Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Don'y Let Stress Ruin Your Holidays!

Yes, the happy holidays are upon us, and as discussed last newsletter, the glorious days of indulgence can lead to weight gain if not managed properly.

But the holidays are dangerous to your health and wellness for another reason: stress. Whether it's the end-of-year deadlines at work, the mad rush to get your holiday shopping done (and the financial burden therein), the hectic one-party-after-another schedule or endless other factors, the holidays can increase your stress levels exponentially. Here's how to de-stress the holidays and allow you to enjoy the end of the year (and the beginning of the new one) without blowing a gasket.

Put it on the calendar: As your days become busier and busier, the potential for stress overload increases. How can you manage all your errands and responsibilities? The same way you've (hopefully) done it throughout the year: by putting it on a calendar. The only way to survive the hectic holidays is to make not only a calendar of the entire holiday season and pencil in all important dates and deadlines, but also to create a daily To Do List – and make sure all your "to-do's" get done in an orderly fashion. You'll be amazed how great you feel when you've organized your hectic day onto a single sheet and then cross off one task after the next as you complete them.

Go to your happy place: Stress reduction goes way beyond the physical; it becomes an exercise in mental relaxation. This holiday season, continually remind yourself to "go to your happy place" whenever you're faced with a stressful situation. Drowning in a sea of mall shoppers? Find a bench and take a 5-minute break – or go outside and walk for a few minutes, breathing the fresh, crisp air. Can't take another critical conversation with your in-laws? Switch the conversation to something you know will elicit a positive reaction / interaction. Find your happy place amid the chaos and help keep your stress levels low.

Schedule some free time: Back to that calendar / To Do List for a moment. If you're going to take control of holiday stress, you've got to schedule some free time for yourself while you're scheduling everything else. You can tell yourself you're going to do it, but if you don't put it on the calendar, you'll likely end up skipping it – and suffering the stress consequences. So schedule an end-of-day bath, a 20-minute midday walk or an early-morning read of whatever book you're working through – or schedule all three! After all, during the holiday season, there's plenty of stress potential in the air. Balance it with consistent, rewarding free time and give stress the boot.

Feed a little peace of mind: Last issue, we talked about ways to avoid holiday weight gain with sensible eating / lifestyle habits. This advice works just as well when it comes to fighting stress. After all, if you can't fit into your holiday outfit, you're riddled with guilt because you've gained back all the weight you lost for the previous 11 months, and your stomach's in knots from that third piece of pie, it's hard to stop stress from overwhelming you. So while you're enjoying those holiday indulgences (sensibly and moderately), up your intake of stress-relieving foods such as avocado, salmon, green tea, oatmeal, blueberries, leafy green vegetables and a host of other healthy options.

Holiday stress can ruin what should be an amazing time of year for you, your family and loved ones. Make the holidays memorable by taking control of stress – before it takes control of you. Ask your doctor about these and other stress-reducing strategies to help brighten your day.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Is Your Work Stress "KIlling" You?

We all experience stress in our jobs, even if we're working at our "dream job." That's because every job entails a certain amount of responsibility. Unless you don't care a bit about your job – in which case, you won't be employed much longer – you make every effort to fulfill your responsibilities; and that can cause stress, particularly when you're "under the gun" in terms of a project, deadline, presentation, etc.

Workplace stress also can manifest because your job is your source of income, and the prospect of losing that income (which in most cases, is always a threat, whether real or perceived) can be frightening. Add in the sometimes-contentious interactions with your boss, co-workers and other parties with whom you interact, and that stress can simmer slowly or boil over in a moment's notice.

But can stress actually be deadly? Yes, suggests a recent review study by Stanford University and Harvard Business School that evaluated the impact of 10 workplace stressors (including some of the stressors discussed above) on four health outcomes. After analyzing 228 studies, the researchers found "job insecurity increases the odds of reporting poor health by about 50%, high job demands raise the odds of having a physician-diagnosed illness by 35%, and long work hours increase mortality by almost 20%."

Most people have enough stress in their lives - add workplace-related stress and you could be concocting a recipe for disaster. Two solutions: Find ways to better manage the sources of stress (so you don't experience stress int he first place; or learn how to reduce the impact stress has on you when it inevitably rears its ugly head. Click here (or here) for some simple stress-management strategies to help get you started!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Don't Let the Holidays Be Hazardous – to Your Waistline

Yes, it's that glorious time of year again: six weeks of glorious indulgence, starting with Thanksgiving and rolling through New Year's. Combine ample decadent treats with hectic shopping, end-of-the-year work deadlines and "I deserve to take a break" syndrome, and you've got a recipe for holiday weight gain that can undo your entire year of progress.

But don't fret: Success can be yours with these tips to enjoy the holiday season without it being hazardous to your waistline.

Stay in the Zone: Exercise and diet are as important as ever over the holidays, if not more so, because you'll surely succumb to at least a few treats at a holiday party or family gathering. And that's OK - you didn't get in shape with a Spartan lifestyle, but with moderation and consistency. So stay in the zone by staying consistent: enjoy the holidays, but don't abandon the habits and dedication you've displayed for the past nearly-11 months. Don't overeat. Don't ignore the gym. Don't "give up" when you've come so far.

Give a Gift (to Yourself): Stress can be the operative word around the holidays, for all the reasons mentioned at the beginning of this article (deadlines, shopping, etc.). And when it comes to weight gain, stress can be the trigger, biochemically and mentally. Stress triggers the production of cortisol, the so-called "stress hormone," and cortisol can lead to weight gain, among other health issues. Stress also "weighs you down," making you more likely to curl up on the couch with a gallon of ice cream than hit the gym. So give yourself a stress-relieving gift while you're out shopping for family, friends and loved ones: a massage, a trip to the movies, or even just a long, hot, relaxing bath before bed can do wonders.

Take It Step by Step: Your quest for health and wellness is an evolving journey, not a single leap; it's a day-by-day, step-by-step process. Use that same philosophy over the holidays to stay active, even when you find it difficult to stick to your standard exercise routine. Holiday shopping at the mall? Escape the packed lots by parking in an open space and walk to the stores, no matter the distance (within reason). Why drive around for hours attempting to find that open space up front when you can escape the stress – and get some exercise – by parking farther away? Family in town? Catch up on old times while taking a nature hike or walking around town.

The holidays don't have to be hazardous to your waistline if you remember what you've been telling yourself all year long: I'm in control. Don't lose control this holiday season, no matter how hectic things get. You're in control, so stay strong and stay healthy – you deserve it. After all, your New Year's Resolutions should never say, "Lose the weight I regained over the holidays" again.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Alcohol During Pregnancy? Just Say "NO"!

Pregnancy is a unique time for an expecting mother, to say the least. For first-time mothers in particular, it can be overwhelming. So why not relax with the occasional glass of wine or cocktail to maintain your sanity during this wonderful, stressful stage of your life? Here's why: According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), prenatal alcohol exposure is the No. 1 preventable cause of birth defects and developmental (cognitive) problems later in life. A recent AAP report underscores the "zero tolerance policy" when it comes to drinking while pregnant: even one drink is too many

Major health organizations in the U.S. and worldwide have similar recommendations in place, but that hasn't always stopped some pregnant women from sipping on a drink or two. In fact, a 2013 study found one in 10 pregnant women reported consuming alcohol within the previous 30 days and one in 33 reported binge drinking.
"The research suggests that the smartest choice for women who are pregnant is to just abstain from alcohol completely," said Dr. Janet Williams, one of the lead authors of the AAP report.

So, if you're pregnant and feel as if "one little drink won't hurt anyone," maybe you're right; but keep in mind the potential consequences when your baby's born: organ problems (heart, kidneys, etc.), neuro-developmental difficulties, trouble with hearing and/or vision, growth retardation and more. Clearly, it's just not worth the risk.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Adjustments Are Good For Your Heart?

High blood pressure can be life-threatening, pure and simple.  In fact, high BP (known hypertension) is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke – two of the major causes of death. Aerobic exercise, a healthy diet and not smoking are three natural ways to lower your risk of high blood pressure, but unfortunately, too many people with high BP turn to medication instead.
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What about chiropractic care? A recent study serves as the latest evidence that chiropractic adjustments may improve blood pressure in the short term, finding that specific instrument-assisted adjustments to the thoracic spine positively affected blood pressure, pulse rate and classification of high blood pressure compared to placebo manipulation or no intervention.

Researchers randomly assigned 290 adults with and without hypertension to one of three groups for comparison: an active group, a placebo group and a control group. The active group received instrument-assisted manipulation to T1-T5, while the placebo group received the identical manipulative procedure, except the adjusting instrument was set not to deliver any force. The control group received no intervention (manipulation) whatsoever. Both patients and clinicians were blinded as to whether they were receiving / delivering active or placebo adjustments.

The primary finding following instrument-assisted manipulation to T1-T5 was a reduction in blood pressure (both systolic and diastolic BP) of approximately 7 percent compared to baseline measurements. Neither of the other subject groups achieved this reduction. Active intervention also improved blood pressure classification in many cases. (All subjects were classified at baseline as normotensive, prehypertensive, stage 1 hypertensive or stage 2 hypertensive.) The study authors described the impact of active intervention on these classifications as follows:

"Systolic and diastolic BP, pulse rate, and BP classification decreased significantly only in the active treatment group. No significant changes occurred in the placebo treatment and control groups. ... By category, 46% of [active treatment] subjects improved in early hypertensive or prehypertensive classification – about 4 times more than placebo and 2.65 times better than the controls. Similarly, 51% of Stage I and 57% of Stage II hypertensive patients improved, also better than placebo and control subjects."

Back pain, neck pain, headaches - chiropractic care has been proven effective for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. But the story goes much deeper than that, and research continues to reveal it. So try chiropractic: It's good for your heart.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Less Sleep Can Mean More Colds

You're not getting enough sleep, night after night, but you continue to push it, hoping it won't do any harm. Then cold season hits, and you find yourself getting even less sleep because you come down with more colds than usual.

It's a vicious cycle you can't seem to escape: lack of sleep, cold, lack of sleep, another cold. Is there a connection? Definitely, according to a recent study that suggests people who sleep less than six hours a night are more likely to catch the common cold than people who get more sleep nightly.

In the study, published in the journal Sleep, researchers tracked 164 men and women for a week, monitoring their sleep patterns. At the same time, they exposed all study participants to the rhinovirus, better known as the common cold. Results showed that while only 18 percent of participants who more than six hours nightly contracted a cold, 39 percent who slept less than six hours did. On average, sleeping less than six hours a night made participants more than four times more likely to contract the rhinovirus compared to participants who slept seven hours or more.

In an article on CNN.com, Shalini Paruthi, director of the Pediatric Sleep and Research Center at Saint Louis University, summed up the research findings: "It looks like an adequate amount of sleep allows our body to mount a better immune response."

Having trouble sleeping? More colds may be on the way this fall (and all year round). Click here to learn more about the health benefits of adequate sleep and how you can ensure you get restorative, rejuvenating sleep tonight– and every night.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

How Chiropractic Can Help The 5 Most Common Causes of Neck Pain

Neck pain can be acute (short term) or chronic (recurring or persisting for months and even years), but regardless, when you're in pain, relief is the first thing on your mind. Just as important as relief, of course, is finding the cause and ensuring you avoid the behavior / action that brought the pain on in the first place.

Here are five common causes of neck pain – and why doctors of chiropractic are well-suited to relieve the pain and determine the underlying cause.

1. Poor Posture: Leaning over a desk all day or slouching in your office chair? You're bound to develop neck pain eventually, if you haven't already. Do this quick test: In an upright or seated position, round your shoulders and back (poor posture). Does it impact your neck as well? Exactly!

2. Monitor Madness: Staring at the computer screen for hours at a time? That's not good for your health (or sanity), but from a neck pain perspective, it's madness, particularly if the screen height forces you to crane your neck up (too high) or extend it down (too low).

3. Sleep Issues: Ideally, we spend a third of our day sleeping, so your sleep habits – for better or worse – can have a dramatic effect on your health. With regard to neck pain, anytime you sleep in an uncomfortable position, particularly one that stresses your neck musculature (think about side-sleeping while grabbing your pillow tightly, sleeping on your stomach with your arms out in front of you, or even sleeping on your back, but with a pillow that doesn't adequately support your neck), you risk neck pain.

4. Technology Overload: We may spend a third of our day sleeping, but we increasingly spend the other 16 hours typing, texting, tapping and otherwise interacting with our smartphones, tablets, etc. Bottom line: bad for your neck. One doctor has even coined the phrase, "text neck," to describe the neck pain that can result from this constant technology interaction.

5. The Wrong Movement: Twisting, turning, stretching and stressing your neck is an easy way to cause neck pain. While the muscles in the neck are strong, they can be strained, sprained and even torn, just like any other muscle.

It's important to note that beyond these common causes, various other health issues can also contribute to or directly cause neck pain, including fibromyalgia, cervical arthritis or spondylosis (essentially spinal arthritis), spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal), infection of the spine, and even cancer. The good news is that a doctor of chiropractic can help identify which of these or the above causes is to blame.

When neck pain strikes, most people turn to a temporary solution first: pain-relieving medication. But that's not a permanent solution, of course, and it doesn't address the cause of the pain at all, which could be something relatively minor – or more serious. What's more, research suggests chiropractic spinal manipulation is actually more effective than over-the-counter and prescription medication for relieving both acute and subacute neck pain.

Suffering from neck pain? Then give us a call. We'll help you relieve your pain and determine the cause so it doesn't return.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

4 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Energy Levels

Energy can be a tricky thing – some days you have it, some days you don't. Countless factors can affect your energy levels throughout the day, week to week and even longer term. Fortunately, in the absence of an underlying health condition, there are simple strategies to ensure you've got energy when you need it – which in general, means all the time.

Here are some great natural energy boosters to raise you up when you're feeling low:

1. Stress Less: Easier said than done, right? Stress, particularly chronic stress, may be the No. 1 cause of low energy. Why? Because all your available energy - physical, mental, emotional - is occupied by whatever's got you stressed out - your relationship, your finances, your job, etc. And stress leads to all the other energy drainers mentioned below: poor diet, lack of exercise and sleep issues. The Fix: Yes, "Stress less" is still the solution. Here are some great ways to reduce stress and boost your energy levels in the process.

2. Rethink Your Diet: Many people don't have a clue that what they eat has a direct and dramatic impact on their energy levels. The main culprits: eating too much, eating too much sugar / simple carbohydrates or not eating enough, particularly of the right foods. All three lead to low blood sugar levels, making you feel sluggish and drained. The Fix: Eat less carbs, more protein, and low - Glycemic Index foods (vegetables included) that give you sustained energy throughout the day. Eat something every 3-4 hours to avoid blood sugar depression.

3. Get Off Your Butt: This isn't as funny as it sounds; exercise (or lack of it) has a profound impact on energy. Interestingly, while many people (usually non-exercisers) fear exercising because they believe it will expend too much energy, it actually has the opposite effect. The Fix: In the short term, exercise energizes; in the long term, particularly as you drop pounds, tone and tighten, and start to see results, it can be downright motivating. What's more, physical activity increases your metabolism – the body's ability to burn calories at rest. Now that's energy in action.

4. Recharge: Sleep is the mechanism by which the body and mind refresh, recharge and revitalize. Unfortunately, even people who think they're getting enough sleep probably aren't. Watching TV or checking your emails for an hour before bedtime, waking up multiple times, or tossing and turning because of an improper mattress / pillow, sets the stage for disturbed, disrupted and interrupted sleep. Nothing worse for your energy levels than a night of poor sleep. Even worse when it happens night after night. The Fix: Take these steps to ensure you get a good night's sleep every night, and watch your energy levels soar.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Kids Can Have Back Pain?

As adults, we get used to a variety of daily or near-daily aches and pains, particularly as we age. But what about our children? Don't they seem immune to many, if not all, of the pain complaints we have – despite the fact that for the most part, they're exponentially more active?

Maybe not. A study of schoolchildren ages 12-15 revealed a startling statistic: More than half (57 percent) reported experiencing back pain in the past year. As you might expect, "remaining seated at school" was a primary pain trigger, particularly for back pain lasting up to seven days.

These findings not only point to the universality of back pain – and the need for it to be addressed by qualified health care professionals such as doctors of chiropractic; but also the need to recognize and avoid situations that may increase the risk of experiencing an episode of back pain.

For example, evidence implicates ergonomic flaws both in the school and workplace (desk / chair height, etc.) in back pain, not to mention carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain and other conditions. What's more, the act of sitting alone creates undue stress on the spinal column and encourages poor posture whether at school, work or home, a major initiator of back pain and related conditions.

If anyone in your family is suffering from back pain, do something about it. Schedule an appointment to talk to Dr. Doran about the potential causes and solutions.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Second Leading Cause of Death?

Behind smoking, obesity is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States – and the way we're going as a nation, it soon might be No. 1. Here are four easy ways to make sure you or someone you know doesn't end up a statistic.
It's a daily plan to improve your life by keeping your weight at a healthy level.

1.  Motion Matters: You can't beat exercise when it comes to weight management, and for two simple reasons that bear constant repeating: 1) The more calories you burn, the more weight you'll lose; and 2) muscle feeds metabolism, which burns calories even when you're not doing anything (even while you're sleeping). Plus, the more you exercise, the less time you have to sit on the couch, snacking on obesity-promoting chips, sweets and other nutrient-deficient foods.

2. Portion Potion: Actually, there's no magic trick or potion when it comes to portion control – it's a simple formula of "don't overeat" that prevents packing on the calories / pounds. Often, we overeat because we haven't eaten enough throughout the day; by the time we do, we're so famished that we eat whatever we see (and too much of it).

3. Sound Asleep: If you think sleep doesn't impact weight, think again. Production of hormones that regulate appetite suppression and fat storage are influenced by sleep. What's more, poor sleep can lead to stress, fatigue and more awake time – factors that can severely compromise your diet and fitness plan. Face it: Sleep poorly and you're setting a dangerous course for weight gain.

4. Stress Solution: It's fitting that we end with a discussion about stress, because if you think about it, stress impacts your ability to achieve all of the above: exercise, proper eating and restorative sleep. Stressed out? You might obsess about what's bothering you instead of sleeping; or you may try to relieve your stress by indulging in your favorite comfort foods – to excess. When we're stressed, you may find it more difficult to get to the gym or stick to your exercise routine.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Kids Need Chiropractic, Too!

Back and neck pain don't just affect adults, although often they're the ones who seek treatment. What about our children who also suffer? Don't they deserve the same attention from the health care provider who can best address their pain – a doctor of chiropractic?

Back and neck pain are prevalent in our society and can strike at any time. If you think children are somehow immune, think again: According to a recent study that tracked the incidence of back and neck pain from childhood to adolescence, one in 10 children (age 9) suffer from neck pain and one in three suffer back pain. The percentages dip a bit at age 13, but then climb dramatically by age 15.

Here's what the research shows:
                  % Reporting Neck Pain      % Reporting Back Pain
Age 9:                         10%                                 33%
Age 13:                       7%                                   28%
Age 15:                       15%                                 48%

That's right: By age 15, nearly one in six adolescents report neck pain and nearly one in two report back pain. Now that's a serious health issue requiring serious solutions.

Back and neck pain affect people of all ages; that's the bottom line. If your children haven't seen a doctor of chiropractic yet, there's no better time than now - regardless of whether they're complaining of pain in the back, neck or elsewhere.

After all, preventing pain before it starts is the secret to lasting health and wellness. And don't your children deserve that as much as you do? Call our office today to schedule a FREE consultation to see if your child could benefit from a chiropractic adjustment!

Monday, March 30, 2015

One Simple Way to Fight Stress

What do you feel when you're stressed? If you're experiencing a high level of stress right now, this may be an easy exercise for you. For many people, the physical reaction can include a sense of painful, stiff weight on the neck and shoulders; as if some mysterious force is pulling you down, urging you to curl up into a little ball and avoid the stress triggers. That's stress in a nutshell, and one of the consequences, as you might imagine from the above picture, is poor posture.

According to a recent study, stress might not only cause poor posture; the opposite might actually be the case. The study compared upright, seated posture to slumped seated posture to evaluate how different postures affected emotions / mood, particularly in the face of stress. Results showed that "upright participants reported higher self-esteem, more arousal, better mood, and lower fear, compared to slumped participants." Another study found that sitting up straight also gives people more confidence in their own thoughts.

The researchers' concluding remarks were even more revealing: "Adopting an upright seated posture in the face of stress can maintain self-esteem, reduce negative mood, and increase positive mood compared to a slumped posture. Furthermore, sitting upright increases rate of speech and reduces self-focus. Sitting upright may be a simple behavioral strategy to help build resilience to stress."

The take-home message: Sit up straight and reduce your stress! By the way, proper posture is also a great way to prevent spine-related aches and pains. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Doran for more information!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Harvard Medical School Supports Chiropractic

A recent article in the Harvard Health Publication for Harvard Medical School pointed out many of the benefits of chiropractic. Referencing recent studies, the article stated:

"Chiropractic spinal manipulation may be helpful for back pain, migraine, neck pain, and whiplash."

While musculoskeletal pain and headaches are two of the most common conditions treated by a chiropractor, people with asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome, and fibromyalgia frequently see improvement with chiropractic as well.

The physicians at Harvard also noted that although there have been some reports of stroke following spinal manipulation, "...this is very rare and some studies suggest this may not be directly caused by the (chiropractic) treatment."

If you are suffering from any conditions or complaints you feel could benefit from chiropractic, call our office for a free consultation today!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Another Reason Chiropractic Can Help Relieve Your Back Pain...

Doctors of chiropractic are known for treating low back pain and preventing its recurrence. Now recent research emphasizes the science underlying their effectiveness. A recent study suggests chiropractic care (spinal manipulation) can reduce LBP, but it also suggests chiropractic can increase spinal disc height.

Why is that important? Because a loss of intervertebral disc height is one of the traits of low back pain. Discs are the ligaments between the bony vertebrae that act as shock absorbers for the spine. As we get older, our discs have a tendency to get smaller, which can lead to all kinds of problems, including pain. Fortunately, as this study suggests, chiropractic can help.

That's good to know no matter your age and the condition of your spine. Make an appointment with Dr. Doran to learn more. Remember, a healthy spine means a healthy you!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Prozac For Weight Loss?

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that OxyELITE Pro Super Thermogenic, a supplement marketed for weight loss, contains antidepressant fluoxetine, or Prozac.

Consumers should "not purchase or use" the product, officials said in a public notice posted Saturday, noting that it contains the FDA-approved drug Prozac, a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI).

"SSRIs have been associated with serious side effects including suicidal thinking, abnormal bleeding, and seizures," the notice reads, which was posted to draw attention to supplements that do not post certain drugs or chemicals on their labels.

Officials found the drug in the supplement "during an examination of international mail shipments," according to the notice, and its existence was confirmed at an FDA laboratory.

The manufacturer of the supplement, USPlabs, faced similar issues in 2011, when officials found an earlier version of the product to contain the synthetic stimulant DMAA, which has life-threatening side effects.

"These products are typically promoted for sexual enhancement, weight loss and body building and are often represented as being 'all natural,’ “ the FDA said, suggesting consumers be cautious when purchasing dietary supplements.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Can Going to the Hospital Make You Sick?

There aren't many people who enjoy being at a hospital, probably because it means only a few things: either you've suffered a health crisis or someone you know has. (Birth is probably one of the few events that makes a hospital visit enjoyable, at least after the baby is born.) With that said, if you conducted a survey, you'd likely discover that the majority considers a hospital one of the most reassuring places to go when there's something wrong; after all, surrounded by doctors, nurses and all types of equipment, is there any better place to be if your health is in question?

Not so fast. According to a recent study, thousands die each year from preventable - yes, preventable - hospital infections. By "hospital infections," we mean you acquired the infection while in the hospital; it wasn't your reason for going there in the first place, and it wasn't an inevitable consequence of your condition. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine earlier this year, suggests 48,000 Americans (a conservative estimate, according to the study authors) die annually from hospital-acquired infections, most of which are attributable to the use of ventilators and catheters.

If you think there's nothing that can be done, consider that according to Dr. Peter Pronovost, a researcher at Johns Hopkins, these infections can be all but eliminated with simple hygiene measures and a hospital-wide team approach. One can only hope hospitals nationwide are doing everything in their power to make sure 48,000 deaths becomes zero deaths as soon as possible.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Super Bowl XLIX

Many NFL football players count on chiropractic care as part of their conditioning regiment before, during and after a grueling season not just to assist with recovering from injury, but as a preventative measure to stay healthy, stronger and more competitive.

Currently, all 32 NFL teams have chiropractors on staff, and while this trend took a while to catch on throughout the league players agree that staying fit requires more than hitting the weight room, eating well or spending time on the practice field. A major part of maintaining good health and maximizing their athletic potential consists of keeping their spine in optimal condition.

Future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers not only gets adjusted regularly but is the son of a chiropractor.  NFL great Jerry Rice, who won three super bowl rings, admits that chiropractic care was one of his secrets to a long and successful career. Making him one of the most durable and feared wide receivers in NFL history.

Unlike some former NFL players who continue battling pain years after their careers have ended, Jerry Rice continues to enjoy an energetic and pain-free life which he credits to regular chiropractic care during and after his football career.

Chiropractic care isn’t just limited to great NFL players. As an athlete playing any sport at any level, you can be certain that chiropractic care can do more than just accelerate the healing time of your injuries. Regular maintenance increases your energy, endurance and overall well-being, allowing you to compete more effectively.

If you are an athlete or know someone that may benefit from regular chiropractic care as it relates to athletic performance, consider calling and scheduling a free consultation with Dr. Jim Doran, one of Denver’s most trusted and respected chiropractors.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Fight Your Migraines WITHOUT Medications

If you've ever experienced a migraine headache, you know how debilitating it can be. According to the Mayo Clinic, "a migraine headache can cause intense throbbing or pulsing in one area of the head and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine attacks can cause significant pain for hours to days and be so severe that all you can think about is finding a dark, quiet place to lie down."

Nearly 30 million American suffer migraine headaches, with women more than three times as likely as men to be victims. Too often, medication is the first-line treatment strategy to control symptoms – particularly the pain – despite the fact that natural options are being shown to be just as, if not more, effective.

Case in point: a recent study that divided 91 adult migraine sufferers into three groups for comparison. One group received topiramate (brand name: Topamax), an anti-convulsant also approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment and prevention of migraines; a second group exercised 40 minutes a day, three times a week; and the third group performed relaxation exercises over the course of the study period. After three months, results showed no significant differences between the three groups: all three interventions reduced the frequency of migraine occurrence.

If you suffer from migraines, a doctor of chiropractic can recommend exercise or relaxation techniques to help treat your problem without having to resort to drugs, all of which come with a substantial list of side effects that can make you feel even worse. For example, among the potential side effects of topiramate are nausea, diarrhea and fatigue – just what you don't need when you're dealing with a debilitating migraine.

Of course, a chiropractor may also perform chiropractic adjustments, which have been shown to be effective for headache symptoms. One study showed spinal manipulation to be as effective as amitriptyline for migraine symptoms; another study showed a significant reduction in frequency, duration and severity of migraines, as well as need for medication, following chiropractic manipulation. And nutritional support, such as magnesium supplementation, has also proven to be effective.

If you suffer from migraines, make an appointment with Dr. Doran to find out about your drug-free options. Say no to medication and yes to natural care.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Heat Up Your Winter Workout

When winter hits, does your workout take a hit? All the typical excuses seem to converge all at once: "It's too cold!" "It's raining!" "The kids are back in school and I don't have time!" Are these the conversations floating around in your head these days? Then it's time for a self-intervention.
Replace those thoughts with these positive strategies to heat your winter workout up and take the next step toward true health and wellness:
 
Early to Rise: Commit to a morning workout and enjoy the rest of your day, secure in the knowledge you've crossed it off your "To Do List." Wait until evening and multiple variables could intervene, upping the odds that you'll say, "I can't" instead of "I already did."
 
Good Investment: Making sure you've got the proper exercise apparel is essential if you're working out in inclement weather, particularly if you're braving the outdoor elements. It goes beyond protecting yourself from the potential cold and moisture; it's also about making the experience something you look forward to.
 
Buddy System: Schedule your workouts with a partner to keep each other from "bailing out" on a bad day. Communicate the night before each workout to verify participation and stay motivated. It's a lot harder to stay in bed when you're workout partner's pounding on your front door, raring to go.

Talk to Dr. Doran for more strategies to make 2015 your best year ever. Remember, no one said getting – much less staying – in shape was easy, but one thing's for sure: You can do it.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Keep Your New Year's Health Resolutions (All the Way Through 2015!)

It's week one of 2015, which generally brings high hopes when it comes to improving your health and wellness. Worldwide, millions upon millions join gyms, swear off soda and processed foods, and commit to making this the year they turn things around. But by February, many have already abandoned their goals, and with each passing month, more follow.                                                     How can you turn 2015 into the year you keep your health resolutions? Here are a few suggestions to make 2015 your best year ever:

1.  Move beyond the moment: Step 1 is getting beyond the "time to turn my life around this year" moment and dedicating yourself to the effort it takes to complete any resolution. After all, it wouldn't be on your list year after year if it were easy, right? This is a 365-day process that will have its ups and downs (see step 2), and the quicker you realize that – and still believe you can succeed – the better.
 
2.  Take a few steps back: OK, so ideally, your 2015 will be smooth sailing and you'll achieve all your goals. But as step 1 pointed out, if it were that easy, your resolution list would be blank – yet here we are again, resolving to lose weight, exercise more, etc. Taking a step back means two things in this context: remembering your past (why you're still not where you want to be) and not being afraid if everything doesn't go right this time. Note that this doesn't mean you accept failure; it means you embrace this difficult process with perspective. The No. 1 reason people fail – in just about anything – is because they give up the first time something "goes wrong."
 
3.  Master the selfie: Whether it's done with your cellphone or mental snapshots, become a master of the selfie, tracking the person you were and the person you're becoming, day by day. If it's weight loss you're after, snap a photo every time you see a difference. Looking to stress less? Take plenty of selfies of you enjoying life more – while on that vacation you vowed to finally take, spending a lazy spring day with your family (that never would have happened in 2014, 2013, etc.), or just relaxing in your own backyard on a much-needed day off.
 
4.  Write your 2016 resolutions now: Want to maximize the chances you'll polish off your 2015 resolutions? Write your 2016 resolutions today – and don't mention any of your 2015 resolutions. After all, why write down resolutions that won't be needed anymore? In fact, go one step further by crafting 2016 resolutions based on the person you'll be after completing your 2015 resolutions. If you're losing weight in 2015, resolve to take a vacation to a beach destination in 2016 – and wear that bathing suit you know you'll fit into by then. Trying to eat better in 2015? Then put "Make more healthy meals from scratch" on your 2016 list, after you've learned how to eat right this year.
Resolutions can motivate and empower, or they can just remind you of what you couldn't accomplish year after year.  In 2015, rely on the past, the present and the future to ensure 2015 – and the year after that, and the year after that – gives you a great big reason to smile.