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Chiropractic, Massage, Sports Injuries, Work-Related Injuries, Stretching, Corrective Exercises
Chiropractic, Massage, Sports Injuries, Work-Related Injuries, Stretching, Corrective Exercises

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Chiropractic Protects Your Cells, DNA
Exactly how powerful is the experience of receiving a chiropractic adjustment? New evidence suggests that chiropractic care does much more than alleviate back pain—it positively affects body chemistry all the way down to the cellular level. In a nutshell, chiropractic adjustments strengthen the body, making cells and DNA more resistant to disease.

In March 2006, the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research published a landmark study that offered a long-awaited scientific explanation for why chiropractic patients experience positive health benefits. The article stated that chiropractic care could stimulate basic physiological processes that help diminish bodily stress and enhance DNA repair.
In the study, a diverse group of 76 people were divided into three categories. Group one received short-term chiropractic care. Group two received long-term chiropractic care. Group three was the control group that did not receive chiropractic adjustments. Results indicated that long-term chiropractic care of two or more years produced healthier bodies. Age, sex, nutritional supplements and prior health conditions did not hinder or enhance these results. Basically stated, chiropractic adjustment improved the overall health of everyone in groups one and two.
To look at the study results on a deeper, more scientific level, let’s examine the average human body. Everything from your career, to your family dynamic, to your eating and sleeping habits produces physical, chemical and emotional stress in your body. These stresses can obstruct and negatively affect your nervous system, which in turn hinders your body’s ability to produce naturally occurring antioxidants that fight off disease and other illness.
However, chiropractic adjustment works to remove obstructions to the nervous system. This allows internal body processes to begin functioning at normal levels, thus enhancing the body’s ability to produce healthy chemicals that work to protect cells and DNA from becoming mutated by disease.

By Hands on Chiropractic
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Health Update

Monday, October 17, 2016

Courtesy of Russell R Van Hemert DC

Improve Your Body Structure & Health With Chiropractor Visits

More Effective Nervous System

The body needs a straight, free spine for more than just physical support. Your spine protects the spinal cord, the center (with your brain) from which all communication through your nervous system emanates. If the bones contract or move out of place, that communication system works less efficiently. You cannot react as quickly or respond as well to the world around you.

A chiropractic realignment helps return your body to peak functional capacity. The nerves no longer get pinched off or otherwise interrupted in the process of moving impulses and stimuli though the body. Your senses sharpen and work better, resulting in an improved reaction time. Your internal safety systems and mechanisms work better, and your whole body functions more smoothly. You start to heal yourself more quickly, from physical aches and pains to infections because your signaling mechanisms and pathways are more clear. You can respond to issues inside your body more quickly, and fight off issues more readily. Chiropractic care helps you maintain your body, as a support system and a base for everything else that you do.

By PHS Chiropractic
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Why Chiropractic Care Might Be a Better Option for Your Back Pain

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The above headline comes from an October 10, 2010 article on the website Health Reform. The article, by Stephen Kelly, starts off by saying, "Research has shown that chiropractic care provides greater improvement and satisfaction to patients with chronic lower back pain. Patients who have been taking medicinal help have reported their back pain to be worse or much worse, whereas chiropractic patients felt more satisfied and their back pain was much better."

The article is a general overview of chiropractic care as it relates to back and musculoskeletal health problems. The author discusses how back pain creates problems in daily life including disruption of sleep. He points out that not only the sleep of the victim is affected, but also that of the whole family. Kelly then offers some comfort by saying, "The good news is you can again sleep peacefully like a baby."

In his lay-person description of chiropractic, Kelly says, "Spinal manipulation and chiropractic care is a safe, effective treatment for acute lower back pain." He also reported that, "Not only does chiropractic care improve your spinal pain, but it can also bring relief to those killing headaches. Spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches."

Dr. Gary Walsemann, president of the International Chiropractors Association noted that many articles use terminology that is not entirely accurate when describing chiropractic. Dr. Walsemann noted, "Chiropractors have maintained that they are correcting the underlying cause of health problems and not directly treating them. In response many authors describe chiropractic in terms that suggest chiropractic is a treatment for certain health issues." Dr. Walsemann continued by clarifying, Chiropractors do not treat conditions directly, we also do not manipulate, we deliver specific chiropractic adjustments to the spine to correct nerve system interference caused by spinal subluxations. As nerve interference is corrected, the body's own innate healing abilities correct the person's health issues and help return that person to good health."

In the conclusion of his article, Kelly noted other reasons "Why Chiropractic Care Might Be a Better Option for Your Back Pain". He concluded, "Furthermore, chiropractic care is a more cost-effective option because it eliminates the pain, and improves the sleep cycle in much lesser time than conventional medicines or other alternative methods. Patients receiving manipulative treatment have shown better sleep patterns and fewer absences from work".

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Why You Need To Pick A Perfect Workout Partner

BY: ELIZABETH LASETER

Seek motivation and inspiration by keeping a gym buddy by your side—achieving your fitness goals has never been easier!

With busy schedules, family responsibilities, and work, finding the time and motivation to work out can be difficult. If you’re a solo exerciser, skipping the gym can be tempting when time is short. However, if you can find a partner or join a group with designated workouts and established meeting times, you’ll see how sticking to a routine becomes much easier.

How does this phenomenon work? Exercise partners hold you accountable, provide an opportunity to socialize, and can push you toward your fitness goals. Recent research from the Society of Behavioral Medicine found that working out with a partner can lead to fitness gains over repeated sessions. The study applied a behavioral principle called the Köhler Effect, which states that an individual works harder when part of a group, rather than alone. Participants in the study exercised on a stationary bike at a specific intensity level either by themselves or with a virtual partner performing the same workout. As it turned out, the individuals who exercised with “partners” biked longer and harder than the individuals who were solo.

What should you look for in an exercise partner? Your best match is someone with a similar fitness level, exercise goals, and interests. (A CrossFitter might be a tough match for a long distance runner!) Additionally, working out with a partner is the perfect opportunity to share ideas, such as a great core workout you saw online or the new running shoes that you love. Mixing up your routine can prevent overuse injuries, quell boredom, and will challenge your muscles in new ways.

Similarly, group exercise offers endless opportunities to get your heart pumping. Today, it’s easy to find a gym that specializes in one specific class, such as spin or barre, or one that offers a multitude of classes, such as a YMCA. And because they’re usually offered throughout the day, it’s fairly easy to find a class that fits into your schedule, whether it’s early morning yoga or late-evening kickboxing.

An article from the College of Sports Medicine found that group exercise is a “safe and effectively designed workout…that requires no prior exercise knowledge or experience.” Signing up for a class is a great place to start if you’re new to exercise.

Many larger cities offer walking, running, and cycling groups that meet several times during the week. It’s the perfect chance to spend time outside and form new relationships, all while getting in a solid workout. Many of these groups also offer training plans to help you prepare for upcoming races, such as marathons or triathlons. Simply feeling like you’re part of a team can provide the inspiration you need to achieve your fitness goals.

Whether you work out with a friend, join a group, or sign up for a class, all maximize both the psychological and physical benefits of exercise. Needless to say, on some days you may find that hitting the gym alone fits best into your schedule. An occasional solo workout is a great time to rock out to your favorite playlist or try a workout that you might not get to do in a group setting. No matter how you work out, the greater goal is making consistent exercise a habit for life.

By Health Headlines
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Smart Strategies for Staying Hydrated

Most of us are chronically dehydrated, which saps energy and strains our moods. Follow these tips to make sure you get your daily fill.

A lot of words are spent stressing the importance of proper nutrition: Eat a balanced diet; more plants, less meat; go easy on salt. But most of them focus on food. Just as important are the liquids you put in your body. Your system depends on adequate hydration to function. Proper hydration levels help keep your body at a safe temperature, lubricate joints for easy movement, remove waste from the body, and maintain a healthy metabolism. But many Americans are chronically dehydrated, even if at low levels, and don't know it.

Do foods count toward my daily water goal?
Absolutely, and it's a great time of year to eat lots of hydrating foods. "Water is found in fruits and vegetables," says Kate Geagan, RD, author of Go Green Get Lean. "Watermelon is actually 93% water. Cantaloupe, tomatoes, and cucumbers are very hydrating." Soups and stews can be hydrating, as can yogurts and puddings. What about drinks other than water? They're mostly good. "Tea and coffee can hydrate your body," Geagan says. But beware the sips that stack up calories. Mindlessly sipping water all day is a good thing. Mindlessly sipping soda, juices, and sweetened teas or coffees, maybe not. "They all have calories, and if you're drinking them throughout the day, that really adds up," Geagan says.

Do I really need 8 glasses of water a day?
Maybe. "It has been debunked as some magic number for ultimate health, but it's still a good rule of thumb," Geagan says. "Women actually need about 9 cups a day; men, about 13. Still, as a guide, 8 is a great goal to shoot for." And if you work outside or exercise, drink more.

How can I ensure I'm hydrating properly?

Always carry a bottle of water. Have a glass next to you at your desk. Carry one in your bag. Keep one with you at the gym. Access to water will help you increase your intake. "When you're thirsty, it's already a little late," says Taub-Dix.
Have a glass of water with each meal. Before you pick up your fork, give yourself the reminder to go ahead and drink a glass. Geagan says studies suggest that people who drink a glass of water before a meal eat fewer calories, too.
Know your hydration status. Two things can give you a quick read on how hydrated you are: your urine and your urge to go. You should need to urinate about every three hours. And when you do, your urine should be light, similar to the color of lemonade, not dark like apple juice.
By Cooking Light
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Secrets of Portion Control

Before Eating, Divide The Plate
Here’s a simple rule to portion a plate properly: Divide it in half. Automatically fill one side with fruits or vegetables, leaving the rest for equal parts protein and starch. This way, you begin to see what a properly balanced meal looks like. Spaghetti and meatballs? Steak and potatoes? They’re only half a meal, incomplete without fruits and vegetables.

Pre-Portion Tempting Treats
The bigger the package, the more food you’ll pour out of it. When two groups were given half- or 1-pound bags of M&Ms to eat while watching TV, those given the 1-pound bag ate nearly twice as much.

Downsize The Dishes
If you’re one of the 54 percent of Americans who eat until their plates are clean, make sure those plates are modestly sized. On a standard 8- to 10-inch dinner plate, a portion of spaghetti looks like a meal. On a 12- to 14-inch dinner plate, it looks meager, so you’re likely to dish out a bigger portion to fill the plate. When researchers gave study participants 34- or 17-ounce bowls and told them to help themselves to ice cream, those with the bigger bowls dished out 31 percent more ice cream.

Limit Your Choices
The more options you have, the more you want to try. In one study, researchers gave two groups jellybeans to snack on while they watched a movie. One group got six colors, neatly divided into compartments; jellybeans for the other group were jumbled ­together. Those given a mix ate nearly two times more.

Avoid A See-Food Diet
Office workers who kept candy in clear dishes on their desks dipped in for a sample 71 percent more often than those who kept their candy out of sight.

Turn Off The Television
The Vast Wasteland leads to vast waists. It’s not just the couch-sitting. TV distracts you from how much you’re eating, and the more you watch, the more you’re likely to eat. In a study comparing how much popcorn viewers ate during either a half-hour show or an hour-long show, those who watched more television ate 28 percent more popcorn.

Serve Good-For-You Foods Family-Style
Not all portion-control strategies are about eating less. You can have as much as you want of some foods. Place the foods you want your family to eat more of―salads and vegetable sides―within easy reach on the dining table.

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Food Allergy

Food allergy is an abnormal response to a food triggered by your body's immune system.

In adults, the foods that most often trigger allergic reactions include fish, shellfish, peanuts, and tree nuts, such as walnuts. Problem foods for children can include eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and wheat.

The allergic reaction may be mild. In rare cases it can cause a severe reaction called anaphylaxis. Symptoms of food allergy include

Itching or swelling in your mouth
Vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal cramps and pain
Hives or eczema
Tightening of the throat and trouble breathing
Drop in blood pressure
Your health care provider may use a detailed history, elimination diet, and skin and blood tests to diagnose a food allergy.

When you have food allergies, you must be prepared to treat an accidental exposure. Wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace, and carry an auto-injector device containing epinephrine (adrenaline).

You can only prevent the symptoms of food allergy by avoiding the food. After you and your health care provider have identified the foods to which you are sensitive, you must remove them from your diet.

NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
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Why Do I Suddenly Have Allergies?

You used to feel great when you spent time outdoors. Lately, though, things have changed. When you take a spring walk in the park, rake leaves in the fall, or even just open your windows for some fresh air, you have symptoms you’ve never had before.

Could it really be allergies at your age?

Seasonal allergies aren't just for kids. They can crop up at any time in your life.

Allergies have become much more common over the past 50 years, and experts believe that the number of adults who get allergies for the first time is on the rise.

Why would someone who never had allergies before start to be bothered by tree pollen, freshly cut grass, or ragweed? At least four likely reasons come quickly to mind.

1. Pollen levels are on the rise.

If your brother or sister has allergies, you may get them too. When that might happen depends on your environment.

One theory is that your body has a threshold, meaning that you can be exposed to an allergen up to a certain level and not notice your immune system is working hard to fight it. Once you cross that threshold, though, your body’s defensive efforts become noticeable.

For example, you might get a runny nose. That’s your body’s way of flushing out the allergen.

Since pollen counts have risen in recent decades, more people have reached the point at which they notice they have symptoms.

2. You've moved across the country.

A change of address can mean a change in the type of allergens around you. You might have always been allergic to something, but didn’t know it. You never had a reaction because you hadn’t been exposed to that something.

Another possibility is that you went from a place that had low levels of a particular allergen to a place where it's plentiful.

3. You catch a cold at the wrong time.

Some research shows that viral infections can lead to allergies.

You don't need to contract a rare disease for that switch to be flipped. The rhinovirus, which causes the common cold, could be enough to kick start the process.

4. You're around a lot of pollution.

While the particles in the air might irritate you, that's only part of the problem.

Pollen in very polluted areas may produce greater amounts of proteins that cause allergic reactions.

Air pollution might also help pollen particles scatter through the air. That makes them easier to inhale.

If you think you have allergies, try to figure out what you are allergic to so you can avoid it. It’s OK to talk to your pharmacist about which over-the-counter medicine may work for you. But if you need more help, follow up with your doctor or see an allergist for testing.

If you have moderate or severe allergies, you should also consider immunotherapy. This treatment involves getting allergy shots (or taking tablets) that include a tiny bit of an allergen so that your body eventually becomes less sensitive to it.

WebMD Feature

By Barbara Brody, Reviewed by Luqman Seidu, MD
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10 Tips for Healthy Grilling

Everyone's favorite summertime cooking technique has suffered from alarming research about carcinogens. Here's how to grill food that's flavorful and safe.

Grilling has developed a bit of a reputation with all of the new research about carcinogens. This doesn't mean you have to ban grilled food forever. Following our tips, you can minimize your risk and enjoy grilled foods that are flavorful and safe.

Tip 1: Marinate Your Meat

Marinating meat helps to reduce carcinogens. Kansas State University researchers marinated steaks in three different mixtures of oil, vinegar, and herbs and spices. After grilling, carcinogens in the marinated steaks were cut by 57 to 88 percent. Dozens of studies confirm the effect. The reason it works is not so clear: The marinade may create a protective barrier between the meat's proteins and the heat of the grill. Or the antioxidants in the marinade may combat the carcinogens head-on.

Tip 2: Clean Your Grill

Keep your grill clean by scrubbing with a brush before and after grilling food. Scrubbing keeps the buildup of carcinogens left on the grill grates to a minimum and makes your food taste so much better.

Tip 3: Flip at the Right Time

You want to avoid burning but not rip the meat apart. Give it a gentle tug; it's ready to flip when it comes loose without pulling.

Tip 4: Ban Flare Ups

When you cook a fatty piece of meat, the fat that drips onto the flames creates smoke which may contain the much talked about carcinogens. If you grill lean meats, poultry, and fish, you'll have less fat which means less smoke, which means less of the bad stuff.

Tip 5: Beware of Burnt

A bit of char is unavoidable (and it tastes good), but incinerated meat will contain more cancer-causing compounds. Don't get the coals superhot and then plop fatty meat directly on the grill. The blackened parts of meat may also contain carcinogens, so remove all charred or burned portions of food before eating.

Tip 6: Reduce Bacteria in Burgers

To kill the common E.coli bacteria, the USDA recommends cooking ground beef to 160 degrees. If you want to go for medium-rare, grind your own beef, then cook immediately. If you use store-bought meat, flip burgers frequently: A study in the Journal of Food Protection advised flipping every 30 seconds for optimal E.coli reduction. Another study found that even when two patties both reached 160 degrees, the one flipped more often had one-fifth the E.coli.

Tip 7: Work the Grill

Depending on your grill, it may not be the same temperature throughout-some have hot spots while others have cooler areas. Work the whole surface of the grill to keep certain areas from flaming more than others. If you do have a flare up, just move the food to a cooler part of the grill until the fire dies down

Tip 8: Size Matters

Size matters when it comes to grilling meat. Cube or slice meat into smaller portions to speed up the cook time or choose a quick-cooking option like shrimp or fish.

Tip 9: The Shorter the Cook Time, The Better

The faster foods are cooked, the less likely they'll develop dangerous charring. Don't cook meat past its goal temperature: 165 degrees for ground poultry; 160 degrees for ground red meats or mixtures and fresh pork; or 145 degrees for red meat steaks or chops.

Tip 10: Beyond Meat

Go beyond meat and try grilling some unexpected foods like peaches, asparagus, or even bread. Throw fruits and veggies on the grill for a tasty, nutrient-rich side or dessert or give pizza a try for a quick dinner.

You can still have a safe and healthy grilling experience by following these simple suggestions and of course, grilling some of our delicious recipes.

By Cooking Light
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Bread

To me, clean eating is all about going back to basics. Unfortunately, bread can be a tricky food for determining “cleanliness.” Most of the bread on grocery store shelves isn’t clean.That bears repeating: Basically ALL loaves in the bread aisle at your local grocery store aren’t clean. Those breads are filled with preservatives and chemicals that help them maintain freshness for longer than a loaf of bread should ever be edible. Think about it: Why do they last over a month?

Where to look:
– Local: To be truly clean, you need to buy good bread from your local bakery (or from the bakery in your grocery store). You’ll have to buy fresh bread every few days because good, clean bread doesn’t have any preservatives that will deter mold or prevent staleness.
– Freezer aisle: Don’t forget about the freezer section. Some great, whole-grain, clean breads live in the freezer section because they don’t have the preservatives to sit at room temp very long. One of our favorite clean-eating breads: Food for Life’s Ezekiel 4:9.

When purchasing your bread, stay away from the following things:
– “Enriched” Flour: After they stripped all the nutrients from the flour, the manufacturer tried to put them back in. Your body doesn’t like processing it. Put that bread right back where it came from.
– Preservatives: This is what makes loafs last for weeks at a time, and it’s weird. Reminds me of a “healthy” ice cream my dad once bought that never melted.
– Added sugar: I’m talking about you, high fructose corn syrup. I can get behind honey in my bread because honey is delicious, and I want it on everything. (In moderation, of course.)

What you’re really looking for:
– 100% whole-grain: Always look at that first ingredient. It should be whole-grain flour, sprouted whole-grain flour, or whatever fancy whole-grain flour you’re a fan of. Organic is ideal as well.
– Simple ingredient list: The most wholesome breads have just five ingredients: Whole-wheat flour, water, yeast, salt, and a natural sweetener, such as honey.

How to store leftovers:
If you know you have more bread than you can eat, you can save it for a future meal. To do so, tightly wrap extra loaves or buns, and freeze (do not refrigerate—this will cause bread to stale faster) for up to 3 months.

By Marie Silvio, Cooking Light
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