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June 2013 Health Newsletter


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» Dangerous Flavors
» Spring Allergy Season Survival
» Your Core!
» Chiropractic Care Endorsed By JAMA
» See A Surgeon, Get Surgery
» Lumbar Surgery Patients More Likely to Develop Serious Complications
» Use Sunscreen To Prevent Signs of Aging

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  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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Chiropractic Care Endorsed By JAMA



A new article published by the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), recommends that patients seeking treatment for low back pain try chiropractic care before resorting to surgery. Part of a series of recent public education efforts by JAMA, the low back pain article walks patients through the basic spine and soft tissue structures of the back and explains how back pain can be a result of injury to any of these structures. The article also discusses certain recommended low back pain treatment options and points out that many individuals can benefit from conservative chiropractic care. They additionally state that surgery is usually only necessary when other more conservative treatments fail. In reaction, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) publicly reinforced their long standing position that chiropractic and other conservative care options should serve as a first line of defense against back pain. Moreover, previous research shows chiropractic care for back pain as being more cost effective than conventional surgical and drug therapy approaches, saving already overburdened patients and care providers millions annually.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JAMA. 2013;309(16):1738. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.3046.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2013


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See A Surgeon, Get Surgery



After analyzing three years of Washington state’s workman compensation disability claims for back injuries, researchers have concluded that patients who first consulted a surgeon as compared with those who first consulted a chiropractor were 28 times more likely to undergo surgery. The study, published in the May issue of the medical journal Spine, noted that only 1.5 percent of the chiropractic patients went on to require back surgery to treat their injuries compared with 43 percent of those patients who first visited with a surgeon. While agreeing that a small percentage of patients will require surgical treatment, medical experts recommend that most patients with back injuries begin with non-invasive treatments, like chiropractic before going under the knife. Spinal surgery carries serious risks including paralysis, pulmonary embolism, and even death - a true risk with any surgery requiring general anesthesia. If you are suffering from a back injury, give chiropractic a try before considering invasive treatments such as surgery.


Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Spine: 15 May 2013 - Volume 38 - Issue 11 - p 953–964.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2013


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Lumbar Surgery Patients More Likely to Develop Serious Complications

A recent study compiling seven years of data from back pain patients who undergo lumbar surgery finds they have a high risk of developing post-surgical pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis. Pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis are serious, potentially life threatening complications following orthopedic procedures including back surgeries. The study, conducted by the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, analyzed the medical records of over a half million patients who underwent lumbar fusion or lumbar decompression procedures between 2002 and 2009. Deep vein thrombosis, also called deep venous thrombosis, is the formation of a blood clot in a deep vein, predominantly in the legs. Signs of a thrombosis may include pain, swelling, redness, warmness, and engorged superficial veins. Pulmonary embolism, a potentially life-threatening complication, is caused by the detachment (embolization) of a clot that travels to the lungs. The researchers pointed out that increased risk factors for developing post-surgical pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis include pulmonary circulation disorders, coagulopathy, fluid/electrolyte disorders, anemia, and obesity.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Spine: 01 June 2013 - Volume 38 - Issue 13 - p 1154–1159.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2013


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Use Sunscreen To Prevent Signs of Aging

New research in Australia confirms the advice of many dermatologists to their patients - to avoid the aging effects of the sun on your skin, use sunscreen. While the benefits of sunscreen are well known when it comes to preventing sunburns and lowering the risk of skin cancer, researchers said rigorous studies were previously lacking on how sunscreen use affects the signs of skin aging, or photoaging. Photoaging happens after long-term exposure to ultraviolet radiation, which penetrates the skin and can cause collagen to break down and DNA to mutate. Long term effects of photoaging include wrinkles, leathery skin tone, loss of the skin's elasticity and spider veins. The new study, conducted at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research analyzed data from 903 adults younger than 55 who were followed between 1992 and 1996. Half of the participants were instructed to put sunscreen of SPF 15 or greater on their head, neck, arms and hands every morning, and to reapply when necessary. The other half used sunscreen according to their own discretion. At the start and end of the study, the researchers measured photoaging using the skin on the back of each person's left hand. The researchers found that over four years, the skin condition of people who were told to use sunscreen daily evidenced no detectable changes, once other sun-related factors were taken into account. Beta carotene, which was also given to some of the participants, did not seem to have any protective effect on skin aging, however.


Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Ann Intern Med. 2013;158(11):781-790.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2013


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