Week of: Monday June 17, 2019
John H. Keefe III, D.C.
IN THE NEWS: Is that green lawn worth compromising the health of your family – furry, or otherwise? BY LINDA BONVIE Reaching the milestone age of 17 is a feat for any dog, but to do so with vitals such as heart, lungs, liver and kidneys in tip-top shape and a hearty appetite is a real achievement. This is the case with my pup, Bumby. You could say he’s in amazingly good health for his age… except, that is, for his brain, which has been seriously damaged by repeated seizures. Bumby’s senior years certainly aren’t what they could have been. I have my own idea of what might have been the cause – Bumby’s frequent exposure to lawn chemicals, notably pesticides and herbicides. These chemicals, by their very nature are meant to poison living things. And that’s especially true for the most vulnerable members of the family – kids and pets. One especially frightening report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Environmental Health found that although “acute” (where you know fairly quickly that something is wrong) pesticide poisonings in children in the U.S. are relatively “uncommon,” constant low-level exposures (including from food) are not. And a “growing body of epidemiologic evidence” points to “associations between exposure to pesticides in young children and a range of diseases from childhood cancers to autism.” Landmark research from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health discovered through pre-natal MRIs that when a fetus has been exposed to “low levels” of the commonly used pesticide chlorpyrifos, they observed “changes in brain structure.” (Although the EPA banned household uses of chlorpyrifos in 2001, it continues to be widely used on food crops, especially corn and other vegetables, fruit and nut trees, and can also be commercially applied on grass). NOTE: this article points out the potential dangers of the artificial chemicals we use to make our lawns green. But there are natural pesticides that are safe and there are natural fertilizers to improve the health of the lawn. Try a natural approach.
WELLNESS: ESTROGEN AND BREAST CANCER: THE TRUTH EXPOSED Dr. Veronique Desaulniers Conventional (Western) medicine has succeeded in teaching women that their hormones, like estrogen are the cause of their breast cancer – and it has created an industry of anti-hormone suppressing drugs such as Tamoxifen and Anastrozole and countless others in response to this claim. For several years, I have been teaching women that there is no need to fear their hormones. But, the fact is that some hormones can cause cancer while others can actually prevent it. For the most part, the hormones that drive breast cancer are xenoestrogens, environmental chemicals that stimulate or mimic estrogen. If your liver is not breaking down estrogen correctly or if you are not methylating or metabolizing it properly, this could certainly lead to greater breast cancer risk. Here is a list of some chemical estrogens that could potentially increase your risk of breast cancer: Pesticides and herbicides, Sunscreen lotion that contains 4-MBC, Parabens, Food preservatives such a BHA, Metals that are found in amalgams and antiperspirants (“metallo-estrogens”), Tap water (which is often loaded with estrogens from contraceptive pills), Growth hormones in conventionally-produced meat and dairy products Xenoestrogens can lead to a buildup of more “aggressive” estrogens, such as estrone (E1) and estradiol (E2). When these super-aggressive forms bind with estrogen receptors in your body, a host of complications can result, including breast cancer. Not all forms of estrogen are bad, however. Estriol (E3) is a type of estrogen that is important precisely because it is weaker than its high-energy cousins. A number of studies, published over four decades, have demonstrated that estriol’s most important role may be to actually prevent cancer cell growth. NOTE: our estrogen cream is made from (E3), there are also foods and herbs that give a safe estrogen.
CONDITION OF THE WEEK: Rib misalignment and chest pain A patient recently told me a story about a coworker who thought she was having a heart attack and was taken to the hospital for treatment. Her pain was significant and was put on powerful painkillers as they attempted to find the cause of her chest pain. After two days in the hospital, they sent her home because they couldn’t figure out where the pain was coming from. The bill for two days was $7000 yet she was still having pain. Realizing it was not a heart attack she went to her chiropractor who found a rib out of alignment and corrected her painful condition with an adjustment. She left the chiropractor feeling better at the cost of $70. This story is repeated more often than you think and is why we use a phrase, chiropractic first, drug second and surgery last. It pays to get chiropractic care. The Rib cage helps protect organs within your chest cavity as well as facilitates breathing. But when a rib gets out of alignment it can cause significant pain that can mimic a heart attack or even a digestive issue. When a rib is out it can be difficult to take a complete breath because of the intercostal nerves that run between the ribs. As you take a deep breath and the rib that is out of alignment, moves and it can irritate the nerves in between them. In most cases when we do a “ribcage adjustment” rib heads will move back into place but sometimes we have to work on a specific rib in order to release the pressure on the intercostal nerve. Not only can rib cage misalignment cause symptoms of digestive problems they sometimes can actually affect the diaphragm which separates the stomach from the chest contents. That can produce a condition called a hiatal hernia which can lead to significant heartburn. So besides keeping your spine in alignment chiropractic can help keep the ribcage in proper alignment along with any other joint in the body. Are you overdue for a chiropractic adjustment? they sent her home because they couldn’t figure out where the pain was coming from. The bill for two days was $7000 yet she was still having pain. Realizing it was not a heart attack she went to her chiropractor who found a rib out of alignment and corrected her painful condition with an adjustment. She left the chiropractor feeling better at the cost of $70. This story is repeated more often than you think and is why we use a phrase, chiropractic first, drug second and surgery last. It pays to get chiropractic care.
FUNNY BONE: “Political correctness is tyranny with manners.”– Charlton Heston@@“They say marriages are made in Heaven. But so is thunder and lightning.”– Clint Eastwood@@“Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone else’s can shorten it.”– Cullen Hightower@@I learned that Justin Bieber said he wants to fight Tom Cruise. Could it be possible they just have way too much money and time on their hands. Maybe they need to get a real job.@@I’m so good at sleeping. I can do it with my eyes closed.@@Want to hear a joke about paper? Nevermind it’s tearable.@@What do you call cheese that isn’t yours? Nacho Cheese.@@What did the grape do when he got stepped on? He let out a little wine.@@The shovel was a ground-breaking invention.@@Whenever the cashier at the grocery store asks my dad if he would like the milk in a bag he replies, “No, just leave it in the carton!”@@I thought about going on an all-almond diet. But that’s just nuts