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Is There a Natural Supplement That Can Help You Stop Smoking?

27 Jan

The health dangers of smoking are no secret, but many people struggle with quitting. Most smokers get hooked while they’re still young and have a serious addiction by the time they try to stop as adults. Well, what if there was an easy way to quit, one that lets you walk away from the habit instantly and forever? Sadly, there is no such “magic” cure for nicotine addiction. But new research says there might be some help in the form of a natural supplement.

In a recent study, taking omega-3 supplements reduced both the number of cigarettes smoked per day and cravings for nicotine among study participants. According to Dr. Sharon Rabinovitz Shenklar, who conducted the study and is the head of the addictions program at the University of Haifa’s School of Criminology Department and of the Psychopharmacology Laboratory at Bar-lian, “The substances and medications used currently to help people reduce and quit smoking are not very effective and cause adverse effects that are not easy to cope with. The findings of this study indicated that omega-3, an inexpensive and easily available dietary supplement with almost no side effects, reduces smoking significantly.”

The participants were divided into two groups: One group received omega-3 capsules and the second group received a placebo. The participants were asked to take five capsules a day for thirty days. In total, they reported taking more than ninety-four percent of the capsules. At no stage in the study were the participants asked to stop smoking. Researchers noted that showing such significant change in people who were not interested in quitting supports the assumption that omega-3 can help those who really want to quit smoking.

Is Your Dog Suffering from Arthritis? This Might Help…

12 Jan

There is no cure for arthritis, but a small study from the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine suggests there might be hope.  The study involved 32 dogs diagnosed with osteoarthritis by both x-ray and orthopedic exam.  Two formulas were tested to treat the arthritis but neither is commercially available at this time.  The first consisted of curcumin, devil’s claw, black current, Indian frankincense (Salai), willow bark, pineapple bromelaine, and chamomile.  The second included the same ingredients, plus dietary supplements such as omega-3, chondroitin sulfate, and glutamine, and was formulated in the hope that it would promote the regeneration of articulations.  A third group of dogs received a placebo.

According to researchers, “After the eight week course, on average, the strength of the dogs receiving treatment had improved to the equivalent of a kilo of extra strength per paw, which is moreover.  None of these dogs saw their health decline, unlike 35.8% of the dogs who were given the placebo.”

The dogs also saw improvement in physical activity.  While more research must be done, the results look promising for Pupper, Took, Churchill, Fido, Buddy, Brando, Stella, or whatever your dog’s name is.

Don’t forget, if you ever have any questions or concerns about your health, talk to us. Contact us with your questions. We’re here to help and don’t enjoy anything more than participating in providing you natural pain relief.

Is There a Scientific Reason Why Republicans and Democrats Disagree?

8 Jan

Everyone knows Republicans and Democrats disagree about many things.  But here is something interesting…

Have you ever been involved in, or even seen, a political debate where one side changed its mind?

I bet you have not.  It’s amazing that after all these years, no one has ever “won” a political debate to the point where one side will agree and change their mind.  There is actually a psychological explanation for this.  But first, let’s look at the result of a study that might surprise you.

A new study from Duke University finds that people will evaluate scientific evidence based on whether they view its policy implications as politically desirable.  If they don’t, then they tend to deny the problem even exists.

In other words, people do NOT base their opinions on FACT.  Instead, they accept or reject facts based on what they already believe and what they perceive the consequences of those facts to be.  It’s like a child saying cavities do not exist because he or she does not want to brush their teeth.

The study used the examples of climate change and gun control to show BOTH Republicans and Democrats fall prey to the same psychology.

According to the study, conservatives deny the scientific evidence of climate change because the solution to the problem is seen as government intervention, like the institution of a carbon tax.

On the other hand, the study found that liberals downplay home break-in statistics when the solution may be to loosen gun control laws.

In both cases, “facts” were either accepted or denied based on what the political action or solution would be.

This newsletter is not expressing an opinion on climate change or gun control.  It is simply reporting results of a study.

Is Multi-Tasking Bad for Your Brain?

23 Dec

If you are a proud multi-tasker and think you are more productive because of your “gift” for multi-tasking, what you are about to discover may be a rude awakening for you.  Here is why: A recent study conducted at Stanford University found that multi-taskers are LESS productive than those who do one thing at time and multi-tasking might ever harm your brain.

According to Forbes, “Research conducted at Stanford University found that multi-tasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. The researchers also found that people who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information cannot pay attention, recall information, or switch from one job to another as well as those who complete one task at a time.” 

But what about those people who have a special skill for multi-tasking?  Glad you asked.  The study compared two groups: those who multi-task a lot and think multi-tasking makes them more productive and those who prefer to do one thing at a time until that one thing is completed. Results:  People who claimed to be more productive when multi-tasking were actually worse at multi-tasking than people who usually do one task at a time until completion.  Also from Forbes, “The frequent multi-taskers performed worse because they had more trouble organizing their thoughts and filtering out irrelevant information, and they were slower at switching from one task to another.”  The reason for these results seems to be because the brain functions best when focusing on one thing at a time.  When time is split between two or more things, performance is decreased for all tasks involved.

But it gets even worse…  There is evidence multi-tasking actually lowers your IQ!  According to the Forbes article:  “A study at the University of London found that participants who multi-tasked during cognitive tasks experienced IQ score declines that were similar to what they’d expect if they had smoked marijuana or stayed up all night.”  Not only that, the evidence suggests the damage done by multi-tasking may be permanent.  MRI scans of people who are high multi-taskers found that areas of the brain responsible for empathy and cognitive and emotional control were less dense.  If you want to be more productive and maybe even smarter, then stop multi-tasking and do one task at a time until completion.

Remember, we’re always here to help your body heal and maintain the pain free body you deserve.

This information should not be substituted for medical or chiropractic advice. Any and all health care concerns, decisions, and actions must be done through the advice and counsel of a health care professional who is familiar with your updated medical history.

New Technology Can Mimic the Mantis Shrimp’s Eye!

17 Dec

According to Dr. Justin Marshall of the Queensland Brain Institute, “The camera that we’ve developed in close collaboration with [United States] and [United Kingdom] scientists shoots video and could provide immediate feedback on detecting cancer and monitoring the activity of exposed nerve cells.

“It converts the invisible messages into colours that our visual system is comfortable with.”

Dr. Marshall also added, “Nature has [developed] elegant and efficient design principles, so we are combining the mantis shrimp’s millions of years of evolution – nature’s engineering – with our relatively few years of work with the technology.”

The possibilities for this are almost endless and can be life-saving.  Theoretically, such cameras can be included in cell phones that could be used to scan the body and detect cancer.  It is well-known that surviving many forms of cancer is directly related to how early it’s detected and appropriate treatment is commenced.

This would be an extremely valuable early detection system that could save an unimaginable amount of lives.

Don’t forget, if you ever have any questions or concerns about your health, talk to us. Contact us with your questions. We’re here to help and don’t enjoy anything more than participating in providing you natural pain relief.

Cell Phones with Cameras That Detect Cancer?

15 Dec

It seems like science fiction, but some researchers say it will be a reality in the near future.

How?  It’s because Mother Nature can already “see” cancer and recently, scientists figured out how she does it.

This is pretty amazing.  The Mantis Shrimp is known as one of the most ferocious predators –pound-per-pound — in the ocean.  What it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in its toughness and incredible power.

But what is even more amazing are the eyes of the Mantis Shrimp.  According to researchers in Australia, the Mantis shrimp has a very unique pair of “compound eyes.”

As reported in ScienceAlert: “This type of eye is superbly tuned to detect polarised light – a type of light that reflects differently off different types of tissue, including cancerous or healthy tissue.”