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March 2019




Dear Patients and Friends,


You will never hear the good news about the effectiveness of chiropractic care on TV.  Instead, hour after hour, day after day our air waves are filled with drug ads that hype the wonders of their latest pill.  The ads typically depict the youngest, healthiest and most productive people that are energetic and full of life.  The ads are filled with more lies than truth.  And then, the ad always finishes with a short disclaimer about the diabolic effects of the same drug; including allergic reactions, cancer and death. 


My advice:  Buyer Beware! In the ellusive hope that this new drug will help the one problem you have, you have  introduced into your body a drug that has many more potential side-effects than benefits.  Even our over the counter drugs have significant long term risks.  With prolonged use, Tylenol can cause liver disease, and the overuse of NSAID's may result in kidney and vascular disease.


Not long ago Consumer Reports did a study where chiropractic care came out as a clear winner.  The magazine rated the satisfaction of 14,000 patients that were being treated for back pain.  Chiopractic care topped the list of patient satisfaction.  58% of those who tried chiropractic adjustments said it helped a lot, and 59% were completely satisfied with their chiropractor.  By comparison, the percent of people highly satisfied with a physician specialist (orthopedist) treating back pain was 44%, and satisfaction with a primary care physician was only 34%.  The article also stated that patients should avoid narcotic drugs like oxycodone and Vicodin because about half of the people who take opioids suffer adverse effects, including addiction and death.


I have now been in practice for over 45 years, and every day I stand amazed at the body's ability to heal and repair with simple spinal adjustments.  This past month I had an 86 year old patient come into the office with severe sciatica.  She had been suffering with this problem for over one year.  After only one spinal adjustment she was 80% better.  After three spinal adjustments the painful sciatic condition had completely resolved.  Can you imagine what this outcome meant to the patient?  The relief was priceless.


Would you like to know the worlds' best exercise for back and neck pain?


THE ANSWER:  Walk into my office for a spinal adjustment.


In better health,


Dr. Craig Brue







Current Articles

» Reducing Risk of Recurring Low Back Pain for Office Workers
» New Study Finds Obese Seniors Can Improve Disability with Diet and Exercise
» Even Bad Cholesterol in the Moderate Range Can Spell Early Death

Reducing Risk of Recurring Low Back Pain for Office Workers

Are you an office worker who has experienced low back pain in the past?  If so, you are at a significantly greater risk of future low back pain.  According to a one-year study of 669 healthy office workers, people who had previous episodes of low back pain were more likely to experience low back pain again.  The amount of recurring low back pain was also influenced by the frequency of work rest breaks as well as psychological stresses.  This study gives some clues as to how to avoid getting low back pain while at the office.

Here are some tips:

  • Take Frequent Desk Breaks. We are not talking about taking advantage of your employer and “shirking off” during the day for long periods of time. A quick break could simply be to stand up for a minute or two and stretch before returning to your work.
  • Reduce Workplace Stress. While some of this is out of your control, you can take some positive steps to reduce workplace stress. Speak up and ask for an extended deadline if the task needs it. Try to work out problems with coworkers respectfully and proactively.
  • Chiropractic Care. A qualified chiropractor can help you reduce low back pain when it happens and prevent it. Contact our office today for a no commitment consultation!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JMPT. June 2018 Volume 41, Issue 5, Pages 405–412
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2019

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New Study Finds Obese Seniors Can Improve Disability with Diet and Exercise

According to a new U.S. study, seniors age 65-79 may be able to improve their disability and lessen fatigue if they start exercising more.  Plus, if they cut calories, they may achieve overall improved health.  Researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina conducted the study. The experiment involved 180 obese senior adults from the age of 65 to 79 years-old.  Each participant was randomly given a 20-week task: Regular aerobic activity, or regular aerobic activity combined with cutting calories.  All 180 seniors focused on treadmill exercises at least 4 days per week. However, the group assigned to cut calories also were instructed to eat at least 250-600 fewer calories per day, as well.  According to the study, the group who exercised and cut calories was able to increase their exercise capacity (the body’s ability to supply oxygen to muscles during longer exercise sessions) by 14-16%.  Meanwhile, the seniors who only focused on aerobic exercise increased their exercise capacity by nearly 8%.  The researchers concluded, in general, people who cut a moderate amount of calories from their diets and complete regular aerobic workouts will see good results.  You don’t have to slash calories drastically, because this is difficult to keep up.  Best of all, anyone at any stage of life, even people who are both obese and elderly, will see health benefits from getting active and eating less.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: The Journals of Gerontology Series B, online July 5, 2018.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2019

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Even Bad Cholesterol in the Moderate Range Can Spell Early Death

Adults who don't keep their "bad cholesterol" numbers at bay, who are otherwise healthy, are far likelier to die early deaths from cardiovascular issues than those who keep their cholesterol in the "good" range.  A recent study from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center looked at data from over 36,000 patients with zero past incidences of diabetes or heart disease, including a low risk for heart attacks and strokes.  However, these patients had some level of LDL-C ("bad cholesterol" that can build up in your blood vessels), although it was low enough not to warrant prescription cholesterol medication, called statins.  The follow-up period for the study was around 27 years. During this time, over 1,000 people died from cardiovascular disease, while nearly 600 died from heart disease.  According to the study, the higher the person's LDL-C levels (ranging from 100 to 190 mg/DL), the higher their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease or complications.  Usually, physicians don't prescribe statins unless the patient's cholesterol level reaches a threshold of 190 mg/DL.  This means even moderate levels of LDL-C can put you at risk.  Researchers say that the biggest takeaway from the study data is that a low risk for 10-year cardiovascular events does not mean the risk posed by higher LDL-C levels is wiped out.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Circulation, online August 20, 2018.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2019

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