Best of Jackson Hole 2019 Alternative Medicine Practitioner

We thank you for your support! It is such an honor to make it on the Best of Jackson Hole list. Dr. Mark Menolascino and Kevin Meehan are some big names to follow! It is so exciting for us as we are just over a year into practice here.

So what does it mean to be an Alternative Medicine Practitioner?

For us, it means we do our best to help you heal so you can get out and do what you love. Chiropractic means “done by hand.” We use our hands to diagnose and to treat. We love working on shoulders, hips, knees, feet, gait patterns, and core conditioning as well as the normal chiropractic targets of back pain and headaches. Our goal to is find the cause of your pain and dysfunction and address it. We treat using muscle release techniques, adjustments, and therapies, then teach you exercises and stretches to you can maintain (and not have to visit us too often).

We also value the role of tradition medicine. If you need care that isn’t in our scope, we will recommend another medical professional. There are some great ones in this town.

And so you know, it is our favorite thing when we run into you on the slopes, out hiking, or dancing at Bluegrass Tuesday. It is always encouraging to see you living your life so fully. Keep enjoying!

Much love,
Dr. Laura and Dr. Tyler

https://bestofjacksonhole.com/best/alternative-medicine-practitioner/

Lesser Known Benefits of Low Carb Diets

Well, we have a nutrition speaker coming to our office next week; I figure I had better make sure I am read up on the subject. Dr. Dan Peterson, MD, MPH will be speaking on, “Reducing Inflammation & Pain by Eating Less Carbohydrates.” So, it’s true, I am already on board with a low-carb diet. I avoid sugar (almost all of the time) and simple carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, potatoes, rice and so on, since your body breaks those down into sugar ever so quickly. I’ve been doing this long enough that I am used to it, and now I feel crappy when I do eat these things. Turns out that’s great because it is an immediate reminder that sugar-loaded brownies and ice cream don’t do my body any good. If you want a long nerdy video on how sugar is a toxin, watch “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” by Robert H. Lustig, MD. We watched this for school, and I’ll confess I loved it. It’s perhaps a little boring for most. But it explains on a molecular level how sugar (and alcohol) break down in your body.

Anyhow, we have all heard of low carb diets for weight loss, the Atkins diet of old perhaps being the most memorable. Low-carb diets aren’t just for weight loss. The research is adding up, and there are many other health benefits. The scientific review “Beyond weight loss: a review of the therapeutic uses of very-low-carbohydrate (ketogenic) diets” lists them out, along with the level of evidence they have supporting them. It’s a 2013 article, so I’m guessing more evidence is mounting as the low-carb diets grow in popularity and acceptance.

There is strong evidence of the therapeutic role of ketogenic diets for
• Weight loss
• Cardiovascular Disease
• Type II Diabetes
• Epilepsy

There is emerging evidence of the therapeutic role of ketogenic diets for
• Brain Trauma
• Cancer
• Parkinson’s Disease
• Alzheimer’s
• Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
• Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
• Acne
• Neurological Disease

I also like the review because it addresses the potential risks of a ketogenic diet. These tend to be exaggerated. Yes, eating too much protein can be hard on your kidneys and could be an issue if you have kidney damage. Most ketogenic dieters don’t overeat protein, instead they eat more calories from fat. In addition, the review differentiates ketosis from ketoacidosis. If you are on a ketogenic diet, your blood pH is 7.4, the same as on a normal diet. Diabetic ketoacidosis has pH levels of less than 7.3, and this is a pathological not physiological condition.

Check out that review and look at https://www.cookinginspiredbylove.com/what-is-ketosis/ Kelly Peterson explains things in every day terms. She also writes an amazing cooking blog (I can vouch for the deliciousness of her meals) and has a Keto cookbook coming out soon.

~Dr. Laura

* I’d better put this on here- DISCLAIMER – Before starting any diet, you should speak to your doctor. You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider who sees you in person.