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JUNE 2014

  

This month our focus is on Men's Health.  As the majority of our readers are female, we are hoping to bring our ladies to a deeper understanding of men and their health.  First of all, I want to talk about the differences between the way men and women experience pain.  A 2003 study in the journal Gastroenterology found that areas of male and female brains reacted differently to pain.  When pain is induced, the female brain shows greater activity in the emotion-based centers called the limbic regions, and the male brains shows greater activity in the analytic or cognitive centers.  This difference makes women to 'tend and befriend' and creates a 'fight or flight' reaction in men.  This interesting article explains why men experience fear and anxiety when they are in pain and are much less likely to seek help.  The fight or flight reaction triggers a man to want to be alone.  He is more likely to become angry and experience high levels of stress when he is in pain.  This is a neurological response and for us ladies, as well as caretakers, it should be met with compassion and understanding when our men are in pain. 

Second, I want to talk about why the body creates a pain response.  That is simple.  It is an indicator that a much larger problem is happening and the body wants to alert us to it.  A headache for example can be a sign of dehydration, hormone imbalance, nerve pressure, too much stress, etc. etc. All of which disrupt the bodies natural ability to heal itself.  Without enough water, the body cannot process sugar, release toxins, lubricate joints.  And even small amounts of pressure on a spinal nerve disrupts immune & organ function in areas that nerve supplies.

So ladies, if your man is complaining of pain.  If he is grumpy and stressed.  Find a way to get him to our office!  We can accommodate both of you at the same time with any of our treatments.  And with the Father's Day Specials we are featuring this month, the timing couldn't be better!  I hope to see ALL your men in the office this month!  Until our next adjustment...
  
Yours in Health,
Dr. Heidi & The InnerMovement Wellness Team
Back Pain By The Numbers
 

Back pain affects more than 1 in 4 adults every year and is one of the most common health complaints with Americans spending at least $50 billion each year in search of relief. Back pain is also the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work, resulting in an estimated 150 million workdays lost each year.

 

Unfortunately, the majority of people suffering from back pain don't know that they have access to effective methods of pain relief.  According to a joint clinical study by the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society, spinal manipulation (chiropractic), massage therapy and acupuncture treatments are among the recommendations.

 

And in a recent Washington Post article, Wolf Mehling, a professor of medicine at the University of California at San Francisco's Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, stated "Generally, patients who go to a massage therapist or a chiropractor are much happier with results of their treatments than those who go to their family doctor." 

 

If you or someone you know is suffering with back pain, make an appointment to see us today so you can experience life pain-free!

Men's Fertility Impaired by Endocrine Disruptors
 

According to a recent study, common chemicals in food and household items containing endocrine disruptors showed adverse affects on male fertility.  "For the first time, we have shown a direct link between exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals from industrial products and adverse effects on human sperm function," stated study co-author Dr. Niels E. Skakkebaek, a professor at Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark, in a written statement.  (Huffington Post)

 

Scientists in Germany and Denmark tested 96 endocrine disrupting chemicals on human sperm, both individually and in various combinations. Around one-third of the chemicals had a negative effect. The researchers found that these chemicals affect the sperm's mobility and ability to penetrate the egg for fertilization.  (CNN)


Some of the chemicals involved in the tests included: ultraviolet-filtering chemicals like 4-methylbenzylidene camphor (4-MBC) used in some sunscreens; the antibacterial agent Triclosan, which is used in some toothpaste; and di-n-butylphthalate (DnBP) used in some glue products

 

As men, women, and especially children are susceptible to adverse reactions from these chemicals, we encourage you to visit the Dr. Heidi's Recommended Links in this newsletter to learn more.

What Are Endocrine Disruptors?
 

Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that may interfere with the body's endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in both humans and wildlife. Studies show human health effects including lowered fertility and an increased incidence of endometriosis and some cancers. Research shows that endocrine disruptors may pose the greatest risk during prenatal and early postnatal development when organ and neural systems are forming. 

 

A wide range of substances, both natural and man-made, are thought to cause endocrine disruption, including pharmaceuticals, dioxin and dioxin-like compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls, DDT and other pesticides, and plasticizers such as bisphenol A. 

 

Endocrine disruptors may be found in many everyday products- including plastic bottles, metal food cans, detergents, flame retardants, food, toys, cosmetics, and pesticides. 

 

The Environmental Working Group has assembled a list of the Top 12 Worst Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals:

  1. Bisophenol A
  2. Dioxin
  3. Atrazine
  4. Phthalates
  5. Perchlorate
  6. Fire retardants
  7. Lead
  8. Mercury
  9. Arsenic
  10. Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs)
  11. Organophosplate pesticides
  12. Glycol ethers
Click HERE to read more these toxic substances and how to avoid them.
The Importance of Hydration

 

Two-thirds of the human body is made up of water and every cell and organ depends on water to perform essential functions including:

  • Removing waste and toxins
  • Transporting nutrients and oxygen
  • Controlling heart rate and blood pressure
  • Regulating body temperature
  • Lubricating joints
  • Protecting organs and tissue, including the eyes, ears, and heart
  • Creating saliva
The average adult loses more than 10 cups of water every day through natural body functions, such as breathing, sweating, and going to the bathroom.  So eat foods with high water content and drink plenty of water-based fluids.  Try our fruit-infused water recipes below to super-charge your water intake.
 
Recipe Of The Month

Hydrate your body naturally with these delicious fruit-infused waters!  Each recipe makes 2 quarts.

Fruit-Infused Water

What you'll need:

2 quart jar

5 cups ice 

fruit - per recipes below

 

* Lemon Cucumber

1 large cucumber, sliced

3 lemons, sliced 

 

* Cucumber with a Kick
1 large cucumber, sliced
1 large jalapeno pepper, de-seeded and sliced

* Melon-Lime
3 sliced limes
3 cups cubed honeydew melon

* Pear-Ginger
4 cored and sliced ripe pears
10 thin slices of fresh ginger root

How to:  Place fruit in jar and muddle with a wooden spoon.  Add ice and fill jar with filtered water.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to let flavors infuse.  Enjoy! 
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Healthy Travel Tips

Summer is a great time for travel whether you're hitting the open road (Road Trip!) or jetting off to an exotic location but don't let your vacation disrupt your wellness regimen.

Here are some tips to help you stay healthy during your downtime:
 

* Schedule yourself some pre- and post- vacation wellness. Get your adjustment or acupuncture treatment and a massage before you leave town to help counter the effects of car or plane travel. Be sure to follow-up upon your return home.

 

*Pack your vitamins. Bring your supplements to make sure you continue to get your required nutrients.
 
*Stay hydrated. Pack your stainless water bottle to keep your hydration habit in check. 
 
*Pick up some Tea Tree OIl.  It's great for bug bites, it's microbial qualities make it suitable for minor cuts, it can tame a pimple, and it's effective against bed bugs.

*Don't forget your Organic Sunscreen.  Be sure to protect your skin & reapply every 3 hours.  
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