Having a happy spouse appears to be good for your health. During a 6-year study, researchers asked nearly 2,000 couples about their happiness, health, and exercise levels. They found that people with happy spouses were much more likely to report better health during the study period. According to the findings, happy spouses were more likely to provide strong social support and were more likely to get their partners involved in healthy habits such as exercising, eating healthy, and getting adequate sleep. Principal investigator Dr. William Chopik adds, “This finding significantly broadens assumptions about the relationship between happiness and health, suggesting a unique social link.” Health Psychology, September 2016
Nut consumption associated with reduced signs of inflammation.
A new study of over 5,000 participants has revealed an association between greater nut intake and reduced levels of inflammation. Investigators found that those who consumed 5 or more servings of nuts per week had lower levels of biomarkers related to inflammation than those who seldom or never ate nuts. In addition, individuals who substituted 3 servings of red meat, processed meat, eggs, or refined grains per week with nuts had significantly lower levels of inflammatory biomarkers. Study author Dr. Ying Bao writes, “Population studies have consistently supported a protective role of nuts against cardiometabolic disorders such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, and we know that inflammation is a key process in the development of these diseases… Our new work suggests that nuts may exert their beneficial effects in part by reducing systemic inflammation.” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, July 2016
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a very common condition affecting approximately ten million Americans (2-4% of the population)—with a ratio of about four women to each man with the disease. Part of the diagnosis and treatment challenge is that many of the complaints associated with FM occur in ALL of us at some point, such as fatigue, generalized whole body aches/pains, non-restorative sleep, depression, anxiety, etc. So what is the difference between the FM sufferer and those without it? Let’s take a look!
Chiropractic: More Chiropractors, Less Opioids.
Based on data collected in 2011, a new study has found an association between both a higher per-capita supply of chiropractors and Medicare spending on chiropractic care and lower opioid prescription use among younger, disabled Medicare beneficiaries. Opioids are a type of narcotic pain medication that can have serious side effects and can lead to abuse and dependence. The finding suggests that chiropractic care may help reduce the need for this potentially dangerous class of medication. Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics, March 2016
Chiropractic: The UK Is Onboard with Chiropractic.
Researchers from the United Kingdom (UK) have concluded that chiropractic services are appropriate for private and government healthcare-referred patient groups and that chiropractic services should be considered when medical physicians make decisions concerning the referral of patients with musculoskeletal conditions. The conclusion was based on subjective outcomes concerning 8,222 patients, which revealed improvement in low back and neck pain during the course of chiropractic care. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, January 2016
Doctors of Chiropractic have been working with children since the early days of chiropractic over 100 years ago. Their reliable services have offered parents a safe option for natural health care. The founder of chiropractic, D.D. Palmer, D.C had this to say in 1910, “The principles of Chiropractic should be known and utilized in the growth of the infant and continue as a safeguard throughout life”. Truly, the importance of chiropractic care for the family was recognized and practiced since the onset of the profession.
Chiropractic: Smokers at Greater Risk for Sciatica.
A comprehensive literature search has identified smoking as a risk factor for sciatica, a condition often described as numbness or tingling in the leg that stems from dysfunction in the lower back. More specifically, investigators found current smokers are 1.46 times more likely to experience lumbar radicular pain or have clinically verified sciatica than those with no history of smoking. Though the risk is lower among former smokers, they are still 15% more likely to develop the condition than nonsmokers. The American Journal of Medicine, September 2015
Chiropractic: Highly Rated By Patients!
According to the American Chiropractic Association, “Chiropractic physicians are the highest-rated healthcare practitioners for low-back pain treatments with their patient-centered, whole-person approach that provides greater interaction and communication for appropriate diagnosis and developing more cost-effective treatment planning.” American Chiropractic Association, June 2014