Dr Beecher’s April 27 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter


Week of Monday, April 27th, 2015

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Mental Attitude: Anger and Anxiety Increase Heart Attack Risk. An analysis of more than 300 heart attack patients indicates that intense anger or anxiety dramatically increases an individual’s risk for a myocardial infarction in the hours immediately following such an occurrence. More specifically, in the 120 minutes following a bout of intense anger, a person’s risk for a heart attack increases by 8.5 times and an extreme anxiety episode elevates the risk by 9.5 times! Senior researcher Dr. Thomas Buckley writes, “While the absolute risk of any one anger episode triggering a heart attack is low, our data demonstrates that the danger is real and still there.” He further comments that the increased risk of heart attack after intense anger or anxiety is “most likely the result of increased heart rate and blood pressure, tightening of blood vessels, and increased clotting, all associated with triggering of heart attacks.” European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care, February 2015


Health Alert: Bleeding Risk for Recent Heart Attack Patients Who Take NSAIDs. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests that taking ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) elevates the risk of bleeding in heart attack survivors on anti-clotting medications. The authors note that these risks are of considerable public health concern due to the widespread use of NSAIDs and conclude that “[more] research is needed to confirm these findings; however, physicians should exercise appropriate caution when prescribing NSAIDs for patients who have recently experienced [a myocardial infarction].” JAMA, February 2015


Diet: Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Reduce Damage After Heart Attack. High doses of omega-3 fatty acids may protect the heart against further damage following a myocardial infraction. In a recent study that included 374 heart attack survivors, those who took a daily 4g dose of omega-3 fatty acids in addition to standard treatment had lower resulting levels of inflammation and were 39% less likely to show deterioration of heart function than those who received standard care with a placebo. Senior study author Dr. Raymond Kwong writes, “This is important because other anti-inflammatory agents, including steroids and NSAIDs, have failed to make a difference after [heart attack].” American College of Cardiology, March 2015


Exercise: Working Out Before Bed Doesn’t Hinder Sleep. While some fear that working out late in the evening can interfere with sleep, a study comparing the effects of working out at 5 PM and 9 PM showed no reductions in sleep quality when compared with measurements taken on nights when participants did not exercise at all.

The Journal of Sports Medicine & Physical Fitness, March 2015


Chiropractic: Resolution of Facial Neuralgia Following Chiropractic Care. After failing to respond to medical care for diagnosed trigeminal neuralgia, the mother of a 10-year-old boy brought her child to a chiropractor as a treatment of last resort. The boy’s presenting symptoms included headaches, earaches, neck pain, and extreme facial pain. After seven months of chiropractic care that focused on the upper cervical spine, the patient reported complete resolution of his main complaint. The findings suggests that chiropractic treatment to the cervical spine may benefit patients with facial neuralgias. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, February 2015


Wellness/Prevention: Most Smokers Will Die Early if They Don’t Quit. If you want to live longer, you should quit smoking now. A new study that followed over 200,000 men and women found that two-thirds of smokers died an average of ten years sooner than their peers who were non-smokers. Study director Dr. Emily Banks comments, “We knew smoking was bad, but we now have direct independent evidence that confirms the disturbing findings that have been emerging internationally.” BMC Medicine, February 2015


Quote: “Concentrate on what will produce results rather than on the results, the process rather than the prize.” ~ Bill Walsh


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Dr Beecher’s June 2 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter

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Week of Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Mental Attitude: Horses Ease Alzheimer’s Symptoms. A new study suggests that caring for horses is an activity that can ease the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Investigators observed 16 individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and found that equine therapy elevated the participants’ mood and reduced negative behaviors. Besides the interaction with the horses, the researchers noted that the peaceful countryside setting of the farm may have also contributed to the positive results. Anthrozoös, March 2014


Health Alert: Obesity at Age 25 Increases Risk of Severe Late-Life Obesity. Individuals who are obese by age 25 have a much greater risk of severe obesity later in life. Researchers found that men who are obese at age 25 are 23% more likely to be severely obese at age 35, while woman who are obese at age 25 have a 46.9% risk for severe obesity a decade later. Unfortunately, this places these individuals at a higher risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, May 2014


Diet: Energy Drinks Equal Unhealthy Behaviors in Adolescents. Researchers at the University of Minnesota and Duke University have found an association between the consumption of sports and energy drinks and higher consumption of sugary drinks and smoking. Healthcare professionals are concerned about this growing cluster of unhealthy behaviors among adolescents and believe that a push for healthy hydration habits is needed. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that energy drinks should not be consumed, as they offer no health benefits and over-stimulate the nervous system. Journal of Nutritional Education and Behavior, May 2014


Exercise: Increasing Physical Activity Reduces Heart Attack Risk in Seniors. A new study suggests that individuals 65 years of age and older can reduce their heart attack risk and improve their overall heart health by maintaining or increasing physical activity. Using data on nearly a thousand seniors, researchers found that those with the highest current levels of physical activity were 11% less likely to suffer a heart attack or sudden cardiac death than their least active peers during the five-year study. Lead researcher Dr. Doireann Maddock explains, “It’s well worth getting into the habit of keeping active, as we know it can help reduce the risk of heart disease along with many other conditions.” Circulation, May 2014


Chiropractic: Many Reasons to Choose Chiropractic Care. Skilled spinal manipulation performed by a chiropractor is a safe and effective treatment for spinal pain. Benefits include reduced pain, decreased medication use, faster results from physical therapy, and a reduced need for passive forms of treatment, like bed rest. Orthopedics Today, February 2003


Wellness/Prevention: FDA Not Backing Aspirin for Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Events. After carefully examining available scientific data from major studies, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has concluded that even though daily low-dose aspirin can help ward of heat attack or stroke, it is not for everyone. The agency believes the case has yet to be made for using low-dose aspirin to prevent an initial heart attack or stroke. Bottom-line: If you have not had a heart attack or stroke, there is no known benefit of using low dose aspirin for prevention. However, people who have had a heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular problems, daily aspirin therapy is worth considering. Food and Drug Administration, May 2014


Quote: “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one.” ~ George R.R. Martin


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Dr Beecher’s April 21 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter

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Week of Monday, April 21st, 2014


Mental Attitude: Angry Outbursts Increase Heart Attack Risk! Researchers at Harvard University report that heart attack risk increases nearly five times and stroke risk increases nearly three times in the two hours following at outburst of anger. Author Dr. Elizabeth Mostofsky adds, “Although the risk of experiencing an acute cardiovascular event with any single outburst of anger is relatively low, the risk can accumulate for people with frequent episodes of anger. This is particularly important for people who have higher risk due to other underlying risk factors or those who have already had a heart attack, stroke, or diabetes.” European Heart Journal, March 2014


Health Alert: Diarrheal Infection in Children Linked to Antibiotics. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the majority of severe and potentially fatal pediatric diarrhea cases caused by Clostridium difficile infection (C. difficile) are linked to recent antibiotic treatments. Based on surveys of parents, 73% of children who suffered from a C. difficile infection were recently prescribed antibiotics to treat ear, sinus, or upper respiratory infections. Past studies have shown that at least half of upper respiratory infections do not require antibiotic treatment. The overuse of antibiotics places children at risk, as the antibiotics kill both bad and natural flora in the digestive system and create an imbalance that may allow a C. difficile infection to grow out of control and release toxins that inflame the gut. Dr. Tom Frieden, the Director of the CDC, writes, “When antibiotics are prescribed incorrectly, our children are needlessly put at risk for health problems including C. difficile infection and dangerous antibiotic resistant infections.” Pediatrics, March 2014


Diet: Eating Too Much Protein in Middle-Age Could be Harmful. A new study suggests that a high protein diet (>1.2g protein per kg of body weight consumed per day) increases the risk of cancer, diabetes, and death among middle-aged adults. Lead author Dr. Valter Longo writes, “We studied simple organisms, mice, and humans, and provide convincing evidence that a high-protein diet – particularly if the proteins are derived from animals – is nearly as bad as smoking for your health.” Cell Metabolism, March 2014


Exercise: Exercising During Pregnancy Reduces Weight Gain & Associated Illnesses. Research involving 963 pregnant women shows that moderately intense supervised exercise starting at the prenatal consultation helps women avoid excessive weight gain during pregnancy while also reducing associated illnesses such as gestational diabetes and hypertension. The researchers state, “We wish to emphasize the importance of maintaining the health of pregnant women, as well as their children, by reaching an optimum weight; hence the importance of [physical exercise].” Mayo Clinic Proceeding, December 2013


Chiropractic: More Cost-Effective. Considering effectiveness and cost together, chiropractic care for low back and neck pain is highly cost-effective and represents a good value in comparison to other treatments, including medical care.

Mercer Health and Benefits, October 2009


Wellness/Prevention: Enjoy a Nap. Taking an afternoon nap has been associated with benefits including improved alertness and performance, fewer accidents and mistakes, and a psychological boost to help one feel both relaxed and rejuvenated. National Sleep Foundation, 2013


Quote: “When you start to develop your powers of empathy and imagination, the whole world opens up to you.”

~ Susan Sarandon


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Dr Beecher’s March 2014 Monthly Chiropractic Newsletter

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” ~ Harry S. Truman

Surprising News: Exercise Without This May Not be Doing as Much Good for

Your Heart as You Think!


New study shows why nutrition may be more important than exercise for preventing the nation’s #1 killer…


Also this month:

  • Is Your Lunch Missing a Key Weight-Loss Ingredient? A new study shows that eating this at lunch helped overweight adults feel fuller for longer!
  • The One Thing You Should Never Do in the Morning: If you are like most people, you do this every day and it could be prematurely aging you and harming your health!
  • The Janitor Who Traded His Mop for the Executive Jet: How a Mexican-American janitor went from cleaning the floors to being an Executive Vice President of PepsiCo of North America…

Houston – This is big news, especially if you want to increase your odds of living a longer and healthier life.            This news will also shock many people because it sounds counterintuitive. But, that’s one reason scientific research is done. You see, what seems obvious is not always correct.

For example, let’s take a look at two people: one has good cardiovascular fitness but is overweight and the other does not have good cardiovascular fitness but is lean.

Which Person Do You Think

is at Greater Risk of a Heart Attack?

According to the findings of a new study, the overweight but fit person may be at greater risk for a cardiac event than the lean not-so-fit person.

In other words, according to this study, being lean may be better than being in good aerobic shape.  But that’s not the whole the story, so let’s look at the study…

In the study published in the European Heart Journal, a research team found that physical fitness in a person’s teen years can reduce their risk for a heart attack later in life.

Researchers analyzed data from 743,498 Swedish men who received a medical examination at the age of 18 when they were conscripted into national service between 1969 to 1984.  Each man’s fitness level was measured with a bicycle test in which the resistance was gradually increased until he was too exhausted to continue.  The men were monitored for an average of 34 years until they suffered a heart attack, died, or until January 1, 2011, whichever came first.

According to researcher Dr. Peter Nordström, “We report a significant graded association between aerobic fitness in late adolescence and [a myocardial infarction or heart attack (MI)] later in life in men.  However, obese men with a high aerobic fitness had a higher risk of MI than lean men with a low aerobic fitness. 

            “While being physically fit at the end of your teens can reduce the risk of a heart attack, fitness alone does not appear to fully compensate for the risks with being overweight or obese.  In other words, having a normal weight is more important than being in good physical shape, but it is even better to be both fit and have a normal weight.”

How to Possibly Decrease

Heart Attack Risk by 18%

The researchers also ranked the men based on physical fitness and for every 15% increase in fitness, they found the men in that group had an 18% lower risk for a heart attack 30 years later. They also found that consistent fitness training into late teens can reduce risk of having a premature heart attack by 35%.

Dr. Nordström and his team also stated that several factors may have influenced their data.  For example, some people are born with bodies more equipped for higher levels of fitness and a lower risk for heart disease.

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

Countless drugs have been scientifically tested over the years, and drugs are often compared against each other, but very few studies have actually directly compared drugs with exercise and their effect on several common health conditions and diseases.

While more research needs to be done on this topic, here are two things that would not be a bad idea:  (1) If you are a parent, it is probably a very good idea to make sure your kids exercise regularly, whether in sports or just an exercise program.  It may dramatically decrease their risk of premature heart attack in adulthood. (2) Stay lean!  In other words, try to eat the best you can.  If this study is accurate, shedding some weight and staying lean may add years to your life.

The best possible scenario is to both eat right (stay lean) and exercise.  Once again, science is showing that simply eating right and exercising is by far the best medicine.

If you add stress reduction and proper sleep to the mix, barring genetic weaknesses or accidents, you should be in good shape to live a long, healthy life.

It is amazing how even chronically sick people can become healthy just by eating right, exercising, reducing stress, and getting the proper amount of sleep.

Most BIG diseases and health problems come from the cumulative effect of small, unhealthy things done over decades.

The first cigarette does not kill you, but smoking a pack or two a day for 30 years is a cancer time bomb.  Similarly, going for a walk today will not make you healthy, but walking every day for decades could prevent a heart attack or some other serious health problem.

Here is something very important:  Many people are mistaken about what exercise can do for you.

The Most Common Weight Loss Mistake…

It is common for people to believe that if they exercise, they can eat more… or eat poorly… and they will still lose weight.

It is believed that exercise will overcome poor nutrition.

Nothing is further from the truth.  In fact, no amount of exercise can make up for poor diet and poor diet is probably the biggest reason so many people work out like dogs, never see results, and quit.

On the contrary, you can lose a ton of weight by eating properly and not exercising at all.

Now, we are not saying you should not exercise.      Clearly, exercise is very beneficial and should be used in conjunction with eating right.  But, you must eat correctly if you want to lose weight and be healthy.

If you are serious about losing weight and getting fit, the only way to do it is to make a lifestyle change.              Diet and exercise fads do not work.  They only lead to frustration and rebound weight gain.

Forget about “magic” pills and foods that burn belly fat and simply decide to eat right for the rest of your life.

The same goes for getting fit.  There is nothing you can buy on an infomercial that will give you the quick and easy solution.  It simply does not exist.

If you need help, just ask. As your chiropractor, I am trained in nutrition and exercise physiology. I can give you the answers you are looking for and start you on a path to losing weight and a healthier, happier future.


            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 Janitor Who Traded His Mop for an Executive Jet

How a Mexican-American janitor went from cleaning the floors to being an

Executive Vice President of PepsiCo of North America…


The year was 1976.  Richard Montanez was a Mexican-American janitor at the Frito-Lay plant in Rancho Cucamonga, California.  He changed a popular snack food and his life in an instant and he has a very important message for you…

Here’s the story and it all started long before 1976.  When Montanez was just in grade school, his mother gave him a burrito to bring for lunch.  All the other kids had bologna sandwiches.  Feeling out of place, the next day Montanez asked his mother to make him a bologna sandwich.  His mother told him, “No.”  She told him that he is different and should be proud of who he is.  Then, she packed him a few extra burritos to share with his bologna sandwich friends.  Soon after that, Montanez had a little side business selling burritos to all the “bologna boys.”

His mother’s lesson stuck with him, and when Richard was working as a janitor in the Frito-Lay plant, he never thought of himself as just a janitor.  He thought of himself as an owner.  So, he acted like one.

He would mop the floors during the day and play around with recipes at night.  He invented a recipe to coat the Cheetos made by his company and tried it out on all his friends.  Everyone loved it, so he called the CEO.

Surprisingly, his call got through and he made an appointment to meet with the management team.  He had no idea what he was doing so he went to the public library and got some books on marketing.  He even bought a $3 tie to wear on what would be a life-changing day.  Rumor has it that he did not know how to tie a tie, so his neighbor did it for him.

To make a long story short, the big wigs not only loved his recipe, they loved him.  They promoted him and mentored him.  His recipe became a smash hit, mainly due to its appeal with the rapidly expanding Latino population in the United States.  You may recognize the recipe Montanez invented, it is called Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

Montanez became a smashing success, too.  He has met several U.S. Presidents and has spoken at the United Nations.  He currently teaches leadership to MBA students at a California university and is frequently sought after for advice.

“My disqualifications are the very things that qualified me,” he said, particularly urging young minorities to be courageous and confident.  “Your own people will hold you back… Break ranks.  That’s diversity and inclusion.  Don’t just hang out with your own.”

He says diversity is what made him a successful burrito salesman as a child and also enabled him to drop his mop and board the executive jet.

“Maybe I wasn’t created to fit in.  Maybe I was created to stand out,” Montanez said unabashedly.  “My greatness is courage.  I’m willing to take a chance.”  His prime message is that there’s no such thing as “just a janitor” if you “act like an owner.”

“Diversity and inclusion programs can open doors,” he said, “[but] if you have confidence, you can walk into any room. Your job is to prepare yourself to walk through the doors.”

He made one point crystal clear.  He said that diversity and inclusion programs can create opportunity – but that is just opportunity.  You must be prepared for that opportunity and have the courage and ability to make the most of it.



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Did You Know?…

How Does Salt Enhance Flavor?

“Saltiness” is actually one of the five primary basic tastes the human tongue can detect.  Those five tastes include salt, bitter, sweet, sour, and umami. (If you’re not familiar with umami, it is from glutamic acid. It’s found in many foods, particularly some meats, and is the basis of the flavor enhancer monosodium glutamate, also known as MSG).

Salt has other effects outside of simply making things taste more salty.  Adding salt helps certain molecules in foods release more easily into the air, thus helping the aroma of the food, which is important in our perception of taste.

Salt also has been shown to help suppress the bitter taste.  So, adding a bit of salt won’t just increase your salty taste perception, but will also decrease the bitter taste in any given food (which is why it is often sprinkled on grapefruit before eating, for example).

Finally, adding salt to sweet or sour things — while not shown to suppress sweet or sour flavors as with bitter flavors — will help balance out the taste a bit by making the perceived flavor less one-dimensional.

Tip Of The Month

Eat This at lunch if You Want to Feel Full for Longer!

If you are like most people, you love to eat!  In fact, many people say eating is their favorite thing to do.  Nothing is worse than trying to lose a few pounds and feeling hunger pangs.  Well, there is a certain kind of food that is not only good for you but also helps you feel full for several hours.  This is wonderful because it also puts great nutrients into your body and will keep you away from snacking on fattening and unhealthy junk food.

What is this food?  It’s the avocado!  New research shows that eating half an avocado at lunch helped overweight adults feel full for longer in the hours after lunch and before dinner.  Dr. Joan Sabate, a Professor of Nutrition at Loma Linda University School of Public Health, writes, “Avocados are a very popular and delicious fruit, and from the results of our study, may also be helpful for people who are looking to better manage their weight.”

In the study, the group who ate half an avocado with their lunch was 40 percent less likely to want to eat again over the three hours following lunch and 28 percent less likely to want to eat again over the five hours following lunch compared with the group who did not have any avocado in their lunch.  The downside to this study is that it was only done with 26 people, so the results may not hold true for the population as a whole.  But, who cares? Avocados are great for you so give it a try and see how it works for you!

The One Thing You Should Never Do in the Morning!

       Almost everyone does it, but doctors and sleep experts are saying it is bad for you…  We are talking about HITTING THE SNOOZE BUTTON!  According to experts, hitting the snooze button is a bad idea for several reasons.  First, it is a sign that you either are not getting enough sleep or enough QUALITY sleep.  You are hitting the snooze button in an attempt to get the sleep your body desperately needs.  But, hitting the snooze button will not help.  In fact, it may make things worse.  This is because, according to Dr. Robert Rosenberg, “When you hit the snooze alarm, you are disrupting your current stage of sleep.  Unfortunately, in many ways, fragmented sleep is worse than no sleep.  As an example, if you are in REM sleep and you interrupt it with the snooze alarm, this can lead to an inability to process and reconcile emotionally laden memories from the previous day.  In addition, fragmented sleep can result in moodiness, cognitive problems, and trouble paying attention.”

The best thing to do is to go to bed a little earlier and turn off any blue-light emitting devices at least one hour before bed time.  It is a bad idea to watch TV or play on the computer, iPad, or smartphone right up until the time you want to go to sleep.  Turn all these things off and give yourself a “cool down” period.

Getting enough quality sleep is vital to your health.  Besides the obvious feeling tired and miserable all the time… lack of sleep quickly affects your body! After just one night, you will be hungrier and more likely to eat more.  You will also be more likely to get in an accident.  Getting six or less hours of sleep triples your risk of a drowsy-related accident.  You will also not look as good and be much more likely to catch a cold.  Over time, lack of sleep increases your risk of stroke, obesity, and may even increase your risk of certain cancers.


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.

Dr Beecher’s February 3 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter

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Week of Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Mental Attitude: Be Positive! Young people with positive attitudes such as self-belief, aspiration, flexibility, and an appetite to learn were associated with less hyperactivity, fewer emotional problems, fewer problems with fellow pupils, greater inclination to help others, were happier, and slept better. Think Forward, January 2014


Health Alert: Alarming Rate of Overweight and Obese in Developing Countries. In the last three decades, the amount of overweight and obese people in developing countries has skyrocketed from 250 million to almost one billion people. In comparison, richer nations have seen a rise from 200 million to 600 million overweight and obese people over the same period of time. Dr. Steve Wiggin explains, “On current trends, globally, we will see a huge increase in the number of people suffering certain types of cancer, diabetes, strokes and heart attacks, putting an enormous burden on public healthcare systems.” Overseas Development Institute, January 2014


Diet: Vitamin E. A study involving 140 elderly men and women found that those with higher levels of vitamin E in their bodies were less likely to suffer from cognitive decline. Foods rich in vitamin E include spinach, almonds, sunflower seeds, avocados, shrimp, rainbow trout, olive oil, broccoli, and pumpkin. Experimental Gerontology, January 2014


Exercise: As Effective as Medications. Doctors from the Stanford University School of Medicine reviewed the results of

305 studies involving over 300,000 patients and have determined that exercise may be as effective as medication in preventing early death in people who’ve had heart attacks or strokes. Furthermore, regular exercise lowers the risk of early death, helps one stay lean, and reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, some cancers, and cognitive decline. Despite this information, only 21% of American adults meet the government’s recommendations for exercise: 150 minutes per week of moderately intense aerobic activity and muscle strengthening activities two days a

week that work all the major muscle groups. British Medical Journal, January 2014


Chiropractic: Can Neck Pain Affect Brain Activity? Transcranial magnetic stimulation measurements taken on chronic neck pain patients both before and after spinal manipulation showed that manipulation improved cerebellar motor processing in their brains. The cerebellum is the part of the brain that plays an important role in fine-tuning the body’s movements. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, October 2013


Wellness/Prevention: Decreasing Cancer Risk. Over an 8-year study period, postmenopausal women who closely followed the American Cancer Society’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Cancer Prevention Guidelines had a 17% lower cancer risk, a 20% lower risk of cancer-related death, and a 27% lower risk of death from all causes. According to lead author Dr. Cynthia Thomson, “The message is simple and clear: If you want to reduce your risk for cancer, even later in life, eat a healthy diet, be active daily, avoid or limit alcohol, and don’t smoke.”

US National Institutes of Health, January 2014


Quote: “Practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect!” ~ Vince Lombardi


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Dr Beecher’s July 29 Weekly Chiropractic Newsletter

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Week of Monday, July 29th, 2013

Mental Attitude: The Future You and Smoking. Smokers in their early twenties who viewed a simulation of what they would look like after 20 years of smoking were more likely to have negative views of smoking and were more willing to try to quit. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, June 2013


Health Alert: Painkillers and Heart Attack! High doses of some of the most common painkillers, including ibuprofen and diclofenac, can increase the risk of heart problems by 30%. Of all the NSAIDs analyzed, “Naproxen” didn’t appear to increase major vascular events or vascular deaths. The Lancet, June 2013


Diet: Artificial Sweeteners? The artificial sweetener sucralose can change the body’s insulin response. When study participants drank sucralose, their blood sugar peaked at a higher level than when they drank only water before consuming glucose. Insulin levels also rose 20% higher. This could be detrimental because when people constantly secrete high levels of insulin, it can lead to type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care, June 2013


Exercise: Active Commuting? Active commuting (physical exercise, such as bicycling or walking, as a way to travel to and from work) is one way to help adults integrate activity into their daily routine. People who walk or bike to work are likely to influence their co-workers and partners to do the same. 80% of American adults do not meet government guidelines for aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. The US Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week or one hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity a week. American Journal of Health Behavior, June 2013


Chiropractic: Cost Effectiveness. According to a study that analyzed data from 85,000 Blue Cross / Blue Shield beneficiaries over a 2-year span, low back pain treatment initiated with a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) saved 40% on health care costs when compared with care initiated through a Medical Doctor (MD). The study population had open access to MDs and DCs through self-referral, and there were no limits applied to the number of MD/DC visits allowed and no differences in co-pays. Researchers estimated that allowing DC-initiated episodes of care would have led to an annual cost savings of $2.3 million.

Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, December 2010


Wellness/Prevention: Sunscreen Use. Daily sunscreen use slows skin aging. After a 4 year study, the daily sunscreen group showed 24% less skin aging. The skin-saving effect of sunscreen was observed in all daily-use participants, regardless of age. Annals Of Internal Medicine, June 2013


Quote: “I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.” ~ Steve Maraboli


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