Archive for December, 2010

Tip Of The Month – Tips To Make Things Last Longer And Save Your Hard-Earned Money… Times are tough. The economy is bad. Use these simple tips to make what you have last longer, save money, and make your life easier and more secure…

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Very few people have

money to burn these days. Most are just trying to make ends meet. Too many are really

struggling to keep their home and feed their family. What many people don’t understand is

just how large of an impact a handful of small changes can make. For example, according to

www.simplyinsulate.com, “If your home is as little as 5 to 10 years old, you likely have one

of the 46 million under-insulated homes in the U.S., according to the Harvard University School of Public Health. Adding more insulation is easy. Plus, insulation is one of the lowest cost options for improving the energy efficiency of your home. It pays off fast and keeps paying off with better comfort and energy savings foras long as you own your home.” Free Guide To Save You Money – If you go to www.simplyinsulate.com, you can download a guide from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help you make your home energyefficient and save money for years and years. The site even has an “energy savings calculator” you can use tofind out an estimate of how much you will save by making your home energy efficient. Decreasing both heatand air conditioning bills can really add up. How Your Car Can Save You Money – Another great way to save money is to keep your car in tip top shape. This will not only seriously decrease your odds of a very expensive breakdown in the middle of nowhere… it will save you money for gas, tires, repair bills and your car will last much longer. Keeping your tires properly inflated is extremely important. Underinflated tires cause you to burn more gas and wear out much faster – not to mention safety issues. Rotating tires every 5,000-8,000 miles can dramatically expand the life of your tires. Tires And Pressure? Also, having the right size tires for you car will actually save you money. Smaller tires may be cheaper today, but they will wear much faster and have to be replaced. Keep a tire pressure gauge in your glove compartment and check the pressure at least once a week. Tire pressure gauges are only a few bucks and can be purchased in many stores or gas stations. And make sure you get the oil changed every 3,000 miles and have a mechanic you trust keep you up-to-date on all other scheduled maintenance. Changing the oil routinely is one of the most important things you can do to keep your car running properly for years and years. Keeping up with regular maintenance is always cheaper in the long run than “driving until something breaks.” Ironically, the same is true about your body and health J As a general rule – spend a little to maintain now as opposed to a lot later.

How A Mother Saved Her Newborn Baby Boy When Her Doctor Had Left Him For Dead!

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Albert Einstein once said…

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” This profound statement is often completely forgotten in today’s world where everything must be scientifically proven. To some scientists and doctors – if it is not proven in a scientific study published in a peer-reviewed journal – it does not exist.

Then, for those same people, love does not exist, or that feeling you get when you see your first child being born, or take his or her first steps, or graduate from high school, or when you walk your daughter down the aisle. And most definitely, the story you are about to read is impossible. But, guess what?

It Is 100% True And Verifiable!

Let me fill you in on what this story is all about…

Jamie and Emily Ogg were twins born on March 25, 2010. Jamie was tiny – born at just 27 weeks. Their mother, Kate Ogg, made it through 3 days of labor only to have her joy suddenly ripped away. Within minutes after his birth, little Jamie stopped breathing. Doctors worked feverishly in an effort to resuscitate him for 20 minutes. Nothing worked. A doctor turned to Kate and asked if she had chosen a name for her son. She said, “His name is going to be Jamie.”

The doctor already had Jamie wrapped up and said, “Jamie didn’t make it. We’ve lost him.”

Devastated and overwhelmed with grief, Jamie’s parents, Kate and David, were given a moment to hold baby Jamie. This was meant to be time for them to say good-bye to the son they believed was dead.

What Happened Next Defies The Laws Of Medicine

As Kate held Jamie, he would occasionally look like he was gasping for air. Doctors said this was normal for an infant who had just passed away. Just as the last person left the room, little Jamie jumped a little in Kate’s arms. He started gasping more and more. Shortly after that, Jamie opened his eyes! Kate believed Jamie was still alive and called for the doctor. The doctor sent a midwife back in to tell Kate these where just natural reflexes and Jamie was gone. This went on for two hours. Kate called for her doctor twice and both times got the same response. The doctors said there was no possible way he could be alive, but Kate never gave up. Kate and David ignored what their doctor told them and actually began giggling to themselves saying, “What if he lives! We might be the luckiest people on earth!!!” Kate put some breast milk on her finger and Jamie took it. This news got the doctor’s attention. The doctor laid Jamie on the bed and checked him out. He started shaking his head, “I don’t believe it… I don’t believe it.”

What the doctor didn’t believe was that he had been completely wrong. Baby Jamie was alive.

Most premature babies need immediate medical attention. Little Jamie survived after a doctor had pronounced him dead. Some doctors say it was his mother’s touch – her love – that was passed to Jamie and is what saved his life. Others… of course… say there is no proof.

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”

New Research On Diet And Exercise

Monday, December 20th, 2010
USA Today reports two-thirds of people in the United States are overweight. “Overweight” is defined as being 30 or more pounds over a healthy weight. This means 66% of Americans, because of their weight, are at higher risk for Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease and even some types of cancer.
That’s why it is so important to lose weight if you are overweight. New research published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association compared exercise combined with diet versus diet only. Here’s what researchers found… At six months, people in the diet-and-exercise group lost an average of 24 pounds and had better reduction in belly fat and liver fat than those in the delayed-exercise group, who lost an average of 18 pounds.
After a year, people in the diet-and-exercise group lost 27 pounds compared to 22 pounds in the delayed-exercise group. “This shows that a traditional diet-and-exercise program can work for people who are very obese,” says lead author, Bret Goodpaster, an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Most participants in the study lost between 30-40 pounds… but a handful lost nearly 100.
Recently, a study published in the September 2008 Journal of Obesity raised a few eyebrows. The study contrasted diet versus exercise for weight loss and concluded that, even though exercise may be good for strengthening bones and muscles, improved mental health and mood, lowering blood pressure, improved cholesterol levels and reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, breast cancer and colon cancer… it may not be the best thing for weight loss. According to one of the study’s authors: “We would love to say that physical activity has a positive effect on weight control, but that does not appear to be the case.”
Knowing how to control your weight is very important. At New Century Spine Centers in San Diego, the chiropractic doctors regularly treat patients with back pain that also require weight loss. New Century Spine Centers in San Diego can be reached by calling 619-630-9153.

USA Today reports two-thirds of people in the United States are overweight. “Overweight” is defined as being 30 or more pounds over a healthy weight. This means 66% of Americans, because of their weight, are at higher risk for Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease and even some types of cancer.
That’s why it is so important to lose weight if you are overweight. New research published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association compared exercise combined with diet versus diet only. Here’s what researchers found… At six months, people in the diet-and-exercise group lost an average of 24 pounds and had better reduction in belly fat and liver fat than those in the delayed-exercise group, who lost an average of 18 pounds.
After a year, people in the diet-and-exercise group lost 27 pounds compared to 22 pounds in the delayed-exercise group. “This shows that a traditional diet-and-exercise program can work for people who are very obese,” says lead author, Bret Goodpaster, an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Most participants in the study lost between 30-40 pounds… but a handful lost nearly 100.
Recently, a study published in the September 2008 Journal of Obesity raised a few eyebrows. The study contrasted diet versus exercise for weight loss and concluded that, even though exercise may be good for strengthening bones and muscles, improved mental health and mood, lowering blood pressure, improved cholesterol levels and reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, breast cancer and colon cancer… it may not be the best thing for weight loss. According to one of the study’s authors: “We would love to say that physical activity has a positive effect on weight control, but that does not appear to be the case.”
Knowing how to control your weight is very important. At New Century Spine Centers in San Diego, the chiropractic doctors regularly treat patients with back pain that also require weight loss. New Century Spine Centers in San Diego can be reached by calling 619-630-9153.

The Lazy Person’s Way To Weight Loss. Study Says: SLEEP MORE To Drop Pounds!

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Are you lazy? Come on. You can admit it and it will be our little secret! Well, even if you aren’t “lazy,” I’m sure you look for the quickest and easiest way to get things done. For example, if you had these two weight loss programs – that work equally as well – which one would you pick…

(1)You have to wake up at 5:00 a.m. every day and run 5 miles, then you eat almost nothing for breakfast, then almost nothing for lunch, then you work out like a dog for 2 hours after work, and eat a teeny tiny dinner. Then, you go to bed and do it all over again tomorrow. And you do this every day. Or…

(2) You take a pill, sleep late… and wake up skinny. Obviously, you’d probably choose #2. Any sane person would – as long as the “pill” was safe. Anyways, you get the point. Well, there is no “pill” that works like that. But, a study has just been published that claims sleeping is a very important part of weight loss.

In fact, research from the University of Chicago showed dieters who slept for 8.5 hours lost 55 percent more body fat than dieters who slept only 5.5 hours. The authors of the study stated, “Lack of sufficient sleep may compromise the efficacy of typical dietary interventions for weight loss and related metabolic risk reduction.”

Researchers think sleep may affect levels of a hormone called ghrelin. Increased levels of this hormone have been shown to increase appetite and increase fat retention. The subjects in this study who slept less claimed to be hungrier than those who slept more. According to the study’s authors:“Together, these results suggest that the loss of sleep at times of limited food intake amplifies the pattern of ghrelin associated changes in human hunger, glucose, fat utilization, and energy metabolism.” It should be noted the sample size in this study was small and further research on this subject is needed to make definitive conclusions.

Did You Know?…

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Plants have been used for centuries as medicines. Now, genetically modified plants can produce plastic, skin tissue agents and human blood proteins. Biotechnologists have created genetically modified (GM) plants that can grow plastic. They managed this by inserting 4 genes from plastic-producing bacteria into varieties of oilseed rape (Eurasian plant) and cress. Conventional plastics are made from oil and do not degrade easily, but the plant plastic is biodegradable. But it is expensive, costing five times more than petroleum-derived plastic. Actually, mankind has been “genetically modifying” everything from food to dogs for many centuries, but in the past, the only tool has been selective breeding. There are a variety of ways that scientists now modify plants and animals with genetic engineering techniques. In the meantime, before you grow your own plastic plants, take good care of your real plants. Clean them often, speak to them, and play them some nice music – there is a lot of research that shows playing melodic or classical music to plants makes them grow healthier.

1 In 7 Home Kitchens Flunk Restaurant Inspections?

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Would Your Kitchen Pass? Do you think your kitchen is clean? According to an article in

USA Today, “The small study from California’s Los Angeles County found that only 61% of home kitchens would get an A or B if put through the rigors of a restaurant inspection. At least 14% would fail — not even getting a C. “In comparison, nearly all Los Angeles County restaurants — 98% — get A or B scores each year.” Maybe eating out isn’t such a bad idea after all…

Researchers May Have Discovered Mother Nature’s Staph Infection Blocker.

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

As a chiropractor in San Diego, I see all sorts of conditions relating to back pain. And with many patients come all sorts of questions about different health related problems. Staph infections are something that we see at the clinic in San Diego when it comes to sports injuries.

Staphylococcus aureus can cause a bunch of health problems, including minor skin rashes to serious skin and life threatening blood infections that require immediate hospitalization. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is a growing public health problem in hospitals, nursing homes, and other institutions because it doesn’t respond to most antibiotics.

“Staph” causes infections by first adhering to the host. This is usually made by contact with the skin – especially if the skin is scraped or cut. The “staph” clings to the host and multiplies rapidly – forming a group or colony called a biofilm. According to ScienceDaily, a recent study tested healthy females and found that drinking cranberry juice cocktail stopped both E. Coli and Staphylococcus aureus from forming biofilms.

E. Coli is the bacteria responsible for urinary tract infections. Researchers believe the bacteria cannot cause infections if it cannot adhere to the surface and from biofilms. Terri Camesano, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) said, “What was surprising is that Staphylococcus aureus showed the most significant results in this study. We saw essentially no biofilm in the staph samples, which is very surprising because Staph aureus is usually very good at forming biofilms. That’s what makes it such a health problem.”

Researchers also said these results “create more questions than answers.” More research needs to be done – but drinking a little cranberry juice might not be a bad idea. More information and some of the latest research can be seen by going to www.BackCareTreatment.com. Carissa Hang can be reached at New Century Spine Centers in San Diego by calling 619-630-9153.

Shocker: Heavy Drinkers Outlive Non-Drinkers? Discover what a new paper in the Journal Alcoholism found that might make you fall off the wagon!

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Is it possible? Can it be true? As revealed in a new paper in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, people who do NOT drink alcohol do NOT live as long as people who do. According to an article in Time Magazine, “Research suggests that — for reasons that aren’t entirely clear — abstaining from alcohol does tend to increase one’s risk of dying, even when you exclude former problem drinkers. The most shocking part is that Abstainers’ mortality rates are higher than those of heavy drinkers.

“Moderate drinking, which is defined as one to three drinks per day, is associated with the lowest mortality rates in alcohol studies. According to this paper, people who do not drink at all die sooner than heavy drinkers… not people who have a drink or two a night – but… HEAVY DRINKERS! According to the article, a moderate drinker, defined as 1-3 drinks per day, had the lowest mortality rate. Even though researchers do not know the real answer, there are plenty of theories as to why these findings exist.

One is that moderate alcohol consumption (especially red wine) can improve circulation, cardiovascular health and reduce stress. Stress reduction may be the most important item on the list. Here is why. There is a vast amount of research linking stress to poor health, possible disease and shortened lifespan. In fact, a press release from September 3, 2010 states researchers had finally found direct evidence linking stress to heart attacks. According to the press release, “Researchers at The University of Western Ontario have provided the first direct evidence using a biological marker, to show chronic stress plays an important role in heart attacks. Stressors such as job and marital and financial problems have been linked to the increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease including heart attack.” This study, published in the journal Stress, said researchers developed a method to measure cortisol levels in hair. This is important because cortisol levels are an indicator of stress levels and now the cortisol/stress level can be measured for several months leading up to the heart attack.

Until now, cortisol levels were only measured in saliva, urine and serum. Because of this, stress levels were only seen at the time of the measurement – not leading up to the event. Doctors and researchers have suspected for a long time that stress was bad for you but it has been hard to measure and “prove.” Now, it looks like we can all say with relative accuracy that STRESS KILLS!

This might shed new light on the alcohol research above. Maybe it’s not alcohol as a chemical compound that is beneficial to your longevity. Maybe the key is alcohol’s role in stress reduction. Right now, no one knows for sure, but we do know that correlation is not causation. In other words, just because drinkers live longer does not mean “alcohol is good for you.” For example, if the reason drinkers live longer is actually due to a reduction in stress, then it may be possible to get the same results without alcohol consumption. Maybe learning to control stress through meditation and other ways will be found to be just as effective. The mind-body connection is what’s really important. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, and science has now linked it to your stress levels, which basically links it to the way you think. The way you handle situations in life every single day is actually a matter of not just happiness, but of Life and Death