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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Tea for Cardiovascular Health

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. 

teacup.jpgThe 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.




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Monday, April 6, 2009

Chiropractic Rated the Best

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 meChiropractic treatment is safe, effective and offers relief of symptoms and promotes healing at minimal cost when compared to other treatments.

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Miracle of Vitamin D

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 D intake! 

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.

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

The cervical spine

This is an actual video flouroscopy of a person flexing and extending their neck. Notice the jaw facing the left side of the video and the back of the head on the right side of the video. Also note the intricate movement as the bones of the neck glide back and forth relative to the bones above and below.


This gives you some idea of the tremendous flexibility and range of the cervical spine. Below is an excellent computer animation of the cervical spine. Each of these views offers a slightly different appreciation for what is happening in the human body.


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Healthy Eating

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. 


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Friday, April 3, 2009

Wiggle those Toes!

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. 

To 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.

Perform these exercises daily to help improve muscle coordination, focus and attention.



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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Heal your Brain

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.

The specific regions of the brain exercised are the frontal, parietal and temporal lobe cortices. 

These 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.


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