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
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.
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
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
The importance live food versus dead food cannot be underestimated when it comes to nutrition and healing. The difference between live food and dead food can be summer up in one word: enzymes. In fact, life cannot exist without enzymes. Therefore, live food is food in its raw form (raw fruits, vegetables, meats, etc.).
Dead food is anything that doesn’t contain enzymes, or in which the enzymes are destroyed or remover, such as packaged and processed food. Why do you think it is possible for a food manufacturer to process a particular food and put it in a box that sits on the shelf at the grocery store for weeks? Then, after you buy it, you take it home where it may sit on another shelf for a while longer before you open up the box and then prepare it as a meal. The reason food packaging companies can do this is because they remove enzymes from the food to increase shelf life. Dead food can sit on a shelf for a long time without rotting. Dead food is great for convenience, and essential to modern living, but it is not beneficial to your health.
Enzymes are sensitive structures when it comes to live food. When you cook your food above 118 degrees, the enzymes in live food are destroyed. Consuming raw fruits and vegetables is not difficult to do, but when it comes to raw meat, cooking it is recommended. When you eat cooked or dead food, taking a digestive enzyme can be helpful to support normal digestion.”
A recent study involving nearly 20,000 people found that those spending at least a total of 120 minutes a week in nature were significantly more likely to report good health and higher psychological well-being than those who don’t visit nature at all during the week.
The leader of the study, Mat White, PhD, of Exeter’s medical school said: “It’s well-known that getting outdoors in nature can be good for people’s health and well-being but until now we’ve not been able to say how much is enough.”
The study found that it didn’t matter if the 120 was in a single visit or over several shorter visits, and two hours a week seems like a realistic target for many people. Interestingly, this threshold stood true for both men and women, young and old, rich and poor, across different occupations and ethnic groups, and even among people with long-term illnesses or disabilities.
According to a recent study, walking for less than 10 minutes per day can keep lower-extremity arthritis at bay. This study found that a short walk each day is associated with “a decrease in the risk of developing a disability for those with osteoarthritis in a lower-extremity joint.” All subjects involved in this study had been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in the knee, hip, ankle or foot, and had “experienced some level of pain or stiffness, but were not limited in mobility or disabled in any way.” These subjects were tracked for four years.
More than 30 million adults in the United States alone suffer from osteoarthritis. This study has shown that doing a minimum of an hour of exercise a week had an 85% lower risk of needing to walk slowly due to arthritis.
In our modern day to day lives it comes as no surprise that they are some of the most prescribed drugs in the world. They are responsible for saving countless lives, yet their vast and frequently indiscriminate use, combined with a deficit of new antibiotics, has led to the current global health threat of antibiotic resistance. Probiotics present a logical and natural solution to reduce the distribution caused by antibiotics and return the gut microbiota back to baseline following such treatment. For example, Vitamin D has emerged as something of a miracle supplement in recent years with hundreds of research studies suggesting that it may be useful in preventing conditions such as osteoporosis, autoimmunity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and much more. Having a Vitamin D deficiency has even been linked to obesity. Recent statistics suggest that between 40 to 50% of healthy adults, infants, toddlers, as well as pregnant women are deficient in Vitamin D. Why? Because the active form of Vitamin D increases calcium absorption from food in our digestive tract. However, recent research has suggested that nearly every cell of our body has receptors for Vitamin D, which includes influencing our immune system, blood pressure regulation, insulin secretion, and cell differentiation. Magnesium supplementation along with Vitamin D supplementation was more effective at correcting a Vitamin D supplementation alone. UltraSlim is the only treatment for immediate, permanent fat removal without dieting exercise or pills.
New research has identified the way age impairs the ability of the circadian clock in mammals to reset itself when exposed to light, resulting in disruption to sleeping patterns and consequent threats to wellbeing.
Researchers, led by a University of Kent neurophysiologist, found that aging results in a significant reduction in sensitivity to light in the part of the brain that controls circadian rhythms, known as the suprachiasmatic nucleus.
The breakthrough could help target treatments that aim to improve both physiological and behavioral circadian clock “resetting” in older people. Gurprit Lall, PhD, of the Universities Medway School of Pharmacy, and other members of the research team, explored alterations in one of the pathways in the part of the brain controlling circadian rhythms. They found that a glutamate receptor (NMDA), used to transit light information, became less effective in resetting the circadian clock as part of the aging process.