Weekly Health Update: Monday, October 4th, 2010

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Mental Attitude: Can’t Stop Thinking About Cigarettes. Blocking thoughts of cigarettes helps reduce smokers’ intake… at first. However, smokers soon experience a behavioral rebound, the phenomenon where trying not to think about something leads to an increase in the behavior. These findings have implications for individuals seeking to give up smoking, overeating, drinking and other excessive behaviors.
Psychological Science, August 2010

Health Alert: Obesity Rates Decline, Disparities Worsen! Obesity rates have started to decline and level off for many adolescents, but continue to increase for certain racial and ethnic minorities. The prevalence of high body mass index (BMI) scores among Hispanic, non-Hispanic white, Asian, black, and American Indian adolescents in California from ’01-’08, reveals obesity rates at the 95th percentile declined or stabilized among many groups. Obesity continued to climb for black and American Indian girls, reaching 23%. These two groups were more than three times as likely as white girls to be severely obese, with a BMI at the 99th percentile. Pediatrics, September 2010

Diet: Food Choices Decrease Risk Of Heart Disease. Women who consumed two servings per day of red meat compared to those who ate half a serving per day had a 30% higher risk of developing coronary heart disease. Compared to one serving each day of red meat, women who substituted other protein-rich foods experienced lower risk of coronary heart disease: 30% lower with nuts daily, 24% lower with fish daily, 19% lower with poultry daily. The Annals Of Internal Medicine, August 2010

Exercise: Headaches Tied To Overweight, Smoking And Lack Of Exercise. Teens with all three of these negative lifestyle factors were 3.4 times more likely to experience frequent headaches. Those with two negative factors were 1.8 times more likely to have frequent headaches. Frequency of headaches: Overweight teens 40% more likely, smokers 50% more likely, exercised less than twice a week were 20% more likely. American Academy of Neurology, August 2010

Chiropractic: For Headaches. “Spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches. Four weeks after cessation of treatment . . . the patients who received spinal manipulative therapy experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in contrast to the patients that received amitriptyline therapy.”
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 1995

Wellness/Prevention: Stay In Shape And Sleep Better. The worsening severity in sleep-disordered breathing is primarily attributable to increases in obesity. For every unit increase in Body Mass Index, sleep-related breathing disorders increased by 5.5 events per hour for men, and 2.8 events per hour for women.
Medical Journal of Australia, Aug 2010

Quote: “Health is more than the absence of illness; health is the presence of aliveness, energy and joy.”
~ Unknown

Best,

Dr. Troy Don, DC QME   &   Dr. Ian Porterfield, DC FICPA

Comments

This is great! by the title I suspect you do this weekly! Great information. I’ll be back next week for the next one.

 

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