WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 1-13-2020

Health Alert: Are Migraines and Asthma Linked? Using a decade of data from a national database, South Korean
researchers report that there appears to be a bidirectional relationship between migraines and asthma with migraineurs having a
37% increased risk for asthma and asthmatics having a 47% elevated risk for migraines. Further research is needed to
understand the link/s between migraines and asthma. Scientific Reports, December 2019
Diet: Eating During a Ten-Hour Window Improves Health of Those with Metabolic Syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a
cluster of conditions—obesity, high blood pressure, problematic cholesterol, impaired metabolic function, and excessive waist
circumference—that occur together and increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. In a new study involving
19 individuals with metabolic syndrome, researchers observed that when participants restricted their eating to a ten-hour
window every day for twelve weeks, they reduced their calorie intake by nearly 9%, lost an average of 3% of their body weight,
and reported more restful sleep. Their blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels also improved.
Cell Metabolism, December 2019
Exercise: Which Exercise Is Best for Bone Health in Obese Older Adults? Weight loss among obese seniors can lead to
bone loss and an increased risk of fracture. In a new study that included 160 obese older adults, researchers found that resistance
training or combined resistance and aerobic training were both effective in reducing weight loss-induced decreases in bone
density, while aerobic training alone was deemed ineffective in this regard.
Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, December 2019
Chiropractic: Chronic Neck Pain Linked to Lower Neck Strength. A review of findings from fifteen published studies
concluded that patients with chronic neck pain have reduced strength in the muscles used for flexion, extension, and lateral
flexion of the neck in comparison to individuals without a history of neck pain. Doctors of chiropractic often incorporate
specific exercises to strengthen the muscles in the neck, shoulder, and upper back of patients with chronic neck pain to decrease
pain, improve function, and reduce the risk for recurrence.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, November 2019
Mental Attitude: Domestic Abuse Can Lead to a Lifetime of Poor Health. An examination of the medical records of over
92,000 women revealed that survivors of domestic abuse are two-times more likely to have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue
syndrome (CFS) than females with no history of domestic abuse. Study author Dr. Joht Singh Chandan writes, “Domestic abuse
is a global public health issue, with as many as 1 in 3 women affected worldwide… We hope these first of their kind research
findings will change healthcare practice and will be of assistance in the early diagnosis of fibromyalgia and CFS in women who
have been abused.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence, December 2019
Wellness/Prevention: Writing Can Help You Deal with Stress. Noting that past studies have shown that writing down your
thoughts and feeling about difficult situations can improve your mood, reduce your risk for becoming ill, and increase your
productivity, the American Psychological Association recommends keeping a diary or a journal.
American Psychological Association, December 2019
Quote: “There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” ~ Aldous Huxley

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 1-6-2020

Health Alert: Air Pollution Linked to Glaucoma Risk. In this study, researchers analyzed data regarding more than 111,000
adults in the United Kingdom and found that those living in areas with the highest levels of fine particulate matter air pollution
had a 6% greater risk for glaucoma. Study author Dr. Paul Foster notes, “While we cannot confirm yet that the association is
causal, we hope to continue our research to determine whether air pollution does indeed cause glaucoma, and to find out if there
are any avoidance strategies that could help people reduce their exposure to air pollution to mitigate the health risks.”
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, November 2019
Diet: Extra Virgin Olive Oil May Prevent Various Dementias. The accumulation of the protein tau in the brain is associated
with an elevated risk for several forms of dementia. In this study, researchers observed that when mice prone to accumulations
of tau consumed a diet high in extra virgin olive oil, they had 60% fewer tau deposits than rodents on a standard diet.
Additionally, the mice on the extra virgin olive oil diet also performed better in standard maze and object recognition memory
tests. Aging Cell, November 2019
Exercise: Muscle Mass Linked to Heart Health. New research that reviewed ten years of health data concerning over more
than 1,000 adults indicates that men and women with more muscle mass in middle age were less likely to have hypertension,
diabetes, and obesity—all risk factors for heart disease—than participants with less muscle mass at midlife.
Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, November 2019
Chiropractic: Pain Is Common in Kids, Teens, and Young Adults. Researchers reviewed the healthcare usage of 373,178
Swedes under the age of 24 and found that 15.8% sought treatment for at least one painful condition in 2017, with abdominal
pain, joint pain, headache, and back/neck pain being the most common. Of these individuals, one in seven consulted with their
healthcare provider at least four times during the year. The findings suggest that pain is a common complaint among children
and young adults. European Journal of Pain, December 2019
Mental Attitude: Concussions in High School Increase Risk of Suicide. An analysis of data concerning more than 13,000
high schoolers in the United States revealed that student athletes who reported having a concussion in the last year were more
likely to report feelings of depression, suicidal ideations, and planned or previous suicide attempts. Lead author Dr. Dale
Mantey writes, “Everyone needs to be aware of the warning signs and the risks that come with concussions—parents, teachers,
coaches, but also the students themselves… If there is any concern that a child may have suffered a concussion, it is critical to
seek medical attention. If a child is diagnosed with a concussion, everyone in their support network should look for changes in
mood or behavior that may be warning signs of reduced mental well-being.” Journal of Affective Disorders, November 2019
Wellness/Prevention: Identifying Risk Factors for Eating Disorders. The National Eating Disorders Collaboration explains
that eating disorders are the result of a combination of psychological, social, and genetic factors like low self-esteem or
perfectionism; overvaluing body image in defining self-worth; stress, depression, and trauma; avoidance of social interaction;
involvement in a sport that emphasizes body shape; troubled family or personal relationships; and teasing or bullying.
National Eating Disorders Collaboration, November 2019
Quote: “Endurance is patience concentrated.” ~ Thomas Carlyle

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 12-30-2019

Mental Attitude: Dealing with Job Burnout. If you experience high levels of physical or emotional exhaustion at
work that reduce your sense of accomplishment and personal identity, then you may be suffering from job burnout.
To manage job burnout, the Mayo Clinic recommends the following: work with your supervisor to change
expectations; seek support from co-workers, friends, or loved ones; try a relaxing activity that can help with stress;
exercise to take your mind off of work; and get some sleep to restore well-being and protect your health.
Mayo Clinic, October 2019
Health Alert: Many Parents Not Following Safe-Sleep Advice for Their Babies. A survey of moms across the
United States revealed that many parents fail to follow all four of the American Academy of Pediatrics’s
recommendations to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS): place infants to sleep on their back;
sleep in the same room but don’t share the same bed; avoid soft objects or bedding; and use a firm sleep surface.
Pediatrics, October 2019
Diet: Vitamin D May Improve Muscle Function in Seniors. Maintaining skeletal muscle function is vital for
promoting independence, mobility, and quality of life among seniors. An analysis of data from 4,157 communitydwelling adults aged 60 years and over revealed that older adults with deficient vitamin D levels were significantly
more likely to have impaired muscle function. Study author Dr. Niamh Aspell writes, “Overall our findings add
weight to the evidence in favor of public health strategies to eliminate vitamin D deficiency in older populations.
Future research, however, should identify and focus on older adults with vitamin D deficiency and aim to better
understand if reversing this deficiency improves skeletal muscle function.”
Clinical Interventions in Ageing, October 2019
Exercise: Gentle Exercise Improves Outcomes in Older Patients. Elderly adults who engaged in a home-based
fitness program featuring stretches, light weights, and low-impact cardio reported an increased capacity to complete
everyday life tasks and activities. Innovation in Aging, October 2019
Chiropractic: Mobilization Provides Benefits to Knee Osteoarthritis Patients. Osteoarthritis of the knee is one
of the most common causes of disability among older adults. A study involving 40 patients with knee osteoarthritis
revealed that those treated with mobilization therapy, a form of treatment provided by doctors of chiropractic,
experienced knee-related improvements with respect to pain, function, strength, and range of motion.
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, October 2019
Wellness/Prevention: Vitamin D Supplement May Increase Cancer Survivability. The results of an analysis of
data concerning 81,362 adults from ten clinical trials suggest that cancer patients who take a vitamin D supplement
may have up to a 13% reduced risk for cancer-related mortality. Bioscience Reports, October 2019
Quote: “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 12-23-2019

Mental Attitude: Late-Life Mental Health and Disability. Using data from the National Health and Aging Trends
Study concerning 3,663 older adults, researchers have identified an association between late-life anxiety or
depression and an increased risk for disability over the following five years. The findings suggest that managing latelife depression and anxiety can help seniors maintain their independence. Psychosomatic Medicine, October 2019
Health Alert: Concussion Increases Risk for Sleeping Problems. Researchers report that sleep disorders affect
nearly half of traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients, with insomnia (29%), hypersomnia (28%), and sleep apnea
(25%) being the most common complaints. Because insufficient and poor-quality sleep have been linked to several
negative health outcomes, the findings suggest that physicians should check for disturbed sleep when managing
patients with TBI. Nature and Science of Sleep, August 2019
Diet: Fish Oil Supplement May Help Older Adults Stay Independent. Though further research is advised, the
results of a study involving 1,635 sedentary seniors suggest that taking a daily fish oil supplement may reduce one’s
risk for major mobility disability by up to 22%. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, November 2019
Exercise: Exercise Helps Lower Fracture Risk in Older Women. In this study, researchers reviewed health and
lifestyle data concerning over 77,000 older women between the ages of 50 and 79 and found that those who regularly
exercised at any intensity had a lower risk of hip fracture than the participants who seldom or never exercised.
JAMA Network Open, October 2019
Chiropractic: Many Seniors Have Low Back Pain. A review of data from 35 published studies involving over
135,000 older adults found that it’s very common for seniors to experience low back pain that affects their ability to
carry out daily tasks. According to researchers, about one in five adults in their 60s currently have back pain, and the
risk increases with age, affecting up to 75% of those over age 100. Clinics (Brazil), October 2019
Wellness/Prevention: Tips to Avoid Insomnia and Improve Sleep. Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep can
be detrimental to your health. Below are some recommendations to help overcome temporary insomnia and improve
the quality of your sleep: make your bedroom an inviting place by keeping the room free of clutter and distractions;
choose a mattress that’s supportive to help reduce musculoskeletal pain; avoid using the bed for watching TV,
eating, working, or any other activities; establish a regular sleep-wake cycle by getting up at the same time every
morning, even on weekends; avoid excessive napping, which can throw off your regular sleep schedule; limit your
consumption of caffeine in the afternoon and evening; watch your alcohol intake; fit in some exercise every day, but
don’t exercise strenuously right before bedtime; avoid heavy meals in the evening; and establish a “winding down”
ritual just prior to bedtime, like reading a book, listening to music, or watching a pleasant film.
WebMD, October 2019
Quote: “Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 12-16-2019

Mental Attitude: Being Fit May Protect Against Depression. According to a study that included nearly 8,000
European adults, being physically active appears to reduce the risk for depression, even among those with a genetic
predisposition for the condition. Depression and Anxiety, November 2019
Health Alert: Unhealthy Lifestyle Sets Stage for Liver Problems… Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
occurs when fat accumulates in the liver from causes other than excessive alcohol consumption, which can lead to a
host of negative health outcomes. An analysis of data concerning over 270,000 military veterans found that adults
with diabetes, obesity, dyslipidemia, and hypertension had a 2.6 times greater risk for NAFLD than individuals
without those traits. Hepatology, November 2019
Diet: Trans Fats Linked to Greater Dementia Risk. Despite most trans fats being banned in the United States,
foods with less than a half-gram of trans fats can be labeled as “trans fat free”. In a study involving 1,600 older
adults, researchers observed that participants with higher levels of trans fats in their blood had an elevated risk for
dementia over the following decade. Neurology, October 2019
Exercise: Interval Walking Training Offers Benefits for Seniors. Interval walking training (IWT) is characterized
as walking at 70% of maximum capacity (heart rate) for three minutes, then at 40% capacity for the next three
minutes, repeating the process five or more times. Among a group of 679 older adults, those who participated in an
IWT program for five months not only experienced improved aerobic capacity in comparison to a control group that
did not exercise, but they also had a 17% reduced risk for lifestyle-related disease.
Mayo Clinic Proceedings, October 2019
Chiropractic: Myofascial Release and Core Exercises for Back Pain. Myofascial release (MFR) is a hands-on
technique commonly used by doctors of chiropractic that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into connective
tissue restrictions to help eliminate pain and restore motion. In a study involving 45 elderly patients with nonspecific low back pain, those treated with a combination of MFR and core strengthening exercises three times a
week for six weeks experienced improvements in low back pain and function, lower body flexibility, fear-avoidance
behavior, and overall quality of life. These techniques are often utilized by chiropractors when managing patients
with low back pain. Clinical Interventions in Aging, October 2019
Wellness/Prevention: Fruits, Veggies, and Frailty. Frailty is a condition characterized by weakness, slowness,
physical inactivity, self-reported exhaustion, and unintentional weight loss. The results of a study involving nearly
5,700 seniors suggest that a low intake of fruits and vegetables is associated with an elevated risk for frailty.
Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, October 2019
Quote: “Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it.” ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor 12-9-2019

Mental Attitude: Deep Sleep May Wash Toxins from the Brain. According to a new study, activity in the brain
changes during deep sleep in a manner that allows the cerebral spinal fluid to rinse out the waste products that can
accumulate during the waking hours. Sleep medicine specialist Dr. Raman Malhotra writes, “[This may] help explain
why individuals who don’t get enough sleep, or suffer from sleep disorders, are at higher risk of certain chronic
health conditions.” Science, October 2019
Health Alert: Is Noise a Risk Factor for High Blood Pressure? Researchers analyzed health data concerning
21,403 workers with occupational noise exposure and found that those with mild bilateral high frequency hearing
loss had 34% increased hypertension risk. Despite the finding, experts say that further research is needed before
noise exposure becomes an official risk factor for hypertension. PLOS ONE, October 2019
Diet: Soft Drinks Linked to Obesity and Tooth Wear. A review of data concerning 3,541 American adults
revealed an association between sugary beverage consumption and both obesity and tooth wear. Researchers Dr.
Saoirse O’Toole writes, “This is an important message for [individuals] who are consuming calories through acidic
sugar sweetened drinks. These drinks may be doing damage to their body and their teeth. There is also an important
message for dentists. We should be asking our patients who are obese and have tooth wear what calories they are
drinking as this may be having an effect on their full bodies—not just their teeth.”
Clinical Oral Investigations, October 2019
Exercise: Staying Active May Add Years to One’s Life. Among a group of nearly 1,500 Brazilian seniors,
researchers found that those with the highest daily physical activity levels were more likely to survive the following
five years than the most sedentary participants. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, October 2019
Chiropractic: Are Weak Glutes a Cause of Back Pain? Using data from 24 published studies involving over
2,000 adults, researchers report that individuals with weak and/or painful gluteus medius muscles have an elevated
risk for low back pain. The finding suggests that the gluteus medius muscles may play a role in low back pain and
should be assessed in low back pain patients. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to evaluate the hip and pelvic region
to assess issues such as glute weakness. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, October 2019
Wellness/Prevention: Natural Ways to Soothe a Cough. Symptoms of a cough can often be treated or remedied
by doing the following: stay hydrated to help thin mucus; inhale steam; use a humidifier to loosen mucus; use cough
drops or lozenges; gargle with saltwater; use an extra pillow to elevated your head at night; don’t smoke or inhale
secondhand smoke; avoid irritants such as dust, perfumes, or pollutants; use honey as a suppressant, and use ginger
to soothe throat inflammation. WebMD, October 2019
Quote: “The imagination is a muscle. If it is not exercised, it atrophies.” ~ Neil Gaiman

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 12-2-2019

Mental Attitude: Waist Size Linked to Dementia Risk. Researchers reviewed data concerning 872,082 seniors
and found that for every five-centimeter increase in waist circumference, an individual’s risk for dementia diagnosis
over the next five years increases by about 5%. Obesity, November 2019
Health Alert: Don’t Let Babies Sleep on an Incline. The Consumer Product Safety Commission warns parents not
to let a baby sleep in rockers, pillows, car seats, or any other product that holds an infant at an incline greater than
ten degrees. Researchers report that lying on an incline can activate a baby’s stomach muscles, making it easier to
turn over, even if they’ve never done so before. Once a baby is on their stomach, the angle can make it tough for
them to get out of that position, leading to greater risk of suffocation.
Consumer Product Safety Commission, November 2019
Diet: Sweetened Beverages Can Stiffen the Arteries. An analysis of data from the Brisighella Heart Study has
identified an association between sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and increased arterial stiffness. Past
research has linked hardening of the arteries with an elevated risk for poor cardiovascular outcomes.
Nutrients, November 2019
Exercise: E-Bikes Can Provide a Worthwhile Workout. Pedal-assist bikes (also known as e-bikes) can provide
basically the same level of workout as regular bikes. In this study, researchers pitted e-bikes against regular bikes on
a six-mile test loop and found that riders were able to enter the vigorous-intensity zone for target heart rate on both
types of bike, even though the average heart rate for e-bike riders was about ten beats per minute lower. Study author
Dr. Cougar Hall writes, “This study could be a critical catalyst for populations who struggle to exercise. The
participants got cardiovascular results, but didn’t really feel like they were working out.”
Journal of Medical Internet Research, November 2019
Chiropractic: Teenagers with Neck and Back Pain. Evaluations of 305 adolescents revealed that 8.6% currently
had back pain, 47% had back pain in the last year, and 65.1% had an episode of back pain in their lifetime. The
researchers add that 5.9% of participants currently had neck pain, and the one-year and lifetime prevalence for neck
pain was 39.8% and 51%, respectively. Further analysis showed that back pain was more common among older
teens and those who sat with poor posture, while neck pain was more likely among teens who used their smartphone
more than ten hours a week. Journal of Orthopaedic Science, November 2019
Wellness/Prevention: New Tool Can Predict Five-Year Risk of Kidney Disease. The Chronic Kidney Disease
Prognosis Consortium has developed a new risk calculator tool that can predict how likely you are to develop
chronic kidney disease within five years based on variables such as age, blood pressure, and fasting blood glucose
levels. When caught early, kidney disease progression can be slowed or stopped with proper treatments and lifestyle
changes. Journal of the American Medical Association, November 2019
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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 11-25-2019

Mental Attitude: Marriage Tied to a Longer Life. It’s common knowledge that married people live longer than singles,
but new research suggests the longevity gap is growing. In a study that compared data from 2017 to 2010, researchers
found that the age-adjusted death rate for married individuals fell 7% during this time compared with only a 2% decline
among those who were never married and no change for divorcees. On the other hand, the age-adjusted death rate for
widows increased 6% during this time. National Center for Health Statistics, October 2019
Health Alert: Heart Patients Often Have Sleeping Problems. A review of the health histories of 202 patients at a
cardiology clinic revealed that 60% had at least one sleep disorder, such as obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, and restless
legs syndrome. This adds to a growing body of research that suggests that sleep disorders may play a role in several
negative health outcomes. Laryngoscope, September 2019
Diet: Home Cooked Meals Linked to Fewer Harmful Chemicals (PFAS). Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)
are a group of chemicals found in packaged foods, which past animal studies have been linked to reproductive and
developmental problems, liver and kidney disease, adverse effects on the immune system, and carcinogenic effects. In a
new study, researchers reviewed diet information and blood work concerning 10,106 adults and identified a correlation
between eating at home and having lower levels of PFAS in the blood. Furthermore, those who more frequently dined at
restaurants, consumed fast food, or ate microwave popcorn had more PFAS in their blood. Co-author Dr. Kathryn
Rodgers explains, “The general conclusion here is the less contact your food has with food packaging, the lower your
exposure to PFAS and other harmful chemicals… These latest findings will hopefully help consumers avoid these
exposures and spur manufacturers to develop safer food packaging materials.”
Environmental Health Perspectives, October 2019
Exercise: Pick Up the Pace for Better Cognitive and Overall Health. New research that looked at data concerning
nearly 1,000 individuals who participated in a 40-year study suggests that a faster walking pace is associated with higher
scores on cognitive assessments, a more robust immune system, and healthier teeth and lungs.
JAMA Network Open, October 2019
Chiropractic: Spondylolisthesis and Spinal Alignment. Spondylolisthesis is a spinal condition that occurs when one
spinal vertebra slips over the one immediately underneath it. In a recent study, researchers reviewed lateral lumbar
radiographs of 104 patients with low back pain and found that high pelvic incidence and increased lumbar lordosis were
significant predictors for anterior slippage of the fourth lumbar vertebra. The findings suggest that maintaining proper
spinal and pelvic alignment could reduce the risk for spondylolisthesis. Doctors of chiropractic often treat
spondylolisthesis with spinal manipulation and exercise instruction. Journal of Orthopedic Science, October 2019
Wellness/Prevention: Easing Hot Flashes. The Cleveland Clinic reports that about two-thirds of menopausal women in
North America suffer from hot flashes. To relieve hot flashes, the clinic recommends identifying and avoiding triggers
such as heat, smoking, caffeine, sugar, spicy foods, alcohol, or stress. Cleveland Clinic, September 2019
Quote: “Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill.” ~ Shinichi Suzuki

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 11-18-2019

Mental Attitude: Trouble with Your Teen? Maybe Change Your Tone. In a study involving over 1,000 mom/teen
pairs, researchers observed that children were more likely to successfully complete a task when their mothers gave
instructions using a supportive tone. The authors of the study write, “If parents want conversations with their teens to have
the most benefit, it’s important to remember to use supportive tones of voice. It’s easy for parents to forget, especially if
they are feeling stressed, tired, or pressured themselves… These results nicely illustrate how powerful our voice is and
that choosing the right tone to communicate is crucial in all of our conversations.”
Developmental Psychology, September 2019
Health Alert: Cancer Risk Increases for Those Overweight Before Age 40. An analysis of data from the Me-Can
study, which involved over 220,000 European adults, revealed that individuals who are overweight before age 40 have an
elevated risk for several cancers, including endometrial cancer (70%), male renal-cell cancer (58%), and male colon
cancer (29%). International Journal of Epidemiology, October 2019
Diet: High-Fiber Diet Linked to Lower Heart Risk Among Diabetes Patients. Past research has shown that type 2
diabetics with high blood pressure have an elevated risk for heart disease. A new study that involved 200 hypertensive
type 2 diabetics revealed that those who consumed a high-fiber diet for six months experienced improvements with
respect to their cholesterol and blood lipid levels, systolic blood pressure, and blood glucose readings.
American College of Cardiology, October 2019
Exercise: Health Benefits of Yoga. Yoga is generally a safe way to increase physical activity that is linked to several
health benefits. According to current research, yoga may reduce stress, relieve anxiety, help manage depression, improve
quality of life in those with chronic conditions or acute illnesses, stimulate brain function, and help prevent heart disease.
Medical News Today, September 2019
Chiropractic: Neuromuscular Technique for Chronic Neck Pain. During a ten-week clinical trial involving 40 patients
with mechanical neck pain, those treated with a combination of therapeutic exercise and a manual therapy technique to
reduce trigger points experienced greater improvements in neck muscle strength and endurance than participants in a
therapeutic exercise-only group. This finding is important as the deep neck muscles are typically deconditioned in patients
with mechanical neck pain and improving neck muscle strength and endurance is important for reducing pain, disability,
and the risk for future episodes of neck pain. Doctors of chiropractic often use a combination of manual therapy
techniques and exercise to treat patients with both acute and chronic neck pain.
Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, July 2019
Wellness/Prevention: Healthy Lifestyle May Dramatically Cut Cancer Risk. The World Cancer Research Fund notes
that 30-50% of all cancer cases could be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise, eating a
plant-based diet, not smoking, and limiting fast food, sugar-sweetened drink, red meat, and alcohol intake.
Visceral Medicine, August 2019
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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 11-11-2019

Mental Attitude: Earning Ability May Be Tied to Heart Risk. Researchers tracked the earnings and heart health of
nearly 9,000 adults in the United States for thirty years and found that those who experienced a drop in their income in the
first decade of the study had an elevated risk for heart attack, fatal coronary heart disease, heart failure, and stroke over the
following twenty years. Meanwhile, participants who saw their income increase by more than 50% during the initial phase
of the study had a 20% reduced risk for cardiovascular disease. JAMA Cardiology, October 2019
Health Alert: Smoking Linked to Prostate Cancer. A review of data concerning 73,668 male military veterans revealed
smoking is associated with a 15% increased risk for prostate cancer.
Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, October 2019
Diet: Mediterranean Diet May Protect Hearing. The Mediterranean diet focuses on eating fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish,
olive oil, and whole grains, while avoiding red and processed meats, dairy, saturated fats, and refined sugars. An analysis
of data concerning 3,135 older women found that those who most closely followed a Mediterranean-style diet were less
likely to experience high-frequency hearing loss during the following six years.
American Journal of Epidemiology, October 2019
Exercise: Exercise Helps Cancer Patients Ward Off Heart Damage from Chemotherapy. An article recently
published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology notes that cancer treatment can impair heart function and
structure, which can cause or accelerate the development of cardiovascular disease. Because of this, the article
recommends that individuals under treatment for cancer should be given a tailored exercise prescription to protect their
heart based on their history, cancer treatment, response to exercise, and personal preferences. Author Dr. Flavio D’Ascenzi
adds, “Physical activity before, during, and after cancer treatment can counteract the negative effects of therapies on the
cardiovascular system. In addition, it can relieve symptoms such as nausea and fatigue and help prevent unwanted
changes in body weight.” European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, October 2019
Chiropractic: Deep Neck Muscles and Headaches. In this study, researchers used ultrasonography to measure activity
in the deep neck muscles of 22 cervicogenic headache patients and 22 healthy subjects. They observed that the deep neck
muscles in the healthy subject group were thicker than those of participants in the cervicogenic headache group. The
findings suggest that atrophy of deep neck muscles may play a role in cervicogenic headaches, and clinicians should keep
this in mind when developing a treatment plan for patients with this condition. Doctors of chiropractic commonly treat
patients with cervicogenic headaches using spinal manipulative therapy and therapeutic exercise. Cranio, October 2019
Wellness/Prevention: Sleep Tips for Kids. To help kids get a good night’s sleep, the National Sleep Foundation
recommends the following: remove TVs, computers, and gadgets from your kid’s bedroom; avoid large meals before
bedtime; develop a regular bedtime routine; set firm bedtimes and wake times; make sure the bedroom is quiet, dark,
relaxing, and temperate; help kids quiet down a few hours before bedtime; and finish heavy studying, texting, or video
games earlier in the evening. National Sleep Foundation, October 2019
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