John H. Keefe III, D.C.
IN THE NEWS:Here’s why you might want to stop drinking out of cans Might want to make your next six-pack glass bottles. Cans and plastic bottles are lined with a controversial chemical called BPA, and while the CDC still says the chemical’s health effects are unclear, research on chronic exposure has linked it to high blood pressure and heart rate issues. Urine tests showed that those who drank from cans saw BPA levels up to 1,600% higher than those who drank from bottles, according to a post at Eureka Alert. What’s more, both BPA and blood pressure rose significantly in can-drinkers within a matter of hours, the New York Times reports, noting that this is one of the first studies to illustrate the potential risks of a just one BPA exposure. Never buy bent cans due to aluminum contamination.
WELLNESS:Hormone loss may be involved in colon cancer, study says While some cancers, such as breast and prostate cancer, are caused by an increase in hormones such as estrogen and testosterone, scientists have not yet identified a type of cancer driven by a lack of hormones. But researchers at Thomas Jefferson University found that colon cancer cells may become cancerous when they lose the ability to produce a hormone that helps maintain normal biology. Researchers studied 281 patients with colon cancer. In more than 85 percent of patients, overall production of the hormone guanylin decreased 100 to 1,000 times. Comparing healthy colon tissue with cancerous colon tissue, researchers were unable to detect the hormone in the cancerous tissue. NOTE: guanylin stimulated by salt, vegetables are a natural source of sodium.
CONDITION OF THE WEEK: Immune disorders: lupus etc.autoimmune problems develop because the immune system has lost its ability to determine what is “self” and “nonself”. This is a crucially important distinction as the immune system attempts to keep us healthy. If microorganisms or other substances are found within the bloodstream the immune system goes in full attack mode to eliminate the aggressor. But when your immune systems starts to see your thyroid cells or your skin cells as nonself then “Houston we have a problem”. There are different reasons for this to happen but what I found over the years is the thymus gland is a big player. It might be due to toxicity, like heavy metals or the effects of stress over several years that depress the thymus gland. Since the nervous system controls and coordinates the immune system chiropractic adjustments alone can sometimes recalibrate this immune disorder. Sometimes detoxification and targeted nutritional therapy to not only support the immune system but to put certain minerals back into proper ratio so cells can function properly. If you or someone you know suffers from an autoimmune problem chiropractic and nutritional therapy can help.
FUNNY BONE : “You May Be A Redneck If…” – There are more things growing in your refrigerator than in your yard.- Your favorite restaurant has sawdust on the floor. – Your favorite recipe includes Vienna sausages. – You’ve ever put a race car on a prayer list. – You’re driving a vehicle that has no original body parts. – You think your dashboard is the best pace to keep your hats.
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The up-and-coming flu season:
As a recent news article reported the current flu shot has missed the correct strain again. Even though the pharmaceutical companies are trying to put a happy face on it don’t count on the flu shot being very effective this year again. I’m not sure if in the past five or so years they’ve ever gotten the strain right. If the theory of immunization is correct, and it’s still a theory because it can’t be absolutely proven, then you need to have a correct representation of the organism you are trying to develop an immunity to. They missed it again this year. The flu shot their offering does not have the correct strain of the flu for your body to react to.
What can you do for flu prevention?
First of all giving the flu shot is truly a shot in the dark. The fact is people that have gotten the flu shot still get the flu and people who don’t get the flu shot don’t get the flu. It’s a matter of resistance. Good health is the best resistance to the flu. Eating right for your body type and blood type is number one. Getting plenty of fluids, mainly water is important. Remember half your body weight converted to oz.s is your cleansing dose. A 100 lb. person should drink 50 oz. a day as a cleansing dose of water. 80% of your cleansing dose is the minimum amount of fluids per day. That same hundred pound person should drink no less than 40 oz. a day. So if you feel like you’re starting to come down with something drink your cleansing dose. Vitamin A&D and C. are key nutrients for the immune system. The best nutritional support would be one of the immune formulas that we carry. By Vega testing we can identify the best formula for you. These formulas support the immune system with the key nutrients that you would be lacking in order for your immunity to be low.
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Humidity is extremely important. During colder months home heating systems will dry the air out and thus your respiratory system. It’s essential to have a humidity gauge in order to determine your humidity, particularly in the bedroom. Healthy humidity is between 40 and 60%. During the wintertime the humidity could easily reach below 20%. As your sinuses and lungs dry out the barrier your mucous membranes supply is compromised and thus viruses can get into the system easier. The body’s response to this drying of the hair, skin and mucous membranes is to mobilize your vitamin A stores. As your vitamin A levels go down so does your immune system that’s why we recommend A&D more during the dry months of winter. I recommend an ultrasonic cool mist humidifier as it puts the most moisture into the air.
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Light deficiency can affect some people’s immune system’s. If you’re one of those people who get a little blue or depressed during the winter months you would benefit from full spectrum light bulbs in your house. As well as spending time outdoors during bright sunlight days. Full spectrum light bulbs can be purchased on the Internet or at the local health food stores. These light bulbs contain the full spectrum of light that the sun delivers. People with strong immune systems don’t get the flu. Stress is a big immune system suppressor. Exercise can help the effects of stress. Spinal adjustments are one of the best ways to distress your body and the immune system. Patients who get regular chiropractic adjustments have a 200% more effective immune response. We also have a homeopathic virus mix that helps tuneup the body’s response to viruses. Combining two or more of these principles can go a long ways to preventing the flu this year.