Training Your Muscles Good For Your Brain
According to the October, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, certain types of non-aerobic
exercise, such as strength training, benefit cognitive
function in older adults. The people who did strength and balance training showed
a 13% improvement in an executive function task after 6 months while, by contrast, non-participants'
skills deteriorated 10%.
Blood Pressure On The Rise in America
A report published in the published in the November, 2008 issue of Hypertension
found that more Americans than ever are being treated for high blood pressure.
The major factor in the dramatic increase in the number of Americans with high blood pressure appears to be the obesity
epidemic rife in the United States.
"Additional efforts are needed to prevent hypertension from developing in the first place,
with primary emphasis on prevention of obesity," said the lead researcher. "For those who have
hypertension, additional efforts are needed to diagnose, treat and effectively control hypertension to reduce the adverse
outcomes associated with hypertension."
According to the report, “the
good news about
hypertension control in the U.S. is more people who have hypertension are aware of it, and more people
who are aware of it are being treated, and more people being treated are being controlled."
In March of 2007, it was reported that, in a placebo controlled study,
a specific type of chiropractic adjustment, given in the upper neck area, can
and does significantly lower high blood pressure. "This procedure
has the effect of not one, but two blood-pressure medications given in combination," study
leader George Bakris, MD, as reported on WebMD. "And it seems to be adverse-event
free . We saw no side effects and no problems," adds Bakris, director of
the University of Chicago hypertension center.
The Bottom Line…
The chiropractic procedure discussed
above concerns the C-1 vertebra. This vertebra, according to the chiropractor in the 2007 study, is "the fuse box to
"At the base of the brain are two centers that control all the
muscles of the body. If you pinch the base of the brain -- if the Atlas gets locked in
a position as little as a half a millimeter out of line -- it doesn't cause any pain but it
upsets these centers”, according to WebMD.