Category: Doctor Blog

Oral Contraceptive For Women, More Than A Pill

What would you say if someone told you that oral contraceptive for women would decrease their chances of ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy’ and anemia?

Women have been on the pill for most of their early years and their young adult lives. Experts believe the benefits of the pill are so strong that every young woman should take the pill for one year!

Birth control has often helped women remove certain issues found during their regular check ups at the gynecologist. If the pill has preventative effects then why aren’t more women on it? Perhaps it’s their one sided perspective that the pill is only a contraceptive for preventing pregnancy.

The price for the prescribed hormones is affordable for most women and is always the most safe and recommended one by your general gynecologist. Price ranges from anywhere between $25 to $50 monthly pill-pack supply in addition to with the annual visit for the prescription. It is recommended for young women to start the pill to prevent common health issues but without forgetting that the pill may cause blood clots after taking it for over eight years.

Feeling Polluted? A Foot Bath Can Help!

The world is full of contaminants in the air, water, food, and a lot of other pollutants. Toxins are a poison that can affect the body by internal or external means. A toxin can be a chemical which occurs naturally or in synthetic form. When a particular toxin overwhelms the normal excretion mechanisms, the body produces inflammation in the area of the toxin trying to rid itself of the problem. These inflammatory areas signal the start of a disease. They are actually signals the body is sending, stating that it cannot rid itself of accumulating toxins. If the toxins remain, they will store in areas such as fat cells, cysts, polyps or tumors. After years, the toxins move into body cells and tissues which later produce degenerative diseases as cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease.

So what can you do?! You can begin by scheduling a detox foot bath at Westchase Wellness Chiropractic Center! How does the detoxification work? It works by removing impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for elimination. Using our EB-Pro ion therapy system designed to help enhance your body’s natural detoxification process. What are you waiting for?! Get your detox to begin to aid and prevent hazardous health problems today.

Children’s Cold Medicine NOT For Kids

When a baby is sick, it is very difficult for them because they cannot tend for themselves, but what is a parent to do? They can start by making sure they are giving their kids the right kind of medicine.

In the year 2007, major cough and cold manufacturers removed their medicines from store shelves for children 2 and younger. The FDA is banning remedies for kids 6 and younger because they do not work and could otherwise harm the child.

In addition, these medications do not help kids sleep better but are associated with hyperactivity. I would take a snotty sleepy baby anyday over a snotty awake baby. So what kind of medication is recommended? Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and Tylenol treat body aches and fever and thus making the baby more at ease. Tylenol is safe for kids as young as 3 months old, while Motrin and Advil is safe for children as young as 6 months old.

Another safe recommendation would be saline nose drops to help thin and loosen mucus. You are also able to make your own by using a half teaspoon of salt and eight ounces of tap water so you can help your baby while saving a buck. Try two or three drops in each nostril several times a day for kids of any age, and for infants apply the drops before their meals.

It is very important for children to stay hydrated because their body loses fluid when sweating it off through a fever. In addition, a humidifier is recommended to loosen phlegm or even sitting with your child near a steamy shower for up to 15 minutes. Remember, to keep your child’s head elevated at least 30 degrees to help drain mucus.

Lastly, schedule a visit with your doctor if no changes have happened withing 3-4 days since you’ve tried any of these recommendations.

Sleep And Its Effects On Productivity

In any large business it is hard to keep up with every individual and monitor whether or not they get plenty of hours of sleep. However, when the productivity of employees begins to cost companies billions, what do they do?

Corporations are experimenting with wellness programs on weight, physical exercise, and nutrition to improve productivity. Question is, does it work?

According to the better sleep council, studies show that nearly 40% of workers suffer from fatigue, and lack of sleep makes many dislike their jobs. In fact, researchers have determined that 24 hours without sleep, or a week of sleeping 5 hours a night, is the equivalent of an elevated blood-alcohol level.

However, with some of the tolls people’s jobs take on their lives it is difficult for people to wake up to the importance of sleep. What kind of action will you take to not become one of those people losing sleep over work?

Osteoporosis Should Not Be Your Downfall

Osteoporosis is thought to be a normal part of aging or as the secondary effect of certain drugs on the body. However, research has proven it is actually an imbalance between the cells that break down old bone and the ones that build it up.

The process is meant to operate together as a balance to keep your bones strong and healthy throughout your lifetime but when it is thrown off, osteoporosis occurs.

Treating and curing osteoporosis is an important development. Fortunately, researchers are hard at work to create a new generation of drugs that aim to build bone and re-create what is necessary for healthy bone growth.

Were you aware that osteoporosis can be a serious factor for even young people? There is a risk for younger women who weigh less than 127 pounds. Not to mention young women who are on contraceptive treatments that in time cause lower bone density. People in their 20’s reach what scientists call peak bone mass, which is the most bone you will ever have.

One of the ways to prevent injury is for you to get your bone mass tested and taking the recommended amount of calcium and vitamin D. Weight lifting is also another way to build bone, even for elderly people.


Hope for Regeneration

Are you able to imagine no longer waiting for the call on a new organ donor being found for you or a family member?  Studies are being done to find the way to restore human digits and body parts.

Scientists are within reach of therapies that will regrow digits and limbs, cartilage, nerve cells, and even whole organs. There are many cases in which people have lost function of some part of their body and without much hope for reconstruction. When it comes to organ donors, there is a long wait for the next person to receive a donation.

With the help of several researchers there is hope for people with conditions such as spinal-cord injuries, spinal reconstruction, knee ligaments, and even restoring cardiac function in heart-failure patients. Always maintain hope and keep yourself updated in opportunities for body regeneration and restoration.

Women Reducing Diabetes By Breastfeeding Among Other Things

Many people are conscience of the positive effects on children who are breastfed. But what about their mothers?

Women who breastfeed their child with each additional year have less of a risk of type 2 diabetes. However, there is a decline in the number of children being breastfed as well as the amount of time spent breastfeeding.

Additionally, diabetes isn’t the only thing women are decreasing their chances on.Cancer is also being diminished when a women breastfeeds for more than a year.

Nurses gave testimonials to researches in which the results showed a 15% decline in the risk of diabetes with every additional year the mothers of breastfeeding. It even showed that women show a greater risk reduction from breastfeeding one child for a whole year than two children within the same time frame.

The conclusion? Author Alison Stuebe, from Women’s Hospital in Boston speculates that breastfeeding might reduce diabetes risk because of it’s lasting beneficial effect on insulin resistance and glucose tolerance.


Drugs And Their Side Effects, Are They Worth The Risks?

Ever read the label of an over the counter medicine that warned about the possible side effects while trying to control another?

It is known that many over the counter drugs provide a number of possible side effects in order to cure or reduce symptoms of a condition. But how bad can the effects really be that people will still use and abuse the drug and cause an even fatal demise.

Almost more than a decade ago, a man met his demise when the “possible” side effects put him into a state in which his kidneys failed and set off a chain reaction that led up to his death and a 80 million dollar law suit. The patient was given a drug to control bleeding during heart surgery but instead it forced his kidneys to shut down which led to getting both his legs amputated. He also had to get a tracheotomy and placed on a ventilator to breathe. It was reported that the food in his body backed up to the point where both his corneas exploded and they had to sew his eyes shut. Eventually all these effects led to his death.

The labels of most medications and products warn us about the possible side effects of what could occur when using them but for most people those odds are rare. In this day and age many people seek cures that only temporarily relieve us from symptoms but do not cure. Before taking anything, always consider the effects and only resort to them if there is no healthier substitute.

Longer Life Support In Food

Ever wonder what kinds of foods will extend your lifespan? Well there are super-foods that will give you longevity by proving all the right stuff!

Everyone knows about healthy greens, but do you know how you should be eating them and what they provide? Most healthy greens are nutrient filled veggies that support bone health as well as protect against cognitive decline. Leafy greens like kale, escarole, and spinach create the perfect addition to all manner of dishes, including stir-fries, salads, stews, and soups.

What about the whole grains? Other than being rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, whole grains lower the risk of age-related illnesses as well as cancer. Grains such as brown rice, and oatmeal make a hearty side or main dish and an even better breakfast!

Berries such as blue, black, and cranberries are rich in antioxidants which have shown to lower the growth of certain cancers and improve brain function, muscle tone, and balance. Fresh berries are the best to enjoy or frozen varieties year-round. They can be enjoyed as a snack, in your salad or your morning smoothie.

Remember, you are what you eat, so if you eat healthy you will be healthy. You are free to consult a specialist on your nutritional evaluation to make sure you are taking what your body needs.

Arthritis Affects Children, Too

Did you know children are prone to being fully diagnosed with one of the 100 different conditions that all cause joint pain?

There is an estimated 300,000 children in the U.S. who have some form of arthritis but are unable to get diagnosed properly due to the lack of pediatric rheumatologists. So what should one do to find out whether or not  their children are suffering from this disease?

There are warning signs linked to diagnosing kids, such as:

  • Joint stiffness and pain that worsens after waking up in the morning
  • A limp, that has become an ongoing problem
  • Redness and swelling around a joint that lasts long and isn’t the result of an injury

What is rheumatoid arthritis?

A disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the tissue that lines the joints and affects fifty to 100,000 children.

Children who don’t receive treatment can suffer irreversible damage to the joints  and can face a number of problems. These problems include, a delay in the proper diagnosis and a shortage of specialist for the condition.

However, you are able to receive treatment for your child through your family chiropractor and do things the holistic way before considering anti-inflammatory medications. Remember, getting the right kind of help for your child’s body can make all the difference.