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Exercise: The Ultimate Anti-Aging Pill
Anti-aging health care is a new field, which due to the increase in aging population, will influence human life for generations to come. Chiropractors are often the first health care professional a patient will visit with early signs of aging, such as stiff arthritic joints or aching backs. The evolution in anti-aging is perfect for the chiropractic patient, as they are already provided with adjustments, nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle changes.
One of the first recommendations is exercise. Many people assume that getting fatter, weaker and stiffer is inevitable with age. A growing body of research, however, suggests that much of the decline attributed to aging actually comes from being sedentary, and that regular exercise can help people remain healthy and independent as they get older.
An intriguing study documenting the "anti-aging" effect of physical activity comes from the adult exercise research program at the
, where exercise physiologists collected data on nearly 1,000 adults who have undertaken regular exercise programs. The results show a dramatic decrease in the age drop that occurs in the normal population that does not exercise.
As many gerontologists and researchers have found, exercise is the closest thing to an anti-aging pill that exists. People who are physically fit, eat a healthy, balanced diet and take nutritional supplements can measure out to be 10 to 20 years younger biologically than their chronological age. This is what wellness is all about. A well person can be free from mental and physical disease and degeneration for years longer than an unhealthy individual. Exercise is an extremely important part of achieving this "wellness".
The health-related benefits of exercise are:
- Improves immune system functioning.
- Weight loss
- Helps in the management of stress.
- Improves quality of sleep.
- Improves body posture.
- Reduces anxiety.
- Helps improve short-term memory.
- Helps alleviate depression.
- Helps alleviate low back pain.
- Improves mental alertness and reaction time.
- Improves physical appearance.
- Improves self-esteem.
- Decreases resting heart rate.
- Helps in relaxation.
- Sharpens dynamic vision and controls glaucoma.
- Reduces risk of developing Type II (non insulin dependent) diabetes.
- Assists in quitting smoking.
- Slows the rate of joint degeneration (osteoarthritis).
- Reduces risk of heart disease.
- Improves the body's ability to use fat for energy during physical activity.
- Helps relieve the pain of tension headaches.
- Increases maximal oxygen uptake.
- Increases muscle strength.
- Helps preserve lean body tissue.
- Reduces risk of developing high blood pressure.
- Increases density and breaking strength of ligaments and tendons.
- Increases levels of HDL cholesterol and reduces LDL cholesterol.
- Reduces risk of developing colon cancer.
- Reduces risk of developing prostate cancer.
- Reduces risk of developing breast cancer.
- Reduces risk of developing stroke.
- Helps relieve constipation.
- Protects against "creeping obesity" -- slow weight gain that occurs with age.
- Improves blood circulation, resulting in better functioning organs, including the brain.
- Increases productivity at work.
- Improves balance and coordination.
- Helps to retard bone loss as you age, thereby reducing your risk of developing osteoporosis.
- Improves general mood state.
- Helps in maintaining an independent lifestyle.
- Increases overall health awareness.
Improves overall quality of life.
Fight Cancer with America's Favorite Summertime Drink
The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) conducted a research study that turned up some surprising results. Tea contains antioxidants which neutralize "free radicals" that are thought to cause cancer. Next time you order refreshing iced tea, enjoy and know you may be fighting cancer.
Each year millions of people enjoy the most popular natural, drug-free health care system in the world – chiropractic!
Chiropractic & Energy
“Doctor, I feel so tired all the time.”
One of the most common causes of energy loss is an unbalanced body structure. It saps your energy. How?
Let’s imagine that you carried a bowling ball at your side for a few minutes. “No problem,” you may say. But now move that bowling ball a few inches from your body and try it. “Whew, this is getting heavy,” you’d say. That’s because it takes lots more energy to hold it away from you.
It’s the same with your body. If your head or neck or hips or any other body part were out of alignment with gravity (even a tiny bit) it would drain your energy. Your muscles that work to keep you upright would be off-balance; some would work extra hard and stay tight and contracted (or even go into spasm) while others would be loose and weak.
Tension in your body from imbalance can also affect blood and cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) flow to your brain and other internal organs.
Whew! Doesn’t that sound exhausting?
What can chiropractic do?
Your chiropractor is specially trained to locate areas of imbalance in your body that are causing unnatural pressure on your skeletal structure and nervous system. This imbalance can drain your energy and cause weakened resistance to disease, ill health, premature aging and chronic fatigue.
Chiropractic care can improve your quality of life, giving you more energy and physical and mental health. (1-4)
Why wait? Fatigue or exhaustion may be just the first sign of subluxation deterioration that can affect your vertebrae, discs, muscles, joints and internal organs.
If you know anyone who is tired all the time, living on coffee, sugar and other stimulants, please suggest chiropractic care.
Gardasil Dangers Starting to Emerge
Gardasil, the so-called cervical cancer vaccine, is intended to prevent 4 types of HPV (Human Papillomavirus). According to the Gardasil package insert, there are more than 100 types of HPV!
New York Yankees & Chiropractic
The Yankees are hiring a team chiropractor. This may have come about because of several newspaper articles about center fielder Johnny Damon.
Where's the Beef?
There is an increased interest in the quality of the food we eat, not just its quantity. Grass-fed animals apparently are far healthier for us than animals raised in pens and fed foods that simply bulk them up (and are pumped full of antibiotics). Check out this comparison .
4 times more CLA than grain-fed beef
CLA benefits include
• anti-carcinogenic properties
• increases lean body mass
• prevents arteriosclerosis
• slows or halts diabetes
Ideal Omega 6:3 ratio of 2:1
1/3 fewer calories than grain-fed beef
High in branch chain amino acids
Risk of E. coli bacteria is minimal
No animal by-products, non-irradiated,
no antibiotics, no hormones, starch free diet.
2-4 times more vitamin A and E than
grain-fed beef – reduces risk of cancer
and heart disease
Insignificant amount of CLA
Omega 6:3 ratio of 20:1 is adverse to health
More total fat and higher % of saturated fat
Less vitamins A and E
1/3 more calories
Acidic digestive system from grain diet leads to greater risk of E. coli bacteria presence
Antibiotic added daily to feed, growth stimulating hormone routinely used, irradiated meat (sold in most markets), very high starch diet (9)
Protect Yourself from Cancer with Food
Traditional diets, containing animal and plant foods farmed by nontoxic methods, are rich in factors that protect against cancer. Many of these protective factors are in the animal fats. Vegetarianism does not protect against cancer. In fact, vegetarians are particularly prone to cancers of the nervous system and reproductive organs.
Words of Wisdom
Neck pain. This study was designed to see if one adjustment only could have an immediate effect on neck pain. Seventy patients with neck pain were randomly separated into two groups. One group received a chiropractic adjustment while the other group received a sham procedure. Those receiving the chiropractic adjustment had far superior results: less pain and a better range of motion when tested 5 minutes after the procedure was performed. (12)
Angina pectoris. In a study performed by researchers in Denmark, positive results were shown for weekly chiropractic adjustments in patients with a specific type of angina – stable (chronic) angina. Fifty patients diagnosed with cervicothoracic angina (CTA), chest discomfort originating from the cervical spine and the thoracic spine, were given chiropractic care. The control group was made up of 225 patients. Of the chiropractic group, 75% reported improvement in pain and general health. Of the control group, 25% reported an improvement in their health. (13)
A woman came home, screeching her car into the driveway, and ran into the house. She slammed the door and shouted at the top of her lungs, "Honey, pack your bags. I won the lottery!" The husband said, "Oh my God! What should I pack, beach stuff or mountain stuff?" "Doesn't matter," she said. "Just get out."
As he was about to get the anesthesia he asked to speak to his son.
"Yes, Dad, what is it?"
"Don't be nervous, son; do your best and just remember, if it doesn't go well, if something happens to me, your mother is going to come and live with you and your wife..."
The second old guy says, "That's OK, It's a coincidence. I'm looking for my wife, too. I can't find her and I'm getting a little desperate."
The first old guy says, "Well, maybe I can help you find her. What does she look like?"
The second old guy says: "Well, she is 27-years-old, tall, with red hair, blue eyes, long legs, and is wearing short shorts. What does you wife look like?"
To which the first old guy says, "Doesn't matter, let’s look for yours."
1. Blanks RHI, Schuster TL. A retrospective assessment of network care using a survey of self-rated health, wellness and quality of life. JVSR. 1997;1(4).
2. Marino MJ, Phillippa ML. A longitudinal assessment of chiropractic care using a survey of self-rated health wellness & quality of life: a preliminary study. JVSR. 1999;3(2).
3. Owens EF, Hoiriis KT, Burd D. Changes in general health status during upper cervical chiropractic care: PBR report. Chiropractic Research Journal. 1998;V(1).
4. Hoiriis KT, Owens EF. Changes in general health status during upper cervical chiropractic care: a practice-based research project update. Chiropractic Research Journal. 1999;Vl(2).
11. Alcantara J, McCann-Swanson K. The role of chiropractic in the care of a four-year-old boy diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) presented at the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association conference. October 26, 2006.
12. Martínez-Segura R, Fernández-de-las-Peñas C, Ruiz-Sáez M et al. Immediate effects on neck pain and active range of motion after a single cervical high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation in subjects presenting with mechanical neck pain: a randomized controlled trial JMPT. 2006;29(7):511-517.
13. Christensen H, Vach W, Gichangi A et al. Manual therapy for patients with stable angina pectoris: a non-randomized open prospective trial. JMPT. 2005;28(9):654-661.
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