Patient Harms with Hospital Care – New Study

Previously, based on 1984 data developed from reviews of medical records of patients treated in New York hospitals, the Institute of Medicine estimated that up to 98,000 Americans die each year from medical errors. A new study published in the September, 2013 issue of the Journal of Patient Safety used modern data to re-estimate harms associated with medical… Read More »

Nutrition in the prevention and treatment of high blood pressure

High blood pressure is the most common primary diagnosis in America and is one of the major risk factors for heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading causes of death. Nutrient deficiencies are very common and may be even more common in patients with high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease due to genetic and environmental causes… Read More »

Chiropractic and brain – pain and relaxation

Research on chiropractic adjustments has been conducted extensively worldwide, and its efficacy on musculoskeletal symptoms has been well documented. Previous studies have documented potential relationships between spinal dysfunction and the autonomic nervous system and that chiropractic treatment affects the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) regulates the functions of our internal organs (the viscera) such as the… Read More »

Optimum Nutrition for Kidney Stones

Changing your diet can reduce the risk of stone recurrence. Although an individualized dietary prescription needs to be tailored according to stone type or urinary risk factors, almost all stone-formers should benefit from increased fluid intake and a diet containing 800 to 1200 mg of calcium; reduced amounts of sodium and animal protein; and higher intake of fruits, vegetables,… Read More »

Chiropractic and routine obstetric care

Musculoskeletal pain in pregnant women is common and is frequently viewed as short-lived and temporary.  Most women report either low back pain (LBP) or pelvic pain (PP) during pregnancy and up to 40% of patients report pain during the 18 months after delivery.  A study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that including chiropractic interventions with… Read More »

Chiropractic and better brain function?

Patients with subclinical neck pain have altered brain activation patterns (cerebellum). The cerebellum’s best-known functions are in coordinating motor activities and learning new motor skills (such as learning to ride a bike). A recent study has found that chiropractic treatment of the neck in a group of subclinical neck pain patients leads to a pattern of brain activity from… Read More »

Migraine Headaches and Magnesium

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral and has been recognized as a cofactor for greater than 300 metabolic reactions in the body. It has been reported that about 60% of adults in the United States do not consume the RDA for magnesium. Magnesium deficiency has been associated with a number of chronic diseases, including migraine headaches, Alzheimer’s diseases,… Read More »

‘Follow your gut’ for better health

Humans live in a biosphere where microbes are everywhere and have existed and evolved over billions of years. The intestinal tract of humans is home to a complex microbial community estimated to contain approximately 100 trillion cells, exceeding the number of human cells by a factor of 10!  This microbial community, which is predominantly bacterial is referred to… Read More »

Recovered from back pain?

Trunk neuromuscular alterations have been found in those with chronic low back pain, but are responses altered in those deemed recovered following an injury? Coordinated trunk muscle responses are deemed important for normal spinal function, but there are no studies of temporal patterns early after a low back injury. Recent research found that despite the perception of readiness to… Read More »