WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Aug. 27, 2018

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Lutein — An Important Nutrient for Eye and Brain Health Lutein is well-known for its vision-enhancing properties. It helps stave off age-related eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration, which is the No. 1 cause of blindness among the elderly. Lutein may also play an important role in brain health and may help prevent cognitive decline. Those with higher levels of lutein in middle-age had more youthful neural responses than those with lower levels. Eating plenty of dark leafy greens, rich in carotenoids like lutein, can go a long way toward maintaining healthy vision and keeping cognitively fit into old age. Lutein, which you have to get from your diet as your body cannot manufacture it, is well-known for its vision-enhancing properties. Along with zeaxanthin, it’s found in high concentrations in your macular pigment and macula lutea,1the small central part of your retina responsible for detailed central vision. Other nutrients that are important for brain health and cognition include animal-based omega-3 fats, vitamin D, and B vitamins. Good food sources for these, and lutein are included.

WELLNESS: What Are the Health Benefits of (Chokeberries)? Native to North America, Aronia berries had a long history of helping to keep Native American tribes alive for centuries due to the berries’ abundance and powerful nutritional properties.  “(The) fruits (have) relatively thick, pigmented skin in pendulous clusters. Red berries are sweeter than black varieties, while the latter is slightly bitter in taste. However, black and blue color berries are rather rich sources [of the] anthocyanin class of pigment antioxidants.”  Fiber is one of their greatest contributions to health because it helps slough old food particles from your colon as they move through, effectively serving as a cancer-protective agent. Aronia berries are rich in antioxidant polyphenols, part of the significance of antioxidants is their ability to protect your body’s cells from the damaging effects of oxidation. Clinical studies indicate that eating berries, including Aronia berries, on a regular basis helps fight neurological diseases, cancer, aging, inflammation, diabetes and bacterial infections.

CHIROPRACTIC: Chiropractic and Leg Length Because the spinal cord is housed by the spine and the exiting nerve roots communicate with the autonomic nerves that basically run our organ function, maintaining alignment of the spine and pelvis is very important to minimize nerve irritation and subsequent health-related problems. The focus of this article is on leg length, its effect on our posture, methods of assessment, and treatment. Leg length plays an important role in posture. When there is a difference in leg length, the pelvis cannot maintain a level position, and because the spine’s base is the pelvis, it cannot stay straight if there is a leg length discrepancy. Doctors of all disciplines realize the importance of leg length, especially orthopedic surgeons as they consider a hip or knee replacement! There are many causes of leg length issues, and some include a genetic predisposition (inherited) or trauma during bone growth years. From a treatment standpoint, a heel lift (with or without arch supports) can be placed into the shoe on the short leg side. At 12mm (0.5”), problems with the heel lift being pushed out of the shoe and/or sliding forwards in the shoe may prohibit the use of these thicker lifts after which point the bottom of the shoe can be built up by a shoe cobbler (some services can be found online as well).

FUNNY BONES: “I gave up jogging for health reasons. My thighs kept rubbing together and setting my pantyhose on fire.”—Judy Franconi@@A man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment. Suddenly the man realizes that the next day he would need his wife to wake him up at 5 AM for an early morning business flight. Not wanting to be the 1st to break the silence (and LOSE), he wrote on a piece of paper, “Please wake me at 5 AM. “He left it where he knew she would find it. The next morning the men woke up, only to discover it was 9 AM and he had missed his flight. Furious, he was about to go to see why his wife hadn’t wakened him when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed. The paper said, “It’s 5 AM. WAKE UP.” Men are not equipped for these kinds of contests.@@ After 3 years, a wife starts to think that their child looks different, so she decides to do a DNA test. She finds out that the child is actually from completely different parents. Wife: “Honey, I have something very serious to tell you.” Husband: “What’s wrong?” Wife: “According to DNA test results, this is not our child.” Husband: “Well don’t you remember? When we were leaving the hospital, we noticed that our baby had a wet diaper and you said, ‘Honey, go change the baby, I’ll wait for you here’.” @@A Russian scientist and a Czech scientist had spent their lives studying the grizzly bear. Each year they petitioned their respective governments to allow them to go to Yellowstone to study the bears. Finally, their request was granted and they immediately flew to New York and on west to Yellowstone Park. They reported to the ranger station and were told that it was the grizzly mating season and it was too dangerous to go out and study the animals. They pleaded that this was their only chance and finally the ranger relented. The Russian and the Czech were given portable phones and told to report in every day. For several days they called in, and then nothing was heard from the two scientists. The rangers mounted a search party and found the camp completely ravaged, with no sign of the missing men. They took followed the trail of a male and a female bear. They found the female and decided they must kill the animal to find out if she had eaten the scientists because they feared an international incident. They killed the female animal and opened the stomach to find the remains of the Russian. One ranger turned to the other and said: “You know what this means, don’t you? “The other ranger responded: “Of course…The Czech is in the male.”