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October 2011 Health Newsletter


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» Hospitals Offering Alternative Services
» Home Births on the Rise in US
» Scoliosis in Children
» Subluxations Drive Me Nuts!
» October is National Chiropractic Health Month: Get TechnoHealthy!
» Healthier Habits Could Save Millions From Cancer
» Gluten-Free Products Increasing In Popularity
» Diabetes Increases Colon Cancer Risk

Hospitals Offering Alternative Services

 

More Hospitals Offering Alternative Therapy Services

The above headline comes from a September 8, 2011 Los Angeles Times article.  The article begins by stating, "Alternative therapies, including meditation, relaxation training, homeopathy and chiropractic care are being offered at more hospitals, mostly in response to patient requests."

hospital ER entranceThe article was based upon results of a survey from 714 hospitals conducted by the Samueli Institute, a non-profit research organization that investigates healing-oriented practices, and released by Health Forum, a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association (AHA).

Results of the survey showed that 42% of the hospitals responding to the survey said they offer one or more of what the study called "alternative therapies", which included meditation, relaxation training, homeopathy and chiropractic care.  This percentage was up from 37% in a previous study conducted in 2007, and shows an increasing  trend from 2005 when only 26.5% of hospitals offered such services.

Nancy Foster, vice president for quality and patient safety at the American Hospital Association, explained the results by stating, "The rise of complementary and alternative medicine reflects the continued effort on the part of hospitals and caregivers to broaden the vital services they provide to patients and communities." She continued, "Hospitals have long known that what they do to treat and heal involves more than just medications and procedures".

The Los Angeles Times article concluded with a quote, "Today's patients have better access to health information and are demanding more personalized care," said Sita Ananth, one of the study's authors and director of knowledge services for the Samueli Institute. "The survey results reinforce the fact that patients want the best that both conventional and alternative medicine can offer."

Author: LA Times
Source: LA Times
Copyright: La Times 2011


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Home Births on the Rise in US

 Home Births on the Rise in US

Several news articles covered a recent study released by the US Centers for Disease Control on May 20, 2011, which showed that home births have increased 20 percent from 2004 to 2008. The study notes that this increase occurred after a steady decline in home births between the years 1990 and 2004.

According to the study, in 2008, there were 28,357 home births in the United States. The study reported that the largest increase was in white women who were predominantly college educated and between 30 and 40 years of age. In a May 20, 2011, CNN article on the subject, study lead author, Marian F. MacDorman of the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that home births were at their highest level since 1990.

annabee sleeping beautyThe CNN article quoted her as saying, "Women may prefer a home over a hospital birth for a variety of reasons including a desire for a low intervention birth in a familiar environment surrounded by family and friends," MacDorman said. "Cultural or religious concerns, lack of transportation in rural areas and cost factors may also play a role as total costs for home births are about 1/3 those for a hospital birth."

Although there was a 20 percent increase in home births, the rates still remain relatively low with only 0.56 percent of births being at home in 2004, and increased to only 0.67 percent by 2008. In a May 20, 2011, Health News article lead study author, Marian MacDorman speculated about why there was such a wide difference in home births between white women and other ethicalities by saying, "I think there's more of a natural birth subculture going on with white women - an interest in a low-intervention birth in a familiar setting".

In a WebMD article on the same day, MacDorman explained that some of the increase may be due to a fear of medical intervention. She explained, "For example, a lot of concern about the rising C-section rate, rising medical interventions, induction of labor, episiotomy, and so forth. I think there's a certain group of women who maybe feel nervous about going to the hospital and maybe having a C-section they didn't want or something like that."

In the same WebMD article, Aaron Caughey, MD, PhD, chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology and director of the center for women's health at Oregon Health and Science University, in Portland chimed in and agreed. "There is currently a cesarean epidemic in the United States." Caughey noted that in 1996, 21 percent of births were C-sections, but by 2009, the number was 32 percent, representing a 50 percent increase, "making cesarean delivery the most common surgery that a woman under the age of 50 will have."

Author: US Centers for Disease Control on May 20, 2011
Source: US Centers for Disease Control on May 20, 2011
Copyright: US Centers for Disease Control on May 20, 2011 2011


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Scoliosis in Children

 Scoliosis Helped with Chiropractic - A Case Study

In the May 16, 2011, issue of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health is a case study documenting the improvement through chiropractic of a 14-year-old girl with idiopathic scoliosis. Scoliosis is described as a lateral curvature of the spine with vertebral rotation. According to the study author, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis affects between 2 to 9 percent of the population.

Hailey sitting treesIdiopathic scoliosis means curvature of the spine from an unknown origin. The results of this can include such problems as back pain, postural problems, self-image issues, and in more severe cases, even breathing difficulties.

In this case, a 14-year-old girl was brought to the chiropractor for evaluation of her adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. It was also reported that her chief complaint was mild mid-back and hip pain made worse by running cross-country at school and sitting in a chair for prolonged periods of time. She also reported that she did not have the same level of stamina as other girls on her cross-country team.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included postural x-rays. The curvature was measured on the x-ray to be 24 degrees on the primary curve and 17 degrees for the secondary curvature. Chiropractic care was initiated at a frequency of twice a week for 2 months then decreasing to weekly for a while before eventually being seen on a monthly basis. During this time the patient was given chiropractic adjustments along with rehabilitative exercises.

After 17 months of care, her scoliosis had improved from angles of 24°/17° down to angles of only 15°/6°. Her breathing improved as did her chest expansion ability. The range of motion for her torso also improved. All the indicators continued to improve on follow-ups over a 4 year period.

In his discussion, the author summed of this case by stating, "Chiropractic rehabilitation, when correctly applied to patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, can have a significant, longstanding effect on the structure of the spine and related symptoms."

Author: May 16, 2011, issue of the Journal of Pediatric
Source: May 16, 2011, issue of the Journal of Pediatric
Copyright: May 16, 2011, issue of the Journal of Pediatric 2011


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Subluxations Drive Me Nuts!

 ddpalmer ovalheadYou may ask, what exactly is a subluxation? SUBLUXATIONS are  misalignments of any joint in your body. Physical and emotional stress are two of the leading causes of subluxations. When you have a subluxation you WILL be aware of one or more of these issues:

  • Loss of Strength
  • Reduced Athletic Ability
  • Poor Balance
  • You can't rotate your head or bend over as far as usual
  • Neck Pain, Back Pain, Joint Pain
  • Headaches

This is what you WON'T be aware of:

  • Reduced Brain Function
  • Increased Blood Pressure
  • Increased Production of Stress Hormones
  • Weakened Immune System
  • Greater Suseptability to Injury

What drives me crazy about SUBLUXATIONS is that they are often so subtle that you probably have no idea that you are walking around with a few of them right now as you are reading this.

Regular chiropractic spinal adjustments greatly improve the communication between your brain and all of your parts, by reducing interference in your body caused by subluxations.

Getting your spine adjusted is like a cross between a front-end alignment for your car and an update for your laptop.

 Your spine is worth it... it's the only one you've got. If your spine was on your face would you take better care of it!!! Tell a friend you learned a new word, it could save their life!

Author: Kathy
Source: Chiropractic Research
Copyright: Spinal Correction Center 2011


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October is National Chiropractic Health Month: Get TechnoHealthy!

They’re everywhere we look—smart phones, tablet computers, laptops and more—and sometimes these modern gadgets are a pain in the neck, literally. That’s why the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is bringing attention to the sometimes painful injuries caused by excessive use of technology this month during National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM).

This year’s campaign—"Get TechnoHealthy!"—focuses on ways people can remain healthy while toting and using the gadgets they love. ACA offers a web site, www.TechnoHealthy.com, with information for the public, including instructive videos.

While modern mobile technologies and computers offer convenience and efficiency, the excessive use of these devices and the incorrect posture that often accompanies it can lead to neck, back, wrist and even thumb pain, in addition to other musculoskeletal issues.

"Our bodies are made to move—not to maintain the same stooped-over posture for long periods of time or to repeat the same motions endlessly. The consequences of treating our bodies this way over time is often soreness and pain, not to mention inactivity that can lead to fitness issues," said ACA President Dr. Keith Overland. “The good news is that there are tips as well as stretches and exercises that can help prevent pain and injury. There are also natural approaches to treating aches and pain, such as chiropractic care, that don’t involve drugs or surgery."

"Balance is key," continued Dr. Overland. "People shouldn't forget that being 'TechnoHealthy' also means knowing that you need to unplug every so often and take care of yourself by getting exercise, eating right and getting enough rest."

Sponsored by ACA, National Chiropractic Health Month is a nationwide observance held each October. The event helps raise public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, whole-person, patient-centered approach to health and wellness.



The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is the largest professional association in the United States representing doctors of chiropractic. ACA promotes the highest standards of patient care and ethics, and supports research that contributes to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients. To learn more, visit www.acatoday.org/patients, or find us on Facebook.

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: Acatoday.com, October 4, 2011.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2011


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Healthier Habits Could Save Millions From Cancer

According to a recent report by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) urging governments to avoid a public health disaster, healthier lifestyles could prevent millions of non-communicable deaths each year. In less than 10 years, cancers have increased globally by 20 percent to approximately 12 million new cases annually. Each year cancer, heart disease, lung disease and diabetes account for approximately 36 million deaths globally. Experts expect these numbers to increase significantly over the next 20 years, reaching more than 50 million deaths annually by 2030. If societies fail to act swiftly and immediately, experts feel future charities that currently exist to deal with disasters and famines will also be needed to help pay for cancer care. However, by simply reducing alcohol intake, improving diets, eliminating smoking and increasing physical activity experts state a third of all common cancers could be eliminated. These same changes would also significantly reduce other non-communicable diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: World Cancer Research Fund Report. September 7, 2011.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2011


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Gluten-Free Products Increasing In Popularity

It is estimated that some 18 million people in the US are sensitive to gluten with another 2-3 million suffering from celiac disease - a potentially serious autoimmune disease that causes damage to the small intestine in response to gluten consumption. So what is gluten and how do we avoid it? Gluten is a protein found in wheat and related grain species including barley and rye. One of the issues for those who must avoid gluten is the fact that it is found in so many foods including breads, baked goods, pasta, beer, even lunch meats, lipsticks and certain medicines. However, despite a down and struggling economy, gluten-free foods have been booming with 2011 US gluten-free food sales forecasted at 1.3 billion - a number that has more than doubled since 2005. If you have ever felt bloated or experienced abdominal pains after eating foods that contain wheat, barley or rye, try a gluten-free alternative as you just may be one of the approximately 20 million Americans that has issues with gluten consumption.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Reuters. September 29, 2011.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2011


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Diabetes Increases Colon Cancer Risk

Diabetes itself has a host of serious and life threatening complications including issues with wound healing, nerve damage, kidney damage, blindness and even foot and/or leg amputation. If that wasn't enough, a new study indicates those with diabetes also have a significantly higher risk of developing colon cancer - the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. In a review of 14 international studies, researchers found diabetics to have a 38 percent greater risk of developing colon cancer and a 20 percent greater risk of developing rectal cancer. Additional studies have also found this link between diabetes and colon cancer. And although there is no cure for diabetes, there is something that can be done to better manage diabetes while reducing the odds of acquiring not only colon cancer, but other cancers - participate in regular physical activity, follow a healthy diet and if applicable, eliminate smoking.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: American Journal of Gastroenterology, online September 13, 2011.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2011


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