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30% of all Americans have GERD at some point in their lives. GERD is often described as heartburn or acid reflux. In this episode, you'll discover:

--How women are more likely to get GERD than men. And the causes of GERD, including a hiatal hernia and gallbladder disease.

--The damage GERD can do to the larynx, vocal cords, and esophagus.

--Why getting GERD at night is even a greater problem and is a sign of a more advanced case.

--How pharmaceutical companies make a ton of money off of drugs for GERD, but the drugs can damage the stomach over a period of time and actually make the GERD problem worse in the long-run.

--The foods that should be avoided with GERD and what time you should eat to avoid symptoms. And the foods that are helpful for GERD.

--The natural supplements that are effective for combating GERD without the side effects of pharmaceuticals.

--The Vitamin and Mineral deficiencies that can kick off GERD.

--Why every GERD patient should be tested for food allergies.

--How chiropractic adjustments provide relief from GERD. And the immediate relief and healing that Acupuncture can provide for GERD patients.

--Why the Diathermy treatment makes "an amazing difference" for GERD patients by increasing blood flow and lymphatic flow.



As we kick off 2019, it's time to set goals and resolutions. But what are your goals and resolutions to maximize your health this year? In this episode, you'll learn about:

--Why "You don't know if you don't test" should be a guiding principle for your health care. And the three lab tests that everyone should have every year.

--How you need to have your nervous system working properly for anything else to work right in your body.

--Why what you do in your 40's and 50’s helps determine how your health will be in your 80’s and 90's. And why it is never too late to make positive changes to your health.

--The five different categories of Exercise and how each one is important for your health and well-being. And the category of Exercise that is the most important to increase your life-span (if you only picked one).

--The reason why the BMI (Body Mass Index) is NOT the best way to measure your body's fat percentage. And the more accurate Body Composition Analysis that has an error rate of 2% or less.

--How most diets fail because they burn muscle and organ tissue to lose weight and cause your fat percentage to increase. And how the weight loss approach of The Prather Practice targets the burning of fat.

--Why our attitudes and reactions to circumstances can create diseases in our bodies and change our body's physiology.

--How learning how to breathe properly can control your stress levels and shift your autonomic nervous system to a healing "rest and digest" mode.

--The 80-20 rule for balancing the sympathetic "fight and flight" mode of the body and the parasympathetic "rest and digest" mode of the body.

--The specific Chiropractic adjustments (Logan Basic, Cranial-Sacral) that Dr. Prather uses to balance out the nervous system and the respiratory system in his stressed patients.



As we kick off 2019, it's time to set goals and resolutions. But what are your goals and resolutions to maximize your health this year? In this episode, we talk about:

--The importance of finding out the exact state of your health through proper annual lab tests.

--Why The Prather Profile blood analysis is called "The Blueprint To Your Health" and is designed to show everything that could possibly go wrong with someone.

--How Dr. Prather helped a Girl's High School Cross Country team qualify for State for the first time after diagnosing the entire team with low Iron levels. (And how several girls on the team were able to stop taking prescriptions like Concerta and Adderall after that.)

--The reason why a PSA test is important for every man over the age of 45.

--Why an annual stool kit is recommended for EVERYONE at least once a year.

--How a Hair Analysis can show heavy metal toxicities and mineral deficiencies in the body. (And why it is especially important for neurological conditions like Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis, and ALS, as well as learning disabilities.)

--The importance of taking care of your nervous system. And how the Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic adjustment specialty at The Prather Practice can affect a person's health more than anything else.

--Why a sedentary lifestyle might mean this current generation will be the first one to not outlive their parents.

--How "excess sitting" is linked to 35 different diseases and conditions including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and depression.

--The shocking number of hours Americans sit each day compared to Americans in the past.



When you have done everything right and still can't shed the weight, oftentimes the problem is hormonal. In this episode, you'll find out:

--How the hormones have a regulatory influence on your weight.

--The influence outside chemicals (such plastics or food additives) have on our hormonal balance.

--The link between a man's hormones and prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction, and obesity.

--Why taking testosterone for low testosterone (which impacts both men and women) can actually make the problem WORSE and result in even lower testosterone.

--The reason why men's hormones are much easier to balance compared to women.

--The huge influence of the liver (which Dr. Prather calls an "endocrine balancer") in analyzing your hormonal balance.

--Why your chances of getting cancer are SIX TIMES greater if you are overweight due to your hormones.

--How fat itself produces imbalances in your hormones.

--Why Dr. Prather believes 98% of patients would be harmed by pharmaceutical hormone replacement therapy or biodentical hormones. (And the subtle, safer, and natural adjustment they need instead to balance their hormones.

--The reason why Dr. Prather insists on thorough lab testing for his weight loss patients.



Surgery for Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is the second-most common musculoskeletal surgery in the U.S. But it has only a 23% success rate. Dr. Prather says there are more effective, non-invasive options that should be explored first. In this episode, find out:

--The symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which affect 8 million people per year.

--The surprising connection between hormones and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. And how Liver Congestion, Thyroid issues, Diabetes, and Kidney Disease influence Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

--Why Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, and Iodine can make a difference for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome patients when the surgery made no change in their symptoms.

--How Dr. Prather finds most of his patients diagnosed by other doctors with Carpel Tunnel Syndrome actually DON'T have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but issues such as Palmaris Longis Syndrome or even a pinched neck.

--Why Dr. Prather says appropriate diagnostic steps are so important to correctly diagnose Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but that too many doctors are skipping those for just an Electrodiagnostic test that can lead to a misdiagnosis.

--The reason why Dr. Prather believes only 10% of the Carpal Tunnel surgeries are necessary.

--How a combination of Chiropractic adjustments, Acupuncture, Physical Rehabilitation, and Nutritional support are used at The Prather Practice to help Carpal Tunnel patients.

--Why Auriculotherapy (electro-stimulation of points on the ears) is necessary for anyone who has had Carpal Tunnel pain for over six months.

--How the wrist needs to be strengthened through proper Physical Rehabilitation exercises to get back full function. And how a bucket of rice is a great exercise tool to strengthen wrists!

--The "nerve flossing" exercise that is "one of the best things" that can be done for Carpal Tunnel pain. And the value of wrist bracing during the night to keep the wrist in a neutral position.



They cause 1 million ER visits per year. 10% of all men and 3% of all women suffer from kidney stones. In this episode, you'll find out:

--The cause of kidney stones, including the role of dehydration, obesity, fiber in diet, and what kind of salt you use. Plus, how Cancer survivors and Osteoporosis patients are more likely to get them.

--The Body Composition Analysis that determines the water concentration in your body (and how it shows about 50% of people are dehydrated). Plus, how painful feet when you wake up in the morning is an indication of dehydration. And why being dehydrated actually changes the chemistry of the body.

--How hormones determine your mineral balance. And why reducing Calcium intake is NOT effective in preventing kidney srones.

--Why Cadmium levels are a crucial key for those with chronic kidney stones.

--The role of table salt and high fructose corn syrup in kidney stone development. And how almost everyone with bariatric surgery gets kidney stones because of the pH changes in the body.

--The Structure/Function Health Care approach to treating kidney stones. And the surprising connection between Coca-Cola soda fountains in old-time drug stores and the treatment of kidney stones!

--The homeopathic formula that brings "almost immediate relief" from kidney pain. And how lemon juice can help change the pH of urine and prevent kidney stones.

--The foods you should AVOID when you have kidney stones (including a long list of HEALTHY stuff!). And the foods you SHOULD be eating to help eliminate kidney stones.

--The long-term damage that can come from kidney stones (including high blood pressure).

--How even children can get kidney stones.




'Tis the season to be jolly! But it's also the season where we feel the additional stress of holiday obligations. Dr. Prather says there are ways we can help manage this stress and remain healthy through the holidays. In this episode, learn:

--What stress does to our health and our immune system.

--Why Dr. Prather says that stress is "the number one reason people die earlier". And how stress causes "every single organ in the body to work improperly".

--The 80-20 balance we need between a "rest and digest" mode (parasympathetic nervous system) and the 'fight or flight" mode (sympathetic nervous system) to have a healthy nervous system.

--The importance of proper diaphragmatic breathing to manage stress and change your nervous system. And why people make fun of Dr. Prather for breathing so loud! :-)

--How deeply you breathe is the BIGGEST indicator of how long you live (and can also keep you younger).

--Why massage is an important part of your health regimen for managing stress.

--The direct effect on the nervous system that chiropractic adjustments have on the body.

--How Acupuncture "immediately changes the hormones of the body" and increases the body's own natural opiate production. Plus, how Acupuncture removes the cravings of those dealing with opiate addiction.

--The powerful Auriculotherapy treatment that works on ear acupuncture points to change your brain waves and helps with anxiety, depression, addiction, and other psychological disturbances. And why Dr. Prather calls this "the most proven therapy in the world".

--Why exercise helps give a physical release to the body's "fight or flight" reaction to stress. And the negative impact sugar has on a person's stress levels.



Dr. Prather says that Folic Acid, Zinc, and Fiber are the three biggest dietary deficiencies he sees most commonly in his patients. In this episode, we talk about:

--The reasons why we are deficient in each of these nutritional requirements (and each one has a unique reason).

--Why the suggested daily requirement of Folic Acid is different in Dr. Prather's model compared to the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) standard. Plus, why Folic Acid is important for preventing Cancer and for fighting Cancer.

--The importance of Folic Acid in preventing birth defects. And how the birth control pill depletes Folic Acid in a woman's body.

--The symptoms of Folic Acid deficiency, including: anemia, anorexia, fatigue, depression, constipation, digestive disturbances, swelling of the tongue, growth impairment, headaches, insomnia, memory impairment, paranoia, and restless leg syndrome.

--How stress, vegetarianism, and diabetes cause Zinc deficiency.

--The symptoms of Zinc deficiency, including: osteoporosis, anemia, stunted growth, infertility, lack of taste, acne, alopecia, anorexia, depression, impotence, diarrhea, brittle nails, eczema, high cholesterol, infections, irritability, memory impairment, GERD, stomach upset, and night blindness.

--What white spots on your fingernails indicate about your body's Zinc levels.

--Why Dr. Prather says doing G.I. Stool Kit testing really highlighted how much of a problem we have with fiber deficiency. And the shocking numbers of what we SHOULD have versus what we ACTUALLY have in terms of fiber balance in our gut.

--Why Dr. Prather says "the one nutrient that makes the biggest difference in everybody's health is fiber." Plus, how every single vitamin and mineral is absorbed better with more fiber in your system.

--How more fiber will ALWAYS cause weight loss and "almost always cures Type II Diabetes". And how we could reduce both Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease by 65% if we had the right levels of fiber consumption.



Dr. Prather recommends that everyone have three very affordable lab tests every year that will reveal the state of your health. In this episode, find out:

--How anything that could go wrong with you shows up in The Prather Profile, an inexpensive, nationally-recognized blood profile that covers all the major systems in your body.  

--That the reference ranges listed on a lab tests are NOT the same as the optimal values for your health. And why Dr. Prather has to re-teach doctors and nurses how to look for that optimal range.

--How Dr. Prather has over 600 hours of reading blood tests in his training compared to the average Medical Doctor who only has 15 hours of reading blood tests in Medical school.

--Why Dr. Prather says you can get more information from a blood test than any other type of diagnostic.  

--How Dr. Prather interprets bloodwork differently in the Structure-Function Health Care model he practices than how doctors in the Disease Care model look at the labs.

--Why Dr. Prather says it's "very seldom" someone comes in with ideal blood tests.

--Why Hair Analysis is important to reveal the mineral and heavy metal levels in your body. Plus, how Dr. Prather has seen patients diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease have had all of their symptoms go away when the Hair Analysis revealed the true cause of their symptoms was Manganese toxicity.

--The importance of the G.I. Effects Stool kit in revealing your gut flora.

--Why Dr. Prather says the research that has been discovered on the gut by the National Institutes of Health "will change health care in America" since almost all autoimmune diseases, as well as cardiovascular disease and cancer, are affected by the gut.

--The reason why 80% of our immune system is in the gut. Plus, how ALL pharmaceuticals destroy your normal gut flora.




The Gallbladder is a very small organ that can have a very big impact on a person's health. About 20% of us have Gallbladder issues, with that percentage rising to around 40% after you reach the age of 65. The Gallbladder In this episode, discover:

--How a malfunctioning Gallbladder can effect your absorption of key vitamins. And how a Gallbladder problem "will put a tire on your middle" and cause weight issues.

--Why your bowels will not function correctly with a Gallbladder problem and result in constipation, cancers, and cardiovascular disease. And the meaning of light-colored stools in terms of Gallbladder health.

--Why you MUST have nutritional supplementation if you have had your Gallbladder removed. And when you should have your Gallbladder removed.

--How Dr. Prather has never come across a true case of Gilbert's Syndrome because the issue is always the Gallbladder.

--The connection between right shoulder blade pain and Gallbladder problems. And how GERD, Acid Reflux, and Hemorrhoids can be an indicator of Gallbladder problems.

--Why women, African-Americans, and Native Americans are more likely to develop Gallbladder problems.

--How weight loss and increased stress can cause additional Gallbladder problems.

--The reason a Mediterranean diet is helpful for those with Gallbladder issues. And why Dr. Prather says "fiber is one of the quickest ways to get your Gallbladder under control".

--The importance of an alkaline diet and avoiding eggs, pork, and onions if you have Gallbladder issues. And the improvement Dr. Prather has seen in his Gallbladder patients after identifying food allergies.

--The "immediate relief" Gallbladder patients with "emergency room pain" feel from Chiropractic and Acupuncture. And the "secret weapon" of Diathermy to help Gallbladder patients.



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