WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Oct. 26, 2015

 

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 IN THE NEWS:  BREAST EXAMS The American Cancer Society, which has for years taken the most aggressive approach to screening, issued new guidelines on Tuesday, recommending that women with an average risk of breast cancer start having mammograms at 45 and continue once a year until 54, then every other year for as long as they are healthy and likely to live another 10 years. The changes reflect increasing evidence that mammography is imperfect, that it is less useful in younger women, and that it has serious drawbacks, like false-positive results that lead to additional testing, including biopsies. Thermography is a lesser known, but increasingly popular screening test that works by imaging thermal patterns on the skin. A doesn’t do the same thing as a mammogram. It doesn’t “see” tumors. It is a physiologic test measuring subtle differences in skin temperature that can be associated with an underlying tumor (as well as other pathology).Thermogram has some advantages that a mammogram doesn’t, including the ability to detect physiologic changes in a cancer while it’s still in the cellular phase—sometimes years before it is detectable mammographically. Thermography can also detect lymphatic congestion and hormonal imbalances as well as monitor dietary changes. It can assess breast cancer risk, which is also something mammography cannot do. In short, thermography is a tool to monitor breast health, not just a way to find disease.

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WELLNESS: Could a Hug a Day Keep Infection Away? People who had greater social support and more frequent hugs were less likely to “catch” a cold after they were exposed to the virus. Hugs were responsible for about one-third of the protective effect. Hugging increases levels of the “love hormone” oxytocin, which may have beneficial effects on your heart health and more.

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CHIROPRACTIC: Lumbar surgical outcomes compared to chiropractic care. Recent study shows that 51% of lumbar disc surgeries were pain-free after the surgery and rehabilitation. The risks of surgery include scarring leading to other surgeries, two out of every thousand surgeries end in death, most lumbar surgery patients are not able to return to the type of work they had before. Studies of chiropractic care show in 80 to 90% recovery rate without the risk of surgery. Zero deaths with chiropractic care, no risk of scarring or muscle weakness and most patients can return to work twice as fast at a fraction of the cost of surgery. When chiropractic care is compared to medical care chiropractic is found to be twice as effective at half the cost.

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Oct. 19, 2015

 

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IN THE NEWS: Prescription Painkillers Lack Evidence of Safety and Effectiveness    for Long-Term Use Prescriptions for opioid painkillers have risen by 300 percent over the past 10 years. As of 2012, 259 million prescriptions for opioids and other narcotic painkillers were written. Despite dramatic increases in prescriptions, two recent papers assert that no solid evidence can be found in the medical literature supporting the long-term safety and effectiveness of narcotic painkillers. Nearly one-third of American women of childbearing age are prescribed opioids, even though these drugs carry risks of birth defects and other pregnancy-related problems.

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WELLNESS: Even if You Exercise, Sitting Eight Hours a Day Significantly Increases Your Risk of Dying From Any Cause Sitting for more than eight hours a day is associated with a 90 percent increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Those who sit the most have a 147 percent increased relative risk of cardiovascular events compared to those who sit the least; all-cause mortality is increased by 50 percent. Sitting also increases lung cancer 54 percent; uterine cancer by 66 percent, and colon cancer by 30 percent.

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Crohn’s disease

Crohn’s disease

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Crohn’s is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that is associated with inflammation of the lining of your digestive tract, which can lead to flare-ups. For more than half a million American men and women who have been diagnosed with Crohn’s, inflammation is at the root of their Crohn’s disease symptoms

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The most common location for Crohn’s disease inflammation is the last portion of the small intestine, at the junction where it joins the large intestine, but Crohn’s can involve any portion of the intestinal tract.

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Abdominal pain and cramping are two of the many Crohn’s disease symptoms.

Inflammation caused by Crohn’s disease can involve different areas of the digestive tract in different people. The inflammation caused by Crohn’s disease often spreads deep into the layers of affected bowel tissue. Crohn’s disease can be both painful and debilitating, and sometimes may lead to life-threatening complications.

Crohn syndrome and regional enteritis, is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus. Signs and symptoms often include abdominal paindiarrhea (which may be bloody if inflammation is severe), fever, and weight loss.  Other complications may occur outside the gastrointestinal tract and include anemiaskin rashesarthritisinflammation of the eye, and tiredness. The skin rashes may be due to infections as well as pyoderma gangrenosum or erythema nodosumBowel obstruction also commonly occurs and those with the disease are at greater risk of bowel cancer.  Among children, growth failure is common. In addition to systemic and gastrointestinal involvement, Crohn’s disease can affect many other organ systems.[ Inflammation of the interior portion of the eye, known as uveitis, can cause blurred vision and eye pain, especially when exposed to light (photophobia).] Inflammation may also involve the white part of the eye (sclera), a condition called episcleritis.

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Crohn’s disease also increases the risk of blood clots; painful swelling of the lower legs can be a sign of deep venous thrombosis, while difficulty breathing may be a result of pulmonary embolismAutoimmune hemolytic anemia, a condition in which the immune system attacks the red blood cells, is also more common in Crohn’s disease and may cause fatigue, a pale appearance, and other symptoms common in anemiaClubbing, a deformity of the ends of the fingers, may also be a result of Crohn’s disease. Finally, Crohn’s disease increases the risk of osteoporosis, or thinning of the bones. Individuals with osteoporosis are at increased risk of bone fractures.

Crohn’s disease can also cause neurological complications (reportedly in up to 15%).] The most common of these are seizuresstrokemyopathyperipheral europathyheadache and depression.

People with Crohn’s often also have issues with small bowel bacterial overgrowth syndrome, which has similar symptoms.

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In the oral cavity people with Crohn’s may develop cheilitis granulomatosa and other forms of orofacial granulomatosispyostomatitis vegetansrecurrent aphthous stomatitisgeographic tongue, and migratory stomatitis in higher prevalence than the general population.

The diagnosis of Crohn’s disease can sometimes be challenging, and a number of tests are often required to assist the physician in making the diagnosis. Even with a full battery of tests, it may not be possible to diagnose Crohn’s with complete certainty.

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DIET FOR INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE

The fact is, there is no scientifically proven diet for inflammatory bowel disease. Most experts believe, though, that some patients can identify specific foods that trigger their gastrointestinal symptoms, particularly during disease flares. By avoiding your “trigger foods,” you may find that your GI symptoms of gas, bloatingabdominal pain, cramping, and diarrhea are more manageable. At the same time, you will give your inflamed intestines time to heal.

It’s possible that at least some of these listed foods will trigger your symptoms:

 

alcohol (mixed drinks, beer, wine)

butter, mayonnaise, margarine, oils

carbonated beverages

coffee, tea, chocolate

corn husks

dairy products (if lactose intolerant)

fatty foods (fried foods)

foods high in fiber

gas-producing foods (lentils, beans, legumes, cabbage, broccoli, onions)

nuts and seeds (peanut butter, other nut butters)

raw fruits

raw vegetables

red meat and pork

spicy foods

whole grains and bran

 

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Gastroenterologists have long known about the many complications and impacts of living with IBD. For example: If you have Crohn’s disease, your life expectancy is two to three years less than someone without the disease.  People with IBD have an increased chance of developing colorectal cancer, correlating with the length of time they have had the disease. The probability of a person developing colorectal cancer after having IBD for 10 years is two per cent. After that, risk continues to rise and is as high as 18 per cent after 30 years. Side effects of the various IBD medications range from decreased fertility to an increased risk of lymphatic cancer. Women who have had surgery for their IBD may not be able to conceive. Due to the diseased intestinal tract’s failure to absorb nutrients, children with Crohn’s disease are usually smaller than their peers, which can have an impact on their social lives. One of the side effects of Crohn’s disease is mouth ulcers, which are painful and make it difficult to smile.

NATURAL TREATMENT

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CHIROPRACTIC

Multiple cross-sectional surveys have revealed that 51 percent of patients with inflammatory bowel disease use complementary medicine for treating their illness. These studies indicate an increase in people seeking out alternative treatment methods.

A 2007 study on Crohn’s disease patients found that 12 of the 17 participants who received spinal adjustments “showed long-term and stable remission of their symptoms.” They also found “that vertebral subluxation is a common and characteristic finding in patients with allergies and Crohn’s disease.”

A 2003 case study by Dr. Charles L. Blum, reports a 32-year-old female patient suffering from inflammatory bowel disease was relieved of this chronic condition following chiropractic treatment.

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 Probiotics

Your gastrointestinal tract contains “good” bacteria, which help with digestion and offer protection against “bad” bacteria. If you have taken antibiotics or have an illness, you may not have a sufficient supply of the good bacteria. Probiotics are living microorganisms that you can consume. They act very much like the good bacteria in your gut.

Probiotics have not been proven to reduce the symptoms of Crohn’s disease and further study is needed. They may be more or less beneficial depending on the location and stage of the disease. Some strains might work for one person but not others. If you decide to try probiotics, talk to your doctor first, and try to find a product that is free of dairy because many people with Crohn’s disease are sensitive to dairy products.

 Prebiotics

Prebiotics are nondigestible carbohydrates found in artichokes, honey, whole grains, bananas, onions, and garlic. They are food for probiotics and for intestinal bacteria. Adding prebiotics to your diet might improve the function of your normal intestinal bacteria. Using prebiotics along with probiotics might make the probiotics more effective.

Fish Oil

Fish oil has long been used to promote cholesterol health, but its benefits to Crohn’s patients have also been suggested. According to a medical journal article in the Cochrane Database of System Reviews, omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil, have anti-inflammatory properties. Since Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition, a diet rich in omega-3s or omega-3 supplementation may reduce symptoms. According to a small study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM),  patients taking fish oil were twice as likely to remain in remission as those who took a placebo. (NEJM,1996). Talk to your doctor before starting fish oil supplementation. Taking high doses of fish oil, or taking it in combination with blood thinning medication, can lead to bleeding problems.

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture uses thin needles inserted into special points on your body.  It is believed that this stimulates your brain to release endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals that block pain. They may also strengthen your immune system and help fight infection.

Biofeedback

Biofeedback is a form of relaxation therapy. With the help of a machine that monitors your body temperature, perspiration level, blood flow, and brain waves, you are able to see how your body responds to pain and learn to control these responses. Over time, you can learn to manage your muscle contractions and pain.

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Herbal and Botanical Treatments

Talk to you doctor before trying any herbal or botanical treatments. Some can interact dangerously with medications you might be taking. They may also have undesirable side effects. Some herbal and botanical treatments reported to help ease the symptoms of Crohn’s disease include:

 

aloe vera juice

slippery elm bark

chamomile

peppermint

Copaiba

Spearmint oil

 

 

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Oct. 12, 2015

 

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IN THE NEWS: If You Take Oral Vitamin D You MUST Avoid Making This Serious Mistake A meta-analysis of 50 trials looking at mortality rates for “doctor recommended” synthetic vitamin D2 supplements versus natural vitamin D3 shows a six percent risk reduction among those who used D3, compared to a two percent increased risk among those who used D2. Research shows vitamin D3 is approximately 87 percent more potent in raising and maintaining vitamin D concentrations and produces 2- to 3-fold greater storage of vitamin D than does D2. D3 is also converted into its active form 500 percent faster; Plant-based food sources that contain vitamin D provide vitamin D2. Only animal-based food sources, such as fish, egg yolk, and raw milk, contain D3. Optimizing your vitamin D levels may be one of the most important steps you can take in support of your long-term health. The ideal way to do this is by exposing large amounts of skin to sunlight or a safe tanning bed, but if you need to use an oral supplement, make sure you’re taking vitamin D3.

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WELLNESS: Can some probiotics have an antibiotic effect? The Claim: Some probiotics, healthy bacteria commonly known for improving digestion and boosting the immune system, also can kill pathogens, such as those that cause food poisoning and others that cause illnesses such as strep throat. The Verdict: A probiotic lozenge can reduce incidence of strep throat, according to published research by Italian scientists. A Harvard University scientist found another strain, which is added to some smoothies and raw juices, can kill a wide variety of harmful bacteria in lab tests. The use of probiotics to kill pathogens is a promising area but most of the work is still preliminary, scientists say. The ability of some bacteria to kill other bacteria isn’t new—foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut and pickled cucumbers are preserved thanks to a type of bacteria that produces lactic acid, which is lethal to harmful bacteria, says Maria L. Marco, associate professor in the Department of Food Science & Technology at the University of California, Davis.

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Oct. 5, 2015

 

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IN THE NEWS: Women who smoke while pregnant may be hurting their grandkids’ health A study that looked at tens of thousands of grandmothers and grandchildren in Sweden found that children whose maternal grandmothers smoked were up to 22 percent more likely to have asthma, even if their mothers never took up the habit, Discovery reports. “We found that smoking in previous generations can influence the risk of asthma in subsequent generations. This may also be important in the transmission of other exposures and diseases,” study co-author Caroline Lodge says in a release. The researchers say the inheritance of risk could help explain why there has been a steep rise in asthma cases over the last 50 years, even though smoking rates have declined.

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WELLNESS: Study suggests a way to get kids to eat more veggies Researchers from Texas A&M may have found an easier way to get kids to eat their vegetables than trying to convince them Spider-Man actually got his powers from green beans: Just pair veggies with other foods they don’t like that much. The Washington Post reports nine out of 10 kids don’t eat enough vegetables, and the problem of wasted veggies is only getting worse since the National School Lunch Program started requiring vegetables on every plate. One psychologist tells the Post that schools have found success in serving vegetables on their own, thus eliminating the competition. “We tested it with kids in school cafeterias, where it more than quadrupled the amount of vegetables eaten.” (Or, just do what Congress did and declare pizza a vegetable.)

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