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September 2013 Health Newsletter

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» Common Chemicals Linked to Childhood Weight Gain and Increased Diabetes Risk
» Improving Your Diet After A Heart Attack Reduces Mortality
» American Chiropractic Association Launches 2013 Public Health Awareness Campaign
» Chiropractic Care - Not Just For Back Problems
» Belleville Chiropractor Keeping You Healthy

Common Chemicals Linked to Childhood Weight Gain and Increased Diabetes Risk

A new study suggests that two chemicals widely used in food packaging increase the risk of obesity and diabetes in children. Researchers at New York University compiled five years of health and nutrition data from 766 adolescents aged 12 to 19. The data included blood and urine samples which were later analyzed to determine the presence of BPA and phthalates. Bisphenol A, or BPA, is an industrial chemical used to line aluminum cans and a particular type of phthalate is a common additive designed to soften plastic. Both chemicals have been found to leach into foods over time. The plastic softening phthalate found in urine samples was linked to a higher risk of insulin resistance in teenagers. BPA in the same samples positively correlated with higher rates of adolescent obesity. Insulin resistance and obesity are considered precursors to diabetes. Over the last 30 years the rates of childhood obesity have exploded in the US, doubling in children and tripling in adolescents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now consider one in six US children obese. While unhealthy diets and lack of exercise are widely cited for this increase, researchers are also increasingly focused on the role of environmental chemicals as as contributing factor. In 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned BPA from baby bottles, but refrained from issuing a more widespread ban, stating more research was needed before issuing further restrictions. Concerningly, there are no current regulations on the use of phthalates.

Source: Pediatrics, online August 19, 2013.
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Improving Your Diet After A Heart Attack Reduces Mortality

After a heart attack, some survivors make a commitment to a healthier diet in the hopes of prolonging their lives, while unfortunately, others do not. A new study now confirms that those who make lasting dietary changes experience a much lower mortality risk than those who make no changes at all. Beginning in the 1970s, researchers tracked the dietary habits of thousands of men and women, none of whom had a history of cardiovascular disease, stroke or cancer. The participants were assigned diet-quality scores based on their consumption of red and processed meats, nuts, sugar-sweetened beverages, vegetables, fats, alcohol, whole grains and salt. Over time, out of the 4,098 subjects used for this study, approximately 1,133 had heart attacks. The researchers tracked changes to the diet scores after the heart attacks and found that individuals who improved their diets were 30 percent less likely to die from any cause and 40 percent less likely to die of heart disease than those whose scores remained unchanged. Positive changes in diet included increases in the consumption of whole grains, fruits and vegetables and reduced consumption of trans fats, meat and sugary drinks. Overall, individuals who made the greatest improvements to their scores experienced a 30 percent reduction in subsequent mortality and cardiac events than those who made little or no improvements.

Source: JAMA Internal Medicine, online September 2, 2013.
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American Chiropractic Association Launches 2013 Public Health Awareness Campaign

During National Chiropractic Health Month this fall, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and chiropractic physicians nationwide will promote the importance of joint health and the vital role physical activity plays in keeping joints healthy and pain free. This years theme"Get Vertical"focuses on getting off the couch or out of the office chair, and standing or moving more each day. Most people nowadays know someone with joint pain, and joint replacement surgeryparticularly involving hips and kneesis commonplace. What many do not know is that simple lifestyle changes can in some cases help prevent the need for this type of surgery and keep joints healthier longer. "Remaining physically active and pain-free is an important measure of the quality of someones life, and chiropractic physicians can help by providing exercise and lifestyle recommendations, nutritional advice, and natural approaches to managing aches and pains," said ACA President Keith Overland, DC. "Just a few healthy lifestyle changes, over time, can potentially mean the difference between being scheduled for joint replacement surgery or remaining active and pain-free well into ones golden years." In honor of National Chiropractic Health Month, ACA offers these tips to help you get vertical and stay pain-free:

  • Stand up: Office dwellers can look into using standing desks or treadmill desks; but if youre stuck sitting all day, you can still stretch your legs with a short walk about every 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Take micro-breaks: Frequently stretch your neck, arms and wrists, back, and legs. Simple stretches include neck rotations, fist clenches, arm dangles, and shoulder shrugs.

  • Get moving: You dont have to work out like a pro-athlete, just aim for a minimum of 20 to 30 minutes of exercise three to five days a week.

  • Eat right: A healthy dietrich in fruits, vegetables and healthy fatscan help reduce inflammation and joint pain. Also limit red meat, refined sugar and white flour. Just a few simple changes can help maintain a healthy weight and have a positive impact on your overall health.

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013, is the largest professional association in the United States representing doctors of chiropractic. ACA promotes the highest standards of patient care and professional ethics, and supports research that contributes to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients.

Author: American Chiropractic Association.
Source:; July 31, 2013.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association. 2013

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Chiropractic Care - Not Just For Back Problems

Chiropractors have always maintained that chiropractic care is not just for the treatment of back and neck pain, but is in fact effective for other conditions issues as well. A new case study, published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine backs these claims by examining the treatment of arm and hand pain. A 41-year-old female patient was experiencing alarming pain, numbness and weakness in her right arm and hand. Her symptoms had begun three weeks prior to treatment, when she woke up in the morning and assumed she had slept wrong. Medical assessments confirmed her pain, numbness and decreased grip strength. Treatment began immediately and included specific chiropractic manipulative therapy as well as myofascial therapy and elastic therapeutic taping. The patient was also assigned an active home care regimen which included postural exercises and workstation ergonomics education. The resultsThe patient showed immediate improvement of her numbness and weakness after just the first treatment. The case studys authors noted that over a series of eleven treatments, her symptoms were completely resolved and she was able to return to work without pain. If youre experiencing any sort of body pain, numbness or loss of strength, contact your local chiropractor today. Consultations are affordable, safe and chances are very good that chiropractic care may be able to help!

Source: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. Volume 12, Issue 2; June 2013.
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Belleville Chiropractor Keeping You Healthy

Hello again!

At The Chiropractic and Physical Therapy Center of New Jersey in Belleville, NJ we are constantly striving to keep you healthy. Dr. Michael Chillemi and his team utilize several forms of therapy to maximize your health, including Chiropractic Care, Physical Therapy, Massage Therapy, Nutritional Consulting and Acupuncture.

Every week our Chiro Corner Blog offers the latest news in Chiropractic Medicine as well as Healthy Living and Weight Loss Tips. For instance, it has long been known that Chiropractic Care can relieve pain, but did you know Chiropractic Adjustments Can Increase Brain Function? (

Recently, The Chiropractic and Physical Therapy Center of New Jersey added Acupuncture to our therapy options. However, many of us have question about Acupuncture. Primarily, Does Acupuncture Really Work? Below are some of our blogs that may help to answer some of your questions.

Does Acupuncture Really Work?

Acupuncture for Back Pain

Acupuncture for Arthritis

Acupuncture for Migraines

As summer comes to an end many of us are still trying to shed a few pounds we gained during all those summer BBQ's. Below are some healthy recipes as well as effective ways to boost your metabolism.

Healthy Weight Loss Tip #1

Healthy Metabolism Boost Tip #1

Healthy Metabolism Boost Tip #2

Healthy Recipe: Thai Chicken Wrap

At The Chiropractic and Physical Therapy Institute of New Jersey we specializing in treating pain as well as maintaining a Total Body Wellness Model. If you, or someone you love, is suffering from back, neck, spine or joint pain, please contact us so we may get you on the road to recovery. Our goal is to restore the happy and active lifestyle you enjoyed before your pain. Transportation is available for those who need it.

Author: Dr. Michael Chillemi
Copyright: ChiroPTNJ 2012

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