WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 3-16-2020

Health Alert: Asthma Linked to Heart Rhythm Disorder. The results of a thirteen-year study involving
6,615 adults suggest that individuals with persistent asthma have a 50% elevated risk for developing atrial
fibrillation, which is a common heart rhythm disorder that is known to significantly increase the risk of
stroke. Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, February 2020
Diet: An Egg a Day Is Okay. New research concludes that there is no association between egg intake and
higher blood cholesterol or associated cardiovascular risk factors. Cardiologist Dr. Guy Mintz notes, “This
very large study has clearly demonstrated that people can have one egg a day without any cardiovascular
consequences.” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, January 2020
Exercise: Aerobic Exercise Training May Enhance Brain Function. Cognitively normal but sedentary
adults with either a family history or genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease who participated in a six-month
aerobic exercise training program experienced improvements in brain glucose metabolism and executive
function skills, both of which are associated with a reduced risk for cognitive decline.
Brain Plasticity, January 2020
Chiropractic: Post-Whiplash Headaches. A review of findings from 44 published studies concluded that
60% of whiplash patients will experience headaches within one week of their injury and up to 38% may
continue to report headaches up to one year later. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to evaluate headaches
and other symptoms associated with whiplash injuries. Pain, January 2020
Mental Attitude: Strong Support Network Is Key to Cancer Recovery for Women. Among a group of
1,400 postmenopausal women with either colon or rectal cancer, researchers observed that having a strong
social support network is associated with up to a 58% reduced risk of death from colorectal cancer.
Cancer, January 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Hoarse Voice? For the most part, the causes of hoarseness—a raspy or strained
voice—are not serious and usually resolve within a few weeks. The Cleveland Clinic offers these probable
causes of hoarseness: a common cold or an upper respiratory infection, using your voice too much or too
loudly, gastroesophageal reflux, smoking, allergies, thyroid problems, and trauma to the voice box. If
symptoms fail to resolve within two weeks, consult with your family doctor.
Cleveland Clinic, January 2020
Quote: “Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.” ~ Eric Hoffer
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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 3-9-2020

Health Alert: Many Seniors Could Benefit from Visiting an Optician. Vision tests of nearly 1,200 older
adults revealed that 61% could significantly improve their vision by getting prescription glasses or
changing the power of their current lenses. Acta Ophthalmologica, January 2020
Diet: Less Protein in the Diet May Benefit Cardiovascular Health. An analysis of dietary information
and blood samples of over 11,000 adults revealed an association between a diet containing fewer sulfur
amino acid-containing foods—such as meats, dairy, nuts, and soy—and a reduced risk for cardiovascular
disease. Lancet EClinical Medicine, February 2020
Exercise: Exercise’s Effect on the Brain. Researchers monitored the brains of 128 people after
performing aerobic exercise at varying intensities and observed that the greatest changes in
neuroplasticity—the brain’s ability to rewire or modify its neural connections—occurred with 20 minutes of
interval training or 25 minutes of continuous moderate aerobic exercise.
Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, October 2019
Chiropractic: Manual Therapy Improves Sit-to-Stand Tasks. Among a group of 40 adults with low
back pain, researchers observed that application of spinal manipulation and mobilization to the lumbar
spine and pelvic region improved performance on sit-to-stand assessments. The study reveals the effect that
manual therapies can have on neuromuscular control and movement in populations suffering from low back
pain. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, January 2020
Mental Attitude: Adverse Childhood Experiences Linked to Dementia. A review of data concerning
17,315 Japanese seniors found that those who experienced three or more adverse childhood experiences
(ACEs) had a 78% increased risk for developing dementia. Examples of ACEs include abuse (physical,
sexual, emotional), neglect (physical, emotional), witnessing domestic violence, substance abuse or mental
illness in the household, and the loss of a parent (separation, divorce, incarceration, death).
JAMA Network Open, February 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Vitamin D and Ovarian Cancer. The current research indicates that low vitamin D
status is associated with an increased risk for ovarian cancer. Cells, February 2020
Quote: “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to
your former self.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 3-2-2020

Health Alert: Sleep Apnea Linked to Fatty Liver Disease. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is
a condition that occurs when fat accumulates in the liver from causes other than excessive alcohol
consumption. An analysis of data concerning 33,045 adults revealed that individuals with obstructive sleep
apnea have a 78% increased risk for NAFLD. BMC Gastroenterology, February 2020
Diet: Americans Throw Away a Lot of Food. According to a study that looked at the food purchasing
and consumption behavior of nearly 4,000 families in the United States, about a third of food is thrown out
at a cost of $1,866 each year per household. Study author Dr. Edward Jaenicke writes, “Our findings are
consistent with previous studies, which have shown that 30% to 40% of the total food supply in the United
States goes uneaten—and that means that resources used to produce the uneaten food, including land,
energy, water and labor, are wasted as well.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, January 2020
Exercise: Exercise Could Boost Video Game Performance. While it’s generally believed that playing
video games and exercise are antagonistic activities, new research suggests that gamers who engage in 15
minutes of intense cardiovascular activity prior to a gaming session perform better than their peers who
typically refrain from exercise. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, January 2020
Chiropractic: Spinal Pain Is Very Common. A survey of 5,397 middle-aged adults revealed that 54%
had experienced an episode of low back pain in the previous twelve months, while 23.6% had mid-back
pain and 29.1% had neck pain in the same time frame. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, February 2020
Mental Attitude: Many Teens Dislike High School. Questionnaires completed by nearly 22,000 high
schoolers across the United States revealed that 75% routinely experience boredom, anger, sadness, fear,
and/or stress while at school. Journal of Learning and Instruction, January 2020
Wellness/Prevention: How to Deal with a Flea Infestation. To prevent, reduce, or eliminate a flea
infestation, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends the following: check carpets, cushioned
furniture, and cracks and crevices daily; steam clean carpets regularly and pay extra attention to areas
where pets sleep; wash all pet bedding and family bedding every two weeks; use a flea comb on your pet to
expose adult fleas; and keep your pets indoors as much as possible.
Environmental Protection Agency, January 2020
Quote: “If you can dream it, you can do it.” ~ Enzo Ferrari
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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 2-24-2020

Health Alert: Smog Could Be Bad for Bones. In a study involving 3,700 adults living in various parts of India,
researchers found that participants who lived in areas with higher fine particulate matter air pollution tended to have lower
bone mass. Researcher Dr. Otavio Ranzani writes, “This study contributes to the limited and inconclusive literature on air
pollution and bone health… Inhalation of polluting particles could lead to bone mass loss through the oxidative stress and
inflammation caused by air pollution.” JAMA Network Open, January 2020
Diet: A Strategy to Promote Healthier Eating in Kids. Watching cooking shows may be the key ingredient to getting
children to eat healthier foods. In this study, researchers asked 125 10- to 12-year-olds to watch a public television
cooking program designed for children and then provided snacks after the viewing. The research team observed that kids
who watched a cooking show featuring healthy food were 2.7 times more likely to choose a healthy snack than those who
watched a cooking show featuring unhealthy food. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, January 2020
Exercise: Training for a Marathon Can Turn Back Aging Clock. Among a group of 138 first-time marathon runners,
researchers observed that after six months of training, participants experienced a 3- to 4-point drop in systolic and
diastolic blood pressure, as well as a 9% improvement in aortic function. The research team estimates that training for a
marathon reversed the effects of aging on the cardiovascular system by about four years.
Journal of the American College of Cardiology, January 2020
Chiropractic: Cervical Spinal Manipulation Benefits TMD. Past research has shown that patients with
temporomandibular disorder (TMD) often have cervical complaints, suggesting that the conditions may be connected. In
this study, 50 TMD patients received either cervical spinal manipulation or a sham manipulation once a week for four
weeks. The researchers observed that the participants in the cervical spinal manipulation group exhibited improved jaw
function, while those in the sham treatment group reported no improvement.
Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, January 2020
Mental Attitude: Alzheimer’s Research May Head in New Direction. The results of a recent experiment in which
researchers reviewed positron emission tomography (PET) scans of the brains of 32 early Alzheimer’s diseases patients
suggest that brain regions with greater tau protein build-up are more likely to atrophy over the course of two years than
areas of the brain with fewer tau proteins. Science Translational Medicine, January 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Play It Safe with Household Chemicals. Common household items such as paint and cleaning
supplies can contain toxic chemicals. The Cleveland Clinic recommends the following safety tips: wear an apron, gloves,
and goggles when working with oven cleaners; ensure that the area you’re using chemicals in is well ventilated; wear latex
dishwashing gloves when using antibacterial cleaners; wash your hands immediately if you get chemicals on your skin;
and opt for non-toxic cleaners, if possible. Cleveland Clinic, January 2020
Quote: “To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” ~ Henri Bergson

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 2-17-2020

Health Alert: Metabolic Syndrome May Raise Odds of Recurring Blood Clots. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster
of conditions—obesity, high blood pressure, problematic cholesterol, impaired metabolic function, and excessive
waist circumference—that occur together and increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. An
analysis of data concerning over 151,000 deep vein thrombosis (DVT) patients revealed that those with metabolic
syndrome had a 37% increased risk for additional clots. Blood Advances, January 2020
Diet: Green Tea May Benefit the Heart. An analysis of data concerning more than 100,000 middle aged and older
adults in China suggests that drinking green tea at least three times a week is associated with a reduced risk for heart
attack or stroke over the next seven years. Researcher Dr. Whitney Linsenmeyer notes, “Green tea is calorie-free and
antioxidant-rich… It’s a healthy beverage to include in your diet if you like the taste.”
European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, January 2020
Exercise: Judo May Help Children with Autism. Among a group of 14 children and teens with autism spectrum
disorder, researchers observed that engaging in a 45-minute judo lesson once a week for eight weeks led to
improvements in the participants’ comfort with social interactions and physical contact.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, December 2019
Chiropractic: Effects of Spinal Manipulation. Getting adjusted may improve the reflexes. In a recent study,
researchers applied spinal manipulative therapy to the cervical and upper thoracic spine of eleven healthy volunteers,
and using electromyography, they detected improved muscle reflex responses in all the neck muscles, most back
muscles, and some extremity muscles. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, December 2019
Mental Attitude: Teens Who Self-Harm at Greater Risk for Early Death. A recent study that monitored the
status of 9,173 children and teens who had presented to the emergency room after nonfatal self-harm revealed this
group has a significantly higher risk for suicide, accidental death, or death from other causes over the following two
years than the general pediatric population. Based on the finding, the study’s authors conclude, “A clear need exists
to identify preventive interventions that might reduce risk of self-harm in children and adolescents, repetition of the
behavior, and premature death due to suicide and other preventable causes in the self-harm population.”
The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, January 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Brush Hair with Care. National Women’s Health Resource Center notes that incorrectly
brushing your hair can result in strand damage, which can lead to splits and tangles. The organization recommends
the following tips to properly brush your hair: find a brush that is right for your hair type, brush your hair gently each
day, brush your hair down from the scalp, use different brushes for wet and dry hair, and detangle your hair when
wet before brushing. National Women’s Health Resource Center, January 2020
Quote: “Wise men make more opportunities than they find.” ~ Francis Bacon
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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 2-10-2020

Health Alert: Big Rise in Meth and Fentanyl Use in Recent Years. According to a study that compared urine
drug test result data from 2013 and 2019, positive tests for methamphetamine increased from 1.4% in 2013 to 8.4%
in 2019, while the detection rate for fentanyl increased from 1% to 5%. The findings suggest that methamphetamineand fentanyl-related overdose deaths may continue to increase in the United States.
JAMA Network Open, January 2020
Diet: Beans Reduce Depression Risk? Using data from the Brazilian National Health Survey concerning over
46,000 Brazilian adults, researchers have identified an association between greater consumption of beans and up to a
26% reduced risk for depression. Public Health (Brazil), December 2019
Exercise: High-Intensity Exercise May Help Epileptic Seizures. In a recent case study, a woman with drugresistant focal epilepsy experienced a reduction in seizure frequency upon switching from a moderate-intensity
exercise program to a high-intensity fitness routine. Epilepsy & Behavior Reports, December 2019
Chiropractic: Chiropractic Care for Seniors with Neck Pain. It is estimated that 1 in 5 people aged 70 and older
suffer from neck pain. A recent survey of 288 Australian chiropractors revealed that seniors account for about a third
of their patients, with neck pain affecting roughly half, often with co-morbid headaches. Among responders, the
most common treatment approach for older adults with cervical pain included a combination of manual therapies
(including manipulation and mobilization), neck-specific exercises, and self-management techniques.
Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, December 2019
Mental Attitude: Worrying Too Much? Generalized anxiety disorder is described as excessive worrying that
prevents a person from leading a normal life. According the National Institute of Mental Health, your worrying may
be out of control if you worry intensely about everyday matters, have trouble controlling worries or feelings of
nervousness, know that you worry more than you should, feel restless and have trouble relaxing, have difficulty
concentrating, are easily startled, have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, feel tired all the time, sweat a lot, and
feel light-headed or out of breath. If you think your worrying may be out of control, speak with your doctor.
National Institute of Mental Health, January 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Help Your Child Lose Weight. Obesity during childhood has been linked with several
negative health outcomes that can persist and worsen in adulthood. Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles notes that
minor changes can help a child maintain a healthy weight: reduce or eliminate sweetened beverages, including soda;
add more vegetables to family meals; make sure your family is eating a high-fiber diet; make sure your child is
getting enough sleep; eat together as a family as often as possible; be a good role model by enjoying healthy food in
front of your child; limit your child’s screen time to no more than two hours per day; and encourage your child to be
active. Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, January 2020
Quote: “Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.” ~ Harper Lee
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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 2-3-2020

Health Alert: Ozone and COPD Risk. Johns Hopkins University reports that for every 5-parts-per-billion
increase in ten-year ozone exposure, the risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) increases by
16%, regardless of smoking history. Johns Hopkins University, December 2019
Diet: Fish Oil Supplements May Reduce Disk Degeneration. In a recent study involving rats with
intervertebral disk degeneration, those given a daily 530mg supplement of the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and
EPA for two months had fewer MRI findings for disk degeneration progression than rodents given a placebo.
Future research is needed to confirm these findings and to determine if fish oil supplements may slow disk
degeneration in human patients. Medical Science Monitor, December 2019
Exercise: Exercise Reduces Breast Cancer Risk in Women of All Ages. An analysis of data from the UK
Biobank concerning over 175,000 women identified an association between higher physical activity levels and a
reduced risk for breast cancer in both pre- and post-menopausal women.
British Journal of Cancer, January 2020
Chiropractic: Cost-Effectiveness of Chiropractic Treatment. A recent study set out to critically evaluate the
benefits of adding chiropractic under Missouri Medicaid. Based on computations and a dynamic scoring model,
investigators determined that there would be a cost savings to the state of Missouri of between $14.1 and $49.2
million per year once chiropractic care is included under Medicaid. More specifically, the study found that
chiropractic care provides better outcomes at lower cost, leads to a reduction in cost of spinal surgery, and leads
to cost savings from reduced use and abuse of opioid prescription drugs.
Journal of Chiropractic Humanities, December 2019
Mental Attitude: Depression and the Heart. Using data from the Canadian Longitudinal Study for Aging,
researchers estimate that depression may be associated with up to a 36% increased risk for heart disease.
Journal of Geriatric Cardiology, December 2019
Wellness/Prevention: Handling an Allergic Reaction. People can experience allergic reactions to things such
as animal dander, bee stings, chemicals, and foods, which can result in hives, itching, rash and other symptoms.
The National Library of Medicine recommends these first aid steps for mild-to-moderate reactions: calm and
reassure the person having the reaction; try to identify the allergen and have the person avoid additional contact
with it; if the person develops a rash, apply a cool compress and hydrocortisone; and watch the person for signs
of increasing distress. If the allergic reaction is severe, you should summon emergency services immediately.
National Library of Medicine, January 2020
Quote: “Action is the antidote to despair.” ~ Joan Baez
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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE form your Napa Chiropractor, 1-27-2020

Health Alert: Smartphone Use Landing Users in the ER. Between 1999 and 2017, researchers estimate that more than
76,000 people visited emergency rooms in the United States for head, face, and neck injuries in relation to smartphone
usage. Lead researcher Dr. Boris Paskhover explains, “People are not paying attention and getting head and neck injuries
because they’re walking with a cellphone, and fall and break their nose or jaw.”
JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, December 2019
Diet: Most Expectant Mothers Don’t Get Enough Iron and Calcium. The results of a recent literature review suggest
that 91% of pregnant women have inadequate daily iron intake while 55% fail to consume enough calcium.
Maternal & Child Nutrition, December 2019
Exercise: How Exercise Boosts Oxygen to the Brain. Scientists have long assumed that blood is always saturated with
oxygen, but according to a recent study, this isn’t the case and may explain why exercise is linked to better brain function.
In the study, researchers monitored respiration, neural activity, blood flow, and brain oxygenation of mice using a
treadmill and found that increased respiration led to greater amounts of oxygen in the blood, thus providing more oxygen
to the brain. Based on the results, researchers conclude that respiration provides a dynamic pathway for modulating
cerebral oxygenation. Nature Communications, December 2019
Chiropractic: Chronic Neck Pain Affects Shoulder Muscle Activation. Using surface electromyography to assess
multiple muscles in the neck and shoulder region, researchers observed increased onset delays in the anterior and middle
deltoid and a peak delay in the upper trapezius muscle among participants with chronic neck pain that were not observed
in those without a history of neck pain. The findings suggest that neck pain may be associated with dysfunction in the
shoulder and may need to be addressed to achieve an optimal outcome for patients with neck pain, shoulder pain, or both.
Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, October 2019
Mental Attitude: Vaping Linked to Depression. Using data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
survey concerning more than 890,000 adults, researchers estimate that current e-cigarette users are two-times more likely
to be diagnosed with depression than those who have never used e-cigarettes, and the risk for depression increases in
proportion with use. The results suggest that patients suffering from depression and other mental health conditions should
be screened for tobacco dependence. JAMA Network Open, December 2019
Wellness/Prevention: Know the Warning Signs for Stroke. Stroke is a leading cause of death and a significant cause of
disability in the United States. The American Stroke Association list the following warning signs of stroke: face drooping
on one side, arm weakness and/or numbness, and slurred speech. Other symptoms include sudden numbness, confusion,
trouble seeing, difficulty walking, and severe headache. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms,
summon emergency services immediately. American Stroke Association, December 2019
Quote: “Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” ~ H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 1-20-2020

Health Alert: Cleaner Teeth May Lead to a Healthier Heart. A review of data concerning more than 161,000 South Korean
adults revealed that those who brushed their teeth three or more times a day had a 10% lower risk for atrial fibrillation and a
12% reduced risk for heart failure over the following decade. The researchers suspect that frequent tooth brushing may reduce
the presence of potentially harmful germs between the teeth and gums, preventing the bacteria from entering the bloodstream
and causing an inflammatory response that is associated with an elevated risk for atrial fibrillation and heart failure.
European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, December 2019
Diet: Eat More Peas and Beans for Heart Health? New research suggests that consuming several servings of legumes per
day is associated with a reduced risk for coronary heart disease, hypertension, and obesity. Study co-author Dr. Hana Kahleova
writes, “Americans eat less than one serving of legumes per day, on average. Simply adding more beans to our plates could be a
powerful tool in fighting heart disease and bringing down blood pressure.” Advances in Nutrition, November 2019
Exercise: Fitness Consultation Key to Motivating Child Cancer Survivors. Questionnaires completed by child cancer
survivors revealed that just one exercise physiology consultation was enough to improve exercise levels among nearly three
quarters of these patients. The findings suggest that tailored guidance from an exercise professional should be a standard in the
treatment of child cancer survivors due to the potential lifelong benefits. Heart and Mind, November 2019
Chiropractic: Forward Head Posture and Neck Pain. Forward head posture is a common postural fault that’s associated with
excessive screen use. A systematic research review has determined that adults with neck pain are more likely to exhibit forward
head posture than individuals without neck pain. It’s hypothesized that forward head posture places added stress on the upper
trapezius, erector spinae, and the neck extensor muscles, potentially raising the risk for musculoskeletal pain in the cervical and
thoracic spine. Doctors of chiropractic often address postural faults—such as forward head posture—with spinal manipulation
and neck-specific exercises. Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine, November 2019
Mental Attitude: Vitamin D Levels and Dementia. Poor vitamin D status has been linked to several adverse health outcomes,
including an increased risk for cognitive decline and dementia. In an effort to understand whether maintaining healthy vitamin
D levels throughout life offered neuroprotective benefits, researchers compared the rate for dementia among individuals with
genetically high vitamin D levels and the general population. The results showed that the genetically high vitamin D group had
a significantly reduced risk for dementia, which suggests maintaining healthy vitamin D levels throughout life my slow
cognitive decline or even stave off the development of dementia. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, December 2019
Wellness/Prevention: Retainer Care Tips. Keeping your retainer clean can be difficult, but it’s important for preventing
cavities and infection. The California Association of Orthodontists suggests these retainer care tips: wash your hands before and
after handling your retainer; soak your retainer often in a vinegar-and-water solution; never boil your retainer, as you can ruin
the custom mold; clean with a baking soda scrub or a non-harsh toothpaste; and use a denture cleaner twice per week.
California Association of Orthodontists, December 2019
Quote: “You must learn to take a step back and visualize the whole piece. If you focus only on the thread given to you, you lose
sight of what it can become.” ~ Colleen Houck

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 1-13-2020

Health Alert: Are Migraines and Asthma Linked? Using a decade of data from a national database, South Korean
researchers report that there appears to be a bidirectional relationship between migraines and asthma with migraineurs having a
37% increased risk for asthma and asthmatics having a 47% elevated risk for migraines. Further research is needed to
understand the link/s between migraines and asthma. Scientific Reports, December 2019
Diet: Eating During a Ten-Hour Window Improves Health of Those with Metabolic Syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a
cluster of conditions—obesity, high blood pressure, problematic cholesterol, impaired metabolic function, and excessive waist
circumference—that occur together and increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. In a new study involving
19 individuals with metabolic syndrome, researchers observed that when participants restricted their eating to a ten-hour
window every day for twelve weeks, they reduced their calorie intake by nearly 9%, lost an average of 3% of their body weight,
and reported more restful sleep. Their blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels also improved.
Cell Metabolism, December 2019
Exercise: Which Exercise Is Best for Bone Health in Obese Older Adults? Weight loss among obese seniors can lead to
bone loss and an increased risk of fracture. In a new study that included 160 obese older adults, researchers found that resistance
training or combined resistance and aerobic training were both effective in reducing weight loss-induced decreases in bone
density, while aerobic training alone was deemed ineffective in this regard.
Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, December 2019
Chiropractic: Chronic Neck Pain Linked to Lower Neck Strength. A review of findings from fifteen published studies
concluded that patients with chronic neck pain have reduced strength in the muscles used for flexion, extension, and lateral
flexion of the neck in comparison to individuals without a history of neck pain. Doctors of chiropractic often incorporate
specific exercises to strengthen the muscles in the neck, shoulder, and upper back of patients with chronic neck pain to decrease
pain, improve function, and reduce the risk for recurrence.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, November 2019
Mental Attitude: Domestic Abuse Can Lead to a Lifetime of Poor Health. An examination of the medical records of over
92,000 women revealed that survivors of domestic abuse are two-times more likely to have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue
syndrome (CFS) than females with no history of domestic abuse. Study author Dr. Joht Singh Chandan writes, “Domestic abuse
is a global public health issue, with as many as 1 in 3 women affected worldwide… We hope these first of their kind research
findings will change healthcare practice and will be of assistance in the early diagnosis of fibromyalgia and CFS in women who
have been abused.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence, December 2019
Wellness/Prevention: Writing Can Help You Deal with Stress. Noting that past studies have shown that writing down your
thoughts and feeling about difficult situations can improve your mood, reduce your risk for becoming ill, and increase your
productivity, the American Psychological Association recommends keeping a diary or a journal.
American Psychological Association, December 2019
Quote: “There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” ~ Aldous Huxley

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