Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New Study Finds Chiropractic Cuts Health Care Costs in Half

A new study analyzing data retrieved from 85,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield beneficiaries found that insurance companies that prevent people with lower back pain from seeing a chiropractor actually pay 40% more for the care those people receive from medical providers.

Lower back pain is a significant public health problem with up to 85 percent of Americans experiencing back pain at some point in their lives. Treating back pain costs about $50 billion annually in health care costs (not including the negative effects on employee productivity) making it one of the top 10 most costly conditions treated in the United States.

If you or someone you know is experiencing back pain, schedule an appointment at our office today and save your self time and money by feeling better faster.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Are You “Thinking” Yourself Sick?

An Australian study in the late 1970s showed that when one spouse dies, the other experiences a weakened immune system. Your immune system is key. This helps explain why grieving spouses have more diseases and a higher death rate than others of similar age. Other studies have shown that heart patients who are depressed have more heart problems than happier heart patients; depression was a better predictor of problems than physical measurements were.

Cancer is more common in people who suffer a major emotional loss, repress anger and feel helpless. Cancer patients who express their emotions rather than denying them seem to recover more often. The link between emotion and cancer is so strong that some psychological tests have been found to be better predictors of cancer than physical exams at times. This does not mean that everyone who has cancer or some other disease has simply thought it upon himself. That’s not what I’m saying. There are many factors involved in disease; even the best attitude is not going to prevent ill effects from some chemical and biological hazards. A new study shows physical proof how one of those aspects – a strong and happy marriage – can be a boon to your health. According to the study, physical wounds take much longer to heal in marriages marred by hostility and conflict than those in which couples build a more pleasurable home life.

A study at UCLA in the early 1990s was conducted where 14 professional actors were recruited to study the effects of emotion on the immune system. During the study, the actors were told which mood state they would be experiencing.

They then read the appropriate scenario, which was only 100 words long, and were told to create and experience a realistic mood by developing the scene and act it out while seated. Actors were encouraged to use their own personal memories to intensify the experience if possible. Once the actors were in a particular emotional state, the researchers drew their blood to measure any physical changes that may be associated with particular emotional states. What they found surprised everyone. Simply by shifting from one emotional state to another, the actors could stimulate or suppress their immune function. Subsequent studies have measured all kinds of physical changes that result from emotional states, such as changes in hormone levels, brain chemistry, blood sugar levels, even the ability to heal properly. In fact, the mind-body connection is so strong that an entire field of science has emerged called psycho-neuro-immunology.

More and more scientific studies are published on a daily basis proving the idea that thoughts and emotions have a powerful influence on your physical health. This is one of the reasons why people are much more likely to get sick during job changes, holidays and other stressful times; or why people who are depressed have a much higher risk of developing cancer. How can emotions affect our immunity or resistance to disease? Research shows that your brain can release hormones and other chemicals that affect your white blood cells and other parts of your immune system

Though the chemicals also have other functions, they are a link between our thoughts and our ability to resist diseases. For example, when people react to stresses with fear, their brains send a “danger” message to the body. Here’s what happens. Hormones are released to raise blood pressure and prepare muscles for quick action, as if to fight or flee from danger. The stress hormones also depress the disease-resistance system, and over time, can damage your brain, heart and digestive tract.

Your thoughts can cause physical abnormalities such as ulcers, indigestion, nervousness and high blood pressure. Your thoughts can also depress your immune system, which leads to a wide variety of diseases. Whether a person experiences poor health, depends on the person’s heredity, environment, diet, their thoughts, and even their behavior.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Why I Don’t Get A Flu Shot

I have never received a flu shot and here are some reasons why. The effectiveness of the flu vaccine is exaggerated. The strains for the vaccine are selected a year in advance. That’s important for you to know because researchers guess on what strain will prevail each flu season. They have no other way of knowing. And if they guess wrong, the vaccine is useless.

So, many people who get the flu vaccine wind up getting the flu anyway. But it’s worse than that because the flu vaccine comes with some pretty significant toxins, like:

Thimerosal – A preservative used in multi-dose flu vaccines, it contains 49.6% mercury by weight. Mercury is toxic and has been linked to brain injury, organ failure and muscle weakness.
Triton X-100 – A detergent and mercury derivative.
Polysorbate 80 – A potential carcinogen.
Formaldehyde – Classified as a human carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency.

What’s more, it really isn’t good for the very young or the very old – the folks who are supposed to need it most. For example, more people than ever age 70 and older are getting flu shots. Meanwhile, the University of Alberta did a study in which one group of people got a flu shot, and one didn’t. More people died in the group that didn’t get the vaccine … but when researchers looked more carefully and adjusted for other factors like existing health conditions, there was no difference between the groups.

Children as young as six months are being recommended for flu shots, too. But get this: One study presented at an American Thoracic Society conference in San Diego revealed that children who received the flu vaccine had three times the risk of being hospitalized soon after taking the shot, compared to those who didn’t. For children with asthma, the number was even higher.

But this isn’t the only side effect of the flu vaccine. It can cause everything from headache, vomiting, fever and muscle aches to encephalitis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome and neurological disorders.

Here are some easy ways to avoid the flu without getting a shot:

Get a boost of Vitamin D
A study published in Nature Immunology this year found that T-cells – your body’s major infection fighters – don’t mobilize against viruses without vitamin D.5 Vitamin D essentially activates these cells and supercharges your immunity. So soak up at least 20 minutes of sun a day. And eat vitamin-D-rich foods like cod liver oil, eggs, milk and orange juice fortified with vitamin D, sardines, tuna, beef liver and Swiss cheese. Or you can supplement. I recommend at least 2,000 I.U.

Eat foods rich in Vitamin C
Eat plenty of citrus fruits, broccoli, beef steak and oysters. This will help you maintain a super strong immune system. You also can take supplements. I recommend 2,000 mg daily.

Add some immune-boosting herbs
Garlic is one of nature’s best germ killers.
Oregano oil and turmeric help prevent viruses and ease cold symptoms.
Green tea contains anti-bacterial properties.

Get plenty of rest
You need eight hours of sleep each day. By losing sleep, you rob your immune system of the energy it needs to fight infection,6 and you’ll catch more colds and flu viruses.

Get some each day but don’t go overboard. Too much exercise can actually stress the body and weaken your immunity. Twenty minutes a day of varied intensity exercise is all you need.

Lastly, Keep up your regular chiropractic adjustments
Remember, the nervous system controls the Immune system and that is our only true defense against flu‘s and colds.