WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 3-22-2021

Health Alert: Air Pollution Can Affect Cognitive Function. Cognitive assessments completed by over 500
individuals at various stages of life revealed that those who grew up in areas with greater exposure to air pollution
experienced more severe cognitive decline than participants from less polluted neighborhoods. Lead author Dr. Tom
Russ writes, “For the first time we have shown the effect that exposure to air pollution very early in life could have
on the brain many decades later. This is the first step towards understanding the harmful effects of air pollution on
the brain and could help reduce the risk of dementia for future generations.”
Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, February 2021
Diet: Bleeding Gums and Vitamin C. An analysis of 15 clinical trials found that low vitamin C status is associated
with bleeding of the gums, gingival bleeding, bleeding in the eye, or retinal hemorrhaging. Investigators also found
that increasing daily vitamin C intake helped people with low vitamin C plasma levels reverse these bleeding issues.
Nutrition Reviews, February 2021
Exercise: How to Make Exercise a Daily Habit. Harvard University offers the following tips to help make exercise
a daily habit: piece your workout together, such as getting 10 minutes in the morning, noon, and night; exercise with
a friend; take a walk during lunch; use a pedometer to keep track of steps and record daily totals; turn off the TV,
computer, and smartphone to reduce sitting time; break up sedentary time with stretching breaks; sign up for a
fitness class; and plan exercise into your daily schedule. Harvard University, February 2021
Chiropractic: Age and Low Back Pain Can Impair Balance. Proprioception is the body’s ability to sense where
its various parts are in relation to one another for purposes of movement and balance. Examinations of 151 adults of
varying ages with or without chronic low back pain revealed that chronic low back pain and advancing age are both
risk factors for reduced proprioception. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to diagnose and manage low back
conditions and provide exercise training to improve their joint position sense.
Frontiers in Neurology, December 2020
Mental Attitude: Social Media Addiction Can Reduce Quality of Life. A survey of 390 university students
revealed that about 1 in 5 (21.5%) met the criteria for social media addiction. Further analysis showed that these
individuals also had an elevated risk for poor sleep, poor academic performance, low levels of life satisfaction, and
depression. Frontiers in Public Health, January 2021
Wellness/Prevention: Working Outdoors May Lower Risk of Breast Cancer. New research suggests that women
who spend more of their working hours outdoors in the sun have a 17% lower risk for breast cancer after age 50.
Occupational & Environmental Medicine, February 2021
Quote: “I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him.” ~ Galileo Galilei

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