Is Coconut oil not safe for you anymore?

Dr. Silverman points out the myths in recent news that misrepresents the detrimental nature of coconut oil.

The recent headlines about coconut oil say that because it’s higher in saturated fat than beef or lard, it’s bad for you. “You’ll drastically increase the chances of cardiovascular disease if you eat it because saturated fat raises cholesterol, which leads to heart disease and mortality!” That kind of warning comes from the American Heart Association (AHA)—a powerful organization that continues to promote the mythical direct link between saturated fat and heart disease.

We know from the research that saturated fat can in fact raise your cholesterol. However, it raises it in a good way. Evidence has shown if your LDL cholesterol contains a lot of small, dense particles and you also have high triglycerides, then you’re setting the stage for heart disease. Those small, dense particles come from a diet that’s high in carbs and low in fat. Reduce your carbohydrate consumption and increase the good quality fats, your cholesterol particle ratio of bad to good will almost certainly improve.
However, if your LDL cholesterol is mostly made up of large, fluffy particles and your triglycerides are low, your risk of heart disease is much lower. What makes the difference between dangerous small, dense LDL particles and safer LDL isn’t the amount of saturated fat you eat. In fact, study after study shows that your fat and cholesterol intake have almost no impact on your blood cholesterol. It’s the amount of sugar. The AHA estimates that the average person eats 20 teaspoons of sugar a day. Sugar raises your LDL cholesterol, lowers your HDL cholesterol, and increases your triglycerides. It has been shown to increase insulin resistance and trigger inflammation. In fact, an important study in JAMA Internal Medicine in 2014 proved conclusively that high sugar consumption is closely linked to death from heart disease—and that link is far closer than it is for cholesterol, smoking, hypertension, or any other risk factors. That is the statistic– about the dangers to your heart and your health–is where the real headline scare should be.

There’s no need to avoid saturated fat as long as it comes from a healthy, plant-based source. Coconut oil is definitely preferable to cheap, highly processed vegetable oils that have had their nutrients stripped away. Coconut oil has other health benefits as well. The main fatty acid in coconut oil is lauric acid, which has well-known antibiotic, anti-microbial, and anti-viral benefits. Coconut oil also helps stabilize blood sugar and helps soothe digestive upsets. Eating a lot of coconut oil does, indeed, raise your cholesterol levels–in a positive way by raising HDL (the good cholesterol), lowering triglycerides, and lowering the amount of small LDL particles.
So go ahead. Use coconut oil in your cooking.

Dr. Robert G. Silverman is a chiropractic doctor and clinical nutritionist and author of, “Inside-Out Health: A Revolutionary Approach to Your Body,” (Lioncrest Publishing, 2016), an Amazon No. 1 bestseller in 2016. The ACA Sports Council named Silverman Sports Chiropractor of the Year in 2015. He also maintains a busy private practice as founder of Westchester Integrative Health Center, which specializes in the treatment of joint pain using functional nutrition along with cutting-edge, science-based, nonsurgical approaches. Silverman is a seasoned health and wellness expert on both the speaking circuits and within the media.

Unneeded treatment of breast cancer due to misuse of Mammography

Liz Szabo of Kaiser Health News reports on a recent Danish study: that “one in three women with breast cancer detected by a mammogram are treated unnecessarily.”  The study published on Monday in Annals of Internal Medicine  has renewed debate over the value of early detection, the misuse of mammography and proper prevention training for women regarding breast health.

The complete article can be found here:

Learn The Risk

Our patients are always interested in finding out both sides of a story especially when it comes to vaccines and immunizations.  In the past we have done our best to keep them updated with all the information we can.  Learn The Risk ( is a public awareness campaign to educate the public on vaccine ingredients and risks — what your Dr. should tell you but doesn’t.

The United States has more vaccines on the childhood schedule than any other developed country, yet we have one of the sickest populations — despite spending more on healthcare than any other developed country. We are exposed to a chemical cocktail from polluted air and water, processed food laced with toxins and pesticides, and then we add vaccines to the mix. Vaccines contain multiple additives that have no place in the human body. Chemicals that are injected and therefore bypass the body’s natural filters. Chemicals and additives that go straight to the vital organs causing numerous issues that have somehow become the new ‘normal’ in our country.
Everybody is different. We each have different chemical thresholds and processing abilities. Chemicals and heavy metals accumulate, and you can never know what will tip the balance for someone and lead to health issues—sometimes serious, lifelong problems, or even death.

The real epidemic in America is not measles, chicken pox, or Hepatitis B. It is the skyrocketing rate of autoimmune diseases (asthma, allergies, skin disorders, type-1 diabetes, lupus, irritable bowel syndrome, etc.) and neurological disorders (developmental delays, autism, ADHD, epilepsy and seizures, etc.).

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Early introduction of peanuts may cut allergy risk in babies: studies

With the tremendous rise in food allergies and intolerance over the last 10 years, new research shows that early introduction may just be what the body needs.   Early introduction of commonly allergenic foods, such as peanuts and eggs, in the diet of breast-fed infants would protect against the development of food allergies.

The full story can be found here: Peanut introduction in infancy

Reference studies:

  1. Randomized Trial of Introduction of Allergenic Foods in Breast-Fed Infants
  2. Effect of Avoidance on Peanut Allergy after Early Peanut Consumption

Holiday Care 101

The Holiday Season is quickly approaching, whether we are ready or not. People have already begun to bake and decorate, and the arrival of the first proper snow fall has come…and with it the cold.

While it’s supposed to be the most loving, cheerful and giving season of the year, we can not ignore the stress, cold weather, and recurrent aches and pains that accompany it, although we will try—desperately.

However, as the day light hours shorten, it seems to be an ongoing battle. When once upon an October we could have be found outside kicking leaves while enjoying the crisp fresh air in the river valley, now we tend to find ourselves inside, huddled under warm blankets, consuming tasty but rich foods and drink with our loved ones, and watching Netflix for episodes longer than we mean to.

So, with that in mind, here are a few friendly hints and reminders to keep you in the tides of health during this busy season so that you can enjoy it as much as possible—after all, winter is here, and it’s here to stay!

1. Are you feeling the season? You’re not crazy, the cold weather will affect your body and cause chronic aches and pains in the body—like your knee—due to stiffening of the tissues, dehydration, and the barometric pressure change in the atmosphere. Now, you can’t change the atmosphere, but you can regulate the other things, so stay warm with proper clothing and drink lots of fluids—you know, the hydrating kind!

2. Beware of ice unknown! Hidden beneath that soft fluffy snow can be a devastating injury. Pay attention to where you’re walking (or driving for that matter). Falls, or even almost falls, can be jarring enough on the body to lay you out for the holidays. Winter season is notorious for injury, including slips, almost falls, skiing and car accidents. ’Tis the season to pay a little more attention.

3. Diet and Exercise: The curse of the cold. It’s fairly common knowledge that what we put into our bodies and what we do with them has a huge impact on our physical well being, particularly bones and joints, muscles and organs. But sometimes you just need a friendly reminder: As the cold settles in, our bodies will crave heartier, ‘energy rich’ foods, and it will be harder to convince ourselves to venture outside for fun. Enjoy the festivities of the season and the indoor warmth of family and friends, but if symptoms are acting up ‘without cause’, pay closer attention to what (and how much) you’re eating, and try to be conscious of your activity levels throughout winter. When the body becomes stagnant, it will become cranky. Plus, when the freeze eventually thaws and you become more active, there is a greater chance of hurting yourself if you haven’t be keeping up with any activity.

4. Stressed for the season. It’s no secret that the holiday’s are often as stressful as they are charming, particularly for parents with younger children. While it’s easy to get wrapped up in the must-haves, the shopping, the cleaning for company, the cooking of feasts, the decorating, and all the other things that make the magic happen, it’s also easy to get overwhelmed with stress, making you clumsy, tired and depressed. These feelings and distractions can lead to accidents and general, physical pain. If you’re feeling any of these, take a moment to breathe, ask for help, and/or do something that makes YOU happy and satisfied. Your mental health will 100% affect your physical health, and you’re just as important as everyone else on your Christmas list!

5. Fallen and can’t get up! If you do happen to slip and fall, or almost fall (yes, you can get whiplash and other injuries from almost falls), and in pain, find a manual therapist to help you ASAP. Sitting on an injury over the cold months will worsen many problems that might be quick, easy fixes. Besides, getting them sorted right away will help you get back to enjoying the season with family and friends much faster!

Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful, cheerful and pain-free holiday season!

Kati Waygood is a registered Manual Osteopath. To book an appointment or get more information regarding her services call us at 780.455.6123