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DAILY HEALTH UPDATE Monday, December 13th, 2021

Health Alert: An Example of the Importance of Reading Product Labels Carefully. According to a new
report, confusion over labeling may have led bakers in Missouri and Rhode Island in 2018-19 to use non-edible
luster dust to add sparkle to their cake decorations, which contained potentially harmful levels of copper, lead,
and other metals. Emergency physician Dr. Robert Glatter writes, “From a public health standpoint, clear and
concise labeling indicating that nonedible products are not safe for human consumption is necessary to prevent
illness and unintentional metal-based poisonings.” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, October 2021
Diet: Eat a Big Breakfast and a Small Dinner? There’s an old saying: “Breakfast like a king; lunch like a
prince; dinner like a pauper.” A recent study found that there may be truth to this as researchers found that
individuals were less likely to gain weight if they consumed their largest meal earlier in the day and not in the
late afternoon or evening. Open Biology, October 2021
Exercise: Stretch! Among a group of 205 runners who completed a half marathon, twelve experienced anterior
knee pain immediately following the event. Further analysis showed that insufficient stretching of the hamstring
was the most common risk factor for anterior knee pain following the long-distance run.
Journal of Clinical and Orthopedics and Trauma, October 2021
Chiropractic: Low Back Pain Among Young Athletes. Questionnaires completed by 7,000 child and teen
athletes from a variety of sports revealed that 5% had low back pain with the greatest risk among 13- to14-yearolds, females, and basketball, handball, and volleyball players. The findings may assist in the development of
programs and strategies to prevent low back pain in youth athletic programs. Doctors of chiropractic are trained
to evaluate and treat young athletes who suffer from musculoskeletal pain, including low back pain.
Spine, September 2021
Mental Attitude: 1 in 16 Adults May Be Chronic Liars. Based on a study in which researchers monitored the
interactions of 630 adults over a three-month time frame, about 6% of adults tell six or more lies per day.
Communication Monographs, October 2021
Wellness/Prevention: Reducing Atrial Fibrillation Risk. The current research suggests the following to
reduce the risk for atrial fibrillation: reduce alcohol intake, engage in moderate-intensity exercise, limit
sedentary time, lose excess weight, stop smoking, and address obstructive sleep apnea and hypertension, if
present. American Journal of Cardiology, December 2021
Quote: “You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.” ~ Galileo
David Tejada, D.C.

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