Health News - Fall ‘08  

Prepared By Burdi Chiropractic & Massage
 (Dr. G. Burdi, D.C., & Sherree’ Burdi, M.T.)

Dr Burdi

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

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Athletes Finding The Edge Again - During the Tour de France race Cyclist Lance Armstrong received twice daily chiropractic adjustments from his chiropractor, Dr. Jeff Spencer. The doctor traveled to France with the cyclist and adjusted the entire US team. More and more world-class athletes have personal chiropractors to keep their bodies working at their peaks. (Armstrong covered 2,032 miles through the mountains and flatlands of rural France in 82 hours, 5 minutes and 12 seconds, approximately the distance between Los Angeles, CA and Atlanta, Georgia.)

Plus another, Jerry Rice, a man who once caught the ball for 197 touchdowns, is now carrying the ball for the chiropractic profession. This legendary wide receiver now wants to speak out on his use and support of chiropractors. A feature in ESPN The Magazine shows supportive statements on how chiropractic made a difference in making him one of the most feared wide receivers in football. This is a public relations effort. Check it out!

Chiropractic Cuts Blood Pressure - A special chiropractic adjustment can significantly lower high blood pressure, a placebo-controlled study suggests. "This procedure has the effect of not one, but two blood-pressure medications given in combination," study leader George Bakris, MD, tells WebMD. "And it seems to be adverse-event free. We saw no side effects and no problems," adds Bakris, director of the University of Chicago hypertension center. Eight weeks after undergoing the procedure, 25 patients with early-stage high blood pressure had significantly lower blood pressure than 25 similar patients who underwent a sham chiropractic adjustment. Because patients can't feel the technique, they were unable to tell which group they were in. Compared to the sham-treated patients, those who got the real procedure saw an average 14 mm Hg greater drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure count), and an average 8 mm Hg greater drop in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom blood pressure number). None of the patients took blood pressure medicine during the eight-week study.

Stress Levels Affect Digestion - This patient had his stomach digestion shut down causing bloating/belching, then vomiting every 2 hours for 12 hours with of course diarrhea. It was not a pretty sight. Stress level was found too high for too long which caused the stomach to finally stop digesting even with some basic digestive aids. So the food just sat there putrefying, causing lots of gas. Patient wanted natural supplements to help condition. In researching I came across this important help tidbit at the Standard Process (supplements) website: "To ensure your body properly digests and absorbs the needed nutrients found in the foods we eat, one must keep the digestive system healthy and clean. By following a well-balanced diet, eating SMALL meals regularly, reducing the amount of refined fats and sugars, and drinking at least 2 quarts of water BETWEEN meals, one can help keep their digestive system on track." So I suggest everyone take heed of their stress levels (plenty of this these days) and getting it reduced with checkups and exercise before digestion, or something else shuts down!

Running/Jogging Is Not Bad! - Remember hearing that running/jogging is bad for your knees. Well, I love to jog (use to run but age has slowed me down) because of the benefit to my body and mind. Boy did I cheer to just read about a recently published Stanford University research study summarized herein. During the 1980's American jogging craze they monitored 538 middle-aged runners to determine if runners would suffer serious injuries, more osteoarthritis, and/or epidemic knee replacements. Behold, 21 years later the research shows exactly the opposite. Plus the onset of disabilities (due to age?) appeared 12-16 years later in the runners' vs. nonrunners' groups. Also there were 1/2 as many deaths in the runners' group. Whoopee, now I can continue jogging with peace of mind plus live independently or without a cane for an extra decade or more. The old saying "Use It or Lose It" is again proven. Let's all get out and do a weight-bearing exercise daily . If you can't jog, take a brisk walk, or use an elliptical machine (easier on weak joints). It will be good for your heart and blood pressure. Then we can live beyond 100 years (more on this in next article - check out www.livingto100.com to estimate your current lifestyle age)  with vitality! One of the best ways to start an exercise regimen would be to set up some goals, such as losing 10 lb., running a given distance, or weaning yourself off those blood-pressure meds. Then talk to your doctor to determine your health restraints and map out a plan to achieve your goal. Avoid injuries by investing in a good pair of shoes and by stretching. Remember, the best time to stretch for 10-20 minutes is after your exercise. If any soreness/pain persists for over a week, check with your doctor. "Studies show running itself isn't bad on the joints," says Dr. Amadeus Mason, an orthopedist at Emory University's Sports Medicine Center. "The issue is if you get an injury and keep running on it."

Dr Burdi

DOCTOR’S CORNER: Ever wonder why anyone gets joint alignment checkups while keeping physically fit? It really boils down to taking care of what you have. Many times I look around to see how everyone else is caring for their body, then wonder how I want to look and feel in 10, 20, or even 50 years. We are so busy with life that there seems to be no time left to do good bodily things. Suddenly years later we wake up to find that our body has broken down and needs extensive care to either function or just survive. Plus when the grand kids want to do something physical, we can not keep up. Thus we do a dis-service to our family by not taking care of ourselves so we could participate. The old saying, "USE IT OR LOSE IT" is all so very true. So join me and let's keep fit - physically (exercise), mentally (good thoughts/spiritually), and chemically (diet). Then as a centurion we can still enjoy being active!

Give ‘em health - Want copies of this newsletter? Stop by the office or email us. We can add those you care about to our mailing list. Plus do remember your spinal checkups. Prevention pays in the long run, both in a healthier life and desired ability to function.

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