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

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
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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

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
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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 Graphic: Image: http://www.npsmonitoring.com/blog/post/3-key-objectives-testing-survey

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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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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  1. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/15/deodorant-http://www.homeremedyhacks.com/24-effective-home-remedies-get-rid-underarm-odor/facts_n_4032353.html
  2. http://www.medicaldaily.com/you-are-what-you-eat-6-smelly-foods-are-actually-giving-you-bad-body-odor-298318
  3. http://www.homeremedyhacks.com/24-effective-home-remedies-get-rid-underarm-odor/

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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Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. Robert Nichols, Dr. Jessica Eckman, Chiropractic Physicians
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[i] http://www-spof.gsfc.nasa.gov/stargaze/Sun4spec.htm

[ii] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chakra

[iii] Sundt, Theresa.  The Art of Color Threapy. Home Art & Sales Service AG-Zepter Group, Italy 2008.

[iv] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_(colour)

[v] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green

[vi] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigo

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5 Berry Good Recipes to Inspire You On This 4th of July!

5 Super Berries That Berry Pic 

Will Help Promote a Healthy Heart and a Healthy Weight

Tis’ the season for fresh berries, summer’s sun-kissed little fruits! Acai berries, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries may be little but, they are packed full of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants. According to the USDA, it is recommended to eat five servings of fresh fruit a day.*  These little fruits are low in calories and a good source of your daily fiber. Alongside being delicious, sweet and juicy, research shows that berries have been known to keep you mentally sharp, help manage diabetes, promote a healthy weight, lower blood pressure, fight urinary tract infections [Click to Tweet] and might aid in prevention of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.  If that’s not enough to inspire you, hopefully my favorite recipes will!
Below are a few of my favorite recipes, full of delicious flavor and meant to inspire you!
Acai Berry Bowls
1 (3oz) acai pouch, frozen and crushed
1 banana, plus ½ cup sliced for garnish
1 cup frozen strawberries
½ cup organic sugar free apple juice
1/3 cup of blueberries
¼ cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup of flaxseed granola
Combine acai, banana, strawberries and apple juice.  Blend until smooth.  Spoon into serving bowls and garnish with bananas, blueberries, coconut and granola; repeat with remaining bowls
Strawberry Spinach Salad (makes 4 servings)
2 Chicken Breasts
2 bunches of fresh spinach, washed, dried and chopped.
½ red onion
1 pint of each: strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.
2 Honey crisp apples         
Cut each ingredient into bite size pieces.  Combine all spinach, chicken, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and apples into a large bowl.  Gently toss with Garlic Expressions Dressing.

Mojito Fruit Salad (makes 4-6 servings)

4 cups fresh cut watermelon
1 pint of blueberries
1 pint of raspberries
1lb. chopped strawberries
¼ cup packed mint, chopped
¼ cup fresh lime juice (about 3 limes)
1¾ tablespoons Agave Nectar
Add watermelon, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and mint into a large bowl.  Stir together lime juice and agave nectar in small bowl then pour over fruit and berries.  Gently toss then refrigerate for at least 15 minutes before serving to allow the natural juices to infuse together.
Berry Green Smoothie (makes 2 servings)
16 oz. Almond Milk
1 bunch of fresh organic baby spinach
1 frozen banana
½ cup of strawberries
½ cup of raspberries
1tsp. chia seeds (increases energy levels)
Add all ingredients into a blender. Blend for 30 seconds. Pour into serving glass and enjoy!
Berry Coconut Ice Cream Cups (makes 4 servings)
1 cup strawberries
1 cup blueberries
1 cup raspberries
1 pint of Coconut Ice Cream
Properly wash and dry each berry and add into a large bowl.  Gently mix all fruits together.  In a glass serving dish of your choice, begin to layer berries and Coconut Ice Cream. Layering until full.  Serve freshly made!
What is your favorite berry recipe?
Joy Vale
Patient Coordinator
July 5, 2015
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 and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
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* While berries are typically low on the glycemic index, if you are a diabetic, be sure to check with your doctor about how much fruit you should be eating and which kind of fruit.
“9 Amazing Health Benefits of Berries.” EverydayHealth.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 June 2015.
“Berry Beet Açaí Breakfast Bowl (Raw, Vegan, Paleo).” Gourmande in the Kitchen. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 June 2015.



Light Up Your Life with this New/Old Therapy!

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Shedding Some Light on the Benefits of Light Therapy

There is something about the sunshine that always makes me feel better.  As a chiropractor in the functional world of health I discuss the same topic with many of my patients.  Most will agree that a good sunny day always seems to lift their spirits.  As time has evolved and the cause and effect relationship studied, it has been noted in many cultures, light therapy has been used as a healing art.

The first source of light used for medical treatments was sunlight.  The use of sunlight for medical treatments is called heliotherapy.  The first anecdotal records indicate that the use of heliotherapy dates from 1400 B.C..  Hindus treated patients with skin disorders using plants followed by exposure to sunlight.  Hippocrates, who lived in the IV Century B.C., recommended sunlight to treat a variety of diseases.  Ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Arab physicians integrated light therapy in general medical treatments.  Although many ancient physicians believed that the therapeutic effect of sunlight was due to heat of the sun, there was no scientific explanation for the sunlight therapy at the time. (1)

At the end of the 19th Century, heliotherapy was recognized by many physicians.  In 1903, in Leysin, Switzerland, Dr. Rollier opened the first hospital for the treatment of tuberculosis and rachitis with sun exposure.  In 1914, he published a book “La Cure du Soleil”, in which he reported his results with heliotherapy. (1)

Important therapeutic effects of sunlight prompted many researchers to develop and use filtered solar radiation and artificial light sources. Thus phototherapy had become an alternative to heliotherapy.  In 1893, the Danish physician Niels Ryberg Finsen developed one of the first devices capable of producing technically synthesized “sunlight.”  There are clear advantages of technically synthesized light – the parameters, such as intensity and emitted light spectrum, are controllable.  In the period from 1895 to 1903, he treated more than 950 patients with lupus vulgaris (tuberculosis of the skin) using filtered technically synthesized “sunlight.”  In 1903, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his research in light therapy and exceptional therapeutic results.  Dr. Finsen is considered to be the founder of modern light therapy. (1)

So when we think of light we most often think of “visible light.”  Light is electromagnetic radiation within a certain portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.  Visible light is usually defined as having wavelengths in the range of 400-700 nanometers. (2)  The main source of light on Earth is the sun.  Sunlight provides the energy that green plants use to create sugars mostly in the form of starches, which release energy into the living things that digest them.  This process of photosynthesis provides virtually all the energy used by living things. (2)  This statement to me is the most important of all, because essentially without light, the earthly creatures that inhabit earth would cease to exist.  That alone tells me the magnitude and importance of light.  Put that importance into terms of medicine and the healing arts and the possibilities of the therapy could reach far beyond what our imaginations perceive at this point.  The best example that most can relate to in terms of light is vitamin D.  Without sunlight, our bodies cannot produce vitamin D, and the deficiency of this is called Rickets.  Light must be absorbed to produce a biological response, which is likely why all of us in northeast Ohio are likely vitamin D deficient due to the lack of sunlight.

The power that light contains can have far reaching effects as has been accepted for thousands of years.  As time progresses and we examine the cause and effect relationships of light therapy, new hope may be given to those who need it.  I personally have witnessed changes within my patient population with the light therapies that our office provides.  I have seen infants under the bilirubin lights in the N.I.C.U. due to the toxic level of bilirubin.  It is no surprise to me that we will continue to find benefits from the different spectrums of light.  Follow up with my next blog to go over the art of color therapy in regards to light spectrums and considerations for those interested in the healing potential of phototherapy.

Dr. Andrew Kender
June 16, 2016

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. Jessica Eckman, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

  1. Bioptron Manual. Copyright Home Art& Sales Servie AG- Zepter Group: 2013
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light

Graphic: http://gvshp.org/blog/2016/03/24/see-you-on-the-dark-side-of-the-village

To Ferment or Not to Ferment – That is the Question. Trust Your Gut!

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4 Reasons You Should Be Eating

Fermented Foods Every Day

Dr. Ungar teaches that our stomach or gut (small intestines, large intestines and colon) is where the immune system lives. There is a large amount of bacteria in there – both good and bad.  Fermented foods help replace the good bacteria that we may lose due to age, obesity, poor diet, antibiotics and other prescription drugs. [Click to Tweet]
With all the diseases that affect our gut (IBS, Crohn’s, IBS and Celiac’s) it is preferable to eat fermented foods for good gut health.  Pickled and fermented foods are different.  Pickled foods do not contain live cultures. Fermented foods are refrigerated and are labeled as containing live organisms or cultures.  They also expire.  Look for the date when buying them.
How does eating fermented foods promote good gut health? The good bacteria in the fermented foods helps move food along the tract.  It teams up with the other bacteria and helps to absorb the nutrients from the food we eat.  For example when I was a young child I could eat cereal and milk without any problems.  Now, I can’t have any dairy without the bloating and/or gas. Overtime I have lost bacteria and am unable to absorb the milk sugar.  But, if I eat cottage cheese or raw yogurt, I don’t have any problems because they are fermented!!
Some of the important health benefits of fermentation:
  1. “Fermentation is the only type of preparation of foods that cannot destroy certain nutrients, will create[] more nutrients and enhance[] others.
  2. It removes toxins and harmful bacteria found in many foods. It will improve your digestion, especially when consumed before your meal and also allows for your nutrients to be absorbed properly.
  3. It aids in the preservation and creation of important enzymes.
  4. Fermentation is a huge supporter to your immune function. [Click to Tweet] It increases your B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, digestive enzymes, lactase and lactic acid that fight off harmful bacteria.”[1]
“The most popular foods you can easily find in your local, organic, natural food store or farmer’s market include: raw sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, kefir (from cow, goat, or coconut milk), cheeses, pickles, olives, beer, wine, and raw cacao.”[2]
You can make many of these things yourself.  Click below for some great kombucha, sauerkraut, and kefir recipes:

Do you have a fermented food recipe you would like to share?

Nikki Williams
October 21, 2015


Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. UngarDr. Andrew Kender, and Dr. Jessica Eckman, Chiropractic Physicians

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[1] http://breakingmuscle.com/nutrition/the-real-reasons-your-guts-need-fermented-foods
[2] Id.

Are You In Muddy Water About How to Drink Water?


12 Tips to Make Sure You Are Drinking Water the Right Way.

We all know that water is critical to good health and we’ve been barraged with the rules and warnings about water consumption.  We are definitely wading in muddy water when it comes to how to drink water.   This article aims to clear a few things up so that you can drink water the right way.

I have used the tips in this article myself.  Recently my co-workers and I decided to do a water challenge. We all agreed to drink a gallon of water each day for 7 days straight. We all knew the benefits of drinking water but the challenge provided both support and accountability. Before I started my water challenge I put together a plan. I calculated the amount I needed in an ordinary day and made a few quick guidelines to keep me on track.  After choosing the perfect 16 ounce (BPA free) water bottle, I calculated how much water an hour I needed to drink. By breaking down my intake, and giving myself achievable goals I was able to successfully reach my goal!   I was more energized, my skin felt great, and my stamina was amazing during my workouts.   Even better was that the challenge helped me create a healthy habit that I still embrace.

The amount of water you consume everyday plays an important role in maintaining good health.  Drinking water regularly in an adequate amount has many health benefits.  To maintain good health, experts have recommending eight to ten glasses of water a day.  However, recommendations have been open for debate.  Some experts say that the amount is different for each person depending on their size and activity level.  Simply put, the larger and more active you are the more fluid you will need. According to Dr. Keith Ungar, of Functional Endocrinology of Ohio, “A good rule of thumb is to consume half of your body weight in ounces of water.“ [Click to Tweet]

Regardless of the differing advice, there are plenty of good reasons to drink more water.  Water makes up about 2/3 of who we are.  Every system in our body depends on it.  Drinking water can improve your immune function, digestive system, mood, memory and complexion.   Drinking more water can also help control your calorie intake, fight fatigue, boost energy, prevent dehydration and headaches.  The health benefits of drinking water are vast and simple to achieve if you put your mind to it.

While there are plenty of benefits to drinking water it is also possible to overdo it.  Assess your body’s needs, your activity level and the climate to decide the right amount for you.  Below are some basic guidelines for drinking water the right way along with some great tips to help you add more water into your daily routine.

How we drink water is just as important as how much we drink.  Drinking water the right way will help your physical body thrive.  Dr. Keith Ungar encourages sipping water as oppose to chugging.  Sipping water throughout the day will give your body the chance to absorb it.  When you chug water, it is likely to run right through you robbing you of the benefits.

The temperature of your drinking water is also important.  Sipping on cold water during your workouts will hydrate the body of lost fluids and help to cool down the core body temperature.  Studies have shown that drinking cold water can actually boost your metabolism and burn up to an extra 70 calories per day.  Sipping on cold water when you have a fever is also a method of cooling down the core body temperature. It is extremely important to sip water during a fever to keep from becoming dehydrated.

Ayurvedic medicine states that drinking warm water in the morning helps to stimulate digestion.  Drinking water either warm or at room temperature can also help with headaches and inflammation because it helps to stimulate blood flow to the tissues.

With this in mind I have added some tips that have helped me to meet my goals.

12 tips to incorporate water into your daily routine

  1. Calculate the proper amount of water for you. Again, a good rule of thumb is to divide your total body weight in half and drink that amount in ounces.
  1. Track your daily water intake by adding an app to your phone. I recommend the free app  Waterlogged. The app offers charts and reminders to keep you going. It is available for IOS and Android phones.  Visit your app store to see what is available to you.
  1. Drink a glass of water when you wake up in the morning while your morning java brews.
  1. Designate your own BPA free drinking container for the day. Know the measurement so that you can keep track of your intake.
  1. Drink a glass of water with each meal. Add a slice of lemon to help your body gently detoxify.
  1. Drink a glass of water in between meals to curb your appetite.
  1. Make it a point to get up, take a short walk and get some water throughout the day. Set an alert on your phone to get you moving throughout the work day.
  1. Drink water before, during and after exercising to replenish your fluids.
  1. Challenge your co-workers, family and friends to drink more water throughout their day.
  1. Keep your water bottle in plain view so that you remember to drink.
  1. Trade that soda for a refreshing soda water. A great healthy alternative!
  1. Spice up your water with cinnamon sticks, mint leaves, cucumbers, sliced/frozen fruit, etc. [Click to Tweet]

Water is simply Mother Nature’s perfect beverage!  I urge you to drink more water.  Your mind, body and skin will thank you for it!

Joy Vale
May 20, 2015


Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, and Dr. Jessica Eckman, Chiropractic Physicians


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“When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemon Water.” – SiOWfa13: Science in Our World: Certainty and Controversy. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 May 2015. <http://www.personal.psu.edu/afr3/blogs/siowfa13/2013/09/when-life-gives-you-lemons-make-lemon-water.html>

“The Art of Drinking Water: 10 Ayurvedic Tips for a Happily Hydrated Body. ~ Julie Bernier.” Elephant Journal. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 May 2015.

“Waterlogged – Drink More Water, Track Daily Water Intake, Get Hydration Remiders.” App Store. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 May 2015.

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4 Slam Dunk Recipes for Your Cavs Watch Party


5 Healthy Recipes For Every Cleveland Cavaliers Fan

It’s finally “next year,” right Cleveland sports fans?  Below are some great recipes for your NBA finals watch party that you can enjoy without guilt!  Go Cavs!

Smoked Whiskey Wings


2 dozen whole chicken wings
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
3/4 cup Only Sauce, (recipe below) plus more for serving, optional
1/4 cup whiskey (optional)
1 tablespoon sugar (or sugar substitute)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard


Using kitchen shears or a very sharp knife, cut each wing in half to separate the flat from the drumette; cut off and discard the tip or save it for stock. Wash the pieces well, pat them dry, season liberally with salt and pepper, and set them aside in a large zip-top freezer bag.

In a small saucepan, whisk the sauce with the whiskey and sugar and bring just to a simmer over medium-high heat. Remove the sauce from the heat and whisk in the mustard. Cool completely. Pour the mixture in the bag with the chicken wings, seal the bag, and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight.

Prepare a smoker with soaked wood chips and heat it to 250°F (see Cook’s Notes). Alternatively, prepare a charcoal grill (see Cook’s Notes) or gas grill (see Cook’s Notes) for smoking and heat it to medium-low heat.

Remove the wings from the marinade and discard the marinade. Place the wings in a large, shallow aluminum pan in a single layer. Place the uncovered pan in the smoker and cook, for 2 hours. Remove the wings from the smoker and serve with more sauce on the side if you like.

Only Sauce Recipe

2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons garlic powder
Two 6-ounce cans tomato paste
2 tablespoons paprika
2/3 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs


oil spray
1 1/4 lb ground chicken
1/4 cup panko crumbs (you can use gluten-free bread crumbs)
1 large egg
2 scallions, chopped
1/3 cup finely minced celery
1/3 cup finely minced carrot
1 clove crushed garlic
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/3 cup Franks Hot sauce
finely chopped celery leaf for garnish (optional)


In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, panko crumbs, egg, scallions, celery, carrot and garlic; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Using clean hands, mix until combined. Roll the mixture (1/8 cup each) into 26 round meatballs.

Place meatballs onto prepared baking sheet and bake until cooked through and golden, about 16 to 18 minutes.

Place the meatballs in a bowl, add the buffalo sauce and gently toss to combine.

Parmesan Cauliflower Bites


1/2 cup grapeseed oilCauliflower bites
1 cup Panko* (use gluten-free ones)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
1 tablespoon Emeril’s Essence Creole Seasoning (or an Italian seasoning you like)
4 cups cauliflower florets
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs, beaten


Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
In a large bowl, combine Panko, Parmesan and Emeril’s Essence; set aside. Working in batches, dredge cauliflower in flour, dip into eggs, then dredge in Panko mixture, pressing to coat. Add cauliflower to the skillet, 5 or 6 at a time, and cook until evenly golden and crispy, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Serve immediately.

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1/2 cup basil, packed
1 small clove garlic
1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted
2 tablespoons parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated (optional)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice (~1/4 lemon)
salt and pepper to taste
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined


Pulse the basil, garlic, pine nuts, parmesan, oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a food processor or blender until smooth.

Marinate the shrimp in the pesto for at least 20 minutes, up to overnight, in the fridge.

Skewer the shrimp and grill over medium-high heat until cooked, about 2-3 minutes per side.

Go Cavs!

Caroline Boardman
June 2, 2016

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060

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

To schedule an appointment, click here.