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MY Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas How many of you remember this planetary mnemonic? Or the planets that go along with it - Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto! Alright, so maybe not Pluto...but what would Mom serve you without pizza?? While the first planet and it’s homonym partner, the element Mercury, are similar in their “fast paced” name origin, the element is growing in popularity amongst medical researchers. A growing body of medical literature has discovered the damaging effects of mercury on endothelial function and vascular smooth muscle function. The overall vascular effects of mercury include: Increased oxidative stress and inflammation - increased production of free radicals that damage all parts of the blood cell Reduced oxidative defense - reduced detoxification rate of intermediates in the blood Thrombosis - local clotting of the blood Dyslipidemia - elevation of the total cholesterol And immune and mitochondrial dysfunction - increased risk of illness and fatigue Mercury inactivates an enzyme containing Catecholamines, which are hormones made by the adrenal glands that are located on top of the kidneys. Catecholamines, such as dopamine and epinephrine, are released into the blood when a person is under physical or emotional stress. The consequence of mercury on the Catecholamine enzymatic process is the fact that urinary epinephrine and dopamine will increase, therefore increasing blood pressure. This may be a clinical clue to mercury-induced heavy metal toxicity. Mom may serve you pizza, but she’s definitely against high blood pressure. Mercury diminishes the protective effect of fish and omega-3 fatty acids which has been found to have value in the management of reducing high blood pressure. Such mercury toxicity should be evaluated in any patient with hypertension, coronary heart disease, cerebral vascular disease, cerebrovascular accident, or other vascular disease. If you are suffering with hypertension it is important to find a doctor trained in functional medicine that can prescribe an effective protocol allowing chelation of the toxic metal and decrease the load on your body. It is of the utmost importance to us here at Belmont Chiropractic Clinic to inform our patients, readers, and community of the ongoing research surrounding whole-body health and treatment. We appreciate your support and interest as we continue our blog!
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Friday, April 8th, 2015 The Forgotten History of Mother’s Day: A Celebration of Health Activism I’ve celebrated Mother’s Day for over thirty years, but I’d never once given a thought to how the holiday started. Part of me always wondered if it was secretly invented by Hallmark as a way to sell greeting cards. As it turns out, the truth is far more intriguing… especially for those of us who are committed to the health of our families and our communities. Mothers and motherhood have been celebrated in many different ways by many different cultures across the centuries. The modern version of Mother’s Day, however, began in the United States just over a century ago. Local observances, often led by reformers from the temperance and abolitionist movements, were held during the 1870s and the 1880s. However, the national celebration that we now know as Mother’s Day came about thanks to the concentrated efforts of Anna Jarvis. In May of 1908, Anna Marie Jarvis held a memorial for her own mother in Grafton, West Virginia. She went on to launch a national and international campaign to make the day a formally recognized holiday. In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation naming the second Sunday in May a national holiday: Mother’s Day. Anna’s desire was to celebrate her own mother’s legacy and encourage all Americans to set aside a day to celebrate and honor “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.”1 And, I have to say, Anna had plenty of reasons to celebrate her mother’s life and legacy. Anna’s mother, Ann Marie Reeves, was the daughter of a Methodist minister. In 1850, she married Granville Jarvis, the son of a Baptist minister. The couple moved to the Appalachian mountains of Western Virginia where Ann Marie gave birth to twelve children. Sadly, due to the recurrent epidemics of typhoid, measles and diphtheria that swept through the Appalachian communities, only four of her children survived to adulthood. Ann Marie Reeves, however, was a natural activist. Her personal grief at losing so many of her children in infancy inspired her to become a determined crusader for public health. As early as 1858, Ann Marie was working in her own community and surrounding communities to organize Mother’s Day Work Clubs. Mother’s Day Work Clubs, which were based in local churches of all denominations, brought together women in the church community to work together for the greater public. The clubs worked diligently to improve the health and sanitary conditions in their communities. Club members would visit local families to provide information and education on sanitation, nutrition and overall health. The clubs also raised money to help families who needed assistance covering medical costs. These women even worked together to provide household help for mothers suffering from tuberculosis and other illnesses.2 During the Civil War, the mission of the Mother’s Day Work Clubs evolved, as members turned their efforts to caring for the many soldiers wounded in the fighting that raged across the mountains during the first years of the war. Tensions were particularly high in the Appalachian mountains of Western Virginia, as communities and even families were divided in their support for either the Union or the Confederacy. Ann Marie’s leadership was an important part of the decision of the Mother’s Day Work Clubs to remain neutral during the conflict, despite significant pressure to take sides. Local Mother’s Day Work Clubs provided food and clothing to soldiers from both sides that were stationed in the area. These local women nursed soldiers in the military camps of both armies when outbreaks of typhoid fever and measles swept through the camps. Even after the Civil War ended, the clubs continued to take an active part in promoting peace and reconciliation in their war- torn communities. In 1868, despite threats of violence, club members held a Mother’s Day of Friendship for veterans from both sides of the conflict.3 The women arranged for the band to play first the confederate ballad “Dixie,” then the Union’s “Star Spangled Banner” and ended with the entire community joining together to sing “Auld Lang Syne.” Given her mother’s incredible work, I’m hardly surprised that Anna decided it was important to publicly celebrate the incredible women who have cared, nurtured and inspired us. What does surprise me is that I’d never heard the story of this incredible woman. In the 100 years since Anna began working to make Mother’s Day a national holiday the holiday has changed – and in ways that Anna herself didn’t appreciate. Anna had envisioned mother’s day as a time to recognize and celebrate the incredible work that mothers do – both in caring for their own children but also caring for the community at large. She was extremely upset at how the holiday was co-opted by candy and greeting card companies. In 1923, she even crashed a candy-makers’ convention in Philadelphia to protest the commercialization of the holiday she had started.4 Mother’s Day has certainly become over-commercialized, much to Anna Jarvis’s chagrin, and sometimes seems to be more to the benefit of Hershey’s and Hallmark than mothers. But it’s still kind and thoughtful to send your mother a loving message or give her a gift to show your love and appreciation on her special day. Reference: The Gerson Institute. (May 6, 2015). The Forgotten History of Mother's Day. Retrieved from http://gerson.org/gerpress/the- forgotten-history-of-mothers-day-health-activism/
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