John H. Keefe III, D.C.
IN THE NEWS: What is alkaline water and can it really help with heartburn? You may have noticed the buzz about alkaline water recently: It’s a staple of the alkaline diet, and promoted by celebs like Miranda Kerr for its supposed health perks. Among those perks is the belief that alkaline H2O—which, by definition, has a higher pH (and lower acidity) than what comes out of the tap—can help neutralize stomach acid and relieve symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux, aka heartburn. NOTE: though this article was interesting and it does show benefits for heartburn that’s not the primary purpose of alkaline water. Alkaline water is one tool along with other foods and drinks to change your pH to more normal setting. Both urine and saliva should be 6.4. When your urine pH gets down to 5.5 or below this puts your body under stress. One of the things that happens is you start leeching alkaline minerals from your bone and teeth. So alkaline water can be an important tool if you system is hyper acidic which usually means it’s inflamed.
WELLNESS: Misusing contact lenses can result in serious eye damage, CDC says Many reported cases of serious eye damage result from misusing contact lenses, including sleeping in them or wearing them beyond their recommended use, a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests. Between 2005 and 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received reports of 1,075 contact lens-related corneal infections that involved ulcers or keratitis, which is inflammation of the cornea, according to a CDC news release. About 20 percent of these reports involved serious eye damage, but about a quarter of those cases could have been avoided with proper contact lens use. “Health promotion activities should focus on informing contact lens wearers of common behaviors that might put them at risk for eye infections, such as sleeping in contact lenses and exposing lenses to tap water, distilled water, or recreational water,” the CDC wrote. “Additionally, prompt reporting of adverse events can help [the] FDA identify and understand the risks associated with the use of contact lenses.”
CHIROPRACTIC: The neurological bases for neck and arm symptoms Your neck contains the smallest vertebrae in your spine with the least amount of support. Neck problems can arise from simple headdown posture to whiplash type injuries. When these bones lose their proper position and balance they can stress the delicate nerves that travel into the muscles and tissues of the neck and on down the arm to the tip of the fingers. This can be the source of neck pain, stiffness, limited rotation and problems sleeping. These nerves also innervate the shoulder and can lead to different types of shoulder dysfunction, the elbow leading to tennis elbow type symptoms, the wrist leading to carpal tunnel syndrome and into the fingers leading to grip strength issues, numbness and tingling within the hand. Medications, of course, do not realign the spine. And suppressing symptoms thus allowing misalignments to remain are the source of long-term degenerating processes like arthritis and disc disease. Chiropractic offers the safest most direct method of restoring a strong healthy neck. If you or someone you know suffers from neck or arm symptoms tell them about chiropractic.
FUNNY BONE: For Martin Luther King Day, I asked my fifth graders how they’d make the world a better place. One said, “I’d make potato skins a main dish rather than an appetizer.”
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Sacroiliac Joint Edema More Often Mechanical Than Inflammatory
The Study : Sacroiliac joint edema by MRI: Far more often mechanical than inflammatory
Reference: Berthelot JM, le Goff B, Maugars Y, Laredo JD. Sacroiliac joint edema by MRI: Far more often mechanical than inflammatory? Joint Bone Spine 2016 Jan;83(1):3-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jbspin.2015.08.013. Epub 2015 Oct 19
This study indicated that when you have low pain in the sacroiliac joint area or swelling it is usually do to misalignments. Sometimes just an independent inflammatory condition can be related to symptoms in this area but it is 20 to 100 times more likely to be due to a misalignment.
The authors cite one study which indicated that the SIJ rotates 7 to 8 degrees on average in the sagittal plane and up to a maximum of 17 degrees.
They also indicate that movement of the posterior superior spine of the illium relative to the sacrum ranges from 4 to 8mm.
These conditions can be quite painful in some cases and can involve the sciatic nerve that runs down the back of your leg to your toes. Government studies have shown that chiropractic care is the best treatment on the planet for all types of low back condition.
Make today the 1st day to a pain free life, call 918-663-1111 and set up an appointment to get to the root of your pain.
John H. Keefe III, D.C.
DIET: Omega-3s May Improve Healing After a Heart Attack Recent research suggests high doses (4 grams) of the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA may help improve healing after a heart attack. Another study found heart attack survivors who took 1 gram of animal-based omega-3 fat each day for three years had a 50 percent reduced chance of sudden cardiac death. It’s important to realize that omega-3 from marine animal and plant sources are NOT interchangeable. Plant-based ALA is a source of energy, while DHA and EPA are important structural elements of your cells.
IN THE NEWS: Kids and Concussions: A Parent Primer on Initial Assessment You're at your 10-year-old's soccer game and he's just collided with a member of the opposing team while fighting for a ball in the air. Unfortunately, the two hit heads and both leave the field crying, but clearly conscious. What to do? In many cases, both children will return to the game a few minutes later. Big mistake. Concussions are serious whenever and wherever they occur, but unlike professional sports, when children suffer a possible concussion, there's often no one around to evaluate it properly. Here's what you can do to help identify some of the often-subtle signs of a concussion and make the informed decision to get further evaluation from a health care professional. Ask Questions: What month is it? What is the date today? What is the day of the week? What year is it? What time is it right now? (within one hour) They need to go to the ER immediately for evaluation, according to KidsHealth.org: Loss of consciousness, Severe headache / headache that worsens, Blurred vision, Difficulty walking, Confusion / not making sense Slurred speech , Unresponsiveness (unable to be awakened). GET CHIROPRACTIC CARE.
CONDITION OF THE WEEK: CHIROPRACTIC TO LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE Doctors of chiropractic generally utilize spinal manipulation to address musculoskeletal issues. Most people think that chiropractic is only good for back and neck pain. But chiropractic can do more for a person’s wellness than just relieve pain. A recent double-blinded study compared a group of patients to see how spinal manipulation impacted their blood pressure. The researchers found that “specific thoracic spinal manipulations affected three measures: blood pressure, pulse rate, and changes in hypertension (high blood pressure) classification only in the active treatment group.” If you are one of many people looking to reduce your blood pressure, you may want to add chiropractic care to exercise and healthy eating. The combination will get healthier faster.
FUNNY BONE: A recent scientific study showed that out of 2,293,618,367 people, 94% are too lazy to actually read that number.@@ A man goes to the lawyer: “What is your fee?” Lawyer says: “1000 US dollars for 3 questions.” Man: “Wow - so much! Isn’t it a bit expensive?” Lawyer: “Yes, what is your third question?”@@ Two years ago I asked the girl of my dreams on a date, today I asked her to marry me. She said no, on both occasions.@@ My friend boasted he had the body of a Greek god. I had to explain where Buddha actually comes from.
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John H. Keefe III, D.C.
IN THE NEWS: Are skinny people MORE likely to get Alzheimer’s? A new study warns too much weight loss could drive up our risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Experts at Massachusetts General Hospital have found a link between low body-mass index and a build-up of amyloid plaques in the brain, which fuel the devastating brain disorder. The findings have been hailed as a necessary warning to people to eat well and exercise, rather than simply dieting to stay slim. 'Finding this association with a strong marker of Alzheimer's disease risk reinforces the idea that being underweight as you get older may not be a good thing when it comes to your brain health,' senior author of the report, neurologist Gad Marshall, said.
WELLNESS: Medical benefits of dental floss unproven "The majority of available studies fail to demonstrate that flossing is generally effective in plaque removal," said one review conducted last year. Another 2015 review cites "inconsistent/weak evidence" for flossing and a "lack of efficacy." One study review in 2011 did credit floss with a slight reduction in gum inflammation — which can sometimes develop over time into full-fledged gum disease. However, the reviewers ranked the evidence as "very unreliable." A commentary in adental magazine stated that any benefit would be so minute it might not be noticed by users.
FUNNY BONE: I dressed my dog up as a cat for Halloween. Now he won’t come when I call him.@@ I’m employed at a computer security company and have a colleague whose name is M. Alware. His e-mail address is email@example.com.@@ The closest I’ve been to a diet this year is erasing food searches from my browser history.@@ Probably the worst thing you can hear when you’re wearing a bikini is “Good for you!”@@ When I lost my rifle, the Army charged me $85. That’s why in the Navy, the captain goes down with the ship.
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John H. Keefe III, D.C.
IN THE NEWS: Resistance to antidepressants linked to metabolism “Many patients who suffer from depression do not respond to conventional antidepressant treatment, so we set out to examine the molecular changes that might explain this resistance,” says first author Benedetta Bigio, a bioinformatics specialist in Bruce McEwen’s Rockefeller lab. L-acetyl carnitine is naturally produced by the brain, liver, and kidneys. When given to rats and mice, it has been shown to rapidly alleviate depression-like symptoms by improving harmful imbalances in the brain’s glutamate signaling system. The researchers have also begun looking for abnormalities in natural LAC levels in people with depression. When the researchers took a closer look, they found 27 genes that seemed to be involved in resistance to the low-dose L-acetyl carnitine treatment, and, they suspect, to conventional antidepressants. These included those involved in the body’s ability to use fatty acids, as well as respond to insulin. Note: Chiropractic and nutrition can help with depression.
WELLNESS: Why Are Vaccine Rights Being Removed While Safety Issues Are Increasingly Brought to the Fore? Aluminum is a well-documented neurotoxin linked with Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, asthma, hyperactivity and Down's syndrome. Despite these dangers, adequate clinical research proving aluminum adjuvants to be safe has never been done. Implementation of one-size-fits-all mandatory vaccination laws fail to respect biodiversity and human rights and violate informed consent ethic and freedom of thought, speech, conscience and religious belief. Parents and the nonprofit Education 4 All have filed a lawsuit to overturn the mandatory vaccination law in California, which requires all children to be fully vaccinated in order to attend public or private school and/or daycare. Cochrane Nordic Center has filed a complaint with the European Medicines Agency (EMA), questioning the EMA’s 2015 Assessment Report on the safety of HPV vaccines.
CONDITION OF THE WEEK: All-Natural Treatments for Arthritis Chiropractors are often able to alleviate the pain associated with osteoarthritis. The type of treatment you get depends directly on the acuteness and severity of your specific case of osteoarthritis. Chiropractic adjustments and treatments for arthritis can include: Foods for helping treat arthritis include:Omega-3 foods, Foods high in sulfur, Bone broth, High-antioxidant foods, and High-fiber foods.
FUNNY BONE: General Mills is coming out with an organic Twinkie. Isn’t that called a sponge?@@ How come you never see a headline like “Psychic Wins Lottery”?@@ What are they planting to grow the seedless watermelon?@@ I have never worked out the moral to Humpty Dumpty. Is it, “Don’t let horses perform medical procedures”?@@ My wife said she wanted a “fairy-tale romance,” so I’ve locked her in a tower. @@ Christmas is a baby shower that went totally overboard.@@ The worst time to have a heart attack is during a game of charades.
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