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Nothing is more important than your health!

We have been providing chiropractic treatment and preaching our health is the best wealth message in downtown San Francisco since 1992.  

All of us know people that sacrifice their health for their careers. In fact, we may see that person every time we look into the mirror. Initially, the idea is that it will be short term and is a necessary evil. Once the groundwork is laid and the short term price paid we will have the rest of our lives to enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Well, that might have been the initial plan…but how often does it really work out like that?

What happens more often than not it seems is that the workload intensifies and next thing you know we have less and less time to spend with family and friends. We also tend to neglect our health. We get less sleep, we workout less, we don’t watch our diet like we should…but it’s all for a good cause and we will make up for it once the work is done.

I know all about this because I got caught-up in it myself. Working 7 days a week…neglecting my health and my family. Fortunately, about half way through my career I saw the light and started to back-off. It did take a few health scares and and some intervention from my family, but it was the best thing I ever did.

The best advice I can give is to “live your life now”. Sure, you want to be the best you can be at work but you need to devote just as much time and energy on your health and family. Because without your health it’s near impossible to enjoy life.

Here is one of my favorite quotes:

“When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.” ― Herophilus

When it comes to staying healthy, nothing gives you more bang for the buck than chiropractic. Regular adjustments can keep your spine and joints healthy and keep your nervous system free of pressure (your nervous system controls all bodily functions). I also recommend a plant based diet, meditation and Yoga. And of course, lots of time-off and fun stuff. Laughter is great medicine.

“There is more to life than making a buck.” This is what my grandfather said on his deathbed.

That magic time when you get to enjoy life should not be put off into the future. That time is NOW!

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Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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How Much Sleep Do You Need?

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Chiropractic Adjustments and Sleeping Better

Providing Chiropractic and Better Sleep in San Francisco for over 22 years.

Everyone knows what it feels like to not get enough sleep. Not only are you tired the next day you are irritable too. You are also more prone to illness and injury as your immune system is depressed and your decision making impaired. In fact, chronic sleep deprivation, and there are millions that suffer with this, can shorten your lifespan.

So how much sleep do you need? Well, it varies according to age. Here is an excerpt from an article on the great chiropractic website Chiro-Trust.org entitled Chiropractic and Sleep that gives a detailed overview of the sleep demands of the body by age:

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), sleep is a “neurobiologic need.” Think of it like recharging a battery, except the battery is your brain! The optimum amount of sleep needed changes with age. Infants need nine to ten hours at night AND three or more hours of naps, while toddlers need the same nine hours at night but two to three hours/less daytime naps. School age children do best with nine to eleven hours and adults with seven to eight hours. When sleep-deprived (>1-2 hrs of less than normal sleep), daytime napping needs increase as well as the need for longer nighttime sleep. Without establishing a sleep cycle or when interrupting the normal circadian rhythm (cycle of sleep and wakefulness), long- term problems can arise. This can occur as a result of missing as little as one to two hours a night. Though many claim and even brag about only needing a few hours of sleep a night, it is reported that they are less able to perform well on complex mental tasks compared with those who get closer to seven hours of nighttime sleep. It has also been reported that a higher mortality rate is associated with getting less OR much more than seven hours of sleep per night.

So, there you go. Of course we are all different and have our individual sleep requirements that work best for us. When we are unable to meet these requirements things just do not work right. As described above, sleep is a “neurobiologic need”. There is no way around it…we need it to function properly.

The bad news is, millions suffer from sleeping disorders such as insomnia and other related sleep disorders that are often connected to stress, lifestyle, diet, and underlying conditions or disease processes. Some have suffered their entire lives and take medication daily, further complicating the issue.

The good news is, chiropractic adjustments, exercise, massage, plant based nutrition, meditation and acupuncture, are (all natural) lifestyle modifications (to name a few) that can be made to instantly improve sleep and quality of life.

Activities like Yoga actually act as exercise and meditation combined.

As a chiropractor in San Francisco I have personally helped thousands that have reported difficulty sleeping. Chiropractic adjustments can help you sleep better.

So, if you are having trouble sleeping, consider making a trip to a chiropractor. Chances are…you will be glad you did :-)

To schedule an appointment with one of our Chiropractors in San Francisco call 415-392-2225.

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Sitting and Heart Attack Risk

Sitting and Heart Attack RiskIt is well documented that sitting for extended periods in front of a computer doing repetitive movements is a primary cause of back, neck, and upper extremity pain, even carpal tunnel syndrome. But are there other health risks involved?

What about sitting and heart attack risk?

What is considered an extended period and what if you are not in front of a computer but are just sitting, reading or watching TV or playing video games, is this hazardous to your health somehow?

Well, the answer is YES?

Here is an excerpt from an article from the Mayo Clinic website entitled What are the Risks of Sitting too Much by James A. Levine, M.D., Ph.D:

Researchers have linked sitting for long periods of time with a number
of health concerns, including obesity and metabolic syndrome — a cluster
of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar,
excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels.


Too much sitting also seems to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.


One recent study compared adults who spent less than two hours a day in
front of the TV or other screen-based entertainment with those who
logged more than four hours a day of recreational screen time. Those
with greater screen time had:

  • A nearly 50 percent increased risk of death from any cause
  • About a 125 percent increased risk of events associated with cardiovascular disease, such as chest pain (angina) or heart attack


The increased risk was separate from other traditional risk factors for
cardiovascular disease, such as smoking or high blood pressure.


Sitting in front of the TV isn’t the only concern. Any extended sitting —
such as behind a desk at work or behind the wheel — can be harmful.
What’s more, spending a few hours a week at the gym or otherwise engaged
in moderate or vigorous activity doesn’t seem to significantly offset
the risk.


Rather, the solution seems to be less sitting and more moving overall.
You might start by simply standing rather than sitting whenever you have
the chance.

My Take: Life is motion, and we need a lot more than we think. I have a close friend who suffered a heart attack that was in great physical shape, ate a plant based diet, worked out 4-5 times per week, but was sitting all day in front of a computer under tremendous stress to meet deadlines. He made it thankfully, and now makes it a point to walk whenever he can, do aerobic exercise 5 days per week, and sit a lot less. Heck…even standing at your desk is better than sitting according to research.

Even if you workout a few days a week and run or do aerobics, you are still at risk. So pick up the pace, really pick it up…hit the stairs, walk to and from wherever it is you are going whenever you can…and take frequent breaks throughout the day where you get up and move around. What about a treadmill at your desk…I am prescribing them and so are other doctors, because Life is motion.

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Dr. Davis has been practicing chiropractic in downtown San Francisco for over 21 years.

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Omega-3 fatty acids for Stress and Heart Health

Salmon is a great source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids
A new study finds that regular consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids (most commonly found in cold water fish like Salmon) improves cardiovascular health by dulling the connection between mentally stressful events and cardiovascular functions like heart rate, blood pressure, the fight-or-flight response, and blood flow. Those who frequently find themselves in stressful situations may benefit from adding Omega-3s to their diet. ~American Physiological Society, May 2013

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Health Update: Walking, Running and Weightlifting


Walking health updateNew
Research Shows That You May
Not
Have To Do As Much As YouThought
To Be Healthy…

Here
is why, as published by the American Heart Association: “Walking briskly can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high
cholesterol and diabetes as much as running can, according to surprising
findings reported in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis,
Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.”

The
study found that both more running and more walking equated to more health
benefits.  According to the American
Heart Association: 

·
Running
significantly reduced risk for first-time hypertension by 4.2 percent and
walking reduced risk by 7.2 percent.

·
Running
reduced first-time high cholesterol by 4.3 percent and walking by 7 percent.

·
Running
reduced first-time diabetes by 12.1 percent compared to 12.3 percent for
walking.

·
Running
reduced coronary heart disease by 4.5 percent compared to 9.3 percent for
walking.

According
to Paul T. Williams, Ph.D., the study’s lead author,  “People
are always looking for an excuse not to exercise, but now they have a
straightforward choice to run or to walk and invest in their future health.”

So,
when in doubt, GO FOR A WALK.  You don’t
have to do an extravagant exercise program.
The key is to do something, do it consistently, and (here it comes
again) DO IT NOW!

What
About Weight Lifting?

Whether
you are into weight lifting or not, here is some very interesting information.

Humans,
have both red and white meat, or in other words, both red and white muscle
tissue.

People
who do endurance training (marathons and triathlons) tend to have more red
muscle tissue, and people who do resistance training (like weight lifting) tend
to have more white.

This
makes sense because when you lift a heavy weight, the chemicals in the white
muscle tissue are used for quick bursts of energy and strength. 

When
you are doing long, steady exercise, chemicals in the red muscle tissue are
used for slower, sustained energy.

There
is a lot more to the bio-chemistry than that, but you get the picture.

Observations
of diabetic patients report a whitening of their muscle tissue.  For a long time, the accepted belief was that
this whitening of skeletal muscle from diabetes was harmful.

However,
new research has shown just the opposite.
According to Life Science Institute, “In
fact, the white muscle that increases with resistance training, age and
diabetes helps keep blood sugar in check, the researchers showed.”

Of
course, more research needs to be done. This is why it is so important to keep
an open mind and go to doctors who stay on the cutting-edge of information and
new research like Dr. Eben Davis, chiropractor in downtown San Francisco..

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Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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How Bad Is Sugar For You?


Stop diabetesA new study sheds light on one of the best
things you can do to improve your health, and possibly avoid some of the
leading causes of death in the United
States (and the rest of the developed
world).  Global diabetes has more than
doubled in the last 30 years.  25.8
million children and adults in the United States – 8.3% of the
population – have diabetes.  7 million
people have diabetes and do not know it because they are undiagnosed.  79 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE PRE-DIABETES! 

            In
2007, diabetes was listed as the underlying cause on 71,382 death certificates,
and was listed as a contributing factor on an additional 160,022 death
certificates.  This means that diabetes
contributed to a total of 231,404 deaths.

            According
to a report from the American Diabetes Association, the U.S. cost of
diabetes grew to $245 billion in 2012.
Now, a new study published in PLOS ONE reveals strong evidence that
sugar (not other diet and lifestyle factors) is the primary cause of Type 2
diabetes. The study’s researchers from the University
of California at San Francisco studied data on sugar intake
and diabetes from 175 countries.  The
researchers found, “that every 150 kcal/person/day increase in sugar
availability (about one can of soda/day) was associated with increased diabetes
prevalence by 1.1%.” 

            The
researchers went on to state: “The impact
of sugar on diabetes was independent of sedentary behavior and alcohol use, and
the effect was modified but not confounded by obesity or being overweight.
Duration and degree of sugar exposure correlated significantly with diabetes
prevalence in a dose-dependent manner, while declines in sugar exposure
correlated with significant subsequent declines in Diabetes rates independently
of other socioeconomic, dietary and obesity prevalence changes.” 

            In other words, if the results of
this study are accurate, sugar is directly related to developing Type 2
diabetes and cutting back on sugar is directly responsible for improving Type 2
diabetes.
  Limiting the amount of sugar you eat might
drastically change your health and your life.
And how hard is that?

How Bad Is Sugar For You?

You be the judge!

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Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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San Francisco Chiropractor Health Update


San francisco chiropractor health updateMental Attitude
: Smoking and Anxiety. The belief that smoking relieves stress is pervasive, but likely wrong. Smoking is actually anxiogenic (causes anxiety) and successful quitters usually experience a drop in anxiety. ~British Journal of Psychiatry, January 2013

Health Alert: Stroke! In males and females ages 5-14, the number of ischemic stroke hospitalizations increased 31% and 36%, respectively, from 1994 to 2007. For ages 15-34 the increase was 51% for males and 17% for females. For ages 35-44, the increase was 47% for men and 36% for females. The increase in obesity seems to be the primary cause. ~CDC, February 2011

Diet: How Much Protein? An estimator used for daily protein intake is 0.36 grams per 1 pound of body weight (or .8g/kg). For example, if you weigh 155lbs, you should consume 56 grams per day (155 * .36 = 56 grams/day). Note: If you are overweight to begin with, do not use this estimator for your current body weight because this will calculate a higher protein intake number than you really need.
 

Exercise: Aerobic or Resistance Training? A study of 234 obese/overweight adults compared the effects of aerobic training (AT), resistance training (RT) and both aerobic training and resistance training (AT/RT). Researches found the participants in the AT/RT group both increased lean mass (muscle) and decreased body fat, while the RT group did not decrease body fat, and the AT group did not increase lean mass. According to Leslie H. Willis, an exercise physiologist at Duke University Medical Center and the study’s lead author, “If increasing muscle mass and strength is a goal, then resistance training is required. However, the majority of Americans could experience health benefits due to weight and fat loss. The best option in that case, given limited time for exercise, is to focus on aerobic training. When you lose fat, it is likely you are losing visceral fat, which is known to be associated with cardiovascular and other health benefits.” ~Journal of Applied Physiology, December 2012

Chiropractic: Pregnancy and Back Pain. 20% of women who suffer from severe back pain during pregnancy refrain from having more children out of fear their severe back pain would recur with another pregnancy. ~Obstetrics & Gynecology, February 1998

Wellness/Prevention: How Are You Doing This Year? Only 8% of people succeed in achieving their top New Year’s Resolution. ~Journal of Clinical Psychology, December 2012

Quote:Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

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San Francisco Chiropractor Weekly Health Update


San francisco chiropractor health updateMental Attitude:
Vitamin D and Alzheimer’s Disease. Higher vitamin D dietary intake is associated with a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Women who developed Alzheimer’s disease had lower baseline vitamin D intakes (an average of 50.3 micrograms per week) than those who developed no dementia at all (an average of 59.0 micrograms per week). Journals of Gerontology, December 2012

Health Alert: Pesticides and Food Allergies. Dichlorophenols are chemical compounds commonly found in pesticides and used for tap water chlorination. A recent study of 10,438 Americans showed 24.4% had dichlorophenols in their urine. Researchers found those with dichlorophenols in their urine were more likely to suffer from food allergies. Further research is needed to determine whether or not dichlorophenol exposure is a cause of food allergies.
Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, December 2012

Diet: Risks of Obesity! Being obese or overweight heightens the risk of diabetes, some cancers, high blood pressure, stroke, coronary heart disease, infertility, some forms of arthritis and respiratory problems.
British Medical Journal, December 2012

Exercise: Memory. In this study, adults ages 50-85 years old (both with and without memory issues) looked at pictures of pleasant things. Afterwards, half rode a stationary bicycle for 6 minutes at 70% of their maximum capacity. An hour later, everyone took a surprise recall test on the images they viewed earlier. Outcomes revealed those adults in the group that rode the bike for 6 minutes were better able to remember the pictures they’d seen than the adults who did not, regardless if they suffered from memory issues. UC Irvine, December 2012

Chiropractic: My Degeneration. What causes the pain associated with spinal degenerative joint disease (DJD)? 1. The instability caused by disk degeneration. 2. The mechanical compression of nerve by bone, ligament, or the disk. 3. The chemical mediators of inflammation. Spine, 1997

Wellness/Prevention: Essential Oils. Essential oils, which form the basis of aromatherapy for stress relief, are reported to have a beneficial effect on heart rate and blood pressure following short-term exposure and may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. After 45 minutes of exposure, blood pressure dropped by 2.1 mmHg and heart rate by 2.2 beats per minute (bpm). However, after 120 minutes, blood pressure rose by 2.2 mmHg above baseline, and heart rate by 1.7 bpm above baseline. Because of these results, researchers believe prolonged exposure to essential oils may be detrimental to the cardiovascular health of spa workers. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, December 2012

Quote: “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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San francisco chiropractor health updateMental Attitude: Neuroticism and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Many people experience traumatic events (such as the death of a loved one, witnessing violence, or physical assault) but only a small amount develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A decade long study of 1,000 random residents in southeastern Michigan found those who scored higher on a neuroticism scale (chronic anxiety, depression, and/or a tendency to overreact to everyday challenges and disappointments) were more likely to suffer from PTSD following a traumatic event.
Psychological Medicine, November 2012

Health Alert: High Fructose Corn Syrup and Type-2 Diabetes. Researchers found a 20% higher proportion of the population has diabetes in countries with high use of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), like the United States, compared to countries that do not, like the United Kingdom. The United States has the highest consumption of HFCS at 55 lbs (~25 kg) per year per person. The United Kingdom consumes 1.1 lbs (~.5 kg) per year per person.
Global Public Health, November 2012

Diet: Food Advertising. Childhood obesity has tripled in the past 30 years. Food companies spend $10 billion a year marketing in the United States, and 98% of that is on foods high in fat, sugar, or sodium.
Journal of Pediatrics, November 2012
Exercise: Walk Much? The more moderate physical activity (like brisk walking) you do, the better. Compared to doing nothing at all, seventy five minutes of vigorous walking per week was linked to living an extra 1.8 years. Walking briskly for 450 minutes or more per week was found to provide most people with a 4.5-year longer lifespan. The longer people spent each week being moderately active, the greater their longevity. Heart, November 2012

Chiropractic: Keep Your Disks Healthy. In normal healthy disks, the nerves (sinuvertebral) only sense pain on the periphery or outer regions of the disk. In grossly degenerated disks, nerves may penetrate into the center (nucleus) of the disk and be more vulnerable to degeneration and/or inflammation. Lancet, 1997

Wellness/Prevention: Cell Phone Addiction. Cell phone and instant messaging addictions are driven by materialism and impulsiveness and can be compared to consumption pathologies like compulsive buying and credit card misuse. Cell phones may be used as part of the conspicuous consumption ritual and may also act as a pacifier for the impulsive tendencies of the user. Impulsiveness plays an important role in both behavioral and substance addictions.
Journal of Behavioral Addictions, November 2012

Quote: “The first wealth is health.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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