WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Feb. 5, 2018


Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Doctors should not prescribe antibiotics for most people with sore throats. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said most sore throats were caused by viral infections, which cannot be treated by antibiotics. But research suggests antibiotics are prescribed in 60% of sore throat cases. NICE said it was “vital” the medicines were only used when effective because of the rise of antibiotic resistance. The overuse of antibiotics is making infections harder to treat by creating drug-resistant superbugs. Patients ‘need rest, not antibiotics’ Why is it so difficult to discover new antibiotics? “For a sore throat, evidence shows that antibiotics make little difference to length or severity of illness, unless symptoms are much more severe. While a sore throat can be painful, there are other ways to control the symptoms”. ‘Post-antibiotic apocalypse’ England’s chief medical officer, Dame Prof Sally Davies, has previously warned of a “post-antibiotic apocalypse” where infections would become harder to treat and common medical procedures such as cancer treatments could become too risky. In an ever growing number of cases people have died from bugs that are resistant to all antibiotics. In October, PHE said patients had “a part to play” in stopping the rise of infections and that more of them should be told to go home and rest rather than be given antibiotics. NOTE: This last statement kind of makes my blood boil, even though as patients you have to look after your own health doctors should know better. Patients didn’t go to school to learn to be a doctor, doctors did that. For the past 30 years this is been in the literature and still we have 60% of sore throats receiving antibiotics, another good reason to make your primary care physician a chiropractic physician.

WELLNESS: Sitting all day is as bad as smoking for your health Research shows that the more time you spend sitting, the shorter and less healthy your life will tend to be, even if you exercise regularly, thanks to the negative impacts on your cardiovascular and metabolic function. When you sit, lack of muscle contraction decreases blood flow through your body, reducing the efficiency of biological processes. For every hour you sit, your life expectancy decreases by two hours. Research has also found that sitting for more than three hours a day causes 3.8 percent of all-cause deaths. Twenty to 25 minutes of walking per day may add anywhere from three to seven years to your life span. As little as two hours of walking per week may also reduce mortality risk in older adults. Brisk walking has even been shown to improve life expectancy in smokers and overweight individuals. Research shows that within 90 seconds of standing up after sitting for a long period of time, the muscular and cellular systems that process blood sugar, triglycerides and cholesterol are activated. In other words, as soon as you stand up, a series of molecular mechanisms are triggered that beneficially impact the cellular functioning of your muscles and push fuel into your cells. All of these molecular effects are activated by the simple act of bearing weight on your legs.

CONDITION OF THE WEEK: SHOULDER PAIN The most prevalent cause is rotator cuff tendinitis. … Other causes of shoulder pain include several forms of arthritis, torn cartilage, or a torn rotator cuff. Swelling of the bursa sacs (which protect the shoulder) or tendons can also cause pain. Misalignment of the bones that make up the shoulder can be a common cause for pain and discomfort even limited movement of the shoulder. Chiropractic offers effective treatment for shoulder problems even with rotor cuff tears conservative care can be helpful. Of course severe tears will need surgical repair but fortunately most of them aren’t that severe. Realigning the shoulder joint can be important with making sure the collarbone is in proper alignment at the shoulder joint as well as making sure muscles are causing the shoulder to be locked into rotation which produces pain and limitation during movement. Along with the structural alignment and muscle rebalancing nutrients like fish oils, Cartledge support and anti-inflammatory enzymes can also be important. If you are suffering from pain and discomfort in one or both of your shoulder joints you need to come in for an evaluation and treatment. Chiropractic first, drug second, and surgery last.

FUNNY BONE: During class, I was writing a story. Teacher got mad at me and confiscated my notebook. The next day, he gave it back to me and said, “When can you finish this I need to know how it ends.”@@ Each Friday night after work, Bubba would fire up his outdoor grill and cook venison steak. But all of Bubba’s neighbors were Catholic, and since it was lent, they were forbidden from eating red meat on Friday. The delicious aroma from the grilled venison steaks were causing such a problem for the Catholic faithful that they finally talked to their priest. The priest came to visit Bubba and suggested he become a Catholic. After several classes and much study, Bubba attended mass. The priest sprinkled holy water over him and said, “you were born a Baptist and raised a Baptist, but now you are Catholic.” Bubba’s neighbors were greatly relieved, until Friday night arrived and the wonderful aroma of grilled venison filled the neighborhood. The priest was called immediately by the neighbors. As the priests rushed into Bubba’s yard, clutching a rosary and prepared to scold him, he stopped and watched in amazement. There stood Bubba, clutching a small bottle of holy water, which he carefully sprinkled over the grilled meat while chanting, “you wuz born a deer, you wuz raised a deer, but now you are catfish.”

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