Vitamin Tip: from DrWeil.com Thiamin
Thiamin (also know as B-1) is one of the B vitamins that the body needs for metabolic reactions such as burning calories for energy. Thiamin is particularly interesting because the brain requires it in order to produce glucose, the brain’s main source of energy. Thiamin deficiency has been found to cause signs of depression, fear, mood changes, feelings of unease, disordered thinking and other psychological symptoms. In addition, thiamin levels can be affected by alcohol intake, so those who regularly enjoy alcoholic beverages should consider daily supplementation. Vitamin B-1 works hand in hand with other B vitamins, and is ideally taken as part of a B-complex or multivitamin supplement.
It is in my experience that one should not take a synthetic B–Complex year round, but to switch to a more natural vitamin B supplementation 3-6 months after introducing it to the body. A quality product really shows patients a difference!
ARE YOUR SUPPLEMENTS REALLY HELPING?
Several patients ask what supplements would be best for them to take, and I realize it can be overwhelming walking up and down the aisles…where do you start?
Here are some great tips:
Manual Therapy More Effective Than Physiotherapy, Drugs for Neck Pain!
British Medical Journal
As many of us know, neck problems account for considerable pain and stiffness that can lead to work absenteeism, disability and the use of health care resources. Various conservative interventions have been proposed for treating neck pain, but few scientific evaluations have included any analysis of their cost-effectiveness. In this randomized, controlled trial, comparisons are made between the efficacy of manual therapy, physiotherapy and general practitioner care in reducing neck pain. Manual therapy consisted of spinal mobilization focusing on specific muscle mobilization, joint mobilization and coordination and stabilization. Physiotherapy consisted mainly of exercise. General practitioner care consists of counseling, education and analgesics (pain pills).
Outcomes measured included perceived recovery, intensity of pain, functional disability and quality of life; direct and indirect costs were measured to determine the overall cost-effectiveness.
RESULTS: Manual therapy was the most effective of the three treatments, with 68% of the patients demonstrating recovery after seven weeks, compared to 51% in the physiotherapy group and 36% in the general practitioner group. These differences continued to remain significant at 6 months and a year. Manual therapy proved significantly more cost effective than the other two interventions with total costs at one year equaling one-third the costs of either physiotherapy or general practitioner care.
Modified Golf Swing May Reduce Back Injury?
Bulbalian R, Ball KA, Seaman DR, The short golf backswing, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2001:24(9), pp. 560-575
It has been studied that of the 25 million golfers in America, up to 62% may suffer an injury related to the game. Low back pain is the most common injury in professional and amateur golfers and may be due to repetitive swing motion and poor mechanics. Many golfers believe that the more their shoulders rotate back during the backswing phase of a golf swing, the better their swing will be. This position places the spine under a great degree of stress, however. The above mentioned study illustrated the use of a more restricted backswing, incorporating a higher degree of shoulder activity not only reduced the odds of injury by eliminating excessive spinal rotation, but also did not harm performance levels!
Seven subjects were fitted with EMG electrodes recording muscle activity of the lumbar muscles, external oblique, latissimus dorsi and right pectoralis major muscles as they demonstrated their typical full recoil backswing (should rotating back at least 90 degrees with restricted hip rotation). Additionally, club head speed and accuracy was measured for performance. Later, the golfers had modified their swings to reduce the shoulder rotation and torque of the spine.
Results revealed that a backswing an average of 47 degrees less did not significantly affect club speed, stroke accuracy nor targeting of the club head. Significant changes were found in muscular activity though: 19% reduction in strain of the right oblique before impact, 12% reduction of the left lumbar during acceleration, 21% reduction of the right latissimus during activation, and 14% reduction of the left lumbar during follow-through. So not to worry, changing swing mechanics to reduce risks of injury will not compromise your chance to experience your best game yet!
Calcium…Not Just For Bones
Journal of the National Cancer Institute, The Associated Press, Mar. 19, 2002
Calcium intake of at least 700mg a day has recently been shown to reduce the risk of some types of cancer, including left side colon cancer (the last segment of the large intestine) in both women and men. This research is based on the data gathered from the 88,000 women in the Nurses Health Study and the 47,000 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. The latter found that those who got 700-800mg of calcium had a 40-50% decreased incidence of left-side colon cancer. The studies’ results obviously show that calcium supplementation is more beneficial than the narrow belief that it’s just for bone health. Please consult your Doctor of Chiropractic for proper advising on the dose and form of calcium best suited for your needs.
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