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February 2015 Health Newsletter


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» Can Acupuncture Really Help You Lose Weight?
» Choosing a Fitness Plan
» Calcium for Weight Loss
» Flu Prevention Tips
» Cold Relief Soup
» Your Brain On Cigarettes
» Great American Smokeout With Acupuncture
» Leg Pain Relief From Chiropractic Care
» Back Surgery Even More Risky In The Obese

» ACA Statement on NIH Expert Panel Final Report on Use of Opioids in Chronic Pain

Can Acupuncture Really Help You Lose Weight?

belly 2354 1920 12 29 14Obesity remains a top concern of health professionals in the U.S. According to a study published in the Journal of American Medicine (JAMA), more than one third of adults in the U.S. are clinically obese (source). People who fall under this category are more likely to develop heart disease, diabetes, and even certain types of cancer.

While there's no substitution for exercise and a well balanced diet, the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture may promote weight loss in adults battling obesity. Numerous studies have reinforced the belief that acupuncture can aid in weight loss. So instead of embarking on a potentially dangerous "fad" diet, such as an all liquid lemon detox diet, consider acupuncture consider acupuncture treatments to assist in your weight loss efforts.

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Author: Leona Harter, L.Ac.
Source: Leona Harter, L.Ac
Copyright: Leona Harter, L.Ac 2015


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Choosing a Fitness Plan

Depositphotos 5241316 MStep One: Evaluate your current fitness state. If you have limitations, divide them into long term and short term. Outline the areas of your health that need the most improvement, whether it is your weight, cardiovascular health, or muscle strength. If you have short term limitations, design your fitness plan to gradually ramp up so that you don't overdo it in the beginning.

Step Two: Set a series of goals instead of one large goal. With your current health in mind, formulate three goals that will gradually move you toward your desired. state of health. Start small and focus on health rather than appearance. By setting goals you can achieve in a short amount of time, you increase the likelihood that you'll stick to your fitness plan.

Step Three: Choose a fitness plan that you can stick to. Your exercise program should be one that you enjoy, can do safely, is affordable, and won't take up too much valuable time. Most of all, it's important to look for a plan that involves activities that make you happy. Some people find that the accountability of going to classes or having a workout partner is exactly what they need to get them going, while others prefer a solitary practice they can do at their own convenience.

Still not sure how to get started? Speak with one of our staff members to help you get started. Our staff includes a physical therapist, a physical therapist assistant, medical personnel, and even a yoga instructor. We are here to help! Advanced Healthcare 912-427-8433

Author: Leona Harter, L.Ac.
Source: Leona Harter, L.Ac
Copyright: Leona Harter, L.Ac 2014


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Calcium for Weight Loss

Did you know a lack of calcium makes your body store more fat?

Low calcium results in the release of parathyroid hormone to stimulate bones to release calcium into the bloodstream - while at the same time our kidneys release calcitrol to help absorb calcium.

The bad news: parathyroid hormone and calcitrol stimulate the production of fat and inhibit its breakdown.

The good news: high calcium intake suppresses these hormones, so your body stores less fat and also breaks it down more easily.

So make sure you're getting enough calcium each day!

Not sure what the best foods are to increase your calcium intake? And no, it's not milk!

Not sure if you're hormones are on the right track?

Advanced Healthcare can help you get on track with your weight loss goals. Our medical providers are available  to advise you on which medical weight loss program would be appropriate for you. This might include diet pills or our HCG program. Our acupuncturist is available to discuss more natural methods that might include acupuncture, nutritional counseling, exercise goals, and/or motivational techniques.

Author: Leona Harter, L.Ac., LMT
Source: Leona Harter, L.Ac., LMT
Copyright: AHC 2014


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Flu Prevention Tips

Although we commonly have a "flu-season", there is never a time when you are not susceptible to the flu or any other upper-respiratory infection. In fact, there are several influenza strands that are constantly circulating, not to mention the common cold (which is actually caused by hundreds of different viral strains that produce similar symptoms) and related secondary infections that can leave us feeling down and out for days - even weeks. Fortunately, everyone can help to prevent the spread of influenza and other common communicable diseases. Here are some prevention pointers:

Prepare for the flu season by taking care of yourself and family. Eat healthy vitamin-rich foods. Take nutritional supplements if needed.  Get plenty of rest and exercise regularly. You may not be able to entirely avoid getting sick but you will be better prepared to fight off symptoms and the severity of any illnesses you do contract.

Stay home if you get sick. The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) has always stressed the recommendation to stay home from work, school, and public events or locations. Since most viral infections are spread from person to person it just makes sense to avoid personal contact and protect yourself and others from further infections. Whether you have contracted the flu or not, anytime you are sick you are more likely to be susceptible to other viruses and germs.

Always cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Sick or not, this should always be done. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you don't have a tissue during a sneezing or coughing attack, use your forearm to cover your mouth or nose instead of your hand.

Wash your hands regularly throughout the day with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.

Keep stress under control and your sugar intake to a minimum. Both excessive stress and sugar consumption lower your immune system. So take a rain check on those sugar cookies. And don't forget to breathe.

If you do get sick, our practitioners at Advanced Healthcare are always available for your healthcare needs. Whether you choose to see one of our medical providers or our acupuncturist, we have multiple options to help you survive the flu season.

 

Author: Leona Harter, L.Ac., LMT
Source: Leona Harter, L.Ac., LMT
Copyright: AHC 2014


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Cold Relief Soup

2 cloves garlic
1 chopped scallion
4 cups water
1 Tbsp miso paste
1 inch piece fresh ginger

Add all ingredients, bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes. Drink one cup every hour. You will begin to sweat.

Author: Leona Harter, L.Ac., LMT
Source: Leona Harter, L.Ac, LMT
Copyright: AHC 2014


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Your Brain On Cigarettes

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It is no secret that smoking cigarettes has a negative impact on your health, and the health of those around you. The message that smoking is bad for you is not a new one, but because we have heard it for so long, it is easy for us to ignore. This message doesn't even phase the more than 45 million smokers who light up every day.

We have all heard that cigarette smoke will lead to deteriorating health, decreased lung capacity, emphysema, and cardiovascular problems. These health problems, that most people do not notice until it is too late, are not the only problems caused b y smoking. There are a number of other side effects that we often overlook.

Have you ever considered the impact that smoking cigarettes has on the rest of your body? Smoking cigarettes actually has a huge impact on the brain's neurotransmitter, dopamine. Dopamine is one of the chemicals in the brain that elevates pleasure and makes you feel good. But while nicotine in cigarettes is making you feel good, other chemicals in cigarettes, including carbon monoxide, are affecting your brain capacity. Smoking may soothe your stress, but you are essentially damaging motor- skills and short-term memory.

Of course, our brain isn't the only part of our body that we overlook when we consider the negative impact of smoking. Smoking also harms your skin, by decreasing blood supply and lowering levels of vitamin A. Smoking stains your teeth and encourages periodontal disease. Couples who smoke have decreased fertility. Smoking has also been linked to cancer in the bladder, esophagus, kidneys, pancreas, and cervix.

Author: Leona Harter, L.Ac., LMT
Source: Leona Harter, L.Ac., LMT
Copyright: Advanced Healthcare & Spine Institute 2014


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Great American Smokeout With Acupuncture

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Every year over 3 million Americans try to quit smoking, but only half of them succeed. With the help of Acupuncture, you have a greater chance of success!

Most experts agree that quitting smoking is the single most important thing that you can do for your health. More than 25 diseases are associated with tobacco use, including cancer of the lungs, bladder, mouth, larynx, pharynx, esophagus, pancreas, kidney, uterus, and cervix. Smoking also raises the chances of developing emphysema and increases the risk of having a stroke by 30 percent.

There is plenty of incentive to quit, but it isn't easy. The good new is that acupuncture has helped millions of people to kick the smoking habit.

How acupuncture can help. Some of the largest stumbling blocks to becoming smoke free are the stress, anxiety, and depression associated with quitting. Fortunately, acupuncture treatments are quite successful at calming and relaxing the mind, reducing anxiety, and alleviating depressive feelings. Specific acupoints in the ear and wrist are used to accomplish this. Additional acupoints may be included to help suppress your appetite, stimulate repair and healing of organ systems, and reduce food and nicotine cravings.

More than just kicking the habit, using acupuncture to quit smoking yields enormous benefits. Aside from taking care of the stumbling blocks, that can cause you to resume the habit, acupuncture can help restore your body to a healthy state of balance and well-being. If you are ready to become smoke-free, acupuncture can help provide you with the support you need.


Author: Leona Harter, L.Ac., LMT
Source: Leona Harter, L.Ac., LMT
Copyright: Advanced Healthcare & Spine Institute 2014


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Leg Pain Relief From Chiropractic Care


New research indicates chiropractic care coupled with exercise and pain management techniques is more successful at easing back-related leg pain than simply exercise and pain management techniques alone. Researchers at the University of Minnesota recruited 192 patients suffering from back pain with pain radiating into the legs - commonly referred to as sciatica. Patients received either therapeutic exercises and basic pain management advice, or, therapeutic exercises and basic pain management advice along with 12 weeks of chiropractic spinal manipulation. After 12 weeks, twice as many of the patients receiving the added chiropractic spinal manipulation experienced a 75 percent or greater reduction in leg pain as compared with those who did not receive chiropractic spinal manipulation; 37 percent as compared with 19 percent. After one year, patients who received the added chiropractic spinal manipulation still had higher scores for overall improvement and satisfaction.


Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Annals of Internal Medicine, online September 15, 2014.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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Back Surgery Even More Risky In The Obese


Surgery always comes with the risk of serious complications, even including death. Findings from a recent study indicate obese patients who undergo lumbar fusion have an even greater risk of blood loss, longer hospital stay, higher risk of complication and worse functional outcome than do non-obese patients. According to researchers of the study, "These findings suggest that both surgeons and patients should acknowledge the significantly increased morbidity profile of obese patients after lumbar fusion." Whether you're obese or not, chiropractic care offers a safe, natural, non-invasive treatment approach for dealing with back, neck and spinal related pain and discomfort. Chiropractic care not only focuses on providing relief, but it does so by dealing with the cause of the pain and discomfort rather than just masking the symptoms. If you're in pain or discomfort and/or are considering back surgery, call your local doctor of chiropractic today and setup a no-obligation consultation. And remember, back pain can often be reversed - back surgery, cannot.


Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Spine: 01 January 2015 - Vol. 40 - Issue 1.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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ACA Statement on NIH Expert Panel Final Report on Use of Opioids in Chronic Pain

Arlington, Va. -  American Chiropractic Association (ACA) President Anthony Hamm, DC, issued the following comment today on a new report released by an independent National Institutes of Health (NIH) panel about the need for individualized, patient-centered care to treat and monitor the estimated 100 million Americans living with chronic pain. "ACA commends NIH for recognizing the value of an individual, patient-centered and multi-faceted approach to managing chronic pain. It is also interesting to read the conclusion from the panel that widespread opioid use does not provide an effective single approach for the chronic pain patient. Services provided by chiropractic physicians, including those being delivered in integrated community health centers, have proven effective with respect to patient satisfaction. ACA encourages NIH to study all complementary and integrated approaches to chronic pain management, including chiropractic. These integrated approaches can offer a higher degree of patient safety and reduce the use of medications."

Author: American Chiropractic Association.
Source: Acatoday.com - January 16, 2015.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association. 2015


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