Dr Beecher’s April 23 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter

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Week of Monday, April 23rd, 2012


Mental Attitude: Get Your Sleep! Older adults with poor sleep habits have an altered immune system response to stress that may increase their risk for mental and physical health problems. Stress leads to significantly larger increases in a marker of inflammation in poor sleepers compared to good sleepers; a marker associated with poor health outcomes and death. Poor sleepers report more depressive symptoms, more loneliness and more global perceived stress relative to good sleepers. As people age, a gradual decline in the immune system occurs, along with an increase in inflammation. Heightened inflammation increases the risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other illnesses, as well as psychiatric problems. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, March 2012


Health Alert: Slow Down — You Move Too Fast? People who are considered ambitious, attend the best colleges and universities, have prestigious careers and earn high salaries don’t necessarily lead more successful lives. Ambition has its positive effects (in terms of career success, it certainly does) but ambitious people are only slightly happier than their less- ambitious counterparts and they actually live somewhat shorter lives.

Journal of Applied Psychology, March 2012


Diet: Fish Oil. Six weeks of supplementation with fish oil significantly increased lean mass and decreased fat mass in test subjects. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, October 2010


Exercise: Good Reasons. Exercise helps you maintain proper muscle balance, reduces the rate and severity of medical complications associated with hypertension, helps alleviate menstrual symptoms and lowers your heart rate response to submaximal physical exertion. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health, 1996


Chiropractic: Adjustment or Microdiskectomy for Sciatica? 60% of patients with sciatica (symptoms of unilateral lumbar radiculopathy secondary to lumbar disk herniation at L3-4, L4-5, or L5-S1) who had failed other medical management (patients must have failed at least 3 months of nonoperative management including treatment with analgesics, lifestyle modification, physiotherapy, massage therapy, and/or acupuncture) benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention. JMPT, October 2010


Wellness/Prevention: Dark Chocolate Good For The Heart. A flavonoid called epicatechin, found in dark chocolate, enhances mitochondria structure in people with advanced heart failure and type 2 diabetes. Mitochondria are cellular structures that provide the energy a cell requires in order to move, divide, and contract. Both heart failure and type 2 diabetes impair these cells, resulting in abnormalities in skeletal muscle. In individuals with diabetes and heart failure, these abnormalities in the heart and skeletal muscle cause decreased functional capacity, resulting in difficulty walking even short distances, shortness of breath, and a lack of energy.

Clinical and Translational Science, March 2012


Quote: “Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.” ~ Albert Einstein


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Dr Beecher’s April 16 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter

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Week of Monday, April 16th, 2012


Mental Attitude: Music and Emotions. Music can evoke positive emotions, which in turn can lower stress levels. In a survey study, positive emotions were experienced more often and more intensively in connection with music listening. The more the participants liked the music, the less stress they experienced. To get the positive effects of music, you have to listen to music you like. University of Gothenburg, March 2012


Health Alert: Slow Brain Growth In Babies Linked To Depression During Pregnancy! Many women experience a roller coaster of emotions during pregnancy: stress, confusion, fear, sadness and depression. Babies whose mothers are depressed during pregnancy have a greater chance of growing slower, resulting in the head and body showing retarded growth. Also, antidepressants increase the risk of slow growth in the development of babies’ brains.

Archives of General Psychiatry, March 2012


Diet: High-Fat Diets Increase Colon Cancer Risk. Eating too much fat and sugar puts a person at greater risk for colon cancer and obesity. In normal tissue from patients with colon cancer, they found that epigenetic marks on genes involved in breaking down carbohydrates, lipids and amino acids (abundant in the fatty Western diet) appeared to have been retrained. Epigenetic marks are chemical modifications that serve as on/off switches for many genes. These foods are changing the methylation patterns on a person’s insulin genes so that they express differently, pumping out more insulin than the body requires. Cancer Prevention Research, March 2012


Exercise: Exercise Linked To Change In DNA. Exercise almost immediately alters DNA in healthy but inactive men and women. Although the genetic makeup is not altered, DNA molecules change structurally and chemically when a person exercises. One researcher noted, “Our muscles are really plastic. We often say ‘You are what you eat.’ Well, muscle adapts to what you do. If you don’t use it, you lost it and this is one of the mechanisms that allow that to happen.”

Cell Metabolism, March 2012


Chiropractic: Is Chiropractic Safe? YES. Chiropractic’s non-surgical, drug-free approach to health places it among the safest of all health care practices. Remember, chiropractic takes nothing out of the body and puts nothing in. As a result, chiropractors enjoy one of the lowest malpractice rates of all health care professionals.

Massachusetts Chiropractic Association


Wellness/Prevention: How Much Selenium? While too much selenium may result in the development of type 2 diabetes, high selenium intake has been shown to protect against certain cancers, such as lung, colorectal, bladder, and prostate cancer. It also increases male fertility and has positive effects on antiviral function. Low selenium intake has been linked to memory and brain decline, low immune system quality, and a greater risk of death. The Lancet, March 2012


Quote: “The main goal of the future is to stop violence. The world is addicted to it.” ~ Bill Cosby


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Dr Beecher’s April 2012 Monthly Chiropractic Newsletter

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“Use what talents you possess – the woods would be very silent

if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” ~ Henry Van Dyke

University of Colorado Research: Grape Seed Extract Kills Head And Neck Cancer Cells –

Leaves Healthy Cells Unharmed!

New Research shows the seeds of grapes

reduce certain tumor growth by 67% and 65%!


Also in this issue:

  • Did you get “Broken Heart Syndrome” after Valentine’s Day?
  • Research: 10 Minute Massage helps reduce inflammation in muscles
  • Regular use of vitamins and minerals could reduce colon cancer risk?
  • The Super Bowl Story More Important Than The Game: Mark Herzlich’s “tweet heard ‘round the world” about defeating cancer.


Houston – Not too long ago, this was a common saying by doctors all across the country: “Vitamins and supplements have no scientific proof.  To be healthy, all you have to do is eat right.  The only thing vitamins will do for you is give you expensive urine.”

Things have changed…

For example, a recent study done by researchers at the University of Colorado and published in the Journal of Carcinogenesis revealed great news about grape seed extract.

According to ColoradoCancerBlogs.org: A study published this week… shows that in both cell lines and mouse models, grape seed extract (GSE) kills head and neck squamous carcinoma cells, while leaving healthy cells unharmed.

“It’s a rather dramatic effect,” says Rajesh Agarwal, PhD, investigator at the University of Colorado Cancer Center and Professor at the Skaggs School of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

It depends in large part, says Agarwal, on a healthy cell’s ability to wait out damage.

“Cancer cells are fast-growing cells,” Agarwal says. “Not only that, but they are necessarily fast growing. When conditions exist in which they can’t grow, they die.”

Grape seed extract creates conditions that are unfavorable to the growth of cancer cells by both damaing the cancer cells’ DNA and inhibiting the pathways that allow repair. But, according to Agarwal, “… we saw absolutely no toxicity to the mice, themselves.”

The article also stated: “Again, the grape seed extract killed the cancer cells but not the healthy cells.”

Here’s some incredible information from the actual abstract of the study (GSE = Grape Seed Extract and HNSCC = Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma): “GSE feeding to nude mice decreased Detroit 562 and FaDu xenograft tumor growth by 67% and 65% (p<0.001), respectively. In IHC analysis, xenografts from GSE-fed groups showed decreased proliferation but increased DNA damage and apoptosis. Together, these findings show that GSE targets both DNA damage and repair, and provide mechanistic insights for its efficacy selectively against HNSCC both in cell culture and mouse xenograft; supporting its translational potential against HNSCC.”

In other words, in this study, grape seed extract reduced the growth of certain cancers by up to 67%, lowered the rate of progression of deadly tumors and DNA damage while inducing apoptosis (programmed cell death) of the cancer cells. Mice have been used to study specific cancer cell lines because they parallel tumor progression and metastasis in a manner similar to humans.

This is extremely important information and here is why…

Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma accounts for 6% of all malignancies in the United States.  Nearly 12,000 people die from this form of cancer every year in the United States. As always, more research needs to be done, but the implications here are extremely exciting.  Who knows how many lives might be saved by all-natural grape seed extract?

Even more important, how many lives might be saved as more and more research is done on other natural substances and supplements to help treat disease, possibly without the side effects of current drugs?

One great example is a study published online on December 20, 2011.   The study published in the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology (CJPP) found that rats given regular multivitamin and mineral supplements showed a significantly lower risk of developing colon cancer when they were exposed to carcinogens.

Another example is Vitamin D.  According to Science Daily, a recent study published in the British Medical Journal found: “Participants with the highest levels of blood Vitamin D concentration had a nearly 40% decrease in colorectal cancer risk when compared to those with the lowest levels.”

Broken Heart Syndrome

Is A Real Condition!!!

If you think you are having a heart attack, you might not be.  You might be suffering from “Broken Heart Syndrome.”

Broken Heart Syndrome, also called stress cardiomyopathy, has symptoms similar to a heart attack such as chest pain and difficulty breathing.

Broken Heart Syndrome often occurs during stressful emotional times.  For example, symptoms can often arise after a painful break-up, the death of a spouse, the loss of a job or extreme anger.

Dr. Binh An Phan, a Cardiologist from Loyola University Health System said, “The good news is that, over time, the symptoms go away. And unlike heart attack patients, people with Broken Heart Syndrome do not suffer lasting damage to their hearts.  Most people will get better in a few weeks without medical treatment.

“During an extremely stressful event, the heart can be overwhelmed with a surge of adrenalin and other stress hormones. This can cause a narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to the heart. It’s similar to what happens during a heart attack, when a blood clot in a coronary artery restricts blood supply to heart muscles. But unlike a heart attack, Broken Heart Syndrome is reversible.”


       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 May Have Been Changed To Protect Privacy)

Did You Miss The Super Bowl

Tweet Heard ‘Round The World?


The Third-String Linebacker For The New York Giants Didn’t Make It Into The Game

But His “Tweet” About Surviving Cancer Was More Important Than Winning It All…


We hear about the superstars every day.  You know, the athletes who star in the big game and make the big plays.  Eli Manning.  Tom Brady.  Most were gifted from birth and their exceptional genetic gifts and strong work ethics have them leading special, if not privileged lives.

Who knows how many little kids are running around New York and the rest of the country wearing an Eli Manning jersey while trying to be just like him in the pick-up football game at school?  One of those kids may be gifted enough, driven enough and lucky enough to be like him some day.

But, those are long odds indeed.  So many pieces of the puzzle must fall into place for that dream to come true.  God-given talent becomes useless if you don’t work hard enough or are unlucky enough to suffer a bad knee injury.

But, there is another football player every single kid (and person) can actually be like, no matter what gene pool you came from or how short, pudgy and slow you are. That player’s name is Mark Herzlich.  He’s a third string linebacker for the New York Giants. I bet you didn’t even see him on the sidelines on Super Bowl Sunday.  So, why is he so special?  It all started with the Tweet heard ‘round the world… 

“2 years ago I was told I might never walk again. Just WALKED off

a plane in Indy to play in The #SuperBowl. #Take That****Cancer.”

As you can imagine, his tweet went viral.  It was re-tweeted by countless people. You might have even seen that tweet but not known the full story behind it.

“Walking off the plane made me think back to how far I had come,” Herzlich said. “Walking down those steps, I remember walking with a limp after my surgery and trying to walk anywhere, so walking down steps again was amazing. I didn’t think the tweet would get that much exposure, but I’m glad it did because it reached a lot more people than I had anticipated in terms of giving them hope. That’s what defeating cancer is all about.”

Herzlich was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer (Ewing’s sarcoma) in his left leg during his senior year as an All-American at Boston College.  After surgery, he vowed to come back and play football again.  He found motivation in his highlight video and strong family support.  Never giving up, he beat cancer and made it all the way to the Super Bowl.

Herzlich added 10,000 followers to his twitter account shortly after he sent that tweet.  One follower wrote, “Obviously, this week is all about football and all about playing, but there are people out there who are going through cancer right now who see that and say, ‘Hey, if he is doing it, I can do it too.’”

That’s right… not everyone can play in the Super Bowl… but everyone can be like Eric Herzlich and never give up.


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?

Surprising Natural Health Tips And Facts


  • During your lifetime, you’ll eat nearly 60,000 pounds of food.
  • Two-thirds of all office visits to family physicians are due to stress-related symptoms.
  • Eating a naturally healthy breakfast every morning makes you less likely to suffer a heart attack.
  • You are around one centimeter taller in the morning than in the evening!
  • Sour flavors like those found in pickles and lemons can curb your appetite.
  • A 4-5% reduction in your water intake may reduce your concentration and performance by as much as 30%.
  • Age spots respond well to Aloe juice applied twice per day, virtually eliminating discoloration.
  • Folic acid has been shown to lessen depression symptoms. This can be found in orange juice, spinach and kale.
  • Capsacin, he primary ingredient in cayenne peppers, can be used topically as a powerful pain reducer for arthritis sufferers.
  • Herbal teas like chamomile, passionflower and lavender calm the nervous system and facilitate a good night’s sleep.


Tips Of The Month

Research Shows A 10 Minute Massage

Reduces Muscle Inflammation…


       Do you have aches and pain? After you wake up in the morning, are you stiff and does it take you a little time to “get going?”  Do your back and neck just feel stiff and sore?  If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then a massage may be just what you are looking for.

Here is why:  According to Science Daily, researchers at McMaster University have discovered a massage as short as 10 minutes can help reduce inflammation in muscles.  This is important because inflammation is a major source of stiffness and pain. “As a non-drug therapy, massage holds the potential to help not just bone-weary athletes but those with inflammation-related chronic conditions such as arthritis or muscular dystrophy,” says Justin Crane, a doctoral student in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster.  While massage is well-accepted as a therapy for relieving muscle tension and pain, the researchers delved deeper to find it also triggers biochemical sensors that can send inflammation-reducing signals to muscle cells.

“The main thing, and what is novel about our study, is that no one has ever looked inside the muscle to see what is happening with massage, no one looked at the biochemical effects or what might be going on in the muscle itself,” said Crane.  “We have shown the muscle senses that it is being stretched and this appears to reduce the cells’ inflammatory response… As a consequence, massage may be beneficial for recovery from injury.”

Crane was surprised that only 10 minutes of massage had such a dramatic effect, especially considering the exercise performed in the study was strenuous and 70 minutes in duration.  The article goes on to report that the results of this research “hint that massage therapy blunts muscle pain by the same biological mechanisms as most pain medications and could be an effective alternative.”  It also showed that one long held “truth” about massage might be false.  In the study, massage did NOT help clear lactic acid from the exercised muscles.



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.

Dr Beecher’s April 9 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter

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Week of Monday, April 9th, 2012

Mental Attitude: The Brain, Aggression & The Media. Research over the past few decades has shown that viewing physical violence in the media can increase aggression in adults and children. A new study has also found that onscreen relational aggression (including social exclusion, gossip and emotional bullying) may prime the brain for aggression. Aggressive Behavior, March 2012


Health Alert: Don’t Be Like A Brit? Britons are dying early because of ignorance and denial of cancer symptoms. If Britain matched the best cancer survival rates in Europe, 11,500 fewer people would die every year. Matching just the European average would save 6,000-7,000 lives every year. Britain’s poor record in early diagnosis is to blame. A survey asked Britons about warning signs and symptoms of cancer. 75% failed to mention pain, coughing, bladder and bowel problems; 66% failed to list bleeding; and only 25% mentioned weight loss or mole changes. 37% who spotted early signs of cancer said they may delay getting checked because they worried about the result. 37% said they may delay getting symptoms checked because it would be difficult to make an appointment to see their GP. 25% said it might be a waste of their doctor’s time. Cancer Research, 2012


Diet: Added Sugar, Obesity And Diabetes. Fructose intake from added sugar is linked with the epidemic rise in obesity, metabolic syndrome and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors that raises a person’s risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and other health problems. Metabolic syndrome currently affects 25% of Americans. If you compared two diets of similar calorie intake (more fructose vs. more starch), the higher fructose diet will lead to greater accumulation of fat around organs and higher insulin resistance.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, March 2012


Exercise: Take A Break From Sitting. Interrupting prolonged periods of sitting with regular, two-minute breaks of light or moderate intensity activity, like walking, may be good for overweight and obese people’s health. Such activity helps their bodies keep glucose and insulin levels under control after consuming a high calorie meal.

Diabetes Care, March 2012


Chiropractic: Tennis Anyone? “A Chiropractor was instrumental in putting my body back together…alternative therapies will play a bigger role in our lives. After all, people like what works”

~ Martina Navratilova – former WTA World No. 1 and 9x Wimbledon Singles Champion


Wellness/Prevention: Vitamin D And Fractures. Vitamin D intake can lower stress fracture risk in girls, especially in regards to injuries caused by high impact activities. There was no evidence that calcium and dairy intakes were protective against developing a stress fracture or that soda intake was predictive of an increased risk of stress fracture or confounded the association between dairy, calcium or vitamin D intakes and fracture risk.

Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, March 2012


Quote: “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” ~ Dalai Lama

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Dr Beecher’s April 2 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter

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Week of Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Mental Attitude: Memory and Stress. Anyone who has ever experienced chronic stress knows it can take a toll on both your emotions and your ability to think clearly. Researchers have discovered a neural mechanism that directly links repeated stress with impaired memory. This study also provides critical insight into why stress responses can act as a trigger for mental illnesses. Neuron, March 2012


Health Alert: Sleeping Pill Dangers! Sleeping pill sales increased by 23% from 2006-2010 and generated about $2 billion in annual sales. Sleeping pills (including Ambien and Restoril) are linked to a 4.6 times higher risk of death and a significant increase in cancer. Among patients who were prescribed just 1-18 sleeping pills per year, the risk of death was

3.6 times higher. Rates of new cancers were 35% higher among patients who were prescribed at least 132 doses a year, compared with those who did not receive prescriptions. BMJ Open, March 2012


Diet: Rosemary Essential Oil On My Mind? Blood levels of a rosemary oil component correlate with improved cognitive performance. Results indicate, for the first time in human subjects, that concentration of 1,8-cineole in the blood is related to an individual’s cognitive performance, with higher concentrations resulting in improved performance. Both speed and accuracy were improved, suggesting that the relationship is not describing a speed-accuracy trade off. Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology, March 2012


Exercise: Yoga And Stress. Yoga may be effective for stress-related psychological and medical conditions such as depression, anxiety, high blood pressure and cardiac disease. The theory could be used to develop specific mind-body practices for the prevention and treatment of these conditions in conjunction with standard treatments.

Medical Hypotheses, March 2012


Chiropractic: Safety of Adjusting. No one pays closer attention to injury statistics than Malpractice Insurance carriers. Scott Haldeman, M.D., D.C. reviewed malpractice claims records for a 10-year period between 1988 and 1997. In reviewing 134.5 million chiropractic adjustments, there were 23 cases of stroke or vertebral artery dissection. 10 of these had complicating factors such as high blood pressure, use of oral contraceptives, or a history of smoking, all associated with vascular disease. The incidence of stroke or vertebral artery dissection following neck adjustments was one per 5.85 million. On average, a chiropractor would have to work for 1430 years (48 full chiropractic careers) for this to happen once! Driving to the office is probably more dangerous. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 2001


Wellness/Prevention: Irregular Heartbeat? An irregular heartbeat, atrial fibrillation, is a strong predictor of cognitive decline and the loss of independence in daily activities in older people at risk of cardiovascular disease. This is just another good reason to maintain your heart health and get checked to prevent heart problems.

Canadian Medical Association Journal, March 2012


Quote: “The more serious the illness, the more important it is for you to fight back, mobilizing all your resources – spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and physical.” ~ Norman Cousins

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