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.

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 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.

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 – 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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Chiropractor Sharpsburg GA – Frozen Shoulder Syndrome

Frozen Shoulder SyndromeIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, takes a look at some research that in treating frozen shoulder syndrome, chiropractic adjustments may just give you the results you are looking for.

Frozen shoulder syndrome is a common condition, you may know someone or possibly experienced it yourself. It is often one of the more difficult shoulder conditions to diagnose and provide quality care that delivers good outcomes.

Frozen shoulder syndrome affects 2% to 5% of the general population and is said to be “a condition characterized by functional restriction of both active and passive shoulder motion.”

Typically seen in those ages 40 and 60, and is 3 to 7 times more prevalent in women than men.

Frozen shoulder syndrome may be the primary diagnosis if no history of causative factors can be determined, or a secondary when the syndrome appears to develop following a trauma or systemic condition such as diabetes, Parkinson disease, cardiovascular disease, thyroid disease, and stroke.

Conventional medical treatment of frozen shoulder syndrome is the prescribing of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, administering steroid injection or possibly shoulder surgery.

Care provided by physical therapists include moist heat, ultrasonography, passive stretching, and shoulder mobilization.

Patients may experience some relief when treated by these various methods, while others suffer from residual pain and reduced shoulder function even several years after treatment.

A study of 50 patients with frozen shoulder syndrome receiving chiropractic adjustments showed promising results.

Of the 50 patients, 16 showed 100% improvement, 25 showed 75% to 90% improvement, 8 showed 50% to 75% improvement, and 1 showed 0% to 50% improvement.

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 – Statin Drugs and Exercise

statin drugsIn this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, takes a look at statin drugs and their affect on your ability to exercise.

Statin drugs are prescribed when a patient needs to lower their cholesterol. By lowing cholesterol the goal is to reduce the risk for heart attacks and strokes.

But what recent studies show is that taking statins will limit your ability to exercise and if you compete in sports you may be finding that difficult.

Your muscles get their energy during exercise from the mitochondria of the muscle cells. Statins decrease the number and functions these cells thereby limiting your muscles performance and ability.

The study showed that 50% of the participating who were on long-term statin drugs appeared to tire more quickly during peak exercise because they had lost some of their ability to take in and use oxygen; which suggests that statins interfere with a person’s maximum ability to exercise long and hard, even in people who have no complaints.

Research supports that strict lifestyle changes including:

  • A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nut and seeds
  • Avoiding sugar added foods and drinks
  • Avoiding red meat, processed meats and refined grains
  • Daily exercise and avoiding smoking and alcohol can be as effective as statins in lowering high blood levels of the bad LDL cholesterol and reducing your risk for a heart attack.

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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.

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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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