Why I Love Blueberries!!

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Eat Blueberries!

Over my 35 years of chiropractic practice I have always been interested in nutrition. Blueberries are high on my list to be included on everyone’s menu. This article will describe why blueberries can be important to our health. Included, in this report, will be a number of research studies showing the benefits of this amazing food.

There have been many types of recommended diets that have come and gone. I’ve done much research into what nutritional regimen works best. Based on scientific studies and experience, my personal approach is to eat a low carbohydrate, high-fat and protein plan. This should also include lots of vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, kale and cabbage should make up the bulk of the vegetable category.

I am not a big fan of eating a lot of fruits and berries because many of them contain fruit sugar which is a carbohydrate. Eating too many carbohydrates adversely affects the low carbohydrate aspect of this particular nutritional approach.

However, blueberries do not fall into the category of a deleterious high carb, fruit or berry. Unlike other berries which might cause a harmful spike in blood glucose and a corresponding high output of insulin to control the elevated blood sugar, blueberries have the opposite effect. Blueberries can improve insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism. This may reduce the risk for diabetes and possibly, even benefit diabetics.

Research also indicates that blueberries may reduce blood pressure and reduce the risk for heart attack. The mineral, manganese, is found in high concentrations in blueberries. Manganese is important in helping the body process cholesterol and can help us to have more of the “good cholesterol” versus “bad cholesterol.”

Now that I’m 65 years old and considered a “senior citizen” I’m concerned about brain health. Blueberries have been shown to be helpful in this regard. In 2018 a study was performed on 215 older adults with cognitive impairments. These folks consumed a daily blueberry and grape extract for six months and had a significant improvement of episodic memory.

Blueberries are also rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from free radicals. Free radicals can damage cells which contributes to aging and can cause diseases like cancer.

Blueberries, much like cranberries, contain anti-adhesive substances that can help keep bacteria from collecting in the bladder and cause urinary tract infections.

While many experts suggest eating a cup of blueberries per day this may be difficult or impractical for most people. Adding a portion of a dozen or so blueberries daily, to one’s diet will give benefits described above.

I highly recommend eating blueberries. They are delicious, nutritious, easily attainable at most grocery stores and incredibly good for you!

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Chiropractic Care Can Help Athlete’s Reflexes

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Chiropractic Care for Atheletes

When considering chiropractic treatment most people automatically think: pain relief. And while chiropractic therapy is excellent for back and neck pain relief, it can also help athletes with performance. Research is showing that athletes who utilize chiropractic care can help improve their reflexes. This article will discuss how chiropractic care helps improve athletic performance.

General thinking concerning chiropractic care is that it helps realign the bones of the spine to relieve pressure on pinched nerves and give pain relief. While this is true, chiropractic therapy has a much broader enhancement to the human body by improving the nervous system overall. When the spinal and pelvic bones are in good alignment receptors in the joints of the pelvis and spine send messages along the peripheral nerves to the central nervous system and ultimately to the brain. The brain, in turn, then sends messages along nerves to structures of the body like the muscles.

If this arc of nerve information coming from the body to the brain and from the brain back to the body is intact and functioning in top form the reflexes of everyone, and particularly athletes, respond to their ultimate potential.

Research has shown this on many occasions. A recent research study in the Journal Of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, December 2019 highlights this fact. In the study researchers applied spinal manipulative therapy to the cervical and upper thoracic spine of 11 healthy volunteers, and using electromyography, they detected improved muscle reflex responses in all the neck muscles, most back muscles and some extremity muscles.

This improvement of reflexes is particularly helpful in athletes requiring a high level of eye-hand coordination. Athletes in this category would include baseball players, tennis players, golfers, basketball players and such.

Athletes receiving chiropractic care, not just for pain relief, but to improve athletic performance by having an enhanced nervous system operating at peak performance, can gain a competitive edge over their opponents. This might be particularly important for a high-level high school athlete seeking to earn an athletic scholarship.

Many professional athletes of various sports already utilize chiropractic care for just such a reason. They have found that having a chiropractor on their healthcare team is one way to experience optimum performance their specific sport.

Athletes who consult with a chiropractor can expect the doctor to ask questions about aspects of their sport. A chiropractor will also perform an examination to determine proper alignment and motion of the spinal and pelvic joints. If improper alignment and abnormal motion are detected the doctor of chiropractic is the proper healthcare professional to perform chiropractic adjustments to correct spinal problems so as to allow that athlete to be to perform at their peak performance.

Athletes hoping to improve their performance would be wise to seek the services of a chiropractor to help perform at top effectiveness in their selected sport.

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Twenty Seconds To Good Health

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Handwashing With Soapy Water for 20 Seconds

When I was in chiropractic college, I had a course in micro-biology, which is the study of pathogens like viruses and bacteria. One thing the professor stressed about being healthy and resisting germs was public health. He noted that cultures that had good sewage systems, clean drinking water, refrigeration to keep food fresh, and warm, dry housing were a great firewall against pandemic disease. He also discussed individual micro-activities to perform to minimize the spread of infection.

Currently there is valid concern about the Coronavirus, specifically known as COVID-19. Federal, state and local governments, as well as NIH and the CDC are making concentrated efforts to keep us safe. We can do our parts, individually, to help. One micro-activity we can all participate in is the personal hygiene of washing our hands.

The National Institute of Health reports that handwashing with soap reduces the presence of harmful bacteria by 92%. It has been noted that if everyone routinely washed their hands, over 1 million deaths could be prevented worldwide per year.

Soap doesn’t actually kill bacteria or viruses; it removes them. Most microbial pathogens are found in the skin oils of our body. Soap and water will rinse off the oils containing the germs and removes them.

For this reason, it is not advised to use antibacterial soap. Because soap removes the bacteria, soap can be considered antibacterial. Also, viruses do not respond to antibiotics, so it makes even less sense to use bacterial soap.

It’s important to wash our hands correctly. The Cleveland Clinic advises these steps:

  • grab a towel and set it aside
  • wash your hands and wrists thoroughly
  • apply and lather soap fully
  • scrub your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds
  • rinse your hands well
  • dry your hands thoroughly with the reserved towel
  • use the towel to turn off the faucet

If you find that frequent washing of the hands causes skin irritation or cracking of the skin surface it is perfectly fine to use a skin moisturizer after handwashing.

If soap and water are not available, it is all right to use hand sanitizers. However, the sanitizers must contain at least 60% alcohol to be considered effective. Hand sanitizers may not be effective for heavily soiled or greasy hands.

Other micro activities to avoid spreading viruses are to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Also cover any sneezing or coughing with a Kleenex or handkerchief.

Hand washing is a simple, effective way to keep healthy. It only takes 20 seconds of time and may be the best 20 seconds you can spend for taking care of your health and health of others around you.

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Dr James Schofield Attends Conference in Cleveland

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Dr James Schofield Attends Conference

On March 7, 2020 Dr James Schofield attended a conference in Cleveland Ohio.

The main topic presented was a specific chiropractic treatment technique called “drop table adjusting.” Drop table adjusting is a very gentle type of chiropractic care which is particularly effective in treating spinal pain of lower back. It was noted, at the conference, that chiropractic care for back pain relief is a safe, and effective, nondrug and surgery free form of treatment.

When initially meeting a patient, chiropractors are trained to determine if they can help. Gentle chiropractic methods, such as drop table adjusting, can be used when traditional chiropractic care might not be utilized.

It was also noted, during the conference, that many people suffer from chronic, long-lasting, ongoing, lower back pain. Many times, harmful medications, such as opioids, are prescribed for these conditions. However, chiropractic care has been shown, through research, to be the most effective form of giving low back pain relief to those suffering from these chronic problems.

Dr James Schofield’s chiropractic office is in the North Hills of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He has been in practice for 35 years and holds licenses to practice chiropractic in Pennsylvania, Florida and New Jersey.

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Chiropractic Care Is Cost-Effective For Back Pain Relief

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Back & Neck Pain Relief With Chiropractic Care 

Chiropractic care has repeatedly been shown to be cost-effective in giving back pain relief. There are numerous studies detailing this benefit. This article will discuss cost analysis of chiropractic treatment for lower back pain relief and will introduce a recent research study confirming benefits gained.

Many Americans suffer from low back discomfort. Some conditions are new and this is called an acute condition. Acute conditions can be considered any problem that exists less than three months. If the condition is more than three months, it is called a chronic condition.

It has been shown through research, that a misalignment or improperly moving vertebrae of the spine can cause irritation to the spinal joints and nerves and cause back discomfort. If a person has an initial episode of acute back pain, symptoms may resolve within a short time, but the underlying structural alignment or movement abnormality still exists. Many people have several or more of these acute episodes. Multiple acute back discomfort episodes, without correction of the underlying abnormality, can lead to a person having chronic back problems. These chronic back aches can become constant, a source of ongoing pain and affect one’s activities of daily living.

Chronic back discomfort is epidemic in the United States. Because of this much study has gone into what treatment gives the best results for the least cost. Numerous studies show that chiropractic care addresses the specific cause of most cases of low back pain. Chiropractic treatment involves the use of manipulation to correct misaligned and improperly moving spinal vertebrae. This type of care has been shown to be more effective than others for back conditions. Surgery, medications, exercise and other forms of treatment do not have the effectiveness and benefits for back problems that chiropractic care provides.

A recent research study, published in the Journal of Chiropractic Humanities, December 2019, set out to critically evaluate the benefits of adding chiropractic care under Missouri Medicaid. Based on computations investigators determined that there would be a cost-saving to the state of Missouri of between $14.1 and $49.2 million per year once chiropractic care is included under Medicaid. More specifically, the study found that chiropractic care provides better outcomes at lower cost, leads to a reduction in cost of spinal surgery and leads to cost savings from reduced use and abuse of opioid prescriptions.

Over the past several decades there have been numerous other studies showing that chiropractic care provides pain relief for spinal conditions of the neck, mid back, low back and headaches. It is wise for policymakers to include chiropractic care under insurance plans for pain relief of the spine.

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