Is It Just Normal Aging? (Or Am I Losing My Mind?) Two simple ways to tell

Throughout your life, you experience an occasional memory lapse or momentary brain confusion. Then, as you age, these moments can become more frequent. And more anxiety-provoking.

Normal, healthy aging is challenging enough to cope with. But when memory problems become more frequent, are they an early warning sign of Alzheimer’s or another variety of dementia?

Here are two simple ways to assess yourself.
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What My Colleague George (Dr. Russell) Taught Me About the Knee

I was feeling a little twisted in my right knee so I got a treatment from my colleague George (Dr. George Russell.)

He was able to help me a lot – he identified a problem with the way my knee was rotating.

It’s a subtle thing.  That’s because rotation isn’t the main motion that occurs at the knee. Mostly the knee bends (flexes, in medical parlance) and straightens (extends).

But nothing in the realm of anatomy is ever that simple or one-dimensional.

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How Doctors Tell If You Need Statins

Before doctors give you a prescription for blood pressure medication or statins to lower cholesterol, they want to know that you’re in a high enough cardiovascular risk category.

They look at a number of factors – your age, body mass, family history, blood pressure and cholesterol numbers, and so forth.

The national health service of the UK thinks that (in general), anyone who has more than a 20% chance of a serious cardiovascular event (stroke, heart attack, angina) over the next ten years is a good candidate for medication.

Want to check your risk based on their standards?

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Confessions in the Gym – or, How to Use Peer Pressure for Your Benefit

The other day I’m bounding in to the gym where I work out and I see Steve – the head trainer.

‘How ya doing, Doc?’ he says.

‘I’m doing fine. But I haven’t been getting to the gym that regularly,’ I respond, feeling slightly guilt-ridden to confess my slothfulness.

‘Don’t tell me about it – do it for yourself, man, not for me,’ he answers.

Is he right?  Is the best motivational plan to ‘do it for yourself’?

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Beyond Football: Growing Up to Be a “Man”

Someone was thoughtful enough to share with me a recent interview that was heard on NPR as part of their “Men in America” series.

The interview is with Joe Ehrmann, a former NFL defensive lineman and now a pastor.

Check it out.

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Latest Medical Research

Here are six brand new findings from the world of biomedical research that I think are particularly interesting.
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My Back Pain is Better – Do I Still Have to Come for My Chiropractic Treatments?

An individual episode of low back pain is usually a pretty benign thing. If you have an isolated attack of back pain – even if the pain is severe – you can be highly confident you’ll get over it. With chiropractic hands-on treatment, you’re likely to get rid of pain more quickly. And without the risks inherent in taking pain pills.

Once you’re feeling better, is that the end of the story?

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What Powerlifters Taught Me About Treating Intervertebral Discs

Problems of the intervertebral discs are a common cause of serious low back pain. The discs are especially likely to be involved when the pain shoots down the leg or is accompanied by numbness or muscle weakness.

Many patients can be helped with hands-on chiropractic methods. But when disc problems are bad enough, something extra is needed. That’s why, more than ten years ago, I became one of the first physicians in New York to introduce lumbar decompression with the DRX-9000.

The DRX-9000 is effective for herniated, bulging, or degenerated discs. It opens up the space between the vertebrae to relieve pressure on pinched nerves and allow the disc to rebuild.

But when I first began using the DRX-9000, I had a problem

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Newest Research Findings on Health

Regular readers of Your Body of Knowledge are familiar with our point of view that emphasizes building health from the inside out and avoiding the chemicalized approach to life.  I thought readers would be interested in these recent research articles which reinforce these concepts.
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Get Off the Treadmill

You know the type.

One of my patients – we’ll call her Elaine – gets up every morning at 5:45 and hops on the treadmill for a 45 minute power walk before she shows up at her high-stress job running the HR department of a large law firm.

Her consistency and commitment to health are admirable. And she looks pretty trim for someone of her age.

But repetitive cardio exercise isn’t enough. Elaine needs to get more creative with her exercise regimen. She’s missing out on at least five of the benefits that regular physical activity could bring her.

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