Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Nutrition in Today's World

What can we do to eat healthier?  We can start by getting rid of some of the junk food, fast food, french fries, fried foods, and donuts, cakes, cookies and other extreme sweets, especially the fried ones.  How about getting rid of bacon and pork; in addition, stop drinking sugary soft drinks as well as the sugar-free, artificially-sweetened sodas.  Now try adding some healthier foods and drinks, and not consuming empty calories that add weight.  Try apple juice,  grape juice (100% juice) or orange juice instead of soda, or a spritzer soft drink found in the health food stores or how about just good old plain water, bottled or by reverse osmosis.  At the very least, use a good water filter.

What should I eat for breakfast?  Either eat healthy cereal, for example, oatmeal (rolled oats have more fiber than quick) with rice or almond milk and cinnamon.  As an alter-native, cooked rice cereals like rice shine or puffed cereals are good, or how about just eating a fruit bowl.  

What should I eat for lunch?  Instead of the old favorite the “meat sandwich,” how about trying a salad with avocado, shredded carrots, shredded beets, alfalfa sprouts, broccoli and maybe add a small baked potato without all the fixings— add flax seed oil instead.  

What can I have for dinner?  Try rice pasta or vegetable pasta, with or without a handful of shrimp, and assorted vegetables like broccoli and bok choy with onions & mushrooms; or a 3-5 ounce portion of fish like salmon, or baked or broiled chicken with no skin, with assorted vegetables and greens like broccoli or bok choy with onions, mushrooms, and brown rice.  Try to stay away from consuming dairy products as these can later lead to many health issues.  For cheeses, as an alternative try almond cheese or rice cheese and even occasionally goat’s milk cheese.  For tastier drinks, try a couple of cups of Green tea per day, and some Chai tea.   If you absolutely need an occasional sweetener, try Stevia (read label to avoid glucose) or Agave Syrup.  Try baking with them too.  For those of you curious enough to lean toward a more vegetable-based diet, stay tuned for future blogs.  If you need nutritional info, feel free to email me at or call my office at 970-229-9993.  Check out my other blogs at: 
                                             Dr. Stephen B. Asquith, D.C.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Chiropractic for (Prevention and Treatment of) Sports Injuries

The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, a non-profit organization whose goal is to educate and inform the public about “benefits associated with Chiropractic care” states that Professional Basketball athletes heavily rely on Chiropractic treatments for numerous conditions and injuries.   Professional athletes from the sports of golf, baseball, hockey, and football also turn to DCs (Doctors of Chiropractic) for care. 
According to the Foundation, The Professional Football Chiropractic Society noted that all 32 National Football League teams are offered Chiropractic physician care as part of their prevention and management treatment program.  Many DCs even travel with the teams, and NFL Hall of Famer inductee Jerry Rice believes so much in the benefits of Chiropractic that he is a spokesman for the Foundation.

Pro-Golfer Tiger Wood’s injury, a bulging spinal disc, which is becoming more common, can be successfully treated early through Chiropractic care and related therapies including ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and Acupuncture.   Often, non-invasive care can effectively “decrease the need for more invasive procedures such as… injections and surgery” according to .

Many college and high school athletes have intensive training schedules as well as competitions with the risk of injuries per sport summarized in a chart at: dc/article.php?id=38548 which emphasized early treatment to avoid protracted problems.  A well-trained Chiropractor with years of experience has many modalities to prevent and treat sports-induced injuries, and inflammations.  For basic information on the history of Chiropractic, and for care in the Fort Collins area, check out my blog at: , and my websites on Facebook under Chiropractic Works Fort Collins and  With over 25 years of experience, I offer multiple modalities to treat sports-related and other injuries.  I have effectively treated football, baseball, basketball, soccer, golf, volleyball, jogging, and skiing injuries.  Colorado State University  and other students, athletes, and professionals have been successfully treated by our office.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Besides pain, What Medical conditions does Acupuncture treat?

     Acupuncture is a quite effective alternative to pharmaceutical therapy for all pain and many medical problems, and it has been used in China for 5000 to 6000 years.  What is acupuncture?  It applies micro-needles, pressure, mild stimulation, and sometimes heat to certain places in the skin to cause a change in the physiological functions of the body.  Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) based on the belief that many of the major organs are affected by qi/chi (vital energy) and must be balanced to be healthy, and stimulating some acupoints and meridians treat numerous pain syndromes and illnesses.       .
     Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and is recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems.  It is effective in treating Addictions---drugs, alcohol, smoking, Anxiety, Asthma, Bronchitis, Carpel tunnel syndrome, Chronic fatigue, Common cold, Constipation, Dental Pain, Depression, Diarrhea, Digestive trouble, Dizziness, Dysentery, Emotional problems, Eye problems, Facial palsy tics, Fatigue, Fertility issues, Gingivitis, Headache, Insomnia, Hiccough, Incontinence, Irritable bowel syndrome, Low back pain, Menopause, Reproductive problems, Menstrual irregularities, Migraine, Morning sickness, Nausea, Osteoarthritis, Pain, PMS, Pneumonia, Rhinitis, Shoulder pain, Sleep disturbances, Smoking cessation, Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), Sore throat, Stress, Tennis elbow, Tonsillitis, Tooth pain, Trigeminal neuralgia, Urinary tract infection, Vomiting, and Wrist pain.

     Acupuncture may cause responses in nerves, the pituitary gland, and parts of the brain, which in turn can cause the body to release hormones, brain chemicals and proteins that control a number of bodily functions.  It also affects blood pressure, the immune system, and body temperature.  Acupuncture can also triggers the release of endorphins (natural painkillers) and enkephalins.  Follow Dr. Stephen B. Asquith of Chiropractic (and Acupuncture) Works, Fort Collins, CO to learn more about Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Nutrition, Ultrasound, and related therapies.  I can be reached through my Facebook page or website at  To access my blog on Chiropractic, see http://chiropracticworksfoco