WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Nov. 20, 2017

 

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John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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DIET: Can you REALLY eat yourself happy? You really are what you eat – and your brain health and mood are no exception. For example: Junk food really can affect our mental health by causing blood sugar highs and lows. This interferes with brain chemicals that affect mood. Protein is vital to make serotonin and dopamine – which are key to our mental health. There are crucial nutrients that our brain requires in tiny amounts that can really affect our mental state. They include B vitamins, iron, calcium, magnesium, chromium, zinc and selenium. When you feel tired, do you reach for a sweet snack? And when you’re upset, do you find solace in chocolate, ice-cream or a bag of chips? Research confirms that you are more likely to turn to junk food when you’re in a bad mood, as their high fat and sugar content activates pleasure centres in the brain, triggering the release of ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin. But there’s a catch. Self-medicating with junk food also leads to blood sugar highs and lows that interfere with how these brain chemicals function to regulate mood. The overall effect can worsen your mental health. NOTE:Eating a variety of whole foods, real foods, supply your brain with the essential nutrients that can help produce a sense of well-being and higher moods. Eating smart is not only good for your well-being but for your families as well.

IN THE NEWS: Poor sleep linked to toxic buildup of Alzheimer’s protein, memory loss Sleep may be a missing piece in the Alzheimer’s disease puzzle. UC Berkeley scientists have found compelling evidence that poor sleep — particularly a deficit of the deep, restorative slumber needed to hit the save button on memories — is a channel through which the beta-amyloid protein believed to trigger Alzheimer’s disease attacks the brain’s long-term memory. “Our findings reveal a new pathway through which Alzheimer’s disease may cause memory decline later in life,” said UC Berkeley neuroscience professor Matthew Walker, senior author of the study published today in the journal Nature Neuroscience. A 2013 University of Rochester study found that the brain cells of mice would shrink during non-rapid-eye-movement (non-REM) sleep to make space for cerebrospinal fluids to wash out toxic metabolites such as beta-amyloid. “Sleep is helping wash away toxic proteins at night, preventing them from building up and from potentially destroying brain cells,” Walker said. “It’s providing a power cleanse for the brain.” NOTE: We have tools to help improve the quality of your sleep.

 

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

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Have you been told …… “There is no cure for what you have, no one can help you”….. Really?

Have you been told ……

“There is no cure for what you have, no one can help you”…..

Really?

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Many patients have been told this by their medical doctor and yet have gone on to find help through natural healthcare and chiropractic. It’s not that the medical doctors were lying to them but what they were really saying is drugs and surgery can’t help you. Their language is unfortunate because that traps many people with conditions they live with the rest of their lives. It’s also sad that medical doctors are brainwashed in school into believing that if drugs and surgery can’t help the patient in front of them, nothing else will.

 

Chiropractic and natural healthcare approaches the body with completely different eyes. We might do some of the same tests like lab work, MRIs or x-rays and physical exams but we interpret the information completely different in some cases. The focus of drug therapy is to find some chemical that will suppress your symptoms. It’s like with type II diabetes where the body is not responding to the insulin it’s producing so they use chemicals to force the sugar out through the kidneys. This doesn’t help the cells that need sugar for proper metabolism to get the sugar they need it just limits the danger of ever increasing blood sugar levels. The natural approach focuses on nutritional and lifestyle changes that help the cells recognize and respond properly to the insulin.

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It’s been said there are no incurable diseases just some incurable patients. The process of getting well can be complex and difficult in some cases the motivation to make the changes in lifestyle and diet are more than some people are willing to do thus they carry their condition to an early grave. The key in any health problem is breaking the code for that disease and to do that sometimes it’s as simple as doing basic blood work and understanding the nutritional components of those findings but in some cases it’s more complicated, requiring innovative tools to break the code. That’s one reason we use a muscle reflex testing protocol that we call Vega testing. The founder of Vega testing was a German medical doctor/dentist who developed this test that included both the protocol of testing along with a sophisticated Ohm’s machine to study the response from the body. Because that machine was both expensive and subject to operator error we decided to use a muscle reflex test to work the protocol, it is more objective and quicker. In Vega testing we monitor muscle reflexes in response to certain diagnostic ampules to help us break the code of the disease, understand the underlying components. We can quickly, in a lot of cases, find the underlying toxicity, emotional component, nutritional imbalance that’s allowing the condition to remain in the body. Your body has an ability to heal itself but that ability can be interfered with because of different blockages. Our goal is to determine what those blockages are and remove them allowing your body what it does best, heal.

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The basic approach that we use at Keefe Clinic includes determining what body type you are so we can establish the right ratio of fats, carbs and proteins for your particular genetic makeup. Along with that diet, detoxification, possibly an anti-inflammatory diet, and neurological balancing and establishing the necessary neurological pathways so the body can regulate itself and in turn heal itself. Targeted nutritional therapy, exercise, stress handling are just some of the techniques that were used to help the body.

LINK: Vega testing

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday June 5, 2017

 

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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

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When healthcare makes you sick

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The last thing you might expect going to a doctor for a health problem is becoming a drug addict in the process. In the U.S., painkiller addiction is so rampant that 91 Americans die every day from an overdose of prescription opioids or heroin.

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In 1986 the government sent a report to every doctor and healthcare facility in the US. That report was based on extensive research into back pain. Most people might not realize that low back pain is the number 1 health problem in the United States. It’s responsible for more time off work, the high cost of rehabilitation on top of the extra high cost of surgery. Since surgery is only 20 to 30% effective and cost a lot of money the government decided to find the most effective treatment for back pain. After they evaluated all the research from around the world the number 1 active treatment they recommended was spinal adjustments. And so they sent this report to every healthcare facility in the United States in hopes of saving the country money.

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Unfortunately this report was largely ignored. Surgeons kept doing ineffective surgery, and drug therapist kept giving more powerful painkillers. Today if you listen to news reports you realize we are having an opiate addiction problem like none other. Even though opiates can block pain they also cause a lot of drug addicts to this deadly drug. Since our healthcare system seems to focus more on gaining power over helping patients then you have to be your own protector. Just because a doctor writes your prescription doesn’t mean that prescription is going to be both safe and effective for you.

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Studies have shown over the past 50 years or so that there are over 2000 people who die every week from prescriptions they get from their doctor. These statistics only come from hospital bound patients we’re not for sure how many a week die who are not hospitalized. 2000 a week is like 3 jumbo jets crashing every week with no survivors for the past 50 years. There are over a million hospitalizations related to drug therapy per year. Now I would be the 1st to say that in certain conditions drugs are necessary to keep a person alive i.e. insulin for type 1diabetes. But the percent of the population who needs prescriptions to survive is a very low percent. Most people’s conditions could be safely and effectively resolved through natural healthcare and chiropractic.

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A seven-year study showed that patients whose primary physician was a chiropractor, experienced these results: 60% less hospital admissions, 59% less days in the hospital, 62% less outpatient surgeries, 85% less in pharmaceutical costs.  Not only is natural healthcare/chiropractic substantially more effective in the countries’ number 1 health problem (low back pain) nutritional therapy and chiropractic can effectively resolve most nonemergency health challenges.

If you’re having a heart attack you need to be in the hospital but after you’re released, if you want to fix the underlining problem that led to the heart attack, then drugs are not going to help you very much. Natural healthcare/chiropractic focuses on the underlying cause of disease. For instance type II diabetes is a growing problem in our society and drugs do not correct that, insulin might be essential in type I diabetes for those bodies who can’t make insulin so you have to take it in order to stay alive. But conditions like type II diabetes are related to dietary faults and the subsequent over stressing of the bodies sugar management systems. Simple dietary changes along with targeted nutritional therapy can help the cells recognize insulin and self-regulate blood sugar levels.

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I don’t care if we are talking about allergies, blood pressure, autoimmune problems, and hormone problems in a high percent of cases you simply find the cause and correct the cause and health is the result. But we live in a pharmaceutical controlled society when it comes to healthcare. Multibillion dollar pharmaceutical companies have taken over healthcare and most clinics and hospitals. Unfortunately their bottom line is not your health but their bank account.

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Just because you can take a drug and that drug may make acid reflux feel better doesn’t mean that’s the correct approach. Shutting down your digestive system at the level of the stomach will deftly remove acid that might burn your esophagus but it will also remove the initial digestive process to properly digest and absorb nutrients from what you eat. That’s why studies of people who have taken antacids for long periods of time develop signs and symptoms of malnutrition. When you mess with the digestive system you mess with life. Acid reflux like headaches or back pain have a cause. Never is that because of a lack of pharmaceuticals.

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Unfortunately in today’s healthcare system symptom relief has become the dominant approach. That makes as much sense as clipping the wire to the warning light on your dashboard and thinking you’ve taken care of something, yes the warning light has gone off but the problem still there. This is one of the reasons why chronic disease has skyrocketed over the past 40 years. Who would guess it? If you don’t fix the problem it just becomes much worse.

Natural healthcare/chiropractic offers a completely different approach to health care in that we don’t play the symptom relief came. Our total focus is on finding the cause and then developing effective strategies to resolve the cause. When the cause is eliminated so are the symptoms.

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You might think all doctors have this mindset but not if their primary treatment is pharmaceuticals. Except in very rare cases pharmaceuticals are never the appropriate treatment for most healthcare problems. If you have reoccurring headaches then either you have vertebra in your neck out of place or you have toxicity issues or possibly hormonal issues that need to be corrected. Painkillers don’t fix any of those possible causes. Painkillers are the biggest killers in drug therapy. Several well-known painkillers have been taken off the market over the past 20 years because of the death rate. And opiates will not only kill you but they can cause a lifetime addiction and they don’t fix at all the underlying cause for pain.

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Buyer beware is a important slogan to protect yourself in the marketplace. Unfortunately in today’s healthcare system you need to take responsibility for yours and your families choices in healthcare.

 

 

 

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday March 20, 2017

 

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

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

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

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

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

 
                                                                  

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

 

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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

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

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

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

 

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday DEC. 26, 2016

 

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IN THE NEWS: DRONE PACKAGE DELIVERY Recently Amazon announced the first drone delivery. They have a select 30 customers that they’re using to do test marketing for drone deliveries. The customer in question lived out in the country and the product that he ordered was not touched by human hands. The Internet order was sent to a robot in the warehouse that found the product and delivered it and attached it to the drone. The drone in turn successfully delivered the product to the customer within 13 minutes from click to arrival. Now they just need to mount lasers to deal with the porch pirates that steal newly delivered packages. Welcome to the 21st century.

 

WELLNESS: GROWING DANGER OF SUPERBUG INFECTIONS For years I’ve been warning patients against the overuse of antibiotics. Even though the problem in the past was rare, statistics show it’s not rare anymore. The 2014 review on antimicrobial resistance made a low estimate that around 700,000 deaths are caused each year because of resistant organisms. As a patient I realize that it is difficult not to follow a doctor’s recommendations when they prescribe antibiotics. And if the average doctor was careful in their prescription of antibiotics then we would not be having the problem that we have today. The facts are, most of the time, antibiotics are prescribed unnecessarily. By that I mean there are natural means to effectively resolve the bacterial overgrowth that has led to the infection. The number of natural “antibiotics” is growing every year. Natural antibiotics do not cause antibiotic resistant strains because natural antibiotics are not the same as pharmaceutical antibiotics and they work on a completely different mechanism. The above death statistics from superbug infections will probably start doubling every 5 to 10 years. It’s important you make a choice today to keep you and your family safe. Number 1 keep your nervous system free of pressure nd maintain a healthy diet. Number 2 if you believe you have an infection make an appointment so we can evaluate if a natural product would be effective. Most infections are self-limiting. Chiropractic and natural healthcare 1st, drugs 2nd, surgery last.

 

CHIROPRACTIC: OFFERING SAFER HEALTHCARE The CDC estimates over 2000 people a week die from prescription drugs. Another thousand people die as a result of surgery. A good percent of those surgeries and most of the prescriptions could have been prevented through natural healthcare. The advancement and natural healthcare in the past 40 years has been amazing. If there weren’t powerful forces trying to limit patients access to natural healthcare, based on statistics of research done in the late 90s chiropractic and natural healthcare would be the dominant healthcare in the United States. In a American Medical Association’s report released in the late 90s showed that more people are seeking doctors who practice natural healthcare than doctors who prescribed drugs and surgery. That initiated major changes in insurance coverage to direct people away from natural healthcare. The American Medical Association does not want its members to have to compete with doctors in the natural healthcare field because studies/statistics show they would lose hands down. Drugs and surgery shine in the emergency room under crisis care conditions. Most health problems are not crisis care conditions and are best served by diet, targeted nutritional therapy, spinal adjustments, exercise and detoxification. Tell your friends about chiropractic.

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FUNNY BONE: Late one night a mugger wearing a mask stopped a well-dressed man and stuck a gun in his ribs. “Give me your money,” he demanded. Scandalized, the man replied, “You can’t do this – I’m a US Congressman!” “Oh! In that case,” smiled the robber, “Give me MY money!”@@ Police officer talks to a driver: Your tail light is broken, your tires must be exchanged and your bumper hangs halfway down. That will be 300 dollars. Driver: Alright, go ahead. They want twice as much as that at the garage.@@ “According to a new estimate, Congress has had a full work week just 14 percent of the time since 1978. Congress said they planned to address the report next week because it’s already Tuesday.” –Jimmy Kimmel

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Dec. 19, 2016

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IN THE NEWS: Time to Age Gracefully: 6 Tips to Take to Heart Why not try these natural, noninvasive methods instead to make the aging process as smooth and well, natural as possible? It’s about adopting lifestyle habits that make you feel good to be alive, no matter what age you are: 1. You are what you eat: And if you eat too much of the wrong stuff, your body will pay for it. 2. Active is awesome: Research links an active life with healthy aging and longevity, for two primary reasons: First, the more activities you involve yourself in (and enjoy), the better you feel. Second, activity in the form of exercise is vital to healthy aging; stay sedentary and your body will break down, create disease and put you exactly where you’ve spent too much time: lying down. 3. Count some sheep (and get some sleep):Adequate sleep, both quantity and quality, reduces disease risk. 4. Make a few friends (or a whole bunch):Evidence suggests people who maintain healthy relationships and are socially active longer than people who remain isolated with few or no friends. 5. Give your skin a break: From the sun, that is. While a little sun exposure helps produce vitamin D, too much can do tremendous damage, both in the form of skin cancer and general aging of the skin (wrinkling, spotting, dryness, etc.). 6. Stress can be a real killer: We mean it! Chronic stress has been implicated in a wide range of health conditions, and it dramatically impacts your life experience. Who wants to live a long, stressful life?

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WELLNESS: Five Things You Can Do To Boost Your Mood Your mood is something that affects many aspects of your health from your heart to your thyroid to your sleep cycle to your menstrual cycle. So, as the daylight hours start to wane this winter season, how can you keep your mood elevated? There are five easy ways to keep your mood elevated this winter season: 1-Stay in touch with your loved ones, When we are surrounded by friends and loved ones, we manage our stressors and mood triggers better. 2-Keep touching your furry friends, Studies suggest that pets bring joy and those with pets feel happier. 3-Light therapy isn’t a thing of the past, light therapy during the winter season for seasonal affective disorder HELPS. 4-Keep your kitchen stocked full of vegetables and avoid sugars, if you eat a diet high in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins in the form of vegetables and avoid sugars, your mood will likely be more stable. 5-Keep your body moving throughout the winter season, exercise is always helpful for mood because when you exercise, you release more endorphins and helps to trigger better mood.

CONDITION OF THE WEEK: Shoulder problems can be minor or serious. Symptoms may include pain, swelling, numbness, tingling, weakness, changes in temperature or color, or changes in your range of motion. Shoulder injuries most commonly occur during sports activities, work-related tasks, projects around the home, or falls. Be it a strain or sprain, bursitis, tendinitis, arthritis or subluxation there are many causes for shoulder pain/dysfunction. Chiropractic adjustments of the neck and shoulder, nutritional therapy for the connective tissue and bursa of the shoulder , electrotherapy , pulsed magnetic therapy can all be effective in correcting shoulder problems. Tell someone about chiropractic.

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FUNNY BONE: Some people just have a way with words, and other people … oh … not have way.-Steve Martin@@ If people say they just love the smell of books, I always want to pull them aside and ask, To be clear, do you know how reading works?

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Aug. 22, 2016

 

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DIET: Omega-3s May Improve Healing After a Heart Attack Recent research suggests high doses (4 grams) of the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA may help improve healing after a heart attack. Another study found heart attack survivors who took 1 gram of animal-based omega-3 fat each day for three years had a 50 percent reduced chance of sudden cardiac death. It’s important to realize that omega-3 from marine animal and plant sources are NOT interchangeable. Plant-based ALA is a source of energy, while DHA and EPA are important structural elements of your cells.

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IN THE NEWS: Kids and Concussions: A Parent Primer on Initial Assessment You’re at your 10-year-old’s soccer game and he’s just collided with a member of the opposing team while fighting for a ball in the air. Unfortunately, the two hit heads and both leave the field crying, but clearly conscious. What to do? In many cases, both children will return to the game a few minutes later. Big mistake. Concussions are serious whenever and wherever they occur, but unlike professional sports, when children suffer a possible concussion, there’s often no one around to evaluate it properly. Here’s what you can do to help identify some of the often-subtle signs of a concussion and make the informed decision to get further evaluation from a health care professional. Ask Questions:  What month is it? What is the date today? What is the day of the week? What year is it? What time is it right now? (within one hour) They need to go to the ER immediately for evaluation, according to KidsHealth.org: Loss of consciousness, Severe headache / headache that worsens, Blurred vision, Difficulty walking, Confusion / not making sense Slurred speech , Unresponsiveness (unable to be awakened). GET CHIROPRACTIC CARE.

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CONDITION OF THE WEEK: CHIROPRACTIC TO LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE Doctors of chiropractic generally utilize spinal manipulation to address musculoskeletal issues. Most people think that chiropractic is only good for back and neck pain. But chiropractic can do more for a person’s wellness than just relieve pain. A recent double-blinded study compared a group of patients to see how spinal manipulation impacted their blood pressure. The researchers found that “specific thoracic spinal manipulations affected three measures: blood pressure, pulse rate, and changes in hypertension (high blood pressure) classification only in the active treatment group.” If you are one of many people looking to reduce your blood pressure, you may want to add chiropractic care to exercise and healthy eating. The combination will get healthier faster.

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FUNNY BONE: A recent scientific study showed that out of 2,293,618,367 people, 94% are too lazy to actually read that number.@@ A man goes to the lawyer: “What is your fee?” Lawyer says: “1000 US dollars for 3 questions.” Man: “Wow – so much! Isn’t it a bit expensive?” Lawyer: “Yes, what is your third question?”@@ Two years ago I asked the girl of my dreams on a date, today I asked her to marry me.  She said no, on both occasions.@@ My friend boasted he had the body of a Greek god. I had to explain where Buddha actually comes from.
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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday July 25, 2016

 

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 DIET: The perfect breakfast for people with depression Exercise has been described as a “wonder drug” for reducing symptoms, walking in nature reduces negative thoughts, and meditation can have a powerful positive effect. Our brain relies on nutrients to work effectively and studies have found that Omega-3, amino acids, B vitamins, Vitamin D, and minerals like zinc, magnesium and iron help create strong mental health. The Mediterranean diet, with its abundance of olive oil and leafy vegetables, contains many of these nutrients.  Nutritionist Melissa Brunetti, who focuses on the connection between diet and mental health, says that an ideal breakfast for people struggling with depression would be eggs (which include amino acids, Omega-3, Vitamin D, and fatty acids), with sprouted-grain toast and smashed avocado. The fatty acids in eggs are key, she says. Those who crave chocolate can also act on that instinct: Chocolate, like avocado, contains tryptophan.

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IN THE NEWS: Environmental Exposures, Autism and Developmental Delays — An Approach From an Integrative Psychiatrist estimated 1 in 50 American children. The number of children with autism has increased by an alarming rate over the last 20 years and will likely continue. A growing number of children also struggle with developmental and speech delays, as well as motor disorders. According to the latest statistics, developmental delays affect 1 out of 6 or 7 children. Environmental exposure are a significant factor that can contribute to the development of ASD and other developmental delays. There are many safe, gentle treatment options, including dietary changes and eliminating toxic exposures. ASK ABOUT A DETOX!

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CONDITION OF THE WEEK: DETOX More than 80,000 chemicals are put into American household products, food, and food packaging each year, a majority of which are not tested for safety beforehand. Common domestic sources of chemical exposure include food, personal care and feminine hygiene products, household cleaning agents, and items treated with flame retardants. Healthier alternatives are suggested. Factors such as light, temperature, and EMF emissions can also hamper your healthy lifestyle efforts by affecting your circadian rhythm, hampering sleep, and/or disrupting your biological functioning. Just another good reason to detoxify on a regular basis.

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FUNNY BONE:  It is so cold outside I saw a politician with his hands in his own pockets.@@ You know you’re getting old when you stop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you’re down there. -George Burns@@ “Wouldn’t exercise be more fun if calories screamed while you burned them?“@@ First the doctor told me the good news: I was going to have a disease named after me.@@ Politics: “Poli” a Latin word meaning “many”; and “tics” meaning “bloodsucking creatures”.@@ “My legs are so sore from the gym that I almost couldn’t walk to the donut shop.”

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday June 6, 2016

 

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 IN THE NEWS: IN DEFENSE OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS Do antidepressants work? The notion that they don’t—that Prozac, Lexapro and other drugs are little more than placebos with side effects—has become mainstream. “Antidepressant Lift May Be All in Your Head,” a typical headline reads, atop an article citing research from medical journals. With as many as one in eight American adults now taking an antidepressant, the stakes are high. NOTE: interesting article considering the fact that more than one study has shown natural approaches to depression equal to the drug approach and sometimes better, particularly if you’re talking side effects. The drug benefits tend to show up better in severe depression yet that doesn’t mean the natural approach might not be equally as effective. Wisdom would say try a natural approach 1st then if that doesn’t work consider drugs.

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WELLNESS: Antidepressant Alternatives Proven to Work 1. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy seeks to help people change how they think about things. Within 20 sessions of individual therapy, approximately 75 percent of patients experience a significant decrease in their symptoms. 2. St John’s wort St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is commonly used for the treatment of depressionIt can be at least as effective as paroxetine (Paxil) in the treatment of moderate to severe depression in the short term. 3. S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe) . Several scientific studies indicate that SAMe may be useful in the treatment of depression. 4. Light Therapy Light therapy is an effective treatment for seasonal affective disorder, and it may reduce the symptoms of non-seasonal depression as well. 5. Exercise The antidepressant effect of regular physical exercise is comparable to potent antidepressants like Sertraline. 5. 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) The evidence suggests 5-HTP and tryptophan are better than a placebo at alleviating depression. . 6. B Vitamins Folic acid deficiency has been noted among people with depression. Vitamin B6, or pyridoxine, is the cofactor for enzymes that convert L-tryptophan to serotonin, so vitamin B6 deficiency might result in depression. And there is some evidence that people with depression respond better to treatment if they have higher levels of vitamin B12.

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CHIROPRACTIC: Chiropractic Can Help Depression and Anxiety A case study published in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research on June 20, 2013, reports on the results of a case series showing chiropractic helping patients with depression and anxiety. This case series was looking for follow up on previous surveys showing that chiropractic patients felt chiropractic care helped with their mental and emotional states. The authors begin by reporting that a previous study showed that in a survey of 2818 patients who completed chiropractic care, 76% of those patients reported a mental/emotional improvement, as well as positive changes in stress and life enjoyment over a period of several months following the chiropractic care. Additional prior studies also showed chiropractic care assisting patients with these types of mental health disorders.

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FUNNY BONE: A man asks a farmer near a field, “Sorry sir, would you mind if I crossed your field instead of going around it? You see, I have to catch the 4:23 train.” The farmer says, “Sure, go right ahead. And if my bull sees you, you’ll even catch the 4:11 one

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When our stress handling system start to break down then we start to break down. When stress gets out of control our cardiovascular system, immune system, digestive system and hormonal system will start to suffer. Improper stress handling can affect our sleep, our attitude, our concentration and memory. The adrenals and the nervous system are the two areas to support first. Sereni-Pro (2-4 per day) is a great product to support the adrenal glands and glycoplex (1-2 per day) is a great B complex to support the nervous system. Chiropractic adjustments and exercise can help lessen the hormones of stress and improve your ability to handle stress a lot better.

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Feb. 15, 2016

 

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CONDITION OF THE WEEK: FIBROMYALGIA FMS (fibromyalgia syndrome) is a widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue disorder for which the cause is still unknown. Fibromyalgia means pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons – the soft fibrous tissues in the body. Even though there is no officially agreed-upon cause we have found with working with many fibromyalgia patients that things like viruses, thyroid problems, allergies, immune imbalances are some of the underlying issues. We have seen excellent results with patients who suffer from this condition over the years. The treatments that offer the most help are chiropractic adjustments, target immune system support, mineral therapy, supporting the stress handling systems along with detoxification and a diet balanced with your genetic makeup. If you know someone who suffers from fibromyalgia tell them about chiropractic.

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DIET: Eating soy may protect against reproductive effects of BPA Eating soy foods may help protect against reproductive effects of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical in many plastic consumer products and lining the inside of some canned foods, according to a study of women undergoing fertility treatments. BPA is known to mimic estrogen in the body, and therefore it’s believed to disrupt conception and implantation of a fertilized egg in the womb, the researchers write in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Experiments in rodents suggest that soy, which also interacts with estrogen receptors, could offset or mitigate those effects of BPA, they add. Note: there is a lot of misinformation about soy but it’s been my experience outside of a food allergy to soy (which you could be allergic to any food) soy is a nice protective and balancing food for the hormonal system also flax has a similar effect.

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IN THE NEWS: Cell phones and risk of brain tumors (CNN)The city of Berkeley, California, passed a law that goes into effect next month requiring cell phone stores to inform customers about safety recommendations. The move reopened a decades-old debate about whether mobile phones cause brain tumors. Note: this is a controversial issue that will stay that way because not everybody shares equal sensitivity to the radiation from a cell phone. Because that’s the case studies will be “inconclusive” yet a good percent of the population are susceptible to damage from cell phone radiation. Kids with developing brain are going to be more susceptible and there is strong evidence with tumors growing on the side they hold their phones up to. You might want to ask on your next visit to have your cell phone tested for sensitivity, there are protective measures you can take. Companies supply phone cases that can block the radiation as well as using ear pieces can substantially reduce exposure. The best protection is blue tube headsets which keep all electronics below the head.

FUNNY BONE: My doctor took one look at my gut and refused to believe that I work out. So I listed the exercises I do every day: jump to conclusions, climb the walls, drag my heels, push my luck, make mountains out of molehills, bend over backward, run around in circles, put my foot in my mouth, go over the edge, and beat around the bush.

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Jan. 25, 2016

 

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CONDITION OF THE WEEK: ARTHRITIS Eagles rocker Glenn Frey suffered from debilitating rheumatoid arthritis for years — and died partly because of the pills he took for it, his manager said Tuesday. In today’s environment with toxicity, rise of junk food and the general breakdown of healthy lifestyle arthritis is becoming a bigger problem. It’s sad to read about someone who’s treatment for condition caused their early death. But the facts are over 2000 people a week die from their prescription drugs. Arthritis, best prevented, can be treated with natural healthcare. First of all you need to be on an anti-inflammatory diet, because our chronic diseases from heart disease to arthritis develop in a inflammatory chemistry. There are several anti-inflammatory nutrients like curcumin that can improve arthritis. With rheumatoid arthritis there’s usually an immune system component that needs to be corrected. Drugs don’t do that.

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DIET: Eating certain fruits linked to lower risk of erectile dysfunction Flavonoid-rich foods like blueberries, cherries, radishes and citrus fruits may reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction in men, with the greatest impact on people younger than 70. In a conducted by the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Harvard University, researchers found that in addition to eating flavonoids, a diet with a higher fruit intake overall was associated with a 14 percent reduced risk of erectile dysfunction.

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IN THE NEWS: Man drank himself to death … with caffeine When an unidentified man in his 20s in Kyushu, Japan, died suddenly and inexplicably in the fall of 2014, police ordered an inquest into the cause of his death. Now Dr. Shinichi Kubo, a professor of forensics at Fukuoka University, is announcing that it appears to be the country’s first documented case of fatal daily caffeine consumption, reports Japan Times. “We had never heard of fatal caffeine intoxication,” the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said. The man, who worked midnight to dawn at a 24-hour gasoline station, had vomited on multiple counts in the year leading up to his death; Japan Times reports such vomiting can signal caffeine intoxication.

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FUNNY BONE: What happens if you get scared half to death twice? @@The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread. .@@ A sick patient asked his doctor, ”Flu?” The doctor replied, ”No, I came on my bicycle actually!”@@ My optometrist says it comes from years of doing stand-up comedy, staring into the lights. Said he could fix it with laser surgery. I said, “What are you going to do?” He said, “I’m gonna shine light in your eye.”

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday July 20, 2015

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DIET: Death by Sugar (Sweetened Beverages)? Sugar-sweetened soft drinks, fruit juices and other beverages represent a growing health danger that goes far beyond simple cavities and poor energy; a recent analysis suggests regular consumption of sugary drinks can indirectly lead to death– yes, death. Sound far-fetched? Not really, and here’s why: According to the researchers, who analyzed data from studies investigating the impact of sugar-sweetened beverage intake on body-mass index (BMI) and diabetes – and the resulting impact of BMI on cardiovascular disease and cancer, nearly 200,000 deaths worldwide can be attributed to drinking sugar-sweetened beverages. And that’s nearly 200,000 deaths every year. Specifically, the researchers estimated that consumption of sweetened drinks contributes to 133,000 deaths from diabetes, 45,000 from cardiovascular disease, and 6,450 from cancer on an annual basis.

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IN THE NEWS: Ways Gut Bacteria Affect Your Health A growing body of research suggests that gut bacteria influence weight. One recent study found that obese people have a less diversity in their gut flora than lean people. Your gut is the main area in the body where the immune system interacts with what’s brought in from the outside world. Thus, the interaction between gut bacteria and your own cells appear to play an important role in the development of a fully-functioning immune system. Disrupting gut bacteria may have an effect on the brain, and in turn, behavior, studies in animal suggest. If gut bacteria play a role in human behavior, its possible that therapies that aim to restore normal gut flora, such as probiotics, may be helpful in correcting behavior and mood changes in people with gastrointestinal diseases, according to the researchers. Abnormal gut bacteria in infants may be one cause of colic, or excessive crying, recent research suggests.

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CONDITION OF THE WEEK: Low testosterone may raise depression risk Researchers found that more than half of the men in the study who had lower levels of testosterone had a diagnosis of depression, or showed symptoms of the condition, while a quarter of participants were taking medication for the disease. Analysis showed that the study participants had higher rates of obesity and lower rates of physical activity than their peers in the general population. Participants also suffered from erectile dysfunction, decreased libido, fewer morning erections, low energy and sleep disturbances. Long-term use of pharmaceutical testosterone can have significant side effects. Ask about a natural approach to testosterone.

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FUNNY BONE: I went to a seafood disco last week… and pulled a mussel. &&What do you call a fish with no eyes? A fsh. &&A jumper cable walks into a bar. The bartender says, “I’ll serve you, but don’t start anything.” &&”Doc, I can’t stop singing ‘The Green, Green Grass of Home.'” “That sounds like Tom Jones Syndrome.” “Is it common?” Well, “It’s Not Unusual.”

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday June 8, 2015

 

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IN THE NEWS: Tattoos can cause serious adverse reactions, study finds Getting inked may have long-term consequences beyond just having to live with your ex-girlfriend’s name on your bicep for decades. About 1 in 10 people who get tattoos experiences problems with the tattoo, including infection, itching, swelling and redness, according to a small study in the June issue of the journal Contact Dermatitis. Many people in the study had complications that lingered for years after the tattoo was inked, the researchers said. Although tattoo artists and parlors are strictly regulated in order to limit infection and disease transmission risk, few people know what is in the tattoo ink itself. “Tattoo inks aren’t very closely regulated in the United States,” Leger told Live Science. “There have been case reports of tattoo removal in certain kinds of ways that can cause anaphylactic reactions,” Leger said, referring to the deadly allergic reaction that involves the closing of the throat and a dangerous drop in blood pressure.

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WELLNESS: The Dark Side of Oxygen   Without oxygen, the average person would live for no more than 3 minutes.  It’s the very life force that gives us breath and fuels our limbs.  However, oxygen has a dark side.  When oxygen is processed for fuel in mitochondria—the energy warehouse of the cells—it generates free radicals, or charged oxygen molecules.  These free radicals are inherently dangerous.  They are “imbalanced” with an unpaired electron… and they scavenge your cells looking for an electron to partner up with.  They steal electrons from healthy cells, turning these once healthy cells into more free radicals.  It’s called oxidative stress, and the only way to shield your body from its ravaging effects is to make sure you’ve got a stockpile of antioxidants protecting you. You see, antioxidants turn free radicals into harmless molecules by offering up one of their own electrons.  But, without an abundant supply of antioxidants available to neutralize these free radicals, the scavengers will go on to destroy the cell wall, vessel wall, proteins, fats, and even the DNA of the cell. Antioxidants, like vitamin C, vitamin E, and heart-healthy CoQ10, can protect you.

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CONDITION OF THE WEEK: Growing older: NEWSFLASH this is not a condition of ill health this is a condition of time. From what I hear from my patients who might be dealing with arthritis, heart disease, memory loss or other signs of failing health, they are told by their medical doctors it is just due to your age. When did aging equal disease? Dysfunction plus time equals disease but as we’re seeing more and more today what used to be called “old men diseases” are showing up in teenagers and young adults. If you stay healthy and work at maintaining your structure with chiropractic, your chemistry through proper diet and nutritional therapy and exercise balance with rest and relaxation and physical activity you can be well into your 80s and not be fighting a bunch of chronic diseases. Age does not equal disease, dysfunction, untreated injuries, lousy diet, poor stress handling plus time equals disease. We can help you stay well, health is your most important asset, guard it well.

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FUNNY BONE: Mr. Kramer had a leak in the roof over his dining room, so he called a repairman to take a look at it. “When did you first notice the leak?” the repairman inquired. Mr. Kramer scowled. “Last night, when it took me two hours to finish my soup!”

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Dirty air, dirty water, pollution and toxins in our food and environment. We live in the toxic world. But have you heard of dirty electricity. We are surrounded today by electronics and in fact a lot of us carry electronics on our body most of the time. Cell phones, tablet computers and music devices, we live in electromagnetic soup. And for some of us that can mean a significant impact on our health. If you are a electro-hypersensitive person you could be suffering from a host of symptoms and diseases because of that.

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Just like a person with environmental allergies you could have significant problems with an elevated pollen count, people with electromagnetic sensitivities are surrounded by dirty electricity. If you don’t have allergies and a high pollen count might not affect you, the same goes with dirty electricity though I believe were all affected to some degree because we have electromagnetic systems in our body. Our brain is electromagnetic marvel and to think all the electromagnetic fields around us don’t have any effect is probably naïve.

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It’s kind of like smoking, not all people who smoke get lung cancer. In a 2006 European study, the risk of developing lung cancer was: 0.2% for men who never smoked (0.4% for women) 5.5% for male former smokers (2.6% in women) 15.9% for current male smokers (9.5% for women) 24.4% for male “heavy smokers” defined as smoking more than 5 cigarettes per day (18.5% for women). Some might get chronic bronchitis, heart disease or increased pain levels.

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The same goes with dirty electricity here is a list of some of the symptoms that you can have if you electromagnetic sensitive: Neurological: headaches, dizziness, nausea, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, irritability, depression, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, weakness, tremors, muscle spasms, numbness, tingling, altered reflexes, muscle and joint pain, leg/foot pain, “Flu-like” symptoms, fever. More severe reactions can include seizures, paralysis, psychosis and stroke. Cardiac: palpitations, arrhythmias, pain or pressure in the chest, low or high blood pressure, slow or fast heart rate, shortness of breath. Respiratory: sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma. Dermatological: skin rash, itching, burning, facial flushing. Ophthalmologic: pain or burning in the eyes, pressure in/behind the eyes, deteriorating vision, floaters, cataracts. Others: digestive problems; abdominal pain; enlarged thyroid, testicular/ovarian pain; dryness of lips, tongue, mouth, eyes; great thirst; dehydration; nosebleeds; internal bleeding; altered sugar metabolism; immune abnormalities; redistribution of metals within the body; hair loss; pain in the teeth; deteriorating fillings; impaired sense of smell; ringing in the ears. How does this happen? The body is an electrical being. Every cell, tissue, and organ transmits information through tiny electrical currents which are disturbed by these high frequency fields, setting the body up for disease.

The Creation of Dirty Electricity

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An example of how dirty electricity is created stems from how cell phone towers utilize energy. The towers operate on direct current. However, the electrical current supplied to the tower is in the form of an alternating current; therefore, the supply needs to be changed or converted. This is accomplished using an inverter. Inverters interrupt the alternating current and are a source of dirty electricity. This dirty electricity is put back into the power supply lines, which in turn, can enter a building through their electrical wiring.

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In,DIRTY ELECTRICITY Dr. Milham discusses the recent proliferation of radio frequency radiation from cell phones and towers, terrestrial antennas, Wi-Fi and Wi-max systems, broadband internet over power lines, and personal electronic equipment and warns of the epidemic of disease and mortality that we may soon face because of these technologies. These technologies, he explains, are creating the 2nd wave of illnesses from electromagnetic fields, the first being from electrification beginning in the early part of the 20th century and only recently discovered thanks to Dr. Milham’s work.

William Rea, MD

Founder & Director of the Environmental Health Center, Dallas
Past President, American Academy of Environmental Medicine

“Sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation is the emerging health problem of the 21st century.  It is imperative health practitioners, governments, schools and parents learn more about it. The human health stakes are significant”.

Olle Johansson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, The Experimental Dermatology Unit, Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden;  Author of the BioInitiative Report’s section on the Immune System.

“It is evident that various biological alterations, including immune system modulation, are present in electrohypersensitive persons. There must be an end to the pervasive nonchalance, indifference and lack of heartfelt respect for the plight of these persons. It is clear something serious has happened and is happening.

Grounding

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“Grounding,” also called “Earthing” is the landmark discovery that Earth’s subtle surface energy field upholds the electrical stability of our bodies; thus serving as a foundation for vitality and health. In an age of rampant chronic disease due to the stresses of modern day lifestyle, reconnecting with the Earth’s energy beneath our feet provides a way back to better health. The profound effect of Grounding provides amazing healing, calming and balancing effects on the physical, mental and emotional bodies. Throughout history, humans have walked barefoot on the ground, which naturally discharges and prevents the buildup of electrical stress. When in contact with the Earth, this tranquil energy naturally transfers to any conductive object—whether it is a metal rod, a wire, a tree or plant, an animal, or a barefoot human—and they become “grounded.”

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I will give you TWO websites that you can visit for materials to help you reconnect to the Earth’s healthy magnetic field. Any time that you’re in a body of water like an ocean or Lake you will have a grounding experience. Barehanded gardening or walking barefoot can help discharged the dirty electricity and rebalance your body’s electrical system. That can be why some people are addicted to gardening OR yard work because it reconnects them to the Earth’s magnetic field. You can sleep on grounded material that you can purchase from: http://www.lessemf.com. http://www.earthing.com . You can have grounding straps on your shoe. You can insert a grounding stake in your yard and run a grounding wire into your house or you can use a special grounding cord that you plug into an outlet and utilize the ground from your electrical system in the house.

But for individuals that have sleep disorders or issues like anxiety and depression you should definitely consider sleeping with your head on grounding material.

For more information on grounding our dirty electricity you can Google those terms and find multiple websites in videos on the subject. When it comes to grounding OR earthing I would suggest you type in electrical grounding to skip over all the esoteric and psyche websites on “spiritual grounding”.

UNDERSTANDING THE NATURAL HEALING PROCESS

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It is said that we get sick one cell at a time and we get well one cell at a time. The natural healing process can be subtle sometimes, particularly if you are used to a drug affect in dealing with symptoms. Because drugs don’t heal they just suppress symptoms, sometimes the relief can be quick even though the underlying cause is not being addressed at all.

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The natural healing process be it chiropractic, acupuncture, nutritional therapy, detox, better diet or exercise the results come from internal healing and the reestablishment of normal function. Sometimes patients can feel a somewhat fast improvement, but real healing takes time.

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If we’re talking about chiropractic adjustments, the purpose is to establish normal nervous system function. Since your nervous system controls and coordinates every part and system of the body you can see why reducing the stress on the nervous system is so important. The body knows exactly what to do to maintain proper function (health), just sometimes it can’t express that information because of stress on key nerves. Be it acid reflux, allergies, headaches, back pain or hormonal imbalances the body knows how to correct these. But when the communication channels of the body get compromised by misalignments, the body is not able to maintain normal function and thus disease is the result. It can take months and maybe years before that disease becomes manifest through symptoms. And so when you start care you might think because the symptoms just started last week or last month that it’s a young condition. The truth is this condition could’ve taken years to first become symptomatic. Yes the symptoms started last week or last month but the condition started years before.

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As we begin to correct the problem at the spine then cells that have been functioning improperly take time to heal and reestablish normal function. Luckily symptoms can disappear fairly quickly in most cases and this can be confusing to patients because when the pain is gone or the symptom has left, they can think that they are well again. This can cause them to mistakenly end care too soon. And thus the condition will continue to develop underground until you have breakthrough symptoms eventually, which could be somewhat different than the symptoms you had before.

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A similar scenario happens when we are doing nutritional therapy. Nutrients due to faulty diet, stress and other factors can become imbalanced or deficient over time. This will cause cells to start to malfunction and when enough cells are malfunctioning then the organ will start to malfunction. Again symptoms will be the last to appear and usually represent something that’s taken months if not years to develop. As we determine what nutrients are necessary to restore normal function it can take time for the body to do the healing. Again when the symptoms leave it doesn’t mean the process is completed.

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There are a series of steps that tend to take place in all healing. The body will need to detox poisons that have developed due to faulty diet and systems that are not functioning properly and thus not detoxing properly. And then nutrient levels have to be reestablished and rebalanced in order for cells to start functioning properly. And as enough cells start to function as they should then the organ will start to function better. The body will start replacing weak and sick cells with stronger or more healthy cells. And so you literally get healthier one cell at a time. As cells and thus organs start to function better then the body as a whole needs to rebalance how organs and glands are functioning in order to maintain overall health.

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Health is really more of a journey than a destination. You’re never going to reach 100% health, that’s a goal that you always reach for. And in the process of reaching for better health you will find yourself functioning in much better health. As your body functions better you notice better energy, more restorative sleep, better mental focus and memory, more endurance and less susceptibility to illness.

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There are five basic steps that you should always be taking on a regular basis if you’re committed to better health.

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One is diet, this includes detoxification. Diet must be matched to your genetic makeup in order to supply you with the necessary building blocks to maintain good health. Just eating whole foods is not enough if you’re eating them in an unbalanced manner based on your genetic makeup, you need the appropriate ratio of fats, carbohydrates and proteins.

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Step two is exercise again this should be balance to your body type. Exercise is not only good for conditioning but it helps the heart and improves the body’s elimination of toxins.

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Step three is rest and relaxation. This helps eliminate the effects of stress on the body balancing neurotransmitters that can help with a sense of well-being and a better quality of sleep.

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Step four is a positive mental and spiritual attitude This helps us focus better on our purpose in life and also improves our sense of well-being.

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Step five is a healthy nervous system which is what chiropractic adjustments help accomplish by removing the stress on the nervous system itself.

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Health is your most important asset, without it you can’t be as productive as you need, you might not be able to support your family like you want, plus the quality of your life will suffer. The most important thing is that you focus on the most important thing.

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday May 11, 2015

 

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IN THE NEWS: FDA revisits safety of health care antiseptics such as Purell After roughly 40 years, U.S. health regulators are seeking data to see if the cocktail of ingredients in antiseptics used in hospitals, clinics and nursing homes are as safe and effective as they were once considered. The Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday it is asking manufacturers for more data, including on absorption, potential hormonal effects and bacterial resistance of these ‘active’ ingredients in antiseptics, to see if they are still appropriate for use in a health care setting. NOTE: antiseptic products have been associated with antibiotic resistant organisms AND thus the use of these could contribute to hospital infections that could be deadly. Hydrogen peroxide and nixall are safe antiseptics and are used by your own white blood cells to kill bacteria.

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WELLNESS: Boost Your Brain Health by Developing a Higher Purpose in Life prevents stroke and promotes longer life One of the five laws of health that we promote is a positive mental and spiritual attitude. Personality traits like optimism and having a sense of purpose can benefit your health in a number of different ways, and ultimately help you live longer. One recent study found that having a sense of purpose reduced odds of suffering a stroke by 44 percent. Happiness, optimism, life satisfaction, and other positive psychological attributes are also associated with a lower risk of heart disease. Find your purpose, live your purpose.

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CONDITION OF THE WEEK: Degenerative joint disease There are different reasons that people develop degenerative changes in their spine and other joints of their body but misalignments can be a big factor. When in joint is out of alignment and you use it repetitively that produces abnormal stresses on the structures of the joint causing a breakdown. Inflammatory chemistry will amplify these misalignments and accelerate the destructive forces leading to forms of arthritis. Chiropractic care along with good diet and exercise can help prevent degenerative joint disease. Patients who maintain some type of ongoing chiropractic care enjoy a lot better health than those who don’t. Stay regular with your care, eat right, increase the anti-inflammatory foods in your diet, exercise (movement equals life) and maintain a positive mental and spiritual attitude. Live long and prosper.

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 FUNNY BONES:  Churchill Downs, which hosts the Kentucky Derby, has banned the use of selfie sticks this year. Officials say that if you want to block someone’s view of the race, just do what everyone else does and wear an insanely giant hat. Jimmy Fallon  “In a recent poll, one in four people said they’d donate a kidney to a complete stranger. Yeah, sure… 90 percent of people won’t even let a stranger merge in traffic!” —Jay Leno My friend Tom said he stopped watching golf on TV. His doctor recommended that he get more exercise. So now he watches tennis.

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Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s disease was officially recognized a hundred years ago, but there’s still no effective medical approach for it. Alzheimer’s can be a devastating disease that can make a person disappear a little bit at a time. Eventually the person that you knew is no longer there which can be a hopeless experience. There is new understanding about this condition that has led to new approaches to help arrest and even reverse it. Most of you have heard of beta amyloid plaque which many thought was the cause of this disease. This plaque has been found on MRIs and used to be a way of judging the outcome of this disease. A drug was discovered that can reduce this beta amyloid plaque and was rushed into testing. The surprising results were that it accelerated the disease. The trials were quickly abandoned and a new understanding emerged of what was actually going on in the condition.

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It has since been discovered this plaque is actually the body’s defense against damage to the brain. Beta amyloid plaque is now understood as being in antimicrobial peptide. In other words is part of the body’s immune system against damage. Recent studies have shown that while the adaptive immune system has limited access to the brain, the central nervous system can still mount a robust response to invading pathogens, antimicrobial peptides and the innate immune system. Vitamin D has been found to be one of the protective nutrients in controlling the damage to the brain. Even though vitamin D is not a cure-all for Alzheimer’s, studies have shown it to benefit not only Alzheimer’s but Parkinson’s disease.

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Studies have also found that the herpes simplex virus (the cold sore virus) is one of the different organisms that can initiate damage to the brain. This particular virus has been found in 90% of adults even though they don’t show outbreaks of cold sores. But there are usually other factors besides this virus alone that sets up the process of damage within the brain. Chlamydia (chlamydophila penedumoniae) is also another microorganism found in the brain.

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Microglia are a type of glial cell that are the resident macrophages (cells that consume microorganisms) of the brain and spinal cord, and thus act as the first and main form of active immune defense. These cells are found around the damaged area of the brain in Alzheimer’s. These cells are activated in inflammatory chemistry and can be triggered by viruses, excitatory proteins, a lack of vitamin D and obesity.

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Studies show that obesity is a contributing factor to brain disease due to the inflammatory chemistry that is overdeveloped. So part of the process of preventing neurodegenerative disease is controlling inflammation and oxidation stress.

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In a UCLA study, patients made dramatic lifestyle changes. They avoided simple carbs, gluten and processed foods. They increased their fish intake, took yoga and meditated. They were instructed to take melatonin, get adequate sleep, incorporate vitamin B-12, vitamin D-3 and fish oil. Within six months, nine of the 10 memory-loss patients saw a noticeable improvement in memory. One patient, who was in the late stages of Alzheimer’s, did not show improvement.

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Inflammation and tissue toxins are obvious contributors to Alzheimer’s. The dietary recommendations and the nutritional support recommended tend to be directed towards reducing inflammation.

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Following your body type diet is crucial in controlling inflammation. Also the latest research on sleep indicates this is how your brain detoxifies itself.

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Spending time in meditation or prayer can have a calming affect on your nervous system. Chiropractic adjustments are a very effective way to reduce stress to the nervous system and maintain proper nerve function as well as organ and glandular function. Also regular chiropractic adjustments enhance immune function which can be important with Alzheimer’s. Exercise is a way of controlling cortisol which is a stress and inflammation producing hormone from the adrenal glands.

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Some of the nutrients that can be helpful for Alzheimer’s and focus on the Nrf2 antioxidant response pathway : vitamin D, coconut oil (MCT Oil), CoQ10, Alpha lipoic acid, phosphatidylserine, acetyl l-carnitine, l-lysine (for the herpes virus), curcumin, caloric restriction (improves mitochondria function), pterostilbene (from resveratrol) , sulforaphane (from broccoli, Brussels sprouts or cabbages) , green tea extract, garlic, DHA, glutathione, SOD (superoxide dismutase), nutrients for detoxification, exercise (20 minutes per day), sunshine, and a anti-inflammatory diet.

 

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Vega testing is an excellent way to determine which of these products your body might need. Nobody needs all of these. Also non-GMO foods and organic foods would be smart if you’re dealing with advanced memory issues. The use of Stevia over artificial sweeteners would be recommended and artificial food coloring and other food additives could be an issue. Eat foods in their natural state.

Drugs that damage the brain

Statin cholesterol-lowering drugs, antidepressants, beta blockers, diuretics, tamoxifen, methotrexate, anti-inflammatories, oral contraceptives, antibiotics, nighttime pain relievers, antihistamines, and other sleep aids, such as: Excedrin PM, Tylenol PM, Nytol, Sominex, Unisom, Benadryl, Dramamine and vaccines.

 

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