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Pesticides: What You Should Know and How to Protect Yourself

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Pesticides: What You Should Know and How to Protect Yourself

The first thing you should know about pesticides is that they are all-pervasive. The manufacturing and marketing of pesticides is a global industry that generates over $45 billion per year in revenue. More than one billion pounds of them are sprayed annually onto edible crops in the United States alone. And because worldwide demand for food is escalating, so is the use of pesticides, at a rate of almost 3% per year. The second thing to know – and the more important – is that pesticides are poisons. Most chemical pesticides are neurotoxins,...

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Brain Health

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Brain Health

Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are deemed “essential” because they fall into a category of nutrients that the body needs, but cannot synthesize in sufficient quantities by itself. They must be consumed in our foods or in the form of supplements so the body receives enough omega-3 to meet its needs. Recent research is indicating that, in addition to the well-known benefits of omega-3 fatty acids for the cardiovascular system and other organs, they’re pretty essential in keeping our brains healthy...

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Does Having Young Children Really Build Your Immune System?

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Does Having Young Children Really Build Your Immune System?

Maybe it’s just wishful thinking, but many moms and dads believe that having a young child or two around the house boosts their immune system.  It’s easy to see why this idea has some popular appeal.  After all, young children typically have lots of contact with other young children, often in environments where lots of germs can be spread. They then bring these same germs home, where parents’ immune systems need to fight them off over a sustained period of time. The thinking goes that this, in turn, helps make parents more resistant to them....

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What is “Inversion Therapy”?

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

What is “Inversion Therapy”?

Severe back pain can be debilitating, greatly limiting freedom of movement and enjoyment of life. Spinal vertebrae may sometimes become misaligned, causing nerves to become compressed. Because nerves are the body’s channels of communication, compression or pinching interferes with the body’s signaling, leading to pain and occasionally incorrect function. Sitting or standing places pressure on the vertebrae as they support the upper body. By inverting the body, the pressure is reversed, sometimes leading to relief of symptoms. Such...

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Chiropractic Care at the Cleveland Clinic

Posted by on Mar 23, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Chiropractic Care at the Cleveland Clinic

The integration of chiropractic medicine with mainstream healthcare is in the news everywhere these days, including at the Olympic Games in Sochi, where Doctors of Chiropractic were an integral part of the medical teams supporting many nations’ athletes. Chiropractic medicine has also been integrated into the regular services provided by such prestigious medical organizations as the Mayo Clinic, and is covered by numerous medical insurance providers in the US and elsewhere in the world. But few hospitals or clinics display the degree of...

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What Are “Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers” and When Are They Useful?

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

What Are “Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers” and When Are They Useful?

Spinal pelvic stabilizers are a specialized form of orthotics worn in your shoes to help treat posture, balance, and spinal alignment problems. Unlike more general orthotics made to treat conditions such as overpronation, spinal pelvic stabilizers are designed to support all three of the arches of the foot that support your body and give it more stability when standing or walking.   Why would chiropractors treat my back and posture problems with inserts for my shoes? Although it may seem counter-intuitive, this form of treatment actually...

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What Is “Crepitus”?

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

What Is “Crepitus”?

If your first thought when you saw the title of this article was, “Well, that word sounds a lot like “decrepit,”   you’re actually (sort of) on the right track. Crepitus is a medical term that is used to describe the popping, cracking, grating, or “creaky” sounds that sometimes occur when you move joints such as your knees, elbows, wrists, or ankles. The sounds are most often caused by the presence of air in the closed subcutaneous tissues surrounding the joints. They can also be caused by the rubbing together of two...

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Building a Better “Body Weight Workout”

Posted by on Mar 16, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Building a Better “Body Weight Workout”

If you’re not familiar with body weight exercising, you should be. No gym membership? No equipment? No time to travel to a place that has all the equipment? No problem!  With a body weight program, you don’t need equipment or time to travel. All you need is enough floor space to do some simple exercises, using your body weight to provide resistance for your muscles. There are many advantages to a body weight workout program: It doesn’t cost anything It’s flexible and varied You can do the exercises just about everywhere It...

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Alcohol and Musculoskeletal Health

Posted by on Mar 15, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Alcohol and Musculoskeletal Health

If you have ever broken or fractured a bone, you know how painful it can be. You know, too, that it can take a long time to heal. One thing you may not be aware of, however, is that alcohol can affect the rate at which broken bones heal. A new study completed in 2013 by scientists at Loyola University Medical Center shows why alcohol can adversely affect bone healing. Researchers discovered that excessive alcohol can stop a key protein from enlisting the help of stem cells required to form the cartilage needed for bone repair. Normally,...

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What is “Evidence-Based Medicine”?

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

What is “Evidence-Based Medicine”?

When patients go to a doctor, they want the best possible diagnosis and treatment. But how does that doctor know exactly what to do in any particular circumstance? Medical school (of course) is the first part of the answer to this question. Clinical experience is the second part. This combination of formal training and day-to-day practice is what helps a physician to build the expertise and judgment they need to be good at their work. However, even the very best education and most extensive professional experience cannot prepare a doctor...

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