Posts for: March, 2012
Scholarship Money is Now Available : The M.C.C.A. is proud to announce. Three $1,000.00 Scholarships available to Macomb County residents pursuing a Chiropractic career.
The M.C.C.A. has provided a $3,000.00 grant through the Sterling Heights Community Foundation to award three(3) $1,000.00 Chiropractic scholarships. Candidates for these three scholarships must be a Macomb county residents pursing a career in the field of chiropractic health care.
Applicants may be enrolled in undergraduate studies with plans of becoming a Chiropractic Physician or may be currently enrolled in a Chiropractic College. Applicants may also be High School Seniors intent on studying chiropractic.
Applications are currently available online at the following website: www.SterlingHeightsCommunityFoundation.org. Make printsof the application as needed. Completed applications are due back by March 16,2012. Please share this imprtant and valuable information! Who do you know that is studying Chiropractic and would benefit from this scholarship fund?
A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds spinal manipulative therapy(SMT) and exercise more effective at relieving neck pain than pain medication. The research reinforces the use of conservative care options like chiropractic as a first line of defense against pain, according to the American Chiropractic Association(ACA).
The Study divided participants into three groups that received either SMT from a doctor of chiropractic,pain medication(over-the-counter pain relievers,narcotics, and muscle relaxants),or exercise recommendations.
After 12 weeks, about 57 percent of those who met with DCs and 48 percent who exercised reported at least a 75-percent reduction in pain, compared to 33 percent of the people in the medication group.
To read this article in its entirety,visit ChiroEco.com/neckpainstudy
A common spice already enjoyed by many Americans appears to lower blood sugar and cholestrol. The spice is Cinnamon.In a paper published in December in Diabetes Care,researchers from the Beltsville Human Nutrition Reserach Center in Maryland,reported on a small, but encouraging study of 60 people with Type 2 diabetes in Pakistan.
It showed that as little as one gram a day of cinnamon-onefourth of a teaspoon twice a day-can lower blood sugar by an average of 18to 29 percent, LDL(or bad) cholestrol by 7 to 27 percent and total cholestrol by 12 to 26 percent. Although some scientists suspect that cinnamon may be toxic at very high doses,at the small doses used in this study, the spice appears to be safe, said Richard Anderson, the lead scientist in the Beltsvile lab and senior author of the paper.
To be sure, one small study on 60 people and a handful of other studies on the biochemistry of cinnamon in cells in lab dishes provide far to little data to recommend that Americans immediately start wolfing down large quanities of the spice. On the other hand, the USDA study was "impressive" said Melinda Maryniuk, a senior dietician at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. Cinnamon "can't harm in small doses, it may help, and its not adding calories," she said. She warned, however that people with Type 2 (or adult-onset) diabetes should monitor their blood sugar more frequently if they take cinnamon because it could intensify the effects of diabetes medications, including insulin.
An active, water-soluble ingredient in cinnamon, proanthocyanidian, part of a family of chemicals called polyphenols that are often found in plants, somehow worms its way inside cells. Once inside, it helps to activate,the part of the insulin receptor that sticks into the cell. (The other end of the receptor sticks out through the cell membrane into the bloodstream to catch molecules of insulin,which escort sugar to cells.) Then once the receptor is activated, wheter by insulin or proanthocyanidin, a cascade of chemical reactions occurs so that the cell can use energy from sugar.
But people shoud not rely on cinnamon to replace statin drugs, used by 20 million Americans to lower cholestrol."Cinnamon is alot less effective than statins says Dr. Frank Sacks, a physician at Bringham and Womens Hospital and professor of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health
On the other hand, Dr. Andrew Greenberg, director of the obesity metabolism laboratory at Tufts, has reviewed the existing literature on cinnamon and is impressed enough to be starting a collaboration with Anderson, whose preliminary findings he described as " very exciting and promising."