Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Thank you to my patients who took the time out of their busy days to nominate me for this honor. It is very much appreciated!
Dr. Andy Smith

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Decrease your chances of Dementia By 50% (and it's free)

The September 2013 issue of Prevention Magazine reports "Regular physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, by as much as 50%." reports Dr. Kirk Erickson, who published a 2012 review of research that involving thousands of patients in the Archives of Medical Research.
Like my mentor and friend, Pasquale Cerasoli used to say, sometimes people are looking for complex when the answer is simple.
Exercise. It's good for your heart, lungs, blood pressure, anxiety levels, digestion and even your brain. Nothing to buy and even small amounts of regular exercise have a tremendous positive impact on your life.

Monday, October 6, 2014

It’s like he isn’t even listening.”

“She knows it in class but can’t do it on tests.”

“Would you stop shaking your leg for five minutes.”

“I have to take the tags off the back of all his shirts.”

“I want to help her more but I don’t know how.”

For many parents phrases like these are uttered or at least thought of too often in any given week.

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

Sensory processing disorder (SPD) is a growing problem where the child has normal vision and hearing but can not properly process the information. This problem can stand alone or be combined with and exacerbate learning disorders, emotional or behavioral problems, ADD, ADHD, Asperger’s, and autistic spectral disorders.

How Can Chiropractic Help?

Chiropractic can improve the brain’s processing of the senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell. Each Chiropractic adjustment (treatment) also improves  proprioception and vestibular function. These two often overlooked senses allow for the body’s sense of position, motion, balance, coordination and more. Improved sensory processing often results in better school achievement, social interaction, self-esteem, improved sleep, well-being and lower stress for the whole family.

Join Dr. Andy, a NJ Family Favorite Kids Doc, for a special presentation, Natural Ways to Help Improve Sensory Processing Disorder on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 12-1 pm. The program will provide information on how Chiropractic and other natural therapies can help and includes a free book for parents and refreshments. RSVP 973-625-2600 or


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

How Much Water Should I Drink?

How Much Water Do I Need to Drink?
Dehydration makes almost all symptoms and disease worse!
But how much should we drink? 10 oz.? 100 oz? 
Do we all require the same amount of water?
Just water? Does juice or coffee count?
Many of us have heard the traditional "drink 8 ten-ounce glasses of water a day for good health." This may be beneficial for some but it does not take into consideration age, gender, body size or activity level. We always provide indivdualized care for our patients but here are some general guidelines to get you started:
Calculation: Take your weight (in pounds) and divide the number in half. This number is your initial target for daily water intake in ounces.
Example: A 200 lb. man should set a goal of 100 oz. of water to drink daily. (200x.5=100)

One of our body's self-defense mechanisms is to put on extra pounds in response to dehydration. This formula takes into account the needs of an overweight individual and allows the person to shed a few pounds as they regain their health.

Athletes sweat more and require more water so the calculation is altered to their weight (lbs.) times 1.5 to obtain proper hydration and optimal athletic performance.
Example: A 200 lb. athlete sets their initial water goal as 150 oz. per day. (200x1.5=150)

Can I drink something other than water to reach my water/fluid intake goal?
Yes, if well tolerated, juice and herbal teas may be used to replace some of the water intake goal.

What about coffee and soft drinks?
Coffee has a lot of caffeine in it (about 100 mg. per cup.) Caffeine is a diuretic which means it makes the body lose water/fluid. It would make good sense to add an equal amount of water to the daily water intake target goal for every cup of coffee drank. 
Soft drinks often have a lot of caffeine as well as phosphoric acid and sweetners which can upset the body's chemical balances. It would again make good sense to add an equal amount of water to the daily water intake target goal to match the amount of soft drink consumed.

What about decaffeinated coffee?
Decaffeinated coffee, while acidic in nature, would seem to neither fullfill nor increase the need for water intake.

What about Green Tea?
Green tea, along with black, red and white teas, contains a moderate amount of caffeine (about 25 mg. a cup) and it would probably be wise to neither increase nor decrease water intake goals based on their consumption.

Does it matter when I drink to obtain the best hydration?
Drinking water or other nourishing fluids appears to best hydrate the body when taken separately from our meals. Drinking water when you have not eaten in 20 minutes and will not eat again within the next 20 minutes appears to get the best results in terms of hydration and avoids any negative impact on digestion that drinking excessive amounts of water with a meal might create.

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