September/October 2010, Volume 3, Issue 5
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Asking the Right Questions
with Mitch
Haas, DC

For the past two decades, Mitch Haas has developed a series of projects that have moved chiropractic research steadily forward. His research has evaluated pain and disability outcomes and the cost-effectiveness of chiropractic and medical treatment for low back pain, a chronic pain self-management program in the elderly, and the relationship of the number of the number of chiropractic treatments with health outcomes for low back pain and headaches. In this Health Insights Today interview, Haas describes his life’s work.
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TIPS for Travel
Traveling can be rough on the body. Whether you are traveling alone on business or on your way to a sunny resort with your family, long hours in a car or an airplane can leave you stressed, tired, stiff and sore. Sitting for too long without moving can cause a buildup of pressure in the blood vessels in your lower legs. Contracting and relaxing the muscles helps the blood flow properly.
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CAM in Review
Complementary and alternative medicine research indicates that honey is more effective than widely used prescription medications for controlling cough in children’s upper respiratory infections; the Ayurvedic herb bacopa improved memory in older people; and patient education programs improve outcomes for myofascial pain syndrome.
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Chiropractic at a Southeast Asian University: Interview with Rand Baird, DC, MPH
While chiropractic’s first century unfolded primarily in North America and Europe, the profession’s future is now also emerging in places far from its site of origin in the American Midwest. The new chiropractic program at the International Medical University in Malaysia may be a harbinger of the next wave in the profession’s development, as chiropractic is integrated into a collaborative model where each discipline contributes based on its areas of greatest expertise. Rand Baird, coordinator of the IMU program, describes this program and its promise.
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Mind-Body NEWS
Australian researchers report that a program of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy results in decreases in depression, anxiety and distress in cancer patients; and rates of Caesarean section are slightly decreased by a psychological intervention during labor.
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Yoga Lessons
Going to the Core
The “core” is a hot topic in the fitness industry today. But what is it and why all the fuss? The “core” refers to the musculature that surrounds and supports the spine—generally in the vicinity of the abdominal cavity where there is no bony protection for our organs. Finding our anatomical core in yoga practice and learning to live from it is a metaphor for finding our spiritual core and learning to live from there.
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Forming Opinions

Most of the time, we form opinions based on factors below the radar of our conscious awareness. Based on a combination of personal experience, intuition, and the messages we receive from authority figures, our peers, and electronic and other media, we move through life unaware of the forces that define our direction in life. The more we bring this process into the clear light of day, the more likely we are to make well-informed choices consistent with both our values and our needs.
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Exercise &
In recent exercise research, a study comparing tai chi and Western-style exercise found that tai chi was more helpful for balance and cognitive function while Western exercise was better for upper body flexibility; exercise helped low back pain more than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; and delivery of tai chi classes via telecommunications was more effective and brought wider participation than watching tai chi videos at home.
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Nutrition Update
In recent nutrition research, calcium supplementation in pregnant women with low calcium intake worsens bone mass after pregnancy; weight gain is associated with higher meat intake; and vitamins B-6 and B-12 may help protect older people from depression.
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