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We’re all aware of the serious problem in the US with opiate addiction. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 115 Americans die from opiate overdoses each day (about 43,000 a year), and we spend about $78 billion on the total costs of opiate abuse. Opioid addiction is crippling our economy and many communities.
Many people who become addicted to opiates are first introduced to them by doctors who prescribe them for chronic pain. A recent study in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that 60% of opioid overdoses first used these drugs when given a prescription for chronic, non-cancer pain: 59% of those patients were prescribed painkillers for chronic back pain and 24% were for chronic headache.
In summary: 36% of people who died from opioid overdoses were first given a narcotic because they had back pain.
Chiropractic: Working with the Root Cause of PainChiropractic takes a different approach to pain by working to help the body repair the root cause of the problem rather than simply masking the symptoms, like opiates do. Remember: painkillers don’t repair injuries or damaged tissue; they simply stop the brain from processing pain, leaving the underlying problem. If the problem isn’t treated and the normal function isn’t restored to the body, the pain will return.
Numerous studies have found that chiropractic care is equally (or even more) effective than medical care for a variety of pain conditions, including back pain, sciatica, headache, and scoliosis. And since chiropractors don’t prescribe drugs or perform surgery, patients who get adjustments don’t have to worry about the negative side effects that come with these treatments…including addiction.
Even the American Medical Association has acknowledged that chiropractic adjustments should be a course of treatment before surgery is considered for back pain.
The US Department of Veterans Affairs has also seen the benefits of chiropractic care in the treatment of pain and, over the last few years, dramatically increased the utilization of chiropractic for veterans.
Chiropractic Patients Use Fewer OpiatesNow a new study1 from the VA looked at the relationship between chiropractic care and opioid consumption in returning veterans. In this study, the researchers looked at the health records of 14,000 individuals who had received at least one chiropractic adjustment. The authors found:
“The percentage of veterans receiving opioid prescriptions was lower in each of the three 30-day time frames assessed after the index chiropractic visit than before. Our work did not attempt to assess causation or otherwise explain this observation. Veterans may have been referred to chiropractic care as part of an opioid taper plan, or those who agreed to chiropractic care may have been inherently less likely to seek opioid prescriptions. However, it is also possible that the delivery of chiropractic care may have been a substitute for opioid use in our sample, which raises interesting research, policy, and practice considerations as the VA continues to expand chiropractic services. This is particularly relevant in light of other work that has shown a negative correlation between chiropractic use and opioid use in private sector populations.”
This is not the first study to show that chiropractic patients are less likely to use opiates.
Written by: Michael Melton on September 16, 2018.Modified on September 23, 2018.
As part of a growing number of blood pressure drug recalls, Torrent Pharmaceuticals has expanded its recall of losartan medication over concerns it contains a carcinogen.
Torrent said six additional lots of losartan potassium and hydrochlorothiazide tablets contain trace amounts of the probable human carcinogen N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), according to a notice shared Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration.
The India-based pharmaceutical company has already recalled 10 lots of losartan potassium tablets in the past two months, and since July, more than a dozen other recalls have been issued for common blood pressure medications.
The recalls have been linked to two overseas factories that made the drugs' active ingredients, which the FDA has said it is investigating. The drugs have been found to contain either NDEA or N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).
Various versions of valsartan, losartan and irbesartan drugs have been part of the recalls. These medications are part of a large class called angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs), which lower blood pressure by widening or relaxing blood vessels.
© Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc.However, not all ARBs contain NDMA or NDEA or are under recall, and alternative treatments or medications can be prescribed in consultation with physicians, the FDA says.
The agency is telling patients to continue taking their medication "as the risk of harm to the patient's health may be higher if the treatment is stopped immediately without any alternative treatment," the FDA said.
Click here to find out if your medication is affected by the recent recalls, or visit the FDA website. The agency has updated lists for all three kinds of drugs affected by the recalls.
It seems like diet sabotage is everywhere you look this season. But it's not just about sugary office treats and endless holiday party spreads; some of the most common winter foods actually help, not hurt, your waistline. Want to know which ones? Read on for six fat-burning foods you should be eating this holiday season!
Your favorite indulgence actually includes two ingredients that are known to boost metabolism: caffeine and the antioxidant catechin. Just make sure you stick to a small square a day so the sugar and calories don't outweigh dark chocolate's fat-burning potential. Try this flourless chocolate cake to enjoy the benefits of this wintry food - one serving is only 96 calories.
Sweet potatoes may just be your cold-weather fat-burning secret. Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, which helps keep you feeling full while burning calories by putting your digestive system to work. And they also contain a hormone that helps regulate your blood sugar. Stick with simply seasoned boiled or steamed sweet potatoes - not a sugary dessert - if you are eating for weight loss. We heartily recommend this sweet potato salad - it's spicy, Paleo, and gluten-free.
This is the time of year when cinnamon is often the star, and that's a good thing: the warming Fall spice has been shown to slow digestion and regulate blood sugar to boost your metabolism. Be sure to snack on some cinnamon roasted chickpeas to reap the benefits of this spice.
You can find various types of pears throughout the Fall and Winter, and there's reason to stock up: pears, like apples, contain high levels of pectin, which binds to water and limits the amount of fat your body absorbs. And pears make great additions to smoothies. Here's one of our favorites: pear and berry smoothie.
Rest assured, your post-Thanksgiving leftover turkey habit is helping you burn fat. Lean protein, like turkey, keeps you full and takes energy to digest - both of which mean increased metabolism. Go for skinless breast meat to keep the calories down. Or whip up a batch of turkey chili, adding the fat-burning power of cayenne pepper to your meal.
This citrus is prime for picking in Autumn and Winter, so stock up. Grapefruit is an excellent source of soluble fiber, which can help you stay fuller, longer, while eating less. Try tossing grapefruit segments in a hearty salad for lunch (along with a grapefruit vinaigrette) or try this spiced honey broild grapefruit - it's perfect for breakfast or dessert.
If you’ve ever had allergies, you can well understand just how frustrating it can be when your patients have symptoms that seem to linger for days on end.
If you’ve ever had allergies, you can well understand just how frustrating it can be when your patients have symptoms that seem to linger for days on end.
They may probably find that spicy food, particularly curry, can do wonders to help open up clogged nasal passages and stuffed ears, and sooth sore throats. As odd as it may sound, there may actually be some sound science behind some of the symptom relief that they can get.
The secret is in turmeric, which is the main spice used in the sauce for curry.
Turmeric is perhaps the best known of all the medicinal herbs in the Ayurvedic tradition. Like many of the other herbs in this tradition, it also doubles as a culinary ingredient for not only curry, but many other dishes that are popular throughout South Asia.
What is the active ingredient in turmeric that works to fight off allergic reactions? Furthermore, what does the research show about its usefulness for treating allergies?
The active ingredient in turmericCurcumin is the main bioactive ingredient in turmeric. In fact, it is responsible for giving turmeric its distinctive, bright, golden yellow color. Numerous research articles have shown it to have antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and even antioxidant properties.
Curcumin also has shown a distinct anti-inflammatory effect. One study showed benefit equally to that of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for osteoarthritis.1
This anti-inflammatory response is similar to that needed to fight off many of the symptoms of allergies, particularly those of respiratory symptoms, such as coughing and sinusitis.
Research on the connection between turmeric and allergic reactionA 2008 article in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research reviewed the effectiveness of curcumin in treating symptoms of both the allergic response and asthma.2 The researchers looked cellular and animal studies to show that the allergic response was significantly inhibited for those animals receiving curcumin as part of their standard diet. This indicates a need for further research to confirm these initial findings.
Another animal study from the 2013 issue of International Immunopharmacology also found that curcumin reduced the allergic response.3 In this study, a group of guinea pigs were first sensitized to allergens, before a curcumin supplement preparation was added into their regular diet.
The researchers found that those guinea pigs who received the curcumin supplement showed a reduction in a number of allergic rhinitis symptoms, including sneezing, frequency of nose rubbing, eye tearing, and nasal congestion.3
Finally, a 2016 article in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology conducted a human trial of the effects of curcumin on a group of 241 subjects who received either oral curcumin or placebo over the course of two months.4
The researchers used nasal symptoms and airflow resistance (to measure how much air was moving through the nostrils) to determine the therapeutic effect of the curcumin. At the end of the study, those subjects who received the curcumin showed reduced signs of sneezing and runny nose, as well as less nasal congestion.
These symptoms were reduced by approximately 70 percent and persisted after the trial had finished.4
If your patients are fond of Asian curry food, they may already be well ahead of the game when it comes to beating allergy symptoms.
However, for those who don’t care for spicy food, you might suggest they add turmeric/ curcumin into their regular vitamin and supplement regimen, particularly if they are prone to colds or allergy symptoms.
Most adults don't get enough exercise, but getting in shape is worth it, as it can extend life, prevent disease, and make you happier. In some ways, walking is the perfect exercise, as it's accessible, easy, and free. By walking just 22 minutes a day, you can significantly transform your health. There's little that can transform your overall health, physical and mental, as much as exercise. Working out regularly can extend your life, ward off heart disease and various cancers, rebuild the muscle and bone strength lost with age, and reduce levels of anxiety and depression. Perhaps best of all, you can start to get all those benefits just by deciding to regularly go for a walk. For many, getting started with fitness can be intimidating - weight training, interval sprints, and even certain bodyweight exercises might all seem a little too much if you aren't familiar with where to begin. But people unsure about how they want to get started with fitness should take heart in a simple fact. Most research shows that doing just a little exercise is still vastly better than doing nothing. Stepping outside and walking down the street - or through a park or along a trail - is enough to start transforming your health. Even just a few minutes is better than none at all, and exceeding minimum health guidelines does provide additional benefits. But if you want a basic target to hit, aim for 22 minutes per day, or 30 minutes a day five days a week - a total of 150 minutes per week. © Shutterstock Evidence for walking's health benefits Recommended physical activity guidelines call for healthy adults to do a minimum of two and half hours of moderate intensity activity - or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity - plus at least two muscle-strengthening days a week. Walking doesn't get you all the way there, as it doesn't include strength training. But even meeting the moderate activity guidelines with a regular walking habit can do a lot. According to one large study of older adults published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine that looked at 62,178 men and 77,077 women, people who walk at least 150 minutes per week were about 20% less likely to die than inactive adults during the 13-year study period. "Walking has been described as the 'perfect exercise' because it is a simple action that is free, convenient, does not require any special equipment or training, and can be done at any age," the authors wrote in their conclusion. It is worth trying to keep up a decent pace, however. Another study of more than 50,000 adults in the UK found that people who walked regularly at an average or quick pace were about 20% less likely to die - and 24% less likely to die from heart disease - when compared to slow walkers. While life extension and disease reduction are important, those aren't the only reasons to go for a walk. Smaller studies have shown that even a 30-minute walk on a treadmill is enough to lift the mood of someone suffering from major depressive disorder. None of this is to say you shouldn't eventually start incorporating strength training and other forms of exercise into your routine - there are reasons why those exercises are included in fitness guidelines. But if you just wanted to get started in a simple way, know that going for a walk can be more powerful than it seems.
While some of the biggest dementia risk factors—age and family history—are beyond your control, it’s no secret that certain daily habits can seriously up your dementia risk. That said, you eat a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep, and exercise on the regular. So there’s no way your occasional forgetfulness could turn into an early sign of dementia, right? Well, not so fast.
According to leading dementia researcher Frank Gunn-Moore, your dependence on search engines like Google could mean your brain is in trouble.
“It’s important to promote good brain health and to do that is to use it, but these days we seem to outsource our brain to the Internet,” Gunn-Moore, the director of research for the School of Biology at the University of St Andrews, told the Mirror. “If we want to know something, we look it up online rather than trying to recall the information from our memory.'
By relying on search engines to answer our questions, we don’t allow our brains to practice thinking about, processing, or recollecting information. That, in turn, spells trouble for our memories as we age.
At the moment, no studies have found a definitive link between using search engines and dementia risk. But Gunn-Moore might be on to something. A 2016 study published in the journal Memory suggests that our Internet obsession has fundamentally altered how we think and remember. Although the researchers posed easy questions, participants who had Google access were quicker and more likely to turn to the Internet for the answer, rather than trying to recall it by themselves.
“Whereas, before we might have tried to recall something on our own, now we don’t bother,' Benjamin Storm, the study’s lead author, wrote. 'As more information becomes available via smartphones and other devices, we become progressively more reliant on it in our daily lives.”
So the next time you need to answer a pressing question, try racking your brain before reaching for your phone (or laptop!) Trust us, your 80-year-old self will thank you. And if your memory needs an extra boost, train your brain with these pro tricks to getting a superhuman memory.
One or more sugary drinks — for either men or women — were shown to decrease the chance of getting pregnant, a new study from the Boston University School of Medicine found.The sugar found in sweetened beverages, like soda, accounts for about one-third of the added sugar total in the average American diet, an amount that's been linked to weight gain, diabetes, low semen quality in men, early menstruation in women and now, a greatly reduced possibility of conceiving a child.
"We found positive associations between intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and lower fertility, which were consistent after controlling for many other factors, including obesity, caffeine intake, alcohol, smoking, and overall diet quality," the study's lead author Elizabeth Hatch said. "Couples planning a pregnancy might consider limiting their consumption of these beverages, especially because they are also related to other adverse health effects."
For the study, published in the journal Epidemiology, the researchers surveyed almost 4,000 women between the ages of 21 and 45 and about 1,000 of their male partners on their medical histories, lifestyle choices and diet — including how many sugar-heavy drinks they consumed. They found that women who drank at least one soda per day had a 25% lower chance of becoming pregnant and male soda consumption was associated with a 33% reduced probability.
Drinking energy drinks was associated with even more severe odds, the study noted, but fruit juices and diet sodas had little associating with fertility.
"Given the high levels of sugar-sweetened beverages consumed by reproductive-aged couples in North America," the study said, "these findings could have important public health implications."
Fasting Diets 'Could Raise Risk of Diabetes'Kashmira Gander
France to outlaw controversial food additive this year© Rocky89/Getty Images Fasting every other day could affect how the body releases insulin.
Fasting diets have been hailed as a panacea for weight loss and good health in recent years, despite a lack of concrete evidence to back up such claims. Now, a new study on rats has suggested that fasting diets could increase a person's risk of developing diabetes.
A team of Brazil-based scientists have warned that fasting every other day could affect how the body releases insulin, the hormone that helps the body to process sugars, raising the risk of diabetes. The team presented their findings at the European Society of Endocrinology annual meeting.
Popular fasting diets include 5:2, where calories are restricted for two days a week; alternate-day fasting where individuals eat normally every other day; and 16:8, where food is consumed in a daily eight-hour window.
Such diets have been linked to weight loss, increased life expectancy, lower blood pressure and improved efficiency of the pancreas, the organ which produces insulin.
However, there is conflicting evidence on the benefits of such diets, and they have also been linked to the product of free radicals which have been associated with cancer, and aging.
The American Heart Association, for instance, recently said that studies indicate that intermittent fasting has short-term heart benefits, as does eating smaller, frequent meals throughout the day. But the long-term effects have not been thoroughly investigated.
To study intermittent fasting, researchers in Brazil put rats on alternate day fasting diets, and measured their body weight, insulin levels, and the presence of free radicals in their bodies over three months. While the rats lost weight overall, they developed fat tissue around their stomach and their pancreas cells showed signs of damage. The team also found markers of insulin resistance in their blood, and higher levels of free radicals.
Ana Bonassa, the lead author of the study conducted at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, said in a statement theirs was the first to show that, despite weight loss, intermittent fasting could damage the pancreas and affect insulin function in healthy individuals “which could lead to diabetes and serious health issues.”
The scientists also expressed concerns regarding the unknown long-term effects of fasting, particularly on individuals with metabolic issues.
“We should consider that overweight or obese people who opt for intermittent fasting diets may already have insulin resistance, so although this diet may lead to early, rapid weight loss, in the long-term there could be potentially serious damaging effects to their health, such as the development of type 2 diabetes,” she said.
Bonassa told Newsweek: "until we fully understand the consequences of intermittent fasting and realize if there is any risk in humans maybe there are better strategies to lose weight, like caloric restriction. Because a good diet is a diet you can keep for a lifetime, and is healthy in the long run."
Dr. James H. Catterson of the Institute of Healthy Aging at University College London, recently told Newsweek: “So far, the consensus [on intermittent fasting] seems to be ‘let’s wait until more rigorous studies, with larger sample sizes that adjust for confounding lifestyle behaviors, have been performed before we conclude anything prematurely’.”
This piece has been updated to include comment from Ana Bonassa.
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Many of us know that when life gives you lemons, you should add them to your water. Along with soothing a sore throat, aiding in digestion, and flushing out toxins, drinking lemon water yields a number of health benefits . . . right? To find out whether adding a few slices is actually doing your body any good, we consulted Autumn Bates, a certified clinical nutritionist and personal trainer. Spoiler: the perks of lemon water are not a myth, but there are best practices when it comes to getting the most out of each squeeze.
How much lemon should you be using for results?According to Bates, you can still reap the benefits of lemon water as long as you incorporate the whole lemon, including the peel. One study published in the Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition showed that certain polyphenols found in a lemon peel aided weight loss in rats with a high-fat diet. In addition to potentially helping you shed pounds, the fruit is packed with vitamin C. "One lemon contains a high amount of vitamin C that is needed to produce collagen in your body, boost your immune system, and regenerate glutathione (your body's powerful antioxidant used in daily detoxification)," Bates told POPSUGAR.
Bates recommends adding at least half a lemon (sliced) to eight to 10 ounces of water.
Is it best to add lemon to cold, warm, or hot water?Warm water all the way. This temperature helps extract vitamin C and polyphenols from both the lemon and its peel. According to Bates, although vitamin C isn't heat stable - meaning it can degrade once it reaches a certain temperature - even a boiling temperature isn't hot enough to negate the fruit's benefits. However, warm water is ideal as its easier to drink in large quantities, while hot liquids have been linked to cancer by the World Health Organization.
What's the best time of day to drink lemon water?Our body is extremely dehydrated by the time we wake up, so Bates says to grab a glass first thing in the morning. "While we sleep, we lose a lot of water through breathing," she said. "Hydrating with a warm glass of lemon water is best right when you wake up to help replenish what was lost overnight and start your day off on the right foot."
In addition to adding flavor to your water (and helping up your intake as a result), lemon can boost your immune system and form collagen in your body (which promotes skin and joint health), thanks to its high levels of vitamin C. But be warned: you may also be running the risk of thinning out your teeth's enamel by drinking lemon water all day, every day. Bates also shared that those with high levels of iron in their blood should limit their intake, as lemon can increase your body's ability to absorb iron.