Dr Beecher’s August 26 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter

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Week of Monday, August 26th, 2013

Mental Attitude: Healthcare Incentives? When faced with paying higher health insurance premiums for not exercising, a study found that 97% of enrollees met or exceeded a set fitness goal of 5,000 steps per day within one year. Behavioral Translational Medicine, May 2013


Health Alert: Painkiller Drug Overdoses! From 1999 to 2010 there was a five-fold increase (48,000 deaths) in women dying from prescription painkiller overdoses. Painkiller deaths greatly outnumbered overdoses from illegal drugs and from motor vehicle crashes. Overall, drug overdose suicide deaths accounted for 34% of all suicides among women, compared with 8% among men in 2010.

Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, June 2013


Diet: Western Diet? Children of women with a “Western dietary pattern” (characterized by high intakes of organ meat, red meat, processed meat, pizza, legumes, potatoes, French fries, condiments, and mayonnaise, but low intakes of fruits) had a higher risk of giving birth to a child with a cleft lip or cleft palate. Women who consumed the greatest amount of these foods had nearly double the risk compared with those who consumed the least. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2007


Exercise: Good Reasons. Exercise makes your heart a more efficient pump and helps to decrease left ventricular hypertrophy (a thickening of the walls of the left ventricle) in people with hypertension. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health, 1996


Chiropractic: Effective Care! Many companies say chiropractic coverage has lowered their medical and workers’ comp costs while also raising overall health and productivity. Work time lost for employees with back injuries who used chiropractic care was only nine days as compared with 34.5 days for workers who used medical care. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, December 1997


Wellness/Prevention: Lower Your Risk. During a decade long study, participants who slept 7 hours or more per night, exercised 3.5 hours or more per week, ate a healthy Mediterranean-style diet, consumed only moderate amounts of alcohol, and didn’t smoke had a 65% lower risk of a cardiovascular disease event and an

83% lower risk of dying from one. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, July 2013


Quote: “Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.”

~ Thomas Jefferson


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Dr Beecher’s August 19 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter

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Week of Monday, August 19th, 2013

Mental Attitude: Optimism and Stress. A six-year study of 135 older adults (>60 years old) found that pessimistic people have a higher baseline level of stress and have a more difficult time handling stress than their more optimistic peers. Health Psychology, May 2013


Health Alert: Decrease Your Heart Disease Risk. High blood pressure affects 33% of U.S. adults and doubles their risk for heart disease. 32 million Americans have dangerously high total blood cholesterol levels of 240 mg/dL or greater. Simultaneously controlling your high blood pressure and high cholesterol may cut your risk for heart disease by half or more. Circulation, July 2013


Diet: Don’t Skip Breakfast! A 16-year study of nearly 27,000 male health care professionals found that those who skipped breakfast were 27% more likely to suffer from coronary heart disease. Circulation, May 2013


Exercise: Does Eliminating Video Games Increase Physical Activity? A three year study of Australian pre- teens replaced sedentary video games (played with a gamepad/joystick) with either active video games that require physical movement or no video games at all to see if either increased daily moderate or vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and/or decreased sedentary time. When the study concluded, researchers did not find a significant change in either the children’s MVPA (+3.2 minutes/day for active games and +3.8 minutes/day for no games) or sedentary time (-6.2 minutes/day for active games and -4.7 minutes/day for no games).

British Medical Journal Open, July 2013


Chiropractic: Chiropractic Training. What does it take to become a Doctor of Chiropractic? In most countries, chiropractors must complete a minimum of 6 years of college and post-graduate studies (the average is 7 years) to earn their degree. Their education includes at least 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience. Then, graduates must pass National and/or State Board examinations and become licensed by the state or province before they can practice. World Health Organization, 2005


Wellness/Prevention: Dad’s Lifestyle Choices? Germ cells are sperm and egg cells and their precursors. Mutations to a father’s germ cells caused by lifestyle choices (like smoking) are present in all the cells of his progeny. These mutations are also present in his children’s own germ cells. This means that a father’s lifestyle has the potential to affect the DNA of multiple generations and not just his immediate offspring.

The FASEB Journal, July 2013


Quote: “Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” ~ Hippocrates


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Dr Beecher’s August 12 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter

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Week of Monday, August 12th, 2013

Mental Attitude: Music and Pain. A research trial involving 42 children (ages 3-11) found that those who listened to music during unpleasant procedures (such as administering an IV) experienced lower perceived pain levels and less discomfort. JAMA Pediatrics, July 2013


Health Alert: Brain’s Motivation Blunted! Long-term cannabis users tend to produce less dopamine, a chemical in the brain linked to motivation. Dopamine levels in a part of the brain called the striatum were lower in people who regularly smoke cannabis, especially those who began taking the drug at a younger age. This explains why some cannabis users appear to lack motivation to work or pursue their normal interests. The lowest dopamine levels were seen in users who met diagnostic criteria for cannabis abuse or dependence, raising the possibility that this measure could provide a marker of addiction severity. Biological Psychiatry, July 2013


Diet: The Gut and Autism? Autism rates have risen over recent years. Heightened awareness and more diligent efforts at diagnosis account for some of the increase, yet researchers believe an epidemic is occurring. One possible factor is the overuse of antibiotics at an early age. This lowers the diversity of the gut microflora and lower diversity of gut microbes is positively correlated with the presence of autistic symptoms. Bacterial richness and diversity are essential for maintaining a robust and adaptable bacterial community capable of fighting off environmental challenges. PLOS ONE, July 2013


Exercise: Forced Stress Relief. It’s known that physical exercise reduces a participant’s stress and anxiety levels. Interestingly, in a study setting, people who exercised even when they didn’t want to received the same anxiety and stress reducing benefits as those who actively chose to exercise. Journal of Neuroscience, May 2013


Chiropractic: Very Popular! Patient surveys show that chiropractors are used more often than any other alternative provider group, and patient satisfaction with chiropractic care is very high. According to a 1997 survey, the number of Americans utilizing chiropractic care tripled from 1980-1997. Annals of Internal Medicine, 2002


Wellness/Prevention: Turmeric. Turmeric, an ingredient found in most yellow mustards, has long been known to have medicinal values. New research has found that curcumin, a substance in turmeric, provides lasting protection against potentially deadly lung damage (bronchopulmonary dysplasia) in premature infants.

American Journal of Physiology, July 2013


Quote: “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


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Dr Beecher’s August 2013 Monthly Chiropractic Newsletter

“All misfortune is but a stepping stone to fortune.”

~ Henry David Thoreau

Medical Research Sheds Light On Hunger and Risk…


Never Make Decisions Hungry!


Fruit Flies Give You A Good Reason To

Eat Before Doing Important Things


Also this month:

  • How Plate Size Affects How Much You Eat: Research shows how an “optical illusion” makes people eat more or less simply based on the size of the plate the food was served on. See if you are falling prey to this common problem…
  • Is Yoga Good For Your Brain? Researchers report 20 minutes of Yoga stimulates brain function!
  • Breast Feeding Creates Bigger Brains? MRI evidence shows breast feeding increases brain growth in babies!
  • Years of Crucial Baby Nutrition: Why the first 1,000 days are so important and a can “haunt” your child for the rest of their life!


Houston – Have you heard of the term, hangry?  Even if you haven’t, I can almost guarantee you’ve experienced it. According to the Urban Dictionary, the definition of hangry is: “When you are so hungry your lack of food causes you to become angry.”

Here is hangry used in a sentence:  The service in this place stinks!  I ordered my food over an hour ago.  I’m starving and starting to get really hangry!

Come on.  You can admit it…

You’ve Been Hangry!

We all have, and hangry is not a good place to be.  Well, now research is showing how being hungry affects our decision making.

According to an article published by the Max Planck Society, hunger affects not only decision making, but also the perception of risk.

According to the article, “Hungry people are often difficult to deal with. A good meal can affect more than our mood, it can also influence our willingness to take risks. This phenomenon is also apparent across a very diverse range of species in the animal kingdom. Experiments conducted on the fruit fly, Drosophila, by scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Martinsried have shown that hunger not only modifies behavior, but also changes pathways in the brain.”

Studies show that animals are willing to take much more risk depending on how hungry they are.  For example, an animal will only hunt dangerous prey when hungry.  If they are not hungry, they will try their luck getting a meal in a less hazardous way.

That seems pretty obvious, but here’s something that is NOT obvious… and even a little surprising.  One study found that hungry humans took significantly more financial risk than their well-fed colleagues.

One obvious lesson here is…

Never Make Financial

Decisions When You’re Hungry!

Of course, make sure your financial advisor and stock brokers are also well fed.  Maybe call them and make sure they have a good breakfast before they start their work day!  J

On a more serious note, it is obvious that blood chemistry is seriously affected by what and when you eat.  Your blood chemistry is extremely important when it comes to both your physical and mental health.

Hangry may seem funny, but when you are hungry, your body is not functioning optimally.

Your muscles and brain are not getting the nutrients they need.  Bad decisions and risk taking are just the tip of the iceberg. Not giving your body the nutrients it needs when it needs them can affect every organ and cell in your body.

Understand this:  If you want to GAIN WEIGHT, being “hangry” is one of the best ways to do it.

Why?  Because weight loss is best accomplished when you keep your blood sugar levels stabilized.  This can be accomplished by eating small portions of the correct foods multiple times throughout the day.  Often times, eating five or more small meals is ideal.

If you have reached the point when you feel hunger, then you are falling behind.  Hunger means your blood sugar levels have already dropped.  (Becoming “hangry” is a whole different level!)

But this does not mean you should eat as much as you want whenever you want.

The answer is to eat the right foods, at the right times, in the right portions.

Portion size is a BIG problem for most people.  But, believe it or not, you can be “tricked” into eating or drinking more  (or less) than you think you are.

Here is how:  You’ve heard the statement, “Everything is relative.”  Well, relative is a HUGE factor when it comes to how much you decide to eat.

There is something called the Delboef illusion.  This illusion occurs when people misjudge the size of identical circles when they are surrounded by larger circles of different sizes.

For example, people will think a circle is smaller if the circle surrounding it is huge and vice versa.

Researchers found that the same illusion applies to plates we eat our food on.

When the same portion of food is served on a very large plate, it seems like less food than when it is served on a small plate.

According to an article published by the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, “For example, in a study conducted at a health and fitness camp, campers who were given larger bowls served and consumed 16% more cereal than those given smaller bowls. Despite the fact that those campers were eating more, their estimates of their cereal consumption were 7% lower than the estimates of the group eating from the smaller bowls. This suggests that not only could large dinnerware cause us to serve and eat more, it can do so without us noticing and trick us into believing we have eaten less.”

The Cornell article also revealed how we can use this optical illusion to our favor.  Here is how:  Serve the vegetables and healthy foods many people do not like on large plates.  The large plate will make the portion look small and easier to eat.  On the contrary, serve bad foods, like desserts, on small plates to make the serving size look bigger.

Want To Stimulate Your Brain

In Just 20 Minutes?

A study recently published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health found that a 20-minute session of yoga improved participants’ speed and accuracy on two measures of brain function associated with the ability to focus and take in, retain, and use new information.  The study had 30 participants, and researchers said they performed significantly better immediately after the yoga practice than after moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise for the same amount of time.


              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)


Man Celebrates 65th Birthday

By “Paying It Forward”



If you have seen the movie Pay It Forward, you have an idea what we are talking about.  If not, it doesn’t matter because the concept of “Paying it Forward” is much, much, much older than the movie that made it popular.

The concept can be dated back to 1841 when Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “In the order of nature, we cannot render benefits to those from whom we receive them, or only seldom. But the benefit we receive must be rendered again, line for line, deed for deed, cent for cent, to somebody.”

In 1916, Lily Hardy Hammond wrote, “You don’t pay love back; you pay it forward.”

In a nutshell, pay it forward is asking the beneficiary of a good deed to repay it to others instead of to the original benefactor.  In other words, passing on the good to the rest of the world, especially those who may not be in a position to pay YOU back or give ANYTHING to you in return.

That’s exactly what Doug Eaton decided to do for his 65th birthday.  As the story goes, he turned 65 on June 11, 2012.  He was looking for something to do, so he asked his friends on Facebook what he should do.  He got a whole bunch of suggestions.  Some were good.  Some were bad.  Many were ridiculous.  One was brilliant.

That suggestion was, “Why don’t you do 65 random acts of kindness?”  Eaton immediately knew that was the winner.

According to Yahoo: [Eaton spent] 65 minutes standing on the corner of NW 39th Street and May Avenue in Oklahoma City, handing out $5 bills to people who passed by. He told his Facebook friends that he handed out more than $375, but the response – and the amount of good cheer he shared – was priceless. From a distance, Eaton looked a bit like any other panhandler holding a sign at a street corner, but instead of a plea for money, his sign read: “I have a home… and a car… and a job. Do you need a few bucks for some coffee?”

As you can imagine, people who drove by were shocked.  Some just drove by shaking their heads.  Others told him, “God bless you.”  Many did not want to take his money.

Eaton posted on Facebook, “One obviously needy truck holding a family came around the second time after misunderstanding the first time to give ME $2 just to bless ME for what I was doing.  I took their money AND gave them a $5. We kind of traded blessings.”

A lot of people told him to give theirs to someone else.

But, Eaton did not invent this birthday act of kindness idea.  In 2010, Robyn Bomar turned 38 by doing 38 random acts of kindness.  Bomar wrote on her blog, “I planned out 38 things ahead of time, just in case, but really was praying for opportunities to present themselves throughout the day. My husband, three daughters, and my husband’s parents joined me in the most favorite birthday of my life!”

That day changed Bomar’s life and she started a website with an online community of people who celebrate their birthdays by paying it forward.  The website is www.thebdayproject.com.  Now you know what to do for your next birthday! J



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 Facts About Carrots


  1. Carrots are 88% water.
  2. The carrot primarily gets its characteristic and bright orange color from beta-carotene.
  3. Carrots are rich in antioxidants and minerals.
  4. Carrot greens are edible as a leafy vegetable, but are only occasionally eaten by humans.
  5. Baby carrots are really just carrots that have been cut and peeled into uniform cylinders.
  6. Growing carrot plants with tomato plants increases tomato production.
  7. The carrot is one of the top-ten most economically important vegetables crops in the world.
  8. Carrots can be stored for several months in the refrigerator or over winter in a moist, cool place.
  9. Carrots are a member of the Umbelliferae family, which also includes celery, parsley, dill, cilantro, caraway, cumin, and the poisonous hemlock.
  10. Eating too many carrots can cause a person’s skin to turn yellowish orange, especially on the palms or soles of the feet. This is called carotenemia. It is completely reversible once the consumption of carrots is reduced.



Tip Of The Month

Want The Best For Your Newborn?

Research Shows Breastfeeding Creates Bigger Brains –

Why What Your Baby Eats For The First 1,000 Days Is So Important!


Doctors, researchers, and parents have always wanted to know how much nutrition in early life affects adults later in life.  Can adults overcome poor nutrition in the first few months or years of life or are there consequences to starting off life eating sub-optimal food? Both epidemiological and animal studies have shown the risk of metabolic syndrome is significantly increased after exposure to suboptimum nutrition during crucial periods of development.  Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart disease and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke.

What about IQ?  According to an article published in Neuroimage (May 28, 2013), “The prevailing consensus from large epidemiological studies posits that early exclusive breastfeeding is associated with improved measures of IQ and cognitive functioning in later childhood and adolescence. Prior morphometric brain imaging studies support these findings, revealing increased white matter and sub-cortical gray matter volume, and parietal lobe cortical thickness, associated with IQ in adolescents who were breastfed as infants compared to those who were exclusively formula-fed.” 

In other words, a majority of researchers believe (based on studies) that breastfed babies have higher IQs than babies who were given formula.  A new study from Brown University has found more evidence to the superiority of breastfeeding over formula. The study used MRIs to look at the brain growth in a sample of children under the age of four. The research found that by age two, babies who had been breastfed exclusively for at least three months had enhanced development in key parts of the brain compared to children who were fed formula exclusively or who were fed a combination of formula and breast milk. The research showed the extra growth was most pronounced in parts of the brain associated with language, emotional function, and cognition.

We’re finding the difference [in white matter growth] is on the order of 20 to 30 percent, comparing the breastfed and the non-breastfed kids,” said the study’s lead researcher, Sean Dioni. PhD. “I think it’s astounding that you could have that much difference so early.” 

With everything researchers and doctors now know, breastfeeding is the clear choice if you want the best for your child both now and as an adult.


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 August 5 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter

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Week of Monday, August 5th, 2013

Mental Attitude: A Happy Marriage. People in happy marriages live less “in sickness” and enjoy more of life “in health.” Couples in positive marital relationships sustain health over the long run. Those with higher marital conflict are more likely to report poor health. The implication is that marital conflict is a risk factor for poor health. Couples who fight or frequently argue should seek professional help to reduce their conflict because it is affecting their health. Happily married spouses encourage one another to stay current on doctor’s appointments, sleep better, drink less alcohol, and participate more in healthy activities. In a happy marriage, when spouses have a bad day, they’re more likely to support each other and empathize with each other. This support reduces stress and helps buffer against a decline in health. Journal of Marriage and Family, June 2013


Health Alert: Tobacco Control! Tobacco control measures put in place in 41 countries between 2007 and

2010 will prevent some 7.4 million premature deaths by 2050. These policies can lead to other benefits such as fewer adverse birth outcomes related to maternal smoking (including low birth weight), reduced healthcare costs, and increased productivity due to less smoking-related disease. World Health Organization, July 2013


Diet: Fish Oil DHA. Chronic inflammation is a major factor in a wide range of health issues from arthritis to cardiovascular disease, and DHA (found in fish oil) is known to temper this problem. Researchers found that macrophages (a type of white blood cell) use DHA to produce “maresins,” which serve as the “switch” that turns inflammation off. The FASEB Journal, July 2013


Exercise: Good Reasons. Exercise improves your mood and helps to increase your overall health awareness.

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


Chiropractic: Drop That Blood Pressure. Patients who had upper thoracic chiropractic adjustments showed statistically significant decreases in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Placebo and control groups demonstrated no such changes. Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics, 1988


Wellness/Prevention: Tea Tree Oil. Treating fungal infections of the nails (onychomycosis) with a cream containing 2% butenafine and 5% tea tree oil cured 80% of patients. Topical application of tea tree oil cream for athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) reduces the symptoms of tinea pedis as effectively as tolnaftate, an over the counter antifungal medication. Australasian Journal of Dermatology, July 2013


Quote: “I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.” ~ 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 .