Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

October 7, 2018

Fasting and the 2016 Nobel Prize in Medicine

A student of fasting for over 40 years, I began Blogging about it some eight plus years ago, in a post on Juice Fasting. In fact things have gotten to the point where we have to put “fasting” in quotes, to clarify what we mean because it is becoming as meaningless a word as “natural”.

Here there are a number of Posts on the subject.

This Blue Zones Blog Post reviewing the work of Japanese cell biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi, who did win the 2016 Nobel Prize for Medicine as a result of his work on autophagy (a process that happens when you abstain from food – or by the way – to some extent when you exercise), is the most important Post on this entire Blog!

My wife thinks that this Wedge of Awareness Post is my best, but here, in this Blue Zones Post is a gold mine of amazing information that can and would change your life for the better – no matter how bad off or how well off you are right now.

It is not something that you do; it’s something you do non’t do!

It is free. It takes less time than whatever it is you are doing now. It is simple. And, with just the simplest and easiest of rules to follow, you can not screw it up. You can do it in progressions: start where you are, and gradually lengthen the time between “supper” and “breakfast”. Simple. Drink water (you know the water that I recommend, but get the best water you can find and afford).

(This needs a disclaimer: do this only under the supervision of a doctor – you may be too sick for the cure – it may not be for you. Perhaps that is some valid reason why you can not stretch out the time between supper and breakfast (you might be in the 1% – a guess – for whom this is not appropriate). If it turns out to be a rough ride from where you are to get back to health, you may want a partner to help guide you. Include your doctor in the process, it will education them as much as it does you!)

I could get more emphatic, but…

… it would not do any good.

Now it is up to you.


July 17, 2018

Can Fasting Improve Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms?


July 15, 2018

A new study reveals intermittent fasting successfully reduces multiple sclerosis like symptoms.


December 11, 2014



There is no “may” about it in my opinion.

July 24, 2017

The Fat Wars, by Dr. George Lundberg

This Post is something that I got from Medscape. I can’t just paste it here because you have to be registered on their site to get it. And, I am probably violating some promise to secrecy – or some internet copyright arrangement – so don’t tell anyone that you got it here.

That said, this is a useful example of forces behind “official” recommendations: it can be a mix of facts, fiction, and fantasy. But, because if comes from what is supposed to be a credible source, we tent to give it a lot of weight. (It falls under the “be careful who you listen to” category, as far as I am concerned.

It is also an example of how things can become very complicated, but they can also be simplified (at least I will offer what I consider a simple solution).

Here is the quote from Dr. Lundberg:

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


The Fat Wars


“Hello and welcome. I am Dr George Lundberg and this is At Large at Medscape. I am about to fix my dinner and I do not know what to eat. Can you help me?

You probably saw the official American Heart Association’s (AHA) “Presidential Advisory” on dietary fats and cardiovascular disease, by 12 distinguished authors.[1] It was published in the AHA’s own journal, Circulation, on June 15, 2017, with much public relations hoopla. The authors ignored the world literature and cherry-picked four studies they considered the best, and pronounced that lowering the intake of saturated fat, coupled with a higher intake of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat, would reduce cardiovascular disease by about 30%.

Never mind that on March 18, 2014, a systematic review and meta-analysis[2] of many observational studies and clinical trials by six authors from Cambridge, England, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found no evidence that low consumption of total saturated fats and high consumption of polyunsaturated fats affected relative risks for coronary artery disease. Never mind that on Aug 12, 2015, 11 authors from Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario, Canada, reported, in a systematic review and meta-analysis of many prospective cohort studies,[3] that intake of saturated fats was not associated with all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, ischemic stroke, or type 2 diabetes, although trans fats, especially of industrial origin, were.

Once upon a time, in 1982, JAMA published an early paper by the Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial Research Group from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.[4] Back then, I was so naive that I believed that high serum cholesterol caused atherosclerosis.

David Cundiff is studying 19 different relative risk factors for cardiovascular diseases in 168 countries. They include consumption of animal products; refined carbohydrates; alcohol; tobacco; vitamin K2 intake; exercise level; body mass index; fasting blood sugar/hemoglobin A1c; blood pressure; medication for hypertension; cholesterol/HDL ratio; personal income; education level; gender; age; ethnicity; vitamin D level; air pollution; and fetal, infant, and childhood stress. That sounds pretty complicated. Results are published in Cureus.[5]

Finally, we have the great anecdotal case report of Fred Kummerow, who died on May 31, 2017.[6] Illinois professor Kummerow was born in Germany, moved to Wisconsin between the wars, and became a PhD biochemist. He never did believe much about cholesterol, saturated fats, eggs, meat, and butter having anything to do with heart disease. But from 1957 on, his research demonstrated big-time vascular damage from trans fats, margarine, and fried foods.[7,8] Four hundred Kummerow research papers later, the US Food and Drug Administration finally moved against the practice of adding manufactured trans fats to processed food.

Did I mention that he was 102 years old when he died this year? He practiced what he preached.

Meanwhile, back to the 19 risk factors. I am in good shape on 13 of them; there is nothing I can do about four; so I guess I will fix myself some beans and carrots, an apple, and one hard-boiled egg.

That is my opinion. I am Dr George Lundberg, at large at Medscape.”

So how do you simplify? Easy. The healthiest, longest lived, and happiest people on earth do things a certain way; do it that way. See Blue Zones Posts on this Blog for more information.

July 22, 2017

WHEN You Eat Matters

This research (on mice) reinforces old advice and other human research on the value of eating schemes, such as the “after 8 and before 8” routines. Whether restricted calories will result in weight loss may be tied to whether or not you eat at reasonable times.

This is something I have talked about with patients for thirty years, and Blogged about off and on for the past ten years. Most recently the research on fasting revealed critically important relationships between eating the last meal early and eating the first meal a little later: almost magical improvements in all the numbers that mark the progress from slightly sick to obese and on to metabolic syndrome and the deadly diseases that follow.

It is ironic that doing almost nothing (actually nothing – that is what fasting is) can be so profoundly healthy.

For more information on all of these words, try typing them into the search box on the right – there are probably a dozen or so Posts on each subject:-)

May 17, 2017

“Remarkable and a major breakthrough” I Don’t Think So

More amazing research on the benefits of fasting!

I have been a student of fasting for over 40 years, and this is the second recent report on new research showing that the benefits are almost unbelievable: but they are predictable and do happen over and over and over.

I reported, briefly, a couple of years ago about research on fasting that was remarkable and a breakthrough – but there isn’t any research news on fasting that is not positive – it is all almost too good to be true.

This is news that I can not help but share. I hope that you find it helpful.

September 2, 2015

“Weight May Affect Onset of Alzheimer’s”

And not in a good way (as you might guess).

That was the title to an article in today’s paper. The byline was: “More midlife pounds meant neurological disorder struck earlier.” It went on to report on a research study.

Two other quick quotes:

“Obesity in midlife has long been suspected of increasing the risk of Alzheimer’s.”

And, “Maintaining a healthy BMI at midlife is likely to have long-lasting protective effects.”

My recent Posts sharing the research reported on by Dr. Slosberg in Idaho a couple of weeks ago follow the same line. There are some high points in terms of good news that should be emphasized since most of the research is on the negative side – things are really bad health-wise in this country when it comes to the consequences of poor dietary choices and lack of exercise (or activity in general as it turns out).

Anyway, here are some very simple and effective ways to reverse all of the negative physiology and manage some of the major risk factors for illness.

1. Stop eating sugar.
2. Stop eating so much carbohydrates as a percentage of the daily diet.
3. FAST! (As in, do #1 and #2 ‘fast’ and FAST). The “new” twist from the new research is that simply extending the time between supper and breakfast longer – to up to 16 hours but 12 would be a big improvement for most of us – confers all the amazing benefits of what most people think of when they hear the word fast. What’s really cool is that ALL of the negative physiological changes (the ones that, collectively lead to Metabolic Syndrome – the precursor to all the killer diseases we slowly die of) are reversed with fasting. That is really cool news, it’s new – in a sense – but, actually the Natural Hygienic folks have been saying these exact same things since before Jethro Kloss and Paul Bragg got on the scene.

Something to think about.

Oh, and #4. Just move – do anything you can to be more active – almost anything is better than what we have right now with way too many people.

October 20, 2012

Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome or (Metabolic Age) is a collection of symptoms that lead to the slowing down of the bodies’ metabolism that leads to a diseased state. To be classified as Metabolic syndrome patients will have 3 of the 5 following disease states:

1. Obesity
2. Coronary heart disease
3. Type-2 Diabetes
4. High blood pressure (hypertension)
5. High/ imbalanced cholesterol (dyslipidemia)

Almost all cases of metabolic syndrome could have been prevented by following a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Causes/triggers of metabolic syndrome

1. Sedentary lifestyle (exercising for less than 30minutes a day): sitting at work, driving to and from work, getting machine to do what was once manual labor etc.
2. Diet: eating insufficient fruit and vegetables, high salt and sugar/refined foods, high saturated fat, low omega 3s, high carbohydrate, low protein, high sugar/caffeinated drinks, low water intake.
3. Your relationship with food: eating quickly, poor nutrition in our soils, convenience foods, lack of food preparation skills, microwaving.
4. Inflammation: insulin resistance, chronic disease, stress, poor sleep, toxicity, high levels of abdominal fat.
5. Low active tissue mass (muscle): less than 30min exercise a day, sedentary lifestyle, poor protein intake and digestion.

Symptoms / consequences of Metabolic Syndrome

1. Metabolic: overweight, weight gain around the abdomen, history of failed weight loss attempts, carbohydrate cravings, diabetes, high fasting glucose test
2. Liver and kidney: non-alcoholic fatty liver
3. Reproductive: early puberty, lack of menstrual cycle, PCOS, infertility, low hormone levels, erectile dysfunction, impotence, prostate cancer
4. Cardiovascular: hypertension, vascular disease, high triglyceride levels, low HDL, high LDL, high fibrinogen, high uric acid
5. Skin: acne, skin tags, male pattern balding Neurological: depression, dementia, tinnitus, migraines,
6. Sleep: sleep apnea, snoring, daytime sleepiness/ fatigue

If your waist circumference is >102cm in males and >88cm in women then you MUST loose weight.

For information on the Ultra Lite Weight Loss System click here!

If you prefer to focus on getting healthy rather than loosing weight, I recommend getting adjusted, doing Tai chi and taking JuicePlus+ Supplements as a great start. Each of these moves is like getting an unfair advantage.

July 4, 2012

Risk Factors.2

Filed under: General Health & Wellness, Wellness care — Tags: , , — doctordilday @ 7:36 pm

A few days ago I talked about screening for risk factors and then addressing the risk factors as a way to prevent disease. Cause, effect, and the odds of getting disease were discussed. Here I will mention the mirror image of that approach. Suppose you wanted to cause health. Health is defined as having all the parts working 100% of the time at 100% full function. It’s an ideal.

In chiropractic we talk about the physical, chemical and mental (emotional)  “causes” of dis-ease leading to the subluxation complex. The subluxation complex is most easily recognized as the joints that do not move well and the accompanying nerve system disturbance that eventually results in degeneration, disease and death. The cause of health is not that we make a chiropractic “adjustment” that corrects the subluxation. It’s that the body then responds naturally to become more healthy.

So the chiropractic adjustment is one physical element that will help to cause health. Exercise is another. The more functional and comprehensive the exercise, the better. I like to think of Tai chi as perfect partly because it enhances, corrects or maintains healthy breathing, posture, sitting, standing, walking, bending and lifting as well as getting up and down off the ground for starters (all things we all do all day, and things that profoundly influence every other aspect of our lives). In presentations on the subject a table is generated with a list of possible exercise choices down the left side and a list of the benefits across the top. Given the appropriateness, available time, energy, money and other resources necessary, the exercise with the greatest number of benefits associated with it emerges as the “best” choice for any given individual (or company) at any given time.

Likewise in the area of chemistry (think diet, including water, etc.) it is often useful to think in terms of the effect of making a choice. As just one example we talk about the JuicePlus+ Effect. What this means is, what would be the effect of taking JuicePlus+ (or any other dietary choice). We know from gold standard clinical research some of the effect of taking JuicePlus+. We also know what the people on JuicePlus+ say the effect is for them (a little lower quality of research). Those lists are here if you are interested.

I have also recently talked about the effect of Juice Fasting (the Joe from Australia – jointhereboot – way), and mentioned that in comparison other (Blender) options. We will be discussing the whys and why nots as well as sampling a variety of different juices from different machines at an event in our office in August 9th at 6:30 p.m. if you are interested.

It’s the physical, chemical and mental/emotional choices we make that determines our path: health or disease. We can all look at our past and our present to see in which direction we are going. One of our great powers is the power to make these choices daily for ourselves.

Happy 4th of July!

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