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October 2006 Health Newsletter

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» Tea Consumption Reduces Stress
» Eating Fruits Reduces Oral Cancer
» Workplace Injury Prevention Tips
» Chiropractic - Safe For You, But Not Your Chiropractor

Tea Consumption Reduces Stress

Our tea-drinking friends in the U.K. have recently discovered tea has a very significant stress reducing quality. According to researchers from the University College London, men who drank black tea four times per day for six weeks had significantly lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol as compared with a control group. In the study of 75 men, half consumed either a fruit-flavored caffeinated tea mixture made up of the usual constituents of a cup of black tea, or, a caffeinated substitute identical in taste but without the active tea ingredients. At the end of the six weeks the men were given a series of stress inducing tests to perform. Fifty minutes after the tests, cortisol levels had fallen an average of 47 percent among the tea drinkers, compared to 27 percent in the fake tea group.

Source: Reuters. October 4, 2006.
Copyright: 2006

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Eating Fruits Reduces Oral Cancer

According to new research findings, men consuming large amounts of citrus fruits and other vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables significantly lower their risk of developing premalignant lesions. Past research has show that 16 to 40 percent of these premalignant lesions turn cancerous. In the study, researchers included more than 42,000 men who completed questionnaires at various intervals. Their findings indicated that men who consumed greater amounts of citrus fruits and juices as well as fruit and vegetables high in Vitamin C lowered their risk of oral precancerous lesions by 30 to 40 percent.

Source: American Journal of Epidemiology. September 2006.
Copyright: 2006

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Workplace Injury Prevention Tips

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, of the 4.2 million workplace-related illnesses and injuries, musculoskeletal disorders (neck pain, back pain, etc.) accounted for 32 percent and cost employers an estimated $60 billion annually. Given that and in celebration of National Chiropractic Month (October) wed like to share with our patients some useful workplace prevention tips as offered by our friends at the American Chiropractic Association (ACA):

  - While working at a computer, sit with your knees at approximately a 90- to 120-degree angle.  Using an angled foot rest to support your feet may help you sit more comfortably.
  - Make sure your chair fits correctly.  Allow for two inches between the front edge of the seat and the back of your knees.  Your knees should be at or below the level of your hips.
  - When lifting heavy or awkward items, dont lift by bending over. Instead, bend your hips and knees and then squat to pick up the object. Keep your back straight, and hold the object close to your body.  Dont twist your body while lifting.
  - If you must sit for long periods, take frequent breaks and stretch.
  - Exercise regularly. Staying physically fit, strong and flexible helps you avoid back injuries.

Furthermore, the ACA added, "The ACA is encouraging employers, government officials and health care executives to consider chiropractic care for the prevention and treatment of workplace injuries. A number of workers compensation studies have shown that the use of chiropractic care for acute and chronic lower-back pain can be more effective and less costly than traditional medical care getting employees back on the job in less time than other treatment options. Furthermore, chiropractic can be an effective treatment option for carpal tunnel, neck pain, joint pain, headaches and other neuromusculoskeletal conditions."

Source: American Chiropractic Association. October 2, 2006.
Copyright: 2006

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Chiropractic - Safe For You, But Not Your Chiropractor

In a survey of approximately 400 randomly selected chiropractors, 40 percent reported experiencing various injuries while working on their own patients. Most injuries were soft tissue in nature and included wrist/hand/finger injuries in 43 percent, and shoulder injuries as well as lower back injuries in approximately 25 percent. Moreover, approximately two thirds of the injuries occurred while performing chiropractic adjustments/manipulation. So while chiropractic care has clearly been shown to be extremely safe for patients, the same cannot be said for those chiropractors performing chiropractic care.

Source: JMPT. September 2006.
Copyright: 2006

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