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Health News-Spring ‘04
Prepared By The Burdi Chiropractic & Massage Group
(Dr. G. Burdi, D.C., Q.M.E. & Sherree’ Burdi, M.T.)

(A "Light-Force" Adjusting, Massage & Wellness Facility.)

Dr Burdi & wife, Sherree'

Table of Contents
· Work Injuries - Benefits are being cut?
· Water Needs - Are they met!
· Chronic Low Back Pain - Affecting your mind?
· Vitamin K - Can it help to prevent hip fractures?
· Menstrual Cramps - Prevented?
· Doctors Corner - Want to eliminate warts?
· Win A Free Massage

Work Injuries - Many changes without public input are being made by CA legislators to supposedly curtail the high Workers' Comp costs. Unfortunately the medical and insurance organizations have  lobbyists putting focus on cuts in chiropractic care. One such cut has been the limitation put on chiropractic care. Now there is a 24-visit limit per injury on chiropractic visits, which includes physiotherapy visits. Once reached, the insurance adjuster may approve more, but is unlikely because of their medical orientation. This forces injured workers to turn to medications in order to live with their pain and ending with surgery. The California Chiropractic Association fought against this but was outgunned  by insurance lobbyists under the disguise of cutting costs to the employers. This has not happened! Even though Governor Schwarzenegger may be pro-chiropractic, conservative care cuts are being forced through congress. Help is needed by all patients to write NOW their governor and congressmen stating success stories and urging them to support the more cost effective chiropractic care.

Dog drinking toilet waterWater Needed! Again I point you to a fascinating book, "Your Body’s Many Cries For Water" by F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., illustrating how vital drinking 2-1/2  quarts of water each & every day is after dealing with many diseases. He points out that: Morning Sickness is a fetus’ way of telling mom she/he is thirsty! By the time our mouth gets dry, severe dehydration has occurred. With aging the dry mouth tendency for telling us the body is thirsty decreases. Alzheimer’s disease may begin because an older person loses the sensation to drink water and their brain dehydrates, misfires, and shrivels up. Dry skin can also result from lack of water. The brain takes 20% of the water you drink for it’s own purposes. The rest of the body is on a priority basis. The heart and circulatory system have a higher priority for water than say our skin. Drinking soda or coffee gradually leaches water out of your system. Look at all the sodas people drink! The book poses an interesting question. We’ve known forever that our bodies are made of 75% water and 25% solid substance. This is not "food" for thought, but water for life! Drink up! (Changes our patients have noticed in just two weeks: Elimination is smooth and easy; skin is no longer dry, but very soft; and bumpy pimply skin on back of arm has disappeared. Try it & be prepared to urinate frequently in the beginning until the body realizes you are serious about having enough water.)

Brain circlingChronic Low Back Trouble Affect Your Mind? Controlled studies have shown that if you keep ignoring that low back pain, you might be damaging more than just your body. One such study examined the association between cognitive impairment (e.g., slow reaction times and reduced short-term memory affecting certain motor tasks) and chronic low back trouble. Patients' low back problems were assessed and analyzed at the beginning of rehabilitation and six months later. Measurement of cognitive impairment was accomplished by having all subjects use a desktop computer mouse and special foot pedals to react to arrow symbols flashed on the screen in random order and at random intervals. The study concluded "chronic low back trouble (i.e., pain, psychological distress, and general disability) hampers the functioning of short-term memory, which results in decreased speed of information processing among these patients." Obviously, prevention is the key. Get spinal check-ups before performance or memory permanently drops off!


Horn of food

Vitamin K Prevents Hip FracturesIn a ten-year study at the Harvard School of Public Health, some 270 hip fractures were analyzed in relation to the vitamin K intake of the subjects. Lettuce is the primary source of vitamin K. The results showed that women eating lettuce more than once per week had a significantly lower risk of hip fracture than women who ate lettuce less.

Painful ouchCramps, be gone! No need to suffer from menstrual cramps. Over the past 25+ years, many of our female patients have obtained relief by re-establishing spinal alignment with adjustments and diathermy physiotherapy. If treated on the first day of the menstrual cycle when pain is the highest, many times the cramps are minimal or gone within the hour. Plus succeeding months the cramps are minimal as long as spinal alignment is maintained.

Dr BurdiDOCTOR’S CORNER: Warts – Many people experience these annoying skin conditions. To get rid of them, first determine what kind they are, like common, plane or seborrheic types. Going to the library/internet or consulting with Dermatologist helps. If found to be the benign type (most are), then normally it is burned or frozen off by the Dermatologist. An alternative way is to tie a string tightly around the base of the wart to cut off the blood supply coming from the roots. One patient found a big wart cluster on the tongue after sucking on old lozenges. Within 6 days with the string tied tightly at its base the wart fell off leaving a hole where the roots had been. It took a week or two before the hole filled in with tissue. This also worked on a patient with warts (tagged type) under the arms. And it was painless and left no scars!

Balls lined up

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