"If you aren't seeing a chiropractor, you must be on drugs."

October 03, 2006 [Volume 7, Issue 21]

In this issue of To Your Health:

  • Survey Shows Fad Diets Not the Fad
  • Red Palm Oil Helps Fight Vitamin A Deficiency
  • Insomniacs Have Alternative Choices

Survey Shows Fad Diets Not the Fad

South Beach, Atkins, and every other diet on the market these days may be out with the old, according to a recent national survey by America on the Move, a national non-profit organization that encourages improved health and quality of life by promoting a healthy diet and an active lifestyle.

A total of 2,339 U.S. adults, 18 and older, were polled concerning their efforts to lose weight/maintain a healthy weight and their opinions of a healthy diet and physical activity. The results of the survey showed that 69 percent of the respondents were less likely to try a fad diet today compared to five years ago. Sixty-six percent of the individuals had recently started a new activity, program or diet to lose weight or stay healthy. Overall, 71 percent understood the need for living healthy and eating right.

An active and healthy lifestyle is beneficial for work, play and family. For more information on how to benefit from changes in diet and which exercises are right for you, ask your chiropractor.

Fad Diets Less Popular Today Than Five Years Ago: America On the Move survey shows Americans ready for healthy alternatives to dieting; community involvement crucial to success. America On the Move. www.americaonthemove.org

Red Palm Oil Helps Fight Vitamin A Deficiency

When it comes to getting their daily supply of vitamins, children often miss out in the long run. Whether it's because of the morning rush to school or the lack of information their parents have on their benefits, kids aren't getting enough of these important nutritional supplements. In a year-long study of African school children, researchers discovered the benefits of adding red palm oil to the daily meals to help boost the vitamin A levels in the students.

Red palm oil has recently been promoted as a food supplement for vitamin A. In the study, each one of the young volunteers received 15 ml of red palm oil in their individual meals three times a week after taking a baseline reading of their deficiency levels. Other children were given a vitamin A supplement with their meals, while others received neither. Twelve months later, a second reading was taken. The children who ingested the meals with the red palm oil additive saw a 26 percent improvement in their deficiency levels, comparable to the 29 percent improvement for the children who took a vitamin A capsule.

As shown by the results, vitamins can come in many forms, not just the cartoon-shaped chewable we sometimes forget to give our kids. To find out more about the benefits of vitamins and their role in development in children ask your chiropractor.

Zeba A, Prevel Y, Some I, et al. The positive impact of red palm oil in school meals on vitamin A status: study in Burkina Faso. Nutrition Journal 2006, 5:17. www.nutritionj.com/content/5/1/17.

Insomniacs Have Alternative Choices

Tired of all the Lunesta and Ambient commercials keeping you up? Ads with glowing butterflies that are supposed to help you get a good night's rest, as long as you have a full eight hours to sleep and don't mind waking up groggy the next morning.

A recent study by the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) shows that over 1.6 million Americans use some form of complementary or alternative treatment to help with insomnia. Some of the more commonly used therapies included dietary supplements such as melatonin and valerian, meditation, acupuncture and yoga.

If you are having trouble sleeping at night and want to stay clear of the all the new sleep aides on the market, be sure to ask your chiropractor about other options that are available.

Pearson N, Johnson L, Nahin R. Insomnia, Trouble Sleeping, and Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Analysis of the 2002 National Health Interview Survey Data. Archives of Internal Medicine, 2006;166:1775-1782.