Hope the week is going well. I often get asked about
supplements, which ones are great, and what amounts should be
In clinical nutrition class, we have to memorize popular and
effective supplements and the doses that the research has deemed
efficacious. It's taught by one of the leading nutritional experts
in the States, Dr. David Seaman. I love Dr. Seaman's
anti-inflammatory diet and supplemental approach to disease,
prevention and health promotion. The new integrated/functional MDs
are catching on that most disease processes, such as the biggest
killers in America (heart disease, stroke, some cancers,
Alzheimer's, hypertension, etc., etc.) are rooted in chronic
The three biggest physiological disruptions in a person in a
chronic inflammatory state are:
Dr. Seaman recommends his 'Basic' Supplemental
The general supplemental guidelines we have to memorize for the
quiz this week:
Whew...that was a lot! Obviously you SHOULD NOT TAKE ALL THESE
SUPPLEMENTS, but if you're interested in taking a few, here's a
cool research for what sort of dosage you'd be looking at.
Have a great healthy week,
Hope everyone had a great week and weekend. As a student at
National you'll find that once you're in the flow of the trimester
and tests, assignments, and quizzes are rolling around, the weeks
have a tendency to just fly by. After about Week 10, I start
getting bored with my classes and I'm in the mood for fresh
material and a new start. Now onto more interesting stuff....
BulletProof Coffee For A BulletProof
"I don't always drink coffee…
but when I do I drink BulletProof coffee."
-- Most Interesting Coffee Drinker in the World
One of the biggest sets of complaints and biggest obstacles to
achieving health revolves around breakfast. People don't have
enough time. People don't know what to eat. People are tired or
mentally sluggish 2 hours after eating...etc., etc., etc.
I have stumbled upon a solution from Dave Asprey aka The
BulletProof Exec. Since, blood sugar stabilization and healthy fats
are essential for sustained energy, and increased mental
performance throughout the day (remember your brain is 80% fat),
Dave conjured up this incredible "biohack" for your morning
routine. Toss the insulin-raising, energy-sapping, fat-storing
toast, bagels, oatmeal, and cereal in the morning and get a load of
coffee mixed with...2 Tbsps....of Grass Fed...wait for
Am I serious? Yes. Will it cause heart disease? No. Know
Your Fats by Dr. Mary Enig put that whole fat scare to rest
years ago. This recipe I had to try when I read it and I must say
it's incredible! The odd thing was it actually TASTES GOOD and
produces LASTING ENERGY and MENTAL CLARITY. I wish I thought of
My Twist: I add a heaping scoop of chocolate protein powder for
extra protein in the morning to take better advantage of the fat
loss properties explained in the 4 Hour Body (30g of
protein within 30 minutes of waking had the highest correlation
with fat loss effectiveness of all other lifestyle changing
Bulletproof Coffee Recipe
(Original Post Here: How to Make Your Coffee Bulletproof...And Your
Enjoy Your Morning that Stops Bullets,
What's cracking, National (pun intended)?
Hope everyone is having a great week. As with the first couple
weeks of every trimester you have some extra time to work on little
side projects that interest you before you have to bear down and
learn the class materials for midterms/finals. Talking with most
classmates, nobody does anything for the first 3 weeks of classes
unless they have a notoriously hard class (such as Tumors,
Neuroanatomy, Biochem, etc). As always, I don't teach idleness, I
always urge investments of time into exploring your
A couple quick ideas to become a better doc/lead a
better life are:
Idle (pre-midterm/final) time should not
be used for:
Seriously people, you are going to owe $150,000+ graduating from
the same curriculum as 100+ chiropractic students. It begs the
question: What are you doing that differentiates yourself from the
rest of your class? Do you have a unique certification? Are you the
best adjustor? Do you do acupuncture? Nutrition? Homeopathy? You
get where I'm going here?
Sometimes difficult questions are the most important to start
with. You'll thank me later when new patient John Smith walks into
your office, instead of Joe Schmo, DC, down the street, because he
heard you did something great and different and were getting the
best treatment results. If your answer to, "Why should I come to
you?" is "I got a great education at National" or "I'm a good
people person" you have a rude world coming your way. Good
marketing and people skills get people in your door, yes, but great
treating and results keep them there and develop a referral
practice you never have to market because your treatment results
speak for themselves. I digress. :)
How To Make a SuperFood Supplement
I've always been curious about supplements. I've probably tried
every one on the market by now. I do A LOT of experiments on
myself. The best selling and (most widely used/researched) are
multi-vitamins. Multis are extremely practical since they are
affordable and fill the gaps in your nutritional arsenal that are
left from eating a sub-optimal diet of foods that are raising in a
sub-optimal (and therefore less nutritionally dense)
The glaring problem I've found with multi-vitamins is they are
synthetic and isolated. For example, Vitamin C is widely used as
ascorbic acid in supplements. Research has proven it to be
extremely valuable. However, why did nature pair it with
bioflavonoids and other co-factors but Man decided to isolate just
one molecule? Did we think we can outsmart nature simply because we
found that the majority of the benefit is from a single molecule.
That isn't the case in nature, nothing exists in isolation and the
true biological potential comes in the synergistic relationship of
MULTIPLE cofactors and coenzymes.
Nature pairs multiple compounds together not only for more
bioavailability but also to increase metabolically beneficial
actions. When you strip nutrients into single compounds, the body
has to use its own stores to offset the co-factors missing from the
"Vitamin Complex" and in some cases, according to Dr. Francis, the
patient can experience a "rebound deficiency." In other words, you
might be taking a Vitamin C complex but have symptomatology that
mimics C deficiency because your body stores of the compounds that
work with the C have run low because you've been taking an
isolated, man-made synthetic supplement for a while.
So, how do we fix this, get our cake and eat it, too? In other
words how do we still get the benefits of multi-vitamins while also
respecting the healing wisdom of nature with nutritionally superior
We use combinations of the most nutritionally dense (highest
concentration of vitamins/minerals per ounce) foods/herbs on the
planet...AKA = SUPERFOODS!
Through exhaustive research for a couple years and talking with
many NDs and a few supplement company CEOs, here's the list I
compiled. It features a broad array of foods that synergistically
act as a nature's most potent multivitamin to give you lasting
natural energy, boosting your immune system, improving your mood,
increasing your metabolism, and overall making you FEEL WAY BETTER!
Some even have said it can substitute for their morning
CC's SuperFood Formula
Where do I order?
Check this out: Lack of education is not the reason people are
overweight! GAAASSPPP! What did I say? What? Controversy!
If you haven't noticed, the amount of overweight people in the
United States has dramatically increased in the last two decades.
Hmm. Why? Is it because they haven't gotten on the bandwagon of the
paleo diet because they're still scared of the high fat and
cholesterol consumption? Do they just have bad information about
diets? Or is it something more?
Most people assume people just need to be more "educated" to
become healthy or lose fat or build muscle--a belief that's so
deeply held, it's become an invisible script in society. "Ah, if we
just educate these fat people and show them a calorie chart,
they'll wake up from their uncontrolled and overzealous binging and
realize the critical importance of eating less!"
Wrong, wrong, wrong!
As Clotaire Rapaille wrote in his terrific book, The Culture
Code: "Years ago, Tufts University invited me to lecture
during a symposium on obesity… Lecturer after lecturer offered
solutions for America's obesity problem, all of which revolved
around education. Americans would be thinner if only they knew
about good nutrition and the benefits of exercise, they told us.
Slimming down the entire country was possible through an aggressive
public awareness campaign…
"When it was my turn to speak, I couldn't help beginning with an
observation. 'I think it is fascinating that the other speakers
today have suggested that education is the answer to our country's
obesity problem,' I said. I slowly gestured around the room. 'If
education is the answer, then why hasn't it helped more of
"There were audible gasps in the auditorium when I said this,
quite a few snickers, and five times as many sneers.
Unsurprisingly, Tufts never invited me to lecture again."
We already "know" we need to exercise more, eat healthier,
control our sugar intake, and maintain our hydration. So why don't
That matrix--the difference between what we KNOW and what we
actually DO--is where I think the true questions of change need to
be asked and answered.
Short answer: When it comes to changing human behavior and
getting results, implementation trumps information.
Stay tuned for next week's blog as we explore topics I've
coined: Age of Implementation and Habitual Evolution and how they
can help us change our health care problems in the country.
I propose a goal for myself: By the time I graduate to interview
extremely healthy and successful people and study what habits they
implemented into their lives to 'build in' health without even
thinking about it.
WAAZZZZUPPPP! (Remember when that was the cool thing to
I strolled by the magazine section at Jewel Osco the other day
and not to my surprise every other cover had something along the
lines of 'SUMMER BODY,' 'SLIM DOWN in 6 weeks,' 'Tone your Beach
Butt,' etc. Haha. It got me thinking. Since I want to keep this
blog up with the Jones', I'll do my quick version of a tabloid
How To Get a Beach Bod: The 10 Rules You Probably Won't
Read in a Magazine
Note: This is the 80/20 version. The 20% of workout/diet advice
that will deliver 80% of your results. Some of it's unconventional.
But it will work. Try me. I'm going to do it starting when my rule
number 8 comes in from Amazon. I'd like to turn my 2-pack into a
"Out of Clutter, Find Simplicity" -
10. Get 8 hours of sleep. No less.
I could give you detailed physiology, published research, and
witty reasonings. Or I could give you a checklist of 10 things that
I know will work and are easy to do. What does it look like in real
If you have questions just email me.
(The picture is of my roommate's dog chilling with me on
my back porch…awesome.)
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