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How to Reduce Chronic Pain and Covid-19 Risk with Acupuncture

How to Reduce Chronic Pain and Covid-19 Risk with Acupuncture

Presented by Dr. Jingduan Yang

Evidence has shown that acupuncture is effective in relieving chronic pain and improving overall health, especially the immune system. What makes acupuncture so effective, and how does it work?

Join us, and learn from medical experts how acupuncture can help you reduce pain and protect yourself from Covid-19. Get all your questions answered!

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How to Strengthen Your Immunity to Protect Against COVID-19 ​

How to Strengthen Your Immunity to Protect Against COVID-19 ​

Presented by Dr. Jingduan Yang

Your immune system is your natural defense against “invaders” (such as pathogens) and diseases. Amid the pandemic, what are some practical things you can do to boost your immunity to protect against the virus? Learn more about the immune system and COVID-19 from medical experts, and get your questions answered! Hosted by Northern Medical Center.

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Can Taking a Mineral Supplement Prevent Cardiovascular Disease?

Can Taking a Mineral Supplement Prevent Cardiovascular Disease?

By Qinyang Jiang

Have you ever wondered what you can do to prevent heart disease? 

Well … you could certainly focus on healthy habits, like getting regular exercise, managing your blood pressure, controlling your cholesterol levels, getting a good night’s rest, and eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. 

While these are all great habits to develop, you can support your efforts with one extra step, by increasing your magnesium! 

This small—yet mighty—macromineral, is essential to protect the body from heart disease. 

Studies show that individuals who don’t consume enough magnesium are at higher risk for cardiovascular-related diseases such as hypertension, stroke, and coronary artery calcification (CAC), which refers to a buildup of calcium in the arteries. 

In one study involving 34,553 subjects, researchers found a correlation between magnesium and heart disease. What they found is that low magnesium consumption was significantly correlated with the development of CAC, a precursor to other adverse cardiovascular problems. 

Even in individuals who had minimal pre-existing risk for heart disease, low magnesium levels were a risk for CAC.

Statistics show that more than 50 percent of Americans are not meeting their recommended daily intake for magnesium, and experts say they would benefit from doing so. 

An increase in dietary magnesium can prevent calcification of the arteries and avert more serious heart complications. 

The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for magnesium intake in adults varies from person to person, but a general rule of thumb is 400 mg for men aged 19-30 years, and 310 mg for women aged 19-30 years. 

The RDA varies based on age and health status, and especially among women. Pregnancy also affects the recommended intake.

To ensure your daily magnesium intake, there are a variety of whole foods you can choose from! 

Rich sources of magnesium are found in green leafy vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, seafood, and legumes, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

Just 1 ounce of pumpkin seed kernels can provide around 150-160 mg of magnesium. That’s half of the recommended daily intake for females! 

Spinach is another wonderful source, coming in at an average of 150-160 mg per 1 cup of cooked spinach (approximately 38% RDA for males and 50% RDA for females.)

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How to Reduce Chronic Pain and Covid-19 Risk with Acupuncture

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBAoeYOY0oM Evidence has shown that acupuncture is effective in relieving chronic pain and improving overall health, especially the immune system. What makes acupuncture so effective, and how does it work? Join us, and learn from medical experts how acupuncture can help you reduce pain and protect

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How to Strengthen Your Immunity to Protect Against COVID-19

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H. Pylori Causes Ulcers, But Also Heart Problems?

An estimated 60 percent of the global human population carries a bacterium known as helicobacter pylori.  In the microscopic world, this microorganism is a common type of bacteria that proliferates in the digestive tract, with two out of every three people having it in their system. 

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H. Pylori Causes Ulcers, But Also Heart Problems?

H. Pylori Causes Ulcers, But Also Heart Problems?

By Qinyang Jiang

An estimated 60 percent of the global human population carries a bacterium known as helicobacter pylori. 

In the microscopic world, this microorganism is a common type of bacteria that proliferates in the digestive tract, with two out of every three people having it in their system. 

It is common all over the world and is oftentimes undetected. However, when it begins to infect your gastrointestinal tract, it gives rise to abdominal pain, peptic ulcers, bloating, heartburn, and gastric inflammation, just to name a few. [1]

By any standard, it is a pesky bacteria. However, in addition to all the trouble it brings, there is one more symptom to add to the list: atrial fibrillation. 

So, you may be wondering, what exactly is atrial fibrillation?

According to the American Heart Association, atrial fibrillation is a quivering heartbeat. This happens when the upper chambers of the heart don’t beat normally, affecting blood circulation in the body. 

Atrial fibrillation is a precursor to blood clots, strokes, heart failure, and serious cardiovascular complications. [2]

This brings us back to H. pylori. 

A 2005 study found that patients with atrial fibrillation were 20 times more likely to test positive for H. pylori when compared to those without atrial fibrillation. 

To put it plainly, H. pylori has been linked to an increased risk of cardiac rhythmic disorders. And it is a highly significant association. [3]

To reduce the risk of getting an H. pylori infection, be sure to maintain healthy hygiene habits to prevent transmission. That includes:

  • Frequently washing hands with soap and water
  • Drinking clean, uncontaminated food and water
  • Cooking food thoroughly

If you are concerned that you might have H. pylori, the most common ways to verify an infection are a breath test or a stool test. Both tests are non-invasive, and you can get your results immediately at a doctor’s office. 

Under the circumstances that H. pylori is confirmed, infections are usually treatable with antibiotics. It is imperative to follow the medication treatment plan as per your doctor’s instructions to maximize recovery without additional complications.

Sources:

  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/helicobacter-pylori#complications
  2. https://www.healthline.com/health/helicobacter-pylori
  3. https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/atrial-fibrillation/what-is-atrial-fibrillation-afib-or-af
  4. https://www.functionalmedicineuniversity.com/public/1106.cfm
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