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Pain Meds Under Scrutiny

From eNewsletter 12/7/2022

DID YOU KNOW that something may be just as important as getting your 10,000 steps per day? A study from JAMA Internal Medicine found that a more brisk pace when taking those steps provided an additional benefit. Key points of the study:

  • Every 2,000 steps lowered risk of premature death incrementally by 8 to 11 percent, up to approximately 10,000 steps a day.

  • Similar associations were seen for cardiovascular disease and cancer incidence.

  • A higher number of steps per day was associated with a lower risk of all-cause dementia.

  • 9,800 steps was the optimal dose linked to lower risk of dementia by 50 percent, however risk was reduced by 25 percent at as low as 3,800 steps a day.

  • Stepping intensity or a faster pace showed beneficial associations for all outcomes (dementia, heart disease, cancer and death) over and above total daily steps.

Announcements Services Update

Holiday Gift of Wellness As we approach the holiday season, there is no better way to show how much you love your family and pets or appreciate your friends and coworkers by giving them the gift of wellness. Consultation gift cards and supplement care packages for humans and pets are just a few of the many examples of how to gift wellness. Pet Wellness We now have a dietary supplement line for dogs and cats! ThorneVet has an impeccable reputation among veterinarians. To order from our wellness shop, please visit here (for prices, enter the Guest Area password: discount2018). Carolyn Martinelli a.k.a. "Coach Care" will be available to answer your questions about ThorneVet pet supplements at Please leave detailed contact information as well as the name, age, sex, breed, and/or health issue(s) and med(s) of your pet so Carolyn can respond accordingly.

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US Postal Service Holiday Shipping Rate Increase For the second consecutive year, the US Postal Service will be temporarily raising their shipping rates from October 2 until January 22, 2023. For the second consecutive year, we will NOT be temporarily increasing your holiday shipping rates. They will be staying at the current pricing :)

Infection Support

Prevention ur During Infection COVID-19 is endemic, meaning it is here to stay. Moreover, we are exposed to many other endemic viruses including influenza (flu), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), norovirus (stomach flu), adenovirus (common cold), monkeypox, and four other coronaviruses (common cold), among others. Support your immune system year-round with our Free Prevent and Fight Viruses 2.0 Protocol here. Long COVID 25 to 40% of COVID patients develop Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC) or "Long COVID". If you, a family member, friend, coworker, or neighbor are suffering from PASC, schedule an appointment with Steve or purchase our self-help Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Action Plan 3.0 (password: discount2018). COVID-19 Vaccines Our opinion can be found at this link and is continually updated.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky

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  • Pain Meds Under Scrutiny

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  • Chiro Corner NEW!

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Pain Meds Under Scrutiny

Steve: Pain relievers have come under increased scrutiny as of late. Just recently, research linked non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen to increased risk of tinnitus. Government officials have also just recently pulled back from widespread aspirin prophylaxis and now just suggest it for individuals in very specific risk categories. Two new studies add more fuel to the fire. NSAIDs Taking anti-inflammatory pain relievers like ibuprofen, naproxen, and acetaminophen for osteoarthritis may worsen inflammation in the knee joint over time, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. While NSAIDs are often the first-line therapy for osteoarthritis, there is no long-term data. According to the lead author, “to date, no curative therapy has been approved to cure or reduce the progression of knee osteoarthritis. The impact of NSAIDs on synovitis, or the inflammation of the membrane lining the joint, has never been analyzed.” Until this study, of course. The results showed no long-term benefit of NSAID use. Joint inflammation and cartilage quality were worse at baseline in the participants taking NSAIDs, compared to the control group, and worsened at four-year follow-up. The authors go on to say that patients who have osteoarthritis and are taking pain-relieving medications may be physically more active due to pain relief masking the issue, which potentially leads to worsening of the condition. Aspirin A study earlier this month in JAMA Internal Medicine purports that low-dose aspirin failed to reduce the risk of fractures while increasing the risk of serious falls, adding to evidence that aspirin provides little favorable anti-inflammatory benefit in older adults. New Approach to Osteoarthritis First-line therapies for osteoarthritis should now include individualized dietary modification, stress management, physical activity that does not put aggressive force on painful areas, physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, and targeted supplementation, to name a few.


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