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May 2015 Health Newsletter


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» Allergies and Chiropractic
» Alternative Treatment Options For Allergies and Asthma
» How Can Chiropractic Help IBS
» Acupuncture and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
» New Services
» Spring and Traditional Chinese Medicine
» Chiropractic For Tension Headaches
» Research Calls for Conservative Treatments Before Painkillers for Low-Back Pain
» Mediterranean Diets With Olive Oil and/or Nuts Improve Brain Health

Allergies and Chiropractic
Chiropractic care releases the pressure on the nervous system. This allows the immune system to work more effectively. Recent studies of psychoneuroimmunology have shown that the functioning of the nervous system is relevant to the function of the immune system. Chiropractic care is a hands on approach to body alignment. The chiropractic system of health removes subluxations, a term that refers to vertebra that are out of alignment, causing stress on the nervous system. Chiropractic care realigns the spine and allows the body to heal itself. The body's ability to heal itself is restored through the central nervous system and the re-connection that it brings to the rest of the body. Regular chiropractic adjustments allow the body to function properly. They also help the body's immune system to function properly. If you have allergic reactions to a substance, you may benefit from regular chiropractic care. A healthy body is capable of neutralizing toxic substances in your system. Chiropractic care is a holistic approach to allergy treatment, allowing your body to do what it was built to do. Call today to get started! Our chiropractors are always happy to answer any questions you may have. 912-427-8433

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


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Alternative Treatment Options For Allergies and Asthma
Do you suffer from allergies or asthma? It's a little-known fact that these two conditions are directly linked to each other. Asthma, which affects roughly one in 12 people according to the CDC, is characterized by spasms of the small airways and inflammation. Furthermore, about 90% of children under the age of 16 with asthma have allergies, while 70% of people between the ages of 16 and 30 have allergies, and 50% of adults over the age of 40 have allergies.

Unfortunately, most people who suffer from allergies and asthma simple mask their symptoms with drugs rather than seeking a treatment for the root cause. Both of these conditions involve an overreaction by the body's immune system to what it believes is a foreign invader. When you are exposed to an allergen (e.g. ragweed, pet dander, etc.), your immune system produces an abundance of inflammatory hormones, which subsequently cause the symptoms of allergies and asthma to manifest.

There are several alternative treatment options available for allergies and asthma. One of these options is choosing to make dietary and lifestyle changes. We live in an age in which far too many people choose to pick up convenient fast food as opposed to preparing and cooking fresh meals. There's nothing wrong with an occasional fast food burger, but basing the4 bulk of your diet around processed foods such as this will take a toll on your body. The lack of nutrients and increased intake of preservatives can disturb the immune system, causing greater sensitivity to allergens. A better choice is to consume a diet rich in lean meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.

 Of course, herbal medicine is a time-tested alternative treatment for allergies and asthma. Some of the most popular herbs used to treat these conditions include stinging nettles, ginkgo biloba, green tea, and reishi, all of which contain heavy concentrations of antioxidants. These antioxidants are believed to fight harmful chemicals in the body known as free radicals, which if left unchecked, may irritate existing conditions like allergies and asthma.

Acupuncture is also known to improve the symptoms for allergy and asthma sufferers. This Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) involves stimulating the body's life force (Qi) by placing small, thin needles directly under the skin. When a person's Qi grows stagnant or experiences other problems, he or she is more susceptible to disease and illness. Therefore, correcting this problem through acupuncture will naturally deter allergies, asthma and other common problems.

Call our office today to learn how you can get back on track to better health! Our acupuncturist, Leona Harter, offers FREE consultations and is always happy to discuss how acupuncture can help you as an individual.

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


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How Can Chiropractic Help IBS
Chiropractors believe that there is a strong relationship between the intestines and the nervous system. Your nervous system must be able to send messages to the intestines without any interference in order for your bowels to work properly. The nervous system consists of the brain, the spinal cord, and the spinal nerves. Since the spine houses the spinal nerves, misalignments in the spinal column can interfere with the communication between the intestines and the nervous system. This can then lead to irritable bowel syndrome. This interference is referred to subluxation. By correcting these misalignments, the nerves are able to function properly and carry information to the intestines. This is why a chiropractor may be able to help those that suffer with IBS. Although there are not any studies proving the effectiveness of chiropractic for IBS, it is becoming increasingly more popular as an alternative treatment. Many chiropractors report that adjustments have helped their patients suffering from this condition better manage their symptoms. Chiropractic care has also been known to reduce stress, which is a major culprit of IBS symptoms. A Chiropractor may also be able to recommend a good food plan to help minimize symptoms during times of stress. While medication often masks the pain and symptoms of this disease, chiropractic adjustments help treat the underlying condition that causes IBS. If you are sick and tired of experiencing this painful condition, it's time to consider giving chiropractic care a try. Chiropractic care is a safe, gentle and effective way to manage the pain and discomfort often associated with this condition. Our chiropractors, Dr. Davis and Dr. Mizell, are happy to speak with you personally about how chiropractic care can help you. FREE consultations are available. Call to make your appointment today! 912-427-8433

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


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Acupuncture and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Do you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD), an estimated 25-45 million people in the United States have IBS (source). This all-too-common disease is characterized by chronic stomach pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, excess gas, and irregular bowel movements. While there's no known cure for IBS, acupuncture may offer relief.

A recent study conducted by researchers in the UK found acupuncture to offer relief of IBS symptoms. For the study, researchers split 233 IBS patients into two groups, one of which received acupuncture plus the usual care, while the second group strictly received the usual care.

"Acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome provided an additional benefit over usual care alone. The magnitude of the effect was sustained over the longer term. Acupuncture should be considered as a treatment option to be offered in primary care alongside other evidenced based treatments," wrote researchers in the study's conclusion.

So, how is this Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) able to treat IBS? TCM states that our bodies have an active energy force (Qi) which connects our organs and vital systems. Normally, Qi flows without obstruction, traveling along defined paths known as the meridian system. When a blockage occurs within the body, blood becomes stagnant and systems are vulnerable to disease and illness, which is where acupuncture comes into play.

Acupuncture involves the placement of thin needles in specific areas of the body, rightfully known as acupuncture points. While the exact number of acupuncture points has fluctuated over the years, TCM practitioners give the ballpark figure of roughly 2,000, all of which are spread across 12 major meridians and 8 secondary meridians. The primary function of acupuncture is to restore Qi by correcting blockages in the meridians. When Qi begins to flow, disease and health conditions such as IBS correct themselves.

Will acupuncture cure your IBS? There's not enough evidence to definitely say that it's a cure for IBS. However, numerous studies, including the one cited above, attest to the healing power of acupuncture. Whether you experience minor or severe symptoms as a result of IBS, you should consider seeking acupuncture. It's a safe, painless and highly effective way to treat a wide variety of diseases, one of which is Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Give us a call today to learn how you can get back on track to better health! Our acupuncturist, Leona Harter, offers FREE consultations and is happy to discuss your specific questions and concerns. 912-427-8433.

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


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New Services

At Advanced Healthcare, we strive to offer treatments and services that give maximum results. As such, we are now offering several new services that we would like to inform you about:

Compounded Medications

  • Customized pain cream compounded per patient.
  • Delivery can be sustained and controlled over a long period.
  • Fewer systemic side effects.
  • Concentration of medication to targeted affected area.
  • Ability to combine several drugs into one topical compound allowing for multiple modes of action.
  • Less potential for drug to drug interactions.

Pharmacogenetic Testing

Just as genetics contribute to whether you are tall or short, have black hair or blonde, genetics also affect how you may respond to certain medicines. Pharmacogenetics test you for genetic related differences that affect how certain medications are metabolized, as this can alter their effect.

Every person metabolizes drugs differently. Some people have trouble metabolizing certain drugs, which can mean they don't work, or can even result in serious complications or death. Finding the best match for you and your medication regimen is critical. A simple cheek swab - called a  buccal swab - can be used to collect your DNA for testing, and within just days your healthcare provider receives a comprehensive report so that they prescribe with confidence, and you can get the treatment most effective for YOU.

Take the guess work out of your healthcare and determine the type and dose of medicine that works best for you.

PENS

A Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator which utilizes a patented technology to deliver therapeutic electrical signals through the skin into deep tissue for clocking pain transmission and improving function for up to 72 hours following a 30 minutes treatment.

Many patients report a 75% reduction in pain and find that their pain relief improves even further over four to six hours following the treatment.

  • Up to 75% immediate average reduction in pain
  • Up to 48 hours of pain relief
  • Increased range of motion
  • Reduction in stiffness
  • Reduction in muscle spasm

A round of treatment consists of 6 sessions spaced out every 2 to 3 days.


Talk with one of our healthcare professionals to find out how one of these treatments can help you reduce pain and return to a more active lifestyle. FREE consultations available. 912-427-8433

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


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Spring and Traditional Chinese Medicine

With the official start of spring just around the corner, there's no better time than now to consider using popular forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). As mother nature comes out of its state of dormancy, flowers will begin to blossom, trees will develop leaves, and the landscape will be replaced with flowing green grass. This massive change comes with some unwelcome side effects that TCM may prove useful in treating.

While cold and flu infection rates typically diminish by the start of spring, a new problem begins to emerge: allergies. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), approximately 50 million people in the United States suffer from seasonal allergies (source). When exposed to pollen or other plant allergens, the individual may develop a runny nose, nasal congestion, eye redness, headache, sore throat, and other related symptoms.

Whether you suffer from mild, moderate or severe seasonal allergies, acupuncture can help. This centuries old TCM involves the placement of fine needles on specific areas throughout the body. Acupuncture is believed to restore the body's flow of energy (referred to as Qi) while stimulating the body's self-healing mechanism.

In Chinese astrology, spring falls under the Wood element, meaning this time of year is closely related to the gallbladder and liver. According to TCM, one of the liver's primary functions is to regulate Qi through the body. If Qi is blocked or restricted in any way, the individual will be susceptible to disease and illness. The  bottom line is that you want to keep your Qi moving this spring season for optimal health.

Here are some tips to keep your Qi moving:

  • Limit (or eliminate) your intake of processed foods.
  • Eat more fresh vegetables and fruit.
  • Start your mornings off with a light stretching exercise like yoga or tai chi.
  • The warm weather offers the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and exercise.
  • Consume sour food and drinks. According to TCM, sour flavors stimulate the liver's Qi.
  • Seek acupuncture treatments.

There are over 2,000 acupuncture points spread across 20 meridians, but none hold as much weight for the spring season as Liver 3. Located between the first and second toes, Liver 3 (also known as the "springtime acupressure point") is an acupuncture point that is particularly beneficial for this time of year. It lives up to its namesake by channeling the liver energy; therefore, conventional wisdom should tell you to focus on it during this spring. If you plan on scheduling an acupuncture session, ask the physician if he or she can target Liver 3.

Not sure if acupuncture is right for you? No problem. Acupuncture is only one part of TCM. Your acupuncturist can also work with you on nutrition therapy and qigong/yoga exercises that can help reduce or eliminate allergy symptoms. Leona Harter is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor, and Certified Holistic Health Coach. Call for your Free Consultation today!

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


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Chiropractic For Tension Headaches

A good portion of those seeking chiropractic care do so for the relief from headaches. Of all the different types of headache, tension headaches are the most common representing approximately 60% of all headaches. Tension headaches are caused by the sustained contraction of the muscles in the neck and head region. Sufferers experience a constant tight or pressure sensation with mild to moderate pain, generally feeling like a tight band is wrapping around the head, lasting from hours to days. According to a new Danish study, tension headache sufferers exhibit neck and shoulder strength up to 26% weaker than in non-sufferers. Also found in those with tension headaches were muscle imbalances between sets of muscles that hold the head straight. Researchers weren’t sure whether the measured muscle weaknesses and imbalances were the result of the tension headaches or a cause of them. The good news is that most chiropractors have great success treating tension headaches. Biomechanical imbalances of the cervical and upper thoracic spine, and, muscle weakness and dysfunction are all things most chiropractors evaluate when treating tension headaches. Chiropractic adjustments along with stretching and strengthening exercises are commonly utilized with much success. If you believe you’re suffering from tension headaches, call your local chiropractor today!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: 
Cephalalgia, online April 1, 2015.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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Research Calls for Conservative Treatments Before Painkillers for Low-Back Pain

Arlington, Va. – The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), in response to recent research calling into question the efficacy of acetaminophen in the management of spinal pain, strongly encourages patients and healthcare providers to consider the benefits of a conservative approach to back pain. According to the British Medical Journal study, the widely used painkiller is ineffective against low-back pain and offers only "minimal short-term benefit" for people with osteoarthritis of the hip or knee. Similar conclusions were reached in a study published in The Lancet in July 2014, that acetaminophen "does not ease low-back pain."
 
"People need complete information about their treatment options," said ACA President Anthony Hamm, DC. "Research supports the use of more conservative treatments as a first-line defense against pain. This sensible approach not only reduces healthcare costs, but may also help some patients avoid riskier treatments altogether."
 
A "conservative care first" approach to health care encourages emphasis on more cost-effective and safer approaches over potentially addictive medications for pain management and health enhancement. Conservative management of painful conditions may include chiropractic manipulation combined with exercise and stretching prior to moving on to high-risk procedures. Chiropractic physicians are the highest-rated healthcare practitioners for low-back pain treatments due to their patient-centered, whole-person approach that provides greater interaction and communication for appropriate diagnosis and development of more cost-effective treatment plans.
 
"There are effective, more conservative treatments that help many patients lessen reliance on addictive painkillers and get back to their normal lives and activities," said Dr. Hamm. "The services provided by chiropractic physicians are not only clinically effective but also cost-effective, so taking a more conservative approach at the onset of low-back pain can also potentially save both patients and the healthcare system money down the line."
 
Numerous recent studies have clearly shown the dangerous overreliance in the United States on prescription painkillers. This has tremendously increased Americans’ risk for overuse, and abuse of these drugs if taken for long periods, leading to more than 17,000 related deaths in 2010 (more than heroin and cocaine combined). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls the abuse of prescription pain medications an "epidemic."

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: Acatoday.org, online April 10, 2015.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2015


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Mediterranean Diets With Olive Oil and/or Nuts Improve Brain Health

Looking to enhance your brain function and improve memory? New research out of Barcelona, Spain indicates a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil and/or mixed nuts can do just that. Researchers randomly assigned 447 healthy aging individuals (average age 67) who were considered at high risk for a cardiovascular complication to 3 different dietary groups - A Mediterranean diet group supplemented with extra virgin olive oil (1 liter per week), a Mediterranean diet group supplemented with mixed nuts (30 grams per day), or a control diet group where participants were advised to reduce dietary fat. All participants received cognitive function tests at the beginning of the study, and those remaining in the study (approximately 75%) after approximately 4 years received the testing again. In general, participants consuming the low-fat control diet experienced a significant decrease in memory and cognitive function. Conversely, participants consuming the Mediterranean diet with nuts experienced significant improvements in memory, while those adding extra virgin olive oil experienced significantly better cognitive function. Both nuts and olive oil contain oleic acid which is one of the most common fats making up the brain which is 70% fat and is dependent upon getting its nourishment from the foods we eat. The antioxidant-rich foods in Mediterranean diets as well as nuts and olive oil provide nourishment to the brain and appear to help protect against overall brain health and cognitive decline.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JAMA Internal Medicine, online May 11, 2015.

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