Beyond Turkey and Football: The True Meaning of Giving Thanks

Man holding thank you word in palmEvery year around Thanksgiving, I’m reminded of the biblical origins of giving thanks, and what giving thanks has become in today’s society.

In the Bible, giving thanks is a frequent theme. It comes up 102 times in the Old Testament and 71 times in the New Testament. The Bible talks about giving thanks for blessings, for forgiveness of sins, for delivering us from evil, and for God’s love and strength.

That’s why we give thanks when we say grace, which comes from two Latin words – “gratia”, which means “thanks” and “gratus”, which means “grateful”.

Today, giving thanks is more of a social custom. We’re taught at a young age to say “please” and “thank you” because that’s good manners. It’s polite. We thank people all day long, not just for acts of kindness, but for the simplest things, like pumping gas. We end our emails with “thank you.”

Ask yourself this question. Every time you thank someone, do you mean it? Has giving thanks become trivialized? I sure hope not. Continue reading

About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Are You Suffering from Adrenal Fatigue?

Adrenal Fatique and sleep disordersIn previous posts, I discussed how hormones help keep the brain functioning properly, as well as the danger of hormonal imbalance. If one part of your hormonal structure is off, it can create a downstream effect throughout the hormonal cascade that hampers brain function.

It’s important to remember the concept of bio-individuality, which means we’re all different. We may have the same organs and bones, but we don’t have the same hormonal structure. How we feel, eat and exercise will shape each individual’s hormonal structure.

A key factor in balancing our hormones is how we respond to the stress in our lives. Our adrenal glands, which lie on top of our kidneys, produce stress hormones – DHEA, cortisol and adrenaline. The production of these hormones is regulated by the brain.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

The Tragic Result of Sweeping Mental Health Under the Rug

Mental Illness and depressionThere are certain things going on in the world that truly sadden me. As a doctor, a father of five and a human being, I simply can’t remain silent. Like most people, I was saddened to hear the news that Robin Williams committed suicide after a decades-long battle with depression.

When I hear about the suicide of someone who was universally adored, and I see the outpouring of emotion, I wonder when we’re going to start doing something about mental illness in our society.

I just spent 14 weeks talking about brain chemistry on my By Design radio program, discussing how imbalances in the brain lead to poor decisions and unhealthy behavior. So many people are habitually taking medication every day – medication that alters their brain chemistry – and they don’t understand the side effects.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Exercising Your Body to Strengthen Your Brain, Part 2

Strengthening your brainIn Part 1 of this post, we continued our discussion about the brain being the key to changing our behavior and transforming our bodies. I listed the various ways exercise can strengthen the brain as outlined by Dr. Daniel Amen in his book, Change Your Body, Change Your Brain.

Now, it’s time to discuss what happens to the body and brain when we don’t exercise. It’s not pretty.

Lack of exercise leads to obesity, which has reached epidemic levels in our country, especially with our children.

Studies have shown that obese children who become obese adults have an 80-90 percent chance of staying obese for the rest of their lives. We need to get our kids moving.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Feeding the Brain with Great Brain Food

Foods that are good for your brainIn a previous post, I discussed the importance of maintaining the brain and what we can do to keep our brain chemistry balanced. After all, without a functioning brain, we cease to exist. When the brain isn’t firing on all cylinders, it can negatively affect every part of our lives.

While the brain can self-regulate, it needs our help. One of the simplest things we can do to maintain balanced brain chemistry is to eat great brain food.

As Dr. Daniel Amen says in his book, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body, food is a drug – a drug that needs to be taken to stay alive.

What food is considered great brain food?

Of course, you have to keep your brain hydrated, so drinking plenty of water is absolutely essential. Because the brain is 60 percent fat, we need to consume the right kinds of fats, like fatty fish oils.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Are You Finally Ready to Change?

changing your lifeChange is something that most of us have trouble accepting or managing. Even though you may not like it, you cannot prevent change. From the womb to the tomb, our bodies are in a constant state of flux – physically, psychologically, nutritionally and emotionally.

Think back to early childhood, adolescence, puberty and young adulthood, with all of the changes that occurred. These changes continue as we proceed through our 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond.

As we go through these changes, we need to work hard to maintain our body’s natural design. This begins with refusing to accept mediocrity when it comes to our health. Our goal should be to achieve optimal health for ourselves, just like we strive to do for our children.

To achieve optimal health, we need to get out of autopilot mode when it comes to maintaining our bodies. We can do this by acquiring knowledge, eliminating unhealthy habits and seeking the help we need to make positive changes in our lives.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

The Holidays Are Only as Stressful as We Allow Them to Be

How to Reduce Holiday Stress

According to the American Psychology Association, 69 percent of Americans are stressed by a perceived lack of time during the holidays, 69 percent are stressed by a perceived lack of money, and 51 percent of are stressed by the pressure to give or get gifts. 22 percent report an extreme level of stress.

Society has conditioned us to believe that we need to go absolutely crazy, spend all of our money, and try to juggle a ridiculous amount of stuff during a five-week period that encompasses Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s.

Some people were actually camped out for Black Friday sales last week. Are they celebrating Thanksgiving in their tents, or are they skipping the holiday in favor of leading a stampede and saving $100 on a new TV?

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

The Physical Impact of Stress

stress-therapy-and-management--40927192 (1)Many of us think stress is purely psychological. It’s all in our head, so we just have to work it out of our system. After all, it’s not like a broken leg or something.

No big deal, right? Wrong.

Stress is a really big deal, and not just psychologically. As part of the foundation of the Pyramid of Health, stress is one of the eight basic elements we must take into account in order to achieve optimal health.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

The Importance of Controlling Our Response to Stress

Picture this scenario: I’m giving a presentation to 150 people in an auditorium that has one door on the right side and one door on the left side. As I’m fielding a question from the audience, a mountain lion walks through the door on the right.

Would you expect me to announce that the presentation is ending prematurely, thank everyone for coming, casually stroll to the door on the left, and shake each person’s hand as they leave? Of course not.

You should probably expect to see me sprinting face first through the wall on the left, door or no door, probably breaking every bone in my face, and running down the street to escape an obviously dangerous situation.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Signs of Teen Depression

Teen head down feeling depressedTry to remember what it was like when we were teens. Our bodies were changing. We were involved in our first real relationships. We were dealing with expectations to succeed inside and outside the classroom. We faced peer pressure. Now, imagine what it would have been like if social media was putting our teen lives under an even greater microscope.

Yes, teenagers have mood swings. Yes, they often seem to test the limits of your patience. Yes, they complain a lot. Yes, they can act like the whole world is against them. But how do you know what’s normal and what’s not? What is the difference between trivial teen drama and clinical depression, a serious medical condition?

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.