Thursday, December 14, 2006

Celebrating The Life Of A Man I Was Proud To Call A Colleague

Originally posted (below) on December 14, 2006 it has now been 10 years since our colleague Dr. Timpf was murdered. I've watched his family pick up the pieces and continue to move forward as best they can. I still can't wait until the day that the murderer (still unsolved) is convicted, sentenced & put to death!  

Over the years, the Dr. Brad Timpf Sports Chiropractor of the Year Award continues to be bestowed on the top sports chiropractors here in Florida. In our profession, his name lives on, especially among the niche of chiropractic sports medicine. As promised many years ago, your his name and his memory will continue to live on.. 

Below I've reposted the original blog post after Dr. Timpf's murder. 

Miss you buddy!

Dr. Narson

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Dr. Brad Timpf was a well respected colleague in the community of Chiropractic Sports Physicians here in Florida. Today, we laid Brad to rest. Only 32 years young when he was shot because someone wanted his car, his parking spot, his wallet or whatever. I'm still in shock.

I met Dr. Timpf about a year before he graduated Life Chiropractic College. He was referred to my office by a mentor of mine because Brad wanted to see how a "sports chiropractor" practiced. At 6'10", Brad was hard to miss when he entered my SoBe office. We spent a few hours together talking while he watched me treat patients. We traded email addresses and I gave him some suggestions on techniques to learn, books to read and he went back to school. We would email each other once in a while just to say "hey" and keep in touch.

After his receiving his doctorate, I would hear from Brad intermittently over the years. I would see him at professional conventions and at a mutual friends parties. Most recently we got a chance to see each other and chat at that friends wedding. What a beautiful day that was. It was one of those incredible days when people all say: "this is why we moved to Florida". I remember, my wife chatted with his girlfriend about many things, including how she and Brad first met. Brad and I would go out of view at these events and adjust one another (it's a chiropractic thing...) because after a long day at the office, nothing is better than a good adjustment to loosen you up and relieve your aches and pains. It was at one of these parties that Brad and I found out we attended the same high school, although I graduated about 11 years prior. We had both grown to have a healthy respect for one another. He had become a physician I was very proud to call a colleague.

Over the last several years, Brad had become extremely involved in the Florida Chiropractic Associations Council on Sports Injuries, Physical Fitness & Rehabilitation. This organization and its members are dedicated to advancing their education & training in the science of sports medicine and dedicate their time toward treating athletes and helping them perform at the top of their game. Brad spend much of his spare time treating local athletes at various sporting events and representing the FCA Sports Council. He was definately making a great name for himself amongst his colleagues.
Well, it was in 1999 when the Sports Council began to give an award to the doctor who in the "eyes" of the sports council and its board of directors, gave the most of him or herself on behalf of the chiropractic sports community. Someone who stood out among the best of the best. The award has been given to only 7 doctors. Yours truly being one of them. As such, I felt it was my responsibility as a friend and as a colleague of Dr. Timpf to put before the current board of directors, a motion to re-name the Chiropractic Sports Physician of the Year award, to the Dr. Bradley Timpf Chiropractic Sports Physician of the Year Award. Along with some help and overwhelming support from my friends Dr. Val Gambina, Dr. Mike Mathesie & Dr. Tom Hyde, the charge was then taken up by the current sports council president, Dr. Joanne Fava who personally called each board member herself to expedite the process. Joanne, you go girl !

In a (very) late night vote last night, the motion easily passed. Dr. Fava called me with the news this morning. Brad my friend, your passion for our profession, your passion for athletes and sports competition, your genuine kind heartedness, your incredible demeanor & spirit will live on forever as the Florida Chiropractic Association's Council on Sports Injuries, Physical Fitness & Rehabilitation officially renamed the award to honor and memorialize you and when given out to a deserving colleague from now on and into the future, the award will now be know as the:

FCA Council on Sports Injuries, Physical Fitness & Rehabilitation
Dr. Bradley Timpf
Chiropractic Sports Physician of the Year Award

In addition to renaming the award, the board also voted him as the recipeint of the award for 2006.
Brad, we'll miss you. Your patients, your family, your friends, your community and your profession will miss you. But your memory and spirit will live on when we give this award to a fellow professional who embodied what your colleagues have come to know you as; The Best of The Best.

Rest in peace my friend.
Todd M. Narson, DC, CCSP

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Is Yogurt As Bad As Soda?

I have been contemplating starting a blog for a while. I like the idea of it but wasn't sure what I would have to say. I'm really into sports injuries and helping my patients get back to their sports, their lives, their families etc.. But lately I've had this chip on my shoulder and its growing and growing and I think it's about to explode.

You see, I've changed the way I eat BIG TIME over the past 3 months in response to some interesting blood test results I had. Let's just say they weren't as good as I thought they were gonna be and wishing they got better didn't help so much. As such, I've been reading and reading and brushing up on my nutritional knowledge and have realized a few things. The main one is the big food manufacturing companies know we are sleeping and they're taking advantage of us.

This FAT epidemic in the United States started about 30 years ago. Just about the time a then little known substance called High Fructose Corn Syrup was introduced into our food chain. Initially it was just in sodas. Now, it's in everything from Ketchup to Yogurt. Yes yogurt has the same nasty man-made sugar crapola that Coke & Pepsi and other sodas have. And..This stuff is killing our friends, our children and us.

So, this got me ticked off enough to start writing about it and that's why you're reading this today. Simply because I've had enough.

Two main things in our foods are causing us to get fat and unhealthy and both of them are man made. (1) High Fructose Corn Syrup and (2) Hydrogenated Oils. It doesn't matter what kind of Hydrogenated oil it is or if it Partially Hydrogenated or just Hydrogenated.

Why are these things so bad for us? Simple. We weren't mean to eat them and they are replacing fundamental aspects of our diets. Sugars and Fats. The basics of what we eat are either Carbohydrates, Fats and Proteins. Most of the what we stuff into our faces nowadays has High Fructose Corn Syrups and or Hydrogenated Oils. Our bodies turn Hydrogenated oil into Trans Fats. And, don't believe those labels that say NO TRANS FATS. Turn the package over and read the ingredient list. If there is Hydrogenated oil in the ingredient list, there are trans fats in the crap in the package for sure.

Our bodies basic system of energy is based on sugar. The real kind. The kind you find in fruits & veggies. Our hormones are largely based on Fats. The good kind, the kind that come from natural foods. We need fats in order to make hormones. The good ones of course are Mono and Poly unsaturated fats. The bad one is saturated fat. The kind you'll find in most meats. For the most part, the cleaner and leaner the meat the less the bad fat therein.

So industry has replaced 2 of the basic things our bodies need to survive with an incredibly inferior man-made version of sugar and fat. Why? Because they are cheaper to manufacture and increase their profits many fold. And, all this only for the mere cost of your health.

The only purpose hydrogenated oils and trans fats have on this earth is to prolong the shelf life of the products they are in and to provide the company that uses them with high profit margins. These things are responsible for increase obesity, increase bad cholesterol, increased number of heart attacks, strokes etc..etc..etc..

The only purpose High Fructose Corn Syrups (HFCS) have, well, it's kind of the same thing. Except these HFCS directly raise your triglycerides & cholesterol. Do you know what happens when your cholesterol & triglycerides get high? You now enter the arena of heart disease. Yep, you are now at risk for a heart attack, stroke and many other wonderful things like that.

To give you a little evolutionary history lesson, let's step back about 100,000 years. As we evolved from cave-man to Hu-man our foods also evolved with us. Over that time our metabolic system has adapted to eat certain foods and process them to nourish and sustain us. Basically, we and our foods have evolved together. Now, you throw High Fructose Corn Syrup and Hydrogenated oils into our physiology and our bodies don't recognize it, nor do we have a mean to properly process it. Our physiology as homosapiens (the human species) has no metabolic process to process them period! Therefore, since our bodies were made to adapt, they deal with it, store it in strange places and eventually, it kills us.

Now, this isn't even what got me all upset. Here's What did?

Well, this morning I take my kids to school and even though I made them breakfast this morning, they were still a little hungry so we got on the breakfast line to give them a little something to "nosh" on. I picked up a yogurt and what did I see? Yep, you guessed it, High Fructose Corn Syrup. So, we put it down and picked up the apples. There wasn't a label on the apple so I figured it was healthy for my children to eat.

But yogurt? I thought that was a healthy snack? Nope, not any more. Although there are a couple yogurts out there that have regular sugar in them (Thank you Stoneyfield Farms for keeping it real!!) , you must....YOU MUST take your health into your own hands and read the labels on everything. E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G!!!!!!!

You would do yourself a favor and shop around the outside of the supermarket and don't go up and down the isles. Because it's around the perimeter of the grocery store or supermarket where all of the fresh fruits, veggies and meats are.

So the bottom line, your health is your responsibility. Pick up the package, read the label and save your own life and the life of your family. Don't expect anyone to do it for you.

If you want to read more about how to eat like our bodies are supposed to, get healthy and learn
what foods to absolutely stay away from, what to eat and when to eat it, read Dr. Mark Hyman's book Ultrametabolism. It just may save your life. more thing - Parents, don't be selfish with your new knowledge. Teach it to your children. You just might be saving their life too!


Dr. Narson is a 2-term past president of the Florida Chiropractic Association’s Council on Sports Injuries, Physical Fitness & Rehabilitation and was honored as the recipient of the coveted Chiropractic Sports Physician of the Year Award in 1999-2000. He practices in Miami Beach, Florida at the Miami Beach Family & Sports Chiropractic Clinic.