WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 11-16-2020

Health Alert: Glass-Topped Tables Pose Risks. Between 2009 and 2015, more than 3,200 individuals
required trauma care for injuries associated with glass-topped tables, with the majority involving young
adults and children under the age of seven. Experts note that at least half of these injuries were linked to
faulty design or construction, suggesting that improved safety standards could substantially reduce the risk
of injury associated with glass-topped tables. American Journal of Surgery, September 2020
Diet: Can a Healthy Diet Reduce Heart Risks in Obese Adults? New research that looked at long-term
health and dietary data concerning over 79,000 adults found that adopting a Mediterranean-style diet can
mitigate some, but not all, of the cardiovascular risks associated with obesity.
PLOS Medicine, September 2020
Exercise: Exercise Can Help Diabetics Live Longer. A survey of 4,859 adults found that diabetics who
met exercise guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week had a 32% lower risk
for early death than those classified as physically inactive.
European Association for the Study of Diabetes, September 2020
Chiropractic: Spinal Manipulation for Lumbar Radiculopathy? For patients with subacute or chronic
lumbar radiculopathy, spinal manipulative therapy—a form of treatment provided by doctors of
chiropractic—may be an effective intervention for improving back and leg pain, perceived disability, spinal
range of motion, and performance on the straight leg raise test (a common diagnostic for radiculopathy).
American Journal of Medicine, September 2020
Mental Attitude: Marijuana Use During Pregnancy Has Mental Impact on Children. Using data from
the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development Study, researchers estimate that in utero exposure to
cannabis is associated with an elevated childhood risk for depression, anxiety, impulsivity, social problems,
and lower cognitive performance. JAMA Psychiatry, September 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Rest or Massage Helps Reduce Stress. According to a recent study, ten minutes of
either rest or massage are effective at psychological and physiological stress. Lead study author Dr. Maria
Meier writes, “We are very encouraged by the findings that short periods of dis-engagement are enough to
relax not just the mind but also the body.” Scientific Reports, September 2020
Quote: “Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.”
~ Bill Keane
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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 11-9-2020

Health Alert: Many Women Are Unaware of Heart Attack Risk. The American Heart Association
reports that, between 2009 and 2017, the percentage of women who knew that heart disease was the top
killer of women fell from 65% to 44%. Circulation, September 2020
Diet: Vitamin E May Be Vital for Nervous System Development. The result of a recent animal study
showed that the offspring of zebrafish with vitamin E deficiency exhibited malformed brains and nervous
systems. Researcher Dr. Maret Traber writes, “This is totally amazing—the brain is absolutely physically
distorted by not having enough vitamin E.” Scientific Reports, September 2020
Exercise: HIIT Is a Good Idea for Type 2 Diabetics. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a form of
exercise that involves short intervals of near-maximal effort such as sprinting or stair climbing, separated
by intervals of moderate-intensity exercise, such as jogging or fast walking. A recent study showed that
type 2 diabetics who participated in an eight-week HIIT program that included cycling and rowing
experienced significant improvements in insulin sensitivity, aerobic fitness, and body composition.
Diabetologia, September 2020
Chiropractic: Thoracic Mobilization for Shoulder Pain? For patients with subacromial impingement
syndrome, a recent study showed that the combination of specific exercises and joint mobilizations
targeting the mid-back resulted in greater improvements in thoracic kyphosis, upper trapezius muscle tone,
and shoulder range of motion than either treatment alone. The finding suggests that dysfunction in the
thoracic spine may play a role in subacromial impingement syndrome, and such issues may need to be
addressed to achieve a satisfactory treatment outcome. Healthcare, September 2020
Mental Attitude: Just the Right Amount of Sleep is Vital for Brain Health. Using data from the
English Longitudinal Study of Aging and the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study, researchers
report that sleeping fewer than four hours or more than ten hours a night is associated with a faster
progression of cognitive decline over time than sleeping seven hours a night.
JAMA Network Open, September 2020
Wellness/Prevention: The High Cost of Smoking. The current research suggests that individuals who are
smokers at age 45 can expect to live about five fewer years than their nonsmoker peers.
Urology of Virginia, September 2020
Quote: “Don’t hold on to the past; it won’t help in moving forward. Dare to dream big.” ~ Rajeev Suri
I found that Dr. Joe Megna is one of the best chiropractors I have found in the Napa region.

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 11-2-2020

Health Alert: Fatty Liver a Common Issue with Type 1 Diabetics. A review of data from 20 published
studies showed that approximately 20% of adult type 1 diabetics will develop non-alcoholic fatty liver
disease—a condition that occurs when fat accumulates in the liver from causes other than excessive alcohol
consumption. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, December 2020
Diet: Whole Grains May Reduce Colorectal Cancer Risk. Using data from the NIH-AARP Diet and
Health Study, researchers estimate that a diet rich in whole grains may reduce an individual’s risk for
colorectal cancer by up to 16%. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, September 2020
Exercise: Fitness May Reduce Risk for Hospital Readmission. According to a study that looked at the
health history of 580 hospitalized diabetic patients, those who lived a sedentary lifestyle were more likely
to be readmitted to the hospital within one month, six months, and one year than physically active patients.
BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care, October 2020
Chiropractic: Manual Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritic Knee Pain. Among a group of 46 rheumatoid
arthritis patients with knee pain, those treated with ten sessions of manual therapy (joint mobilization and
post isometric relaxation) experienced a greater reduction in knee pain than participants who received a
standard exercise intervention. The research team recommends further studies to determine the role of
manual therapy techniques, such as those provided by doctors of chiropractic, in the management of
rheumatoid arthritis patients with musculoskeletal pain.
Evidence Based Complimentary Alternative Medicine, August 2020
Mental Attitude: Declining Physical and Mental Health Increases Fall Risk. Seniors with co-occurring
physical frailty and cognitive impairment are 3.5 times more likely to experience two or more falls over a
three-year period than their more physically and mentally robust peers.
European Journal of Neurology, October 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Early Bedtime Best for Diabetics? Questionnaires completed by 635 type 2
diabetics revealed that those who went to bed late and woke up later in the morning were more likely to
have an excessively sedentary lifestyle, which places them at an elevated risk for several poor health
outcomes. BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care, July 2020
Quote: “Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.”
~ William Penn
I found that Dr. Joe Megna is one of the best chiropractors I have found in the Napa region.