John H. Keefe III, D.C.
IN THE NEWS: YALE SCIENTISTS IDENTIFY CAUSE OF AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES AND HOW TO SUPPRESS THEM Autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, may be caused by bacteria in the small intestines that travel to other parts of the body, a new study from Yale has revealed. The study also found that these diseases can be suppressed or even prevented with an antibiotic or vaccine specifically designed to destroy these bacteria. Researchers analyzed Enterococcus gallinarum, a type of bacteria that typically lives in the gut but has also been found in other areas of the body. Using mice, the team observed how the presence of E. gallinarum in organs outside the gut led to inflammation and antibody production. The team then repeated this on human models by taking tissue samples from the livers of healthy volunteers and contaminating them with E. gallinarum. The same autoimmune response was observed. At the time, the researchers couldn’t confirm how the bacteria travel from the gut to other organs in patients with autoimmune diseases, but they suspect an impaired gut barrier may be to blame. Dr. Martin Kriegel, the senior study author, suspects that the bacteria may travel from the gut to other parts of the body, such as the lymph nodes, after entering the bloodstream via this impaired barrier. “We found signs of an impaired gut barrier in patients and detected DNA of the same bacterium as found in mice within the liver tissue of these autoimmune patients,” Kriegel, an adjunct assistant professor at the Yale School of Medicine at the time of this study, told Newsweek. NOTE: Dysbiosis is a condition where abnormal organisms live in the gut. Probiotics help control this. Leaky gut can be corrected through nutritional therapy.
WELLNESS: WHAT ARE PROBIOTICS? Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of these as germs that cause diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy. You can find probiotics in supplements and some foods, like yogurt. Doctors often suggest them to help with digestive problems. Your good gut bacteria is also responsible for: Producing vitamin B12, butyrate and vitamin K2-Crowding out bad microbes-Creating enzymes that destroy harmful bacteria-Stimulating secretion of IgA and regulatory T-cells, which support immune function. Probiotics have been in our systems from the moment we were born. When a newborn is in the birth canal of the mother during delivery, the baby is exposed to the bacteria of his or her mother for the first time. This event starts a chain of events inside the baby’s GI tract, and the infant’s GI tract starts to produce good bacteria. NOTE: antibiotics, certain chemicals in processed foods and drink can disrupt the healthy bacteria in your gut. Be extremely cautious about the use of antibiotics they are not as safe as you been led to believe. Cultured/fermented foods help keep your friendly bacteria healthy, eat wisely.
CHIROPRACTIC: CHIROPRACTIC ENHANCES IMMUNITY-Chiropractic patients for over a hundred years have indicated when they get chiropractic care they have less illness including colds and flu’s etc. several years ago a researcher studying chiropractic patients said that there immune function was 200% more effective than the average person on the street. There are a growing number of research papers that indicate just that. Chiropractic is a smart choice for your families health.—Chiropractic and the Neuroimmune Connection–Ari Cohn, DC. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ September 30, 2008 ~ Pages 1-5. Enhanced Phagocytic Cell Respiratory Burst Induced by Spinal Manipulation: Potential Role of Substance P Brennan PC, Kokjohn K, Kaltinger CJ, Lohr GE, Glendening C, Hondras MA, McGregor M, Triano JJ J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1991; 14 (7) Sep: 399-408 Enhanced Neutrophil Respiratory Burst as a Biological Marker for Manipulation Forces: Duration of the Effect and Association with Substance P and Tumor Necrosis Factor Brennan PC, Triano JJ, McGregor M, Kokjohn K, Hondras MA, Brennan DC J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1992; 15 (2) Feb: 83-89 Spinal Manipulative Therapy Reduces Inflammatory Cytokines but Not Substance P Production in Normal Subjects This work was originally funded by the Consortial Center of Chiropractic Research (CCCR) J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2006 (Jan); 29 (1): 14–21 Changes in Health Measures in HIV+ Chiropractic Patients Lisa A. Caputo, DC This work is in progress under a grant from the Consortial Center for Chiropractic Research and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
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