Dr Beecher’s February 27 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter

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Week of Monday, February 27th, 2012



Mental Attitude: Chewing Gum? Students who chewed gum for 5 minutes before taking a test did better on the test than non-gum-chewing students. “Mastication-induced arousal” is credited for the boost, which lasted for just the first 20 minutes of testing. Many studies have shown that any type of physical activity before an examination can produce a performance boost; this study points out that even mild physical activity can bring on such a boost. Chewing gum gave the subjects multiple advantages, but only when chewed for five minutes before testing, not for the duration of the test, so you can’t chew gum and think productively at the same time. Appetite, Jan 2012


Health Alert: Graceful Age. The number of people over the age of 90 in the US will reach 9 million by 2050. To put the number in perspective, there were 720,000 people age 90 years or over in 1980, and today there are nearly 2 million. 74.1% of persons over 90 are women, with 88.1% of those being Caucasian. An average person who has lived to 90 years of age has a life expectancy today of 4.6 more years (versus 3.2 years in 1929-

1931), while those who pass the century mark are projected to live another 2.3 years.

U.S. Census Bureau, Jan 2012


Diet: Calories And Protein. In a study on overfeeding, researchers observed those in a low protein diet group gained considerably less weight (6.97 lbs) compared to 13.3 lbs in the normal protein diet group and 14.4 lbs in the high protein diet group. JAMA, Jan 2012


Exercise: Good Reasons. Exercise helps you to maintain your resting metabolic rate and reduces the risk of developing colon cancer. Exercise also increases your tissues’ responsiveness to the actions of insulin (i.e., improves tissue sensitivity for insulin), helping to better control blood sugar, particularly if you are a Type II diabetic. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health, 1996


Chiropractic: Chiropractic Before Surgery? A lumbar diskectomy is one of the most common spine surgical procedures, with an average charge of $7,841, not including lost wages and productivity. A recent study

suggests that many patients will improve with nonoperative therapy (such as chiropractic manipulation) and that a trial of conservative management before surgery is appropriate. Spine Journal, June 2010


Wellness/Prevention: Another Cup Of Tea. Green tea contains catechins, polyphenolic compounds that are known to exert numerous protective effects, particularly on the cardiovascular system. Green tea catechins at doses ranging from 145 to 3,000 mg per day taken for 3 to 24 weeks led to statistically significant reductions in total and LDL (“bad”). Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Nov 2011


Quote: “In the end, you’re measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish.”

~ Donald Trump


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 www.BeecherChiropractic.Com.


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