Weekly Health Update
of: Monday, July 30th, 2012
Marc Wilkerson, D.C.
purpose of our lives is to be happy."
~ Dalai Lama
Mental Attitude: Depression and High-Fat Diets.
to causing obesity, rich foods can actually cause chemical reactions in the
brain that ultimately lead to depression. Researchers observed that mice that
received a higher-fat diet showed signs of being anxious by avoiding open
areas, as well as signs of depression.
International Journal of Obesity, April 2012
Health Alert: Pediatric
A study of
2500 pediatric patient visits revealed that doctors and nurses failed to
check blood pressure 20% of the time. Of the 2000 patients who were checked,
726 had elevated blood pressure scores; however, 87% of these findings went
unremarked and unrecognized by the medical staff.
Pediatrics, June 2010
Food and Disney.
Junk food ads
will be banned from The Walt Disney Company's TV channels, websites and radio
stations that are targeted at kids. Disney added that it is the first media
company to take such action. Children watching shows on its ABC network will
no longer be exposed to fast food and sugary cereal ads that do not meet the
company's nutritional standards. Disney says its guidelines match those
issued by federal authorities (more vegetables and fruits, and a reduction in
sodium, sugar and saturated fat intake).
Christian Science Monitor, June 2012
helps to alleviate pain related to nerve damage (neuropathic pain) by
reducing levels of certain inflammation-promoting factors called cytokines.
This supports exercise as a potentially useful non-drug treatment for
neuropathic pain. In experiments, exercise reduced abnormal pain responses by
Anesthesia & Analgesia, June 2012
DJD (degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
participating in conditioning exercises showed significant improvement in
endurance, grip strength, and flexibility.
Arthritis & Rheumatism, 1984
Wellness/Prevention: Reduce Indoor Air Pollution.
gas burners on stoves and in ovens can produce unhealthy levels of indoor air
pollution. These pollution levels can be higher than those encountered in
heavily polluted outdoor air. Simply turn on the range exhaust fan and cook
on the back burners to minimize your exposure.
Environmental Science & Technology, June 2012