Krebs, et al., compared opioid vs. non-opioid medications over 12 months. Two hundred-forty patients with moderate to severe chronic low back pain, or hip or knee osteoarthritis pain, participated. Opioids and non-opioids both reduced pain from baseline pain intensity scores; but opioids failed to provide better pain relief than non-opioids at three, six, nine, and 12 months.
Interestingly, other medications are not better options than opioids. According to a systematic review published in Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers found little to no benefit for NSAIDs, antidepressants, muscle relaxants, acetaminophen or anticonvulsants in patients with chronic low back pain.
When we’re talking about food sensitivity or intolerance, we’re looking at the IgG portion of the immune system, which is the delayed immune response (up to 72 hours after eating). Without finding these culprits, damage to the gut is repeated – meal after meal – and this establishes an environment ideal for weight gain, inflammation, and chronic disease and dysfunction.
What Else Can Food Sensitivities Cause?
The most common symptoms we see (in addition to weight loss) on a daily basis for which we’d recommend food testing are:
Digestive challenges or IBS
Muscle pain, joint pain, and inflammation
Anxiety, depression, and mood swings
Skin issues (eczema, psoriasis, acne, etc.)
Runny nose or excess mucus
Low thyroid (i.e. Hashimoto’s) or other autoimmune conditions
The brain’s neural activity – long implicated in disorders ranging from dementia to epilepsy – also plays a role in human aging and life span, according to research led by scientists in the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School.
The study, published Oct. 16 in Nature, is based on findings from human brains, mice and worms and suggests that excessive activity in the brain is linked to short life spans, while suppressing such overactivity extends life.
It’s not yet clear whether or how a person’s thoughts affect their longevity, but the findings offer the first evidence that the activity of the nervous system affects human longevity.
As seen in Chiropractic Economics November 29, 2019 pg 8
Check out more by visiting ChiroEco.com/neural-aging
May people struggle to keep their weight in check as they get older. Now new research at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden has uncovered why that is:: Lipid turnover in the fat tissue decreases during aging and makes it easier to gain weight, even if we don’t eat more or exercise less than before. The study is published in the journal Nature Medicine.
– Science Daily, sciencedaily.com. To read more go to chiroeco.com/gaining-weight
Studies area showing that migraines are significantly reduced by chiropractic care – the lone non-drug care to impact the debilitating condition to a high degree. Migraine headaches involve severe, stabbing or throbbing pain that can be incapacitating for anywhere from four to 72 hours. These headaches affect 39 million U.S. adults and children, and 1 billion people worldwide.
A study published in April in the journal Headache performed a meta-analysis on six small studies, which covered 677 patients, 75% of whom were female. In pooling findings across six studies, the researchers found that spinal manipulation reduced migraine days and pain/intensity.
– Tina Beychok, To read more go to chiroeco.com/migraines-chiropractic
This extremely potent antioxidant is the darling of the natural medicine world when it comes to inflammatory defense. Known for its unparalleled ability to stop the free radical cascades in the body that can lead to inflammation, curcumin also has the ability to enhance the beneficial effects of chemotherapy.
Yes, the “sunshine vitamin” can do much more than keep your spirits up. Studies show it may prevent or slow the growth of some types of cancers, including breast, prostate, colon, and even pancreatic cancer. Vitamin D is unique in the way that it acts like a hormone in the body, helping to build healthy bones and regulate immune, muscle, and nervous system function.
While exercise and a balanced diet are vital for healthy aging, owning a pet can be just as important to good health later in life. According to new data from the National Poll on Healthy Aging, more than three-quarters of pet owners aged 50 to 80 said their animals reduce stress and two-thirds said their pets help them be physically active. Even more impressive was that for individuals who described their health as fair or poor, owning a pet seemed to provide greater benefits. Over 70 percent of these older adults claimed that their pet helps them manage physical or emotional symptoms – and 46 percent said their pets help take their mind off of pain.
Obesity continues to be a growing problem in the U.S. – a problem that can lead to a host of health issues, including an enhanced risk of developing colorectal cancer. One factor propelling the rise in obesity rates is the use of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). New findings show that a specific enzyme in tumors (ketohexokinase) converts HFCS into fructose-1-phosphate, a compound that works to modify tumor cell metabolism and increases tumor growth, even in those who aren’t obese. This may explain why an increased intake of HFCS over the past few decades has corresponded with elevated rates of colorectal cancer in the U.S.
Goncalves MD. High-fructose corn syrup enhances intestinal tumor growth in mice. Science. 22Mar2019: Vol.363, Issue 6433, pp. 1345-1349. DOI 10.1126/science.aat8515.
Most Americans aren’t getting enough magnesium – and that’s a problem since individuals with intakes below the recommended daily allowance are 40 percent more likely to have elevated C-reactive protein (CRP) levels than people getting enough of this vital mineral. Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina have found that CRP can trigger acute inflammation, which is a significant risk factor for heart disease. The good news is that this research also shows it doesn’t seem to matter if your magnesium comes from natural food sources like spinach, tuna, nuts, and seeds, or from supplements. If you do supplement, look for the glycinate form of the mineral to maximize absorption and minimize gastrointestinal issues.
King DE. Dietary magnesium and C-reactive protein levels. J Am Coll Nutr. 2005 Jun;24(3):166-71.
Going nuts for nuts could be the answer for better cognitive health in older people. According to a new study from the University of South Australia, eating 10 grams (about a hefty handful) of nuts each day was positively correlated with enhanced mental capacity, including improved thinking, reasoning, and memory. The research published in The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging suggests that older adults could elevate their cognitive function by up to 60 percent, compared to those not eating nuts – a welcome sign for those prone to diseases like Alzheimer’s. Not only can nuts boost brain performance, they are also packed with healthy fats, protein, and fiber, making them the perfect snack to keep you healthy and satiated.
Ming, L. A Prospective Association of Nut Consumption with Cognitive Function in Chinese Adults Aged 55+, China Health and Nutrition Survey. The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging. Feb. 2019, Vol. 2, Issue 2, pp 211-216.
Last month new opioid news broke when investigative reporters unearthed that the Drug Enforcement Agency maintains a database that tracks every pill sold in the U.S., and that drug companies pushed 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills from 2006-2012 at the height of the opioid epidemic. That’s enough to supply every person in the U.S. with 36 opioid pills.
As it was reported earlier this year, chiropractic care for musculoskeletal pain is associated with a significant reduction in opioid prescriptions, with patients 49% less likely to receive an opioid prescription after receiving chiropractic care, according to a co-meta-analysis and systematic review by Connecticut Health Care System and the Yale Center for Medical Informatics of the Yale School of Medicine.
As seen in Chiropractic Economics’ Letter from the Editor August 16, 2019 to read more, go to chiroeco.com