WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Aug 13, 2018

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111


IN THE NEWS: Magnesium preventing cancer Pancreatic cancer – which claims roughly 49,000 lives every year in the United States – is notoriously difficult to detect and treat, conventionally speaking. Sadly, rates of this lethal cancer have been rising steadily over the past ten years, and the National Cancer Society predicts that there will be over 55,000 new cases diagnosed in 2018 alone.  Yet, we know based on published research, that magnesium deficiency can play a role in the development of this dreadful disease. Fact: magnesium deficiency is common in the United States – with the World Health Organization reporting that less than 60 percent of the American adult population ingests enough of this life-sustaining essential mineral. Let’s take a closer look at some of the ways in which magnesium intake impacts your health – and some methods for increasing levels. Scientists found that magnesium levels were associated with pancreatic cancer risk, with the odds of the disease rising by 24 percent for every 100 mg decrease in daily magnesium intake. And, if intakes dropped to less than 75 percent of the recommended daily amount – established by the Institute of Medicine as 420 mg a day for men and 320 mg a day for women – the risk of pancreatic cancer rose by a stunning 76 percent.

WELLNESS: Honey is a blend of sugar, trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids that has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antioxidant properties. Honey works as well as dextromethorphan, a common ingredient in over-the-counter cough medications, to soothe cough and related sleeping difficulties. Unprocessed honey can help treat skin infections, helps wounds heal, and improves dandruff and itchy scalp. It takes about 60,000 bees, collectively traveling up to 55,000 miles and visiting more than 2 million flowers, to gather enough nectar to make one pound of honey. Choose raw, unfiltered honey for medicinal properties; most honey on the market is highly processed and may even contain additives like corn syrup. Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native manuka bush. Advocates say it treats wound infections and other conditions. Components of Manuka Honey Hydrogen peroxide is produced by honey. It gives most honey its antibiotic quality. But some types of honey, including manuka honey, also have other components with antibacterial qualities. Another antibacterial component in manuka honey is methylglyoxal (MG). MG is a compound found in most types of honey, but usually only in small quantities. In manuka honey, MG comes from the conversion of another compound — dihydroxyacetone — that is found in the nectar of manuka flowers. MG is thought to give manuka honey some of its antibacterial power. The higher the concentration of MG, the possibly stronger the antibiotic effect. But, there may also be other compounds involved in the medicinal effect of manuka honey.

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CONDITION OF THE WEEK: Health is a choice Working with patients for over 42+ years I’ve learned the importance of proper lifestyle choices. It’s been said there are no incurable diseases just some incurable patients. Outside of rare genetic disorders most people have the inborn ability to live a healthy, pain-free life. But that ability requires making quality life choices. I’m pretty sure most people realize what shape your house would be in you never cleaned it in 20 years. A similar thing is true about your body; if you’re not proactive in taking care of your health then complicated health issues can develop that take time to repair. Unfortunately, in most cases, we are unaware that our bodies are breaking down because we have no obvious symptoms. It’s similar to drinking water, as we age our sense of thirst diminishes and we can be significantly dehydrated and not even know it. A lot of times it is just simple things that need to be addressed in order to maintain excellent health. Movement is important, you don’t have to be conditioning for the Olympics to stay in good health even three days a week of walking or other exercises can have a significant benefit. Rest and relaxation including refreshing sleep are crucial for regulating stress hormones that can have a profound effect on your health over time. Positive mental and spiritual attitude have a healing effect on the mind as well as the body, practicing an act of kindness not only helps others in our society but floods your body with important hormones and chemicals that not only give you a sense of well-being but have health-promoting benefits. Since the nervous system controls and coordinates, everything in the body maintaining a stress-free nervous system through regular chiropractic adjustments are crucial. Chiropractic keeps the communication channels open and allows the body to self-regulate and heal. And what you put in your mouth is crucial, it has been said that “We dig our own graves with a fork.”

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FUNNY BONE: What did the skeleton say while riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle? I’m bone to be wild!@@ What did the skeleton say before dinner? BONE appetite. His whole family found that HUMERUS.@@ I AM A SEENAGER (Senior teenager) I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 50 years later.  • I don’t have to go to school or work.  • I get an allowance every month.  • I have my own pad.  • I don’t have a curfew.  • I have a driver’s license and my own car. • And I don’t have acne. Life is Good!@@ A pilot is flying a small, single-engine, charter plane with a couple of really important executives on board into Seattle airport. There is fog so thick that visibility is 40 feet, and his instruments are out. He circles looking for a landmark and after an hour, he is low on fuel and his passengers are very nervous. At last, through a small opening in the fog he sees a tall building with one guy working alone on the fifth floor. Circling, the pilot banks and shouts through his open window: “Hey, where am I?”. The solitary office worker replies: “You’re in an airplane.”. The pilot immediately executes a swift 275 degree turn and executes a perfect blind landing on the airport’s runway five miles away. Just as the plane stops, the engines cough and die from lack of fuel. The stunned passengers ask the pilot how he did it. “Elementary,” replies the pilot, “I asked the guy in that building a simple question. The answer he gave me was 100% correct but absolutely useless; therefore, I knew that must be Microsoft’s support office and from there the airport is three minutes away on a course of 87 degrees.”

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Exercise, Osteoporosis and Bone Geometry

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The Facts:

a. In this review of the literature, the authors note that exercise is often one of the things commonly recommended to patients in an effort to prevent and manage osteoporosis.

b. Bone densitometry is the most common method used to monitor the effect of these interventions. Although areal bone mineral density (Defined as “The bone mineral content, measured by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), divided by the bone area in square-centimeters.”) is closely associated to fracture risk it “does not provide a reliable indication of bone geometry or morphological adaptation to stimuli.”

c. The effects of exercise on aBMD are often modest. But this “may not fully represent the benefit of exercise to the bone.”

d. “Ultimately, monitoring changes in bone geometry beyond DXA-derived
aBMD will provide further insight into the optimal therapeutic exercise program to enhance bone strength and reduce susceptibility to osteoporotic fracture.”

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e. “Animal models suggest that mechanical loading indeed influences bone geometry and thus strength.”

f. Evidence exists that either in combination or alone resistance training and weight-bearing impact type exercise “will prevent postmenopausal bone loss at clinically relevant sites”

g. “In keeping with the basic rules of bone adaptation that mechanical strains above those habitually experienced are required, it is unsurprising that walking has been found to be essentially ineffective for enhancing aBMD .”

h. In one study of 164 postmenopausal women involving multidirectional jumping and bench stepping combined with antiresorptive drug therapy, “Exercise did not enhance the effect on bone mass, but increased the ratio of cortical bone to the total bone area at the distal tibia by 3.7% compared with the non-exercise group.”

i. “A meta-analysis examining the effects of progressive, “high-intensity” resistance training interventions (eight to twelve repetitions, corresponding to 60% to 70% of one repetition maximum) on changes in aBMD in postmenopausal women reported a significant training effect at the lumbar spine, a non-significant positive effect at the total hip, but no effect at the femoral neck.”

j. “…there is currently strong (Level A) evidence to support the positive effect of physical activity on bone mass, evidence supporting the effect of physical activity on the bone structure is less compelling (Level B).”

Take Home:

Physical activity can have a beneficial effect on bone mass and perhaps on bone structure.

Reviewer’s Comments:

As in many articles, the results are complex and at times not straightforward. But overall the higher intensity exercises seem to be the most important for those seeking to retain their bone mass. I often opine on the geometry of spines and I predict that we will be hearing about more than just the bone mass in the future.
Reviewer: Roger Coleman DC

Editor: Mark R. Payne DC

Reference:Harding AT, Beck BR. Exercise, Osteoporosis, and Bone Geometry. Sports (Basel). 2017 May 12;5(2). pii: E29. doi: 10.3390/sports5020029.

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Aug. 6, 2018

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

Dr. Keefe, Keefe Clinic. Tulsa Chiropractor, pain, natural health care.

IN THE NEWS: Depressed and Anxious Patients Receive More Than Half of All Opioid Prescriptions In 2014, 1.2 million Americans ended up in the emergency room with an opioid-related side effect; in 2015, 33,000 died from an opioid-associated drug overdose. Adults with depression and anxiety receive 51 percent of all opioid prescriptions in the U.S.; 19 percent of the 38.6 million Americans diagnosed with a mental health disorder use opioids, compared to 5 percent of the general population. Women are being prescribed opioids during pregnancy and after delivery, creating drug-dependent mothers and infants; 23 percent of 1.1 million pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid filled a prescription for an opioid in 2007. If you or someone you love struggles with anxiety or depression, it would be wise to take whatever steps necessary to minimize your exposure to cell phones, portable phones, Wi-Fi routers, smart meters, wireless computers, and tablets. You may also need to address other sources of dirty electricity in your home. Note: See or pamphlet on grounding and dirty electricity or visit Keefeclinic.com.

WELLNESS: B vitamins- With our deteriorating food quality, rising assaults on gut health, and a living environment that becomes more toxic by the day, it’s clear that we need this complex of brain and body nutrients more than ever. As you’ll soon see, researchers are discovering potential benefits of the family of B vitamins that are much greater than we ever imagined. 13 Signs You May Be Low in B Vitamins-Low levels of B vitamins can affect your body in many different ways because of the vitamins’ far-reaching and interrelated effects. Anyone of these common symptoms could be a result of low levels of one or more B vitamins:Inability to sleep well, Fatigue and apathy, Mental “fog,” confusion, and forgetfulness, Mood swings and irritability, Gastrointestinal symptoms, Joint or muscle discomfort, Muscle weakness, Loss of muscle mass, Numbness or tingling in fingers and toes, Frequent bruising, Headaches, Irritability, Dry, cracking skin. Because the vitamin B complex is a group of eight major B vitamins that work together, you can impact their synergy just by running low on one. Note: With Vega testing, we can determine if a B complex or a single B vitamin would be the most effective for your health.

CHIROPRACTIC: CHIROPRACTIC RELEASES YOUR INBORN ABILITY TO HEAL You are a natural born healer! What? Didn’t you know that? Indeed, even before you breathed your first breath, you were designed with an amazing innate healing ability that allows your body to heal all disease!  Yes, it’s true!  Your body is fully equipped to heal everything from a cut on your hand to cancer in your colon and everything in between. That is, as long as there is no interference. In fact, we have all witnessed this amazing healing in action on many occasions throughout our lives. Think about the last time you cut your finger.  Maybe you were distracted by your computer screen as you reached across your desk for a piece of paper and then – suddenly – felt that all too familiar intense, burning pain of a paper cut. Now, once you stop the bleeding and move past the pain, what do you do to cause that little cut to heal? You may cover it with a bandage to keep it clean but does the bandage heal the cut? No, the cut will heal with or without a bandage. It is an irreducibly complex process, a process that none of us could ever fashion on our own – truly a stamp of our Creator. Your nervous system is the master control system of your body controlling every function and all innate healing in your body.  In fact, your body’s ability to heal itself is directly related to the health of your nervous system.  When your nervous system is healthy and unobstructed, your body can function and heal at 100%.  However, if there is any interference in this normal flow of information from your brain to your body, healing is interrupted. Remember-chiropractic first, drug second and surgery last.

FUNNY BONE: Doctors Are Sharing Their Stupidest And Funniest Patient Stories–As I leaned in to check her eyes, my older patient got a little frisky. “You remind me of my third husband,” she said coyly. “Third husband?” I asked. “How many have you had?” “Two.”@@My patient announced she had good news … and bad. “The medicine for my earache worked,” she said. “What’s the bad news?” I asked. “It tasted awful.” Since she was feeling better, I didn’t have the heart to tell her they’re called eardrops for a reason.@@“Here,” says the nurse, handing the patient a urine specimen container. “The bathroom’s over there.” A few minutes later, the patient comes out of the bathroom. “Thanks,” he says, returning the empty container. “But there was a toilet in there, so I didn’t need this after all.”@@Guy comes into the emergency department via Ambulance with burns on his lower extremities. His shoes are charred and the bottoms of his pants are definitely burned away but his skin isn’t so bad. He had been trying to use a propane-powered weed burner in his yard (think flamethrower) and things got a little out of control. I smelled alcohol on his breath so I asked the guy if he had been drinking and he looked me directly in the eye and said, “Nooooo”. I got drunk just standing next to him. It was a once in a lifetime set up and I couldn’t help myself. As straight-faced and professionally as possible I said, “Sir…liar, liar, pants on fire”. The paramedics all turned at once and ran out of the room they were laughing so hard! The patient just stared at me. He was so drunk it went totally over his head.

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