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Sugar and cancer connection?

Do you have a sweet tooth? If you are one of the millions of people who like their sugar, you may want to give this a look. In a recent study scientist have possibly identified a link between sugar and cancer. Though there is no specific direct connection in humans yet, they have identified that when sugar is broken down within our cells, an intermediate compound that is produced during the process activates a specific protein that can mutate into a cancerous gene. Though the study was done on yeast cells, they acted like cancer cells, which rely on taking in glucose and fermenting it to produce lactic acid. Normal cells take in glucose and turn it into carbon dioxide and water. The takeaway here is that cancer patients may want to avoid as much sugary intake as possible to stop proliferation of cancer cells, since all cells use glucose. More research need to be done however it is food for thought!

Migraines and supplements.

Headaches plague an abundance of people and there are a variety of classes of headaches. I grew up with tension headaches and experienced them my entire life. The last few years I have experienced migraines. Did you know that if you suffer from migraines, CoQ10 supplements may help. A study found that emotional stress is a trigger for almost 80% of migraine suffers. Another small study found that those who took 100 mg of CoQ10 (3 times daily) experienced almost a 50% reduction in the frequency of migraines compared to a placebo group. Another small study showed that a daily dose of riboflavin (400 mg), reduced the frequency of migraines by 59%, however it took 3 months. Even melatonin has shown to be effective. Though meds are the treatment of choice for most migraine sufferers, it is nice knowing there might be more natural alternatives available!!

Outdoors for better eyesight..!!

Did you know that getting your kids outside to spend time, may be good for their eyesight? Today’s kids spend time indoors and with technology like no generation before them. According to research, spending more time outside appears to impact a child’s risk of developing nearsightedness dramatically. In fact, increasing outdoor time by approximately 14 hours per week can reduce the risk that a child with two nearsighted parents will develop nearsightedness, from 60% down to 20%. That is stunning news and is just about the same risk as those with non-nearsighted parents. Incredible…!!

Squat, it works!!

The most healthy individual will most likely at some point in their life, experience back pain. Why? Because we are two legged creatures and most of the forces of our upper body is carried by the bottom two discs in our lumbar spine. Also, as we get older we tend to bend more with our backs when we pick stuff up. We either get lazy or weaker in the legs as we age, generally both. I watch my grandson, one day, almost every week and we play a lot of stuff. I observe him when he picks items up off the floor or ground, and he squats every time when he picks things up. Even at the playground, I notice other children do the same thing. Rarely do they bend at the waist. Take a tip from the little ones and reacquaint yourself with picking up and lifting things properly, and hopefully avoid those nasty back problems. But if you injure yourself, get to your chiropractor immediately, they will help!!

Lower Triglycerides with Fish Oil

Unless you live under a rock, you have probably heard about the amazing benefits of fish oil and its role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. It lowers triglycerides, blood pressure and slows the hardening of the arteries. Evidence suggests it even improves health outcomes for those already with heart disease. Did you know a large 4-year study from Italy published in the British Lancet, determined that daily fish oils (Omega-3 fatty acids) were superior to the cholesterol reducing drug Crestor? The side effects of Crestor are numerous, but headaches, muscle pain, abdominal pain, weakness and nausea are just a few. Those who took the fish oil were less susceptible to hospitalization or death than those given Crestor. Remember that cholesterol lowering drugs are a multi-billion dollar industry, in and of itself. Talk to your Chiropractor about ways to improve your health through nutritional supplementation.

Chronic Pain? Get better sleep!

I think most of us have heard we need the proper amount of sleep in order to feel at our best. However did you know that poor sleep can also contribute to chronic pain? A review of studies including over 61,000 participants arrived at a disturbing conclusion, in that, the impact of sleep on pain may be more significant than the impact of pain on sleep. In fact, the report states that the those suffering from poor quality of sleep and/or quantity of sleep may experience an increase of chronic pain by a factor of two or three compared to those that sleep well. Poor sleep is associated with impaired response to bacterial infections, viruses, poor physical functioning, increased inflammation, higher cortisol levels, and other markers of pain, fatigue and overall compromised health..!! Don’t just sleep on it…talk to your favorite chiropractor to find out how they can help!

Exercise away Anxiety!!

Did you know exercise can help those with anxiety? A study of over 1000 participants suggests that in particular, resistance exercise can help reduce anxiety symptoms. In fact, according to the author of the study, the positive impact of exercising is comparable to what could be achieved with medication or psychotherapy. Resistance exercises are basically any exercises that require muscle contractions, such as a pushup or squat, or weights or machines or resistance bands. The cool thing is you really don’t need any equipment as body weight and gravity can also be the resistance you choose. Learn more with discussions with your chiropractor!!

Antidepressants and Death

Wow, just read an article about antidepressants and it was very eye opening. Researchers reviewed a number of studies involving over hundreds of thousands of antidepressant users and found a 33% higher risk of death among those users compared to non-users. The theory is that because those drugs tend to block serotonin absorption in the brain, they are also blocking the absorption in other organs such as the heart, kidneys, liver and lungs. Since these organs use serotonin, thus blocking its absorption may contribute to organ dysfunction. If you are having issues with depression, it may be time to revisit your physician to discuss the risk/benefit of continued use. Remember there are natural alternatives that may be just as effective and more safe. Ask your chiropractor!!

Hurricane mentality!!

Hi everyone, just wanted to forgo the usual health stuff to give thanks to all the first responders and wonderful people who are helping this great country through some nasty, natural catastrophes. It is heart warming to see the compassion, generosity, and heroism that comes from times like this. It is disasters such as these, that bring out the best in the good men and women of this wonderful United States, regardless of political affiliation. We are Americans, we will provide and survive and best of all we will cry, sigh, hold our heads high, roll up our sleeves, pull together and rebuild and replenish once again. May this help bring this nation closer together!!

 

Diet soda…Uhhmmm…..NO…!!

I hope everyone enjoyed the total eclipse viewing, if indeed you were one of those lucky enough to experience it. I admit I did view it though some old x-ray film, however at very brief glimpses. Must say it was very cool..! Speaking of things not so cool, I read an article that discussed how bad diet soda is for us. A study out of a Swedish medical university found that consuming only 2 cans of diet soda twice a day increases you risk of heart failure by a whopping 23%. This study was focused on men who drank diet soda and the results were even worse than those who drank regular soda. On top of that bad news is another study from the American Heart Association, that found those who drank daily diet soda were at 3 times the risk of dementia and stroke. I’m not much for drinking pop/soda but even that information would give me pause if I did. I hope this helps someone reconsider their beverage choices! Spread the word…!