THE BRAIN-BODY CON­NEC­TION

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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

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