June 2020 Health Newsletter

Hi everyone,

We are rapidly approaching the longest day of the most bizarre year any of us has ever experienced. I am hopeful that there is light at the end of the tunnel with the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the Stay Home order, and the beginning of social justice reform. The World Health Organization has reconsidered its stance on masks and now recommends ONLY those caring for COVID patients wear them. Currently, according to the CDC, the mortality rate nationwide is 0.04%, meaning that the survival rate nationwide is 99.6%. More importantly to us, the mortality rate in Minnesota based on a population of 5.7 million people is 0.0002 or over 99.98% using the numbers from the Minnesota Department of Health. That is as close to zero as we can possibly get. I realize that you may be thinking I am being cold since no one wants to lose a loved one to any illness or disease. All life is precious but to put it into perspective, the life expectancy in the US is 78-79 years old. The average age of those who have succumbed to COVID-19 is about 81-85 or older nationwide. New studies come out daily indicating that there is no scientific basis for 6' social distancing, the virus cannot be spread from surfaces, staying indoors actually increases the likelihood of contracting COVID-19, asymptomatic people don't transmit and contaminate others, and ventilators were harmful to COVID patients. I realize this may not coincide with what you have been hearing on TV and in the news so I implore you to do your own research. To summarize, almost everything we have been asked to do and the information we have been given has been incorrect. I would be happy to provide you with many research studies that I have based my statements on.  

You may have noticed that I have been unusually quiet on social media in the past couple months. I want you to know that we health care providers are being censored and we are forbidden from giving you any health advice that could imply that we know how to treat or cure SARS-CoV-2. I find this absolutely unconscionable since we have all taken an oath to serve our patients.

As I write this introduction, we are on the eve of the beginning of Phase 3 in Minnesota. We are slowly re-opening our economy and our restaurants, hair salons, barber shops, massage and body work facilities, health clubs, and churches are opening at limited capacities. We are all excited to welcome these businesses back and I am sure we are being more generous than normal. I would ask you to remember that chiropractors, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists and other independent health care facilities are also small businesses that are struggling during the shutdown. We have employees, operating expenses, and taxes to pay just like other businesses. I am humbled to say that we are struggling as well and I ask that you please refer your friends, family, and co-workers who may benefit from chiropractic care. We offer discounted packages of 3, 5, and 10 visits for those who don't have insurance coverage or those who have exhausted their benefits or on wellness/maintenance care. We would be happy to provide gift certificates for treatment for you or your loved ones. We are doing our best to stay open our full time hours but time will tell how long we will be able to continue if fear continues to keep people at home. We have been open throughout the entire pandemic and have not received any notification from anyone who has been in our clinic and become ill or tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19. This is wonderful news since it means that we have been in very close contact with many people and no one has become ill.

We are sanitizing, distancing, and making sure no one is within 6 feet of others (except of course for Dr. Tollefson, Susan, and me). It is safe for you to come as long as you observe the CDC recommendations for contagion. If you are unsure about coming in just call us and we can decide if it is appropriate. We can also help you over the phone if it isn't the right time for you to actually come in. We want to help in any way we can. You may notice that we are not wearing masks. We have made our decision based on studies from the Annuals of Internal Medicine and the University of Minnesota. These studies conclude that surgical and cloth masks do not prevent the dissemination of SARS-CoV-2 and we feel it is important to preserve the supply of surgical masks for at-risk healthcare workers. You are welcome to wear a mask if you feel safer but we do not require one.

We continue to see more and more patients who are working from home and unable to take the pain of makeshift desks and office set ups any longer. I have been able to give people suggestions on how to make their work areas more comfortable in addition to getting them aligned and feeling better. Don't hesitate to call if you are suffering, too. The same goes for yardwork, landscape projects, and other DIY adventures you may have taken on during your free time. Remember, early intervention brings the best results. The longer you wait to get adjusted, the longer it takes for your body to respond and for you to feel better. 

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. 

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Susan, Dr. Tollefson, and I send you virtual hugs, hope, and happiness and eagerly await your return to our clinic if you haven't been in for awhile.  Have a Father's Day and enjoy the beginning of summer. Get out and breathe fresh air and soak up the sun's healing rays. 

Dr. Tracy

 

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» Ditch the Cola: How Your Favorite Sodas Can Lead to Heart Failure

Orthotic Footwear  

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


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Prolonged Sitting Increases Back Pain  
For those of you spending significant periods sitting, you're significantly increasing the chances of experiencing back pain, according to the research. In a recent study, researchers conducted a systematic review of previous studies to determine whether increased sitting was associated with an immediate increase in low back pain. Researchers found, as many might expect, that prolonged sitting does in fact increase immediate low back pain in adults. If you find yourself sitting for more than 20 to 30 minute periods, we recommend getting up, stretching, walking around, and taking a break from sitting. It's not only good for your back, it also helps to clear and reset your mind. If you're experiencing low back pain, contact our office today - we can help!

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:JMPT. Vol. 43, Iss. 1. January 1, 2020.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2020


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Jump For Your Adjustment!  

Looking to increase athletic performance and possibly your vertical jump height? Give an adjustment a try! A small blinded trial was conducted recently in young female athletes who were suffering from ankle joint dysfunction to see if an adjustment to the joint could affect their vertical jump height. The ankle joint, more technically referred to as the talocrural joint, is the joint formed from the ends of the lower leg bones (tibia and fibula) and the top bone of the ankle, the talus. Half of the female athletes with ankle joint dysfunction received an adjustment to their ankle joint once a week for three weeks while the other half received a sham treatment once a week for three weeks. On average, those receiving the adjustment to their ankle joint saw an average 0.47 cm increase in their vertical jump as compared with the sham group. Itís important to recognize that adjustments provided by doctors of chiropractic can be delivered to and benefit more than just the joints of the spine. If you or someone you know is suffering from pain or dysfunction, or is simply looking to enhance their physical performance and overall health, give your local chiropractor a call today!

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:JMPT. February 2014. Vol. 37; Issue 2.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2014


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Ditch the Cola: How Your Favorite Sodas Can Lead to Heart Failure  

Sugary sodas may feel like the perfect thirst quencher, but prolonged soda consumption can actually have serious consequences in the long run. Over time, studies have shown increasing links between soda consumption and the risk for high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and even heart problems. In fact, one Swedish study observed the soda consumption of 42,000 men over the course of 12 years. There were roughly 3,600 new cases of heart failure during the 12-year long study, and it concluded that men who regularly drank two or more servings of soda per day had a 23% greater risk of experiencing heart failure in their lifetime.  Women are strongly advised to ditch the soda as well. Long-term soda consumption in women has been strongly linked to a rise in insulin problems, high blood pressure, obesity, and type-2 diabetes, all of which are triggers for major heart problems. Heart failure occurs when the heart does not have the strength to pump enough oxygen and blood. 23 million people across the globe already deal with heart failure, and it will only continue to worsen with the regular consumption of processed foods, sodium, and sugary beverages like soda.

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:Heart, online November 2, 2015.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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