Smart Grocery Shopping

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Smart Grocery Shopping

Chris Goetz - Saturday, June 27, 2015

Grocery Shopping Habits Are Changing for the Better

Goetz with CaptionEvery day more Americans are becoming aware of the effects of preservatives, GMO's, pesticides, antibiotics and other unwanted ingredients to that have made their way into the food supply over the years. Shoppers are avoiding these processed foods in favor of naturally grown, unprocessed, and often organic, foods. It is a shift that is making a significant impact on the one trillion dollar a year food industry and getting the attention of the Big Food companies that have dominated the grocery aisles for generations. Consumers are looking for natural, authentic foods and are doubtful that the big food companies can deliver.

Which isn't to say that big food is not trying. Since 2009, the top 25 US food companies have lost more than $18 billion in market share. The latest industry trend is the gobbling up of small natural and organic food and beverage companies by giants like Kraft and Campbell Soup. And retailers like Target and Walmart (the single largest food retailer in the world) are devoting more shelf space to healthier food choices.

Aside from absorbing natural food companies, some large food producers are making changes to make their existing offerings more desirable to the health conscious consumer. Kraft is removing artificial flavors and colors from its popular Mac & Cheese products, Tyson has promised to stop giving its chickens human hormones and General Mills has removed GMO's from its Cheerios line of cereals and reduced the sugar from its Yoplait yogurts by 25%. With these large companies getting into the healthy food game, it can only get better for shoppers.

Healthy Shopping on a Budget

Although, healthy competition should eventually bring prices down, right now buying healthier foods often means spending more. Here are some tips to fill up the shopping cart with healthy foods without emptying your wallet.

  • Plan Meals - Try to plan two to four weeks of meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) ahead of time. This encourages nutritious eating and avoiding unhealthy snacks as well as saves time. Cooking several meals at once is more efficient than making a mess in the kitchen three times a day. When it's time for dinner, you will have a healthy and nutritious meal ready to be reheated.
  • Buy Smart - Clip coupons, take advantage of sales and buy fruits and vegetables that are in season to take a healthy bite out of your grocery bills.
  • Skip the Center Aisles - Healthy grocery shoppers have always been aware of this one. The dairy, deli, bakery and produce departments are generally positioned along the perimeter of the store. Processed foods tend to dominate the center aisles. Avoid those to avoid unhealthy choices.
  • Prepare Healthy Snacks - Cut fruits and vegetables into bite size pieces and put them in easy to take containers. Pack up snack size portions of unsalted nuts as well. Kids especially reach for ready to eat foods when they're hungry. Have healthy snacks available to keep them away from cookies and chips.

With proper planning and good shopping habits it becomes easy to avoid high fat, high salt and sugar, overly processed foods. Take some time to map out your meals and become a smart grocery shopper. It will save you money and help you eat healthier.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.

Exercise and Mood

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Exercise and Mood

Chris Goetz - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Exercise Your Way to a Good Mood

Goetz with CaptionAt Advance Health Services we are proponents of a holistic approach to weight loss and being healthy. Recent studies are showing that there is a real connection between physical exercise and psychological well being. This is something many have always suspected. We all know runners who talk about the "high" they get from a good run, and most of us have experienced the euphoric sensation that results from a good workout. Now science is telling us that exercise can literally make us happier as well as ward off depression and anxiety. In some cases, the effect is stronger than the drugs commonly prescribed for these problems, but it is available cheaper and without the negative side effects.

While there are definite links between lower impact exercises, like yoga, and improved mental states, the recent research has found that the strongest effects come from higher impact and cardio exercises like running, cycling, swimming and demanding sports like basketball and tennis. To promote physical health doctors suggest a weekly regimen of 150 minutes of moderate exercise or half that time doing vigorous exercise. These same recommendations will provide a mental boost as well. While some prefer to exercise in a gym or at home, the same studies are also finding a psychological benefit to taking your physical activity outdoors.

Although exercise provides an immediate and measurable positive impact to one's mood, to truly benefit from the positive psychological affects of exercise requires commitment. Physical activity releases neurotransmitters in the brain like dopamine which is involved in feelings of pleasure, and serotonin which affects your mood. The strongest effects, however, are experienced by those that incorporate regular exercise into a routine that favors a generally active lifestyle. Taking things a step further, exercise can increase levels of BDNF, a protein that has been linked to fighting off neurological disease. So exercising may help you avoid Alzheimer's.

Traditional Positive Effects

There are many additional mental benefits to regular exercise that we have long taken for granted. Ancillary effects that are a bi-product of getting out of the house and being active. Meeting people is one great benefit. Running, walking and other physical activities can be shared with friends or used to make new ones. Increased energy and self confidence almost always follow a successful exercise routine. Here are some other common sense benefits to exercising regularly.

  • Relieve stress
  • Boost energy
  • Improved sleep
  • Healthy appetite
  • Sense of motivation and achievement
  • Increased self confidence

Advance Health Services offers a variety of programs to help you loose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. We always include an exercise program unless there is some medical reason not to. Call Advance Health Services today to get on a holistic health program which includes exercise and all of the positive mental effects it brings.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.

ReBuilder

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The ReBuilder

Chris Goetz - Friday, February 27, 2015

The ReBuilder Offers Immediate Drug and Surgery Free Neuropathy Pain Relief

Goetz with CaptionDoctors and patients have been searching for new ways to manage neuropathy pain for years. The secret lies in rebuilding damaged nerve cells. That damage can be caused by a number of factors from having high blood sugar or lack of oxygen in the blood to severely pinched nerves or exposure to dangerous neurotoxins. One direct result of many of these conditions is the reduction of the nerve cells and expansion of the gaps between them. Signals passing through the nervous system suddenly encounter a gap they cannot cross. The resulting sensation is pain, tingling or numbness. Left untreated, these nerve gaps begin to confuse the brain, causing stronger pain and strange sensations like chills when it is warm.

Cholesterol reducing statin drugs can also cause neuropathy when they are overused. This is because the myelin sheaths surrounding some nerves are heavy in cholesterol. When the statin has done its job on the arteries it goes looking for more cholesterol to attack. Enough of this effect will eventually cause nerve damage.

Ultimately, neuropathy can be understood as an electrical problem. The minuscule electrical signals traveling from the brain and through the nervous system are interrupted. The ReBuilder is a device that uses a soothing, restorative electrical signal to fix these nerve problems. It immediately starts to work on eliminating uncomfortable neuropathy symptoms and pain while also gently restoring nerves to health.

The ReBuilder is so effective that patients experience immediate improvements of their symptoms. Pain is reduced while mobility is increased. The process is simple, comfortable and does not involve drugs or any invasive procedures. Furthermore, it takes only thirty minutes per session. The restorative signal that the ReBuilder transmits has several important benefits:

  • Re-educates the nerve paths
  • Re-polarizes the nerve membranes
  • Improves nerve impulse transmission
  • Promotes healing of superficial skin sores and ulcers

The ReBuilder measures the damage of peripheral nerves and then corrects that damage. It sends small electrical signals to the nerves and muscles which are duplicates of the normal nerve signals sent by the brain, only larger so that they activate damaged and inactive nerves. It does this by measuring your nerves every eight seconds and then computing and delivering the correct electrical signal of its own. As the nerves are restored and their condition improves, the ReBuilder continually adjusts its own signal. The results of the ReBuilder treatments are cumulative so it is therapeutic, not just temporary.

If you are ready to try an effective neuropathy pain treatment that has immediate results while not relying on drugs or surgery, the Rebuilder is for you. Call Advance Health Services today to schedule your consultation.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.

Neuropathy Treatment

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Neuropathy Treatment

Chris Goetz - Friday, January 23, 2015

A Holistic Approach to Neuropathy Treatment

Goetz with CaptionMetabolism is the physiological process that breaks down the foods we eat into its simplest components - protein, carbohydrates and fats. These are the sources of energy the body uses for all of its functions. Sometimes there is a break down in this process. The body has trouble processing one type of food or another and experiences a shortage, or surplus, of one of food's building blocks. This is called a metabolic disorder, and there are many different types.

One of the most common metabolic disorders is diabetes which affects some 26 million people in the US. Type I diabetes involves a malfunction of the pancreas. It fails to produce sufficient insulin to aid in the metabolism of sugar. The blood sugar level becomes imbalanced and can cause all kinds of physiological problems. Some symptoms are mild and can be regulated with medicine and lifestyle changes. Other symptoms can be severe and even life threatening. A common symptom of diabetes is neuropathy, a condition affecting sensory nerves that often results in numbness or pain in the extremities. When combined with diabetes associated vascular impairment, the condition sometimes produces ulcers that can be a risk for infection.

Neuropathy treatments strive to increase nerve function and blood flow while also relieving pain and stopping ulcers from forming. At Advance Health Services, we specialize in the treatment of neuropathy and neuropathic pain. Our physicians and staff are highly knowledgeable about effective neuropathy treatments. One such treatment is The ReBuilder, a device designed specifically to treat neuropathic pain. The ReBuilder delivers a restorative signal to the legs and arms that is comfortable and soothing. This is done without the need for invasive surgery or medication. It works by imitating the natural nerve transmissions of the body to encourage inactive nerves to activate. Advance Health Services offers the ReBuilder and a variety of other treatments to reduce neuropathic pain and discomfort.

Functional Medicine Aims to Restore Balance

Functional Medicine strives to restore psychological, physiological and structural balance. It is a scientific approach to health care that promotes wellness and treats disease through assessment of the unique biochemical aspects of individual patients and by tailoring a treatment plan based on that uniqueness. Functional Medicine works on seven basic principles

  • Science-based medicine
  • Patient-centered care
  • Balance of internal and external factors
  • Biochemical individuality
  • Interconnections of physiological processes
  • Promotion of organ reserve
  • Health as a positive vitality

Following these principles, a physician employing the Functional Medicine approach focuses on the unique physiology, environmental and genetic influences of each individual patient. Assessment includes studying patient history, physical examination and testing. The physician then chooses interventions and treatments with the goal of addressing imbalances and restoring, or significantly improving, optimal physiological functions. Proper physiological function then leads naturally to better health. You can benefit from the Functional Medicine approach to neuropathy treatment at Advance Health Services. Call us today if you need help.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.

Heavy Metal Toxins

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Heavy Metal Toxins

Chris Goetz - Friday, November 21, 2014

Heavy Metal Toxins Are All Around Us

 

Goetz with CaptionHeavy metal toxicity, or poisoning, refers to the toxic effect certain metals have on life forms. Some metals are not minerals that are essential to biological processes and therefore have no beneficial biological role to play. This makes some of them toxic in certain doses and forms. Lead, for instance, can have harmful effects on one's health in any dose. Other heavy metals that are toxic to the body are mercury, cadmium, arsenic and polonium as well as radioactive metals. Not every heavy metal is toxic, however. Iron is one example of a heavy metal that is essential to biological processes.

Some toxic heavy metals imitate bodily functions and therefore interfere with the regular metabolic process, in turn causing illness. The persistence of toxic heavy metals, like lead, in the environment makes them a serious concern to public health in general. Humans are at risk of overexposure to toxic heavy metals all of the time, and it is generally not possible to completely avoid exposure to them. But reduction of the risk of heavy metal toxicity is possible by making lifestyle choices that reduce exposure. Some of these include diet and reducing the risk of workplace exposure

Know When You Have Been Affected by Toxic Heavy Metals

Acute intoxication from heavy metals can damage the gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and central nervous systems as well as the kidneys, lungs, liver and bones. Chronic exposure has been linked to some degenerative diseases and even cancer. Symptoms can be different depending on the specific metal exposure, but some symptoms are common to all and may indicate heavy metal poisoning.

  • Vomiting, diarrhea and nausea
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Central nervous system problems
  •  Heart problems
  •  Anemia

An acute case of heavy metal poisoning can be dangerous and may require immediate medical attention. If you believe you have been exposed to a dangerous amount, visit your hospital's emergency room.

Proper diagnosis of heavy metal toxicity can be difficult because some of the symptoms are similar to those of some diseases. There are heavy metal tests that can be employed, but an analysis of possible exposure is also important. At Advance Health Services we offer hair analysis to determine if there has been a cumulative exposure to the toxic heavy metals lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic. If you have been experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, we can help you confirm or rule out the role of toxic heavy metals. Call Advance Health Services today if you think you have been exposed.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.

Integrative Medicine

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Integrative Medicine

Chris Goetz - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Integrative Medicine Compliments Traditional Medicine to Treat the Body, Mind and Soul

Goetz with CaptionIntegrative medicine is a term that describes an approach to patient health and well being that combines conventional and alternative forms of healing. In an integrative approach the entire facet of medicine is combined. Traditional therapies are entwined with alternative, evidence based treatments. The rise of the integrative approach in clinics, hospitals and medical schools around the country is a direct result of the dissatisfaction felt with a health care system that has doctors rushing and overwhelmed and patients pushed through with a quick fix to their immediate problem but little or no hope for a real solution. A system that has often provided a cure for symptoms but not for the underlying ailment.

Key to integrative medicine is a broad approach to overall health. It relies on Western medicine but draws heavily from other cultures and traditions. Acupuncture, acupressure, massage, even chiropractic are all alternative forms of healing that have become mainstream over the years. These and other natural, non-invasive therapies are the backbone of an integrative approach. It involves a partnership between doctor and patient in an approach to healthcare that treats the whole person and not just the illness. The shared goal is to achieve optimal health by examining the patient's health history, their body, their nutrition and exercise habits.

In the past integrative medicine and alternative therapies were thought to be expensive. Today it is common wisdom that this approach keeps patients healthier, longer and naturally. It saves money in the long run because while a pill or expensive procedure will be utilized when appropriate and necessary, diet, exercise and lifestyle changes are the real goals. When a patient drops unhealthy habits and replaces them with behavior that is beneficial to their health, the need for traditional medicine and medical procedures reduces as well. Many proponents of integrated medicine prefer to use the term "complementary" over "alternative" since the non-traditional therapies employed are not meant as replacements. Integrated medicine uses mainstream and non-traditional therapies side by side with the goal of overall health and well being for the patient.

A 1993 study found that one out of every three Americans was familiar with and had used alternative therapies. The past decade has seen a rapid growth in the popularity of integrated medicine. Its use in hospitals has more than doubled during that time, and it's acceptance as a viable healthcare approach continues to grow.

At Advance Health Services we have always taken the integrated approach. Alongside medical doctors you will find chiropractors, massage therapists, nutritionists, acupuncturists and a diverse team of healthcare professionals. Our goal is to treat you as a whole person and help you achieve optimal health.

Visit us at Advance Health Services today for fast and effective relief. Call us at (305) 600-4685 or use our contact form to book a consultation.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.