John H. Keefe III, D.C.
IN THE NEWS: Things to Know About Restless Legs Syndrome If you’ve ever been reading a book or watching TV in the evening and felt a strange, powerful urge to move your legs, you may have experienced the characteristic symptom of restless legs syndrome (RLS), also known as Willis-Ekbom disease. People may variously describe the feeling as creepy-crawly, jittery, or electrical. The hallmark of RLS is “the uncontrollable urge to move the leg, that comes on at rest [while awake],” says Suzanne Bertisch, M.D., a sleep physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Symptoms of restless legs syndrome may affect as many as 7 to 8 percent of all U.S. adults, with 2 to 3 percent of people having cases severe enough to require medication. Yet there’s a lot experts still don’t know about RLS, and it can be tricky to treat. For Restless Legs Syndrome Awareness Day, here are five things you should know about this condition. Drugs for RLS Can Have Serious Side Effects so what is the alternative? Regular moderate exercise can reduce symptoms in some people, Not getting enough sleep can also trigger restless legs symptoms. Antihistamines are thought to make RLS worse, as much as 43% of RLS is associated with insufficient iron levels, 89% of RLS-associated conditions have been associated with inflammatory changes which also can cause iron levels to drop. Ask for an anti-inflammatory diet at the front desk.
WELLNESS: Don’t want dementia? Turn off your TV— A healthy lifestyle builds brain resilience and really WILL keep dementia at bay – even if you’re predicted to get it – and here are the tips to follow, reveals largest study of its kind– Alzheimer’s disease really can be avoided by following a healthy lifestyle – even if you’re predisposed to get it, the largest study of its kind has revealed. Exercising, monitoring blood pressure and watching less TV are the three key factors that will help build brain resilience and keep the disease at bay. Researchers at the University of California in Irvine began the ’90+ Study’ in 2003. Tests were carried out on the 1,700 participants every six months to monitor their cognitive ability. Post-mortems were conducted upon their death. Astonishingly half of the dementia-free patients had the hallmark brain plaques – which lead to memory loss and dementia – when they died. Meanwhile half of the dementia patients did develop symptoms of memory loss – even without having these build-ups in their brain. Professor Claudia Kawas, lead researcher, suggested the reason for such ‘cognitive resilience’ in those who should have developed dementia but remained free of it was down to a healthy lifestyle.
CONDITION OF THE WEEK: A Better Life With Chiropractic Why take your kids to the chiropractor? For many of the same reasons every adult should be visiting a chiropractor on a regular basis. Plain and simple, your quality of life improves with chiropractic care. Look no further than a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, which evaluated nearly 900 children ages 8-17 who received chiropractic spinal adjustments and related therapies commonly provided by DCs. Quality of life, measured in terms of depression, anxiety and interference with daily activities due to pain as part of the Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS)-25 assessment tool, was significantly higher in children under the care of a chiropractor. Specifically, children were significantly less likely to report any symptoms of depression, anxiety or pain interference following a trial of chiropractic care. The researchers also accounted for variables that could have influenced the outcomes, such as number of visits, pain level, motivation for care, etc. Give your children (and yourself) a better life with chiropractic. The sooner your kids experience the health and wellness benefits of regular chiropractic care, the better. After all, what parent doesn’t want their children to grow up with as little depression, anxiety and pain as possible? Talk to your chiropractor for more information.
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