Weekly Health Update-Jan. 14th


Weekly Health Update

Week of: Monday, January 14th, 2013

Courtesy of:

Trevor Heid, D.C.

(623) 505-7226


“He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.”

~ Thomas Carlyle

Mental Attitude: Multiple Media Use.

Media use among United States youth has increased 20% in the past decade, and the amount of time spent multitasking with media has spiked 120%. Using multiple forms of media at the same time (ie. playing a computer game while watching TV) has been linked to symptoms of anxiety and depression. Cyberpsychology.

Behavior and Social Networking, December 2012


Health Alert: Cigarette Taxes.

According to a study conducted by Tobacco Control, the typical smoker averaged 16 cigarettes per day in 2001. Three years later, that number decreased to 14 cigarettes daily. The price for a pack of cigarettes increased from $3.96 in 2001 to $4.41 in 2004, mainly due to increased taxes on cigarettes. It’s believed the two cigarettes per day decrease from 2001-2004 was due to the increased cost of smoking.

Tobacco Control, December 2012


Diet: Rice Bran.

The bioactive components in rice bran show anti-cancer activity, including the ability to inhibit cell proliferation, alter cell cycle progression, and initiate the programmed cell death (known as apoptosis) in malignant cells. Bioactive components of rice bran act not only within cancer cells but around the cells to create conditions in the surrounding tissues that promote the function of healthy cells while inhibiting the function of cancer cells. This tissue microenvironment activity includes controlling chronic inflammation, often a precursor for cancer. Rice bran may also promote an anti-cancer immune response and protect against cancer.

Advances in Nutrition, December 2012


Exercise: Want A Healthy Brain?

Physical exercise is important when it comes to maintaining a healthy brain. Scientists found that Growth Hormone (stimulated by exercise) increases the amount of stem cells that actively generate new nerve cells in the brain. Growth Hormone also slows and can even reverse the decline in new nerve cell formation normally seen as our bodies age.

University of Queensland, November 2012


Chiropractic: Bone Spurs?

Bone spurs (osteophytes) are bony projections that form off of bones in and along joints, and are often seen with arthritis. Bone spurs can limit joint motion and can cause joint pain. Bone spurs form when the body tries to increase the surface area of the joint to better distribute weight across a joint surface that has been damaged by arthritis. To slow formation and alleviate symptoms, it has been shown that joint motion improves nutrition to the tissue and maintains the health of the joint.

Spine, 1977


Wellness/Prevention: Sleep and Insulin Resistance.

High levels of insulin resistance can lead to the development of diabetes. Teenagers who normally sleep six hours a night can improve insulin resistance by 9% by simply sleeping one additional hour.

Sleep, October 2012


Weekly Health Update-Dec. 31, 2012

Weekly Health Update 
Week of: Monday, December 31st, 2012 
Courtesy of:
Trevor Heid, D.C.
(623) 505-7226

“Those who think they have no time for bodily exercise
will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”
~ Edward Stanley


Mental Attitude: Anxious Parents? 
Parents diagnosed with social anxiety disorder are more likely to exhibit less warmth and affection towards their children, criticize them more, and express doubts about their child’s ability to complete a task. This can heighten anxiety in their child, and over time, can increase the chance their child will develop an advanced anxiety disorder of their own..
Child Psychiatry and Human Development, November 2012 

Health Alert: Parental Math Skills and Medication Errors
Parents with poor math skills (3rd grade level or below) are 5 times more likely to measure the wrong dose of medication for their child than parents with math skills at the 6th grade level or greater. In a study of 289 parents, 27% had math skills at 3rd grade level or below.
American Academy of Pediatrics, April 2012

Diet: Red and Processed Meat.
Meat consumption increases the risk of prostate cancer. Men who consumed the most red meat had a 30% increased risk of cancer. Processed red meat was associated with a 10% increased risk of prostate cancer with every 10 grams (about one-third of an ounce) of increased intake.
American Journal of Epidemiology, October 2009

Exercise: 5 Major Reasons.
Exercise helps control your weight preventing excess weight gain or maintaining weight loss, combats health conditions and diseases, improves mood, boosts energy, and promotes better sleep.
Mayo Clinic

Chiropractic: Spinal Degenerative Joint Disease and Pain. 
There are several reasons spinal degeneration causes pain: 1. Mechanical compression of nerve by bone, ligament, or the disk. 2. Biochemical mediators of inflammation. 3. Mechanical nerve compression results in decreased blood flow and swelling, which causes lack of proper motion leading to fibrotic tissue formation.
Spine, 1989

Wellness/Prevention: Get Your Sleep! 
Sleep disorders lead to 253 million days of sick leave a year in the United States. 63.2 billion dollars are lost a year due to insomnia. A third of this is due to absence from work, while the other two thirds is due to a loss in productivity at work. 10% of the population suffers from insomnia. Sleep apnea affects 4-5% of the population.
University of Bergen, November 2012