Published on Monday, 14 May 2018
Quitting Facebook might be good for more than just keeping personal details safe. A new Australian study shows ditching the world's biggest social network can be good for your health, and can lower stress levels within just five days of logging out.
The University of Queensland research department, published in the Journal of Social Psychology comes during a difficult time for the social network after revelations ut shared the private details of more than 300,000 Australians and 87 million users worldwide with a data analysis company.
The UQ research team, led by Dr Eric Vanman, recruited 138 participants, split them into two groups - one of which abstained from Facebook activity for five days - and tested their levels of the stress hormone Cortisol before and after.
''Taking a Facebook break for just five days reduced a person's level of Cortisol,'' Dr Vanman said. ''Facebook has become an essential social tool for millions of users and it obviously provides many benefits, yet because it conveys so much information about a large network of people, it can also be taxing.''
Taking a break from social media could help ''ameliorate (the stress of them), at least in the short term'', he said.
Published on Monday, 05 February 2018
DID YOU KNOW.........
You'll get more health benefits from your cup of tea if you heat it in the microwave rather than using the kettle, according to Australian food scientist Dr Quan Vuong has found during years of research.
The UK TV show Broadchurch created a storm in teacup after the lead actor, playing Detective Inspector Hardy, microwaved his cuppa, leading to an outcry online. He must have read the 2012 study from The University of Newcastle!
It revealed that microwaving a cup of hot water with a black or green tea bag on half power for 30 seconds can activate 80 percent of its caffeine, theanine and polyphenols - giving you the equivalent of three cups. Dr Vuong says it also tastes better!
Polyphenols are antioxidants which are linked to good health properties like lowered cardiovascular disease and lower cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes.
Theanine is an essential amino acid that promotes relaxation and can be found in tea, some other plant foods and mushrooms.
Dr Vuong said the health benefits are linked to high consumption or equivalent to more than three cups of tea a day.The method can apply to herbal teas and loose tea leaves, he said.
Published on Thursday, 03 August 2017
A lack of sleep doesn't just turn children into a grumpy handful, it may also accelerate their cellular ageing - a process that could have long-term health effects. Telomeres - as I mentioned in my previous posting stating that chiropractic care can lengthen the length of telomeres, Telomeres are caps at the ends of our chromosomes - that get shorter every time our cells divide. And when they get too short, it is thought that cells are no longer able to divide to repair and replenish the body - a sign of ageing. Some small studies in adults have suggested that sleep might might be linked to telomere length.
To find out if it is also the case in children, Sarah James and Daniel Notterman at Princeton University dug into a database. It included information on average sleep duration collected from 1567 9-year-old children from cities across the US. The team extracted DNA from saliva samples from the children, and examined the length of their telomeres.
They found that telomeres were shorter in children who slept less (The Journal of Pediatrics, doi.org/b87r) . ''Telomeres length is 1.5 per cent shorter for each hour less that children sleep per night,'' says James. Short telomeres have been linked to cancer, heart disease and cognitive decline, but these children showed no signs of these diseases - probably because of the young age. However, they may have a higher risk of developing these disordersin later life, says James. ''It raises concerns.''
The team doesn't know whether telomere shortening can be reversed with more sleep, but says the study reiterates the impiortance of getting plenty of slumber. "The current recommendation is for such children to get between 9 and 11 hours of sleep,'' says James.
Reference: New Scientist: 8 July 2017/ 12
Published on Tuesday, 25 July 2017
Research in the past couple months reported on a female undergoing chiropractic care showed that she experienced an increase in her telomere length following 5 months of chiropractic care. It is the first documented evidence showing increase in telomere length. Four years ago there was a mention of a similar finding in research by chiropractors but it couldn't be fully substantiated.
Telomeres are the caps at the end of each strand on DNA that protect our chromosomes (genes), like the plastic tips at the end of shoelaces. Without the coating, shoelaces become frayed until they can no longer do their job. Without Telomeres our DNA strands become damaged and the cells can't do their job which in turn increases the aging process. ''Having short telomeres has been also been linked to cancer, heart disease and cognitive decline as well.'' says Sarah James of Princeton University.
The research, reported in the Journal of Molecular and Genetic Medicine, includes a review of the literature on telomere length and was conducted by researchers from the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation and Chiropractic Biophysics. ''Research is revealing that vertebral subluxations effect the nervous system and have wide ranging effects on the chemistry of the body,'' stated Curtis Fedorchuk DC, the lead author of the study.
''This research is important because telomeres are essential part of human clls that affect how our cells age.'' stated Dr Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and one of the co-authors of the study. McCoy added, ''Our cells replenish by copying themselves and this happens constantly throughout our lives. telomeres get shorter each time a cell copies itself and eventually they get too short and cause our cells to age.''
''Abnormal spinal alignment and posture also increase stress and strain to the nerves and blood supply of the spinal cord. This can seriously affect the nervouis system functionality and the theory is that because the nervous system controls all functions of the body this can negatively affect our biochemistry including telomere length.'' stated Deed Harrison DC, who was also involved in the study.
Reference: J Mol Genet Med 11:269 doi:10.4172/1747-0862. 1000269
Published on Monday, 08 May 2017
Children as young ass six are developing hunched backs and ''text-neck'' syndrome from using mobile phones. I first brought this to the public's attention from my observations in my own practice on the 26th of November, 2014 (WARNING: Text-Neck on the Increase !).
I warned then and finally experts now warn they are at risk of degenerative spinal disease, chronic headaches, osteoarthritis and reduced mobility as a result.
A survey by the Chiropractors Association of Australia NSW shows chiropractors are seeing up to 20 patients a week suffering chronic neck pain, headaches, poor posture and repetitive strain injuries in the wrist and hands from texting.
There has been a 47% per cent increase in neck problems in the past three years, and president of the CAA, Dr John de Voy said nearly half the patients treated were teenagers.
''Research shows people are being drawn to their phones more than 200 times a day to email, tweet, check Facebook and post on Instagram. It's an epidemic'' he says.
Chiropractors are concerned that this prolonged ''technology posture'' on teenager's delicate neck structures and further down the spinal column. They are seeing postural issues that wouldn't normally creep into a person's spine until the late 20s, 30s, and 40s. This can be further aggravated by many teenagers' slumped sitting posture thereby involving and compromising the whole spine's strength, stability and nerve supply.
The advice I give is a good way of reducing further neck damage is to lift the phone or tablet up higher so you are looking straight ahead and not downward constantly. Make it a habit of looking up regularly and side-to-side to release and relieve the muscle strain across the shoulders and neck. A chiropractic spinal checkup is advisable to check for any early damage to your child's neck structures.
Published on Thursday, 27 April 2017
An study, overlooked by the media, confirms the vast majority of patients with lumbar disc herniation ca find relief with chiropractic care. The findings show that 90% of patients report substantial improvements within 3 months of receiving their first chiropractic adjustments.
I rediscovered the press release last month and found the results are encouraging, since more research is raising questions about the safety and effectiveness of epidural steroid injections for the long-term management of Lumbar Disc Herniation (LDH) and sciatica. The study, published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics, shows that both acute and chronic herniated discs can be effectively treated by chiropractors.
Researchers conducted a study of 148 patients with MRI-confirmed lumbar disc involvement causing back pain, sciatica, and radiating leg symptoms. The majority of patients (79) suffered from chronic LDH, lasting longer than three months. The acute LDH patients (37) had LDH for fewer than four weeks at the start of the study.
Chiropractors treated the patients with specific spinal manipulations based on individual characteristics, including results from the MRI that demonstrated the area and type of herniation of the disc. After two weeks, most patients (70%) had significantly improved disability and pain. By the 3 month mark, 90.5% had substantial improvements in disability and pain, and that percentage stabilized at the six-month and one-year evaluations.
Reference: Lee,Serafin: Outcomes of acute & chronic patients with MRI confirmed symptomatic lumbar disc herniation receiving high-velocity, low-amplitude spinal manipulation therapy; a prospective observational cohort study with one year follow-up. (March 2014)
Published on Wednesday, 22 March 2017
When doctors at the Ear, Nose and Throat department of the Central Hospital of Sogo and Fjordane in Norway were stumped for a solution, they referred 46 subjects suffering from dizziness, tinnitus and associated sinusitis for chiropractic care, a recent study reports.
Under chiropractic care many of those patients were found to have neck and jaw (TMJ) joint subluxations. Compensatory lower neck and upper back joint restrictions were also present. Following about a dozen visits to the chiropractor, 87% of the subjects reported an average of 50-60% improvement in their symptoms, their ability to perform activities of daily living improved. It also reduced the amount of sick leave a well.
These patients had a long history of varying symptoms relating to neck and jaw dysfunction. Pain a pain and disability scale from 0 to 10, the average score was 8.0. Following treatment, this had decreased to 3.7, an average improvement of 4.3 points. All but six patients benefited from treatment.
This is the first report on the work of a chiropractor participating on the initiative of the ENT staff within an ENT department of a Norwegian hospital and an ENT specialist's private clinic. The researchers believe that presented collaboration should encourage closer relations between ENT physicians and chiropractors. (Didriksen Clinical Chiropractic 2012)
Published on Monday, 06 February 2017
Commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat back pain provide little benefit, but cause side effects, according to new research from The George Institute for Global Health.
The findings of the systematic review, published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, reveal only one in six patients treated with the pills, also known as NSAIDs, achieve any significant reduction in pain.
The study is the latest work from The George Institute questioning the effectiveness of existing medicines for treating back pain. Earlier research has already demonstrated paracetamol is ineffective and opioids provide minimal benefit over placebo.
Lead author Associate Professor Manuela Ferreira says the study highlights an urgent need to develop new therapies to treat back pain which affects 80 per cent of Australians during their lifetime.
A/Prof Ferreira, Senior Research Fellow at The George Institute and at the Institute of Bone and Joint Research, said: “Back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide and is commonly managed by prescribing medicines such as anti-inflammatories. But our results show anti-inflammatory drugs actually only provide very limited short term pain relief. They do reduce the level of pain, but only very slightly, and arguably not of any clinical significance.”
A/Prof Ferreira added: “When you factor in the side effects which are very common, it becomes clear that these drugs are not the answer to providing pain relief to the many millions of Australians who suffer from this debilitating condition every year.”
“Better still we need a stronger focus on preventing back pain in the first place. We know that education and exercise programs can substantially reduce the risk of developing low back pain.”
And fortunately there is the perfect solution to this common problem. Chiropractors (the Original Back Doctors) have been most effective in treating and preventing Back Pain since 1895 !
Published on Thursday, 12 January 2017
He speaks. Stocks fall.
Well, one group of stocks in particular: pharmaceutical stocks.
It was all due to the words that fell from the mouth of US president-elect Donald J Trump. He said, ‘Big pharma is getting away with murder.’
Ouch! That’ll do it.
But what he says is true. And it’s not just big pharma; it’s the medical profession too. As a report in The Age this week noted:
‘Greed, fear of legal action, and widespread commercial influences are contributing to a costly global trend towards unnecessary and potentially harmful medicine'' , experts say, ''All the while bragging that their 'necessary' treatments are wholly evidence-based when in truth only 25% of medical practice has any science proof of effectiveness!''
‘'An international group of leading doctors and academics say up to one-third of many medical procedures are now being done unnecessarily, causing physical, psychological and financial harm that could threaten the viability of healthcare systems.''
A landmark report in The Lancet medical journal said more needed to be done to address inappropriate medicine, which includes deliberate over-servicing by doctors for their own financial gain.
You know where to pin the blame for this, right?
Government socialized medicine and health insurance…especially compulsory health insurance.
Big pharma can charge high costs because they know either the government or private health insurers will pick up the tab. And likewise, doctors will over prescribe medicines and procedures because they know that, in most cases, the patient won’t be significantly out of pocket.
And before any doctors reading this writes in to say that it’s not true, don’t bother. It’s how the system works, and they make the most of it.
It’s no wonder that more and more people are turning to alternative health providers. They’re fed up with the medical profession, which exists now mostly for the benefit of lining their own pockets.
It’s also another reason why we caution folks about believing the climate change scare tactics. The medical profession follows the money by over prescribing. The science profession follows the money by building up the propaganda in favour of climate change.
Don’t fall for it.
Published on Monday, 26 December 2016
A recent study showing that spinal function affects brain function has been published in the highly regarded journal Neural Plasticity. Not only does this confirm confirm previous research findings that adjusting the spine affects the brain, this particular study indicates that adjustments impact the function of the prefrontal cortex.
The pre-frontal cortex is located in the very front of the brain, just behind the forehead. In charge of abstract thinking and thought analysis it is also responsible for regulating behavior. This includes mediating conflicting thoughts, making choices between right and wrong and predicting the probable outcomes of actions or events. Since the pre-frontal cortex is the brain centre responsible for taking in data through the body's senses and deciding on actions, it s most strongly implicated in human qualities like consciousness, general intelligence and personality.
This study was conducted in an independent medical professor's lab, where his bioengineer collected and analysed the data. This is an important bonus for this study as all data was collected and analysed by scientists who had no preconceived ideas about chiropractic. This greatly lowers the level of bias.
Chiropractors have long observed a wide variety of changes in the people under their care, following adjustments. Common reports from those under care are that they feel better, focus better and many notice improvements in movement and coordination as well.
If, as this research suggests, adjusting improves pre-frontal cortex activity, a part of the brain that is responsible for so much higher level function, then it is possible that a chiropractic adjustment could well impact on things like behavior, decision making, memory and attention, intelligence, processing of pain and the emotional response to it would seem that chiropractic really does have a lot to offer!
Reference: Lelic, D, Niazi, IL, Holt, K, Jochumsen, M, Dremstrup, K, Yielder, P, Murphy, B, Drewws, A and Haavik, H (2016), ''Manipulation of dysfunctional spinal joints affects senorrimotor integration in the pre-frontal cortex: A brain source localization study.'' Neural Plasticity, Volume 2016
Additional References:  http://www.hindawi.com/journals/np/2016/3704964/abs/
 S. Funahashi and J. M. Andreau, “Prefrontal cortex and neural mechanisms of executive function,” Journal of Physiology Paris, vol. 107, no. 6, pp. 471–482, 2013.