Week of: Monday Sept. 23, 2019
John H. Keefe III, D.C.
IN THE NEWS: Study On plastic In Children’s Bodies Shows Alarming, Concerning Results Convenience is a big part of modern life. I know I love being able to stop in at any convenience store and pick up a bottle of soda and the ease of using and storing my Tupperware. But at what expense does that convenience come? That’s one question raised after a new study on plastic in children’s bodies revealed we could be doing more damage than we think to future generations as we seek to make life simpler and faster. The study was a joint effort of the German Environment Agency and the Robert Koch Institute. The results were recently published in Der Speigel, a german magazine. For the study, researchers analyzed blood and urine samples from 2,500 kids — between the ages of 3 to 17 — from 2014 to 2017. The samples were tested for 15 plastic ingredients, and results showed that an alarming 97 percent of the samples tested positive, according to Raw Story. A compound called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) was of special concern as it was found in 20 percent of children tested. Younger children had an even higher concentration of PFOA in their samples. PFOA is found in things like waterproof clothing, paper or cardboard packaging, or nonstick pan coating, and is carcinogenic in animal testing, according to WedMD. And that’s concerning because while “more research is needed to assess the human health effects of exposure,” research involving animals has shown that exposure to large amounts of PFOA can “affect growth and development, reproduction, and injure the liver,” according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). So, what can we use instead? Glass and stainless steel are two good options for replacing many household-use plastics, as Outside recommends. It may not be as convenient to carry around a glass bottle for my Starbucks, but if it’s choice between that and potentially poisoning children, it’s well worth the effort.
WELLNESS: About 70% of Americans drink fluoridated water. They’re all at a higher risk of hypothyroidism and worse. When the government added to our drinking water it was hailed as one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century. It was sold to the public as the end to dental cavities. But new research shows drinking fluoridated water greatly increases your risk of developing an underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism. They found that in areas with fluoride levels above 0.3 mg of fluoride per liter of water, rates of hypothyroidism were 30% higher. That’s really bad news for Americans. In the U.S. the recommended level of fluoride in the water is 0.7 mg/L, or more than twice the level found to be a problem in England. The dirty little truth about fluoride is that it’s a toxic industrial waste. It’s a byproduct of uranium enrichment, aluminum smelting, and phosphate fertilizers. Fluoride became the darling of dentists and public health authorities just before World War II thanks to bad science. H. Trendley Dean was a dentist then working for the U.S. Public Health Service. He conducted a study of tooth decay in 345 communities in Texas. It wasn’t until years later that scientists reviewing Dean’s Texas study found out how flawed it was. Dr. Dean had selectively used findings from 21 cities to support his conclusions. He ignored data from 272 communities that did not support his results. Since Dean’s first study, there have been no double-blind studies proving that fluoride in the water reduces cavities. The World Health Organization (WHO) found no difference in tooth decay between countries that fluoridate their water and those that do not. In fact, science shows that fluoride increases cavities. In addition to hypothyroidism, studies prove other serious health dangers of fluoride: Heart Disease, Brain Damage, and Low IQs, Cancer, Weakens Bones, Increases ADHD. NOTE: Fluoride is not the only reason we recommend filtered water there are other chemicals in our water supply that you should avoid, also get fluoride-free toothpaste you can get that at the health food store, read labels.
CHIROPRACTIC: MY STORY I can still remember seeing my firstborn tied down to the hospital bed clinging to life. When the doctor came in that evening he told us they’ve done everything they know to do and we would just have to hope for the best. That’s when I thought about chiropractic and how the chiropractor I was going to not only helped my mother with back pain after an injury but how he resolved my Bell’s palsy. We stood face-to-face with the limitations of drug therapy and were introduced to the power of proper diet and restoring the communication channels within the body through chiropractic adjustments. I learned firsthand the powerful ability of the body to heal itself given the right environment. Within a very short time after a few adjustments and dietary changes I had my son back. I hate to think how things could have been different if our family wasn’t introduced to chiropractic from a friend’s referral after my mother hurt her back. Who do you know who suffers from some health problem or painful condition? Tell them about chiropractic.
FUNNY BONES: Getting Old You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks. @@ One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young. @@ One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been. @@ Ahh, being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable. @@ Old age is when former classmates are so gray and wrinkled and bald, they don’t recognize you. @@ If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you are old. @@ First you forget names, then you forget faces. Then you forget to pull up your zipper, then…Oh, my goodness, you forgot to pull your zipper down! @@ If you jog in a jogging suit, lounge in lounging pajamas, and smoke in a smoking jacket, WHY would anyone want to wear a windbreaker??