March 2020 Health Newsletter

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» Boost Your Immunity with ACUPUNCTURE and CHINESE MEDICINE
» Chiropractic Care Effective In Managing Leg and Arm Pain
» Exercise, It Really Is A Wonder Drug
» Most Parents Have Issues With Their Teen’s Gaming Habits

Boost Your Immunity with ACUPUNCTURE and CHINESE MEDICINE

The cold season can prove to be a difficult time for many of us to keep healthy and fight off the seasonal colds and flu. Chinese Medicine, by the use of acupuncture, dietary therapy and Chinese herbs, offers a natural alternative to help your body stay balanced and function at its best. The stimulation of certain acupuncture points has been proven to increase the number of white blood cells which fight off infections, boost your lungs function and lower the levels of stress-induced hormones, such as cortisol, which suppress your immune system. Given the preventative power of this medicine, regular acupuncture treatments in conjunction with herbs (when needed) are recommended during this time of the year.
Here’s a few additional tips that will improve your chances at staying healthy:

• eat foods that are warm, cooked and nourishing as this helps your body have more energy for fighting off the bugs that you come in contact with; this is the perfect time for making teas, soups, stews and steaming foods
• make sure you are eating enough vegetables and fruits daily; cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, swiss chard, bok choy, and daikon radish increase immune cells and reduce your chances of developing certain types of cancer; carrots, goji berries, sweet potato, spinach, butternut squash are rich in beta-carotene and promote new skin cells as well as protect the mucosal lining of the lungs and digestive system; increase intake of vitamin C rich foods such as watermelon and cantaloupe, kiwis, strawberries, blackberries, grapefruits, red and yellow peppers
• avoid eating lots of dairy, salads, or other cold, raw foods; avoid eating large portions, rather eat frequent small meals
• keep energy up and avoid exhausting yourself
• be sure to get enough sleep and rest
• avoid stress and emotional issues
• when you go out into a windy and cold environment, keep warm and protect yourself with clothing such as a scarf
• after washing your hair, make sure it is dry before going outside or before going to bed
• a cool shower once a day boosts immunity
• exercise outside, whatever the weather, is beneficial
• take probiotics- beneficial bacteria when properly maintained in your gut are one of the body’s strongest lines of defense.

Author: Dr. Ramona Goldman
Source: 2014 Newsletter


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Chiropractic Care Effective In Managing Leg and Arm Pain

A recent study finds chiropractic care highly effective for patients suffering from lower back (lumbar) and neck (cervical) radiculopathy - pain, numbness and/or tingling extending down the arm(s) or leg(s) due to nerve irritation related to the spine. In this study consisting of 162 patients, each received chiropractic manipulation, neuromobilization and exercise stabilization. Of the 162 patients, 10 unresolved cases were referred for epidural steroid injections, 10 were referred for further medical medication management and 3 cases were referred to undergo surgery. However, a total of 86 percent had resolution of their primary radicular complaints following their chiropractic care and thus were not required to received injections, medication management or surgery. According to the authors of the study, "The conservative management strategy we reviewed in our sample produced favorable outcomes for most of the patients with radiculopathy. The strategy appears to be safe." If you or another is suffering from pain, numbness or tingling in the extremities, contact your local chiropractor for a thorough evaluation. As this study demonstrates, chiropractic care is effective in many cases of cervical and lumbar radiculopathy and can be an appropriate, safe, non-invasive therapy for many.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. Volume 7, Issue 3.


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Exercise, It Really Is A Wonder Drug

First-time marathon runners can reap significant cardiovascular benefits, according to British researchers.  In the British "Marathon Study," subjects consisted of 138 untrained healthy individuals aged 21 to 69 years.  Each underwent 6 months of training for the upcoming London Marathons in 2016 and 2017.  Subjects were assessed prior to initiating their marathon training and again 2-weeks post marathon.  The researchers found that training for and completing the marathons, even at relatively low exercise intensity, reduced central blood pressure and aortic stiffness - equivalent to a 4-year reduction in vascular age.  Moreover, greater rejuvenation was observed in older, slower individuals.


Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Jan 7, 20 | Vol. 75 No. 1


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Most Parents Have Issues With Their Teen’s Gaming Habits

According to a new study, almost 9 out of 10 parents agree that their teens are spending too much time playing video games.  Moreover, more than half of parents set gaming time limits for their teens.  Parents expressed some of their most serious concerns as being the negative impact on their teen’s overall sleep, family and peer relationships and overall school performance.  So what are parents to do?  First, experts suggest that parents do not attempt to suggest that gaming is a sort of mindless waste of time.  Teens can feel strongly that many games are complex, challenging and include valuable lessons.  Trying to convince them that all games are bad and a waste of time can backfire. Instead, parents should consider the "everything in moderation" approach.  Set reasonable guidelines and explain gaming limitations and restrictions are being done for the purpose of safety, health, relationship and school interests.  These are very specific reasons and more easily accepted than the "all games are bad" approach.  Another strategy is for parents to consider participating in some video game playing with their teens.  According to the researchers, "Showing your teen you are interested in what they are playing and want to understand their interest can help in communicating healthy limits. In some situations, games can serve as a point of connection and occasionally may be structured as a family activity to open the door to other conversations and foster interaction."

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll, online Jan


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