More on Eccentric Workouts Versus Concentric Muscle Loading

I’ve long rec­om­mend­ed work­ing out your mus­cles eccen­tri­cal­ly (doing neg­a­tive work) in rehab­bing from a mus­cle or ten­don injury.  Briefly, eccen­tric con­trac­tion means focus­ing on low­er­ing the weight slow­ly instead of on lift­ing it. (Check out “mus­cle injury recov­ery and eccen­tric work­outs” if you need a review.)

But eccen­tric load­ing of a mus­cle does cre­ate more stress on the ten­don.  Some experts wor­ry that, if done inju­di­cious­ly, eccen­tric exer­cise can lead to injury.

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Cognitive Training Continues to Boost Your Brain Power Year After Year

Once again, research proves that invest­ing in your brain pays big (and long-last­ing) div­i­dends.

As report­ed in the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Geri­atric Soci­ety,  indi­vid­u­als who received a brief course of cog­ni­tive train­ing con­tin­ued to enjoy the ben­e­fits ten years lat­er.

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Are You Over-Stressed or Under-Recuperated?

Deal­ing with stress is a uni­ver­sal fact of mod­ern life. It comes at you from every direc­tion – at work, when com­mut­ing, and from fam­i­ly and social rela­tion­ships. Even when you try to sleep you’re bat­tling the stress of noise and light pol­lu­tion.

Han­dle stress effec­tive­ly and life is enjoy­able and excit­ing. Plus your health gets a big boost.

In con­trast, an inef­fec­tive stress response leads to low mood, loss of zest for life, a sup­pressed immune sys­tem, and a host of oth­er health woes.

Many experts believe that unre­lent­ing stress is the major cause of today’s epi­dem­ic of chron­ic dis­eases – every­thing from heart dis­ease to can­cer to depres­sion. That’s why health gurus from A to Z rec­om­mend “stress reduc­tion” and “stress man­age­ment” meth­ods to dial down the stress vol­ume.

Most of these meth­ods are effec­tive if you fol­low through with them. But not nec­es­sar­i­ly as effec­tive as they could be. That’s because they’re not always based on under­stand­ing the fun­da­men­tal phys­i­ol­o­gy of the stress response.
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Heart Rate Variability — The Most Important Diagnostic Test You’ve Never Heard Of

One of the major themes emerg­ing in 21st cen­tu­ry med­i­cine is the mas­ter role your brain plays in health.

Each week we learn more about the intri­cate ways the brain inte­grates data about the immune, endocrine, and chem­i­cal bal­ance of your body.  And the sig­nals it sends out to mod­i­fy the activ­i­ty of your heart, lungs, liv­er, kid­neys, small intes­tine, and all the rest.

Because of the cen­tral role the ner­vous sys­tem plays, your state of health depends on the sig­nals that flow into and out from the brain via the periph­er­al nerves.  That’s why the diag­nos­tic tests that doc­tors of chi­ro­prac­tic per­form have a dual pur­pose: they chart your pain and body move­ment prob­lems while also check­ing brain func­tion.
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Spare Your Knees When You Run

Researchers con­tin­ue to explore the pos­si­ble ben­e­fits of the fore­foot-land­ing run­ning style.

Here’s one of the lat­est find­ings:  fore­foot land­ing reduces the amount of stress on your knees and may help pre­vent run­ning-relat­ed knee prob­lems.

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Latest Research on Touch and Health

Here are sum­maries of a few recent research arti­cles in the bur­geon­ing field of touch.

Touch helps your muscles work better

In the May, 2010 issue of Gait & Pos­ture, French researchers pub­lished Degrad­ed pos­tur­al per­for­mance after mus­cle fatigue can be com­pen­sat­ed by skin stim­u­la­tion.

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Latest Research Wrap-Up

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.

More on ten­don and lig­a­ment injuries.


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.

More on vit­a­min D for pain.


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.

More on keep­ing your brain sharp.


Doc­tors are still pre­scrib­ing antibi­otics 6 times more fre­quent­ly than guide­lines sug­gest they should.

More on adverse drug reac­tions.


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Happiness — Guest Post

Today’s guest arti­cle is by my col­league Dr. Alex Ein­gorn

triad of dolphinsToday 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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Why Exercise Is Good For Your Brain


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.

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Gourmet Guide to Lower Blood Pressure

Today’s guest arti­cle is cour­tesy of Made­line Fer­di­nand.

I’m Made­line Fer­di­nand, a free­lance writer for DrugNewsTwo years ago my moth­er had a stroke, and I became fas­ci­nat­ed with nat­u­ral­ly improv­ing car­dio­vas­cu­lar health and keep­ing the old youth­ful and the youth­ful wiseI care for my mom at my family’s home where we both snack end­less­ly on almonds and dark choco­late.



cooking with grandma

Cour­tesy of Matt via Cre­ative Com­mons

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. Con­tin­ue read­ing

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