Weekly Health Update
Week of: Monday, November 17th, 2014
Jennifer Skinner, D.C.
1175 W. Grand Blvd #100
Corona, CA 92882
“Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery,
by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.”
~ Marcus Tullius Cicero
Mental Attitude: Mental Stress Affects Male and Female Hearts in Different Ways.
Health Alert: Possible Link Between Breast Implants and Cancer.
Diet: A Chemical in Broccoli May Help Treat Autism.
Exercise: Heavy Exercise Can Produce Asthma-Like Symptoms in Healthy Kids.
Chiropractic: Immediate Changes in Brain After Manual Therapy in Patients with Pain.
Wellness/Prevention: Babies Benefit if Mothers Follow Lifestyle Advice During Pregnancy.
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Mental Attitude: Dementia is a Significant Problem for Those Under Age 65. Younger onset dementia (YOD) is defined as the onset of dementia symptoms before age 65. Researchers in Sydney, Australia contacted local health professionals and hospitals to determine how many patients were classified as having YOD. Then, they compared that information with recent census data. The
research team found that YOD affects 11.6 per 100,000 people ages 30-44 years and 132.9 per 100,000 people ages 45-64 years, with an overall prevalence rate of 68.2 per 100,000 people for ages 30-64. International Psychogeriatrics, October 2014
Health Alert: No Proof Vitamin D Prevents Development of Type 2 Diabetes. Previous research has suggested that high levels of vitamin D may protect individuals from developing type 2 diabetes; however, a new study has found no evidence that high levels of vitamin D can prevent type 2 diabetes and that the only proven way to prevent type 2 diabetes is through a combination of diet and
exercise. Study author Dr. Nita Forouhi writes, “Our findings suggest that interventions to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by increasing concentrations of vitamin D are not currently justified. Observational studies that show a strong and consistent higher risk of type 2 diabetes with lower levels of vitamin D may do so because they have thus far not been able to adequately control for distorting or confounding factors, such as physical activity levels.” The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, September 2014
Diet: Organic Foods May Offer Greater Health & Safety. A survey of prior research concludes that organically grown foods are about 48% lower in cadmium than conventionally grown foods. Cadmium is a heavy metal that has become a major cause of vascular disorders, common cancers, osteoporosis, kidney disease, and can damage the reproductive and neurological systems. Researcher Dr. James J. DiNicolantonio adds, “For years, nutritionists and consumers have struggled with the question, ‘is organic really better?’… What analysis of this research reveals is that, due to the serious health impacts of cadmium exposure and the markedly lower levels of [cadmium] in organically grown foods, the long-term consumption of such foods is likely to be notably protective with respect to a
wide range of common pathologies.” British Journal of Nutrition, September 2014
Exercise: Exercise Less Daunting When Focused on Target. Physiology researchers have found that having your ‘eye on the prize’ makes exercise less of a chore. They found that when walking, individuals who stay focused on a specific target ahead of them feel the distance is shorter and they walk faster towards it. Researcher Dr. Shana Cole writes, “Interventions that train people to keep their
‘eyes on the prize’ may play an important role in health and fitness. When goals appear within reach, and when people move faster and experience exercise as easier, they may be especially motivated to continue exercising. Given the alarming obesity epidemic in America, strategies that encourage or improve exercise may be particularly important for aiding the nationwide effort to combat
obesity and promote healthier living.” Motivation and Emotion, October 2014
Chiropractic: Joint Stiffness Associated with Higher Risk for Disability in Older Population. Using data provided by 680 seniors (age > 70 years) regarding mobility limitations and joint stiffness upon waking, researchers say that morning joint stiffness more than one body site is associated with a 64% greater risk developing new or worsening mobility problems over the following 18 months.
The authors of the study recommend that doctors discuss strategies for improving joint mobility with their patients to prevent or slow the progression of age-related disability. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, October 2014 Wellness/Prevention: Living Close to a Highway May Raise Your Blood Pressure. If you have high blood pressure and you live close to a major highway, you may want to move. According to a new report, participants in a study who lived within 109 yards (~100 meters) of a busy road had a 22% higher risk for developing high blood pressure compared with those who lived at least a half a mile away (~.8 km). Further research is needed to determine if reducing exposure to traffic noise and traffic-related air pollution can reduce a nearby resident’s risk of high blood pressure. Journal of the American Heart Association, October 2014
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Insomnia is one of the most frequent problems my patients talk to me about. It plagues almost everyone at some point in life. Some have insomnia off and on their entire lives. For others, it may last for a few days at a time when the person is very stressed or ill.
What have you found effective to treat insomnia?
Do you have a magic formula that prevents another round of insomnia?
Over the next several weeks, I’m going to share some of the ways my patients have found relief from this symptom that if left untreated, can severely affect every aspect of life. Hopefully, if we work together, we can help many others not have to deal with prolonged insomnia and its consequences.
Please share your ideas. We never know what little pearl of wisdom might create a major benefit for someone else.
Seriously. I have to know!
I started off the week by having to confess to my patients that I broke my thumb. Now you may ask…why is that embarrassing? I have my reasons. For starters, let’s just admit that I’m not the most graceful person on the planet. This is why I choose sports like softball and kickboxing instead of sports like dancing or gymnastics. However, when asked the most popular question of my week…”How did you break your thumb?” I had to give the honest answer that I fell…getting into a truck. This answer was generally responded to by silence and my patients looking at me with a bit of a blank stare while likely thinking I obviously wasn’t finished with my story yet. After a few seconds of awkward silence, I would respond “And that is all.” See…I told you I am not graceful. I am many things…strong, fast, athletic, intelligent, determined and honest…but not graceful. Then, of course, I got asked “How are you going to possibly adjust my neck or back with a broken thumb?” And this was when I got to acknowledge that all those professors in chiropractic school really did know something important when they made us learn hundreds of ways to adjust the spine and extremities. That was smart of you professors/doctors!!! I appreciate it now even though I would have liked to believe that my favorite adjustments are the only ones I need to perfect. Well…now I get to put that knowledge to excellent use for the next 4-6 weeks!
So…as I asked in the beginning…What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve done in the past week?
I hear statements such as “I have normal headaches” or “I have normal back pain” or “I have normal knee pain” almost every day. I want to wear a t-shirt to work that says “we don’t believe in normal pain”. Yes, pain is a normal physiological and emotional response. It’s a normal response to injury or irritation. Pain tells us that something is going on with the body. Pain is an like an indicator light on the dashboard of your car that starts flashing so that you pay attention to it. We need to pay attention to our pain and listen to wait it is saying about the body. With my office, as with many of my colleagues offices, you will hear us say that we do not treat pain. This concept can get confusing so let’s look at it like this: Just as with your car and that annoying, flashing indicator light…if you decide to reset the flashing light so that it doesn’t bother you but you ignore the problem causing the light to flash, eventually something really bad generally happens. This concept in your body is no different. If your body is flashing that pain indicator light and you continually “reset the flashing light” by taking over-the-counter or prescription meds that treat the pain without treating the cause of the pain, then something generally bad happens. That “normal” back pain is later discovered to be moderate of severe arthritic changes. That “normal” headache is later discovered to be coming from rising blood pressure, low blood sugar, diminished blood flow, vision changes, degenerative changes in the neck or a lot of other underlying issues. Please don’t ignore your pain. It isn’t “normal pain”. One of the things I love about my job are these statements that I hear at least once a week from a patient. I hear things like “When I came in here my neck was really bothering me. I didn’t know that after two treatments, my elbow pain that I thought was just normal because of my job would all be gone.” I hear statements like “I don’t know what’s going on with me but for the past two weeks, I don’t have that normal stomach pain anymore when I eat salad.” I love it! So the next time you catch yourself or a loved one say “oh that’s my normal … pain,” ask them (or yourself) why you’ve decided that pain is normal. Then take a step to get that “normal” pain evaluated by your Doctor of Chiropractic and discover what living without “normal” pain feels like.
Why would we possibly by stressed? We all know that too much stress is unhealthy but are we really paying attention to all the stress that we are under on a daily basis. I know personally that if I don’t actively engage in things that reduce my stress, I feel tired, my memory isn’t as sharp, I make poor food choices and just about everything takes a lot more effort to do than when I’m feeling well. I have several de-stressing routines that work for different types of stressors. If I’m feeling stressed after the first half of my workday, I get on the treadmill for 20-30 minutes and walk while either reading a book or watching a funny Netflix show. If I’m getting stressed behind the wheel of the car or after a long day of work, I turn off the music and pay attention to my breathing and thoughts. Sometimes I repeat a positive thought while slowing and deepening my breathing. This helps me feel centered and calm. When I’m at home and feeling stressed, I go stand on the grass barefoot and take a few deep breaths. This makes me feel grounded and secure. And of course, I get adjusted every other week (more if I’m feeling stressed). This helps my body become restored to its normal state so I stay healthy. What are your de-stressing routines? Need some ideas? Click on the following link and check out this latest newsletter to see what you can do to break the stress cycle. Sep14