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October 2010 Health Newsletter


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» Taking Probiotics Eases Cold and Flu-like Symptoms in Children
» Chiropractic Care Benefits 40-Yr. Old Sufferer of Meniere's Disease
» Chiropractic Care Helps Child With Chronic Sinusitis to Regain Olfaction
» Arthritis Affects More Than 20 Percent
» Too Few Eat Enough Whole Grains
» Three Meals Better For Weight Loss
» Is Pain Your Obstacle to Fitness? Chiropractic Can Help

Taking Probiotics Eases Cold and Flu-like Symptoms in Children

 Double-blind, placebo-controlled study has promising results

A recent article in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics reported on a study involving 326 children, ages 3 to 5, who participated in a double-blind, placebo-controlled test of the effects of probiotics on cold and flu-like symptoms.  

Dr. Baranski, D.C. and Dr. Emen, D.C. follow health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications.  People often think of chiropractors in terms of treating neck and back pain, but many chiropractors are involved in all aspects of patients' health and well-being, including proper nutrition and illness-preventative measures.

In this particular study, children in the study group were assigned at random to get one of three planned dosages.  One group received just a placebo, or common sugar pill with no therapeutic value.  A second group got a single probiotic dosage, and the third group got a combination probiotic dosage.

The study participants received their allocated dosage twice a day for six months.  They were then analyzed to determine both the incidence of cold and flu-like symptoms during the test period, as well as the duration of such symptoms.  In comparison to the placebo group, those children who had taken the single-strain probiotic had a 53% reduction in fevers, a 41.4% reduction in coughing, and a 28.2% reduction in rhinorrhea, or runny nose.  The combination-strain probiotic group fared even better.  The incidence of fevers was reduced by 72.7%, coughing by 62.1%, and rhinorrhea by 58.8%.

The study also measured the duration of cold and flu-like symptoms in the study group, and, once again, there was a marked improvement for those children using some form of probiotics over the placebo group.  The single-strain probiotics usage resulted in a lesser duration of symptoms by 32%; the combination-strain usage caused a 48% reduction in the duration of the symptoms.  The study also concluded that children getting some form of probiotics had less need to take antibiotics during the test period and also were absent much less from nursery school or other group child care facilities.

Although this is just one study, more studies are needed before any absolute conclusions can be drawn.  Further updates will be posted regarding this research topic. 

Author: Leyer GJ, Shuguang L, Mubasher ME
Source: Probiotic Effects on Cold and Influenza-type Incidence and Duration in Children,
Copyright: Leyer GJ, Shuguang L, Mubasher ME 2009


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Chiropractic Care Benefits 40-Yr. Old Sufferer of Meniere's Disease

 Vertigo, 'ringing in the ears,' and hearing loss resolved

Meniere's Disease was first identified as a specific ailment back in 1861 by Prosper Meniere, a 19th-century French doctor who served as chief physician at an institute for deaf-mutes.  His studies there led to his specialization in diseases of the ear.

Meniere's disease, or MD, is thought to affect one in 1,000 people, or about one-tenth of one percent of the world's population. Both sexes are affected equally, and the Caucasian race seems to be affected more than any other. MD's onset usually occurs between the ages of 20 and 50.

In this particular case study of a 40-year old female, the patient had been diagnosed with MD and had a 3-month history of vertigo and a 16-month history of tinnitus, which is often characterized as "ear-ringing" by lay persons, in her left ear.  She also showed a low frequency hearing loss. According to the case study report, which was published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, the patient underwent a course of chiropractic [care] consisting of spinal manipulative therapy in the cervical and thoracic spine, soft-tissue trigger-point therapy, home ice therapy (as needed), and cervical spine rehabilitation exercises.

The patient's initial course of chiropractic care consisted of three visits per week for two weeks.  After just two weeks, her tinnitus was resolved and her vertigo was much improved. The patient continued with chiropractic care on a less frequent, maintenance program, and her MD continued to remain under control.

This study represents a very preliminary level of findings, and much more research is needed, but the results should offer some encouragement for people suffering with the symptoms of Meniere's Disease. 

Author: Peter C. Emary, D.C.
Source: Peter Emary, DC
Copyright: Peter C. Emary, D.C. 2010


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Chiropractic Care Helps Child With Chronic Sinusitis to Regain Olfaction

 A child's sense of smell is restored

A recent article published in The Journal of Pediatrics, Maternal and Family Health reports the case study of an 11-year old female patient who had been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis and who had lost her sense of smell for one year. 

The child's mother indicated that her daughter had been undergoing "escalating medical and pharmaceutical recommendations" and that she wanted to explore more conservative options for helping the youngster.  The girl's symptoms included a persistent stuffy nose with concomitant difficulty in breathing and a lack of smell, even when her sinuses felt clear.

Loss of olfaction, or the sense of smell, is a common occurrence with the condition known as sinusitis. The inflammation associated with sinusitis and the build-up of mucus in the nasal cavity restricts the functioning of our olfactory cells.

In the case of this 11-year old, the mother wanted to try chiropractic care as a way to avoid using the drug regimen usually prescribed.  The examining chiropractor found the existence of cervical and sacral subluxations in the child's spine.

A subluxation is a misalignment of the spine that disturbs normal nervous system function.  Many chiropractors, including Dr. Baranski and Dr. Emen, have technology that allows them to conduct non-invasive thermal and Surface Electromyography (sEMG) tests to assist in locating where such conditions exist.

The patient underwent chiropractic care, including spinal adjustments.  After the first adjustment, olfaction returned for six hours, as reported by the mother.  After the second adjustment, this improvement lasted for 12 hours.

Two weeks after beginning chiropractic care, the patient was seen by her medical doctor, who noted a marked change for the better in the physical appearance of her sinuses.  Chiropractic care was continued, and elimination of the subluxations and full restoration of the child's sense of smell was obtained after just three months.  The patient and her parents decided to end all medications, and elected to continue chiropractic care on a periodic basis to monitor subluxations and obtain adjustments as necessary.  The child's restoration of her olfactory senses has continued without interruption for more than four years.

Obviously, this is just one case study.  More studies are needed before any absolute conclusions can be drawn. But this is an important step in helping patients to understand the options that are available to them in their health care.

Dr. Baranski and Dr. Emen's chiropractic practice features the InsightTM Subluxation Station.  This technology is certified by the Space Foundation, a non-governmental agency founded in cooperation with NASA.  The Insight has been used by 8,000 chiropractors worldwide to measure nervous system health and performance.

If you are experiencing chronic sinusitis and would like to schedule thermal and sEMG tests, please feel free to contact our office for an appointment. 

Author: D.T. Heagy, A. Canty
Source: The Journal of Pediatrics, Maternal and Family Health, September 14, 2009
Copyright: D.T. Heagy, A. Canty 2009


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Arthritis Affects More Than 20 Percent

What limits mobility, causes pain, affects more than 20 percent of the population and costs the U.S. $128 billion annually? Arthritis does, according to a newly released U.S. government report. Data from the government survey from 2007 through 2009 found close to 50 million people had been diagnosed with arthritis by their doctor. At an almost 30 percent rate of arthritis were the obese and those who exercised less, smoked more and had lower levels of education. By definition, arthritis is injury and inflammation of the joints. This causes pain, swelling, stiffness and limited motion. Doctors of chiropractic are experts at treating the many joints of the body in order to restore motion and nutrition to the joints, thereby reducing inflammation, stiffness and pain. One of the most common forms of treatment utilized by the chiropractor is the adjustment or manipulation of the joints. If you are suffering from pain, stiffness or swelling of one or more joints, schedule a consultation or examination from your local chiropractor today to see of chiropractic can help.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Reuters. October 7, 2010.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2010


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Too Few Eat Enough Whole Grains
We're eating far too few whole grain foods according to a recent report in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. In fact, data from the report indicates that less than 5 percent of those surveyed ate the recommended 3 servings of whole grain foods daily. Whole grains are those foods made from the entire kernel of grain including the outer grain covering that is typically removed during processing as in the production of white flour.  Those eating higher quantities of whole grain foods have been shown to have lower incidences of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity as well as certain types of cancer. So when choosing breads, pastas and cereals, opt for those made from whole grain instead of those made from processed flours.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Journal of the American Dietetic Association. October 2010.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2010


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Three Meals Better For Weight Loss

Despite the common belief that eating more frequent smaller meals throughout the day is better for weight loss, a new study reveals three larger meals per day appears to be more effective. In the study, researchers found those who consumed three low-calorie, high-protein meals daily felt more satisfied and less hungry compared to those consuming six meals daily. Also, those consuming higher protein diets (25 percent of total calories from protein) felt fuller throughout the day compared with those consuming lesser amounts of protein (14 percent of total calories from protein). Researchers stated that smaller more frequent meals didn’t seem to be as effective for appetite control. Having ones appetite under control is critical for anyone attempting to restrict calories and experience effective, healthy long-term weight loss.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Obesity. September 16, 2010.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2010


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Is Pain Your Obstacle to Fitness? Chiropractic Can Help

Are aches and pains getting in the way of your weight loss goals? Your local doctor of chiropractic can help. This fall, doctors of chiropractic across the country will highlight how they can help patients focus on getting past the roadblocks to fitness and better health during National Chiropractic Health Month. The theme for the 2010 observance is “Why Weight? Get Healthy!”

More than 60 percent of adults in the United States are either overweight or obese, according to CDC statistics, and obesity is associated with an increased risk of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and some types of cancer. However, many people are unaware that even modest weight loss, such as 5 to 10 percent of a person’s total body weight, could improve blood pressure as well as blood cholesterol and blood sugars levels. That’s only 10 to 20 pounds for a person who weighs 200 pounds.

Yet losing weight can be a struggle, and many people wonder where to begin. The answer for some may be in the office of a doctor of chiropractic (DC). “Diet pills and extreme diets do not offer long-term solutions,” says Dr. Rick McMichael, president of the American Chiropractic Association. “Doctors of chiropractic, on the other hand, offer natural approaches such as exercise, diet and hands-on care to help keep you active and able to achieve your weight-loss goals in the short term, and also help you maintain your fitness level and thereby avoid some chronic conditions down the line.”

Consultation with a DC is particularly important when you consider that the effects of obesity on the musculoskeletal system—osteoarthritis, back pain, neck pain and joint pain—often cause overweight people to avoid physical activity and exercise when they need it most.

If you’re carrying more weight than the load-bearing structures of your body—spine, legs, etc.—can handle, there’s going to be pain, loss of movement and degeneration in the joints. Particularly if you’re carrying most of your weight in your abdomen, the low back and the spine will need to work harder to hold you upright. This adds extra stress and tension on your muscles, which in turn creates stiffness.

Sponsored by ACA, National Chiropractic Health Month is held each October. The event helps raise public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, whole-person, patient-centered approach to health and wellness.

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: American Chiropractic Association. October 2010.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2010


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