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  • Writer's pictureDr. Cary Holl, DC, CSCS

The Balance Blog

Mental Attitude: ADHD and Smoking… Individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who become smokers tend to try their first cigarette at a younger age than their peers without ADHD. Additionally, the data show that smokers with ADHD smoke more cigarettes per day and have a more difficult time quitting. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, March 2018

Health Alert: Risk Factors for Autism Spectrum Disorder. In this study, researchers compared the health history of 8,760 children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and 26,280 children without ASD. They found the following risk factors associated with ASD: maternal mental illness, epilepsy, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome, infection, or asthma; assisted fertility; hyperemesis, younger maternal age; labor complications; low birth weight; infant infection; epilepsy; birth asphyxia; and newborn complications. Pediatric Research, March 2018

Diet: Even If You Eat Healthy Foods, Salt Can Increase Your Blood Pressure. An analysis of the dietary intake and urine samples of more than 4,000 adults revealed that a diet rich fruits and vegetables fails to counter the hypertensive effects of consuming too much salt. Study author Dr. Queenie Chan writes, “We currently have a global epidemic of high salt intake—and high blood pressure. This research shows there are no cheats when it comes to reducing blood pressure. Having a low-salt diet is key—even if your diet is otherwise healthy and balanced.” Hypertension, March 2018

Exercise: Exercise Reduces Recurrent Fall Risk. New research suggests that engaging in regular physical activity can protect seniors from falls. In this study, investigators found that older adults who exercise are 39% less likely to experience recurrent falls than their more sedentary peers. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, March 2018

Chiropractic: Musculoskeletal Disease Among Children Is an Economic Burden in the US. According to a new report, more than 19 million children and adolescents in the United States (US) received treatment in medical centers, private medical practices, and hospitals for musculoskeletal-related conditions or injuries in 2012 at a total cost of about $7.6 billion. The report also found that musculoskeletal conditions account for 5.4% of hospital charges in the pediatric population, but only 1.4% of pediatric research funding is dedicated to musculoskeletal research. The authors of the report note the costs are most likely underestimated and that further research is needed to determine better ways of tracking direct and indirect costs of musculoskeletal conditions among children. Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics, February 2018

Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Wellness/Prevention: What to Ask If You Have Breast Cancer… When receiving a breast cancer diagnosis, it is important to prepare a list of questions for your doctor. The American Cancer Society recommends inquiring about the following: the type and size of the breast cancer; if the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes or elsewhere; what stage is the cancer; how curable is the cancer; what tests, if any, are needed before deciding on treatment; the need to see any other doctor; what is the hormone receptor status of the cancer; what is the HER2 status of the cancer; what are the survival rate; and what are the costs and insurance coverage for diagnosis and treatment? American Cancer Society, March 2018

Omaha Area Events - Stay Active ~ Stay Healthy

Absolutely Authentic's, The Ultimate Women's Retreat REMIX II, Learn II Relax, is the EXCLUSIVE Women's Spa Party (June 9, 2018, 12pm-5pm). The Event is held in Downtown, Omaha and is hosted by Taliesha Shavonne, Lifestyle Architect. The intimate space will allow women to submerge themselves into enjoying self-care and "me time." fine dining, whirlpool, spa circuit, vegan appetizers tasting, wine, music, guest speaker, games, yoni steams, manicures, fellowship, fun...come on, we can't wait to meet you.

Healthy Eating Kick-Start

Trying to eat a more balanced, healthy diet? Interested in supporting local farmers? How about getting out this weekend and giving one of the Omaha Farmer's Markets a try?

Old Market - 8:30 am - 12:30 pm Sunday

Aksarben Village - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Sunday

Night Market (Midtown Crossing) - Last Friday of the month starting May 25th (see website for details) 6-10 pm

Recipe of the Week - Greek Cucumber Subs


4 Persian cucumbers

1/2 c. hummus

4 deli-style slices turkey

4 slices mozzarella

4 cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced

1/4 c. crumbled feta cheese

2 tbsp. pitted kalamata olives, halved

2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 tbsp. lemon juice

Large pinch dried oregano

Kosher salt


  1. Slice cucumbers in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds and discard.

  2. Spread hummus on the bottom and top “bun” of the cucumbers. Top the bottom “bun” with  turkey, mozzarella, and tomatoes. Sprinkle the top “bun” with feta and olives. 

  3. In a small bowl, whisk olive oil with lemon juice and oregano. Drizzle on the cucumber halves. Sandwich with the top cucumber “bun” and serve. 

Morel Mushrooms - Tasty and Good For You

Not only are morel mushrooms yummy to eat, they are fun to find and packed with nutritional benefits...vitamin D, iron and B-vitamins. Check out this site for tips on where to find them in Nebraska and how to hunt safely.

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