Here’s some of the latest research news:
My colleague from Newton, MA, Thomas Michaud, DC, contributed an article to Dynamic Chiropractic outlining the optimal treatment and rehabilitation for sprained ankles. A sprained ankle is much more than a self-limiting minor tear. Too often it can contribute to long-term disturbance of balance and coordination. His rehabilitation protocol insures proper soft tissue healing and retraining of balance and coordination.
A recent large scale review of the evidence on vitamin D deficiency concluded that low vitamin D is most often the result of poor health, not the underlying cause of it, so that supplementation may not be as helpful as we thought.
Researchers proposed a simple way to distinguish the early signs of dementia from “normal” memory loss. They differentiated between reconstructive memory – when you piece together the different parts of a scene or create a consistent narrative – versus simple recollective memory – when you recall a specific name, word, or phrase. Recollective memory loss is a common occurrence in aging, but loss of reconstructive memory only occurs with dementia.
Doctors are still prescribing antibiotics 6 times more frequently than guidelines suggest they should.
Today’s guest article is by my colleague Dr. Alex Eingorn
Today I was wondering why the dolphins were considered the happiest species on earth. Except, I suppose when they are bludgeoned en masse by some groups in the hope to achieve maturity through this senseless act.
Then it struck me: “Do they ever bother to question and judge others’ actions and, most importantly, motives?
We do. Mostly. I wonder if the dolphins ever lose trust. Happiness is lost when thoughts of envy or hatred creep in. Why is there no happiness sometimes without PRADA?
My late therapist, whom the Hindus would probably consider to be the Brahmin of Brahmins, asked me a question one day. “What do you perceive to be the difference between true joy and true pleasure?” How do we know that in our obsessive pursuit of one we are not just aimlessly chasing the other?
Mantra for today: औं कर्म अन्यत्वे हेतु
There is no beginning, and no end
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Exercise builds your muscles, and that’s a good thing. You need muscle mass to optimize your metabolism, balance your hormones, and maintain good health.
But exercise should also be designed to improve your brain.
Today’s guest article is courtesy of Madeline Ferdinand.
High blood pressure or hypertension can be caused by many things. Taking care of your high blood pressure before it causes heart disease, heart attack or stroke should be your top priority. Read the rest of this entry »
- Fatty fish with omega-3 fatty acids
- Water-soluble fiber in oats and barley
They’ve all been shown to improve your blood lipid profile and help prevent heart disease.
Now Swedish researchers, writing in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism, prove that they make you smarter, too.
I can never learn enough about low back pain.
Back pain is one of the most frequent miseries visited upon the human species, with a huge toll of pain and disability. It results in countless surgeries and dependence on narcotics for pain relief.
I’ve followed the developing research on the biomechanics of the low back and applied that knowledge through the use of sophisticated manual therapy, decompression, and exercise rehabilitation.
But in a parallel universe, another huge mountain of research has studied the chemistry of low back pain: how inflammation arises, the cascades of signaling molecules that irritate the nerve endings, and how your metabolism adapts to long-term stress.
Here’s what’s become clear –
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors – SSRI’s – are commonly prescribed for depression. Popular SSRI’s include Celexa, Lexapro, Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft.
But there are questions about the scientific rationale for their use.
And other, safer treatments may be equally or more effective – including simply going out for a relaxing bike ride.
Now there are further questions being raised about the wisdom of this common prescribing habit. A new study points to a potentially serious side-effect of SSRI’s – an uptick of gastrointestinal ulcers.
I wasn’t planning to write a third article in my series on gluten sensitivity.
But after I published the first two parts, a reader alerted me to a letter she’d come across about one man’s experience with chronic pain and its relationship to gluten.
I was moved by his story and immediately wrote to him to ask permission to re-publish it.
In under an hour I had my permission. And not only that, here’s what he said:
Are you one of the 40% of adults whose system is sensitive to gluten, the protein found in wheat and similar grains?
Part 1 of my article on gluten sensitivity symptoms covered the basics. Check it out if you need to review it.
The key conclusion of that article is that the best test for gluten sensitivity is an elimination diet. You wipe gluten-containing foods out of your diet for a period of two weeks or more, and see how your symptoms respond. People with gluten sensitivity symptoms will begin to feel an improvement.
Today’s article takes the next step: what to do if you’ve determined that you are sensitive to gluten.
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Thanks to Julian Hills for today’s guest article on hip replacement surgery.
Facts To Consider Before Having Hip Replacement Surgery
How does someone know they need hip replacement surgery?
The pain a person has may be the main indicator of hip damage. Having a properly functioning hip is essential to completing normal activities.