Foods That Can Help Protect and Improve Your Eyesight

www.drhorning.comAge-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of blindness among the elderly, followed by cataracts

The pathology of both of these conditions has been attributed to free radical damage, and the condition is in many cases largely preventable through an antioxidant-rich diet

Whole foods that support eye health and have been shown to protect against AMD include black currant, bilberry, leafy greens and other colorful vegetables, and pastured egg yolks

The omega-3 fatty acid DHA is concentrated in your eye’s retina. It provides structural support to cell membranes that protect retinal function. Eating foods rich in omega-3 fats, such as salmon, may slow AMD

Wild-caught salmon also contains astaxanthin, which may be among the most important nutrients for the prevention of blindness  Source: Healthline.com, Black Currant

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How Probiotics May Aid Your Weight Management

www.drhorning.comYour intestinal bacteria are part of your immune system, and researchers are discovering that microbes play instrumental roles in countless areas of your health, including your weight

Researchers have discovered a difference in gut bacteria between the overweight and those of normal weight. A strain of beneficial bacteria called Lactobacillus rhamnosus also appears helpful for weight loss in women

Research suggests there’s a positive-feedback loop between the foods you crave and the composition of the microbiota in your gut that depend on those nutrients for their survival

Bacterial imbalance in your gut can be worsened by processed and pasteurized foods. Sugar also promotes the growth of disease-causing yeasts and fungi in your gut

A gut-healthy diet is one that is rich in whole, unprocessed, unsweetened foods, along with traditionally fermented or cultured foods Source: Wellnessresources.com January 4, 2014

Full Fat Dairy May Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes and Other Health Problems

www.drhorning.comMost mainstream dietary advice recommends low-fat or non-fat dairy. But a growing number of experts argue that it’s far healthier to eat and drink whole, full-fat dairy products

Recent research found that those who ate eight portions of full-fat dairy products a day cut their risk of diabetes by nearly 25 percent, compared to those who ate fewer portions

A previous study proposed that it’s the palmitoleic acid, which occurs naturally in full-fat dairy products, that protects against insulin resistance and diabetes

Previous studies have also shown that consuming full-fat dairy may help reduce your risk of cancer, weight gain, and heart disease

Research also backs up the suggestion that butter is a health food. Fat levels in your blood are actually lower after eating a meal rich in butter than after eating one rich in olive oil, canola oil, or flaxseed oil  Source:Telegraph September 16, 2014

Patient Testimonial – Acute Low Back Pain/Sciatic Nerve Pain

Click LikeMy name is Sam E. and I am a recent convert and a very strong believer in the value of Chiropractic care to one’s over all wellness and health care needs.

I injured my lower back on July 24, 2011 at about 10 p.m. By the time I saw my physician on Monday, July 25, 2011 I was in such a pain that I could not walk, sit or stand. I could only lie down on the right side of by body and even then I was in a sea of pain. My doctor prescribed muscle relaxers, anti inflammatory medication and pain killers for me but nothing worked to reduce the pain that I was feeling. After a week of trying the medication and a trip to the emergency room, I went back to my doctor who referred me to “the best chiropractor he knows and had in the past and will in the future consult or send his family members if they were in a similar situation as mine”.  My primary care physician made a call to Horning Chiropractic Center and made an appointment for me to see Dr. Horning by himself!

My visit to Horning Chiropractic Center was the beginning of my rapid healing that totally shocked me, my family and my coworkers. My coworkers, a surprisingly great number of whom have suffered the same fate or have close family members that suffered from subluxation of the spine expressed great surprise at my rapid recovery despite the magnitude of my injury.

My first visit to Horning Chiropractic Center was on August 3, 2011 and by this time I had stopped taking the muscle relaxer and the pain killer because they were not reliving my pain. At the Horning Chiropractic Center I was welcome by a supper friendly and highly professional staff that worked very hard to make me feel comfortable and provided me with materials and explanation on how chiropractic care could help my situation. Now it was time meet Dr. Horning.

Dr. Horning took his time to explain to me what I was going through and why I was having such an excruciating pain.  My case was so acute that he did not touch me that first day; I guess he wanted to study my x-ray first.

My second visit was on August 5, 20011 and using Applied Kinesiology Dr. Horning began to work on my spine. After my third and fourth visit on August 8th and 10th respectively, I began to experience a tremendous relief from my Sciatica Nerve Pains. After my fifth visit that was my fourth time of receiving treatment from Dr. Horning, I started to live again. Today after only four weeks of treatment by Dr. Horning one would be hard press to dictate how much pain I was in or comprehend how much better I have gotten.

My family and I thankful to Dr. Horning and his staff for the excellent care they provided to me at such a crucial time. If I may add, I have come to realize that my case is not unique to the practice but rather the cornerstone of Horning Chiropractic Center has always been to make their patient healthier.

I will definitely recommend chiropractic care to my friends and associates and most definitely I will encourage them to visit Horning Chiropractic Center for consultation on whatever issue they may have.

Sam E.

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Slight Paralysis of My Leg, Knee Problems, Hip Pain, Stiff Necks, Major Headaches, Back Pain etc….

We LOVE ReferralsPatient Testimonial: Slight Paralysis of My Leg, Knee Problems, Hip Pain, Stiff Necks, Major Headaches, Back Pain etc….

My relocation to New Jersey and leaving a trusted Chiropractor behind was a very challenging road which eventually led me to Doctor Horning.  My entire family and I have seen Dr Horning now for about 17 years. I simply would not have the quality of life and mobility with the freedom from pain without his unique type of therapy.

Doctor Horning is who I will talk to first before seeing any other physician. My condition is serious a lower spinal defect. Conventional medical doctors wanted to fuse my lower vertebrae to try and stabilize my varying symptoms. It’s a miracle that can I get around normally and I’ve also amazed doctors how I was able to carry children full term. Some of the symptoms I’ve suffered from include slight paralysis of my leg, knee problems, hip pain, stiff necks, major headaches, back pain etc….

Seeing medical doctors for any of these symptoms proved unsuccessful. Chiropractic care with Dr Horning was how I was able to obtain relief and results with some sense of normalcy.

Doctor Horning has been able to keep me relatively pain free with consistent freedom and mobility.  He cares about treating the entire body system.  When other doctors were startled and challenged by my spinal condition, and offered little hope and relief, Doctor Horning healed me and relieved many of these symptoms. As long as I see him and receive his therapy on a monthly basis I continue to enjoy good health with my condition under control.

Lynn G.

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Jaw Pain, Back Aches, Dizziness, and Weight Gain

We LOVE ReferralsPatient testimonial: Jaw Pain, Back Aches, Dizziness, and Weight Gain

Hi Dr. Horning,

I just wanted to thank you for, once again, making me feel great!  When I first started seeing you 5 or 6 years ago, you helped to make me feel normal again.  I was walking around in a cloud all the time, feeling bloated, and an emotional wreck!  After taking the recommended supplements and changing my diet, I felt incredible.  However, I did not maintain my well visits.  That was a mistake…

In April of this year I had jaw pain, back aches, dizziness, and had put on a few pounds that I could no longer blame on “baby weight.”  In just 3 weeks of being on the recommended diet to get rid of the yeast in my system, my symptoms began to disappear.

I thank you for teaching me more about what food and what the environment does to my body and how they make me feel.  You are encouraging and a great teacher of healthy eating.  I feel better physically and emotionally.  Your positive energy and “that’s easy to fix” attitude are what I needed to get myself back on the path you intended for me.  This time, I will learn from my mistakes and stay the course.  Just to be sure, I am glad I have Patrick (3 yrs. old) and Aela (2 yrs. old) who also enjoy seeing you each month.  They love the “belly busters” and “snaps!”  You’re the only doctor they run to!

Thank you for caring about me and my children.

-S.O.

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How Diet Foods and Drinks Can Actually Cause, NOT Prevent Diabetes

SodaHow Diet Foods and Drinks Can Actually Cause, NOT Prevent Diabetes

By Dr. Mercola

Many people equate eating sugar with the development of type 2 diabetes, and in an attempt to be healthier choose sugar-free diet products instead.

Imagine the irony if those diet products actually contained substances that cause an increase in fasting blood glucose levels and contribute to the onset of diabetes. Now stop imagining, because this isn’t just a fantasy … it’s the disturbing result of a newly published study.

Two Toxic Food Additives Common in Diet Foods May Cause Diabetes

A new study using mice as models showed that two additives often put in everyday foods to enhance flavor and reduce calories can actually cause an increase in fasting blood glucose levels, and contribute to the onset of diabetes. The toxins in this startling new study are aspartame and monosodium glutamate (MSG), and the evidence is stacked against them both.

The research showed that aspartame alone can cause an increase in fasting blood glucose levels and reduced insulin sensitivity. But when the two additives get together, they become partners in crime and cause an elevation in both weight and fasting glucose levels.

This is the first study ever to show the hyperglycemic effects of chronic exposure to a combination of these common food additives. Indeed, the consumer must exercise caution, as many mass-market foods contain both aspartame and hidden MSG – the perfect combination for diabetes development.

Researchers noted:

“Aspartame (ASP) and Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) are ubiquitous food additives with a common moiety: both contain acidic amino acids which can act as neurotransmitters, interacting with NMDA receptors concentrated in areas of the Central Nervous System regulating energy expenditure and conservation.”

What You Need to Know About Aspartame and MSG

Many conventional nutritionists will actually recommend artificial sweeteners like aspartame as a smart choice over sugar, especially for people with diabetes, but you should know that, as a result of its unnatural structure, your body processes the amino acids found in aspartame very differently from those in a steak or a piece of fish.

Largely due to the unnaturally high ratio of this amino acid resulting in relatively dangerous levels, the amino acids in aspartame literally attack your cells, even crossing the blood-brain barrier to attack your brain cells, creating a toxic cellular environment of overstimulation called excitotoxicity. MSG is also an excitotoxin, and works synergistically with aspartame to create even more damage to your brain cells.

This is one of the major reasons why I do not recommend taking isolated amino acid supplements.

But the damage does not stay confined to your brain, as food additives like artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), and MSG can lead you down a path of food addiction, obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome, while increasing your risk for numerous chronic diseases.

Consider MSG, which is added to 80 percent of all flavored foods. MSG excites the part of your brain that’s in charge of your fat metabolism and storage, and has even been shown to scar the hypothalamus gland, inducing what is known as hypothalamic obesity.i So while MSG is most known for its excitotoxic properties, it’s also used to fatten up mice in scientific studies. Yes, MSG is the perfect obesity drug.

Aspartame and MSG Can Make You Fat

It’s speculated that the hormone leptin may be involved in weight gain, as those who consumed more MSG also produced more leptin.ii Researchers noted that MSG consumption may cause leptin resistance. The way your body stores fat is a highly regulated process that is controlled, primarily, by leptin. If you gain excess weight, the extra fat produces extra leptin that should alert your brain that your body is storing too much fat and needs to burn off the excess.

To do this, signals are sent to your brain to stop being hungry and to stop eating.

It is very important that your brain is able to accurately “hear” the messages leptin sends it, as otherwise you will continue to feel hungry and will likely continue to eat and store more fat. Leptin resistance occurs when your body is unable to properly respond to leptin’s signals, which means your body can no longer hear the messages telling it to stop eating and burn fat — so it remains hungry and stores more fat.

This will not only contribute to your weight gain, but also increase your risk of many chronic illnesses, as leptin resistance plays a significant, if not primary, role in heart disease, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, autoimmune diseases, reproductive disorders, and perhaps the rate of aging itself. How does this all happen? By overexposure to high levels of the hormone, which is triggered by the typical American diet full of sugar, refined grains, and processed foods — including those that contain MSG.

Animal studies have also shown that dietary MSG induces markers of insulin resistance,iii a direct cause of type 2 diabetes, while prior research by Ka He and colleagues found the additive may increase your likelihood of being overweight by three-fold.iv

Similarly, one reason for aspartame’s potential to cause weight gain is because phenylalanine and aspartic acid – the two amino acids that make up 90 percent of aspartame — are known to stimulate the rapid release of insulin and leptin, which are both intricately involved with satiety and fat storage. Insulin and leptin are also the primary hormones that regulate your metabolism.  So even though you’re not eating calories in the form of sugar, aspartame can still raise your insulin and leptin levels. Elevated insulin and leptin levels, in turn, are two of the driving forces behind obesity, diabetes, and a number of our current chronic disease epidemics.

Why Our Food is Making Us Fat

It’s likely that the cumulative effects of food additives in a highly processed diet are in large part to blame for the rising rates of obesity in the United States and other developed countries. This includes not only MSG and aspartame, which the featured study showed work synergistically to cause even more health damage, but also other ubiquitous food additives like corn and sugar.

Indeed, corn’s weight-promoting property is highly prized in animal husbandry where it is used to fatten up cattle before slaughter. Corn oil is commonly used in fried foods, which are notorious for their ability to pack on the pounds. But corn’s main deleterious effects come from high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which is used in so many processed foods that it’s now almost impossible to avoid thanks in large part to the collusion between the food industry and government that serves to provide lavish subsidies to grow corn, which manipulate normal market forces.

Ultimately, sugar in all forms (including fructose, date sugar, molasses, coconut sugar, agave syrup, HFCS, etc.) increases your insulin and leptin levels and decreases receptor sensitivity for both of these vital hormones, and this is another major factor in premature aging and age-related chronic degenerative diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, as well as a leading cause of the climbing rates of overweight and obesity in developed countries. So while MSG and aspartame in diet foods should certainly be avoided, the answer isn’t to simply swap them out for sugar-laden processed alternatives…

Number of Kids Hospitalized With High Blood Pressure Doubles in 10 Years

This startling statistic is another product of our increasingly nutrionally devoid, food-additive-laden processed diets. The number of kids treated in U.S. hopsitals for high blood pressure nearly doubled from over 12,660 in 1997 to more than 24,600 in 2006.v The researchers speculated that the biggest factor behind the massive increase is the corresponding rise in childhood obesity.

Unfortunately, children often mimic their parents, and without a positive role model for healthy diet and exercise, may fall into the same traps that many adults are finding themselves in. But the key to remember is that swapping out your child’s regular soda for diet soda is not the answer… swapping out most processed foods for pure, healthy, whole foods is.

Rising Diabetes Rates Worldwide May Have Unforseen Consequences…

Also an interesting study came out last month that showed rising rates of type 2 diabetes in Africa could actually encourage the spread of malaria. As diabetes rates rise, so do cases of hyperinsulinemia, or high levels of insulin in your blood. Insulin actually suppresses mosquito’s immune systems, which means that as more insulin enters the mosquito, their imune systems become less able to fight off the malaria infection, which means they are much more likely to spread malaria among humans.

Every year, malaria results in about 1 million deaths—which is half as many people as are killed by HIV/AIDS annually. It is such an enormous problem in Africa that each African child has, on average, between 1.6 and 5.4 episodes of malaria fever every year, so the fact that it could get even worse — because of the ill effects of eating a poor diet, which is increasing rates of type 2 diabetes — is an alarming prospect.

Did You Know Type 2 Diabetes is Nearly 100 Percent Preventable… and Reversible Without Drugs?

It’s important to understand that many of the conventional recommendations for treating diabetes are not only flawed but dead wrong, and I discussed the reasons why in this previous article. To reverse the disease, you need to recover your body’s insulin and leptin sensitivities – the ones that are so badly upset by eating a poor diet. So the ONLY way to accomplish this is through proper diet and exercise. There is NO drug that can correct leptin signaling and insulin resistance…

Adhering to the following guidelines can help you do at least three things that are essential for successfully treating, and reversing, diabetes: recover your insulin/leptin sensitivity, help normalize your weight, and normalize your blood pressure:

  • Severely limit or eliminate sugar and grains in your diet, especially fructose, which is far more detrimental than any other type of sugar. Following my Nutrition Plan will help you do this without too much fuss.
  • Exercise regularly. Exercise is an absolutely essential factor, and without it, you’re unlikely to get this devastating disease under control. It is one of the fastest and most powerful ways to lower your insulin and leptin resistance. I recommend reviewing my exercise program for tips and guidelines. It is also critical to work your way up to include some Peak Fitness exercises.
  • Avoid trans fats.
  • Get plenty of omega-3 fats from a high quality, animal-based source, such as krill oil.
  • Optimize your vitamin D levels. Recent studies have revealed that getting enough vitamin D can have a powerful effect on normalizing your blood pressure.
  • Optimize your gut flora. Your gut is a living ecosystem, full of both good bacteria and bad. Multiple studies have shown that obese people have different intestinal bacteria than lean people. The more good bacteria you have, the stronger your immune system will be and the better your body will function overall.

Fortunately, optimizing your gut flora is relatively easy. You can reseed your body with good bacteria by eating fermented foods (like natto, kefir, raw organic cheese, miso, and fermented vegetables) or by taking a high-quality probiotic supplement.

  • Get enough high-quality sleep every night.
  • Monitor your fasting insulin level. This is every bit as important as your fasting blood sugar. You’ll want your fasting insulin level to be between 2 and 4. The higher your level, the worse your insulin sensitivity is.

References:

iJ Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2011;24(3-4):131-7

iiThe American Journal of Clinical Nutrition June 2011; 93(6):1328-36

iiiObesity (Silver Spring). 2010 Jun;18(6):1122-34. Epub 2010 Jan 28

ivObesity (2008) 16 8, 1875–1880

vHypertension June 18. 2012

 

Hope this helps,

Dr. Horning

 
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