September/October 2009, Volume 2, Issue 5
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EDITOR’S LOG

As Crises Converge

Our society has entered an era of converging crises in three critical areas – health, environment and economics. Many current trend lines in each of these domains are unsustainable and each strongly influences the others. To arrive at sustainable solutions for any of these three areas, it may be necessary to craft holistic approaches to address them all simultaneously. At times, the task can seem overwhelming. But hidden within this challenge are the seeds of humanity’s next great breakthroughs. Read article »
Chiropractic Research Roundup
In the first randomized controlled trial of chiropractic care for older adults, two different chiropractic techniques outperform conventional medical care for low back pain. And in the first study of its kind within a Veterans Administration healthcare facility, investigators compare the results of chiropractic care for veterans with and without posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), finding that those without PTSD show greater decreases in low back pain. Read article »
CAM in Review
Researchers find that acupuncture equals the beneficial effects of steroid medication for carpal tunnel syndrome without any adverse effects. In another clinical trial, breathing exercises (particularly slow breathing) are helpful for controlling high blood pressure. Read article »
The Great SOYBEAN CONTROVERSY: Part I – Effects on Heart Disease and Cancer
Soy foods have long been a mainstay of Asian cuisines. Tofu, soymilk and tempeh offer an exceptional source of protein, are low in saturated fat (in contrast to the meat and dairy they often replace) and are also a good source of numerous vitamins and minerals. The soybean has been hailed as a miracle food but also attacked as a poison. In the first of a three-part series on soy, Health Insights Today examines current research addressing soy’s effects on the prevention and treatment of heart disease and cancer. Read article »
RESEARCH AGENDA at Cleveland Chiropractic College
The first wave of chiropractic research (1975–2005) focused on demonstrating that manual adjustment (manipulation) of the spine could outperform a placebo or comparison treatment, particularly for low back pain This has been an overwhelming success, resulting in numerous national guidelines endorsing spinal manipulation, 94 percent of which is delivered by chiropractors. The next wave seeks to expand on this success, exploring chiropractic care for special populations (geriatrics and pediatrics), nonspinal conditions and prevention. Both the Kansas City and Los Angeles campuses of Cleveland Chiropractic College have mapped out ambitious research agendas for the new era. Read article »
Nutrition Update
In a major policy statement, the American Dietetic Association declares that well-planned vegetarian and vegan diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the lifecycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes. In other recent nutrition news, studies show that the Mediterranean diet’s heart-healthy effects are due to its alcohol and plant food content, not its dairy and fish; and that smoked meats and fish increase the risk of leukemia. Read article »
Healthy individuals depend on a healthy environment, which in turn depends on environmentally friendly public policies. Simran Sethi, who first attained fame as a journalist for MTV Asia and later hosted “The Green” on the Sundance Channel, is now a professor at the University of Kansas, specializing in environmental journalism. In this Health Insights Today interview, she discusses ways to effectively tell the environment’s story. As she sees it, focusing on health effects may be the key. Read article »
Exercise and
Fitness
Report
Exercise yields improved academic focus in preadolescents, swimming may not bring full heart benefits of land-based exercise, and people with osteoporosis can help prevent falls with balance, muscle strengthening, and weight-bearing exercises. Read
article »
The Yoga of Caring for the Planet
“Yoga is much more than the physical postures commonly recognized as yoga. Its most basic teachings challenge us to understand that we are not separate from each other or from the natural world which surrounds us. Yoga and caring for the planet go hand-in-hand.” Read article »