John H. Keefe III, D.C.
IN THE NEWS: The Nitric Oxide Dump Do you have three or four minutes, one to three times a day, to devote to your health? By using that time to engage in one of the best high-intensity exercises out there — the Nitric Oxide Dump — you can improve your mitochondrial health, slowing down age-related muscle decline. The fact is, if you live in the U.S. and work full time, you sit an average of 13 hours a day, then sleep for an average of eight.1 This means you’re sedentary 21 hours of the day! The Nitric Oxide Dump workout stimulates your body’s release of nitric oxide (NO), improving your mitochondrial health, slowing down age-related muscle decline and boosting heart health. It involves just four movements — squats, alternating arm raises, non-jumping jacks and shoulder presses — which are done in repetitions of 10, with four sets each. The workout takes just three or four minutes and should be repeated three times a day, with a minimum of two hours between sessions. Squats (10) Begin by standing with your feet hip-width apart, feet parallel, toes pointing forward and the weight of your body distributed evenly between your heels and the ball of your foot. Perform 10 squats in rapid sequence, keeping your quadriceps engaged. Your butt should move back as though you’re going to sit in a chair while your arms move forward for balance. You can do a shallower squat if you have knee or back pain. Alternating Arm Raises (10) Alternate swinging your arms at a 90-degree angle. Keep your form tight and your muscles controlled, avoiding swinging your arms too high or too low This will work a number of muscles in your deltoids, which are the rounded, triangular-shaped muscles on the uppermost part of your arm and the top of your shoulder. Non-Jumping Jacks (10) Begin standing straight with your arms down, fists touching in front of your pelvis. Use a broad rotation, circle your arms upward on each side to touch your fists over your head. Circle back down to hit your fists at the bottom and repeat 10 times. If you have shoulder problems with your rotator cuffs, try this variation instead: Start with your hands at a prayer position in front of your chest. Keep your hands pressed together lightly as you extend them above your head. Circle your arms out to the sides to release before bringing them back to the prayer position. Repeat 10 times. Shoulder Presses (10) Bring fists above your shoulders on either side of your head, elbows bent. Extend your arms straight above your head. Return to position with fists just over your shoulders and repeat 10 times. When you’re done, you should feel your fingertips tingling, and this is a great sign because it means nitric oxide is freely flowing through your body.
WELLNESS: HEALTH BENEFITS OF GRAPE SEED EXTRACT Grape seed extract is a derivative of grape seeds (usually wine grapes), and is mostly made up of proanthocyanidins/procyanidins, vitamin E, flavonoids, and polyphenols . Proanthocyanidin is one of the compounds that make up Green Tea extract, and the benefits of green tea may be somewhat replicated by grape seed extract alone. Proanthocyanidins come from many different fruits, nuts, and plants and have a wide range of effects on the body. 1) Grape Seed Extract Reduces Blood pressure and Promotes Blood Flow 2) Grape Seed Extract Possesses Nootropic and Anti-Stress Activity 3) Grape Seed Extract Protects Cognitive Function 4) Grape Seed Extract May Protect Stomach and Ameliorate IBS 5) Grape Seed Extract Lowers Inflammation 6) Grape Seed Extract May Improve Osteo and Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms 7) Grape Seed Extract Can Ameliorate Asthma, Lung Inflammation and Possesses Anti-Allergenic activity 8) Grape Seed Extract May Protect Against Cancer 9) Grape Seed Extract and Metabolic Syndrome 10) Grape Seed Extract is Anti-Bacterial 11) Grape Seed Extract Increases Antioxidant Activity 12) Grape Seed Extract Protects Male Reproductive Health 13) Grape Seed Extract Protects Skin 14) Grape Seed Extract May Reduce Estrogen and Increase Testostosterone Levels 15) Grape Seed Extract Reduces Swelling 16) Grape Seed Extract May Help Diabetic Symptoms 17) Grape Seed Extract May Reduce Food Intake 18) Grape Seed Extract is Cardio-Protective 19) Grape Seed Extract Interacts With Cytochrome P450 20) Grape Seed Extract Has Kidney Protective Effects 21) Grape Seed Extract Builds Bone Density 23) Grape Seed Extract May Help With Oral Health ASK about grape seed extract on your next visit.
CHIROPRACTIC: ONE OF THE FUNDAMENTALS FOR HEALTH To stay healthy diet, exercise, rest and relaxation are some of the components that are important. To be healthy means your body is functioning properly. Function depends on the nervous system, it’s the nervous system that tell glands to secrete their hormones or enzymes, it’s the nervous system that regulates your immune system, it’s the nervous system that performs the miracle of upright posture and walking. You nervous system can slowly become compromised by misalignments and other structural stresses that you could be completely unaware of as they develop. That’s why most health problems come on slowly over a period of time. When you get adjusted you release the intelligence within the body to better regulate and control. If you are needing more hormones the nervous system will accomplish that or if you needing more enzymes to digest your foods the nervous system regulates that as well. Patients who get regular chiropractic care become stronger and healthier over time. Once the pain is gone or maybe some other symptom doesn’t mean your body doesn’t need to continue chiropractic adjustments. Your spine is stressed from daily activities from improper lifting to improper sitting posture or even sleep posture. When you’re under stress muscles tighten up which put your spine under even more stress. When you nervous system can properly regulate and control your body then you stay in a lot better health. Stay regular with care it pays big dividends.
On my way home from work, I stopped at Taco Bell for a quick bite to eat. In my billfold are a $50 bill and a $2 bill. I figure that with a $2 bill, I can get something to eat and not have to worry about anyone getting irritated at me for trying to break a $50 bill.
Me: “Hi, I’d like one seven-layer burrito please, to go.”
Server: “That’ll be $1.04. Eat in?”
Me: “No, it’s to go.” At this point, I open my billfold and hand him the $2 bill. He looks at it kind of funny.
Server: “Uh, hang on a sec, I’ll be right back.”He goes to talk to his manager, who is still within my earshot. The following conversation occurs between the two of them:
Server: “Hey, you ever see a $2 bill?”
Manager: “No. A what?”
Server: “A $2 bill. This guy just gave it to me.”
Manager: “Ask for something else. There’s no such thing as a $2 bill.”
Server: “Yeah, thought so.”
He comes back to me and says, “We don’t take these. Do you have anything else?”
Me: “Just this fifty. You don’t take $2 bills? Why?”
Server: “I don’t know.”
Me: “See here where it says legal tender?”
Me: “So, why won’t you take it?”
Server: “Well, hang on a sec.”
He goes back to his manager, who has been watching me like I’m a shoplifter, and says to him, “He says I have to take it.”
Manager: “Doesn’t he have anything else?”
Server: “Yeah, a fifty. I’ll get it and you can open the safe and get change.”
Manager: “I’m not opening the safe with him in here.
“Server: “What should I do?”
Manager: “Tell him to come back later when he has real money.”
Server: “I can’t tell him that! You tell him.”
Manager: “Just tell him.”
Server: “No way! This is weird. I’m going in back.”
The manager approaches me and says, “I’m sorry, but we don’t take big bills this time of night.”
Me: “It’s only seven o’clock! Well then, here’s a two dollar bill.”
Manager: “We don’t take those, either.”
Me: “Why not?”
Manager: “I think you know why.”
Me: “No really… tell me why.”
Manager: “Please leave before I call mall security.”
Me: “Excuse me?”
Manager: “Please leave before I call mall security.”
Me: “What on earth for?”
Manager: “Please, sir.”
Me: “Uh, go ahead, call them.”
Manager: “Would you please just leave?”
Manager: “Fine — have it your way then.”
Me: “Hey, that’s Burger King, isn’t it?”
At this point, he backs away from me and calls mall security on the phone around the corner. I have two people staring at me from the dining area, and I begin laughing out loud, just for effect. A few minutes later this 45-year-oldish guy comes in.
Guard: “Yeah, Mike, what’s up?”
Manager (whispering): “This guy is trying to give me some (pause) funny money.”
Guard: “No kidding! What?”
Manager: “Get this… a two dollar bill.”
Guard (incredulous): “Why would a guy fake a two dollar bill?”
Manager: “I don’t know. He’s kinda weird. He says the only other thing he has is a fifty.”
Guard: “Oh, so the fifty’s fake!”
Manager: “No, the two dollar bill is.”
Guard: “Why would he fake a two dollar bill?”
Manager: “I don’t know! Can you talk to him, and get him out of here?”
Security Guard walks over to me and…
Guard: “Mike here tells me you have some fake bills you’re trying to use.”
Me: “Uh, no.”
Guard: “Lemme see ’em.”
Guard: “Do you want me to get the cops in here?”
At this point I am ready to say, “Sure, please!” but I want to eat, so I say, “I’m just trying to buy a burrito and pay for it with this two dollar bill.”
I put the bill up near his face, and he flinches like I’m taking a swing at him. He takes the bill, turns it over a few times in his hands, and says, “Hey, Mike, what’s wrong with this bill?”
Manager: “It’s fake.”
Guard: “It doesn’t look fake to me.”
Manager: “But it’s a two dollar bill.”
Guard: “Yeah… ?”
Manager: “Well, there’s no such thing, is there?”
The security guard and I both look at him like he’s an idiot, and it dawns on the guy that he has no clue.
So, it turns out that my burrito was free, and he threw in a small drink and some of those cinnamon thingies, too.
This all made me want to get a whole stack of two dollar bills just to see what happens when I try to buy stuff. If I got the right group of people, I could probably end up in jail. You get free food there, too!