Increasing age is shown to be associated with a relatively high incidence of back pain. According
to a newly released study, a 31.5 percent incidence of frequent back
pain was found in a sample of 1,299 people aged 65 and older.
According to results, back pain was reported less often by men and the
very old. The back pain was moderate in intensity and primarily
aggravated by carrying, lifting or pushing heavy objects. Those with
back pain were significantly more likely to report difficulty in heavy
household chores, carrying a shopping bag, cutting toenails, and using
public transportation. Fortunately, according to researchers back pain
in the elderly as well as many of the previously mentioned functional
limitations are potentially reversible with the appropriate care.
Chiropractic care has successfully helped millions with back pain
regain their freedom including even the eldest of people.
In a new report published by the
National Cancer Institute, low levels of vitamin D appear to be
associated with increased cancer rates within men, especially digestive
The primary source of vitamin D for humans is
exposure to sunlight. It is believed by many experts that sunlight may
inhibit the growth of cancer in humans. It’s important to note that
unprotected or prolonged exposure to the sun increases the risk of
deadly skin cancer. Given that, it seems appropriate to enjoy outside
activities regularly, but ensure that proper steps are taken to protect
the skin such as the use of sunscreen (spf 30 or greater). It also
makes sense to consider supplementing with vitamin D as recommended by
your doctor of chiropractic or other primary health care provider.
Author: ChiroPlanet.com Source: Journal of the National Cancer Institute April 5, 2006 Copyright: ChiroPlanet.com 2006
Hiccups could be more than just an annoying occurrence. According
to researchers, persistent hiccups could be caused by cancer of the
esophagus. Additional symptoms of this involuntary spasm of the
diaphragm include weight-loss and difficulty swallowing. Other
more common causes of hiccups are believed to be eating too quickly,
eating too much, laughing and drinking too much alcohol. In a recent
study of 99 patients with esophageal cancer, 27 complained of
persistent hiccups. Cancer of the esophagus is the sixth most
frequently found cancer worldwide with more than 400,000 cases detected
annually. The most important risk factors of esophageal cancer are
smoking and alcohol.
Author: ChiroPlanet.com Source: Reuters. April 19, 2006. Copyright: ChiroPlanet.com 2006
According to the consumer group Public Citizen, the diet drug Xenical™ should be banned due to its link to cancer.
Recent data has linked its use to precancerous lesions within the
colons of animals. More specifically, Xenical™ has been shown
to cause abnormal cell growth in the lining of the colon. Given that,
it seems appropriate to proceed with much caution. Interestingly, the
FDA just recently granted the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline
conditional approval to sell the drug without a prescription, assuming
certain undisclosed criteria are met. Public Citizen claims that the
FDA was aware of a breast cancer risk as well as possible colon lesions
with Xenical™ when it initially considered Xenical™,
but still approved it for human weight loss use. We’ll leave it up to
you to draw your own conclusion.
Author: ChiroPlanet.com Source: Reuters. April 11, 2006. Copyright: ChiroPlanet.com 2006