John H. Keefe III, D.C.
IN THE NEWS: BREAST EXAMS The American Cancer Society, which has for years taken the most aggressive approach to screening, issued new guidelines on Tuesday, recommending that women with an average risk of breast cancer start having mammograms at 45 and continue once a year until 54, then every other year for as long as they are healthy and likely to live another 10 years. The changes reflect increasing evidence that mammography is imperfect, that it is less useful in younger women, and that it has serious drawbacks, like false-positive results that lead to additional testing, including biopsies. Thermography is a lesser known, but increasingly popular screening test that works by imaging thermal patterns on the skin. A doesn’t do the same thing as a mammogram. It doesn’t “see” tumors. It is a physiologic test measuring subtle differences in skin temperature that can be associated with an underlying tumor (as well as other pathology).Thermogram has some advantages that a mammogram doesn’t, including the ability to detect physiologic changes in a cancer while it’s still in the cellular phase—sometimes years before it is detectable mammographically. Thermography can also detect lymphatic congestion and hormonal imbalances as well as monitor dietary changes. It can assess breast cancer risk, which is also something mammography cannot do. In short, thermography is a tool to monitor breast health, not just a way to find disease.
WELLNESS: Could a Hug a Day Keep Infection Away? People who had greater social support and more frequent hugs were less likely to “catch” a cold after they were exposed to the virus. Hugs were responsible for about one-third of the protective effect. Hugging increases levels of the “love hormone” oxytocin, which may have beneficial effects on your heart health and more.
CHIROPRACTIC: Lumbar surgical outcomes compared to chiropractic care. Recent study shows that 51% of lumbar disc surgeries were pain-free after the surgery and rehabilitation. The risks of surgery include scarring leading to other surgeries, two out of every thousand surgeries end in death, most lumbar surgery patients are not able to return to the type of work they had before. Studies of chiropractic care show in 80 to 90% recovery rate without the risk of surgery. Zero deaths with chiropractic care, no risk of scarring or muscle weakness and most patients can return to work twice as fast at a fraction of the cost of surgery. When chiropractic care is compared to medical care chiropractic is found to be twice as effective at half the cost.
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