WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 10-14-2019

Mental Attitude: Posting Selfies May Cause Negative Social Perception. In this study, college students were
asked to rate the Instagram profiles of students from another university. The participants rated those who posted
posed photos taken by someone else as more likeable, more successful, having greater self-esteem, and being more
outgoing. However, students who posted a lot of selfies were regarded as less likeable, less successful, less
adventurous, and more insecure. Journal of Research in Personality, August 2019
Health Alert: Older Americans Often Not Equipped to Stay Safe During Hurricanes. Interviews with over
2,200 adults over the age of 50 revealed that less than one-third had an emergency kit that could sustain them at
home or that they could take with them in the event of an evacuation, and only one-quarter had a backup power
supply in the event of a power failure. University of Michigan, September 2019
Diet: Nuts May Lower Risk of Fatal Heart Attack and Stroke. Over the course of a twelve-year study involving
5,432 adults, researchers observed that participants who ate nuts at least twice a week had a 17% reduced risk of
death from cardiovascular disease. Study author Dr. Noushin Mohammadifard explains, “Nuts are a good source of
unsaturated fat and contain little saturated fat… They also have protein, minerals, vitamins, fiber, phytosterols, and
polyphenols which benefit heart health.” European Society of Cardiology, August 2019
Exercise: Complex Exercises May Be Better for the Brain… Researchers found that participants who played
badminton for ten minutes scored better on executive function assessments than they did after taking a ten-minute
run. The findings suggest that engaging in more complex forms of exercise may have a greater benefit on the brain
than jogging and other simple exercise routines. PLoS One, September 2019
Chiropractic: Mobilization and Stretching Are Both Useful for Frozen Shoulders… Adhesive capsulitis (AC),
also known as frozen shoulder, is described as a painful restriction of the shoulder’s range of motion, and about 3%
of adults will develop the condition in their lifetime. In this study, researchers observed that both scapular
mobilization and manual posterior capsule stretching are effective for improving range of motion in the shoulder
joint of patients with stage III AC. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to offer both types of treatment for patients
with AC and often use both in order to achieve optimal results.
Journal of Musculoskeletal & Neuronal Interactions, September 2019
Wellness/Prevention: Reduce the Risk for Norovirus Infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) notes that Norovirus is the most common cause of foodborne diarrhea and vomiting. To help reduce the risk
for such an infection, the CDC suggests the following: wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, carefully
wash fruits and vegetables before eating them, cook oysters and shellfish thoroughly before consumption, do not
prepare food or care for others when you are sick, clean and disinfect surfaces regularly, and wash soiled laundry
thoroughly. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, August 2019
Quote: “Happiness is a direction, not a place.” ~ Sydney J. Harris

I found that Dr. Joe Megna is one of the best chiropractors I have found in the Napa region.