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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, January 24th, 2014.

Air pollution, inside and out, is a major environmental health concern affecting everyone on the planet.

Most of us experience some kind of outside air pollution-related symptoms weekly, such as watery eyes, coughing, or wheezing. Even for healthy people, polluted air can cause respiratory irritation or breathing difficulties during exercise and outdoor activities. Your personal actual risk depends on your current health status, the type of pollutant, level of concentration, and the length of your exposure to the polluted air. The two most dangerous and widespread outside pollutants are ozone and particle pollution. Don't know what particle pollution is? Well, ever look at dirty truck exhaust?

The "smog" you see coming out is particle pollution. There is overwhelming evidence showing that this type of pollution can kill. Particle pollution can increase the risk of heart disease, lung cancer, asthma attacks, and interferes with the growth and work of the lungs. Even more scary is that ozone is invisible to the naked eye thereby exposing millions without them even knowing it.
Hundreds of research studies have confirmed that ozone can cause lung issues, heart issues, and even shorten your life span. However, air pollution is not found only outside. The air inside your home may be polluted by lead (in house dust), formaldehyde, fire-retardants, radon, and even volatile chemicals from fragrances used in conventional cleaners.

Some pollutants are tracked into the home via a new mattress or new furniture, carpet cleaners, or a coat of paint on the walls. A wide range of interventions are available to reduce air pollution and associated health effects. Reduce your usage of household chemicals (speak with a staff member about how we clean in the office), use alternate fuels for your house and vehicle, and cleanse your body. Cleansing helps the body remove those toxins that are regularly bombarding your system and help it work more effectively! There are many options to choose from for cleansing. We are here to help each person achieve the highest level of health possible for them. Let us find the right method of cleansing for you!

Do you have a fun pair of slippers? We are having a slipper contest during the month of January. We will be posting a picture of your slippers on our Facebook page and who ever has the most "Likes" at the end of the month will win either a free foot scrub or a box of Organo Gold coffee - your choice! So, wear your shiniest, fuzziest, most whimsical slippers.

February 4th at 12pm, we are hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for our new office! The Ankeny Chamber of Commerce will attend and we want to show others how excited our patients are about our new space! There will be food to share so come out and join us!

"Life does not happen to us, it happens from us." -Anonymous


Air Pollution and Health

What is air pollution?

Air pollution is the name for the mixture of substances in the atmosphere (the air around us that we breathe). Air pollution can cause health problems, by inhaling particles, such as reactive chemicals like ozone, and biological materials like pollens. Air pollution is produced both by human activity (such as combustion of fossil fuels from burning coal) and naturally occurring events (such as volcanoes, dust storms, and wild fires).

It is important to remember that; air pollution is a mixture of many agents, can come from many sources, and varies depending on weather conditions. While
many pollutants can affect our health, ozone and particulate matter (soot) have a major impact on the public’s health. Ozone can cause chest discomfort, decreases in lung function, and airway inflammation (i.e., irritation and injury to the tissue lining the airways). People with asthma can develop breathing problems after exposure to ozone. Particulate matter (PM) also can cause respiratory problems, and has been shown to increase the risk of heart problems in older people, especially those with a prior history of heart disease. Exposures to both ozone and PM have been shown to increase the risk of premature death.

How can I prevent the health effects of air pollution?

There are several things that you can do to
reduce air pollution in and around your home
and the areas where you live and work.

*Advocate for stricter air quality

*Decrease your personal contribution to air pollution by reducing energy consumption through the use of cleaner, more efficient appliances in your home.

*Use public or active (walking or bicycling) transportation.

*Avoid heavy exercise near busy roadways or on smoggy days

*Eat a healthy diet that contains fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants (shown to prevent the health effects of pollutants like ozone)

*Seek care for proper management oflung and heart conditions.

What problems might I have if air pollution is affecting me?

You may experience any of the following

*Chest discomfort like trouble taking a deep breath or feeling like you are having a heart attack.

*Shortness of breath.

*Phlegm/mucus production.

*A cough where you may or may not bring up mucus.

*Wheezing which may worsen with activity.

*Decreased lung function on breathing tests, electrocardiogram (ECG) changes, including irregular heart beat (arrhythmia) or changes showing your heart is being damaged (ischemia).

How can I prevent the health effects of air pollution?

Reduce your exposure to air pollution by following the warnings giving during "smog" alerts, especially if you or your child have conditions such as asthma or ischemic heart disease.

*Stay indoors on smoggy days.

*Keep windows closed and use air conditions on hot, smoggy days.

*Use your asthma and heart medications as directed to treat heart attacks on smoggy days.

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

Get immediate help is your breathing suddenly gets worse or you have symptoms on a heart attack or heart problems.

John R. Balmes, MD, on behalf of the Environmental and Occupational Health Assembly.
ATS Patient Health Series
©2011 American Thoracic Society

Health Report, January 10th, 2014.

Another new year and time to cleanse your body.

Good for you! What do I mean by cleanse? I'm glad you asked. When I say "cleanse," I mean it in the sense of true cleaning—a strategy that helps your body rid itself of toxins and rid you of bad eating habits. We're exposed to harmful substances all the time; they're in our diet (pesticides, microbes, and mercury, to name a few) and the very air we breathe (disinfectants, deodorizers, and the gasses released by fresh paint).

Fortunately, we have an excellent system in place to handle those toxins. Enzymes throughout the body are continuously breaking them down and helping to flush them out. Doing this will not only make you healthier, it will:

* increase energy levels
* make you more able to get rid of bad habits
* cleanse the body of harmful toxins
* promote weight loss
* create a smoother and stronger metabolism rate

Truly, a detoxification diet enables a person and their body a fresh, new start. There are a wide variety of cleanses to choose from. Are you and some friends ready to take the plunge into a healthier you? Let us know so we can tell you of all the options we recommend.

Call the office today to discuss all the options. Let us help you reach your healthy living goals this year! Our office manager, Angi, is doing a 9 day cleanse right now. Join her in getting healthier!

We will be having a home healthcare class on Tuesday, January 14 at 6:30pm. We will be talking about trigger points and how they affect your life. We will also be showing you how to treat them at home with a little help from a friend or family member. Please plan to bring a guest that can work on you from time to time. We know that many people are interested in joining the class, and seats are limited. Let us know as soon as possible that you will be attending and how manny you will bring with you. It is here at the office and we will be providing dinner so that you have one less thing to worry about. We will save you a seat!

“In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired.” ~Author Unknown

This weeks health Report:
Detox Diets

Detox diets are short diets that are meant to have many health benefits. The primary goal will not usually be weight loss, although some dieters will use them to drop a few pounds. Detoxing is supposed to clear your body of toxins, as the name says. This is quite a good idea in principle since as we eat so many processed foods; our bodies ingest many substances, some of which might not always be good for it. Detoxing for a few days can help flush those substances out; it also gives our digestive system a break and is said by some to improve mental focus, concentration and general health. There are many different detox diet plans. On some, nothing at all is eaten, and one only drinks water, tea, and eats broth. This is a particularly restrictive type of detoxing and not recommended for everyone. On other diets, juices can be drunk but nothing is eaten either. Then, there are less severe diets where you are allowed to eat, but only certain foods, like brown rice, fruit or vegetables.

Those people who support the idea of detoxing report many benefits. General health and fitness is supposed to improve after the second or third day; however, before that, the body is weakened and one easily gets tired. After the detox, one feels cleaner and in better health. The taste buds are also given a rest because less food is consumed, and so the taste sense is enhanced after the diet ends. The same thing goes for the olfactory sense, which is apparently stronger after a detox diet. There have been case reports of people who used fasting or detox diets in order to cure illnesses, and in some cases this actually worked. A common side effect of detoxing is weight loss, which is considered a plus by many.

If done incorrectly, detoxing is potentially a very risky thing to do. In fact, if you are not getting all the nutriments you need or if you are depriving yourself of too much energy, then you might feel dizzy or nauseous. Your body will be in a weakened state and it is possible that you will often feel cold. Many believe that detoxing is too radical a diet and that as long as a person eats healthy in general, a detoxing diet is not necessary at all. It is important to be aware of those risks. The health gurus may talk all they want, but after all, detoxing comes down to living on very little food for a while, and that takes some getting used to!
Things to observe

It is important to make sure that, as with any diet, you ask your doctor first whether the plan is right for you. This is especially important for detox diets because they are particularly restrictive. It is very important that children or pregnant women never fast. Children in general should not follow diets unless they are overweight, and pregnant women need many nutriments which they cannot get from such a restrictive diet as the detox diet. It is also sensible to take some vitamin supplements during the diet so as to keep vitamin levels up. At least a basic multivitamin tablet a day is recommendable. You should also be aware of the fact that detox diets are quite unlikely to help you lose any fat. You might lose water weight, but you will put it back on quickly, and once you end the detox diet, the body is likely to store more fat than before and your metabolism may be slower. Therefore, if you want to lose weight, it is important to eat healthy, but eat. A detox diet, as stated above, should be followed with other goals in mind. Exercise should be kept to an easy level during detoxing, and you should get enough sleep since you will get tired very quickly. In fact, it is best to go on a detox diet when you are on holiday from work or college. This way, you will have all the time in the world for yourself. Finally, unless you have superhuman willpower, avoid social situations where you will watch other people eat, because even with all the great health benefits of a detoxing diet, their food will still look delicious.


Health Report, December 9th, 2013

Just when you're finally getting your weight under control, boom!
It's the holidays, and food is everywhere. From the office to the factory, from the office supply store to the drugstore (not to mention parties and family events), it seems as if the Thanksgiving-to-New Year's holiday season is one long, tempting food fest designed to make you gain weight.

Experts say the holidays can deal your weight loss efforts a double whammy once you add in the various emotions of the season. "You've got the stress of the holidays, along with a lack of sleep, and, for many, a cauldron of bubbling emotions coming to the surface -- and you've got all this food beckoning you at every turn," says Warren Huberman, PhD, a clinical psychologist specializing in weight control at New York University Medical Center.

"It can be a dangerous combination for those who have problems controlling what they eat." But, is it possible to keep the holiday food fests from ruining your weight loss plans? One of the best ways to start, experts say, is by discovering what your personal holiday overeating cues really are. The easiest way out? Just say "no" -- over and over and over, the experts say.

Chiropractic care helps you say no by helping your body deal with the effects of stress - irritability, difficult sleeping, lowered immune system, etc. Getting your regular adjustments, and even a few extra if you have extra stress, enables your body to take of those things before a problem starts.

Taking your nutrition supplements gives your body the building blocks to work.Having all these building blocks in place helps you have the strength to "just say no" to those high sugar, guilt-laden foods. Starting these health promoting habits now will help you lose weight not only for a short time, but for a prolonged period of time. Once you achieve the desired weight, the chiropractor will help you maintain it for a lifetime. Let us help you and others you know who want to start life altering health habits today!

Do you have friends and family who have health problems that concern them? Give them the gift of health and relaxation this year! We have ways to help you help them get the care they need! Talk with a staff member at your first opportunity! This is a limited time offer so don't wait!

Do you have a friend, teacher, co-worker, even a boss that you know needs some break time? Maybe this year is especially difficult for them and you want to help them have some time alone to rest, relax, and rejuvenate. Or, maybe they're just grumpy and need some pampering. Why not give them the gift of massage?! JaNan, our massage therapist, is ready to help them get rid of stress! Gift certificates are available for purchase throughout this gift giving season. Just give Wendy a call or chat with her when you are in and let her know how many you need to give!

Our next home care class is coming up on Tuesday, December 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 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!

"The greatest miracle on Earth is the human body. It is stronger and wiser than you may realize, and improving its ability to self heal is within your control." ~Dr Fabrizio Mancini

Volume 11 - Issue 100

American adults continue to grow around the waistline. The bottom line about obesity in the United States is that this condition expanded in 31 states of the union in 2006. This fact is provided from the fourth annual report “F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America, 2007.”

The State of Mississippi topped the list for the highest rate of obesity in the country for the third year in a row. In fact, it became the first state to reach an obesity rate of over 30% (at 30.6%). Colorado was named the leanest state again this year but did have an adult obesity increase from 16.9 to 17.6 percent. Twenty-two states experienced an increase for the last 2 years in a row. No state showed a decrease. In 1991, none of the states exceeded a 20% obesity rate.

A new public survey also featured in the report found that 85% of Americans believe that obesity is a national epidemic and that may point to something positive according to Jeff Levi, Executive Director of the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), the publisher of the report.

“There has been a breakthrough in terms of drawing attention to the obesity epidemic. Now we need a breakthrough in terms of policies and results,” said Levi. “Poor nutrition and physical inactivity are robbing America of our health and productivity.” Lack of exercise is certainly one of the leading causes of the increased size of Americans.

According to the report, 22% of American adults report that they do not engage in any physical activity. Mississippi has the highest rate of inactivity at 31.6%, and Minnesota had the lowest rate of inactivity at 15.4%. As for what to do about it, 81% of people surveyed said that the government should get involved and take a role in addressing this obesity problem.

Majorities strongly support government working on proposals to expand education programs about healthy living, providing low-cost access to exercise programs and reducing the marketing of unhealthy food. States with the highest obesity trend:

1. Mississippi**;
2. West Virginia*;
3. Alabama;
4. Louisiana;
5 (tie). South Carolina**, Tennessee*;
7. Kentucky**;
8. Arkansas;
9 (tie). Indiana, Michigan*, Oklahoma**;
12 (tie). Missouri**, Texas;
14. Georgia;
15. Ohio**;
16. Alaska;
17. North Carolina**;
18. Nebraska**;
19. North Dakota;
20 (tie). Iowa, South Dakota**;
22. Wisconsin**;
23 (tie). Pennsylvania, Virginia*;
25 (tie). Illinois, Maryland**;
27: Kansas*;
28. Minnesota;
29. Delaware**;
30. Oregon**;
31 (tie). Idaho, Washington**;
33. Maine*; 34. Florida**;
35. Wyoming**;
36. California;
37. Nevada*;
38 (tie). New Hampshire**, New York;
40 (tie). Washington D.C., New Jersey**;
42. New Mexico**;
43: Arizona;
44. Utah;
45. Montana;
46. Rhode Island**;
47 (tie). Connecticut**, Hawaii*;
49. Vermont;
50, Massachusetts**;
51: Colorado*.

While the government gets to work on this plan, which 81% of people think is necessary, most Americans might start with a good old fashioned “push back from the table.” Eating less and exercising more might be the key
slenderizing program most people really need.

NOTE: States with a statistically significant increase for one year get one (*) and those with a significant increase for 2 years running get (**)

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