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.

(918) 663-1111

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

Courtesy of:

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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Who do you know who is hurting? Who do you know that you have been trying to get started at Keefe Clinic? Now is the time to get your spouse or child started on the road to good health.

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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

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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  

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITH A HEALTH PROBLEM OR IN PAIN? INVITE YOUR FAMILY OR FRIENDS TO THE PARTY

Who do you know who is hurting? Who do you know that you have been trying to get started at Keefe Clinic? Now is the time to get your spouse or child started on the road to good health.

Complimentary  DIAGNOSTIC WORK UP DURING OCTOBER Complimentary initial exam and one X-ray. Tell someone today

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

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

October is

National Chiropractic Month

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITH A HEALTH PROBLEM OR IN PAIN?

INVITE YOUR FAMILY OR FRIENDS TO THE PARTY

Who do you know who is hurting? Who do you know that you have been trying to get started at Keefe Clinic?

Now is the time to get your spouse, or child started on the road to good health.

Complimentary

DIAGNOSTIC WORK UP DURING OCTOBER

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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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John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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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  

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITH A HEALTH PROBLEM OR IN PAIN? INVITE YOUR FAMILY OR FRIENDS TO THE PARTY Who do you know who is hurting? Who do you know that you have been trying to get started at Keefe Clinic? Now is the time to get your spouse or child started on the road to good health. Complimentary  DIAGNOSTIC WORK UP DURING OCTOBER Complimentary initial exam and one X-ray. Tell someone today

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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John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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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.

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Sept. 9, 2019

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John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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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

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John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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

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

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

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

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Aug. 26, 2019

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John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Aug. 19, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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

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

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Aug. 12, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Aug. 5, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday July 29, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday July 22, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday July 15, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday July 8, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

918-663-1111

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

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

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

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

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

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

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