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Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition which presents as persistent inflammation the joints. Autoimmune conditions are characterized by changes that occur in the body that cause the immune system to mistakenly attack its local healthy cells.
5 facts on rheumatoid arthritis include:
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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pulmonary hypertension are amongst the most common respiratory diseases. Findings from a 2016 study indicated that regular chiropractic care can help manage the symptoms of these conditions. Researchers found that after a spinal manipulation patients demonstrated a significant increase in their forced vital capacity (the amount of air which can be forcibly exhaled from the lungs after taking the deepest breath possible).
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We’d all like to believe that there are health benefits to indulging in chocolate and red wine, right? A study conducted in England on aging may have found convincing evidence that confirms that there are in fact benefits to consuming your favorite treats! Resveratrol is a chemical compound that is commonly found in dark chocolate, red wine, and blueberries. The findings from the study indicated that the compounds contained in these foods have health benefits such as reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and stroke while improving brain function, mood, and circulation. The reason being is that the compounds found in these foods may have the ability to “rejuvenate” old cells, potentially helping you preserve your youthful self just a bit longer!
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Proper spinal alignment is integral to the proper functioning of our immune systems. Chiropractic intervention can help correct spinal subluxations which can interfere with the nervous system. The nervous system has a direct influence on the control of the immune system. Misalignments can put pressure on nerves, upon adjustment this pressure can be released thereby allowing proper interaction to occur between the nervous system and immune system. A healthy immune system is essential for combating against bacteria, viruses...etc. Regular chiropractic adjustments in combination with proper diet, exercise and sleep will help you be better prepared to combat the ailments this season!
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Winter came early this year in the Okanagan sending everyone into a rush to get winter ready. Shoveling snow is one of the more commonly seen causes of injuries in this season but can easily be preventable!
Some quick tips when it comes to shoveling snow:
1) Pick an ergonomically friendly shovel.
2) Warm up prior to digging in. See here for warm up techniques.
3) Use ergonomic lifting techniques. See here for ergonomic lifting techniques.
4) Take your time.
5) Wear appropriate footwear.
6) Alternatively, use a snowblower.
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Many people who suffer from arthritis report an increase in joint pain when the seasons change and the thermostat drops. But why is this? The main theory to explain this phenomenon is that barometric pressure may be responsible for this. However, it's a popularly debated topic, we can't say for sure whether or not this is the case.
Barometric pressure otherwise known as atmospheric pressure is the force applied to a surface by the weight of the atmosphere at any particular given point. For instance, upon the development of a storm system, the barometric pressure will begin to drop. So, as the winter approaches, the pressure drops and the tissues in the body may expand. This expansion puts more pressure on the nerves which can have a tendency to cause an increase in the frequency of the pain signals being sent to the brain.
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Foods have an immense impact on your brain, and eating whole foods is the best way to support both your physical and mental health. Based on the evidence, avoiding sugar is an important prevention and treatment strategy for anxiety and depression, both of which are rising in prevalence.
A number of studies have linked high-sugar diets to a higher risk of depression. Most recently, men consuming more than 67 grams of sugar per day were found to be 23 percent more likely to develop anxiety or depression over the course of five years compared to those whose sugar consumption was less than 40 grams per day
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A gut-brain-bone marrow axis may influence your blood pressure, mood and more!
Immune cells in bone marrow play an important role in signaling between the brain and gut.
Manipulating your intestinal environment, such as via the use of probiotics or eating fermented foods, may help treat high blood pressure and other chronic diseases.
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If you or a loved one has been struggling with low energy, excess weight or a chronic or degenerative disease — or if you simply want to optimize your health and longevity — Mitochondrial Metabolic Therapy (MMT) can help.
Benefits of MMT include weight loss, reduced inflammation and lower cancer risk, increased muscle mass, improved insulin sensitivity, mental clarity and improved longevity.
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Even for people who are at a higher risk, regular exercise may offer some protection against Alzheimer's disease.
This article discusses how people who did more physical activity were more likely to have healthy patterns of glucose metabolism in their brains - a sign of healthy brain activity - than those who did less.
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A Dublin-based study testing yogurt on more than 4,300 people found 39% of the women and 52% of the men had a lower osteoporosis risk when they ate yogurt compared to those who did not.
Reading labels on the yogurt you buy is important, as some brands may offer a few “clean” options, but most of them are loaded with harmful additives such as sugar, preservatives and artificial sugar and colorings.
Raw grass fed yogurt is a great source of natural, healthy bacteria, which are microorganisms in your gut that interact with your body in ways that can prevent the development of many diseases
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In the U.S., painkiller addiction is so rampant that 91 Americans die every day from an overdose of prescription opioids or heroin. Prescription opioids such as oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), morphine and methadone are widely prescribed for pain relief.
With no other knowledge of how to treat pain, most physicians treat it with prescription painkillers, and now we have an epidemic of prescription drug abuse and related deaths.
Patients with neck pain who used a chiropractor and/or exercise were more than twice as likely to be pain-free in 12 weeks compared to those who took medication.
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The American Chiropractic Association states at any one time, nearly 31 million Americans suffer from lower back pain. In 2012, the American Physical Therapy Association surveyed and found more than one-third of adults were affected, but two-thirds of them chose not to seek treatment.
Most cases of lower back pain are related to a mechanical issue. In other words, the pain is related to a musculoskeletal condition, and not the result of an underlying medical condition such as kidney stone, cancer, arthritis or fracture.
Fortunately, many musculoskeletal issues may be successfully addressed without the use of surgery or dangerous drugs. A recent study has demonstrated the average person experienced a one-point reduction in lower back pain following spinal manipulation.
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Each day, more than 1,600 people prematurely die from cancer in the United States. Worldwide, an estimated 20,000 succumb to cancer on a daily basis.
Research has shown vitamin C is selectively cytotoxic to cancer cells when administered in high doses. The mechanism behind vitamin C's ability to selectively target cancer cells has to do with the generation of hydrogen peroxide, which is ultimately what kills the cancer cells.
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If you’re looking for a way to decrease your risk of developing:
- coronary heart disease
-Type 2 diabetes
then new research has revealed profound results from starting a simple new habit: consuming an extra 100 milligrams (mg) of magnesium via your food on a daily basis.
Researchers in China found that more than 1 million people (across nine countries) who consumed the most magnesium tested out with a 10 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease, a 12 percent lower stroke risk and a 26 percent lower risk of Type 2 diabetes.
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B Vitamins May Protect Against Damaging Effects of Air Pollution, and Improve Cognition and Psychiatric Health
B vitamins are important for cognition and mental health, but recent research suggests they may have other important functions as well. A small-scale human trial found B vitamins may help protect against air pollution.
At high doses, B vitamins were actually able to "completely offset" damage incurred by fine particulate matter.
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