WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday May 20, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday May 13, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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

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

FUNNY BONE: I got another letter from this lawyer today. It said “Final Notice”. Good that he will not bother me anymore.@@An eskimo brings his friend to his home for a visit. When they arrive, his friend asks, puzzled – “So where’s your igloo?” The friend replies “Oh no, I must’ve left the iron on…”@@Husband: Wow, honey, you look really different today. Did you do something to your hair? Wife: Michael, I’m over here!@@One company owner asks another: “Tell me, Bill, how come your employees are always on time in the mornings?” Bill replies: “Easy. 30 employees and 20 parking spaces.”@@Pete and Mick were in court and standing before the judge. “Why can’t this case be settled out of court?” the judge asked. Pete looked up at the judge and said, “That’s what we were trying to do, your honour, when the police interfered.”@@ A big city lawyer was called in on a case between a farmer and a large railroad company. The farmer noticed that his prize cow was missing from the field through which the railroad passed. He filed suit against the railroad company for the value of the cow. The case was to be tried before the Justice of the Peace in the back room of the General Store. The attorney immediately cornered the farmer and tried to get him to settle out of court. The lawyer did his best selling job, and the farmer finally agreed to take half of what he was claiming to settle the case. After the farmer signed the release and took the check, the young lawyer couldn’t help but gloat a little over his success. He said to the farmer, “You know, I hate to tell you this but I put one over on you in there. I couldn’t have won the case. The engineer was asleep and the fireman was in the caboose when the train went through your farm that morning. I didn’t have one witness to put on the stand.” The old farmer replied, “Well, I’ll tell you, young feller, I was a little worried about winning that case myself because that durned cow came home this morning!”

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday May 6, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday April 29, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Multiple chemical sensitivities is an overlooked worldwide health epidemic causing massive health problems Amid the many challenges facing our modern world today, perhaps none is greater than what’s going on in our own bodies – especially as it relates to multiple chemical sensitivities. Research shows that chronic health disease is on the rise – and unfortunately, it’s an epidemic that can’t only be explained by the fact that people are, by and large, living longer (and therefore sticking around long enough to develop age-related health problems).  For example, the rates of asthma, autism, and other life-altering conditions in children – as well as adults – are increasing, creating a sizable public health crisis. After analyzing survey results of a nationally representative sample of over 1,000 Americans, a team of researchers from the University of Melbourne discovered that 1 in 4 Americans suffer from chemical sensitivity – and their health suffers as a result. Common adverse effects that are associated with multiple chemical sensitivities reported in the literature include migraine headaches, asthma, autism, and even lost workdays, productivity, and employment. The researchers published their results in a 2018 volume of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Importantly, they defined multiple chemical sensitivity, or MCS, as “a medical condition characterized by adverse health effects from exposure to common chemicals and pollutants, from products such as pesticides, new carpet and paint, renovation materials, diesel exhaust, cleaning supplies, perfume, scented laundry products, and air fresheners.” Go organic. Opt for produce that is pesticide-free, minimize your use of canned foods, and wash your food thoroughly. Avoid using plastic food containers and water bottles, especially with #7 or #3 on the bottom – choose glass or stainless steel instead. Choose natural household beauty products that are free of harsh chemicals and fragrances. Get your home checked for radon and ensure your home has high quality ventilation. While you’re at it, grow some indoor plants to help purify your air!

WELLNESS: The Effectiveness of Ginger for Nausea, Vomiting and More

Ginger was once considered a luxury, but now is easily found in your local grocery store; steep a couple of slices in hot water to make tea or grate it into your dinner dish to enjoy its benefits, which include relief from pain, nausea and vomiting related to pregnancy and chemotherapy, and protection against DNA damage. The reduction in pain is believed to be related to inhibition of prostaglandin and leukotriene biosynthesis by gingerol, shogaol and other structurally-related substances in ginger. In one study, researchers found ginger extract was able to break biofilm formed by fungi and had antifungal properties against opportunistic infections in the oral cavity triggered by Candida albicans and Candida krusei. Migraines are the third most common disease worldwide; the economic burden is estimated at $36 billion annually. Scientific evidence now shows ginger is statistically comparable to the common pharmaceutical treatment for migraines without dangerous side effects.

CHIROPRACTIC: Natural laws of health: Diet, exercise, attitude, rest and a pressure free nervous system lets look at exercise Exercise is a word that might conjure up images of sweating, groaning and hard work.  Exercise also brings to mind fitness, endurance and a well shaped body.  The type of exercise that a person needs depends on the person’s goals.  If you want to sculpture your body, then weight lifting might be your fastest form.  If you want to keep in shape, then toning and stretching might be the best. When it comes to your health, then the type of exercise needed should relate to your metabolism.  For instance, if you’re a T- type endurance is important, so maybe jogging, aerobic dancing or swimming would serve you best.  If you’re a G- type then mind/body exercises that concentrate on upper body coordination are best, like kung fu or karate, ballet or jazz dancing.  If you’re a P- type you need mind/body exercises that are not highly repetitive.  P-types need complicated aerobic exercise: Tai chi or karate with a balanced nautilus program once a week.  And A- types need to develop hand/eye coordination like tennis, ballet, racquetball and need to avoid rowing and weight lifting as they overstimulate their systems. There is no one exercise that fits everybody so finding one you enjoy is the key.  Also finding ways to keep motivated are crucial, like having a friend that you exercise with.  Exercise needs to become part of your lifestyle or else you will not be able to stay with it.  You need to find a way to integrate exercise within your schedule.  The rewards of proper exercise will far outweigh the cost.

FUNNY BONES: “I am studying to be an interpreter in France. The only exam that I have failed so far is the Spanish one. It would be okay if I weren’t a native Spanish speaker.”@@“I punished my pupil for faking his parents’ signatures. The next day, his parents sent a complaint about me to the principal. Well, I couldn’t have imagined that the maiden name of his mother was Batman.”@@“I opened a Nivea cream bottle and licked the foil. Turns out, it’s not as tasty as yogurt.”@@“I am traveling around Ireland. Decided to take a funny photo with a sheep wearing my glasses. So if you meet a sheep in Ray-Ban shades…” @@“Our system administrator is on vacation. I don’t know how he does it but every morning, there appears to be a new splash screen on all the office computers — and it’s of him on the beach.”@@“After a year of being a bachelor, I met a very nice 24-year-old girl. When she found out I didn’t have a smartphone, a TV set, or an account on Facebook, she got scared and left me. While saying goodbye to me she added that she’d better find someone ’normal’ for herself.”@@“4 days before our wedding, my bride broke her left ring finger@@ “I asked a trainee to make 150 copies. She made only 50. When I told her about it, she threw the already-made copies into a garbage bin… and went to make new ones.”@@““Today, a Russian man asked me if I came from Russia. Being surprised, I answered that I didn’t. Then he explained that my tattoos translated to belonging to the mafia. Hmm!”@@ “I was on vacation in Australia. When I was sleeping, an enormously huge and creepy insect crawled on my bed and then disappeared. I couldn’t find it. That was the longest night of my life.”@@ “I work as a receptionist in a hotel. Today clients wrote a complaint saying that the water in the sea was too salty  

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday April 22, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: A growing threat could kill 10 million people by 2050, but one company thinks it can stop it Our best line of defense against life-threatening illnesses has turned against us. Antibiotics — which we’ve relied on for decades to beat deadly, contagious infections — are set to kill 10 million people by 2050. After years of abuse in people and animals — with doctors practically doling them out like candy and farmers stirring them into animal feed — antibiotics have virtually stopped working. In January, a woman died after a raging infection that failed to respond to 26 different kinds of antibiotics. The bacteria have outsmarted us, and they’re stronger than ever. In addition to spurring the creation of more and more powerful infections, antibiotics aren’t good for our bodies. Like a carpet bomb, the drugs attack indiscriminately, neutralizing the good bacteria in our guts in addition to the bad ones that make us sick. A better solution might involve targeting only the infection-causing bacteria, rather than killing everything in our guts and contributing to the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. Note: actually the best solution is to strengthen your immune system so it can eliminate the necessary organisms. In most cases with baguette testing we can determine the best immune formula to help your body recover without damaging the immune system even further as antibiotics do.

WELLNESS: Help Preserve Your Eyesight With B Vitamins A study published in the July 2013 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition adds to the evidence suggesting certain B vitamins may be important in the prevention of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is the leading cause of vision loss in people over 55 years of age in the U.S. and Canada. Previous studies have shown that taking certain antioxidant vitamins and minerals as supplements (vitamin E, vitamin C, beta-carotene, selenium and zinc), at specific dosages, can slow the progression of AMD. In the latest study, known as the Blue Mountain Eye Study, serum folate (B-vitamin folic acid), vitamin B12 and homocysteine status were determined from blood samples drawn in 1997-1999 from cohort members ages 55 and older. AMD was assessed in 1,760 survivors from retinal photographs taken in 2002-2004 and 2007-2009. Total intakes of folic acid and vitamin B12 were assessed using a food-frequency questionnaire. Results showed that higher blood levels of homocysteine were associated with a significant increased risk of developing AMD, whereas higher levels of vitamin B12 were strongly associated with decreased risk of developing AMD. Homocysteine is a toxic end-product of metabolism known to damage blood vessels and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Studies continue to show that high blood levels of homocysteine also contribute to damage seen in AMD. People with folate or vitamin B12 deficiency at the beginning of the study (baseline) were approximately twice as likely to develop AMD during the 10-year study period. What is important is that homocysteine levels are reduced via supplementation with, and dietary intake of, vitamin B12 and folic acid. These B vitamins recycle homocysteine back to the nontoxic and highly useful amino acid known as methionine. This explains why high levels of serum homocysteine, and low levels of vitamin B12 and folic acid, are so strongly linked to the development of AMD, as confirmed in the Blue Mountain Eye Study. Note: have us check you on our eye formulas, be proactive.

CHIROPRACTIC: Health tips—-Oil with carrot, saves life – For all the carrot curry lovers, this one is for you. Carrots contain the much needed anti-oxidant called beta-carotene. Just like all antioxidants, this one is good for health in general and heart in particular. When carrot is sliced and cooked in oil, the fat content dissolves up to 75% of the valuable beta-carotene. However, if one were to eat raw carrot, the body can absorb about 11% of this life saver. Belly needs berries – Which is the best relief for a troubled stomach? Strawberries. They not only eliminate the ulcers of the stomach, but also minimize the damage done by the mucous membrane. It is free of side effects as it is a fruit and is hence suggested by naturopaths for regular consumption. It is good to note that turmeric, dark green vegetables and yoghurt also pack similar benefits Relaxing the feet to prevent headaches – Sounds strange, but very true. When you are suffering from mild headaches, try placing feet into a bucket of warm water. Better still if you add a tablespoon of salt. Best to add few drops of lavender or eucalyptus. The story behind this is that the blood vessels dilate thereby drawing blood away from head and rushing towards feet. It also cleans the skin pores and lets the oil contents get into the bloodstream. Magic of Mushrooms – The risk of breast cancer is reduced to one third for those who eat mushroom at least thrice a week. research shows that folks who consume at least 10 grams a day were 64% less likely to develop this form of cancer than others. Protect ears through humming – This is particularly useful when approaching loud and noisy places. By pressing the lips together and humming softly, tenses the muscles in the ear and reducing exposure to external sounds that will harm your ear drum. In line with this, one should be wise while choosing the ear phones. The plug-in models are harmful as the music doesn’t leak out and bears full brunt on the ear. It is better to go for over the ear models.

FUNNY BONES: Once, there was a preacher who was an avid golfer. Every chance he could get, he would be on the golf course swinging away. It was an obsession. One Sunday was a picture-perfect day for golfing. The sun was out, no clouds were in the sky, and the temperature was just right. The preacher was in a quandary as to what to do, and shortly, the urge to play golf overcame him. He called an assistant to tell him that he was sick and could not do church, packed the car up, and drove three hours to a golf course where no one would recognize him. Happily, he began to play the course. An angel up above was watching the preacher and was quite perturbed. He went to God and said, “Look at the preacher. He should be punished for what he is doing.”  God nodded in agreement. The preacher teed up on the first hole. He swung at the ball, and it sailed effortlessly through the air and landed right in the cup 250 yards away. A picture-perfect hole-in-one. He was amazed and excited.  The angel was a little shocked. He turned to God and said, “I beg your pardon, but I thought you were going to punish him.” 
God smiled. “Think about it-who can he tell?” Asked

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday April 15, 2019

Courtesy of:

  John H. Keefe III, D.C.

                                                  (918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Children who spend too much time on their phone are at serious risk of hip fractures  Children who spend too much time on their phones are at serious risk of hip fractures in their 40s and 50s, an expert has warned. Dawn Skelton, a professor of ageing and health, said today’s children are far more sedentary than previous generations as they play less sport, are given too many lifts, and look at screens for hours on end. Because of this, their bones may weaken and fracture earlier than usual – and their parents could end up as their carers, she said. Professor Skelton, an adviser to the Royal Osteoporosis Society, added: ‘Young people need to move and jump about for their bones to grow properly because they build the vast majority of their bones by the time they reach puberty. After the age of 15 it’s not as easy to lay down bone, and growth slows significantly.’ Professor Skelton said: ‘Children can sit for hours playing games on screens or glued to their phones. ‘It’s important to encourage children to be as active as possible up to their mid-teens, which is when they lay down skeleton for the rest of their lives. ‘If you haven’t laid down a good baseline of bone, ageing will start happening much earlier and the slightest fall could lead to a fracture. 

WELLNESS: 3 Scary Reasons To Ditch Aluminum Foil (And What To Use Instead) You’re probably getting a little tired of people telling you that the things you’ve been eating or using for years are bad for your health. But here’s one you should probably avoid like the plague: aluminum foil. Believe it or not, every time you use aluminum foil in the kitchen, it’s seriously harming your health. Here are three reasons to keep aluminum foil out of your kitchen, and some healthier alternatives to use instead. 1. Aluminum foil is a neurotoxin Researchers maintain that, due to the fact that aluminum has no physiological role in the human body, it has the potential to cause significant detrimental effects when consumed. This theory was unequivocally proven when a 2014 study showed that a 66-year-old man who died with Alzheimer’s disease had significantly elevated aluminum content in his brain, following eight years of occupational exposure. The takeaway is simple: aluminum foil has the potential to cause neurotoxic effects, including Alzheimer’s disease. 2. Aluminum foil can contribute to bone disease Research shows that aluminum from sources like foil can increase a person’s risk of developing bone disease. A study that examined the effect of hemodialysis, which causes buildup of aluminum in the blood, found that 37 percent of dialysis patients had developed aluminum-associated bone disease. 3. Aluminum foil can promote pulmonary fibrosis  Using aluminum foil to prepare, store or cook food can increase a person’s risk of developing pulmonary fibrosis, a form of lung disease. If you want to store food in the fridge or pantry, always use glass storage containers. Glass is completely inert and doesn’t transfer any harmful chemicals or metals into food, no matter how acidic they are. This way, we’re also minimizing waste, as the glass can be used over and over again… unlike aluminum foil!

CHIROPRACTIC: The opioid Epidemic and chiropractic Studies have shown chiropractic care is one of the most effective approaches for conditions of pain. You perceive pain through your nervous system and when you have direct stress or pressure on your nerves pain is one of the most common signs. The simple fact is, chiropractic adjustments help with most types of painful conditions. But adjustments are not the only tools at our disposal. Acupuncture techniques, pulsed magnetic therapy, essential oils, nutritional therapy to rebuild the area of pain, trigger point therapy (working knots out of the muscles) and electrical therapy are just a few of the tools chiropractic works with. Over 42,000 Americans died of an opioid overdose in 2016, and government and public health officials are scrambling to find effective ways to reverse this frightening trend. The problem is the government is not looking in the right place the medical profession has failed and simply won’t refer out to other professions. Politics in healthcare is killing too many people. Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relieversheroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total “economic burden” of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement If you or someone you know suffers from chronic pain try chiropractic and natural healthcare.

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FUNNY BONES: My friend says to me: “What rhymes with orange” I said: “No it doesn’t”@@ Which two letters in the alphabet are always jealous? NV@@ I was working in Army security when a VIP from another base called to ask to whom he should address an important letter. Knowing my tough-to-spell last name would give him fits, I said, “Just put down Sergeant Gary, as my last name is too hard.”The next day, I received a letter addressed to Sgt. Gary Toohard.@@ Did you guys hear about the fires that broke out in the circus? They were intense.@@ My sister didn’t do as well on her driver’s-ed test as she’d hoped. It might have had something to do with how she completed this sentence: “When the ______ is dead, the car won’t start.” She wrote: “Driver.”@@ I spotted several pairs of men’s Levi’s at a garage sale. They were sizes 30, 31, and 32, but I was looking for size 33. So I asked the owner if he had a pair. He shook his head. “I’m still wearing the 33s,” he said. “Come back next year.”

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday April 8, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

IN THE NEWS: How Sleep Influences Learning, Memory and General Health Sleep impacts your ability to learn and your creative capacity. First, sleep is important before learning, as it helps prepare your brain to soak up new information. Research shows that sleep-deprived students have a 40 percent reduction in their ability to retain new information, compared to those who got a full eight hours of sleep. Second, you need sleep after learning, to properly save and hold on to those new individual facts — and integrate the new information with what you already know. Deep sleep is also crucial for brain detoxification, and can have a significant impact on your risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Around 12 months of age, when the infant is starting to learn to crawl, stand and walk, there’s a tremendous increase in stage 2 sleep, during which the brain is actively editing and making decisions about what information to retain and which to discard. Sleep allows your brain to consolidate abstract pieces of information, collating them into cohesive patterns that allow you to make sense of the world around you, and your experiences of it. Sleep is important before learning, as it helps prepare your brain to soak up new information. It’s also crucial after learning, at which point the data are saved and integrated with what you already know. Sleep increases your ability to gain insights that would otherwise remain elusive by about 250 percent. Simply dreaming about performing an activity increases your actual physical performance 10fold.

WELLNESS: Air Pollution Is Worse Than Smoking Research data demonstrate the number of people dying early from air pollution is 1 million more each year than death caused by smoking; nitrogen-based fertilizer, fossil fuels and industrial chemical production are the three largest contributors. Nearly 95 percent of the world live in areas where pollution levels are higher than deemed safe by the World Health Organization (WHO).  Fine particulate matter measuring less than 2.5 micrograms (PM2.5) is one indicator of outdoor air pollution. Rising rates of pollution trigger lower life expectancy, lower intelligence, low birth weight, premature birth and health conditions such as autism, attention deficit disorder, cardiovascular disease, obesity and cancer. Children bear a greater burden as they are exposed before birth, their respiratory rate is faster, inhaling more air pollution into smaller, developing bodies, and they are expected to live longer, giving more time for diseases to emerge. Although you may not control pollution levels outside your home, you can make changes to your diet to mitigate damage, and decrease indoor air pollution originating from cleaners, carpeting, personal care products and furniture. NOTE: Ask us about developing a safe zone in your home.

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CHIROPRACTIC: Acupuncture and chiropractic Both acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments affect the way the nervous system functions. The adjustments release stress on the nerves to allow a normal transmission and communication with the rest of the body. Your nervous system controls and coordinates every organ part AND system of your body and relate you to the environment through the five senses. Sometimes simply releasing the nerve pressure is not enough in some circumstances so stimulating certain acupuncture points on the body can enhance nervous system function. When we are working with shoulder problems for instance, besides adjusting the shoulder stimulating certain points can dramatically decrease the pain and increase the mobility. Sometimes acupuncture stimulation alone can restore full mobility in the shoulder when a problem is strictly due to muscle imbalance due to electrical imbalance. There are a number of different ways to stimulate acupuncture points where the classical way is through needle acupuncture but simply stimulating the point electrically or with a magnet can have a beneficial effect as well. Using different forms of acupuncture can enhance the balance of the spine as well as aligning the spine can balance the electrical activity within the acupuncture system. Sometimes we use what are called “press needles” which are tiny thumbtack looking stimulators on tape. These press needles can be left in place for several days if the condition indicates. If you’re dealing with a painful situation or an internal disorder like acid reflux or hormonal imbalance a combination of chiropractic and acupuncture can be very effective. Who do you know who’s in pain or has some other type of health issue?  Tell them about chiropractic.

FUNNY BONE: Our eldest son is extremely smart and sarcastic, is an avid movie fan, and loves puns. Not all of his romantic interests have been able to keep up with him and/or did not appreciate his… um… uniqueness. We knew his latest girlfriend was a keeper when the following happened. We were discussing a movie that we felt had some technical mistakes. Our son said something about CGI effects and ended by exclaiming, “Even the toes were digital!” His girlfriend immediately said, “All toes are digital.” I don’t know if we laughed harder at her pun or at the look on our son’s face.@@ Mom: “How’d you get that scratch?” Nephew: “My boyfriend bit me.” Mom: “He bit you?” Nephew: “Yeah.” Mom: “What’s your boyfriend’s name?” Nephew: “Bailey.” Mom: “Where’d you meet him?” Nephew: *gives my mom a look* “Bailey is my dog!”@@ Hospital staff sharing patient stories: I asked a female patient with dementia what year it is. She said, “Oh, my, no, that’s far too personal to discuss in polite company. A nice young lady like you shouldn’t be concerned with such things.” I didn’t bother pointing out that I’m not a lady. I figured if she didn’t notice the beard, then she wasn’t going to understand an explanation either.@@ A woman came in for a baby check with her 6-month-old and she had what looked like chocolate milk in the baby’s bottle. So I started explaining to her as kindly as I could that she shouldn’t be giving her baby chocolate milk. At which point she interrupts me and says, “Oh that isn’t chocolate milk. It’s coffee! He just loves it!”@@ Had a woman who was in active labor, despite insisting she couldn’t be pregnant. She said her last period was “like ten months ago” so she’d gone through menopause. She was 25.

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday April 1, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

IN THE NEWS: Pot use and the awful problem of marijuana-induced psychosis  by Dr. Marc Siegel Back when I was in college, a close friend of mine developed a bad, paranoid reaction to a strong batch of pot. I will never forget the twisted look of fear on his face. Eventually, he recovered, but it always seemed to me that he was never quite the same, and to this day is quick to be suspicious of people. When I became a physician, I saw this reaction much more frequently in the ER where I worked, and I became aware that the strains of marijuana people were smoking were becoming stronger. I saw anxiety and depression and occasionally full-blown psychosis which is characterized by a break from reality with delusional thinking and sometimes hallucinations. The condition brought on by smoking pot is known as cannabis-induced psychosis. When I view it as a physician I see it as containing an active chemical which has health implications. This is the way I view all biochemicals whether they are available over the counter or by prescription only. Marijuana contains a highly potent chemical, tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, which has strong psychological effects. Genetic factors are important. A variant of the AKT1 gene which effects dopamine in the brain, has been show to put pot smokers more at risk of psychosis. Though the THC content of Cannabis is variable, it has clearly become much more potent over the years, with many times more THC commonly found now in pot than in the 1970s, when it was commonly less than 2 percent. This change is largely responsible for the increase in paranoia and psychosis among the general population. In Amsterdam, London, and Paris— three cities known for high THC marijuana – were found to have a whopping 50 (Amsterdam) and 30 percent (London) of new psychosis cases associated with potent forms of the drug. As a practicing internist, I can tell you there are no free lunches when it comes to your health. With stronger recreational pot becoming more widely available all the time (now legal in 10 states, plus the District of Columbia, with more on the way), the risk of psychiatric disorders including worrisome debilitating psychosis, will only grow.

WELLNESS: High-Fructose Corn Syrup’s Effect on Tumors Is Another Strike Against Soda A spate of recent population-based studies seems to be spelling the end for sugary drinks, with studies linking soda to outcomes like diabetes and obesityand even increased risk of death. Now, a paper released Wednesday in Science adds impacts on colon tumors to the list of their sour side effects. People with risk factors for colorectal cancer should avoid drinking any drinks with sugar in them. The authors from Weil Cornell’s Graduate School of Medical Sciences showed that a daily dose of high-fructose corn syrup, a sweetener used in many sodas and sweet drinks, caused colon tumors to grow larger and more aggressively in mice. The tumors seemed to be able to feed on the sweetened substance. The study’s co-senior author Lewis Cantley, Ph.D., says that this tumor feeding behavior isn’t limited to high-fructose corn syrup. He believes it may extend to traditional sweeteners. “Our studies strongly indicate that people with risk factors for colorectal cancer should avoid drinking any drinks with sugar in them, whether high-fructose corn syrup or cane sugar (sucrose) or honey or molasses, or apple juice or orange juice. Eat an apple, not apple juice,” he tells Inverse. In short, the tumor cells can suck fructose directly from the inside of the intestine after a mouse consumes a lot of high-fructose corn syrup. These cells make this extra sugar their preferred energy source and use that to thrive. NOTE: Stevia is the perfect sweetener it contains no sugar yet tricks the tongue into tasting 300 times sweeter than sugar. In addition to being non-caloric, stevia won’t spike your blood sugar, is high in antioxidants and can reduce inflammation. Stevia leaf extract does not cause cancer. Authoritative bodies, such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), have reviewed the scientific data, including cancer studies, on Stevia leaf extract. They agree it is safe for use in our beverages.

CONDITION OF THE WEEK:  What’s This Tingling in My Leg? When you think of low back pain, you may visualize a person half-bent over with their hand on the sore spot of their back. Since many of us have experienced low back pain during our lifetime, we can usually relate to a personal experience and recall how limited we were during the acute phase of our last LBP episode. However, when the symptoms associated with LBP are different, such as tingling or a shooting pain down one leg, it can be both confusing and worrisome – hence the content of this month’s article! Let’s look at the anatomy of the low back to better understand where these symptoms originate. In the front of the spine (or the part more inside of the body), we have the big vertebral bodies and shock absorbing disks that support about 80% of our weight. At the back of each vertebrae you’ll find the spinous and transverse processes that connect to the muscles and ligaments in the back to the spine. Between the vertebral body and these processes are the tiny boney pieces called the pedicles. The length of the pedicle partially determines the size of the holes where the nerves exit the spine. When the pedicles are short (commonly a genetic cause), the exiting nerves can be compressed due to the narrowed opening. This is called foraminal spinal stenosis. This compression usually occurs later in life when osteoarthritis and/or degenerative disk disease further crowds these “foramen” where the nerves exit the spine. Similarly, short pedicles can narrow the “central canal” where the spinal cord travels up and down the spine from the brain. Later in life, the combined effects of the narrow canal plus disk bulging, osteoarthritic spurs, and/or thickening or calcification of ligaments can add up to “central spinal stenosis.” The symptoms associated with spinal stenosis (whether it’s foraminal or central) include difficulty walking due to a gradual increase in tingling, heavy, crampy, achy and/or sore feeling in one or both legs. The tingling in the legs associated with spinal stenosis is called “neurogenic claudication” and must be differentiated from “vascular claudication”, which feels similar but is caused from lack of blood flow to the leg(s) as opposed to nerve flow. Chiropractic management of all these conditions offers a non-invasive, effective form of non-surgical, non-drug care and is the recommended in LBP guidelines as an option when treating these conditions.

FUNNY BONE: A young man was planting some flower seeds on a sweltering day, sweating from the hot sun. His neighbor said, “You need to wait until the sun goes down, or plant in the morning when it is coolest.” The man said, “I can’t do that. It says on the package, ‘Plant in full sun!’ ”@@ My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law. —Jerry Seinfeld@@ Concerning a sign seen in a Police canteen in Christchurch, New Zealand: ‘Will the person who took a slice of cake from the Commissioner’s Office return it immediately. It is needed as evidence in a poisoning case.’

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday March 25, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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

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

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday March 18, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday March 11, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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

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

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday March 4, 2019

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John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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

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

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

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

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Finding Links Between Microbes and Alzheimer’s Disease


by Carl Sherman

February 6, 2019

Various viruses from the Herpesviridae family (seen using an electron micrograph), including  varicella-zoster (chickenpox), and herpes simplex type 1 and 2 (HSV-1, HSV-2) Source: CDC

Suddenly, it seems, Alzheimer’s research is crawling with microbes.

An outlandish metaphor, perhaps, but the growing attention to viruses (and to a lesser extent bacteria) in the search for the origins of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is hard to ignore. On the cellular, molecular, and population level, recent research has aroused excitement. Clinical trials are underway.

The concept is not new. More than a century ago, Alois Alzheimer considered a role for infection in the disease that bears his name. In the 1990s, Ruth Itzhaki of Oxford and University of Manchester in Britain demonstrated the presence of herpesvirus DNA in the post-mortem brains of the elderly and of people with AD, especially around amyloid deposits.

Other investigators have found evidence implicating bacteria, particularly spirochetes (including the pathogen responsible for Lyme disease) and chlamydia pneumoniae. One recent paper suggested a pathogen involved in chronic gum disease plays a role.

Still, “Everyone laughed at the idea or was hostile,” says Itzhaki. “It’s been a constant battle for over 25 years.”

Researchers have resisted the challenge to the long-dominant amyloid cascade hypothesis of AD because it questions their own work, she believes. “And most don’t know much about viruses, particularly the concept of viral latency—that people can be infected but not affected.”

Such latency is evident in herpesviruses, the microbes for which AD-link evidence is strongest. Almost everyone is infected with HSV1, which is responsible for cold sores,  and the virus is present in normal as well as AD brains. The difference, Itzhaki conjectures, lies in periodic reactivation due to stress or immunosuppression, which allows HSV to kill brain cells. “Damage accumulates,” she says, “and leads to AD.” Carriers of ApoE4, the strongest genetic risk factor for AD, seem particularly prone to HSV1 reactivation, she observes.

Lately, however, “far more people have come into the field [of microbe-AD research],” Itzhaki says. “It started happening about eight years ago, and the number of researchers has increased gradually.” In 2017 and 2018, papers from Taiwan provided “the first population-level evidence for a link between herpes infection and senile dementia,” she wrote in a commentary in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. “And last June, two papers that augment some of our data caught the public eye.”

 Neuroscientists whose AD research is unrelated to microbes see a similar trajectory. “I remember hearing about this work back in the late 1990s,” recalls Robert Vassar, professor of cellular and molecular biology at Northwestern University. “I didn’t think much of it at the time. It seemed farfetched.”

More recent research, he says, is “pretty compelling…. In retrospect, if you look at the progression of these studies, there’s certainly a lot of circumstantial evidence supporting the microbial hypothesis.” Although much more research needs to be done, “it’s paradigm-shifting work,” he says.

To Eliezer Masliah, director of the division of neuroscience at the National Institute of Aging (NIA) and a member of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, growing interest in microbes reflects, in part, “more intense questioning of traditional amyloid-tau cascade hypotheses. There’s a search for alternatives.”

There is also “new, very provocative data coming out in recent years, which has contributed to heightened interest,” he says. He, like Itzhaki, points to two papers published in Neuron in July 2018.

 “All the other studies were more correlational, descriptive, equivocal,” says Masliah. “These are looking at the issue in a more mechanistic way.”

In one paper, which was funded by the NIA, researchers at Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai and at Arizona State University analyzed genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic, and histopathological data from postmortem brains of people with signs of AD and others without. Applying advanced computation methods to tissue from three large brain banks, they explored the interaction of viral DNA and RNA fragments with neuronal molecular systems.

They found that human herpesviruses 6 and 7(HHV6,7) were more common in brains that had signs of AD than in non-AD brains, and that viral levels correlated with the severity of dementia. These viruses, moreover, appeared to have an effect on molecular processes in neurons. In particular, they altered the expression of genes that have been implicated in AD, and influenced pathways involved in amyloid production.

Of note, points out Mack Mackiewicz of NIA, the investigators used an “unbiased approach”: they were not testing a hypothesis involving a specific virus, but looking more widely for clues to molecular processes underlying AD neuropathology that might suggest  new drug targets. The HHV6-7 connection emerged from the data.

Studies reported in the other paper demonstrated that introducing herpesviruses into lab dishes of neurons and into the brains of genetically modified mice triggers the formation and deposition of beta-amyloid (Aβ), in forms resembling the characteristic plaques of AD.

Additional experiments described the subcellular process by which Aβ protected the mice against HSV1-related encephalitis and inhibited viral growth in cell culture.

The study came out of the Harvard laboratories of Rudolph Tanzi and Robert Moir, adding a new chapter to 10 years of research that gave rise to what they call the antimicrobial protection hypothesis of Alzheimer’s disease.

Tanzi and Moir have accumulated evidence that Aβ, long thought to be a “functionless” protein, is actually an antimicrobial peptide (AMP), one of a class of molecules important in innate immunity. Against certain pathogens, “Aβ is more powerful than penicillin,” says Tanzi, professor of neurology at Harvard and also a member of the Dana Alliance.

AMPs, “the most primitive, ancient immune host response,” protect against unwelcome organisms and substances by forming extracellular traps to bind and sequester them. “That’s what plaques are in the brain,” he says.

The hypothesis accords microbes a key if limited role in AD; their presence triggers the generation of beta amyloid as a defensive measure. Amyloid induces the production of neurofibrillary tangles, which kill neurons and activate microglia. As neuroinflammation gathers steam, neurons die. “Amyloid is the match, tangles are brush fires, neuroinflammation is a forest fire,” says Tanzi. “Microbes are what’s lighting the match.”

In this formulation, says Tanzi, AD is an “auto-innate immune disorder,” in which amyloid takes the place of antibodies in conventional autoimmune disorders.

The 2018 Neuron paper provides a clear, graphic instance of the “seeding” process that begins the cascade.

The theory can account for the fact that a broad spectrum of bacteria and viruses have emerged as possible AD factors. “We don’t have a favorite microbe; we’re saying a bunch of different ones may be involved,” Tanzi says. There’s a place for the amyloid cascade hypothesis as well, as one step along the road to AD. Since innate immunity is a general reaction to foreign material, the theory suggests a mechanism by which other factors might raise AD risk, such as fine particulate air pollution. (see “Air Pollution Linked to Higher Risk of Dementia”)

Even as the evidence for an AD-microbe link grows stronger, “we are still struggling with ideas of cause and effect,” cautions Mackiewicz. “It is not known whether microbes are causative or a passenger of the AD process.” Long-dormant viruses may be activated by a disease process already underway, in other words, rather than a factor in initiating it.

The role of viruses and other microbes, ultimately, must be understood in the context of other factors, Masliah says. “Aging, neuropathology, the amyloid cascade, certain genotypes—what we’ve learned is that all things leading to the pathogenic process of AD are synergistic; that multiple hits, multiple steps are involved in an interactive process.”

New Neurons in the Brain

by Guy McKhann, M.D.

May 3, 2018

When I started in neuroscience, the dogma was that you were born with all the neurons you were ever going to have, and it was all downhill from there as you aged. About 20 years ago, this belief started to change as investigators found evidence of newly formed neurons, particularly in the cerebellum and the hippocampus—but only in younger brains. Thus, the new dogma was that the ability to form new neurons gradually diminished as you got older, until it vanished completely. Most of this early work was first completed in animal studies, then later reproduced in humans.

Now the dogma is being challenged again. Maura Buldrinis and J. John Mann of Columbia University studied the brains of 28 healthy individuals, ranging from 14 to 79-years-old. Subjects were carefully screened to make sure they were free of disease processes that might alter neurogenesis (the formation of new neurons). The investigators concentrated on the hippocampus, a place in the brain they felt more likely to find neurogenesis. In this hippocampal tissue they found thousands of immature and newly formed neurons in all participants. There was no significant drop-off with age.

However, there were other changes in the older brains. The supporting vascular structure was less developed. Thus, these new neurons might be relatively starved for oxygen and other nutrients. There were also lower levels of proteins needed for developing plasticity as neurons mature. These latter two findings suggest that the new neurons may be there in older brains, but they are less able to become functional.

How added neurons take on functions in the recipient brain is not well understood. It is not like what occurs when you add liver cells to a liver, or muscle cells to muscle. In those organs, most cells are very similar in their shapes and functions. In the brain, cells are remarkably diverse. The big divisions are between input cells, which take in sensory information, process it, and then deliver that information to other sensory cells, or to output cells that provide messages to motor cells, glands, and skin. In many regions of the brain, neurons function in complex interactive circuits, such as what occurs in the basal ganglia or cortex. How do you introduce an outside neuron to one of these circuits? Is the development of the added neuron influenced by its new neighbors? If some of the cells of the circuit are motor output cells, can added neurons take on those properties?

The answers to these questions, and a myriad of other questions, are approachable and will be known in the next few years.

Guy McKhann, M.D., is professor of neurology and neuroscience at the Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. He serves as scientific consultant for the Dana Foundation and scientific advisor for Brain in the News.

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Feb. 25, 2019 Courtesy of: John H. Keefe III, D.C. (918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Immune system vs. gut bacteria: How vitamin A ‘keeps the peace’ with New findings about the role of vitamin A in mediating the relationship between gut bacteria and the immune system may prove “critical” for devising new therapies for autoimmune conditions, such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and other inflammatory diseases that affect the intestine. The gut bacteria are known to play a crucial role in keeping us healthy. Research has shown that the trillions of friendly microorganisms hosted by our guts can keep us lean, young, and healthy — both in body and mind. But how do gut bacteria do this? One answer involves the immune system. Various studies have been slowly unraveling the complex relationship between gut bacteria and immunity. They suggest that the interactions between the host’s gut and the bacteria that colonize our intestines help control how our body responds to illness. New research may have found an answer: vitamin A. A team of scientists, led by Shipra Vaishnava, an assistant professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at Brown University in Providence, RI, found that moderate levels of vitamin A in the intestine prevent the immune system from becoming overactive. Note: doing the dry winter the demand for vitamin A rises sharply. To maintain a healthy respiratory system along with a healthy immune system we recommend vitamin A and D be taken throughout the winter months. Probiotics are also helpful as this article indicates.

WELLNESS:Marvelous for Constipation, Almost Instantly Softens Stools Estimates suggest up to 20 percent of the general population experience chronic constipation, characterized by hard, dry and difficult to pass stools, and/or having less than three bowel movements per week. To prevent constipation, make sure you’re drinking enough water each day, and increase your fiber intake to 25 to 50 grams per 1,000 calories consumed. Four foods shown to have a beneficial impact on chronic constipation are fermented vegetables, artichoke, kiwi and kefir. Certain supplements can also help improve your regularity, including magnesium, organic psyllium husk, enzymes and probiotics. In your bathroom, consider using a foot stool to enhance elimination, and installing a bidet to optimize your hygiene and avoid the pain of wiping with toilet paper, which can aggravate many bowel-related problems.

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

CONDITION OF THE WEEK: Should You Get A Steroid Shot For Your Allergies?

If you’ve got allergies, you know the deal: For part of the year, you can venture outdoors breathing easily and seeing clearly. For the other, you’re stuck scratching your itchy eyes, sneezing constantly, and blowing your nose like crazy. Turns out, there’s a super-potent steroid shot that offers relief from what feels like a truckload of pollen to the face. And only a few hours later, you’ll be breathing better! Sounds promising, right? First things first: You get allergies when your body overreacts to a substance (like pollen or cat dander) in an attempt to protect you from it. (Cue the congestion and watery eyes.) A steroid shot is an aggressive remedy used to calm that response, says Purvi Parikh, M.D., an allergy and immunology clinical assistant professor at NYU Langone Health. But while these steroid shots are extremely effective, they should only be administered “when all else fails,” warns Parikh. Cortisone can weaken your immune system, which could worsen an existing infection or make you more likely to get new infections. You should not use cortisone if you have a fungal infection. Some less serious side effects of cortisone may include: Acne, dry skin, or thinning skin, Bruising or discoloration of skin, Insomnia, Mood changes, Increased sweating, Headache, Dizziness, Nausea, stomach pain, or bloating, Slow wound healing, Changes in the shape or location of body fat. Note: steroid shots and antihistamines only give temporary relief of allergies with sometimes significant side effects. Our allergy mix offers to help correct allergies by reprogramming your immune system not to react. The allergy mix along with proper nutritional support can offer long term benefits if not eventual correction of your allergies.

FUNNY BONE: I eat my peas with honey. I’ve done it all my life. It makes the peas taste funny. But it keeps them on the knife!@@ Which word in the dictionary is spelled incorrectly? Incorrectly@@ If your parents never had children, chances are you won’t either.@@ Patient: Doctor, I think I need glasses.  Teller: You certainly do! This is a bank.@@ Doctor: Nurse, how is that little girl doing who swallowed ten quarters last night?    Nurse: No change yet.@@ What’s the difference between a general practitioner and a specialist? One treats what you have, the other thinks you have what he treats.@@ Funny Doctors’ Notes (These are sentences exactly as typed by medical secretaries) Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.–On the second day the knee was better and on the third day, it disappeared.–The patient has been depressed since she began seeing me in 1993.–Discharge status: Alive, but without my permission.–While in ER, Eva was examined, x-rated and sent home.–Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities.–The patient was in his usual state of good health until his airplane ran out of fuel and crashed.

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Feb. 18, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Can a Healthy Gut Microbiome Suppress Autoimmune Diseases?  Medical News Bulletin October 2, 2017 There is a clear increase in the prevalence of autoimmune diseases in the developed world. Some scientists attribute this change to our modern diet, which can influence our gut microbiome. The human gut harbors over a trillion microorganisms, which is known as the microbiome. The gut microbiome has many functions, ranging from preventing infections to metabolizing nutrients. Its makeup varies among individuals and can be influenced by external factors. Interestingly, changes to the gut microbiome can damage health, in part by contributing to various inflammatory diseases, such as multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is believed to be caused by immune system cells that target certain parts of nerves, effectively impairing the nervous system. MS is more prevalent in developed nations and some studies have suggested that environmental factors, such as diet, play a prominent role in causing MS. One particular strain of normal gut bacteria, Prevotella histicola, which is more common in those who have an agrarian diet (filled with carbs and fibers), has recently been found to be able to prevent the development of a MS-like disease in an animal model. This novel study, published in Cell Reports, demonstrates the ability of P. histicola, as gut bacteria, to modulate the immune system and suppress the development of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), which models MS, in mice. NOTE: you get friendly bacteria when you eat raw foods and cultured products, fermented foods improve the strength of these populations, eat wisely.

WELLNESS: Why Paying for Nutrition Saves Money on Health Care The foods we eat play a central role in our health. The epidemics of our time—obesityheart diseasetype 2 diabetes—are intimately tied to unhealthy patterns of eating. But eating healthy is also expensive, making it particularly challenging for the 12% of US households who have to worry whether they can afford enough food each month. For the 41 million Americans living in these households, a common coping strategy is to purchase cheaper, less healthy foods in an effort to make their food budgets last longer. Over time, however, these unhealthy dietary patterns can have a significant impact on a person’s health. Children living in food-insecure homes suffer two to four times as many health problems and are less likely to reach their academic potential. Pregnant women who are food insecure are more likely to develop gestational diabetes and deliver pre-term or low birth-weight babies. Food-insecure adults are more likely to have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease and osteoporosis. The trouble doesn’t stop there. Once you have one of these illnesses, food insecurity often makes that illness harder to manage. One in three Americans with chronic illness has trouble affording food, medication or both. Moreover, the stress of worrying about where your next meal is coming from is associated with depressive symptoms, which only makes the task of managing a complex disease harder. It is not surprising, then, that food insecurity comes with a cost. On average, food insecure people in the U.S. incur an extra $1,800 in medical costs every year, accounting for $77.5 billion in additional health care expenditures.

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

FUNNY BONE:  My wallet is like an onion. When I open it, it makes me cry…@@Doesn’t expecting the unexpected make the unexpected expected?@@Life is short, smile while you still have teeth.@@The best part of going to work is coming back home at the end of the day.@@If you do a job too well, you’ll get stuck with it.@@Quantity is what you count, quality is what you count on.@@5/4 of people admit that they’re bad with fractions.@@I thought about going on an all-almond diet. But that’s just nuts@@I don’t play soccer because I enjoy the sport. I’m just doing it for kicks.@@ A police officer jumps into his squad car and calls the station. “I have an interesting case here,” he says. “A woman shot her husband for stepping on the floor she just mopped.” “Have you arrested her?” asks the sergeant. “No, not yet. The floor’s still wet.”@@ A dog thinks: Hey, these people I live with feed me, love me, provide me with a nice warm, dry house, pet me and take good care of me…THEY MUST BE GODS!!!!! A cat thinks: Hey, these people I live with feed me, love me, provide me with a nice warm, dry house, pet me and take good care of me….I MUST BE A GOD.

Protecting the brain

Protecting the brain

Alzheimer’s disease is a side effects of the aging process. In fact, the most common view globally (scientific or not) is that aging – the process of getting older – naturally causes changes in the brain and central nervous system that lead to conditions such as memory loss and dementia.

These perceptions of aging leave our elders (and us) with little to look forward to later in life. It’s not that surprising that depression statistics among the elderly are high when most people expect aging to cause irreversible brain damage. They believe this brain damage will initially lead to forgetfulness and erratic, odd behavior. Then, it will inexorably strip your very identity away from you just before you die an idiot’s death without any dignity.

What we know about brain function has only gathered serious momentum in the last three decades, especially around the physical factors affecting old age. A new understanding is emerging. What we once thought was ‘destined,’ ‘unavoidable’ or ‘inevitable’ may, in fact, be unnatural or even unnecessary. These discoveries are beginning to form a new health paradigm, one that centers on lifestyle and dietary changes for sustained all-around health and longevity – A model that seeks to auspiciously redesign how we relate to and treat the elderly amongst us.

In line with this new paradigm, we’ve developed a pharmaceutical-free diet and lifestyle plan that is complete with recipes and advice based on the latest scientific research findings. It is created to prevent, halt, or combat degenerating conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia that commonly arise for people as they age.

Our brains can adapt and respond to our environments by appropriately changing its structure and function. This fantastic ability is called neuro or brain plasticity. Our ability to learn how to play a musical instrument, for example, relies on the brain’s ability to grow neurons into linked interconnected chains called ‘neuro-nets.’ Neuro-nets are established through the repetitions of daily practice. This means, the brain actually changes shape as you learn.

Dementia Risk Factor Matrix

Very Likely Advanced age, family history (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s), apolipoprotein E-4, Down’s syndrome, head trauma (10x risk w/ApoE4) depression, reduced blood flow, stroke, estrogen imbalance, poor word fluency

Likely Emotional stress, toxic damage, alcohol abuse, nutrient deficiencies, transmitter deficits, metabolic deficits, under activity, lower educational level, occupational electromagnetic exposure

Possible Aluminum exposure, latent viruses, sugar consumption, olfactory deficit, coronary artery disease

Drugs are bad for the brain

For the first time, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures.

Elderly hospital patients who are given a common type of sedative to help them sleep have an increased risk of symptoms of delirium. 70% increased risk of symptoms of delirium, 300% increase in inattentive,

300% increase in altered consciousness, 500% of disorganized speech. These drugs block the actions of an important brain chemical called acetylcholine that can cause hallucinations, among other symptoms archives of internal medicine 2001; 161:2091-2097

Antihistamines linked to Alzheimer’s

Antihistamines  drugs block the nervous system neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. Those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease typically have a marked shortage of acetylcholine. Examples include nighttime pain relievers, antihistamines, and other sleep aids, such as: Excedrin PM, Tylenol PM, Nytol, Sominex, unisom, Benadryl, Dramamine.

There are also many different physical and psychological factors that can affect the way our memory functions: • Anxiety • Stress • Depression • Infection • Thyroid imbalance • Dehydration • Nutritional deficiencies such as insufficient Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamin   B6 & B12, and folate • Alcoholism • Medication • Substance abuse • Lack of exercise / sedentary lifestyle

A general strategy for better brain health would include the five laws of health-diet, exercise, rest and relaxation, positive mental and spiritual attitude and a healthy nervous system.

Nutritional approach in rebuilding brain function.

Extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, Acai Berry, Aronia Berry, Blackcurrant, blackberry, blueberry, cherry, cranberry, elderberry, grape or grape seed, pomegranate, strawberry, Leafy Greens and Cruciferous Vegetables, rosemary, lemon balm, Panax Ginseng, Ashwagandha, Ginkgo biloba, Curcumin, Green Tea, Cinnamon, Dark Chocolat, Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA),Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALC),Vitamin D ,Vitamins C and E, fish oils, Vinpocetine, Phosphatidylserine, Vinpocetine, Magnesium, B Vitamins, Niacin, Coenzyme Q10 (Co-Q10),N-acetyl cysteine, Luteolin, Wild Green Oat Extract, Nicotinamide Riboside,and Bacopamonnieri.

Work at reducing inflammation in the body, ask for the anti-inflammatory food list.

Coconut oil is a brain fuel

The damage done to your brain from the wrong foods and from unbalanced insulin and leptin levels begins decades before you show any of the telltale signs of Alzheimers.  Coconut oil or MCT’s should be taken in the morning. It takes a minimum of 3 hours for the oil to convert to ketones and reach your brain. You should  repeat the dose of 4 tablespoons of coconut oil twice a day. Gradually add more coconut oil every few days until you are able to tolerate 4 tablespoons.

When digested, MCTs travel directly to the liver where they are synthesized into keytone bodies.  These chemical compounds have a positive effect on several brain disorders, most notably – epilepsy & Alzheimer’s (the most common form of dementia.)  High concentrations of keytone bodies in the blood have been shown to reduce seizures in children with drug-resistant epilepsy.  Keytone bodies also provide an alternate source of energy for cells in the brain which have lost the ability to process glucose, one of the main causes of Alzheimer’s.

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Feb. 11, 2019

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Steps to keep your brain healthy “Research summarized in the advisory convincingly demonstrates that the same risk factors that cause atherosclerosis, are also major contributors to late-life cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. By following seven simple steps — Life’s Simple 7 — not only can we prevent heart attack and stroke, we may also be able to prevent cognitive impairment,” said vascular neurologist Philip Gorelick, M.D., M.P.H., the chair of the advisory’s writing group and executive medical director of Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Life’s Simple 7 outlines a set of health factors developed by the American Heart Association to define and promote cardiovascular wellness. Studies show that these seven factors may also help foster ideal brain health in adults.The Life’s Simple 7 program urges individuals to:Manage blood pressure, Control cholesterol, Keep blood sugar normal, Get physically active, Eat a healthy diet, Lose extra weight, Don’t start smoking or quit. Note: besides these detoxification, coconut oil, fish oil and B complex will help support a healthy nervous system.

WELLNESS: Croup is mainly characterized by an infection of the child’s larynx (voice box) and trachea (windpipe), which are the upper and lower parts of the breathing tube connecting the mouth to the top of the lungs. Croup is common among infants and toddlers who are 6 months to 3 years old. Most croup cases occur in 1-year-old children. However, babies as young as 3 months old can develop croup, too. The same goes for older children up to 15 years old and adults (albeit rare). A viral infection is considered to be the most common cause of croup, usually the parainfluenza I virus. Children or babies can develop croup when they inhale respiratory droplets that are either coughed or sneezed out by infected people from their surroundings. Fluids: besides a cool mist humidifier as prevention, A well-hydrated patient can recover more quickly. Try increasing liquid intake to the maximum. Breast milk and water are highly recommended for infants, while older children can drink water, soups or bone broth. Other good options include organic vegetable broth, herbal teas, fresh lemonade or fruit pulp. Raw honey: This is an effective croup cough treatment, since it may reduce bedtime coughing and induce sleep. However, raw honey mustn’t be given to children less than a year old because of the risk for botulism (a rare but serious disease triggered by toxins from the Clostridium botulinum bacteria20). Lemon tea: It can help alleviate throat pain and stimulate the immune system. Mix some ginger with the juice of half a lemon and add to hot water. Elderberry flowers: These can assist in boosting the immune system, alleviating respiratory problems and helping relieve congestion. Horsemint: Also known as bee balm, horsemint can help relieve severe cough. Boil two to three horsemint leaves in a cup of hot water and have the patient sip the tea two to three times daily to improve breathing. Wild cherry bark: This herb can help soothe throat irritation and deliver anti-inflammatory properties. Wild cherry bark can be inhaled or consumed as tea. Betel leaves: A child can get relief from croup by consuming tea made from betel leaves two to three times a day. Say ‘No’ to Steroids as a Croup Treatment.

CHIROPRACTIC:Keep the spark of life at 100% Health is when everything is functioning properly. Function is controlled by your nervous system thus stress on your nervous system will affect function. The degree of function equals your level of health. Your body has multiple functions working at the same time that require coordination in order to have a healthy body. It’s your nervous system, your brain and spinal cord and the thousands upon thousands of spinal nerves that are responsible for this coordination. Chiropractic adjustments maintain the communication between the central nervous system and every part, organ and cell in your body. Life causes stress and stress can impact the muscles which control vertebral position. A chiropractic adjustment not only helps reduce stress but assure the normal communication,in the body, is not hindered. As communication is restored so is health. Spinal realignments are the only treatment that improves function at its source. Stay regular with your chiropractic adjustments, getting care only when you hurt is waiting too long. Medicine is about disease and what makes people die. Chiropractic is about life and what makes people live. 

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Feb. 4, 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 opioid crisis is worsening. Over 42,000 Americans died of an opioid overdose in 2016, and government and public health officials are scrambling to find effective ways to reverse this frightening trend. Note: government research shows that chiropractic care along with acupuncture and other natural techniques can control most pain. It’s only due to politics in healthcare that these are not fully utilized and so people keep dying. There is a very simple solution to the opioid crisis. Try a natural approach first then and only then should medication be considered.

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

CHIROPRACTIC: Keep Your Spine in Shape Your spine is the backbone of your entire body – literally and figuratively. That means poor spine health can negatively impact you from head to toe. How can you keep your spine in shape? Let’s learn more about this critical anatomical structure and take a look at some of the simple strategies you can employ to ensure a healthy spine and a healthy body. Exercises First, a strong core supports the spine, whereas a weak core can lead to pain and injury. To build the core, think planks, bent-leg knee raises, stability ball exercises, ab curls, medicine ball slams and other exercises that strengthen the core muscles (remembering to keep your spine protected at all times by avoiding rounding the back / neck). Sleep Matters: Your sleep position and the overall quality of your sleep play a big role in spinal health. The ideal position for the spine during sleep places you on your back with a pillow under your legs. As you might imagine, lying on your stomach is the worse position. Nutrition Essentials: Believe it or not, certain foods promote a healthy spine (and vice versa). For example, adequate water intake is necessary to nourish not only the body’s cells, but also the spinal intervertebral discs, which consist primarily of water at birth. As you might imagine, water helps keep the discs (and thus the spine) from getting stiff and subject to injury.  In addition, an anti-inflammatory diet is key to preventing back pain and other spine problems Chiropractic Care: No conversation about spine health would be complete without mentioning chiropractic, an entire health care profession founded on the principle that a healthy, properly aligned spine has far-reaching effects on the entire body. Research asserts chiropractic’s effectiveness in treating back painneck pain and various other musculoskeletal conditions, and the goal of periodic chiropractic care is to maintain spinal health, optimize the body’s self-healing capacities, and thus prevent pain from returning.

WELLNESS: 3 Ingredient Daily Drink Tonics for Your Best Health Here are two three-ingredient concoctions that may just provide that miracle of health and healing you’ve been searching for. Apple cider vinegar, honey and cinnamon super syrup. While very simple to make and with no rare or hard-to-find ingredients, this health tonic is wide-ranging in the benefits it bestows upon those who drink it. It can relieve constipation, reduce inflammation, support kidney function, promote heart health, prevent or fight urinary tract infections, protect against bacterial, fungal or viral attack and keep the common cold at bay. As you can see, it is a heavy-hitter in the realm of health care, helping to boost your immune system and support strong heart and organ function. The key to success with this health tonic is to source only the highest quality ingredients. Now is not the time to worry about your wallet at the supermarket or health-food store. It’s absolutely a worthwhile health investment to buy high-caliber ingredients. With this in mind, here are the qualifications for each ingredient: The apple cider vinegar must be raw and organic. Raw means it still contains the active cultures that support your gut biome and bolster your immune system. Organic means the apples from which it was made are not coated in pesticides, heavy metals and toxins, which would then pass into your system and offset all your hard work. The honey must be raw, preferably organic. Organic just implies the bees have not pollinated flowers or plants which are treated with pesticides, herbicides or other nasty applications. This ensures you get only the highest quality honey from known sources. Raw means that the honey has not been pasteurized, a process to increase its shelf life but can render it biologically inactive by killing off the active enzymes in the honey — the reason it’s such a potent ingredient. And of course, your cinnamon should also be organic. As with our other ingredients, buying non-organic cinnamon means you’re at greater risk of ingesting harmful toxins and heavy metals, which can negatively impact your health. Combine two cups of the apple cider vinegar, one cup of honey and two teaspoons of cinnamon in a jar and stir/shake well. Store your super syrup in a cool dry area, keeping in mind that placing it in the fridge will cause the honey to harden and settle to the bottom. A couple of sips in the morning, and again at night are enough to ensure you enjoy all of the nurturing benefits of this tonic. Warm water, lemon and apple cider vinegar health-ade. That’s right, we’re once again employing the health properties of our friend apple cider vinegar — it’s just that good! This time it’s a simple concoction you can make in seconds if you have the ingredients ready; all you need is some warm or room temperature filtered or mineral water, raw organic apple cider vinegar and half an organic lemon. Simple as that. Drinking this each morning, as soon as you wake up and before you put anything else in your stomach, is an excellent way to start your day. It stimulates digestion, expels toxins from the liver and supports your digestive enzymes for a busy day ahead. Fill a glass with warm water, squeeze in half a lemon, and pour in a rough teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Sip it slowly and let it work its magic! These health tonics work best if you keep at it — make sure you drink them as directed for at least a week to begin experiencing the myriad of health benefits they offer.

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Dec. 21, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Peppers to Help Prevent Parkinson’s Parkinson’s disease, characterized by inflammation, stiff muscles, tremors and progressively more difficulty walking, ranks second among the most common neurodegenerative disease in older people. Recent studies show that some foods can help reduce Parkinson’s symptoms, while other foods may change the factors that cause neurodegeneration and disease progression. Eating Solanaceae, aka nightshade vegetables, such as tomatoes, eggplant and especially peppers, has protective potential; one of the phytochemicals such vegetables contain is nicotine, which appears to be the agent imparting the neuroprotective effects. The amount of dietary nicotine you’d get from eating healthy vegetables is significantly less than what you’d ingest from smoking one cigarette but may be enough to offset your Parkinson’s risk. Eating Solanaceae vegetables, particularly peppers, two to four times per week is recommended for increased neuroprotection.

WELLNESS: Ways to Boost Your Immune System Before it’s too Late Don’t mess with your immune system. There are certain things that actively work against our immune systems, such as: drinking alcohol, not sleeping enough, and stressing out too much. So, it’s especially important to do better during cold and flu season. Unfortunately, that may be easier said than done, given that these seasons also coincide with the holiday season, and the bad weather that comes with it. “The weather is crummy, there’s lots of rich foods, and parties, and stress, and alcohol is more abundant this time of year,” says Dr. Roach. Eat well. Eating well can be harder in the wintertime, though. Fresh fruits and veggies may be more expensive or less readily available. If you can’t get fresh fruits and vegetables, Dr. Roach suggests frozen. “Frozen is next best to fresh,” he says. “You don’t want canned because canned fruits and vegetables often have too much sugar or salt and have lost a lot of their nutrients.” But mixing in frozen veggies into soups and stews, or using frozen vitamin-packed berries for smoothies should really help. Exercise. Sure, it’s cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you should give up on your workout routine. Exercise is important for your immune system, Dr. Levine says, because it acts like a natural anti-inflammatory. She’s not saying you need to run a marathon every day, but getting regular exercise — 30 minutes of actual sweating, five times a week — will do wonders for your immune system. Drink enough water. Most Americans are constantly dehydrated, Dr. Levine says, and that directly harms our immune response. Ideally, people should drink about nine glasses of water a day, and even more if they’ve been sweating. Get enough sleep. Sleep is your body’s time to rest and rebuild, Dr. Levine says. So if you’re not getting enough, or your sleep isn’t restful, then you’re not giving your body the chance to take care of itself. “There’s no magic number for most people, but a minimum of eight hours feels good (I don’t like people getting any less than seven hours),” Dr. Levine says. Eat some probiotics.“There’s some data that probiotics can improve general immune health, and that may help decrease the likelihood of getting a cold or influenza,” Dr. Virk says. But again, she’d much rather you get your probiotics from healthy food sources, like yogurt or kefir, than from supplements.

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

CHIROPRACTIC: The Effects of Chiropractic on the Immune System: A Review of the Literature This paper outlines the many components of the mammalian immune system and the anatomical and physiological connections suggesting that the nervous system plays a role in the modulation of immune response. The few studies attempting to measure the effect of chiropractic or manipulative treatment on the immune system are reviewed. Their results suggest that chiropractic or manipulative treatment may influence T and B lymphocyte numbers, NK cell numbers, antibody levels, phagocytic activity and plasma beta-endorphin levels. The influence of these effects on the outcome of host resistance is unknown. There is now a need for large, well-planned clinical trials using some of the more sophisticated measures of immune function to establish whether chiropractic treatment can influence the immune response in a clinically significant manner. James M. Allen   Chiro J Aust 1993 (Dec);   23 (4):   132-135 Patients who get regular chiropractic care tell me they noticed fewer colds and flus and other illness from their care. Multiple studies were showing how chiropractic adjustments help improves immune function.  The nervous system’s basic function is to regulate and control every other part organ system of the body. When you carry nerve pressure that affects communication channels to your organs and glands and to some degree there function will diminish. Chiropractic care restores normal function and improves immunity. When you follow the five laws of health that  have been referred to earlier in this newsletter you can supercharge your immune function.

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