WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday June 26, 2017

 

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IN THE NEWS: Children exposed to second-hand smoke are more likely to develop arthritis as adults, groundbreaking study claims Children who are exposed to second-hand smoke are more likely to develop arthritis later in life, a groundbreaking study claims. Research has previously found a link between active smokers and rheumatoid arthritis, claiming female smokers nearly double their risk for the condition. Now experts claim there is also an increased risk of developing the disease if a smoker was around second-hand smoke as a child. French medical experts reported there is a 79 percent increase in the hazard ratio for children exposed to passive smoking. This is the first study to suggest there is a connection between the painful condition and early exposure to second-hand smoke. Smokers who are exposed to cigarette smoke during their childhood increase their risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, a groundbreaking French study claims. Results of the study was presented to the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology in Spain. Around 1.5 million Americans have rheumatoid arthritis and women are three times more likely than men to develop this form of the condition. The common auto-immune disease results in inflammation of joints, causing pain, discomfort and the gradual destruction of cartilage and bone. Research dating back to 2013 has found the connection between women smokers and rheumatoid arthritis. Professor Raphaèle Seror, the study’s lead author from University Hospitals of South Paris, said: ‘Our study highlights the importance of avoiding any tobacco environment in children, especially in those with a family history of RA.’ The study followed 70,598 women who are all smokers, born between 1925 and 1950, from 1990 to 2014.

WELLNESS: Cherries — A Potent Super Food Sweet cherries are a great source of potassium, which is important for maintaining normal blood pressure, and contain a number of potent anticancer agents. Tart cherries have been shown to improve athletic performance, endurance and recovery, reducing post-exercise pain and inflammation. Tart cherries also help relieve and prevent arthritis and gout. If you live in a sub-tropical area, growing acerola cherry trees in your backyard can provide you with this potent super food for several months of the year. Relying on commercially-available cherries will limit them to just a few weeks a year. Interestingly, cherries contain natural melatonin, a powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger that helps “cool down” excess inflammation and associated oxidative stress. It also plays a vital role in sleep, cancer prevention and general regeneration. Based on daily environmental signals of light and darkness, your pineal gland has evolved to produce and secrete melatonin to help you sleep. Research suggests that consuming tart cherry juice increases your melatonin levels, thereby improving time in bed, total sleep time and sleep efficiency. Reduce your risk of stroke. Tart cherries activate peroxisome proliferator activated receptors (PPAR) in tissues, which help regulate genes involved in the metabolism of fat and glucose. PPAR activation has a beneficial effect on blood pressure, cholesterol levels, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Lower your risk of dementia. Inflammation and oxidative stress are associated with an increased risk for dementia. The polyphenols in tart cherries effectively combat both, thereby lowering your risk of cognitive decline. As explained in one recent study,27 “[P]olyphenols from dark-colored fruits can reduce stress-mediated signaling in BV-2 mouse microglial cells, leading to decreases in nitric oxide (NO) production and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) expression. [T]art cherries — which improved cognitive behavior in aged rats … may be effective in reducing inflammatory and OS-mediated signals” Lower your risk of colon cancer by substantially reducing formation of heterocyclic aromatic amines (HAAs) when added to hamburger patties. It also slows meat spoilage.28 HAAs are potent carcinogenic compounds created when food is charred, and have been linked to an increased risk of colon cancer. Hamburger patties with just over 11 percent tart cherries in them contained anywhere from 69 to 78.5 percent less HAAs after cooking, compared to regular patties.

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CHIROPRACTIC: Balance and Brain Health Let’s investigate the relationship of balance and how it relates to the health of the brain! A 2014 study published in the journal Stroke found that difficulty balancing on one leg (eyes open) for at least 20 seconds is a possible sign of brain damage in an otherwise healthy person. In other words, there appears to be an association between poor balance and an increased risk for small blood vessel damage and reduced cognitive function (memory, association, the ability to communicate well, stay on task, etc.) in people who appear to be healthy. The authors state, “Our study found that the ability to balance on one leg is an important test for brain health.” In this study, 841 women and 546 men (average age was 67 years old) were asked to stand on one leg for up to 60 seconds with their eyes open. Each participant repeated the exam twice and researchers recorded the best time. Next, each participant had a brain MRI to assess for small vessel disease and completed a computer based-questionnaire to measure cognitive function. Researchers found an association between the presence of small vessel disease and the inability to stand on one leg with their eyes open for more than 20 seconds. When the small arteries in the brain are damaged and lose their flexibility, blood flow is interrupted to the brain depriving oxygen to the tissue, something that is more likely to happen with advancing age. This is a very common problem, and it usually improves with balance-challenging exercises. These exercises include simply standing on one leg while in the kitchen, watching TV, standing in line… you name it! Take advantage of your standing time and do some balance challenging exercises! Of course, if you’re wobbly and find yourself “windmilling” to maintain your balance, do this in a safe environment—in the corner of a room, for example. To make the exercise even more challenging, try standing on a pillow or a folded up towel and/or shut your eyes to REALLY make your brain work! Your doctor of chiropractic can also train you on the use of a rocker board, wobble board, and gym ball for adding more fun and are very effective ways to improve your proprioceptive skills.

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FUNNY BONE: Two clowns are eating a cannibal. One turns to the other and says “I think we got this joke wrong”@@ My wife told me I had to stop acting like a flamingo. So I had to put my foot down.@@ My friend says to me: “What rhymes with orange” I said: “no it doesn’t”@@ This is my step ladder. I never knew my real ladder.@@ I’ve found a job helping a one armed typist do capital letters. It’s shift work.@@ I have the heart of a lion and a lifetime ban from the Toronto zoo.

 

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday June 12, 2017

 

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IN THE NEWS: Vitamin B3 may prevent glaucoma June 4, 2017Writing in NEJM, Columbia ophthalmologists say a form of Vitamin B3 may be able to stop the progression of glaucoma by protecting the eye’s neurons. A recent study shows that vitamin B3 can prevent glaucoma in mice. This should inspire researchers to test the idea in clinical trials, write two Columbia University ophthalmologists in a commentary published in New England Journal of Medicine. “This is a new potential treatment pathway for glaucoma,” says Jeffrey Liebmann, MD, who wrote the commentary with George Cioffi, MD, chair of ophthalmology. “Right now, we can slow the progression of the disease by reducing pressure inside the eye with drugs or surgery, but we can’t halt the disease in many patients. Our ultimate goal is to find a treatment that can prevent the degeneration of neurons that cause vision loss.” Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness and affects more than 70 million people worldwide. The need for neuron-sparing therapies has become even more acute as people live longer. “People used to have glaucoma for 15 years,” says Dr. Liebmann. “Now, with increasing longevity and duration of disease exposure, the lifetime risk of visual disability is increasing. Although several drugs have been tested previously in clinical trials, none have received FDA approval to protect neurons in glaucoma patients. In the new study, researchers identified how neurons begin degenerating in glaucoma, and demonstrated that nicatinamide (a form of Vitamin B3) could prevent the neurodegeneration. Nicatinamide supplements were able to prevent glaucoma in 70 percent of mice predisposed to the disease. Adding a gene therapy to increase nicatinamide protected even more mice. Drs. Liebmann and Cioffi are now beginning preliminary studies in preparation for a human clinical trial of nicatinamide.

WELLNESS: A new health benefit of chocolate: reduced risk of AFib? While so-called “chocoholics” may have gotten a bad rap over the years, a new study has found that eating a small amount of chocolate every week or so may decrease your risk of developing a serious type of irregular heart rhythm.  While so-called “chocoholics” may have gotten a bad rap over the years, a new study has found that eating a small amount of chocolate every week or so may decrease your risk of developing a serious type of irregular heart rhythm. The study, published in the journal Heart, used data collected for a long-term study of about  55,500 people in Denmark. The participants were between 50 and 64 years old when the study began, and provided information about their diets when they entered the study between 1993 and 1997. Researchers then linked the diet data to Denmark’s national health registries to see who was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFib). AFib is a quivering or irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. In the United States, at least 2.7 million people have been diagnosed with it, according to the American Heart Association. Based on their data, about 3,346 cases of AFib occurred in study participants over an average of 13.5 years. Those who ate one serving, which is about 1 ounce of chocolate per week, were 17 percent less likely to be diagnosed with atrial fibrillation by the end of the study than those who reported eating chocolate less than once a month. Those who ate 2 to 6 ounces per week were less likely to be diagnosed with AFib, while those who ate more than an ounce of chocolate per day were 16 percent less likely to have the condition. For women, the biggest risk reduction was linked to eating one serving of chocolate per week. For men, the biggest risk reduction was associated with eating two to six servings per week. “I think our message here is that moderate chocolate intake as part of a healthy diet is an option,” lead author Elizabeth Mostofsky, of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, told Reuters. Mostofsky’s team said that while they cannot definitively conclude that chocolate prevents AFib, eating cocoa and cocoa-containing foods may help heart health because of they contain a high volume of flavanols, which are compounds believed to have anti-inflammatory, blood vessel-relaxing and anti-oxidant properties.

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CHIROPRACTIC: Low Back Pain: An Ice Pack or the Hot Tub? Many patients perform some self-care when they first hurt their lower back, hoping this will keep them out of a doctor’s office. While home remedies can sometimes make the pain go away, sometimes they don’t. It just depends on what you try. When the back is first hurt, it’s often a sprain/strain type of injury with accompanying muscle spasm. When a nerve in the low back becomes pinched or irritated, the body will protect the delicate nerves by keeping you from moving and risking further nerve injury. The easiest way for the body to do this is to cause the back muscles to spasm in the injured area. Muscle pain can be quite severe and heat can sometimes soothe the pain. For this reason, many patients take to the heating pad or to the hot tub to try and get some relief. This should be avoided in an acute injury because inflammation is present. With inflammation, there is increased heat and the additional heat you provide is like adding gasoline to a fire. The results are usually not good. A better choice with an acute injury is to ice the area, but this also needs to be done with some caution. The simplest ice pack is ice cubes placed in a plastic bag. While effective, you can cause a frostbite injury if you leave the pack on for too long. When you first ice the area, you will go through several phases before some pain relief is achieved. At first, the pack will feel cold. The next phase is a burning sensation and the ice will almost feel hot. This is followed by an aching or throbbing sensation. Just before the area is numbed, a very sharp pain will be experienced followed by the relief you desire. It can take between five to ten minutes to go through all of the phases. Once numbness is achieved, the pack should be removed. You should most definitely not fall asleep while the pack is on. In 1993 the US government released a report on low back pain listing spinal adjustments as the number one effective treatment.

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FUNNY BONE:  The Quotes of Steven Wright: Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.@@ – Hard work pays off in the future; laziness pays off now.@@  I intend to live forever … So far, so good.@@ If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?@@ My mechanic told me, “I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.”@@ To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.@@ Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don’t have film.@@ If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday June 5, 2017

 

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IN THE NEWS: Codeine – Not for Kids, Says FDA  By Editorial Staff When it comes to testing the effectiveness or safety of medications, kids are essentially left out in the cold. After all, how many parents want their child to be the test subject? The unfortunate result: We tend to find out whether children’s medications work or are safe with real-world experience and by applying adult experiences to child guidelines for use. With the spotlight on pain medications, particularly the opioid class, the Food and Drug Administration recently strengthened its warning against children using prescription medications that contain codeine or tramadol – two opioid pain relievers. According to the FDA warning, which will be added to all relevant medication labels, children younger than age 12 should never be given any prescription med containing codeine for pain or cough, or tramadol for pain, and recommends against their use in children ages 12-18. The FDA release announcing the label changes made the health risk clear: “These medications carry serious risks, including slowed or difficult breathing and death, which appear to be a greater risk in children younger than 12 years, and should not be used in these children.” Note that while codeine is also an ingredient in some over-the-counter cold / flu medications, the FDA did not restrict their use in children, but did recommend parents talk to a doctor before administering them to their children. Don’t make your kids drug addicts chiropractic offers both a safe and effective treatment for colds and flues as well as pain.

WELLNESS: Dirt has a microbiome, and it may double as an antidepressant or Gardening is great therapy. Your garden has its own microbiome, and research suggests it’s good for you. Our health depends on the flourishing microbiome in our guts—and on how much of the natural world’s microbiome we let infiltrate. Lately, thanks to modern life, we don’t let in a lot. But in a string of pioneering studies, scientists are beginning to look at what would happen if we literally inject microbes from the soil into our bodies, reintroducing us to the ancient relationship between bacteria and human. So far, the results have been uplifting—to both the scientists and the subjects they study. Christopher Lowry, a neuroscientist at the University of Bristol, injected M. vaccae into mice and subjected them to a series of stress tests. The ones inoculated with the bacteria showed far less stressed behavior than their untreated counterparts—in fact, they acted as if they were on antidepressants. In a 2007 paper published in the journal Neuroscience, Lowry and his team wrote that the bacteria activated groups of neurons in the mouse brains responsible for producing serotonin—a neurotransmitter that, when impaired, can cause depression. Even more intriguingly, the neurons that lit up were also known to be related to immune response, suggesting an intimate connection between the immune system and emotional health. The world of biomedical research has already fallen in love with the promising realm of the human gut microbiome. A body of emerging evidence tells us the millions of microbes in our digestive tract influence our immune systems, our smells, our mood, and possibly even our attractiveness to mosquitoes—and to other people. There’s now pretty good evidence to draw at least an outline of a conclusion: Breathing in, playing in, and digging in dirt may be good for your health. Our modern, sterilized life in sealed-off office buildings and homes are likely not. Researchers have already found clear evidence that childhood exposure to outdoor microbes is linked to a more robust immune system; for example, Bavarian farm children who spent time in family animal stables and drank farm milk had drastically lower rates of asthma and allergies throughout their lives than their neighbors who did not.

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CONDITION OF THE WEEK: What Are Cervicogenic Headaches?  Headaches are a very common problem that can have multiple causes ranging from stress to trauma.  To make matters worse, there are MANY different types of headaches. One such type is the “cervicogenic headache” (others include migraines, cluster headaches, etc.). The main distinction between the symptoms associated with cervicogenic headaches and those associated with migraine headaches are a lack of nausea, vomiting, aura (a pre-headache warning that a headache is about to strike), light and noise sensitivity, increased tearing with red eyes, one-sided head, neck, shoulder, and/or arm pain, and dizziness. The items listed above are primarily found in migraine headache sufferers.   The following is a list of clinical characteristics common in those struggling with cervicogenic headaches: Unilateral (one-sided) head or face pain (rarely is it on both sides).Pain is localized or stays in one spot, usually the back of the head, frontal, temporal (side) or orbital (eye) regions. Moderate to severe pain intensity. Intermittent attacks of pain that last hours to days. Pain is usually deep, non-throbbing, unless migraines occur at the same time. Head pain is triggered by neck movement, sustained awkward head postures, applying deep pressure to the base of the skull or upper neck region, and/or taking a deep breath, cough or sneeze can trigger head pain. Limited neck motion with stiffness. Infrequently, the cervicogenic headache sufferer can present with migraines at the same time and have both presentations making it more challenging to diagnose. The cause of cervicogenic headaches can be obvious such as trauma (sports injury, whiplash, slip and fall), or not so obvious, like poor posture. A forward head posture can increase the relative weight applied to the back of the neck and upper back as much as 2x-4x normal. Last month, we discussed the intimate relationship between the upper two cervical vertebra (C1 & C2) and an anatomical connection to the covering of the spinal cord (the dura) as giving rise to cervicogenic headaches. In summary, the upper three nerves innervate the head and any pressure on those upper nerves can result in a cervicogenic headache. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to examine, identify, and treat these types of potentially debilitating headaches.

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FUNNY BONE: When my three-year-old was told to pee in a cup at the doctor’s office, he unexpectedly got nervous. With a shaking voice, he asked, “Do I have to drink it?”@@ A scientist tells a pharmacist, “Give me some prepared tablets of acetylsalicylic acid.” “Do you mean aspirin?” asks the pharmacist. The scientist slaps his forehead. “That’s it!” he says. “I can never remember the name.”@@ Two campers are hiking in the woods when one is bitten on the rear end by a rattlesnake. “I’ll go into town for a doctor,” the other says. He runs ten miles to a small town and finds the only doctor delivering a baby. “I can’t leave,” the doctor says. “But here’s what to do. Take a knife, cut a little X where the bite is, suck out the poison and spit it on the ground.” The guy runs back to his friend, who is in agony. “What did the doctor say?” the victim cries. “He says you’re gonna die.”

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday May 29, 2017

 

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IN THE NEWS: Studies show it’s time to make chiropractic the 1st approach with back pain. In the U.S., painkiller addiction is so rampant that 91 Americans die every day from an overdose of prescription opioids or heroin. Prescription opioids such as oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), morphine and methadone are widely prescribed for pain relief. Initially, they were intended to treat severe pain following surgery or injury or pain due to illnesses such as cancer. However, they’re now increasingly prescribed for many types of pain, including chronic back pain or pain from osteoarthritis. Opioid prescriptions nearly quadrupled in the U.S. between 1999 and 2013, despite reported pain levels remaining stagnant. Meanwhile, the CDC reports, “Deaths from prescription opioids — drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone — have more than quadrupled since 1999,” rising right along with the numbers of prescriptions. The problem with opioids is that many people start taking them for mild to moderate pain, only to develop a tolerance, which means you need to take more to get the same relief. Physical dependence can also develop, leading to symptoms of withdrawal if you try to cut back or quit the drugs cold turkey. Ironically, opioids can even lead to an increased sensitivity to pain, causing patients to reach for more and more of the drugs. Addiction and overdose, which can be fatal, are all-too-common next steps. In fact, up to 1 out of 4 Americans receiving long-term opioid prescriptions struggle with addiction, according to the CDC. “There’s maybe a 20 percent to 25 percent success rate of spinal fusion for back pain. And the downside of a failed spine surgery is terrible. It’s really bad. These people are condemned to live their entire lifetime, 30 to 40 more years, in chronic pain.” Chiropractic Offers Benefits Beyond Pain Relief One of the major benefits of choosing chiropractic over a drug solution is that the former can help relieve your pain while offering you whole-body benefits. For instance, research by Dr. Dean Harrison and others suggests chiropractic treatments can help prevent progressive spinal degeneration, i.e., osteoarthritis or disc disease. Just like regular dental care will prolong the useful life of your teeth, getting regular chiropractic treatments can do the same for your spine. Further, contrary to popular belief, chiropractic can be used to optimize wellness, not just treat pain. According to Dr. Billy DeMoss, a chiropractor with a practice in Newport Beach, California, “Chiropractic is like brushing your teeth.” It’s something you need to do on a regular basis to maintain the life of your spine, because regular activities, such as chronic sitting, can contribute to its functioning less than optimally.

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WELLNESS: The health benefits of magnesium soap Topical magnesium, a method of delivering minerals to the body through the skin, may seem at first mysterious and new, but it’s based on both age-old principles and cutting edge science. Have you ever used a patch to help you quit smoking, or to alleviate pain? What about Ben Gay? Or how about that expensive skin creme you bought to help give your skin a healthy glow? If you’ve used or are familiar with any of these products, then you are familiar with the basic concepts behind topical applications of magnesium. 10 ways more magnesium can improve your health:1. Help your immune system out with a little magnesium 2. Bacteria and germs in the gut can be regulated with magnesium use 3. Your muscles and nerves function better with magnesium 4. Control inflammation in the body 5. Prevent osteoporosis from affecting your bones 6. Blood pressure 7. Prevent toxins from affecting and harming you 8. Restore your daily energy levels 9. Help manage your diabetes 10. Help reduce the frequency of migraine headaches. Pick up magnesium soap on your next visit to Keefe Clinic.

CHIROPRACTIC: Chiropractic and Leg Length (health is balance)  Because the spinal cord is housed by the spine and the exiting nerve roots communicate with the autonomic nerves that basically run our organ function, maintaining alignment of the spine and pelvis is very important to minimize nerve irritation and subsequent health-related problems. The focus of this article is on leg length, its effect on our posture, methods of assessment, and treatment. Leg length plays and important role in posture. When there is a difference in leg length, the pelvis cannot maintain a level position, and because the spine’s base is the pelvis, it cannot stay straight if there is a leg length discrepancy. Doctors of all disciplines realize the importance of leg length, especially orthopedic surgeons as they consider a hip or knee replacement! There are many causes of leg length issues, and some include a genetic predisposition (inherited) or trauma during bone growth years. From a treatment standpoint, a heel lift (with or without arch supports) can be placed into the shoe on the short leg side. Unfortunately, there is not a 1 to 1 mm correction of the leg length deficiency with heel lifts. In adults, it has been reported that about a 66% correction occurs, which means a 10 mm lift would result in around a 6.6mm leg length deficiency correction.

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FUNNY BONE: What do you call a cow with no legs? Ground beef.@@ A magician was driving down the street… When he turned into a driveway@@ What did the buffalo say to his son when he left for college? Bison.

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday May 22, 2017

 

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DIET: Is Bone Broth the New Super Food? Bone broth contains a variety of valuable nutrients, including calcium, collagen, and bone marrow, in a form your body can easily absorb and use. Homemade bone broth may help reduce joint pain and inflammation, promote strong bones and boost hair and nail growth. There’s something inherently soothing about sipping on a warm cup of broth, and it really does have medicinal potential.  For starters, bone broth is used as the foundation of the GAPs diet, which is based on the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) principles developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. It forms the foundation because it is so healing to your gut. Additional benefits of bone broth include the following: Reduces joint pain and inflammation, courtesy of chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine, and other compounds extracted from the boiled down cartilage and collagen. Inhibits infection  Recent studies on cartilage, which is found abundantly in homemade broth, show it supports the immune system in a variety of ways; it’s a potent normalizer, true biological response modifier, activator of macrophages, activator of Natural Killer (NK) cells, rouser of B lymphocytes, and releaser of Colony Stimulating Factor. Fights inflammation: Amino acids such as glycine, proline, and arginine all have anti-inflammatory effects. Promotes strong, healthy bones, Promotes healthy hair and nail growth.

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IN THE NEWS: There is a saying in chiropractic that one should always use chiropractic 1st, drugs 2nd and surgery last. Here’s one reason to think about: Man wins $2.5M drug suit after growing 46DD breasts A 20-year-old autistic man won a $2.5 million lawsuit against a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson Tuesday after his family and doctor say he developed 46DD breasts after taking an antipsychotic drug, the Philadelphia Daily News reports. Austin Pledger, from Thorsby, Ala., was first prescribed Risperdal, manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, in 2002 when he was 8; at the time, the drug wasn’t FDA-approved for kids, and its label said risk was “low” for gynecomastia (the condition in which men’s breasts grow larger), Thomas Kline, one of Pledger’s attorneys, tells the Daily News. But when the FDA gave the green light in 2006 for the drug to be used as a schizophrenic aid for kids, new labels said the drug contained high levels of the hormone prolactin, which spurs breast growth, Kline adds. Pledger had started growing breasts by then—and now, the only way he can get rid of them is through a mastectomy, Kline says. A Janssen spokeswoman sent a statement to People noting the company is “disappointed” in the decision and that the drug’s side effects were clearly spelled out for Pledger’s family and prescribing physician.

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 FATIGUE  Many people suffer from fatigue and unfortunately rely on caffeine or refined carbohydrates to try to manage their fatigue. This is both dangerous and shortsighted. Dangerous because caffeine drinks have significant side effects particularly when they contain high levels of caffeine, which many energy drinks do. Also refined carbohydrates can lead to obesity and diabetes over time. Fatigue has a cause and the cause needs to be discovered and treated in order to resolve the fatigue. There are 3 things patients tell me once they get adjusted, that they feel more relaxed, they sleep better and they have more energy. So nerve pressure with resultant muscle tension can drain the body of energy. Maintaining good alignment can increase the expression of natural energy in your body and help maintain a clear mind in the process. Blood sugar deviations are another cause of fatigue and understanding your body type can lead you to a diet that can help regulate your sugar levels. The quality of sleep is also important as well as the number of hours which can range from 7 to 9 depending on your age. Managing stress is important in maintaining good sleep habits and both chiropractic adjustments and nutritional therapy can go a long ways of helping you manage stress. Of course anemia is another cause for fatigue and blood work can help identify if that’s an issue. Hormonal imbalances can definitely affect someone’s energy level and with Vega testing and nutritional therapy those issues can be resolved naturally. So if you or someone you know suffers from fatigue, tell them about chiropractic, tell them about Keefe Clinic.

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FUNNY BONE: To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone. Reba McEntire@@ I have six locks on my door all in a row. When I go out, I lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three.@@ First the doctor told me the good news: I was going to have a disease named after me.

 
                                                                  

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday May 15, 2017

 

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IN THE NEWS: 7 tips for reducing hunger if you’re on a diet When you’re looking to shed a few extra pounds, do you really need to fight through hunger pains to know you’re losing weight? Lauren Blake, a dietitian at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, agreed, and told Fox News that people shouldn’t restrict to the point that they’re always hungry. “There’s evidence that says when we restrict too much, it can be harmful to our metabolism, and it supports the loss of lean muscle mass,” she said.  1. Don’t skip breakfast. To regulate your hunger throughout the day, eat breakfast, whether that’s a bowl of cereal, some eggs, or even dinner leftovers, Planells said. 2. Keep healthy snacks on hand. To keep your blood sugar stable, avoid going four hours or more without eating, Planells said. Try snacks like yogurt, a handful of nuts, or even peanut butter and fruit to keep you full, he said. 3. Don’t drink your calories. Drinks deliver calories a lot faster than solids, Blake said. And since our guts sense fullness based on volume, not calories, drinks won’t leave us as satiated as solid foods, she explained. 4. Reach for whole, fiber-rich foods. Whole foods like fruits and vegetables are naturally lower in calories, and also have more water content and fiber that will keep you full longer, Blake said. Planells agreed: He noted that while the general American consumes about 10 grams of fiber per day, dietitians generally recommend Americans consume 25 to 30 grams per day. 5. Feature protein in your meals. Protein helps with satiety, Planells said. Try animal-based sources such as beef, chicken, pork, or fish, or plant-based sources like soy and quinoa, which have the added benefit of extra fiber, Planells said. 6. If you’re hungry late at night, drink a glass of water. Sometimes, we can mistake hunger for thirst. If you’re hungry late at night, try drinking a glass of water, Planells said. 7Do order an appetizer if you’re dining out. It might seem counterintuitive, but don’t skip the appetizer section of the menu if you’re dining out. Opt for a bone-based soup or a salad to help fill you up and reduce the risk of overeating during the main course, Blake said.

WELLNESS: How to Improve Your Failing Ability to Read Clearly as You Age, With the Help of Sunshine Nearsightedness is incredibly common, affecting an estimated 40 percent of Americans and up to 90 percent of young adults in Asian countries. A 2015 study estimated up to one-third of the world’s population may be nearsighted by the end of the decade — that’s 2.5 billion people. The following year, a meta-analysis of 145 studies predicted nearly half of the world will be nearsighted by the year 2050. One longstanding theory was that excessive reading at close distance (particularly in poor lighting) could lead to nearsightedness. Research refutes this theory, noting a clear lack of association between the two. Mounting research now shows the risk of nearsightedness is closely linked to time spent outdoors, both for children and adults. To protect your vision, you need regular exposure to bright sunlight. Nearsightedness (myopia), is a vision problem in which close objects appear clear but distant objects are blurry. This condition is thought to be caused by refractive errors in your eye. Refraction is the bending of light as it passes through one object to another. When light rays are refracted through your eye’s cornea and lens, they become focused on the retina, which then converts the light into messages sent through the optic nerve to your brain, which then interprets the messages into images. Refractive errors occur when the shape of your eye prevents light from focusing properly on your retina. This can occur by changes in the shape of your eye, such as the length of your eyeball or shape of your cornea, and/or changes in your lens due to aging. But what exactly is responsible for these changes? Two studies, the first published in 20077 and the second in 2008, found that rates of nearsightedness in children appeared to be closely linked to the amount of time spent outdoors. The greater the number of hours spent playing outside, the lower the risk of nearsightedness. In other words, keeping kids indoors and/or instilling a fear of sun exposure (for skin cancer reasons) may be at the heart of the world’s growing myopia problem. Remarkably, according to a British survey, 75 percent of children in the U.K. spend less time outdoors than prison inmates!

CHIROPRACTIC: Reduction of Labor and Delivery Time Due to Chiropractic Care The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published a case study on April 3, 2017, documenting the case of a woman who experienced a shorter and easier birth due to chiropractic care. This improvement was compared to her first pregnancy and delivery where she did not receive any chiropractic care. The study begins by noting that chiropractic care has been involved in the care of pregnant women since the early days of the profession over a century ago. In this study, a 28-year-old woman went to the chiropractor for evaluation and possible care. She sought chiropractic for a pain in her tailbone area as well as for wellness care. The woman believed that her pelvis had shifted due to her first pregnancy. She reported that after the delivery of her firstborn, she experienced pain and discomfort at her tailbone any time she sat on a hard surface. The woman reported that her first pregnancy went well, but that her delivery was very long and difficult. This was one of the factors in her desire to receive chiropractic care in anticipation of her second pregnancy. Her history revealed that between the ages of eight and sixteen, she was a competitive gymnast and was receiving chiropractic intermittently during that time. She also noted that she did not receive any chiropractic care during her first pregnancy. Prior to her first pregnancy, she did not have tailbone pain. She later attributed her long and difficult labor and delivery as being the cause of the tailbone pain. As with her first birth, the woman decided to have her second child at home. She was supervised by the same Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) that attended her first home birth. According to the midwife, the woman’s first labor and delivery time combined was 32 hours and 25 minutes. After chiropractic care, the midwife reported that the woman’s labor and delivery times for her second child was only two hours and 45 minutes combined. In their conclusion, the study authors note that chiropractic care during pregnancy is far more valuable than just symptomatic relief of musculoskeletal pains, and should be considered for the overall wellness and process of pregnancy. They stated, “This case report provides supporting evidence that subluxation centered chiropractic care on pregnant patients can have beneficial effects on the birthing process.”

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FUNNY BONE:  If someone from the 1950s suddenly appeared, what would be the most difficult thing to explain about life today? One answer: “I possess a device in my pocket that is capable of accessing the entirety of information known to man. I use it to look at pictures of cats and get into arguments with strangers.”

 

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday May 1, 2017

 

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John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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IN THE NEWS: Reduce your lung cancer risk with these 5 tips, other than not smoking How much lung cancer is actually attributable to cigarettes? It turns out, quite a bit: About 85 percent of lung cancer patients are smokers or former smokers, Dr. Mohammad Jahanzeb, a lung cancer expert at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, told Fox News. To learn the best ways to reduce your risk of non-smoker’s lung cancer, Fox News spoke to Jahanzeb and Dr. Normal Edelman, a senior scientific advisor at the American Lung Association, for their tips on reducing the risk of lung cancer: 1. Stay away from secondhand smoke. Both Jahanzeb and Edelman advised staying away from smokers to limit exposure to dangerous cigarette smoke. 2. Don’t switch to a potentially harmful cigarette substitute.3. Be aware of occupational risks — and take care to avoid them. Be aware if you’re in an occupation that exposes you to certain risk factors for lung cancer, Edeman advised, and make sure to follow all safety protocols. For instance, asbestos can sometimes contribute to lung cancer — and while it’s now banned in the United States, those in construction who are tearing down old buildings may be at risk of some exposure. 4. Get screened early. Those who have smoked for a long time, such as 20 years, should go in for regular CT scans, Jahanzeb said. 5. Practice healthy habits.

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WELLNESS: Depression Is Now No. 1 Cause of Illness and Disability Worldwide Depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide, affecting an estimated 322 million people, including more than 16 million Americans.. Depression increased by 18 percent in the decade between 2005 and 2015, now costing the global economy at least $1 trillion annually. Suicide rates in the U.S. have also steadily risen since 2000, primarily in more rural areas, a trend blamed on the effects of social isolation, economic pressures, opioid addiction and limited access to mental health care. Addressing your nutrition is perhaps the best place to start if you’re feeling depressed. Foods have an immense impact on your brain, and eating whole foods will best support your mental and physical health. Avoiding processed foods, sugar (particularly fructose) and grains is particularly important as it will help normalize your insulin and leptin levels, which is an important contributing factor to depression. Other factors can be lack of Exercise. Sleep, Excess EMF exposure. Studies have also linked excessive exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) to an increased risk of both depression and suicide. Powerlines and high-voltage cables appear to be particularly troublesome. Spending time outdoors has been shown to dramatically improve people’s mood and significantly reduce symptoms of depression. And proper handling of stress can be a big factor.

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CONDITION OF THE WEEK: Natural healthcare can help you There are many reasons for a  shift in healthcare. Some people are concerned about the side effects that drugs have, (2000 deaths per week and 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 either a popular magazine or news program on TV, 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 and the geriatric patient, we offer the latest and natural healthcare. Tell your friend about chiropractic.

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday April 24, 2017

 

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John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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IN THE NEWS: Britain’s worst hypochondriac, 61, is banned from every hospital in the country after costing the NHS thousands by faking illnesses including Ebola and AIDS Britain’s worst hypochondriac who has previously been banned from every hospital in the country after faking various illnesses including Ebola has been caught out again. Christopher Dearlove, 61, assumed 98 aliases, gave 47 dates of birth and faked symptoms to get treatment and a bed at health centres nationwide. He was slapped with an ASBO (An anti-social behaviour order) in 2010 banning him from using the NHS unless genuinely in need of medical attention but has since breached it dozens of times. Most recently he turned up at Yeovil District Hospital in Somerset in February and said he was ill and ‘had been receiving treatment at another hospital’. But staff saw through the ruse and he admitted breaching his ASBO at Taunton Crown Court today. The ban came after the courts heard he cost the health service tens of thousands by faking illnesses, which each admission costing NHS trusts up to £1,000. (1283.89 US Dollar)

WELLNESS: The secret to surviving a heart attack? Eating plenty of salmon, pecans and vegetable oils ‘lowers chances of dying’ Oily fish like mackerel, salmon and sardines have high levels of omega-3, Some nuts, seeds and oils contain high levels of plant-based equivalent, Study looked at research based on more than 45,000 patients globally. These foods reduce inflammation in the body which is the latest scientific understanding for heart disease. The cholesterol theory for heart disease has never once been proven through scientific studies in the past 50 years. Unfortunately sometimes politics and fraud produce practices that takes years to expose and change. If you’re taking drugs for cholesterol your shortening your life span. Change your diet and lifestyle and you can substantially reduce your likelihood of having a heart attack. Note: Ask for list of anti-inflammatory foods.

CHIROPRACTIC: One in Three Deaths from Cardiovascular Disease is Preventable About one in every three deaths in the US is attributed to cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attacks and stroke. About 800,000 Americans die from cardiovascular disease annually. A quarter of these deaths could be prevented through simple lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, and managing your diabetes. Your diet is your primary and best tool for the prevention of inflammation that can lead to cardiovascular diseases. Reducing sugars/fructose and grains in your diet is a critical measure to reduce your cardiovascular risk. Compelling research suggests that vitamin D deficiency, combined with cholesterol deficiency, may be at the heart of the cardiovascular disease phenomenon. Guidelines that will help reduce chronic inflammation and protect against heart disease are included. This includes specific dietary measures, exercise, sun exposure, grounding and much more. Studies show that most medical approaches don’t extend life as much is reports would indicate. Balloons, stents and bypass surgery come with several complications. Chiropractic adjustments help balance the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system which is crucial to heart health. Targeted nutrients to the blood vessels that surround the heart can cause dramatic improvement in short periods of time. Following your body type diet with emphasis on anti-inflammatory foods and balancing the body’s pH can take a surgical heart condition and turn it into a healthy heart in the matter of weeks.

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FUNNY BONE: I remember once when my dad gave me money to pay the electricity bill but instead I bought a raffle ticket for a brand new car. When I got home, I explained to my dad what I did and he beat the crap out of me. But the next day, when my dad woke up and opened the door, outside my house was a brand new car. We all cried especially me, because the car was from the electricity company, they were there to cut off the electricity, my dad beat the crap out of me again@@ Q: What do you call having your grandma on speed dial? A: Instagram. @@ When butterflies are in love, do they feel human’s in their stomach?@@

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday April 17, 2017

 

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John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: The science behind why chocolate and peanut butter make an irresistible match Raise your hand if you’ve ever wolfed down several mini chocolate peanut butter cups in a drug-like trance. One bite and you’re smitten — the chocolate hits your taste buds and your brain’s pleasure centers light up like a Christmas tree. You can’t stop yourself from eating more and more peanut butter cups to make the feeling last a little longer. Chocolate and peanut butter are powerful partners in crime that can hijack willpower — fast. From Reese’s candies to Tagalong Girl Scout cookies to buckeyes, some of the most beloved candies feature the two flavor co-conspirators. Together, chocolate and peanut butter are somehow even more magnificent than they are when eaten solo. All of this made us wonder — why do chocolate and peanut butter taste so dang heavenly when mixed together? Here’s what we found out. Here’s why you’re obsessed with chocolate and peanut butter The pleasing taste of biting into a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup is partially thanks to a phenomenon called “dynamic sensory contrast,” Gregory Ziegler, a Penn State University professor of food science who studies chocolate, said in a phone interview. Ziegler explained that our taste buds love when foods have contrasting textures. “The smooth melt of the chocolate and the crunch of the nut pieces” provide a pleasing contrast, Ziegler noted. The sensual sensation sometimes causes us to eat more — so you can thank dynamic sensory contrast the next time you inhale a dozen mini peanut butter cups in one sitting. Dynamic sensory contrast is also known as the “ice cream effect,” Ziegler said. “The idea was, why do people still have room for ice cream [after a huge dinner]?”  Even when people report they are extremely full, they often manage to make room for ice cream because our taste buds crave that sensation — when cold ice cream changes its texture as it hits the warmth of your mouth, Ziegler noted. Similarly, chocolate also changes texture (by melting) when it’s warmed by your mouth, which is why even chocolate without nuts or peanut butter can be irresistible to our taste buds, Ziegler said.

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WELLNESS: Taking high dosages of statins raises the risk of developing diabetes in older women by 50%  Taking statins can increase the risk of developing diabetes for older women by more than 50 per cent, research shows. Higher dosages mean they are likelier to suffer the potentially fatal condition – in which blood sugar levels get too high. The controversial cholesterol-lowering drugs are used by around 12million Britons, but have been linked with side effects. Now, Australian scientists have carried out one of the first studies of its kind focusing on the effects of statins on more than 8,000 female pensioners. Taking statins can increase the risk of developing diabetes for older women by more than 50 per cent, research shows. Note: Medical practice concerning cholesterol was based on a fraudulent study over 50 years ago. Even though no one has been able to confirm that study after several tries the train has already left the station. It’s very difficult to change medical practice that’s been going on for many years. Even though there have been no successful cholesterol studies statins are still commonly prescribed for a condition that is caused by inflammation. Elevated cholesterol is a nutritional problem and needs to be addressed through diet, nutrition and lifestyle measures. Don’t risk your health taking dangerous and ill prescribed drugs seek solutions for your health problems.

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CONDITION OF THE WEEK: Disc problems: chiropractic versus steroid injections. The recent study comparing the effectiveness of chiropractic to a common practice of steroid injections from medical professionals have found chiropractic adjustments superior. Not only do the adjustments produce better outcome but there is significantly less side effects. What the study doesn’t cover is the difference between correcting the problem and suppressing the problem with drugs. When you have a disc problem you have an alignment problem in virtually all cases. Drugs cannot realign the spine. Even if the drug gave you symptomatic improvement the underlying issue is still present and disc damage is still progressing. When you correct the problem with adjustments, as you realign the vertebra you re-stabilize the disc which allows for normal healing. The difference in both approaches would not be fully realized until at least 5 to 10 years. At that point the continued deterioration would become obvious again under the drug therapy whereas the chiropractic approach, by fixing the problem, offers a better long-term outcome.

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FUNNY BONES:  I wonder what Facebook employees do to waste their time at work?@@ Someone figured out my password. Now I have to rename my dog.@@ Anton, do you think I’m a bad mother? My name is Paul.@@ It’s ok to talk to yourself, it’s even ok to answer yourself.. But when you ask yourself to repeat what you just said- you have a problem!@@ Dear Google: They are only using you to get to me. Sincerely Wikipedia@@ Whatever you do always give 100% ….. Unless you are donating blood 🙂

 

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday April 10, 2017

 

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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IN THE NEWS: USING YOUR IPHONE, ANDROID AND KINDLE TO MONITOR YOUR HEALTH. QardioArm is a portable blood-pressure unit that allows you to check your blood pressure anytime. It helps keep track of your blood pressure by maintaining a history by location of each blood-pressure. QardioCore is the world’s first ECG monitor designed to provide continuous medical grade data while fitting your lifestyle. QardioCore is particularly suited for people with increased health risk caused by family predisposition, history of heart attacks or strokes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and excess weight. QardioBase Smart Scale is one of the best looking bathroom scales for your home, and one of the smartest. In addition to weight, Qardio App also tracks your BMI and full body composition changes over time so you can get to know your body better. QardioBase smart scale automatically and wirelessly syncs your measurements to your Qardio App. Simply step on the scale and QardioBase does the rest. Google Qardio.

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WELLNESS: SIMPLE TOOLS TO MAINTAIN HEALTH IN A TOXIC WORLD. Maintaining health can be challenging in the world we live in. There are so many temptations to eat wrong, to maintain an inactive lifestyle as well as other poor health habits. The 1st thing we should look at is maintaining healthy function. Chiropractic adjustments help enhances function to every organ, part and system of body by reestablishing communication channels that have been blocked by misalignments. The next important principle is properly feeding the body the nutrients that it needs. There are different metabolism types that need to be addressed properly and that’s the principle of the “body type diet” system. Knowing your body type can go a long ways of maintaining proper nutritional and chemical balance. The next important thing is reducing inflammation in the body which again can be accomplished by targeting certain foods that put out the fire. There are certain powerful antioxidants in foods like pomegranate, blueberries etc. The next issue with inflammation is maintaining certain levels of EPA-DHA (fish oils) in your body to control inflammation. If your system is inflamed then most likely your urine pH is acidic. Drinking alkaline water will not only help with an acid pH but also enhances the next important step of detoxification. Our system can be overloaded with environmental toxins and toxins from internal metabolism that are not properly eliminated. Along with these types of toxins electromagnetic overload can also be an issue with your health. We offer multiple detox programs to help improve your body’s ecology. Simply drinking the right amount of water for your body weight goes a long ways of helping your body flush out toxins. Dehydration can be a source of many different health problems. Following these simple steps can eliminate many of the common diseases that our society is plagued with. You cannot drug yourself into better health because health is a “natural” process that is better served with natural healthcare. You are the one responsible for your own health but we can give you the direction to help you reach that goal.

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CHIROPRACTIC: WHAT ARE CERVICOGENIC HEADACHES? Headaches are a very common problem that can have multiple causes ranging from stress to trauma.  To make matters worse, there are MANY different types of headaches. One such type is the “cervicogenic headache” (others include migraines, cluster headaches, etc.). The main distinction between the symptoms associated with cervicogenic headaches and those associated with migraine headaches are a lack of nausea, vomiting, aura (a pre-headache warning that a headache is about to strike), light and noise sensitivity, increased tearing with red eyes, one-sided head, neck, shoulder, and/or arm pain, and dizziness. The items listed above are primarily found in migraine headache sufferers.   The following is a list of clinical characteristics common in those struggling with cervicogenic headaches: Unilateral (one-sided) head or face pain (rarely is it on both sides). Pain is localized or stays in one spot, usually the back of the head, frontal, temporal (side) or orbital (eye) regions. Moderate to severe pain intensity. Intermittent attacks of pain that last hours to days. Pain is usually deep, non-throbbing, unless migraines occur at the same time. Head pain is triggered by neck movement, sustained awkward head postures, applying deep pressure to the base of the skull or upper neck region, and/or taking a deep breath, cough or sneeze can trigger head pain. Limited neck motion with stiffness. Infrequently, the cervicogenic headache sufferer can present with migraines at the same time and have both presentations making it more challenging to diagnose. The cause of cervicogenic headaches can be obvious such as trauma (sports injury, whiplash, slip and fall), or not so obvious, like poor posture. A forward head posture can increase the relative weight applied to the back of the neck and upper back as much as 2x-4x normal. Last month, we discussed the intimate relationship between the upper two cervical vertebra (C1 & C2) and an anatomical connection to the covering of the spinal cord (the dura) as giving rise to cervicogenic headaches. In summary, the upper three nerves innervate the head and any pressure on those upper nerves can result in a cervicogenic headache. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to examine, identify, and treat these types of potentially debilitating headaches.

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FUNNY BONE:  Two cows are standing next to each other in a field. Daisy says to Dolly, “I was artificially inseminated this morning.” “I don’t believe you,” says Dolly. “It’s true, no bull!” exclaims Daisy.@@ Went to the corner shop – bought 4 corners.

Military Pranks Are Scarier Than Bombs The military has a long, proud tradition of pranking recruits. Here are some favorites from rallypoint.com:

  • Instructed a private in the mess hall to look for left-handed spatulas
  • Sent a recruit to medical-supplies office in search of fallopian tubes
  • Had a new guy conduct a “boom test” on a howitzer by yelling “Boom!” down the tube in order to “calibrate” it
  • Ordered a private to bring back a five-gallon can of dehydrated water (in fact, the sergeant just wanted an empty water can)

 

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday April 3, 2017

 

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John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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IN THE NEWS: Evidence EPA Colluded With Monsanto to Dismiss Cancer Concerns Grows Stronger Emails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) shows an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official colluded with Monsanto to manipulate and prevent key investigations into glyphosate’s cancer-causing potential. Taxpayers’ money has essentially been used to help shield chemical companies from liability and obstruct consumers’ ability to prove damages. Emails also show EPA official stopped a glyphosate investigation by a Department of Health and Human Services office on Monsanto’s behalf — a feat he bragged should earn him a medal.

 

WELLNESS: The Grass Really Is Greener There are a number of reasons to seek out grass fed dairy products. For foodies, the seasonal variations in flavor are a huge draw. For the health-conscious, milk from cows raised primarily on pasture has been shown to be higher in many nutrients, including vitamin E, beta-carotene and the healthy fats omega-3 and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). On an environmental level, grass fed dairy has a considerably reduced footprint compared to the way most dairy is produced using concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). When cows eat grass, it’s a closed-loop system that, as Maple Hill Creamery put it, “bypasses the considerable resources used to produce the [genetically engineered] corn, soybeans or grains to feed dairy cows.” Farms producing grass fed dairy products are able to naturally regenerate the soil and maintain ecological balance without relying on chemical fertilizers and pesticides. And on an ethical level, cows are designed to eat grass. When they eat corn and grain, not only does the quality of their milk degrade but they live in a state of chronic inflammation, which increases their risk of infection and disease. More than half of the world’s calories (close to 60 percent) come from wheat, rice and corn, which is not only unhealthy but unsustainable. Conventionally farmed land can be converted to a healthy, thriving farm based on regenerative methods, including grazing cows on natural grasslands. The American Grassfed Association (AGA) recently introduced much-needed grass fed standards and certification for American-grown grass fed dairy, which will allow for greater transparency and conformity.

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CONDITION OF THE WEEK: Balance & Dizziness  Many people seek chiropractic care for low back, mid-back, neck pain, and pain in the extremities, but what about balance and/or dizziness, as they often go together? Can chiropractic management help people suffering from frequent falls due to balance and/or dizziness problems? Let’s take a look! When considering treatment for balance, we must talk about the “proprioceptive system.” The way the body “communicates” between all the various body parts is by proprioceptors—which are located in skeletal muscles and joint capsules—that relay information to the brain. This information from the various body parts is then integrated with incoming information from the vestibular system (inner ear). The brain also relies heavily on the cerebellum located in the back of the head, which is largely responsible for coordinating the unconscious (automatic) aspects of proprioception. The ability to maintain balance, such as when standing on one leg (eyes open and closed), is dependent on the ability for the ALL THREE of these systems to work properly, and like any other skill, “…practice makes perfect!” Please try standing on one leg and then shut your eyes. Can you feel your ankle, foot, leg, and the rest of your body struggle to keep you balanced? For those of us under age 60, it’s “normal” to be able to balance on one foot with eyes closed for 25 seconds (or 10 and 4 seconds if you are between 60-69 or, 70-79 years old, respectively)! Scary, isn’t it? But don’t feel bad, as most of us can’t do this at first. With practice and the right exercises, you will be able to do it. Your “kinesthetic sense” CAN BE improved, and your doctor of chiropractic can guide you in the process. So, how does dizziness fit into this picture? Let’s talk about the ear! Our ears have two jobs: hearing and balance. The outer ear catches sound and funnels it to the eardrum which vibrates and moves three little bones that transmit the information to the cochlea and finally to the brain allowing us to hear sound. Deep inside the ear is the “vestibular apparatus,” which is the organ of equilibrium that assists in balance. Here, three semi-circular canals are filled with fluid and two sac-like structures located at the base called the utricule and saccule. The fluid in the canals flows past little hair-like structures that are connected to nerves that relay information to the brain, telling it where we are in space (horizontal—laying down, vertical—standing) and if we’re moving forwards/accelerating or moving up/down (like in an elevator). There are little tiny “stones” in these two sacs that move the little hair-like structures but they can dislodge into the canal and alter the flow of fluid (like a rock sticking out of a flowing river creating eddy currents), which alters the direction the little hairs bend, resulting in vertigo or dizziness as the brain is receiving conflicting information from the hairs bending in multiple/different directions. This is called “BPPV” (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), which is brief episodes of vertigo immediately following a change in head position such as rolling over in bed, getting up from sitting or laying, etc. This is the most common cause of vertigo. If you Google “BPPV,” you will find different exercises that can move these little stones back into position (Brandt-Daroff and Epley’s maneuver), both of which work well often within a day or two. This is a good place to start, and if the balance/dizziness (vertigo) doesn’t improve, then you should consider other possibilities such as inner ear inflammation or acute vestibular neuritis, Meniere’s disease, vestibular migraine, acoustic neuroma, blood pressure issues, medication side effects, and more. Your chiropractor can teach you the BPPV exercises and perform cervical adjustments, which can also help significantly.

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FUNNY BONE: ”I went to the zoo the other day, there was only one dog in it, it was a shitzu.”@@ A classic Tommy Cooper gag ”I said to the Gym instructor “Can you teach me to do the splits?” He said, ”How flexible are you?” I said, ”I can’t make Tuesdays”,@@ My mother-in-law fell down a wishing well, I was amazed, I never knew they worked.@@  I was having dinner with Garry Kasporov (world chess champion) and there was a check tablecloth. It took him two hours to pass me the salt.@@ I swear, the other day I bought a packet of peanuts, and on the packet it said ”may contain nuts.” Well, YES! That’s what I bought the buggers for! You’d be annoyed if you opened it and a socket set fell out!”  @@ A three-legged dog walks into a saloon in the Old West. He slides up to the bar and announces: ”I’m looking for the man who shot my paw.”

 

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday March 27, 2017

 

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IN THE NEWS: Damage and Death From Toxic Chemicals Are Reaching Epidemic Levels You are likely aware that air pollution may affect your lungs, but did you know it has a significant effect on your brain and your cognitive functioning? These changes affect not just adults, but have also been linked to lower IQ testing, development of ADHD in children and an increased risk of death. Toxins from the environment, both inside and outside, are almost impossible to avoid. Moreover, the traditional view of toxin exposure is outdated, so you’ll need to consider different factors if you’re attempting to reduce your exposure and susceptibility to disease and illness triggered by toxic chemicals. Today toxins can be inhaled, applied to your skin, injected or eaten with your food. The Environmental Working Group reports the average person has 91 toxic chemicals in their body. Unfortunately, while exposure to some chemicals are studied, researchers have no idea how this combined toxic soup and chemical interactions affect your health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 25 percent of all deaths worldwide are attributable to poor environmental conditions, including air pollution. Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, commented: “A healthy environment underpins a healthy population. If countries do not take actions to make environments where people live and work healthy, millions will continue to become ill and die too young.” Note: detoxification should be a normal practice in order to stay healthy. Eating a cleaner diet, a diet matched with your body type, along with increased water intake and particularly alkaline water if your body pH is acidic can go a long ways of maintaining body ecology. Through Vega testing we can pick up the need for detoxification and select the most effective formula to help you detox. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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WELLNESS: Can Pink Noise Help You Sleep? You probably don’t think of noise in terms of colors, but there is a rainbow of noise out there — from the familiar white noise that occurs when a TV turns to static to the higher-pitched blue noise, which sounds similar to a hissing spray of water. Somewhere in the middle is pink noise, gentle sound similar to that of rushing water or wind blowing through leaves on a tree. Pink noise contains frequencies from 20 hertz to 20,000 hertz, just like white noise, but the lower frequencies are louder and more powerful than the higher frequencies (white noise, in contrast, has equal power in all of its frequencies). Senior study author Dr. Phyllis Zee, professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, told Time, “The noise is fairly pleasant; it kind of resembles a rush of water … It’s just noticeable enough that the brain realizes it’s there, but not enough to disturb sleep.” Listening to pink noise improved sleep and memory among 60- to 84-year-olds, a population that tends to have reduced slow wave sleep, or deep sleep, compared to younger individuals. Pink noise enhanced slow wave sleep and was linked to better scores on memory tests. The participants scored about three times better on memory tests the morning after listening to pink noise in their sleep.

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CHIROPRACTIC: Breaking the code for stress. Stress can accelerate any weakness or disease that you might have. Now there is good stress and bad stress. An example of good stress is exercise. Bad stress represents issues that your body has a hard time dealing with. Bad stress can put you in a “flight or fight” mode that leads to altered adrenal output which can be harmful to your heart over time. Bad stress is the stress you can’t resolve or control. Chiropractic and natural healthcare offers great tools and help the body deal with stress. You can’t eliminate stress in your life but you can improve how your body processes stress so it doesn’t break you down. Chiropractic adjustments, by rebalancing the nervous system, go a long ways in helping your body process stress in a healthy way. It’s through the nervous system that stress can adversely affect your immune system, your digestive system, your cardiovascular system and your overall ability to relax and sleep soundly. Along with chiropractic adjustments your diet and targeted nutritional therapy along with deep breathing exercises can be a game changer. If you have concerns about stress mention those to Dr. Keefe on your next visit.

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FUNNY BONE: What does an air conditioner have in common with a computer? They both lose efficiency as soon as you open windows.@@ Me: Siri, where is the best place to hide a body? Siri: The second page of a Google search

 

 

 

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday March 20, 2017

 

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DIET: How to Boost Brain Performance and Prevent Dementia Using No- or Low-Cost Strategies A diet that increases inflammation, such as one that includes high amounts of wheat, refined carbs and sugar is one of the root causes and greatest risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease; diet is also a foundational prevention and treatment strategy. To prevent Alzheimer’s, you need to focus on a diet that powers your brain and body with healthy fats, not net carbs. To shift your body into fat-burning mode, you need to dramatically reduce your net carbs, as your body will typically use whatever glucose is available first. However, that doesn’t mean you can never have large amounts of carbs ever again. In fact, remaining in nutritional ketosis for years on end may be ill advised. Alzheimer’s prevention and treatment is best approached from a holistic perspective. Besides a ketogenic diet, lifestyle factors that come into play include exercise, sleep, stress reduction, sun exposure and social interaction. Sleep can play a significant role in your brain health, as your brain can only detoxify and clean itself out during deep sleep.

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IN THE NEWS: EPA Sued for Policy  Many people are not aware that, in the U.S., dental offices are the single largest source of mercury at sewage treatment plants. When dentists discharge mercury from amalgam fillings (also known, misleadingly, as “silver” fillings) down the drains in their offices, it accumulates in the environment, including in seafood intended for human consumption. As a neurotoxin, mercury in the environment is dangerous for everyone, but poses a particularly grave risk for pregnant women, babies and children, in whom it can seriously disrupt brain function and harm the nervous system. In December 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule that would restrict dentists’ mercury discharges by requiring them to install amalgam separators. With the changes in administration, that rule has been rolled back, and the EPA is facing a lawsuit because of it. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) states the EPA rescinded the rule illegally, as it cannot be done without public notice or a comment period.

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

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FUNNY BONE: Andy has 150 candy bars. He eats 125. What does Andy have now?
Andy has diabetes now.@@ Whenever I’m sad I just read my blood donor ID. It always says “B positive”.@@ Oh, they were laughing when I told them I’m becoming a stand-up comedian. Well, ha! They’re not laughing now!”

 
                                                                  

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday March 13, 2017

 

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IN THE NEWS: The Cancer-Soy Connection Is Getting Less Confusing

Most doctors who practice natural healthcare roll their eyes every time there’s an article where a medical doctor is criticizing nutrition or nutritional therapy. Because we know they had absolutely no training in that at med school. One of the areas that I’ve been combating is the bad press on soy; a recent article published in “Health Times” discusses the latest research. For instance, “In the report published in the journal Cancer, Zhang and her colleagues found that women diagnosed with breast cancer who consumed more soy did not have a higher risk of dying over nine years than women who ate less. And among women with a certain type of breast cancer, soy actually lowered their risk of dying from any cause during that time.” Phytoestrogen was the term that started all the bad press about soy. Because medical doctors were not familiar with that word and all they saw was “estrogen”. Of course you would not want to give estrogen to kids or women with breast cancer etc. and so the bad press started to spread throughout different articles in different publications. Today we would call this “fake news” and that’s exactly what happened to soy. Here are the facts: soy helps modulate hormones in both male and female. Thus soy can help prevent breast cancer, menopausal symptoms and other hormonal signs and symptoms in both men and women. Soy could help modulate the effect of testosterone on prostate cancer. So a handful of edamame as a side dish can help prevent different hormonal related problems.

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WELLNESS: Essential Oils for Arthritis CLOVE (EUGENIA CAROPHYLLATA) This highly effective natural analgesic oil works on most types of pain, including both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, as well as gout—a type of arthritis of the big toe. Because it is extremely potent, use only one drop to one hundred drops, or about one teaspoon of carrier oil after first conducting a skin patch test. Avoid using if you have extremely sensitive skin. GINGER (ZINGIBER OFFICINALIS) Ginger essential oil brings a soothing warmth when applied to arthritic joint, but it is also great for easing the muscular pain and stiffness of fibromyalgia. Use no two to three drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil and apply topically to affected joints. LAVENDER (LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA) Both a pain reliever and nervous system relaxant, lavender is good for easing joint and muscle aches, as well as easing stiffness. If pain is keeping you awake at night, lavender essential oil is also great for sleep, particularly if a drop or two of the essential oil is rubbed on the soles of the feet or palms of the hands before bed. While most essential oils need to be diluted, lavender can often be tolerated neat (undiluted) by most people. However, if you have extremely sensitive skin, dilute two drops of lavender in about 4 drops of a carrier oil like fractionated coconut or apricot kernel oil. LEMONGRASS (CYMBOPOGON CITRATUS) Lemongrass oil is useful for toning the connective tissues and can be helpful when the tendons no longer hold the joints with precision. Dilute in few drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil. MARJORAM (ORIGANUM MAJORANA) Marjoram oil can be used for easing muscle aches and stiffness along with helping to heal bruises and joint sprains. It is a good choice for topical use for those with fibromyalgia, which is a form of arthritis. It helps with pain but also alleviates muscle tightness. Avoid marjoram essential oil if you have epilepsy. PEPPERMINT (MENTHA PIPERITA) Peppermint contains analgesic compounds that reduce pain and inflammation. Like lavender, it can usually be tolerated on the skin in its neat form (undiluted) to help reduce pain. A little goes a long way as this oil leaves an intense cooling sensation on the skin. Use one drop and massage into painful or inflamed joints. Wash hands immediately and avoid eye contact. Make sure you select high quality, pure, undiluted essential oils. While you may end up diluting the oils yourself, most of the oils on the market are diluted in less-than-desirable oils. High quality oils cost more than the cheap varieties on the market but are worth the increased price. Many cheap varieties can also contain synthetic versions of the oils, which offer no therapeutic value and may actually be harmful. But, worse than that, many cheap oils are adulterated with solvents used during the extraction process or toxic pesticides used in the growing process of the herbs from which the oils are extracted. After diluting the oil in carrier oil, always conduct a 48-hour patch test on a small inconspicuous part of your skin to determine whether you have any sensitivity to the essential oils.

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CHIROPRACTIC: Here are some of the Benefits of routine chiropractic care may include any of the following: Improved Nerve Communication in the Body,  Improved Joint Motion and Coordination,Improved Physical Function and Performance, Improved Posture, Relief from Back and Neck Pain, Relief from Leg, Knee, Foot and Ankle Pain, Relief from Arm, Wrist, Shoulders or Elbow Pain , Relief from Stress and Tension Disorders, Relief from Joint Discomfort, Relief from Bursitis, Relief from Arthritis common and Relief from Chronic Injuries. Who do you know who would benefit from chiropractic? Tell a friend.

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FUNNY BONE:  A patient says, “Doctor, last night I made a Freudian slip. I was having dinner with my mother-in-law and wanted to say: ‘Could you please pass the butter?’ But instead I said: ‘You silly cow, you have completely ruined my life.” @@ When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity. To combat the problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion to develop a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to 300 degrees Celsius. The Russians used a pencil.

 

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday March 6, 2017

 

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IN THE NEWS: Women who have a flare-up of herpes – or are infected – during early pregnancy are twice as likely to have an autistic child, study warns.  Pregnant women with herpes are twice as likely to have autistic children, a new study warns. Scientists say women who have a flare-up or are infected with genital herpes early in their pregnancy have twice the risk of giving birth to a child later diagnosed with autism. Past studies have assumed that children have been directly infected, but such infections are typically deadly. Researchers found that a mother’s immune response to either getting an infection or a flare-up causes neurodevelopmental problems in the unborn child. The study is the first to provide immunological evidence on the role of an active infection in the womb and autism, particularly in boys. NOTE: If you suffer from herpes and are pregnant your first step is to clean up your diet. Nutrients like l-lysine, omega-3 and other immune boosting nutrients can make a difference. Get a list of anti-inflammatory foods and give your baby the best chance to be as healthy as possible.

WELLNESS: Benefits of Probiotics: How Your Gut Bacteria Can Influence Your Health When asked about the location of their immune system, many people don’t know. A surprisingly large number of people don’t associate their immune systems with any specific part of their body. Rather than being confined to a particular organ, about 80 percent of your immune system resides in your gastrointestinal tract in the form of receptor cells. Because of this prime location, what happens in your gut can powerfully influence your immune function. When your gut is healthy, you have a large, thriving population of beneficial or friendly bacteria, or probiotics, supporting your immune system receptor cells. They help form a protective barrier within your colon and intestines. Ideally, you want about 85 percent of your gut bacteria to be of this beneficial type. Optimizing and supporting the beneficial bacteria in your gut is one of the most powerful things you can do for your health and well being, including your immune health. As long as you can help your body maintain this optimal balance – 85 percent beneficial to about 15 percent “other” microbes – you support the health-promoting benefits of probiotics. The health benefits of probiotics: healthy immune function, weight management, digesting and absorbing carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, and waste removal, psychological and emotional health support, skin health support.

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CHIROPRACTIC: Natural healthcare and chiropractic 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 are practiced natural healthcare then 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 as well as 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. There 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 discussing 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 and the geriatric patient, we offer the latest in natural healthcare. If you have a health problem or suffering from some painful condition We offer classic diagnostic testing as well as unique state-of-the-art innovative testing like Vega testing. We offer comprehensive natural family care. Come join the revolution. Learn how to take control of your health needs.

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FUNNY BONE:  I saw a stationery store move. Jay London@@ A boy asks his father, “Dad, are bugs good to eat?” “That’s disgusting. Don’t talk about things like that over dinner,” the dad replies. After dinner the father asks, “Now, son, what did you want to ask me?” “Oh, nothing,” the boy says. “There was a bug in your soup, but now it’s gone.”

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American College of Physicians issues guidelines for low-back pain: ‘Avoid drugs.’

In this terminology, “acute” stands for pain lasting fewer than four weeks, “subacute” for pain lasting from four to 12 weeks, and “chronic” meaning pain lasting more than 12 weeks.

The researchers conclude their findings with three recommendations, based on their assessment of evidence-based outcomes for the patient population with respect to standard noninvasive approaches to treatment. Namely, they examined how patients responded to pharmacologic treatment and nonpharmacologic treatment; in other words, standard allopathic medicine and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

The ACP recognizes that low-back pain is one of the most common health complaints in the U.S., and cite statistics with which every doctor of chiropractic (DC) is intimately familiar. They estimate the total cost (in 2006), between active care and lost productivity, to have been approximately $100 billion—a number likely to be considerably higher today.

In looking at pharmacologic approaches to low-back pain treatment, acetaminophen was found to be on a par with placebo, offering little benefit but presenting known risks of liver damage. Other drugs, ranging from cox-2 inhibitors to NSAIDs to opioids, offered slightly greater benefits but with concomitantly pronounced risk.

On the other hand, when looking at nonpharmacologic approaches, including exercise, acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, heat therapy, low level laser therapy, and others (tai chi, yoga, ultrasound, etc.), measurable positive outcomes were found with virtually zero risks. The researchers concluded that, given the evidence at hand in the new study and in the older one, that treatment should always begin with nonpharmacologic approaches first, and only those patients who are nonresponsive to them should be considered for drug therapy or invasive medicine.

Specifically, the three recommendations of the study authors are:

  1. Given that most patients with low-back pain of any type tend to improve over time regardless of treatment type, they should first turn to the most conservative forms of care (massage, spinal manipulation, etc.), and NSAIDs and muscle relaxants can be considered if necessary.
  2. For patients with chronic low-back pain, the first option should be nonpharmacologic conservative care. Patients in this group respond more strongly to CAM approaches than those in the acute and subacute groups.
  3. Patients with chronic low-back pain who fail to respond to nonpharmacologic approaches could consider pharmacologic treatment, starting with those products known to present the least risk, and after being educated by their provider about the known risks posed by such products.

These recommendations are in keeping with the Hippocratic Oath: First, do no harm. It is noteworthy to see an MD association admit that CAM approaches to medical care—and here specifically chiropractic is included—offer superior outcomes to standard allopathic medicine. These results were striking enough that they were summarized in the February 14, 2017, edition of the Wall Street Journal 

NOTE: this is basically a rehash of a large government study done several years ago. The number one effective treatment for back pain is what chiropractic physicians do every day in their office, spinal adjustments.

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Feb. 13, 2017

 

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IN THE NEWS: Hormonal Contraceptive Use Can Be a Major Downer Hormonal contraception was introduced way back in 1960 with the release of the combined oral contraceptive pill (containing two hormones: estrogen and progestin). Now, more than 50 years later, an estimated 20 percent of women use some form of hormonal contraception worldwide, and in the U.S., that figure is significantly higher: more than 60 percent. Depression is also prevalent in women, who are more than twice as likely to experience symptoms than men. And that leads us to the troubling association between the two (contraceptive use and depression), as supported by recent research. Women who use hormonal contraception are a whopping 40 percent more likely to experience symptoms of depression after only six months of use, according to the latest research published in the American Medical Association’s peer-reviewed journal JAMA Psychiatry. The study tracked 1 million-plus women ages 15-34 for more than a decade. The risk increase was even more pronounced when evaluating specific contraception use: Progestin-only pills more than doubled the risk, while levonorgestrel IUD use tripled the risk. Risk also increased for users of hormone-based transdermal patches and vaginal rings. While the researchers are quick to note that their findings don’t necessarily mean hormonal contraceptive use causes depression, the moral to this story is clear: All women should have an informed discussion with their health care provider regarding the relative risks and benefits of any type of contraception before initiating use.

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WELLNESS: Should you take antidepressants? Use of antidepressants is at an all-time high – since 2008, the year of the financial crash, prescriptions have risen by 8.5 per cent per year. Yet the drugs remain hugely controversial. In a recent study, Danish researchers reported that they cause suicidal feelings when given inappropriately to healthy people going through everyday problems. Antidepressants are a relatively recent discovery. Each new “generation” of antidepressants since has targeted neurotransmitters, particularly serotonin, ever more precisely. But despite this, many question the wisdom of offering antidepressants so liberally. Do antidepressants work? They almost always alleviate symptoms of major depression, and when targeted carefully they can help with insomnia, OCD and some forms of chronic pain. However, there’s less evidence that antidepressants are the best treatment for generalized anxiety or mild depression. Finally, is it best to mask symptoms using these drugs, or would it be better to address the root causes of the problem? It can be absolutely necessary to alleviate symptoms in the short term, particularly when there’s a suicide risk. However, the use of antidepressants alone rarely protects against relapse. A short of course of drugs, accompanied by mindfulness-based cognitive therapy as soon as the individual feels a bit better, is the most effective treatment package for lasting benefits. NOTE: Multiple studies have shown that safe natural approaches are just as effective if not more so with mild to moderate depression. As the article indicated if a person is having suicidal thoughts then pharmaceutical approach, for a short period of time, could be indicated. Unfortunately drugs do not solve the problem with neurotransmitters they just artificially keep the levels are elevated. Natural approaches help the body produce more neurotransmitters and is more of a correction as opposed to symptom relief. But as the article indicated counseling could help one reach the root cause of some depressions. It’s true some depressions are strictly due to chemical imbalances but probably most are related to life issues that have not been resolved and possibly the person isn’t even aware the root cause of the depression. Skilled talk therapist can help a person better understand the underlying issues.

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CONDITION OF THE WEEK: HEADACHES be they the blinding headaches of a migraine to the annoying tension headaches studies have shown chiropractic is the best treatment on the planet. Headaches come from multiple sources i.e. subluxations, kidneys, hormones, muscle tension or toxicity. Chiropractic can gently release the tension on the nervous system responsible for most types of headaches. Diet can help balance chemistry like hormones or blood sugar that can trigger some types of headaches as well as lifestyle changes i.e. reducing junk food, drinking more water and detoxification can eliminate the triggers for headaches. Chiropractic first, drugs second and surgery last is the motto of better health.

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FUNNY BONES:  Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.@@ Everything is funny, as long as it’s happening to somebody else. 

 

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Feb. 6, 2017

 

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IN THE NEWS: Superbugs deploy ‘decoy flares’ like fighter jets to avoid being killed by antibiotics Scientists have discovered an astonishing new strategy deployed by superbugs in their evolutionary struggle with antibiotics – decoy “flares” which distract the drugs that would otherwise kill them. About a third of  MRSA bacteria, which kill thousands of people across the world, are largely immune to the current antibiotic of last resort. The rise of antibiotic resistance is causing increasing alarm with the prospect of a return to the days when a minor cut in the garden could be fatal and major operations were impossible because of the risk of infection. NOTE: I remember when this was front page news on the Journal of American medicine 30 years ago. Some of the suggestions then was to take prescription rights away from the average medical doctor because they were overprescribing antibiotics even for things like viruses which every 1st year medical student knew was ineffective. Now 30 years later very little change has taken place and the epidemic, that was warned about 30 years ago, is beginning. If you have a urinary tract infection try a natural approach 1st, if you have bronchitis don’t use an antibiotic the same goes with sinus infections 70% of those are yeast related. If you don’t protect yourself then you won’t be protected in a high percentage of the cases. Bacteria cannot develop resistance to natural methods like they do to antibiotics.

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WELLNESS: Vega testing is the dramatic way of restoring health within the body. Unlike the use of dangerous pharmaceutical drugs that primarily suppress symptoms we focus on restoring health within the body in a way that dismantles the foundation for symptoms to exist in the 1st place. For instance if you have a headache that can come from multiple causes: hormones, toxicity, blood sugar, misalignments in the neck etc. Which of these do aspirin fix? Over the counter pain pills can damage your stomach, liver, kidneys, eyes etc. Health problems, by the time we see them, usually have a complex causative factors beneath the symptoms. With Vega testing we approach each of those causative factors in the order that the body is ready to handle them. In some cases we might work with different supplements related to different underlying causes for a particular health problem or symptom. Just because the 1st products we work with doesn’t completely resolve your condition doesn’t mean that’s not a necessary process to go through. True healing takes time whereas symptom relief, in some cases,  can be fast but then again you really haven’t accomplished much. When the oil light comes on in your car you can reach under the dashboard and clipped the wire to the light and the light will go out immediately. Just because you’ve suppressed a symptom doesn’t mean you have fixed anything yet. When you experience better energy, better sleep, better focus and less symptoms under natural healthcare that’s because your body is healing. Have you had a Vega test today?

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CHIROPRACTIC: Chiropractic Studies and Research  1. Sciatica The European Spine Journal published the findings from a clinical trial last year uncovering how chiropractic adjustments resulted in a 72 percent success rate in treating sciatica and related symptoms compared to the 20 percent success from physical therapy and 50 percent from corticosteroid injections.. 2. Colic and Ear Infections A 2012 study published in Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic adjustments greatly reduced colic symptoms. Although very few randomized control trials have been conducted describing the clinical effects of chiropractic care on children, literally scores of case studies have been documented that describe how children suffering from otitis media (ear infections), acid reflux and colic have experienced complete to near complete resolution after just a few visits. 3. Neurological Conditions Exciting research is currently being conducted via upright MRI showing how upper cervical adjustments affect various brain-based conditions. What we have seen so far is quite remarkable. Not only are MRI scans revealing that cerebral spinal fluid and blood flow are markedly increased after a chiropractic adjustment, researchers are observing that cerebellar invagination (when the cerebellum drops down below the skull line) is being reversed and brain plaquing (common in multiple sclerosis patients) is disappearing!

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FUNNY BONE: Job interview in a psychiatry:  So you’re interested in working with us. What is your experience with mentally disturbed people? -I’ve been on Facebook for 5 years now.- Very good, the job is yours.@@ Some nice Chinese couple gave me a very good camera down by the Washington Monument. I didn’t really understand what they were saying, but it was very nice of them.

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Jan. 23, 2017

 

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IN THE NEWS:  DID YOU KNOW? Doctors used to think that if they drained a sick person’s blood it would purge the “evil” infection or disease right out of the body, but all that did was make the ill person much weaker, unable to fight off whatever was invading their body, and the patient was then highly likely to lose the battle for life, and in less time. Research using polls and questionnaires continue to show that 3 of every 4 doctors and scientists would refuse chemotherapy for themselves due to its devastating effects on the entire body and the immune system, and because of its extremely low success rate. On top of that, only 2 to 4% of all cancers even respond to chemotherapy or prove to be “life extending,” yet it is prescribed across the board for just about every kind of cancer.

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WELLNESS: Oil of oregano fights harmful bacteria, cancer  A new report out of the University of Arizona (UofA) says that oil of oregano is a powerful nutrient for fighting harmful bacteria and preventing cancer. Sadhana Ravishankar, a food microbiologist at UofA, discovered that carvacrol, a phenol of oregano oil, exhibits powerful antioxidant and antimicrobial activity, not only when consumed but also when applied to foods. Published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the findings have immense implications for food safety, as oregano oil could be applied to various food preparations to ward off the formation of dangerous microbes and other contaminants that threaten human health. Rather than resort to irradiation, chemicals or other unnatural interventions, oregano oil just might be a viable, natural alternative.

 

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CHIROPRACTIC:  AUTISM AND CHIROPRACTIC A recent case study reported in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research suggests that chiropractic adjustments can help reverse and prevent autism and issues related to the autism spectrum. The patient was an adopted three-year-old girl who was born at 28 weeks weighing 2 pounds, 5 ounces by a woman who had a history of prior drug abuse. After two years of abnormal behavior and receiving multiple “autism” diagnoses from medical doctors, her parents decided to take her in for a thorough developmental evaluation. Five critical items were failed: social/emotional, communication, cognitive, adaptive/self-help and sensory. Subluxation-based specific chiropractic care was performed on the patient, which resulted in complete resolution of her headaches, acid reflux, vomiting and sleeplessness within one month. Significant improvements in autism-related issues were also noted, including calm behavior, increased eye contact, happier demeanor, improved attitude, increased focus and attention, and an initiation to sound out words. The study reports that the girl continues to progress as evidenced by a significantly increased vocabulary, continued improvement in attention and focus, and complete lack of epileptic episodes.

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IN THE NEWS: YOUR APPENDIX MAY NOT BE USELESS AFTER ALL Species who have an appendix tend to have higher concentrations of lymphoid tissue in their cecum, a pouch that connects the small and large intestine. This type of tissue can play a role in immunity, and can also stimulate growth of healthy gut bacteria. So it makes sense, Smith says, that the appendix actually serves as a “safe house” for these beneficial bugs. This study isn’t the first to suggest that the appendix may play this type of role. The “safe house” idea was first raised by a 2007 study, which inspired Smith to question whether the appendix had a function in humans and other mammals—a theory that now appears quite likely. NOTE: chiropractic can help you keep all your organs functioning better. You do not have spare organs, chiropractic and nutritional therapy can help enhance the health of each of your organs.

 

WELLNESS: WHY DO SOME DRUG DEALERS GET OFF SCOT-FREE? Over the past five years, drug overdose deaths have risen by 33 percent. In 2015, 27 million Americans used illegal drugs and/or misused prescription drugs. Fifteen percent of seniors on Medicare are prescribed an opioid upon discharge following an acute hospitalization and 42 percent of them are still taking it three months later, suggesting addiction may be an issue. Heroin was the deadliest drug in the U.S. in 2014 but fentanyl use is rising the fastest, with overdose deaths doubling between 2013 and 2014. Fentanyl now outpaces heroin as the deadliest drug on Long Island, New York. NOTE: The type of healthcare you choose could mean the difference between life and death. Chiropractic has had a simple axiom: chiropractic 1st, drugs 2nd and surgery last. Studies have shown that those who start with chiropractic rarely need drugs or surgery. You never know if the next prescription is going change your life forever for the worse. Medical doctors don’t mean to the damage people with the prescriptions they give but unfortunately drugs are very dangerous with over 2000 people dying each week from prescriptions they receive from their doctor, and we are not talking about the many more that get addicted and are injured or die from their addiction.

 

CHIROPRACTIC: A SENSE OF WELL-BEING years ago in a study with chiropractic and addiction chiropractic was not only found to be beneficial in overcoming addictions but understanding of how chiropractic helped became known. They discovered that patients undergoing chiropractic adjustments have a cascade of chemical reactions within the nervous system that has a net effect of increasing a person’s sense of well-being. Patients who suffer from an imbalance with certain neurotransmitters can notice this in a greater degree than the average patient. We can conclude that one reason people have addictive nature’s is that they have brain chemistry issues that give rise to anxiety, depression, hopelessness and a sense of unease which they have found helped by chemicals like drugs or alcohol. By raising these body chemicals through chiropractic and nutritional therapy many people have been able to overcome their addictions.

 

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