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A Chiropractor's Take on Fad Diets

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, March 22, 2018

By Dr. Tyler J. Carlock, D.C.

Village Family Clinic in Allamuchy, NToday, more than ever, fad diets are becoming a popular way to lose weight fast. Diets are based on everything from a persons blood type, skin color, eye color, counting carbs, and some are based on nothing at all. Many of these diets are about deprivation. The basic idea behind many of these diets is the depriving your body of something that it wants and craves. While I don’t believe that you should eat everything that you can get a hold of, your body craves things for a reason.

A lot of times women crave chocolate at certain times of the month, that is due to the high concentration of magnesium in chocolate, a nutrient which becomes depleted. While there may be better ways to get magnesium, your body is very intelligent and knows what it needs to survive. Why would you not want to listen to your own internal regulation system? Losing weight has and always will be about eating less and exercising more. However, depravity is not part of that equation necessarily.

Mostly all of these diets will make you lose weight quickly but an extremely high percentage gain all of the weight back just as fast. Your body burns approximately 1200 calories per day while lying in bed. If you work during the day, you can burn nearly 2000 calories a day not doing anything for exercise. So, how many calories are you eating a day? 3000? 4000? The key to losing weight and maintaining that loss is to equal that balance and then to exceed the calorie intake by 500 per day. A bottle of soda has about 250 calories in it. Therefore, if you drank two bottles of soda a day, switch to water, you would essentially lose a pound per week if all other intakes were even.

Small changes can make a big difference: take the longer walk to work, park your car across the parking lot, take the dog for a walk, cut out soda, take the stairs instead of elevator, little things like this can make a large impact. Simply working out for twenty minutes a day, three to five times a week, and cutting 500 calories out of your diet every day, you will lose one to two pounds per week, healthily, happily, and without depriving your body. It is the little things that matter most in this world and the same applies to becoming healthy, little changes everyday, add up to big changes in the end.

Dr. Carlock is a practicing chiropractor at Village Family Clinic in Hackettstown, NJ. We are a multi-disciplinary facility that offers chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, acupuncture treatment, nutritional counseling, and pain management. Call us at (908) 813-8200 for any questions or to schedule an appointment.

Types of Arthritis and How to Treat Them

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 01, 2018

By Dr. Tyler J. Carlock, D.C.

Village Family Clinic - Osteoarthritis

With the American population ever-increasing and life expectancy getting higher- arthritis is on the verge of becoming an epidemic in this country. Arthritis can be a disabling and crippling disease that forces thousands of Americans to become bedridden. Arthritis takes on two distinct forms.

There is the more common type of arthritis, non-inflammatory arthritis. The most prevalent type of non-inflammatory arthritis is degenerative or osteoarthritis. This type of arthritis is typically thought of as part of aging or just getting old. However, osteoarthritis is not a part of the normal aging process, it is due to improper biomechanics, previous injuries, lack of nutrition and exercise. Osteoarthritis is generally a preventable disease.

On the other hand, inflammatory arthritis is very different. Inflammatory arthritis is a more serious form of arthritis and is accompanied with swelling, heat, and difficult movement. The most common type of inflammatory arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a genetic disease, which commonly affects women in their 40’s. Rheumatoid arthritis must be treated with medication.

Other common types of inflammatory arthritis included Reactive arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis, and Enteric Arthritis. Inflammatory arthritis is treated with medications (commonly steroids), and cryotherapy (cold treatment).

Osteoarthritis or non-inflammatory arthritis is treated with gentle exercise, stretching, strengthening, chiropractic adjustments, and usually heat is a more palliative treatment. It is very important to distinguish between the two types due to the fact that the treatment between the two diseases is very different. Osteoarthritis can be managed conservatively without drugs or surgery, however, as with most diseases, prevention is the key.

Keeping a healthy diet, exercising on a regular basis, taking your vitamins, and keeping in shape are vitally important in the prevention of osteoarthritis. Proper vitamin supplementation should include a good multivitamin, glucosomine chondroitin for proper joint health, and calcium magnesium for proper bone health. The most significant step we can all take to prevent arthritis and to minimize the symptoms of arthritis is to keep moving. Chiropractic adjustments keep the joints of the spine moving which help decrease the degenerative process.

Remember that movement is life, keep moving! For more information on treating arthritis, contact Village Family Clinic.

Dr. Carlock is a practicing chiropractor at Village Family Clinic in Hackettstown, NJ. We are a multi-disciplinary facility that offers chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture, nutritional counseling, and pain management. Call us at (908) 813-8200 for any questions or to schedule an appointment.


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