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!
US university links exam success to weight loss
By Helena Merriman BBC News, Friday, 27 November 2009
How would you feel if you had studied for your university degree but were unable to graduate because you were overweight? This is what some students are facing at Lincoln University in the US, which has introduced a unique way of tackling obesity. In 2006, the university in Pennsylvania introduced its Fitness for Life programme with the aim of encouraging students to lose weight. The premise was that if a student had a body mass index (BMI, a ratio of weight to height) of above 30, then they should take some college-sanctioned steps to show they had lost weight or at least tried.
The US spends 150 billion/yr, 2x what is spent on cancer, on overweight health problems. Canada would be about 10% of this. How long will it take before we as a society decide that it would be cheaper to pay people to be slim, fit and healthy than overweight, unfit and sick. It may be that this university is the beginning of such a realization. In reality overweight is not the problem – it is the muscle/fat ratio which should be 1 or less, and body fat should be 8-18% for a male,18-25% for females. Bio-impedance testing accurately measures this and office handout # 272 discusses this under the topic “sarcopenia”. It is a 3-5min in-office test and if you are interested in measuring your muscle/fat ratio then ask. Now, the main reasons we carry inadequate muscle /excessive fat are lack of exercise, too many carbohydrates, lack of quality protein, ingestion of addictive/reactive proteins and compromised gut microflora. These issues will be addressed in the Wednesday night infosessions which should start sometime in the new year.
Probiotic Effects on Cold and Influenza-Like Symptom Incidence and Duration in Children – by Gregory J. Leyer, PhDa, Shuguang Li, MSb, Mohamed E. Mubasher, PhDc, Cheryl Reifer, PhDd and Arthur C. Ouwehand, PhDe
Published online 27Jul.2009 in PEDIATRICS Vol. 124 No. 2 August 2009, pp. e172-e179 (doi:10.1542/peds.2008-2666)
The effects of Probiotic consumption on cold & influenza-like symptom incidence & duration were evaluated in healthy children during the winter season. CONCLUSION: Daily dietary probiotic supplementation for 6 months was a safe, effective way to reduce fever, rhinorrhea, & cough incidence & duration and antibiotic prescription incidence, as well as the number of missed school days attributable to illness, for children 3 to 5 years of age.
The use of multiple strain probiotics was demonstrated to be approximately 50% better than single strain in incidence of fever, runny nose, coughing & antibiotic use. Note the actual decrease in symptoms – about 80% less in probiotic group compared to control group. For further info on probiotics ask for office handouts 275, 277, and 281. It has been commonly thought that supplemental gut microbes had only a local effect on gut microflora, but further research is demonstrating systemic effects, such as those indicated in this article which shows beneficial impact on the immune system by significantly reducing upper respiratory infections. As well, this article confirms the importance of gut function to immune competency & microflora status. Wednesdy night tutorials/infosessions, which we hope will begin mid-January, will discuss this in detail. (Note, I just ordered the projection screen for the office and it may take up to 2 weeks before it is in, so these classes should start in week 2 or 3 of January. We will let you know, and remind you that we will be able to accomodate about 20 people at a time so it may be wise to reserve a seat.
Bulletin 2010-1, page 2.
Eat Fruits and Vegetables for Better Vision ScienceDaily (Dec. 19, 2009) — Carotenoids, found in green leafy vegetables and colored fruits, have been found to increase visual performance and may prevent age-related eye diseases, according to a study in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists.Authors from the University of Georgia compiled the results of multiple studies on the effects of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin on visual performance.For example, a study conducted in 2008 suggests that the pigments protect the retina and lens and perhaps even help prevent age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataract.”Comment: we need 2-3 cups of a mix of raw and cooked non-starchy veggies 3x/day,the veggies are more important than fruit.
The rectus abdominis or abdominial muscle is one of the major stabilizers of the low back or core muscles. There is specific exercise to strengthen this muscle – if you do not recall being shown this exercise then next time you are in office be sure to ask. Many of the popular methods to strengthen this muscle, ie. variations of sit-ups, actually do not properly strengthen the abdominis but instead strengthen the hip flexor or psoas which actually predisposes the low back to a greater chance of injury. In all cases, before one strengthens a muscle the adhesions should be removed by physical stimulation/release and the near-by joint checked. The adhesions in this muscle can refer to the low back as the diagrams show. As well, adhesions in the mid/low back joints can refer pain to the abdomen. Thus both must be checked & corrected. If you try to strengthen the abdominal muscle or any muscle before removing joint & muscle adhesions then things get worse or you end up with a chronic pain/discomfort problem and are told to live with it. This is why chiro manipulation of both muscle & joint must be done first in order to correct injury/pain asap. Then exercise. Again, be sure to be shown how to do this exercise properly and how to contract this muscle when bending over, which you will see a small child do automatically if you watch closely.