February 2020 Health Newsletter

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Current Articles

» Staying Hydrated in Cold Weather
» Colic and Babies
» The Heart Brain
» Hidden Greens Chocolate Smoothie
» Calendar of Events & Monthly Affirmation
» Chiropractors on Capitol Hill Push for Improved Coverage for Medicare Beneficiaries
» Electric Bikes and Scooters Associated with Severe Injuries
» Most Sustained Weight Loss Lowers Womenís Breast Cancer Risk

Staying Hydrated in Cold Weather

  • Breathing in dry and cold air in the winter is a significant loss of fluids, which is especially concerning because we often naturally drink less water in the winter.
  • When we sweat in the cold weather it turns into vapor and rather than staying wet on the skin, so there is not a visual cue that we are sweating which means less prompts to drink.
  • Research indicates we feel about 40 percent less thirsty in the winter, however our need for water does not change.  This means we may get away from the habit of keeping a water bottle nearby.  
  • Dehydration poses a risk to heart health. Dehydration results in lower blood volume, which causes the heart to beat faster in attempt to adequately circulate blood.

To avoid dehydration in cold climates:

  • Take fluids with you before you leave the house. 
  • If you don’t feel like drinking water, drink a warm non-caffeinated drink, such as hot tea to help the body stay hydrated.
  • Drink half your body weight in ounces each day (150 pounds = 75 ounces of water)
  • Remember that certain fluids dehydrate the body (alcohol, carbonated drinks and caffeinated drinks).
  • Monitor the colour of your urine- should be light yellow or clear. 

Other common symptoms of dehydration:  fatigue, lightheadedness and even irritability.

 

Author: Power Health
Source: February 2020 Newsletter


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Colic and Babies

The baby’s neurological system is primed at birth. A healthy foundation depends on a healthy nervous system after birth and the smooth transition from the womb to the outside world.

Colic in newborns affect 10-40% of infants worldwide. It is a condition of prolonged and intense crying. What babies are indicating via their distress is generally unknown.

The case has often been made that colic is an issue involving the infant’s developing digestive system. What we know now through new scientific research is that the human gut is actually a separate branch of the body’s nervous system, coordinating digestion, elimination, and the microbiome. Researchers call it the gut-brain. What’s less known about the gut-brain is how it connects to the overarching nervous system through the Vagus Nerve.

Are there ways to improve and heal the function of the nervous system and the overall coordination with the gut?  In some cases can it also be an overall immaturity of these systems.  These are questions worth asking

The infant must adjust to her new life in the world in two primary ways. One involves learning to process sensory impressions and stimuli without getting overwhelmed. The other involves metabolizing breastmilk (or formula) in the gut and forming a healthy microbiome. These adaptations are innate to infants, but with a still-developing nervous system or digestive stresses in the gut, they can become enmeshed with symptoms of distress.

Interestingly, colic often stops around 3-5 months of age—a time of great nervous system maturation. Colic can be a prompt for parents to find these deeper factors and address them early on. There are multiple sources which can lead to baby's distress.  Postnatal supports in the community can be extremely beneficial in helping families feel supported as they navigate the challenges they may face with colic.  It is important for parents to know they are not alone in this experience.    

 

Modified excerpt from the ICPA

 

Author: Power Health and ICPA
Source: February 2020 Newsletter


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The Heart Brain

In 1991, new scientific discoveries revealed that there are sensory neurites in the heart. These 40,000 neurons became known as “the little brain in the heart.” Now, undeniably, we recognize that the heart has the neurological capacity to think, learn, remember, and feel, just as the brain does.   The Heart Brain sends messages to the cranial brain, including how the body feels.  Learn more about the heart brain in this article from the ICPA.  Download your copy here

 

Author: ICPA
Source: February 2020 Newsletter


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Hidden Greens Chocolate Smoothie

We love this chocolate smoothie from Oh She Glows.  Its a nourishing way to enjoy some chocolatey goodness this Valentine’s and serves 2—share with someone you love!  You can find the recipe on the Oh She Glows website here

Author: Power Health
Source: February 2020 Newsletter


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Calendar of Events & Monthly Affirmation

 

 

Calendar of Events - February 2020

February 13, 14—Dr. Chelsea away

February 17-19—Dr. Chelsea & John away

Regular hours resume on February 20

* Book ahead to secure your preferred appointment time *

 

 

 

 

Affirmation: 

I am kind and gentle with myself.  I treat myself with love and compassion.

 

 

 

 

Author: Power Health
Source: Monthly Newsletter


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Chiropractors on Capitol Hill Push for Improved Coverage for Medicare Beneficiaries

More than 700 chiropractors and chiropractic students from across the nation gathered in Washington, D.C. today to urge Congress to support H.R. 3654, legislation that would give Medicare beneficiaries improved coverage of non-drug services for pain relief, potentially helping some to avoid using prescription opioid pain medications.† Boosting support for H.R. 3654, the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act, was a focus this year at the American Chiropractic Associationís (ACA) annual meeting and advocacy event, ACA Engage.† The bipartisan bill would enable beneficiaries to more easily access the chiropractic profession's broad-based, non-drug approach to pain management.† During a kick-off event, ACA President Robert C. Jones, DC, told attendees, "You are intimately familiar with the issues facing your patients.† No one is better to deliver that message [to Capitol Hill]." Dr. Jones was followed by John Rosa, DC, a nationally recognized expert on the opioid crisis who serves as a consultant to the White House and federal agencies.† Dr. Rosa discussed the positive response to chiropractic he has received in healthcare policy circles where solutions to the opioid crisis are discussed.† "We are part of this solution," he noted.† Dr. Rosa said that chiropractors can offer the added advantage of prevention and health promotion services, such as advice on diet, exercise and injury prevention, which can potentially help patients prevent pain before it starts.† "Lifestyle and pain management.† We are that missing piece, and we have been for a long time," he said. Speaker Bonnie S. Hillsberg, DC, MHA, MEd, of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Division of Tribal Affairs, explained that opioids are a major problem in the Native American/Alaskan Native community as well, and that chiropractic services can be an important tool in alleviating their reliance on pain medications.† "Non-drug approaches have become an important strategy in stemming the national problem of opioid overuse and abuse," she said.† Rounding out the morning's line up was Christine Goertz, DC, PhD, chair of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), established as part of the Affordable Care Act to fund research to help patients, caregivers, and healthcare practitioners make evidence-based, patient-centered healthcare decisions.† Dr. Goertz said that she is encouraged not only by ongoing research into chiropractic's effectiveness but also emerging trends in health care that emphasize providers working collaboratively to help patients.† Additionally, ACA Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy John Falardeau presented the ACA's Congressional Health Care Leadership Award to Jessica Burnell, a health care policy advisor in the office of Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), lead sponsor of H.R. 3654.† ACA Engage is the premier national conference for doctors of chiropractic, chiropractic assistants and chiropractic students.† ACA Engage (formerly called NCLC) has a long history of bringing together industry leaders from all over the country to meet with members of Congress on Capitol Hill.† The program has expanded to also include a robust variety of education offerings (with CE credits available), speeches from respected thought leaders and panel discussions that delve into important topics.† The new name reflects the associationís efforts to position the chiropractic profession for success by engaging a new generation of doctors with these exciting education, career and leadership development opportunities.

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: Acatoday.com. January 30, 2020


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Electric Bikes and Scooters Associated with Severe Injuries

Electric bikes (commonly referred to as "E-bikes") and powered scooters are growing in popularity and as a result, their associated injuries are on the rise.† Unfortunately, the pattern of injuries resulting from the use of these powered wheeled devices is more severe than their non-electric and non-powered counterparts.† According to 2000 to 2017 data from the US National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, the injury data showed:†

  • E-bike injuries were more likely include internal injuries and require hospital admission
  • E-bike injuries were more than 3 times more likely to involve a collision with a pedestrian than either pedal bicycles or powered scooters
  • E-bike injuries have been increasing dramatically, especially among older persons
  • Powered scooter injuries were nearly 3 times more likely to result in concussion†

Be smart and be aware.† If you decide to use an electric/powered scooter or bike, be cautious and wear the appropriate safety equipment, including a properly fitted helmet as well as knee, elbow and if applicable, wrist guards.† Eye protection and appropriate clothing should additionally be considered.†

Did you know doctors of chiropractic are specifically trained in the diagnosis and care of soft tissue injuries?† If you have sustained an injury from an E-bike, scooter or any other wheeled equipment, call us today!† We can quickly diagnosis and care for you and your injury, getting you back to healthy and happy, safely and quickly!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Injury Prevention, online November 11, 2019.


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Most Sustained Weight Loss Lowers Womenís Breast Cancer Risk

Women 50 years and older who lose a modest amount of weight and keep it off can reduce their risk for acquiring breast cancer, according to researchers.† Researchers set out to identify if weight loss in women 50+ would reduce their risk of breast cancer.† Weight loss was defined as 4 pounds or more lost and maintained over a 10-year period. Data from more than 180,000 women was evaluated.† Compared with women with stable weight during study period, women with sustained weight loss had a lower risk of breast cancer.† Researchers concludes, "These results suggest that sustained weight loss, even modest amounts, is associated with lower breast cancer risk for women aged ≥50 years. Breast cancer prevention may be a strong weight loss motivator for the two-thirds of American women who are overweight or obese."

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, online December 17, 2019.


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