The Most Important Vehicle

This content was written by Dr. Barbro Brost of The Brost Clinic.

Most of us are dependent on a car to get around. When we purchase a car, new or used, we find out what the service requirements are and take it in for regular oil and filter changes etc. If anything goes wrong with the car or it starts to make a funny noise, we immediately take it in to a good mechanic to get it checked and fixed. We don’t wait until it stops running since we can’t function very well without it.

Did you ever stop and think about that what is so much more important than taking good care of your car, is taking good care of your most important vehicle, your body. If a car breaks down or gets too old for our liking we can easily buy a new one. No so with our bodies! We are stuck with the body we have been blessed with for the rest of our days. If it breaks down or wears out we no longer have a functioning “vehicle” and become dependent on other people and if it totally breaks down we are out of luck!

Wouldn’t it be nice if bodies, like cars, came with an instruction manual to tell us what fuel it runs best on and how often it needs to be tuned up to last as long as possible?

Unfortunately the healthcare system is not geared at prevention and maintenance but focused on patching things that have broken. It is up to each individual to learn how to best care for their body to get the most mileage out of it and to have it perform the most effectively and not break down.

We have all heard the saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It is so true and makes life a lot more fun! Who has time to get sick and constantly have the body break down or gradually deteriorate at a much more rapid speed than it’s intended too! The financial implications of this are also huge.

A good diet, some extra vitamins and supplements, plenty of water, exercise and sleep, a positive outlook and happy friends make a big difference. Add regular adjustments to keep the nervous system working optimally, which regulates all other body systems, and your chance is greatly increased at traveling in a beautiful classic vehicle instead of an old beater that is rapidly heading for certain demise!


Eating Alkaline for Health

Written by Dr. Barbro Brost, The Brost Clinic

Eating an alkaline diet is one of the choices we need to make daily if we want to have and maintain optimal health. Alkaline is the opposite of acid and the PH (the measurement of alkalinity/acidity) is affected by the choice of foods we eat. The more acid our bodies are, the higher risk for degenerative diseases and even cancer. Our blood PH has to always remain constant for us to survive. When we eat acidic foods the body has to buffer the acid to get to a normal blood PH. The easiest way for the body is to pull calcium from our bone. Hence the high incidence of bone loss (osteopenia and osteoporosis) in this country, where acid forming foods are common in the diet.

So, you ask, what are acid and what is alkaline foods? There are books written on this or you can google to get detailed information, but to simplify and make it easy to remember when you go to the grocery store: grains, baked goods, candy and red meat are acidic. Fruits and vegetables are alkaline. Rice is PH neutral.

Eat lots of vegetables and fruit. Stay low on red meat, grains, baked goods and sugary foods. This will keep your body at a healthy PH and decrease the risk for many diseases, slow down the aging process and give you more energy. This kind of diet will also help you keep a healthy body mass index, which is another key to optimal health and wellbeing.

Health Care Cost Solutions

Written by Barbro Brost, D.C. The Brost Clinic

Everyone’s deductibles and premiums are higher than ever for health insurance and January 1st, they are getting another substantial hike.

The “Affordable” care act has been anything but affordable for most families, where the cost for health insurance now often is higher than their house mortgage.  Health care reform needs to be reformed and we need to get the focus shifted to actual health care instead of sick care, which is today’s model.

Because of the higher deductibles there is a change in thinking, from waiting until something goes wrong with the body, to trying to keep healthy to avoid needing to use the expensive health insurance.

There is a financial incentive to switch from a sick care model to a health care attitude: How can I better take care of myself to stay healthy?

80% of all health care problems are lifestyle related, so there is a lot that can be done to prevent problems and save lots of health care dollars!

  • Eat a healthy diet: lean meats, chicken, fish, eggs, vegetables, nuts, fruits and berries.  Avoid sugar and grains. Stay low on dairy.
  • Take vitamins.
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.
  • Exercise at least 3 days per week.
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
  • Keep your nervous system, which controls all other body systems, well-functioning with regular chiropractic care.

Chiropractic patients have 60% less hospitalizations compared to the general population and their overall health care spending is 50% less.  So if you have not yet discovered chiropractic, now is a great time to do so!

Chiropractic has always been focused on wellness care, long before it became popular!

Are Vitamins Dangerous

Written by Barbro Brost, D.C. The Brost Clinic

Many people take vitamins and food supplements to optimize their health and to have more energy. In the US, the sales of dietary supplements totaled 37 billion dollars in 2014 and the number of supplement users in the US has reached 68 percent of the population.

The opinion of the American Medical Association used to be, “you can take vitamins if you want expensive urine”, meaning that it was useless and a waste of your money. About ten years ago, even they came out with the recommendation that every adult and child needs to take a multivitamin to ensure that we get all needed nutrients, since our food supply has been drastically depleted of nutrients because of standard farming practices.

The more health conscious of the population, which is about 20% of the us, often take much more than just a multivitamin. This is also the part of the population that exercise regularly, are weight conscious and often choose natural forms of healthy care such as chiropractic, acupuncture and massage therapy.

With planned regularity, we see segments on television and read articles in papers or on the internet that this vitamin or that supplement may be dangerous and you ought to talk to your physician about taking it. Vitamin C, E and fish oils among others have gone through these media campaigns. The reason for this is that the pharmaceutical industry is pushing to have vitamins regulated under the same rules as prescription drugs.

This has already happened in Europe, where many of the vitamins and supplements we can buy freely in the US, are now under control by the European Union Codex. The only thing you can buy in Europe now are very low potency supplements that are regulated and pharmaceutically controlled.

Is this a good idea? Do we really want an industry, that is responsible for 106,000 deaths per year as a side effect of medications taken as prescribed, to control what vitamins we take? Yes, that number is actually the latest statistic: pharmaceuticals are now the 3rd leading cause of death in the US.

Vitamins and supplements are basically very concentrated food. It should not be regulated differently than food. When you read or hear the media complaints about the possible danger of this supplement or that, pay attention to the careful wording and use of words like “may” or “can possibly” and “use caution”, etc. You never hear statistics and facts quoted, because there are none!

But just as you would consult a medical physician if you are sick, it’s a good idea to consult someone educated about supplements, if you want to be healthy and optimize your energy. It is also important to know the manufactures quality control, since there is a big difference in quality of ingredients and potency of different brands.

So, the answer to the head line is no! Vitamins and supplements are not dangerous. They are “super foods” that help to optimize your health!