SMI Newsletter — February, 2013

Healthy Start To 2013

Dear clients,

Welcome to the first SMI newsletter!

At SMI we are dedicated to keeping our clients and our community healthy, active and well informed. The SMI newsletter is intended to keep you up to date on health and wellness research as well as provide useful tips and reminders. You will also find news about things that are happening at SMI such as seminars and classes.

We will generally include information about massage, stretching, strengthening exercises, nutrition, acupuncture and anything else we may find interesting with regard to health and fitness. If there is something in particular that you would like to see, please let us know!

~The SMI Team

Coffee is good for you!


Decades ago Johnny Carson made a joke about how scientists will one day discover that a healthy breakfast will consist of cigarettes, donuts and coffee.  It turns out he was right …about the coffee. 


Within the past few years research on the effects of coffee has shown that there may, in fact, be numerous benefits to drinking a cup of Joe. Specifically, moderate caffeinated coffee intake has been shown to have health benefits for:


1.  Alzheimer’s

2.  Parkinson’s Disease

3.  Heart disease 

4.  Type-2 diabetes 


For Type-2 diabetes, the benefits have also been found with decaffeinated coffee.  The maximum benefit seems to occur with approximately four servings (400 mg of caffeine) a day. Keep in mind that ONE Starbucks Venti Coffee is more than four servings (436 mg of caffeine), whereas one shot of espresso is approximately one serving (100 mg of caffeine). And take it easy on the cream and sugar! 


So go have a cup or two from one of our favorite local coffee houses. We strongly recommend Philz Coffee, Zombie Runner, Douce France and Coupa Cafe.  


Maybe one day we will be able to have that jelly donut for breakfast… in the meantime, one out of three isn’t bad! 


Thanks Johnny Carson!


1. “Role of coffee in modulation of diabetes risk” by Natella F and Scaccini C, Nutrition Reviews 70 2012 2072. “Habitual coffee consumption and risk of heart failure: a dose-response meta-analysis” by Mostofsky E et al., Circ Heart Fail 5 2012 4013. “Caffeine and coffee as therapeutics against Alzheimer’s disease” by Arendash GW and Cao C, J Alzheimer’s Disease 20 2010 S1174. “Genome-wide gene-environment study identifies glutamate receptor gene GRIN2A as a Parkinson’s disease modifier gene via interaction with coffee” by Hamza TH et al., PLoS Genetics 7 2011 1002237



Dr. Clyde Wilson teaches nutrition in the UCSF and Stanford Medical Schools and has his office at SMI


Need to Boost Your Immune System…Try Acupuncture!
by Colleen Burke, L.Ac., Staff Acupuncturist

acupancture-imageIf you are looking to boost your immune system this flu season, acupuncture is something you should consider.


Each person has a unique constitution, which is why some people catch colds and flu and some do not. Acupuncture addresses an individual’s weaknesses and can actually help prevent illness.


According to Acupuncturists and Eastern Medicine, needling helps to optimize the flow of energy through your lungs, reduce inflammation, boost your immune system, and reduce the effects of stress on the body.  Studies have shown that after acupuncture, certain immune-enhancing blood components stay elevated for at least 3 days after a treatment (1).  


So if you are looking for a way to keep healthy during this flu season, try acupuncture!   


(1)  Zhou RX, Huang FL, Jiang SR, et al.: The effect of acupuncture on the phagocytic activity of human leukocytes. J Tradit Chin Med 8 (2): 83-4, 1988


National Cancer Institute

Orhopedic Massage

Everyone enjoys a good massage, especially after rigorous exercise. But until recently, no one has understood how or why a massage works to relieve muscle soreness.


In a new study published in Science Translational Medicine, researchers conducted an experiment to study what exactly happens in muscles that are undergoing massage.


Researchers had participants perform vigorous exercise on a stationary bicycle. Then, they tracked the process of muscle injury and repair for muscles that had been massaged and muscles that were left to recover on their own.


They found that massage both reduced the production of cytokines (which play a role in inflammation) and stimulated mitochondria (which play a role in cell function and repair).  Not only does massage reduce inflammation, but it can also enhance recovery.    


Every athlete and active individual should include massage as part of their training regiment.Consult with one of our therapists’ here at SMI to learn more about how massage can help you.    


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Mark Fadil

Sports Medicine Institute

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