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Antibiotics; In our modern day to day lives it comes as no surprise that they are some of the most prescribed drugs in the world. They are responsible for saving countless lives, yet their vast and frequently indiscriminate use, combined with a deficit of new antibiotics, has led to the current global health threat of antibiotic resistance. Probiotics present a logical and natural solution to reduce the distribution caused by antibiotics and return the gut microbiota back to baseline following such treatment. For example, Vitamin D has emerged as something of a miracle supplement in recent years with hundreds of research studies suggesting that it may be useful in preventing conditions such as osteoporosis, autoimmunity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and much more. Having a Vitamin D deficiency has even been linked to obesity. Recent statistics suggest that between 40 to 50% of healthy adults, infants, toddlers, as well as pregnant women are deficient in Vitamin D. Why? Because the active form of Vitamin D increases calcium absorption from food in our digestive tract. However, recent research has suggested that nearly every cell of our body has receptors for Vitamin D, which includes influencing our immune system, blood pressure regulation, insulin secretion, and cell differentiation. Magnesium supplementation along with Vitamin D supplementation was more effective at correcting a Vitamin D supplementation alone. UltraSlim is the only treatment for immediate, permanent fat removal without dieting exercise or pills.

New research has identified the way age impairs the ability of the circadian clock in mammals to reset itself when exposed to light, resulting in disruption to sleeping patterns and consequent threats to wellbeing.

Researchers, led by a University of Kent neurophysiologist, found that aging results in a significant reduction in sensitivity to light in the part of the brain that controls circadian rhythms, known as the suprachiasmatic nucleus.

The breakthrough could help target treatments that aim to improve both physiological and behavioral circadian clock “resetting” in older people. Gurprit Lall, PhD, of the Universities Medway School of Pharmacy, and other members of the research team, explored alterations in one of the pathways in the part of the brain controlling circadian rhythms. They found that a glutamate receptor (NMDA), used to transit light information, became less effective in resetting the circadian clock as part of the aging process.

Source: Science Daily, sciencedaily.com

You’ve heard it countless times: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But here’s even more reason to scramble those eggs …. new research suggests that missing your morning meal could lead to cardiovascular issues like Atherosclerosis. A study of over 4,000 participants with no cardiovascular symptoms confirmed that those who regularly skipped breakfast were more likely to suffer from hardened, narrowed arteries. Yet simply opting for a quick bite doesn’t cut it either. Researchers found that those who only consumed a light breakfast ( think toast and coffee) had a higher incidence of Atherosclerosis too. The health risks didn’t stop there : People who skipped breakfast entirely were more likely to lead an unhealthy lifestyle overall, including generally poor diet, frequent alcohol consumption, and smoking. They were more likely to suffer from high blood pressure and be overweight or obese, as well.

 

Source: Journal of the American College of Cardiology

A new study finds that female veterans-one of the fastest growing populations receiving treatment through the veterans administration (VA) health care system- experience improvement in low-back pain with a course of chiropractic care, according to the American Chiropractic Association(ACA).

Published in the Journal of  Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, the study’s authors note that musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain are the most common ailments among female veterans. They also report that female veterans on average access VA medical care more frequently than male veterans, have a higher outpatient cost per patient and have a higher rate of service-connected disability. “Although further research is warranted”, the study said, “chiropractic care may be of value in contributing to the pain management needs of this unique patient population”.

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, sciencedaily.com

 

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, apnews.com

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