Your Whole Health: Lessening Headaches Naturally

April 23, 2019 -- Vitamin deficiency, dehydration, inflammation and stress can all lead to one thing: headaches. These tips from Professor Kristina Petrocco-Napuli, DC, MS, FICC can help naturally lessen the intensity of headaches without the use of painkillers. As a reminder, Dr. Petrocco-Napuli says it is always best to discuss the use of vitamins and supplements with your doctor to ensure no negative interactions with other medications or health conditions.

  • Find your B Vitamins. Sudden, frequent headaches can be a sign of a vitamin B deficiency, specifically B6, B12 and B9, also known as folate. Consuming foods that are rich in Vitamin B like wild salmon, leafy greens, eggs and sunflower seeds can counteract these types of headaches. A vitamin B supplement is another treatment option. 
  • Drink up. Many Americans drink lots of caffeinated beverages and do not focus enough on water intake, which can contribute to headaches and dehydration. This is especially true as we move in to the warmer months. Your water intake should equal half your body weight in ounces, and if you exercise a lot or are in a hot environment, you may require more than that. If you don’t like drinking plain water, infuse it with fruits like antioxidant-rich blueberries or lemon, which provide a boost of vitamin C. 
  • Get moving. Stretching the musculature of the back and neck and finding ways to decompress can greatly decrease tension and stress headaches. Yoga and massage therapy are two great low-impact options. Receiving care from a chiropractor may also help with muscle tension and pain in your neck and spine.
  • Decrease stress. Finding time to decompress every day can not only help lessen headaches, but it can also be greatly beneficial for your mental health. Take a few minutes each day to sit quietly or participate in a calming activity.
  • Try a ginger tea. For many years ginger has been used in cooking as a natural remedy for nausea, diarrhea and upset stomachs and to assist with digestion. It also has been used to calm headaches because the main compound in ginger—gingerol—has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Try the tea recipe below.

Fresh Ginger Root Tea:

·       1 teaspoon of freshly grated or finely chopped ginger root

·       1 cup of boiling water

·       Honey (optional)

·       Lemon (optional)

·       Directions: Peel the ginger root and grate or slice finely. Place the ginger in a tea infuser. Allow the ginger to steep for 5-10 minutes. Remove the ginger. Optional: Add honey or lemon to taste. 



Logan Research Earns Award at ACC-RAC Conference

April 18, 2019 -- Congratulations to Patrick Battaglia, DC (2012), DACBR, clinician and assistant professor, who along with Ahmad Abdella, DC (2018), received an award for a research paper presented at the Association of Chiropractic College’s 26th Educational Conference and Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC) in Baltimore, Maryland, last month.

Sponsored by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, the award recognized the paper, “Demographics of patients referred for chiropractic care within one Federally Qualified Health Center.” It was among 14 presentations and seven poster presentations from Logan that were featured at this year’s ACC-RAC.  

   

Dr. Lev Furman Featured in The Leader Magazine

April 12, 2019 -- Logan alumnus Lev Furman, DC (2013) recently penned an article for The Leader Magazine, the official magazine of the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants Association (VPPPA).

His article talks about non-pharmacological alternatives to chronic pain amidst the opioid crisis, while other articles in the issue discuss substance abuse, legalizing marijuana and how it has impacted workplace safety.

Last year, Dr. Furman was invited to speak on a similar topic at VPPPA’s National Safety Symposium. He was the only Doctor of Chiropractic speaker.

“Most people think of work-related injuries when it comes to safety, but the VPPPA stresses the importance of talking about issues, such as workplace wellness and mental health, which is where my topic had relevance,” Dr. Furman said.

Dr. Furman has experience in treating patients who used chiropractic, acupuncture and physical therapy to combat chronic pain opposed to taking pills. He said telling those stories during the VPPPA’s Symposium struck a chord with many attendees.

“I had people coming up to me afterwards, saying how they lost a brother or sister to opioids,” he said. “I really didn’t expect to hear that.”  The attendees were thankful that this topic is starting to be talked about and not kept silent.

Dr. Furman hopes to continue bringing more awareness of chiropractic care, especially as an option for chronic pain. 


Logan Grad Dr. Holly Tucker Appointed to WFC Council

April 5, 2019 -- Holly Tucker, DC, MPH, CHES, FASA, a chiropractor dedicated to making an impact in the health care system, was recently appointed to the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Council. 

Dr. Tucker traveled to Berlin, Germany, in March for the biennial Congress meeting, where she spent eight days with other council members attending meetings under the WFC’s “EPIC” theme (evidence-based, people-centered, interprofessional and collaborative). 

“Every discussion was so compelling. There are 13 Council members, from all over the globe, which allowed each conversation to have a unique perspective,” Dr. Tucker said. “Chiropractic care is so diverse across different parts of the world, so hearing positions and opinions on a variety of situations served as a great learning experience.”

In addition, the council members discussed the role of WFC in advancing the profession forward, while supporting and empowering chiropractors around the world. The Council worked behind the scenes by drafting new bylaws, strategic plan implementation and listened to special programs and presenters.

After the Council meeting, representatives from every country joined them to attend the General Assembly. WFC members gave reports about the current state of chiropractic care in their region. Congress, the educational portion, in conjunction with the European Chiropractors’ Union (ECU) Convention, consisted of continuing education keynote speeches, breakout sessions and research presentations.  

“This year, the WFC focused the event much more on research-based presentations,” Dr. Tucker explained. “This event is becoming the premier place to present chiropractic research, and a place for greater collaboration to translate this knowledge into practice. I think this will involve the clinical community on a much greater level than ever before.”

Dr. Tucker is very passionate about engaging with other members of the chiropractic community. She is involved in almost a dozen different organizations and being an active member of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is what led her to this prestigious WFC appointment.

She plans to further educate ACA and Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA) members about the WFC by developing informational content and utilizing speaking opportunities. 

“I want to get students more involved by showing them all they can do and how they can use their knowledge to really make a difference in the world of the chiropractic profession after they graduate,” said Dr. Tucker. 

   

“Journey in Chiropractic” Offers Practice Perspective

April 1, 2019 -- Logan students got a glimpse into life as a chiropractor during a “Journey in Chiropractic” program last Tuesday organized by the Women’s Leadership Council and Logan’s Diversity Committee.

Dayna Moore, DC (2011), Suzanne Seekins, DC (1990) and Tiffany Daniels, DC, MCS-P, fielded questions regarding what they love about chiropractic, challenges they’ve faced in practice and things they wished they knew when they were a student.

“The best choice I ever made was to become a chiropractor,” said Dr. Seekins, who has been practicing for 29 years. Dr. Seekins works in a group practice alongside other chiropractors and massage therapists serving patients living in the Naples, Florida, area. She said the collaborative environment allows her to rely on her colleagues for expertise, scheduling needs and support.  

Dr. Daniels, a solo practitioner in Lexington, Kentucky, said she has a great deal of appreciation for her associateship. “The chiropractor I worked with taught me so much and pushed me to become an independent contractor,” she said.

Dr. Moore, who practices in Atlanta, Georgia, encouraged students to find what resonates with them, whether it’s wanting to work in a specific location or treating a certain demographic.

They all agreed that when it comes to chiropractic, the profession as a whole must do a better job in educating the public. “Even as far as we have come, communication continues to be a struggle,” said Dr. Daniels. “But the tides are turning, and I believe a better day is coming.”

Dr. Moore agreed, saying that people still don’t know that chiropractic can be used to help treat conditions related to pregnancy and diabetes. “It’s always a struggle and something that needs to be pushed to the forefront. I intentionally do a lot of education with my patients and their families to combat that.”

Dr. Seekins said there’s a perception among patients that because you are the doctor, you must have all the answers. “Dr. Joseph Unger taught me that you don’t have to know it all. You can say, ‘I’ll get back to you on that, and that really empowered me,” she said.

The chiropractors left students with advice and tips for their student career and beyond:

§  Pay attention in class.

§  Don’t forget about your passions outside of chiropractic. Find an outlet to maintain your balance.

§  Keep notes and save all your books.

§  Don’t forget your roots; treat the whole body. 



Pictured left to right: Dr. Dayna Moore, Dr. Tiffany Daniels and Dr. Suzanne Seekins

Logan’s Bachelor of Science in Human Biology Once Again Ranked as One of Best in U.S.

March 29, 2019 -- Logan University’s Bachelor of Science in Human Biology program was recognized by BestColleges.com as one of the best online bachelor’s in biology programs in the United States for 2018, ranking No. 5 among all others.

BestColleges.com uses a methodology grounded in statistical data and consistently applied guiding principles, including academic quality, affordability, and online competency. The rankings reflect the most recent data available from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and College Navigator, both of which are hosted by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Additionally, a survey was sent to 90 universities last summer and recorded responses to questions regarding the online bachelor’s programs offered during the 2017-2018 academic school year. BestColleges.com then incorporated six additional ranking factors to ensure relevant ranking methodologies.

Additionally, last fall, Logan’s Bachelor of Science in Human Biology was recognized by AffordableCollegesOnline.org, ranking No. 3.

Interested in Logan’s Bachelor of Science in Human Biology degree program or a career in health sciences? Complete an online inquiry form, and an Admissions Coordinator will be in touch with you.


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