Got a Headache? Manage it With Chiropractic Care

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Ready to try another way to manage your headaches? A new study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics has found that chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation, is a safe and drug-free alternative to relieve headaches. So before you reach for that bottle of aspirin, consider visiting a doctor of chiropractic. For more information, visit www.yes2chiropractic.org.

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Majority of Moms and Moms-to-Be Believe in Public Breastfeeding

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Attitudes and opinions can vary greatly when it comes to public breastfeeding. Yet, when it comes to the opinion that matters most — the mother’s — a recent survey suggests that “breast is best.”
Highlighting breastfeeding attitudes and behaviors of moms and expecting moms around the U.S., the 2014 Lansinoh Global Breastfeeding Survey found that more than half of women surveyed say that breastfeeding in public is perfectly natural (57 percent).
Other key findings included:
* Ninety-three percent of moms believe that “breast is best” when it comes to feeding babies. That number increases to 98 percent for moms who are pregnant with their first baby.
* “Mommy Guilt” is real. In fact, 64 percent of moms say they would feel guilty if they did not breastfeed.
* The majority of moms (86 percent) who choose to breastfeed do so because of the health benefits for baby. Forming a close bond with baby (5 percent) and to save money by not buying formula (5 percent) were distant second-place reasons.
“These data show that moms today have the best interest of their baby’s health in mind when forming their breastfeeding goals and opinions,” said Gina Cicatelli Ciagne, CLC and Vice President of Healthcare & Media Relations, Lansinoh Laboratories. “Yet, ultimately, there are many other factors moms navigate when making their decision.”
One such factor is whether to use breast pumps. According to the survey, more than three-fourths of moms have used — or plan to use — breast pumps. That number is highest with expecting moms, with 82 percent saying they plan to use pumps, and the remaining 18 percent unsure whether they will or not.
It’s important to note that the survey was very careful in choosing its participants.
“We wanted to talk to moms who are currently breastfeeding, as well as those who recently stopped, because understanding how they feel is the best way to support today’s breastfeeding moms, whether it’s through new breastfeeding products or with workplace policies and government support,” said Ciagne.
To read the full survey, visit www.lansinoh.com/globalsurvey.

Taking a Holistic Approach to Fit Living

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Is the holistic approach the way to go when it comes to your own and your children’s health?
That’s certainly the advice of a variety of experts who say that a more big-picture view of “fit living” — meaning, beyond the usual warnings to, say, exercise more — can actually help improve your overall quality of life.
Among the latest to weigh in: WebMD and Sanford Health, which recently unveiled their “Raising Fit Kids” informational guide that’s replete with ideas on how “families can work together” to make positive behavioral changes in all aspects of their lives. “Being fit is about being healthy,” says Dr. Chris Tiongson, a pediatrician with Sanford Health whose focus is childhood obesity. “It’s a balance between mind, body and spirit, and having everything be in sync.”
That same “balance,” in fact, has long been advocated by doctors of chiropractic — the nation’s third largest primary health care profession — who, along with providing non-invasive relief from things like back and neck pain, are trained in a wide range of conservative treatment and preventive services centered around lifestyle and nutrition.
“A holistic approach to fit living presents a great opportunity to improve overall health and well-being for a lifetime,” says Gerard Clum, DC, of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress.
High on every chiropractor’s tip list:
* Take steps to manage stress.
* Make time for daily physical activity.
* Emphasize whole grains, fruits and vegetables in your diet.
* Maintain a healthy weight.
Need more convincing? Adopting a holistic strategy that includes chiropractic care, says Dr. Clum, “can help to successfully address consequential conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, which are commonly associated with obesity and poor health.”
To locate a doctor of chiropractic, visit www.F4CP.org/findadoctor.

Grandparents Encouraged to Keep Meds Up and Away From Grandchildren

GrandkidsMedicationsCGrandparents love to spend time with their grandchildren. Many times, however, tiny fingers can end up in places they shouldn’t, which is why putting precious or breakable objects out of reach of curious little hands is important. Equally important (if not more so) is keeping medicines and vitamins up and away and out of sight of young children.

Consider this: more than 70,000 children end up in emergency departments each year after getting their hands on medicines left within reach. That’s 165 kids—or roughly four busloads of kids — per day. Quite often, that medicine belonged to a grandparent.

Grandparents, Keep Your Meds Up and Away From Young Children

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Grandparents love spending time with their grandchildren. Grandbabies bring so much joy. However, it’s not unusual for the curious, tiny fingers of youngsters to end up in places they shouldn’t. Putting precious or breakable objects out of reach is important, and so is keeping medicines and vitamins up and away and out of sight of young children.
More than 70,000 children end up in emergency departments each year after getting their hands on medicines left within reach. That’s 165 kids — or roughly four busloads of kids — per day. Far too often, that medicine belonged to a grandparent.
Where are young children getting their hands on medicines? From countertops and bedside tables, purses and pockets, and loose pills on tables or floors. Weekly pill minders can help you keep track of multiple medications, but they rarely have child-resistant features so a curious child can’t get into the colorful medicines stored inside.
“Grandparents and parents may not be aware of the danger posed by leaving medications where young children can reach or see them,” says Dr. Dan Budnitz, director of the Medication Safety Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “A few simple steps — followed every time — can protect our children.”
So, grandparents, enjoy your precious time with your young grandchildren. But whether hosting them in your house or visiting at theirs, remember to store your medicines in a place they cannot access. Here are some tips from CDC’s “Up and Away and Out of Sight” initiative:
* Keep all medicines and vitamins up and away and out of sight in a high cabinet or other place inaccessible to your grandchildren. If you think you may forget to take your medicines if they are not in sight, leave yourself a reminder on the refrigerator or somewhere you check daily.
* Never leave medicine or vitamins out on a counter or bedside table, even if you have to take the medicine again in a few hours.
* Always relock the safety cap on a medicine bottle. If it has a locking cap that turns, twist it until you hear the click.
* Never tell children medicine is candy so they’ll take it, even if your grandchild does not like to take his or her medicine.
* Keep purses, bags or coats that have medicines or vitamins in them out of reach and sight of young children.
* Program the Poison Help number (1-800-222-1222) into your phone so you have it in case of emergency.
Visit UpandAway.org for more tips on safe medicine storage.

As Insurers End Coverage for Compounded Drugs, Patients Struggle

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – It’s a David-vs.-Goliath dispute, and millions of patients are caught in the middle — perhaps even unaware they’re about to lose coverage for the compounded medications they need for their conditions.
At issue are the customized medications pharmacists prepare for patients who can’t metabolize or tolerate commercial drugs. Compounded medicines often are the only option for doctors treating certain children and seniors, patients coping with the pain of cancer and diabetes, and those with liver or kidney diseases.
In one corner: powerful insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) hell-bent on saving money by eliminating or cutting coverage of those medications.
In the other corner, fighting to reverse their moves: a coalition of patients, physicians, pharmacists and pro-patient groups like the Veterans Advocacy Group of America, the Kidney Cancer Association and the Arthritis Foundation.
“This is about shifting costs to patients,” says Jay McEniry, executive director of Patients and Physicians for Rx Access (saverxaccess.org). “Physicians are being placed in the impossible position of either prescribing a compounded medication the patient needs but can’t afford, or prescribing a less effective treatment because it may be covered by the patient’s insurance.”
The list of “Goliaths” who’ve announced or already implemented such cutbacks now includes United Healthcare/Optum Rx, Catamaran, CVS/Caremark, Harvard Pilgrim and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in several states.
But the coalition’s immediate wrath is directed at the nation’s largest PBM: Express Scripts, which in September is slated to stop covering 1,000 drug ingredients commonly found in compounded medications — effectively “eliminating an entire class of medications,” says McEniry.
Express Scripts and others argue that commercial drugs can do the job just as well for less money. But try telling that to patients like Linda Sauer.
The Dwight, Illinois, woman relies on her doctor-prescribed compounded medications for relief from several painful and debilitating conditions, and is outraged that Express Scripts’ decision leaves her no choice but to pay for them out of pocket.
“They’re denying me access to medicines that work better than the mass-produced drugs I’ve tried,” she says. “It will cost me and others hundreds of dollars per month.”
Sauer at least has read the advisory notice from Express Scripts, which the coalition claims gives “misleading reasons” for targeting what it calls “essential medicines” whose ingredients are purchased from FDA-regulated suppliers. But what of patients who didn’t?
Sadly, they’re in for a shock the next time they try to fill a prescription.

Some Jobs Are More Prone to Back Injuries, Study Finds

WorkRelatedInjuriesCMore than 200,000.

That’s the number of nonfatal occupational back injuries—217,666 to be exact—that resulted in lost workdays in a single year, according to the most recent annual data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. This equates to more than the number of work-related head, neck, arm and foot injuries combined.

As a result, this can have a huge economic impact. Consider this: The World Health Organization has estimated that low back pain alone costs the U.S. between $100 billion and $200 billion annually.

Here are some of the jobs that are more prone to back injuries than others:

4 Tips to Start Your Day a Little Earlier

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – If you happen to be a person who just can’t seem to find enough hours in the day, it might be time to get an earlier start. And, if you’ve already tried waking up before sunrise, only to meet a crashing halt following lunch, these four tips may help:
Tip 1: Avoid hitting “snooze” at all costs. Try moving your alarm clock far enough away from the bed so you’ll be forced to stand up and walk to turn it off.
“When you hit the snooze button repeatedly, you’re fragmenting what little extra sleep you’re getting, so it is of poor quality,” says Robert S. Rosenberg, medical director of the Sleep Disorders Centers of Prescott Valley and Flagstaff, Arizona.
Tip 2: Fuel up with a hearty breakfast. So, you’re probably tired of hearing this advice by now. Yet, if more people actually followed through with it, there wouldn’t be a need to stress it over and over. According to a January 2014 Penn Schoen Berland study, although nearly 85 percent of Americans believe breakfast is important, just over half say they choose to skip it because they don’t have enough time, would rather sleep in or don’t like preparing it. If time is really an issue, consider quick options like Hormel Compleats breakfasts (www.hormel.com), which can be ready in just 60 seconds.
Tip 3: Power up with protein. According to health.com eggs –and even bacon — can be potent breakfast options to keep you going and give your body the energy it needs to get through the day. Some easy-prep breakfast options — like the Compleats varieties mentioned in tip number two — even feature eggs.
“Eggs are a great source of nutrients,” said Mitch Kanter, Ph.D., executive director of the Egg Nutrition Center. “Just one egg contains 13 essential vitamins and minerals, high-quality protein and antioxidants.”
Tip 4: Set an earlier bedtime. If you are a night owl by nature, but want to start your day sooner, gradually shift your bedtime earlier each night. Once you find a time that allows you to wake up early and get through the day without feeling like you need a nap, stick to it. The most productive early birds aren’t sleep deprived. As Aristotle noted, “It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth and wisdom.”

If You Want to Help Avoid Back Problems, Stop Slouching

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Remember how mom always reminded you about your posture? Turns out she was right.
Years of poor posture, we now know, puts undue pressure on the spine and supporting muscles and ligaments that can result in everything from back pain to muscle strain to degenerative arthritis. And many of us make things worse on a daily basis.
How so?
Research has found that common things like stress, obesity, incorrect posture while sleeping, walking and working, and — yes, all you fashionistas out there — wearing high-heeled shoes can contribute to poor posture.
And the back pain alone that often follows hurts us in more ways than one. “Americans spend at least $50 billion each year (seeking relief from) back pain,” notes the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. “And it’s one of the most common reasons for missed work.”
If you just read those stats while seated, here’s a quick checklist to see if you’re maintaining the correct posture:
* Relax shoulders and keep forearms parallel to the ground when working at a keyboard.
* Don’t cross your legs.
* Use a footrest if your feet don’t reach the floor.
For those who are past the checklist stage, know that the federal Agency for Health Care Policy and Research almost twenty years ago recommended spinal manipulation provided by a doctor of chiropractic as a “safe and effective, drugless” treatment for sufferers of low back pain.
“Old habits die hard,” says Ron Kirk, DC, an avid supporter of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress and founder of Straighten Up America (straightenupamerica.org). “But a doctor of chiropractic can recommend exercises to strengthen core postural muscles and can help you choose proper postures to reduce your risk of injury during activities.”
For more information, visit www.yes2chiropractic.org.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help Lower Your Chances of Back Surgery

ReduceSurgeryCWhen faced with the thought of having to undergo back surgery, who wouldn’t want a real alternative?

Those who suffer from back pain may finally be able do just that as evidence mounts supporting the growing movement toward chiropractic care as the “first option” for relief over costly and invasive procedures such as spinal surgery. One job-related statistic underscores just how big a deal that really is: Back pain injuries outnumber all other occupational injuries in the U.S.