Dangerous, Even Deadly Diets.

Is the Keto Diet worth the fat loss?

At my practice we see people with many different health concerns ranging from musculoskeletal disorders, to autoimmune disease. We spend a lot of time consulting with our patients about their varying nutritional needs and that’s why it’s concerning to me that the “Keto Diet” is becoming a mainstream topic. It’s a diet designed to mimic the biochemical changes that occur during starvation while meeting a nutritional threshold to avoid ‘starving to death’. Is starvation something you want to do voluntarily?

Why I don’t recommend a ketogenic diet

I do not recommend that anyone follow the ketogenic diet, due to the high risk of adverse side effects. You most likely will lose fat and some weight, however, this will come at a cost by placing your overall health at risk. Children or anyone with any type of gallbladder dysfunction should completely avoid this diet.

Common adverse side effects

Often times at the beginning of the keto diet people will experience the “keto flu” which includes nausea, constipation, vomiting and sleep interruption. You will also run the risk of a low libido. Who wants that? If you suffer from any type of inflammatory condition expect it to worsen. When it comes to nutrients there could be deficiencies ranging from vitamin C and D, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium and copper. The diet also comes with  a marked increase in pancreatitis and increased liver enzymes. Very dangerous! Children, in my opinion, should never be placed on this diet as it stunts growth.

What does the Keto Diet look like?

FAT, eating lots of fat! It should be 75% of your daily calories. Olive oil and avocadoes are suggested as the healthy fat. Only 20% of your diet should be protein and a very small amount of carbs (5 percent) is allowed. This combo will put you into nutritional ketosis. Hydration is also critical along with loading up on magnesium and potassium. You should also have frequent blood work and consult with your doctor in case of any negative health risks.

Mayo Clinic weighs in on the Keto Diet

“We’ve known for a long period of time that when you decrease carbohydrate intake markedly, the body starts to use fat,” Dr. Donald Hensrud, author of The Mayo Clinic Diet Book. “And when you burn fat, you produce ketones, and the body goes into ketosis.”

“Long term, it’s hard,” Dr. Hensrud says. “People miss some fruits, different vegetables, grains. It’s hard. Although people lose weight initially, maintaining it and keep it off long term is a real challenge on a keto diet.”

If not Keto, what?

Focusing on a healthier lifestyle including exercise; portion control; and a diet with more fruits, vegetables and whole grains offers long term success. You might not lose weight quite as quickly, but it will be healthier for your body long term.

If you want to make nutritional changes, or lose weight, please contact my office and set an appointment to ensure you are safe, and not falling victim to a fad diet.

Posted in Exercise, Health & Wellness, Nutrition, Weight Loss

Chiropractic Care for Autoimmune Disease Relief

The favorite part of my job is helping patients in chronic discomfort lead pain-free lives, and nothing is more satisfying than helping those with Autoimmune diseases. 

Over the years I have literally treated hundreds of people dealing with pain related to an autoimmune disease; in fact, this has been a passion of mine as my deceased wife had Rheumatoid arthritis.

Autoimmune disease is the third largest health concern for Americans, affecting more than 50 million people. How do Autoimmune diseases work? They happen when one’s own immune system starts attacking healthy cells, thinking they’re foreign. The most common diseases that I treat include MS, Hashimoto’s,  AITP (platelet) ALS, Fibromyalgia, Chrons, Sjogrens, and ankylosing spondylitis. 

While Autoimmune diseases unfortunately cannot be cured, there are many ways to keep the symptoms to a minimum. First and foremost, the right nutrition is key. There are nutritional protocols that work to reduce inflammatory pathways by incorporating dietary changes and by keeping the central nervous system in top shape in order to better handle stress. It is important to understand that the first line of defense against the pains of Autoimmune disease is a hard look at one’s diet–nutritional protocols are very effective for the larger percentage of patients. 

Where does Chiropractic care come in?

Entering Chiropractic care into a patient’s medical routine has been found to greatly reduce pain and discomfort. Chiropractors can also help identify Autoimmune disease from ailments such as fatigue, flu-like symptoms, and urinary or respiratory tract problems. Once identified, our protocols are effective in reducing symptoms by controlling the autoimmune response, as well as by strengthening the body’s ability to fight against the autoimmune disease. 

Additionally, Chiropractic adjustments relieve pain by releasing pressure on the nervous system caused by spinal misalignment; because every cell, organ, and muscle in your body is controlled by the nervous system, releasing that nervous system pressure promotes better health and function of those cells, organs and muscles. 

Moreover, to improve motor performance, Chiropractic therapy works to mobilize joints and soft tissues, typically by applying heat to reduce stiffness in joints– the spine may also be worked in order to increase blood flow critical to organs. 

Overall,  Chiropractic adjustments allow our bodies to operate at their full potential, as I have personally seen happen in hundreds of my patients. A pain-filled life is not a sure thing after the diagnosis–  with a routine care plan of both top notch nutrition and continued Chiropractic care, relief is possible. 

If you’re in the Tigard, Portland-Metro area and dealing with the realities of an Autoimmune disease, call or visit our office today to learn how to best incorporate Chiropractic care into your life. It would be such a joy for us to relieve your pain.

Posted in Health & Wellness, Techniques & Treatments, Tigard Chiropractor

Red, White, and Food

Adding foods the colors of the American flag to your diet can be a fun way to add new and delicious nutrients at mealtime.

There’s nothing that says July more than red, white, and blue. Did you know those same colors can reap health benefits on your plate?

While Lexi is happy eating table scraps, we’re willing to bet you’re more discerning than that. Eating well is an integral part of healthy living. From a weight standpoint alone, the less you weigh, the less pressure there is on your joints and bones. With strawberries and blueberries ripe for the picking here in Oregon, now is the perfect time to add more hues – and nutrients – at mealtime.

Red Foods:

According to the Mayo Clinic, red fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of osteoporosis and diabetes, and could inhibit the formation of cholesterol in blood. Here are a few of my favorites:

Beets: As far as red fruits and vegetables go, the USDA says beets are among the richest in antioxidants. They’re also a great source of fiber, folates, and vitamin C. There have even been studies showing it can help lower blood pressure in pregnant women.

Strawberries: We all know that strawberries are rich in antioxidants, as well as fiber and vitamin C. But did you also know there’s a link between strawberries and staving off diabetes? At the 2015 American Diabetes Association’s 75th Scientific Sessions, Dr. Howard Sesso from Harvard University unveiled data from a study that found that – compared to women who rarely or never ate strawberries – those who ate strawberries monthly had a lower risk for diabetes.

White Foods:

We’ve been told a million times to stay away from white foods, such as breads and rice, but don’t be so quick to lump white produce in the mix. In fact, cauliflower, which is loaded with vitamin C, makes for a great rice substitute due to its (healthy) carb count. You can even find cauliflower pizza in the frozen food section! Here are a few of my other favorites:

Navy beans: Don’t let the name fool you – these versatile, white beans are a great source of fiber, protein, and iron. They’re also low on the glycemic index, which means you probably won’t have to worry about a carb crash later.

Potatoes: Again, these get a bad rap, but it’s all in how you dress them. A fully-loaded baked potato or French fries will set you back hundreds of calories, but a plain baked potato with a moderate amount of toppings packs a nutritional punch. White potatoes are gluten-free; are a great source of fiber, magnesium, vitamin B6, and antioxidants; have more potassium than a banana; and contain nearly half your daily value of vitamin C. 

Blue Foods:

This one is a little tougher, since we don’t see very many blue foods out in the wild – but they still can offer just as many health benefits as the other colors of the rainbow.

Blueberries: Not unlike strawberries, blueberries are known for their antioxidant properties. Mild in flavor, it’s easy to get your daily intake by using them as a topping on you morning bowl of oatmeal. They’re even great for snacking on by themselves when they’re at their biggest and juiciest during the peak of the season.

Blue corn: While corn is naturally gluten-free no matter what variety you eat, blue corn specifically has 20 percent more protein and less starch, and is lower on the glycemic index than yellow corn, according to WebMD.

Blue cheese: Okay, you got me – cheese isn’t produce. But it makes the list because it has more calcium than most cheeses out there. Just don’t get too carried away – cheese is loaded with calories and fat. 

Have a happy, safe, and healthy summer!

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Keeping Overuse Injuries at Bay this Summer

After taking it easy all winter, overdoing it can wreak havoc on your muscles and joints.

If you’re anything like me, you can’t wait for this time of the year to get back to the outdoors.

Lexi is ready to hit the trails after spending a long day at the office as my sidekick. And when the weekend comes, I spent most of the time gardening or playing tennis. But being a weekend warrior after coming out of winter hibernation can put us at risk for overuse injuries.

We tend to see our fair share of patients this time of year with overuse injuries. Most people equate overuse injuries with pushing it too hard at the gym, but the reality is that these kinds of problems can arise from doing even the simplest of tasks. Overuse injuries are almost always incurred by doing too much too quickly, by doing an activity that you are not used to, or both.

I find that overuse injuries mostly fit into these categories:

  • Back/spinal: Repetitive bending and stooping. Anything involving a forward bend with side-to-side movement, such as shoveling, stacking wood, or pulling up large weeds and shrubs. These cause major strain to the joints, muscles, and ligaments of the spine.
  • Shoulder elbow: Repetitive actions of painting, weeding, digging plants, pruning, hammering, golf or tennis. These injuries should be addressed as soon as possible as they can turn into 6-12 months of nightmares!
  • Neck: prolonged postural stress, such as painting ceilings or pruning high tree limbs.
  • Muscle “pulls”:  Generally caused by fast starts for running during athletic activities. Hamstring or calf are primary and a severe pull can again take 6 to 12 months to fully heal.

Overuse injuries are generally avoidable by taking frequent breaks and limiting your activities until you develop strength.

There are several precautions you can take to reduce your risk of overuse injuries, many of which are backed by the Mayo Clinic:

  • Warm up – loosening up your muscles before you tackle a task or workout is imperative to helping minimize the risk of injury.
  • Use proper form and proper gear – From tips to toes, make sure you’re using proper technique and equipment and are wearing the correct gloves and shoes for your chosen activity.
  • Start slow – If you’re new to working out, start with 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day. You can divide out the 30 minutes into smaller chunks of time if you can’t fit the entire half hour in one stretch.

The same goes for gardening and other household chores. If you haven’t been active in a while, limit the time in your flower beds and take short breaks throughout.

  • Gradually pick up the pace – Once you feel comfortable with your fitness level, you can change the duration and the intensity of the activity – but only in small increments. Increasing by 10 percent is a good rule of thumb.
  • Mix it up – By enjoying a variety of low-impact activities, from tennis and dog walking to pulling weeds and tackling the honey-do list, you ensure that not one particular group of muscles are overworked and have enough down-time to heal properly.  

Exercises to strengthen these areas are available at my office, and anyone is welcome to call me to discuss prevention and available treatments.

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Seat Belt Injury Symptoms

A seat belt can save your life and still leave lasting injuries

By Linda Ray

Seat belts and airbags can help to prevent serious injuries in a car accident. At the same time, these protective devices can create physical problems themselves, report doctors at MedStar Emergency Medical Services. Seat belt injuries may not always seem immediately obvious. There are symptoms to watch for following an accident that can indicate further damages from the seat belt.

Find Out All Symptoms That Can Be Caused By Seat Belts During An Accident HERE

Posted in Auto Injuries, Safety, Symptoms & Conditions

Spring Cleaning for your Health

At Beebe Chiropractic we know how important whole body health is. Below we have outlined a few things we would like you to keep in mind this Spring, in order for you to set yourself up for health success in the months to come.

  1. Buy Local Organic Produce

By supporting local organic produce, you are doing more than just staying healthy and helping yourself, you are building a bigger and better culture for your community.  You can probably guess why local organic produce is better for you – less nutrient loss through processing and imports before, but how else is buying local making an impact?

By supporting local produce, you are helping to make a difference in the famers’ lives which allows the rest of the community benefit from fresh food at reasonable prices now and in the future. If farmers are doing well, they will be less likely to sell their land for commercial development purposes – this is beneficial to keeping taxes lower and benefits the local environment and wildlife habitat that Oregonians treasure.


  1. Research a Cleanse

Unless you are already eating a vegan-like diet, you are naturally building up toxins within your body. Short-term these toxins may affect your energy levels, thought processing, and may induce physical ailments. Long-term, if a cleanse is not performed, toxins can cause inflammation which can possibly lead to autoimmunity, heart disease, and cancer.

Everyone’s diets are different and not every cleanse is the same! It is important that you evaluate your diet and do what is best for you. Research and implement the correct cleanse for you.

Here is a general overview for types of cleanses. You can categorize cleanses from beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Beginner will have you cut out certain types of foods from your diet such as dairy, animal protein, sugar, and wheat/gluten, and processed foods. If you have already cut most of these out then you may want to try a vegan cleanse. Finally, you may want to try a raw food or juice cleanse if your diet is already clean, you just have to make sure you are ready physically and mentally. If you have any other questions, give us a call or schedule an appointment with Dr. Beebe.


  1. Schedule Chiropractic and Wellness Appointments for the year.

Pain is real. When it takes over, you aren’t able to do the things you love to do, let alone the basics of everyday life. Whether you are suffering from pain through a recent auto accident or sports injury, have a condition such as an autoimmune disease or other chronic illness,  or have been experiencing ongoing neck and back pain, contact us today! Our goal is to help you return to the life you want as quickly as possible.

Dr. Beebe will listen to you, then communicate with you and educate you about a specifically tailored wellness path with necessary appointments that will help you feel better and live a happier life.

Dr. Beebe uses a “whole person approach” when delivering care and treatments. By combining the very best hands-on-technique, state-of-the-art physiotherapy procedures, and providing the newest and highest quality natural vitamins and mineral supplements on the market today, he is able to help you to accelerate and/or maintain your journey to good health.

This is the best time of year to look ahead and plan for the future. Give us a call or visit us online to schedule your reoccuring wellness appointments today.


  1. Spend time outdoors.

While the seemingly infinite technology we have at our fingertips is great and makes our lives easier in many ways, we can also just as easily become negligent of the negative impacts staring down on a screen can have on our health. Our bodies have evolved to naturally benefit from the outside world around us and while it is best to regularly spend time outdoors, even a weekend trip will help reset our bodies.

The constant bombardment of stimulation our minds take in on a daily basis is more draining than we notice. Take a step back from it all and then a step outside, listen to the birds chirp and watch the trees sway in the wind. Taking in the stimulation our bodies naturally process will help act as a natural refuel and recharge for your mental battery. Even just for a moment, escaping the noise, stress, and busyness of our everyday lives and relaxing outside will improve your health in the long run. Have you taken a 15 minute walk today?


  1. Clean and Declutter your home.

Having a cluttered living space with unfinished “projects” can, as you may expect, induce stress and fatigue just as if you were unorganized or have unfinished projects at work. Keeping your home clean regularly, rather than doing a deep clean occasionally, will feel more natural rather than something you feel like you have to do as a chore.

This will allow for your home to feel relaxing and recharging rather than another place where you have work to do. This will improve your health by sleeping better, helping you stay organized in other facets (such as finally getting on that consistent gym schedule), and an overall more positive mental state.

What steps will you take to better your wellness this Spring? We would love to hear from you.

Posted in Auto Injuries, Back Pain, Exercise, Health & Wellness, Mental Health, Natural Remedies, Nutrition

How Dr. Beebe Can Help With Your Golf Game

Dr. Beebe has long had a passion for treating athletes for performance in the sports they love. A golf and tennis enthusiast himself, Dr. Beebe has been passionate about helping club and racket sport athletes find ways to improve their games through the latest protocols. As you can see, sometimes little things lead to the biggest changes.

Interested in learning more about this program? Schedule an appointment here or contact us below:

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Take Crossfit Workouts Slow

As with any exercise program, you should consult with your doctor and ease into a routine slowly. Most of the injuries we see coming from Crossfit are ones where people start out too quickly and don’t build a foundation of fitness before jumping into the deep end. See the video below for more of what Dr. Beebe sees with Crossfit.

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Can You Get Body Aches With Pollen Allergies?

Some people may experience body aches with pollen allergies

By Holly Case

Allergies can produce a variety of symptoms, but one thing everyone affected with allergies experiences is discomfort. People can be allergic to pollen, pet dander, dust, foods and plants. Pollen allergies most commonly cause nasal congestion, a runny nose, sore throat and itchy eyes. Less frequent symptoms include hives, itchy skin, cough, mood changes and body aches.

Find Out More Here

Posted in Allergies, Back Pain, Health & Wellness

Start The New Year Off Right With Dr. Beebe

With 2019 coming, maybe it’s time to reintroduce yourself to Dr. Beebe. What are your health goals? What would it mean to feel better in 2019? What more could you accomplish? Now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment to get 2019 started in the right direction.

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