Dr Beecher’s July 28 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter

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Week of Monday, July 28th, 2014

Mental Attitude: Brain Abnormalities in Youths Who Commit Homicide. A new study suggests that adolescents who have committed one or more homicides have significantly different brain structures than those who have not. The results were gathered using MRI findings on 20 brains of youths who committed at least one homicide and 135 youth offenders (criminals) who had not committed a homicide. Among homicide offenders, the MRI scans revealed a significant reduction in gray matter in the areas of the brain associated with impulse control and emotional processing. NeuroImage: Clinical, May 2014


Health Alert: 1 in 8 American Kids Mistreated. More than 12% of kids in the United States experience beatings, neglect, or sexual or emotional abuse. Although lower than 25 years ago, the number of affected children is higher than researchers anticipated. The authors of the study note that the risk of childhood maltreatment is approximately four times higher during their first year of life and to reduce the risk of mistreatment, they recommend that friends and family pay special attention to the needs of parents of very young children. JAMA Pediatrics, May 2014


Diet: Does Variety in Diet Hamper Microbial Diversity in the Gut? Contrary to expectations, fish with more diverse diets have a less diverse population of gut microbes. If this holds true for humans, it could mean that the variety of foods individuals eat can impact their gut microbe diversity. Ecology Letters, May 2014


Exercise: Vibration Exercise Helps Fibromyalgia Patients. Researchers at the University of Indiana have found that whole-body vibration exercise may reduce pain symptoms as well as improve the quality of life of individuals with fibromyalgia. Regular exercise is one of the best known therapies for fibromyalgia, a disorder characterized by musculoskeletal pain and fatigue. Unfortunately, many fibromyalgia patients are reluctant to exercise due to fear of pain increasing with physical activity. Whole-body vibration exercise involves standing, sitting, or lying on a machine with a vibrating platform that causes muscles to contract and relax as the machine vibrates. Indiana University, May 2014


Chiropractic: Positive Expectations Improve Outcomes. Regardless of symptom severity, low back pain patients with more positive expectations appear to achieve better outcomes than patients who are neutral or negative about what to expect from chiropractic treatment. European Spine Journal, June 2014


Wellness/Prevention: Blood Test May Identify Patients at Risk of Cardiovascular Death. A study has identified a gene expression profile associated with an elevated risk of cardiovascular death. Combined with other indicators such as biochemical markers and family history, a simple blood test may identify patients who could benefit from early treatment and counseling to reduce their heart attack risk. Senior author Dr. Gregory Gibson explains, “We envision that with our gene expression-based marker, plus some biochemical markers, genotype information and family history, we could produce a tiered evaluation of people’s risks of adverse coronary events.” Genome Medicine, May 2014


Quote: “The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.” ~ John Green


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 July 21 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter


Week of Monday, July 21st, 2014

Mental Attitude: Learning A Second Language Slows Cognitive Decline. New research suggests that speaking more than one language may slow down age-related cognitive decline, even if the second language is learned during adulthood. Research leader Dr. Thomas Bak writes, “These findings are of considerable practical relevance. Millions of people around the world acquire their second language later in life. Our study shows that bilingualism, even when acquired in adulthood, may benefit the aging brain.” Annals of Neurology, June 2014


Health Alert: Smoking & Passive Smoking Cause Hearing Loss. Smokers are 15.1% more likely to develop hearing loss compared with non-smokers and passive smokers (those regularly exposed to second-hand smoke). Moreover, passive smokers were found to be 28% more likely to develop hearing loss than non-smokers. Lead researcher Dr. Piers Dawes adds, “We are not sure if toxins in tobacco smoke affect hearing directly, or whether smoking-related cardiovascular disease causes microvascular changes that impact on hearing, or both.”

Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, May 2014


Diet: Green Tea Component Disrupts Cancer Cell Metabolism. Researchers have discovered how an active component of green tea called epigallocatechen gallate (EGCG) disrupts the metabolism of pancreatic cancer cells. They found that ECGC suppresses the expression of lactate dehydrogenase A, a critical enzyme in cancer cell metabolism. This finding adds to numerous previous studies that have suggested green tea and its extracts may provide suitable treatment

for cancer. Metabolomics, April 2014


Exercise: Quality of Exercise More Important Than Quantity. Scientists say that to lose weight and maintain optimal health and fitness, the quality of your exercise routine matters more than quantity. This new study suggests greater benefits can be attained from a multi-dimensional exercise program that includes resistance exercise, interval sprint exercise, stretching, and endurance exercise. Journal of Applied Physiology, May 2014


Chiropractic: Shoulder Impingement Syndrome Case Study. A patient with shoulder impingement syndrome underwent chiropractic treatment that included soft tissue therapy, phonophoresis, manipulation, and shoulder exercises. At the end of treatment, the patient was symptom-free with a return to normal of shoulder range of motion and daily activities, including sports-related activities. This case report shows the potential benefit of chiropractic care in resolving symptoms associated with shoulder impingement syndrome. Journal of Physiological Therapeutics, November 2014


Wellness/Prevention: Hospital Drops Obstetric Malpractice Claims By 50%! With a rise in malpractice lawsuits pushing many doctors out of practice and deterring young doctors from pursuing obstetrics, a Connecticut hospital

initiated a series of changes to help curb malpractice claims. By standardizing care, learning and practicing new teamwork

protocols, and enhancing oversight of clinical work, the hospital reduced claims by 50% and cut payments for liability

claims from $50 million to $3 million. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, June 2014


Quote: “Keep your best wishes close to your heart and watch what happens.” ~ Tony DeLiso


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Dr Beecher’s July 14 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter

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Week of Monday, July 14th, 2014

Mental Attitude: Cynics at Higher Risk for Dementia. Cynical, distrustful people may be at a higher risk of dementia, according to a new Finnish study. Researchers found that people with high levels of cynical distrust were three times more likely to develop dementia compared to people with low levels of cynicism. One possible explanation could be that individuals who are more wary of others may also be less socially active, which can increase their dementia risk. Neurology, May 2014


Health Alert: Over 1 in 10 Elderly Injured by Outpatient Care. According to new research, nearly 11% of Medicare patients are victims of medical injuries during outpatient care. The primary causes include receiving the wrong medication, an allergic reaction to a prescribed medication, or complications resulting from treatment. Injury Prevention, May 2014


Diet: Mediterranean Diet May Prevent Childhood Obesity. A new report finds that children who closely follow a diet rich in fish, nuts, grains, fruits, and vegetables are 15% less likely to be overweight or obese in comparison with their peers who do not. European Congress on Obesity, May 2014


Exercise: Bicycling Leads to Good Feelings. Compared with all modes of transportation, people who ride their bicycles are the happiest, followed by automobile passengers and drivers. Transportation, May 2014


Chiropractic: Heavy Physical Work and Low Back Pain. Among Brazil’s urban cleaning workers (drivers, trash collectors, maintenance workers, etc.), musculoskeletal pain — and low back pain in particular — is a major public health issue. Researchers interviewed 657 workers and found that 37% have experienced back pain lasting more than one week during the previous year, and of that group, 62.8% experienced back pain within the last seven days. Workers who described bending over and twisting as part of their job functions were much more likely to experience pain in one or more anatomical regions, as were workers who frequently worked overtime. Of note, workers who performed more dynamic and fewer repetitive movements on the job were less likely to experience back pain. Brazilian Journal of Epidemiology, March 2014


Wellness/Prevention: Elevated Blood Pressure Number Determines Risks. New research points to the type of heart risk individuals face based on which number of their blood pressure reading is high. Researchers found that an elevated systolic blood pressure (top number) was associated with an increased risk of bleeding strokes and stable angina while those with a higher diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) were more likely to be diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Lead investigator Dr. Eleni Rapsomaniki writes, “Our estimates provide vital new information that can be used to improve patient counseling and decision-making for people with hypertension, which are currently based mainly on the risks of heart attack and stroke, and will help to focus guidelines and doctors to the cardiovascular conditions that might

be more common, and in which screening and treatments are more likely to have an effect.” The Lancet, May 2014


Quote: “When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.” ~ Viktor E. Frankl


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 July 2014 Monthly Chiropractic Newsletter

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“Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.” ~ Robert Frost


 Important Message for Arthritis Pain Sufferers:

Study Finds Natural Spice Might Relieve Pain

as Well as Ibuprofen!


Also this month:

  • How the “Black Death” Helped the Human Race: Many are surprised at the results of a new study. Here’s why you shouldn’t be and how this little know fact about the “Black Death” can make you healthier… NOW.
  • Nagging Kills? New study finds nagging by a spouse can shorten their partner’s lifespan!
  • Man With Only $1 In His Pocket Does The UNTHINKABLE! What this person did and his incredible story can change your life!

Houston – Do you suffer from arthritis in one or both knees?  If you do and would like to know how to get some relief, then this information will be very important to you.

Here is Why…

Researchers have found curcumin, a component of the spice tumeric, may work as well as or better than anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.

Tumeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and is best know as one of the ingredients used to make curry and also as the ingredient that gives store-bought mustard its bright yellow color.

For centuries, tumeric has been used by both Chinese and Indian medicine as an anti-inflammatory treatment, and lately it’s been hailed as a “super food” with many possible health benefits.  Some people even claim tumeric can be used to treat medical conditions like Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and even several types of cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society’s website, “Turmeric is a common food flavoring and coloring in Asian cooking. Animal and laboratory studies have found that curcumin, an antioxidant that is an active ingredient in turmeric, demonstrated some anti-cancer effects in the lab. But human research is needed to determine curcumin’s role in cancer prevention and treatment in people. Several types of cancer cells are inhibited by curcumin in the laboratory, and curcumin slows the growth and spread of some cancers in some animal studies. Clinical trials are underway to find out if it can help humans as well.

            “Curcumin is being studied to find out whether it helps other diseases such as arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and stomach ulcers. It is also being studied to see whether it can help lower “bad cholesterol” and improve outcome in kidney transplants. A few early studies have been done in humans, but much more human research is still needed to find out if curcumin can be effective in these uses.”

Good News for

Knee Arthritis Sufferers!

A study published in the March 2014 edition of Clinical Interventions in Aging compared Curcuma domestica (C. domestica) extracts to ibuprofen to treat knee osteoarthritis.  Over 350 knee osteoarthritis patients with high pain scores were given either 1,200 mg/day of ibuprofen or 1,500 mg/day of C. domestica extract.

The study concluded: “C. domestica extracts are as effective as ibuprofen for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.  The side effect profile was similar but with fewer gastrointestinal AE reports in the C. domestica extracts group.”

Two things are very important here…

First, according to this study, C. domestica extract relieves knee osteoarthritis pain.  Even more importantly, the study concluded that the adverse effects were similar to ibuprofen except for fewer gastrointestinal problems.

But, adverse events were only noted if they occurred during the study and drugs like ibuprofen can have even worse side effects. In fact, ABC News reported the results of a large Danish study that found, “People taking ibuprofen — sold under the brand names Advil, Motrin, Nuprin — had [a] 29 percent increased risk of stroke.”

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen is in this group) have carried a warning for increased risk of cardiovascular problems since 2005. C. domestica extract use has not been found to increase an individual’s risk for heart attack or stroke.  Some researchers and doctors speculate that freshly juiced tumeric may outperform tumeric extract but of course, more research needs to be done.

New Study Finds Nagging by a Spouse

Can Shorten Their Partner’s Lifespan!

Sometimes reality sounds more unbelievable than fiction, and this is one of those times.   According to a new study, nagging by a spouse can actually kill you.  That’s right, researchers have finally given anti-naggers some good amunnition to end the badgering.  According to CBS News, “Danish researchers from the University of Copenhagen said having a nagging partner can significantly shorten one’s life, and could result in three extra deaths per 100 people per year.”        The study also said people nagged by their spouses are more likely to develop heart disease and cancer and men are at greater risk than women, if only slightly. Researchers always like to say, “more research needs to be done” but it appears that nagging someone, even if your intentions are good, may be doing more harm than good.

How the “Black Death” Can

Make You Healthier

It might seem strange to think that something like the “Black Death” (also called bubonic plague) can make you healthier, especially since it was one of the most devastating epidemics in human history.

In fact, the bubonic plague is estimated to have killed nearly one hundred million people between 1347 and 1351.  For a better understanding of the devastation, the plague wiped out approximately 30% of all Europeans and almost 50% of Londoners in just four years.

But, a new study sheds a different light on the Black Death, and it is not all bad.

The study published in the journal PLOS ONE suggests that, “people who survived the medieval mass killing plague known as the Black Death lived significantly longer and were healthier than people who lived before the epidemic struck in 1347.”

The article indicates that, “the disease targeted elderly adults and individuals who had been previously exposed to physiological stressors.”

A key point here is that the disease did not just target “older” people.  In fact…

  • The 14th-century Black Death was not an indiscriminate killer, but instead targeted frail people of all ages.
  • Survivors of the plague experienced improvements in health and longevity with many people living to ages of 70 or 80 years, as compared with pre-Black Death populations.
  • Improvements in survival post-Black Death didn’t necessarily equate to good health over a lifespan, but revealed a hardiness to endure disease, including repeated bouts of plague.
  • The Black Death, either directly or indirectly, shaped mortality patterns for generations after the epidemic ended.

This is All Very Interesting Information… but…

Why is Any of This Important to YOU Now?

Good question. This study, like just about all studies, is not “the answer.”  It shows interesting correlations and raises even more interesting questions.

One such question is, since the Black Death only seemed to kill people with weakened immune systems (the frail), wouldn’t it be wise to do everything possible to strengthen your immune system to its full genetic potential by eating right, exercising, getting enough sleep, managing stress, and keeping your nervous system functioning optimally as possible?


            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 With Only $1 In His Pocket


What this person did and his incredible story can change your life!


Do you watch the news?  If you do, it’s very easy have a pretty bleak picture of society because most of the stories you see and hear focus on the negative side of humanity.

Why?  Well, one explanation is that news shows are only interested in one thing: ratings.  Evidently, reporting about the ugly side of life in a tabloid-ish, sensationalized way gets a lot more ratings than stories about good people doing good things.

But, what if people are not as bad as is reported on the majority of the new programs?  What if most people live peacefully together and actually go out of their way to help on another?  What if most people are actually trustworthy and if given the opportunity, would do the right thing?

Here is a perfect example that you may not have heard about on the news…

Joe Cornell is 52 years old and in rehabilitation for drug addiction.  One day at work, while watering trees across the street from the rehabilitation center, Joe heard a car honk.  He looked up and saw that a car had pulled up next to an armored truck and was honking to get the truck driver’s attention.

Joe thought the driver of the car was trying to tell the driver of the truck that he had dropped something.  So after they both pulled away, Joe walked down the street to see what was going in.

Joe immediately saw a large orange bag that he said was similar to the type Santa Claus would carry if it were red.  That orange bag was filled with money.  A lot of money.  $125,000 to be exact!

$125,000 is a lot of money to just about anyone but it was probably even more to Joe who only had $1 in his pocket for lunch that day.  This discovery could have gone a long way to helping Joe recover all the things addiction had taken from him.

While some people would have fantasized about how they were going to spend the money, Joe focused on doing the right thing. He said there was a brief moment when the devil was on his shoulder telling him to keep it  but there was also an angel on his other shoulder asking him what his grandchildren would think decades later and what a poor example he would be if he kept money that was not his.  Joe said no matter how he tried to rationalize it, keeping that money would be stealing.

So, Joe decided to turn the money in.  All of it.  It was not an easy decision for a man with only $1 in his pocket.  But the real question is: WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE?

Seriously, if you found $125,000 and no one knew, would you turn it in like Joe did or would you keep it?

Before you answer, Joe is not alone.  Not too long ago three college kids bought a couch at a thrift store for $20.  When they got home, they found a plastic bag with $40,000 in it.  They also found a deposit slip with the name of the 91-year-old woman who had previously owned the couch.  The college kids found the elderly woman and returned the money.

You see, maybe there are a lot of good people out there doing wonderful things EVERY DAY you just don’t here about on the news.  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?…

An Apple a Day…


Studies are constantly proving that food can be a powerful medicine. Such is definitely the case where apples are concerned. Recently, research has shown that the presence of fresh apples in your diet can improve your memory. Apples are becoming increasingly associated with brain health, as studies have proven that the antioxidants and flavonoids present in apples can reduce the brain-cell inflammation and oxidation that occurs naturally due to the presence of free radicals.

Scientists have also observed that levels of acetylcholine – a specific neurotransmitter that greatly influences brain signals responsible for movement and sensory perception – increase with the regular consumption of as few as two apples a day. Not only that, but regular apple consumption appears to hinder the accumulations of toxins in the brain, particularly one type of toxin called beta-amyloid, which is thought to be one of the main culprits that cause Alzheimer’s disease.

It is no surprise that the popular saying goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” This saying is actually an adaptation to an older proverb – “to eat an apple before bed will make the doctor beg for his bread.”

While apples are now being shown to potentially halt and reverse Alzheimer’s disease, enhance cognitive functions, prevent memory loss, and help in other brain-related matters, there are still a multitude of studies being conducted to prove that apples are the perfect food for diabetics, patients with heart disease, cholesterol, obesity, and even constipation.  While the old proverb says one apple a day is enough, studies suggest increasing that dosage to two apples is a good idea for optimal health benefits.


Tip Of The Month

Want to be More Creative? Do This…


A new study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition claims to have made a remarkable discovery.  As reported by Business Insider,  “Participants who went for a walk saw an 81% increase in tests measuring divergent thinking, a thought process associated with creativity in which you generate a lot of ideas.” 

Walking has been practiced by top thinkers to generate ideas and solve problems for centuries, perhaps even millennia.  The list of “walkers” is like a who’s who in the intellectual and business world.  Aristotle, Friedrich Nietzsche, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg were/are all walkers, and there are plenty more.  Walking tends to stimulate your creative senses in many ways.   One way is that walking simply “activates” or “awakens” your body and brain.  Sitting around tends to deaden your senses. In other words, sitting slows you down and almost makes you numb to new thoughts and ideas.  Walking (even if it’s just around a little room) gets the blood flowing and gets both your body and brain in thinking-mode, ready to produce and/or receive fantastic new ideas.  The walk also gives you a new perspective.  Perspective is extremely important to creative thinking and problem solving.

Walks do one more very important thing:  They keep your spine moving and help reduce back pain.  Sitting for long periods of time not only kills creativity, it slowly destroys your back.  Bad posture and the forces of gravity cause joint “creep” that can cause serious problems over time.  If you want to be even less creative, try thinking while you suffer from chronic back pain.  Staying physically active is one of the best things you can do for both your mental and physical health.

And it’s not good enough to simply exercise at night after you sit all day at a desk.  It is best to take frequent breaks and go for a walk, even if it is just in a little circle next to a tiny cubicle.  Doing this little activity several times a day can pay huge dividends and help you avoid many health problems over the next 10, 20, or 30 years.


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

and maintain the pain free body you deserve.


This information 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 health care professional who is familiar with your updated medical history.

Dr Beecher’s July 7 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter

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Week of Monday, July 7th, 2014

Mental Attitude: Stress Reduces Male Fertility. Past studies have linked stress to a number of health problems including heart disease, asthma, obesity, and depression. A new study suggests that stress can also reduce male fertility. Researchers found that men who experienced two or more stressful life events over the previous year had lower sperm quality compared with men who did not experience any stressful life events. They also found that regardless of stress, jobless men had lower semen quality than those who were employed. Fertility and Sterility, May 2014


Health Alert: Worldwide Obesity Rates Significantly Increased Over the Last 33 Years. During the past three decades, there has been a significant increase in worldwide obesity rates with no significant decline noted in any country. Investigators found that over the previous 33 years, worldwide overweight and obesity rates for adults have increased

27.5%, while rates among children and adolescents increased by 47.1%. Lancet, May 2014


Diet: Do You Eat White Bread? According to new research, when white bread is a staple of an individual’s diet, they are 40% more likely to become overweight or obese compared with those who eat whole grain bread. The researchers conclude, “Consumption of white bread [of] two portions per day or more showed a significant direct association with the risk of becoming overweight or obese.” European Congress on Obesity, May 2014


Exercise: Helps Reduce Amphetamine Use. In some regions of the United States, nearly 20-25% of substance abuse admissions are for amphetamine abuse. A study involving mice showed a relationship between increased physical activity and decreased consumption of available amphetamines. If this corresponds to human subjects, exercise may become a useful tool to help individuals recover from amphetamine drug abuse. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, April 2014


Chiropractic: More Pain-Free Days! A randomized trial involving 400 chronic low back pain patients found patients who received a course of twelve spinal manipulation treatments experienced 22.9 more pain-free days and 19.8 more disability-free days over the next year compared with patients who received no treatment. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, June 2014


Wellness/Prevention: Bad Sunburns While Young Tied to Higher Skin Cancer Risk. A new report suggests that women who get five or more sunburns between the ages of 15 and 20 have an 80% increased risk for melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. Besides melanoma, these groups of women also have a 68% greater risk of basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. Dr. Abrar Qureshi, professor and chair of the department of dermatology at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, explains, “Parents may need to be advised to pay more attention to protection from early-life sun exposure for their kids in order to reduce the likelihood of developing melanoma as they grow up. Older individuals should also be cautious with their sun exposure, because cumulative sun exposure increases skin cancer risk as well.” American Association for Cancer Research, May 2014


Quote: “The function of man is to live, not to exist.” ~ Jack London


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 .