Archives for March 2013

Exercise: Good Reasons

Exercise helps you maintain proper muscle balance, reduces the rate and severity of medical complications associated with hypertension, and helps to alleviate certain menstrual symptoms. 

Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health, 1996 

Diet: Weight On The Brain?

One-third of US adults are obese. A big part of the environment that encourages weight gain is the availability and consumption of calorie dense, high-fat foods. In particular, what we eat can alter the brain regions that regulate body weight. Leptin is a key hormone secreted from fat tissue and its main function is to inhibit appetite. Eating a high-fat diet reduces the actions of leptin in the brain. This miscommunication can lead to increased food intake and weight gain. Evolutionary speaking, we are designed to want to eat foods high in fat and gain weight because it made it easier to survive times when food was scarce. That is no longer a real concern since food is always available, but we still have a biological desire to eat calorie dense foods.

Cell Metabolism, Feb 2012 

Health Alert: Stomach This?

The bacterium Helicobacter pylori is found in the stomachs of half the world’s population. Although persistent infection with H. pylori increases an individual’s risk of developing stomach cancer, it also decreases the risk of developing asthma. Researchers found that H. pylori modulated immune cells known as dendritic cells such that they did not activate an aggressive immune response but instead activated what is known as a tolerogenic immune response, which ultimately protects against allergic asthma.

Journal Of Clinical Investigation, Feb 2012 

Mental Attitude: Standby Mode?

When the metabolic energy supply to brain cells is low (such as in comatose patients, in babies with serious neurodevelopmental disorders, and for a short period in some babies born prematurely) the brain enters a state called “burst suppression.” Researchers believe burst suppression is a type of intermittent standby mode, where cells remain inactive until metabolic energy levels increase enough to resume normal brain activity. Massachusetts General Hospital, Feb 2012 

Quote of the Week

 “You Chiropractic doctors are really miracle workers.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger