The Chiropractic adjustment

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“The doctor  of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, diet , and in the cause and prevention of disease.” Thomas Edison

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When a Chiropractic physician positions his hands to give an adjustment, a change is about to take place that could improve your health for a lifetime.  Because nerves and blood flow from between your vertebra and not only go to the internal organs but to other parts of your body, misalignments potentially can have a devastating effect on your health.

The nervous system controls and coordinates every organ, part and system of the body and relates the individual to his or her environment.      (Grays Anatomy)

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Let me explain: little Tommy, due to his serious asthma reactions, could not go outside and play with his friends, that is until after his Chiropractic adjustments started. Then he could play with the best of them.  Chiropractic adjustments freed Jeff of his chronic daily headaches and his wife Jessica no longer has sinus headaches.  Beth was afraid to hold her newborn after the car accident because of her seizures, her medical doctor told her even though the drugs were starting to lose their effect he could not increase the dose because it could be fatal.  After her first adjustments she never had another seizure.

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Frank has suffered 20 years with his neck, shoulders and arms.  It was that car accident he had when he was 20. He took the pain medication and the muscle relaxers but he never was free from the pain. That is until he got his Chiropractic adjustments.  Sandy had carpal tunnel syndrome and was told surgery was her only option. Chiropractic adjustments proved that wrong.  Jim was sure he was having a heart attack but after five hours at the hospital they sent him home with pain pills.  Three or four times a week he would be gripped with chest pain and it became hard to breathe.  Chiropractic adjustments changed that.  Jim’s mother suffered from digestive problems for the past 15 years.  Chiropractic adjustments restored the normal nerve and blood flow to her digestive system and she can eat whatever she wants now.  Jeannette suffered from chronic colitis that kept her running to the bathroom three or four times after each meal.  She stopped doing activities  that she used to have fun doing because of the flare-ups.  It’s been six months since she received her first Chiropractic adjustments. It’s been five months since she had her last attack of colitis.

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 Bill was told surgery was his only option for his back injury and his surgeon told him there was no way he could return back to the type of work he has been doing the past 30 years.  He received his first Chiropractic adjustments on Monday and by Friday he was back working full-time amazed how much better he was doing.  Jennifer has had bad menstrual periods ever since she was 18 and  the ibuprofen that she was taking started causing serious kidney problems.  After she started receiving Chiropractic adjustments her next period was already 50 percent better and by her third period she was pain free for first-time.  Linda and Bill had been trying to have a family for four years.  Two months after they started Chiropractic adjustments Linda was pregnant.

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Some patients say they need to get popped, others cracked.  I prefer the word adjustment, after over 40 years of experiences like the ones above that word seems to better describe the act of releasing health back into the body.  Now don’t get me wrong, you can call it what you want.  It’s not what you call it; it’s just making sure you get it on a regular basis.

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THE SCIENCE

Health is when each organ is functioning properly,  and is functioning in relation to the needs and wants of the rest of the body.  (Dorland’s Medical Dictionary)

Nerves from the spinal cord (Pre-ganglionic fibers)   communicate (synapse)  with the nerves controlling organs (up to 20 post-ganglionic fibers – autonomic chain).

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Vertebra become subluxated (misaligned) and compress the nerves (pinched nerves).

10 millimeters of pressure decrease  the nerve function 40%. 20 millimeters of pressure decrease  function by 60%. (Spinal Research University Colorado)

This nerve pressure causes the underlying weakness that allows disease to develop. Healthy  bodies don’t get sick.

Studies show chiropractic is twice as effective as medical care, at half the cost. (Trial records  Wilks vs. AMA)

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TIPS ON QUITTING SMOKING

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 50% of successful quitters did it cold turkey: the other 50% quit gradually. The first 48 hours are critical for most people once you pass them, it will be easier each day. So pick the tips that suit you.

1.            Smoke one less cigarette each day.

2.            Make each cigarette a special decision, and put off making the decision.

3.            Don’t give up cigarettes – completely carry one with you in case of need. You’ll find you’re saving it – permanently.

4.            Don’t quit “forever” just stop for a day – and tomorrow try it for another day, and tomorrow and tomorrow.

5.            Tell your friends and family you’re quitting. A public commitment bolsters will power.

6.            Pick Q (QUIT) Day  and quit.

7.            Hide all evidence of cigarettes, ashtrays, matches, etc, so you aren’t reminded of your renunciation.

8.            Lay in a supply of chewing gum, celery sticks, nuts, carrot sticks, etc.

9.            Nervousness, hunger, etc., are signs of the body’s readjustment. If they’re hard to manage, consult me.

10.          We carry supplements that help cut the craving and are safe, ask about them.

If you need help, we can employ auriculo-therapy which is a physical therapy modality used in addictive disease. This therapy consists of specific micro-electrical currents which are directed to isolated points on the ear which triggers the release of pituitary hormones (endorphins) which is thought to alter simulative physiological brain pathways.

Effects of auricular therapy  on drug addictions

It has been found that by stimulating these acupuncture points in the ear, you could enhance what is known as an “award cascade” effect from the limbic system. This re-balances an addict’s chemistry. It can change the addiction from an overwhelming compulsion to a manageable situation which the patient can then eliminate. Certainly, many drug addicts would give anything to rid themselves of their habits – but that over-whelming compulsion to use the drug is more than they can overcome. Thus, this help is a wonderful asset to the addict on a physiological level.

It is through this mechanism that a person is able to break the addictive habits of smoking, alcohol, drugs, etc.

THE SUCCESS RATE FOR this PROGRAM HAS been running APPR0XIMATEY 79% with WOMEN AND 85% with MEN.

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STEVIA WEIGHT LOSS AND APPETITE CONTROL PROGRAM

 Stevia, an extract 300 times more potent than sugar, the no-fat, no-calorie “natural” sweetener that soda and juice lovers have been thirsting for?

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Stevia users have long insisted that the leaves (usually ground and used in tea bag form) and concentrate reduced their appetite and their craving for sweets and fatty foods, thus being a very effective aid in weight loss.

Research now underway suggests that natural Stevia may be beneficial for people who are overweight. It is believed that a defect exists between the stomach and the hypothalamus in many people who are overweight, which fails to “turn off’ hunger sensations when the person is actually full. It appears, from the initial research, that Stevia may correct this defect and actually reset the hunger mechanism, thus “turning off’ hunger sensations when satiation has occurred.

People who use Stevia Concentrate to help balance blood sugar levels have reported that they have found 30-50 drops of the Stevia concentrate, taken two or three times a day to be useful in helping to manage their condition. Some doctors have recommended 6-8 drops six times a day.

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People looking for help in managing weight, blood sugar, blood pressure and simply nourishing the pancreas, as well as ‘lust naturally” reducing their craving for sweets and fats are enthusiastic about Stevia .. Some experts suggest that Stevia is destined to be known as one of the most important nutritional discoveries of our century.

According to the Mayo Clinic, diabetics can safely use artificial sweeteners such as Stevia because they don’t affect blood sugar levels. An article at Stevia.com says Stevia actually helps to regulate blood sugar, reducing cravings: “Hunger sensations are lessened when 10 or 15 drops are taken 20 minutes before meals.”

Stevia weight loss and appetite control program.

Based on the following information I would recommend utilizing Stevia drops at 3 to 50 drops 10 to 20 min. before meals. In my opinion this would be like eating a box of chocolates before you sit down to a meal, most of us would not eat much after that. So most people will find doing this regularly will cause a nice pace of weight loss.

This routine can have a significant effect on appetite even putting a drop on your tongue can help suppress appetite when needed.

In my opinion Stevia is one of the safest sugar substitutes on the planet. Now it’s important to understand that you could be allergic to anything, I mean absolutely anything. The Stevia allergy which is very rare can’t be ruled out. The chances are very unlikely you will have this issues with Stevia.

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I recommend that you maintain your body type eating program along with the Stevia for healthy weight loss.

Weight Loss

Weight Loss

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Weight loss can be frustrating experience. Counting calories, weighing and measuring your foods, and dealing with the Appetite Demon. Many people give up and try to find the easy way out.

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Unfortunately, when it comes to our bodies and health, there is no easy way out. I know that there appears to be an easy way out sometimes. Any gimmick that you try with your body, in time, will backfire. Many people, when it comes to weight loss, have relied on drugs to suppress their appetite and speed up their metabolism. And now, we find in recent news reports that these individuals have caused irreparable damage to their bodies, and several have lost their lives. There is a principle that is eternal. You can’t cheat natural law, with weight loss or any other health issue. Do it correctly or you will suffer some negative consequences.

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At Keefe Clinic, we approach weight loss with a wholistic viewpoint. We look at diet, metabolism, chemical imbalances, exercise and methods to enhance function. Your body has a drive to seek its natural healthy weight. If you are overweight something is resisting this drive.

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Your diet could be wrong even though you’re eating good foods. There are four classic metabolic types each requiring different diet and exercise regime. Learning your metabolic type could be one of the keys you have missed in maintaining a proper weight.

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Your metabolism could be off because of thyroid problems, a congested liver, endocrine problems, blood sugar problem, and problems with serotonin levels and other neurotransmitter imbalances. If you have one or more of these conditions then they need to be dealt with in order for your body to reach and maintain a normal weight. I hope you can see just taking a drug or trying some other wonder pill is not going to give you any type of results that will last for long. And studies have shown most people who began some quick weight loss have gained not only their weight back but usually more within the year.

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  • The following are the components of the normal natural weight loss program:
  • Chromium picolinate helps convert fat to lean body mass, and reduces craving’s for sweets.
  • Amino acid pills work as a natural appetite suppressant and balance neurotransmitters.
  • Developing the proper water intake enhances the release of excess fluids improves overall metabolism and reduces appetite.
  • Working out an exercise program based in your body type helps increase the burning of calories.
  • Detoxification programs sometimes can be essential to get proper weight loss started.
  • Using the zone diet concept can help maximize your metabolism, promoting weight loss, high-energy and blood sugar control.
  • Establishing the right body type diet for lifetime weight control.
  • Working with Homeopathic remedies to help control mood swings and other emotions that might interfere with a weight loss program.
  • Auricular therapy to help metabolism and appetite.

Give us a call for more information. Keefe Clinic (918) 663-1111

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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We have entered the era of chronic disease. From herpes to AIDS, heart disease to cancer, more and more conditions are appearing that we have no wonder drugs to cure. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is another. Although labeled incurable by the medical profession, who are seeking for some wonder drug, this disease is being helped through Chiropractic. It is important to note that most of the new health problems of today are immune system-related.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Chiropractic is the #1 effective way to rebuild a weakened immune system.

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In a three-year study of 107 individuals who had been under chiropractic care for five years or more, Ronald Pero, Ph.D., chief of cancer prevention research at New York’s Prevention Institute, found that chiropractic patients had a 200% greater immune competence than people who had not received chiropractic care.

I felt that, rather than boring you with a lot of facts and figures about CFS, I would let a very special patient tell you her story.

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CASE HISTORY: Debby S.

In July of 1985, I was diagnosed as having Chronic Mononucleosis. I was sent home with directions of bed rest, and really thought nothing serious of it. Weeks passed and I was still very ill. I had to quit my job. Months passed, and I was still very ill. I was getting worse, not better.

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Medical expenses started piling up in the desperate search to find “my cure,” “my health again,” that which had been taken for granted for so many years. I was sent from one doctor to the next until I landed in the hands of an infectious disease specialist only to have him again do more poking and prodding.

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In the end, I was sent home with a pamphlet entitled, “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – How to Live with Your Disease”. All I could see before my eves was a picture painted with illness. . I drove home with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome branded in my mind, soul, and body.

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CFS is an illness that is not totally understood. Its cause is unknown and it consists of many different symptoms ranging from severe and debilitating fatigue. muscular aches and pains, neurological problems, flu-like symptoms to a host of different other problems. I found nothing to stop the horrible sickness. Nothing could be done to control the waxing and waning of the illness. The months passed into years.

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I truly began to believe I would have to learn to live with this illness, until I was led to Dr. John Keefe and his practice. After a few weeks of working with Dr. Keefe. I began to start picking up. The sick, flu-like feelings started to subside. Little by little, my energy started coming back. I stopped “living my illness” for the first time in along time. I knew I was pulling out of it!

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Through the incredible Vega testing Dr. Keefe performs, my body has been able to communicate what supplements it needs. Through the spinal adjustments, my immune system is straightening out.

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I have come a long way in the last 6 months. It has taken a lot of serious dedication to Dr. Keefe’s program. I know I would still be lying on the couch if I had not kept the faith and hung in there!

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I urge anyone with any illness to go through the program. It has worked for me! I’m back to working full time and feeling better and stronger every day. I no longer “live with.. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

I HAVE MY LIFE BACK.

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Sept. 23, 2013

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Sept. 23, 2013

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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DIET: MILWAUKEEA remarkable study that was published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine has revealed it may be possible to dramatically reverse the effects of aging with Benfotiamine. The study used subjects between the ages of 61-84 with the purpose of determining if aging effects such as decreased lean muscle mass, increased fat and thin skin could be slowed down or reversed. Dr. Rudman’s startling discovery revealed that the men in this study emerged with bodies that by many measures were almost 20 years younger than the ones they started with. Listen, for example, to this amazing statement by Dr. Ronald Klatz, president of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine: B1 in the form of Benfotiamine is 3 times more absorbable than thiamine and allows direct passage through cell membranes into the cell.  We supply a whopping 27,500% daily value rating, which is well tolerated with no side effects. “The reality for 76 million Baby Boomers will be an average life span in excess of 100 years, with unexpectedly good health — so much so, in fact, that you will scarcely be able to tell a fit and active 65-year old from a healthy and athletic 105-year-old.”

WELLNESS: Are You Ignoring the Deficiency That Makes Your Brain Shrink?  Did you know that if you live to be 80 years old, you have a 1 in 2 chance of suffering severe loss of cognitive function?  And unfortunately, experts say the problem is only getting worse.  Researchers are beginning to understand that age-related cognitive decline is linked to a process that involves a gradual decrease in brain mass.  That’s right, your brain actually shrinks as you age!  The good news is that there’s an extremely effective way to keep your brain from shrinking and protect it against the ravages of cognitive decline.  It’s an easy, inexpensive fix for a nutrient deficiency that, coincidentally, affects approximately 1 in 2 older adults.  Research is showing that older adults with higher levels of B12 in their blood have bigger, healthier brains and score higher on memory and cognitive tests than those with lower levels.  Studies have also shown that B12 supplementation can slow brain shrinkage.

CHIROPRACTIC: Studies confirm chiropractic treatment prevents heart attacks and lowers blood pressure Chiropractic treatment also has a significant effect on blood pressure and anxiety levels, according to a study reported in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. The study examined systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels and patients’ anxiety levels before and after an adjustment. In all cases, those subjects who received active treatment experienced a distinct drop in blood pressure and a decrease of their anxiety levels. Results of this study provide evidence that chiropractic treatment offers support to the cardiovascular system.

 

 

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Homeopathy 101

Homeopathy 101

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Keefe Clinic incorporates a very old form of healing called HOMEOPATHY, Homeopathy is one of the oldest and gentlest forms of medicine known to mankind. From our customized allergy mix to our flower mix for emotional processing, we offer a full line of homeopathy.

    • To understand the philosophy of Homeopathy, there are some terms that you must know, such as:
    • IATROGENIC DISEASE (eye-atra-genic):
      This means a disease that is caused by medical treatment, hospital stay, or drugs you are taking.
    • ALLOPATHIC MEDICINE
      This is medicine as we know it today: surgery, injections of drugs, utilization of drugs or combinations of drugs, vaccinations, and hospitalization. Medical doctors are allopathic physicians.
    • HOLISTIC OR ALTERNATE THERAPY
      This is a belief in “natural” therapy, which means the UTILIZATION of nutrition, changes in life styles, homeopathy, diet, vitamins, minerals, herbs, exercise, environmental detoxification, body detoxification, adjustment of the spine, reflex testing etc. Anything that you can do to help yourself achieve health would be considered alternate therapy. Holistic doctors would be most Doctors of Chiropractic, some Osteopathic a few Medical Doctors, Naturopath, Homeopaths, any health care professional that is working to make you a healthy person by using natural means.

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR HEALTH?

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This is a common misconception in the world today. Most people think that their doctor is responsible for their health. This is NOT TRUE…YOU are the only person in the world that is responsible for your health. You have active choices in life… YOU can choose to lead a sensible healthy lifestyle, or you can choose a lifestyle that will lead you towards illness.

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We are not saying that allopathic doctors and hospitals are not necessary. They are a must for crisis care…when you break a bone, or have an accident, or when you let a condition get out of hand.

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“Over one third of hospital patients studied develop iatrogenic illnesses as a result of medical treatment, according to testimony before a US. Senate Appropriations Committee panel. Almost 10 percent of the patients contacted seriously disabling, life-threatening iatrogenic illnesses. Some fifty thousand Americans a year die from infections and diseases caught in hospitals. As many patients are dying each year from hospitalizations as from automobile accidents.’ (pg 224, The Supermeds)

Homeopathy is a form of treatment that gently nudges the body towards a healthy state. It is 190 years old and was discovered by Samuel Hahnemann(l755-l843).

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The Latin phrase ‘Similia similibus curantur’ (“Like shall be cured by like”) forms the cornerstone of Homeopathic doctrine. According to Hahnemann, the proper remedy for an illness is that substance which in a HEATHY person would produce the same set of symptoms exhibited in the sick patient. This Law of Similars was not original with Hahnemann. The ideas had been advanced by philosophers and physicians from time to time for thousands of years, and Hahnemann acknowledges his debt to Hippocrates, in whose writings the principle of ‘like cures like” appears. Hahnemann, however, was the first to build a consistent system of therapeutics based on this principle. (page 6 THE COMPLETE BOOK OF HOMEOPATHY: Weiner and Goss)

Homeopathy uses infinitesimal or micro doses of natural materials, mineral, animal, etc. Homeopathy’s single purpose is to pay attention to the whole human being. The simple remedy is to trigger the Vital Force (Chi) within the human body which begins the body’s own curative process. This is a medical philosophy which is recognized and extensively used by physicians throughout the world.

Homeopathy is alive and well in all parts of the world. In Britain, members of the Royal Family have been cared for by homeopathic physicians since the reign of Queen Victoria. Prince Charles’ interest in Homeopathy and alternative health care is widely known. Homeopathy is taught, used in hospitals and physician’s offices in France, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, India, Mexico, Chili, Brazil and Argentine.

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Homeopathy is on the rise all over the world, owing to the dissatisfaction of both physicians and patients with current medical treatment. Physicians and patients are looking for a SAFE and EFFECTIVE approach to healing and finding the answer in homeopathy.

Your doctor will instruct you on dosage, usually 10-15 drops three or four times a day. REMEMBER, there are no side-effects, and you do not have to worry about over-dosage. To increase effect, take half as much twice as often. If symptoms sever take a few drops every few minutes.

There are some things to keep in mind with your homeopathic remedies. They should be stored away from electrical or energy producing machines. This means to keep your remedies away from the television set, computer, iridescent light fixtures, and X-ray machines (including the x-.rays used in airports).

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Light and heat do not affect homeopathic products. Just be sure to keep the products away from X-rays, magnets, TV sets (anything with an electromagnetic field). Some homeopathic doctors contend that these products stay potent for many years.

Talk with your doctor and let him lead you in the right direction. There are no short cuts basically, you must adhere to the old adage, “nothing in excess-all things in moderation” Once you have been given a remedy remember to bring it at each appointment as we might need to change its contents from time to time.

You can improve your overall heath by changing your diet.

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      • Cut down on all fatsReduce salt intake
        • Too much peanut butter
        • Yellow fat on meats
        • Cold cuts
        • Butter, margarine, and hydrogenate fats
        • Rancid cooking oils and lards
        • Tropical oils (especially coconut and/or palm oil)
        • Heavy cream
        • Coffee creamers
        • Whole milk
      • Don’t eat preserved meats, such as bacon, ham, cold cuts that contain many preservatives and nitrates.
      • Use only fresh whole foods.
      • Utilize whole grains and high fiber foods: oat bran, wheat, bran or rice bran (beans are very high in fiber)
      • Eat an abundance of raw vegetables and fruit. (Use the whole fruit instead of concentrated juices all the time).
        For example: The body was not designed to consume 6-10 apples at one time; when you drink a large glass of apple juice, you are getting that many apples. This applies to all fruit juices. So drink in moderation.
      • Do not consume alcohol, or consume in very limited quantities.
      • Limit your intake of sugar and white flour.

 

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On the 3rd to 4th day of taking homeopathic remedies, you may experience some detoxification. You simply quit taking the remedy for one or two days and then start in again. When your symptoms go away, ask if it is time to quit taking the product.

Like Chiropractic, Homeopathy believes health comes from with in. Though drugs are needed at some time, drugs don’t heal. After the crisis is over seek the cure of your health problems with Chiropractic and Homeopathy.

Heart Problems

Heart Problems

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With the death rate from heart problems so high and the number of Americans suffering with heart related disease, we need to look at our approach to heart health.

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Fortunately, we are slowly evolving from an era where a headache has been treated as an aspirin deficiency into an era of molecular or nutritional medicine, where we can now find the biochemical defects (missing nutrients) that predispose people to many symptoms.

  • The main reasons for so many deficiencies today arc dual:
  • We are the first generation to eat so many processed foods that have been stripped of their nutrients to expand shelf life.
  • We are the first generation to ever be exposed to and be detoxifying so many chemicals on a daily basis. This process of detoxification requires and actually uses up, or depletes, many nutrients.
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For example, most grocery stores’ cooking oils and margarines are purified and hydrogenated. This means the oils and margarines have been processed with strong chemicals that remove most of the vitamins and minerals. This is so the product can last for months and not go bad. Unfortunately these nutrients are the very ones that are necessary to prevent arteriosclerosis, early heart attacks, high blood pressure, impotence, Alzheimer’s presenile dementia, strokes, premature aging, etc.

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Furthermore, hydrogenation means that the product has been exposed to a temperature in excess of 1,000 F, which causes a twisting of the molecule. Normally, lipid (fat or oil) molecules fit into the membranes of cells to protect them and promote proper function. When these heat twisted molecules are ingested, they fit into the membranes like broken keys. They lock into the structure, but they stop it from functioning properly, and they prevent the good molecules from entering to perform their functions. Meanwhile, the twisted molecules are capable of causing the very same damage that saturated fats (from bacon, cheese, steak, etc.) cause.

What do doctors who have not studied nutrition recommend to heart patients? Margarines, artificial eggs, etc.

 

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Margarines are as much as 35% trans (the “bad” twisted molecules) fatty acids. Corn oil, artificial (“plastic”) egg substitutes and most “natural whole grain health breads” (made with hydrogenated oils) contain significant amounts as well. So U.S. cardiologists could have actually been accelerating disease. U.S. cardiologists are blamed specifically, because European doctors are either more aware of biochemistry, are not so egocentric that they cannot listen to doctors who do read about the latest scientific discoveries or perhaps are not as controlled financially by other interests, like food and chemical manufacturers. Europe won’t even allow the sales of our margarines there because they are so notoriously high in damaging trans- fatty acids.

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Another point is that more than 51% of the heart patients in a recent study were low in magnesium in one study. These are the patients who died from a recalcitrant arrhythmia, induced by an undetected mineral deficiency.

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For example, in patients who had suffered heart attacks, had bypass surgery and all the best modern drugs and yet were found to be relentlessly persistent in closing off new vessels with arteriosclerotic deposits, diet and lifestyle changes were able to reverse these lesions in one year, as proven by PET scans. Yet, cardiologists commonly treat irregular heartbeat (cardiac arrhythmia) with various drugs, like calcium channel blockers, even though magnesium is nature’s calcium channel blocker.

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In a time when government studies reveal that the average American diet only provides a small percent of the daily requirement for magnesium, is it any wonder that there is such an upsurge in the use of calcium channel blockers? The problem is that by artificially fixing the minerally deficiency symptom with a medication instead of correcting’ the underlying cause, the deficiency is allowed to progress and cause other serious conquences, like sudden death.

 

In terms of chronic care, the cardiologist can actually be contributing to disease. For example, mineral deficiency may be a solo cause or one of several causes of hypertension and cardiovascular disease, which is the number one cause of chronic illness and death in the U.S. However, the main category of drug prescribed for chronic hypertension, a diuretic, is notorious for causing mineral deficiency.

So the very drug that is prescribed to treat (mask) the symptom, is actually worsening the underlying cause. The patient has only one option: to get sicker. As his mineral deficiency worsens, the patient may suffer chronic back spasms, chronic fatigue or depression, cardiac arrhythmia or even sudden death. If that were not enough, these diuretics also elevate serum lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides), thereby accentuating another cause of arteriosclerosis. And this occurs because we are drug-oriented and merely mask the symptoms, rather than look for the biochemical causes.

Doctors, in general, do not read bio-chemistry research journals, even though one of the roles of research biochemists is to make important discoveries about human health. Physicians instead normally read medical journals that are between 10 and 45 years behind actual scientific discoveries.

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Should anyone take a preview peak into the literature and report it before the self-appointed medical authorities do, he immediately gets proclaimed a quack, or the information is labeled unsubstantiated. This is almost as though there is an unwritten rule: “It shall not be discovered and announced and taken for common knowledge until we are ready.”

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Historically, nutritional care has not only taken a back seat, but has taken a beating from drug-oriented medicine. Meanwhile, the politics and pace of change in medicine may make it necessary for you to take charge now until the cardiologists and other doctors catch up with the molecular era of nutritional medicine.

In another report, a research dietitian warned that the popular low fat, high-carbohydrate diet Americans are being encouraged to follow isn’t necessarily best for everyone – and could endanger the health of some individuals.

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OK, What can I do? Seek correction not just treatment (symptom relief) for your health problems.

  • If you have a heart related problem
  • Make sure no subluxations affecting the heart go uncorrected.
  • Ask us for a complete lab work-up and Vega exam to find if there are any nutrient problems relating to the underlying condition.
  • Start a regular exercise program.
  • Ask about stress reduction.

Your lifestyle changes can make all the difference in the world.
There is hope.

FOOD AS MEDICINE SERIES: Foods and neurotransmitters

FOOD AS MEDICINE SERIES

Foods and neurotransmitters

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Much of the information in this pamphlet is referenced from “Younger (thinner) you diet” by Eric R. Braverman M.D.

We will be covering four key neurotransmitters and the foods that help bring a better balance. Each section will cover, and symptoms when these neurotransmitters are low and the most common actions these have in your body and brain.

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Dopamine

With low dopamine-you feel depleted. It takes more time and effort to get things done, your concentration may wonder, you’re thinking and decision-making may not be as quick. You may sleep a little longer but still wake up tired. You search for stimulants like coffee or caffeinated beverages just to get you going. You’re prone to addictions. Dopamine controls feelings of bliss and pleasure, euphoric, appetite control, controlled motor movements, feel focused.

Dopamine builder-tyrosine-rich foods include: beef, chicken, cottage cheese (low-fat), duck, eggs, granola, oat flakes, ricotta cheese, Turkey, wheat germ, whole milk, wild game, and yogurt. Spices that increase dopamine: Basil, black pepper, cayenne, cumin, fennel, flaxseed, garlic, mustard seed, rosemary, savory, sesame seeds, tarragon, turmeric. Supplements that boost dopamine-tyrosine, phenylalanine, rhodiola Rosa, B1, chromium, folic acid, yohimbine, methionine, vitamin D, magnesium, phosphatidylserine. Dopamine enhancing hormones:– testosterone/estrogen, vasopressin, DHEA, thyroid, cortisol, HGH, erythropoietin, calcitonin, insulin, TRH.

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Acetylcholine

Acetylcholine-deficiency include memory lapses, increasing paranoia, frequent urination and bowel movements, sexual dysfunction, as well as dry skin and dry mouth. With advanced deficiencies you will find yourself avoiding contact with others. Your ability to get into a routine it’s totally out of hand, and you can’t manage your daily schedule. Acetylcholine effects alertness, memory, sexual performance, appetite control, release of growth hormone.

Acetylcholine foods: choline foods-Almonds, beef, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, caviar, celery, chicken, cod roe, coffee, eggs, flava beans, fish, grape juice, hazelnuts, lettuce, oranges, peanuts, soybeans, tofu, wheat germ. liver, milk, and wheat germ.

Memory spices: allspice, basil, cumin, peppermint, sage, thyme, turmeric. Acetylcholine boosting hormones: HGH, arginine vasopressin, DHEA, calcitonin, parathyroid, estrogen. Nutrients that augment acetylcholine: choline, DMA E., acetyl l-carnitine, phosphatidylserine, fish oils, glycerol phosphorylcholine, piracetam (derivative of GABA).

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GABA

GABA, GABA aminobutyric acid-with low GABA you can feel anxious, overwhelmed, unwell, and even shaky. That’s why migraines, mood swings, sleep problems, anxiety, pain and panic attacks are related to GABA imbalance. Your sleep can be disturbed by night sweats. You might even experience occasional dizzy spells, clammy hands, or forget what your best friend ask you to do for her. Severe drops will cause your day to end with tasks left undone. Meanwhile your constant anxiety accelerates weight gain and oppression and can cause you to withdraw completely from your work, your community, and your family. GABA has an anti-stress, anti-anxiety, anti-panic, anti-pain effect and causes you to feel calm, maintain control, focus.

Glutamine foods for GABA: beans, brand, brown rice, cassava (yuca), corn, high fiber breakfast cereals, lentils, whole milk, peas, root vegetables (carrots, beats, rutabagas, turnips), whole wheat or wheat breads, yams (sweet potatoes),, dairy products, fish, meat, poultry.

Boost GABA with vitamin B foods: bananas, beans, beef liver, beats, broccoli, cantaloupe, pigs grapefruit, halibut, kale, lentils, mangoes and nuts notes oranges a spinach wheat and wheat bran.

De-stressing spices: Caraway, cardamom, cilantro cinnamon, cloves, coriander, lemongrass, oregano paprika, poppy seeds

GABA hormones: progesterone pregnenolone GHRH oxytocin

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Serotonin

Serotonin, the brain chemical allows you to experience pleasure and feel good about yourself. Deficiency can cause suspicion, being self-absorbed, and being a rule breaker. Promotes and improves sleep, improves self esteem, relieves depression, diminishes craving, prevents agitated depression and worrying.

Serotonin foods through tryptophan: Avocado, chicken, chocolate, cottage cheese, duck, eggs granola, wholemeal, rolled oats, Turkey, wheat germ, yogurt.

Serotonin spices: saffron, marjoram, peppermint , spearmint, dill, nutmeg, licorice, turmeri, cinnamand fennel

Serotonin boosters: vitamin D melatonin 5-hydroxytryptophan, B6, fish oils, magnesium, sceletium tortuosum, fucoxanthin, acetyl l-carnitine, DHEA, phenylalanine, SAMe, L-tryptophan, St. John’s wort.

Serotonin enhancing hormones: progesterone, human growth hormone, pregnenolone, leptin, aldosterone For ideas on how to combine these foods, herbs and spices I refer you to Dr. Braverman’s book. He gives several ideas and recipes to combine these foods in your diet.

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At Keefe Clinic we offer urine and saliva testing for hormones and neurotransmitters to help determine your levels. We also offer a simple questionnaire to help identify which of these four neurotransmitters you might have an issue with. But the lab test offers a complete profile on your neurotransmitters.

Why do Md’s hate vitamins?

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From time to time I have patients relate to me that their medical doctor is trying to scare them away from taking their vitamins. One tactic is just to ask the patient why are you taking those, and since most patients can’t explain the biochemistry they can feel a little flustered and thus a little insecure about taking them. The complexities of changing your biochemistry and thus improving your health are an area we would not expect you to fully understand but I hope you feel comfortable asking questions so you can understand why you’re taking what you take. The facts are this: there is more research behind diet and nutritional therapy in promoting health and longevity then there is behind the use of drugs. The vast amount of research primarily funded by the federal government over the past 60 years have proven what we see every day in our practice, diet and nutrition is one of the most powerful tools in restoring health and maintaining it over the long run. Drugs suppress symptoms, Vitamins heal. Drugs have become increasingly dangerous over the years and kill over 3000 people a week. I believe if most people read the side effects from the drugs they’re taking many would stop taking drugs. But in the doctor-patient setting if your doctor is making you feel stupid about taking supplements that can be a lot of pressure.

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Why do medical doctors do that? First of all not all medical doctors practice that way. In fact the younger medical doctors are starting to investigate nutrition on their own. The training they got in school is absurd. Your local car mechanic might know more about diet and nutrition than the average medical doctor. The following article helps explain why: Medical Doctors Have Little or No Knowledge of Nutrition Because Medical Schools Offer Little or No Education on Nutrition, Vitamins or Minerals Posted on June 9, 2011  by Mannie Barling and Ashley F. Brooks The fundamental reason why doctors do not know much about nutrition is because very few of them study much, if not anything, about nutrition in medical school. This is largely because the curriculum is heavily influenced by the food and drug industries. Ray D. Strand, MD, the author of Death By Prescription, punctuates the lack of education about nutrition by saying:

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“In medical school I had not received any significant instruction on the subject. I was not alone. Only approximately 6 percent of the graduating physicians in the United States have any training in nutrition. Medical students may take elective courses on the topic, but few actually do… the education of most physicians is disease-oriented with a heavy emphasis on pharmaceuticals – we learn about drugs and why and when to use them.”

Dr. Strand, also, observed that doctors usually make good teachers, but not good students. Most doctors fear not knowing the answers to medically-related issues and will try to present themselves with as much authority as possible.

 

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Dietary supplements are a very foreign subject for most doctors, and most doctors show no interest in learning more about them. He opines that doctors are not taught much in medical school about the power of nutrition in medicine – only about the power of prescription drugs and surgery as treatment for diseases.

Why do we use supplements?

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My postgraduate training was in family practice and internal disorders. And if we were talking about cardiovascular disease or immune system disorders or arthritis we covered the overwhelming research that showed nutritional therapy as one of the top approaches to effectively deal with these issues. Just talking about cardiovascular disease I can still remember the news reports in the 80s when the convention of “heart specialists” were having their annual meeting in Florida and how they were chided by research lecturers about the importance of vitamin E in stopping heart attacks. In fact research shows that nutritional therapy is far more effective in preventing and managing heart disease than any drug on the market. I’m not saying that there aren’t times that drug therapy is not life-saving but when it comes to healing and repair, nutritional therapy is essential. You don’t make healthy tissue cells from drugs you make them from vitamins, minerals and enzymes. You make hormones from the foods that you put in your mouth. You make white blood cells from the foods that you put in your mouth. And that’s why I feel any physician who doesn’t have the knowledge to help their patients with diet and supplementation should not be in the office of a primary care physician. Drugs and surgeries are best left to the emergency rooms. Repairing organs by rebalancing biochemistry comes from diet and nutrition. Every Surgeon General in the past 20 years has admitted that diet and lifestyle are the number one cause for our most common health problems. So does it seem odd that chiropractic physicians would focus on diet and lifestyle? What’s odd is the medical profession doesn’t. Yes they give lip service to eating right but what does that mean? Putting everybody on the Heart Association diet has been proven to be detrimental to the population as a whole. As individuals we require that our diets be customized to our  own genetic makeup. And nutritional therapy or supplements  also needs to be customized.

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What should I do if my medical doctor says supplements are dangerous and they should stop taking them? If you want to give them a hard time you can ask him which of the drugs that you are recommending to me are free of side effects?

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Which of the drugs that you recommending to me is my body using to make healthy tissue cells? Okay, I’m joking. What I would recommend you do is just smile and say thank you. You need to remember he has no training in nutrition and feels somewhat threatened. We all have a certain amount of fear about something were not familiar with. He’s in a position where he should know and he doesn’t, so instead of admitting his ignorance to you he comes across like he knows better.

  It’s sad as a patient you have to work through these political differences in healthcare. And believe me these are political differences not scientific ones. The science is on the side of diet and nutrition. And you can believe me that most of the studies that you hear that are negative about nutrition are what we call “junk science”. Let me explain, one year after the Heart Association convention, we discussed earlier, in the recommendation given to the heart surgeons to recommend vitamin E there was another vitamin E research report a year later. I can remember the CNN report as if it was yesterday. Two or three doctors in white coats were standing at a podium explaining how their research showed that vitamin E does not help with heart attacks, that’s amazing since the last 15 to 20 years of research said the opposite. So then on one side you have 15 to 20 years of research supporting the use of vitamin E with heart disease and the other side you have this research that shows it doesn’t help. Remember the devil is in the details. The research over the past 15 to 20 years supported the use of 400 units of vitamin E as a way of preventing a second heart attack. When you look at the research that seemed  to contradict this you find a very interesting fact. They didn’t use 400 units of vitamin E in their research. How much did they use? Around 30 units. Now you have to ask a question: Why they would use such a low dose of vitamin E when all the other research indicated the use of over 10 times that amount. And why didn’t they release on CNN that 30 units of vitamin E doesn’t seem to help prevent a second heart attack instead of saying  just vitamin E in our study didn’t prevent a second heart attack. Some might conclude that they were being deceptive. And the question is which pharmaceutical company paid for this research? Research that was doomed to fail from the start. Research that would just be used to muddy the water on the use of supplements. And the sad fact is you can buy any research results that you want in our politically charged environment today.

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A little common sense and logic can help you work through this maze of contradictory information. The supplements that we recommend are based on our evaluation of you and we have individualized the supplements that we recommend through testing. Our approaches are driven by science and over 30 years of working with patients and helping them recover their health. When you start improving under natural healthcare is because your body is healing. If your headache goes away because you took and aspirin you just covered up the problem, no healing has taken place. The choice is yours we hope you choose health.

Osteoporosis: THE TRUTH ABOUT OSTEOPOROSIS

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  • Here are some facts:
  • There are over 300,000 hip fractures in the U.S. each year which are directly related to an increased mortality (death) rate. In one British study, the mortality rate after one year in those who suffered hip fractures was 33%, and increased with advancing age where in those over 90 years old it was 51%.
  • Osteoporosis can be so severe that riding in a car over bumpy roads, or sneezing, can lead to small fractures in the spine.
  • With 10 million American women entering menopause in the next ten years, osteoporosis will become a serious women’s health issue. The costs related to loss of work, hospitalization and rehabilitation are estimated to be 20 to 30 billion dollars nationally each year.
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There is adequate information and there are new therapies available to prevent and manage osteoporosis. This condition does not have to negatively impact one’s health. Fortunately their are several things that can be done to secure strong bones that last a lifetime. Staying active is one of the most important things that you can do. Placing demands on the bones through exercise stimulates bone integrity. Find something you enjoy doing and do it regularly.

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Maintaining healthy estrogen levels can be accomplished both by proper diet and use of natural estrogen in cream or tablet form. Foods like soy or flax can supply what are called phytoestrogens, compounds that work like estrogen. Minerals of course are important in the control of osteoporosis. It is interesting to note that Asian women have very little problem with osteoporosis and get a third to a half the amount of calcium in their diet that American women get. Yet we hear on TV that were not getting enough calcium. The facts are some American women do need calcium supplementation, most American women need other minerals, particularly magnesium. Magnesium is the No. 1 deficient mineral in the American diet. Other minerals like manganese, iron, boron, etc can be needed. Lab work is the best tool to determine what minerals are deficient and a hair analysis is one of the best tools for mineral analysis. There is also a simple urine test that can be run to determine if a person is losing too much collagen from bone.

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A study which appeared the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and authored by researchers from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo has identified three main risk factors for osteoporosis that will help physicians decide which women may need a test to determine if the disease is present.

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Osteoporosis can best be detected through the use of a bone mineral density test called a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry scan, commonly known as a scan. The second most common cause of death in women over 50, osteoporosis affects 25 million Americans.

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In the study, a team led by Dr. Weinstein professor and chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at MCO, found that women with the following factors were more at risk for developing osteoporosis: decreasing weight at the time of menopause, a longer period of time since menopause, and a history of never having taken estrogen supplements from oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy. Of the 1,610 menopausal women in the study, two-thirds of the women did not have signs of osteoporosis when undergoing the DEXA scan. In one-third of the women, osteoporosis was seen in one or more sites in their bodies.

The study found that among women with a history of oral contraceptive use, osteoporosis was present in the spine of 17.8 percent of the women, while the percentage of non-users with osteoporosis in the spine increased to 30.9 percent.

  • Guyton’s Textbook of Medical Physiology, 6th Edition states:
  • “The organic matrix of bone is 90-95 percent collagen fibers (a protein).
  • “Osteoporosis, the most common of all bone diseases in adults and especially in old age, is a different disease from osteomalacia, for it results from diminished organic matrix rather than abnormal bone calcification.
  • “Osteomalacia is rickets … Rickets occurs in children as a result of calcium or phosphate deficiency in the extra-cellular fluid. Ordinarily, rickets is due to lack of vitamin D. “
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From this we plainly see that osteoporosis is the loss of bone matrix (made up of collagen — a protein), and actually osteomalacia is the loss of calcium. Picture it somewhat like making the floats seen in parades. The float has a structure of chicken wire that makes up the frame. Crepe paper is stuck to this. The chicken wire is like the collagen fibers. The crepe paper is like the calcium.

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It is true that there is a loss of calcium in osteoporosis, however it is because there is no collagen for the calcium to stick to. Without the chicken wire there is nothing to stick the crepe paper to and it just blows away. The collagen makes up the “frame” that calcium sticks to. Without the collagen, the calcium just blows away. Adding calcium when there is no collagen is like making a float by adding crepe paper when there is no chicken wire to hold it in place. Collagen adds tensile strength and flexibility, calcium adds hardness.

FACT — Osteoporosis is NOT the loss of calcium from the bones. This is a deception that has been foisted upon us. Many doctors and health care providers have been more educated by a TUMS commercial than by a science text book. In analyzing data from the Nurses’ Health Study, which included 77,761 women, aged 34 through 59 years, researchers found no evidence that higher intakes of milk or calcium from food sources actually reduced fracture incidence. In fact, women who drank two or more glasses of milk per day had a 45% higher incidence of hip fracture compared with women consuming one glass or less per week. We have the best product to build bone matrix on the market. ASK ABOUT MCHC.

WARNING–There is this notion that you can’t get too much calcium. That is wrong. Calcium overdose leads to many health problems. Don’t try to be your own doctor.

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Digestion 101: The Digestive System

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The “digestive system” or “digestive tract” is contained in a long tube called the alimentary canal that runs from our mouth to our anus. The mouth, the esophagus, the stomach, and the intestines are all components of the digestive system – and though each has a special function, they all have the same purpose: to convert food into energy and eliminate what’s not needed. Let’s investigate some of the digestive problems that people suffer from when certain parts of the digestive system malfunction and what the chiropractic position is regarding these conditions.

Dysphagia

After we chew our food, mixing with digestive enzymes, we swallow it – that is, unless we have a swallowing problem, or dysphagia one of the most common problems of the digestive tract. (People with dysphagia feel the food “going down slowly” or “sticking’)

Esophagus

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Next, the food travels to the stomach down the tube called the esophagus (Latin for “I swallow”). Most people think of the stomach as a simple pouch or container where food is stored and dissolved before being absorbed by the intestines. Well, it’s that and much more than that. In fact, the stomach is one of the busiest and most interesting organs in the body. Inside the stomach are billions of gland cells that manufacture, by a process that is still not fully understood, one of the most powerful acids found in nature: hydrochloric acid (HCL). HCL dissolves the stomach contents so they can be absorbed by the intestines. This acid is so powerful that if it were ever to escape from the stomach, it could eat away our heart, lungs. Liver, veins, arteries, and every other organ in our body.

What Keeps the Acid In?

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Hydrochloric acid stays safely in the stomach because the stomach’s inner walls are covered by a thick layer of mucous, which is made by hundreds of millions of mucous-secreting cells These cells live only two to four days – in fact, they are shed at the rate of half a million cells per day.

Heartburn

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At the top end of the stomach is the cardiac orifice, a muscular area that is usually closed to prevent food from backing up into the esophagus. But when people have “heartburn’ the food may reflux (flow back) a little through the cardiac orifice from the stomach to the esophagus. This condibon is usually felt as a burning sensation behind the sternum or breastbone. (During vomiting this orifice opens up). At the bottom of the stomach is a valve (the pyloric sphincter) that lets food into our intestines a little at a time.

Stomach Troubles

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Many things can go wrong with the stomach. The problem perhaps most commonly seen in both children and adults is chronic stomachache, also called nervous stomach or dyspepsia. Another common condition is stomach or duodenal ulcer, which occurs when the mucous lining becomes thin and the powerful acids and digestive juices start to eat through the stomach and intestines – causing a very painful condition.

Pyloric Stenosis / Gastritis

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The stomach can also suffer valve problems, such as pylonc stenosis – a tightening or shrinking of the opening between the esophagus and the stomach: gastritis – an inflammation of the stomach walls: and both benign and malignant tumors.

The Standard Medical Approach

Digestive troubles are often poorly understood and many medical treatments are therefore directed only at treating the symptoms. As one medical text has stated: Further, treating symptoms alone, apart from the risk of the side effects and adverse reactions that are common with drug usage, can lead a person into the false belief that the problem is gone merely because the symptoms are gone. It’s not unusual to hear of a person “living on” antacids, Di-Gel, Tums, Rolaids, or some other over-the-counter remedy, as well as prescription drugs, without any sign of improvement. As a general rule, then, when there’s any kind of health problem, it is always best to avoid medical drug therapy and surgery, which are often dangerous forms of treatment, and investigate first and foremost more natural forms of health care.

The Chiropractic Approach

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It may confuse a patient who has experienced relief from a digestive problem after chiropractic care to hear that chiropractic does not attempt to treat or cure digestive conditions. The chiropractors purpose is to analyze a person’s spinal column for a very common yet very dangerous condition: vertebral subluxation, or spinal nerve stress. Vertebral subluxations damage nerves and interfere with the proper communication between the brain and the body.

Dis-ease

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In order for the body to be healthy, the brain must be able to communicate to all the body organs including, of course, the digestive organs. Any interference of the nerves’ ability to communicate to any part of the body can cause a state of “dis-ease”, an old term meaning that the body is functioning at less than top efficiency This can be a very destructive state, leading to lowered resistance and thus to disease. If vertebral subluxations are found, the chiropractor, by performing the procedure known as “spinal adjustments,” will then proceed to correct or relieve them. And, although chiropractic is not a treatment for disorders of the stomach or digestive organs, relieving pressure on the nerves that go to the digestive system has been recognized as essential for good health

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As early as 1921 research revealed that slight spinal abnormalities could cause stomach and digestive disorders, including disorders of the esophagus, duodenum, and intestines. Henry Winsor, M.D., working on cadavers at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Discovered that diseases of the digestive organs were present when vertebral subluxations affecting nerves traveling to digestive organs were present. Lewit showed in 1985 that 87 percent of a group of adolescents suffering from duodenal and/or gastric ulcer had “pelvic distortion, with increased incidence of blockage in the craniocervical junction. In 1984, Grieve discussed the effectiveness of spinal care with dysphagia and “abdominal nausea.””‘ Maigne has written that relief of interference with the nervous system has alleviated digestive pains and “pseudo-ulcers,” among other conditions. Robuck’s clinical research led him to state that spinal adjustments could help individuals suffering from “dyspepsia and epigasitric distress.” In another study of 100 patients with stomach and duodenal ulcers it was found that 86 had spinal abnormalities of the area that supplied the stomach with nerve fibers.” The noted researcher N. T. Ussher, M.D., found that spinal misalignment could produce disease by irritating the nerves that supply various organs and that correction of the spinal problem could give relief to stomach ulcers, gastritis, colitis, and spastic constipation.”

In Conclusion

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The digestive system can weaken, begin to work improperly, and fall prey to a multitude of diseases. The job of the chiropractor is to ensure that the stomach and the rest of the digestive system (as well as all the other organs of the body) are receiving an unobstructed nerve supply. This promotes body harmony, enhanced ability to cope with stress, and improved resistance to disease. Remember, if the nerves are impinged upon by vertebral subluxations, no amount of Di-Gel, Rolaids, Pepto-Bismol, Tums, or antacids will relieve the pressure. A chiropractic spinal adjustment is what the body needs.

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HERE ARE SOME OF THE REASONS WE USE PULSED ELECTROMAGNETIC THERAPY

PEMF Scientific-Studies

PEMF Scientific Studies Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Therapy

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This is a concise list of PEMF studies.  However, there are over 2,000 studies done with this technology, many of which were double blind, placebo case studies and all of them show a greater percentage of benefits versus the control group.

Rotator Cuff Injuries

Title: PHYSICAL THERAPY MANAGEMENT OF THE SHOULDER
Author(s): NITZ AJ
Source: PHYSICAL THERAPY   Volume: 66   Issue: 12   Pages: 1912-1919   Published: DEC 1986
Experimental Procedure for Tissue Healing
An experimental treatment modality, pulsed electromagnetic field ( PEMF ) therapy, has been used recently for patients with chronic rotator cuff tendinitis who do not respond to steroid injection or other forms of conventional conservative management (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents and analgesics).  104 Seventy percent of the patients with recalcitrant rotator cuff tendinitis reported reduced pain scores and were reported to have increased ROM after PEMF treatment.

Bone Fractures

A group of 83 adults with ununited fractures were examined for the effects of bone grafting and pulsed electromagnetic fields for this study. Results showed a successful healing rate of 87 percent in the original 38 patients treated with bone grafts and PEMF for ununited fractures with wide gaps, malalignment, and synovial pseudarthrosis. Of the 45 patients that were not successfully treated with PEMF and had bone grafting, when re-treated with pulsing electromagnetic fields, achieved a 93 percent success rate. ( I hope you can comprehend this – there was no union, meaning the bone did not heal until they used pulsed magnetic field therapy )

C.A. Bassett, et al., “Treatment of Therapeutically Resistant Non-unions with Bone Grafts and Pulsing Electromagnetic Fields,” Journal of Bone Joint Surg, 64(8), October 1982, p. 1214-1220.

Examining the effects of pulsing electromagnetic fields on 125 patients suffering from ununited fractures of the tibial diaphysis, showed a healing success rate of 87%.

C.A. Bassett, et al., “Treatment of Ununited Tibial Diaphyseal Fractures with Pulsing Electromagnetic Fields,” Journal of Bone Joint Surg, 63(4), April 1981, p. 511-523.

Tendinitis

Results of this double-blind, placebo-controlled study indicated that pulsed electromagnetic field therapy exhibited significant beneficial effects in the treatment of patients suffering from persistent rotator cuff tendonitis.

A. Binder, Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy of Persistent Rotator Cuff Tendinitis. A Double-blind Controlled Assessment, Lancet, 1(8379), March 31, 1984, p. 695-698.

Alzheimer’s Disease

On review, after applying external electromagnetic fields ranging 5 to 8 Hz, large improvements were detected in Alzheimer’s patients. These included improved visual memory, drawing performance, spatial orientation, mood, short-term memory and social interactions.

R. Sandyk, “Alzheimer’s Disease: Improvement of Visual Memory and Visuoconstructive Performance Treatment with Picotesla Range Magnetic Fields,” International Journal of Neurosci, 76(3-4),

June 1994, p. 185-225.

As generally supported, a persons biological daily clock may causally be related to memory deterioration in Alzheimer’s patients and in the ageing. Synchronizing of the circadian rhythms using magnetic fields, (this article suggests) could lead to improved memory for those affected.

R. Sandyk, et al., “Age-related Disruption of Circadian Rhythms: Possible Relationship to Memory Impairment and Implications for Therapy with Magnetic Fields,” International Journal of Neurosci, 59(4), August 1991, p. 259-262.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)

A study of three patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis were treated with a pulsed magnetic field administered by a Magnobiopulse apparatus. Given three times a week for approximately 75 sessions to achieve maximum benefits, all three experienced beneficial effects.

A. Bellosi & R. Berget, “Pulsed Magnetic Fields: A Glimmer of Hope for Patients Suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis,” Second World Congress for Electricity and Magnetism in Biology and Medicine,

8-13 June 1997, Bologna, Italy.

Ankle Sprain

Results of this double-blind, placebo-controlled study indicated that treatment with two 30-minute sessions of noninvasive pulsed radio frequency therapy is effective in significantly decreasing the time required for edema reduction in patients suffering from lateral ankle sprains.

A.A. Pilla & L. Kloth, “Effect of Pulsed Radio Frequency Therapy on Edema in Ankle Sprains: A Multisite Double-Blind Clinical Study,” Second World Congress for Electricity and Magnetism in Biology and Medicine,

8-13 June 1997, Bologna, Italy, p. 300.

Arthritis

Three hours of exposure to a 50-Hz magnetic field in this study revealed that experimentally induced inflammation and suppressed arthritis in rats was significantly inhibited as a result.

Y. Mizushima, et al., “Effects of Magnetic Field on Inflammation,” Experientia, 31(12),

December 15, 1975, p.1411-1412.

Another double-blind, placebo-controlled research study on the effects of pulsed electrical fields administered over a 4 week period revealed significant improvement in patients receiving the therapy relative to the controls.

J.C. Reynolds, “The Use of Implantable Direct Current Stimulation in Bone Grafted Foot and Ankle Arthrodeses: A Retrospective Review,” Second World Congress for Electricity and Magnetism in Biology and Medicine,

8-13 June 1997, Bologna, Italy.

In this general review article on the treatment of patients with psoriatic arthritis with magnetic fields, the authors state that an alternating low-frequency magnetic field (30-40 mT) from such generators as “Polius-1″ and “Polius-101″ improves the clinical state of afflicted joints. Such treatments are normally carried out for 30 minutes per day over a period of 15 to 20 days.

V.D. Grigor’eva, et al., “Therapeutic Use of Physical Factors in Complex Therapy of Patients with Psoriatic Arthritis,” Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult, (6), 1995, p. 48-51

This research studied the effects of magnetolaser therapy alone or combined with conventional drugs in rheumatoid arthritis patients. This treatment utilized a AMLT-01 device for magnetolaser therapy and consisted of 14 days with 6 minute exposures daily. An obvious improvement was seen after 3 days of treatment, with greater improvement by patients suffering from mild to moderate levels of the disease. End results computed into a 90 percent patient improvement rate.

9B.Y. Drozdovski, et al., “Use of Magnetolaser Therapy with an AMLT-01 Apparatus in Complex Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis,” Fiz Med, 4(1-2), 1994, p. 101-102

This study on 7 to 14 year old juveniles suffering from rheumatoid arthritis examined effects of low-frequency magnetic fields from a Polius-1 device. Ten daily treatment exposures of 10 to 12 minutes each were conducted on three experimental groups. The three groups showed 58, 76, 37 percent beneficial effects from the treatment.

E.A. Shlyapok, et al., “Use of Alternating Low-Frequency Magnetic Fields in Combination with Radon Baths for Treatment of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis,” Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult, 4,

1992, p. 13-17.

Low frequency and constant magnetic fields in patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthrosis was the focus of this study. Patients with stages 1 & 2 rheumatoid arthritis as well as patients with osteoarthrosis deformans, showed the beneficial effects from treatments. These low frequency, constant magnetic fields were found especially beneficial to the knees, ankles and wrists.

V.D. Grigor’eva, et al., “Therapeutic Application of Low-Frequency and Constant Magnetic Fields in Patients with Osteoarthritis Deformans and Rheumatoid Arthritis,” Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult, 4, 1980, p. 29-35.

Bone:

This review article makes the following observations with respect to the use of pulsed electromagnetic fields in treating ununited fractures, failed arthrodeses, and congenital pseudarthroses. The treatment has been shown to be more than 90 percent effective in adult patients. In cases where union does not occur with PEMFs alone after approximately four months, PEMF treatment coupled with fresh bone grafts ensures a maximum failure rate of only 1 to 1.5 percent. For those with delayed union three to four months following fracture, PEMFs appear to be more successful than in patients treated with other conservative methods. For more serious conditions, including infected nonunions, multiple surgical failures, long-standing atrophic lesions, failed knee arthrodeses after removal of infected prostheses, and congenital pseudarthroses, PEMF treatment has exhibited success in most patients.17

C.A. Bassett, “The Development and Application of Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields (PEMFs) for Ununited Fractures and Arthrodeses,” Clin Plast Surg, 12(2), April 1985, p. 259-277.

Results of this study found that 35 of 44 nonunited scaphoid fractures 6 months or older healed in a mean time of 4.3 months during pulsed electromagnetic field treatment using external coils and a thumb spica cast.

G.K. Frykman, et al., “Treatment of Nonunited Scaphoid Fractures Pulsed Electromagnetic Field and Cast,” Journal of Hand Surg, 11(3), May 1986, p. 344-349.

This double-blind, placebo-controlled study examined the effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields in femoral neck fracture patients undergoing conventional therapy. PEMF treatment was started within two weeks of fracture, and patients were instructed to make use of the electromagnetic device for 8 hours per day over a 90-day period. Results showed beneficial effects relative to controls after 18 months of follow-up.

E. Betti, et al., “Effect of Electromagnetic Field Stimulation on Fractures of the Femoral Neck. A Prospective Randomized Double-Blind Study,”; Second World Congress for Electricity and Magnetism in Biology and Medicine, 8-13 June 1997, Bologna, Italy.

Results of this double-blind study showed significant healing effects of low-frequency pulsing electromagnetic fields in patients treated with femoral intertrochanteric osteotomy for hip degenerative arthritis.

G. Borsalino, et al., “Electrical Stimulation of Human Femoral Intertrochanteric Osteotomies. Double-Blind Study,” Clin Orthop, (237), December 1988, . 256- 263.

In this study, 147 patients with fractures of the tibia, femur, and humerus who had failed to benefit from surgery-received treatment with external skeletal fixation in situ and pulsed electromagnetic fields. Results indicated an overall success rate of 73 percent. Femur union was seen in 81 percent and tibia union in 75 percent.

M. Marcer, et al., “Results of Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields (PEMFs) in Ununited Fractures after External Skeletal Fixation,” Clin Orthop, (190), November 1984, . 260-265

This study examined the effects of extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields (1-1000 Hz, 4 gauss) on new bone fractures of female patients. Results led the authors to suggest that EMF treatment accelerates the early stages of fracture healing.

O. Wahlstrom, “Stimulation of Fracture Healing with Electromagnetic Fields of Extremely Low Frequency (EMF of ELF),” Clin Orthop, (186), June 1984, . 293- 301.

This study examined the preventive effects of low-frequency pulsing electromagnetic fields against delayed union in rat fibular osteotomies and diaphyseal tibia fractures in humans. Results indicated such treatment modulated and accelerated fracture union in both groups.

A.W. Dunn & G.A. Rush, 3d, “Electrical Stimulation in Treatment of Delayed Union and Nonunion of Fractures and Osteotomies,” Southern Medical Journal, 77(12),December 1984, . 1530-1534.

This article discusses the cases of two children with bone malunion following lengthening of congenitally shortened lower legs. Pulsed sinusoidal magnetic field treatment was beneficial for both patients.

F. Rajewski & W. Marciniak, “Use of Magnetotherapy for Treatment of Bone Malunion in Limb Lengthening. Preliminary Report,” Chir Narzadow Ruchu Ortop Pol, 57(1-3), 1992,. 247-249.

Results of this study showed that 13 of 15 cases of long bone nonunion treated with pulsed electromagnetic fields in combination with Denham external fixator united within several months.

R.B. Simonis, et al., “The Treatment of Non-union Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields Combined with a Denham External Fixator,” Injury, 15(4), January 1984, . 255-260.

Results of this study found electromagnetic field stimulation to be an effective treatment for nonunion among a group of 37 French

L. Sedel, et al., “Acceleration of Repair of Non-unions electromagnetic Fields,” Rev Chir Orthop Reparatrice Appar Mot, 67(1), 1981, . 11-23.

Results of this study found treatment induced pulsing to be beneficial in patients suffering from nonunions unresponsive to surgery.>

J.C. Mulier & F. Spaas, “Out-patient Treatment of Surgically Resistant Non-unions Induced Pulsing Current – Clinical Results,” Arch Orthop Trauma Surg, 97(4), 1980,.293-297.

In this interview with Dr. C. Andrew L. Bassett, a physician researching the use of pulsed electromagnetic fields for the past 30 years at Columbia University’s Orthopedic Research Lab, Dr. Bassett notes that approximately 10,000 of the 12,000-plus orthopedic surgeons in the U.S. have used pulsed electromagnetic fields on at least one patient. Many such surgeons have incorporated the therapy on a more regular basis. He estimates that a total of at least 65,000 patients nationwide have received the treatment, with a probable success rate of between 80 and 90 percent. Use of the treatment has been primarily in patients suffering from nonunited fractures, fusion failures, and pseudoarthrosis.

C.A. Bassett, “Conversations with C. Andrew L. Bassett, M.D. Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields. A Noninvasive Therapeutic Modality for Fracture Nonunion (Interview),” Orthop. Review, 15(12)1986 781-795.

Results of this study showed pulsed electromagnetic fields to have beneficial healing effects in patients suffering from difficult to treat and surgically resistant bone nonunions.

This review article notes that the use of pulsed electromagnetic fields began in 1974, and that 250,000 nonunion patients have received the treatment since. The author argues that success rates are comparable to those of bone grafting, and that PEMF treatment is more cost-effective and free of side effects. The FDA approved PEMF use in 1982, although it remains widely unused due to physician misunderstanding and lack of knowledge concerning the treatment.

A. Bassett, “Therapeutic Uses of Electric and Magnetic Fields in Orthopedics,& quot; in D.O. Carpenter & S. Ayrapetyan, (eds.), Biological Effects of Electric and Magnetic Fields. Volume II: beneficial and Harmful Effects, San Diego: Academic Press, 1994, . 13-48.

This 7-year study examined data on more than 11,000 cases of nonunions treated with pulsed electromagnetic fields for up to 10 to 12 hours per day. Results indicated an overall success rate of 75 percent.

A.A. Goldberg, “Computer Analysis of Data on More than 11,000 Cases of Ununited Fracture Submitted for Treatment with Pulsing Electromagnetic Fields,” Bioelectrical Repair and Growth Society, Second Annual Meeting,20-22 September 1982, Oxford, UK, . 61.

This study examined the effects of low-frequency electromagnetic fields (1-1000 Hz) on middle-aged female patients suffering from fresh radius fractures. Results showed significant increases in scintimetric activity surrounding the fracture area after two weeks of EMF treatment relative to controls.

O. Wahlstrom, “Electromagnetic Fields Used in the Treatment of Fresh Fractures of the Radius,” Bioelectrical Repair and Growth Society, Second Annual Meeting, 20-22 September 1982, Oxford, UK, . 26.

This study examined the effects of constant magnetic fields in patients suffering from fractures. Results showed that magnetic exposure reduced pain and the onset of edema shortly after trauma. Where edema was already present, the treatment exhibited marked anti-inflammatory effects. The strongest beneficial effects occurred in patients suffering from fractures of the ankle joints.

G.B. Gromak &amp; G.A. Lacis, “Evaluations of the Efficacy of Using a Constant Magnetic Field in Treatment of Patients with Traumas,” in I. Detlav, (ed.), Electromagnetic Therapy of Injuries and Diseases of the Support-Motor Apparatus. International Collection of Papers, Riga, Latvia: Riga Medical Institute,1987, . 88-95.<

Results of this study found that 10 hours per day of electromagnetic stimulation (1.0-1.5 mV) produced complete union in 23 of 26 patients receiving the treatment for nonjoined fractures.

A.F. Lynch &amp; P. MacAuley, “Treatment of Bone Non-Union Electromagnetic Therapy,” Ir Journal of Med Sci, 154(4), 1985, . 153-155.

This review article looks at the history of pulsed electromagnetic fields as a means of bone repair. The author argues that success rates have been either superior or equivalent to those of surgery, with PEMF free of side effects and risk.

C.A.L. Bassett, “Historical Overview of PEM-Assisted Bone and Tissue Healing, ” Bioelectromagnetics Society, 10th Annual Meeting, 19-24 June 1988, Stamford, CT, . 19.

Bronchitis;

Results of this double-blind, placebo-controlled study indicated that both low-frequency electromagnetic field treatment and treatment with pulsed electromagnetic fields proved effective in patients suffering from chronic bronchitis when coupled with standard drug therapies. Magnetic field treatment consisted of a total of 15 15-20-minute daily exposures.

V.M. Iurlov, et al., “The Efficacy of the Use of Low-Frequency Electromagnetic Fields in Chronic Bronchitis,” Voen Med Zh, 3, 1989, . 35-36.

Cancer

Results of this study found that prolonged exposure to a 7-tesla uniform static magnetic field for a period of 64 hours inhibited growth of three human tumor cell lines in vitro.

R.R. Raylman, et al., “Exposure to Strong Static Magnetic Field Slows the Growth of Human Cancer Cells in Vitro,” Bioelectromagnetics, 17(5), 1996, . 358-363.

This study examined the effects of a rotational magnetic field on a group of 51 breast cancer patients. Results showed a significant positive response in 27 of them.

N.G. Bakhmutskii, et al., “The Assessment of the Efficacy of the Effect of a Rotational Magnetic Field on the Course of the Tumor Process in Patients with Generalized Breast Cancer,” Sov Med, (7), 1991, . 25-27.

Results of this study indicated that exposure to a rotational magnetic field inhibited Walker’s carcinoma tumor growth as much as 90 percent in some cases.

N.G. Bakhmutskii, et al., “The Growth Dynamics of Walker Carcinosarcoma During Exposure to a Magnetic Eddy Field,” Vopr Onkol, 37(6), 1991, . 705-708.

Results of this study indicated that pulsed magnetic field stimulation increased the incorporation of antitumor agents into cells, and thus increased antitumor activity shifting the cell cycle to a proliferative from a nonproliferative phase.

Y. Omote, “An Experimental Attempt to Potentiate Therapeutic Effects of Combined Use of Pulsing Magnetic Fields and Antitumor Agents,” Nippon Geka Gakkai Zasshi, 89(8), August 1988, .. 1155-1166.

Results of this study found that 20-30 sessions of magnetotherapy administered preoperatively exhibited antitumor effects in patients suffering from lung cancer.

L.S. Ogorodnikova, et al., “Morphological Criteria of Lung Cancer Regression Under the Effect of Magnetotherapy,” Vopr Onkol, 26(1), 1980, . 28-34.

 

Drug-resistant bacteria: 23,000 deaths a year in US and getting worse

Drug-resistant bacteria: 23,000 deaths a year in US and getting worse

Published time: September 17, 2013 18:40

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A lack of new antibiotics, coupled with the over-prescription of existing ones, is making many formerly routine diseases untreatable, according to a new report published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

At least two million people in the US are infected each year – and 23,000 of those die – from bacteria that does not respond to treatment by usual or any antibiotics, claims the Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States 2013 report.

“We are approaching a cliff. If we don’t take steps to slow or stop drug resistance, we will fall back to a time when simple infections killed people,” said Michael Bell, Deputy Director of CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, and one of the report’s authors.

Among the diseases the report labeled an ‘Urgent threat’ are C.difficile, a form of severe diarrhea that kills 14,000 people per year, and gonorrhea, as nearly a third of the 800,000 estimated annual infections are with strains that do not respond to at least some antibiotics.

The most terrifying perhaps is Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), a relatively new and rare but deadly infection that cannot be tackled by “drugs of last resort” (medicines that are purposely reserved for treatment courses when all else has failed).

Out of an estimated 9,000 cases of CRE each year, 600 people die.

The report says that by far the most important reason for the proliferation of drug-resistant bacteria is the incorrect prescription of antibiotics by doctors and improper use by patients.

Half of all antibiotic prescriptions in the US are unnecessary – a precaution, or a result of misdiagnosis or ignorance about the ability of the drug to treat a certain disease. A course of a drug weeds out certain types of bacteria, but leaves a minority untouched. The surviving bacteria then multiply, creating a new strain of the disease that is no longer susceptible to that medicine. The problem is made worse when patients stop their antibiotics course too early – often as soon as they feel better – as the remaining microorganisms then have a better chance of escaping.

“Every time antibiotics are used in any setting, bacteria evolve by developing resistance and that process can happen with alarming speed.  These drugs are a precious, limited resource—the more we use antibiotics today, the less likely we are to have effective antibiotics tomorrow,” said Steve Solomon, Director of the CDC’s Office of Antimicrobial Resistance.

 

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Another breeding ground for superbugs is livestock farms – the destination of up to 80 percent of all antibiotics – where animals are routinely prescribed drugs, mostly as a preventative measure and to make sure they grow as large as possible. The strains produced in those circumstances are then passed on to humans, creating additional danger.

Estimating the exact number of people who have been infected and died from a drug-resistant bacteria is by nature an imprecise activity.

But the authors say they are not scaremongering.

“This is a bare minimum, a very conservative estimate,”
said CDC Director Thomas R. Friedman, noting that the authors have tried to separate cases when the drug-resistant infection was directly responsible for death, as opposed to a contributing factor.

“The actual number of infections and the actual number of deaths are certainly higher,” states the report.

One of the problems of drug-resistance is the relative scarcity of new antibiotics. Until the current ones stop working in sufficient numbers, pharmaceutical companies have little incentive to develop them for currently curable diseases. The report urges the government to invest more money in antibiotics as a matter of national importance, though several programs are already in place.

 

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But even if US doctors and companies take every measure available, there is only so much they can do in a globalized world.

In countries such as China and Russia, where antibiotics are freely available over-the-counter and are consumed by an order of magnitude more often than in the United States, drug-resistant strains are emerging at a much faster rate (and involve diseases like tuberculosis that are already more deadly). And these strains are sure to spread throughout the globe.

“We’re facing a catastrophe,” said Helen Boucher, a Tufts University expert and spokeswoman for the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Epilepsy

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is a neurological condition, which affects the nervous system. Epilepsy is also known as a seizure “sudden, excessive discharge of nervous-system electrical activity that usually causes a change in behavior”. It is usually diagnosed after a person has had at least two seizures that were not caused by some known medical condition like alcohol withdrawal or extremely low blood sugar.

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The seizures in epilepsy disorder characterized by transient but recurrent disturbances of brain function that may or may not be associated with impairment or loss of consciousness and abnormal movements or behavior. It may be related to a brain injury or a family tendency, but most of the time the cause is unknown. The word “epilepsy” does not indicate anything about the cause of the person’s seizures, what type they are, or how severe they are.

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If I have one seizure, does that mean I will get epilepsy?
About half of the people who have one seizure without a clear cause will have another one, usually within 6 months. You are twice as likely to have another seizure if you have a known brain injury or other type of brain abnormality. If you do have two seizures, there’s about an 80% chance that you’ll have more.

If your first seizure occurred at the time of an injury or infection in the brain, you are more likely to develop epilepsy than if you had not had a seizure in that situation.

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EEG are also likely if your doctor finds abnormalities on a neurological examination; a set of tests of the functioning of your nervous system that is performed in the doctor’s office.

Seizures have a beginning, middle, and end. When an individual is aware of the beginning, it may be thought of as a warning or aura. A warning before a seizure; a simple partial seizure occuring within seconds before a complex partial or secondarily generalized tonic-clonic seizure, or it may occur alone; also a warning before a migraine headache. On the other hand, an individual may not be aware of the beginning and therefore have no warning.

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Sometimes, the warning or aura is not followed by any other symptoms. It may be considered a simple partial seizure Simple partial seizure that involves only part of the brain and does not impair consciousness.

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The middle of the seizure may take several different forms. For people who have warnings, the aura may simply continue or it may turn into a complex partial seizure. An epileptic seizure that involves only part of the brain and impairs consciousness; often preceded by a simple partial seizure (aura, or warning).or a convulsion. An older term for a tonic-clonic seizure. For those who do not have a warning, the seizure may continue as a complex partial seizure or it may evolve into a convulsion.

The end to a seizure represents a transition from the seizure back to the individual normal state. This period is referred to as the “post-ictal period (an ictus is a seizure) and signifies the recovery period for the brain. It may last from seconds to minutes to hours, depending on several factors including which part(s) of the brain were affected by the seizure and whether the individual was on anti-seizure medication. If a person has a complex partial seizure or a convulsion, their level of awareness gradually improves during the postictal period, much like a person waking up from anesthesia after an operation.

When are people most likely to get epilepsy?

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New cases of epilepsy are most common among children, especially during the first year of life. The rate of new cases gradually declines until about age 10, and then becomes stable. After age 55 or 60, the rate starts to increase, as people develop strokes, brain tumors, or Alzheimer’s disease. (All of these disorders can cause epilepsy.)

Natural Healthcare Offers Hope For Epilepsy

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Over the past 30 years I have seen several patients with seizure disorders and the good news is most of them respond to treatment. The response can be anywhere from substantially less seizures to a complete resolution. One common factor that we will see are changes within the skull and upper neck. This can cause irritation on the central nervous system and, in susceptible individuals, produce seizures. Chiropractic physicians are the only ones trained in the detection and correction of vertebral subluxations.

Because of our unique training in these structural, neurological dysfunctions most other physicians will miss this potential cause of epilepsy.

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There are also biochemical components to epilepsy that include toxicity, allergies and specific nutritional deficiencies essential for normal brain function. Again these areas are ones that only doctors in natural healthcare specialize in.

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Because these two important areas are overlooked by most physician types most patients with epilepsy are sentenced to years of taking harmful, suppressive drugs that don’t cure the problem. These drugs can affect a person’s personality, energy level and quality of life.

It’s important to note that not all patients can be helped through natural healthcare. But that’s true with any other type of health care that you might try.

“First Of All Do No Harm”

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Unlike drug therapy which kills over 2000 people a week in the United States, based on CDC statistics, natural healthcare is the safest of all forms of health care. The worst most patients notice under natural healthcare is they don’t respond. The good news is natural healthcare has well over 80% success rate with most health problems. I don’t mean successfully suppressing the symptoms. I mean resolving the underlying chemical, biological, structural issues that cause the condition and thus the symptoms disappear.

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Salt and Good Health

Salt and Good Health

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Salt is essential not only to life, but to good health. The National Academy of Sciences recommends that Americans consume a minimum of 500 mg/day of sodium to maintain good health. Individual needs, however, vary enormously based a person’s genetic make-up and their lifestyle. While individual requirements range widely, most Americans have no trouble reaching their minimum requirements. Most consume “excess” sodium above and beyond that required for proper bodily function. The kidneys efficiently process this “excess” sodium in healthy people. Experimental studies show that most humans tolerate a wide range of sodium intakes, from about 250 mg/day to over 30,000 mg/day. The actual range is much narrower. Americans consume about 3,500 mg/day of sodium; men more, women less. The very large percentage of the population consumes 1,150- 5,750 mg/day which is termed the “hygienic safety range” of sodium intake by renowned Swedish hypertension expert Dr. Bjšrn Folkow. Every substance, including water, can be toxic in certain concentrations and amounts; this is not a significant concern for dietary salt.

Salt and Cardiovascular Health

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Some have suggested that since salt intake is related to blood pressure, and since cardiovascular risks are also related to blood pressure, that, surely, salt intake levels are related to cardiovascular risk. This is the “salt hypothesis” or “sodium hypothesis.” Data are needed to confirm or reject hypotheses.

Here’s what scientists have found:

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1. An eight-year study of a New York City hypertensive population stratified for sodium intake levels found those on low-salt diets had more than four times as many heart attacks as those on normal-sodium diets – the exact opposite of what the “salt hypothesis” would have predicted. (1995)
2. An analysis by NHLBI’s Dr. Cutler of the first six years’ data from the MRFIT database documented no health outcomes benefits of lower-sodium diets. (1997)
3. A ten-year follow-up study to the huge Scottish Heart Health Study found no improved health outcomes for those on low-salt diets. (1997)
4. An analysis of the health outcomes over twenty years from those in the massive US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES I) documented a 20% greater incidence of heart attacks among those on low-salt diets compared to normal-salt diets (1998)
5. A health outcomes study in Finland, reported to the American Heart Association that no health benefits could be identified and concluded “Éour results do not support the recommendations for entire populations to reduce dietary sodium intake to prevent coronary heart disease.” (1998)
6. A further analysis of the MRFIT database, this time using fourteen years’ data, confirmed no improved health benefit from low-sodium diets. Its author conceded that there is “no relationship observed between dietary sodium and mortality.” (1999)
7. A study of Americans found that less sodium-dense diets did reduce the cardiovascular mortality of one population sub-set, overweight men – the article reporting the findings did not explain why this obese group actually consumed less sodium than normal-weight individuals in the study. (1999)
8. A Finnish study reported an increase in cardiovascular events for obese men (but not women or normal-weight individuals of either gender) – the article, however, failed to adjust for potassium intake levels which many researchers consider a key associated variable. (2001)
9. In September, 2002, the latest and highest-quality meta-analysis of clinical trials was published in the British Medical Journal confirming earlier meta-analyses’ conclusions that significant salt reduction would lead to very small blood pressure changes in sensitive populations and no health benefits. (2002)

Refined Salt: White Poison

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The problem with salt is not the salt itself but the condition of the salt we eat! Our regular table salt no longer has anything in common with the original unrefined crystal salt. Salt now a day is mainly sodium chloride and not salt. With the advent of industrial development, our natural salt was “chemically cleaned” and reduced only to sodium and chloride. Major producing companies dry their salt in huge kilns with temperatures reaching 1200 degrees F, changing the salt’s chemical structure, which in turn adversely affects the human body. The common table salt we use for cooking has only 2 or 3 chemical elements. The seawater has 84 chemical elements. For our body to be healthy we need all those elements. When we use the common salt, we are in deficit of 81 elements which means we are somehow contributing to becoming weaker, imbalanced and more susceptible to diseases. Use the seawater salt.

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Salt is a vital substance for the survival of all living creatures, particularly humans. Water and salt regulate the water content of the body. Water itself regulates the water content of the interior of the cell by working its way into all of the cells it reaches. It has to get there to cleanse and extract the toxic wastes of cell metabolisms. Salt forces some water to stay outside the cells. It balances the amount of water that stays outside the cells. There are two oceans of water in the body; one ocean is held inside the cells of the body, and the other ocean is held outside the cells. Good health depends on a most delicate balance between the volume of these oceans, and this balance is achieved by salt – unrefined salt. When water is available to get inside the cells freely, it is filtered from the outside salty ocean and injected into the cells that are being overworked despite their water shortage. This is the reason why in severe dehydration we develop an edema and retain water. The design of our bodies is such that the extent of the ocean of water outside the cells is expanded to have the extra water available for filtration and emergency injection into vital cells. The brain commands an increase in salt and water retention by the kidneys. This is how we get an edema when we don’t drink enough water.

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Historically, these mineral salts were the commodities that trade routes and cities such as Saltzberg grew up around. Once known as “white gold“, salt was, and still is, essential for virtually all biological processes. Without mineral salts, says Dr Hendel, there would be no movement, memory or thought and your heart wouldn’t beat. Nutritionist Patrick Holford goes one step further. He claims that high-sodium table salt has more to account for than just high blood pressure and heart disease and can actually create mineral imbalances that lead to health problems. “Minerals work together and need to be balanced,” he explains. “For example, potassium and magnesium works with sodium to regulate water balance and nerve and muscle impulses. The more sodium you eat, the more potassium and magnesium you need. “A lot of people say salt is bad, but bad salt is bad,” says Amanda Nelson, founder of The Natural Salt Seller. “If you put a fish in table salt solution, it will die. Good salt, on the other hand, can be wondrous.”

How salt can heal

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PMS: Mineral-rich salts can help ease PMS in two ways. The muscle-relaxing effects of magnesium combined with potassium, which helps the body get rid of excess water, can ease water retention and relieve muscular tension. JOINT PROBLEMS: Minerals have an alkalising effect on the body. Natural health practitioners such as Louise Hay have observed that this has an anti-inflammatory effect, easing painful conditions such as arthritis. BACK PAIN: Whether you eat or bathe in them, mineral-rich salts tend to relax. This is largely due to magnesium, which is needed for muscles to relax. Low levels of magnesium are associated with muscle cramps. Replacing table salt with a good mineral salt could help alleviate these. BONE STRENGTH: Unrefined rock salts are rich in minerals needed for bone strength. Apart from calcium, bones use phosphorus, magnesium and other minerals as building materials.

Salts that are good for you

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HIMALAYAN CRYSTAL SALT: Himalayan crystal salt contains 84 minerals, all needed by the human body. The rose-coloured crystals are claimed to help digestion, strengthen bones, ease arthritis and relax the nervous and muscular system. For information, go to www.himalayancrystalsalt.co.uk (Available at Keefe Clinic)

CELTIC SEA SALT: Celtic salt is collected from sea shores around Brittany and dried in the sun and wind. It is grey and moist, reflecting the mineral content and capacity to hold water, and is credited with health benefits such as lowering blood pressure. For information go to www.naturalsaltseller.co.uk

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Wright’s LOW SODIUM SALT: Wright’s is an Finland salt containing 60 per cent less sodium than table salt and significant amounts of magnesium and potassium. A study in the British Medical Journal found it lowered blood pressure. (Available at Keefe Clinic)

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EPSOM BATH SALTS: Eating too much sodium, combined with too few vegetables leaves us deficient in magnesium, which relaxes muscles. Epsom Bath Salts are rich in magnesium and other minerals which are absorbed across the skin while soaking in a hot bath. Available from drug stores nationwide. For information go to: www.epsomsaltcouncil.org

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Osteoarthritis

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Osteoarthritis is rarely appreciated as one of the greatest problems affecting man. This form of arthritis is so universal that it is often regarded as a normal part of aging. Osteoarthritis is usually progressive and often de-forming and disabling. The prevalence in the U.S. for all aged 25-74 is 32.5 percent for the hands (42.4 million persons), 22.2 percent for the feet (29 million), 3.8 percent for the knees (5 million) and 1.3 percent for the hips (men only, 765,000).

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There are many names for Osteoarthritis. The name most used is degenerated joint disease (D.J.D). The classification of Osteoarthritis as a disease has even been questioned by some authorities, who prefer to redefine it as “a mechanism of repair of dense tissue”. Osteoarthritis means inflammation of a bony joint, the term is usually applied to the process involved in D.J.D even though it is understood as a noninflammatory process that primarily involves breakdown of joint cartilage. This extremely common arthritis can even cause severe pain and disability, leading to loss of work and independents in the aged population.

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More than 50 different terms have been applied to osteoarthritis. The most common terms including osteoarthritis, degenerative arthritis, degenerated arthrosis and degenerative joint disease (D.J.D). The difference between the terms arthrosis and arthritis has come from the fact that the disease process is not always inflammatory. For this reason, D.J.D has gained the most universal acceptance in the literature.

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Articular cartilage provides the joint with a self lubricating surface and works well under normal joint loading conditions. However, cartilage has a limited capacity for repair and re-generation, so damage to cartilage disrupts the normal function of this tissue, thus interfering with a normal lubricating process within the joint. Insufficient lubrication may be a primary factor in the cause of osteoarthritis. The tissues of the synovial joint are inherently susceptible to the development of osteoarthritis if range of motion or the amount of stress on the articular cartilage is excessive. Joints are threatened during normal day-to-day activities, and much of the joint protection is from the dynamic system of coordinated muscle activity. O’Connor et al. defines a protective muscular reflex as a somatic muscular activity that prevents injury to a normal joint, or further damage to the injured joint, by preventing the joint from exceeding its normal range of motion.

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NSAIDs In The Treatment Of Arthritis And Side Effects

NSAIDs are broad class of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, Voltaren and other similar drugs. NSAIDs continue to be the mainstay of drug therapy for patients with osteoarthritis. Unfortunately, these drugs are over prescribed, readily available and not used judiciously. These drugs are not without side effects; the American College of Rheumatology guidelines suggest that patients receiving long-term NSAID therapy obtained a blood count, urinalysis and chemistry panel every three months. Monitoring cannot wait until the side effects of NSAIDs cause symptoms. Renal failure does not produce symptoms until it becomes severe.

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NSAIDs are the most prescribed drug in the U.S.. Even though this class of drug is widely used and perceived safe, there are serious risks of complications. Among these are gastrointestinal ulcers and hemorrhages that can lead to perforation and death. More than one percent of the population uses these drugs on a daily basis. Adverse effects from these medications as a group, are reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more frequently than any other medication class. In a study of economic effects of gastric ulcers in NSAID users, the per patient cost of hospitalization was $3,450; those in need of hospitalization and surgery cost of 15,700. The incidents in severity of acute mucosal injury are does depend but virtually 100% of subjects developed lesions after a single 650-1300 mg dose of aspirin. NSAID- associated GI problems were estimated to cause 32,000 hospitalizations and 3200 deaths per year in the U.S.. There is little evidence to suggest that NSAIDs have any advantage over sample analgesic’s and sample analgesic’s are also unsatisfactory. In a study of patience with chronic knee pain and osteoarthritis, treatment with either an anti-inflammatory, and analgesic dose of ibuprofen and/or acetaminophen showed no evidence of superiority of either the anti-inflammatory dose or the lower dose of ibuprofen compared to acetaminophen.

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Rapid deterioration of joints from long-term NSAID treatment has been called analgesic arthropathy and is thought to be caused by loss of protective pain sensation, but it seems more likely that it is a direct effect of the drug on cartilage. In addition, oral administration of aspirin markedly accelerates development of osteoarthritis in C57 black mice, a strain genetically predisposed to the disease. If along with the external evidence that NSAIDs interfere with metabolism of articular cartilage and a repair of bone, clinical experience has shown use of these drugs cause acetabular bone destruction, joint disease and avascular necrosis of the hip. Even though NSAID induced arthritis has been a well-known since the 1960s, in a recent survey, 94 percent of primary care physicians indicated they would prescribed NSAIDs as an initial treatment for elderly patients with uncomplicated hip osteoarthritis.

There Is A Better Way

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  • Joint health depends on the following factors:
  • Proper nutrition
  • Movement
  • Balance
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Chiropractic adjustments are well-known for establishing proper joint balance and function. By improving the alignment of the body each joint is allowed to move in a more natural and balanced manner. Also chiropractic adjustments are beneficial in establishing normal range of motion and normal muscle reflex function as well as release of beta-endorphins (a natural pain killer).

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Exercise is the next most important factor when it comes to joint health. Research study after research study has shown the beneficial effects in preventing or reversing arthritis with regular exercise. Diet: a number of studies have shown a large number of patients with osteoarthritis are ingesting less than the U.S. recommended daily allowance of vitamin A, C., D., E. ., B6, folic acid, pantothenic acid in the minerals zinc, magnesium, iron and calcium.

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Most of these vitamins are associated with the chronic degenerated disease rampant in our society. Glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin sulfate, fish oils, magnesium, B-3, collagen, curcumin and other specialty nutrients have shown great promise in the controlled and even reversal of this disease. Through proper evaluation Dr. Keefe can establish a treatment program to help you regain your health.

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Nitric Oxide & The Sexual Response

Nitric Oxide & The Sexual Response

Research into nitric oxide has blossomed. Scientists have found the enzymes with which cells make the short-lived gas and have shown that it plays a role in activities as diverse as memory formation, tumor suppression, and immunity. Some brain cells communicate using the gas, and immune cells let loose bursts of nitric oxide to kill infectious organisms or cancer cells. By increasing blood flow, nitric oxide even plays a role in penile erections; the celebrated drug Viagra amplifies the actions of the gas. In 1998 the Nobel prize winning medicine and physiology award was received for the discovery and understanding of the nitric oxide pathway. According to the announcement by the Nobel Assembly, nitric oxide performs important functions in many systems of the body.

Blood pressure:
Nitric oxide controls blood pressure and prevents formation of blood clots by signaling the muscles that control relaxation and expansion of blood vessels.

Heart:
When arteries become clogged, they produce less nitric oxide than normal. Treatment to increase nitric oxide, widening blood vessels and increasing blood flow.

Infections:
Huge quantities of nitric oxide are produced in white blood cells to kill invading bacteria and parasites.

Lungs:
Inhalation of nitric oxide gas has been effective in treating some intensive care patients and infants with lung problems.

Nervous system:
When nitric oxide is formed in nerve cells, it can stimulate the brain and modulate many functions, from behavior to gastrointestinal activity.

Cancer:
White blood cells use nitric oxide to defend the body against tumors. Scientists are investigating whether it can be used to stop the growth of tumors.

The nitric oxide pathway is the basis for penile and clitoral arousal, erection and sensitivity. From a nutritional standpoint Arginine is the key to nitric oxide. The body uses the amino acid L-Arginine to produce nitric oxide. Based on this biochemical fact we offer men and women safe and effective products for sexual libido and a cream targeted to help women achieve orgasms. Studies have shown up to 75 percent of women have had this problem. Over 46 percent of women experience little or no sexual satisfaction from clitoral orgasm and only 25 percent achieve orgasms with intercourse. In fact, countless number of women, between the age of 18 and 80, do not even know what an orgasm is or how it is achieved. Whether you are multi-orgasmic or are among the 46 percent of women who are sexually frustrated, every woman who desires maximum sexual fulfillment, greater intimacy, and enhanced relationships stands to benefit from these products.

If you’re reading this pamphlet and identify with either an issue of libido (normal sexual desire) or you have had a problem achieving orgasms then we have products that can help. For libido we recommend our herbal products combined with Arginine. With problems concerning achieving orgasm, particularly in women, we recommend our Arginine based cream. Ask Dr. Keefe about our Arginine products and restore your nitric oxide pathway back to normal.

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12 WAYS TO BETTER SLEEP

12 WAYS TO BETTER SLEEP

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1. Set a regular sleep/wake cycle that follows the same times every day.

 

This may change a bit throughout the year as we naturally want to sleep more in the dark hours of the winner and enjoy the long hours of summer. However, try to stay within a tight range.

 

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2. How bright is your room?

 

Simply wearing an eye mask or purchase room darkening shades could make a big difference. Both can be had for just a few dollars.

 

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3. The benefits of white noise.

 

Try a “white noise” source. White noise machines are available at many stores now, are reasonably priced and typically have multiple sound options. Other white noise options include room air filters and humidifiers (very important in dryer winter months). Or, if you like total quiet, ear plugs may be right for you.

 

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4.  Unplug for bed.

 

Turn off the screen source at least one hour before bedtime. Computers, TVs, phones etc. All stimulate your sensory system in an excitatory way. You go is to find calming or inhibitory sensory stimulus. Many people find reading, listening to classical our nature-based music, taking a shower or meditating to be just the right for calming their sensory system after being bombarded all day and our busy, digitally wired world. What can you integrate into your pre-bedtime routine that you can both look forward to doing and know that it prepares you for “rest and digest” versus “fight or flight” stress mode?

 

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5.  Exercise.

 

You don’t need to go crazy with this. 30 to 45 minutes, five days per week of light cardiovascular exercise (like brisk walking) is all that’s needed for many be sure that you’re doing this exercise during the daytime, as exercising three hours before bedtime might elevate excitatory neurotransmitters and hormones that give you energy instead of calming you down.

 

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6.  Invest in good bedding, pillows and a quality mattress.

 

Find a bed in pillow firmness and feels great to you and cover it in sheets that you love to slip into. The first part of this is tougher than you think. Just because we tend to buy a mattress and stick with it, doesn’t mean that it is the best, most comfortable mattress for you. I always pay close attention to mattress in my travel and take note of my favorite. Most stores will let you try a mattress for 30 days or more, so be sure to lay on lots of them before you purchase one and be proactive if it isn’t right for you. Also, just because you like a softer mattress doesn’t mean you’re sleeping partner does, so keep this in mind and consider separate firmness levels on each side or even separate twin mattresses pushed together to make a king size. As for the sheets, give me 300+ thread count cotton in the summer and cotton flannel in the winter and I’m ready for a great night of rest summation point

 

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7.  Consider organic bedding.

 

This is a new concept for most people, but one that’s important but increasing toxic and chemical exposure in our daily lives. Modern foam bedding is often treated with flame retardant sprays. This combination of the foam /synthetic material that is in the bed topping combined with the flame retardants all “offgas” throughout the night while you spend a third of your life right against the material is challenging for many people with chemical sensitivities. If you recently purchased a new mattress and realize that your sleep is of worsening quality, consider both the firmness and what the mattress contains chemically. Lastly, when buying mattresses for children, please invest in organic mattress and mattress cover as their immune systems are immature and are very easily overburdened by toxic load.

 

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8. Check your diet for gluten and casein sensitivities.

 

This is a bit of a storyline so follow along. Gluten is a protein is found in grains wheat, rye, barley, spelt and some others. Gluten is also very prevailing in the prepared foods so common in our diet, so you have to read labels. Gluten and water equal craft glue. Gluten can cause a fair amount of challenges for our intestines because of this last fact. The challenged G.I. track equals immune system difficulties because 80% of our immune system begins with our nasal and mouthy mucosal membranes/lymphatic tissue (i.e.: tonsils) and continue down through our entire 30 feet of intestines. Immune challenges are stressor on nervous system. Stress on nervous system contributes to sub optimal sleep. Gluten can also down regulate/inhibit an enzyme called glutamic acid decarboxylase, or GAD. The job of GAD is to convert glutamate (the most powerful and prevailing excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain) into GABA (the most powerful and prevented inhibitory/calming neurotransmitter in the brain). So, if you gluten sensitive “turns off” our down regulates of GAD enzyme and you end up with lots of with glutamate and not as much GABA feel overstimulated. Many people have eliminated gluten from their diets and reported not only improve sleep, but also improved moods and better metabolism and less inflammation and better glutamate to GABA conversion. Is very important for feeling calm during the daytime and initiating sleep at night. Almost all prescription sleep medications work through binding to GABA receptors.

 

Casein in is a protein that is found in cow, sheep and goat milk, though it is most prevalent in cows. Again, many prepared foods in our daily diet contain casein, cheese  and milk powder, etc. Because it makes food creamy and tasty, so to know it is there you have to read labels. Many people have objectives sensitivities to dairy including lactose intolerance (difficult digesting the sugar and milk) an elevated immune response to case and shown on IGE and IgG food testing. As our mucous membranes of our nose, mouth intestines are a first line of defense against inflammatory molecules we eat/drink, if you are intolerance to other portions of animal milk and you eat/drink dairy products, you may notice congestion, sinusitis, Tronic sinus infections, tonsillitis, chronic postnasal drip, post G.I. function scratch that poor G.I. function, gas and bloating, etc. Inflammation of mucous membranes can be protective but isn’t healthy long-term. Inflamed nasal and throat passages can contribute to snoring as well as obstructive apnea. This can result in poor sleep patterns and daytime fatigue. In summary: your diet may contain food sensitivities with  increased immune response and enzyme dysregulation equal stress to your nervous system and could lead to poor sleep, sub optimal mood, slow metabolism, painful muscles and joints and/or fatigue.

 

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9. Caffeine and alcohol.

 

Caffeine, a stimulant, and alcohol, a depression, in and of themselves are not a problem for everyone. However, caffeine should be consumed in moderation, always followed by a tall glass of water (as caffeine is a diuretic that dehydrates us), and not consumed six hours before bedtime. Alcohol should also be consumed in moderation and always followed by a tall glass of water. Although it acts as a depression to the nervous system, it is short-lived. So, will help us fall asleep but then typically makes the second half of the night less restful. It is best to consume alcohol with dinner and not directly for bedtime, this allows time for your liver to process the alcohol and the negative neurologic effects on sleep will be less.

 

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10. Stay hydrated during the day.

 

Recognize it is normal and okay to get up and use the restroom 1 to 2 times/night if you are well hydrated. That having been said, don’t drink a few glasses of water right before bedtime! You goal for hydration is to drink enough clean, preferably reverse osmosis filtered water, to keep your urine clear to light yellow when you  have to urinate. If your urine is dark yellow, you are already dehydrated and need to drink to tall glasses of water immediately. Remember, urinating is one of the three ways that your body removes toxins. The other two ways are sweating and bowel movements. So, please sweat frequently, and have 1or 2, well formed bowel movements daily, and drink enough water to keep your urine clear.

 

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11. The 90 minute sleep cycle trick.

 

The human sleep cycles between 90-110 minutes and during that time we should move through the five stages of sleep and return back to the point of consciousness. We don’t remember every one of these cycles typically, but if you’re a healthy sleeper you are moving through them all. Choose a wake-up time that is approximately based on one of the cycles and set your alarm for the number of hours indicated so that your chances of waking up at the end of one of the sleep cycles is optimized. I.e.: three cycles at 90 minutes each equals four and half hours, four cycles at 90 minutes each equal six hours, five cycles of 90 minutes each equals 7 1/2 hours.

 

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12. The power of neurotransmitters and hormones.

 

Have your neurotransmitters, stress hormones, sex hormones checked by a well-trained practitioner who practices a comprehensive and integrated approach to optimal health. These different metabolic chemicals created a symphony of interactions that when optimized help us move through stressful emotions, cognitive and physical situations with relative ease. Neurotransmitters are very involved in the subtle balance between sleep and wake cycle, hormones such as progesterone potentiate GABA receptors and estrogen potentiates serotonin receptors, all of which can have a calming, pro-sleep influence on the brain and nervous system. Have elevated stress hormones cortisol at bedtime can make falling asleep challenging. Depleted sleep hormone melatonin also makes following the sleep difficult. The majority “greater than 90%” of your bodies serotonin is made in the intestines, to take good care of them with your diet, and serotonin is implicated in poor moods and difficulty staying asleep. Research demonstrates that if you’re depressed you don’t sleep well and conversely, if you don’t sleep well you are prone to depression (Franzen, PhD and by the, M.D. “sleep disturbances and depression: risk relationships of subsequent depression and therapeutic implications” so, how is your serotonin level? And more importantly, how are all of your neurotransmitters and stress/sleep/sex hormones looking? Are they all attendees at the same dance and we need all of them to be optimized for a healthy brain.

 

Beating Addictions

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What is the big killer in the U.S.? AIDS? Cancer? Heart Disease? Guess again – when you add up all of the accidents, suicides, overdoses and violent deaths due to drugs and alcohol, then drugs and alcohol addiction is the number one killer by far!

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A few years ago, Dr. J.M. Holder researched effects of auricular therapy (a form of acupuncture stimulation to the ear – a technique we have used here at Keefe Clinic since 1980). You may have read about that study in the papers then – it indicated that auricular therapy was the most effective therapy for drug addictions of the 178 government-approved therapies at that time! This study was released in the early 1990’s and has started to revolutionize drug addiction programs across the country.

This study was headed by Dr. J.M. Holder, D.C., M.D., Ph.D. He practices chiropractic, teaches at a medical school, and conducts research. He was the first American physician to win the Albert Schweitzer Prize in Medicine, and is in line to receive more awards due to his most recent research.

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As he studied the effects of auricular therapy on drug addictions and the physical causes behind the addictive personality, he found that by stimulating these acupuncture points in the ear, he could enhance what is known as an “award cascade” effect from the limbic system. This re-balances an addict’s chemistry. It can change the addiction from an overwhelming compulsion to a manageable situation which the patient can then eliminate. Certainly, many drug addicts would give anything to rid themselves of their habits – but that over-whelming compulsion to use the drug is more than they can overcome. Thus, this help is a wonderful asset to the addict on a physiological level.

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Now to his next study: Dr. Holder reasoned that the effects demonstrated in the first study described above dealing with problems with the limbic system could be tied in to the effects that subluxations have on the nervous system. He knew that the limbic system is not just a compartment hidden in the center of the brain, but it also extends down the “dorsal horn” of the spinal column. He decided to test to see what Chiropractic adjustment intervention could do with this particular system of the nervous system.

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In 1994, the Holder Research Institute established that only vertebrates have an opiate reception site, brain reward system. This means that the vertebral subluxation complex is the hallmark of insult to any vertebrate’s ability to express the state of well-being to its fullest potential. If messages from the brain are interrupted from their expression to itself and the rest of the body by vertebral subluxations, the vertebrate necessarily will not have the fullest quality of life. What is called the “brain reward cascade” is a scientific model that has the vertebral motor unit as its cornmon denominator which provides an understanding to the neurophysiologi-cal mechanism on how the meso-Limbic system expresses a state of well-being. Therefore, a subluxation-free spine is mandatory to express one’s greatest potential.

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Dr. Holder went before the Research Committee at the where he teaches to present his research ideas. They approved his study, and conducted it at the largest addiction hospital in Miami, Florida. This study divided addicts into three groups: group one receive regular counseling therapy that is common to all addiction centers. Group two received that therapy plus Chiropractic adjustments, and Group three received standard addiction therapy plus “sham” Chiropractic treatments. That means that these patients were really not adjusted.

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At the end of that study, the results were astonishing, even to Dr. Holder. After compiling all the data, he found that the combination of Chiropractic adjustments with counseling therapy approach to addiction and compulsive disorders produced far better results than any other test results for any other government-approved technique now available. His conclusion: for the 180 different addiction disorder techniques that have been tested, Chiropractic now proves to be the most effective, even more effective than the use of auricular therapy found previously so helpful.

This means that: Chiropractic care, coupled with proper nutrition, electro-stimulation of points in the ear, and counseling is the best help currently available for individuals who have addictive-compulsive disorders.

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