Hope you’re enjoying the rain. It seems that we’ve had one of the wettest Junes in recent memory. Make sure you wear a raincoat, use an umbrella, keep dry and remember to put your headlight on when you’re driving. During those torrential downpours, the only thing keeping me staying in my lane on the highway is your taillights!
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Record High Antibiotic Sales for Meat and Poultry Production
The same antibiotics used to treat sick people are also given to healthy animals — in much greater numbers — to make them grow faster and to compensate for overcrowded and unsanitary conditions. These practices are contributing to the emergence of drug-resistant superbugs that make infections more difficult and costly to treat. In 2011, more antibiotics were sold for use in meat and poultry production than ever before. – See more
Garlic Soup Made With 52 Cloves of Garlic
Here’s an interesting story about the antiviral and antibiotic effect of garlic and a soup recipe with 52 garlic cloves that the author proposes could ward off colds, flu and norovirus. Three things intrigue me about this. First, how would this soup taste? Second, how bad would my breath be? And third, how about we load up meat and poultry production with garlic instead of antibiotics? Pre-seasoned chicken and beef sounds pretty tasty to me. Article
Sugary Drinks Tied to More Heart Attacks
Here’s another study that connects sugar (especially soda) with inflammation and now, heart attacks.
In a study of male healthcare professionals, those who consumed the most sugary drinks — average of 6.5 per week — were 20% more likely to have a myocardial infarction (MI) during follow-up than those who never drank them.
The researchers also examined the relationship between consuming sugary drinks and various inflammation biomarkers, finding an association between greater consumption and adverse effects on triglycerides, C-reactive protein, interleukin-6, tumor necrosis factors 1 and 2, HDL cholesterol, lipoprotein(a), and leptin.
Referring to the inflammatory markers, they noted that “inflammation is a key factor in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease and cardiometabolic disease, and could represent an additional pathway by which sugar-sweetened beverages influence risk.”
Here’s a great link to the article as well as to other resources: AHA
Back in the Swing
The physical demands of golf are much different from what most people experience in their daily lives. Golfers should prepare their bodies for the specific physical stresses. Below are some exercises that can be done to prepare your body for tee time.
Endurance training – The game of golf is usually played over a three- to five-hour time period, requiring a certain level of endurance. Deadlifts and anterior reaches are good for working on endurance.
Joint mobility and stability – The explosive golf swing requires a high level of execution, coordination and power. Try standing with arms hanging at your sides (with or without weights) and gently leaning to one side. Repeat on the other side.
Working on the trunk and shoulders – Golfers’ ability to turn their shoulders will be determined by the coordinated strength of their core and their ability to rotate through the spine. Various chopping and lifting exercises will help.
Training pelvic tilt – If golfers are not conditioned properly, they will begin flexing their spine in order to address the ball, as opposed to hinging at the hip. On all fours, gently arch your back up toward the ceiling as you breathe in. On the exhale, gently push your bellybutton toward the floor and curve your back in the opposite direction, looking up toward the ceiling.
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Patients with lumbar spinal stenosis are commonly recognized by a bent-forward, shuffling posture and a characteristic small-step gait. Stenosis surgery, however, is a major procedure that is recommended only when conservative methods of care aren’t effective-or when stenosis is caused by tumors or accompanied by intolerable pain or severe neurological problems, such as loss of bowel and bladder function. Learn more about spinal stenosis, how it’s diagnosed and how it can be treated. ACA
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