Steskal Chiropractic, Omaha Nebraska

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A feature story in the March 19, 2006 issue of USA TODAY reported that exposure to pets, peanuts and intestinal worms might actually be good for children, because they program their developing immune system to know the difference between real threats and common exposures.

The article begins by noting that this new thinking is opposite of the previous conventional wisdom that said it was best to protect children from these types of exposures. They now state just the opposite. Dr. Andy Saxon of the University of California-Los Angeles, states, "What we've learned is that it may, in fact, be important to be exposed early on to a sufficient quantity of allergy-causing substances to train the immune system that they are not a threat."

In the article Dr. Joel Weinstock of Tufts New England Medical Center added, "When you're born, Day Zero, your immune system is like a new computer. It's not programmed. You have to add software. Between the ages of zero and 12, you're learning to read, you're learning to write, and your immune system is learning to react to things. Part of that is learning to limit reactivity."

The article explains the new thinking on allergies by what is known as the "hygiene hypothesis". This hypothesis suggests that growing up in cities and suburbs, away from fields and farm animals, leaves people more susceptible to many immune disorders such as allergies and asthma. To strengthen this point Dr. Weinstock points to the difference between developed nations with urban communities and undeveloped, countries, "Hay fever is the most common allergy in the developed world," he says. "Yet, there are some countries in the world where doctors don't know what hay fever is."

The article added further evidence by reporting on a study by Dr. Dennis Ownby of the Medical College of Georgia. In his study Ownby followed 474 infants in the Detroit area from birth to age 7 at the Henry Ford Hospital in the hope of finding clues to why some would pick up allergies and others would not. The scientists on his team found that when they compared 184 children who were exposed to two or more dogs or cats in their first year of life with 220 children who didn't have pets, the children raised with pets were 45% less likely to test positive for allergies than other kids.

The article notes that this new thinking could have a profound effect and help millions. They report that more than 50 million people have allergic diseases, which are the sixth-leading cause of chronic illness in the USA. Additionally, they note that according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), costing the health system $18 billion a year.

Derek Parra, a U.S. Olympic speed skater, should have a good shot for a medal in the 1,500 meters at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He previously won the gold medal in the men's 1,500 meters November 24 2001, at the World Cup in the Netherlands.

Derek made the 1998 Olympic speed skating team, but a technicality prevented him from competing. He is determined nothing like that will happen again. "I'm working pretty hard and gradually climbing the ladder," Derek says. "Over the past few years, I've been getting better and better. I'm starting to feel the comfort and the confidence on ice I had on inline skates." The fact he was a roller skater first, then an ice skater has both drawbacks and advantages. "I had so many habits from inline and roller skates that didn't apply to the ice," he says. "I got tired from scratching the ice and had to get off my inlines for a while so I could figure out the ice skates."

Derek is also a huge fan of chiropractic care. "I've always believed in chiropractic care. I've used a lot of other treatments for injuries and pain, but the problem doesn't get fixed until I go to a doctor of chiropractic," Derek explained. Derek is also an "endorsed" (spokesperson) athlete of the American Chiropractic Association.

Derek joins the large and growing list of Olympic and professional athletes who regularly depend on chiropractic care. Chiropractic care not only helps them in recovering from injuries, but because chiropractic removes interference from the nervous system, (subluxations) it allows the athletes to compete at a higher level. And at the Olympic or professional level, any extra advantage or edge in performance can make all the difference in the world.

From the March 16, 2005 CBC Health & Science News, comes a report on a study that shows that more Canadians are using Chiropractic than ever before. The study by the agency "Statistics Canada" (StatsCan) also showed an increase in the usage of other non-medical forms of healthcare the study called alternative.

StatsCan conducted a health survey in 2003 and found that about 20 per cent of Canadians aged 12 and older – an estimated 5.4 million people – had used some type of what they called, alternative health care in the year 2002. This is in comparison to a similar study almost a decade ago that showed that only 15% of Canadians over age 17 had used some form of alternative care.

Chiropractic was clearly the highest usage of the non-medical forms of care in the study. The 2003 study showed that 11 per cent of those 12 years and older had gone to a Chiropractor in the previous year. Of the other forms of non-medical care the study showed that eight per cent had consulted a massage therapist, two per cent an acupuncturist and two per cent a homeopath or a naturopath.

According to the study those most likely to consult a non-medical practitioner were people in middle age, women, people with higher incomes, those with higher education and people living in the western provinces.

In a May 12, 2003 release from the "Canada NewsWire" was some information and advice about gardening. The news release reported on a new poll just released that reveals that gardening and yard work are the number one causes of back and/or neck pain in the spring and summer months. The poll was conducted by national research firm Pollara, where 500 Ontario Canada chiropractors were asked what were the largest causes of back and neck pain among their patients. The results of the poll showed that eighty-eight per cent of Ontario chiropractors report that working in the yard and garden are the most common sources of back and neck pain they see during the warm weather season. Golf ranked in second place at 31 per cent, tied with outdoor sports in general at 30 per cent.

Dr. Dennis Mizel, President of the Ontario Chiropractic Association noted, "In Canada, gardening is an estimated $3.5 billion business and all that digging, lifting, raking, pruning, planting, weeding and watering can cause significant strain to the muscles and back." Dr. Mizel continued, "The good news is that it's preventable. Gardening can be a serious workout. That's why we're encouraging people to treat it like any other kind of exercise. Warming-up before digging in, and using the proper techniques and tools can go a long way to letting people enjoy the results of their labor pain-free."

The Ontario Chiropractic Association is partnering with the Ontario Horticultural Society, the Garden Clubs of Ontario and Sheridan Nurseries to help get the word out about back safe yard work and gardening. "Thousands of people visit our gardening centers once the warm weather hits," says Mary-Beth Brown, Marketing Coordinator, Sheridan Nurseries. "So we're pleased to be able to reach our customers with this public education program. It's a good idea to limber up before you get to the gardening centre and start loading supplies into your car or truck, and we always have someone to help out if a customer needs assistance."

In the article the Ontario Chiropractic Association offered several tips for back smart gardening:

  • Stretch Before You Start: Warming-up your muscles with stretches before going out helps to reduce the stress and strain on your joints and muscles, reducing the chance of injury.
  • Bend Your Knees to Lift with Ease: When lifting, keep your back straight and bend your knees. Always carry the load close to your body and avoid twisting.
  • The right tools, the right moves: Use the right tools and moves for the job. Kneel to plant and change positions frequently when raking, digging, hoeing or pruning. Use ergonomically designed, long handled, lightweight tools.
  • Take a Break Before It Aches: Give yourself and your back a break. As a rule-of-thumb take a brief rest or stretch break at least three times each hour, and drink fluids frequently.

Several British publications including the BBC-News reported on September 7, 2005 on information presented at the British Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Dublin last month showing that mental and physical exercise can help keep your brain young.

In his presentation Ian Robertson, a professor of psychology at Trinity College in Dublin explained that those who remained physically fit, avoided high stress levels, engaged in mental stimulation by learning new things and enjoyed a rich and varied social life, as well as simply thinking young were better equipped to stay alert as they age. He stated, "The biggest threat to being able to function well and properly is our brains. There is very strong evidence, particularly in the over-50s, that the degree to which you maintain your mental faculties depends on a handful of quite simple environmental factors."

Professor Robertson was reporting on a study by American researchers who conducted a study with 3000 men and women aged between 65 and 94 who volunteered for a mental sharpness training program. In this study one group was given memory training, a second trained in problem-solving and reasoning, a third group was shown how to speed up problem-solving and reaction times through computer game-like exercises that became steadily more difficult. A fourth group was used as the control group for comparison and received no training.

The study took place in 10 one-hour training classes over a six-week period. The volunteers returned 11 months later for re-evaluation and comparison. The results showed that those who took the various training showed improved cognitive ability when compared with those who were in the control group and got no training at all. The study further showed the ongoing benefits as four extra training sessions were given a year after the end of the original study and showed an improvement in mental abilities even further.

Robertson, reporting on the progress of those in the study noted that, "The training on average took about a decade off the cognitive age of these volunteers." He advocated a "use it or lose it" approach. In the study the scientist stressed that the decline in mental sharpness usually seen in people over the age of 65 is not inevitable, and can be stopped or even reversed by mental exercise.