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Health Newsletter - Fall '04

Prepared By Burdi Chiropractic & Massage; Dr. G. Burdi, D.C.
Celebrating 30 Years Of "Light-Force" Adjusting, Massage & Wellness

Welcome to our health newsletter. It is meant to entertain, inform, and even inspire you to better health. Help others by sharing your thoughts and experience. They will thank you profusely.


Breastfeeding, Bacteria & Digestion: The typical adult body harbors about 100 trillion bacterial cells from at least 500 species - 10 times the number of human cells. And that's not counting viruses and fungi. Most of these bacterial organisms are what medicine calls "friendly," or at least harmless. Friendly bacteria, or probiotics, serve a host of biological functions important to the survival of the host they populate. Some aid in digestion, some compete to keep harmful bacteria in check, some stimulate the immune system, and there are roles not yet known. The human digestive tract is sterile at birth but rapidly acquires organisms. The first ones to established dominate the system. Nowadays, many infants are first colonized by organisms acquired in the hospital, rather than the beneficial bacteria, Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria, which predominate when babies were born at home. Breast-feeding introduces beneficial bacteria, which may account for the lower incidence of allergies in breast-fed babies. The Journal of the National Cancer Institute has reported that breast feeding offers some protection against childhood diseases (leukemia). This study involved 2,200 children and contradicts some previous smaller studies that reported no correlation. This work found a 30% reduction for babies breastfed for at least six months. The effect is thought to be due to immunological factors transmitted in the mother’s milk. Moto of the story is to breast feed your babies no matter where they are born.

Beating heart

Take A Heart Disease Test. See if you pass.

  • Do you smoke?
  • Are you overweight?
  • Do you get 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each day?
  • Do you drink only one alcoholic beverage every three days?
  • Do you eat lots of fruits and veggies?

If you said no, no, yes, yes, yes, congratulations-you are in the top 1% of Humans. These little requirements will help reduce your chances of suffering from heart disease by 82%. This conclusion is drawn from data obtained from 84,000 women participating in the Harvard Nurses Study from 1980 to 1994 and also translates to similar benefits to men.

Painful ouch

Little Twinges - Concerned?: Often times we hear patients say, “oh yeah, I did feel out-of-sorts or a little twinge couple of days ago.” They passed the time for their check-up! Waiting still longer can lead to bigger and disabling flare-ups. End result is being unhappy about not enjoying a fun trip or a golf outing. So don’t let something be or stay out-of-place. A quick maintenance checkup and adjustment now can help prevent those bigger flare-ups. Call today!

Alzheimer's Prevention Needed! Yahoo News reported 9/9/04 that the number of Alzheimer's disease cases in the United States will at least double by the year 2030, unless Americans make vital lifestyle changes now. This disease causes the gradual deterioration of brain cells, causing sufferers to lose memory functions. Researchers estimate there are about 3 million Alzheimer's patients in 2004, with the possibility of that number reaching at least 6 million in about 25 years. Alzheimer's groups argue that 4.5 million currently are afflicted, and by 2050, the number of individuals with the brain-debilitating disease could reach 16 million. As the number of cases increases, so will the costs of caring for Alzheimer's patients. Researchers approximate that the disease will cost, using 1998 dollars, about $100,000 per year for each patient.
Despite the disturbing predictions, researchers say that simple lifestyle changes can dramatically alter the outlook. They suggest:

  • Making better food choices and eating fish
  • Keeping physically active
  • Keeping mentally active by playing cards or the piano
  • Reducing stress

In one study, researchers evenly split 20 participants into two groups. One set of individuals was put on a special program, which included mental and physical exercise, stress reduction and smart food choices. The other group served as a control group and did not follow the plan. A typical day for group one participants began with stretching, a healthy breakfast, walking and practicing memory skills. By the end of two weeks, 75 percent of participants on the program showed at least a 20 percent improvement on memory tests. As an added bonus, the program seemed to lower their blood pressures, which is linked to brain health. Researchers claim that if Americans make any one of the lifestyle changes, the projection of Alzheimer's cases could drop by 1 million in five years, and possibly by 2.5 million in 20 years.

Spin exercise

Discover the Fountain of Youth: Read this fascinating book! It’s called the ANCIENT SECRET OF THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH by, Peter Kelder. Five exercises/rites are given to do every day for remaining strong and vibrant. Rite #1 is to stand erect with arms outstretched horizontal to the floor. Now, spin clockwise until you become slightly dizzy or reach about 12 spins. Other rites are available in the book. Suggest buying it. They increase your flexibility and presence.

  • REMINDER - WORK/PERSONAL HEALTH CLASSES - Dr Burdi is available for health or ergonomic presentations to clubs and companies. Ask your boss to request these informative slide presentations!

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DOCTOR’S CORNER: Greatest Stretch Ever– Even when we get regular spinal checkups episodes of pain reoccurs without supposedly no cause. Those who stay alert to their body functions take heed and seek out the cause. Once realigned again it is extremely important to prevent muscles from shortening, which leads to being pulled out of alignment again. One fantastic way to prevent this would be to stretch the legs by bending over with one leg crossed over the other and reaching for your toes while supporting yourself with the front leg side hand on a structure. If this give pain then one needs to just bend at the hips while keeping the chest out and not bend the low back. Holding this stretch for 20 seconds and then doing each leg 3 times alternately does is a superb way of preventing misalignments of your low back. Let's face it, prevention is best!

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