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Dr. Brad’s Weekly Health Update: The hazards of too much TV & pasta linked to weight loss

Is too much TV hazardous to your health

Is too much TV hazardous to your health?

Spending too much time watching TV may boost the risk of death from a blood clot in the lung. A study of more than 86,000 individuals found that the risk of dying from pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lung) increased 70% among those who watched 2.5 to 4.9 hours of TV each day when compared with those who watched less than 2.5 hours per day. Furthermore, the researchers found each additional two hours of television viewing time increased the risk of pulmonary embolism by 40%. Circulation, July 2016

Just a little exercise can help a woman’s heart.

A new study has found that women who exercise just 2.5 hours per week can reduce their risk for heart disease by up to 25%. Researchers analyzed data on more than 97,000 women and found that those who were the most physically active during their leisure time had a 25% lower risk for heart disease than the least active participants. The researchers add that exercise didn’t have to be strenuous – activity such as taking a brisk walk resulted in a lower risk of heart disease. Circulation, July 2016

GERD responds to chiropractic care.

A 37-year-old male with a two-year history of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and mid-back pain presented for chiropractic care. His treatment plan involved skilled spinal manipulation of the neck and mid-back over twelve visits spread out over 3.5 months. At the end of care, the patient reported a reduction in frequency of his GERD symptoms and was able to maintain a care-free diet while remaining asymptomatic. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, July 2016

Is pasta good for your diet?

Many people have shunned pasta in recent years because of concerns that it’s fattening. However, new research suggests that pasta, specifically noodles, may actually aid in weight loss. Italian researchers found that moderate pasta consumption appears to be linked to a lower incidence of both general and abdominal obesity. Lead researcher Dr. George Pounis writes, “We have seen that consumption of pasta, contrary to what many think, is not associated with an increase in body weight, rather the opposite.” Nutrition and Diabetes, July 2016

Despite repeated warnings, laundry detergent pods continue to pose a poisoning risk to young children.

A review of data on 36,000 American children treated for exposure to detergents revealed that children under the age of six accounted for 94% of laundry pod cases, and nearly three quarters of the children exposed to detergent from laundry pods were diagnosed with poisoning. Furthermore, researchers found hospital admission is four times higher among children exposed to detergent from laundry pods than those exposed to other types of detergent. Injury Prevention, July 2016

Our mission is to help our patients to live longer, healthier, happier, pain-free lives.

Yours in health,

Dr. Brad Butler, DC