WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 9-6-2021

Health Alert: Sleep and Diet Can Increase Longevity. An analysis of data concerning over 13,000 older
adults revealed that eating several servings of vegetables a day and sleeping 7-8 hours a night can reduce one’s
risk for early death in the following six years by up to 34%. BMC Geriatrics, June 2021
Diet: Breastfeeding Promotes Healthier Blood Pressure for Children. Examinations of nearly 2,400 threeyear-old children showed that those who were breastfed for any duration—even in just the first days of life—
had lower blood pressure than the kids who had never breastfed.
Journal of the American Heart Association, July 2021
Exercise: Neighborhood Characteristics Can Affect Hypertension Risk. Using data from two ongoing
studies, researchers report that individuals living in neighborhoods that are more conducive to pedestrian traffic
and have greater access to parks are less likely to have high blood pressure than those residing in areas with less
greenspace and reduced walkability. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, August 2021
Chiropractic: Manual Therapy Techniques for Migraines. Among a group of 50 migraine patients, those
treated with manual therapy once a week for four weeks experienced greater improvements in pain intensity,
migraine disability, and quality of life than participants provided with a placebo/sham treatment. Doctors of
chiropractic employ a variety of manual therapy techniques to treat patients with migraines and other types of
headache. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice, August 2021
Mental Attitude: Dementia Can Happen at Younger Ages. New research suggests that 5% of dementia cases
occur in individuals under age 65 with 119 cases of early-onset dementia occurring for every 100,000 people
globally. Researcher Dr. Stevie Hendriks adds, “We see that the first symptoms in young people are usually not
the symptoms you would expect when you think of dementia… Instead of memory impairment, young people
more often present with changes in behavior or emotions, or sometimes language problems.”
JAMA Neurology, July 2021
Wellness/Prevention: Prevent Jock Itch. Tinea cruris, otherwise known as jock itch, is a fungal infection that
can cause a red and itchy rash in warm and moist areas of the body, such as the groin. To prevent jock itch, the
Mayo Clinic recommends the following: keep your groin area dry after exercise or showering; wear clean
clothes that don’t chafe skin in the groin area; don’t share personal items (clothes or towels); and treat or
prevent athlete’s foot because it can spread to the groin. Mayo Clinic, July 2021
Quote: “Wherever we are, it is our friends that make our world.” ~ Henry Drummond

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