WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Nov. 25, 2013

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IN THE NEWS: FDA SUED, FORCED TO REMOVE SAFETY STATUS ON TRANS FATS For the past 60 years, saturated animal fats have been wrongfully accused of causing heart disease, despite mounting evidence showing that saturated fat is actually critical for optimal health while trans fat is the dietary fat causing heart disease. In 1961, the American Heart Association began encouraging Americans to limit dietary fat, particularly animal fats, in order to reduce their risk of heart disease. In the decades since, despite low-fat diets becoming increasingly part of the norm, heart disease rates have soared. “In the 1980s, some scientists began to associate heart disease with saturated fats, and in response, groups such as the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the National Heart Savers Association (NHSA) began to hound manufacturers for “poisoning America … by using saturated fats,” and as a result “nearly all targeted firms responded by replacing saturated fats with trans fats,” as David Schleifer wrote in 2012 for the journal Technology and Culture.10   At the time, many restaurants used beef fat for frying, which groups like CSPI believed was far worse than hydrogenated oils…” SEE http://www.keefeclinic.com/wp/the-truth-about-cholesterol/

WELLNESS:Prescription opioid analgesics increase depression risk Scherrer JF, et al. J Gen Intern Med. Oct 29, 2013. Investigators examining the association between opioid analgesics and risk of depression gathered data on 49,770 patients without a diagnosis of depression or record of opioid use in the last 24 months from the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Participants were each prescribed opioid analgesics for varying lengths of time (91% had a prescription for <90 days, 4% for 90 to 180 days, and 5% for >180 days). Increased risk of depression correlated significantly with opioid duration—suggesting that patients who are given an opioid be monitored for development of depression.

CHIROPRACTIC: FROZEN SHOULDER SYNDROME IMPROVES WITH CHIROPRACTIC CARE 98% of patients studied with Frozen Shoulder Syndrome (Adhesive Capsulitis) responded positively Of the case files reviewed, 20 were male and 30 were female; and all were between the ages of 40 and 70 years. The average number of days under care was 28 days (range, 11 to 51 days). The median change in Numeric Pain Rating Scale score was −7 (range, 0 to −10). Of the 50 cases, 16 resolved completely (100% improvement), 25 showed 75% to 90% improvement, 8 showed 50% to 75% improvement, and 1 showed 0% to 50% improvement. Conclusion: 98% of patients treated with frozen shoulder syndrome were reported to have improved with chiropractic care.

 

A woman burst out of the examining room screaming after her young physician tells her she is pregnant. The director of the clinic stopped her and asked what the problem was. After she tells him what happened, the doctors had her sit down and relax in another room and he marched down the hallway where the woman’s physician was and demanded, “What is wrong with you? Mrs. Miller is 60 years old, has six grown children and nine grandchildren, and you told her she was pregnant?” The young physician continued to write his notes and without looking up at his superior, asked, “Does she still have the hiccups?”

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Nixall in the news Necrotizing fasciitis

Necrotizing fasciitis: New treatment discovered for deadly flesh-eating disease

Dr. Keefe, Keefe Clinic. Tulsa Chiropractor, pain, natural health care.

In January 2012, Lori Madsen, then 51, was walking through a parking lot, when she fell and skinned her arm. Initially, she didn’t think much about the rugburn-like abrasion on her arm – but later that night, Madsen’s arm began to swell.

Two days later, the pain was so bad she couldn’t get out of bed.

“My husband had to take me to the ER and my blood pressure wasn’t reading and everything was shutting down,” Madsen told FoxNews.com. “I was in septic shock.”

Madsen was admitted to the intensive-care unit, where the infection in her arm raged on – causing fevers, blistering and swelling. A week later, Madsen was taken into surgery for the first time.

“They opened my arm up for the first time and excised some of the dead tissue in there,” Madsen said. “I got better for a couple days. My fever went down, but then I took another turn for the worse.”

At this point, Madsen feared she would lose her arm – or even worse – her life. Finally, she was introduced to Dr. John Crew, a vascular surgeon and wound specialist at Seton Medical Center in Daily City, Calif., where she was receiving treatment. Crew told Madsen he might know what was causing her health problems: A deadly disease known as necrotizing fasciitis.

The flesh-eating disease

Necrotizing fasciitis, commonly known as the flesh-eating disease, results from a bacterial infection and rapidly destroys the body’s soft tissue. The condition garnered national attention in 2012, when 24-year-old Aimee Copeland underwent a quadruple amputation after contracting necrotizing fasciitis in the aftermath of a zip lining accident.

Typically, necrotizing fasciitis is treated with antibiotics and surgical excision of the infected areas of the body. Though rare, the disease can carry a fatality rate of up to 70 percent – and those that survive are often left with devastating handicaps due to loss of limbs.

“They excise (the dead tissue), and (sometimes) you excise the hands and the legs and that’s a lousy way to end up,” Crew said.

Desperate to save Madsen’s limbs and life, Crew, director of the hospital’s Advanced Wound Care Center, devised a plan in which he would excise the dead tissue from Madsen’s arm and then regularly irrigate the area with an FDA-approved wound cleanser called NeutroPhase. Crew is a paid consultant for NovaBay Pharmaceuticals, the company that manufactures NeutroPhase, and he had been using the product to sterilize wounds for many years. NeutroPhase contains hypochlorous acid, a common chemical disinfectant.

“Hypochlorous acid is produced by the body’s white blood cells when it fights infection,” Dr. Harvey Himel, medical director of the wound program at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, told FoxNews.com. “(It) is one of the common chemicals found to purify water in swimming pools and is used as a disinfectant in food preparation.”  Himel was familiar with the study, but not involved in Madsen’s treatment.

Luckily, Madsen’s initial surgical treatment –coupled with the NeutroPhase irrigation – appeared successful.

However, six days later, Crew noticed another infected spot in a different area on Madsen’s arm. This time, Crew decided to simply insert a catheter and irrigate the area with NeutroPhase – without performing surgery to excise any more of the tissue in her arm.

Remarkably, this area of Madsen’s arm healed just as quickly as the area that underwent the standard surgical excision. Additionally, using NeutroPhase bypassed the severe scarring that now covered much of the rest of her limb.

Madsen noticed a difference in her condition almost immediately after being treated by Crew.

“Before they started NeutroPhase, the pain was unbearable. You can’t describe the way the pain is, and the fever I had was just unbelievable,” Madsen said. “But then, after they started the NeutroPhase and started killing all of the toxins in my arm, the fever subsided and went away. The pain wasn’t as bad…It wasn’t the kind of pain that you feel when it’s infected, and your arm is dying.”

‘People don’t have to lose their limbs or their lives’

Madsen eventually made a full recovery, and while she sustained some nerve damage in her arm, she has regained full function in the limb and now lives a normal life.

After Madsen’s recovery, Crew set out to discover what it was about NeutroPhase that had halted the infection.

“We had to go back to the lab after Lori was healed,” Crew said. “They isolated five or six of the toxins involved in this kind of necrotizing fasciitis, and individually, they treated cells in the lab… and it killed them.”

Crew and his fellow researchers discovered that NeutroPhase seemed to effectively neutralize the toxins produced by the infection, halting the body’s inflammatory-reaction and allowing the patient to begin to heal normally.

Crew recently published his findings in the peer-reviewed journal, Wounds, and he hopes to convince other doctors to begin using NeutroPhase to treat necrotizing fasciitis. Since Madsen’s case, Crew said he has successfully treated several other patients with necrotizing fasciitis using NeutroPhase – even avoiding surgery, in some cases.

“I had one 95-year-old, (and) when I just put in a catheter and irrigated it with NeutroPhase, she healed from that standpoint,” Crew said. “We didn’t need a big massive operation to drain or excise necrotic tissue. We’re looking to tell people this is the way to treat this problem. We won’t make big massive incisions, but small incisions to get the irrigation going as quick as we can.”

Himel warned that while this case appeared to be successful, more research is still needed.

“Since this is a single case report, it is hard to say if this treatment was instrumental in the patient’s recovery,” Himel said. “In order to scientifically prove the value of this additional treatment, they would need to conduct more extensive research.”

For Madsen, her hope is that this treatment will eventually help prevent others in her situation from going through the same agony she did.

“I don’t want to see anyone go through what I went through. I want the word out there that this stuff works on this necrotizing fasciitis,” Madsen said. “People don’t have to lose their limbs or their lives.”

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Simple Form of Water May Be ‘Miracle Solution’

Published February 26, 2009

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It cleans. It disinfects. It cures athlete’s foot. You can even drink it — well, a little.

What is it? According to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, it’s ionized salt water.

“I didn’t believe in it at first because it didn’t have foam or any scent,” a housekeeper at the Sheraton Delfina hotel in Santa Monica, Calif., told the Times. “But I can tell you it works. My rooms are clean.”

The chemistry is simple. Electrolysis of water containing a little sodium chloride, or table salt, produces two compounds in different chambers — sodium hydroxide, or lye, which is a strong base or alkaline solution, and hypochlorous acid, which is a weak acid.

The former is an effective degreaser, great for washing windows and floors. The latter is a simple but powerful sanitizer, good on floors, fruit and even feet.

“It’s green. It saves money. And it’s the right thing to do,” a hotel official told the Times. “It’s almost like fantasy.”

But experts warn that there’s a nasty side market: A lot of quacksters are trying to market ionized water as a miracle cure, something that cures common ills by “restoring the body’s natural acid balance.”

The truth is that the body’s acid-base balance, or pH, varies. And mixing sodium hydroxide and hypochlorous acid results in a very familiar mixture — diluted household bleach.

Effects of a low concentration hypochlorous Acid nasal irrigation solution on bacteria, fungi, and virus.
Kim HJ, Lee JG, Kang JW, Cho HJ, Kim HS, Byeon HK, Yoon JH.
Source: Department of Medicine Graduate School, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS:
Saline irrigation would be more effective for chronic sinusitis patients if it had bactericidal effects. Low concentrations of hypochlorous acid may be used as a nasal irrigation solution. First, we developed a 0.85% NaCl solution by adding NaCl to tap water (pH 7.0 and 8.4) and measuring the concentration of free chlorine and hypochlorous acid after giving the solution a short electrical impulse of 20 seconds. Then we investigated whether the derived hypochlorous acid had a toxic effect on human primary nasal epithelial cells, if and what effect it had on the expression of mucin genes, and, finally, if it had bactericidal, fungicidal, or virucidal effects.

STUDY DESIGN:
In vitro biochemical experiment.

METHODS:
We treated human primary nasal epithelial cells with 3.5 ppm of hypochlorous acid and then examined the cells for cytotoxicity. We also investigated the bactericidal, fungicidal, and virucidal effects by challenging the cells with the following microorganisms Aspergillus fumigatus, Haemophilus influenzae, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Rhizopus oryzae, Candida albicans, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and Streptococcus pyogenes. To study the virucidal effects of HOCl, we used the human influenza A virus to challenge the cells.

RESULTS:
In the cytotoxicity assay and in the morphological examination, the cells did not show anytoxicity at 30 minute or 2 hours after treatment with HOCl. More than 99% of bactericidal or fungicidal activity was noted for all species, except for Candida albicans, in tap water at either pH 7.0 or 8.4. In addition, a 3.2-log10 reduction was achieved in cells challenged with the human influenza A virus.

CONCLUSIONS:
A low concentration HOCl solution can be used as an effective nasal irrigation solution.

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NIXALL

C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D.

Nixall is a natural product, the active ingredient being hypochlorous acid, the same compound used by your white blood cells to kill bacteria, viruses and fungi,

Nixall ™ is an electrolyzed anolyte water that
Is all natural, “truly a green product”
Oxygenates and hydrates the skin
Is Ph balanced
Is destructive to staphylococcus and MRSA, Salmonella, E coli, viruses, bacteria, fungi and mold—even anthrax!
Accelerates wound healing—can be sprayed directly on wounds
Deodorizes—transforms and freshens air
Neutralizes sarin gas, mustard gas and nerve gas
Hydrates and oxygenates the skin
Is 100 times more efficient than bleach—and safer
Controls fungi and viruses on plants
Oxygenates and stimulates plant growth
Is non-irritating, non-allergenic and non-stinging

How to use Nixall

For general sanitizing and protecting, dilute 10:1 with water.
Can be sprayed directly on fresh veggies and fruits, or dipped in the 10:1 solution for cleansing and to prolong freshness
For mold/mildew, use full strength
It is safe full strength—your skin feels refreshed and hydrated
Can be used on scrapes, bruises, minor burns and rashes full strength
For nail fungus, soak 10 minutes daily for several days and then spray daily
Spray counter tops, toilet seats,? tubs, showers, clothes hampers, cell phones, etc
Spray credit card devices, grocery cart handles, gas pump handles, restaurant tables, public toilets, etc
Spray nose and mouth at the very suspicion of a “cold” or flu

Nixall appears to be the safest and best all around sterilizing and health enhancing adjunct available today!? I have reviewed the literature and strongly recommend it in EVERY household and office. Indeed, I consider it an essential for BEING PREPARED!? Every household should keep 2 to 4 gallons on hand and replenish when you get down to one. Also get a few of the two ounce spray bottles! I am using it and I am beginning further research on it for acne and arthritic hands.

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday NOV. 18, 2013

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WELLNESS/PREVENTION:  COMMON INSECTICIDES MAY BE LINKED TO KIDS’ BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS  Organophosphate pesticides are known for their hazards to human health. Prenatal exposure, for example, has been linked to delayed brain development, reduced IQ, and attention deficits. Now, Canadian research suggests pyrethroids may be associated with behavior problems in children.  As reported by Scientific American3: “The findings raise some questions about the safety of the compounds, which have replaced other insecticides with known risks to children’s brain development. Exposure to pyrethroids, which kill insects by interfering with their nervous systems, is widespread because they are used inside homes and schools, in municipal mosquito control and on farms.”  
 

IN THE NEWS:  RISK OF DEPRESSION INCREASED BY LONG-TERM USE OF PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS It’s not entirely clear how the drugs may be involved in depression, although it is widely known that they have a strong impact on your brain. The drugs work by binding to receptors in your brain to decrease the perception of pain. But they also create a temporary feeling of euphoria followed by dysphoria that can easily lead to physical dependence and addiction. The researchers speculated that there could be numerous factors linking opioid painkillers with depression: “Some of these include opioid-induced resetting of the brain’s ‘reward pathway’ to a higher level, which means the chronic use of narcotic pain killers can elevate the threshold for a person’s ability to experience pleasure from natural rewards such as a food or sexual activity. Other factors may include body aches months and years after the use of opioids has stopped, side effects such as adrenal, testosterone and vitamin D deficiencies and glucose dysregulation.”

CHIROPRACTIC: CHIROPRACTIC SUCCESS STORY My name is Pam. I started Chiropractic Care because of frequent migraines and shoulder pain with numbness. I was suffering from migraines every week. At its worst I would be in bed for days on pain medication. I also had high blood pressure hovered at approximately 140/97, sometimes it would get at high as 160/105, even though I was on 100mg of Toprol. In the past with other treatments the physicians didn’t seriously address the pains I had. I was given medication for my blood pressure and migraines. Since starting care the frequency and intensity of my migraines have been drastically reduced. In fact, it has been almost 4 months since my last migraine. I no longer take Toprol. My blood pressure has dropped significantly, sometimes it gets as low as 117/78. I have also noticed that the shoulder pain is gone and after a year of care the numbness along my spine is gone and the sensation has returned!

 

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Nov. 11, 2013

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IN THE NEWS: Silent Stroke and Omega-3 Fatty Acids Here’s a new article making headlines from this month’s Journal of the American Heart Association. We’ve known for some time that consumption of fish, a food high in natural Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) appears to be associated with reduced risk of stroke and heart disease. This study gives new information that increased intake of PUFAs may also be associated with reduced risk of subclinical brain infarcts and brain atrophy as well. It appears, at least among older adults, that increased consumption of food high in Omega-3s is associated with reduced risk of brain injury from subclinical infarction as well as white matter degradation over time. Eat more fish!

WELLNESS:  Curcumin Supports Women’s Hormonal Health and the Male Prostate” Plus, it’s a powerful antioxidant that may help you maintain cholesterol levels already in the normal range, minimize oxidative stress, support brain health, and assist your gall bladder function. Here are a couple ideas on how to add turmeric powder to “wake-up” a variety of foods: Shake a few sprinkles of turmeric powder into any curry dish you’re making to give it more flavor. Turmeric powder is a primary ingredient in Thai-style yellow curries, Indonesian rendang (a coconut-infused beef stew), and many northern Indian curries. Add a teaspoon of turmeric powder to tomato-based sauces to create more complex flavors. Turmeric’s earthy bitterness creates a contrast to the sweet tanginess of the tomatoes for a tantalizing taste. Turmeric’s earthy taste can enhance soups, stews, and leafy green sautés. You could even add a pinch to an egg-white omelet to spice up the flavor.

CHIROPRACTIC:  INCONSOLABLE BABY A mom brought her three month old son to a chiropractor after having heard that possibly chiropractic might be able to help him. She explained that from the second day of his life and each day since, her son screamed from 10pm-4am and there was nothing they could do to console him. The pediatrician prescribed Xantac, Prilosec and Prevacid twice daily. She said she didn’t notice much of a difference even though she was hoping and wishing for any relief. After three adjustments the mom reported that her son had gone three days without distress although she wasn’t ready to jump up and down yet! The following Monday, she got the results of the blood test taken at Children’s Hospital which showed that her baby’s liver enzymes were through the roof (due to the drugs)! They took away two of the three drugs and added antibiotics. The following week, the enzymes were even higher so they discontinued all medication. In the meantime, the baby continues to be “normal” without any distress. CHIROPRACTIC WORKS AFTER OTHER METHODS FAIL.

 

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Nov. 4, 2013

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DIET: OREOS ARE FOUND TO BE AS ADDICTIVE AS COCAINE When you eat refined processed sugars, they trigger production of your brain’s natural opioids — a key ingredient in the addiction process. Your brain essentially becomes addicted to stimulating the release of its own opioids as it would to morphine or heroin. As reported by Connecticut college: “…Oreos activated significantly more neurons than cocaine or morphine. ‘This correlated well with our behavioral results and lends support to the hypothesis that high-fat/ high sugar foods can be thought of as addictive,’ said Schroeder. Indeed, scientific research into the addictive nature of certain foods, combined with shocking “insider” exposés,tells us that Americans are not necessarily lacking in self control when it comes to their food consumption. Rather, food companies have perfected food concoctions that are addictive. And they know it.

WELLNESS: SLEEP IS CRITICAL FOR BRAIN DETOXIFICATION, GROUNDBREAKING RESEARCH FINDS How to Optimize Your Sleep: Avoid watching TV or using your computer at night This tricks your brain into thinking it’s still daytime, thereby shutting down melatonin secretion. Sleep in complete darkness, or as close to it as possible. Even the slightest bit of light in the room can disrupt your internal clock and your pineal gland’s production of melatonin and serotonin. Keep the temperature in your bedroom no higher than 70 degrees F. Studies show that the optimal room temperature for sleep is between 60 to 68 degrees. Take a hot bath 90 to 120 minutes before bedtime. This increases your core body temperature, and when you get out of the bath it abruptly drops, signaling your body that you are ready for sleep. Check your bedroom for electro-magnetic fields (EMFs). These can disrupt your pineal gland and the production of melatonin and serotonin, and may have other negative effects as well. Move alarm clocks and other electrical devices away from your bed. If these devices must be used, keep them as far away from your bed as possible, preferably at least three feet.

CHIROPRACTIC: CHIROPRACTIC SUCCESS WITH KIDS: Jacob W. “My son has ADHD. Jacob was uncontrollable and never listened. Since he’s started chiropractic care, he listens and follows directions. He completes his homework and we are much happier as a family.”–Alexa K. “Chiropractic has helped me with my hip dysplasia and my balance. Before I tried chiropractic, I used to have trouble performing gymnastics stunts. I would always go to the left or stop after my round-off because I couldn’t do my back flip. Since starting chiropractic care, my balance is better and I’m even winning awards!”– Kestyn J. “Chiropractic adjustments helped my daughter have regular bowel movements and helped her overcome acid reflux and allergies.”

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