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May 2012 Health Newsletter

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» MAY....Stop Pain and Inflammation
» How do you know what you need?
» Low Back Pain - Don't Just Wait And See
» Acute Low Back Pain - What's The Prognosis?
» Super-sized Costs
» Shorten Your Cold With Zinc, But...

MAY....Stop Pain and Inflammation

There is a simple test that can help you discover the relationship between chronic muscle and joint pain and inflammation. It is called pH. One of the major factors in the formation of inflammation are free radicals which are the byproduct of energy production. These free radicals cause OXIDATION which contributes to cellular degeneration.

Chronic inflammation due to STRESS, alcohol,  a meat rich diet, coffee in excess of 1 cup per day, smoke, pollutants, white flour and artificial sweeteners place a lot of strain on the digestive system, kidneys, liver and other vital organs. The body must balance out the acidity and grab alkalinity from sources such as pancreatic fluid, gall bladder bile and in addition, the body can rob calcium from your bones if need be.

While the ABC test can check for this an much more, you can easily and affordably check the pH of your saliva at home with litmus pH strips which are available at most pharmacies. Salivary pH is the most reliable test outside of blood to determine if your body is too acidic. If so, there are a number of "Green Drinks" available to help make you body more alkaline and neutralize the effects of free radical production and long term cellular degeneration.

If you are reading this and would like more information about how to determine what pH your saliva should be, just email me at [email protected] and I will be happy to help you implement this simple procedure.

As always, I wish you peace, happiness and a long and healthy life!

Dr. Steven Saul

Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Practice Insights Nov 2011
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2012

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On a recent golf trip, I met my playing partner on the first tee and he asked me if I had taken my Vitamin "I" yet. I was curious, since I had never heard of it! I said “what is vitamin’I”? He said "you know..Ibuprophen!"

Wow...when did Ibuprophen become a vitamin?

Everyday more than 10 million people take over-the-counter and prescription NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) for pain relief.

Ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin are some examples. Each year, the side effects of long-term NSAID use cause over 16,000 deaths and over 100,000 complications leading to hospital admissions.

How have people been convinced that these Nsaids pose no danger? Is it because you no longer need a prescription? The fact is that NSAIDS can damage your health in many ways.

Nsaids will delay healing of soft tissues. When you have pain and inflammation, the body signals white blood cells to go to the injured area to begin the repair process. NSAIDS delay the inflammatory response and thus the repair process is altered.

The National Kidney Foundation states that over ten percent of Kidney failures are due to NSAIDS.

SIDE NOTE: Acetaminophen is especially dangerous because of its effect on the liver, which is responsible for metabolizing drugs. If toxic levels of acetaminophen occur in the liver, the natural antioxidant defenses of the body are overwhelmed, and the liver is damaged by the buildup of dangerous free radicals. It is therefore imperative that people who are taking acetaminophen also take sufficient quantities of antioxidants to help support healthy liver function.

Lastly, NSAIDS have a negative effect on the matrix of cartilage and cause it to deteriorate and enhance the formation of osteoarthritic joints. In this way, they are advancing the disease you are trying to avoid!

There are many alternatives to NSAIDS. Personally, with Chiropractic care, Massage Therapy, Nutrition, Accupuncture and Yoga, I have not needed to take any meds for the last 35 years. Make YOUR next 35 years drug free!


Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Dr. Steven Saul
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2012

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How do you know what you need?

How do you know what supplements you need? Due to the over rotation of crops and the demineralization of the soil, foods no longer contain the nutrients we need!

Our Advanced Body Chemistry Test checks 11 key Bio-markers to help you achieve Biochemical balance and wellness.

These include  Acid-Alkaline Balance, Adrenal Stress, Cellular Respiration and Oxidative stress levels and Free Radical production.

The test determines exactly what nutritional support is needed to get these Bio Markers in range for optimal health. It has changed peoples lives!

If you would like more information, please contact the office at 404 252 0014.


 Dr. Saul

Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Dr. Steven Saul
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2009

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Low Back Pain - Don't Just Wait And See

A common mistake made by those suffering from low back pain (LBP) is to play the "wait and see" game. And while it is true that bouts of LBP can disappear on their own without care, what chiropractors know and what research indicates is that waiting too long prior to seeking care for LBP ultimately increases the odds that back pain will reoccur and that more aggressive future care will be required. A recent study comparing those who received physical therapy care early during their acute LBP (less than 4 weeks after the start of their LBP) with those who received care later (more than 3 months after the start of their LBP) found benefits to obtaining care early on. Specifically, those obtaining care within the first 4 weeks of the onset of LBP had a significantly lower incidence of seeking future care for the initial pain. Future care included lumbar surgery, lumbosacral injections, and frequent physician office visits during the following year. The lesson - if you're suffering from back pain, contact your local chiropractor and get yourself checked out. Chiropractic care is safe, natural, effective and scheduling a no-obligation consultation is absolutely painless!

Source: Spine: April 20, 2012 - Volume 37 - Issue 9.
Copyright: LLC 2012

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Acute Low Back Pain - What's The Prognosis?

According to a newly published study the previous low back pain (LBP) practice guidelines used by physicians have underestimated the likelihood of acute bouts of LBP recurring as well as turning into longer term chronic LBP. In the study, researchers followed 605 acute LBP patients who had an average pain intensity score of 5.6 out of 10 and a disability score of 15.8 out of 24. Eight percent had declared sick leave between pain onset and the baseline interview. Thirteen percent of 521 patients (86% follow-up) experienced chronic pain at 6 months and 19% of 443 patients at 2 years. At 6 months, 54% had experienced at least 1 LBP recurrence, and 47% in the subsequent 18 months. So what does this all mean? Simply, that LBP has a high tendency to return as well as turn into something more serious and more long term. Don't take a chance and think your back pain is just temporary or that taking a substance to mask the pain is the fix. Chiropractors are highly trained to evaluate and provide care for the back and spine. Chiropractors look to the source of LBP and focus on correcting the cause and not just simply masking the symptoms. Get proactive with your health and call your local chiropractor today!

Source: Spine: April 15, 2012 - Volume 37 - Issue 8.
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Super-sized Costs

In the last 50 years the incidence of obesity in American has skyrocketed from 13% to an estimated 34% of the U.S. population. In the same time period, the incidence of extreme or “morbid” obesity has jumped from 0.9% to 6%. While these findings are common knowledge, the costs associated with the epidemic of obesity are eye-opening. Recent Mayo Clinic studies indicate that obesity racks up over $190 billion in annual medical costs - an average of $1,850 more per year for an obese person than a person of healthy weight. The morbidly obese’s average yearly cost was estimated as high as $3,086 per year. Shockingly, the average health costs of the obese were greater than the costs incurred by smoking. Smokers health care costs were generally $1,274 a year greater than non-smokers because of increased mortality, while individuals with a body-mass index (BMI) above 40 were estimated at $5,530 annually. The costs of obesity outside of health care were greater as well. The study noted a $5 billion annual increase in jet fuel over the 1960’s cost to fly heavier passengers and a $4 billion annual increase in gasoline costs for cars transporting the obese.

Source: Reuters. April 30, 2012.
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Shorten Your Cold With Zinc, But...

A recent review of past studies indicate that zinc shortened the duration of the common cold for adults, but the results came at a cost. The duration of the average adult cold is seven days. The U.S. National Institutes of Health estimate that there are over 62 million cases of the common cold annually in the United States, resulting in over 22 million missed days of work. In randomized control trials, adults taking zinc experienced two and a half days less of symptoms of the common cold when compared to participants in a placebo group. Interestingly, zinc had little to no effect on children’s colds in the studies. The benefits of zinc, however, came at a cost. Sixty five percent of the test subjects reported an unpleasant “metallic” taste and 64 percent experienced nausea. There was also no effect on the severity of colds experienced by subjects at day three. The review, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal also pointed out that researchers are unclear why zinc stops the rhinovirus. They recommended that patients considering taking zinc consult with their doctor first.

Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal, online May 7, 2012.
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