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Dr. Brad’s Weekly Health Update: Keeping Indoor Air Clean

Keeping Indoor Air Clean

The air in your home can contain allergens that can lead to sneezing, coughing, and itchy eyes among allergy sufferers. To clean the air inside your house, the Mayo Clinic suggests the following: close the windows and run the air conditioning on days when there’s a lot of pollen outside; use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter on your forced air heating and cooling systems (and remember to change it regularly); run a dehumidifier; and vacuum your floors frequently. Mayo Clinic, April 2017

Plant Protein Appears to Protect Against Type 2 Diabetes

University of Eastern Finland researchers have released a new study that adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting that the source of dietary protein can play a role in one’s risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers analyzed the diets of 2,332 men between the ages of 42 and 60 and followed them for nearly 20 years. They discovered that individuals with a greater intake of plant-based proteins had a 35% lower risk for type 2 diabetes than those whose primary protein source came from animals. British Journal of Nutrition, April 2017

Nurses Often Suffer from Back Pain

Nurses are often required to transfer patients during a typical work shift, an activity which can place a large amount of load and shear forces on the lumbar spine. Among a sample of 243 randomly selected nurses who regularly transfer patients, nearly 70% experienced an episode of lower back pain during the previous year. The researchers report that age, working hours per week, work experience, BMI, and shift-work are all factors associated with an increased risk of developing back pain. The findings reveal the need for ergonomic interventions to aid in the reduction of low back pain among nurses. Work, April 2017

Exercise Helps Ease Arthritis…

Patients with various forms of arthritis and other rheumatic diseases who engage in regular aerobic and resistance exercise may experience reductions in inflammation and joint damage, as well as improvements in their disease-related symptoms. British Journal of Sports Medicine, April 2017

Reduction of Labor & Delivery Time with Chiropractic Care?

A recent case study compared the labor and delivery duration of a pregnant patient who did not receive chiropractic care during her first pregnancy but did receive chiropractic care throughout her second pregnancy. This 28-year-old female initially presented for tailbone pain that began after the birth of her first child, which involved a long and difficult labor and delivery. During her course of chiropractic care, she became pregnant with her second child and continued to receive treatment up until her delivery. She reported that her second birth experience was both shorter and easier than the first. This case study suggests that chiropractic care during pregnancy can have beneficial effects on the birthing process. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic, April 2017

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

Yours in health,

Dr. Brad Butler, DC