"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease."
- Thomas Edison

Weekly Health Update:

Mental Attitude
Satisfying Romantic Relationships Important for Female Body Image. For women, a happy romantic partnership may play a part in maintaining a healthy body image. In a study of females between the ages of 20 and 45 years old, researchers discovered that the women who were satisfied in their relationships had higher self-esteem and were more likely to be content with their body. 
British Psychological Society, December 2013

Health Alert
Vitamin B12 Deficiency! After analyzing the health data of over 200,000 patients, researchers have determined that long-term ( >2 years) use of heartburn and ulcer medications can increase a person's risk for vitamin B12 deficiency by 65%, with higher doses associated with an increased risk. Vitamin B12 is absorbed into the body with the help of stomach acid and any drugs that suppress or neutralize stomach acid can also keep the vitamin from entering the body. Chronic vitamin B12 deficiency can increase a person's risk for dementia, nerve damage, and anemia. 
Kaiser Permanente, December 2013 

Prostate Cancer Aggression Reduced by Low-fat Diet and Omega 3 Fatty Acids. New research reveals that a low-fat diet including five grams of fish oil supplements per day may slow prostate cancer progression. The study's lead author, Dr. William Aronson, concludes, "These studies are showing that, in men with prostate cancer, you really are what you eat… [By] altering the diet, we may favorably affect the biology of prostate cancer." Cancer Prevention Research, October 2013

Exercise and Neuropathic Pain Relief. Neuropathic pain is a difficult-to-treat pain caused by nerve damage associated with spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, some strokes, diabetes, metabolic conditions, immune disorders, trauma, cancer, or as a side effect of chemotherapy. New evidence shows that inflammation in nervous tissue is a large contributing factor to neuropathic pain and exercise can reduce this pain by 30-50%. This is great news for neuropathic pain sufferers as common treatments for this condition involve antidepressant and antiepileptic medications that may have serious side-effects. 
The International Anesthesia Research Society, June 2012

History. “The first state law licensing chiropractors was passed in 1913. By 1931, 39 states had given chiropractors legal recognition. Today, there are more than 60,000 active chiropractic licenses in the United States. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands officially recognize chiropractic as a health care profession. Many other countries also recognize and regulate chiropractic, including Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, Australia, Japan and Switzerland.” 
American Chiropractic Association

Weight Loss Helped By Texting. A recent study has found that after six months, 26 obese women who used daily texting as part of a weight-loss program lost more weight than women in a control group. The texting included messages asking about how many steps they took, the number of sugary drinks they had, or if they had fast food. Based on how they responded to the text, an automated system would send another text with personalized feedback and a tip. Lead author Dr. Dori Steinberg writes, "Given the increasing utilization of mobile devices, text messaging may be a useful tool for weight loss, particularly among populations most in need of weight-loss treatment." 
Duke University, November 2013

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