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Jamie Olivers Food Revolution Comes to Kennesaw GA

About Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the growing obesity epidemic that – if left unchecked – threatens not only our children but every subsequent generation. Hes had great success as a chef entrepreneur and social activist but it is his passion for great food and cooking from scratch that has inspired people globally and enabled him to highlight the importance of cooking skills throughout the world.

Why do we need a food revolution?

The problem stems from the loss of cooking skills at home and the availability of processed foods at every turn from the school cafeteria to church function halls factories and offices. This Food Revolution is about saving lives by inspiring everyone: moms dads kids teens and cafeteria workers to get back to basics and start cooking good food from scratch.

What can you do?

The See It Make It Eat It program is inspired by an event on May 19 called Food Revolution Day.  The event is an initiative launched by the Jamie Oliver Foundation to inspire educate and empower people everywhere to stand up for real food. Thousands of people worldwide will participate in events to raise awareness on preventing diet-related diseases and to arm people with the knowledge and tools to make healthier food choices.

Register for a class. Registration is free sponsored by the Fit City Kennesaw initiative but is limited to fifty participants. Saturday May 19 at the Edge Kitchen 2750 Jiles Road in Kennesaw Commons classes will be conducted from 10 am – 2 pm.

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Doctors Urge Fewer Routine Tests

Recently nine US specialty societies representing 374000 physicians developed a list of Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question in recognition of the importance of physician and patient conversations to improve care and eliminate unnecessary tests and procedures.

Im glad that the common-sense things that chiropractors have been saying since the 19th century are now becoming part of the medical mainstream.  We chiropractors still hold that drugs and surgery are not the answer to promote health and it is nice to see the Medics starting to choose wisely.

In most cases people need drugs and surgery because they have ignored their health for a prolonged time especially when it comes to the major causes of death.  Have a look at these pie charts showing the top five major causes of death for the US in 2009 broken down by age group:

Cause of Death by Age

What happened to cause the cancer and heart disease death rate to jump from 26% in the 25-44 age group to 54% in the 45-64 year old group?  This is not because they turn 45!  These are chronic long-term symptom-free conditions that could be addressed by chiropractic and other lifestyle interventions.  The whole medical concept of treating patients based their symptoms leads to a false sense of security and contributes to this dramatic rise in cancer and heart disease as people get older.

Bottom line:  Don-->serif;">’t wait for symptoms to see your chiropractor!

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What is Watercress?

Watercress has a viewed as both a healing agent and a weed. The plant has old history in the treatment of scurvy a disease resulting from Vitamin C deficiency. Recent scientific studies indicate that this historic plant can protect human DNA from damage. A 2010 study conducted by the University of Southampton found that consumption of watercress May also inhibit the growth of breast cancer. The high content of phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC) May explain some of the benefits. If you can find this plant pick up a bunch and try it out. It has a tangy taste since it is in the same family as mustard. It does not have a long shelf life 2-3 days refrigerated and is eaten raw. You can sprikle it in a regular salad for deeper flavor or eat it by itself.

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Eat Your Spinach

Eat your spinach!

Spinach is a known for its health benefits. There are several studies that show that it assist the body in staving off osteoporosis cognitive decline and cardiovascular disease.
Two studies show its benefit in both men and women.The first demonstrated that ingestion of leafy green vegetables might have the potential to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. They came to this conclusion because they cultured or grew prostate cancer cells and added various ingredients of some common carotinoids. Carotinoids are brightly colored yellow to red  vegetables and it is also found in green leafy vegetables. What they found is that with the addition of spinach the viability or the chance that the cancer cell would survive was drastically reduced almost eliminated. (, )

The second found that subjects eating carrots or spinach more than twice weekly compared with no intake was associated with an odds ratio of 0.56(95% confidence interval 0.34-0.91). Which means that those that ate carotinoids specifically carrots or spinach where half as likely to develop breast cancer. This type of study is less reliable in that people who eat fruits and vegetables regularly are typically more likely to do other things that promote health.

However the combined results indicate that adding green leafy vegetables regularly to your diet will have a positive effect on your overall health.

 

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Chiropractic Adjustments May Lower High Blood Pressure

Chiropractic Adjustments May Lower Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a major risk factor for disorders such as cardiovascular disease diabetes and dementia. New research shows that chiropractic a non-invasive manual procedure May be effective in reducing blood pressure.

A recent study in the Journal of Human Hypertension reveals that chiropractic adjustments May lower blood pressure. The experiment was conducted with 50 participants all with stage 1 hypertension who were not currently taking medication. The group was made up of 70 percent men and 30 percent women.  Half the subjects underwent chiropractic care and received adjustments designed to correct vertebral subluxations or misalignments of the spine that are believed to cause insult to the nervous system. The group was adjusted as indicated by chiropractic protocols over a period of 8 weeks. A control group received a sham procedure.

Vertebral subluxations are areas in the spine where movement is restricted or bones (vertebrae) are misaligned. This common condition is triggered by physical chemical and emotional factors. Vertebral subluxations are corrected utilizing gentle and safe manual maneuvers.

In the study those undergoing chiropractic care for vertebral subluxations enjoyed significant drops in both systolic blood pressure (first or upper number) as well as diastolic blood pressure (second or lower number).

At the end of the eight week study systolic BP decreased by an average of 17 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) for those receiving chiropractic care compared with 3 mm Hg for those who received the sham procedure. Diastolic BP dropped an average of 10 mm Hg among chiropractic patients compared with 2 mm Hg in control group. No adverse effects were detected among the study participants.

The authors speculate that subluxation of the upper cervical spine causes abnormal tension of the brain stem reducing blood flow and causing dysfunction of the cardiovascular neural control mechanisms.

The studys authors concluded: Restoration of atlas alignment is associated with marked and sustained reductions in BP similar to the use of two-drug combination therapy. This suggest that chiropractic care May prove to be an effective alternative to standard medication for hypertension (J Hum Hypertens 25:2007;Epub).

Past studies investigating the effects of chiropractic on hypertension achieved similar results although with smaller patient groups. One of these divided 30 participants with upper cervical (neck) subluxation into two groups. One received adjustments the other rested and did not receive adjustments. BP was compared before and after for both groups. The adjustment group experienced a significant change in BP; the rest group did not change significantly (J Manip Physiol Ther 2001;24:101-9).

Another study found that 6 out of 8 patients studied experienced significant drops in BP following chiropractic adjustments (J of Chiro Res and Invest 199;8).

A study of 75 students at Palmer College of Chiropractic who were found by chiropractic examination to have upper cervical subluxation found that blood pressure 5 minutes after an adjustment was significantly lower than prior to the adjustment (J Manip Physiol Ther 1988;11:261-6).

A review study suggested that the chiropractor is particularly suited to effectively manage patients with high blood pressure stating that hypertension :May be regarded as a prime condition warranting specialized care that included proper education during the formative years modification of dietary habits in conjunction with daily exercise regiments and regular spinal maintenance all of which are covered by modern chiropractic clinical practice. (J Manip Physiol Ther 1986;9:27-3)

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