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Lovers of Indian food, give yourself a second helping: Daily consumption of a certain form of curcumin- the substance that gives Indian curry its bright color- improved memory and mood in people with mild, age-related memory loss, according to the results of a study conducted by UCLA researchers.

The researched, published online January 19, 2018, in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, examined the effects of an easily absorbed curcumin supplement on memory performance in people without dementia, as well as curcumin’s potential impact on the microscopic plagues and tangles in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Found in tumeric, Curcumin has previously been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in lab studies. It has also been suggested as a possible reason that senior citizens in India, where curcumin is a dietary staple, have lower prevalence to Alzheimer’s disease and better cognitive performance.


Source: Science Daily,



A Growing Epidemic

How serious is the threat of diabetes? Nearly 1 in 3 Americans has the disease or prediabetes,according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released in July 2017.

The Report found that as of 2015,30.3 million Americans-9.4 percent of the U.S. population-had diabetes.Another 84.1 million had prediabetes,a condition that if not treated often leads to type 2 diabetes within five years.

While the report found that the rate of new diabetes diagnoses remains steady,the disease is a growing health problem.It was the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2015.

Worker’s Comp Ohio

Ohio residents with work-related injuries in most cases must try remedies like rest,physical therapy and chiropractic care before turning to spinal fusion surgery and prescription painkillers,according to a ground breaking new guideline that is partly meant to reduce the over prescribing of opiods,but this guideline isn’t settling well with everyone.

Washington,Colorado and Minnesota already restrict injured-worker payments for back surgery,officials said, but the Ohio policy,which went into effect January 1,goes further by embedding an opiod warning specifically into its surgical restriction.The state has been among the hardest hit by the overdose crisis.

At issue is a procedure in which portion of the patients spine are permanently fused to address certain conditions, including degenerative disc disease and severe chronic low-back pain. In Ohio,such surgeries are preformed about 600 times a year.

The new rule at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation,the nation’s largest state run injured-worker fund,requires an injured worker to undergo at least 60 days of alternative care-while avoiding opiod use,if possible-before resorting to spinal fusion surgery,with a few exceptions for the most severe back injuries. By including the opiod warning,it’s a more aggressive restriction than other states that also decline to pay immediately for the surgery.


Source: Associated Press,

Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches.

In 2001, researchers at Duke University’s Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, reported that spinal manipulation resulted in improvement for headaches originating in the neck.  For tension headaches, Chiropractic adjustments offer a longer period of relief,with fewer side effects, than a commonly prescribed medication.

In 2000, Tuchin et al conducted a randomized control trial of Chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy showed significant improvement in migraine frequency,duration,disability, and medication use.The results were published in The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.


By Kevin Wong, DC

Preventing Cancer with Food

A study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry lends further support to the already compelling evidence that a medicinal ingredient found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables (cabbage,cauliflower,Bok choy,Brussels sprouts,turnips) exerts significant anti-cancer effects.

This study showed that sulforaphane exerted a key epigenetic effect that greatly inhibited human prostate cancer cells from forming colonies. But many other cancers are linked to the same epigenetic switch, suggesting that sulforaphane may also provide protection against brain,lung,colon,breast, and stomach cancer,as well as chronic lymphocytic lukemia.


By James P. Mechino,DC,MS

The Cifuentes,Willets, and Wasiak Study (2011) concluded that chiropractic care,during the health-maintenance care period, resulted in:


  • 24% decrease in disability duration of first episode compared to physical therapy.
  • 250% decrease in disability duration of first episode compared to medical physician’s care.
  • 5.9% decrease in opioid (narcotic) use during maintenance care with physical therapy.
  • 30.3% decrease in opioid (narcotic) use during maintenance care with medical physician’s care.
  • 32% decrease in average weekly cost of medical expenses during disability episode compared to physical therapy care.
  • 21% decrease in average weekly cost of medical expenses during disability episode compared to medical physician’s care.

Senator co-sponsored bill that hindered DEA

Washington- Marco Rubio isn’t saying much about his role in passage of a controversial law that former Drug Enforcement Agency officials said tied their hands from cracking down on drug distribution companies that sent millions of opioids to corrupt doctors and internet pharmacies.

The Florida Republican was one of four senators (three Republicans and one Democrat) to co-sponsor the legislation written by Utah Republican Orrin Hatch,Known as the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016.

A report by The Washington Post/60 Minutes Sunday interviewed a number of DEA officials who said the measure authored by Hatch in the Senate and Pennsylvania Republican Tom Morino makes it harder for the DEA to halt drug shipments that posed an “immediate danger” to the community.

The bill passed without opposition in both chambers .

Source: Ladyard King USA Today Network-Florida

In an innovative approach to colorectal cancer prevention and treatment,scientist are studying ways to replace missing metabolites in patients prone to gut inflammation and CRC. A new study in The American Journal of Pathology describes how administration of histamine-producing gut microbes to mice lacking the enzyme histidine decarboxylase (HDC) reduced inflammation and tumor formation.These results suggest that alteration of the gut microbiome with probiotics may become a new preventive or theraputic strategy for patients at risk for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)-associated CRC.

“We are on the cusp of harnessing advances in microbiome science to facilitate diagnosis and treatment of human disease,”explains James Versalovic,MD,PhD,pathologist-in-chief at Texas Childrens Hospital,and Milton J. Finegold professor of pathology and immunology at Baylor College of Medicine(Houston).”By simply introducing mirobes that provide missing life substances,we can reduce the risk of cancer and supplement diet-based cancer prevention strategies.”

Source:Science Daily,


Belgian Scientist say they’ve made research breakthrough in the relationship between sugar and cancer.

Researchers found that yeast with high levels of sugar known as glucose overstimulated the same proteins often found mutated inside human tumors,making cell grow faster.The finding,published in Nature Communications on Friday,aims to shed light on how cancer develops.

John Thevelein,Wim Versees and Veerle Janssens started researching sugar’s link to caner in 2008 to try and better understand what’s called Warburg effect,when tumor cells make energy through a rapid breakdown of glucose not seen in normal cells.That energy fuels tumor growth.

The research “is able to explain the coloration between the strength of the Warburg effect and tumor aggressiveness,” Thevelein, from KU Leuven in Belgium, said in a release.

The finding is not a medical breakthrough,and it doesn’t prove that eating a low-sugar diet could change a cancer diagnosis.

“The findings are not sufficient to identify the primary cause of the Warburg effect,”Thevelein said in a release.”Further research is needed.”

Victoria Stevens, a cancer researcher with the American Cancer Society who was not involved in the study, said this research is great,but it comments on only “about one product made during the breakdown of glucose to produce energy.”In other words,it’s a small step in a long process.


Brilliant Botanicals

Recommending an adaptogen can be the perfect answer for your patients dealing with physical and mental stress. Adaptogens, a class of herbs that help the body adapt to stress, include many botanicals like ashwaghanda and rhodiola that are safe natural,and backed by clinical research.While adaptogens have been used medicinally for thousands of years,we are still learning about these unique medicinal plants. Most experts agree that the effects of adaptogens involve the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, inflammation,  and various gene pathways. Adaptogens not only affect the perception or qualities of mental stress they bolster physical endurance and recovery as well.