Your Health Bulletin is information from scientific literature to make sense of the right choices for your health. It is a reminder to consider periodic check-ups of your spine, joint mechanics and appropriate exercise. Maintenance is better than repair!
Regular exercise may help battle the flu
Research has found that exercise boosts activity in various parts of the immune system that help limit a viral attack or help clear an invading virus from the body more quickly. Exercise boosts “early innate antiviral defenses” — though the exact mechanisms remain unclear.
SOURCE: Journal of Infectious Diseases, November 1, 2009.
As reported in the Medical Post Nov. 3, 2009
Dr John Cannell from the Atascadero State Hospital in California, in a review paper of the December issue of Epidemiology and Infection reported that vitamin D has been found to regulate macrophage (immune system) activity. The research shows that Vitamin D stimulates the formation of several hundred antimicrobial peptides that destroy invading microbes, for example the flu virus. Comment: It is suggested that the reason for seasonal flu is primarily lack of Vitamin D. It is also suggested that 1-2000 IU of D3 be ingested daily with some expert opinion suggesting 5-10,000 IU.
If you wish more information on D ask for handout 280 in our office.
NOTE: Regarding upper respiratory infections ask about office handout 274 which is a research journal article explaining the action of Sanum Isopathic preparations to stimulate immune system efficiency to resist/destroy invading microbes such as bacteria, virus or fungus.
Also in the Medical Post Sept. 22, 2009:
Lower cancer mortality
The greater the workout intensity, the lower the risk, study finds.
The study was published at the website of the British Journal of Sports Medicine in late July.
Recent research has demonstrated that out of breath exercise stimulates muscle production of a hormone called Interlukin-6
This hormone (cytokine—immune signal) is anti-inflammatory. All tumors/malignacies/pathology starts with inflammation. This anti-inflammatory effect is suggested to be the reason why fit individuals have a 50% lower incidence of chronic disease including cancer.
This is one of a number of reasons that I strongly recommend the daily use of an exercise bike—-to stimulate mechanoreceptor activity and to stimulate the immune system.
Start with no resistance for several minutes then slowly increase the resistance until leg muscles are stressed and breath is labored then return to no resistance. (assuming no back/leg pain – otherwise no resistance for full 10 minutes to stimulate the mechanoreceptors)
Sulphoraphane — know this
It is considered to be one of the most effective chemicals to stop the 3 stages of cancer as outlined in the book “Foods That Fight Cancer” by R. Beliveau (copy in office)
It is released from cruciferous veggies when you chew them by an enzyme called ‘myrosinase’ acting on another chemical called ‘glucosinolate’.
This enzyme is sensitive to heat so if you overcook the veggie you will damage the enzyme and not get the sulphoraphane.
However, the bacteria in our gut also produce this enzyme and will release the sulphoraphane – that is, if you have a good proportion/supply of gut microflora.
So if your gut is irritated the flora in your gut will be compromised which may interfere with such above interactions.
Measuring the resistivity of your saliva will determine if your gut is irritated because most individuals do not have gut symptoms when the gut is distressed.
The resistivity should be between 180-220 ohms and office handout 210 explains this testing.
Otherwise plan to attend the Wednesday night info-sessions—this is an educational service—phone the office (847-7263) or sign up to reserve a seat.
We hope these infosessions will start soon.
More on the psoas muscle and low back pain
The following is the psoas muscle with a diagram demonstrating its referral pattern to the back when it is too tight. It can also refer pain to the groin and hip. Any muscle that is too tight will be associated with tight joints, and both muscle and joint will have adhesions in them. Both joint and muscle must be manipulated in order to release the adhesions. This will then allow mechanoreceptors (motion sensors) to send signals to the brain properly. Subsequently, this regulates pain pathways which then not only relieves pain but allows the brain to increase circulation and remove the adhesions. Because the brain learns how to compensate body mechanics to tight joints/muscles it patterns this in the brain and other muscles and joints. In order to get the brain to change/correct this abnormal pattern it requires repetition of the manipulation as well as specific exercise.
If you can’t remember the lunge exercise i showed you to stretch the psoas ask me next time you are in the office — I show everybody how to do this exercise but I don’t always explain the reason. That is why I am talking about it now. If you want to check as to whether it is too tight then perform the following: lie on your back with legs out straight, pull one knee to your chest, if your other leg starts to rise off the floor then the psoas is too tight. Then do same for the other leg.
Maintenance is easier than repair so when you feel your body parts starting to tighten stretch and make an appointment.
See you soon.