October 2019 Health Newsletter

October 10, 2019

Dear Friends,

The only thought that comes to my mind as I sit here thinking about writing, is how stressed many of you have been in recent weeks. Sometimes you tell me about a problem at home or at work; sometimes the state of the world weighs heavy on you; sometimes you express apprehension about what is happening in your body. I want you to know that you are listened to and that you are heard!

There is a clear connection between the function of the body and the state of your mind (thoughts) and your spirit. The thoughts that race around in our heads influence the neurotransmitters that direct the body's function. In turn, the way we feel, our emotions and outlook are also affected. I will not try giving a physiology lesson with every particular function and formula, but research in the lab and in practice advances our knowledge of this inter-connectedness. You have probably observed how a perfect cup of tea or the fresh breeze and sunshine on your face will set a mood for the rest of the day -- less tension and stiffness will follow. A smile comes out of "nowhere" and the day is simply better. The physical, mental and emotional realms are intertwined.

Offering you my ear, my sympathy, my advice and the best adjustment I can perform is how I hope to help you, your family and friends to navigate the stress we each face everyday. Please don't hesitate to call on me or my wonderful staff even if you are not sure we have the answer to your stress. We will always do the best we can to help you, to cheer you on or to steer you in the right direction. Let us relieve stress together!

Office hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and  Friday 9 - 1 and 3 -6 and Saturdays 9 - 1. Call 201-525-0707 to make an appointment with Jolanta, Joan, or Debi.

All the best and we'll see you soon!

Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C.


If this is the first time your are receiving our Health Newsletter, we wish you a very warm Welcome! For those of you that have been on our list for awhile, thanks for making the effort to learn how to get well and how to stay well. Your name has been added to the newsletter list so that we can keep you informed of the latest in Chiropractic, in our practice, and in the realm of health in general. You may, of course, opt out, but we hope that you will continue to receive this newsletter and the occasional notice from us electronically. Call 201-525-0707 for an appointment, consultation or more information about our office or the services we offer in the office and out. If you have a church, temple, civic or social group that needs a speaker or a fundraising program, I am available for health and wellness topics

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» Chiropractic Earworm Cure!
» URGENT! Help Stop Changes to Your Horizon Coverage!
» National Chiropractic Health Month: Take Steps to Better Musculoskeletal Health
» Vegetarians May Live Longer
» “BPA-Free” Plastics Potentially Worse

Rate us on Social Media  

Are you the type of person that posts on social media a couple of times a day? The one who tells your friends about the new bagel shop you found, or the best place for brunch? Do you share those great things that "just happened"?

So, then, how do you tell someone where to go to get gentle, experienced, compassionate Chiropractic care? How do you help someone find a way to great health, overcome ignorance or fear? How can you support our wellness practice? Why not rate us on Yelp and Google? I'd like to leave it to those of you who are web-savvy to help other needy people find the way to our office and to live a healthier life. There are buttons on our website Drmania.com to rate us from your phone or online.

The website is very mobile friendly and office hours, phone and directions are easy to find. Email me with suggestions for the site. Do you or a friend have a question about what Chiropractic can do for you? Check out the DrMania.com website and give us a call...I'll gladly arrange a few minutes to answer a question about a problem. Thanks for your support!

Author:Dr. Mania
Copyright:Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C. 2017

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Chiropractic Earworm Cure!  

Remember the "It's a Small World" song? How about "Baby Shark" (do-do-di-do-didoo!)? Or, "100 Bottles of"...well you know where that goes. When something gets into your head and circles around and around, it is called an earworm. But an earworm doesn't have to be a mildly annoying toddler song. Sometimes it's, "I gotta call the Chiropractor".

Do you have the "got to call the Chiropractor" earworm? Have you been just that busy that you are ignoring the morning "acheys" or the evening "owwies"? Got to call the Chiropractor. Was that business trip or visit to Aunt Millie's (with the crummy bed) responsible for that tightness in your lower back and the just a little bit stuck neck? Got to call the Chiropractor. Is the constant computer work or internet surfing making you irritable and tired? Got to call the Chiropractor.  Have you had too much laundry or grocery schlepping? Got to call the Chiropractor. Sick of the trek to school/work and back? Got to call the Chiropractor.

There is an easy fix to the earworm problem. Call the Chiropractor and she will fix the acheys, the owwies, the tighties, the stuckies, and the crankies! Or at least sing "Baby Shark" for you (that's a joke). For a happier body, call the Chiropractor!

Office hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and  Friday 9 - 1 and 3 -6 and Saturdays 9 - 1. Call 201-525-0707 to make an appointment with Jolanta, Joan, or Debi.

Author:Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C.
Copyright:Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C. 2019

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URGENT! Help Stop Changes to Your Horizon Coverage!  

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield wants to outsource decisions for Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy to ASHN. This company is notorious for shorting patients on needed care. You can stop this by contacting your local representative by email. Click on the link below and you will go directly to the representatives in your area. It does not matter if you do not have BCBS insurance. If the merger is successful, then ASHN will try to contract with other companies to gain financially at the expense of patients! We can stop this. Please email and share the link! Thank-you.

Contact your Local representative directly.  Warning

Author:Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C.
Copyright:Dr, Mania 2019

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National Chiropractic Health Month: Take Steps to Better Musculoskeletal Health  

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and chiropractors nationwide are encouraging the public to take simple steps toward better musculoskeletal (MSK) health during National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) this October. The MSK system is comprised of the spine as well as all the muscles, bones and joints of the body. Keeping this vital system strong is the focus of 2019’s "Strength. Stability. Success." campaign.

When the MSK system functions well, we feel stronger and healthier; however, when there's a problem we might experience pain and even disability. More than one in two adults report experiencing an MSK condition such as back pain, neck pain, joint pain, arthritis or osteoporosis. They are the most commonly reported medical conditions among those under age 65 and the second most common condition for people age 65 and older. Low back pain alone is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

"Chiropractors provide care that helps people improve musculoskeletal health and relieve conditions such as low back pain naturally, sometimes enabling them to avoid or reduce the need for riskier treatments such as prescription opioid pain medications and surgery," notes ACA President Robert C. Jones, DC.

This October, set yourself up for future stability and success by taking steps to improve the strength of your musculoskeletal system:

  1. Move more. Bones, muscles and joints need movement to stay healthy. The U.S. surgeon general recommends adults get at least 150 minutes weekly of moderate physical activity (such as walking, yardwork, recreational swimming) or at least 75 minutes of intense weekly activity (jogging, hiking uphill, basketball).
  2. Eat a balanced diet. Proper nutrition is just as important to musculoskeletal health as it is to overall health. Eat a balanced diet that includes whole fresh foods and try to avoid processed foods. Be sure to get enough calcium and vitamin D for your bones and lean protein to build and maintain strong muscles.
  3. Go outside. The sun helps our bodies produce Vitamin D, which in turn helps us to absorb calcium and strengthen bones.
  4. Do weight-bearing exercises. Walking, jogging and resistance exercises such as weightlifting can improve bone density. Planks and squats can also strengthen core muscles. (Non-weight-bearing exercises such as swimming and biking can benefit the MSK system as well, especially for people unable to walk or jog while recovering from back, hip or knee pain.)
  5. Stay hydrated. Drinking water makes muscles stronger by carrying oxygen to the cells of the body. It also helps lubricate and cushion joints.
  6. Quit smoking. Smoking contributes not only to cardiovascular disease but also osteoporosis and bone fracture as we age.
  7. Get adequate rest. A good night's sleep enables your body to repair muscles and joints that are strained or injured during the day.
  8. Don’t drink too much alcohol. Drinking alcohol excessively can lead to osteoporosis and bone fracture.

We can also reduce the risk of pain and injury to our MSK system by improving our posture and movement techniques as well the ergonomics of our work and home environments. Learn more at www.acatoday.org/NCHM.

Author:American Chiropractic Association
Source:Acatoday.org. September 10, 2019.
Copyright:American Chiropractic Association 2019

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Vegetarians May Live Longer  

A five year study of people's eating habits suggests that people who limit or eliminate meat from their diets are less likely to die over time. Researchers at Loma Linda University in California studied data from over 70,000 participants and found that people who eat mostly fruits and vegetables enjoyed a reduced risk of heart disease and other diet-related causes of death. In the test group, 8 percent of subjects described themselves as vegans who didn't eat any animal products, 29 percent were lacto-ovo-vegetarians who didn't eat fish or meat but did eat dairy and egg products, and 15 percent occasionally ate meat and fish. The researchers found that while seven out of 1000 individuals died in any given period of time, the death rate among vegetarians and occasional meat-eaters dropped to five or six individuals in the same time period. However, the researchers were reluctant to attribute the effect solely to the test subject's diet choices. They pointed out that the vegetarians also generally worked out more, were better educated, less likely to smoke and weighed less, all of which contributed to their decreased mortality rate. Still, they concluded that the data suggests that reducing or eliminating animal products from your diet could lead to healthier overall outcomes.

Source:JAMA Internal Medicine, online June 3, 2013.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2013

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“BPA-Free” Plastics Potentially Worse  

If you’ve purchased plastic related drinking containers you’ve surely noticed many products touting their "BPA-free" status. BPA or bisphenol-A is a chemical used to harden plastic and has received much bad press over the recent years due to studies linking it to brain and behavior issues in children and infants, altered hormone levels, obesity and cancer, to name a few. Unfortunately, new research from Canada shows the replacement being used for BPA, BPS or bisphenol-S, has now also become a cause for concern. Researchers from the University of Calgary have now found BPS to cause changes in the brain development of zebra fish embryos at extremely low doses. Authors of the study state their findings are directly relevant to humans, especially for women in their second trimester of pregnancy.

Source:Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Jan 12, 2015.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015

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