Seasonal Allergies and Exercise for Longevity


Exercise is widely considered to be the answer for weight loss, heart disease and diabetes prevention and overall health. When the topic of cancer comes up, exercise is not usually mentioned as a treatment or preventative tool. According to recent research, exercise can help lower your risk of cancer, help cancer patients recuperate at a faster rate and diminish your risk of cancer recurrence. Exercise can also help lower your risk of dementia. If you are a man in your middle age, exercising on a regular basis cut men’s risk of lung cancer by 55 percent, and bowel cancer by 44 percent. It also reduced their risk of dying from lung, bowel, and prostate cancer by nearly one-third. As we age, health concerns start to include the health of our brain. Diseases like Alzheimer’s and senile dementia are extremely prevalent in our society. In seniors who are at high risk of dementia, studies have shown that cognitive decline can be reduced with a comprehensive program addressing diet, exercise, brain training, and managing metabolic and vascular risk factors.

Thought for the Week: Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it. ~Plato

Chiropractic and Seasonal Allergies: Although chiropractic care is not normally thought of by the lay public for allergy relief or chronic sinus trouble, it offers a profound and medically sound method for improving well-being and fending against common, everyday afflictions. This is achieved through the release of stress on the nervous system, which then permits the immune system to function more effectively — a requirement for all allergy sufferers. In fact, recent research has demonstrated a distinct relationship between the two that entails the nervous system “tipping off’ white blood cells about the presence of all forms of bodily invaders. Chiropractic performs this task by correcting body malfunctions produced by vertebral subluxations, a common spinal distortion that puts stress on the nervous system. Freed of nervous system stress, the body can then work more effectively to neutralize allergy-causing chemicals, build healthy immune systems and energize malfunctioning defense mechanisms. In addition to the immune system facts, here it is in simpler terms. The nerves that control sinus function are located in the upper neck. If neck vertebra (the bones) are not in proper alignment, there is a resulting decrease in nerve flow to the sinuses which can then cause the sinuses not to function at 100%. This can lead to someone being more susceptible to their allergy symptoms. Correcting the spinal alignment, frees up the nerve flow and will help the sinuses do their job the way they are supposed to. In addition, chiropractors work directly, externally on the sinuses helping them to drain. Sinus massage and repetitive tapping on the sinuses with a technique called acupressure will help the sinuses drain.