March 2021 Health Newsletter

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April 15, 2021

Dear Friends,

As many of you are receiving vaccinations in the fight against CoVid-19 and many others are planning on doing so, I wanted you to know that I have also received my first one and will shortly receive my second one. This was a seriously thought out and considered decision for me. In light of the severe and ongoing danger to the nation's and the world's populations from this disease, it became apparent to me personally that I could contribute to a safer, fuller return to an open country by receiving a vaccine. I donated convalescent plasma 3 times for use by patients hospitalized with severe levels of CoVid, but felt it was now time to sign up. I am encouraging you all to consider receiving the vaccine of your choice, as well as continuing to observe the current commonsense precautions. Wear a mask, wash your hands, socially distance. Get outside in the fresh air and sunshine to boost your mood and immune system!

I have lost friends to this disease, I've seen my patients, family and friends lose loved ones. We have the power to help each other and ourselves to overcome our sorrow, fear, anxiety, and anger! If you are feeling stressed, exhausted, or anxious, come in for an adjustment to balance your body systems.

Relieve the tension, restore your movement, reboot your nervous system! We will continue to do our best to assist you in your search for optimum health! We are here to help!

Office hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday by appointment and Saturdays 9 - 1 by appointment. Call 201-525-0707 to make an appointment with me.

All the best and see you soon,

Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C.

 

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Current Articles

» Tribute to a Few Female Pioneers
» Studies Show Chiropractic “Maintenance Care” Beneficial for Back Pain
» Drink Water, Prevent Kidney Stones
» Curb the Bacon: Why Your Favorite Processed Meats Might Lead to Cancer
» CoVid-19 Precautions

Tribute to a Few Female Pioneers

There are some amazing women in Chiropractic's history that I want to honor with a brief mention.

Dr. Mabel Heath Palmer was an early Chiropractor who married B. J. Palmer and, after seeing the urgent need for qualified instructors in the Palmer school,  sought out advanced education in the field of anatomy.  She returned to Davenport to teach and nurture students. Mabel founded the first Chiropractic organization (notably, it was a sorority). She spent most of her life serving students and Chiropractic with grace, compassion and skill.

Dr. Minora Paxson was a Chiropractic graduate prior to 1900. She practiced Chiropractic,  taught Chiropractic students, co-wrote a Chiropractic textbook, and co-founded a Chiropractic college.

Dr.Lorraine Golden founded Kentuckiana Children's Center to bring complete health care programs to multi-handicapped children. These services were offered without charge and included physical therapy, eye care, dental care, occupational therapy and Chiropractic. Dr. Golden who was herself handicapped by deafness, was aided and succeeded by Dr. Geri Partridge and the Center helped thousands of under served children and their families. 

Dr. Maxine McMullin was a nurse-midwife from New Zealand whose life threatening health situation lead her to become a Chiropractic patient. Her health was restored and she traveled to the United States to attend Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Dr. McMullin remained at Palmer sharing and teaching her obstetric and pediatric expertise along with her gift for working with women, babies and children. She was a master of pediatric examination, and adjusting. She also had a very active practice and mentorship role with students.

I said this would be a brief mention, and it is necessarily all too brief. Suffice it to say, that I am proud to be a descendant of these wonderful women, skilled Chiropractors and dedicated healers (as well as of many others). And, it is my honor to offer my services to you, you family and friends!

Author: Carmel-Ann Mania, DC
Source: varied


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Studies Show Chiropractic “Maintenance Care” Beneficial for Back Pain

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) states that approximately 31 million Americans suffer from back pain at any given time. This adds up to over $50 billion in healthcare costs annually. And then that price tag more than doubles when you factor in lost wages and decreased job productivity.

For decades, chiropractors have not only been saying chiropractic maintenance care for back pain is beneficial, it’s also cost effective. A research project called "The Nordic Maintenance Care Program" was launched with the aim to increase knowledge regarding maintenance care, utilizing chiropractors in Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway. A leading chiropractic publication, Chiropractic Economics, explained that this team put in hard work from 2008-2018 with four objectives:

  1. To define the concept of maintenance care and the indications for its use.
  2. To describe chiropractors’ belief in maintenance care and patients’ acceptance of it.
  3. To establish the prevalence with which chiropractors use maintenance care and possible characteristics of the chiropractors associated with its use.
  4. To determine its efficacy and cost-effectiveness for various types of conditions.

Maintenance

One study specifically investigated the patient perspective of maintenance care; patients were interviewed and asked to explain why they would visit their chiropractor on a regular basis. Patients stated that the purpose was:  

  • To prevent recurrences (78%);
  • To remain pain-free (68%);
  • Maintenance care as a wellness approach (17%).

Regarding the spacing of maintenance care treatments, most visits were scheduled by patients within a range of 1-3 months.

Cost-Effectiveness

A health-care register-based study found that health care use was smallest among the patients who received maintenance care from a chiropractor as opposed to those receiving care from other health care professionals.

A 2015 study by Simon Dagenais, et. al., gathered data from over 1300 studies. They discovered that compared to private health plans, chiropractic health care costs were lower. There are a lot of variables to control, but the bottom line is chiropractic maintenance care can be more effective and less costly than other forms of back pain care.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: PLoS One. 2018; 13(9): e0203029


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Drink Water, Prevent Kidney Stones

New guidelines released from the American College of Physicians indicate that preventing kidney stones may be as simple as drinking more water.  Experts suggest drinking enough fluids to generate two liters of urine daily in order to keep kidney stones at bay. Kidney stones are formed from solid crystals in the urine and increasing the consumption of water dilutes the solids and decreases their abilities to form into stones. It should be noted that drinking any fluids does not generate the same benefits of drinking water alone. Certain fluids such as sodas, especially those containing phosphoric acid, can actually increase the formation of kidney stones. Stick with water and consume two to three liters daily with the goal of generating 2 liters of clear urine daily. If the urine is yellow, you're likely not consuming enough fluids.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Ann Intern Med. 2014;161(9):I-24.


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Curb the Bacon: Why Your Favorite Processed Meats Might Lead to Cancer

Experts have been debating bacon for years, but could this delicious food really lead to cancer? According to a study by the World Health Organization (WHO), there's a link between the regular consumption of bacon, along with other processed meats like hot dogs, and the risk for contracting colorectal cancer, which is cancer of the bowels.  WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer also found a link between prolonged processed meat consumption and the risk for both pancreatic and prostate cancer as well. The IARC report estimated that for every 1.8 ounce of bacon consumed per day, the risk for bowel cancer rises by 18%. The findings from this report led WHO to deem processed meats as true carcinogens, just like tobacco. But not everyone is buying the argument that processed meat is as bad as tobacco. Almost a million deaths a year are caused by smoking cigarettes. While experts agree that over consumption of processed meats isn't healthy, bacon and other meats can be enjoyed in moderation without concern according to the National Resources Defense Council. The advocacy group also urges people to avoid the processed meat section and to buy fresh meat from high-quality sources instead.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Reuters. October 27, 2015.


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CoVid-19 Precautions

We have been coping with the continuing CoVid19 pandemic here in the office, by tightening our procedures and increasing the level of preventive measures taken. We are cleaning and sanitizing the tables, chairs, counters and other surfaces more than ever. We have put up clear carbonate barriers to maintain social separation. We are installing HEPA 13 room air filters, as well as, using window ventilation. My staff wears face masks, I wear a face mask and gloves. Hand sanitizer and soap are readily available. Pens and clipboards are sanitized after every use. We distance in the reception room with very limited numbers in the office at any time and we bring patients to the adjusting rooms with little to no wait. Patients can also call us from the car if they prefer. We are adhering as closely as we can to the state guidelines to protect our patients, our staff, and everyone's family (including mine).

We would ask your cooperation in these efforts by having you wear a mask or face covering that covers your mouth and nose while you are in the office. Feel free to use the hand sanitizer. Tell us if you notice anything that needs our attention and we will attend to it immediately. Please be patient if we need to look for your most convenient time. We are distancing patient appointments to limit the number of people in at any one time, so it may take a little extra effort to accommodate. We are all in this together, and together, we will come out on the other side.

Thanks for your confidence in me...for trusting me with your health. It's an honor and a privilege to be your chiropractor!

Author: Dr. Carmel-Ann Mania
Source: Dr. Mania


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