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April 2013 Health Newsletter


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» Legislation to Further Integrate Chiropractic Services Introduced in Congress
» Your Dog, Your Exercise Partner?
» Kids Menus Fail Nutrition Guidelines
» Study Finds Chiropractic Care More Helpful Than NSAIDs
» Your Core!
» Spring Allergy Season Survival

Legislation to Further Integrate Chiropractic Services Introduced in Congress

Arlington, Va.—The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) today announced that its work with key congressional supporters has resulted in several important pieces of pro-chiropractic legislation being introduced in the 113th U.S. Congress. These bills, if enacted into law, would increase patient access to the services provided by chiropractic physicians.

The first legislative initiative, the “Chiropractic Care Available to All Veterans Act”, was introduced in the Senate (as S. 422) by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). Its House companion bill, H.R. 921, was introduced by Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine), a ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. The bills would require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to have a chiropractic physician on staff at all major medical facilities by 2016.

The second ACA supported bill is H.R. 741, the “Chiropractic Health Parity for Military Beneficiaries Act,” introduced by Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) and Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa). This legislation would extend chiropractic services to military retirees, dependents and survivors as part of TRICARE. H.R. 741 defines “chiropractic services” as diagnosis (including X-ray tests), evaluation and management, and therapeutic services for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal health conditions. The legislation specifically notes that chiropractic services may only be provided by a doctor of chiropractic (DC). 

Another recently introduced bill—the “Chiropractic Membership in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Act of 2013” (H.R. 171), introduced by Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas)—would benefit the public and the chiropractic profession by requiring the inclusion of DCs in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps. USPHS is an elite team of more than 6,000 well-trained, highly qualified public health professionals dedicated to delivering the nation’s public health promotion and disease prevention programs and advancing public health science.

The final ACA supported bill is H.R. 702, the “Access to Frontline Health Care Act,” which would establish a new program to help chiropractic physicians and other select health care providers repay their student loans if, in exchange, they establish and maintain practices in medically underserved areas. ACA has worked closely with Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), the sponsor of the bill, to ensure that chiropractic physicians are specified as qualifying for the program.

“Those who have made sacrifices for our country—especially veterans, active-duty military and their family members—deserve access to the best health care available, which includes chiropractic services,” said ACA President Keith Overland, DC. “I am urging every chiropractic physician, chiropractic student and chiropractic supporter to contact their congressional representatives and urge them to cosponsor these bills and to help military families in need.”

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013, is the largest professional association in the United States representing doctors of chiropractic. ACA promotes the highest standards of patient care and professional ethics, and supports research that contributes to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients. Visit www.acatoday.org.

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: ACA Online. March 20, 2013.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2013


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Your Dog, Your Exercise Partner?

Working out with your pet is a growing trend in the physical fitness community and health researchers like the idea. The past few years have seen several new dog-friendly fitness centers open, including K9 Fit Club, a chain with locations in Illinois, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Florida. The club offers fitness classes for humans and dogs including, ‘Bow Wow Bootcamp’ and ‘Pupilates’. The idea of working out with your pet is also being taken more seriously by public health officials desperate to get overweight Americans to exercise. The Center for Disease Control recommends adults 18 - 64 get at least two and a half hours of moderate physical exercise a week, but recent estimates suggest that more than 80 percent of US adults fail to meet these guidelines. However, a 2011 Michigan State University study found that people with dogs met the standards 34 percent more than non-pet owners. The Michigan study suggested that beyond the necessity of attending to the pets needs, the pets provided their owners the motivation and companionship many need to stay active. They also suggested that the pets non-judgmental companionship may offer therapeutic benefits to the morbidly obese and others whose self-image issues keep them away from the gym.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Reuters. April 1, 2013.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2013


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Kids Menus Fail Nutrition Guidelines

A new study of restaurant entrees for U.S. children finds the majority of offerings fail to meet basic nutritional guidelines. The study, published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, analyzed kids menu offerings from the 50 most popular US restaurant chains, including Chipotle Mexican Grill, Dairy Queen, Hardee’s, McDonald’s, Panda Express, Perkins Family Restaurants and Popeye’s. They concluded that 97 percent of the menu items fell short of the nutritional standards for children recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The CSPI researchers pointed out that the meals uniformly contained too many calories, too much salt, too much fat and routinely omitted fruits and vegetables. The news comes as no surprise to public health officials, who currently estimate that one-third of American children are overweight or obese. Kid entrees that were singled out for special attention included Ruby Tuesday’s macaroni and cheese and Applebee’s grilled cheese sandwich. The only national chain to meet the CSPI guidelines was Subway, whose ‘Fresh Fit For Kids’ combo meals offered children healthier sides choices like apple slices, and alternatives to soda, including low-fat milk or bottled water.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Reuters. March 28, 2013.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2013


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Study Finds Chiropractic Care More Helpful Than NSAIDs

Experts estimate that 80 percent of Americans will experience low-back pain at some point in their lives, and research again finds chiropractic care to be a more effective treatment for that pain. A recent study, jointly conducted by the Competence Center for Clinical Studies and the Institute for Biometrics in Bremen, Germany, compared 101 patients with low-back pain to judge the therapeutic value of spinal adjustments (the most common form of treatment provided by chiropractors) versus treatment with a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). The rigorous, double-blind study split patients into three groups; a control group receiving placebo treatments, patients given controlled spinal adjustments, and a group treated with a commonly prescribed NSAID, diclofenac. Analysis of the resultant data concluded that the chiropractic spinal adjustment group experienced a significantly higher rate of relief than the NSAID or control groups. In the past, studies have also found chiropractic care to be less expensive than medical treatment. It is now estimated that medical costs for back pain in the US exceed $50 billion a year.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Spine. April 01, 2013 - Volume 38 - Issue 7.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2013


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Your Core!


Hi! This is so important, I may leave this up permanently!

Lets talk about Core strength. You hear this term a lot. So what exactly is your core? Here is what you need to know.

You are made of Bones, Muscles, Tendons, Ligaments, and Fascia. If there is a breakdown in any of these systems you will have a loss of function which will lead to pain and dis-ease. We evaluate your body to find out the source of the problem.


What are the Core Muscles named and why are they so Important?

 
The core is made of all the muscles that ultimately attach to the pelvis.  These muscles can be divided into two sections based on their anatomical functions. One provides stabilization and the others provide movement.

    1. Deep stabilization system
    2. Superficial movement system


Anatomically, the muscles that are deeper in the body work more to stabilize the pelvis and spine, and the muscles that are located more superficially are more important for moving the pelvis and spine.

1. Deep Stabilization System


Core Training places a lot of emphasis on working the deep muscles of the core. Research shows that the deep muscles contract first before any movement is initiated. The body is brilliant!  It is wired to be stable first before it engages action.

The deep muscles are close to the spine and pelvis and they can help to move the body, but their primary role is to stabilize the pelvis and lower back. This protects these areas and gives you a strong foundation for the upcoming activity.

The core muscles that make the deep stabilization system are:

The transversus abdominus is one of the most important core muscles. It attaches to the pubic bone and fascia in the front. It compresses the abdominal contents, thus adding stability to the lower back and pelvis.

The lumbar multifidus runs on an angle and it helps with rotational stability. Research shows that people with chronic lower back pain have significant atrophy (wasting away) of the multifidus.

The pelvic floor muscles connect the sacrum and pelvis to the pubic bone. Their primary job is to stabilize the bottom of the abdominal cavity. The pelvis floor works with the transversus abdominus and multifidus to stabilize the pelvis. Kegel exercises are a great way to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.

The diaphragm is the main respiratory muscle. It attaches to the ribs and spine. The diaphragm also forms the roof of the abdominal cavity, so it stabilizes the top of the abdominal cavity.

The internal oblique is the deeper of the 2 oblique muscles. It runs on an angle from the pelvis up to the ribs. Its primary role is in stabilizing the core, but it also helps to move the spine.

The transverso-spinalis muscles focus on segmental stability of the spine because they span just a few vertebrae in length. These muscles are also important for rotational stability.

All of the deep core muscles are important. When you perform exercises that require your spine to be stable, you challenge these core muscles. The plank exercise  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiA9j-dR0oM, bridges, alternate arm and leg raises, and the drawing in maneuver are examples of exercises that can increase core stability. Any exercise or piece of equipment that requires your muscles to work harder to keep your spine stable will increase the muscle work in the deep stabilization system of the core.

2) Superficial Movement System


When the pelvis moves, the hips move, and when the hip move, the lower back moves. If the pelvis is stable, the lower back and hip are stable, so any muscle that attaches to the pelvis is part of the core as well.

The latissimus dorsi (lats), which helps you do pull ups, is most often thought of as a back and shoulder muscle, but it also attaches to the upper border of the hip bone, (pelvis), lumbar vertebrae, thoracic vertebrae, and ribs. The lats can help to tilt the pelvis forwards or to the side, and it can negatively affect lower back posture when tight and inflexible.

The erector spinae are the group of muscles that people most commonly think of when they talk about lower back muscles. They are a group of superficial muscles that run the entire length of the spine. As the name suggests, these muscles help to keep the spine erect and they also pull the spine backwards. Every lower back exercise will place some emphasis on the erector spinae muscles.

The iliopsoas is the main hip flexor muscle. It attaches to the front of the lumbar spine and pelvis. It is primarily responsible for bending the hip, but it can also help to stabilize the pelvis, lower back, and hip.

The adductors are the muscles of the inner thigh. Most people don't think of the inner thigh muscles as core muscles, but all of the adductor muscles attach to the pubic bone, which is the front part of the pelvis. Because they attach to the pubic bone they can help to stabilize the pelvis, especially when standing on 1 leg.

The hip abductors (gluteus medius and minimus) also attach to the pelvis. The gluteus medius and minimus are very important for hip stability, and they are especially important for stabilizing the hip and pelvis when standing on one leg. This is one of the reasons I say that balance exercises are so important in core training.

The hamstrings are the muscles on the back of the thigh, and they attach to the bottom of the pelvis. Strong hamstrings can help to anchor and stabilize the pelvis, and tight inflexible hamstrings can pull on the pelvis and negatively affect lower back posture.

The gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in the body and it attaches to the back of the pelvis. It extends thigh at the hip, and assists in laterally rotating the thigh. It works with the hamstrings to move the pelvis and also helps to stabilize the pelvis. Bridges can be considered a core exercise because it works the glutes while keeping the spine stable.

The external obliques attach to the ribs and pelvis but they are located superficially compared to the internal obliques. The external obliques are designed slightly more for moving the spine than stabilizing, but the external obliques  also help to stabilize the pelvis and lower back.

The rectus abdominus (6 pack)
is probably the most popular core muscle. It runs down the front of the spine, and it is the main muscle for flexing and bending. It is the main muscle for core exercises such as crunches and sit-ups.

So, what exercises, will help strengthen your core? Primarily we recommend yoga..http://www.springsyoga.com

and Pilates. We also know some private instructors if you need one. Just give us a call.


Dr. Saul and Staff


Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Internet Articles ,Kinetic Spine and Sports
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2012


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Spring Allergy Season Survival

 

Spring Allergy Season Survival

Preparation is the Key:The Spring allergy season is upon us, and it’s time to begin preparation for the onslaught of airborne allergens of many types. Many people are affected by these microscopic allergens, from mild to severe in their reactions. In some folks, these allergies lead to sinus or upper respiratory infections. Minimizing the effects of these allergens on your health will help minimize your chances of secondary infections.

Here are some things you can do to minimize your exposure to these allergens.

-Keep your car’s ventilation system on re-circulate. This will prevent some of the pollen from entering the vehicle. Some cars have a pollen filter. Make sure you change it before and after each pollen season.

-Change your in-home furnace filters to the HEPA type. Also clean and/or change them often during the pollen season.

-Purchase a HEPA filtration unit, and let it run continuously during the pollen season.While the steps mentioned above can really help, it’s difficult to remove yourself from all allergen sources. This is where targeted whole-food nutritional supplements and herbal formulas can help reduce your body’s response to the allergens.

Targeted Products:
Listed below are the key products to stock in your natural medicine cabinet for allergies. This products can be special ordered from The Saul Clinic. You should acquire these before the season starts to get a jump on allergies the moment you feel them kick in.
These products may be used alone or in combination.

·Mild-Moderate Allergies:
    oAllerplex: Sometimes the only product that is necessary for mild allergy reactions. Take 2 capsules 2 to 4 times a day; ½ doses for children. Works well for young children and adolescents.

    oAntronex: This beef liver extract helps in removing excess histamine from the blood stream. Take 1 -2 tablets 4 to 6 times a day; ¼ to ½ doses for children.

    oEpimune Complex: This vegetarian formula may be all you need to reduce your allergy symptoms. The combinations of carefully processed fungi and mushrooms have been shown to reduce allergy symptoms, by balancing the immune system reaction to allergens. Take 2 capsules per day for adults and adolescents. For children use ½ to 1 capsule/day.·Moderate-Severe Allergies

    oEpimune Complex: 2 capsules/day for adolescents and adults, children ½ to 1 capsule/day

    oAlbizia Complex: This herbal formula helps lower mast cell histamine release. It reduces allergy symptoms quite well. Take 1 to 2 tablets 2 to 3 times a day; ¼ to ½ doses for children.

    oThymex: Thisthymus gland Cytosol formula helps balance the immune response. It helps to improve immuno-suppression which is depressed in moderately to severely allergic individuals. Take 1 -2 tablets 3 times a day with meals.

    oAntronex: This beef liver extract helps in removing excess histamine from the blood stream.Take 1-2 tablet 4 to 6 times a day; ¼ to ½ doses for children.

·Additional Support: Boswellia Complex (Helps reduce inflammation and congestion...) This herbal anti-inflammatory formula works synergistically with Albizia Complex for moderate to severe allergies. It helps reduce inflammation. Take 2 tablets 3 times a day for 7 to 10 days; then reduce the dosage as symptoms diminish.

    oChewable Congaplex: This formula will help break up congestion caused by excess mucous secretions. Great for use with children!

    oEuphrasia Complex: This herbal formula helps reduce mucous formation and the runny nose and watery eyes of allergies. Take 1-2 tablets 2-3X/day for symptoms.

Other Important Considerations:Sometimes, food sensitivities and allergies will compound airborne allergy reactions, making them worse. This entire group of allergens keeps the body in a systemic, elevated immune state, which can exaggerate airborne allergy symptoms. If you seem to have allergies all year-round, you may want to consider eliminating common allergenic foods such as wheat/gluten, dairy, eggs, and soy from your diet for a few weeks to see if your overall allergy symptoms diminish. If they seem to, you may be experiencing additional allergy symptoms from food sensitivities.

*The dietary supplement products mentioned in this newsletter are not intended to "diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease," because only a drug can legally make such a claim.

Author: Dr. Saul
Source: Standard Process
Copyright: Standard Process 2013


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