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Again, a word about all that texting!


We have become a “Forward Based Society.” The use of computers, tablets and phones for texting has shown that the anterior chest wall muscles are constantly in an active “facilitated or  recruitment stage” while the upper back and posterior neck muscles are in a stated of “constant physical stress or inhibited stage.”  When this occurs, it is known as “Upper Crossed Syndrome.” 

Equally, as we become more sedentary by use of computers and technologies while seated, this will lend itself to “Lower Crossed Syndrome” stemming from weakened abdominals/gluteal muscles and over facilitated back muscles and quads. 

There are specific exercises that you can do during the day to counter the progression to either Upper Crossed or Lower Crossed Syndromes.  Make an appointment today.  (201) 487-3131 

–Dr. Meimaris, your functional based chiropractor.

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We have been fooled again! No surprise here!


“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease. ”
Thomas A. Edison


“The future is now. What we do each and every day is what determines our future.”      ―Dr. Demetri G. Meimaris


Please take time to review the following information provided by my colleague,              Dr. Ronald Grisanti

From Dr. Ronald Grisanti of Functional Medicine University:

The Canola Con

Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S.

We have all be fooled “again”..

Just when you think we are doing something good for our bodies we learn that we have been conned.

This has led to today’s case of the Canola Con!

How many people use canola oil for cooking?

How many people choose mayonnaise, salad dressings, baked goods, and other processed foods containing canola oil?

I would say a bunch!

In addition, the major fast food chains brag that they no longer have trans fats, but have switched to canola oil. They use it for their french fries, burgers, salad dressings and baked goods, exchanging it for trans fatty acid-laden genetically engineered soybean oil.

Would I eat it? No.

I remember a few months ago scratching my head trying to figure out why some of my patients had high levels of trans fats (or trans fatty acids) showing up on their fatty acid profile blood test.

Of course these patients swore they were not eating foods that had trans fats. So with some detective work and a little deeper investigation, I discovered that these same patients were in fact using canola oil.

From their perspective they were told that canola oil was supposed to be healthier than soy, cottonseed, safflower and corn oil.

I tended to agree with them until I discovered some interesting facts that many folks were not aware of.

First and foremost you need to remember that canola oil is a genetically engineered product. This raised some red flags and made me very suspicious.

Have you ever seen a canola plant?

Of course not!

Believe it or not, from a molecular biochemical position canola oil actually has higher levels of trans fatty acids than the soybean and the other vegetable oils I mentioned above.

So you may be thinking, why are there more trans fatty acids in canola oil than in soybean oil and the other toxic oils?

The reason is because canola oil has a higher level of omega-3 oils. So in order to make that bottle last on a shelf, plus be able to withstand high heat cooking, you need over a dozen chemical stages to process canola into an oil that will not go rancid. These processes include not only hydrogenation but deodorization of the omega-3. This process can form as much as 40% trans fatty acids in canola, even more than soybean oil.

The following have been directly attributed to the canola con:

  • Canola depletes vitamin E which will impact chronic diseases like heart, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes.
  • Canola increases the rigidity of membranes (which is a major aging factor and trigger for degenerative diseases like diabetes).
  • Canola has the potential to damage hearts creating fibrosis impairing the action of vitamin E (crucial in inflammation).
  • In human studies there was an increase in lung cancers as well as heart damage.
  • Canola has been found to shorten the lifespan of animals and in others it lowers the platelet count and increases the size of the platelet cells.
  • Daily canola oil raised the triglycerides a staggering 47%.

Interesting fact: In 1985 the Federal Register (official journal of the federal government of the United States) stated the FDA outlawed canola oil in infant formulas because it retarded growth.

Can you believe they knew a quarter of a century ago that it was not good for babies, but now it’s suddenly okay for everyone else.

What makes this frightening is the politics of the food industry are so powerful that this information will not come out for at least another couple of decades.


Well the regulatory agencies have also been duped and simply have NOT done their research.

They have been deceived into believing that canola is the next best oil.

Many have vested their legislative careers in the oil change making it darn near impossible to admit this fatal error and turn this problem around.

It simply is not going to happen anytime soon.

Remember it took decades before the dangers of trans fats were finally exposed.

Regulatory “authorities” have managed to ignore even the warnings of the Harvard School of Public Health that stated decades ago that there is no safe level of trans fats.

Here is a shocker you may not know.

In spite of the enormous proof of the dangers of trans fats (some of which were reported by Harvard researchers decades ago), the FDA has allowed food manufacturers to put the words ‘NO TRANS FATS” to be plastered on any label if there are less than 500 mg of trans fats per puny ½ cup serving.

Again Harvard researchers showed ages ago that there is no safe level of trans fats, since trans fats have grossly changed the fundamental chemistry of our cell membranes.

The sad thing is many people think they are safe and knowledgeable in choosing canola oil, because they have fallen for the hype without finding out the facts for themselves. The bottom line is you don’t want to ingest any food containing GMO canola oil or hydrogenated vegetable oils (soy, cottonseed, safflower and corn).

Butter, grape seed oil, olive oil (preferably cold-pressed, unfiltered, extra virgin) are great for cooking and for salad dressings. It goes without saying any oil in dark glass is preferred over plastic as well.


Calabrese C., et al, A cross-over study of the effect of a single oral feeding of medium chain triglyceride oil vs. canola oil on post-indigestion plasma triglyceride levels in healthy men, Altern Med Rev 4; 1:23-28, 1999

Enig M, Know Your Fats (Bethesda Press, 2000), The Oiling of America, also website: your fats/canola

Innis SM, et al, Dietary canola oil alters hematological indices and blood lipids in neonatal piglets fed formula, J Nutr 129:1261-68, 1999

Sauer FD. et al. Additional vitamin E required in milk replacer diets that contain canola oil, Nutr Res 17; 2:259-69, 1997

Kwon JS, et al, Effects of diets high in saturated fatty acids, canola oil, or safflower oil on platelet function, thromboxane B2 formation and fatty acid composition of platelet phospholipids, Am J Clin Nutr, 54:351-58, 1991

MacDonald BE, et al, Comparison of the effects of canola oil and sunflower oil on plasma lipids and lipoproteins and on in vivo thromboxane A2 and prostacyclin production in healthy young men, Am J Clin Nutr 50:382-88, 1989

Rogers, Sherry. Total Wellness. Prestige Publishing

Duque-Guimaraes DE, et al, Early and prolonged intake of partially hydrogenated fat alters the expression of genes in rat adipose tissue, Nutr: 782-9, 2009

The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dr. Grisanti and his community. Dr. Grisanti encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional. Visit to find practitioners thoroughly trained in functional medicine. Look for practitioners who have successfully completed the Functional Medicine University’s Certification Program (CFMP).  

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Yes, Presenteeism!   Are you working so much that you do NOT find time for your health???   Higher levels of anxiety, working injured or lack of focus due to lack of adequate rest can lead to a collapse in your health.  Just like you work in time at the gym for your workouts, let periodic chiropractic spinal adjustments help you through your work week. With the increased demands of technology, I can see that the entire population as a whole has become weakened structurally. 

We have become a forward based society, computers with typing and texting with cell phones lead to Upper Cross Syndrome, weakness of the posterior shoulder, trapezius and neck muscles resulting in an imbalance that is compounded by not being able to counter act the increased strength of the anterior neck and chest wall muscles (pectorals) sufficiently to remain properly postured.  This then results Lower Cross Syndrome from an overload of office work and lack of conditioning, spinal alignments and exercise.   Dr. Meimaris

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Fuel your competitive spirit!

This applies to any sport, enjoy the read!ZeCastle_3.jpg

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Kinetic Chain: Click link below picture!


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Is Popcorn Poisonous?

I came across this wonderful article by Dr. Axe!  Please take time to review it, as there are many other healthy snacks you can eat.  Your feedback is appreciated! Cut and paste the link below into your browser:

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A Word About Shoveling Snow


This is an ADDENDUM and an updated post from two years ago.  In addition to back pain, its imperative that you hydrate before and after the activity if you must do it at all.  Lifting heavy snow stresses the heart, and those who are smokers, have underlying (subclinical) conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease etc., are at risk.  For the general masses, the rule for hydration is 1 quart for 50 lbs. of body weight. If you feel chest pain, stop and go to the hospital, call 911.  This could be serious.

A word about lower back pain and shoveling snow.  You’ve all heard it before, bend at your knees, don’t lift and twist.  With the recent snow, and the current major storm going on as we speak,  its imperative to get your spine checked in the aftermath.  Clearly, it’s a call to action to do pre and post…

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