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Here you will find great tips for healthy living, nutritional advice, and the latest news on health studies and research.

Mac & cheese & phthalates

We all know that there are certain chemicals in our foods that are not that good for us, but much of it is often unavoidable, as toxins, it seems, are in almost everything we touch or consume.  The scientist and/or government may say that trace amounts of a single toxin are not harmful.  My theory is that if you are getting trace amounts of chemical toxins from multiple sources, they will add up to toxic levels at some point.  I read that study of packaged macaroni and cheese products were found to have “phthalates” in them. Phthalates are man-made chemicals that are hormone disrupting.  They have been linked to a “plethora” of behavioral and brain development issues in fetal and childhood development.  The phthalates are not added directly to the products but are infused into the packaging material which then leaches, over time, from the package into the cheese powder.  Experts say to try and make the mac and cheese from scratch and avoid the packaged products if possible. Phthalates are in so many products it is almost impossible to avoid.  As I stated, you are only exposed to trace amounts, but what is acceptable to you?

Back Pain Losses

Did you know that back pain is second only to the common cold as the most frequent cause of sick leave?  Back pain accounts for approximately 40% of all work absences.  A study from 1999 found that an estimated 22 million people suffer from back pain that lasts one week or more with an estimated 149 million days of lost work.  So what would those numbers be today in 2017?  Chiropractors are experts on diagnosing, treating, managing and preventing back pain.  If you haven’t had back pain yet, you are lucky, because for most Americans, it is just a matter of time.  Visit the pro’s who handle these problems on a daily basis!!

Baby food and lead..!!

If you have kids or grand children, then this is a bit of a disturbing news. Researchers analyzed 11 years of federal data and found detectible levels of lead in 20% of over 2100 baby food samples.  As you may or may not know, there is no safe blood levels for lead in kids. The toxin was found most often in fruit juices such as grape and apple, root vegetables such as sweet potatoes and carrots and cookies such as teething biscuits. Lead can cause problems with cognition, attention and behavior as well as the cardiovascular system and immune system. None of the samples, unfortunately, were identified by brand name so I cannot provide that information. Another researcher who analyzed an EPA study that was released earlier this year, found that food is the major source of lead exposure in 2/3 of the toddlers.  It may be a wise choice to eliminate these specific food items from your kids diet. Do your own research on this topic also!!

Arthritis and Fiber

I just read an interesting article about fiber and arthritis?  Did you know that a study of more than 1200 adults found that those who consumed the most fiber had a significant reduction in their risk of knee arthritis. The top 25% of fiber consumers had a 61% lower risk of osteoarthritis of the knees, than those at the bottom levels of fiber intake.  It also showed that eating fiber earlier in life had even more positive effects on arthritis later in life.  The authors concluded that there may be two reasons: 1) a reduction of inflammation which causes pain and 2) helping maintain a healthier weight which puts less stress on the joints and bones.  Either way, seems like a good reason to eat more fiber…!!

Enjoying your life to the fullest?

Health is something most people take for granted, however as we age, we start thinking about our mortality a little more frequently. Spine problems are one of those things that can make every day activities more challenging if not addressed. Here are just a few of the problems that can occur with the spine as we age. Degenerative changes of the disc and vertebrae can be a result of genetics, trauma, wear and tear or just life itself. The discs can become thinner, the vertebrae can develop bone spurs. Arthritis can contribute to pain in the spinal joints. Stenosis can occur with a bulging disc or bony changes along the spinal canal. All of the previous can contribute muscle or nerve issues along the spine that can affect the limbs (think sciatica). Chiropractors are educated and trained to diagnose and treat patients with these issues and help them enjoy their daily activities to the fullest. Don’t let spine problems ruin your fun!!