"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: Vitamin D Deficiency Appears to Increase Schizophrenia Risk. Schizophrenia is characterized by 
hallucination, delusions, dysfunctional thoughts, and agitated movements of the body. Researchers have found that individuals 
who are vitamin D deficient are 2.16 times more likely to have this condition compared to those with normal vitamin D levels. 
They also note that about 65% of patients with schizophrenia are vitamin D deficient. Their next step may be to investigate the
role of vitamin D supplementation among schizophrenia patients, or look at the link between maternal and neonatal vitamin D 
levels and the risk of developing schizophrenia. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, July 2014 

Health Alert: Urgent Call for Blood Donations. According to the American Red Cross, a decrease in blood donations over 
the last three months has created an emergency situation. All eligible donors are urged to donate, but blood types O negative, B 
negative, and A negative are the most needed. The Red Cross reminds potential donors that blood can be donated every 56 days, 
and platelets can be donated as often as once a week. American Red Cross, July 2014 

Diet: High-Sodium Diets Double Risk of Heart Issues for Diabetics. A Japanese study has found the diabetics who consume 
an average of 5.9 grams of sodium per day have double the risk of developing heart disease compared with those who consume 
2.8 grams per day. The study highlights the need for individuals with diabetes to monitor more than just carbohydrates when 
managing their diet. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, July 2014 

Exercise: Female Triathletes at Risk for Several Health Complications. Researchers have found that 1 in 3 female 
triathletes develop pelvic floor disorders, such as urinary or bowel incontinence. The team also found that 1 in 4 female 
triathletes suffer from female athlete triad syndrome (reduced energy from diet patterns, menstrual problems, and abnormal 
bone density). Researcher Dr. Johhny Yi adds, "Doctors should be aware of how common these conditions are in this group of 
athletes and treat patients appropriately to avoid long-term health consequences." 
American Urogynecologic Society 2014 Scientific Meeting in Washington, DC, July 2014 

Chiropractic: Reduce Sciatica & Return to Work Sooner. A Norwegian study found that chiropractic care can speed 
recovery from sciatica and allow workers to return to work sooner. The study involved 44 patients with severe sciatica who 
sought care at a hospital. They received up to 14 spinal and extremity adjustments by a hospital-based chiropractor over the 
course of three weeks. After 21 days, 91% of the patients had returned to work full-time. 
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, February 2007 

Wellness/Prevention: Urine Test May Predict Premature Birth. Using urine samples collected from nearly 500 women 
early in their pregnancy, researchers from Imperial College London and the University of Crete have found that the elevated 
presence of certain proteins are predictive of later spontaneous premature birth, poor fetal development, and pregnancies that 
would require induced labor. Because the presence of these molecules can be detected early in fetal development, the 
researchers hope that a simple urine test could soon help doctors identify, prepare for, and possibly prevent future birth-related 
complications. BMC Medicine, July 2014 

Quote: “Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing 
with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.” ~ Henry Miller

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