John H. Keefe III, D.C.
IN THE NEWS: EVIDENCE ON TALC CANCER RISK DIFFERS FOR JURORS, RESEARCHERS CHICAGO – A U.S. jury verdict linking regular use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder to a woman’s death from ovarian cancer has spurred new concern from consumers, but scientists say the evidence of real danger is inconclusive at best. Talcum powders are made of talc, a mineral comprised of bits of magnesium, silicon and oxygen that absorbs moisture. In its natural form, some talc contains asbestos, a known carcinogen. But all commercial products sold in the United States have been asbestos-free since the 1970s. Most of the concern has focused on whether long-term exposure to talc fibers might cause lung cancer among talc miners, and whether women who routinely applied talcum powder on their genitals had an increased risk of ovarian cancer, according to the American Cancer Society’s website. Studies in talc miners exposed to talc containing asbestos have been mixed, but there is no increased lung cancer risk from asbestos-free talc products, the group says.
WELLNESS: SIGHING IS ACTUALLY BENEFICIAL Your body sighs spontaneously every few minutes as a way to re-inflate your alveoli, the tiny sacs in your lungs. A sigh brings in twice the volume of air, which is the only way to pop open collapsed alveoli, which are the points where oxygen enters your bloodstream and carbon dioxide is removed. Frequent sighing is a sign of dysfunctional breathing, and relearning proper breathing may benefit your health.
CHIROPRACTIC: DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS The nervous system controls digestive function from several different regions. Several studies have demonstrated the power of chiropractic adjustments restoring optimal function in individuals with digestive disturbances. In a published case study, a young woman had been afflicted with IBS symptoms once or twice a week for 5 years. After one adjustment she noticed an easing of symptoms and within a short time all her digestive problems disappeared. When the report was published 2 years later she was still symptom free. A 2008 study demonstrated how effective chiropractic care is for infants with digestive disturbances. Researchers chose three infants who were experiencing infrequent bowel movements from once a week to once every 3 or 4 days. Parents of these infants had tried several different laxatives and other procedures recommended by their medical staff. They had also followed specific dietary changes and the use of cod liver oil and mineral oil without any results. Do you know someone suffering from digestive problems, tell them about chiropractic.
FUNNY BONE: People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.@@ Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.@@ We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don’t know.@@ Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.@@ How many people here have telekenetic powers? Raise my hand.
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