Archives for January 2013

Mental Attitude: Neuroticism and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Many people experience traumatic events (such as the death of a loved one, witnessing violence, or physical assault) but only a small amount develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A decade long study of 1,000 random residents in southeastern Michigan found those who scored higher on a neuroticism scale (chronic anxiety, depression, and/or a tendency to overreact to everyday challenges and disappointments) were more likely to suffer from PTSD following a traumatic event.
Psychological Medicine, November 2012

Quote of the Week

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

Wellness/Prevention: Essential Oils

Essential oils, which form the basis of aromatherapy for stress relief, are reported to have a beneficial effect on heart rate and blood pressure following short-term exposure and may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. After 45 minutes of exposure, blood pressure dropped by 2.1 mmHg and heart rate by 2.2 beats per minute (bpm). However, after 120 minutes, blood pressure rose by 2.2 mmHg above baseline, and heart rate by 1.7 bpm above baseline. Because of these results, researchers believe prolonged exposure to essential oils may be detrimental to the cardiovascular health of spa workers.
European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, December 2012

Chiropractic: My Degeneration

What causes the pain associated with spinal degenerative joint disease (DJD)?

  1. The instability caused by disk degeneration.
  2. The mechanical compression of nerve by bone, ligament, or the disk.
  3. The chemical mediators of inflammation.

Spine, 1997

Diet: Risks of Obesity!

Being obese or overweight heightens the risk of diabetes, some cancers, high blood pressure, stroke, coronary heart disease, infertility, some forms of arthritis and respiratory problems.
British Medical Journal, December 2012