February 2021 Health Newsletter

January 15, 2021

Dear Friends,

WE have reached the next step in recovery from the devastating state of pandemic + financial crisis + stress tsunami that we have been in. I'm happy to say that we are almost caught up with the backlog of paperwork from last year. Thanks to my staff for their efforts! If you need a statement of co-pays or other information, please give us a call and Joan, Debi or Jolanta can get that for you.

On a new year note, I am encouraging you to get out in the daytime for even a few minutes to reset your brain clock and boost your immune system! Breathe the fresh air, feel the breeze, stretch your legs and your mind! Winter is here, but so are we, and we can make the most of it in our own back yards, decks, parks or nature walks. Bundle up, take a breath and notice the birds that are hanging out. And if you want to shake the cobwebs out of your body, make an appointment for your adjustment. We look forward to seeing you!

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

» CoVid-19 Precautions
» Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act Means Chiropractic Care Just Got More Affordable
» Whole Grains Benefit Blood Pressure
» Excess Protein - A Diabetic Risk

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
Copyright:Carmel-Ann Mania, 2020


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Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act Means Chiropractic Care Just Got More Affordable  

On January 13, 2021, Congress passed the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act, something that levels the financial playing field in the insurance industry, including the affordability of chiropractic care.

"The American Chiropractic Association advocated for this important change for many years. The passage of this bill is an essential step toward increasing competition in health insurance markets and lowering prices for consumers," said ACA President Robert C. Jones, DC.

Previously, insurance companies were considered exempt from federal antitrust laws. Said laws served the purpose of eliminating monopolies and fostering a competitive market. Insurance companies have been able to establish monopolized territories and cherrypick what healthcare services they decide to cover, including chiropractic.

The American Chiropractic Association explains in their article that, "It levels the playing field between a doctor and a health insurance company. Doctors have long been subject to federal antitrust scrutiny… Health insurance companies […] have been free to exchange among themselves suggested price information, terms of service and criteria for the reimbursement of doctors of chiropractic.

"They also have been free to obtain and utilize reimbursement criteria from various 'medical consultants' who often are direct competitors of doctors of chiropractic and have anticompetitive intent. With certain limited exceptions, this ability of insurance companies now ends with the elimination of the ‘business of insurance’ exemption to the federal antitrust laws."

The Act has finally been signed into law after years and years of being struck down by previous legislations. There are mixed reactions to the new law. The bottom line is that it means change in the insurance industry, and potentially change in the cost of specialized healthcare.

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:American Chiropractic Association. January 20, 2021.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2021


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Whole Grains Benefit Blood Pressure  
Consuming plentiful amounts of whole grain foods appears to ward off high blood pressure according to the latest research. Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a new study found men with the largest consumption of whole grain foods (52 grams/day) were 19 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure as compared with men consuming just 3 grams of whole grains daily. The process of refining grains results in the removal of their outer coating making them more quickly absorbed by the body (and thus, potentially turning into body fat more easily) as well as removing many beneficial nutrients. Thus, when purchasing grain products, it’s better to choose whole grain foods as compared with refined foods. Another finding researchers noted was that men who consumed more whole grain foods also tended to gain less weight. Of course, everything in moderation.

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, September 2009.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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Excess Protein - A Diabetic Risk  

According to new research, individuals consuming excess protein, especially animal protein, are putting themselves at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Previous studies have also shown higher levels of protein intake, especially red meats and processed meats, to be tied to long-term diabetes risk. Approximately 26,000 individuals were included in the study who on average ate 90 grams of protein per day. Those individuals who consumed the most overall protein, approximately 111 grams per day, increased their odds of developing diabetes by 17% as compared with those who ate the least amount of protein daily - 72 grams. When evaluating specifically animal based protein, those who consumed the most were 22% more likely to become diabetic compared with those eating the least amount; 78 grams vs 36 grams, respectively. According to researchers, plant based protein was not linked to diabetes. In fact, plant based proteins such as nuts, whole grains and legumes have been associated with a lower incidence of diabetes in past studies. Researchers recommended minimizing red meat consumption to no more than twice per week and keeping poultry and fish consumption to no more than 4 times per week. They also recommended minimizing cheese and processed meats and avoiding the consumption of skimmed milk and yogurt on an everyday basis.

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:Diabetes Care, online April 10, 2014.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2014


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