WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday March 18, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday March 11, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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

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

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday March 4, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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

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Finding Links Between Microbes and Alzheimer’s Disease


by Carl Sherman

February 6, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Neurons in the Brain

by Guy McKhann, M.D.

May 3, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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

Protecting the brain

Protecting the brain

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

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

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

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

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

Dementia Risk Factor Matrix

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

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

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

Drugs are bad for the brain

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

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

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

Antihistamines linked to Alzheimer’s

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

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

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

Nutritional approach in rebuilding brain function.

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

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

Coconut oil is a brain fuel

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

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

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Feb. 11, 2019

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

FUNNY BONES: You can’t be late until you show up.@@ I’m objective; I object to everything.@@ When there’s a will, I want to be in it!@@ Vegetarian: Indian word for BAD HUNTER!@@ Campers: Nature’s way of feeding mosquitoes.@@ If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.@@ Some people hear voices.. Some see invisible people.. Others have no imagination whatsoever.@@ I never forget a face, but in your case I’ll be glad to make an exception. ~ Groucho Marx@@ We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.@@ Age mellows some people; others it makes rotten.@@ The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly and lie about your age. – Lucille Ball@@ When I was young I was called a rugged individualist. When I was in my fifties I was considered eccentric. Here I am doing and saying the same things I did then and I’m labeled senile. – George Burns@@ Children really brighten up a household. They never turn the lights off.@@ In general my children refuse to eat anything that hasn’t danced in television.  Erma Bombeck

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Feb. 4, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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

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

FUNNY BONE: Analyst: I can give you the numbers, but you can’t go public with it. Marketing Manager: I’m not going to go public with it. I’ll just present it at a meeting. Analyst: Who’s going to be at the meeting?

Marketing Manager: It’s a stakeholder meeting. So whoever wants to come. You know, it’s open to the public.@@Thanks to autocorrect, 1 in 5 children will be getting a visit from Satan this Christmas.@@When my eight-year-old asked how I knew I was pregnant, I told her I had taken a pregnancy test. “Oh,” she said. “What questions were on the test?”@@Autocorrect has become my worst enema.

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

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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

FUNNY BONE: How can you make sure you never miss your target? Shoot first, and whatever you hit, call it the target.@@If what you’ve done is stupid but it works, then it really isn’t that stupid at all.@@If you think nothing is impossible, try slamming a revolving door.@@Two mysterious people live in my house. “Somebody” and “Nobody.” Somebody did it and nobody knows who.@@Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.@@There are a 100 billions nerves in the human body, and there are people who have the ability to irritate all of them.@@Isn’t it funny how red white and blue represent freedom, unless they’re flashing behind you?@@Never wrestle with a pig. You’ll both get dirty, and the pig likes it.@@If only common sense were more common.@@If we ever travel far in the universe to another planet with intelligent life, let’s just make patterns in their crops and leave.@@With great power comes an even greater electricity bill.

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Jan. 14, 2019

Courtesy of:

  John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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IN THE NEWS: Why food allergies are on the rise: Hyper-cleanliness may be making kids’ immune systems weaker, doctors warn. The number of children with allergies has risen 50 percent since 1997. Allergies are a misguided immune system response to foods and other harmless substances.  In recent years, horrifying stories of children suddenly struck dead by allergies have increasingly made headlines – all triggered by ingredients hidden in such innocuous items as sandwiches and cookies. Scientists are investigating several hypotheses as to why and how they happen, and believe we may simply be keeping our kids too clean. In Florida, a girl was killed when she ate the wrong cookie. And a 19-year-old student died at the beginning of his academic career at Pennsylvania State University after eating a Chinese meal while visiting his family. Doctors have a couple of pet theories for why more kids have more allergies – and these might give them hints for how to curb these sensitivities. Back in 2000, the American Academy of Pediatrics put out guidance instructing all doctors and parents to keep kids away from cow’s dairy products for the first year of their lives, eggs until their second birthdays and fish peanuts and tree nuts until after age three. It turns out that that advice was based on the opinions of a lot of doctors at the tops of their fields – but not much research. Now, experts suspect these attempts to protect children from allergenic foods and environmental toxins and contaminants may be the very culprits of increases in allergies. Now, and for many decades everything has trended anti-microbial, anti-bacteria, anti-viral, sterile and in the general direction of hermetically-sealed cleanliness. By trying so hard to keep everything ‘dirty’ and ‘irritant ‘ out, we’ve actually been the architects of our own traps, promoting hypersensitivity and autoimmune disorders. But it does seem that the hygiene pendulum is poised to swing back the other way.

WELLNESS: Immune system vs. gut bacteria: How vitamin A ‘keeps the peace’ New findings about the role of vitamin A in mediating the relationship between gut bacteria and the immune system may prove “critical” for devising new therapies for autoimmune conditions, such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and other inflammatory diseases that affect the intestine. Carrots, butter, and cheese are some of the richest sources of vitamin A. The gut bacteria are known to play a crucial role in keeping us healthy. Research has shown that the trillions of friendly microorganisms hosted by our guts can keep us lean, young, and healthy — both in body and mind. But how do gut bacteria do this? One answer involves the immune system. Various studies have been slowly unraveling the complex relationship between gut bacteria and immunity. They suggest that the interactions between the host’s gut and the bacteria that colonize our intestines help control how our body responds to illness. healthy — both in body and mind. But how do gut bacteria do this? New research may have found an answer: vitamin A. A team of scientists, led by Shipra Vaishnava, an assistant professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at Brown University in Providence, RI, found that moderate levels of vitamin A in the intestine prevent the immune system from becoming overactive. “The role of vitamin A in inflammation is context-dependent and is very hard to tease apart,” the researcher adds. In the future, the scientists plan to examine why Rdh7 (component of vitamin A) suppression is vital for the immune response, and how bacteria control Rdh7 gene expression. “A change in vitamin A status and vitamin A metabolic genes coincides with inflammatory bowel diseases, but we don’t know if this promotes inflammation or not. We hope that adding our finding — that bacteria can regulate how vitamin A is being metabolized in the intestine or stored — could help clarify why the field is seeing what it is seeing.” Note: the dry air of wintertime depletes the body of vitamin A.

CONDITION OF THE WEEK: SPINAL STRESS we hear a lot about stress, job stress, financial stress but you might not hear much about spinal stress. When we talk about spinal stress we are not talking about pain. It might come across as stress you feel in your neck or back or in your muscles in general. This type of stress happens by irritation on spinal nerves due to misalignments. These misalignments might not cause back pain yet it adds to your overall sense of stress. Slight misalignments of the vertebrae in your neck and back can cause constant low grade irritation on the nervous system. You can only handle so much stress before it starts to affect your health. When you have this “internal spinal stress” then it limits how much external stress from life that you can handle. One thing that chiropractic patients notice when they received chiropractic care is an increased sense of well-being, that’s because we reduce the stress upon the nervous system through regular chiropractic adjustments. The effect on your overall health can be profound. By getting regular chiropractic adjustments you help your nervous system to regulate and control the organs and glands and systems of the body that you give it greater capacity to handle stress. Get regular chiropractic care it’s the best “health” insurance on the market.

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Jan. 7, 2019

Week of: Monday Jan. 7, 2019

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IN THE NEWS: Is Vaping Bad for You? Well, for Starters, Your E-Cig Vapors Might Contain Lead New study findings show that the vapors from a variety of devices contain potentially toxic levels of metals, including lead. The study comes on the heels of research out last year that detected metals in e-liquids used in the devices. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers recruited 56 daily e-cigarette users and studied the vapors they give off. “We devised a relatively simple system that collects the aerosol, what people call the vapors. We collected it almost as soon as it came out of the e-cigarette,” study author Ana María Rule, PhD, MHS, told Men’s Health. The Hopkins researchers also tested for the presence of metals in e-liquid refilling dispensers and in the remaining liquid in the e-cigarette tanks. “Knowing many metals are toxic when inhaled, we wanted to check it out,” Rule says. “We didn’t know what we were going to find.” The metals they discovered, when regularly inhaled, have been linked to lung, liver, immune, cardiovascular, and brain damage, and cancer.

WELLNESS: Immune-Boosting Foods to Eat If You Don’t Want to Get Sick This Winter 1. Turmeric According to Los Angeles–based holistic nutritionist Elissa Goodman, turmeric is one of the richest sources of antioxidants and is therefore chock-full of the inflammation-fighting goodness our vulnerable immune systems needs. “Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is antiviral, antifungal, and can help keep the immune system strong,” Goodman shares. “Just make sure to mix turmeric with black pepper, which increases absorption. I like to juice turmeric in addition to adding it to curries, sauces, soups, and coffee-free lattes.” 2. Pumpkin Seeds Go Raw Organic Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds We already knew nuts and seeds are one of the best foods for our daily quota of plant-based protein and fats, but it turns out seeds (pumpkin, in particular) are filled with zinc—one of the most important minerals for staving off sniffles and sluggishness. “Zinc is an essential mineral for the immune system,” Franceschini confirms. “An immune system without zinc is like an army without soldiers. Enjoy a piece of dark chocolate in the afternoon, toast up some chickpeas for a salad, or snack on a handful of pumpkin seeds to help to store optimal levels of zinc in the body.” 3. Broccoli Whether you prefer broccoli (or any cruciferous vegetable, for that matter) steamed, roasted, or riced, Farah Fahad, MS, RD, creator of The Farah Effect, says it’s one of the best foods for supporting immune health. In reference to a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Fahad says sulforaphane, a chemical found in broccoli, might activate antioxidants and enzymes in specific immune cells which fight the free radicals that lead to cell damage and disease. 4. Elderberry—a antioxidant powerhouse with a surplus of immune-boosting perks. “Elderberry has long been used as an herbal remedy for colds, flu, and sinus infections,” she explains. “Preliminary studies suggest that elderberry extract may offer virus-fighting, immune-stimulating, and anti-inflammatory effects, therefore I recommend addingelderberry syrup to your oatmeal, coconut yogurt, or taking a swallow-full straight. (Note: Pay heed if your elderberry supplement recommends dilution. Many syrups and juices are super concentrated!) 5. Fermented Foods Remember what we said about gut health being paramount for optimum immunity? Yep, it’s time to prick up your ears. “Keeping your gut bacteria healthy is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy since roughly 70% to 80% of the cells making up your immune system are in your gut,” Goodman shares. Source-wise, she recommends snapping up fermented foods like coconut kefir, tempeh, miso, sauerkraut, kimchi, or kombucha. “If you’re in L.A., I love getting the tempeh Reuben in a collard wrap from Real Food Daily. They add sauerkraut so it’s two probiotics in one meal. I also frequently sauté tempeh in coconut oil, and kimchi fried rice is another favorite,” says Goodman.

CHIROPRACTIC: Chiropractic and Leg Length 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. Note: if you have an anatomical short leg you need to wear a lift for the rest of your life or otherwise have your shoe on the short leg side built up, structural balance affects your health.

FUNNY BONE: The Thoughest Questions Woman Ask To Men 1. What are you thinking? The proper answer to this question, of course is, “I’m sorry if I’ve been pensive, dear. I was just reflecting on what a warm, wonderful, caring, thoughtful, intelligent, beautiful woman you are and what a lucky guy I am to have met you.” Obviously, this statement bears no resemblance whatsoever to what the guy was really thinking at the time, which was most likely one of five things: Baseball! Football! How fat you are. How much prettier she is than you. How he would spend the insurance money if you died. 2. Do you love me? The correct answer to this question is, “Yes.” For those guys who feel the need to be more elaborate, you may answer, “Yes, dear”. Wrong answers include: I suppose so. Would it make you feel better if I said yes. That depends on what you mean by “love”. Does it matter? Who, me? 3. Do I look fat? The correct male response to this question is to confidently and emphatically state, “No, of course not.” and then quickly leave the room. Wrong answers include: I wouldn’t call you fat, but I wouldn’t call you thin either. Compared to what? A little extra weight looks good on you. I’ve seen fatter. Could you repeat the question? I was thinking about your insurance policy. 4. Do you think she’s prettier than me? The “she” in the question could be an ex-girlfriend, a passer-by you were starring at so hard that you almost cause a traffic accident or an actress in a movie you just saw. In any case, the correct response is, “No, you are much prettier.” Wrong answers include: Not prettier, just pretty in a different way. I don’t know how one goes about rating such things. Yes, but I bet you have a better personality. Only in the sense that she’s younger and thinner. Could you repeat the question? I was thinking about your insurance policy.

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Dec. 31, 2018

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DIET: What Are Dates Good For? When it comes to the number of minerals, vitamins and health-benefiting phytonutrients in dates, suffice it to say there are a lot of them. They’re also easily digested, allowing your body to make full use of their nutritional value. Dietary fiber in dates helps to move waste smoothly through your colon and helps prevent LDL (bad) cholesterol absorption. It may also bind with substances that can decrease biological compounds that cause cancer. The iron content in dates, a component of hemoglobin in red blood cells, determines the balance of oxygen in the blood. Potassium, an electrolyte, helps control your heart rate and blood pressure. B vitamins in dates, such as the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, are absorbed into the retina to maintain optimal light-filtering functions and protect against macular degeneration. Additionally, dates contain vitamins A and K. Vitamin A protects the eyes, maintains healthy skin and mucous membranes, and even protects the lungs and mouth from developing cancer. Tannins, which are flavonoids as well as polyphenolic antioxidants, fight infection and inflammation and help prevent excessive bleeding (anti-hemorrhagic). Vitamin K is a blood coagulant that also helps metabolize your bones. Copper, magnesium, manganese, zinc, niacin, pantothenic acid and riboflavin are also present in dates and provide their own unique preventive and healing functions. Together, these cofactors help your body metabolize carbohydrates, protein and fats. Eating dates in moderation can contribute many health benefits, such as protecting against damage to cells from free radicals, helping lower the risk of stroke, coronary heart disease and the development of colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung and pancreatic cancers

IN THE NEWS: What Is Pine Oil? Pine oil has antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and antirheumatic properties. It works as a good decongestant and expectorant for respiratory ailments as well. In aromatherapy, pine oil is indicated and used for cuts, lice, excessive perspiration, scabies, sores on the skin, arthritis, gout, muscular aches and pains, asthma, bronchitis, common colds and flu, and fatigue. Pine oil is also a natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory agent, which makes it a potential substitute for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that come with many side effects. Pine oil is not only valued for its health benefits, but also for its practical uses. This essential oil can be used as: Fragrance — You can use a few drops of pine oil as fragrance when making your own soaps, detergents, lotions, candles and ointments. Insect repellant — To protect your wool sweaters from moths and other insects, pour 10 drops of pine oil onto small pieces of untreated wood. Place the pieces of wood in your closets or drawers. Air freshener — Eliminate the awful smell of cigarettes and stale air by adding four drops of pine oil to a cup of water. Pour the mixture in a spray bottle, shake it well and spray it to instantly freshen up your room. Avoid spraying it on furniture. Massage oil before and after exercise — Create your own pre- and post-workout massage oil to inhibit or soothe strained muscles. Add three drops of pine oil, juniper berry oil and rosemary oil in 2 ounces of jojoba oil. The most common ways to administer pine oil are orally, topically and through inhalation.

CHIROPRACTIC: 10 Researched Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments One of the best things about receiving chiropractic adjustments is that they are a completely drug-free path to healing the body naturally. Chiropractic benefits including helping to naturally improve problems such as: Back pain-Headaches-Bowel regularity-Improved mental clarity-Ear infections-Neck pain-Arthritis and joint pain-Scoliosis-AsthmaBlood pressureHealthy pregnancy-Organ function-Surgery prevention. the very first chiropractic patient in history was named William Harvey Lillard, who experienced difficulty hearing due to compression of the nerves leading to his ears. He was treated by “the founder of chiropractic care,” David. D. Palmer, who gave Lillard spinal adjustments in order to reduce destructive nerve compressions and restore his hearing. After doing extensive research about physiology, Palmer believed that Lillard’s hearing loss was due to a misalignment that blocked the spinal nerves that controlled the inner ear (an example of vertebral subluxation). Palmer went on to successfully treat other patients and eventually trained other practitioners how to do the same. The first college of chiropractic was founded in 1897 and named after Palmer, called the Palmer Chiropractic School & Cure.

FUNNY BONE: What do you get when you cross-breed a shark and a cow? I have no idea but I wouldn’t try milking it.@@ I just got a photo from a speeding camera through the mail. I sent it right back – way too expensive and really bad quality.@@ Husband brings the child home from kindergarten and asks his wife, “He’s been crying the whole way home. Isn’t he sick or something?”  “No,” replies the wife, “he was just trying to tell you he isn’t our Frankie.”@@ 8 p.m. I get an SMS from my girlfriend: Me or football?! 11 p.m. I SMS my girlfriend: You of course.@@ Two police officers crash their car into a tree. After a moment of silence, one of them says, “Wow, that’s got to be the fastest we ever got to the accident site.”@@ A nice old lady on a bus offers the driver some peanuts. He’s happy to take some. He asks her after a while why she isn’t having any herself. “Oh, young man,” she says, “they’re too hard on my poor teeth, I couldn’t.” “Why did you buy them at all then?” wonders the driver. “You see, I just love the chocolate they’re covered in!”

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday, Dec. 24, 2018

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IN THE NEWS: Chronic fatigue: Overactive immune system ‘may trigger ME-like symptoms’  overactive immune system may help explain the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome, scientists from King’s College London have suggested. Many sufferers of CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome), or ME (Myalgic Encephalopathy), say their condition began with a challenge to their immune system like an infection. The scientists studied 55 patients with Hepatitis C who were given a drug that causes a similar response to a virus. Eighteen of those patients had an overactive immune system and went on to develop CFS-like symptoms. Chronic fatigue syndrome is a long-term illness characterized by extreme tiredness. Lead researcher Dr Alice Russell from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said: “For the first time, we have shown that people who are prone to develop a CFS-like illness have an overactive immune system, both before and during a challenge to the immune system. “Our findings suggest that people who have an exaggerated immune response to a trigger may be more at risk of developing CFS.” Senior researcher, Prof Carmine Pariante, added: “This is a light in the fog, a direction of travel. Although screening is a long way off, our results are the first step in identifying those at risk and catching the illness in its crucial early stages.” Note: besides the nervous system two organs within the immune system that regulated are the spleen and thymus. In conditions like mentioned above the thymus gland tends to be the organ that’s malfunctioning leading to inappropriate immune responses. Nutritional therapy along with chiropractic care is extremely effective in addressing these in system disorder. Chiropractic first, drug 2nd and surgery last.

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WELLNESS: HOW DOES CHIROPRACTIC PROMOTE OVERALL WELLNESS? Chiropractors know that adjustments are good for your general health. Millions of satisfied patients cannot be wrong. But what do chiropractors know that the rest of us do not? They know the nervous system is the one system in the body that directly affects every other system. This is because nerves conduct sensory information from every part of the body and then delivers this information to the brain. Once there, the brain analyzes the information to determine what the body needs to maintain a healthy state. So the health of this system is paramount to the good health of the rest of the body. Chiropractors recognize that misalignment in the spine can interfere with proper nervous system function. More specifically, chiropractors study the effects of vertebral subluxations – conditions of the spine where alignment and/or movement patterns of the vertebrae are abnormal. When this occurs, imbalances cause irritation and inflammation. In turn, this can cause interference with information that is transmitted along nerves and spinal cord. Chiropractors are the only health care professionals specifically trained to locate and correct spinal subluxations. For decades, scientific research has focused on the use of chiropractic adjustments for low back pain, neck pain, and headaches. In fact, there is now clear evidence to recommend chiropractors as the go-to professionals for spinal pain syndromes. However, with the rising popularity of wellness- based philosophies focused on non-traditional approaches to health, chiropractors are being asked to justify their role. In a recent report from the Center for Disease Control, the four most popular forms of alternative and complementary medicine were listed as natural products, deep breathing, meditation, and chiropractic! In a multi-nation study involving hundreds of chiropractors and thousands of chiropractic patients, researchers sought to measure the incidence of non-musculoskeletal responses to chiropractic therapy. What they found was that a number of patients experienced systemic benefits from their chiropractic treatments whether or not they mentioned any symptoms in these areas at the onset of care. The most common benefits reported in this study were breathing (27%), digestion (26%) and circulation (21%). NOTE: When you add nutrition, detoxification, exercise, and a proper diet you have an approach that will help most healthcare challenges.

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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. 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:  Knock Knock! Who’s There? Snow! Snow who? Snow laughing matter.@@ Q: What is a mountain’s favorite type of candy? A: Snow caps@@I know a lot of jokes about unemployed people but none of them work.@@A bank is a place that will lend you money, if you can prove that you don’t need it.@@f you’re not supposed to eat at night, why is there a light bulb in the refrigerator?@@My wallet is like an onion. When I open it, it makes me cry…@@You’re born free, then you’re taxed to death.@@I get enough exercise pushing my luck.@@You never truly understand something until you can explain it to your grandmother.@@If your parents never had children, chances are you won’t either.

 

 

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Dec 17, 2018

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IN THE NEWS: Is This the Deadliest Vaccine on the Market? While the cervical cancer rate in the U.S. is 12 per 100,000, by Merck’s own admission, Gardasil may cause 2,300 serious adverse events per 100,000. Many of the more serious side effects of Gardasil vaccination are immune-based inflammatory neurodegenerative disorders, suggesting something is causing the immune system to overreact in a detrimental way, sometimes fatally. One of the leading theories is that the aluminum adjuvant in Gardasil is causing it to be excessively reactive. Data show Gardasil is several times more reactive than any other vaccine on the market. Trial data from Merck shows Gardasil may increase your risk of cervical cancer by 44.6 percent if you have been exposed to HPV strains 16 or 18 prior to vaccination. As of 2018, about 13,240 new cases of cervical cancer will be diagnosed, and about 4,170 will die from it. If you get regular Pap smears, your chance of dying from cervical cancer is 0.00002 percent. These seem like extraordinary risks just to prevent an infection that is cleared by more than 90 percent of people without a problem As noted in a  film, the HPV vaccine’s underlying technology was originally developed by National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers, then sold to Merck and fast-tracked to licensure, despite the fact the vaccine failed to fulfill two of the criteria for fast-tracking. It’s also important to realize that Gardasil was approved after being tested in fewer than 1,200 children under the age of 166 and that bioactive aluminum “controls” are being used in clinical HPV vaccine trials, thereby masking neurological symptoms.

 

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WELLNESS: Tendonitis: Its Causes, Symptoms and Treatments Tendons, which are flexible, tough and fibrous, connect your muscles to your bones. Muscles and tendons work together to exert a pulling force that helps you move properly. Tendonitis is an acute condition that occurs when injury to a tendon causes swelling and pain. It mainly affects your elbows, wrists, fingers, thighs, shoulders, knees and Achilles heels. There are two main tendonitis causes: sudden major injuries and repetitive movements over a time period while doing activities like: Gardening-Raking and shoveling-Carpentry-Cleaning or scrubbing-Painting-Throwing and pitching. Take note of these other factors that can increase a person’s tendonitis risk: Age — Adults, especially those over 40 years old, are more injury-prone and have less-flexible and less-elastic tendons. Playing sports — Bowling, running, swimming, tennis, basketball, baseball or golf involve repetitive motions that can affect tendons. Health conditions — People with diabetes, rheumatoid arthritisgout, psoriatic arthritis or thyroid disorders, those who experienced unusual reactions to medications, or people with hand or finger infections from cat or dog bites have a higher tendonitis risk. Body structure and posture — Tendonitis risk is higher with poor overall posture. Jobs or profession — Tendonitis is frequently seen in people whose jobs require them to stay in awkward positions, perform repeated actions, reach overhead, vibrate or forcefully exert their body. NOTE: Chiropractic helps.

CHIROPRACTIC: Although doctors of chiropractic treat more than just back pain, many patients initially visit a chiropractor looking for relief from this pervasive condition. In fact, about 31 million Americans experience low back pain at any given time. Interesting Facts about Back Pain Worldwide, back pain is the single leading cause of disability, preventing many people from engaging in work as well as other everyday activities. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.3Back pain accounts for more than 264 million lost work days in one year—that’s two work days for every full-time worker in the country. Experts estimate that up to 80% of the population will experience back pain at some time in their lives.5Back pain can affect people of all ages, from adolescents to the elderly. Back pain is the third most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, behind skin disorders and osteoarthritis/joint disorders. Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer. Most people with low back pain recover, however, reoccurrence is common and for a small percentage of people, the condition will become chronic and disabling. Worldwide, years lived with a disability caused by low back pain have increased by 54% between 1990 and 2015. Low-back pain costs Americans at least $50 billion in health care costs each year—add in lost wages and decreased productivity and that figure easily rises to more than $100 billion.

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FUNNY BONE:. Q: What do you get when you cross a dinosaur with a pig? A: Jurrassic Pork.@@Q: What animal should you never play cards with? A: A cheetah!@@I went down the street to a 24-hour grocery store. When I got there, the guy was locking the front door. I said, “Hey! The sign says you’re open 24 hours.” He Said, “Yes, but not in a row!”@@Boy: The principal is so dumb! Girl: Do you know who I am? Boy: No… Girl: I am the principal’s daughter! Boy: Do you know who I am? Girl: No… Boy: Good! *Walks away*@@Molecule 1: I just lost an electron. Molecule 2: Are you sure? Molecule 1: I’m positive.@@ When Magnesium and Oxygen started dating I was like, “O MG!”

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Dec. 10, 2018

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IN THE NEWS: The risk of a common cold or flu DROPS with the use of probiotics In a common misconception, many people think of a common cold or flu as nothing more than a ‘nuisance.’  An annoying cough-fest with body aches and chills.  In other words, nothing too serious, right? Well, not really.  But, that’s not to say we should live in fear of these infections either.  The reality is – for immune-compromised people – a bacterial or viral infection can be life-threatening.  And, for everyone else, it’s just a clear sign that our immune system is being stressed to the max! Thankfully, although many people remain uneducated about this, research reveals how probiotics can help boost immune function and a resistance to the common cold or flu. Depending on which public health organization you listen to: influenza and pneumonia normally claim between 36,000 to 57,000 lives in the U.S. – each and every year.  Although those numbers are somewhat inaccurate – because the true cause of death is usually triggered by other health issues. Conventionally-trained medical authorities continue to push for the administration of flu vaccines.  But, natural health experts have consistently expressed their concerns about the neurotoxic metals used as ‘adjuvants’ in the flu vaccine.And, let’s not forget the other 800 pound gorilla in the room – flu shots are highly ineffective. In fact, according to a recent article published in New England Journal of Medicine, last year’s flu vaccine was found to be only 10 percent effective in Australia.  In the U.S., it’s not much better. In an article published in Frontiers of Immunology, the authors report that influenza is a leading cause of catastrophic disability in older adults – and can be life-threatening.  In a placebo-controlled clinical trial involving 250 participants and published in Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, researchers tested a cocktail of 5 different strains of probiotic bacteria against the flu. The team found that the mixture drastically reduced the incidence of both colds and influenza, with the placebo group experiencing 16 episodes of flu –as compared to 3 in the probiotic group. In other words, those who didn’t take probiotics were over four times more likely to develop influenza!

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WELLNESS: Weightlifting for an Hour a Week Cuts Risk for Stroke and Heart Attack Up to 70 Percent  Strength training is foundational for optimal health, especially as you get older. It’s not just about keeping your musculature strong; resistance training also benefits your heart, metabolism, cognition and mental health. Recent research shows less than an hour of strength training per week can reduce your risk for heart attack and stroke anywhere from 40 to 70 percent. These cardiovascular benefits were independent of aerobic exercises such as walking and running; strength training alone will lower your risk of heart attack and stroke, even if you don’t meet the recommended guidelines for aerobic activity. Less than one hour of resistance training per week also lowers your risk of metabolic syndrome by 29 percent and high cholesterol by 32 percent, independently of aerobic exercise. Strength training also benefits your brain. In fact, there’s a strong link between muscle strength — especially leg strength — and cognitive health.

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CONDITION OF THE WEEK: Chiropractic and nutrition with wintertime illness Many people don’t realize antibiotics don’t help with colds and flus. And so they seek medical for their children and themselves during the winter. With the growing death rate from superbug actions, this is a big mistake. When it comes to colds and flu’s prevention is your best approach but still with the proper nutritional therapy, and chiropractic adjustment is cutting short the illness and reducing the severity is something chiropractic can do. Our respiratory system is under attack with the low humidity in the winter time. Having a cool mist humidifier along with a humidity gauge is an essential defense against colds and cases of flu. Vitamin A and D along with C can help maintain a healthy respiratory system. We have dozens of immune formulas that can help your body when the fight against these viruses. Studies show that people who get regular chiropractic adjustments have less wintertime condition than those who don’t. Stay regular with your care, watch what you eat, drink plenty of things and get proper rest to maintain a stronger immune system. If you start to show symptoms call so, we can analyze what’s going on and what the best treatment would be. Kids respond great to chiropractic care, and they usually don’t require x-rays to receive treatment. Stay well this season!

FUNNY BONE: An elderly man called Keith. Mislaid his set of false teeth. They’d been laid on a chair. He’d forgot they were there. Sat down, and was bitten beneath.@@All doggies go to heaven – or so I’ve been told. They run and play along the streets of Gold. Why is heaven such a doggie-delight?  Why, because there’s not a single cat in sight!@@When you look really closely, all mirrors look like eyeballs.@@My teachers told me I’d never amount to much because I procrastinate so much. I told them, “Just you wait!”@@My boss just texted me: “Send me one of your funny jokes!” I texted him back: “I’m busy working. I’ll send one later.” “That’s hilarious,” he said. “Send another one!”@@A recent scientific study showed that out of 2,293,618,367 people, 94% are too lazy to actually read that number.@@When I look at chocolate, I hear two voices in my head. The first one says: “You need to eat that chocolate.” The other voice goes: “You heard. Eat the chocolate.”@@ A man hired a lawyer when he got sued by his company for embezzlement of many millions. At the beginning of the process, the lawyer kindly reassured him: „Don’t worry, you’ll never go to jail with that amount of money.“ And the lawyer was right. When the man did go to jail eventually, he didn’t have a penny anymore.@@My friend boasted he had the body of a Greek god. I had to explain where Buddha actually comes from.@@An eskimo brings his friend to his home for a visit. When they arrive, his friend asks, puzzled – “So where’s your igloo?” “Oh no, I must’ve left the iron on…”@@Daddy reads some bedtime stories to make little Jonny fall asleep. Half an hour later mommy opens quietly the door and asks: “And, is he asleep?” Little Jonny answers: “Yes, finally.”

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Dec. 3, 2018

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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IN THE NEWS: Breast cancer: Tumor growth fueled by bone marrow cells New research, published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, reveals a novel mechanism that fuels tumor growth in breast cancer and may have a negative impact on a person’s outlook. However, the findings might also help scientists develop individually tailored treatments that target breast cancer tumors more precisely. Breast cancer tumors need fibroblast cells from the surrounding breast tissue to grow and spread to other parts of the body. As the scientists note in their study, breast cancer is still “one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in women in the Western world,” despite the intense research efforts in the medical community and public awareness campaigns. Indeed, in the United States, breast cancer remains the most common cause of cancer-related death among women of all races and ethnicities. In the case of breast cancer, these fibroblasts help cancer cells proliferate by driving inflammation and helping to form blood vessels that deliver oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood to the growing tumors. Until now, scientists thought that most of these cells came just from the surrounding breast tissue, but the new research by Prof. Erez and her colleagues shows that many of these fibroblasts actually derive from bone marrow cells. Note: fibroblasts help your body make connective tissue which is important for your skin as well as your joints but in response to cytokines (inflammatory chemistry) they can become problematic for breast cancer. Fibroblasts from bone morrow are implicated in this study and I have found toxicity of the bone marrow can affect cell production and cell health. Nutritional therapy can be very effective for these issues.

WELLNESS: KNOW THE NUTRIENTS YOUR KIDS NEED WITH THIS HELPFUL GUIDE We all wonder if our toddler is getting everything they need to grow up strong, healthy and vegan. We’ve decided to put together a little list to help you get a better understanding of the nutrients that your kids need. Some of the important vitamins and minerals that you should be paying attention to with your little 1-3 year old’s. Calcium Your toddler needs to get about 500 mg per day of calcium. No, that doesn’t mean they need to be drinking cow’s milk. If this isn’t met every day, it’s fine. As long as they average out during the week 500 mg/day. This means that if they only get 450 mg today, tomorrow they can get 550 mg and it will average out. Tofu made with calcium sulfate and fortified plant-based milk is a great source of calcium and is generally well-absorbed.  We absorb the calcium from turnips, broccoli, kale, and mustard greens very well because they are low in oxalates. Collard greens are also considered to be a good source of calcium. Legumes, nuts, and seeds have moderate amounts of calcium that become more easily absorbable after soaking in water. Vitamin D Vitamin D is made by the body and activated by the sun (UV B rays). However, daily sun exposure is not practicable, possible, or recommended for everyone. Vegan toddlers that get little to no sun exposure should probably be getting 600 UI of vitamin D2 or vegan D3 per day. There are presentations of them that make their administration very easy, even for the most stubborn two-year-olds. Iron From ages 1-3, the nutrients your kids need as toddlers need to be about 7 mg/day. Great sources of non-heme iron include beans and green vegetables. To help your little one absorb more of what they eat, incorporate these iron-rich foods into their diet together with vitamin C. Vitamin C Toddlers need to get about 15 mg of vitamin C. This is very easy to do because fruits and vegetables are so rich in this nutrient. Deficiencies are very rare and scurvy has not been a common ailment since the 1800s. So while this is one of the nutrients your kids need, it’s easy to stay on top of it.

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CHIROPRACTIC: Studies show more people are searching for natural solutions for their health. In 1993 the American Medical Association was a survey of health habits of Americans and found that more Americans visited doctors are practiced natural healthcare and doctors practice drug therapy and surgery. There are many reasons for this shift in healthcare. Some people are concerned about the side effects that drugs have, (2000 deaths per week nearly 1 million injuries per year), some people have a sense of body ecology and don’t want to put any artificial substances within their body. Some people have discovered drugs mainly cover-up symptoms and never get to the root of your problem, and are more concerned with maximizing their health than just making some symptoms disappear. I’m sure you have seen 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. Note: Tell a friend about chiropractic.

FUNNY BONE: A Minnesota couple decided to go to Florida to thaw out during a particularly icy winter. They plan to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier. Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel plans. So, the husband left Minnesota and arrived at Florida on Thursday, with his wife coming down the following day. The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an email to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her email address, without realizing his error, sent the email. Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston, a widow had just returned home from her husband’s funeral. He was a minister who was called home to glory following a heart attack. The widow decided to check your email expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she screamed and fainted. The widow’s son dashed into the room and found his mother on the floor and saw the computer screen which read: Two: My loving wife–Subject: I’ve arrived –Date: April 6, 2006–I know you’re surprised to hear from you. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send emails to your loved ones. I just arrived and have been checked in. I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then. Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was. PS sure is hot down here!!!!

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Nov. 26, 2018

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Flu Vaccine Everyone knows about the flu and the flu vaccine. What people do not know is that flu vaccines are nearly useless in preventing flu, they will cause the flu, and they often result in nervous system damage that can take years for the body to repair. Other nations chuckle at Americans’ infatuation with the flu vaccine. The joke would indeed be funny if it weren’t for the damaging effects caused by the vaccine. A study published in the October 2008 issue of the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine found that vaccinating young children against the flu had no impact on flu-related hospitalizations or doctor visits during two recent flu seasons. The researchers concluded that “significant influenza vaccine effectiveness could not be demonstrated for any season, age, or setting” examined. A 2008 study published in the Lancet found that influenza vaccination was NOT associated with a reduced risk of pneumonia in older people. This also supports an earlier study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Research published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine also confirms that there has been no decrease in deaths from influenza and pneumonia in the elderly, despite the fact that vaccination coverage among the elderly has increased from 15 percent in 1980 to 65 percent now. In 2007, researchers with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the National Institutes of Health published this conclusion in the Lancet Infectious Diseases: A large-scale, systematic review of 51 studies, published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in 2006, found no evidence that the flu vaccine is any more effective than a placebo in children under 2. The studies involved 260,000 children, age 6 to 23 months. NOTE: to prevent colds and flu’s control humidity, take vitamins A&D and C and get regular adjustments. Based on reports from the governments Vaccine Court the flu vaccine is the deadliest vaccine ever produced.

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WELLNESS: NIXALLnature’s antibiotic.  Is all natural, “truly a green product”   Oxygenates and hydrates the skin   Is Ph balanced   Is destructive to staphylococcus and MRSA, Salmonella, E coli, viruses, bacteria, fungi and mold—even anthrax!   Accelerates wound healing—can be sprayed directly on wounds and minor burns   Deodorizes—transforms and freshens air   Neutralizes sarin gas, mustard gas and nerve gas   Hydrates and oxygenates the skin   Is 100 times more efficient than bleach—and safer   Controls fungi and viruses on plants   Oxygenates and stimulates plant growth   Is non-irritating, non-allergenic and non-stinging. Nixall is nature’s natural antibiotic safe for all ages and safe enough to spray directly in your eyes if you have an eye infection. Can be sprayed directly on fresh veggies and fruits, or dipped in the 10:1 solution for cleansing and to prolong freshness   For mold/mildew, use full strength   It is safe full strength—your skin feels refreshed and hydrated   Can be used on scrapes, bruises, minor burns and wounds and rashes, full strength   For nail fungus, soak 10 minutes daily for several days and then spray daily   Spray counter tops, toilet seats,  tubs, showers, clothes hampers, cell phones, etc   Spray credit card devices, grocery cart handles, gas pump handles, restaurant tables, public toilets, etc   Spray nose and mouth at the very suspicion of a “cold” or flu

CHIROPRACTIC: A truly unique and natural approach to health. Chiropractic offers true preventative care by enhancing function. Most healthcare approaches intervene after sickness has developed. Chiropractic is unique in that it can benefit the body before sickness strikes. Your body’s intelligence working through the nervous system maintains healthy function. When you develop misalignments that intelligence is compromised allowing for dysfunction to develop. The time between a disruption in the communication channels of the body and symptoms can be months or years off. When you get regular chiropractic care you help the body maintain its regulation and control over every other system and part of the body. This is true preventative care. Some subtle signs other than pain that are warning signs of nerve pressure include: fatigue, irritability, a loss of appetite, altered moods, sleep problems, poor posture, subtle aches and pains. Studies have shown patients who get regular chiropractic care live a much healthier life. You just have one body, take care of it. A study published in the Human Journal of Hypertension showed that a chiropractic adjustment could give people suffering from high blood pressure the same effect as taking certain high blood pressure medications. Studies show that chiropractic care can help reduce pain better than many medications. It can assist in the relief or even the treatment of some health and body issues like sciatica, neck pain, ear infections, scoliosis, lower back pain, headaches, and frozen shoulder syndrome. Show others you care, recommend chiropractic to your family or friends.

FUNNY BONES:  To the pessimist, the glass is half empty. To the optimist, the glass is half full. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.@@ In light of the rising frequency of human/grizzly bear conflicts, the Montana Department of Fish and Game is advising hikers, hunters, and fishermen to take extra precautions and keep alert for bears while in the field. “We advise that outdoorsmen wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle bears that aren’t expecting them. We also advise outdoorsmen to carry pepper spray with them in case of an encounter with a bear. It is also a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity. Outdoorsmen should recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear poop. Black bear poop is smaller and contains lots of berries and squirrel fur. Grizzly bear poop has little bells in it and smells like pepper.”

 

 

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Nov. 19, 2018

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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IN THE NEWS: Phthalate Exposure Threatens Human Survival Total sperm counts in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand dropped by nearly 60 percent between 1973 and 2013 and there’s no evidence to suggest this downward trend is leveling off. Reduction in sperm production is a warning sign that men’s health is in serious jeopardy, as poor semen quality has been linked to a higher risk for diabetes, heart disease, cancer and early death. Along with sperm, men’s testosterone levels have dropped in recent decades as well, and exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals in utero and beyond appears to be a driving factor. Environmental estrogens such as phthalates have generational effects, which is why males are successively becoming increasingly more sterile with each passing generation. Studies have also linked phthalate exposure during early childhood with delayed puberty in girls, while other research warns that phthalates in makeup and personal care products can trigger early menopause. Phthalates are particularly prevalent in personal care products, which is why women tend to have higher levels in their system than men. Higher levels are also evident in people who regularly eat fast food, as the food is packaged in plastic and/or nonstick wrappers. NOTE: You should consider detoxing once or twice a year. We can check for the need.

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WELLNESS: Common Painkiller Is Causing Many Heart Attacks  Nearly 25 million American adults suffer from pain on a daily basis, many of whom reach for over-the-counter (OTC) nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs to ease their discomfort. Research shows a high risk of heart attack associated with diclofenac, an OTC NSAID researchers strongly recommend become a prescription drug; data revealed ibuprofen and naproxen increased heart attack risk 30 percent greater than taking no drug. Risks associated with NSAIDs include gastrointestinal bleeding, hearing loss, miscarriage and increased risk of bone loss. Consider using several natural strategies to reduce inflammation and pain without associated life-altering side effects, such as ginger, curcumin, astaxanthin and severely limiting sugar and grains. NOTE: Most pain conditions can be controlled through natural healthcare: chiropractic, acupuncture, nutritional therapy and electrotherapy. Don’t risk your life, seek solutions for your health problem.

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CHIROPRACTIC: Is It My Low Back Or My Hip? When patients present with low back pain, it is not uncommon for pain to arise from areas other than the low back, such as the hip. There are many tissues in the low back and hip region that are susceptible to injury with have overlapping pain pathways that often make it challenging to isolate the truly injured area. Hip pain can present in many different ways. When considering the anatomy of the low back (lumbar spine) and hip, and the nerves that innervate the hip come from the low back, it’s no wonder that differentiating between the two conditions is often difficult. Complaints may include the inside, outside, front, or back of the thigh, the knee, the buttocks, the sacroiliac joint, or the low back and yet, the hip may truly be the pain generator with any of these presentations. To make diagnosis even more complex, the hip pain patient may present one day with what appears to be sciatic nerve pain (that is, pain shooting down the back of the leg to the knee if mild or to the foot if more severe) but the next visit, with only groin pain. When pain radiates down a leg, the almost automatic impression by both the patient and their healthcare provider is, “…it’s a pinched nerve.” But again, it could be the hip and NOT a pinched nerve that is creating the leg pain pattern. Throwing yet another wrench in the works is the fact that a patient can have more than one condition at the same time. So, they truly MAY simultaneously have BOTH a low back problem AND a hip problem. In fact, its actually unusual to x-ray the low back of a hip pain patient without seeing some low back condition(s) like degenerative disk disease, osteoarthritis (spurs off the vertebrae), or combination of these. So, how do we differentiate between hip vs. low back pain when it is common for both low back and hip pain to often coincide? When we ask the hip pain patient to point to the area of greatest discomfort, they usually point to the front of the hip or groin, and less often to the inner and/or anterior thigh or knee. Non-weight bearing positions like sitting or lying are almost always immediately pain relieving. When there is arthritis in the hip, motion loss is often reported and may include a shorter walking stride and pain usually gets worse the longer these patients are on their feet. Initiating motion often hurts, sometimes even in bed when rolling over. During the chiropractic examination, with the patient lying on the back with the knee and hip both bent 90°, moving the bent knee outwards or inwards will almost always reproduce hip/groin area pain. Pulling on or applying traction to the affected leg usually, “…feels good.” Knee & ankle reflexes and sensation are normal but muscle strength may be weak due to pain. Bending the low back into different positions does not reproduce pain if the pain is only coming from the hip. Though sometimes challenging, doctors of chiropractic are well-trained to be able to differentiate between hip and low back pain and will treat both areas when it is appropriate.

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FUNNY BONES: I made a beginner’s mistake and went shopping on an empty stomach. I am now the happy owner of aisle 7@@ I have a very good feeling about my job interview today. The manager said they were looking for somebody responsible. “You’ve found your man,” I responded, “whenever there was a problem in my last job, they always said that I was responsible!”@@ Give a man a fish and you will feed him for the day. Teach a man to fish and he’s going to spend a fortune on gear he’ll only be using twice a year.