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Tai Chi for Osteoarthritis

 

Health Report by: Eric L. Zielinski 

Introduction

Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most insidious musculoskeletal disease processes the world deals with. Complicating matters is the sedentary lifestyle we have adopted making OA the most common cause of disability in the U.S. Among the natural solutions to managing and preventing OA is weight loss, eating an anti-inflammatory diet, stretching and exercise; particularly Tai Chi.

 

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions of people globally. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 30 million Americans are affected. Known as the “wear-and-tear arthritis,” osteoarthritis is commonly referred to as degenerative joint disease or DJD. Primarily, DJD occurs with aging and subsequent overuse of joints. Repetitive use of joints damages cartilage and ultimately causes inflammation. Subsequently, people experience pain, swelling and...

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Tai Chi for Stroke

 Public Health Report by: Eric L. Zielinski


Introduction

As the working environments trend indoors, more people than ever remain sedentary throughout the day. This leaves people disconnected with healthy lifestyle choices like proper diet, exercise and stress management techniques. Subsequently, the world has experienced steady, unprecedented rises in chronic diseases like stroke. Lacking the necessary time in their day to maintain a robust health profile, the world is in desperate need of proven, broad spectrum interventions that help mitigate the risk of this silent killer. Tai Chi, for instance, has received much interest in research circles as a potential answer to the world’s chronic health problems. Not only proven to be able to reduce the risks associated with strokes, it has been shown to be effective in helping stroke survivors recover quicker. It is, therefore, one of the few all-encompassing activities that may be able to help reverse the stroke epidemic that...

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Tai Chi for Stress

 Public Health Report by: Eric L. Zielinski


Introduction

Stress kills. In fact, it’s the number one killer in the world. It has been linked to every disease process known to science and is the primary cause of the current global health care crisis. Oftentimes a misnomer, people usually equate stress with job dissatisfaction, marital problems or financial hardships. Although these are regular factors, stress encompasses much more. Inadvertently, everything people do that is not contributing to health and wellness will ultimately result in a stress response at the cellular level. This includes things like eating poor diet, lacking sleep, drinking too much caffeine, breathing polluted air and living a sedentary lifestyle.

 

There is hope, however, and research has been highlighting practices like Tai Chi to naturally combat all the toxins we encounter every day.

 

Stress

According to the American Psychological Association,

 

“Stress can be a reaction to...

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Tai Chi for Parkinson's Disease

Public Health Report by: Eric L. Zielinski


 

Introduction

A relatively recent disorder, Parkinson’s disease (PD) has become a common household name due its effect on famous celebrities like Michael J. Fox, Muhammad Ali, Janet Reno and Pope John Paul II. Primarily a motion-related disease, it is very encouraging to see researchers target Tai Chi and other movement-centered alternative therapies in an attempt to find natural treatments and preventative measures.

 

Parkinson’s Disease

 

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological condition resulting from the loss of dopamine-producing brain cells. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (a division of the NIH) states that the four primary symptoms of PD are, “Tremor, or trembling in hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face; rigidity, or stiffness of the limbs and trunk; bradykinesia, or slowness of movement; and postural instability, or impaired balance and coordination.”

 

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Tai Chi for Osteoporosis

 

Public Health Report by: Eric L. Zielinski


 

Introduction

Not to be confused with osteopenia, a natural bone loss disorder that affects more than 50 percent of people older than 50 years of age, osteoporosis is a severe bone destruction condition that puts the elderly at a high risk of falls, fractures and various complications. As physicians are increasingly becoming hesitant to prescribe medications due to the severe side effects, the need for proven, alternative methods to help people with osteoporosis is in high demand. The purpose of this report, therefore, is to suggest that the ancient mind-body exercise Tai Chi may be able to answer that call as a budding selection of research supports its benefit to reverse bone loss.

 

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to be so brittle and weak that mild stressors like coughing and falling could cause fractures According to the Mayo Clinic, “Bone is living tissue, which is constantly being...

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Tai Chi for COPD

 

Public Health Report by: Eric L. Zielinski
Contributing Author & Public Health Researcher


 

Introduction

The NIH states that, “COPD is a major cause of disability, and it’s the third leading cause of death in the United States. Currently, millions of people are diagnosed with COPD. Many more people may have the disease and not even know it” because it develops slowly and people oftentimes mistake it for common annoyances like allergies or stress. Subsequently, American is in dire need of national awareness campaigns to educate people to the insidious harm these lung disorders have and the proven, alternative approaches like Tai Chi that can help.

 

COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) refers to a group of diseases that makes it difficult to breathe and gets worse over time. Primarily consisting of people suffering from emphysema and chronic bronchitis, COPD oftentimes causes coughing that produces large amounts of mucus, wheezing,...

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Tai Chi for Obesity

Medical Report: Obesity and Tai Chi

Author: 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

Author: 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

Author: 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...

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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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