Saturday, March 12, 2011

In Good Hands

A Free Monthly Newsletter For The Friends and Patients of:

Giesen Family Chiropractic

"We rarely think people have good sense unless they agree with us." ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Scientists Warn: Television Watching and Computer Game Playing “Damages The Heart

Research Reveals: How Many Hours It Takes To DOUBLE Your Risk Of Major Cardiac Problems…

No Matter How Much Exercise You Do!!! All that, plus:

How coffee protects against diabetes!

What’s the best time of day to work out? Should you work out on an empty stomach or eat first? New research has answers…

The dangers lurking in your iPad - and a simple way to protect yourself.

Not sleeping? This may be the simple solution.

The secrets of 100 people who never get sick!

Heroic Stories… In this issue, we pay tribute to the average everyday person who risks everything to save the life of another.


ew Prague- Are you sitting down? If you aren't, please find a seat because when you read this, you might get a little weak in the knees. According to The Telegraph, a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found, "The risk of heart disease and premature death from any cause doubled for those spending more than four hours a day glued to a screen, it was claimed. Metabolic factors and inflammation may be partly to blame, the report said.

"Research revealed those who devote more than four hours watching television, surfing the web, or playing computer games are more than twice as likely to have major cardiac problems."

Here’s The Really Shocking Part

The study found there was a 48% increased risk of all-cause mortality and an approximate 125% increase in the risk of cardiovascular events in those spending more than four hours in front of a screen.

“The risks were irrespective of factors such as smoking, hypertension, BMI, social class, and even exercise.”

In other words, from the results of this study, the negative effect of watching television and being on a computer may not be lessened by exercise.

Like most health issues, more research is always needed for definitive answers… but limiting television and computer time may not only make you more productive… it might save your life.

Another Important Heart Related Topic…

A new study published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association is the first to look at added sugar and heart disease risk in adolescents.

According to Ivanhoe Newswire, “Jean Welsh, M.P.H., Ph.D., R.N., study author and post-doctoral fellow at Emory University in Atlanta, was quoted as saying. ‘The higher consumers of added sugar have more unfavorable cholesterol levels. The concern is long-term exposure would place them at risk for heart disease later in adulthood.’”

What Is “Added Sugar?”

Added sugars are any sugars that are added to food (or drinks) during processing and preparation.

Ready for some good news?

How To Maximize

Your Results From Working Out

According to a Study published in the Journal of Physiology on November 1, 2010, “A fat-rich energy-dense diet is an important cause of insulin resistance.”

Insulin resistance is a condition in which the body produces insulin but does not use it properly. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas and it helps the cells of the body absorb glucose. When people are insulin resistant, their muscle, fat, and liver cells do not respond properly to insulin. As a result, their bodies need more insulin to help glucose enter cells. The pancreas produces more and more insulin until it basically gets worn out and starts to fail. This can lead to diabetes.

How is this all linked to exercise? According to the study’s author, This study, for the first time, shows that fasted training is more potent than fed training to facilitate adaptations in muscle and to improve whole-body glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity during hyper-caloric fat-rich diets.”

In other words, the best time to work out seems to be on an empty stomach, which is usually first thing in the morning.

One more thing about diabetes…

Researchers Discover How

Coffee Helps Prevent Diabetes

According to, “Researchers at UCLA have discovered a possible molecular mechanism behind coffee's protective effect. A protein called sex hormone–binding globulin (SHBG) regulates the biological activity of the body's sex hormones, testosterone and estrogen, which have long been thought to play a role in the development of Type 2 diabetes. And coffee consumption, it turns out, increases plasma levels of SHBG.” The article also said that decaffeinated coffee was not associated with the benefits.

Scientist Finds Music Releases Same

Chemical As Food, Drugs And Sex

Music is universal. It can both motivate and relax. Some even say it can “tame the savage beast.” It’s probably safe to say that everyone loves music – in one form or another. But, why does it have such a deep impact on so many lives?

Science may finally

have found the answer…

According to a new study from The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, “Scientists have found that the pleasurable experience of listening to music releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain important for more tangible pleasures associated with rewards such as food, drugs, and sex.”

This study, published in the journal, Nature Neuroscience, also found that just the anticipation of pleasurable music is enough to trigger the release of dopamine.

According to The Neuro at McGill University: “These findings provide neurochemical evidence that intense emotional responses to music involve ancient reward circuitry in the brain,” says Dr. Robert Zatorre, Neuroscientist at The Neuro. “To our knowledge, this is the first demonstration that an abstract reward such as music can lead to dopamine release. Abstract rewards are largely cognitive in nature, a

nd this study paves the way for future work to examine non-tangible rewards that humans consider rewarding for complex reasons.”

…And 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 your lifelong good health.

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