Most Powerful Blood Pressure Vegetable on Earth

Most Powerful Blood Pressure Vegetable on Earth

 

 

 

 

 

Researchers are proving again how one incredible vegetable ends high blood pressure, even more effectively than prescription medications.

And it’s not just alternative health and wellness experts or natural healers who are singing praises…Experts and scientists in Western medicine have joined the choir, to the dismay of pharmaceutical giants.

Researchers in the UK from Queen Mary University in London recently released the results of a study looking at the effect of beets on blood pressure.

What they found was what researchers all over the world have been saying for decades- that beets are the answer to prayers for ending high blood pressure.

The study followed 2 groups of participants: those who had untreated chronic hypertension (high blood pressure), and those who were taking prescription hypertension medications but were unable to drop their blood pressure to a healthy level.

The groups were then divided again, with half the participants from each group drinking 1 cup of beetroot juice every day, and the other half of each group drinking only a placebo.

It was no surprise to see that after 4 weeks of the study, the beetroot group in BOTH sets of participants (untreated and prescription-resistant) ended up with a whopping 8mm/Hg drop in systolic pressure on average.

This was enough to completely normalize blood pressure for most of the participants in the beetroot group. The placebo group saw no change in blood pressure over the 4 weeks.

Not only did the participants wind up with healthier blood pressure, their overall vascular health improved as well: nearly 20% improvement in blood vessel dilation and 10% reduction in arterial hardening. These two factors describe atherosclerosis, a condition known to cause heart attack and stroke.

If you are convinced that beets are the way to go, be advised. The best benefit comes from juicing the raw beet, but it’s not advised to drink it straight. The study participants had a diluted mixture. Drinking it full strength can cause pain and numbness in the throat and esophagus and other problems.

The best way to drink beetroot juice is (after scrubbing everything), run a beet through a juicer with an apple, a couple stalks of celery, and about a cupful of baby spinach or cucumber. This is a healthy way to dilute the beet juice.

For best results, drink it immediately. Storing it causes a reduction in the vitamins and nutrients that are responsible for the blood pressure-dropping benefits.

 

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Chiropractic Care of a Down’s Syndrome Patient with Vertebral Subluxation and Strabismus

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Robert Sinnott, DC & Elzaan Truter, BS, DC

Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2015 ~ Issue 1 ~ Pages 46-50

Abstract

Objective: The chiropractic care of a pediatric patient with Down’s syndrome and bilateral convergent strabismus is described. The purpose of this case report is to demonstrate the effects of vertebral subluxation reduction on aberrant ocular presentation and to propose vertebral subluxation mechanisms responsible for these effects.

Clinical Features: The patient is a 4-year old male with Down’s syndrome who was born with convergent strabismus of approximately 15 degrees bilaterally. After surgical intervention, the left eye was corrected to its neutral position. The patient presented with an internally rotated right eye of approximately 15 degrees and no other health concerns in the interest of checking for vertebral subluxation.

Intervention and Outcomes: The patient received a series of contact specific, high- velocity, low-amplitude adjustments to the first cervical vertebra utilizing Gonstead’s cervical chair method. After 2 months of care, both eyes abducted 15 degrees, which meant that the right eye corrected and was now in a central position, whereas the surgically repaired left eye was now divergent 15 degrees.

Conclusion: The results suggest that chiropractic care, specifically atlas subluxation reduction, might be responsible for the correction of convergent strabismus, without surgical alteration, in this case.

Key words: Strabismus, esotropia, Down’s syndrome, pediatric, chiropractic, Gonstead, vertebral subluxation, adjustment

Resolution of Facial Neuralgia Following Reduction of Atlas Subluxation Complex

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Timothy Flory, DC, Jonathan Chung, DC, Jonathan Ozner, DC

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ February 23, 2015 ~ Pages 6-13

Abstract

Objective: The purpose of this case study is to provide a detailed report on the symptomatic improvement of a patient diagnosed with both trigeminal and glossopharyngeal neuralgia undergoing upper cervical chiropractic care using the NUCCA protocol.

Clinical Features: A ten-year-old male presented with a previous diagnosis of trigeminal neuralgia (TN) from a pediatric neurologist. The patient’s mother took him to a chiropractor as a last resort. His history shows that he suffered for nearly 4 months with intense bouts of headaches, earaches, neck pain and extreme facial pain. He was  prescribed medications by a neurologist with no overall relief. He was further diagnosed by the chiropractor with glossopharyngeal neuralgia (GPN).

Interventions and Outcome: The chiropractic care consisted of upper cervical care through the technique of the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). During the patient’s initial phase of care, the upper cervical subluxation as well as his symptoms improved significantly. After 7 months the patient reported complete resolution of his main complaint, as well as significant reduction in the associated symptoms. Follow up appointments done 1.5 years after the initial exam show that the patient was still symptom free.

Conclusion: This case demonstrates the reduction and eventual resolution of trigeminal and glossopharyngeal neuralgia associated symptoms following the reduction of the Atlas Subluxation Complex. This case adds further evidence to the literature demonstrating the effectiveness of upper cervical chiropractic care for facial neuralgias. Cohort studies and clinical trials should be performed to study the impact that upper cervical chiropractic may have on facial neuralgias.

 

Key Words:  chiropractic, subluxation, pediatric, trigeminal neuralgia, glossopharyngeal neuralgia, NUCCA, upper cervical

NIH Report Says Spinal Manipulation Unlikely to Cause Stroke

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued a report stating that chiropractic care is unlikely to cause stroke as some opponents of chiropractic care have asserted. The report was based on a study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics on January 15, 2015.

The NIH report, first published January 15, and updated on March 3, 2015, starts by stating, “An analysis of Medicare claims data from older Americans who sought care for neck pain from chiropractors suggests that cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke.” This newest study adds to the growing body of scientific evidence that shows that chiropractic care is safe and does not increase the risk of stroke. The NIH report further noted, “This is the first population-based study in the United States to examine the risk of stroke after spinal manipulation and the first such study on older adults.”

The study was conducted by researchers from Dartmouth College and the Southern California University of Health Sciences and was supported by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. The authors note that this study research plan was reviewed and approved by the Dartmouth College Committee for Protection of Human Subjects. 

Researchers reviewed 1.1 million Medicare claims from 2006 through 2008. Cases included in the data were all Medicare patients ages 66 to 99 who had a diagnosis of neck pain and who had visited either a chiropractor or a medical doctor for that condition.  The researchers then checked the records to see how many of these patients had suffered a stroke within 7 days or within 30 days of their visit to either provider.

The results of this study showed that the rate of vertebrobasilar stroke, the type of stoke some had tried to suggest was associated with chiropractic adjustments, is extremely rare. The researchers noted that when reviewing the data for all types of strokes, there was no statistical risk shown when comparing Medicare patients who went to medical doctors or chiropractors for the complaint of neck pain.

In their conclusion, the researchers noted how small the risk of stroke was for seniors under chiropractic care and summed up the results by saying, “Chiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.”

Dr. Michael McLean, a practicing chiropractor and president of the International Chiropractors Association commented, “For many years, there have been opponents to chiropractic who have tried to falsely claim that chiropractic is dangerous. The facts show that chiropractic is the safest form of healthcare available.” Dr. McLean further noted, “While no procedure in healthcare is 100 percent risk free, this well-done large study should finally put to rest any speculation that chiropractic care creates an increased risk for stroke.”

Does Your Vitamin or Herbal Supplement Contain What It Claims?

By Lori Newman, Special to Lifescript
Published February 12, 2015
Nutritional supplement users were shocked by a recent report saying that some herbal products may not contain the active ingredients. Here’s how to tell if a supplement is safe and effective…

Do you take ginkgo biloba to improve your memory? Echinacea to boost your immune system? St. John’s wort for a better mood?

You may not be getting what you pay for, according to New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

On Feb. 3, his office accused four major retailers – Walmart, Walgreens, Target and GNC – of selling fraudulent store-brand supplements. DNA testing found that nearly 4 out of 5 bottles contained little or none of the plants listed on the label, it claimed.
Schneiderman said he sent letters to these retailers warning them to stop selling the products. He also asked for detailed information about how the supplement capsules were produced, processed and tested, and to explain what quality control measures were in place during their manufacture.

Walmart’s Spring Valley brand fared the worst during testing: just 4% of the bottles tested contained any DNA from the advertised plant, according to the release.

The 6 products tested from each retailer were ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort, ginseng, garlic, echinacea and saw palmetto.

What did the tests reveal?
Only 21% of the products tested actually contained any DNA from the plant species advertised on the label, Schneiderman reported. And 35% of the products contained DNA from plant species not listed on the labels – which Schneiderman called “fillers and contaminants.”

“A large number of the tests did not reveal any DNA from a botanical substance of any kind,” Schneiderman stated.

In the four store brands analyzed, unlisted ingredients found in various capsules included carrots, wheat, rice, allium (onions or garlic), beans, asparagus and leaves from house plants.

“This study undertaken by Attorney General Schneiderman’s office is a well-controlled, scientifically based documentation of the outrageous degree of adulteration in the herbal supplement industry,” says Arthur Grollman, M.D., professor of pharmacological sciences at Stony Brook University, in the press release.

A Consumer Controversy
Representatives of the supplement industry and some consumer groups disagreed with the report’s findings, saying that the kind of testing done on the products was an ineffective way of analyzing processed herbs. The tests, conducted by an expert from Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., used “DNA barcoding” techniques, in which genetic markers are examined to identify plant species.

“DNA testing seldom is able to properly identify chemically complex herbal extracts, because often DNA doesn’t get through the extraction process,” Mark Blumenthal, director of the American Botanical Council in Austin, Tex., told the Associated Press.

“All GNC products are submitted to rigorous and generally accepted testing before they reach our customers,” said that company’s CEO, Michael Archbold, in a statement.

“When industry-wide standards are used to authenticate the ingredients in our products, the results demonstrate they are pure, safe and fully compliant,” Archbold said.

Controversies over supplement quality are magnified by the fact that they aren’t regulated like products labeled as drugs. Manufacturers are “prohibited from marketing products that are adulterated or misbranded,” but aren’t required to get Food and Drug Administration approval before producing or selling them, the FDA says.

“Supplements do not undergo the [FDA’s] rigorous evaluation process which scrutinizes everything about the drug — from the design of clinical trials to the severity of side effects to the conditions under which the drug is manufactured,” Schneiderman said in his Feb. 2 press release.

They do, however, have to “make sure that all claims and information on the product label and in other labeling are truthful and not misleading,” the FDA states.

The federal agency also requires that all ingredients not listed on a product’s “Supplement Facts” panel must be listed in “other ingredients” beneath that panel.

Herbal products not listing every ingredient on their labels “can cause serious harm to consumers unaware of the actual ingredients in the pills and capsules they ingest,” because they could cause allergic reactions or interact poorly with medications, Dr. Grollman says.

Be Smart About Supplements U.S. consumers spend nearly $20 billion per year on dietary supplements, according to the Natural Products Foundation. But with so many different brands on the market, it can be difficult to know which ones to buy.

What should you do? First, check with your doctor before taking any supplement, notes nutrition expert Robert Wildman, Ph.D. Some may not be recommended for certain health conditions or can interact poorly with medications.

Then, purchase brands you trust. If you aren’t sure, there are organizations that can help.

    • ConsumerLab.com tests vitamins, minerals, herbs and other products for active ingredients and potentially harmful contaminants. Results are made available to paid subscribers for $3 per month.
    • U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a nonprofit organization that tests some supplements; those that meet its standards can display the USP seal of approval on their labels.
    • Other seals of approval include the Natural Products Association’s GMP certification, which means the manufacturer has met standards of good manufacturing practices. NSF certificationensures that products don’t contain unacceptable levels of contaminants.
  • The FDA’s website provides an in-depth Q&A section about dietary supplements. Topics include how they’re regulated, what kinds of claims manufacturers can make about a product, and how consumers can inform themselves about supplements’ safety.

This Easy Exercise as Good For Heart as Heavy Aerobics

This Easy Exercise as Good For Heart as Heavy Aerobics

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: Scott Davis

So let’s say you’re like majority of people who doesn’t get enough exercise to keep good cardiovascular health. And your doctor has gone the traditional route, and ordered “…40 minutes a day of a brisk walk or biking or swimming- something vigorous and aerobic…”

It is true that those forms of workout are good for your health. But did you know that there are easier, less painful and (thank goodness) less expensive exercises that reap the same (or better) results?

A new study out of Harvard University reveals how a specific, easy type of exercise (everyone can do) lowers blood pressure, improves cholesterol and boost overall cardiovascular health as much as vigorous aerobics- even if only done twice a week.

There actually is a way to check the box your doctor wants you to check for exercise, and not pull a hammy or break a hip in the process- try yoga. Especially yoga for beginners.

Research, published in European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, reviewed more than 35 clinical trials and found that people who practice any form of yoga (from the easiest beginner moves to the most challenging levels) benefitted from doing the exercises as much as doing strenuous aerobic exercises.

Even if they only did the yoga twice a week!

 

The Internet, especially Youtube, is awash with easy to follow (and free) tutorials that can get you started with an introduction of what yoga is all about. Although for best (and safest) results, it is better to start with a certified trainer who can help you with your moves and create a plan that you can safely do.

Most people who do yoga regularly experience a drop in high blood pressure, increased flexibility, better balance, and sleeping better. And what’s likely the most important benefit of all- their emotional stress levels are improved greatly, eliminating one move at a time, the chronic nature of high blood pressure.

It’s not just for ‘hippies’ or ‘tree-huggers,’ either. Even if the idea sounds a little weird or ‘out there,’ you’re doing yourself a dis-service if you don’t at least give a beginner’s class a try. You may find the gentle moves and easy pace to be the most fun you’ve had in a long while.

Improvement Following Chiropractic Care in a Pediatric Patient Suffering from Priapism

 

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Robert Sinnott, DC & Peter J. Jenema, DC

Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2015 ~ Issue 1 ~ Pages 42-45

Abstract

Objective: This case study describes the chiropractic care of a 3 year old male child with painful priapism who experienced improvement following specific chiropractic adjustment of vertebral subluxation.

Clinical Features:  The patient’s mother brought him in to receive chiropractic care in hopes of improving his physical condition. Treatment through the child’s pediatrician included the use of ice and antihistamine, with the next step being surgical options.  At the time chiropractic treatment began, the patient had been experiencing near constant, painful erections for a three and a half week period.

Interventions and Outcomes: The chiropractic care consisted of Gonstead methodology of analysis and adjustment aimed at reducing vertebral subluxation. Adjustments were made using a high velocity, low amplitude, specific thrust at C1 and S2.   The mother reported a significant decrease in episodes following treatment with frequency of erections decreasing steadily as care progressed.

Conclusions: Priapism is a rare condition in the pediatric population but it can affect a patient both physically and emotionally.  There are no examples of chiropractic helping this type of condition in the literature and more research needs to be performed in order for any evidence of a beneficial relationship to be established.

Key words: Priapism, Chiropractic, Gonstead, Subluxation, Pediatric