IN THE NEWS: IMMEDIATE BAN ON DENTAL AMALGAM IN PHILIPPINES PUSHEDMercury vapor concentrations in certain Philippine dental institutions and dental stores exceeded the standard reference levels set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Some areas in dental institutions had mercury concentrations of >10,000 ng/m3, which is considered as the evacuation alert level by the US EPA. In the Philippines, mercury is supposed to be phased out of health care facilities by the end of 2016, but environmental groups are calling for an immediate ban to protect human health and the environment. Anyone who has mercury fillings in their mouth is at risk from the mercury vapors they release. However, dental practitioners are particularly vulnerable to mercury intoxication while working with this toxic substance.
WELLNESS: WHY YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE SHOULD BE CHECKED IN BOTH ARMS People who have different blood pressure readings in their right versus left arm may be at increased risk for serious heart problems later in life, a new study suggests. People whose systolic blood pressure readings differed by 10 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or more between their right and left arms were 38 percent more likely to have a cardiovascular problem, such as a heart attack or stroke, over a 13-year period compared with people with smaller differences between their arms.
CHIROPRACTIC: The Chiropractic Care of Children with Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Retrospective Case Series Explore (NY). 2010 (May); 6 (3): 173–182 Pediatric patients (aged < or =18 years) attending chiropractic care for a minimum period of five months following a medical diagnosis of ADHD were included in this review. Our review found four patient files satisfying the inclusion criteria. All patients were males, ranging in age from nine to 13 years (mean age, 10 years), with three patients having a history of medication use and two patients having prescribed medication at the start of chiropractic care. Using a 15-item parent/teacher ADHD questionnaire, the patients’ responses to chiropractic care were monitored. Using the Friedman test to compare observations repeated on the same subjects, our findings found improvement in ADHD symptoms (ie, hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattentiveness, as well as behavioral, social, or emotional difficulties) and provide supporting evidence on the effectiveness of chiropractic in the treatment of children with ADHD.
If you suffer from neck or back pain, you’re not alone. Back pain particularly low back pain is the number one health problem in the United States and Chiropractic has long been shown to be the most effective treatment for this condition.
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Neck and back pain commonly come from a condition called spinal subluxation. This simply means that vertebra in the neck or back have moved out of the normal position causing irritation on nerves which affect muscles, organs and glands. You heard me right, that digestive problem you have had for a long time could have its roots in your spine. But we also need to mention that some spinal pain can be a reflection of an organ and stress referring pain to the spine. We can determine the source of the pain from our evaluation.
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Bad posture can be a cause of spinal misalignment but spinal misalignments can also cause bad posture. Car accidents, slips and falls, any kind of body jolt could produce misalignments that don’t necessarily cause immediate symptoms. But over time if those misalignments are not corrected they will tend to develop into chronic neck and back pain. Surgery is rarely the appropriate treatment for most neck or back pain. Exercise can be part of the overall treatment for back pain but exercise alone will not correct the underlying cause. As you exercise your body produces more painkillers and so that could cover up the problem for a while. But trying to use exercise as the sole treatment for back pain is misguided. The spinal misalignments (subluxations) need to be corrected.
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As a chiropractic physician my focus is better function and better health. Approaches that just relieve symptoms do not produce better function or better health even things like exercise. Don’t get me wrong exercise is important and conditioning the body and strengthening the muscles that hold your spine in proper alignment is important, it’s just exercise alone cannot realign your spine. Once the natural pain killers wear off that you produce with exercise the symptoms will reappear. Remember the longer the underlying condition is allowed to stay in place the more complex and chronic the condition will become.
Research from around the world has shown that chiropractic adjustments are the number one treatment for the back problems that produce back pain. Because of the effect that subluxations have on the nervous system many patients notice positive side effects from the treatment like better sleep, higher energy level and a better sense of well-being. The effects from removing spinal stress can improve your moods, your mental clarity, your coordination and balance.
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Make today the 1st day toward better health and less pain call Keefe Clinic to make an appointment, 918-663-1111.
IN THE NEWS:LACK OF SLEEP TIED TO MORE HEALTH RISKS FOR OBESE ADOLESCENTS For overweight and obese adolescents, a lack of sleep may be linked to a higher risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and stroke, Counsel and Heal reported. In a new study published in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers found that only one-third of participants were physically active for at least one hour a day. Furthermore, most teens only slept for approximately seven hours each night. The National Sleep Foundation recommends children between ages 10 to 17 should sleep for a totally of 8.5 to 9.5 hours per night. While obese or overweight teens already had a high risk of developing cardiometabolic diseases, researchers found that a lack of sleep elevated this risk even further.
WELLNESS: TAKING ACETAMINOPHEN DURING PREGNANCY MAY INCREASE YOUR CHILD’S RISK OF ADHD Most people will take over-the-counter medication without thinking twice about it, which is probably why acetaminophen overdose is the leading cause for calls to Poison Control Centers across the US every year. Acetaminophen is also responsible for more than 56,000 emergency room visits, 2,600 hospitalizations, and an estimated 458 deaths due to acute liver failure1 each year. The study included data from more than 64,000 mothers and children in the Danish National Birth Cohort. Over 50 percent of the women reported taking acetaminophen while pregnant, which was found to be linked to: A 30 percent increased risk for ADHD in the child during the first seven years of life, 37 percent increased risk of being diagnosed with hyperkinetic disorder (HKD), a severe form of ADHD
CHIROPRACTIC: CHIROPRACTIC WORKS Samantha M.I was in a car accident and wasn’t wearing my seat belt. My face hit the rearview mirror and my knees took out the dash. After three months of wearing a full neck brace, going to a TMJ specialist and physical therapist I went to see a chiropractor. He examined and treated me and I threw the neck brace in the trash. I have been symptom free for years and need only an occasional adjustment to correct the everyday stresses I put on my body. I was thankful for my newly found health… so thankful that I became a chiropractor. Jennifer F. I began seeing a chiropractor after my husband went as a result of a back injury. We also took our 6 month old son. It was one of the best choices we’ve made as parents. Now two and a half years old he’s never had an ear infection and rarely gets sick. The benefits of chiropractic are endless! B. R. I have suffered from the most horrible migraine headaches for years. The ONLY REMEDY I have ever found is chiropractic. Chiropractic fixes my neck and the headache is gone within an hour. Before chiropractic, the headaches routinely lasted three days and nights.
IN THE NEWS: FDA WILL REVIEW SAFETY OF TESTOSTERONE THERAPY SUNDAY, Feb. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Spurred by a recent report that popular testosterone treatments might raise men’s heart risk, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it now plans a review of the therapies’ safety. “FDA is investigating the risk of stroke, heart attack and death in men taking FDA-approved testosterone products,” the agency said in a statement released late Friday.However, in a study published Wednesday in the journal PLoS One, an increased risk of heart attack was found in men younger than 65 with a history of heart disease, and in older men even if they didn’t have a history of the disease. In both groups, heart attack risk doubled in the 90 days after the men began testosterone therapy, said researcher William Finkle, CEO of Consolidated Research, in Los Angeles. ASK ABOUT SAFE NATURAL TESTOSTERONE THERAPY
WELLNESS: MAGNESIUM MAY HELP PREVENT HIP FRACTURES Magnesium is a crucially important mineral for optimal health, performing a wide array of biological functions, including playing an important role in bone health. In fact, of the 25 grams of magnesium found in an average adult, up to 60 percent of it is found in your bones. Multiple studies have shown that higher magnesium intake is associated with a higher bone mineral density in both men and women, and recent research from Norway has even found an association between magnesium in drinking water and risk of hip fractures. The finding is significant considering how debilitating a hip fracture can be, especially among the elderly. A broken hip carries a great risk of complications and usually requires prolonged specialized care for recovery. It’s estimated that 25 percent of elderly people suffering a hip fracture die as a direct result.
CHIROPRACTIC:THERESA’s STORY When I first received Chiropractic I wondered if it could really help me. I had a hurt in my back for so many years and have been put on so many medications for the pain and each time the pain came back when I quit taking medication. I wanted a fix and not a cover up. So I decided to try Chiropractic. I couldn’t lose because I had not received the help I needed anywhere else in the medical field. I have since been given a new lease on life. I don’t have constant back and neck pain as I did before my treatments. I feel like I can do things that I have wanted to do but couldn’t because of back pain. My treatments have brought me a long way from where I was and where I am physically and mentally today. I feel like a new person and can’t wait until my next treatment after I leave the office. Chiropractic has been a blessing to me in regards to my pain and feeling of despair for so many years.
IN THE NEWS:THIS PRESCRIPTION DRUG KILLS MORE PEOPLE THAN MURDERS OR CAR ACCIDENTS IN THE USDeaths caused by overdosing on painkillers now surpass murders and fatal car accidents in the US. America’s rising drug problem recently received renewed attention following the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. The 46-year-old Oscar-winning actor died from a heroin overdose on February 2. Last year, Hoffman entered rehab when addiction to prescription painkillers led him to switch to heroin. US officials now acknowledge that narcotic painkillers are in fact a driving force in the rise of substance abuse and lethal overdoses. Over the past five years alone, heroin deaths have increased by 45 percent–an increase that officials blame on the rise of addictive prescription drugs such as Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet, codeine, and Fentora, all of which are opioids. TELL A FRIEND IN PAIN ABOUT CHIROPRACTIC
WELLNESS: TURNS OUT CHOLESTEROL IS ACTUALLY GOOD FOR YOU. For 60+ years Big Pharma has lied to us to sell statin drugs that have proven to be worse than doing nothing. The Framingham study is the longest continual heart disease study in our nation started in 1948. Newsflash: after age 47 the patients with the highest cholesterol lived longer than the patients with the lower cholesterol. Cholesterol is important element in your blood; you use it to make antibodies, hormones and enzymes. High cholesterol indicates issues of stress, liver dysfunction and possible sugar overdose. Abnormal cholesterol should be corrected but not artificially manipulated. Inflammation is the cause for heart disease and inflammation comes from a high stress lifestyle that consists of eating too much sugar, too much trans fats and other altered fats and not enough anti-inflammatory foods like salmon, berries etc. asked for a list of anti-inflammatory foods and just say no to statin drugs. Sugar = insulin = inflammation = heart disease, cancer etc.
CHIROPRACTIC: BACK PROBLEMS MAY MAKE KNEE PROBLEMS WORSE, STUDY SUGGESTS If you’ve got knee pain with an occasional aching back, recent research suggests you may want to take care of that back sooner rather than later. A new study found that patients with back pain undergoing knee replacement surgery had poorer outcomes two years after surgery compared to patients without back pain. They suggested that patients who are candidates for knee surgery be informed that their chances of full recovery are lower if they also suffer from back problems. Chiropractors can provide safe, non-invasive treatments for both back and knee pain. Research has suggested that chiropractic care and targeted exercises are effective for relieving knee arthritis and a number of problems causing back pain.