Health-E-News December 2014
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Michael Strahan - "Me with the Chiropractor. Happy Saturday everybody."
A new study suggests that looking down at a cell phone is the equivalent of placing a 60-pound weight on one's neck.
Sixty pounds is roughly the weight of four adult-sized bowling balls. Or six plastic grocery bags worth of food. Or an 8-year-old.
It is also, according to a new calculation published in the journal Surgical Technology International, the amount of force exerted on the head of an adult human who is looking down at her phone.
The average person spends about an hour on their smartphones each day. Unless you train yourself to stare straight ahead into your phone's screen, you could be continually stressing your spine. The result of these additional stresses on your neck may result in may lead to early wear, tear, degeneration, and possibly surgeries. It is also a common cause of neck pain and headaches.
Chiropractors have been warning about the dangers of "Text Neck" for years. To avoid problems, raise your device when looking at them and have your spine checked to ensure there is no permanent damage.
Autism Spectrum Disorder and Language Skills Improved with Chiropractic
A case series study published in the Nov. 3, 2014, issue of the Journal
of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health
documents chiropractic care helping language skills in two cases of
diagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorder. The authors begin by explaining,
"Autism is defined as a disorder beginning in childhood marked by the
presence of significantly abnormal or impaired development in social
interaction and communication and a distinctly restricted repertoire of
activity and interest."
In this case series, two children who were diagnosed with autism
participated in the study. Each of the two children were diagnosed
independently by clinical psychologists. The first of the two children
was a boy at the age of a 3 years, 8 months. He was diagnosed at the
age of 2 years with moderate autism. With this diagnosis, the boy was
suffering with severe language and speech difficulties. Additionally,
the boy had a history of allergies, ear infections, digestive problems,
social interaction difficulties, behavioral problems, teeth grinding,
and sleep problems.
The second child was a girl at the age of 3 years, 5 months, who was
diagnosed with autism 2 months earlier. Her autism was characterized by
severely delayed expressive and a moderate delay in receptive language
skills. In addition to autism, she was also suffering from chronic
colds, digestive problems, social interaction difficulties, behavioral
problems, and sleep problems.
Chiropractic care was initiated on both children for correction of
subluxations. At the first testing interval, both children showed
measurable improvement in the language skills. By the fourth test both
children showed significant improvement. The boy actually improved to
the point where his language skills were 5 months above the average
child his age. The girl, whose speech was worse at the onset of
chiropractic care, improved enough to be only 8 months behind her
The improvements in these children were observed and appreciated by
their families. At three months into care the young boy said "I love
you Daddy" for the first time in his life. The mother of the girl
reported that her daughter was doing well in pre-school and was even
seen helping other children with their tasks.
Chiropractic Care Improves Quality of Living in Seniors
Spine-related problems are common in the general adult population,
and there is evidence of increasing prevalence as people age. As a
result, spine related problems are becoming a growing portion of health
services use and expenditures, particularly under Medicare. More
significantly, these problems are associated with increased disability
by impeding a person's capacity to perform everyday tasks such as
walking, stooping, lifting, or reaching.
Other research suggests that Chiropractic use benefits older
Medicare beneficiaries (> 70 years) by protecting them against
decline in function and self-rated health (SRH). In fact, seniors who
received Chiropractic care reported improved quality of lives when
compared to those who used medical care treatments in uncomplicated
back conditions over a 2-year period.
In summary, those who used Chiropractic care reported a
significantly improvement in activities of daily living, lifting,
stooping, walking, self-rated health, and a significant protective
effect of against the effects of aging.
J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2014 (Oct); 37 (8):
Half-million cancers worldwide linked to obesity
Excess body weight caused about 481,000 new cancer cases in
2012, according to a new study by the International Agency for Research
on Cancer, an arm of the World Health Organization.
That works out to about 3.6 per cent of all cancers
worldwide, the majority of which occur in North America and
Europe, according to the study published in the medical journal
Lancet Oncology on Wednesday.
Scientists hypothesize that excess body fat may trigger cancer by
changing insulin, glucose and hormone levels, and increasing
Dr. Darren Brenner, who works with Alberta Health Services and is
not linked to the Lancet Oncology-published study, said 3.6
per cent doesn't sound like much, but it is significant.
"In Canada, that works out to be about 6,000 cancer cases per year
that are attributable to excess body weight. So when we think
about it in those absolute terms, I think it's very very important
that people take these results seriously," said Brenner, who's also
studied the link between obesity and cancer.
"A general recommendation of the World Health Organization is to assure
a healthy diet, a balanced diet, and also to engage in regular physical
activity ... to maintain a healthy body weight," said Arnold.