Health-E-News March 2012
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Derrick Rose attributes triumphant return to Chiropractic
Derrick Rose returned to resounding applause. He only missed the last five games, due to back spasms. Chiropractic helped him return back to the court.
Perhaps fittingly, when Derrick Rose briefly made Stuart Yoss the most famous Chiropractor to Bulls fans everywhere, Yoss was being true to his craft. "I was working, seeing patients," Yoss said by phone Tuesday afternoon. Never mind that it was Presidents' Day when Rose told ESPN's Doris Burke "the whole week I was seeing a great Chiropractor, Stuart Yoss. He did a great job of getting me back." Article
For Sinus Infection, Don't Bother with Antibiotics. Try this instead
Sinus infections are drippy and painful - an all-around headache, quite literally. When symptoms arise, patients often rush to the doctor for a prescription, usually an antibiotic, to put an end to the suffering.
But it turns out you'd do just as well to take a sugar pill and treat yourself with standard drugstore remedies. According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association by researchers at Washington University's School of Medicine in St. Louis, the antibiotics typically prescribed by doctors work no better than placebo for reducing symptoms of infection.
"Patients don't get better faster or have fewer symptoms when they get antibiotics," Jay F. Piccirillo, professor of otolaryngology and the study's senior author, said in a statement. "Our results show that antibiotics aren't necessary for a basic sinus infection - most people get better on their own."
However there are other options, that do work:
- Get steamy: The heat and steam from a hot shower does wonders for congestion and sinus pressure. Close the bathroom door and run the shower on super hot for a few minutes, staying in the bathroom to breathe in the steam. Lower the temp and hop in, allowing the hot water to gently massage your sensitive sinuses. If you don't want to get in the shower, you can also place a towel over your head, and lean over a pot of super hot water, breathing in the vapor.
- Try a Neti pot: To loosen up mucus and help it make its way out of your sinuses, give a Neti pot a try. Follow the instructions on how to use best.
- Hot compress: If the pressure is getting to you, run a washcloth under hot water, lie down and place the folded hot compress over your eyes. Gently press along your sinuses, massaging the sensitive areas to loosen up mucus.
- Sleep with a humidifier: If your symptoms are worse at night, keep your head slightly propped up with some pillows and sleep with a cool mist humidifier in the room.
- Drink up: Make sure you're drinking plenty of water. Staying hydrated can help loosen thick mucus, so you're able to blow your nose effectively.
- Get sweaty: If you're feeling up for it, do a high-intensity cardio workout that gets you hot and sweaty. This is a great way to get congestion relief.
- Chiropractic Adjustments: Chiropractic adjustments to the neck and upper back not only boost your immune system, they can also help open up the sinuses and allow them to drain.
Stay Active - Sitting A Lot Can Shorten Your Life
A pulmonary embolism can be a serious, life threatening problem. It's a blockage of one or more arteries in your lungs, often caused by blood clots that travel from another part of your body to the lungs.
How do you reduce your risk of suffering a pulmonary embolism? According to a recent study in the British Medical Journal, it starts with something simple: don't sit for too long. According to the study, which tracked nearly 70,000 nurses from 1990-2008, time of sitting was associated with risk of pulmonary embolism - women who sat the most had more than double the risk compared to women who sat the least. It's important to note that physical activity did not affect the risk, meaning that women who worked out consistently, but still sat for long periods of time on a daily basis, still had an elevated risk of developing an embolism compared to women who sat less (even if they also exercised less).
Stay active, keep moving and get regular Chiropractic care for a long and healthy life.
Calcium and Vitamin D Supplementation Lowers Abdominal Fat
While excess body fat in general ups the risk of cardiovascular disease, research shows that visceral abdominal fat is associated with a particularly high risk. The good news is that calcium and vitamin D supplementation appear to decrease visceral abdominal tissue (VAT). These findings were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
"For each 16-wk trial, 171 participants were randomly assigned to 1 of 2 groups. The treatment groups consumed three 240-mL glasses of OJ (regular or lite) fortified with 350 mg Ca and 100 IU vitamin D per serving, and the control groups consumed either unfortified regular or lite OJ." Computed tomography scans of visceral and subcutaneous adipose tissue were performed before and after the trial period.
Overall weight loss did not did not differ significantly between groups. However, VAT loss was significantly greater among individuals drinking supplemented OJ.
"The findings suggest that calcium and/or vitamin D supplementation contributes to a beneficial reduction of visceral abdominal tissue."
AJCN - January 2012;95:72-77.
Calcium is important. But milk isn't the only, or even best, source.
It's not a news flash that calcium is key for healthy bones. Getting enough calcium from childhood through adulthood helps build bones up and then helps slow the loss of bone as we age. It's not clear, though, that we need as much calcium as is generally recommended, and it's also not clear that dairy products are really the best source of calcium for most people.
While calcium and dairy can lower the risk of osteoporosis and colon cancer, high intake can increase the risk of prostate cancer and possibly ovarian cancer.
Plus, dairy products can be high in saturated fat as well as retinol (vitamin A), which at high levels can paradoxically weaken bones.
Good, non-dairy sources of calcium include collards, bok choy, fortified soy milk, baked beans, and supplements that contain both calcium and vitamin D (a better choice than taking calcium alone).
Here's the Harvard Report.
NE Patriots and NY Giants: The Essential Role of Chiropractic Care to Super Bowl XLVI
Meet Dr. Rob DeStefano, a New Jersey chiropractor and one of the men who keeps Big Blue in tip-top physical shape. A former athlete himself, he tells Pat Battle he's excited about going back to the Super Bowl. Click here to watch the tv interview.