WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Nov. 27, 2017


Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

Dr. Keefe, Keefe Clinic. Tulsa Chiropractor, pain, natural health care.

IN THE NEWS:. Our body clocks cause wounds sustained at night to heal more slowly November 21, 2017 A new study has discovered how our body clocks cause wounds, such as cuts and burns, to heal approximately 60% faster if the injury happens during the day rather than at night. The study, published in Science Translational Medicine, is the first to show how our internal body clocks regulate wound healing by skin cells and optimize healing during the day. Our body clocks – or circadian rhythm – regulate nearly every cell in the human body, driving 24-hour cycles in many processes such as sleeping, hormone secretion and metabolism. Tests using skin cells – fibroblasts and keratinocytes – and also in mice showed that during the internal body clock’s ‘daytime’, wounds to the skin healed almost twice as efficiently as wounds incurred during the night. The researchers found that this effect was mirrored in humans with burns, by collaborating with clinicians and analyzing the records of 118 patients with burn injuries. The researchers found a key reason for this faster healing was that skin cells moved to the site of the wound to repair it much faster during the body clock’s daytime. “By taking these into account, not only could novel drug targets be identified, but also the effectiveness of established therapies might be increased through changing what time of day they are given.”


WELLNESS: Saccharomyces boulardii, or S. boulardii, is one type of probiotic out there. But there’s one major difference: it’s not a type of bacteria. It’s a yeast that happens to function like a probiotic in the body. For the past 30 or so years, doctors have recommended it to help patients with diarrhea. It helps to regulate the intestines and protect them from pathogens, including Clostridium difficile (c-diff), and other things that can damage the intestinal lining. It also modulates different parts of your immune system and keeps the intestinal barrier function up and running. Doctors have associated defects in the intestinal barrier function with different gastrointestinal diseases. S. boulardii can also help treat other ailments, such as lactose intolerance, and might even have a future in the treatment of acne, vaginal yeast infections, high cholesterol, fever blisters, and canker sores. It seems to improve the quality of life of people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), as well as Crohn’s disease. Some striking effects of the probiotic were seen.  Within weeks, obese and type 2 diabetic mice given S. boulardii exhibited reduced fatty liver, a 10% reduction in fat mass and body weight, and a 40 to 50% reduction in inflammatory markers. Furthermore, these improvements correlated with improvements to gastrointestinal tissue and several important changes in gut bacterial balance.  This remarkable study provides new insight into the effects of S. boulardii and further supports the idea that probiotics could help reduce the passage of inflammatory molecules in your gut (known and endotoxin) into you blood, causing inflammation, disrupting your metabolism and damaging your health.

CHIROPRACTIC: Chiropractic Can Help Asthma, COPD and More…A Study Shows Regular Chiropractic Visits Can Help! One study has discovered that another way to keep your lungs breathing easier is with regular chiropractic visits. In September of 2016, the Journal of Physical Therapy Science published a study involving 30 subjects between the ages of 20 and 38 who were not currently being treated for any type of respiratory issue, nor were they experiencing any pain in their thoracic region. One-half were randomly assigned to an experimental group, which is the group that received actual spinal manipulation therapy. The remainders were assigned to the control, receiving sham treatments instead. Findings: These findings suggests that chiropractic care likely plays a more important role in healthy lung function than most people realize. This information may be helpful to patients who are already experiencing chronic respiratory issues and looking for relief, but it may also work to reduce the likelihood of lung-related diseases in the first place. As the COPD Foundation states, generally speaking, “once lung function is gone, it is gone for good.” That’s why they recommend engaging in activities which can maximize lung capacity. These include: getting some type of regular exercise, performing physically demanding exercises during the times when it’s easier to breathe, and staying indoors when extreme temperatures are expected or pollution is high.

FUNNY BONE:  To avoid taking down my Christmas lights, I’m turning my house into an Italian restaurant.@@ Halloween is the beginning of the holiday shopping season. That’s for women. The beginning of the holiday shopping season for men is Christmas Eve.—David Letterman@@ What do Black Friday shoppers and the Thanksgiving turkey have in common? They know what it’s like to be stuffed and then jammed into a small place.@@ A mother gave her grown son two sweaters for Hanukkah. The next time he visited, he made sure to wear one. As he entered her home, instead of the expected smile, she frowned. “What’s the matter?” she asked. “You didn’t like the other one?”@@ Did you hear about the 2 silk worms in a race? It ended in a tie!@@Spraying graffiti inside an elevator is wrong on so many levels.


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