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January 2012 Health Newsletter

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» A Message from Dr. Feldman
» Neck Pain Study Reinforces Use of Chiropractic, Other Conservative Options
» Fat Gain Directly Related To Caloric Intake
» Active Kids Are Smarter Kids
» Working Out - Maximize Your Efforts

A Message from Dr. Feldman

Dear patients and friends,

By now there are quite a few of you who I do not know, as many new patients have come through the doors of Back in Action over the last six months. I do know the great majority of you, and I'm pleased to see that you are taking good care of your bodies with chiropractic care: something which I can see from a distance by looking at the clinic calendar through the miracle of the Internet. Whether I know you personally are not, I do know that you arein the hands of a maestro of chiropractic and I am more than pleased and relieved that Berkeley has such a fine doctor of chiropractic as Rob Davison.
Susan and I also feel warm and happy that Sande, Monica, and Sherry are thereto take care of your front desk administrative needs and Sonia and Julia are untangling you as they nurture your bodies. What a wonderful family of
superlative staff and practitioners whose hands you are in!

In the last six months I've had a nearly complete rest from chiropractic, which is exactly what my body needed. Susan and I have been having an amazing time adapting and settling in to a very different life in Mexico, and Mexico has been doing a very good job, I think, of adopting us.

It was at the six month point that we thought I could consider going back to adjusting patients on a regular basis. While I am definitely improvedfrom my chronic injuries of a quarter of a century of practice, the dry weather and the rest hasn't produced anything near a complete cure. I believe I'm sort of like Jackie Chan, the martial arts movie star, at the age of 55. I am sure hecan still do all those stunts that he did before, when he was in his 20s, but it'll hurt him a lot more when he lands after flying through a window. My mind says, "Yes!, that was a great adjustment I just delivered" while my elbow says, "can't we
do something else now? How about making the feet do some work around the house for a change?" It looks like I need
to give it another six months before I think about re-entering practice on any regular basis.

Susan is doing some craniosacral therapy down here and it is being well received and is focused on being more active in practice at this time that I am, although I am hoping that my commitment to chiropractic won't have to take a rest over the next six months as well. There is a wonderful chiropractic school near Mexico City that is a major part ofa state university. It has an enrollment of over 400 students: bright and enthusiastic young men and womenwho remind me of how we all were back at Life Chiropractic College West in the 80's. WhileI don't really want to travel down to Mexico City on a regular
basis, the school is very enthusiastic about me teaching seminars and will even shuttle the students up in their van. I'm looking forward to 2012 being a year of honing and refining what I know into a format that can be absorbed on a
practical somatic level by the students and not just intellectually. We are also very busy building our retirement home here, because we feel that this really truly will be a place that we will spend more and more time as the years go by. There is much about San Miguel de Allende that could be considered Berkeley del Sur: artists, intellectuals, music, culture, culinary arts and
lots of history. It also has a few things conspicuously missing from the Bay Area. Berkeley does not have the former house of a local Inquisitor, for instance, nor your friendly neighborhood Mayan era pyramid.

I definitely miss interacting, sharing, and connecting with all of you that I have come to know so well and feel so fondly toward over the 20 years that we have had our doors open at Back in Action. I welcome e-mails, Facebook friends, and Skype. Please keep in touch and certainly let us know if you come down this way. We keep a blog:, if you want to see what we are up to.


Ethan Feldman DC

Author: Dr. Ethan Feldman
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Copyright: na 2012

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Neck Pain Study Reinforces Use of Chiropractic, Other Conservative Options

Arlington, Va. A new study published this month in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) and exercise more effective at relieving neck pain than pain medication. The research reinforces the use of conservative care options as a first line of defense against pain, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). The study divided participants into three groups that received either SMT from a doctor of chiropractic (DC), pain medication (over-the-counter pain relievers, narcotics and muscle relaxants) or exercise recommendations. After 12 weeks, about 57 percent of those who met with DCs and 48 percent who exercised reported at least a 75 percent reduction in pain, compared to 33 percent of the people in the medication group. After one year, approximately 53 percent of the drug-free groups still reported at least a 75 percent reduction in pain; compared to just 38 percent pain reduction among those who took medication. The study also found that despite experiencing limited pain relief, people in the drug group continued using a higher amount of medication more frequently throughout the follow-up period. This finding underscores concerns raised in an April 2011 government report that indicated prescription drug abuse in the U.S. has reached crisis level. "Doctors of chiropractic have long cautioned against the overuse of medication to treat musculoskeletal pain," said ACA President Keith Overland, DC. "We continue to promote drug-free, conservative interventions for neck pain patients before referral for medical management that may result in side effects. Patients deserve to know that there are natural, drug-free options when it comes to pain relief." The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), based in Arlington, Va., is the largest professional association in the United States representing doctors of chiropractic. ACA promotes the highest standards of patient care and ethics, and supports research that contributes to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients. Visit

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source:, January 6, 2012.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2012

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Fat Gain Directly Related To Caloric Intake

New research confirms that it's the total number of calories consumed and not so much what types of foods we eat that results in body fat gains and losses. While that's not to say that different foods aren't healthier than others - clearly, they are - but in terms of body fat, it's a simple matter of the more calories in, the more fat we pack on. An interesting finding of the study - when the excessive calories were higher in protein, although subjects gained a similar amount of body fat as those on lower protein diets with the same overall calories, those consuming higher protein diets additionally gained more lean muscle mass. Thus, in 2 groups consuming excess calories, while both gained similar amounts of body fat the higher protein consumption group additionally put on even more weight - lean muscle weight - as compared with the lower protein consumption group. It's therefore important to recognize that when we gain and lose body weight, especially while dieting, the weight loss/gain isn't necessarily all body fat. A portion of that could be our healthy lean body mass. However, for those wanting to lose body fat, this new research indicates it's the total calories consumed regardless of food types that are responsible for body fat increases and losses.

Source: Journal of the American Medical Association, online January 3, 2012.
Copyright: LLC 2012

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Active Kids Are Smarter Kids

In the face of growing pressure to reduce class time allocated to physical education several studies have published results that have given school administrators, teachers and politicians reason for pause. After a new review of previous studies, scientists have identified what many parents have long suspected - If you provide your child with physical activity they are generally more behaved and better able to concentrate on tasks. When that child is moved into a classroom setting that ability to concentrate becomes even more advantageous. The reviewed studies followed children for several months to a few years. The children that were exposed to regular exercise or physical activity not only gained less weight over the next three years but they also out performed their nonactive peers in math, spelling and reading. It should be noted that the studies did not show a significant correlation to children that participated on a sports team but it did show that children who stated that they exercised regularly also performed at higher levels academically. It also showed that the more they exercised the greater their academic performance was. It appears that science is providing proof that the key to a healthy mind is a healthy body.

Source: Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, online January 2, 2012.
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Working Out - Maximize Your Efforts

When it comes to getting the most out of your workouts, medical experts resoundingly agree that reaching your target heart rate or heart rate training zone is the key. To obtain your target heart rate, we first need to determine our maximum heart rate or MHR. Simply subtract your age from 220 and the resulting value is your MHR. For example, if you're 35 years old your MHR would be 185 beats per minute (220 - 35 = 185). Next, multiply your MHR by 50 to 70 percent and you've just identified your target heart rate. For our 35 year old, it would be 93 to 130 beats per minute (185 x .50 = 93; 185 x .70 = 130). Naturally, the first question that people ask is how does one know when they have hit that target range? One handy tip to approximate when you have hit that range is to see if you can talk, sing or perform neither while working out. If you are able to carry on a conversation but not able to sing while working out then you are likely working out with moderate intensity and are within your target heart rate. However, if you are also able to sing then you better kick it into high gear as you're likely below your target heart rate. Scientists have observed that getting your heart to beat 50 to 70 percent of one's MHR is the key to a long and healthy life. Even though burning calories is helpful to melting the pounds away, it does not compare to the lasting benefits of strengthening your heart. Your heart is like any muscle in the body. The more you work it out the stronger it becomes. The stronger your heart is the more efficient it pumps blood throughout your body which means your heart beats less and the less it beats the longer is lasts. So the next time you are working out you better not skip the cardio and you better ensure you're in the zone of your target heart rate!

Source: Reuters. January 10, 2012.
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