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May 2009 Health Newsletter


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» Probiotics May Reduce Postpartum Obesity
» Consumer Reports Rates Chiropractic As #1
» Obesity Not Due To Lack Of Exercise
» Frequent Breaks and Position Changes Good For Your Back
» I'm off my Blood Pressure Meds!
» Chiropractic A life Changing Experience

Probiotics May Reduce Postpartum Obesity
Most moms know the difficulty of returning to their pre-pregnancy weight after giving birth. A new study indicates that simply adding a probiotics supplement containing Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium starting in the first trimester could help. Probiotics are beneficial live bacteria and yeasts that assist our bodies in converting sugars and carbohydrates into lactic acid as well as lower the overall pH making it difficult for "bad" microorganisms to survive. In other words, they're the super heros in our guts fighting off the microorganism villains that can make us sick and unwell. In the study, researchers found moms taking probiotics starting in the first trimester were able to reduce central obesity after giving birth more so than those not taking probiotics. The researchers defined central obesity as a body mass index of 30 or greater or a waist measurement of greater than 31.5 inches.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: 17th European Congress on Obesity. May 6-9, 2009.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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Consumer Reports Rates Chiropractic As #1
While most know and trust Consumer Reports for unbiased and truthful reports on products and services, those unfamiliar with the nonprofit organization should read the following (this statement can be found on the Consumer Reports website located at http://www.consumerreports.org):

"No brand is more widely recognized and trusted…than Consumer Reports. Since 1936, [it]…has delivered thorough…consumer product recommendations, while maintaining a…reputation for objectivity and accuracy.…In this age of public skepticism…[CR] has maintained its lofty status, a testimony to the organization's strict standards and steely integrity."
-Mick O'Leary, O'Leary Online

Now with that out of the way, here's the good stuff. The Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center recently conducted a survey of more than 14,000 consumers on which therapies are among the top-rated treatments for people suffering with back pain. Keep in mind, this is according to everyday consumers and not small groups of individuals protecting special interests. According to their findings, consumers rated the hands-on therapies (chiropractic/spinal manipulation, massage and physical therapy) as the treatments most effective for back pain. Of those hands-on therapies, 58 percent of consumers rated chiropractic/spinal manipulation as helping a lot - the highest rated effectiveness of all treatment providers. In terms of consumer satisfaction, chiropractic again took the #1 position with 59 percent of consumers being "highly satisfied" with their chiropractic back pain treatment and advice. We could go on telling how great chiropractors are but it appears most of you already know!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Consumer Reports. http://www.consumerreports.org
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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Obesity Not Due To Lack Of Exercise
It's all over the news. The United States and many other nations are experiencing obesity at alarming rates. It's clear that there are too many videos games being played, too much TV being watched and not enough exercise. Wrong. According to a study from the European Congress on Obesity, while physical activity has reduced somewhat over the last 30 years, it's primarily the consumption of extra calories that has increased significantly. Researchers of the study stated that by reducing calories for children by 350 and for adults by 500 per day, Americans could achieve the average weights in America from the 1970s. The other option is to increase physical activity. However, 500 calories would require almost 2 hours of extra walking per day. Researchers recommend staying physically active but additionally paying extra special attention to what and how much we're consuming as most overweight and obese individuals are simply consuming far too many calories.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Thomson Reuters. May 8, 2009.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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Frequent Breaks and Position Changes Good For Your Back
New research confirms the obvious, stoop over and don't move much and you'll significantly increase your risk for lower back pain. In a newly released study, Hong Kong researchers evaluated workers at a school for severely handicapped individuals. Workers wore accelerometers attached to their trunks - devises that measure and track the degrees of trunk flexion. Researchers discovered those workers experiencing back pain were spending more time with their trunks in the same position as well as more time in bent positions of more than 10 degrees of flexion. According to researchers, "Rest activities such as standing up from stooping and walking for a short distance are suggested to promote the cyclic muscular contraction and relaxation that facilitate the nourishment of spinal tissues and provide periodic rest to the muscles." Thus, it's important to minimize working in bent over positions and take frequent back breaks and breathers. Think of the ligaments, muscles and other soft tissue structures of the back as an elastic band. When you over stretch an elastic band or maintain its stretched position for an extended period, it weakens, loses its ability to return to normal and ultimately can snap due to the excessive strains and stresses placed upon it. However, unlike an elastic band your back doesn't come in a 100 pack at your local office supply store. You have one back for life. Call your local chiropractor today and learn how to treat your back with the respect it deserves.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. April 29, 2009.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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I'm off my Blood Pressure Meds!

 I'm off my Blood Pressure Meds

 

Valerie Paxton

April 2nd, 2009 at 4:30 pm

I wish I could say exactly how it happened but after four years on Diovan - which had been keeping my blood pressure at right around 120/80 - my BP dropped so low my doc took me completely off of it.   This morning, after not taking the medication for nearly two weeks, my BP was 117/72.  PERFECT!!  Last night before I went to bed it was 118/73.  I test it with the Omron Portable Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor, which has been checked by my doctor to be accurate when compared with the one in her office.

A couple weeks ago I had just popped the pill when it struck me that I hadn't checked my BP in a while.  I took it and it was 91/59.  Woah!  Yikes!  I called my doc and got an appointment for a couple days later, and in the meantime I was told to monitor it and not take the medication if it was too low.  It was mostly normal-to-low the next day.  The night before my appointment it was running really, really low - like 87/54.  Freaked me out a little. 

At the doctor's office, they took my blood pressure while I was lying down, standing up, sitting up - about 3 times and confirmed it was running normal-to-low.  I showed them the readings from my home wrist monitor which keeps results in its memory.  They were amazed at the readings and said I was officially off the Diovan but I needed to keep an eye on it and see them in a month.   I was totally excited (don't get too excited, Valerie), but danged if I know what caused the change. 

Four years ago, my blood pressure was consistently in the 160s, 170s and over 90s and 100s.  It was kind of a fluke that we discovered this so I suggest that if you don't have yours checked regularly, no matter how old you are, you at least get an inexpensive home unit.  I was 42 years old and in good shape.  No family history.  No signs of a problem.  As is my nature, I fought against traditional BP medication and my doc tried salt pills and beta blockers instead - but they weren't working.  Then, I had to go into the hospital for an unrelated outpatient surgery and my BP clocked in at 207/107 so they had to admit me.  They put me in the telemetry wing to monitor my heart and after a bunch of tests they couldn't find any reason for such high blood pressure.  So they brought it down with strong drugs, did my surgery and released me with an Rx for Diovan. 

My doctor said it's called essential or primary hypertension when the they are unable to find a specific cause.  She said it was probably stress and reminded me of my "extreme lifestyle".  

I pulled out the big guns and resolved to lower my stress.  To see what I did, read 15 Stress Tips that Could Save Your Life.

The only other thing that might be helping are my spinal adjustments.  In fact, my chiropractor, Dr. Mike, is taking full credit for lowering my blood pressure.  At first I just laughed, thinking he wasn't serious, but he was dead serious.  

I started seeing him to help ease occasional spasms in my back.  No more than 8 treatments later, I'm off my blood pressure meds.  Coincidence?  Maybe, but honestly it is the only really significant change I've made in my life recently.  His name is Dr. Mike Henriksen, Spinal Correctionn Center, tel. 480-460-1177. 

He said that lower blood pressure due to his treatments are not uncommon. It has to do with my atlas bone (1st cervical vertabrae) coming into alignment.  In fact, he's helped people get off all kinds of medications.  I'm sure if you called his office he, or his assistant Kathy, would be happy to explain.  He uses his patented Turbo Drop Table to make the adjustments and doesn't "crack" your back or neck (he says crack kills).  Dr. Mike is world-renowned and trains chiropractors all over the world so maybe one of his trainees is near you.  Plus, he's a really nice guy.

But I digress.

All I know is that I must be doing something right.  Whether it's the yoga, the hiking, the multi-vitamins, the spinal adjustments or the happy, healthy life I'm leading, I can't say.   Perhaps it is the alien visit I had last month . . . kidding . . .

I'll be writing a series of stress-relief blogs over the next week, so if you want to take control of your stress - stay tuned!  Don't know

if you're stressed?  Take the Stress Test.

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About the Author: Valerie Paxton

Valerie Paxton is a co-owner of AllegroMedical.com and lives in Phoenix, AZ. After helping to grow publicly traded Insight Enterprises to more than $1 billion in sales as VP of Marketing and Corporate Communications, she set out with her business partner, Craig Hood to form Allegro Medical - a company dedicated to helping people lead more independ ... (more)

Author: Valorie Paxton
Source: Valorie Paxton, April 2, 2009
Copyright: Valorie Paxton 2009


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Chiropractic A life Changing Experience

  

Patient 20picures 20001Dear Dr. Mike:

 

            I just wanted to give you a BIG thank you for everything you've done for me!  I'm so glad that I finally made that initial appointment to see you after much encouragement from my wise brother and even wiser sister-in-law.  I had been suffering for over 10 years with a diagnosis of chronic mixed connective tissue disease…….rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, bursitis, osteoarthritis, etc., which became worse in recent months.  At the age of 43, I began seeing my third rheumatologist who wanted me try his cocktail of medications that had worked for "his other patients."  Well, they did not work for me, I noticed after several medication and dosage combinations.  Unfortunately, I suffered with the awful side effects. I finally became fed up with all of the medication and side effects, some of which were worse than my illness.  In September 2008, I decided to make an appointment with Dr. Mike after being worn down by my brother's constant advice.  I thought, "What do I have to lose?"  Dr. Mike uncovered the source of my chronic pain with a set of x-rays that no other doctor has ever bothered to take.

           

            I work with numbers, and feel better when there are numbers and science to back up a claim.  I take blood tests regularly to monitor my illness and my response to certain harmful medications.  Two weeks after I started my appointments with Dr. Mike, I had blood tests taken.  I saw my rheumatologist later for the results, and he said my results for inflammatory response went from an out-of-control 55 down to 25.  He said to remain on the same dosage of med's that I was on.  He was very pleased with the results, and wanted me to return in January.  I continued my appointments with Dr. Mike, and took more blood tests prior to my appointment in January 2009.  The January results showed that my inflammatory response went from the last reading of 25 down to 9…………in the normal range my rheumatologist said.  He said he had never seen any of my numbers look that good, and he had never seen me look that good!  I felt great! Friends at work were noticing the difference in how I moved around……….pain-free!  My family noticed!  Friends that ride the bus with me noticed!  I noticed!  Everyone asked if I was taking a new medication, or if my medication was working.  That's when I told them about my appointments with Dr. Mike.

 

            Thanks to Dr. Mike!  It is definitely not the medication.  I am actually taking a lot less and no terrible side effects.  I am able to do the things that I enjoy without modifying my lifestyle.  I feel like I have my life back, and I can enjoy being active again!             

 

           

Thank you SO much Dr. Mike, and my family thanks you, too!!   

 

Dana W.

Author: Dana and Kathy
Source: Dana
Copyright: Dana 2009


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