WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Sept 16, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Regenerating New Zealand: Using nature to restore forests The documentary, “Fools and Dreamers: Regenerating a Native Forest,” features botanist and nature buff Hugh Wilson and his work to regenerate 1,500 hectares (3,706 acres) of native forest in New Zealand. The film shows how conservationists used the power of nature to regenerate native forests. Under the theory of “minimal interference,” Wilson and others embraced the presence of an exotic native “weed” called gorse to turn pastureland into a thriving forest. Gorse, which is hated and considered a nuisance by pastoral farmers, helped regenerate forests by providing a canopy for native forest plants to grow and thrive. Gorse grows fast in full sunlight, which allows other plants to grow underneath it, such as shade-tolerant trees. This is how gorse provides the perfect canopy for native forest plants to grow and thrive. It’s also an excellent nitrogen fixer, which means it fertilizers the soil, and in turn, promotes new plant life. Another benefit to gorse is that it can stop steep hillsides from eroding due to its ability to spread and cover the ground in dense vegetation. Restoring forests provides many benefits, including an increase in native vegetation and biodiversity, improved water flow and carbon sequestration, which help fight climate change by capturing excess atmospheric carbon and storing it in the soil.

WELLNESS: Males and females react differently to the same pain Research into the gender differences of pain perception is meant to lead to better implications for pain management among men and women. Roger Fillingim, Ph.D., has been studying this area and finds women experience pain differently in peripheral stimuli and central sensitization. In studies involving men and women exposed to identical pain stimuli, women rated the pain higher on the pain scale, which Fillingim finds consistent with data from other research. In addition to sex hormones, other factors affecting pain perception include emotions, attitude, age and a learned response from past experience. Women suffer from anxiety at a greater rate than men and have a greater likelihood of being prescribed a combination of drugs that clinical guidelines caution against. Providing psychological support for anxiety and depression can reduce the use of analgesics and increase an individual’s sense of control. If you are struggling with opioid addiction, please seek professional medical help immediately. If you are dealing with any type of chronic disease or pain, making changes to your lifestyle and diet may produce significant results, including reducing the pain. Additionally, consider natural, safe and effective pain treatment alternatives rather than over-the-counter or prescription painkillers. NOTE: With the ever-rising death rate and addiction rate with painkillers now is the time to turn to chiropractic and natural healthcare for chronic pain. Do you know someone who’s in pain? Tell them about chiropractic.

CHIROPRACTIC: Chiropractic care for pain relief Updated: June 6, 2018  Harvard Health Publishing Chiropractic is a system of therapy focused on the structure of the body, particularly the spine. Chiropractors adjust the body’s alignment to relieve pain and improve function and to help the body heal itself. While the mainstay of chiropractic is spinal adjustment, chiropractic care may also include other treatments, including manual or adjustment therapies, postural and exercise education, and ergonomic training (how to walk, sit, and stand to limit back strain), diet and nutritional therapy and stress relief among others. Chiropractors today often work in conjunction with primary care doctors, pain experts, and surgeons to treat patients with pain. The most positive research on chiropractic therapy has focused on spinal manipulation for low back pain. As one of the alternatives to pain-relieving drugs, the American College of Physicians low back pain guideline recommends spinal manipulation along with heat, massage and acupuncture.

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