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October is National Chiropractic Health Month

October is National Chiropractic Health Month
DCs encourage patients to exhaust cost-effective, safer treatments before using opioids, riskier procedures Arlington, Va. —During National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) this October, the American Chiropractic Association is working with the more than 130,000 doctors of chiropractic (DCs), chiropractic assistants (CAs) and chiropractic doctoral students nationwide to help educate the public and policymakers about the value of a “conservative care first” approach to health care. This health care model encourages emphasis on more cost-effective and safer approaches over potentially addictive medications for pain management and health enhancement. Conservative management of painful conditions may include chiropractic manipulation combined with exercise and stretching prior to moving on to procedures involving higher risk. During NCHM, chiropractors will share information with patients and their communities to empower them to become their own advocates by insisting on information about conservative treatment options. Why is “Conservative Care First” more important today than ever in facing our nation’s...
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Food Diversity is Key to Good Health

Food Diversity is Key to Good Health
Historically, macronutrients, vitamins, minerals, fish oil, and fiber have been the center of nutritional advice. Now, we have added a new topic to our ongoing conversation is about food diversity being the key to good health. To enhance our diets, and maximize the efforts of our journey toward good health, we must understand how to utilize phytochemicals (or phytonutrients) from plants. There is a tremendous growing body of research on the use of phytochemicals for therapeutic purposes. What we used to call vitamin P (flavonoids), vitamin U (glucosinolates and indoles), and vitamin Q (ubiquinone) were dethroned from vitamin status because specific deficiency symptoms could not be established; they were simply called phytochemicals and classified as secondary metabolites. As Gottfried S. Fraenkel explains in his article, “The raison d'Etre of secondary plant substances,” published in the journal Science , “Secondary metabolites are organic compounds that are not directly involved in normal growth,...
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Nation's Leading Cause of Disabilities Attributed to Overtraining

Nation's Leading Cause of Disabilities Attributed to Overtraining
Fitness expert Bobby Whisnand says overtraining is at the heart of long lasting injuries, joint health, and mobility issues and urges caution when setting unrealistic training goals. "What we don't know about exercise is killing us," he stated. "We have a pandemic that nobody is talking about; chronic joint and back pain is the number one cause of disability in our nation ahead of heart disease and the cause; exercising incorrectly and destroying our joints."  Internationally certified as a Specialist in Fitness Therapy and Sports Nutrition, Whisnand is a Cooper Clinic Certified Personal Trainer and acts as the fitness expert for the Dallas Division of the American Heart Association. Having performed over 6,000 one-on-one fitness evaluations he says the public should heed caution when engaging in exercise that overstresses the body. In a recent journal in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Dr. James O'Keefe, cardiologist at the Mid America Heart Institute of...
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Diet Affects Mix of Intestinal Bacteria and the Risk of Inflammatory Bone Disease

Diet Affects Mix of Intestinal Bacteria and the Risk of Inflammatory Bone Disease
Diet-induced changes in the gut's bacterial ecosystem can alter susceptibility to an autoinflammatory bone disease by modifying the immune response, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists reported. The findings appeared in an advanced online publication of the scientific journal Nature.   The research provides insight into how the thousands of bacteria and other microorganisms that live in the intestines affect health. The microbes make up the intestinal microbiome, a diverse evolving ecosystem that aids digestion and helps to educate the immune cells that guard against infection. Growing evidence suggests that changes in the microbiome composition may contribute to development of diseases ranging from cancer to chronic inflammatory disorders such as multiple sclerosis. The mechanisms involved, however, were poorly understood. "These results are exciting because they help to explain how environmental factors like diet can influence susceptibility to autoinflammatory diseases," said the study's corresponding author Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti, PhD, a member of the St....
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What to Anticipate After You've Heard "You Have Breast Cancer"

What to Anticipate After You've Heard You Have Breast Cancer
For some, getting a mammogram is a routine. For others, maybe not so. But in either case, there's a certain amount of nervousness the patient experiences as she awaits the results. "Most of the time, there's no bad news," says Karen Rizzo, MD, 2015 president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and a practicing physician in Lancaster. "Unfortunately though, some will be told they should have a biopsy, possibly leading to those dreaded words 'you have cancer.'" What happens next depends upon the patient and her situation, says Dr. Rizzo, but there are a few similarities from patient to patient as they fight cancer. The Breast Cancer Battle Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in the breast. A malignant tumor is a group of cancer cells that can invade other parts of the body. This makes cancer quite troubling. For American women, breast cancer is the second most common cancer (second...
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Nordic Naturals Inspires Support for Paws for Veterans

Nordic Naturals Paws For Vets
Nordic Naturals is kicking off a fall initiative to benefit a very special cause. The campaign—“Buy One Bottle. Help Two Heroes.”—will raise awareness and support for Paws for Veterans, a nonprofit organization that helps rebuild the lives of combat-wounded veterans, while also rescuing shelter dogs that would otherwise face euthanasia. From October through December 2014, purchases of featured products will support monthly donations of Nordic Naturals omega-3s to veterans and their adopted service dogs, as well as a donation of funds toward a new training facility, for a total contribution of up to $30,000. Nordic Naturals has produced a short video that tells the story of Paws for Veterans and the people whose lives have been changed as a result of their transformative work. The video can be viewed online at nordicnaturals.com/pawsforveterans . Qualifying products include all bottle sizes of Baby’s DHA, Children’s DHA, Nordic Berries, Omega-3, Complete Omega, Ultimate Omega, Pet...
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