WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Sept 16, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Regenerating New Zealand: Using nature to restore forests The documentary, “Fools and Dreamers: Regenerating a Native Forest,” features botanist and nature buff Hugh Wilson and his work to regenerate 1,500 hectares (3,706 acres) of native forest in New Zealand. The film shows how conservationists used the power of nature to regenerate native forests. Under the theory of “minimal interference,” Wilson and others embraced the presence of an exotic native “weed” called gorse to turn pastureland into a thriving forest. Gorse, which is hated and considered a nuisance by pastoral farmers, helped regenerate forests by providing a canopy for native forest plants to grow and thrive. Gorse grows fast in full sunlight, which allows other plants to grow underneath it, such as shade-tolerant trees. This is how gorse provides the perfect canopy for native forest plants to grow and thrive. It’s also an excellent nitrogen fixer, which means it fertilizers the soil, and in turn, promotes new plant life. Another benefit to gorse is that it can stop steep hillsides from eroding due to its ability to spread and cover the ground in dense vegetation. Restoring forests provides many benefits, including an increase in native vegetation and biodiversity, improved water flow and carbon sequestration, which help fight climate change by capturing excess atmospheric carbon and storing it in the soil.

WELLNESS: Males and females react differently to the same pain Research into the gender differences of pain perception is meant to lead to better implications for pain management among men and women. Roger Fillingim, Ph.D., has been studying this area and finds women experience pain differently in peripheral stimuli and central sensitization. In studies involving men and women exposed to identical pain stimuli, women rated the pain higher on the pain scale, which Fillingim finds consistent with data from other research. In addition to sex hormones, other factors affecting pain perception include emotions, attitude, age and a learned response from past experience. Women suffer from anxiety at a greater rate than men and have a greater likelihood of being prescribed a combination of drugs that clinical guidelines caution against. Providing psychological support for anxiety and depression can reduce the use of analgesics and increase an individual’s sense of control. If you are struggling with opioid addiction, please seek professional medical help immediately. If you are dealing with any type of chronic disease or pain, making changes to your lifestyle and diet may produce significant results, including reducing the pain. Additionally, consider natural, safe and effective pain treatment alternatives rather than over-the-counter or prescription painkillers. NOTE: With the ever-rising death rate and addiction rate with painkillers now is the time to turn to chiropractic and natural healthcare for chronic pain. Do you know someone who’s in pain? Tell them about chiropractic.

CHIROPRACTIC: Chiropractic care for pain relief Updated: June 6, 2018  Harvard Health Publishing Chiropractic is a system of therapy focused on the structure of the body, particularly the spine. Chiropractors adjust the body’s alignment to relieve pain and improve function and to help the body heal itself. While the mainstay of chiropractic is spinal adjustment, chiropractic care may also include other treatments, including manual or adjustment therapies, postural and exercise education, and ergonomic training (how to walk, sit, and stand to limit back strain), diet and nutritional therapy and stress relief among others. Chiropractors today often work in conjunction with primary care doctors, pain experts, and surgeons to treat patients with pain. The most positive research on chiropractic therapy has focused on spinal manipulation for low back pain. As one of the alternatives to pain-relieving drugs, the American College of Physicians low back pain guideline recommends spinal manipulation along with heat, massage and acupuncture.

FUNNY BONE: “Inside me there’s a thin person struggling to get out, but I can usually sedate him with four or five cupcakes.”– Bob Thaves@@ “By the time a man realizes that his father was right, he has a son who thinks he’s wrong.”– Charles Wadsworth@@ “Never doubt the courage of the French. They were the ones who discovered that snails are edible.”– Doug Larson@@ “You know you’re getting old when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you’re down there.”– George Burns@@“If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?”– George Carlin@@“To those of you who received honours, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you, too, can be president of the United States.”– George W. Bush@@“A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.”– H. L. Mencken@@”Can you please hold my hand? “ A mother asks her son: “Anton, do you think I’m a bad mom?” -Son: “My name is Paul.”@@Doctor: “I’ve found a great new drug that can help you with your sleeping problem.” Patient: “Great, how often do I have to take it?”  Doctor: “Every two hours.”@@ Policeman: I’m very sorry, sir, but it looks like your wife got hit by a bus.- Man: I’m aware of that, but Karen has a wonderful personality.

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Sept. 9, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: 4 vitamin C myths exposed Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is one of the most talked-about (and studied) vitamins on the planet.  Yet, despite all the scientific evidence, we still have too many people confused about its benefits – thanks to many misleading “nutritional” articles. But, to be perfectly clear, vitamin C is absolutely essential for cardiovascular and immune system health. In the 1980s, Nobel Prize-winning researcher Linus Pauling definitively linked vitamin C with heart health – and stressed the importance of sufficient supplementation. Now, integrative cardiologists – including Mathias Rath, M.D., and Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD – are continuing Pauling’s lifesaving work. Unfortunately, too many conventionally-trained physicians view high-dosage vitamin C therapy with skepticism – no matter how impressive the results.  Having said that, today we’ll focus on 4 of the greatest myths surrounding vitamin C. Myth #1: There are no studies on vitamin C In his book Primal Panacea, high-dosage vitamin C pioneer Dr. Levy calls this statement “medical malpractice” and says it would be understandable if voiced by a mechanic or stonemason – but not by a physician. Dr. Levy points out that a simple PubMed search yields over 60,000 studies on vitamin C – many of them showing positive effects on human health. Myth #2: There is no evidence that vitamin C works Again, this is absurd. Dr. Levy references over 1,200 studies showing beneficial effects – and says this only “scratches the surface” of what is known about vitamin C’s therapeutic abilities. Myth #3: Vitamin C is unsafe With a superlative safety profile (and no known lethal dose) vitamin C appears to be one of the safest substances on earth.  In fact, natural health experts note that plain water is more toxic than vitamin C. Myth #4: You can get enough vitamin C through diet The current RDA for nonsmoking adults is a paltry 60 mg of vitamin C a day – roughly the amount in one small orange.  Although this is enough to prevent the serious medical condition known as scurvy, natural health experts decry it as ridiculously low. Of course, more vitamin C is required to combat atherosclerosis and heart disease.  In fact, one study showed that it takes 1,500 mg per day to prevent or reverse atherosclerosis in 60 percent or more of the population.

WELLNESS: Popular eating program for kids sparks controversy Although market researchers anticipate strong growth in the weight loss industry, WW, the company is formerly known as Weight Watchers, has posted a loss after rebranding in 2018. One move to regain ground was to release an app aimed at children as young as 8 to address childhood obesity. Although publicly aimed at helping children develop good habits with an app, the company’s stated goal for the new app was to impact 10 million lives with 5 million in the program and another 5 million using other company content by 2020. The announcement angered parents and nutritionists who believe this may give rise to unhealthy eating habits and eating disorders. The app release came one year after the company offered free summer participation for children ages 13 to 17. The original app was designed to help young people develop healthy eating patterns, while the overhaul from WW gives parents greater involvement. It has a paid subscription and allows children to input body measurements to track weight loss. Calorie counting is not the answer to weight loss. NOTE: ask us about weight loss.

CHIROPRACTIC: Legal eagle goes after opioid wholesale distributors While the opioid crisis has received a significant amount of attention, and strategies have been put into place to try to curb the epidemic of overuse and misuse, few of the responsible parties have been held to account. One West Virginia attorney has sued opioid wholesale distributors using a state nuisance statute. Distributors should have reported suspicious activity, yet didn’t. Farrell charges that this unlawful conduct is what has given rise to the public nuisance of rampant opioid addiction. Cardinal Health, one of the three largest opioid distributors in the U.S., denies accountability, blaming the opioid crisis on doctors, pharmacists, regulators and the Drug Enforcement Agency. However, there’s ample evidence showing Cardinal Health ignored suspiciously large orders, shipping an alarming number of pills into areas that should have raised big red warning flags. Wholesale distributors shipped 76 billion opioid pills across the U.S. between 2006 and 2012, more than 10 billion of which came through Cardinal Health. NOTE: Recently Oklahoma was awarded $1 billion from multiple companies that are responsible for the largest drug addiction problem. The number one reason people go to doctors for pain is due to spinal pain. Multiple government studies have shown chiropractic to be the most effective treatment for back pain. Unfortunately due to insurance steering too many people find themselves in a medical doctor’s office with back pain and the medical doctor is going to prescribe drugs. That’s what medical doctors do. That has led to a horrendous addiction problem that could easily have been prevented by patients receiving proper chiropractic care. Chiropractors use spinal adjustments, acupuncture, physical therapy, nutritional therapy and other tools to help patients overcome pain. Chiropractic is first safe and then effective in the treatment of back pain. If you know someone with back pain tell them about chiropractic. If they end up going to a drug therapist they shouldn’t be surprised that drugs are what their prescribed. Save a life tell someone about chiropractic.

FUNNY BONE: We had to have the garage door repaired. The repairman told us that one of our problems was that we did not have a ‘large’ enough motor on the opener. I thought for a minute and said that we had the largest one made at that time, a 1/2 horsepower. He shook his head and said, ‘You need a 1/4 horsepower.’ I responded that 1/2 was larger than 1/4 and he said, ‘NOOO, it’s not. Four is larger than two.’ We haven’t used that repairman since…@@ I live in a semi-rural area. We recently had a new neighbor call the local city council office to request the removal of the DEER CROSSING sign on our road. The reason: ‘Too many deers are being hit by cars out here! I don’t think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore.’@@ The pedestrian light on the corner beeps when it’s safe to cross the street. I was crossing with an ‘intellectually challenged’ co-worker of mine. She asked if I knew what the beeper was for. I explained that it signals blind people when the light is red. Appalled, she responded, ‘what on earth are blind people doing driving?!’ She is a government employee…..

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Sept. 2, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Acetaminophen/ Tylenol  warning: A leading cause of acute liver failure by: Dena Schmidt, staff writer | August 25, 2019 In an ideal world, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would always function in the best interests of the consumer. However, the sad truth is that the FDA often behaves as though it is in the back pocket of the big pharmaceutical companies and their financial interests. Acetaminophen causes an alarming number of cases of liver damage, acute liver failure and death each year, to the tune of 26,000 hospitalizations, 56,000 emergency room visits, 100,000 calls to poison control centers, and over 450 deaths. Even when taken at the recommended doses, acetaminophen can still cause major problems; however, it’s a very profitable drug – which seems to be fueling the lack of emphasis on these risks. The risks are even worse for those who drink three or more alcoholic beverages per day.  Taking even less than the daily recommended dose of acetaminophen for issues such as gastroenteritis can cause serious health risks; however, despite many reports of the dangers of using acetaminophen, the products don’t include sufficient warnings about these dangers. Nearly half of all acetaminophen overdoses are unintentional and occur either when people lose track of how much they are taking or when more is taken because pain is not relieved by the recommended dose. Taking acetaminophen, while taking other medications, is another way that people can accidentally harm to themselves. At over 100,000 per year, acetaminophen is the cause of most of the total calls to U.S. poison control centers, annually.  It also causes more acute liver failure cases than all other medication types combined. NOTE: chiropractic is the best treatment for neck and back pain along with headaches. Chiropractic corrects the cause.

WELLNESS: Eating garlic linked to lower mortality risk by: Joy Jensen, staff writer | August 26, 2019 Allium sativum, or garlic, is a popular herb that has a history dating back centuries. Related to both shallots and onions, garlic is grown across the world, and it’s a popular addition to many recipes due to its savory flavor. But it doesn’t just taste good.  It’s also packed with vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium, manganese, selenium, and potassium. Through the years, research has found that this common cooking ingredient offers some excellent health benefits. And many of these studies suggest that it’s the organosulfur compounds contained in garlic that give it its protective, antioxidant properties. However, a brand-new study took research even further, discovering that eating garlic is linked to lower all-cause mortality, even among aging populations. Previous studies had found that garlic was associated with lower mortality risk in healthy, younger people. However, the new study published in the Nutrients journal decided to look at the oldest aging individuals in the country of China. Researchers looked at a group of more than 27,000 aging adults with the mean age of 92.9 years, and of those participants, 15.9% of them reported that they consumed garlic five or more times each week. At follow-up time, individuals who reported they ate garlic frequently had a longer median survival time compared to those who only ate garlic rarely or occasionally. Researchers concluded that higher garlic consumption was linked to lower all-cause mortality – hypothesizing that it’s the potent antioxidant properties of garlic that provided this protective effect. In fact, consuming garlic five or more times weekly resulted in an 11% decrease in mortality risk for even the oldest study participants.

CONDITION OF THE WEEK:  Chiropractic Adjustments vs. Acupuncture vs. NSAIDs Wouldn’t it be nice if we could assess three common types of treatment for neck and back pain to determine which is the most effective? Here is a look at three studies that compared three popular forms of care for chronic spinal pain to determine the short-term and more importantly, the LONG-TERM benefits of chiropractic care, acupuncture, and non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, like Advil). The FIRST published study included a pilot group of 77 patients complaining of chronic spinal pain (neck, mid-back, or low-back pain). These patients were separated into one of the three treatment groups and received either NSAIDs, acupuncture, or chiropractic manipulation. Patients received care for four weeks with outcome measures (questionnaires) used to assess changes in pain and disability. After a 30-day time frame, only patients who received chiropractic manipulation (CM) reached a level of statistically significant improvement, supporting CM to offer the best SHORT-TERM BENEFITS for those with chronic back/neck pain. The SECOND study included 115 patients, again randomized, to receive either one of the same three treatments, but this time the outcome data was gathered two, five, and nine weeks after the start of treatment. Again, those who received chiropractic manipulation (CM) experienced the best overall improvement at nine weeks. The THIRD study involved follow-up from the same patient group from the SECOND study two years later. Once again, participants completed outcome assessments that measure pain and disability. This time, the results showed that only patients in the chiropractic manipulation group maintained long-term improvements in pain and disability. The researchers concluded that chiropractic care was highly recommended especially in Grades 1 and 2 (which includes the majority of neck pain sufferers). Interestingly, many multidisciplinary physician groups now incorporate chiropractic care as part of their “team” approach, which also offers pain management in the form of medications, injections, PT, and when necessary, surgery. They have seen the value of spinal manipulation for neck pain and often seek out chiropractic because it’s safe, beneficial, and cost-effective.

FUNNY BONE: My daughter went to a Mexican fast food and ordered a taco. She asked the person behind the counter for ‘minimal lettuce.’ He said he was sorry, but they only had iceberg lettuce.@@ I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked, ‘Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?’ To which I replied, ‘If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?’ He smiled knowingly and nodded, ‘That’s why we ask.’@@ When my wife and I arrived at a car dealership to pick up our car after a service, we were told the keys had been locked in it. We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver’s side door. As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked. ‘Hey,’ I announced to the technician, ‘its open!’ His reply, ‘I know. I already did that side.’ STAY ALERT! @@My husband and I went through the McDonald’s driveway window and I gave the cashier a $5 bill. Our total was $4.25, so I also handed her 25c. She said, ‘you gave me too much money.’ I said, ‘Yes I know, but this way you can just give me a dollar back.’ She sighed and went to get the manager who asked me to repeat my request. I did so, and he handed me back the 25c, and said ‘We’re sorry but we don’t do that kind of thing.’ The cashier then proceeded to give me back 75 cents in change. Do not confuse the people at MacD’s.

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Aug. 26, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

WELLNESS: Why collagen is critical for cancer and heart disease prevention by: Lori Alton, staff writer | August 12, 2019 Cancer, which claims roughly 630,000 lives a year, remains the second leading cause of death in the United States – right behind heart disease.  Sadly, experts say that a startling 90 percent of cancer deaths aren’t a result of the original tumor – but of its dangerous metastasis (or spread) into surrounding tissues and organs.  Now, research is highlighting the potential of collagen – the unifying intracellular substance that helps give form and structure to skin, ligaments, cartilage, and bones – to help prevent cancer’s invasion. In order to spread, cancer must first breakthrough connective tissue, which is formed primarily of collagen. And some natural health experts, including noted German physician Mathias Rath, MD, maintain that a weak collagen matrix may actually encourage the spread of cancer.  In fact, some experts refer to cancer as a “collagen disease.” Researchers have found that cancer cells utilize enzymes known as matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) to “melt away” collagen and connective tissue so the cancer can spread. Dr. Rath, a German physician who worked with Nobel Prize-winning scientist Linus Pauling, has devoted much of his career to focusing on how to naturally stop the metastasis of cancer.  And, he believes the answer lies with a specific, collagen-supporting combination of micronutrients.  Dr. Rath reports that he has found that certain natural substances can deactivate the MMPs in cancer cells, thereby inhibiting the invasion of neighboring tissue.  He lists vitamin C – and the amino acid lysine – as particularly beneficial.

IN THE NEWS: Medical benefits of dental floss unproven “The majority of available studies fail to demonstrate that flossing is generally effective in plaque removal,” said one review conducted last year. Another 2015 review cites “inconsistent/weak evidence” for flossing and a “lack of efficacy.” One study review in 2011 did credit floss with a slight reduction in gum inflammation — which can sometimes develop over time into full-fledged gum disease. However, the reviewers ranked the evidence as “very unreliable.” A commentary in a dental magazine stated that any benefit would be so minute it might not be noticed by users. Are skinny people MORE likely to get Alzheimer’s? A new study warns too much weight loss could drive up our risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Experts at Massachusetts General Hospital have found a link between low body-mass index and a build-up of amyloid plaques in the brain, which fuel the devastating brain disorder. The findings have been hailed as a necessary warning to people to eat well and exercise, rather than simply dieting to stay slim. ‘Finding this association with a strong marker of Alzheimer’s disease risk reinforces the idea that being underweight as you get older may not be a good thing when it comes to your brain health,’ senior author of the report, neurologist Gad Marshall, said. The Surprising Health Benefits of Unripe Banana, Papaya and Mango Green (unripened) banana, papaya and mango contain higher amounts of digestive-resistant starch than ripe ones, which is important for optimal gut health. Unripe banana is composed of as much as 80 percent starch, most of which is digestive-resistant starch. As the banana ripens, the starch gets converted into sugars. Unripe Langra mango has as much vitamin C as 35 apples or nine lemons, and while ripe and unripe papaya are both rich in antioxidants and fiber, green papaya contains higher amounts of potassium.

CHIROPRACTIC:  Neck Function and Balance In the nervous system, there are three primary areas that regulate our balance: the cerebellum (located in the back of the brain), the dorsal columns (located in the back of the spinal cord), and the inner ear (the “vestibular” part of our cranial nerve VIII). There are also small, microscopic “proprioceptors” or mechanical receptors located in our joint capsules, muscles, and tendons that relay information to the brain and work hard to keep us upright when we walk, run, and play! Conditions that can result in balance problems include, but are not limited to, BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo), spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal where our spinal cord is located), dorsal column disease, cerebellar lesions, and/or circulation loss into the back of the brain. Other conditions associated with lightheadedness include low or high blood pressure, hydration, medications, postural or orthostatic hypotension, diabetes, endocrine disorders, hyperventilation, heart conditions, and vasovagal syncope. However, issues with BPPV/inner ear are the most common reported cause of dizziness. Emergency actions should be exercised when dizziness is associated with chest pain, shortness of breath, or palpitations. If eating helps resolve the dizziness, blood testing for hypoglycemia is appropriate. If confusion, memory lapses, changes in speech, facial droop, weakness on one side of the body, or acute headache occur, these could be signs of a stroke or a brain bleed or tumor and should be quickly evaluated.  If ANY of these signs or symptoms is present, we will refer you to the appropriate specialty for further evaluation. The upper cervical spine has also been found to affect balance, and it’s a primary area of treatment that we as chiropractors focus on when patients complain about balance dysfunction. Unique to this upper cervical region is the fact that the nucleus of cranial nerve V (the trigeminal nerve) extends down the spinal canal to the C2 level and adjustments in this region can have significant benefits for several other conditions, including trigeminal nerve problems as well as BPPV (inner ear dysfunction such as dizziness) where small crystals dislodge from the ampulla of the semicircular canal and interfere with the flow of fluid inside the canal with resulting dizziness. Adjustments and the BPPV exercises (Epley’s and/or Brandt-Daroff) significantly benefit this cause of dizziness.

FUNNY BONE: The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.@@ The sooner you fall behind, the more time you’ll have to catch up.@@ These are actual comments made on students’ report cards by teachers in the New York City public school system. 1. Since my last report, your child has reached rock bottom and has started to dig. 2. I would not allow this student to breed. 3. Your child has delusions of adequacy. 4. Your son is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot. 5. Your son sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them. 6. The student has a “full six-pack” but lacks the plastic thing to hold it all together. 7. This child has been working with glue too much. 8. When your daughter’s IQ reaches 50, she should sell. 9. The gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn’t coming. 10. If this student were any more stupid, he’d have to be watered twice a week. 11. It’s impossible to believe the sperm that created this child beat out 1,000, 000 others.  12. The wheel is turning but the hamster is definitely dead. 

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Aug. 19, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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IN THE NEWS: The unintended consequences of more potent pot  The legalization of recreational marijuana in almost a dozen states shows how America’s attitude toward the drug may be changing. But the drug has changed too: Newly developed strains of marijuana are far stronger than what people were smoking in the past, leading to unintended consequences like addiction and marijuana toxicity. “Typically, young children around the age of 2 are getting into caregivers’ — whether it’s parents’, grandparents’, babysitters’ — marijuana products, often edible products,” said Dr. Sam Wang. Wang’s findings from Colorado’s Children’s Hospital are included in a new nationwide study that showed a 27% increase in children and teenagers getting emergency treatment for marijuana toxicity. Seventy percent of the cases occurred in states with legalized marijuana. “In severe circumstances, it can affect how they’re breathing and make them comatose and be put on a ventilator,” Wang said.  An exponential increase in marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient, THC, is at the center of the crisis. THC content has spiked from 3.7% to more than 20% — and some cannabis concentrates contain close to 100% THC. Twenty-year-old Colton said that his addiction to marijuana began when the drug was legalized five years ago while he was attending high school in Colorado. States that legalized recreational marijuana have generated almost $3 billion in tax revenue since 2014, when Colorado first started sales. For Brandt, the impact became clear when Colton was failing in college, couldn’t quit cannabis and asked to go to rehab. Colton said that asking for help is “the hardest thing to do” and that his recovery will likely take a lifetime. “The worst part of it is until you do that, it doesn’t get better,” he said. “It only gets worse.”

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

WELLNESS: Potent health benefits of cilantro and coriander seed Cilantro and coriander seed are names identifying the two stages of development of the plant genus Coriandum sativum. Cilantro refers to the initial leafy stage. Cilantro is known to be rich in dietary folate and ascorbic acid (vitamin C), and may help detoxify heavy metals like mercury, arsenic, cadmium and lead. Once it flowers and develops seeds, it becomes known as coriander. Recent research has found cilantro leaf contains a potent potassium channel-activating anticonvulsant, suggesting it may benefit those suffering epileptic seizures. Cilantro activates specific potassium channels responsible for regulating electrical activity in your brain, thereby reducing seizure activity. The primary active ingredient in coriander seed is linalool, which has been shown to prevent oxidative damage, inhibit microbial growth, enhance mood, improve cognition, alleviate anxiety, protect against neurological diseases and reduce pain. Medicinal use of Coriandum sativum — including both leaves and seeds — include treatment of stomachache and nausea, digestive complaints, upper abdominal complaints such as uncomfortable fullness, flatulence and griping (cramps or spasms in the bowel or stomach) and constipation.

CHIROPRACTIC: Disc problems: chiropractic versus steroid injections. The recent study comparing the effectiveness of chiropractic to a common practice of steroid injections from medical professionals have found chiropractic adjustments superior. Not only do the adjustments produce better outcome but there is significantly less side effects. What the study doesn’t cover is the difference between correcting the problem and suppressing the problem with drugs. When you have a disc problem you have an alignment problem in virtually all cases. Drugs cannot realign the spine. Even if the drug gave you symptomatic improvement the underlying issue is still present and disc damage is still progressing. When you correct the problem with adjustments, as you realign the vertebra you re-stabilize the disc which allows for normal healing. The difference in both approaches would not be fully realized until at least 5 to 10 years. At that point the continued deterioration would become obvious again under the drug therapy whereas the chiropractic approach, by fixing the problem, offers a better long-term outcome. Heart disease is a condition that is best treated through natural methods. Studies show that most medical approaches don’t extend life as much is reports would indicate. Balloons, stents and bypass surgery come with several complications. Chiropractic adjustments help balance the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system which is crucial to heart health. Targeted nutrients to the blood vessels that surround the heart can cause dramatic improvement in short periods of time. Following your body type diet with emphasis on anti-inflammatory foods and balancing the body’s pH can take a surgical heart condition and turn it into a healthy heart in the matter of weeks.

FUNNY BONE:  Dad. noun. A man with pictures in his wallet where his money used to be.@@ Internet (noun) the reason you are failing your classes.@@ Mother [muhther]–noun 1.. One person who does the work of 20. …… For free. @@Reality-noun the annoying time between sleep and Internet.@@Teacher-noun a person who helps you solve problems would never have without them.@@Cell phone-noun a device used for looking less alone while in public places by yourself.@@Feet-noun a device used for finding Legos in the dark.@@Want to hear a joke about construction? I’m still working on it.@@”Doctor, are you sure I’m suffering from pneumonia? I’ve heard once about a doctor treating someone with pneumonia and finally he died of typhus.” “Don’t worry, it won’t happen to me. If I treat someone with pneumonia he will die of pneumonia.”@@What’s the difference between a general practitioner and a specialist? One treats what you have, the other thinks you have what he treats.

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Aug. 12, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: ‘Star Wars’ protest against forced vaccinations in California Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened May 31, 2019, at Disneyland Resort in California, and a small group of “freedom fighters” staged a protest against forced vaccinations outside the entrance. Dressed as Star Wars characters and holding signs in protest against mandatory vaccinations, the protestors took the opportunity to demonstrate against this violation of informed consent rights. A number of states are eliminating conscientious, philosophical and religious belief vaccine exemptions, leaving only medical exemptions signed by a state-approved doctor or other medical worker but, according to federal vaccine use guidelines, almost no health condition qualifies for a medical exemption. California SB 276 would restrict medical vaccine exemptions to those approved by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. California Department of Public Health officials would have the ultimate say in whether a child’s health condition meets the CDC’s narrow guidelines to qualify for a medical vaccine exemption. It’s estimated that nearly half of children who are currently attending day care or school with medical vaccine exemptions may be denied entry this coming school year if the new bill becomes law.

WELLNESS: Eat your way to perfect skin! Many of us will not think twice about splashing out on expensive products to beat blemishes and ageing and make skin glow. But according to Mandi Nyambi, a US beauty expert, with a background in stem cell biology and nutrition, knowing what you eat and its effects on your skin can save you incalculable worry and money.  VITAMIN A  What it does: Eating food that are rich in vitamin A is great to protect the longevity of your skin, as well as to quicken your skin’s ability to repair itself. VITAMIN B12 When it comes to the skin, B12 helps preserve its elasticity.  VITAMIN C . A very well-known antioxidant, it is also plays an important role in the production of collagen. Collagen is a major component of our skin, but over time, its production decreases, which causes wrinkles to appear. Taking collagen supplements or eating foods that are rich in Vitamin C can help prevent the appearance of crows feet. VITAMIN D The vitamin can also help fight infections.   Lack of Vitamin D can result in muscle and bone pain, as well as acne. Eating foods rich in this particular vitamin will keep pimples and blackheads at bay.  VITAMIN E This nutrient offers a number of skin care benefits. Not only does it help preserve your skin’s longevity, it’s also full of antioxidants and helps prevent the formation of scars.   ZINC What it does: Studies have found that zinc deficiency could lead to acne, so you might want to make that this nutrient makes an appearance in your diet. OMEGA 3, 6, 9 Omega 3, 6 and 9 are three types of fatty acid that play a crucial role in the well-being of our cells. Omega 3 can help with a number of things, but as far as the skin is concerned, it is particularly good for inflammation.   LACTOBACILLUS What it does: Lactobacillus is a type of bacteria, but the good kind. According to Mandi it helps with repairing the skin barrier and fight inflammation all over the body. 

CHIROPRACTIC: Chiropractic Sleep Relief If you can’t seem to get a good night’s sleep, there’s some good news. Booking a visit with a chiropractor won’t just soothe your achy back—it may also improve the quality of your shuteye. While chiropractors generally aren’t thought of as being experts on sleep issues, one-third of people who have a chiropractic adjustment report that they experience immediate sleep improvement. Chiropractic care helps alleviate discomfort and improve relaxation and blood flow. Not only can a chiropractor diagnose and treat spinal problems to relieve discomfort, but he or she can also offer suggestions for getting better sleep. Your chiropractor may tell you which particular sleep position is best for you (most chiropractors discourage snoozing on your stomach) and whether a chiropractic pillow or a more supportive mattress might be the key to ending your restless nights. And adults aren’t the only ones who can benefit. Forty percent of infants experience deeper slumbers after just one session with a chiropractor—a fact that every parent will love, considering that about one out of four babies has sleep troubles. And it’s likely that once your tot is sleeping well, you’ll get a better night’s sleep, too. Intrigued? Luckily, chiropractic visits are covered by most health insurance plans, so there’s no harm in finding out whether the treatment works for you—especially if you’re someone who prefers natural treatments to medication.

FUNNY BONE: A first-grade teacher can’t believe her student isn’t hepped up about the Super Bowl. “It’s a huge event. Why aren’t you excited?” Because I’m not a football fan. My parents love basketball, so I do too,” says the student. “Well, that’s a lousy reason,” says the teacher. “What if your parents were morons? What would you be then?” “Then I’d be a football fan.”@@ Regular naps prevent old age, especially if you take them while driving.@@ Few women admit their age; few men act it.@@ A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.@@ Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.@@ If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?@@ Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.@@What happens if you get scared half to death twice?

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Aug. 5, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Allergy, Asthma Risk Are Increased by Microbial Compound in Infant Gut  Research ‘Paves the Way’ for Early Interventions to Prevent Childhood Inflammatory Diseases By Nicholas Weiler A study of newborn infants has identified a compound produced by gut bacteria that appears to predispose certain infants to allergies and asthma later in life. “We have discovered a specific bacterial lipid in the neonatal gut that promotes immune dysfunction associated with allergic asthma and can be used to assess which babies are at risk of developing the disease in childhood” said study senior author Susan Lynch, PhD, a professor of medicine at UC San Francisco. “This finding paves the way for early-life gut microbiome interventions to prevent these diseases from developing.” Lynch’s lab has previously shown that one-month-old infants with unhealthy gut microbial ecosystems – more like a weedy lot than a well-functioning garden – are at increased risk of developing asthma later in childhood. They have also shown that a specific fatty molecule, or lipid, called 12,13-diHOME, found at high concentrations in the feces of these babies, reduced the number and activity of a key group of immune cells called regulatory T cells (Tregs) that normally suppress allergic inflammation. This is likely just one component of a complex microbiome-immune interaction in young infants that promotes allergy and asthma development in childhood,” Lynch said. “But it is a first step towards a more mechanistic understanding of the suite of microbial products that increase susceptibility to allergies and asthma during childhood.” Note: in order to protect the newborns gut it’s important to avoid antibiotics, certain chemicals in foods and drink and make sure a good dose of friendly bacteria is part of the normal diet.

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

CONDITION OF THE WEEK: Magic of Mushrooms – The risk of breast cancer is reduced to one third for those who eat mushroom at least thrice a week. research shows that folks who consume at least 10 grams a day were 64% less likely to develop this form of cancer than others.  Belly needs berries – Which is the best relief for a troubled stomach? Strawberries. They not only eliminate the ulcers of the stomach, but also minimize the damage done by the mucous membrane. It is free of side effects as it is a fruit and is hence suggested by naturopaths for regular consumption. It is good to note that turmeric, dark green vegetables and yoghurt also pack similar benefits. Relaxing the feet to prevent headaches – Sounds strange, but very true. When you are suffering from mild headaches, try placing feet into a bucket of warm water. Better still if you add a tablespoon of salt. Best to add few drops of lavender or eucalyptus. The story behind this is that the blood vessels dilate thereby drawing blood away from head and rushing towards feet. It also cleans the skin pores and lets the oil contents get into the bloodstream.

FUNNY BONE: Tech Support: “I need you to right-click on the Open Desktop”. Customer: “OK”. Tech Support: “Did you get a pop-up menu?”. Customer: “No”. Tech Support: “OK. Right-Click again. Do you see a pop-up menu?”. Customer: “No”. Tech Support: “OK, sir. Can you tell me what you have done up until this point?”. Customer: “Sure. You told me to write ‘click’ and I wrote ‘click'”. Tech Support: “OK. In the bottom left hand side of the screen, can you see the ‘OK’ button displayed?”. Customer: “Wow! How can you see my screen from there?”. @@Montana Dumb Laws  It is a felony for a wife to open her husband’s mail.  – It is illegal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone. – Seven or more Indians are considered a raiding or war party and it is legal to shoot them. – In Montana, it is illegal for married women to go fishing alone on Sundays, and illegal for unmarried women to fish alone at all. – It is a misdemeanor to show movies that depict acts of felonious crime. – Excelsior Springs: Balls may not be thrown within the city limits. – Helena: No item may be thrown across a street. – Helena: A woman can’t dance on a table in a saloon or bar unless she has on at least three pounds, two ounces of clothing. – Salisbury: Pop bottles are not to be thrown on the ground. – Whitehall: It is illegal to operate a vehicle with ice picks attached to the wheels.

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday July 29, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Scientists Just Found How Nerve Cells Can Pass Information Down Several Generations As a rule, your brain’s activity doesn’t influence the physiological development of your sex cells. In simpler terms: What you ‘think’ can’t be inherited. But now it looks like we may need to rethink this rule for at least one species. The activity of nematode neurons has been shown to influence the foraging behaviour of the next generation of worms, and it could be caused by a novel inheritance pathway. A team of scientists from Tel Aviv University in Israel describes how free-floating strands of RNA generated inside roundworm (Caenorhabditis elegans) neurons affect the way subsequent generations sniff out their meals.With that in mind, the discovery is potentially huge: it could describe an entirely new mechanism by which one generation affects the physical state of the next.Since these ‘epigenetic’ processes can be influenced by the environment, it’s now seen as another way events that take place in the lives of one generation can affect the development of not only children, but potentially multiple generations. Rechavi and his team have now demonstrated that inheriting these neuronal RNA fragments can result in differences in learning and behaviour not just in the next generation, but for several generations down the line. “Through this route, parents could potentially transmit information that would be beneficial to the progeny in the context of natural selection,” says biologist and study co-author Itai A. Toker.

WELLNESS: Found in Minuscule Amounts in Foods, yet Essential for Healthy Cellular Aging and Immune Health How Quercetin and Pterostilbene stands apart…Supports lung and bronchial tract health, cellular and mitochondrial health, memory and focus, athletic performance, heart health and more. Is ideal for long-term, year-round use to help support immune health and your natural defense against seasonal threats. Experts agree… eating a diet rich in fruits and especially vegetables can go a long way toward keeping you healthy. How? Largely because of a special class of antioxidant compounds called flavonoids. Flavonoids are the biggest family of polyphenolic compounds and are more simply called polyphenols. Plants naturally produce flavonoids to help protect themselves against harsh conditions, UV light, injury and parasitic invaders. When you consume flavonoids, their rich supply of phytochemicals interacts with enzyme systems involved in some of your body’s most crucial pathways. These super-antioxidants are so important to your health, your well-being depends on them. Studies show the more flavonoids you consume, the lower your risk for developing adverse health effects.  Quercetin is a natural flavonoid found in very small amounts in many foods, such as apples, berries, onions, broccoli, black tea and a flower from the Sophora japonica tree. Widely distributed in the plant kingdom, quercetin has played an important role in folk medicine for centuries. Another powerful antioxidant, pterostilbene,is naturally produced by blueberries and other small berries, but the amount each berry produces is incredibly small. Note: we have a supplement that contains a lot of these elements.

CHIROPRACTIC: Breaking Free From Dystonia Dr. Christa Hubbard was in chiropractic school when she had a severe car accident. This is when her dystonia, a disease characterized by uncontrollable muscle spasms, began. The symptoms were a tightening sensation on the right side of her face and neck. This made it incredibly difficult for her to hold up her head, and the pain continues to spread through the entire right side of her body. Four years after the accident, she was on the verge of never being able to stand on her feet again. At this point, her arm and leg muscles were beginning to contract, and she was beginning to lose control of her motor skills. It seemed to only worsen as time went on. In college, Dr. Hubbard had been a Division I skier and athletics had always played a large role in her life. However, due to dystonia, she says her body was “contorted in an unrelenting state” where any movement at all became nearly impossible. She could no longer recognize herself—inside or out. This created an insurmountable sense of hopelessness. On top of the physical pain, she could no longer take care of her 5-month-old daughter and her cognitive abilities were continually declining. After seeking help from all kinds of medical professionals, she finally sought out a chiropractor. With 11 months of chiropractic care, which consisted of one adjustment of the spine and extremities combined with neurological therapies she did to strength her brain, the thirty-year-old doctor is finally free from the cage of dystonia. As a chiropractor herself, she is shocked by the miraculous “untwisting” of her body with this treatment. She can now continue with her own practice as well as spend time with her daughter and husband.

FUNNY BONE:  I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.@@ Borrow money from pessimists — they don’t expect it back.@@ Half the people you know are below average.@@ 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.@@ 82.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.@@A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.@@ If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain.@@ Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.@@ Don’t tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon.@@ Billion-dollar idea. A smoke detector that shuts off when you yell “I’m just cooking!”@@Why buy it for seven dollars when you can make it yourself with $92 of craft supplies.@@I don’t care what anyone thinks of me…..except dogs-I want dogs to like me.@@Dear Karma, I have a list of people you missed.@@Common sense is like deodorant. The people who need it the most never use it.@@It’s just a matter of time before they add the word “syndrome” after my last name.@@The more you weigh, the harder it you are to kidnap. Stay safe. Eat cake.

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday July 22, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Breaking NEWS: How VOCs could be destroying your health, while you sleep by: Sara Middleton, staff writer | July 12, 2019 Have you ever heard of VOCs? No, they’re not some knock-off brand of colorful plastic shoes named after a crocodile.  VOCs are “volatile organic compounds” that can cause a number of unwanted health effects.  You may have never even heard of VOCs before – but your home is a major source of exposure to them, if you’re not careful. Today, we feature a breaking study published in Environmental Science and Technology – which reveals just how prevalent these harmful chemicals are in mattresses – and how a sound night’s sleep could be dangerously increasing your exposure. Reported effects include: Headaches, Nausea and vomiting, Dizziness, Persistent coughing, Wheezing or difficulty breathing, Confusion and memory loss, Dizziness, Skin, nose, and throat irritation, Respiratory tract infections, Eye infections and vision problems, Nosebleeds, Fatigue. More serious consequences that occur from long-term exposure to certain VOCs – such as radon, benzene, and formaldehyde – may include asthma, seizures, personality changes, hyperactivity, learning difficulties, neurological dysfunction, and even cancer.Here are a few things you can do: Get a high-quality, indoor air purification system.  Install and maintain carbon monoxide and radon detectors in your home, and get your house tested for harmful chemicals with an HVAC expert in your area. Improve your ventilation, which can include natural strategies like growing indoor plants and using essential oil diffusers. Consider purchasing non-toxic and/or organic furniture – and at the very least commit to using non-toxic household cleaners. The bottom line: it’s important to recognize that we live in a toxic world.  But, for every problem – there is a solution.  Take action today to protect the health of yourself and your family.  It’s worth the effort.

WELLNESS: Ancestral diet can prevent macular degeneration Physicians are taught that macular degeneration is an inevitable consequence primarily caused by aging and genetics, and has always existed at high prevalence. This, it turns out, is not true. Projections suggest 196 million people will have macular degeneration by 2020, and it’s expected to increase to 288 million by 2040. Before 1925, there were no more than about 50 cases of macular degeneration in all of the world’s literature. By 1940, it was becoming slightly more common. By 1975, 8.8% of Americans over the age of 52 had macular degeneration, which was approximately 4.5 million people. Research by Dr. Chris Knobbe, an ophthalmologist, reveals macular degeneration is a disease primarily induced by a westernized diet. Knobbe recommends an ancestral diet; you can eat anything you want, provided it’s real food, made from scratch without polyunsaturated vegetable oils or trans fats. Refined white flour or sugar should also be minimized.

CHIROPRACTIC: Time to Visit Your Chiropractor – Even When You’re Not in Pain Why visit your doctor of chiropractic periodically – even when you’re not experiencing pain or other symptoms? Here’s why. The latest study on maintenance care for low back health suggests receiving chiropractic care periodically dramatically reduces the number of days you’ll experience “bothersome” low back pain over the course of a year. Published in the multidisciplinary open-access journal PLOS One, the study included 328 patients ages 18-65 with nonspecific low back pain who experienced a favorable response to chiropractic care during their initial course of treatment. Patients were then randomly allocated to one of two groups for one year: a maintenance care group that received periodic chiropractic care or a control group that returned to their chiropractor only when LBP symptoms were present. Every week, researchers assessed subjects’ low back pain with a single question: “On how many days during the past week were you bothered by your lower back (i.e., it affected your daily activities or routines)?” During the 12-month tracking period, members of the maintenance care (MC) group made an average of 6.7 visits to the chiropractor, compared with 4.8 visits by members of the control group. Those additional visits correlated with 12.8 fewer days of bothersome low back pain, on average, for the MC group compared to the control group. How important is 12.8 fewer days of bothersome LBP a year? We’re sure you agree it’s worth a few additional visits to your chiropractor! And that’s the beauty of chiropractic care – it helps minimize the chances your pain will occur / recur, rather than treating it with medication once you’re already in pain. If you’re smart, you don’t wait until your car breaks down to take it to the mechanic, and you don’t wait until your teeth fall out to visit the dentist; so why wait until you’re in pain before going to your chiropractor? As we mentioned at the beginning, this isn’t the first study – and likely won’t be the last – to suggest maintenance chiropractic care is more effective than symptom-guided care for low back pain.

FUNNY BONES: I just found out I’m colorblind. The diagnosis came completely out of the purple.@@ Smoking will kill you… Bacon will kill you… But, smoking bacon will cure it.@@ Subway is definitely the healthiest fast food available because they make you get out of the car.@@ Always identify who to blame in an emergency.@@ Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.@@ I don’t engage in mental combat with the unarmed.@@ Claustrophobic people are more productive thinking out of the box.@@ My mate broke his left arm and left leg, but he was alright.@@ A worldwide survey was conducted by the UN. The only question asked was: “Would you please give your honest opinion about solutions to the food shortage in the rest of the world?” The survey was a huge failure. In Africa they didn’t know what “food” meant. In Eastern Europe they didn’t know what “honest” meant. In Western Europe they didn’t know what “shortage” meant. In China they didn’t know what “opinion” meant. In the Middle East they didn’t know what “solution” meant. In South America they didn’t know what “please” meant. And in the USA they didn’t know what “the rest of the world” meant.

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday July 15, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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

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

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday July 8, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

918-663-1111

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday July 1, 2019

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John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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

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

CHIROPRACTIC: Surprise: Chiropractors Can Treat These  Conditions By David Starr, ContributorNov. 30, 2015 YOU MIGHT THINK chiropractors are only able to help with back aches, stiff necks, slipped discs and whiplash injuries. If so, you’re not alone – but you’re missing out. Chiropractic care – which is based on the understanding that, given the opportunity, the mind and body can heal itself – can treat many issues that might surprise you. 1. Migraines and tension headaches Research shows that spinal adjustments – the primary form of care provided by chiropractic doctors – is an effective way to treat tension headaches and headaches that begin in the neck. In a clinical trial conducted at Macquarie University, 72 percent of migraine sufferers experienced either “substantial” or “noticeable” improvement after a period of chiropractic treatment. 2. Stress and anxiety Chiropractors can release muscle tension, one effect of chronic stress that leads to nerve irritation and creates uneven pressures on the body’s bony structures, which can cause the spinal column to become misaligned. This, in turn, helps the body return to a more balanced, relaxed state. Chiropractic adjustments can reduce spinal nerve irritation and improve blood circulation, which can help signal the brain to turn off the “fight or flight” response and begin the healing process. A doctor of chiropractic can suggest nutritional supplements, like B complex vitamins, to help the body cope with stress. A chiropractor can also recommend relaxation techniques and discuss posture and environmental changes to help you recover from chronic stress. 3. Fibromyalgia Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder involving widespread pain and sensitivity throughout the entire musculoskeletal system. To be diagnosed with FM, a patient typically has a minimum of 11 out of 18 specific tender points on the body. In addition to pain, patients also report long-term fatigue and/or disturbed sleep and mood. Other disorders commonly associated with FM include irritable bowel syndrome, TMJ pain and dysfunction, psychological conditions and some autoimmune diseases. In one study, 60 percent of the subjects treated by a chiropractor experienced a significant improvement: reduced pain, improved sleep and decreased fatigue.

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

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday June 24, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday June 17, 2019

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  John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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

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

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

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

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday June 10, 2019

Courtesy of:

  John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

FUNNY BONE:  “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”– Bernard Baruch@@ “Money won’t buy happiness, but it will pay the salaries of a large research staff to study the problem.”– Bill Vaughan@@“The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.”– Bill Watterson @@“I’ve always wanted to go to Switzerland to see what the army does with those wee red knives.”– Billy Connolly@@ If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.@@To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.@@The colder the x-ray table, the more of your body is required to be on it.@@ If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday June 3, 2019

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John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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

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

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

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

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday May 27, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday May 20, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday May 13, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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

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

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday May 6, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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