Last year I attended a conference entitled: Move Well- Innate Physical Fitness & Spinal Hygiene…there were so many good take aways. One concept that really stuck with me was the fact that our new “normal” is to be unhealthy and unfit whereas just a few decades ago it was the norm to be fit and healthy.

To get you started to move in the right direction here are 10 Activities to Avoid or Minimize:
1. Sitting
2. Standing with weight on one foot
3. Reading on your back with head in a flexed position
4. One sided sports (creates imbalances-always practice with both hands)
5. Carrying bags on one shoulder
6. Sleeping on your stomach
7. Cradling phone between shoulder and ear
8. Watching tv (no justification possible)
9. Repetitive activities with arms in front or overhead
10.Poor posture during any activity

Tomorrow we will discuss 10 Good Choices to Make…stay tuned.


Just because its the most common does not mean it is the best….I am referring to SYMPTOMS! The majority of people judge their health by the way they feel. If we feel good we believe we are healthy and if we feel bad we believe we are sick. Although this may work in certain situations the majority of the time using symptoms as our barometer of health is not a good decision.

For example it takes 8 years for cancer to be detectable. Imagine if every cell that turned cancerous caused us pain or discomfort…we would stop the behaviors immediately to avoid the pain. Unfortunately none of the big killers (cancer, heart disease, etc..) work this way.

Imagine if each time we ate bad food that caused our arteries to clog we could feel the damage? When we burn ourselves on a hot stove we learn very quickly not to touch it, but we continue to smoke, eat bad food and not exercise because we cannot immediately feel the negative effects of our actions.

The same goes for our spine…when we feel pain in our lower back we think we are “in bad shape” but when the pain is gone we think we are “good to go”….it is time to reevaluate the way we use symptoms….if you are looking to find out if you are truly healthy or sick then you must invest in your health as you would your vehicle. Many patients will take better care of their vehicle than their own body…regular oil changes, car washes, tire rotations, etc… When was the last time you had your homocysteine levels checked or your c-reactive protein? Both of these are better markers of heart disease and inflammation than blood pressure and cholesterol. Take control of your health and stop using symptoms as your barometer of health.


If you end up in the emergency room with a heart attack, make sure you insist on a 2 cc injection of magnesium sulfate.

In double-blind, placebo-controlled scientific study, they looked at 273 patients who were admitted to the hospital for a heart attack. The study published in one of the most prestigious medical journals revealed that after 4 weeks, the people who received the magnesium, only 7% died versus 19% who did not get the magnesium. That means magnesium cut the death rate a walloping 63%.

What was interesting is the fact that the study indicated that the people in the study were given far less than the 2 cc of magnesium recommended above. Furthermore, the injection of magnesium decreased arrhythmias by 55%. Remember having a heart arrhythmia is one issue doctors are seriously concerned about following a heart attack. In another study in the same medical journal approximately ten years later revealed that magnesium produced a 24% reduction in the number of deaths in one month after the heart attack.

Besides the proven benefits for victims of a heart attack, another study showed people who were given IV magnesium had a 76% reduction in death from a fatal blood clot.  And by the way this same study showed that aspirin made no difference.

It is in your best interest to insist that your doctor check your magnesium levels. However, don’t settle for the serum magnesium commonly ordered by most physicians. This test only evaluates the extracelluar magnesium which makes up only 1% of the magnesium in your body. You want your doctor to order the gold standard “intracellular magnesium test” which gives you the “real” picture of your level of magnesium in your body.

Your best protection is to keep your magnesium level high enough to possibly prevent having a heart attack in the first place. Considering that government studies show the average American diet only provides 40% of the magnesium that we need in a day, your best protection against a heart attack is to keep your magnesium level high enough. The best absorbed form of magnesium I’ve seen in 31 years is Magnesium Chloride Solution 200 mg/cc, and use half teaspoon once or twice a day.


To promote strong bones throughout your life, it is recommended that everyone consume calcium on a daily basis. For adults between the ages of 19-50 they should consume 1000mg of calcium per day. If you are over 50 you should consume 1200mg per day.

When most people think of calcium we immediately think of milk as the ideal source. Unfortunately, milk does not do the body good as we once thought. In fact, milk is not the best source of calcium.

According to Annemarie Colbin, PhD, author of Food and Our Bones states, “You see the most fractures in countries that drink a lot of milk,” she says. “I am not too keen on dairy.” She goes on to mention that if look at animals with the largest bones (cows & elephants) they eat leafy plants.

In order to have healthy bones the largest part of your diet should consist of leafy green vegetables, both cooked and raw. Some of the best examples are spinach, broccoli, and kale. These greens not only give you calcium but also provide vitamin K, potassium and other minerals, which are essential to bone growth.

Here is an example of food with high amounts of calcium:

  • Cup of spinach-245 mg
  • Quarter cup of sesame seeds- 351 mg
  • Two cups of broccoli- 124 mg
  • One cup of kale- 94 mg
  • One ounce of almonds- 75mg

It is recommended to spread your calcium intake throughout the day. To absorb calcium optimally, most experts recommend consuming 500mg or less at each meal or snack.


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