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Oven roasted Thanksgiving Turkey on centerpiece of beautiful decorated festive table, healthy and tasty family dinner, traditional autumn holiday

Oven roasted Thanksgiving Turkey on centerpiece of beautiful decorated festive table, healthy and tasty family dinner, traditional autumn holiday

Managing lung disease during the holidays

Phoebe Brown

The holiday season brings people together for many celebrations; however, for people with lung disease the holidays can seem daunting. Between traveling, cooking and eating, someone could easily become fatigued which could make breathing difficult. One way to avoid excessive exhaustion is to practice moderation when eating. While indulging in holiday festivities, practicing moderation can help people with lung disease enjoy the holidays and improve their overall quality of life.

Triggers such as air pollution, overexertion and overeating can cause flare-ups. While some triggers are uncontrollable, others are manageable. Staying inside when air quality is poor can help with lung function. Overeating or eating foods that cause gas or bloating can make breathing uncomfortable, so even during the holiday season it is important to keep moderation in mind.

It might seem like common sense but taking time to enjoy good food and company at the table could help someone feel satisfied instead of overfull. Drinking plenty of non-caffeinated fluids can help control hunger and keep people hydrated. Eating smaller portions of foods, including desserts, could help reduce pressure, especially in someone who is short of breath. Extra pounds could cause extra heaviness and difficulty breathing.

For those suffering from debilitating lung diseases options exist now to improve quality of life, such as diet and moderation. A clinic in the United States, the Lung Institute, states they have helped lung disease sufferers by offering an additional treatment option in the form of stem cell therapy.

Stem cell therapy is a minimally-invasive, outpatient treatment that harnesses the natural healing ability of the stem cells that already exist in the body. Stem cells are harvested from the patient’s own fat, blood or bone marrow, separated, and reintroduced into the body. Stem cells naturally fight infection and disease by repairing damaged tissue with new, healthy tissue. This is a slow process, but stem cell therapy has the potential to expedite the natural healing process for those with certain progressive diseases, such as lung diseases.

People with lung disease have various options to help them take their health into their own hands, such as using an alternative treatment like stem cell therapy along with diet and moderation. By controlling factors that exacerbate their symptoms and by taking action to improve their lung function, people with lung disease can enjoy the holidays and improve their quality of life.

Everything you need to know about chiropractic

Dr. Craig Brue

A few years ago I did a series of video presentations regarding the prevention, management and treatment of back and neck pain. Would you like to find out if chiropractic care might benefit your condition? Would you like to know what to expect on your first visit to a chiropractic clinic? Would you like to understand a chiropractor’s unique approach to the treatment of back and neck pain? If so, these video presentations are available on YouTube and our website.

What to expect on your first visit:

Dr. Brue will take you on a tour of the clinic on your initial visit. In this video the doctor will explain the importance of your initial history and evaluation.

The initial exam:

In two sections Dr. Brue will tell you about the typical initial chiropractic examination. Dr. Brue will explain the importance of evaluating your spinal range of motion, your muscle strength, your nerve reflexes and your body’s ability to function. The doctor will discuss the importance of spinal rays to determine an accurate diagnosis and your treatment options.

The treatment of back and neck pain:

This video highlights the effectiveness, safety and uniqueness of chiropractic treatment for the most common spinal conditions.

Simple exercises for lower back pain:

See the doctor demonstrate the simple exercises that are typically recommended for low back pain and he will discuss the importance of walking.

Neck exercises:

There are a few simple exercises that will help almost every patient that is experiencing neck pain. Dr. Brue will tell you about the simple things that you can do to prevent and manage chronic neck pain.

The walking stick and advanced exercises for back pain:

In these videos Dr. Brue discusses stretching exercises that can be done to help increase your spine’s flexibility. The exercise is done with a hiking or broom stick. Also demonstrated are a few advanced exercises to help you increase your core strength.

Children and chiropractic:

Although there aren’t too many children in SaddleBrooke, Dr. Brue has evaluated and treated thousands of children. Yes, kids have spinal problems, too. Also, a great many spinal problems are hereditary. Learn about the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care for children. Watch Dr. Brue adjust a five year old girl.

Other videos:

You will find information on epidural spinal injections, foot problems and Dr. Phil’s experience with chiropractic care.

Learn from an expert:

If you are interested in learning about chiropractic, the simplest way is to go to my website, bruechiropractic.com. You will immediately come to my home page. In the upper right hand corner of the home page is the link, Doctor’s Videos. Click on that banner and you will be led to my video presentations or, go to YouTube and look up Dr. Craig Brue and chiropractic.

I know that you will find these videos informative and entertaining.

Dr. Craig W. Brue is an author, lecturer and chiropractic provider in SaddleBrooke, Arizona.