WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Jan. 13, 2014

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

DIET: HOW LEPTIN RESISTANCE CAUSES OBESITY In order for you to significantly gain weight, you must first become leptin resistant. Leptin is a hormone that helps you regulate your appetite. When your leptin levels rise, it signals your body that you’re full, so you’ll stop eating. However, as you become increasingly resistant to the effects of leptin, you end up eating more. Many people who are overweight also have an impairment in their body’s ability to oxidize fat, which leads to a low-energy state. The question then is: what drives this basic process? Why do you become leptin resistant in the first place? Research clearly shows that refined sugar (in particular fructose) is exceptionally effective at causing leptin resistance in animals, and it’s very effective at blocking the burning of fat. When you give fructose to animals, they lose their ability to control their appetite, they eat more, and they exercise less. Fructose looks like it’s playing a direct role in weight gain.

IN THE NEWS: GIRL FALLS ASLEEP 30 TIMES A DAY AFTER RECEIVING FLU VACCINE It was supposed to be a simple vaccine against swine flu, but since she had it, Chloe Glasson’s life has been like a bad dream. Just four months after being given the Pandemrix injection, the 15-year-old schoolgirl developed the sleeping disorder narcolepsy. Now, without warning, she falls asleep up to 30 times a day wherever she is. Naturally, this has made her life at school challenging, as she often drops off in class. But it is also potentially dangerous. Chloe recently went missing for two hours after going into a “dreamlike autopilot” state while making a short journey to her grandmother’s house. She eventually found her own way home safely, but not before her terrified family had contacted police, amid fears of what might have happened to her. READ: More Proof Flu Shots Don’t Work AT: FACEBOOK.COM/KEEFECLINIC

CHIROPRACTIC: DID YOU KNOW A 2009 evidence-based report on population, health and total health care spending suggested that chiropractic care of back pain and neck pain provides higher satisfaction, superior outcomes and more cost-effectiveness than other commonly-utilized back and neck pain treatments, which can include simple rest, medications, surgery and more. A further review of scientific literature indicated that patients with chiropractic coverage as part of their insurance benefits had lower costs and reduced imaging studies, fewer hospitalizations and less surgeries than patients without chiropractic included in their insurance. Based upon a friend’s referral, I started chiropractic care for my migraine headaches.  I have learned that the spine controls the nerves, when a nerve is pinched or moved it can cause pain. I no longer have headaches or constant back pain.  After the adjustments, my headaches are better.  -Linda

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