Abnormal Cervical Spine Curvatures May Increase Loads on Your Spine by 6-10 Times; Accelerating the Development of Spinal Arthritis and Disc Disease
This study highlights how we cant judge our health by how much we weight. If you are “skinny” it doesn’t mean you are healthy. But, it’s not en excuse to be overweight. The goal is to be healthy and that almost always results in being a healthy weight. Focus on eating well and exercise and your weight will follow. -Dr. A
The proportion of adults who were normal weight at the time of incident diabetes ranged from 9% to 21% (overall 12%). During follow-up, 449 participants died: 178 from cardiovascular causes and 253 from noncardiovascular causes (18 were not classified). The rates of total, cardiovascular, and noncardiovascular mortality were higher in normal-weight participants
Think yourself happy!
Is becoming happier as easy as trying to become happier? The latest research by two US academics suggests it might be.
In the first study, two sets of participants listened to ‘happy’ music. Those who actively tried to feel happier reported the highest level of positive mood afterwards. In the second study, participants listened to a range of ‘positive’ music over a two-week period; those who were instructed to focus on improving their happiness experienced a greater increase in happiness than those who were told just to focus on the music.
What seems to have made one group so much happier than the other in their respective studies was a combination of actively trying to become happier and using the right methods – in this case, listening to happy music.
Ferguson and Sheldon’s important findings challenge earlier studies suggesting that actually trying to become happier was, in fact, counterproductive. “[Our] results suggest that without trying, individuals may not experience higher positive changes in their well-being,” they write. “Thus, practitioners and individuals interested in happiness interventions might consider the motivational mindset as an important facet of improving well-being.”
And that’s definitely something worth thinking about.
Living a healthful lifestyle is not rocket science. In fact, you know what you should be doing right now. (Put down the donut). Why is it that we so often fail in making good choices in our health? One possibility it we set ourselves up for failure.
Here’s the typical scenario. Billy wants to start exercising. He starts going to the gym 6 days a week for 45 minutes. This lasts 2 weeks then he misses a day. He feels bad about it but tries harder. After a month he is back to his couch potato ways, never to darken the door of a gym again. He failed.
Billy set himself up for failure. He was unrealistic about his abilities and most of all his willpower.
Psychologist and lead researcher Loran Nordgren, PhD, of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management says “The key is simply to avoid any situation where vices and other weaknesses thrive and, most importantly, for individuals to keep a humble view of their willpower.”
Keeping a humble view of willpower is key. Make realistic goals. Maybe plan to exercise twice a week for 12 weeks, then increase. Set yourself up for success then build on it. When it comes to diet, try to focus on one thing first. Maybe you need to cut soda, or eat 1 extra serving of fruit a day. Give yourself a time frame and celebrate when you make your goal. Then set another one.
Keep it real and you will succeed.
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Tell your legislators: chiropractic reduces health care costs, and a growing body of evidence is proving it
By Peter W. Crownfield, Executive Editor
Only weeks after the release of a Wellmark pilot study that suggests chiropractic reduces both costs and need for surgery, Milliman USA has released findings from “An Actuarial Analysis of the Impact of Chiropractic Care on the Costs of Medical Care for Patients With Common Spinal Diagnoses,” a previously confidential report that adds to the evidence linking use of chiropractic services with significant cost savings.
Milliman USA was retained by Triad Healthcare, Inc.
– which administered the chiropractic program for the Wellmark study – to “conduct an actuarial analysis of the cost of medical care for commercially insured (non-Medicare) patients with certain common diagnoses.” The analysis was intended to address the following question: ‘Does inclusion of chiropractic benefits in a health plan change the total costs of health care for individuals with certain diagnoses, and if so, in what direction and by how much?'”
To answer that question, Milliman analyzed two data sets: one representing approximately 1.9 million member months of claims data (1996-1998) for patients with common spinal diagnoses, and a second featuring 1998 claims data only, representing 665,000 member months. Spinal diagnoses were determined by the ICD-9 code included in the patient data. The first data set came from the MEDSTAT MarketScan Research Database, representing inpatient and outpatient health care utilization by patients nationwide who are covered by the benefit plans of large employers; the second comprised claims data from 14 managed care plans throughout the U.S. provided by a physician-profiling vendor.
According to the executive summary of the report, “[T]he two analyses indicate that spinal patients who seek chiropractic coverage have materially lower health care costs than those who do not. The difference is consistent in all years and between the two data sets. The difference range from 10% to 23% lower costs for those patients who sought [chiropractic] care.”
Specifically, total costs per member, per month for patients who sought chiropractic care in 1996, 1997 and 1998 (the first data set) were $178.86, $183.41 and $197.42, respectively, compared with total costs of $231.21, $220.45 and $242.75 for patients who did not seek chiropractic care. Analysis of the second data set showed a similar trend: In 1998, per-member, per-month costs for patients who sought chiropractic care were $213.83 vs. $236.27 for patients not seeking care.
The report then projects these cost savings to a 1 million member population with an assumed incidence of “common spinal diagnoses” of 6 percent and an assumed 50/50 ratio of members seeking chiropractic care vs. those not seeking care, and an assumed per-member, per-month cost savings of $40, leading to a total monthly savings of $1.2 million. Doing a little projecting of our own, that’s a total annual savings of $14.4 million when a mere 1 million spinal patients utilize chiropractic care.
If you can stand up or walk, or move your arm, or breath, you are a candidate for an exercise program. I believe that anyone can exercise. In my 12 years of patient care I have never heard an acceptable excuse. Don’t tell me you are too tired. I don’t want to hear about how it hurts. Whatever your problem save it. (Cue little violins…)
You can exercise. If you can contract any muscle, you can exercise. If you are bed ridden and can only move your eyes, you can exercise. You see, exercise is simply taking the function that you do have and using it. Then pushing the limits to improve that function.
If it is painful for you to walk because you have been carrying a lot of extra weight. There’s good news…fat floats. You can walk in a pool.
A nice little study came out this week about exercise. Researchers studied fifty-seven physically inactive, overweight, and obese men with an average age of 44. These guys were randomly assigned to exercise three times per week for 12 weeks on either a treadmill or in a pool. Body composition was measured and there was absolutely no difference between the two groups.
So throw off the excuses and move your body.
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I just read this great blogpost about cognitive skills and walking. This one takes a different direction, literally. Wray Herbert talks about brain function and the difference between walking forward as compared to walking backwards.
Researchers had a few volunteers walk some steps forward then they took a cognitive test. They walked left and took the test. This was repeated to the right, then backwards. The researchers concluded the following:
Those who had walked just a few steps backward were far more focused and attentive than were any of the others. That is, their physical retreat triggered increased mental control—presumably because of the ancient link between threat and vigilance. Confronted with a problem or difficulty, it made be advisable to take a step back and think about the situation—literally.
When I was in school I loved use techniques to help me assimilate information. I learned that drinking coffee an hour before a test helped with recall, I never missed a cup. Taking frequent breaks while studying helps process the info, I was the king of breaks. Now I learn that I should walk backwards when I need more brain power.
So if you see me walking backwards one day — I’m not crazy — just trying to get my brain to work.
Our bodies were made to move. Here is another story about the benefits of exercise, this time with sugar regulation, the great thing is the effects were seen after one week. Diabetics (or those who are on their way) have take note. – Dr. A
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Sedentary older people at risk of developing diabetes showed significant improvement in the function of their insulin-making beta cells after just one week of exercise, University of Michigan researchers found.
Beta cell function is known to decline with age, although it is not clear why, Drs. Cathie J. Bloem and Annette M. Chang explain in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
As people age, they may also become less sensitive to the blood sugar-regulating effects of insulin and develop impaired insulin secretion, the researchers add. And while short-term exercise boosts insulin sensitivity, it has not been clear how it might affect beta cell function.
To investigate, Bloem and Chang had 12 sedentary individuals aged 60 and older perform an hour-long workout every day for a week. The exercise sessions, consisting of stints on a treadmill, exercise bike and cross-training machine, required study participants to work out at 60 percent to 70 percent of their maximum heart rate capacity.
After the exercise period, study participants’ sensitivity to insulin had increased by 53 percent, on average, while a measure of beta cell function called the disposition index had risen by 28 percent. However there were no changes in their fat mass, levels of fat in the blood, or other factors that might explain the effect of exercise on beta cells.
“Longer-term exercise training studies are required and are currently in progress to evaluate further exercise training effects on beta cell function in age-related glucose intolerance,” the researchers note.
SOURCE: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, February 2008.