Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Depression and the Immune System

depressionIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, takes a look at the possible connection between depression and a compromised immune system.

Treatments for depression mostly focus on brain chemicals such as serotonin; however, scientists now think inflammation, set off by an overactive immune system, may be the source of the problem.

This new finding opens up new opportunities for treatment of depression.

The research shows that about one-third of people with depression have higher levels of cytokines, proteins that control the way the immune system reacts, which could indicate inflammation in their brains.

Experimental medicine studies found that a notable percentage of healthy individuals treated with interferon, an inflammatory drug, became depressed.

One paramount outcome emerging from this research would be an understanding of the connection between the body and the mind leading to more effective treatments for depression.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – AMA Validates Chiropractic!

AMA Validates chiropracticIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, we ask the question, “Is the American Medical Association finally validating the benefits of chiropractic?”

Recently there was a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association or JAMA. That issue looked at how effective and/or harmful spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) is for acute low back pain.

The following conclusions were reached:
Spinal manipulative therapy provides “modest improvements” in both pain and function for up to 6 weeks
Compared to the most recent studies on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) alternatives, spinal manipulative therapy proved to offer the best results.

Published in the same issue was an editorial by Dr. Richard A. Deyo, MD, MPH, who has dedicated several decades to the study of spine care. 

In his editorial, Dr. Deyo made the following points:
-30% of patients with back or neck pain seek chiropractic care.
-59% of consumers surveyed by Consumer Reports were highly satisfied with chiropractic care compared to 55% for physical therapists and 34% for primary MDs.

Serious complications for low-back spinal manipulative therapy are very rare, while NSAIDs users commonly see renal and gastrointestinal adverse effects
Looking at the cost of drugs, surgery and their complications, chiropractic back pain patients had much lower overall treatment costs and fewer complications.

Although the American Medical Association (AMA) as an organization has not really validated chiropractic, its flagship journal’s recent articles has spoken loudly to AMA members and the world about one of the benefits of chiropractic care.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – How exercise helps to prevent heart attacks

prevent heart attacksIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, takes a look at growing evidence that exercise helps to prevent heart attacks.

In North America, an alarming 40 percent of all deaths are a result of heart disease.

A heart attack is caused by a sudden and complete obstruction of the blood flow to a part of the heart muscle.

This sudden obstruction is usually caused by the build up of plaque, which then breaks off. When it breaks off this blocks the blood flow which causes that part of the heart muscle to suddenly die, resulting in a heart attack.

Two recent studies revealed how exercise helps to prevent heart attacks.

The studies showed that competitive older endurance athletes may have more plaques in their arteries than non-exercisers, but they have the type of plaques that are far less likely to break off and cause heart attacks.

To help prevent or reduce plaque formation:
Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and restrict red meat, processed meats, sugar-added foods, all sugared drinks and fried foods.
Avoid being overweight.
Do not smoke.
Limit or avoid alcohol.
Exercise every day for at least a half hour a day.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Colon Cancer May Be Caused by Bacteria

colon cancerIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, takes a look at a specific bacteria in the human colon that may be responsible for colon cancer.

Researchers at Harvard University and the VHIO Cancer Institute in Barcelona recently reported that:
Colon cancer may be caused by a bacterium, common in human colons called Fusobacterium nucleatum.

Fusobacterium is found in large amounts in colon cancer tissue.

It travels with the colon cancer when it spreads to the liver, and is passed in tissue cultures.

What you eat determines which types of bacteria grow in your colon because the bacteria eat the same foods that you do.

This may explain why foods such as red meat, processed meats, sugar-added foods and fried foods are associated with increased risk for colon cancer.

The highest load of Fusarium lives in the right side of the colon.

Bacteria in the right side of your colon get all of their food from the same foods that you eat, while the bacteria in your left side get the left overs.

Right-side colon cancer is more common and more likely to kill you than left-side colon cancer.

By taking charge of your health, which includes a diet rich with organic fruits and vegetable, whole grains and lean protein, drinking water and daily exercise, you can lower your risk of getting cancer.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Are dairy products healthful or harmful?

Fermented DairyIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, takes a look at whether all dairy products are healthful or harmful.

Although we have been producing fermented dairy products like cheese and yogurt for thousands of years, there continues to be mixed opinions whether these dairy products are good or bad for you.

Currently there is support to suggest that the fermented dairy choices produce healthier products than traditional milk, which is loaded with sugar. These sugars, predominantly galactose produce inflammation. This inflammation damages cells and causes obesity. As the fermentation process destroys galactose, these cheeses and yogurts can lower your blood sugar as well as your insulin levels, which when elevated can lead to diabetes and or risks for heart attacks. These cheeses may also decrease your levels of the LDL(bad) cholesterol when compared to butter.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Should Children’s Tonsils Be Removed?

Tonsil removalIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, takes a look at the potential side affects from removing a child’s tonsils and adenoids.

Nearly 400,000 tonsil and adenoidectomies are performed by general surgeons every year in the North America.

Typically the procedure is done when a child is plagued by tonsillitis, inflamed adenoids, ear infections and sleeping issues commonly referred to as sleep apnea.

The procedure was thought to diminish the chronicity of the issues. But, instead what has been found is that the the tonsils and adenoids produce cells and cytokines that help the body kill germs naturally. Now, the accepted school of thought is that by removing them, you may actually be decreasing a child’s ability to fight respiratory infections as they become adults.

A Danish research study followed nearly 1.2 million children for up to 21 years with 5% having had their tonsils or adenoids removed by age 9.

They reported that:
• Children who had tonsil removal had 3 times the risk for upper respiratory tract diseases afterwards.
• Children who had their adenoids removed had double the risk for infections, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and eye infections.
Children who had both their tonsils and adenoids removed also had increased risk for allergies.

If you find that your child’s doctor is recommending a tonsil removal or adenoidectomy, we encourage you to engage them in a healthy conversation and go through the benefits or possible risks to make the best decision for your child and your family.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Which Fasting Model is Right for You?

fastingIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, takes a look at the health benefits and risks from fasting.

A recent study presented at the European Society of Endocrinology meeting found that three months of alternating 24-hours of fasting on one day and eating unrestricted food on the next day caused rats to eat less total food and lose total body fat, but the rats also developed signs of becoming diabetic.

The data showed that extended fasting periods increases free radical production that damages cells that can increase risk for diabetes.

Intermittent fasting, fasting for less than 24 hours, produces no cell damage and also works for weight loss.

After fasting for more than eight hours, you start to lose body fat because your body is forced to change temporarily from its main energy source of the sugar, glucose, to the fat in your body.

Alternate-day partial fasting has been shown in many studies to help people lose more weight than just restricting calories everyday.

Fasting overnight, by avoiding eating in the evening and overnight, is an effective way to lower high blood sugar levels, and high insulin levels, promote weight loss, and reduces your chances of heart attacks, strokes, and certain cancers.

If you are thinking about integrating fasting into your life, check with your doctor if you are diabetic, have low blood pressure, take medications, are underweight, have eating disorders, or are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breast-feeding an infant.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Chiropractic Adjustment Benefits

Chiropractic Adjustment BenefitsIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, takes a look at the top five therapeutic benefits of chiropractic adjustments.

Deciding on a chiropractor for your family is a very important decision when looking to find that natural approach to reaching the health goals for you and your family.

We have compiled the top five benefits of chiropractic care which is easily supported by many medical research studies, peer review journals and case studies.

1-Neck & Back Pain : A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction one month following treatment compared to patients treated by family physicians.

2-Sciatica: The European Spine Journal published findings from a clinical trial showing chiropractic adjustments resulted in a 72% success rate in treating sciatica-related symptoms compared to a 20% success rate from treatment with physical therapy, and a 50% success rate from corticosteroid injections.

3-Headaches (Tension and Migraine): Over 230 peer-reviewed referenced chiropractic’s ability to help cure, prevent and ease the burden of headaches and migraines in people around the world.

4-Colic, Acid Reflux and Ear Infections in Children:  A 2011 systematic review published in the journal Explore found that chiropractic adjustments helped greatly reduce colic symptoms.

5-Neurological Conditions: Current research being conducted via upright MRI scans is supporting how upper cervical adjustments affect various brain-based conditions.

One of the most greatest benefits of chiropractic care is that it is a drug-free path to healing the body naturally.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Can Exercise Really Keep You Young?

In this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, takes a look at what appears to be a link between regular exercise, described as 3 to 4 times per week and warding off the process of our aging bodies.

I’m sure that it’s not really surprising to you that recent studies show us that staying active as you age will keep us healthy, especially when it comes to our muscles and immune systems.

Unfortunately, when it is probably the most important time in our lives to stay active, as we reach middle age and beyond, we seem to stop exercise and even decrease activity.

Only about 10% of us beyond 65 have a regular exercise regieme. Because of this low percentage of activity, most of the analysis we use on aging is based on people that are sedentary. Therefore, do we really know what “normal” aging is?

The study follows a few dozens male and female weekend cyclists, ages of 55 and 79, cycling for decades, and still pedaled about 400 miles per month.

While most people’s muscle health and immune response worsen after middle age, with the effects accelerating decade by decade, the cyclists proved to have reflexes, memories, balance and metabolic profiles that more closely resembled those of 30-year-olds.

This is very convincing data that implies that staying active is one of the best ways to keep you physically and mentally young and healthy.

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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – How Much Water Should You Drink?

In this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, takes a look at figuring out how much water you should be drinking daily.

If you are someone who is conscious of getting their proper daily intake of fruits and vegetables, you may be getting as much as 4 cups of water directly from your diet.

That being said, let’s try and figure out how much water should you be taking in on a daily to maintain your health.

In an Adventist Health Study, involving 20,000 men and women, those drinking 5 or more glasses of water a day had about half the risk of dying from heart disease compared to those who drank 2 or fewer glasses daily.

What the study shows, is that it is believed that an adequate amount of daily water intake actually lowers your blood viscosity, which is how thick your blood is.

Accounting for diet, exercise and environmental factors agencies from Europe, the U.S. Institute of Medicine, and the World Health Organization conclude that you should be consuming 8-11 cups of water or 2.0 to 2.7 liters daily for women and 10-15 cups or 2.5 to 3.7 liters for men.

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