WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday July 15, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Cannabis use during pregnancy doubles risk of premature birth, study says Twelve per cent of babies whose mothers used drugs were born before 37 weeks, compared to 6 per cent who did not, study finds Women who use cannabis during pregnancy are twice as likely to experience a premature birth and have higher rates of potentially serious complications, according to a new study. Twelve per cent of those who took the drug gave birth before 37 weeks, found researchers in Canada, where marijuana is legal.  This compared to 6.1 per cent among women who did not report using the drug. The study used responses form more than 661,000 pregnancies in Ontario, Canada, including nearly 10,000 where the mother said they used cannabis. It also showed pregnant women had higher rates of placental abruption, a rare but serious complication where the placenta that supplies oxygen and nutrients to the foetus separates from the uterus.

WELLNESS: 3 Supplements For Acne, Wrinkles And Redness That Dermatologists Swear By Skincare can get really high maintenance. There’s so many products out there that promise clear skin, and many times you could end up spending a huge chunk of your paycheck on just a handful of products. But, instead of trying to take care of your skin when trouble arises, prevent it by taking supplements! That’s right, just by investing in a few supplements you can help prevent your skin from suffering through annoying problems like acne, redness and wrinkles. “I am a big fan of dietary supplements,” dermatologist Leslie Baumann, M.D., told Dermatologist Times. “They’re not harmful and many of them may be helpful … I often recommend them to my patients.” Check out the following supplements to take care of all your skincare needs for good! One supplement Dr. Baumann recommends is Omega-3 fatty acids. if the patient has a lot of redness and inflammation in their skin, I’ll put them on omega 3 fatty acids,” she said. This supplement contains fish oil, which is known to help replenish skin with fats and helps it maintain smoothness and elasticity. Dr. Baumann also recommends taking XenaCare, aka SunPill, to treat any redness or problems caused by excess sun exposure. “If they get a lot of sun exposure, I’ll put them on the SunPill (XenaCare) (Green tea extract, ashwaganda root extract, pomegranate extract, beet root, askaxanthin complex; other ingredients.) that contains a fern extract and antioxidants,” she said. All those antioxidants and nutrients will help clear your skin in no time! Vitamin C supplements are also great for improving wrinkles and skin firmness. This vitamin helps increase collagen production, which assists in the repair and rejuvenation of your skin cells

CHIROPRACTIC: How Does Chiropractic Work? Many people seek chiropractic care when their back goes out or their neck tightens up. But how does this form of care actually work? What are the benefits of receiving chiropractic care for nerve dysfunction compared with other healthcare options? Let’s take a look! First, let’s discuss how the nervous system “works.” We have three divisions of the nervous system: the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems. The central nervous system (CNS) includes the brain and spinal cord, and it’s essentially the main processing portion of the nervous system. The spinal cord is like a multi-lane highway that brings information to the brain for processing (sensory division) and returns information back to the toes, feet, legs, and upper extremities from which the information originated (motor division). For example, hiking on a mountain trail or simply walking requires constant input to and from the CNS so we can adjust our balance accordingly and not fall. These “sensory-motor pathways” are essential and allow us to complete our daily tasks in an efficient, safe manner as information is constantly bouncing back and forth between the brain and the rest of the body. There are obvious conditions that interfere with this communication process that include  peripheral nerve damage from conditions like carpal/cubital tunnel syndromes, thoracic outlet syndrome, and/or pinched nerves in the neck, mid-back, low-back spinal regions. There are many other less obvious injuries or conditions that can result in faulty neuromotor patterns and nerve transmission of which chiropractic services can benefit. The “subluxation complex” is a term some chiropractors use to describe the compromised nerve transmission that may occur if a nerve is compressed or irritated due to faulty bone or joint position along the nerve’s course. Reducing such nerve compression typically allows for a restoration of function. A good illustration of this is a patient who suffers from a herniated disk in the neck with numbness and tingling down the arm to the hand. The goal of treatment (for all healthcare professionals) is to remove the pinch of the nerve. To realize this goal, doctors of chiropractic utilize spinal adjustments and mobilization in addition to other non-surgical, non-drug approaches that may include exercises, nutritional advice, home-care such as a cervical traction unit, and other anti-inflammatory measures (ice, modalities like low level and class IV laser, electric stimulation, pulsed magnetic field, and more). Given the minimal side-effect risks and well-reported benefits, it only makes sense to try chiropractic FIRST.

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

FUNNY BONES: Lying on his deathbed, a loving husband was wavering between life and death when he thought he smelled chocolate chip cookies baking. They were his very favourite, so he dragged himself out of bed, crawled to the kitchen and was just reaching up to take a cookie off the plate when his wife slapped his hand with a spatula. “Don’t touch!” she commanded. “They’re for the funeral.”@@ “Here’s something to think about: How come you never see a headline like ‘Psychic Wins Lottery’?”– Jay Leno@@“If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?”– George Carlin

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday July 8, 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: More reasons why daily aspirin is not a good idea try some daily grape juice 60% more effective A study funded by the National Institutes of Health of more than 19,000 people over age 70, published last year in The New England Journal of Medicine, found that a daily aspirin didn’t reduce the risk of heart attack, dementia or stroke but did increase rates of GI bleeding by an alarming 38 percent. And earlier this month, the American College of Cardiology published new guidelines recommending against routinely giving aspirin to older adults who don’t have a history of heart disease. Don’t stop taking a daily aspirin cold turkey. It can create a rebound effect that can trigger a heart attack, especially if you’ve already suffered one before. A 2017 Swedish study, published in the journal Circulation, found that abruptly stopping a daily aspirin raised the risk of a heart attack or stroke by 37 percent. Don’t consider a daily aspirin if you have a history of GI bleeding or a history of ulcers, even if you have some of the above risk factors. Note: it’s disturbing that there is more than one study indicating aspirin doesn’t work. In fact the original researcher who discovered aspirin interferes with platelet aggregation (a cause for clots) also found aspirin doesn’t work if you’re under stress because stress hormones totally nullify the effects of aspirin with blood clots. That’s why this researcher recommends grape juice which he found 60% more effective than aspirin and stress hormones do not nullify its positive effect. Increase antioxidants in your diet and that will decrease the likelihood of many different types of disease.

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

WELLNESS: The benefits of grape seed extract Number 1, can reduce blood pressure studies have found 100-2000 mg of grape seed extract per day significantly reduce systolic blood pressure by an average of 6.08 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure by 2.8 mmHg. Number 2 can improve blood flow in a week study of 17 healthy postmenopausal women, taking 400 mg of grape seed extract had blood thinning effects, potentially reduce the risk of blood clots. An additional study showed that immediately following six hours of sitting it was shown to reduce leg swelling and edema by 70%. Number 3 can reduce oxidative damage. Oxidized cholesterol has been shown to be the only form of cholesterol that is harmful to the body. In one study, 61 healthy adults show a 13.9% reduction in oxidized cholesterol taking 400 mg of grape seed extract. Number 4 may improve collagen and bone strength. Increasing flavonoid consumption is proven to improve collagen synthesis and bone formation. Grape seed extract is a rich source of flavonoids. Considering rheumatoid arthritis some studies have shown that grape seed extract may suppress bone destruction in inflammatory autoimmune arthritis. Number 5 supports your brain as it ages. Studies have shown that grape seed extract may improve brain antioxidant and cognitive status, prevent memory loss and reduce brain lesions and protein clusters associated with Alzheimer’s. Number 6 can improve kidney function. In one study, 23 people diagnosed with chronic renal failure were given 2 g of grape seed extract daily for six months and showed a decrease in urinary protein and kidney filtration improved by 9%. Number 7 can reduce cancer risk. The powerful antioxidant activity of grape seed extract has shown potential in inhibiting human breast, lung, gastric, oral squamous cell, liver, prostate and pancreatic lines in laboratory settings. Number 8 may protect your liver. Iin one study, 15 people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and subsequent high ALT levels were given grape seed extract for three months. After three months, the grape seed extract group had a 46% reduction in ALT, while the vitamin C group showed no change.

CHIROPRACTIC: BEATING ADDICTIONS What is the big killer in the U.S.? AIDS? Cancer? Heart Disease? Guess again – when you add up all of the accidents, suicides, overdoses and violent deaths due to drugs and alcohol, then drugs and alcohol addiction is the number one killer by far! A few years ago, Dr. J.M. Holder researched effects of auricular therapy (a form of acupuncture stimulation to the ear – a technique we have used here at Keefe Clinic since 1980). You may have read about that study in the papers then – it indicated that auricular therapy was the most effective therapy for drug addictions of the 178 government-approved therapies at that time! This study was released in the early 1990’s and has started to revolutionize drug addiction programs across the country.Now to his next study: Dr. Holder reasoned that the effects demonstrated in the first study described above dealing with problems with the limbic system could be tied in to the effects that subluxations have on the nervous system. He knew that the limbic system is not just a compartment hidden in the center of the brain, but it also extends down the “dorsal horn” of the spinal column. He decided to test to see what Chiropractic adjustment intervention could do with this particular system of the nervous system. At the end of that study, the results were astonishing, even to Dr. Holder. After compiling all the data, he found that the combination of Chiropractic adjustments with counseling therapy approach to addiction and compulsive disorders produced far better results than any other test results for any other government-approved technique now available. His conclusion: for the 180 different addiction disorder techniques that have been tested, Chiropractic now proves to be the most effective, even more effective than the use of auricular therapy found previously so helpful. This means that: Chiropractic care, coupled with proper nutrition, electro-stimulation of points in the ear, and counseling is the best help currently available for individuals who have addictive-compulsive disorders.

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

FUNNY BONES: “A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.”– Emo Philips@@“How many people here have telekenetic powers? Raise my hand.”– Emo Philips@@“Leave something for someone but don’t leave someone for something.”– Enid Blyton@@“The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.”– Fred Allen@@“If you live to be one hundred, you’ve got it made. Very few people die past that age.”– George Burns

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday July 1, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Shrimp contains cocaine, antibiotics and banned pesticides by: Lori Alton, staff writer | June 23, 2019  Shrimp cocktail – featuring ice-cold shrimp, tangy cocktail sauce and a slice of lemon – is a time-honored favorite of seafood lovers.  But, new research from the UK shows that shrimp from rivers near London are contaminated with a very different kind of “cocktail” – in this case, a toxic mix of chemicals featuring cocaine, pharmaceutical drugs and dangerous pesticides. The new study, published in Environment International, showcases a dirty – and disturbing – trend in seafood.  All over the world, scientists are finding chemical residues in shrimp, fish, mussels and eels – with frightening implications for human and environmental health. To conduct the study, scientists examined a species of local freshwater shrimp (Gammarus pulex) harvested from 15 sites in five different rivers in Suffolk County, a rural area northeast of London. And what they found – traces of 56 different pollutants, toxins and drugs of abuse – was stomach-turning. Shockingly, 100 percent of the shrimp contained trace amounts of cocaine – and this illicit drug accounted for the highest concentration of contaminants in the shrimp. Also found was lidocaine – an anesthetic used by cocaine dealers to “cut” the product and boost profits – and ketamine, a veterinary tranquilizer used recreationally by humans for its psychotropic effects. NOTE: Did you know?  The liver is the most important detoxifying organ in the body.  When the liver can’t effectively neutralize and dispose of toxins, they accumulate in the body.  Ask about a detox program.

WELLNESS: How good oral hygiene helps to avoid a stroke by: Sara Middleton, staff writer | June 24, 2019 Did you realize that epidemiological data indicates a third of  Americans never floss?  This oral hygiene oversight could be a lot more problematic than you think – especially if you’re concerned about your cardiovascular system. Here’s how: It’s been well-established that proper oral hygiene can reduce your risk for gum disease (gingivitis).  It’s also heart healthy, because bacteria in your mouth can leech into your bloodstream via damaged teeth and gums and infect your heart and blood vessels. Now, new research from the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Heart Association sheds a harsh light on exactly this mechanism and the severity of its impact. You may have heard of the “mind-body” connection before. But have you ever heard of the “mind-mouth” connection?  Never could this be more true than for people who suffer a stroke, or “brain attack.” Researchers from Tampere University in Finland analyzed the blood clots (thrombi, or the singular thrombus) from acute 75 stroke victims. Nearly 8 out of 10 of these individuals had DNA in their samples that was consistent with oral bacteria, including the common Streptococcus mitis. Amazingly, there was more oral bacteria in the blood clot samples compared to blood taken elsewhere from these patients! Whether this indicates that oral bacteria cause stroke or are simply correlated with it, the overall consensus is clear: Oral bacteria “contribute to the progression and thrombotic events of cerebrovascular diseases.” In other words: not taking care of your oral health through spot-on oral hygiene is giving harmful bacteria a free pass into the rest of your body … where they can cause serious trouble!

CHIROPRACTIC: Surprise: Chiropractors Can Treat These  Conditions By David Starr, ContributorNov. 30, 2015 YOU MIGHT THINK chiropractors are only able to help with back aches, stiff necks, slipped discs and whiplash injuries. If so, you’re not alone – but you’re missing out. 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. 1. Migraines and tension headaches Research shows that spinal adjustments – the primary form of care provided by chiropractic doctors – 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 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 Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder involving widespread pain and sensitivity throughout the entire musculoskeletal system. To be diagnosed with FM, a patient typically has a minimum of 11 out of 18 specific tender points on the body. In addition to pain, patients also report long-term fatigue and/or disturbed sleep and mood. Other disorders commonly associated with FM include irritable bowel syndrome, TMJ pain and dysfunction, psychological conditions and some autoimmune diseases. In one study, 60 percent of the subjects treated by a chiropractor experienced a significant improvement: reduced pain, improved sleep and decreased fatigue.

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

FUNNY BONE: During a patient’s two-week follow-up appointment with his cardiologist, he informed me, his doctor, that he was having trouble with one of his medications. “Which one? ” I asked. “The patch. The nurse told me to put on a new one every six hours and now I’m running out of places to put it!” I had him quickly undress and discovered what I hoped I wouldn’t see. Yes, the man had over fifty patches on his body! Now, the instructions include removal of the old patch before applying a new one. —Submitted by Dr. Rebecca St. Clair to Ridiculously Funny Medical Stories@@ I was caring for a woman and asked, “So how’s your breakfast this morning?” “It’s very good, except for the Kentucky Jelly. I can’t seem to get used to the taste,” the patient replied. I then asked to see the jelly and the woman produced a foil packet labeled “KY Jelly.” —Dr. Leonard Kransdorf@@ A woman in Arkansas brought her baby in to see the doctor, and he determined right away the baby had an earache. He wrote a prescription for eardrops. In the directions he wrote, “Put two drops in right ear every four hours” and he abbreviated “right” as an R with a circle around it. Several days passed, and the woman returned with her baby, complaining that the baby still had an earache, and his little behind was getting really greasy with all those drops of oil. The doctor looked at the bottle of eardrops and sure enough, the pharmacist had typed the following instructions on the label: “Put two drops in R ear every four hours.” – From Cafe Mom

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday June 24, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Skyrocketing Male Infertility May Threaten Mankind’s Survival According to the largest meta-analysis of its kind, sperm counts around the world declined by more than 50 percent, to 47 million sperm per mL, between 1973 and 2013, and continue to dwindle. The most significant declines were found in samples from men in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, where many had sperm concentrations below 40 million/mL — a level at which a man will have trouble fertilizing an egg. Endocrine disrupting chemicals have undoubtedly contributed to the dramatic decline in reproductive health among men. Excessive microwave radiation from wireless technologies, obesity and inactivity also play a significant role. Testicular cancer is also on the rise, as are congenital malformations of the penis, and these problems have also been linked to endocrine disrupting chemicals. Experiments on fathead minnows show endocrine disrupters turn the fish into a sterile intersex species, meaning they have both male and female reproductive systems yet are incapable of reproducing. The Unites States permits more than 84,000 chemicals to be used in household products; cosmetics, food and food packaging, and a majority of these have never been tested for safety. According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, 85 percent of new chemical applications include no testing whatsoever. NOTE: detoxing these chemicals is important. Eat cleaner food, food stored in glass containers is safer, eating anti-inflammatory foods high in antioxidants will help the body detox. Drink plenty of water, alkaline water will help the body detox.  

CHIROPRACTIC: WHIPLASH SEVERITY MEASURED BY SPEED There’s one major cause of whiplash that most everyone thinks of immediately: car accidents. Even speeds as low as 15 mph can produce enough energy to cause whiplash—whether or not you are wearing a seatbelt. (However, if you are not properly restrained with your seatbelt, your head may strike the steering wheel or windshield, causing a concussion in addition to whiplash. You should definitely always wear your seatbelt.) An 8 mph car collision produces two times the force of gravity (or a 2-G) deceleration of the car, and a 5-G deceleration of the head. This unnatural and forceful movement affects the muscles and ligaments in the neck, stretching and potentially tearing them. The discs between the vertebrae can bulge, tear, or rupture, and vertebrae can be forced out of their normal position, reducing your range of motion. The spinal cord and nerve roots can get stretched, irritated, and “choked.” Other Whiplash Causes Whiplash can also be caused by sporting activities (eg, football spearing), falls, roller coasters, or being punched or shaken. Aging also increases susceptible to whiplash. Older adults, and people who already have neck problems such as arthritis (eg, spondylosis, osteoarthritis), may experience more serious whiplash than a younger person. As people grow older, their movement is more limited, their muscles lose flexibility and strength, and their discs and ligaments are not as elastic (stretchy). So, when their neck whips back and forth, it has more potential for damage.

WELLNESS: EXPERTS WARN STATIN DRUG TREND PUTS LIVES AT RISK The number of people suffering from heart disease and stroke continues to rise, despite pharmaceutical interventions, including statin medications recommended for high cholesterol levels. Statins focus on reducing cholesterol your body produces naturally; the process also depletes your body of CoQ10, potentially the trigger behind many of the significant side effects associated with the drug, including neuromuscular disease and cardiovascular death. Non-drug strategies can help you manage your heart health and include quality sleep, stress reduction, adequate amounts of vitamin D, and consuming a good portion of your food raw. According to an analysis from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, to prevent a single person from dying of any cause, 250 people would need to take statin medications for six years; 100 people need to take a statin as a primary preventive for five years in order for one or two people to avoid a heart attack, but none will actually live longer. Other studies have also failed to find any kind of mortality benefit from statin medications, even in at-risk groups. NOTE: when it comes to heart disease drugs rarely extend life. Eat more anti-inflammatory foods, foods high in antioxidants. Eat foods consistent with your body type. Reduce junk food and increase fluids. People who eat fish live longer than people who don’t, eat salmon or tuna three times a week.

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

FUNNY BONE: “My favorite machine at the gym is the vending machine.”– Caroline Rhea@@“All right everyone, line up alphabetically according to your height.”– Casey Stengel@@“I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early.”– Charles Lamb@@ Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.@@ Hard work pays off in the future; laziness pays off now.@@ I intend to live forever … So far, so good.@@ If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?@@ A woman has twins and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named “Ahmal.” The other goes to a family in Spain; they name him “Juan.” Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal. Her husband responds, “They’re twins! If you’ve seen Juan, you’ve seen Ahmal.”@@ A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. “But why,” they asked, as they moved off. “Because,” he said, “I can’t stand chess-nuts boasting in an open foyer.”

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday June 17, 2019

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  John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Is that green lawn worth compromising the health of your family – furry, or otherwise? BY LINDA BONVIE Reaching the milestone age of 17 is a feat for any dog, but to do so with vitals such as heart, lungs, liver and kidneys in tip-top shape and a hearty appetite is a real achievement. This is the case with my pup, Bumby. You could say he’s in amazingly good health for his age… except, that is, for his brain, which has been seriously damaged by repeated seizures. Bumby’s senior years certainly aren’t what they could have been. I have my own idea of what might have been the cause – Bumby’s frequent exposure to lawn chemicals, notably pesticides and herbicides. These chemicals, by their very nature are meant to poison living things. And that’s especially true for the most vulnerable members of the family – kids and pets. One especially frightening report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Environmental Health found that although “acute” (where you know fairly quickly that something is wrong) pesticide poisonings in children in the U.S. are relatively “uncommon,” constant low-level exposures (including from food) are not. And a “growing body of epidemiologic evidence” points to “associations between exposure to pesticides in young children and a range of diseases from childhood cancers to autism.” Landmark research from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health discovered through pre-natal MRIs that when a fetus has been exposed to “low levels” of the commonly used pesticide chlorpyrifos, they observed “changes in brain structure.” (Although the EPA banned household uses of chlorpyrifos in 2001, it continues to be widely used on food crops, especially corn and other vegetables, fruit and nut trees, and can also be commercially applied on grass). NOTE: this article points out the potential dangers of the artificial chemicals we use to make our lawns green. But there are natural pesticides that are safe and there are natural fertilizers to improve the health of the lawn. Try a natural approach.

WELLNESS: ESTROGEN AND BREAST CANCER: THE TRUTH EXPOSED Dr. Veronique Desaulniers Conventional (Western) medicine has succeeded in teaching women that their hormones, like estrogen are the cause of their breast cancer – and it has created an industry of anti-hormone suppressing drugs such as Tamoxifen and Anastrozole and countless others in response to this claim. For several years, I have been teaching women that there is no need to fear their hormones. But, the fact is that some hormones can cause cancer while others can actually prevent it. For the most part, the hormones that drive breast cancer are xenoestrogens, environmental chemicals that stimulate or mimic estrogen. If your liver is not breaking down estrogen correctly or if you are not methylating or metabolizing it properly, this could certainly lead to greater breast cancer risk. Here is a list of some chemical estrogens that could potentially increase your risk of breast cancer: Pesticides and herbicides, Sunscreen lotion that contains 4-MBC, Parabens, Food preservatives such a BHA, Metals that are found in amalgams and antiperspirants (“metallo-estrogens”), Tap water (which is often loaded with estrogens from contraceptive pills), Growth hormones in conventionally-produced meat and dairy products Xenoestrogens can lead to a buildup of more “aggressive” estrogens, such as estrone (E1) and estradiol (E2). When these super-aggressive forms bind with estrogen receptors in your body, a host of complications can result, including breast cancer. Not all forms of estrogen are bad, however. Estriol (E3) is a type of estrogen that is important precisely because it is weaker than its high-energy cousins. A number of studies, published over four decades, have demonstrated that estriol’s most important role may be to actually prevent cancer cell growth. NOTE: our estrogen cream is made from (E3), there are also foods and herbs that give a safe estrogen.

CONDITION OF THE WEEK:  Rib misalignment and chest pain A patient recently told me a story about a coworker who thought she was having a heart attack and was taken to the hospital for treatment. Her pain was significant and was put on powerful painkillers as they attempted to find the cause of her chest pain. After two days in the hospital, they sent her home because they couldn’t figure out where the pain was coming from. The bill for two days was $7000 yet she was still having pain. Realizing it was not a heart attack she went to her chiropractor who found a rib out of alignment and corrected her painful condition with an adjustment. She left the chiropractor feeling better at the cost of $70. This story is repeated more often than you think and is why we use a phrase, chiropractic first, drug second and surgery last. It pays to get chiropractic care. The Rib cage helps protect organs within your chest cavity as well as facilitates breathing. But when a rib gets out of alignment it can cause significant pain that can mimic a heart attack or even a digestive issue. When a rib is out it can be difficult to take a complete breath because of the intercostal nerves that run between the ribs. As you take a deep breath and the rib that is out of alignment, moves and it can irritate the nerves in between them. In most cases when we do a “ribcage adjustment” rib heads will move back into place but sometimes we have to work on a specific rib in order to release the pressure on the intercostal nerve. Not only can rib cage misalignment cause symptoms of digestive problems they sometimes can actually affect the diaphragm which separates the stomach from the chest contents. That can produce a condition called a hiatal hernia which can lead to significant heartburn. So besides keeping your spine in alignment chiropractic can help keep the ribcage in proper alignment along with any other joint in the body. Are you overdue for a chiropractic adjustment? they sent her home because they couldn’t figure out where the pain was coming from. The bill for two days was $7000 yet she was still having pain. Realizing it was not a heart attack she went to her chiropractor who found a rib out of alignment and corrected her painful condition with an adjustment. She left the chiropractor feeling better at the cost of $70. This story is repeated more often than you think and is why we use a phrase, chiropractic first, drug second and surgery last. It pays to get chiropractic care.

FUNNY BONE: “Political correctness is tyranny with manners.”– Charlton Heston@@“They say marriages are made in Heaven. But so is thunder and lightning.”– Clint Eastwood@@“Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone else’s can shorten it.”– Cullen Hightower@@I learned that Justin Bieber said he wants to fight Tom Cruise. Could it be possible they just have way too much money and time on their hands. Maybe they need to get a real job.@@I’m so good at sleeping. I can do it with my eyes closed.@@Want to hear a joke about paper? Nevermind it’s tearable.@@What do you call cheese that isn’t yours? Nacho Cheese.@@What did the grape do when he got stepped on? He let out a little wine.@@The shovel was a ground-breaking invention.@@Whenever the cashier at the grocery store asks my dad if he would like the milk in a bag he replies, “No, just leave it in the carton!”@@I thought about going on an all-almond diet. But that’s just nuts

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday June 10, 2019

Courtesy of:

  John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Is it time to treat sugar like smoking? BBC news Over the past decade, smoking has become marginalized and stigmatized. There are signs sugar is heading the same way. Sugary drinks are already taxed – and now a leading think tank has even suggested sweets, snacks, and sugary drinks should be wrapped in plain packaging to make them less appealing, given the excess consumption of the sweet stuff. The call has been made by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) in a new report. IPPR director Tom Kibasi believes it could make a real difference. “Plain packaging would help us all to make better choices and reduce the hassle of pester power for busy parents,” he said. The industry has been quick to object, with trade body the Food and Drink Federation arguing that branding is “fundamental commercial freedom” and “critical to competition”. The same sort of arguments was put forward by the tobacco industry, but successive governments have still increasingly shown an appetite to get tough. There is a recognition that bold moves are needed if the ambition to halve the child obesity rate by 2030 is to be achieved. As the debate rages about obesity, expect to hear much more about the merits of radical action on sugar.

WELLNESS: Children who grow up with dogs are less likely to develop food allergies, a new study has found Children who grow up with dogs are less likely to develop food allergies, a new study by the University of Dundee has found. Young children from the age of three months who live in a household with two or more dogs are 90% less likely to develop food intolerances compared to those living without any pets. “The exposure of children to diverse environmental microbiota among household dust has been associated with protection from developing atopy and asthma,” Professor McLean added. Food allergies affect between six and 10 percent of children in the UK, with many of them having intolerances to milk, eggs, peanuts, soy and wheat. According to the NHS, the most common allergy for young children is hay fever. The study also found that…Children who lived on farms were also less likely to suffer from allergies–Those growing up with more siblings were also not as allergic–Identical twins are likely to have the same allergic diseases–The exposure of household dust can also help children with allergies. Pet ownership is a huge benefit to our lives. As well as helping with allergies, dogs make brilliant companions for young children and help to reduce any stress and anxiety they may be facing. Just another reason to adopt one of your own.

CHIROPRACTIC: Chiropractic Care for Whiplash Written by Stewart G. Eidelson, MD If you have neck pain caused by whiplash, you may want to visit a chiropractor who can provide many non-surgical treatment options for relief. 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 manipulation or other chiropractic techniques to restore normal motion to your neck’s facet joints. Chiropractic Whiplash Treatments Your treatment plan depends on the severity of your whiplash injury. The most common chiropractic technique is spinal manipulation. Some spinal manipulation techniques commonly used are: Flexion-distraction technique: This hands-on technique is a gentle, non-thrusting type of spinal manipulation to help treat herniated discs with or without arm pain. Your whiplash injury may have aggravated a bulging or herniated disc. The chiropractor uses a slow pumping action on the disc instead of direct force to the spine. Instrument-assisted manipulation: This technique is another non-thrusting technique chiropractors often use. Using a specialized hand-held instrument, the chiropractor applies force without thrusting into the spine. This type of manipulation is useful for older patients who have a degenerative joint syndrome. Specific spinal manipulation: The chiropractor identifies spinal joints that are restricted or show abnormal motion (called subluxations). Using this technique, he or she will help restore motion to the joint with a gentle thrusting technique. This gentle thrusting stretches soft tissue and stimulates the nervous system to restore normal motion to the spine. Chiropractors look at the whole person—not just the painful problem. They view neck pain as unique to each patient, so they don’t just focus on your neck pain. They emphasize prevention as the key to good long-term health. In addition to these treatments, your chiropractor may also prescribe therapeutic exercises to help restore normal motion in your spine and reduce whiplash symptoms. Using these chiropractic techniques, a chiropractor will help you increase your daily activities. He or she will work hard to address any mechanical (how the spine moves) or neurological (nerve-related) causes of your whiplash.

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday June 3, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

WELLNESS: GARGLING SALT WATER IS A SERIOUSLY UNDER-RATED HACK FOR FIGHTING INFLAMMATION You wake up in the morning with a telltale tickle in your throat. Ruh roh. Is it the first symptom of a cold, the flu, or—gulp—strep throat? Before you rush to the doctor’s office or reach for strong pharmaceutical medicines, consider trying a more immediate cure for the pain and irritation of a sore throat—gargling salt water. Salt water gargles are an easy and natural home remedy for a host of common ailments that may be the root cause of your pain. It could possibly soothe the inflammation in your throat in a matter of hours. What have you got to lose? Benefits of gargling salt water Soothe inflammation and prevent infection from returning, Cut down on harmful bacteria in the mouth, Reduce respiratory infections, Clear your nasal passageways. A quarter to a half teaspoon per cup of water will do the trick. If you want to improve the taste, you could add honey, lemon, peppermint, or garlic. Take a large sip of the salt water, tilt your head back, and gargle for 30 seconds, then swish the water around your teeth and gums before spitting it out.

IN THE NEWS: 250 Scientists Highlight Concerns With Earbuds Wireless headphones, like Apple’s popular AirPods, could be dangerous to human health, according to a petition signed by 250 scientists. The scientists state: “Based upon peer-reviewed, published research, we have serious concerns regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to EMF generated by electric and wireless devices.These include — but are not limited to — radiofrequency radiation (RFR) emitting devices, such as cellular and cordless phones and their base stations, Wi-Fi, broadcast antennas, smart meters and baby monitors as well as electric devices and infrastructures used in the delivery of electricity that generate extremely low frequency electromagnetic field (ELF EMF).”The petition to the United Nations (U.N.), led by the International Electromagnetic Field Alliance takes aim at nonionizing electromagnetic fields (EMFs), which are used by AirPods and other Bluetooth devices, as well as cellphones and Wi-Fi, which emit radiofrequency radiation. The devices, which include not only AirPods, but also other wireless Bluetooth headphones, communicate with one another by sending a magnetic field through your brain. One scientist who signed the petition believes the use of earbuds is akin to a giant experiment and could increase your risk of neurological disorders. ANTI-RADIATION TECHNOLOGY: Blue tube headset uses hollow, air-filled tubes to convey sound from the chest to the ear, preventing radiation from your phone from traveling up the air-filled tubes to your head. KEEP DISTANCE BETWEEN MOBILE & EAR: With the Blue Tube Headset, you effectively move your cell phone away from your head, reducing your exposure to radiation. Whether using it occasionally or regularly, you can feel comfortable that direct exposure to radiation is significantly reduced. If you have concerns, it would be prudent to reduce radiation exposure.

Charlie, a Quarter Horse, relaxes as Kyla Awes adjusts her spine. “You do need more force on an adult horse than, say, a human,” says Awes. “But how you get that is with the speed of your movement — because force is equal to mass times acceleration. That means that the adjustments are very quick, and I’m effective without having to be aggressive. This makes the adjustments more gentle for the horse.”

CHIROPRACTIC: Why Get Chiropractic Adjustments? Many things can lead to a vertebral subluxation. Some of the more common causes include A vertebra going out of place (“misalignment”) because of a slip or fall (i.e., “macrotrauma”), The entire spine misaligning globally due to poor posture. Joint swelling caused by damage done to the intervertebral joint. An inflammatory response caused by a poor diet, lack of pure water or psychological stress. Osteoporosis or degenerative changes of the spine or intervertebral discs. Trigger points and tight back muscles that pull the vertebrae out of place. Importance of Having Good Posture: The problem we see in Western cultures is that our unnatural habit of sitting down all day does a lot of damage to our spine and posture. Today it’s common to spend hours sitting while being glued to a cell phone, iPad or laptop. Few people take the time each day to properly stretch, fix their posture or engage in enough physical activity. The “hunched over” lifestyle that is all too popular today causes straining on the neck, due to a condition called “forward head posture.” Studies prove that for every inch your head sticks out from its true center of gravity, your neck bears an extra 10 pounds of stress! During posture evaluations, chiropractors regularly observe many of their patients carrying their head two to three inches forward, which is an extra 20–30 pounds of pressure on their neck. Just think about how dangerous this can be for the health of someone’s spine, and how this straining then spills over to many other parts of the body.

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday May 27, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: How Coca-Cola Controls and Manipulates Research Documents obtained via Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests reveal Coca-Cola’s research agreements with certain universities give the company questionable rights over the research process, while other FOIA documents show Coca-Cola has an unreasonable amount of influence over the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The research contracts also give Coca-Cola control over study data, disclosure of results and acknowledgment of Coca-Cola funding, meaning the company could prevent the researchers from disclosing that their funding came from Coke, as well as the power to terminate studies early, without having to give a reason. Earlier this year, another batch of emails obtained via FOIA requests revealed Coca-Cola lobbied the CDC to advance corporate objectives over health. A (now former) CDC official provided aid and guidance to Coca-Cola in efforts to influence World Health Organization officials into relaxing its sugar limits. A recent Coke-funded study concluded that children with the highest odds of obesity got the least amount of physical activity on both weekdays and weekends. Children with the lowest odds of obesity were the most active throughout the whole week. NOTE: this is one of the reasons that there is so much junk science affecting society. It’s difficult to know when “new research” has been shown that this or that is true if the research in fact is valid. Buyer beware.

WELLNESS: Harmful Effects of Fluoride Continue to Mount Research linking fluoridation with harmful long-term side effects continues to mount, with more undeniable evidence of fluoride’s neurotoxicity published as FAN’s historic trial with the EPA draws closer. A number of significant studies — two of which were funded by the U.S. government (the National Institutes of Health, or NIH) — have been published in the last eight months linking fluoride exposure to lowered IQ, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and thyroid problems, and showing that pregnant women and infants in “optimally” fluoridated communities are exposed to significantly more fluoride than those in non-fluoridated communities. In February 2019, a string of news stories — triggered by a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report1 admitting that at least 40% of children are overexposed to fluoride — focused on kids swallowing too much toothpaste and neglected the significant exposure from fluoridated tap water. Fluoridation overfeed in Sandy, Utah, sickens hundreds of residents and is only one of over 50 reported fluoridation-related accidents since 2000. Campaign momentum is building as FAN launches an effort to warn women to avoid fluoride exposure during pregnancy and releases additional educational materials to the public. NOTE:  this is one of the reasons we recommend filtered water and fluoride free toothpaste. Health food stores will carry fluoride free toothpaste also look for natural antibiotic ingredients like xylitol and grapefruit seed extract.

CHIROPRACTIC. Can Chiropractic Care Reduce Stress? Chiropractic care deals with your spine, which is the root of the nervous system. One of the many effects of stress is the tension and contraction it can cause on muscles. This further leads to uneven pressure on the skeleton. With the whole skeletal system stressed out, it’s no surprise that the body and mind feel the effects too. There are ways in which chiropractic care eliminates this stress and ultimately relieves the body of the negative effects. Reduces Muscle Tension The strain caused on the muscles due to stress eventually takes its toll on the skeletal system. It can affect your daily life, as you start to encounter problems when sitting or walking. Keep ignoring the strain for some time and you’ll end up losing sleep and experiencing pain all over the body. And that’s where chiropractic care comes in. By aligning and adjusting the body, the tension in muscles is released. The muscle tension can also be relieved by improved circulation. By improving circulation, the treatment effectively and surely releases the tension in the muscles. Once the strain is gone, the nervous system can relax again and go back to functioning the way it did before. Remember the fight or flight response that stress can induce? Improved circulation ensures that this response shuts down and your body calms down. Stay regular with chiropractic care.

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

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday May 20, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Learn More About Lutein’s Health Benefits Roughly 15 to 47 percent of the total carotenoid content in dark green leafy vegetables is composed of lutein. Your body needs antioxidants from foods and high-quality supplements to retain overall health and protect against infections and diseases. There are different types of antioxidants, each with its own functions and benefits. One is lutein, a carotenoid antioxidant, whose name is derived from the Latin word “luteus,” meaning “yellow.” Lutein is most known for improving your vision and assisting in fighting age-related eye diseases like cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Green leafy vegetables are abundant in this antioxidant, with lutein comprising 15 to 47 percent of their total carotenoid content. However, you can also find lutein in orange-, yellow- and red-colored fruits and vegetables. Examples of lutein-rich foods to include in your meals are Spinach, Kale, Turnip greens, Swiss chard, Mustard greens, and Watercress. Research has also linked lutein to benefits for your heart, brain, and lungs. Helps improve cognitive function in young adults •Helps improve brain structure — An Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology study confirmed that lutein and zeaxanthin assisted in maintaining the integrity of your brain’s white matter. •May increase youthful neural responses — This Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience article showed that a healthy diet loaded with lutein-rich foods helped promote better neural responses.•May protect human retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells — According to this study published in Antioxidants, lutein and lycopene helped enhance eye health by reducing the risk for oxidative stress-caused RPE cell loss and inhibiting the cell growth in undifferentiated RPE cells.•Promote autophagy — This article in The American Journal of Chinese Medicine suggested that lutein may induce autophagy and help shield your body against certain stresses.•Optimized bone health — A study published in Foods highlighted that enhanced levels of macular pigment optical density (MPOD) have a role in promoting better bone health. Carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin greatly aid in improving eye health, especially your MPOD, and may induce bone-beneficial abilities.

WELLNESS: Pleasant Smells Can Curb the Urge to Smoke Your sense of smell plays a role in modulating behavior and interpersonal relationships; smokers report a reduction in cravings after smelling pleasant odors. Smells also called olfactory clues, play a significant role in your memories and in your sense of taste. Loss of smell may be one of the initial symptoms of a degenerative neurological disease. Your sense of smell has an impact on your psychological health and how well others are treated, potentially since odors affect the amygdala involved in emotion and the hippocampal system involved in long-term memory. Smoking damages your lungs, cardiovascular system, and cognition; however, while vaping is perceived to be safe, it carries additional long-term dangers affecting the same systems and, if used, should be for a short time to quit smoking. Additional strategies to help you quit smoking are getting healthy first to support your efforts, eating a nutritionally balanced diet, exercising and finding a healthy emotional outlet. NOTE: Ask at the front desk for our stop smoking handout.

CHIROPRACTIC: Did you know a nerve in the spinal cord will communicate up to five different nerves that send information out to your body. Just the pressure of a dime on the back of your hand can decrease the nerves of your spinal cord the ability to communicate by 40%, that’s why misalignments can cause such a problem. There are two basic types of nerves, ones that send information out to the organ, gland or the muscle and one that brings information back from the body to the central nervous system for processing. Outgoing nerves do not perceive any pain only sensory nerves can communicate pain. If you carry pressure on a nerve long enough the organ, gland, or muscle will start to malfunction. Your body knows exactly what to do to maintain your health it just needs to communicate with every part of your body and it needs the building blocks to make healthy tissue cells, enzymes, antibodies, and hormones. Every “drug” that you needs your body can make and it rarely causes side effects. Even your brain and spinal cord need nerve supply and so one level will enervate another level. When your structure is out of balance it put stress on your nervous system as a whole. As we bring your structure back into balance your body will begin to function a lot better and most patients can feel that with better energy, feeling more relaxed and sleeping better. You have a doctor inside, in chiropractic we call that innate intelligence and your body’s intelligence can keep you well so take care of your body.

FUNNY BONE. Strange news: South African man was arrested for eating free at Kentucky fried chicken for one year. He told store he was sent by the head office to check quality control.@@ “People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.”– A. A. Milne@@ “If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?”– Abraham Lincoln@@ “The only mystery in life is why the kamikaze pilots wore helmets.”– Al McGuire@@ “Men marry women with the hope they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change. Invariably they are both disappointed.”– Albert Einstein@@ “The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”– Albert Einstein@@ “It would be nice to spend billions on schools and roads, but right now that money is desperately needed for political ads.”– Andy Borowitz@@ “At every party there are two kinds of people – those who want to go home and those who don’t. The trouble is, they are usually married to each other.”– Ann Landers@@

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday May 13, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

IN THE NEWS: Scientists Discover Why Sleeping Less Than 7 Hours Is Linked to Heart Disease The link between sleep and health has never been stronger, but for all the data that chides us for not getting enough rest each night, there are still lingering questions. For instance, how is it possible that sleep can be linked to seemingly unrelated health effects, including cardiovascular disease and anxiety? Well, at least when it comes to heart disease, a new paper in Experimental Physiologyprovides some concrete answers. Lack of sleep can affect mood and academic performance, but it has also been linked to heart conditions in population-based studies. The CDC has published materials suggesting that sleeping for less than seven hours is linked to type 2 diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure, all of which increase the risk of heart disease. Working with Jamie Hijmans, a doctoral candidate and fellow in DeSouza’s lab, the team showed that sleeping for less than seven hours a night can reduce specific fragments of non-coding RNA molecules found in blood called microRNAs. Participants reported how many hours they slept per night, and the researchers divided them into two even groups: those who reported sleeping for seven hours or more, and those who slept for less than seven hours. That seven-hour mark isn’t a hard and fast benchmark for a healthy amount of sleep. Usually the range is somewhere from seven to nine hours of sleep — though seven seems to consistently be on the low end of the healthy range and is used in the CDC’s guidance materials. However, there are subgroups, like teens, which may require far more sleep to function normally. As far as microRNAs go, seven seems to work as a benchmark, adds Hijmans. NOTE: past studies have shown that sleep is also essential for the brain to detoxify which helps prevents dementia. If you have problems with sleep we can help.

WELLNESS: Nutrients that help keep you well. The fundamental problem with most of our chronic diseases is inflammation. To regulate inflammation you should eat foods that are anti-inflammatory you should eat more vegetables. People who eat fish outlive people who don’t. Fish like tuna and salmon contain anti-inflammatory oils and should be eaten 2 to 3 times a week. Antioxidants that you find in foods like grapes, pomegranate, and blueberries can reduce free radicals within the bloodstream that can cause cellular damage. Antioxidants can reduce heart disease, cancer, arthritis and other chronic diseases. Nutrients like vitamin A and D and vitamin C helps stimulate a strong immune system and can help prevent as well as treat certain infections. Shingles can be a painful condition which comes from the virus that causes chickenpox. Even after a case of chickenpox is resolved this virus, in some cases, can remain dormant within certain nerves of the body only to show up as shingles later in life. L-lysine is an amino acid that helps the body control this virus. Taking l-lysine or immune formulas that contain l-lysine can be very effective in preventing as well as treating shingles. Nitric oxide formulas that center around the amino acid L-arginine can help raise the amount of oxygen and blood flow throughout the body, conditions like ED or cardiovascular problems respond well to these formulas. Type II diabetes is a growing problem in the US basically due to the amount of refined carbohydrates that the average American gets which produces too much insulin that eventually the cells get immune to and thus blood sugar is not controlled. A good B complex with minerals like chromium or vanadium and small amounts of cinnamon in the diet can rehabilitate the cells ability to recognize insulin and thus lower blood sugar naturally. All these nutrients work better with the proper diet so following your body type diet is crucial as a foundation to better health.

CONDITION OF THE WEEK: Sleep and sleep positions  For the best quality of sleep you need to support your neck and back in a way that relaxes the muscles along with spine. The proper sleep position will not only enhance the quality of sleep but will help prevent you from waking up with aches and pains. If you’re someone who tosses and turns a lot at night you might benefit from a supplement called niacin. A time-released niacin tablet can keep your blood flowing in a way to make your muscles more relaxed and less likely to develop pressure points that require you to turn over. Stomach sleeping is the worst position that you can sleep in because you have to turn your neck all night to breathe and it stresses your low back. Side sleeping with the appropriate pillow thickness under your head to keep your neck and spine and align in keeping something you between your knees or for your bent knee a rest on it is important. For back sleeping support your neck not your head and consider a pillow under your knees.

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

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday May 6, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Could Lactose Explain the Milk and Parkinson’s Disease Link? Parkinson’s is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s. Each year in the United States, approximately 60,000 new cases are diagnosed, bringing the total number of current cases up to about a million, with tens of thousands of people dying from the disease every year. The dietary component most often implicated is milk and contamination of milk by neurotoxins has been considered the “only possible explanation. The risk increased by 17 percent for every small glass of milk a day and 13 percent for every daily half slice of cheese. Again, the standard explanation is that the risk is from all the pesticides and other neurotoxins in dairy, but that doesn’t explain why there’s more risk attached to some dairy products than others. Pesticide residues are found in all dairy products, so why should milk be associated with Parkinson’s more than cheese is? The relationship between dairy and Huntington’s disease appears similar. Huntington’s is a horrible degenerative brain disease that runs in families and whose early onset may be doubled by dairy consumption, but again, this may be more milk consumption than cheese consumption, which brings us back to the clue in the more-milk-more-mortality study. Anytime we hear disease risks associated with more milk than cheese—more oxidative stress and inflammation—we should think galactose, the milk sugar rather than the milk fat, protein, or pesticides. That’s why we think milk drinkers specifically appeared to have a higher risk of bone fractures and death, which may explain the neurodegeneration findings, too. Not only do rare individuals with an inability to detoxify the galactose found in milk suffer damage to their bones, but they also exhibit damage to their brains.

WELLNESS: Catnip: An Herb That You and Your Cat Would Love Popular among cat lovers because of its effects on felines, catnip also offers numerous health benefits for humans, providing relaxing effects and alleviating digestive ailments because of its active compounds. Catnip may be used to relieve problems in your feline companions, including flatulence, skin conditions and anxiety. The effects of catnip largely depend on how cats are exposed to this herb. Catnip has a hyperactive effect on cats when sniffed or inhaled, but has a sedative effect when eaten. The catnip plant has numerous benefits for both felines and people. In humans, it may: Help with digestive discomfort — Catnip may be used to ease tension in the smooth muscles of the stomach. This helps stop the spasms that usually cause stomachaches and any digestive pain. Promote relaxation — German scientists note that nepetalactone isomers found in catnip function similarly to the sedative components of valerian root. This may help alleviate anxiety symptoms and promote better sleep quality. Helps fight off infections — A 2012 study showed that catnip has antimicrobial properties that may be effective against foodborne pathogens, including Shigella and Salmonella. It works through its bactericidal and bacteriostatic activities. Function as a menstrual aid — For years, catnip has been used to promote better menstrual flow, helping lessen abdominal cramps and other discomforts that usually accompany the menstrual cycle.

CHIROPRACTIC:  Chiropractic and Natural Healthcare offer a road to much better health. Health problems usually develop slowly over a long period of time. Sometimes early symptoms are just not there or they are so minor the individual just ignores them. Once the symptoms become entrenched and it has become obvious that you’re not in good health, what is the way out? Do you think drugs can make healthy tissue cells? Your body uses what you eat to make new cells, manufacturer hormones, and antibodies and produce literally everything else you need in order to be in health. But what if you ate a perfect diet and your digestive system could not break it down and utilize it properly? Do you see the problem here? That’s why at Keefe Clinic we have an overall approach to reestablishing health. Diet, exercise, positive mental and spiritual attitude, proper rest and last a pressure-free nervous system. Each of those is responsible for both improving fundamental function and supplying the elements essential for health and stimulating the body to improve circulation and tone and give the body time to repair and de-stress. Drugs suppress symptoms and symptom suppression is not the same as health. Chiropractic and natural healthcare promote normal function and thus promotes better health, much better health. Through our unique testing system, we can unravel the components of your ill health and help reestablish normal chemistry and normal function. Chiropractic first, drug second and surgery last.

FUNNY BONE:  The hot dog vendor gives the Buddhist a hotdog and the Buddhist gives him a $20. Buddhist – Hey, where’s my change? Vendor – Change must come from within.@@ What do you call cheese that isn’t yours? Nacho Cheese.  @@ Do you ever notice that when you’re driving, anyone going slower than you is an idiot and everyone driving faster than you is a maniac?@@ What do you call a boomerang that doesn’t work? A stick@@ A guy asks his waiter how they prepare their chicken. The waiter says “Nothin’ special… we just flat out tell’ em they’re gonna die.”@@ If a parsley farmer is sued, can they garnish his wages?@@ How does a spoiled rich girl change a lightbulb? She says, “Daddy, I want a new apartment.”@@ A politician is one who shakes your hand before elections and your confidence after.@@ “Waiter! This coffee tastes like mud.” “Yes sir,” came the reply, “it’s fresh ground.@@ What is the definition of an engineer? Someone who solves a problem you didn’t know you had, in a way you don’t understand.@@ What would you call it when an Italian has one arm shorter than the other? A speech impediment. @@What do you call a musician without a girlfriend? Homeless.

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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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday March 25, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Immune cells in the gut may explain why some people can’t lose weight  Immune cells in the gut may determine whether our metabolisms run hot or cold, a new study suggests. Experiments done in specially engineered mice found that certain immune cells in the small intestine tended to slow down metabolism and send ingested food to be stored as fat rather than converting it to energy, according to the study published Wednesday in Nature. Mice engineered to lack these immune cells could consume diets high in fat, sugar and salt without developing conditions such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, researchers reported. The hope, experts say, is that these findings will suggest ways to tweak something in the guts of people genetically programmed to have “thrifty” or slow metabolisms. “When you eat a meal, your body needs to decide what to do with the energy in the meal,” said study coauthor Filip Swirski. “The immune cells calibrate that decision and essentially they put the brakes on a high metabolism.” Swirski and his colleagues started out by focusing on a protein, called integrin beta7, that directs immune cells to the gut. Mice without the gene for the protein ate a lot more than those with it, but didn’t gain weight, despite being no more active than the normal mice. The mice without beta7 stayed trim and did not develop glucose intolerance, which leads to higher than normal levels of blood sugar and high blood pressure. NOTE: cultured foods and supplementing those with fermented foods help maintain healthy levels of friendly bacteria. We can test you on probiotic formulas to find the best one for your system.

WELLNESS: Fatty Liver Disease Is Triggered by Choline Deficiency Choline, found in ample amounts in egg yolks, is an essential nutrient for brain, nervous system, cardiovascular and liver function, and is essential for prevention of fatty liver disease, including nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). An estimated 90 percent of the U.S. population are deficient in choline, a nutrient required to move fat out of your liver. NAFLD is the most common form of liver disease in the U.S., with an estimated prevalence of 30 to 40 percent among the adult population. Choline deficiency appears to be a far more significant trigger of NAFLD than excess fructose, and the rise in NAFLD may be largely the result of the widespread avoidance of liver and egg yolks. In the absence of sufficient choline, even healthy saturated fats can contribute to fatty liver. Choline minimizes liver fat no matter what the source, and the more dietary fat you consume — even if the fat itself is healthy — the higher your requirement for choline. This nutrient, which you need to get from your diet, is required for: Healthy fetal development, The synthesis of phospholipids, Nervous system health, Cell messaging, Fat transport and metabolism, DNA synthesis, Methylation reactions, Healthy mitochondrial function.

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CHIROPRACTIC: Chiropractic and Vega testing a dynamic duo chiropractic’s main focus is to restore the communication channels between the central nervous system and the organs and parts of the body. The body knows how to maintain proper function as long as it can properly communicate and control the different organs and parts of the body. That’s why chiropractors are so concerned about the spine because those communication signals travel between the vertebra and communicate both back and forth between the central nervous system and the body. But with the communication channels intact the body requires certain nutrients for proper function. Having the nutrient without the ability of proper function or having proper function without the nutrient can lead to ill health. Vega testing allows us to scan the body for issues that can interfere with normal health like toxicity, nutritional deficiencies, hormone imbalances, and mental and emotional stress. When we combine chiropractic adjustments with the appropriate diet and nutritional support we can see dramatic recovery from all types of health challenges. Even your ability to hold your adjustments can be compromised by toxicity and nutritional imbalances. So whatever your health challenge is reestablishing property communication along with balanced chemistry will lead to much better health. It’s important not to ignore symptoms because those are the first signs of dysfunction and if dysfunction is left alone it can develop into disease. So no matter how minor you think the symptoms are it’s important that you mention those when your history is taken so we can determine a developing problem long before it becomes an issue. Laboratory workups are great and if you haven’t had lab work for a while we can send you to our lab for a thorough workup. But not everything can be determined by lab work that’s where Vega testing shines. Combining Vega testing with laboratory studies is a more powerful evaluation. Remember the laws of health: proper sleep, exercise matched with your body type, rest and relaxation, proper diet matched with your body type and a healthy nervous system which only chiropractic physicians have the training to detect and correct subluxations which interfere with the communication essential for proper function and health. Who do you know who could benefit from chiropractic and Vega testing? Tell a friend today.

FUNNY BONE:  I teach kindergarten and when I was urging a student to get down to work, he looked up and me and said, “You do know that I didn’t sign up for this. My dad did it.”@@ I was teaching in a rural school district in a town of about 1200 people. It was 3rd grade. We were discussing Native American Indians. The kids were really into the discussion, when one little girl named Alysha raised her hand and said, “I know a whole lot about Native American Indians!” I said, “Oh you do? She said, “Yes, the reason I know so much about them is because my daddy is FULL BLOODED REDNECK!”@@ “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.”@@ “If you’ve heard this story before, don’t stop me, because I’d like to hear it again.” Groucho Marx@@ A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out. The Genie says, “I’ll give each of you just one wish” “Me first! Me first!” says the administration clerk. “I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.” Poof! She’s gone. “Me next! Me next!” says the sales rep. “I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life.” Poof! He’s gone. “OK, you’re up,” the Genie says to the manager. The manager says, “I want those two back in the office after lunch.” Moral of the story: Always let your boss have the first say.

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday March 18, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

DIET: Alarming levels of heavy metals found in nearly HALF of all fruit juices tested For many, cadmium, arsenic and lead might bring to mind the contents of test tubes brandished by mad scientists and comic-book villains – not the contents of a child’s sippy cup.  However, researchers at Consumer Reports say they recently detected potentially harmful quantities of these toxic heavy metals in a variety of popular fruit juices. Appallingly, almost half of the juices tested contained enough of the heavy metals to potentially harm children – even when given in amounts as low as 4 ounces a day! Despite growing public awareness of its high sugar content, fruit juice remains a popular beverage for children and adults.  In one study, a whopping 80 percent of parents of children three years and younger acknowledged giving children fruit juice at least “sometimes” – and three quarters of the children who drank fruit juice did so at least once a day. The varieties included apple, pear, grape and “fruit blends.”  24 national, store and private-label brands were evaluated, among them Apple and Eve, Capri Sun, Dollar General, Juicy Juice, Mott’s, Whole Foods, Minute Maid, Ocean Spray, Rite Aid, Trader Joe’s and Welch’s. Health tip: eating sulfur-rich garlic and onions, along with cruciferous vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli and kale helps to replenish glutathione, the body’s premier antioxidant and neutralizer of toxins.

IN THE NEWS: New reports link zinc deficiency to high blood pressure  If your zinc levels are lower than normal, new reports show you’re at risk for high blood pressure. A recent study published in the American Journal of Physiology – Renal Physiology found that too little zinc could cause your kidneys to reabsorb salt, causing high blood pressure. And, here’s an important point: low levels of zinc are common across many chronic diseases.  And, it’s already been known to make high blood pressure reading worse.  However, it wasn’t until this study that we knew that zinc deficiency on its own can have a a (negative) impact on your blood pressure reading. It’s estimated that 15-20% of the world’s population isn’t getting enough zinc in their diet. That’s right, a zinc deficiency is a worldwide problem – especially in infants, pregnant women, lactating women and older adults.  You may also be at risk if you’re a vegan, vegetarian, alcoholic, on diuretics, have stomach disorders or you’re an endurance athlete. Zinc improves eye health and can help to  enhance your immune system, aid in nutrient absorption and promote heart health. Foods high in zinc include: Seeds-Lamb-Grass-fed beef-Cocoa powder-Legumes-Shellfish-Dairy products-Nuts-Whole grains-Eggs

CHIROPRACTIC: The Study: X-ray vision: the accuracy and repeatability of a technology that allows clinicians to see spinal X-rays superimposed on a person’s back.   Facts: a. The authors noted that we have always looked at the x-rays and the patient separately. b. The method being discussed projects x-rays of the spine onto the patient’s back.  c. The image is aligned on the spine using anatomical landmarks. d. “vertebral levels were identified and validated against spinous process locations obtained by ultrasound.” e. They repeated the process in 1-5 days. f. “The technology employed in this project is an optical see-through head-mounted-device (OST-HMD) that provides the user with a mixed/augmented view of reality.” g. The device utilizes a battery powered goggle system. h. “With this data, virtual objects can then be superimposed into the scene and therefore appear to co-exist with real objects while remaining in place regardless of the user’s movements or direction of gaze.” i. The device already has some medical applications and has also been used to superimpose CT images on a phantom. j. In the present study, the authors used the technology “to superimpose a virtual object (a person’s own lumbar anteroposterior X-ray) onto the surface of their back.” k. “Should the accuracy and repeatability of this system be acceptable, the use of OST-HMDs would be valuable for many clinicians (anesthesiologists, orthopods, chiropractors, physical therapists, etc.) toward visualizing X-rays on their own patients while freeing their hands for procedures such as surgery, injections, and palpation.”  l. The authors felt there were some ways accuracy could be improved, including compensating for the projection errors that occur with radiography. m. “The projection system created on-target projections with respect to individual vertebral levels 73% of the time…” n. The authors felt this technology “has potential to place radiological evaluation within the patient context.”

FUNNY BONE: Let minnow what you think.@@You have cat to be kitten me right now.@@If you understand English, press 1. If you do not understand English, press 2. Recording on an Australian tax help line@@I was at the customer-service desk, returning a pair of jeans that was too tight. “Was anything wrong with them?” the clerk asked. “Yes,” I said. “They hurt my feelings.”@@Never trust math teachers who use graph paper. They’re always plotting something.@@I had my credit card stolen the other day but I didn’t bother to report it because the thief spends less than my wife.@@That awkward moment when you leave a store without buying anything and all you can think is “act natural, you’re innocent”.@@Wife: “Our new neighbor always kisses his wife when he leaves for work. Why don’t you do that?” Husband: “How can I? I don’t even know her.”@@The attorney tells the accused, “I have some good news and some bad news.” “What’s the bad news?” asks the accused. “The bad news is, your blood is all over the crime scene, and the DNA tests prove you did it.” “What’s the good news?” “Your cholesterol is 130.”@@Q: How do you stay warm in an empty room? A: Go stand in the corner—it’s always 90 degrees.@@Did you hear about the statistician who drowned crossing a river? It was three feet deep, on average.

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday March 11, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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IN THE NEWS: PUBLIC MISLED: Sealed testimony reveals makers of OxyContin concealed strength of drug from doctors and consumers Use of the term “epidemic” to describe the current state of opioid drugs (like, OxyContin) in this country is not fear-mongering – it’s tragically accurate. According to estimates from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 130 people die of an opioid overdose every day in America.  And, for the first time in recorded history, Americans are now more likely to die in an opioid overdose than a car crash! This grim picture doesn’t only involve illicit street drugs.  Between 1999 and 2017, nearly 218,000 people died of an overdose of prescription opioids, including oxycodone, better known by its brand name OxyContin. These drugs – which doctors prescribed by the millions over the past three decades – come with a high risk of dependency and abuse. It’s a troubling realization … made much worse in light of newly released information showing that the powerful people behind these drugs lied about how dangerous and addictive opioids truly are. What kind of marketing are we talking about? Improper at best – unlawful at worst. Court filings submitted ahead of the Kentucky Supreme Court (and more recently in a suit filed by the Massachusetts attorney general) allege the following: Back in the 1990s when the drug first came out, the Purdue Pharma marketing team purposefully deceived doctors about their new drug, allowing physicians to believe that OxyContin was not as strong as morphine (in reality, it’s STRONGER). Why the sleight of hand? Simple: it boosted sales. The company directed its most aggressive marketing to doctors identified as frequent opioid prescribers – many of whom who ended up losing their licenses over their egregious, kick-back fueled over-prescribing. Sales representatives were allegedly trained to say that the drugs they were pushing couldn’t be abused and had a low risk of addiction (a claim with absolutely no scientific evidence to support it). NOTE: How can you trust your doctor’s advice when who he trusts for advice lies? There are simply no safe drugs so seek solutions for your health problems not just cover up. Natural healthcare and chiropractic can help with most issues of pain.

WELLNESS: Discover the silent killer that is putting you at greater risk for heart attack and stroke-Heart disease, the top cause of death in the United States, claims about 610,000 lives (every year) – while a stroke can kill an additional 140,000.  Solid research shows that a common (but insidious) condition can increase the risk of both a heart attack and stroke – often without any clear symptoms. The fact is: nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is increasingly recognized by researchers as a “silent” threat to cardiovascular health. NAFLD, which currently affects close to 30 million Americans, is the most common liver disorder in the United States.  While many cases of NAFLD are mild, the danger is that untreated NAFLD can progress to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, (or NASH) – a much more serious condition with potentially life-threatening consequences. Symptoms of fatty liver disease can include fatigue, dark-colored urine, weight loss, excessive sweating, pale-colored or black (and dark red)-looking stools, lack of appetite, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes) and abdominal pain – especially in the upper right side of the stomach. Up to 20 percent of people with fatty liver will progress to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis – an inflammatory response to the excess fat in the liver. If untreated, NASH can lead to liver cancer, liver cirrhosis (scarring), liver failure – and even death. The good news: unlike other body organs, the liver has the ability to regenerate and repair itself. With simple – but wide-ranging – lifestyle changes, NAFLD can be prevented, treated and even reversed. Begin by eliminating or sharply reducing your consumption of alcohol, refined sugar, fatty foods, processed foods and junk food. Following an organic (non-GMO!) diet can help reduce the toxin burden on a fatty liver. Dr. Hyman also advises consuming healthy amounts of high-quality protein in the form of chicken, eggs, nuts, seeds and fish. Cruciferous vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, cabbage and broccoli sprouts can help to promote the production of glutathione (the body’s most important disease-fighting antioxidant, and a mainstay of liver health). Routine, consistent exercise can improve metabolism of fats and improve liver health.  Generally speaking, it’s advised to get between 75 and 150 minutes a week of aerobic exercise – such as brisk walking, jogging and swimming – interspersed with weight training.

CHIROPRACTIC:  Spinal cord “smarter” than previously thought– We often think of our brains as being at the center of complex motor function and control, but how “smart” is your spinal cord? It is well known that the circuits in this part of our nervous system, which travel down the length of our spine, control seemingly simple things like the pain reflex in humans, and some motor control functions in animals. Now, new research from Western University has shown that the spinal cord is also able to process and control more complex functions, like the positioning of your hand in external space. This kind of hand control requires sensory inputs from multiple joints — mainly the elbow and the wrist — and these inputs were previously thought to be processed and converted into motor commands by the brain’s cerebral cortex. This finding adds immensely to our understanding of neuroscience and neurocircuitry, and provides new information and targets for rehabilitation science. “A fundamental understanding of the neurocircuits is critical for making any kind of progress on rehabilitation front,” said Pruszynski who is also a scientist at Western’s Robarts Research Institute and the Brain and Mind Institute. “Here we can see how this knowledge could lead to different kinds of training regimens that focus on the spinal circuitry.” NOTE: a spinal adjustment not only improves these basic functions but allows your central nervous system better control over how your body functions.

 FUNNY BONE:   REAL NEWS:US police received a surprise when they were called to check on the welfare of a cardboard cutout figure. Officers in the snowy northern state of Minnesota were told an adult male had been seen standing “motionless outside” while “wearing no coat in the cold and hugging a pillow”. The figure turned out to be a life-size cardboard cutout of local millionaire and inventor Mike Lindell, the CEO of the popular MyPillow brand.@@ Amanda Teague, 45-years-old and unbothered by the 255-year age difference, married the ghost of Jack Teague, a Haitian pirate who allegedly sailed the seven seas in the early 1700s. Ironically, Mrs. Teague works as a Captain Jack Sparrow impersonator in Ireland. The pair first met – if you can call it meeting – in 2015, when Teague was lying in bed at her home in Drogheda, Ireland. She said she felt a ghostly presence in her room and continued to do so almost every night after. Six months after first feeling the ghost’s presence, Teague said she developed feelings for him. Together, they made plans to wed.@@ I am an ER doc. I once had a 20 year old and his girlfriend come in at 2 am freaking out becuase “something had tore his throat open”. He seemed fine. No blood. Breathing fine. I had him open his mouth, saw nothing. Finally I say look, it seems ok…what do you feel or see? “I dont feel it but LOOK ITS RIGHT THERE”. WHERE??? Looking, looking. It was his uvula. Somehow this kid had gotten to the age of 20 without ever noticing his uvula. Girlfriend was also horrified….I told them it was normal. Did not believe me. So I told them I was about to blow their minds and showed him his girlfriends uvula. Minds blown, another life saved in the ER.

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday March 4, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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IN THE NEWS: SOME KIDS ARE MORE LIKELY TO GET STREP THROAT OVER AND OVER AGAIN—HERE’S WHY As repeated sufferers will know all too well, strep throat can cause a fever, painful swollen tonsils that can become red and streaked with puss, and puffed-up lymph nodes in the neck. Unlike other sore throats, it does not cause a cough. While most sore throats are caused by viruses, strep throat is caused by the A Streptococcus bacteria. As many as 600 million cases of strep throat are diagnosed each year, the authors said. Repeated attacks can cause children to miss school and use antibiotics over and over, which can make the drugs less effective. In some cases, the bouts are so severe that children have to have their tonsils removed. While such procedures have a high success rate, all surgeries carry risks, the authors said. It’s a mystery, they wrote, why some children develop immunity to strep throat and others don’t. Dr. Shane Crotty, study author and Professor at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) told Newsweek: “Recurrent tonsillitis appears to involve genetic susceptibility related to certain immune system functions, and the strep bacteria directly target the immune system cells in a way that prevents proper protective immunity in some kids.” Crotty explained to Newsweek that tonsils are an important part of the immune system, because they trap bacteria and viruses before then can infect the body. However, they can paradoxically also provide the perfect conditions for bugs like Group A Streptococcus to thrive. Note: Cayenne pepper has shown promise though it is an aggressive approach. Adding half a teaspoon (2.5ml) of cayenne pepper powder to 1 cup of hot water and gargling every 15 minutes with the spicy solution will help cure your sore throat. According to Organic Authority you can swallow a little bit of the mixture each time you gargle. This will definitely burn, but that’s the reason why it works. Cayenne pepper is also a natural antibiotic, and it can be taken with orange juice. However if you swallow it in powder form, be sure to have eaten something before so that it doesn’t damage the stomach lining; Dr Ben Kim reports.

WELLNESS: Eating Organic Significantly Reduces Health Risks. For individuals who have significant immune system disorders like autoimmune, multiple environmental allergies, should consider organic foods as a strategy to eliminate the effects of toxicity. A meta-analysis of six epidemiological studies published between 2001 and 2018 found glyphosate increases the risk of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) by 41 percent in highly exposed subjects. Of the six studies included, five showed a positive correlation. In the sixth, NHL risk was diluted due to the inclusion of people with very low exposure. Most foods (processed foods in particular) are contaminated with glyphosate, and more than 70 percent of Americans have detectable levels of glyphosate in their system. Recent research again confirms you can significantly reduce your toxic pesticide load by going organic, and results can be rapid. On average, pesticide and pesticide metabolite level for 14 compounds representing about 40 different pesticides were reduced by more than 60 percent, on average, after six days of eating an all-organic diet.

CHIROPRACTIC: Natural healthcare can help you Studies show more people are searching for natural solutions for their health. In 1993 the American Medical Association is a survey of health habits of Americans and found that more Americans visited doctors that practiced natural healthcare than doctors practicing drug therapy and surgery. There are many reasons for this shift in healthcare. Some people are concerned about the side effects that drugs have, (2000 deaths per week nearly 1 million injuries per year), some people have a sense of body ecology and don’t want to put any artificial substances within their body. Some people have discovered drugs mainly cover-up symptoms and never get to the root of your problem, and are more concerned with maximizing their health than just making some symptoms disappear. I’m sure you have seen a popular magazine or news program on TV about the benefits of different natural healthcare techniques. Chiropractic is the world’s largest natural healthcare profession and specializes in finding the root cause of health problems and helping restore patients to better health through natural methods. At Keefe clinic these are the principles that we specialize in. We promise you that we will not just cover-up your symptoms and allow the underlying condition time to get worse. Chiropractic care, homeopathic care, individualized diet, acupuncture, nutritional therapy, muscle therapy and exercise, whatever it takes to move your body from disease to health, dysfunction to realizing your genetic potentials. We will customize a program to fit your particular health needs, from low back pain and headaches to digestive problems and PMS. From ear infections in babies to arthritis or heart disease in the geriatric population, we offer the latest in natural healthcare. Tell a friend about chiropractic and natural healthcare.

FUNNY BONE:. But really, they need me: Dad’s pager beeped, summoning him to the hospital, where he is an anesthetist. As he raced toward the hospital, a patrol car sped up behind him—lights flashing, siren blaring. So Dad hung his stethoscope out the window to signal that he was on an emergency call. Within seconds came the policeman’s response: a pair of handcuffs flapping outside the police car window.@@ My friend and his rock band were playing a concert at the psychiatric hospital where he worked as a musical therapist. The audience was a little too quiet for his taste, so the guitarist decided to do something about it. He grabbed the microphone, pointed to the group and yelled, “Are you ready to get a little crazy?”@@ My doctor told me I needed to break a sweat once a day so I told him I’d start lying to my wife.@@ A couple years ago my therapist told me I had problems letting go of the past.@@ My doctor told me that jogging could add years to my life. He was right—I feel ten years older already.@@ My therapist told me that a great way to let go of your anger is to write letters to people you hate and then burn them. I did that and I feel much better but I’m wondering… do I keep the letters?@@ I have an inferiority complex but it’s not a very good one.@@The therapist asked my wife why she wanted to end our marriage. She said she hated all the constant Star Wars puns. I look at the therapist and said, “Divorce is strong with this one!”

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