2015 – January Newsletter

Posted on: January 1st, 2015

Reef Chiropractic Care            

Dr. Brian C. Baker



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The Paleo Diet


Food Politics



























Making resolutions every new year seems to be asking for trouble, in my opinion.  Making life changes is a process.  I’m all for making healthy choices and stopping bad habits, but why the added pressure of making New Years the starting point?


When you’re ready to get regular exercise, or to learn a new skill/hobby, or to eliminate sugar and go low carb….then start.  Expect to have days when you fall short of the mark.  It’s OK.


When you’re ready to address the stress in your life, or to start getting more sleep, or to cut down on the alcohol or to quiting smoking…. then take the next step and begin.  If you slip up and revert back to bad habits, forgive yourself and get back on track.  No regrets. Only resolve to get it right, most of the time.


The same applies to those who have dropped regular chiropractic care for their chronic conditions.  Get back on track. No judgments.


Due for a tune up?  Use this moment to call or go to our website and request an appointment. 


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Restore Balance

The body has an innate intelligence that relies on proper balance and coordination in order to function correctly.




Music can relieve pain, reduce stress, improve healing 

Classical music has been shown to lessen stress in waiting rooms, and music has been linked to reduced opioid intake for pain patients and reduced nausea in cancer patients. Experts also have suggested music can have an important role in patient healing with chiropractic services.  Of course we find that mellow 70’s rock is our therapy of choice.  Read more.



Back-Related Leg Pain: Chiropractic more effective

Back-related leg pain (BRLP), such as sciatica, is often disabling and causes more work loss, medication use, and health-related costs than uncomplicated low back pain. Nonpharmacologic interventions, including spinal manipulation, exercise, and education promoting self-management, are increasingly recommended as low-risk treatment strategies. Here is a comparative effectiveness of these interventions for reducing pain and improving function.                         Ann Intern Med



Migraine may raise risk for Bell’s Palsy

Individuals who experienced migraines had double the risk of developing Bell’s palsy compared with those without the condition, a study in Neurology found. The study didn’t establish a causal association, but it “suggests that these two conditions may share a common underlying link,” researcher Dr. Shuu-Jiun Wang said.  

According to background information in the study, between 11 and 40 people per 100,000 develop Bell’s palsy each year. Most recover completely.   Source



Kale Salad with Citrus Avocado Dressing

Enjoy this healthy salad with crunchy, sweet and creamy notes.  Click on image.




Study supports the theory that men are idiots 
The theory that men are idiots and often do stupid things is backed up by new evidence. The findings are actually based on an analyses of gender differences in idiotic behavior. Worthy candidates of idiocy include a man stealing a ride home by hitching a shopping trolley to the back of a train, only to be dragged two miles to his death before the train was able to stop; and the terrorist who posted a letter bomb with insufficient postage stamps and who, on its return, unthinkingly opened his own letter.   Science Daily

Questioning Medicine: Why is Tamiflu still around?

Ever get conflicting information about taking medication for influenza?  In this issue of Questioning Medicine, the author discusses his reasons for a belief that there is no clinical benefit associated with the use of Tamiflu.  Article



Higher Dietary Carbohydrate Associated with Lower HDL
HDL is commonly referred to as “good cholesterol,” as clearly higher levels are associated with a reduced risk for accumulation of atherosclerosis within the walls of arteries, especially the arteries that supply blood to the heart.
While so much attention is focused on total cholesterol, as well as LDL, which unfortunately has been given the name “bad cholesterol,” it seems clear that it is fair to explore what can be done to raise HDL since it is so important for vascular health.
As it turns out, diet does in fact playing important role in determining a person’s HDL level. In a study appearing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Canadian researchers evaluated the diets of 619 Canadians of either Aboriginal, South Asian, Chinese, or European descent who had no previously diagnosed medical conditions.
The researchers were particularly interested in the amount of carbohydrate intake in comparison to HDL,  and what they found was really quite profound. In comparing those who diets were highest in carbohydrate consumption with those who favored a lower carbohydrate diet, those who ate the least amount of carbohydrates had an HDL that was, on average, 11% higher.
So this is a very interesting report in that it again validates the importance of a lower carbohydrate, higher fat diet in terms of, in this case, an important cardiovascular risk marker, HDL.
In this day and age, when lipid profiles tend to pave the way for pharmaceutical intervention, it’s really nice to know that there is good science that validates the notion that food does and should factor into the equation.


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