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» Leaning While Texting May Result in Health Problems
» Painkillers Should Not Be Kept Within Reach of Small Children
» Dangers of Energy Drinks

December Health News Review

November Health News Review

December 3, 2015

 

Dr. Arnold's latest pitching newsletter: How to Properly Strengthen Your Throwing Arm in the Weight Room

 

#5 - Tai Chi and Psychotherapy for Better Sleep and More - NY Times November 18, 2005

“Tai chi and cognitive therapy are used to treat insomnia because, unlike medication, they produce no unwanted side effects. With the improvement in insomnia, there’s a reversal of inflammation at the systemic level and the genetic level. Inflammation contributes to cardiovascular disease, depression and cancer.” -Dr. Michael R. Irwin

 

#4 - Brawn and Brains - NY Times November 18, 2005

"Muscular power, especially in the legs, is widely accepted as a marker of healthy aging...of the 324 twins, those who had had the sturdiest legs a decade ago showed the least fall-off in thinking skills...if one twin had been more powerful than the other 10 years before, she tended to be a much better thinker now...a muscularly powerful twin now performed about 18% better on memory and other cognitive tests than her weaker sister...For now, the results imply that whatever your genetic make-up, building muscles can strengthen your mind."

#3 - Going barefoot: Strong 'foot core' could prevent plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and other common injuries - ScienceDaily November 17, 2015

"The small muscles in the feet play a vital role in movement and stability similar to the core muscles in the abdomen....Without the information provided by the small muscles of the foot, the larger muscles over-compensate past the point of exhaustion...which leads to overuse injuries...Start doing the short-foot exercise by squeezing the ball of the foot back toward the heel. The toes shouldn't curl when performing it. The exercise can be done anywhere while seated or standing...the exercise seems to have especially positive results for patients suffering from ankle sprain, shin splints, and plantar fasciitis."

#2 - Mindfulness meditation trumps placebo in pain reduction - November 10, 2015

Healthy mind, healthy body...

"The mindfulness meditation group reported that pain intensity was reduced by 27% and by 44% for the emotional aspect of pain. In contrast, the placebo cream reduced the sensation of pain by 11% and emotional aspect of pain by 13%....Mindfulness meditation reduced pain by activating brain regions associated with the self-control of pain while the placebo cream lowered pain by reducing brain activity in pain-processing areas."

#1 - Even a little is too much: One junk food snack triggers signals of metabolic disease - NY Times November 2, 2015

Looks like you can't eat just one...

"Eating junk food is one of those situations where our brains say 'yes' and our bodies say 'no'. We need to use our brains and listen to our bodies. Even 1 unhealthy snack has negative consequences that extend far beyond any pleasure it brings." -Dr. Gerald Weissmann

 

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Author: Dr. Greg Arnold
Source: Self-Research
Copyright: Dr. Greg Arnold 2015


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The Scars of Tommy John Surgery

The Scars of Tommy John Surgery

October 8, 2015

(Click here for a 2-page .pdf of this newsletter)

 

An article in today's New York Times showcases Major League ballplayers who have undergone Tommy John Surgery:

 

NYT Title

Johnson Pic

and while 2 position players were featured (Carl Crawford and Matt Holliday), the comments of 2 pitchers need to be emphasized:

DeGrom

Before being named 2014 NL Rookie of the year and then dominating in the 2015 All-Star game, DeGrom underwent Tommy John surgery in the minors. But it wasn't until after his surgery that he learned the changeup from one of the game's best:

DeGrom Quote

I've written about the importance of the Changeup every year since 2012, with my latest being in May:

Pitch Part 4

 

To watch a video presentation on the changeup, from the best grip to the best time throw it during an at-bat, you can subscribe to my baseball video library.

When DeGrom was asked what may have caused his injury:

DeGrom Quote 2

 

I recently wrote about the best thing a coach can for their pitchers, which is allowing them to have a routine. To learn more about the best routine you can have between pitching starts, subscribe to my video library.

As for the second pitcher:

Smoltz

he gave the REAL reason why so many Major League pitchers are getting TJS:

 

Smoltz Quote

 

This was echoed back in 2014 by Peter Gammons in an interview on WFAN:

Gammons

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Author: Dr. Greg Arnold
Source: Self-Research
Copyright: Dr. Greg Arnold 2015


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Leaning While Texting May Result in Health Problems

Recent increases in the number of patients suffering from upper-back and neck pain may be related to poor posture during prolonged smartphone use. Many young people are reporting herniated disks and alignment problems. As these health issues more so typically affect middle-aged and elderly people, the new surge of problems in youth may have to do with the way the neck bends when a person is texting. The normal curvature of the neck is reversed when people look down, such as when using and viewing a phone. Overtime, continuation of this unnatural position leads to stresses and imbalances in the supporting tissues of the neck and upper back. Pain, soreness, fatigue and even reversal of the normal curvature of the neck and upper back can occur. Given that some young people text for hours a day, it’s no wonder experts are seeing an increase in neck and back issues.  Studies show the problem is present mainly when people use mobile devices, as using laptops doesn’t require any abnormal or unnatural posture. The 45-degree angle many people hold their neck at while texting on mobile devices can lead to issues which may become even worse if the person is sitting. This impact on the back worsens at higher flexed postures. With a 15-degree flex, the head (which weighs roughly 10-12 pounds) can feel over twice as heavy. The stress increase on the spine can lead to a 60-degree flex feeling like an additional 60 pounds of pressure. There is a serious concern among professionals about the effects this will have on young people.   Fortunately, doctors of chiropractic are specifically trained to evaluate and treat neck and back issues. If you or a loved one is suffering from neck and/or back issues including those that may be related to the use of a phone, book a no obligation consultation today!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: The Spine Journal, online March 20, 2017.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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Painkillers Should Not Be Kept Within Reach of Small Children

Most homes carry some type of pain relievers. More specifically, opioids like hydrocodone and codeine are common across the country. Unfortunately, these medicines aren’t always kept out of the reach of small children.  Roughly a third of adults store prescription opioid mediation in cabinets with locks. Less than 10 percent of adults with kids and teenagers recall storing these substances properly.  Researchers have noted a near doubling of hospitalization rates for issues related to medicine over the past few decades. While some parents may feel that they know their children well enough to pass on locking up these substances, the prevalence of these medicines in the home warrants safe and secure storage.  A survey conducted with adults who consume these medicines relievers within the past year and who had kids in the home revealed that a third of those with children under 7 said they secured their medicine. That number was slashed by roughly two-thirds when it comes to households with teens, and less than one-third of families with both kids and teens used lockable storage for their medicine. Adults with young kids were usually more concerned about the medicine being accessed, while those with teens were less likely to view this as a concern.  The use of this medication has skyrocketed in the US in recent years, with most opioid medication being used for post-surgery pain.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Pediatrics, online February 23, 2017.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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Dangers of Energy Drinks

According to a new study, consuming enough energy drink can lead to certain concerning characteristics in heart function and blood pressure outside of those seen solely from caffeine.  Energy drinks are extremely popular with hundreds of versions currently available for sale. Unfortunately, these beverages have become associated with emergency-room visits and even death. While the makers of energy drinks claim that the products pose no more dangers than those related to caffeine, the evidence does not necessarily reflect this assertion. Caffeine in certain doses is considered normal by the FDA. For example, approximately 400 mg of caffeine can be found in about five cups of coffee. While the dangers of energy drinks are usually related to their caffeine content, it is the other ingredients which may pose the risk. The physical changes in a group of subjects (both male and female) were observed after the subjects had consumed an energy drink and a caffeinated beverage that lacked the other types of ingredients energy drinks are known for. These additional ingredients include 4 ounces of sugar, taurine, B vitamins, and other contents found in brand-name energy drinks like Red Bull, 5-Hour Energy, and Monster. The results showed certain concerning cardiovascular changes including an increase in blood pressure after the consumption of energy drinks. Be smart and play it safe. If you choose to consume energy drinks, do so in moderation and ensure you do not suffer from any sort of cardiovascular conditions or issues or other health ailments that could result in a visit to the emergency room or worse.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Journal of the American Heart Association, online April 26, 2017.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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