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Top 10 Herbs

Selenium

Us it or Loss it

Exercise

Ear Infections

Birth Plan


Got Milk?

Prostate Cancer and Vitamin D

Nutrisweet alert

Head Trama

Vitamin E and Diabetes

Fish Oil

Turmeric


Prostate cancer and Vit D

 Everyone knows vitamin D is very important in the absorption and utilization of Calcium, but, authors, Walsh and Worthington cite a very interesting study which attempts to predict the rate of prostate cancer throughout the United States, as a function of vitamin D in the body. The study, by Gary G. Schwartz and Carol L. Hanchette, was based on the theory that deficiencies in vitamin D are conducive to prostate cancer. Because exposure to sunlight is the biggest source of vitamin D, it stands to reason that if this theory is correct, those areas of the country where people receive the least sunlight should also have the highest numbers of prostate cancer deaths. In fact, the predicted death rates match the sunlight (UV light) exposure patterns with an amazingly similar North to South gradation. Even though the southern latitudes of the US have higher populations of older men, when adjusted for age the prostate cancer rates in these regions are significantly lower than those in the northern climes.
 Walsh and Worthington also note, "These findings may help scientists understand why black men in this country are so susceptible to prostate cancer: People with dark skin absorb less sunlight and thus have a lower levels of vitamin D. African scientists compared blood levels of vitamin D in black men in Zaire with Zairian black men living in Belgium and found significantly lower levels of Vitamin D in those who had left sun drenched Zaire." They also point out that countries where fish, which are naturally rich in vitamin D, is a major constituent of the diet tend to have lower rates of prostate cancer. The best part of the potential protective role of vitamin D, is how easy it is to get. Artificial UV exposure stimulates the production of vitamin D by the skin in a controlled environment year round, thus protecting men from prostate cancer even in the northern climates that don't receive a great deal of natural sunlight.
 Dr. Drumright

High fiber wins again!
 A study released on November 13, 1996, at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association suggests that a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables may prevent high blood pressure, heart disease, and many forms of cancer, all at the same time! The new study tested the effects of dietary changes on hypertension in 459 adults at six medical centers. All participants had systolic pressure (the pressure when the heart beats) of less than 160 millimeters of mercury and diastolic pressures (the pressure when the heart rests) of 80 to 95 millimeters. About half were women and 60% were blacks, which have a higher rate of hypertension. High blood pressure was defined as a pressure of 140 over 90 or greater. Participants were randomly divided into three groups. The first group ate a typical American diet, where fat makes up 34% of total calories with about 13% from saturated fats. A second group's diet was high in fruits and vegetables, with all other items remaining the same. The third group got a "combination" diet low in total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol but high in fruits, vegetables, and low fat dairy products. Total fats in this diet made up 27% of the participants daily calories and saturated fats 6%. All three diets contained a moderate amount of sodium and alcohol.  For those participants with hypertension the combined diet was especially effective, lowering systolic pressure by 11.4 millimeters and diastolic by 5.5 millimeters, which is as good or better than reductions achieved by medications without all of the dangerous side effects. The diet high in fruits and vegetables only reduced systolic by 2.8 millimeters and diastolic by 1.1 millimeters which is still a medically significant improvement.
 Simon-Morton (the studies director) said the amount of fruits and vegetables in the two diets can be achieved by eating two American sized portions at each of three meals and one fruit or vegetable as a snack each day. Fruits, vegetable, and dairy products are loaded with potassium, magnesium, and calcium that many other studies have shown to be beneficial to people with hypertension.

 DHEA
 DHEA seems to be the hottest thing since sliced bread. But exactly what is DHEA? Dehydroepiandrosterone or DHEA was considered a controlled substance as little as 12 months ago. Now everyone's talking about its wonderful ability to bring that youthful feeling back into anyone over 35.  DHEA is a hormone produced by our adrenal glands, it is the most dominant hormone in your entire body. However, our blood levels of DHEA peak at age 20, and steadily decline for the rest of our lives. By age 80, we have only 5% of our original DHEA. Supplemental DHEA is a natural plant based substance made from yams. (You can't get it from just eating the yams). The reported benefits of taking DHEA include; increased immunity, lowered risk of heart disease and cancer, and better cognitive function. A six month study was preformed on men and women between the age of 40 and 70. 82% of the men and 67% of the women reported improved sense of well being with specific improvements in the quality of sleep, feelings of relaxation, mood, energy levels, and ability to handle stress. The placebo group reported no such improvements.  Men with prostate cancer should not take DHEA. This is because DHEA can be converted into testosterone, which may stimulate the tumor.  Recommended dosages are 25 mg per day for women and 50 mg per day for men. When buying DHEA make sure it is U.S. pharmaceutical grade.

 Use it or Lose it
 The gradual changes that occur during aging are familiar to most people. Thinning skin, graying hair, decreased near vision and weight gain. But the change that has perhaps the most far reaching implications in terms of our daily physical functioning is one that sneaks up on most of us unnoticed. It's the steady, gradual loss of skeletal muscle. This goes unnoticed because it usually starts with the muscles we use the least as we age, so muscle atrophy is hidden behind those extra pounds of fat.  As we get older the number and strength of muscle fibers decreases. The accumulation of free radicals in the mitochondria of cells and decreased levels of phosphate-rich molecules contribute to the loss of strength and endurance of aging muscle. It is estimated that muscle mass decreases by 15% to 20% between the ages of 30-80.
 This gradual muscle wasting is what is known as sarcopenia, which means "vanishing flesh," and its affect on aging people can be profound. Sarcopenia makes you weaker and less active, decreases your bone density and lowers your metabolic rate and calorie needs while at the same time increasing your body fat. This is indirectly involved in hypertension, abnormal glucose tolerance and cardiovascular response.
 The best thing you can do to maintain muscle mass is to use your muscles. And the good news is that it's never too late to start. In a research study involving 100 nursing home residents with an average age of 87.1 years were started on a program of high-intensity resistance exercise. None of the men and women in this study were avid exercisers, in fact, 83% of them used a cane, walker or wheelchair to get around. Sixty-six percent had fallen during the previous year, and 44% had sustained fractures due to osteoporosis. For ten weeks these people worked on two exercises.

1. Extending their legs straight out in front of them against resistance while in a sitting position.
2. Pushing weights with their legs while lying on their backs.
 On this simple program their strength increased by an average of 113%. They walked 11.8% faster and climbed stairs 28% better and had more spontaneous movement. These people became more independent in their daily activities, more sure footed in their walking and less prone to falls.   So start an exercise program. The sooner the better... Get serious about it. Join a gym and work with a professional to help you set up an appropriate program.

 Posture
 It is the most relentless force on earth and is determined to drag you down. It never takes a break, pulling on you whether your standing sitting or lying down. It is a major contributing factor to all injuries.
 So what is it? Gravity... Think about it, every aspect of your body has been designed over millions of years to withstand the effects of gravity. In this article we are going to concentrate of the double S curve of the spine.   During infancy we begin life with our spine in a C formation. At about 3 to 6 months we begin to hold our head up to look around. This practice is our first efforts to raise off of the ground and begin our life long fight against gravity.  As we grow our muscles gain the ability to hold our spine of 24 freely movable segments erect, stacked neatly on top of each other in a double S formation.  This position is very important because it provides us with shock absorption, thus preventing jarring of our brains every time we take a step. Correct posture is key to keeping this structure healthy.   Posture is a trained manner of standing, sitting, and walking that either contributes to pain and disfunction of the body or learned correctly actually slows the relentless degenerations due to the force of gravity.  The key to good posture is to keep the head evenly balanced over the shoulders, the shoulders over the hips, and the hips over the ankles. If this position is maintained most stress related backaches will disappear.  As you can see in this picture the woman on the left is relaxed and stress free, while the men on the right are either too rigid or too relaxed. Both of these positions lead to fatigue, longterm degeneration, and pain due to muscle spasm. Posture is a learned behavior and should be taught at a young age. If you did not learn correct posture as a child, you may already be suffering , but it is never too late to straighten up and take control of your personal fight against public enemy #1.
 If you have any questions, or would like to know more about how to achieve correct posture, please feel free to contact me at 436-9355.

Selenium



 Selenium is a trace element that has been shown to be a strong antioxidant, like Vitamins C and E, but also, has repeatedly shown to significantly reduce the incidence of cancer. In the December 25, 1996 issue of the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), researcher Larry Clark, Ph.D., presents convincing evidence that supplementing selenium could reduce the cancer death rate by as much as 50%. It does this in three ways. First, it is essential for your bodies production of Glutathione which is an important antioxidant against hydrogen peroxide.
 Second, selenium appears to affect a quick repair to DNA damage, which is thought to be the primary cause of cancer.
 Third, and most amazing is that selenium appears to initiate apoptosis, or cell death, in cancerous and precancerous cells. It actually causes cancer cells to die before they are able to reproduce, thus stopping tumor growth before it starts. Selenium has shown a 63% reduction in prostate cancer, 58% reduction in colon or rectal cancer, and a 45% reduction in lung cancer. I recommend 100 mcg. per day of this important supplement. Dr. Drumright.

 Nutrisweet health alert!
 By Alex Constantine
         Mr. X of Augusta, Georgia is unable to discuss a death he witnessed inside a local industrial plant because he signed a secrecy oath. His silence has nothing to do with protecting state secrets or the "sources and methods" of the CIA. He signed the agreement because the manufacturer of a common "food additive" does not want the public to know it is a potent toxin. He walked into the Nutrasweet plant "without a 'space suit'," says Betty Martini, an aspartame boycott activist in Atlanta, "and it almost completely destroyed his lungs. A man who entered the plant with him, also without a suit, dropped dead."
         The company attempted to discredit Mr. X  by publicly dismissing him as a drooling alcoholic. He was shadowed for two years by corporate spies. He went to a local television
station, and a pair of reporters taped the interview. A week later the reporters were fired and Nutrasweet somehow obtained the tapes,"
Martini says. Mr. X signed the secrecy agreement "to prevent the persecution of friends at the plant. He has little lung function left and probably won't live long. We're used to stories like this." Engineers often contract to work at the plant to spare company executives the public embarrassment of admitting there is a high mortality rate among employees. Trucks idling up with incoming cargo do not dock to unload; an employee drives the trucks in. Visitors to the complex wear protective clothing to avoid contact with hazardous waste. " Aspartame is a molecule with three components: aspartic acid, phenylalanine and methanol, amino acids swimming in petrochemicals. "It is a powerful metabolic poison," Martini says, "a witches brew of breakdown products.  The methanol - wood alcohol- converts to formaldehyde and eventually formic acid (ant sting poison). The breakdown product of diketopiperazine, DKP, is a tumor agent." Monsanto spokesmen swear the sweetener is no more toxic than a glass of orange juice. "The overwhelming body of scientific evidence establishes that aspartame is not associated with side effects. Specific research has been conducted in each of these areas. The results support the safety of Nutrasweet=AE brand sweetener," the company boasts. On September 13, 1995, a congressional environmental committee reported  that of all food additive complaints filed with the FDA, "more than 95 percent have been about two products: the sweetener aspartame and sulfite preservatives. No firm evidence exists to prove that aspartame actually causes many adverse reactions."
         Yet how do they account for the thousands of complaints pouring into the FDA, the blindness, neurological symptoms, the abrupt rise in chronic fatigue, the  headaches and memory loss - the swollen desk reference of adverse reactions associated with aspartame? The most extreme case histories are warning flares in the night, sporadically reported by the corporate press. A rare exception was Janet Soto of Brooksville, Florida, who recently appeared on a local television news program to accuse the Nutrasweet Co. of responsibility for her father-in-law's gradual decline and death.
The victim, Santiago "Chago" Echiverria, struggled with
diabetes for 15-20 years. Upon his retirement from the railroad, he moved from Ashtabula, Ohio, to Puerto Rico, where Echiverria continued his habitual swigging of diet-cola and copious intake of coffee sweetened with Equal. When Soto received word of Echiverria's death in June of 1994, she and her husband made arrangements to fly to Puerto Rico for the wake. The funeral director informed them that a surfeit of formaldehyde in the body made it necessary to close the casket. The chemical was seeping through the cadaver's skin. "His sister, Minerva Ortiz and Nydia Colon,told me that the funeral director said he had never seen a body deteriorate as quickly, and was puzzled by the formaldehyde content even before embalming," Soto says. A registered nurse in Florida tells an equally grim horror story. Formaldehyde poisoning from heavy aspartame use was diagnosed as the cause of death of one of her patients.  A physician at the hospital learned that the patient had stored cases of diet drinks in his garage. He'd been poisoned by the petrochemical by-products of heated aspartame released in the cola.  "The formaldehyde stores in fat cells," Martini says. Some undertakers tell her that bodies sometimes come to them reeking of formaldehyde. Aspartame is a drug. It interacts with other drugs, alters dopamine levels and  can cause birth defects. It has been known to trigger seizures.  


Vitamin E counters diabetic nerve damage
October 29, 1998

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) -- The antioxidant vitamin E may counteract the
nerve damage often found in patients with type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes,
researchers report.

The finding supports the theory that damage to nerves in diabetics may be due to oxidative stress, according to the study published in the November  issue of the journal Diabetes Care.

Oxidative stress occurs when byproducts of cellular metabolism, called
"free radicals," injure healthy cells. Certain antioxidant compounds, such as vitamins A, E, and beta-carotene, are thought to 'mop up' free radicals, reducing damage to cells.

In their study, researchers at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey,
studied the effect of vitamin E on diabetic neuropathy in 21 patients with type 2 diabetes. About half of the subjects were given daily vitamin E supplements while the other half received a placebo (an inactive pill).

The authors report that after 6 months of treatment, the diabetic patients who had received vitamin E supplementation showed significant improvement in nerve function. The vitamin supplementation had a more positive effect on the nerves in the arms and hands than those in the legs and feet, the researchers note.

The Turkish team believe that their study, while small in size, "provides
the basis for further studies with larger groups of patients with longer
duration of (vitamin E) treatment."

SOURCE: Diabetes Care 1998;21:1915-1918.




Got Milk?

Myth #1 - Milk builds strong bones.
   American parents pass this myth on to their children, and misguided nutritionists reinforce it.  Actually, milk and other dairy products weaken bones and accelerate osteoporosis.  That’s right, consumption of milk causes the very condition it’s advertised to prevent.  Dairy products with their high protein content, and non-absorbable mineral calcium fortification, promote calcium loss.  Studies examining the incidence of osteoporosis have found that high consumption of dairy products is associated with high rates of osteoporosis.  If you want strong bones don’t drink milk.

Myth #2 – Ultimate Health Drink
The notion that milk is healthy for you is, excuse me, “udder” nonsense.  While eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains has been documented to lower the risk of heart attack, high blood pressure and cancer, the widely touted health benefits of dairy products are out right marketing lies!  In fact, dairy products are clearly linked as a cause of osteoporosis, heart disease, obesity, cancer, allergies and diabetes.  Dairy products are anything but “health” food.

Myth #3 – Children Need Milk
Here are three reasons why kids and milk don’t mix.  First, milk is the leading cause of iron-deficiency anemia in infants, and, in fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics now discourages giving children milk before their first birthday.  Second, it has been shown that milk consumption in childhood contributes to the development of type I diabetes.  Third, milk allergies are very common in children and cause sinus problems, diarrhea, constipation, and fatigue.  They are a leading cause of chronic ear infections that plague up to 40% of all children under the age of six. Milk allergies are also linked to behavior problems in children and to the disturbing rise in childhood asthma.  Even Dr. Benjamin Spock changed his recommendations in his later years and discouraged giving children milk.

Myth #4 – Milk is Pure and Wholesome.  
The chemical giant Monsato Company, and the FDA have turned a bad thing into a terrible thing.  In 1994 the FDA approved the use of recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST), a genetically engineered hormone from Monsanto that increases milk production in cows by 10 to 25%.  Milk from cows treated with rBST contains elevated levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), one of the most powerful growth factors ever identified.  While IGF-1 doesn’t cause cancer, it does stimulate its growth.  Recent studies have found a seven-fold increase in the risk of breast cancer in women with the highest IGF-1 levels, and a four-fold increase in prostate cancer in men with the highest levels.  rBST also increases infections of the cows’ udders.  Therefore, cows treated with rBST are given more antibiotics, so higher traces of these drugs, as well as pus and bacteria from infected udders, are found in their milk.  This problem is so bad, all of Europe and Canada have banned this hormone and we are the only major industrial country espousing and using it.  Monsanto is applying pressure to the media to stay away from this issue with threats of pulling ads on any station that airs the truth about this hazardous practice.
     Dr. Drumright




Super Tonic

Every year the season changes and your body has to adapt to the new environmental stresses of fall and winter.  The major media channels along with orthodox medicine will be bombarding us with propaganda about taking flu shots to keep from getting this years designer bug.  
       Recent research shows that vaccinations do not prevent you from getting a disease.  Worse yet, it has been shown that receiving 4 flu shots in a row will increase your chances of getting Alzheimer's by over 400%. You see the immune system is much more complex than we ever knew.  Now we know  that there are two parts to the immune system.  The short term reactionary side that you experience when you get a cold or flu, and the long term low grade inflammation seen in allergies asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis.  It turns out that using vaccinations to stop the short term effects of infections will increase the likelihood that you will develop long term allergies instead.  Please ask me for my references on this interesting new finding.
        The following recipe is a sure fire way to ward off the effects of coming seasonal stresses.  If your remember how effective this was last year, spread the word!

1 bulb garlic
1 large white onion
1 hand size chunk of fresh ginger
6” of fresh Horse radish
6 fresh hot peppers
1 quart apple cider vinegar
1 quart 80 proof vodka

Separate the bulb of garlic (not just a clove), chop the onion, ginger root, hot peppers (the hotter the better), and fresh horseradish root into 1/2” parts and toss them into your blender.  Cover with a quart of 80 proof vodka.  Blend for 2-3 minutes and pour into a sealed bottle.  Let this mixture stand for 14 days shaking every day.  Then strain off the majority of the pulp and add vinegar to taste.  Take one teaspoon twice a day to prevent illness or every hour if you are already sick.  This tonic will boost your immune system, improve digestion, clear your arteries and open your sinuses all with no side effects!  

****THIS DOES NOT HAVE TO BE REFRIGERATED!



Aspirin

Alternative Medicine Alert, February 2004
Aspirin - An example of how botched up something can get!

Every patient with cardiovascular problems comes to my office taking
aspirin. You hear it everywhere, especially from your doctor, "An aspirin a
day will reduce heart attacks and strokes by 50%." However, it's just not
so. These claims are massive exaggerations at best and shamefully skewed
science at the worst. Whatever the reason, too many people are taking
aspirin.

How did all this aspirin use get started? Let's look at the history of
aspirin studies.

Doctors and people alike noticed that that when a person on aspirin cut
themselves, they seemed to bleed longer. So in 1968, Dr.J.R. O'Brian of
Portsmouth, England suggested that aspirin could reduce the stickiness of
platelets, and that this might reduce clot formation. He also suggested that
taking an aspirin a day might prevent heart attacks, strokes from clots, and
pulmonary embolisms (a clot striking the lungs). He designed a study to see
if there would be less blood clots after surgical procedures if aspirin was
taken. The results were published in The Lancet,the British medical journal,
in 1971. Aspirin was found to be of no benefit.

Regardless, the fascination with aspirin for prevention continued. In 1974
two more tests were completed in England and reported in medical journals.
The tests were designed to determine if aspirin could prevent or reduce the
number of second heart attacks in those who already had a previous heart
attack. The British Medical Journal followed 1,233 coronary patients and the
Lancet reported on 1,682 patients, which were followed . Both tests
suggested such a small benefit from aspirin that it was considered of
nostatistical significance.The matter was closed in England.

In a 1979 trial at the University of Oregon, aspirin was used to try to keep
vein grafts open after coronary artery bypass surgery. Dr. George Partely
reported the findings in the New England Journal of Medicine.Aspirin was of
no benefit in keeping vein grafts open.

In 1980 in the USA, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (now the
National Institute of Health) did a similar study to see if second heart
attacks could be avoided with aspirin. They used only people who already had
a past heart attack. They spent 16 million dollars and did a much larger
study than the ones done in England. Their conclusion, reported by Dr. R.L.
Levy,director of National Heart, Lung, and Blood, was particularly clear.
Aspirin did no good in preventing a second heart attack. Aspirin did cause
ulcer-like abdominal pain, stomach inflammation, and bleeding from the
stomach and the intestines. 15% of the study participants had to quit due to
these adverse symptoms. They advised that heart attack patients not be given
aspirin on a sustained basis.

In 1980 and 1987, aspirin was combined with another drug called dypridamole,
in a multi-nation European study. Studies showed stroke deaths from clots
reduced 50% and heart attack deaths decreased 35%. Remember this was from
aspirin plus another drug, not aspirin alone.

So it is 1987 and there's still no scientific reason to take aspirin for
your heart. But here's where it gets interesting. In 1988 and 1989 a big
group of doctors themselves begin to take aspirin along with a matched group
of doctors who did not (The Physician's Study). One group was in England,
the other in the USA. The English group reported no reduction in heart
attacks, but the USA group reported "44% less non-fatal heart attacks." The
44% figure got stretched through popular use to 50%! But the question is,
were there just as many fatal heart attacks in the USA study? The answer:
yes, there were just as many fatal heart attacks! There was no reduction in
deaths.

So what is a non-fatal heart attack anyway? A milder one. One that doesn't
kill you! Well if aspirin causes 44% less of these milder heart attacks,
wouldn't that be a good thing? But wait a minute! Why didn't the English
study report 44% less non-fatal heart attacks?

The answer is simple. The English study used pure aspirin. But in the USA,
the Bufferin company provided the aspirin and they provided Bufferin, which
is aspirin plus a pinch of magnesium(to soothe the stomach). As far as I'm
concerned, these well run studies proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that a
pinch of magnesium reduces nonfatal heart attacks by 44%.

Can you imagine what happens when a full dose of magnesium is taken? In
fact,a study was done where emergency room patients with chest pain were
given, or not given, a single injection of magnesium before being admitted
to the hospital. There was about a 50%
reduction in cardiovascular mortality,from that one shot alone,during the
subsequent hospitalization!

How about stroke prevention and aspirin? There are two kinds of strokes:
strokes from clots and strokes from hemorrhages. Aspirin was found to reduce
strokes from clots by the same percentage that it increased strokes from
hemorrhages. Any benefit is canceled out. That's it.

Aspirin is said to work by reducing platelet aggregation and thus reducing
clots. But there's no proof that it is clinically effective, as I have
shown. In fact there are three ways to reduce platelet aggregation and
aspirin works in one of those ways. Drug companies are currently looking for
substances which would work in more than one way. Such a substance might be
a welcome improvement over aspirin.

Most orthodox physicians sadly have been brainwashed via the pharmaceutical
industry into believing that aspirin is effective. Most orthodox physicians
do not know of any alternatives to aspirin,other than another drug, Plavix.
Yet I found it interesting that a recent poll revealed that 73% of
cardiologists who prescribed aspirin for their patients,themselves take
vitamin E! I suggest they have seen the studies regarding antioxidants in
cardiovascular disease. In my opinion, it would be wiser and safer to use
natural substances, which are known to reduce platelet aggregation. These
include: magnesium, vitamin E, fish oils, flaxseed oil, garlic and onion
oils, ginger, feverfew, ginkgo biloba, mucopolysaccharides, Pleo-MUC,
bromalain, and more.

My recommendation: Get started on these items and discontinue your aspirin
now.
GordonJosephs, MD(H)


Chiropractic Advice for Moms-to-Be

As many new mothers can attest, the muscle strains of pregnancy are very real and can be more than just a nuisance. The average weight gain of 25 to 35 pounds, combined with the increased stress placed on the body by the baby, may result in severe discomfort. Studies have found that about half of all expectant mothers will develop low-back pain at some point during their pregnancies.1-3 This is especially true during late pregnancy, when the baby's head presses down on a woman's back, legs, and buttocks, irritating her sciatic nerve. And for those who already suffer from low-back pain, the problem can become even worse.

During pregnancy, a woman's center of gravity almost immediately begins to shift forward to the front of her pelvis. Although a woman's sacrum-or posterior section of the pelvis-has enough depth to enable her to carry a baby, the displaced weight still increases the stress on her joints. As the baby grows in size, the woman's weight is projected even farther forward, and the curvature of her lower back is increased, placing extra stress on the spinal disks. In compensation, the normal curvature of the upper spine increases, as well.

While these changes sound dramatic, pregnancy hormones help loosen the ligaments attached to the pelvic bones. But even these natural changes designed to accommodate the growing baby can result in postural imbalances, making pregnant women prone to having awkward trips and falls.

What Can You Do?
The ACA recommend the following tips for pregnant women:

Exercise
Safe exercise during pregnancy can help strengthen your muscles and prevent discomfort. Try exercising at least three times a week, gently stretching before and after exercise. If you weren't active before your pregnancy, check with your doctor before starting or continuing any exercise.
Walking, swimming, and stationary cycling are relatively safe cardiovascular exercises for pregnant women because they do not require jerking or bouncing movements. Jogging can be safe for women who were avid runners before becoming pregnant-if done carefully and under a doctor's supervision.
Be sure to exercise in an area with secure footing to minimize the likelihood of falls. Your heart rate should not exceed 140 beats per minute during exercise. Strenuous activity should last no more than 15 minutes at a time.
Stop your exercise routine immediately if you notice any unusual symptoms, such as vaginal bleeding, dizziness, nausea, weakness, blurred vision, increased swelling, or heart palpitations.
Health and Safety
Wear flat, sensible shoes. High or chunky heels can exacerbate postural imbalances and make you less steady on your feet, especially as your pregnancy progresses.
When picking up children, bend from the knees, not the waist. And never turn your head when you lift. Avoid picking up heavy objects, if possible.
Get plenty of rest. Pamper yourself and ask for help if you need it. Take a nap if you're tired, or lie down and elevate your feet for a few moments when you need a break.
Pregnancy Ergonomics: Your Bed and Desk
Sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees to take pressure off your lower back. Full-length "body pillows" or "pregnancy wedges" may be helpful. Lying on your left side allows unobstructed blood flow and helps your kidneys flush waste from your body.
If you have to sit at a computer for long hours, make your workstation ergonomically correct. Position the computer monitor so the top of the screen is at or below your eye level, and place your feet on a small footrest to take pressure off your legs and feet. Take periodic breaks every 30 minutes with a quick walk around the office.
Nutrition
Eat small meals or snacks every four to five hours-rather than the usual three large meals-to help keep nausea or extreme hunger at bay. Snack on crackers or yogurt-bland foods high in carbohydrates and protein. Keep saltines in your desk drawer or purse to help stave off waves of "morning sickness."
Supplementing with at least 400 micrograms of folic acid a day before and during pregnancy has been shown to decrease the risk of neural tube birth defects, such as spina bifida. Check with your doctor before taking any vitamin or herbal supplement to make sure it's safety for you and the baby.
How Can Your Doctor of Chiropractic Help?
Before you become pregnant, your doctor of chiropractic can detect any imbalances in the pelvis or elsewhere in your body that could contribute to pregnancy discomfort or possible neuromusculoskeletal problems after childbirth.

Many pregnant women have found that chiropractic adjustments provide relief from the increased low-back pain brought on by pregnancy. Chiropractic manipulation is safe for the pregnant woman and her baby and can be especially attractive to those who are trying to avoid medications in treating their back pain. Doctors of chiropractic can also offer nutrition, ergonomic, and exercise advice to help a woman enjoy a healthy pregnancy.

Chiropractic care can also help after childbirth. In the eight weeks following labor and delivery, the ligaments that loosened during pregnancy begin to tighten up again. Ideally, joint problems brought on during pregnancy from improper lifting or reaching should be treated before the ligaments return to their pre-pregnancy state-to prevent muscle tension, headaches, rib discomfort, and shoulder problems.

References
Östgaard HC, et al. Prevalence of Back Pain in Pregnancy. Spine 1991;16:549-52.
Berg G, et al. Low back pain during pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol 1988;71:71-5.
Mantle MJ, et al. Backache in pregnancy. Rheumatology Rehabilitation 1977;16:95-101


Chiropractic Approach to Ear Infections

Ear problems can be excruciatingly painful, especially in children. With 10 million new cases every year, ear infections (otitis media) are the most common illness affecting babies and young children and the number one reason for visits to the pediatrician—accounting for more than 35 percent of all pediatric visits.

Almost half of all children will have at least one middle ear infection before they're a year old, and two-thirds of them will have had at least one such infection by age 3. The symptoms can include ear pain, fever, and irritability. Otitis media can be either bacterial or viral in origin, and frequently results from another illness such as a cold. For many children, it can become a chronic problem, requiring treatment year after year, and putting the child at risk of permanent hearing damage and associated speech and developmental problems.

Standard treatment for most cases of otitis media is with antibiotics, which can be effective if the culprit is bacterial (antibiotics, of course, do nothing to fight off viruses). But, according to many research studies, antibiotics are often not much more effective than the body's own immune system. And repeated doses of antibiotics can lead to drug-resistant bacteria that scoff at the drugs, while leaving the child screaming in pain.

Frequent ear infections are also the second most common reason for surgery in children under 2 (with circumcision being the first). In severe cases—for example, when fluids from an ear infection haven't cleared from the ear after several months, and hearing is affected—specialists sometimes prescribe myringotomy and tympanostomy, more commonly known as "ear tubes." During the surgical procedure, a small opening is made in the eardrum to place a tube inside. The tube relieves pressure in the ear and prevents repeated fluid buildup with the continuous venting of fresh air. In most cases, the membrane pushes the tube out after a couple of months and the hole in the eardrum closes. Although the treatment is effective, it has to be repeated in some 20 to 30 percent of cases. And this kind of surgery requires general anesthesia, never a minor thing in a small child. If the infection persists even after tube placement and removal, children sometimes undergo adenoidectomy (surgical removal of the adenoids)—an option that is effective mostly through the first year after surgery.

Before yet another round of "maybe-they'll-work-and-maybe-they-won't" antibiotics or the drastic step of surgery, more parents are considering chiropractic to help children with chronic ear infections. Dr. Joan Fallon, a chiropractor who practices in Yonkers, New York, has published research showing that, after receiving a series of chiropractic adjustments, nearly 80 percent of the children treated were free of ear infections for at least the six-month period following their initial visits (a period that also included maintenance treatments every four to six weeks).

"Chiropractic mobilizes drainage of the ear in children, and if they can continue to drain without a buildup of fluid and subsequent infection, they build up their own antibodies and recover more quickly," explains Dr. Fallon. She'd like to see her pilot study used as a basis for larger-scale trials of chiropractic as a therapeutic modality for otitis media.

Dr. Fallon uses primarily upper-cervical manipulation on children with otitis media, focusing particularly on the occiput, or back of the skull, and atlas, or the first vertebra in the neck. "Adjusting the occiput, in particular, will get the middle ear to drain. Depending on how chronic it's been and on where they are in their cycle of antibiotics, children generally need to get through one bout of fluid and fight it off themselves." That means, for the average child, between six and eight treatments. If a child's case is acute, Dr. Fallon will check the ear every day, using a tympanogram to measure the ear and track the movement of the eardrum to make sure that it's draining. "I'll do adjustments every day or every other day for a couple of days if they're acute, and then decrease frequency over time."

Dr. Fallon, whose research garnered her the acclaim of childrearing magazines like Parenting and Baby Talk, often sees great success when she treats a child for otitis media. "Once they fight it themselves, my kids tend to do very well and stay away from ear infections completely. Unless there are environmental factors like smoking in the house, an abnormally shaped Eustachian tube, or something like that, they do very well," she says.

"I have two large pediatric groups that refer to me on a regular basis. In the winter, when otitis is most prevalent, I see five or six new children each week from each group," says Dr. Fallon. "It's safe and effective and something that parents should try, certainly before inserting tubes in their children's ears."

Chiropractic Care Can Help...
Talk to your doctor of chiropractic about your child's ear infections. Doctors of chiropractic are licensed and trained to diagnose and treat patients of all ages and will use a gentler type of treatment for children. In addition, doctors of chiropractic can also prescribe exercises designed to help children develop strong muscles, along with instruction in good nutrition, posture and sleeping habits.


Fish Oils

3/8/2005 - Further support for the action of omega-3 fatty acids on inflammatory conditions comes from new research on lipids in humans that are triggered by aspirin, as well as fish oil.

Omega-3 fatty acids are known to benefit patients with cardiovascular disease and arthritis, although the mechanism for these actions is not yet fully understood.

Discovery of mechanisms help support the use of nutritional ingredients for prevention of disease and could add to evidence of omega-3’s benefit to joint health.

Foods containing omega-3s are allowed to make a qualified health claim in the US for their action on heart health. A similar claim is expected in coming weeks from the UK’s voluntary health claims body. However joint health claims have less support.

Makoto Arita from the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School and US-based colleagues have recently identified a new class of aspirin-triggered bioactive lipids in humans, called resolvins, that could partly explain fish oils’ anti-inflammatory effects on joints and blood flow.

Resolvins are made from the omega-3 fatty acids by cellular enzymes and can reduce inflammation in mice. The main bioactive component of this class of lipids, identified in mice, has been named resolvin E1.

The researchers have now identified this lipid in plasma taken from volunteers given omega-3 fatty acids and aspirin.

Writing in the 7 March issue of The Journal of Experimental Medicine (vol 201, no 5, 713-722), the authors said that human resolvin E1 inhibits both the migration of inflammatory cells to sites of inflammation and the turning on of other inflammatory cells.

This study also reveals a potential pitfall of COX-2 inhibitors, drugs designed to block inflammation but recently been shown to have negative side effects on the cardiovascular system.

COX-2 is involved in making resolvin E1 and the authors suggest that inhibition of vascular COX-2 by these drugs might block the synthesis of resolvin E1, which would eliminate an important anti-inflammatory pathway.




BIRTH PLAN

We are both very excited about the upcoming birth of our child, and have been preparing ourselves extensively in order to stay healthy, low risk and educated throughout this pregnancy.  Because this is such a special and significant event in our lives, we have some preferences that may be different from your standard routine.  As we discussed in consultation with our doctors, we expect to rely on the normal physiological process of labor and delivery without the use of medications or unnecessary interventions.  We do recognize that if a clear problem does arise, we may need to modify our requests and cooperatively confer with our doctors whose judgement we respect and trust.  In the event of some unforeseen complication, we would appreciate a detailed explanation in order to have a clear understanding of the problem, possible outcomes as well as our choices.  We sincerely appreciate your support and encouragement with regards to our requests.

Labor

1.   Freedom of movement to walk around and labor in any position.
2.  No offer of medication during labor, words of encouragement gladly accepted.
3.   Minimum use of electronic fetal monitoring.
4.   Allow for normal spontaneous labor without the rupturing or stripping of membranes.
5.   Limited vaginal exams (at initial arrival and once prior to pushing)
6.   Allow mother to drink fluids orally instead of an I.V. drip, but have a saline lock in place.
7.   Mother and father are to be allowed to remain together at all times.
8.   Besides our doctors we would like to limit people in birthing room to the husband (________), Mother's mom (____________l) and friend (____________).

Delivery

1.   Freedom to change positions during second stage delivery.
2.   Upon reaching 10 cm, we ask that there be no "time limit" on pushing, but that we are allowed to follow the natural urge to push until baby is born.
3.   Spontaneous delivery of baby without traction, forceps or vacuum extraction.
4.  Allow father to participate as much as possible. (i.e. catch baby)
5.  If not too much time lapse, then let shoulders deliver with next contraction
6.  No routine episiotomy: allow for perennial massage and warm compresses with direction from the doctor for a slow delivery of baby's head with counterpressure to allow stretching of perineum and prevent tearing.

Post-Partum

1.   To hold and breastfeed baby immediately after delivery.
2.   Allow umbilical cord to stop pulsating before clamping and cutting.
3.   Suction of baby only if necessary.
4.   Assist father in cutting the umbilical cord.
5.   Spontaneous separation and delivery of placenta without time limits.

Baby

1.  No eye drops, vitamin K, Hepatitis B shots or any other non-lifesaving procedures to be performed without written parental consent.
2.  Provide newborn care in the presence of parents.
3.  Baby allowed to breastfeed on demand.  No pacifiers, formula or sugar water.
4.  24-hour rooming-in to begin as soon as possible.  We will not need the nursery.
5.  If male child, NO circumcision.

We have discussed these requests and agree that each of us will do our part to facilitate a natural and healthy birth.  Thank you again for your support and encouragement.


Turmeric: a hot topic in fighting disease
KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS

October 25, 2005
WASHINGTON - Turmeric, the Asian spice that makes curry yellow, not to mention French's mustard and Hindu priests' robes, has yet another life: It's a promising potential weapon against several cancers, Alzheimer's disease, cystic fibrosis, psoriasis and other diseases.  "We know that it's an effective preventive at low doses," said Dr. Bharat Aggarwal of the experimental therapeutics department at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. "The question is whether larger doses can be therapeutic" for disease sufferers.
At least a dozen clinical trials on humans are under way in the United States, Israel and England to test the safety and dosages of turmeric's main ingredient, curcumin. It's a hot topic in health journals, too, cited 967 times since 2000 in articles reported on PubMed, the National Library of Medicine's research service.

Used for centuries
The spice, which is a relative of ginger, comes from the stems of the root of a large-leafed plant widely grown in Asia, especially in the province of Maharashtra in southwest India. The stems are boiled, dried and crushed to a powder with a bitter woody taste that's widely used as a spice and in folk medicines to cure stomach ailments and skin lesions. Turmeric was in use when the first Westerner, Marco Polo, visited the region in the 13th century.  Low rates among Indians for colorectal, prostate and lung cancers as well as coronary heart disease and Alzheimer's first drew Western researchers to curcumin. While genetics might have explained the low incidences, the rise in rates among Indians whose parents had moved to Western countries suggested a dietary cause. Subsequent lab tests on diseased cells and in mice strengthened claims for curcumin.  It's been demonstrated in animals to protect the liver, inhibit tumors, reduce inflammation and fight some infections. Curcumin has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, according to researchers, and may help lower cholesterol.

Cystic fibrosis trials
Unlike newly invented pharmaceuticals, curcumin has been widely used for many years, so a lot is known about it, according to Dr. Christopher Goss of the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. He's recruiting cystic fibrosis patients for a Phase I study of curcumin's safety and efficacy. The patients will take up to 3 grams daily - six of the biggest pills that U.S. pharmacies sell. That's more than 50 times the amount of curcumin in a portion of curry.  Goss also will be seeking insight into findings reported last year in the journal Science that curcumin corrects the cystic fibrosis defect in mice. The defect, which suppresses a mutant protein essential to cell health, results in thick mucous that fatally clogs the lungs and pancreas. Researchers from Yale University and the University of Toronto found that curcumin treatment released the protein and enabled cells and membranes to function normally, at least in mice.  Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Inc., a nonprofit drug-research arm, sponsored this study and Goss'. Among Indians and Pakistanis living in England, the cystic fibrosis rate is 1 in 10,000, according to an epidemiological study. That compares with 1 in 2,500 among Caucasians. Rates in India and Pakistan are unknown.  The U.S. National Institute on Aging has launched a clinical trial to assess the safety and efficacy of curcumin for individuals with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. A report in the Journal of Biological Chemistry in December found that in mice injected with a chemical that mimics Alzheimer's, curcumin reduced by half the buildup of knots in the brain called amyloid plaques, which have been linked to Alzheimer's.  M.D. Anderson, the Houston cancer center, has small trials under way testing curcumin on pancreatic and bone marrow tumors. Colon cancer studies using curcumin are under way elsewhere.  All trials are in the earliest and easiest of four stages, preceding any Food and Drug Administration approval of a curcumin-based pharmaceutical by many years. Many drugs that look promising in mice fail to deliver in humans or prove to have dangerous side effects.

Popularity growing
In the less-regulated dietary supplement industry, curcumin's popularity is surging. Grant Ferrier, the editor of Nutrition Business Journal, projects sales of $20 million in 2005 compared with $15 million last year.
Curry Pharmaceuticals of Research Triangle Park, N.C., which hopes to sell a purified chemical analog of curcumin, is working on a curcumin salve for skin diseases such as psoriasis. Curcumin salves are popular in India and Pakistan.  Curcumin's side effects are less of a concern, because it's been so widely used for so long. But there's an issue with it: Curcumin consumed in small amounts from an early age may ward off some Western ailments, Aggarwal said. But once someone's contracted these diseases, curcumin's ability to counteract them is largely unproved.

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