In this issue of To Your Health:
Chiropractic for Growing Bodies
No Time Like the Present
Herbs for Wellness
     August 7, 2007 [Volume 1, Issue 15]
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Chiropractic for Growing Bodies

Millions of parents take their children to the chiropractor regularly. That's because children's developing spines and bodies cope with the bumps and bruises of learning to walk, playing sports and just being a kid. The key to your child's spinal health is to identify potential health issues early and intervene so those problems don't follow them into adulthood.

When children begin crawling, they start to develop the curve in their neck. They also start developing coordination in their arms and legs. As they move into walking, you start to see them using their limbs to balance and move upright. Early in their lives, you may be able to notice some of the following signs:

hunched shoulder on one side or both;
head turns to one side more than the other, and your child resists or becomes noticeably uncomfortable when you turn their head to the other side;
the hip and leg on one side kicks or moves differently than the other; and/or
toes point inward or outward when your child walks or runs.

Many of these symptoms can cause problems with children's bones, joints and muscles – problems that may not be detected or become painful for years to come.

Chiropractors have long cared for children. Each day, thousands of children across the world receive adjustments from chiropractors. It's a great way to relieve pain, restore function and keep them happy – the way children should be.

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No Time Like the Present

A recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Family Physicians questions whether men are as healthy as they think they are. Of the 2,282 men and women who participated in the survey, results indicate that men, in particular, put off doctor visits and don't take adequate health precautions. According to the survey:

More than half (55%) of the men hadn't had a physical exam within the past year.
Four in 10 men (42%) had been diagnosed with at least one chronic condition, from high blood pressure (28%), heart disease (8%) and arthritis (13%) to cancer (8%) and diabetes (10%).
Almost one in five men (18%) 55 and up never received the recommended screening for colon cancer.
More than one in four men (29%) said they wait "as long as possible" before visiting their doctor when they have health concerns, pain or illness.

Despite these facts, as well as reports that men spend an average of 19 hours a week watching television, almost 8 in 10 men (79%) described their health as "Excellent," "Very Good" or "Good." Given that just slightly more than one-third (38%) of men exercise on a regular basis and almost three out of four men (71%) are overweight, the message is clear: There's no time like the present. Make an appointment to see your doctor today!

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Herbs for Wellness

Herbs are an important part of the ancient Chinese healing system. More than 300 herbs that are frequently used in modern Chinese herbal formulas have been in use for at least 2,000 years, including:

Gan Mao Ling: This is a combination of herbs that helps the body fight infection from cold and flu viruses, and can safely be taken by anyone. If taken preventatively at the first signs of a cold or flu, it may actually keep you from getting sick. It also can be taken all the way through a cold or flu to speed your recovery, and will lessen the severity of your symptoms.

Curing Pills: This is a popular and effective formula for any acute digestive difficulty, including stomach upset of any kind. It may be taken with meals to help correct minor problems due to irregular eating habits. Because of the downward movement of this formula, caution is advised when administering it during late stages of pregnancy or in cases of threatened miscarriage, although it is very useful and appropriate for morning sickness in the early stages of pregnancy.

An Mien Pian: This formula gently encourages a good night's rest and calms the spirit. It can be very beneficial for someone who is run down, overworked or under stress, or who has difficulty winding down and sleeping. It also includes herbs to quiet digestion for those who wake up or aren't able to sleep deeply due to slight indigestion.

In addition to these formulas, there are also safe Chinese herbal substitutes for many other over-the-counter drugs. Talk to your doctor about the many health benefits of Chinese herbal formulas.

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