January 2021 Health Newsletter

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» Boost Your Immunity with ACUPUNCTURE and CHINESE MEDICINE
» American Chiropractic Association Convenes Diversity Forum
» Exercise As Effective As Drugs
» Social Media... Depressing

Boost Your Immunity with ACUPUNCTURE and CHINESE MEDICINE

The cold season can prove to be a difficult time for many of us to keep healthy and fight off the seasonal colds and flu. Chinese Medicine, by the use of acupuncture, dietary therapy and Chinese herbs, offers a natural alternative to help your body stay balanced and function at its best. The stimulation of certain acupuncture points has been proven to increase the number of white blood cells which fight off infections, boost your lungs function and lower the levels of stress-induced hormones, such as cortisol, which suppress your immune system. Given the preventative power of this medicine, regular acupuncture treatments in conjunction with herbs (when needed) are recommended during this time of the year.
Here’s a few additional tips that will improve your chances at staying healthy:

• eat foods that are warm, cooked and nourishing as this helps your body have more energy for fighting off the bugs that you come in contact with; this is the perfect time for making teas, soups, stews and steaming foods
• make sure you are eating enough vegetables and fruits daily; cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, swiss chard, bok choy, and daikon radish increase immune cells and reduce your chances of developing certain types of cancer; carrots, goji berries, sweet potato, spinach, butternut squash are rich in beta-carotene and promote new skin cells as well as protect the mucosal lining of the lungs and digestive system; increase intake of vitamin C rich foods such as watermelon and cantaloupe, kiwis, strawberries, blackberries, grapefruits, red and yellow peppers
• avoid eating lots of dairy, salads, or other cold, raw foods; avoid eating large portions, rather eat frequent small meals
• keep energy up and avoid exhausting yourself
• be sure to get enough sleep and rest
• avoid stress and emotional issues
• when you go out into a windy and cold environment, keep warm and protect yourself with clothing such as a scarf
• after washing your hair, make sure it is dry before going outside or before going to bed
• a cool shower once a day boosts immunity
• exercise outside, whatever the weather, is beneficial
• take probiotics- beneficial bacteria when properly maintained in your gut are one of the body’s strongest lines of defense.

Author: Dr. Ramona Goldman
Source: 2014 Newsletter


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American Chiropractic Association Convenes Diversity Forum

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) convened a leadership roundtable this month to explore issues related to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in chiropractic. The EDI Forum featured a diverse panel of chiropractors who shared not only relevant data but also their personal experience and thoughts on how diversity in the chiropractic profession can be improved. The EDI Forum, the first of its kind organized by the ACA Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, aimed to continue conversations that ACA began three years ago that resulted in a 2018 diversity statement acknowledging cultural agility as "a foundation for competent healthcare delivery to improve patient outcomes and engage in public health initiatives." "For the past three years [the members of the committee] have been instrumental in developing a strategic roadmap for ACA leadership on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We have made great progress in our efforts and will continue to improve upon our work in the coming year," noted ACA President Robert C. Jones, DC, in his opening remarks. "We have the capacity to contribute to a more equitable world through the lens of public health," added William Foshee, DC, chair of the committee. Keynote speaker Dionne McClain, DC, who is the first African American to serve on the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners, encouraged attendees to step out of their comfort zones to learn more about the history of explicit and implicit bias against minorities and how cultural competency can positively impact health access and outcomes. She underscored the urgent need for the chiropractic profession to learn and adapt to meet the needs of the American population, which data shows is becoming increasingly diverse. In addition to Dr. McClain, the EDI Forum panelists included Michaela Edwards, DC, president of the American Black Chiropractic Association; Angel Ochoa-Rea, DC, president of the National Gay and Lesbian Chiropractic Association; and ACA Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion members Joshua Lederman, DC, and Nakiesha Pearson, DC, who also served as moderator. The group touched on several issues throughout the two-hour discussion. Among other things, they agreed the profession could serve minority communities better by enhancing the cultural competency of providers. Attracting more minority students to chiropractic colleges and having more minorities represented in leadership positions within the profession were also cited as key factors in enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion in a meaningful way long term.

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: Acatoday.org - December 21, 2021.


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Exercise As Effective As Drugs

It’s concerning that many have taken a sort of inactive position when it comes to their health and inherent ability to get and stay well. We have moved towards becoming a sick or ‘unwell’ nation seeking ‘health’ through the services of a medical physician - a physician who most commonly provides a solution written on a prescription pad. The reality is that there are safe, natural and highly effective ways for us to overcome disease, get well and maintain good health and wellbeing. In a large review just published in the British Medical Journal, researchers from Britain's London School of Economics and Harvard and Stanford universities in the United States found no statistically detectable differences between exercise and drugs for patients with coronary heart disease or prediabetes, when a person shows symptoms that may develop into full-blown diabetes. Most of us already have the inherent tools to fight disease if we make the right choices - something doctors of chiropractic understand. If you’d like to learn more about improving your health the natural way, call your local doctor of chiropractic today!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Reuters: October 3, 2013.


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Social Media... Depressing

A growing amount of research indicates those suffering from depression, loneliness and other mental health issues can be at risk for addiction to excessive internet usage. A new study shows similar findings with Facebook usage. Facebook addiction or intrusion arises when Facebook usage begins to negatively impacting one’s day-to-day activities and interpersonal relationships. In this recent study, 672 Facebook users were assessed utilizing questionnaires to determine their degree of Facebook addiction and current level of depression, if any. Researchers found those individuals with higher depression scores suffered from higher levels of Facebook addiction. Additionally, their time spent online was also associated with the degree of Facebook addiction - the more time online, the more Facebook addiction. However, time spent online alone was not associated with depression. These findings indicate that Facebook and likely other social media websites have a heightened attraction to those suffering from depression and addictive behaviors. Findings also identified those with the highest risk of becoming addicted to Facebook - young males spending an extensive amount of time online.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: European Psychiatry, online May 8, 2015.


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