John H. Keefe III, D.C.
IN THE NEWS : CONSUMING ENERGY DRINKS LINKED TO RISKY BEHAVIORS IN TEENS Consuming highly caffeinated energy drinks like Amp, Red Bull or Rockstar could be a telltale sign of other problems for high school students, according to a Canadian study. The more often students reported drinking energy drinks, the more likely they were to also report feeling depressed, seeking out risky experiences, drinking alcohol or smoking. “Young people tend to mix alcohol with energy drinks – and that’s also a problem,” lead author Sunday Azagba told Reuters Health. Energy drink consumption was more common among kids who reported sensation-seeking and had high depression scores along with those that used cigarettes, marijuana and alcohol, the researchers found.
WELLNESS: PATHOGENS IN YOUR MOUTH CAN LEAD TO CANCER IN OTHER PARTS OF YOUR BODY Two independent new studies found a causal link between a common oral bacterium (F. nucleatum) and colorectal cancer; pathogens in your mouth can enter your bloodstream to colonize other parts of your body. The same pathogenic bacteria has been known to cause stillbirths in mice, but was recently found responsible for a pregnant woman’s intrauterine infection that resulted in her baby’s tragic stillbirth. Consuming naturally fermented foods and incorporating “oil pulling” with coconut oil are two effective ways of balancing your oral and gut flora, which will improve your oral health, as well as your overall health.
CHIROPRACTIC: AN EXPECTANT PARENT’S GUIDE TO CHIROPRACTIC What we cannot see are the millions of different hormonal changes and chemical reactions occurring both in the mother and the developing baby, all of which are controlled and coordinated through the nervous system. Now more than ever, during pregnancy you need a nervous system that responds immediately and accurately to changing requirements in all parts of your body, and therefore you need a healthy spine! Chiropractic care prior to conception promotes a more regular menstrual cycle and optimal uterine function. It prepares the body to be strong, supple, and as balanced as possible to carry the pregnancy. Restoring proper nerve supply to reproductive organs has helped many couples who thought they were infertile. And adjusting women throughout pregnancy is one of the most rewarding parts of our work, because a healthier pregnancy means an easier labour and delivery, and a better transition for the baby into this life.
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