Health Report, December 4th, 2013

Traffic Jams. Paying bills. Deadlines. Pesky neighbors. The holidays.
These unpleasant or challenging situations create stress in our lives. So why do some people deal with these stress situations better than others? The answer is complex and includes many factors from genetics to weather conditions. Either way, communicating with your chiropractor about dealing with stress is the starting point.

You might be surprised to find that chiropractors are full of sound advice on ways to effectively deal with stress in your everyday life. When you are receiving regular chiropractic care, you learn that improving nerve and spinal function has a dramatic impact on improving emotional, mental, and physical function in your life. Chiropractors understand that problems with your spine and nervous system come from 3 primary stresses: physical, chemical & emotional.

In fact, Ronald Pero, Ph.D., chief of cancer prevention research at New York’s Preventive Medicine Institute and professor of medicine at New York University, measured the immune systems of people under chiropractic care as compared to those in the general population and those with cancer and other serious diseases.

In his initial three-year study of 107 individuals who had been under chiropractic care for five years or more, the chiropractic patients were found to have a 200% greater immune competence than people who had not received chiropractic care, and 400% greater immune competence than people with cancer and other serious diseases! The superiority of those under chiropractic care also did not diminish with age!

If you feel like stress is taking its toll on your life, call our office today. Our purpose is to help as many people as possible to live a long and healthy life naturally.

Our next home care class is coming up on Tuesday, November 10th, at 6:30pm here at the office. Have you attended yet? Home care can help your body heal faster, help you hold your adjustments longer and can help alleviate pain. The cost of admittance is at least one guest. If you are interested in attending, please let us know because space is limited. We will be providing dinner for you and the guests you bring. Just contact us at 515-964-9114. We look forward to seeing you there!

ATTENTION: As of December 2nd, we are in our new location at 2005 S Ankeny Blvd Suite 400. The new office is located next to Wig & Pen and east of the east entrance of DMACC. We encourage everyone to come on in and check out the new office.

"It's not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it." - Hans Selye

CHIROPRACTIC IMPROVES BODY PHYSIOLOGY
Volume 11 - Issue 50

The reasons for receiving Chiropractic care just got better – physiologically.
A recent study confirms that Chiropractic can have a very positive influence on basic body processes that affect cellular condition, thus warding off aging and increasing health.

Much has been written over the last few years about a harmful culprit in the body known as “free radicals.”
These are commonly known to be undesirable as they are unstable molecules that can combine with healthy cells and cause damage. The condition is known as oxidative stress and can cause problems to the body's DNA, the building blocks of life itself.

A study to determine the effects of Chiropractic on this process was conducted at the University of Lund in Sweden. The joint study involving chiropractors and university researchers was aimed at learning if Chiropractic care could influence the basic physiological processes that affect oxidative stress and DNA repair.

What they found was that Chiropractic helps the physiology of the body and aids in DNA repair. Here is how they did it. Researchers took measurements of a primary antioxidant (free radical fighter) in the body known as serum thiols in each of the subjects of the study. Three groups were considered. The first was 21 persons who had a variety of health issues or pain and had undergone short term Chiropractic adjustments. A second group of 25 had received long-term adjustments. And a third group of 30 had not received any care.

Results showed that the antioxidant levels were the highest and consequently the most positive in the group with 52-312 weeks of Chiropractic care. Long-term care of two years or more was shown to re-establish a normal physiological state independent of age, sex or nutritional supplement intake. Antioxidant levels were the lowest in persons with active disease as well as patients with initial musculoskeletal complaints.

"Going through life, we experience physical, chemical, and emotional stress," said researcher Dr. Christopher Kent. "These stresses affect the function of the nervous system. We hypothesized that these disturbances in nerve function could affect oxidative stress and DNA repair on a cellular level."

"Oxidative stress results in DNA damage and inhibits DNA repair. DNA repair in the mechanism which fixes the damage caused by environmental impact. Chiropractic care appears o improve the ability of the body to adapt to stress," he concluded.

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