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Health Q&A

Posted December 05, 2012 in Advice Column, Urbandale

Q: Why do computer games pose dental risk?

A: A study of young gamers suggests that those who spend substantial time at the screen are more than twice as likely to develop tooth decay as youngsters with more active lifestyles. Though computer games have long been identified as contributing to childhood obesity, keeping youngsters from more active pursuits, this study of youngsters between the ages of 12 and 16, is the first to identify the dental danger.

The study, carried out by researchers at the University of Iowa, found that teenagers are more likely to snack on sugary foods while absorbed for hours in computer games. The study also found that youngsters whose parents set rules for screen time were at less risk.

Sugar reacts with the bacteria in plaque, which is the sticky coating we all have on our teeth. The bacteria in plaque produce acids that cause tooth decay. When we eat or drink something sugary, our teeth can be under siege for up to an hour. This is why it is better to keep intake of sugary foods to regular meal times, after which a person may be able to brush, or at least rinse, their teeth. Talk with your dentist about ways to protect your and your children’s teeth.

Information provided by Des Moines Dental Group, 708 First Ave S., 967-6611.

Q: Can acupuncture help me optimize reproductive technologies such as IVF?

A: Chinese medicine has worked for millions of people for thousands of years, for a variety of conditions.Eastern medicine sees the body as an entire system, and disease or malfunction is a disturbance to that system. Health can often be restored by treating the entire system rather than focusing on one part of it. Challenges with the reproductive system aren’t viewed as the man or woman being infertile but as the individual being imbalanced.

Fertility and Sterility, a journal published by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine as well as a study done by Cornell University (in addition to many others) have shown twice as many woman became pregnant after using acupuncture with IVF treatments. In addition, improved blood flow and increased endometrial thickness showed a positive effect on implantation.

I greatly respect Western science and the amazing ability to see inside the body, correct or repair the tiniest of tears and blockages, as well as all assisted reproductive technology (ART) that allows families with no ability to conceive to have children. However, Eastern medicine gives us an additional perspective that may give hope to those searching for an alternative to medicine or even a support to Western-based reproductive technology (such as medications, IVF or IUI’s, etc).

Talk to an acupuncturist today and find out if acupuncture can help you move from infertility to motherhood… bringing your baby from heart to hand. For more information, please contact Yost Family Chiropractic and Acupuncture Center, 515-278-YOST.

Information provided by Dr. Heather Yost, CACCP, Yost Family Chiropractic, 3993 100th St., Urbandale,

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