Show Notes for December 26, 2014

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of HealthBeat, Chiropractic OnLine Today’s Health, News and Informational Podcast.

In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –

  • Effect of Weather on Back Pain
  • And Finally, a Story asking the Question, Is a Calorie a Calorie

For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #490 recorded December 26, 2014.

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Effect of Weather on Back Pain

A recent study was published in the journal Arthritis Care and Research to the effects that weather had on Back Pain.

The authors conducted a case-crossover study in primary care clinics in Sydney, Australia. A total of 993 consecutive patients with a sudden, acute episode of back pain were recruited from October 2011 to November 2012.

Following the pain onset, demographic and clinical data about the back pain episode were obtained for each participant during an interview. Weather parameters (temperature, relative humidity, air pressure, wind speed, wind gust, wind direction, and precipitation) were obtained from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology for the entire study period.

The study concluded that Weather parameters that have been linked to musculoskeletal pain such as temperature, relative humidity, air pressure, and precipitation do not increase the risk of a low back pain episode.

Higher wind speed and wind gust speed provided a small increase in risk of back pain, and although this reached statistical significance, the magnitude of the increase was not clinically important.

You can discuss other studies with your Qualified Health Care Provider, which have found that Barometric pressure may have an effect on joint pain.

Surf to our Show Notes for links – http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/acr.22378/abstract

http://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343%2806%2901026-6/abstract

Is a Calorie a Calorie?

A Commentary was recently published in the journal Public Health Nutrition, which asked the question, Is a Calorie a Calorie?

Prevailing thinking about obesity and related diseases holds that quantifying calories should be a principal concern and target for intervention. Part of this thinking is that consumed calories regardless of their sources are equivalent; i.e. a calorie is a calorie.

The present commentary discusses various problems with the idea that a calorie is a calorie and with a primarily quantitative focus on food calories. Instead, the authors argue for a greater qualitative focus on the sources of calories consumed (i.e. a greater focus on types of foods) and on the metabolic changes that result from consuming foods of different types.

In particular, the authors consider how calorie-focused thinking is inherently biased against high-fat foods, many of which may be protective against obesity and related diseases, and supportive of starchy and sugary replacements, which are likely detrimental.

Shifting the focus to qualitative food distinctions, a central argument of the paper is that obesity and related diseases are problems due largely to food-induced physiology (e.g. neurohormonal pathways) not addressable through arithmetic dieting (i.e. calorie counting).

The paper considers potential harms of public health initiatives framed around calorie balance sheets targeting calories in and/or calories out that reinforce messages of overeating and inactivity as underlying causes, rather than intermediate effects, of obesity.

Finally, the paper concludes that public health should work primarily to support the consumption of whole foods that help protect against obesity-promoting energy imbalance and metabolic dysfunction and not continue to promote calorie-directed messages that may create and blame victims and possibly exacerbate epidemics of obesity and related diseases.

Remember to discuss all Nutrition related questions with your Qualified Healthcare Provider.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9428230&fileId=S1368980014002559

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For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This has been Dr. Todd Eglow.

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