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Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson's Chronic Condition Natural Treatment Blog

Intentional musings of a unique Shelby Township Michigan Chiropractic Physician dedicated to helping people find solutions to improving their health by rooting out causes to chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, stubborn thyroid disorder symptoms, balance disorders, chronic knee & shoulder pain, migraines, sciatica, ADD/ADHD/ASD, back pain, peripheral neuropathy, gluten sensitivity and autoimmune disorders so they can Reclaim Their Life!

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Money-Saving Health and Fitness Tips to Boost Your Well-being

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Apr 21, 2020

 Money-Saving Health and Fitness Tips to Boost Your Well-being

Whether you’re dealing with chronic pain or just looking for ways to improve your overall health, taking steps to reduce body fat can help you feel better. Exercising and eating right are two of the best things you can do for your health. These healthy habits help to improve sleep, relieve pain, boost energy, support mental health, and bolster the immune system. Thankfully, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy these benefits! Here are some budget-friendly nutrition and fitness tips to help you cut body fat, control chronic pain, and boost your overall health.

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Topics: Healthy Eating, Mental Health, Outdoor Exercise, Bodyweight Training, Processed Foods, Fitness Tips, Well-Being, Strength Training, Bulk Shopping, Body Fat

Reduce initial dose of the virus and optimize your immune system

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Mon, Apr 06, 2020

COVID-19 can sometimes overwhelm young and old immune systems and in some cases can result in ‘Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome’ pneumonia and death (CDC (2020). The risk is greater for older people who may simultaneously be dealing with cancers, heart disease, diabetes, emphysema or other health issues.  As we age the immune system deteriorates  (immunosenescence) which reduces the response of the adaptive immune system that needs to respond to the virus infection (Aw, Silva & Palmer, 2007; Osttan, Monti, Gueresi, et al., 2016).

Severity of disease may depend upon initial dose of the virus

In a brilliant article, How does the coronavirus behave inside a patient? We’ve counted the viral spread across peoples; now we need to count it within people, assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and cancer physician Siddhartha Mukherjee points out that severity of the disease may be related to the initial dose of the virus.  Namely, if you receive a very small dose (not too many virus particles), they will infect you; however, the body can activate its immune response to cope with the infection.  The low dose exposure act similar to vaccination.  If on the other hand you are exposed to a very high dose then your body is overwhelmed with the infection and is unable to respond effectively.  Think of a forest fire. A small fire can easily be suppressed since there is enough time to upgrade the fire-fighting resources; however, during a fire-storm with multiple fires occurring at the same time, the fire-fighting resources are overwhelmed and there is not enough time to recruit outside fire-fighting resources.

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Topics: Immune System, Healthy Eating, Healthy Eating and Exercise, Healthy Lifestyle, Resistance, coronavirus, COVID-19, Breathing Pattern, Fresh Air, Prevention

Smart, Healthy Tips to Get Started With Self-Care

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Apr 23, 2019

No matter how stressful your day has been, and in spite of whatever personal issues you may be going through, it is still important to take the time to pay attention to and take care of yourself, both mentally and physically. Far from a demonstration of weakness, making time for self-care — which is especially important for people in high-stress jobs or the military — is one of the best decisions you can make. Self-care can allow you to feel better about yourself while being able to get more work done and generally make the most of your time.

Below are some helpful self-care strategies to help you get started.

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Topics: Neurofeedback, Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback, Healthy Eating, Good Sleep, Self-Care, Balanced Well-Being

The Canola Oil Con

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Dec 11, 2018

The Canola Con

I've been telling my patients the stay away from Canola oil for years. Dr. Ron Grisanti from the Functional Medicine University says it best.

We have all be fooled “again”...

Just when you think we are doing something good for our bodies we learn that we have been conned.

This has led to today's case of the Canola Con!

How many people use canola oil for cooking?

How many people choose mayonnaise, salad dressings, baked goods, and other processed foods containing canola oil?

I would say a bunch!

In addition, the major fast food chains brag that they no longer have trans fats, but have switched to canola oil. They use it for their french fries, burgers, salad dressings and baked goods, exchanging it for trans fatty acid-laden genetically engineered soybean oil.

Would I eat it? No.

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Topics: inflammation, Healthy Eating, Healthy Brain, Canola oil, Trans Fat, genetically engineered

Understanding Food Intolerance and How it Can Affect your Brain and Body

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Nov 27, 2018

Understanding Food Tolerance

The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is the region of our body that directly interacts with the external world through the foods we eat. Our GI tract performs two main functions. First, it allows us to absorb nutrients critical to maintaining our health. Second, its protective immune system shields us from pathogens, such as bacteria and foreign invaders. The area of our GI tract—from the esophagus to the rectum—where we absorb nutrients and have our protective immune system consists of a specialized line of cells, called the “mucosal layer.” 

Identifying and Removing Reactive Foods

Identifying and removing reactive foods can be a good first-step strategy that may impact energy levels, skin appearance, digestive comfort, well-being, mood, and more. When multiple food reactions are identified, your healthcare professional may recommend removing those foods from the diet. Taking steps to support the GI mucosa and immune system and address any environmental concerns, as recommended by your healthcare professional, may also be beneficial.

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Topics: ADHD, Leaky Gut, depression, Anxiety, Leaky Brain, Healthy Gut, Healthy Eating, Food Intolerance, Healthy Brain, Asperger's Syndrome, mTBI

4 Ways To Keep In Top Shape As We Age

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Mar 20, 2018

4 Ways to keep in Top Shape As We Age

We can count on getting older every day...until we stop aging and join the next dimension. While we are still here on terra firma the choices we make in four categories can make a huge difference in our vitality.

Our physical body is a machine. An advanced, incredible machine, but still at machine. It matters what we do to it and what we put into it on a regular basis. If we take care of our machine, it will take care of us as we age. Health and wellness must be a priority. Nutrition, exercise, inflammation and brain activation can all determine our quality of life.

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Topics: exercise, Nutritional Help, Brain heatlh, Healthy Eating, Healthy Aging, inflammation modulation

Beating Obesity with Exercise, Diet and Mind/Body Connection

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Mar 13, 2018

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 BEATING OBESITY WITH EXERCISE, DIET AND MIND/BODY CONNECTION

Obesity is on the rise in the United States, with the number of Americans suffering from obesity increasing faster than ever— On top of that, other studies show that almost half of Americans do not get the amount of exercise they need to maintain good health. Many doctors and healthcare providers agree: there is most certainly a connection between a obesity and exercise.

That’s why one of the best ways that you can fight obesity is to create wellness—focused activities that help you find an enjoyable workout routine, improve sleep, eat more balanced diet and address any mental health issues that could be contributing to your weight gain.

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Topics: exercise, Obesity, Healthy Eating

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