WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Jan. 16, 2017


Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111


IN THE NEWS: YOUR APPENDIX MAY NOT BE USELESS AFTER ALL Species who have an appendix tend to have higher concentrations of lymphoid tissue in their cecum, a pouch that connects the small and large intestine. This type of tissue can play a role in immunity, and can also stimulate growth of healthy gut bacteria. So it makes sense, Smith says, that the appendix actually serves as a “safe house” for these beneficial bugs. This study isn’t the first to suggest that the appendix may play this type of role. The “safe house” idea was first raised by a 2007 study, which inspired Smith to question whether the appendix had a function in humans and other mammals—a theory that now appears quite likely. NOTE: chiropractic can help you keep all your organs functioning better. You do not have spare organs, chiropractic and nutritional therapy can help enhance the health of each of your organs.


WELLNESS: WHY DO SOME DRUG DEALERS GET OFF SCOT-FREE? Over the past five years, drug overdose deaths have risen by 33 percent. In 2015, 27 million Americans used illegal drugs and/or misused prescription drugs. Fifteen percent of seniors on Medicare are prescribed an opioid upon discharge following an acute hospitalization and 42 percent of them are still taking it three months later, suggesting addiction may be an issue. Heroin was the deadliest drug in the U.S. in 2014 but fentanyl use is rising the fastest, with overdose deaths doubling between 2013 and 2014. Fentanyl now outpaces heroin as the deadliest drug on Long Island, New York. NOTE: The type of healthcare you choose could mean the difference between life and death. Chiropractic has had a simple axiom: chiropractic 1st, drugs 2nd and surgery last. Studies have shown that those who start with chiropractic rarely need drugs or surgery. You never know if the next prescription is going change your life forever for the worse. Medical doctors don’t mean to the damage people with the prescriptions they give but unfortunately drugs are very dangerous with over 2000 people dying each week from prescriptions they receive from their doctor, and we are not talking about the many more that get addicted and are injured or die from their addiction.


CHIROPRACTIC: A SENSE OF WELL-BEING years ago in a study with chiropractic and addiction chiropractic was not only found to be beneficial in overcoming addictions but understanding of how chiropractic helped became known. They discovered that patients undergoing chiropractic adjustments have a cascade of chemical reactions within the nervous system that has a net effect of increasing a person’s sense of well-being. Patients who suffer from an imbalance with certain neurotransmitters can notice this in a greater degree than the average patient. We can conclude that one reason people have addictive nature’s is that they have brain chemistry issues that give rise to anxiety, depression, hopelessness and a sense of unease which they have found helped by chemicals like drugs or alcohol. By raising these body chemicals through chiropractic and nutritional therapy many people have been able to overcome their addictions.


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