Movember to Remember – Expanding ideas on Men’s Health and Proper Hormone Balance

movember-mustache That’s right folks it’s here again! Movember.  The month of thick beards and Men’s health awareness.  If you read my blog last year, I explained the origin of the event and what it all stands for.  In the short form, men from all over the world stop shaving in the month of November to show their support for men’s health awareness.   Contests for the best beard or mustache take place to raise money for a variety of causes associated specifically with men’s health.  The movement has gained so much attention over the years that it is hard to find one who is not aware of the event.  This Movember’s blog spot is not to explain the logistics or cause but to expand more on men’s hormones and how you can support them naturally through diet, exercise and nutritional supplements.

What is the number one hormone that most people associate when they think of men?  That’s right – testosterone.  It wasn’t until I attended Chiropractic school for my training that I gained a vast knowledge on the way testosterone interacts within the male body but also the other important hormones and how they must all be in synchrony for ideal function.  Men also need an optimal balance of hormones like estrogen, DHEA, Cortisol, and Androstenidione!  These are the common hormones associated with the androgen steroid pathways.  Let’s talk about them individually and how they can impact overall men’s health.

Testosterone is a naturally occurring hormone that is made mainly in the testicles of men but also made in small amounts in the adrenal glands.  Low testosterone is one of the first topics most of my male patients jump to when they feel they are not at an ideal state as they feel.  It is worth investigation and if low, we must look at why.  Lower levels are often associated with older men and often the medical community will prescribe testosterone as a drug to try to balance the deficiency.  It sounds good in theory, right…?  Sure, but is it that easy…?  I think not.  What most men don’t realize is that testosterone can convert into estrogen through the enzyme aromatase.  Chrysin is a nutritional part that can help balance this pathway should it be over converting.  The best way to know is to check hormonal levels and other associated markers to see if this is in proper balance.  After your test results are evaluated and treatment plans developed and carried out, then it is time to retest.  What good is a test if you are not going to follow-up with results to see if the treatment strategies are working?

Next, let’s talk about DHEA.  DHEA is and abbreviation for a precursor hormone called dehydroepiandrosterone.  This important hormone is present in both men and women but much important to help men create and keep up healthy testosterone levels.  I heard a lot about DHEA during my rugby career as the goal of these élite athletes was to build body mass and strength to be able to run the opponent over.  The idea behind the more natural support was that if you had more DHEA then you create more potential to increase testosterone levels.  According to a recent article posted on, DHEA can help treat erectile dysfunction, build muscle mass, and improve physical performance. (1)

The consensus with the picture of optimal hormonal patterns in men is that they are in balance from the point of production to the point of degradation.  Until recently it was hard to test where the hormones went after they were produced and how fast or not so fast they were breaking down.  You can now use a variety of take-home testing methods to interpret a complete picture of your hormones.  The D.U.T.C.H. test is an acronym for dried urine test for comprehensive hormones.   We use this test in our office and Dr. Mercola also recommends the test as another picture of what your hormones are doing clinically. (2)  This is the newest test being used by practitioners for an extra window to balancing your body’s chemistry.  If you feel your hormones are out of balance, then get busy testing your bodies profile so no questions remain unanswered.

Andrew J Kender III DC
November 20, 2016

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Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. Robert Nichols, Dr. Jessica Eckman, Chiropractic Physicians

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Join us for a 30 day, 30 minute a day, health challenge meant to inspire an attitude of gratitude!

30 Minute Rule: Take a half hour a day just for yourself.

“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” – Eleanor Brownn

Fact:  Life is Hard

No matter how busy you are, I challenge you to take 30 minutes a day just for yourself. Go for a walk, plan a healthy meal or simply relax and recharge.  You’re not being selfish.  You need this time to focus on your own wellbeing!

No matter how hard we wish, there is no such thing as clear weather, calm seas and smooth sailing.  When I don’t take time for myself I go into survival mode (sleep, eat, work, repeat).  When I am mentally and physically drained I find that I stop making time for the things that bring me joy.  With the changing of the season, I’ve been inspired to challenge myself, my coworkers and you to 30 days of self-care.   The best way to make daily self-care a priority is to turn it into a habit! We are what we repeatedly do so why not develop positive habits that empower us and align with our goals. The 30-day challenge is a simple way to challenge ourselves to consistently implement a new habit in our everyday life until it becomes automatic.

Fall is all about beautiful changes and new beginnings. Let’s take the first step together to developing a new habit!   Below are a few tips on taking time for you which will leave you feeling empowered, healthier, and happier.  The list is intended to inspire an attitude of gratitude.

  1. Start with a gratitude journal and be sure to log your 30 minutes a day
  2. Pray
  3. Learn to meditate
  4. Create a vision board
  5. Get moving! Take a walk during your lunch hour or after dinner
  6. Practice something. Make time to challenge your brain in a new way
  7. Hit the road. Explore new places in your surrounding area or hometown
  8. Plan a healthy meal
  9. Wake up earlier
  10. Take a nap
  11. Watch a funny movie
  12. Take a long hot bubble bath
  13. Rest and I mean really rest. Just say no to social media, your chores and to do lists
  14. Go to the park and enjoy nature
  15. Stretch or do a bit of yoga
  16. Do something artistic
  17. Reflect on the now
  18. Watch the sun rise
  19. Paint your nails or do another small beauty treatment to feel a bit pampered
  20. Write a letter to someone
  21. Power up your playlist
  22. Develop a mantra
  23. Take yourself on a date
  24. Get some fresh air
  25. Practice mindfulness
  26. Spend time with your family

Whether you do something or you do nothing, take time out just for you.  You are worth whatever amount of time you take!  Please let us know how you feel at the end of the month!

Joy Vale
Patient Care Coordinator
October 16, 2016


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The Flu Vaccine – Friend or Foe?



It’s that time again – flu season.  Runny noses and coughing spells sometimes paired with high fevers and stomach aches.  Sounds like fun. Each year my wife updates me when her business offers the free flu shot at her company.  The conversation heats up in my office consultations with patients asking my advice on whether they should get the flu vaccine.  Before my Chiropractic education, I never thought much about things like the flu vaccine.  I never got one and just would ride the wave when my body did become infected with whatever strain was going around.  It has become a hotly debated topic between pro-vaccinators and anti-vaccinators alike.  It has come to a point that some organizations mandate you get a flu vaccine or they will fire you!!  I actually know people who have lost their job because they refused the flu vaccine.  I personally do not want to express my bias on whether you should or should not get a vaccine, but it does scare me that we Americans are losing our right to make choices  about our own health and can even suffer severe consequences for making choices against the grain.

I’m not here to tell you why to get or not get the vaccine.  I am here to present some of the facts behind the science and arguments for the vaccine.    Dr. Amy Edwards, a doctor of pediatric infectious disease at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, told ABC News that “young kids” and “adults over 65” especially should make sure they get a flu shot. (1)  I have read and understand the medical community’s points to support their desire to inoculate you with the flu virus every year.  The idea is that introducing the flu virus into your body in a low dose will trigger an immune response that builds antibodies to the virus.  Antibodies are your immune system’s defense against foreign invaders like the flu.   The theory is that if your body has already been exposed to the flu then when and if you get infected by someone around you, your body will be able to have a better chance at fighting the infection.  Sounds good in theory, right??

One consideration with the mass use of flu vaccine in healthy children is the removal of natural antibodies to flu derived from natural infection. Whether it is better for healthy children, who rarely suffer complications from flu, to get the flu and develop permanent immunity to that flu strain or it is better for children to get vaccinated every year to try to suppress all flu infection in early childhood is a question that not yet adequately answered by medical science. (2)  We must consider and evaluate these kinds of uncertainties  as children are injured and some have even died from complications associated with the flu inoculation.

I also like to know what I am putting in my body.   Ingredients are added to the different batches and some batches even use different preservatives.  I know if I recommend a nutritional supplement what exactly is in it.  You can at least look up the ingredients on the bottle.  It isn’t hard to find the ingredients in the flu vaccine but most people do not ask. Shouldn’t it be like reading a food label?   Shouldn’t we have the information we need to make an informed decision? That is what encouraged me to look up the ingredients in this year’s flu vaccine and I urge anyone to do the same before making deciding in favor of inoculation.

Dr. Thomas Rau, Chief Medical Director of Switzerland recently published research that showed connections between exacerbation of Lymes disease and the flu vaccine. (3)  He reviewed many cases of those infected with Lymes disease and their recovery potential to the disease.  He reported that those who did not recover as well from the Lymes also had several things in common, one of which was they had the flu vaccine.  The discussion further explained that the flu vaccines basically contain cofactors for Lymes disease to thrive in the infected person.  Therefore, that means that if you have a Lymes infection, the flu vaccine “may” reduce your risk of catching this year’s flu strain but it may also exacerbate the Lyme’s infection.  If I had an active or latent Lymes infection, I would hope my doctor was keeping up with the latest research and considering before making recommendations to my health.

The flu is nothing to mess around with, and if you do become infected, then report to a primary care physician to make sure everything is ok.  Make sure to drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of rest.  But do your homework when considering this year’s latest flu vaccine.  Talk to your doctor about the vaccine and its ingredients.  Ask about the effectiveness and keep it all in consideration when making choices about your health.  Remember, knowledge is power.

Dr. Andrew Kender III, DC
October 10, 2016

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
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Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. Robert Nichols, Dr. Jessica Eckman, Chiropractic Physicians

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The Ketogenic Diet – Is It Just What You Need?


What is it?  Is it right for me?  How do I get started?

There is a lot buzz about the ketogenic diet in the headlines right now.  I have emails, Facebook feeds and even ads coming through snail mail in my mailbox at home promoting a ketogenic diet.  I am seeing far out recipes like bulletproof coffee, bacon, and butter, and other varieties of high-fat recipes and I think to myself, “It should be called the heart attack diet and not the ketogenic diet!”   That really isn’t the case. Multiple studies prove a positive impact on cardiovascular health. Different diets have plagued the United States and even the world with different people branding a style of eating to “quote unquote” make people lose weight and feel better.  Sometimes it is that simple and people do feel better and lose weight on a certain style of eating.  That is the point to my blog today.  Unless you are one of those people who have it all figured out, then maybe you need to try something new and see how you feel.  The ketogenic diet seems complex and it seems kind of crazy but the science and philosophy behind the diet shows that it is a good option for people trying to break the mold and feel better naturally through diet.

What is the Ketogenic Diet?

Simply put, a ketogenic diet is a high-fat diet.  This is completely opposite of the SAD Diet a.k.a., The Standard American Diet.  The standard American consists of carbohydrates which in my opinion is a why over 65% of our society is overweight. (2)  Most people do not exert enough energy on a given day to keep up with the Carb loading that is rampant in our society.  When you eat a high carbohydrate diet your body uses glucose for fuel.  When you switch to a ketogenic diet your body uses fat as the fuel which is much healthier and efficient for fuel.  In fact, Ketogenic researchers Dr. Steve Phinney and Dr. Jeff Volek have noted that a sugar burner has only about 2000 calories’ worth of energy stored in their body while a fat burner has over 40,000 calories worth of fuel – more than twenty times as much! (3) This is the exact reason I would encourage any person without a history contra-indicated them to eat large amounts of fats or having a buildup of ketones in the body, to try the diet and see how you function.  It sounds intriguing I’m sure if you have never attempted the style of eating.
So what exactly is a ketone. The word ketone derives its name from Aketon, an old German word for acetone. (1)  For the Chemist, a ketone (alkanone) /ˈkiːtoʊn/ is an organic compound with the structure RC(=O)R’, where R and R’ can be a variety of carbon-containing substituents. (1)  Ketones are also abundant in nature.  We find them naturally in our bodies, but they have often been given a bad rap due to the negative associations with common health issues such as diabetes Type I and Type II.  Ketoacidosis relates to people who do not make insulin and this is life-threatening condition.  It is true that a ketogenic diet is not the best eating pattern for you if you suffer from such health issues.  A more thorough list, but not limited to, can be found at:
Getting started on a ketogenic diet can often be a little uncomfortable.  You may experience what feels like the flu symptoms (the ketogenic flu).  When your body is switching from a sugar burning state to a fat burning state, you can experience a variety of symptoms from hot flashes to headaches.  This typically starts to subside within the first week of your body becoming ketogenic and you should not have the same trouble moving forward in the diet.  If certain symptoms do remain then check in with a qualified practitioner to assure that you are performing the diet properly and to exclude another issue.

How do I get started on a Ketogenic diet?

Simply put – start eating copious amounts of FAT!  Start reducing your carbohydrate intake and grab a pencil and paper to start food tracking.  I feel it is important if you have never completed a ketogenic diet that you calculate your macronutrients to make sure you are eating the proper amount of fat, carbohydrates, and protein.  This is challenging in the beginning because it takes a lot of dedication and time to calculating your dietary ratios.  There are books you can pick up at the local library to help calculate these ratios or if you have access to the internet you can calculate simply by researching the foods you are eating on Google.
I recommend buying ketone urine dipsticks that are found by the blood sugar monitors in your local store to find out if your body is producing ketone bodies.  This is not the most correct way to tell if you are in a true ideal state of diet-induced ketosis but it the most cost-effective way.  The most accurate way is to buy a glucometer that can also register ketone bodies in the blood serum.  They are a little expensive and the strips to test ketones are $3-4 a strip on average.  You can start with the urine dipsticks and then have a blood test performed by the primary care physician who is overseeing your case to make sure you are in an ideal state of ketosis.
It is important to also take some nutritional supplements to help along the way.  An electrolyte supplement helps keep the body replenished with magnesium and potassium as a ketogenic diet can take away from your body’s overall mineral storage.  One may experience leg cramps if not supplemented.  Carnitine is also a dietary supplement that can help use the fat digested and turn it into energy. (4)
In summary, do not overlook the ketogenic diet or consider it a reckless fad diet.  The potential for a variety of health benefits comes with sticking to this diet and the success stories are abundant.  Good Luck!
Dr. Andrew Kender, D.C.
September 18, 2016
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  3. Moore, Jimmy, Emmerich Maria: The ketogenic Cookbook: 2015 Page 13

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Do You Know What is In Your Expensive Coffee?


The Most Expensive Coffee in the World is Brewed from Beans Partially Digested and Defecated by the Asian Palm Civet

untitled-design-92The world’s most expensive coffee, kopi luwak (literally, “civet coffee”) is brewed from coffee beans eaten and partially digested by the Asian palm civet, a catlike wild animal.   The beans are harvested from the droppings of the civet and washed, and can be brewed into an aromatic coffee renowned for its low bitterness and excellent flavor.

According to coffee critic Chris Rubin, “The aroma is rich and strong, and the coffee is incredibly full bodied, almost syrupy.  It’s thick with a hint of chocolate, and lingers on the tongue with a long clean aftertaste.”  A pound of kopi luwak can cost anywhere from $100 to $3,000, and a single cup may cost as much as $80.

Traditionally, the coffee was so rare because harvesters had to scour the rainforest floor looking for civet droppings that contained coffee beans.  In recent years, some people have started caging wild civets and feeding them the beans directly.

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Ooh Joy – It’s Catchy! 25 Ways To Bring Back On the Joy!

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Shared joy is double joy – Swedish proverb

“When you choose joy, it makes you feel good, and when you feel good, you do good, when you do good it reminds others of what joy feels like and it just might inspire them to do the same!”

Have you lost your joy or just need a little more of it?  Often, we just need to be reminded to find joy in our journey. The root of joy is gratefulness. Having gratitude makes us joyful, and there is always something to be grateful for in our lives! Joy is a decision, a brave one, about how you are going to respond to life. Especially when we get caught up in the routine of it all.   Life can be stressful, monotonous, or downright painful.   Do not let the world make you hard or rob you of your joy!  If you find yourself missing the joy in ordinary moments, it’s time to slow down and remember to invest in the spare moments of your life. Invest in the people in your life.  Don’t’ just endure your life, enjoy your life!

I remember how simple and carefree life was when I was eight years old.  I remember when there was a thunderstorm outside, my mom would make breakfast for dinner.  All my worries went out the door when there was French toast for dinner!  I remember when I was ten years old, my sister and I would make blanket forts and hide away from the world if just for a bit.  My brother and I would go on great adventures in our backyard and compete to see who could build the biggest house of cards before it all came crashing down.   My best friend and I would put on our swimsuits and play in the puddles.  I want to feel that carefree again.  If just for a bit.

What brings me joy is connecting with the people in my life. I find joy most of all when sharing it with others. I find joy in those moments when all of my stress is replaced by only living in the present and having gratitude for being there. I want to laugh until my side hurts, I want to be silly and carefree. I want to find joy in the ordinary!  I want to enjoy the brief unscheduled moments of my life. I want to teach my kids to be grateful for what they have. I want to create lasting memories with my husband and children.  I want to create joyful memories for my children to pass on to their children. I want to have stories to tell my grandchildren. I have a great life, and I want to celebrate it. I want to reconnect with my inner child and let go of the stresses around me if only for a bit.  I want to bring back some of those carefree feelings!  Below are 25 ideas to bring back some of those joyful, carefree feelings:

25 Ideas to Bring Back Those Joyful Feelings

  1. Build a blanket fort with someone you love.
  2. Make breakfast for dinner and use extra syrup.
  3. Fill the back of your pickup truck with blankets and pillows and have a stargazing date.
  4. Go on a bike ride as if the first time without training wheels
  5. Catch a mason jar full of fireflies and use as a night-light. (Make sure to poke holes in the top.)
  6. Go on a picnic with those you love and pack all of their favorite foods.
  7. Run after the ice cream truck, buy your favorite flavor and skip all the way home.
  8. Have a water balloon fight.
  9. Finish an entire coloring book
  10. Play name that tune.
  11. Put on your swimsuit and dance in the rain.
  12. Enjoy a movie marathon in your Pj’s with someone you love.
  13. Make homemade popsicles.
  14. Run through the sprinkler and drink from the hose.
  15. Build a house of cards and blow it all down.
  16. Rest in a hammock with a great book.
  17. Shoot some hoops.
  18. Climb a tree and stay for a while
  19. Have a pillow fight.
  20. Lay in the grass and find figures in the clouds.
  21. Have a snowball fight and lie in the snow and make snow angels
  22. Play a game of Monopoly all the way to the end.
  23. Build a cozy fire and sip on hot chocolate.
  24. Pick flowers from the yard and brighten up a room in your house.
  25. Play the drums with wooden spoons and pots and pans.

So ask yourself…”What brings you joy?”Never forget your inner child.  Take time and be carefree again; eat ice cream while watching a cartoon, jump on the trampoline with your kids.  Stay up past your bedtime and read a story by flashlight. It’s never too late to connect with your inner child. Life is short. Always count your blessings! Be grateful. Be thankful.  Choose to have joy and don’t forget to share your joy, it’s catchy!

Whatever brings you joy, do more of it!  What brings you joy?

Joy Vale
September 4, 2016

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
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Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
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4 Questions to Consider if You Struggle With Anxiety, Depression or Other Brain-Related Condition”

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The Link Between Chiropractic Care and Brain Function

You may have heard of a vertebral subluxation and may even know that a good chiropractor can help with that. But, did you also know that a subluxation can impact brain function?

What is a Vertebral Subluxation you might ask?

A vertebral subluxation is a vertebra that has lost its normal position and/or motion in relation to its existing vertebrae. When this occurs the surrounding muscle, ligaments, and discs start to weaken much more readily due to compensation and overuse.

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Subluxations can be caused by a physical, chemical, or emotional entity. A physical vertebral subluxation can occur due to acute trauma, disc degeneration, curvatures, spondylolisthesis, structural abnormalities, imbalanced spinal musculature, repetitive motions that affect the spine, bad posture, among other things. A chemical contributor can be in the form of poor nutritional habits, dietary changes, toxins, alcohol use, and drug abuse. The last factor is the emotional aspect, which includes stress. Stresses can deteriorate normal functions within the body creating a weakened immune system leading to greater risk of injury and disease.

How does this relate to our brain?

Heidi Haavik, Kelly Holt, Bernadette Murphy, along with others undertook a recent study published in the Journal of Neural Plasticity. The JOURNAL OF NEURAL PLASTICITY! “The research shows that when we adjust the spine, we significantly increase activity in the prefrontal cortex. “The study showed a change in brain function by almost 20% on average. The prefrontal cortex is the area of the brain where higher learning and cognition happens.” A chiropractic adjustment already helps with sensorimotor function (for the prevention of falls), improved joint position sense, improved muscle strength, better pelvic floor stability, and the ability to perform mental rotation of objects. We now know that along with all of this we can also improve our eye movements, spatial awareness, behavior, goal-oriented tasks, decision making, memory and attention, intelligence, the process behind pain, autonomic function, and motor control.  So… in turn getting regular chiropractic adjustments for spinal subluxations can help with brain function/activity.

How does this link with neurofeedback training?

This comes full circle when we combine chiropractic care with neurofeedback training. Along with the adjustment affecting the prefrontal cortex, the neurofeedback training conducted in clinic helps to fire off the different lobes and pathways in our brain as well. A good analogy in understanding neurofeedback is when comparing it to physical exercise. We challenge our body by applying various exercises and weights. Neurofeedback is similar in the sense that we are challenging our brain to learn and function better by focusing our attention on a goal-oriented task and training our brain to move away from undesirable states like anxiety and depression for example.

Dr. Kristy Narsinghani
Chiropractic Intern
August 28, 2016

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Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. Robert Nichols, Dr. Jessica Eckman
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Do You Have a Food Sensitivity? To Test or Not To Test


Food Sensitivity Testing

There has been a lot of attention in the last few years to food sensitivity testing.  I have watched Facebook and other social media outlets become inundated with the idea that food testing may be one of the most important pieces of the puzzle when trying to obtain a greater state of health.  There are many opposing views, and this often brings negativity and uncertainty about the validity of food sensitivity testing.  I have personally seen a shift for the better in many of my patients once tested for food sensitivities and after removing those foods from the diet.  Food testing plays a major role in diagnosing disease.

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You must first understand one thing.  There is a clinical difference between a food ALLERGY and a food SENSITIVITY!  The difference between the two depends on the type of immune response your body makes when you become exposed to a particular food.  A true food allergy is one which elicits what is called an IgE response.  IgE is an immunoglobulin.  “Immunoglobulins, also known as antibodies, are glycoprotein molecules produced by plasma cells (white blood cells). They act as a critical part of the immune response by specifically recognizing and binding to particular antigens, such as bacteria or viruses and aiding in their destruction.” (1)  Foods also trigger these antibodies.   There are five major immunoglobulins, and these major immunoglobulins have a variety of subsets.   Being aware of these immunoglobulins is important because as the discussion of food testing grows, it must be clear as to which immunoglobulin which you are testing.  The five majors are as follows: IgA, IgD, IgE, IgG, and IgM.

IgA and IgM are the most recognized food sensitivity tests from my clinical experience.  A variety of labs exists that perform these types of testing.  It is often these same companies that bash one another to try and build their business reputation for being the most reliable and specific of the food sensitivity testing.  I also have spoken with many other professionals about whether or not they perform food sensitivity testing, and they don’t because they feel other triggers may be causing the health issue.  They point to triggers like stress and as being the cause of an individual’s issues with foods.  For example, we know that cortisol is a stress hormone.  Stress hormones activate the sympathetic nervous system which turns off the parasympathetic nervous system causing an issue with digestion. The digestive issue could be confused with a food sensitivity.  These may be valid points, but I feel that no stone be left unturned when evaluating the cause of one’s disease.

Research validates the efficacy of some food sensitivity tests to healing, but information about food sensitivity testing is everywhere.  If you decide to complete a food sensitivity panel, find a trusted practitioner to recommend what test to run, evaluate your results and to make the best treatment recommendation for you.

Dr. Andrew Kender III, DC
August 18, 2016

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Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. Robert Nichols, Dr. Jessica Eckman, Chiropractic Physicians

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6 Chemical-Free Ways to Really Prevent Underarm Odor!

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Like most people, you don’t worry about the deodorant or the antiperspirant you use in the morning.  You just apply it and hope it last throughout the day. What else can you think about when it comes to what goes under your arms?   Sweating is natural and healthy, and neither deodorant or antiperspirant does or should stop us from perspiring.

Deodorant kills bacteria. Perspiration is odorless. The smell comes from the bacteria that breaks down.  Deodorant has some antibacterial power to prevent the smell before it starts, while antiperspirants address the volume of perspiration. Antiperspirants don’t stop the sweating process. The aluminum compounds in antiperspirants block the sweat glands.  Besides being potentially unhealthy, did you know that the FDA only requires that a brand reduces perspiration by 20 percent to boast “all day protection” on its label, the Wall Street Journal reported. An antiperspirant claiming “extra strength” only has to cut down on wetness by 30 percent. (1)

For a more natural approach to odor control, you can try natural deodorants, or you can fight perspiration in these other natural ways

  1.  Eat Your Greens

It’s important to eat your greens not just for your health, but for good body odor. Chlorophyllin, found in plants, was used orally as an internal deodorant in the 1940s and 1950s on foul-smelling wounds, according to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. Eating chlorophyll-rich greens such as spinach, and watercress can help freshen up the body, and prevent bad body odor.  Remember, you smell what you eat, so choose wisely to smell sweet and prevent nose-pinching body odors. (2)

2.  Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Apple cider vinegar is a wonder remedy. It is one of the best replacements for deodorant. The anti-bacterial properties fight off the bacterial growth. Pour some apple cider vinegar in a bowl. Dip a cotton ball in it and wipe your underarms. The vinegar will reduce the pH of the skin, thereby eradicating armpit odor.

Alternatively, make a spray by filling water and apple cider vinegar equally in a spray bottle. Or else, rinse your underarms with ACV while bathing.

3.  Baking Soda

Baking soda is an effective remedy for underarm odor. Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with one tablespoon of lemon juice. Mix well and apply it on the armpits. Let it rest for some time. Rinse off with clean water.

Another option is to mix a little amount of cornstarch with baking soda and apply it under your arms to absorb excess sweat.

Or else, prepare baking soda paste by adding a little water to it. Use it under your arms after a shower. To get pleasant fragrance, add a few drops of tea tree oil.

4.  Alcohol

Alcohol is another useful remedy to remove armpit odor. To stop underarm perspiration odor, gently rub some alcohol under your arms to help close the pores. It evaporates easily and reduces the smell. You can also put some alcohol in a mug of water and use it to rinse your armpits.

5.  Hydrogen Peroxide

Another option to help with odor is hydrogen peroxide. Prepare a solution by adding one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide in a cup of water. Stir the solution well. Now, take a clean wash-cloth and dip it in this solution. Apply it under your arms for some time. The peroxide will help kill the bacteria, which is what creates the odor.  You can also directly rub hydrogen peroxide under your arms to prevent dirty odor.

6.  Lemon

The acidic properties of lemon help kill smell creating bacteria. Lemon is also known for changing the pH levels of the skin. Slice a lemon and rub it gently on your armpits.  You can also squeeze the juice from 1-2 fresh lemons and apply it directly under your arms to remove bad smell and darkness.  Or, pour some lemon juice on a clean towel and rub it gently on your armpits after taking a bath. You can also mix lemon juice with water in a spray bottle and use it as a natural spray or deodorant under your arms. (3)

Do you have any natural odor preventing remedies?

Nikita Williams
August 15, 2016

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
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The Powerful Impact of These 7 Colors on Your Health!


The Colors of the Rainbow – Light Therapy: Part 2

I have always enjoyed artwork.  I enjoy talking about art, I enjoy performing art, I enjoy looking at art.  Art of all forms I enjoy.  One of my favorite parts of artwork is the colors used to detail what the artist is trying to express.  From the natural earth tones provided by woodwork to the neon colors in splatter painting, the colors define the uniqueness of each piece of artwork.  Maybe I always just took for granted the colors of the rainbow and actually working with them from my early days of school in art class.  I remember the little white trays that we would put paint on in 5th grade and combining the colors to start learning how the colors work together.  Do you remember meeting ROY G BIV in grade school?  I remember meeting him in fifth grade and I will never forget him.  If you never met Roy, then please respond to the blog and I will introduce you to him!    I remember often ending up with brown because I would try to mix so many. We always started with red, blue, and yellow and then try to make a picture to take home and show off to our friends and family.  From there, my knowledge grew and has continued to grow with time.  I always have known that color possesses power because of my wardrobe.  I always felt comfortable in certain colors and uncomfortable in others.  As time has gone by, my appreciation has grown for the diversity and uniqueness of each spectrum.

One thing that always amazed me was the spectrum of the rainbow.  It was a little more complex than the colors I learned mixing in sixth grade but not so overwhelming as the neon lights of Las Vegas.  There is a simplicity and grace in the colors of the rainbow but you may have never thought much past that fact.  Each and every color have properties unique to its own spectrum.  The following will cover some of the magical powers observed since the beginnings of recorded time.  It is up to you to decide whether you let the colors take hold and create a positive force on your day, because remember “Happiness is a Choice”.

The colors of the rainbow are the ‘basic spectrum’ from which all the light we see is composed. Although these colors merge smoothly, they are sometimes divided into red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet (and other names). Just as various musical sounds contain the tones of the basic scale (often combinations of tones, e.g. chords), so any colored light is made up of its “spectral components.[i]

Isaac Newton showed that not only can a triangular prism separate a beam of sunlight into rainbow colors (that had already been known), but also that, when a second prism brings the different colors together again, white light is once more obtained. Therefore[,] white light is a combination of all the rainbow colors, and the prism separates its colors because the angle by which a beam of light is bent, when it enters glass, differs from one color to the next.i

“Whether the colors of the rainbow flow from a can of paint, are naturally highlighted from mother nature, or projected on a wall through a crystal prism by the sun’s light each has different energetic effects on one’s body.  This is from where color therapy stems [and from where science derives the potentially positive power of color (if utilized correctly)].  The Buddhist monks of the 8th century were pioneers of color therapy because their knowledge helped define and give us ways to understand the different spectrums.”[ii]  This coined the term Chakra.  A chakra is an energetic point in the body and relates to different levels of the spine, each holding different properties from one to the next.  I only introduce the idea to help explain the different spectrums of the rainbow and colors .  This is another topic possibly to discuss in an upcoming blog so stay posted for more magical blog spots by Dr. Kender III D.C.

So let’s get down to it.  What do the colors mean?  Listed below are the seven spectrums and how they are defined in real world applications.


Red is the most dynamic color of the spectrum.  It has a big presence and unlimited energy.  You are noticed if you wear red; make sure you are ready to face the world.[iii] I often wonder if this is why we use red so cautiously in traffic signs and signals.  It is powerful enough to stop you in your tracks.  It is worth pondering at least…

Red is the color of the base chakra, which is located at the very bottom of the spine.  Life is conceived through this chakra and life begins through this chakra.  Red energy connects us to the earth and gives us the courage and strength to belong to this planet.  Fresh energy travels from the earth through our feet, to replenish the essential life force we require to keep ourselves going.  Working in offices, high up above the ground, wearing shoes and driving cars gives us very little chance to be in direct contact with the ground.  Somehow we do not get enough ‘earth energy’, which is essential for our existence.  As a result, tiredness, apathy, depression, lack of enthusiasm and lack of vitality have become synonymous with the modern human condition.  A simple remedy, available to us all, is to kick off our shoes and have a little wild dance, on the first available piece of earth we encounter.iii

Think about it…Have you ever been to the beach and almost had your shoes off all day soaking up the electrons from the sand and from the ocean water?  Don’t you typically feel recharged, relaxed or somehow reenergizedin ways you can’t explain?

“Use red when you lack enthusiasm or energy, when you lack self-confidence and you find it difficult to realize your dreams, or when you feel insecure.” iii  These are just a few suggestions to use the healing properties of the spectrum RED.


When you think orange, what pops in your head?  Is it Florida or the sweet smell and taste of a fresh squeezed glass of orange juice??  Maybe neither, but the color orange also has its unique blend of properties.  You get orange from a mixture of yellow and red. ”In Europe and America, surveys show that orange is the colour most associated with amusement, the unconventional, extroverts, warmth, fire, energy, activity, danger, taste and aroma, the autumn season, and Protestantism, as well as having long been the national colour of the Netherlands and the House of Orange. In Asia it is an important symbolic colour of Buddhism and Hinduism.”[iv]

Orange is the color of the sacral chakra, which is located in the area between the navel and the start of the pubic bone.  Orange has the vitality but not the aggression of masculine red; it has feminine energy. Sexuality is energized by this chakra and can be expressed in many creative ways.iii


Yellow is for originality, detachment, freedom, mental ability, joy, new ideas, networking, self-worth, self-confidence, intellect, adventure, clarity of thought.  Yellow is diplomatic, analytical, charming, popular, persuasive, able to make money, sophisticated, lover of innovation, sunny, agile smooth, curious, inquisitive, tolerant, broad-minded, expansive, purifying.  Yellow increases verbal reasoning, critical judgment. Yellow can also be absent minded, sarcastic, cowardly, fanatical, mentally manipulative, treacherous, judgmental and sharp tongued.iii

I never thought a color could have so much meaning until I further explored the energy concepts of art therapy.  Colors do not always just embrace positive vibrations but also can embrace negative vibrations.  The way I look at it though is that you wouldn’t have good without the bad. You wouldn’t be able to enjoy a sunny day without a rainy day, and you wouldn’t have a left if you didn’t have a right.  No matter what the color does for you it may not do for another and this is the beauty of the world in which we live.


When I think green, I think recycle.  What do you think…? Some think, keep on the green…Others think of the sweet smell of fresh cut grass.  No matter what, the color that meets the middle of the rainbow has very profound implications.

In surveys made in Europe and the United States, green is the color most commonly associated with nature, life, health, youth, spring, hope and envy. In Europe and the U.S., green is sometimes associated with death (green has several seemingly contrary associations), sickness, or the devil, but in China its associations are very positive, as the symbol of fertility and happiness.[v]

Green is the color of the heart chakra, which is positioned in the center of the chest.  Green is positioned in the middle of the rainbow, and this chakra is in the middle of the three physical chakras (red, orange, yellow) and the three spiritual ones (blue, indigo, violet).  The heart balances the physical and spiritual energies through unconditional love and compassion.  Green stimulates the arms, hands, lungs, and heart.  Through our hands we transfer the flow of loving energy from one person to the next.  That is why the gift of touch is so important.  Our hands are our most precious tools; if we think of them as vehicles of love, every job we do using them will vibrate loving energy.iii


Blue impacts our lives just as sure as the skies are filled with blue on a clear day.  Blue is often explained as an emotion.  Blue typically refers to being sad but it can truly have happy calming effects on a visual scale.

“Blue is the color of the throat chakra.  Discrete in nature, it has female energy; energy that soothes and reassure in a stable committed way, just like the blue sky.  The endocrine glands associated with blue are the thyroid gland and parathyroid glands.” iii

Blue is relaxing and most of us have experienced the gentle calmness associated with blue when laying on a blanket staring up at the soft blue sky.  There is something about it that allows you to take a deep breath and let calmness invade your body.  If you are experiencing high levels of stress, try going out and embracing the blue skies and see if it affects you.


Indigo is a color that is traditionally regarded as a color in the visible spectrum, as well as one of the seven colors of the rainbow: the color between blue and violet. Although traditionally considered one of seven major spectral colors, sources differ as to its actual position in the electromagnetic spectrum.[vi]

Indigo is the color of the brow chakra.  It is located in the middle of the forehead, between the eyebrows, and its connected to the sense of intuition, which is not fully developed yet.  The third eye is represented by a two pedal lotus; the number two representing the two hemispheres of the brain-good or evil, spirit or body, day or night, male or female, hot or cold.  Our third eye when fully open, has amazing powers.  We were designed to have extrasensory perception, which is the ability to hear sounds and voices that are not of this earth, to see images of creatures from a different space and to smell scents that are never found on this planet.  Our third eye gives us the possibility to be totally connected with the universe, with no fears, worries, dreams, hopes, or disappointments.  This amazing inner strength is, at times, too much to own and to be responsible for, so we need to reeducate ourselves on how to master this wonderful gift we were born with.iii

For some of us this is a stretch to what the color actually means to you, but just by reading this blog it may make you more open to the possibilities innately born into you.


“Violet is the most inspirational color of all; it helps our consciousness to open to higher levels and communicate with all that is above our daily understanding.”iii  Violet is the end of the spectrum of the colors of the rainbow and possesses powers that are restorative and balancing.

Colors provide visual stimulation and can have all sorts of emotion and feeling wrapped up into them.  Next time you see a rainbow you can now think about the colors in a different way.  If you need energized then throw that red shirt on before you go out or if you are anxious about a situation, surround yourself with blue.  Whatever you do, just know that color can create a new attitude and outlook on your daily energy and emotion.

Let me know if you’d like to meet Roy.

Dr. Andrew Kender, III, D.C.
August 10, 2016

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
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Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. Robert Nichols, Dr. Jessica Eckman, Chiropractic Physicians
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[iii] Sundt, Theresa.  The Art of Color Threapy. Home Art & Sales Service AG-Zepter Group, Italy 2008.




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