2014-01-17 / In the News

Rolnick Chiropractic

DR. ELLIE’S HEALTH TIPS Health Tip of the Month: Thousands of food additives are added to US foods, but seven of the worst include highfructose corn syrup, synthetic trans fats, artificial flavors, monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial colors, artificial sweeteners and preservatives. Many of the food additives that are perfectly legal to use in US foods are banned in other countries due to health concerns. High-Fructose Corn Syrup is damaging to the liver and leads to obesity due to the fact that it is converted into fat cells directly by the liver. Research also shows that corn syrup can block messages to the brain that communicate “fullness.” Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame (Nutrasweet) are neurotoxic and have negative affects on the nervous system and over time ingestion can mimic symptoms of MS. Sucrolose (Splenda) is made from chlorinated sugar and disrupts the digestive tract by messing with intestinal flora (an important part of immune system function). Trans fats (any fat / oil with the word hydrogenated in front of it) contributes to cancer, diabetes, reproductive issues and cardiac disease which may lead to heart attacks. Artificial colors and food dyes have been linked to cancer, brain tumors and hyperactivity in children. Artificial Flavors (usually listed in ingredients as “artificial flavors” can contain at least 50 chemicals to make up the desired flavor. One flavor chemical used in “buttered” popcorn has been shown to cause brain disorders. MSG, a flavor enhancer found in countless food products and snack foods is another known neurotoxin, disrupting brain and nervous system function. Use of MSG can lead to symptoms of Parkinsons, Alzheimers and Lou Gehrig’s disease. Food preservatives such as BHA, BHT can cause severe brain disorders. Preservative TBHQ can actually kill you in high doses (5 grams). And sodium nitrate, found in most processed meats is carcinogenic and may lead to cancer. I do my best to avoid these additives like the plague!! If you want to read a very thorough article on these ingredients go to www.mercola.com and search the 12/30/13 article about the worst food ingredients.

Thought for the Month: Read food labels carefully. Typically, the longer the list of the ingredients the worse the product is for you!!

Chiropractic Thought for the Month: In this world of chemicals, environmental toxins, drugs and processed foods, isn’t it nice that there is something 100% natural like chiropractic to keep you healthy. Chiropractic care adds nothing to the body (like drugs), not does it take anything away (like surgery). Chiropractic care’s natural approach to health is by removing spinal nerve stress with gentle adjustments to the spine allowing the body to perform better and be healthier by improving nerve flow to all the vital organs and systems in the body. For more information, call Rolnick Chiropractic at 207-283-1168 or check out our web page at www.rolnickchiropractic.com

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