Go Greek…yogurt that is…

Did you know that almost ALL yogurts are flat out bad news for your waistline?

“Light” yogurts, for instance, are absolutely terrible for you, and for more reasons that one.

First, most “light” yogurts are loaded with artificial sweeteners and/or high fructose corn syrup.

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is one of the top 3 WORST ingredients you could ever consume.  First, as it’s name suggests, it’s made of primarily fructose, a sugar that easily spills over to fat storage when consumed in sizable quantities.

And artificial sweeteners are…well…artificial.  Do you really want to put chemically altered, man-made ingredients that don’t exist in nature into your body?  Us either.

Second, HFCS is made from genetically modified corn.

Third, HFCS spikes blood sugar and insulin like almost no other food or ingredient.

Bad news all around.

Bottom line, just because something is low calorie (i.e. “Light”) doesn’t make it a healthy choice, or even a choice that will positively affect your fat loss goals.

What about “fat free” yogurts?

Well, hopefully we all know and understand by now that fat isn’t bad.  Fat is a critical nutrient to both your health and your fat loss efforts and actually helps to naturally stabilize many important hormones in your body that play a key role in optimizing your body’s fat-burning environment.

Secondly, most fat-free yogurts are LOADED with sugar.  Here’s a plan:  Let’s get rid of the naturally occurring healthy fats and load up on sugar instead!  Sounds like a plan to us…a really bad one.

So does that mean you should be avoiding all yogurts?

No, in fact there’s ONE type of yogurt that we highly recommend you use as part of your fat-burning diet…and that’s Organic Plain Greek Yogurt.

First, Greek yogurt has double the protein of regular yogurt, so you get more protein punch in every spoonful.

Second, by choosing the plain variety you avoid all the extra, unnecessary, artificial ingredients along with calorie-boosting excess sugar.

Lastly, by going organic you’ll avoid the hormones and antibiotics that are otherwise generally injected in the typical cow.

Greek Yogurt is our #1 pick for mid-meal snack and we enjoy a serving of Greek yogurt just about every day.  We recommend you do the same.

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To your success,

Joel & Josh

Joel Marion & Josh Bezoni
Founders, BioTrust Nutrition

DOT is requiring all Physicals be done by a CERTIFIED DOT MEDICAL EXAMINER

Required DOT Physicals are now being offered by a CERTIFIED DOT MEDICAL EXAMINER

At 129-10 23rd Avenue, College Point, NY 11356

Call for an appointment 718-463-1166

There is ample free parking for both cars and trucks

Optional exam site in Merrick, Nassau County and Middle Island, Suffolk County, call for more information!

Being a driver for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) can be a great advantage in the working world. It will provide you with a substantial income and superb medical insurance. But it also requires long hours and sometimes many days on the road alone. That is why the DOT has strict parameters for passing its physical exam. You must pass this exam in order to qualify to be an employee of the DOT.

To pass the physical, applicants must not have lost any limbs and must not have mobility issues that would hinder tasks such as grasping steering wheels or gear shifts. You must also be able to apply correct pressure to the brake pedal, accelerator and clutch. Any injuries to hands, fingers, feet or toes must not interfere with these required tasks, if they do, you will automatically fail the physical exam. Rheumatoid arthritis also will disqualify you.

Potential drivers with illnesses such as diabetes (Type I or II) or epilepsy cannot apply to be drivers for the DOT. With these illnesses, you run the risk of blacking out, becoming a threat to yourself and others, with the potential for seizures, sugar shock and coma.

Driver applicants who have been diagnosed with any form of heart disease or who have had a stroke or heart attack cannot apply. If you have a history of any respiratory illnesses such as emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or chronic asthma, you will also not be allowed to apply. Having these illnesses puts you at risk of having a heart attack, stroke or losing consciousness while driving.

High blood pressure, even if you’re taking medication, can lead to disqualification.

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/about_5581247_dot-regulations-physical-exams.html#ixzz2kLpOkJk6

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Matteo Chiropractic explains Sciatica

Sciatica and Chiropractic Care

Many people suffer from a common complaint termed Sciatica which refers to the unpleasant sensation that can radiate from the lower back and buttock region, down the leg. Extreme cases may radiate as far down the leg as the toes.
These symptoms develop along the sciatic nerve, which happens to be the largest nerve in the body. It originates from the spinal nerves of L4 through S3, coursing through the pelvis and buttocks and down the length of both the left leg and the right leg. Each sufferer has a unique manifestation, which may include pain (mild to excruciating), muscle weakness, numbness, tingling or pins-and-needles, the extent of each varies widely, but all share the hallmark pathway along the sciatic nerve. The duration of the symptoms can last a few days or become a chronic issue. Typically sciatica affects only one lower extremity at a time which a skilled chiropractor can help alleviate.

An irritation of the sciatic nerve triggering a bout of sciatica can manifestmatteo.backpain.art_3467 in many ways.

– A herniated disk (a condition when the gel of the disk seeps out) in the lower back can place pressure on the area beginning a sciatica episode.

– An individual with lumbar spinal stenosis, or a narrowing of the spine, can find stress placed on the sciatic nerve as well.

– There is also a condition called spondylolisthesis known as a displacement of the spinal vertebra in which one slips over another and pinches the nerve.

– Piriformis syndrome is a spasming or tightness of the piriform is muscle that results in irritation of the sciatic nerve.

– Rarely, one may develop a spinal or sciatic nerve tumor, incur a direct sciatic nerve injury, or have a back trauma such as a car accident.

Chiropractic care is a safe alternative form of treatment to standard therapy, and studies have shown this line of treatment to be very effective. For the treatment of sciatica, a Doctor of Chiropractic will be able to provide the spinal manipulations necessary to best relieve the problem. Chiropractic care is based on improving the function and spinal mobility. This process works synergistically in an effort to decrease the pain from the sciatic nerve irritation, and prevent future incidents. A chiropractor can manage the acute symptoms associated with sciatica, and give preventative or maintenance spinal manipulations to decrease the chance of a future sciatic occurrence. Therefore, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is best to get an evaluation and proper diagnosis from a chiropractic physician.

Kevin Marsh, DC, National Directory of Chiropractic

Chiropractic and Rheumatoid Arthritis case study reportsMatteo Chiropractic:

Rheumatoid arthritis and Chiropractic

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic auto-immune disease where the body’s immune system attacks different regions of the body. This disease is characterized by chronic inflammation that destroys joints, tissues and organs over a period of time. A recent study published in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research describes how specific chiropractic adjustments and rehab exercises demonstrated outstanding results in a woman with long-term rheumatoid arthritis.

A 54-year-old woman went to see a chiropractor after having been diagnosed seven years prior with rheumatoid arthritis. Her chief complaint was severe bilateral polyarthralgia, especially in the hands and fingers. The patient also had marked swelling in her hands, fingers, knees, toes and feet. The patient exhibited difficulties with weight bearing, ambulation, and had recurrent stiffness every morning. The patient was taking Methotrexate and Prednisone daily to manage her symptoms. She described her pain as a constant nine on a 1-10 scale of severity.

The patient was evaluated using various assessment tools including posture evaluation, surface electromyography and x-ray imaging. Subluxation was found throughout the spine, especially in the upper cervical region. Hypolordosis of the cervical curvature with associated forward head shift was another clinical feature.

Research has shown that forward head posture can add a significant amount of abnormal leverage pulling the entire spine out of alignment and restricting normal respiration processes. This sort of posture problem can result in a loss of 30 percent of vital lung capacity. Lowered oxygen states alter immunological control in the body.

Subluxation is the term for misalignments of the spine that cause irritation of nerve pathways, affecting organ systems of the body. Birth trauma, falls, whiplash and poor posture are known to cause subluxation patterns to develop in the body. This sort of physical nerve stress leads to altered measures of immune function and increased susceptibility to a number of diseases.

Subluxation contributes to chronic inflammatory states

Chronic inflammatory based disease processes are influenced by the nervous, endocrine and immune systems. Nerve stimulation is essential for the growth, function and control of inflammatory cells. Researchers have noted that abnormal neurological control results in the development of various auto-immune based inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Wellness based chiropractors give a detailed analysis of the spine to locate areas of vertebral subluxation. Specific corrective adjustments are given to reduce the subluxation and restore normal function to the nervous system. A group of researchers found that when a thoracic adjustment was applied to a subluxated area, the white blood cell count collected rose significantly. Many studies have confirmed that specific adjustments of the upper cervical spine and improvements in posture have a major effect on normalizing immune function.

This patient was analyzed and given an appropriate full-spine adjustment each visit for a total of 36 visits in four months. The patient also did rehabilitative exercises such as wobble board and repetitive traction to improve soft tissue function and restore core strength and spinal curvatures.

After receiving four months of corrective chiropractic care, the patient’s pain scale went from 9/10 to a 1/10. She no longer was taking the Methotrexate or Prednisone to manage her symptoms. The patient was now able to walk up and down the stairs, dance and exercise without pain. Post-treatment testing revealed significant changes in posture and cervical curvature as noted on x-ray analysis. She also had marked improvements on her surface electromyography scan.

Hopefully, this study will shine a light on the impact of subluxation correction on healthy immunological control. More research dollars should be spent on inexpensive, low risk, non-invasive modalities such as chiropractic care for prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory conditions.
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Cholesterol-lowering drugs could be tied to more muscle problems, Matteo Chiropractic reports

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – MATTEO_MUSCLE SPRAINthan researchers previously believed, a new study hints.
Researchers compared two groups of similar people enrolled in military health insurance and found those taking a statin were about 10 percent more likely to have muscle pain , sprains or strains.
Past studies have tied the popular cholesterol drugs to muscle weakness as well as the rare muscle-wasting disease rhabdomyolysis.
The new study expands on those findings and suggests the muscle-related side effects of statins might be broader, researchers said. However, they don’t prove statins caused the pain and injuries seen among some patients.
“I would strongly recommend that no one should stop taking statins based on this study… simply because statins have been life-saving for many patients,” said the study’s lead researcher, Dr. Ishak Mansi.
However, he said side effects including muscle injuries are something to think about for people who are discussing with their doctor whether they really need to be on a statin.
And they’re another reason to try to maintain a healthy lifestyle – including exercising and not smoking – to avoid needing drugs in the first place, he added.
Mansi, from the VA North Texas Health Care System in Dallas, and his colleagues compared the health records of two groups of patients who were the same age and had the same types of medical conditions. People in one group had been prescribed a statin in late 2004 and 2005; those in the other group never took statins during the study period.
The researchers tracked the medical records of each of those patients – about 14,000 in total – through early 2010 for signs of muscle problems.
They found 87 percent of statin users had some type of muscle or joint problem – including arthritis and muscle injuries – compared to 85 percent of people who didn’t take a statin.
Strains, sprains and dislocations, in particular, were reported for 35 percent of people on a statin, compared to 32.5 percent of those not taking a cholesterol-lowering drug. And medical records showed muscle pain among 73.5 percent of statin users, versus 71.5 percent of non-users, Mansi’s team reported in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Mansi told Reuters Health those proportions are a bit higher than usual both in the statin and non-statin groups – possibly because his study included military members and veterans, who are more likely to get injured.
The researchers calculated that 37 people would have to be treated with statins for one more to have a muscle strain or sprain, and 58 people for one more case of muscle or joint pain .
About one-quarter of U.S. adults aged 45 and older take statins to protect against heart attacks and strokes. The drugs are especially recommended for people with diabetes or a history of cardiovascular problems.
Dr. Paul Thompson, chief of cardiology at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut, said his own research suggests about 5 percent of people will have muscle problems related to statin use.
“We think it’s a much bigger problem than it’s given credit for,” Thompson, who wasn’t involved in the new study, told Reuters Health. However, he said, those muscle problems don’t seem to be permanent.
“I encourage people to not worry about the possibilities of muscle troubles,” he said. “If they get muscle troubles, we’ll stop the drug, and it will go away.”
Mansi agreed that people “don’t need to be excessively worried” about muscle pain or injuries tied to statins, but that they’re something to consider.
“Patients need to discuss with their doctors the benefit-risk ratio of statins for them specifically,” he said.
SOURCE: http://bit.ly/11b2atj JAMA Internal Medicine, online June 3, 2013.
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Check the sugar level in your cereal

It’s simple… sugar causes body fat, and there’s a ton of it hiding in most breakfast cereals these days. These 4 “bad choices” are just an example. Be sure to check the labels and choose brands of cereals that are lower than 5 grams per servings. (And hide the table sugar from the family.) Is #3 a surprise to you?
 

Belly Bulging Cereals

1. Fiber One Raisin Bran Clusters contains 13g of sugar per serving and it contains high fructose corn syrup.

2. Raisin Bran Crunch contains a whopping 20g of sugar per serving (and by the way, that’s only one cup and many people put in at least two cups for their cereal amount) and it also contains high fructose corn syrup listed three different times on the label within other ingredients!

3. Quaker’s Instant Oatmeal Maple and Brown Sugar Flavor contains 12g of sugar per packet.

4. Crunch N Munch’s Buttery Toffee Popcorn with Peanuts contains 13g of sugar per serving, with its first ingredient being sugar, and its second ingredient being corn syrup, with partially hydrogenated oils close behind.

(I threw in a box of Crunch ‘N Munch into this list of bad morning cereal choices to see if you were paying attention, but the funny thing is that a few of these cereal choices are actually worse for you than having Buttery Toffee Crunch ‘N Munch in the morning!)

How much sugar per servings do the cereals in your kitchen contain? And in case you aren’t aware, beyond expanding your waistline, sugar can also have a pretty devastating  health consequence:

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To your success,

Coach Josh    

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Josh Bezoni
Co-Founder, BioTrust Nutrition

How a Chiropractor Can Help Reflux

If you suffer from reflux, a visit to a chiropractor may help reduce the symptoms of this disease.

Chiropractic Treatment for Older Children and Adults suffering from Reflux
Patients who are treated by their chiropractor for upper back or neck problems may find the treatment will also help relieve reflux.

If you have not considered chiropractic treatments for your reflux, you may be surprised to find spinal adjustments will ease the discomfort of reflux. Reflux may cause you to feel discomfort in your upper back between your shoulder blades. You may be helped by chiropractic adjustments to the spine. Chiropractic adjustments help to keep your nerve supply to the esophagus and stomach in good condition.

Patients with hiatal hernias may benefit from chiropractic treatment. A hiatal hernia occurs when the top section of your stomach herniates through your diaphragm. The diaphragm muscle may pinch the top part of your stomach and this can cause you to suffer from reflux.

The holistic care offered by your chiropractor may help you to control the severity and discomfort caused by reflux. Chiropractic care may mean you can take fewer drugs or no drugs at all, to control your condition.matteo.reflux

By Maria Ananakis, NDC