July 2017 Health Newsletter

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» Boost Your Immunity with ACUPUNCTURE and CHINESE MEDICINE
» Study Supports Spinal Manipulation for Relieving Low Back Pain
» The Amazing Health Benefits of Riding Your Bike to Work
» Stop Drinking Soda & Coffee for Energy – Climb the Stairs Instead!

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
Copyright: Family Life Chiropractic Center 2014


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Study Supports Spinal Manipulation for Relieving Low Back Pain

Living with chronic low back pain is no way to live. Everything from exercise to simply sitting down can be extremely painful. Many people with low back problems need to significantly change their daily routines to avoid the excruciating pain common movements can cause. One of the main ways a chiropractor can help with this kind of discomfort is through SMT (Spinal Manipulative Therapy). A recent JAMA study has shed light on why this method is so helpful and how the chiropractic community is taking steps to ensure the best possible care for their patients.

An Alternative to Evasive Surgeries and Prescription Drugs

There are a number of reasons this review is extremely exciting, not the least of which is that SMT could be a reliable alternative to back surgeries and/or the use of drug therapy to help cope with the pain. In fact, the American College of Physicians recently released new guidelines for low back pain treatment, which makes the same recommendation. The ACA (American Chiropractic Association) was quick to formally approve a resolution to adopt these new standards, along with chiropractic-specific practices from the Clinical Compass. One reason the ACA gave for their decision was our country’s current opioid crisis. President David Herd, DC, cited the risk of dependency as playing a role in these new guidelines. 

Toward a Greater Consensus Regarding Chiropractic Care

Another benefit of these recent studies that Dr. Herd mentioned in his statement was how adopting these guidelines will help grow a greater consensus amongst:

  • Chiropractors
  • Patients
  • Other Health Care Providers
  • Policy Makers
  • Insurance Companies

This would include methods for pain treatment, as well as management and co-management solutions.

Are You Struggling Because of Low Back Pain?

No one should have to limit their lives because of chronic low back pain. According to a Gallup survey from 2016, more than 35 million Americans sought pain relief from a chiropractor over the course of the prior year. That’s 25% of the population. Over the course of their entire lifetimes, 65% of us will seek professional care because of neck or back pain. If you’re one of the millions of people who are having a hard time getting through the day because of their low back issues, make an appointment with your local chiropractor right away. You could already feel a major difference after just one visit without having to undergo major surgery or take a prescription medication.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: American Chiropractic Association, online April 11, 2017.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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The Amazing Health Benefits of Riding Your Bike to Work

The government wants to start encouraging more people to take their bike to work. No, this isn’t in response to efforts to halt the progression of global climate change and to save the environment. The reason the government is promoting this is because of the awesome health benefits. According to recent studies, riding to work can reduce a person’s chances of:

  • Developing cancer
  • Dying prematurely
  • Being diagnosed with heart disease

The numbers are quite astonishing. According to the UK’s Telegraph, the risk of premature death fell by 41% among those who regularly rode to work. Forbes reports that the study was done at the University of Glasgow, where they evaluated the health of over 260,000 people during a five year period. Those who cycled to work had a:

  • 46% lower risk of developing heart disease
  • 52% lower risk of dying from heart disease
  • 45% lower risk of developing cancer
  • 40% lower risk of dying from cancer

Since cancer and heart disease are the leading causes of death in many countries – including the U.S. – it stands to reason that people would do anything they can to reduce their risks. Now they have proof that something as simple as cycling to work can lower the risk significantly. Why not give it a try for yourself? Start out slow – replacing your car with your bike as your mode of transport one day a week, then two, then three, and so on. With results like these, you’ll be happy you did!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: BMJ 2017;357:j1944
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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Stop Drinking Soda & Coffee for Energy – Climb the Stairs Instead!

Drinking coffee first thing in the morning may seem like the logical way to perk up low energy levels. Researchers have found, though, that caffeine – either from soda, energy drinks, coffee, or tea – has less of an effect on a person’s energy as does physical activity. The physical activity promoted in this recent study: stair climbing. Climbing the stairs may be the last thing a person wants to do when they’ve had a long night, but according to a study in Reuters, taking the stairs has a more profound effect on energy than caffeine. The study followed young, busy women, as this is a demographic that is largely often sleep deprived. The women in the study averaged less than 6.5 hours of sleep each night. Some of the women were given a placebo, others a 50mg dose of caffeine, and the last group had to climb stairs for 10 minutes. After this, they were asked to describe their level of energy, and were also tested for cognitive awareness and function. This included testing their memory and reaction times. The women who climbed the stairs felt significantly more energized, particularly right after their exercise. According to Men’s Health, the activity didn’t reduce the participant’s cognitive function, which means that when a person exerts themselves physically they don’t exhaust themselves mentally. Medical News Today reports that the participants even had greater motivation to work after their jaunt up the stairs. So, after a sleepless night – ditch the caffeine and hit the stairs. You’ll feel better!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Physiology and Behavior, online March 14, 2017.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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