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March 2009 Health Newsletter

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» Heart Health Nutritional Support
» How Does Stress Affect Health
» Stress Reduction and Diabetes
» Stress Survey
» Voice Your Support!
» All VA Medical Facilities May Soon Offer Chiropractic
» New Beds Offer Better Nights Rest
» Stay Active To Stay Young
» Simple Ankle/Foot Exercises Help Seniors

Heart Health Nutritional Support

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Cardioplex:  Vitamins and phytochemically-rich herbs to help maintain a healthy heart
Core Level Heart:
Nutritional support of the cardiac muscles
Homocysteine Redux:  Nutritional support of the cardiac muscles

Calcium (citrate): Highly absorbable calcium; reduces the risk of osteoporosis, supports cardiovascular   and colon health
CoQ10:  Energy for cardiovascular health
l-Carnitine:  Cardiovascular and endurance support

ADHS:  Supports normal cortisol levels
L-Carnitine HCL:  Plays a critical role in fat metabolism and eneygy productions, therefore supports healthy heart function.
Mg Zyme:  Magnesium support for proper cardiac support


Author: Clearwater Chiropractic & Acupuncture P.A.
Source: March 2010; Vol 2, No. 1
Copyright: Dr. Susan J. Aubuchon 2010

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How Does Stress Affect Health

What is stress?

The definition of stress in our mind and body placed under difficulty or strain.  When this happens we have stress hormones released in our bodies so we can change the impending situation for our benefit and survival.

Only the situation is now not a saber toothed tiger but bad news or events.  Our bodies have not evolved enough to realize that today's stressor's are not life threatening.  This is the reason that excessive stress can have such a devastating effect on us.

 Causes of stress

 You could say that we are continually stressed.  When crossing the street our bodies tell us to be more attentive.  When hearing bad news the stress it puts us under has a benefit in that we are compelled to do something about the situation.

It is actually our individual perception of stress that causes the problem.  We can either react with excitation or depreciation.  By that we can either do something about the stressor or let it get us down.

With multiple stresses this becomes more and more difficult.  It's allowing problems to continually get the better of us that excessive stress occurs.  When this happens over a period there can be "tell tale" symptoms the sufferer can have.

 Physical symptoms

 Physical symptoms due to stress can come and go.   Some of these may appear gradually over time or all of a sudden.  If you are experiencing a lot of stress in your life and you have some of these symptoms then it would be a good idea to assess the situation for your own health.

*high blood pressure                     *irregular heartbeat

*chest pain                                         *reproductive problems

*cold hands & feet                          *headaches

*fatigue                                               *diarrhea

*sleep problems                              *more infections (cold, flue etc.)

*sweaty palms                                  *hair loss

*acne                                                    *weight loss

 Psychological symptoms

 These are more difficult to detect than physical symptoms and will be more obvious to those around the sufferer.  You may want to ask someone close to you if these symptoms have recently occurred.

*moodiness                                       *memory problems

*depression                                       *overreaction's

*nervousness                                   *coping problems

*irritability                                          *argumentative

*lack of concentration                   *becoming withdrawn

 Stress management

 How to deal with stress we are already facing weather it's dealing with 3 young children at the same time or decision making in a demanding job.  Here are some stress management tips:

*Take a break… take time out to relax.

*Be optimistic…look on the bright side as every cloud really does have a silver lining.

*Learn to say "no"…be more assertive as there are only so many hours in the day.

*Delegate…trust that there are people who are competent at doing a job not just you.

*Organize your time…write a "to do" list to structure your day.

*Prioritize…some things are more important than others so put it off no longer and o it first.

*Move on…don't dwell on bad news you can do nothing about.

 Stress reduction

 There are things you can do to reduce the impact stressful events have on you and reduce how does stress affect health.  Here are stress reduction tips:

*Exercise…The stress hormones were designed with physical exertion in mind.  So exercise will use up the stress hormones in your body making new stresses easier to deal with.

*Reduce stimulant intake… Stimulants are everywhere including tea, coffee, cola, pain medications, flu medications etc.  You can deal with stress far better if you are less stimulated with these manmade substances.

*Eat a balanced diet.

*Express yourself… A problem shared really is a problem halved.

*Schedule fun days…Give yourself something to look forward to where stress can take a back seat.

*Reward yourself… Give yourself credit for your achievements.

*Keep tidy.. A tidy home or office will make stressful days far easier to deal with and keeps your mind tidy as well.

*Reduce alcohol intake… Deal with stressful events and don't try to drown them out.

*Start a hobby… Give a stressed mind something to think about by beginning an enjoyable past time or hobby.

*Pamper yourself… male or female a good spa & massage can really take your mind off the stresses of the day.

 When stress gets bad and coping is a struggle then feel free to seek medical help, even if it's just someone to talk to.  To leave excessive stress untreated can be dangerous, many accidents can be attributed to stress.  So it is important to be aware if things are getting on top of you, for your own safety and health.

Author: Clearwater Chiropractic & Acupuncture P.A.
Source: Clearwater Chiropractic & Acupuncture P.A.
Copyright: Clearwater Chiropractic & Acupuncture P.A. 2009

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Stress Reduction and Diabetes

According to research appearing in the January, 2002 issue of Diabetes Care, Stress management can help to lower blood sugar levels in  type II (adult onset) diabetics.  The HbA1c test measures the average blood sugar levels over a period of time.  There were 108 subjects in the study, aged 30 or above and all had type-2 diabetes.  All subjects participated in a diabetes education program.  The education program provide to one group included stress management.  The control group did not receive stress management.

Stress reduction techniques like breathing exercises, visualisation, progressive muscle relaxation and instruction on how to cope with stress lowered HbA1c levels by an average of 0.5%. Nearly 1/3 of the subjects had a reduction of 1%.

Author: Clearwater Chiropractic & Acupuncture P.A.
Source: Diabetes Care, January 2002 issue
Copyright: Clearwater Chiropractic & Acupuncture P.A. 2009

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Stress Survey


1. Circle any of the following symptoms you have experienced in the past 6 months:

                Headaches/Tension               Low Back Pain        Pain Between Shoulders

                Fatigue /Tired                       Neck Pain               Knee Pain

                Pain Anywhere in the body    Wrist/Hand Pain       Ankle/Foot Pain

                Digestive Disturbance            Elbow Pain              Ringing in Ears

                Insomnia/Sleep Problems      Shoulder Pain          Nervousness

                Irritability                             Hip Pain                  Dizziness

                Allergies                              Weight Trouble         Shoulder Tension

                Numbing in Arms                  Numbing in Legs       Other ____________

Which of the above bothers you the most?__________________________________

How long have you been bothered by the condition?__________________________

Describe how it feels or affects you when it is at its worst._____________________

2. Does this cause you to be:

          Moody       Irritable       Interrupt Sleep       Restricted on Daily Activity

3. Does this affect your work?

          Decision Making             Poor Attitude              Decreased Productivity

          Exhausted at End of Day        Unable to Work Long Hours

4. Does this affect you life:

          Lose Patience with Spouse or Children

          Restricted Household Duties

          Hinders Ability to Exercise or Participate in Sport

          Interferes with Ability to Participate in Hobbies or Other Desired Activities

If you circled any of the above items, you are probably not functioning as well as you could, and your energy is probably not flowing as smoothly as it could be.

CHIROPRACTIC AND ACUPUNCTURE CAN HELP YOU because they naturally treat the body to remove the stress and imbalance that cause health problems.

Author: Clearwater Chiropractic & Acupuncture P.A.
Source: Clearwater Chiropractic & Acupuncture P.A.
Copyright: Clearwater Chiropractic & Acupuncture P.A. 2009

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Voice Your Support!



Join the American Chiropractic Association's

Chiropractic Advocacy Network

        Unite with patients across the country to protect your access to essential health care services provided by doctors of chiropractic.  Together, we can educate policymakers about the value of chiropractic and influence the outcome of any legislative efforts to reform the current national health care system.  Through the Chiropractic Advocacy Network, you can stay informed about these important issues and help ensure that:


          *Congress does not restrict your ability to access essential chiropractic services.

          *Congress does not limit – but instead expands – coverage for services provided 

            by doctors of chiropractic within Medicare.

          *Insurance and managed care companies do not deny patients' access to 

           essential chiropractic services.


It's easy to help!

          There is no cost to sign up, and as a program participant, you'll enjoy benefits such as legislative updates and a monthly e-newsletter containing health information and tips on how best to correspond with your elected officials.


YES! I want to Voice My Support.

   Sign up at


Your involvement makes a tremendous difference.

Each active member of the Chiropractic Patient Advocacy Network brings us one step closer to our goal of assuring full scope access to chiropractic services. 

 *All e-mail addresses will be kept CONFIDENTIAL and are intended for the sole purpose of educating patients regarding important chiropractic and wellness information and for generating grassroots action under the direction of ACA.  E-mail addresses will not be sold or exchanged with any third party.

Author: Clearwater Chiropractic & Acupuncture P.A.
Source: ACA
Copyright: ACA & Clearwater Chiropractic & Acupuncture P.A. 2009

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All VA Medical Facilities May Soon Offer Chiropractic

While 32 of the more than 150 VA health care facilities (those specifically providing health care services to our nation's veterans) offer chiropractic services, a new bill will require the VA to have a doctor of chiropractic on staff at all VA medical facilities by 2012. Integrating chiropractic treatment into the VA health care system would not only be cost-effective, it would also speed the recovery of many of the veterans returning from current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. A January 2009 report from the Veterans Health Administration indicates that over 49 percent of veterans returning from the Middle East and Southwest Asia who have sought VA health care were treated for symptoms associated with musculoskeletal ailments - the top complaint of those tracked for the report. Chiropractors are experts in the care of musculoskeletal injuries offering a safe, effective, non-invasive hands on treatment approach. Currently, the bill (HR 1017) has been referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. To view the full text of HR 1017, click here. Contact your Member of Congress and urge them to co-sponsor HR 1017.

Source: American Chiropractic Association. February 19, 2009.
Copyright: LLC 2009

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New Beds Offer Better Nights Rest

A new study finds replacing that old mattress could improve sleep quality and reduce sleep related back discomfort. Researchers recorded the reported back discomfort and sleep quality for 28 consecutive days with 30 female and 29 male subjects sleeping in their existing beds (average age of beds was 9.5 years old). Subject's beds were then replaced by new, medium-firm beds and again, their sleep quality and back discomfort were tracked. Researchers noted a significant improvement between pre and post test sleep quality and efficiency. Thus, if you feel that your bed has turned into a boxing ring for your body, perhaps it's time to consider a replacement. Of course, it's important to have yourself checked by a licensed chiropractor if you are experiencing any back pain or discomfort to ensure there isn't a more serious underlying condition present.

Source: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. Volume 8, Issue 1, Pages 1-8 (March 2009)
Copyright: LLC 2009

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Stay Active To Stay Young

A new report in the Mayo Clinic Health Letter recommends staying active in order to reduce some of the discomforts associated with aging. While many tend to blame those stiff, aching joints and sore backs on their increasing age, experts believe that many of these aches and pains can be reduced if not eliminated by implementing an exercise regimen and/or simply remaining active. Other studies show exercise and physical activity help to lower the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes as well as improve energy and immune function. The experts also say it's never too late to start exercising. Be sure to consult with your chiropractor or other health care provider prior to implementing any new exercise regimen.

Source: Mayo Clinic Health Letter, February 2009.
Copyright: LLC 2009

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Simple Ankle/Foot Exercises Help Seniors

Researchers have found that a few simple ankle/foot exercises can significantly improve the lower extremity strength and balance of senior citizens. As we age, we lose strength and mobility as well as coordination and balance. These things, especially in the lower extremities, increase the risk of fall-type injuries and more or less, slow us down. New research shows that a few simple exercises performed for 15-minutes, 3-times per week can significantly improve ankle/foot strength and overall balance. The 15-minute exercise session consists of a 5-minute warm-up, 5 minutes of ankle flexion/extension exercises using therapeutic elastic bands, ending with a 5-minute cool down period. When compared with seniors who did not participate in the simple ankle/foot exercises, those performing the exercises experienced a significant improvement in functional mobility and balance. Seniors should be especially cautious and discuss the appropriateness and safety of exercise regimes with their primary care provider such as their local chiropractor prior to initiating any exercise program.

Source: Geriatrics and Gerontology International, March 2009.
Copyright: LLC 2009

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