Sunday, August 22, 2010


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101 Great Ways to Improve Your Health
Mental Attitude:
Ways To Reduce The Risk Of Depression - Part II! 3. Yoga, meditation, prayer, psychotherapy: Studies show these practices can reduce stress, 4. Reduce alcohol consumption. People who feel stressed may drink too much; alcohol is a known mood suppressor.  
Karen Bruno

Health Alert: Traffic-Related Air Pollution Affects Heart Rate Variability! Patients with pre-existing heart or lung disease who are exposed to high levels of traffic-related air pollutants have reduced heart rate variability (a risk factor for sudden cardiac death).
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, July 2010

Diet: Worst Foods In Your Freezer - Gourmet Ice Cream. Even if you stick to the modest 1/2 cup serving size suggested, eating gourmet ice cream can send your daily totals of saturated fat, total fat and calories into overload. A one-half cup serving of Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough has 260 calories, 14 grams of fat, 9 grams saturated fat, 65 milligrams cholesterol and 23 grams sugar. A more typical serving for most of us is one cup, which doubles the totals for fat, calories, cholesterol and sugar. Instead, try lower-fat, lower-sugar and lower-calorie ice cream.
Elaine Magee, MPH, RD

Exercise: Toning Shoes? Can a pair of shoes help you burn more calories, tone your bottom and curb joint pain? These shoes have an unstable, strongly curved sole. Walking in them is like exercising on a balance or wobble board in the gym. Advocates say the instability forces you to use muscles you otherwise would not use (namely those is your feet, legs, butt, and abs), possibly resulting in weight loss. The shoes can also change your posture and gait and take pressure off of achy, overused joints.
Denise Mann

Chiropractic: Ligaments! Try this: Bend your finger off to the side and then let go. Does it staymisaligned? Of course not! How come? The answer is ligaments. It simply takes time for joints to berealigned due to the special elastic properties of ligaments. This is why it can take several adjustmentsover time to correct a misaligned spine or create stability and normal range of motion.

An Effect Of Alcohol Consumption. Alcohol calories are empty caloriesbecause the body can't use them as energy. The liver is forced to break alcohol down into fatty acids,which then accumulate in the liver. Liver cells and brain cells actually die from excessive exposure toalcohol.
Elaine Magee, MPH, RD

Quote: “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” ~ Babe Ruth

Monday, August 16, 2010


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101 Great Ways to Improve Your HealthMental Attitude: Massage, Physiological State and Chronic Headaches. Researchers have shown the psychological and physiological state of patients with tension headaches improves within 24 hours after receiving a 30-minute massage on trigger points in the neck.
Journal of Manipulative Physiological and Therapeutics, September 2009

Health Alert: Antifungal Properties Of Vitamin B3! Infections by the yeast Candida albicans represent a public health problem and a common complication in immunodeficient individuals such as AIDS patients, cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and recipients of organ transplants. C. albicans enzyme, (Hst3), is essential to the growth and survival of the yeast. Nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3, strongly reduced C. albicans virulence.
Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer, University of Montreal, July 2010

Diet: Worst Foods in Your Fridge - Hot Dogs and Sausage.  "Processed meats" like hot dogs and sausage are a staple in many homes. Hot dogs and sausage tend to contain lots of sodium (520-680 milligrams per 2-ounce serving) and fat (up to 23 grams total fat and 7 grams saturated fat per serving). According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), most Americans take in more than double the recommended amount of sodium. Substitute with lower-fat and lower-sodium meats (roasted poultry, pork tenderloin, roast beef and shrimp) or grilled vegetables (portabella mushrooms, eggplant, or roasted red pepper). Or, try lower-fat options like "light" franks, turkey kielbasa, or soy-based sausage substitutes.
Elaine Magee, MPH, RD

Exercise: Reduce Heart Disease Risk! In the US, 81.1 million adults (one out of every three) have a heart or blood vessel disease. A combination of counseling, extended follow-up with a healthcare provider and self-monitoring of diet and exercise is the most effective way to help embrace lifestyle changes that can lower your risk for heart and cardiovascular diseases.
Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, July 2010

Chiropractic: The Amazing Human Body! Your body wards off sickness and heals itself 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That is why taking good care of it is so important (especially, before you get sick). Periodic chiropractic check-ups and adjustments can keep your body healthy, fit and feeling good.

Wellness/Prevention: Symptoms Are Not An Indicator Of Health. If you are symptom free, are you perfectly healthy? Consider the healthy looking person who suddenly dies of a heart attack. Obviously they were not healthy.

Quote: "It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision." ~ Helen Keller

Monday, August 9, 2010


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101 Great Ways to Improve Your HealthMental Attitude: Anxiety Increases Risk Of Complications For Heart Disease Patients. Patients with heart disease who also suffer from an anxiety disorder have a 74% higher risk of having a heart attack, heart failure or stroke.
Archives of General Psychiatry, July 2010.

Health Alert: Chance Of Surviving Once-Deadly Cancers Doubled Since 1970s. People diagnosed with breast, bowel and ovarian cancers, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, are twice as likely to survive at least 10 years after diagnosis than people diagnosed in the early 1970s. 77% of women diagnosed with breast cancer are likely to live for at least another 10 years compared with less than 40% in the 1970s; for bowel cancer, the figure has gone from 23% to 50%, and for ovarian cancer it has risen from 18 to 35%. 51% diagnosed today with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma are likely to live at least another 10 years compared to 22% forty years ago; and the 10-year survival rate for Hodgkin's lymphoma is predicted to go up from under 50% to 80%.
Cancer Research UK

Diet: Worst Foods In Your Fridge - Soda and Other Sweet Drinks. Sweetened beverages are simply "empty calories." Soda, sweet tea and fruit drinks contribute no nutrients, but lots of calories. We don't compensate by eating less when we drink sweet drinks, so these are truly "extra" calories. Plain water is best for hydrating and should be your primary beverage. Green and black teas hydrate and contribute healthy antioxidants. Skim or 1% milk also has key nutrients, such as calcium, vitamin D, B-12, potassium and magnesium.
Elaine Magee, MPH, RD

Exercise: Physical Activity Lowers Risk of Dementia, Especially in Men. People who performed moderate to heavy levels of physical activity have about a 40% lower risk of developing any type of dementia. People who reported the lowest levels of physical activity are 45% more likely to develop any type of dementia, compared to those who reported higher levels of activity.
Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease 2010

Chiropractic: Another Analogy! Chiropractors are like orthodontis; correcting subluxations (misaligned or chronically fixed joints of the spine) is similar to straightening teeth. Since both teeth and bones are held in place by strong ligaments, they simply take time to change.

Wellness/Prevention: Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late! Do you have a plan for health? Often, people wait until they are sick or injured to take care of themselves. A balanced diet, moderate exercise, proper sleep, a positive mental attitude (decreasing stress), and chiropractic care can be part of an excellent plan to increase your chances of staying healthy and decreasing your risk of illness.

Quote: "That we are not much sicker and much madder than we are is due exclusively to that most blessed and blessing of all natural graces, sleep."
~ Aldous Huxley

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Health Update: Carpal Tunnel

Exercises For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

101 Great Ways to Improve Your Health Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common condition resulting in hand and sometimes neck and arm complaints. This can include numbness or tingling in the fingers, leading to dexterity problems such as difficulty buttoning clothing or picking up small objects. There are also issues with strength loss / weakness noticed such as when turning door knobs, opening jars, and even problems with turning the key to start a car. One big problem with CTS is people often wait too long before having it treated thinking it will “…go away” or disappear just like it started. CTS rarely gets better without some form of treatment and seeing a chiropractor makes perfect sense prior to considering surgical intervention.

So, the question remains, “what can I do for CTS?” There are several things a CTS sufferer can do to help manage this condition. Some risk factors such as gender and age cannot be changed but other factors can be changed including taking “mini-breaks” throughout the work day and/or work station modifications, managing weight as obesity (defined as a BMI >30 and a waist size >35” for women and >40” for men), wearing a wrist splint, as well as performing exercises to stretch the wrist area.

A study out of the University of Oklahoma reported 2 out of 3 patients with mild to moderate CTS avoided surgery by performing specific exercises. The concept of a 5-minute warm-up stretch each day before starting the workday is similar to a runner stretching before a run to prevent injury.

Step A: Extend and stretch both wrists and fingers acutely as if they
are in a standing push-up position. Hold for a count of 5.

Step B: Straighten both wrists and relax fingers.

Step C: Make a tight fist with both hands.

Step D: Then, bend both wrists down while keeping the fist. Hold for a
count of 5.

Step E: Straighten both wrists and relax fingers, for a count of 5.

Step F: Then, let your arms hang loosely at the side and shake them
for a few seconds.

This exercise should be repeated 10 times and can be repeated several times a day.

Chiropractic is a perfect choice when considering a health care provider for the treatment of CTS as these exercises can easily be taught to you at our office. In addition, many other non-surgical treatment options for CTS are available.

We realize you have a choice in who you consider for your health care provision and we sincerely appreciate your trust in choosing our service for those needs. If you, a friend or family member require care for CTS, we would be honored to render our services.


Monday, August 2, 2010

Health Update: Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Challenges

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a condition that usually affects different organ systems in the body, causing a number of symptoms. Some of these include:
  1. The muscles (the musculoskeletal system): tender, achy, stiff, tight muscles, trigger or tender points all over the body
  2. The nerves (the nervous system): headaches, light headedness, sleep disruption, depression, anxiety, numbness/tingling (overlaps with the cardiovascular system)
  3. The stomach and intestines (the gastrointestinal system): diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel, leaky gut, heart burn, lack of appetite, abdominal cramping
  4. Breathing (the respiratory system): hyperventilation, rapid / shallow breathing patterns; 
  5. The heart (the cardiovascular system): racing heart rate – palpitations, feeling cold all the time, numbness/tingling (overlaps with the nervous system)

Because of the multiple systems involved, there are many challenges to managing Fibromyalgia.  Studies suggest a balance between several approaches works best.  Some of these approaches include biomedical treatments, organ-specific treatments, and cognitive interpersonal treatments.  Within these categories, the following can be broken down further:

  1. General – those treatments directed at the whole body such as anti-inflammatory measures.  These include (but are not limited to) medications (corticosteroids, NSAID’s – such as Advil, Aleve) and nutrients (ginger, turmeric, boswellia, Vitamin D, and others).  Other anti-inflammatory measures include diet, such as the Paleo Diet or “caveman diet.”  This diet eliminates grains or flour-based products from the diet.  That means no more breads, pastas, crackers, cookies – anything made with flour.  This approach emphasizes consuming fruits, vegetables, grass-fed lean meats and fish.  The main ingredients in grains that are of concern in the Paleo Diet are gluten and lectins
  2. Central – those treatments directed at the chemical factors in the brain that control mood, depression, anxiety and so on.  These include (but are not limited to) medications (tricyclic antidepressants, muscle relaxers like Cyclobenzaprine, SSRI, SNRI and Trmadol) and certain nutrients (neurotransmitter support such as 5-HTP – tryptophan, DHEA, phenylalanine, and others).
  3. Psychotherapy and active behavioral therapy – treatments that are supportive of nervous system such as cognitive behavior therapy, aerobic exercise, patient education, multidisciplinary therapy, hypnotherapy, biofeedback, and strength training.
  4. Passive physical intervention – chiropractic therapy, massage therapy and other forms of manual therapy, and acupuncture.

The goal of this article is to look at fibromyalgia from a holistic perspective so that those struggling with FM and similar conditions can better appreciate the concept of multidisciplinary treatment, of which chiropractic care plays a significant role.  Coordination of care and finding the “right” health care providers cannot be over-emphasized.

We recognize the importance of including chiropractic in your treatment planning and realize you have a choice of providers. If you, a friend or family member requires care for FM, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward in serving you and your family presently and, in the future.