Our Mission:

The purpose of our office is to help as many people as possible to achieve health naturally, and to educate them about chiropractic so they may educate others.

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

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.

Health Report, November 18th, 2013

Pipe and cigar smokers often dismiss worries that smoking is bad for their health.

They claim their habit is harmless and perpetuate the common misconception that pipes and cigars are somehow safer than cigarettes. In reality, these tobacco products carry the same or greater health risks as cigarettes. Cigar and pipe smokers often argue that their health isn't at risk because they only smoke one or two a day and they don't inhale. There is also the claim that pipes and cigars aren't addictive.

Yet research shows that cigar and pipe smoking is every bit as dangerous as cigarette smoking, and possibly even more dangerous. Even if you don't inhale, you can get a number of different cancers from smoking pipes and cigars. People who smoke cigars regularly are four to 10 times more likely than nonsmokers to die from cancers of the mouth, larynx, and esophagus. Oral cancer can develop anywhere the smoke touches, including the lips, mouth, throat, and tongue. People who inhale also increase their risk for cancers of the lung, pancreas, and bladder.

No matter what a person is smoking, the advice is the same: quit! If you can't kick the habit on your own, get help from your doctor, another health professional, or a smoking cessation service. Dr. Moss has been able to help patients that want to quit. If you or someone you care about is having difficulties quitting please let us know. Our purpose is to help as many people as possible in their quest for health. Let us help those you know reach a new level of health!

ATTENTION: As of December 2nd, we will be 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 will be in a great new location but with all of the familiar faces you love to see!

"To keep the body in good health is a duty....otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear." - Buddha

This week's Health Report:
Cigar and Pipe Smoking and Lung Cancer Risk: A Multi-Center Study From Europe.


Health report, October 30th, 2013.

High fructose corn syrup serves as one of the most damaging food items available.
You will not only see a decrease in normal healthy bodily functions, but an increase in the risks for several harmful diseases and illnesses. A few reasons high fructose corn syrup is bad for you include:

*suppress your immune system and impair your defenses against infectious disease
*feeds cancer cells and has been connected with the development of cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pancreas, biliary tract, lung, gallbladder and stomach
*upsets the mineral relationships in your body: causes chromium and copper deficiencies and interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium
*can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
*can cause premature aging.

Sensitivity to fructose, like most things, is going to vary from person to person. However, our goal this month has been to educate people to look and think when you are at the grocery store. It is best to steer closer to natural whole foods (preferably organic) and less processed foods that are laden not only with HCFS, but are genetically modified and laced with MSG. Read the labels and get yourself familiar with what you buying, where you buying it from, and what it is going to do your body, because you could be putting yourself at risk. We are always more than happy to discuss your eating habits and help you make positive changes.

*ATTENTION* Our office is moving! Beginning Monday, December 2nd, 2013, you will find us located at 2005 S. Ankeny Blvd, Suite 400, here in Ankeny. We will be across from the east entrance to DMACC and located next to Wig-N-Pen. Our look may be different but our staff and friendly faces will remain the same!

Our next home care class is coming up on Tuesday, November 12th, 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. If you are interested in attending, please let us know because space is limited and 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!

"A healthy body is a guest-chamber for the soul; a sick body is a prison." - Francis Bacon

High Fructose Corn Syrup Linked to Liver Scarring, Research Suggests

Mar. 23, 2010 — High fructose corn syrup, which some studies have linked to obesity, may also be harmful to the liver, according to Duke University Medical Center research. "We found that increased consumption of high fructose corn syrup was associated with scarring in the liver, or fibrosis, among patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)," said Manal Abdelmalek, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology at Duke University Medical Center.

Her team of researchers at Duke, one of eight clinical centers in the Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis Clinical Research Network, looked at 427 adults enrolled in the network. They analyzed dietary questionnaires collected within three months of the adults' liver biopsies to determine their high fructose corn syrup intake and its association with liver scarring.

The researchers found only 19 percent of adults with NAFLD reported no intake of fructose-containing beverages, while 52 percent consumed between one and six servings a week and 29 percent consumed fructose containing beverages on a daily basis. An increase in consumption of fructose appeared to be correlated to increased liver fibrosis in patients with NAFLD. "We have identified an environmental risk factor that may contribute to the metabolic syndrome of insulin resistance and the complications of the metabolic syndrome, including liver injury," Abdelmalek said.

Research Abdelmalek published in the Journal of Hepatology in 2008 showed that, within a small subset of patients, high fructose corn syrup was associated with NAFLD. Her latest research, published online in Hepatology, goes one step further and links high fructose corn syrup to the progression of liver injury.
"Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is present in 30 percent of adults in the United States," Abdelmalek said. "Although only a minority of patients progress to cirrhosis, such patients are at increased risk for liver failure, liver cancer, and the need for liver transplant," she explained.

"Unfortunately, there is no therapy for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease," she said. "My hope is to see if we can find a factor, such as increased consumption of high fructose corn syrup, which, if modified, can decrease the risk of liver disease."
The idea is similar to what cardiologists have done for heart patients, Abdelmalek explained. They discovered that high-fat diets are bad for your heart, so they have promoted low-fat diets to decrease the risk of heart disease, she said.

"We haven't made it that far with liver disease yet," Abdelmalek said. "We know that alcohol is not good for your liver, and therefore encourage patients to limit alcohol consumption. But what do you do when people have non-alcoholic liver disease?" "Our findings suggest that we may need to go back to healthier diets that are more holistic," Abdelmalek said. "High fructose corn syrup, which is predominately in soft-drinks and processed foods, may not be as benign as we previously thought."

The consumption of fructose has increased exponentially since the early 1970s, and with this rise, an increase in obesity and complications of obesity have been observed, Abdelmalek said. "There is an increasing amount of data that suggests high fructose corn syrup is fueling the fire of the obesity epidemic, but until now no one has ever suggested that it contributes to liver disease and/or liver injury." Abdelmalek said the next step is more studies looking at the mechanisms of liver injury.

"We need to do formal studies that evaluate the influence of limiting or completely discontinuing high fructose corn syrup from one's diet and see if there are health benefits from doing so," she said. Other authors on the study include Ayako Suzuki, Cynthia Guy, Anna Mae Diehl, all of Duke; Aynur Unalp-Arida and Ryan Colvin of John Hopkins; and Richard Johnson of the University of Colorado.

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