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February 2012 Weekly Health Updates

.Weekly Health Update for Feb 27 2012

Posted: March 6, 2012
By: Dr Derek Friedman

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE
Week of: Monday, February 27th, 2012
Courtesy of:

Dr. Derek Friedman

Mental Attitude: Chewing Gum? Students who chewed gum for 5 minutes before taking a test did better on the test than non-gum-chewing students. "Mastication-induced arousal" is credited for the boost, which lasted for just the first 20 minutes of testing. Many studies have shown that any type of physical activity before an examination can produce a performance boost; this study points out that even mild physical activity can bring on such a boost. Chewing gum gave the subjects multiple advantages, but only when chewed for five minutes before testing, not for the duration of the test, so you can't chew gum and think productively at the same time. Appetite, Jan 2012

Health Alert: Graceful Age. The number of people over the age of 90 in the US will reach 9 million by 2050. To put the number in perspective, there were 720,000 people age 90 years or over in 1980, and today there are nearly 2 million. 74.1% of persons over 90 are women, with 88.1% of those being Caucasian. An average person who has lived to 90 years of age has a life expectancy today of 4.6 more years (versus 3.2 years in 1929-1931), while those who pass the century mark are projected to live another 2.3 years. U.S. Census Bureau, Jan 2012

Exercise: Good Reasons. Exercise helps you to maintain your resting metabolic rate and reduces the risk of developing colon cancer. Exercise also increases your tissues' responsiveness to the actions of insulin (i.e., improves tissue sensitivity for insulin), helping to better control blood sugar, particularly if you are a Type II diabetic.  Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health, 1996

Chiropractic: Chiropractic Before Surgery? A lumbar diskectomy is one of the most common spine surgical procedures, with an average charge of $7,841, not including lost wages and productivity. A recent study suggests that many patients will improve with nonoperative therapy (such as chiropractic manipulation) and that a trial of conservative management before surgery is appropriate. Spine Journal, June 2010

Wellness/Prevention: Another Cup Of Tea. Green tea contains catechins, polyphenolic compounds that are known to exert numerous protective effects, particularly on the cardiovascular system. Green tea catechins at doses ranging from 145 to 3,000 mg per day taken for 3 to 24 weeks led to statistically significant reductions in total and LDL ("bad"). Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Nov 2011


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Weekly Health Update for Feb 20 2012

Posted: February 20, 2012
By: Dr Derek Friedman

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE
Week of: Monday, February 20th, 2012
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Mental Attitude: Not So Smart At 45? A human's ability to remember data, to reason, and to understand things properly can begin to worsen at 45 years old (not at 60 years old, as previously believed). Mental reasoning among males aged 45-49 dropped by 3.6%, and 9.6% in the 65-70 age group. Among females, the decline was 3.6% for those aged 45-49, and 7.4% among those aged 65-70. This demonstrates the importance of promoting healthy lifestyles, particularly cardiovascular health, as there is emerging evidence that "what is good for our hearts is also good for our heads." Risk factors linked to cognitive decline: hypertension, obesity and high cholesterol levels.  British Medical Journal, Jan 2012

Health Alert: The Uninsured! Lack of health insurance is associated with less preventive care, delays in diagnosis and unnecessary deaths. However, insurance status doesn't affect the quantity (or value) of imaging services received by patients in a hospital, in-patient setting. Uninsured hospital in-patients who underwent imaging received the same number of imaging services as insured persons. The uninsured received fewer interventional and image-guided procedures but more computed tomography (CT) studies. Journal of the American College of Radiology, Jan 2012

Diet: Diet And Brain Shrinkage. Elderly people with higher levels of vitamins B, C, D, E and omega 3 fatty acids in their blood had better performance on mental acuity tests and less of the brain shrinkage typical of Alzheimer's disease. Consistently worse cognitive performance was associated with a higher intake of the type of trans-fats found in baked and fried foods, margarine, fast food and other less-healthy dietary choices. Neurology, Jan 2012

Exercise: Good Reasons. Exercise helps to relieve constipation, expands blood plasma volume, reduces the risk of developing prostate cancer and helps to combat substance abuse.  Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health, 1996

Chiropractic: Posture and Health. Posture and normal physiology are interrelated. Posture affects and moderates every physiological function from breathing to hormonal production. Abnormal posture is evident in patients with chronic and stress related illnesses. Homeostasis and nervous system function are ultimately connected with posture.  American Journal of Pain Management

Wellness/Prevention: Licorice And Tooth Decay. Two substances in licorice (licoricidin and licorisoflavan A) kill the bacteria responsible for tooth decay and gum disease, the leading causes of tooth loss in children and adults.
Journal of Natural Products, Jan 2012

Quote: “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” ~ Albert Einstein

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Weekly Health Update for Feb 13 2012

Posted: February 14, 2012
By: Dr Derek Friedman

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE
Week of: Monday, February 13th, 2012
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Mental Attitude: Emotions Not On My Sleeve? Contrary to what many scientists think, all people do not have the same set of biologically "basic" emotions and those emotions are not automatically expressed on the face. People do not scowl only when they're angry or pout only when they're sad. For example, people do a lot of things when they're angry, sometimes they yell and sometimes they smile. Current Directions in Psychological Science, Jan 2012

Health Alert: Ten Ways To Decrease Cancer Risk! 1.) Max BMI of 25; 2.) 5 or more servings of fruits & veggies daily; 3.) avoid carbs and grains; 4.) decrease processed foods & refined sugars; 5.) limit alcoholic drinks to 1/day for women and 2/day for men; 6.) limit processed meat to no more than 3 oz daily; 7.) eliminate vegetable, soy and canola oil; 8.) limit intake of salted foods & use of salt in cooking; 9.) eliminate tobacco use; 10.) practice sun safety/recognize skin changes and avoid sunscreen with chemicals. American Cancer Society

Diet: Soy And Hot Flash. According to a placebo-controlled study, daily doses of a soy germ-based nutritional supplement containing S-equol decreased menopausal symptoms 59%, including significantly reducing hot flash frequency after 12 weeks. It is believed that S-equol, produced from the isoflavone daidzein during the fermentation of soy germ, interacts with specific estrogen receptors to promote the improvement in menopausal symptoms.  Journal of Women's Health, Jan 2012

Exercise: Colds And Exercise. Different levels of exercise can significantly increase or decrease your chances of catching a cold. If you tend to be a couch potato, then you will catch 2-3 colds per year, on average. Regular moderate exercise can reduce the risk of catching cold-like infections by 33% (this effect has been shown to be the result of the cumulative effect of exercise leading to long-term improvement in immunity). Prolonged strenuous exercise, such as marathons, can make an individual more susceptible to catching colds. We are constantly exposed to viruses, but it is our immune system that determines whether we get sick or not.  Association for Science Education Conference, Jan 2012

Chiropractic: Avoid Surgery? A patient with a symptomatic lumbar disk herniation should consider spinal manipulation before surgery. JMPT, Oct 2010

Wellness/Prevention: Cancer Rates Dropping. In the last 20 years, one million deaths from cancer have been avoided. From 1990-2008, death rates dropped 23% in males and 15% in females.  CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, Jan 2012

Quote: “There are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something.” ~Thomas A. Edison

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Weekly Health Update for Feb 6 2012

Posted: February 6, 2012
By: Dr Derek Friedman

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE
Week of: Monday, February 6th, 2012
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Dr. Derek Friedman


Mental Attitude: Sleeping Problems? People who are poor sleepers exert a ton of energy trying to force sleep. Sleep is something that has to naturally unfold, so the more you engage in behaviors to try to sleep, the less likely you're going to fall asleep. Behavior Therapy, Dec 2011

Health Alert: Acid Reflux Up! Reports of acid reflux experienced at least once a week have increased by 47% in the last decade. The prevalence of any acid reflux symptoms rose 30%, while the more severe symptoms rose by 24%. There is concern that these findings will lead to an increase in cancer of the esophagus, a once rare but now more common malignancy that is very difficult to treat. Acid reflux, also known as gastro-esophageal reflux, is where the stomach contents (food and acidic digestive juices) escape upward into the esophagus. This can irritate the esophagus and cause heartburn and other symptoms. Being overweight is a risk factor for acid reflux. Gut, Dec 2011

Diet: Depression And Vitamin D. Because depression affects one in 10 adults in the US and low levels of Vitamin D have been linked to depression, researchers suggest that screening for vitamin D levels in depressed patients and perhaps screening for depression in people with low vitamin D levels might be useful. Vitamin D levels are now commonly tested during routine physical exams, and they are accepted as risk factors for a number of other medical problems such as autoimmune diseases; heart and vascular disease; infectious diseases; osteoporosis; obesity; diabetes; certain cancers; and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, multiple sclerosis, and general cognitive decline. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Jan 2012

Exercise: Good Reasons. Exercise helps to alleviate depression and increases your ability to adapt to cold environments. Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health, 1996

Chiropractic: What Did He Say? “The quality of healing is directly proportional to the functional capability of the central nervous system to send and receive nerve messages.” ~ Janson Edwards, MD. PhD

Wellness/Prevention: Don’t Smoke, Be Happy! Smokers have concerns that their quality of life may deteriorate if they stop smoking. However, a study found, in the long term, smokers who successfully quit experience no such deterioration due to quitting. If anything, they see some noticeable improvements. Specifically, compared with those who continued to smoke, quitters scored higher on measures of overall quality of life, health-related quality of life and positive emotions, both one year and three years on. They also felt they had fewer stressors by the third year.  Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Jan 2012

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