Are You a Candidate for Chiropractic Care?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Most of us would consider many alternatives to having to undergo surgery or to be dependent on medication to find relief from back pain, sciatica, neck pain or chronic headaches.
Fortunately, chiropractic care provides such an option. Doctors of Chiropractic have been winning over countless converts in the health care field by taking a holistic approach to caring for patients with these types of problems. To quote WebMd.com, Doctors of Chiropractic appreciate that “a person is made up of interdependent parts, and — if one part is not working properly — all the other parts will be affected.”
If you’ve never been to a chiropractor, here’s what to expect:
* A thorough evaluation that may include X-rays, a physical, a chiropractic structural exam that pays particular attention to the spine and pelvis and perhaps a laboratory analysis of blood and urine samples.
* A posture test designed to check for abnormalities like a shoulder or hip that’s higher than the other.
* Gentle correction of any misalignments in the spine and pelvis through methods including manual and instrument adjustments.
* Specific stretching techniques and soft tissue rehabilitation.
* Advice and counsel, where needed, on everything from nutrition to exercise to lifestyle modification.
“Chiropractors recognize that even something as simple as your posture and sleep habits can affect your health,” says Dr. Gerard Clum of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. “And their focus is on helping your body maximize your ability to heal and resist disease rather than just treating the symptoms of an injury or disease.”
To find a chiropractor in your area, visit www.F4CP.org/findadoctor.

Future Looks Bright for Chiropractic Careers

InDemandJobsCWhich jobs will be in demand in the coming years?

When choosing a career, there are a few key factors to consider, including quality of life (happiness), employment opportunities, expected salary and more. One career that’s considered golden: doctors of chiropractic.

“Not all (college) degrees are created equal,” a report from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce concluded.

One career that’s considered to be golden in the coming years is doctors of chiropractic.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Handbook, chiropractic employment  is expected to rise 28 percent through 2020—much faster than the average for all jobs.

Worried About Ebola? What’s Keeping You Safe at the Hospital?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – The recent Ebola outbreak in the U.S. has, if nothing else, highlighted how ill-equipped some U.S. hospitals are in their readiness to battle an infectious disease outbreak.
While the risk of contracting the Ebola virus is low, there is a considerably higher risk for patients to catch other deadly superbugs that are prevalent in hospitals right now, such as Clostridium difficile, MRSA and VRE.
Underscoring this point is that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 99,000 people die every year from an infection they get during their hospital stay, and one in 20 pick up infections that they didn’t have when they arrived. This equates to as much as $30 billion a year in medical costs.
“Eliminating pathogens from patient rooms is the quickest and easiest way to lower the risk of additional infections,” said Mark Stibich, Ph.D., co-founder and chief scientific officer of Xenex, a San Antonio-based company that has created a robot that emits xenon ultraviolet (UV) light to destroy potentially fatal bacteria and viruses.
Kelly Mather, CEO of Sonoma Valley Hospital, agrees.
“This is an example of our commitment to patient safety,” said Mather. “We add another layer of protection for our patients with this UV disinfection technology, which has been shown to be 20 times more effective than manual cleaning with chemicals.” Earlier this year, the hospital was named one of the 15 safest hospitals in the U.S. by Consumer Reports.
If you will be going to the hospital, here are three tips to give you the best chance at avoiding infection:
1. Do your research. Hospital infection rates are now posted online at www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov. Check out the hospital where you plan to be treated to ensure that its infection rate is at or below national averages. If it isn’t, tell your doctor that you want to go somewhere else.
2. Ask questions. Question the hospital’s disinfection protocol. Are they aware of or using new technologies to disinfect their rooms to get the superbugs out? Hospitals using full-spectrum UV light “germ-zapping robots” are seeing dramatic reductions in their infection rates.
3. Wash your hands. It sounds simple, but request that everyone (including your doctor) wash their hands before touching you. Germs reside on high-touch surfaces like door handles and bedrails and can be easily transmitted from healthcare workers to you.
For more information, visit www.xenex.com.

A Dose of Knowledge About Medicine Safety This Cold and Flu Season

MedicinesRisksCCold and flu season is upon us. Americans catch approximately 1 billion colds per year, and as many as 20 percent get the flu. Seven in 10 people will reach for an over-the-counter (OTC) medicine to treat their coughs, stuffy noses and sniffles, and many of these medicines contain acetaminophen.

Acetaminophen is the most common drug ingredient in America, found in more than 600 prescription (Rx) and OTC medicines, including pain relievers, fever reducers and a number of cough, cold and flu medicines. While safe and effective when used as directed, taking more than the maximum daily dose of 4,000 milligrams is considered an overdose and can lead to liver damage.

Lighting for Aging Eyes — Don’t Get Left in the Dark

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Lighting becomes more important as people age. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), with each passing year, everyone requires more light to see properly.
Terry McGowan, director of engineering for the ALA, says, “Older eyes experience two important changes.”
First, the amount of light required to sustain visual performance increases with age. Research shows that a 60-year-old needs twice as much light as a 30-year-old.
Second, with time, human eyes become more sensitive to glare. This can seem like a bit of a Catch-22, as more light can often result in increased glare. That’s what makes the quality of light more important as you grow older.
With many baby boomers reaching their mid-60s, homeowners should consider user age as a factor in their home lighting design. It is easy to enhance the visual performance and enjoyment for baby boomers and older folks with a few simple lighting adjustments:
* Turn on one or two table lamps while watching TV to reduce the contrast between the bright screen and the surrounding darkness.
* Use a torchiere for uplighting as well as downward illumination for versatility. Look for a fixture with a separate task light attached or one with a glass bowl at the top to shine some light downward.
* Have a task light that can be directed or pivoted.
In addition to providing sufficient light, proper lighting design is essential to human health.
“As people get older, it isn’t just the amount of light, it is also the color of the light and when it is applied, that is key to regulating things such as circadian rhythm and REM sleep cycles,” says McGowan.
Growing research indicates that light can impact human health in numerous ways, including susceptibility to Alzheimer’s disease. The question is: What exactly can aging people do to help their eyes and health?
The answer, according to McGowan, is to enjoy bright days and dark nights. “If you’re older and don’t sleep very well, expose yourself to bright light, such as daylight, early in the morning … a walk outside will do it … and sleep in a dark room at night. That will do everything required to regulate your circadian rhythm,” says McGowan.
To see fixtures to help improve light quality without increasing glare, visit a local ALA-member retailer or go online to www.americanlightingassoc.com.

Avoiding Body Drought: Tips to Prevent Dehydration

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – It’s the driving force of nature. It’s in every cell, tissue and organ in our bodies. And it’s second only to oxygen as the thing we need most to survive — pure, clean water.
So, how do you stay hydrated?
Dr. Scarano, a doctor of chiropractic trained in overall body wellness, in addition to providing care for conditions like back pain, offers some tips in this video: http://youtu.be/YH79L-84Ynk.

For more information, visit www.F4CP.org/findadoctor.

Are You Really Hydrated Enough for Your Workout?

WaterWorkoutProgramCStudies have shown that Americans will drink just about anything except what their body really needs—water.

Underscoring this point is a study of college football players preparing for a major NFL scouting event by trainer Amanda Carlson. At the morning evaluation, she found that 98 percent of them were dehydrated.

Another study by researchers at Tufts University found that college athletes who were mildly dehydrated when they started high-impact aerobics for 60 to 75 minutes without drinking enough water, were more likely to feel fatigued, confused, angry, depressed, and tense.

An End to Acid Reflux?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Nearly everyone gets heartburn now and then. But the fiery sensation that grips your chest and throat after eating spicy food, for example, can also be a symptom of a more serious condition: gastroesophageal reflux disease, which in its most chronic form can lead to cancer.
For years, the roughly one-third of Americans with GERD have mainly relied on prescription or over-the-counter medications to reduce stomach acid. However, as we’ve learned more about the potential long-term effects of the newest class of drugs called “proton pump inhibitors” — which now take up more space on the shelves than good ol’ Tums ever did — that’s made for a different kind of heartburn.
“The Food and Drug Administration has issued numerous warnings about PPIs, saying long-term use and high doses have been associated with an increased risk of bone fractures and infection with a bacterium called Clostridium difficile that can be especially dangerous to elderly patients,” the New York Times has reported.
That helps explain the current excitement over a simple outpatient procedure that may actually correct GERD for good without the need for invasive surgery.
Stretta Therapy (www.stretta-therapy.com), which is FDA-approved, uses radiofrequency (RF) energy delivered to the muscle between the stomach and esophagus to, in effect, “remodel” the problem area.
“The sphincter muscle gets thicker and stronger, so it won’t open as easily,” explains Dr. Mark Noar of Endoscopic Microsurgery Associates in Towson, Maryland, who performs the procedure in his own practice.
Dr. Noar is also the lead author of a newly published, peer-reviewed study that tracked patients for 10 years after receiving Stretta Therapy, which is covered by most insurance (including Medicare). Among the most remarkable findings: 72 percent were found to have remained GERD symptom-free.
That’s almost a job requisite for someone like Kathleen Dickinson, who — loathe to even consider surgery — sought the doctor out for Stretta Therapy after what she describes as “years of suffering” and concerns about possibly developing osteoporosis from the medication she’d been taking.
“For me, it wasn’t just that I couldn’t enjoy my favorite dishes,” says the 70-year-old Maryland woman. “I’m a corporate trainer, and the constant coughing and clearing my throat affected my speaking presentations.”
She’s now back to eating Mexican food.
Oh, and one final reminder: While heartburn may be the most common symptom of GERD, it’s not the only one. Others include chronic coughing, sleep apnea and a change in voice.

Medicine Safety Reminders for Cold and Flu Season

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Americans catch approximately 1 billion colds each year, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as 20 percent of people in the U.S. will get the flu this cold and flu season. A majority of people (seven in 10) will use over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to treat their symptoms, and many of these medicines contain acetaminophen.
Acetaminophen is the most common drug ingredient in America, found in more than 600 prescription (Rx) and OTC medicines, including pain relievers, fever reducers and many cough, cold and flu medicines. It’s safe and effective when used as directed, but taking more than the maximum daily dose of 4,000 milligrams is an overdose and can lead to liver damage.
The Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition (AAC), a group of leading health, health care provider and consumer organizations, is reminding consumers to double-check their medicine labels to avoid doubling up on acetaminophen this winter.
“Cold and flu season is a very important time to remind patients to be diligent about reading their medicine labels and knowing the ingredients in their medicines,” said Anne Norman, APRN, DNP, FNP-BC, Associate Vice President of Education at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, a founding organization of the AAC. “People may use a medicine to treat their cold or flu symptoms on top of a medicine they are already taking, not realizing that both might contain acetaminophen.”
The AAC’s Know Your Dose campaign reminds consumers to follow four medicine safe-use steps:
1. Always read and follow the medicine label.
2. Know if medicines contain acetaminophen, which is listed on the front panel of packaging and in bold type or highlighted in the “active ingredients” section of OTC medicine labels, and sometimes listed as “APAP” or “acetam” on Rx labels.
3. Never take two medicines that contain acetaminophen at the same time.
4. Ask your health care provider or a pharmacist if you have questions about dosing instructions or medicines that contain acetaminophen.
For additional information and a list of some common medicines that contain acetaminophen, visit KnowYourDose.org or follow @KnowYourDose on Twitter.

Initiative Empowers People to Fight for Mobility

RegainMobilityConsider an activity that do you every single day. Now imagine having an accident or health condition that prevented you from your daily activities.

When you sustain an injury to a bone or joint in your body, the things you take for granted can be temporarily disrupted and inhibit you from doing what you truly enjoy—until you restore your mobility with orthopedic care and rehabilitation, that is.

In the U.S., people of all ages are faced with limitations that affect their mobility and that  require orthopedic intervention. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), one in four Americans suffers from an impairment that impacts their ability to move.