WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Aug. 31, 2015

 

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 IN THE NEWS: One man lost most of his brain … and had no idea As it turns out maybe the Scarecrow didn’t need that brain after all. Real Clear Science revisits a bizarre case from 2007 in which a relatively normal 44-year-old man—married, two kids, job—turned out to have been going about his life without most of his brain. According to a New Scientist article published when the case was revealed in July 2007, one neurologist estimated the man was missing more than 50 percent to 75 percent of his brain but—other than a slightly below-average IQ of 75, per the study in the Lancet—was suffering no ill effects. Real Clear Science reports the man’s condition stemmed from a case of hydrocephalus (an excessive buildup the cerebrospinal fluid that cushions your brain) suffered as a baby. According to the New Scientist, neurologists could not explain how the man could function while the parts of the brain that control motion, language, vision, emotions, and more were severely compressed. In the end, the case was pointed to as an extreme example of the brain’s adaptability.

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WELLNESS/PREVENTION: Using essential oils to treat the nervous system Essential oils carry biologically active volatile compounds in a highly concentrated form that can provide therapeutic benefits in very small amounts. Black pepper, fennel, and grapefruit oil stimulate sympathetic nervous system activity whereas rose and patchouli oil calm it. An oral lavender oil preparation was found to be as effective as the drug Lorazepam for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder. Jasmine oil can also uplift mood and help ameliorate depression.

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CONDITION OF THE WEEK: Heart disease is a condition that is best treated through natural methods. Studies show that most medical approaches don’t extend life as much is reports would indicate. Balloons, stents and bypass surgery come with several complications. Chiropractic adjustments help balance the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system which is crucial to heart health. Targeted nutrients to the blood vessels that surround the heart can cause dramatic improvement in short periods of time. Following your body type diet with emphasis on anti-inflammatory foods and balancing the body’s pH can take a surgical heart condition and turn it into a healthy heart in the matter of weeks.

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FUNNY BONE: I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather.. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.@@@ I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.@@@ If I agreed with you we’d both be wrong.@@@ Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.@@@ Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

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Common sense approach to heart problems

Common sense approach to heart problems

Do the “experts” know what they’re doing?

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Most people realize that heart disease is not due to a drug deficiency or lack of preventive surgeries. Heart disease is both a lifestyle and diet problem. The most current research points to inflammation, not cholesterol, as the cause for most heart disease. But based on current medical procedures this information is totally ignored. Probably the biggest reason that this information is ignored is that pharmaceutical companies drive most medical research and thus medical procedures. Pharmaceutical companies are multibillion-dollar enterprises that primarily fund and direct medical practice. Pharmaceutical companies are looking after their bottom line not necessarily your health.

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The cholesterol theory of heart disease has failed to be established by major research. In fact it has been said that every cholesterol study for the past 50 years has failed. The Framingham study is the longest-running study on heart disease and diet. It has found that over the age of 45 people who have a higher cholesterol level outlive the people who have a lower cholesterol level. You might want to read that statement one more time. Cholesterol is a bystander in the coronary heart disease epidemic. Inflammation and other factors damage the lining of the blood vessel. White blood cells sensing the damage enter in to the damaged area and pull in cholesterol, calcium and laydown fibrin in an attempt to heal the damage. Because the factors that are driving the inflammation continue the corresponding plaque builds up over time.

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Within the inflammation soup you have chlorine, fluoride, methane gas from the intestines and acidic byproducts from an improper diet that make up the insult to the blood vessels. Also hormones like insulin are pro-inflammatory and thus too much junk food and refined carbohydrates play a role in the inflammation process.

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Medical approaches have been shown through research to be very ineffective at addressing coronary heart disease. Yes they can reduce cholesterol numbers with drugs but as the Framingham study indicates that just increases the patient’s risk of death. Let’s just cover some of the common medical procedures. First we’ll talk about balloons and stents: in 2003 the Mayo Clinic found that these procedures did not reduce complaints, did not prevent heart attacks, did not prolong life, did not reduce the frequency of heart attacks or deaths and the flattening of plaque in the vessel walls not only regularly lead to bleeding into the vessel walls but small lumps became detached and floated into the bloodstream causing acute heart attack. The bottom line is stents increased death rates.

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 Stents cause higher death rate

New England Journal of Medicine, Cindy L Grines, M.D. Beaumont cardiologist

Worldwide study involve 900 patients at 62 centers. All patients in the study were treated within 12 hours of the heart attack. A higher death rate (2.4% stent and angioplasty versus 2.7% angioplasty) they also unexpectedly experienced decreased blood flow from stent placements. Dr. Grines says “the higher mortality rate and decrease in blood flow makes it necessary for additional research to be conducted before routine stenting can be recommended as a standard of care.”

It appears no one is studying the research.

Although catheterization and stents have been claimed to be life-saving measures, they do not prevent heart attacks or save lives. This intervention is accompanied by a great placebo effect. Conclusions…. We could not demonstrate a long-term benefit of an early invasive strategy in reducing death or MI (invasive versus conservative treatment in unstable coronary syndromes ICTUS (invasive versus conservative treatment of unstable coronary syndromes)

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Heart bypass not effective long-term

The average death rate for bypass surgery is greater than the average death rate of heart patients treated without surgery. Heart disease progresses faster in those who have had invasive surgery and in those treated non-surgically. Heart surgery kills thousands of patients per year and debilitate thousands more.

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Benefits of taking aspirin each day

10 to 15% drop in coronary heart disease (in theory)

33 to 46 fewer deaths per 100,000

Adverse effects of aspirin

Death rate:

37% increase in gastrointestinal bleeding (68-117 per 100,000)

32%-38% increase hemorrhagic stroke (8-10 per 100,000)

Aileen Clark, professor of public health and research director at Warwick medical school, said, “It is clear that there is an incredible fine balance between the possible benefits and risk of intervention. We need to be extremely careful about over promoting aspirin intervention without having 1st fully understood these negative side effects.”

NSAIDs may cause 20% of all heart failures and cause high blood pressure

 (NSAIDs) caused a greater than 10 fold increase in the risk and congestive heart failure (CHF) archives of internal medicine June 2000; 160:777-784

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The study followed more than 80,000 women between the age of 31 and 50 years who are initially hypertensive-free. 2 years later: women who use in NSAIDs 22 days or more per month, the risk of high blood pressure increased some 86%.

Sudden death after radiofrequency ablation of the atrioventricular node in patients with atrial fibrillation Journal of American College of cardiology. 2002; 40 (1): 105-110. DOI: 10.1 thousand 16/S0735-1097 (02) 01927-7

Results of 334 consecutive patients with AF who underwent AV node ablation, 9 had sudden heart attacks after the ablation. Conclusions sudden-death likely to possibly related to catheter ablation occurred in 7 of 334 patients (2.1%). Risk of sudden death is highest within 2 days after the procedure.

Rational approaches to preventing and treating coronary heart disease.

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Chiropractic

Chiropractic adjustments help balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.

Multiple studies show people with ischemic heart disease have a decreased parasympathetic activity by over 30%. Over 80% of ischemic events are preceded by a dramatic reduction of parasympathetic activity.

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Diet

The important thing about diet is that there are different body types that require different eating programs. Studies show the global use of the Heart Association diet has failed in every country that it has been tested in. So the first thing we need to do is determine your body type and get you eating the correct ratio of fats, carbohydrates and protein for your genetic makeup. Next we need to make sure were maximizing the reduction of inflammation. Besides eating the right diet there are key foods like salmon and tuna, certain vegetables and fruits that are high in antioxidants like pomegranate and blueberries. Eating properly reduces the inflammation that leads to heart disease. Along with diet targeted nutrition to support the heart and healthy blood vessels is crucial to recovery.

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PH is important when it comes to inflammation and most people who have inflammatory issues are usually very acidic. Again diet can control pH and drinking alkaline water can be beneficial. As we talk about water we need to talk about a whole host of chemicals in the water that can damage your cardiovascular system. The chlorine/chloramine, fluoride can damage the arteries. Studies have shown trace amounts of pharmaceutical drugs in city water supplies that need to be filtered out. Drink clean water, dehydration can lead to inflammation. The formula for water intake is that your cleansing dose is half your body weight in ounces and your minimum dose is 80% of that. I hundred pound person should drink between 40 and 50 ounces of fluids every day.

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Exercise

30 minutes of exercise 3+ times a week can improve heart function and reduce stress hormones that can lead to ischemic reactions to the heart and increase blood pressure. Intense exercise can be a problem if you don’t eat a large amount of antioxidants because intense aerobic exercises can increase the oxygen level of your blood to a point of inflammation because oxygen is acidic. So too much intense exercise can actually have a negative effect on your heart health depending on your antioxidant intake.

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Relaxation

Meditation and/or prayer have been shown to extend life and improve health recovery when practiced on a regular basis. Music, nature walks, family time are just a few of the things that can help the stress the nervous system and thus the body.

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Detoxification

Heavy metals, certain chemicals in our environment as well as waste products from normal metabolism can a burden to the body and contribute to heart disease. Fasting, detox diets and supplements targeted at the detox pathways can be important for health recovery.

Most people who have symptoms of heart disease and follow the above program would notice improvement of symptoms within a few days to a couple of weeks and be totally symptom-free and out of trouble within a months’ time. This represents a rational approach to eliminating heart disease over the long-term.

 

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Aug. 24, 2015

 

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 IN THE NEWS: Parents sue over teen’s caffeine powder death Prom king Logan Stiner died of a caffeine overdose just days before his high school graduation last May, and now his parents are suing. Kate and Dennis Stiner have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against companies that manufacture and distribute caffeine powder, including Amazon.com and Hard Rhino. “This is pharmaceutical-grade caffeine powder that is advertised, marketed, and delivered across the country, and just a small difference in dosage is the difference between life and death,” their attorney, Brian Balser, tells WKYC. An autopsy showed more than 70 micrograms of caffeine per milliliter of blood in his system, as much as 23 times the amount found in that of a typical coffee or soda drinker.

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WELLNESS: Daylight Savings Time May Cost You Extra—Both in Terms of Money and Health Research suggests you never fully adjust your circadian rhythm to the hour shift associated with daylight savings time (DST). Losing an hour of sleep may increase your risk for a heart attack over the following three days, due to the compromising effect sleep deprivation has on immune function, blood pressure, and C-reactive protein. Suggestions are given for mitigating the adverse effects of the time change, including getting up 30 minutes earlier on the weekend, avoiding electronics, and getting bright sun exposure in the early morning.

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CHIROPRACTIC: 4 Perils of Poor Posture Slump away at your desk, scrunch your shoulders to type another text message, bend and lift without protecting your back – what harm can it do? Pain: The No. 1 consequence of poor posture is pain, and it can manifest anywhere from the neck down to the low back / pelvis and even further. Attitude: Try this quick test and you’ll immediately notice how poor posture can impact your attitude / mood: First, in a standing position, roll your shoulders in toward your chest, letting your spine “round.” How do you feel? Now do the opposite – expand your chest, pull back your shoulders and stand up tall. Which feels better? Which makes you feel confident, ready to take on the world? StressPoor posture compresses your lungs / organs, leading to shallow breathing, which leads to stress. It makes perfect sense: What’s the first rule when you’re stressed out? Take a deep, full breath or two. Major health issues: Stress isn’t the only consequence of shallow breathing; reduced lung function means vital organs including the heart and brain don’t receive adequate oxygenated blood, especially over time. The long-term result: an increased risk of heart / cardiovascular disease.

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 FUNNY BONES: When I call a family meeting I turn off the house wifi and wait for them all to come running.@@ That awkward moment when you leave a store without buying anything and all you can think is “act natural, you’re innocent”.@@Life is all about perspective. The sinking of the Titanic was a miracle to the lobsters in the ship’s kitchen.

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Aug. 10, 2015

 

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IN THE NEWS: Bacteria May Be Remaking Drugs in Sewage The concentration of an anti-epileptic drug increased by 80 percent after going through wastewater treatment. The concentration of an antibiotic increased by 120 percent after treatment. The microbes used during the treatment process may “put back together” the broken down pharmaceuticals, resulting in increased concentrations. DRINK FILTERED WATER!!!

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WELLNESS: Study links common pesticide exposure to ADHD diagnosis in boys A new study has linked a commonly used pesticide to attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) in children and teens— specifically males. Pyrethoid pesticides became popular in the early 2000s after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned two other pesticides containing phosphorus. They are often considered a safe choice for residential pest control and public health purposes because they are not acutely toxic, Science Daily reported. For this study, researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center focused on data of 687 children between ages 8 and 15.Researchers found that boys with detectable urinary 3-PBA, a biomarker of exposure to pyrethroids, were three times as likely to have ADHD as those without a biomarker.

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CONDITION OF THE WEEK: HEART AND NATURAL HEALTH CARE Studies show chiropractic care can help with heart health, including lowering systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Adjustments to the cervical spine can also lower heart rate. Interference with cervical nerves can affect a variety of health conditions, especially those associated with the heart. Realigning the spine can help. Hypertension can be helped when specific adjustments are done to move the vertebrae back into place. Chiropractic combined with nutritional therapy can cause remarkable improvement to cardiovascular complaints. Nutritional therapy can clean out the arteries and reduce the inflammation that causes heart disease. There is no drug on the market that can outperform nutritional therapy for heart problems. Think chiropractic first, drug second, surgery last.

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FUNNY BONE: A Mexican bandit made a specialty of crossing the Rio Grande from time to time and robbing banks in Texas. Finally, a reward was offered for his capture, and an enterprising Texas ranger decided to track him down. After a lengthy search, he traced the bandit to his favorite cantina, snuck up behind him, put his trusty six-shooter to the bandit’s head, and said, “You’re under arrest. Tell me where you hid the loot or I’ll blow your brains out.” But the bandit didn’t speak English, and the Ranger didn’t speak Spanish. Fortunately, a bilingual lawyer was in the saloon and translated the Ranger’s message. The terrified bandit blurted out, in Spanish, that the loot was buried under the oak tree in back of the cantina. “What did he say?” asked the Ranger. The lawyer answered, “He said ‘Get lost, you turkey. You wouldn’t dare shoot me.'”

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Aug. 03, 2015

 

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CONDITION OF THE WEEK: DEGENERATIVE DISK DISEASE: THE STUDY The subjects were men with degenerative joint disease. Subjects were divided into both a treatment and a control group. The treatment group received just one adjustment. The treatment group showed a significant improvement in all the variables studied following the single adjustment. Following the adjustment there was “an immediate reduction in self-perceived Low Back Pain”

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DIET: TOXIC WATER Use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during the first trimester of pregnancy was associated with an increased risk of birth defects. Paxil and Prozac use were linked to heart defects; anencephaly, and craniosynostosis (abnormal skull shape), Antidepressants and other pharmaceuticals are routinely detected in water supplies, which means you could potentially be exposed to low levels via your drinking water. DRINK CLEAN (FILTERED) WATER.

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IN THE NEWS: Study looks at what happens when you mix pot, booze Is it a worse idea to use marijuana and alcohol together than alone? A study published in May and picked up by Scientific American has answered that question for what scientists say is the first time. What they found: People who both smoke marijuana and drink alcohol are twice as likely to indulge in both at the same time, with a press release stating they “had the heaviest drinking patterns in terms of quantity and frequency.” And that simultaneous use roughly doubles their odds of driving drunk over those who were just drinking, according to data from National Alcohol Surveys of more than 8,600 people in 2005 and 2010. Partaking in both alcohol and pot simultaneously also doubles their odds of engaging in behavior that leads to negative social consequences (think arrests, work problems, fights, etc.).

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FUNNY BONE: Negotiations between union members and their employer were at an impasse. The union denied that their workers were flagrantly abusing their contract’s sick-leave provisions.  One morning at the bargaining table, the company’s chief negotiator held aloft the morning edition of the newspaper, “This man,” he announced, “called in sick yesterday!” There, on the sports page, was a photo of the supposedly ill employee, who had just won a local golf tournament with an excellent score. A union negotiator broke the silence in the room. “Wow,” he said. “Think of what kind of score he could have had if he hadn’t been sick!” @@@@ An invisible man marries an invisible woman. The kids were nothing to look at either.

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