Hearth Health Part1

May 27th, 2011

If your family members have heart disease, you could be anxious about having it yourself. Understandably, for each year, about 1 million people die of cardiac-related problems in the United States. But also take into account that genetic tendencies do not single-handedly determine your likelihood of getting heart disease. Various other factors can offset genetic predisposition; altogether, these approaches will affect your heart health over the long term in a more significant way. Here are a few tips for supporting and sustaining a healthy heart.

How You Can Have a Healthy Heart
If you add a sedentary lifestyle to poor nutritional habits, a dangerous scenario ensues, for it can lead to many health issues (for instance, coronary heart disease). You can ward off heart trouble by making lifestyle changes now. Below are some useful suggestions that can have a pronounced effect on your heart.
* Take in generous portions of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and other fiber-rich foods, as they’re all helpful for your heart.
* Ensure that seafood is part of your diet, and that you consume at least two portions of fish per week.
* Take inventory of your consumption of saturated and trans fat, and keep track of your cholesterol. 30% of your daily caloric requirements can come from fat; that’s it. One of the ways to lower your intake of saturated fat is to eat less animal fat. And refrain from eating hydrogenated vegetable oils to lower trans fat from your diet.
* Avoid too much sodium. Reducing your salt intake will improve the health of your heart.
* Pick out the reduced- or fat-free dairy products.
* Look to get nutrients from your food as opposed to just your vitamins. The vitamins and minerals contained in artichokes, for instance, are pleasant tasting and provide a lot of health advantages.
* Start exercising, if you don’t currently do so. It’s essential for a strong heart. As well as regulating blood pressure and cholesterol, exercise also helps prevent diabetes. Exercising for half an hour five times per week will benefit you throughout life. 30 minutes can be broken in 15 minutes at a time; for example you can swim in the morning and late afternoon. However, stay away from fad diets if you are overweight, as these diets do not provide long-term benefits. Such diets also place a burden on your body as well as your heart.
* Consider tai chi. Along with helping people of all ages and conditions with posture and balance, it promotes a healthy heart.
* Do not smoke. This is crucial for safe guarding the health of your heart.

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Organic Food Part1

May 3rd, 2011

Lately, a common question among consumers has been, Is it really better to go organic, or is there not much of a difference between organic and non-organic food?

Let’s first look at the word organic and how it is used. An organic farm is one that is dedicated to particular principles with regard to the environment, humans, and animals. Farming organically means that chemicals are not employed in planting and harvesting food. This is just one aspect of a larger concern for doing less harm to the environment, human beings that consume the food, and wildlife. The worth of the global organic market is over $27 billion. The approximate size of land devoted to it is as big as Italy.

Organic Labeling
If a food product has an organic label it means that it was grown on a farm, and also that its processors and importers have been validated by a known process of certification. Nearly all agricultural ingredients of a processed food (95%) must be approved as organic. The remaining 5% don’t need to be organic, but the contents must be approved.

The makers of organic food items must stick to the following rules to receive organic certification: Chemical fertilizers cannot be used, as they contain nitrous oxide. One has to employ natural methods like manure, as well as crop rotation, the act of alternating planted crops so that more natural nutrients are left behind. Pesticides must also not be used. In the alternative, bugs are kept at bay by other insects, as well as by weeding and planting other crops next to each other in order to deal with each one’s pests.

Most additives, such as coloring and preservatives, are out of the question. Animals must be treated humanely by having access to areas where they are free to roam and by being fed organic food, as well as other considerations. There are also minimum slaughter ages for animals.

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Digestive Disorders Part1

April 14th, 2011

According to different studies, chiropractic care is an efficacious way of addressing digestive conditions. According to one study, infants with infrequent bowel syndrome showed sudden improvement of their symptoms after chiropractic sessions.

In yet another study, it showed a verifiable link between misalignments of the spine and the onset of Crohn’s disease. Affecting any region of the digestive tract, Crohn’s disease causes inflammation along the small intestine. This painful Inflammation results in frequent emptying of the intestines, as well as diarrhea.

A dominant theory around Crohn’s disease places it as an immunological response to a virus or bacterium. To address the inflammation of Crohn’s disease, corticosteroids are typically recommended. Corticosteroids’ side-effects are worrisome, though, as they can induce more proneness to infection. Also used are medications that block the immunological system. In a search for drug-free treatment approaches, researchers explored methods that assisted the immunological system, as opposed to blocking it.

Studies also indicate that there is a connection between spinal displacements and such disorders as ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel disorder, asthma, and Crohn’s disease. The evidence suggests that a patient can experience significant improvement of Crohn’s disease symptoms after a spinal readjustment. There’s an additional benefit to chiropractic care, research asserts. Chiropractic care does not only address the digestive condition. It also improves the patients’ well being.

For a comprehensive evaluation of your digestive condition, contact a chiropractor
What chiropractors do is correct misalignments that get in the way of nerve function. Such issues are corrected in a painless way. After the patient receives a spinal adjustment, his or her uncomfortable symptoms are apt to go away.

Because it can balance the digestive processes, chiropractic care is able to help patients with digestive disorders. Nutritional counseling could encompass your chiropractic doctor’s line of treatment, along with the spinal manipulation you receive. Your chiropractor could also recommend mineral supplements, healing herbs, and vitamins as part of the overall care.

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Infantile Colic Care Oakland

March 16th, 2011

CA infantile colic affects normal infants, where the baby cries for three hours a day, at least three days a week, over the span of three weeks. There are many theories as to the cause of infantile colic. They range from food allergy/intolerance to abnormal peristalsis or excessive gas.

Infantile colic begins in the first week or two of life in an otherwise thriving baby. Infantile colic reaches a peak at 6 weeks and ceases by the age of 2-3 months. Actually, 20-30% of newborns have infantile colic in Oakland. It is normal for the baby to start showing signs of infantile colic at the end of the day and at around the age when sleep deprivation has really hit the parents. It is no wonder that with colic babies, parents can become frustrated, discouraged, and depressed.

The chiropractor, Dr Lauren Clum DC, will thoroughly examine your infant to determine the severity of the infantile colic. Then, a personalized chiropractic treatment plan will be created for your baby.

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Asthma Therapy Oakland

February 25th, 2011

Asthma is a respiratory condition that is classified as a reversible obstructive respiratory disorder. It can also be called hyperactive airways. When it is not treated properly, asthma can become a life-threatening issue known as status asthmaticus.

Asthma is characterized by spastic contraction of the smooth muscle in the bronchioles, which causes extremely difficult breathing. According to Dr Lauren Clum DC, foreign particles in the air also cause asthmatic reactions to occur, since the bronchioles are hypersensitive. As a matter of fact, about 70% of patients under the age of 30 with asthma have allergic reactions to hypersensitivity. In older people, the cause of their asthma is almost always hypersensitivity to non-allergic irritants in the air such as smog. A patient with asthma can often inspire easily, but has trouble expiring.

Through proper treatment of asthma, you can lead an active life, maintain wellness, and be without any symptoms. It is important to follow your CA asthma treatment every day, even on the days when you feel fine. Furthermore, it is highly important to stay away from asthma causing factors like smoke, cold air, and smog. Allergies and viruses also induce asthmatic reactions, so it is best to avoid those too. With proper asthma treatment, it is possible to achieve good asthma control.

Chiropractic care has helped to decrease the occurrence of asthma symptoms; contact your Oakland chiropractor for further information.

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Bunions Chiropractor Care

January 22nd, 2011

Painful feelings around the big toe are often associated with bunions. In Oakland, bunions, also known as Hallus Valgus, occur when the big toe (1st metatarsal phalangeal joint) becomes deformed. The patient with a bunion is often a middle-aged woman and there is a strong hereditary component.

When the proxminal phalanx deviates laterally, a bunion is created. Bunions are most commonly genetic, although their formation can certainly increase. Here’s how: Morton’s deformity, wearing shoes with high heels, arthritis, and forefoot varus, says Dr Lauren Clum DC. A bunion is formed when bursitis, which is caused by the deviation of the metatarsal phalangeal joint, puts pressure on the joint.

Your chiropractor at The Specific Chiropractic Center will perform a thorough history and examination including orthopaedic, neurological testing, and diagnostic radiography to determine the severity of your bunion. You can rely upon your doctor to create a personalized chiropractic protocol designed to help you recover.

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Vertigo Dizziness Care Oakland

January 13th, 2011

A person with vertigo has the illusion that the room is spinning or their own body is spinning. A person feels rotational movement and unidirectional movement with vertigo.

The perception of this motion comes with a minor difference, according to Dr Lauren Clum DC. Objective vertigo is when the patient feels the environment is moving around them, whereas, subjective vertigo is when the patient feels they are turning in the environment.

There is a very important distinction between vertigo and dizziness. Patients in CA are more inclined to describe dizziness as any feelings of loss of balance, light-headed or nausea without motion perception.

Here’s what your Oakland Chiropractor will do: get your history, examine you thoroughly and let you undergo neurological and orthopaedic tests to find out what is really causing your vertigo and dizziness. After which, they will make a therapeutic plan of management tailor-made for your case.

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Chiropractor Therapy Arm Pain

January 1st, 2011

Oakland tennis elbow, the layman’s term for Lateral Epicondylitis, is the most prevalent illness of the upper body.

But tennis players cannot lay full claim to tennis elbow. Tennis elbow can come about when too much strain is placed in the muscles of the forearm (wrist extensor group). This ailment is common among tennis players, carpenters, typists, manual laborers and a lot more professions. So basically any activity that involves repetitive wrist extension will cause tennis elbow, says Dr Lauren Clum DC. In 9 out of 10 cases of tennis elbow, there is localized pain in the tendo periosteal junction where the common extensor tendon has its roots (outer aspect of the elbow). In some patients with tennis elbow, they may experience radiating pain to the back of the forearm and wrist area.

CA tennis elbow can be a challenge because it needs lengthy treatment course due to the lack of a tendon sheath. The common extensor origin is more like a muscle than a tendon, but its blood supply is poor, so It cannot derive nutrition from the fluid found in the tendon sheath.

To identify the level of severity of your tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), your Chiropractor at The Specific Chiropractic Center will take your history and examine you completely. Further, he will include neurological and orthopaedic tests. Then they will develop a specific plan of management tailored to your case.

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Leg Pain Therapy Oakland

December 22nd, 2010

CA leg pain can be quite severe or benign, and is usually derived from lower leg disorders. The exact trigger of the pain can be from overuse, misuse, or trauma, but knowing the history will help to narrow down the precise cause of the leg pain. In older patients, leg pain (specifically of the calf area) should always suggest the possibility of deep vein thrombosis. This potentially life threatening disorder is not always easily differentiated from a minor traumatic swelling or muscle strain.

Exercise induced lower leg pain is common among athletes. It comes from a biomechanical imbalance in the foot, which puts strain in the calf causing the pain.

By performing neurological and orthopaeding testing, and diagnostic radiography on patients, your chiropractor, Dr Lauren Clum DC, will investigate the root cause of your leg pain. Afterwards, they will determine the appropriate treatment plan for your condition.

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Knee Pain Chiropractic Therapy

December 10th, 2010

In chiropractic care, we see and treat a lot of people for knee pain. Patients often seek chiropractic care as an alternative to orthopaedic consultation for knee pain. The chiropractor’s approach to knee pain includes an evaluation for possible spinal or pelvic involvement in addition to local knee dysfunction.

The knee is one body part that is basically open to attack from various factors and can suffer from the following, all causes of knee pain:
1.Impact injuries
2. Blows to the knee from outside forces
3. Injuries related to dashboard
4.Direct impact falls

Soft tissue injuries resulting in knee pain are usually the result of either overuse or disuse. Some common presentations to a chiropractor’s office include:
1. Sportsperson with front knee pain.
2.Elderly patient with a complaint of knee pain and stiffness
3. A young athlete experiencing pain over the tibial tuberosity.
4. Patient complaining of knee ‘giving way’ or instability.

Most knee pain therapy involves a conservative approach. Most knee pain responds very well to a combination of non-invasive treatments such as chiropractic adjustments, applying heat or cold, exercise to strengthen the muscles that support the knee and temporarily restraining from activities that aggravate the knee pain.

Pre-treatment procedures your chiropractor will perform are a complete orthopaedic and neurological testing and diagnostic x-rays to identify the real cause of your knee pain. Then they will develop a specific plan of management tailored to your case.

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