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April 2009 Health Newsletter

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» Mental Decline Starts Earlier Than First Thought
» Medical Errors Still Plaguing Hospitals
» Go Organic
» Choose Your Multivitamins Carefully
» Why chiropractic for Children?
» 4 essentials for life

Mental Decline Starts Earlier Than First Thought

Experts used to believe that mental decline was something exclusive to the elderly and aging. New research now shows certain brain function begins to deteriorate much sooner - in the late 20s and 30s. Those brain functions susceptible to early deterioration included mental speed, problem solving and abstract reasoning. However, things such as vocabulary and general knowledge improved with age due to the accumulation of knowledge that occurs over the years. The new findings allow researchers to better study cognitive changes as we age and help to potentially discover ways to slow the deterioration as well as better predict the onset of dementias including Alzheimer's Disease.

Source: Neurobiology of Aging, April 2009.
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Medical Errors Still Plaguing Hospitals

The primary purpose of hospitals is to provide a safe environment where the sick and injured go to get well. However, medical errors in hospitals account for a staggering number of preventable deaths and the numbers don't seem to be improving. According to the sixth annual patient safety study conducted by HealthGrades, a healthcare assessment organization, preventable medical errors cost Medicare over $6.9 billion and caused more than 92,000 in-hospital deaths among Medicare beneficiaries between 2005 and 2007. Out of the approximately 38 million Medicare hospital admissions, more than 913,000 medical mistakes occurred. What's worse is of those mistakes, one in ten resulted in death. The good news, if there is any, is that Medicare patients had a 43 percent less likelihood of experiencing a medical error at award winning hospitals. Thus, it's pays to research your local hospitals before you become sick or injured. Visit to research hospitals.

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Go Organic

There are a number of benefits to buying organic including the absence of harmful herbicides and pesticides. Exposure to these chemicals are not only harmful, they can be deadly. According to a new report in the International Journal of Cancer, a study on 20,000 workers exposed to the crop herbicide imazethapyr found 3,000 or 15 percent of the workers later developed cancers. It's hard to say exactly how harmful these chemicals are to those of us who eat produce grown in fields where herbicides and pesticides are used, but based on these findings, we'd much rather be safe than be sorry. How about you?

Source: International Journal of Cancer, March 1, 2009.
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Choose Your Multivitamins Carefully

How do you choose to purchase your vitamins and other supplements? Does convenience and price dictate what vitamin brands end up on your countertop? A recent report released by contains some alarming news about the safety and accuracy of multivitamins available for purchase at your local nutrition / grocery stores. What they found is that more than 30 percent of the multivitamins tested contained too much or too little of certain ingredients as listed on the label and/or were contaminated with lead. Too much folic acid increases the risk of prostate cancer in men, too much vitamin A can cause nausea, blurred vision and liver problems, and, high levels of zinc can lead to anemia and immune deficiencies. All of these problems and many more including lead contamination were found in's testing. In fact, a particular vitamin water product tested at 15 times its stated level of folic acid - not necessarily good for those concerned about their prostate health.

Copyright: 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!



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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