Dr Beecher’s May 13 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter

Week of Monday, May 13th, 2013



Mental Attitude: A Later Life Crisis? 32% of males and 33% of females ages 60-69 have experienced a so-called

“later life crisis”. The most common stimuli for these episodes were bereavement, sickness, injury to themselves or

to others, and caring for a sick or disabled loved one. The stressful life event can make the individual aware of their

own frailty and death. Some people react with resilience and set new goals, while others focus more on the present,

trying to enjoy life more than they did before. British Psychological Society, April 2013


Health Alert: Hip/Knee Replacement? Joint damage from osteoarthritis is responsible for 80% of hip replacements

and 90% of knee surgeries. Only 50% of individuals with arthritis who had a hip or knee replacement reported a

significant improvement in pain and mobility after surgery. 25% of patients who get a single joint replacement will

have another within two years. Arthritis & Rheumatism, April 2013


Diet: Unleaded Please! Levels of lead in rice imported into the United States (US) ranged from 6-12 mg/kg. For

adults, the daily exposure levels from eating imported rice are 20-40 times higher than the Food and Drug

Administration’s accepted levels. For infants and children, the daily exposure levels are 30-60 times higher. Lead is a

neurotoxin that can damage the brain, and in young children whose brains are still growing, it can seriously diminish

their capacity to learn and develop. It can disrupt children’s behavior, such as make them more aggressive,

impulsive, and hyperactive. Lead increases blood pressure and causes cardiovascular diseases in adults.

American Chemical Society, April 2013


Exercise: Walking vs. Running. Brisk walking can reduce a person’s risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and high

cholesterol just as much as running can. The risk for first-time hypertension was notably reduced 4.2% by running

and 7.2% by walking. The risk for first-time high cholesterol was reduced 4.3% by running and 7% by walking. The

risk for first-time diabetes was lowered 12.1% by running and 12.3% by walking. The risk for coronary heart disease

was lowered 4.5% by running and 9.3% by walking. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, April 2013


Chiropractic: Lowering Blood Pressure. Chiropractic adjustments to the upper neck were shown to lower high

blood pressure. Researchers found a 14 mm Hg greater drop in systolic blood pressure, and 8 mm Hg greater drop in

diastolic blood pressure following a cervical adjustment. This effect was greater than would result from two blood

pressure medications given in combination, and it was adverse-event free.

Journal of Human Hypertension, March 2007


Wellness/Prevention: Vitamin D. A hormone produced in the skin with exposure to sunlight, Vitamin D is also

found in fish, fish liver oils, and egg yolks. Muscle function and recovery from fatigue has been shown to improve

with Vitamin D supplementation, which is thought to enhance the activity of the mitochondria – the power plants of

the cell. Newcastle University, April 2013


Quote: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ~ Hippocrates