Scientists Pinpoint Neural Activity's Role in Human Longevity

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

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Active Aging

98 Million

Projected 65+ population in the U.S. by 2060, which would be more than double that of 2014

86% of Men
79% of Women

Americans over age 70 who do not meet vegetable intake recommendations

80%

Approximate number of older adults who suffer from a chronic disease, 77% of whom have two or more

19 Minutes

As the results of a fall, an older American dies every 19 minutes in the U.S.

61%

Seniors surveyed who are ‘satisfied with their lives’

to see more check out Chiropractic Economics, Nov 11, 19 or go to chiroeco.com

Why People Gain Weight as They Get Older

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

Chiropractic Care for Migraines

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

Curcumin

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.

Vitamin B

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.

A Purr-fect Solution for Healthy Aging

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.

Janevic M. How pets contribute to healthy aging. University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging. April 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/148428.

HFCS & U

Biofuel or Corn Syrup, gasoline, energy, environmentalist

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.

Magnesium

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.

Go Nuts for Better Brain Function

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.

Pill-ions of Opioids

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

Link Between Sugary Drinks and Cancer

A study recently published by The BMJ reports a possible association between higher consumption of sugary drinks and an increased risk of cancer. While cautious interpretation is needed, the findings add to a growing body of evidence indicating that limiting sugary drink consumption, together with taxation and marketing restrictions, might contribute to a reduction in cancer cases.

The results show that a 100-mL-per-day increase in consumption of sugary drinks was associated with an 18% increased risk of overall cancer and a 22% increased risk of breast cancer. These results need replication in other large-scale studies, say the authors.

-Science Daily, sciencedaily.com
Read more: ChiroEco.com/sugarandcancer

Natural Medicine by the Numbers

70-80%

The rate by which French grape seed extract reduces the number of live cancer cells.

Source: Toden S, Goel, A. Oligomeric proanthocyanidins inhibit Hippo-YAP pathway and prevent colorectal cancer stem cell formation

$18 Billion

Total alternative health care industry revenue in 2018.

Source: Alternative Healthcare Providers Industry in the U.S. Market Research Report, IDISWorld, 2019

$800 Out of Pocket

What a typical American adult spent on dietary supplements and visits to alternative medicine providers in 2012.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Women age 30-69

The primary users of alternative health care and medicine in the U.S.

Source: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Americans are Eating 80% Ultra-Processed Foods

According to a new Northwestern Medicine study, Americans are overexposed to products that are high in energy, saturated fat, sugar and salt. This study reports the United States packaged food and beverage supply in 2018 was ultra-processed and generally unhealthy.

About 80% of Americans’ total calorie consumption comes from store-bought foods and beverages (packaged and unpackaged), the food and beverage supply plays a central role in the development of chronic disease.

The study was published July 24 in the journal Nutrients. It aims to provide new information for consumers, researchers and policymakers to encourage food manufacturers to reformulate or replace unhealthy products and to inform the U.S. government on where action may be needed to improve the healthfulness of the U.S. packaged food and beverage supply.

as seen in Science Daily, sciencedaily.com
read more: chiroeco.com/ultra-processed-food

Chiropractic Care: Full Satisfaction for a Fraction of the Cost

In an article by Houweling, Branga, Hausheer, Vogelsang, Peterson, and Humphreys (2015), the authors reported on first-contact care with a medical versus chiropractic provider after a consultation with a swiss telemedicine provider. The study looked to compare outcomes, patient satisfaction and healthcare costs in spinal, hip, and shoulder pain patients.

With respect to patient satisfaction, Houweling et al. (2015) reported, “the findings of this study pertaining to patient satisfaction were in line with previous research comparing chiropractic care to medical care for back pain, which found that chiropractic patients are typically more satisfied with the services received than medical patients”.

Houweling et al. added, “The mean total spinal, hip , and shoulder pain-related healthcare costs per patient during the four month study period were approximately 40% lower in patients initially consulting DCs compared with those initially consulting MDs.

Thus, Houweling et al. (2015) concluded, “The findings of this study support first- contact care provided by DCs as an alternative to first-contact care provided by MDs for a select number of musculoskeletal conditions.”

as seen in The American Chiropractor pg 42, Aug 2019