If you are one of the millions of Americans that struggle with your weight and have a body mass index (BMI) of 35 to 45, you may have considered bariatric surgery to lose unwanted pounds. The rub is that while it may work, it’s invasive, and there can be significant long-term side effects: so much so that only a fraction of those who are obese seriously think about this option.
In analyzing two years worth of its own insurance data, the health care giant Optum projected that’s how much money health care consumers would have saved had patients who’d experienced 14.7 million reported non-surgical spinal episodes received chiropractic care first.
Optum defines “first” as getting treatment “within the initial 10 days” of a spinal episode. Taking advantage of that window, it found, drastically reduces the need for everything from costly surgery to injections to prescription medications — a conclusion certain to fuel the growing “chiropractic first” movement embraced by many health experts.
(NewsUSA) – If you experience joint discomfort, you’re not alone. No matter how active you are, joint problems are one of the most common reasons for doctor’s visits and will affect most of us as we age. Registered Dietitian & Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Marie Spano says there is a lot you can do to help yourself, beginning with a healthy diet.
“What you eat can have a big impact on joint inflammation, cartilage breakdown and bone formation,” says Spano. “There are many foods that not only help, but are also delicious and easy to find.”
At the top of Spano’s joint-friendly grocery list are fatty fish, including salmon, herring and anchovies. They contain the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which have anti-inflammatory effects. In cell culture studies, EPA and DHA decrease cartilage breakdown. “Cartilage is like a sponge that cushions your joints, so make sure you’re taking care of it. These fatty acids can also improve symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis and possibly decrease the need for anti-inflammatory medications,” says Spano.
Another way to feed your joints is to take a high-quality glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate supplement. Together, these have been shown to limit the activity of enzymes which can break down healthy cartilage. “To help support your joint health, I recommend CosaminDS, which is the most researched glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate supplement on the market. It contains high-quality ingredients and a specific formulation shown in peer-reviewed studies to be effective for joint health management.” Spano cautions that not all supplements are created equally. “Be an informed consumer. Look for supplements like Cosamin that are backed by clinical research and certified by an independent third-party organization.”
Next stop on Spano’s grocery trip is the produce aisle. She recommends oranges, bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries and other foods that are rich in Vitamin C. “Vitamin C is necessary for repairing and maintaining cartilage. In population-based studies, those with higher Vitamin C intake had less severe osteoarthritis and cartilage breakdown.”
A balanced exercise routine also helps by maintaining joint mobility and assisting with weight control. Obesity can lead to a greater risk of joint issues. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two in three people who are obese may develop symptomatic knee osteoarthritis. Even a loss of one or two pounds may feel more like 10 pounds to your joints.
In 2014, according to the just-released “Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic Inaugural Report: Americans’ Perceptions of Chiropractic,” 33.6 million Americans aged 18 and older turned to chiropractic care to relieve conditions associated with back and neck pain.
That’s about 63 percent more than the 20.6 million adults previously estimated in various (less comprehensive) studies, and likely indicates that the “chiropractic first” movement — trumpeted by health experts troubled by the overuse of addictive drugs — has become increasingly popular.
(NewsUSA) – Far more adults than anyone thought are seeking help from chiropractors, according to a new nationwide Gallup report.
In the last year alone, according to the just-released “2015 Gallup-Palmer Inaugural Report: Americans’ Perceptions of Chiropractic,” 33.6 million Americans aged 18 and older turned to chiropractic care to relieve conditions like back and neck pain.
That’s about 63 percent more than the 20.6 million adults previously estimated in less comprehensive studies, and likely indicates that the “chiropractic first” movement touted by health experts troubled by the overuse of addictive drugs and surgery has become increasingly popular.
“Americans who have exposure to chiropractors are more likely to have an opinion of them, and in general those opinions are positive,” Gallup concluded.
Among the other key findings:
* While most patients only head to a doctor of chiropractic when they’re in pain, 31 percent of adults who’ve been treated within the last five years say they prefer regular visits — regardless of whether they’re hurting.
* Those under age 50 are likelier to say a chiropractor would be their first choice for treating back or neck pain.
* So “strongly committed” are recent users that they averaged 11 visits in the last 12 months.
“This groundbreaking report shows Americans are embracing chiropractic as an alternative to other costly and invasive treatments,” said the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress’ Sherry McAllister, DC.
Indeed, today’s chiropractors — with a minimum of 7 years of higher education, including clinical patient management — are not only sought out for pain relief, but also for advice on healthy living, increased flexibility and injury prevention.
To learn more or to find a local doctor of chiropractic, visit F4CP.org/findadoctor.
It would seem that public hygiene protocol is not something easily forgotten since it is a standard taught since kindergarten, underscored in middle school, and essential to get your college diploma. Yet there are times, more often than we’d like to admit, that we may know the “do’s” and “don’ts” of social proprieties, but choose not to embrace them.
Stay classy and clean with these simple tips on how to display good hygiene when out in public.
Cover your mouth
Cigarette smoking is on the decline in the United States for a number of reasons, including laws banning smoking in many workplaces and in public spaces and at least partial restrictions in other areas. However, the moist tobacco market is on the rise and has increased by nearly 7 percent from 2011 to 2014, according to a EuroMonitor International report. As a result, many companies are developing products and accessories to serve this expanding market, and they are realizing that some of the prevailing myths about tobacco users don’t hold up.
With this changing landscape of tobacco use, comes an opportunity to dispel several of these myths.
BP Gardens, a subsidiary of GreenGro Technologies (OTC: GNRH), an Anaheim-based eco-friendly technology company, is taking local farming in a crowded urban environment to a whole new level by designing vertical gardens. Its hope, says CEO James Haas, is to provide communities, restaurants, and grocers with locally grown, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables.
(NewsUSA) – Camping is a favorite activity for outdoor enthusiasts across the country. There are few better ways to take in the fresh air and relax than by spending some time out in the elements without all the distractions of everyday life. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the great outdoors is also home to some serious health threats — and you may be surprised at the “biggest” culprits!
While small in size, mosquitoes and ticks are out in abundance this time of year. Just one bite from an infected mosquito or tick can have chronic, and possibly fatal, consequences.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), late summer is peak time for West Nile virus infections (WNV), and transmission of the disease frequently continues into the fall as well. According to the National Pest Management Association’s medical advisor, Dr. Jorge Parada, the elderly, children and those with weakened immune systems are most vulnerable to West Nile virus infections, which can be fatal in severe cases.
Ticks are capable of transmitting a variety of illnesses to humans, the most common being Lyme disease. Spread by the blacklegged deer tick, Lyme disease has historically been a problem in the northeast U.S. However, an August 2015 report from the CDC found blacklegged deer ticks are expanding their territory farther in to the West and South, bringing the threat of Lyme disease with them.
The National Pest Management Association offers the following tips for campers to protect themselves from mosquito and tick bites:
* Always apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or IR3535 when outdoors and use as directed on the product label.
* Reduce the amount of skin exposed during dusk and dawn, when certain types of mosquitoes are most active.
* Avoid areas where ticks are most abundant, including high grasses and low-growing vegetation along the edge of the woods or a trail.
* Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes when outdoors. While hiking, tuck long pants into your socks to keep ticks out.
* Consider investing in permethrin-treated clothing and gear for an extra level of protection and choose light-colored clothing that will make spotting ticks easier.
* Inspect yourself and your companions carefully for ticks after being outdoors; finding and removing ticks in a timely manner is critical to preventing disease.
For more information on mosquitoes and ticks, please visit www.pestworld.org.