Lower blood pressure with neck alignment

Lower blood pressure with neck alignment
By Terri Yablonsky StatSpecial to the TribunePublished May 8, 2007
A one-time chiropractic adjustment of a misaligned neck vertebra has been shown to significantly reduce blood pressure in people with hypertension, according to a pilot study by University of Chicago researchers.When the vertebra, known as the Atlas, or C1, was manipulated in 25 people with high blood pressure, both their systolic and diastolic readings decreased significantly, equal to taking two blood-pressure dHigh blood pressure, or hypertension, is defined in an adult as a systolic pressure of 140 or higher and/or a diastolic pressure of 90 or higher.
The mean blood pressure of those who had the adjustment was 147 systolic before adjustment and 129.8 systolic after. The mean diastolic reading was 92.5 before adjustment and 82.3 after.For years anecdotal reports have linked blood pressure and neck pain, according to the study's lead author, Dr. George Bakris, director of the hypertension center at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He and his team decided to put the hypothesis to the test after he was approached by family practitioner Dr. Bruce Bell of Barrington, who has been interested in this phenomenon for years.The Atlas vertebra, which lies high in the neck, is not anchored like other vertebrae, so it easily slips out of alignment. It relies solely on muscles and ligaments to stay in place. The vertebra also can become displaced without pain and often goes undetected and untreated.Problem long recognized"Even back in the 1960s and '70s, neurosurgeons and some specialized chiropractors knew that things change when you realign C1," Bakris said. "But there has not been the rigor of the scientific method applied to see what's going on. We wanted to find out if this effect lasts longer than a week or two."Enough chiropractic specialists were aware of the phenomenon to limit their practice to manual alignment of C1.
They make up the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association. It was a Chicago member of the association, Marshall Dickholtz Sr., to whom patients with high blood pressure and misaligned C1 were sent for the study. Half the patients received a tailor-made adjustment; half received a "sham intervention." Patients were assessed after the alignment as well as at the end of eight weeks."We were shocked to find out that we got more than double what we expected in blood pressure reduction," Bakris said. Patients did not need to resume taking blood pressure medicine. The effect lasted for months.Wide-ranging effectsPeople with a misaligned Atlas vertebra have leg-length disparities that are noticeable when the person lies down and their heel positions are compared.
When patients turn their head to the left or right, their heel position changes. If the heels do not appear parallel to one another or change on head-turning, the Atlas is misaligned."There's a lot of nerve traffic through that area," Bakris said. "We have to figure out why it's happening."akris and his team are working with the National Institutes of Health and General Electric to develop a proposal to study changes in blood flow at the base of the brain and changes in neurotransmitters possibly related to serotonin. These changes could result in a lack of blood flow involving the Atlas misalignment. Realignment results in higher levels of serotonin and less nerve traffic.Study results mean that people with Stage 1 hypertension who are in their 40s and 50s may be freed from blood pressure medication for a time. Older patients on three or four medications may be able to reduce their pill count.Dr. Chuck Woodfield, a chiropractic research- er in Bellingham, Wash., was part of the research team."We need to do more research to understand why this effect occurs," Woodfield said. "It'll be at least five years before we can get the actual mechanism inside the brain."When the Atlas misaligns, you get cascaded effects. There are changes in posture and the way blood flows to the brain stem.
This sets up an inflammatory process. When you adjust the Atlas, posture comes back to somewhat normal and inflammation decreases. It improves overall health. I don't know if it's a cure-all. It's just one study, and we need to do a multisite study and look at minority populations."

Another Reason Not to Eat Farmed Fish

As if people needed any more reasons to avoid them, reports have surfaced that farmed fish have been fed food contaminated with melamine, the very same chemical linked to the ongoing pet food recall disaster.
And, like previous incidents involving pets, melamine was added to the Canadian-made fish feed (wheat flour) to deceive fish farms into believing it contained higher amounts of protein than it really did.
Once again, Dr. David Acheson, the FDA's newly appointed "food protection czar," attempted to tone down all the worry about melamine, speculating the level of melamine is "expected" to be too low to pose any danger to human health. Just the same, fish samples are now being screened for melamine, just in case. So, that report about Asian fish farms using chicken feces for food doesn't seem so far-fetched after all...
Without exposure to toxins, not to mention mercury, fish would be a near-perfect source for the omega-3 fats your body needs. You can get the same nutritional benefits -- without the toxins -- by taking a high-quality fish oil daily, like Omega 3-6-9 from Nutronix.

Diet and Exercise Keep The Invisible Fat Off Too

Diet and Exercise Keep The Invisible Fat Off Too
The internal fat surrounding organs like the heart that are largely unnoticeable may be just as deadly to your health as the fat you can see collecting, for example, around a patient's belly, according to a study funded by the UK's Medical Research Council.
Scientists came to that alarming conclusion after scanning some 800 male and female patients with MRI machines that plotted internal fat maps. I'm not surprised to learn both male (60 percent) and female (45 percent) patients with what conventional health experts would consider to be healthy BMIs carried around excessive amounts of body fat.
What's more, patients who kept a lid of their weight solely by dieting were more likely to carry around a major amount of unhealthy, internal fat too, just more evidence there are no shortcuts when it comes to losing weight and maintaining your optimal health.
Even conventional doctors are beginning to understand that a nutritious diet along with the right amount of exercise go hand-in-hand in building and maintaining a patient's optimal health.
And, eating the food your body burns best, according to its unique metabolic type, and maintaining a prescribed exercise program will do wonders to get your there.

Don't Trick The Google Ad Click

Placing Google AdSense units and navigation elements on a website can be accomplished without leading to accidental clicks. Webmasters should beware of doing otherwise.

Don't Trick The Google Ad Click
The many ways webmasters can arrange their site elements could lead them to drop their AdSense units in inappropriate places. When there is a chance something could overlap the AdSense unit, people may click on the ad without meaning to do so.
It's something Google looks for in its continuing analysis of ad clicks. Accidental clicks can cost an advertiser money if they aren't sorted out of the legitimate clicks.

Google's AdSense blog addressed this recently, and gave examples of elements that should not have ad units placed too near to them: In close proximity to Macromedia Flash games Under pop-ups or download prompts

Near site navigation controls on your pages, such as drop-downs or menu links
Putting AdSense units too near these elements may make Google's mechanisms think they have been placed intentionally, in order to grab a few accidental clicks and boost the site's ad revenue. It's against Google's policies and could get a site punished for doing so.
In turn, publishers have been asking for clarification of AdSense placement. As a rule, they are encouraged to have their ad units integrated in a way that allows them to attract relevant ads based on the site's content.
A follow-up post from Google on this placement with regards to optimizing ads showed examples of acceptable and unacceptable implementations.
"You can understand that increasing the possibility of accidental clicks on your sites is not in the best interest of users or advertisers, and we wanted to make you aware of this risk," Mike Deeringer from AdSense Publisher Support wrote.
"This is why we ask that you maintain sufficient distance between your ads and any elements of your page on which users may often click."
The advice also comes across as a reminder that Google is watching for sites generating a lot of accidental clicks through their navigation or other element placement. It's likely that some people have realized the benefit of accidental clicks, forcing Google to give this subtle reminder about doing AdSense the right way.

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