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January 2010 Health Newsletter

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» Chiropractic Care Helpful For Dizziness, Neck Pain and Balance
» Puffing Your Way To Low Back Pain
» Brigadier Gen. Becky Halstead Touts Benefits of Chiropractic
» Junk Food Ads Galore On Kid Websites

Chiropractic Care Helpful For Dizziness, Neck Pain and Balance

New research suggests chiropractic care may provide benefits to a number of those suffering from dizziness and balance related problems in addition to neck pain. Dizziness and balance problems can often originate in the cervical (neck) region. Through specific, safe and skillfully applied chiropractic adjustments, treating the cervical region may clear up reported dizziness and balance problems. In the study, researchers found "clinically meaningful change" in subjects who initially reported suffering from dizziness, neck pain and balance problems, and, who subsequently received 8 weeks of chiropractic care. Researchers concluded, "Most patients demonstrated improved balance, and some showed reduced dizziness and neck pain." If you are suffering from neck/back pain, and/or dizziness and balance problems, consider trying safe, natural and effective chiropractic care today!


Source: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. Vol 8, Issue 4; December 2009.
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Puffing Your Way To Low Back Pain

With low back pain affecting 8 in 10 adults, Finnish researchers recently set out to examine existing research and determine if smoking really was associated with an increase in low back pain. The researchers reviewed more than 80 studies from around the world conducted between 1966 and 2009. While they were unable to clearly say that smoking leads to low back pain, they did find that smokers are at a 31 percent increased risk for low back pain as compared with nonsmokers. The strongest association with smoking was with those suffering from chronic and disabling low back pain. Additionally, researchers found that adolescent smokers were more vulnerable to the effects of smoking than were adults. If you're a smoker, both we and your back urge you to quit now!

Source: The American Journal of Medicine, January 2010.
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Brigadier Gen. Becky Halstead Touts Benefits of Chiropractic

"Chiropractic care provided me with a better quality of life," stated Brigadier General Becky Halstead (Ret.) at the opening session of the 2009 Chiropractic Symposium and Expo (CSE), which took place Oct. 30 – Nov. 1 in St. Louis, Mo.

CSE 2009, a new educational event offered by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and its specialty councils featured a variety of lectures and symposia on popular chiropractic specialties such as sports injuries and physical fitness, chiropractic pediatrics, occupational health, diagnosis and internal disorders, and chiropractic forensics.

Gen. Halstead spoke to a crowd of about 250 doctors of chiropractic, sharing her personal story of how chiropractic care helped her recover from debilitating chronic fibromyalgia, and why she believes the benefits of chiropractic care should be extended to all members of the military.

"I believe in the service that chiropractic care gave me after I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. It provided me with an overall wellness," she said. "And I believe in the importance of providing access to chiropractic care for military servicemen and women. The conditions our military endures can cause serious musculoskeletal pain and misalignments of the spine. Chiropractic can alleviate back injuries, headaches and the stress often associated with the strain of the gear and the conditions endured every day."

Gen. Halstead recalled how she learned that chiropractic care enables patients to take an active role in their recovery and ongoing health. She also underscored the importance of working together to expand its availability. "Traditional medicine did not work for me…doctors of chiropractic not only allow but strongly encourage the patient to be part of the solution for their wellness," she said.

"General Halstead offers instant credibility as a chiropractic spokesperson and was very well received by attendees of the ACA Symposium," said ACA President Rick McMichael, DC. "It was great to have her with us for this event."

Gen. Halstead served 27 years in the U.S. Army. She was the first female graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to obtain the rank of general, and she was the first female general to command troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, Halstead is a spokesperson for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress and serves as executive director for leader development with the Praevius Group, a Virginia-based consultancy focused on the innovative fusion of leadership development and technology.

ACA, based in Arlington, Va., is the largest chiropractic organization in the United States. The association provides lobbying, public relations, professional and educational opportunities for doctors of chiropractic, funds research, and offers leadership for the advancement of the profession. ACA promotes the highest standards of ethics and patient care, contributing to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients.

Author: American Chiropractic Association.
Source: American Chiropractic Association. November 3, 2009.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association. 2009

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Junk Food Ads Galore On Kid Websites

If you're a parent of a child, you may be shocked to learn that researchers have found of the 28 most frequented children websites, 49 of the 77 food product advertisements found in a recent viewing met experts' criteria for "foods to avoid." This included advertisements for sodas, candies, sugar-rich cereals as well as fast food restaurants. Another 23 fell into a neutral category as they weren't considered junk foods but also weren't nutritional enough for their consumption to be encouraged. The five remaining food ads were foods that children are encouraged to eat and included pure fruit juice, milk and oatmeal. TV ads have long since been under fire for marketing junk food to children and teens and it now appears the web could be far worse. Many food companies have started utilizing "advergames" to increase traffic and further promote their products to children and teens. Advergames are online games often incorporating the companies' products in order to further influence their eating choices. Parents must pay extra special attention to their child's online activity and beware of the consequences of allowing children to visit even seemingly acceptable and safe child-related websites.

Source: American Journal of Public Health, November 2009.
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