THE BRAIN-BODY CONNECTION
According to chiropractic philosophy, stress – whether physical, emotional or chemical – is thought to be the leading cause of all health issues. Dr Travis Fisher, an expert in natural health and healing, and a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic, says that since it’s up to the body’s nervous system to process our daily stresses – from poor posture and sitting at a desk all day to food additives, poor diet and air pollution to work and family issues – the body often becomes overwhelmed, leading to illness, disease or degenerative disorders such as atrophy and arthritis. Therefore, keeping this system “clear, healthy and mobile” is crucial in order to resume healing and normal function, he says. “Maintaining your spine and nervous system is becoming as commonplace and fundamental as brushing your teeth – most wouldn’t even consider neglecting it.”
At Genesis Chiropractic, Dr Fisher primarily uses manual techniques, adjusting patients with his hands, and sometimes using lighter instrument-based techniques when needed – no use of drugs or surgery here! The body’s stresses are addressed by checking the spinal column for subluxations (misalignments in the spinal column causing active interference), then adjusting the spinal column to restore proper neurological flow between the body and brain.
To schedule an appointment, call 9810 9909. Psst! During the month of May, get a 40 percent discount at your first visit by quoting “MAYEXPATLIVING.” #08-13 Tripleone Somerset, 111 Somerset Road. genesischiropractic.sg
Smoking is the single most important contributing factor to the development of lung cancer – but it’s not the one and only. The relationship between smoking and the occurrence of lung cancer is not absolute. In other words, there are people who smoke like chimneys for decades but are spared of this disease and, conversely, there are unfortunate souls with lung cancer who’ve never touched a cigarette in their entire lives.
The absolute risk of suffering from lung cancer, however, is starkly different between a smoker and a non-smoker. A heavy smoker has a 10- to 20-times higher risk of developing lung cancer. This risk doesn’t return to normal the moment a smoker quits but remains elevated for almost a decade after successful smoking cessation. Passive smoking, while less detrimental than active smoking, nevertheless bumps up the lung cancer risk by 25 percent.
Lung cancers in non-smokers are often triggered by the occurrence of certain genetic mutations that drive the process of cancer formation. Over 50 percent of lung cancers affecting non-smokers carry driver genetic mutations that make them very responsive to treatment by a new generation of smart drugs known as targeted therapy. The odds of finding such mutations in lung cancers among smokers would only be 10 to 15 percent.
Currently, there are six smart drugs being used in Singapore to block the different types of mutations. These targeted therapies have brought new hope to many patients. Clinical studies have shown that lung cancer patients with driver mutations that are amenable to treatment with targeted therapies live significantly longer than their counterparts who do not carry such mutations.
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Did you know?
31 May is World No Tobacco Day, a yearly event dedicated to drawing global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes. who.int/tobacco/wntd