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Anti-Inflammatory Proteolytic Enzymes

At his New York, NY location, Dr. John W. Phelts, D.C. sees many patient who are in pain.  His favorite types supplements to recommend for pain and inflammation are proteolytic enzymes.

Proteolytic enzymes are substances that breakdown proteins.  Research has shown that they are also powerful anti-inflammatory agents.  In the stomach they help us breakdown food proteins into amino acids, which can then be used by the body for various processes.  When no food is present in the stomach, they are absorbed into the bloodstream and transported throughout the body, where they reduce inflammation and digest scar tissue.

The immune system produces macrophages which digest damaged tissue and debris from injury.  This is a necessary step in the healing process, but the inflammatory fluid that comes with the macrophages causes pain and slows the healing process.  Proteolytic enzymes assist in digesting debris, reducing the need for macrophages and inflammation, so healing occurs at an increased rate. 

The result of inflammation and the healing process is scar tissue formation.  Scar tissue, which is made up of proteins, can decrease the motility of muscles and joints.  Proteolytic enzymes break down scar tissue, thereby increasing tissue motility.  Breaking down the scar tissue also gives the body an opportunity to replace it with the original type of tissue that was damaged for more complete healing.   

The body makes its own digestive enzymes called pancreatin.  Certain fruits, such as pineapples and papayas make them as well.  

Proteolytic enzymes can be found in supplement form.  They can come from animals in the form of pancreatin.  Bacteria (probiotics) produce proteolytic enzymes like nattokinase and Serrapeptidase.  Silk worms produce serrapeptase to digest their cocoons.  Plant make enzyme such as bromelain from pineapple, and papain from papaya.  Dr. Phelts believes that a combination of plant and animal enzymes are best, and this is found in ZymePro by Enzyme Process.  His patients are amazed at how well it works for aches, pains, and headaches. 

The benefits of proteolytic enzyme supplementation are extensive including:
Improving cystic fibrosis
Reducing angina
Reducing the risk of blood clot (thrombosis) formation
Reducing blood pressure
Decreasing nasal polyps
Reducing plaques in atherosclerosis
Improving muscle recovery and healing after intense exercise, which is important for enhancing lean muscle mass.  This also means less muscle soreness.
Improving chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Reducing postoperative scar tissue
Improving cervical syndrome symptoms
Reducing breast cysts
Improving gum disease

Dr. John W. Phelts, D.C. performs a simple test at his Manhattan office to see if you would benefit from proteolytic enzymes and how much you should take.  Phelts Chiropractic PC serves the 10016, 10017 and 10018 zip codes in New York, NY.  Call us at 212-286-2012 to schedule your consultation.



Quicker Sciatica Improvement with Chiropractic Adjustments

In our New York, NY office, it isn't unusual for us to see people troubled with sciatic nerve pain, and Dr. Phelts has helped many of them improve with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic care so helpful to those who suffer with this condition? First, it reduces their time of recovery and a Norwegian medical study confirms it.

In the report, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic division, the authors looked at 44 patients who reported sudden low back pain that was diagnosed as acute sciatic nerve pain. The participants were all treated by a chiropractor, with the mean follow-up being two years after treatment.

The authors discovered that all but two patients went back to their jobs after receiving chiropractic treatment, which is a 95% success rate. Moreover, the average length of time that the individuals spent off work "was reduced by two thirds as compared with that associated with conventional medical treatment."

Given the fact that the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 170,450 days of work were missed in 2013 due to employees dealing with back or spine-related issues, that is nearly 112,500 work days that could potentially be recovered each and every year solely by receiving chiropractic care. Not only would that increase productivity, but it would also decrease costs to businesses and workers from lost work.

If you live or work in the Manhattan area and you suffer with sciatica, Dr. Phelts is here to help. Give us a call at (212) 286-2012 and we'll work with you to find the root cause of your sciatica and get you back on the road to recovery.

Orlin JR, Didriksen A. Results of chiropractic treatment of lumbopelvic fixation in 44 patients admitted to an orthopedic department. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2007;30(2):135-139.


Managing Arthritis With Exercise

Before I begin, I want to stress that this article is about Osteoarthritis and Degenerative Joint Disease.  It is not about autoimmune or inflammatory joint diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.  Doctor John W Phelts, D.C. see many people in New York, NY who have arthritis.  Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of cartilage tissue in joints.  Cartilage tissue is made up of cells called chondrocytes and allows bones of a joint to move upon one another with very little friction. 

Cartilage has a very limited blood supply and most of its nutrition comes from the bones they cover.  When you move your bones, the pressure within the joints change, which allows nutrients to move into and wastes products out of the chondrocytes.  When there is no movement or not enough movement of joints, the chondrocytes do not get their nutrition or not enough of the nutrients required to stay healthy.  As a result, they begin to die.  When the rate of dying exceeds the rate of repair and replication of cells, osteoarthritis develops and progresses over time. 

Resistance exercise ensures that you are repeatedly moving your joints, and thereby pumping nutrition into your cartilage.    It is important to choose resistance exercises that move the joints through their full range of motion like squats and dumbbell chest presses.  Exercise is a great way to prevent arthritis, and if you already have arthritis, it is a great way to prevent it from progressing.  Consult a fitness trainer to develop an exercise program for you.  Phelts Chiropractic PC serves the 10016, 10017, and 10018 zip codes.  If you have osteoarthritis, call us today at 212-286-2012 to see how we can help you.


L Arginine- A Cheap Alternative To Pre Workout Shakes

There is no need to buy expensive pre-workout shakes that promise to improve your muscle “pump”. They label their products as if they contain nitric oxide, a chemical the body makes to dilate arteries.  Artery dilation allows muscles to become engorged, so that you feel a stronger “pump” during your weight training sessions.   The truth is, that none of them actually contain any nitric oxide at all.  Most of them contain a large amount of caffeine, which makes you feel more energetic, but many do not contain any ingredients that increases nitric oxide production.

A more pocket friendly alternative to improving your muscle pump, would be to supplement with L-Arginine.  The body uses L-arginine to make nitric oxide.  It may not give you the energy surge that a dose caffeine does, but when you feel your muscles increasingly throbbing with blood on each rep, it will motivate you to workout harder.  Take 1000 mg about 20 minutes before your workout and get ready for enhanced muscle engorgement with each set.  Nitric oxide has other benefits as well.  It also increases blood flow to the brain and genitals helping you feel alert and ready to go in the bedroom respectively.  L-arginine is also a secretagogue, whcih means that it stimulates your pituitary gland to release growth hormone.  Growth hormone increases lean muscle and fat loss, which is probably why you are wieght training, right?  With L-arginine, you can only win.

Dr. John W. Phelts, D.C. performs a simple non-invasive test to determine if L-Arginine would be beneficial to you.  He does this at Phelts Chiropractic PC, in New York, NY, which serves the 10016, 10018, & 10017 zip codes.


L-Arginine: A Natural Way To Improve Growth Hormone Levels

L-Arginine is an amino acid that is also known as a secretagogue.  Secretagogues stimulate your pituitary gland to release growth hormone.  Growth hormone is also known as the fountain of youth hormone.  In healthy adults, growth hormone can increase muscle mass, decrease body fat speed up injury repair, and muscle recovery from exercise.  Taking L-Arginine in high concentrations can help your body manufacture and release growth hormone.  Activities that increase lactic acid, like weight training can also help the body to release more growth hormone.

L-arginine is a natural and healthy way to improve growth hormone output vs synthetic growth hormone injections.  Synthetic growth hormone has many unhealthy side effects, such as:  carpal tunnel syndrome, nerve, muscle, or joint pain, swelling of the arms and legs from fluid retention (edema), high cholesterol levels, an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes, growth of cancerous tumors, an enlarged heart, liver damage, enlarged breasts in men (gynecomastia).  In contrast L-arginine has other healthy effects, such as: improved cardiovascular function, improved erectile dysfunction, improved blood flow to the brain, hands, and feet, improved libido.

At Phelts Chiropractic P.C. in New York, NY, we recommend natural alternatives for achieving your health goals.  Dr. John W. Phelts, D.C. is certified in applied kinesiology, and uses it to help your reach your best health.


Managing Erectile Dysfunction & Arousal Dysfunction Naturally

At Phelts Chiropractic PC in New York, NY, we see people who have erectile dysfunction and arousal dysfunction.

Sexual arousal disorder is known as erectile dysfunction in men and arousal dysfunction in women.  The cause can be psychological or physical.  In this article, we will be focusing on the physical aspect.  Physical causes may include cardiovascular disorders like hypertension and atherosclerosis.  Adequate blood flow to the penis and vagina are necessary for full arousal to occur.  Cardiovascular problems can cause a decrease in blood flow to your sexual organs.  So, the question remains, “how do you increase blood flow to these organs”?

The body uses an amino acid called arginine to make nitric oxide.  Arginine is also known as the poor person's Viagra.  Many consider it to be better than Viagra and Cialis, because it does not cause headaches or negatively affect your heart.  Nitric oxide causes blood vessels to dilate, which increases blood flow to the arms, legs, head, and reproductive organs.  

Blood flow to these regions may also be affected by the viscosity of blood.  Some individuals have “thicker” blood than others, because they produce more fibrinogen and thrombin.  The denser the blood, the more effort it takes to move it to the sexual organs.  Supplements that breakdown fibrin will help to reduce blood viscosity.  These would include proteolytic enzymes, Boswellia extract, ginkgo biloba, turmeric and ginger. 

Atherosclerosis is a condition where plaques are formed in the arteries which make them rigid and less elastic.  Elasticity is necessary to generate enough blood flow to the reproductive region for sufficient arousal.  Taking proteolytic enzymes can reduce plaquing.  Collagen can increase elasticity of the blood vessels.  Although you may not see immediate results with these supplements, the long-term effects are long lasting.

One of the main functions of the kidneys is to regulate blood pressure by modulating blood volume.  Consuming nutrients that support the kidneys can help to manage hypertension and thereby improve blood flow for sexual arousal.  These may include vitamin A from the liver, carotenoids from orange and yellow vegetables, rice bran, beets, L-leucine, and L-Valine.

Exercise can also improve blood flow.  Weight training and aerobic exercise are great for keeping blood vessels elastic.

Dr. John W. Phelts, D.C. performs simple tests using applied kinesiology to determine which supplements will improve your sexual arousal.  In addition, he teaches you certain reflex and acupressure points that can help improve arousal.  He also performs the five-minute phobia cure, which helps to reduce anxiety and other emotional issues.  He practices in mid-town Manhattan, serving the 10016, 10017, and 10018 zip codes.  Call to schedule your consultation today at 212-286-2012.


Managing Blood Pressure Naturally

 Dr. John W. Phelts, D.C. sees many people who have high blood pressure at Phelts Chiropractic P.C. located in the grand central area of Manhattan.  Blood pressure is a measurement of the pressure in your arteries.  When taking blood pressure , two values are recorded.  The first is the pressure in the arteries when the heart is contracting and pushing blood through the arteries.  This is known as the systolic pressure and is the top number in the results.   The second reading is the pressure in the arteries when the heart is at rest between contractions.  This is called the diastolic pressure and is the bottom number in the results.  The higher the pressure, the harder the heart has to work to distribute blood throughout the body.   So, it is important to regulate blood pressure to keep the heart from over exertion.  This can be done naturally through nutrition.

The body uses an amino acid called arginine to make nitric oxide.  Nitric oxide causes blood vessels to dilate, which reduces blood pressure.  Supplementing with L-Arginine can help lower blood pressure.  However, in some individuals L-Arginine has no effect.  L-Arginine must be converted into nitric oxide to have its affect.   Some people are deficient in the nutrients necessary for the conversion process.  These individuals may need to supplement with both L-Arginine and niacin to see results. 

Blood pressure can also be affected by the viscosity of blood.  Some individuals have “thicker” blood than others.  They produce more fibrinogen and thrombin and are at higher risk for stroke.  In this case, taking supplements that breakdown fibrin will help to reduce blood pressure.  These would include proteolytic enzymes, Boswellia extract, ginkgo biloba, turmeric and ginger. 

One of the main functions of the kidneys is to regulate blood pressure by modulating blood volume.  Consuming nutrients that support the kidneys can help to manage blood pressure.  These may include vitamin A from the liver, carotenoids from orange and yellow vegetables, rice bran, beets, L-leucine, and L-Valine.

Blood vessel elasticity is another factor affecting blood pressure.  Reduced elasticity produces more resistance to blood flow. This can be caused by a deficiency in nutrients required for elasticity.  Nutrients like collagen and manganese may help improve elasticity.  It can also be caused by atherosclerosis, which is a result of inflammation and scarring of the arties.  Proteolytic enzymes can reduce scarring.  Avoiding inflammatory foods like fried foods can help prevent the development and progression of atherosclerosis.  A protein produced by the liver called homocysteine, also inflames and damages arteries.  Avoid foods that increase homocysteine like MSG (monosodium glutamate) and NutraSweet.  Supplement with vitamins that can decrease homocysteine like folic acid, B12, B6, B3, and Betaine.

Certain hormones increase blood pressure.  The hypothalamus releases anti-diuretic hormone.  The adrenal glands release aldosterone.  Taking supplements that help support these tissues may help regulate your blood pressure.

Dr. John W. Phelts, D.C. performs simple non-invasive applied kinesiology tests to determine which nutrients may help to modulate your blood pressure.  He also recommends lifestyle changes and dietary changes.  Call our mid-town Manhattan office at 212-286-2012 to schedule your first appointment with us.  We are located on the East side and serve the 10016, 10017, and 10018 zip codes.  We are only two blocks from Grand central station.


Essential Fatty Acid Alternatives To Pain Medications

When you have pain or a headache, do you take over the counter pain medications?  Do they help?  If you answered yes to both questions, then chances are that you have a fatty acid imbalance, which increases inflammation.  These pain medications, known as NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), reduce inflammation by inhibiting the metabolism of a particular fatty acid.  They do work, but not without risks.  They deteriorate the lining of your digestive tract, cause ulcers, intestinal bleeding, and liver damage. 

The good news is that you can decrease inflammation and manage your fatty acid balance by consuming a certain combination of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.  These may include evening primrose oil, flax seed oil, wheat germ oil, sesame seed oil, or fish oil.  Which ones do you need to take and how much of each should you take?  Everyone is different, so the answer is different for each person.  D. John W. Phelts, D.C., in mid-town Manhattan, performs a simple non-invasive applied kinesiology test to determine which fatty acids you should be taking and how much of each.

Call our office at 212-286-2012 to schedule an examination.  We serve the 10016, 10018, 10017 zip codes.


Believe That You Can Be Healed From Your Condition

At Phelts Chiropractic PC, Dr. John W. Phelts, D.C. applies treatments that are focused on stimulating your body to heal itself of your condition.  Most people notice significant improvement from his therapies, but he believes that is only one third of the battle.  The winning the second third of the battle requires that you attend your scheduled appointments, and do any at home instructions (whether dietary, self-treatment, or exercises) that are recommended.   The last third of the battle is won through your attitude about your condition.

Just as important as receiving treatments and do at home activities is what you believe about your condition.  Your thoughts and feelings have a significant impact on how your body responds to your treatments and condition.  A researcher named Candace Pert discovered that your brain releases chemicals called neuropeptides in response to your thoughts.  These neuropeptides communicate with and affect your heart, muscles, immune system, kidneys, gut, and lungs.  Positive thoughts about your condition will stimulate you body to heal.  Negative thoughts will release chemicals that negatively affect your condition. 

Dr. John Phelts always tells his patients that if you want to get better, you must believe that you are getting better and that your health has a bright future.  He has observed that patients who do this experience better and faster results.  Patients who choose to complain about their condition tend to heal only partially.  It is important to look at yourself and tell your body every day that you are getting better and better.  Every time you feel like complaining about your condition, stop yourself and instead, encourage yourself that you are healing and that your future is bright.  Your brain will release neuropeptides that will cause your body to respond accordingly.

It is not enough to simply show up at your appointments.  You must do more than “try this out” to see if this treatment will help me.  You must show up expecting to get better and believing that you will get better.  Be a believer.  A positive attitude toward your health will help you get better results.  Dr. John W. Phelts, D.C. serves the 10016, 10017, and 10018 zip codes in Manhattan.  Call our New York, NY office at 212-286-2012 to schedule an appointment.


New York Neck Pain and Headache Care

New York neck pain and headache treatmentNeck and headache pain are common problems that affect millions of people around the world. If you are dealing with this type of problem, you're not alone. The good news is that chiropractic care is a great way to not only treat these common problems, but also help avoid future episodes.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Neck Pain and Headaches

For many years, patients with neck and headache pain in New York have been helped by the chiropractic care of Dr. Phelts. Our success is backed up by a recent review done in Canada that found that non-surgical, non-drug treatments are the best choice for neck and headache pain.

The review looked at 15 studies from 1990 to 2015 and found that conservative treatment comprised of chiropractic adjustments, exercises, and stretches was advisable before turning to drugs or more invasive treatments.

Past scientific studies have shown that chiropractic is effective and safe for neck pain and many other health conditions.

We Can Help People Find Comfort From Neck Pain and Headaches

If you're suffering from neck pain or headaches, Dr. Phelts and our staff are here to help you feel better. Give our New York office a call today at (212) 286-2012 for an appointment today.


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