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December 2012 Health Newsletter

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» American Diets Vary Widely, Many Fall Short of Guidelines
» Injuries Increasing for Kids Using Bounce Houses
» World Diabetes at Record Levels, But Half Are Undiagnosed
» Steroid Shots Do Little to Improve Sciatica
» Gain The Weight, Gain The Spinal Pain
» Summer Heat

American Diets Vary Widely, Many Fall Short of Guidelines

A new survey of 8,272 Americans’ eating habits, unsurprisingly confirms that many in the US fall short of nutritional recommendations. The study, conducted by the USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, compared what people said they ate to nutritional guidelines published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The study’s authors found that children and the elderly generally ate a healthier diet than younger and middle aged adults, and that women ate better than men. Differences were also noted along racial lines, with Hispanics generally enjoying higher-quality diets than blacks or whites. Similarly, income appeared to play a factor, as higher income adults generally met more of the guidelines. No group, however, came close to meeting all of the recommendations. In recent years, the American diet has come under close scrutiny, due to an explosion in the public rates of obesity, diabetes and heart-disease. The researchers suggest Americans eat more fruits and vegetables and increase their levels of physical exercise.

Source: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, online November 19, 2012.
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Injuries Increasing for Kids Using Bounce Houses

Experts recently reported that the number of children in the US injured while using inflatable bounce houses has increased to 15 times 1995 levels. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that there are now approximately five injuries annually per 100,000 children. While the bounce-related injuries are much lower than trampoline injuries, the researchers point out that the study allows parents to make informed decisions. The number of kids being brought into emergency rooms for bounce-related accidents increased from 702 in 1995 to 11,311 children in 2010. The rise in the rate of injuries was attributed both to an increase in the use of the inflatable toys and better reporting of mishaps. Injuries reported included, broken bones, sprains, contusions, cuts and bruises. Researchers suggest parents follow simple guidelines when children use bounce houses to minimize risk, including limiting use to children 6 years old and older, limiting the number of children using them to at one time and only allowing use with adult supervision.

Source: Pediatrics, online November 26, 2012.
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World Diabetes at Record Levels, But Half Are Undiagnosed

A new report published by the International Diabetes Federation puts the worldwide number of people living with diabetes at 371 million, up from 366 million a year ago. The IDF estimates that of that number, 187 million people do not yet know they are suffering from the condition. Limited access to healthcare in developing nations often means the disease goes undiagnosed. While often viewed as primarily a Western problem, diabetes is spreading rapidly in poorer countries; four out of five diabetics now live in low and middle-income countries. Treatment of diabetes in these countries is often more difficult, especially when it comes to insulin, which requires refrigeration to prevent deterioration. The report projects that over 552 million people will have developed diabetes by 2030. Untreated, the disease can lead to serious complications, including blindness, nerve and kidney damage. Worldwide, over 4.8 million people a year die from diabetes, making it one of a number of health conditions, including cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, that healthcare campaigners want included in the next set of global development goals.

Source: Reuters. November 14, 2012.
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Steroid Shots Do Little to Improve Sciatica

A recent Australian medical study found that spinal injections of corticosteroids had no measurable effect on sciatica pain. Sciatica is a common symptom that consists of leg pain caused by nerve irritation or impingement of the spinal nerve roots of the lower back and/or the sciatic nerve itself. In randomized controlled trials, researchers found little difference in the relief offered by the injections and a placebo. After analyzing results from nearly two dozen clinical trials involving thousands of sciatica patients, they concluded that the shots did little to help. Despite this, in recent years the use of epidural steroid injections to treat back pain has soared from 741,000 in 2000 to approximately 1,438,000 in 2004. In the U.S., corticosteroid shots are expensive, often costing hundreds of dollars per shot. Recently, a tainted supply of a steroid included in the trials was tied to a nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis that infected 400 people and led to 31 deaths. The researchers concluded that sciatica patients should consult with their physician and consider alternate forms of treatment, including chiropractic care and only in extreme cases, surgery.

Source: Annals of Internal Medicine, online November 13, 2012.
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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!

Source: Spine. Volume 35. Issue 7.
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Summer Heat


Baum Chiropractic Newsletter


Safety tips:

• Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against
heat-related illness and death. During conditions of extreme heat and high
humidity, spend time in locations with air-conditioning such as shopping
malls, movie theaters, public libraries, or public health sponsored
heat-relief shelters in your area.

• Stay hydrated. The minimum daily water intake (on an average day) is
1/2 your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you
should have at least 75 ounces of water per day. When temperatures rise,
drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages and increase your water and total fluid
intake, regardless of your activity level. Rapid weight loss may be a sign
of dehydration. Don't drink liquids that contain caffeine, alcohol, or
large amounts of sugar — these actually can cause you to lose more body fluid.

• Pay special attention. Pregnant women, children, the elderly (65 years
and older) and people with acute or chronic health conditions are more
prone to heat stress. Make frequent checks on the status of friends,
relatives, and neighbors in these categories. If necessary, move them
to an air-conditioned environment during the hottest part of the day.

• Do not leave anyone — children, disabled individuals, pets — in cars for
even brief periods. Temperatures can rise to life-threatening levels in a
matter of minutes.

• Use fans to increase
ventilation. If the temperatures exceed 90
degrees Fahrenheit, instead of having a fan blow hot air in from a window,
have the fan blow the hot air to the outside. At extreme high
temperatures, a fan loses its ability to effectively reduce heat-related

• Reduce body temperature. Cool showers, baths, and sponge baths can be used to
reduce body temperatures. In addition, wet clothing has a cooling effect.

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Author: Dr. Baum
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