WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Aug. 19, 2019

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

Dr. Keefe, Keefe Clinic. Tulsa Chiropractor, pain, natural health care.

IN THE NEWS: The unintended consequences of more potent pot  The legalization of recreational marijuana in almost a dozen states shows how America’s attitude toward the drug may be changing. But the drug has changed too: Newly developed strains of marijuana are far stronger than what people were smoking in the past, leading to unintended consequences like addiction and marijuana toxicity. “Typically, young children around the age of 2 are getting into caregivers’ — whether it’s parents’, grandparents’, babysitters’ — marijuana products, often edible products,” said Dr. Sam Wang. Wang’s findings from Colorado’s Children’s Hospital are included in a new nationwide study that showed a 27% increase in children and teenagers getting emergency treatment for marijuana toxicity. Seventy percent of the cases occurred in states with legalized marijuana. “In severe circumstances, it can affect how they’re breathing and make them comatose and be put on a ventilator,” Wang said.  An exponential increase in marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient, THC, is at the center of the crisis. THC content has spiked from 3.7% to more than 20% — and some cannabis concentrates contain close to 100% THC. Twenty-year-old Colton said that his addiction to marijuana began when the drug was legalized five years ago while he was attending high school in Colorado. States that legalized recreational marijuana have generated almost $3 billion in tax revenue since 2014, when Colorado first started sales. For Brandt, the impact became clear when Colton was failing in college, couldn’t quit cannabis and asked to go to rehab. Colton said that asking for help is “the hardest thing to do” and that his recovery will likely take a lifetime. “The worst part of it is until you do that, it doesn’t get better,” he said. “It only gets worse.”

WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

WELLNESS: Potent health benefits of cilantro and coriander seed Cilantro and coriander seed are names identifying the two stages of development of the plant genus Coriandum sativum. Cilantro refers to the initial leafy stage. Cilantro is known to be rich in dietary folate and ascorbic acid (vitamin C), and may help detoxify heavy metals like mercury, arsenic, cadmium and lead. Once it flowers and develops seeds, it becomes known as coriander. Recent research has found cilantro leaf contains a potent potassium channel-activating anticonvulsant, suggesting it may benefit those suffering epileptic seizures. Cilantro activates specific potassium channels responsible for regulating electrical activity in your brain, thereby reducing seizure activity. The primary active ingredient in coriander seed is linalool, which has been shown to prevent oxidative damage, inhibit microbial growth, enhance mood, improve cognition, alleviate anxiety, protect against neurological diseases and reduce pain. Medicinal use of Coriandum sativum — including both leaves and seeds — include treatment of stomachache and nausea, digestive complaints, upper abdominal complaints such as uncomfortable fullness, flatulence and griping (cramps or spasms in the bowel or stomach) and constipation.

CHIROPRACTIC: Disc problems: chiropractic versus steroid injections. The recent study comparing the effectiveness of chiropractic to a common practice of steroid injections from medical professionals have found chiropractic adjustments superior. Not only do the adjustments produce better outcome but there is significantly less side effects. What the study doesn’t cover is the difference between correcting the problem and suppressing the problem with drugs. When you have a disc problem you have an alignment problem in virtually all cases. Drugs cannot realign the spine. Even if the drug gave you symptomatic improvement the underlying issue is still present and disc damage is still progressing. When you correct the problem with adjustments, as you realign the vertebra you re-stabilize the disc which allows for normal healing. The difference in both approaches would not be fully realized until at least 5 to 10 years. At that point the continued deterioration would become obvious again under the drug therapy whereas the chiropractic approach, by fixing the problem, offers a better long-term outcome. Heart disease is a condition that is best treated through natural methods. Studies show that most medical approaches don’t extend life as much is reports would indicate. Balloons, stents and bypass surgery come with several complications. Chiropractic adjustments help balance the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system which is crucial to heart health. Targeted nutrients to the blood vessels that surround the heart can cause dramatic improvement in short periods of time. Following your body type diet with emphasis on anti-inflammatory foods and balancing the body’s pH can take a surgical heart condition and turn it into a healthy heart in the matter of weeks.

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