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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Scariest Health Problems People Face!

By Dr. Jon Thomas, DC, PSc.D, Board Certified Chiropractic Physician.
Courtesy of Danny Murphy
Halloween has come and gone. Now, The Agricultural Fair is in town. From candy corn to cotton candy to deep fried Twinkies, some of the things that people eat at this time of year are absolutely spooky! I urge people to think about what they’re consuming and to avoid things that will have negative health consequences.
As people age, many face health challenges that they never had to think about when they were younger. The good news is that there are things a person can do to avoid many of the health problems associated with aging. The even better news is that help is available. With that in mind, here are some of the scariest health problems people face as they grow older.
General decline in health leading to inability to take care of oneself
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Health Center
Many people take their health for granted until something goes wrong. As people age, there can be a tendency for more and more to go wrong. The bad habits, unhealthy diets, and lack of exercise begin to take their toll in the form of serious health problems. Eventually, many who have taken care of themselves and others for decades get to the point where they can no longer live independent lives.
Since most people enjoy having the ability to take care of themselves, losing that ability is very scary. The good news is that if you establish a plan with long term and short term goals you can maintain a healthy weight, enjoy the ability to exercise, and keep your body in top shape! You can maintain an optimal level of health right through to the end, or very close to it.  

Loss of memory and mental acuity, Alzheimer’s Disease
As people age, many do lose their mental sharpness and their ability to remember things. Many people have family members or friends who appear to be losing their memory a little more each day. When someone you’ve loved for your whole life forgets who you are, it’s truly frightening. The prospect of that happening to oneself is truly terrifying.
Consuming the right nutrients and staying physically active are two of the keys to maintaining mental fitness. Sitting on the couch, eating potato chips, and watching whatever shows up on the screen will not keep a person mentally healthy. 
For optimal mental health, it’s very important to stay in the game by continuing to learn new things. Nourishing the mind is just as important as eating the right foods. The more people do that, the less likely they are to see a decline in their mental capabilities.  
Being overweight and being unable to lose excess weight
Bodies in motion tend to stay in motion and remain healthy. If you don’t believe it, check out a few videos of Jack LaLanne, the godfather of fitness. Bodies at rest tend to stay at rest and pack on the pounds. If you don’t believe that, take a look at some of your neighbors, family members, or friends. For most people, body metabolism changes as they age. When people reach their 30s, 40s, and 50s, they usually don’t burn calories as fast as they did in their 20s. This is why it becomes more difficult for most people to lose weight as they age.
When people begin the NutriMost Weight Loss program at Vibrant Life Health Center, we measure their weight and we measure their bodies in key areas. One other thing we measure is metabolic age. We do this at the beginning of the program and then again at the end. Invariably, after successfully completing forty days in the program, a person’s metabolic age has been substantially reduced, usually by a decade or more.
This is very important because losing weight is only part of the equation. To achieve permanent weight loss, a person needs to learn the in’s and out’s of their personal metabolism. Patients who go through our Programs weather its Life in Balance, NutriMost, or even Functional Medicine we show people this key component to long term health and vitality! Taking a decade or more off one’s metabolic age is one of the keys to keeping the weight off. Taking the weight off and keeping it off is also one of the best things a person can do to avoid many conditions associated with age, including diabetes, arthritis, and many other diseases.  

Heart attack, heart disease, stroke
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A healthy cardiovascular system is an essential component of good health. When heart disease sets in, the body can’t function properly. When the blood is carrying things that can build up in the form of plaque in blood vessels, a person can suffer a stroke which can cause brain damage and disrupt the nervous system in such a way that parts of the body cease to function properly.  A heart attack caused by hardening of the arteries can maim or kill.
The foods we consume have an enormous impact on cardiovascular health. They can help to keep things flowing properly or they can create blockages. It’s so important to keep this in mind as we choose what to eat and what not to eat. Also, exercise is extremely important for heart health. A good fitness program can certainly contribute to keeping a heart strong and extending a person’s life expectancy.
Loss of balance resulting in falls and broken limbs
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The thought of falling and not being able to get up is one of the scariest things of all. Remember the commercial? A good sense of balance that keeps one from falling is certainly one of the things people take for granted until they take a tumble. As people age, they do sometimes lose the sense of balance they had when they were younger. To make matters worse, bones can break more easily as we get older, and when they do it takes longer for them to heal.
Maintaining a healthy weight and staying fit can definitely help a person to keep his or her sense of balance throughout life. Another thing that is very important for maintaining a sense of balance is musculoskeletal health. The bones and muscles not only affect the way we move it also plays a key role in brain/body communication. While many people think of chiropractic care primarily as the answer to injuries, routine adjustments can provide a tremendous health benefit.
Life In Balance
At Vibrant Life Health Center, we now offer a program that brings all the key components for wellness together under one roof. Our Life In Balance Program addresses weight and nutrition, fitness and exercise, musculoskeletal health, and more. Our goal is to help patients get their lives into balance and to give them all the tools they need to stay in balance. If you have any questions about the Life In Balance Program and you’d like to find out how it can help you, please call to set up an appointment.
Call to schedule a Free Tytron Scan at Vibrant Life Health Center this November.
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Vibrant Life Health Center
Vibrant Life Health Center is currently offering free Tytron scans through the end of November. See for yourself how this amazing device works and how it can help you to get your body back into balance. If you have acute or chronic pain and you’d like to find out how chiropractic can help, set up an appointment with Dr. Thomas at the Vibrant Life Health Center.
If you’ve been struggling to lose weight, let Dr. Thomas explain how the NutriMost program has helped many people lose twenty to forty pounds or more in just forty days. And if you’d like to check out the Life In Balance plan which can address every area of a patient’s health, call Vibrant Life to set up an appointment.
In this article, I have discussed some of the scariest health problems people face as they grow older. I’ve also discussed the various ways people can reduce their risk of health challenges many people face as they age. 
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Health Center
Dr. Jon Thomas is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician. His practice, The Vibrant Life Health Center, is located in the Mandarin section of Jacksonville. His interest in health and fitness started early, and his athletic pursuits have included BMX racing, Professional Snow Skiing, Water Skiing, Baseball, Weightlifting, and Martial Arts. After studying and learning from some of the top health experts throughout the world, Dr. Thomas dedicated his life to helping people of all ages to transform their lives. The objective for each patient is to initiate the body’s healing and to work progressively toward a body that functions optimally. Dr. Thomas is seen regularly on TV on First Coast Living, where he discusses the transformations of his patients. He also speaks at events throughout the community and writes informative articles to improve the health of residents throughout Northeast Florida.


  1. As we age our bodies need more maintenance, just like a car. It's fortunate that there are people like Dr Jon that specialize in providing complete healthcare, because spare parts are hard to come by.

  2. Speaking of scary stuff, Halloween just passed and all the kids on the streets and the overeating of the candy is scary as well. I'm not against Halloween, but parental supervision when trick or treating and guidance with the candy is important stuff as well. P.S. The article was good to.