John H. Keefe III, D.C.
DIET: Don’t believe the American Heart Assn. — butter, steak and coconut oil aren’t likely to kill you Last month, the American Heart Assn. once more went after hamburger, beef and especially coconut oil with this recognizable warning: The saturated fats in these foods cause cardiovascular disease. The company’s “presidential advisory” has been a brand new look in the science and arrived in reaction to a growing number of researchers, such as myself, that have pored over the exact information in the past several decades and beg to disagree. A review of the evidence indicates that in regards to mortality or heart attacks fats aren’t guilty. It had been in 1961 that the AHA found the world’s very first official recommendations to prevent saturated fats, together with dietary cholesterol, to be able to protect against a heart attack. This “diet-heart theory” was embraced by the majority of major specialists, though it hadn’t been examined in clinical trials — the only sort of science which may establish cause-and-effect. From the start, the rap on fats lacked a scientific basis. The diet-heart theory was examined more than any other in the history of nourishment, and so far, the results are null. The theory had some funds from preliminary information, plus it made intuitive sense — fat clogs your arteries such as warm grease down a chilly drain tube, right? — that sufficient for AHA officials sought to deal with the wave of cardiovascular disease. Nevertheless, rigorous information was required, and so authorities across the world — such as our very own, during the National Institutes of Health — spent countless dollars attempting to demonstrate the theory was true. Somewhere between 10,000 and 53,000 folks have been analyzed on diets in which saturated fats have been replaced by unsaturated vegetable oils. As anticipated, the results didn’t turn out — people weren’t being killed by saturated fats. Note from Dr. Keefe: there hasn’t been one successful trial showing that fat causes heart disease and death in the last 50 years.
IN THE NEWS: Heart surgeon speaks out on what really causes heart disease Dr. Dwight Lundell We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is. I freely admit to being wrong. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact. I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labelled “opinion makers.” Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol. The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake. The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease. Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibly result in malpractice. It Is Not Working! Read his complete letter At keefeclinic.com at the following address: http://www.keefeclinic.com/wp/heart-problems-do-the-experts-know-what-they-are-doing/
CONDITION OF THE WEEK: Is It My Low Back Or My Hip? When patients present with low back pain, it is not uncommon for pain to arise from areas other than the low back, such as the hip. There are many tissues in the low back and hip region that are susceptible to injury with have overlapping pain pathways that often make it challenging to isolate the truly injured area. Hip pain can present in many different ways. When considering the anatomy of the low back (lumbar spine) and hip, and the nerves that innervate the hip come from the low back, it’s no wonder that differentiating between the two conditions is often difficult. To make diagnosis even more complex, the hip pain patient may present one day with what appears to be sciatic nerve pain (that is, pain shooting down the back of the leg to the knee if mild or to the foot if more severe) but the next visit, with only groin pain. When pain radiates down a leg, the almost automatic impression by both the patient and their healthcare provider is, “…it’s a pinched nerve.” But again, it could be the hip and NOT a pinched nerve that is creating the leg pain pattern. Knee & ankle reflexes and sensation are normal but muscle strength may be weak due to pain. Bending the low back into different positions does not reproduce pain if the pain is only coming from the hip. Though sometimes challenging, doctors of chiropractic are well-trained to be able to differentiate between hip and low back pain and will treat both areas when it is appropriate.
FUNNY BONE: From the BBC-by John Cleese ANNOUNCEMENT The English are feeling the pinch in relation to the recent terrorist threats and have therefore raised their security level from “miffed” to “peeved.” Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “irritated” or even “a bit Cross.” The English have not been “a bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. The terrorist have been recategorized from “tiresome” to “a bloodied nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “bloodied nuisance” warning level was and 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada. The Scots have raised their threat level from “pissed off” to “let’s get the bastards.” They don’t have any other levels this is the reason they been used on the front lines of the British Army for the past 300 years.
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