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The Littlest Chiropractic Patient

– my daughter, at North Raleigh Chiropractic. Keep up with Dr. Joe on Twitter @drjoeharris.

Fitness & Testing For Nutritional Deficiencies

Testing In ActionThus far in my daily range-of-motion routine I’ve seen a consistent loss in fat and consistent gain in muscle. Consistency is good, but it’s been s-l-o-o-o-w. Slow is undoubtedly good for me.

But! I’ve also been curious as to whether there might be more going on with me, in me – could there be anything blocking a more heightened weight loss? And what about my blood pressure? It’s reduced considerably since I’ve been using the ROM, but it’s still high for someone my age. And finally, there’s this pesky (more than pesky; downright frustrating) generalized anxiety that’s reared its head in recent years (I owe you at least a full blog post on that – remind me sometime) – what’s up with that?

I have questions. My Aunt Sharon has answers.

If not answers, at least responses. Good ones. My Aunt Sharon, whom I called Auntie Ra-Ra as a child, is Dr. Hatch to you. Dr. Hatch operates a wellness center in the West Metro Atlanta area that addresses questions and symptoms such as mine, without the use of pharmecuticals or surgery. She has a three-fold approach to health that includes chiropractic care, NAET allergy testing (& removal!), and nutritional testing; while we were in Atlanta last week I scheduled a couple of appointments with her. I already see a good chiropractor in Raleigh and NAET takes several months to do right, so on this brief of a visit we focused on the latter – nutritional testing.  I think her website (which, true confession, I helped her set up) asks a great question with regards to nutrition in general and vitamin and mineral supplements in particular:

Are you tired of wasting hundreds – perhaps even thousands – of dollars on expensive and seemingly useless nutritional supplements? Wouldn’t it be great to know exactly which nutrients your body needs? At the Wellness Center, we provide precise nutritional testing and counseling that specifically targets what you and your family need. Because nutritional needs change over time, we re-test regularly to ensure that you aren’t taking supplments pointlessly – overdosing on vitamins and minerals your body already produces in abundance can actually be detrimental to your health.

That’s been my experience at least – walking into a supplement store (or browsing a ‘health’ website), eyes glazed over – I mean, the way the labels are written you want to take ’em all – I mean, who doesn’t want increased stamina, better eyesight, and silky hair? But the thing is, if (and I realize this is a big “if” these days) you have a basically healthy diet eating real food, you don’t need most of those supplements. In fact, too much of a good thing can be harmful.

So back to Dr. Hatch. She uses a kinesological approach to test your body’s response to different nutrients – if you’re sufficient in an area, or have an allergy to a certain nutrient, she can tell. And if you’re lacking in something she’s testing you for, she can tell that, too. We discovered that my adrenal system is fine (something that can lead to increased anxiety if its out of whack), but my thyroid is off and my blood pressure, while not astronomical, is too high for someone my age. My body also needs a lot of Vitamin B right now. There were other results, too, but what I really cared about was the bottom line – she recommended to me several supplements that I’ll be taking at fairly high doses over the next 45 days, in conjunction with my normal ROM-ming and chiropractic routine. Then I’ll go in for testing again, to see how my body is responding to this nutrient infusion in areas I’m deficient in. She deals directly with a medical-strength supplement company that ensures high-quality ingredients – another relief, since I never know what I’m getting online, really. I was surprised at how affordable they are.

My aunt thinks that my body should respond positively to these supplements fairly quickly – that I should see positive results within 30 days, including a stronger metabolism and lower blood pressure. Perhaps a weight loss acceleration is coming? I can only hope! Stay tuned…

For my continuing whole-health journey, go here!

ROM By The Numbers: June Body Fat Analysis

Weigh InHitting the halfway-mark in ROMming, many of you want to know: How fat am I?

Well, here are the stats from Dr. Joe at North Raleigh Chiropractic:

29.8%  bodyfat

76.8 lbs of fat

181.2 pounds of lean muscle, bone,etc.

This is actually a 1.2% increase from our previous measurement, darn it all to heck.

What do I have to say for myself? What do I have to say for the ROM? Well, I can hardly blame this on the ROM; in the past six weeks I’ve been traveling a lot – to Maryland, New York City, and Little Rock. When out of town, I’m not ROMming (I hear Tony Robbins has his ROM shipped to his every motivational speaking gig; I do not have this luxury, alas) and I’m not usually eating as healthily – you’d better believe I enjoyed me some New York cuisine!

So…I’m back on my glorious four-minute regimen, and Jasmin’s delicious, healthy food. I’m going to start doing bodyfat analysis weekly, with a scale, so we can monitor these results more closely. Stay tuned!

Medieval Torture or Spinal Rejuvenation?

TortureIn addition to ROMming for my exercise, I’ve been on the lookout for potentially related natural services or vistas being offered that aid others on their whole-health journeys. One I kept on hearing about was the Spinal Rejuvenation Table, something that would relieve disc pressure and aid the healing and relaxation of old discs. Having received chiropractic care since childhood (with no serious injuries sustained), my low-back is in great shape – but I was curious as to what the experience might be for others. I asked Dr. Joe Harris at North Raleigh Chiropractic if I could film a Spinal Rejuvenation procedure & speak to a patient about their experience. He agreed, and we found a patient brave enough to be a YouTube star. This is the result:

I became pretty interested in the procedure myself, and underwent my own session. (I filmed it, but the tripod positioned my camera in the wrong place so it cut off most of the procedure. Alas, this film shall never see the light of day) My experience is much like that of the patient’s I interviewed: It feels uncomfortable at first, but then strangely right. Afterward, I felt a definite difference in my spine – a certain ‘lightness.’ I won’t be continuing Spinal Rejuvenation therapy in Raleigh as we’re moving this summer, but when I get to Atlanta, who knows?

ROMming Elsewhere: ROM as Chiropractic Rehabilitation

Now here’s a match made in heaven! A Range-of-Motion Quickgym in a chiropractor’s office. This video shows how chiropractors can make their practices more helpful (and profitible) by incorporating whole-health fitness.

See some of my chiropractic ROM-related videos here.

Am I Well-Adjusted?

Before you utter a chorus of unequivocal “no!s,” let me clarify that I’m talking about chiropractic adjustment! Here’s a video of a typical chiropractic maintenence adjustement. What I mean by this is, the best chiropractors (in my opinion anyway) are those who are subluxation-focused and specialize in corrective care. They typically take X-rays to monitor progress objectively. Dr. Joe Harris of North Raleigh Chiropractic is all of the above, which is why my family & I see him. He helped Jasmin have a quick and relatively pain-free pregnancy, we have greatly reduced allergies and overall better well-being. If you’re in the Triangle are, I highly recommend you give him a call at 845-0200.

Now get out the popcorn & enjoy what looks like him breaking my neck. 🙂

I’m Losing It…

ScaleBody fat, that is! I went back to Dr. Joe at North Raleigh Chiropractic to get my latest body fat numbers,  9 weeks after beginning the ROM. Dr. Joe uses a body fat metric developed by the Marines; when I was re-measured, nearly every single part (legs, arms, even hips) had lost some inchage.

The results? “Body Fat is now 28. 6 % with 184.2 pounds of lean muscle tissue and 73.8 pounds of fat. Definitely getting better!”

I’ll say! Compare this to “33.2% body fat…86.6 pounds of fat and 174.4 pounds of lean mass to include muscle, water and bone.”

Basically what this means is, 2+ months of four-minute workouts has caused me to lose weight and fat. I’ve only lost about 3 pounds or so *total* weight, but I’ve lost 13 pounds of fat! And gained 10 pounds in muscle!

All in 4 minutes a day. It’s crazy, because I don’t feel like I’ve made a huge lifestyle change, but apparently I have. I look forward to seeing how this continues to unfold…

…catch up on the whole-health saga here.

2009: A Fat Odyssey (and, a Living Alternative) weight-loss isn’t the only goal of my whole-health fitness journey to 30, fat-loss certainly is. Remember when Alf Temme told me “You are most likely 70 to 75 pounds overweight on FAT and about 20 to 25 pounds UNDERWEIGHT on MUSCLE”? Well, it turns out he was pretty accurate. I got the results of my pre-ROM body-fat analysis from my chiropractor, Dr. Joe. The State of my Fat Union is:

“33.2% body fat from a formula developed by the US Navy. Breakdown is as follows: 86.6 pounds of fat and 174.4 pounds of lean mass to include muscle, water and bone.”

33% – I’m 1/3 fat – literally! Ugh. Isn’t that, like, a couple of spare tires? So by most metrics, I’m “supposed” to weigh around 178 pounds. I put that in skeptics’ quotes because I weighed around that in high school and my then-sweetheart, now-wife tells me I was too skinny back then – she uses adjectives like ‘gaunt’ and ‘scary.’ So I’ve thought that if I weigh a nice musclebound 200, I should be just fine…I’m presently hovering around the 255 mark.

What’s been important to me in this journey is not to take the easy road of fat-fretting. Our culture plumps us up by selling us more and more artificially-engineered empty calories (anyone who hasn’t read the works of Michael Pollan in this regard absolutely must), then it offers us, should we so choose, a ‘dessert’ of self-loathing and fad diets, often propped up by industrialized food’s first cousin, the pharmecutical industry. Well thanks, Global-Industrial Food & Drug Complex, but I’ll pass. In fact passing on this cocktail, and passing well, is what this journey is all about.

  • Instead of hating my body into submission, I’m working to love it into an expression both of my inner life and of God’s life.
  • Instead of bemoaning the fact that I’m a desk-jockey, I’m ROM-ing it & trying to take walks with my family when I can.
  • Instead of drugs & fad diets, our whole family is re-designing the way we eat – eating more fresh & local foods.
  • Instead of burning the candle at both ends, I’m making a sincere go at crafting a daily rhythm of prayer, movement, and spending time with people who matter.

And my crazy hope is, at the end of it all, that 33% number will vamoose! Thanks for being around for the journey.

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Do I Really Need to ‘Lose Weight’? am happy to report that, since using the ROM, I’ve lost at least seven pounds.

Alas, you know what they say about statistics. The same can be said about correlation and causation; I’m afraid this rapid weight loss was more due to me (and indeed my whole family) being very sick last week. Purge-O-Rama!

But is what I’m doing in my journey toward health best framed as ‘weight loss’ anyway? ROM manufacturer Alf Temme (ahem) weighs in:

There is additional advice that we give with the ROM. When you start on an exercise program that is meant for losing fat then ABSOLUTELY DO NOT GO ON A DIET AT THE SAME TIME. In fact a calorie restricted diet will worsen your fat problem.

When you are saying that you are about 50 pounds overweight I have news for you. You are most likely 70 to 75 pounds overweight on FAT and about 20 to 25 pounds UNDERWEIGHT on MUSCLE. The word OVERWEIGHT should be stricken from the English language because it misinforms and misleads people about their problem. The reason why people get fat is because they have lost muscle first. Every pound of muscle will metabolize between 5 and 90 calories per 24 hours. It will minimum metabolize 5 calories and more depending on whether it is used to perform work and how hard it is used. Losing a pound of muscle (not maintaining it, use it or lose it) will cause at least a loss of metabolism of about 1800 calories in one year. Those 1800 calories equal the calories contained in half a pound of fat. This would result then in that you will burn half a pound less fat per year. The process of gaining fat can be slower or faster depending of how fast and how much muscle you lose. If you operate a computer all day and do not much else you will lose muscle very quickly and will accumulate fat in rapid fashion.

Going on a calorie restricted diet worsen the muscle loss problem even though it can cause some of the fat storage to decline temporarily, only to increase faster after you return to normal eating habits and it result in more fat than before starting on the diet. If you are interested I can elaborate about what to do about your eating habits when you start using the ROM. Surprisingly you should do the opposite from what people believe they should do to get rid of their fat. You actually have to start off the day with a carbohydrate breakfast.

75 pounds overweight on fat, how delightful. But that just means I’ve been building up a secret cadre of muscle these past several weeks! Ready to strike at a moments notice. Coming tomorrow: My first ROM workout video!

ROM: Weigh-In & Body Fat

So I went to my chiropractor, Dr. Joe Harris, at North Raleigh Chiropractic to get my pre-ROM weigh-in. Yikes! You’ll see what my weight is; an all-time high.

Then Dr. Joe takes my body fat measurements, with me filming (read: mixed results). We also tour around a bit NRC‘s state-of-the-art new facility.

Coming next: my first actual ROM workout videos! And the results of my body-fat analysis.

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