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Monday, February 21, 2011

Researchers Attempt to "Crack the Headache Code"

New Study Reveals: Cause Of This Type Of
Headache May Have Been Found -
Is There An Easy Solution?

Whether it was said directly to you - or you heard it in a joke... we've all heard: "Not now... I have a headache."

Sadly, headaches are common for many people. Not only can they make your life miserable, but they negatively affect your family and your friends who care about you. That's why this new information is so important...

New Research Reveals
Cause Of Certain Headaches

A new study published in the November-December 2010 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) shows "a relationship between cervical movement impairment and the presence and severity of CGH."

"CGH" is cervicogenic headache... which is a headache caused by your neck.

This is important because the study evaluated 92 subjects by putting them through a simple neck motion test.

They found that range of motion (how much your neck moves) was significantly reduced in the presence of a headache.

Basically, they found that subjects with headaches originating from the neck also had decreased motion in the neck. And, the more the neck motion was decreased - the worse the headache.

Why Is This
Important To You?

It's important to you, because if you suffer with headaches, there may be a simple solution.

Chiropractic care addresses the motion of your spine. Chiropractors are experts at assessing the range of motion of your neck, and if there is a problem, treatments are specifically designed to attempt to normalize that range of motion. In other words, if you have a cervicogenic headache that is caused by dysfunction and decreased range of motion in your neck, Chiropractic care may be able to help you.

How Do You Know If
You Have A Cervicogenic Headache?

The best way to know is to go to a Chiropractor and have a cervicogenic headache evaluation. Chiropractors are trained to diagnosis different types of headaches and give you the best advice for your type of headache.

A classic symptom of cervicogenic headache is pain that originates at the base of your head in the back and travels up your head possibly to the front and even to the eyes. This same type of pain may also start at the base of your neck and/or upper shoulders and travel into the head. But, headache diagnosis can be sneaky and some causes are very serious. That's why they should be evaluated by a trained healthcare provider.

Now for something completely different - but equally important...

Have Scientists Finally Found
The Fountain Of Youth?

Maybe they have. As it turns out, the fountain of youth is not some mystical place in the forest, it's located inside you. Here's what this is all about: According to Science Daily, December 2, 2010, "Prof. Dafna Benayahu and her team at Tel Aviv University's Sackler School of Medicine say their findings explain for the first time why older people who have exercised throughout their lives age more gracefully. They have discovered how endurance exercise increases the number of muscle stem cells and enhances their ability to rejuvenate old muscles."

Normally, as we age, we experience a decline in muscle mass and function. This research found that exercise INCREASED the number of muscle stem cells.

According to the Science Daily article, "The researchers believe that a decline in the number of these cells and their functionality may prevent proper maintenance of muscle mass and its ability to repair itself, leading to muscle deterioration." The researchers of this study now dream of the day when they can develop a drug that will "increase muscle mass and ameliorate the negative effects of aging."

But, maybe the answer is not always in a new drug? Maybe the answer should be simple like the information revealed in that study. And that information is...


Why take decades of research and unknown amounts of money in an attempt to develop a drug that may not work or have side effects when you can simply exercise? Yes, it would be nice to sit on the couch and eat ice cream and take this wonder drug these researchers are imagining for "someday." But, the reality is you can activate the fountain of youth that is found inside you TODAY if you are willing to put in a little effort. As always - the choice is yours!

Important Information
Every Parent Should Know

The amount of daily exercise that separates fit kids from unfit kids is small - but the impact on their lives may be enormous. Here's why: A December 7, 2010 article in the USA Today said,"Normal-weight children get 16 more minutes of physical activity a day than their obese peers, a new study shows. And overall, girls do 20 minutes less physical activity a day than boys."

Considering a third of American children are overweight or obese, which can lead to all kinds of serious health problems, this is a very big issue.

According to the study, published in the December issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the journal of the American College of Sports Medicine:

  • Normal-weight children, ages 6 to 17, are moderately to vigorously active for 59 minutes a day, compared with 43 minutes for obese children in this age range.

  • Overall, boys ages 6 to 17 are active an average of about 64 minutes a day, compared with 44 minutes for girls in this same age range.

  • Girls need to get more exercise to establish an active lifestyle, which will help with weight control and reduce their risk of diseases (like cancer) as adults, according to the study's lead author, Britni Belcher..

And don't forget, if you ever have any questions or concerns about your health talk to us. Contact us with your questions. We're here to help and don't enjoy anything more than participating in your lifelong good health.

Tip of the Month

Is Watching TV Is Bad For Babies' Brains?

Have you ever used television as a babysitter? Sure, you wouldn't leave your kids in front of the TV and go out for a night on the town. But, the TV is often used to occupy the young ones while you answer the phone, make dinner or just take a little break.

Well, new research suggests the TV may be a very poor parenting helper. Here is why: According to U.S. News & World Report, December 7, 2010, "Babies who watch TV are more likely to have delayed cognitive development and language at 14 months, especially if they're watching programs intended for adults and older children. Babies who watched 60 minutes of TV daily had developmental scores one-third lower at 14 months than babies who weren't watching that much TV. Though their developmental scores were still in the normal range, the discrepancy may be due to the fact that when kids and parents are watching TV, they're missing out on talking, playing, and interactions that are essential to learning and development."

These results appeared in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. The U.S. News & World Report also said that researchers did not find any positives or negatives to watching educational TV shows designed for young children like Sesame Street. But researchers did note that the parents of children watching TV most likely spend less time reading to and teaching their children.

And here's something important: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies under age 2 watch no TV at all.

Remember, we're always here to help your body heal
and maintain the health you deserve.

Did You Know?

Water does not calm the tongue after eating hot spicy food because the spices in most of the hot foods we eat are oily, and, like your elementary school science teacher taught you, oil and water don't mix. In this case, the water just rolls over the oily spices. What can you do to calm your aching tongue? Eat bread. The bread will absorb the oily spices. A second solution is to drink milk. Milk contains a substance called "casein" which will bind to the spices and carry them away.