Show Notes for October 30, 2015

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 –

  • WHO Statement on Processed Meats
  • And Finally, a Study of a Survey in Finland Related to Spinal Surgery

For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow.

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #527 recorded October 30, 2015.

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And Now for some news ….

WHO Statement on Processed Meats

A research division of the World Health Organization announced on Monday that bacon, sausage and other processed meats cause cancer, and that red meat probably does, too.

The report by the influential group stakes out one of the most aggressive stances against meat yet taken by a major health organization, and it is expected to face stiff criticism in the United States.

The WHO findings were drafted by a panel of 22 international experts who reviewed decades of research on the link between red meat, processed meats, and cancer.

The panel reviewed animal experiments, studies of human diet and health, and cell mechanisms that could lead from red meat to cancer.

In reaching its conclusion on red meat, the panel “took into consideration all the relevant data, including the substantial epidemiological data showing a positive association between consumption of red meat and colorectal cancer and the strong mechanistic evidence,” according to a statement posted by the group on the website of The Lancet.

The panel’s decision was not unanimous, and by raising lethal concerns about a food that anchors countless American meals, it will be controversial.

Remember to always discuss all Nutritional recommendations with your Qualified Health Care Provider.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/10/26/hot-dogs-bacon-and-other-processed-meats-cause-cancer-world-health-organization-declares/

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-34615621

WHO – http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2015/pdfs/pr240_E.pdf

Survey in Finland – Spinal Surgery

The Scandinavian Journal of Pain published a study related to a Postal Survey of Spinal Surgery.

The Authors studied the results of lumbar spine surgery in Northern Finland.

  • There were three questionnaires: a self-made questionnaire, ODI and SF36.
  • The outcome after lumbar disc operation was good (pain, functional capacity and QOL).
  • After stabilizing and decompression surgery outcome were less favourable.

No studies have been published regarding the results of lumbar spine surgery in a population-based setting in Finland. Our objective was to investigate functional capacity and quality of life after lumbar spine surgery in a population-based cohort in Northern Finland, focusing on working-age patients.

This was a cross-sectional postal survey. Three questionnaires (a self-made questionnaire, the Oswestry Low Back Disability Questionnaire and the SF-36) were sent the patients aged 18–65 years, who had undergone lumbar spine surgery due to disc herniation, instability or spinal stenosis in the Oulu University Hospital between June 2005 and May 2008.

The study concluded that the Outcome was good after lumbar disc operations but less favourable after stabilizing surgery and decompression regarding pain, functional capacity and quality of life.

This study offers important information about outcome after lumbar spine surgery in Oulu University Hospital. It also brings out that in Finland there is a need for a systematic national spine register, with accurate pre- and postoperative data.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.scandinavianjournalpain.com/article/S1877-8860(14)00133-5/abstract

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– Confucius

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

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