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Reduce Back Pain & Increase Disc

February 24, 2015
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One of the traits of low back pain involves the loss of intervertebral disc height. The disc is the ligament between the bony vertebrae that acts as a shock absorber for the spine. As we age, our discs have a tendency to get smaller which can cause a myriad of other problems. One recent...
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Vitamin C for Skin Cancer?

February 19, 2015
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An interesting study for the journal Frontiers in Oncology looked at the possible benefit of vitamin C for skin cancer. Researchers concluded that “our results suggest a possible epigenetic signature (cellular traits) of pharmacological doses of ascorbate (vitamin C) in human melanoma (serious skin cancer) cells and support further pre-clinical and possibly even clinical...
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Low Vitamin D = Cardiovascular Disease

February 17, 2015
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In research terms you will ordinarily hear studies talk about an “association” between two events. As an example, several studies have shown an association between low vitamin D and cardiovascular disease. This generally means there isn’t yet enough research to say it is a cause. A recent review of the research has determined that...
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Essential Oils vs. Bacteria

February 12, 2015
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The use of essential oils for health is becoming more popular, particularly with the growing concern over resistant bacteria. One study has demonstrated a positive association between the use of Lavender oil and bronchial asthma in lab mice. Another study looked at “basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) and rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.) essential oils against...
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Breastfeeding Encourages Healthy Diet

February 10, 2015
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An interesting study examined if any (partial) or exclusive breastfeeding as an infant had an impact of the eating habits of children when they turned six years old. The study found that “frequency of consumption of water, fruits, and vegetables was positively associated, and intake of sugar-sweetened beverages was inversely associated with any and...
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Seniors Getting Pumped

February 5, 2015
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A study examined “the effect of 26 weeks of low-load high-repetition resistance training (BodyPump™) on maximal strength, gait speed, balance and self-reported health status in healthy, active middle-aged and older adults.” This study divided seniors (over 55 years) into two groups, a control group and a group that “trained twice per week for 26...
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Children Eat as They Are Taught

February 3, 2015
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A study of children’s eating habits found that “31.9% of 6-year-old children consumed fruit less than once daily and 19.0% consumed vegetables less than once daily.” Upon further examination, researchers found that “children who consumed fruits and vegetables less than once daily during late infancy had increased odds (more than twice as likely) of...
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Lavender Oil for Bronchial Asthma

January 29, 2015
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A recent study “evaluated the anti-inflammatory effect of Lvn (Lavender essential oil) on experimentally induced bronchial asthma” in mice. Researchers looked at the impact of the lavender oil on inflammation as well as inhibiting an increase in airway resistance. The study concluded that “Lvn inhibits allergic inflammation and mucous cell hyperplasia with suppression of...
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Infant Antibiotics = Asthma

January 27, 2015
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Three studies have demonstrated an association between antibiotics and childhood asthma. The first study found that “both prenatal (before birth) and post-natal exposure to antibiotics was associated with an increased risk of asthma.” Building on this, the second study notes “antibiotic use in the first year life is associated with an increased risk of...
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Poor Eating on Weekends

January 22, 2015
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A study of overweight adolescents aged 12-16 years looked at when they ate healthy and when they did not: “Overweight adolescent girls were more likely to eat fruit on weekdays than weekends as were boys. “Adolescents consumed more fruit at school than other meals. “Weekday dinner was the meal where girls were most likely to...
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Chiropractic for Daily Living

January 20, 2015
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As an older person, one of your greatest concerns is to maintain your “activities of daily living” (ADL). The ability to get up in the morning, take a shower, get dressed, take care of yourself and be active is very important for aging seniors. Back pain can be a significant challenge for those seniors...
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You Walk How You Feel

January 15, 2015
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An interesting study looked at how emotions impact the way people walk. In the study, “participants recalled past emotional experiences (anger, fear, happy, sad, and neutral), ‘relived’ those emotional memories before gait initiation (GI), and then walked 4 (meters) across the laboratory floor.” Not surprising, the emotions changed the way people walked. Those who...
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C-Sections + Antibiotics = Infant Eczema

January 13, 2015
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A new study examined the relationship between cesarean deliveries, exposure to antibiotics prior to birth and the potential for the baby to develop atopic dermatitis (AD) also known as eczema. The study found that “the combination of cesarean delivery and prenatal exposure to antibiotics associated significantly and positively with AD.” In fact, exposed prenatally...
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