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Protective Chiropractic - Dr. Nathan Cintron
1404-A Route 9
Clifton Park, NY 12065
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Research Shows Breastfeeding Creates Bigger Brains

Research Shows Breastfeeding Creates Bigger Brains -
Why What Your Baby Eats For The First 1,000 Days Is So Important!

Doctors, researchers, and parents have always wanted to know how much nutrition in early life affects adults later in life. Can adults overcome poor nutrition in the first few months or years of life or are there consequences to starting off life eating sub-optimal food? Both epidemiological and animal studies have shown the risk of metabolic syndrome is significantly increased after exposure to suboptimum nutrition during crucial periods of development. Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart disease and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke.

What about IQ? According to an article published in Neuroimage (May 28, 2013), “The prevailing consensus from large epidemiological studies posits that early exclusive breastfeeding is associated with improved measures of IQ and cognitive functioning in later childhood and adolescence. Prior morphometric brain imaging studies support these findings, revealing increased white matter and sub-cortical gray matter volume, and parietal lobe cortical thickness, associated with IQ in adolescents who were breastfed as infants compared to those who were exclusively formula-fed.”

In other words, a majority of researchers believe (based on studies) that breastfed babies have higher IQs than babies who were given formula. A new study from Brown University has found more evidence to the superiority of breastfeeding over formula. The study used MRIs to look at the brain growth in a sample of children under the age of four. The research found that by age two, babies who had been breastfed exclusively for at least three months had enhanced development in key parts of the brain compared to children who were fed formula exclusively or who were fed a combination of formula and breast milk. The research showed the extra growth was most pronounced in parts of the brain associated with language, emotional function, and cognition.

“We’re finding the difference [in white matter growth] is on the order of 20 to 30 percent, comparing the breastfed and the non-breastfed kids,” said the study's lead researcher, Sean Dioni. PhD. “I think it’s astounding that you could have that much difference so early.”

With everything researchers and doctors now know, breastfeeding is the clear choice if you want the best for your child both now and as an adult.

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

Did You Know?... Top Source Of Hidden Salt: Bread

Here’s a surprising discovery made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… The number one salt culprit in the United States is bread, including rolls and sweet rolls. Americans get twice as much salt from bread products as they do from salty snacks, which only stand at number 10 in the CDC’s list of the saltiest foods. Breads and rolls aren’t saltier than many other foods, but people eat a lot more of them, according to the CDC.

Breads and rolls account for about 7 percent of the salt we consume. About 40 percent of the salt we eat is hidden. After bread, the next nine are: cold cuts and cured meats, such as deli turkey or ham; pizza; fresh and processed poultry; soups; sandwiches on bread or buns (including cheeseburgers); cheese; pasta dishes; meat-mixed dishes, such as meat loaf with tomato sauce; and snacks, such as chips, pretzels and popcorn. These 10 foods are responsible for 44 percent of all sodium consumed.

Nine out of ten Americans over age two consume too much sodium. On average, they eat 3,300 mg a day. Experts say everyone over age 51, individuals of African descent, and anyone with high blood pressure, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease should limit sodium to 1,500 mg a day. For everyone else, less than 2,300 mg is recommended. Consuming too much salt has been linked to heart disease and stroke.

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

...Dr. Nate

patient talking with doctor

Harvard School of Public Health:

What may be able to lower overall mortality risk by 27%, and mortality risk from heart disease by 35% in older adults?

Want to live longer? I bet you do. We all do. Well, at least most people do! Some people are continually searching for ONE BIG THING they can do to add years to their life and feel better. But the truth of the matter is, health and longevity come down to two factors: genes and environment. You are born with your genes, and as of right now, there is very little you can do about that. Scientists are constantly studying ways to manipulate our genes. Some think this will eventually cure all disease and make life wonderful, while others believe this is a mistake and humans should not meddle with Mother Nature but that's a whole other subject.

But the other factor, environment, is somewhat under our control. We can largely control what foods we eat, exercise we do, rest we get, and how we handle stress. Of course, there is always the debate over where our food comes from and if the source is contaminated. In general, eating a diet that stays away from processed food is better than one that doesn’t. Chances are, a spinach salad is healthier for you than a burger, and there are certain types of food you want to make sure you eat.

For example, here’s what was published on the Harvard School Of Public Health website: “Older adults who have higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids – found almost exclusively in fatty fish and seafood – may be able to lower their overall mortality risk by as much as 27% and their mortality risk from heart disease by about 35%, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the University of Washington. Researchers found that older adults who had the highest blood levels of the fatty acids found in fish lived, on average, 2.2 years longer than those with lower levels.”

This study was published online April 1, 2013 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The Harvard publication also stated, “Previous studies have found that fish, which is rich in protein and heart-healthy fatty acids, reduces the risk of dying from heart disease.” In this study, participants with the highest levels of all three types of fatty acids (DHA, EPA and DPA) had a 27% lower risk of total mortality due to all causes.

How much fish should you eat to possibly get the benefits seen in this study? According to Harvard: "When the researchers looked at how dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids related to blood levels, the steepest rise in blood levels occurred when going from very low intake to about 400 mg per day; blood levels rose much more gradually thereafter… The findings suggest that the biggest bang-for-your-buck is going from no intake to modest intake, or about two servings of fatty fish per week.” This study did not talk about fish oil supplements and their possible use. It is possible that fish oil supplements can help, especially if it is difficult for you to get the recommended servings of actual fish every week.

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

...Dr. Nate

woman with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a very common problem that is often associated with work related activities. Our focus this month is on how to prevent CTS. Of course, if you already have CTS, read this Health Update to learn preventative measures that also work while you receive treatment for CTS.

The concept is to think about prevention as a matter of economics; as you lose time from work because of CTS, if affects your bottom line, and I’m sure you have bills to pay and mouths to feed (…or, at least one)! So please take the advice offered here seriously, as we are genuine about our concern for your well-being and not losing work time is a huge component of all of our “well-being!”

If you’ve experienced sore wrists, hands, sudden sharp jabs of pain up the forearm, noted numbness and/or burning in your fingers (especially the index through 4th / ring finger), wake up at night needing to shake and flick your fingers to “wake them up,” have weakness in your grip strength, are slowing down at work (whether it’s typing/computer work, assembly line work, cooking, waitressing, and so on), you NEED to do the following NOW! The goal here is prevent work loss and surgery (as up to 6 weeks lost work time will be required if surgery is needed).

  1. Anti-inflammatory measures: This starts with a healthy diet. STOP eating foods that inflame such as omega 6 rich foods (“GOOGLE” omega 6 and print out the list of food). Emphasize fruits, vegetables, lean meats, nuts and AVOID grains because of glutens, which many of us have a sensitivity against. Vitamins such as a multiple, magnesium, fish oil (omega 3’s), Vitamin D3, and CoQ10 are GREAT! Freeze water in a small cup and rub it on the wrist/carpal tunnel until it gets numb (takes 3-5 minutes) and do that 2-3 times a day. Consider natural anti-inflammatories such as ginger, turmeric, cercumen, bioflavinoides and others.
  2. Stretch: Bear-claw, fist, “High-5” (opened hand with the fingers fanned out) reps, wrist extensions on the wall/table stretches (elbows straight).
  3. Rest: Cock-up splint, take mini-breaks, and get sound/restoring sleep. IT REALLY HELPS!
  4. Ergonomic modifications: Position your computer keyboard, mouse and monitor so that you are looking straight ahead at a slight downward angle and your elbows are at a 90° or slightly less of an angle when typing. Set an alarm on your computer to go off every 15 minutes as a reminder to “shake and flick” your hands, wiggle your fingers, do your stretches, and/or squeeze a soft ball. Write with a fat pen vs. a skinny one – this helps a lot!
  5. Weight management: Obesity is a common risk factor for developing CTS.
  6. Think of the above measures as minimums and obtain professional care to help you. You have choices between the traditional medical model of cortisone shots, anti-inflammatory medication, and surgery vs. chiropractic: manipulation and mobilization of the fingers, hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder and neck as needed, splinting at night, anti-inflammatory diet and nutrients, ergonomic modification and exercise training, which ALL will help to treat as well as prevent future CTS problems, EVEN IF you’ve had surgery already!
  7. Manage other health issues: Diabetes, thyroid disease, inflammatory arthritis, neck/shoulder or elbow problems can all contribute to or, even cause CTS.

We realize you have a choice in who you consider for your health care provision and we sincerely appreciate your trust in choosing our service for those needs. If you, a friend or family member require care for CTS, we would be honored to render our services.

Protecting your Spine...

...Dr. Nate

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Protective Chiropractic
At Protective Chiropractic, we focus on the fundamental principle that BETTER structure of the spine can lead to BETTER function of the body. When your body structure isn’t a normal position, conditions and symptoms eventually appear.
1548 Route 9
Clifton Park, NY
(518) 383-3800