March 7, 2019

Stroke Study Published

A long awaited study on the effect of chiropractic care for stroke patients has been released, with the journal ‘Scientific Reports’ carrying Dr Kelly Holts latest offering. The study examined whether or not chiropractic care “could increase strength in weak plantar flexor muscles in chronic stroke patients [1].” Results are in and they are encouraging. The topic of chiropractic and stroke risk has long been the topic of hot debate, but by and large, the focus of those conversations has been on the risk of stroke for chiropractic patients. While research found no evidence for causation when it comes to […]
October 24, 2018

Muscle Loss in Old Age a Nerve Issue

With an aging population now a reality in many Western nations, how well we age is becoming as much of a focus as longevity itself. A new study emerging from the Manchester Metropolitan University, published in the Journal of Physiology, is throwing new light on this topic and it is news that nervous system and health enthusiasts will welcome. It appears that the muscle loss many have accepted as “inevitable” in old age is actually a nerve issue. The study took 143 men, aged either 18-40 or 65-90 years old and living independently, and used MRI and EMG data to […]
January 25, 2018

Clinical Applications of BIA for the Management of Inflammatory and Autoimmune Disorders

Bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) is an indispensable tool in the monitoring and management of patients with inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, as well as patients recovering from injury or surgery. The VLA Quadscan provides you with a deeper insight into your patients’ health, allowing you to closely monitor their treatment progress, and provide tangible results for patients, significantly enhancing compliance. The Process and Purpose of Inflammation Acute inflammation evolved to be a protective process, to overcome a short-lived threat, such as an injury, with the function to restore tissue homeostasis. Unfortunately, the majority of the inflammation affecting patients in many clinics, […]
December 5, 2017

Case Study: Natural Management of Chronic Inflammatory Conditions

Inflammation Damages Lives Chronic inflammatory conditions are one of the most common presentations that Practitioners see in clinic. Whether it be autoimmune (AI) conditions such as systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis (RA); degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis (OA); or injury resulting in chronic pain and inflammation, the pain and discomfort caused by chronic inflammatory conditions can significantly impact a patient’s quality of life, interfering with social activities, sleep efficiency, occupation choices and daily activities that are taken for granted by the wider community. Recently, Health World conducted a research clinic to successfully demonstrate the effectiveness of natural treatment prescriptions […]
May 4, 2017

What to Watch: Wellness Trends In 2017

Every year, health trends develop and change. Among them are fads worth discarding, a touch of common sense come back to visit us, and often a nutritional gem or two. What are you likely to hear from your practice members and friends this year in terms of health trends? Here’s the scoop. In recent years, we have seen a few interesting trends emerge. Among them was the resurgence of the fermented food category – think kombucha, sauerkraut, and the like. We started to see them pop back up on store shelves and Instagram feeds as people started to pay attention […]
April 27, 2017

What’s the secret to a happy life? Harvard Has Tracked it Down.

“Whoever said money doesn’t buy happiness doesn’t know where to shop,” once quipped Mae West. It’s an interesting statement. If our collective goals as individuals and as a society are to accumulate more stuff… houses, cars, holidays, clothes, the list is endless, surely money must be the source of all happiness and therefore it’s lack, the source of sadness? The researches at Harvard1 dug a little deeper to find out what having a happy life really means. And by dug, we mean, over a period of 75 years, into the lives of two groups of men, in the worlds longest […]
March 23, 2017

Vitamin D More Effective Than A Flu Shot?

As each summer fades into memory, people head into their local doctors surgery for flu shots – a ‘convenient’ way to avoid the acute respiratory infections and seasonal influenza that are all too common in the colder months. However, a recent study holds some interesting information for us on this front. A meta-analysis of 25 high-quality studies was undertaken and published in the British Medical Journal recently. It found that a Vitamin D supplement was a safe and effective way to minimise risk of acute respiratory infections [1]. The study took in data from almost 11,000 participants across the 25 […]
February 7, 2017

The Way You Argue With Your Partner Affects Your Long Term Health

If you’ve ever thought arguing is no good for you, you’re right.  A newly published study in the journal Emotion1, shows how couples fight is linked with either cardio-vascular issues or back pain.  If you’re one to blow up in anger, you can look forward to heart issues later.  And if you’re more the silent treatment type, get ready for back pain issues.  It’s enough to drive a person to therapy! The researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and Northwestern University1 have been studying the same couples for over 20 years.  That’s a lot of arguments! Lead by Alice […]
January 5, 2017

Bone Broth – The New Super Food to Heal Gut Issues

There’s always some new fad that seems to hit our shelves. Bone broth has been the hipster drink de jour for the last couple of years. Given up caffeine? Bone broth. Trying to get healthy? Bone broth. The Brooklyn hipsters have been carrying around this meaty bone soup in lieu of a super sized Starbucks coffee like it’s going out of fashion. Except it isn’t. Going out of fashion that is. Instead, this age old recipe is going mainstream. And much like encouraging people to exercise more or get a good nights sleep, this wonder liquid may well be the […]
November 3, 2016

What On Earth Are We To Do About Lifestyle Diseases?

Story at a Glance Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are causing about 70% of deaths worldwide. Focusing on bioscience, pharmaceutical treatment and public health messages have not dented the worrying rise in these conditions. Whilst lifestyle choices are important, it’s more important to influence the environments that have caused the rise in NCDs; poverty, lack of education, processed food, regulation of tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy food. Yes you’ve heard of them before, the diseases we attribute, without trying to sound pithy, to our lifestyle. Obesity. Heart disease. Diabetes. Stroke. Cancer. Chronic respiratory diseases. But they’re not called lifestyle diseases. They’re called NCDs, […]
November 1, 2016

Are Microwaves Bad For Your Health? (Part 2 of 2)

Story at a Glance. BPA, a toxic chemical found in plastic is leached from some plastic containers during the microwaving process. The backlash towards BPA has pushed producers to make plastic without BPAs. Scientific American reported in their article, BPA-Free Plastic Containers May Be Just as Hazardous. BPS a common replacement for BPAs have just as many problems. In fact many of the BPA replacements are a significant concern to our health. In our last article we covered how the molecular nature of food is changed through the microwaving process. But it’s not just the food you put in your […]
October 27, 2016

Sugar Addiction linked to Alcoholism.

Story at a Glance. There is an astounding correlation between sugar and other drugs of addiction. Cocaine addicted rats picked sugar-water over cocaine in one study. It’s exactly the same dopamine receptors in alcoholic brains that light up when we consume sugar. It’s the same D2 dopamine receptor that identifies alcoholics and addicts that we see in sugar addicts. It’s a dirty five letter word. Sugar. We hear the ubiquitous stern warnings about this white manufactured evil every day. There’s books on how to give up sugar. Books on how to make desserts without it. Books written by celebrities on […]
October 25, 2016

Are Microwaves Bad For Your Health? (Part 1 of 2)

Story at a Glance. Microwaving your food has been shown in several studies to denature the vitamin and molecular structure of the food. The agitating affect on the water molecules chemically alters the food at the same time. Studies show that microwaving vegetables such as broccoli and asparagus, as well as heating up breast milk, significantly alters the nutritional value of the product. It’s such a staple in our kitchens these days. And it probably ranks right up there with the kettle and the toaster for getting the most workout during the day. But is our drive for convenience and […]
October 18, 2016

Is Leptin The Reason We’re Fat? (Part 3 of 3)

Story at a Glance. Leptin is transported across the blood brain barrier (BBB). Animals who are in a state of starvation display elevated triglycerides that block the transfer of leptin across the BBB. Interestingly, obese people also present with the same elevated levels of triglycerides. This tricks the brain into believing it is starving and therefore inhibits the transport of leptin across the BBB. Studies injecting mice brains with leptin directly into their hypothalamus showed considerable weight loss. In our two previous articles we covered the nature of leptin, a hormone that is secreted from your fat cells. It is […]
October 13, 2016

Loneliness – The Greatest Social Epidemic of Our Time; Could It be the Reason Behind Addictions?

Story at a Glance. As human beings we need connection and love; we are bonding animals. Without that bond, we seek other things to bond with. Science has reviewed that isolated, drug-addicted mice drop their dependency when put in a community of rats in a social setting. This has lead researchers to believe that if we are unable to bond with other humans, addicts will bond with drugs. In today’s fast-paced world, filled with noise, tv’s, internet, computers and phones, we are surrounded by people, but we have never been less connected. There are many people who feel alienated, alone, […]
October 11, 2016

Is Leptin The Reason We’re Fat? (Part 2 of 3)

Story at a Glance. Obese individuals have high levels of the hormone leptin but the brain is unable to recognise the hormone. High levels of leptin, unrecognised by the brain, is referred to as ‘leptin resistance.’ Insulin levels have become increasingly high in our society, which could be responsible for blocking leptin and its correlating actions on the brain – reduction of appetite and expenditure of calories. As we discussed in the previous article, leptin is the hormone that signals that we are not hungry. Mice genetically engineered(1) to halt leptin production rapidly became obese. Therefore low or zero levels […]
October 6, 2016

Is Leptin The Reason We’re Fat? (Part 1 of 3)

Story at a Glance. Leptin is a hormone that is secreted from your fat cells. It is often referred to as the ‘satiety hormone’ because it tells you that you’re full and no longer hungry. Mice genetically engineered to remove leptin rapidly became obese. Low leptin or zero leptin causes obesity. However obese humans produce leptin but it’s not recognised by the brain, which is why obese people continue to eat and become fatter. Their brains simply don’t recognise that they are full. You know the feeling. It’s nine o’clock in the evening. You’ve had dinner. Technically you should be […]
September 28, 2016

Teens at Greater Risk of Depression Playing on Their Phones at Night.

Story at a Glance. Researchers at the University of Glasgow have reviewed social media effects and the effect on teenage depression, anxiety and reduced sleep. Adolescence can be a period of increased vulnerability for the onset of depression and anxiety, and poor sleep quality may contribute to this. While overall social media use impacts on sleep quality, those who log on at night appear to be particularly affected. This may be mostly true of individuals who are highly emotionally invested. It’s always been a pretty tough gig being a teenager, raging hormones, peer pressure, changing body shapes, it’s a veritable […]