Lifestyle Habits

From the Desk of Dr. Keith Currie, D.C.:


As we move toward healthier living and lifestyle habits, we have to realize that it is not something that occurs overnight. I have read studies that say to create a “habit”, you have to do something repeatedly over a long period of time until it becomes second nature and you do it without thinking. Most habits are bad and harmful. We want to create good habits. In this letter, I am going to address 4 important topics: Water, Oxygen, Sleep, and Nutrition.


Water:

A general rule of thumb is to drink half of your body weight in ounces a day. Proper kidney and organ function depend on it. Every process in your body depends on water. I work with many patients who are in various stages of chronic kidney disease. Water is so important that one of the modifications for those patients is to drink 60% of their body weight (in ounces) of water each day (along with electrolyte support). For electrolytes, I recommend Bio-CMP. I sell it in the clinic and the best news is that it is very inexpensive. It is high quality, and absorbable electrolyte support without the sugars seen with many sports drinks, etc…
Many of my high blood pressure and diabetic patients have damage to the blood vessels in their kidneys so the increased water intake helps flush the kidneys so that they can filter toxins from the blood more effectively. Come up with a plan and start drinking. You will spend plenty of time in the bathroom for the first 3-4 weeks until your body gets conditioned to the high water volume, but bathroom breaks should become less with time.
There are going to be some health conditions where people can’t drink this much water, but the vast majority of people can. If you are having challenges in this area, talk to me and we will figure out a plan. We may need to run some lab tests to see what is going on. Remember, good health is a decision. By performing labs, we get to look under the hood of the car and see what is going on. It’s important to keep score of your health and it’s my experience that most routine blood work isn’t nearly detailed enough to develop a thorough understanding of one’s health status.


Oxygen:

Oxygen is needed by your brain and nerves more than anything else. You can do without food for weeks and water for hours, but if you don’t have enough oxygen, your nerves die within minutes – and – you die. This is a big reason why so many neuropathy patients come to me. They have had entrapment and pressure on their nerves for so long that their nerves are starved of oxygen and dying. With my unique treatment protocols, I work to get that pressure off of their nerves and stimulate them to function again before they get to where they are experiencing permanent, irreversible nerve damage. That’s why I love my Liteforce Expert Deep Tissue Lasers. They are simply amazing. They bring oxygen to tissues faster than anything I have seen.
Exercise is the most important method of increasing oxygen in your body. Most of my patents can’t exercise when they first begin care because of their extreme pain levels. I kick start the recovery process by placing all of my patients on oxygen therapy each treatment. I also like to focus on nerve health by giving their nerves the
necessary nutrition to become as healthy as possible. Yes, nerves need specific nutrients to be healthy and work right. I’ve dedicated my life’s work to finding ways to help people improve function through better nerve health.
If you don’t have proper nerve function, then you will lose the function of whatever that nerve goes to. It’s that simple. If the nerve goes to the skin, you lose normal sensation. You may develop burning, tingling sharp pains or even numbness. If the nerve goes to the muscle, you can have cramping, spasms, random pains and eventually, you can lose strength. If the nerve goes to your stomach or intestines, you lose the ability to digest and absorb food and therefore, become malnourished. Even overweight patients can be in a state of malnutrition. I could go on and on with different examples but I’m sure you get the point. The principle that I believe is the most important is that when you have nerve damage so severe that you lose major function (such as dragging your foot on the ground, etc…), it is usually permanent and you don’t get it back.
This is serious! I have seen many patients get relief from their burning, tingling, numbness, pain, weakness, etc… but when the nerve gets so damaged that the muscle atrophies (shrinks so much that it can make your leg or arm look like skin hanging on the bone with no muscle mass) it’s too late to bring that nerve back to life and then goals of treatment change.
Once there is significant atrophy, I will still work with the patient in an attempt to help them get relief from the pain, but the function is gone. I admit, I have a lot of fun when I treat someone who had a “paralyzed” limb and they get their function back. Those patients become instant friends for life. However, that is the equivalent of throwing the Hail Mary pass in football. I’ve had my fair share of Hail Mary’s but I would much rather have treated them before they got to that point.


Sleep:

Everyone knows that sleep is important. Drs. used to believe that you should get 8-9 hours of sleep a night. New research has suggested that 8-9 hours of sleep has a higher mortality rate and that 7 hours of sleep is ideal. So many people are severely sleep deficient so a good starting point is to get at least 7. By the way, naps are not good! Regular napping can throw off your Circadian Rhythm and make it to where your body can’t get restful REM sleep.
Some people have a break in their natural Circadian Rhythm that is related to either a spike or dip in cortisol levels. If you are awake at various hours of the night, need a nap or tired all day, need coffee to get going, anxious and shaky, or are sensitive to bright lights, it may be as simple as regulating your cortisol levels to help you get a full nights’ sleep. Speak with Brooke or myself about doing my Currie Panel blood work. In my “C Panel”, I check for insulin resistance which could spike cortisol levels and keep you awake. A chronic break in Circadian Rhythm (sleep disturbance) has been linked to depression, dementia and other brain disorders.
I have also had great success in working with patients who had sleep disturbances by supporting adrenal gland function. The adrenal glands are two small glands that sit on top of your kidneys. They secrete cortisol and other hormones that can affect your immune system, stress levels, tissue breakdown, brain, blood sugar levels and many other important bodily functions. The Currie Panel blood work shows clues about how well the adrenal glands are working. I really like my Spoonful of Nutrition adrenal products. Some patients will need adrenal glandular support while others need variations without a glandular.
I believe a source of frustration for many patients who first come to me is that they have been suffering with health problems like this for many years, seen many physicians, on a lot of meds, tried supplements, etc… and are still suffering. No matter what type of patient I am working with, I always look to find the reason “why”. If your adrenal glands aren’t working well, there has to be a reason why. If you aren’t treating the underlying cause of the problem, then you won’t get anywhere. If you have sciatica, neck pain, back pain, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, headaches, dizziness, or any other condition and you aren’t treating what is causing the problem, then you are only setting yourself up for major disappointment and a lifetime of frustration. I know I get long winded, but I’m very passionate about these topics.
There is only so much medicine a person can take. There is only so much surgery a person can have. One medicine often leads to more medicines to treat the side effects created by the first. One surgery often leads to more surgery and guess what? A lifetime of medicine. I’m not saying that I have an answer for everything. However, I have spent years dedicating myself to finding natural methods to help people ranging in conditions such as high cholesterol, thyroid conditions, diabetes, fibromyalgia, cancer, etc… I tell all of my patients, “I am not treating your diabetes/cholesterol/thyroid/cancer, etc… I am working with you to help you become as healthy as possible. If that means that your body takes over and cleans itself from the inside out and all of a sudden your lab numbers start looking better, you start getting to make some decisions about your health.”


Nutrition:

Americans have some of the worst diets on the planet. Our food is full of chemicals. Just read the label on even “healthy” foods and you will realize that what I am saying is true. Through my 14 Day Blood Sugar Boot Camp many of my patients are being shown what it feels like to be healthy on the inside. Most are losing 20-50 pounds and feeling “clean”. I recently had a patient go from a cholesterol of 357 to 190 in 2 months through natural methods. She also lost over 30 pounds! I’ve seen hemoglobin A1C go from and 11 to a 6 in one month. I have a patient who got off of his high blood pressure medications, lost 35 pounds, no longer needs his CPAP, sleeps 2 hours less than he did with the CPAP and has “way more energy” according to him. He has zero back pain and his sciatica and neuropathy are gone. He is completely thrilled and comes in every now and then just to say hello.
This is real and it’s not really all that hard. Many of my patients have similar stories. Once you feel the changes, you won’t want to go back. Through clean eating and clearing the liver, many of my patients have been able to get off of their blood pressure, diabetic and other medications, because their lab values came back into normal ranges. I had a patient whose Dr. said that she hadn’t seen anything like it in all 10 years of her practice and took my patient off of all of her meds! I simply guide my patients through the process of what it takes to be as healthy as possible, naturally. Isn’t that the way that it should be? Just the other day, I heard on a television program that 15-18% of our economy is healthcare. Sadly, we are in a country of declining health. Do you think that these numbers will stay 15-18% in the next 10 years? Ask your Dr. about the purple pill Of course, it will be more. The drug companies will keep working to make sure that more and more of the U.S. economy is healthcare driven. It’s big business.
Autoimmune disorders and chronic inflammation lead to arthritis and other degenerative/disease processes in the body. I bet you didn’t know that many autoimmune disorders have a viral connection! If you have an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, etc… you could have a chronic viral infection that is
driving the rheumatoid arthritis and making it worse. Another, example would be Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Many people who are hypothyroid have an actual autoimmune disorder and their thyroid is literally being destroyed by their very own immune system. A virus that loves the thyroid is Epstein Barr virus which is also a virus that is notorious for creating chronic fatigue. So, going back to what I was talking about earlier, the answer to the question “why?” would be that the Epstein Barr virus is creating the thyroid problem. You could treat the thyroid with medications, but are you going to get anywhere if you aren’t treating the cause?
Another example would be food sensitivities. I had a 3 year old patient who suffered from eczema and dermatitis since she was born. She was referred to me from a clinic in St. Louis, MO. I performed my Food Sensitivity Test with her which showed that she had antibodies in her blood against green bean proteins, gluten and 2 other foods. Her Mom took her off of those items and within a couple of months, her skin reaction had completely cleared up. The same things are possible with chronic allergies, asthma and other unexplained disorders involving the immune system. It’s amazing what can be done if you know what to do to root out the cause of health problems. Especially considering that 100% of the work I do with my patients is natural.
I also work with many of my patients to teach them manageable ways to regulate their blood sugar levels. By keeping the blood sugar from constantly fluctuating, patients keep their inflammatory processes quieted down. By the way, oatmeal causes a huge spike in blood glucose levels and the crash when you come down is bad. People think that things like oatmeal are healthy. It is actually the opposite and it is this kind of information that I teach my patients as they go through my Blood Sugar Boot Camp. The Blood Sugar Boot Camp comes with a multitude of useful information such as what to do and what not to do. It even has healthy recipes and dietary guidelines to help you make better decisions. Another really important point is that many people buy a Boot Camp for their spouse or other family members to do simultaneously. You don’t have to be my patient to buy the Boot Camp you can get it right here on the website!