John H. Keefe III, D.C.
IN THE NEWS: Damage and Death From Toxic Chemicals Are Reaching Epidemic Levels You are likely aware that air pollution may affect your lungs, but did you know it has a significant effect on your brain and your cognitive functioning? These changes affect not just adults, but have also been linked to lower IQ testing, development of ADHD in children and an increased risk of death. Toxins from the environment, both inside and outside, are almost impossible to avoid. Moreover, the traditional view of toxin exposure is outdated, so you’ll need to consider different factors if you’re attempting to reduce your exposure and susceptibility to disease and illness triggered by toxic chemicals. Today toxins can be inhaled, applied to your skin, injected or eaten with your food. The Environmental Working Group reports the average person has 91 toxic chemicals in their body. Unfortunately, while exposure to some chemicals are studied, researchers have no idea how this combined toxic soup and chemical interactions affect your health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 25 percent of all deaths worldwide are attributable to poor environmental conditions, including air pollution. Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, commented: “A healthy environment underpins a healthy population. If countries do not take actions to make environments where people live and work healthy, millions will continue to become ill and die too young.” Note: detoxification should be a normal practice in order to stay healthy. Eating a cleaner diet, a diet matched with your body type, along with increased water intake and particularly alkaline water if your body pH is acidic can go a long ways of maintaining body ecology. Through Vega testing we can pick up the need for detoxification and select the most effective formula to help you detox. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
WELLNESS: Can Pink Noise Help You Sleep? You probably don’t think of noise in terms of colors, but there is a rainbow of noise out there — from the familiar white noise that occurs when a TV turns to static to the higher-pitched blue noise, which sounds similar to a hissing spray of water. Somewhere in the middle is pink noise, gentle sound similar to that of rushing water or wind blowing through leaves on a tree. Pink noise contains frequencies from 20 hertz to 20,000 hertz, just like white noise, but the lower frequencies are louder and more powerful than the higher frequencies (white noise, in contrast, has equal power in all of its frequencies). Senior study author Dr. Phyllis Zee, professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, told Time, “The noise is fairly pleasant; it kind of resembles a rush of water … It’s just noticeable enough that the brain realizes it’s there, but not enough to disturb sleep.” Listening to pink noise improved sleep and memory among 60- to 84-year-olds, a population that tends to have reduced slow wave sleep, or deep sleep, compared to younger individuals. Pink noise enhanced slow wave sleep and was linked to better scores on memory tests. The participants scored about three times better on memory tests the morning after listening to pink noise in their sleep.
CHIROPRACTIC: Breaking the code for stress. Stress can accelerate any weakness or disease that you might have. Now there is good stress and bad stress. An example of good stress is exercise. Bad stress represents issues that your body has a hard time dealing with. Bad stress can put you in a “flight or fight” mode that leads to altered adrenal output which can be harmful to your heart over time. Bad stress is the stress you can’t resolve or control. Chiropractic and natural healthcare offers great tools and help the body deal with stress. You can’t eliminate stress in your life but you can improve how your body processes stress so it doesn’t break you down. Chiropractic adjustments, by rebalancing the nervous system, go a long ways in helping your body process stress in a healthy way. It’s through the nervous system that stress can adversely affect your immune system, your digestive system, your cardiovascular system and your overall ability to relax and sleep soundly. Along with chiropractic adjustments your diet and targeted nutritional therapy along with deep breathing exercises can be a game changer. If you have concerns about stress mention those to Dr. Keefe on your next visit.
FUNNY BONE: What does an air conditioner have in common with a computer? They both lose efficiency as soon as you open windows.@@ Me: Siri, where is the best place to hide a body? Siri: The second page of a Google search
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