Category Archives: Weight loss

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Winter Dehydration Warning!

Category : Life , Nutrition , Weight loss

In looking over a client’s bloodwork this week, I noticed a couple markers that were slightly out of the “healthy” range that could indicate slight dehydration – an easy thing to fix. I asked him if he drank enough water to which his wife replied, “No! He never drinks enough!” His response was a common one I often hear from clients: “I drink enough in the summer, but in the winter, I don’t need to.”

Many people know that they need to drink more water. “Hydrate! Make sure you hydrate!” Jerry Seinfeld even had a standup bit about it that we posted on our Facebook page. The truth is, most people don’t drink enough water.

Studies have shown that dehydration is very prevalent in the winter, where humidity drops and cold actually suppresses the body’s thirst mechanisms.

“People just don’t feel as thirsty when the weather is cold,” says Robert Kenefick, University of New Hampshire associate professor of Kinesiology. “When they don’t feel thirsty, they don’t drink as much, and this can cause dehydration.”

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Is Hidden MSG Making you Fat?

Natural flavor. Chicken broth. Gelatin. What do these three common ingredients have in common? They all mean that the food you’re eating may contain monosodium glutamate otherwise known as MSG.
A common additive in baby formula, soups, broths, processed and fast food, MSG adds more than just flavor. It can add inches to your waistline. It actually causes you to eat more. In fact, when scientists needed fat rats to use for diabetes studies, they fed MSG to the rats to make them obese.

So about MSG is making people fat? It’s an excitotoxin – which means it stimulates nerves to fire more frequently. This action stimulates your pancreas to secrete more insulin, causing you to feel hungry even after eating. So, you eat more.

More importantly than its effect on your weight, MSG’s excitotoxin properties damage your entire vital nervous system. It can excite nerves to the point of death – leading to conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Lou Gherig’s disease.

Children are particularly susceptible to MSG damage because of their rapidly developing nervous systems. Eating packaged foods and infant formulas laden with MSG is thought to contribute to conditions like ADHD, ADD, and other behavioral issues. Read more at

With such a naughty reputation, food companies have figured out ways to hide MSG under quite a few aliases. It’s up to you to be vigilant. Read labels to find out if your food contains MSG.
Avoid the following at all costs. They ALWAYS indicate that MSG is present: Autolyzed Yeast, Calcium Caseinate, Gelatin, Glutamate, Monopotassium Glutamate, Textured Protein, Yeast Nutrient, Glutamic Acid, Monosodium Glutamate, Yeast Extract, Hydrolyzed Protein, Sodium Caseinate, Yeast Food.

The following ingredients often contain MSG or create MSG during processing: Flavors and Flavorings, Seasonings, Natural Flavors and Flavorings, Natural Pork Flavoring, Natural Chicken Flavoring Stock, Anything Enzyme Modified, Protease, Soy sauce, Broth, Carrageenan, Corn Starch, Anything Ultra-Pasteurized, Soy Protein Isolate, Malt Extract, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Soy Protein, Malt Flavoring, Pectin, Powdered Milk, Natural Beef Flavoring, Bouillon, Barley Malt, Enzymes, Anything Protein Fortified.

If you’re not prepared to scrap processed food or infant formula entirely and prepare your own, hopefully from fresh, local products, contact the manufacturers to find out if MSG is present in your favorite products. To learn more about the questions you’ll need to ask in order to get a straight answer visit And if you still have questions, be sure to ask Dr. Katy about alternatives to MSG.

What people are saying about Morter Wellness

WOW…Dr. Ted, you have “The Touch”. For years I have had chronic low back pain. It has been so severe at times that I was unable to walk. I have seen other doctors and they have helped, but the pain has always remained. I have learned to deal with it on a daily basis. The mornings are the worse, trying to get out of bed. After two treatments from you, I was able to get out of bed and feel fantastic…ready to start my day. Thank You! Thank You! I am a believer and will keep coming in for regular “tune ups” for my body.

Susan, Arkansas

When we first started going to see Dr. Katy in January 2011, my son was having about 10-15 seizures a day, that lasted about 5-10 seconds, and he would fall most times and when he fell at school, they sent him home. January, and February he was sent home almost everyday. Dr. Katy did a lot of adjustments, and gave my son exercises to do to reduce stress. She also changed his diet and our whole family is now eating healthier because of her educating us….Our health has totally changed, we feel so much better!… Since Dr. Katy started us on the diet, my sons seizures have been few and far between, and if and when we see one it is only a maximum 2-3 seconds. Read the rest of Elijah’s story here.

Scheleta, Indiana

What I expected was for Dr. Ted to adjust my back by pushing and causing it to crack… I wasn’t expecting the treatment or results I received and I can’t explain what happened… That one non-invasive, unaggressive adjustment led to the elimination of lower back pain that I had suffered from for many years – and had seen other doctors for!… I was anticipating something extraordinary and that’s just what I got. Go for it! Read the rest of Shenice’s story here.

Shenice, Indiana

I am 27 years old, and I was born with mild spastic cerebral palsy. All my life I’ve had back and muscle pain because of the way my cerebral palsy causes me to walk. My pain always got even worse when I was under emotional stress. I was in physical therapy for most of my childhood, though I couldn’t see it helping me. I started going to Dr. Katy about six weeks ago, and within two days of my first adjustment I noticed a vast improvement in my walking. Now I am walking straighter than I ever have, and I can walk for much longer before getting tired. Now when my feet move incorrectly, I notice it right away and I am able to adjust my feet immediately. This is something I’ve never been able to do before going to Dr. Katy. The treatment I’ve received with Dr. Katy is the only treatment I’ve ever truly seen help me.

Maria, Indiana