WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 9-14-2020

Health Alert: Methanol-Based Hand Sanitizers Pose Dangers. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
warns not to use alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain methanol or wood alcohol, as they can be toxic if
absorbed through the skin leading to nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, blindness, seizures, coma,
nervous system damage, and even death. The FDA is working to prevent these products from entering the
United States and is coordinating with manufacturers to recall such products.
Food and Drug Administration, July 2020
Diet: Certain Nutrients May Help Keep a Common Form of Vertigo at Bay. Benign paroxysmal positional
vertigo (BPPV) is described as a spinning sensation that is usually triggered by changing one’s head position. In
a recent study involving 900 BPPV patients, researchers found that taking a vitamin D and calcium supplement
twice a day reduced the incidence of vertigo episodes by 24%. Neurology, August 2020
Exercise: Resistance and Impact Training Benefit Those at Risk for Osteoporosis. Among a group of 47
patients at elevated risk for osteoporosis, those who took part in a six-month impact and resistance training
program experienced increased muscle strength and improved bone mineral density in the lumbar spine (3.8%)
and femoral neck (2.3%). Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, July 2020
Chiropractic: Hip Strengthening Aids in Low Back Pain Rehab. A review of data from five published
studies suggests that incorporating hip strengthening exercises into a low back pain treatment program can lead
to greater improvements in both low back pain and disability. This finding is not entirely surprising as past
research has shown that hip/pelvic and low back issues often co-occur. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to
assess and treat spine/hip conditions, often using manual manipulation, physiotherapy modalities, specific
exercises, and nutritional recommendations. Clinical Rehabilitation, July 2020
Mental Attitude: Factors for Midlife Mental Decline Risk. New research suggests that smoking,
hypertension, and type 2 diabetes are each significant risk factors for mental decline in middle age.
Neurology, July 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Five Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy. To reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease,
the American Heart Association recommends: keep blood pressure under 120/80 mmHg and blood sugar under
100 mg/dl; maintain a healthy body weight and blood lipid levels; and keep a consistent sleep schedule
featuring six to nine hours of sleep a night. American Heart Association, July 2020
Quote: “There is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving.” ~ Henry Drummond

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 9-7-2020

Health Alert: Long-Term Hypertension Damages Brain Vessels. A review of brain imaging and periodic
blood pressure readings of 1,686 adults during mid and late life revealed that the longer an individual was
hypertensive, the more likely they were to develop cerebral small blood vessel disease, which could increase the
risk for stroke and dementia. American Heart Association, July 2020
Diet: Plant-Based Diets Lower Blood Pressure. An analysis of data from 41 studies showed that adopting a
diet featuring ample servings of fruits and vegetables (DASH, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Vegan, Nordic, etc.)
can lead to a reduction in blood pressure associated with a 14% lower risk for stroke and a 9% decreased risk
for heart attack. Journal of Hypertension, July 2020
Exercise: Breathing Exercises Benefit Sleep Apnea Patients. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated
with an elevated risk for heart failure, heart disease, and stroke. New research suggests that performing at-home
breathing exercises for six weeks can lead to significant improvements in respiratory and cardiovascular
function among older adults with OSA. Experimental Physiology, July 2020
Chiropractic: Cervicothoracic Junction Hypermobility and Neck Pain? Among a group of 42 neck pain
patients with cervicothoracic junction hypermobility, researchers observed that manipulative therapy applied to
the thoracic spine and mobilization therapy targeting the cervicothoracic junction both resulted in improvements
in neck pain and cervical range of motion. Doctors of chiropractic often use several forms of manual therapy,
including spinal manipulation and mobilization, in the management of neck pain.
Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, August 2020
Mental Attitude: Is It Sleep Trouble or ADHD? The result of a recent experiment found that children with a
sleep disorder may experience troubles with impulse control at levels that could suggest the presence of
attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The researchers conclude, “This further adds to the discussion
on overdiagnosis of ADHD due to behavioral presentations of underlying sleep disorders.”
Journal of Attention Disorders, July 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Less Smoking and Drinking Reduces Hip Fractures. Hip fracture rates in the United
States have fallen substantially since the 1970s, and according to researchers, much of this improvement may be
due to significant drops in heavy drinking and smoking among the general population.
JAMA Internal Medicine, July 2020
Quote: “Goodness is the only investment that never fails.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 8-31-2020

Health Alert: Signs of Adult Diabetes Risk Are Visible at Age 8. A study that monitored the health of
more than 4,000 participants found that unhealthy high-density lipoprotein (the “good” cholesterol) levels
at age 8 may signal that an individual is at an elevated risk for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis by age 25.
Diabetes Care, June 2020
Diet: Foods That May Reduce Risk for Breast Cancer. A systematic review of data from 48 published
studies reported the following foods/vitamins/compounds are associated with a reduced breast cancer risk:
vegetables, citrus fruit, mushrooms, calcium, folate, vitamin D, lignans, and carotenoids.
International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, July 2020
Exercise: Physical Inactivity Raises Cancer Mortality Risk. Among a group of 8,002 middle-aged and
older adults, researchers observed that the least active participants were 82% more likely to die from cancer
over the following five years than those with the highest physical activity levels.
JAMA Oncology, June 2020
Chiropractic: Chiropractic Care Increases Strength, Balance, & Endurance. After a four-week course
of chiropractic care, military personnel with back pain reported improved strength and endurance, as well
as a reduction in low back pain intensity and disability compared with patients on a waiting list who
received no treatment. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, June 2020
Mental Attitude: Intervention Can Reduce Heart Risks for Those with Mental Illness. Past research
has shown that individuals with serious mental illness have an elevated risk for cardiovascular disease. In a
recent study that involved 132 adults with serious mental illness, researchers found that when a counselor
and nurse guided participants to engage in a healthier lifestyle (stop smoking, eat a healthy diet, exercise,
etc.), their risk for heart attack or stroke fell by nearly 13% in the next decade.
JAMA Network Open, June 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Low Testosterone and Dysregulated Eating. Evaluations of 154 male college
students revealed an association between low testosterone levels and an increased risk for developing an
eating disorder. International Journal of Eating Disorders, July 2020
Quote: “People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.”
~ Edmund Hillary
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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 8-24-2020

Health Alert: Asthma Tied to Kids with Disabilities & Delays. An analysis of data collected from nearly
72,000 families revealed that children with hearing loss, cerebral palsy, and learning disabilities have a
significantly elevated risk for asthma. Study co-author Dr. George Delclos writes, “These results support
advising pediatricians to screen for asthma in children with disabilities, so that interventions can be started
sooner.” JAMA Network Open, June 2020
Diet: Best Protein-Rich Vegetables? In addition to legumes, experts consider the following vegetables to
be good sources for plant-based protein: watercress, alfalfa sprouts, spinach, Chinese cabbage, asparagus,
mustard and collard greens, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, and cauliflower. Medical News Today, June 2020
Exercise: Take Microbreaks! For desk-bound office workers, taking a microbreak every hour to perform
a brief physical activity can reduce job stress and improve mood. Frontiers in Public Health, June 2020
Chiropractic: Fall Risk Among Patients with Severe Knee Osteoarthritis. Questionnaires completed by
259 knee osteoarthritis patients revealed an association between back pain intensity and an increased risk
for falling. The findings suggest that treatment to manage co-occurring back pain—such as chiropractic
care—may be necessary to reduce fall risk among patients with severe osteoarthritis of the knee.
Clinical Rheumatology, June 2020
Mental Attitude: A Third of Dementia Cases Are Preventable? The Lancet Commission on Dementia
Prevention, Intervention and Care reports that up to 35% of dementia cases could be prevented by staying
mentally engaged; maintaining a healthy weight, blood pressure, and blood glucose reading; addressing
midlife hearing loss and late-life depression; and staying socially active.
Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy, July 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Garden Safety. Gardening is a great way to get physical activity, beautify the
community, and provide fresh nutritious produce, while enjoying the outdoors. To stay safe while
gardening, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following: wear protective gear
as needed, such as safety goggles, appropriate shoes, long pants, gloves, insect repellent, and sun screen
with a SPF of 15 or greater; and make sure to drink water if you’re outside in hot weather for most of the
day. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June 2020
Quote: “The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.” ~ Eric Hoffer
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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 8-17-2020

Health Alert: Obesity in Middle-Age Linked to Dementia. New research that looked at long-term health
data concerning nearly 6,600 adults suggests that obesity at midlife is associated with a 31% increased risk
for dementia in old age. International Journal of Epidemiology, June 2020
Diet: Eating Fruits and Veggies Can Cut Diabetes Risk. Using data from the European Prospective
Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study, researchers estimate that every 66 gram increase in daily
fruit and vegetable consumption is associated with a 25% reduced risk for type 2 diabetes. BMJ, July 2020
Exercise: Exercise Linked to Lower Sleep Apnea Risk. The results of a recent study that looked at
lifestyle, medical, socio-demographic, and sleep health data concerning more than 155,000 adults suggest
that even a modest increase in physical activity (such as walking for 20 additional minutes per day or
vigorously exercising for 8 additional minutes a day) can reduce the risk for obstructive sleep apnea by
10%. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, June 2020
Chiropractic: Back Pain Common During Pregnancy. Questionnaires completed by 400 expectant
mothers revealed that 75.3% had experienced back pain at some point in their pregnancy, particularly in the
lumbar region during the third trimester. Nearly half of the women in the study (45.7%) reported that their
back pain limited their daily activities. Doctors of chiropractic commonly treat low back pain arising from
pregnancy with a combination of manual therapies and specific exercises.
Pain Management Nursing, June 2020
Mental Attitude: Lack of Sleep Can Take a Toll on the Brain. Otherwise healthy volunteers who slept
two fewer hours a night for three nights in a row not only became less effective at performing tasks, but
according to researcher Dr. Ingvild Saksvik-Lehouillier, “[Participants also] experienced a flattening of
emotions…. They felt less joy, enthusiasm, attention and fulfillment.” Sleep, June 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Top Wellness Tips. The Physicians Medical Group of San Jose lists the flowing
tips for better health and wellness: don’t start smoking, and if you’re a smoker, quit; see a doctor regularly;
eat a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains; exercise regularly; get adequate sleep;
maintain a healthy weight; limit alcohol intake; practice good dental hygiene; become educated about
health and wellness; and take care of your mental health. Physicians Medical Group of San Jose, June 2020
Quote: “A tiny change today brings a dramatically different tomorrow.” ~ Richard Bach
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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 8-10-2020

Health Alert: Air Pollution Linked to Early Death. An analysis of long-term data concerning over 68.5
million Medicare enrollees suggests that tightening air quality standards in the United States from 12
μg/m3 of fine particulate matter to the World Health Organization’s recommendation of 10 μg/m3 could
save over 140,000 lives over the following decade. Sciences Advances, June 2020
Diet: Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Benefit Expectant Mothers. Though further research is warranted, a
review of data from 14 published studies found that omega-3 fatty acid supplementation during pregnancy
may reduce the risk for preeclampsia and postpartum depression.
Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine, July 2020
Exercise: The Many Benefits of Exercise. Harvard Medical School lists the following benefits of
exercise: reduced risk for obesity, heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers; improved
balance, mood, and mental function; stronger muscles; and healthier bones and joints.
Harvard Medical School, June 2020
Chiropractic: Manipulative Therapy Combined with Exercise Improves Outcomes. According to a
study that included 90 patients with chronic non-specific neck pain, combining manipulative therapy with
stretching and strengthening exercises led to greater improvements in pain, disability, and range of motion
than exercises alone. Doctors of chiropractic often treat patients with chronic neck pain with an approach
that combines manipulative therapies and specific cervical exercises.
Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, April 2020
Mental Attitude: Repeated Head Impacts Linked to Depression Later in Life. A review of the health
records of 13,323 individuals revealed that a history of both repetitive head impacts and traumatic brain
injury is associated with an elevated risk for late-life depression. Neurology, June 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Urine Test Could Check Your Diet Quality. By analyzing levels of different
metabolites in urine samples taken 24 hours apart, researchers have developed a test that measure the
quality of an individual’s nutrition intake. Study co-author Dr. Paul Elliott notes, “Healthful diets have a
different pattern of metabolites in the urine than those associated with worse health outcomes.”
Nature Food, June 2020
Quote: “You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.” ~ Cormac McCarthy
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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 8-3-2020

Health Alert: New Advice Regarding Familial Hypercholesterolemia. Individuals with a genetic
predisposition for elevated low-density lipoprotein (the “bad” cholesterol) levels have traditionally been
instructed to reduce their consumption of saturated fats to lower their risk for heart disease. However, a
team of heart disease and diet experts reviewed dietary guidelines for those with familial
hypercholesterolemia and failed to find any evidence supporting a low saturated fat diet. They concluded
that following a low-carbohydrate diet is a more effective dietary strategy for this group of patients.
BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine, July 2020
Diet: High-Fiber Diet May Benefit Kidney Function. An analysis of blood samples and dietary
information regarding 468 adults suggests that high fiber intake is associated with better renal function.
BMC Nephrology, July 2020
Exercise: Weightlifting Strengthens the Nervous System. The reticulospinal tract descends from the
spinal cord from the brain and is mainly involved in locomotion and postural control. In a recent study,
researchers observed that strength training can increase the response of the reticulospinal tract, which may
be one way lifting weights improves athletic performance. Journal of Neuroscience, June 2020
Chiropractic: Seat Incline and Spinal Alignment. Photographic analysis of twenty healthy volunteers
using a variety of seat orientations revealed that a forward sloped seat is superior to both a flat and
backward sloped seat for maintaining neutral spinal alignment and reducing forward head posture. The
findings suggest a forward inclined seat pan may reduce an individual’s risk for developing spinal pain.
Medicine, July 2020
Mental Attitude: Diabetes, Sleep Disorders, and Dementia. Using data from the Korean Health
Screening Cohort, researchers report that type 2 diabetics with a sleep disorder have a 46% higher risk for
dementia than those without a sleep disorder. Journal of Diabetes, July 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Exercise Benefits Sleep. Questionnaires completed by 114 healthy middle-aged
women revealed that those who regularly partake in aerobic exercise are more likely to both sleep at least
seven hours a night and to awaken in the morning feeling rested.
Journal of Sports Medicine & Physical Fitness, July 2020
Quote: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” ~ Nelson Mandela
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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 7-27-2020

Health Alert: As a Nation’s Wealth Grows, So Do Men’s Waistlines. Using four decades of data
concerning nearly 150 countries, researchers report that for every 1% increase in a nation’s per capita
income, the obesity rate among men in the country rises 1.23%. PLOS ONE, May 2020
Diet: Can Too Much Coffee Be Bad for Your Health? Researchers examined connections between
genetics, habitual coffee consumption, and health conditions from a dataset that included over 300,000
adults in the UK Biobank and found that drinking six or more cups of coffee a day is associated with an
elevated risk of osteoarthritis, arthropathy, and obesity. Clinical Nutrition, March 2020
Exercise: Exercise Cleans Muscles. According to a new study, an intense ten-minute bout of exercise
increases the activity of the “death marker protein” called ubiquitin, which helps remove worn-out
proteins from muscle tissue. Researcher Dr. Jørgen Wojtaszewski writes, “Basically, it explains part of
the reason why physical activity is healthy. The beauty is that muscle use, in and of itself, is what
initiates the processes that keep muscles up to date, healthy, and functional.”
FASEB Journal, May 2020
Chiropractic: Manual Therapies for CTS. Among a group of 30 patients with carpal tunnel
syndrome (CTS), researchers observed that mechanical interface mobilization and nerve mobilization
techniques are both effective treatments for improving nerve function and reducing pain and disability.
Doctors of chiropractic often utilize these manual therapy techniques along with other conservative
treatment options for patients with CTS. Caspian Journal of Internal Medicine, April 2020
Mental Attitude: Creative Art, Storytelling, and Mild Cognitive Impairment. A review of findings
from 64 published studies found that participating in creative art or storytelling programs can improve
brain function in older adults with mild cognitive impairment. Ageing Research Reviews, June 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Surprising Contributors to Heart Disease. WebMD notes that in addition to
lack of exercise and a poor diet, the following are also associated with an elevated risk for heart
disease: belly fat, dental problems, loneliness, long work hours, a history of migraines, shift work, and
snoring. WebMD, June 2020
Quote: “We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 7-20-2020

Health Alert: Singing and Snoring. A review of findings from six published studies noted that people
who frequently sing have a reduced risk for obstructive sleep apnea and snoring.
Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, June 2020
Diet: Almonds Good for Vascular Health. During a six-week study, researchers observed that
participants who replaced unhealthy snack foods with almonds experienced improvements in both
endothelial function (the functionality of the thin membrane that lines the heart and blood vessels) and
their cholesterol readings. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, May 2020
Exercise: Aerobic Exercise May Benefit Asthmatics. An analysis of data from eleven published
studies concluded that aerobic exercise training can lead to improvements in both asthma control and
lung function. European Respiratory Journal, April 2020
Chiropractic: Myofascial Therapy for Neck Pain. Among a group of 54 patients with mechanical
neck pain, researchers observed that five sessions of myofascial release therapy were more effective at
reducing pain and improving pain sensitivity than ten sessions of massage, ultrasound therapy, and
transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation. Doctors of chiropractic commonly use myofascial techniques
in the treatment of many musculoskeletal conditions.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, April 2020
Mental Attitude: Mindfulness Improves Mood of MS Patients. Mindfulness is described as the
ability to be fully present, aware of where you are, and calm about what’s going on around you. In a
recent study involving 61 multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, researchers observed that those who
received mindfulness training experienced improvements in cognitive function and mood regulation.
Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology, May 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Ways to Stay Healthy As You Age. WebMD offers five tips to remain healthy
when getting older: eat more vegetables, fruits, nuts and whole grains while eating less butter, fatty
meats, sugar, and salt; exercise for at least thirty minutes a day; go to bed and wake up at the same time
every day; start a new hobby; and stay in contact with loved ones. WebMD, June 2020
Quote: “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 7-13-2020

Health Alert: Oil & Gas Wells Linked to Low Infant Birth Weight. An analysis of nearly 3 million
pregnancy outcomes from women living within six miles of an oil or gas well revealed that living within
less than a mile of these types of wells is associated with a 40% increased risk for low birth weight.
Environmental Health Perspectives, June 2020
Diet: Warning Labels Could Reduce Soda Consumption. A review of findings from 23 published
studies suggests that adding health warning labels to soft drink packaging could reduce sugary drink intake.
Study leader Dr. Anna Grummon writes, “Our findings suggest that sugary drink warnings help consumers
better understand products’ healthfulness and encourage consumers to make healthier choices about what
drinks to buy… These results highlight the potential usefulness of sugary drink warning policies in both
informing consumers and reducing consumption of unhealthy beverages like sodas, energy drinks and fruitflavored drinks.” American Society for Nutrition, May 2020
Exercise: Exercise Helps College Students Be More Resilient. University students who regularly
exercise are less likely to be affected by depression, anxiety, or stress than their less active peers.
Frontiers in Psychology, May 2020
Chiropractic: Car Accidents and Back Pain. A systematic research review discovered that individuals
involved in a motor vehicle collision may be more likely to develop back pain in the future than those who
have not been in a car accident. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to evaluate and effectively treat
musculoskeletal injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents. Accident Analysis & Prevention, May 2020
Mental Attitude: Noise, Air Pollution, and Alzheimer’s. New research suggests that frequent exposure
to elevated noise and carbon monoxide levels may lead to increased oxidative stress in the body, which
may raise the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Medical Gas Research, June 2020
Wellness/Prevention: How to Reduce Colorectal Cancer Risk. The American Cancer Society offers the
following tips to reduce colorectal cancer risk: eat more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains; limit intake of
red and processed meats; get the recommended levels of calcium and vitamin D; avoid obesity and weight
gain around the midsection; don’t smoke; and limit alcohol consumption.
American Cancer Society, June 2020
Quote: “Life is about timing.” ~ Carl Lewis

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