Health-E-News March 2011
empowering you to optimal health
Did you know that each year Arnold Schwarzenegger takes time from from his busy schedule to host with the International Chiropractic Association an annual symposium on natural fitness and sports?
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger speaking at this year's symposium (held yesterday) said
"everyone needs a chiropractor and Chiropractic must be seen as required, not an alternative.
Chiropractic has had a very positive impact on my life and the life of my family."
94% of People Receiving Chiropractic Care At the World Games Notice Improvement
Chiropractic delegations are increasingly common at major sports competitions. In a new report, researchers look at individuals treated by the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS) chiropractic health care delegation at the 2009 World Games in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
According to the report, "the FICS chiropractors recorded 1514 treatments to athletes and support personnel. There were 445 (49%) athletes and 450 (51%) nonathletes receiving care."
"Treatments to 17 different body regions were recorded. The highest recorded athlete treatment region was the lumbar spine at 309 (36.18%), with thoracic spine and neck being treated 195 (22.83%) and 193 (22.60%) times, respectively."
Findings showed that a whopping 94% of patients reported immediate improvement.
JMPT - January 2011;34:54-61.
Yoga Helps Those With Muscle and Joint Problems
A new study conducted in Turkey finds that yoga helps balance and gait properties in women with musculoskeletal problems.
Researchers tracked 27 women between the ages of 30 and 45 years. All of the women had musculoskeletal problems, such as osteoarthritis and low-back pain. They participated in a yoga program twice a week for four weeks.
According to the article the "patients' static balance measurements and gait parameters were determined before and after the study using a stabilometer and a gait trainer, respectively."
"The results showed that yoga has a positive effect on balance and gait parameters of women with gait and balance disturbances that are caused by musculoskeletal problems. It is feasible to conclude that asanas and stretching exercises included in the yoga program brought about such a positive effect, and therefore it is possible to use yoga programs to solve problems caused by musculoskeletal disorders."
Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice - February 2011;17:13-15.
Listen to your body
Antidepressants have been the mainstay treatment for depression, an approach that has garnered significant criticism over the years from those who believe the drugs are widely over prescribed and unsafe. For example, in some cases, antidepressants appear to actually increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and/or behaviors; certainly not a desired consequence for anyone, but particularly for someone suffering from depression.
Now for some good news: Research is suggesting alternative treatments may be as effective as - and definitely safer than - antidepressant medications. Case in point: a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry that suggests meditation benefits depression patients in remission from the disorder.
In the study, patients who learned how to meditate 40 minutes a day instead of taking antidepressant medication were as likely to avoid a relapse as patients taking antidepressants or a placebo (an inactive pill patients believed contained medication to help them control their depression symptoms).
Keep in mind that depression, particularly major depressive disorder, goes far beyond "feeling blue"; symptoms can severely impact home, school and work life. For additional information about depression including the warning signs, visit the NIMH Web site at www.nimh.nih.gov/health.
Healthy Food Do Indeed Help You Live Longer
Eating certain healthy foods can increase your life span, according to an article in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Researchers pooled data on the eating patterns of over 2500 adults between the ages of 70 and 79 over a 10-year period. They found that diets favoring certain foods were associated with reduced mortality.
Specifically, they divided the participants into clusters according to their primary eating patterns. The clusters were: "Healthy foods" (374 participants), "High-fat dairy products" (332), "Meat, fried foods, and alcohol" (693), "Breakfast cereal" (386), "Refined grains" (458) and "Sweets and desserts" (339).
The "Healthy foods" cluster was characterized by relatively higher intake of low-fat dairy products, fruit, whole grains, poultry, fish, and vegetables, and lower consumption of meat, fried foods, sweets, high-calorie drinks, and added fat. The "High fat dairy products" cluster had higher intake of foods such as ice cream, cheese, and 2% and whole milk and yogurt, and lower intake of poultry, low-fat dairy products, rice, and pasta.
After controlling for gender, age, race, clinical site, education, physical activity, smoking, and total calorie intake, the "High-fat dairy products" cluster had a 40% higher risk of mortality than the "Healthy foods" cluster. The "Sweets and desserts" cluster had a 37% higher risk. No significant differences in risk of mortality were seen between the "Healthy foods" cluster and the "Breakfast cereal" or "Refined grains" clusters.
According to lead author Amy L. Anderson, PhD, the "results of this study suggest that older adults who follow a dietary pattern consistent with current guidelines to consume relatively high amounts of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, poultry and fish, may have a lower risk of mortality. Because a substantial percentage of older adults in this study followed the "Healthy foods" dietary pattern, adherence to such a diet appears a feasible and realistic recommendation for potentially improved survival and quality of life in the growing older adult population."
JADA - January 2011;Epub.
Chiropractic Care for Low Back Pain Saves Thousands
In 2002, the Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA) commissioned an independent study to determine the use and effectiveness of chiropractic with regard to workers compensation, the results of which were published in February 2003. According to the report, chiropractic care was associated with significantly lower costs and more rapid recovery in treating workers with low-back injuries.
They found: Lower back and neck injuries accounted for 38 percent of all claims costs. Chiropractors treated about 30 percent of workers with lower back injuries, but were responsible for only 17.5 percent of the medical costs and 9.1 percent of the total costs.
These findings were even more interesting: The average claim for a worker with a low-back injury was $15,884. However, if a worker received at least 75 percent of his or her care from a chiropractor, the total cost per claimant decreased by nearly one-fourth to $12,202. If the chiropractor provided at least 90 percent of the care, the average cost declined by more than 50 percent, to $7,632.
Chiropractic Helps Colicky Babies
Chiropractors have been helping babies be healthier and happier since the beginning. Parents who have a child with colic will be happy to know Chiropractic can help. By some estimates, 40 percent of infants develop colic. In some cases, the daily bouts of crying can persist for over a year.
In the video below, Dr. Brooks said in many cases, colic can be contributed to pain from skull bones that aren't quite in the right place, perhaps misaligned in childbirth.
Watch the video for the full report: