging in any type of sports.  Experience how Pressure Point Therapy immediately helps to relieve the effects of stress, and how to incorporate stress reduction techniques into your lifestyle.  This class is followed by the opportunity to ask the Doctor questions while enjoying organic snacks. 

Held at Karl Chiropractic Clinic & Wellness Center, P.C. 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland. 
Pre-registration requested due to limited seating. 
Call 734-425-8220.



Allergies-Nothing To Sneeze At   

October 21st   7-8pm. Free

 Find out how allergies can be more dangerous than just the sniffles, what actually causes your body to react, whether it is something you ate, something you touched, or from something in the air, how body pH affects allergies, what procedures can be done to eliminate allergies naturally, and what supplements can help.  Co-sponsored by The Foundation for Wellness Professionals with guest speaker Dr. William H. Karl, D.C., Certified Wellness Doctor. 

 Livonia Civic Center Library, 3rd floor.  32777 Five Mile Rd., Livonia. 
Pre-registration requested due to limited seating.
 Call 734-425-8588.


Invasive Species    

October 26th   7-8 pm.  Free. 

Our environment is changing behind our backs without our permission or knowledge.  Unsafe organisms are taking over our food supply and are showing up in our environment, affecting both plant and animal kingdom.  Learn how and why they got there, and how they affect you!  What you don't know may be hurting you.  Dr. William H. Karl, D.C., Certified Wellness Doctor, will discuss how GMOs are like invasive plant species that affect the ecosystem and your health in unknown ways. 

Held at First Cup Organic Coffee, 15130 Inkster Rd., Redford, 313-255-4200.  Sample some exciting and unique snacks in a comfortable setting, and reserve your free Guide to Phragmites, and the Non-GMO Shopping Guide. 
Limited materials and seating.  Pre-registration requested.
Call 734-425-8588.

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

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Thyroid Health

Thyroid has been one of the most popular topics that I have spoken on in our series of health talks.  It becomes easy to see why there is so much concern when you consider all the body systems affected by the Thyroid. The reality is every that cell in your body is influenced by this little gland. Among the symptoms people may experience when this organ is not working right are the following.

Signs and Symptoms

- Axillary temperature test below 97.8 F or 36.5 C

- Chronic constipation

- Sensitive to cold weather

- Slow heart rate

- Chronic fatigue

- Excess hair loss

- Gain weight easily

- Recurrent infections

- Skin problems (dry, flaky skin)


- Depression

- Cold hands and feet

- Cry easily (may need iodine)

- Headaches/dizziness

- Myxedema (facial swelling, droopy eyes)

- Slow speech

- Feel worse in the morning

- Increased triglyceride and cholesterol levels due to increased fat utilization

- Feel better after exercising due to increased metabolic rate

- Cracking and peeling of skin on heels and hands (may need essential fatty acid support)

- Symptoms worse at change of season (spring/fall)

- Brittle fingernails

- Short windedness (can't breathe deep enough)

- Paranoia

- Memory loss (may need RNA support)

- Sudden change in personality

 -Loss of libido

Some of these are the common ones people think about, and then there are the others for which many people are being treated for things rather than the true cause and this isn't even the whole list.  This is where we see why so many people get frustrated with 'Health Care" especially conventional health care. Does this mean you should give up? No, of course not. This means we have incredible and amazing bodies that can be somewhat complicated at times so we have to listen to all the clues you the patient give us so we can all make the best possible choices to get well and stay well.

There can be a number of possible causes for thyroid dysfunction. 

Here are some of them:

Depressed immune function

Poor dietary habits

Food allergies/sensitivities

Nutrient deficiencies (mainly iodine, tyrosine, B-vitamins)

Hormone imbalances

Candida/parasites - a high percentage of Candida patients will not improve until thyroid function is addressed

Liver dysfunction - thyroid hormones are conjugated in the liver

Secondary hypothyroidism - due to anterior pituitary dysfunction (TSH<2.0 mcIU/ml)

Medications - estrogen compounds (i.e. the pill) will reduce T-3 uptake

Mercury toxicity - mercury inhibits the 5' deiodinase enzyme responsible for conversion to active T3 thyroid hormones

Now we that have the causes, what do we do about it?

First, of course, is based on which cause. In short, the most common cause of most modern health problems is having a lack of certain nutrients that, in the past, were common in our food supply.  The lack of these nutrients that our body depends on and their replacement with artificial and toxic substances that actually shut our body systems down are our major undoing.  We need the input of Vitamins A, B complex, E, specific amino acids, several different minerals. Iodine, Selenium, Zinc, Manganese, Calcium, Magnesium, Copper.

Yet, even when we provide the proper nutrition, we often find that we still aren't fully functional. Why? Because other body systems have to be working first. The adrenal, the filtration, and the elimination systems [Liver&Kidney's], all have to work or the thyroid doesn't function the way it should. In turn, some of these systems don't work until the thyroid works better too.

Now that you have a better handle on this little giant of an organ, you can see why there is so much interest in this subject.  Since most blood tests show you are okay when you know you're not, remember that you are not crazy. You are what is termed "sub clinical," which means that your condition does not yet warrant the use of drugs. This is a good thing as you may be helped with the right nutrition and be able to avoid the drugs.  If you go with nutrition, go with a wellness coach trained to help you avoid the pitfalls that can befall the less informed. Start with filling out the Thyroid Questionnaire that we have in the office and come to one of our Thyroid workshops to get the overview. We are having a workshop on Thiroid Health Monday, Nov 9 at the Livonia Civic Center Library.

Author: Dr. William H. karl
Source: Dr. William H. Karl
Copyright: Dr. William H. Karl 2008

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Is Your Back Pain Becoming A Pain?

If you've ever experienced back pain, and who really hasn't, you'll understand the following excerpt from a recent article published in the July/August 2009 AARP Health Newsletter (
"The first time I thought it was a quirk. The second time I thought it was a coincidence. The third time I would have sat up and taken notice - but I couldn't sit up. And the fourth time my back went out - leaving me supine for a week, except for when I crawled to the bathroom - I was forced to take action… Despite the pervasiveness of the problem, there are few clear guidelines on how to properly diagnose and treat low back pain, leaving sufferers like me to try one therapy after another. Thankfully that disjointed approach is starting to change, as a slew of new research sheds light on what works and what doesn't. I've consolidated that research here - and consulted half a dozen experts in low back pain - to help you ease your agonizing aches."
In this article, the author provides a brief description of his personal incident of back pain as well as recommended treatments based on the most current and sound research available. In describing certain treatments for back pain, which he states "really be called spine pain because that complex of bones is the center beam of the system that holds us erect," he comments on his finding for chiropractic care:
"Chiropractic - To clarify a common misunderstanding: chiropractors don't 'crack your back.' That popping sound is a gas bubble being released from between two joints that have been coaxed into alignment. A study published in 2002 found that patients with low back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement after one month than those treated by physicians."
While there are several studies showing overwhelming evidence of chiropractic's benefits for those suffering from back and spinal problems, we thought we'd share one back pain sufferer's findings and recommendations. If you or others are suffering from back, neck and/or spinal problems, contact our office today for a safe, comprehensive evaluation.

Source: AARP Health Newsletter (; July & August 2009.
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October is National Chiropractic Month

Attention to you all! Were you aware that October is officially National Chiropractic Month? Each year our friends at the American Chiropractic Association sponsor a nationwide observance in October to focus on helping certain public health problems through safe, natural chiropractic care. This year, the main focus is the effectiveness of chiropractic in the care for some of the most common forms of headaches. Did you know that 9 out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches? Chiropractic care has been shown to be effective in the care for some of the most common types of headaches such as muscle tension and cervicogenic headaches (head pain originating from structures located in the neck). If you are suffering from headaches, contact our office for an evaluation today!

Source: ACA. September 16, 2009.
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Whole Grains Benefit Blood Pressure

Consuming plentiful amounts of whole grain foods appears to ward off high blood pressure according to the latest research. Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a new study found men with the largest consumption of whole grain foods (52 grams/day) were 19 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure as compared with men consuming just 3 grams of whole grains daily. The process of refining grains results in the removal of their outer coating making them more quickly absorbed by the body (and thus, potentially turning into body fat more easily) as well as removing many beneficial nutrients. Thus, when purchasing grain products, it’s better to choose whole grain foods as compared with refined foods. Another finding researchers noted was that men who consumed more whole grain foods also tended to gain less weight. Of course, everything in moderation.

Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, September 2009.
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Vitamin D Prevents Falls In The Elderly

New research finds those aged 65 and older can prevent often devastating fall injuries from occurring by simply supplementing with 700 to 1000 IU (international units) of vitamin D daily. These findings are based on the results of 8 studies specifically looking at preventing fall injuries by supplementing with vitamin D. As a group, those subjects taking less than 700 IU did not reduce their number of fall injuries while those taking 700 to 1000 IU did. According to researchers, the effectiveness of the daily 700 to 1000 IU dose of vitamin D occurs "… in a few months and is sustained over years, and the benefit is independent of age and present in those living at home and those living in nursing homes."

Source: British Medical Journal, online October 2, 2009.
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