Do You Have This Genetic Defect? Up to 50% of People Do!

MTHFR - DNA #mthfr #genetic defect (2)

 What is MTHFR and What is So Important About Methylation?
6 Facts About This Genetic Defect You Need to Know.

I have it.  I have a genetic defect.  To be exact, it’s a MTHFR genetic mutation.  No, MTHFR is not a swear word but I will admit that I was a bit dramatic when I found out I had it.  Alzheimer’s, dementia and other mental illnesses run in my family!  I’ve done my internet research.  I’m doomed now, I thought.  I’m lucky though. I happen to work with one of the very few MTHFR-certified doctors in Ohio.  This is what I’ve learned.

First, here is a little bit of background.   The official name of the gene is methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase.[1]  “MTHFR is the gene’s official symbol.”[2]  The MTHFR genetic mutation was first discovered as a result of the human genome project. The gene produces the MTHFR enzyme and people who have this mutation have a reduced ability to process folic acid/folate (which are not the same by the way) into something their body can use.  There are more than fifty known MTHFR variants; the two primary ones are C677T and A1298c.

The three symptom areas affected by the mutation are:

  1. Central Nervous System disorders due to improper production of neurotransmitters causing things like depression, aggression, postpartum depression, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer’s, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.[3]
  2. Cardiovascular problems due to high homocysteine levels causing heart attack, stroke blood clots, peripheral neuropathy, anemia, miscarriages and congenital birth defects.[4]
  3. Environmental poisoning due to low levels of glutathione (the body’s natural detoxifier) causing, among other things, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, liver and kidney dysfunction, hypertension, tachycardia, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma, immune problems, hair loss, and rashes. [5]

Now, here is what I have learned:

1.  First, even if you have the MTHFR defect, it may not be expressing itself and may never express itself. In other words, you could have absolutely no problems due this defect ever!  A gene expresses itself when it produces a protein.  In the case of a genetic defect the protein being produced is causing harm.  Your doctor, after a thorough case history, exam and testing, can tell you whether any symptoms are due to the gene’s expression and what to do if the gene is expressing itself or if it is not.

2.  Your doctor can order a blood test to find if you have these genetic variants. Or, you can do a full genetic profile at 23andme.com. 23andme does a great job, but if you have the defect, you must find a doctor with the proper training to help you find out what exactly it means to you.  Again, it might not be expressing itself at all.

3.  If you have the mutation, there is a problem with your methylation pathway. Methylation affects more than 224[6] different processes in our bodies.   When we interrupt the methylation process, it disrupts essential bodily functions.  Some of these processes are cellular repair, detoxification and neurotransmitter production and healthy immune system function. So, if the gene is expressing itself, it is critical to have the issues with your methylation pathway addressed by a properly trained doctor.

4.  Treatment protocols are complex and depend on which MTHFR gene is mutated, what pathways, and the affected areas.  Protocols also depend on how many and what combination of mutations you have.  More on this in a future blog post.

5.  Treatment will include supplementation and dietary and lifestyle changes. Depending on the gene affected, combination and quantity of defects, your treatment recommendation may include the following instructions[7]:

* Avoid folic acid or any vitamins that contain it. It can block the methylation pathway. If you pregnant, this will need, address this with your doctor.
* Avoid antacids as they block absorption of vitamin B12 and other nutrients.
* Measure homocysteine levels properly. There are a lot of companies out there that claim to test for and treat MTHFR.  Be wary. Look for a doctor with proper training.
* Inform your family members so that they can test for the MTHFR mutation.
* Eliminate gluten (especially wheat)
* Eliminate or cut dairy from your diet (use goat or a nut milk)
* Sauna or sweat somehow 1-3 times per week.
* Limit processed foods
* Eat food the colors of the rainbow.
* Filter chlorine from your drinking water and drink 2 liters per day.
* Eat small frequent meals with some form of protein limited to .7 grams per kilogram of body weight.
* Address all current and future dental corrections with a biological dentist.
* Do not eat, drink or store anything in plastic.
* Eat grass-fed, free range, hormone and antibiotic free meats and eggs.
*Supplementation may include one or more of the following: methylfolate, methylcobalamin, betaine in the form of TMG, NAC, glutathione, pyridoxal-5-phosphate, riboflavin, curcumin, mixed tocopherals (vitamin E), silymarin (milk thistle), EPA/DHA, phosphatidylcholine, nattokinase, vitamin C, vitamin D3, comprehensive multivitamin/multimineral, probiotics. Do not take any of these vitamins without consulting a doctor.

6.  Finally, other than the few sources here that I’ve listed, avoid doing your own research on the internet. It will just confuse you and turn you into a crazy person.  I know. I did it.  Find a doctor you trust.  Make sure you understand what he is telling you and follow his/her instructions.

So, ready for some good news?  My MTHFR gene is not expressing itself!  I admit that I had to hear it a few times from my doctor before I accepted the fact that I’m as healthy as I was before I found out I had it.  I admit that I went down the “rabbit hole” when I first heard the news trying to pin every little health symptom I had on my “defect.”  I admit that I almost made myself sick trying to figure out if I was sick.  I hope this article will help you avoid all of that.  Get tested, find a trained doctor you can trust and don’t make yourself crazy on the internet!

If you’ve been diagnosed with a MTHFR mutation, are you happy with your treatment?  Are you feeling awesome and in a good place emotionally?

Caroline Boardman
February 28, 2018

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, Chiropractic Physician
www.balancingyourchemistry.com

To Make An Appointment, Click Here.

[1] http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/gene/MTHFR
[2] Id.
[3] http://www.methyl-life.com/symptoms-of-mthfr.html, see, also, www.mthfr.net
[4] Id.
[5] Id.
[6] Dr. Ben Lynch, www.mthfr.net.  This website will give you accurate information.
[7] See id.

Do You Have This Genetic Defect? Up to 50% of People Do!

MTHFR - DNA #mthfr #genetic defect (2)

 What is MTHFR and What is So Important About Methylation?
6 Facts About This Genetic Defect You Need to Know.

I have it.  I have a genetic defect.  To be exact, it’s a MTHFR genetic mutation.  No, MTHFR is not a swear word but I will admit that I was a bit dramatic when I found out I had it.  Alzheimer’s, dementia and other mental illnesses run in my family!  I’ve done my internet research.  I’m doomed now, I thought.  I’m lucky though. I happen to work with two of the very few MTHFR-certified doctors in Ohio.  This is what I’ve learned.

First, here is a little bit of background.   The official name of the gene is methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase.[1]  “MTHFR is the gene’s official symbol.”[2]  The MTHFR genetic mutation was first discovered as a result of the human genome project. The gene produces the MTHFR enzyme and people who have this mutation have a reduced ability to process folic acid/folate (which are not the same by the way) into something their body can use.  There are more than fifty known MTHFR variants; the two primary ones are C677T and A1298c.

The three symptom areas affected by the mutation are:

  1. Central Nervous System disorders due to improper production of neurotransmitters causing things like depression, aggression, post-partum depression, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer’s, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.[3]
  2. Cardiovascular problems due to high homocysteine levels causing heart attack, stroke blood clots, peripheral neuropathy, anemia, miscarriages and congenital birth defects.[4]
  3. Environmental poisoning due to low levels of glutathione (the body’s natural detoxifier) causing, among other things, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, liver and kidney dysfunction, hypertension, tachycardia, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma, immune problems, hair loss, and rashes. [5]

Now, here is what I have learned:

1.  First, even if you have the MTHFR defect, it may not be expressing itself and may never express itself. In other words, you could have absolutely no problems due this defect ever!  A gene expresses itself when it produces a protein.  In the case of a genetic defect the protein being produced is causing harm.  Your doctor, after a thorough case history, exam and testing, can tell you whether any symptoms are due to the gene’s expression and what to do if the gene is expressing itself or if it is not.

2.  Your doctor can order a blood test to find if you have these genetic variants. Or, you can do a full genetic profile at 23andme.com. 23andme does a great job, but if you have the defect, you must find a doctor with the proper training to help you find out what exactly it means to you.  Again, it might not be expressing itself at all.

3.  If you have the mutation, there is a problem with your methylation pathway. Methylation affects more than 224[6] different processes in our bodies.   When the methylation process is interrupted, it disrupts essential bodily functions.  Some of these processes are cellular repair, detoxification and neurotransmitter production and healthy immune system function. So, if the gene is expressing itself, it is critical to have the issues with your methylation pathway addressed by a properly trained doctor.

4.  Treatment protocols are complex and depend on which MTHFR gene is mutated, what pathways, and the affected areas.  Protocols also depend on how many and what combination of mutations you have.  More on this in a future blog post.

5.  Treatment will include supplementation and dietary and lifestyle changes. Depending on the gene affected, combination and quantity of defects, your treatment recommendation may include the following instructions[7]:

* Avoid folic acid or any vitamins that contain it. It can block the methylation pathway. If you pregnant, this will need, address this with your doctor.
* Avoid antacids as they block absorption of vitamin B12 and other nutrients.
* Measure homocysteine levels properly. There are a lot of companies out there that claim to test for and treat MTHFR.  Be wary. Look for a doctor with proper training.
* Inform your family members so that they can test for the MTHFR mutation.
* Eliminate gluten (especially wheat)
* Eliminate or reduce dairy from your diet (use goat or a nut milk milk).
* Sauna or sweat somehow 1-3 times per week.
* Limit processed foods
* Eat food the colors of the rainbow.
* Filter chlorine from your drinking water and drink 2 liters per day.
* Eat small frequent meals with some form of protein limited to .7 grams per kilogram of body weight.
* Address all current and future dental corrections with a biological dentist.
* Do not eat, drink or store anything in plastic.
* Eat grass-fed, free range, hormone and antibiotic free meats and eggs.
*Supplementation may include one or more of the following: methylfolate, methylcobalamin, betaine in the form of TMG, NAC, glutathione, pyridoxal-5-phosphate, riboflavin, curcumin, mixed tocopherals (vitamin E), silymarin (milk thistle), EPA/DHA, phosphatidylcholine, nattokinase, vitamin C, vitamin D3, comprehensive multivitamin/multimineral, probiotics. Do not take any of these vitamins without consulting a doctor.

6.  Finally, other than the few sources here that I’ve listed, avoid doing your own research on the internet. It will just confuse you and turn you into a crazy person.  I know. I did it.  Find a doctor you trust.  Make sure you understand what he is telling you and follow his/her instructions.

So, ready for some good news?  My MTHFR gene is not expressing itself!  I admit that I had to hear it a few times from my doctor before I accepted the fact that I’m as healthy as I was before I found out I had it.  I admit that I went down the “rabbit hole” when I first heard the news trying to pin every little health symptom I had on my “defect.”  I admit that I almost made myself sick trying to figure out if I was sick.  I hope this article will help you avoid all of that.  Get tested, find a trained doctor you can trust and don’t make yourself crazy on the internet!

If you’ve been diagnosed with a MTHFR mutation, are you happy with your treatment?  Are you feeling awesome and in a good place emotionally?

Caroline Boardman
April 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 and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
www.balancingyourchemistry.com

To Make An Appointment, Click Here.

[1] http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/gene/MTHFR
[2] Id.
[3] http://www.methyl-life.com/symptoms-of-mthfr.html, see, also, www.mthfr.net
[4] Id.
[5] Id.
[6] Dr. Ben Lynch, www.mthfr.net.  This website will give you accurate information.
[7] See id.

Take a Walk On The Healthy Side

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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

www.balancingyourchemistry.com
info@feohio.com

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.

Are You Seasonally Sad? 10 Ways to Know!

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Seasonal Affective Disorder is Not Just a Winter Sport!

♫ ♬ ♪ If your happy and you know it clap your hands…Clap Clap…..If your happy and you know it clap your hands….Clap Clap……If your happy and you know it then your face will surely show it.   If your happy and you know it clap your hands…Clap Clap! ♪ ♫ ♬[1]   What is the opposite of happy?  That’s right!!  SAD.  But, I’m not here to talk about your feelings.  I am here to discuss a far more concerning topic when it comes to the word S.A.D..
What is S.A.D?  The acronym S.A.D. stands for seasonal affective disorder.  “Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also know as winter depression, winter blues, summer depression, summertime sadness, or seasonal depression, is a mood disorder subset where people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year experience depressive symptoms in the summer or winter.”[2]  The acronym SAD was coined in a brilliant decade, the 80’s, by an MD named Normal Rosenthal.  His early publication on the DIS-EASE gave the acronym SAD quick notoriety in the allopathic world.  He was able to treat the DIS-EASE simply with light therapy!!  In that study, it was concluded that light helped brain wave frequencies to shift gears into delta brain waves, or deep sleep waves. This proved to reduce SAD symptoms!  [Click to Tweet]
Fortunately, I do not suffer from SAD.    I have caught cabin fever a time or two, but have come through it pretty quickly.   Unfortunately though, I do have many patients who suffer from seasonal effects on their neurological systems and their biochemistry.  In fact, SAD affects around 14 million Americans, according to author and SAD specialist Norman Rosenthal, M.D., in his book Winter Blues.[3] People can experience a variety of symptoms associated with SAD.   According to Emily Lockhart,[4] signs may include the following:
  1. Disabling Fatigue
  2. Withdrawal from life
  3. Lack of focus
  4. Sleep Difficulties
  5. Disheartened and Deflated
  6. Muscles and Joint Pain
  7. Irritability
  8. Weight and Appetite
  9. Anxiety
  10. Recklessness
One of the main treatments used is light therapy to help balance the seasonal effects of the disorder.  Many theories exist on why light therapy may help.  What we do know is that light works on the pineal gland of the central nervous system.  Sun-gazing is one way to getting the light needed to help combat the winter or summer blues.   This is an unfamiliar ancient technique according to EarthClinic.[5] Sun gazing, a practice also know as sun eating, is a strict regiment of gradually allowing sunlight into your eyes at specific periods of the day.  [Click to Tweet]  Now don’t take this as an excuse to stare at the sun.  This can actually be harmful to the retina of the eye and cause permanent damage.  This practice must be taught by a competent practitioner to assure you do not damage these sensitive organs.
Proper nutrition and supplementation can also help boost the mood in the winter and hot summer months.   I have found with my patients that Vitamin D is also an excellent vitamin of choice when staving off the seasonal blues.  Consult you primary care doctor for any further recommendations.
Everyone has good and bad days and most are not caused by seasonal affective disorder.  So next time you get to feeling down in the summer or winter months, remember that, “You can’t enjoy a sunny day without a rainy day”[6]
What do you do for the rainy day blues?
Dr. Andrew Kender, D.C.
June 24, 2015
www.balancingyourchemistry.com
To Schedule a Free Consultation on What You Can Do for Your S.A.D., click here.
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] Credited to Dr. Alfred B. Smith
[2] Ivry, Sara (August 13, 2002). Seasonal Depression can Accompany Summer Sun. The New York Times. Retrieved September 6, 2008
[3] http://www.psychcentral.com/…/are you sad this winter
[4] http://www.activebeat.com/your-health/do-i-suffer-from-seasonal-affective-disorder/6/
[5] www.earthclinic.com
[6] -Anonymous

6 Ways To Rock a Road Trip When You Have Dietary Restrictions

You Don’t Need to Eat Fast Food, Doritos and Drink Red Bull To Survive Your Next Road Trip!

Road Trip

A wise man once told me, “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail”.  This saying relates to so many aspects of our lives.  It definitely holds true when you have to travel AND stick to a healthy way of eating.  When traveling this summer you may find it hard to stick to healthy eating because of all the horrible fast food options when on the road.  There is no easy way to avoid junk foods when traveling other than being ready.  My #1 suggestion is to pack a cooler.  [Click To Tweet]
I was fortunate enough growing up as a child, that my mother always had ready a cooler for us when on a road trip so we didn’t have to eat out at fast food restaurants.   No doubt this took time and effort on her part, but it was her way of making sure she knew what our next meal would be and that it was not processed and unhealthy.  I recently welcomed my first child into our family and I have made sure we have a cooler ready when we are out on the weekends.   This way, I can make sure our entire family eats foods that are healthy.
Now don’t get me wrong, you can’t always pack a cooler when taking a trip.   If you are flying, the airline might not allow you to take certain items on the plane.  Be ready with dry snacks to tide you over until you get to where you are going.  Men’s Health Magazine offers some advice when it comes to eating healthy while on the road. (1)
  1. Be prepared
  2. Know where you are going
  3. Eat every 2-3 hours
  4. Carry your greens
  5. Pop an important supplement
  6. Drink more water
If you are having trouble thinking of things to take on the road with you while traveling, I would like to offer a few options to consider.  Beef or turkey jerky is a protein packed snack that can tide you over and give you what you need to meet your daily intake of protein.  Biltong is dried, cured meat that originated in South Africa. (2)  [Click To Tweet] I had the privilege of playing Rugby with a good group of South Africans and Australians and these guys always would bring their homemade biltong on road trips.  It was a great pregame snack that was healthy and nutritious.  Food.com is a great place to start by learning a recipe on how you can it make your own! (3)  Fresh fruit is always a go to when traveling.  I prefer apples because they are low glycemic foods that are high in fiber.  Apples are very portable and you know that, “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away”.
No matter whether you are day-tripping or cruising the highways across the states, you need to develop a strategy on what YOU can do to stick to a healthy lifestyle.  So if it means digging out the old cooler packed away in the garage or learning a new recipe to make your trip a success, don’t miss your ticket on the road to health!!

Dr. Andrew Kender, D.C.
June 10, 2015
Info@feohio.com

www.balancingyourchemistry.com
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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://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/travel-healthy-eating
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biltong
  3. http://www.food.com/recipe/south-african-biltong-309886
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Can You Really Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Your Way to a Bigger Bank Account?

Earth RecycleThe Bottom Line Thinking Approach to Conservation

Conservation is the act of preserving, guarding, and protecting.  This can refer to many things – the planet, our possessions, and our financial resources.

I can remember the phrase reduce, reuse, recycle from my grade school years and I still sing the jingle with enthusiasm when I think about conservation.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Association holds a patent on the phrase and the organization is a great reference for all the ins and outs of what the phrase represents and how to put it into practice.

The whole idea behind conservation is that we (humankind) have one earth to live on and we must share it and consider the footprint we leave by our daily actions and the choices we make in all aspects of life.  One of my favorite quotes is in a national park in Alaska  – “Leave only footprints”.

Reduce

Reducing our waste can save the earth and its natural resources and also save us money!!  In my opinion, reducing is a state of mind.  Reducing can mean a number of things.  Check out the EPA website[1] for more information on how to Reduce!  You can start by doing simple things like: (a) caulking or sealing any leaks around your windows and doors to reduce heating and cooling costs, (b) turning off the water when you are brushing your teeth or scrubbing a pot, (c) taking shorter showers, (d) hand-watering your garden or lawn instead of leaving sprinklers running, (e) using towels or wearing certain clothing more than once.

Reuse

This brings me to the next piece of the phrase, “Reuse.”  Pinterest has become a recent phenomenon that gives us endless ideas on how to reuse materials and turn trash into treasure.  (Click to Tweet) We must think about how to reuse the tangible items around the house to avoid throwing them in a landfill to never be seen again and we must also think about how to reuse our natural resources.   One great example of reusing a natural resource is black and grey water recycling in areas that do not hold enough fresh water resources to supply the overall demand.  Click here to read about the Mexico City Project.   Grey water is water from your shower, laundry or sink that is re-purposed for garden use.[2]  Black water (untreated sewage water) is a little bit more challenging.  But, with the proper filtration and treatment, it, too, is reused for garden purposes.  This is a great way of thinking outside the box and turning waste into something useful.  As global weather patterns change, regions that once used to flourish with water resources may dry up and these conservation methods may need to be used.  You know what they say, “Good to the last drop!”

“Buy used; you can find everything from clothing to building materials at specialized reuse centers and consignments shops.”[3]   It is popular to shop for vintage clothing at the Goodwill, Salvation Army or antique and consignment shops at a greatly reduced price.   People use reconstituted items like old slats from a fallen down barns to make a decorative accent wall in an up-and-coming restaurant in addition to the many vintage clothing options in many hipster ads.  And you can give your used items for a tax benefit.

Recycle

Recycling is the last part to the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” phrase but maybe one of the most important.  The Environmental Protection Agency reports that over 12% of the waste generated in 2007, came from plastic products.[4] (Click to Tweet). This is astronomical!!  The good news is that, “for every 1 ton of plastic that’s recycled, reports estimate that 7 yards of landfill space is saved. By recycling, you can also help conserve the additional 80% of energy that’s typically used when making new plastic bottles, containers and other items instead of recycling. It’s easy to see why recycling plastic is so important.”[5]  When I drive through my neighborhood, I observe who has the little green bin sitting next to their trashcan.  This can give you an idea who else embraces the three R’s of conservation.  So, if your neighbor is not using her recycling bin, don’t be afraid to say something.  Go ahead and ask them if they know anything about the reduce, reuse, recycle mentality.

As for the economic benefit of recycling – did you know that California’s recycling efforts employ 84,000 people generating an annual payroll of $2.25 billion and grosses $14.2 billion in annual revenue?[6]  There are some who question the overall cost-effectiveness of recycling and/or question whether the materials collected are truly being recycled.  For a great article debunking most of the recycling myths, click here.

Does your city offer a recycling program?  Do you take part?  If not, why not?

Dr. Andrew Kender
Chiropractic Physician
April 26, 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
www.balancingyourchemistry.com

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[2] science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/gray-water-reclamation.htm
[3] www2.epa.gov
[4] www.completerecycling.com/resources/plastic-recycling
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[6] bgm.stanford.edu/pssi_faq_benefits

11 Ways to Make Environmentally-Friendly Home Improvements

Environmentally Friendly Building Outside of my favorite hobby, chiropractic, I enjoy building things.  I have been interested in construction since I was a young boy building cabins with my Lincoln Log set to see how high I could build it without it falling over.  I am passionate about conservation of this earthly world which, draws me towards the topic of how construction has evolved to become more sustainable and eco-friendly.

I remember when I was in grade school that the idea of eco-friendly construction was just emerging.  The science may have always been there but the conscious effort of society to implement such practices really began to materialize.  Use of solar panels, LED lights, and green materials all became a reality in modern construction. Renewable resources are considered in many different avenues from turning saltwater into drinking water or even turning water into combustible energy.  It is exciting to see that we are progressing towards becoming more sustainable from a personal level to a global level.  It makes me proud of the human race when we spend our hard-earned money on trying to conserve the one and only earth that we have.

I recently did a small remodel in my house and some of the possibilities for products on the market these days is amazing!  Here are some great ideas for your next home improvement project:

  1. Schedule a consultation with a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) consultant. It is now a standard in evaluating whether your building is up to speed in creating a carbon footprint.  A certified person will check your whole house and help you make more eco-friendly decisions about your homestead.  It is crucial to look for sustainable ideas to help conserve energy and resources for the future of humanity but also for the greater good of the person.
  2. Install solar panels.
  3. Use LED light bulbs.
  4. Install or replace roofing with light-colored tile roofing. It outperforms the shingle ones when it comes to decreasing temperatures.
  5. Make sure new faucets, sinks, tubs, shower, toilets, hot water heaters are free from leaks.
  6. Consider bamboo flooring. The newest bamboo flooring that has come such a long way since it found its way into popular American culture.  The bamboo hardwood floors are very sustainable because bamboo grows very fast and is harvested and regenerated without leaving much of a carbon footprint.  Not to mention that some bamboo can now actually looks like common hardwood floors such as oak or pine.
  7. Replace your outdoor lighting with motion detector lights.
  8. Use bio plastics and other bio materials. The advancements in materials science are allowing us to take renewable resources such soybeans, sugar cane, hemp, and soybeans and turn them into construction products.
  9. User alternative insulation made from recycled newspaper, blue jeans, plastic, or wool.
  10. Use these types of paint: low VOC (volatile organic compound) paint, no VOC paint, natural paint, non-toxic stain.
  11. Use caulks and adhesives made from soy or low VOC.

Some of these products are a bit more expensive or harder to find but it’s worth it.  I believe that, as we continue to invest time and energy into advancing these ideas, one day we will see buildings as high as the empire state building made from eco-friendly materials.

Next time you decide to upgrade your home, think about the choices you make and how it can impact our beautify and amazing earth.

Dr. Andrew Kender
April 1, 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, Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
Visit us at: www.balancingyourchemistry.com

 

2015 Moderation Guide

 

Moderation2015 Moderation Guide

As we further our journey in the 2015 calendar year, I feel it is important to remind those who don’t already do so, to “Stop and smell the roses!!”

The word moderation itself can mean so much to so many.  I personally believe that the word moderation can apply to all aspects of life.  Whether it is the food we choose to eat or the activities in which we choose to engage on a daily basis, moderation must play a role.

Remember the song by Harry Chapin, “The Cats in the Cradle?”  If you don’t, you need to check it out.  The song speaks of a man who is always too busy in life to enjoy the beauty and grace of his family, especially his son.  The man progresses through life without ever paying attention to the most precious things in life and in the end wants to make peace with the things that are lost, but it is too late.  The son has moved on without his father.  You are left pondering the grim reminder that we are all only here for such a short time and that it is not worth missing the day-to-day gifts that we have.  This song is a powerful reminder to myself each time I hear it to moderate the time I spend stressing  about getting every little thing done, thinking that once I’m done with everything, then I will be happy. When, in a true sense, it makes me happier to sometimes blow off that chore the “needs to be done” and play with my son or go on a hike with my wife.  Next time you choose something that didn’t really need done over your precious friends, family or other important people in your life, STOP!!  Smell the Roses!!

“If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill and vomit it.” Proverbs 25:16 ESV.  The Bible speaks of moderation in many passages throughout.  This reference to the way we eat is a powerful message passed on through the age of time.  I often must remind myself that moderation is not only healthy for the food lifestyle I choose, but also for the greater good of humanity.  If I choose to be gluttonous in the ways that I eat, does this not take from the mouths that are hungry?? Does it make me less of a humanitarian??  I am not here to answer those questions for you, but to provoke thought into the choices you make each day.

“The quality of being moderate, restraint, avoidance of extremes or excess, temperance” is how www.dictionary.com defines the word moderation.  The website also classifies the word as a noun but I think we need to treat the word like a verb in 2015.  Let’s put moderation into action in how we think and act throughout this wonderful year.

Remember…”Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is the present and that’s why it is a gift.”  Enjoy the day! Try to find the good hiding in the bad and moderate your attitude into a positive force!!

Dr. Andrew Kender III
March 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 Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
For more information, visit us at www.balancingyourchemistry.com

 

 

What Is The Right Exercise For Me?

ExerciseWhat is the Right Type of Exercise for Me?

Webster’s dictionary defines it as “the act of exercising.”  That’s helpful!   We all know that it is important to maintain a well-rounded exercise regimen for the mind, body and soul.  The good news is that physical exercise can help with all three.  The challenge then becomes finding the right type of physical exercise.

Physical exercise is achieved through three main techniques:

  • Strength
  • Cardio
  • Flexibility

To decide what is right for you, you can certainly consult a trainer or coach.  Most will agree that a balance of all three types is the best unless training for a specific sporting event.  If we are honest though, the real challenge is finding the “time” and motivation to get our butts off of the couch and perform an exercise routine on a regular basis.  So, I offer this simple advice – find something you love!!!

Most people often try and force themselves into exercising in the gym, yet they actually hate being in the gym setting.   If you enjoy being outdoors, go for a hike.  If you enjoy competition, join a team sport.  If you enjoy sweating, do some Bikram yoga!!  Maybe you like music, so join a Zumba class.  Whatever gets you going, get up and do it!  Here are some other ideas to get you moving.  And, as you know, you should always consult a doctor before starting any new or strenuous exercise routine.

Strength Training

Strength training is important to build raw muscle mass.  This can certainly include weight training and band resistance.  But, even manual labor around the house will work.  We all have plenty of big projects like cleaning the garage or basement, painting that room you never use, and working in the yard.    Divide the big overwhelming job into several small segments.  Work an hour or so several days a week and you’ll kill two birds with one stone!  You’ll get the satisfaction of crossing the job off your never-ending “to do” list and get some strength training!  You’ll know that you have had a good muscle-building session when your muscles are sore.  Did you know that the soreness is actually caused by micro tears in the muscle cell? You know what they say, no pain, no gain.

Cardio Training

Cardio training is when you work out for an extended amount of time to get your heart rate up into a target range.  This type of exercise is most often used when the person wants to try to lose weight or build endurance, Yes, it can be boring especially in bad weather when you can’t get outside for a hike or a jog around the block.  Try this – find a TV show or movie you want to see and only allow yourself to watch it while you are moving.  You can do this on a treadmill, elliptical or just walking or marching in place.  You can march up and down off a footstool or platform for added benefit.  You will find yourself wanting to “exercise” so you can see what happens next in your show or movie.  Once you have made this part of your day for a month or so, the exercise part might even be as enjoyable as the movie or show!  Experts say 3 weeks of an activity is all it takes until a behavior becomes a habit.  Whether it’s not smoking, not cursing, or exercising –21 days of repetition and it’s yours!

 Flexibility Training

In my opinion, flexibility is overlooked in our culture.  It is often performed only at the beginning of strength and cardio routines.  The research proves that pre and post stretching is important to reduce the risk of injury and help peak performance.  But improving your flexibility beyond just stretching after exercise is fun and relaxing too!  Try a yoga or Pilates class or just run through a few stretches on your own when you get up in the morning to loosen you up for the day.

Even if you can’t commit to working out 4-5 times per week for  to an hour, you are not off the hook!  Find something that excites you or motivates you.  Heck, do 50 jumping jacks in the break room.  No matter what it is that gets you excited about exercising, just do it.  If you’re still struggling, reach out to a fitness guru that can lead you towards your workout goals.

Tomorrow is poison, don’t hesitate and get your workout on.  So what do you say??  Drop down and give me twenty.

Dr. Andrew Kender, D.C.
February 23, 2015

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road,Suite 100, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330)644-5488
Independence: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd.,Suite 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216)236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. David Starkey, Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
www.balancingyourchemistry.com