An entry on the Psychology Today blog deals with the topic of chronic dieting and how it may lead to “Food Addiction” Click Here: The Problem with Dieting
This is a great blog entry and cites research that suggests those who chronically diet may actually become “food addicts”. I am sure many of you who read this can attest to these findings if you are a chronic dieter or have been in the past. There are better ways to get control of your eating habits, I can help…..Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
Have you always wondered why everyone is recommending fish oils and other forms of omega-3 essential fatty acids? Well, there’s a new test that you perform at home and send out to my lab that can test your omega-3′s and give you an omega-3 to omega-6 ratio. This information is incredibly important and is called the Omega-3 Index and you can come into Optimum Function; my Portland, Oregon chiropractic, nutrition, hypnosis and functional medicine clinic to grab your test kit and find out what you Omega-3 Index is.
Have You Checked Your Omega-3 Index?
The Omega-3 Index is the new measure of heart health. It may be the most important number you’ll know.
The Omega-3 Index is a stronger predictor of heart disease risk than cholesterol. Individuals with a high Index have a decrease in the relative risk for sudden cardiac death by as much as 90%!
Are you getting the right types and amounts of omegas in your diet? How much do omega-3 you need? What about omega-6?
Now you can check your omega scores with this convenient at-home omega 3 blood test kit which includes two important measures of omega-3s in your blood, your Omega-3 Index and your Omega-6 to Omega-3 Ratio, an important factor associated with chronic, whole body inflammation
Knowing your omega levels can help you proactively make changes to your diet to reduce your risk of heart disease and other conditions associated with chronic inflammation.
Taking the omega 3 blood test is easy. Simply follow the instructions in this convenient at home test kit to collect a drop of blood and return your blood sample in the enclosed return envelope. Within about two weeks, you will receive your lab results by mail along with a customized report, explanation of results and resources to help you make and sustain changes to your diet that will positively impact your omega scores.
The cost of the test is $129.95 and this includes my evaluation and diet and/or supplement recommendations if any are needed.
Contact me at info@OptFunction.com or use the contact form to the left of this post for more information or to schedule a time to come pick up your test kit!Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
I have posted a couple of blogs about the seemingly fraudulent advertisements that tout certain unhealthy food as “health food”.
Here’s another article about the topic; you’ll be surprised to read about a certain yogurt company settling a suit for claims that their product “helps to keep you regular”. Health Food … or Health Fraud?Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
For those of you who have read my article “Strategies For Eating in 2009 and Beyond” (Click to download) you probably noticed strategies like:
- Chew your food well
- Eat slowly
Here are a couple more strategies that can help you slow down
- Put your utensils down in between bites
- Don’t put more food on you utensils until the food you just put in your mouth is chewed well and swallowed.
Here’s an article about how eating too fast may be linked to overeating and obesity.Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
Having had a few patients come in to my chiropractic, nutrition and functional medicine clinic in Portland and email me with this questions, I thought I’d write a blog with some info and a couple of resources to help answer this problem. This blog is not meant to diagnose or treat anyone with any type of ailment and is written for information purposes only. If you truly want to differentiate between H1N1 and a cold, you should go see a healthcare provider or call a local nurse hotline.
Here’s some info to help you differentiate between H1Ni and a cold:
- Fever is rare with a cold.
- Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the H1N1 flu.
- A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold.
- A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the H1N1 flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough).
- Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.
- Severe aches and pains are common with the H1N1 flu.
- Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.
- Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the H1N1 flu.
- Chills are uncommon with a cold.
- 60% of people who have the H1N1 flu experience chills.
- Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.
- Tiredness is moderate to severe with the H1N1 flu.
- Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.
- Sneezing is not common with the H1N1 flu.
- Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.
- The H1N1 flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.
- A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.
- A headache is very common with the H1N1 flu, present in 80% of flu cases.
- Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.
- Sore throat is not commonly present with the H1N1 flu.
- Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.
- Chest discomfort is often severe with the H1N1 flu.
Here are some more resources about H1N1:Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
I wanted to pass this article on to you all, it’s about how unhealthy eating (a diet of processed foods) can cause depression and how depressed individuals make unhealthy food choices. It becomes a vicious cycle. Here’s the link: Depression, Lifestyle and Processed Food
I am a BIG proponent of eating real, minimally processed foods, not too much and mostly vegetables Here’s a link to my Portland, Oregon chiropractic, nutrition, functional medicine and hypnosis clinic, Optimum FunctionYours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
Hey everyone, I just uploaded another video update about vitamin D. Come on in to my chiropractic, nutrition, functional medicine and hypnosis clinic, Optimum Function in SE Portland and I’ll order a vitamin D test for you and help you optimize your levels.
Well…… since my rant (Sugary Cereal Labeled a “Smart Choice”???), the FDA has begun an investigation into this process….. thank you FDA (said with quite a bit of sarcasm.
Here’s the story: FDA To Scrutinize “Smart Choices” & Other Front-of-Label Nutrition Symbols.
What do you all think?Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
Picking “one therapy” seems nearly impossible but in light of the current debate about the future of health care in the United States, I have to give homage to not one, but rather three therapies that stand above the others in helping to reduce the risk and prevalence of many chronic illnesses.
These three therapies can drastically reduce pain, inflammation and fatigue; these are three of the major components of the major diseases plaguing Americans. The medical names of the disorders associated with these signs and symptoms include but are not limited to the following:
- Fibromyalgia (muscle pain and fatigue)
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Chronic headache
- Arthralgias (arthritis symptoms)
- Metabolic Syndrome (pre-diabetes)
- Chronic fatigue
- Fibrocystic breast disease
- Environmental/Chemical Sensitivities
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Dyslipidemias (elevated cholesterol)
- Prostatitis (prostate irritation)
- Cognitive impairment (short term memory)
- Dyspepsia and gastrointestinal reflux disorder (digestive problems)
- Sleep apnea
- Eczema and rosacea
Although none of these conditions are immediately “life threatening,” they are common chronic problems that become more troublesome over time if not corrected. These are also conditions that can progress to more serious diseases if not detected and corrected early.
In a pharmacological model each of these conditions would be treated with its own family of medications to manage symptoms not reverse the condition in many cases. This often results in people taking several medications, all of which have the potential for adverse side-effects and drug to drug interactions. This opens-up a “pandora’s box” of prescription medications often being prescribed to counter the side-effects of the original medication. It can become a “cyclical nightmare” for many patients
In the Lifestyle and Functional Medicine models, the clinical approach treats the underlying cause of the signs and symptoms. Here are my choice of the three foundational therapies that I use in my Portland, Oregon chiropractic, nutrition and lifestyle medicine clinic, Optimum Function:
- The “Four R Program”
- Metabolic Detoxification
- Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (dietary, stress-relief and exercise)
Stay tuned for posts that explain each of these therapeutic interventions. If you are in Portland, Oregon and want to learn more, you can go to www.OptFunction.com and click on the button at the top of the site that reads, “Schedule Appointment Online”. In addition, you can learn more about functional medicine at Optimum function by clicking on this link: Portland, Oregon Functional Medicine.Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health