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Camarillo Chiropractic's Health News, Notes and Quotes!

Welcome to Health News, Notes and Quotes. We have selected the following categories and news items below because I believe they can help educate you about the importance of good health and the benefits of chiropractic. - Steve Wexler, DC


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Chiropractic Care
Back to Work With Chiropractic
We've mentioned previously the troubling statistic that eight of 10 people will suffer back pain at some point in their lifetime. If you think you can put up with the pain, take note of another disturbing statistic: Back pain is a leading cause of workplace health problems and sick leave from work.

More and more people are recognizing chiropractic as an effective method of managing back pain (and many other musculoskeletal conditions). If personal experience and research evidence haven't yet convinced you, maybe a study published in the Journal of the Neuromusculoskeletal System will do the job. The study involved 103 workers referred for chiropractic treatment from four manufacturing companies in England. Patients completed a screening questionnaire at their initial visit, with subsequent questionnaires completed at visits 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10.

Patients reported decreases in all outcome measures, including: pain intensity; disability in daily living, work and social activities; anxiety about the condition; depression; and attitudes about work activity making the problem worse. There was also evidence of patients' overall satisfaction with treatment and perceived self-improvement. Most impressive perhaps, all employees remained working or returned to work within eight chiropractic treatments.

You may not be able to avoid back pain, but there's certainly something you can do about it. Don't be part of the statistics. If you're suffering from back pain, schedule an appointment with a doctor of chiropractic. And for more information on back pain, go to www.chiroweb.com/tyh/backpain.html.

Source: Blokland MP, Bolton JE, Gration J. Chiropractic treatment in workers with musculoskeletal complaints. Journal of the Neuromusculoskeletal System 2000: Vol. 8, pp17-23.


General Health
The Power of Communication

How's your relationship with your health care provider? Do you talk about your health problems openly and honestly, or do you keep most of your opinions and feelings inside - perhaps out of fear that your doctor "won't listen" or "won't understand"?

Communication is the key to optimizing treatment, say Swiss researchers who conducted a clinical trial on rheumatoid arthritis (RA) sufferers. Findings suggest that feedback sessions should be held on a monthly basis between patients and their doctors, due to the changing patterns of RA and the uniqueness of its effect on each patient. The trial, which included 228 patients and 48 rheumatologists, used a rheumatoid arthritis disease activity index (RADAI) questionnaire. Patients who saw the largest advantage of feedback were those with "high disease activity," with a reduction of more than three points in their RADAI scores.

While the stats indicate success through patient-to-doctor updates, they echo a common complaint among health care administrators: "Tell us what's wrong - on an ongoing basis." The doctor-patient relationship is one of the keys to making sure you stay healthy, and if you have an illness or disease that requires constant assessment, it's an even more important tool to get you back on the road to health. If you don't feel comfortable talking to your doctor - or if you don't think your doctor is comfortable or interested in talking/listening to you - try to open the communication lines, or find another doctor. Your health is that important.

Source: Fransen J, Stucki G, Twisk J, et al. Effectiveness of a measurement feedback system on outcome in rheumatoid arthritis: a controlled clinical trial. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases July 2003: Volume 62, pp.624 - 629.

To learn more about how to stay healthy, visit www.chiroweb.com/find/archives/general.


Pediatric Health
Antidepressants for Children: A Real Downer
In the past few years, various studies/reports have painted a disturbing picture of the dangers of medications formulated to relieve depression in children. In fact, some of the potential dangers associated with these medications have prompted U. S. Senate, House and FDA investigations.

Two recent studies published in prominent medical journals involved trials of antidepressant drugs administered to children. The first study found that previous investigations have "exaggerated the benefits" of antidepressant use in children, and that antidepressant drugs "cannot confidently be recommended as a treatment option for childhood depression."

Ironically, another study found that more and more children are being prescribed antidepressant medication: Between 1998-2002, use by boys increased by 34%, and by girls by 68%. Even worse, preschool children were the fastest-growing group - Among preschool girls, use doubled, and in boys, use increased more than 64%.

In short: Be careful. As with any childhood health condition, make sure your doctor performs a comprehensive evaluation and discusses conservative management, rather than just "prescribing." If not, in trying to combat your child's depression, you may just well cause your own!

Sources:

Jureidini JN, et al. Efficacy and safety of antidepressants for children and adolescents. British Medical Journal, April 10, 2004;328.

Delate T, Gelenberg AJ, Simmons VA, et al. Trends in the use of antidepressants in a national sample of commercially insured pediatric patients, 1998 to 2002. Psychiatric Services April 2004;55(4):387-91.

To learn more about pediatric health, go to www.chiroweb.com/find/archives/pediatrics/


Women's Health
Say Goodbye to PMS With Calcium and Vitamin D

It has been estimated that up to 20 percent of all women suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS). While the symptoms of PMS may vary from person to person, they usually include conditions such as depression, irritability, cramping and headaches. Oftentimes, these conditions are severe enough to interfere with a woman’s ability to function throughout the day. As a result, scientists have looked for various remedies that could reduce, or even prevent, many of the symptoms that occur with PMS.

In this study, researchers looked at the levels of calcium and vitamin D intake in a group of approximately 3,000 women, more than a third of whom had developed PMS over a 10-year period. Results showed that women who consumed the highest amounts of calcium were 20 percent less likely to have PMS than women who consumed the lowest amounts of calcium. In addition, women with the highest levels of vitamin D intake were 41 percent less likely to develop PMS compared to women taking the least amount of vitamin D.

Foods that contain substantial amounts of calcium and vitamin D include skim milk, low-fat milk, and some cheeses. Vitamin D and calcium are also available in supplement form. For more information on ways to increase levels of calcium and vitamin D in your diet, talk with your doctor.

Reference:

Bertone-Johnson ER, Hankinson SE, Bendich A, et al. Calcium and vitamin D and risk of incident premenstrual syndrome. Archives of Internal Medicine 2005;165:1246-1252.



Senior Health
Cut the Fat, Keep the Bone During Your Golden Years
They say beauty is only skin deep. Regular exercise creates benefits that go much deeper. In addition to making you look better on the outside, exercising causes significant changes on the inside, such as strengthening your bones and muscles. This is especially true among elderly people, who generally have less bone mass and muscle tone than the overall population. A recent study, however, has found that routine exercise can help the elderly gain muscle and lose fat without any significant losses in bone mass.

In the study, 115 men and women ages 55 to 75 were asked to follow a series of government recommendations on exercise for 6 months, or to participate in a supervised program three times per week, performing a series of stretching, resistance training and aerobics. People in the supervised program showed improvements in upper body strength, lower body strength, lean mass, body weight, and total body fat, with no significant changes in bone mineral density in men. Those who showed the highest gains in fitness levels actually had an increase in bone mass. In women, there were slight decreases in bone mineral density, but these decreases were comparable to those seen in women who did not exercise.

As this study shows, not all of the benefits of exercise are apparent on the outside. Furthermore, it suggests a regular, moderately intense exercise program can be useful for people of all ages. To learn more about the benefits of exercise, specifically in the senior population, visit www.chiroweb.com/find/archives/senior.

Source: Stewart KJ, Bacher AC, Hees PS, et al. Exercise effects on bone mineral density. Relationships to changes in fitness and fatness. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, June 2005;28(5):453-460.