Week of: Monday July 15, 2019
John H. Keefe III, D.C.
IN THE NEWS: Cannabis use during pregnancy doubles risk of premature birth, study says Twelve per cent of babies whose mothers used drugs were born before 37 weeks, compared to 6 per cent who did not, study finds Women who use cannabis during pregnancy are twice as likely to experience a premature birth and have higher rates of potentially serious complications, according to a new study. Twelve per cent of those who took the drug gave birth before 37 weeks, found researchers in Canada, where marijuana is legal. This compared to 6.1 per cent among women who did not report using the drug. The study used responses form more than 661,000 pregnancies in Ontario, Canada, including nearly 10,000 where the mother said they used cannabis. It also showed pregnant women had higher rates of placental abruption, a rare but serious complication where the placenta that supplies oxygen and nutrients to the foetus separates from the uterus.
WELLNESS: 3 Supplements For Acne, Wrinkles And Redness That Dermatologists Swear By Skincare can get really high maintenance. There’s so many products out there that promise clear skin, and many times you could end up spending a huge chunk of your paycheck on just a handful of products. But, instead of trying to take care of your skin when trouble arises, prevent it by taking supplements! That’s right, just by investing in a few supplements you can help prevent your skin from suffering through annoying problems like acne, redness and wrinkles. “I am a big fan of dietary supplements,” dermatologist Leslie Baumann, M.D., told Dermatologist Times. “They’re not harmful and many of them may be helpful … I often recommend them to my patients.” Check out the following supplements to take care of all your skincare needs for good! One supplement Dr. Baumann recommends is Omega-3 fatty acids. if the patient has a lot of redness and inflammation in their skin, I’ll put them on omega 3 fatty acids,” she said. This supplement contains fish oil, which is known to help replenish skin with fats and helps it maintain smoothness and elasticity. Dr. Baumann also recommends taking XenaCare, aka SunPill, to treat any redness or problems caused by excess sun exposure. “If they get a lot of sun exposure, I’ll put them on the SunPill (XenaCare) (Green tea extract, ashwaganda root extract, pomegranate extract, beet root, askaxanthin complex; other ingredients.) that contains a fern extract and antioxidants,” she said. All those antioxidants and nutrients will help clear your skin in no time! Vitamin C supplements are also great for improving wrinkles and skin firmness. This vitamin helps increase collagen production, which assists in the repair and rejuvenation of your skin cells
CHIROPRACTIC: How Does Chiropractic Work? Many people seek chiropractic care when their back goes out or their neck tightens up. But how does this form of care actually work? What are the benefits of receiving chiropractic care for nerve dysfunction compared with other healthcare options? Let’s take a look! First, let’s discuss how the nervous system “works.” We have three divisions of the nervous system: the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems. The central nervous system (CNS) includes the brain and spinal cord, and it’s essentially the main processing portion of the nervous system. The spinal cord is like a multi-lane highway that brings information to the brain for processing (sensory division) and returns information back to the toes, feet, legs, and upper extremities from which the information originated (motor division). For example, hiking on a mountain trail or simply walking requires constant input to and from the CNS so we can adjust our balance accordingly and not fall. These “sensory-motor pathways” are essential and allow us to complete our daily tasks in an efficient, safe manner as information is constantly bouncing back and forth between the brain and the rest of the body. There are obvious conditions that interfere with this communication process that include peripheral nerve damage from conditions like carpal/cubital tunnel syndromes, thoracic outlet syndrome, and/or pinched nerves in the neck, mid-back, low-back spinal regions. There are many other less obvious injuries or conditions that can result in faulty neuromotor patterns and nerve transmission of which chiropractic services can benefit. The “subluxation complex” is a term some chiropractors use to describe the compromised nerve transmission that may occur if a nerve is compressed or irritated due to faulty bone or joint position along the nerve’s course. Reducing such nerve compression typically allows for a restoration of function. A good illustration of this is a patient who suffers from a herniated disk in the neck with numbness and tingling down the arm to the hand. The goal of treatment (for all healthcare professionals) is to remove the pinch of the nerve. To realize this goal, doctors of chiropractic utilize spinal adjustments and mobilization in addition to other non-surgical, non-drug approaches that may include exercises, nutritional advice, home-care such as a cervical traction unit, and other anti-inflammatory measures (ice, modalities like low level and class IV laser, electric stimulation, pulsed magnetic field, and more). Given the minimal side-effect risks and well-reported benefits, it only makes sense to try chiropractic FIRST.
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