Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Basis of Health

Every time you turn around you hear more and more about “National Healthcare” but what does health really mean to you? Is taking a pill for high blood pressure health to you? How about a pill for cholesterol, indigestion, constipation or headaches? Before too long you will be taking fifty pills a day for what ails you, but will that be healthy? If you’re like me you’re probably thinking no. Your body doesn’t feel symptoms because it is short of medication. You don’t have a headache, because your body doesn’t have enough painkillers in it. It is feeling symptoms because there is likely something not right with how you’re treating your body. When we get all wrapped up with the daily rigors and stresses in life we forget to take care of our bodies. So my article this month is about the basics of health. Write them down in big letters and post them on your fridge.

1) Drink plenty of water (64 Oz a day for an adult)
2) Eat Whole Foods (Concentrate on shopping on the outsides of the grocery store. The stuff that grows in the ground)
3) Exercise every day. (Even a small walk around the block is better than nothing)
4) Get your body checked for Subluxation

These three basics will put you on the right track to enjoying health. When you get right down to it, having insurance and “National Healthcare” will do significantly less for you on a daily basis than taking care of your own body and your own health. You can make the changes you need from wherever you are one day at a time. So start improving your health today.

Monday, July 6, 2009

On The Topic of X-rays

Every day I find interesting information across my desk and today found something that I thought I would share. it is the text of an article from the British Medical Journal. it's an article from 2001, but is still very relivent today. Many practitioners feel taking an x-ray is almost mandatory, but quite the contrary is true. I only take x-rays when I feel there are clinical symptoms that point to a possible tumor or fracture that I would like to diagnose. read the text below it's not that long.

Do You Have Low Back Pain? Forget the X-rays

Getting an x-ray to uncover the source of lower back pain does not reduce suffering. In fact, in a new study, patients who had an x-ray, or radiography, reported more pain 3 months later than those who did not have an x-ray.

There is no evidence that having radiography helps doctors to care for people with simple back pain.

There is even evidence that the very act of having an x-ray can, perhaps by appearing to increase the perception of severity, delay recovery.

Low back pain is a common medical problem, and doctors often x-ray the lower spine to diagnose the cause of the pain. In most cases, however, x-ray results do little to change the treatment of back pain.

Most of the time, x-rays are performed to reassure patients or doctors.

Interestingly, even though x-rays did not appear to help relieve back pain, more than 80% of patients in both groups said they would choose to have an x-ray if they could.

By 9 months, most of the differences between the groups diminished, although having an x-ray still did not appear to provide any benefits, the report indicates. Patients in the x-ray group tended to be more satisfied with their care, however.

The findings highlight the need to let people know that x-rays are of little use to most people with low back pain.

Since so many people believe that radiography is an essential feature of the management of back pain, there is a need for a campaign to inform the public.

When doctors order an x-ray to investigate low back pain, patients may interpret the move as a sign that they really are unwell, so they may be more likely to report pain and to think that the pain interferes with their activities.

British Medical Journal February 17, 2001; 322: 400-405

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Chiropractic and ADHD on The CBS Early Show

This segment was shown on June 15 talking about the risk of sudden death associated with drugs used to treat children and teenagers with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. in the clip the Dr. mentions Chiropractic as an advised safe therapeutic choice.

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So why would that be? Chiropractic relieves stress on the nervous system that can make it difficult to focus or cause additional firing that makes it difficult to relax. When your brain is able to accurately determine what the body needs the body functions better.

So give chiropractic a chance to change your life today.
Hahn Family Chiropractic 919-872-8070

Dr. Eric