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Flu….Stay Home!!

This years flu season is in full swing. Regardless about your thoughts on flu shots, did you know that those with the flu actually contaminate the air around them with infectious virus, just by breathing, without coughing or sneezing? A new, small study sampled the air around those who had the flu and found that there are infectious aerosol droplets that stay suspended in the air for a long time. Surprisingly enough, sneezing and coughing didn’t add much to the viral count of this contagious aerosol. The main takeaway from this is that the moment you know you are sick, go home immediately, stay home, stay away from public places and do not return to your workplace until you are no longer contagious. Everyone will appreciate it..!!

Please….No Ibuprofen…

I occasionally take ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) for headaches or for mild aches and pain, however I just read another study that gives pause to why anyone would take it. Though it does relieve those minor aches and pain, it also can have terrible repercussions. Did you know it can cause life threatening complications such as fatal heart attack or stroke. Also, a new study stated that men taking ibuprofen at 600mg for 14 days were more at risk of infertility through reduced testicular function, including testosterone production, resulting in a state of compensated hypogonadism. WOW!! There are other and safer alternatives to those aches and pain, just ask your Chiropractor..!!

Smoking and Back Surgery

I tried smoking when I was younger but never really cared for it, and haven’t since, however did you know smokers are more at risk of lumbar spinal stenosis and surgery? A study published in The Spine Journal reports that heavy smokers were 46% more likely to undergo surgery for spinal stenosis than non-smokers and moderate smokers were at 31% greater risk of surgery. Surprisingly, even former smokers were at 13% greater risk of surgery. Cigarette smoke contains nicotine which constricts the blood flow and promotes inflammation which is not ideal for those with low back problems. Thus, the more you smoke the greater the risks. Talk to your Chiropractor to find out how they can help!!

What a Pain in the Neck…!!

Did you know many people seem to think neck pain and tight upper shoulders is normal? Especially if their job requires hours daily on the computer. The easiest way to prevent neck pain is to figure out the cause and in my profession, people sitting hours on end, at a computer, seems to top the cake for neck pain. Some people get so accustomed to the pain and tightness they actually ignore it until it is far advanced. Some causes include poor posture, by which workspace ergonomics such as poor positioning of computer keyboards and monitors are quite capable in contributing to neck pain. Sleep issues become an issue when the neck is sore and tight and there is an ongoing quest to find the right pillow to get one through the night. Don’t forget that most all of us tend to look down at our cell phones much of the day putting maximum stress on the muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons of the neck. When the neck is the issue, talk to your chiropractor about how to stop and prevent these types of overuse injury!!

Better Health, Try Chiropractic!!

As a follow-up to the last health tip, I wanted to share other reasons why people visit chiropractors as reported in the National Health Interview Survey. Many say they do not like taking medications. Others say that they sleep better and it gives them a sense of control over their own health. It helps them feel better emotionally and helps to relax or reduce stress levels. Some say that chiropractic care improves their energy, immune function and/or memory or concentration. Athletes say that it improves their athletic or sports performance. If you haven’t been to your chiropractor in a while, you may be missing out on some important benefits!!

Benefits of Chiropractic, from the patients mouth!

Did you know that a recent survey found why US adults love visiting their Chiropractors and what they value the most from it? First, a majority of those people surveyed said the main reason for seeing their Chiropractor was for general wellness and disease prevention. The benefits from their care was improved overall health and making them feel better. They deemed the overall value of Chiropractic care as very important in maintaining their overall health and well being. Also a vast majority of those surveyed found that Chiropractic helped a great deal with helping a specific health problem. When asked why not see just a medical doctor, the majority felt that combined with medical treatment, Chiropractic would help better. Many felt that Chiropractic treats the cause and not just the symptoms. Seems there are a multitude of reasons for seeing your favorite doctor of Chiropractic…don’t hesitate!

Sitting and Heart Damage (it’s real)

Check this out!! If you haven’t heard, sitting for long periods every day is bad for us. If fact, it increases the risk for diabetes and cancer and doubles the risk for cardiovascular disease. More importantly, now we know how. When we sit all day, it is linked to a buildup of certain proteins called troponins, which heart muscles release when they are damaged. These are markers that physicians look at when diagnosing a heart attack. Researchers found that those who sit more than 10 hours a day had above normal troponin levels. They referred to this condition as “subclinical cardiac injury” which isn’t quite high enough to qualify as heart attack level damage. People who sit more have more signs of this particular heart damage. Thus, there is likely a strong connection between sitting and chronic heart damage even if there isn’t clear definitive causation at this time. The bottom line is to move and move often, exercise and stop sitting so much…!!

Reversing Type 2 diabetes!!

Did you know that Type 2 diabetes is reversible? It definitely is and a new study just proved it. During the study, half of the participants were assigned a diet/weight management plan and the other half, the usual treatment for diabetes including diabetic drugs. Those on the diet stopped their meds the same day the diet started. At the end of study most people in the diet group lost an average of 22 pounds compared to the control group who average just a 2 pound loss. However, 46% of the people in the diet group went into remission with their diabetes compared to only 4% with the med group. Lifestyle changes can help control many diseases, it does take commitment, but it is possible!!

10,000 steps? Not so much?

Have you got your 10,000 steps in today yet? Well if you haven’t, you probably shouldn’t worry too much. Did you know that the 10,000 step plateau is totally fictional? Yep…it was based on the marketing of a Japanese pedometer from the 1960’s. The 10,000 steps was not based on any scientific determination of the optimal milestone of movement. In fact, heart rate is a better indicator of the impactful influence on the benefits of movement. That means, 10,00 steps at a snails pace, isn’t as beneficial as the same amount at a much faster step pace. Studies have shown that 15,000 steps are more beneficial for health. Who would have guessed?

Stand or sit, that is the question!!

If you think sitting too much is bad for your health, (it is), then this will open your eyes. Just when you’re tired of heath articles with bad news, this comes along. I read a synopsis of a study that said too much standing may be worse than too much sitting. A study of over 7300 factory workers were twice as likely to develop heart disease than those who sat, according to the study. Always being upright can cause blood to pool in the lower extremities rather than circulate back to the heart. Standing increases oxidative stress, triggering inflammation and over time this can increase cardiovascular risks. If you stand a lot, for any reason, for extended periods of time, it would serve your well to sit on a regular basis if possible!