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June 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
» Boost Performance - Eat Your Breakfast
» Chiropractic Physicians Urge Conservative Approach to Pain Management
» Social Media... Depressing

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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Boost Performance - Eat Your Breakfast

Skipping breakfast can lead to a reduced athletic performance later in the day according to U.K. researchers. In a group of 10 males, researchers compared performance later in the day when eating breakfast as well as when skipping breakfast. In this particular group of individuals, when breakfast was skipped, even though more calories tended to be consumed during lunch (an average of approximately 200 additional calories), their later day performance was still reduced. More studies will need to be performed but if you're an athlete with an athletic performance later it the day, making a decision to skip breakfast may reduce your overall performance, even if more calories are consumed later in the day.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, online May 12, 2015.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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Chiropractic Physicians Urge Conservative Approach to Pain Management

Painkiller overuse has led to negative outcomes for musculoskeletal conditions, reveals JAAOS study
Arlington, Va.— With new research highlighting more risks associated with the increased use of opioids for pain, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) strongly urges patients and healthcare providers to consider first exhausting conservative forms of pain management. According to a recent report published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS), the increased usage of opioids has led to unanticipated consequences such as a tolerance among some patients to the drug hydrocodone and negative treatment outcomes for conditions such as work-related musculoskeletal disorders, joint replacements and spine surgery.

"Beyond the risks of overuse and addiction, prescription drugs that numb pain may convince a patient that a musculoskeletal condition is less severe than it is, or that it has healed. That misunderstanding can lead to over-exertion and a delay in the healing process or even to permanent injury," says ACA media spokesperson Robert Hayden, DC, PhD.

JAAOS points out that more than 80 percent of the world’s opioids are consumed in the United States and that orthopedic surgeons are the third-highest prescribers of these medications – behind primary care physicians and internists. Researchers note that orthopedic surgeons must continue to treat pain but also implement strategies to battle the opioid epidemic.  

According to Dr. Hayden, one potential strategy is the use of conservative forms of care for pain before initiating higher-risk options such as opioids. A conservative health care model emphasizes more cost-effective and safer approaches over potentially addictive medications or surgery for pain management and health enhancement. For example, conservative management of back pain may include trying spinal manipulation combined with exercise and stretching prior to moving on to procedures involving higher risk.

Health care quality organizations now recognize the value of a conservative approach. Earlier this year, the Joint Commission, which certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including every major hospital, revised its pain management standard to include chiropractic services and acupuncture. Clinical experts in pain management who provide input to the Commission’s standards affirmed that treatment strategies may consider both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic approaches.

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: Acatoday.org, online May 20, 2015.

Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2015


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Social Media... Depressing

A growing amount of research indicates those suffering from depression, loneliness and other mental health issues can be at risk for addiction to excessive internet usage. A new study shows similar findings with Facebook usage. Facebook addiction or intrusion arises when Facebook usage begins to negatively impacting one’s day-to-day activities and interpersonal relationships. In this recent study, 672 Facebook users were assessed utilizing questionnaires to determine their degree of Facebook addiction and current level of depression, if any. Researchers found those individuals with higher depression scores suffered from higher levels of Facebook addiction. Additionally, their time spent online was also associated with the degree of Facebook addiction - the more time online, the more Facebook addiction. However, time spent online alone was not associated with depression. These findings indicate that Facebook and likely other social media websites have a heightened attraction to those suffering from depression and addictive behaviors. Findings also identified those with the highest risk of becoming addicted to Facebook - young males spending an extensive amount of time online.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: European Psychiatry, online May 8, 2015.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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