Sugar: the bittersweet truth

Sugar seems to have developed a reputation as the big bad wolf in relation to health. Medical News Today have reported on numerous studies associating sugar intake with increased aging, cardiovascular disease, obesity and even cancer. Such research has led to many health experts around the globe calling for reductions in recommended sugar intake, with some saying we should cut out sugar completely. But is it really that bad for our health? We investigate.

Put simply, sugar is a crystalline carbohydrate that makes foods taste sweet. There are many different types of sugar, including glucose, fructose, lactose, maltose and sucrose – also known as table sugar.

Some of these sugars, such as glucose, fructose and lactose, occur naturally in fruits, vegetables and other foods. But many of the foods we consume contain “added” sugars – sugar that we add to a product ourselves to enhance the flavor or sugar that has been added to a product by a manufacturer.

The most common sources of added sugars include soft drinks, cakes, pies, chocolate, fruit drinks and desserts. Just a single can of cola can contain up to 7 tsps of added sugar, while an average-sized chocolate bar can contain up to 6 tsps. Click here to read more.

Staff Updates

Congratulations Clarke…

We would like to congratulate Clarke for his new role as a Clinic Manager within a Central Auckland acupuncture clinic. At the end of January we sadly said our goodbye to Clarke, due to his position being full-time. We wish him all the very best for his exciting career path ahead!

Welcome to our new staff members!

At the end of January, our new Chiropractor – Josh McRae  joined the team. Josh graduated from the prestigious New Zealand College of Chiropractic receiving his Bachelor of Chiropractic. He is passionate about health and excited about bringing the benefits of chiropractic care to the whole community. He aims to help others improve their body’s ability to function so that they can get the most out of life and not be limited by pain or other health concerns.


At the beginning of February we welcomed our new acupuncturist – Gareth van Sambeek, who has come highly recommended by our current acupuncturist Clarke

Gareth gained his Bachelor of Health Science in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (NZSATCM). He was first introduced to the concepts of TCM and acupuncture through his involvement in Tai Chi and martial arts. Gareth has effectively utilised traditional acupuncture as well as modern methods and tools such as heat lamps, electro acupuncture and fascial manipulation as treatment methods for injuries and a vast range of conditions and health concerns.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more information about Josh or Gareth, please call us on 09 6231578 or email us at [email protected].

We wish you all the best for the year ahead and look forward to seeing you again soon.

From the team here at Auckland Chiropractic Centre

Chronic illness: Bad Genes vs Poor Lifestyle

“Lifestyle behaviors and environmental factors account for around 70-90% of cancer cases, according to new research published in the journal Nature.

Researchers say up to 90% of cancer cases are caused by lifestyle and environmental factors, such as smoking.

The study contradicts a study published in the journal Science in January, which suggested the majority of cancer cases are down to “bad luck.”

In that study, Johns Hopkins researchers claimed 65% of cancer cases are a result of random DNA mutations, while the remaining 35% of cancer cases are explained by a combination of these mutations and environmental and hereditary factors.

The research spurred much debate, with many scientists arguing against the “bad luck” theory.
But Song Wu, PhD, lead author of this latest study and assistant professor of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at Stony Brook University in New York, notes that scientists had not conducted an alternative analysis to determine the extent to which external risk factors contribute to cancer development. To read more of this article, click here.

How does having good posture benefit my health?

‘Has anyone ever told you, “Stand up straight!” or scolded you for slouching at a family dinner? Comments like that might be annoying—but they’re not wrong. Your posture is the foundation for every movement your body makes and can determine how well your body adapts to the stresses on it. Murat Dalkilinç gives the pros of good posture.’

To watch the fun educational video, click here.

To learn further about posture and your spine, or have any concerns you would like to discuss for yourself or a family member, please call reception on 09 623 1578 for a complementary appointment and discover if chiropractic, acupuncture or massage therapy will be beneficial for you.

The benefits of the sunshine vitamin for you over the Summer

Auckland Chiropractic Centre would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We know this festive season is filled with precious quality time with loved ones, especially outside  in the Summer sun, so please be sun smart and ‘slip, slop, slap’!

What may be of interest to you, is that the sun is a great way for you to get an adequate intake of Vitamin D, hence called ‘the sunshine vitamin’. To read more about why Vitamin D is essential for our bodies, the recommended intake, foods you can resource Vitamin D from and its health benefits, click here.

Is our quest for healthy eating causing us harm?

Carrie Armstrong’s obsession with “clean” eating began, as it so often does, with good intentions. Struck down by a virus eight years ago, she was bed-bound and unable to lift her head off the pillow.

Doctors said there was little more that medicine could do, so to speed up her natural recovery, she began researching alternative remedies and body-boosting diets online.

“My first thought was no wonder I had got so sick because I’d been eating badly for years,” says the 35-year-old sports presenter from London. Read more here.

Exercises to Strengthen the Spine

While you can’t actually strengthen your spine, you can strengthen the muscles that surround it, and this thick group of muscles is called the erector spinea. They extend from the base of your head all the way down to the bottom of your back, and are essential for even the simplest of daily tasks. Exercises such as a plank or bent-over row are easy to perform, and they will help you to develop the strength and support your spine needs. Click here to read more.

If you would like to learn more about how to strengthen your spine, or have any concerns you would like to discuss for yourself or a family member, please call reception on 09 623 1578 for a complementary appointment and discover if chiropractic, acupuncture or massage therapy will be beneficial for you.


Temporary clinic closure in November

The clinic will be closing from the afternoon of Friday 20th November until Monday 23rd November, as Aaron Huang will be attending a conference overseas. Please refer below to view the changes to the opening hours of the clinic.

Outline of clinic closure:
Fri 20th November
– Clinic open until 12pm
Mon 23rd November
– Clinic closed
Tues 24th November
– Clinic closed (as per usual)
Weds 25th November
– Normal hours will resume from 8am

If you would like to get in contact with us please call us on 09 6231578 or email us at [email protected]

From the team at Auckland Chiropractic Centre

Tips to overcome poor posture from texting

We all know that texting and driving is dangerous. Texting while driving in cars and trucks causes over 3,000 deaths and 330,000 injuries per year, according to a Harvard Center for Risk Analysis study.  And texting while walking leads to even more injuries per mile.

You may have thought that using your smartphone while sitting or standing still was the safest thing you could do, but it turns out that texting while standing has its health drawbacks as well.

In addition to other ways cell phones adversely affect our health, Dr. Kenneth K. Hansraj, Chief of Spine Surgery at New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine has found that tilting our heads down and forward even slightly when we look at our smartphone screens can put as much as 60 pounds of stress on our necks and spines. Read more here.

If you would like to learn more about this for yourself or a family member, please call reception on 09 623 1578 for a complementary appointment to discuss any concerns and discover if chiropractic, acupuncture or massage therapy will be beneficial for you.