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Now that the weather has cooled down a bit...think about exercising outside.
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Covered California Open Enrollment has begun.
 
Rates are going up and coverage is going down.

And thanks to the state legislature, state senate, and Gov Brown, there is NO chiropractic coverage.

Anthem Blue Cross
Palo Alto Medical Foundation - PAMF - not on the plan
Stanford is contracted but most doctors at Stanford are not.

Blue Shield of California
Discontinued the EPO plan
Everyone on EPO has been moved to PPO
Stanford no longer contracted
PAMF is contracted
UCSF is contracted
Outside of the exchange, you can only get silver and bronze plans
Rates are going up

HealthNet
Not offered in Monterey County
Offers EPO but not with PAMF
Stanford contracted
UCSF not contracted
No subsidies allowed
Higher rates than other plans

United Healthcare
Core PPO network
PAMF not contracted
Stanford is contracted but NONE of the doctors are. Facility only.
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Identical Twins Diet Challenge. One Gives Up Fat, The Other Sugar. Who Wins?
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How many of you are sick and tired of being sick and tired of looking bad in the mirror because you're overweight and out of shape? I know I was. That was me 11 years ago when I was in my mid to late 40s. I looked at myself in the mirror and got sick of looking in the mirror. I'm 6'2" and at that time I had a 48" waistline and expanding - just like the universe. 
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One day I put the hammer down. I'm starting now. No going back, no quitting, and no starting over or I'll do this right after another bowl of ice cream. No way. 
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Back in school I swam on a team. I was in a lot of meets but never won a race. Nevertheless I could swim and that is where I started. When I got back into the pool 11 years ago I could swim 1 lap without resting. That's a measly 25 yards. Back in the day we were swimming up to 7500 yards every day, 6 days a week. So I did 1 stinking lap and rested until I felt I could do another lap. I think I did 10 laps total before I was exhausted. That's not much but it was a start. I forced myself to go to the gym even when I was looking for an excuse to not go. Over the next month I got hooked. I had to go to the gym. I worked my way up to 1 mile per workout - though I rested every 2 -4 laps. 71 laps is just over 1 mile. Eventually I got bored with  swimming and went into the gym.
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In the gym I had more people to look at so it wasn't as boring. I did elliptical training, stair master, weight lifting, and machine resistance training. By the end of 6 total months of training my weight dropped down to 212 lbs and 12% body fat. My waistline dropped from 48" to 35". As a reward I used to buy the tightest fitting T-shirt I could find. I remember a college friend came to visit and was shocked at how fit I was. 
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So, where am I going with this? If it sounds like you want to try this, I kept the weight off for 8 years. I had made good habits. But I went back to school and after a lot of personal issues I stopped going to the gym and got into bad exercise and food habits. I'm now at 235 lbs and want to get back down to 212 and 12%.
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If you want to join me, call me. I'm not using this as an opportunity to pressure people to become patients. Doing workouts with people is better and easier than doing it alone. I swim in Capitola at a gym (I'm not giving them a free plug). I'll give you my ground rules, the most important is that this is a process and there are no shortcuts. 
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Interested? Call me. If not, one day you'll see some 50-something guy on the beach with a very tight T-shirt. There is no quitting.
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Gallup Poll: Majority in U.S. Say Chiropractic Works for Neck, Back Pain

Call (831) 227-1544 for appointment
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Hey all you basketball studs out there! If you think you can play pro ball now may be your once-in-your lifetime opportunity to show a NBA team what you've got!

Very true!  The Miami Heat are holding an OPEN TRYOUT for their D-League team, the Sioux Falls Skyforce in Sioux Falls, SD. For a non-refundable $150 registration fee (you may even get a T-shirt?) you can register by Sept 25 and fly yourself down to Miami, Florida. Tryout is at Ransom Everglades HS in Miami on Sept 27, check-in at 8 am.
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I'm a former competitive swimmer. Swimming is still a tough sport. Practices are intense and absolutely exhausting. When I competed our team swam between 5000 - 7500 yards per day, 6 days a week. In the off-season we were supposed to do some weight lifting, which was optional back then. Unfortunately for us, we didn't know much about nutrition but times have definitely changed. 
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Now I swim to get into shape - or back into shape. It's still intense even though I no  longer swimming against the clock. You can still get injured, with the most common injury is shoulder over-use causing an impingement. Now that is a painful injury. I've experienced it first-hand and it's about a 300 on a 0 - 10 pain scale. That's not a typo because an impinged shoulder is off the charts with pain.

But you can prevent impinged shoulder injuries. And it's very easy. It's called bar hanging. That was discovered by Dr. John M. Kirsch, an orthopedic surgeon. He found that if he had his patients grab a chin-up bar or a tree branch and just hang for a bit he was doing fewer shoulder surgeries. He proved it by taking MRI and X-ray films to show how the coricoid-acromial (CA) arch widened with bar hanging.

I had a frozen and impinged shoulder late in 2010 with surgery in January 2011. I rehabbed my own shoulder after surgery using the Dr. Kirsch bar hanging method. I still do it. It worked remarkably well. 

Bar hanging is not just for swimmers. If you're at least 40 you should be bar hanging too because you're now at an age where frozen shoulders begin to manifest. Just find a tree branch, chin up bar, the top of a strong door, or anything that you have to reach up to grab. Let your body weight and gravity stretch your shoulders while you grab onto the overhead object. Just be sure that object is solid enough to hold your body weight. You don't need to hang in the air either - bend your knees to induce the stretch.  Do this for 30 seconds followed by 30 seconds of rest. Repeat the process 2 or 3 more times. Repeat this process daily. Over time your CA arch will open up enough to prevent impingement and help prevent adhesions forming on your rotator cuff. 
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If you want to read more, you can find Dr. Kirsch's book on Amazon - "Shoulder Pain? The Solution & Prevention", by John M. Kirsch, MD
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Ever Get Swim Ear?

Swim ear is an infection of the outer ear canal caused by water remaining inside your ear, usually after swimming. There are two solutions.
1) use a few drops of rubbing alcohol (methyl alcohol, aka methanol) into each ear after swimming will help remove water. This is the active ingredient in products like Swim Ear. If you want to buy Swim Ear, a 1 ounce bottle will cost you about $6 to $10. For $10 you could probably buy a pint or two of dilute methyl alcohol / rubbing alcohol at your local supermarket or drug store. Just ask the pharmacist. 

2) Ear plugs. These will set you back about $4 at a sporting goods store. I use them. They're long enough to easily insert / remove and have a rubbery feel to them. The come in various colors.
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Harvard University approves Chiropractic.
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There are insurance companies and banks that will not credential mobile doctors. It seems to me this is an unreasonable business practice as it punishes non-ambulatory patients, among other things. I asked California Assemblyman Mark Stone for help in changing this business practice. 
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