Fever myths

Traditionally, fevers have been treated aggressively as if fevers were bad and lowering fever was somehow beneficial to the patient. There is no evidence that fever itself worsens the course of an illness or that it causes long-term neurologic complications. Rather, quite the opposite is true.  How treatment of fever with antipyretics became so widespread remains an enigma of medicine. In… Read More »

Fruit consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes

Once in a while, people suggest that fruits are ‘bad’ if you have type 2 diabetes. On the contrary, it seems that eating whole fruits as opposed to fruit juices have a beneficial effect on diabetes. Fruits are rich in fiber, antioxidants, and phytochemicals that may have beneficial health effects. Evidence strongly suggests that consuming more fruits and… Read More »

Exercise in the prevention of dementia

Dementia, a major cause of disability and institutionalization in older people, poses a serious threat to public health and to the social and economic development of modern society. Effective pharmaceutical treatment of dementia is currently unavailable. However, evidence suggests that increases in physical activity may prevent dementia and can reduce the risk of cognitive impairment in old age.… Read More »

Vigorous Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a common, disabling, neurodegenerative condition, and the disease prevalence is expected to increase worldwide in the next few decades. A major focus of PD research has been on “disease-modifying” or “neuroprotective” agents to slow PD progression. No drugs to date unequivocally have that property. However, accumulating evidence, albeit indirect, suggests that ongoing vigorous exercise… Read More »

Chiropractic and neck and arm pain

Symptomatic compression of a cervical nerve root (otherwise known as a ‘pinched nerve’) occurs in approximately 83.2 of every 100000 persons and is caused by disk herniations, and degenerative spinal conditions most typically.  The C6 and C7 nerve roots are most frequently involved, often resulting in severe pain and disability.  Typically, patients with this type of compression often have neck pain with… Read More »

Antioxidants in the treatment of chronic low back pain

Alpha (α-) lipoic acid is a potent antioxidant.  Current studies support its use in the ancillary treatment of many diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular, neurodegenerative, autoimmune diseases, cancer and AIDS.   A July, 2013 article in the European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine found that oral treatment with alpha lipoic acid (600 mg/day) and superoxide dismutase (140… Read More »

Optimizing pain relief during pregnancy with chiropractic and massage

An article in the August 2013 issue of the Canadian Family Physician (Official Journal of the College of Family Physicians of Canada) discusses the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic and massage therapy for pain relief during pregnancy.  As pregnant women move into their second and third trimesters, their centers of mass shift forward, causing a change in spinal… Read More »

Massage for premature infants

Premature infants lack the tactile stimulation they would have otherwise experienced in the womb. Infant massage is a developmentally supportive intervention that has been documented for several decades to have a positive effect on both full term and preterm infants. In a recent study, 32 infants received massage therapy by their mothers compared to a control group that… Read More »

Why Exercise Works Magic

Routine physical activity of moderate or vigorous intensity substantially reduces the risk of dying from heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and other ills. Scientists have recently identified numerous previously unknown ways in which habitual exercise can reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, can help control diabetes and can even facilitate learning. Prolonged sitting may, however, cancel some of… Read More »

Chiropractic and Immediate Pain Relief

A new study suggests that spinal manipulation evokes statistically significant short-term increases in pressure pain thresholds in segmentally related myofascial tissues in young adults Decreased pressure sensitivity (increased PPT score) was observed at all time intervals beyond baseline within neurologically linked infraspinatus muscle after real, but not sham, manipulation The peak antinociceptive effect was measured as a 36%… Read More »