Archive for February 2010

Daily Dose of Vitamin D Prevents Falls in Elderly

February 28, 2010

Daily Dose of Vitamin D Prevents Falls in Elderly:

Above is a link to an article with some research indicating yet another potential benefit from Vitamin D3 supplementation. The research on Vitamin D is pretty compelling stuff. If you do a search here at my blog on “Vitamin D” you’ll get a number of articles I’ve posted. This is as close to a genuine ‘wonder drug’ as we’ve yet found.

(NaturalNews) Seniors who take a large daily dose of vitamin D may be significantly less likely to suffer from falls, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Center on Aging and Mobility at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and published in the British Medical Journal.

“Falls are important events to prevent,” said researcher Heike A. Bischoff-Ferrari, “and 700 to 1000 IU of vitamin D per day is safe and inexpensive.”

Approximately one-third of all adults over the age of 64 and 50 percent of those over the age of 49 fall at least once per year. In 9 percent of these cases, a visit to the emergency room is required. In 6 percent of cases, a fracture results. Falls are often one of the primary events resulting in admission to a nursing home.

Researchers analyzed the results of eight different studies on a total of 2,400 people over the age of 64. All the studies looked at whether vitamin D supplementation could reduce the risk of falls in the elderly.

The researchers found that at doses below 700 IU per day, there was no reduction in the risk of falls. Above this level, however, the risk of falls was reduced by as much as one in four.

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Great podcast about Egoscue

February 24, 2010

Here’s terrific podcast from our clinic director in Irvine, CA. If you’d like some information about what Egoscue is, what happens at a first visit, what an Egoscue strength menu is, or how Egoscue can fit in with other exercise disciplines like yoga or Pilates, give it a listen!

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Finally! Pete’s new book is coming!

February 22, 2010


“LET’S LIGHTEN UP: Replenish What Makes Us Strong, Enjoy the Very Best of Health, Always Catch the Rain” by Pete Egoscue With Roger Gittines Set for Publication April 5, 2010

DEL MAR, CA–(Marketwire – February 22, 2010) – Egoscue, Inc. is proud to announce that CEO and founder of the national and international Egoscue Method non-medical musculoskeletal pain relief clinics, Pete Egoscue, will be releasing his new book, “LET’S LIGHTEN UP: Replenish What Makes Us Strong, Enjoy the Very Best of Health, Always Catch the Rain,” on April 5, 2010.

“LET’S LIGHTEN UP” is the fifth of Egoscue’s books, which include the best seller and favorite “PAIN FREE,” now in print for over ten years. Teaming up again with Washington-based journalist Roger Gittines, Egoscue delivers his most personal and engrossing work of nonfiction that goes well beyond just another updated version of first aid and advice for those struggling to deal with chronic musculoskeletal pain. The self-help programs for non-medical musculoskeletal pain relief offered in the entertaining and informative new book resonate with common sense, good humor and high-energy.

Egoscue explains how everyone can enjoy better health by learning to enhance the flow of high wavelength energy that is received and co-generated by correcting musculoskeletal system dysfunctions and imbalances. “Balanced posture,” he says, “is the pivot-point on which human health stands.”

Egoscue’s trademark E-cises, fast, easy and effective exercises designed for non-medical musculoskeletal for back pain relief, joint pain relief and arthritis pain relief, allow readers to remain in the present moment to maximize the mind-body connection that depends directly on experiencing the inner power that keeps them fully aware of their health needs. “The individual knows what works and what doesn’t,” Egoscue insists.

Egoscue argues eloquently against the growing pressure to hand off responsibility to a legion of experts — from drug companies to researchers and well-meaning physicians — who stand ready to guide us away from acting on our own best instincts. Pete hammers away: “Each of us is positioned to be fully informed to protect and enhance a long lifetime of good health and peace of mind. Only you can answer the question — ‘How do you feel?’ You’re wired to receive this information. And receive it you do.”

“LET’S LIGHTEN UP: Replenish What Makes Us Strong, Enjoy the Very Best of Health, Always Catch the Rain” by Pete Egoscue with Roger Gittines will be available for purchase April 5, 2010 at, or in local bookstores.

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New series on nutrition

February 21, 2010

I’m spending more and more time in the clinic talking about nutrition with our clients. I wrote a blog post a little over a year ago titled “The 5 Keys to Getting the Most from Egoscue”, and in it I talked about nutrition and how metabolic strength directly correlates with one’s ability to generate and sustain postural change. I want to revisit this topic and go into a little more depth because I think this is critically important, and a missing piece in many people’s health situation.

I’m going to structure this as simply as I can and rather than give a lot of my opinions on the subject, I’m going to try to link to others I respect to let them share their thoughts on individual subjects as well as share some of my own perspectives. Then, I’m going to try to structure this so that if someone wants to take action here, they have a clear roadmap and can go as deep into this as they feel is appropriate.

Today, we’re going to start by talking about what I consider are the two most important supplements anyone can take: digestive enzymes, and probiotics.

Why are these so important? Well, without them, your ability to assimilate and process nutrients from the foods you eat, and then eliminate the resulting waste, is severely compromised. Many people are essentially malnourished even though they eat sufficient calories. The reason is they simply lack the digestive power to be able to properly benefit from the foods they eat.

I’m going to tell you the products I use, give you links to them along with a discount for Egoscue clients, and then I’ll post additional info on why these supplements are so important.

So for those who want to cut to the chase, I use “Primal Digest” by Sunfire Superfoods, and Inner Garden Flora from R Garden. Both are best-in-class products that are truly professional grade and will help your health immensely. You can get both from our friends at Blissful Foods by clicking on the links above. Additionally, Egoscue clients get a 5% discount on all products ordered. Simply type “Egoscue” into the coupon code field at check out.

Now, here is one of the great minds in the ‘alternative health’ field, Jon Barron, talking about the importance of digestive enzymes:

Enzymes are proteins that facilitate chemical reactions in living organisms. In fact, they are required for every single chemical action that takes place in your body. All of your tissues, muscles, bones, organs, and cells are run by enzymes.

Your digestive system, immune system, blood stream, liver, kidneys, spleen, and pancreas, as well as your ability to see, think, feel, and breathe, (in fact, the very functioning of each and every cell in your body) all depend on enzymes. All of the minerals and vitamins you eat and all of the hormones your body produces need enzymes in order to work properly. In fact, every single metabolic function in your body is governed by enzymes. Your stamina, your energy level, your ability to utilize vitamins and minerals, your immune system—all governed by enzymes.

Source of Enzymes

But where do enzymes come from? As it happens, they are produced internally (in every cell in your body, but most notably in the pancreas and the other endocrine glands), and they are present in all of the raw foods that we eat. At birth, we are endowed with a certain potential for manufacturing enzymes in our bodies, an enzyme “reserve,” if you will. Nature intended that we continually replenish that reserve through proper nutrition and eating habits. Unfortunately, that just doesn’t happen. Let’s take a look at why.

Most people believe that when you eat a meal it drops into a pool of stomach acid, where it’s broken down, then goes into the small intestine to have nutrients taken out, and then into the colon to be passed out of the body—if you’re lucky. Not quite.

What nature intended is that you eat enzyme rich foods and chew your food properly. If you did that, the food would enter the stomach laced with digestive enzymes. These enzymes would then “predigest” your food for about an hour—actually breaking down as much as 75% of your meal.


After this period of “pre-digestion,” hydrochloric acid is introduced. The acid inactivates all of the food-based enzymes, but begins its own function of breaking down what is left of the meal. Eventually, this nutrient-rich food concentrate moves on into the small intestine. Once this concentrate enters the small intestine, the acid is neutralized and the pancreas reintroduces digestive enzymes to the process. As digestion is completed, nutrients are passed through the intestinal wall and into the blood stream.

That’s what nature intended. Unfortunately, most of us don’t live our lives as nature intended!

Processed and Overcooked Foods

Processing and cooking destroy enzymes in food. (Man is the only animal that cooks his food.) In fact, any sustained heat of approximately 118-129 degrees F destroys virtually all enzymes. This means that, for most of us, the food entering our stomachs is severely enzyme deficient. Actually, there are enzymes present from our saliva. The amount, however, is minuscule since we only chew our food about 25% as much as is required. The result is that most of our meals enter our stomachs woefully devoid of enzymes. (It’s worth noting that the body tries desperately to compensate. Amylase levels in the saliva of people eating the typical western cooked/processed diet are as much as 40 times higher than that found in people eating a more natural diet. (The enzyme amylase is used by the body for digesting carbohydrates.)

Since there are no enzymes in the food, it sits in the stomach for an hour, like a heavy lump, with very little pre-digestion taking place. At that point, stomach acid is introduced at high levels to compensate for the lack of pre-digestion (a major factor in the onset of acid reflux disease). But high levels of stomach acid cannot compensate for the lack of pre-digestion. So even after the stomach acid has done its work, the typical cooked/processed meal enters the small intestine largely undigested.

Stress on the Body

At this point, the pancreas and the other organs of the endocrine system are put under tremendous stress since they have to draw reserves from the entire body in order to produce massive amounts of the proper enzymes. The less digestion that takes place before food reaches the small intestine, the greater the stress placed on the endocrine systems. Recent studies have shown that virtually 100% of people on the typical “western” diet have an enlarged pancreas by the time they are 40. Is it any wonder that the incidence of diabetes is exploding in the developed world?

There is also major research showing that enzyme deficient diets contribute to a pathological enlargement of the pituitary gland (That’s the gland that regulates all the other glands in the body.) And there is research showing that almost 100% of people over 50 who die from “accidental” causes have defective pituitary glands.

The bottom line is that regular supplementation with digestive enzymes takes stress off the pancreas (and the entire body) by providing the enzymes required for digestion. In other words, digestive enzyme supplements may just be one of the best insurance policies you can give your body so you can enjoy a long and healthy life.

Then here is a link to a great article that Jon Barron wrote about probiotics:

So, if you’re not already using digestive enzymes and probiotics, this is where I STRONGLY suggest you start. If you have a product you already use and like, great. I like the products I mentioned above because they are very balanced and complete, they’re well crafted and they are free of toxic excipients like magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide. If you’re looking to improve your health, start here. These are products that EVERYONE needs. In my next post in this series we’ll start to dig a little deeper and provide some more tools for your nutritional toolbox.

I hope you find this information useful. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at

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Barefoot Running?

February 20, 2010

This is a topic that has gotten a lot of attention lately. Here’s an excellent post from our Portland clinic’s blog on the subject.

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A quick fix for dealing with brain fog

February 12, 2010

This was from an email I got today. I tried the suggestion and it worked! So, I thought I’d pass it on to you all, enjoy!

Do you ever feel like you’re walking around in a

BEFORE reading on – know this:

I have a link in here that will show you how to
fix that problem for the long haul (it’s *that*
powerful), but you need a little context first.

Shall we continue?

Brain fog …

You sit at your computer and flit around from your
email to your browser … Never really getting
anything done.

All the while there is this dull sense of
dissatisfaction and confusion.

I’m going to show you one of many ways to clear up
that feeling in about 30 seconds.

First, you should know that your primary line of
defense in optimizing your brain is Simpleology 101.

Learning the methods we teach in 101 and your “DTP”
(if you don’t know what that is, you will by the
time you finish 101) will allow you to be more
focused, get more done faster and have more free

Many things make that claim, but 300,000+ Simpleology
members prove that we have the answer.

Now, if you’re looking for a quick fix, here’s what
you do.

This is a technique taught by Win Wenger …

It’s simple: close your eyes and visualize in your
mind that your head is about one inch bigger all
around than it is.

Actually *see* this in your mind’s eye.

If you hold this image in your head for about
30 seconds straight it sends your nervous system
a signal to pump more oxygen to your brain.

It’s a bizarre “brain hack,” but it’s actually
measurable via CT scan.

People who try it usually experience a sense of
heightened alertness on the first try. (if it
didn’t work – try a few times – really *see* your
head as being larger in your mind’s eye)

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Want to significantly reduce your breast cancer risk? Read this!

February 10, 2010

New research is showing some VERY encouraging results. The linkage between vitamin D levels and incidence of breast cancer is becoming very clear. At a recent conference on Vitamin D held in Toronto, one of the doctors made this statement:

Breast cancer is a disease so directly related to vitamin D deficiency that a woman’s risk of contracting the disease can be ‘virtually eradicated’ by elevating her vitamin D status to what vitamin D scientists consider to be natural blood levels.

You can read the article here.

And I wrote an article last year discussing which brand of Vitamin D to use. There are a lot of good choices, I’m not saying this is the only one to get, but this is a solid brand. You can read that entry here.

or search on this blog for the text “vitamin D” and you’ll find a number of entries I’ve written on the subject. This is an important nutrient that should be part of EVERYONE’S supplement program, in my opinion. If there is one magic nutritional bullet, Vitamin D is it.

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