Health-E-News. December 2008
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Late Exposure linked with Increased Risk of Peanut Allergies
New research casts doubt on government health recommendations that infants and new mothers avoid eating peanuts to prevent development of food allergy.
The study, published in the November issue of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, shows that children who avoided peanut in infancy and early childhood were 10 times as likely to develop peanut allergy as those who were exposed to peanuts.
Researchers measured the incidence of peanut allergy in 8,600 Jewish school-age children in the United Kingdom and Israel.
"The most obvious difference in the diet of infants in both populations occurs in the introduction of peanut," lead author Dr. George Du Toit wrote in the article. At 9 months of age, 69% of Israeli children were eating peanuts, compared to 10% of those in the UK.
The researchers speculate that recommendations in recent years to delay exposure to peanuts longer and longer may be linked to the dramatic rise in peanut allergies.
The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology – November 2008.
Junk Food Cause One-Third of Heart Attacks
A new report pooling data on 52 countries found that diets rich in fried foods, salty snacks and meat account for about 35 percent of heart attacks. Individuals with diets consisting of more fruits and vegetables had a lower risk.
Over 16,000 patients were included in the study — approximately, 5,700 of whom had just suffered a first heart attack.
The scientist conclude: "An unhealthy dietary intake, assessed by a simple dietary risk score, increases the risk of AMI (acute myocardial infarction) globally and accounts for 30% of the population-attributable risk."
Circulation – July 17, 2008.
How To Fit In Fitness
Current exercise recommendations call for 30 minutes or more of moderate physical activity, five days per week. Sound impossible? Not when you consider there are 1,440 minutes in a day. 30 minutes is a mere two percent of your time.
These days, there are plenty of ways to exercise on a daily basis, no matter how busy you are. And that's good news, because overwhelming evidence suggests consistent physical activity has a variety of health benefits, including reducing stress, improving heart health, and lowering the risk of developing diabetes, cancer and other life-threatening conditions. Here are a few simple suggestions to help overcome barriers (perceived or real) to physical activity, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov):
- Timing is everything. Monitor your daily activities for one week, and then identify at least three 30-minute time slots per day that you could devote to physical activity. Then commit to filling one of those daily windows with exercise. Maintain a calendar so you don't 'forget' your daily fitness responsibility.
- Support makes sense. Make sure your friends and family know you are dedicated to consistent physical activity, and ask for their support. You can recruit others to join you, too, which will make it much easier to stay focused, especially on those inevitable 'down days' when you are not in the mood to do anything except sit on the couch.
- Rest your brain (and bank account). Lack of knowledge and lack of money are two of the top reasons people give for not exercising. Don't let either of these excuses distract you from your goal. There are plenty of activities that don't require particular skill or cash, such as walking, cycling, jumping rope or swimming. You can even park farther from work and walk the rest of the way; you'll save on gas and get in shape.
- Don't be afraid to multitask. No, that doesn't mean you should try to do the bills or plan the family holiday party during your designated 30-minute exercise window. It does mean you can jump rope while watching TV, wrestle with the kids, take a family bike ride (which is good exercise for everyone), or do housework or gardening.
January is the typical time to look at 'New Year's Resolutions' and is a perfect time to create a time for weekly exercise. Find the time, stay on course and enjoy a healthier, happier life. There's no better time than now to start.
Bipolar Disorder and Depression Helped with Chiropractic - A Case Study
A case study published in the October 20, 2008 issue of the scientific periodical, the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, followed the documented progress under chiropractic care of a 52 year old man suffering from bipolar disorder and jerky involuntary movements, chiefly of the face and extremities. He had chosen not to take medications for this condition. His disorder rendered him incapable of holding a job.
The patient in this case study did not seek chiropractic care for his bipolar disorder or involuntary movement problems, but rather for lower back pain and diffuse upper back and neck pain. He was also suffering from anxiety attacks and had 6 or 7 such attacks in the previous two weeks before starting chiropractic care.
A chiropractic examination on this patient showed numerous postural irregularities as well as abnormal muscle tone along the spine. X-rays taken on this patient showed a loss of the normal curve in the neck as well as arthritic changes. Similar findings were noted in the lower back region as well.
A determination of vertebral subluxations was made and a series of specific chiropractic adjustments was initiated. On the first visit the patient was asked to fill out a "Short Form Health Survey" known as "SF-36", which assesses both mental and physical status. The normal value for both the physical and mental assessments should be 50. However, when assessed, this patient's physical status was scored a 57 while his mental status scored only 16.
One week after initiating chiropractic care the patient commented that his depression was improving. He described his condition as being, "more lethargic instead of suicidal, deep blues." After two weeks of care he reported that he had not had any more anxiety attacks or involuntary facial movements. One visit later he was reassessed using the SF-36 survey, which showed that he had improved to 61 on the physical portion and up to 21 for the mental assessment.
After 6 months of care his mental SF-36 assessment had improved up to as high as 49, just one point short of the normal 50. In addition, he did see significant improvements in both his lower back pain and his neck problems.
Ten Ways To Reduce Holiday Stress
For many the holiday season is a mixed blessing - it's a great time away from work to spend with friends and family, while being a stress itself. Chiropractic adjustments calm the nerve system, allowing your body to function at it's peak. So one of the best things you can do for yourself is get a 'pre-holiday' adjustment. Call our office and we'd be happy to ensure you have a great holiday season.
Here are some other easy tips to ensure a great holiday:
- Maintain a health diet - plan ahead, and have fruit and vegetables for breakfast and lunch. That way you've already given your body a great start to the day.
- Exercise - simply walking 20 minutes can significantly boost your spirit and melt stress away.
- Breathe - taking a few deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth has been shown to lower blood pressure and decrease stress hormones in your body.
- Take a break - Plan to take a break and read, walk, or do what you know helps you relax.
- Have fun - enjoy each moment, and take the time to enjoy the holidays.
Have a great holiday season and let us know how we can help you achieve your health goals in 2009!