February 2022 Newsletter

Greetings:
Wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s Day.
Did you know?
  • 30% of all annual flower sales occurs around Valentine’s Day.
  • On average, men will spend about twice as much as women on Valentine’s Day.
  • 58% of Americans say that romantic gestures are more important now than before the pandemic.
Source: WalletHub
Dr. McGee, Patti, Sue, Diane, Pam

Heart attacks may increase cognitive decline
A recent study that looked at 31,377 people over 46 years has shown that cognitive function declines faster in people who have had heart attacks compared to those who have not had a heart attack. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that the decline did not begin immediately after the heart attack, noting that significant mental decline occurred several years after a heart attack.
Lead study author Dr. Michelle C. Johansen stated, “We need to realize that what is going on in the heart and brain are related. Managing risk factors to prevent a heart attack is actually good for your brain as well.”

Changing your diet can add years to your life
Eating healthier could extend lifespan by 6 to 7 years in middle-aged adults and young adults could increase their life span by 10 years by making changes in the common Western diet which contains higher amounts of processed foods, red meat, high-fat dairy products and high sugar foods. A more optimal diet includes legumes, whole grains, nuts and less red meat and processed foods. Researchers also determined that even changing from a Western diet to a diet that is halfway between an optimal diet and the typical Western diet can significantly increase the life expectancy of 20-year-olds.

Low Vitamin D associated with severe covid-19 cases
Individuals with vitamin D deficiencies are more likely to have a severe case of Covid-19. This information comes from researchers in Israel and was published on February 8, 2022. The researchers indicated that vitamin D appears to help bolster the immune system. They stressed that vitamin supplements are not a substitute for vaccines.

Annual Charitable Collection

Annual Charitable Collection

Our Annual charitable drive is for the
Friends of the Pitt County Animal Shelter
The Friends of the Pitt County Animal Shelter aka Pitt Friends specializes in helping animals on the euthanasia list at Pitt County Animal Services. They take in many of the heartworm positives, amputations, special medical needs and behavioral issues from the shelter and get them to the point where they can become amazing family members!! Pitt Friends are a volunteer based 501c group that could not do what they do without the help and support of the community. (Note: Pitt Friends is a separate group that strives to help Pitt Co. Animal Services in any way possible.)
Their needs include:
  • Puppy dry dog food
  • Kitten dry food and wet food
  • Cat litter (clumping)
  • Puppy pads
  • Toys
  • Treats
  • Gas cards (used to help fill the van for weekly transportation of dogs to the rescue).
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Bleach
  • Paper towels
Monetary donations can be made out to “Friends of the Pitt County Animal Shelter” or “FPCAS”.
Doggie
You may drop off your donations at McGee Chiropractic between November 15 and December 10 , 2021.
We thank you for your generosity.
Dr. McGee, Patti, Sue, Sherry, Diane

October Newsletter

Happy Halloween!

Some Halloween facts:
An estimated 65% of Americans will celebrate Halloween or participate in Halloween activities this year. 44% of us plan to carve a pumpkin. Total spending in 2021 on Halloween is expected to reach $10.1 billion, with the average consumer planning to spend $102.74 on decorations, candy, costumes and more. Source: CNN

The weather does affect joint pain

A team of researchers in China have shown that changes in weather can increase joint pain. They studied patients with osteoarthritis of the knee and found that the majority of them were likely to report an increase in their knee symptoms. Think of your joints and discs as balloons. When the barometric pressure is low (bad weather) tissues can swell, compressing pain sensitive structures.

What our patients are saying about our office:

“I wanted the best, and I found it with Dr. McGee and his staff. Bedside manner, treatment techniques and follow up care are all top notch.”
Clay S

The Sweet Spot of Sleep

We all know that adequate sleep is important for memory and being alert during the day. A couple of recent studies have shown that adequate sleep is also important to reduce the risk of dementia Alzheimer’s disease and earlier death. In one study, researchers found that people who slept five hours or less per night were twice as likely to develop dementia compared to those who slept six to eight hours per night. Another study found that those who slept less than six hours per night were 30% more likely to develop dementia compared to those who slept seven hours per night.

Almost Twenty-five percent of Adults have Joint Pain

According to the CDC, almost 25% of US adults suffer from some joint pain. The report was based on thousands of interviews of adults in the U.S. It estimates that 58.5 million adults have been diagnosed with arthritis such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and lupus.

September Newsletter

Dr. McGee at ECU sports medicine

Great to be back

It’s been a long 18 months since the Covid-19 restrictions began. I feel fortunate to be able to return to ECU this season to provide chiropractic care to the student athletes at ECU.

 

 

Intermittent fasting can cut the risk of diabetes and heart disease

Time restricted eating or intermittent fasting may help prevent chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease according to researchers from the the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, CA. They found that intermittent fasting can also improve sleep and help control obesity.

What our patients are saying about our office:

“I am so much better after only 6 visits. I am no longer in pain and I now have a variety of exercises I can perform to help me if I have a flareup. Scheduling is always convenient.”
Melissa A.

Remdesivir Reduces Hospitalization Risk for Covid Patients

Pharmaceutical manufacturer Gilead recently announced promising results of their antiviral medication. Their study indicated that remdesivir reduced the risk of hospitalization or death by 87% compared to the placebo group. A previous study published in the New England Journal of Medicine also showed that remdesivir was superior to placebo in reducing recovery time in adults hospitalized with Covid-19.

1 in 7 people have ended friendships because of views on Covid vaccine

A survey conducted by OnePoll shows that about 1 in 7 of people surveyed have ended friendships because of differences of opinion on the Covid-19 vaccine. About 14% of respondents said they had ended friendships with friends who refused to get the vaccine. People who refused to get the vaccine said they did so because of worry over potential side effects, distrust or a belief that they do not need the vaccine because they are healthy.

August Newsletter

Yogurt might help prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers in Ireland have shown that the effects of Alzheimer’s can be delayed by changing the gut microbiome. In the study, performed on mice, memory problems were reversed after old mice were given friendly gut bacteria. The research suggests gut-friendly bacteria could help to ward off Alzheimer’s disease.

What our patients are saying about our office:

“Dr. McGee and staff are phenomenal! They are always very friendly, professional, and I am in and out in a timely fashion. I was once a skeptic in reference to chiropractic medicine. Dr. McGee definitely changed that and I am now a true believer. I have recently started going for preventive care sessions and my back feels better than it has in years!”
Richard R

North Carolina vaccination rates

This interactive map shows the percent of vaccinated individuals by county. About 57% of the adult population residing in Pitt County are fully vaccinated.

Retail alcohol sales increased during the pandemic

Liquor store sales increased during the early part of the pandemic and 2020. Between March and September 2020 liquor store sales increased by 20% compared to previous years. At the same time restaurant and bar sales of alcohol decreased by 27%.

July Newsletter

Greetings Everyone:
The hot summer months are upon us. Be sure to stay hydrated. Here are some tips:
  • Hydrate before a strenuous activity
  • When working in the heat, drink about a cup of water every 15-20 minutes, or about 24-32 oz. per hour
  • Remember to hydrate after work
  • It’s a good idea to start each day with 6-8 oz. of water.
Dr. McGee, Patti, Sue, Diane, Kayla
Join us in congratulating Pam on her retirement. Please welcome Kayla as our new team member.

Epidural injections may not help with sciatica

A recent study comparing epidural steroid injections with conservative medical management showed that epidural steroid injections were no better than conservative medical management and improving pain and quality of life at 3 months and 6 month follow up. They concluded that epidural steroid injections are not cost effective in the management of sciatica.

What our patients are saying about our office:

“The team at McGee Chiropractic is a great team. They are super friendly. They work well together and enjoy being there… and they always do what they can to make sure that you are taken care of.
Dr. McGee keeps me running like a well oiled machine.”
Adam Z.


Vitamin K, the important (and forgotten) vitamin
About 10 million Americans have osteoporosis. While calcium intake is an import factor in maintaining bone health, Vitamin K also plays an important role in maintaining bone density. Osteocalcin is an important protein that requires vitamin K to produce healthy bone tissue. Vitamin K is found in green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach and other sources.

Coffee doesn’t change your heartbeat

A recent study indicates that caffeine does not cause heart arrhythmia in the majority of individuals. Researchers at UC San Francisco looked at over 380,000 individuals and compared caffeine consumption to rates of heart arrhythmia. They found that there was no correlation between coffee consumption and developing an abnormal heartbeat.

April 2021 Newsletter

Greetings to All:
As the school year winds down and the weather warms up, we will all be more active outdoors. Here is a simple, safe exercise to help improve low back strength and stability.
The side plank.

 

What our patients are saying:

“I posted a question on Facebook asking for suggestions for a chiropractor. Overwhelmingly, Dr. McGee was the doctor I was told to see. Dr. McGee and the staff have been super friendly and helpful… my back and neck feel better. Dr. McGee called me the evening after my 1st appointment to check on me. That has never happened before!”
-Greg T.

“The staff at McGee chiropractic are friendly and genuinely concerned about your overall health. Keeping my neck and spine adjusted is critical for maintaining regular movement without pain.”
-Michael R.

Manipulative Therapy as good as medication for Low Back Pain
Two groups of patients with low back pain (LBP) were studied: one group was treated with osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) only. The second group was treated with OMT after 3 months of pharmacologic therapy. Both groups showed a significant decrease in back pain. The authors conclude that the similar results between the 2 groups may indicate the lack of need for medication for the treatment of low back pain.
Read the study here.

Covid-19 virus alters Human Genes
An explanation for the long term symptoms seen in some Covid-19 patients is emerging. Researchers have found that the virus appears to alter the gene expression in the cells of the lungs as well as the cells that control the body’s inflammatory response.
Story here.

 

A reminder to NC State Employees Heath Plan members: Copay reduction
Copays for NCSHP members are now $26 or $36 for chiropractic care effective this year. These new rates reflect a 50% reduction from previous copay rates.
We are listed as a Clear Pricing Project (CPP) provider. Call us for details.

July Newsletter

Greetings:
We hope you like our July newsletter.
We would sincerely like to thank all of you for your referrals to our office. We take great pride in knowing that you have the confidence in us to recommend our office to your family and friends as we continue to proudly serve our patients during the Covid-19 pandemic. Thank you.
Dr. McGee, Patti, Sue, Pam, Diane

Dr. McGee explains a simple hip stretch to help with your back and hip pain.

 

 

Muscle Relaxants for Back Pain Increases

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania medical school have found an alarming increase in the number of muscle relaxants prescribed for back pain. Their findings were based on data collected between 2005 and 2016. A big concern of these prescriptions is that patients will continue to take the medicine for a longer period of time. Another concern is that a large percentage of the prescriptions of muscle relaxants were for older adults who are at risk for adverse side effects of these drugs.

Obesity is significant Covid-19 infection risk

The CDC has identified obesity as a significant risk factor in coronavirus infections. People with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30 are at higher risk for more severe infection. A British study showed that people with obesity are twice as likely to die from the infection compared to people who are not obese. About 40% of the US population have a BMI over 30.

Manipulation for Concussion.

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association has shown that manipulation can help relieve the symptoms of concussion.

June Newsletter

June Newsletter
Greetings:
It’s the start of summer, and we hope that you are doing well during these interesting times. We urge all of you to practice reasonable social distancing recommendations such as maintaining six foot separation, wearing masks, and congregating with fewer than ten people. Together we can slow the spread of the virus and minimize the risk to high risk individuals.  We hope you enjoy our June newsletter.
Wishing you a safe and active summer,
Dr. McGee, Patti, Sue, Pam, Diane

Chiropractic Associated with Significant Reduction in Opioid Prescriptions

A recent study found that persons who sought chiropractic care for musculoskeletal problems were almost 50% less likely to receive an opioid prescription compared to those who went to other healthcare providers. Researchers reached this conclusion after reviewing 6 studies totaling over 60,000 patients who sought care for musculoskeletal problems.

Compound in apple skins might help treat Multiple Sclerosis

A compound commonly found in fruit peels might, one day, prove helpful in the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Ursolic acid which is commonly found in the peels of apples, pears and prunes has been shown in lab animals to repair neurons and possibly halt the progression of multiple sclerosis.

Fitness equipment sales are strong

Traditional and online retailers are reporting strong sales of home workout equipment. With the Covid-19 stay-at-home restrictions and the closing of many gyms around the country, the sales of fitness equipment has skyrocketed. Retail giants like Walmart and Amazon are showing “out of stock” status for popular workout equipment including barbells and dumbbells.

May 2020 Newsletter

You can rest assured that we are implementing the necessary procedures for as recommended by the CDC. The procedures include:

  • Limiting number of patients in the office
  • Sanitizing surfaces
  • Checking temperature of everyone entering the office
  • Wearing masks
  • Maintaining physical distancing between patients

 

Is Vitamin D important in fighting COVID -19 infection?
Several different studies have found that the highest death rates from COVID-19 occurred in populations that had a higher percentage of people with low vitamin D and that the sickest patients had the lowest levels of vitamin D.
Vitamin D is an important component for the optimum function of the immune system.  Experts believe vitamin D may help to prevent the over reaction of the immune system called a cytokine storm, which can be fatal.