November 2020 Health Newsletter

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Happy November everyone.  Happy Thanksgiving.  Even though this has been a crazy year, I personally still find tons to be thankful for.  My beautiful family, my great friends, my helpful staff and my loyal patients.  I am truly blessed. 

I would like to take a minute and brag on my nephew.  Vinnie Wertel joined the Army Reserves and finished first in his class while winning multiple awards.  Thank you for your service!  I am proud of all of my nieces and nephews.  They all bring great joy to me.

October was National Chiropractic Month.  As a way to celebrate, all new patients were given a welcome goody bag with an ice pack, note pad, pen and Biofreeze samples.  All current patients who referred a new patient were given a free T-shirt and entered into a drawing for a free massage.  I am proud to say that last month we had 40 new patients!!  Thank you.  Congratulations to the massage winners:  Larry, Cameron, Koray and Glenda.  Enjoy!

As always the office will be closed for Thanksgiving and the day after.  Enjoy your family.

2 other big things that need to be covered.  1) our annual Toys for Tots drive will be happening again.  With COVID increasing, we will not be having an event with music and food like we have in years past.  I just don't think it's wise.  However, this year more than others, I think it is imperative that we dig deep and be generous to the needy children.  Anyone who brings in a new, unwrapped toy from after Thanksgiving to December 11th will receive a treatment at no charge to them.  That includes new patients as well as current patients.  Our goal is always at least 100 toys.  I don't remember ever falling short.  Let's end this year being great to one another.

The other big news is that I will be out of the office again for a while.  Unfortunately the nasal surgery I had in June was not successful so I have to have another surgery.  That is scheduled December 14th.  My last day in the office will be Friday, December 11th.  Dr. Nasiiro, who has covered my office this year, will be here the week of the of December 14 and Monday through Wednesday the week of December 21st.  The office is always closed between Christmas and New Years.  If you can't get in to see me, trust me, you will love Dr. Nasiiro.  She is awesome.  She is intelligent, thorough, skillfull and patient.  Please use her in my absence. 

I know I threw a lot at you this newsletter, but there is a lot going on.  I didn't even mention the election!  Yeesh!!

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  Until next month,

Dr. Wertel, Anna and Robyn 

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» Chiropractic Use Inversely Rated To Opioid Use
» Exercise As Effective As Drugs
» More TV Equals Less Life

Chiropractic Use Inversely Rated To Opioid Use

In a recent review of studies published in the medical journal Pain Medicine, researchers found patients being treated for back and neck pain with chiropractic care were significantly less likely to use opioid prescriptions for pain relief. Opioids are prescribed by medical doctors to treat pain, including back and neck pain. However, opioids are highly addictive and have been massively overprescribed which has resulted in a massive misuse and abuse of the drug. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of the 70,237 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2017, approximately two thirds (47,600) involved an opioid. Given these increasingly staggering numbers, a group of researchers set out to determine if there was any association between chiropractic care and prescription opioid use in the treatment of back and neck pain. What the researchers discovered during their review of current research was that patients receiving chiropractic care for back or neck pain had 64% lower odds of receiving an opioid prescription than those not receiving chiropractic care for their back or neck pain. While further studies are needed, the data thus far indicates chiropractic care for back and neck pain appears to reduce the need for far more dangerous forms of pain relief, such as opioids.

Source: Pain Medicine, Volume 21, Issue 2, February 2020.

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Exercise As Effective As Drugs

It’s concerning that many have taken a sort of inactive position when it comes to their health and inherent ability to get and stay well. We have moved towards becoming a sick or ‘unwell’ nation seeking ‘health’ through the services of a medical physician - a physician who most commonly provides a solution written on a prescription pad. The reality is that there are safe, natural and highly effective ways for us to overcome disease, get well and maintain good health and wellbeing. In a large review just published in the British Medical Journal, researchers from Britain's London School of Economics and Harvard and Stanford universities in the United States found no statistically detectable differences between exercise and drugs for patients with coronary heart disease or prediabetes, when a person shows symptoms that may develop into full-blown diabetes. Most of us already have the inherent tools to fight disease if we make the right choices - something doctors of chiropractic understand. If you’d like to learn more about improving your health the natural way, call your local doctor of chiropractic today!

Source: Reuters: October 3, 2013.

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More TV Equals Less Life

Watching TV may bring short-term enjoyment but too much TV time can not only be bad for your health, it can also shorten your life. Spanish researchers have found those who watch 3 or more hours of TV daily double their risk of an early death. Data from over 13,000 adults with an average age of 37 was analyzed to determine if time watching TV was related to an increase in earlier death. The results were substantial. As compared with those individuals watching an hour or less of TV per day, those watching 2 hours per day increased their risk of early death by 40 percent and those watching three or more hours daily doubled their risk for early mortality. According to researchers, a less active sedentary lifestyle increases body fat, reduces muscle and makes the body less responsive to insulin. As a result, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and certain cancers become more prominent, all of which are leading causes of death. So get up, get out and get active - and don’t forget to turn off the TV!

Source: Journal of the American Heart Association, online. June 25, 2014.

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