Health Tips

Brain Danger in Cord Clamping!

Published on Friday, 25 September 2009

Doctor clamping an umbilical cord

When a baby is born, one of the first procedures performed is the clampoing and cutting of the Umbilical Cord. This task is often done before 30 seconds have elapsed because it's believed it will reduce the mother's risk of excess bleeding and the baby's risk of jaundice. However, are many doctors causing infant brain damage by clamping the Umbilical Cord prematurely? Newborn lungs exist in a "compacted state" suitable for the womb. When the infant is born, the placenta and cord pulse for up to 20 minutes, delivering a burst of blood volume to the infant's system. This blood burst is just what is needed for the lungs of the newborn to expand so they can be newly filled with the oxygen in the air.

Now, research is increasingly revealing that clamping prematurely, before two or three full minutes have elapsed, robs your baby of much-needed blood and oxygen. Without that burst of blood from the placenta, the baby suffers a drop in blood pressure as its lungs fail to open as they should thereby instigating respiratory distress. It also creates a chain reaction by the effects of asphyxia (oxygen deprivation) that can include brain damage resulting in cognitive deficits such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Deficiency, and Behavioral Disorders.

Given the overwhelming research about the potential harms of early cord clamping, both the World Health Orghanization and the International Federation of Gynecology & Obstetrics have dropped the practice from their guidelines. You might want to see if your obstetrician is up on this important information and if not, make your desire known about delaying the clamping procedure for those few extra, and most possibly, critical minutes.

Your Appendix is Useful After All!

Published on Sunday, 20 September 2009

Diagram of male internal organs with labels

Your appendix is a slim sac that hangs between your small and large intestines. It has, by our so-called learned medical profession, long been thought of as a worthless evolutionary artifact, good for nothing except as a potentially lethal case of inflammation. But now researchers suggest that your appendix is a lot more than a unless remnant. To us chiropractors, it seemed like common sense to think there is a purpose for every organ or gland in your body, even the ones that modern medicine can't figure out.

Not only was it recently proposed to actually possess a critical function, but scientists now find it appears in nature a lot more than they thought. It appears in Australian marsupials such as the wombat and more than 70% of rats, lemmings, voles and other rodents, as well as humans and certain primates.

Your appendix serves as a vital safehouse where good bacteriia can lie in wait until they are needed to repopulate the gut after suffering from diseases causing bad diarrhea. Also recent studies have also found that your appendix can help make, direct and even "train" white blood cells and for this reason alone, surgeons should be cautious about removing them. So far, at least one negative side effect of having your appendix removed has been uncovered---an increased risk of Crohn's Disease.

So please, don't fall for the advice to have your appendix removed simply because "it has no purpose" . It is worth keeping this in mind that this is still just the beginning as far as what scientists know about this liitle organ. It may turn out to have other far-reaching but subtle effects on your body function than is currently known. Over 60% of your Immune System is located in your digestive system, making a healthy gut a major focal point if your want to maintain optimal health. It is also important to remember that you also need a good Nervous System, free of spinal interference to further maintain your immune system's function.

Why Swearing is Good for You!

Published on Tuesday, 08 September 2009

Hitting thumb with a hammer

There is a certain four letter word that is frowned upon in polite company but often uttered by women in the delivery room during labour, as many a father-to-be will verify. According to a study in the journal NeuroReport , saying the "F" word can do more than vent frustration: it can actually reduce physical pain. Psychologists at Britain's Keele University asked 64 students to immerse their hand in ice water for as long as possible. In the test they were first allowed to repeat a curse word of their choice while they endured the painfully cold water; in the other test they were asked to use a nonexpletive.

They found that swearing not only allowed students to withstand the discomfort longer but also decreased their perception of pain intensity. The researchers said, "In swearing, people have an emotional response and it's that emotional response that actually triggers the reduction of pain. Swearing probably comes from a very primitive reflex in animals, but in humans our vocal tract has been hijacked by our language skills, so instead of squealing in pain we articulate our 'yelp' with words coloured with negative emotion."

Next time you drop the "F" bomb, consider this: the study showed cursing reduced the perception of pain more strongly in women than men. That may be because in daily life men swear more than women which could have a dulling effect on these verbal painkillers in men. These psychologists say we should not overuse profanity but save our swear words for just the right occasions.

Here's The Rub On Vicks!

Published on Monday, 07 September 2009

Wicks VapoRub

During a lecture on Essential Oils it was mentioned that the soles of the feet can absorb oils. It was said that if you put garlic on your feet you would "taste" it in about 20-25 minutes. I've never tried it but here's a story going around about Vicks.

Many of us have used Vicks VapoRub for years from chapped lips, as a chest rub or hot inhalations for a cold but I never heard of this phenomenon! They say it works 100% of the time although scientists who discovered it aren't sure why.

To stop night time coughing in a child or adult put Vicks generously on the bottom of the feet at bedtime, then cover with socks. Even persistant, heavy, deep coughing will stop in about 5 minutes and stay stopped for many many hours. It is extremely soothing and comforting and allows the sufferer to sleep soundly. It is more effective in children they say than even strong prescription cough medicines that often do more harm than good.

Spine Tuning

Published on Sunday, 30 August 2009

Woman sitting at a computer. In need of a visit to the Indooroopilly chiropractor

Been sitting at your desk and/or computer all day? Sitting is three times as stressful to your low back joints then standing. Sitting too long also tightens and shortens your hamstrings and the muscles in the front of your hips. When you finally get up....these muscles tug on the ligaments around your pelvis, which can alter the natural curve of your lower back and even cause the vertebrae to rotate so that nerves become pinched.

Protect yourself by standing every 30 minutes and move around by playing a disco tune in your head and "shaking your booty" for a couple of minutes. You should also stretch your legs under your desk least every 15 minutes. The key to success is keeping loose.

Once you get home, remember not to repeat the same prolonged sitting posture, especially when watching TV or a DVD movie.  Get up at 30 minute intervals and walk briefly around the room to revitalise your spinal muscles. 

Going Soft on Sports Drinks

Published on Sunday, 30 August 2009

Man drinking sports drink

Dental experts placed teeth in sports drinks and water to compare the effects and they found that sports drinks were 30 times more erosive to your teeth and could result in severe tooth damage if left untreated. They found that brushing teeth soon after drinking would actually compound the problem because these drinks high acidiity level softens the enamel, leaving it vulnerable to abrasive brushing.

The leading brands of sports drinks on the market typically contain as much as two-thirds the sugar of sodas and more sodium. They also contain high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), artificial flavours and food colouring, none of which belong in your body. In many ways drinking sports drinks is not a whole lot better than chugging a can of soda after your workout.

For those of you who are excercising to lose weight, you should also know that sports drinks are usually anything but low calorie. There is a perverse irony of people who are working hard exercising to burn off calories, only to be slurping down more calories and HFCS, which is linked to obesity, while they're working out. One University study even found that people who drink one can of sports drink a day for a year could gain 6 kilos!

And....although these drinks are often referred to as "energy" drinks, in the long run the sugar they contain does just the opposite. It acts like a bomb....a quick explosion of energy followed by a plummeting disaster, as your pancreas tries to rebalance your blood sugar. Also if your sports drink says its low calorie and sugar-free, be warned that it likely contains an artificial sweetener, which is even worse for you than high-fructose corn syrup or regular sugar.

Most also contain loads of processed salt, which is there to replenish the electrolytes you lose while sweating. However, unless you're sweating profusely and for a prolonged period, that extra salt is simply unnecessary and can be harmful. Why? Because salt intake typically increases your thirst, drinking most sports drinks will NOT quench your thirst while you exercise. They will instead make you want to drink more. So for most average exercisers and athletes out there, sports drinks are a waste of money. Pure, fresh water is the best thing to help you stay hydrated.

Tea for Flu...and Tumors too!

Published on Saturday, 29 August 2009

Cup of tea

Here's the latest News from the Harvard Medical School & Brigham Women's Hospital!  They report that Tea fights the Flu; colds and tumors too! Maybe it's time to switch from coffee to tea with this great news. Drink 5-6 cups a or black, hot or iced and you'll get a significant boost to your immune system.

It seems a molecule that is in tea, as well as bacteria and parasites, activates certain parts of the body's defensive system called "gamma delta  T lymphocytes",  which are very important as the first line of defense against infections and early tumors. It's not a cure but like a vitamin for your immune system.

Plastic Bottle Poisoning?

Published on Saturday, 29 August 2009

Woman drinking from a plastic water bottle

It has come to our attention in recent months that there is a scary story about getting poisoned from water plastic bottles. It was discovered that one of the components of the Lexan polycarbonate resin that these bottles are made from, bisphenol-A (BPA) can be released into the bottle's contents. It is even more disconcerting finding that BPA is a potent hormone disruptor. It can impair the reproductive organs and have adverse effects on breast tissue and prostate development.

BPA can leach from water bottles when exposed to heat, like standing in the sun, but detectable levels of BPA can also leach from bottles just sitting at room temperature, according to a study conducted by the University of Missouri published in the Journal of Environmental Health.

My best recommendation is not to use water contained in a Lexan polycarbonate resin bottle as your everyday source of water supply. Try not to drink from these bottles all day long, every day. Once in while, as the need arises, a single exposure will not be much harm. If you need to carry water with you use tap water and purchase plastic-free refillable bottles in the size to suit your needs. They are lightweight and more ecologically friendly than all these disposable plastic bottles.

The Flaw in Fluoridation

Published on Saturday, 29 August 2009

Men disposing of chemical waste in hazmat suits

We're seeing Anna Bligh's propaganda TV ads now telling us how fluoride will safely protect children's teeth. What those TV ads don't say is that fluoride is a toxic waste product of the metal and fertilizer industries and is treated accordingly (see photo).

Studies over the years have pointed to fluoride as a possible carcinogen, bone-weakening agent and even a reason for decreased fertility among women. It is banned in most European countries as well as Japan for it's potential health hazards.

It's hard for most of us to believe, especially with the uproar about the chemicals found in our food lately, that our government would be behind an effort to get rid of this toxic waste by putting it into our drinking water. A few months ago people got emotional over the idea of putting recycled water in our reservoirs! This push for more chemical exposure to our bodies coupled with an increasing amount of adverse toxicity findings is irrational and irresponsible at best.

A number of dental researchers around the world are finding that there is little or no real difference (unless you fudge the stats) in childhood tooth decay rates between fluoridated and non-fluoridated communities. These experts especially caution parents not to use fluoridated water for baby formulas, since babies are most sensitive to fluoride's effects. The first sign of fluoride poisoning of children is dental fluorosis (enamel erosion) and then a permanent mottling (brown staining) of the teeth.

"Would you brush your teeth with arsenic?" asks Dr Robert Carton, a former dental scientist. "Fluoride is slightly less toxic than arsenic and more toxic than lead and you wouldn't put either of them into your mouth....would you?" Is that why we are warned not to swallow fluoridated toothpaste???

Drive Away Hip Pain

Published on Saturday, 29 August 2009

Golfer mid shot

Whether you are a serious golfer or just an irregular duffer you may risk tearing cartilage in your hip.

In a Mid-western University study in the US, researchers took magnetic imaging scans of eight golfers with hip pain. They found that the golfers had a torn Labrum, the cartilage that stabilises the hip joint. "Golfers focus on rotator-cuff and trunk rotation excercises, but it's the hips that are most often injured," cautions one of the study leaders.

To help prevent a tear, he advises you should balance on one leg for 20 seconds with your eyes open and then again with them closed. Do this three times on each leg before you tee off.