WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Feb. 19, 2018

 

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Depressed and Anxious Patients Receive More Than Half of All Opioid Prescriptions  In 2014, 1.2 million Americans ended up in the emergency room with an opioid-related side effect; in 2015, 33,000 died from an opioid-associated drug overdose. Adults with depression and anxiety receive 51 percent of all opioid prescriptions in the U.S.; 19 percent of the 38.6 million Americans diagnosed with a mental health disorder use opioids, compared to 5 percent of the general population. Women are being prescribed opioids during pregnancy and after delivery, creating drug dependent mothers and infants; 23 percent of 1.1 million pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid filled a prescription for an opioid in 2007. Well over 65,000 die from opioid abuse last year compare that to 58,000 that died in the Vietnam War. When it comes to pain control our healthcare system is broken. Chiropractic care along with electrotherapy, acupuncture and even nutritional therapy can help resolve the underlying condition that causes the pain. Seek a natural approach for all of your healthcare issues including pain.

WELLNESS: Apple Cider Vinegar As you may know, apples, and especially apple juice, are high in sugar and are not something I recommend eating regularly as it will typically shift you out of fat-burning if frequently eaten. However, when you ferment apple juice or cider, the sugars are digested as a result of the fermentation process. Apple cider vinegar contains very little sugar and carbohydrate, making it a very attractive food from a dietary standpoint. Apple cider vinegar offers many potential health benefits: Apple cider vinegar contains a number of important components, such as organic acids: acetic, citric, formic, lactic, malic, and succinic acids. It also contains acid, catechins, epicatechin, chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, and p-coumaric acid. Plus, it’s a source of manganese and potassium. Research suggests acetic acid may be the most significant of these components for health, and is found in high levels in apple cider vinegar. In various studies, researchers have found that acetic acid and the other constituents may help with a variety of healthy body functions: Healthy oxidation and cholesterol support, Normal cardiovascular support, Healthy cognitive function, Normal lymphatic drainage and normal detoxification processes, Athletic recovery. According to new research, healthy vinegar with acetic acid may support nutritional ketosis, and in turn, your mitochondrial health.

CONDITION OF THE WEEK: B VITAMINS  Hardly anyone talks about B vitamins these days. I believe that’s about to change. With our deteriorating food quality, rising assaults on gut health, and a living environment that becomes more toxic by the day, it’s clear that we need this complex of brain and body nutrients more than ever. Most people are eager to remain mentally sharp, energetic and independent into their later years. As you’ll soon see, researchers are discovering potential benefits of the family of B vitamins that are much greater than we ever imagined.Because of this, the day we give B vitamins the attention they deserve has finally arrived…Keep in mind, you don’t need to have a flat-out deficiency in any of these vitaminsSurprisingly, many of the subjects in the studies you’re going to hear about didn’t. They just had lower levels. Increasing their intake of these vitamins made all the difference for these study subjects. Going from low or even routinely recommended minimal levels to optimal levels allowed them to benefit in significant ways! Low levels of B vitamins can affect your body in many different ways because of the vitamins’ far-reaching and interrelated effects. A B vitamin complex deficiency can show up in multiple ways. Any one of these common symptoms could be a result of low levels of one or more B vitamins: Inability to sleep well..Fatigue and apathy..Mental “fog,” confusion, and forgetfulness..Mood swings and irritability..Gastrointestinal symptoms..Joint or muscle discomfort..Muscle weakness..Loss of muscle mass.. Numbness or tingling in fingers and toes..Frequent bruising.. eadaches.. Irritability..Dry, cracking skin. Because the vitamin B complex is a group of eight major B vitamins that work together, you can impact their synergy just by running low on one. For example, many of the B complex vitamins are needed for healthy skin. If you’re low in one or two, that can affect the actions of the others. Your nervous system requires B vitamins to respond properly to adjustments.

FUNNY BONES: Patience: what you have when there are too many witnesses.@@Hold your wife’s hand in the mall because if you let go, she’ll start shopping. It looks romantic. But it’s actually economic.@@The IRS returned my tax return to me this year after I apparently answered one of the questions incorrectly… In response to the question, “do you have anyone dependent on you?” I wrote, “9.5 million illegal immigrants, 1.1 million crackheads, 3.4 million unemployable scoundrels, 80,000 criminals in over 85 prisons plus 650 idiots in Washington.” The IRS stated the answer I gave was “unacceptable!” I then wrote back “Who did I leave out??”@@Wi-Fi went down for five minutes, so I had to talk to my family. They seem like nice people.