WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 8-15-2022

Health Alert: Secondhand and Thirdhand Smoke Linked to Cervical Cancer Risk. Third-hand smoke is
the invisible remnant of tobacco smoke that clings to surfaces. An analysis of data from the China Kadoorie
Biobank study found that women with frequent exposure to either second-hand or third-hand smoke had a 22-
24% increased risk for cervical cancer over the following decade when compared with their peers with less
exposure to cigarette use. Environmental Research, September 2022
Diet: Eat the Rainbow. The carotenoids, flavonoids, betalains, and chlorophylls that give color to various fruit
and vegetables are known to confer health benefits when part of one’s diet. An analysis of data from 86 studies
with more than 37 million participants found the 42% of the health benefits associated with consuming fruit and
vegetables are derived from these bioactive compounds and that individuals should strive to eat produce that’s
red, orange, yellow, white, purple, blue, and green. Molecules, June 2022
Exercise: Exercise at Work. If your workplace includes access to a gym, the American Council on Exercise
offers the following recommendations: schedule exercise on your daily calendar; pack workout clothes and get
to work early, if needed; bring toiletries if the gym has showers; ask a co-worker to exercise with you; and keep
a fresh change of work clothes at your desk, if needed. American Council on Exercise, June 2022
Chiropractic: Low Back Pain in Working Adults. Questionnaires completed by working-age adults not
currently under care for low back pain revealed that 46.5% currently had some degree of low back pain and
72.3% presently experienced some level of low back-related disability. The findings reveal that many non-careseeking workers have low back pain and/or disability, which suggests that some level of pain and disability
could be considered normal, acceptable, or manageable. Chiropractic care offers a conservative treatment
approach for the management of low back pain and/or disability.
Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, August 2022
Mental Attitude: Vitamin D May Help Prevent to Dementia. According to a recent study, low vitamin D
status may be a risk factor for dementia and up to 17% of dementia cases could be prevented by increasing
vitamin D levels to 50 nmol/L. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, April 2022
Wellness/Prevention: Wellness Visits Help Prevents Diabetes Amputation. New research finds that elderly
type 2 diabetics who make annual wellness visits have a 36% reduced risk for major lower-extremity
amputations. University of Virginia, June 2022
Quote: “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.”
~ David Brinkley

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 8-8-2022

Health Alert: Many THC-Free CBD Products Contain THC. Tetrahydrocannobinol (THC) is a chemical in
marijuana that causes intoxication. An analysis of 80 different readily available THC-free cannabidiol (CBD)
products found that about 60% of these products did contain THC. The researchers note that most contained
only trace amounts of THC, but these amounts can accumulate in the body and be detected by a drug test. The
Partnership to End Addiction in New York City adds, “Consumers deserve accurate marketing claims and if
they choose to buy CBD, to know exactly what’s in the product… It’s been like the Wild West for quite some
time as CBD products proliferate, advertised for numerous maladies without research to substantiate it and
without oversight on quality control.” Drug and Alcohol Dependence, June 2022
Diet: Use Salt Less? Using data from the UK Biobank study, researchers report that individuals who nearly
always add salt to their food may live two fewer years than those who rarely/never add salt to their meals. The
findings suggest that using herbs or spicy to flavor food, in lieu of salt, may increase one’s longevity.
European Heart Journal, July 2022
Exercise: Just 10 Minutes… Following a review of data from the Atlantic Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health
study, researchers estimate that replacing just ten minutes a day of sedentary activity with exercise of any
intensity can have a positive benefit on one’s waistline. Cancer Causes & Control, August 2022
Chiropractic: Neck Disorder May Worsen Jaw Pain and Function. Examinations of temporomandibular
(TMD) patients revealed that those with restricted cervical range of motion experienced more severe TMDrelated pain and disability than TMD patients with normal cervical range of motion. The findings suggest that
dysfunction in the cervical spine may play a role in TMD and treatment to restore normal motion in the neck—
such as chiropractic care—may be necessary to achieve a successful outcome. Cranio, July 2022
Mental Attitude: Nearly Half of Seniors Have Had Ageist Experiences. Questionnaires completed by more
than 2,000 older adults revealed that 45% had a personal experience in which someone assumed they had
difficulty with using technology or with their vision, hearing, or memory due to their age.
JAMA Network Open, June 2022
Wellness/Prevention: Low Vitamin D Linked to Miscarriage? An analysis of data from ten studies identified
an association between vitamin D deficiency/insufficiency and a 60% increased risk of miscarriage. Future
studies may investigate if improving vitamin D status in women at risk for miscarriage may improve their
chances for a successful pregnancy. Fertility & Sterility, July 2022
Quote: “Dig your well before you’re thirsty.” ~ Seth Godin

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 8-1-2022

Health Alert: Prediabetes Linked to Heart Attack. Prediabetes is a term used to describe elevated
blood sugar levels that have not yet reached the threshold for a diabetes diagnosis. An analysis of data
regarding 1.79 million hospitalizations for myocardial infarction found that prediabetes increases an
individual’s risk for heart attack by 25%, percutaneous intervention (angioplasty) by 45%, and heart
bypass surgery by 200%. Endocrine Society, June 2022
Diet: Fruit, Vegetables, and Kidney Health. Following a review of data from the National Health
and Nutrition Examination Survey, researchers have observed an association between chronic kidney
disease and a low intake of fruit and vegetables. Journal of Renal Nutrition, July 2022
Exercise: The Least Active Day for Older People Is… According to a study that monitored the
activity of 459 older adults, seniors are least active on Sundays, averaging just 22.5 minutes of exercise
and spending 453.9 minutes engaged in sedentary activities. Preventative Medicine Reports, June 2022
Chiropractic: Improved Posture. A literature review found that manual therapy techniques—such as
those used by doctors of chiropractic—are an effective intervention for improving lateral pelvic tilt and
reducing forward head posture and thoracic kyphosis. Gait & Posture, June 2022
Mental Attitude: Exercise May Slow Cognitive Decline. A recent systematic review found that
engaging in aerobic exercise and resistance training may slow or reverse mild-cognitive impairment.
The findings suggest that physical activity should be included in a multimodal approach to address
cognitive decline. Journal of Affective Disorders, August 2022
Wellness/Prevention: Want Young Looking Skin? The American Academy of Dermatology offers
the following tips for younger looking skin: use sunscreen and anti-aging moisturizer daily; choose
products that address your specific concerns, such as dark spots or wrinkles; choose products designed
for your skin type, such as dry, oily, or sensitive; choose hypoallergenic products that won’t clog your
pores and that offer a hotline for questions; and be realistic about what these skin care products can do
for your skin. American Academy of Dermatology, June 2022
Quote: “Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.” ~ Norman Ralph Augustine

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