Week of: Monday, May 8th, 2023

“The beginning is always today.” 
~ Mary Wollstonecraft

Health Alert: Asthma and Eczema Increase Arthritis Risk.
Following a review of data concerning nearly 1.4 million adults, researchers report that individuals with either asthma or eczema are up to 58% more likely to develop osteoarthritis, and the risk is even greater for those with both conditions.
Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, March 2023

Diet: Pregnancy and Proper Nutrition.
Dietary assessments of 2,450 women during pregnancy revealed that 90% did not consume adequate nutrients via diet alone. Furthermore, researchers note that nearly all affordable dietary supplements do not contain the appropriate doses of key nutrients to make up for these deficiencies. Lead author Dr. Katherine Sauder writes, “This research will inform pregnant patients and their doctors about key nutrients they may be missing in their diet and help them choose prenatal vitamins that can provide the nutrients they need… Dietary supplement manufacturers can also use these results to inform better dosing in their products.”
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, April 2023

Exercise: Strength Training Can Reduce Blood Pressure.
A recent literature review concluded that just eight-to-ten weeks of strength training is sufficient to reduce systolic blood pressure by 10 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure by 4.79 mmHg. Researcher Dr. Giovana Rampazzo Teixeira explains, “In clinical practice and gyms or fitness centers, strength training can be a treatment option for people with high blood pressure as a non-pharmacological intervention as long as you know enough about the key variables and take the subject's goals into account.”
Scientific Reports, March 2023

Chiropractic: Back Surgery Is Not for Everyone.
In a recent paper published in the Medical Journal of Australia, the authors noted that while spinal surgeries have increased over time, the current data does not support surgical intervention for low back pain outside of cases of lumbar radiculopathy that doesn’t respond to non-surgical care and when low back pain is associated with cancer, infection, or gross spinal instability. Otherwise, treatment guidelines strongly emphasize utilizing conservative, non-surgical approaches to manage low back pain, of which chiropractic care is an excellent choice.
Medical Journal of Australia, January 2023

Mental Attitude: Serious Pediatric Mental Health Issues in Kids Has Increase in the Last Decade.
Between 2009 and 2019, the number of children hospitalized for mental health-related issues in the United States increased 26%. During the same time frame, the rate of attempted suicide, suicidal ideation, and self-injury among American kids and teens rose between 31-64%.
Journal of the American Medical Association, March 2023

Wellness/Prevention: A Good Walk Even Once a Week Has Longevity Benefits.
Using data from the United States National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, researchers report that logging 8,000 steps just one day a week can lower the risk for early death by 15%.
Neurology, March 2023

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