WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Jan. 20. 2020

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

CHIROPRACTIC: Is Chiropractic Care a Potential Solution for 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. By removing stress on the nervous system there is a corresponding relaxation of the muscular system as well. Removing nerve pressure causes a cascade of chemical reactions within the nervous system that produce a sense of well-being. Stay regular with your chiropractic care.

WELLNESS: Let’s all be grateful Gratitude has a long tradition within world religions, where it is viewed as a virtue that leads to a good life. One simple and proven way of cultivating gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal, in which you document the things you’re thankful for each day. From a psychological perspective, the practice of gratitude has been shown to increase happiness and life satisfaction, lower stress, increase your perceived level of social support, improve emotional resiliency and reduce depression. Biologically, gratitude reduces pain and lowers inflammation, improves your heart rate variability and lowers your risk for heart disease, and improves sleep and general health by encouraging self-care. Studies have also shown gratitude can have a beneficial impact on other areas of your life as well — boosting productivity, reducing materialism and increasing generosity, for example, all of which can improve your general happiness.

IN THE NEWS: Cancer and the New Biology of Water  In “Cancer and the New Biology of Water,” Dr. Thomas Cowan explains why cancer is not a problem of oncogenes (a gene which in certain circumstances can transform a cell into a tumor cell) but rather a problem involving the cytoplasm — the structured water — of the cell. Mitochondrial defects are an integral part of the breakdown of the structure in the water, which then triggers the formation of cancer. “When you look at what the function of the mitochondria is — which is essentially to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP) — and you see what the role of ATP is and how integral ATP is to the structuring of the water in the cytoplasm, then you begin to see the connections between the mitochondrial dysfunction … [and the] deterioration of the cytoplasmic water that leads to cancer.”Lifestyle strategies that will help restructure the water in your cells, thereby helping prevent cancer include eating a ketogenic diet and exposing your body to sunlight and near-infrared light such as near-infrared sauna. Other strategies include grounding to the earth by walking barefoot, posing yourself to the biofields of other biological entities, such as the touch of other humans and animals, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Mistletoe therapy stimulates your fever response.  It’s an immunostimulating medicine that also works like a chemo drug.

FUNNY BONES Late one night this guy is speeding down the empty road. A cop sees him go flying past so chases him and pulls him over. The cop goes up to the car and when the man rolls down the window, he asks, “Are you aware of how fast you were going, sir?” The man replies, “Yes I am. I’m trying to escape a robbery I got involved in.” The cop looks at him disbelievingly and asks him, “Were you the one being robbed, sir?” The man casually replies, “Oh no, I was the one who committed the robbery. I was escaping.” The cop is shocked and surprised that the man has admitted this so freely. He says, “So you’re telling me you were speeding…AND committed a robbery?” “Oh yes,” replies the man calmly. “I have all the loot in the back.” The cop is now starting to get angry and says, “Sir, I’m afraid you have to come with me” as he reaches into the window to take the car keys out of the ignition. The man shouts, “Don’t do that! I’m afraid that you’ll find the gun in my glove compartment!” At this the cop pulls his hand out of the window and says, “Wait here” as he returns to his car and calls for backup. Soon there are cars, cops and helicopters all over, everywhere you look. The man is quickly dragged out of his car, handcuffed and taken towards a cop car. However, just before he is put in the car and taken away a cop walks up to him and says, while pointing at the cop that pulled him over, “Sir, this officer tells us that you had committed a robbery, had stolen loot in the trunk of your car, and had a loaded gun in your glove compartment. However, we didn’t find any of these things in your car.” The man replies, “Yeah, and I bet that liar said I was speeding too!”@@ Definitions from a different perspective: Feet-a device used for finding Legos in the dark. Clapping-repeatedly high-fiving yourself for someone else’s accomplishment. Secrets-something you tell everyone to tell nobody. Laziness-risking to drop everything you carry rather than walking twice. Teenager-when you’re too young for half the things you want to do and too old to do the other half.

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Jan. 13, 2020

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Scientists Now Know How Sleep Cleans Toxins From the Brain

The synchronized brain waves of non-REM sleep may play a key role in preventing toxins from accumulating in a person’s brain. Researchers have been putting in late nights in their Boston University lab. Lewis ran tests until around 3:00 in the morning, then ended up sleeping in the next day. It was like she had jet lag, she says, without changing time zones. It’s not that Lewis doesn’t appreciate the merits of a good night’s sleep. She does. But when you’re trying to map what’s happening in a slumbering human’s brain, you end up making some sacrifices. “It’s this great irony of sleep research,” she says. “You’re constrained by when people sleep.” When we sleep our brains travel through several phases, from a light slumber to a deep sleep that feels like we’ve fallen unconscious, to rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, when we’re more likely to have dreams. Lewis’ work looks at non-REM sleep, that deep phase which generally happens earlier in the night and which has already been associated with memory retention. One important 2013 study on mice showed that while the rodents slept, toxins like beta amyloid, which can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease, got swept away. What she discovered was that during non-REM sleep, large, slow waves of cerebrospinal fluid were washing over the brain. The EEG readings helped show why. During non-REM sleep, neurons start to synchronize, turning on and off at the same time. “First you would see this electrical wave where all the neurons would go quiet,” says Lewis. Because the neurons had all momentarily stopped firing, they didn’t need as much oxygen. That meant less blood would flow to the brain. But Lewis’s team also observed that cerebrospinal fluid would then rush in, filling in the space left behind. The study also could have clinical applications for treating Alzheimer’s. Recent attempts at developing medications have targeted beta amyloid. But drugs that looked promising at first all failed once they got into clinical trials. “This opens a new avenue,” says Nedergaard. Instead of trying to act on one particular molecule, new interventions might instead focus on increasing the amount of cerebrospinal fluid that washes over the brain.

WELLNESS: Imbalance of fatty acids linked to most common age-related diseases Chronic disease is on the rise. Right now, 133 million Americans – nearly half the population – have at least one chronic illness such as diabetes or heart disease. With so much illness prevalent – and with the aging of the population overall – it’s no wonder many individuals are worried about healthy aging.  But, could consuming the proper amount of omega 3 fatty acids be part of the solution? Research shows most Americans are not consuming enough omega 3 fatty acids in their diets. Turns out this is hugely problematic, and not just because people aren’t getting enough of these healthy nutrients. People also aren’t consuming the right ratio of fatty acids – which is believed to be a major driver of age-related health problems. Omega 3 fatty acids, including EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), are healthy nutrients found abundantly in fatty fish. Another kind of fatty acids are called omega 6 fatty acids.  These are primarily found in foods containing sunflower, cottonseed, soybean, and corn oils – in other words, processed foods. This is exactly why the modern diet (which is heavy with processed foods) causes humans to consume way more omega 6 fatty acids and not enough omega 3 fatty acids.  In ancient history, our ancestors’ diet included a more balanced omega 6 to omega 3 ratio of about 4 to 1.  Today’s typical human has a ratio of 20 to 1! Why is this extreme ratio so bad for health and believed to be driving age-related diseases?  Well, the most common type of omega 6 fatty acid (called linoleic acid) gets transformed in the body into a substance that promotes inflammation and blood vessel constriction. While this isn’t necessarily “bad,” it is bad when so much omega 6 is being consumed that these inflammatory and blood vessel changes becomes chronic and widespread, which we see in things like heart disease. NOTE: do you need more omega 3, 6 or 9. Getting Vega testing can help determine your balance.

CHIROPRACTIC:  21 Benefits you might not have known: Improves joint mobility, function and health. Makes tight muscles loose and loose muscles tight and improves the contractibility (thereby strength) of the muscle. Decreases degeneration of the joint and connective tissues (arthritis). Decreases the on-­-going inflammatory process associated with the subluxation. Improves circulation taking stagnant blood out and bringing new blood in. Speeds up the recovery process. Improves nerve system function and the individual nerve’s ability to carry nerve impulses more efficiently. Strengthens the immune system. Improves individual organ system function (heart, lung, sinuses, digestive, etc). Improves a person’s disposition (they’re more FUN to be around). Calms a hyperactive mind and energizes a depressed mind. Increases energy, vitality and improves sleep. Relieves/Improves Prenatal Discomfort Decreases length of labor and associated back pain. Decreases the adverse effects of stress. Improves athletic performance (for ANY sport). Improves Quality of Life by enhancing the enjoyment/fulfillment of a person’s Key Values Prevention ability for sickness, disease and pain. Improves overall health and wellness for infants and children. Improves cognitive ability (ability to THINK more clearly). Oh…and it DECREASES PAIN!

FUNNY BONES: During the heat of the space race in the 1960’s, NASA quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in the zero gravity confines of its space capsules. After considerable research and development, the Astronaut Pen was developed at a cost of $1 million. The pen worked in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including glass and also enjoyed some modest success as a novelty item back here on earth.

The Soviet Union, when faced with the same problem, used a pencil.

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Jan. 6, 2020

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

CHIROPRACTIC: Keeping the immune system strong during cold and flu season Spinal adjustments have been shown to boost immune function because they serve to correct the spinal misalignments that cause neural dysfunction. … Even one adjustment can bring about an immediate immune boost. A chiropractic adjustment isn’t the only way to increase your immune function.  Several years ago a scientists studying chiropractic patients found they had a 200% more active immune system than the average person on the street.  Because the nervous system regulates and controls all other systems of the body including the immune system when you release stress on the nervous system through an adjustment you allow the immune system to better express itself in defending you against viruses and bacteria. It’s important to maintain some type of regular care in order to reap these benefits. During cold and flu season is an excellent time to get weekly adjustments. Also remember the five laws of health: a clean diet including plenty of filtered water, some form of regular exercise, rest and relaxation (7-9 hours of sleep), a positive mental and spiritual attitude, and a nervous system free of pressure. As more and more independent research shows how ineffective the flu shot is, utilize natural healthcare to give your body the best chance. And if you notice early signs of a cold or they get testing can help determine the nutrients your body’s needing to better fight. Remember, chiropractic first, drug second and surgery last. Stay well in the new year utilize regular chiropractic care.

WELLNESS: Immune-boosting foods to get you through cold and flu season  

Ginger tea When it comes to treating a common cold, ginger is one of the best foods for relief. In a review published in the International Journal of Preventative Medicine, researchers summarized that ginger’s potent anti-inflammtory properties were key in the root’s powers to combat a cold or flu. Oranges are packed with vitamin C, an essential nutrient when you’re feeling under the weather. Water When you’re feeling sick, good ol’ H2O can be one of the most helpful drinks to sip. Staying hydrated can help loosen trapped mucus. Greek yogurt is filled with sickness-fighting probiotics and is packed with more protein than regular yogurt. A meta-analysis published in the journal Korean Journal of Family Medicine found that probiotics can help to prevent and treat the common cold. Blueberries are filled with antioxidants that can help treat and prevent coughs and colds. According to research conducted by the University of Auckland, consuming flavonoids — a class of antioxidants found in blueberries — made adults 33 percent less likely to catch a cold than those who did not eat flavonoid-rich foods or supplements daily. Ginseng tea is popular for more reasons than its delicious taste. Namely, the tea has been used as a treatment for upper respiratory tract infections (aka the common cold). Wild salmon is filled with zinc, a nutrient that has been proven to assist with reducing common cold symptoms. Green tea is one of the best sources for fighting off a cold. It contains flavonoids, an antioxidant that boosts immunity, and has anti-inflammatory properties, according to a study published in the Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology. Garlic has built a reputation for being one of the best cold-curing foods, and for good reason. A review of the food published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews showed that a group of participants in a study who ate garlic over a three-month period only had 24 cases of the common cold total, a significant decrease in comparison to the 65 cases reported by the control group.

IN THE NEWS: Get dramatic relief from the symptoms of menopause naturally The good news: Multiple clinical studies demonstrate the efficacy of Siberian rhubarb. Used in Germany for over a quarter of a century to treat menopause symptoms, Siberian rhubarb extract is derived from the rhizomes (or underground stems) of rhapontic rhubarb, which is botanically known as Rheum rhaponticum. In a landmark study published in Menopause, researchers gave either a placebo or 4 mg of Siberian rhubarb extract a day to a group of 109 women suffering from symptoms of perimenopause.  And, the results were dramatic! The rhubarb group experienced a 54 percent decrease in total symptom scores, as measured by the Menopause Rating Scale (since 2004, the MRS has been acknowledged as the gold standard for evaluating menopausal symptoms). In addition, there were “significant improvements” in all 11 menopause symptoms.  In other words, there was no symptom that did not respond to the therapy – truly encouraging news! No adverse effects were reported, leading the team to conclude that the extract was well tolerated and safe.

FUNNY BONES: Anne went away to college and promptly became an avid animal right activist. When she came home for the Holidays she noticed her mother wearing a beautiful genuine fur coat. “Oh Mom,” Anne exclaimed in a disapproving tone, “some animal must have suffered terribly just so you can get a fur coat.” “ANNE!” Screamed her Mom Aghast ” I SEND YOU AWAY TO COLLEGE AND YOU COME BACK TALKING LIKE THAT?! HOW DARE YOU TALK THAT WAY ABOUT YOUR DAD!!!”@@ As a popular local politician I always try to help out whenever I can. So that’s how it came to be that when a fellow came up to me in a hotel lobby the other day and asked me for a small favor I was more then happy to oblige. “Hi,” said the fellow, introducing himself as Bob Smith. “I’m having a very important business meeting in a few minutes, and it’s very important that I impress them. If you can just come over during our meeting and say hello I would be forever indebted to you!” So that’s how a few minutes later, I found myself walking over to the fellow with a big smile on my face, “Hi Bob!” I said. “I barely got the words out of my mouth when Bob looked up with an annoyed expression, “DON’T BOTHER ME NOW CHRIS. CAN’T YOU SEE I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF AN IMPORTANT MEETING?!

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Dec. 30, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

      (918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Dec. 16, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Dec. 9, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Dec. 2, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

WELLNESS:  The connection between artificial sweeteners and diabetes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How artificial sweeteners cause glucose intolerance

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

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

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

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

Artificial sweeteners proven to do more harm than good

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

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

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

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

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

Sources for this article include:

Clinical.Diabetesjournals.org
Nature.com

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

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

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

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Nov. 25, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Common antibiotic could lead to fatal heart issues Antibiotics are a popular class of drugs that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate are frequently over-prescribed. In fact, the CDC has previously suggested that as many as 1 in 3 antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary! Used to kill infections, antibiotics can also wreak havoc on your gut health and immune system. And along with the physicians incorrectly prescribing them and individuals incorrectly taking them, antibiotics are giving rise to the dangerous public health crisis of antibiotic resistance, aka “superbugs.”  To make matters worse, data indicates that a certain type of antibiotic sold as, Zithromax poses serious heart risks to consumers. So, to help yourself stay healthy throughout the year and help you avoid both bacterial infections and antibiotics …Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and vitamin D through foods like leafy greens, citrus fruits, fatty fish and eggs (you can also back up your health with high quality supplements). Cut out heavily processed foods: Especially simple sugars, these foods are main drivers behind the rise of chronic disease and can make you sick, fat, and more prone to infections. Commit to good quality sleep! Not getting enough sleep damages your immune system. It also promotes weight gain and higher levels of stress.

WELLNESS: Flu Vaccine? Everyone knows about the flu and the flu vaccine. What people do not know is that flu vaccines are nearly useless in preventing flu, they will cause the flu, and they often result in nervous system damage that can take years for the body to repair. Other nations chuckle at Americans’ infatuation with the flu vaccine. The joke would indeed be funny if it weren’t for the damaging effects caused by the vaccine.  The history of the flu vaccine reads like one stumbling fiasco after another. Take an example. Ever wonder how the particular viruses are chosen for next year’s vaccine? The answer could be drawn from a 1930s film noir of Shanghai villainy. Scientists kill migrating ducks in Asia, culture the viruses and put those in next year’s vaccine, because they have seen an association between bird and pig viruses and the following year’s human flu epidemics. Perhaps this desperate guesswork is responsible for so many years when the flu vaccine’s viruses had nothing in common with circulating viruses. According to a CDC report of the 1994-1995 flu season, 87 percent of type A influenza virus samples were not similar to the year’s vaccine, and 76 percent of type B virus were not similar to the virus in that year’s vaccine. During the 1992-1993 season, 84 percent of samples for the predominant type A virus were not similar to the virus in the vaccine. Study after Study Shows the flu shot is ineffective. A study published in the October 2008 issue of the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine found that vaccinating young children against the flu had no impact on flu-related hospitalizations or doctor visits during two recent flu seasons. The researchers concluded that “significant influenza vaccine effectiveness could not be demonstrated for any season, age, or setting” examined. A 2008 study published in The Lancet found that influenza vaccination was NOT associated with a reduced risk of pneumonia in older people. This also supports an earlier study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Research published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine also confirms that there has been no decrease in deaths from influenza and pneumonia in the elderly, despite the fact that vaccination coverage among the elderly has increased from 15 percent in 1980 to 65 percent now. In 2007, researchers with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the National Institutes of Health published this conclusion in the Lancet Infectious Diseases: A large-scale, systematic review of 51 studies, published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in 2006, found no evidence that the flu vaccine is any more effective than a placebo in children under 2. The studies involved 260,000 children, age 6 to 23 months.

CHIROPRACTIC: Staying well in the wintertime. Patients who get regular chiropractic care have an immune system 200% more effective than the average person on the street. Regular adjustments keep the communication channels open to your immune system allowing it to react quickly to challenges. Keeping your mucous membranes healthy works as a barrier to cold and flu viruses, maintaining proper hydration and keep the humidity in your house about 40% (40-60% is normal) helps maintain that all in important barrier. As the air dries out during the wintertime and the amount of sunlight decreases your body’s demand for A&D increase. We can check you for the proper dose of A&D as well as vitamin C. Going through a detox could also be important for immunity sake if your diet has been less than ideal and your fluid intake has been low as these will allow for the accumulation of toxins. Proper sleep is important for your immune system and during sleep this gives your brain an opportunity to detox and a healthy brain and spinal cord is important in the communication channels of the body to maintain a strong immune system this is why regular chiropractic adjustments are helpful. If you or a family member start to develop symptoms it is important to come in right away so we can determine what your body is needing to overcome the cold or flu. The earlier you get started in treatment the faster the resolution of the virus. But remember the five laws of health-diet, exercise, rest and relaxation, a positive mental and spiritual attitude and a healthy nervous system free of subluxations.

FUNNY BONE:  Letters to Santa: Dear Santa, I have been trying to be a responsible person. I hope I would get what I always wanted. The thing I want most is a dog. dog. dog. I know I haven’t been taking care of my Giga dog but it is not real and a dog would be. Santa, I would even trade my one and only Mom for a dog. I knew that a dog would be a big responsibility but I have been bugging my Dad since I was three and I’m tired of it! Love, Megan.”@@ “Dear Santa, I am not eating my boogers anymore. So now you can bring me some toys please. I want a cat toy that plays with you. Thank you, your friend, Rayne.”@@ “Dear Santa Claus, Did you live when the dinosaurs lived? I want a giga dog. I want a barbie house and a puppy. Love, Jessica.”@@ “Dear Santa and helpers, I have been very good this year. I am expecting a little sister. I don’t want her. Momy says her will be fun. I heard girls stink. I will trade you my sister when she comes from the stork for a elf. I want a race car and a Garage set for Christmas. There will be sugar cookies and burritos waiting for you. Thank you, Santa. Craig.”

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Nov. 18, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: The Role of Fungus in Cancer Research shows fungi can migrate from your gut to your pancreas, where it can contribute to the development of pancreatic cancer. In mouse and human models, pancreatic tumors contain 3,000 times more fungi than normal pancreatic tissue. Pancreatic tumors had far greater amounts of a common fungal genus called Malassezia. Using an antifungal drug was found to be protective, slowing down the progression of the tumor. The fungi trapped in the pancreas appears to drive tumor growth by activating MBL (mannose-binding lectin), a liver protein that triggers an immune mechanism involved in fighting infections. Solid tumors excrete acid and the spread of cancer cells is stimulated by acidic conditions in the surrounding tissues. Acid is a byproduct of glucose metabolism, which ties in with research showing cancer feeds on and is accelerated by a diet high in sugar. Previous research suggests baking soda can be helpful for inhibiting cancer metastasis. It also appears to improve the effectiveness of other cancer treatments. NOTE: Ask about our pH food list.

WELLNESS: Natural home remedies for asthma Worldwide, well over 200 million people are suffering with asthma and, to make matters even worse, this condition is largely “under-diagnosed and under-treated,” according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In terms of the United States population, “more than 60% of adults with current asthma had uncontrolled asthma,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Asthma attacks can range from troublesome to fatal.   And, while the reason behind the constriction of bronchial tubes may be open for debate, known triggers for asthmatic attacks include not only exercise, but also respiratory infections and emotional stress. Nutritional therapies that work. Of course, as stated early, you can try to eliminate gluten from the diet – which includes all wheat, barley and/or rye products.  In addition, according to the staff of the Mayo Clinic, asthma symptoms can be improved with consumption of pycnogenol and magnesium.And, finally, while noting that additional studies would be useful, the clinic states that blends of different types of herbs – like garlic and turmeric – can be useful as a non-toxic alternative to prescription drugs to eliminate asthma symptoms. In one study of 80 asthma sufferers over the course of four months, butterbur root extract was found to reduce the severity, duration and even frequency of asthma attacks.  Over 40 percent of the study’s subjects were able to decrease their use of conventional asthma medication. In addition, at the first sign of an asthma attack, it has been found that a tincture of three parts lobelia to one part cayenne pepper mixed in water can stop an attack before it becomes full-blown. 2. Be sure to consume high quality, omega-3 fatty acids. 3. Learn about breathing and relaxation techniques. 

CHIROPRACTIC: Low Back Pain: An Ice Pack or the Hot Tub? Many patients perform some self-care when they first hurt their lower back, hoping this will keep them out of a doctor’s office. While home remedies can sometimes make the pain go away, sometimes they don’t. It just depends on what you try. When the back is first hurt, it’s often a sprain/strain type of injury with accompanying muscle spasm. When a nerve in the low back becomes pinched or irritated, the body will protect the delicate nerves by keeping you from moving and risking further nerve injury. The easiest way for the body to do this is to cause the back muscles to spasm in the injured area. Muscle pain can be quite severe and heat can sometimes soothe the pain. For this reason, many patients take to the heating pad or to the hot tub to try and get some relief. This should be avoided in an acute injury because inflammation is present. With inflammation, there is increased heat and the additional heat you provide is like adding gasoline to a fire. The results are usually not good. A better choice with an acute injury is to ice the area, but this also needs to be done with some caution. The simplest ice pack is ice cubes placed in a plastic bag. While effective, you can cause a frostbite injury if you leave the pack on for too long. When you first ice the area, you will go through several phases before some pain relief is achieved. At first, the pack will feel cold. The next phase is a burning sensation and the ice will almost feel hot. This is followed by an aching or throbbing sensation. Just before the area is numbed, a very sharp pain will be experienced followed by the relief you desire. It can take between five to ten minutes to go through all of the phases.  Once numbness is achieved, the pack should be removed. You should most definitely not fall asleep while the pack is on. If this simple procedure does not solve the problem, it’s best to get your spine checked by a doctor of chiropractic.

FUNNY BONE: “I am traveling around Ireland. Decided to take a funny photo with a sheep wearing my glasses. So if you meet a sheep in Ray-Ban shades…”@@ “Today, a Russian man asked me if I came from Russia. Being surprised, I answered that I didn’t. Then he explained that my tattoos translated to belonging to the mafia. Hmm!”@@ “I fell asleep on a train and slept for only several minutes. When I woke up, everyone in the wagon was looking at me with strange smiles. I still don’t know what I did.”@@ “My daughter-in-law taught my grandson to cry and shout, ‘Am I not good enough for you?’ And he does it every time I ask her whether she would like to have one more child.”@@ “Today I got a strong urge to buy my wife flowers. She accepted them with tears in her eyes saying, ’Darling, you didn’t forget.’ The most interesting thing is that I still don’t understand what she was talking about. Well, at least I dodged a bullet!”@@ Sister Marry was truly a religious woman. Besides for her duties as a nun, she was also very active in various hospitals visiting sick patients and taking care of all their needs. So it was no surprise that one day when she ran out of gas, the only container she could find to put the gas into was a bedpan. Sister Mary happily walked two blocks to the closest gas station filled up the bedpan with gas and headed back to her car. Luck would have it that as Sister Mary started tipping the gas into the fuel tank, the traffic light turned red and she had quite a large audience witnessing the spectacle. Just when she finished pouring in the last drops of gas a fellow opened up his window and hollered, “I swear! If that car starts I’m becoming a religious man!”

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Nov. 11, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: The Study:  Observational retrospective study of the association of initial healthcare provider for new-onset low back pain with early and long-term opioid use–a. The authors wanted to find out if the type of provider that patients suffering from new-onset low back pain saw initially affected early and long term opioid usage. b. Several previous studies have suggested that seeing a conservative therapist “(defined as chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists)” may decrease the likelihood of opioid use in low back pain patients as compared to seeing a primary care physician.   c. The authors noted that the primary independent variable that they used for this study was the “type of initial healthcare provider including physicians and conservative therapists (physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists)” seeing the patient. e. “ Initial treatment from conservative therapists in those with LBP was associated with a marked decrease in the odds of early and long-term opioid use.”   f. The authors felt there were a number of factors that might account for the decrease in opioid usage in those seeking conservative therapies.  g. They noted that it could be because non-MDs  do not prescribe opioids, or that the patients who sought care from non-MD may have “educational level or preferences which may also result in decreased desire for those patients to use opioids” or that the conservative care may result in improvement in pain and back function so the conservative care patients did not have a desire to use opioids.  h. “the most frequent initial conservative provider seen was a chiropractor”   Take Home: In patients who suffered from new-onset low back pain, opioid usage was lower in patients who initially sought care from chiropractors or physical therapists as opposed to primary care physicians.

WELLNESS: Humidity And Your Health In the wintertime humidity is a big issue.  As the weather turns colder and the heaters start working 24/7 then the indoor air will start drying out. Studies have shown that dry air has four main effects on the human body: 1. Breathing dry air is a potential health hazard that can cause such respiratory ailments as asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, and nosebleeds or general dehydration since body fluids are depleted during respiration.  2. Skin moisture evaporation can cause skin irritations and eye itching. 3. Irritative effects, such as static electricity which causes mild shocks when metal is touched, are common when the air moisture is low. 4. The “apparent temperature” of the air is lower than what the thermometer indicates, and the body “feels” colder. As your body fights the dry air you start to use up your vitamin A stores.  This enhances the dry skin and sinus problems as well as weakens your immune system.  It is important that you have a humidity gauge in each bedroom and a cool-mist humidifier to combat the dry air.  I recommend the ultrasonic humidifiers as they put the most water in the air. Summary of some of the effects of dry air: Dry skin,  Chapped lips,   Clogged sinuses,   Itchy skin,  Dry throat coughs,  Cracked nasal membranes,   Increased risk of bacterial infection,   Aggravated asthma & allergy symptoms. Studies have shown that the body’s immune system will function better when the relative humidity in a home is between 45%-65%.  pneumococcus, staphylococcus, and streptococcus bacteria die up to 20 times faster at a relative humidity between 45% and 55%, than above 70% or below 20%. Dehydration can also cause negative health effects. Symptoms of dehydration include dry skin, chronic joint and muscle pain, raspy throat, sinus, and nasal pain, sore eyes, a lack of mental concentration, and a decrease in the body’s immune system.

CONDITION OF THE WEEK: EATING FOODS FOR WINTER–While nothing can completely stop a cold in its tracks, a healthy immune system can help ward off the germs that cause colds and the flu. A healthy immune system can even minimize a cold’s duration. One way to boost the immune system is to maintain a vitamin C regimen. “Studies have shown that 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C supplements may make colds milder and even shorten them by half a day,” says Tsang. Also, advise clients to increase their intake of fruits and vegetables rich in powerful nutrients. “Foods rich in the antioxidants vitamin C and beta-carotene, such as citrus fruit, cabbage, broccoli, pumpkin, sweet potato, and spinach, have immune-boosting power,” says Amy Cartwright, MS, RD, LDN, who is in private practice in Conyngham, Pa. “To fight off infections, you should increase your intake of zinc, which is found in fish, oysters, poultry, eggs, milk, unprocessed grains, and cereals.” In addition, diets should include a healthy level of good bacteria. “Including adequate amounts of probiotics or friendly flora is valuable in restoring levels of these healthy bacteria in our body to protect us from other infection,” notes Robinett. “Typically, fermented dairy products such as kefir and yogurt—and sauerkraut—provide live cultures but also contain calories, sugar, or salt. I generally recommend taking a probiotic as a dietary supplement, especially during the winter months and always after antibiotic use.”

FUNNY BONE: After I paid for my items in an adorable Italian shop, the salesperson smiled and said “Grazie,” Italian for “thank you.” My Italian isn’t very good, but I knew that the Italian word for “you’re welcome” was the same as the name of a spaghetti sauce. So I confidently replied “Ragú!” and walked out of the store. A few blocks later, it hit me: I had the wrong spaghetti sauce. “You’re welcome” is prego.@@ Two regulars are sitting at a bar when one of them casually points to a couple of drunks across from them. “That’s us in ten years,” he says. His friend takes a sip from his beer, sets it down on the bar, turns to his friend, and slurs, “That’s a mirror.”@@ Sleep is a weak substitute for coffee.@@ After a long time, I told my hot coworker how I felt. Turns out she felt the same way. So I turned on the air conditioning.@@ My paramedic team was called to an emergency. Before we took the patient to the hospital, I had a question for his wife. “Does your husband have any cardiac problems?” I asked. “Yes,” she said with a note of concern. “His cardiologist just died.”@@ A doctor told his patient, “There’s good news and bad news. The bad news is, you have partial short-term memory loss.” The patient said, “Oh no, Doctor. What’s the bad news?”@@ The graveside service had just ended when there was a frightening clap of thunder, followed by a tremendous bolt of lightning accompanied by even louder thunder. The little old man looked at the pastor and said calmly, “Well, she’s there.”

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Nov. 4, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: 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. NOTE: statins don’t save lives they just make pharmaceutical companies rich. Statins do lower cholesterol by making your liver a little sick. But the problem is that the cholesterol theory of heart disease was based on fraudulent research. There has not been a successful cholesterol study in the past 50 years. The longest running cholesterol study has determined that people with the highest cholesterol outlived people with the lowest. Cholesterol is important in the manufacture of hormones, enzymes and antibiotics. It’s the last component that helps people live longer by the ability to fight infections. If you use a drug to lower your cholesterol you in fact shorten your lifespan. Heart disease is caused by inflammation ask us for an anti-inflammatory food list and try to eat either salmon or tuna three times a week.

WELLNESS:  Over 267 Toxins Found in Public Tap Water   The Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzed tests from nearly 50,000 U.S. water utilities in 50 states and tested for 500 different contaminants; 267 were detected. Nearly 19,000 public water systems detected lead at levels above 3.8 parts per billion, which would put a formula-fed baby at risk. The immediate solution to protect your drinking water is to install a water filter on your tap, but on a broader scale the solution is to stop the source of the pollution, such as industrialized agriculture. EWG’s Tap Water Database, which allows you to enter your ZIP code to reveal what’s really in your tap water, is featured.

 https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/#.WYDeVIqQwUG  

For 74145: Contaminants Detected 7 EXCEED EWG HEALTH GUIDELINES 18 Total Contaminants. NOTE: EPA guidelines recommend boiling your tap water before drinking for every major city in the US. Not only is the chlorine and fluorine in tap water harmful to the body no major city can get the amount of drugs that are in the water supply out. For those who don’t realize that we recycle our water so what is flush down the stool eventually gets purified and recycled. They just can’t take out all the drugs both legal and illegal that people consume. That’s why filtered water is so important or to have some other type of filtration system. There are a number of excellent filtration pitchers that you can get online that can remove most all the toxins from the water. Your water needs are based on your body weight. Take half of your body weight which equals a cleansing dose of water and then 80% of that equals the minimum water per day. For 100 pound person that would be between 40 and 50 ounces per day. Just do the math.

CHIROPRACTIC: Is Chiropractic Care a Potential Solution for 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 an 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. By removing stress on the nervous system there is a corresponding relaxation of the muscular system as well. Removing nerve pressure causes a cascade of chemical reactions within the nervous system that produce a sense of well-being. Stay regular with your chiropractic care.

FUNNY BONE:  One night four college students were out partying late night and didn’t study for the test which was scheduled for the next day. In the morning, they thought of a plan. They made themselves look dirty with grease and dirt. Then they went to the Dean and said they had gone out to a wedding last night and on their way back the tire of their car burst and they had to push the car all the way back. So they were in no condition to take the test. The Dean thought for a minute and said they can have the re-test after 3 days. They thanked him and said they will be ready by that time. On the third day, they appeared before the Dean. The Dean said that as this was a Special Condition Test, all four were required to sit in separate classrooms for the test. They all agreed as they had prepared well in the last 3 days. The Test consisted of only 2 questions with the total of 100 Points. 1) Your Name __________ (1 Points) 2) Which tire burst? __________ (99 Points) Options – (a) Front Left (b) Front Right (c) Back Left (d) Back Right Moral: Be Responsible else you too will learn your lesson!@@ Whoever said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results has obviously never had to reboot a computer.

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Oct. 28 , 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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

IN THE NEWS: Cancer and the New Biology of Water  In “Cancer and the New Biology of Water,” Dr. Thomas Cowan explains why cancer is not a problem of oncogenes (a gene which in certain circumstances can transform a cell into a tumor cell) but rather a problem involving the cytoplasm — the structured water — of the cell. Mitochondrial defects are an integral part of the breakdown of the structure in the water, which then triggers the formation of cancer. “When you look at what the function of the mitochondria is — which is essentially to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP) — and you see what the role of ATP is and how integral ATP is to the structuring of the water in the cytoplasm, then you begin to see the connections between the mitochondrial dysfunction … [and the] deterioration of the cytoplasmic water that leads to cancer.”Lifestyle strategies that will help restructure the water in your cells, thereby helping prevent cancer include eating a ketogenic diet and exposing your body to sunlight and near-infrared light such as near-infrared sauna. Other strategies include grounding to the earth by walking barefoot, posing yourself to the biofields of other biological entities, such as the touch of other humans and animals, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Mistletoe therapy stimulates your fever response.  It’s an immunostimulating medicine that also works like a chemo drug.

CHIROPRACTIC: American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has announced a national health care observance–October is

National Chiropractic Month  

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WELLNESS: 3 Biggest Heart Disease Risks, Cholesterol Isn’t on the List  The most significant risk factors of cardiovascular disease are insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes and chronic inflammation. The documentary “Heart of the Matter” exposes the saturated fat/cholesterol myths behind the statin fad and the financial links which lurk beneath. The research by physiologist Ancel Benjamin Keys establishing the saturated fat/cholesterol theory omitted results from 16 countries. Replacing saturated fats with double-bonded transfats is a health risk. Polyunsaturated, omega 6 fats oxidize and become rancid, causing inflammation. The worldwide success of dangerous and ineffective statins rests on poor science.

Humidity and your Health In the winter time humidity is a big issue.  As the weather turns colder and the heaters start working 24/7 then the indoor air will start drying out. Studies have shown that dry air has four main effects on the human body:    1. Breathing dry air is a potential health hazard which can cause such respiratory ailments as asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, and nosebleeds, or general dehydration since body fluids are depleted during respiration.   2. Skin moisture evaporation can cause skin irritations and eye itching.   3. Irritative effects, such as static electricity which causes mild shocks when metal is touched, are common when the air moisture is low.   4. The “apparent temperature” of the air is lower than what the thermometer indicates, and the body “feels” colder. As your body fights the dry air you start to use up your vitamin A stores.  This enhances the dry skin and sinus problems as well as weakens your immune system.  It is important that you have a humidity gauge in each bedroom and a cool mist humidifier to combat the dry air.  I recommend the ultrasonic humidifiers as they put the most water in the air.

FUNNY BONE: Getting Old  – You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks. – One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young. – One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been. – Ahh, being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable. – Old age is when former classmates are so gray and wrinkled and bald, they don’t recognize you. – If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you are old. – First you forget names, then you forget faces. Then you forget to pull up your zipper, then…Oh, my goodness, you forgot to pull your zipper down! – If you jog in a jogging suit, lounge in lounging pajamas, and smoke in a smoking jacket, WHY would anyone want to wear a windbreaker??

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Oct. 21, 2019

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John H. Keefe III, D.C. (918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Water Poisoning Alerts Hidden From Public In a 2013 report, the American Society for Civil Engineers warned that most of the drinking water infrastructure across the U.S. is “nearing the end of its useful life,” yet little has been done to address the situation. Recent media coverage make it clear that many toxic water incidences are covered up and hidden from the public, which at times has had lethal consequences. All public water systems are not held to the identical compliance standards by the EPA and primacy agencies. In a September 25, 2019, report, the Office of Inspector General criticizes the EPA and water utilities around the country for their failure to provide consistent and accurate reporting of drinking water risks. Aside from Flint, Michigan, and Newark, New Jersey, U.S. cities known to have exceeded EPA action limits for lead include Portland, Oregon; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Providence, Rhode Island; Passaic, New Jersey and Tualatin Valley, Oregon. Outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease were covered up in Flint, Michigan, for at least two years, and in a Loma Linda, California, VA hospital, Legionella contamination was covered up in 2017, putting patients and staff at risk. NOTE: I had a relative who got a parasite from Tulsa water. For years we have been recommending drinking only filtered water for a reason. Amazon has several pitchers that can clean tap water and make it safe to drink some even make the water alkaline. Drink Filtered Water.

WELLNESS: Twenty-six deaths have been confirmed in 21 states Just over five years ago I began warning readers of the dangerous effects of vaping; in response to the overwhelming evidence of this practice damaging lungs and health, JUUL has pulled advertising and promises they won’t fight legislation to ban the sale of flavored pods or restrict advertising to teens. CEO Kevin Burns, who was originally installed to streamline manufacturing, stepped down. K.C. Crosthwaite, from Altria, and who has a long history of successfully navigating the regulatory landscape and keeping a proven addictive killer on the market, replaced him. During Congressional hearings, Ned Sharpless, acting FDA commissioner, conceded that the FDA should have acted sooner. He added the planned ban of flavored e-cig products could change if companies meet Federal approval. However, Mitch Zeller, director for the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, stated authorization of a product should not be construed to mean it is safe. Zeller’s comments were made concerning the recent approval of the IQOS system where tobacco is heated, not burned. The device produces a nicotine vapor; research indicates it may contain more of some toxins than cigarettes. I believe the secret to quitting is to get healthy first, by making good choices regarding exercise, nutrition and stress reduction. NOTE: Ask about our stop smoking handout and some have found acupuncture helpful.

CHIROPRACTIC: American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has announced a national health care observance–October is

            National Chiropractic Month  

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FUNNY BONES: Job interviewer: “And where would you see yourself in five years’ time Mr. Jeffries?” -Mr. Jeffries: “Personally I believe my biggest weakness is in listening.”@@ A man asks a farmer near a field, “Sorry sir, would you mind if I crossed your field instead of going around it? You see, I have to catch the 4:23 train.” The farmer says, “Sure, go right ahead. And if my bull sees you, you’ll even catch the 4:11 one.” @@When my wife starts to sing I always go out and do some garden work so our neighbors can see there’s no domestic violence going on.@@ Police officer: Can you identify yourself, sir? Driver pulls out his mirror and says: Yes, it’s me.@@ What should you put on the tomb stone of a mathematician? – He didn’t count with this…@@ After many years of studying at a university, I’ve finally become a PhD… or Pizza Hut Deliveryman as people call it.

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Oct. 14, 2019

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John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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IN THE NEWS: Computer Kidney Sheds Light On Proper Hydration A new computer kidney developed at the University of Waterloo could tell researchers more about the impacts of medicines taken by people who don’t drink enough water. In a recent study, Waterloo researchers found that the elderly, people with impaired kidney function and those taking a combination of certain drugs need to be extra mindful of their water intake. “People who have high blood pressure are typically given a water pill, so they pee a lot to lower their blood volume and in so doing lower their blood pressure,” said Anita Layton, professor of Applied Mathematics, Pharmacy and Biology at Waterloo. “These patients are frequently also given another drug that targets a hormonal system which will affect the kidney as well. “A lot of people are on these two drugs, and they will be fine. But one day they might have a headache and take an aspirin, and the three of these drugs together can hurt your kidneys.” Layton’s model found that unless a patient is properly hydrated, taking the two blood pressure drugs and an aspirin concurrently could cause acute kidney injury. The injury happens when there is an insufficient water balance, which can lead to concentrated urine from a build-up of waste in the body. NOTE: your fluid needs are based on your body weight. Half your body weight is your cleansing dose and 80% of that is your minimum dose. A 100-pound person should drink between 50 (one half of 100) and 40 (80% to 50) ounces of fluids every day. Drink clean filtered water.

CHIROPRACTIC: American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has announced a national health care observance–October is National Chiropractic Month  

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WELLNESS: Let’s all be grateful Gratitude has a long tradition within world religions, where it is viewed as a virtue that leads to a good life. One simple and proven way of cultivating gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal, in which you document the things you’re thankful for each day. From a psychological perspective, the practice of gratitude has been shown to increase happiness and life satisfaction, lower stress, increase your perceived level of social support, improve emotional resiliency and reduce depression. Biologically, gratitude reduces pain and lowers inflammation, improves your heart rate variability and lowers your risk for heart disease, and improves sleep and general health by encouraging self-care. Studies have also shown gratitude can have a beneficial impact on other areas of your life as well — boosting productivity, reducing materialism and increasing generosity, for example, all of which can improve your general happiness.

FUNNY BONE: A young boy enters a barbershop… And the barber whispers to his customer, “This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it to you.” The barber puts a dollar in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls a boy over and asked, “Which do you want, son?” The boy takes quarters and leaves. “What did I tell you?” Said the barber. “That kid never learns!” Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store. “Hey, son! May I ask you a question? Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?” The boy licked his count and replied, “because the day I take the dollar, the game is over!”@@This morning on the way to work I wasn’t really paying attention and I drove into the back of a car at some traffic lights. The driver got out and it turned out he was a dwarf. He said, “I’m not happy.” I said, “Well, which one are you then?”@@A dog walked into the telegram office one day. He took out a blank form and wrote on it: “Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof.” Then he handed it to the clerk. The clerk examined the paper and said to the dog, “You know there are only nine words here? You could send another ‘Woof’ for the same price.” The dog replied, “But that would make no sense at all!”

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Oct. 7, 2019

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John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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CHIROPRACTIC:     American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has announced a national health care observance

October is

National Chiropractic Month

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WELLNESS: Zantac Is Being Pulled Off Shelves Because Of Cancer Concerns If you ever buy heartburn medication at the drugstore, you might notice there are less options on the shelf now. Though the FDA hasn’t advised people to stop taking these drugs, popular drugstores like Walgreens, Rite Aid, and CVS are pulling Zantac off their shelves because of concerns over possible ingredients that could cause cancer. Though more information is needed, there are a few things you should know before you start cleaning out your medicine cabinet. The over-the-counter medication, which is used for heartburn and acid reflux, is a brand of ranitidine, a drug that’s often used to curb the amount of acid your stomach produces. Because there are possible links between NDMA (which was found in the drug in trace amounts) and cancer, the FDA has decided to take a closer look into it. However, the agency has not recalled ranitidine or recommended that patients stop using it. Although a lot of the details are fuzzy right now, you can return certain ranitidine products if you feel uncomfortable taking them. CVS has made it so its customers can return the medication and even receive a refund for it, according to CNN. And if you still need to find relief for heartburn or acid reflux and would prefer to take a different medication, you can always talk to your doctor about the safe alternatives that are available, at least until the FDA comes to a conclusion.

IN THE NEWS: Slash your risk of cancer by eating medicinal mushrooms Medicinal mushrooms are considered an important part of traditional diets around the world, adding a subtle flavor to a variety of dishes. However, more recently, scientists have uncovered the many healing aspects such as, an excellent source of antioxidants, prebiotics plus a wide variety of antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and immunomodulating agents. Why does this matter?  Well, with cancer being one of the leading causes of death on a global scale, current anti-cancer drugs do a poor job (at best) in helping the body to avoid dis-ease.  This is exactly why more and more research is being done to discover the potential benefits of mushrooms, especially in terms of reducing the risk of cancer cell growth. In fact, a new study shows that mushrooms can help to reduce the risk of cancer – when they’re consumed regularly. Cordyceps naturally stimulate the immune system, help increase the body’s level of cancer-killing cells, and play a part in cancer prevention. However, other types of mushrooms offer healing benefits as well. Shitake mushrooms help lower cholesterol and boost immune function. Portobello, crimini, maitake, and enoki mushrooms have all been linked to cancer prevention and boosting immune function.

FUNNY BONES: “Visit me for three days a week at $300 a visit, and you’ll be cured,” the psychiatrist assures him. The price tag is a little rich for the patient, so he says he’ll think about it.Six months later, the two meet on the street. “Why didn’t you come to see me about those fears you were having?” asks the psychiatrist. “Because a bartender cured me for only $10.”“How?”“He told me to cut the legs off the bed.”@@ A rancher was persuaded to cross-breed his cattle with hyenas. It was a disaster. The offspring were the laughing stock of the community!@@ “Doctor, I keep seeing an insect buzzing around me.” “Don’t worry; that’s just a bug that’s going around.”@@ How do trees get online? They log in.@@ What do you call a bear with no teeth? A gummy bear.@@ A priest, a rabbi and a vicar walk into a bar. The barman says, ”Is this some kind of joke?”@@  A three-legged dog walks into a saloon in the Old West. He slides up to the bar and announces: ”I’m looking for the man who shot my paw.”  

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Sept. 30 , 2019

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IN THE NEWS: The Disappearing Medical Exemption to Vaccination Americans from all walks of life are describing the trauma of being threatened, coerced and punished by doctors violating the informed consent ethic, who have abandoned the precautionary principle of “First, do no harm”. 1 in 3 people in the U.S. avoid seeking medical care because they don’t like the way doctors made them feel and have low confidence in their doctors’ competence. 45% of American adults doubt the safety of vaccines and 27% of those cited either knowledge of past secrets and wrongdoing by the pharmaceutical industry or by the government. The authoritarian abuse of power held by doctors over patients and parents of minor children does the greatest damage to trust. The forced vaccination lobby is putting pressure on state legislators to make private doctors agents of the state by taking away their legal right to grant children a medical exemption if it does not conform to narrow vaccine contraindications approved by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices (ACIP). Evidence for “consistent high-level protection is elusive,” the researchers concluded. Although vaccination was found to provide modest protection from infection in young healthy adults who rarely have complications of flu, the authors found that “evidence for protection in adults 65 years of age and older [who represent over 90% of deaths from flu] . . . is lacking.” (BMJ News Belief not science is behind flu jab promotion BMJ2012;345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7856 (Published 19 November 2012) A new Canadian-led study concludes that immunizing nursing-home workers does nothing to cut the number of confirmed influenza cases among the homes’ elderly residents. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews February 17, 2010;2:CD005187 A typical dose of thimerosal-containing flu vaccine contains 25 micrograms thimerosal. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the safe limit for human exposure to mercury is 0.1 mcg per kilo of weight per day.

CHIROPRACTIC: American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has announced a national health care observance–October is National Chiropractic Month  

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WELLNESS: Empathy: Caring for Others Is Good for You  Empathy, the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, so to speak, and understand their feelings and point of view, is a character trait that may benefit society and individuals in multiple ways. Empathy training has been found to reduce stress levels among medical students facing intense emotional encounters with patients, for example. While many parents try to instill empathetic qualities in their children, there’s growing research that empathy has deep neurological roots in humans. Empathy has complex neurological underpinnings that control the way our brains help us to care about other people. Humans have “mirror neurons” that react to others’ emotions and reproduce them; a deficit in mirror neuron receptors has been suggested as an explanation for narcissism and neurotic behaviors. Researchers found that empathy was positively associated with treatment adherence, patient satisfaction and reduced dental anxiety, sentiments that seem to be echoed among medical practitioners. Among adolescents, empathy may even go hand in hand with future success, according to licensed professional counselor Ugo Uche:“Teenagers who are empathetic tend to be more purpose driven and they intentionally succeed in their academics not because they are looking to make good grades, but in most subjects their goal is to understand the subject material and to utilize the knowledge as one of their ever-increasing tools …Teenagers who are more empathetic do a much better job in embracing failure, because there is little ego involved in their tasks, and setbacks while disappointing are rarely seen as failures, but rather as a learning experience about an approach that does not work for the task at hand.” Practicing empathy may help you relieve stress, strengthen your relationships and have a more satisfying work life.

FUNNY BONE: The last time we changed from daylight saving time, a preacher friend posted, “For those who habitually show up 15 minutes late to church, allow me to remind you that tonight is the night you set your clock back 45 minutes.”@@ Q: What starts with E, ends with E, and has only 1 letter in it? A: Envelope. @@ After an elderly couple starts getting forgetful, they visit their doctor. Their doctor tells them that many people find it useful to write themselves little notes. When they get home, the wife says, “Dear, will you please go to the kitchen and get me a dish of ice cream? And maybe write that down so you won’t forget? “Nonsense,” says the husband. “I can remember a dish of ice cream. “Well, I’d also like some strawberries and whipped cream on it,” the wife replies. “My memory’s not all that bad,” says the husband. “No problem — a dish of ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream. I don’t need to write it down.” He goes into the kitchen, and his wife hears pots and pans banging. The husband finally emerges from the kitchen and presents his wife with a plate of bacon and eggs. She looks at the plate and asks, “Hey, where’s the toast I asked for?”

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Sept. 23, 2019

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John H. Keefe III, D.C.                                                  

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IN THE NEWS: Study On plastic In Children’s Bodies Shows Alarming, Concerning Results Convenience is a big part of modern life. I know I love being able to stop in at any convenience store and pick up a bottle of soda and the ease of using and storing my Tupperware. But at what expense does that convenience come? That’s one question raised after a new study on plastic in children’s bodies revealed we could be doing more damage than we think to future generations as we seek to make life simpler and faster. The study was a joint effort of the German Environment Agency and the Robert Koch Institute. The results were recently published in Der Speigel, a german magazine. For the study, researchers analyzed blood and urine samples from 2,500 kids — between the ages of 3 to 17 — from 2014 to 2017. The samples were tested for 15 plastic ingredients, and results showed that an alarming 97 percent of the samples tested positive, according to Raw Story. A compound called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) was of special concern as it was found in 20 percent of children tested. Younger children had an even higher concentration of PFOA in their samples. PFOA is found in things like waterproof clothing, paper or cardboard packaging, or nonstick pan coating, and is carcinogenic in animal testing, according to WedMD. And that’s concerning because while “more research is needed to assess the human health effects of exposure,” research involving animals has shown that exposure to large amounts of PFOA can “affect growth and development, reproduction, and injure the liver,” according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). So, what can we use instead? Glass and stainless steel are two good options for replacing many household-use plastics, as Outside recommends. It may not be as convenient to carry around a glass bottle for my Starbucks, but if it’s choice between that and potentially poisoning children, it’s well worth the effort.

WELLNESS: About 70% of Americans drink fluoridated water.  They’re all at a higher risk of hypothyroidism and worse. When the government added to our drinking water it was hailed as one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century.  It was sold to the public as the end to dental cavities. But new research shows drinking fluoridated water greatly increases your risk of developing an underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism. They found that in areas with fluoride levels above 0.3 mg of fluoride per liter of water, rates of hypothyroidism were 30% higher. That’s really bad news for Americans.  In the U.S. the recommended level of fluoride in the water is 0.7 mg/L, or more than twice the level found to be a problem in England. The dirty little truth about fluoride is that it’s a toxic industrial waste. It’s a byproduct of uranium enrichment, aluminum smelting, and phosphate fertilizers. Fluoride became the darling of dentists and public health authorities just before World War II thanks to bad science.  H. Trendley Dean was a dentist then working for the U.S. Public Health Service.  He conducted a study of tooth decay in 345 communities in Texas.  It wasn’t until years later that scientists reviewing Dean’s Texas study found out how flawed it was.  Dr. Dean had selectively used findings from 21 cities to support his conclusions.  He ignored data from 272 communities that did not support his results. Since Dean’s first study, there have been no double-blind studies proving that fluoride in the water reduces cavities.  The World Health Organization (WHO) found no difference in tooth decay between countries that fluoridate their water and those that do not. In fact, science shows that fluoride increases cavities. In addition to hypothyroidism, studies prove other serious health dangers of fluoride: Heart Disease, Brain Damage, and Low IQs, Cancer, Weakens Bones, Increases ADHD. NOTE: Fluoride is not the only reason we recommend filtered water there are other chemicals in our water supply that you should avoid, also get fluoride-free toothpaste you can get that at the health food store, read labels.

CHIROPRACTIC: MY STORY I can still remember seeing my firstborn tied down to the hospital bed clinging to life. When the doctor came in that evening he told us they’ve done everything they know to do and we would just have to hope for the best. That’s when I thought about chiropractic and how the chiropractor I was going to not only helped my mother with back pain after an injury but how he resolved my Bell’s palsy. We stood face-to-face with the limitations of drug therapy and were introduced to the power of proper diet and restoring the communication channels within the body through chiropractic adjustments. I learned firsthand the powerful ability of the body to heal itself given the right environment. Within a very short time after a few adjustments and dietary changes I had my son back. I hate to think how things could have been different if our family wasn’t introduced to chiropractic from a friend’s referral after my mother hurt her back. Who do you know who suffers from some health problem or painful condition? Tell them about chiropractic.
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FUNNY BONES: Getting Old  You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks. @@ One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young. @@ One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been. @@ Ahh, being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable. @@ Old age is when former classmates are so gray and wrinkled and bald, they don’t recognize you. @@ If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you are old. @@ First you forget names, then you forget faces. Then you forget to pull up your zipper, then…Oh, my goodness, you forgot to pull your zipper down! @@ If you jog in a jogging suit, lounge in lounging pajamas, and smoke in a smoking jacket, WHY would anyone want to wear a windbreaker??

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Sept 16, 2019

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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.

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Week of: Monday Sept. 9, 2019

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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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