Being a chiropractor in Bend, Oregon is an honor and a pleasure. I have a unique opportunity to help care for the health needs and desires of the most wonderful patients. As such, I am always excited to further my knowledge and education in ways that are beneficial to the health and wellness of our patients and community. Last weekend, I was blessed to attend the Oregon Chiropractic Association annual convention in Portland. There were so many great speakers and presentations, but I was most excited to learn from Dr. Dan Murphy, DC. His topic was neurology, and was certainly informative and backed up by some of the highest quality research. His presentation made an undeniable case for the benefit of chiropractic care as well as key nutritional recommendations that all people would benefit from. One of the topics that really interested me was his discussion on telomeres. Telomeres are short caps of DNA on the ends of chromosomes. As a cell divides, the telomere shortens, and as this process continues, as the telomere is mostly gone, the cell dies. As such, telomere length has been proposed as a marker of biological aging. So preventing telomere shortening may be a key anti-aging factor. In my next blog post, I will discuss several nutritional factors that appear to be beneficial in preventing telomere shortening.
Brad Pfeiffer, DC
Chiropractor Bend, Oregon