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Health Newsletter - Spring '06

Prepared By Burdi Chiropractic & Massage; Dr. G. Burdi, D.C.
Celebrating 27 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.

Table of Contents
* Big Government Action Blocked!
* Eating Fish With Mercury?
* Aspirin, Heart Attacks and Ulcers!
* Doctors Corner - A Patient's Confession!

Amputee Golfer - Amazingly golfers can golf well even with physical handicaps. Such is the case of Jan Stephan DC who emerged from a field of 54 to become top senior player at last fall's Canadian Senior Amputee Golf Championship in Toronto, as reported in the InsideACA 4/06 newspaper. When 12 years old he lost his right leg below the knee after being struck by a car while riding his bicycle. He loved playing basketball, baseball and track. So using crutches he continued this passion with much effort. Family friends got him interested in golf. In high school he became a top player on the team. (Isn't it amazing that a person with some effort can still fulfill dreams even with a handicap. Having such dreams provides the zest to tackle and enjoy life. So what are your dreams?

Big Government's Action Blocked - Thanks to the efforts of many concerned doctors and patients bill S.1955, the Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization and Affordability Act, sponsored by Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, (preempts California law to permit group health plans without the benefits, services, and access to health care providers identified as critical, including chiropractic care)was withdrawn from the Senate floor today and effectively defeated when Democrats threatened to filibuster the bill. The controversial small business health plan legislation spurred an unprecedented grassroots lobbying campaign by the American Chiropractic Association and hundreds of provider and consumer groups. Many thanks go to those who helped block this bill.

Horn of food

Eating Fish With Mercury? National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) guidelines presented at an international conference state that Americans, even pregnant and nursing women and children, should eat seafood two times a week. It reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, stroke, diabetes and inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Within are omega-3 fatty acids, iodine, and choline, important in brain development and may improve conditions such as autism, attention deficit disorder and dyslexia. NOAA states that women can protect their infants from mercury contamination by not eating the following fish 6 months prior to inception to actual delivery or no longer breastfeeding: shark/whale meat; swordfish; tilefish; king mackerel; and tuna steaks.

Visit http://www.gotmercury.org/ which provides a mercury meter showing how much under/over the EPA limit your meals are. Or focus on taking cod liver oil to get the omega-3 fatty acids.

Aspirin, Hearth Attacks and Ulcers - Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics November 2005, Volume 22, Page 795, states that researchers at the University of Western Sydney, Australia, used an endoscope on 187 patients taking daily 75-325 milligrams aspirin for at least one month, found that over 10 percent of patients who take low-dose aspirin to ward off a heart attack develop peptic ulcers, which often have no symptoms. 10.7% of patients developed ulcers at least 3 mm in diameter while 20% experienced symptoms significantly different from those with no ulcers, implying that many did not know they had ulcers. After 3 months the endoscopy was repeated on the 113 people, who did not start with ulcers, finding that over 7% developed ulcers, boosting the annual ulcer rate to 28%. Other factors that can increase the risk of developing ulcers include being over 70 years old or having a H. pylori bacterial infection.

Aspirin has developed a medical reputation as a useful approach for lowering the risk of heart disease (just take one a day for preventing heart attacks or strokes), but it is a drug. Keep in mind that there are side effects, such as increased pancreatic cancer, damaged kidneys, and gastric bleeding, which need to be considered. Vioxx recently in the news is a good example of where many paid the price with their lives for temporary pain over fatal heart attacks. Alternatively one could change lifestyle by taking fish oil, exercising, and taking nattokinase, a fibrinolytic (breaks down clot fibrin) enzyme made from fermented soybeans, without harmful side effects.

  • 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!

Dr BurdiDOCTOR’S CORNER: A Patient's Confession! - I had an occasion to witness and help  a golfing patient collapse at the driving range prior to his round. One swing was enough to put him on the ground. The audience he suddenly drew wondered why this man could not get up and wanted to call an ambulance. After calming everyone I proceeded to examine his leg and found a completely dislocated knee cap laying on the side of his leg. After putting it back in to place I wrapped it with elastic tape, which was in my car for emergencies, and sent him home without the joy of golfing that day. Later in my office he confessed - "I have not done the post knee surgery exercises for quite some time and stopped walking, even on the golf course". The result was weakened leg muscles allowing the knee joint to dislocate under the twisting stress of the a swing.

Motto: Get adjustments and do prescribed exercises to keep alignment as long as possible, especially under stressful conditions. Otherwise fun will be curtailed when you least expect it.

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