Understanding Detox, Part 2: Ending the Vicious Toxic Cycle

Understanding DetoxIn Part 1 of this post, I explained the real definition of detoxification, which is a lot different than what you’ve probably seen on television and the internet. I talked about some of the most common toxins, how they affect our health, and some of the symptoms of an excessive toxic burden in our bodies.

Because our first exposure to toxins occurs in the womb, the question isn’t if we’re toxic. The real question is, how toxic are we?

That question can be answered through comprehensive screening, including blood tests and surveys, to assess an individual’s level of toxification. In other words, detox isn’t for everyone.

The next step to understanding detox is to learn about the body’s detoxification pathways and how a real detox program helps.

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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.

Thank You for 20 Years of Trust and Inspiration

Long Branch Chiropractor Dr. James ProodianGoing into my senior year as a pre-med student at Southern Connecticut State University, I was suffering from severe head pain. My nutrition professor sent me to see a chiropractor, who sent me to Yale-New Haven Hospital to be treated for meningitis.

After recovering from such a serious condition, I decided to go back to that chiropractic office to do my internship on my way to degrees in public health and nutrition while preparing for my MCATs.

That experience opened my eyes and allowed me to see the kind of doctor I wanted to become.

I didn’t want to work in a hospital, and I didn’t want to prescribe medication for the rest of my life. In other words, I didn’t want to be a traditional, specialized doctor who focused on disease management and treating symptoms, believed the body and mind are separate, and remained emotionally detached from his patients.

I wanted to be a doctor who treated the patient as a whole, based on a true understanding of the connection between body and mind. I wanted to help people live healthier lifestyles by focusing on diet, lifestyle and preventive measures instead of simply treating disease. I wanted to be a partner in the healing process, providing not only medical treatment, but the genuine care and empathy that’s critical to physical and emotional healing.

So I went off to chiropractic school knowing only that one chiropractor from my internship, Dr. Michael Cocco. I went to the same school as he did – New York Chiropractic College. It’s hard to believe that I graduated 20 years ago this week.

Even after graduating from chiropractic school with a background in public health and nutrition, I still wasn’t sure how my career or practice would evolve. I had that notebook doodle of the type of facility I wanted to build – a large building with lots of windows, preferably near the ocean, where I could offer the kind of comprehensive care that would make it a true health and wellness facility.

Looking back on 20 years spent taking risks, spending money, working for other people, launching Natural Healthcare Center, educating audiences in the thousands, having a radio show and having five children, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else with my life. With your support, I’ve been able to remain true to my core values, never letting insurance carriers or finances dictate or change how I deliver patient care.

I understand that every time you walk into a doctor’s office, you’re putting supreme trust in the doctor, and I thank you for trusting me with your health and well-being. Outside of my relationship with God and my wife and kids, there is nothing more important to me on this planet than my patients and audience.

This 20-year road has been constantly evolving, and I’m nowhere near being done. I’m always in school, always learning. Healthcare and medicine are changing so rapidly right now as the national movement towards true healthcare and away from sick care is being embraced by more and more people.  I’m excited to be part of that movement, and I’m determined to help as many people as possible ride this wave and take back their health.

Again, I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to be part of your lives for 20 great years as a Doctor of Chiropractic and Health Educator. A special thank you to my mom for the loans and never-ending support, and to my wife, Stacy, for being everything to me and so much more than anyone could ask for. I look forward to making 2014 the best year yet!

Sincerely,

James Proodian

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.

Good Carbs or Bad Carbs? Get to Know the Glycemic Index

Low-glycemic foodGimmick diets infuriate me. Low carb, high carb, low fat, high fat, high protein, soup diets,  liquid diets, shake diets, points diets and on and on and on. It’s enough to make your head spin.

First of all, let me be clear about one thing. You die on a diet. Period. Most diets are unhealthy and downright dangerous. Weight loss is achieved not through gimmicks, but through lifestyle change and legitimate healing protocols that are prescribed and monitored by a professional, who has experience treating specific conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease or hormonal imbalance.

Second, these diets distract from a productive conversation about good carbs vs. bad carbs. All carbs are not created equal as evidenced by the Glycemic Index, a numeric scale (0-140) that indicates how quickly a particular food that contains carbohydrates can raise our blood sugar (glucose) levels.

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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.

Acupuncture: 3 Common Myths Debunked

Acupuncture Long Branch New JerseyMost fears or preconceived notions that people may have about acupuncture are usually caused by something they were told, something they saw on television, or just a lack of understanding about what acupuncture does. There are two general rules in life that also apply to acupuncture:

Don’t believe everything you see and hear.

Do your homework and get the facts from professionals.

These are the three most common myths about acupuncture that we hear all the time. While they’re not wildly outlandish, they’re certainly easy to debunk. We hope this might open your eyes to the benefits of acupuncture and how it can improve your quality of life.

Myth 1: With all those needles, it MUST hurt!

Yes, needles are involved in acupuncture. But one of those big, scary acupuncture needles is about as thick as a strand of hair. Most people don’t even feel it when a needle has been inserted.

Every person’s body receives things differently, and it’s possible to feel the slightest prick for a split second. But constant, excruciating pain caused by big needles all over your body? That’s a myth.

Acupuncture does not require anything close to a high level of pain tolerance. Actually, most patients feel very relaxed during and after acupuncture treatment.

Myth 2: Acupuncture is for pain relief.

Technically, this is an accurate statement, but it doesn’t come close to telling the whole story.

Acupuncture is wonderful for relieving pain, whether it’s in the neck, back, joints or other parts of the body. However, it also helps with headaches, migraines, asthma, allergies, emotional trauma, stress and women’s issues, like menstrual cycles, fertility and menopause.

The goal of acupuncture, like most Eastern medicine, is to keep the body balanced. Imbalance is caused when your body’s energy and blood aren’t flowing in rhythm.

Think of your body as a circle. All parts of the body are interrelated on a mind-body-spirit level, so if one part is out of balance, the entire body is out of balance. Acupuncture helps to bring everything back into balance.

Myth 2: After a little time with those magic needles, I’ll jump off the table and feel as good as new!

Well, they’re not exactly magic needles. They’re not hypodermic needles and nothing is injected into your body.

What these needles do, without getting too technical, is restore balance by pointing your body’s energy and blood in the right direction and helping them flow in harmony. Many people do feel great after one acupuncture treatment, but if we’re trying to correct a chronic or long-term condition, ongoing treatment is usually necessary.

There really is no magic involved with acupuncture. It’s science – maybe not the science you grew up with, but science nonetheless. Your acupuncturist will discuss any issues you may be having, ask you questions, and determine the best way to help you achieve balance in mind, body and spirit.

Are you wondering if something you’ve heard about acupuncture might not be true? Are you dealing with a condition or issue that you think might be helped by acupuncture? Let us know!

Thank you to Lisa Abramson and Henry Chuu, Natural Healthcare Center’s Licensed Acupuncturists for their contributions to this article.

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.