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Shadelands Chiropractic

2815 Mitchell Dr, #101
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
(925) 930-9522

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Joseph A. Baratta, DC

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Weekly Health Update

Week of: Monday, December 4th, 2017
Courtesy of: Joseph Baratta, D.C.

Mental Attitude: Sleep Apnea May Increase Alzheimer’s Risk.
Past research has linked the accumulation of amyloid plaque in the brain with the development of Alzheimer’s disease. In this study, researchers analyzed spinal fluid samples from 208 older men and women without dementia and found signs that indicated the presence of brain plaque in the samples taken from those with sleep apnea. This concerns researchers, as some estimates indicate that half of the elderly population suffers from sleep apnea of varying severity. The findings suggest that treating sleep apnea could help reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, November 2017

Health Alert: Waiting Just a Month to Remove Melanoma Can Be Deadly.
An analysis of data regarding over 153,000 adults found that postponing surgical treatment for more than 29 days led to lower survival rates for those diagnosed with stage 1 melanoma. Researcher Dr. Brian Gastman writes, “We saw significantly worse prognoses and outcomes for those surgically treated after 30 days of stage I melanoma diagnosis. Knowing for certain that a more expedient time to surgery to remove an early melanoma improves the chances of survival is a game-changer in treating this life-threatening skin cancer.”
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, October 2017

Diet: Certain Foods May Help Reduce Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain.
According to a new report in the Frontiers of Nutrition, foods such as pomegranates, dried plums, whole grains, ginger, turmeric, and olive oil appear to reduce inflammation, which may benefit patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Frontiers in Nutrition, November 2017

Exercise: Is Biking to Work as Effective as Leisure Time Exercise?
In this study, researchers assigned 130 overweight people to one of four groups: a cycling group, a moderate-intensity leisure-time exercise group, a high-intensity leisure-time exercise group, and a control group that did not exercise. The cycling group rode an average of 8.7 miles (14 kg) per day, the high-intensity group exercised about 35 minutes per day, and the moderate-intensity group exercised for around 55 minutes a day. After six months, the researchers calculated that the total energy expenditure was the same in all three exercise groups and all exercise participants lost between 9-10 lbs (4.08-4.53 kg). The findings suggest the riding a bike to work would be a time-effective solution to lose weight and become more physically active.
International Journal of Obesity, October 2017

Chiropractic: On-Site Chiropractic Care Could Benefit Employers.
A recent report explored the benefits of employing a chiropractor part-time to provide on-site wellness care for one day each week. The investigators found that employees who utilized on-site chiropractic care had work absenteeism rates lower than industry norms.
Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, September 2017

Wellness/Prevention: Reducing UV Radiation Exposure.
Excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a significant cause of skin cancer. To minimize exposure, the American Cancer Society suggests the following: stay in the shade during the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM when UV rays are the strongest; wear sunscreen when outside at all times; wear clothes that cover most of your skin; wear a wide brimmed hat to protect you head, neck, and face; and wear sunglasses that are designed block dangerous UV rays.
American Cancer Society, November 2017

Mental Attitude: Living in a Bad Neighborhood Linked to Cognitive Decline… 
After controlling for individual factors, French researchers report that older women living in deprived neighborhoods appear to have a 1.29-times greater risk for dementia and a 1.42-times increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease. 
Alzheimer’s & Dementia, November 2017

Health Alert: Vitamin D Deficiency Increases Alzheimer’s Risk. 
Poor vitamin D levels have been linked with a number of negative health outcomes. Now, a new study indicates that seniors with deficient vitamin D levels may have an elevated risk for Alzheimer’s disease. The study used data from the French Three-City Bordeaux study concerning 916 non-demented seniors whom researchers followed for twelve years. They found that participants who consistently had deficient vitamin D blood levels had a 2.85-times greater risk for Alzheimer’s disease than those who maintained adequate vitamin D levels. 
Alzheimer’s & Dementia, November 2017

Diet: A Healthier Diet Could Reduce Pancreatic Cancer Risk for Some Women. 
In this study, researchers advised over 46,000 overweight and obese women, aged 50 to 79, who normally consumed a high-fat diet to either eat less fat and more fruits, vegetables, and grains or continue their normal diet. Fifteen years later, they found the women who received education about eating a healthier diet had a 17% lower risk for developing pancreatic cancer than those who continued to maintain a high-fat diet. 
Journal of the National Cancer Institute, November 2017

Exercise: Walk Your Way to Fitness. 
According to experts from the Mayo Clinic, regular brisk walking can help one maintain a healthy weight; prevent or manage various chronic diseases, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes; strengthen bones and muscles; improve one’s mood; and improve one’s balance and coordination. They add that the faster, further, and more frequent you walk, the greater the benefits you can achieve. 
Mayo Clinic, November 2017

Chiropractic: Musculoskeletal Pain Is a Major Problem for Surgeons! 
An analysis of data provided by 312 surgeons found that neck pain was the most common musculoskeletal complaint among respondents, followed by neck pain (45.8%), back pain (42.3%), and shoulder pain (40.1%). The research team also identified these work-related risk factors for musculoskeletal pain among surgeons: time spent performing surgeries per week (>25 hours per week), duration of each surgery (> 3 hours), years spent as a surgeon (>10 years), and hours spent in a standing position each day (>4 hours). 
Applied Ergonomics, February 2018

Wellness/Prevention: Oral Cancer Signs & Symptoms. 
Oral cancer accounts for about 3% of all cancer cases each year and it is often diagnosed between the age of 55 and 64. According to the American Dental Association, oral cancer symptoms may include the following: a mouth sore or irritation that doesn’t resolve within three weeks; red or white patches; a lump, rough spot on usually smooth areas of the mouth; unexplained ear or throat trouble; and frequent hoarseness while talking. If you have these symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider. 
American Dental Association, November 2017




2815 MITCHELL DR., #101


(925) 930-9522



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'Chiropractic care is more than just making the pain disappear. It is about learning, understanding and taking care of your body to improve your quality of life.'

Dr. Joseph Baratta is one of the longest practicing chiropractors in Walnut Creek, California.  For 30 years, he has been helping patients of all ages live healthier, pain-free lives through his gentle therapeutic care, and is known for his compassionate and sincere bedside manner.

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Walnut Creek Chiropractor. Dr Joseph Baratta provides Back Pain, Auto Injury, Joint Pain, Headache, Neck Pain, Migraine, Shoulder Pain to the following locations: Concord, Pleasant Hill, Clayton, Martinez.