My Friend Dr. Stirpe writes: According to a study of worker’s compensation patients with back injuries, nearly 43 percent of people who first visited an orthopedic surgeon ended up having surgery. Out of the group of patients who first visited a chiropractor, less than 2 percent ended up having surgery.
My Friend Dr. Stirpe writes: When patients combine chiropractic care with medication, the result is a reduction of medication costs by 52 percent and 43 percent fewer hospital admissions, according to a study in the “Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics”.
Study: Medical treatment of lumbar spine disease not effective
Medical management of patients with persistent symptoms of lumbar spine disease did not achieve statistically significant improvements in back or leg pain, depression or general health, according to a two-year study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. The study covered 50 patients with lumbar spondylolisthesis, 50 with stenosis and 50 with disk herniation. BeckersSpine.com (8/1)
|Nutrition & Wellness|
While alcohol, caffeine and processed meats are known to trigger migraine headaches, even healthy foods can be a problem. Nutrients cause the release of neurotransmitters, but some foods can affect one’s ability to balance those transmitters, leading to migraines, according to the Ontario Migraine Clinic. Keeping a food diary can help identify dietary triggers and help prevent migraines, recommends Eat Right Ontario. Ottawa Citizen (Ontario) (8/2)
A Swedish study in the journal Society and Mental Health showed the monthly number of prescriptions for antidepressants dropped exponentially the more people took vacations at the same time. Feelings of relaxation and well being are contagious, says environmental psychologist and study author Terry Hartig, and vacation helps workers feel more rested and productive and leads to improved relationships and better health. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (8/1)
A study of more than 42,000 households with preschool children found that purchases of milk, soft drinks, juice, desserts and snacks declined from 2000 to 2011. The study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine evaluated calories purchased, and experts questioned whether families replaced those calories with ones purchased at fast-food restaurants or in foods not tracked by the study. Reuters (8/1)