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  • It’s already mid-July. Summer is racing away! In this week’s column, I’d like to urge you to get yourself and, more importantly, your children and grandchildren outside.
  • Just as the degeneration of joints in the lower spine can result in lumbar arthritis, degeneration of the facet joints in the upper (cervical) spine can lead to cervical arthritis.
  • It’s been a great stretch of weather, and it’s great to see more and more people outside.
  • It’s not news—obesity is a growing national epidemic among young people.
  • May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and here in Wisconsin, we all need to become much more vigilant about this disease.
  • Having a good fit between yourself and your bicycle is important for ensuring comfort and stability when you ride, whether it’s just cycling to the market to pick up some milk or cycling to the next state.
  • The shoulder is one of the most common areas of complaint that I see at the office.
    Next to necks and low backs, it’s probably tied with feet for the body part that causes the most trouble. As an aside—yes, chiropractors work on more than just necks and backs! If a muscle or a joint is involved, chances are I’ve had a patient with the issue you may have. Today I’d like to look at some of the anatomy of the shoulder.
  • It’s no secret that healthy bones are essential for leading an active lifestyle, particularly as we get older; however, most of us don’t think very much about our bones unless something goes wrong.
    As I’ve often shared, it’s your diet choices that will either increase the odds that you’ll have healthy bones for years to come, or cause your bones to continue to weaken as you age.
  • A HAND IN HEALTH—Get out on slopes or somewhere and move
    I had the pleasure of spending the last week of January in Winter Park, Colorado, for a family ski vacation.
    It had been two years since the entire family went to Colorado, and that last trip in 2013 was a doozy. Both Estelle and Edwin became very ill and barely left the house, and our flight home was delayed seven hours. Not fun....
  • Just a couple weeks ago, I was working on our office newsletter.  We email one out every month with personal stories, office updates, and informative columns about health-related topics.
  • Dec. 10 in history:
    1799—Metric system adopted in France, first country to do so
    1884—Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is published.
    1952—Clive Anderson, English lawyer and television host, is born. Man, I loved the original “Whose Line” show when growing up!
    1965—The Grateful Dead’s first concert performance under this new name.
  • It’s no accident that so many philosophers and writers have used the backbone as a metaphor for discipline, force of will or character. Your spine (or “backbone”) is the primary physical support for your body’s entire frame. It’s a remarkable piece of natural engineering composed of 33 separate vertebrae that act as a single unit to provide stability as well as flexibility while you’re sitting, standing or in motion. A healthy spine is both strong and resilient. With proper nutrition, exercise, postural habits and chiropractic care, it can allow us to lead an active lifestyle well into old age. However, poor biomechanics, injury and disease can cause problems with the spine that result in misalignment, inflammation, pain and restricted movement.
  • It almost seems like a silly question, but it’s worth answering nonetheless.
    Why? Because it’s too important not to—a great many people could avoid the potentially serious health problems associated with being overweight or obese by losing the extra pounds. And the sooner the better.
  • Over the past few years, scientists have continued to learn remarkable things about the way that the microbes in and on our bodies—sometimes referred to as our “microbiome”—affect our health.
    In particular, they’ve discovered that the number and kinds of bacteria that colonize our digestive tract early in life seem to play an important role in the development of our immune system. Along with this discovery, researchers have also begun to identify specific factors that they believe can prevent the right combination of microbes from being introduced, potentially resulting in a variety of immune disorders.
    What are some of these factors?
  • Last week, I had the pleasure of walking my son, Edwin, in to his kindergarten classroom for the first day of school.
    How is he this old already!? On the way to the school, I told him how he may get worried, or scared, or that he may need help with something, and if this happened, if he had any problems at all, to simply find a teacher and ask for help.
  • Behind many of the debates about healthcare in the U.S.-its availability and cost as well as its effectiveness-is an important phenomenon.
    The demands being placed on healthcare providers are growing and changing (at least in large part) because of the way we live our lives. Day-to-day choices we all make are contributing to a wide variety of chronic health conditions that are sometimes referred to as "lifestyle diseases." And while our healthcare system is very good at treating acute medical problems, it is not very good at preventing or treating chronic ones.
  • Just this morning, I had a patient tell me that he eats turkey bacon because "it has less fat in it."
    When hearing this, I started a discussion about how all fat isn't bad for you. "Wait...what?" was his response.
  • Everyone deals with stress in their lives and-in small doses-this can be a very good thing.
    Manageable amounts of stress can actually help you perform at your best and may even help you develop your abilities; however, far too many of us are stressed to the point that our health and well-being could be compromised.
  • The FDA recently announced a ban on artificial trans fat in the U.S. food supply beginning in 2018.
    While some public health officials, nutrition experts and food company managers have anticipated this decision for some time, many consumers may not know what trans fat is or why they're bad for you. And-just as important-they may not know how to avoid it between now and the time that the FDA's new ban goes into effect in three years
    What is trans fat?



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