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Vertigo

Do you know anyone or are you yourself suffer from vertigo but can’t find help or a cause?

Have them make appointment with Dr. Steve to see if chiropractic can help!

World Neurosurgery Journal: “Studies found that cervical vertigo seems to originate from diseased cervical intervertebral discs. Abnormal neck proprioceptive input integrated from the signals of disproportionate Ruffini corpuscles in diseased cervical discs and muscle spindles in tense neck muscles is transmitted to the CNS and leads to a sensory mismatch with vestibular and other sensory information, resulting in a subjective feeling of vertigo and unsteadiness.” Peng B. Cervical Vertigo: Historical Reviews and Advances. World Neurosurgery, Volume 109 , 347 – 350

Gut Microbe Drives Autoimmunity

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The human gut harbors a complex community of microbes that affect many aspects of our health. Known as the gut microbiota, these bacteria help with metabolism and maintaining a healthy immune system.

  • Scientists found evidence that a certain gut microbe can trigger autoimmune disease in mice that are prone to such disease and identified the same microbe in people with autoimmune diseases.
  • The results suggest new avenues for treating debilitating and potentially lethal autoimmune diseases.

Come and ask Dr. Steve about probiotics and how they can help your health!

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/gut-microbe-drives-autoimmunity

Why 6-8 Glasses of water a day?

Do you ever wonder why this is the recommendation?  Well here’s the reason why.

A person loses water constantly with exhaled air ( about a pint or .473 liter a day), through skin (one to two pints a day) and an average person losses three pints through urine.

That’s a lot of water lost everyday not including water lost during exercise.

To function well a person needs to drink 5-8 8oz glasses of water per day. There is a possibility that you need to drink over 10 glasses if you work out hard or work out side when it hot. Spreading out the water evenly through the day will prevent you from going to bathroom too much.  Another trick to reduce bathroom trips is adding a very small amount of sea salt to the water. This will add minerals to the water.  Cutting back on water in the evening will help prevent you from waking up and going to the bathroom.

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You’re probably under hydrated if your urine is not clear (has some color to it). Vitamins such as the B-vitamins and some foods (beets) can change the color of urine. This should be taken into account.  But generally the darker the urine the more dehydrated you are.

If you have more questions please call Dr. Sikorsky or stop in the office..

Low Back Pain on the Rise

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Almost everyone will have low back pain at some point in their lives. It can affect anyone at any age, and it is increasing—disability due to back pain has risen by more than 50% since 1990.

Low back pain is becoming more prevalent in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) much more rapidly than in high-income countries. The cause is not always clear, apart from in people with, for example, malignant disease, spinal malformations, or spinal injury.

Treatment varies widely around the world, from bed rest, mainly in LMICs, to surgery and the use of dangerous drugs such as opioids, usually in high-income countries.

”Focusing on key principles, such as the need to reduce unnecessary health care for low back pain, support people to be active and stay at work, and reform unhelpful patient clinical pathways and reimbursement models, could guide next steps..”

http://www.thelancet.com/series/low-back-pain

Recognize Text Neck?

 

Here are some examples of good posture and poor posture.  With out me categorizing the photos I’m sure you can guess which one is good and which one is bad.

How many people do you see with bad posture?  Look around! I bet nearly no one you see has “good” posture.

In a world where we are using phones and iPads daily it is very easy to develop poor posture but with my help you can learn how to use your device while keeping your neck and back healthy.

 

Keep Your Head Up: How Smartphone Addiction Kills Manners and Moods

A patient sent me this great article about “text neck” that was posted in the New York Times.

I have been telling patients for years that looking down at your cell phones all day can cause neck and upper back pain. There’s a name for pain from using cell phone and computers: Text Neck.

The average human head weighs between 10 and 12 pounds, and when we bend our neck to text or check Facebook, the gravitational pull on our head and the stress on our neck increases to as much as 60 pounds of pressure. That common position, pervasive among everyone from paupers to presidents, leads to incremental loss of the curve of the cervical spine. “Text neck” is becoming a medical issue that countless people suffer from, and the way we hang our heads has other health risks, too, according to a report published last year in The Spine Journal.

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Cell phone can cause more than neck pain. It can affect one’s mood and interferes with manners.

That “always-on” behavior that smartphones contribute to causes us to remove ourselves from our reality, experts said. And aside from the health consequences, if we’re head down, our communication skills and manners are slumped, too. But, ironically, that might not be how most of us see ourselves.

Posture can also effect the serotonin levels. Serotonin is the feel good brain neurotransmitters.  Anti- depressant s have an effect on serotonin levels.  There has been studies that show sitting up with good posture can help people feel better.

Your mom and Dr. Steve were right. Sit up with your shoulders back.  Make an appointment with Dr. Steve to get adjusted and receive some great advice on posture.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/25/smarter-living/bad-text-posture-neckpain-mood.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8618217

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/minding-the-body/201701/good-posture-may-ease-symptoms-depression

Healthy Breakfast: The Truth

I recently received an notice from a school about putting together a healthy breakfast for the kids.  The school wanted to have the kids bring in the following: Strawberries, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Pineapple, Bananas, Grapes, and Watermelon.  So far so good right?

Now here’s the kicker : The school also requested 1 gallon of chocolate milk, a tub of cream cheese, large bagels, small muffins, box of cereal. Are these really considered healthy breakfast items?

This is not a healthy breakfast! It’s sad that a  school would be promoting such poor eating habits. Put these choices in front of a 10-14 year old what do you think they would choose?

Today, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese.(1) . It is way too easy to eat poorly when junk food is everywhere (even in our schools.)  Next time you’re in a school look into the vending machine. You will see chips, cookies, pop tarts, candy. The list goes on and on.

We as parents and our teachers/role models must start looking at ourselves and take the lead. Our brains are wired to like and crave high calorie foods. The choices we make are even more important because not only do we have to fight off those cravings, we also have to set an example of what type of food we should be fueling our body and mind with.

With that being said, this was a great opportunity for the teacher to lead and be creative. Setting up a blender and create a healthy smoothie with fruit , powdered protein , flax seeds and some healthy greens would have been something great to show the kids! There are so many tasty options out there that are also great for our health.  There must be thousands if not millions of recipes for kids and adults online that could have been used. (2)

Healthy eating takes some effort and time.   Your health and the health of your children are worth it.

If you have any questions or would like to start a healthy eating program, call the office!

We will help and show you a better way to eat.

1: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyKids/ChildhoodObesity/Overweight-in-Children_UCM_304054_Article.jsp#.Wmx2O02Wy00

2: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/17989/drinks/smoothies/

Become Healthy, Stay Healthy

Here are some of Dr. Sikorsky’s tip for a healthy lifestyle:

Set Some Goals.

Write your goals down.  Goals become more real when they are written down.  Progress will become easier during the process once you set a goal.

Get Enough Sleep.

Put down the iPad, turn off the TV, head to be earlier and get more sleep. It might rake a while to become accustomed to an earlier bedtime. Stick with it and you will fall asleep earlier. Sleep is vital for one’s health.

Drink More Water.

Try to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water.  For example, I weigh 160 pounds so in a given day I will try to drink anywhere from 80 ounces to 200 ounces of water each day depending on my activity level.

Elevate  Your Heart Rate. 

Try to elevate your heart rate for a continuous 30 minutes a day.  It doesn’t matter how you do it as long as you do.  First find your target heart rate: 180 (beats per minute) – your age = target heart rate.  This would put you in the fat burning zone.

Sign Up For an Athletic Event.

Signing up for a 5k or a fun walk is a great way to keep you motivated and on task.

Eat Well.

Eat more fruits and vegetable.  The ratio of fruits and vegetables should be two thirds vegetables and one third fruits.  Try to eat as many different shapes and colors of vegetables as you can.  This can be hard for people that don’t like vegetables but once you start eating them regularly your taste buds will change and you will become more accustomed to the taste.

Cut Back or Reduce the Amount of Meat You’re Eating.

Cut out unhealthy, fatty and process meats.  Replace them with vegetables.

Snack Healthy.

 Stop eating chips and crackers.  Eat more fruit, nuts and vegetables to replace those snacks.  Instead of ranch dressing on your veggies try using a hot hummus.

Interact Socially.

Isolation is not good for the body, soul and mind.  Having a workout partner helps motivate and keep you on track.

Go on a Date.

If you are married and haven’t been on a date with your spouse in a while then go on one.  Do whatever you need to do to make it happen.  Hire a babysitter or drop your kids off at your parents and just go.

Be Grateful.

Try writing down three things that you could be grateful for or went well each day.