WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 4-27-2020

Health Alert: Websites May Contain Incorrect Info on Antidepressants. Researchers reviewed articles from
39 informative websites from ten countries on the topic of antidepressant use and found that thirteen sites failed
to note that antidepressant use may increase suicide ideation, only two reported that antidepressants can increase
suicide risk, eleven did not warn patients of withdrawal effects, only five mentioned emotional numbing as a
side effect of antidepressant use, and only one suggested that antidepressants can be addictive. The authors
conclude, “The information was generally inaccurate and unhelpful and has potential to lead to inappropriate
use and overuse of antidepressants and reduce the likelihood that people will seek better options for depression
like psychotherapy.” International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine, March 2020
Diet: Inflammatory Diet During Childhood Linked to Depression. An inflammatory dietary pattern is
characterized by a high intake to meat, eggs, preserved/processed foods, and sugary drinks. A review of data
from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children revealed that kids with an inflammatory dietary
pattern at age nine were up to 21% more likely to have depression at age eighteen.
Brain, Behavior, & Immunity Health, February 2020
Exercise: Exercise Helps Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients. For patients with rheumatoid arthritis, engaging in
a regular exercise program is generally considered safe and can improve pain, function, fatigue, and mental
health. Current Opinion in Rheumatology, March 2020
Chiropractic: Chronic Neck Pain Can Affect the Mid Back. Examinations of 78 individuals (48 of whom
had chronic neck pain) revealed an association between chronic neck pain and abnormal thoracic spinal
curvature, reduce thoracic mobility, and impaired respiratory strength.
Annals of Rehabilitative Medicine, February 2020
Mental Attitude: TBI May Increase Stroke Risk Later in Life. A review of data concerning 132 individuals
treated for traumatic brain injury (TBI) between 2006 and 2010 revealed that those with more severe
concussions were significantly more likely to suffer an ischemic stroke in the following decade.
Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, February 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Vitamin D Deficiency and Poor Pregnancy Outcomes. Vitamin D deficiency during
pregnancy is associated with an elevated risk for preeclampsia, gestational diabetes mellitus, and preterm birth.
Journal of the Association of Physicians of India, March 2020
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