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May 2009 Health Newsletter


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» Probiotics May Reduce Postpartum Obesity
» Consumer Reports Rates Chiropractic As #1
» Obesity Not Due To Lack Of Exercise
» Frequent Breaks and Position Changes Good For Your Back
» Why chiropractic for Children?
» 4 essentials for life

Probiotics May Reduce Postpartum Obesity
Most moms know the difficulty of returning to their pre-pregnancy weight after giving birth. A new study indicates that simply adding a probiotics supplement containing Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium starting in the first trimester could help. Probiotics are beneficial live bacteria and yeasts that assist our bodies in converting sugars and carbohydrates into lactic acid as well as lower the overall pH making it difficult for "bad" microorganisms to survive. In other words, they're the super heros in our guts fighting off the microorganism villains that can make us sick and unwell. In the study, researchers found moms taking probiotics starting in the first trimester were able to reduce central obesity after giving birth more so than those not taking probiotics. The researchers defined central obesity as a body mass index of 30 or greater or a waist measurement of greater than 31.5 inches.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: 17th European Congress on Obesity. May 6-9, 2009.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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Consumer Reports Rates Chiropractic As #1
While most know and trust Consumer Reports for unbiased and truthful reports on products and services, those unfamiliar with the nonprofit organization should read the following (this statement can be found on the Consumer Reports website located at http://www.consumerreports.org):

"No brand is more widely recognized and trusted…than Consumer Reports. Since 1936, [it]…has delivered thorough…consumer product recommendations, while maintaining a…reputation for objectivity and accuracy.…In this age of public skepticism…[CR] has maintained its lofty status, a testimony to the organization's strict standards and steely integrity."
-Mick O'Leary, O'Leary Online

Now with that out of the way, here's the good stuff. The Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center recently conducted a survey of more than 14,000 consumers on which therapies are among the top-rated treatments for people suffering with back pain. Keep in mind, this is according to everyday consumers and not small groups of individuals protecting special interests. According to their findings, consumers rated the hands-on therapies (chiropractic/spinal manipulation, massage and physical therapy) as the treatments most effective for back pain. Of those hands-on therapies, 58 percent of consumers rated chiropractic/spinal manipulation as helping a lot - the highest rated effectiveness of all treatment providers. In terms of consumer satisfaction, chiropractic again took the #1 position with 59 percent of consumers being "highly satisfied" with their chiropractic back pain treatment and advice. We could go on telling how great chiropractors are but it appears most of you already know!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Consumer Reports. http://www.consumerreports.org
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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Obesity Not Due To Lack Of Exercise
It's all over the news. The United States and many other nations are experiencing obesity at alarming rates. It's clear that there are too many videos games being played, too much TV being watched and not enough exercise. Wrong. According to a study from the European Congress on Obesity, while physical activity has reduced somewhat over the last 30 years, it's primarily the consumption of extra calories that has increased significantly. Researchers of the study stated that by reducing calories for children by 350 and for adults by 500 per day, Americans could achieve the average weights in America from the 1970s. The other option is to increase physical activity. However, 500 calories would require almost 2 hours of extra walking per day. Researchers recommend staying physically active but additionally paying extra special attention to what and how much we're consuming as most overweight and obese individuals are simply consuming far too many calories.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Thomson Reuters. May 8, 2009.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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Frequent Breaks and Position Changes Good For Your Back
New research confirms the obvious, stoop over and don't move much and you'll significantly increase your risk for lower back pain. In a newly released study, Hong Kong researchers evaluated workers at a school for severely handicapped individuals. Workers wore accelerometers attached to their trunks - devises that measure and track the degrees of trunk flexion. Researchers discovered those workers experiencing back pain were spending more time with their trunks in the same position as well as more time in bent positions of more than 10 degrees of flexion. According to researchers, "Rest activities such as standing up from stooping and walking for a short distance are suggested to promote the cyclic muscular contraction and relaxation that facilitate the nourishment of spinal tissues and provide periodic rest to the muscles." Thus, it's important to minimize working in bent over positions and take frequent back breaks and breathers. Think of the ligaments, muscles and other soft tissue structures of the back as an elastic band. When you over stretch an elastic band or maintain its stretched position for an extended period, it weakens, loses its ability to return to normal and ultimately can snap due to the excessive strains and stresses placed upon it. However, unlike an elastic band your back doesn't come in a 100 pack at your local office supply store. You have one back for life. Call your local chiropractor today and learn how to treat your back with the respect it deserves.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. April 29, 2009.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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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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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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