John H. Keefe III, D.C.
CONDITION OF THE WEEK:RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS this is the season for sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, flu, colds and chronic cough. Probably the most common reason is the lower humidity due to the cold air and the action of heaters that dry the air out. Dry air sucks the moisture out of your body. As the moisture leaves, the body mobilizes the oil soluble vitamins particularly vitamin A to compensate. Vitamin A supplies moisture and health to the mucous membranes of your sinuses, bronchial tubes and lungs. As a vitamin A level diminishes along with the vitamin D, your immune system becomes compromised and the above health problems develop. Keep the humidity, particularly in your bedroom, above 40% also asked to be checked on vitamin A and D to see if you need to increase it.
DIET: STUDY: MIDNIGHT SNACKS COULD HURT YOUR MEMORY UCLA researchers say they’re seeing—at least in mice—a decline in memory when food is consumed during typical sleep hours. “Those animals that were misaligned show severe deficits in their recall of the training that they received,” Researchers also found that the strength of neural connections suffered among the population with a misaligned eating schedule, meaning they not only recalled less quickly but learned less quickly, too.
IN THE NEWS: EVEN WITHOUT CONCUSSION, HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS EXHIBIT BRAIN CHANGES, STUDY SAYS High school football players can undergo significant brain changes after only a single season— even if they don’t get a concussion, Wake Forest University researchers have found. Scientists said the ongoing study of 24 students, ages 16 to 18, from a Winston-Salem, N.C. high school, is the largest and most comprehensive research of its kind. Whitlow said the heaviest hitters exhibited the most brain changes, while the light hitters had fewer brain changes at the end of the season. “The important thing to note is although we’re seeing these changes, none of these players are experiencing any common symptoms of concussion,” Whitlow said.
FUNNY BONE:We spend the first twelve months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up. Wife – You hate my relatives! Husband – No, I don’t! In fact, I like your mother-in-law more than I like mine. My husband, an avid golf player couldn’t help challenging my boastful son to a game of golf. He was in for quite a surprise when on the first swing my son got a hole in one. “OK” my quick-thinking husband said while subtlety winking at me “now, I will take my practice shot, and then we will start.”
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