Health-E-News. March 2009
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Chiropractic Adjustments Have An Immediate Positive Effect On Neck Pain
A new study adds additional evidence that chiropractic adjustments have an immediate positive effect on mechanical neck pain.
The investigation included 37 women with mechanical neck pain. Participants were randomly assigned into 1 of 2 groups as follows: an experimental group that received a spinal manipulation of the atlanto-occipital joint and a control group that received a manual contact placebo intervention. Outcomes collected were assessed pretreatment and 5 minutes post treatment by an assessor blinded to the treatment allocation and included active mouth opening and pressure pain thresholds (PPTs) over both sides of the sphenoid bone.
Findings showed significant improvement among the women who received chiropractic adjustments, compared with the control group for both active mouth opening and PPTs.
JMPT - February 2009;32:101-6.
Research Supports Insurance Needs To Increase Chiropractic Coverage
The authors of a new study explain that "many US insurance companies, managed care organizations, chiropractic researchers, and chiropractic academics claim that, if low back pain resolves with Spinal Manipulative Therapy (SMT), it does so in 6 to 12 visits."
However, does the research support this claim? To investigate, researchers pooled data on 65 randomized control trials (RCTs).
Findings reveal that "data from RCTs did not support claims of restricting Chiropractic care to 6-12 visits for low back pain. In fact, assuming a constant linear dosage response curve, in studies with chiropractors as the treating doctors it was estimated that 28 visits were needed to document, resolve, and stabilize this condition."
JVRS - February 14, 2009:1-16.
Chronic Low Back Pain Affects Speech
It's known that chronic pain can affect the way you think. Now a new study finds that chronic low-back pain (CLBP) may also affect speech production.
The investigators explain that "chronic back pain and its sequelae can influence cognitive, affective, and neuromuscular functioning. Speech production - a complex sensorimotor activity - integrates shared cognitive, neuromuscular, and musculoskeletal resources, and therefore could be altered by chronic pain."
According to the study, "50 participants, fully or partially disabled by chronic back pain, completed standardized protocols related to pain, depression, disability, medications, as well as [speech alternating motion rates (speech AMRs)]."
"Higher levels of back pain were significantly associated with slower speech AMRs. Stepwise multiple regression assessed the unique and cumulative effects of specific variables such as degree of back pain, depression, level of disability, and medication use on speech motor performance. Speech motor slowness was uniquely related to back pain and the use of nonprescription pain medications, but not to level of depression or disability."
"Chronic back pain independently influences speech motor rates," conclude the study's authors.
Pain Medicine - January 2009;10:164-71.
Foods That Detoxify and Heal
Detoxification: it's a word that is being used with more frequency and urgency in today's toxic environment. With the advent of pollution awareness several decades ago, most people now know about the toxins that are present in our atmosphere, lakes, rivers, water supply and even our own homes. But what you may not realize is that toxins can be found in abundance in our present-day food supply. That's the bad news. The good news is there are easy nutritional ways to detoxify your body and avoid the perils of toxins.
So, what kinds of foods help our bodies to detoxify and heal? Examples of cleansing foods are (organic) green teas, which serve to induce detoxifying enzymes for chemoprotection (chemical protection) or cytoprotection (cell protection). Cruciferous vegetables such as kale, collard greens, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and turnips are all excellent for energizing and cleansing the liver, your body's built-in detox center. Lemons, watercress, garlic, oregano, sesame seeds, and fruits also are powerful detoxifying foods that not only aid in colon-cleansing, but also possess anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties.
The benefits of these foods are well-documented. In fact, broccoli has been shown to detoxify carcinogens in liver cells. Another example is spinach, which is high in fiber and B vitamins. Spinach has been shown to help soothe the nervous system, protect against and possibly reverse macular degeneration. Legumes such as lentils and kidney beans are among the best sources of folate, which helps fight heart disease. Capsaicin, the "hot stuff" in chili peppers, has been found to soothe the stomach lining, detoxify the body and fight colds. And sweet potatoes have double the vitamin C, more fiber and fewer calories than white potatoes, contain antioxidants that may reduce inflammation in bones and muscles, and are a good source of beta-carotene, which protects against respiratory infections. They also may protect against sunburn and help wounds heal and scars fade.
Ensuring Adequate Nutrition
Many organic fruits and vegetables help to detoxify our bodies and maintain or improve our health. However, as wonderful as these organic foods are, they are not enough. The majority of even these carefully grown foods lack essential nutrients and complete detoxification properties. The reason for this is due to decades of chronic over-farming and toxic synthetic chemicals.
The primary growing regions of this country continue to use the same soil repeatedly to grow crops. This overuse eventually causes the earth to become depleted of essential organic complexes, nutrients and minerals, which means less is taken up by the plants. This vicious cycle weakens the nutrient benefit of fruits, vegetables and herbs. This is so prevalent in today's farming practices that we need to eat at least 10 cups of broccoli to get the same amount of nutrients that 1 cup of broccoli contained just 50 or 60 years ago.
The best way to combat this unfortunate deficiency and ensure complete nutrition is to supplement. Just like our foods, the type of supplement is very important. Try to avoid over-the-counter pills, capsules and powders that contain synthetic chemical nutrients, ingredients, additives, preservatives, fillers and binders. Ideally, one should look for organically complexed (carbon-bound) supplements derived from whole foods that are minimally processed and made from the highest quality ingredients obtainable. Good health is ultimately worth the investment and is ultimately your choice.
The Sample Detox Diet: 12 Foods That Promote Health and Wellness