Anesthesia during surgery doubles your Alzheimer’s risk.
A new study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry shows that going under the knife raises your risk of dementia. And the effect shows up in as little as 2–7 years.
About 24,000 people over 50 who had anesthesia during surgery were compared with about 110,000 who didn’t have surgery. After 2–7 years of follow-up, 2.65% of the anesthetized patients had signs of Alzheimer’s dementia, compared to about 1.3% of the non-surgery cases. That’s about double the rate.
Today’s Health Quiz
Q. Which professional group makes the biggest impact in the prevention of cardiovascular disease?
C. Dental Hygienists
What’s the Best Answer?
Strengthen your balance every day
Fitness requires a lot more than just muscle strength and cardio conditioning. You also need to strengthen your brain and sense of balance. Here are some easy-to-implement strategies
Thanks to my colleague Karen Erickson, DC for today’s article outlining the simple rules of health.
Breaking the Rules
The rules are simple. You probably already know them.
Turns out, the quality of our health is the result of a set of very simple rules. Play by the rules and you have the best chance for optimum health. Break the rules and you’ll pay for it. Not always immediately, but eventually.
Just about everyone knows the rules. Here are 10 of the most obvious ones:
Chiropractic was a bit ahead of its time
Back in the old days of medicine (say 35 years ago when I was in chiropractic school) tendon injuries seemed much simpler.
We had a basic model of tendon injuries:
- If you overloaded your muscle, the tendon would partly tear.
- It would swell up.
- Then it would settle down and rebuild itself. Maybe you’d take some anti-inflammatory drugs to resolve the swelling a little faster.
In real life, though, things were never so simple. Plenty of people had nagging injuries that just never seemed to go away. And other people had muscle and tendon problems that curiously shifted from limb to limb.
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons new report summarizes the evidence about the use of hyaluronic acid injections (“Synvisc”) into arthritic knees. Despite the growing popularity of the procedure, the bottom line is that they haven’t been shown to be effective. The Academy strongly recommends that they not be used.
That doesn’t leave many options for someone with symptomatic osteoarthritis of the knees.
Most of the time you don’t have to worry about breathing – it will happen by itself. But sometimes you can give yourself a mental or physical boost by paying attention to this most basic of body functions.
Breathing exercises can be used for relaxation, relief of anxiety, pain control, and improved self-awareness.
Here are a few of my favorite breathing exercises, along with a few pointers about how to get the most from them.
I wish I had a dollar for each patient I’ve spared from an unneeded MRI, CT scan, X-ray, or other diagnostic test.
Though occasionally one of these tests is needed, my local radiology lab would go broke if they were counting on me for referrals.
Still, that doesn’t mean I like shooting in the dark and taking undue risks with my patients’ health. Fortunately, I have three diagnostic methods to rely on.
Thanks to Dr. Lawrence Thomas, Director of The Brain Clinic, for today’s article.
Biofeedback for Chronic Pain
The term chronic pain covers a vast area, from very specific sites of pain to more global pain experienced by the patient all over their body. More than one-third of the population experiences chronic pain in their lives at some noticeable level (Bonica, 1992). Biofeedback has been found to help at both levels of chronic pain, sometimes with techniques that are understood to influence the whole physiology, and some methods are more focused on the parameters of the particular disorder.
Stop to smell the cumin (and the cinnamon, peppermint, and even the roses, too)
Your sense of smell is a huge component of overall health. Unfortunately, up to one-quarter of people over age 50 have some loss of smell (called olfaction in medical lingo.) Surprisingly, many people who have a diminished sense of smell aren’t consciously aware of it, even though it can have a profound impact on health and quality of life.