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Hi, Welcome to the August 2016 Newsletter.  I hope you have had a good summer. I am looking forward to the fall. I enjoy the change of seasons.

I have started sending out the newsletters again.  A technical glitch sent out 2 or 3 canned newsletters that I not had written. So now I have fixed the problem and you will only pure unadulterated news and articles from my office.

If you want to get weekly articles, go my website www.optimalwellness.net and subscribe to my blog.  These articles are also posted to my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WhittleseyNaturalHealth  and Twitter Dr James Whittlesey @jbw4600


In the last few months I went on nice trip up to Humboldt and Del Norte Counties and visited some old friends. I also built a new surfboard and two more in the works. Here is a picture:

I am still working on my 300-hour Diplomate in Clinical Nutrition program.  But it got a little delayed, because I took two other great seminars and had to study that material. The first course was a great review with new information about Thyroid problems taught by Linda Clark CNC.  The other course was called the Neuroendocrine and Immunology of Environmental Triggers by Glen Zielinkski DC.  This course talked about TILT or Toxicant Induced Loss of Tolerance. TILT is where the body` loses tolerance to previously tolerated substances. Then the body builds up an immune response to these substances and then that leads to overall immune reactivity.  This causes many reactions in the body such as asthma, , fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, depression and autoimmunity. This was one the best courses I have been to in a long time.

Here are a couple of articles:

Why Do You Need to Take Supplements, Even if You Eat a Good Diet?

Many people say  “I don’t need to take supplements. I eat a good diet.” Although a good diet is essential to good health, supplements play an instrumental role in various health conditions. People who don’t understand the value of supplements think they are a waste of money. Others think that they are dangerous and unregulated compounds that should be taken off the market. Some of those products do exist.

The United States is unique compared to the rest of the west in terms of the freedom of our supplement market. Supplement availability in Europe and Canada is severely limited compared to the United States. With this comes pros and cons.

How to be a smart supplement shopper

The key to understanding supplements is to understand the underlying causes of your condition. For instance, ten different people can each have a different cause for leaky gut, insomnia, pain, depression, and so on. Buying a “depression supplement,” or an “insomnia supplement,” can often result in failure and frustration, because it might not be what your body needs...

Also, quality matters. Supplements from your local chain supermarket are not going to meet the same standards of quality, care, specificity, and educational support of supplements sold through a practitioner. The good news about our supplement market is that we do have access to high quality supplements and education.

Why you may need supplements

Here are some reasons you may need supplements, even if you eat a pristine whole foods diet:

Because you are aging. As we age certain functions start to diminish, such as digestion, brain function, recovery time, hormone balance, and more.

Digestive supplements support diminishing hydrochloric acid and pancreatic enzyme support. Brain nutrients help support oxygenation and activity of the brain (although they won’t compensate for poor diet and lifestyle). Various herbs support hormone balance and energy production.

Because we live in a stressful, toxic world. We are dealing with extreme levels of stress and toxic chemicals in our food and environment. This contributes to such conditions as chronic pain, inflammation, autoimmunity, and brain dysfunctions. Many supplements are designed to buffer the effects of the stressful and toxic burdens we deal with daily.

Because many of us grew up eating a poor diet. You may eat a good diet now, but if you grew up on junk food and a sedentary lifestyle, you may have sustained metabolic damage, such as unstable blood sugar, hormonal imbalance, poor stress handling, chronic inflammation, autoimmunity, and more. These don’t always reverse themselves through diet alone.Supplements geared toward stabilizing blood sugar, supporting stress handling, and taming inflammation can super charge your whole foods diet.

Because our foods are compromised. Even if you eat the perfect diet, studies show our foods aren’t as nutrient dense as they were in the past. You still may benefit from at least a good multi-vitamin and multi-mineral supplement.

“Supplements” actually have a long history of use

This is a basic overview of the different ways supplements can help. Most supplements consist of herbs and other natural compounds that have sound scientific support and have been used throughout history around the globe. While pharmaceuticals have been a vital boon to medicine, they are also relative newcomers.

Stronger Lower Back

You never know until you hurt it how much you use your lower back all day long. When your lower back is injured, every movement becomes painful. Simple actions, such as getting out of a chair or bending over the sink, become excruciating, and your daily routine becomes difficult and frustrating.

Effective treatment of uncomplicated lower back pain involves treatment in a chiropractor's office and beginning and continuing an exercise program. A recent study conducted by the Medical Research Council, a research organization based in the United Kingdom, has found that patients given a combination of spinal manipulation and exercise experienced greater improvement in back function and greater reduction in pain compared to those treated with spinal manipulation or exercise only.

Most mechanical lower back pain is associated with tight leg muscles and weak abdominal muscles. Leg muscles need to be stretched and abdominal muscles need to be strengthened to avoid recurrences of lower back pain.
People are generally not aware of these relationships. You may know you "should be exercising", but you may be unaware of the importance of stretching. Also, abdominal strengthening is usually the last thing a person thinks of when he or she thinks of doing exercise.

Exercise is a three-step process: stretching, exercising, and abdominal strengthening. Stretching prepares you for the work of exercise, and is done first - before anything else - gently and gradually. You may be tighter than usual on a particular day. This is not important - you should never try to stretch to where "you think you should be". Just stretch, making sure to pay attention to what you're doing. It's easy to injure a muscle if you're thinking about something else, or if you're rushing, trying to squeeze in some stretching before dashing off to the gym.

Abdominal strengthening helps support the lower back. Spinal muscles are not designed to carry your body weight. If your abdominal muscles are weak, then your back muscles will be used to carry your body weight, and eventually you'll have a lower back injury.

Abdominal strengthening not only helps keep your lower back healthy, but also helps maintain good posture. Postural benefits include an easy, relaxed gait; muscles that are long and supple, rather than short and tight; and an open chest that allows for easy, smooth breathing.

Your body is a machine. Everything's connected. A lower back problem affects many other areas, ultimately. By making sure to stretch regularly and by including abdominal exercises in your gym routine, you can help ensure having a lower back that works.