Can Spinal Adjustments Relieve Lower Back Pain?
By Dr. Mercola
The American Chiropractic Association states at any one time, nearly 31 million Americans suffer from lower back pain.1 In 2012, the American Physical Therapy Association surveyed and found more than one-third of adults were affected, but two-thirds of them chose not to seek treatment.2
As the population of the U.S. was nearly 313 million at the time of the survey,3 an estimated 103 million were suffering lower back pain, and both national and state level estimates of the prevalence of lower back show it’s rising. On any given day, 2 percent of the U.S. population is disabled by back pain.4
Chronic back pain may occur consistently, or you may experience times of remission when the pain dissipates and you move about freely without discomfort. Chronic back pain, defined as being present for 12 weeks or more,5 occurs in approximately 20 percent of people.6
Most cases of lower back pain are related to a mechanical issue. In other words, the pain is related to a musculoskeletal condition, and not the result of an underlying medical condition such as kidney stones, cancer, arthritis or fracture.7
Fortunately, many musculoskeletal issues may be successfully addressed without the use of surgery or dangerous drugs. A recent study has demonstrated the average person experienced a one-point reduction in lower back pain following spinal manipulation.8
Lower High Blood Pressure With More Potassium-Rich Foods, Less Sugar
By Dr. Mercola
Americans struggle with high levels of certain diseases like cardiovascular disease and related high blood pressure. In fact, the World Health Organization ranks this malady, also known as hypertension, as playing the leading role in heart disease.1Conventional medicine says eating too much sodium is one cause of high blood pressure, but more studies are revealing that it’s actually an imbalance between your sodium intake and your potassium levels that may be the problem. According to one study:“Findings suggest that public health efforts directed toward increasing consumption of K+ [potassium]-rich natural foods would reduce BP [blood pressure] and, thus, cardiovascular and kidney disease.”2Potassium deficiency, known as hypokalemia, can be so serious that it could be fatal. One sign that you may be deficient is high blood pressure, but other things to look for include:
- Muscle weakness
- Abdominal pain and cramps
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Muscle paralysis
Going Through A Hard Time? Here Are 6 Ways Mindfulness Can Help
by Elise Bialylew
Ashwagandha, an adaptogen, is known for combating the effects of stress in the human body. Science now supports the idea of using it for anxiety relief too! This post from Corpina evaluates if Ashwagandha is a perfect cure for anxiety.
Do you suffer from anxiety? Having some from time to time is natural. When it gets to the point that it is affecting your day to day life, however, you might need to take action to correct it.
There are plenty of effective strategies for coping. Whenever I hear of a new one, I like to try it out and see how it works with me. One that has recently caught on with me is taking ashwagandha for anxiety.