Reducing Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Reducing Your Risk of Breast Cancer by Dr. Steve Cho, Toronto and North York ChiropractorOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

With an average of 14 Canadian women dying from breast cancer every day and another 65 being diagnosed every day (the incidence rate in Canada has been rising steadily since the late 1980’s), increasing awareness, raising funds for research and providing those affected with the information and support they need has never been more important.

Thanks to improvements in screening, detection and treatment, the 5 year survival rate is 80% for men and 88% for women. Of course, is early detection is one of the most important factors and one of simplest things you can to assist with early detection is to become familiar with your own breasts (click here to learn how to perform a self-exam).

Knowing how your breasts look and feel will help you detect any changes early on. While, clearly, not all changes are indicative of cancer, if you do detect something that seems out of the ordinary, it’s worth having a conversation with your doctor. If you are over 40, you should be having a conversation with your doctor anyway about early detection techniques, including a possible mammogram. If you are over 50, you should actually be having a mammogram every two years.

Although the specific cause of breast cancer is unknown, there are also a few lifestyle choices you can make that will help reduce your risk of breast cancer. These include:

  1. limiting the amount of alcohol that you drink,
  2. controlling your weight,
  3. getting plenty of exercise and
  4. avoiding exposure to known carcinogens (e.g., smoking).
For more information about breast cancer, please speak with your doctor or visit the Breast Cancer Society of Canada. To learn more about making specific lifestyle changes to help reduce your risk, please don’t hesitate to call our clinic.

The #1 Nutrient You Are Missing!

Have you figured out what “nutrient” I’m referring to? The answer of course is water.

The #1 Nutrient You Are Missing - Dr. Steve Cho, North York Toronto Chiropractor

Before I talk about dehydration, here are a few more interesting statistics.

  • 5 glasses of water a day can decrease colon cancer by 45%!
  • 5 glasses of water a day can decrease bladder cancer by 50%!
  • Back pain can be eased in up to 80% of sufferers when they drink 8-10 glasses of water per day.
  • More than 70% of preschool children never drink plain water.
  • 5 glasses of water a day can decrease the chance of a fatal heart attack by 54%.
These are just a few interesting facts about water. There is not a drug in the world that can decrease your chance of a fatal heart attack by 54%. There is no medicine that will decrease your chance of bladder cancer by 50%. Yet, water can.

Chiropractic Care for Triathlon Performance and Recovery

Chiropractic Care for Triathlon Performance and Recovery by Dr. Steve Cho, Toronto North York Chiropractor

A triathlon is an athletic event incorporating back-to-back running, cycling and swimming. Triathlons exert great strain on the body, which may challenge athletes on both physical and mental levels.

There are numerous worldwide triathlon events, such as Ironman, Half-Ironman, Olympic and Spring. The majority of these events advocate the use of chiropractic care to aid not only in treating injuries, but also to improve performance.

Chiropractic care offers the possibility of enhanced finishing times and a greater likelihood of triathletes finishing events.

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Pregnancy And Back Pain

Great blog post from Dr. Yao!

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Whether you are newly pregnant or very pregnant approximately ½ of all women experience back pain during pregnancy. Back pain can range from mild acute pain associated with specific and certain activities or it may be pain that becomes chronic. However about 10% of the time back pain can be severe enough that it interferes with work and daily activities. Back pain during pregnancy can start as early as 8 to 12 weeks into pregnancy or may present itself further into the pregnancy in the 2nd or 3rd trimester. Previous episodes of lower back pain may put a woman at higher risk of developing back pain during pregnancy but there are women who experience back pain only when pregnant.

With pregnancy related back pain there are two common types of pain that tends to be seen with pregnancy. The first is Lumbar or low back pain and the second is…

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North York Chiropractor Explains How Chiropractic Helps Headaches

North York Chiropractor Explains How Chiropractic Helps Headaches

Headaches are a common complaint at clinics. There are many causes of headaches, some of which are “idiopathic” or, unknown. Some headaches arise from “vascular” (blood vessels) causes such as migraine and cluster headaches.  These often include nausea and/or vomiting and can be quite disabling and require rest in a dark, quiet place sometimes for a half or a whole day.

Another type of headaches can be categorized as tension headaches.  These usually result from tightness in the muscles in the neck and upper back caused from stress, work, lack of sleep, sinusitis, trauma such as whiplash, and others.

So “how does chiropractic work?” To answer this, let’s first discuss what we do when the headache patient comes in.  First, the history is very important! Here, we’ll ask “how/when did the headaches start.  This may glean the actual cause of headaches such as a car accident or injury of some sort.

Next, we’ll ask questions relating to the nature of your headache and about activities that increase or create the headache, which gives us ideas of how we might help manage the patient.

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What is “The Mediterranean Diet”?

What is “The Mediterranean Diet”? by Dr. Steve Cho, Chiropractor, Toronto, North York, OntarioThere is a reason why Europeans located around the Mediterranean live as long as they do.

France, Spain, Italy and Greece are among the countries with the longest life expectancy in the world (particularly compared with the US, which ranks 51st).

Lifestyle plays a major part in how healthy we remain as we age, and following a Mediterranean diet can help you remain healthy and active well into your senior years.

The “Mediterranean Diet” is not a diet in the weight loss sense, but rather a way of eating and living that reflects the lifestyle of the countries around the Mediterranean as they were in the mid-20th century.

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Use of Sports Supplements by Young Athletes

Use of Sports Supplements by Young Athletes by Dr. Steve Cho, Chiropractor in Toronto, North YorkIn recent years, the use of performance enhancing supplements has become an increasingly important issue in the teenage population.

The most commonly used supplements among teenagers of all ages were vitamins and minerals, though “ergogenic aids” are used by some teen athletes specifically to enhance performance.

Among these aids are substances such as caffeine, creatine, ephedra, human growth hormone (HGH) and anabolic steroids.

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Can Chiropractors Help With Your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Can Chiropractors Help With Your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? By Dr. Steve Cho, Chiropractor Toronto North YorkCarpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), named from the carpal bones in the wrist that form a tunnel around the nerve leading to the hand, is an injury usually caused by repetitive and forceful movements that result in swelling around the tendons and pinching of the median nerve, causing painful tingling, lack of muscle strength and control in the hand, and pain shooting from the hand up to the shoulder.

CTS is a risk to most workers, such as those who work on the computer and also store and assembly line workers, who receive micro-traumas to their hands and wrists on a daily basis due to awkward positioning, forceful and repetitive movements, and stressful activity. [1,2]

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Consider Yoga for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Consider Yoga for Rheumatoid Arthritis by Dr. Steve Cho, Toronto and North York ChiropractorIf you suffer from the painful effects of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you may want to consider taking up yoga as a gentle form of exercise.

Though it is common for pain to keep people with arthritis from being physically active, studies have shown that those who practice yoga have measurably less pain from rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, in addition to reporting a better overall quality of life.

A study conducted in the United Arab Emirates recruited 47 patients from a rheumatoid arthritis center, 26 of which were assigned to the yoga group, with the other 21 people as the control group.

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A Daily Dose of Chocolate Is Shown To Help Prevent Stroke In Men

A Daily Dose of Chocolate Is Shown To Help Prevent Stroke In Men by Dr. Steve Cho, North York and Toronto ChiropractorA wealth of scientific evidence continues to demonstrate the powerful health benefits of consuming a wide variety of polyphenols from natural foods.

In past studies, resveratrol, curcumin and grape seed extract have been shown to help prevent cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia as these amazing compounds alter genetic expression to improve cellular metabolism and improve critical biomarkers.

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