September 2020 Health Newsletter

Hi everyone,

How are you doing 5 months into our "pandemic"? I mean, how are you REALLY doing? I will be the first to admit I am struggling with social distancing, masks, limited work and school, no ability to gather for church, family gatherings, funerals, etc. I have sold my soul to the ice cream devil while I try to survive this upheaval. 

I have talked about stress a lot in the past few years but never did I imagine we would ever experience such a long period of heightened stress without a break. Cortisol, our stress hormone, is meant to elevate for a very short time, then quickly return to normal levels. Long term stress causes a constantly elevated level of cortisol. Additionally, increased cortisol causes systemic inflammation in our organs and tissues and also triggers food cravings-usually sugary sources. The longer we are kept from our normal routines, away from our loved ones,  our children not in school, etc., we will develop a much greater risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke,  heart disease, and cancer. 

What can we do when our public officials continue to perpetuate our stress? We need to focus on what WE can control: what we eat and drink, how much we move throughout the day, our length and quality of sleep, and our frame of mind and positivity. 

Chiropractic adjustments lower cortisol levels. I am now getting adjusted at least once per week. Aligning your spine influences your nervous system allowing for normal joint and organ function, including digestion, heart/lung function, kidney/liver function, to name a few. Let us help you manage your stress.

The debate in the media continues over the treatment of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 but more and more evidence reveals that almost everyone who succombed was extremely deficient in vitamin D3. This is an extremely inexpensive supplement that we keep in stock. Almost everyone who lives in Minnesota is deficient in D3 because the primary way to keep levels normal is to have exposure (without sunscreen or protective clothing) to sunshine for 15 to 20 minutes per day. Your levels will be much lower if you avoid the sun or use sunscreen. Experts in nutrition recommend levels no lower than 40-50 ng/mL. In fact, COVID-19 patients who had levels between 20-30 ng/mL had a sevenfold higher risk of death than those with levels above 30 ng/mL. Adequate vitamin D3 levels help to boost your immune system. The dose you take is important and almost everyone who does supplement is taking a dose that is far too little. As we move into autumn, our days become shorter, and the strength of the sun's rays weaken, it is even more important to supplement with an adequate dosage. Rather than discussing specific dosage, I would ask you to call the office at 763-427-0820 so we can discuss your individual needs.

As always, please call us to get evaluated or adjusted if you are injured. Time is of the essence in restoring normal joint alignment and promoting soft tissue healing after an injury, whether it involves a sport, a fall, or a car accident. Muscles and ligaments repair in six weeks. Whether they heal with healthy new fibers or scar tissue depends on getting chiropractic care or ignoring the injury. Not sure if you need to schedule? Call us and we can help you determine if you need an appointment. We are here to help. 

Good luck to all parents and grandparents who will be home schooling your children again this fall. There is a wonderful TEDTalk called "Breathe to Heal" by Max Strom. I would highly recommend it for all of us as we work through our stress in any form. 

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Susan, Dr. Rich and I all wish you a peaceful, relaxing Labor Day weekend. Don't hesitate to contact us if we can help you in any way. 

Dr. Tracy


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» Beat Insomnia With More Exercise

Orthotic Footwear  

Author:Tracy Andrews
Source:Foot Levelers
Copyright:Foot Levelers 2016

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Chiropractic and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome  

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) affects more than 3 million people annually and occurs when there is compression of the median nerve where the nerve runs through the carpal bones of the wrist. The result is numbness, tingling and/or weakness in the hand. A review of CTS studies that include joint mobilization indicates, according to researchers, "…joint mobilization was associated with positive clinical effects for persons with CTS." Joint mobilization of the wrist is nothing more than introducing safe, controlled force to the carpal bones of the wrist in order to reduce pressure to the median nerve, break adhesions and improve blood flow. Doctors of chiropractic are trained and fully skilled in the art of joint mobilization, which is commonly called "adjustments." If you are suffering from CTS, or similar soft tissue ailment, we encourage you to consider chiropractic care today.
Source:JMPT Online, August 26, 2020. LLC 2020

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Meditation and Exercise May Reduce Cold Symptoms  

A small study conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison indicates that meditation and exercise significantly reduced the number of days people missed work due to colds or flu. The results need to be confirmed, but could add another tool to the prevention options available for the respiratory illnesses. Currently there is no vaccine for the common cold, and flu vaccines are only effective 60-70% of the time. The only other preventative measures available for the illnesses are hand washing and to avoid contact with infected persons. While the common cold and most strains of the flu are considered mild by doctors, the estimated costs of them to society run into billions of dollars annually. Working from a thesis that exercise and meditation could prevent illness, Dr. Bruce Barrett and his colleagues randomly assigned 149 patients into three groups; one group participated in an eight week exercise training, one group participated in an eight week meditation training and the third participated as a control and received no special instructions. After the training periods were completed, the researchers tracked illness incidents in the groups through cold and flu season. Of the 50 people in the control group, 40 got sick as opposed to 27 in the meditation group and 26 in the exercise group. Furthermore, the exercise and meditation groups reported feeling sick for an average of only five days, while the control group felt ill for nine. The exercise and meditation groups also missed less work. The researchers speculate that exercise helped strengthen the immune systems of test subjects, while meditation left subjects better prepared to cope with the effects of illness. Dr. Barrett stated however, that the findings were preliminary and needed more study.
Source:Ann Fam Med. July/August 2012. Vol. 10, No. 4. LLC 2012

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Beat Insomnia With More Exercise  

For the nearly half of Americans who experience occasional insomnia, and the 22 percent who suffer from the condition nightly, a new survey by the non-profit National Sleep Foundation suggests the key to restful sleep is vigorous exercise. The survey of 1,000 people, conducted by phone and over the internet, indicates that people who exercise regularly have less problems getting to sleep and enjoy a better quality of sleep than those who do not. More than 75 percent of the respondents who reported themselves as working out regularly reported sleeping well, as compared to just over half of the people who reported not exercising at all. Interestingly, both groups reported getting the same amount of sleep; an average of just under seven hours a night during the work week. However, respondents who were physically active reported falling asleep more quickly, experiencing less sleeping problems and needing less sleep to function during the day. The sedentary people reported problems falling asleep at night, staying asleep, keeping awake during the day, taking more naps and exhibiting more symptoms of sleep apnea, a condition that causes breathing problems while sleeping. The experts concluded that even ten minutes of exercise a day could have a significant impact on the duration and quality of sleep.
Source:National Sleep Foundation’s 2013 Sleep in America® poll. March 4, 2013. LLC 2013

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