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January 2012 Health Newsletter


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» 4 essentials for life
» Why chiropractic for Children?
» Gain The Weight, Gain The Spinal Pain
» Neck Pain Study Reinforces Use of Chiropractic, Other Conservative Options
» Fat Gain Directly Related To Caloric Intake
» Active Kids Are Smarter Kids
» Working Out - Maximize Your Efforts

4 essentials for life

  

                                                               Drs. Baum and Braun speaks:

                                               The 4 essentials to Life:

 

There have been found to be four basic essentials to life, as we know it.  The difference in excellence of these four things gives way to a respective quality of life.  Of course, it is left up to you to choose this higher quality, leading you to live longer and happier, instead of just existing!

 

Food ~ the body can live approximately 30 days without food. The nutrients gained from food give the body energy, supplying fuel for movement as well as healing and self-sustaining actions, (ex. Breathing, blood flow, muscle contractions, etc).  It is the quality of this food that determines how much nutrition the body receives.  Also determined by this factor, are what toxins the body must "weed out" in order to gain nutrition.  Many processed foods today lack nutrition altogether, many vegetables and fruits are covered in pesticides or are genetically engineered.  This just presents the body with yet another obstacle, taking away valuable energy from the body to rid itself of such toxic junk.  Make a choice, choose organic unprocessed foods, the way nature makes them, and minimize the toxins in your lifestyle.

 

Water ~ the body can live approximately 4 days without water.

You body has an average of 60 to 70% total make up of water.  Your brain is 83%, muscles 75%, and bones 22%.  Infants are approximately 70 to 80% water.  So really we all just need to drink more, but what about the quality?  There are things lurking in our water supplies today.  In fact many cities send out alerts as to the local water contents.  It is best to start drinking filtered water, and because your skin is an absorptive organ, possibly filter the water in which you bathe!

 

Air ~ the body can only live for a matter of minutes without air (about 4min.).

Some people have trained hard to gain larger lung capacity.  However the world record for holding ones breath is still a matter of minutes.  It is the oxygen in our air that allows the body to thrive, a major part of the chemical cycle that produces energy for all the body's functions.  Do your part to help keep the air as clean as possible!

 

~ And Nerve Supply ~

 

The body can only live a fraction of a second without nerve supply!

 

The Nervous System has two main parts, the Central and the Peripheral systems.  The entire nervous system acts as a master system, it controls everything that you do, and don't think about doing.  That is to say, not a single thing happens without your nervous system first initiating an action.  In fact it is so important that it is the first thing that is created when a fetus is growing and it is entirely encased in bone for protection.  Every action, healing, hearing, seeing, breathing, blood flow, temperature maintenance, originates in the brain.  A message travels down the spinal column and out into the body.  Subluxations block and slow these messages, and the only way to remove the interference caused by subluxations is to get adjusted. 

 

It is about quality of life!   In order to be at 100%, your body must be functioning at 100%!  It all begins with your Nervous System!  Health comes from within!

Author: Dr. Baum and Dr. Braum
Source: Chiro planet
Copyright: DR. Baum and Dr. Braum 2008


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Why chiropractic for Children?

 

Why Chiropractic Care for Children?

Why Should Children Have Chiropractic Care?

More and more parents are seeking chiropractic care for their children.Many spinal problems seen in adults began as early as birth. Even so called 'natural' birthing methods can stress an infant's spine and developing nerve system. The resulting irritation to the nerve system caused by spinal and cranial misalignment can be the cause of many newborn health complaints. Colic, breathing problems, nursing difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions and chronic infections can often be traced to nerve system stress.

Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked right away. As the infant grows, learning to hold up the head, sit, crawl and walk are all activities that affect spinal alignment and are important times to have a child checked by a Doctor of Chiropractic.

As the child begins to participate in regular childhood activities like skating or riding a bike, small yet significant spinal misalignments (subluxations) may occur. If neglected, the injuries during this period of rapid growth may lead to more serious problems later in life. Subtle trauma throughout childhood will affect the future development of the spine leading to impaired nervous system function. Any interference to the vital nerve system will adversely affect the body’s ability to function at its best.

One of the most common reason parents seek care for their child is trauma from an injury of some sort. These misalignments may or may not result in immediate pain or symptoms. Regular chiropractic checkups can identify potential spinal injury from these traumas, make the correction early in life and help avoid many of the health complaints seen later in adults. Proper spinal hygiene is an important key to better health.

Another sought out reason for care is the resolution of a particular symptom or condition. Parents seek care for conditions such as colic, ear infections, asthma, allergies and headaches (to name a few) because they have heard from other parents that chiropractic care can help.

It is important to understand that the doctor of chiropractic does not treat conditions or diseases. The expertise of the chiropractor is in checking the child’s spine for misalignments that impair nervous system function therefore affecting overall body function. The bones of the spine, the vertebrae, house and protect the spinal cord. The spinal cord is an extension of the brain and carries information from the brain to the body parts and back to the brain again. Subluxations interfere with the nerves’ ability to transmit this vital information.

The nerve system controls and coordinates the function of all the systems in the body: circulatory, respiratory, digestive, hormonal, eliminative and immune system. Any aspect of health may be impaired by nerve interference. The chiropractic adjustment restores nerve system function allowing the body the ability to express a greater state of health and well-being.

The doctor of chiropractic will take a case history and perform a chiropractic exam to determine if spinal subluxations exist. Chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to fit a child's size, weight, and unique spinal condition. They are both gentle and specific to the child’s developing spinal structures. Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and look forward to subsequent visits. They also report that their children experience a greater level of health while under regular chiropractic care.

To enhance your child’s ability to function in a greater state of health, we can help you find a doctor of chiropractic near you who is dedicated to serving children with the utmost of care. Once your family has experienced the many benefits of chiropractic care—please help us tell others!

 

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Author: Chiroplanet.com
Source: June 2008 ,nro2
Copyright: 2008 2008


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Gain The Weight, Gain The Spinal Pain

A recent Norway study indicates that in both men and women obesity is strongly associated with chronic low back pain. The increased weight of being obese wreaks havoc on the spinal tissues that are placed under constant and increased stress due to the additional weight. Fortunately, most obesity is treatable and with loss of the additional weight, many experience significant improvements in their back pain complaints, not to mention the improvement or reversal of many other related health conditions. Fortunately, chiropractic care can still help before the additional weight comes off, or, if the additional weight cannot be lost. Chiropractors not only provide relief for many experiencing back pain due to obesity, but some additionally offer treatment programs directed at weight loss and strategies to improve one’s overall health. If you’ve got extra pounds to lose and are suffering from back problems, you deserve an opportunity to try chiropractic care!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Spine. Volume 35. Issue 7.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2010


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Neck Pain Study Reinforces Use of Chiropractic, Other Conservative Options

Arlington, Va.— A new study published this month in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) and exercise more effective at relieving neck pain than pain medication. The research reinforces the use of conservative care options as a first line of defense against pain, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). The study divided participants into three groups that received either SMT from a doctor of chiropractic (DC), pain medication (over-the-counter pain relievers, narcotics and muscle relaxants) or exercise recommendations. After 12 weeks, about 57 percent of those who met with DCs and 48 percent who exercised reported at least a 75 percent reduction in pain, compared to 33 percent of the people in the medication group. After one year, approximately 53 percent of the drug-free groups still reported at least a 75 percent reduction in pain; compared to just 38 percent pain reduction among those who took medication. The study also found that despite experiencing limited pain relief, people in the drug group continued using a higher amount of medication more frequently throughout the follow-up period. This finding underscores concerns raised in an April 2011 government report that indicated prescription drug abuse in the U.S. has reached crisis level. "Doctors of chiropractic have long cautioned against the overuse of medication to treat musculoskeletal pain," said ACA President Keith Overland, DC. "We continue to promote drug-free, conservative interventions for neck pain patients before referral for medical management that may result in side effects. Patients deserve to know that there are natural, drug-free options when it comes to pain relief." The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), based in Arlington, Va., is the largest professional association in the United States representing doctors of chiropractic. ACA promotes the highest standards of patient care and ethics, and supports research that contributes to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients. Visit www.acatoday.org.

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: Acatoday.com, January 6, 2012.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2012


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Fat Gain Directly Related To Caloric Intake

New research confirms that it's the total number of calories consumed and not so much what types of foods we eat that results in body fat gains and losses. While that's not to say that different foods aren't healthier than others - clearly, they are - but in terms of body fat, it's a simple matter of the more calories in, the more fat we pack on. An interesting finding of the study - when the excessive calories were higher in protein, although subjects gained a similar amount of body fat as those on lower protein diets with the same overall calories, those consuming higher protein diets additionally gained more lean muscle mass. Thus, in 2 groups consuming excess calories, while both gained similar amounts of body fat the higher protein consumption group additionally put on even more weight - lean muscle weight - as compared with the lower protein consumption group. It's therefore important to recognize that when we gain and lose body weight, especially while dieting, the weight loss/gain isn't necessarily all body fat. A portion of that could be our healthy lean body mass. However, for those wanting to lose body fat, this new research indicates it's the total calories consumed regardless of food types that are responsible for body fat increases and losses.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Journal of the American Medical Association, online January 3, 2012.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2012


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Active Kids Are Smarter Kids

In the face of growing pressure to reduce class time allocated to physical education several studies have published results that have given school administrators, teachers and politicians reason for pause. After a new review of previous studies, scientists have identified what many parents have long suspected - If you provide your child with physical activity they are generally more behaved and better able to concentrate on tasks. When that child is moved into a classroom setting that ability to concentrate becomes even more advantageous. The reviewed studies followed children for several months to a few years. The children that were exposed to regular exercise or physical activity not only gained less weight over the next three years but they also out performed their nonactive peers in math, spelling and reading. It should be noted that the studies did not show a significant correlation to children that participated on a sports team but it did show that children who stated that they exercised regularly also performed at higher levels academically. It also showed that the more they exercised the greater their academic performance was. It appears that science is providing proof that the key to a healthy mind is a healthy body.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, online January 2, 2012.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2012


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Working Out - Maximize Your Efforts

When it comes to getting the most out of your workouts, medical experts resoundingly agree that reaching your target heart rate or heart rate training zone is the key. To obtain your target heart rate, we first need to determine our maximum heart rate or MHR. Simply subtract your age from 220 and the resulting value is your MHR. For example, if you're 35 years old your MHR would be 185 beats per minute (220 - 35 = 185). Next, multiply your MHR by 50 to 70 percent and you've just identified your target heart rate. For our 35 year old, it would be 93 to 130 beats per minute (185 x .50 = 93; 185 x .70 = 130). Naturally, the first question that people ask is how does one know when they have hit that target range? One handy tip to approximate when you have hit that range is to see if you can talk, sing or perform neither while working out. If you are able to carry on a conversation but not able to sing while working out then you are likely working out with moderate intensity and are within your target heart rate. However, if you are also able to sing then you better kick it into high gear as you're likely below your target heart rate. Scientists have observed that getting your heart to beat 50 to 70 percent of one's MHR is the key to a long and healthy life. Even though burning calories is helpful to melting the pounds away, it does not compare to the lasting benefits of strengthening your heart. Your heart is like any muscle in the body. The more you work it out the stronger it becomes. The stronger your heart is the more efficient it pumps blood throughout your body which means your heart beats less and the less it beats the longer is lasts. So the next time you are working out you better not skip the cardio and you better ensure you're in the zone of your target heart rate!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Reuters. January 10, 2012.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2012


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