Take a Walk On The Healthy Side

Untitled design (7)  3 Reasons to Incorporate Locomotion into Your Daily Routine (or on the Dance Floor).

Stroll, saunter, amble, hike, toddle, stride, walk.  “Walking”-As defined by Wikipedia, “one of the main gaits of locomotion among legged animals, and is typically slower than running and other gaits.”[1]  We wait with eager anticipation for our children to start walking, then watch them frantically as they walk from one dangerous situation to another.  We walk to the playground, school, our best friend’s house, the corner store, as children.  We walk to classes in college.   Then, we stop.  We start driving, riding with others, or taking public transportation.  The longest walk most of us get is from our car to the store in the grocery store parking lot.

Walking is a privilege we don’t appreciate as much as we should.   As society grows more sedentary and mechanistic, we begin to lose touch with the primitive reflexes that help to keep our brains in balance.  We often neglect to stop and smell the roses.  I would like to take the time to refresh your memory about the benefits of walking.  We must all exercise in one form or another and appreciate the abilities that we all hold as people.  The best part is that, unlike many other physical activities, we can enjoy the benefits of walking from toddlerhood through the golden years {Click to Tweet} as we walk through this journey called life.

 The Benefits

  1.  Better Health

As Hippocrates said, “[w]alking is man’s best medicine.”    It has been well understood for many centuries that walking can help the body fight off certain disease.  “In a recent study of nearly 33,000 men and women, it was found that walking 3.5 hours per week decreased the risk of stroke in women by over 40%, though not in men. Walking has long been known to improve many health indicators associated with heart and blood vessel diseases. A lot is said about the benefits of walking to prevent blood vessel or ‘circulatory’ diseases, and now comes more proof: an extensive study examining tens of thousands of men and women revealed that walking about 3.5 hours per week significantly decreased the chances of having a stroke – by 43% – though only in women.”[2] Walking is can also help with “deflecting diabetes, . . . getting off of meds (with approval from prescribing doctor), decreasing fibromyalgia pain, [and] reduc[ing] the possibility of stroke[.]”[3]

2.  Inspire Others   If others see you out walking, it can inspire them to take action in their own lives; to maybe take that extra step literally and figuratively.  It’s like Gandhi said, “[b]e the change you want to see in the world.”  If you decide to go out walking, you could motivate a random onlooker to put on their walking shoes on and go for a hike.

3.  Save Money and Your Relationships.    Walking is also great for “souping up your sex life, saving on gym costs, . . and saving your mind.” {Click to Tweet} [4]

Multiple fitness gurus recommend that you should walk at LEAST 10,000 steps per day!!![5]  You may ask, who the heck is going to sit and add that all up?  Here’s the great part – you don’t have to!!  These days there are so many great options to track how many steps or the total distance you walk in one day.  I still prefer a good old trusty pedometer, which will count the steps you take and then convert that number into distance.  For the techies out there, there are lots of higher tech options, like the Fitbit, the Apple Watch, etc. that can track your steps, distance, calories burned, and many other things.  Click here to read about the latest and greatest fitness trackers.

So, next time you are parking at the grocery store and you are looking for the spot closest to the building, take a look towards the far horizon of the parking lot and set your compass there.   Your pedometer will be happy, which means more benefits for you!!

So, whether you Walk This Way, Walk Like an Egyptian, Walk Like a Winner, Walk on the Wild Side or decide to do some Walking in Memphis or any other city – just walk! {Click to Tweet}  And, today, invite your Mom to come along.  Happy Mother’s Day!

Dr. Andrew Kender
May 10, 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. David Starkey and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walking
[2] www.trimdownclub.com “Stroke” (Huerta JM et al. 2013;44(1):111-8).
[3] www.rodalenews.com, “8 Astonishing Benefits of Walking
[4] www.thewalkingsite.com
[5] Id.

Do You Get Hangry? Should Snacking Be Part of Your Healthy Lifestyle?

heres-why-snickers-purposely-misspelled-its-name-for-a-new-ad-campaign You’re Not You When Your Hungry, Grab a Snickers . . . NOT!

As babies, we ate every 2-3 hours, which made for a happy baby.  As adults, it is also important to feed ourselves every 2-3 hours.  There are multiple reasons to do so. Some people practice this behavior for weight loss and to speed up metabolism and others realize that they need to eat this way to keep up a healthy blood sugar. Some people believe skipping meals helps them to lose weight.  In our office, we have found this not be true because when you finally get to eat food they either eat too much or make bad food choices – eating anything within reach. Also sugar sadness sets in, some call it hangry (hungry and angry combined)!  The Snickers Effect! But, sorry – eating a Snickers is not the answer!
Eating every 2-3 hours maintains your blood sugar throughout the day unlike the drops in blood sugar levels between three meal times.  No, you don’t have to have a three course meal every 2-3 hours. A small snack every 2-3 hours can boost your energy. [Click To Tweet]  Proteins and natural sugar (in moderation)[1] are a perfect source of energy for the body. Try some nuts – almonds, walnuts or pecans or fresh fruit.
Metabolism is how our body changes the food we eat to energy.  Some people have slow metabolism and others is fast.  Fast means it is easy for your body to get the nutrients out of the food and use it for energy. If it is slow then your body stores food instead of turning it into energy. Ladies – you know exactly where it gets stored – the thighs and stomach area!  So it seems that if you eat less you are putting a red light on your metabolism, and the more you eat puts a green light on your metabolism.  In our office, our doctors regularly teach our patients how they can change the speed of their metabolism.
I know you are wondering – how can a person really eat that many times a day? Read some of our other blog articles for healthy snack ideas:

Treats to Satisfy the Sweet Tooth of Every Paleo Diabetic

10 Amazing and Healthy Food Alternatives to Try Right Now

Clean Fuel Keeps the Body Machine Running

We all Scream for Ice Cream

As for me, as soon as I get to work or get up, I eat something (breakfast) which gets the ball rolling.  The sooner you awake the sooner the eating starts – a nice snack say celery and almond butter or some eggs and turkey bacon…then lunch rolls around.  About 3ish I’m back at it – grazing up a storm.  That’s three times already that I have eaten. Next you just follow-up with a nice dinner around 6:30. You won’t need anything big because you have eaten all day. Finally, that healthy fruit salad for dessert and a few nuts right before bed and there you have it – six times!  You have maintained your blood sugar all day, your metabolism is at a green light and you are not hangry – mission accomplished!!
Do you have some healthy snack ideas that you would like to share?
Nikita Williams
September 27, 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 and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
To schedule an appointment, click here.

[1] If you are a diabetic or under a doctor’s care, talk to your doctor about what snacks are healthy for you.

11 Reasons Why You Should Be Drinking Wheat Grass – Even if You Are Gluten Free!

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Wheatgrass is Your Friend, Not Your Enemy!

With juice diets and detoxes trending, wheatgrass is getting more and more attention. As it should! Wheatgrass is powerful and packed with tons of healthy benefits.  As a matter of fact, one ounce of wheatgrass is equal to eating 2.5 pounds of leafy, green vegetables! [Click to Tweet]  It is an excellent source of vitamin A, B, B-17, C, E, & K. (1.) It also has calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, sulfur, cobalt, zinc, amino acids, and enzymes.[1]  All that packed into a little one ounce shot, why wouldn’t you drink wheatgrass everyday?!
For those who have read my other blogs, you probably remember me mentioning that I have a few allergies. One of the biggest allergies I struggle with is my allergy to caffeine. Wheatgrass is one of the best things I have discovered since my diagnosis. When I take a shot of wheatgrass it feels like I just took a shot of espresso! I feel alert and awake and it will last for hours! The best part is I never crash from it like you do from sugary drinks or coffee. I personally love the taste of wheatgrass, but many do not. I love seeing the expression on someone’s face when they try wheatgrass for the first time because it has a very unique and unexpected flavor.  In fact, some juice bars serve it with a fruit juice chaser.  I would love to own a juicer and make juice everyday if I could and I would highly recommend it to everyone!
Wheat Grass  Is Wheatgrass Really Juice Gluten-Free?
Yes!  Wheatgrass juice the juice of a sprout that grows from the red winter wheatberry seed. The only part of the plant that has gluten is the ingerminated wheat seeds (this is what they use to make flour). The blades of wheatgrass used to make the juice do not contain gluten. [Click to Tweet] It is important to make sure you cut the grass above the seed line and make sure no seeds get into the juicer to make sure the juice remains gluten-free.[2]
What’s in it for me?[3]
      1. Gives Energy – Feel More Alert & Awake
      2. Has an Anti-Aging Effect – Healthier Hair, Skin, & Nails
      3. Improvement in Overall Physical & Mental Health
      4. Detoxifies the Body
      5. Reduces High Blood Pressure
      6. Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels & Alkalinity
      7. Improve Fertility
      8. Improve Digestion
      9. Ease Pain
      10. Helps purify the liver
      11. Holding wheatgrass juice in the mouth for 5 minutes will:
-Help eliminate toothaches and tooth decay
-Pull poisons from the gums.[4]
-Alleviate sore throats

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It’s a Love Hate Relationship
It sounds so easy. All I have to do is drink one to three ounces of wheatgrass a day to get my daily supplement. Making it is a different story! Typically you can get about 6 to 8 ounces of juice from one wheatgrass tray. In order to have enough sprouts to drink wheatgrass regularly you will need to keep up around 6 trays of wheatgrass.[5]  I would also estimate that it takes about 10-12 days to grow before it is at the right length to cut for juicing. I have heard that you should not try to re-grow the grass after you cut it because it will not have all the nutrients. All this can seem like a lot to handle, but it will be worth the savings! According to an article on GrowWheatgrass.com below is the break down on the cost to consume wheatgrass.[6]
          • Buy wheatgrass juice daily at the juice bar – $3-5 a day.
          • Buy wheatgrass online and shipped overnight – $18 and up per pound.
          • Buy flats of wheatgrass at the farmer’s market – $15-25 a tray.
          • Or grow your own trays of wheatgrass at home – less than $2.00 a tray.
So, try it out and feel the benefits!
Have you had luck growing wheatgrass?  Any tips?
Missty Klinger
September 23, 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. David Starkey and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
To schedule an appointment, click here.

[1] www.pureintensionsinc.com
[2] http://www.800wheatgrass.com/wheatgrass-info.html
[3] Id.
[4] http://thechalkboardmag.com/50-reasons-to-drink-wheatgrass-everyday
[5] http://www.growwheatgrass.com
[6] Id.

Photo sources:

http://balconygardenweb.com/wheatgrass-how-to-grow-why http://www.thedynamicturnaround.com/wheatgrass.htm

A Beginner’s Guide to Yoga

Yoga Picture            A Beginner’s Guide to Yoga

Raising a family and having a fulfilling career has not come easy for me.  I’m sure I am not alone.  Trying to find balance in this fast paced world, juggling family, a career, housework, deadlines, baseball games and choir concerts, can leave one feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and completely stressed out.  This is exactly where I landed. I found myself just going through the motions – essentially showing up where needed.  As my children were growing right before my very eyes I began to realize how quickly time was passing by.  I became acutely aware of the fact that I had lost sight of the bigger picture. I was missing out on all the little things that I would soon come to realize were really the biggest things.  I no longer wanted to go through the motions I wanted to get back to living with intention and to actively participating in my own life!    If I was going to pour all of my energy into something, I wanted do things that mattered…this is where my yoga journey began.

I started by signing up for a beginner level class at the local YMCA.  The class  was 2 times per week and worked perfectly into my schedule.   The more I practiced, the more I wanted to learn. The more I learned, the more I wanted to practice.  The benefits were almost immediate.  I was able to breathe and sleep better.  I was more focused at work and overall I felt better!

The health benefits of yoga are well-established.  Practicing yoga on a regular basis cultivates cardio-vascular health, musculoskeletal strength and flexibility.  It reaches every organ system-respiratory, digestive, reproductive, endocrine, lymphatic and nervous.   Yoga cultivates the body’s natural capacity to relax and reduces the negative effects of stress.

There are many forms of yoga and an overwhelming amount of information on the internet, but, in general, yoga focuses on postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation (dhyana).   Start with the basics and develop your practice.  Below are 7 quick tips to getting started:

What you will need:  A yoga mat and an open mind.

  1. Choose your location: The comfort of your own home, a local gym or a yoga studio.
  2. Choose a beginner level DVD, online video or yoga class.
  3. Familiarize yourself with the Beginner Poses and how to do them correctly.
  4. Familiarize yourself with Yoga Etiquette.
  5. Familiarize yourself with Basic Breathing Techniques.
  6. Work at your own level and always listen to your body.
  7. Just Breathe.

Yoga has taught me to once again, live with intention, to pour my energy into what truly matters, to be present…and be okay with it.  I still have to deal with everyday stresses, deadlines and problems.  However, they no longer get the best of me.  I can deal with them with confidence, clarity and ease.  In general, I have a more defined sense of purpose in my life. I’ve learned to honor my body and to let go of things that no longer serve my purpose so that I can do more than I once thought possible.  By taking time out for myself, on my mat, I am a better person for everyone in my life.   Carrying my practice with me in my daily routine, I am more mindful, focused and confident. I continue to grow in my life each day as well as in my practice.  This is my journey.

Namaste my friends,

Joy Vale
Client Care Coordinator

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. David S. Starkey and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

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Cope, Stephen. Yoga and the Quest for the True Self. New York: Bantam, 2000. Print.
Kaminoff, Leslie, and Amy Matthews. Yoga Anatomy. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2012. Print.
“Three Ways Yoga Can Improve Your Career.” www.womensagenda.com.au/guilt-free-zone/health/three-ways-yoga-can-improve-your-career/201306172338#.VQ9CH47F98E>.

Fab Five Garden Recipes 2015

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Make the Most of Your Summer Harvest and Your Health!

After all of your hard work this season I hope you are a enjoying your harvest and reaping the rewards of time well spent.  Time well spent investing in your health along with investing in your family and friend’s health!  I know I am! I love to express my creative side through preparing healthy meals for my family and friends.  This summer I experimented a little!  Below are this year’s “Fab 5” creations of the summer.  (Click to Tweet)  They are simple and delicious.  Enjoy!
Grilled Sweet Potato Veggie Kabobs
(shish kabob skewers)
4 sweet Potatoes
1 zucchini
1 yellow Squash
3 bell peppers (Red, yellow and green)
1 red onion
(maple vinaigrette dressing)
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons golden balsamic Vinegar
2 tbs pure maple syrup
Cube sweet potatoes.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake sweet potatoes in a shallow baking dish for 25 minutes. Let cool.  Slice all Veggies into twice the bite size piece.  Add a slice of each fresh veggie, doubling up on the sweet potatoes, to your skewer.  Repeat until you use all veggies.  In a small bowl, combine extra virgin olive oil with golden balsamic vinegar and pure maple syrup.  Whisk together.   Set aside. In shallow baking dish, lay skewers and marinade with maple vinaigrette dressing.  Before placing on the grill add fresh basil, oregano, sea salt and/or ground black pepper to taste.  Grill until veggies are al dente and enjoy!
Veggie Chips
Use the veggie of your choice!  Veggie chips are easy to make and are a delicious alternative to any chip craving.  Express your creative side with spices! I recommend trying any of these veggies:
Sweet potatoes
Yellow squash
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
Salt / spices to taste
Preheat oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.  Thinly slice the vegetable of your choice using a mandolin or sharp knife.  Pat to dry.  Lie each slice on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Brush with extra virgin olive oil and add the seasonings of your choice.  (quick tip! Veggies shrink considerably while baking.  I recommend going light on your seasoning.  After they have cooked, you can always add more seasoning).  Place in preheated oven and bake until crispy.  Baking times may vary depending on your vegetable of choice.  So be sure to keep an eye on them.  They are best enjoyed freshly baked.

Cilantro Lime Cucumber Salad

2 cucumbers, very finely sliced
2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
4 tablespoons minced cilantro
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon of sea salt, to taste
Add ground black pepper to taste.
*Add 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced and or ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper to spice things up!
In a large bowl, combine fresh lime juice, salt and pepper.  Use a whisk to incorporate the olive oil.  Set aside.
Finely slice the cucumbers using a mandolin if you have one.  Otherwise, use a sharp knife to slice as thin as possible.  Add the cucumbers to the dressing and stir together.  Finely mince cilantro and add to the bowl. Refrigerate and serve chilled.  Yum!
Garlic Lemon Asparagus
1 pound trimmed asparagus
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.  Place the asparagus into a mixing bowl, and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Toss to coat the spears, then, sprinkle with garlic, salt, and pepper. Arrange the asparagus onto a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake in the preheated oven until just tender, 12 to 15 minutes depending on thickness. Sprinkle with lemon juice just before serving.  Use as a side to compliment fresh grilled chicken breast!
Quinoa Vegetable Salad with Lemon-Basil Dressing:
1 cup uncooked quinoa
15 oz. can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1 orange bell pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 green pepper
4 green onions
*add ¼ cup of Jalapenos to spice things up!
(Lemon basil dressing)
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice, or more to taste
1½ tsp. fresh basil
Rinse quinoa, and cook according to package directions. Let cool.
In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, and basil. Set aside.
Slice all veggies into bite size pieces.
Place all salad ingredients in a large bowl.
Pour dressing over top and mix well to combine.
Chill before serving.
I love this recipe because it is full of protein.  Enjoy for a light lunch or compliment your dinner entrée!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in 2010 that only 33% of adults were eating the daily recommended amount of fruit, and even fewer than 27% were meeting their daily quota of vegetables. And that’s adults; the numbers for teens were worse!  Where do you stand?
How will you incorporate more fresh veggies into your day?
Got another “Fab” recipe?  Please share!
Joy Vale
September 13, 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. David Starkey and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
To schedule an appointment, click here.

“Organic Vegetable Gardening Information.” How to Grow Gardens. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Sept. 2015. Durand, Faith.

“Here Are 10 Pictures of Your Daily Recommended Servings of Fruits & Vegetables – Delicious Nutrition.” N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Sept. 2015.

We All Scream for Ice Cream

Untitled design (5) Low Sugar Ice Cream Recipes for the Dairy Sensitive

On a hot day or a sad day, from the youngest to the oldest, we all sometimes crave the treat loaded with fat and calorie – ice cream! At one time this delicious dessert was only for the elite. Now everyone has access to this creamy marvel. But, it is not designed for everyone’s tummy. After eating ice cream do you ever get that feeling in your stomach?
There are a few reasons one cannot enjoy a bowl of ice cream.  Milk and sugar are the main ingredients in store-bought ice cream.  This doesn’t work for those who are dairy sensitive, lactose intolerant, or have a need to watch your sugar intake. You no longer have to skip ice cream though.  Unlike before, there are other alternatives. Frozen yogurt has been going around as an option for a while now because the ingredient changes from cream to milk.  But, it is still dairy-based.  So the inexpensive alternative to ice cream is to make your own, starting with a substitute for the main base ingredient, the milk.  [Click to Tweet]
The traditional ingredients to make ice cream are milk, vanilla, eggs, cream, and sugar.  Now, we have a choice of different milks on the shelves: coconut, almond, cashew or rice milk.  Click here to read our blog post about milk substitutes.   If you are looking for that creamy texture try blending up a banana or an avocado.  [Click to Tweet] I know what you are thinking – avocado isn’t sweet but, once you add a small amount of honey, agave nectar or organic grade B maple syrup, it is. Also, instead of eggs you can use xanthan gum for texture.  [Click to Tweet] Flavoring, is like seasoning – you can use cinnamon or vanilla. Instead of chocolate chips or cookie crumbs, try your favorite fruit, almonds, pecans or even cashews.  Below are some pretty cool ice cream recipes:
Basic Recipe:
3 cups dairy-free milk (coconut, almond, cashew, sesame, etc.)
1/3-1/2 cup natural sweetener (maple syrup, coconut sugar, honey, etc.)
Flavoring to taste (vanilla, cinnamon, cacao powder, maca, mint extract, etc.)
Add-ins of choice (fruit, cacao nibs, nuts or seeds, chocolate chunks, etc.) 1
One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream (serves 2)
Time: 5 minutes
Ingredients: 2 Ripe Bananas, sliced and frozen
Directions: Add bananas to the food processor and blend.
Occasionally scrape down the sides and continue to blend until smooth, about 3-5 minutes.
Scoop into a bowl and enjoy immediately as a soft serve! For firmer ice cream, place in an airtight freezer-safe container and freeze for at least 1 hour.[1]
Check out this website for some other great “ice cream” recipes or this blog article from June 3rd with lots of great desert ideas for diabetics or those following the paleo principle.
Do you have a great alternative ice cream recipe?  Please share!
Nikita Williams
September 9, 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. David Starkey and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
To schedule an appointment, click here.

[1] http://www.culinarynutrition.com/20-best-dairy-free-ice-cream-recipes/


A Must Read For Every Ohioan Now! What Does September 7, 2015 Mean To You?


12 Steps to Being The Biggest Fan Ever!  

There is a critical health issue that has not yet been addressed in our twice weekly blog articles.  This article will address that topic, a very serious issue that every Ohioan must consider –  The Ohio State Buckeyes football season!  As the first game of the 2015 season is tomorrow, please read now!
I have been told that I might be the biggest Ohio State football fan ever – by my boyfriend, my friends, family and more than my fair share of strangers in sports bars, at airports (as I travel to watch games) and at games themselves.  I do not claim that I am the biggest Ohio State football fan ever. I know many people who could also claim that title, including my daughter and sister, but I do know a bit about being a good fan.  As we all know, being a Ohio sports fan is a very tough job.  Except for Cleveland Cavaliers in the last season, the only teams that have given us any glory in Ohio in the last decade or so, have come from Columbus, Ohio and The Ohio State University via their basketball and football programs.   Here are a few tips on how you might join the ranks of the “biggest Ohio State football fan ever.
  1. Know the game and the players! True fans of any sport understand the game and its rules.   They know the players and their strengths and weaknesses.  Armed with this knowledge, you will understand when a player has an outstanding game and how that performance affected the team.  You will understand and appreciate good coaching and play calling.  You will not just scream at the TV when every penalty is called because you will know if its justified or not.  O.k., that’s not entirely true.  I admit to yelling at the officials when any penalty is against my Ohio State Buckeyes.  I do, however (usually) have the grace to admit, after seeing the replay, that I might be wrong.  It is also very satisfying , especially as a woman, to drop the name of the play just ran, or information about a particular player and his stats within the hearing of that obnoxious man next to you at the sports bar who thinks you look “cute” in your Ohio State colors and doubts that you know anything about football.
  2. Know the game schedule and schedule your life around games.
  3. Wear the right colors on the right day. Most sports fans know that the Ohio State Buckeye colors are scarlet (not red) and gray).  But the superfan knows what colors to wear on what day.  Typically, the players wear scarlet jerseys and silver pants at home and white jerseys and silver pants on the road, but that has evolved over the years to include stripes and other Ohio State symbols.   This means that the fan must do her research.  The legitimate superfan has many Ohio State apps on her phone and follows a few fan blogs.  She will be bombarded with news about the upcoming game – including what color to wear.   You MUST adhere to the proper colors.
  4. Develop some traditions and never deviate from them. For example, I wear the same Ohio State socks, underwear, and jewelry throughout the season.  It may change from season to season, but whatever you wear on the first game is worn for every game thereafter.  It is not wise to scrap your tradition if the game is not going well because the true fan never waivers in her assumption that, in the end, the Buckeyes will prevail.  [Click to Tweet]  Keep the faith!  Another tradition that has become very important to me in the last decade is watching the games with particular people, who are equally die-hard fans.   My daughter and sister who, until this year, both lived in Atlanta had me coming to visit regularly so we could watch the game together at our favorite place with a bunch of other ravenous Ohio State fans.
  5. Be gracious. If you are a real fan of any particular team, especially one that is a threat, you will encounter lots of people who will do their best to rile you up.  And, it can get ugly.  True Ohio State fans do not lower themselves to that level.  They either let the game speak for them or calmly give a statistic  or two and then wish the obnoxious brute and his team good luck with a smile.
  6. Give every ounce of your energy to the game against TSUN (also known as “that school up north”). If you are a Ohio State fan, you know what I mean and know exactly what you need to do.
  7. Never leave a hanging O!  H!      Always respond with  I!  O!  followed by a “Go Bucks” when possible.
  8. Know the words to every Ohio State song from Carmen Ohio to Hang on Sloopy and sing them loudly when possible.
  9. Name one of your male children or your dog, Brutus (or at least the middle name). Brutus
  10. Be able to spell O H I O with your body without falling over or knocking anyone out. OHIO image
  11. Wait with excited anticipation to watch the “i” being dotted in script Ohio.  Script Ohio
  12. Lastly, a great Ohio State fan is the team’s biggest marketer. They talk about the next or last game to the point of irritating people.  They share every Ohio State post on social media. [Click to Tweet]  Click here for the Buckeye Facebook,  Twitter, and Buckeye Nation pages. They count down the days to the start of the season or a big game and let everyone count with them on their Facebook page and they plan!   They gather the troops (other fans), pick the place to watch, research and pick what to wear, watch every pre-game press-conference and be aware of who is starting, the injuries and the replacements.  They also know the other team’s starters, injuries, and strengths and weaknesses.  And, they wear Ohio State clothing or accessories when they can get away with it!  Click here for the best place to buy Ohio State Buckeye gear in addition to The Ohio State University website store.  See what I mean about a fan being the best marketer?  🙂
I hope to see you at the next game or around town proudly sporting your Buckeye gear and singing Carmen Ohio.  Go Bucks!
O!     H!
Caroline Boardman
September 6, 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. David Starkey and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

New Study Shows Link Between Over-The-Counter Medications, Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Sleep Picture Your Over-The-Counter Sleep Medications Might Be Putting You at Risk!

Are the medications you are taking to help you sleep causing more harm than good?
I wrote an article a few months ago about how to improve one’s sleep at night.  You can read that article by clicking here.  In that article, I gave you some tips about how to get a better night’s sleep naturally.  In this article I want to bring to your attention the link between many of the commonly used medications for insomnia, allergies, and depression and Alzheimer’s disease.  “There is a strong and possibly irreversible link between Alzheimer’s disease and many commonly used medications for insomnia, allergies, and depression, according to a large recent JAMA Internal Medicine Study.”[1]

What the study shows is that if you’ve spent the past three years  taking  Tylenol PM, Motrin PM, or Benadryl,  then you have a 10% increase in suffering from Alzheimer’s, or dementia as you age. [Click To Tweet]  “This risk association is significant, Malaz Boustani, M.D., M.P.H, told Drug Discovery and Development.”[2] I’m sure everyone has seen the pattern for Alzheimer’s and dementia rising over the past 10 years, whether it’s been a friend or a loved one. When I was a kid you didn’t hear about these types of problems. All you have to do is look at admissions to nursing homes to see that there has been an increase in the number of Alzheimer’s patients and that these patients are younger and younger – some late 40’s, into 50’s and early 60’s.  It might be partly due to genetics, but medication or outside chemicals also play a large role as the recent study demonstrated.

Everyone thinks if they sleep better they will be better. Under normal conditions, this is correct, but if you are taking one of these sleeping pills, you could be making your mind worse.

This is an interesting finding… “The study group showed for the first time a dose response; that is, That Alzheimer’s risk may grow with higher use. For instance, it found people taking a minimum of 25 mg of an anticholinergic called diphenhydramine (or one Advil PM, Tylenol PM, Motrin PM, or Benadryl pill) a day for three to 12 months increased their relative risk for dementia by 19 percent; one to three years, 23 percent; three to seven years, 54 percent compared to no use (if the statistically significant increase occurred among the latter group).”[3] “Furthermore, this was the first study to find that dementias associated with anticholinergics may not be reversible, even years after drug use stops.”[4]

So what is an anticholinergic drug.  “An anticholinergic agent is a substance that blocks the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the central and peripheral nervous system.  Anticholinergics inhibit parasympathetic nerve impulses by selectively blocking the binding of the neurotransmitter acetycholine to its receptor in nerve cells.”[5] What does this mean to you? Your thought processes are not as sharp and can diminish over time.

So what can a person do? First, read my earlier article.  Second, better sleep comes naturally when your body’s chemistry is in balance and working as intended. Adrenal gland function is often overlooked.  Your adrenal glands are responsible for your circadian rhythm, or your “sleep wake cycle”.  [Click to Tweet This is our stress gland and can easily burn out. Why does it burn out?  Stress in everyday lives is at a higher level today than the “good old days.”   When testing the adrenal gland, it is important to do it in the correct way.  In our office, we use a saliva test and collect specimens at very specific times to check the cortisol levels throughout the day (just testing it once during the day is insufficient).  Healthy cortisol levels are high in the morning and low at night when you’re ready to go to bed. Many people have abnormal cortisol cycles that can be balanced naturally.  Click here for a great article on adrenal health and the circadian rhythm.  

You can sleep better, but don’t rely on a drug, even if it is over-the-counter.  There are natural solutions to your sleep problem that will not expose you to substances that can cause more serious problems.

What do you do when you can’t sleep?

Dr. David Starkey D.C.

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. David Starkey and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
To schedule an appointment, click here.

[1] http://www.dddmag.com/print/articles/2015/04/stong-link-found-between-dementia-com
[2] Id.
[3] Id.
[4] Id.
[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anticholinergic