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Safe, Gentle & Effective Chiropractic Care for the Whole Family
Safe, Gentle & Effective Chiropractic Care for the Whole Family

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Being a Doctor and a licensed Pilot have taught me a lot about checking different readings against each other and knowing when to trust and when not to trust them.  These lessons are also valuable for understanding blood pressure readings.

#HeartHealth   #BloodPressure   #BloodPressureMonitor  
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Are Blood Pressure Readings Accurate?

Years ago I was flying a plane on a long trip, way out over the Gulf of Mexico. There are three ways to ascertain an airplane’s fuel status, and two of those three said I had enough fuel left, but the third said I was low. Many would assume the third reading was wrong, but my rule is that you must go by the worst possible scenario, cut the trip short, conserve and refuel.

As it turned out, an uncommon leak was present and we were low on fuel. Comparing information and making wise decisions also relates to many health care findings. One of these is Blood Pressure.

There Are 3 Important Questions About Blood Pressure Readings:

1) Are they accurate? 2) Are they important? 3) What is “high” blood pressure?

Read more: http://bit.ly/1nP426M #HeartHealth
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The risks of daily aspirin may not outweigh the benefits.
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Daily Aspirin Risks May Outweigh Benefits

For years we have heard about taking a low dose aspirin once a day for prevention of heart attacks. Major aspirin brands have even used this advice to market their medication, but is it really as effective as we've been told?

Read More: http://goo.gl/lCuikD

#Aspirin #HealthyLiving #HeartHealth
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Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractic Treatment, for many patients, offers an alternative to painful and often ineffective surgeries and risky drug therapies.  Chiropractic is based on the theory that manipulation of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine, can alleviate or cure certain conditions, primarily back pain caused by injuries and conditions like slipped disc, as well as other chronic pains, high anxiety, and other conditions related to the musculoskeletal system.

Doctors +Michael Petrie and Douglas Kellerman have decades of experience as Doctors of Chiropractic, and will be sharing their advice and insights.  Join us on Friday, February 28th at 1 PM ET if you're interested in learning more about the benefits of Chiropractic Treatment and who can benefit most from it.

#YHMshow    #YourHealthMatters   #Chiropractic #Chiropractor
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Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractic Treatment, for many patients, offers an alternative to painful and often ineffective surgeries and risky drug therapies.  Chiropractic is based on the theory that manipulation of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine, can alleviate or cure certain conditions, primarily back pain caused by injuries and conditions like slipped disc, as well as other chronic pains, high anxiety, and other conditions related to the musculoskeletal system.

Doctors +Michael Petrie and Douglas Kellerman have decades of experience as Doctors of Chiropractic, and will be sharing their advice and insights.  Join us on Friday, February 28th at 1 PM ET if you're interested in learning more about the benefits of Chiropractic Treatment and who can benefit most from it.

#YHMshow    #YourHealthMatters   #Chiropractic #Chiropractor
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Join me and Doctor Kellerman on Friday, February 28th at 1 PM for Episode #2 of "Your Health Matters".  We'll be discussing Chiropractic Treatment.  What are the benefits, who needs it, and are we just a couple of weirdos who like to crack spines or does this stuff actually work?

#YHMshow   #YourHealthMatters   #Chiropractic   #Chiropractor  
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Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractic Treatment, for many patients, offers an alternative to painful and often ineffective surgeries and risky drug therapies.  Chiropractic is based on the theory that manipulation of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine, can alleviate or cure certain conditions, primarily back pain caused by injuries and conditions like slipped disc, as well as other chronic pains, high anxiety, and other conditions related to the musculoskeletal system.

Doctors +Michael Petrie and Douglas Kellerman have decades of experience as Doctors of Chiropractic, and will be sharing their advice and insights.  Join us on Friday, February 28th at 1 PM ET if you're interested in learning more about the benefits of Chiropractic Treatment and who can benefit most from it.

#YHMshow    #YourHealthMatters   #Chiropractic #Chiropractor
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These are my three tips to avoid back and muscle pain when flying.
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Three Tips to Avoid Back Pain on Airplanes
Source: http://goo.gl/luZ69O

Airplane travel is fast, safe, and relatively affordable, a modern miracle by any standard. It can also be a source of pain and discomfort, and I'm not just talking about the risk of sitting next to crying babies or loud snorers. The cramped spaces and prolonged periods of sitting in one place can cause aches and pains.

As a Doctor of Chiropractic, I've developed three basic habits to avoid back pain on airplanes and other pains when traveling, and I'd recommend them to anyone. Until the airlines themselves start to include these recommendations along with things like basic safety procedures, it's up to each of us to take steps to take care of ourselves and stay healthy while flying.

Step 1: Get an Aisle Seat

Few things can compare to staring down at the world from thousands of feet in the air, unless you're afraid of heights. Blue seas, golden farmlands, snowy mountains, all of these and more greet the eye of the air traveler. That said, you should probably resist the temptation of the aisle seat, or the middle seat, because once every hour or so it's important to get up and move around. Cramped muscles and spines can be a source of pain before and after the trip is over, and few of us can afford a seat with ample leg room, even if it isn't crowded by carry-on items. Sitting too long in a cramped seat can also carry a risk of blood clot formation, which can even be fatal (http://goo.gl/YGHLMc). With an aisle seat, you never have to ask anyone to let you get up.

Step 2: Use Earplugs / Noise Cancelling Headsets

The ambient noise in airplanes can cause ear muscles to tighten, which in turn can lead to tightness of the neck and spine. Earplugs or noise cancelling headsets will block these noises, protecting your ear muscles and all the muscles they connect with. For flight crews, and perhaps frequent fliers, this can even lead to hearing loss (http://goo.gl/B7vITz).

Step 3: Place a Pillow Behind Your Lower Back

The temptation, for people who use airplane pillows, is to place them behind your neck, but this is poor posture and can lead to aches and pains. Instead, place the pillow behind your lower back for better sitting posture. If your normal posture habits are poor, this may seem uncomfortable at first, but stick with it, on and off the plane, because posture is critical to muscle and back health.

Fly safe and stay healthy!

Dr. +Michael Petrie, D.C.
+Petrie Chiropractic Life Center 

#backpain   #musclepain   #airlines 

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Essentials of a Healthy Lifestyle

A healthy mind and body are crucial to happiness, vitality, and strength.  Healthy lifestyle practices can help protect you against many common ailments.

Dr. +Michael Petrie has been in practice for over thirty years helping people live healthier lives by raising awareness of health-promoting lifestyle choices and identifying the best and safest treatments.

Join us on February 6th, 2014 at 1 PM ET for the first in a series of Hangout Shows where Dr. Petrie and other healthcare professionals will share their practical insights into how to live a full, healthy, and pain-free life.  The video link will be shared here 15-minutes before showtime.  We hope to see you there!

#YHMshow   #yourhealthmatters  
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This rumor pops up from time to time.  Don't fall for it!  If you have  heart attack, call 911 immediately and take an aspirin while you wait for emergency care to arrive!
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Social Media "Cough CPR" is an Urban Legend
Source: http://goo.gl/9N0zIl

There is a popular rumor on the internet and social networks, suggesting that if you are alone and having a heart attack, you may be able to save your life by coughing. Like most internet urban legends, there may or may not be a kernel of truth to it, "Cough CPR" is sometimes used in emergency rooms under medical supervision, but that is where the truth seems to end.

Unfortunately, this particular rumor is also potentially very dangerous, because its value if any is uncertain, indeed most experts believe it to be unlikely to help at all with the most common types of heart attacks or when used without professional supervision. If the victim of a heart attack should mistakenly try to use this technique, believing it will save his or her life, they may neglect to take actions whose value is more established.

To be clear, in the event of a heart attack, especially when one strikes while you are alone, the best things to do immediately are to call 911 and take an aspirin. Do not hesitate to do these things, which are far more likely to save your life than trying to self-administer "Cough CPR".

There is no incontrovertible evidence that "Cough CPR" is in fact effective for heart problems, and even if it is, it is certainly not recommended except under the guidance of Healthcare Professionals, and is more likely to benefit cases of abnormal heart rhythm, which is not the cause of most life-threatening heart attacks. In fact neither the American Heart Association nor any other reputable medical body recommends "Cough CPR" as a life-saving procedure, especially without the aid of medical experts.

The misconception dates back to 1999 to a Mended Hearts Newsletter, which was later retracted, and has since spread through website, email, and more recently social networks, always worded so as to give the impression that it is endorsed by professional medical practitioners or researchers.

Heart attacks can be devastating to your health, even fatal, and one should never hesitate to seek emergency care for even a minute when one strikes.

By Dr. +Michael Petrie
Doctor of Chiropractic
+Petrie Chiropractic Life Center
Oakland Park, Florida
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Osteoarthritis strikes about 1 in 10 people age 65 and over, and is the most common joint problem.

There are several treatments to help manage the symptoms of OA, but to date there are no disease-modifying drug treatments.  A supplement of Avocado and Soy, if it can prove as effective as this study suggests, could be a great development in the treatment of OA.
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Avocado-Soybean Pill May Treat Osteoarthritis of the Hip
Source: http://goo.gl/4FfGQz

A French study sponsored by Laboratoires Expanscience has found evidence that an extract containing Avocado and Soybean may be an effective treatment for Hip Osteoarthritis. After three years, 10% fewer of the participants in the experimental group (as opposed to the placebo group) were considered Osteoarthritis progressors.

20% of the active treatment group experienced a relative risk reduction for Hip OA after three years of treatment, with the apparent benefits increasing significantly with the length of treatment. OA is the most common joint disorder, affecting 10% of people 65 and over, but to date no disease-modifying drugs have been approved for the condition because none has proven itself to be effective for prevention of treatment of the condition. Osteoarthritis can cause deep joint pain and stiffness, limit a person's range of motion, weaken their muscles, and have other harmful consequences to their health and quality of life.

Further studies will be required to confirm and assess the clinical value of this data, although the study did use careful randomization and other procedures to minimize the risk of error. It may be some time before this becomes an approved treatment for OA, if it ever does. In the meantime, physical therapy, nutrition, exercise, acupuncture, massage, and several other non-drug, non-surgery lifestyle changes and treatments are considered beneficial for at least some OA patients. Treatment focuses on increasing the range of motion and reducing pain.

Chiropractic Adjustment can also be beneficial for sufferers of Osteoarthritis. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center:

"Although there is no evidence that chiropractic care can stop joint damage from OA, some clinical studies indicate that spinal manipulation may:

Increase range of motion
Restore normal movement of the spine
Relax the muscles
Improve joint coordination
Reduce pain

A review of the scientific literature suggests that chiropractic, especially when combined with glucosamine supplements and stretches and exercise, helps treat OA. Chiropractors will avoid using direct thrusts or pressure on red, swollen joints."

If you are living with the pain and difficulties of Osteoarthritis, Chiropractic Treatment may be able to help you live a healthier, less painful, and more active lifestyle without drugs or surgery to treat pain and improve your range of motion.

by Dr. +Michael Petrie
Doctor of Chiropractic
+Petrie Chiropractic Life Center
Oakland Park, Florida
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Many people classified as "hypertensive" may not actually need drug treatment therapy.
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Hypertension Treatment Cutoff Raised by Expert Panel
Source: http://goo.gl/bO5CSS

A panel of experts chosen for the Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8) has raised the blood pressure rate cutoff for determining whether patients needs drug therapy for hypertension. The new cutoff for most hypertensive patients over 60 recommends that drug therapy treatment begin when systolic pressure is above 150 mm Hg or higher or when diastolic pressure is 90 mm Hg or higher, while for younger patients or anyone with diabetes or chronic kidney disease, treatment is now recommended when systolic pressure is 140 or higher or diastolic pressure is 90 or higher.

The new cutoff primarily affects the treatment of hypertension in older patients, by recognizing that there is a natural tendency for the average blood pressure to raise with advancing age. Previous guidelines failed to give this distinction enough weight, while the new guidelines allow for more personalization of treatment recommendations. The new guidelines also emphasize lifestyle changes to be implemented before resorting to drug therapy.

“For all persons with hypertension, the potential benefits of a healthy diet, weight control, and regular exercise cannot be overemphasized. These lifestyle treatments have the potential to improve blood pressure control and even reduce medication needs,” wrote the panel.

Hypertension can have a variety of harmful effects including enlarged left heart, coronary artery disease, heart failure, artery damage, scarring and failure of the kidney, kidney artery aneurysm, mild cognitive impairment, brain aneurysm, ministrokes, strokes, and even dementia. Drug treatment for hypertension can also have negative side effects, however, including increased urination, erectile dysfunction, gout symptoms, asthma symptoms, depression, insomnia, chronic coughing, skin rash, dizziness, anemia, and other effects depending on the type of treatment and response of the individual patient.

In addition to lifestyle changes like better nutrition, exercise, and stress management habits, Chiropractic Adjustment and Professional Massage Therapy can prove beneficial to many patients in preventing or helping to reduce or eliminate hypertension. Hypertension can affect people of every age, and especially those with medical complications such as kidney disease and diabetes. In over thirty years of practice I have treated many patients for hypertension and helped them avoid the dangerous side effects that can sometimes accompany drug therapy, which as these new recommendations reveal is often an unnecessary risk.

by Dr. Michael Petrie
Petrie Chiropractic Life Center
Oakland Park, Florida
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