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By drkollias@sheldonroadchiropractic.com
October 24, 2012
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Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is the most commonly used supplement of all the recommended daily vitamins, and it’s no wonder.  In the 1970s Nobel Prize-winning chemist Linus Pauling promoted the idea that mega-doses of vitamin C could be used for a number of health benefits, including prevention of the common cold.  This possibility naturally had very wide appeal, since a great many people suffer through a cold on a semi-regular basis.  We’re particularly vulnerable during the winter months, when we’re stuck indoors with other people who have been infected with the cold virus.

Pauling also promoted the idea that high doses of vitamin C could be effective in treating heart disease and in reducing the risk of infection and cancer.  However, since Pauling’s death in 1994 there has been some controversy as to whether high doses of vitamin C really have a positive effect on the immune system.

Scientists do agree that the regular intake of moderate doses of vitamin C (equal to about 200 mg per day) can lessen the severity and shorten the duration of the common cold.  However, they also agree that vitamin C does not generally lower the likelihood of being infected by the cold virus.  There is a notable exception for one part of the population, though.  It has been shown that vitamin C does cut the incidence of colds in half for people involved in intensive physical activities, such as professional skiers and marathon runners.

What about the idea of mega-doses?  A study conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) concluded that any vitamin C taken in excess of saturation (that is, beyond the point where the body can absorb and make use of it) is essentially useless and ends up being excreted in the urine.  However, it’s also worth mentioning that all mainstream research on vitamin C had been undertaken using small to moderate doses.

Drs. Steve Hickey and Hilary Roberts decided to investigate the issue further and examined the NIH study in detail as well as clinical reports and independent scientific reports covering a 50-year period.  In their analysis, they found evidence for the usefulness of vitamin C in boosting the immune system and in treating cancer and heart disease.  They also questioned the validity of the NIH findings, noting that the NIH measured levels of vitamin C only in the blood and in white blood cells, which are the cells that are first in line to absorb vitamin C in the body.  Hickey and Roberts suggest that the NIH did not take into account how the other cells in the body utilize vitamin C, especially given the large amount of clinical evidence as to its effectiveness.

Since vitamin C is found abundantly in a wide range of fruits and vegetables and is inexpensive to manufacture, the pharmaceutical companies do not have great interest in paying for large-scale studies on the effect of large doses of vitamin C.  Vitamin C has been demonstrated to increase the production of antibodies and white blood cells and to increase levels of interferon, a substance that helps protect cells from invasion from viruses.  Its antioxidant activity aids in keeping cells healthy so they are better able to guard against disease.

If you are interested in exploring the benefits of vitamin C, it can be found in greatest amounts in citrus fruit, bell peppers (particularly the red peppers), strawberries, broccoli and green leafy vegetables

Supplements are widely available ways in which people choose to maintain a healthy diet. Our Tampa Chiropractors specify that often times when we take vitamin C we are not taking the complex vitamin C; we usually are only obtaining a single or partial component of this supplement. Our Tampa Doctors suggest taking the certified organic & whole food source of vitamin C, called Cataplex C. It is recommended to take two tablets (17mg each, 25% daily value), twice daily with meals. This product has many positive health benefits, including the following:
 

-Supports immune function

-Maintains healthy muscle and skeletal function  

-Keeps heart healthy

-Provides strong antioxidant protection

-Aids in protein metabolism
 

For more information about this important supplement please click the following link:   Cataplex C.



Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy
10930 Sheldon Road
Tampa, FL 33626
813.884.1457
www.sheldonroadchiropractic.com 


By drkollias@sheldonroadchiropractic.com
October 24, 2012
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L. Johnson is our free 1 hour massage winner at Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy in Tampa!!!!! Congratulations Ms. Johnson just call the office at 813-884-1457 to schedule or get a gift certificate. 

Good luck to all our participants for our next drawing on Novemeber 15th, just make sure you "Like" us on Facebook by clicking the following link:  Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy on Facebook.




Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy
10930 Sheldon Road
Tampa, FL 33626
813.884.1457
www.sheldonroadchiropractic.com 


By drkollias@sheldonroadchiropractic.com
October 22, 2012
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Degenerative disc disease is misnomer, because it’s not really a disease. It is a term that refers to the normal changes in the spine as we age. In particular, it refers to the deterioration of our spinal discs, which are the soft, cushiony discs between our bony vertebrae.

Spinal discs are like shock absorbers, in that they separate the bones and allow the spine to bend, twist, and flex. Degenerative disc disease usually occurs in the lumbar region of the spine (lower back) and the cervical region (neck). It results in:

      1) The breakdown of cartilage, also known as osteoarthritis                        
      2) The bulging of discs, also known as disc herniation, and                        
      3) The narrowing of the spinal canal, also known as spinal stenosis 

These conditions can lead to pain and nerve problems, due to pressure on the
nerves and spinal cord.

The cause of degenerative disc disease is aging. Aging leads to a loss of fluid in the discs, making them more brittle and less flexible. They also become thinner, which brings the vertebrae closer together. In addition, small cracks or tears in the discs may cause leakage of the jellylike material inside. This causes bulging, breaking, or fragmenting of the discs.

Degenerative disc disease does not affect everyone the same way and at the same rate. It is usually worse among smokers and those who do heavy physical labor that taxes the spine. People who are overweight and obese tend to have worse symptoms as well. A sudden injury can also initiate the process of deterioration.

When the discs between the vertebrae get thinner, there is less cushion for the spine and it loses stability. In response, the body generates bone spurs, also known as osteophytes, which can cause pain due to pressure on the spinal nerves. The pain may be felt in the back or the neck, depending on the person and the location of the degeneration. Discs that are affected in the neck region can lead to pain in the arms or neck, while affected discs in the lumbar or lower region can lead to leg, back, or buttock pain.

Our Tampa chiropractors can diagnose degenerative disc disease through the use of a physical examination and a medical history. He or she will look for areas of tenderness, range of motion, pain, numbness, reflexes, and any additional conditions such as fractures or infections.

Sheldon Road Chiropractic may use Digital X-ray imaging for detecting advanced degenerative disc disease.

Treatment usually includes ice or heat, massage, rest and anti-inflammatory medication as needed. Stretches and physical therapy modalities are often recommended. In many cases Spinal Decompression with the DRX9000 is recommended to heal disc related conditions such as degenerative disc disease (as well as bulging disc, herniated disc, sciatica, spinal stenosis). In very severe cases, surgery may be recommended.  Consul   C 

Consult with our Chiropractors at Sheldon Road Chiropractic and Massage Therapy in Tampa to determine how to treat your specific situation with the best chiropractic care.


 

Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy
10930 Sheldon Road
Tampa, FL 33626
813.884.1457

www.sheldonroadchiropractic.com

  


By drkollias@sheldonroadchiropractic.com
October 15, 2012
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Congratulations to Sheldon Road Chiropractic's massage therapist Jan Thompson for taking 4th place in the Sprint National Triathlon Championship!!

She now qualifies for the team going to London. Way to go Jan we knew you could do it!

 

Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy
10930 Sheldon Road
Tampa, FL 33626
813-884-1457

www.sheldonroadchiropractic.com


By drkollias@sheldonroadchiropractic.com
October 05, 2012
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We found an intetesting article we wanted to share with you:

Meningitis outbreak in spreads to five states, four dead and twenty-six infected .

Nashville, TN, United States (4E) – A non-contagious meningitis traced to epidural steroid injections has reportedly spread to five states, four victims have died and another 30 sick, and the number of affected individual is expected to increase.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that five additional cases were reported in Tennessee, there are now 18 total number of cases in that state. o people have died in Tennessee, one in Virginia and one in Maryland and there were three cases recorded in Virginia, two each in Florida and Maryland and one in North Carolina.

Two people have died in Tennessee, one in Virginia and one in Maryland and there were three cases recorded in Virginia, two each in Florida and Maryland and one in North Carolina.


 


Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy
10930 Sheldon Road
Tampa, FL 33626
813-884-1457

www.sheldonroadchiropractic.com