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The Paleo Cardiologist - book report

The Paleo Cardiologist - The natural way to heart health by Jack Wolfson DO, FACC

book title page for the Paleo Cardiologist

I was suggested this book by a Mississauga patient of mine and greatly enjoyed it.  The Author, Dr. Jack Wolfson, is a cardiologist who was opened up to the wellness paradigm when he met his wife, a Chiropractor.  His life views were challenged and he was able to realize where he was approaching his health, his patients’ health, and his work approach from an improper angle.  Changing his perspective towards a wellness paradigm helped him and helped countless others with their heart health in particular, but their health in general. The Paleo Cardiologist goes through many practical ways in which you can impact your heart health, from a more natural perspective that aims at avoiding unnecessary medical procedures, tests, and drugs.  The author argues with science, data, clinical experience, and patient stories at how getting the body back into an environment that it was developed for allows for it to work properly again.  Treat it well, and it does well.  Treat it poorly, and it has difficulty keeping up.

The chapters include topics such as:

Cholesterol, the Paleo diet, Nutrition, Anti-Depressants, medications, toxins in the world, heavy metals, sleep, inactivity, water, Chiropractic, supplements, and blood tests. I am a Chiropractor, and not a Cardiologist, but I have been made aware of the problems regarding cholesterol lowering drugs.  Dr. Jack Wolfson’s chapters on this topic are a great primer for those that have not heard of the concern before.  Check it out in his book or look up the research yourself. Being a Chiropractor, I am aware of the impact that the spine and nervous system can have on the heart, cardiovascular health, and well-being in general.

Dr. Wolfson’s chapter on Chiropractic care regarding heart health summarizes our approach well with his action plan :

“ 1. Every single cell in the body is connected to the nervous system
  1. Routine daily activity can wreak havoc on your spine.
  2. Chiropractic care restores health and function to your brain, nerves, and entire body.
  3. Every cardiovascular problem can be improved with Chiropractic care.”
It is amazing to read a book like this with so much advice from an expert in his field who has lived and has worked in both paradigms of heart health.  I learned a lot from this book and I know you will too. -Dr. Callum Peever - Chiropractic in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health

top 10 wellness steps from the Drs. Wolfson

Heart Health Variability and Chiropractic

Heart rate variability is a phrase that you will begin to see more and more.  We have been seeing it in the Chiropractic research literature for some time now and I have also begun to see it in fitness magazines.  Interstingly, the new smart watches measure and update you about your heart rate variability. But what is it? Heart rate variability is an indicator of your body's abilty to adapt, or your adaptability. The heart rate is controlled by the nervous system in your body.  The nervous system has two states (sympathetic and parasympathetic). Sypathetic = "fight or flight" Parasympathetic = "rest and recover" The heart rate innately want to go fast, but your brain and nerve system slow it down by using the parasympathetic nerves.  When you are excercising, your heart rate gets put into a steady rythm to keep up with your demands, this is a sympathetic state. Sympathetic = steady but fast Heart Rate When you are resting, your heart rate should be more variable.  This is when you are in a more parasympathethic state. Parasympathetic = Variable Heart Rate You want a higher heart rate variability to indicate a better state of health or rest.

Who uses Heart Rate Variability?

Many different fields of study are using Heart Rate Variability for many different things.  Interestingly, your Heart Rate Variability can be a good indicator of your ability to adapt.  Being able to adapt is a big indicator of your health. This measure is used to help athletes know when they are exhausted and should recover longer. (helps prevent over training) In Medicine, heart rate variability can be used as a prognostic factor regarding patients with heart health problems, such as heart attacks, as well as cancer patients undergoing extensive treatment.  If your body has the ability the adapt to your challenges, it has a much better chance of surviving and recovering!

How does Chiropractic play a role in Heart Rate Variability?

Chiropractic has a large focus on the most important part of your body! The brain and nerve system.  By contacting the bones of the spine, Chiropractic can reduce the interference and stress that is placed on the spinal cord.  A spinal cord that is under stress will be in a more sympathetic state, with a lower variable heart rate.  In adjusting areas of stress in the spine, that are called Subluxations, Chiropractic adjustments can impact a person's heart rate variability and allow the body to find a natural balance in the sympathetic and parasympathetic system. Here is a research study on the impact a chiropractic adjustment can have on heart rate variability: The impact of cervical manipulation on heart rate variability.

Holistic Guide to Good Heart Health

Valentine's Day is around the corner and just about every store is packed with display hearts. But before you dig into othose boxes of chocolates, use this month as the starting point for a renewed commitment to a heart healthy liftstyle. To help you on your way, we devote this issue of Wellness Express to methods of keeping your ticker in tip top shape. Health experts recommend fish because it is an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids. These fats offer profound health benefits. A diet high in omega 3 acids help stop arteries from getting clogged, reduces cholesterol levels and soothes inflammation. The fish that are the best sources of omega 3 are sardines, salmon, halibut, mackerel, herring, rainbow trout, and tuna. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2000"]Salmon by Rick Sturch Photo by Rick Sturch at www.ricksturch.com[/caption] Here is a great summer meal idea by Rick Sturch including Salmon! Check out the recipe on his Blog!   Inflammation is a key component in heart disease. Along with fish, anti-inflammatory foods include berries, kale, spinach, and broccoli. Research conducted by the American College of Cardiology found that a diet rich in these plant-based foods slashes inflammation, cuts triglycerides and keeps blood sugar levels balanced. The good news is even moderate amounts of exercise can bring great benefits to your heart. The American Heart Association reports women who walk at lease two hours a week at any pace had a 30% lower rick of stroke. To Read The Full Article... Click On The Link Below.
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Holistic Guide to Good Heart Health

Holistic Guide to Good Heart Health

Below you will find plenty of advice regarding good heart health form our team of wellness experts at Erin Mills Optimum Health in Mississauga.  Enjoy the information and contact us if you need help implementing it into your life!  There is a pdf at the end of the blog that summarizes the topic of good hearth health from the holistic perspective.

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Autonomic Nervous System and Chiropractic

Chiropractic care can help many health problems due to its impact on the autonomic nervous system.


 The brain controls the body’s ability to adapt

Transcript from video of Dr. Peever speaking in Mississauga:
Your body has a far greater ability to heal then you’re led to believe and the curious part that connects to this, it’s co-ordinated by your brain! Remember that your brain connects to everything. It co-ordinates how your body heals, functions and adapts – It is essentially an adaptation machine. It adapts, you challenge it, it adapts. It takes time but it learns. It figures out new ways to solve problems.

I hope that you are curious to learn more about how the brain adapts and how the autonomic nervous system connects to chiropractic.  Read on and get curious to make changes to your nervous system! Chiropractic can help.


The research paper linked below highlights the evidence to date (2009) regarding the impact that the spine and nervous system has on the function and healing of the body functions. As a practicing Chiropractor, I enjoy reading papers like this that summarize the research in the past as well as pull it together to learning points with quotes. Check it out:


What a great read of some of the evidence to date regarding the autonomic nervous system.

The quotes were great to read in terms of quick lessons with great wording. The list of papers that have researched into this domain is impressive as well.

In Chiropractic, we have a huge admiration for the nerve system. The autonomic nervous system is the part of the nerve system which is out of our conscious control. It is the “automatic” system. This autonomic system is incredible at running our bodies and has an incredible ability to adapt itself and our bodies to the experiences it runs into.

As a Chiropractor, we try to stimulate, assist, encourage, support, and adjust the autonomic nerve system. When this system functions better, the body is able to handle so much more. This is why we see so many incredible things happen in our patients who are adjusted. They come in to our offices with problems that they “…thought would go away.” These problems can be anything from athlete’s foot to adenoids problems. When we check the patient’s spine, we are looking for where the spine and nerve system are struggling. The term we use to describe this in Chiropractic is subluxation. The term in this paper to describe this process is segmental neurospinal dysfunction as well as the vertebral subluxation complex. When we use specific Chiropractic adjustments to correct subluxations in the patients spine and nerve system, the autonomic system gets back into the proper gear and can appropriately address the challenges that have been negatively impacting the patient.

Besides watching the improvement of a patient clinically over time, the autonomic nerve system can be watched working through special tests. Some of the tests include thermography, surface emg, and heart rate variability. It is really amazing to see patients whole neurological system balance after a course of Chiropractic care.

Check out this article on the effect of Chiropractic care on heart rate variability and pay in a multi-site clinical study.

This paper also describes aspects for researchers to look into in the future which will be exciting for a practicing Chiropractor in the field to read, watch evolve, and further our understanding of how a specific Chiropractic adjustment of a subluxation positively impacts a person’s health naturally.

Read this story below from Dr. Fred Barge as he communicates how Chiropractic can help with people suffering with many different health problems because of its impact on the nervous system.

“If this is your first Chiropractic experience, you may wonder why you see so many patients at this clinic. Let’s say you came to us for care of your backache because this is a common reason for people to seek Chiropractic care. You may wonder then that so many, many people are suffering like you, assuming that they all have backaches. Wrong! The patients you see are suffering from many different problems. I often say, “From adenoids to athlete’s foot.” Now before you say, “absurd, you Chiropractors claim to cure everything,” let me explain. Chiropractors do not claim to cure anything! We quite simply say only the body heals, but if your body has nerve pressure because the spine is out of line, it can cause many health problems.” – Dr. Fred H. Barge, D.C.

Dr. Fred Barge had an amazing ability to communicate Chiropractic.

The above description from him is one of my favourites. It not only comments on how people suffering with many different health challenges find help through Chiropractic care, but also touches in the vitalistic values of Chiropractic.

Here to help,

Dr. Callum Peever – Chiropractor in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health

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Dr. Callum Peever is a Chiropractor in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health.  He is also the active Co-President of the Halton Peel Chiropractic Society, Regional Director in Toronto for Activator Methods International, the past Director of the Halton Urban Core Community Health Centre Chiropractic Clinic, and a Clinical Instructor teaching the Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique to fellow Chiropractors.