Thursday, November 15, 2012

We're PIE-ING It Forward!

Your pie is on us!
We're giving away 2 gift cards to Sheri's Restaurant-- 
Home of award-winning pies!

How to Win:
*Comment on the Facebook giveaway post*
8 ways to enter (entries go in their own comment)!

1.  Like Davis Family Chiropractic on Facebook (comment that you have).
2.  Share this giveaway with your pie-loving friends and family on Facebook 
by clicking the share button (comment that you have).
3.  Tell us one thing you are thankful for today (in a separate Facebook comment).
Entries 4-8: Come back and tell us one thing you are thankful for Fri., Sat., Sun. and Monday.*

*All comments should be on the Facebook post

One random commenter will be chosen
and the LAST commenter will be chosen.  
*Giveaway ends 6pm Monday, November 19th.*
Will you be the last?!



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Relationship Between Back Pain and PTSD Among American Soldiers

As we honor troops this week and reflect on the many who have served our country throughout history, true sacrifice and thankfulness is what comes to mind.  Not only do soldiers sacrifice the comforts of home and security of family while they are deployed, emotional and physical health are battles that continue to ensue, often long after a soldier's return.  New research has shown a startling link between back pain and PTSD in soldiers who've been to war.

PSTD and back pain

One specific study conducted by Department of Orthopaedics of the University of Utah, researched psychological distress and what relationship it has among spine patients at a VA hospital.  In this study of 149 individuals being treated for spine-related injuries in conjunction with the Distress and Risk Assessment Method (DRAM), 79.9% of patients were identified to have "some degree of psychological distress," while 20.1% were classified as normal.  Of those patients identified to have some degree of distress, 43.6% had levels of distress that were considered severe.  It was concluded that those with high levels of distress had greater levels of neck and back pain, used more narcotics for pain and antidepressants, and without surprise had a history with combat, more than those who did not have high levels of distress.

Dr. Eugene Carragee, a former Army reservist and orthopedic surgeon explained the harsh relationship between PTSD and pain, saying,
“Those who have psychological issues have less reserve to deal with chronic pain, and the flip side is those with chronic pain [lose] their psychological reserves” (Spine Journal).  
According to a study conducted by John Hopkins University school of medicine, "musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders are now the number one cause of medical evacuations from Iraq and Afghanistan, not combat injuries," (Chiropractic News & Research). 

Chiropractic Reduces Pain in Veterans of War

In a 2011 study, researchers looked at 171 veterans with back pain who served in the Iraq and Vietnam Wars. Of those who were treated with chiropractic care, over half had a significant reduction of symptoms while the average patient had a 37% reduction in pain.

In another study of 54 veteran patients who suffered from back pain, 43% had a significant reduction in neck pain after being treated with chiropractic care, while 67% had significant improvement in pain, cognitive behavioral symptoms and more.

We have solutions

Here at Davis Family Chiropractic, we remind our patients that pain is not a lifestyle.  If you or someone you know is dealing with similar symptoms, please contact our office to set up an appointment.  We feel strongly in helping you live your best, pain-free, natural life, and supporting your health needs.



Monday, November 12, 2012

Thank You, Veterans!

I am filled with deep gratitude for our troops and all who have sacrificed at some point in their lifetime to serve our country.  We are so blessed to have so many willing to lay their lives down for this great country.  In fact, this sacrifice is one that makes our country great.

Please share which branch of the military that you or your loved one are in by posting a comment to this post.  If there is anyone to pray for please let us know!

Thank you!

Dr. Marc


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Antibacterial Soap and Sanitizer: Safe or Risky?

At the close of my most recent post, 'Chiropractic Immunity Adjustments and 5 Other Tips For a Strong Immune System', I referred to couple of questions that I am often asked, in relation to immunity.  One of these questions is,
"What about antibacterial soaps, and should I wipe down surfaces with antibacterial wipes?"
The study of antibacterial soaps and sanitizers have been widely scrutinized in the last decade.  The findings on the effectiveness of these products may surprise you.

FDA Warnings

On April 8, 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration acknowledged two key points relating to the use of antibacterial products and the long-term health effects.  Here is what they stated:

1)  The antibacterial chemical triclosan, is no more effective than regular soap and water at preventing infections.
2) There is concern over triclosan's potential long-term health effects due to the development of antibiotic resistance from product use over time.


A 2004 research group from Columbia University and New York University found in their study, that the effects of antibacterial products did not reduce the risk of viral infectious diseases within a household of healthy individuals.  A review given by the Oxford Journal: Clinical of Infectious Diseases, concluded these same results after reviewing data from twenty-seven studies dated from 1980-2006:
"Soaps containing triclosan within the range of concentrations commonly used in the community setting (0.1%–0.45% wt/vol) were no more effective than plain soap at preventing infectious illness symptoms and reducing bacterial levels on the hands."
As for the second point mentioned by the FDA, that there is a concern for the potential long-term health effects related to antibacterial product use and a development of antibiotic resistance due to such use, the Oxford Journal referred to this concern in their review, as well.
"Several laboratory studies demonstrated evidence of triclosan-adapted cross-resistance to antibiotics among different species of bacteria."
 The Oxford Journal concluded their findings with:
"The lack of an additional health benefit associated with the use of triclosan-containing consumer soaps over regular soap, coupled with laboratory data demonstrating a potential risk of selecting for drug resistance, warrants further evaluation by governmental regulators regarding antibacterial product claims and advertising. Further studies of this issue are encouraged."
Hand Sanitizer and Children
Lastly, I feel it important to mention that in extreme cases, anti-bacterial sanitizers can be extremely harmful to children.  There have been documented cases of children ingesting the liquid and becoming poisoned by the high-alcohol content within the product.  Some sanitizers on the market carry at 65% alcohol content.  Children are curious and can be especially curious if sanitizers smell like something they would like to taste.  Read more on children and hand-sanitizers, here. 

Best in health, naturally,
Dr. Marc


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Larson, E., Lin, S., Gomez-Pichardo, C., & Della-Latta, F. (2004). Effect of antibacterial home cleaning and handwashing products on infectious disease symptoms: a randomized, double-blind trial. 

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Don't Forget to Fall Back This Sunday!

I'd ask what you all plan to do with that extra hour of time gained,
but I think most of us are sleeping in.  Am I right?
Enjoy your weekend!
Best in health, naturally,
Dr. Marc


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This information on this web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting Dr. Marc, your pediatrician or family doctor.

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