Health-E-News December 2012
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Hawks captain says concussion effects lingered until 5-day stint at chiropractic neurology center last week
Jonathan Toews wasn't fully recovered from a concussion when he played during last season's playoffs.
While Toews was symptom-free and had cleared all the NHL-imposed concussion protocols before returning to the Hawks' lineup, there were lingering effects from the injury that even the 24-year-old center didn't realize were affecting him. They included balance and eyesight issues that were discovered and solved during a five-day stint at an Atlanta-area chiropractic neurology facility last week.
"But (the chiropractic neurology work) got me back to Square One and I feel great. When I walked out of there I was definitely really tired because you're doing a lot of exercises that wear on you, but it's definitely a good thing."
Toews returned Saturday after spending time undergoing a battery of tests and corrective methods at the Carrick Institute at Life University in Marietta, Ga. The institute has treated other high-profile athletes, including the Penguins' Sidney Crosby, who has had his career threatened by concussions.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America offer integrated treatment approach which includes Chiropractic
Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), a national network of hospitals focusing on complex and advanced stage cancer and known for their comprehensive, fully integrated approach to cancer treatment, opened CTCA at Southeastern Regional Medical Center (Southeastern) in Newnan, Georgia with licensed chiropractors offering chiropractic services to all patients. As at CTCA at Southeastern and the other four CTCA hospitals located in Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tulsa, chiropractic services are available to all patients as part of the Patient Empowered Care model, where each member of the integrated team comes to the patient - all part of what they call the Mother Standard of care.
Dr. James Rosenberg, National Director of Chiropractic Care at CTCA, encourages patients to make chiropractic care part of their treatment plan.
He says, "Chiropractic care is one of the most commonly practiced and widely accepted therapies utilized today. And at CTCA, it's a piece of the puzzle. It's another way in which we're taking care of the body as a whole."
"Chiropractic care at CTCA is an important piece to the integrated healthcare approach by providing patients with an evidence-based, low risk approach to care," shares Dr. Rosenberg, happily interjecting that all CTCA chiropractors currently have a patient waiting list. "A steadfast commitment to excellence continues to fuel the demand for our services."
Working Out Is Good For The Brain As Well As The Heart
Can a little bit of exercise make you smarter?
Or, stated more precisely, can regular activity help slow the cognitive declines associated with aging?
A small but intriguing study suggests that the answer to those two questions is Yes. Adults could, over a period of just a few months, significantly improve standard measures of cognition including the the ability to think clearly, recall and make quick decisions. They also lost weight, shrunk their waist size, became more flexible and dramatically improved their endurance.
The key exercise was the interval training, which consisted of pedaling to maximum ability for 45 seconds, followed by 45 seconds rest, this for a total of 20 minutes. (The Montreal Heart Institute uses this method to help rehabilitate heart patients.)
"In the end, cognitive decline is largely a blood vessel problem. The brain is loaded with blood vessels and if you make those healthier with exercise, you reduce the risk of decline," he said. "It's very similar to the heart."
Western Fast Food Tied To Heart Risks
Even relatively clean-living Singaporeans who regularly eat burgers, fries and other staples of U.S.-style fast food are at raised risk of diabetes and significantly more likely than peers to die of heart disease.
With globalization, fast food - widely regarded as nutritionally poor - has become commonplace in East and Southeast Asia. But there's been little research into the effects of western junk food on the health of non-western populations, especially those transitioning to more-prosperous lifestyles.
"Many cultures welcome (western fast food) because it's a sign they're developing their economies," said Andrew Odegaard, from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, who led the new study published in the journal Circulation.
For those who ate western-style fast food four or more times a week, the risk of cardiac death rose by 80 percent.