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Why take a multivitamin?

Posted: July 2, 2019



Why take a multivitamin? Yes, we can get a lot of nutrients from food, especially fruits and vegetables, but the fact is we don’t.

When we don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, we miss essential nutrients, which can lower our risk for heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other health conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), adults should consume 1.5-2 cups of fruit and 2-3 cups of vegetables daily. Yet, in a recent CDC study, they found that 76% of adults don’t eat enough fruit and 87% of adults don’t eat enough veggies.

So how to get your nutrients? A multivitamin. A multivitamin is like an insurance policy, a daily guarantee to ensure your body gets the vitamins and minerals it needs. It can make up for the shortfalls that happen when you don’t get what you need through food.

Here are a few more key reasons to take a multivitamin:

  1. Healthy aging: As we age, our nutritional needs increase. At the same time, it gets harder for the body to absorb nutrients. Medications can further deplete our body of nutrients. A multivitamin can offset these deficiencies.
  2. Good for your heart: Studies show that taking a high-quality multivitamin may reduce cardiovascular disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the U.S. Vitamins B1, B2, B6, K1, Niacin (B3), CoQ10 and magnesium, all play a role in cardiovascular health.
  3. Reduces cancer risk: Vitamin use has been associated with a decreased risk of some cancers. A recent study of 14,000 men aged 50 and older found that daily multivitamin supplementation “significantly reduced the risk of total cancer.”
  4. Boosts immunity: Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant known for strengthening the immune system. Vitamins D and E boost immunity, too. These vitamins can also help reduce allergy symptoms.
  5. Supports eye health: Vitamins A, C, E, Niacin (B3), and selenium support eye health. Lutein and Zeaxanthin also protect the eyes from harmful light waves. Studies have shown multivitamins containing a combination of vitamins, lutein, and zeaxanthin can reduce the risk of macular degeneration.
  6. Water-soluble vitamins: Excess fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) are stored in the body. Water-soluble vitamins (B and C) are not. Excess water-soluble vitamins simply travel through the body. This means it’s necessary to take these essential vitamins on a daily basis.
  7. Healthy hair and skin: New research says look for Vitamins B3 (Niacin), biotin, and Vitamin C for fuller hair. For healthy skin, look for Vitamins A, C, E, and CoQ10.
  8. Feel better: Thanks in large part to the Vitamin B family, taking a multivitamin is associated with a boost in energy levels, feelings of well being, as well as a decrease in stress and anxiety. This alone, makes it worth staying compliant with a multivitamin routine.


Migraines Helped with Chiropractic

Posted: August 12, 2013
By: Dr Carl Tolopka

Migraines and Neck Curve Helped With Chiropractic According to Case Study

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Migraines and Neck Curve Helped With Chiropractic According to Case Study

From the June 24, 2013, issue of the scientific periodical, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, comes a case study documenting the improvement of migraines and neck curvature in a young girl under chiropractic care.

The authors of the study describe migraines as "...a very common and frequent health problem in children and adolescents which has been described as an intolerable pain preventing the child from their daily activities such as going to school or social events." They note that migraine headaches are so common that they are ranked among one of the top five health problems of childhood. Overall, 75% of adolescents and 25% of younger children will suffer from headaches of various types.

In this case, a 12-year-old girl was brought to the chiropractor suffering from severe migraines. The migraines, which had started six years earlier, had gotten so severe that she was missing a large amount of school and had missed two months at one time. The migraines would occur two to three times per week and would last several hours each episode. When asked to rate her pain on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being worst, the girl described the pain as an 8, with many times being a 10.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included thermography (motion x-rays known as videofluoroscopy), palpation, and other chiropractic checks. The x-rays of the side of the neck showed that the girl's neck was curving in the reverse direction from the normal forward curve. It was determined that vertebral subluxations were present and a course of specific corrective adjustments was initiated.

The study reported that over the course of the young girl's 5 weeks of care, she only suffered from one minor migraine and overall showed a 90% improvement of her migraine symptoms. A second set of motion x-rays was performed documenting that the girl's neck had shifted from a reverse curve to a curve in the forward direction (lordosis). Additionally, the thermal scans and other tests were returning toward normal.

In this case, a 12-year-old girl had her life significantly improved with chiropractic care. In their conclusion the authors noted this achievement by stating, "Chiropractic care in this patient was able to increase her quality of life allowing her to not miss school and have a 90% improvement of her symptoms after 6 visits."

Study Shows Neck Pain and Dizziness Helped with Chiropractic

Posted: February 4, 2013
By: Dr Carl Tolopka
A study published in the January 7, 2013 issue of the journal Chiropractic & Manual Therapies shows that people with neck pain and those with both neck pain and associated dizziness respond equally as well to chiropractic care. The study was designed to see if the added factor of dizziness created a change in the response to chiropractic care. In this study the authors describe the reason for the study by stating, "The symptom dizziness is common in patients with chronic whiplash related disorders. However, little is known about dizziness in neck pain patients who have not suffered whiplash." The authors also wanted to look at any gender differences with the patients in this study to see if gender played a part in the outcome of care. The study was done with the cooperation of the Swiss Association for Chiropractic. The study notes that consecutive new patients over the age of 18 with neck pain of any duration who had not undergone chiropractic or manual therapy in the prior 3 months were recruited from 81 different chiropractor's offices who were members of the Swiss Association for Chiropractic. A total of 405 patients in Switzerland, who suffered with neck pain and who had consented to be part of the Chiropractic Outcome Study were included. Researchers conducted telephone interviews at 1, 3 and 6 months after the initiation of chiropractic care to document the patients' progress. A seven point scale ranging from 'much better', 'better', 'slightly better', 'no change', 'slightly worse', 'worse', and 'much worse' was used to track the results. From the total number of patients, 177 (44%) reported neck pain with related dizziness while 228 reported that they had neck pain without dizziness. A significantly larger number of the patients with dizziness were women. As expected the patients with dizziness suffered more severe pain as well as other complaints. The study results showed that after only the first month of care 72% of the patients with neck pain and dizziness showed improvement in their neck pain, while 73% of those with only neck pain had improved. Additionally, half (50%) of those with dizziness showed improvement in their dizziness in this same one month time frame. After 3 months of care 81% of all patients, with neck pain only or with dizziness, showed improvement in both the neck pain and their dizziness. After six months the results remained almost the same being within 2 percentage points for any of the groups and all of the complaints. In their conclusion the authors wrote, "Although neck pain patients with dizziness undergoing chiropractic treatment reported significantly higher pain and disability scores at baseline (beginning of study) compared to neck pain patients without dizziness, there were no significant differences in any outcome measures between the two groups at 6 months after start of treatment." In other words, the participants in this study all got good results regardless of the presence or lack of dizziness with their neck pain.

Seniors Benefit from Chiropractic care

Posted: December 6, 2012
By: Dr Carl Tolopka
The Minnesota Chiropractic Association issued a release about the benefits of chiropractic for senior citizens.

Dr. Christian Kollar, president of the MCA, noted, "Seniors who utilize chiropractic care experience fewer symptomatic chronic conditions, less days in hospitals and nursing homes and more mobility than elderly non-chiropractic patients."

In addition to chiropractic care, the Minnesota Chiropractic Association created what they called a "daily anti-aging checklist" of things seniors can do to help improve their health and quality of life.

This list includes:

  • Make sure to keep your body moving every day, even if it's just walking at the mall, up and down stairs at work, or taking a stroll around the block. Exercise is key to living a long and healthy life.
  • Hydration is important for cellular functioning, so make sure you drink liquids regularly throughout the day.
  • The nutrients in plant-based foods are essential for health and wellness. Eat plenty of vegetables and low-sugar fruits every day.
  • Incorporate a diet that is rich in fiber which can help slow the aging process.
  • Don't underestimate the fun factor. Take time to have fun with your friends and loved ones. Social support and positive experiences have been seen in studies to be beneficial to health.
  • Rest is necessary for your body to run optimally.

The Minnesota Chiropractic Association also stressed the importance and reasoning behind seniors receiving regular chiropractic care by saying, "The MCA encourages seniors to see a chiropractor regularly. Chiropractic adjustments can correct spinal and extremity misalignments in addition to reducing nerve irritation, improving circulation and release muscle tension, which all help the body return to a balanced, relaxed state. Chiropractic care can also have a positive impact on your health by aiding in preventing a variety of health problems in the future."

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Chiropractic Results Consistent Over 60 Years According to Study

Posted: October 25, 2012
By: Dr Carl Tolopka
Chiropractic Results Consistent Over 60 Years According to Study More Sharing ServicesShare This Article Years ago there was very little scientific data that meets today's standards on the effectiveness of chiropractic care. Today newer studies document the significant improvement that patients receive from chiropractic care, especially for patients with musculoskeletal problems such as neck and back pain. The question has been raised as to the effectiveness of chiropractic in years past, as compared to the more modern studies documenting positive patient results today. A study to compare the results obtained years ago with those of today, and to answer the question of chiropractic results over the years was published in the August 9, 2012 issue of the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. This study specifically reviewed records for patients with headaches, neck pain, lower back pain, and radicular pain. The study looked at the results of patient care from Sherman Chiropractic College for the years 2010 to 2011, and compared it to the results from a survey done by the International Chiropractors Association for the years 1949 and 1950. Similar scales were used to measure patient self improvement so that a comparison of results could be made. The recent patient group from Sherman College was referred to as the "SC group", while the 1949-50 group was referred to as the "ICA group". Both the SC group and the ICA group showed their highest level of results for patients with neck pain with 96% and 89.1% of the groups respectively showing resolved or much improved status for neck pain. For headaches the results were again relatively equal with the SC group showing 87% resolved compared to 82% for the ICA group. For back pain the results were 83% for the SC group and 83.5% for the ICA group reporting resolved or much improved. And for the patients with nerve pain the SC group showed 80% resolved or much improved compared to the ICA group which showed 85.1% for this same problem. The results of this study showed that chiropractic has been consistently beneficial to patients with these problems over the decades, even when in the past there were little or no scientifically acceptable studies to document the improvement patients were feeling. In their conclusion, the authors sum up the results by stating, "The present study shows consistency in improvement outcomes when comparing past and present, frequently encountered musculoskeletal complaints."