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Tai Chi for Obesity

Medical Report: Obesity and Tai Chi

Eric L. Zielinski

 

Introduction

 

Despite the unlimited calorie-crunching food and beverage products out there, more Americans are obese now than ever before. More than just a vanity issue, this excess weight harms every aspect of our health. In fact, next to smoking, obesity is the second cause of preventable death in the U.S. At this point, the nation needs to wake up to the fact that diet sodas and calorie-counting snacks are not the answer to this epidemic. What this nation needs is a genuine lifestyle transformation, and scientifically proven mind-body practices like Tai Chi can offer some guidance in achieving this.

 

Obesity

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults who have a body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight; whereas those with a BMI of over 30 are diagnosed with obesity. The following chart will help put things into perspective:

 

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Tai Chi for Insomnia

Medical Report: Insomnia and Tai Chi

Eric L. Zielinski

 

Introduction

 

Sleepless nights have become characteristic of industrialized Western culture and many Americans have become desensitized to its insidious effects. Sadly, many people cannot go through an entire day without drinking some type of caffeinated beverage like coffee or energy drinks. To reverse this deadly trend, it would benefit Americans to implement time-tested and proven methods like Tai Chi to help people develop a natural source of energy and vitality.

 

Insomnia

 

Insomnia and sleep disorders are one of the most common issues older adults encounter, with 58 percent reporting frequent sleeping difficulties. Sadly, however, the journal Sleep reports, “Sleep problems remain untreated in up to 85 percent of people, and, among those who receive treatment, sedative-hypnotic medications remain the treatment of choice. Unfortunately, such pharmacologic management may have particularly...

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Tai Chi for Immune Response

Medical Report: Immune Response and Tai Chi

Eric L. Zielinski

 

Introduction

 

With the advent of antibacterial body products and vaccines for everything from the common cold to HIV, Americans have are being pushed to forgot that we have been designed with a glorious immune system that is well suited to combat most disease processes.  As an unfortunate consequence, we live in a hyper antiseptic society in which people are losing their vital connection to the earth at alarming rates. Sadly, as the evolutionary process has proven once again to be smarter than people, new strains of bacteria and viruses are developing at alarming rates and proving to be resistant to our modern approach and drug therapy. It is, therefore, vitally important to practice healthy, proven immunity-building habits to be free from sickness and live disease free. One such healthy habit is Tai Chi. Research has repeatedly proven that it is highly effective for everyone young to old, and has...

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Tai Chi for Hypertension

Medical Report: Hypertension and Tai Chi

Eric L. Zielinski

 

Introduction

 

Arguably the most insidious and widespread risk factor, hypertension has been linked to almost every major disease Americans battle against. Primarily a lifestyle disease, most people can completely correct the issue by implementing healthy diet, exercise and stress-reduction techniques. Tai Chi, for instance, has been thoroughly proven clinically to not only correct common causes of hypertension such as stress and obesity, it has actually been linked to correcting the disease itself.

 

Hypertension

 

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is defined as, “Systolic blood pressure greater than or equal to 140 mm Hg or diastolic blood pressure greater than or equal to 90 mm Hg or currently taking medication to lower high blood pressure.”

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 32 percent of American are hypertensive. In spite of the modern...

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Tai Chi for High Cholesterol

Medical Report: Hypercholesteremia and Tai Chi

Eric L. Zielinski

 

Introduction

 

Although the reasons explaining why are hotly debated, the general consensus in the medical community is that elevated levels of cholesterol (hypercholesteremia) is a primary risk factor for heart disease. One camp claims that that cholesterol is the main instigator in arterial occlusion much like septic sludge clogging up a drain pipe; whereas the other group supports the theory that cholesterol damages the inner walls of blood vessels and causes a dangerous inflammatory cascade that will lead to plaque build-up and atherosclerosis. In either case, the global health care system has waged war against cholesterol for decades now and, in spite of the billions of dollars spent on costly drug and surgical interventions every year, cardiovascular disease remains the number cause of death worldwide. It is, therefore, exciting to learn that research supports natural, non-invasive approaches like Tai...

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Tai Chi for Headaches & Migraines

Medical Report: Headaches, Migraines and Tai Chi

Eric L. Zielinski

 

Introduction

 

The relationship between neck complaints and headaches cannot be ignored. The key is the primary cranial nerve (trigeminal nerve) that carries pain signals and its interaction with the trigeminocervical nucleus, which extends from the brain all the way down to the third cervical vertebral. Basically, any distortion or issues in the neck could travel up and present as head pain.  Subsequently, according to the National Headache Foundation, “Many patients…find that neck exercises, physical therapy or flexibility programs (such as yoga or Tai Chi) help to relieve their headaches as well as neck pain.” This article, therefore, addresses the science and research explaining why many headache sufferers experience relief when practicing Tai Chi.

 

Headaches and Migraines

 

Headaches are all too common and often rob people of health and wellness. According to the...

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Tai Chi and Geriatric Falls

Medical Report: Geriatric Falls and Tai Chi

Eric L. Zielinski

 

Introduction

 

Accidents are ranked number five on the top ten causes of death for people over 65 years of age. Of this group, 66 percent are due to falls making falls the leading cause of injury death for older Americans. In addition, it is reported that geriatric falls are the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admission for trauma. It is, therefore, a national public health requirement for health care professionals to address this issue with their older patients. It is encouraging that many have adopted “alternative” solutions like advising their patients to practice regular Tai Chi in an effort to curb the deadly ramifications of falling later in life. 

 

Geriatric Falls

 

Due to lack of reporting, no one knows for certain how many elderly people fall in America, however, it is estimated that the number is more than one in three annually. The Centers for Disease...

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Tai Chi for Fibromyalgia

Medical Report: Fibromyalgia and Tai Chi

Eric L. Zielinski

 

Introduction

 

Western lifestyle hasn’t served Americans well and we battle two extremes in our industrialized society: being sedentary and overstressing our muscles and joints due to repetitive motions like typing and factory line work. Sadly, few people are out of harm’s way. Consequently, we have encountered the arrival of several previously unseen conditions like fibromyalgia that basically came out of the blue and is now plaguing our nation. Thankfully, researchers are taking great strides to find natural solutions for people with this debilitating disease and are suggesting mind-body activities like Tai Chi as a viable symptom management tool.

 

Fibromyalgia

Still relatively new on the scene of commonly diagnosed conditions, the term fibromyalgia was first coined in 1976 and it wasn’t until 1990 that the American College of Rheumatology first developed diagnostic criteria for doing...

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Tai Chi for Diabetes

Medical Report: Type 2 Diabetes and Tai Chi

Eric L. Zielinski

 

Introduction

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “From 1980 through 2011, the number of Americans with diagnosed diabetes has more than tripled (from 5.6 million to 20.9 million).” Currently nine percent of U.S. citizens have diabetes and of this group, 90 to 95 percent have the type 2 form. Since the two most common factors leading to type 2 diabetes is excess weight and inactivity, it is of vital importance for people who are battling this disease to focus on scientifically proven activities like Tai Chi in an effort to stop and even reverse its progression

 

Type 2 Diabetes 

 

The body metabolizes sugars and starches from the foods we eat into glucose. Normally, insulin – a hormone produced by the pancreas – causes liver, skeletal muscle and fat tissue cells to absorb glucose from the blood to supply the energy they need for normal...

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Tai Chi for Depression

Public Health Report : Tai Chi for Depression
Author : Eric L. Zielinski


Introduction

Previously known as melancholia, clinical depression or major depressive disorder has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S and throughout the world. Sadly, most moderate to severe cases get put on harmful medications to help minimize the symptoms. Like all drug therapy regimens, however, the root cause is not addressed whereas only the symptoms are masked. The world is crying out for science to validate more natural approaches to this debilitating disorder. Thankfully, researchers are becoming increasing interested in explaining why so many people battling depression receive great benefits from the age-old practice of Tai Chi

Depression

According to the National Institute of Health, “Major depressive disorder affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year.” In addition, it is also reported...

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