Archive for April, 2010

Shocking Statistics About Children Every Parent Needs To Know…

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Being a parent is difficult. It is probably the biggest and most important responsibility anyone will ever face. You would think kids would come with some sort of instruction manual. Sadly, they don’t… and raising kids today is more complex than at any time in history. That’s why it’s so important to learn all you can – whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Now Is One Of Those Times
For example, there are a couple of alarming statistics and trends every parent should know. They have the potential to shape your children’s future in positive or negative ways.
Here’s the first statistic every parent should know: According to a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, “The average young American now spends practically every waking minute, except for time spent in school, using a smart phone, computer, television or other electronic device. “Those ages 8 to 18 spend more than 7½ hours a day with such devices, compared with less than 6½ hours 5 years ago.” That does not include time spent simply texting or talking on the phone. It also found: “that heavy media use is associated with several negatives, including behavior problems and lower grades.”
Here’s the second statistic, as reported on January 20, 2010 in the New York Times: “Between 1977 and 2002, the percent of the American population eating 3 or more snacks a day increased to 42 percent from 11 percent, according to a large study of American nutritional habits conducted by the Agriculture Department with the Department of Health and Human Services. Further, researchers found the percent of children surveyed who said they had eaten 3 meals on the previous day went down, while those who had a snack went up more than 40 percent.”
Even though these statistics are from several years ago, researchers in the article say the trends have not changed. It is very possible the situation is even worse today.
Think about it. Food is everywhere. Have you been to an event for your children lately that did not have some snack for sale? As the New York Times’ article pointed out, these snacks are usually “junk food.” Here’s something very interesting from a parent interviewed for the article: Once a week, Vivian Zachary’s 6-year-old son, Joel, goes dashing for the vending machine at the gym after his gymnastics’ class ends at 5 p.m. “Last week it was a Fruit Roll-Up and a can of 7-Up,” Ms. Zachary wrote in an e-mail message. “I’m not sure why I let this go on, and I often think that if I were a better parent, or at least more able to tolerate incessant complaining, I would let him buy the snacks but not actually consume them until after dinner. But I have already established the pattern [the ‘rule’ in Joel’s mind], so there’s no going back now.”
Like the first sentence of this newsletter stated, “Being a parent is difficult.” It also pointed out how important this responsibility is. So, you have to ask yourself at some point…

Who Is Raising Who?

Who’s making the important decisions? Who is the parent and who is the child? And clearly… it is NEVER too late to start doing the right thing – no matter how difficult it may seem. When looking back on our lives, it is easy to see our “mistakes.” It is also easy to say we made those mistakes because we just didn’t know what to do at that time. We didn’t have the facts. We didn’t know the right answer.
But, that’s not true, because most of the time we DO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER. We do know what we should do. We just don’t choose to do it because it seems too darn hard. We take what seems to be the easy way out – and then deal with the terrible repercussions later.

A Great Story About This Instantly Comes To Mind…

Several children were asked to come into a room with an interviewer one-by-one. When the child sat down with the interviewer, one marshmallow was placed in the center of the table. As soon as the “interview” was to begin, someone would enter the room and announce they needed the interviewer. The interviewer would tell the child he had to leave and the child had two choices… The child could eat the marshmallow while he was gone or wait until he got back. If the child ate the marshmallow while he was gone, that’s all he would get. If the child waited until the interviewer got back, the child would get an entire bag of marshmallows.
As the story goes, these children were followed up later in life. The children who immediately ate the marshmallow had a tendency to lead difficult lives. They had a hard time keeping jobs and relationships. They usually did not amount to very much. The kids who waited were very different. They tended to be very successful in most aspects of their lives. They had good jobs and healthy long-term relationships.
This story exemplifies the value of… Delayed Gratification
In other words, the ability to put off a small reward, pleasure of satisfaction now, for a larger one in the future. Should you purchase those new shoes or big screen TV on your credit card today – or should you save your money and buy it with cash later? Should you eat that piece of chocolate – or go to the gym and exercise?
Should the parent in the quote above deal with her child complaining about getting a snack now or give in and have a larger problem in the future? We all know the right answer is NOT eating the marshmallow right now and getting a whole bag later. It is standing up to a 6 year old and making the right choice for them because it will lead to a better life for everyone.
Dealing with problems head-on, no matter how difficult they may seem at the time, is almost always the best choice. Visit http://www.backcaretreatment.com for more info.

New Century Spine Centers introduces new state of the art non-surgical treatment for back pain, sciatica, arthritis and disc injuries.

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

New Century Spine Centers acquires San Diego’s top spinal decompression specialist Dr. Michael Pritsker DC and introduces new state of the art non-surgical treatment for back pain, sciatica, arthritis and disc injuries.
For most severe back pain sufferers, permanent back pain relief is hard to find. Simple things like sitting, walking, and driving can be very difficult. Low back pain is experienced by thousands of people. Estimates are that 80% of the population in the western countries at some time during a persons’ life will suffer with back pain. In the majority of these cases, there is nothing physicians can do except prescribe pain killers, physical therapy, chiropractic care and advice. Traditional therapy offered has a history of poor outcome and in surgeries performed for disc problems a large percentage of these surgeries result in permanent disability and requires more surgery.
One group of doctors in San Diego think they just might hold the key to complete relief of back pain with no drugs and no surgery. And their patients seem to agree. Videos and information can be researched at www.BackCareTreatment.com. There is a very good reason why thousands of former neck and back pain sufferers in San Diego are calling advanced non-surgical spinal decompression the “eighth wonder of the world.” This amazing new medical breakthrough is responsible for cracking the neck and back pain code for hundreds of thousands of former pain sufferers world-wide. Many previous sufferers have tried everything and were thought to be hopeless cases.
Thanks to this new technological advance in therapy, thousands of back pain sufferers are now living pain free. Many people learn about this technology from friends and co-workers. Many are also requesting the free Eliminate Back Pain Forever report and video at http://www.SanDiegoBackPainTreatment.com.
Even better, treatment with this amazing FDA Cleared, non-surgical technology is pain-less, drug-less and there are no documented side effects. In fact, many patients report treatments are so relaxing they actually fall asleep!
Through the combination of proven scientific principles, the latest technological developments and the brilliant work of specialized teams of physicians and medical engineers and scientists, this space age advanced spinal decompression technology is available to eliminate back pain once and for all.
Conditions that are successfully treated with spinal decompression are degenerative, herniated and/or bulging discs, back pain, sciatica, facet syndrome, neck pain, headaches, arthritis, neuropathy, and more. Non-surgical spinal decompression has been successful even with the most severe cases, even when nothing else has worked.

To learn more about these advanced procedures, New Century Spine Centers has set up a website where readers can request more information. The website is http://www.BackCareTreatment.com. Readers can also call the clinic directly at 619-630-9153 or visit their San Diego location at 2835 Camino Del Rio South, Ste 110, San Diego, CA 92108. To receive a free Eliminate Your Back Pain Forever video, readers can also call the toll free 24 hour recorded hotline at 1-888-611-2042.

“Here’s One For All You Chocolate Lovers…Maybe.”

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

When I first heard about this study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, I was jumping for joy. Why? It says eating small doses of dark chocolate over a two week period have been found to help blood vessels become more flexible.
More specifically, 11 of 21 patients eat 1.6 ounces of flavonoid rich chocolate every day for two weeks. The remaining patients ate another chocolate with low flavonoid levels. At the end of the study, the group who ate the flavonoid-rich chocolate had greater flow mediated dilation. Basically… more flexibility in their arteries. Flow-mediated dilation is also used as a marker for determining heart disease risks. Researchers also found increased levels of an antioxidant that inhibits platelet clumping called epicatechin. As a side note: Cholesterol levels did NOT increase. The conclusion of the research was: Flavonoid-rich dark chocolate may improve artery flexibility while increasing epicatechin levels that may prevent blood clots. Now you can see why I was jumping for joy.
But the sad thing is… my celebration didn’t last more than a day. Here’s why: The very next day, with chocolate bar in hand, I opened and read an email from the Health Science Institute that warned of a few “flaws” in this study. In particular, the author of the email, Jenny Thompson wrote how the focus of the study was all wrong. The truth of the matter is…Chocolate Was NOT Responsible For The Positive Health Claims In The Study! Not even close. It was the flavonoids found IN the dark chocolate that caused all the benefit.
These same flavonoids can be found in fruits such as apples, blueberries, grapes and most all vegetables… without all the processing and added sugar. And green tea contains flavonoids AND epicatechin. An important note is: Adding milk to the process (the milk chocolate bars you get at the store) destroys the beneficial antioxidant effects found naturally in the chocolate. But here’s the real kicker: Why do you think the study would seem to focus on chocolate as the “doer of good” and not the flavonoids that are readily available in obviously much healthier food (especially if you are diabetic or overweight)?
Answer: The study was funded by the Mars candy company… a huge manufacturer of chocolate. Don’t need to say anymore about that.
So what’s my advice? Sorry to say… it’s to stick with the flavonoid-rich natural foods above. And, if you are going to eat chocolate: Eat it only if you are healthy and find companies that reduce heat and alkalization while processing. This can preserve as much as 70-95% of the chocolate flavonoids.

Did You Know? …

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

1. If you heat up water in a microwave to boil it, make sure you stir it up before you place anything in it. If you don’t stir the water up and break up the surface tension, when you put in anything like a tea bag or powdered hot chocolate, the water can splatter and possibly burn you! It sounds like such a simple thing, but many people get burned this way from simply not stirring the hot water before putting the food into it!
2. Prepaying a funeral may not be the best way to go now-a-days. The way they are written can be far too inflexible and cause you to lock in certain decisions now, which may not be applicable in the future. For example, you may end up with a different spouse down the road, or wish to be buried in a location that’s different than the one you think you’d opt for now. Plus, the funeral industry is making some sweeping changes to the way they charge clients, which may substantially lower the costs in the future. If you prepay now, you may end up overpaying for the eventual costs. Keep this in mind if you are thinking along the lines of prepaying for burial expenses!
3. You’ll get more out of walking if you take MORE steps as opposed to longer ones. Longer strides have been shown to cause all kinds of leg and joint problems. Going faster, and using a smoother rhythm will get you better results and be much easier on your body!
4. Optimistic people who have suffered a heart attack are less likely to have a recurrence of the heart problems. A study of 300 people who were treated for blockage to the coronary arteries and had been through an angioplasty procedure found an amazing fact. The optimistic people were more than three times less likely to have another blockage requiring an angioplasty within six months of the first procedure! Your attitude DOES make a big difference in your health!
5. The idea that exercise before going to bed will cause you to have trouble falling asleep isn’t true, according to a study done at a major university. In the study, non-exercisers worked out for an hour at different times of the day. The group who exercised before they went to bed fell asleep two to three times as quickly as people who exercised earlier in the day. Plus, not only did they fall asleep faster, they reported enjoying their night’s sleep much better than the people who worked out in the morning or afternoon.
6. Tea is a great food for health! Did you know: * Tea without sugar or honey only has two calories per cup? * Steeping tea for three to five minutes produces the most antioxidants? * Milk in your tea doesn’t reduce the health benefits the tea contains? * The maximum amount of antioxidants contained in tea comes from brewing loose leaves or from tea bags? (Tea in powders or bottles has little or no helpful antioxidants!) * Tea in products applied to the skin has little or no health enhancing properties?

Tip Of The Month: “How To Sleep Your Way To Better Health!!!

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could simply go to bed and wake up skinny? How about take a nap and become rich? Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?
Well, you can’t! But there is something you can do while sleeping that’s much more important than all the money in the world. What is it? You can decrease aging, boost your immune system, fight disease and improve your overall health. In a recent study of people receiving a Hepatitis A vaccine, researchers found that participants who got plenty of sleep after being vaccinated had a stronger immune response to the vaccine.
This likely conclusion that a person who has proper rest would also be likely to have a better immune response to other viruses than someone without proper sleep.
Four weeks after receiving the vaccine, the participants who got proper sleep had almost double the amount of antibodies (a guide as to how well the immune system is working) as the sleep-deprived group.
Researchers suggest that the release of certain hormones during sleep may boost the immune system. An important thing to note, however, is that it is not just as simple as sleeping more. What complicates things is that some people require a lot of sleep… while others only need a little. Research has also shown that your own internal clock makes that determination.
Some people need nine or more hours of sleep while others need less than six. This seems to be the reason why it is extremely difficult to change sleeping patterns… no matter how hard you try. Researchers say that the best thing to do is try to accommodate your sleeping pattern and not fit into someone else’s.
Now That We Know How Important Getting The Proper Amount Of Sleep Is, Here Are Some Tips On Getting A Better Night’s Rest:
Avoid eating sugar before bed. Raising blood sugar can make sleep difficult. When blood sugar eventually falls, you may wake up and not be able to fall back asleep. Make your room as dark as possible. Light disrupts your sleeping rhythm and can lead to poor quality sleep. Total darkness is best… when possible. This means sleeping with the TV on is a no-no!
Keep a diary. Writing down your thoughts before getting into bed will help keep your mind from racing and calm you down.
Keep your house cool. Most people keep their house too hot. The best is about 70 degrees.
Eat protein before going to bed. Protein helps to release chemicals from the brain that aid in sleep.
Stay away from caffeine. Research has shown caffeine stays in your system much longer than previously thought. Even a cup of coffee in the early afternoon can keep you from falling asleep.
Avoid alcohol. Alcohol makes you feel tired and fall asleep… but… the quality of that sleep is very poor.
Don’t drink within 2 hours of sleep. This will keep you from having to wake up to go to the bathroom during the night. If you do have to go, try not to turn on a light.

Thinking About Knee Surgery? You May Want To Think Again…

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Knee pain is common. In fact, an estimated 12% of the population age 65 and older has osteoarthritis of the knee. Many of these knee pain sufferers are advised to undergo surgery, and the operation of choice is arthroscopic.
Arthroscopic surgery is one of the major advancements in modern surgical technology. For this particular knee surgery, it involves making three small incisions in the knee; inserting an arthroscope, a thin instrument that allows surgeons to see the joint; and then flushing debris from the knee or shaving rough areas of cartilage from the joint and then flushing it.
Prior to this technology, much larger incisions had to be made, ending up with more surgical damage, scar tissue and healing time. This arthroscopic knee surgery is performed on 650,000 people in the U.S. every year at a cost of about $5,000 per procedure, for a total cost of $3.3 billion dollars every year in the US.
With such good technology, so many procedures performed and so much money is made – you would think the results would be impressive… wouldn’t you? You would at least think there was some kind of scientific proof this operation worked before it was performed on so many people every year…. Right? Well…

Guess Again!

The sad fact of the matter is placebo studies of surgery are almost never done. Many doctors consider them unethical because patients could undergo risks with no benefits. My question is: What about the risk of performing a surgery over and over without having scientific proof of the benefits versus the risks in the first place? What is so “ethical” about that?
Well, a placebo study was done for this arthroscopic knee surgery… with shocking results. The 180 participants in the study were randomly assigned to have the operation or to have placebo surgery in which surgeons simply made cuts in their knees so the patients would not know if they had the surgery. The day of surgery meant being wheeled into an operating room while neither they nor any of the medical staff knew what their treatment would be.
When they were on the operating table, Dr. Moseley, who did all the operations, opened a sealed envelope telling him whether the patient was to have the surgery or not. Those in the placebo group received a drug that put them to sleep. Unlike those getting the real operation, they did not have general anesthesia. Dr. Moseley made small cuts in their knees to simulate an operation. He bent and straightened the knee and asked for surgical instruments, just in case the patient was partly conscious. An assistant sloshed water in a bucket to make the sound of a knee being flushed clean.
Results: Tests of knee functions revealed that the operation had not helped, and those who got the placebo surgery reported feeling just as good as those who had had the real operation. Dr. Baruch Brody, an ethicist at Baylor who helped design the study, described the surgery as a sham. The paper in The New England Journal is accompanied by two editorials. One, by Sam Horng and Dr. Franklin G. Miller of the National Institute of Health, asks whether placebo surgery is unethical. The controversy, they wrote, comes because doctors assume that patients in clinical research should not be put at risk if they cannot benefit, and placebo surgery involves risk. But, they say, clinical research is different from medical therapy; its aim is not to help those in the study but to help future patients. To be ethical, they say, a study with placebo surgery must meet three criteria: it must not place patients at undue risk; the benefits of learning whether the surgery works must be worth any potential risk to the patients; and the patients must give informed consent.
In the current case, they wrote, all those objectives were met and the study “exemplifies the ethically justified use of placebo surgery.” Ready for the real kicker?” This study was reported in the New England Journal of Medicine OVER TWO YEARS AGO!
Well… have YOU heard about it yet? If I didn’t read medical journals, I wouldn’t have either. And the worst thing is – my patients keep coming in telling me their doctors are recommending this surgery! I’m beginning to wonder if this study had any effect on the 650,000 done every year.
Or better yet… The $3.3 Billion Every Year! For some reason, I bet it didn’t.
Writing this article, it reminds me of a very similar finding around the same time as this study. Premarin a $3 billion a year drug was not providing the benefits once thought and was found to increase the risk of heart disease and breast cancer. Premarin was praised as a wonder drug for over 30 years before it was proven harmful.
So, as so many “trusted” medical procedures are proven not to work or actually harmful… WHAT OTHER OPTIONS DO YOU HAVE?
The biggest lesson in all this is to take care of your health before you lose it and start scrambling for miracle medical cures that may not exist. Too many Americans believe they can neglect or even abuse their health until they start getting symptoms and then some pill or surgery will give them a quick fix.
Research is proving more and more every day – these quick fixes either do not work or come with a pretty hefty price tag… in the form of side effects. The REAL answer is eating right, exercise, reducing stress and regular care. Regular Chiropractic care can help your bones and joints work correctly and minimize many of the effects of aging and arthritis. Like they say – An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. For more articles and information, visit www.BackCareTreatment.com.

Did You Know?…

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

The health benefits of broccoli and related vegetables may come in part from a chemical
known as sulforaphane, which appears to activate a specific heart-protecting protein. In addition to broccoli,
cruciferous vegetables include cabbage, cauliflower, rapeseed (canola), radish, turnip, mustard greens and
watercress. Sulforaphane was found to increase the activity of the protein Nrf2, which is known to be inactive
in areas of the cardiovascular system that are predisposed to plaque build up. In these areas, which include
bends and branches in blood vessels, blood flow is slowed or even disrupted entirely. Sulforaphane has shown
it can protect those regions by activating Nrf2. These fascinating findings provide a possible mechanism by
which eating vegetables protects against heart disease. For more healthy tips, visit the New Century Spine Centers website at www.BackCareTreatment.com