The holiday season is filled with opportunities to spend time with family, friends, and food. Unfortunately, many of our favorite holiday dishes are not the healthiest. To help make smarter choices, the US Department of Agriculture suggests: opt for unsweetened applesauce or bananas instead of butter when baking; include all food groups in your holiday meals; choose whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy; skip gravies and sauces that can be loaded with salt and fat; sip on seltzer or water with fresh fruit slices; reduce sugar in recipes, or opt for yogurt and fruit instead of a pie or cake; emphasize conversation and fun, and focus less on food; include exercise in your festivities; and find healthy ways to use holiday leftovers in soups and omelets. United States Department of Agriculture, November 2016
Chiropractic treatment better than meds for migraines.
The National Institutes of Health reports that about 12% of Americans suffer from migraines. A new study that involved 104 migraine headache patients compared chiropractic manipulation with a common migraine medication for 3 months. Following the study period, all patients reported improvements; however, only those in the chiropractic treatment continued to report improvements in migraine duration and intensity up to 17 months later. European Journal of Neurology, October 2016
Heat waves can be deadly to seniors, children, and people with chronic health problems.
Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City writes, “Those who have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, as well as those who suffer with mental illness, may be at risk for heat-related emergencies, including heat cramps, heat syncope (fainting), heat exhaustion, as well as heat stroke.” Signs of heat-related illness include a high pulse rate, headache, dizziness, nausea, and shallow breathing. To beat the heat, drink plenty of water, find an air-conditioned location, or use a fan and a spray bottle filled with cool water to avoid overheating. Lenox Hill Hospital, June 2016
Dizziness, neck pain, and headaches are very common symptoms that may or may not occur at the same time. Though this interrelationship exists, this month’s article will focus primarily on dizziness, particularly related to dizziness that occurs after standing.
Migraines can be life-altering! They can stop us from being able to enjoy a child’s piano recital, participate in family events, go to work, or simply do household chores! Wouldn’t it be nice to have ways to self-manage these miserable, often disabling headaches? Here are some options!
Whiplash (or WAD – whiplash associated disorders) can be defined by a sudden movement of the head and neck beyond its normal range of motion resulting in pain and stiffness and less often, numbness and tingling in the arms and hands. Prognosis is a term associated with a predicted outcome of a condition with the passage of time, either with or without treatment. A condition is considered “stable” when symptoms aren’t changing and are not likely to change significantly over the next several months to a year. In general, recovery may depend on the severity of the injury. Usually, minor whiplash injuries will resolve completely within approximately one to two weeks, moderate whiplash injuries within approximately four to eight weeks, and severe whiplash may or may not completely “resolve.” Rather, severe whiplash may result in a chronic condition which may lead to a permanent reduction or a complete loss of certain functions. There are “risk factors” that can result in either a prolonged recovery or just a partial recovery, regardless of the degree of injury which makes the process of prognosing whiplash cases challenging. Let’s take a closer look!