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Today there are a number of stimulants commonly in wider usage which can and do have a harmful effect upon body chemistry. Stimulants are substances that are taken into the body, not for their nutritive qualities, but because they exert some desired effect on the nervous system. The most prevalent and harmful of these stimulants is coffee. Coffee is a beverage which came into common and general use only in the modern era. The appreciation of coffee as a beverage in Europe dates from the latter part of the 17th century and the early colonist brought the custom to America. However, it was used only as a luxury item and in strict moderation. Coffee originated in Ethiopia, and it was the Ethiopians who discovered that it made an effective stimulating beverage. From them it passed to the Arabs, and hence on to Europe. As long as coffee is only occasionally, its harmful effects are not so great; but when it becomes a constant habit and is consumed daily, coffee is likely to have very harmful effects.
Many people wonder why coffee is harmful and must be avoided if good body chemistry is to be attained and maintained. The culprit in coffee is caffeine, a substance related chemically to uric acid. Let’s see what caffeine does to one’s body chemistry. Caffeine is a stimulant, so when you drink a cup of coffee, the caffeine stimulates the adrenal cortex to produce more of its hormones; this in turn induces the liver to break down glycogen (body stored sugar) into glucose (sugar), which flows into the blood stream. This is the explanation why a cup of coffee “gives you a lift.” However, it is really an artificially induced lift and trouble develops because the isles of Langerhans of the pancreas, which produce insulin, cannot tell the difference between the effects of drinking coffee and eating food. They don’t know whether the sugar has come from the food that is being digested or from previously stored glycogen which has been broken down by the action of the caffeine’s stimulus on the adrenal cortex. The isles of Langerhans go to work to force the blood sugar to its normal level and, in the course of time, because of their repeated stimulation due to drinking coffee, the isles of Langerhans become so sensitive that they over-respond to normal stimulation. This gradually, but progressively, breaks down their efficiency. According to E.M. Abrahamson, M.D., a noted specialist on diabetes and hyperinsulinism, caffeine is a major causative factor in certain kinds of depression, which may be regarded as a form of caffeine poisoning. He states that one of the major reasons for the widespread condition of hyperinsulinism in the United States is due to excessive consumption of caffeine.
It has been noted that there is evidently a relationship between the ingestion of caffeine and sugar and peptic ulcers. On a percentage basis, the service men in World War I had fewer incidences of ulcers than those of World War II and, likewise, the combat troops of World War II had a much smaller percentage of peptic ulcers than those in the camps. The explanation seems to be that when in combat, the troops got less coffee and sugar.
Only a few decades ago, Americans were accustomed to a good, healthy breakfast of eggs, bacon, ham, grits or potatoes, but now we are city dwellers and go in for a very light breakfast. For breakfast many people fortify themselves only with black coffee and cigarettes and, of course, they get an immediate lift as their glands are overworked to put the blood sugar up and/or stimulate the nervous system. But remember, it is a lift produced by a stimulant, by artificial means. That is why they begin to feel fatigued around 10 a.m.; but the coffee break takes care of that until lunch, then some food and more coffee—another coffee break at mid-afternoon, coffee on arriving home and then at dinner. You can see that the person is being constantly pushed along by the stimulation of caffeine. Eventually, following such a course year after year, can lead to, or be a major factor in causing numerous degenerative processes. It wears the glands out by keeping the blood sugar level jumping up and then down in the body’s efforts to maintain a normal blood sugar level.
Many people who are trying to lose weight drink black coffee to dull the pangs of hunger and still have pep, but they are merely making the situation worse. As you can see, this repeated stimulus to the isles of Langerhans resulting in low blood sugar, makes them even more sensitive, makes the rigid diet more difficult because the coffee’s appetite-quenching qualities become increasingly briefer and are followed by a ravenous appetite. Many people just drink more coffee when this happens and thus repeat the cycle and steadily and rapidly wear out their glands by overworking them.
In addition to having a most adverse effect upon the glands, coffee also stimulates the nerve cells. Controlled clinical tests have showed a marked lowering in blood sugar when coffee was taken, yet the individuals felt fresh with an abundance of energy. The effect, as described by one person who is not a coffee drinker and hence has not built up a tolerance for coffee, stated that it was like a small dose of Benzedrine, the main ingredient of a very dangerous drug that many people have taken for quick energy, to stay awake, or to reduce. Coffee increases the pulse rate and the amplitude of the heartbeat; it also increases the tonus of the skeletal muscles. Coffee causes a more active secretion of the gastric glands with the result that people who suffer from too much gastric secretion often suffer from heartburn after drinking coffee. Experts agree that coffee is particularly harmful for people who suffer from ulcers. In that coffee increases the digestive juices in the stomach which are responsible for continued irritation, it is obvious that coffee plays a part in preventing healing. Renal activity is increased by drinking coffee so that large amounts of salts are taken from the blood. Coffee can be a poison for laboratory animals when they drink it in large quantities over a long period of time. It is well known that it can produce poisonous effects in small children. Nervous people are made more nervous by drinking coffee, which merely aggravates the situation. The characteristic symptoms of too much coffee drinking are palpitation of the heart, headaches, insomnia, muscle tension, nervousness, and digestive trouble. Coffee is known to destroy vitamin C in the body so that coffee drinkers may be deficient in the vital vitamin which is necessary for healthy tissue and to ward off infectious diseases.
In 1959 the per capita consumption of coffee was 16 pounds; that means that for every man, women and child in the United States, 16 pounds of raw coffee were used. When this 16 pounds of coffee is added to water to make the beverage, you can only imagine how many gallons of coffee were consumed. Like sugar, coffee consumption is on the increase and with this increase, it is likely that degenerative diseases will also increase, as coffee has a most harmful effect upon body chemistry.
People who wish to maintain good body chemistry, which is synonymous with good health, should eliminate from their diet beverages that contain the alkaloid of caffeine. The caffeine-containing beverages or foods are listed as follows: coffee, soft drinks that contain caffeine, cocoa and chocolate.
From this brief resume of the effects of coffee upon the body chemistry, it is easy to conclude that coffee, as well as the other things containing caffeine, should be deleted from one’s diet. Coffee has no nutritive value; it may be characterized as a stimulant which overworks the glands and can eventually wear them out with the result that degenerative disease may become prevalent within the body. When sugar and milk are added to coffee, that merely makes it a more difficult beverage for the body to handle; it is like “burning the candle at both ends” as far as maintaining body efficiency and health are concerned.
Caffeine and soft drink consumption increases risk of hip fracture.
The body needs to maintain calcium and phosphorous in equal balance in the blood. Soft drinks, very high in phosphorous, require the body to steal calcium from the bones to help balance the phosphorous taken in with soft drinks. One study showed that people who drink more than three cups of coffee a day increase their risk of osteoporosis by 82 percent.
[Kiel, D. P., et al. “Caffeine and the Risks of Hip Fracture: The Framingham Study.” American Journal of Epidemiology 132 no. 4, Oct. 1990; 675-684.]
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Forward Head Posture and Loss of Cervical Lordosis in a normal spine, the head should be suspended directly over the spine. This keeps the weight of the head over the body’s center of gravity. The head is suspended not by an inflexible rod, but rather by a 43 degree arc formed by the vertebral bones in the neck. This arc acts as a shock absorber for our head with every step and jump we make. Sometimes, because of bad posture while reading or doing computer work (or texting!), or because of an accident, or for any number of reasons, a person’s posture will change such that their head is shifted forward in a neutral position. This condition is called Forward Head Posture (FHP).
This change in the body’s posture has two effects: One, it reduces the 43 degree arc of the cervical curve, and two, it places the head forward of the body’s center of gravity. Forward head posture causes several problems.
First, for every one inch of forward head posture, the head effectively weighs ten more pounds. Try this yourself: Hold a bowling ball right next to your shoulders, in front; then, shift it forward. It got heavier, right? This shift in head position means that the muscles of your neck and your upper back will need to work harder to hold your head up (red star on diagram). This can cause neck and back pain, and muscle fatigue. Research has shown that blood flow through a muscle decreases as contraction increases, and is virtually cut off at 50-60% of continuous maximal contraction (click here to read abstract). Lack of blood flow results in buildup of lactic acid and other metabolites that cause muscle pain and soreness. Do you always find your upper back muscles fatigued and sore, with massage providing only temporary relief? Forward head posture could be to blame.
Second, when the head shifts forward from the body’s center of gravity, the spinal column in the neck elongates and straightens. Harrison et al (click here) have clearly shown that loss of the cervical curve alters the mechanical properties of the spinal cord and nerve roots, which may change the firing patterns of the neurons that comprise these structures. Since the neck contains every neuron that connects your brain with the rest of your body, the spinal cord in the neck is especially important to the function of every organ, cell, and, tissue in your body. A recent paper by Morningstar and Jockers supports this contention, demonstrating that correction of forward head posture and restoration of cervical lordosis is correlated with increase in pulmonary function (click here). Furthermore, loss of the cervical curve has been correlated with a myriad of health problems; in fact, one study (click here) found that this condition is predictive of mortality in geriatric populations.
Third, loss of the cervical lordosis causes unnatural stresses on the vertebral bones in the cervical spine. Wolff’s Law of Bone Adaptation states that the body will lay down new bone in an area of stress or strain in order to strengthen it; research has shown that this process results in arthritic bone spur growth in the cervical spine (click here). Forward head posture and loss of the cervical lordosis clearly predispose the spine to arthritis.
Fourth, a study by Stemper et al (click here) has shown that spines lacking the proper 43 degree arc in the cervical spine “enhance the likelihood of whiplash injury and may have long-term clinical and biomechanical implications.” Given the number of rear-end collisions every day, having your spine more prone to injury due to lack of cervical curve is a big risk to carry.
Fortunately, chiropractic care can help you to correct forward head posture and loss of cervical curve if you suffer from these conditions. Forward head posture and loss of cervical lordosis are problems with multiple components, including both vertebral subluxation and soft tissue issues (shortened or tightened or inhibited muscles, trigger points, and potentially fasical adhesions.
What sorts of benefits might you see from correcting forward head posture and restoring your cervical curve? For one, less stress on your body from not fighting to hold your head upright will certainly be good for your health; but more importantly, reducing mechanical deformation of the tissues of your spinal cord and nerve roots will allow your nervous system function at its best. Furthermore, restoration of the cervical curve can reduce your risk of whiplash injury in the event of an accident. Lastly, correction of FHP and cervical curve problems can increase your body’s oxygen supply.
Source and article credit: Path of Life Chiropractic
As I learned from Dr. Klinghardt and proved repeatedly in my practice, scars from past injuries or surgeries have consistently been found to cause hidden disturbances to the normal functioning of the body. Whether these are close to the organ in trouble, or distant (as in a knee scar connected to a frozen shoulder), these need to be thoroughly handled whenever they show up in our system of testing in order to attain optimal result.Scientific research has demonstrated that any area of the skin that heels by scar formation has increased sympathetic nerve enervation. These scars can sometime suddenly “activate” (even years after they were caused) and act as capacitors which accumulate nervous energy, and which can then mis-fire at will, affecting local areas or ganglia which can then affect other areas away from the scar site.
Clinically, I have seen clients whose heart conditions have rapidly improved date-coincident with the correct program addressed to a scar such as on the web of the opposite hand. Nutrition suddenly “started working” once this interference field was reduced. Similarly, patients with impaired kidney function have improved when an old appendix scar was given proper attention, thus removing the neurological disturbance fields and open the body’s ability to utilize correct nutritional protocols and restore normal function. The list goes on and on and has been dramatic in our practice. But most dramatic of all have been the uncountable number of women who have been suffering from various post partum syndromes (including depression, chronic fatigue, thyroid dysfunction; gastro-intestinal and /or pelvic organ problems) years (or decades) after giving birth, who have finally been able to find relief once the underlying casual scar [peroneal or other scar on or crossing the midline] had been handled allowing the correct nutritional programs to work their miracles.
Standard Process Wheat Germ Oil, and/or Sesame Seed Oil, is the most effective nutritional approach for turning down/off the sympathetic nerve interference which can be caused by verified “active” scars.
Massaging freshly squeezed oil from a Wheat Germ or Sesame Seed Oil Perle onto a scar (both longitudinally and across the scar) must be done regularly – once or twice per day-over a 60-90 day period for best results.
Note: several sessions, using infrared light or certain cold lasers on a weekly basis (or more often) have also been found to greatly facilitate healing and stabilize the “switching” that these scars often cause.
Here is Dr. Yoder’s latest technique update and healing process. We are naming it C.H.I.R.O Adjustment: Chakra balancing, Healing with hands, Intuitive process, R self-realization, Opportunity as a chance to advance one. This is a blend of EFT tapping, the Chakra meridians, neuro emotional technique, B.E.S.T, law of attraction, Maslow’s hierarchy of physiological needs, Anthony Robbins’ six human needs, the four agreements wisdom and Dr. John Demartini. By saying this affirmation we are covering all the meridians, and you have been personally assigned a specific chakra to work on with Dr. Yoder. Say this statement daily when your mind is most relaxed, followed by aroma therapy (either one we recommend or your own).
I am thankful for my body, my health, and my life. I know I am safe. I am happy and confident that I create what I need in life to feel satisfied. I trust myself; I listen to my body’s needs, and can transform this inner feeling into an outer experience. I love myself; I know that I am loved. By loving myself unconditionally, I allow others to be loved. I am ok with expressing my voice, my opinions, and my feelings to myself and others. I trust my intuition, and can see what the future holds for me yet can remain unattached as to how this manifests. I accept challenges, as I know this represents an opportunity to learn and grow. I contribute to the world by sharing my gifts, talents, and myself with others. I thank God for this opportunity.
What is B.E.S.T. (Bio-Energetic Synchronization Technique)