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The blog for South Orange Chiropractic Center, South Orange NJ

Meal Timing and Eating Heart Healthy

When you eat is just as important as what you eat!

Meal Timing and Eating Heart Healthy
Published Friday, 31 March 2017

In late January of this year, the American Heart Association (AHA) released a statement regarding meal timing and frequency. The statement provides loose guidelines for how to promote your cardiovascular and overall health through your meals and eating habits.

  • When you eat could be as important as what you eat, as the body and its organs have their own internal clocks. Animal studies suggest that eating during an inactive phase, such as late at night before sleeping, can affect the metabolism, causing weight gain and inflammation.
  • Meal planning can also help reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, or other cardiac diseases. Knowing what you’re going to eat and when you’re going to eat it, helps you build a healthier lifestyle.
  • People who consume breakfast daily typically have lower cholesterol and blood pressure than those who do not. People who skip breakfast, as 20-30% of American adults do, are more likely to be obese, have diabetes, and have poor nutrition.
  • It is still important to have a healthy and balanced diet, high in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, poultry, and fish.
  • The authors of this report emphasize that more research is needed in order to provide evidence for these claims. While they believe these measures could lead to a healthier lifestyle, they write that larger studies, which track patients’ health over a long period and quantify outcomes, will lead to more concrete results.

Implementing these methods into your daily life may help reduce the risk factors surrounding cardiovascular disease including high cholesterol, obesity, high blood pressure, and insulin complications. While more research is needed to ensure a fool-proof guide to healthy eating, the AHA has provided some useful tips for people looking to promote their cardiovascular health.

“We suggest eating mindfully, by paying attention to planning both what you eat and when you eat meals and snacks, to combat emotional eating. Many find that emotions can trigger eating episodes when they are not hungry, which often leads to eating too many calories from foods that have low nutritional value.”

Click to read the AHA’s statement and full report

Mental Wellness As We Age

Protecting yourself from dementia with an active mind

Mental Wellness As We Age
Published Tuesday, 14 March 2017

A new study shows that seniors who engage in mentally-stimulating activities significantly reduce their risk for developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which often leads to dementia.

What they found:

  • The report is based off of a population-based cohort study of 1929 cognitively normal participants all over the age of 70. The study followed the participants for an average of four years.
  • The study’s team found that people who participated in mentally-stimulating activities at least once or twice a week had less cognitive decline than those who participated in the same activities only two or three times a month.
  • These mentally-stimulating activities included computer use, which decreased participants’ risk by 30%, craft activities (28%), social activities (23%), and game play (22%).
  • Researchers also followed the development of participants who were APOE e4 carriers, a genetic risk factor for MCI and Alzheimer’s disease. Mentally-stimulating activities may help to reduce the risk of new-onset MCI for these participants, as well.
  • In addition to mentally-stimulating activities, older adults should try to maintain a healthy lifestyle with proper diet and exercise in order to ensure the best defense against cognitive decline.

Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle is important no matter your age. This study reemphasizes the importance of taking care of your mind as well as your body.

Dr. Yonas Geda, a senior author of the study, states, “What is perhaps most exciting about this effort is that we are expanding the conversation around mental health, particularly among the elderly, to better understand how to remain mentally fit as we age.”

Head Injuries and Sports

Soccer players may be "heading" for concussions

Soccer Heading for Concussion
Published Wednesday, 01 March 2017

One of the most popular sports in the world, soccer is often considered a rite of passage for today’s youth. It is also a sport known for a high rate of concussions in it players, according to a study published in 2007 by the Journal of Athletic Training. In 2013, researchers conducted the Einstein Soccer Study, tracking soccer players in order to determine if “heading” the ball intentionally contributed to concussion symptoms to the same degree as accidental impacts, such as player-to-player or goal post collisions.

  • During the study, 222 amateur adult soccer players (79% male) completed questionnaires over a two-week period. The questionnaires asked them about their practice and game schedules, any intentional or unintentional head impacts that may have occurred during those practices or games, and any concussion symptoms (headache pain, dizziness, confusion) they may have experienced.
  • Researchers found that players who intentionally headed the ball the most were three times more likely to experience concussion symptoms.
  • However, players who suffered two or more unintentional head collisions were six times more likely to report concussion symptoms as those who only suffered a single impact. This suggests that unintentional head collisions are more risky than intentional ones.
  • In an interview with Reuters Health, the lead author of the study, Dr. Michael Lipton stated that this study only shows the short-term effects of heading, and more research is needed to address the long-term consequences.
  • The study followed amateur adult athletes in the northeast United States, so it is still unknown if the results can be applied to teenagers and children as well.

The report, published on February 1, 2017 in Neurology, demonstrates that concussion symptoms do arise from intentional heading, though more severe symptoms of concussion did mainly occur due to accidental collisions with other players or goal posts. While this may cause concern in parents over their children heading the ball in youth leagues, Lipton stressed there is a need for more research to track the long-term brain changes associated with heading.

Speaking to the New York Times, Lipton said, “We don’t know how much is too much. It would be great to say ‘no heading,’ but we don’t have enough information to say that. Public health interventions have to be based on evidence.”

Read more about the Einstein Soccer Study here.

New Study Says Skip the Drugs for Back Pain

Drugs are no longer the first option to manage pain

New Study Says Skip the Drugs for Back Pain
Published Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Drug Free Approach More Effective for Back Pain

On February 14, 2017 the American College of Physicians (ACP) released a report on the treatment of low-back pain, which recommends patients turn to noninvasive and alternative remedies before opening their medicine cabinets. The study followed patients suffering from acute (pain lasting fewer than 4 weeks), subacute (4-12 weeks), and chronic (+12 weeks) low-back pain, and does not necessarily apply to people suffering from radicular low back pain, more commonly known as sciatica.

Key Findings for Back Pain:

  • Low-back pain is one of the most common reasons patients in the US visit their doctors. In 2006, a study estimated that, including healthcare costs and time lost from work, low-back pain cost the American public about $100 billion.
  • Using acetaminophen (found in brand name Tylenol) to relieve low-back pain was found to be as effective as using a placebo. However, continued use of acetaminophen poses the risk of liver damage.
  • The study authors recommend most patients with any type of low-back pain should first try non-drug therapies, such as massage, spinal manipulation by a chiropractor, or applying heat, only turning to pharmacological treatments if the former prove ineffective.
  • Patients with chronic low-back pain respond more strongly to nondrug therapies such as exercise, acupuncture, and mindfulness-based stress reduction according to the study.
  • Pharmacological treatment may still be necessary if patients do not respond to alternative treatments. The study authors suggest discussing the drug products with your doctor thoroughly and selecting a treatment that would present the least health risks for you.

Overall, the ACP study suggests that alternative therapies for low-back pain are sometimes more effective and pose lower health risks than pharmacological treatments. Of course, if spinal manipulation, acupuncture, massage, or exercise does not resolve your pain issues, you should approach your doctor about possible low-risk drug treatments.

In an article for the Wall Street Journal covering this report, the president of ACP, Nitin Damle stated, “About one-quarter of U.S. adults have had back pain in the past few months. We are advocating for really trying the non-pharmacologic approach initially, especially for acute and subacute back pain.”

Read more about the ACP study here.

[VIDEO] Explaining SIGMA Results

Dr. Levine Explains The Results From A SIGMA Ultralign

[VIDEO] Explaining SIGMA Results
Published Monday, 06 February 2017

Video Transcripts- Explaining Results from SIGMA Ultralign

With the instrument, I will take a measurement of each vertebra. That measurement will give me a sine wave, and that will measure the normal motion of the vertebra. If the vertebra's not moving properly, due to an old injury or just a vertebra gets like that, locked out of position, we lose mobility, and I get a shift of the wave. Then what happens is the instrument steps in and we will make the adjustment until the graph is corrected, and then we'll see a normal wave afterward.

It might take weeks or months to get that normal wave, but at least we're towards a common goal. It's not just adjusting and adjusting and adjusting, it's working towards something, and then having a measurement.

This would be the process of the chiropractic adjustment, and we get to measure that each and every visit, and then we'll do our reevaluations periodically to see the progress.

[VIDEO] What If I'm Nervous For My Visit?

Dr. Mark Roczey talks about calming your nerves

[VIDEO] What If I'm Nervous For My Visit?
Published Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Video Transcripts- What If I'm Nervous?

Most people do come in nervous because they're unaware about the newer technologies that chiropractic has to offer. What every patient needs to know before coming is that we're going to make sure that they belong here. We're going to find out where the problems are, how long they've been there, and what we need to do to fix them.

Our office, we walk with each patient and show them the steps to reach all their goals. Most importantly, some of the technology now eliminates all the fear of popping, twisting, and turning. It's computerized, it's comfortable, and it's consistent.

[VIDEO] Will My Pain Just Go Away On Its Own?

Dr. Levine Discusses the Pain Cycle

[VIDEO] Will My Pain Just Go Away On Its Own?
Published Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Video Transcripts- Will My Pain Go Away On Its Own?

Will the pain go away? Sometimes it will. Sometimes it comes and it goes, and when it's coming and going it's giving us that thought process, "I hope it goes away". "Maybe I should take something for it", which will actually prolong the healing process. Many times the pain will go away, but comes back worse or stronger and lasts longer. It's the same issue. Something's happening inside your body. Would you want to find out when the problem's small or when the problem's big? Check it out sooner. It makes a big difference.

Physiologically, what's happening inside the body? Pain comes from inflammation. If it's nerve related pain, and most of the time it is, whether it be a joint or a nerve feeding a muscle or a nerve coming out of the spine, and most people think of chiropractors as neck and back pain, only 10% of the nerve deals with pain. 90% deals with function. The function of the kidneys, the liver, the gallbladder, the stomach, the heart, the lungs. Every cell has a nerve supply, and if only 10% deals with the pain, why should we manage the symptoms when we should really be chasing the problem?

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