February 2017 Health Newsletter

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» December Health News Review
» The Scars of Tommy John Surgery
» Concussion Symptoms in Soccer After “Heading"
» Cardiovascular Health May Begin with Breakfast
» Preventing Cognitive Decline with Mental Stimulation

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
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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?

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


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Concussion Symptoms in Soccer After “Heading"  

Concussions in soccer may not only come from unintentional hits to the head. "Heading" is a common action taken by soccer players where they intentionally take hits to the head from the soccer ball. In 2013, a study called the Einstein Soccer Study was conducted to research the effects that heading has on soccer players. For over a year, researchers collected information from 222 participants. These participants were asked to answer surveys regarding any accidental or intentional heading, and any symptoms that followed in a given two week span. The participants of the Einstein Soccer Study were predominantly males ages 18-55, and resulted in a total of 470 surveys. Although the study did not unearth the long-term effects of heading on soccer players, it did discover some interesting findings on the primary effects of heading. Of the male participants in the study, 37% claimed to take hits from the ball unintentionally and reported intentional heading an average of 44 times. While 43% of women participating in the study claimed to take hits from the ball unintentionally, and reported intentional heading an average of 27 times. 20% of the participants claimed to experience moderate to severe concussion symptoms after intentionally heading the ball and unintentional hits to the head. Researchers found that the participants who experienced the most hits through unintentional hits and intentional heading, correlated directly with those experiencing concussion symptoms. In the future, studies may be conducted to research the longterm effects of heading and the complications it may cause. For now, it is evident that there are short-term effects on soccer players experiencing both intentional and unintentional hits to the head.

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:Neurology, online February 1, 2017.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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Cardiovascular Health May Begin with Breakfast  

There are several ways to lower the risks of heart attack, cardiovascular disease, blood vessel diseases, and stroke. Although it is important to watch the kind of food that goes into the body, many studies have shown that it may be equally as important to pay attention to the timing of meals. Here are three ways to boost cardiovascular health:
1. Meal Planning. According to a statement released by the American Heart Association, planning the meals and snacks that you have throughout the day can help lower the risks of cardiovascular disease. This is due to the metabolic rates of the body throughout the day.
2. Eating Breakfast Daily. Several studies have found correlations between increased cardiovascular health and people who consume breakfast regularly. There is a much lower risk of high cholesterol and high blood pressure associated with those who consume breakfast daily.
3. Lowering Food Consumption in the Evening. At night it is harder for the body to digest and process various foods. Many studies have shown that this may be due to a decreased metabolic rate in the evening. For this reason, lowering the amount of food eaten in the evening can lead to better cardiovascular health.
Using these methods to carefully plan meals and snacks for each day can help reduce the many risk factors surrounding cardiovascular disease including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and insulin complications such as insulin resistance.

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:Circulation, online January 30, 2017.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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Preventing Cognitive Decline with Mental Stimulation  

With the increasing global concern surrounding dementia and related cognitive problems in the elderly, being able to successfully prevent these issues is of great importance. JAMA Neurology conducted a study to research the effects of various forms of mental stimulation on cognitive delays in elderly participants. The study found several forms of mental stimulation that can reduce the risks of cognitive problems in the elderly. For instance, playing games and participating in regular social events was found to decrease the risk of cognitive delay by more than 20%. While participating in crafting activities can lower the risk by 28%, and learning to use a computer can reduce the risk as much as 30%. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle by choosing to eat healthy and exercise regularly has also been proven in many studies to reduce cognitive delay. Combining this with regular mental stimulation is a great way to help reduce the risks even further. According to Dr. Denise Park of the University of Texas, participating in new activities or tasks may be more effective than the repetition of familiar activities in preventing cognitive problems. Overall, it is important for older adults to participate in mentally stimulating activities and try to maintain a healthy lifestyle through proper diet and exercise. This may prove to be their best defense against cognitive decline.

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:JAMA Neurology, online January 30, 2017.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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