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Dr. Daniel Gonzalez
Deliverer of Awesomeness at Family Health Chiropractic
Deliverer of Awesomeness at Family Health Chiropractic

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40% of the time, this post is going to be right all the time.

40% of Americans have low-normal B12 levels.

"B12 deficiency is much more common than the conventional medicine establishment and general public realize. Data from the Tufts University Framingham Offspring Study suggests that 40 percent of people between the ages of 26 and 83 have plasma B12 levels in the low-normal range, a range at which many experience neurological symptoms."

Yet very few doctors ever screen for deficiency.

More surprising was the fact that researchers found that low B12 levels were as common in younger people as they were in the elderly.

B12 deficiency can mimic the signs and symptoms of diseases that are commonly associated with aging such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, cognitive disorders, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and other neurological problems; mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety; cardiovascular disease; cancer; and low libido.

This means that It’s entirely possible that symptoms normally thought of as a “normal” part of aging (whatever the hell that means) such as memory loss, cognitive decline, and decreased mobility are at least in part caused by B12 deficiency.

B12 deficiency is missed for two reasons:

1) Your doctor does not routinely test for it.
2) The conventional serum B12 test that most doctors run only picks up a small fraction of people who are actually B12 deficient.

What causes B12 deficiency?
- Inadequate intake (common in vegetarians and vegans)
- Intestinal malabsorption due to low stomach acid
- Celiac Disease
- Crohn’s disease, or other gastrointestinal conditions
- Pernicious anemia
- Atrophic gastritis (caused by H. pylori or other infections)
- Medications (antacids, metformin, histamine blockers, etc)

Finally, things to consider when supplementing:
There are two forms of vitamin B12 that you’re likely to come across – methylcobalamin and cyanocobalamin.

Cyanocobalamin is much more common in multivitamins and B12 vitamins, but there are lots of strong arguments to replace this ingredient with methylcobalamin.

In short, Cyanocobalamin is the synthetic (less expensive) form of B12, while methycobalamin or adenosylcobalamin is the form that mimics nature more closely.

So if you’re considering supplementing, make sure you are using the better (methylcobalamin) form.

Also... eat meat. You're a human and your ancestors flourished when they started consuming other animals. #topofthefoodchain

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A 2017 #Brain imaging study found that #chiropractic adjustments decreased stress chemicals by 80% compared to those people not getting adjusted.

Every year for the past 50 years, #Stress has continued to rise and is now one of the leading reasons why people visit their doctor. Unfortunately, the only medical solution is medication. This study now shows proof why chiropractic patients are healthier and less stressed than people who do not see #chiropractors.

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#Health is not something you can just buy. It must be earned.

#OptimalHealth requires time, repetition and consistency.

#HighPerformanceHealth requires all the above plus mastery of each skill set, with a ferocious desire to continuously get better and never be satisfied with your current state. This includes a focus on personal nutrition, social relationships, sleep, flexibility, strength, speed and endurance.

If you're not feeling your best and you want to be #Better - realize that its going to take the rest of your life to achieve it. It could take 2 years to optimize your diet. It could take 5 years to become flexible and 10 years to become strong. So be in it for the long game. Anything less and you're setting yourself up for failure.

#Whole30 is not enough. Consider #WholeLife instead.

Most people think of #Exercise as a way of burning calories. If you eat too much on the weekend, you can burn it off on Monday, right? This is total nonsense and defies the laws of thermodynamics. It just doesn't work that way.

You don't have enough time in the day to "burn off" calories or the biochemical mess you created from just one bagel, much less a full weekend of festivities.

And this process results in "the more I eat, the more I'll just have to exercise" cycle of failure. It doesn't work.

The fact is you will never lose weight through exercise. But when you surrender to that truth, you can begin the real work of exercise and fitness, which is to make your body as efficient and youthful as possible.

A learned about a man who in his 70's is healthier than when he was in his 60's. He didn't start his health journey until 64. Ten years later he's #Better.

Click the link to check out his story...

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I hear it all the time.

"I've already had a blood test done and my doctor said I'm Normal."

I can follow up that statement, with "Are you as healthy as you want to be?" and the response is an absolute "No."

Normal is Not Optimal. And therein lies the difference between conventional medicine and functional medicine. I'm not concerned with "normal" or "average" or "mediocrity".

You are worth so much more than that. This article discusses the difference between normal and optimal and I attempt to give you some insight on the things your doctor should be considering when reviewing blood chemistry panels.

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You suffer from what you don't understand. A #chiropractic adjustment can impact your #brain in the most amazing way. From changing vision, influencing joint position and awareness, altered brain processing and how your brain actually integrates #sensory and #motor information to improvement in reaction time, increased muscle #strength in the legs and even reduced muscle #fatigue - it's simply something you need every day or at the very minimum every week. This article has several references that support what I just said; but more important are the millions of people everyday that are being lit from the hands of doctors who care more than you'll ever know.

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