Sunday, April 12, 2009
Tea for Cardiovascular Health
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Drinking as little as one cup of black tea per day may improve cardiovascular health.
Researchers at the University of L'Aquila in Italy have demonstrated that consumption of black tea flavinoids significantly improves arterial dilation, lowered blood
pressure and reduced arterial rigidity resulting in more elasticity of blood vessels.
The benefits appear to be dose related, that is the benefits start with the consumption of one cup of tea and
increase with increased consumption. Black tea has become another powerful tool for us to use to improve
and maintain our health and wellness.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Chiropractic Rated the Best
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Consumer Reports has reported today the results of a survey they conducted of 14,000 people who had suffered from back pain
in the previous year but had never undergone surgery. The respondents preferred chiropractic care by 58% compared to massage
being rated as helpful by 48% and physical therapy by 46%.
Chiropractic care was clearly rated the most beneficial. Prescription medications were rated as helpful by 45% of the people
and over the counter medications were found to be helpful by only 22%.
The authors of the study
were surprised by the results but I am not. Most of the people I see my practice had already tried medications and various
therapies with little benefit prior to seeing me. Chiropractic treatment is safe, effective and
offers relief of symptoms and promotes healing at minimal cost when compared to other treatments.
Miracle of Vitamin D
11:07 am pdt
A few months back I wrote a post about the important role Vitamin D played in multiple sclerosis.
Vitamin D deficiency
is now described as a silent epidemic!
Additional published information has documented the expanded role of Vitamin D in the
prevention of fractures in the skeleton other than the spine . According to this study the prevention of fracture is dose related and higher doses of Vitamin D should reduce the
likelihood of fracture in people over the age of 65 by 20%.
New research has also pointed
to an important role played by Vitamin D in the prevention of cancer. In a startling admission, researchers are claiming that 600,000 cases of breast and colorectal cancer per year worldwide can be prevented by increased Vitamin
Optimal levels of Vitamin D can be achieved by supplementation of 2000 IU
per day and moderate sun exposre of about 15 minutes per day while wearing a hat. The health benefits of this minimal exposure
to the sun far outweigh the potential risks of skin damage and skin cancer.
Go get your
hat, go out for walk and leave the sun screen at home.This simple and enjoyable treatment can save up
to a million lives per year, maybe even yours.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
The cervical spine
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11:29 am pdt
We all need to be heart aware and adopt healthy eating habits. I was pleased to come across this article at CNN.com that gives excellent recommendations that are easy to follow.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Wiggle those Toes!
3:38 pm pdt
I'm very fond of telling my patients to wiggle their toes. There are numerous
reflex mechanisms related to toe movement and now researchers are telling us that performing specific toe exercises is good
for the brain. Scientists at Hiroshima University have found that twelve weeks of toe grasp exercises increases frontal lobe function.
perform toe grasping exercises you may simply place a small towel on the floor and grasp it with the toes of one foot and
gently lift the towel off the floor then let go. Repeat this exercise with the same foot until you begin to feel just the
first hint of fatigue in the foot then rest. Repeat with the other foot.
exercises daily to help improve muscle coordination, focus and attention.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Heal your Brain
10:04 am pdt
While you are performing your regular rhythmic aerobic exercise you are directly changing the physical
structure of your brain. This is most apparent in individuals age 60 and older.
regions of the brain exercised are the frontal, parietal and temporal lobe cortices.
regions are responsible for functions such as concentration, planning, mental focus, calculations, physical orientation of
the body, hearing, memory and smell.
Regular rhythmic aerobic exercise needs to the foundation
of your health care to improve and maintain brain health, heart health, joint health, bone density and happiness.