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January 2015 Health Newsletter


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» Insurance Provider Paying Members To Be Healthy
» “BPA-Free” Plastics Potentially Worse
» Chiropractic Pain Relief Seen On MRI
» ALPHA LIPOIC ACID

Insurance Provider Paying Members To Be Healthy


Ring in the new year with some increased physical activity and your health insurance company just may reward you! New York and New Jersey health plan provider Oscar Health Insurance will pay its members up to $240 per year in Amazon.com gift cards from simply walking. Members who sign up for their walking program consisting of wearable watches that communicate with tracking software can walk their way to rewards. Since increased walking is associated with positive health benefits and healthy people cost insurance companies far less to insure, it seems like a win-win for members and the insurance provider.


Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Reuters. December 9, 2014.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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“BPA-Free” Plastics Potentially Worse


If you’ve purchased plastic related drinking containers you’ve surely noticed many products touting their "BPA-free" status. BPA or bisphenol-A is a chemical used to harden plastic and has received much bad press over the recent years due to studies linking it to brain and behavior issues in children and infants, altered hormone levels, obesity and cancer, to name a few. Unfortunately, new research from Canada shows the replacement being used for BPA, BPS or bisphenol-S, has now also become a cause for concern. Researchers from the University of Calgary have now found BPS to cause changes in the brain development of zebra fish embryos at extremely low doses. Authors of the study state their findings are directly relevant to humans, especially for women in their second trimester of pregnancy.


Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Jan 12, 2015.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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Chiropractic Pain Relief Seen On MRI


What if back pain relief could be immediately experienced from a simple, safe and natural procedure being applied to your back. Well say hello to chiropractic! According to researchers, they’ve been able to view changes in the areas of the brain that process and modulate pain using an MRI immediately following chiropractic spinal manipulation and spinal mobilization. In this recent study, researchers induced low back pain in a group of participants, then provided three forms of care: spinal manipulation, spinal mobilization and therapeutic touch. During this period, participants underwent functional MRI studies to measure changes in regions of the brain dealing with the experience of pain. Researchers concluded that chiropractic spinal manipulation, spinal mobilization and therapeutic touch all offered an immediate effect on the pain processing and modulating areas within the brain and that these changes could be why so many patients experience immediate pain relief or pain reduction after chiropractic care.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JMPT. Vol 37, Issue 9, Nov-Dec 2014.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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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.


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Author: Nichols
Source: TYH
Copyright: TYH 1997


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