Health-E-News. August 2009
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Chiropractic In the Media - Top Professionals in every sport are under chiropractic care to increase health and performance:
YANKEES HIRE A CHIROPRACTOR Brian Cashman said he was taking Johnny Damon's advice and hiring a chiropractor to visit the Yankees' clubhouse once or twice per homestand. NY Times
Pro Athletes use Chiropractic to stay at their peak! Breakfast TV Video
"Since I've been in chiropractic, I've improved by leaps and bounds both mentally and physically. "I don't know how much I could improve until I started seeing a chiropractor. Since I've been in chiropractic, I've improved by leaps and bounds both mentally and physically." Michael Jordan
Excessive Cola Consumption Tied With Muscle Problems
According to the June issue of the International Journal of Clinical Practice, drinking large amounts of cola may lead to muscle problems.
Study author Dr Moses Elisaf explains: "Evidence is increasing to suggest that excessive cola consumption can lead to hypokalaemia, in which the blood potassium levels fall, causing an adverse effect on vital muscle functions."
The study indicates that symptoms may range from mild weakness to profound paralysis. The case studies looked at patients whose consumption ranged from two to nine liters of cola a day.
"Although most patients recover when they stop drinking cola and take potassium supplements, cola-induced chronic hypokalaemia can make them more susceptible to potentially fatal complications, such as an irregular heartbeat" says Dr Elisaf.
IJCP - June 2009 - June 2009;63:833-35.
Young People Found To Have Degenerated Discs and Bulging Discs
How prevalent are lumbar magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings among young adults? To find out, researchers in Finland conducted MRI's on 325 women and 233 men between the ages of 20 and 22 years.
The MRIs were evaluated for disc degeneration (DD), Modic changes, and presence of disc bulges, herniations, high intensity zone (HIZ) lesions, and radial tears.
Results revealed that "almost half of young Finnish adult aged 21 years had at least one degenerated disc, and a quarter had a bulging disc. Modic changes and disc herniations were, however, relatively rare."
Spine - July 2009;34:1716-21.
Chiropractic More Effective Than Medical Care For Low Back Pain
A new report compares chiropractic care with medical care for older patients with low-back pain (LBP).
The randomized controlled trial included 240 people (105 women and 135 men). The participants were all at least 55 years old with subacute or chronic nonradicular LBP.
The patients were divided into three groups, including two biomechanically distinct forms of spinal manipulation (SM) or minimal conservative medical care (MCMC).
Specifically, "participants were randomly allocated to 6 weeks of care including 12 visits of either high-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA)-SM, low-velocity, variable-amplitude (LVVA)-SM, or 3 visits of MCMC
The study concludes that "biomechanically distinct forms of SM did not lead to different outcomes in older LBP patients and both SM procedures were associated with small yet clinically important changes in functional status by the end of treatment for this relatively healthy older population. Participants who received either form of SM had improvements on average in functional status ranging from 1 to 2.2 over those who received MCMC. From an evidence-based care perspective, patient preference and clinical experience should drive how clinicians and patients make the SM procedure decision for this patient population."
JMPT - June 2009;32:330-43.
Chiropractic For Long Distance Running
During the summer there are lots of marathons, and as is the case for nearly all marathons in the United States, chiropractors will have played a role in preparing runners for optimal race performance.
The average marathon runner will take over 21,000 steps to complete a race. With each driving stride, a vibration with a force of three times the athletes' body weight will shock the runner. It's no wonder the world's elite runners seek doctors of chiropractic as part of their training. Running some 200 miles a week, tends to break the human machine down. By gently realigning the bones, chiropractors minimize down time and help them win races.
Denver chiropractor, Dr. Steven Visentin, has been helping athletes for over 26 years. He's helped many weekend warriors, and a few world champions recover from injury quickly and get back to their sport. Recently, he provided support for participants in Denver's "Colfax Marathon" He's also well known in the local Ethiopian community who are fanatical about marathon running.
What makes his clinic unique is the care he provides to the feet, knees, and hips. Many people are surprised to learn that chiropractors while famous for helping people with back and neck problems, also do wonders with leg injuries. Dr. V. points out that "with every stride a runner takes, there is an exquisite coordinated movement that must be perfectly aligned and done repeatedly thousands and thousands of times for them to compete and win." He explains, "Look at the Ethiopian runners in particular. Notice how high their knees rise with every step? From a chiropractic perspective, it's obvious why they're the best. They have developed a balanced efficient movement and have the stamina to maintain it. I help runners by fine tuning their strides."
An informal survey of Olympic athletes showed doctors of chiropractic to be the most popular of all health care providers. These super performers know that part of training 'smart' means maintaining an alignment that is absolutely necessary for high performance. There is a growing body of scientific research that proves chiropractic helps athletic agility, balance, reaction time, and power.
Runners stand to benefit the most from chiropractic because of the grueling nature of the sport and it's potentially detrimental affects on the joints of the foot, knees, and hips. Just like tires can wear out quickly on a poorly aligned front end, the human body breaks down when it's out of alignment. When this happens, it is called arthritis and can become permanent without care.
Looking for 'The 90-Second Fitness Solution'
Here's something different. For those of you who are looking for a program that is short and sweet, check out this video - it's an intensive video, and shows how simply 3 minutes a day can have an impact on your health.
Consider a New Sugar Substitute
New research is suggesting that stevia - a natural compound isolated from the leaves of the plant Stevia rebaudiana - may fit the bill. It's low in calories and about 30 times sweeter than sucrose, and it's been used as a sweetener in Japan for decades. After the FDA banned stevia from commercial food use in the early 1990s, you could only find it sold as a supplement. Until recently. Now, the FDA has cleared it for use as a sweetener in commercially prepared foods and beverages, with the caveat that excessive levels may be toxic. But because stevia is so sweet, you don't need much. Early research suggests it may even have some benefits to blood pressure and blood sugar. Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevia for more information and your food choices for this sugar substitute.