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November Newsletter - Dr. Pat's Top 10 Supplements

Dietary supplements are a hot topic. Some people feel as though they could not live without them. Others feel as though supplements are a money grabbing hoax.   There are people who believe that the FDA should control supplements, just as they control medications. There is always a bill in Congress to put supplements under the control of the FDA, but there are always congress people who fight valiantly to keep supplements away from the FDA. Consumer Reports writes articles urging people to consult with their family doctor before taking any supplements. Other magazines urge people to take any number of supplements based on their age, or their symptoms. So, what is the truth? As always, the truth is somewhere in the middle. I ask myself, why would I want the FDA to be in control of supplements? After all, they do such a poor job of monitoring prescription medications that people...
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Effects of Yoga Versus Walking on Mood

A recent article in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine reported on a study put in place to help determine if the changes in mood, anxiety and GABA levels are specific to yoga or related to physical activity. Yoga and exercise have beneficial effects on mood and anxiety. The practice of yoga postures is associated with increased brain GABA levels. GABA levels are found to be reduced in mood and anxiety disorders. In this study, healthy subjects with no significant medical/psychiatric disorders were randomized to yoga or a metabolically matched walking intervention for 60 minutes, 3 times a week for 12 weeks. Mood and anxiety scales were taken at weeks 0,4,8,12 and before each a magnetic spectroscopy exam was performed to measure GABA levels. The yoga subjects reported greater improvement in mood and greater decreases in anxiety than the walking group. There were positive correlations between improved mood and decreased...
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Improvement in a Child with Pervasive Developmental Disorder Undergoing Chiropractic Care

A recent article in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health reported on a three-year old boy diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) who underwent chiropractic care over the course of 5 months. Following the introduction of chiropractic care and lifestyle changes, this child experienced an improvement in his quality of life. Spokane-based Dr. Pat Dougherty, D.C., who regularly monitors health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications, was not surprised by these findings. “Studies of a similar nature have been conducted previously with similar outcomes,” said Dr. Dougherty, “but more research into the role of chiropractic and lifestyle changes are called for in this population of children.” Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) is an Autism Spectrum Disorder that is a developmental condition with no known etiology. Parents usually become suspicious of their child’s behavior around 18 months of age when regression of certain behaviors and actions begin. The diagnosis...
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Reduction in Symptoms Related to Parkinson’s Disease with Subluxation

A recent article in Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research reported on a case study that documented the positive effects of chiropractic adjustments on 67 year-old female with Parkinson’s disease. A 67 year-old female presented to a private chiropractic practice with an atlas subluxation complex as well as signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, including weakness, tremors, scoliosis and rigidity. “Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neuro-degenerative disease,” said Dr. Dougherty Spokane-based, D.C., who follows health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications, “and it is estimated that one million Americans live with Parkinson’s and approximately sixty thousand new cases are diagnosed each year. Currently, there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease.” The patient reported symptoms began 5 years prior to starting care and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s shortly after the symptoms began. The patient also stated that she had a history of migraine headaches, nervousness, right shoulder pain, vertigo, constipation,...
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Short-Term Enhancement of Creative Thinking following a Chiropractic Adjustment

A recent article in the Chiropractic Journal of Australia reported on a pilot study involving the responses of ten subjects to a single chiropractic adjustment and how it affected their creative thinking. Creativity is the ability to generate ideas, “…both novel and useful (or influential) to a particular social setting.” Interview responses of the subjects post-adjustment indicated 7 of the subjects elicited new directions in a real-world creative tasks and six of the subjects reported renewed energy towards a creative project as well as improvement in their performance on the alternate uses test.  Spokane -based Dr. Pat Dougherty, D.C., explains that “The procedure for the alternative uses test is to write down as many uses for an object as possible during a ten minute period.”  “For example, naming all the different ways you could use a newspaper was one of the questions used, as was naming all the different ways you could use...
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