John H. Keefe III, D.C.
WELLNESS/PREVENTION: Drink This Daily and Clobber Blood Pressure Researchers in Taiwan discovered a 65% lower risk of high blood pressure for men and women who drank at least 20 ounces of green tea daily for at least a year. Even study participants that drank a minimum of 4 ounces of green tea daily for a year showed a 46% lower risk of high blood pressure. That’s good news if you struggle with blood pressure problems or have a family history. Two studies showed that it’s the catechins in green tea, especially EGCG that act as a natural ACE inhibitor. ACE is an enzyme that leads to uncontrolled vascular constriction which causes blood pressure to rise
IN THE NEWS:Poor sleep tied to inflammation in teens Teens who don’t get enough sleep may be at risk for chronic problems later in life from increased inflammation throughout the body, according to a new study. Those who didn’t get enough sleep during the week and especially those who slept longer on weekends had higher inflammation levels tied to heart disease and diabetes, researchers report in Sleep Medicine. Investigators used blood tests to measure kids’ C-reactive protein (CRP) levels. High levels indicate that the body is in “inflammation mode,” said lead author Martica Hall of the psychiatry department at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. “Frankly, high CRP over a long period of time is bad for everything,” Hall said. “We say it increases the risk of ‘all things bad.’”
CONDITION OF THE WEEK: NUMBNESS AND TINGLING IN THE EXTREMITIES this condition has multiple causes. Probably the most common cause is pressure on the nerves that go down the arm or leg. Adjustments resolve this condition most of the time. Certain B vitamin deficiencies, blood sugar problems, circulatory problems are some of the other conditions that can cause these problems. If you or somebody you know suffers from numbness or tingling a chiropractic checkup could help find the cause.
FUNNY BONE: SHOPLIFTER My friend, the manager of a grocery store, nabbed a shoplifter in the act. He was escorting the suspect to the office in the front of the store (near the cash registers), when the shoplifter broke from his grip and tried to run. After a scuffle, my friend pinned him against the wall and looked up to see a number of surprised customers staring at him. “Everything’s fine, Folks,” he reassured them. “This guy just tried to go through the express line with more than ten items.”