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Health-E-News June 2012
empowering you to optimal health


Wounded wallaby gets healing touch from Chiropractor

When we think of chiropractors, we usually think of human patients, but one Georgia chiropractor is trying to help save the life of a more exotic creature from down under. The patient's name is Oliver

Five-years-old and 68 pounds, he's a Marcropus Agile Wallaby. This was Oliver's third visit to Dr. Stover's clinic since injuring himself about a week-and-a-half ago.

"The first time I touched him his ears perked up and when he got my scent his heart beat slowed; he's definitely aware that I'm here to help him," he added.

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Save Your Brain And Eat Your Veggies and Fruit

According to a recent study, eating commercial baked goods and fast food is linked to depression.

Researchers followed 8,964 people for an average of 6 years. Of those, 493 developed depression, defined by either a physician's diagnosis or the use of antidepressant medication.

Published in Public Health Nutrition, the results reveal that consumers of fast food, compared to those who eat little or none, are 51% more likely to develop depression.

In addition, a dose-response relationship was observed. "The more fast food you consume, the greater the risk of depression," explains Almudena Sanchez-Villegas, lead author of the study.

The study demonstrates that those participants who eat the most fast food and commercial baked goods are more likely to be less active and have poor dietary habits, which include eating less fruit, nuts, fish, vegetables and olive oil.

Public Health Nutrition - March 15, 2012;15:424-32.


Chiropractic Before Spine Surgery for Chronic LBP

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health Plan mandates conservative care before considering surgery for chronic LBP cases.

As of Jan. 1, 2012, candidates for spine surgery must receive "prior authorization to determine medical necessity," which includes verification that the patient has "tried and failed a 3-month course of conservative management that included physical therapy, chiropractic therapy, and medication." Surgery candidates also must be graduates of the plan's LBP health coaching program.

According to the December 2011 issue of the UPMC Health Plan Physician Partner Update, which informed participating providers of the new guidelines and the rationale for their implementation, "We feel strongly that this clinical initiative will improve the quality of care for members who are considering low back surgery, and that it will facilitate their involvement in the decision-making process."

The update also noted, "Surgical procedures for low back surgery performed without prior authorization will not be reimbursed at either the specialist or the hospital level."

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Chiropractic Adjustments and Exercise Better than Drugs for Neck Pain

New research shows that seeing a chiropractor or doing simple home exercises relieve neck pain more effectively than taking medication.

New research from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minnesota shows that seeing a Chiropractor or doing simple home exercises like neck bends can relieve neck pain more effectively than taking pain meds like ibuprofen, Tylenol, or even narcotics. Scientists tracked more than 270 people to find that 57 percent of those who saw a Chiropractor and 48 percent of those who did home exercises daily had a 75 percent drop in pain after three months; only 33 percent who took drugs reported the same relief.

While popping a pill may be an instant palliative, therapy can trump prescription meds in as little as two weeks time, says lead author Gert Bronfort.

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Gym vs. Genes: How Exercise Trumps

Our genes may have a lot to do with the way we look and behave, but they certainly don't dictate our destiny. That's true when it comes to our weight too.

Scientists at the Institute of Metabolic Science in the U.K. report in the journal PLoS Medicine that people who are genetically predisposed to obesity can counter the influence of their DNA by doing even moderate amounts of exercise. People in the study weren't marathoners or gym rats; rather, they got about 30 minutes of exercise five days a week by walking the dog, riding their bike to work or tending their gardens.

"This should convince people who think that their weight is in their genes, and sit back and say they can't do anything about it, that they can so something about it," says Ruth Loos, program leader in the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the Institute, who led the study. "It's not easy, but you can."

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