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An Apple a Day Keeps Diabetes at Bay

An Apple a Day Keeps Diabetes at Bay
Published Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Need another reason to eat some fruit every day? A new study from British and Chinese researchers shows a definite correlation between eating fresh fruit and a lower risk of developing diabetes. Many diabetics tend to avoid consuming fruit, opting for vegetables instead because of some fruits’ high sugar content. However, the results of this study share a different story.

  • Published on April 11th of this year, the study followed a half million Chinese adults between the ages of 30 and 79 for seven years.
  • About 19% of the participants reported consuming fresh fruit daily.  Participants who had been previously diagnosed with diabetes were three times as likely to report never or rarely eating fruit.
  • At the end of the study, researchers found that those participants without diabetes at the start had a 12% lower risk of developing diabetes when compared with those who ate no fruit. Across the study, more frequent consumption of fruit was associated with a lower risk.
  • For participants who were already diabetic when the study started, those who consumed fruit at least three times a week had a 17% lower risk of fatality and a 13%-28% lower risk of developing of complications associated with diabetes such as heart and kidney disease.
  • This study was purely observational, so there is no clear reason why this correlation exists and results may have been affected by other factors such as the participants’ dietary and behavioral habits. Further research is needed.

The lead author of this study and a research fellow at the University of Oxford, Dr. Huaidong Du said, “The sugar in fruit is not the same as the sugar in manufactured foods and may be metabolized differently. And there are other nutrients in fruit that may benefit in other ways.”  So despite some fruits’ high sugar content, this study shows that a daily dose of sweet, fresh fruit could actually prove beneficial for those already diagnosed with diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association website recommends fruit as a healthy dessert option for those with diabetes, and Diabetes.co.uk offers a handy guide for choosing fruits with low carbohydrate/sugar content. With its high fiber content and nutrients, fresh fruit is always a good choice!

You can read more about the study in PLoS Medicine

[VIDEO] Misunderstandings about Life Energy

Dr. Levine chats with us about Life Energy...what it means, what it doesn't, and how it relates to chiropractic care

[VIDEO] Misunderstandings about Life Energy
Published Thursday, 15 June 2017

Video Transcript - Misunderstandings about Life Energy

I think we're so indoctrinated into how we feel. The expression, if it ain't broke don't fix it, is not relevant to healthcare. It's not relevant to the things that we take pride in, or things that we respect, or things that we want to have longevity. What if we took care of our cars that way? My car's not broke, it keeps running so don't do anything. Don't change the oil, don't get a tuneup, don't change the brakes, just wait till it stops running. How about our homes? Do we prepare them for the seasonal change? It's preparation, it's planning, and if we don't do that with the body, because the human body is the greatest gift that we've ever received and it runs optimally if we help take care of it. It's important that we eat well, think well, and move well. Chiropractors help people move well. We can coach you on how to eat well and what type of supplementation you might need to help the chemistry in the body so it functions at optimal. We talk to our patients who want to get well faster about doing affirmations and visualizations and helping them think that they can be well, because no one gets well unless they want to.

Spinal Manipulation Effective for Relieving Low Back Pain

Spinal Manipulation Effective for Relieving Low Back Pain
Published Tuesday, 06 June 2017

If you visit the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange this weekend, there’s a good chance any visitor you randomly start chatting to by the otter exhibit has experienced low back pain. That’s because a study in 2001 found that 2 out of 3 adults in the United States suffer from low back pain at some point in their lives. Most acute low back pain eventually goes away on its own, but it can be a real problem for some when it comes to day-to-day function. Earlier this year, the American College of Physicians (ACP) released a report recommending that patients skip the drugs when treating back pain and look for alternative, noninvasive remedies. Now, a study from The Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests that the spinal manipulation therapy (SMT) often performed by chiropractors provides moderate pain relief and improvements in function for those suffering from acute low back pain.

  • Published on April 11, 2017, the study, “Association of Spinal Manipulative Therapy with Clinical Benefit and Harm for Acute Low Back Pain”, analyzed 26 randomized clinical trials (RCTs) from 2011 to the present.
  • Fifteen RCTs, which followed about 1,700 patients with low back pain demonstrated that SMT is associated with moderate improvements in patients’ pain ratings. Twelve of the RCTs also showed improvement in day-to-day function for their patients.
  • Side effects from SMT affected more than half of the patients tested and included temporary muscle stiffness, increased pain, and headaches. However, the authors of the report said that in all the studies, no patients reported any really serious side effects.
  • In an editorial released with the report, Dr. Richard A. Deyo suggests that many doctors are hesitant to refer patients to chiropractors because it is still unclear in the science community how exactly SMT relieves low back pain. However, he says out of 200 treatments for low back pain, there really is no treatment that stands out as the most effective, though this report may change that.
  • This report supports the results of the ACP report from earlier this year, which urges patients to seek out non-drug, non-invasive options for treating their low back pain. These options seem to have less severe and fewer long-term side effects than pharmaceutical treatments.

The American Chiropractic Association President, David Herd, DC, said, “As the nation struggles to overcome the opioid crisis, research supporting non-drug treatments for pain should give patients and health care providers confidence that there are options that help avoid the risks and dependency associated with prescription medications.”

Next time the pain in your lower back flares up or you overhear a neighbor griping about their aches, we hope you’ll consider chiropractic therapy instead of turning to the medicine cabinet. The evidence suggests that chiropractic care is the more effective and safer option.

You can read more about the JAMA report here and here

[VIDEO] What is Bad Stress vs. Good Stress?

Sometimes stress is good, but good stress can easily become "bad" stress

[VIDEO] What is Bad Stress vs. Good Stress?
Published Thursday, 01 June 2017

Video Transcript - What is Bad Stress vs. Good Stress? 

The difference between good stress and bad stress. You know, good stress motivates us to a certain extent, and if there's no end point to the stress, there's no resolution. There's no conclusion. You know, if you're building a house it might be stressful going through different contractors and bringing different implements into the house for different situations, but there's an endpoint. When that stress is ongoing and there is no endpoint, and it breaks you down over time. Day in, day out, week in, week out, month in, month out will break you down.

Upright Posture Helps Improve Mood for Depressed Patients

Sit up straight and smile!

Upright Posture Helps Improve Mood for Depressed Patients
Published Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Several studies have already demonstrated that proper posture helps improve mood and self-esteem in healthy people, but what effect does it have on those with depressive disorders? Researchers estimate that about 10 million Americans suffer from mild to moderate depression. A new study from the University of Auckland sought to understand more about the benefits of sitting up straight for these patients.  

  • The study consisted of 61 people, all with mild to moderate depressive disorders. Before the test, the researchers noted that all participants had significantly more slumped posture than the norm, indicating that slumped posture and depression often go hand in hand.
  • Participants were randomly assigned to continue their normal posture or to adopt and maintain upright posture with the help of physiotherapy tape.
  • The researchers then put them through two tests in which they had to deliver a five-minute speech and count backwards from 1,022 in steps of 13.
  • Those with upright posture showed more enthusiasm, using more words and speaking more clearly during their speeches.  They also demonstrated less fatigue and made fewer errors when counting.
  • Those in the upright posture group also used fewer first-person singular pronouns, such as “I” and “me” in their speeches, suggesting they were less self-focused and had a more positive mood.

The report authors mention that “for severe, disabling depression, sitting posture is not likely to make much of a difference. But for mild or moderate depression, sitting up straight may help patients manage their mood and be more productive.”

Though more research needs to be done, especially with respect to those with severe depressive disorders, these findings clearly demonstrate that having upright posture can go a long way in improving one’s mood. The upright posture group showed more confidence and energy performing their tasks than those with slumped posture.  So, next time you’re feeling fatigued or down, check and adjust your posture for a mood boost. It may be just what you needed.

You can read the full study here

[VIDEO] What Does Subluxation Mean?

Dr. Levine explains what "subluxation" means and how it relates to chiropractic adjustments.

[VIDEO] What Does Subluxation Mean?
Published Thursday, 18 May 2017

Video Transcript - What Does Subluxation Mean? 

Sub meaning less than, lux, the term "lux" is light, -ation is a condition of. So, it's a condition of less light. In essence, it's less life force. It's the life energy that goes through the body and the brain is the generator. It generates this energy and this light force which travels down the spinal cord out of every nerve root which feeds to lungs, the heart, the gallbladder, every muscle, every 660 muscles in your body needs a nerve supply. So can you imagine that if there's pressure on that nerve, there's less life force going through that muscle, and you want to know why you keep getting a spasm or a cramp or a charlie horse, maybe it's nerve related. We need to find out if it is and if it isn't. What if you have digestive problems? What if there's less nerve supply going to the digestive enzymes and now you have acid reflux? These are all part of the subluxation, less light force do to interference in the nervous system from a bone being out of place putting pressure on a nerve. Subluxation, interference.

Reducing Cancer Fatigue with Exercise and Therapy

New study shows that drugs are not as effective at treating CRF

Reducing Cancer Fatigue with Exercise and Therapy
Published Tuesday, 09 May 2017

One of the most common symptoms of cancer treatments is fatigue. Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy can feel exhausted and heavy, with little to no desire to join in everyday activities. This type of fatigue oftentimes cannot be cured by simply getting more sleep. A report by The JAMA Network released in early March revealed that non-drug treatments such as exercise or psychotherapy are more effective for reducing cancer-related-fatigue (CRF) than pharmaceutical solutions.

  • The JAMA Network’s report analyzed 113 individual studies monitoring over 11,500 unique participants, in order to determine which treatment – exercise, psychological, the combination of exercise and psychological, and pharmaceutical – normally recommended for CRF is most effective.
  • Exercise and psychological treatments, as well as the combination of the two, reduced fatigue by 26 to 30 percent during and after cancer treatment.
  • Pharmaceutical treatments were only seen to reduce fatigue by 9 percent.
  • The authors of the study urge doctors to prescribe exercise or psychological interventions as first-line treatments for CRF.
  • The main author of the study, Dr. Karen Mustian of the University of Rochester Medical Center, says that the exercise therapy doesn’t necessarily have to be intense or vigorous. Most of the studies analyzed included walking and resistance training exercises. Also, the psychological treatment does not only mean structured therapy appointments with a counselor, but can also include group sessions and actively practicing mindfulness.

This report demonstrates that pharmaceutical treatments should no longer be the go-to prescription for patients dealing with CRF. Physical activity and psychological therapy can often do more to help reduce this fatigue than drugs or caffeine, even if they do not always seem like the easiest solutions.

Dr. Mustian in an interview said, “While our knee-jerk reactions might be to retreat, and to rest, and for caretakers to be very protective…actually encouraging [cancer patients] to be more active, asking them to get up and go for a 10-minute walk and walking with them – those kinds of things can make some of the most drastic positive impacts in the entire experience that someone would have with cancer.”

Read more about the report and real life success stories here

[VIDEO] When Will I Get My First Adjustment?

Dr. Roczey discusses when the first chiropractic adjustment occurs and what you can expect.

[VIDEO] When Will I Get My First Adjustment?
Published Thursday, 04 May 2017

Video Transcript - When Will I Get My First Adjustment? 

Normally, patients get adjusted on the second visit for the first time because the problem's been there for months, sometimes even years. So is it fair for me to make an adjustment just because you're in pain? A lot of people are in pain. However, we don't know where the problem is. We don't know what caused it. We might be doing more harm. Most patients understand after our thorough consultation examination that it's so important that we find out where it is, what it is, and can we move it, and is it safe for us to adjust?

 

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