WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday April 29, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Multiple chemical sensitivities is an overlooked worldwide health epidemic causing massive health problems Amid the many challenges facing our modern world today, perhaps none is greater than what’s going on in our own bodies – especially as it relates to multiple chemical sensitivities. Research shows that chronic health disease is on the rise – and unfortunately, it’s an epidemic that can’t only be explained by the fact that people are, by and large, living longer (and therefore sticking around long enough to develop age-related health problems).  For example, the rates of asthma, autism, and other life-altering conditions in children – as well as adults – are increasing, creating a sizable public health crisis. After analyzing survey results of a nationally representative sample of over 1,000 Americans, a team of researchers from the University of Melbourne discovered that 1 in 4 Americans suffer from chemical sensitivity – and their health suffers as a result. Common adverse effects that are associated with multiple chemical sensitivities reported in the literature include migraine headaches, asthma, autism, and even lost workdays, productivity, and employment. The researchers published their results in a 2018 volume of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Importantly, they defined multiple chemical sensitivity, or MCS, as “a medical condition characterized by adverse health effects from exposure to common chemicals and pollutants, from products such as pesticides, new carpet and paint, renovation materials, diesel exhaust, cleaning supplies, perfume, scented laundry products, and air fresheners.” Go organic. Opt for produce that is pesticide-free, minimize your use of canned foods, and wash your food thoroughly. Avoid using plastic food containers and water bottles, especially with #7 or #3 on the bottom – choose glass or stainless steel instead. Choose natural household beauty products that are free of harsh chemicals and fragrances. Get your home checked for radon and ensure your home has high quality ventilation. While you’re at it, grow some indoor plants to help purify your air!

WELLNESS: The Effectiveness of Ginger for Nausea, Vomiting and More

Ginger was once considered a luxury, but now is easily found in your local grocery store; steep a couple of slices in hot water to make tea or grate it into your dinner dish to enjoy its benefits, which include relief from pain, nausea and vomiting related to pregnancy and chemotherapy, and protection against DNA damage. The reduction in pain is believed to be related to inhibition of prostaglandin and leukotriene biosynthesis by gingerol, shogaol and other structurally-related substances in ginger. In one study, researchers found ginger extract was able to break biofilm formed by fungi and had antifungal properties against opportunistic infections in the oral cavity triggered by Candida albicans and Candida krusei. Migraines are the third most common disease worldwide; the economic burden is estimated at $36 billion annually. Scientific evidence now shows ginger is statistically comparable to the common pharmaceutical treatment for migraines without dangerous side effects.

CHIROPRACTIC: Natural laws of health: Diet, exercise, attitude, rest and a pressure free nervous system lets look at exercise Exercise is a word that might conjure up images of sweating, groaning and hard work.  Exercise also brings to mind fitness, endurance and a well shaped body.  The type of exercise that a person needs depends on the person’s goals.  If you want to sculpture your body, then weight lifting might be your fastest form.  If you want to keep in shape, then toning and stretching might be the best. When it comes to your health, then the type of exercise needed should relate to your metabolism.  For instance, if you’re a T- type endurance is important, so maybe jogging, aerobic dancing or swimming would serve you best.  If you’re a G- type then mind/body exercises that concentrate on upper body coordination are best, like kung fu or karate, ballet or jazz dancing.  If you’re a P- type you need mind/body exercises that are not highly repetitive.  P-types need complicated aerobic exercise: Tai chi or karate with a balanced nautilus program once a week.  And A- types need to develop hand/eye coordination like tennis, ballet, racquetball and need to avoid rowing and weight lifting as they overstimulate their systems. There is no one exercise that fits everybody so finding one you enjoy is the key.  Also finding ways to keep motivated are crucial, like having a friend that you exercise with.  Exercise needs to become part of your lifestyle or else you will not be able to stay with it.  You need to find a way to integrate exercise within your schedule.  The rewards of proper exercise will far outweigh the cost.

FUNNY BONES: “I am studying to be an interpreter in France. The only exam that I have failed so far is the Spanish one. It would be okay if I weren’t a native Spanish speaker.”@@“I punished my pupil for faking his parents’ signatures. The next day, his parents sent a complaint about me to the principal. Well, I couldn’t have imagined that the maiden name of his mother was Batman.”@@“I opened a Nivea cream bottle and licked the foil. Turns out, it’s not as tasty as yogurt.”@@“I am traveling around Ireland. Decided to take a funny photo with a sheep wearing my glasses. So if you meet a sheep in Ray-Ban shades…” @@“Our system administrator is on vacation. I don’t know how he does it but every morning, there appears to be a new splash screen on all the office computers — and it’s of him on the beach.”@@“After a year of being a bachelor, I met a very nice 24-year-old girl. When she found out I didn’t have a smartphone, a TV set, or an account on Facebook, she got scared and left me. While saying goodbye to me she added that she’d better find someone ’normal’ for herself.”@@“4 days before our wedding, my bride broke her left ring finger@@ “I asked a trainee to make 150 copies. She made only 50. When I told her about it, she threw the already-made copies into a garbage bin… and went to make new ones.”@@““Today, a Russian man asked me if I came from Russia. Being surprised, I answered that I didn’t. Then he explained that my tattoos translated to belonging to the mafia. Hmm!”@@ “I was on vacation in Australia. When I was sleeping, an enormously huge and creepy insect crawled on my bed and then disappeared. I couldn’t find it. That was the longest night of my life.”@@ “I work as a receptionist in a hotel. Today clients wrote a complaint saying that the water in the sea was too salty  

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday April 22, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: A growing threat could kill 10 million people by 2050, but one company thinks it can stop it Our best line of defense against life-threatening illnesses has turned against us. Antibiotics — which we’ve relied on for decades to beat deadly, contagious infections — are set to kill 10 million people by 2050. After years of abuse in people and animals — with doctors practically doling them out like candy and farmers stirring them into animal feed — antibiotics have virtually stopped working. In January, a woman died after a raging infection that failed to respond to 26 different kinds of antibiotics. The bacteria have outsmarted us, and they’re stronger than ever. In addition to spurring the creation of more and more powerful infections, antibiotics aren’t good for our bodies. Like a carpet bomb, the drugs attack indiscriminately, neutralizing the good bacteria in our guts in addition to the bad ones that make us sick. A better solution might involve targeting only the infection-causing bacteria, rather than killing everything in our guts and contributing to the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. Note: actually the best solution is to strengthen your immune system so it can eliminate the necessary organisms. In most cases with baguette testing we can determine the best immune formula to help your body recover without damaging the immune system even further as antibiotics do.

WELLNESS: Help Preserve Your Eyesight With B Vitamins A study published in the July 2013 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition adds to the evidence suggesting certain B vitamins may be important in the prevention of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is the leading cause of vision loss in people over 55 years of age in the U.S. and Canada. Previous studies have shown that taking certain antioxidant vitamins and minerals as supplements (vitamin E, vitamin C, beta-carotene, selenium and zinc), at specific dosages, can slow the progression of AMD. In the latest study, known as the Blue Mountain Eye Study, serum folate (B-vitamin folic acid), vitamin B12 and homocysteine status were determined from blood samples drawn in 1997-1999 from cohort members ages 55 and older. AMD was assessed in 1,760 survivors from retinal photographs taken in 2002-2004 and 2007-2009. Total intakes of folic acid and vitamin B12 were assessed using a food-frequency questionnaire. Results showed that higher blood levels of homocysteine were associated with a significant increased risk of developing AMD, whereas higher levels of vitamin B12 were strongly associated with decreased risk of developing AMD. Homocysteine is a toxic end-product of metabolism known to damage blood vessels and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Studies continue to show that high blood levels of homocysteine also contribute to damage seen in AMD. People with folate or vitamin B12 deficiency at the beginning of the study (baseline) were approximately twice as likely to develop AMD during the 10-year study period. What is important is that homocysteine levels are reduced via supplementation with, and dietary intake of, vitamin B12 and folic acid. These B vitamins recycle homocysteine back to the nontoxic and highly useful amino acid known as methionine. This explains why high levels of serum homocysteine, and low levels of vitamin B12 and folic acid, are so strongly linked to the development of AMD, as confirmed in the Blue Mountain Eye Study. Note: have us check you on our eye formulas, be proactive.

CHIROPRACTIC: Health tips—-Oil with carrot, saves life – For all the carrot curry lovers, this one is for you. Carrots contain the much needed anti-oxidant called beta-carotene. Just like all antioxidants, this one is good for health in general and heart in particular. When carrot is sliced and cooked in oil, the fat content dissolves up to 75% of the valuable beta-carotene. However, if one were to eat raw carrot, the body can absorb about 11% of this life saver. Belly needs berries – Which is the best relief for a troubled stomach? Strawberries. They not only eliminate the ulcers of the stomach, but also minimize the damage done by the mucous membrane. It is free of side effects as it is a fruit and is hence suggested by naturopaths for regular consumption. It is good to note that turmeric, dark green vegetables and yoghurt also pack similar benefits Relaxing the feet to prevent headaches – Sounds strange, but very true. When you are suffering from mild headaches, try placing feet into a bucket of warm water. Better still if you add a tablespoon of salt. Best to add few drops of lavender or eucalyptus. The story behind this is that the blood vessels dilate thereby drawing blood away from head and rushing towards feet. It also cleans the skin pores and lets the oil contents get into the bloodstream. Magic of Mushrooms – The risk of breast cancer is reduced to one third for those who eat mushroom at least thrice a week. research shows that folks who consume at least 10 grams a day were 64% less likely to develop this form of cancer than others. Protect ears through humming – This is particularly useful when approaching loud and noisy places. By pressing the lips together and humming softly, tenses the muscles in the ear and reducing exposure to external sounds that will harm your ear drum. In line with this, one should be wise while choosing the ear phones. The plug-in models are harmful as the music doesn’t leak out and bears full brunt on the ear. It is better to go for over the ear models.

FUNNY BONES: Once, there was a preacher who was an avid golfer. Every chance he could get, he would be on the golf course swinging away. It was an obsession. One Sunday was a picture-perfect day for golfing. The sun was out, no clouds were in the sky, and the temperature was just right. The preacher was in a quandary as to what to do, and shortly, the urge to play golf overcame him. He called an assistant to tell him that he was sick and could not do church, packed the car up, and drove three hours to a golf course where no one would recognize him. Happily, he began to play the course. An angel up above was watching the preacher and was quite perturbed. He went to God and said, “Look at the preacher. He should be punished for what he is doing.”  God nodded in agreement. The preacher teed up on the first hole. He swung at the ball, and it sailed effortlessly through the air and landed right in the cup 250 yards away. A picture-perfect hole-in-one. He was amazed and excited.  The angel was a little shocked. He turned to God and said, “I beg your pardon, but I thought you were going to punish him.” 
God smiled. “Think about it-who can he tell?” Asked

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday April 15, 2019

Courtesy of:

  John H. Keefe III, D.C.

                                                  (918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Children who spend too much time on their phone are at serious risk of hip fractures  Children who spend too much time on their phones are at serious risk of hip fractures in their 40s and 50s, an expert has warned. Dawn Skelton, a professor of ageing and health, said today’s children are far more sedentary than previous generations as they play less sport, are given too many lifts, and look at screens for hours on end. Because of this, their bones may weaken and fracture earlier than usual – and their parents could end up as their carers, she said. Professor Skelton, an adviser to the Royal Osteoporosis Society, added: ‘Young people need to move and jump about for their bones to grow properly because they build the vast majority of their bones by the time they reach puberty. After the age of 15 it’s not as easy to lay down bone, and growth slows significantly.’ Professor Skelton said: ‘Children can sit for hours playing games on screens or glued to their phones. ‘It’s important to encourage children to be as active as possible up to their mid-teens, which is when they lay down skeleton for the rest of their lives. ‘If you haven’t laid down a good baseline of bone, ageing will start happening much earlier and the slightest fall could lead to a fracture. 

WELLNESS: 3 Scary Reasons To Ditch Aluminum Foil (And What To Use Instead) You’re probably getting a little tired of people telling you that the things you’ve been eating or using for years are bad for your health. But here’s one you should probably avoid like the plague: aluminum foil. Believe it or not, every time you use aluminum foil in the kitchen, it’s seriously harming your health. Here are three reasons to keep aluminum foil out of your kitchen, and some healthier alternatives to use instead. 1. Aluminum foil is a neurotoxin Researchers maintain that, due to the fact that aluminum has no physiological role in the human body, it has the potential to cause significant detrimental effects when consumed. This theory was unequivocally proven when a 2014 study showed that a 66-year-old man who died with Alzheimer’s disease had significantly elevated aluminum content in his brain, following eight years of occupational exposure. The takeaway is simple: aluminum foil has the potential to cause neurotoxic effects, including Alzheimer’s disease. 2. Aluminum foil can contribute to bone disease Research shows that aluminum from sources like foil can increase a person’s risk of developing bone disease. A study that examined the effect of hemodialysis, which causes buildup of aluminum in the blood, found that 37 percent of dialysis patients had developed aluminum-associated bone disease. 3. Aluminum foil can promote pulmonary fibrosis  Using aluminum foil to prepare, store or cook food can increase a person’s risk of developing pulmonary fibrosis, a form of lung disease. If you want to store food in the fridge or pantry, always use glass storage containers. Glass is completely inert and doesn’t transfer any harmful chemicals or metals into food, no matter how acidic they are. This way, we’re also minimizing waste, as the glass can be used over and over again… unlike aluminum foil!

CHIROPRACTIC: The opioid Epidemic and chiropractic Studies have shown chiropractic care is one of the most effective approaches for conditions of pain. You perceive pain through your nervous system and when you have direct stress or pressure on your nerves pain is one of the most common signs. The simple fact is, chiropractic adjustments help with most types of painful conditions. But adjustments are not the only tools at our disposal. Acupuncture techniques, pulsed magnetic therapy, essential oils, nutritional therapy to rebuild the area of pain, trigger point therapy (working knots out of the muscles) and electrical therapy are just a few of the tools chiropractic works with. Over 42,000 Americans died of an opioid overdose in 2016, and government and public health officials are scrambling to find effective ways to reverse this frightening trend. The problem is the government is not looking in the right place the medical profession has failed and simply won’t refer out to other professions. Politics in healthcare is killing too many people. Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relieversheroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total “economic burden” of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement If you or someone you know suffers from chronic pain try chiropractic and natural healthcare.

Dr Keefe, Keefe Clinic, Natural Health Care, Tulsa Chiropractor, Diet, Pain,

FUNNY BONES: My friend says to me: “What rhymes with orange” I said: “No it doesn’t”@@ Which two letters in the alphabet are always jealous? NV@@ I was working in Army security when a VIP from another base called to ask to whom he should address an important letter. Knowing my tough-to-spell last name would give him fits, I said, “Just put down Sergeant Gary, as my last name is too hard.”The next day, I received a letter addressed to Sgt. Gary Toohard.@@ Did you guys hear about the fires that broke out in the circus? They were intense.@@ My sister didn’t do as well on her driver’s-ed test as she’d hoped. It might have had something to do with how she completed this sentence: “When the ______ is dead, the car won’t start.” She wrote: “Driver.”@@ I spotted several pairs of men’s Levi’s at a garage sale. They were sizes 30, 31, and 32, but I was looking for size 33. So I asked the owner if he had a pair. He shook his head. “I’m still wearing the 33s,” he said. “Come back next year.”

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday April 8, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

Dr Keefe, Natural Health care, pain, Tulsa chiropractor,

IN THE NEWS: How Sleep Influences Learning, Memory and General Health Sleep impacts your ability to learn and your creative capacity. First, sleep is important before learning, as it helps prepare your brain to soak up new information. Research shows that sleep-deprived students have a 40 percent reduction in their ability to retain new information, compared to those who got a full eight hours of sleep. Second, you need sleep after learning, to properly save and hold on to those new individual facts — and integrate the new information with what you already know. Deep sleep is also crucial for brain detoxification, and can have a significant impact on your risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Around 12 months of age, when the infant is starting to learn to crawl, stand and walk, there’s a tremendous increase in stage 2 sleep, during which the brain is actively editing and making decisions about what information to retain and which to discard. Sleep allows your brain to consolidate abstract pieces of information, collating them into cohesive patterns that allow you to make sense of the world around you, and your experiences of it. Sleep is important before learning, as it helps prepare your brain to soak up new information. It’s also crucial after learning, at which point the data are saved and integrated with what you already know. Sleep increases your ability to gain insights that would otherwise remain elusive by about 250 percent. Simply dreaming about performing an activity increases your actual physical performance 10fold.

WELLNESS: Air Pollution Is Worse Than Smoking Research data demonstrate the number of people dying early from air pollution is 1 million more each year than death caused by smoking; nitrogen-based fertilizer, fossil fuels and industrial chemical production are the three largest contributors. Nearly 95 percent of the world live in areas where pollution levels are higher than deemed safe by the World Health Organization (WHO).  Fine particulate matter measuring less than 2.5 micrograms (PM2.5) is one indicator of outdoor air pollution. Rising rates of pollution trigger lower life expectancy, lower intelligence, low birth weight, premature birth and health conditions such as autism, attention deficit disorder, cardiovascular disease, obesity and cancer. Children bear a greater burden as they are exposed before birth, their respiratory rate is faster, inhaling more air pollution into smaller, developing bodies, and they are expected to live longer, giving more time for diseases to emerge. Although you may not control pollution levels outside your home, you can make changes to your diet to mitigate damage, and decrease indoor air pollution originating from cleaners, carpeting, personal care products and furniture. NOTE: Ask us about developing a safe zone in your home.

Dr. Keefe, Keefe Clinic. Tulsa Chiropractor, pain, natural health care.
Photo used courtesy of AcupunctureMoxibustion.com

CHIROPRACTIC: Acupuncture and chiropractic Both acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments affect the way the nervous system functions. The adjustments release stress on the nerves to allow a normal transmission and communication with the rest of the body. Your nervous system controls and coordinates every organ part AND system of your body and relate you to the environment through the five senses. Sometimes simply releasing the nerve pressure is not enough in some circumstances so stimulating certain acupuncture points on the body can enhance nervous system function. When we are working with shoulder problems for instance, besides adjusting the shoulder stimulating certain points can dramatically decrease the pain and increase the mobility. Sometimes acupuncture stimulation alone can restore full mobility in the shoulder when a problem is strictly due to muscle imbalance due to electrical imbalance. There are a number of different ways to stimulate acupuncture points where the classical way is through needle acupuncture but simply stimulating the point electrically or with a magnet can have a beneficial effect as well. Using different forms of acupuncture can enhance the balance of the spine as well as aligning the spine can balance the electrical activity within the acupuncture system. Sometimes we use what are called “press needles” which are tiny thumbtack looking stimulators on tape. These press needles can be left in place for several days if the condition indicates. If you’re dealing with a painful situation or an internal disorder like acid reflux or hormonal imbalance a combination of chiropractic and acupuncture can be very effective. Who do you know who’s in pain or has some other type of health issue?  Tell them about chiropractic.

FUNNY BONE: Our eldest son is extremely smart and sarcastic, is an avid movie fan, and loves puns. Not all of his romantic interests have been able to keep up with him and/or did not appreciate his… um… uniqueness. We knew his latest girlfriend was a keeper when the following happened. We were discussing a movie that we felt had some technical mistakes. Our son said something about CGI effects and ended by exclaiming, “Even the toes were digital!” His girlfriend immediately said, “All toes are digital.” I don’t know if we laughed harder at her pun or at the look on our son’s face.@@ Mom: “How’d you get that scratch?” Nephew: “My boyfriend bit me.” Mom: “He bit you?” Nephew: “Yeah.” Mom: “What’s your boyfriend’s name?” Nephew: “Bailey.” Mom: “Where’d you meet him?” Nephew: *gives my mom a look* “Bailey is my dog!”@@ Hospital staff sharing patient stories: I asked a female patient with dementia what year it is. She said, “Oh, my, no, that’s far too personal to discuss in polite company. A nice young lady like you shouldn’t be concerned with such things.” I didn’t bother pointing out that I’m not a lady. I figured if she didn’t notice the beard, then she wasn’t going to understand an explanation either.@@ A woman came in for a baby check with her 6-month-old and she had what looked like chocolate milk in the baby’s bottle. So I started explaining to her as kindly as I could that she shouldn’t be giving her baby chocolate milk. At which point she interrupts me and says, “Oh that isn’t chocolate milk. It’s coffee! He just loves it!”@@ Had a woman who was in active labor, despite insisting she couldn’t be pregnant. She said her last period was “like ten months ago” so she’d gone through menopause. She was 25.

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday April 1, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

IN THE NEWS: Pot use and the awful problem of marijuana-induced psychosis  by Dr. Marc Siegel Back when I was in college, a close friend of mine developed a bad, paranoid reaction to a strong batch of pot. I will never forget the twisted look of fear on his face. Eventually, he recovered, but it always seemed to me that he was never quite the same, and to this day is quick to be suspicious of people. When I became a physician, I saw this reaction much more frequently in the ER where I worked, and I became aware that the strains of marijuana people were smoking were becoming stronger. I saw anxiety and depression and occasionally full-blown psychosis which is characterized by a break from reality with delusional thinking and sometimes hallucinations. The condition brought on by smoking pot is known as cannabis-induced psychosis. When I view it as a physician I see it as containing an active chemical which has health implications. This is the way I view all biochemicals whether they are available over the counter or by prescription only. Marijuana contains a highly potent chemical, tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, which has strong psychological effects. Genetic factors are important. A variant of the AKT1 gene which effects dopamine in the brain, has been show to put pot smokers more at risk of psychosis. Though the THC content of Cannabis is variable, it has clearly become much more potent over the years, with many times more THC commonly found now in pot than in the 1970s, when it was commonly less than 2 percent. This change is largely responsible for the increase in paranoia and psychosis among the general population. In Amsterdam, London, and Paris— three cities known for high THC marijuana – were found to have a whopping 50 (Amsterdam) and 30 percent (London) of new psychosis cases associated with potent forms of the drug. As a practicing internist, I can tell you there are no free lunches when it comes to your health. With stronger recreational pot becoming more widely available all the time (now legal in 10 states, plus the District of Columbia, with more on the way), the risk of psychiatric disorders including worrisome debilitating psychosis, will only grow.

WELLNESS: High-Fructose Corn Syrup’s Effect on Tumors Is Another Strike Against Soda A spate of recent population-based studies seems to be spelling the end for sugary drinks, with studies linking soda to outcomes like diabetes and obesityand even increased risk of death. Now, a paper released Wednesday in Science adds impacts on colon tumors to the list of their sour side effects. People with risk factors for colorectal cancer should avoid drinking any drinks with sugar in them. The authors from Weil Cornell’s Graduate School of Medical Sciences showed that a daily dose of high-fructose corn syrup, a sweetener used in many sodas and sweet drinks, caused colon tumors to grow larger and more aggressively in mice. The tumors seemed to be able to feed on the sweetened substance. The study’s co-senior author Lewis Cantley, Ph.D., says that this tumor feeding behavior isn’t limited to high-fructose corn syrup. He believes it may extend to traditional sweeteners. “Our studies strongly indicate that people with risk factors for colorectal cancer should avoid drinking any drinks with sugar in them, whether high-fructose corn syrup or cane sugar (sucrose) or honey or molasses, or apple juice or orange juice. Eat an apple, not apple juice,” he tells Inverse. In short, the tumor cells can suck fructose directly from the inside of the intestine after a mouse consumes a lot of high-fructose corn syrup. These cells make this extra sugar their preferred energy source and use that to thrive. NOTE: Stevia is the perfect sweetener it contains no sugar yet tricks the tongue into tasting 300 times sweeter than sugar. In addition to being non-caloric, stevia won’t spike your blood sugar, is high in antioxidants and can reduce inflammation. Stevia leaf extract does not cause cancer. Authoritative bodies, such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), have reviewed the scientific data, including cancer studies, on Stevia leaf extract. They agree it is safe for use in our beverages.

CONDITION OF THE WEEK:  What’s This Tingling in My Leg? When you think of low back pain, you may visualize a person half-bent over with their hand on the sore spot of their back. Since many of us have experienced low back pain during our lifetime, we can usually relate to a personal experience and recall how limited we were during the acute phase of our last LBP episode. However, when the symptoms associated with LBP are different, such as tingling or a shooting pain down one leg, it can be both confusing and worrisome – hence the content of this month’s article! Let’s look at the anatomy of the low back to better understand where these symptoms originate. In the front of the spine (or the part more inside of the body), we have the big vertebral bodies and shock absorbing disks that support about 80% of our weight. At the back of each vertebrae you’ll find the spinous and transverse processes that connect to the muscles and ligaments in the back to the spine. Between the vertebral body and these processes are the tiny boney pieces called the pedicles. The length of the pedicle partially determines the size of the holes where the nerves exit the spine. When the pedicles are short (commonly a genetic cause), the exiting nerves can be compressed due to the narrowed opening. This is called foraminal spinal stenosis. This compression usually occurs later in life when osteoarthritis and/or degenerative disk disease further crowds these “foramen” where the nerves exit the spine. Similarly, short pedicles can narrow the “central canal” where the spinal cord travels up and down the spine from the brain. Later in life, the combined effects of the narrow canal plus disk bulging, osteoarthritic spurs, and/or thickening or calcification of ligaments can add up to “central spinal stenosis.” The symptoms associated with spinal stenosis (whether it’s foraminal or central) include difficulty walking due to a gradual increase in tingling, heavy, crampy, achy and/or sore feeling in one or both legs. The tingling in the legs associated with spinal stenosis is called “neurogenic claudication” and must be differentiated from “vascular claudication”, which feels similar but is caused from lack of blood flow to the leg(s) as opposed to nerve flow. Chiropractic management of all these conditions offers a non-invasive, effective form of non-surgical, non-drug care and is the recommended in LBP guidelines as an option when treating these conditions.

FUNNY BONE: A young man was planting some flower seeds on a sweltering day, sweating from the hot sun. His neighbor said, “You need to wait until the sun goes down, or plant in the morning when it is coolest.” The man said, “I can’t do that. It says on the package, ‘Plant in full sun!’ ”@@ My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law. —Jerry Seinfeld@@ Concerning a sign seen in a Police canteen in Christchurch, New Zealand: ‘Will the person who took a slice of cake from the Commissioner’s Office return it immediately. It is needed as evidence in a poisoning case.’

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