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March 2011 Health Newsletter

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» How To Increase Athletic Performance
» Apples & Pears Are All The Same To Your Heart
» Zinc Reduces Colds By One Day
» Chiropractic Physicians Meet with Congress during NCLC 2011

How To Increase Athletic Performance

Athletes would agree the ability to know the precise position of their extremities and joints in space are essential to optimal performance. Playing tennis, hitting a baseball and swinging a golf club are just a few examples of where this is critical. New research indicates chiropractic adjustments can significantly improve joint position sense in those with a history of neck pain who currently are asymptomatic. In the recent study, asymptomatic subjects with a previous history of neck pain significantly improved their elbow joint position sense immediately following a chiropractic adjustment to the neck. While only the position sense of the elbow was evaluated in this particular study, it's not a stretch to assume other parts of the upper extremity and potentially lower extremity could also be positively affected. This could be very significant for those wishing to achieve optimal athletic performance in a number of sports.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JMPT. Volume 34, Issue 2, Pages 88-97 (February 2011)
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2011


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Apples & Pears Are All The Same To Your Heart

It was previously widely believed that those with a pear-shaped figure were less at risk for developing heart disease when compared to those with an apple-shaped figure. However, a new study has found that the shape of one's body does not have any impact on their risk for heart disease. Rather, the risk for heart disease is based on one's BMI (body mass index) and specifically having a body mass index of 30 or more, regardless of one's body shape. BMI is determined by dividing one's weight in kilograms by one's height in meters squared. The 10-year long study was based on 220,000 people and involved almost 200 scientists from 17 different countries.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 11 March 2011.
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Zinc Reduces Colds By One Day

According to a review of research published by the Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates medical research, zinc supplements appear to shorten the length of colds by approximately one day as well as lessen the symptoms. Their findings are based on based on 13 trials with close to 1,000 participants who either took zinc or a dummy treatment at the beginning of their symptoms. Two other trials indicated zinc helped stave off colds, but the research quality of the studies were considered poor. Exact zinc dosage and formulation for optimal effectiveness is not known, nor is the mechanism of how zinc reduces the length and symptoms of colds. It should also be noted that taking zinc over a long period of time should be done carefully as it can interfere with other metals in the body resulting in unpredictable consequences.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Reuters. February 16, 2011.
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Chiropractic Physicians Meet with Congress during NCLC 2011

Nearly 500 chiropractic physicians, students and supporters converged on the nation’s capital Feb. 14-15 as part of the American Chiropractic Association’s 2011 National Chiropractic Legislative Conference (NCLC) with the Chiropractic Summit. Those in attendance listened to speeches from government leaders, received advocacy training and urged elected officials to support pro-chiropractic measures that seek to provide patients, veterans and active-duty military personnel with greater access to the essential services provided by chiropractic physicians.  While last year’s conference focused on the first phase of health care reform, congressional debate surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), this year’s meeting concentrated on the next phase, implementation of the law.  Among the speakers this year, Iowa State Sen. Jack Hatch (D-Des Moines), a member of the White House Legislative Working Group on Health Care Reform, stressed that while the work being done on Capitol Hill to expand patient access to chiropractic care is vital to improving health care for all Americans, at this stage important work is also being done in every state capital. “This is both a challenge and an opportunity,” he said.  The meeting’s keynote speakers were Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Ret. Brig. Gen. Becky Halstead, spokesperson for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. Harkin, who was instrumental in the inclusion of the provider non-discrimination language in PPACA emphasized chiropractic’s role in transforming the U.S. health delivery system.  “Patients want options, alternatives and noninvasive care” said Harkin. “We need to keep moving forward, away from the current sick care system to a health care system. Chiropractic physicians must be a part of the health care team.”  Halstead, a fierce advocate for chiropractic care for our nation’s veterans and active-duty military talked about prescription drug addiction in the military as a result of rampant chronic pain. She cited a recent USA Today newspaper article about another general’s struggle with addiction and back pain, cautioning, “If it’s happening in leadership, it’s rampant at lower levels.” Halstead then shared her personal struggle with fibromyalgia and chronic pain, which was finally resolved through chiropractic care. “If I had had more access to sustained chiropractic care [when I was in active duty], I would probably still be in the military,” she said.  Also on behalf of the nation’s Armed Forces, Rep. Michael Rogers (R-Ala.) urged attendees to ask their congressional representatives to support H.R. 409, the Chiropractic Health Parity for Military Beneficiaries Act, which would require the U.S. Secretary of Defense to develop a plan to allow any beneficiary covered under TRICARE to select and have direct access to a chiropractic physician. Rogers recently re-introduced this legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius addressed NCLC attendees in a video message. Sebelius said that chiropractic care has been “proven to be effective care that is also cost-effective,” and that chiropractic physicians are a “vital part” of the U.S. health delivery system. Like Harkin, Sebelius called for an end to the current “sick care” system.  ACA President Rick McMichael, DC told attendees, “[T]his is about a transformation in health care. This is about our patients and the public we serve. We have a window of opportunity—right now—and we must rise to the challenge, take action and persist. Working together as one team with one voice and one message, we can, and we will, help improve health care for America.”  The Chiropractic Summit and ACA House of Delegates Meeting
Following NCLC, Chiropractic Summit XII took place on Feb. 16. First convened in September 2007, the Chiropractic Summit represents leadership from more than 40 organizations within the profession. With the common goal of advancing chiropractic, the Summit meets regularly to collaborate, seek solutions and support collective action to address challenges facing the profession. Each year NCLC is held in conjunction with an official business meeting of the ACA House of Delegates (HOD). ACA President Dr. Rick McMichael presided over both meetings and opened each with praise for the profession for working together to address critical issues.  Additional coverage of both NCLC and the House of Delegates meeting will be available in the April 2011 issue of ACA News, the association’s flagship publication.  A selection of photographs from the meetings can be found on the ACA Web site at www.acatoday.org/Gallery.  The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), based in Arlington, Va., is the largest professional association in the United States representing doctors of chiropractic. ACA promotes the highest standards of patient care and ethics, and supports research that contributes to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients. Visit www.acatoday.org.

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: American Chiropractic Association. February 21, 2011.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2011


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