WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Oct. 22, 2018

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DIET: This Is Why Marathon Runners Get Sick Days After a Race it is commonly believed that some forms of exercise, such as endurance events, suppress your immune system and leave you at risk of infections, like the common cold. However, our latest review of the evidence suggests that this is probably not true. In fact, exercise seems to boost the immune system. The idea that endurance exercise suppresses the immune system stems from research in the 1980s and 1990s. In these studies, competitors of endurance running eventssuch as the Los Angeles Marathon, were asked if they had symptoms of infections in the days and weeks after the race. Many did, leading to the idea that endurance exercise increases infection risk. An overlooked problem in many of these studies was that symptoms of “infections” were not confirmed in a lab, so it wasn’t known if they were genuine illness symptoms. More recent studies have shown that most symptoms reported after marathons are not real infections. Instead, the symptoms are caused by other factors, such as allergy. Although a strenuous exercise bout itself will not increase the likelihood of catching an infection, other factors might. First, attending any event where there is a large gathering of people increases your chance of infection. Second, public transport, particularly airline travel over long distances, where sleep is disrupted, may also increase your infection risk. Other factors, like eating an inadequate diet, getting cold and wet, and psychological stress, have all been linked to a greater chance of developing infections.

IN THE NEWS: Fire Up Your Performance With Organic Red Beets  If you’ve visited a gym in the past year, chances are you’ve heard someone mention beet juice, or you’ve even witnessed first hand a trim, muscular athlete down a bottle of the crimson-colored juice before pounding the weights. Red beet root juice has become synonymous with performance, stamina and endurance. But beet juice is not the ideal way to get the benefits of beets as it is loaded with sugar and is mostly from GMO beets. While the potential advantages of drinking beet juice include workout benefits, this ancient, prehistoric food offers much more. Beets contain a variety of unique health-boosting nutrients not found in or in good supply in other foods. They can boost your athletic performance, stamina, and endurance–They help promote a healthy normal inflammatory response–They help promote healthy blood flow throughout your body and brain–They support your body’s natural detoxification processes–They support immune and cellular health–They promote brain neuroplasticity, or the ability to form new neural pathways, especially when consumed before exercise–They’re high in valuable nutrients: vitamin C, folate, potassium and manganese.

CHIROPRACTIC: How Does a Chiropractor Manage Chronic Pain? Before you go to a chiropractor to address your pain, it’s important to know what exactly is causing your pain. Your chiropractor will do a physical exam as well as some tests to help him or her diagnose your pain. Once you’re diagnosed with a pain condition, your chiropractor will develop a treatment plan. Your treatment plan may include spinal manipulation, manual therapies, and therapeutic exercises. American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has announced a national health care observance October is National Chiropractic Month   DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITH A HEALTH PROBLEM OR IN PAIN?  INVITE YOUR FAMILY OR FRIENDS TO THE PARTY Who do you know who is hurting? Who do you know that you have been trying to get started at Keefe Clinic?  Now is the time to get your spouse or child started on the road to good health.  Complimentary  DIAGNOSTIC WORK UP DURING OCTOBER  Complimentary initial exam and one X-ray. Tell someone today!

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FUNNY BONE: “When I was a boy, I laid in my twin sized bed and wondered where my brother was.”@@ “The worst time to have a heart attack is during a game of charades.”@@ “I have a friend. He keeps trying to convince me he’s a compulsive liar, but I don’t believe him.”@@ “My father is schizophrenia, but he’s good people.”@@ “I have a lot of growing up to do. I realized that the other day inside my fort.”@@ “It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”@@ “The New England Journal of Medicine reports that 9 out of 10 doctors agree that 1 out of 10 doctors is an idiot.”@@ “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.”

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CAR ACCIDENTS AND THE NECK: “WHIPLASH”

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Car accidents are most likely the number one cause for chronic disability and/or pain. The August 1999 issue of American Family Physicians, the article notes that  3.5 million people are injured in motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. each year. Even minor car accidents can cause changes in the spine that can lead to degenerating joint disease and future pain.  Studies indicate that chiropractic care is the best treatment for the vast majority of injuries from a car accident.  The main reason that chiropractic patients have less problems in the future and recover better from their present complaints is because of the focus in chiropractic care.

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The injuries to the spine will cause slight misalignments in the joints of the neck and back.  It’s these misalignments that produce the majority of symptoms, not pulled muscles.  Chiropractic care and analysis focuses on the detection and correction of spinal subluxations.  Subluxation is the term for misalignments that develop in the spine.  These misalignments can stay there for years unless they are corrected by chiropractic adjustments.  The average patient after a car accident that visit an emergency room usually are only given pain pills and muscle relaxers.  This of course allows the misalignments to remain.  It’s this focus on just the symptoms of the injury that leave a high percent of car accident victims with ongoing disability, pain and degenerating joint disease.

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One study showed problems five or more years after the accident. Symptomatic recovery occurred in 57 per cent of the 146 patients, while degenerative changes developed after the injury in 39 per cent.  Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 1974;56:1675-1682.

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……several studies have investigated and linked the relationship of altered cervical curve configuration to the presence of chronic headache pain. CBP Structural Rehabilitaion of the Cervical Spine, Deed E. Harrision, DC, Donald D. Harrison, PhD, DC, MSE, Jason W. Haas, DC, 2002 Harrison CBP Seminars, Inc.  pg. 56, “Cervical Lordosis and Headaches”

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Cerebral symptoms after whiplash injury of the neck: a prospective clinical and neuropsychological study of whiplash injury. Ettlin TM, Kischka U, Reichmann S, Radii EW, Heim S, Wengen D, Benson DF. University Clinics, Basel, Switzerland.

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Twenty one unselected patients with an acute whiplash injury of the neck had neurological and neuropsychological assessment, cervical x rays, EEG, BAEP, MRI, and an otoneurological examination within two weeks of the injury. Subjectively, 13 patients reported concentration deficits, 18 reported sleep disturbances, 9 had symptoms of depression, and 7 female patients told of menstrual irregularities.   Scientific Automobile Accident Reconstruction treatise by Barzeley; Published by Mathew Bender 1984; Chapter 46:

”              The simple fact remains: neck injuries do occur as a result of rear-end automobile accidents.  46-2

”              Whiplash injuries may be present as a result of automobile accidents, even though no physical, radiological or other objective evidence of injury can be found. 46-3

”              Usually the onset of symptoms occurs from 12 to 24 hours afterward. Sometimes there may be as much as weeks or even months delay between the automobile accident and the experience of symptoms. 46-5

”              Most people just don’t expect injuries to occur when the impact velocity has been low and damage to the vehicles has not been great. It is common sense to expect that the severity of the injuries should be in proportion to the severity of the collision. However, whiplash injuries most frequently result from relatively minor automobile accidents without major damage done to the vehicles. 46-6

”              Rear-end collisions produce a sudden forceful hyperextension of the neck which is immediately followed by recoil into neck flexion. 46-8

”              Probably most of the injuries result from the sudden traumatic snapping of the neck when the acceleration of the head suddenly shifts directions. 46-10

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In most cases you’re better off in the long-term to break a bone than to damage a joint.  When you damage a joint, you primarily damage the connective tissue in the joint which can leave that joint unstable for the rest of your life.  When you break a bone, the bone heals stronger than it was before.  Connective tissue has a history of poor healing.  By bringing that joint back to its proper alignment, you allow the maximum healing to the  soft tissue or connective tissue in that joint.  And by maintaining that alignment over the long-term, you assure maximum results. Out of 50 or so outcome studies which have been published in the past 40 years.  They nearly unanimously presented 30 to 50 percent of whiplash victims are left with some form of residual pain or dysfunction.

Our treatment goals are not only to make you feel better now, but to try to assure that 10 years from now your injuries will not be bothering you.

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Jan. 8, 2018

 

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IN THE NEWS: Wide Awake in the Electronic Age: Our Kids’ Sleep Habits Are Suffering Smartphones, tablets and everything in between – chances are high that if your child’s over the age of 6 (and in some cases, even younger these days), they’re spending a considerable (read: unhealthy) amount of time engaged with portable electronic devices. At the same time, we’re finding that kids are suffering from sleep deprivation in terms of time spent asleep and quality of sleep enjoyed. Is there a connection? Yes, say researchers who reviewed various studies on the topic – and the news is even worse than you might imagine. After reviewing 20 studies, researchers found that kids who used portable electronic devices near bedtime had more difficulty falling or staying asleep, and experienced poor daytime function because of sleepiness. Device use also contributed to lack of sleep compared to non-use: less than 10 hours per night for children and less than nine hours for teens. But here’s the kicker: Even kids who didn’t use the devices, but had access to them, still experienced shorter sleep times. Children with bedtime access to devices close to bedtime three or more times a week also experienced less sleep and lower quality of sleep compared to children with less or no device access. Researchers speculate that access, even without use, can exert an influence on sleep because children are thinking about different aspects of the device, such as text messaging (e.g., “Has someone responded to that message I sent earlier?”).

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WELLNESS: Exercise: The Key to Better Grades? For better or worse, we live in an increasingly competitive world, which means when it comes to education, grades matter – big time. While they don’t necessarily reflect the learning process, effort expended or lessons learned, grades remain an important indicator of knowledge, critical thinking and other variables that translate well into adulthood. And of course, when applying for college, few application reviewers consider the straight D student, even if that student gave 100 percent in the classroom every day. With all the tutoring clubs, online support groups and other tools at students’ / parents’ disposal these days, it’s encouraging to know a simple grade-booster exists that doesn’t require money or even a great deal of extra time: exercise. Research suggests children who exercise more perform better in several academic subjects and are more attentive compared to their less-active peers. The most recent study to examine this association reviewed 26 studies involving more than 10,000 children ages 4-13. Results, published in the peer-reviewed research journal Pediatrics, showed that increased physical activity, particularly physical education, improved various aspects of academic achievement , “especially mathematics-related skills, reading, and composite scores.” Students who exercised more also appeared to stay more focused on their schoolwork than students who exercised less. In the studies analyzed, researchers increased physical activity levels through expanded recess, afters-school sports or active breaks between lessons throughout the school day – which also may suggest academic performance is related to whether kids get breaks from their long days sitting in the classroom. Definitely food for thought for the education system. From a parent standpoint, teaching your kids to exercise and encouraging them to take active breaks at home, particularly while doing schoolwork or studying for quizzes / tests, could help their academic performance – and will certainly help avoid the health perils of a sedentary lifestyle. Talk to your doctor for more information.

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CHIROPRACTIC: Kids and Chiropractic Care “Chiropractic care for my child? Why? His back doesn’t bother him.” How often chiropractors have encountered parents who appreciate the importance of regular checkups for their child’s teeth, hearing, eyes and ears but draw a blank when it comes to a spinal checkup. In fact, a spinal check up could be one of the most important checkups your child will ever have. Your child’s spine is his/her lifeline because running through it is the spinal cord, containing billions of nerve fibers that send messages and energy from the brain to every part of their body. If there is blockage of any of the nerves along the spinal cord, any nerve damage at all, then a state of ” dis-ease” will develop. Dis-ease means dis-harmony in the body that will cause generalized weakening of your child’s body, lowered resistance to disease, and consequent body malfunction and sickness. Blockage of nerves in the spinal column are usually caused by tiny fixations and misalignments of the spinal vertebrae that are called vertebral subluxations. Only chiropractors are trained to detect and correct subluxations, much like only a dentist finds cavities. Subluxations can be cause by the birth process, the very physical childhood activities of running and jumping, falls and accidents. Because your children (and you) may have spinal subluxations and not know it, all children need periodic spinal check ups. A recent study of 332 children showed that chronic ear infection sufferers under chiropractic care had no more infections in 80% of the cases (JCCP, Vol.2, No.2 1997). The Chiropractic Approach By releasing stress on the nervous system with very gentle and safe chiropractic adjustments, the body will work more effectively and be able to express better health. Why not include chiropractic spinal checkups for you and your children? It may be the best move for your family’s health you’ll ever make.

FUNNY BONE: With tears in his eyes, the little boy told his kindergarten teacher that only one pair of boots was left in the classroom and they weren’t his. The teacher searched and searched, but she couldn’t find any other boots. “Are you sure these boots aren’t yours?” – she asked. “I’m sure,” the little boy sobbed. “Mine had snow on them.”@@ My little sister is so smart! She’s only in nursery school and she can spell her name backwards and forwards. Really? What’s her name? Anna.@@During Show and Tell, Miss Johnson showed pictures of different birds. “George,” she said, “what kind of bird do you like best?” George thought for a while. “Fried chicken,” he replied.@@“It’s clear,” said the teacher, “that you haven’t studied your geography. What’s your excuse?” “Well–my dad says the world is changing every day. So I decided to wait a little while until it settles down.”@@ “No one likes me at school,” said the son to his mother. “The kids don’t and the teachers don’t. I want to stay home.” “You have to go, son,” insisted his mother. “You’re not sick, and you have a lot to learn. Besides, you’re 45 years old. You’are the principal and you have to go to school!”

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Sept. 11, 2017

 

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IN THE NEWS: Adipose Tissue May Affect Cancer Development In Multiple Ways Author: Cornelia M. Ulrich, PhD, Senior Director of Population Sciences at the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Background: “Obesity is increasing dramatically worldwide, and is now also recognized as one of the major risk factors for cancer, with 16 different types of cancer linked to obesity,” Ulrich said. “We urgently need to identify the specific mechanisms that link obesity to cancer.” Ulrich explained that previous research has shown several ways that fat contributes to carcinogenesis. For example, obesity increases the risk of inflammation, which has long been associated with cancer. Also, obesity is believed to affect cancer cell metabolism and immune clearance, all of which can contribute to the growth and spread of tumors, she said. The relationship between fat and carcinogenesis also depends upon “crosstalk,” or the ways cells react when the same signal is shared by more than one signaling pathway in two different cell types, Ulrich explained. Identifying ways to interrupt the crosstalk could help researchers identify new cancer prevention strategies. Ulrich added that the study supports the importance of maintaining a healthy body weight. Because fat exists both under the skin and deeper inside the body, even slender people may have excess fat surrounding internal organs. Healthy diets and exercise that includes strength training to build lean muscle mass can help fight the development of excess fat, she said.

WELLNESS: hc3™ Lifestyle Program™ Assists in:  Achieving Healthy Body Composition Through a Triple Approach: Diet, Exercise and Nutrition ● Burning Stored Fat as the Primary Energy Source ● Diminishing Hunger Levels ● Resculpting the Body ● Protecting Muscle from Wasting.  NuMedica’s hc3™ Lifestyle Program™ is a comprehensive 30 day supply designed to help the body burn stored fat as its primary energy source without decreasing muscle mass. This program is centered around a triple approach to healthy body composition which incorporates diet, exercise and nutrition. It contains essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as well as detoxification support and medium chain triglycerides to support optimal metabolic management. Included in the kit is a comprehensive program guide featuring sample menus and a progress chart. NOTE: This is the most effective diet program we’ve ever handled. Depending on how much weight you need to lose you could lose 1 to 2 pounds a day that means in 30 days you could lose up to 30 to 60 pounds. This diet is safe in that it focuses on fat loss not water or lean body mass. This complete diet comes in a box includes all the nutrients that you need along with the booklet that tells you exactly what to eat. You follow the program, you lose the weight.

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CONDITION OF THE WEEK: Here’s what some of our patients have said about how chiropractic and nutritional therapy has helped them: HI, my husband and I have been trying to start a family for seven years. After trying the doctors my medical doctor sent us to without success, we were told about chiropractic. Well, two months later I was pregnant. Linda@@ My name is Jim. I lifted something wrong at work and heard something pop and went to my knees In pain. I was told surgery was the only option I had, and I would be off work several months. Then the bad news  I might not ever return to my same job. Someone told me to try chiropractic, best suggestion I ever got. I was back to work in three weeks and am doing great.@@It was a year ago that I had the car accident, and just a few weeks after that, the first seizure hit. For the next several months I was terrified when the next one would come. Every few weeks the doctor would increase my medication until he said any higher could be fatal. I was looking at a life of drugs that left me a zombie and I was still having seizures. When a friend told me about chiropractic, I didn’t think it could help. What a mistake I almost made! Today I am free of seizures and feel fantastic, even my daily headaches are gone… Jill @@Used to have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome before I tried Chiropractic…Beth@@My child was hyperactive and doing poorly in school….not anymore! For the first time she is making A’s….Karen@@I couldn’t believe after twenty years my allergies were gone…Larry

FUNNY BONE: My husband was waterskiing when he fell into the river. As the boat circled to pick him up, he noticed a hunter sitting in a duck boat in the reeds. My husband put his hands in the air and joked, “Don’t shoot!” The hunter responded, “Don’t quack.”@@ Things people actually said in court: Q: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact? A: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.// Q: This condition you have… does it affect your memory at all? A: Yes.Q: And in what ways does it affect your memory? A: I forget. Q: You forget? Can you give us an example of something that you’ve forgotten?// Q: How old is your son, the one living with you? A: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can’t remember which. Q: How long has he lived with you? A: Forty-five years.// Q: Now doctor, isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn’t know about it until the next morning? A: Did you actually pass the bar exam? //Q: Were you present when your picture was taken? //Q: She had three children, right? A: Yes. Q: How many were boys? A: None. Q: Were there any girls? //Q: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney? A: No, this is how I dress when I go to work. //Q: Doctor, how many autopsies have you performed on dead people? A: All my autopsies are performed on dead people. // Q: Do you recall the time that you examined the body? A: The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m. Q: And Mr. Dennington was dead at the time?
A: No, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was doing an autopsy.// Q: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse? A: No. Q: Did you check for blood pressure? A: No. Q: Did you check for breathing?! A: No. Q: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy? A: No. Q: How can you be so sure, Doctor? A: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar. Q: But could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless? A: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law somewhere.

 

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Grape Juice: Better than aspirin?

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Dr. John Folts is currently the Director of the Coronary Thrombosis Research Laboratory at The University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Dr. Folts’ current research is on in vitro platelet mediated coronary thrombosis and anti-oxidants. Dr. Folts developed the experimental model on Aspirin in 1974 and demonstrated by in vitro testing that aspirin can reduce arterial blood clots.

The anti-stick factor

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Platelets, a class of blood cells, aid in clotting. They keep a fresh cut in the skin from causing life-threatening blood loss. In persons with coronary artery disease, however, overly sensitive platelets may foster clots that obstruct blood flow through vessels already narrowed by fatty deposits. The result can be a heart attack.

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In a host of studies, Folts’ team has shown that red wine and dark beers inhibit platelets in the blood from becoming unusually sticky and generating those risky, clot-forming clumps. Indeed, these dark-colored drinks clearly outperform lighter ones, such as vodka, white wine, and pale lagers.

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What tends to distinguish a dark beer from a light brew, or a ruby-hued wine from a white one, is their concentrations of quercetin, rutin, resveratrol, and other flavonoid pigments.

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In their new study, the Wisconsin scientists initially recruited five healthy men and women (including Folts) to drink about three servings of purple grape juice at a sitting — some 20 to 24 ounces. An hour later, the researchers sampled the volunteers’ blood and put it into a device that measures platelet stickiness. Compared to blood samples taken an hour prior to drinking the juice, the later blood was almost 50 percent less prone to platelet clumping.

That’s a lot of juice, Folts acknowledges, so he decided to explore what would happen if he halved the dose and drank it daily for a week. Two or 3 days after the last glass was drunk, each volunteer returned for another blood test.

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The results, reported this week, indicate that regular consumption of the popular juice appears to have a carryover effect. Even after a hiatus of several days, the volunteers’ blood was about 25 percent less likely to clump than before the treatment began.

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Unlike aspirin

For nearly a decade, cardiologists have known that healthy men over 50 — and postmenopausal women — can nearly halve their risk of heart attack by taking an aspirin every other day. Like grape juice, this drug appears to work by inhibiting platelet aggregation.

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However, when adrenaline is pumped into the blood in response to stress or heavy exercise, Folts points out, aspirin’s platelet inhibition virtually disappears. So in the new study, he tested grape juice drinkers’ blood to see if the same thing happened to them.

In one case, he took the volunteers’ blood, added adrenaline to it, and then measured its susceptibility to platelet clumping. In another, some volunteers exercised and then provided blood for analysis. In both cases, Folts says, the juice depressed platelet clumping.

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In the late seventies however, we discovered that if we raised the adrenaline or epinephrine, that the same thing, 75% -80% of the time clot formation comes back with aspirin and that’s a serious problem. That’s why we have spent the last 20 years looking for drugs and food substances that would inhibit the platelets and prevent the clot formation, but also, prevent the renewal of clot formation from elevated epinephrine.

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Now, in our previous findings with the animal model, we have shown that red wine, moderate amounts equivalent to 2 glasses in you or I, purple grape juice; not the clear or white grape juice, tea, but not coffee, in this animal model reduced or inhibited platelet mediated clot formation and protected against potentially fatal coronary thrombosis. These flavonoids in red wine, purple grape juice and tea inhibit platelets about the same as aspirin but they have one unique feature. THEY PROTECT AGAINST ELEVATIONS OF ADRENALINE, WHICH ASPIRIN DOES NOT. That makes the flavonoids more desirable.

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Death by medical doctors

Low back pain is the number 1 health problem in the United States and most Western countries. Both drugs and surgery have been shown to be inferior approaches in the treatment of low back pain.

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91 people die every day because of opiate addiction started by a prescription given to them by their medical doctor for pain, low back pain being the most common. Medical doctors have minimal training in structural problems that’s why they throw drugs and surgery at the problem. In the 1990s the US government released a report to every doctor’s office and healthcare facility in the US concerning low back pain and recommending spinal adjusting as the number 1 active and effective treatment. Yet you will read below that supposedly most doctors are unaware of this. Drug therapy kills 2000 people a week based on Senate reports and that has been happening for as long as we have records and will only increase if change isn’t forced upon the medical profession. Here’s a summary of the report released by the government around 20 years ago.

The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, a branch of Health and Human Services, reviewed all treatments for acute low back pain and developed the following conclusions:

Physical therapy is not cost effective.

Acupuncture is not effective.

Over the counter anti-inflammatory medication worked as well as prescription ones (Cox-2 inhibitors were not included in the study).

Sclerotherapy and Prolotherapy are not effective.

The use of cortisone injections should be used only in cases of sciatic pain which radiates down the leg and doesn’t respond to conservative therapy.

Surgery is over used and should be offered in less then 1% of cases.

Rest should be given initially for 24-48 hours.

Early movement that is tolerable should be initiated after 48 hours.

Cushioning in shoes can be helpful.

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Spinal adjustments are the only active form of therapy given by a professional which is helpful.

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Since most doctors and patients are not aware of this report, patients all around the country are needlessly suffering and being mistreated. There are many treatments available for severe back problems that have better short and long term benefits over spinal surgery, epidural injections and long term pain medications. Our office is aware of the latest advances and are free to discuss these alternatives with you. 918-663-1111

Effects of Prone Pelvic Adjustments on Posture

Effects of Prone Pelvic Adjustments on Posture
The Study: Effects of pelvic adjustment on pelvic posture and angles of the lower limb joints during walking in female university students

The Facts:
a. The authors indicate that the pelvis is important to posture.
b. The subjects were 30 female students from a university.
c. They were divided between a control group which did stretching only and an adjustment group.
d. The adjustments used were performed by physical therapists “in keeping with Gonstead’s theory” and consisted of prone adjustments to the PI ilium and also to the AS illium. (emphasis ours)
e. The authors used a BackMapper device which analyses postures in 3D.
f. They found that the adjustment group showed a significant improvements in trunk imbalance, pelvic position, pelvic torsion and also the position of the scapulae while the stretching group showed no significant differences in these same areas..
Take Home:
Prone adjustments of the SI joints changed posture significantly as compared to stretching only.
Reviewer’s Comments:
I think that most of us feel that adjustments can change posture and this study reinforces that thought. However there are not a great number of studies other than those done on upper cervical type adjustments that show alignment changes on radiographs due solely to adjustments. I would like you to consider the following: If posture changes then the alignment between boney structures must change. The overall alignment changes must mimic the amount of postural change but how much change occurs at individual segments cannot be determined without imaging. As we say in my world, more research is needed. I love to end things on a self serving note.
 
Reviewer: Roger Coleman DC
 
 
Editor : Mark R. Payne DC
 
 
Reference: Cho M, Effects of pelvic adjustment on pelvic posture and angles of the lower limb joints during walking in female university students. See comment in PubMed Commons belowJ Phys Ther Sci. 2016;28:1284-8. doi: 10.1589/jpts.28.1284. Epub 2016 Apr 28

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Oct. 17, 2016

 

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IN THE NEWS:  Fails Up to 90 Percent of the Time, yet Nearly Every Doctor Urges You to Get It Mounting research suggests getting an annual flu shot may be ill advised for long-term health, and doesn’t actually work in the first place. An analysis of influenza vaccine effectiveness reveals that, between 2005 and 2015, the flu vaccine was less than 50 percent effective more than half of the time. Recent studies show that, with each successive annual flu vaccination, the protection afforded by the vaccine appears to diminish. It may also increase your risk of contracting more serious influenza infections.

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WELLNESS: New Safety Regulations for Cosmetics – Better Regulated by States Congress has proposed a law, the Personal Care Products Safety Act, that would give the FDA authority to test whether chemicals added to personal care products are being used at safe levels. The new regulations would require companies to report adverse reactions to their products to the FDA, but those adverse reactions won’t be made publicly available. The other glaring issue is that The Personal Care Products Safety Act would preempt state regulations. Note: maybe you should go by the rule if you would not eat it don’t put it on your skin. Have you heard of transdermal patches? What you put on your skin will be in your bloodstream.

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CONDITION OF THE WEEK: October is:       National Chiropractic Month

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

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

Now is the time to get your spouse, or child started on the road to good health. Complimentary DIAGNOSTIC WORK UP DURING OCTOBER

Complimentary initial exam and one X-ray.

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FUNNY BONE: My goal this weekend is to move… just enough so people don’t think I’m dead.@@ When you fall, I will be there to catch you – With love, the floor@@ Most of the time… when you’re crying, nobody notices your tears. Most of the time… when you’re worried, nobody feels your pain. Most of the time… when you’re happy, nobody sees your smile. But when you fart just one time…@@ My friend, remember that without stupidity there wouldn’t be intelligence, and without ugliness there wouldn’t be beauty, so the world needs you after all.@@ To the guy who created imaginary numbers in Math: I hate you.@@

 

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday May 9, 2016

 

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IN THE NEWS: Scientists witness ‘flash of light’ during conception, say discovery could aid IVF For the first time, researchers have witnessed the exact moment conception occurs— and have recorded the ensuing explosion of sparks that form when sperm meets an egg. The Telegraph reported that scientists had previously captured the moment in animals, but this is the first time it’s been recorded in humans. “It was remarkable,” senior co-author Teresa Woodruff, director of the Women’s Health Research Institute and chief of the Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology-Fertility Preservation at Northwestern University, told the Telegraph. “We discovered the zinc spark just five years ago in the mouse, and to see the zinc radiate out in a burst from each human egg was breathtaking.”  “This is an important discovery because it may give us a non-invasive and easily visible way to assess the health of an egg and eventually an embryo before implantation,” study co-author Dr. Eve Feinberg told the Telegraph.

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WELLNESS: Harvard students isolated amid mumps outbreak The public health department in Cambridge, Mass., where Harvard is located, determined a month ago that all infected students to that point had received a mumps vaccine prior to contracting the infection. A department spokeswoman says she hasn’t heard of any confirmed cases in the city unrelated to the Harvard community. Mumps is a viral infection that causes swelling in the salivary glands and cheeks. This outbreak as well hundreds of others in the past have brought into question the effectiveness of vaccines. When you get a “childhood disease” naturally then you tend to establish a lifetime immunity. Outbreaks like this pose serious questions of vaccines effectiveness. These types of diseases appear to have normal lifecycles that come and go within a population on its own schedule. The most effective interventions that have severely limited these types of infections like measles and mumps have been due to the increase in sanitation, cleaner water and air and a much more diverse food supply.

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CHIROPRACTIC: Concussions and traumatic brain injuries have been in the news recently due to a combination of factors: returning veterans, sports and car accidents. Signs and symptoms of a concussion may include: Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head, Temporary loss of consciousness, Confusion or feeling as if in a fog, Amnesia surrounding the traumatic event, Dizziness or “seeing stars”, Ringing in the ears, Nausea, Vomiting, Slurred speech, Delayed response to questions, Appearing dazed, Fatigue, Some symptoms of concussions may be immediate or delayed in onset by hours or days after injury, such as: Concentration and memory complaints, Irritability and other personality changes, Sensitivity to light and noise, Sleep disturbances, Psychological adjustment problems and depression, Disorders of taste and smell. There are no well-established diagnostic tests for concussions like MRI. There is hope in the near future through enhancing MRIs and CAT scans we can better diagnose concussions. Even though there is no medical treatment for concussions using chiropractic care and nutrition associated with inflammation has been found very effective.

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Muscle pain

Muscle pain

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Muscle pain that hangs on can be annoying. Be it from an accident, beginning an exercise program or just sleeping in the wrong position, adjustments and trigger point therapy can be quite effective.

Sometimes you can have muscle problems due to toxicity and we offer several detox programs to help (Alkalize Detox Green Superfood 1 serving per day). Nutritional deficiencies can also play a part in muscle pain. Magnesium is the most deficient mineral in the American diet and many people need to supplement with magnesium. Magnesium Complex (2-4per day).

For muscle injuries Pain Relief Cream is extremely effective. Don’t forget to drink enough water because dehydration can lead to muscle problems: your water needs are based on your body weight. One half of your body weight in ounces is your flushing or cleansing dose, 80% of that is your minimum dose. For instance a 100 pound person, then 50 ounces is a cleansing dose and 40 ounces is the minimum dose per day in fluids.

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Sept. 21, 2015

 

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CONDITION OF THE WEEK: RESPIRATORY CONDITIONS as we enter into fall and winter many people will suffer from allergies, colds and flu’s as well as some other sinus infections. Using an allergy filter in your air-conditioning unit can help save a lot of respiratory problems. Maintaining proper humidity as the heaters kick on can help prevent colds and flu’s. Adjustments help maintain a healthier immune system and the use of vitamin A in C can help maximize immunity to viruses. Flu shots don’t work. Strengthening your immune system through chiropractic and nutritional therapy works great.

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DIET: FOODS THAT CAN SEND YOU TO JAIL In support of food freedom, two members of the US Congress recently sat down for an “illegal” meal of hemp scones, non USDA-inspected steak, non-inspected eggs, kombucha, and raw milk. A number of bills have been introduced, aimed at improving consumer choice by loosening regulations on small farms that sell foods such as raw milk, beef, kombucha, and hemp. The Interstate Milk Freedom Act of 2014 would allow raw milk to be sold nationwide, across state lines. The Industrial H will emp Farming Act of 2015 would amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude hemp.

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IN THE NEWS: Vaccine-Related Shoulder Injuries Are Increasing Shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA) causes serious shoulder pain and “frozen shoulder” that may leave you unable to lift your arm. SIRVA occurs if the vaccine mistakenly goes into the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that protects your shoulder tendons. If injected into the bursa, the vaccine may provoke your immune system to attack the bursa, causing SIRVA.

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CHIROPRACTIC MONTH: during October we celebrate chiropractic month. If you have a family member or friend who has a health problem or is in pain October is a great month to start care. If they ask for the chiropractic month special they will receive a complimentary exam and one x-ray. Who do you know who needs to get started on the road to better health?

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Common sense approach to heart problems

Common sense approach to heart problems

Do the “experts” know what they’re doing?

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Most people realize that heart disease is not due to a drug deficiency or lack of preventive surgeries. Heart disease is both a lifestyle and diet problem. The most current research points to inflammation, not cholesterol, as the cause for most heart disease. But based on current medical procedures this information is totally ignored. Probably the biggest reason that this information is ignored is that pharmaceutical companies drive most medical research and thus medical procedures. Pharmaceutical companies are multibillion-dollar enterprises that primarily fund and direct medical practice. Pharmaceutical companies are looking after their bottom line not necessarily your health.

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The cholesterol theory of heart disease has failed to be established by major research. In fact it has been said that every cholesterol study for the past 50 years has failed. The Framingham study is the longest-running study on heart disease and diet. It has found that over the age of 45 people who have a higher cholesterol level outlive the people who have a lower cholesterol level. You might want to read that statement one more time. Cholesterol is a bystander in the coronary heart disease epidemic. Inflammation and other factors damage the lining of the blood vessel. White blood cells sensing the damage enter in to the damaged area and pull in cholesterol, calcium and laydown fibrin in an attempt to heal the damage. Because the factors that are driving the inflammation continue the corresponding plaque builds up over time.

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Within the inflammation soup you have chlorine, fluoride, methane gas from the intestines and acidic byproducts from an improper diet that make up the insult to the blood vessels. Also hormones like insulin are pro-inflammatory and thus too much junk food and refined carbohydrates play a role in the inflammation process.

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Medical approaches have been shown through research to be very ineffective at addressing coronary heart disease. Yes they can reduce cholesterol numbers with drugs but as the Framingham study indicates that just increases the patient’s risk of death. Let’s just cover some of the common medical procedures. First we’ll talk about balloons and stents: in 2003 the Mayo Clinic found that these procedures did not reduce complaints, did not prevent heart attacks, did not prolong life, did not reduce the frequency of heart attacks or deaths and the flattening of plaque in the vessel walls not only regularly lead to bleeding into the vessel walls but small lumps became detached and floated into the bloodstream causing acute heart attack. The bottom line is stents increased death rates.

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 Stents cause higher death rate

New England Journal of Medicine, Cindy L Grines, M.D. Beaumont cardiologist

Worldwide study involve 900 patients at 62 centers. All patients in the study were treated within 12 hours of the heart attack. A higher death rate (2.4% stent and angioplasty versus 2.7% angioplasty) they also unexpectedly experienced decreased blood flow from stent placements. Dr. Grines says “the higher mortality rate and decrease in blood flow makes it necessary for additional research to be conducted before routine stenting can be recommended as a standard of care.”

It appears no one is studying the research.

Although catheterization and stents have been claimed to be life-saving measures, they do not prevent heart attacks or save lives. This intervention is accompanied by a great placebo effect. Conclusions…. We could not demonstrate a long-term benefit of an early invasive strategy in reducing death or MI (invasive versus conservative treatment in unstable coronary syndromes ICTUS (invasive versus conservative treatment of unstable coronary syndromes)

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Heart bypass not effective long-term

The average death rate for bypass surgery is greater than the average death rate of heart patients treated without surgery. Heart disease progresses faster in those who have had invasive surgery and in those treated non-surgically. Heart surgery kills thousands of patients per year and debilitate thousands more.

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Benefits of taking aspirin each day

10 to 15% drop in coronary heart disease (in theory)

33 to 46 fewer deaths per 100,000

Adverse effects of aspirin

Death rate:

37% increase in gastrointestinal bleeding (68-117 per 100,000)

32%-38% increase hemorrhagic stroke (8-10 per 100,000)

Aileen Clark, professor of public health and research director at Warwick medical school, said, “It is clear that there is an incredible fine balance between the possible benefits and risk of intervention. We need to be extremely careful about over promoting aspirin intervention without having 1st fully understood these negative side effects.”

NSAIDs may cause 20% of all heart failures and cause high blood pressure

 (NSAIDs) caused a greater than 10 fold increase in the risk and congestive heart failure (CHF) archives of internal medicine June 2000; 160:777-784

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The study followed more than 80,000 women between the age of 31 and 50 years who are initially hypertensive-free. 2 years later: women who use in NSAIDs 22 days or more per month, the risk of high blood pressure increased some 86%.

Sudden death after radiofrequency ablation of the atrioventricular node in patients with atrial fibrillation Journal of American College of cardiology. 2002; 40 (1): 105-110. DOI: 10.1 thousand 16/S0735-1097 (02) 01927-7

Results of 334 consecutive patients with AF who underwent AV node ablation, 9 had sudden heart attacks after the ablation. Conclusions sudden-death likely to possibly related to catheter ablation occurred in 7 of 334 patients (2.1%). Risk of sudden death is highest within 2 days after the procedure.

Rational approaches to preventing and treating coronary heart disease.

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Chiropractic

Chiropractic adjustments help balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.

Multiple studies show people with ischemic heart disease have a decreased parasympathetic activity by over 30%. Over 80% of ischemic events are preceded by a dramatic reduction of parasympathetic activity.

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Diet

The important thing about diet is that there are different body types that require different eating programs. Studies show the global use of the Heart Association diet has failed in every country that it has been tested in. So the first thing we need to do is determine your body type and get you eating the correct ratio of fats, carbohydrates and protein for your genetic makeup. Next we need to make sure were maximizing the reduction of inflammation. Besides eating the right diet there are key foods like salmon and tuna, certain vegetables and fruits that are high in antioxidants like pomegranate and blueberries. Eating properly reduces the inflammation that leads to heart disease. Along with diet targeted nutrition to support the heart and healthy blood vessels is crucial to recovery.

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PH is important when it comes to inflammation and most people who have inflammatory issues are usually very acidic. Again diet can control pH and drinking alkaline water can be beneficial. As we talk about water we need to talk about a whole host of chemicals in the water that can damage your cardiovascular system. The chlorine/chloramine, fluoride can damage the arteries. Studies have shown trace amounts of pharmaceutical drugs in city water supplies that need to be filtered out. Drink clean water, dehydration can lead to inflammation. The formula for water intake is that your cleansing dose is half your body weight in ounces and your minimum dose is 80% of that. I hundred pound person should drink between 40 and 50 ounces of fluids every day.

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Exercise

30 minutes of exercise 3+ times a week can improve heart function and reduce stress hormones that can lead to ischemic reactions to the heart and increase blood pressure. Intense exercise can be a problem if you don’t eat a large amount of antioxidants because intense aerobic exercises can increase the oxygen level of your blood to a point of inflammation because oxygen is acidic. So too much intense exercise can actually have a negative effect on your heart health depending on your antioxidant intake.

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Relaxation

Meditation and/or prayer have been shown to extend life and improve health recovery when practiced on a regular basis. Music, nature walks, family time are just a few of the things that can help the stress the nervous system and thus the body.

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Detoxification

Heavy metals, certain chemicals in our environment as well as waste products from normal metabolism can a burden to the body and contribute to heart disease. Fasting, detox diets and supplements targeted at the detox pathways can be important for health recovery.

Most people who have symptoms of heart disease and follow the above program would notice improvement of symptoms within a few days to a couple of weeks and be totally symptom-free and out of trouble within a months’ time. This represents a rational approach to eliminating heart disease over the long-term.

 

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday July 6, 2015

 

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IN THE NEWS: Here’s what went wrong with last year’s flu vaccine Americans got little benefit from last season’s flu shot — the vaccine was only about 19 percent effective, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s largely because one of the flu strains that was used to make the vaccine did not match well with the actual flu strains that were circulating. NOTE: this would be funny if it wasn’t so sad. How many millions of people lined up like sheep to have toxic metals injected into their system like aluminum because they thought they were going to get protection? Probably a total of 8 out of the last 10 flu seasons this could be written for. In fact if I was a health reporter all I would need to do each year is copy and paste my same report from last year and it would be accurate. Buyer beware.

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WELLNESS: NATURAL ANTIBIOTIC there are many nutrients that have antibiotic effect. Nixall which is derived from salt water and electricity has been shown to kill the top 10 bacteria involved in hospital infections. Nixall can be used on cuts, can be sprayed into the sinuses are even the eyes safely. Following is the recipe for a Natural Antibiotic Ointment Ingredients:– 1/2 cup of organic coconut oil– 1/2 cup of organic almond oil, grapeseed oil, or olive oil– 1/2 cup of the healing herbs of your choice (try chamomile, calendula, comfrey, lavender, plantain leaves… or learn more about healing herbs here.)– 4 tbsp of conscious, organic beeswax– 2 teaspoons of witch hazel– 15 drops lavender or tea tree essential oils (optional)  Directions: 1. Put herbs in a glass jar and pour oil over herbs. Make sure they are submerged.2. Put glass jar into a saucepan half filled with water. Heat on low heat for 30 minutes. Stir often. 3. Strain the herbs from the oil with a coffee filter, cheesecloth, t-shirt, etc. 4. Place strained oil in the jar back into the saucepan with water. 5. Add the beeswax. Stir well.6. Take off the heat once it is fully melted 7. Add witch hazel and mix 8. Once cooled, put into a container of choice and store in a cool, dark place. (Keeps for up to a year.) 9. Apply directly to scrapes, cuts, burns, diaper rash, dry skin, athlete’s foot, etc. as required.

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CONDITION OF THE WEEK: Knee problems I’m not for sure how many knee replacement surgeries are done each year but I can tell you that over 90% of them would have been unnecessary with proper care. Most people don’t realize how much chiropractic can improve knee function. Excluding injuries which might require surgery most knee problems gradually develop over time due to misalignment, inflammatory chemistry and nutritional deficiencies. If you or someone you know suffers from knee problems tell them about chiropractic. Unless the damage is gone beyond the body’s ability to repair chiropractic and nutritional therapy along with exercise can help tremendously.

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FUNNY BONES:  For the second year in a row, the Scripps National Spelling Bee ended in a tie with two winners. Or as each of their parents put it to their kids, “I told you that you shouldn’t have gone outside to play that one time.”  Jimmy Fallon

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Chiropractic Effective for SI Joint Pain

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A new study confirms that chiropractic care is an effective, safe way to treat sacroiliac joint pain.

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The sacroiliac joint, or SI joint, is located at the base of the spine where the sacrum and pelvis connect to one another. SI joint pain can have a number of causes. Leg length discrepancies, pain or altered function of the hip, leg, and knee, and pregnancy are all common causes of SI joint pain. In pregnancy, the body produces hormones that cause the ligaments to relax. This can allow excessive movement in the SI joint, causing the bones to rub against each other.

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In this new study, researchers performed a single chiropractic session on 32 women with SI joint syndrome. The patients reported immediate relief and experienced significant reduction of pain after both 48 hours and one month after treatment.

This adds to research demonstrating that chiropractic is a powerful, drug-free way to treat musculoskeletal pain.

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday April 20, 2015

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IN THE NEWS: Rhodiola shows antidepressant benefits in new study Rhodiola rosea, an herb deriving from Siberia and China, has shown benefits as an antidepressant agent in a recent study. Published in the March 15 edition of the journal Phytomedicine, Rhodiola was tested among 57 subjects suffering from mild to moderate depression over 12 weeks, against the antidepressant drug sertraline. Results of the study were measured using standard scoring tests. The results showed that Rhodiola offers antidepressant benefits, though sertraline proved more effective. But the researchers who conducted the study found Rhodiola imparts fewer negative effects than sertraline, making it a safer choice. NOTE: TREATING DEPRESSION NEEDS TO BE A HOLISTIC APPROACH, PICKING ONE HERB OR NUTRIENT THAT YOU READ ABOUT MIGHT NOT ADDRESS THE UNDERLYING CAUSE. ASK US ABOUT AN EFFECTIVE PROTOCOL.

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WELLNESS: The healthiest greens to add to your diet Most green veggies are less than 50 calories per cup and are packed with fiber and nutrients.  But if the old standbys like kale and spinach bore you, Frances Largeman-Roth, registered dietician and author of “Eating in Color,” says there are many others to try. “Seven servings or more of fruits and vegetables — especially the vegetables — can cut your risk of death from any disease, any illness by 42 percent,” Watercress, a semiaquatic plant native to Europe and Asia, isn’t just for tea sandwiches.  Use it in soups and salads for a peppery bite.  Dandelion greens are also growing in popularity and go particularly well with egg dishes. And Swiss chard is a hardy green that has a lot of vitamin A, C and K.

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CONDITION OF THE WEEK: HEALTH have you ever thought of the difference between healthcare and disease care? Most people haven’t. Let’s take headaches for an example, the average medical approach for headaches are some type of painkiller. Do you think you have the headaches because you’re low in painkillers? In natural healthcare we would consider nerve pressure in the neck, toxicity, dehydration just to name a few. In natural healthcare we have to find the source of the problem because we don’t use toxic drugs to cover up the symptoms. How many drugs do you think you would have to take every day to be healthy? Even if you’re an insulin-dependent diabetic the insulin doesn’t restore you to normal health. You will have health challenges the rest of your life. Health is a natural expression of the body’s genetic potentials through the nervous system. Keep your spine in proper alignment, eat foods consistent with your body type, drink plenty of water, stay active and spend time relaxing (prayer or meditation).

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FUNNY BONE:  A new report says that dogs can sniff out prostate cancer with almost 98 percent accuracy. The report also finds that cats can sniff it out with 100 percent accuracy but they prefer to watch you die. Conan O’Brien

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Feb. 16, 2015

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IN THE NEWS: ARE VACCINES SAFE AND EFFECTIVE? In 1987, for example, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) documented a measles outbreak that occurred in Corpus Christi, Texas, in the spring of 1985. Fourteen adolescent-age students, all of whom had been vaccinated for measles, contracted the disease despite having been injected with the MMR vaccine. Researchers noted that more than 99 percent of students at the school — basically all of them — had also been vaccinated, with more than 95 percent of them showing detectable antibodies to measles. In the last 10 years 0-4 have died from the measles and 108 have died from the vaccine.

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WELLNESS:GOOD VS. BAD BACTERIA – THE FLORA WAR How does consuming pesticide ruin your good bacteria in your gut that are responsible for maintaining 80% of your overall health, including your immunity? The answer is simple. An acidic environment starts the damage. Once your body is acidic, it welcomes inflammation, gastric issues and a weakened immune state. The “GMO Ocean” in your gut What kills the good bacteria in your system the quickest? Bug killer and weed killer. Pesticide destroys your good bacteria, sometimes in one fell swoop.Keep your gut healthy! “A healthy gut has about 20% bad bacteria and 80% good ones. Each of us has roughly 4 pounds of bacteria in their gut. That’s right, it’s a lot! And when some bad strains become more prominent, we get ill. So this is why it’s important to keep them in balance, with the good bacteria keeping the bad ones in check.”READ ABOUT KIFER

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CHIROPRACTIC: Studies confirm chiropractic treatment prevents heart attacks and lowers blood pressure The popularity of chiropractic care has grown dramatically since the middle of the 20th century. Although most people seek chiropractic treatment to relieve musculoskeletal pain, certain types of pain may be indicative of the patient experiencing a heart attack just before or during treatment. Studies at Palmer Chiropractic College investigated the effects of chiropractic treatment on the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems in reference to an analysis of heart rate variability. Findings indicated that chiropractic adjustments do reduce pain and lower participant’s mean heart rate. Additionally, evidence indicates that adjustments of the atlas, or first cervical vertebra, may stop some heart attacks while they are occurring, according to chiropractor, Dr. Christopher Clarke of the Vibrance Family Chiropractic Center in Nashville. Chiropractic treatment also has a significant effect on blood pressure and anxiety levels, according to a study reported in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. The study examined systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels and patients’ anxiety levels before and after an adjustment. In all cases, those subjects who received active treatment experienced a distinct drop in blood pressure and a decrease of their anxiety levels. Results of this study provide evidence that chiropractic treatment offers support to the cardiovascular system.

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday June 30, 2014

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 IN THE NEWS Exercise may lead to healthier gut bacteria By Cari Nierenberg Published June 10,2014 Exercise is good for the heart, lungs and mind, and now we can add gut bacteria to the list, a new study from Ireland suggests. Researchers looked at professional rugby players and found that these elite athletes had a more diverse collection of bacteria in their digestive systems than other healthy men, who were not athletes, but were of similar age and body size. “The most important aspect of our study is that it draws attention to the possibility that exercise may have a beneficial effect on the microbiota colonizing the human body, and it is associated with a more diverse microbiota,” said study researcher Dr. Fergus Shanahan, a gastroenterologist and professor of medicine at University College Cork in Ireland.

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WELLNESS: Dysfunctional Breathing Are you getting enough oxygen into your body? You might be surprised at the answer to this question, because most people don’t. Breathing dysfunction is an extremely common problem, often associated with anxiety, chronic fatigue and persistent muscle pain. Along with heightened arousal/anxiety, cerebral oxygen lack, there is also a tendency for oxygen in the bloodstream to become more tightly bound to its hemoglobin carrier molecule, leading to decreased oxygenation of tissues and easier fatigability. Inadequate oxygenation and retention of acid wastes in overused muscles takes place, and these become even more painful and stiff. The muscles being overused in the inappropriate breathing pattern are mainly postural stabilizing muscles, which will, with the repetitive stress involved in the over breathing become short, tight and painful and will develop trigger points.

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CONDITION OF THE WEEK: NUMBNESS AND TINGLING One of the most common causes for this is misalignments in the spine. When vertebra become misaligned nerves can get compromised and numbness and tingling is a common symptom. Other spinal conditions could include disc problems or spurring so an appropriate workup is important. In some cases there to be certain nutritional deficiencies, like B vitamins or blood sugar disorders like type II diabetes. We can determine this through blood testing or Vega testing. If you or someone you know who suffers from numbness and tingling call us for a checkup.

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FUNNY BONE : Apprentice Blacksmith The village blacksmith finally found an apprentice willing to work hard for long hours. The blacksmith immediately began his instructions to the lad, “When I take the shoe out of the fire, I’ll lay it on the anvil; and when I nod my head, you hit it with this hammer.” The apprentice did just as he told.

Now he’s the village blacksmith.

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday June 9, 2014

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IN THE NEWS: ARMED RAIDS AGAINST AMISH RAW-MILK FARMERS?One of the most glaring cases involves Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger, who was charged with four criminal misdemeanors for supplying a private buying club with raw milk and other fresh produce grown on his farm. State prosecutors tried to convict Hershberger for operating a retail food establishment, a dairy farm and a dairy plant without a license. However, since he only supplies food to paid members in a private buying club, he maintained that he was not subject to state food regulations. The trial has become a symbol for the war being waged against raw milk in the US, where aggressive regulators are attacking small farmers producing wholesome raw food products for loyal customers. Fortunately, the trial ended mostly favorably for Hershberger, but not before his peaceful farm was raided using military-style tactics (at one point he was subjected to three raids in a three-month period!). CDC data show there are about 412 confirmed cases of people getting ill from pasteurized milk each year, while only about 116 illnesses a year are linked to raw milk. Even as the CDC continues to report on raw milk dangers, the state of Arkansas has announced that no illnesses have been caused as a result of a recent increase in raw milk sales.

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WELLNESS: A SPORTS DRINK MADE OF ? There is now a sports drink made with – I kid you not – hornet spit. This particular invention derives from Japan – home OF many novel and offbeat inventions. When the Japanese giant hornet finds prey, it chews up the muscle tissue into a mash, creating a paste containing a fluid known as vespa amino acid mixture (VAAM) – thus, the name of the sports drink. According to the promoters, it’s this fluid that enables these giant orange killers to engage in intensive activities over extended periods, including flying up to 60 miles per day at speeds as fast as 25 mph. Even Usain Bolt couldn’t outrun these guys.

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CONDITION OF THE WEEK: SLEEP AND CHIROPRACTIC Last year, an international team of chiropractic researchers reported the case of a 3-year-old boy with disturbed sleep. He would snore loudly and have frequent episodes of breath-holding during the night. He would also wake up suddenly many times each night. The examining doctor of chiropractic found evidence of misalignment and restriction (subluxation) in the upper cervical (upper neck), mid-thoracic (between the shoulder blades), and lumbar (low back) portions of the spine. Gentle chiropractic adjustments were administered to correct these subluxations three times per week for three weeks, and then once the following week. After this month of chiropractic care, the mother reported that the boy no longer snored or had breath-holding episodes. He was sleeping through the night without any sudden awakening.

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FUNNY BONE:   I was on the street. This guy waved to me, and he came up to me and said, “I’m sorry, I thought you were someone else.” And I said, “I am.”

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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday June 2, 2014

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IN THE NEWS:PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD TAKE IODIDE SUPPLEMENT; DOCS SAY Pregnant women should take an iodide-containing supplement to protect the brain development of their babies, according to the leading U.S. group of pediatricians. Iodine, which the body can get from iodide, is needed to make the thyroid hormones that are required for children’s brain development before and after birth. “Women who are childbearing age need to pay attention to this topic as well, because about half of the pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned,” Dr. Jerome Paulson said. “Women in the early part of the pregnancy may not realize they’re pregnant.”

WELLNESS: TOXINS IN THE ENVIRONMENT MAY ACCELERATE AGING, STUDY FINDS Avoiding environmental toxins may be the key to preserving your youth, according to new research. Just as exposure to carcinogens increases a person’s risk for cancer, experts now believe a class of environmental toxins – known as gerontogens – may put people at an increased risk for accelerated aging. Toxins present in cigarette smoke, UV rays and chemotherapy are all suspected gerontogens – capable of accelerating the rate at which a person ages. “Genetic studies have taught us only 30 percent of aging is genetic, meaning the other 70 percent comes from the environment,” study author Dr. Norman Sharpless, director of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina.

CONDITION OF THE WEEK:Prospective Case Series on the Effects of Lumbosacral Manipulation on Dysmenorrhea (Painful periods) Over a 4-week period, 16 females were screened for symptoms of primary dysmenorrhea and motion restrictions of the lumbosacral spine. Thirteen subjects were enrolled into the study. Using the 95% confidence interval (CI) as an estimate, clinically meaningful changes (<5) in general abdominal pain and lower back pain were evident for most patients during the treatment phase, whereas for lower abdominal pain, the improvements were subject and cycle dependent. This prospective case series suggests the possibility that menstrual pain associated with primary dysmenorrhea may be alleviated by treating motion segment restrictions of the lumbosacral spine with a drop table technique.

 

FUNNY BONE:A group of scientists have started attaching sensors to sharks to help predict hurricane intensity. They’re hoping the information they gather will save enough lives to offset the number of lives lost attaching sensors to sharks.

 

 

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If you suffer from neck or back pain, you’re not alone. Back pain particularly low back pain is the number one health problem in the United States and Chiropractic has long been shown to be the most effective treatment for this condition.

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Neck and back pain commonly come from a condition called spinal subluxation. This simply means that vertebra in the neck or back have moved out of the normal position causing irritation on nerves which affect muscles, organs and glands. You heard me right, that digestive problem you have had for a long time could have its roots in your spine. But we also need to mention that some spinal pain can be a reflection of an organ and stress referring pain to the spine. We can determine the source of the pain from our evaluation.

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Bad posture can be a cause of spinal misalignment but spinal misalignments can also cause bad posture. Car accidents, slips and falls, any kind of body jolt could produce misalignments that don’t necessarily cause immediate symptoms. But over time if those misalignments are not corrected they will tend to develop into chronic neck and back pain. Surgery is rarely the appropriate treatment for most neck or back pain. Exercise can be part of the overall treatment for back pain but exercise alone will not correct the underlying cause. As you exercise your body produces more painkillers and so that could cover up the problem for a while. But trying to use exercise as the sole treatment for back pain is misguided. The spinal misalignments (subluxations) need to be corrected.

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As a chiropractic physician my focus is better function and better health. Approaches that just relieve symptoms do not produce better function or better health even things like exercise. Don’t get me wrong exercise is important and conditioning the body and strengthening the muscles that hold your spine in proper alignment is important, it’s just exercise alone cannot realign your spine. Once the natural pain killers wear off that you produce with exercise the symptoms will reappear. Remember the longer the underlying condition is allowed to stay in place the more complex and chronic the condition will become.

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Research from around the world has shown that chiropractic adjustments are the number one treatment for the back problems that produce back pain. Because of the effect that subluxations have on the nervous system many patients notice positive side effects from the treatment like better sleep, higher energy level and a better sense of well-being. The effects from removing spinal stress can improve your moods, your mental clarity, your coordination and balance.

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