Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – How Alcohol Damages Your DNA

Alcohol Damages Your DNAIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, takes a look at the affect alcohol consumption has on your DNA.

The U.S. Surgeon General’s Report shows that substance abuse, including alcohol abuse is skyrocketing.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol poisoning kills six people every day.

Alcohol consumption may  also lead to obesity, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer.

New research shows that as your body processes alcohol, a transient toxic compound is produced that attacks DNA.

This DNA damage increases your risk for seven types of cancer, including breast and bowel cancer.

Exercise, like alcohol releases dopamine, a brain chemical associated with rewarding behaviors.

Experiencing this ‘feel good’ chemical from exercise, may reduce your desire for alcohol and may help those who are dependent to lessen their cravings.

Supplements such as vitamin C, vitamin B, magnesium, milk thistle and N-acetyl cysteine, may also reduce the negative effects of drinking small amounts of alcohol.

Knowing that alcohol’s impact on your body starts from the moment you take the first sip might make you want to rethink that glass of wine, beer or cocktail before dinner.

Remember you and your family can be as healthy as can be, and it’s never too soon to start receiving chiropractic care. Your best source for everything health is your chiropractor.  It’s never too early or late to see the team at Crossroads Chiropractic. Visit Sharpsburg Chiropractor, Crossroads Chiropractic regularly and make sure your nervous system is functioning 100%.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Chiropractic Approach to Ear Infections

ear infectionsIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, shares important information looking at new research supporting the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments in treating chronic ear infections in small children.

Ear infections (otitis media) are the most common illness affecting babies and young children at a rate of 10 million new cases every year.   Otitis media can be either bacterial or viral, and accounts for more than 35% of pediatric visits a year.

If you are a parent, you know how painful an ear infection can be for your child and in certain cases chronic ear infections can lead to some hearing loss.

Most cases of otitis media are treated with antibiotics, which do nothing to fight off viruses and according to many research studies, are often not much more effective than the body’s own immune system.

It is also known that repeated doses of antibiotics can lead to drug-resistant bacteria.

Surgery to implant ear tubes is another common practice when dealing with more severe cases of ear infections.

Although the treatment is effective in most cases, it requires a general anesthesia, which is never a minor thing for a small child.

More parents are considering chiropractic to help their children with chronic ear infections.

A New York chiropractor, published research showing chiropractic adjustments mobilize drainage of the ear, and without a buildup of fluid and infection.

As a  result children build up their own antibodies and recover more quickly.

Nearly 80% of her young patients treated were free of ear infections for at least six-months following their initial visits.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Lectins Good or Bad?

lectinsIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, shares important information looking at the pros and cons of eating foods rich in lectins.

Lectins are abundant in raw legumes and grains, but are also found in dairy products and certain vegetables.

Lectins in plants are a natural defense against microorganisms, pests, and insects.

We need to be aware that there are a few of these lectins that we should not be consuming.

For example, eating raw kidney beans, which contain very high levels of a particular form of lectin known as, phytohaemagglutin, may an lead to a form of lectin poisoning, leading to nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

The good news is that there are approximately only five bean sources that would cause this response and as humans, and typically we would not eat raw legumes.

Low doses of lectins may be beneficial by stimulating gut function, decreasing obesity and limiting tumor growth.

In 1963, researchers at Mass General discovered that the lectin in whole wheat could distinguish between cancer cells and normal cells, by clumping together the tumor cells, while the normal cells were left almost completely alone.

In a petri dish study, kidney bean lectin almost completely suppress the growth of human head and neck cancer cells, liver cancer cells, breast cancer cells, and cervical cancer cells, all within about three days.

In fighting colorectal cancer, researchers showed that the lectin in fava beans could take colon cancer cells, and turn them back into looking more like normal cells.

This might explain why dietary consumption of beans, split peas, chickpeas, and lentils appears to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, based on 14 studies involving nearly two million participants.

There is research indicating that by cooking or even fermenting these high lectin foods can decrease the levels of hazardous lectins to insignificant amounts, allowing us to safely consume these beneficial foods.

Eating an organic wholesome diet that includes grains and legumes will keep you on the path to good health and well being.

Remember your best source for everything health is your chiropractor.  It’s never too early or late to see the team at Crossroads Chiropractic. Visit Sharpsburg Chiropractor, Crossroads Chiropractic regularly and make sure your nervous system is functioning 100%.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Disc Herniation and Chiropractic Care

disc herniationIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, shares important information looking at at chiropractic spinal manipulation in treating patients with disc herniation.

Approximately 70-80% of all of us will suffer from some type of back pain during their life.

When low-back pain is accompanied with pain traveling down the, that is associated with a herniated intervertebral disc. This can be an incredably severe for of pain that can often lead to disability.

When you find yourself suffering from a herniated disc, you typically have two paths of treatment to decide between; you can go the surgical route, or the more conservative-non or less invasive route.

The conservative, non-less invasive care usually includes various medications, epidural steroid injections, rest, physical therapy, flexion/distraction therapy, and chiropractic spinal manipulation.

A study evaluated 148 patients (between ages of 18 and 65 years) with low-back pain, leg pain, and physical examination abnormalities with concordant lumbar disc herniations.

The treatment was a specific lumbar spinal manipulation dependent upon whether the disc herniation was intraforaminal or paramedian as seen on the magnetic resonance images and was performed by a doctor of chiropractic.

A large percentage of acute and importantly chronic lumbar disc herniation patients treated with chiropractic spinal manipulation reported clinically relevant improvement.

At 3 months, 90.5% of patients were “improved” with 88.0% “improved” at 1 year.

Although acute patients improved faster by 3 months, 81.8% of chronic patients reported “improvement” with 89.2% “improved” at 1 year.

There were no adverse events reported.

Remember your best source for everything health is your chiropractor.  It’s never too early or late to see the team at Crossroads Chiropractic. Visit Sharpsburg Chiropractor, Crossroads Chiropractic regularly and make sure your nervous system is functioning 100%.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – The Relationship Between Back Pain and Increased Mortality

back painIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, shares important information looking at research that confirms the link between back pain and increased mortality risk.

A 2016 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association estimated medical costs associated with back pain along with neck pain had increased by 65% between 1997 and 2005, to about $86 billion a year.

Research from the Faculty of Health Sciences reported older people with back pain have a 13% higher chance of dying prematurely.

This is a significant finding as many people think that back pain is not life–threatening.  We most often associate the cause of death to the last diagnosed illness , sickness or disease process prior to the death. We now know that long term pain can be considered a co-morbidity factor (along with others), that had previously not been considered.

Reports also determined medications to most likely not be effective and those with back pain that opt for surgery often find little no relief with possible poor outcomes as a result of that surgery.

So, you are probably asking yourself right now, what do you do if you have back or neck pain?

A study by Leeman, Peterson, Schmid, Anklin, and Humphrys, looked at patients with acute and chronic lumbar herniated disc pain under chiropractic care.

They found the patients reported 80% improvement at 2 weeks, 85% improvement at 1 month, and a 95% improvement at 3 months.

The study concluded that the patients stabilized at both the 6 month and 1 year marks following the onset of the original pain.

Another study by DeVocht, Pickar, & Wilder found through objective neurological testing that 87% of chiropractic patients with severe muscle spasms in the low back exhibited decreased spasms which prevented future problems and disabilities.

Chiropractic Care is a safe effective treatment for neck and back pain and one that may help decrease your chances of dying prematurely.

Remember your best source for everything health is your chiropractor.  It’s never too early or late to see the team at Crossroads Chiropractic. Visit Sharpsburg Chiropractor, Crossroads Chiropractic regularly and make sure your nervous system is functioning 100%.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Obesity linked to gut bacteria

In this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, shares important information looking at the link between gut bacteria and obesity.

The epidemic proportion of Americans (roughly 20% of children and teens & 70% of adults) who constantly battle the bulge and teter on or deal directly with obesity, we know the common causes for this unhealthy state usually compiles a life of an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise and possibly a genetic component. But now we have evidence that suggests that even though the factors we just mentioned are very important, it appears that our obesity epidemic may just be a result of some tiny microbes found living in our large intestines.

Since bacteria in your colon eats the same food that you do, what you eat determines which types of bacteria thrive there.

These bacteria determine how high your blood sugar rises after meals and how many calories you absorb from the food you eat.

A recent study of 84 children and teens showed the heavier participants had higher levels of gut bacteria that quickly convert carbohydrates into fats thus absorbing more calories from their food than the thinner children.

A review of several studies showed that eating a diet based on plant foods and restricting refined carbohydrates appeared to be a safe and effective way of changing colon bacteria to help control weight and high blood sugar.

Foods that encourage growth of the types of colon bacteria associated with obesity include sugared drinks, sugar-added foods, foods made from flour (ground whole grains) and all other refined carbohydrates.

By eating a diet of organic vegetables, fruits and seeds (beans, nuts and whole grains that have not been ground into flour) encourages the growth of bacteria that helps to prevent and treat obesity.

Remember your best source for everything health is your chiropractor.  It’s never too early or late to see the team at Crossroads Chiropractic. Visit Sharpsburg Chiropractor, Crossroads Chiropractic regularly and make sure your nervous system is functioning 100%.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Anxiety and Depression Relief the Alternative Solution

Anxiety and DepressionIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, shares important information looking at mental health benefits associated with chiropractic care.

Most people think of chiropractic care when treating back or neck pain from any number of causes.
What if that main cause of your pain isn’t physical but emotional?

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, depression will effects as many as 5% of all of us at some point in our lives, and of that percentage nearly half of those will also experience some type of anxiety disorder.

While many resort to prescription medication to manage their anxiety and depression, there is a growing number of people that are seeking a more natural, holistic approach to managing these conditions.

Our moods are controlled regulated by body chemistry. Our body chemistry is controlled regulated by our nervous system.

Chiropractic spinal adjustments that will correct pinched nerves actually have their greatest effect on regulating the brain and the nervous system.

According to The Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research 76% of patients that receive chiropractic care, reported experiencing an improvement in their overall mental/emotional health.

Additionally, these 76% also reported positive changes in stress and increased life enjoyment in the months after receiving chiropractic care.

Similar findings have also been reported in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Regular chiropractic adjustments have proven to decrease pain, depression and anxiety and allow for a mentally and physically healthier life.
Remember you and your family can be as healthy as can be, and it’s never too soon to start receiving chiropractic care.

Remember your best source for everything health is your chiropractor.  It’s never too early or late to see the team at Crossroads Chiropractic. Visit Sharpsburg Chiropractor, Crossroads Chiropractic regularly and make sure your nervous system is functioning 100%.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Natural Sore Throat Remedies

sore throatIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, shares important information looking at easy and natural remedies for ridding yourself of the dreaded sore throat.

Sore throats are a normal and common occurrence.

If you’re currently suffering from a bout of sore throat, there are numerous natural and easy-to-find remedies which can be just as effective as their pharmaceutical counterparts.

They also don’t pose any serious side effects on the overall health of the body.

Some of the options you can try are saltwater gargle, ginger, honey and lemon water, chamomile tea, fresh sage steeped in hot water, and turmeric powder steeped in hot water.

Another option that you can try is the use of essential oils to help improve your sore throat.

Essential oils can either be applied to your throat or inhaled through a diffuser.

Some of these oils include lavender oil, oregano oil, thyme oil, and peppermint oil.

If you have been suffering with a chronic sore throat, this may indicate a serious condition and is best checked by your health practitioner.

Remember your best source for everything health is your chiropractor.  It’s never too early or late to see the team at Crossroads Chiropractic. Visit Sharpsburg Chiropractor, Crossroads Chiropractic regularly and make sure your nervous system is functioning 100%.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Junk food and depression!

fast foodIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, shares important information looking at the teenage depression and the energy drink-junk food connection.

The rate of young people diagnosed with anxiety and depression has sky rocketed in the last few years and research is pointing at energy drinks and junk food as one of the major culprits.

New research by RMIT University in Melbourne found energy drinks and junk food to be not only bad for waistlines – but also for the teen brain, damaging their mental health.

According to the researchers, these products cripple developing brains with such an intense rush of dopamine hormones that they pose a ‘unique’ mental health risk to young people.

In addition, an additive used in energy drinks, taurine, can have adverse effects on learning and memory and increased alcohol consumption in females.

Disruptions in levels of taurine have also been reported in numerous studies of neurological disorders – including epilepsy and autism.

Teens need extra nutrients to support bone growth, hormonal changes, and organ and tissue development, including the brain.

A diet that includes organic fruits and vegetable combined with regular exercise is the perfect formula for healthy teenage years.

Remember your best source for everything health is your chiropractor.  It’s never too early or late to see the team at Crossroads Chiropractic. Visit Sharpsburg Chiropractor, Crossroads Chiropractic regularly and make sure your nervous system is functioning 100%.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – The Increasing Prevalence of Neck Pain in Children

Neck Pain in Children

In this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, shares important information looking at neck pain in children and the benefits of chiropractic care.

Neck pain in children is a significant health issue, with increasing prevalence as they age.

Two researchers analyzed 50 children with neck pain, ages ranging between 6 and 18 years old.

In recent years, our team at Crossroads Chiropractic sees many children and teens with significant neck pain. Between the issues that revolve around very heavy backpacks, to the constant use of technology, along with the increased level of athletic activity, neck pain has become a much more commonly seen condition we frequently treat in our office.

The neck pain was successfully managed by chiropractic care with significant improvement recorded in 96% of the patients and no serious adverse events were reported.

Spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment in managing pediatric mechanical neck pain resulting from day-to-day activities.

Remember your best source for everything health is your chiropractor.  It’s never too early or late to see the team at Crossroads Chiropractic. Visit Sharpsburg Chiropractor, Crossroads Chiropractic regularly and make sure your nervous system is functioning 100%.

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