Autumn has arrived in Jefferson Georgia and we’re headed toward the busy end-of-year holiday season. It’s a good time to plan ahead to stay healthy during the coming winter months.
This month’s issue shares another recent study on the benefits massage offers you, as well as a couple of new diet-related studies that you should find interesting.
In your quest to have a happy, healthy life, many factors come into play. The better informed you are in these areas, the easier it should be for you to support your health goals.
Massage is a marvelous way to strengthen all your other personal efforts, helping you to improve your immune function, as well as the overall performance of all your body’s intricate systems. Give yourself the gift of better health and happiness with your next relaxing massage. See you soon!
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Massage Relieves Migraine
Massage therapy is effective at relieving migraine, according to newly completed research that looked at both precipitating and relieving factors for migraine and tension-type headache.
For this cross-sectional study, investigators set out to determine the differences of precipitating and relieving factors between migraine and tension-type headache. They reviewed the records of 250 migraine patients and 250 patients diagnosed as tension type headache, according to an
abstract published on www.pubmed.gov.
Among the results:
• Precipitating factors, including stress, anxiety, activity, journeying, reading, and exposure to cold and warm temperatures were common to both migraine and tension-type headache.
• Significant difference was demonstrated regarding some precipitating factors, which were common to migraine sufferers alone, and included fatigue, sleep deprivation, sunlight and food sensitivity.
• Sleep, rest and changes in posture were used by both groups to relieve pain.
• Analgesic drugs and massage therapy were both found to have the greatest pain-relieving effect on migraine.
"Precipitating and relieving factors of migraine versus tension type headache" was published in BMC Neurology and conducted by investigators at Dhaka Medical College, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Do antibiotics cause obesity?
Farmers have long fattened up their cows, pigs, and chickens by feeding them antibiotics. Now, two new studies suggest that antibiotics may have a similar effect on people—most likely by changing the types of bacteria that live in their guts. New York University researchers analyzed the medical records of 11,500 young children and found that those who had received antibiotics before they were 6 months old were 22 percent more likely to be overweight by age 3 than those who hadn’t. The researchers also found that mice given antibiotics put on up to 15 percent more body fat than those who weren’t, and that the types of bacteria flourishing in their guts changed. Scientists are just beginning to understand how our gut bacteria affect our digestion, immune systems, and even mental health. Shifts in gut flora have previously been linked to cancer, autism, and heart disease, and “can lead to over-absorption of calories and obesity,” study author Leonardo Trasande tells ABCNews.com. He and his colleagues are now trying to determine whether the small quantities of antibiotics people ingest when they eat drug-fed livestock have any effect on human gut flora and weight.
–The Week Vol. 12 Iss. 583
To eat less, slow down
Want to eat less? Dim the lights, play some soft music, and put some candles and flowers on the table. That’s what researchers from Cornell University did at a Hardee’s fast-food restaurant to test how environment affects our eating habits. The scientists revamped the usually garish and loud dining area to feature window shades, table cloths, candlelight, plants, and soft jazz, and found that patrons who ate there left 18 percent more food on their plates—about 175 calories’ worth—than patrons who dined in the traditional Hardee’s setting, even though both groups ordered the
same amount of food. The explanation is simple, study author Brian Wansink tells Reuters.com: People responded to the calmer, more relaxed setting by eating 5 percent slower, as they chatted more and chewed at a more leisurely pace. These patrons also reported feeling & quot;more satisfied and happier" than those who wolfed down more food more quickly.
–The Week Vol. 12 Iss. 584
Get the Most from Your Massage Sessions!
Here are some suggestions from the American Massage Therapy Association on how to get the most from each massage:
• Don’t eat immediately before your appointment.
• Be on time. If you arrive in a rush, it will take longer to get to a relaxed state.
• Report any discomfort during the session, whether it’s from the massage or related to the
environment, e.g., room temperature or lighting.
• Quiet your mind by focusing on how the therapist’s touch feels.
• Don’t get off the table too quickly after the massage if you’re dizzy.
• Drink extra water after a session.
Massage releases waste products and toxins from your muscles. Increasing your fluid intake lowers this toxicity and lessens the strain on filtering organs.
• Allow for some open, quiet time after your massage.
When you can think of yesterday without regret and tomorrow without fear, you are near contentment.
— Author Unknown
See you next month friends and family of whisper massage!
The content of this letter is not intended to replace professional medical advice. If you’re ill, please consult a physician.