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February 2012 Health Newsletter


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» Holiday News and Views 2010
» Back Pain Causes Memory Deficits
» Memory Loss Can Begin In Our Forties
» B Vitamins Good For Memory
» Cancer Rates Decreasing, But Slowly

Holiday News and Views 2010


Campbell Chiropractic News & Views | December 2010

As we approach the Holiday Season, my staff and I would like to

wish you the very best that this season has to offer.

It is a time when we can reflect on how fortunate we are in our lives, and I am not talking about material things.  I am talking about the good fortune in having good friends and family to share our lives with.

It is no different in our practice.  We appreciate all of our patients who have allowed us to be a part of their lives, and conversely, we feel blessed for this opportunity.  And I am particularly blessed to have such a phenomenally talented and friendly staff to work with.

I have always said the best thing about being a chiropractor is being able to get to know each and everyone of you.

And so it is that I open this newsletter with my Holiday Wish for you.

This year has brought about new and exciting changes in our office.  In my 27 plus years of practicing chiropractic, I have made a conscious effort to utilize new tools and techniques to aide in the rehabilitation of my patients.  One such tool is the Cold Laser.  Another therapy that I have recently added is the Posture Pump.  If you have not already had an opportunity to experience these treatments, please ask about them on your next visit. 

Additionally, Jolene now offers chair massage, it is great for relaxing tense muscles when you don't have time for a full massage.  If you would like one before or after your adjustment, just let us know. 

Another tool we've recently added is our website: mesachiropractic.com.  You will find useful information about myself and our office.  I encourage you to sign up for our monthly newsletter (the bottom left-hand corner.)  It contains informative health tips and will be updated once a month.

In closing, we have been blessed this year with two new employees.  Liz is our Chiropractic Assistant.  She is trained as a Physical Therapy Technician and a Personal Trainer.  Liz is friendly and very knowledgeable.  Please do not hesitate to have her show you rehabilitative exercises, as she will be happy to do so.  I hope you have had an opportunity to meet Gretchen as well,  her positive attitude and big smile always provide a warm welcome to our office.  Liz and Gretchen have only been with us for six months, but they already feel like family, their office skills and personalities are definitely an asset to us.

Yours in health,

Dr. Campbell

Author: Dr. Campbell
Source: Dr. Richard Campbell
Copyright: Dr. Campbell 2010


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Back Pain Causes Memory Deficits

According to research, chronic back pain sufferers experience more than just discomfort, they may also experience significant problems with short-term memory. In this study, the short-term memory of 50 chronic back pain subjects were compared with the short-term memory of 50 pain-free subjects. The results showed chronic back pain subjects had significantly impaired short-term memory as compared with their pain-free counterparts. Researchers believed the short-term memory impairment was due to either the impact that pain and stress had on cognitive function and/or the side effects of steroid treatment that back pain sufferers may have been exposed to. We encourage those with back pain to immediately seek the services of a licensed chiropractor to ensure their back pain does not become chronic and does not begin to affect one’s memory.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Psychosomatic Medicine, February/March 2007.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2007


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Memory Loss Can Begin In Our Forties

A British study has found brain functions including memory can begin declining as early as the mid-forties and possibly earlier. This decline includes memory, reasoning and comprehension abilities. The results come from a 10-year study involving more than 7,000 British government workers. This study comes as a surprise to the medical community as researchers had originally expected to see no decline in cognitive functioning in those 45 to 49. They instead found a modest decline in mental reasoning in both males and females in this age range. As they evaluated older individuals, they found the cognitive declines even greater. Although, one third of those studied between the ages of 45 and 70 showed no loss in cognitive function and thus, not all aging individuals experience reduction in those cognitive abilities tested. Researchers did not include anyone younger than the age of 45 but based on these findings believe brain functions could actually begin declining in those younger than 45 years. Researchers believe that conditions negatively affecting cardiovascular function, including obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking are likely associated with these cognitive deteriorations.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Reuters. January 6, 2012.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2012


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B Vitamins Good For Memory

While not necessarily giving your average Joe a photographic memory, results from a new Australian study indicate taking folic acid and vitamin B12 supplements over the course of several years may enhance the memory in a number of aging adults. The study examined more than 700 individuals aged 60 to 74 years who showed mild signs of depression. Participants were provided with pills containing either 400 micrograms of folic acid and 100 micrograms of vitamin B12, or a placebo pill containing no B vitamins or active ingredients. Participants were never informed which pills they were receiving. After one year no differences were detected between the two groups in various mental test scores. However, after two years those taking the pills containing the B vitamins began showing larger improvements in their memory test scores. Although more research is needed, this study seems to suggest there may be some cognitive related benefits for certain individuals who take B vitamin supplements longer term.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, online December 14, 2011.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2012


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Cancer Rates Decreasing, But Slowly

It appears that advances in cancer screenings and cancer treatments may be working as a new report indicates deaths from cancers are continuing to drop. According to the most recent American Cancer Society annual report, between 2004 and 2008 cancer death rates dropped 1.6 percent in women and 1.8 percent in men annually. Although the rate drops are small, they are significant and a good sign as rates have continually dropped each year over the last 10 years. As good as this news is, it's still projected that more than 1.6 million people will be diagnosed with cancer and close to 600K individuals will die from cancer this year alone within the United States.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Cancer Statistics, 2012; Cancer Facts & Figures 2012. American Cancer Society.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2012


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