Health-E-News October 2014
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Chiropractic is 119 years old!
Did you know Chiropractic turned 119 last month? Chiropractic care officially started on Sept 18, 1895 by D.D. Palmer.
Here's a great story that celebrates Chiropractic's history:
Chiropractic helps ease back-related leg pain
People with leg pain related to back problems had more short-term relief if they received chiropractic care along with exercise and advice, rather than exercise and advice alone, a new study has found.
“This combination resulted in advantages in pain reduction, disability, global improvement, satisfaction, medication use and general physical health status after 12 weeks,” he said.
Nine months after the treatment ended, patients who received chiropractic therapy were still doing better than the other group in terms of global improvement, medication use and satisfaction, he added.
Bronfort said that about four out of five people will develop low back pain during their lifetime, and up to 40 percent of them will develop back-related leg pain.
At 12 weeks, 37 percent of the spinal manipulation group felt their pain was reduced by at least three-quarters, compared to 19 percent of those who received exercise and advice only.
In addition, the patients who had spinal manipulation had higher scores for overall improvement and satisfaction.
Sitting is the new smoking - time to take a stand
You’ve already heard that sitting is the new smoking. Now, scientists reveal exactly how it hurts the body, and novel ways to undo the damage (without clocking hours at the gym). You might want to stand up for this.
From standing desks and fitness trackers to groundbreaking pilot experiments in high schools in several cities, the movement to sit less and stand more is gaining momentum. Which is a good thing, because new evidence suggests that the more than eight hours the average American spends sitting every day could be exacting a serious - and previously misunderstood - toll.
Studies have long connected sedentary behavior to poor health, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity and hypertension. But doctors thought those problems could be traced to the fact that people who sat more were probably just not working out very much. The public health messages were in step with that thinking. “Let’s Move!” became a national mantra.
By simply changing your work style, from a chair-based work style to a standing one, you can burn 500 to 1,000 extra calories a day. And it’s not just the calories that count. One study found that regardless of how many hours a group of men spent sitting daily (in their cars or watching TV), those with higher fitness levels - which is, of course, a product of regular exercise - did not show an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, the suite of conditions that include obesity and high cholesterol and are associated with a higher risk of heart disease.
The Bitter Truth About Sugar and Its Effects on Our Health
This spring, the World Health Organization made a bold move by urging people to restrict their sugar intake to less than five percent of total calories. That’s a sharp drop from the 16 percent that Americans consume on average, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In fact, the agency proposed changing food labels for the first time in a decade to reflect the amount of sugar added during the production process. And last month, the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists issued a damning report on the sweet stuff. It alleged that food and beverage manufacturers and industry groups that make sweeteners have spread misinformation and launched a sketchy public relations campaign to downplay serious health risks.
A 15-year study released this spring for the Journal of the American Heart Association Internal Medicine concluded that people who consumed more than a quarter of their daily calories as sugar were more than twice as likely to die than those who restricted their intake to less than 10 percent of total calories, regardless of age, sex, level of activity and body-mass index.
“The new paradigm hypothesizes that too much sugar does not just make us fat; it can also make us sick,” writes Laura A. Schmidt, PhD, of the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California at San Francisco, in the accompanying commentary “New Unsweetened Truths About Sugar.” That’s not the mention the toll sugar takes on mental health, including increased risk of depression.
Forget the substitutes, too. Even though diet sodas can taste like the real thing these days, they may not be any healthier in the long run. Researchers at Purdue University recently reviewed a dozen studies on the health impacts of diet soda and linked it to obesity, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease. It turns out that artificial sweeteners can throw your metabolism out of whack and make you crave more sweetness, just like regular sugar.
More than 70 percent of Americans eat at least 22 teaspoons of added sugar daily, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. That number sounds like a lot, until you realize you could easily hit that mark with a fruit-flavored yogurt, a couple tablespoons of barbecue sauce and a small sweet tea. If you follow WHO’s recommendation of eating no more than five percent of your total calories as added sugar, you’re limited to roughly six teaspoons as part of a 2,000-calorie diet. That’s what’s in a cup of granola or a couple packets of maple-flavored instant oatmeal.
Here's a great Ted Talk video on how sugar affects the brain