Italian researchers examined the magnesium status of people with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease (AD). They found those with low-ionized magnesium levels had the most impaired cognitive function compared to a control group.
The magnesium “ion test” in the study showed low magnesium levels in AD, whereas serum total magnesium levels didn’t show a deficiency. “This serves to confirm that magnesium deficiency overexcites the brain’s neurons and results in less coherence and reduced cognitive function,” said Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, magnesium expert and medical director of the Nutritional Magnesium Association.
“The study also validates the fact that serum magnesium levels are a poor way to diagnose magnesium deficiency and that magnesium ion testing is a far more valid way of testing for magnesium deficiency,” she added. “Magnesium in the blood does not correlate with the amount of magnesium in other parts of your body.”
Magnesium deficiency/depletion may be more common than we think. Check your supplements! It is associated with short- and long-term memory.
Magnesium Research 24(3):115-121, 2011
A rise in blood pressure during middle age significantly raises the risk of having a heart attack or a stroke during a person’s lifetime, report Northwestern University School of Medicine (Illinois, USA) researchers. Norrina Allen and colleagues analyzed data from 61,585 participants in the Cardiovascular Lifetime Risk Pooling Project. Starting with baseline blood pressure readings at age 41, researchers measured blood pressure again at age 55, then followed the patients until the occurrence of a first heart attack or stroke, death or age 95.
Men who developed high blood pressure in middle age or who started out with high blood pressure had a 70% risk of having a heart attack or stroke, compared to a 41% risk for men who maintained low blood pressure or whose blood pressure decreased during the time period.
Women who developed high blood pressure had almost a 50% risk of a heart attack or stroke, compared to a 22% risk for those who kept their blood pressure low or saw a decrease.
People that maintain or reduce their blood pressure to normal levels by age 55 have the lowest lifetime risk for a heart attack or a stroke.
I urge my patient’s to prevent high blood pressure through exercise, diet and nutrition efforts. I will be happy to discuss this with you.
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All of these classes are open to DC’s & students. PT’s & AT’s are welcome in Seattle & Omaha.
Please email (DrJTucker@aol.com) me or call (310-473-2911) me for registration info. Course credits apply o the Diplomate in Rehabilitation degree.
An article I wrote on posture published in To Your Health magazine:
Posted by DrTucker in Abdominals, Blog, Nutrition, Paleo Diet, Weight loss on 12 16th, 2011 | 2 responses
Most of us have been led to believe that lowering your blood sugar is the be-all, end-all solution to type 2 diabetes. But what if that is a mistake that misses the REAL underlying trigger of not just what causes type 2 diabetes, but all major age-related illnesses? Elevated blood sugar is just a SYMPTOM of underlying metabolic, physiologic, and biochemical processes that are out of balance.
Lowering blood sugar with medications does NOT address the underlying triggers that give rise to the high blood sugar in the first place. I work with clients to shift focus from trying to manage blood sugar with drugs, as millions unfortunately incorrectly do now, to fixing the underlying problems that CAUSE excessive levels of blood sugar.
I am very focused on weight loss, particularly around the belly…Reducing joint pain…Improved energy…More stable, enjoyable moods…Lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
I do this using the Paleo Diet and proper individualized exercise programs. Call me at 310-473-2911 for an appointment.
Patients often ask me “I want better abs”, “I want to get a six-pack.”
The key to abdominal definition is the visibility of the abdominal musculature, not the strength of the muscles. I always say “You can’t exercise your way out of a poor diet”. Make better food choices, eat cleaner because the idea of working your abs to get abs is one of the oldest misconceptions in training. Exercise “Spot reduction” techniques for the abs just doesn’t work.
You can’t decrease the fat layer on a particular area by
exercising or working out that area. If you want good looking abs, do
a total body work out and be intense about it…in other words, burn fat!
So if you want better abdominal definition finish every workout with some hard interval training instead of extra sit-ups or crunches.
You burn more calories doing interval training – it burns more calories than steady state aerobic training. Doing a sprint program gets you a sprinters body.
Most of my first choice ab work is really core work. Core work like isometric exercises – front planks, side planks and kettlebell suitcase carries.
NYSCA-The Voice For Chiropractic In New York
December 13, 2011
Starting January 21 and 22, 2012 and continuing monthly at the
NEW YORK CHIROPRACTIC COLLEGE
Levittown Healthcare Facility
Acelerated 12 module program satisfying the course requirement leading to Diplomate Status in the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board®
Enjoy the benefits of certification!!!
George Petruska, DC, DACRB Lead instructor
To register, contact NYCC Post Graduate Department at (800) 434-3955 ext. 132, or online at www.nyccpostgrad.com. Cost is $299 per module ($349 when paid less than 14 days prior to the first seminar date of the month). For course and program information, contact Mitch Green, DC, DACRB at (212) 269-0300. Contact the ACRB for additional online material and testing requirements at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by DrTucker in Articles by Dr. Tucker, Daily Exercises, Fitness & Exercise, Rehab Exercises, Shoulder on 12 7th, 2011 | no responses
To Your Health December, 2011 (Vol. 05, Issue 12) Share | By Jeffrey Tucker, DC, DACRB
The most common injury sites for golfers are the low back, shoulder, knee, elbow and wrist. Golfers who have low back pain demonstrate a decrease in range of motion for hip internal rotation on the lead leg (left leg for a right-handed golfer) and lumbar extension, and decreased activation and/or timing of the abdominal obliques, erector spinae and knee extensors. A good golf swing uses the left side of the body as much as the right. The hips initiate movement into the ball. The feet pushing against the ground cause a ground reaction force that sequentially travels up through the hips, the trunk and finally out the arms. The most noticeable difference between pros and amateurs is trunk rotation. Trunk rotation and flexibility are enormously important in golf. Older and less skilled players tend to use less than half the trunk rotation of younger or more skilled players.
Golfers who are looking to maximize their performance and avoid and/or rehabilitate following common golf-related injuries should try these exercises in consultation with their doctor of chiropractic:
Active Warm-Up Exercises Bend forward at the hips to touch the fingers to the floor.
Step into a stride position, extending the right leg (lunge).
Lift the right arm, rotate the spine and the head – hold this pose for 10 seconds.
Return to the stride position.
With hands on the left thigh, drop the back knee toward the floor and reach both arms overhead.
Twist the torso toward flexed front knee and hold.
Return to the hip flexor stretch position then put both hands on the floor.
Go to push-up position.
Sweep the left foot across in front – sit into the stretch and hold for 10 seconds.
Return to the push-up position.
Step forward into a forward bend and hold.
Sit into a deep squat with open knees.
Lift hands overhead, stand up and bring arms back to your side.
Now repeat this on the opposite side: Bend forward at the hips to touch the fingers to the floor. Step into a stride position, extending the left leg (lunge). Lift the right arm – rotate the spine and the head – hold this pose for 10 seconds. Return to the stride position. Hands on right thigh, drop the back knee toward the floor and reach both arms overhead. Twist the torso toward flexed front knee and hold. Return to the hip flexor stretch position then put both hands on the floor. Go to push-up position. Sweep the right foot across in front – sit into the stretch and hold for 10 seconds. Return to the push-up position. Step forward into a forward bend and hold. Sit into a deep squat with open knees. Lift hands overhead, stand up and bring arms back to your side.
The shoulder is the key anatomical structure involved in every phase of the golf swing. If you’ve suffered a shoulder injury related to golf or are just looking to improve shoulder rotation and performance, ask your doctor of chiropractic about these exercises:
Wing stretch: Place the back of your right hand on the outside upper gluteal (buttock) region so the elbow sticks out to the side. The back of the hand touches above your “pants pocket” area. Grab the right elbow with the left hand and pull it the elbow forward, simultaneously resisting the pull by stabilizing your shoulder girdle backward on the stretching shoulder. Hold this stretch for one minute.
Open book: Lie on your left side with your knees bent and your arms straight out in front of you, palms together. Keeping your knees on the ground, take your top arm and rotate your upper body all the way in the opposite direction. Perform 15 reps. Repeat on the other side.
Thoracic rotation: Get down on all fours, place your right hand behind your head, and point your right elbow out to the side. Brace your core and rotate your right shoulder (think about moving through the shoulder blade) toward your left arm. Follow your elbow with your eyes as you reverse the movement until your right elbow points toward the ceiling. That’s one repetition. Do 20 reps right and left.
Band diagonal raise: Attach a band or handle to the low pulley of a cable station. Standing with your left side toward the pulley, grab the handle with your right hand in front of your left hip and bend your elbow slightly. Pull the handle up and across your body until your hand is over your head and your thumb is pointing up (a Statue of Liberty pose). Return to the starting position. Complete 10-15 reps and repeat with your left arm.
Scaption: Perform this exercise standing in front of a mirror to monitor their form. Hang the arms down by the thighs and rotate both hands to a thumbs-up position. Retract and depress the scapulae as you lift the arms up to shoulder-height at a 45-degree angle from the trunk. The arms should make a Y in front of them. Make sure that the upper trapezius isn’t pulling the shoulders into the ears. If it is, work on pulling the shoulders down in order to push the arms up. Perform two sets of 15 reps per set.
Lie face down on a bench with your upper shoulders off the bench to perform these exercises, which involve raising the arms / shoulders to mimic the shape of a Y, T, W and L (e.g., arms up over the head forms a Y; arms straight out to the sides forms a T; etc.). Standing Y-T-W-L exercises can also be performed using a stretch strap, which allows you to maintain a consistent arm position.
One More Great Exercise:
If you’re suffering from increased thoracic kyphosis (rounded upper back / shoulders), protracted shoulder blades and/or forward chin position, ask your doctor of chiropractic about this corrective exercise: Stand, feet together, looking straight ahead. The feet should remain in this position for the duration of the exercise. Put one hand beneath your collarbone and one hand on your belly button. Keeping your hands in that position, lift the chest with the hand under the collarbone while simultaneously pulling down with the belly button hand. This will help to lengthen the spine and reduce the slouched position. Holding the achieved position, level the pelvis by raising the middle of the pelvis with the lower abdominals. Lengthen the neck by slightly tucking the chin and imagining the crown of the head is being pulled toward the sky. Bend your knees very slightly, just enough to remove any tension from the posterior knee. Holding the achieved position, lean forward slightly to shift the center of gravity to the midfoot instead of the heel. Practice this frequently to improve posture. This opens the chest and allows for more natural breathing as well. While non-golfers may not realize it, the physical challenge of golf can be more daunting than the mental part of the game, particularly if you don’t use proper mechanics during every part of the swing. Injuries are common, which will either affect your game dramatically or stop you from playing altogether.
Talk to your chiropractor about these and other exercise strategies to improve your golf game and avoid injury. ——————————————————————————– Jeffrey Tucker, DC, is a rehabilitation specialist who integrates chiropractic, exercise and nutrition into his practice in West Los Angeles. He is also a speaker for Performance Health/Thera-Band, NASM and FMS.com .
Posted by DrTucker in Blog, Conditions, Female issues, Healthy Aging, Nutrition on 11 24th, 2011 | no responses
A joint U.S.-Iranian study says that combining exercise with omega-3 supplements may boost the bone mineral density in older women and reduce markers of inflammation.
A daily supplement of 1,000 mg omega-3s in combination with aerobic exercise was associated with increases in bone mineral density (BMD) of up to 19% in post-menopausal women, according to findings published in Nutrition & Metabolism.
In addition, markers of inflammation such as interleukin 6 (IL-6) and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) were significantly reduced following 24 weeks of supplementation plus exercise, report researchers from Urmia University in Iran and the University of Missouri in the U.S.
These findings are significant for women at risk of osteoporosis, characterized by low bone mass, which leads to an increased risk of fractures, especially of the hips, spine and wrists. Women are four times more likely to develop osteoporosis than men.
Clients (especially post menopausal women) need to commit to the use of long-term omega-3 supplementation and aerobic exercise.
Seventy-nine healthy post-menopausal women were recruited and randomly assigned to one of four groups: The first group acted as the control and did not receive supplements or an exercise plan; the second group received the exercise plan only; the third group received omega-3 supplements only (1,000 mg omega-3 per day, of which 180 mg was EPA and 120 mg was DHA); and the final group received both supplements and exercise.
The exercise plan involved walking and jogging three times a week at up to 65% of the maximum heart rate.
Twenty-four weeks later, and the researchers found that the combined omega-3/exercise group displayed BMD increases of 15% in the lower back and 19% in the neck of the thigh bone (femur) at the hip.
In addition, the combination group had decreased levels of the pro-inflammatory compounds IL-6 and TNF-alpha by 40% and 80% respectively.
I recommend Metagenics EPA-DHA 720 as part of your daily supplements.
Nutrition & Metabolism; 8(1):71, 2011
Supplements of soy protein, but not milk protein, may improve blood levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, and enhance the overall cholesterol balance, according to a new study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Forty grams per day of soy protein was associated with significant decreases in total cholesterol levels, compared to carbohydrate supplements, and improvements in HDL levels, compared with milk protein. ”Our study is the first randomized controlled trial to compare the effects of soy protein, milk protein and complex carbohydrate on serum lipids,” report researchers from the University of Mississippi, Tulane University and Kaiser Permanente Southern California.
“There is increasing evidence that consumption of soy protein in place of animal protein lowers blood cholesterol levels and may provide other cardiovascular benefits. Our study provides additional evidence that consumption of soy protein in place of carbohydrate might improve the lipid profile,” they added.
Led by Dr. Jiang He from Tulane University, the researchers recruited 352 healthy adults with an average age of 47.7 to participate in their randomized, controlled trial.
Participants were assigned to receive 40 grams per day supplementation of soy protein, milk protein or complex carbohydrate for eight weeks in a random order.
Results showed that, compared with carbohydrates, the soy protein was associated with a 3.97 mg/dl reduction in total cholesterol levels and a 0.12 mg/dl reduction in the ratio of total HDL cholesterol.
In addition, compared to milk protein, the soy protein was associated with a 1.54 mg/dl increase in HDL cholesterol levels and a 0.14 mg/dl decrease in the ratio of total HDL cholesterol.
On the other hand, milk protein supplementation was significantly associated with a 1.13 mg/dl decrease in HDL levels, compared to carb supplements, added the researchers.
“Our study suggests that soy protein supplement reduces total cholesterol and total/HDL cholesterol ratio compared with carbohydrate, and increases HDL and reduces total/HDL cholesterol ratio compared with milk protein,” and “The effect of milk protein did not confer a significant favorable effect on any lipid measures compared with carbohydrate.”
I have many patients that I recommend UltraMeal protein shakes (medical food) to that can contain either whey protein, soy protein or rice protein. It all depends on the individual.