Dr Beecher’s March 30 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter

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Week of Monday, March 30th, 2015

Mental Attitude: Loneliness & Depression Associated with TV Binge-Watching. A recent study has found that the more lonely and depressed a person is, the more likely he or she will binge-watch TV. Researchers say that depressed individuals use this activity to move away from negative feelings and those who lack the ability to control themselves are more likely to binge-watch. This is of concern as past research has shown that obesity and other health problems are related to excessive television viewing, suggesting that binge-watching may be more than a harmless addiction.

65th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, February 2015


Health Alert: Prescription Combo Can Be Fatal for Seniors. Combining commonly prescribed antibiotics with a widely used heart medication appears to more than double the risk of sudden death in seniors, finds a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Spironolactone (Aldactone) is a common diuretic widely used in the treatment of heart failure. However, investigators have found that when trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Septra, Bactrim) is prescribed to someone on Spironolactone, it can cause blood potassium to rise to potentially life-threatening levels. Over a 17-year period, almost 12,000 people died suddenly after taking this combination of medicines and most of the patients who died were over the age of 85. The authors conclude that pharmacists and physicians must be made aware of this interaction, as it does not appear widely known at present time. Canadian Medical Association Journal, February 2015


Diet: Toddler Snacks & Meals Have Plenty of Salt & Sugar. Many prepackaged meals for toddlers contain high levels of salt, and many snacks, desserts, and juices for infants and toddlers contain added sugar. Researcher Dr. Mary Cogswell writes, “It was surprising that more than seven of ten packaged toddler meals contained too much sodium (salt)… Some parents might be surprised that a majority of infant and toddler snacks and sides, such as flavored crackers and rice cakes, contained added sugar. About half the analyzed ready-to-serve mixed grains and fruits products, such as oatmeal and fruit in a jar, contained added sugar.” She recommends preparing food for infants and toddlers as a healthier choice over prepackaged foods. Pediatrics, February 2015


Exercise: You May Want to Take it Easy When Jogging. After following 1,000 healthy joggers and 4,000 healthy non-joggers for a decade, researchers claim that those who jog 1-2.4 hours per week were 71% less likely to die during the study period than non- joggers. However, they found no mortality benefits when comparing more strenuous joggers to the non-joggers in the study. Study researcher Dr. Jacob Marott adds, “We believe that long-term strenuous endurance exercise may induce pathological structural remodeling of the heart and large arteries.” Journal of the American College of Cardiology, February 2015


Chiropractic: Improvement in Chronic Hypertension Following Cervical Adjustment. A 55-year-old male with a history of chronic hypertension that did not respond to medical management presented for a trial of chiropractic care. After receiving an upper cervical adjustment using a specific chiropractic protocol, his blood pressure progressively lowered. The findings support the possible use of chiropractic care in the management of unresolved chronic hypertension.

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, January 2015


Wellness/Prevention: Probiotic Pill May Help Diabetics. Researchers claim that a study involving rats demonstrates that a modified strain of “friendly” human gut bacteria called Lactobacillus appears to have instigated a process that converted cells in the intestinal lining to behave like pancreatic beta cells and release insulin to regulate blood sugar levels. In the study, the rats that received the modified probiotic had blood glucose levels up to 30% lower than rats that did not receive the probiotic. The researcher’s hopes to one day develop a probiotic pill for human use that diabetic patients could take each morning to help manage and possibly cure their condition. Diabetes, February 2015


Quote: “The scariest moment is always just before you start.” ~ Stephen King


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Dr Beecher’s November 2014 Monthly Chiropractic Newsletter

“Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what’s right.” ~ Isaac Asimov

If you suffer from fatigue, persistent gas or bloating, recurrent yeast infections, constipation or diarrhea, migraines, weight gain, depression, or skin issues, then this might help you…


What are probiotics?  What do they do? 

Do they make you healthier?  Should you take expensive probiotic supplements or is there a much cheaper and superior way to get all the probiotics your body needs?


Also this month:

  • STUDY: Even a Small Amount of Stress is Harmful to Your Health, Unless You Do This…
  • What’s Better For Depression, Working or Taking Time Off? The Answer May Surprise You.
  • Why You Should Not Use Your Smartphone in Bed…
  • How a Man with Dwarfism Turned People’s Daily Ignorance and Cruelty Into an Incredible Message of Inspiration – All Summed Up in One Sentence…


            You may have also noticed trends in the area of personal health.  Sometimes they may be caused by a breakthrough diagnostic procedure or a new treatment.  Other times, they can be motivated by less-than-pure intentions.

For example, you have probably seen a recent influx of advertisements (especially on the internet) for probiotics.  One video on the internet in particular goes into depth about a government conspiracy to get people hooked on sugar and all the health problems eating too much sugar causes, namely Candida (or yeast) overgrowth.  Then, the video offers the solution: their probiotic supplements, auto-shipped and billed monthly.

The purpose of this is not to get into the validity of the “sugar conspiracy” but to lay out a few facts regarding processed sugar consumption, candida or yeast, and probiotics.

Without going into great detail, it is no secret that excess sugar and processed food are not good for you and that it can be a large contributing factor to yeast overgrowth. (Stress, antibiotics, and prolonged birth control pill use are a few other possible contributors.)

What is Yeast Overgrowth

and How Does it Affect You?

The gut is your body’s gatekeeper, letting in helpful compounds and evicting harmful ones.  It is home to 70 to 80% of your immune cells.  When the gut is in good shape, your systems run efficiently, but when it’s not, you may experience upset stomach, be at risk for weight gain or digestive problems (like heartburn and constipation), or just feel vaguely out of sorts.

The gut is swarming with about 100 trillion bacteria, or flora, which outnumber human cells in the body 10 to 1.  These bacteria are often referred to as either “good” or “bad” because they can have either a positive or negative effect on your health.  The key is to eat things that promote the growth of “good” bacteria and inhibit the growth of “bad” bacteria.

What are the symptoms of

bad bacteria overgrowth?

  1. Painful and persistent gas and bloating
  2. Recurrent yeast infections in women
  3. Constipation or diarrhea
  4. Migraines
  5. Weight gain
  6. Depression and brain fog
  7. Skin issues like eczema and acne
  8. Food sensitivities
  9. Fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome

Here is some pretty incredible information from a CNN article posted on June 14, 2014:

“Incredibly, some bacteria might even make you fat: A recent study of twins published in “Nature,” found that when bacteria from an obese human twin were introduced into the digestive systems of lean mice, the mice turned fat; when bacteria from the thin sibling were introduced into lean mice, the mice stayed lean.  Studies also suggest that diabetic and obese patients tend to lack a diversity of bacteria, and the Cleveland Clinic found that some bacteria metabolize components of egg and meat to produce a compound that aids in the clogging of arteries.

            “This might explain why some unhealthy eaters get heart disease while others don’t.”

As you can see, keeping your “gut” flora in the right balance so the correct bacteria grow is vitally important for your health and the way you feel.

How do you do that?

The first thing you want to do if you have an overgrowth of yeast is to STARVE IT.  Because yeast thrives on sugar and processed foods, stop eating them.  There is no “magic bullet” like some probiotic supplement marketers will tell you.  You cannot simply take their probiotic supplements and continue eating whatever you want.

Does that mean you should not take probiotic supplements?  No.  Probiotics are the “good” kind of bacteria that you want in your gut.

There are many supplements being sold, but probably the best way to get probiotics is to eat naturally fermented vegetables, like sauerkraut. In fact, an analysis has shown that the amount of probiotics in naturally fermented sauerkraut is as much as 10 times greater than the commonly used supplements the investigators compared them with.

Even better, making sauerkraut is easy and cheaper than buying many supplements.

A simple YouTube or Google search will walk you through exactly how to do it.  It is nothing more than cutting up some green cabbage, mixing and squeezing it in a large bowl with the proper amount of salt (1.8 teaspoons per pound of cabbage) to create a “brine” and then letting it ferment for approximately three weeks.

And here is something very important most people miss:  Sugar and processed foods are a major cause of bad bacteria (yeast) overgrowth because processed foods and sugar are food for the yeast.  That’s why we said to stop eating those foods to starve the yeast.

Now that you put good bacteria into your gut by either eating naturally fermented foods or taking a supplement, wouldn’t it make sense to “feed” the good bacteria so they flourish?

That’s where prebiotics come in.  Prebiotics are basically probiotic food.  A prebiotic is a specialized plant fiber that beneficially nourishes the good bacteria already present in the large bowel or colon.  The body itself does not digest these plant fibers; instead, the fibers act as a fertilizer to promote the growth of many of the good bacteria in the gut.

Like probiotics, you can get prebiotics from supplements or by eating a natural source.  Here are some natural sources of prebiotics…

In parentheses is the prebiotic fiber content by weight, followed by the amount of food required to obtain 6 grams of prebiotic fiber:

  • Raw chicory root (64.6%) – 1/3 oz.
  • Raw Jerusalem artichoke (31.5%) – 3/4 oz.
  • Raw dandelion greens (24.3%) – 1 oz.
  • Raw garlic (17.5%) – 1.2 oz.
  • Raw leek (11.7%) – 1.8 oz.
  • Raw onion (8.6%) – 2.5 oz.
  • Cooked onion (5%) – 1/4 lb. or 4 oz.
  • Raw banana (1%) – 1.3 lb.

One last thing:  This was just an introduction to a vast topic.  It is best to consult a healthcare professional who is an expert in this issue and it is NOT recommended to simply experiment by yourself.  A trained healthcare professional can give you expert advice that is best for your individual case.

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)



How a Man with Dwarfism Turned People’s

Daily Ignorance and Cruelty Into an Incredible Message

of Inspiration – All Summed Up in One Sentence…


“I don’t think there is a certain point in anyone’s life where they grow up.  I think that we’re growing up all the time and we always will be.”  These are the words of Jonathan Novick.  Pretty wise words for someone who is just 22 years old, don’t you think?

Jonathan has achondroplasia, a form of short-limbed dwarfism.  Even though the term “achondroplasia” literally means “without cartilage formation,” his problem is not in forming cartilage but in converting it to bone (a process called ossification), particularly in the long bones of the arms and legs.

All people with achondroplasia are short – the average male is 4’4” (~1.3 meters) and the average female is 4’1” (~1.2 meters).  Achondroplasia is the most common type of short-limbed dwarfism.  The condition occurs in 1 in 15,000 to 40,000 newborns.  Jonathan grew up in a small town and said even though he had a few negative experiences, for the most part, he was surrounded by family and friends who supported him.  Things changed drastically when he moved to New York City and started experiencing some appalling behavior.  People yelled terrible things at him.  Others harassed him.  Some even took pictures.  Jonathan said this stuff happened to him on a daily basis and he was sick and tired of it.  He was also tired of telling his family and friends about what was happening. So, he decided to show them and the rest of the world what a day in his life was like.

Jonathan started wearing a tiny button camera to shoot video of his daily experiences.  What he captured on video was shocking.  One child yelled, “What is he?”  People walked by and held out their cell phone to take a picture, acting as if they were being clever and he would not notice.  One man asked if he had been on TV.  When he said no, the man told him he looked like the reality-TV star Zach Roloff.  (The two look nothing alike, except that they are both dwarfs.)

Other people randomly yelled stuff as they walked by like “Hey short stuff!” or “Are you from one of those shows with the little people?”

One has to wonder what these people are doing with the pictures and videos they try so hard to take.  Do they post them on social media so all of their friends can have a good laugh?  Maybe they’ll get a few likes out of it.

It seems as though if you are unlucky enough to do something embarrassing, like trip and fall in public, then someone is likely to catch it on video and post it on social media.  Imagine how it would feel if that happened to you?  You may have thick skin and you may be okay with that.  Well, now imagine if EVERY SINGLE DAY was an opportunity for people to snap pictures and videos of you because of the way you looked.

The last thing Jonathan said on his video summed it up nicely…

“I don’t want to tell anyone what to do or what to think or how to feel.  But instead, what I’ll do is I’ll ask.  I’ll ask that the next time you see someone who is different than you, think about what their day might be like.  Think about all of the events of their life leading up to that point.  Then think about their day.  And think about what part of their day you want to be.”

We never know the true impact and how far reaching our actions are.  A simple act of cruelty or kindness can change someone’s life. One simple act of cruelty or kindness performed each day can change countless lives over your lifetime.  It’s all making a choice as to what part of someone’s day or life you want to be…


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Did You Know?…


Sitting All Day is Risky!

Prolonged sitting significantly impacts your cardiovascular and metabolic function and can leave you at greater risk for heart failure and other heart-related problems.  One study claims that exercise may not even be able to counter the cardiovascular risk caused by sitting. In fact, the authors of the study write that the positive health benefits of one hour of exercise can be counteracted by six hours of uninterrupted sitting.  The good news is that you have virtually unlimited options when it comes to breaking up your sitting.  From standing desks and office-friendly intermittent exercise to short walks, all of it counts.  Standing up or bending down increases the force of gravity on your body, and this is the key to counteracting the cellular degeneration that occurs when you’re sitting down. A recent study has been found that taking a five-minute walk for every hour you spend in your chair can reduce the heart disease risks associated with chronic sitting.


Tip Of The Month


STUDY: Even a Small Amount of Stress is Harmful to Your Health, Unless You Do This…

There are two facts we know about stress.  Fact #1:  Stress is bad.  Fact #2:  Stress cannot always be avoided.  Many “experts” give advice on how to “lower your stress levels,” but for the vast majority of people, that is simply not an option.  Stress is simply a built-in part of modern life.  That’s the bad news.  But there is GOOD news and here it is…

According to a study published in Experimental Gerontology, it is not the amount of stress you are under that is important but how you perceive and react to the stress that determines its effect on your life expectancy.  For example, Dr. Carolyn Aldwin, Director of the Center for Healthy Aging Research in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University states, “It’s not the number of hassles that does you in, it’s the perception of them being a big deal that causes problems.  Taking things in stride may protect you.”  Dr. Aldwin went on to say, “Don’t make mountains out of molehills.  Coping skills are very important.”  Stress will always be part of your life.  If you want to live longer (and happier), take action and change what you can and do not worry about the things you cannot.


What’s Better for Depression, Working or Taking Time Off?

A new study conducted by scientists at the University of Melbourne is the first to estimate the long-term health care costs and health outcomes of taking time off work versus continuing to work during an episode of depression.  According to the study’s lead researcher, Dr. Fiona Cocker, “We found that continuing to work while experiencing a depressive illness may offer employees certain health benefits, while depression-related absence from work offers no significant improvement in employee health outcomes or quality of life… This is important information for employers, health care professionals (e.g. GPs) and employees faced with the decision whether to continue working or take a leave of absence.  It suggests that future workplace mental health promotion strategies should include mental health policies that focus on promoting continued work attendance via offering flexible work-time and modification of tasks or working environment.” 


Why You Should Not Use Your Smartphone in Bed…

The American Macular Degeneration Foundation now warns that retinal damage caused by blue light may eventually lead to macular degeneration and the loss of central vision.  Blue light is emitted by smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other LED screens.  It seems as though the most danger occurs when holding a screen close to the eyes, which can occur while lying in bed.  Nighttime exposure to this blue light can also suppress production of the hormone melatonin and can interfere with your natural sleep cycles.


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.


Houston – Trends are a big part of Western culture and cultures around most of the world.  Most entertainment and fashion trends are blatantly obvious.  A celebrity wears big headphones, glasses, or gets a certain haircut and in no time, countless people all over the world will do or wear the same thing.

Dr Beecher’s February 2014 Monthly Chiropractic Newsletter

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“When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is

wrought in our life, or in the life of another.” ~ Helen Keller


New Study:

Is Exercise the

Best Medicine?


New research shows exercise can be just as effective as many frequently prescribed drugs for treating some major causes of death, including heart disease and diabetes!


Also this month:

  • Fight the Common Cold… with Your Stomach! The health benefits of probiotics and how research shows they can reduce your child’s risk for the common cold.
  • Scientists Discover a New Body Part! That’s right… After all these years, scientists have actually discovered a new body part, and knowledge of its existence may help doctors treat some knee injuries.
  • The Tale of Two Homeless Men: Faced with one of the most difficult decisions of his life, this homeless man made the right choice and turned his whole life around…

Houston – It’s pretty sad, but in today’s society, it is common to boast and brag.  It is also common to make things seem much better or worse than they really are.

We see marketers do it every day through the advertising they bombard us with.  Who hasn’t bought something after watching a TV commercial only to find out it wasn’t half as good as claimed?

Well, what you’re about to read is different and without any hype, it could change both your health and your future.

With rising insurance costs in the United States and other countries, this information may also save you a lot of money and time.

Here’s what this is all about:  Healthcare professionals want to give their patients the best possible treatments but how does a doctor know which treatment is best?

Scientific research is used to determine which treatments work, which treatments do not work, and which treatments do more harm than good.

Countless medications have been scientifically tested over the years, and new drugs are often compared with older pharmaceuticals to prove their efficacy.  However, very few studies actually directly compare drugs with exercise to treat common health conditions and diseases.

Until Now…

Huseyin Naci, a graduate student at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Dr. John Ioannidis, the Director of the Stanford Prevention Research Center at the Stanford University School of Medicine, studied the effectiveness of both drugs and exercise in lessening mortality among people who had been diagnosed with either heart disease, chronic heart failure, stroke, or diabetes.

The two researchers gathered all of the recent randomized controlled trials, reviews, and meta-analyses of older experiments relating to mortality among patients with those illnesses, and whether the study participants had been treated with drugs or exercise.

In total, they studied information from 305 studies, which included a total of 340,000 participants.  Most of these past studies focused on pharmaceuticals.  Only 14,716 of the subjects were prescribed exercise to treat their disease.

The results of their study were published in the October 2013 issue of the British Medical Journal.             Their conclusion:  “No statistically detectable differences were evident between exercise and drug interventions in the secondary prevention of coronary heart disease and pre-diabetes.  Physical activity interventions were more effective than drug treatment among patients with stroke.  Diuretics were more effective than exercise in heart failure…

            “Although limited in quantity, existing randomized trial evidence on exercise interventions suggests that exercise and many drug interventions are often potentially similar in terms of their mortality benefits in the secondary prevention of coronary heart disease, rehabilitation after stroke, treatment of heart failure, and prevention of diabetes.”


According to this study, both drugs and exercise are more or less just as effective as treatments for those common and life-threatening diseases.

But here is what the study did NOT mention…  Exercise is cheaper and does not come with dangerous side-effects!

What Does This Mean for You?

Clearly, health care is changing.  With the restructuring of insurance in many countries and an aging population, it must change.  Expensive treatments will be cut if cheaper and just as (or more) effective therapies are found.  (Or, at least they should be.)

Clearly, insurance coverage is not what it used to be.  Many times, patients have to pay huge sums of money out-of-pocket, even if they are insured by private or government insurance plans.  Who wants to pay all that money if it can be avoided?

But even more important is doing what’s best for YOU.  If exercise can help keep you healthy so you do not end up with heart disease, diabetes, etc., then it makes sense to add it to your lifestyle. Imagine what combining exercise, eating right, stress reduction, and chiropractic care can do for your long-term health.

Science Discovers New Body Part!

You read that correctly.  In fact, science has discovered a new ligament in the knee, and its discovery is a pretty fascinating story.

One hundred and thirty-four years ago, French surgeon Paul Segond couldn’t explain the painful resistance in his knee after an injury.  This led him to theorize about the existence of an undiscovered ligament.

Now, Belgian doctors have actually found it.  The ligament is called the anterolateral ligament (ALL) and was found in all but one of the 41 cadavers they dissected to prove its existence.

According to The Star: “The discovery was shocking: all but one of the dissected bodies had the ‘well-defined ligamentous structure’ between the femur and the anterolateral tibia, or shin that was described by the French scientist.  The finding led the doctors to conclude that most humans, about 97 percent, have the little lost ligament.”

Here is something very important: “The doctors also announced patients with ACL tears were likely suffering knee collapses because of ALL injuries.”

This may explain why many people (including athletes) have the diagnosis of a torn ACL but do not have instability or collapse of the knee.  There are reports of athletes playing professional sports for years with a torn ACL.

This opens the door for new treatments and ways to approach knee injuries, especially for people with a torn ACL and knee instability.

What is amazing is how long it took scientists to discover a ligament they estimate is in 97% of people.

Can you imagine what will be discovered next?


            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)



The Tale Of

Two Homeless Men

Faced with one of the most difficult decisions of his life, this homeless man

made the right choice and turned his whole life around…


Imagine there are two homeless men begging for change on a street corner.  A young man stops and makes them an incredible offer.

The young man offers them each two choices:  You can have $100 in cash right now or no money and two months of coding lessons.  (Coding is a term computer programmers use in regards to writing software programs.)

Now, imagine one homeless man takes the $100 and the other decides to learn to code. What happened to both men?  The hypothetical homeless man with a $100 bill would likely spend it and still be on the streets. As for the other man, the one who took the coding lessons, we don’t have to speculate his future because we actually know it.

You see, a 23-year old computer programmer by the name of Patrick McConlogue made this exact offer to a 37-year old homeless man named Leo Grand. Leo chose the programming lessons.

So, McConlogue started by spending one hour a day with Grand before work.  After their morning session, McConlogue would go to work and Grand would practice what he learned on a Google Chromebook McConlogue gave him.

Grand would practice his daily lesson until the battery in his Chromebook died.  (He found places to charge it overnight while he slept on public benches.)

At the end of the two months, Grand had learned a lot, but both men decided they wanted to do more.  That’s when McConlogue’s boss, John Katzman, stepped in.

Katzman allowed McConlogue to teach Grand full-time at the New York office of his company “Noodle.”  After five more weeks of full-time work, Grand had completed and released his first app.  An App… or application… is a type of software program that allows you to perform specific tasks.  Applications for desktop or laptop computers are sometimes called desktop applications, and those for mobile devices are called mobile apps.

Grand is currently researching for his next app and is looking for a full-time job as a computer programmer.

Even better, McConlogue has started a mentorship program for programmers.  So far, 150 programmers have signed up to teach someone to code for one hour a day for two months.  McConlogue is still figuring out how to run his new mentorship, but the impact he could have on so many lives is incredible.

It’s amazing what a little delayed gratification can do.  Grand decided to pass up on the quick and easy $100 now for the possibility to create a wonderful life in the future.

Not only that, you just never know how far one small act of kindness can reach.  It would have been much easier for McConlogue to just walk right by Grand or to throw him some spare change.  Instead, he took a chance.              He opened his heart and gave Grand the opportunity of a lifetime, an opportunity that meant a lot of dedication and work for both men.

Altruism is rare, but it is clearly not dead.


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?…

Good News About Cherries! 

Did you know that eating cherries could lower inflammation in the body drastically enough to alleviate arthritis symptoms? In at least one study, powdered cherry consumption actually led to a change in the functioning of inflammation-regulating genes in mice.

Like all dark-skinned fruits, cherries are high in antioxidants and other phytochemicals that promote human health in ways that science is only just beginning to understand.

While sweet cherries may be more fun to eat, the most potent inflammation-fighting cherries are the tart variety.  In addition to fighting inflammation and arthritis, cherries have also been found to fight gout, reduce body fat, and lower levels of cholesterol.  Think it can’t get any better?  At least some tart cherries contain high enough levels of the hormone melatonin that they can actually help you fall asleep.


Tip Of The Month

Fight the Common Cold… with Your Stomach!

No one wants to get sick.  In fact, I bet you never want to get the common cold or the flu ever again in your life.  While that would be nice, it is impossible.  But, new research has shown a way children may get the common cold less often, and shorten the time they have it when they do.  This is extremely important because the common cold is responsible for the largest amount of school and work absenteeism and causes a huge economic burden.

A double-blind randomized controlled trial was performed during the winter season in Thailand.  Children ages 8-13 were given either a two-strain combination probiotic or placebo twice a day for three months.

According to the study,  “Children in the probiotics group had significantly lower risk of fever, cough, rhinorrhea, school absence, and school absence related to common cold compared to children in the placebo group.  There was no impact on diarrhea and vomiting.”

What are Probiotics?

Probiotics are microorganisms that offer some form of health benefit to their host organism and they can be found in various different foods.  Probiotics are believed to play very important roles in regulating proper intestinal function and digestion by balancing intestinal microflora.  Probiotics are normally consumed in fermented foods with active live cultures, such as yogurt, though they are also available in supplement form as capsules, liquid, and chewables.  There are many different strains of probiotics, but the most common strains available today are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.


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 at 281-286-1300.

Dr Beecher’s December 3 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter

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Week of Monday, December 3rd, 2012


Mental Attitude: What You See Is What You Like. After viewing images of successful women with varying body sizes, women who had strongly preferred only thin body types now had more favorable attitudes towards other body shapes. PLoS One, November 2012


Health Alert: Children, Cars and Second-Hand Smoke. Just ten minutes in the back seat of a car with a smoker in the front seat increased a child’s exposure to harmful pollutants by 30%, even with the front windows completely rolled down. British Medical Journal, November 2012


Diet: Cholesterol and Probiotics. Two daily doses (200mg) of a probiotics lowered “bad” (LDL) and total cholesterol in study participants. Probiotics are live microorganisms (naturally occurring bacteria in the gut) thought to have beneficial effects. Common sources are yogurt or dietary supplements. Those taking the probiotics had LDL levels 11.6% lower than those on placebo after nine weeks.

American Heart Association, November 2012


Exercise: Belly Fat and Sleep Quality? Losing weight can directly aid in improving sleep quality among

obese or overweight people. Sleep quality was meaningfully associated with weight loss, either from changes in diet or a healthy diet combined with exercise. Sleep quality improvement was also observed with a loss in belly fat. With an average loss of 15 pounds and 15% belly fat, sleep scores improved by 20%. Chronic sleep disruptions can elevate the risk of heart attack, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, and stroke.

American Heart Association, November 2012


Chiropractic: Spinal Degenerative Joint Disease. Spinal DJD (degenerative joint disease) occurs in most people as early as 40 years of age. The degeneration is due to gravity, major traumas, and repetitive micro- traumas (activities of daily living). Once the spine degenerates, simple mechanical compression (moving) can change nerve impulses, and the central nervous system may interpret that as pain. Pain, 1977


Wellness/Prevention: Sleep and The Immune System. Sleep deprivation increases the risk for developing inflammation related illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and diabetes.

Biological Psychiatry, September 2008


Quote: “Never confuse motion with action.” ~ Ben Franklin


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 .