November/December 2009, Volume 2, Issue 6
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EDITOR’S LOG

Help Your Profession NOW!

When chiropractors fought successfully for inclusion in the U.S. Medicare system in 1973, the profession and its patients were able to generate a very impressive one million contacts (mainly letters) to members of Congress. Twenty years later, in the health reform battle of 1993-94, the number was 500,000. In the current health reform effort, where the stakes are arguably even higher than in the two previous campaigns, the number (as of October 2009) is below 100,000. This trend requires both immediate action and long-term strategic planning. Read article »
Coping with Uncertainty: Some Simple Steps
for the Stressed Out
In economic hard times, anxiety and depression are more widespread and challenging. Psychiatrist and holistic medical physician James Gordon, MD, a Health Insights Today editorial board member who chaired the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, shares advice developed over four decades working in Washington, DC, and with war-traumatized populations overseas. He offers several simple self-care coping strategies that are easy to learn and practice at home. Best of all in these stressful times, they are free. Read article »
EXERCISE and FITNESS Report
In a large and important study of men and women between the ages of 70 and 88, Israeli researchers confirmed that it is never too late to start exercising. They found a significant survival benefit from starting to exercise at any age and urge all doctors to encourage people to perform regular physical exercise at all ages. Read article »
The Great SOYBEAN CONTROVERSY: Part II – Misleading Media Narratives
Among the challenges faced by people seeking valid nutritional information is that commercial media thrive on drama and controversy. Accurate and balanced information about healthy foods won’t sell as many copies or garner as many website hits as hard-hitting yet misleading headlines claiming miracle cures or life-threatening toxic reactions. Two recent stories on soy foods – one about tofu allegedly causing memory loss and the other generalizing wildly from a single extreme case of male feminization – provide perfect examples of extraordinarily misleading media narratives. Read article »
CAM in Review
Kansas State University researchers recently determined that the presence of plants in hospital rooms led to lower systolic blood pressure and lower ratings of pain, anxiety and fatigue. Other new complementary and alternative medicine research includes findings that acupuncture may be more helpful for opiate withdrawal than for withdrawal from alcohol and nicotine, and that certain homeopathic preparations may match Prozac for effectiveness in treating moderate to severe depression. Read article »
YOGA as an Antidote
to Stress
Finding peace and balance in the midst of sustained, intense activity is one of the greatest challenges we all face. Those who highly value productivity can fall prey to the idea that success requires burning the candle at both ends over extended periods of time. Stress-related illnesses of all kinds are the unfortunate result. The yoga tradition offers a way out of this trap, through breathing and movement that is both centering and energizing. Read article »
21st Century Chiropractic Principles and Practice: Interview with Leonard J. Faye, DC
Dr. Len Faye pioneered the development of the dynamic chiropractic paradigm that has gradually replaced the older bone-out-of-place model. While maintaining a thriving chiropractic practice in Los Angeles in the 1980s and 1990s, the Canadian-born Faye produced a steady stream of articles describing his evidence-based model of the vertebral subluxation complex. He also co-authored the landmark 1989 textbook, Motion Palpation and Chiropractic Technic. A year ago, Dr. Faye joined the faculty of Cleveland Chiropractic College – Los Angeles, where he teaches a series of technique classes. Read article »
 
NUTRITION Update
In new studies, researchers have learned that low dietary levels of vitamins A and C are linked to asthma, while high intake of calcium protects against it; fibromyalgia patients have lower blood levels of vitamins A and E; whole grains protect against hypertension; vitamin D enhances muscle strength in older adults; and periodontal (gum) health is enhanced by supplementation with calcium and vitamin D. Read article »
Mind-Body NEWS
Children traumatized by a tsunami were given two mind-body interventions – Narrative Exposure Therapy for children (KIDNET) or six sessions of meditation-relaxation – both of which brought improvement in post-traumatic stress disorder. Breathing exercises are central to many mind-body approaches, including yoga and certain forms of meditation. In other news, a study on a mechanical application of breath work principles, device-guided breathing exercises helped lower blood pressure in Type II diabetic patients with hypertension, offering a non-drug adjunct to conventional care. Read article »