Diary of a NJ Chiropractor

Cortisol, the stress hormone may affect your thinking ability in your middle age years according to this article.

Cortisol, the stress hormone may affect your thinking ability in your middle-age years according to this article. If you are stressed out all the time, especially in your earlier years, you can be affecting your ability to think as you approach middle age. A  study of more than 2,000 people, most of them in their 40s, found those with the highest levels of the stress-related hormone cortisol performed worse on tests of memory, organization, visual perception, and attention. The study was published in the October 2018 Journal of Neurology Many people worry about things they cannot control which for many Read More »

Why is eye contact so difficult for an extended period of time?

Why is eye contact so difficult for an extended period of time? Eye contact is important while speaking to someone, yet it seems to be so difficult for many of us. It turns out that eye contact is taxing for our brains to do for an extended period of time. When speaking to someone, eye contact helps to build trust and it is important when having a serious conversation or when dating. While there are definitely social advantages to eye contact, according to an article in the blog pocket worthy, most humans are not very good at it. Research shows Read More »

Growing new cartilage in people with bad knees may be possible according to the NY Times.

Growing new cartilage in people with bad knees may be possible according to the NY Times. If you have bad knees and a loss of cartilage from years of abuse or improper function, your options are often limited to injections of a lubricant into the joint space which has been shown to relieve the pain for a limited amount of time or joint replacement. Researchers at Stanford University have been able to grow new cartilage in the joints of arthritic mice. Primitive cells that can be transformed into new cartilage lie dormant at the ends of bones, the researchers reported Read More »

Are we almost at Herd Immunity for Covid19? This is what scientists now believe.

Are we almost at Herd Immunity for Covid19? This is what scientists now believe. Herd Immunity means you have reached a level that protects most of us from becoming ill from a virus or other infective agents. Currently, researchers have in the past believed you must achieve immunity levels of 70% for the population to be immune. More than a dozen scientists are now rethinking this age-old idea.  There is a growing belief that Herd Immunity can be achieved at only 50% of the population developing resistance to the infective agent. In the case of covid19, we must look at Read More »

Eating a diet high in sugar and processed foods may make working out more difficult according to the NY Times.

Eating a diet high in sugar and processed foods may make working out more difficult according to the NY Times. It’s no secret that too much sugar in our diets is not good for us.  It is also well known that highly processed foods are also not good for us.  The combination of a diet high in sugar and processed foods can result in metabolic syndrome and leave us with insulin resistance, higher than normal blood sugar levels also known as pre-diabetes. A recent study in mice suggests that high blood sugar levels can make exercise more difficult and that Read More »