John H. Keefe III, D.C.
DIET: Kidney stones can be avoided by drinking lemonade The pain of passing a kidney stone has been described as on par with natural childbirth. However, urologists are increasingly prescribing an accessible natural remedy for kidney stones: lemonade. Citric acid-rich lemon juice in the form of lemonade has proven highly effective in preventing kidney stones or slowing their formation substantially. Medical professionals like Roger L. Sur, MD, director of UC San Diego Comprehensive Kidney Stone Center and Steven Y. Nakada, chair and professor of urology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison advocate lemonade therapy as an alternative to taking medications or supplements for the painful condition. Passing a kidney stone is experienced as an excruciating pain in the flank and lower back. Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and blood in the urine are also possible symptoms of kidney stones. In addition, important to note, the presence of a fever indicates a likely blood infection – which can be life-threatening. Note: 2 lemons per quarter of water can help reduce kidney stones so they can be passed without pain, sweeten with Stevia. In an emergency Gold label Alka-Seltzer can change the pH quickly. Most kidney stones develop in an acid pH and even though lemons taste acid its ash is strongly alkaline to the kidneys. Alkaline water can also be helpful.
IN THE NEWS: Homocysteine imbalance connected to a HIGHER risk of Alzheimer’s disease Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, currently affects over 5 million Americans – while heart disease and stroke continue to claim 740,000 lives every year in the United States. As a possible way to help solve this health crisis, scientists are learning that high levels of homocysteine, an amino acid, can contribute to these life-threatening diseases. For example, a new Temple University study highlights the vital role of B-complex vitamins in controlling homocysteine – and reveals how elevated levels of this amino acid can set the stage for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. With vitamin B deficiencies currently widespread in the United States – and Alzheimer’s disease on the rise – the need for maintaining healthy levels of these essential nutrients has never been more apparent. But homocysteine can also be caused by stress, improper diet – such as eating too much red meat – and by deficiencies of B vitamins and folic acid. (Note: although coffee has received high marks lately from researchers for its association with lowered risk of degenerative disease, some experts believe that coffee consumption raises homocysteine as well). Note: ask us to check you on homocysteine on your next visit.
CHIROPRACTIC: Why does chiropractic work so well for headaches? When vertebrae in the neck become misaligned you don’t always notice it as neck pain. Headaches are one of the more common signs of neck problems. A number of patients who suffer from headaches indicate that their headache seems to start in the neck. If you place a dime on the back of your hand you will sense the amount of pressure that can reduce the function of a naked spinal nerve root by 40%. That’s not a lot of pressure and that’s why you can have misalignments causing internal disorders without a lot of back pain. At Keefe clinic we also work with detoxification, hormone balance and making a stronger immune system. This is important because not all headaches are the same, some can be caused because your body is toxic or there is some type of hormonal imbalance or some unique immune system issues going on. If you suffer from headaches then you need to find the cause and fix the cause. Taking pain pills will allow the cause time to get worse make smart decisions about your health. Chiropractic works!
FUNNY BONE: A mother took her little boy to church. While in church the little boy said, “Mommy, I have to pee.” The mother said to the little boy, “It’s not appropriate to say the word ‘pee’ in church. So, from now on whenever you have to ‘pee’ just tell me that you have to ‘whisper’.” The following Sunday, the little boy went to church with his father and during the service said to his father, “Daddy, I have to whisper.“ The father looked at him and said, “Okay, just whisper in my ear.”@@ A new pastor was visiting the homes of his parishioners. At one house it seemed obvious that someone was at home, but no answer came to his repeated knocks at the door. Therefore, he took out a card and wrote “Revelation 3:20″ on the back of it and stuck it in the door. When the offering was processed the following Sunday, he found that his card had been returned. Added to it was this cryptic message, Genesis 3:10.” Reaching for his Bible to check out the citation, he broke up in gales of laughter. Revelation 3:20 begins “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.” Genesis 3:10 reads, “I heard your voice in the garden and I was afraid, for I was naked.”@@ Q. Why shouldn’t you marry a tennis player? A. Because Love means nothing to them.
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