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Health-E-News. February 2008
empowering you to optimal health


Good News This Valentine - Dark Chocolate Is GOOD For You!

This Valentine, give your loved one and yourself a healthy and loving treat - dark chocolate and an adjustment. Both have been shown to be extremely healthy and beneficial.

Dark chocolate has been shown to lower blood pressure, and is a rich source of antioxidants (which protect your cells). Chiropractic adjustments have also been shown to reduce blood pressure and improve the way the body heals itself.

So which do you choose? How about both? So next time you get adjusted, also eat a small piece of dark chocolate. The best part - Chiropractic is calorie free!


Chiropractic and Football

Did you know most of the teams in the National Football League (NFL) utilize the services of a chiropractor as part of the triage in managing and preventing injuries? Top athletes need their body to function at 100%, so they get Chiropractic adjustments.

Check out my web site {website}/health_page.php?page=chiro_testimony for an in depth list of top athletes and performers who get regular Chiropractic adjustments.


Additional Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments In The News:

Here's a quick summary of some more current research showing the amazing benefits of regular Chiropractic care:

  • Chiropractic adjustments lower blood pressure.
  • A report in Time magazine recommends to get an extra 14 years of life, don't smoke, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, exercise regularly and drink alcohol in moderation. Why stop at 14 years? A recent study showed that people under regular Chiropractic care heal themselves faster and better than those who aren't. Dr. Christopher Kent, one of the authors, explained, "Going through life, we experience physical, chemical and emotional stress. These stresses affect the function of the nervous system. We hypothesized that these disturbances in nerve function could affect oxidative stress and DNA repair on a cellular level. Oxidative stress results in DNA damage and inhibits DNA repair."

Chiropractors apply spinal adjustments to correct disturbances of nerve function and that chiropractic care appears to improve the ability of the body to adapt to stress and therefore heal itself faster and to a greater degree. So when you choose Chiropractic care, what types of benefits are you looking for - pain relief for true vitality and health?

What level do you want to play at?


C-Sections Up The Risk Of Respiratory Problems

Elective caesarean sections are growing in popularity. However, this procedure is more likely to result in adverse effects to the mother and baby, compared with vaginal birth. Now, a new study reveals that C-sections dramatically boost a newborn's odds of developing respiratory problems especially when performed earlier than 39 weeks.

The analysis included 34,458 births, 2,687 of which were delivered via C-section. Findings revealed that "compared with newborns delivered vaginally or by emergency caesarean sections, those delivered by elective caesarean section around term have an increased risk of overall and serious respiratory morbidity. The relative risk increased with decreasing gestational age." Specifically, babies born via caesarean at 37 weeks had nearly a fourfold boosted risk of breathing difficulties, compared with a threefold increase at 38 weeks and double the risk at 39 weeks.

The study's authors urge mothers who choose elective C-sections to wait until 39 weeks to have the surgery.

BMJ – December 2007


Walking Wards Off Dementia

People age 65 and older who regularly walk and get other forms of moderate exercise appear to significantly lower their risk of developing vascular dementia, the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer's disease, according to a new four-year study.

The analysis enrolled 749 men and women in Italy who were over age 65 and did not have memory problems at the beginning of the study. Researchers measured the amount of energy exerted in the participants' weekly physical activities, including walking, climbing stairs, and moderate activities, such as house and yard work, gardening, and light carpentry. By the end of the study, 54 people developed Alzheimer's disease and 27 developed vascular dementia.

The study found the top one-third of participants who exerted the most energy walking were 27% less likely to develop vascular dementia than those people in the bottom one-third of the group. Participants who scored in the top one-third for the most energy exerted in moderate activities lowered their risk of vascular dementia by 29% and people who scored in the top one-third for total physical activity lowered their risk by 24% compared to those in the bottom one-third.

"Our findings show moderate physical activity, such as walking, and all physical activities combined lowered the risk of vascular dementia in the elderly independent of several sociodemographic, genetic and medical factors," comments study author Giovanni Ravaglia, MD. "It's important to note that an easy-to-perform moderate activity like walking provided the same cognitive benefits as other, more demanding activities."

Contrary to some reports, the study found that physical activity was not associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease, but Dr. Ravaglia says more research is needed before concluding that Alzheimer's disease is not preventable through exercise.

Neurology – December 19, 2007


Deli Meat Ups Risk Of Lung Problems

Eating cured meats like bacon, ham and hot dogs and processed meats like deli slices which contain nitrate chemicals boost the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to Harvard researchers. Specifically, the study of 42,915 men found that men who consumed cured meats on a daily basis were 2.64 times more likely to develop COPD, compared with men who did not eat cured meats.

Men who ate cured meats at least once a day were 2.64 times more likely than those who almost never ate cured meats to develop COPD, the researchers found. Smoking and air pollution are the main instigators of COPD conditions like chronic bronchitis and emphysema, note the researchers.

American Journal of Epidemiology – December 15, 2007;166:1438-45.


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