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Dr. Glenn Lundy has been in our area for eight years. His chiropractic offices are in Shallotte and he can be seen regularly playing golf around the county. He loves the game and has a single-digit handicap.
A tall, athletic man with a quick wit and a gift of gab, he met me for lunch last week at the Purple Onion, where we discussed golf and fitness, health and nutrition.
“People spend their whole life working towards retiring on a golf course, but then when it happens, they are too ill, too fat, too out of condition to play the game. What use is it?
“We need to take care of ourselves, so we can continue to do the things we enjoy, like playing golf or interacting with our grandchildren, travelling with our spouse.”
Lundy grew up in Piscataway, N.J., where he played all sports with an emphasis on tennis.
“I loved tennis and played on Division I teams at Rutgers University and Old Dominion. I planned to study aeronautical
engineering, but then found out that I was too tall to be an astronaut so I transferred to Old Dominion and majored in history. During that time, I thought about becoming a lawyer, but watching the
O.J. Simpson trial on television convinced me otherwise.”
Lundy’s life changed when he visited his best friend in Wilmington, who was a chiropractor.
“We talked about the direction my life was going, and we talked about chiropractic. My friend said it was perfect for me because I was into sports and a healthy lifestyle. As a chiropractor, I could help people become healthier and play longer and better at whatever sport they chose. He even offered me a job with him when I finished school.”
Lundy attended Life University in Marietta, Ga., the largest chiropractic school in the world, and got his doctorate in chiropractic medicine. He moved to the Carolinas and opened his practice in Shallotte in 2005.
Today, he is a busy man, helping families and seniors to get fit and enjoy life longer. He even works with several of our local golf professionals. His office motto is “Getting you back in the swing.”
“So many of our people are overweight,” he said. “We need to eat more real foods, not fast foods. It’s important to check out what we consume because so many of our commercial growers use pesticides and hormones and unhealthy chemicals to produce food quicker to get a bigger profit. Hormones make chickens mature faster and that increases the profit line, but hormone-laced chicken is not good for us.
“We need to get off the coach, away from the TV and the computer. We should walk and exercise. Any walking is good, but it’s best to aim for a 15-minute mile. If you’re not sweating, you’re not exercising. Walking helps the joints, the heart and the mind.”
Of particular interest to many is the increasing number of folks with Alzheimer’s disease. Lundy explained that many studies have shown exercise prevents or impedes dementia.
I did some research on my own. Dr. Kirk Erickson of the University of Pittsburgh studied 120 sedentary or inactive older adults (over age 65) for 12 months as they began one of two programs prescribed by the researchers: either a moderate-intensity walking regime or a stretching/toning program.
Only those in the walking program showed improved memory and an increase in the size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain that controls memory and other intellectual function.
This study shows that the brain, even in the later years, can grow and develop, and function better if stimulated by exercise. (Dr. George Grossberg, July 16, 2012, in a special to ABC News)
Lundy talked about his parents who live in Leland as a case in point to the benefits of exercise.
“My father is 77, has been inactive for most of his life. He sits and watches TV and looks much older than his years. He has numerous health problems and now has developed dementia. My mother is 68 years old and looks 50. She’s always been active and plays USTA tennis three to four times a week. I’m worried about them, because as my father’s dementia worsens, she will have to be the caregiver. Her whole life will change.”
Lundy truly believes in chiropractic care and a healthy lifestyle. He told me about The Winsor Autopsies, which proved that spinal subluxations (or misalignments) directly impact the organs of the body.
In 1921, Dr. Henry Winsor of the University of Pennsylvania performed autopsies on 75 human cadavers. He found that the nerves of diseased organs were directly linked to the part of the spinal nervous system that controls that area. He concluded that there was nearly a 100 percent correlation between minor curvatures of the spine and diseases of the internal organs.
“Chiropractic medicine began over a hundred years ago, and there is scientific data to substantiate the benefits of what we do, but we’re still a poor sister to the medical and the pharmaceutical community,” Dr. Lundy said. “A healthy body with good posture and good eating habits is our goal but we don’t spend any money on preventative medicine. Our ‘health care’ system is really ‘sick care,’ with no long term solutions to the problems.”
Lundy believes golfers can continue playing better and playing longer if they lose weight and adopt a stretching and exercise program.
“Golf is one of the hardest games in the world. It looks deceptively easy on TV. The ball is not moving, the target is not moving, there’s no one rushing at you to tackle you to the ground.
“But, if you’re off 1/10 of an inch when your club strikes the ball, it translates to 50 yards of wrong down the fairway. The strange thing about golf is this: the shorter the swing, the harder the shot. The chip is more difficult than the 3-wood. The putt, where you only move the club a few inches, is the hardest swing of all.”
Lundy enjoys the area and is delighted with the golf courses available to him. I asked him about his local favorites and the list was long: Cape Fear, Thistle, Leopards Chase, Crow Creek, Rivers Edge, Brunswick Plantation and the Reserve Club at St. James, to name just a few.
He particularly enjoys watching professional golf on TV.
“Dustin Johnson has the best swing on the tour,” he said. “He reminds me of Sergio Garcia, only he’s younger, bigger and stronger. Dustin has the swing and the body to do great things in golf.”
So, dear readers, listen to Dr. Lundy, listen to your body. If you’re out of shape or overweight, get moving. Walk, join a gym, monitor what you eat. Avoid packaged snacks, sodas and anything with high fructose corn syrup. Eat a lot of chicken and fish, fresh fruits and veggies.
Move it! Move it! Move it!
Elsa Bonstein is a golf columnist for The Beacon. Reach her at email@example.com. Follow her at facebook.com/elsa.bonstein.