Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Thoracic outlet syndrome is felt as numbness, tingling, pain, or decreased circulation in the shoulders, arms, or hands. The thoracic outlet is a bottle-neck where an important bundle of nerves and blood vessels travels between the head and arm. The space is narrow and injury to the neck can cause inflammation of the muscles in the area which can compress the nerves and result in symptoms. Because the neck is complex, it can be tricky to pinpointing the exact source of your pain. Other conditions can mimic the symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome.

If you have symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome after an auto injury, consider contacting a chiropractor for help. Your chiropractor can identify the root source of your pain and develop a treatment plan to reclaim your health.

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New study on back pain

A study from the journal Spine finds that patients with acute low-back pain frequently develop chronic symptoms. Acute low-back pain can result from lifting something incorrectly or straining ligaments or muscles in the back. It is often characterized as an episode of temporary pain that will resolve itself under 90 days. In the aforementioned study, researchers worked with 605 acute low-back pain patients. After six months, 13% of patients still had back pain. After two years, more patients had developed chronic symptoms. Even patients without persistent symptoms still experienced occasional episodes of pain.

This research means that you shouldn’t ignore an episode of back pain because it might be the beginning of a chronic problem.

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Native American Bush Apple

Native American “bush apple” dials down heart disease risk

Long before Europeans set foot on American soil, the Native Americans were using the plants around them to treat and prevent illness. And one, in particular, was a favorite.

The fruits, leaves, and twigs of the plant were used to treat everything from cuts to fevers. And the nutrient-packed dried fruits were a staple food that helped folks make it through the long, harsh winters.

Today we call this plant chokeberry. But it’s not actually a berry at all. It’s technically a relative of the apple. And today many drug company execs are waking up wishing this bush apple didn’t exist.

Because it turns out extracts from the chokeberry, or aronia berry, could help send your heart disease risk plummeting by a healthy nine percent. Which could make the difference between you being a candidate for heart drugs or getting a clean bill of health at your next checkup.

In fact, these extracts work SO well researchers say they could slash your risk of dying from heart disease complications by eight percent.

Anthocyanins slash your risk for heart disease

The compounds are blue, purple, or red pigmented flavonoids called anthocyanins. And experts say the more you eat of them, the lower your chances of developing cardiovascular disease could be.

The new study, published in the journal Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, is the most in-depth look at the association between anthocyanins and heart disease ever attempted.

Researchers poured through data gathered from 19 different studies involving over 602,000 volunteers. They carefully compared anthocyanin intake with cases of heart disease, stroke, and heart attack as well as heart-linked deaths.

And the evidence was crystal clear. Eating more anthocyanin-rich foods… such as chokeberry… can lower your risk for heart-linked complications including elevated cholesterol and blood pressure.

In fact, the researchers say it may even drive down your risk for type 2 diabetes and death from ALL causes.

Finding anthocyanins-rich chokeberry

Now if you’re thinking you’ve never SEEN a chokeberry in your local produce section, I’m not surprised.

These berry-like fruits aren’t as well known and popular as the berries you’re probably more familiar with. And like apples, they’re in season closer to fall in late August and early September.

Your best bet is to try a natural food store such as Wholefoods and head to the frozen foods section.

But if you’re having trouble getting your hands on chokeberries don’t fret. It’s true; chokeberries ARE one of the most abundant sources of anthocyanins you can find. But there are plenty of other tasty foods to choose from.

Seek out red & purple foods for more anthocyanins

Following are some excellent sources of heart-friendly anthocyanins you can add to your menu…

  • blue (purple) corn
  • elderberries
  • black raspberries
  • tart cherries
  • red delicious apples
  • eggplants
  • blackcurrant
  • blueberries
  • blackberries
  • cranberries
  • raspberries
  • red cabbage
  • red beets
  • black plums
  • red radish
  • black beans
  • red onions

Listen, the best way to survive heart disease is obviously to avoid it in the first place. And foods such as chokeberry can help you do that by reducing your risk. 

But if you’re already experiencing some heart-related issues, eating more foods rich in anthocyanins can dial down your risk for further… potentially deadly… complications. 

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Natural muscle relaxants

8 natural muscle relaxants to try INSTEAD of drugs

Some prescriptions drugs come with a lot of side effects The good news is you don’t have to choose between Rx drugs or living with painful muscle spasms. You have other options.

There are natural and effective muscle relaxants that will do the trick without any side effects.

  1. Arnica oil: Arnica isn’t just good for bruises or sprains. Extracts from this daisy-like plant are great for muscle pain too. Arnica contains a compound called thymol which reduces inflammation and helps keep the blood flowing so your muscles can heal. Massage a small amount into the aching muscle for quick relief.
  2. CBD oil: Ask your doc if CBD oil is legal in your state and if you can use it with your current prescriptions. CBD blocks pain receptors so your muscles can relax and stop spasming. And don’t worry, unlike marijuana CBD won’t make you feel loopy.
  3. Chamomile: There’s an excellent reason women have been using chamomile tea to calm the muscle cramping of menstruation for hundreds of years. It works. Chamomile contains anti-inflammatory flavonoids that help quiet muscles and nerves. Apply chamomile oil directly to your cramped muscles or sip on a nightly cup of tea. Or feel free to do both.
  4. Massage: Licensed massage therapists are trained in techniques which can help relax and soothe inflamed and angry muscles. Ask your doctor for a referral for a massage therapist who will meet your needs.
  5. Curcumin: If your muscle spasms are popping up after exercise curcumin, the active ingredient in the spice turmeric may help. Curcumin has been shown to help relieve the post-exercise inflammation which can trigger muscle cramping.
  6. Peppermint oil: Pure peppermint oil can fight your muscle pain from two different angles. First, it contains menthol, a natural painkiller. Plus peppermint is an anti-spasmodic. That means it can help relax your muscles relieving painful spasms too.
  7. Physical therapy: No matter whether your muscle pain is from a recent injury or a chronic problem a physical therapist may be able to help. Ask your doctor for a referral. A physical therapist will work WITH your doctor to address the underlying cause of your muscle pain. So instead of just masking the pain, you can finally heal for good.

Magnesium: If you’re experiencing period muscle cramps but don’t know the cause low magnesium could be the culprit. Your muscles require this vital mineral for proper contractions. Increase the magnesium-rich foods in your diet including spinach, almonds, black beans, and cashews. Magnesium s

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Walk your way to health

October is National Chiropractic Health Month and there’s still plenty of time left to create an exercise routine and get moving! This month, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is encouraging people to move more, to #Move4Life. Staying active is an important part of maintaining overall health, and we can strengthen our bodies and help prevent several chronic conditions simply by walking!
Walking accomplishes all of the following and more:
  • Improves cardiovascular endurance
  • Tones muscles of the lower body
  • Reduces risk of heart disease
  • Burns calories: about 80 if walking 2 miles per hour and about 107 if walking 4.5 miles per hour
This short video highlights some of the tips and tricks that will allow your body to reap all the benefits that walking has to offer.
Get Moving!
Walking for just 12 minutes every other day can offer important health benefits, but in order to increase your longevity, you should try to walk for up to 30 minutes, five days per week. Experts generally agree that to be considered “active,” adults should try to take 10,000 steps each day. Wearing a pedometer or an activity tracker is an easy way to track your progress.
The following tips can help you get started on your walking regimen:
  • Move your arms freely, in coordination with the opposite leg.
  • Don’t stoop your head or look down as you walk. This will challenge the normal forward curve of your neck, which in turn will cause you to carry your weight improperly.
  • Don’t carry weights or dumbbells while walking. They’re better used as a separate part of your exercise regime.
  • Expect a little soreness in the thighs and calves for the first week or two. If you experience more than soreness, consult your doctor of chiropractic.
  • Walk briskly, with “purpose.” Simply sauntering, while relaxing, is not an effective form of cardiovascular exercise.
  • Stay hydrated. You should drink half of your body weight in ounces of water daily.
  • Avoid caffeinated drinks, including energy drinks, prior to and during your walk. They can cause dehydration and a racing heartbeat.
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5 Natural Blood Thinners to Reduce Risk of Blood Clots

Blood clotting has a bad reputation. We associate it with heart problems. But it’s, of course, an essential process. Blood clots stop you from bleeding. And without them, even a relatively minor injury could become deadly.

But it’s true that clots can also form in your body when they aren’t necessary. And those unwanted clots can be killers too. They can trigger a heart attack or stroke.

Which is why it’s important to keep your blood thin and flowing, so it can easily pass through your veins and arteries. And it turns out there are foods that can help you do just that.

Following are five foods which can thin the blood naturally. And while they don’t pack the same wallop as a blood thinning medication, eating more of them may help reduce your risk for blood clots.

1. Cayenne peppers:

Spicy cayenne peppers are loaded with a naturally occurring acid called salicylate. Salicylate is a natural blood thinner. And if the name sounds a bit familiar to you, that’s because aspirin is made from a synthetic version of the acid.

If you’re a hot food fan using more cayenne in your dishes could help keep your blood thin, reducing your risk of blood clots while improving circulation and lowering your blood pressure. But if you’re not a spicy food connoisseur, or can only tolerate a bit of heat, you can look for cayenne capsules online or anywhere they sell supplements.

Or try blood thinning food number two instead, which has less of a bite, but could help fight clots in much the same way.

2. Ginger:

You may already know that ginger is a terrific natural anti-inflammatory. But the tangy bite of this tasty spice comes with another benefit, and that’s the potential to reduce your risk for blood clots.

Like cayenne peppers, ginger is a good source of blood thinning salicylate acid. Which means using more of the fresh or dried spice in your cooking could be a way to fight off unwanted clots.

3. Sunflower seeds:

I developed a love for sunflower seeds when I was a kid, which I still haven’t kicked to this day. But it turns out my seed eating habit is a good thing because my sunflower obsession might be helping me reduce my risk of potentially deadly blood clots. And they may do the same for you too.

Sunflower seeds are a rich source of vitamin E. And experts say vitamin E helps naturally thin our blood.

Other good sources of this valuable vitamin are almonds, hazelnuts, wheat germ oil, hazelnut oil and almond oil. Vitamin E is also available as a supplement, but be sure to talk with your doctor before taking it, especially if you’re already on any blood thinning medications.

4. Turmeric:

If you’re a regular Healthier Talk reader, there’s a very good chance you’re already taking turmeric if you suffer from joint pain or are fighting abnormal cholesterol or memory issues. I regularly recommend turmeric. And this natural anti-inflammatory has truly earned its reputation as a superfood.

The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is responsible for its inflammation fighting prowess. And it turns out this same ingredient is behind the golden spice’s ability to potentially reduce the risk of blood clots.

A study published in the Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology found that a daily dose of turmeric might help folks avoid unwanted blood clots.

Turmeric is often used in curries to give them their rich golden color. It’s also great in soups and can be used to make a soothing tea. Or you can find curcumin or turmeric supplements online and in health food stores.

But keep in mind turmeric can be so effective that if you’re already on any blood thinning medications you should talk with your doctor before using the spice.

5. Herring:

Herring and other wild-caught fatty fish such as mackerel, lake trout, sardines and tuna are rich in omega-3 rich fish oil. Fish oil is a natural inflammation fighter which has a boatload of health benefits from lowering heart disease risk to protecting your brain.

Plus experts say fish oil is also a natural blood thinner, which means it could help reduce your risk for blood clots too. A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a combination of fish and fish oil supplements could reduce the risk of deep vein blood clots by up to 50 percent.

Which means eating more fish and taking a supplement may help thin your blood reducing your risk for unwanted clots, too. But keep in mind that while recent research has found that fish oil doesn’t increase the chances for bleeding, anyone taking a blood thinning medication should always check with their doctor before eating significantly more fish or taking a supplement.

While blood thinning foods aren’t as powerful as drugs, regularly eating them may reduce your risk of having to take one of these potent drugs to begin with.

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Rapid Heartburn Relief with 6 Homemade Drinks

At least once a week 60 million Americans do battle with painful heartburn symptoms. And if you’re one of them, when the gnawing burn starts, all you can think about is how to make it disappear.

Prescription medications and over the counter remedies can be pricey. And even worse, they can end up causing more harm than good in the end.

Which is why effective home remedies are so valuable. They offer rapid heartburn relief, but without the crippling costs and dangerous side effects.

Following are seven of my favorite heartburn soothing drinks. One of them is bound to work for your pain too.

1. Water:

Sure, it’s obvious. And that’s why it’s surprising that so many people overlook water when they need some quick heartburn relief.

In one Greek study, simple H20 kicked in faster than a number of ulcer meds. The water rapidly raised pH levels in the guts of the volunteers, driving down burning pain.

If you know a particular food tends to trigger heartburn in you, try drinking a glass of water before you eat it. And following with another tall glass after eating. And if the heartburn sneaks up on you at the first sign drink lots of water to reverse the burn.

2. Fennel tea:

People all over the world have used fennel seeds to relieve heartburn for hundreds of years. And fennel seed teas remain one of the most popular ways to battle the burn to this day.

Keep a jar of fennel seeds on hand on your spice rack. If heartburn should rear its ugly head, grab the bottle and brew up a cup of soothing tea. Grind up around three teaspoons of the seeds in a coffee grinder. Dump them into a saucepan and add three cups of boiling hot water. Cover the pan, steep for 10 minutes, then strain.

Sip on a cup to help relieve the burn. And to keep heartburn from striking in the first place you can brew up a batch of fennel seed tea and sip on it throughout the day, making sure to drink some before meals.

3. Baking soda water:

Baking soda is alkaline, making it natural antacid. It neutralizes stomach acid fast for rapid heartburn relief.

To make a batch of soothing baking soda water combine…

  • a half a teaspoon of baking soda
  • a few drops of lemon juice
  • a half a cup of warm water

Stir to make sure the baking soda dissolves and drink down. I’ll warn you, it doesn’t taste great. But the heartburn relief makes the unpleasant taste far easier to swallow.


4. Chamomile tea:

Herbal medicine is widely practiced in Germany. There, plant-based remedies have been given special status, and are as studied and respected as drugs. Which is why chamomile tea is one of the most widely used home remedies for heartburn in the country.

To use this effective German remedy at home simply use one chamomile tea bag per cup of boiling water. Cover and steep for about 10 minutes. Remove the tea bags, pour into a mug and sip.

Like fennel tea, sipping on several glasses of chamomile a day could keep heartburn from developing in the first place. And should the burn catch you off guard, chamomile can help soothe the pain.

5. Aloe vera juice:

Pure aloe vera juice is naturally alkaline and an anti-inflammatory. Which makes it a natural choice for reversing painful stomach acid.

In a 2015 study researchers showed that the juice was every bit as effective at reducing heartburn symptoms as some traditional drugs. In fact, in some cases, it performed better than the drug. And it did it without any reported side effects.

To relieve the burn sip on a small amount of decolorized and purified juice. But don’t overdo it. High doses can backfire on you causing stomach upset or diarrhea. If you’re diabetic, don’t try aloe vera juice without talking with your doctor first. The juice can lower your blood sugar and combined with your meds could make your numbers drop too low.

6. Ginger tea:

Like the other teas on my list ginger tea can both help prevent heartburn and soothe the pain should it strike. The ginger can help reduce stomach acid production. And it helps calm your stomach.

To make fresh ginger tea peel some ginger root and slice off about two inches (the more you use the stronger the tea). Slice the two-inch piece into very thin rounds. Drop the ginger slices into about two cups of boiling hot water, cover the pan, and allow it to steep for 10 minutes. Stir in a tablespoon or two of honey to sweeten your drink if you like.

Stop living in fear of acid reflux. Rapid heartburn relief can be just moments away with one of these soothing homemade drinks.

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Colon Cancer

Common habit triggers colon cancer [Are YOU at risk?]

“I can’t believe I ate the WHOLE thing.”
If you’ve ever said that–or something similar–with a groan, congratulations you’re perfectly normal. Because the truth is, we’re all guilty of overeating from time to time.

Maybe that meatloaf you had for dinner was so good you served yourself a second–or even third–helping. Or perhaps you couldn’t say no to that value-sized tub of “buttery” popcorn at the movies.

And overindulging on occasion is no big deal.

But if you find yourself chronically overeating, you’re compromising your health in countless ways. And that includes one you may never have expected.

Researchers say overeating can send your risk for colon cancer climbing. And I’ll explain why in a minute.

We don’t know exactly how many folks out there are routinely overdoing it. Some experts estimate that at least 15 percent of us could be classified as “binge eaters.”

But with well over 30 percent of both men and women in America meeting the definition of obese, the number of people who eat far more than they can burn off is likely much higher.

And that’s putting them (and perhaps you) in the danger zone for colon cancer… the third most common cancer and second leading cause of cancer deaths here in the United States.
Overeating sends colon cancer risk skyrocketing

A team of researchers at Thomas Jefferson, Harvard University and Duke Medical School made this shocking discovery when they took a closer look at the intestinal linings of a group of tubby lab rats.

To everyone’s surprise, they discovered that the overeating was essentially sending an “off” signal to a critical hormone that stands between cancer and us. The hormone, called guanyalin, helps protect us from cancer by triggering special receptors in our intestines which discourage tumors.

But in the obese rats, the guanyalin activity had been dialed WAY back. And the receptors never got the proper jumpstart they needed.

In fact, according to the researchers, guanyalin activity is about 80 percent lower in folks who are the most overweight when compared to their thin peers. Which experts say is likely a large part of why obese folks also have a 50 percent higher risk for colon cancer.

You can start to bring that risk back down by making a commitment to more mindful eating. Overindulging often happens when we’re bored, distracted or stressed. So that’s when you need to be your most on guard.

Stock your pantry, fridge and fruit bowl with high protein and lower carb foods and healthier snacking options. They will fill you up so you feel satisfied and are less likely to overeat.

But don’t stop there.
4 MORE proven ways to lower your colon cancer risk

It turns out colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers there is. And while stopping the overeating is a critical first step there are a few more steps you can take to reduce your risk even further.
1. Commit to screening:

Mainstream medicine is guilty of over-screening for lots of things. Which can lead to anxiety and unnecessary procedures. But regular colorectal cancer screening between the ages of 50 and 75 is a worthwhile one.

Regular screenings can slash up to 85 percent of colon cancer cases and 60 percent of colon cancer deaths, according to experts. There are several tests options, which you can discuss with your doctor.

If you’re over 75, regular screenings may no longer be necessary, unless you’re in a high risk group. So check with your doc.
2. Quit smoking:

If you still smoke stop. Smokers have a higher risk for developing colon cancer. Plus they have a higher risk of dying from the disease.

3. Tweak your diet:

Treat the produce aisle like a pharmacy and fruits and vegetables like your medicine. Plant foods are packed full of cancer-fighting phytonutrients and antioxidants. So eat more of them.

Highly processed meats such as hot dogs and lunch meats are associated with a higher risk of cancer. The curing process causes certain cancer-linked compounds to form. Research has found folks who regularly eat processed meats have a 76 percent higher risk than folks who rarely do.

Swap them out for fresh grass-fed meats instead. And when grilling out avoid charring your food which creates cancer-linked compounds as well.
4. Exercise:

Unseating your seat more often will help you lose weight lowering you colon cancer risk. And a meta-analysis found folks who were the most active had a 24 percent lower risk of developing the disease than those who were the least active. Try to get at least a half hour of exercise every day.

Commit to these changes and you’ll slash your risk for this killer starting today

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