WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday May 6, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Could Lactose Explain the Milk and Parkinson’s Disease Link? Parkinson’s is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s. Each year in the United States, approximately 60,000 new cases are diagnosed, bringing the total number of current cases up to about a million, with tens of thousands of people dying from the disease every year. The dietary component most often implicated is milk and contamination of milk by neurotoxins has been considered the “only possible explanation. The risk increased by 17 percent for every small glass of milk a day and 13 percent for every daily half slice of cheese. Again, the standard explanation is that the risk is from all the pesticides and other neurotoxins in dairy, but that doesn’t explain why there’s more risk attached to some dairy products than others. Pesticide residues are found in all dairy products, so why should milk be associated with Parkinson’s more than cheese is? The relationship between dairy and Huntington’s disease appears similar. Huntington’s is a horrible degenerative brain disease that runs in families and whose early onset may be doubled by dairy consumption, but again, this may be more milk consumption than cheese consumption, which brings us back to the clue in the more-milk-more-mortality study. Anytime we hear disease risks associated with more milk than cheese—more oxidative stress and inflammation—we should think galactose, the milk sugar rather than the milk fat, protein, or pesticides. That’s why we think milk drinkers specifically appeared to have a higher risk of bone fractures and death, which may explain the neurodegeneration findings, too. Not only do rare individuals with an inability to detoxify the galactose found in milk suffer damage to their bones, but they also exhibit damage to their brains.

WELLNESS: Catnip: An Herb That You and Your Cat Would Love Popular among cat lovers because of its effects on felines, catnip also offers numerous health benefits for humans, providing relaxing effects and alleviating digestive ailments because of its active compounds. Catnip may be used to relieve problems in your feline companions, including flatulence, skin conditions and anxiety. The effects of catnip largely depend on how cats are exposed to this herb. Catnip has a hyperactive effect on cats when sniffed or inhaled, but has a sedative effect when eaten. The catnip plant has numerous benefits for both felines and people. In humans, it may: Help with digestive discomfort — Catnip may be used to ease tension in the smooth muscles of the stomach. This helps stop the spasms that usually cause stomachaches and any digestive pain. Promote relaxation — German scientists note that nepetalactone isomers found in catnip function similarly to the sedative components of valerian root. This may help alleviate anxiety symptoms and promote better sleep quality. Helps fight off infections — A 2012 study showed that catnip has antimicrobial properties that may be effective against foodborne pathogens, including Shigella and Salmonella. It works through its bactericidal and bacteriostatic activities. Function as a menstrual aid — For years, catnip has been used to promote better menstrual flow, helping lessen abdominal cramps and other discomforts that usually accompany the menstrual cycle.

CHIROPRACTIC:  Chiropractic and Natural Healthcare offer a road to much better health. Health problems usually develop slowly over a long period of time. Sometimes early symptoms are just not there or they are so minor the individual just ignores them. Once the symptoms become entrenched and it has become obvious that you’re not in good health, what is the way out? Do you think drugs can make healthy tissue cells? Your body uses what you eat to make new cells, manufacturer hormones, and antibodies and produce literally everything else you need in order to be in health. But what if you ate a perfect diet and your digestive system could not break it down and utilize it properly? Do you see the problem here? That’s why at Keefe Clinic we have an overall approach to reestablishing health. Diet, exercise, positive mental and spiritual attitude, proper rest and last a pressure-free nervous system. Each of those is responsible for both improving fundamental function and supplying the elements essential for health and stimulating the body to improve circulation and tone and give the body time to repair and de-stress. Drugs suppress symptoms and symptom suppression is not the same as health. Chiropractic and natural healthcare promote normal function and thus promotes better health, much better health. Through our unique testing system, we can unravel the components of your ill health and help reestablish normal chemistry and normal function. Chiropractic first, drug second and surgery last.

FUNNY BONE:  The hot dog vendor gives the Buddhist a hotdog and the Buddhist gives him a $20. Buddhist – Hey, where’s my change? Vendor – Change must come from within.@@ What do you call cheese that isn’t yours? Nacho Cheese.  @@ Do you ever notice that when you’re driving, anyone going slower than you is an idiot and everyone driving faster than you is a maniac?@@ What do you call a boomerang that doesn’t work? A stick@@ A guy asks his waiter how they prepare their chicken. The waiter says “Nothin’ special… we just flat out tell’ em they’re gonna die.”@@ If a parsley farmer is sued, can they garnish his wages?@@ How does a spoiled rich girl change a lightbulb? She says, “Daddy, I want a new apartment.”@@ A politician is one who shakes your hand before elections and your confidence after.@@ “Waiter! This coffee tastes like mud.” “Yes sir,” came the reply, “it’s fresh ground.@@ What is the definition of an engineer? Someone who solves a problem you didn’t know you had, in a way you don’t understand.@@ What would you call it when an Italian has one arm shorter than the other? A speech impediment. @@What do you call a musician without a girlfriend? Homeless.