2014 – March Newsletter

Posted on: March 4th, 2014

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Dr. Brian C. Baker



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 Medication and Fractures

 Sleep and Obesity
 11 Charts

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The Paleo Diet


Food Politics
























March 2014


I’m sure you’re as ready as I am for some semblance of spring to show up soon.  One sure sign that we’re heading into warmer weather is that daylight savings time will end this Saturday night. Remember to SPRING forward one hour and then bask in that extra hour of daylight. So warm!


By the way, due for a tune up?   Use this opportunity to call or go to our website to request an appointment.  Shane is awaiting your phone call.



Whenever there is a disruption in the normal movement or position of the vertebrae in your spine, with time it will result in inflammation and pain. Spinal adjustments serve to re-establish normal vertebral motion and position in the spine
EXERCISE, PRESCRIBED: Cheating the Reaper
For patients with high blood pressure, doctors are likely to prescribe anti-hypertensive medication and provide detailed instructions about how much to take, and when. They have been less able to provide detailed dosage recommendations for exercise. Research shows that a regular walking, swimming, or tennis habit reduces chronic disease risk, but it’s been unclear just how much different levels of exercise might extend our lives. Now, a study coauthored by epidemiologist I-Min Lee, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and professor of epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, offers specific exercise prescriptions.
Lee and her colleagues pooled data from six large studies that included information on the leisure activities and body mass index of more than 650,000 people older than 40, each of whom was followed for an average of 10 years. The researchers’ analysis revealed that subjects who completed the equivalent of 75 minutes of brisk walking each week—roughly 11 minutes a day—lived 1.8 years longer than those who didn’t exercise at all. Those who got the federally recommended minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise a week—22 minutes every day, or 30 minutes a day, five days a week—gained 3.4 years. Full Story

More Medication Increases Hip Fracture Risk

The Facts:
a. Hip fracture is an important public health issue.
b. Researchers looked at the insurance claims of 2328 elderly patients in Taiwan who had previously suffered a hip fracture.
c. They sought to see if hip fractures in this group were related to taking more medications.
d. They knew that polypharmacy (the use of multiple medications) had been previously shown to be a risk factor for falling in elderly individuals and that 73 to 90% of hip fractures were the result of a fall in elderly individuals.
e. The odds ratio for hip fracture was found to increase with both the number of medications used on a daily basis and age.
f.  Analysis was used to account for the effect of gender and age and the authors concluded that “hip fracture risk in older people increases with the number of medications used, especially in women.”
Take Home:
With increasing medication intake elderly people have a greater risk of the serious problem of hip fracture.
We are all affected by the passing of the years. We know that we need to make an effort to eat correctly and exercise appropriately but as we get older that becomes harder. As more and more conditions afflict the elderly they tend to take more medication. But as everyone knows, medications come with the risk of side effects. Here is just one unintended consequence of multiple medications. Pubmed




Lack of Sleep Linked to Obesity
Can lack of sleep make you fat? A new paper which reviews the evidence from sleep restriction studies reveals that inadequate sleep is linked to obesity. The research, published in a special issue of the The American Journal of Human Biology, explores how lack of sleep can impact appetite regulation, impair glucose metabolism and increase blood pressure. Article


These 11 Charts Show What’s Wrong With the Modern Diet

The modern diet is the main reason why people all over the world are fatter and sicker than ever before. Everywhere modern processed foods go, chronic diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease soon follow.
Here are 11 graphs that show everything that is wrong with the modern diet.



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