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November 2011 Health Newsletter

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» Home Births on the Rise in US
» Hospitals Offering Alternative Services
» Scoliosis in Children
» Subluxations Drive Me Nuts!
» Painkillers Are True Killers
» Chiropractic Management Of Neck Pain In Veterans
» Yoga Provides Some Relief For Chronic Back Pain
» An Aspirin A Day...

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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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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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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Painkillers Are True Killers

According to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 15,000 Americans died as a result of a painkiller overdose in 2008. Not only are painkillers dangerous, addictive and potentially lethal for those who take them for legitimate purposes, recent statistics indicate some 12 million Americans are actually using prescription painkillers simply in order to obtain a high. Some other alarming facts related to painkillers include:

  • The amount of painkillers available on the market by physicians, hospitals and pharmacies has quadrupled from 1999 to 2010.
  • Painkiller abuse rates are as high as 8 percent for those over the age of 12 in certain US states.
  • Enough painkillers are prescribed annually to medicate each American adult for 4 hours each month.

The abuse of prescription drugs has become so prevalent that the Obama administration has initiated a campaign to better deal with this worsening problem. This is just another reason to consider safe, effective chiropractic care if you are experiencing pain and/or disability related to your back, neck, spine, extremities or other soft tissues.

Copyright: LLC 2011

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Chiropractic Management Of Neck Pain In Veterans

A recent study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics indicates chiropractic management of neck pain in veterans resulted in successful outcomes for the majority. Researchers evaluated 54 cases where veterans with a chief complaint of neck pain presented themselves for care at a Veterans Health Administration medical center. Two-thirds of patients experienced statistically significant and clinically meaningful results after, on average, less than 9 chiropractic treatments. If you are suffering from neck pain, call your local doctor of chiropractic today for a no obligation consultation.

Source: JMPT. Volume 34, Issue 8, Pages 533-538, October 2011.
Copyright: LLC 2011

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Yoga Provides Some Relief For Chronic Back Pain

Most who suffer from chronic back pain are ideal candidates for safe, natural chiropractic care. Chiropractors are highly trained and experienced with ailments of the spine, extremities and soft tissues. And while not a replacement for chiropractic care, there are activities that have shown some limited benefits for those suffering from chronic back pain. According to a recent UK-based study, yoga is one such activity. Study results indicated in those adults suffering from chronic lower back pain, 12 weeks of yoga led to a small but clinically significant improvement in their ability to perform activities related to daily living. Again, while not a replacement for seeking and obtaining chiropractic care, if you're a chronic back pain sufferer interested in further improving your overall function speak with your doctor of chiropractic about whether yoga may be beneficial for you.

Source: Annals of Internal Medicine, online October 31, 2011.
Copyright: LLC 2011

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An Aspirin A Day...

Those of you with a family history of bowel cancer will be interested to learn that a newly published British study has found taking two aspirins a day over two years reduces the long-term risk of bowel cancer. More specifically, it reduces the risk in those who already have a family history of bowel cancer. On the flip side, there has been much debate on whether the benefits are worth the risk as aspirin consumption increases risk of internal bleeding and stomach ulcers. It's important that prior to initiating an aspirin regime, individuals check with their physician to ensure they're not at an increased risk of bleeding and ulcers. However, more and more research is showing aspirin's beneficial effects on its ability to reduce the risk of various types of cancer in addition to colon cancer.

Source: The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 28 October 2011.
Copyright: LLC 2011

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