The Doctor's Blog - Gary Spanier
Food Combining 
Friday, January 7, 2011, 09:09 PM
Happy new year to everyone.

I have recently come across a technique in eating habits that I find very logical in my mind. Its called Food Combining. In short, the idea is if you eat foods that are "acidic" and you mix them with "alkaline" foods, the foods will not digest properly, and instead "rot and ferment", which further passes to your intestines for absorption, leading to health problems. So a sample person using this system would eat their Fruit in the morning, their Protein at lunch, and maybe a Starchy Dinner.

Its is much more detailed than this, and I want to give the link and credit where it is due. I found the web-site after seeing Marilu Henner's appearance on 60 minutes and hearing her on Howard Stern on Sirius XM. Her website is very informative and that is where I first learned about Food Combining. I will list the link to the food combinging chart on the RELATED LINK below this blog, or you can search through Marilu Henner's website at


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What Soft Drinks Are Doing to Your Body 
Tuesday, November 3, 2009, 01:31 AM
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How Pure is your Water???? 
Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 12:50 AM
Have you ever tested the water your drink in your home to see how clean it really is??? Well there is a way you can see. If you click on the Related Link below, you will be able to see a TDS meter. TDS stands for Total Dissolved Solids. Its the total amount of mobile charged ions, including minerals, salts, or metals dissolved in a given volume of water. TDS is expressed in Parts per Million (PPM). TDS includes any INORGANIC element present OTHER than the pure water molecule (H2O) and suspended solids.
What does all this mean. Simple. The LOWER the TDS level in the water you drink, the more efficiently your body's cells are HYDRATED. The HIGHER the TDS level in the water, the Greater the probability of harmful contaminants that can hinder the absorption of water and possibly health risks. The Instrument measures 0 - 999.

I personally recommended that you TRY to only drink Distilled water, preferably distilled in your home, and stored in glass or stainless steel canteen or ceramic, no plastics. Sounds extreme? well here were my basic readings in my home....

Tap water ... TDS meter reading 133
Filtered water TDS meter reading 94
zypherhills Spring water TDS meter reading 191

DISTILLED water TDS meter reading 1

Dont believe me. Click on the Related link below, and purchase a TDS meter from the company Applied Membranes. They got some neat things. If you are involved in agriculture or gardening, you may already own one.

One of the foundations needed to be healthy, is to be drinking Clean Water.


Dr. Spanier

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Consumer Reports on Back Pain 
Monday, May 11, 2009, 10:13 PM
I have been asked to post a Link to the Consumer Reports article on treatments for Back pain. Here it is:


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SWIMMING - Soak or Swim 
Wednesday, October 17, 2007, 10:03 PM
Many times in the office, patients ask me "What can I do to feel better?" My suggestion is to get in the swimming pool EVERY DAY. Sound extreme? Let me give you 5 reasons why you should be in the water Every Day:

1) Your HEART RATE goes down between 5-20% when your body is immersed in water above the heart.

2) Your BLOOD PRESSURE goes down between 5-20% when your body is immersed in water above the heart.

3) Swimming is an excellent form of exercise. Because the density of the human body is very similar to that of water, the body is supported by the water and less stress is therefore placed on joints and bones. Therefore, swimming is frequently used as an exercise in rehabilitation after injuries or for those with disabilities.

4) Swimming is primarily an aerobic exercise due to the long exercise time, requiring a constant oxygen supply to the muscles, except for short sprints where the muscles work anaerobically. As with most aerobic exercise, it is believed to reduce the harmful effects of stress. Swimming can improve posture and develop a strong, lean physique, called a "swimmer's build:" lean throughout, with wide shoulders and a smaller lower body.

5) Breathing excercises can be accomplished by doing specific swimming strokes or by swimming distances under water. This is done to increase lung capacity, which leads to lowering the body's resting heart rate.

I hope atleat 1 of these reason will motivate you towards the pool. Sit in the water up to your neck and soak, walk in the pool, tread water, or swim. I personally swim daily, and compete with friends on how far underwater we can swim. I can do 50 meters underwater. Thats up and back in an olympic size pool. I do this because one of my morning rituals is to perform Breathing Excercises, and the underwater swimming helps me stretch my lungs for a longer and deeper breath. Just like you would stretch a rubber band before using it.

How far can you swim underwater?


Dr. Gee

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