Dr Beecher’s August 15 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter

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Week of Monday, August 15th, 2011

Mental Attitude: Testing Improves Memory. A study found with retrieval practice (in this case, recalling a word in English and its Lithuanian equivalent), every aspect of memory gets substantially better including “target memory” – specific recognition; “cue memory” – the stimulus that evinces the memory; and “associative memory” – the relationship between things. Association for Psychological Science, June 2011

Health Alert: Social Factors And Death. Social factors can be linked to death as readily as can patho-physiological and behavioral causes. These social factors contribute substantially to the burden of disease in the US: education, poverty, health insurance status, employment status and job stress, social support, racism or discrimination, housing conditions and early childhood stressors. Area-level social factors included area-level poverty, income inequality, deteriorating infrastructure, crime and violence, social capital and availability of open or green spaces. The numbers:
245,000 deaths in the US are attributable to low education, 162,000 to low social support, 133,000 to individual- level poverty, 119,000 to income inequality and 39,000 to area-level poverty.
American Journal of Public Health, June 2011

Diet: Olive Oil! Consuming olive oil may help prevent strokes in older people. After considering diet, physical activity, body mass index and other risk factors for stroke, the study found those who regularly used olive oil for both cooking and as a salad dressing had a 41 percent lower risk of stroke. Olive oil has been associated with protective effects against many cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity. American Academy of Neurology, June 2011

Exercise: High Blood Pressure In Young People? 20% of young American adults may have high blood pressure. People with high blood pressure have a much higher risk of stroke and heart disease, the leading cause of death among adults in the US. It is also a condition that often shows no signs or symptoms, and many otherwise healthy people who have it first find out when a health professional measures their blood pressure. The findings are significant because they indicate many young adults are at risk of developing heart disease, but are unaware they have hypertension. Epidemiology, May 2011

Chiropractic: Chiropractic First For Back Pain. “For patients with low back pain in whom manipulation is not contraindicated, chiropractic almost certainly confers worthwhile, long-term benefits in comparison with hospital outpatient management.” British Medical Journal, 1990

Wellness/Prevention: Watch Your Weight At 18. Men who had the highest Body Mass Indices (being overweight or obese) at age 18 were 35% more likely to die from cancer later in life. The link is apparent even if they reduce their weight during middle age. Medical Research Council, June 2011

Quote: “In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments – only consequences.” ~ Robert Ingersol

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