Dr Beecher’s June 24 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter

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Week of Monday, June 24th, 2013

Mental Attitude: Depression and Stroke Risk in Middle-Aged Women. A 12-year study of over 10,000 middle- aged Australian women found that those who suffered from depression had nearly double the risk of stroke compared to non-depressed women in their same age group. The American Heart Association encourages everyone to learn how to recognize a stroke. Think F.A.S.T: F-Face Drooping. A-Arm Weakness. S-Speech Difficulty. T- Time To Call 9-1-1 (or the appropriate emergency services number if you’re outside the United States).

American Heart Association, May 2013


Health Alert: Childhood Disability On The Rise! In the United States, disabilities due to neurodevelopmental and mental health problems increased 16.3% during the first decade of the current century. Six million kids had a disability in 2009-2010, that’s almost 1 million more than in 2001-2002. Pediatric Academic Society, May 2013


Diet: Brain Rewards. Restricting food intake increases the reward value of food, particularly high-calorie and appetizing food. The more successful people are at caloric-restriction dieting, the greater difficulty they will face in maintaining the restriction. Dieting by skipping meals and fasting is less successful than weight loss efforts characterized by intake of low energy, dense, healthy foods. If people want to lose excess weight, it would be more effective to consume healthy, low-fat/low-sugar foods during regular meals, rather than go for long periods of time without eating. NeuroImage, May 2013


Exercise: It’s Not Too Late To Cut Heart Failure Risk! In an eight year study, middle-aged participants drastically reduced their risk of heart failure up to 40% by increasing their cardiovascular fitness level. American Heart Association, May 2013


Chiropractic: No Headaches! Spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) is an effective treatment for tension headaches. In a study, patients who received SMT continued to benefit from care even four weeks after treatment concluded. This is in contrast to patients who received pharmaceutical therapy; they reverted to baseline values when checked a month after treatment ended. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 1995


Wellness/Prevention: Fish Oil, Your Heart, and Stress. A new study finds that regular consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids (most commonly found in cold water fish like Salmon) improves cardiovascular health by dulling the connection between mentally stressful events and cardiovascular functions like heart rate, blood pressure, the fight- or-flight response, and blood flow. Those who frequently find themselves in stressful situations may benefit from adding Omega-3s to their diet. American Physiological Society, May 2013


Quote: “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi


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Dr Beecher’s June 17 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter

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Week of Monday, June 17th, 2013

Mental Attitude: Stress and Problem Solving. People under high levels of chronic stress appear to have impaired problem-solving skills. In a study setting, they solved 50% fewer problems than their non-stressed peers. PLOS ONE, May 2013


Health Alert: Texting While Driving. Teens in the United States receive hundreds of text messages a day, but one message they aren’t getting is that they shouldn’t text and drive. 43% of high school students of driving age reported texting while driving at least once in the past 30 days. The specific act of texting while driving has been found to increase the risk of a crash by 23 times, leading many to conclude that texting while driving is more dangerous than driving while intoxicated. Pediatric Academic Society, May 2013


Diet: Low Vitamin D Levels and Cardiovascular Problems. Increased levels of vitamin D in the body result in lower levels of CRP (c-reactive protein) in the blood. High levels of CRP are associated with the hardening of blood vessels and a greater risk of developing cardiovascular problems.

American Journal of Medicine, May 2013


Exercise: Fibromyalgia and Exercise. For many people who have fibromyalgia, the thought of exercising is painful. However, a recent study shows that light to moderate exercise (light jogging or brisk walking for 20 minutes a day) over a prolonged period of time improves overall symptoms, such as fatigue and trouble sleeping, without increasing pain. Arthritis Care & Research, May 2013


Chiropractic: Recommended For Low Back Pain. According to a study based in the United Kingdom, chiropractic patients with low back pain improved markedly during the first three months of care with high patient satisfaction scores. Considering all costs of care, the study’s author suggests that chiropractic care be considered “in the wider context of health care delivery in the United Kingdom” for all patients with low back pain. University of Portsmouth, May 2013


Wellness/Prevention: Helmet Laws. 900 Americans die each year in bicycle crashes, with three-quarters of the fatalities from head injuries. Bicycle helmets save lives but only 21 US states have laws requiring bicyclists to wear helmets. States with mandatory helmet laws have lower rates of fatalities/incapacitating injuries after bicycle-motor vehicle collisions than states without helmet laws. Pediatric Academic Society, May 2013


Quote: “Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.” ~ Lao Tzu


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Dr Beecher’s June 2013 Monthly Chiropractic Newsletter

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“Never let the demands of tomorrow interfere with the pleasures and excitement of today.”

~ Meredith Wilson


Have you fallen prey to this “newlywed trap”


Study Finds Marriage

A Health Risk?

The Two Things You Can Do To

Be Happily Married Without The Risk

Also this month:

  • Harvard School of Public Health: What may be able to lower overall mortality risk by 27% and mortality risk from heart disease by 35% in older adults?
  • Study: Walking just as good as running for lowering risk of heart-related conditions.
  • Does weight lifting lower blood sugar? New study shocker!
  • Did Birth Paralysis Help Make Him One Of The Biggest Movie Stars EVER? Discover how this star turned a “handicap” into his calling card, and went from bum to World Champion!

 Houston – Most people dream about meeting someone, falling in love, getting married, and living happily ever after, but what if getting married was actually a health risk?

According to a new study published in the scientific journal Health Psychology, the common belief that being happily married is always beneficial to health may not be true.

Why?  The answer appears to be…


In a nutshell, young people who are satisfied with their marriage tend to gain weight soon after saying, “I do.”  Being overweight is a huge risk factor for many health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.

According to Dr. Andrea Meltzer, lead author of the study, “On average, spouses who were more satisfied with their marriage were less likely to consider leaving their marriage, and they gained more weight over time… In contrast, couples who were less satisfied in their relationship tended to gain less weight over time.”

In other words, people who are satisfied with their mate are more likely to gain weight because they are not looking to attract someone else.

Here Is The Real Kicker!

If this study is accurate, it tells us that people view weight loss and maintaining a lower weight as a cosmetic issue and not a health issue.

In other words, many people find it important to lose weight to look good, but do not find it as important to lose weight to be healthy.

Their motivation to be attractive is more important than their desire to be healthy.

It has often been said that if “working out” did not change people’s physical appearance (and help make them more attractive), then almost no one would go to the gym, and gyms would go out of business.  This research appears to reinforce that belief.

So, what are the two things you can do to be happily married WITHOUT the health risks of weight gain?

Eat Right & Exercise!

There is no magic bullet for weight loss and maintaining a healthy AND ATTRACTIVE weight.  It takes effort and commitment.  It is a lifestyle, not a periodic fad.

Make the decision to do whatever it takes to eat healthy and exercise, and then start RIGHT NOW… at this very moment.  If you are eating or drinking something bad while you read this, then do not take another bite or sip.

“Right now” is the answer.  In most cases, procrastination leads to failure.  There is no better time than right now.  In fact, right now is the best time.  Period.

If you don’t know what to eat or how to exercise, there are plenty of experts available to help you.  Chiropractors are extensively trained in exercise, physiology, and nutrition.  You are literally one phone call away from having all the answers you need to start a brand new healthy life!

While we are on the subject of exercise…

New Research Shows That You May

Not Have To Do As Much As You

Thought To Be Healthy…

Here is why, as published by the American Heart Association: “Walking briskly can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as much as running can, according to surprising findings reported in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.”

The study found that both more running and more walking equated to more health benefits.  According to the American Heart Association:

  • Running significantly reduced risk for first-time hypertension by 4.2 percent and walking reduced risk by 7.2 percent.
  • Running reduced first-time high cholesterol by 4.3 percent and walking by 7 percent.
  • Running reduced first-time diabetes by 12.1 percent compared to 12.3 percent for walking.
  • Running reduced coronary heart disease by 4.5 percent compared to 9.3 percent for walking.

According to Paul T. Williams, Ph.D., the study’s lead author,  “People are always looking for an excuse not to exercise, but now they have a straightforward choice to run or to walk and invest in their future health.”

So, when in doubt, GO FOR A WALK.  You don’t have to do an extravagant exercise program.  The key is to do something, do it consistently, and (here it comes again) DO IT NOW!

What About Weight Lifting?

Whether you are into weight lifting or not, here is some very interesting information.

Humans, have both red and white meat, or in other words, both red and white muscle tissue.

People who do endurance training (marathons and triathlons) tend to have more red muscle tissue, and people who do resistance training (like weight lifting) tend to have more white.

This makes sense because when you lift a heavy weight, the chemicals in the white muscle tissue are used for quick bursts of energy and strength.

When you are doing long, steady exercise, chemicals in the red muscle tissue are used for slower, sustained energy.

There is a lot more to the bio-chemistry than that, but you get the picture.

Observations of diabetic patients report a whitening of their muscle tissue.  For a long time, the accepted belief was that this whitening of skeletal muscle from diabetes was harmful.

However, new research has shown just the opposite.  According to Life Science Institute, “In fact, the white muscle that increases with resistance training, age and diabetes helps keep blood sugar in check, the researchers showed.”

Of course, more research needs to be done. This is why it is so important to keep an open mind and go to doctors who stay on the cutting-edge of information and new research.


And don’t forget, if you ever have any questions or concerns about your health, talk to us. Contact us with your questions at 281-286-1300. 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 Birth Paralysis Help Make Him

One Of The Biggest Movie Stars EVER?

Discover how this star turned a “handicap” into his

calling card and went from bum to World Champion!


This is one of the most inspiring rags-to-riches stories EVER. It is someone you know of, but you probably do not know his story about how he went from down-and-out to one of the most popular (and richest) celebrities in history.  We are not going to reveal who he is just yet.  See if you can guess…

Some people are born with a silver spoon in their mouth.  Most are simply born healthy and “normal.”  Others start life behind the eight ball.

This celebrity had a difficult labor, and due to complications at birth, was left with paralysis of the left side of his face, including his lip, chin, and part of his tongue.  This caused part of his face to droop just a little, and it slurred his speech.  This is a big clue. Can you guess who he is yet?

His parents had a rocky relationship, and for the first several years of his life, he was forced to live in several foster homes.  He later lived with his parents again, but had many “issues.”

For example, his slightly drooping face and slurred speech made him an easy target for cruel children.  He was involved in a lot of fights that led to suspensions from school.  He also had very poor grades.  By all appearances, he was the kind of person who would never amount to anything in life.

Anyway, fast-forward to his grown-up years…

Our future star’s adult life started out just as bad as his childhood.  At one point, he was so broke he got evicted from his apartment and lived on the streets for three weeks.

Desperate times called for desperate measures.  Thinking he had no other options, he went on a casting call for a soft-core pornography movie and was chosen for the film.  He made $200 for his first “acting” role.  This was probably 40 years ago, so $200 had more spending power than it has now, but obviously it was not the career or life he wanted.  He said he was at the end of his rope and it was either do this “movie” or rob someone.

He struggled, but always worked hard and pushed forward.  He actually started attending college, but did not graduate. Instead, he moved to New York to become an actor.  He went to casting call after casting call.  No takers.  After all, who would want an actor with slight paralysis of his face and slurred speech?

So he decided to try writing a movie.  Once again, he failed.  Over and over, he failed.  Once again, he was so broke he could not eat.  Out of desperation, he sold his dog for $50 to a man outside a liquor store.  This devastated him.  But within one week, everything changed…

He watched a boxing match between Muhammad Ali and a guy named Chuck Wepner.  After watching that fight, he wrote an entire movie script in just three days.  He pitched the script to a movie studio and they wanted it, but they didn’t want him as the lead role.  He stuck to his guns and took much less money and they made him the lead.

He immediately went back to the liquor store to get his dog back.  The person he bought it from charged him $3,000!  But he didn’t care.

The movie went on to be a blockbuster and won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Film Editing.  It was turned into a series that has grossed over $1.25 billion.

If you haven’t guessed already, the actor is Sylvester Stallone and the movie is Rocky.  The moral of the story is to believe in yourself and never give up.  They say necessity is the mother of invention.  Well, Sly wrote a darn good movie when he couldn’t eat and wanted his dog back. J


Did You Know?…

Go Bananas!


Bananas are the world’s 2nd most popular fruit.  In western countries, they account for almost 3% of a grocer’s total sales and they are also the #1 thing grocery shoppers complain about — usually when they are overripe or even freckled.  Actually, spotted bananas are sweeter, with a sugar content of more than 20% (compared with 3% in a green banana).

The banana plant is not a tree. It is actually the world’s largest herb.  Because of their impressive potassium content, bananas are highly recommended by doctors for patients whose potassium levels are low.  One large banana, about 9 inches in length, packs 602 mg of potassium with only 140 calories.  That same large banana even has 2 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber.  It’s no wonder the banana is considered an important food to boost the health of malnourished children!

Those reducing sodium in their diets can’t go wrong with a banana with its mere 2 mgs of sodium.  For the carbohydrate counters, there are 36 grams of carbs in a large banana.  So, why isn’t the banana the world’s most popular fruit? That title belongs to what the French used to call “the apple of love” and the Germans “the apple of paradise” – the mighty tomato.


Tip Of The Month

Harvard School of Public Health:

What may be able to lower overall mortality risk by 27%,

and mortality risk from heart disease by 35% in older adults?


Want to live longer?  I bet you do.  We all do.  Well, at least most people do!  Some people are continually searching for ONE BIG THING they can do to add years to their life and feel better.  But the truth of the matter is, health and longevity come down to two factors:  genes and environment.  You are born with your genes, and as of right now, there is very little you can do about that.  Scientists are constantly studying ways to manipulate our genes.  Some think this will eventually cure all disease and make life wonderful, while others believe this is a mistake and humans should not meddle with Mother Nature but that’s a whole other subject.

But the other factor, environment, is somewhat under our control.  We can largely control what foods we eat, exercise we do, rest we get, and how we handle stress.  Of course, there is always the debate over where our food comes from and if the source is contaminated.  In general, eating a diet that stays away from processed food is better than one that doesn’t.  Chances are, a spinach salad is healthier for you than a burger, and there are certain types of food you want to make sure you eat.

For example, here’s what was published on the Harvard School Of Public Health website: “Older adults who have higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids – found almost exclusively in fatty fish and seafood – may be able to lower their overall mortality risk by as much as 27% and their mortality risk from heart disease by about 35%, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the University of Washington. Researchers found that older adults who had the highest blood levels of the fatty acids found in fish lived, on average, 2.2 years longer than those with lower levels.”

This study was published online April 1, 2013 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  The Harvard publication also stated, “Previous studies have found that fish, which is rich in protein and heart-healthy fatty acids, reduces the risk of dying from heart disease.”  In this study, participants with the highest levels of all three types of fatty acids (DHA, EPA and DPA) had a 27% lower risk of total mortality due to all causes.

How much fish should you eat to possibly get the benefits seen in this study?  According to Harvard:  “When the researchers looked at how dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids related to blood levels, the steepest rise in blood levels occurred when going from very low intake to about 400 mg per day; blood levels rose much more gradually thereafter… The findings suggest that the biggest bang-for-your-buck is going from no intake to modest intake, or about two servings of fatty fish per week.”  This study did not talk about fish oil supplements and their possible use.  It is possible that fish oil supplements can help, especially if it is difficult for you to get the recommended servings of actual fish every week.


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 June 10 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter

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Week of Monday, June 10th, 2013

Mental Attitude: Depression and Dementia. Those with late-life depression are 1.85 times more likely to develop all-cause dementia, 1.65 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, and 2.52 times more likely to develop vascular dementia. The phrase “all-cause dementia” refers to all dementia syndromes, the most common of which is Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60-80% of all dementia cases. Alzheimer’s is associated with memory problems and apathy in early stages, and impaired judgment, confusion, disorientation, behavior changes, and difficulty speaking in later stages. Vascular dementia is the second most common cause of dementia, and is associated with impaired judgment or ability to plan and complete tasks, as

opposed to memory loss that is common in early stages of Alzheimer’s. British Journal of Psychiatry, May 2013


Health Alert: What Concussion? Many United States high school football players think it’s okay to play with a concussion even though they know they are at risk of serious injury. Over 90% of players polled recognized a risk of serious injury if they returned to play too quickly, but only 54% would always or sometimes report their concussion symptoms to their coach. Pediatric Academic Society, May 2013


Diet: Fight Inflammation! Chronic inflammation is a condition that can be triggered by obesity and can ultimately lead to both cardiovascular and metabolic disease. Some foods that are known to combat unhealthy inflammation are citrus fruits, leafy greens, tomatoes, wild salmon, and whole foods high in fiber.

University of Alabama at Birmingham, March 2013


Exercise: ‘Walkable’ Neighborhoods. Preschool children are less likely to be obese if they live in a neighborhood that is safe and within walking distance of parks and retail services.

Pediatric Academic Society, May 2013


Chiropractic: I Like Those Odds! Patients who went to a chiropractor first had were less likely to undergo surgery than those who went to a surgeon first. 42.7% of workers with back injuries who first saw a surgeon had surgery, in contrast to only 1.5% of those who initially saw a chiropractor. Spine, December 2012


Wellness/Prevention: Brain Power Boost. Regularly consuming the healthy fats found in fish, extra virgin olive oil, and nuts may assist in maintaining cognitive functions in older individuals.

British Medical Journal, May 2013


Quote: “Without the benefits of Chiropractic, I don’t think I would be able to remain as fit and active today.”

~ Joe Morgan, Professional Baseball Hall of Fame Member


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 BeecherChiropractic.com .


Dr Beecher’s June 3 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter

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Week of Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Mental Attitude: Suicide Rates Rise! Suicide rates among middle-aged (35-65) Americans have risen 28% in the past 10 years with the largest increase among people in their 50s at nearly 50%. Suicide deaths have become more common than deaths from car crashes. In 2010, there were 33,687 deaths from car crashes and 38,364 suicides in the United States. Suicide prevention strategies include improving social support and community connectedness, increasing access to mental health and preventive services, and decreasing the stigma and barriers linked to asking for help. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, May 2013


Health Alert: Heart and Brain Function. People with the greatest risk for heart disease performed 50% worse on cognitive tests when compared to people with the lowest risk profile. Diabetes, bad cholesterol, and smoking were all negatively linked to poor cognitive scores. Stroke, May 2013


Diet: Just One Meal. A single fatty meal can cause the heart to beat harder and increase blood pressure. Researchers analyzed the effects of eating a high-fat fast food meal (42 grams of fat) and eating a meal with no more than 1.3 grams of fat. When subjected to a series of standard stress tests, those who ate the high-fat meal saw their blood pressure go up 1.25 to 1.5 times higher than those who ate the low-fat meal. Journal of Nutrition, April 2007


Exercise: Only 1 in 5 Adults… Only 20% of American adults perform the recommended amount of exercise as outlined in federal guidelines. Adults should get at least two and a half hours each week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (like walking), or one hour and 15 minutes each week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (like jogging), or a mixture of both. Adults should also engage in muscle strengthening activities, including sit-ups, push- ups, or exercise using resistance bands or weights. All major muscle groups should be involved in these activities and should be done at least two days every week. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, May 2013


Chiropractic: Asthma? A review of published literature shows that patients with asthma who incorporate chiropractic care into their current asthma treatment plan may experience a decrease in the severity of their symptoms. Logan College of Chiropractic, December 2012


Wellness/Prevention: Celery and Cancer Cells Mortality. One way cancer cells thrive is by simply not dying as other cells are pre-programmed to do. Apigenin, a compound found in plant based foods like parsley and celery, has been observed in a laboratory setting to re-educate breast cancer cells to die as scheduled.

Ohio State University, May 2013


Quote: “I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.”

~ Thomas A. Edison


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 BeecherChiropractic.com .