WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Dec. 30, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

      (918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Study Suggests Early-Life Exposure To Dogs May Lessen Risk Of Developing Schizophrenia Ever since humans domesticated the dog, the faithful, obedient and protective animal has provided its owner with companionship and emotional well-being. Now, a study from Johns Hopkins Medicine suggests that being around “man’s best friend” from an early age may have a health benefit as well — lessening the chance of developing schizophrenia as an adult.  “Serious psychiatric disorders have been associated with alterations in the immune system linked to environmental exposures in early life, and since household pets are often among the first things with which children have close contact, it was logical for us to explore the possibilities of a connection between the two,” says Robert Yolken, M.D., chair of the Stanley Division of Pediatric Neurovirology and professor of neurovirology in pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, and lead author of a research paper recently posted online in the journal PLOS One. In the study, Yolken and colleagues at Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore investigated the relationship between exposure to a household pet cat or dog during the first 12 years of life and a later diagnosis of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. For schizophrenia, the researchers were surprised to see a statistically significant decrease in the risk of a person developing the disorder if exposed to a dog early in life. Across the entire age range studied, there was no significant link between dogs and bipolar disorder, or between cats and either psychiatric disorder.

WELLNESS: Nutritional strategies to improve heart health Heart disease statistics are absolutely out-of-control and clearly demand a new approach for millions of people.  According to the most recent reports, someone dies of cardiovascular disease every 38 seconds and, on average, someone dies of a stroke every 3.70 minutes!  Costing billions of dollars per year, we want to focus our attention onto highly effective heart health strategies. With frequently strong ties to drug companies and easy access to medications, conventionally-trained physicians are quick to prescribe drugs to “treat” heart disease and its symptoms. However, besides being costly, these drugs have unwanted (dangerous) side effects. Thankfully, these toxic drugs are not your only option.  In fact, there are many nutritional supplements that can improve heart health – at a fraction of the cost in pain and dollars spent. Doctors are likely to fall back on prescription drugs when they notice hypertension or elevated cholesterol or triglyceride levels. What they don’t always tell you is that poor nutrition is one of the biggest causes of heart disease.  And, of course, their medical training leaves them with little knowledge as to how to cure any chronic disease condition. For example, does your doctor understand that omega-3 fatty acids can lower triglycerides, regulate blood pressure, and lower LDL cholesterol?  Garlic is one of the most powerful herbs for heart health – thanks to its active compound called allicin. One study looked at the effects of garlic on blood pressure. Dr. Kurt M. Reinhart and colleagues at Hartford Hospital concluded that this “suggests that garlic is associated with blood pressure reductions in patients with an elevated systolic blood pressure.” Vitamin C and D are widely known to help lower the risk of degenerative diseases – especially heart disease and cancer. In addition, the B vitamins – B6, B12, and folic acid – can lower the risk of a stroke. And, finally, foods (or supplements) rich in flavonoids derived from chocolate, berries, and apples, plus DHEA, a hormone, can substantially improve heart health.  If you’re suffering with heart disease – find a trusted, (experienced) healthcare provider to help guide you through the healing process.

CHIROPRACTIC: NUMBNESS IN THE ARM AND HAND if you or someone you know suffers from numbness in the arm or hand then you’re most likely dealing with the neck problem. Sometimes you might not have any symptoms in your neck yet the tiny bones in your neck could be pressing on the nerves that go down to your fingertips. Besides nerve pressure an unresolved whiplash can cause compression on the discs in the neck and as they break down put pressure on the nerves to the fingers. Realignment of the neck can resolve this condition along with shoulder problems, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome as well as numbness or swelling in the hand. It’s important to understand you can have nerve pressure without pain. If you or someone you know suffers from this condition have them call 918-663-1111.

If athletes get athletes foot, what do astronauts get? Missletoe!@@Why is Christmas just like a day at the office? You do all the work and the fat guy with the suit gets all the credit.

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Dec. 16, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: The root cause of your pneumonia risk revealed by: Lexie Wynn, staff writer | November 29, 2019 Pneumonia is one of the worst killers for older Americans ranking as the sixth leading cause of death in people 65 and older.  With numbers staggering up to one million hospitalizations from this illness each year, you’re lucky to make it through a winter season without catching this, if your health is sub-par. In many cases, being over the age of 65 increases the likelihood that nutrients will not be absorbed efficiently.  In fact, even with a healthy diet (at any age), malnutrition can still be an issue – making it difficult for some to even maintain a healthy body weight – especially if the body is saturated with toxins like, mercury or aluminum. Simply put, a poor nutritional status will greatly increase the risk of pneumonia, especially as we age. If you find yourself in this category of potential malnutrition, your fat-soluble vitamin levels may be too low. Check with an integrative physician to see if your current levels in a blood test reveal a problem. For example, studies have found that those with low levels of vitamin D were 2.6 times more likely to experience pneumonia compared to adults with normal levels. This is especially true for CAP (Community-acquired pneumonia) cases. Vitamin E is also found to have advantageous effects on CAP with 63% lower odds of re-hospitalization after having CAP pneumonia. NOTE: besides the nutrients list, to protect yourself during the wintertime you need a cool mist humidifier and a humidity gauge to keep the humidity between 40 and 60%. Sugar suppresses immunity so keep junk food at a minimum and get more fruits and vegetables. Keep your water intake high as the dry air will deplete your of water.

WELLNESS: How to Prevent and Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that occurs seasonally, typically ramping up in the fall and winter months and disappearing come spring. Helpful treatments include optimizing your vitamin D and omega-3 levels, light therapy (including blue light exposure in the morning, but not later in the day), optimizing your sleep, the Emotional Freedom Techniques and exercise. Your health and mood are intricately tied to exposure to sunlight. For example, your serotonin levels (the hormone typically associated with elevating your mood) rise when you’re exposed to bright light. Your melatonin level also rises and falls (inversely) with light and darkness. Vitamin D deficiency is very common, and should be a top consideration when you’re looking for a solution to flagging mood and energy — especially if it occurs during fall and winter months. While light therapy can take up to four weeks before you notice improvement, it was shown to be more effective than antidepressants for moderate to severe depression in a 2015 study.

HEALTH TIPS: Don’t Drink Sugar Calories. …Eat Nuts. …Avoid Processed Junk Food (Eat Real Food Instead) …Eat Fatty Fish. …Get Enough Sleep. …Take Care of Your Gut Health With Probiotics and Fiber. …Drink Some Water, Especially Before Meals…. Don’t Overcook or Burn Your Meat….Avoid Bright Lights Before Sleep….Take Vitamin D3 if You Don’t Get Much Sun….Eat Vegetables and Fruits….Make Sure to Eat Enough Protein….Do Some Cardio, or Just Walk More….Don’t Smoke or do Drugs, and Only Drink in Moderation …Use Extra Virgin Olive Oil…Don’t Eat a Lot of Refined Carbohydrates…Don’t Fear Saturated Fat…Lift Heavy Things…Avoid Artificial Trans Fats….Use Plenty of Herbs and Spices….Take Care of Your Relationships… Allow the doctor inside full access to your organs and glands by removing communication blockage through regular chiropractic adjustments, the best foods in the world won’t help if you can’t digest them, properly absorb them and then utilize them at a cellular level. Chiropractic makes a difference, through regular adjustments you raise the level of health within your body.

FUNNY BONE: “I hate the radio this time of year because they play “All I Want For Christmas Is You” like, every other song. And that’s just not enough.”– Bridger Winegar@@ “I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store, and he asked for my autograph.”– Shirley Temple@@ “Let me see if I’ve got this Santa business straight. You say he wears a beard, has no discernible source of income and flies to cities all over the world under cover of darkness? You sure this guy isn’t laundering illegal drug money?”– Tom Armstrong@@ “Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want and their kids pay for it.”– Richard Lamm@@ “The one thing women don’t want to find in their stockings on Christmas morning is their husband.”– Joan Rivers@@ “I bought my brother some gift wrap for Christmas. I took it to the gift wrap department and told them to wrap it, but in a different print so he would know when to stop unwrapping.”– Steven Wright

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Dec. 9, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Staying healthy in winter with Super Foods  Do your immune system a favor and pack more fruits and vegetables on your plate. They’re loaded with nutrients, called antioxidants, that are good for you. Add more fruits and vegetables of any kind to your diet. It’ll help your health. Some foods are higher in antioxidants than others, though. The three major antioxidant vitamins are beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E. You’ll find them in colorful fruits and vegetables, especially those with purple, blue, red, orange, and yellow hues. Beta-carotene and other carotenoids: apricots, asparagus, beets, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, corn, green peppers, kale, mangoes, turnip and collard greens, nectarines, peaches, pink grapefruit, pumpkin, squash, spinach, sweet potato, tangerines, tomatoes, and watermelon . Vitamin C: berries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, cauliflower, grapefruit, honeydew, kale, kiwi, mango, nectarine, orange, papaya, snow peas, sweet potato, strawberries, tomatoes, and red, green, or yellow peppers. Vitamin E: broccoli (boiled), avocado, chard, mustard and turnip greens, mangoes, nuts, papaya, pumpkin, red peppers, spinach (boiled), and sunflower seeds. These foods are also rich in antioxidants:Prunes, Apples, Raisins, Plums, Red grapes, Alfalfa sprouts, Onions, Eggplant, Beans. Other antioxidants that can help keep you healthy include: Zinc: oysters, red meat, poultry, beans, nuts, seafood, whole grains, some fortified cereals (check the ingredients to see if zinc has been added), and dairy products Selenium : Brazil nuts, tuna, beef, poultry, fortified breads, and other grain products Cooking tip: To get the biggest benefits of antioxidants, eat these foods raw or lightly steamed. Don’t overcook or boil them.

WELLNESS: Fatty liver can cause kidney failure without warning signs According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 1 in 7 Americans are living with chronic kidney disease (CKD), and the vast majority of people still in the mild stages of this life-altering disease don’t even know they have it.  Today, we feature research from the American Journal of Kidney Disease, which reveals the often overlooked risk factor for kidney failure – nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Unfortunately, research also shows that liver disease signs and symptoms are often overlooked or nearly non-existent, too – even in advanced stages. This means millions of individuals could be careening toward fatty liver disease and life-threatening kidney failure, which hurts their chances of doing something positive to avoid it. NAFLD occurs when there is a build up of fatty tissue in a person’s liver, even if they drink little to no alcohol. This can reduce liver function over time and may also lead to dangerous scarring on the liver (cirrhosis) which further impairs liver health. The study featured in today’s article looked at the data of 262,619 patients newly diagnosed with NAFLD and 769,878 patients without it. After controlling for a variety of factors, the researchers discovered that the incidence of CKD was significantly higher among people with a NAFLD diagnosis. Why the link? Authors of the paper published in The American Journal of Kidney Diseases point to “experimental evidence” which indicates that “nonalcoholic fatty liver disease itself may exacerbate systemic and hepatic insulin resistance, cause [elevated levels of triglycerides and small-dense low-density lipoprotein and low levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol], and release a variety of proinflammatory, procoagulant, pro-oxidant, and profibrogenic mediators,” all of which are key movers in the development of CKD. NOTE: To avoid fatty liver it’s important to follow your body type diet and reduce the amount of refined carbohydrate that gets stored and thus clogged within the liver. We can do blood work to check your liver enzymes and they get testing to determine the amount of stress in your liver as well as what nutrients can help.

CONDITION OF THE WEEK: Whiplash Whiplash is an injury to the neck muscles from rapid forward and backward motion of the neck caused by a trauma (eg, a car accident). It can cause acute (short-term) neck pain as well as restricted movement in your neck.  Stages of Whiplash Treatment-Soon after whiplash occurs—in the acute phase—the chiropractor will work on reducing neck inflammation using various therapy modalities. He or she may also use gentle stretching and manual therapy techniques (eg, muscle energy therapy, a type of stretching). The chiropractor may also recommend you apply an ice pack on your neck and/or a light neck support to use for a short period of time. As your neck becomes less inflamed and the pain decreases, your chiropractor will perform gentle Spinal Adjustments or other chiropractic techniques to restore normal motion to your neck’s facet joints. A past publication of the Journal of Neurology stated that chiropractic is the only recognized treatment for whiplash. Drugs might help with symptoms but they don’t realign the spine or correct the injury.

FUNNY BONE: “Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year.” – Victor Borge@@“My husband’s idea of getting the Christmas spirit is to become Scrooge.” – Melanie White@@“Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.” – Dave Barry@@“Keep your friends close, your enemies closer, and receipts for all major purchases.”– Bridger Winegar@@“I haven’t taken my Christmas lights down. They look so nice on the pumpkin.” – Winston Spear@@“The principal advantage of the non-parental lifestyle is that on Christmas Eve you need not be struck dumb by the three most terrifying words that the government allows to be printed on any product: “Some assembly required.”” – John Leo@@“Nothing’s as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas.”– Kin Hubbard@@“What I like about Christmas is that you can make people forget the past with the present.”– Don Marquis@@ “I love Christmas. I receive a lot of wonderful presents I can’t wait to exchange.” – Henny Youngman@@“For Christmas this year, try giving less. Start with less attitude. There’s more than enough of that in the world as it is – and people will usually just give it back anyway!”– Anne Bristow

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Dec. 2, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

WELLNESS:  The connection between artificial sweeteners and diabetes

by: Lori Alton, staff writer | November 25, 2019

According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes has become a pandemic, affecting 30 million people in the United States alone. Unfortunately, the rate of diabetes continues to grow exponentially due to the overconsumption of processed foods – which dominate the standard American diet or its more popular name, “SAD.”

Shockingly, by 2030, WHO is predicting diabetes will become the seventh leading cause of death around the world.  So, what’s the main ingredient fueling this health crisis of metabolic disorders?  Look no further than the consumption of artificial sweeteners, under names like, Sweet’N Low, NutriSweet, Equal, aspartame – the list goes on and on.

Listen to the experts: Artificial sweeteners are neurotoxic – causing major health problems

A study at the Imperial College of London found that people who drink a single 12-ounce soda a day increased their risk of type-2 diabetes by 18 percent – compared to those who avoided soda.

A study from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that women who drink one soda per day double their risk of developing type 2 diabetes – compared to women who drink less than one soda per month.

In addition, if these quotes (below) don’t make you think twice about consuming artificial sweeteners … then, nothing will.

 “Unfortunately, many patients in my practice, and others seen in consultation, developed serious metabolic, neurologic and other complications that could be specifically attributed to using aspartame products. This was evidenced by the loss of diabetic control, the intensification of hypoglycemia, the occurrence of presumed ‘insulin reactions’ (including convulsions) that proved to be aspartame reactions, and the precipitation, aggravation or simulation of diabetic complications (especially impaired vision and neuropathy) while using these products… dramatic improvement of such features after avoiding aspartame, and the prompt predictable recurrence of these problems when the patient resumed aspartame products, knowingly or inadvertently.” – H.J.Roberts, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.C.C.P

“In view of all these indications that the cancer-causing potential of aspartame is a matter that had been established way beyond any reasonable doubt, one can ask: What is the reason for the apparent refusal by the FDA to invoke for this food additive the so-called Delaney Amendment to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act? Is it not clear beyond any shadow of a doubt that aspartame has caused brain tumors or brain cancer in animals?” – Dr. Adrian Gross, former FDA toxicologist

“So in the case of diet drinks in aluminum cans, the very toxic brain aluminum fluoride compound co-exists with multiple toxins found in aspartame, thus creating the most powerful government-approved toxic soup imaginable. With the strong association between aluminum, excitotoxins, aluminum fluoride complexes and Alzheimer’s disease, it would be completely irresponsible to encourage people to consume this toxic mixture.” – Russell Blaylock, M.D.

Uninformed consumers, in an effort to reduce sugar intake and reduce the risk of diabetes, tend to think that artificial sweeteners offer some kind of “safe” alternative to processed sugar. But, as we now know, the scientific evidence is abundantly clear – consuming artificial sweeteners actually increase the risk of obesity, diabetes plus many other health problems.

How artificial sweeteners cause glucose intolerance

When researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel began studying the effects of aspartame, sucralose and other artificial sweeteners in the body, what they found was startling. Data acquired through the study revealed a significant change within the composition and function of the ‘good’ bacteria within the intestines of mice fed a steady measure of various non-caloric artificial sweeteners.

Since these bacteria play an important role in digestion and glucose metabolism, threatening this balance of good and bad bacteria, within the gut, by eating artificial sweeteners can lead to glucose intolerance, over time.

In addition to changing the intestinal bacterial composition, artificial sweeteners were also linked to higher blood sugar levels. People who regularly consume chemical sugar substitutes were found to have greater difficulty regulating blood sugar, and people who do not normally consume artificial sweeteners experienced higher blood sugar levels after doing so for just one week.

One of the researchers at Weizmann, Eran Elinav, told reporters during a news conference that he made a decision to stop using artificial sweeteners because of the surprising results of the study.

Artificial sweeteners proven to do more harm than good

With scientific data that upholds the dangers of artificial sweeteners within the gut and other areas of the body, why would anyone continue consuming these dangerous substances? Furthermore, why are these substances still touted as ‘safe’ and even beneficial for people who need to lower their sugar intake or calorie consumption?

Sadly, there are many organizations like, the American Cancer Society … that continue to push the notion that aspartame is “safe” and does not cause cancer.  Just look at what they say … and we’ll let you decide how deceptive they are.

In about 6,000 food products, artificial sweeteners lurk in all kinds of commonly consumed products such as, sugar-free gum, diet sodas, breakfast cereals, baby food and even the most popular brands of yogurt. It’s no wonder we see the steady growth of obesity, diabetes and neurological diseases like, Alzheimer’s.

Instead of using these neurotoxin poisons to prevent or “manage” diabetes, we must learn to enjoy natural sugars (in moderation) and commit to a lifestyle of clean, healthy living – including the consumption of organic vegetables, fruits, sprouted nuts, seeds plus a reasonable amount of healthy fats and proteins … as much as possible.

Combined with an active lifestyle, a balanced diet of real food – found in nature – free of artificial sweeteners and other food additives … will enable you to maintain a healthy blood sugar level and never be concerned about diabetes.

Sources for this article include:

Clinical.Diabetesjournals.org
Nature.com

IN THE NEWS: Stents, bypass surgery serve ‘no advantage’ in terms of survival, decreasing heart disease Recent research has revealed that undergoing bypass surgery or stent placement is not any more effective than using drugs in treating heart disease. Dr. Marc Siegel told FOX Business’ Stuart Varney on Monday that the $84 million study, led by NYU professor Judith Hochman, discovered there’s “no advantage” in either treatment, in terms of survival and decreasing heart attacks. NOTE: For the past 50+ years the medical profession has recommended a low fat, high complex carbohydrate diet to try to prevent heart disease. The problem with these recommendations or they were based on fake science plus they do not improve cardiovascular disease except in a small percent of patients. In April 1996 the Second International Symposium on Dietary Fats and Oil Consumption in health and disease was hosted by the Southwestern University Medical School in Dallas, Texas. Nutritional researchers from around the world presented their findings on the effects of fat in the human diet. After the presentations showing the subjects following the low-fat diet hadn’t got rid of their obesity, had not lowered their cholesterol levels, had lowered their HDL levels (the good cholesterol), and had increased their blood levels of triglycerides (a major risk factor for heart disease), the moderators of the symposium pronounced the low-fat diet a failure. Restoring the communication channels between your central nervous system and the heart along with diet and exercise based on your genetic body type are the best things you can do to prevent heart disease. If you suffer from symptoms then Vega testing can help us determine what targeted nutrients you need to overcome that dysfunction.

CHIROPRACTIC:Surprise: Chiropractors Can Treat These Conditions  Chiropractic care – which is based on the understanding that, given the opportunity, the mind and body can heal itself – can treat many issues that might surprise you. Here’s a look at the top five most surprising conditions a chiropractor can treat: 1. Migraines and tension headaches Research shows that spinal Adjustments is an effective way to treat tension headaches and headaches that begin in the neck. In a clinical trial conducted at Macquarie University, 72 percent of migraine sufferers experienced either “substantial” or “noticeable” improvement after a period of chiropractic treatment. 2. Stress and anxiety We perceive stress from three basic sources: our environment, our body and our emotions. Chiropractic adjustments are primarily with the spine – the root of the nervous system through which nerve impulses travel between the brain and the rest of the body – and can help the body manage and process this stress in a healthier way. Chiropractors can release muscle tension, one effect of chronic stress that leads to nerve irritation and creates uneven pressures on the body’s bony structures, which can cause the spinal column to become misaligned. This, in turn, helps the body return to a more balanced, relaxed state. Chiropractic adjustments can reduce spinal nerve irritation and improve blood circulation, which can help signal the brain to turn off the “fight or flight” response and begin the healing process. A doctor of chiropractic can suggest nutritional supplements, like B complex vitamins, to help the body cope with stress. A chiropractor can also recommend relaxation techniques and discuss posture and environmental changes to help you recover from chronic stress. 3. Fibromyalgia is a widespread condition that affects about 2 percent of the United States, and medical science has yet to discover the cause of this condition. In one study, 60 percent of the subjects treated by a chiropractor experienced a significant improvement: reduced pain improved sleep and decreased fatigue. 4. Weak immune systems The nervous system, endocrine system, and immune system are inextricably linked. Together they share tiny messenger molecules that mediate communication between them, creating optimal responses for the body to adapt and heal appropriately. Nerve pressure can lead to a weakened immune system. Patients who receive regular chiropractic care have an immune system that is 200% more effective than the average person on the street.

FUNNY BONE: My town had a really bad storm two days ago and my neighbor lost the roof of his house. The poor guy doesn’t have insurance so I decided to start a “gofundme” to raise money so I can go to Hawaii for a few weeks because he’s about to start doing construction and I hate being around all that noise.@@ Taxes are essentially just a yearly subscription to the country you live in…….. childhood is a free trial.