Advice for the New Year from Dr. Patten

Here we are again, in the season on the almighty ‘resolution’ to change our lives.   I won’t go into statistics to show you that most don’t work, I won’t tell you to eat nothing but grape leaves for the year and I won’t tell you that drastic change always works.   You already know that.

This is a time when it’s good to prioritize our life and to understand what we can change, what we should change and what we must change.  Diet, exercise, smoke cessation, going to church all seem to top the lists made this time of year.    I suggest you write everything down in three categories:

  1. I want   ___
  2. I need   ___
  3. I Must   ___

Write about 5 items for each of the above and put them in order of importance (TO YOU).  We’re working on YOU, not someone else.  Don’t forget that.  Now, put a start date and use realistic goals.   Pick one of each and do it.

The key to this is a very boring word:  MODERATION.  That is the key to just about everything, particularly in the medical field.  Over-abundance and under-nourishment are completely different when it comes to eating, but both have poor end results.  The same is true with just about anything because you will become burned out, unhappy and feel like you can never reach your goals.

So…  The word for the year is Moderation.  Have Mcdonald’s if you absolutely have to, but just once in a while.  Work out hard, but give yourself adequate rest.  Get on a weight loss program, but remember if you’re losing more than 2 lbs per week after the first week you need to settle down.

Ultimately my advice is this:  Make your resolutions according to what is absolutely necessary, what will effect your happiness.  The resolutions should be long-term, might as well make your resolutions for next year while your at it so you know where you’re going.

If back pain, neck pain or anything else I work with at the office is bothering you, come get it fixed now.   Why wait?  I would personally rather see you get better in 3 visits now than 12 visits 6 months from now.

Finally…  Throw out the dang scale.  Forget the BMI chart.  They are worthless in reality.  Have your body fat tested to measure progress.

 

Dr. Patten, Chiropractor in Gulfport, MS

PattenFamilyChiropractic.com

EricPattenDC.com

Advice for the New Year from Dr. Patten

Here we are again, in the season on the almighty ‘resolution’ to change our lives.   I won’t go into statistics to show you that most don’t work, I won’t tell you to eat nothing but grape leaves for the year and I won’t tell you that drastic change always works.   You already know that.

This is a time when it’s good to prioritize our life and to understand what we can change, what we should change and what we must change.  Diet, exercise, smoke cessation, going to church all seem to top the lists made this time of year.    I suggest you write everything down in three categories:

  1. I want   ___
  2. I need   ___
  3. I Must   ___

Write about 5 items for each of the above and put them in order of importance (TO YOU).  We’re working on YOU, not someone else.  Don’t forget that.  Now, put a start date and use realistic goals.   Pick one of each and do it.

The key to this is a very boring word:  MODERATION.  That is the key to just about everything, particularly in the medical field.  Over-abundance and under-nourishment are completely different when it comes to eating, but both have poor end results.  The same is true with just about anything because you will become burned out, unhappy and feel like you can never reach your goals.

So…  The word for the year is Moderation.  Have Mcdonald’s if you absolutely have to, but just once in a while.  Work out hard, but give yourself adequate rest.  Get on a weight loss program, but remember if you’re losing more than 2 lbs per week after the first week you need to settle down.

Ultimately my advice is this:  Make your resolutions according to what is absolutely necessary, what will effect your happiness.  The resolutions should be long-term, might as well make your resolutions for next year while your at it so you know where you’re going.

If back pain, neck pain or anything else I work with at the office is bothering you, come get it fixed now.   Why wait?  I would personally rather see you get better in 3 visits now than 12 visits 6 months from now.

Finally…  Throw out the dang scale.  Forget the BMI chart.  They are worthless in reality.  Have your body fat tested to measure progress.

 

Dr. Patten, Chiropractor in Gulfport, MS

PattenFamilyChiropractic.com

EricPattenDC.com

Speaking of Detox…

Detoxification & Purification (part 1 or 2)

I’m often asked about detoxification.  When should I do it?  How do I do it?  Should I move the TV into the restroom for a few days?    I’ll go ahead and answer the third first – keep all appliances out of the restroom.  Ok, moving on…  Detoxification is much different when compared to Purification.  Although the two words are used interchangeably (spell check said it was right), don’t do this.  Detoxification is preparation for purification.  Here’s an analogy:  You want shiny tires on your car, you have your soap, brush, water and armor all.  What do you do first?  You clean the tire, then you shine the tire.   So, Detoxification and purification really makes a two-part process.

When should I do it (detoxification)?

It really depends on how you feel and how your body works.  However, detoxification has been shown to be helpful with:

  • Chronic Conditions (Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, arthritis, unexplained aches, recurrent infections
  • Cognitive issues (memory/forgetfullness)
  • Food sensitivities & allergies (bloating/gas/constipation/IBS/diarrhea)  Note:  food sensitivities are problems with foods that you may have that do not show up on a typical allergy test.
  • Endocrine Issues:  (hormone issues:  Female/male, adrenal (Amazingly common in the stressed), Thyroid, Pancreas, etc…

How do I do it? (Detoxification)

 

Gut reconditioning.  Don’t go to Wal-Mart or GNC and get some detoxification package that will guarantee results in 5 days.  Not happening.  It takes at least 30 days to complete, anything less just makes you sit on the toilet.  I don’t enjoy sitting there: it’s boring.  Might as well avoid what you can avoid.  So, back to it.  You can follow one of below.

  1. The Melvin Page diet (boring boring boring)
  2. The Garden of Eden Diet – No white foods, no packaged foods containing hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, Just imagine what would be available in the Garden of Eden and eat away.
  3. The modified Detox diet (done under doctor supervision)

The modified Detox diet

Ok, this is no joke.  Really works.  You will drop weight fast, you will detoxify your body and you will hate me (just a little bit).  Remember, this is DOCTOR supervised:

  • Eat twice as much vegetables as fruit, 50% raw or over VERY low heat/steam
  • Go organic
  • No hydrogenated oils, nothing in a box, can, container, plastic wrap, from gas station, etc…
  • Fats are IMPORTANT!!!  Fish oil, olive, coconut (unless blood type A), grape seed or almond.  No others, especially veggie oil, canola, peanut oil
  • Sweet potatoes are beneficial
  • Beets are important – at every other day because the make the liver happy.
  • No Corn, bananas, white potatoes, corn syrup (nothing high-glycemic – search the web and you’ll find a huge list)
  • Drink lots of water!!  At least 1/2 of your body weight in ounces, drink mostly in between meals.  NO DISTILLED
  • Eat frequently, 5/6 times per day.
  • NO alcohol, tobacco, stimulants.  If you need your coffee get some dandelion coffee or green tea.
  • Protein comes from Ocean fish – Salmon, Cod, etc…  Organic Chicken/turkey is permissible.  No lake fish, nothing fried.

Important!!!

  1. Doctor’s supervision on all of this.  I’ll do it, blame me (or the front desk staff, rather) if you choose to take on this endeavor.
  2. Arthritis patients should avoid:  Nightshades (tomatoes, potatotes, all peppers, eggplant and citrus.
  3. Chronic Fatigue/Fibromyalgia patients MUST avoid citrus fruits.  Get the acid out, just don’t do it.

Part 2:  Purification.  Shining the tires, dropping the weight, learning what your body feels like when it works.

 

The modified detox is courtesy of the International foundation for Nutrition and Health. Most of this post if things I’ve learned from them INFH.org

 

http://www.Pattenchiropractic.com

Speaking of Detox…

Detoxification & Purification (part 1 or 2)

I’m often asked about detoxification.  When should I do it?  How do I do it?  Should I move the TV into the restroom for a few days?    I’ll go ahead and answer the third first – keep all appliances out of the restroom.  Ok, moving on…  Detoxification is much different when compared to Purification.  Although the two words are used interchangeably (spell check said it was right), don’t do this.  Detoxification is preparation for purification.  Here’s an analogy:  You want shiny tires on your car, you have your soap, brush, water and armor all.  What do you do first?  You clean the tire, then you shine the tire.   So, Detoxification and purification really makes a two-part process.

When should I do it (detoxification)?

It really depends on how you feel and how your body works.  However, detoxification has been shown to be helpful with:

  • Chronic Conditions (Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, arthritis, unexplained aches, recurrent infections
  • Cognitive issues (memory/forgetfullness)
  • Food sensitivities & allergies (bloating/gas/constipation/IBS/diarrhea)  Note:  food sensitivities are problems with foods that you may have that do not show up on a typical allergy test.
  • Endocrine Issues:  (hormone issues:  Female/male, adrenal (Amazingly common in the stressed), Thyroid, Pancreas, etc…

How do I do it? (Detoxification)

 

Gut reconditioning.  Don’t go to Wal-Mart or GNC and get some detoxification package that will guarantee results in 5 days.  Not happening.  It takes at least 30 days to complete, anything less just makes you sit on the toilet.  I don’t enjoy sitting there: it’s boring.  Might as well avoid what you can avoid.  So, back to it.  You can follow one of below.

  1. The Melvin Page diet (boring boring boring)
  2. The Garden of Eden Diet – No white foods, no packaged foods containing hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, Just imagine what would be available in the Garden of Eden and eat away.
  3. The modified Detox diet (done under doctor supervision)

The modified Detox diet

Ok, this is no joke.  Really works.  You will drop weight fast, you will detoxify your body and you will hate me (just a little bit).  Remember, this is DOCTOR supervised:

  • Eat twice as much vegetables as fruit, 50% raw or over VERY low heat/steam
  • Go organic
  • No hydrogenated oils, nothing in a box, can, container, plastic wrap, from gas station, etc…
  • Fats are IMPORTANT!!!  Fish oil, olive, coconut (unless blood type A), grape seed or almond.  No others, especially veggie oil, canola, peanut oil
  • Sweet potatoes are beneficial
  • Beets are important – at every other day because the make the liver happy.
  • No Corn, bananas, white potatoes, corn syrup (nothing high-glycemic – search the web and you’ll find a huge list)
  • Drink lots of water!!  At least 1/2 of your body weight in ounces, drink mostly in between meals.  NO DISTILLED
  • Eat frequently, 5/6 times per day.
  • NO alcohol, tobacco, stimulants.  If you need your coffee get some dandelion coffee or green tea.
  • Protein comes from Ocean fish – Salmon, Cod, etc…  Organic Chicken/turkey is permissible.  No lake fish, nothing fried.

Important!!!

  1. Doctor’s supervision on all of this.  I’ll do it, blame me (or the front desk staff, rather) if you choose to take on this endeavor.
  2. Arthritis patients should avoid:  Nightshades (tomatoes, potatotes, all peppers, eggplant and citrus.
  3. Chronic Fatigue/Fibromyalgia patients MUST avoid citrus fruits.  Get the acid out, just don’t do it.

Part 2:  Purification.  Shining the tires, dropping the weight, learning what your body feels like when it works.

 

The modified detox is courtesy of the International foundation for Nutrition and Health. Most of this post if things I’ve learned from them INFH.org

 

http://www.Pattenchiropractic.com

Purification: The final hours

It’s over in 3 hours.  The purification is finished.  There has been an overwhelming response for more information and I am willing to oblige.  One very important aspect to remember:  This is a purification, not a ‘cleanse’.  The typical view of a cleanse is something that makes you spend weeks in the bathroom.  Neither Kim, nor I had that problem throughout.  It wasn’t difficult after the first week, but I really did miss meat.  The unfortunate thing is that I taste every impurity now.  I feel ‘ill’ after eating chicken.  I honestly don’t want meat.  Looks like I’m going to make really good friends with the whey protein.

My sleeping has improved dramatically and this didn’t feel like a big deal (except for that first week).  I’ve lost some weight, which is nice; I still can’t get over the change in sleep.  We are both looking forward to the next phase.

If this is something you want to try, you will need to talk to me about it.  We’ll make sure your body is ready for it.  I will not provide this product to anyone with whom I have not examined.  There are some mild possibilities of drug interaction and I have to make sure you will not get dehydrated.   Just tell the CA/Receptionist you need 5 minutes and I’ll sit down and talk with you.

I know this was a bit bland.  I really wanted to write about an interesting piece of research I ran into regarding depression and chronic low back pain.  I will post that soon.

In Health,

Dr. Patten, Chiropractor at Patten Family Chiropractic Clinics:  Gulfport/Saucier, MS

PattenFamilyChiropractic.com

Purification: The final hours

It’s over in 3 hours.  The purification is finished.  There has been an overwhelming response for more information and I am willing to oblige.  One very important aspect to remember:  This is a purification, not a ‘cleanse’.  The typical view of a cleanse is something that makes you spend weeks in the bathroom.  Neither Kim, nor I had that problem throughout.  It wasn’t difficult after the first week, but I really did miss meat.  The unfortunate thing is that I taste every impurity now.  I feel ‘ill’ after eating chicken.  I honestly don’t want meat.  Looks like I’m going to make really good friends with the whey protein.

My sleeping has improved dramatically and this didn’t feel like a big deal (except for that first week).  I’ve lost some weight, which is nice; I still can’t get over the change in sleep.  We are both looking forward to the next phase.

If this is something you want to try, you will need to talk to me about it.  We’ll make sure your body is ready for it.  I will not provide this product to anyone with whom I have not examined.  There are some mild possibilities of drug interaction and I have to make sure you will not get dehydrated.   Just tell the CA/Receptionist you need 5 minutes and I’ll sit down and talk with you.

I know this was a bit bland.  I really wanted to write about an interesting piece of research I ran into regarding depression and chronic low back pain.  I will post that soon.

In Health,

Dr. Patten, Chiropractor at Patten Family Chiropractic Clinics:  Gulfport/Saucier, MS

PattenFamilyChiropractic.com

Purification – 5 days to go..

We’re getting down to the wire now!  We’ve both gotten used to the diet & food.  We’re looking forward to phase III, coming up on Wednesday.  Technically, it’s phase two, but I like to think the weeks without meat was phase one since that was the ‘cleansing’ phase.  We are going to work our way back into regular food, but for the 6 weeks after the initial purification we are going to use entrees a la South Beach diet.

So, the numbers.  Collectively, we have lost more than 30 lbs.   Energy is good, but I can tell when 3 hours are up.   The big change for me:  I went to sleep at 9:00 last night and slept until 7:00 this morning.  That is completely unheard of for me.  I haven’t slept for more than 4 hours at a time in a VERY long time.  Kim has noticed her skin looking better.  Enough of the vanity…

We have some really cool news regarding the Gulfport clinic coming very soon.  We are very excited!  I will drop some hints over the next couple of weeks.

Back again-

Doc Patten, Chiropractor, Nervous System Reconnector

Purification – 5 days to go..

We’re getting down to the wire now!  We’ve both gotten used to the diet & food.  We’re looking forward to phase III, coming up on Wednesday.  Technically, it’s phase two, but I like to think the weeks without meat was phase one since that was the ‘cleansing’ phase.  We are going to work our way back into regular food, but for the 6 weeks after the initial purification we are going to use entrees a la South Beach diet.

So, the numbers.  Collectively, we have lost more than 30 lbs.   Energy is good, but I can tell when 3 hours are up.   The big change for me:  I went to sleep at 9:00 last night and slept until 7:00 this morning.  That is completely unheard of for me.  I haven’t slept for more than 4 hours at a time in a VERY long time.  Kim has noticed her skin looking better.  Enough of the vanity…

We have some really cool news regarding the Gulfport clinic coming very soon.  We are very excited!  I will drop some hints over the next couple of weeks.

Back again-

Doc Patten, Chiropractor, Nervous System Reconnector

More Purification Updates (Dr. Patten of Patten Family Chiropractic in Gulfport & Saucier, MS)

I can understand why others have tapered off in their blog posts.  There isn’t as much to talk about.  However, tomorrow will be two weeks on the purification.  What have I noticed?  3 things…

  1. I used to take naps often.  Now, I rarely nap and sleep through the night.  Much higher energy levels.
  2. I get full very fast – and I can’t make it through a day without my tea or many small snacks per day.  Especially the carrots/cucumbers.
  3. I can taste when something isn’t real.  For example, anything that isn’t a carrot or grapefruit.  Organic salad dressing with a ‘hint’ or a very long word in the ingredients tastes metallic to me.

We’ve been able to add white meat for the last few days, and though it tastes good I don’t crave it.  I would prefer to augment with more protein.  If there is one qualm I have with this purification it is that there are not enough protein sources.  Of course, we could have paid a few extra dollars for the ‘special’ protein that works on the diet but we didn’t.  Next time.  Actually, I will probably get some with the post-purification program.

Back again,

Dr. Patten

More Purification Updates (Dr. Patten of Patten Family Chiropractic in Gulfport & Saucier, MS)

I can understand why others have tapered off in their blog posts.  There isn’t as much to talk about.  However, tomorrow will be two weeks on the purification.  What have I noticed?  3 things…

  1. I used to take naps often.  Now, I rarely nap and sleep through the night.  Much higher energy levels.
  2. I get full very fast – and I can’t make it through a day without my tea or many small snacks per day.  Especially the carrots/cucumbers.
  3. I can taste when something isn’t real.  For example, anything that isn’t a carrot or grapefruit.  Organic salad dressing with a ‘hint’ or a very long word in the ingredients tastes metallic to me.

We’ve been able to add white meat for the last few days, and though it tastes good I don’t crave it.  I would prefer to augment with more protein.  If there is one qualm I have with this purification it is that there are not enough protein sources.  Of course, we could have paid a few extra dollars for the ‘special’ protein that works on the diet but we didn’t.  Next time.  Actually, I will probably get some with the post-purification program.

Back again,

Dr. Patten