Monday, August 29, 2011

September 2011 Blog

September Office Hours & Clinic News:
  • We will be closed Saturday-Monday Labor Day Weekend (September 3-5). If you have an emergency, please call 911.
  • Dr. Riggs will be completing Laser certification in October. He will be a CLP (certified laser practitioner) when he completes his last course. The only one in the area.
  • Dr. Riggs is also re-entering the orthopedics postgraduate program at Palmer with a targeted test date of fall 2012. He completed two years previously and has to complete the 3rd year. This will give him advanced credentials in chiropractic orthopedics (non-surgical orthopedics).
Health News:

Nutrition News:
  • Rhodiola helps combat the effects of excess cortisol (stress hormone). Excess cortisol can supress immunity; cause hypertension, hyperglycemia, insulin resistance, carb craving, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes (adult onset), fatty necks, faces and bellies, decreased libido and bone loss. It is akin to taking steroids frequently.
  • Too little or too much sleeping may affect cognitive decline (outside the 6-8 hour range).
  • Olive oil intake is linked to lower stroke risk.
  • Resveratrol's anti-inflammatory and anti-aging capabilities shows potential in anti-aging.  Grapes and red wine. 
  • Obesity leads to liver disease.
Medical News:
  • Trazadone and pregabalin combined improve fibromyalgia symptoms.
  • Men are at risk for osteoporotic fractures but about 10 years later than women. Men suffering hip fractures in the 76-84 age range do not fare too well-1/3 dying within a year. Low body weight, advancing age, and smoking increase the risk. Most fractures occur after age 70.
  • Risk for hip fracture increases if hormone replacement therapy is discontinued.
  • Jogging wins out in beating belly fat over resistance training


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