April 20, 2017

Diet Soda and your Health

Articles by Dr. Erdman are for informational purposes, and are not to be taken as specific medical advice.

It feels like summer is fast approaching and we are thinking of fitting into swimming suits once again.  Some might feel that switching to diet soda is a way to cut calories, yet still enjoy the beverage.  I hate to be the bearer of bad news yet again, but it doesn’t work that way.  All soda has negative health effects, and should be consumed very sparingly, if ever. 
 
Pepsi has announced that Diet Pepsi will be switching from aspartame to sucralose, as the artificial sweetener.

So why is Pepsi Co switching?  As many studies over the years have shown, aspartame is just hazardous to your health. It is carcinogenic in many ways, and people are rejecting its use.

April 06, 2017

Dark Chocolate

Articles by Dr. Erdman are for informational purposes, and are not to be taken as specific medical advice.

Since we are approaching the Easter season, many people celebrate with gifts of chocolates and candies. First, let’s remember why we have Easter celebrations. Secondly, we can look on the bright side of some of the candy we may consume.

Obviously, most candy is nothing but sugar and generally not what we look to eat regularly or in any serious amounts. Sugar in general is just not healthy and most candy is just that, not healthy.

What if I told you there is a sweet treat that is tasty and healthy? Of course I’m talking about dark chocolate. Dark chocolate contains a high amount of cacao seeds, which is the secret to its healthfulness. The darker the chocolate the higher percentage of cacao, and the healthier it is. 
Actually raw cacao is the best option, but it is very bitter and not tolerated by most people. Choose a dark chocolate with 70% cacao or more for the best health benefits.

March 23, 2017

Gallbladder

Articles by Dr. Erdman are for informational purposes, and are not to be taken as specific medical advice.

Most people know someone who has had gallbladder issues.  It is a common ailment causing many digestive problems from indigestion, heartburn and abdominal discomfort to vomiting, diarrhea and severe pain.

The gallbladder stores bile produced by your liver, and regulates the release of bile into the digestive tract, as needed. Bile emulsifies the fat we eat for better absorption in the bowel. It is the same mechanism for why we use soap detergent to clean greasy dishes. Without soap emulsifying the fat, it would never come off the dishes, right? The same goes for the bowel; unless the fat we eat is broken down, it is not absorbed and used to fuel our bodies. You are wrong if you think this sounds like a good diet plan; we need essential fats for fuel. In fact, most people should be eating more good fats to lose weight and for better health.

March 09, 2017

Low Dose Naltrexone part 2

Articles by Dr. Erdman are for informational purposes, and are not to be taken as specific medical advice.

In the last article, we introduced Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) as an important therapeutic breakthrough for those with diseases whose origins are rooted in a failed immune response, or autoimmune diseases, and other immune dysfunctions. LDN boosts the immune system, activating the body’s own natural defenses. (Go to my website TryChiropracticFirst.com to find the last article under 2 Cents 4 Health.)

LDN has demonstrated efficacy in thousands of cases and diseases. In all these cases where “the immune system plays a central role in the development of the disease, low blood levels of endorphins are generally present, contributing to disease associated immune deficiencies,” says the nonprofit website LowDoseNaltrexone.org.

February 23, 2017

Low Dose Naltrexone part 1

Articles by Dr. Erdman are for informational purposes, and are not to be taken as specific medical advice.

There aren’t many times when I’m excited for the possible uses of a prescription drug. Most medications have too many unintended consequences and treat symptoms rather than the cause of a particular disease. Health and recovery come from treating the causes of disease, whether that is inflammation, lack of essential nutrients, or physical inactivity. Obviously not all disease can be treated this way and medications are a necessary option if no others exist. Most times though, other options exist.

February 09, 2017

Opioid Use part 2

Articles by Dr. Erdman are for informational purposes, and are not to be taken as specific medical advice.

In the second part of this two column series on opioid use and abuse, we will cover some health issues caused by the drugs and what other remedies may be effective for pain control.
First, though, a recap is in order. Many politicians and doctors now regard opioid addiction as a ‘disease.’ Unfortunately, it is a disease knowingly created by the drug making industry with the federal governments’ permission. These are facts, based on admissions of falsely advertising their pills to doctors and patients in a court, and paying hundreds of millions in fines. The government is culpable because they believed the company’s initial lies and sanctioned their use to the public. Read the last article for an in depth review of these matters.

As it turns out, opioid drugs are very potent immune suppressors. They wreck your health from day one, leaving your health worse off by simply taking these drugs. It has been shown that these drugs cause an over stimulation of the opioid receptors, resulting in severe immune impairment.

According to Dr. Thomas Cowan from the Weston Price Foundation, “you will typically see that as soon as a patient starts taking opiates for chronic pain [or whatever reason] their health rapidly declines as their immune system becomes increasingly compromised.”

January 26, 2017

Opioid Use part 1

Articles by Dr. Erdman are for informational purposes, and are not to be taken as specific medical advice.

If you’ve read the national news or even picked up a local newspaper in the last year, you’ve heard of the opioid drug epidemic overcoming the nation. Do you know who is taking these drugs and how they are getting them? Are they prescription or illegal drugs, or both? Why are these drugs killing people? Do these drugs work for pain control and are there safer alternatives?

While any one reason may not be one hundred percent the cause, we can put a large amount of blame on the drug makers themselves. Oxycontin, Percocet, Duragesic and Fentanyl (a synthetic opioid 50 times stronger than heroin) are the brand names of these opioid drugs. Many believe the makers of these drugs need to be held accountable for this trend, especially since several have been caught lying about the benefits and risks of their drugs.  Heroin is the street drug of choice, but all the others are used and sold illicitly as well.

Let’s start with some statistics. In 2014, more than 28,000 people died from opioid overdoses. In 2013, 16,000 people died from prescribed opioid painkillers. A 2016 study showed a 300% increase in heroin use from 2003 to 2014, reaching 1 million users. Americans use 80% of the world’s opioid drugs. Alabama has the highest opioid prescription rates, 143 prescriptions per 100 people. As a result, more people now die from prescriptions of painkillers than die from street drugs like heroin. “The CDC states that addiction to painkillers is the strongest risk for heroin addiction, and among heroin users, 45% are also addicted to painkillers,” according to Dr. Mercola. How did we get to this point in America?