Monday, December 20, 2010

Dr. Narson Announces The Opening Of The New Office







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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 Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.


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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Dr. Narson's New Year Resolution Purification-Detox-Cleanse Program

Here's the info on the upcoming January 4th Group Program. It's your chance to start the New Year off right and tackle your resolutions to get healthy, lose weight and get yourself on the right track. Read more about my 1st time doing the program by clicking here
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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 Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.


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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Aspirin, Ibuprofen & Acetaminophen Inhibit Muscle Growth

Do you ever have some aches and pains when you work out? Maybe you have some generalized aches and pain and you want to go to the gym so you pop a couple ibuprofen or aspirin or acetaminophen then head off to your work out.

The problem is, if you want your muscles to grow, these seemingly simple over the counter drugs (they're called NSAID or Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) will inhibit a natural cascade of reactions that will halt the growth of your muscles following a workout.

There is research that conclusively shows that taking NSAIDs after exercise-induced muscle damage significantly reduces levels of the prostaglandin PGF2-α, which is intimately involved in the protein synthesis that occurs post-exercise; we work out, tear down our muscles, and the anabolic process of tissue repair and hypertrophy is dependent on levels of this prostaglandin. The NSAIDS interfere with this and thus you've pretty much wasted your time in the gym if your goal was to get bigger, better, stronger, faster muscles.

For more on this specific action of these simple NSAID that you can pick up at the local convenience store, read this for all the gory details and the references for the above statements. For my fellow sports medicine physicians and therapists, it's a well referenced article that you can easily incorporate into your presentations.

The other side of this is that national statistics show that Between 3,200 - 16,500 people die every year from bleeding ulcers as a result of NSAIDS. Here's another real scary fact: With NSAIDs taken in the previous week you DOUBLE your chance of Congestive Heart Failure. Here's a quote from the article:

Use of NSAIDs (other than low-dose aspirin) in the previous week was associated with a doubling of the odds of a hospital admission with CHF (adjusted odds ratio, 2.1; 95% confidence interval, 1.2-3.3). Use of NSAIDs by patients with a history of heart disease was associated with an odds ratio of 10.5 (95% confidence interval, 2.5-44.9) for first admission with heart failure, compared with 1.6 (95% confidence interval, 0.7-3.7) in those without such a history. The odds of a first admission to a hospital with CHF was positively related to the dose of NSAID consumed in the previous week, and was increased to a greater extent with long half-life than with short half-life drugs. Assuming these relationships are causal, NSAIDs were responsible for approximately 19% of hospital admissions with CHF


Here's another interesting fact: Eating veggies, fruit and clean lean natural meats (staying away from Cow dairy) promotes your body's natural processes to reduce inflammation. Taking Fish oils also promotes your body's natural anti-inflammatory pathways. Chiropractic adjustments restore proper joint function reducing nociception (pain or other aberrant nervous system input from abnormal function) and restoring mechanoreception (normal sensation from normal function).

So, the choice is yours, eat a healthy diet, take Omega-3 fish oils and go to your chiropractor to help relieve your aches and pains, or take the chances I pointed out above.


'nuff said

Dr. T

References:

  1. http://www.pinnaclefitness-online.com/Fitness-research/research_current.htm
  2. http://www.healthsentinel.com/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2668:more-hospitalized-from-nsaid-bleeding-than-all-american-war-casualties&catid=5:original&Itemid=24
  3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10737277


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 Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.


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Monday, October 11, 2010

Kettlebell Workouts With The Master - Adam Cronin

One of my very good friends and personal trainer Adam Cronin doing a crazy kettlebell "Kettle-beach" workout. Now, don't try this at home, he's the master, he's been doing this for 10+ years and has literally written the book on kettlebell training. Yes, you always start out with the basics, but this shows a level of mastery that I don't know if you've ever seen before with kettlebell workouts.

Kettlebell workouts are great for all aspects of exercise and rehabilitation. This just shows where you can go with it once you've mastered it. And yes... he trains the trainers. So if there's a kettlebell class in your gym, it's likely he trained your trainer or trained the person that trained them. Enjoy







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 Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.


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Friday, October 8, 2010

Stretching Before Your Workout - Maybe It's Time To Re-Think This

In 2007 I wrote a blog article that made the case for stretching not being the best thing for you prior to working out or sports. Stretching after your event was best. Here's another great blog that makes the same case but with more recent science behind it. Anyone that works out, trains or physically active should read.

Warm up, do a light set then get into your workout. Warm down after exercise then stretch.

'nuff said. Click on the link and enjoy the article.

Dr. T

PS: Check out my new SportsInjuryTV blog on you tube. I'm still working on the audio levels and getting better at being on camera, but it's a cool venue and I think you'll like it. Subscribe to it because it will make me feel good!




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 Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.


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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

5 Spices That Can Help You Lose Weight

In my workshop lectures on nutrition I have one power point slide that says "The Medicine of the Future Will Be The Foods of our Past" and next to this is a pictures of a caveman standing tall and looking proud.

The more I read about nutrition, the more that statement holds true. This nice little article I read this morning affirms the benefits of Cinnamon, Cayenne, Black Pepper, Mustard Seed & Ginger. Spices that are easy to add to anyone's daily routine.

The case has been made that wherever the Standard American Diet goes, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer follow soon after. Which means, our health is influenced greatly by the food we eat.

To read more about these powerful spices we take for granted, click here and be amazed at what a simple food can do for your health.

Do you want to be a healthier person? simply eat different today and tomorrow you will be.

Healthfully yours

Dr. T



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 Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The ICE File - From SportsInjuryTV.com - Weekend Warrior Show

From: Sports Injury TV - The Weekend Warrior Show

So recently I started a "SportsInjuryTV.com" video blog on Your Tube but for some reason You Tube s taking way too long to put up the video. So I embedded it here on my trusty old Natural Sports Medicine Blog.... Enjoy - Todd



The I.C.E. file

Something each and everyone of us should have in our cell phones, and even more important for athletes, people who exercise regularly and people with potentially serious health conditions. About 3 weeks ago another cyclist died on the Rickenbacker causeway on Key Biscayne. Although this time is wasn’t from a car hitting the cyclist, this older gentleman had a heart attack and fell off his bike. Those riding with him administered CPR but couldn’t save his life. I was wondering about all of the triathletes, cyclists, runners and others training in the gym by themselves and what would happen to them in case of an emergency.

So, I know I sound pretty serious about this but it something I think is important. “ICE” is an acronym and stands for In Case of Emergency. If you should ever have a health problem and are unable to communicate, this is where the paramedics, police, fireman, emergency room doctor or good samaritan will find your vital information.

So I want you to take out your cell phone (yes…right now) and:

  1. Open a new contact file named ICE
  2. In your ‘ICE’ file I want you to put the following info:
  3. Your full name & year of birth
  4. Your home and work phone numbers
  5. Your home and work address
  6. Phone numbers of your spouse/significant other (who you want contacted in case of an emergency)
  7. Parents & in-laws phone numbers
  8. Name/phone # of your family doctor
  9. Any allergies you may have
  10. Any medications you take
  11. Any conditions you have
  12. Your blood type if you know it.
  13. The name of your health insurance as well as your policy and group numbers
  14. Press Save

The purpose of this is to give emergency personnel vital information about yourself in case you are unconscious or are unresponsive. Vital information like allergies, medications, health conditions, phone numbers of your relatives and health insurance information may make a critical difference in a life saving situation. So put as much or as little information as you feel necessary. I know some people are worried about identity theft. Personally, I’m more concerned with making sure I’m okay in a life threatening situation. So, put as much information you feel is necessary about yourself and those you want contacted in case of an emergency.

More and more paramedics and EMTs are looking for this info in emergency situations. As I always say, prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Make sure you are prepared ‘just in case’. Sometimes in these situations, the slightest piece of information or just saving a few extra minutes could make the difference between life and death.

'nuff said

Dr. T


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 Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Swim A Mile In 6 Weeks

Dr. Todd Narson; NaturalSportsMedicine.com

While I was training for my first triathlon back in July (2010) one of the highlights of getting myself back into "shape" was when I was able to complete my first mile swimming in the pool. Since then, I have done it almost weekly when I train and now I'm going for more.

Most people tell me they always wanted to do a triathlon but cannot swim for a hill of beans. Well, today some guys in the pool turned me onto a great basic swim training program that will help you go from Zero to 1650 in just 6 weeks (1650 yards in the pool = 1-mile, why? Good question but that's what "they" say)

So to all those who are interested in getting into triathlons and are apprehensive about the swim, here's a great little plan to get you up to speed in just 6 weeks.

If the link doesn't work, just copy and paste this into your browser: http://www.ruthkazez.com/SwimWorkouts/ZeroTo1mile.html

Enjoy

Dr. T


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 Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

High Fructose Corn Syrup Is Getting A New Name

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Now that consumers have taken the time to educate themselves that things like high fructose corn syrup (as well as all added sugars) are harmful to their health, the corn refiners association try a brilliant way to re-frame high fructose corn syrup, to be called "Corn Sugar".

The new name kinda resembles and has that same feel as Cane Sugar don't ya think?

I know I've written some harsh thing about high fructose corn syrup before, but what most people don't realize is that table sugar (sucrose) is also bad(some arguments have been made for it being just as bad). Most people who think they know about food and health think that a safe alternative is Agave Nectar, but they'd be wrong. It's all sugar and agave nectar is higher in fructose (the real eveil villian) that table sugar or HFCS. Bottom line, they're all delivering fructose in an un-natural form to your body and it's all very bad for you.

The only way humans should eat sugar is while it exists in the fruit they're biting into. Bar none!

But now we have to learn about another ingredient, corn sugar. So educate yourself now and know that corn sugar = high fructose corn syrup.

While we're on the re-naming thing, I want you also to look out for "Interesterified oil" in your foods. This is the new fat that the commercial food industry is going to and it is slated to replace hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils. But, this isn't an equal exchange, early studies show that it's a worse form of fat than the hydrogenated oils are. Click to see previous post on interesterified oils

Bottom line is, don't depend on the companies that make the food to have your health as their main interest. Don't depend on the FDA either. Take the time to educate yourself and become the food renegade I know you can be.

Personally, I'd find a few local farms or farm co-ops and support them by buying direct.

'nuff said

Dr. T

References:
1. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/corn-refiners-petition-fda-for-use-of-corn-sugar-as-alternate-name-to-high-fructose-corn-syrup-102845349.html

2. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/10/01/new-high-fructose-corn-syrup-scam.aspx


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 Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine. For more info: www.NaturalSportsMedicine.com


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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Drink Alcohol & Prolong Your Life....Yes, You Heard Me Right




So you've been to a party and there's always that one person who says "I don't drink alcohol" and totally bring down the mood of the conversation you're trying to have. Bummer.

There are people who believe drinking alcohol is a travesty, immoral, etc...but guess what??? Their morality may be dead against science and may also be shortening their life. For heavy drinkers this may also be true as excessive alcohol intake can lead to some severe conditions that will shorten your life. But it's very interesting what research shows for those that drink a moderate amount of alcohol.

According to the recent study published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Research, epidemiological research suggests that moderate to high alcohol consumption is associated with a reduced overall mortality risk compared to non- and light drinkers.

Their study included over 1,800 people, aged 55 to 65 when the study began. Sixty-nine percent of the participants were men. The subjects were followed for 20 years.

Surprisingly, the group with the lowest mortality rate was moderate drinkers, who had one to three alcoholic drinks per day, followed by heavy drinkers, and then light drinkers, while non-drinkers had the highest mortality rate of them all.

The study states:

“Controlling only for age and gender, compared to moderate drinkers, abstainers had a more than 2 times increased mortality risk, heavy drinkers had 70% increased risk, and light drinkers had 23% increased risk.

A model controlling for former problem drinking status, existing health problems, and key sociodemographic and social-behavioral factors, as well as for age and gender, substantially reduced the mortality effect for abstainers compared to moderate drinkers.

However, even after adjusting for all covariates, abstainers and heavy drinkers continued to show increased mortality risks of 51 and 45%, respectively, compared to moderate drinkers.”

Dr. Mercola has a great analysis of the entire issue which you can read by clicking here or copying and pasting this link into your browser:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/09/14/why-do-heavy-drinkers-outlive-nondrinkers.aspx

With that said... Here's To Your Health

Cheers!

Dr. T

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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 Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

A New Web Site, Great Laser Therapy Seminar & Additional Contact Info

OK, so this blog isn’t so much about sports medicine stuff but more about things happening and a little update.

1. My New Soft Tissue Instrument - The Narson Body Mechanic N6

For those patients, friends & colleagues that know about or have experienced the Narson Body Mechanic soft tissue mobilization instrument, the newer web site is up. We’re still working on the order form, but it’s otherwise pretty functional. It’s viewed best with Mozilla Firefox Browser rather than Internet Explorer. The web site is: www.NarsonBodyMechanic.com.

As many of you know, I've been a certified Graston Technique® practitioner since 2002 (M1) and 2003(M2) and over the past several years have been trying out various soft tissue mobilization instruments from modern Gua Sha tools to many others. I finally took what I considered the most useful of all the tools out there and designed them into 1 instrument. Whatever form of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization you use, the Narson Body Mechanic N6 does an outstanding job


2. LASER THERAPY CERTIFICATION: For my colleagues, Dr. Mike Mathesie & Nelson Marquina PhD are teaching an amazing Laser Therapy Certification course September 11-12, 2010 (Part I) and October 9-10, 2010 (Part II). This course leads to CLP (Certified Laser Practitioner) certificate. The difference between this LASER course is that is it NOT sponsored by a laser company, rather being taught UNBIASED by two LASER therapy experts. You will get real complete in-depth information by two of our nations laser therapy experts. The seminar is in Orlando, FL. To register or find out more info, simply email: Backman100@aol.com or call: 954.755.1434.

3. New Way To Get In Touch With Me I’m still moving up in the world of technology and now have a skype account. To get in touch with me on Skype, either type in my name in the add user screen or my skype call name is SportsDocNarson. For info regarding the Narson Body Mechanic, you can call us on skype as well at: NarsonBodyMechanic-N6

4. In about 1 month we’re gonna have some more exciting news so keep a look out for our big announcement on Facebook, Email, S-mail (aka: regular US Postal Service), Twitter and more…

‘nuff said

Dr. T




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 Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Brain Trauma In Sports May Cause A New Disease That Mimics ALS

So you may have heard about Lou Gehrig's disease. Lou Gehrig being one of the most famous of New York Yankees who in the prime of his baseball career retired from baseball after he started getting tremmors and losing motor control of his arms, hands and legs.

The disease called ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is of unknown etiology. No familial or genetic links, it kind of just happens. But what scientists at Boston University School of Medicine have shown is the first pathological evidence that repetitive head trauma experienced in collision sports is associated with motor neuron disease, a neurological condition that affects voluntary muscle movements - just like ALS.

So parents, it may be a good time to re-think your kids choice of sports. This is hard evidence that those repetitive bumps on the head can have a devastating long term effect.

To read more, click here

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 Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.


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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Chiropractic Care - Proving Itself Again & Again,

Miami Beach Chiropractor - Sports Medicine Physician - Dr. Todd Narson

The past 12 months have been good - very good - for the chiropractic profession in terms of data supporting the efficacy of chiropractic care
Thank you to the folks at The ChiroCode Institute &Peter W. Crownfield, Executive Editor of Dynamic Chirorpactic for putting all this info together into one nice article. Reprinted from the ChiroCode newsletter

  • The Milliman USA analysis that concludes, "[S]pinal patients who seek chiropractic coverage have materially lower health care costs than those who do not";
  • The Consumer Reports reader survey that found "hands-on" therapies, led by chiropractic care, were the top-rated treatments for back pain sufferers, with chiropractic receiving the highest satisfaction-with-care ratings (significantly higher than MDs);
  • The "Mercer Report" that suggests chiropractic compares favorably to most therapies covered by health benefit plans and is "likely to achieve equal or better health outcomes";
Click here to read more.

References

  1. "Study Suggests Chiropractic Reduces Health Care Costs, Need for Surgery." Dynamic Chiropractic, Aug. 26, 2009.
  2. "Cost-Effective Care: The Evidence Mounts." Dynamic Chiropractic, Sept. 9, 2009.
  3. "Consumer Reports Survey Rates DCs Higher Than MDs." Dynamic Chiropractic, May 20, 2009.
  4. "How Chiropractic Helps the Insurance Industry." Dynamic Chiropractic, Dec. 2, 2009.
  5. "Medicare Patients Give Chiropractic High Marks." Dynamic Chiropractic, March 26, 2010.
  6. Kanodia AK, Legedza ATR, Davis RB, et al. Perceived benefit of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for back pain: a national survey. J Am Board Fam Med 2010;23:354-62.





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 Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.


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Monday, August 16, 2010

Athletes And Their Rituals - Sound Strategy or Simply Superstition ?

Miami Beach Chiropractor - Sports Medicine - Dr. Todd Narson

As sports sports medicine physicians we get to see this all the time. Rituals athletes go through in the time leading up to & during a competition. Tiger Woods is well known for (amongst other things now) wearing a red shirt on the final day of competition. Baseball players put on their "rally caps" when trying to change their luck and start a batting rally. Other athletes make sure they wear their "special" underwear, socks, hats, shorts etc, etc, etc. Runners and other sports involving running, then it's all about the sneakers buying many pairs of the same sneakers just in case they change or discontinue the model. In general, athletes will go through a specific ritualistic routine - the same one each and every time.

Some of this may seem like head games or just psyching themselves out but maybe there's something to it.

This past weekend I was invited by the Miami Beach Rotary Club to be a part of their Sprint Triathlon Men's Relay Team and do the swimming leg of the competition. Since having done my first triathlon about a month earlier, I caught the "triathlon bug" so of course I was going to do it. The race went off without a hitch. This time I was a bit more aggressive in the water and cut my 1/4 mile time down by 45 seconds. The rest of the relay-tri team did pretty well as we ended up taking 1st place in the men's relay.

A few other friends were doing the triathlon that day and I met up with one as we were cheering on the other racers as they Finished. I had an interesting conversation that led me to believe there may be a very good reason for these rituals.

One of my good friends (let's call him Mike) a very experienced marathoner and triathlete came up to me after the race. Looking a bit more pale that I would have expected from an athlete with his experience and training I was surprised by what he told me next.

Mike told me something strange happened to him during this triathlon. He has done dozens of these and never had a problem until now. He came out of the swim just fine, transitioned into his bike and while on the bike he ripped open a Hammer Gel for some added fast acting and ready to use carbs to fuel his cycling. As he came back into the bike to run transition he felt very strange. Light headed, strange feeling in his chest as his heart was racing and he had no energy, almost feeling "sick". He said he felt like he had run out of gas. Had he not been such an experienced athlete I would have just thought it was lack of race prep & training or over exertion, poor hydration or maybe he just wasn't ready for the race. But this was a sprint triathlon and he was too experienced, so I started asking him what was different about this race.

We spoke for a few minutes about his training over the past couple weeks, his quality and quantity of sleep, his diet and nothing seemed to have changed. To me it sounded like how I feel if I happen to have a cup of regular coffee (except I also get jittery) including the crash after the caffeine wears off; and I told him so. Just then he said he took the hammer gel from the race "'goody bag" during the bike portion of the triathlon, telling me it was the Hammer Gel Espresso. Not thinking it was different from the other Hammer Gels he had taken in previous races, the Hammer Gel Espresso contains 50mg of caffeine. Mike didn't realize it and said he is sensitive to caffeine.

Some people who are sensitive to caffeine will experience:

None of which is what you want to feel before, during or even after training or a competition.

So now Mike knows one more component of his race ritual: Be careful of what you put in your mouth. Know your food, know your fuel. Amongst other things, now Mike is going to be reading labels more carefully because he knows how sensitive he is to caffeine and how it effects him during competition. Now he has one thing he needs to be ritualistic about - No Caffeine.

I used the Hammer Gel Vanilla during my previous race . I actually love the stuff and most of their gel fuels do not have caffeine. It worked well in my first triathlon but I knew to double check for caffeine or other stimulants. because the typical race "GU" sold out there does have caffeine and I know how that effects me so I specifically look out for it. I personally love Hammer's race nutrition and their philosophy behind how they make their products. Like anything else, some are good for some people and not for others. It's up to the athlete to know themselves and their needs. I found Hammer specifically because of their natural ingredients and a large selection of race fuels that do not contain caffeine or artificial anything.

A pre-race or pre-competition ritual in a case like this can be a very good thing. In the future it will keep Mike safe, healthy and competing at his best. The moral of this story is know yourself and your needs and make a routine that works for you.

If you have allergies or sensitivities you need to check and re-check the ingredients on the stuff you use. Know if it goes by other names. Are you on medications? Check with your physician or pharmacist if your medications have any interactions with your race nutrition BEFORE you run into problems.

Or, don't pay attention to your nutrition and give the local paramedics something to do at the race.

'nuff said.

Dr. T

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For those who are caffeine sensitive, here's a list from www.ineedcoffee.com that shows relative amounts of caffeine in various drinks:

How much caffeine is actually in coffee?

Unlike soft drinks or foods with set caffeine levels, there is no set concentration of caffeine in coffee. Different varieties of coffee beans contain different levels of caffeine. Arabica beans range from 1.2% to 1.8%, Robusta beans can reach as high as 2.4%, and some relatively non-commercial beans such as Excelsa (aka Chari) can have almost no caffeine at all, making them a perfect component for naturally low-caffeine coffee bean blends. Also, many processing factors can increase or decrease the amount of caffeine in coffee. See the table below to see a comparison of the amounts of caffeine in various type of coffee and other products.

Approximate caffeine levels in coffee and other products (for similar portions):

Robusta coffee (drip brewed)140 - 200 mg caffeine per 6 ounce average cup
Arabica coffee (drip brewed) 75 - 130 mg average 6 ounce cup
Arabica/Excelsa blend coffee (drip brewed)40 - 60 mg average 6 ounce cup
Espresso (typical serving)30 - 50 mg average 1 ounce shot
Instant coffee40 - 100 mg average 6 ounce cup
97% decaf coffee 3 - 6 mg caffeine per 6-7 ounces average cup
99.92% Euro decaf standard coffee 8 - 16 mg caffeine per 6-7 ounce average cup
Hot cocoa 10 - 15 mg caffeine per 6-7 ounce cup
Dark chocolate candy bar 50 - 100 mg caffeine per 6 ounce bar
Milk chocolate candy bar30 - 50 mg caffeine per 6 ounce bar
Coke, Pepsi, Mountain Dew soda20 - 26 mg caffeine per 6-7 ounce drink
Green tea (brewed)12 - 30 mg per 6-7 ounce average cup
Black tea (brewed)40 - 60 mg per 6-7 ounce average cup
Note: These are averages and do not reflect specific teas or chocolates, nor are they adjusted for brewing times, etc. They are presented here just as a rough comparative guide.) Sources: USFDA and Nat. Soft Drink Assoc.
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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 Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Guess Who Else Has a Sweet Tooth??? CANCER!!!

Without the sugar, life would be sweeter...

Why?

Because reducing sugar in your diet could reduce your risk of cancer (as well as a host of other diseases and conditions). I've heard about this a lot over the past few years....apparently Cancer has an affinity for sugar. Fructose to be specific.

But you say you don't eat high fructose corn syrup, or (the even higher fructose content) Agave Nectar, you just use table sugar, brown sugar or organic turbinado, so you don't have to worry about the fructose....right?

Nope... that would be wrong.

When typical table sugar (including brown sugar and turbinado sugar, organic or not, doesn't matter) hits your system, it's broken up into its 2 main components, (1) Fructose & (2) Glucose.

Glucose is the main fuel for our cells, but is use to (and supposed to) get it from vegetables and fruit. Our metabolism creates the glucose gradually from those raw materials when our body needs it. So yes, our bodies need glucose, but not directly from sugar.

And when the glucose is broken off from fructose, guess whose coming to dinner? Cancer!!

Cancer feeds off fructose! Want to make a bigger better tumor, feed it fructose.

Click here for a nice article that explains it in simple terms. It's worth the read and then take some time to rethink what you and your family eats on a daily basis.....

Now read the packages of your food and start to realize how much sugar is added to just about everything you eat.... even the rice your sushi is on.

'nuff said

Dr. T





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 Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.


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Friday, August 6, 2010

Miami Beach Sports Chiropractor Gets A Spring Back In His Step at 45

So at 44½ years old I decided to give myself an unconventional birthday present and do my first triathlon. The goal was to focus on getting in the best shape of my life by my 45th birthday (July 3rd). Since getting licensed in Florida in 1991, I have been one of the physicians in the medical tents at many triathlons over the years. I was always in awe over the triathletes and always wanted to do one but there was just one thing holding me back – Running.

I hated running. Now don’t get me wrong, I use to love to race my friends or hit a baseball and run around the bases. But running at any length was just not my thing. I’d get knee pain, hip pain and sometimes foot and ankle pain. I loved to bike and loved to swim, but running, just not for me.

In November of 2009 I was leading a group of 50 people through a 21-day nutrition detox & weight loss program and decided to kick my own detox and weight loss up a few notches and give running another chance. After a couple weeks on the detox program I was running (and quite happily) without any pain. But, being a sports physician, I knew it was just a matter of time. I’ve seen it in all my patients who were runners, eventually the miles and miles of pounding on their joints just take their toll. There’s a local orthopedic surgeon that loves runners because he said eventually, they’ll need either meniscus surgery or a total knee replacement. With that in mind, I began searching the internet for any new technologies that would help me run and train at a higher capacity and reduce the inevitable knee, hip or foot/ankle pain.


After a few days I stumbled onto a couple articles about a sneaker company that was only a few years old, called Spira Footwear. They created a technology called the “wavespring”. Spira’s wavesprings were in the heel and forefoot of their sneakers and the wavesprings give some tremendous benefit. The wavesprings reduce impact by 20%. This I thought was pretty substantial. If I could reduce the impact of my foot hitting the ground step after step, mile after mile, this would be a great way to help reduce the impact of running on my knees and hips – exactly what I was looking for. As an added benefit, testing performed at Michigan State University in 2001 showed that 87% - 96% of the energy is returned from the WaveSpring®. Ultimately, the Spira sneaker could reduce the impact forces on my body and return some energy back into my stride reducing the overall stress of my training. I had to try them.

I sent an email to the company and to my surprise, I got a return email from Andy Krafsur, Spira’s CEO. I told him about my little challenge to myself and my concerns with running & prolonged run training on my joints. I ended up getting 2 pairs: The Spira Del Sol and the Spira Competition. I started my training in March and was running 2-3 days per week, swimming two days per week and biking 2 days per week. One day I was stacking a running workout right after my cycling workout (what triathletes call a “brick” workout). I was a little casual during this time and would let my training succumb to my work and personal life”. But during the 3rd week of May I started kicking my training up a few notches. I began training at 5am so I can fit everything in, my workouts, my work and still have time to do my normal every day family stuff.

The training continued to intensify as the July 18th triathlon date got closer. With a 6 day per week training schedule, not one bit of knee, ankle, foot, hip or back pain. I was thrilled that I could keep up this level of intensity and not be plagued by those aches and pains from the past. I continued to up the intensity. My distances all increased in the swim, the bike and the run. My Saturday brick workouts were getting easier and my running after the bike transition more natural.

So finally the weekend was here. It was one heck of a weekend. As if the triathlon wasn’t enough, I was also attending a nutrition seminar about 60 minutes north in Del Rey, FL. Nee dless to say, I had a lot on my mind. I had been training in my Spira Del Sols throughout and then with 8 days out, I started with the Spira Competitions sneakers. I couldn’t believe how light these things were. When I 1st picked up the box, I truly doubted there was anything in the box it was so light. I did 3 runs on the sneakers as I tapered down that last week. I felt extremely comfortable in the Spira competition and decided to use them in the triathlon.

The day of the triathlon arrives and I woke up at 4:30am without an alarm. My bags and bike were already packed from the night before and I loaded the car up and hit the road. I stopped by my trainer Adam Cronin’s house at 5:15 and picked him up and off to Crandon Park we went. Arriving at 5:45am I went over and got my timing chip, then Adam took the large Sharpe and wrote my race numbers on my arms and legs. I took my bags and bike and entered the transition zone to set up my stuff and rack my bike. As I laid everything out, I took out my bright red Spira Competition sneakers and put them just off my towel. I put a couple puffs of baby powder in them and my cycling shoes, did a double check and then off to the beach where we start the race.

The walk to the beach at Crandon park is quite a distance. That meant more running for me from the swim transition into the bike. So 7am rolls around and the different waves start the race. Eventually the 44-49 wave comes around and we line up along the beach. The horn blows and it’s a mad rush into the water. Having trained 90% in a pool, the extra buoyancy of the salt water was a nice bonus. I got into my rhythm and to my surprise I actually passed a bunch of people on the swim. Keeping my eyes on the buoys I made it to the ¼ mile mark and began my exit. I ran out of the water and jogged to the transition area. Luckily it had rained earlier that morning so there were some puddles just before the transition. I ran through the puddles and it washed all the beach sand off my feet. I found my bike, strapped on my helmet, put on my socks and my pre-powdered cycling shoes and took off with my bike. The bike went smooth, the ride on Key Biscayne is absolutely beautiful as your just surrounded with blue bay and ocean water throughout the 1- mile ride. The ride was spectacular but uneventful. The only thing on my mind was the run. I re-entered Crandon Park and transitioned off my bike jogged with the bike back to the rack, off with the helmet and cycling shoes, on with my Spira Competition sneakers (pre-powdered of course), my running visor and my race belt and I ran out of the transition area.

Although I was extremely excited at this point to have made it though 2 of the 3 events, this was the one that weighed the most on my mind. I got into a rhythm and went for it. Step after step, stride after stride I ran. By this time it was started to get quite humid out. The run was nice though, running through the park, along the beach at one point then around the paved gigantic parking lots and all of a sudden I saw a sign that said ‘2’. I thought to myself, “where the heck did ‘1’ go? I ran right past it without even realizing. Suddenly, the run seemed a bit easier. I guess not seeing the 1 mile marker made me think I was still on mile 1. But now the excitement grew. I literally got a spring back in my step. The run course took us back toward the path along the beach where some friends were with their cameras. A short distance ahead I saw the 3-mile mark and I knew I was home free. I picked up the pace and heard the music playing at the finish line. At this point I didn’t even feel my feet, I just started running. I ran past the 3 mile marker and .1 mile to go, around the turn and crossed the finish line. I was handed a cold bottle of water and gulped it down. I felt incredible and knew I wanted more.

I have to say, after having done the swim and the bike, the run wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought. My training, my nutrition and my spira sneakers got me across that finish line and I’m proud to say, I’m now a triathlete. Little did I know how addicting the entire triathlon thing is. Because as soon as I crossed the finish line, the last step of my first triathlon became my first step towards me 2nd triathlon.


Since completing my triathlon, several of my friends have been telling me their stories about the Spira shoes I recommended to them. One in particular is an incredible 65 year old man named Bill Hansen. Bill owns the largest catering company in Florida. He’s catered for 3 U.S. Presidents and the pope. He began running back in the late 1970’s and ran regularly until 2005 when he stopped due to constant knee pain. Bill has done triathlons and marathons and even after physical therapy, medications and surgery, he gave up running completely. I suggested he try a pair of spira sneakers with the wavespring technology. At the age 65 Bill is back on the road running again without any knee pain.

I can’t say enough about Spira’s sneakers. They work and made this non-runner into someone who actually enjoys and appreciates running. I feel like a kid again!
A special thanks go out to the following:

Adam Cronin of Soma Fitness & Performance in South Beach for setting up my weight training routine and mapping out my 6 month plan to the triathlon

Shiloh Harper of Soma fitness & Performance in South Beach who evaluated and tweaked my swimming biomechanics

Jaime Rojas who further tweaked my swimming.

Armando Cruz of Cruz Country Fitness who added valuable knowledge to my approach to the triathlon, transitions and to my running.

Andy Krafsur, DJ Vickers and the rest of the Spira Footwear team who helped to take the shock and fear out of running with their incredible running sh oe technology.

Here's a picture I took with another guy who was in on the big secret. He ran in the bright yellow Spira Elite running shoes -------->


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 Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine. And now....He's a Triathlete too! Dr. Narson is available for lectures in the areas of sports medicine and nutrition





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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Take This Simple Test & Know How YOU Should Eat

By Miami Beach Chiropractor & Sports Injury Specialist, Dr. Todd Narson

What am I supposed to eat? ....is the most common question I get when I do nutritional consultations and lectures. Although the following are some very good basics, how would you know more specifically how YOU should be eating...

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The Basics.....


1. Cut out refined, man-made & processed carbohydrates (sugar, high fructose corn syrup, Agave nectar, fructose, sucrose, glucose, bread, white rice, pasta, etc)

2. Cut out all man made fats such as Trans fats (hydrogenated & partially hydrogenated oil) and the the trans fat's new and more evil cousin, Interesterified fat

3. drink plenty of water.

4. Eat fruit, not fruit juice

5. Eat veggies, lots of fresh and 80% raw.

6. Eat only clean natural sources of animal proteins (wild fish, free range organic poultry and grass-fed beef)

7. Exercise 5-7 days per week for at least 30 minutes.

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Now that's well and good, but most people want something more specific. Something tailored just for them. How much do I eat? What foods? And in what ratios to each other? Etc...

Well, check out Dr. Mercola's new Nutritional Typing survey. Answer a series of questions about your diet and how you feel and get placed in one of 3 basic nutritional categories or nutritional "types". Depending on your physiology and how you react to foods, the type of food and the amounts of those foods will be different. From what Dr. Mercola says, it's pretty darn accurate, but you won't truly know until you try it yourself.

So, take this simple easy test and get more detailed insight as to how you should be eating...

'nuff said.

Dr. T


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 is 1 of 9 recognized chiropractic sports medicine specialists in the state of Florida and 1 of 225 in the United States. He is the current president of the Dade County Chiropractic Society and practices in Miami Beach, Florida at the Miami Beach Family & Sports Chiropractic Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Will Extra Sleep Improve Athletic Performance?

Miami Beach Chiropractor - Dr. Todd Narson

The Athletic Performance of Collegiate Football Players Improved By Extra Sleep
June 10, 2010

Getting extra sleep over an extended period of time improves athletic performance, alertness and mood, according to a research abstract presented Tuesday, June 8, 2010, in San Antonio, Texas, at SLEEP 2010, the 24th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC.

Results indicate that football players' sprint times improved significantly after seven to eight weeks of sleep extension. Average sprint time in the 20-yard shuttle improved from 4.71 seconds to 4.61 seconds, and the average 40-yard dash time decreased from 4.99 seconds to 4.89 seconds. Daytime sleepiness and fatigue also decreased significantly, while vigor scores significantly improved.

"Sleep duration may be an important consideration for an athlete's daily training regimen," said lead author Cheri Mah of the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic and Research Laboratory in Stanford, Calif. "Furthermore, sleep extension also may contribute to minimizing the effects of accumulated sleep deprivation and thus could be a beneficial strategy for optimal performance."

The study involved seven healthy students on the Stanford University football team. Their ages ranged from 18 to 22 years, and they played a variety of positions on the team. Participants maintained their habitual sleep/wake schedule for two weeks at the beginning of the season to establish their baseline measures.

"These athletes began their competitive season with moderate levels of daytime sleepiness and fatigue," said Mah.

Then the participants extended their sleep for seven to eight weeks during the season, obtaining as much sleep as possible and aiming for a minimum of ten hours of sleep each night. The 20-yard shuttle and 40-yard dash drills, which are used to measure performance at the annual National Football League Scouting Combine, were conducted after every regular practice. The Profile of Mood States (POMS) was administered once a week to monitor changes in mood, and daytime sleepiness was assessed using the Epworth Sleepiness Scale. Participants also completed daily sleep journals, and their daily sleep/wake activity was monitored by actigraphy.

"By substantially increasing sleep duration, athletes experienced a decrease in both daytime sleepiness and fatigue and increase in vigor towards the end of their season," said Mah.

The results support Mah's previous research at Stanford involving men and women who compete in other sports such as basketball, golf, cross country, and track and field. Last year at SLEEP 2009, she reported that five members of the women's tennis team had faster sprint times and better hitting accuracy after a period of sleep extension. At SLEEP 2008 she reported that sleep extension helped five members of the swim team swim faster, react quicker off the blocks, turn faster and increase their kick strokes.

Mah noted that although traditional athletic training regimens typically focus on multiple aspects of physical training, few prioritize adequate sleep as an important component. She offered these tips to help athletes improve their performance by maximizing their sleep:
  • Make sleep a part of your regular training regimen.
  • Extend nightly sleep for several weeks to reduce your sleep debt before competition.
  • Maintain a low sleep debt by obtaining a sufficient amount of nightly sleep (seven to eight hours for adults, nine or more hours for teens and young adults).
  • Keep a regular sleep-wake schedule, going to bed and waking up at the same times every day.
  • Take brief naps to obtain additional sleep during the day, especially if drowsy.

Reprinted from Medical News Today

Source:
Kathleen McCann
American Academy of Sleep Medicine

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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 Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Interesterified Fat - A Fat Worse Than Trans Fat For The Next Generation

Interesterified fat is a new ingredient you're gonna start to see on your ingredient lists, and please watch out for it. Being someone who's often talking about nutrition, sports medicine and health I'm usually engrossed in a variety of conversations at parties and yesterday was no exception. A friend came to me with a box of graham crackers and asked me about some new fat she'd never seen before. I read the ingredient list and there it was, a fat I had never seen before either. So I wake up this morning and to my amazement still remembering the name of the fat I plug the name into Google and start to read. To me it started to seem like this was the food industries new replacement for hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oil. A new form of fat reportedly equally as bad as trans fat. But, without some science, the alarmists out there could just be paranoid. Further investigation was needed.

So I went to the internet source of all things research - PubMed. Pub Med has the synopsis of most registered scientific research journals and if there's been research done, you'll at least find an abstract on PubMed, enough to give you a good idea and a good reference or two to further your research.

A n d s o I d i d...

It seems public education & awareness of trans fats are pressuring industry so much they have to "stick and move" and try to find some other alternative to strategically keep their products on the shelf longer and preserve those higher profit margins. You see, the more a company has to rotate their products in/out of a grocery store because of expiration dates, the less profit they make on those items. Understandably, any business owner would want to do the same thing. But with trans fats, hydrogenated/partially hydrogenated oils and the new Interesterified Fat, they are doing it at the expense of your health.

To get an Interesterified Fat, they "hydrogenate the oils fully. The oils become fully saturated and there are no trans fats left. But fully hydrogenated oil is hard and inedible. So the smart aleck scientists mix it with liquid oils and put it through other chemical processes to create a semi-solid grease like margarine and vegetable shortening"(1)

According to an article in the journal Nutrition & Metabolism entitled Stearic acid-rich interesterified fat and trans-rich fat raise the LDL/HDL ratio and plasma glucose relative to palm olein in humans by Sundram K, Karupaiah T, Hayes KC.; both interesterified fat and trans fat from partial hydrogenation were found to raise LDL and lower HDL cholesterol(2).

This means, food scientists have found a brand new way to raise your bad fat, lower your good fat and give you a greater chance at having a heart attack or stroke at a younger age. Once again proving my point that science is hard pressed to improve on something mother nature made.

And...guess what??? That's not all the good news. Fasting plasma glucose levels tested at the end of each test fat period revealed a significantly high value after interesterified fat intake, even more than with the partially hydrogenated oil tested. This stuff raises the amount of glucose (sugar) streaming through your blood, something found in ALL of the humans subjects tested(2). This means your triglycerides go higher too. Wooopee...you're getting closer to that heart attack...

So the news is out. Let me restate it plainly and right from the research (with my comment in red).

1. Both interesterified fat and trans fat from partial hydrogenation were found to raise LDL and lower HDL cholesterol(2). This means it raises your bad cholesterol and lowers your good cholesterol.

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Fasting plasma glucose levels tested at the end of each test fat period revealed a significantly high value after interesterified fat intake. This means this new interesterified fat increases the sugar levels in your blood.

So consider this a public health warning: Interesterified Fats are as bad and possibly worse than trans fats. Stay away from them. There are no safe levels of ingesting trans fats and I'm telling you there's no safe level of consuming interesterified fats.

Now, for the political types out there:

Being a businessman myself, I'm all for profits. I'm not going to hide that. I mean, why else would you be in business? But, being a physician, I have to fully explain to each patient all the possible side effects of my treatments. I actually have a form that has all of the possible side effects on it that the patient has to read, sign and date. Then, after than, some patients ask me about them and we have a conversation based on those possibilities as it pertains to their particular case. AND...I'm still in business. So why is it we have to have yet another way to deceive the public that an ingredient in the "food like substances" they are selling is is bad for us? Why wont the government (the people supposedly out to protect us) make industry fully and openly inform us so we can make an educated decision for ourselves and our families? If there's an ingredient in a company's product that is harmful to the public, it should have a warning label - period! Let the public decide after that. After all, this is one main factor that drives supply and demand and is an integral part of capitalism! Industry can't be industry with out the consumer. I challenge industry to openly and honestly inform us of the ingredient in their products...and in plain ole' simple language.


Consider yourself informed and warned.

'nuff said

Dr. T


References
1. http://www.stop-trans-fat.com/interesterified-fat.html

2. Stearic acid-rich interesterified fat and trans-rich fat raise the LDL/HDL ratio and plasma glucose relative to palm olein in humans; Sundram K, Karupaiah T, Hayes KC. Nutrition & Metabolism 2007, 4:3 (15 January 2007)


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 is 1 of 230 chiropractic sports injury specialists in the United States and practices in Miami Beach, Florida at the Miami Beach Family & Sports Chiropractic Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.