May 2021 Health Newsletter

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May 15, 2021

Dear Friends,

I am feeling encouraged by the lovely Spring weather and by the gradual opening of the parks, restaurants, churches, and other important places in our lives. I also feel grateful that my family has been able to come see us at home (inside, yaay!) and that I hear the same from friends and patients. As I told you last time, I am fully vaccinated and we are continuing the state prescribed precautions in the office. But, we are getting nearer to normal and  a very good thing!

Something else that I find encouraging is that people always have room for more love in their lives. For example, my husband John and I had our hearts stolen by a 6-year-old bearded collie mix named Zuma and she has "re-dogged" our home after a canine-less 7 years. But, my 96-year-old Mom-in-law Modesta is just as thrilled with her new buddy. She pets her, sweet talks her and invites her up on the sofa for Granny-Doggie naptime! There are a few tiny treats heading her way everyday, too. I guess the point to all this is to say that we are never too old, or too busy to express love. You don't have to adopt a dog or cat (though you could) to find more love in your life. You can simply head out into the fresh air, see the flowers, listen to the birds, watch the squirrels and rabbits and love the world we live in! Send out that love vibe and it will be returned...expand that "love horizon" to include yourself and every human. It's a sure way to feel make room for more love in your life!

 Chiropractic is another way to feel love for your wonderful body and its amazing abilities. And, if you are not loving the way you feel, come for and adjustment. We are here to help! Office hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday by appointment and Saturdays 9 - 1 by appointment. Call 201-525-0707 to make an appointment with me.

All the best and see you soon,

Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C.


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Current Articles

» A personal note to my patients
» CoVid-19 Precautions
» Latest Research Shows Chiropractic Decreases Need for Opioids for Lower Back Pain Up to 90%
» Skipping Breakfast May Lead to Essential Nutrient Shortfall
» Preventing Cognitive Decline with Mental Stimulation

A personal note to my patients

As many of you are receiving vaccinations in the fight against CoVid-19 and many others are planning on doing so, I wanted you to know that I have also received both doses of the Pfizer CoVid19 vaccine. This was a seriously thought out and considered decision for me. In light of the severe and ongoing danger to the nation's and the world's populations from this disease, it became apparent to me personally that I could contribute to a safer, fuller return to an open country by receiving a vaccine. I had the disease in December and, thankfully, recovered well.  I donated convalescent plasma 3 times for use by patients hospitalized with severe levels of CoVid, but felt it was time to sign up. I am encouraging you all to consider receiving the vaccine of your choice, as well as continuing to observe the current commonsense precautions. Wear a mask, wash your hands, socially distance. Get outside in the fresh air and sunshine to boost your mood and immune system!

I have lost friends to this disease, I've seen my patients, family and friends lose loved ones. We have the power to help each other and ourselves to overcome our sorrow, fear, anxiety, and anger! If you are feeling stressed, exhausted, or anxious, come in for an adjustment to balance your body systems. Relieve the tension, restore your movement, reboot your nervous system! We will continue to do our best to assist you in your search for optimum health! We are here to help!

Author: Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C.
Source: Dr. Mania

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CoVid-19 Precautions

We have been coping with the continuing CoVid19 pandemic here in the office, by tightening our procedures and increasing the level of preventive measures taken. We are cleaning and sanitizing the tables, chairs, counters and other surfaces more than ever. We have put up clear carbonate barriers to maintain social separation. We have installed HEPA 13 room air filters, as well as, using window ventilation. My staff wears face masks, I wear a face mask and gloves. Hand sanitizer and soap are readily available. Pens and clipboards are sanitized after every use. We distance in the reception room with very limited numbers in the office at any time and we bring patients to the adjusting rooms with little to no wait. Patients can also call us from the car if they prefer. We are adhering as closely as we can to the state guidelines to protect our patients, our staff, and everyone's family (including mine).

We would ask your cooperation in these efforts by having you wear a mask or face covering that covers your mouth and nose while you are in the office. Feel free to use the hand sanitizer. Tell us if you notice anything that needs our attention and we will attend to it immediately. Please be patient if we need to look for your most convenient time. We are distancing patient appointments to limit the number of people in at any one time, so it may take a little extra effort to accommodate. We are all in this together, and together, we will come out on the other side.

Thanks for your confidence in me...for trusting me with your health. It's an honor and a privilege to be your chiropractor!

Author: Dr. Carmel-Ann Mania
Source: Dr. Mania

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Latest Research Shows Chiropractic Decreases Need for Opioids for Lower Back Pain Up to 90%

A recently published five-year study published evaluated claims from patient visits, pharmacy claims, and inpatient and outpatient procedures. The study followed well over 200,00 patients across the USA, some of them seeing medical doctors while others sought natural alternative care, including doctors of chiropractic.

The end result? Those who initially sought chiropractic care for low back pain (LBP) needed up to 90% less opioid prescriptions.

The study explained that patients who received initial treatment from chiropractors decreased odds of short-term and long-term opioid use compared with those who received initial treatment from a primary care physician (PCP). Compared with PCP visits, initial chiropractic care was also associated with decreased odds of long-term opioid use, too.

Prescription opioid use has ballooned into an epidemic since the 1990s, according to the CDC. Overdose deaths have been on the rise since at least 1999 with spikes in 2010 and 2013. Over 191 million opioid prescriptions were dispensed to American patients in 2017. The CDC said on their website, "To reverse this epidemic, we need to improve the way we treat pain."

Chiropractic services can vary from clinic to clinic, but the common denominator is to effectively treat each patient without the use of drugs or having to resort to surgery. Core chiropractic care reduces pain and inflammation while helping you recover range of motion and increase flexibility.

Source: BMJ Open 2020;10:e028633corr1

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Skipping Breakfast May Lead to Essential Nutrient Shortfall

It is commonly held that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but until recently the prevailing argument was simply that breakfast eaters started the day with sounder cognitive function and set themselves up for overall better performance and achievement as the day progressed.

However, a recent study out of Kings College London in the UK suggests that children who skip breakfast on a regular basis are likely missing out on all recommended essential nutrients throughout the day.

In general studies conducted over many years, skipping breakfast has been proven to increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, reduced memory function, and weight gain. However, only recently have studies of nutrition shown the effects of missing out on micronutrients such as vitamins C, D, E, B-complex and K, folic acid and beta-carotene, and the correlation of obtaining these nutrients beginning with a meal at breakfast.

Iron and Calcium Deficiencies May Be Linked to Skipping Breakfast
Detailed statistics of participants in the Kings College study show that more than 30% of children who skip breakfast are low on iron, and more than 20% of the children are deficient in calcium. Comparatively, only 3% of children who eat breakfast regularly were low in iron and or calcium. Not surprisingly, fat intake throughout the day was higher when children did not eat breakfast.

Researchers determined that older children, those aged 11 to 18 years, were more likely than their younger peers (ages 4 -10 years) to skip breakfast. And girls were more likely than boys to begin their day without a meal. But the missing micronutrients in the younger breakfast skippers was greater than in the older group, indicating that the younger you are, the more important it is to eat breakfast so that your body can derive and process nutrition throughout the day.

Even children in the study who ate a nutritionally balanced diet despite not eating breakfast were still found, when tested, to be lacking in essential nutrients, further indicating that breakfast may be key to establishing efficient and balanced dietary intake. The study also indicated that children who did not eat breakfast ended up consuming the same number or fewer total calories as children who ate breakfast every day.

Source: British Journal of Nutrition, online August 17, 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.

Source: JAMA Neurology, online January 30, 2017.

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