The US has seen a  yearly rise in body-mass index (BMI) for both males and females, approximately * 37% * annually for each between 1988 and 2010 **
 (Reported by Researchers from Stanford University/National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.)

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More TV Equals Less Life

Watching TV may bring short-term enjoyment but too much TV time can not only be bad for your health, it can also shorten your life. Spanish researchers have found those who watch 3 or more hours of TV daily double their risk of an early death. Data from over 13,000 adults with an average age of 37 was analyzed to determine if time watching TV was related to an increase in earlier death. The results were substantial. As compared with those individuals watching an hour or less of TV per day, those watching 2 hours per day increased their risk of early death by 40 percent and those watching three or more hours daily doubled their risk for early mortality. According to researchers, a less active sedentary lifestyle increases body fat, reduces muscle and makes the body less responsive to insulin. As a result, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and certain cancers become more prominent, all of which are leading causes of death. So get up, get out and get active - and don’t forget to turn off the TV!

Source: Journal of the American Heart Association, online. June 25, 2014.

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Interesting new findings: one of the reasons aging may create an increase in spinal issues is that the receptors on the nervous system immune cells (yes immune!) seem to become less responsive as aging progress.  This in term causes a decrease in the immune anti-inflammatory response to injury.  As many of you know, oe of the things Dr. Wright is always talking about is controlling the inflammation when you're fighting a spinal flair-up, so you already know the significance of a decreased ability by the nervous system cells to control inflammation.

An interesting caveat to this information is previous studies that have shown an INCREASE in certain immune cells after a #chiropractic adjustment.  Perhaps this is one of many reasons many people world-wide find significant results with chiropractic!elderly on computer fsp web


*Fenn, A.M., et al. IL-4 signaling drives a unique arginase+/IL-1B+ microglia phenotype and recruits macrophages to the inflammatory CNS: consequences of age-related deficits in IL-4Ra after traumatic spinal cord injury. Journal of Neuroscience 2014 Jun 25; 34 (26): 8904-17.

*Neil J. Manipulative therapy and immune response: A literature review of the chiropractic and osteopathic evidence. Clinical Chiropractic 2012; 15(3): 186.


Roy, Richard Al, Jean Boucher, Alain Comtois. Inflammatory response following a short-term course of chiropractic treatment in subjects with and without chronic low back pain. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine 2010, September; 9(3): 107-114.

*Ogura, Takeshi and Manabu Tashiro, Mehedi,Shoichi Watanuki, Katsuhiko Shibuya, Keiichiro Yamaguchi, Masatoshi Itoh, Hiroshi Fukuda, Kazuhiko Yanai. Cerebral Metabolic Changes in Men After Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation for Neck Pain. Alternative Therapies. 2011, November/December; 17 (6): 12-17.

A study published May 2014 by the University of Miami found there may be a link between brain injury from decreased blood supply (infarction) and migraines in older patients.  The study did not indicate that one condition necessarily caused the other, but the link suggests further exploration should be undertaken.

Chiropractic is an excellent tool in the control of migraines.

Monteith, T, et al. Migraine, White Matter Hyperintensities, and Subclinical Brain Infarction in a Diverse Community: The Northern Manhattan Study. Stroke. May 15, 2014.


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