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Improvement in Chronic Hypertension Following a Single Neck Adjustment

Case Report Shows Exciting Results

A case report discusses the results of chiropractic care on a 55-year-old male patient with medically diagnosed hypertension,as published in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research.  

A 55-year-old male with a 20-25 year history of hypertension presented to a chiropractic office for care.  Various medication combinations had been used without success in maintaining normal blood pressure. 

Today, one in three people are diagnosed as hypertensive and are at risk for other cardiovascular related diseases, such as heart attack, renal failure, stroke and increased mortality.  An estimated 55% of patients with hypertension who are already on anti-hypertensive medication remain hypertensive, and the U.S. it is estimated to have spent $63.5 billion on the direct and indirect cost of hypertension.  

The patient received upper cervical specific chiropractic care over a seven month period.  Through the course of 7 months care, the patient received one upper cervical adjustment and the blood pressure progressively lowered.

The findings presented in this case study suggest than an upper cervical chiropractic adjustment may benefit patients who have unresolved chronic hypertension.  

 

Top 10 Food Additives to Avoid – Like the Plague!

People often ask me to give them a list of food additives to avoid. My quick reply— eat only whole, fresh, natural foods that don’t contain additives and you don’t have to worry about them!But I’m also a realist and know that for many, eliminating processed foods isn’t going to happen any time soon – if at all. So the wisest thing to do is, at least make the switch to natural-brand processed foods that don’t contain toxic additives.

 

1. Monosodium Glutamate / MSG

Neurotoxic flavor enhancer known to cause migraine headaches, brain fog, fatigue, depression, irritability, seizures, weight gain and more.

Found in: 60-90% of processed foods, including soups, broths, bouillon, snacks, chips, salad dressings, cookies, seasonings, frozen meals, ice cream, lunch meats Chinese and other Asian food (Chinese Restaurant Syndrome)

Solution: Purchase only natural-brand processed foods that don’t contain MSG. Check labels, however, as some contain MSG listed as “autolyzed yeast extract,” “yeast extract,” or “natural flavoring.” (See previous article on MSG.)

 

2. Artificial Sweeteners

Whether it’s aspartame (Equal, Nutrasweet, Spoonful), sucralose (Splenda), Saccharin (Sweet’n Low), Acesulfame K (Sunette, Sweet One), each one is shrouded in controversy and reports of adverse reactions including anxiety, depression, seizures, headaches, asthma attacks, liver and kidney damage, fibromyalgia, brain tumors, weight gain and more.

Found in: diet or sugar-free sodas, flavored yogurts, Jello, desserts, sugar-free gum, candy, cookies, etc., drink mixes, baking goods, table top sweeteners, cereal, pudding, ice tea, chewable vitamins, toothpaste and more.

Solution: Check labels and generally avoid all processed foods and beverages that are labeled “diet” or “sugar free.” Consider using stevia, a natural herbal sweetener, instead.

 

3. Sulfites / Sulphur Dioxide

Carcinogenic color fixatives and preservatives known to cause acute reactions ranging from severe to mild, including acute asthma attacks, seizures, anaphylactic shock, diarrhea, nausea, brain fog, muscle aches, headaches, and extreme fatigue.

Found in: dried fruit, wine, beer, hard ciders, soft drinks, juices, cordials, vinegar, and potato products.

Solution: Avoid brightly-colored dried fruits. Choose un-sulphured dried fruits, usually dark in color instead. Choose wine, beer and hard ciders that don’t contain added sulfites.

 

4. High Fructose Corn Syrup / HFCS

Highly-refined sweetener that packs on pounds faster than any other ingredient, increases bad cholesterol, and contributes to the development of diabetes, tissue damage, and more.

Found in: soda, sweetened beverages, breads, candy, flavored yogurts, salad dressings, canned fruits and vegetables, cereals and more.

Solution: Choose natural-brand beverages and treats that contain less harmful sweeteners -- or natural, unsweetened juices and herbal teas.

 

5. Artificial Food Colorings

Linked to cancer and may contribute to behavioral problems in children and lead to a significant reduction in IQ. Note: even a very small amount, such as that contained in gummy or tablet vitamins, can cause reactions.

Found in: vitamins (gummy and tablets), candy, cereal, soft drinks, sports drinks, pet foods, fruit cocktail, maraschino cherries, ice cream, candy, bakery products, American cheese, macaroni and cheese, and more.

Solution: Stick with quality, whole-food supplements and natural-brand processed foods that use natural, non- toxic food colorings or none at all.

 

6. Trans Fats / Hydrogenated & Partially Hydrogenated Oils 

Trans fat, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils extend the shelf life of food products. They’re known to raise bad cholesterol contributing to heart disease and strokes, inflammation, diabetes and more.

Found in: margarine, chips and crackers, baked goods, fast foods, protein and other snack bars.

Solution: Check labels on processed foods and go with natural fats and oils whenever possible, such as extra virgin coconut or olive oil or raw or organic butter.

 

7. Brominated Vegetable Oils (BVO)

Is a toxic chemical that boosts flavor in many citric-based fruit and soft drinks known to increase triglycerides and cholesterol. It’s also associated with damage to the liver, testicles, thyroid, heart and kidneys.

Found in: citrus flavored sodas and sweetened beverages.

Solution: choose non-citrus sodas or those made by natural food brands that don’t contain BVO.

 

8. Postassium Bromate / Bromated flour

Potassium bromate is a carcinogenic additive used to increase volume in products made with white flour that’s banned in countries around the world. It’s also associated with thyroid problems and one of the reasons there has been such an increase in thyroid issues in recent decades.

Found in: white breads, rolls, and other baked goods made from dough.

Solution: avoid or minimize baked goods that contain "potassium bromate" or "bromated flour." In California, products containing this additive are required to bear a warning on their labels.

 

9. Nitrates / Nitrites

Carcinogenic color preservatives that are also known to cause acute reactions such as headaches, irritability, and fatigue.

Found in: processed meats including hotdogs, bacon, ham, luncheon meat, cured meats, corned beef, smoked fish, etc.

Solution: choose processed meats labeled “no added nitrates or nitrites.”

 

10. BHA & BHT (E320)

Potentially carcinogenic preservatives that affect the brain and known to cause hyperactivity, asthma, rhinitis, dermatitis, tumors, hives and hormonal imbalance.

Found in: Potato chips, gum, cereal, frozen sausages, enriched rice, lard, shortening, candy, Jello.

Solution: Choose natural-brand processed foods that don’t contain these toxic preservatives

 

Kelly Hayford, C.N.C. is the award-winning author of If It’s Not Food Don’t Eat It! As a former chiropractic assistant and junk-food junkie turned nutrition and health coach, Kelly has helped thousands restore their health, energy and natural weight.

For more information on Eating for Health including a FREE REPORT Secrets to Overcoming Unhealthy Food Cravings, visit: www.kellyhayford.com/report or call 209-815-1444.

Compliments of ICPA Member: Gary Barone DC

Provided by Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, published by ICPA, Inc. For more information visit: www.pathwaystofamilywellness.org and www.icpa4kids.org. 

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The 3 Most Important Food Categories — Nobody Talks About!

The food continuum, Fake food, Packaged natural food, and real foodVegan, Paleo, raw, gluten free, low fat, vegetarian?? Contrary to popular belief, these are not the most important considerations when it comes to what you’re eating. The most important consideration to take into account is best illustrated by my food continuum display pictured here. It breaks food down into three simple general categories that make a clear distinction between what I call “fake-food brand” processed foods, “natural-brand” processed foods and “whole, fresh, natural” foods.

Why are these categories the most important?

Because an estimated 90% of food budget dollars in America today, are spent on the processed, packaged, fake-food brand items on the left; fake-food brand items that are not only processed to the degree that they’re devoid of most fiber, enzymes and nutrients, but also contain toxic food additives that are actually harmful to the body. Most fake-food brand items are in fact, not really food because they are harmful rather than nourishing to the body -- and the reason behind my first Eating-for-Health Guideline: If it’s not food, don’t eat it!

Ideally, we’d all be eating the whole, fresh, natural REAL foods pictured to the right all of the time — as all generations have done before us. But it’s unrealistic to think that that’s going to happen any time soon. Doing so is too big a leap for those who have become accustomed to the convenience and taste of the fake foods, which is most everyone today. Some people, especially younger people, have never eaten anything else.

Make the Switch!

The best thing to do is to start moving in the direction of more real foods by switching from the fake-food brands to the natural-food brands in the middle. In fact, I believe it’s the least you can do for yourself and your family if you care about your health. Because NOT to do so is a sure recipe for dis-ease of every kind as we see increasingly happening throughout our country over the last few decades. Just from making this one simple change I’ve seen people lose weight and eliminate countless conditions, including depression, anxiety, digestive disturbances, seizures, migraines, ADHD/ADD and more.

Why do so many people experience so many improvements in their health just by switching to natural- food brands? Because generally speaking, the natural-food brands have overall better-quality ingredients and don’t contain the health-robbing, often toxic food additives found in the fake-food brands. And it’s surprisingly easy to do. Just switch out each of the fake-food items you buy regularly for the equivalent food item from a natural-food brand company. It’s that simple and easier than ever before!

Natural-food brand processed foods are available at all health food stores and also at most big-chain grocery stores, often in sections labeled “natural” foods. Because they’re largely non-perishable, you can also purchase most online, which is a great way to start familiarizing yourself with what’s available as well.

Natural-Brand Processed Foods

Here’s a list of just some of the natural-brand food companies that offer much better choices for you and your family: Alta Dena, Amy’s, Annie’s Naturals, Arrowhead Mills, Barbara’s Bakery, Bearito’s, Bob’s Red Mill, Bragg’s, Cascadian Farms, Eden Foods, Fantastic Foods, Garden of Eatin’, Hain, Health Valley Horizons, Imagine Foods, Kettle Chips, Knudsen’s, Lundberg Farms, Newman’s Own, Pamela’s, Seeds of Change, Shari’s Organic, Shelton’s, Spectrum Naturals, Westbrae.

Whole, Fresh, Natural – REAL Foods

Remember that even though the natural-brand foods are a much better choice, they’re still processed foods. Your best choice is always going to be the whole, fresh, natural foods. At the same time you’re making the switch to better quality processed foods, you can also start slowly adding in more fruits and vegetables, preferably organic. That’s the easiest place to begin when it comes to getting more real foods in your diet. Our psyches love when we focus on adding things into our lives.

Every time you shop just pick up 1-3 fruits and 1-3 vegetables that you already know you love – or at least like or can tolerate, as I know some of you haven’t yet developed a taste for them. Fresh is always best, but do whatever you can at first to get started. Just be sure to check the labels for any unwanted additives if you’re going with canned or frozen.

Keep moving in the right direction – literally! – and you’ll have developed an ongoing Eating-for-Health lifestyle and be looking and feeling better quicker than you think.

Kelly Hayford, C.N.C. is the award-winning author of If It’s Not Food Don’t Eat It! As a former chiropractic assistant and junk-food junkie turned nutrition and health coach, Kelly has helped thousands restore their health, energy and natural weight.

For more information on Eating for Health including a FREE REPORT Secrets to Overcoming Unhealthy Food Cravings, visit: www.kellyhayford.com/report or call 209- 815-1444.

Compliments of ICPA Member: Gary Barone DC

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Resolution of Motor Tics, ADHD and Discontinuation of Medications in a 10 Year Old Male Twin Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

Boy ListeningA case report reviews the outcome of chiropractic care in the case of a 10-year old-boy with ADHD and motor tics, as published in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research.

A 10-year-old boy presented to a chiropractic office with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder along with involuntary motor tics. The patient was a twin, born vaginally with assistance of vacuum extraction.  History revealed prior diagnoses of macrocephaly and underdevelopment of C2 at 4 months of age.  The child was administered slow release stimulant medication for management of ADHD symptoms by a medical doctor since 8 years of age.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a persistent pattern of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity displayed more frequently than typically observed at a comparative level of development.  The prevalence of ADHD has been found to range from 3% to 12% in varying studies of school-aged children.    

The patient was given high velocity, low force adjustments (Toggle Technique) to the first cervical vertebra over 10 months of care along with passive cervical mechanical traction following each adjustment.  After the first adjustment the patient showed improvements in behavior and focus.  The patient was able to cease use of medication after 2 months.  Reduction in ADHD symptoms along with complete resolution of motor tics were also noted over the duration of care.  Cervical curve as seen on x-ray improved 10 months from the start of care.

This case report demonstrates a reduction in signs and symptoms associated with ADHD and involuntary motor tics in a child following upper cervical chiropractic treatment.

 

 

 

Finding Your Natural Weight

If you strive for thin, you’ll never win. Strive for health and thin will follow. – Elson Haas, M.D.

Maria was 280 pounds when she began an Eating-for-Health Lifestyle class. When I spoke with her five months later, she had lost 50 pounds at an average rate of ten pounds per month. She did so just by implementing the first two Eating-for-Health Guidelines, switching from fake-food brands to natural food brands, and eating nothing sweeter than fruit except on special occasions.

She was enjoying the new foods she discovered and no longer craved sweets. In fact, when her birthday came around, she was pleasantly surprised to find that she didn’t even want the cake and ice cream she used to die for. “I have done a gazillion diets over the years, only to gain it all back every time,” Maria reported. “For the first time in my life I’m developing a lifestyle of healthy eating, that I feel I can actually live with for the rest of my life.”

People often get obsessed with dieting. Instead, get obsessed with a healthier lifestyle and your weight will take care of itself. In addition to following the Eating-for-Health Guidelines outlined in a previous article, keep the following in mind to help.

Guy with FoodEat More, Weigh Less!

Eating clean, quality food at regular times throughout the day is one of the best strategies for boosting your metabolism, reducing cravings, balancing blood sugar—and yes, even losing weight. I see it all the time with my clients!

Other Factors to Consider in Finding Your Natural Weight

1. Stop eating foods that contain MSG (monosodium glutamate). Unfortunately, it’s estimated to be in 60-90% of processed foods and disguised under numerous names. In addition to a host of other problems, MSG causes food cravings. That's one of the reasons manufacturers add it to their products—it’s a neurotransmitter that affects the hunger and weight control centers of the brain that keeps you coming back for more! MSG is actually fed to laboratory animals to fatten them up for research without increasing their food intake.

2. Drinking just one soda or sweetened beverage per day can increase the risk for obesity in children by 60%, according to a study cited in the Lancet. Needless to say, reducing or eliminating your sweetened beverage consumption can be tremendously helpful in finding and maintaining your natural weight. But don’t look to diet drinks that contain artificial sweeteners.

3. Contrary to popular belief, there is nothing diet about foods and beverages that contain aspartame. Similar to MSG, aspartame is a neuro-toxic chemical that is addictive and causes people to crave junk foods and more artificially-sweetened beverages. There are many other harmful effects associated with aspartame as well. For more on this topic, read: Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills, by Dr. Russell Blaylock. Sucralose or Splenda, also has a host of problematic side effects and should consequently be avoided as well.

4. The best no-calorie, non-toxic sweetener is stevia, a natural herb that actually helps you lose weight by reducing cravings for sweet and fatty foods. It also helps digestion which is important in reducing excess weight. 


5. Food allergies and sensitivities can also interfere with your ability to lose weight. Many people have lost significant amounts of weight just by eliminating wheat, dairy or soy from their diets, for example.

6. There’s also a lot of hoopla about low- or no-fat diets these days. These diets can actually be harmful because our bodies need fat to function. The ‘good’ fats that is. The real problem is that people are eating mostly ‘bad’ fats and not getting any ‘good’ fats. Not getting the essential fats your body needs compromises every function in the body, including digestion and elimination, hormonal balance, brain function, the immune system, even metabolism. Eat more ‘good’ fats and less ‘bad’ fats and watch your health and energy go up and your weight go down.

7. High-protein diets can also be harmful. Sure you can lose weight, but often only temporarily, and at the risk of your overall health. If you’re going to eat anything in excess, make it fresh vegetables!

8. Cleansing and clearing your internal environment is an important part of any healthcare regime. Detoxifying the organs and systems of the body will help improve digestion and elimination, reduce food cravings, and increase metabolism—all of which add up to a trimmer, healthier, more energetic body. A Basic Elimination Diet is an easy, moderate form of a cleanse that can also help you identify food sensitivities. It’s a great place to start in establishing and maintaining your natural weight and an overall Eating-for-Health Lifestyle.

Establishing and Advancing the Chiropractic Family Wellness Lifestyle

Kelly Hayford, C.N.C. is the award-winning author of If It’s Not Food Don’t Eat It! As a former chiropractic assistant and junk-food junkie turned nutrition and health coach, Kelly has helped thousands restore their health, energy and natural weight.

For more information on Eating for Health including a FREE REPORT ~ Secrets to Overcoming Unhealthy Food Cravings, visit: www.kellyhayford.com/report or call 209- 815-1444.

Compliments of ICPA Member: Gary Barone DC

Want more holistic insights and empowering resources? Save 46% off your Pathways subscription when you visit www.pathwaystofamilywellness.org and use code: PATH at checkout. Provided by Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, published by ICPA, Inc. For more information visit: www.pathwaystofamilywellness.org and www.icpa4kids.org. 

Kids Out of Balance What Does It Mean to Be Truly Healthy?

Boy Rides Bike on Path with Training WheelsBefore we explore ways that we can keep our kids in balance we need to consider what it means to be truly healthy and “in balance.” Many of us are socialized into not considering our health until symptoms appear. We believe, “If I feel well, I must be healthy; if I feel sick, I must be unwell.” We lead such demanding lives that when a headache, cold or backache arises we opt for the quickest and easiest remedy: drugs. While there is always a place for drugs and surgery, our “there’s a pill for every ill” mantra doesn’t address why we are experiencing the symptoms in the first place.

Ask yourself: If a person in pain takes a pill and the pain then goes away, does this mean he or she is healthy again? Of course not. Symptoms are a message from our body that there is a problem and that change is needed. A true indicator of health is when the body is able to effectively adapt to the stressors placed on it.

So many children today are super-sized, chronically unwell, depressed or unable to concentrate. Indeed, our youth are not coping with the stressors of the modern world. It’s important we explore ways to help them be healthier, more resilient and empowered for a brighter future.

This begins with asking good questions. As a parent, we can usually sense when something is not quite right with our child. If this is your hunch, then it’s important you ask: Why is my child chronically unwell? Why is he constipated? Or why can’t she concentrate?

We can look to nature for inspiration. Take a moment to imagine the approach biologists might take if a certain region of a rainforest died. Would they simply remove the dead trees and replant vegetation? Or would they investigate what had caused the destruction? If all the fish in a particular lake were found to be dying or have deformities, would biologists and wildlife experts simply prescribe medication for the fish? No, that would be illogical. They would examine what caused the imbalance in the environment. They would look at the ecosystem and consider all the factors that sickened the fish, and then set about eradicating these factors and implementing strategies to recreate homeostasis or balance.

Now imagine a child who behaves aggressively. How would health experts tackle this problem? Is it logical to offer him medication for behavioral issues, or do we serve this child better by investigating the foods he is eating and his hydration levels, considering whether he is over- stimulated by electronic gadgets and computers, and assessing his nervous system and communication between the gut and the brain?

The human body is remarkable, and when it is functioning and coordinating itself well it has the capacity to heal and regenerate. If we can teach our children that health comes from within and that their bodies have tremendous intelligence and capacity to ward off illness, then early warning signs like a runny nose or a sore throat will not be seen as a signal to take antibiotics, but rather as an indication that they need to slow down, get lots of rest and boost their immunity with natural foods. Drugs are not always the answer. There are safe and effective approaches and holistic health practitioners who can empower us to navigate our family’s health outcomes. 

 

Kids Out of Balance

Signs of a Body Out of Balance

As parents it is important that we observe our children to see that they are integrating their world in an age appropriate manner. An imbalance can be indicated in a variety of ways. A baby, for eyes example, may cry or fuss during feeding and arch her back. Her head may be an uneven shape, or she might not like lying on her tummy. Becoming familiar with the expected developmental milestones will help you assess whether your baby or child’s behavior is problematic or not. (For further information, please refer to my book Ticklish: New Ways to Help Your Child Learn, Love & Play at ticklishbook.com.)

For older children, some warning signs of a body out of balance may be:

 Slow recovery from minor illnesses, and recurring colds, flus and allergies

 Poor balance and coordination

 Inability to concentrate  

 Agitation, anxiety

 Oversensitivity to environmental noises

 Eczema, pale skin, discoloration under their eyes

 A bloated tummy, constipation

 Hyperactivity

 Defiant or angry behaviour

 Consistently low mood, lack of enthusiasm for life

 Difficulty sleeping

 Fatigue upon waking, general sluggishness 

Visit your ICPA chiropractor today to have your child examined for imbalances.

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Modified excerpt from: Kids Out of Balance by Jennifer Barham-Floreani, B.App.Clin.Sci, B.Chiropractic 

Compliments of ICPA Member: Gary Barone

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Provided by Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, published by ICPA, Inc. For more information visit: www.pathwaystofamilywellness.org and www.icpa4kids.org. 

Soy—Oh, Boy! Things to Consider About This Not-Always-Healthy “Health” Food

SoyFrightening Fact: 93% of soy is genetically modified and more than 60% of processed foods contain soy under various names including: hydrogenated oils, lecithin, emulsifiers, tocopherol and proteins.

People frequently ask me about soy expecting that I will respond with a simple "it's good" or "it's bad" for you. Instead I reply with a sigh, and then say "soy—oh, boy!" Because the answer is a little more complicated than it’s “good” or “bad” for you. To simplify and separate fact from fiction, following are some things to consider about soy.

Things to Consider About Soy

1. Soy is one of the top five most common food allergens because it contains a protein enzyme inhibitor, trypsin, that prevents it and other nutrients from being properly digested. People with compromised digestive and immune function are especially susceptible. Symptoms range from digestive disturbances such as gas and bloating to severe depression and anxiety—and every other conceivable symptom that may be associated with food allergies or sensitivities.

2. 93% of America's soybean crop is genetically engineered (GE or GMO) and contains 27% more trypsin inhibitor, meaning that it has even greater potential for setting off allergic reactions and digestive disturbances. In 1998 the UK reported a 50% increase in food allergies and attributed this dramatic rise to the fact that consumers the previous year had started eating large amounts of imported GE soybeans. (See previous article for more on GMO’s.)

3. Soy is best consumed in a fermented form such as miso, tempeh, natto and soy or tamari sauce. Fermentation reduces soybean's enzyme inhibitors to some degree, and is therefore much easier to digest and less likely to cause reactions. There are also fermented soy protein powders now available at health food stores. Sprouted soy and edamame (green soybeans) are also easier to digest and assimilate and a much better choice. Tofu, which is known to block mineral absorption, is best eaten warm with a little fish or other animal protein to offset this effect and increase digestibility.

4. Products such as soy flour, soy powders other than the fermented or sprouted variety, soy grits, flakes, nuts, and soy nut butter are best avoided because they haven’t had the trypsin inhibitor removed and are therefore highly allergenic. Super-refined soy products, such as soybean oil, textured soy protein (TSP), and textured vegetable protein (TVP) are also not recommended as the soy is subjected to high pressure, high temperatures or caustic chemicals as part of the processing. Soy cheeses and soy milks are often highly refined and best avoided as well. Milks made from oats, rice, almonds and coconut are a better choice.

5. Asian women have very low rates of menopausal complaints, heart disease, breast cancer and osteoporosis. The soy industry, with sketchy evidence to support their claims, attributes this to soy being a regular part of the Asian diet. These claims, which have become widely accepted due to massive media campaigns, disregard extensive research that shows otherwise. They also disregard other dietary and lifestyle factors at play in Asian cultures.

For example, there are many Asian populations that don’t eat soy as a regular part of their diet, yet still enjoy low rates of the chronic diseases mentioned. Among those who do eat soy regularly, fermented soy products are what is consumed the most. Asians aren’t downing quarts of overly-sweetened, highly-processed soy milk or popping supplements containing concentrated soy isoflavones, which has become popular in the U.S. 

In addition, the traditional Asian diet consists of primarily whole, fresh, natural foods including sea vegetables, which are packed with vital nutrients and one of the richest sources of absorbable calcium. They also eat a lot of fish, small amounts of meat, and little to no dairy products or processed foods—in stark contrast to the Standard American Diet, which consists of mostly processed foods high in sugar, fat, sodium, and excessive amounts of meat and zero sea vegetables.

6. Soy reduces thyroid hormone slowing metabolism and isn’t appropriate faire for those who hypothyroid or wanting to lose weight. Sea vegetables on the other hand stimulate the thyroid and are frequently combined with soy in Asian cuisine such as miso soup, which results in the two counterbalancing one another.

7. As with any of the most common food allergens (wheat, dairy, soy, corn, etc.), if you choose to include soy in your diet, do so on a rotational basis eating it about once every 4-5 days (never daily!) in the more user- friendly forms described above. This will allow the body adequate processing time and reduce the likelihood of developing or exacerbating sensitivities and other problems.

Much of the hype about the benefits of soy isn’t based on good science, but rather the interests of a booming industry that’s making a gold mine on a cheap, versatile, highly-profitable commodity. Don’t fall prey to these antics. As with any common food allergens, if you include soy in your diet be sure it agrees with your body and you’re eating the most bioavailable and non-GMO forms.

Resources: For more information on this topic, read: The Whole Soy Story, by Kaayla T. Daniel.

Kelly Hayford CNCKelly Hayford, C.N.C. is the award-winning author of If It’s Not Food Don’t Eat It! As a former chiropractic assistant and junk-food junkie turned nutrition and health coach, Kelly has helped thousands restore their health, energy and natural weight. For more information on Eating for Health including a FREE REPORT Secrets to Overcoming Unhealthy Food Cravings, visit: www.kellyhayford.com/report or call 209- 815-1444.

Compliments of ICPA Member: Gary Barone DC

Want more holistic insights and empowering resources? Save 46% off your Pathways subscription when you visit www.pathwaystofamilywellness.org and use code: PATH at checkout. Patients can also have a free copy at our office.  

Provided by Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, published by ICPA, Inc. For more information visit: www.pathwaystofamilywellness.org and www.icpa4kids.org.