Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC
Alright, now I’m confused. I thought that if I dropped the sugar out of my life, I’d get lighter, happier, have a nice car, and maybe grow my hair back. Now science is telling me otherwise. You can’t imagine the turmoil of emotions now effervescing in my head like a hot Coke®.
Artificial sweeteners are usually chemicals that look like sugar enough that they have a sweet taste, but cannot be digested in the human gastrointestinal tract. Aspartame, sucralose (Splenda), and Stevia have found their way into diet drinks, muffins, diet foods, and even toothpaste and medications.
I have bad news for us today. First, a new study in the Canadian Medical Journal tells us that artificial sweeteners may not help us lose weight at all. An analysis of more than 11,000 studies on artificial sweeteners looked at the effects of these chemicals on body mass index (BMI). Lead author Mechan Azad of the University of Manitoba said, “There’s no clear evidence for benefit from the artificial sweeteners, and there is a potential that they have a negative impact, but we need more research to figure it out for sure.”
That sounds fairly benign, but the long-term studies in this paper suggest that people who use low-calorie sweeteners regularly are more likely to be obese, have diabetes, and suffer from cardiovascular disease, such as hypertension and stroke. That’s enough to make me put my muffin down.
From READER'S DIGEST
BY: LISA MILBRAND
Big changes like cutting out all carbs or training for a marathon are great—but you don't have to remake yourself to have a dramatic impact on your health. Try a few of these baby steps to get you started in the right direction.
Not ready to give up a bad habit yet? Start by creating an easy good-for-you habit instead. "Less than one in three individuals gets even two servings of fruits and vegetables per day," says Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, LDN, CPT, author of 2 Day Diabetes Diet. "By adding one serving to each meal, you can get in at least three servings per day and be ahead of the curve. A half of a banana on your breakfast cereal, a small side salad with your sandwich at lunch, and adding 1/2 cup of cooked veggies into your pasta can pack in more fiber, antioxidants, and nutrients—all which have been found to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even certain cancers." Do yourself one better by choosing from 10 of the healthiest vegetables you can eat.
Read the rest at Reader's Digest
If he claims to cure cancer, you know you should run. But when else should you look elsewhere?
BY CINDY KUZMA April 10, 2017
Chiropractors have the rep as the doctors who crack your back—but is that all they do?
Spinal manipulation, also called chiropractic adjustment, is indeed one of the primary treatments chiropractic doctors use, says Robert Hayden, D.C., Ph.D., a chiropractor in Griffin, Georgia, and a spokesman for the American Chiropractic Association.
With this technique, the pros use their hands or a small instrument to apply a rapid, controlled force to a joint or your back. That results in the audible “pop” you may hear, though nothing’s actually breaking—it’s just the release of a bubble of gas from between your joints. The manipulation might feel like anything from a gentle stretch to a more intense pressure on a joint or your back.
But their domain is actually broader and more complex than you may think. Chiropractors deal with the neuromuscular system—which encompasses your muscles and the nerves that control them. Conditions that affect that system, from back pain to sports injuries to headaches, fall within their scope.
The goal of a chiropractor’s treatment is to correct your body’s structural alignment and improve how it functions. If something’s off with your alignment, they believe it can damage tissue and contribute to a wide range of health problems. So increasing your range of motion in your spine and joints is key to restoring your wellbeing, says Lanay M. Mudd, Ph.D., of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
Read the rest of this article at: http://www.menshealth.com/health/when-chiropractors-can-help/slide/1
Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC
Long ago I read a clever quotation attributed by Paul Dixon to the late Sen. Everett Dirksen, labeled “Dirksen’s law,” that said simply “Where you stand depends on where you sit.” That seems puzzling at first, but Dixon went on to explain that the position you may hold on an issue depends on which side of the aisle you happen to sit, meaning whether you are a Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal.
In Dirksen’s day, the tone was more civil. Senators may sit on their side of the aisle and disagree on issues, but after hours you might well find them (over)imbibing in the same bar. We had less abject hatred in those days and fewer liberals shooting conservatives.
Today we are in a completely different environment. Somehow many people began to define those who did not agree with them as “evil.” While this infection festers in the larger society in which we live and the flames are fanned with fake news from committed news media, the effects cannot help but spill out into other facets of life.
By Teresa Carr
April 11, 2017
When you wrench your back, your first impulse may be to rummage through the medicine cabinet for an over-the-counter pain drug or even ask your doctor to prescribe a strong opioid painkiller such as Percocet or Vicodin.
But an analysis published April 11 in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that spinal manipulation can ease your backache and get you moving again without the risk of medication side effects.
A new Consumer Reports survey of more than 3,500 back-pain sufferers reached similar conclusions: Nearly 90 percent of people who tried spinal manipulation found it helpful.
Spinal manipulation involves a healthcare provider applying controlled forces to the spine to improve alignment and allow the muscles and joints to move more easily. While it’s usually done by a chiropractor, some doctors of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) and physical therapists also use the technique.
Finish reading the article here: http://www.consumerreports.org/back-pain/spinal-manipulation-can-ease-your-aching-back/
Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC
As of the latest information I can find, four people are dead here in Georgia over the last 48 hours, and dozens more are at risk with overdoses across the state. The cases have cropped up in Macon, Warner Robins, Centerville, Perry, and Augusta. By the time this gets to press, it could easily be in Griffin.
The overdoses are attributed to a pill that is being sold on the streets as “Percocet.” Actual Percocet is a blend of acetaminophen with oxycodone, but it is likely from the descriptions that this may not be actual Percocet, but a street version that is far more deadly.
Ms. Nancy Nydam of the Georgia Department of Public Health said that the drug being sold as Percocet is a “dangerous, potentially lethal substance contained in street drugs.” Literally dozens of overdoses have happened in the last few days. This particularly potent street drug requires massive amounts of an antidote used to reverse opioid poisoning, but it is quite possible or probable that the death count will go higher in the next few days if anyone uses these drugs while alone.
Some of these overdose patients have been triaged at Navicent Health Medical Center where I once worked as a clinical nurse specialist. The chief medical officer there says they have never seen this many overdoses all at once. Each time a history is obtained from one of the patients, the story is consistent: it is a yellow pill that was sold to them on the streets as Percocet.