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» December Health News Review
» The Scars of Tommy John Surgery
» June is Scoliosis Awareness Month
» Superbugs and the Importance of a Healthy Lifestyle
» The Cost of Smoking (Even if You Don't Smoke)

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:

 

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

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:

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

 

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:

 

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:

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

 

 

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

Questions About This Newsletter?

Contact (PitchingDoc@msn.com / 631-352-7654) Dr. Arnold!

 

 

 

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


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June is Scoliosis Awareness Month

With the arrival of summer, June also heralds the start of Scoliosis Awareness Month. The Scoliosis Research Society declared this month a key time to focus on detection and early treatment for this condition, which affects nearly 3% of Americans. Typically detected between the ages of 10 and 15, scoliosis is characterized by an abnormal lateral (sideways) curvature of the spine. Curvature can range from mild to severe, and may cause pain, low self-esteem, and in severe cases, issues with movement or breathing. In children, bones are still growing and developing, which presents an opportunity to prevent further progression of scoliosis with a back brace. For teens and adults, however, the adult bone structure has set, and braces are not common interventions.

Early detection of scoliosis is the very best way to minimize progression of spinal curvature or the need for surgery later on. Methods of detection can include in-school screenings, regular pediatric physical exams, and evaluations by a DC (Doctor of Chiropractic). In fact, DCs can play an important role in both detection and treatment for scoliosis. In a study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, adults with moderate-severe scoliosis enrolled in an exercise-based chiropractic treatment program saw significant improvements after six months. Not only did more than 75 percent of participants experience reduced Cobb angles (decreased curvature), but pain and disability scores also improved and maintained this improvement even after a two-year follow-up.

Chiropractic treatment shows promise for non-surgical and non-invasive treatments for scoliosis. June is a key time to raise awareness about the importance of scoliosis detection and treatment, and advances in non-surgical alternatives such as chiropractic treatment are offering individuals with this condition more options than ever to manage scoliosis safely and effectively, and improve their quality of life.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: National Scoliosis Foundation (NSF)
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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Superbugs and the Importance of a Healthy Lifestyle

For years, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or "superbugs," have raised growing concerns both inside the medical industry and out. These discussions have lead to increased awareness about unnecessary antibiotics use as a significant contributor to this resistance. Despite this, the widespread use of antibiotics in both humans and agriculture, and inadequate research on new antibiotics, has resulted in more antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.

Last month, the American Society for Microbiology reported a bacterial infection within the United States that was resistant to even the strongest antibiotics. "The recent discovery of a plasmid-borne colistin resistance gene, mcr-1, heralds the emergence of truly pan-drug resistant bacteria," wrote the researchers. Such bacteria have also been found in Europe and elsewhere, highlighting the importance of a global-scale focus on research and minimization of antibiotics use. But individuals are also called upon to lead healthy, active lifestyles to do their part. Healthy individuals with strong immune systems are more likely to fight off infections without antibiotics and less likely to spread infections to others. Maintaining individual health can help bolster health at the population level, protecting large groups of people from the effects of resistant strains of bacteria.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy Online; May 26, 2016.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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The Cost of Smoking (Even if You Don't Smoke)

In 1964, news that lung cancer was linked to smoking hit the masses. Since then, smoking rates have halved, but it is nevertheless still taking a serious toll. According to research from the University of California San Francisco, states are still spending millions (or even billions) of healthcare dollars on smoking. The researchers compiled their data into an interactive map, which displays how much money states spent or saved on smoking in 2009. California, for example, saved over $15 billion that year alone. Kentucky, on the other hand, has smoking rates higher than the national average and spent approximately $1.7 billion.

While these numbers are yet another important public health reminder about the costs of smoking, the researchers' underlying message can be extrapolated to other areas of healthcare as well. Leading healthy, active lifestyles can cut healthcare costs enormously from many different angles. For example, obesity-related health care in 2005 cost the United States $190 billion. Pursuing good health is not just beneficial for the individual; it drives down overall healthcare costs for an entire population and helps set the stage for a happier, healthier society.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: PLOS Medicine, online May 10, 2016.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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