Dr Beecher’s March 26 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter

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Week of Monday, March 26th, 2012



Mental Attitude: Standby Mode? When the metabolic energy supply to brain cells is low (such as in comatose patients, in babies with serious neurodevelopmental disorders, and for a short period in some babies born prematurely) the brain enters a state called “burst suppression.” Researchers believe burst suppression is a type of intermittent standby mode, where cells remain inactive until metabolic energy levels increase enough to resume normal brain activity.

Massachusetts General Hospital, Feb 2012


Health Alert: Stomach This? The bacterium Helicobacter pylori is found in the stomachs of half the world’s population. Although persistent infection with H. pylori increases an individual’s risk of developing stomach cancer, it also decreases the risk of developing asthma. Researchers found that H. pylori modulated immune cells known as dendritic cells such that they did not activate an aggressive immune response but instead activated what is known as a tolerogenic immune response, which ultimately protects against allergic asthma.

Journal Of Clinical Investigation, Feb 2012


Diet: Weight On The Brain? One-third of US adults are obese. A big part of the environment that encourages weight gain is the availability and consumption of calorie dense, high-fat foods. In particular, what we eat can alter the brain regions that regulate body weight. Leptin is a key hormone secreted from fat tissue and its main function is to inhibit appetite. Eating a high-fat diet reduces the actions of leptin in the brain. This miscommunication can lead to increased food intake and weight gain. Evolutionary speaking, we are designed to want to eat foods high in fat and gain weight because it made it easier to survive times when food was scarce. That is no longer a real concern since food is always available, but we still have a biological desire to eat calorie dense foods. Cell Metabolism, Feb 2012


Exercise: Good Reasons. Exercise helps you maintain proper muscle balance, reduces the rate and severity of medical complications associated with hypertension, and helps to alleviate certain menstrual symptoms.

Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health, 1996


Chiropractic: Growing. In 1970, there were an estimated 13,000 chiropractors in the United States. In 1990, the number swelled to approx. 40,000. As of 2012, there are nearly 58,000 licensed chiropractors in the United States.

Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, 1997 & MPA Media, 2012


Wellness/Prevention: Fish Oil. Omega-3 fatty acids help adolescents and young adults (ages 12-25) who are at elevated risk for severe psychiatric disorders to function better in school, work and other social environments.

National Institute of Mental Health, Feb 2012


Quote: “Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.”

~ Thomas A. Edison

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Dr Beecher’s March 19 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter

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Week of Monday, March 19th, 2012



Mental Attitude: Depression and Negative Peer Relationships At School. Often, the assumption is that problematic peer relationships drive depression; however, it was found that depression symptoms predicted negative peer relationships. No evidence was found to suggest that peer relationships forecasted depression among a school-based sample of adolescents. Child Development, Feb 2012


Health Alert: Weighty Physician? Physicians with a normal BMI, as compared to overweight and obese physicians, were more likely to engage their obese patients in weight loss discussions, 30% vs. 18%, and more likely to diagnose a patient as obese if they perceived the patient’s BMI met or exceed their own, 93% vs. 7%. Obesity, Jan 2012


Diet: Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with muscle weakness, increased fall risk, and bone fractures.

26% of the distal radius fracture patients were vitamin D insufficient (having vitamin D serum levels between 20-32 mg/ml), compared to 11% in the control group.

Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Feb 2012


Exercise: Tai Chi And Parkinson’s. A new exercise study has shown significant benefits for patients with mild-to- moderate Parkinson’s disease. A tailored Tai Chi training program of 60-minute exercise sessions 2x/week for 24 weeks resulted in improved postural stability and walking ability, and reduced falls in the participants.

New England Journal of Medicine, Feb 2012


Chiropractic: Alf! Famous neurosurgeon Dr. Alf Breig reviewed the adverse mechanical tensions on the central nervous system from abnormal postural loads. He concluded that abnormal posture affects the nervous system, which in turn, affects the sympathetic nervous system, which plays a large part in controlling the immune system. Breig, 1976


Wellness/Prevention: Waist-Hip Ratio and the Cardiovascular System. The Waist-Hip Ratio (WHR) is the ratio of a person’s waist circumference with hip circumference. The smallest waist measurement is taken just above the navel and is divided by the hip circumference at its widest part. In a thin person, the waist is measured at its narrowest point. For the larger person with a big belly, it is measured 1 inch above the belly button. Hips are measured at the widest point of the buttocks in the lean person and at the great trochanters in larger individuals. If an adult female has a 27-inch waist and 36- inch hips, her WHR is .75. (27 divided by 36). WHR for men: < 0.9 means he has a very low risk of having cardiovascular health problems; from 0.9 to 0.99 means he is at moderate risk of cardiovascular health problems; > 1 means his risk of cardiovascular problems is high. WHR for women: < 0.8 means she has a very low risk of having cardiovascular health problems; from 0.8 to 0.89 means she is at moderate risk of cardiovascular health problems; > 0.9 means her risk of cardiovascular problems is high.


Quote: “You Chiropractic doctors are really miracle workers.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger


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Dr Beecher’s March 12 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter

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Week of Monday, March 12th, 2012

Mental Attitude: Facebook. Social networking is the #1 online activity, used by 1.2 billion people worldwide. Nearly

one in 5 minutes online is spent on social networking websites, and 75% of that is on Facebook. Facebook has 845 million

active worldwide users. Researchers found the biological signals in the brains of Facebook users correspond to what they describe as the “Core Flow State.” Core Flow is a state that people reach in which their skills are challenged and they are highly aroused and enjoying what they do, a biological signal that makes people want to repeat their experience. Some

studies have found flow is linked to quality of performance and quality of life.

Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, Feb 2012


Health Alert: Air Pollution. Air pollution at levels experienced by most Americans or considered safe by the

Environmental Protection Agency is linked to higher risk of cognitive decline and stroke.

Archives of Internal Medicine, Feb 2012


Diet: A Sweet Dessert In The Morning? In a surprising discovery, researchers found that dessert, as part of a balanced

600-calorie breakfast that also included proteins and carbohydrates, helped dieters lose more weight. On average, those in the group who ate dessert with breakfast lost just as much weight as the control group (no dessert with breakfast), approx.

32 lbs. However, after a 16-week follow up period, the no dessert group gained back all but 3.5 lbs and the group who ate

dessert with breakfast lost another 13 lbs, on average. In the morning, the body’s metabolism is most active and able to work off the extra calories throughout the day. Attempting to avoid sweets entirely can create a psychological addiction to these same foods in the long-term. Adding dessert items to breakfast can control cravings throughout the rest of the day.

Tel Aviv University, Feb 2012


Exercise: A Pulse. Champion cyclist, Lance Armstrong has a resting heart rate of about 32 beats per minute. Ideal normal pulse rates at rest, in beats per minute: Newborn baby: 120 to 160; Baby aged from 1-12 months: 80 to 140; Baby/toddler aged from 1-2 years: 80 to 130; Toddler/young child aged 2-6 years: 75 to 120; Child aged 7-12 years: 75 to 110; Adult aged 18+ years: 60 to 100; Adult athlete: 40 to 60. Checking your own heart rate: With your hand palm up, gently place 2 fingers on the thumb side of your wrist. You will feel your pulse beating. Count the beats for one minute.

National Health Service


Chiropractic: Bad Posture. “The beginning of the disease process starts with postural distortions.”

~ Dr. Hans Seyle, Nobel Laureate


Wellness/Prevention: Dare To Compare. Comparing yourself to others with the same health problem can influence

your physical and emotional health. Focusing on similarities between you and people doing well will likely lead to feeling good, as will focusing on differences between you and people doing poorly. But, if you focus on differences between you

and someone doing well, or similarities between you and someone doing poorly, you’ll likely feel worse.

Health Psychology Review, Feb 2012


Quote: “Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.” ~ Jesse Owens


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Dr Beecher’s March 2012 Monthly Chiropractic Newsletter

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“The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.” ~ Henry Kissinger


More research points to Chiropratic care…

Spinal Manipulation and Home Exercise Better Than Medication For Neck Pain?

Research shows Chiropractic and light exercise might be best to relieve neck pain…


Also in this issue:

  • Stress – The Silent Killer!!!
  • Stress May Cause Your Brain To Shrink!
  • “Phantom Vibrations” Haunt Stressed Out Smart Phone Users!!!
  • Do You Tebow? What You Don’t Know About Tim Tebow’s Private Life May Change Your Opinion Of The Popular And Controversial Denver Bronco’s Quarterback.

Houston – Ever wake up with a stiff neck?  Or, have you given up on trying to look out the back window in your car because your neck hurts so much when you try?

If you suffer with neck pain, you probably take over-the-counter pain relievers.  Most people with neck pain do.  But, what if there was another way that not only worked better but also didn’t have the side effects associated with those pain relievers? Would you be interested?

That’s why you may be interested in new research published in January in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Here’s what the researchers discovered, according to Chiropractic Economics:

“Two-hundred-seventy-two patients aged 18 to 65 with nonspecific neck pain for two to 12 weeks were randomly assigned to receive SMT, medication, or home exercise with advice for 12 weeks. Up to one year after treatment, patients having 12 weeks of SMT reported greater pain relief than patients in the medication group. Patients in the home exercise with advice group reported just as much pain relief as those in the SMT group over the same period. However, patients having SMT reported that they were more satisfied with care than those in either of the other groups.

“The researchers conclude that SMT and home exercise are similarly effective to each other and both are more effective than medication for neck pain.”

After reading this, you may be asking yourself…


What Is “SMT”?


SMT is “spinal manipulative therapy.”  Chiropractors often call SMT an “adjustment” and Chiropractors are well trained and the leaders in delivering SMT.

For a very long time, the medical community frowned upon SMT and Chiropractic.  Not only was there a lack of research… some actually said SMT performed by Chiropractors was dangerous.

Over the years, this has changed.  First, research was published that showed the safety and efficacy of SMT performed by Chiropractors.

Many open-minded and progressive medical doctors not only embraced SMT, they started referring to Chiropractors.  Some even incorporated SMT into their practices.

It has been wonderful to see what was once called “quackery” accepted into mainstream medicine and smart doctors working hand-in-hand with Chiropractors to give patients the best possible treatments and care.

But, here’s something a little weird.  The research on safety and efficacy mentioned a couple paragraphs back was for back pain, not neck pain. Even though the treatments (SMT) were the same and the structure (the spine) was the same, skeptics squawked that there was, “no proof.”

They said, “the neck is not the low back.”  That’s why it is so nice to see research specifically designed for the neck showing the benefits of SMT. Maybe now more research will be done and more skeptics will be silenced.  The more research, the better, and more doctors from different disciplines working together means more benefits to patients.


Do You Get “Phantom” Text Messages?


Technology can be wonderful. But, it can also cause problems.  Technology has given us life-saving medical procedures and life-ending nuclear weapons.

Clearly, it’s all about how technology is used, which brings us to the immensely popular smart phones.

Smart phones can make your life easier and more enjoyable.  Text messaging and email keep us in touch.  But, is there a downside to all this constant connection?

Techworld reports that stress levels in smart phone users can become so pronounced that some people start experiencing “phantom vibrations” of non-existent text messages.

“University of Worcester Psychologist, Richard Balding, conducted psychometric tests on 100 employed and student volunteers, finding that those who checked their smart phones often were more likely to experience emotional stress.

“This was particularly true when the phones were being used in a work context, with users feeling pressure to check for messages in order to keep abreast of workflow.

“At its worst, as stress levels rose, workers would check their phones more often, creating a negative cycle in which a few even started believing that their phones were receiving alerts when no such alerts existed.”

With smart phones, the distinction between work and private time has all but disappeared.  For many people, there is no more leaving work, work is always wherever you go…  and so is the stress.


Stress May Cause Your Brain To SHRINK!!!


Think you have a big brain?  Well, if you are stressed out, it might be shrinking.     According to a January 13, 2012 article in the Baltimore Sun, A study by Yale University researchers found that stressful life events can reduce gray matter in regions of the brain that regulate emotion and important physiological functions in healthy people to brain structure changes associated with psychiatric disorders, such as addiction, depression and anxiety.

Past studies have only linked stress…

            “The researchers looked at MRIs of more than 100 healthy people. They found the changes soon after stressful events occurred and said the findings may serve as warning signals of future psychiatric disorders and chronic diseases, such as diabetes or hypertension.”


And don’t forget, if you ever have any questions or concerns about your health talk to us. Contact us with your questions. We’re here to help and don’t enjoy anything more than participating in providing you natural pain relief.

Inspirational Story Of The Month –

(Names And Details Have Been Changed To Protect Privacy)

Do You Tebow?

What you don’t know about Tim Tebow’s private life may change your opinion of the popular and controversial Denver Bronco’s Quarterback.


It was projected to be the most watched football playoff game of all time.  Who knows if it actually was? (It really doesn’t matter.)

What matters is why such a prediction was made and who was responsible.

Even if you are not a football fan, you’ve probably heard the name Tim Tebow. If you are like most people, you either love him or hate him.  Well, maybe not hate… just a large amount of dislike.  There is no doubt he has been the center of controversy and media hype all season long.

Why?  Tim Tebow was a first round draft pick in the 2010 NFL draft.  He is the winner of two NCAA National Football Championships.  He was the first-ever sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy.  He was the winner of the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top college football player.  He was the winner of the James E. Sullivan Award as the nation’s most outstanding amateur athlete in any sport.  This season, he brought the Denver Broncos to the playoffs in spectacular fashion by helping them win many last second games.

But, he is also the son of evangelical missionaries and he has openly displayed signs of his faith.  One example is called “Tebowing.”  This is when Tim drops to one knee after scoring, symbolic of thanking Jesus.

What many people may be missing has nothing to do with football.  Granted, winning football games can bring enjoyment to a lot of people’s lives.  But, what Tim Tebow does outside of football is much more important. With the money and fame from football, he will be able to do a whole heck of a lot more.

For example, it is easy to learn about Tebow’s well-documented empathy and humanitarian efforts.  On his official website (TimTebow.com), there’s a link to The Tim Tebow Foundation – Bringing faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.

There is also the story of Zack McLeod.  Zack is a 20 year old former football player who suffered a traumatic brain injury at the age of 17 and was given only a 5% chance of surviving.  But, he did survive… and his dream was to meet Tim Tebow.  So, right before the most pressure-filled and important game of Tim’s life (the previously mentioned playoff game against the New England Patriots), Tebow took time out and spent it with Zack and made Zack’s dream come true.

In a USA Today article, Tim Tebow put it all in perspective:  “We’re playing a game, and you want to win, but you know that it’s not the end of the world,” Tebow says. “Even a bad loss on the football field is better than spending a day (recovering) in a hospital.”

How about this shockingly uncommon stance in today’s world when athletes openly say they don’t want to be role models:  “Tim believes there is more to life than football,” says foundation executive director, Erik Dellenback.  Tebow does not imbibe, display rivers of tattoo ink on his sculpted physique or hang out in nightclubs. Home-schooled on a 44-acre farm outside Jacksonville, he is serious about personal responsibility.

“The biggest reason I don’t (consume alcohol) is because (if I have) a glass of wine, I don’t want to be responsible for a kid looking up to me and saying, ‘Hey, Tebow’s doin’ it — I am going to do it.’ And then he makes a bad decision.  “Because, like it or not, it is serious,” he says. 

In the end, it’s not about Tim Tebow’s religion and whether you are the same faith as him or not.  Instead, it’s about what he does. So far, who can argue with that?

We love helping our patients and their friends and relatives through their tough times and getting them feeling better!  We are here to help you stay feeling better and looking younger!  Don’t be a stranger.  You really can afford Chiropractic care! Don’t wait until you can no longer move!

Did You Know?

10 Good Uses For Salt


            It’s been used throughout human history, it’s mentioned in the Bible, it’s ubiquitous and it’s also cheap. Mined from salt rocks and extracted from sea water, salt is… well, the “salt of the earth.” You can’t healthily live without it. At the same time, you can’t live healthily with too much of it. Get the balance right – in your food and in your life – and salt is worth its own weight.

Here are 10 good uses for salt:  1. Deter ants… Sprinkle salt in doorways, on windowsills and anywhere else ants use to sneak into your house. It’s a sure way to keep them out!  2. Kill grass and weeds growing in cracks in your driveway…Tired of weeding your driveway? Sprinkle salt on the grass and pour very hot water over it. Not only is this a highly effective way to kill unwanted plants, it’s also eco-friendly and cheap.  3. Say goodbye to fleas…If your dogs have fleas, simply wash their doghouse and blankets in salt water. If you’re worried your dogs may have brought fleas into your house, simply sprinkle your carpets lightly with salt and then brush it in. Leave it for 12 hours and thoroughly vacuum.  4. Pick up a dropped egg…If you drop an egg on the kitchen floor, sprinkle salt on the mess and leave it there for 20 minutes. You’ll be able to wipe it right up.  5. Clean up oven spills quickly…If a pie or casserole bubbles over in the oven, pour a handful of salt on top of the spill. It won’t smoke, smell and, most importantly, will bake into a crust that makes the mess easier to clean once it’s cooled.  6. Clean brown spots off your iron…Simply sprinkle salt on a sheet of waxed paper, slide the iron across it and rub lightly with silver polish. Your iron will look like brand-new in no time.  7. Remove stains from your coffee pot…Fill it with 1/4 cup of table salt and a dozen ice cubes. Swish the mixture around and let it sit for half an hour.  Then, fill it with cold water and rinse. Your coffee pot will look brand new.  8. Keep your windshield frost-free…Dip a sponge into salt water and rub it on windows, and they won’t frost up… even when the mercury drops below zero.  9. Soothe a bee sting…Wet the sting right away and cover it with salt.  10. Stop a grease fire…Pouring salt on top of a grease fire will smother it – completely.


Tip Of The Month

How To Beat Germs At Their Own Game!!!


Just in case you don’t know by now: STRESS IS A KILLER.  It used to be theorized that people got sick because germs invading the body were very strong… stronger than the immune system.  For example, it was believed that once you came in contact with the common cold, you would get sick.  Now, modern doctors know the strength of the invaders… or germs… is only part of the story and many believe that is not even the most important part.  On the contrary, another theory is that the body’s immune system (unless you are genetically compromised) is stronger than most – if not all – invaders.  Your body’s immune system will fight off these germs and not get sick unless… and this is a very big unless… there is something weakening your immune system that helps the invaders and germs win.  This can result from poor nutrition, lack of sleep, being over worked, etc.

One of the most common and detrimental things to weaken your immune system is STRESS!!! This is very important to understand because most people lead very stressful lives.  Stress at work, stress from lack of a job, not enough money, relationships, etc. all subtly weaken the immune system. Many researchers believe these common stresses… over years and years… can lead to major illnesses like heart disease, diabetes and more.  That’s why it is important to learn (and practice) ways to relieve stress in your everyday life.  There is no way to reduce ALL the stress in your life, so it is important to do what you can and learn to handle it in the best way possible.

Here are two great tips:  (1) Get away from the source of the stress.  This makes sense, but it is often easier said than done.  For example, if your main source of stress is your job, you probably can’t just quit.  But, it might be wise to start taking steps to make a change.  Just taking positive steps in the right direction can help relieve stress.  (2)  Take time each day to relax.  This is something anyone can do… because you only need about 10 minutes and you can be anywhere.  Some call it meditation, others just a little “me time.”  Whatever you call it, do it every day.  You can daydream, visualize good things or take a nap.  These 10 minutes a day can go a long way to relieve stress and help you live a more healthy life.


Remember, we’re always here to help your body heal

and maintain the pain free body you deserve.


This information is solely advisory, and should not be substituted for medical or chiropractic advice.  Any and all health care concerns, decisions, and actions must be done through the advice and counsel of a healthcare professional who is familiar with your updated medical history. We cannot be held responsible for actions you may take without a thorough exam or appropriate referral. If you have any further concerns or questions, please let us know by calling 281-286-1300.

Dr Beecher’s March 5 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter

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Week of Monday, March 5th, 2012

Mental Attitude: Think About It… Smoking? In 2010, the number of dementia diagnoses around the world was estimated at 36 million with numbers increasing and predicted to double every 20 years. In a study of 6000+ men (average age 56 years), those who smoked were linked to a more rapid cognitive decline. However, those who quit smoking at least 10 years before the start of the study had similar scores as non-smokers.

Archives of General Psychiatry, Feb 2012


Health Alert: Memory Boost? 6 million Americans and 30 million people worldwide are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease each year. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the US and the 5th leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older. New research shows that stimulating key areas of the brain can improve memory. A research team looked at 7 epilepsy patients who already had electrodes implanted in their brains. When nerve fibers in the patients’ entorhinal cortex were stimulated during learning, they later recognized landmarks and navigated better, reflecting improved spatial memory. This may lead to neuro-prosthetic devices that can activate during certain stages of information processing or daily tasks. New England Journal of Medicine, Feb 2012


Diet: Soft Drinks, Smoking and Asthma. A high level of soft drink consumption is associated with asthma and/or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). 13.3% of participants with asthma and 15.6% of those with COPD reported consuming more than half a liter of soda per day. Furthermore, smoking makes this relationship even worse, especially for COPD. Compared with those who did not smoke and consume soft drinks, those who consumed more than half a liter of soft drink per day and were current smokers had a 6.6-fold greater risk of COPD. Respirology, Feb 2012


Exercise: My Max Heart Rate. This is the maximum number of times your heart can beat per minute (bpm). It is a useful measure for workouts, to gauge training intensities. People over 35 years of age who are overweight or have not done exercise for a long time are advised to have their maximum heart rates clinically tested by a trained health care professional. Max Heart Rate For Adult Males: 220 minus your age. For a 25 year-old man it would be 195 bpm (220 minus 25). Max Heart Rate For Adult Females: 226 minus your age. For a 25 year-old woman it would be 201 bpm (226 minus 25). American Heart Association


Chiropractic: Important Posture. Poor posture is associated with asymmetries in motion, leading to accelerated degenerative spinal joint pathology that will, in time, adversely affect the nervous system. Koch et al, 2002


Wellness/Prevention: Constantly Changing. Your body is constantly sloughing off old cells and growing new ones. For example, you shed 600,000 particles of skin every hour, about 1.5 lbs a year. By 70 years of age, you will have lost 105 lbs of skin. Gray’s Anatomy


Quote: “Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.” ~ Gandhi


This Weekly Health News Update is compliments of Dr. Ward Beecher and Beecher Chiropractic Clinic. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at 281-286-1300 or www.BeecherChiropractic.Com.