WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 10-4-2021

Health Alert: Higher Temperatures May Worsen COPD. Researchers analyzed data collected from almost
1,200 current and former smokers with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and found that a 1
degree (Celsius) rise in ambient temperature increased the likelihood of an exacerbation of COPD symptoms by
2% over the following two days. European Respiratory Society, September 2021
Diet: Avocados Improve Belly Fat Distribution in Women. Overweight or obese women who added one
avocado a day to their diet experienced a decrease in deep visceral abdominal fat over the course of twelve
weeks. Journal of Nutrition, June 2021
Exercise: Benefits of Swimming. Swim England notes that swimming offers the following benefits: provides a
full-body workout, great for general wellbeing, helps de-stress and relax, helps burn calories, lowers the risk of
for several chronic diseases, helps increases energy levels, and it can be done without sweating.
Swim England, August 2021
Chiropractic: The Occipital Nerve’s Role in Neck Pain and Headaches. A recent experiment involving 22
patients with chronic headaches and/or neck pain showed that removing pressure on the greater occipital nerve
resulted in substantial improvement in the patients’ headache/neck pain symptoms. Doctors of chiropractic
often utilize manual therapy techniques to reduce pressure on nerves, such as the greater occipital nerve, when
treating headache and neck pain patients. Acta Neurochirurgica, September 2021
Mental Attitude: Risk Factors of Paternal Postpartum Depression. It’s estimated that postpartum
depression can affect up to one in four new dads. A systematic review of 37 studies identified the following
factors for paternal postpartum depression: unemployment, lack of support from friends and family, negative
life events, high perceived stress, financial strain, and a history of mental illness.
Journal of Affective Disorders, October 2021
Wellness/Prevention: Tips for Better Sleep. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists the
following habits to improve one’s sleep hygiene: be consistent with bed times; make sure your bedroom is
quiet, dark, relaxing, and kept at a comfortable temperature; remove electronic devices from the bedroom; avoid
large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before going to bed; and get some exercise during the day.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, August 2021
Quote: “The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.” ~ William James
I found that Dr. Joe Megna is one of the best chiropractors I have found in the Napa region.