Keeping patients healthy and pain-free without resorting to surgery or long-term medications.

"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist."
~Oscar Wilde
Try New Things:
Try Something New for 30 Days - Matt Cutts

Things to try everyday for a month:

  • A new activity: Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Uphill / Downhill Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing
  • Write in a journal
  • Take a picture
  • Learn new words
  • Try a new food
  • Introduce yourself to someone new
Things to quit for a month:
  • Foods and beverages with added sugar, dairy, refined carbohydrates, or caffeine
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Watching TV
  • Buying new things
  • Social media
  • Using a cell phone or computer (except when completely necessary)
Did You Know?
Why You Can't Get Enough Sugar by Susan McQuillan, MS, RDN

If you've ever wondered why it's so hard to resist sweets, the answer is easy: you were born with a "sweet tooth." Humans have an innate preference for sweet foods because our brains need sugar to function properly, our bodies use sugar most efficiently to create the energy we need to live, and our individual  genes  are coded to be more or less sensitive to certain tastes, sugar included. If you have low sensitivity to sweets, you are likely to need more to feel satisfied. Add to that, any  childhood  experience you had that conditioned you to favor sugary foods, and it's no wonder you can't ignore the dessert cart. 

Some people battle sugar cravings the way a drug addict struggles with  methamphetamine , or a gambler approaches a horse  race ; they have to stay away altogether, or they will go on a binge. Giving in and eating sugary foods usually only result in cravings for more.

In addition to genes, natural preferences, and brain changes, there are other factors that encourage us to eat lots of sugar, including the social pressure to eat with others as well as emotional problems and  stress  that drive us to seek out rewards. We know that messages of craving,  hunger , and fullness are communicated from the control center in your gut to your brain, and back again but the process isn't fully understood. These signals may help drive our preference toward sweetened foods. While any or all of these may play a role in how you handle a sugar craving, one thing appears to be true: There is no single reason why you crave sugary foods, or why you repeatedly cave in to those cravings.

  Read the full article here to find out if it is an addiction and what sugar does to the brain.
Supplement Corner:
Activated Charcoal: A Strange Way to Detox by Dave Asprey
Toxins from low quality, processed food, and environmental pollution are real problems. It is important to help your body eliminate them to promote a healthy digestive system and brain. Chronic exposure to toxins produces cellular damage, allergic reactions, compromised immunity, and more rapid aging. Regular use of activated charcoal can remove unwanted toxins from your body, leaving you feeling renewed and more vibrant, often in minutes! Gut toxins quickly become brain toxins if you don't eliminate them. Whether or not you are feeling under the weather, activated charcoal helps unwanted bacteria move through your system faster before they spread and multiply, helping you feel better faster.

After digesting foods like beans, the decomposition process from bacteria in your body creates byproducts like gas or diarrhea. Activated charcoal enters the digestive tract and counteracts this process by binding to byproducts and alleviating these digestive issues.

Charcoal is an age-old remedy for counteracting poison in the body. If you ingest poisons such as bleach, fertilizer, or even alcohol, taking a single large dose of activated charcoal helps your body flush out the poison faster. Activated charcoal adsorbs most organic chemicals, many inorganic chemicals, drugs, pesticides, mercury, and even lead, before they harm your body. If you're poisoned, go to the emergency room! But, there's no reason you shouldn't start binding a poison right away. A Bulletproof reader recently inadvertently took a huge dose of Tylenol (the capsules were in the wrong bottle), which is highly toxic to the liver. He realized his mistake, took a handful of activated charcoal capsules, and went to the emergency room. His liver was undamaged, and he credits biohacking.

Find out other amazing things about activated charcoal  but make sure to ask Dr. Hughes or your PCP about the best way to take it. 
Treatments We Offer:
Rolfing Structural Integration (SI) has the ability to dramatically alter a person's posture and structure. Rolfing SI can potentially resolve discomfort, release tension and alleviate pain. Rolfing SI aims to restore flexibility, revitalize your energy and leave you feeling more comfortable in your body. The genius of the work rests on Dr. Rolf's insight that the body is more at ease and functions most effectively when its structure is balanced in gravity.

Our practitioner Adam Nickamin, believes rolfing is a holistic philosophy, science, and art that structurally and functionally integrates the body in gravity through myofascial manipulation and movement education. Rolfing is a participatory form of bodywork. Practitioner and recipient attend to structure and function/movement, with both subtle and active intentions. Rolfing is commonly practiced in a series of ten, one-hour sessions conducted weekly or monthly, allowing for sufficient integration time. Post ten work is available three to six months after an initial series.

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