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» Soon Many Restaurant Menus Must Have Calorie Counts

September Health News Review

September Health News Review

September 4, 2015

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Dr. Arnold's latest pitching newsletter - Fall Ball Fallacy: Why Throwing Less INCREASES Your Risk of Injury

#5 - Better maternal diet linked to lower risk of heart abnormalities in babies at birth - ScienceDaily August 24, 2015

"Moms in the top 25% of diet quality...had a significantly lower risk of having a baby with certain heart defects than those in the bottom 25%...This is an observational study so no definitive conclusions about cause and effect can be drawn, but similar associations have been found for diet before pregnancy and some other birth defects, including cleft palate and neural tube defects."


#4 - High sugar consumption among children relates to poor family functioning, study finds - ScienceDaily August 21, 2015

"We live in a very materialistic world but material resources alone cannot fulfill us. We also need to meet our psychological needs. A functional family is a major source of pleasure in life, providing comfort and reward. In contrast, dysfunctional families are a major source of frustration and stress -- and this can lead to high sugar consumption in the search for the 'feel-good' effect." -Professor Wagner Marcenes

#3 - Exercise alone does not help in losing weight - ScienceDaily August 17, 2015

"Exercise is King. Nutrition is Queen. Put them together and you have a Kingdom." -Jack LaLane


#2 - Regular consumption of spicy foods linked to lower risk of early death - ScienceDaily August 6, 2015

"...participants who ate spicy foods almost every day had a relative 14% lower risk of death compared to those who consumed spicy foods less than once a week....Fresh and dried chilli peppers were the most commonly used spices...Some of the bioactive ingredients are likely to drive this association as fresh chilli is richer in capsaicin, vitamin C, and other nutrients. But the authors caution against linking any of these with lowering the risk of death."


#1 - Bedtime Stories for Young Brains - NY Times August 17, 2015

"When kids are hearing stories, they’re imagining in their mind’s eye when they hear the story. When we show them a video of a story, do we short circuit that process a little? Are we taking that job away from them? They’re not having to imagine the story; it’s just being fed to them." -Dr. John Hutton

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Copyright: Dr. Greg Arnold, DC, CSCS 2015

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Fall Ball Fallacy: Why Throwing Less INCREASES Your Risk of Injury

Fall Ball Fallacy: Why Throwing Less INCREASES Your Risk of Injury

September 4, 2015

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As summer ends, travel teams pressure parents and players to play fall ball so their son doesn't "fall behind", the main selling point being that fall ball is a weekend-games-only commitment, with few to no mid-week practices.

For hitters, hitting less during the week doesn't pose much of an injury risk. For pitchers, throwing less during the week and then pitching on the weekends can be DISASTROUS.


In a word...TIMING.

The American Sports Medicine Insitute states year-round baseball and injury to be "strongly linked":


But this is not only due to the total number of pitches thrown. Just as important is the harm of DECREASED throwing between starts in fall ball.

The importance of throwing is NOT about arm strength:


Throwing is about TIMING:

Most pitchers are told "You long toss to increase arm strength". WRONG.

You long toss / throw between starts

to perfect the timing of your throwing motion.

Think about hitting: Do hitters practice their swing to make their arms stronger? No. They practice the TIMING of their swing to maximize energy transfer from the legs to the arms.

Applying that to throwing/pitching, long toss/throwing betweeen starts helps you perfect the TIMING of your throwing motion and maximize energy transfer from the legs to throwing arm.

This is called "the kinetic chain", with kinetic meaning "movement".


Poor timing = inefficient kinetic chain = increased arm stress

So unless you are able to throw AT LEAST 3 days per week between pitching starts, DO NOT play fall ball.



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Painkillers Like Ibuprofen Increase Risk for Stroke and Heart Attack

Studies have shown that over-the-counter NSAID pain killers like Ibuprofen, diclofenac, celecoxib, and naproxen can potentially cause users to have a heart attack or a stroke. New labeling being required by the US Food and Drug Administration on the packaging of NSAIDS will warn users of these possible side effects, along with advising them that their risk of heart failure is increased if they take these drugs. The new labels will include the fact that these heart problems can occur as soon as the initial weeks of use of the NSAIDS. They will also say that heart failure, heart attack, and stroke can affect people using NSAIDS who have no history of heart issues, and no genetic predisposition toward heart disease. People who already have heart issues or who have certain risk factors for heart disease have a higher probability of suffering heart failure, heart attacks, or strokes with NSAID usage, though. Studies seem to show that higher doses of NSAIDS increase possible heart failure or damage. NSAIDS have been used for years to treat fever as well as the pain from arthritis, headaches, abdominal cramping, and the discomfort from viral diseases.

Source:, online July 9, 2015
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Study Links Inactivity to Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is an ever-increasing and insidious health risk. Studies in the past have linked the lack of physical activity to the risk of becoming diabetic. A new study conducted by Gibbs and his colleagues on 2,027 overweight people between the ages of 38 and 50 showed a definite correlation between a lack of daily physical activity and the increased risk of diabetes. Although certain elements of the study were critiqued by other professionals, the overall feeling was that the study once again demonstrated that being sedentary for up to 10 hours per day was a definitive factor in being at risk for developing diabetes. The study supported the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle as well as a lifestyle that limits inactivity. People who were sedentary for a minimum of 10 hours per day were more than twice as likely to end up with glucose tolerance issues leading to diabetes than people whose daily sedentary time was less than 6 hours per day. The study suggests that people with daily sedentary behavior can reduce their risk of developing glucose intolerance impairment and subsequently developing diabetes by adding a regimen of daily physical activity to their behavior.

Source: Diabetes Care, online July 8, 2015
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Soon Many Restaurant Menus Must Have Calorie Counts

Given a year's delay of their deadline, chain restaurants with 20 plus outlets breathed a collective sigh of relief when advised by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration they would be given an extra year to comply with a ruling that they had to include calorie counts with their menus. With more than a third of all American adults being obese, the regulation was put into effect to give restaurant goers a chance to limit the fat and sugar-filled foods they ingest. The regulation to put calorie counts on all menus and menu boards extends to restaurants where patrons are seated, where take-out is offered, bakeries, ice cream parlors, movie theaters, amusement parks, and pizza places (whose labeling must include both slices and whole pizzas). It also includes grocery stores with eat-in sections such as Whole Foods, and large vending machine meal operations. It excludes drinks concocted and served at a bar or nightclub. The FDA's rules are an integral part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act passed by the Obama administration. Panera Bread Company was the first to comply with the ruling, and they found that their patrons changed their eating habits by switching to lower calorie meals. McDonalds and Starbucks Corporations have also complied to date.

Source: Reuters, online July 9, 2015
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