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Weekly Health Update—Chiropractic: Can Neck Pain Affect Brain Activity?

Mental Attitude: Be Positive!
Young people with positive attitudes such as self-belief, aspiration, flexibility, and an appetite to learn were associated with less hyperactivity, fewer emotional problems, fewer problems with fellow pupils, greater inclination to help others, were happier, and slept better.
Think Forward, January 2014

Health Alert: Alarming Rate of Overweight and Obese in Developing Countries.
In the last three decades, the amount of overweight and obese people in developing countries has skyrocketed from 250 million to almost one billion people. In comparison, richer nations have seen a rise from 200 million to 600 million overweight and obese people over the same period of time. Dr. Steve Wiggin explains, “On current trends, globally, we will see a huge increase in the number of people suffering certain types of cancer, diabetes, strokes and heart attacks, putting an enormous burden on public healthcare systems.”
Overseas Development Institute, January 2014

Diet: Vitamin E.
A study involving 140 elderly men and women found that those with higher levels of vitamin E in their bodies were less likely to suffer from cognitive decline. Foods rich in vitamin E include spinach, almonds, sunflower seeds, avocados, shrimp, rainbow trout, olive oil, broccoli, and pumpkin.
Experimental Gerontology, January 2014

Exercise: As Effective as Medications.
Doctors from the Stanford University School of Medicine reviewed the results of 305 studies involving over 300,000 patients and have determined that exercise may be as effective as medication in preventing early death in people who’ve had heart attacks or strokes. Furthermore, regular exercise lowers the risk of early death, helps one stay lean, and reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, some cancers, and cognitive decline. Despite this information, only 21% of American adults meet the government’s recommendations for exercise: 150 minutes per week of moderately intense aerobic activity and muscle strengthening activities two days a week that work all the major muscle groups.
British Medical Journal, January 2014

Chiropractic: Can Neck Pain Affect Brain Activity?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation measurements taken on chronic neck pain patients both before and after spinal manipulation showed that manipulation improved cerebellar motor processing in their brains. The cerebellum is the part of the brain that plays an important role in fine-tuning the body’s movements.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, October 2013

Wellness/Prevention: Decreasing Cancer Risk.
Over an 8-year study period, postmenopausal women who closely followed the American Cancer Society’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Cancer Prevention Guidelines had a 17% lower cancer risk, a 20% lower risk of cancer-related death, and a 27% lower risk of death from all causes. According to lead author Dr. Cynthia Thomson, “The message is simple and clear: If you want to reduce your risk for cancer, even later in life, eat a healthy diet, be active daily, avoid or limit alcohol, and don’t smoke.”
US National Institutes of Health, January 2014