WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday May 26, 2014

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IN THE NEWS: STRESS DURING PREGNANCY LINKED TO INCREASED ASTHMA RISK IN CHILDREN Published April 07, 2014ReutersStress during pregnancy brought on by events like divorce, job loss or death of a loved one appears to be linked to an increased risk of asthma and eczema among children. These findings, Dr. Petra Arck told Reuters Health in an email, could “allow clinicians to evaluate future asthma risk in unborn children using a simple life event assessment questionnaire.”Arck, of University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Germany, and her colleagues note that although there are strong genetic components to asthma and related conditions, these alone do not help explain the unprecedented increase in such diseases in recent years. ADJUSTMENTS REDUCE STRESS

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WELLNESS: POPULAR MEDICAL FAD LINKED TO MARKEDLY INCREASED RISK OF CARDIOVASCULAR DEATH About one in every three deaths in the US is attributed to cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attacks and stroke. About 800,000 Americans die from cardiovascular disease annually. A quarter of these deaths could be prevented through simple lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, and managing your diabetes. Your diet is your primary and best tool for the prevention of inflammation that can lead to cardiovascular diseases. Reducing sugars/fructose and grains in your diet is a critical measure to reduce your cardiovascular risk. Compelling research suggests that vitamin D deficiency, combined with cholesterol deficiency (A 2012 study published in the journal Atherosclerosis3 showed that statin use is associated with a 52 percent increased prevalence and extent of calcified coronary plaque compared to non-users. And coronary artery calcification is the hallmark of potentially lethal heart disease!), may be at the heart of the cardiovascular disease phenomenon. Guidelines that will help reduce chronic inflammation and protect against heart disease are included. This includes specific dietary measures, exercise, sun exposure, grounding and much more.

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CONDITION OF THE WEEK: NUMBNESS Numbness and tingling sensations in the arms, legs and joints is often accompanied by neck pain. While many attribute these sensations to “circulation,” or poor sleeping position, they most often result from pinching or irritation of a spinal nerve. The cause of numbness and tingling to the arms often originates in the neck. Perhaps the most common is restriction of movement of a spinal joint. This may cause direct friction to the nerve root as it exits the spine or secondary muscle tightness, which can also produce nerve friction. Factors such as degeneration or thinning of the spinal discs narrow the nerve openings in the spine and predispose to nerve irritation. Those with disc thinning or degeneration, however, respond to treatment well if normal joint movement can be restored with adjustments.

 

FUNNY BONE:Navy Officer Cutting Through A Navy officer was cutting through the crew’s quarters of his ship one day and happened upon a sailor reading a magazine with his feet up on the small table in front of him. “Sailor! Do you put your feet up on the furniture at home?” the officer demanded. “No, sir, but we don’t land airplanes on the roof either.”

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday May 5, 2014

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CONDITION OF THE WEEK: LEG PAIN “SCIATICA” The term sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain and possibly tingling, numbness or weakness that originates in the lower back and travels through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of the leg.Chiropractic offers a non-invasive (non-surgical), drug-free treatment option. The goal of chiropractic care is to restore spinal movement, thereby improving function while decreasing pain and inflammation. Depending on the cause of the sciatica, a chiropractic treatment plan may cover several different treatment methods, including but not limited to spinal adjustments, ice/heat therapy, ultrasound, TENS, and rehabilitative exercises.

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DIET: IS YOUR BODY BURNING UP WITH DISEASE? It is becoming increasingly clear that chronic inflammation is the root cause of many serious illnesses – including heart disease, many cancers, and Alzheimer’s disease. We all know inflammation on the surface of the body as local redness, heat, swelling and pain. It is the cornerstone of the body’s healing response, bringing more nourishment and more immune activity to a site of injury or infection. But when inflammation persists or serves no purpose, it damages the body and causes illness. Stress, lack of exercise, genetic predisposition, and exposure to toxins (like secondhand tobacco smoke) can all contribute to such chronic inflammation, but dietary choices play a big role as well. Learning how specific foods influence the inflammatory process is the best strategy for containing it and reducing long-term disease risks. ASK FOR THE LIST OF ANTI-INFLAMATION FOODS

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IN THE NEWS: Zohydro: Why this new painkiller could spark another addiction epidemic The controversial drug is Zohydro, an extended-release painkiller containing the already widely used opioid, hydrocodone.  The company claims that acetaminophen overdose is the leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States, and 63 percent of these cases are caused by hydrocodone-acetaminophen combination drugs.  Zohydro is meant to provide pain relief without this threat of liver toxicity. But addiction experts claim this argument isn’t enough to outweigh the potential dangers posed by the painkiller.  Because of its extremely high dosage and lack of abuse deterrents, many believe Zohydro could easily ignite another addiction epidemic – as well as a new wave of overdose deaths. “I treat addiction, and see countless young people come in – a lot of guys in their late 20s, early 30s – who had a sports injury and were given an opiate.  I’m seeing them years later, and it’s devastated their lives,” Dr. Dana Jane Saltzman, a licensed acupuncturist and addiction specialist in New York City, told FoxNews.com. “…It’s really a lifelong struggle, and a lot of these kids wouldn’t be addicted if [opioids] weren’t so readily available.”

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