Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

October 20, 2017

Stroke Risk Factors Going Up…

From a new Study…

And, keep in mind, I wouldn’t be talking about this if it were not all preventable. Managing risk factors is the epitome of prevention.

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June 20, 2016

101 Benefits of Exercise.61

 

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Research overwhelmingly shows that regular exercise lowers the risk for many diseases, enhances the functioning of virtually every physiological system in the human body and improves psychological well-being.

61. Helps reduce your risk of having a stroke.

I will be Posting a benefit every day – well, most days – from a list put together by Dr. Dave Phillips, M.D. He is an M.D. from Atlanta, GA who specializes in Sports Medicine. As a former All-American swimmer he knows a few things about exercise. He is also on the JuicePlus+ Health Advisory Board. He is also all over YouTube doing videos on JuicePlus+, exercise, and other health-related topics.

You can be healthier: this is list of ways exercise affects the body; think of them as motivational if you like.

September 19, 2014

It’s All In The Light

Filed under: General Health & Wellness, Wellness care — Tags: , , — doctordilday @ 11:38 am

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nerve regeneration after stroke…

July 1, 2012

Risk Factors

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Two ways to introduce a wellness habit: pursue health or avoid disease. Managing risk factors is somewhere in between and is seen as a leveraged way to incorporate wellness. That’s because it targets the prevention or correction of highly expensive and/or common health problems. (Note: a risk factor can’t be said to “cause” a disease by itself, but it is associated with having it. And the more risk factors that you have for a given condition, the greater the odds that you will get the condition.)

Have you ever had back pain before (very expensive/very common)? That is the #1 risk factor for getting back pain again. Do the muscles of your lower back lack endurance strength? That’s #2 (and if you don’t know that answer it can be found in two minutes). Given these facts it could useful to know that exercise and chiropractic care are two things that can help prevent back pain.

Sometimes risk factors are not preventable; sometimes they can be prevented. Smoking is preventable. We used to think genetics was not preventable. Now we know that genetic expression is highly influenced by many things that we do have control over (Epigenetics). The past? We don’t have control over that.

In the same way that we recommend Tai chi because it leverages your time (giving you the greatest number of benefits of any activity there is for every minute that you practice), you can pick a risk factor that, when addressed, impacts the greatest number (or most important) of at risk conditions.

Physical inactivity for example is something we have control over. It’s also a risk factor in obesity, as well as diabetes, cancer, stroke and heart disease. And obesity is a risk factor in diabetes, cancer, stroke and heart disease.

Poor diet is another one of those risk factors that is a risk factor for other risk factors (obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol for example which are risk factors for diabetes, cancer, stroke, heart disease and others).

When you think healthy habits or wellness for yourself or your company, think of each element as an investment. Make the element that you introduce as measurable as possible, then you can keep track of your return on investment in a variety of ways. Here is an example: a company has a measurable way to describing what back injuries are costing their employees and their company. Given the statistics most companies have some degree of worry over their employees getting injured backs. I already mentioned one preventable measure of back injury risk: poor low back muscle endurance. Another is whether employees can and do properly bend and lift. Improper bending and lifting is a measurable risk factor for low back injury and many companies are now interested in measuring that risk.

Think of the leverage of screening employees for proper bending and lifting technique, and then teaching proper bending and lifting. Imagine reinforcing that teaching with an activity that also strengthened their lower back muscles. One example might be a Tai chi class that employees could take at the beginning of the work day and/or the end of their work day. While strengthening their low back and improving their bending and lifting technique, employees would also be managing stress through relaxation (that list of benefits is long), improving their balance (fall prevention), improving their immune system function (fewer colds and infections – think days lost from work), training their brain (enhanced focus and mental clarity), and it is a marked increase in physical activity for most people (see list of most common causes of death above), just to name a few additional benefits.

This is a true wellness initiative that is an investment rather than an expense. It’s measurable. And it’s affordable – once key people within the company are trained, they can provide the screening, training and teaching to the rest of the company. Simple and sustainable.

May 24, 2012

Yoga Risks and Rewards

As you may know I have often said that all the benefits of Yoga are also benefits of Tai chi and visa versa (Yoga doesn’t offer the self defense skills but otherwise they convey the same benefits.) Here is the dark side of Yoga. Bottom line: be careful and get a good teacher. That advice applies to Tai chi as well but the risks are not anywhere near as great.

On January 5, 2012 this article in the New York Times talked about the dangers of Yoga practice. It is an article adapted from “The Science of Yoga: The Risks and Rewards,” by William J. Broad.

William J. Broad is a  journalist and yoga practitioner of forty years. His book describes some of the health concerns about the practice of yoga, particularly in terms of musculoskeletal injuries and risk of stroke.

Dr. Malic Slosberg reviews that article this month in his Research Review newsletter. Here is his commentary:

Commentary: This article describes the benefits and risks of yoga including controversial topics related to back injury, neck injury, and strokes. The explanation that sedentary Americans, sitting 70- 80% of their waking hours saunter into yoga studios a few times a week and are then encouraged to push their bodies beyond the physiologic limits of motion into awkward and possibly dangerous extremes of hyperflexion or extension in various asanas makes sense. In an attempt to achieve perform some yogic postures are, indeed, risky and may force connective tissues to the point of damage to collagen fibers in discs, ligaments, joint capsules, tendons, and blood vessels. The following images of cervical hyperflexion in the shoulder stand, lumbar hyperflexion in the forward bend, and thoracic hyperflexion in the plough illustrate the possibly perilous extremes practitioners are encouraged to attain.

Here I commented on that lumbar hyperflexion and the recommendations in an article in the Yoga Journal.

January 27, 2012

Would You Take This Pill?

Imagine that you are a medical doctor or other health care provider and you get a letter that reads something like this:

Medical doctors are now being advised by some authorities to offer Nutritional Counseling as the number one way to offset the effects of a soft economy. According to the CDC, 75% of chronic disease is preventable ($2.4 Trillion dollars spent on health care in the U.S. annually) President Obama says we are now “paying more, getting less and going broke” when it comes to health care. TIME magazine reports “Fruits and Vegetables Could Save Your Life.”

Meanwhile the MEDSCAPE 2011 Year in Medicine #1 Top Game Changer for Primary Care was The Dark Side of Vitamins and Supplements. Isolated vitamins and supplement formulas are not the answer. Whole foods are the answer when it comes to diet and nutrition.

What if there were a prescription that you could recommend costing less per day that a Starbuck’s coffee and clinically proven to: be absorbed by the body, reduce the oxidative stress associated with chronic disease and aging, reduce systemic inflammation, support a healthy immune system, reduce DNA free radical damage by 66%, improve vascular health (including lowering homocysteine), improve the health of both the skin and the gums, and having no negative side effects. Would you prescribe it?

What if the patients (including children) on this prescription had a 70% chance that they would consume less fast food, a 42-55% chance of taking less over-the-counter or prescription medication, a 67-79% chance they would begin drinking more water, and a 51-55% chance of missing less school or work due to illness, would you prescribe it?

Would you take that pill yourself?

It exists. And you don’t need a doctor’s prescription to get it. Call (425) 348-5207.

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