Posts Tagged ‘stress’

Can This Vitamin Cut Your Risk Of The Flu By 42%? The best part is – you do not even have to take this vitamin to get the benefits! Find out how.

Monday, June 18th, 2012

There is no doubt about it that getting the common cold is no fun. And coming down with the flu can be a real nightmare! No one wants to miss work or school and have to deal with a fever, chills, headaches, body aches and just plain misery for a week or so (or even longer if you do not take care of yourself).

Here’s something very important most people do not understand: It is must easier to prevent the flu (or any sickness or disease) than it is to treat it. You’ve heard the quote: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” But, for most people, it’s nothing more than lip service. It’s just human nature. When you are sick and you feel terrible, you say you are never going to let “this” happen again. You are going to eat right, exercise, etc. But, as soon as you feel like you’re back to your old self, you start acting like your “old self.” Don’t feel bad… just about everyone does it that way… except for the people who almost never get
sick.

Let’s face it, ALWAYS eating right; getting proper rest, reducing stress and so on in today’s society is nearly impossible. That’s why you should always make the effort to do your best and to find small, but powerful, things that can help you in a big way.

For a while, some medical experts have ranted and raved about Vitamin D and its positive effects on health, and more and more research is being published that makes it look like they’re right. For example, Dr. Joseph Mercola writes, “According to the findings from a 2010 study that didn’t get any widespread attention, vitamin D is a highly effective way to avoid influenza. “In fact, children taking low doses of Vitamin D3 were shown to be 42 percent less likely to come down with the flu. “The randomized, double blind, placebo controlled study included 430 children aged 6-15, who were followed between December 2008 and March 2009. “Half were given 1,200 IU’s of vitamin D3 daily, while the other half received a placebo. “Influenza strains were determined through lab testing of nose and throat swabs. “Eighteen of the children taking vitamin D contracted influenza Type A, compared to 31 children in the placebo group.
“Type B influenza rates were unaffected by vitamin D use, however, the illness resulting from
Type B influenza strains is typically milder than Type A. “Considering the fact that influenza was reduced by 42 percent at a dose of just 1,200 IU’s a day, it’s possible that even better results might be obtained with higher dosages—depending on just how deficient you are to begin with, of course, because it’s not really the dosage that matters; it’s the amount of vitamin D in your blood.”

One huge thing to understand here is that the study isn’t just referring to “Vitamin D,” it’s referring to Vitamin D (3). So, if you are going to take a Vitamin D supplement, it should be for
Vitamin D (3)… and it is always recommended you consult with a qualified physician who is an expert on nutrition and up on current research. A lot has recently changed about what researches and scientist know about nutrition, not to mention what was taught in school 10 or 20 years ago!

But, here’s something else that is important and often very misunderstood: The best possible source of Vitamin D does not come in the form of a dietary supplement. The best source is the SUN.

Wait, isn’t sun exposure bad? Doesn’t it cause skin cancer? The first thing to understand is that “sun exposure” is not bad. Too much sun exposure is bad. Water is not bad for you but drinking too much water can kill you. Simply because drinking too much is bad for you does not mean you should not drink any. The same is true for the sun. Everyone is different but everyone needs the proper amount of sun to maximize their health potential. You should get regular amounts of sunlight but NEVER enough to burn you. Since skin types vary, as does the sun’s strength in different geographic locations, there is no “formula” to follow. Once again, seeking advice from a physician well educated on this subject is a must. Getting no sun is not good, but you don’t want to get too much, either.

Got Lingering Holiday Stress? Learn simple ways to let it go, feel better, and maybe even look younger!

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

The holiday season is one of the most stressful times of the year. Traveling, family visits, shopping, money concerns, etc. can all cause anxiety that is extremely unhealthy. Increased anxiety and stress can weaken your immune system, allowing you to get sick with illnesses such as the common cold or flu. Who wants to be sick over the holidays, or any time, for that matter?

The accumulation of holiday stress and anxiety can last for months after the season is over. High levels of stress can also cause a wide variety of aches and pains. Some experts believe that stress and anxiety is one of the major causes of back pain. There are even treatments for back pain based around stress and anxiety reduction.

Because high levels of stress and anxiety cause your body to produce very damaging chemicals, many harmful health conditions are possible (even if solid scientific evidence has not discovered the definitive link… YET). Signs and symptoms that you are stressed out are if you are having difficulty sleeping, feel tired (even when you first wake up and no matter how much you sleep) or are easily aggravated. If you have these signs, there is a good chance stress and anxieties are the culprits. You may even gain weight from stress and anxiety.

One of the best ways to relieve stress and anxiety is through breathing. Controlled breathing is the simplest and most practiced relaxation technique for anxiety. It involves deep and slow breathing that helps the diaphragm expand and contract steadily, which in turn helps you control your breathing process. Take a deep breath, hold it for a few seconds, and breathe out hardily. Focus on expanding and contracting the stomach rather than the chest. Repeating this empowers one to control the oxygen intake in the body, divert the stress reaction, and regulate the parasympathetic nerves.

Meditation is another great way to relieve stress and anxiety. New research suggests that mindfulness meditation can have benefits for health and performance, including improved immune function, reduced blood pressure and enhanced cognitive function. The study, published in the latest issue of the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science, draws on existing scientific literature to attempt to explain the positive effects. The author of the study, Britta Hazel of Justus Liebig University and Harvard Medical School, pointed out that mindful meditation is not a vague cure-all. According to the November 22, 2011 issue of The Telegraph: Effective mindfulness meditation requires training and practice and it has distinct measurable effects on our subjective experiences, our behavior, and our brain function. Dr. Hazel said: “We hope that further research on this topic will enable a much broader spectrum of individuals to utilize mindfulness meditation as a versatile tool to facilitate change both in psychotherapy and in everyday life.”

Another great way to eliminate or control stress is massage therapy. Massage therapy helps increase blood flow, calm the body, and relax the individual. A great place in San Diego to get massage that we highly recommend is Happy Head Foot Reflexology and Massage in Hillcrest. Their website is www.HappyHeadMassage.com. We recommend the Swedish full body massage for reducing stress.

And finally, if your body has misalignments, pain, or other musculoskeletal ailments that contribute to stress, chiropractic care is a great way to help get rid of these problems. Chiropractic care helps reduce back and neck pain, increase range of motion, and improves overall health. Regular chiropractic care is a great way to not only reduce stress, but to also live pain free. Get more information about chiropractic care at www.BackCareTreatment.com.

Chiropractor In San Diego Reviews Groundbreaking Study Noting Anti-Depressants May Be No Better Than Placebo

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

As a chiropractor in San Diego, I see many patients suffering from everything from back pain to stress and more. Researching some of the latest studies helps me help my patients in many ways. And since pain being a common cause for depression, I find this article fitting.

 

Napoleon Hill, author of the self-help bible “Think and Grow Rich”, is quoted as saying: “What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” He also said we become our dominant thoughts. Research is showing he may be 100% accurate with those statements… especially the latter. Here is why: Starting in 1998, studies began to raise questions about the “scientific proof” behind the widespread use of antidepressants versus placebos.

 

University of Connecticut researchers, Irving Kirsch and Guy Sapirstein, found antidepressants seemed to get results, but so did placebos. In 38 studies conducted with over 3,000 depressed patients, placebos improved symptoms 75 percent as much as legitimate medications.

 

“We wondered, what’s going on?” said Kirsch in a 2010 interview with Newsweek. The medical community, skeptical of his analysis, asked him to instigate a more comprehensive study with the results of all clinical trials conducted by antidepressant manufacturers, including those unpublished – 47 studies in total.

 

Over half of the studies showed no significant difference in the depression-alleviating effects of a medicated versus non-medicated pill. With this more thorough analysis, which now included strategically unpublished studies from pharmaceutical companies, placebos were shown to improve symptoms 82 percent as much as the real pill.

 

According to the Citizens Commission on Human Rights International: “However, if experts and antidepressant manufacturers are aware of this, the general public certainly isn’t … Millions of people every year feel better, simply because they believe they’ll feel better.”

 

Shocker: Heavy Drinkers Outlive Non-Drinkers? Discover what a new paper in the Journal Alcoholism found that might make you fall off the wagon!

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Is it possible? Can it be true? As revealed in a new paper in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, people who do NOT drink alcohol do NOT live as long as people who do. According to an article in Time Magazine, “Research suggests that — for reasons that aren’t entirely clear — abstaining from alcohol does tend to increase one’s risk of dying, even when you exclude former problem drinkers. The most shocking part is that Abstainers’ mortality rates are higher than those of heavy drinkers.

“Moderate drinking, which is defined as one to three drinks per day, is associated with the lowest mortality rates in alcohol studies. According to this paper, people who do not drink at all die sooner than heavy drinkers… not people who have a drink or two a night – but… HEAVY DRINKERS! According to the article, a moderate drinker, defined as 1-3 drinks per day, had the lowest mortality rate. Even though researchers do not know the real answer, there are plenty of theories as to why these findings exist.

One is that moderate alcohol consumption (especially red wine) can improve circulation, cardiovascular health and reduce stress. Stress reduction may be the most important item on the list. Here is why. There is a vast amount of research linking stress to poor health, possible disease and shortened lifespan. In fact, a press release from September 3, 2010 states researchers had finally found direct evidence linking stress to heart attacks. According to the press release, “Researchers at The University of Western Ontario have provided the first direct evidence using a biological marker, to show chronic stress plays an important role in heart attacks. Stressors such as job and marital and financial problems have been linked to the increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease including heart attack.” This study, published in the journal Stress, said researchers developed a method to measure cortisol levels in hair. This is important because cortisol levels are an indicator of stress levels and now the cortisol/stress level can be measured for several months leading up to the heart attack.

Until now, cortisol levels were only measured in saliva, urine and serum. Because of this, stress levels were only seen at the time of the measurement – not leading up to the event. Doctors and researchers have suspected for a long time that stress was bad for you but it has been hard to measure and “prove.” Now, it looks like we can all say with relative accuracy that STRESS KILLS!

This might shed new light on the alcohol research above. Maybe it’s not alcohol as a chemical compound that is beneficial to your longevity. Maybe the key is alcohol’s role in stress reduction. Right now, no one knows for sure, but we do know that correlation is not causation. In other words, just because drinkers live longer does not mean “alcohol is good for you.” For example, if the reason drinkers live longer is actually due to a reduction in stress, then it may be possible to get the same results without alcohol consumption. Maybe learning to control stress through meditation and other ways will be found to be just as effective. The mind-body connection is what’s really important. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, and science has now linked it to your stress levels, which basically links it to the way you think. The way you handle situations in life every single day is actually a matter of not just happiness, but of Life and Death

San Diego Spinal Decompression Specialist Shows How Stress May Be Your Back Pain Culprit

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

The holidays are just around the corner.  There will be presents to unwrap, there will be gifts to buy and there will be big holiday meals to devour.  But there is one thing left to consider for many of us. It is the back pain many suffer around the stressful holidays.

Back pain is much more common than you may think.  And the culprit may have be one of a number of many things. For example, all those special holiday meals and desserts you enjoy may start it all.  Clearly, the holidays are a special time not just for sharing with loved ones – but packing on a few extra pounds put added stress to your spine and muscles.  And adding just a little extra weight can be enough to flare-up old back pain and problems or be the straw that breaks the camel’s back to create ‘brand new’ back pain.

Add in all the stress the holidays inevitably bring to many of us, and many cases of back pain either begin or get worse. What can you do when this happens?  One of the best solutions is to exercise because exercise not only helps reduce the extra pounds, it also relieves stress to the spine and overall.

But there’s a problem to consider when thinking about exercising. It may not wise to start an exercise program if you already have back pain.  Many times, back pain is caused by malfunctioning spinal joints in the lower back which could be aggravated by exercise and other stress applied to the spine.

Back pain caused by not working joints can be helped by conservative Chiropractic treatment.  One study found that spinal manipulation to be a recommendable method of symptom control for back pain. Chiropractic care can gently help your lower back function properly so the pain can possibly go away naturally and when you’re pain free, exercising and shedding the pounds is much easier than before!

For more information about back pain, back pain sufferers can contact New Century Spine Centers in San Diego. The chiropractors and spinal decompression doctors at New Century are some of the top chiropractors in the world. Suffering from back pain is an option. You can live pain free if you get the proper treatment.

The Holiday Effect On Fibromyalgia

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Anyone suffering from fibromyalgia knows how painful and depressing life can be.  At New Century Spine Centers in San Diego, fibromyalgia is a common ailment that many people come in for. Many fibromyalgia patients who come in for chiropractic care also know how misunderstood this condition can be. Until you suffer with fibromyalgia, it is difficult to really understand the true effects on a person.

But, with the help of modern research (and a little care and understanding) some doctors are starting to gain more and more knowledge about the causes, diagnosis and treatment. It is not a condition that is completely misunderstood anymore.

For example, in a 558 chronic pain patient study, the American College of Rheumatology found that they could accurately identify which patients had fibromyalgia, at an 88% accuracy level. This supports that fibromyalgia can be accurately diagnosed and may not be “all in your head” as many doctors previously thought.

It was also found that many people can have fibromyalgia with less than the previously required 11 tender points as long as they have widespread pain and many of these symptoms: fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, sleeping problems, chronic headache, jaw (TMJ) pain, memory problems, muscle pain, morning stiffness, menstrual cramping, numbness and tingling, dizziness, skin and chemical sensitivities.

Stress has long been theorized to be a major factor in fibromyalgia. And starting a new year and the upcoming holidays that come along with it is one of the most stressful times of the year.

Like all doctors’ offices, care may vary from office to office. So if you are looking for a Chiropractor who offers short term, affordable fibromyalgia care, or if you have questions, call New Century Chiropractic in San Diego. The chiropractors at New Century Spine Centers can help you get your life back on track and eliminate the pain and suffering associated with fibromyalgia. You can be seen immediately with no obligation to extensive treatment plans.

Inability To Handle Stress Most Likely Leads To Early Death Unless…

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

If someone you love or you are a “worry-wart”, reading the rest of this article may prevent several deadly diseases and add years to your life. Allow me to explain. Why some people are healthy and others get sick has been a researched and heavily debated topic for a long, long time. Some give almost all the credit to genes. Basically you are pre-programmed at birth. Mother nature has dealt you a certain “hand” and that’s it. You will either be healthy, or sick, and there is nothing much you can do about it. Let’s consider for example, the “cancer gene.” If cancer is “in your genes,” you’re doomed. If not, you’re lucky. Supporters of this philosophy commonly use this example as proof: One person is young, eats all the right food and exercises and still gets cancer or has a massive heart attack. Yet, someone else eats junk, smokes, drinks and never exercised a day in their life and lives to be 95. Funny thing is you often hear these people say, “You can walk out of your house and get hit by a bus tomorrow,” as an excuse to completely neglect their health and future. Others don’t give genes much credit. They say it’s ALL (or at least MOST) how you live your life and take care of yourself. And then there are those somewhere in between. To them, both genes and how you live your life are important factors. Their argument is that the young guy or gal that took care of himself or herself and STILL got sick would have gotten sick sooner. And, the 95-year-old may have lived even longer if he or she took care of himself or herself. Obviously, all this is something to think about. Genes obviously have SOMETHING to do with our potential. But by how much is it? And is it as limiting as many once thought? The simple fact that our average life span is much different today than it was 100 or even 50 years ago should tell you something. There are factors that affect our lifespan and help determine if we live those years healthy and happy or sick and miserable. According to an April 5, 2007 issue of Science Daily, there is a broad consensus that there are five basic personality traits. These five are: Extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, emotional stability and openness to experience. There are sub-categories – but these five are what makes us up. But here’s what’s really important: Two of these traits – emotional stability and conscientiousness appear to be directly linked to your health and how long you may live. How? In psychology, the lack of emotional stability is called “neuroticism.” In other words, it’s a person’s tendency towards “hand wringing and negative thinking.” It is believed by many that high levels of neuroticism are inherited and such people do not handle stress well. They are often moody, anxious and uncomfortable. Studies have also shown a correlation to increased mortality. So, if “neuroticism” is inherited and leads to health problems and increased mortality, are some people simply pre-programmed to be unhealthy and die young? That’s where a Purdue University psychologist comes into the picture. According to the April 5, 2007 issue of Science Daily: “Mroczek decided to explore this idea. Using a standard measure of neuroticism, he tracked more than 1,600 men over 12 years, recording not only how neurotic they were at the start, but also whether they got more or less neurotic over time. He also looked at mortality risk for these same men over an 18-year span. As reported in the May issue of Psychological Science, those who increased over time in neuroticism was a ticket to an early grave. In other words, these men–all middle age or older to begin with–did not grow old gracefully. They likely got more and more stressed, worried or fretful, and this downward spiral increased their risk for dying, mostly from cancer and heart disease. The good news is that men with a fretful temperament, if they managed for whatever reason to calm down a bit over time, had survival rates similar to those of emotionally stable men.” So what’s the big lesson here for you, your health, and your longevity? First, it seems pretty clear your attitude does a whole heck of a lot more than just affect your success in business! Several studies show the way you think can have a profound impact on how healthy or sick you are. Namely diseases like cancer and heart disease. How? We don’t think anybody knows 100% for sure. It makes sense that stress (and the way you handle it) produces chemicals that suppress the immune system. This will have countless detrimental effects like aging: on the outside as well as the inside. But the real point here is: WHO CARES? Who really cares exactly how all this works on the cellular level? The bottom line is: it happens. Negative thinking, a lot of it, over an extended period of time will probably age you, make you sick and take years off your life. And, an even more important point: Changing the way you think and handle stress can stop the process. In other words, being a natural born “worry-wart”… You can change the way you handle stress and reduce the negative effects. Or, at least that’s what the above-mentioned study shows. And it only makes sense. Have you ever taken a walk in the dark and had some loud noise scare you? What happened? Your eyes widened. Your heartbeat drastically increased. Your brain signaled your body to produce adrenalin and other “flight or fight” chemicals were dumped into your bloodstream. At that very moment, you were wide awake, stronger than usual and could run like an Olympic track star! But what happens shortly afterward? You crash… right? You come back down and feel exhausted. This, my friends, is a natural high and hangover. When you are constantly stressed and worry and don’t deal with it well… you will continually go through a similar reaction. Your body and mind basically go through the ringer. It just makes sense that if you learn how to deal with the stress more effectively – you will be healthier and lives longer. Common sense doesn’t always match up with scientific proof, but it seems to in this example. I know what you’re thinking. How do you learn to deal with stress if you are a natural born “worry-wart?” The first thing is to realize NOTHING is ever as good or bad as it seems. And always change the things you can and forget about the things you can’t. Besides that, routine exercise programs and meditation have both been show to reduce stress. Maybe if we start enjoying this wonderful life a little – it will get even better and we will get more of it!

Shocking Proof About How The Way You Think Can Relieve Pain And Cure Disease.

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Ever wonder why our healthcare system in the United States is in such shambles? Ever wonder why with all the amazing technology we have, and all the “breakthrough discoveries” you keep hearing about every night on the news, we are still a nation of chronic illness, pain and disease? Ever wonder why you keep suffering with aches, pains, and various illnesses and doctors never seem to help? Well the answer may shock you.

But first, a tiny piece of history so you understand where all this is coming from. This all started way back in the 17th Century with a physicist, physiologist and mathematician by the name of Rene Descartes. He’s the guy that said “I Think, Therefore I Am.” Descartes revolutionized “modern” thinking with his theory of dualism. In a nutshell, dualism says that the mind and body are completely separate. Descartes came up with his theory while meditating one morning. Then he actually made an agreement with the Roman Catholic Church that he, as a man of science, would restrict himself to the study of the physical body, while religion would deal with the “mind.” From that time on, studies of mind and body have for the most part, remained two distinct and separate fields. Scientists stayed within the realm of what they could see and measure. Meanwhile, those in the religious life lifted thought, reason, and emotion out of the body, into the realms of the spiritual. The first problem with this separation is that medicine used science as it’s ONLY measuring stick. Procedures are only used if they pass strict scientific testing. This means the procedures must be able to be seen and measured. If they can’t be seen and measured and proven through scientific experiment, they do not exist and will not be used in medicine.

What about this example? If you place your hand in a bucket of water, what happens to the water? It rises. It rises by the exact amount your hand takes up or displaces in the bucket. You know it happened because you can measure the level of the water. This happens every time, so it is called a law. It is known as the law of displacement. Now, what happens if I stick my hand in the ocean? Well, we know that your hand displaces water. It has to because it’s a law. The problem is…can you prove it? After all, you can’t measure it. You can’t see the results. So did the ocean actually rise? Absolutely! It rose in an immeasurable amount. At least immeasurable with the tools we have.

So what’s the point? The point is that by throwing out the mind-body connection simply because it could not be scientifically measured, medicine has ignored one of the most powerful healing forces known to man!

How do I know the mind-body connection is such an important healing force? In 1981 Neurobiologist David Felton at the University of Indiana discovered that the immune system is actually hard-wired to the brain through the nerve system. Why is this so important to you? In 1974, Ader, an experimental psychologist, made what most consider being one of the central discoveries of mind-body research. In the course of investigating conditioned response (Pavlov’s drooling-dog-and-bell concept), he was testing to see how long such a trained response might last in some laboratory rats. Using a combination of saccharine-laced water and the nausea-inducing drug Cytoxan, he had trained the rodents to associate the sweet stuff with a bad bellyache. Afterwards, while giving them saccharine-water without the accompanying Cytoxan, Ader watched to see how long it might take for them to forget the association between the two. Unexpectedly, during the second month, the rats began to fall prey to disease and die off. In investigating this unforeseen result, Ader checked into the properties of the nausea-inducing drug he had used and found that one of its side effects was as an immune suppressant. The rats had been conditioned to not only to associate sweet water with nausea, but also with an immune shutdown. The conclusion was obvious. Their minds were controlling their immune systems! Isn’t that amazing? The rats actually killed themselves just by thinking it! So, my question to you is, what are you thinking your immune system into doing? Are you thinking yourself healthy or sick? Here’s an even better question. Since your nerves serve as the communication lines between your brain and your body’s immune system, are you sure those lines are open so your brain can keep you healthy?

The bottom line is if you have misaligned or malfunctioning spinal bones, your brain cannot communicate properly with your body. And as you now know, this relates to the immune system. Having these spinal misalignments, also known as subluxations may not only cause pain, but also weaken your immune system and lead to sickness and possibly disease. The only way to keep your spine free from these subluxations and unnecessary pain and disease is by routinely getting your spine checked by your chiropractor just like you routinely brush your teeth and go to the dentist.

Stress Relief And Better Health And Vitality – The Drug-Free Way!

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

One would deduce that if you want your entire body to function at its maximum potential to deal with stress in the best way possible, you need a nervous system that is CLEAR of any and all interference.

That is where Chiropractic comes in!

Subluxations are vertebrae that have misaligned and cause nerve interference.

“Stress is directly or indirectly related to 80-90% of all disease”
Guide to Stress Reduction, Mason, John L. Ph.D, 1997, p.116

When the spine and nervous system are clear of interference, the body and all its systems can function at its maximum performance.

And that’s why Chiropractic has become an essential part of many people’s lives.

It’s the new drug-free approach to stress management!

Your body’s ability to adapt to an ever changing environment is what ultimately leads to optimal health and happiness

Chiropractic care allows you to adapt by removing interference to the master control system of the body
Source: The Princeton Review – August 2003

Every function of the human body is under the control of the nervous system. Its function is to coordinate all the other organs and structures and to relate the individual to his environment.”
Source: Gray’s Anatomy, 29th edition, p. 4

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