VA Study Finds Chiropractic Linked to Lower Opiate Usage

VA Study Finds Chiropractic Linked to Lower Opiate Usage

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We’re all aware of the serious problem in the US with opiate addiction. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 115 Americans die from opiate overdoses each day (about 43,000 a year), and we spend about $78 billion on the total costs of opiate abuse. Opioid addiction is crippling our economy and many communities.

Many people who become addicted to opiates are first introduced to them by doctors who prescribe them for chronic pain. A recent study in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that 60% of opioid overdoses first used these drugs when given a prescription for chronic, non-cancer pain: 59% of those patients were prescribed painkillers for chronic back pain and 24% were for chronic headache.

In summary: 36% of people who died from opioid overdoses were first given a narcotic because they had back pain.

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

Chiropractic: Working with the Root Cause of Pain

Chiropractic takes a different approach to pain by working to help the body repair the root cause of the problem rather than simply masking the symptoms, like opiates do. Remember: painkillers don’t repair injuries or damaged tissue; they simply stop the brain from processing pain, leaving the underlying problem. If the problem isn’t treated and the normal function isn’t restored to the body, the pain will return.

Numerous studies have found that chiropractic care is equally (or even more) effective than medical care for a variety of pain conditions, including back pain, sciatica, headache, and scoliosis. And since chiropractors don’t prescribe drugs or perform surgery, patients who get adjustments don’t have to worry about the negative side effects that come with these treatments…including addiction.

Even the American Medical Association has acknowledged that chiropractic adjustments should be a course of treatment before surgery is considered for back pain.

The US Department of Veterans Affairs has also seen the benefits of chiropractic care in the treatment of pain and, over the last few years, dramatically increased the utilization of chiropractic for veterans.

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

Chiropractic Patients Use Fewer Opiates

Now a new study1 from the VA looked at the relationship between chiropractic care and opioid consumption in returning veterans. In this study, the researchers looked at the health records of 14,000 individuals who had received at least one chiropractic adjustment. The authors found:

  • One third of these patients were prescribed an opioid within six months of their chiropractic visit.
  • Patients were more likely to be prescribed an opiate if they had moderate to severe pain.
  • They were also more likely to receive an opiate if they had PTSD or depression.
  • The chiropractic patients, though, had a significantly lower usage of opiates after their chiropractic visits compared to non-chiropractic patients.

The authors write:

The percentage of veterans receiving opioid prescriptions was lower in each of the three 30-day time frames assessed after the index chiropractic visit than before. Our work did not attempt to assess causation or otherwise explain this observation. Veterans may have been referred to chiropractic care as part of an opioid taper plan, or those who agreed to chiropractic care may have been inherently less likely to seek opioid prescriptions. However, it is also possible that the delivery of chiropractic care may have been a substitute for opioid use in our sample, which raises interesting research, policy, and practice considerations as the VA continues to expand chiropractic services. This is particularly relevant in light of other work that has shown a negative correlation between chiropractic use and opioid use in private sector populations.”

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

This is not the first study to show that chiropractic patients are less likely to use opiates.

  • A 2016 study2 found that in areas where there are more chiropractors per capita, younger, disabled Medicare beneficiaries were less likely to obtain an opioid prescription.
  • Another 2018 study3 found that chiropractic patients had a 55% lower chance of using opioids than did medical patients.

It’s clear from our public health crisis that we need healthy, non-addictive solutions to chronic pain in the United States. Many people with pain are prescribed opiates when there are solutions that are just as effective and safer than drugs. According to the literature, it seems that chiropractic can play an important role in helping these patients.

Medical References

  1. Lisi AJ, Corcoran KL, DeRycke EC, Bastian LA, Becker WC, Edmond SN, Goertz CM, Goulet JL, Haskell SG, Higgins DM, Kawecki T, Kerns RD, Mattocks K, Ramsey C, Ruser CB, Brandt CA. Opioid Use Among Veterans of Recent Wars Receiving Veterans Affairs Chiropractic Care. Pain Med. 2018 Sep 1;19(suppl_1):S54-S60. doi: 10.1093/pm/pny114. PubMed PMID: 30203014.
  2. Weeks WB, Goertz CM. Cross-sectional analysis of per capita supply of doctors of chiropractic and opioid use in younger medicare beneficiaries. Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics 2016;39(4):263–6.
  3. Whedon JM, Toler AWJ, Goehl JM, Kazal LA. Association Between Utilization of Chiropractic Services for Treatment of Low-Back Pain and Use of Prescription Opioids. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 2018; Feb 22. doi: 10.1089/acm.2017.0131.

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Sept. 17, 2018

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IN THE NEWS: Who’s Behind the Claim That Oil Is Pure Poison? A German lecture in which Harvard professor Karen Michels proclaims coconut oil is “pure poison” has been picked up by many English-speaking media outlets.  Michels is a proponent of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) advisory against saturated fats such as coconut oil. She also has professional ties to Harvard professor Frank Sacks, who was the lead author of the AHA’s 2017 advisory on saturated fats. The AHA’s Presidential Advisory against saturated fats specifically identifies coconut oil as a harmful fat, even though coconut oil was not included in any of the studies AHA used to support its claims. The low-fat myth was born and grew to take hold in the 1960s and early ‘70s, and it is four studies from these eras that the AHA uses as the justification for their recommendation to avoid saturated fats. Coconut oil supports thyroid function, normalizes insulin and leptin sensitivity, boosts metabolism and provides excellent and readily available fuel for your body in lieu of carbohydrates. NOTE: One of my professors at school told us that we could make any ridiculous claim about diet and he would find one authority that agreed with it and one that disagreed with it. The high complex carb low-fat diet is a proven failure when used on the population as a whole. There is a subgroup of the population that do really well on this diet but the faulty research behind this diet has led to outrageous claims from this Harvard professor. It can take decades for bad science to be eliminated. Don’t be afraid of coconut oil.

WELLNESS: UK Guidelines Recommend Honey for Cough, Not Antibiotics With the goal of reducing inappropriate antibiotic use by half by 2021, the U.K. Department of Health has proposed new guidelines recommending the use of honey as the first line of treatment for coughs. Antibiotics do little to improve colds and flu or symptoms like coughs and sore throat because they are not designed to treat viral infections, which typically run their course within a week or two. The antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of honey are well-known, making honey a great alternative to prescription drugs when treating coughs. I highly recommend Manuka honey, which has a long history of use as a treatment for bacterial infections and wounds, making it a beneficial natural health remedy. Here’s a couple of recipes to try: Mix equal amount of honey and lemongrass juice then drink to reduce the coughs.@@ Mix a syrup consisting of 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons water, mix, and drink.

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

CONDITION OF THE WEEK: FALL ALLERGIES Spring and fall tend to be the worst times of the year for allergies. Some people will suffer year-round particularly if they have a mold or dust allergy. Allergies can be from a mild nuisance, mucus draining down the back of the throat, to a full-blown attack where you have sneezing, congested sinuses, runny eyes, and nose etc. many people who aren’t aware of natural healthcare just suppress their allergies with antihistamines. Most of those people don’t realize antihistamines suppress their immune system. Does that sound like a smart thing to do, suppressing your immune system? I have seen one study that associates chronic antihistamine use with cancer. Think about it for a second if you chronically use antihistamines you’re chronically suppressing your immune system that is essential in keeping you well, particularly in defending against things like cancer. At Keefe Clinic our number one remedy for allergies is our “Allergy Mix” which is a homeopathic dilution of all the antigens commonly found in Tulsa air. Not only do most people noticed immediate symptomatic relief when they start taking the mix, the mix is actually working at correcting the immune system dysfunction that leads to the allergy symptoms in the first place. Note: IN rare cases your allergy symptoms might get worse before they get better. In homeopathy, this is called “proving” indicating that the right selection of remedy. Simply reduce your dose for a period of time as your body adjusts. This is a harmless reaction and extremely rare.

FUNNY BONE: There was an old couple, married for nearly 60 years. It was rumored that they never had a single fight since their marriage. It’s difficult to find such a couple which did not fight and that is what made this fact unbelievable. A man, while traveling through the state, happened to visit their village. While at the bar, he met a local who asked him if he was married, he said, “I’m divorced. Never could find a woman I didn’t end up fighting with all the time”. Then the local man told him about the old couple that never fought. He exclaimed, “What?? That’s impossible! Everyone has fights!”. But the local swore to him it was the truth. He was determined to find out their secret and decided to pay them a visit. When he reached the old couple’s house, he was greeted by the old man and invited for tea. The old man inquired the guest about his purpose of visit. After the traveler explained why he came to see him, the man smiled and nodded. “It’s true. We never fight.” “PLEASE,” begged the traveler, “can you tell me your secret?” “Well,” said the old man, “it all started about 60 years ago, right after the wedding. We were riding our mule back to town and walking it down the street when it tripped over a stone and my wife said to him: ‘That’s one.’ “We kept riding and he tripped again on another stone, which made my wife immediately say: ‘That’s two.’ “Two minutes later, the mule trips over a stone again. My wife said: ‘That’s three.’ She pulled out a gun I never knew she had and shot the mule in the head without thinking twice! I was shocked and yelled at her: ‘What the heck do you think you’re doing? We needed that mule! Are you crazy?!’ “My wife looked me straight in the eye and said: ‘That’s one.“And we haven’t had a fight since.”

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Sept. 10, 2018

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

IN THE NEWS: HORSERADISH CONTAINS POWERFUL CANCER-FIGHTING COMPOUNDS  Horseradish is a key flavor in prepared foods such as potato salad, sandwiches and sauces. It can add zest to dips and vegetable dishes. However, research out of the University of Illinois has found eating horseradish can actually help you to inhibit cancer cell growth. How does it work?   This is due to its high content of glucosinolates, which are enzymes known to have cancer-fighting properties. Glucosinolates assist the body in detoxifying – at the cellular level – and eliminating harmful free radicals. While broccoli (which is in the same family as horseradish) is known for its glucosinolate content, horseradish has 10 times the amount.  Horseradish is pretty pungent, so (fortunately) a little goes a long way both in terms of flavor and cancer-fighting benefits. Horseradish can fight cancer so well due to its detoxification ability as well as its high absorption rate; around 90 percent of this compound is effectively absorbed after ingestion. Once in the body, glucosinolates are broken down into powerful derivatives called indoles and isothiocyanates – which help us avoid cancer cell growth.  In addition to its cancer-fighting properties, horseradish contains key nutrients like calcium, phosphorous, potassium, magnesium and vitamin C. Horseradish root is most commonly ground into a spice and prepared as a condiment. However, it has also been used medicinally for over 3,000 years. Horseradish has been used to treat asthma, colds, toothache, colic, and scurvy (because of its vitamin C content.) Horseradish poultices relieve pain through topical application, and it has even been infused into milk for use in skin care. Important to note: Horseradish offers potent antimicrobial and antibiotic properties.

WELLNESS: IQ SCORES ARE DROPPING EVERY GENERATION SINCE THE 1970’S In a bit of unwelcome news, scientists have found that humans are becoming less intelligent. In a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a pair of Norwegian researchers studied test results from over 730,000 young men and found that IQ scores were dropping – to the tune of seven points per generation. A recent British study – which demonstrated that IQ scores have fallen by 2.5 to 4.3 points every decade since the end of World War II – helps to corroborate the results of the Norwegian research. These findings are in sharp contrast to results from the first half of the twentieth century when IQ scores rose steadily. (Could the barrage of pesticides and environmental toxins introduced during the second half of the century be taking their toll on human brain function? Many natural health experts think so.) Fact: both animal and human studies have shown that fluoride impairs learning and memory. Researchers at the Berkeley School of Public Health at the University of California found that prenatal exposure to organophosphate pesticides – such as chlorpyrifos and diazinon – is associated with lower intelligence scores in seven-year-olds. Children with high lead levels can exhibit lower IQ scores and learning disabilities, along with behavioral problems such as hyperactivity, inability to maintain attention and aggression. The EPA notes that an estimated 1.7 million children are currently affected by lead toxicity in the United States alone – almost 900,000 of them under the age of six. According to a new study, the “brain drain” from exposure to mercury is hitting America in the pocketbook. According to a study conducted at Ashland University, aluminum cookware made in developing countries can contain dangerous amounts of lead and cadmium – along with unhealthy amounts of aluminum. NOTE: the need to regularly detox your system is important for your health and your brain.

CHIROPRACTIC: SUPPORT FOR YOUR 3 ARCHES AND YOU’RE BACK AT THE SAME TIME The feet are the foundation of the body. They provide the necessary stability to perform daily activities by supporting the weight of the entire body using a strong, 3-arched bond called the plantar vault. The plantar vault provides numerous benefits: Balances to the body, propels us forward, safely absorbs heel-strike shock, Adapts to walking and running stresses. Over time, one or more of your arches will weaken due to gravitational pressure. This process is completely natural, but can be expedited by injuries, a short leg, improper posture and naturally weak ligaments and tendons. Once an arch or multiple arches have weakened, the weight of the body will shift away from the weakened arch and start to apply pressure and stress to the other arches, causing pain and other symptoms throughout the body. A Foot Levelers custom orthotic is individually designed for your feet – helping achieve a balanced foundation and stabilized pelvis. Our custom orthotics are handmade for your unique feet based on a casts, and your doctor’s exam. Over-the-counter insoles may initially cost less, but they only support one arch in your foot. When only one arch is being supported, it may not maintain the structure of your plantar vault, and problems can start in other parts of your body. In fact, “over-supporting” just one arch of the foot may actually cause pain and symptoms, not relieve them. Do you experience pain daily? Individually designed Foot Levelers custom orthotics with 3-arch support, however, can. Imbalances in the feet can lead to knee rotation, pelvic tilt and shoulder drop. These imbalances in the body can be caused by pronation and supination of the foot. These instabilities can lead to conditions such as plantar fasciitis, knee pain, hip pain, back pain, and neck pain. A properly aligned body will have symmetrical feet, level knees, pelvis and shoulders. Wearing Custom Orthotics may help alleviate imbalances and conditions caused by those imbalances. A conclusive new study, “Shoe Orthotics for the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial” published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation shows that Foot Levelers custom orthotics, particularly in combination with Chiropractic care, significantly reduce Low Back Pain (LBP).

FUNNY BONE: Teacher: Who answers my next question, can go home. One boy throws his bag out the window.  Teacher: Who just threw that? Boy: Me and I’m going home now.@@ Teacher:¨Are you sleeping in my class¨? Student:¨Well now I´m not but if you could be a little quieter I could¨@@ Ms.Battle: Henry, I hope I didn’t see you copying Casey’s math test.  Henry: I hope you didn’t either.@@ A husband tells his wife, “Since it is your birthday, remember that yellow Lamborghini that you really wanted?”. The wife screams in joy and starts crying tears of joy. Then the husband says, “Well I got you a toothbrush, same color”.@@ Hi pleased to meet you. You might already know me. I’m kind of a big deal. I used to be the world’s youngest person.@@ A burglar entered my house in the middle of the night. I woke up and asked him what he was doing. He said he was looking for money so I got up and searched with him.@@ Optimist: The glass is half full. Pessimist: The glass is half empty. Mother: Why didn’t you use a coaster! !@@ A man goes to the lawyer: “What is your fee?” Lawyer says: “1000 US dollars for 3 questions.” Man: “Wow – so much! Isn’t it a bit expensive?” Lawyer: “Yes, what is your third question?”

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Sept. 3, 2018

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John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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IN THE NEWS: Which Foods Are Best for Your Heart Health?  Many vegetables contain naturally occurring nitrates, which your body transforms into nitric oxide (NO), a soluble gas continually produced from the amino acid L-arginine inside your cells. nitric oxide supports healthy endothelial function and protects your mitochondria. Acting as a potent vasodilator, NO also relaxes and widens your blood vessels, improving blood flow and reducing blood pressure. As noted in research3 presented by Dr. Michael Greger above, a diet high in nitrate is a natural strategy recommended for the treatment of prehypertension and hypertension (high blood pressure), “and to protect individuals at risk of adverse vascular events,” i.e., heart attacks. Indeed, raw beets — which are high in nitrates — have been shown to lower blood pressure by an average of four to five points within a matter of hours. Some studies have shown a glass of beet juice can lower systolic blood pressure by more than eight points — far more than most blood pressure medications. In conventional medicine, nitrates are used to treat angina and congestive heart failure, and research shows a glass of beetroot juice has the same effect as prescription nitrates. Red beets are well-known for their high nitrate content, but leafy greens contain even more nitrates per serving; arugula contains the highest amounts, followed by rhubarb.

WELLNESS: Sugar During Pregnancy Linked to Allergies Allergies are a sign your body’s immune system is working overtime; consuming sugar during pregnancy may increase your child’s risk of developing allergies and asthma. Sugar has a profound effect on the health of your growing baby and may increase your own risk of obesity, metabolic syndrome, hypertension and brain-related disorders as well. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London evaluated survey data from nearly 9,000 mother-child pairs in the ongoing Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, tracking the health of families with children born between April 1, 1991, and December 31, 1992.4 Lead author Annabelle Bedard, Ph.D., commented on what triggered the researchers to evaluate the association between sugar and allergies: “The dramatic ‘epidemic’ of asthma and allergies in the West in the last 50 years is still largely unexplained — one potential culprit is a change in diet. Intake of free sugar and high fructose corn syrup has increased substantially over this period. We know that the prenatal period may be crucial for determining risk of asthma and allergies in childhood and recent trials have confirmed that maternal diet in pregnancy is important.” Optimizing your vitamin D level during pregnancy may reduce your child’s risk for developing asthma and support your child’s immune system.

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

CHIROPRACTIC: Low back problems that are disc related Low back pain is the number one health problem in the United States, but the good news is chiropractic is the number one effective treatment based on government studies. When vertebrae, in the back, start to lose their alignment, the connective tissue and fluid pad (discs) between the vertebras come under stress. Through repetitive trauma from normal daily activities, this stress can lead to bulging and sometimes tearing of fibers within the disk. As this damage increases the gelatinous material called the nucleus pulposus can migrate to the edge of the disc and sometimes herniated through the disc. The good news is most disc problems can be adequately resolved through chiropractic adjustments, exercise, and nutritional therapy. That’s right, discs need nutrition just like every other structure in your body. With a combination of connective tissue support, enzymes to treat inflammation and swelling and chiropractic adjustments most disk problems can be resolved without surgery. There is a classic disc shift seen in patients with lumbar disc disorders. When the patient tries to stand up straight, their hips are usually shifted to one side. If you or someone you know suffers from severe low back pain, they need chiropractic care to resolve the disk problem.

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

FUNNY BONES: How does a penguin build it’s house? Igloos it together. @@Bob: “Holy schmoozes, I just fell off a 30 ft ladder.” Jim: “No way man, are you okay?” Bob: “Yeah, luckily I was just on the first step.”@@Two years ago I asked the girl of my dreams on a date, today I asked her to marry me. She said no, on both occasions.@@police say that the man who fell into a combine harvester while trying to steal itHas been bailed. @@I told a girl she looked better without her glasses on. She said I also look better without her glasses on.@@“Dad, are we pyromaniacs?” “Yes, we arson.” @@To the guy who stole my antidepressantsI hope you’re happy.@@I asked the doctor if I could administer my own anaesthetic. He said, “Go ahead. Knock yourself out.” @@I’ve been trying to organize a hide and seek tournamentBut it’s not easy.  Good players are hard to find.@@ A guy walks into library and asks for a book on sea turtles. The librarian asks, “Hard back?” The guy replies, “Yeah, little heads too.” 

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Aug. 27, 2018

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John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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IN THE NEWS: Lutein — An Important Nutrient for Eye and Brain Health Lutein is well-known for its vision-enhancing properties. It helps stave off age-related eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration, which is the No. 1 cause of blindness among the elderly. Lutein may also play an important role in brain health and may help prevent cognitive decline. Those with higher levels of lutein in middle-age had more youthful neural responses than those with lower levels. Eating plenty of dark leafy greens, rich in carotenoids like lutein, can go a long way toward maintaining healthy vision and keeping cognitively fit into old age. Lutein, which you have to get from your diet as your body cannot manufacture it, is well-known for its vision-enhancing properties. Along with zeaxanthin, it’s found in high concentrations in your macular pigment and macula lutea,1the small central part of your retina responsible for detailed central vision. Other nutrients that are important for brain health and cognition include animal-based omega-3 fats, vitamin D, and B vitamins. Good food sources for these, and lutein are included.

WELLNESS: What Are the Health Benefits of (Chokeberries)? Native to North America, Aronia berries had a long history of helping to keep Native American tribes alive for centuries due to the berries’ abundance and powerful nutritional properties.  “(The) fruits (have) relatively thick, pigmented skin in pendulous clusters. Red berries are sweeter than black varieties, while the latter is slightly bitter in taste. However, black and blue color berries are rather rich sources [of the] anthocyanin class of pigment antioxidants.”  Fiber is one of their greatest contributions to health because it helps slough old food particles from your colon as they move through, effectively serving as a cancer-protective agent. Aronia berries are rich in antioxidant polyphenols, part of the significance of antioxidants is their ability to protect your body’s cells from the damaging effects of oxidation. Clinical studies indicate that eating berries, including Aronia berries, on a regular basis helps fight neurological diseases, cancer, aging, inflammation, diabetes and bacterial infections.

CHIROPRACTIC: Chiropractic and Leg Length Because the spinal cord is housed by the spine and the exiting nerve roots communicate with the autonomic nerves that basically run our organ function, maintaining alignment of the spine and pelvis is very important to minimize nerve irritation and subsequent health-related problems. The focus of this article is on leg length, its effect on our posture, methods of assessment, and treatment. Leg length plays an important role in posture. When there is a difference in leg length, the pelvis cannot maintain a level position, and because the spine’s base is the pelvis, it cannot stay straight if there is a leg length discrepancy. Doctors of all disciplines realize the importance of leg length, especially orthopedic surgeons as they consider a hip or knee replacement! There are many causes of leg length issues, and some include a genetic predisposition (inherited) or trauma during bone growth years. From a treatment standpoint, a heel lift (with or without arch supports) can be placed into the shoe on the short leg side. At 12mm (0.5”), problems with the heel lift being pushed out of the shoe and/or sliding forwards in the shoe may prohibit the use of these thicker lifts after which point the bottom of the shoe can be built up by a shoe cobbler (some services can be found online as well).

FUNNY BONES: “I gave up jogging for health reasons. My thighs kept rubbing together and setting my pantyhose on fire.”—Judy Franconi@@A man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment. Suddenly the man realizes that the next day he would need his wife to wake him up at 5 AM for an early morning business flight. Not wanting to be the 1st to break the silence (and LOSE), he wrote on a piece of paper, “Please wake me at 5 AM. “He left it where he knew she would find it. The next morning the men woke up, only to discover it was 9 AM and he had missed his flight. Furious, he was about to go to see why his wife hadn’t wakened him when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed. The paper said, “It’s 5 AM. WAKE UP.” Men are not equipped for these kinds of contests.@@ After 3 years, a wife starts to think that their child looks different, so she decides to do a DNA test. She finds out that the child is actually from completely different parents. Wife: “Honey, I have something very serious to tell you.” Husband: “What’s wrong?” Wife: “According to DNA test results, this is not our child.” Husband: “Well don’t you remember? When we were leaving the hospital, we noticed that our baby had a wet diaper and you said, ‘Honey, go change the baby, I’ll wait for you here’.” @@A Russian scientist and a Czech scientist had spent their lives studying the grizzly bear. Each year they petitioned their respective governments to allow them to go to Yellowstone to study the bears. Finally, their request was granted and they immediately flew to New York and on west to Yellowstone Park. They reported to the ranger station and were told that it was the grizzly mating season and it was too dangerous to go out and study the animals. They pleaded that this was their only chance and finally the ranger relented. The Russian and the Czech were given portable phones and told to report in every day. For several days they called in, and then nothing was heard from the two scientists. The rangers mounted a search party and found the camp completely ravaged, with no sign of the missing men. They took followed the trail of a male and a female bear. They found the female and decided they must kill the animal to find out if she had eaten the scientists because they feared an international incident. They killed the female animal and opened the stomach to find the remains of the Russian. One ranger turned to the other and said: “You know what this means, don’t you? “The other ranger responded: “Of course…The Czech is in the male.”

Migraines With Aura vs. Migraines without

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

When you have a long-term migraine, it’s about much more than a headache. You may feel sick to your stomach and find it hard to handle light, sounds, and smells. For some folks, though, it doesn’t stop there. They also get something called an aura.

Most often, an aura causes you to see strange things, like colored spots or flashing lights. It can be pretty scary, especially the first time it happens.

Migraines without auras are much more common than any other kind. You can get them as often as several times a week or as little as once a year.

Auras show up in about 1 in 3 people with a migraine, but you’re not likely to get them every time. So it’s possible you might have both types of migraine, with auras happening here and there.

How Are They Different?

In both, you get the typical migraine symptoms, which may last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. That can include:

  • Being sensitive to light, smells, sound, and touch
  • Blurred vision
  • Pain that’s usually on one side of the head and worse when you move
  • Stomach upset and throwing up
  • Stiffness in your shoulders and neck

The difference is whether or not you get an aura. When you do, it typically sets in slowly over 5 to 20 minutes. It may last up to an hour. It often acts as a warning sign, coming on before any pain shows up. But it can happen during a migraine as well.

Visual auras. These are the most common ones. You might see bizarre shapes or effects that grow or move, such as:

  • Blind spots
  • Colored spots
  • Flashes of light
  • Sparkles and stars
  • Tunnel vision
  • Zigzags

Other auras. Less often, they can affect your other senses and even your ability to move. You might have:

  • Confusion and a hard time understanding people
  • Movements you can’t control, like sudden jerks
  • Muscle weakness
  • Music or noises in your head that aren’t really there
  • Pins and needles that start in your fingers or arm and spread to your face
  • Speech problems, as if you know what you want to say but can’t form the words

But these may also be symptoms of a stroke. If you have any of them, and your doctor has not already told you that they are a part of your migraine, call 911.

Sometimes you can get an aura without any other symptoms. That’s called a silent migraine. It’s more common in people 50 and older.

Treatment:

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

Chiropractic adjustments alone can correct most types of headaches. Migraines present certain challenges because there can be many factors. A number of factors may trigger migraines, including Hormonal changes in women. Hormonal medications, Foods, Food additives, Drinks, Stress, Sensory stimuli, Changes in the wake-sleep pattern, Physical factors, Changes in the environment, and Medications.

So knowing what factors trigger migraines can help in the solution. Besides chiropractic adjustments, you should work in getting the amount of fluid you need to help your body detox. Most adults need between 7 or 8 hours of sleep each night. Exercise can help reduce the effects of stress.

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Butterbur Extra is a supplement we would recommend. It contains key nutrients and herbs that can help correct the nutritional causes of migraines. 2 to 3 per day as part of an overall program would be an excellent way to control your migraines naturally. All pharmaceutical pain pills are dangerous, even ibuprofen and Tylenol.

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Dr. Keefe

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Aug. 20, 2018

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IN THE NEWS: Researchers Find Grave Downside to Sleeping More Than 8 Hours a Day It’s no secret that chronic sleep deprivation is taking its toll on America’s health, but a new study suggests that those who get more than ample sleep aren’t that safe either. Seemingly counterintuitive results reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association on Wednesday suggest that oversleeping might put you at higher risk for certain heart conditions. The study, conducted at Keele University, was a systematic review and meta-analysis of 74 existing studies — collectively covering three million patients — that investigated how sleep hours impacted overall health. Lead author and clinical lecturer in cardiology Chun Shing Kwok, Ph.D. and his team noted a link between consistently sleeping more than eight hours and the risk of all-cause mortality (dying of anything) and the risk of cardiovascular conditions. Those who consistently slept for ten hours had a 30 percent increase in their risk of all-cause mortality and a 49 percent increase in the risk of cardiovascular-related death, the team writes.  “Sleep is complex and related to many factors such as lifestyle, occupation, caring needs for children and relatives as well as physical illness,” he adds. “Too much sleep may be related to conditions like obstructive sleep apnea and hypothyroidism.” Instead, sleeping longer than ten hours might be indicative of other problems that might give cardiologists concern, adds Brooke Aggarwal, Ph.D., a behavioral scientist and clinical health education specialist in the Division of Cardiology at Columbia University Medical Center who was not involved in the study. “Scientists are not totally sure if sleeping too much is a risk to health itself, or if it is simply a marker of increased risk, she tells Inverse.

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WELLNESS: Surprising truth about exercise and better brain health  When it comes to the physical and mental benefits of exercise, research has focused on the effects of consistent, long-term exercise routines. But an intriguing review shows that a single episode of exercising can offer substantial and immediate brain health dividends that promote mental clarity and improve cognition. (how cool is that?!) This review also highlighted results from steady exercise (over time) – with promising implications for preventing cognitive decline and protecting against Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. A wide range of mental functions are benefited, including attention, working memory, problem solving, cognitive flexibility, verbal fluency, decision making and inhibitory control. Mental processing speed also increases. And, positive effects from a single exercise session can last for up to two hours post-workout. Also (no surprise here), researchers reported that acute exercise had the effect of enhancing mood and decreasing stress. Acute exercise triggers neurochemical changes that affect large areas of the brain, impacting emotional states and relieving symptoms associated with mood and psychological disorders – such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia and more. In one study, 30 minutes of walking and running at 60 to 70 percent of VO2 max improved mood and cognition – results that were duplicated time and again by other studies. It’s no wonder that scientists say: ‘regular exercise is as effective as antidepressant medication in treating depression.’ No matter which type of exercise you choose, there’s one undeniable fact, physical activity is a potent therapeutic tool to address depression, alleviate anxiety and avoid significant cognitive decline.

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CHIROPRACTIC: Research results: For Acute and Chronic Pain In a Randomized controlled trial, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study. The clinical outcomes measures showed that manual therapy (chiropractic care) resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, the total costs of the manual therapy-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care. Korthals-de Bos et al (2003), British Medical Journal “Patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians. Satisfaction scores were higher for chiropractic patients. A higher proportion of chiropractic patients (56 percent vs. 13 percent) reported that their low-back pain was better or much better, whereas nearly one-third of medical patients reported their low-back pain was worse or much worse.”   Nyiendo et al (2000), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics “Reduced odds of surgery were observed for…those whose first provider was a chiropractor. 42.7% of workers [with back injuries] who first saw a surgeon had surgery, in contrast to only 1.5% of those who saw a chiropractor.”  Keeney et al (2012), Spine  “Acute and chronic chiropractic patients experienced better outcomes in pain, functional disability, and patient satisfaction; clinically important differences in pain and disability improvement were found for chronic patients.”  “Cervical spine manipulation was associated with significant improvement in headache outcomes in trials involving patients with neck pain and/or neck dysfunction and headache.” McCrory, Penzlen, Hasselblad, Gray (2001), Duke Evidence Report “The results of this study show that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches. . . Four weeks after cessation of treatment . . . the patients who received spinal manipulative therapy experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in all major outcomes in contrast to the patients that received amitriptyline therapy, who reverted to baseline values.” Boline et al. (1995), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics In a study funded by NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to test the effectiveness of different approaches for treating mechanical neck pain, 272 participants were divided into three groups that received either spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) from a doctor of chiropractic (DC), pain medication (over-the-counter pain relievers, narcotics and muscle relaxants) or exercise recommendations. After 12 weeks, about 57 percent of those who met with DCs and 48 percent who exercised reported at least a 75 percent reduction in pain, compared to 33 percent of the people in the medication group. After one year, approximately 53 percent of the drug-free groups continued to report at least a 75 percent reduction in pain; compared to just 38 percent pain reduction among those who took medication. Bronfort et al. (2012), Annals of Internal Medicine

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These Are the 6 Hardest Vitamins to Get Enough of Here is How to Do It

 Step up your health game by adding these nutrient-dense foods to your diet.

Even if you go out of your way to eat a balanced diet, there may be some important vitamins and minerals that are slipping through the cracksand because not all vitamin deficiencies cause symptoms, you might not even know it.

This can happen for a couple of reasons: Either the vitamin or mineral in question is only found in a few foods (that you dont typically eat), or its a nutrient thats not easily absorbed by the body (say, because of health issues, medications, or age), says Suzanne Dixon, RD, registered dietitian with The Mesothelioma Center in Portland, Oregon.

With so many vitamins and minerals to check off in a day, it can be difficult to gauge which ones we need to work on mostbut there are several that are more difficult to get enough of compared to others, say experts. Heres how to pull it off.

1. Vitamin D

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Vitamin D is crucial for our energy, bones, and immune system, but difficult to get enough of from foods alone, says Leah Kleinschrodt, RD, registered dietitian with Nutritional Weight & Wellness in St. Paul, Minnesota. Although our best source is exposure of bare skin to direct sunlight (sans sunscreen), this strategy can be just as tricky depending on where you liveplus, who wants to put themselves at risk for skin cancer? Add to that the uptick in people making the switch to plant-based milk, not all of which are well fortified with vitamin D, says Dixon. We also dont know how well absorbed vitamin D is from these sources, she adds.

To get enough: The average adult should try and score 600IU (international units) of vitamin D per day, according to the National Institutes of Health(NIH). Some of the top food sources of vitamin D are cod liver oil (1360IU per 1 tablespoon), swordfish (566IU per 3 ounces), cooked sockeye salmon (477IU), tuna canned in water (154IU), and fortified orange juice (137IU per 1 cup, though every brand is different). Most dairy products are fortified with vitamin D, as are some mushrooms (theyll be labeled as such). If youre not into dairy, make sure your plant-based replacements are vitamin D fortifiedand of course, taking a supplement can help fill in the gaps, says Dixon.

2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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Omega-3s can help reduce inflammation and keep your heart and blood vessels healthy, says Kleinschrodt. What can make getting enough omega-3s tricky is that there are three different typesALA, EPA, and DHAand experts have only established recommended amounts for ALA, according to the NIH. Odds are, unless youre eating fatty fish and pasture-raised eggs every day, youre likely not consuming enough fatty acids to have a therapeutic effect, says Kleinschrodt.

To get enough: Experts have established that men should have 1.6g and women 1.1g doses of ALA daily. Fortunately, seeds and nuts have you covered in this department: 1 tbsp of whole flaxseeds offer 2.35g of ALA, chia seeds 2.5g, 3 tbsp of hemp seeds equals roughly 2.5g, and 7 english walnut halves clock in at about 1.3g. Even though recommendations for EPA and DHA are MIA (ha), The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two 3-ounce servings of fatty fish per week. To get the most bang for your buck, try incorporating more mackerel (2.5g of omega-3s per 3 ounces), lake trout (2g), wild salmon (1.8g), albacore tuna (1.5g), and herring (up to 2g) into your diet.

3. Magnesium

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When it comes to minerals, magnesium is a pretty big deal: Magnesium is involved in over 300 metabolic reactions in our bodyit can help reduce anxiety and blood pressure, regulate heart rhythm, and steady blood sugar, among others, says Kleinschrodt. Its predominantly found in a variety of plant-based foods, grains, nuts, and seeds, so those people whose diets are lacking in these areas can easily end up with a magnesium deficiency.

To get enough: The NIH recommends that 19- to 30-year-old men and women should strive for 400mg and 310mg of magnesium per day, respectively, with those numbers increasing to 420mg and 320mg after 30 years of age. The top food sources of magnesium include cooked spinach and other leafy greens (over 150mg per cup), cooked brown rice (84mg), pumpkin seeds (156mg per ounce), dry roasted almonds (80mg), and dry roasted cashews (74mg).

4. Vitamin K

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Vitamin K is super-important for blood clotting and healthy bones, and also plays a role in a variety of physiological functions, according to the NIH. Although full-on vitamin K deficiencies are rare, its possible to not get enough for good health and not know ityour intake might be low, but not low enough to be considered a deficiency, says Dixon. Its found in high amounts in only a few foodsmainly, leafy greens and spicesand many people dont eat enough of these foods regularly, says Dixon. To top it off, many multivitamins contain very little vitamin K, and most foods arent vitamin K fortified either.

To get enough: Its recommended that men get 120mcg and women 90mcg of vitamin K on the regular, according to the NIH. To do that, all you have to do is become one with leafy greens. Think: boiled collards (530mcg per 1/2 cup), turnip greens (426mcg), and broccoli (110mcg), raw spinach (145mcg per 1 cup) and kale (130mcg). Another tip: Make sure you have some fat with your greens, such as an oil-based dressing with your salad, which helps with vitamin K absorption, suggests Dixon.

5. Iodine

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The body needs iodine to make thyroid hormones, which control the bodys metabolism, according to the NIH. Because iodized salt can have a metallic taste to it that many people dont like, its understandable that many of us turn to sea salts and other salt options, says Dixon. But unfortunately, these dont provide much iodine. Plus, its only found in high quantities in a few food items that might not be in everyones dietprimarily, seaweed and dairy products (thanks to dairy processing equipment being washed and sterilized with iodine-based solutions).

To get enough: The NIH recommends that adults strive for 150mcg of iodine daily, so consider using iodized salt more often if you dont mind the taste (1/4 tsp provides roughly 71mcg of iodine). Also try adding more cod to your menu, which offers 99mcg of iodine per 3 ounces. And when it doubt, theres always dairy: low-fat plain yogurt (75mcg per cup), reduced fat milk (56mcg), even chocolate ice cream (30mcg per 1/2 cup) can all be enjoyed to improve your iodine levels. If dairys not your thing, trying a variety of seaweeds until you find a few that you like is another option: 1g of seaweed can contain anywhere from 16 to a whopping 2,984mcg of iodine.

6. Vitamin B12

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Vitamin B12 keeps our nerve and blood cells healthybut because you need stomach acid to absorb the vitamin and our production of stomach acid declines as we age, getting enough B12 can be a challenge. You may also come up short if you regularly take medications to treat chronic heartburn, such as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). To date, the biggest issues with vitamin B12 deficiency are linked to PPIs, says Dixon.

To get enough: The best food sources of vitamin B12 are foods of animal origin. Theres no B12 in plants, so vegans must take a supplement, says Dixon. To hit the recommended 2.4 mcg of vitamin B12 per day, top eats include cooked clams (84.1mcg per 3 ounces) and wild rainbow trout (5.4mcg), tuna canned in water (2.5mcg), as well as dairy products like Swiss cheese (1.7mcg per 1.5 ounces), and milk (upwards of 1.4mcg per 1 cup). Also keep your eyes peeled for breakfast cereals that are fortified with B12some may contain as much as 6mcg per serving.

Dr. Keefe

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Aug 13, 2018

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

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

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

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Exercise, Osteoporosis and Bone Geometry

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The Facts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take Home:

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

Reviewer’s Comments:

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

Editor: Mark R. Payne DC

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

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

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John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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

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

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

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

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday July 30, 2018

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DIET: Kidney stones can be avoided by drinking lemonade  The pain of passing a kidney stone has been described as on par with natural childbirth. However, urologists are increasingly prescribing an accessible natural remedy for kidney stones: lemonade. Citric acid-rich lemon juice in the form of lemonade has proven highly effective in preventing kidney stones or slowing their formation substantially. Medical professionals like Roger L. Sur, MD, director of UC San Diego Comprehensive Kidney Stone Center and Steven Y. Nakada, chair and professor of urology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison advocate lemonade therapy as an alternative to taking medications or supplements for the painful condition. Passing a kidney stone is experienced as an excruciating pain in the flank and lower back. Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and blood in the urine are also possible symptoms of kidney stones. In addition, important to note, the presence of a fever indicates a likely blood infection – which can be life-threatening. Note: 2 lemons per quarter of water can help reduce kidney stones so they can be passed without pain, sweeten with Stevia. In an emergency Gold label Alka-Seltzer can change the pH quickly. Most kidney stones develop in an acid pH and even though lemons taste acid its ash is strongly alkaline to the kidneys. Alkaline water can also be helpful.

IN THE NEWS: Homocysteine imbalance connected to a HIGHER risk of Alzheimer’s disease  Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, currently affects over 5 million Americans – while heart disease and stroke continue to claim 740,000 lives every year in the United States. As a possible way to help solve this health crisis, scientists are learning that high levels of homocysteine, an amino acid, can contribute to these life-threatening diseases. For example, a new Temple University study highlights the vital role of B-complex vitamins in controlling homocysteine – and reveals how elevated levels of this amino acid can set the stage for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. With vitamin B deficiencies currently widespread in the United States – and Alzheimer’s disease on the rise – the need for maintaining healthy levels of these essential nutrients has never been more apparent. But homocysteine can also be caused by stress, improper diet – such as eating too much red meat – and by deficiencies of B vitamins and folic acid. (Note: although coffee has received high marks lately from researchers for its association with lowered risk of degenerative disease, some experts believe that coffee consumption raises homocysteine as well). Note: ask us to check you on homocysteine on your next visit.

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CHIROPRACTIC: Why does chiropractic work so well for headaches? When vertebrae in the neck become misaligned you don’t always notice it as neck pain. Headaches are one of the more common signs of neck problems. A number of patients who suffer from headaches indicate that their headache seems to start in the neck. If you place a dime on the back of your hand you will sense the amount of pressure that can reduce the function of a naked spinal nerve root by 40%. That’s not a lot of pressure and that’s why you can have misalignments causing internal disorders without a lot of back pain. At Keefe clinic we also work with detoxification, hormone balance and making a stronger immune system. This is important because not all headaches are the same, some can be caused because your body is toxic or there is some type of hormonal imbalance or some unique immune system issues going on. If you suffer from headaches then you need to find the cause and fix the cause. Taking pain pills will allow the cause time to get worse make smart decisions about your health. Chiropractic works!

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FUNNY BONE: A mother took her little boy to church. While in church the little boy said, “Mommy, I have to pee.” The mother said to the little boy, “It’s not appropriate to say the word ‘pee’ in church. So, from now on whenever you have to ‘pee’ just tell me that you have to ‘whisper’.”  The following Sunday, the little boy went to church with his father and during the service said to his father, “Daddy, I have to whisper.“ The father looked at him and said, “Okay, just whisper in my ear.”@@ A new pastor was visiting the homes of his parishioners. At one house it seemed obvious that someone was at home, but no answer came to his repeated knocks at the door. Therefore, he took out a card and wrote “Revelation 3:20″ on the back of it and stuck it in the door. When the offering was processed the following Sunday, he found that his card had been returned. Added to it was this cryptic message, Genesis 3:10.” Reaching for his Bible to check out the citation, he broke up in gales of laughter. Revelation 3:20 begins “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.” Genesis 3:10 reads, “I heard your voice in the garden and I was afraid, for I was naked.”@@ Q. Why shouldn’t you marry a tennis player? A. Because Love means nothing to them.

 

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday July 23, 2018

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Even More Evidence for the Link Between Alzheimer’s and Herpes In 1907, the German psychiatrist Alois Alzheimer published a description of a 50-year-old woman who suffered from memory problems, hallucinations, and delusions. In the woman’s brain, Alzheimer noticed unusual lumps, or “plaques,” which “were caused by the deposition of an unusual substance.” Eight decades later, the mystery substance was finally identified as a protein called amyloid beta. Though small, it can accumulate in large clusters that are somehow toxic to neurons. Those harmful plaques are one of the hallmarks of the disease that bears Alzheimer’s name. What amyloid beta normally does in the brain isn’t clear. Robert Moir, a neurologist at the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease, says that many researchers have cast it as a villainous molecule with no beneficial function.  “It’s just bad, bad, bad,” he says. “But it has become increasingly obvious that this isn’t true.” Moir thinks that amyloid beta has a more heroic role, as a foot soldier of our immune system. It protects neurons from infectious microbes—and from herpes viruses, in particular. William Eimer, a member of Moir’s team, demonstrated this protection by injecting the common herpes virus HSV–1 into the brains of two kinds of mice: normal rodents and ones that were genetically engineered to produce high levels of amyloid beta in their brains. The latter were better at resisting the viruses. Eimer then got similar results when he injected a different herpes virus, HHV–6, into human cells growing in a dish. Amyloid beta protects against these viruses by latching onto them in large numbers, imprisoning them in self-assembling cages. That’s typically a good thing, but Moir argues that if the process goes on for too long, it builds up to the problematic plaques of Alzheimer’s. According to him, amyloid beta is still at the heart of the Alzheimer’s story, but it isn’t the villain. “In our model, Alzheimer’s is caused by amyloid beta’s reaction to something else, and most likely some kind of infection” like herpes, he says. NOTE: Ask about nutrition for the immune system.

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

WELLNESS: Why Macadamias, Pecans and Walnuts Should Be on Your Shopping List Because macadamia nuts and pecans have high fat and low protein and carb levels, they are superior choices, particularly if you eat a ketogenic diet. Walnuts, despite having a slightly higher protein and carb content, are also an excellent choice mainly because new research suggests eating them may reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes. You may not realize most nuts labeled as roasted have actually been fried in vegetable oil, often at high temperatures, putting you at risk of exposure to acrylamide, a possible carcinogen. When choosing nuts, look for high-quality nuts that are certified organic and presented in raw form. Avoid roasted or pasteurized nuts, as well as nuts coated in sugar or covered in milk chocolate. Contrary to what you may think, only dry-roasted nuts are truly roasted. Most nuts labeled and sold as roasted are actually fried in vegetable oil. You can tell this because the ingredient label will identify the type of oil used for frying. This practice is ill-advised for a few reasons:Most vegetable oils are unhealthy and contain an overabundance of omega-6 fats. In addition, some vegetable oils used to fry nuts, such as canola oil, are genetically engineered (GE). Roasting raises the potential for the formation of a possible carcinogen called acrylamide, which results from a chemical reaction between sugars in certain foods and an amino acid called asparagine. Acrylamide, which is best known as the “browning” on chips and french fries, has the potential to form on certain nuts when they are fried or roasted at temperatures above 250 degrees F (121 degrees C) for long cooking times. Vegetable oils heated to high temperatures can easily oxidize, promoting the formation of disease-causing free radicals. Nuts that oxidize can also become rancid and attract fungal mycotoxins. You can identify rancid nuts by a musty, stale or spoiled smell. Nuts roasted at high temperatures may contain lower amounts of antioxidants, vitamins and other nutrients.

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

CHIROPRACTIC:  HELPING TMJ TMJ is the shortened name for temporomandibular joint disorders. It describes a group of disorders in which the connecting point between the jaw and the skull becomes painful and swollen. The cause of the disorder can vary widely, and in some instances, no known cause is ever discovered. What are the Symptoms? Symptoms of TMJ can vary widely from person to person, but some of the more typical problems are fairly common among most sufferers. These symptoms might include pain in the jaw, trouble chewing or talking, headaches, and neck pain. In some cases, the patient may also experience a bit of dizziness. Since other ailments can cause similar problems, it’s important to be seen by a professional. How Can a Chiropractor Help? Chiropractors may help with TMJ by alleviating tension and dysfunction in the spine. As chiropractors alleviate this dysfunction, it reduces the pressure on various nerves, which then alleviates pain associated with TMJ.

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

FUNNY BONE:  Round like a shot… Going to bed the other night, I noticed people in my shed stealing things. I phoned the police but was told there was no one in the area to help. The Policeman said they would send someone over as soon as possible. I hung up. A minute later I rang again. ‘Hello’, I said, ‘I called you a minute ago because there were people in my shed.  You don’t have to hurry now, because I’ve shot them.’ Within five minutes there were half a dozen police cars in the area, plus helicopters and an armed response unit. They caught the burglars red-handed. One of the officers said: ‘I thought you said you’d shot them.’ To which I replied: ‘I thought you said there was no one available.’@@ Why are iPhone chargers not called Apple Juice?!

HOW TO DECIDE BETWEEN DRUGS OR NATURAL HEALTHCARE

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

It’s really difficult for all of us to see when we are being programmed or manipulated through advertisement/propaganda. But pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars on conditioning the population to choose its products over other methods of treatment. And sometimes we’re in an automatic mode when we decide our choice in healthcare. This can be a problem for a number of reasons. The first thing to consider is if you are deciding to utilize a drug as your first option you might not understand the dangers of that approach.

Besides the over 2000 deaths per week due to the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs and the fact that medical care is a number one cause for death in the United States based on CDC statistics, there are other reasons to think twice about drugs being your first approach. Simply put drugs don’t heal, drugs alter your perception of the condition. Let’s take headaches, for example, most headaches are caused by misalignments in the upper neck (muscle tension) other causes could be toxicity problems, allergies, low blood sugar or hormonal problems. Which of these do you think an aspirin fixes? Did you know aspirin causes bleeding in the stomach, Excess Stomach Acid Secretion, Stomach Cramps, Blood coming from Anus, Decreased White Blood Cells? This is just a partial list of potential side effects. Again the aspirin doesn’t treat any of the underlying causes for your condition.

Let’s say your headaches were related to hormonal imbalances because of a developing ovarian cyst. You keep treating the headaches with an aspirin and your ovarian cyst keeps getting worse to the point that it might burst. Wouldn’t it have been nice if the physician you went to wanted to understand the source of your headaches? But a common problem is if you’re a physician and have powerful drugs that can mask symptoms then when a patient presents with certain symptoms you are just gonna write a prescription and consider it appropriate care.

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

As a chiropractic physician, we don’t mask symptoms with drugs, we have to figure out why the symptom is there. Just to classify a headache is a tension headache or a migraine headache and then give the latest masking drug the pharmaceutical company has recommended, in my opinion, is not proper healthcare. Proper healthcare tries to determine the underlying cause for the condition and correct the cause. I’m not saying that can be done 100% of the time because science does not understand the body fully, I am saying that most the time it can be. The underlying cause of allergies is not an antihistamine deficiency it’s an inappropriate functioning immune system. When you correct the immune system you correct the allergies. Acid reflux is not an antacid deficiency it is an imbalance somewhere within the digestive system. It needs to be found and corrected which might include changing your diet.

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

Back pain is not a muscle relaxer or anti-inflammatory deficiency disease. When you just treat the symptoms you allow the condition time to get worse. This is one of the reasons that chronic diseases are such a high prevalence in our society. When you chronically just treat symptoms over a lifetime you end up with a basket full of chronic conditions. And this is why many people live their last 10 or 15 years of life in a nursing home or a wheelchair suffering from multiple health problems. If you don’t want to end up there you have to change the choices you make with your body. The fact is most drug therapy is inappropriate. Let me make this clear there is a time for drugs and there is a time for surgeries but they should be the last approach. Unfortunately, when you let certain conditions develop to the point of no return you eliminate a number of your options to get well.

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Natural healthcare focuses on health, not disease. Disease care has led to horrible health statistics for countries that focus their attention there. When a type II diabetic is taking one, two or three different medications to try to control their blood sugar they are in fact shortening their lifespan and making chronic disease more likely. The sad thing is the vast majority of type II diabetics can be drug-free and healthy by some simple dietary and nutritional approaches. Lowering your blood sugar with drugs to force the sugar out of the body is not the same as correcting the blood sugar problem. Find the cause, correct the cause. 

                                                                      

It is true that antibiotics can help clear acne in patients who suffer from it but it’s also true that antibiotics will wreck havoc on your digestive tract and weaken your immune system. Is acne an antibiotic deficiency disease? The skin is just the expression of the health of the body. Acne has to do with body ecology, hormonal balance and sometimes food allergies. The chances are the use of antibiotics will make each of these issues worse. And has anybody heard of superbug infections? The overuse of antibiotics is the number one cause of death from superbug infections that have been growing every year for the past 25 years. Is there a place for antibiotics? There is but it’s very rare. There are so many natural immune boosting techniques in natural healthcare that well over 90% of my patients never require any antibiotics in their life as long as they are following the approaches we recommend. Sure there are exceptions to every rule but in our society, the exception is the rule.   

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

Do you want to be healthy? Drugs are not going to get you there. Drugs could save your life but the same drugs that saved your life could end your life if you keep taking them. Drugs are toxic, drugs are dangerous. If you want to be healthy then you have to practice a healthy lifestyle. Did you know your nervous system controlled and coordinated everything that happens in your body? That’s why we focus on spinal health to maintain a proper nervous system function. That is one of the five laws of health that we encourage patients to follow. The second law would be the law of diet. Do you really believe you could eat Twinkies all day and stay healthy? Of course not. But just like the big Pharma, big food has programmed you into digging your own grave with your fork. You have to eat a diet that’s consistent with your genetic makeup and actually has real food in it. Eating right is really not that hard with a little direction you can increase your energy levels, strengthen your cardiovascular systems and maintain proper blood sugar levels very easily. The third law is exercise. You don’t have to run marathons, in fact, you can over-exercise to your detriment. Exercise is also related to your genetic makeup. Some people doing the wrong type of exercise can actually hurt themselves. People who have some type of moderate, regular exercise will be healthier than those who don’t. Law four is a positive mental and spiritual attitude. Life can be hard you need to have coping skills in order to be successful. Spiritual disciplines have been shown by research to make us healthier and to allow us to live a longer life. In the fifth law is rest and relaxation.                                                            

None of these laws are really difficult to follow you just need to find yourself in a culture that encourages these. The pharmaceutical approach is not that culture. As nice as it is to have a fire department it’s also a lot better if you never have to call them. And in most circumstances with a little prudence, those disasters can be avoided. One of the best ways to find yourself in the culture of better health is to choose natural healthcare. Making natural healthcare your first choice can prevent a number of disasters in your life and your families health. You still might be referred to a medical specialist from time to time but if your primary care is a physician in the natural healthcare field your outcomes would be greatly improved.

Are you locked in the matrix? Choose natural healthcare and choose a better life.

 

 

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday July 16, 2018

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

 

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

IN THE NEWS: Kids whose mothers do these 5 things are 75% less likely to be obese The best thing mothers can do to ensure their kids avoid developing obesity may be to take care of themselves. That’s the main takeaway from a study looking at mothers and children published Wednesday in the British Medical Journal. Childhood obesity rates have more than tripled in the US since the 1970s, according to the CDC. Nearly 20% of kids and teens aged 6 to 19 now qualify as obese. Being obese as a child comes with serious long-term health effects, including higher risk for diseases including asthma, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, depression, and risk factors for heart disease. According to the study, genetics play an important role in obesity, but researchers think lifestyle factors may be behind the increased rate in recent decades. So the study authors decided to analyze lifestyle choices of mothers and children to see how they affected obesity rates. Obesity risk is lowest for children whose mothers make five healthy lifestyle choices. These mothers maintain a healthy weight, exercise at least the recommended 150 minutes per week, and don’t smoke. They eat a high quality diet, determined by high intake of vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, healthy fats, and low consumption of sugary beverages, red and processed meat. Finally, they drink light to moderate amounts, quantified as two small glasses of wine or one standard pint of beer a day.

WELLNESS: Obesity makes breast cancer cells more aggressive We already know that obesity diminishes health in a number of ways. Now the increased spread of breast cancer can be added to that list. Research out of Heidelberg University Hospital and Helmholtz Zentrum München, Technische Universität München (TUM) has yielded some enlightening discoveries. During their research, the European scientists found that obesity causes cytokines to be released into the bloodstream. This in turn impacts the metabolism of breast cancer cells, causing them to become much more aggressive. Losing excess body weight will reduce the risk of breast cancer metastasis: Breast cancer metastasis and recurrence after tumor surgery is the primary cause of deaths from cancer in women. Other studies have linked obesity with aggressive breast cancer forms. Important note: Postmenopausal women are at an even higher risk of developing breast cancer that metastasizes. Naturally, we all understand the importance of maintaining a healthy weight for good health. These research results should give overweight women – at a high risk for breast cancer – even more incentive to lose weight. Take action today: Favor organic (chemical free) fruits and vegetables; eat high-quality protein while avoiding processed foods. Lower mental and emotional stress – especially the repair of toxic personal relationships. Exercise on a regular basis – even if it’s just walking. And, finally, replace those toxic personal care or household cleaning products with safer versions that use natural ingredients like, essential oils. These steps will go a long way to reducing your risk of cancer or any other chronic health problem.

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

CHIROPRACTIC: KIDS AND TECH NECK Neck problems are becoming way too common with today’s technology. Over the years the development of the proper position of computer monitors and keyboards have become better understood but with today’s smartphones we are back to the starting line. The average head weighs about 10 pounds and it sits on the smallest vertebra in the body. When you lean your head forward just 1 inch you develop up to 16 to 18 pounds of pressure on your spine particularly your low back. This steady head forward posture puts the muscles, discs and joints in the neck under a lot of stress. Over time this can alter the normal curve in the neck leading to degenerative changes. As this process develops headaches, neck tension, eyes and sinus symptoms, shoulder problems, elbow problems, carpal tunnel syndrome are just a few of the issues that can develop. You add the effect of technology on poor sleeping habits you become a neck problem waiting for the point of explosion i.e. symptoms. Unfortunately degenerative changes in the neck don’t always show up symptomatically for a decade or more. When you feel the first symptoms the underlying problem could be very hard to fix. For your kids’ sake you need to discuss keeping the phone out in front of them so they don’t have to bend their head forward and down. Chiropractic adjustments are the most effective treatment for tech neck.

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

 FUNNY BONE: Q. Why did the invisible man turn down the job offer? A. Because he just couldn’t see himself doing it.@@ Wife: “In my dream, I saw you in a jewelry store and you bought me a diamond ring.” Husband: “I had the same dream and I saw your dad paying the bill.”@@ I just ended a long-term relationship today. I’m not too bothered, it wasn’t mine.@@ Never lend money to a friend. It’s dangerous. It could damage his memory.@@ Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work.@@ Money isn’t everything, but it certainly keeps you in touch with your children.@@ You take away the looks, money, intelligence, charm and success and, really, there’s no real difference between me and George Clooney.@@ I saw a sign that said “Watch for children” and I thought, “That sounds like a fair trade”.

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday July 9, 2018

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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IN THE NEWS: Conspiracy to Hide New Data on Water Pollution A major government report showing widespread contamination of U.S. water supplies with toxic chemicals was kept from the public for months in order to prevent a “potential public relations nightmare”. The report, prepared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), focused on perfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFASs), widely used in nonstick cookware, carpet, fabrics, coatings for paper and cardboard packaging and firefighting foams. Widespread water contamination with PFASs was noted near military bases, chemical plants and elsewhere in the U.S.; PFASs have been linked to negative liver, cardiovascular, endocrine, immune, reproductive and developmental effects. The report warned that the chemicals could harm human health at levels significantly lower than those deemed safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).NOTE: the EPA has been warning people in large cities to boil the water before they drink it. Now even small towns are dealing with unsafe water. For your families health drink filtered water or buy a filtering system that can make tap water safe.

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

WELLNESS: STAY WELL, REDUCE INFLAMMATION To reduce levels of inflammation, aim for an overall healthy diet. If you’re looking for an eating plan that closely follows the tenets of anti-inflammatory eating, consider the Mediterranean diet, which is high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish, and healthy oils. Here are five remedies to reduce joint pain and inflammation: Bromelain. Bromelain is a powerful enzyme found in the most delightful tropical fruit, pineapple. …Turmeric. Turmeric is a root. …Devil’s Claw. Devil’s claw is definitely not the paw of a devil but it kind of looks like one!  White Willow Bark. …Egg Membrane. Here are a couple of recipes to help reduce inflammation. Vegetables & Chickpeas: 2 tablespoons coconut oil or ghee-1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and patted dry-1 teaspoon garam masala or Indian curry powder-1 cup roasted root vegetables (see associated recipe)-1 teaspoon sugar or honey-¼ teaspoon kosher salt-¼ teaspoon ground pepper-2 tablespoons lemon juice-2 tablespoons low-fat plain yogurt or tahini-Chopped fresh herbs, such as mint, parsley and/or cilantro, for garnish. Mediterranean Tuna-Spinach Salad 2 tablespoons feta cheese-2 tablespoons parsley-2 cups baby spinach-1 medium orange, peeled or sliced

 

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CONDITION OF THE WEEK: Autoimmune diseases, when your immune system doesn’t like you. Allergies are something that we see all the time and respond well to treatment. When you have allergies, say to ragweed, ragweed isn’t trying to attack you but your immune system thinks it is. All the symptoms from hayfever are caused by your body fighting a non-enemy. That fight can become serious if it starts closing off air passages. There is another condition that similar to allergies and those conditions fall under the umbrella of autoimmune disease. There are more than 80 types of autoimmune diseases, and some have similar symptoms. This makes it hard for your health care provider to know if you really have one of these diseases, and if so, which one. Getting a diagnosis can be frustrating and stressful. Often, the first symptoms are fatigue, muscle aches and a low fever. The classic sign of an autoimmune disease is inflammation, which can cause redness, heat, pain and swelling. The presence of a large amount of autoantibodies or ANAs can indicate an autoimmune disease. ANAs could signal the body to begin attacking itself which can lead to autoimmune diseases,  including lupussclerodermaSjögren ’s syndromepolymyositis/dermatomyositis, mixed connective tissue disease, drug-induced lupus, and autoimmune hepatitis. A positive ANA can also be seen in juvenile arthritis. The good news about autoimmune disease is that, like allergies, the conditioning most cases can be addressed naturally. Some of the treatment is similar to our program for general allergies. The thymus gland which is under your breastbone just below your thyroid is a big player in a lot of autoimmune diseases. The overall approach will include: detox, chiropractic adjustments to reestablish normal control over the immune system, dietary changes to balance blood chemistry, nutritional therapy to rebuild and balance the immune system and the elimination of general allergies. Chiropractic offers a drug-free, safe approach to autoimmune disease.

FUNNY BONE: Yesterday I saw a guy spill all of his Scrabble letters on the road. I asked him, “What’s the word on the street?”@@Why can’t you explain ponds to kleptomaniacs? They always take things literally.@@What’s the difference between a cat and a comma? A cat has claws at the end of paws; a comma has a pause at the end of a clause,@@what did the tin man say when he got run over by a steamroller? “Curses! Foil again!”@@What did the sharks say when he need a clownfish? This tastes a little funny.@@Once my dog ate all the Scrabble tiles. He kept leaving little messages around the house.@@ Reporters interviewing a 104-year-old woman: ‘And what do you think is the best thing about being 104?’ the reporter asked. She simply replied, ‘No peer pressure.’

 

 

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2 SUPPLEMENTS TO SUPPORT GUT HEALING: HOW TO USE MASTIC GUM AND DEGLYCERIZED LICORICE

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2 Supplements to Support Gut Healing: How to Use Mastic Gum and Deglycerized Licorice

Mastic gum, also referred to as mastica,(click blue text to order) is the resin obtained from the Pistacia lentiscus tree, commonly sourced from the island of Chios in Greece. We also see this plant used historically throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa.

Mastic gum’s medicinal properties have been utilized for thousands of years for gastrointestinal ailments and related health concerns. These include the prevention of ulcers, ease of stomach discomfort, the killing off of bacteria, stubborn coughs, and teeth cleaning. Mastic gum is both antibacterial and antiviral. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

Mastic gum enjoyed a revival in the 1980s and 1990s when scientists discovered that it kills Helicobacter Pylori (H. Pylori). This infection affects the mouth, stomach, and intestines. Although this bacteria is present in billions of guts worldwide, when it becomes invasive it exacerbates or causes conditions like gastritis, peptic ulcers, stomach cancer, glaucoma, and Hashimoto’s.

Mastic gum has been used historically to treat cancers of breast, liver, spleen, and uterus. Modern science has shown the validity of its use in such cases, and added to this list its benefit to the colon and heart.

Mastic gum is also used to treat heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Crohn’s disease, chronic sore throat, herpes simplex, and to improve cholesterol levels.

Tangentially, mastic gum is used in traditional Greek, Turkish, and Arabic cooking.

How Mastica Works

Mastic is rich in terpenes. Terpenes are found in a variety of plants, giving them their unique scent and sometimes flavor. In this case, terpenes are the major organic compounds present in mastic gum’s resin that help to fight bacteria. The constituents are also believed to regulate and improve signaling between cells.

Many scientific papers state the effectiveness of mastic for various health conditions, yet state that the exact mechanism of action is still unknown.

When to Use Mastica

As aforementioned, the stomach’s pH, especially during digestion, is highly acidic. In a healthy stomach epithelial cells produce and secrete a thick layer of mucous to protect themselves from the acid and enzymes.

We require an acidic stomach not only to digest protein and other foods, but also to stimulate multiple digestive mechanisms, including the sphincter valve (lower esophageal sphincter [LES]) that connects the stomach to the esophagus (thus preventing heartburn and acid reflux), the liver that produces bile (which breaks down fat), the gall bladder that releases bile, and the ileocecal valve (between the large and small intestine) that when properly closed helps to prevent SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). The proper stomach pH also helps to prevent the overgrowth of microorganisms and undigested food in the intestines (which leads to a systemic immune response, food sensitivities, inflammation, and autoimmune disease).

So while the stomach must be acidic during meals for digestion to work properly, we can work between meal times to rebuild the mucosal lining.

The burning feeling some patients feel in their stomachs during or after a meal, occurs when the acidic environment of the stomach comes into contact with damaged tissue. This burning feeling can become an ulcer, if not addressed.

Mastic gum can be taken in quantities between 1000 and 5000 mg. daily for many months, or longer, safely. In addition to killing harmful bacteria, it is speculated that it promotes new cell growth, thus rebuilding the epithelial cells that produce the mucosal lining.

One study recommends using mastica for many months to see a reduction in H. Pylori colonization levels. Due to emerging antibiotic resistance as well as the costliness of antibiotics, it’s considered an excellent alternative treatment. (I would add that antibiotics destroy the patient’s beneficial gut flora, largely foundational to good health.) Your doctor can determine if you have an overgrowth of H. Pylori through a blood test or with a urea breath test.

You can find mastic gum capsules here.(click blue text to order)

If it appeals to you to actually chew the resin’s “tears”, this is the gum (click blue text to order)that can be chewed! I believe there may be an additional benefit to choosing the gum option, as it kills bacteria in the mouth, stimulates the salivary glands (the first step in digestion), and acts much like oil pulling: our mouths help our bodies to detoxify! The gum is not sweet and has a mild pine flavor.

Ideally, patients can choose both options, as the capsules are easy to take between meals to help rebuild the mucosal lining and/or to kill bacterial overgrowth. And the gum, again between meals, is stimulating the entire alimentary canal and detoxifying the body.

A Healing Blend

If you’re someone who prefers fewer supplements but a multi-pronged approach, you might like this blend (click blue text to order)of mastic gum and deglycerized licorice, by Designs for Health. It also contains a few other excellent ingredients, necessary for gut healing, including vitamin C to help rebuild tissue, vitamin U (also known as the enzyme S methylmethionine, found in gentle, healing cabbage juice), and zinc for reducing inflammation.

Deglycyrrhized (DGL) Licorice

Many patients use deglycyrrhized licorice (click blue text to order)in conjunction with mastic gum.  Licorice root has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries. Its many healing compounds have shown it to be anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and rich in antioxidants.

When licorice root is sold as deglycyrrhized it’s been standardized to remove components that can cause side effects, making it safer universally. DGL should be used short term, or intermittently.

DGL can be used to help heal leaky gut. It soothes (increasing mucous production in the stomach), helps to prevent ulcers, works against nausea, stomach pain, and even helps to regulate cortisol levels, sometimes providing relief for adrenal fatigue. Licorice root is also anti-viral, great for the immune system.

This DGL (click blue text to order) comes in chewable form, first stimulating the salivary glands, and should be taken 20 minutes before meals.

 

Sources

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19879118

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3127998/

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terpene

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https://bmcmedgenomics.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1755-8794-2-68

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http://www.life-enhancement.com/magazine/article/568-protect-your-stomach-from-deadly-bacteria

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The Study:  The influence of pelvic adjustment on the posture of female university students.     

The Study:
The influence of pelvic adjustment on the posture of female university students.
The Facts:
a. The authors looked at changes in posture in female university students who received pelvic adjustments using the Gonstead Technique.
b. The pelvis positioning “…is the most important element that determines the sagittal alignment and posture of the body and abnormal posture triggers diverse problems, including flat-back syndrome, cervical kyphosis, local organ ailments such as uterine prolapse and gastric herniation.”
c. The subjects were female university students and they were divided into a group that received the adjustments and a control group that did stretching only.
d. A thrust was made for a posterior inferior innominate with the patient prone.
e. The adjustments were made 3 to 5 times by a physical therapist. (emphasis ours)
f. A Back Mapper was used to make the postural measurements.
g. The stretching group showed no significant changes, but the adjustment group showed significant changes in trunk imbalance, pelvic position, pelvic torsion, and position of the scapulae.
Take Home:
Adjustments improved posture.
Reviewer’s Comments:
Global rotation is the sum of all the relative rotations so if you changed one or more relative rotations you would tend to affect the global rotation to some degree. In other words, if you change the alignment of boney structures then you will tend to affect the posture. But why do I say “tend to”? Because, I want you to understand that this subject is more complex than simply improving the alignment of a single segment and then automatically assuming that global alignment will also improve. Likewise, it is possible for patients to demonstrate reasonably healthy global posture and still exhibit small, single segment problems (misalignment, dysfunctional motion, etc). You need both good relative and good global alignment. But then you regularly read Science in Brief so you already had that figured out.
Reviewer:  Roger Coleman DC

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday July 2, 2018

 

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IN THE NEWS: Keep Mosquitos away for good with these simple tricks There’s nothing like a summer night gathered around a campfire or hanging on the porch, enjoying the cool breeze after a long hot day. The only downside? Mosquitos! Those pesky bugs can easily ruin a fun summer night. There are a few unique hacks that can help your mosquito-blocking efforts even further. Remove water sources You may be surprised to know that having accessible water sources can stand as a threat to the number of mosquitos around your home. Why? Because mosquitos actually lay their eggs in standing or slow moving water. By cutting these water sources, you are cutting the number of mosquitos laying eggs around your home—and in return, having fewer mosquitos around the house in general. Use oil from lemon eucalyptus This may seem like a myth, but oil from lemon eucalyptus is actually recommended by multiple government sources as an insect repellent (including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention). It doesn’t just have to be DEET. If you’re looking for a more natural remedy to keep the mosquitos away, this oil will do the trick. Avoid scented body products Although some scents work as a repellent for mosquitoes, other body lotions or perfumes can actually attract these pests. The best thing to do is stay away from fancy smelling perfumes, colognes, body washes or lotions if you plan on spending time outside during high mosquito activity hours. These hours are typically dusk to dawn between April and October. Wear light clothing Not light in weight, although in the summer that is a given. But light-colored clothing. Turns out mosquitoes are attracted to darker colored materials. As for the length, if you can cover up, you should do so. Wearing long sleeves and pants will significantly reduce the number of mosquito bites you accumulate by the end of the evening.

WELLNESS: 3 Big Reasons to Choose Natural Cures and Natural Remedies Over Orthodox Medical Treatments… #1. Safety: It’s shocking to realize that over 200,000 people die in the U.S. each year from taking prescription medication. That’s right, over 200,000! Another 300,000 people die every year in hospitals as a result of medical negligence. That’s over half a million people each year (and these statistics are very conservative).  So how many people die each year from using natural health remedies and alternative medicine… virtually zero! #2. Cheaper: Orthodox medical treatments can cost you a small fortune – private health insurance, the cost of medications, Medicare and doctor’s bills (even if you don’t pay for it directly, you pay for it in your taxes). Natural cures and natural remedies, on the other hand, are far cheaper. Especially if you grow some of the home remedies in your own garden! #3. They work better: Yes, it’s a fact. Natural remedies and cures work better than orthodox medical treatments. Why? Because they treat the underlying cause, not just the symptom.  For instance, blood pressure drugs will lower your blood pressure (treat the symptom). But the underlying cause of your high blood pressure (mineral deficiency/pH imbalance) still continues on. If it’s not rectified, death can be the ultimate result! However, by using natural treatments and natural cures the root cause of the problem  is addressed (lack of magnesium and vitamin D). So the “cure” will be real and permanent.

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

 CHIROPRACTIC: THE CHIROPRACTIC APPROACHChiropractic is a healthcare discipline that emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.” Chiropractic is the second largest healing art in America and the world’s largest “natural” healing art. Because healthcare is so competitive there have been aggressive attempts to discredit chiropractic and to maintain a monopoly by some in the healthcare industry. Chiropractic has survived and thrived because as a chiropractic physician I offer something unique. It is been said, “To someone who only has a hammer everything looks like a nail”. Chiropractic takes a more holistic approach. We work at De-stressing and balancing the function of the nervous system, matching diet to a patient’s genetic makeup, balancing blood chemistry through nutritional therapy, working with the bodies detox pathways to help the body eliminate poisons along with other approaches. To try to help everyone get well using just one tool is an invitation for failure. One of the biggest problems in helping patients gain better health is the fact they don’t bring up certain issues because they didn’t realize we have tools for that. If your body is not functioning properly it’s important that you realize there is a cause for that. My biggest task, as a chiropractic physician, is to find the cause and fix the cause. If you or someone you know suffers from a chronic healthcare problem or chronic pain try chiropractic first.

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

 FUNNY BONE: A woman was flying from Seattle to San Francisco. Unexpectedly, the plane was diverted to Sacramento along the way. The flight attendant explained that there would be a delay, and if the passengers wanted to get off the aircraft the plane would be re-boarded in 50 minutes… Everybody got off the plane except one lady who was blind…. A man had noticed her as he walked by and could tell the lady was blind because her guide dog lay quietly under the seat in front of her throughout the entire flight… He could also tell she had flown this very flight before because the pilot approached her, and calling her by name, said, “Kathy, we are in Sacramento for almost an hour, would you like to get off and stretch your legs?” The blind lady said, “No thanks, maybe Buddy would like to stretch his legs.” All the people in the gate area came to a complete standstill when they looked up and saw the pilot walk off the plane with the guide dog for the blind! Even worse, the pilot was wearing sunglasses! People scattered. They not only tried to change planes, but they were trying to change airlines!

 

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday June 25, 2018

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IN THE NEWS: Video games: risky or beneficial Playing video games may lead to improvements in areas of attention, cognitive control and workload, visuospatial skills and more. Video games may alter the reward-processing areas of your brain, potentially leading to addiction, and may desensitize players to violence. If you play video games on your TV or computer at night, be sure to take steps to protect yourself from exposure to blue light from the screen (such as wearing blue-blocking glasses after sundown). Addicted to video games: At an addiction treatment center in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, teenagers and young adults begin detox by admitting they are powerless over their addiction. But these addicts aren’t hooked on drugs or alcohol. They are going cold turkey to break their dependence on video games. Keith Bakker, director of Smith & Jones Addiction Consultants, tells WebMD he created the new program in response to a growing problem among young men and boys. “The more we looked at it, the more we saw [gaming] was taking over the lives of kids.” Detox for video game addiction may sound like a stretch, but addiction experts say the concept makes sense. “I was surprised we didn’t think of it here in America,” says Kimberly Young, PsyD, clinical director of the Center for On-Line Addiction and author of Caught in the Net: How to Recognize the Signs of Internet Addiction — and a Winning Strategy for Recovery. “I’ve had so many parents call me over the last year or two, particularly about the role-playing games online. I see it getting worse as the opportunity to game grows – for example, cell phone gaming.” But can a game truly become an addiction? Absolutely, Young tells WebMD. “It’s a clinical impulse control disorder,” an addiction in the same sense as compulsive gambling.

Cleck to order

WELLNESS: “The Power of Bioavailable B Vitamins – What Could Your Life Look Like If You Had More?” Low levels of B vitamins are becoming more commonplace just as researchers discover exciting new benefits for this valuable family of nutrients. For the sake of your body and brain, I suggest you take advantage of their new findings and, above all, make sure you’re not making these eating and supplement mistakes. Researchers are discovering potential benefits of the family of B vitamins that are much greater than we ever imagined. Keep in mind; you don’t need to have a flat-out deficiency in any of these vitamins. Surprisingly, many of the subjects in the studies you’re going to hear about didn’t. They just had lower levels. Increasing their intake of these vitamins made all the difference for these study subjects. Going from low or even routinely recommended minimal levels to optimal levels allowed them to benefit in significant ways! 13 Signs You May Be Low in B Vitamins: Inability to sleep well, Fatigue and apathy, Mental “fog,” confusion, and forgetfulness, Mood swings and irritability, Gastrointestinal symptoms, Joint or muscle discomfort, Muscle weakness, Loss of muscle mass, Numbness or tingling in fingers and toes, Frequent bruising, Headaches, Irritability, Dry, cracking skin. Because the vitamin B complex is a group of eight major B vitamins that work together, you can impact their synergy just by running low on one. For example, many of the B complex vitamins are needed for healthy skin. If you’re low in one or two, that can affect the actions of the others. Fresh, whole foods like meat, fish, dairy, and whole grains provide ample supplies of B vitamins. Yet once you process those foods, you jeopardize the integrity of the B vitamins as many are sensitive to heat, light, air, and long storage times. As we’ve just seen, these water-soluble nutrients are required for your healthy normal: Brain and nervous system function, Growth and development, Immune function, Energy production, Cell metabolism, Organ and tissue health, Muscle, skin, and eye health, Appetite and digestion. The B vitamins act as coenzymes and play a key role in the metabolism of carbohydrate, protein, and fat.

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

CHIROPRACTIC: INNATE INTELLIGENCE Healing comes from within. The wisdom that made your body can heal your body. Chiropractic science teaches that the body has an inborn ability to heal itself. In chiropractic, we call this innate intelligence. When you cut your finger in most cases all you need to do is clean the cut and the body will do the rest. When you break a bone if it is not severely dislocated the body can pull the bone back together and make it stronger than it was before the break. As a chiropractic physician, I rely on your body’s inborn intelligence to produce the results from care. My job is to remove the interference and let innate intelligence do the rest. Yes, we have to give innate the proper building blocks through proper diet and nutrition plus we need to stop overloading the body with toxic chemicals and depleted nutrients like refined carbohydrates or junk food. Exercise, oxygen, clean water, stress reduction and proper rest are all components necessary for good health. Drugs cannot give you healthy tissue cells, vitamins cannot give you healthy tissue cells without innate intelligence doing its job. That’s why the adjustment is so important. The doctor inside needs to have full access to every part of your body in order to maintain good health. Nerve pressure interferes with the innate intelligence’s ability to restore health. Who do you know who would benefit from chiropractic care? Chiropractic releases health from within, not from a pill.

FUNNY BONES: Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that people who have the most live the longest.@@If two wrongs don’t make a right, try three.@@Sorry for the mean, awful, accurate things I said.@@The more you weight the harder you are to kidnap. Stay safe, eat cake.@@I just wrote a book on reverse psychology. Do *not* read it!@@You can’t be late until you show up.@@A bartender is just a pharmacist with a limited inventory.@@Whenever I find the key to success, someone changes the lock.@@Campers: Nature’s way of feeding mosquitoes.@@Don’t steal. The government hates competition.@@If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea… does that mean that one enjoys it?