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October 2013 Health Newsletter


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» ALPHA LIPOIC ACID
» Rocker Sole Shoes No Better For Back Pain
» Want Pain-Free Joints? Stand, Move More Every Day
» Exercise As Effective As Drugs
» Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Weight Gain in 2- to 5-Year-Old Children

ALPHA LIPOIC ACID
Alpha-Lipoic Acid

What is alpha-lipoic acid? Why do we need it?

Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is an antioxidant manufactured in the body. It is sometimes referred to as the ?universal? antioxidant because, unlike most antioxidants, it is soluble in both fat and water. In addition to being manufactured by the body, it can be found in some foods and supplements (see below).

ALA has several benefits, particularly for people with diabetes. It enhances glucose uptake in people with type-2 diabetes, inhibits the process of glybosylation (in which sugar molecules attach themselves to proteins), and can reduce nerve damage and pain caused by diabetes. Preliminary evidence suggests that ALA can improve visual function in people with glaucoma. Test-tube studies show that ALA can stop the HIV virus from replicating, but whether ALA supplements can help people infected with HIV remains unclear at this point.

How much alpha-lipoic acid should I take?

As of this writing, there is no clear evidence that any particular dose of ALA provides a benefit for any particular condition. In the abovementioned glaucoma study, researchers provided subjects with 150 mg of ALA per day. Other studies typically use between 750 and 800 mg per day. Some practitioners recommend 20-50 mg of alpha-lipoic acid daily to provide general antioxidant protection.

What are some good sources of alpha-lipoic acid? What forms are available?

Small amounts of alpha-lipoic acid are produced naturally by the body. Some red meats ? particularly liver ? are believed to be good sources of ALA; supplements are also available.

What can happen if I don't get enough alpha-lipoic acid? What can happen if I take too much? Are there any side-effects I should be aware of?

Because alpha-lipoic acid is produced naturally in the body, deficiencies are not known to occur in humans. However, for people who take large doses of ALA supplements, some side-effects may occur, including skin rash, and diabetics run the risk of suffering hypoglycemia. Long-term use of alpha-lipoic acid in animals has been shown to interfere with the actions of the vitamin biotin, but research on humans has yet to be conducted.

As always, make sure to consult with a licensed health care provider before you begin taking alpha-lipoic acid or any other herbal remedy or dietary supplement.


References

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  • Filina AA, Davydova NG, Endrikhovskii SN, et al. Lipoic acid as a means of metabolic therapy of open-angle glaucoma.Vestn Oftalmol1995;111:6-8.
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Author: Nichols
Source: TYH
Copyright: TYH 1997


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Rocker Sole Shoes No Better For Back Pain

Over the past several years, some footwear manufacturers have marketed rocker sole style shoes as being beneficial for low back pain sufferers. However, it now appears this was likely more based on increasing their bottom line than actually providing relief to low back pain sufferers. A newly published study comparing the effectiveness of rocker sole footwear to traditional flat sole footwear in people with chronic low back pain found no difference when it came to reducing pain and disability. In fact, flat shoes were shown to be more beneficial for those sufferers of low back pain aggravated by standing or walking as compared with rocker style shoes. Suffering from back pain? Stick to the flats and call your local chiropractor today!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: 
Spine: 15 October 2013 - Volume 38 - Issue 22 - p 1905–1912.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2013


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Want Pain-Free Joints? Stand, Move More Every Day

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and chiropractic physicians nationwide are raising public awareness this month about the importance of joint health and the vital role physical activity plays in keeping joints healthy and pain-free during National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM). This year’s campaign—“Discover Chiropractic: Get Vertical!”—focuses on getting off the couch or out of the office chair, and standing or moving more each day. As part of the observance, ACA has loaded www.ChiroHealthy.com with information for the public on how chiropractic services fit into a healthy lifestyle and simple steps they can take to enhance their joint health today. Most people know someone with joint pain, and joint replacement surgery—particularly involving hips and knees—is commonplace. What many do not know is that simple lifestyle changes can in some cases help prevent the need for this type of surgery and keep joints healthier longer. “If the beautiful fall weather across much of the country isn’t incentive enough to Get Vertical, remember that a few healthy lifestyle changes—over time—can potentially mean the difference between being scheduled for joint replacement surgery or remaining active and pain-free well into one’s golden years,” said ACA President Keith Overland, DC. “Chiropractic physicians can help maintain a patient’s quality of life by providing exercise and lifestyle recommendations, nutritional advice, and natural approaches to managing aches and pains.” Sponsored by ACA, National Chiropractic Health Month is a nationwide observance held each October. The event helps raise public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, whole-person, patient-centered approach to health and wellness.

Author: American Chiropractic Association.
Source: American Chiropractic Association. Online September 30, 2013.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association. 2013


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Exercise As Effective As Drugs



It’s concerning that many have taken a sort of inactive position when it comes to their health and inherent ability to get and stay well. We have moved towards becoming a sick or ‘unwell’ nation seeking ‘health’ through the services of a medical physician - a physician who most commonly provides a solution written on a prescription pad. The reality is that there are safe, natural and highly effective ways for us to overcome disease, get well and maintain good health and wellbeing. In a large review just published in the British Medical Journal, researchers from Britain's London School of Economics and Harvard and Stanford universities in the United States found no statistically detectable differences between exercise and drugs for patients with coronary heart disease or prediabetes, when a person shows symptoms that may develop into full-blown diabetes. Most of us already have the inherent tools to fight disease if we make the right choices - something doctors of chiropractic understand. If you’d like to learn more about improving your health the natural way, call your local doctor of chiropractic today!


Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Reuters: October 3, 2013.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2013


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Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Weight Gain in 2- to 5-Year-Old Children

There has been much attention lately on the negative effects of sugary drinks. The research has shown them to be a source of excess calories and unhealthy weight gain. However, up to this point the research has focused on older children and adults. With similar results - results that might be a little shocking to parents of very young children - new research shows children aged just 2 to 5 experience the same negative effects. Data collected on close to 10,000 children shows sugary drink consumption in 2 to 5 year olds has substantial negative effects on their unhealthy weight gain, contributing to obesity at this very young age. Researchers were so taken with their findings, they concluded, "Pediatricians and parents should discourage SSB (sugar-sweetened beverage) consumption to help avoid potential unhealthy weight gain in young children. From a public health standpoint, strong consideration should be made toward policy changes leading to decreases in SSB consumption among children."

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Pediatrics. Vol. 132 No. 3; September 1, 2013.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2013


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