Experimental studies have suggested melatonin could block key steps in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, primarily by acting as a brain antioxidant an inhibiting the build-up of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain (a hallmark feature of Alzheimer’s disease). Several clinical studies suggest melatonin can block the progression of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to full-blown dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
A recent animal study suggesting melatonin also blocks key steps in the development of Lou Gehrig’s disease (also known as amytrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS), a disease that causes progressive muscle weakness and eventual death due to the failure of respiratory muscles.
A research team determined melatonin is a powerful antioxidant which blocks the release of enzymes that activate programmed cell death (apoptosis) of nerve cells involved in the development of ALS.
The researchers involved in the recent animal study stated: “We demonstrate that melatonin significantly delayed disease onset, neurological deterioration and mortality in ALS mice.” More specifically, melatonin was shown to inhibit nerve degeneration and nerve cell death of the motor nerves involved in ALS.
In the first study of its kind, researchers have demonstrated novel and previously unknown mechanisms of action by which BCM-95 Curcumin and BosPure Boswellia work synergistically to prevent colorectal cancer and demonstrate anti-tumor activity in both in vitro and in vivo.
“We have known for awhile that curcumin and boswellia both have potent anti-cancer properties,: said Ajay Goel, PhD, one of the study’s authors. “In this study, we investigated how they work in conjunction to reduce proliferation and increase cell cycle arrest and apoptosis (various mechanisms by which cancer cells are killed). We found that the two together activate a broader array of gene regulators called microRNAs, with a wider spectrum of impact compared to either compound individually.”
Foods made from whole grains – the hard, dry seeds of plants – have been a nutritional staple for thousands of years. They provide a wealth of heart-healthy nutrients, including fiber, vitamins, minerals, good fats, enzymes, antioxidants, and phytonutrients, according to the April 2015 Harvard Heart Letter.
Eating whole grains instead of highly processed grains has a wide range of health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure, blood sugar, and blood cholesterol, and reducing chronic inflammation.
When people repeatedly push themselves to the limit, the body eventually breaks down, leading to injury and pain. And unsurprisingly, many of these patients take either prescribed or over-the-counter (OTC) medication on a regular basis to control pain and inflammation. But if medications should not be used over extended periods, what can be done instead? One safe alternative is using kinesiology tape (k-tape) over the site of pain. In individuals with chronic low-back pain, a study found that k-tape in conjunction with usual care resulted in a better pattern of abdominal muscle recruitment compared with pre-treatment measures. Another study found that regardless of the technique of application, k-tape was helpful in reducing pain and disability in individuals with chronic lo-back pain.
In a recent unpublished study in the U.S., researchers used ultrasound imaging to show that k-tape has a lifting effect on subcutaneous tissue layers. This preliminary finding is in line with the long-held belief that k-tape’s mechanism of action is partially achieved through decompression of local tissues.
Clinically, this may be the reason for dramatic changes in the reduction of swelling and hematomas with k-tape application. This lifting effect creates convolutions on the skin that potentially decompress lymphatic vessels and facilitates the removal of exudates from the treated area.
The lifting effect is also thought to improve circulation locally, allowing ecchymoses to be cleared more efficiently. Finally, the lifting effect may simultaneously decrease pressure on superficial nociceptors and stilmulate mechanoreceptors, leading to less perception of pain in the underlying tissue.
Research conducted at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh showed that middle-aged and older people have a lower instance of hypertension when they devote time to helping others through volunteerism.
Those who reported participating in volunteer work for a minimum of 200 hours each year during the initial meeting in 2006 were determined to be 40 percent less likely to end up with elevated blood pressure at the second meeting than their peers.
In clinical practice, we see patients with complaints that cross the entire spectrum of health. On of the most common concerns is associated with digestive or gastrointestinal (GI) health. Patients may have constipation, diarrhea, bloating and/or chronic GI infections such as Candida; or associated problems such as small-intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).
Probiotics have ample research suggesting their ability to support a healthy digestive tract. The digestive tract is an extremely dynamic environment that, when properly balanced and healthy, works in amazing ways.
The clinical use of probiotics has been evolving over time. Consider a type of beneficial bacteria that was actually developed from studies looking at the relationship of the microbiota on the root system of plants and the microbiota in the human digestive tract. Efficacy has been shown in treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
The 2010 OPTIMA [Oxford Project to Investigate Memory and Ageing] study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6. This is an important finding, as 16 percent of individuals older than age 70 have mild cognitive impairment (MCI). 50 percent of whom realize further progression to Alzheimer’s disease. It is well-documented that brain atrophy is a characteristic of subjects with mild cognitive impairment who progress to Alzheimer’s disease.
Given the emerging importance of these B vitamins on the rate of brain atrophy after age 60, memory, cognition, and risk of MCI and Alzheimer’s disease, health care practitioners should consider evaluating plasma folate (more ideally using erythrocyte folate test), plasma B12 levels and total plasma homocysteine levels in patients over age 50 to identify those who would best benefit from supplementation with these three B vitamins. When warranted, a low dose of prevention may translate into many more years of normal cognitive function and preserved quality of life and dignity.
The goal of laser therapy is to stimulate chemically damaged cells through specific wavelengths of light. When cells are chemically damaged they stimulate the pain cycle. The laser excites the kinetic energy within cells by transmitting healing stimuli known as photons. The skin absorbs these photons through a chemical effect. Since the laser is photo- chemical and not photo-thermal there is no heat damage done to the tissues.
Laser therapy does many other things like ignite the production of enzymes, stimulate mitochondria , increase lymphatic drainage, and elevate collagen formation to prevent the formation of scar tissues. Laser Therapy is a great opportunity for quick and effective healing. We now offer Laser Therapy here at Magnolia Chiropractic.
So please give us a call today!
Did you know:
- That in 2008 prescription painkiller overdoses killed almost 15,000 people just in the U.S.
- In 2009 nearly half a million ER visits were due to people misusing or abusing prescription painkillers.
- And that in 2010 about 12 million Americans (ages 12 and up) reported non-medical use of prescription painkillers in the past year.
- More Americans are now seeking an alternative approach for their healthcare!
Here at Magnolia Chiropractic we do our absolute best to find the source of the pain and then treat it with all natural therapeutic techniques. One therapeutic technique we use is called Cold Laser. How does it work? The laser beams painlessly penetrate the skin, healing energy is then issued into the tissue, which in turn supports our body’s natural method of healing itself.
While surgeries can be invasive and side effects can follow drugs, Cold Laser Therapy offers superior natural healing and pain relief. So if you are finding yourself in pain please consider calling and scheduling an appointment at Magnolia Chiropractic today! Our office number is (850) 656-6606
Did you know:
- When you have a chipped windshield, most insurance companies will waive the deductible and will pay the full price for the repair.
- Its’ Simple! In most cases auto glass repair shops will contact your insurance company directly. So all you need to do is provide them with the name of your insurance company and policy number when you take your car in.
- Also! The majority of insurance companies will not hold you accountable for the chip, so having the repair done will most likely not affect your premium.
Why you should have the repair done:
- Your windshield provides 30% of your vehicles fundamental structure. In the instance of an accident your windshield helps deploy the airbag, and prevents you from being thrown from the vehicle. If your windshield has been weakened by a chip or crack you are putting yourself and your passengers at risk.
- Also! Having your windshield repaired is far less expensive than having the whole thing replaced!