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May 2013 Health Newsletter

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» Dangerous Flavors
» Spring Allergy Season Survival
» Your Core!
» Back Pain Surgery Leads to Spinal Condition
» Sore Muscles? Exercise And Massage Can Offer Equal Relief
» Soda Consumption Linked To Diabetes
» Chiropractic Physicians Help Create Healthy Workplaces

Dangerous Flavors

There are dangers lurking. They are in your kitchen and at your favorite restaurants. This menace was not approved for food consumption until 1981. After failing 8 years of tests in which this substance caused brain tumors and seizures in lab animals, the commissioner of the FDA was fired because he failed to approve this chemical. The company that gives us this sweetener hired Donald Rumsfeld to get this substance approved and cited legal difficulties rather than scientific ones.

This substance builds up over time in the body, so you may not notice reactions for quite some time. However, it may cause depression, irritability, aggression, anxiety, mood swings, insomnia and phobias. It may also cause nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain and pain when swallowing. In the skin it can cause, rashes, lip reactions, and hives. You may feel rapid heartbeat, or shortness of breath or wind up with high blood pressure. This substance has been tied to seizures, headaches, migraines, dizziness, confusion, memory loss and tremors. It may lead to blindness, eye pain, ringing in the ears, thinning of hair and weight gain! This is just a partial list. What is this substance? Its ASPARTAME!

In 1988 a study found that non-nutritive sweeteners cause higher sugar cravings than for real sugar users! Consider getting off the chemicals. You will be better off in the long run!

All the best,

Dr. Saul

Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: ChiroEco
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul/Theresa Dale P.H.D. 2013

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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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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, 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..

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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Back Pain Surgery Leads to Spinal Condition

Highlighting the need to explore non-invasive treatment alternatives for back pain such as chiropractic care, medical researchers have concluded that a common surgical procedure designed to relieve back pain, instead exposes patients to a 29 percent greater risk of developing a degenerative spinal condition. The study, conducted in Nantong, China, examined the medical histories of over 35,000 back-pain surgery patients who underwent a spinal fusion to relieve the pain. After the procedure, 29 percent of the patients developed adjacent segment degeneration (or ASD), a long-term degenerative condition of the spine. ADS patients often experience new back problems and pain symptoms to previously non-injured vertebrae. In a spinal fusion, a surgeon fuses faulty vertebrae together with supplementary bone tissue to immobilize the area and relieve pain. After a spinal fusion, patients are unable to move the fused vertebrae, which forces intervertebral joints above and below the surgery site to do double duty to make up for the now-immovable portion of the spine. The researchers concluded that the extra wear and tear on these vertebrae results in the degenerative condition. They also recommended that patients explore alternatives to surgery, including chiropractic care, before consulting a surgeon.

Source: Spine. April 1, 2013 - Volume 38 - Issue 7 - p 597–608.
Copyright: LLC 2013

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Sore Muscles? Exercise And Massage Can Offer Equal Relief

A new study comparing the benefits of massage and exercise has concluded that working out is as effective as massage at relieving the aches and pains of sore muscles. The research, conducted by the National Research Center for the Working Environment in Copenhagen, asked 20 participants to perform a shoulder exercise designed to engage both of the trapezius muscles between the neck and shoulders. Two days later, the subjects returned to the lab and rated the pain of the aching muscles on a scale of one to ten. The average pain experienced by the participants was described as a five. Subjects then received a 10 minute massage on one shoulder and spent 10 minutes exercising the other. Participants were asked again to rate their pain. Both massage and exercise offered relief, with massage decreasing the pain by an average of .07 points and exercise relieving an average of .08. Researchers are unclear how massage or exercise relieve soreness, but believe that they help to clear out metabolic byproducts associated with tissue damage.

Source: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, online March 21, 2013.
Copyright: LLC 2013

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Soda Consumption Linked To Diabetes

According to a new European study, drinking more than one 12-ounce soda a month can increase your chances of developing diabetes by nearly 23 percent. Researchers at Imperial College London tracked data from 350,000 people in eight European countries. Participants were questioned about their diet, including how many sugary and artificially sweetened soft drinks and juices they drank each day. The researchers found that every 12 fluid ounce sugar-sweetened drink the participants consumed raised their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 22 percent. 12 ounces is the normal serving size of a can of Coca-Cola, Pepsi or other soft drinks. Interestingly, fruit juice consumption was not linked to diabetes incidence. The European study's findings confirm recent research in the US, where several similar studies have linked sugar-sweetened drinks to diabetes and higher body weight. Type 2 diabetes is a long-term condition characterized by insulin resistance. The World Health Organization estimates that currently more than 310 million people worldwide suffer from the disease.

Source: Diabetologia. April 2013.
Copyright: LLC 2013

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Chiropractic Physicians Help Create Healthy Workplaces

Arlington, Va.—Chiropractic physicians are ready to provide key support to patients who are trying to create healthy working environments, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). This reminder comes as communities across the country this week observe National Public Health Week (NPHW), which promotes creating a healthy workplace on Wednesday, April 3.

The theme of NPHW 2013—“Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money"—promotes the value of prevention and the importance of well-supported public health systems in preventing disease, saving lives and curbing health care spending. For more than 100 years, the chiropractic profession has promoted prevention as a key component of health and wellness, and a growing body of research shows that chiropractic services reduce health care spending.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2011 musculoskeletal disorders made up 33 percent of all work-related injury and illness cases. When considering the impact of proper ergonomics on workplace safety, ACA stresses three basic principles:

    1.    When lifting, the largest muscles in the area should perform the task. The larger the muscle or muscle group used for lifting, the lower the stress on smaller, more vulnerable muscles.

    2.    During any work activities, people should be able to comfortably assume a number of different postures and not remain in one position for an extended time. Muscles will fatigue and be more prone to injury when assuming a particular posture, especially a poor one (e.g., partially bent forward at the waist).

    3.    When performing tasks, it is important to keep the joints either in their neutral posture or approximately halfway into the range of motion. Working with your joints at the extremes of their ranges of motion for prolonged periods places abnormal stresses on them and can cause repetitive stress injuries.

“Our bodies are not designed to maintain the same posture for long periods of time or to repeat the same motions endlessly,” said ACA President Keith Overland, DC. “Stretches and exercises can help prevent pain and injury. There are also natural, cost-effective approaches to treating pain, such as chiropractic services, that can help patients avoid unnecessary drugs or surgery.”

For more information about creating a healthier working environment, please visit ACA’s website for health and wellness tips.

Since 1995, when the first full week of April was declared NPHW by the American Public Health Association (APHA), communities across the country have recognized the contributions of public health and highlighted issues important to improving public health. APHA creates planning and outreach materials that can be used year round to raise awareness. APHA has featured a section devoted to chiropractic and the role that DCs play in public health since 1995.

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

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: ACA Online. April 1, 2013.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2013

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