Archive for May, 2011

How To Maximize Your Results From Working Out

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

According to a Study published in the Journal of Physiology on November 1, 2010, “A fat-rich energy dense diet is an important cause of insulin resistance.”

Insulin resistance is a condition in which the body produces insulin but does not use it properly. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas and it helps the cells of the body absorb glucose. When people are insulin resistant, their muscle, fat, and liver cells do not respond properly to insulin. As a result, their bodies need more insulin to help glucose enter cells. The pancreas produces more and more insulin until it basically gets worn out and starts to fail. This can lead to diabetes.

How is this all linked to exercise? According to the study’s author, “This study, for the first time, shows that fasted training is more potent than fed training to facilitate adaptations in muscle and to improve whole-body glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity during hyper-caloric fatrich diets.”

In other words, the best time to work out seems to be on an empty stomach, which is usually first thing in the morning. Working out in the morning also has some additional benefits. Generally after working out in the morning, the day seems to be more productive. And of course it’s always great to start off the day knowing that you got a healthy workout out of the way.

New Century Spine Centers in San Diego has regular healthy classes monthly at their Mission Valley location. To register, contact them at 619-630-9153. The classes are free of charge but you must be pre-registered to attend. They go over great stretches, exercises and more. This is a class you won’t want to miss.

Scientists Warn That Television Watching and Computer Game Playing May Damage The Heart

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Are you sitting down? If you aren’t, please find a seat because when you read this, you might get a little weak in the knees. According to The Telegraph, a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found, “The risk of heart disease and premature death from any cause doubled for those spending more than four hours a day glued to a screen, it was claimed. Metabolic factors and inflammation may be partly to blame, the report said. “Research revealed those who devote more than four hours watching television, surfing the web, or playing computer games are more than twice as likely to have major cardiac problems.”

Here’s the really shocking part. The study found there was a 48% increased risk of all-cause mortality and an approximate 125% increase in the risk of cardiovascular events in those spending more than four hours in front of a screen. “The risks were irrespective of factors such as smoking, hypertension, BMI, social class, and even exercise.” In other words, from the results of this study, the negative effect of watching television and being on a computer may not be lessened by exercise.

Like most health issues, more research is always needed for definitive answers, but limiting television and computer time may not only make you more productive, it might save your life.

San Diego Chiropractic Office Offering Free Adjustments On Patient Appreciation Day

Monday, May 23rd, 2011
New Century Spine Centers in San Diego will be having a grand Patient Appreciation Day on June 16, 2011. Have you ever woken up out of a dead, sound sleep in the middle of the night and had something so important to say it couldn’t wait ‘till morning?  Then what happened?  You went back to sleep and when you woke up again, you couldn’t remember, for the life of you, what had woken you from that peaceful slumber the night before!
This is one of those times. So, instead of going back to sleep, I’ve decided to write this press release and tell you just what is so important I was afraid to go back to sleep and lose this thought. I wanted to give you every possible chance to take full advantage of this truly rare opportunity. I’ve noticed for quite some time now that society has changed since I was a little kid.  People don’t appreciate the good things others do for them. Hold open the door for someone and they just walk right through, never stopping to even flash you a quick smile, much less a much deserved thank you.
I’m beginning to think Webster’s has to take “please” and “thank you” out of its latest editions. I started thinking about all the local businesses I frequent and spend a lot of money in.  Heck, I’ve practically put some of the owner’s kids through college with all the business I’ve given them over the years. And you know what? I can’t think of one. I think that is the growing trend in society. That’s why I’ve decided to “buck the trend”, swim against the current and say THANKS to all my patients in a very, very, VERY big way!
I spoke it over with the rest of the staff and they have all given me the “thumbs up” and contributed vital input on how to give you for the very first time the most valuable and beneficial “event” I have ever offered their patients or their customers. We’ve all put our heads together to bring you an ultra-valuable, one day only, extended office hours, from open to close, pain-relief filled, mega-spectacular patient appreciation day and everyone is invited to come.
The event will be held on Thursday June 16th – from 9:00am ‘till 6:00pm at New Century Spine Centers in the Mission Valley area of San Diego.  This will probably be your only invitation. You have been given such advanced notice because I wanted to give you every opportunity to plan ahead and take advantage of this remarkable day. We can only accept the first 100 people for this very special day.  Time just simply does not allow us to give more than 100 patients.  And even 100 is stretching our chiropractors a bit thin.
Here’s what we’ll be giving away on Patient Appreciation Day. First of all, if you’re a regular chiropractic patient of New Century Spine Centers in San Diego and you haven’t been in to see us in 3 months or more, you get a new consultation to discuss any new problems you may be having, an examination and any necessary x-rays to update your current condition. If you’re a regular patient who is under care, on June 16 you can come in and get a free adjustment. If you’re a new patient of New Century Spine Centers, you can come in on June 16 and get a free exam and necessary x-rays to see if you’re a candidate for chiropractic care.
We will also be giving away some great prizes for everyone who shows up. We will have prizes such as movie tickets, restaurant gift certificates, Starbucks gift cards, and much more. To register for the event, call 619-630-9153. Tell the receptionist you’ll be there for Patient Appreciation Day. This will be a great event for everyone to enjoy. New Century Spine Centers in San Diego will have its chiropractors ready for this event for you to enjoy.

New Century Spine Centers in San Diego will be having a grand Patient Appreciation Day on June 16, 2011. Have you ever woken up out of a dead, sound sleep in the middle of the night and had something so important to say it couldn’t wait ‘till morning?  Then what happened?  You went back to sleep and when you woke up again, you couldn’t remember, for the life of you, what had woken you from that peaceful slumber the night before!
This is one of those times. So, instead of going back to sleep, I’ve decided to write this press release and tell you just what is so important I was afraid to go back to sleep and lose this thought. I wanted to give you every possible chance to take full advantage of this truly rare opportunity. I’ve noticed for quite some time now that society has changed since I was a little kid.  People don’t appreciate the good things others do for them. Hold open the door for someone and they just walk right through, never stopping to even flash you a quick smile, much less a much deserved thank you.
I’m beginning to think Webster’s has to take “please” and “thank you” out of its latest editions. I started thinking about all the local businesses I frequent and spend a lot of money in.  Heck, I’ve practically put some of the owner’s kids through college with all the business I’ve given them over the years. And you know what? I can’t think of one. I think that is the growing trend in society. That’s why I’ve decided to “buck the trend”, swim against the current and say THANKS to all my patients in a very, very, VERY big way!
I spoke it over with the rest of the staff and they have all given me the “thumbs up” and contributed vital input on how to give you for the very first time the most valuable and beneficial “event” I have ever offered their patients or their customers. We’ve all put our heads together to bring you an ultra-valuable, one day only, extended office hours, from open to close, pain-relief filled, mega-spectacular patient appreciation day and everyone is invited to come.
The event will be held on Thursday June 16th – from 9:00am ‘till 6:00pm at New Century Spine Centers in the Mission Valley area of San Diego.  This will probably be your only invitation. You have been given such advanced notice because I wanted to give you every opportunity to plan ahead and take advantage of this remarkable day. We can only accept the first 100 people for this very special day.  Time just simply does not allow us to give more than 100 patients.  And even 100 is stretching our chiropractors a bit thin.
Here’s what we’ll be giving away on Patient Appreciation Day. First of all, if you’re a regular chiropractic patient of New Century Spine Centers in San Diego and you haven’t been in to see us in 3 months or more, you get a new consultation to discuss any new problems you may be having, an examination and any necessary x-rays to update your current condition. If you’re a regular patient who is under care, on June 16 you can come in and get a free adjustment. If you’re a new patient of New Century Spine Centers, you can come in on June 16 and get a free exam and necessary x-rays to see if you’re a candidate for chiropractic care.
We will also be giving away some great prizes for everyone who shows up. We will have prizes such as movie tickets, restaurant gift certificates, Starbucks gift cards, and much more. To register for the event, call 619-630-9153. Tell the receptionist you’ll be there for Patient Appreciation Day. This will be a great event for everyone to enjoy. New Century Spine Centers in San Diego will have its chiropractors ready for this event for you to enjoy.

Chiropractic Care Can Enhance Your Health And Overall Well-Being

Thursday, May 19th, 2011
A chiropractor is able to alleviate a host of symptoms associated with your musculoskeletal system. The most common symptoms presented to a chiropractor are headaches, migraines, neck, back, and shoulder pain. Chiropractic is a holistic approach to pain management and the alleviation of symptoms associated with misalignments of the joints and vertebrae. Chiropractic care however is intended to extend health beyond just the alleviation of symptoms. Spinal adjustments allow the free flow of nerve impulses which facilitate overall health to the body. As every cell in the human body is governed by nerve impulses, it is vitally important that these nerves send information free of interference. The application of gentle spinal adjustments removes nerve pressure and allows proper nerve conduction.
The main focus in chiropractic care is placed upon the proper alignment of the vertebrae and associated joints. Proper balance and functioning of the joints is of importance to the continued health and well being of every patient. Attention is also placed upon the proper functioning of your neurological system, as pinched nerves and neuralgia can adversely affect a patient’s quality of life.
Posture correction therapy involves the use of exercises to strengthen your core muscles to help better support your entire frame. Once strengthened, they aid in supporting the correct positioning of your spinal column to ensure adequate flexibility and mobility for your entire frame.
An improper posture can result in neck and upper back pain and is a large contributor to headaches and shoulder blade pain. Tingling, burning and numbness experienced in the areas mentioned above are symptoms of pinched nerves and can be alleviated through chiropractic care.
A chiropractic adjustment is the usage of gentle physical pressure applied to an affected joint. The application of external pressure works to correct the misalignment therefore removing fixation of the joints and allowing proper mobility. Your chiropractor is also qualified to give advice to patients regarding nutrition, weight loss and safe exercise routines to help maintain health and fitness.

Did You Know That Tea Is A Great Food For Health!

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

1. Tea, without sugar or honey, only has two calories per cup.

2. Steeping tea for three to five minutes produces the most antioxidants.

3. Milk in your tea doesn’t reduce tea’s health benefits.

4. The maximum amount of antioxidants contained in tea comes from brewing loose leaves or from tea bags. (Tea in powders or bottles has little or no helpful antioxidants!) 5. Tea in products applied to the skin has little or no health enhancing properties. Teas, especially white and green teas, can help with the following: Stimulate mental clarity, reduce the risk of certain cancers, reduce the risk of heart disease, lower blood sugar levels, help prevent viral infections, help prevent bad breath, and help prevent tooth decay. Also, because the water used in tea is boiled, this makes tea safer to drink than tap water.www.Backcaretreatment.com

Childhood Obesity Linked To Health Habits

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

According to an article in Science Daily, the study suggests unhealthy habits are feeding the childhood obesity trend. “For the extremely overweight child, genetic screening may be a consideration,” says study senior author Kim A. Eagle, M.D., a Cardiologist and a Director of the U-M Cardiovascular Center. 1,003 Michigan 6th graders were examined, obese children were “more likely to consume school lunch instead of a packed lunch from home and spend two hours a day watching TV or playing a video game.

Childhood obesity has TRIPLED in the U.S. in the last 30 years, and obesity among U.S. children ages 6-11 has gone from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008. “For the rest, increasing physical activity, reducing recreational screen time and improving the nutritional value of school lunches offers great promise to begin a reversal of current childhood obesity trends.”

Forty-five percent of obese students always ate school lunch, but only 34 percent of non-obese students ate school lunch. According to the Science Daily article, researchers found that 58 percent of obese children had watched two hours of TV in the previous day, compared to 41 percent of non-obese children.

Significantly less obese kids exercise on a regular basis. Fewer kids took physical education classes or were a member of a sports team. In the study, 15% of the students were overweight, but almost all had unhealthy habits. Over 30% drank regular soda within the previous day, less than 50% remembered eating two servings of vegetables in the same time period, and only 30% said they exercised for 30 minutes for 5 days during that week.

According to the American College of Preventative Medicine, heart disease and diabetes are two of the most common preventable chronic diseases. Both have their preventable causes in what we eat and how much we exercise, and both start from the habits we obtain in childhood. As adults, we can change these habits any time we want and live a longer and healthier life just about instantly, but children need guidance to make the same healthy choices. One of the biggest take home messages (besides realizing that it’s habits making us overweight — not just our genes) is that almost all the students can drastically improve their diet and exercise, not just the 15% who are obese.

How 55-80 Year Olds Are Increasing The Size Of Their Brains!

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Several months ago I wrote an article on how chronic pain can cause your brain to shrink. This article caused up quite a stir considering that so many people are in pain. It also brought up the question that if pain may cause your brain to shrink, is there a way to increase the size of your brain?   Of course most people would you like to have a bigger, more powerful brain? Unfortunately the hippocampus, a part of the brain key to memory and special navigation, is known to shrink with age. This brain shrinkage starts in late adulthood and it is responsible for memory loss and some impairment.

There is however new hope for this. According to the Los Angeles Times, a new study that was published by the Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has revealed that a program of aerobic exercise over the course of a year can increase the size of the hippocampus in adults ages 55-80. In this remarkable study, 120 people from ages 55-80 who did not exercise previously were split into 2 groups; 60 were put into an aerobic exercise program that consisted of walking around a track 3 days a week for 40 minutes per session; and the other 60 did a program consisting of stretching and weights.

The results were as follows according to the Los Angeles Times article: “The group doing aerobic exercise had increases in hippocampus volume: up 2.12 % in the left hippocampus, and 1.97% in the right hippocampus. The stretching group, on the other hand, had decreased hippocampus volume: down 1.40% on the left and 1.43% on the right.”

What’s important to note about this article is that is said it is never too late to start exercise and it suggested that some very simple exercise programs may be a cost-effective way to treat a widespread health problem, without the side effects of medication. Prevention is obviously always best. A regular exercise regimen, a good nutritious diet, and reduced stress has many great benefits. To read some past articles including the article on how chronic pain can cause your brain to shrink, just go the website www.BackCareTreatment.com.