Car accidents are most likely the number one cause for chronic disability and/or pain. The August 1999 issue of American Family Physicians, the article notes that 3.5 million people are injured in motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. each year. Even minor car accidents can cause changes in the spine that can lead to degenerating joint disease and future pain. Studies indicate that chiropractic care is the best treatment for the vast majority of injuries from a car accident. The main reason that chiropractic patients have less problems in the future and recover better from their present complaints is because of the focus in chiropractic care.
The injuries to the spine will cause slight misalignments in the joints of the neck and back. It's these misalignments that produce the majority of symptoms, not pulled muscles. Chiropractic care and analysis focuses on the detection and correction of spinal subluxations. Subluxation is the term for misalignments that develop in the spine. These misalignments can stay there for years unless they are corrected by chiropractic adjustments. The average patient after a car accident that visit an emergency room usually are only given pain pills and muscle relaxers. This of course allows the misalignments to remain. It's this focus on just the symptoms of the injury that leave a high percent of car accident victims with ongoing disability, pain and degenerating joint disease.
One study showed problems five or more years after the accident. Symptomatic recovery occurred in 57 per cent of the 146 patients, while degenerative changes developed after the injury in 39 per cent. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 1974;56:1675-1682.
......several studies have investigated and linked the relationship of altered cervical curve configuration to the presence of chronic headache pain. CBP Structural Rehabilitaion of the Cervical Spine, Deed E. Harrision, DC, Donald D. Harrison, PhD, DC, MSE, Jason W. Haas, DC, 2002 Harrison CBP Seminars, Inc. pg. 56, "Cervical Lordosis and Headaches"
Cerebral symptoms after whiplash injury of the neck: a prospective clinical and neuropsychological study of whiplash injury. Ettlin TM, Kischka U, Reichmann S, Radii EW, Heim S, Wengen D, Benson DF. University Clinics, Basel, Switzerland.
Twenty one unselected patients with an acute whiplash injury of the neck had neurological and neuropsychological assessment, cervical x rays, EEG, BAEP, MRI, and an otoneurological examination within two weeks of the injury. Subjectively, 13 patients reported concentration deficits, 18 reported sleep disturbances, 9 had symptoms of depression, and 7 female patients told of menstrual irregularities. Scientific Automobile Accident Reconstruction treatise by Barzeley; Published by Mathew Bender 1984; Chapter 46:
" The simple fact remains: neck injuries do occur as a result of rear-end automobile accidents. 46-2
" Whiplash injuries may be present as a result of automobile accidents, even though no physical, radiological or other objective evidence of injury can be found. 46-3
" Usually the onset of symptoms occurs from 12 to 24 hours afterward. Sometimes there may be as much as weeks or even months delay between the automobile accident and the experience of symptoms. 46-5
" Most people just don't expect injuries to occur when the impact velocity has been low and damage to the vehicles has not been great. It is common sense to expect that the severity of the injuries should be in proportion to the severity of the collision. However, whiplash injuries most frequently result from relatively minor automobile accidents without major damage done to the vehicles. 46-6
" Rear-end collisions produce a sudden forceful hyperextension of the neck which is immediately followed by recoil into neck flexion. 46-8
" Probably most of the injuries result from the sudden traumatic snapping of the neck when the acceleration of the head suddenly shifts directions. 46-10
In most cases you're better off in the long-term to break a bone than to damage a joint. When you damage a joint, you primarily damage the connective tissue in the joint which can leave that joint unstable for the rest of your life. When you break a bone, the bone heals stronger than it was before. Connective tissue has a history of poor healing. By bringing that joint back to its proper alignment, you allow the maximum healing to the soft tissue or connective tissue in that joint. And by maintaining that alignment over the long-term, you assure maximum results. Out of 50 or so outcome studies which have been published in the past 40 years. They nearly unanimously presented 30 to 50 percent of whiplash victims are left with some form of residual pain or dysfunction.
Our treatment goals are not only to make you feel better now, but to try to assure that 10 years from now your injuries will not be bothering you.
John H. Keefe III, D.C.
IN THE NEWS: Doctors should not prescribe antibiotics for most people with sore throats. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said most sore throats were caused by viral infections, which cannot be treated by antibiotics. But research suggests antibiotics are prescribed in 60% of sore throat cases. NICE said it was "vital" the medicines were only used when effective because of the rise of antibiotic resistance. The overuse of antibiotics is making infections harder to treat by creating drug-resistant superbugs. Patients 'need rest, not antibiotics' Why is it so difficult to discover new antibiotics? "For a sore throat, evidence shows that antibiotics make little difference to length or severity of illness, unless symptoms are much more severe. While a sore throat can be painful, there are other ways to control the symptoms”. 'Post-antibiotic apocalypse' England's chief medical officer, Dame Prof Sally Davies, has previously warned of a "post-antibiotic apocalypse" where infections would become harder to treat and common medical procedures such as cancer treatments could become too risky. In an ever growing number of cases people have died from bugs that are resistant to all antibiotics. In October, PHE said patients had "a part to play" in stopping the rise of infections and that more of them should be told to go home and rest rather than be given antibiotics. NOTE: This last statement kind of makes my blood boil, even though as patients you have to look after your own health doctors should know better. Patients didn’t go to school to learn to be a doctor, doctors did that. For the past 30 years this is been in the literature and still we have 60% of sore throats receiving antibiotics, another good reason to make your primary care physician a chiropractic physician.
WELLNESS: Sitting all day is as bad as smoking for your health Research shows that the more time you spend sitting, the shorter and less healthy your life will tend to be, even if you exercise regularly, thanks to the negative impacts on your cardiovascular and metabolic function. When you sit, lack of muscle contraction decreases blood flow through your body, reducing the efficiency of biological processes. For every hour you sit, your life expectancy decreases by two hours. Research has also found that sitting for more than three hours a day causes 3.8 percent of all-cause deaths. Twenty to 25 minutes of walking per day may add anywhere from three to seven years to your life span. As little as two hours of walking per week may also reduce mortality risk in older adults. Brisk walking has even been shown to improve life expectancy in smokers and overweight individuals. Research shows that within 90 seconds of standing up after sitting for a long period of time, the muscular and cellular systems that process blood sugar, triglycerides and cholesterol are activated. In other words, as soon as you stand up, a series of molecular mechanisms are triggered that beneficially impact the cellular functioning of your muscles and push fuel into your cells. All of these molecular effects are activated by the simple act of bearing weight on your legs.
CONDITION OF THE WEEK: SHOULDER PAIN The most prevalent cause is rotator cuff tendinitis. ... Other causes of shoulder pain include several forms of arthritis, torn cartilage, or a torn rotator cuff. Swelling of the bursa sacs (which protect the shoulder) or tendons can also cause pain. Misalignment of the bones that make up the shoulder can be a common cause for pain and discomfort even limited movement of the shoulder. Chiropractic offers effective treatment for shoulder problems even with rotor cuff tears conservative care can be helpful. Of course severe tears will need surgical repair but fortunately most of them aren’t that severe. Realigning the shoulder joint can be important with making sure the collarbone is in proper alignment at the shoulder joint as well as making sure muscles are causing the shoulder to be locked into rotation which produces pain and limitation during movement. Along with the structural alignment and muscle rebalancing nutrients like fish oils, Cartledge support and anti-inflammatory enzymes can also be important. If you are suffering from pain and discomfort in one or both of your shoulder joints you need to come in for an evaluation and treatment. Chiropractic first, drug second, and surgery last.
FUNNY BONE: During class, I was writing a story. Teacher got mad at me and confiscated my notebook. The next day, he gave it back to me and said, "When can you finish this I need to know how it ends."@@ Each Friday night after work, Bubba would fire up his outdoor grill and cook venison steak. But all of Bubba's neighbors were Catholic, and since it was lent, they were forbidden from eating red meat on Friday. The delicious aroma from the grilled venison steaks were causing such a problem for the Catholic faithful that they finally talked to their priest. The priest came to visit Bubba and suggested he become a Catholic. After several classes and much study, Bubba attended mass. The priest sprinkled holy water over him and said, "you were born a Baptist and raised a Baptist, but now you are Catholic." Bubba's neighbors were greatly relieved, until Friday night arrived and the wonderful aroma of grilled venison filled the neighborhood. The priest was called immediately by the neighbors. As the priests rushed into Bubba's yard, clutching a rosary and prepared to scold him, he stopped and watched in amazement. There stood Bubba, clutching a small bottle of holy water, which he carefully sprinkled over the grilled meat while chanting, "you wuz born a deer, you wuz raised a deer, but now you are catfish."
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Muscle pain that hangs on can be annoying. Be it from an accident, beginning an exercise program or just sleeping in the wrong position, adjustments and trigger point therapy can be quite effective.
Sometimes you can have muscle problems due to toxicity and we offer several detox programs to help (Alkalize Detox Green Superfood 1 serving per day). Nutritional deficiencies can also play a part in muscle pain. Magnesium is the most deficient mineral in the American diet and many people need to supplement with magnesium. Magnesium Complex (2-4per day).
For muscle injuries Pain Relief Cream is extremely effective. Don’t forget to drink enough water because dehydration can lead to muscle problems: your water needs are based on your body weight. One half of your body weight in ounces is your flushing or cleansing dose, 80% of that is your minimum dose. For instance a 100 pound person, then 50 ounces is a cleansing dose and 40 ounces is the minimum dose per day in fluids.
To your better health,
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IN THE NEWS: Here's what went wrong with last year's flu vaccine Americans got little benefit from last season's flu shot — the vaccine was only about 19 percent effective, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's largely because one of the flu strains that was used to make the vaccine did not match well with the actual flu strains that were circulating. NOTE: this would be funny if it wasn’t so sad. How many millions of people lined up like sheep to have toxic metals injected into their system like aluminum because they thought they were going to get protection? Probably a total of 8 out of the last 10 flu seasons this could be written for. In fact if I was a health reporter all I would need to do each year is copy and paste my same report from last year and it would be accurate. Buyer beware.
WELLNESS: NATURAL ANTIBIOTIC there are many nutrients that have antibiotic effect. Nixall which is derived from salt water and electricity has been shown to kill the top 10 bacteria involved in hospital infections. Nixall can be used on cuts, can be sprayed into the sinuses are even the eyes safely. Following is the recipe for a Natural Antibiotic Ointment Ingredients:– 1/2 cup of organic coconut oil– 1/2 cup of organic almond oil, grapeseed oil, or olive oil– 1/2 cup of the healing herbs of your choice (try chamomile, calendula, comfrey, lavender, plantain leaves… or learn more about healing herbs here.)– 4 tbsp of conscious, organic beeswax– 2 teaspoons of witch hazel– 15 drops lavender or tea tree essential oils (optional) Directions: 1. Put herbs in a glass jar and pour oil over herbs. Make sure they are submerged.2. Put glass jar into a saucepan half filled with water. Heat on low heat for 30 minutes. Stir often. 3. Strain the herbs from the oil with a coffee filter, cheesecloth, t-shirt, etc. 4. Place strained oil in the jar back into the saucepan with water. 5. Add the beeswax. Stir well.6. Take off the heat once it is fully melted 7. Add witch hazel and mix 8. Once cooled, put into a container of choice and store in a cool, dark place. (Keeps for up to a year.) 9. Apply directly to scrapes, cuts, burns, diaper rash, dry skin, athlete’s foot, etc. as required.
CONDITION OF THE WEEK: Knee problems I’m not for sure how many knee replacement surgeries are done each year but I can tell you that over 90% of them would have been unnecessary with proper care. Most people don’t realize how much chiropractic can improve knee function. Excluding injuries which might require surgery most knee problems gradually develop over time due to misalignment, inflammatory chemistry and nutritional deficiencies. If you or someone you know suffers from knee problems tell them about chiropractic. Unless the damage is gone beyond the body’s ability to repair chiropractic and nutritional therapy along with exercise can help tremendously.
FUNNY BONES: For the second year in a row, the Scripps National Spelling Bee ended in a tie with two winners. Or as each of their parents put it to their kids, “I told you that you shouldn’t have gone outside to play that one time.” Jimmy Fallon
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Dirty air, dirty water, pollution and toxins in our food and environment. We live in the toxic world. But have you heard of dirty electricity. We are surrounded today by electronics and in fact a lot of us carry electronics on our body most of the time. Cell phones, tablet computers and music devices, we live in electromagnetic soup. And for some of us that can mean a significant impact on our health. If you are a electro-hypersensitive person you could be suffering from a host of symptoms and diseases because of that.
Just like a person with environmental allergies you could have significant problems with an elevated pollen count, people with electromagnetic sensitivities are surrounded by dirty electricity. If you don't have allergies and a high pollen count might not affect you, the same goes with dirty electricity though I believe were all affected to some degree because we have electromagnetic systems in our body. Our brain is electromagnetic marvel and to think all the electromagnetic fields around us don't have any effect is probably naïve.
It's kind of like smoking, not all people who smoke get lung cancer. In a 2006 European study, the risk of developing lung cancer was: 0.2% for men who never smoked (0.4% for women) 5.5% for male former smokers (2.6% in women) 15.9% for current male smokers (9.5% for women) 24.4% for male “heavy smokers” defined as smoking more than 5 cigarettes per day (18.5% for women). Some might get chronic bronchitis, heart disease or increased pain levels.
The same goes with dirty electricity here is a list of some of the symptoms that you can have if you electromagnetic sensitive: Neurological: headaches, dizziness, nausea, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, irritability, depression, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, weakness, tremors, muscle spasms, numbness, tingling, altered reflexes, muscle and joint pain, leg/foot pain, "Flu-like" symptoms, fever. More severe reactions can include seizures, paralysis, psychosis and stroke. Cardiac: palpitations, arrhythmias, pain or pressure in the chest, low or high blood pressure, slow or fast heart rate, shortness of breath. Respiratory: sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma. Dermatological: skin rash, itching, burning, facial flushing. Ophthalmologic: pain or burning in the eyes, pressure in/behind the eyes, deteriorating vision, floaters, cataracts. Others: digestive problems; abdominal pain; enlarged thyroid, testicular/ovarian pain; dryness of lips, tongue, mouth, eyes; great thirst; dehydration; nosebleeds; internal bleeding; altered sugar metabolism; immune abnormalities; redistribution of metals within the body; hair loss; pain in the teeth; deteriorating fillings; impaired sense of smell; ringing in the ears. How does this happen? The body is an electrical being. Every cell, tissue, and organ transmits information through tiny electrical currents which are disturbed by these high frequency fields, setting the body up for disease.
An example of how dirty electricity is created stems from how cell phone towers utilize energy. The towers operate on direct current. However, the electrical current supplied to the tower is in the form of an alternating current; therefore, the supply needs to be changed or converted. This is accomplished using an inverter. Inverters interrupt the alternating current and are a source of dirty electricity. This dirty electricity is put back into the power supply lines, which in turn, can enter a building through their electrical wiring.
In,DIRTY ELECTRICITY Dr. Milham discusses the recent proliferation of radio frequency radiation from cell phones and towers, terrestrial antennas, Wi-Fi and Wi-max systems, broadband internet over power lines, and personal electronic equipment and warns of the epidemic of disease and mortality that we may soon face because of these technologies. These technologies, he explains, are creating the 2nd wave of illnesses from electromagnetic fields, the first being from electrification beginning in the early part of the 20th century and only recently discovered thanks to Dr. Milham’s work.
William Rea, MD
Founder & Director of the Environmental Health Center, Dallas
Past President, American Academy of Environmental Medicine
“Sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation is the emerging health problem of the 21st century. It is imperative health practitioners, governments, schools and parents learn more about it. The human health stakes are significant”.
Olle Johansson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, The Experimental Dermatology Unit, Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden; Author of the BioInitiative Report’s section on the Immune System.
“It is evident that various biological alterations, including immune system modulation, are present in electrohypersensitive persons. There must be an end to the pervasive nonchalance, indifference and lack of heartfelt respect for the plight of these persons. It is clear something serious has happened and is happening.
“Grounding,” also called “Earthing” is the landmark discovery that Earth’s subtle surface energy field upholds the electrical stability of our bodies; thus serving as a foundation for vitality and health. In an age of rampant chronic disease due to the stresses of modern day lifestyle, reconnecting with the Earth’s energy beneath our feet provides a way back to better health. The profound effect of Grounding provides amazing healing, calming and balancing effects on the physical, mental and emotional bodies. Throughout history, humans have walked barefoot on the ground, which naturally discharges and prevents the buildup of electrical stress. When in contact with the Earth, this tranquil energy naturally transfers to any conductive object—whether it is a metal rod, a wire, a tree or plant, an animal, or a barefoot human—and they become “grounded.”
I will give you TWO websites that you can visit for materials to help you reconnect to the Earth's healthy magnetic field. Any time that you're in a body of water like an ocean or Lake you will have a grounding experience. Barehanded gardening or walking barefoot can help discharged the dirty electricity and rebalance your body's electrical system. That can be why some people are addicted to gardening OR yard work because it reconnects them to the Earth's magnetic field. You can sleep on grounded material that you can purchase from: http://www.lessemf.com. http://www.earthing.com . You can have grounding straps on your shoe. You can insert a grounding stake in your yard and run a grounding wire into your house or you can use a special grounding cord that you plug into an outlet and utilize the ground from your electrical system in the house.
But for individuals that have sleep disorders or issues like anxiety and depression you should definitely consider sleeping with your head on grounding material.
For more information on grounding our dirty electricity you can Google those terms and find multiple websites in videos on the subject. When it comes to grounding OR earthing I would suggest you type in electrical grounding to skip over all the esoteric and psyche websites on "spiritual grounding".
Our bodies, like the universe itself, are alive with electromagnetic forces. Life energy extends beyond the boundaries of our skin, as the latest research shows. By accessing the biological fields surrounding the human body and altering them in beneficial ways it is possible to treat diseases in a radical new way.
Today's advanced biofeedback systems are ultra-hi-tech scientifically produced instruments that use sophisticated biofeedback techniques employing a new type of "Virtual-Medicine" technology. The finest scientifically enhanced biofeedback devices turn out to be DENAS/DiaDENS (DENS) devices. DENAS and DiaDENS (DENS instruments) help you normalize your body voltage, advance your healing to help bring you good health
DENAS and DiaDENS are today's advanced versions of SCENAR®** biofeedback apparatus that were originally produced in the 70s by Russian medical organizations. They were initially designed and intended for cosmonauts' use.
It is Important to Note that in Russia today, DENS-Therapy is a part of the mainstream medicine and it is registered by the Russian Ministry of Health as an official independent method of treatment. It is taught in medical colleges as a separate discipline and may be pursued by students as a major professional specialization.
There is often no need to suffer from pain, soreness, out of balance body voltage, acute distension, distress, or almost any superficial infliction, illness, ailment, major pathology or physical disorder. Painful arthritis and osteoporosis can be of the past for you. Additionally, a DENAS or DiaDENS instrument can help alleviate conditions such as an aching backache, muscular pains, caused by overwork and activity as well as many internal related pathologies.
When ordinary medical remedies which involve drugs or pharmaceutical medicines fail you and cause new problems, it may be time for you to consider this new "space-age" solution. Additionally, when you discover that pharmaceutical and so-called methods of prevention are not really helping to correct the cause of your ailment, you may want try a new and different method. That "new method" is actually tried-and-true and proven effective throughout Europe, Australia and Russia. That method is DENS-therapy. DENS-therapy is really effective and may be an excellent solution to help you resolve problems with your health problems. DENS-therapy provides a solution that is a hi-tech, "Star Trek" type of therapy, a much less invasive solution.
The only thing you will feel is a slight sensation caused by the DENS device. In short, properly using a DENS device may bring you wonderful relief and to a healthy state of strength, and wellness.
What to expect
As the DiaDens is moved across an area of the body and it picks up an area that needs treatment there will be both be tonal alert as well as a sensation of “stickiness” along the skin. This is where the device will start delivering the necessary electrical frequencies to rebalance the body. This will not only have a pain elimination affect but will also stimulate a more balanced function to that area of the body. It is not only beneficial for pain but can also help function of the internal organs.
The electrical frequencies that your body needs can be delivered directly from the unit or through pads placed on the body. The pain and symptom relief will have an accumulative effect. In other words if the first treatment caused a two-hour relief of symptoms then the second treatment could cause 4 to 6 hours of relief until the underlying problem has been completely resolved.
Very often after just a few moments of treatment, patients will sigh (called the “Diadens sigh” by experienced practitioners).
Sighing and yawning are known to be signs of emotional release. When emotional tension is released, the way a person breathes becomes deeper, more relaxed, and normalized. So breath, emotions, and neuropeptides are closely related.
Do you know someone in pain? Tell them about Keefe Clinic.
John H. Keefe III, D.C.
DIET: FOODS FOR STRONGER NAILS AND THICKER HAIR Whey protein
"Your hair needs protein to produce keratin, the proteins that make hair strong," says Dr. Zeichner. Red meat is loaded with protein, and it also has another nutrient that's important for hair and nail health: iron. Blueberries "Antioxidants help protect your body's cells against free radical damage," says Erin Palinski, RD Almonds Not only are almonds a good source of protein, they're loaded with magnesium, which helps maintain healthy hair and nails. Oysters "Zinc is needed for many biological processes, including making proteins like those in your hair and nails," explains Dr. Zeichner. Eggs are a good source of protein and contain some vitamin D, and they also have biotin. Salmon is a good source of biotin and protein, along with omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation, and promote healthy, moisturized skin. Brazil nuts Rats deficient in selenium (a trace element linked to protection against oxidative stress) have sparse hair growth, says a study in PLoS One. Just six to eight Brazil nuts meet almost 800% of your recommended daily value, according to the National Institutes of Health.
IN THE NEWS: US heroin deaths double in link to prescription painkillers, says CDC The over-prescribing of painkillers is fuelling nearly 17,000 annual deaths from overdoses in the United States as well as a rise in heroin use, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday. The study found that the death rate from heroin overdoses doubled during that two-year span to from 1 to 2.1 deaths per 100,000 people, while deaths from prescription opioid drugs overdoses declined from 6 to 5.6 deaths per 100,000. "The rapid rise in heroin overdose deaths follows nearly two decades of increasing drug overdose deaths in the United States, primarily driven by (prescription painkiller) drug overdoses," the study found.
CONDITION OF THE WEEK: PAIN with the increase death rate and addiction from painkillers it’s time for Americans to wake up to the fact that drugs that just cover up pain is not the same as fixing the problem. Pharmaceutical companies focus on profit not on health. Chiropractic, acupuncture, electrotherapy and nutritional therapy can get to the root cause of pain and fix it without dangerous drugs. Tell a friend about chiropractic.
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As we discuss inflammatory and anti-inflammatory foods we must understand the difference in body types. There were four body types that require slightly different blends of carbohydrates fat, and proteins. These can be divided into two basic groups one the high complex carbohydrate low-fat and the other being high-protein low carbohydrate. If you’re in a high complex carbohydrate low-fat group then foods like eggs, butter, salt, redmeat and some spices could be a problem. If you’re in the high protein low carb group than refined carbohydrates sugars grains could be a problem. So it’s important to know what body type you have as you review the following list of anti-inflammatory foods. Also any food that you’re allergic to can be pro-inflammatory even on the list of anti-inflammatory foods. For instance the nightshade family can be pro-inflammatory if you’re allergic to them. They include: potatoes (Solanum tuberosum), tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum), many species of sweet and hot peppers (all species of Capsicum, including Capsicum annum), and eggplant (Solanum melongena). Less well know, but equally genuine nightshade foods include ground cherries (all species of Physalis), tomatillos (Physallis ixocapra), garden huckleberry (Solanum melanocerasum), tamarillos (Cyphomandra betacea), pepinos (Solanum muricatum), and naranjillas (Solanum quitoense). Pimentos (also called pimientos) belong to the nightshade family, and usually come from the pepper plant Capsicum annum. Pimento cheese and pimento-stuffed olives are therefore examples of foods that should be classified as containing nightshade components. Although the sweet potato, whose scientific name is Ipomoea batatas, belongs to the same plant order as the nightshades (Polemoniales), it does not belong to the Solanaceae family found in this order, but to a different plant family called Convolvulaceae.
So as you read the list of anti-inflammatory foods keep in mind that your body type might preclude some of these foods as well as your food allergies.
Inflammation is one of the body's defense mechanisms. Inflammation results in increased blood flow in response to infection and certain chronic conditions. Symptoms of inflammation include redness, swelling, pain, and heat.
But when inflammation becomes uncontrolled then it becomes the soil for chronic disease. Besides foods, stress, obesity, toxicity and an acidic chemistry help produce uncontrolled inflammation in the body.
Diseases that arise from inflammatory chemistry can be the following: Autoimmune disorders, Obesity, allergies, Alzheimer's, anemia, ankylosing spondylitis, asthma, autism, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, celiac, Crohn's disease, congestive heart failure, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, eczema, fibromyalgia, fibrosis, gallbladder disease, Gerd, Guillain-Barré , Hashimoto's thyroiditis, heart attack, kidney failure, lupus, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, pancreatitis, psoriasis, polymyalgia rheumatica, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, stroke, surgical complications, many other pain disorders.
Specifics vary from diet to diet, but in general anti-inflammatory diets suggest:
January 31, 2011
A study shows that a formulation of curcumin can relieve pain and increase mobility in patients with osteoarthritis. It can also reduce a series of inflammatory markers.
100 patients with osteoarthritis were divided in two groups -- the first group was given the "best available treatment" and the second group was given the same treatment plus 200 mg of the curcumin formulation each day.
According to IFT:
"The results showed that the [curcumin]-treated group had a statistically significant reduction in all primary clinical end-points ... These results were complemented by the evaluation of a series of inflammatory markers, soluble vascular cell adhesion molecule (sVCAM)-1, and erythrocyte sedimentation rate [ESR]) ... while no significant variation was observed in the 'best available treatment' group."
This could eventually lead to a phase out of NSAID use, at least as a treatment for mild-to-moderate osteoarthritis.
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If you've never heard of curcumin -- the pigment that gives the curry spice turmeric its yellow-orange color -- you're in for a treat, as this is one natural compound that should be on your health radar. Curcumin is also the active ingredient in turmeric, which is a very popular supplement.
Both the ancient Chinese and Indian systems of medicine have recognized curcumin's beneficial properties for thousands of years, and now modern research is showing it may be one of nature's most powerful potential healers.
Most notably, curcumin is known for its potent anti-inflammatory properties. The compound has been shown to influence more than 700 genes, and it can inhibit both the activity and the synthesis of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX2) and 5-lipooxygenase (5-LOX), as well as other enzymes that have been implicated in inflammation.
One of the BEST Supplements for Many Cancers
Dr. William LaValley from Austin Texas, is one of the top natural medicine cancer physicians I know and he recently shared this important information on curcumin which has the most evidence based literature for as a cancer support among all nutrients. There are over 100 different pathways that curcumin has an effect on once it gets into the cell. Interestingly this also includes the metabolite of curcumin and its derivatives which are also anti-cancer. Curcumin appears to be safe in the treatment of all cancers.
In India where turmeric is widely used, the prevalence of four common U.S. cancers -- colon, breast, prostate and lung -- is 10 times lower. In fact, prostate cancer, which is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in U.S. men, is rare in India and this is attributed, in part, to the curcumin in turmeric.
Numerous studies have looked into this potential cancer-fighting link, with promising results. For instance, curcumin has been found to:
And according to researchers from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, curcumin blocks a key biological pathway needed for development of melanoma and other cancers.
The spice actually stops laboratory strains of melanoma from proliferating and pushes the cancer cells to commit suicide by shutting down nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-kB), a powerful protein known to induce abnormal inflammatory response that leads to an assortment of disorders such as arthritis and cancer.
To get the full benefits that curcumin has to offer, you will want to look for a turmeric extract with at least 95% curcuminoids that contains only 100% certified organic ingredients.
The formula should be free of fillers, additives and excipients (a substance added to the supplement as a processing or stability aid), and the manufacturer should use safe production practices at all stages: planting, cultivation, selective harvesting, and then producing and packaging the final product.
Details on How to Use Curcumin
The unfortunate challenge as this time is that there are not really any very good formulations of curcumin available to use in cancer. This is because relatively high doses are required and curcumin is not absorbed that well. Typical anticancer doses are up to three grams of good bioavailable curcmin extract, three to four times daily.
One work around for this is to use the curcumin powder and make a microemulsion of it by combining a tablespoon of the powder and mixing it into 1-2 egg yolks and a teaspoon or two of melted coconut oil. Then using a high speed hand blender to emulsify the powder.
Another strategy you can use to increase absorption is to put one tablespoon of the curcumin powder into a quart of boiling water. It must be boiling when you add the powder as it will not work as well if you put it in room temperature water and heat the water and curcumin. After boiling it for ten minutes you will have created a 12% solution and you can drink this once it has cooled down. The curcumin will gradually fall out of solution over time and in about six hours it will be a 6% solution so it is best to drink the water within four hours. It does have a woody taste.
One caution to know is that you want to avoid the "yellow kitchen" syndrome. Curcumin is a very potent yellow pigment and can permanently discolor surfaces if you aren't careful. So you can perform the mixing under the hood of your stove with the blower on to make sure no powder gets into your kitchen.
Research Highlights Curcumin's Pain-Relieving Power
In the latest study of osteoarthritis patients, those who added 200 mg of curcumin a day to their treatment plan had reduced pain and increased mobility, whereas the control group, which received no curcumin, had no significant improvements.
A past study also found that a turmeric extract composed of curcuminoids (plant-based nutrients that contain powerful antioxidant properties) blocked inflammatory pathways, effectively preventing the launch of a protein that triggers swelling and pain.
A Natural Alternative to NSAIDs
Curcumin's anti-inflammatory effects help to reduce irritation to tissues characterized by pain, redness, swelling and heat, which is particularly helpful for osteoarthritis patients.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that causes joint stiffness, pain, inflammation and swelling that can become debilitating. Many patients turn to non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) and analgesics, like Tylenol, for pain relief, but the regular, chronic use of these types of medications is associated with significant, and very serious, side effects such as cardiovascular problems, gastrointestinal harm and kidney and/or liver damage.
If you are taking an NSAID, you are at approximately three times greater risk for developing serious gastrointestinal side effects than those who aren't.
Approximately 1.2 percent of patients taking NSAIDs are actually hospitalized for upper GI problems, per year of exposure. One study of patients taking NSAIDs showed that a life-threatening complication was the first sign of ulcer in more than half of the subjects.
Researchers found that the drugs suppress production of prostacyclin, which is needed to dilate blood vessels and inhibit clotting. Earlier studies had found that mice genetically engineered to be unable to use prostacyclin properly were prone to clotting disorders.
Anyone who is at increased risk of cardiovascular disease should steer clear of these medications as well. Ulcer complications are certainly potentially life-threatening, but, heart attacks are a much more common and likely risk, especially in older individuals. So having a natural alternative to NSAIDs for pain relief is invaluable, especially for a painful condition like osteoarthritis.
You can use turmeric in your cooking (choose a pure turmeric powder, rather than a curry powder, as at least one study has found that curry powders tend to contain very little curcumin), but you may also want to consider taking it in supplement form.
For many this is a more convenient method to obtain the potential health benefits, especially if it is from a high-quality organic source, and also if you don't particularly enjoy the taste of curry. As an aside, curcumin is not only beneficial for osteoarthritis … research is also emerging showing it may play a beneficial role in the following diseases:
More Natural Tips for Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis, the deterioration of cartilage that cushions your joints, is the most common form of arthritis among the elderly. It's normally associated with "wear and tear" on your joints, but can also be caused by repetitive stress or acute trauma.
In addition to an anti-inflammatory like curcumin, I've long promoted omega-3 fats for arthritis because omega-3s are also well known to help reduce inflammation. Look for a high-quality, animal-based source such as krill oil. In addition, adding glucosamine to your omega-3s appears to be an excellent choice for osteoarthritis sufferers in particular.
If you have osteoarthritis, the cartilage within your joint is progressively being damaged, and the synovial fluid that keeps your joints lubricated and cushioned is typically reduced as well. The pain is a result of your bones starting to come into contact with each other as cartilage and synovial fluid is reduced.
Your body is fully capable of rebuilding cartilage and synovial fluid, but in order to effectively do so it needs the proper building blocks. In this case, it needs glucosamine to rebuild both cartilage and synovial fluid, so correcting this deficiency by using a high-quality supplement may be helpful.
In one study, participants with moderate-to-severe hip or knee osteoarthritis who received 1,500 mg of glucosamine sulfate along with 200 mg of omega-3 had greater pain reduction and fewer symptoms (morning stiffness, pain in hips and knees) than those who took glucosamine by itself.
I also recommend for osteoarthritis:
Your program should include a range of activities, just as I recommend for any exerciser. Weight training, cardio, stretching and core work can all be integrated into your routine, and, if your condition allows, it would be wise to move toward a Peak Fitness program that is designed for reaching optimal health.
There are several other natural strategies that can offer pain relief from osteoarthritis as well, including acupuncture, herbs like ginger and boswellia, bromelain and evening primrose oil.
SLEEP seems like a perfectly fine waste of time. Why would our bodies evolve to spend close to one-third of our lives completely out of it, when we could instead be doing something useful or exciting? Something that would, as an added bonus, be less likely to get us killed back when we were sleeping on the savanna?
“Sleep is such a dangerous thing to do, when you’re out in the wild,” Maiken Nedergaard, a Danish biologist who has been leading research into sleep function at the University of Rochester’s medical school, told me. “It has to have a basic evolutional function. Otherwise it would have been eliminated.”
We’ve known for some time that sleep is essential for forming and consolidating memories and that it plays a central role in the formation of new neuronal connections and the pruning of old ones. But that hardly seems enough to risk death-by-leopard-in-the-night. “If sleep was just to remember what you did yesterday, that wouldn’t be important enough,” Dr. Nedergaard explains.
In a series of new studies, published this fall in the journal Science, the Nedergaard lab may at last be shedding light on just what it is that would be important enough. Sleep, it turns out, may play a crucial role in our brain’s physiological maintenance. As your body sleeps, your brain is quite actively playing the part of mental janitor: It’s clearing out all of the junk that has accumulated as a result of your daily thinking.
Recall what happens to your body during exercise. You start off full of energy, but soon enough your breathing turns uneven, your muscles tire, and your stamina runs its course. What’s happening internally is that your body isn’t able to deliver oxygen quickly enough to each muscle that needs it and instead creates needed energy anaerobically. And while that process allows you to keep on going, a side effect is the accumulation of toxic byproducts in your muscle cells. Those byproducts are cleared out by the body’s lymphatic system, allowing you to resume normal function without any permanent damage.
The lymphatic system serves as the body’s custodian: Whenever waste is formed, it sweeps it clean. The brain, however, is outside its reach — despite the fact that your brain uses up about 20 percent of your body’s energy. How, then, does its waste — like beta-amyloid, a protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease — get cleared? What happens to all the wrappers and leftovers that litter the room after any mental workout?
“Think about a fish tank,” says Dr. Nedergaard. “If you have a tank and no filter, the fish will eventually die. So, how do the brain cells get rid of their waste? Where is their filter?”
UNTIL a few years ago, the prevailing model was based on recycling: The brain got rid of its own waste, not only beta-amyloid but other metabolites, by breaking it down and recycling it at an individual cell level. When that process eventually failed, the buildup would result in age-related cognitive decline and diseases like Alzheimer’s. That “didn’t make sense” to Dr. Nedergaard, who says that “the brain is too busy to recycle” all of its energy. Instead, she proposed a brain equivalent of the lymphatic system, a network of channels that cleared out toxins with watery cerebrospinal fluid. She called it the glymphatic system, a nod to its dependence on glial cells (the supportive cells in the brain that work largely to maintain homeostasis and protect neurons) and its function as a sort of parallel lymphatic system.
She was hardly the first to think in those terms. “It had been proposed about one hundred years ago, but they didn’t have the tools to study it properly,” she says. Now, however, with advanced microscopes and dyeing techniques, her team discovered that the brain’s interstitial space — the fluid-filled area between tissue cells that takes up about 20 percent of the brain’s total volume — was mainly dedicated to physically removing the cells’ daily waste.
When members of Dr. Nedergaard’s team injected small fluorescent tracers into the cerebrospinal fluid of anesthetized mice, they found that the tracers quickly entered the brain — and, eventually, exited it — via specific, predictable routes.
The next step was to see how and when, exactly, the glymphatic system did its work. “We thought this cleaning process would require tremendous energy,” Dr. Nedergaard says. “And so we asked, maybe this is something we do when we’re sleeping, when the brain is really not processing information.”
In a series of new studies on mice, her team discovered exactly that: When the mouse brain is sleeping or under anesthesia, it’s busy cleaning out the waste that accumulated while it was awake.
In a mouse brain, the interstitial space takes up less room than it does in ours, approximately 14 percent of the total volume. Dr. Nedergaard found that when the mice slept, it swelled to over 20 percent. As a result, the cerebrospinal fluid could not only flow more freely but it could also reach further into the brain. In an awake brain, it would flow only along the brain’s surface. Indeed, the awake flow was a mere 5 percent of the sleep flow. In a sleeping brain, waste was being cleared two times faster. “We saw almost no inflow of cerebrospinal fluid into the brain when the mice were awake, but then when we anesthetized them, it started flowing. It’s such a big difference I kept being afraid something was wrong,” says Dr. Nedergaard.
Similar work in humans is still in the future. Dr. Nedergaard is currently awaiting board approval to begin the equivalent study in adult brains in collaboration with the anesthesiologist Helene Benveniste at Stony Brook University.
So far the glymphatic system has been identified as the neural housekeeper in baboons, dogs and goats. “If anything,” Dr. Nedergaard says, “it’s more needed in a bigger brain.”
MODERN society is increasingly ill equipped to provide our brains with the requisite cleaning time. The figures are stark. Some 80 percent of working adults suffer to some extent from sleep deprivation. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults should sleep seven to nine hours. On average, we’re getting one to two hours less sleep a night than we did 50 to 100 years ago and 38 minutes less on weeknights than we did as little as 10 years ago. Between 50 and 70 million people in the United States suffer from some form of chronic sleep disorder. When our sleep is disturbed, whatever the cause, our cleaning system breaks down. At the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, Sigrid Veasey has been focusing on precisely how restless nights disturb the brain’s normal metabolism. What happens to our cognitive function when the trash piles up?
At the extreme end, the result could be the acceleration of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. While we don’t know whether sleep loss causes the disease, or the disease itself leads to sleep loss — what Dr. Veasey calls a “classic chicken-and-egg” problem — we do know that the two are closely connected. Along with the sleep disturbances that characterize neurodegenerative diseases, there is a buildup of the types of proteins that the glymphatic system normally clears out during regular sleep, like beta-amyloids and tau, both associated with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.
“To me,” says Dr. Veasey, “that’s the most compelling part of the Nedergaard research. That the clearance for these is dramatically reduced from prolonged wakefulness.” If we don’t sleep well, we may be allowing the very things that cause neural degeneration to pile up unchecked.
Even at the relatively more benign end — the all-nighter or the extra-stressful week when you caught only a few hours a night — sleep deprivation, as everyone who has experienced it knows, impedes our ability to concentrate, to pay attention to our environment and to analyze information creatively. “When we’re sleep-deprived, we can’t integrate or put together facts,” as Dr. Veasey puts it.
But there is a difference between the kind of fleeting sleep loss we sometimes experience and the chronic deprivation that comes from shift work, insomnia and the like. In one set of studies, soon to be published in The Journal of Neuroscience, the Veasey lab found that while our brains can recover quite readily from short-term sleep loss, chronic prolonged wakefulness and sleep disruption stresses the brain’s metabolism. The result is the degeneration of key neurons involved in alertness and proper cortical function and a buildup of proteins associated with aging and neural degeneration.
It’s like the difference between a snowstorm’s disrupting a single day of trash pickup and a prolonged strike. No longer quite as easy to fix, and even when the strike is over, there’s likely to be some stray debris floating around for quite some time yet. “Recovery from sleep loss is slower than we’d thought,” Dr. Veasey notes. “We used to think that after a bit of recovery sleep, you should be fine. But this work shows you’re not.”
If you put her own research together with the findings from the Nedergaard lab, Dr. Veasey says, it “very clearly shows that there’s impaired clearance in the awake brain. We’re really starting to realize that when we skip sleep, we may be doing irreparable damage to the brain, prematurely aging it or setting it up for heightened vulnerability to other insults.”
In a society that is not only chronically sleep-deprived but also rapidly aging, that’s bad news. “It’s unlikely that poor sleep as a child would actually cause Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s,” says Dr. Veasey, “but it’s more likely that you may shift one of those diseases by a decade or so. That has profound health and economic implications.”
It’s a pernicious cycle. We work longer hours, become more stressed, sleep less, impair our brain’s ability to clean up after all that hard work, and become even less able to sleep soundly. And if we reach for a sleeping pill to help us along? While work on the effects of sleeping aids on the glymphatic system remains to be done, the sleep researchers I spoke with agree that there’s no evidence that aided sleep is as effective as natural sleep.
There is, however, reason to hope. If the main function of sleep is to take out our neural trash, that insight could eventually enable a new understanding of both neurodegenerative diseases and regular, age-related cognitive decline. By developing a diagnostic test to measure how well the glymphatic system functions, we could move one step closer to predicting someone’s risk of developing conditions like Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia: The faster the fluids clear the decks, the more effectively the brain’s metabolism is functioning.
“Such a test could also be used in the emergency room after traumatic brain injury,” Dr. Nedergaard says, “to see who is at risk of developing decline in cognitive function.”
We can also focus on developing earlier, more effective interventions to prevent cognitive decline. One approach would be to enable individuals who suffer from sleep loss to sleep more soundly — but how? Dr. Nedergaard’s mice were able to clear their brain’s waste almost as effectively under anesthesia as under normal sleeping conditions. “That’s really fascinating,” says Dr. Veasey. Though current sleeping aids may not quite do the trick, and anesthetics are too dangerous for daily use, the results suggest that there may be better ways of improving sleep pharmacologically.
Now that we have a better understanding of why sleep is so important, a new generation of drug makers can work to create the best possible environment for the trash pickup to occur in the first place — to make certain that our brain’s sleeping metabolism is as efficient as it can possibly be.
A second approach would take the opposite tack, by seeking to mimic the cleanup-promoting actions of sleep in the awake brain, which could make a full night of sound sleep less necessary. To date, the brain’s metabolic process hasn’t been targeted as such by the pharmaceutical industry. There simply wasn’t enough evidence of its importance. In response to the evolving data, however, future drug interventions could focus directly on the glymphatic system, to promote the enhanced cleaning power of the sleeping brain in a brain that is fully awake. One day, scientists might be able to successfully mimic the expansion of the interstitial space that does the mental janitorial work so that we can achieve maximally efficient round-the-clock brain trash pickup.
If that day comes, they would be on their way to discovering that all-time miracle drug: one that, in Dr. Veasey’s joking words, “could mean we never have to sleep at all.”
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JOHN H. KEEFE, III, D.C., P.C,
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SIX DAY CLEANSING DIET
This is your six-day special food program. For best results it must be followed exactly as written.
When an automobile is full of carbon, it has no pep. It is clogged up. You may put in the very best gas and oil, but the speed is not there. The sensible and logical thing to do is to take the car to a mechanic and have the carbon cleaned out. After that is done, what happens? The car seems like new. There is plenty of power.
Your body is comparable to the car. When the cells, of which you have many millions, are clogged up with ACID—SUGAR—MUCUS—PUS—etc-, you have no pep, your appetite is poor, you do not sleep well, your complexion is-bad, your eyes are dull, you suffer from aches and pains you are nervous and irritable, you feel indifferent—everything seems wrong. Life is not so much fun as it once was; in fact, you are really ill.
The sensible and logical thing to do is to CLEAN OUT, not just your bowels, but also the cells. Purge these cells—get all this accumulated toxic material out. But how?
Well, that’s easy. OBSERVE THIS SPECIAL FOOD PROGRAM. It does it every time! For six short days you will be on a FEAST—not a fast. You will be filling your body with Nature’s life-giving foods—fruits and vegetables that contain all those precious vitamins and minerals. When a sufficient amount of these live substances reaches the cells of your body, there will be a flushing and a cleansing such as you have never experienced before. You will eliminate toxic material that has been with you for years—toxic material that has robbed you of your vitality. When this gets all out, you will be like the car that has been cleaned of the carbon. You will have plenty of energy—your complexion will undergo a marvelous transformation—you will feel like a baby—aches and pains will disappear -your nerves will be at ease and you will feel so good that life will be a joy.
That is what this SPECIAL 6-DAY PROGRAM will do. Follow directions carefully. When you start this program—STICK TO IT! Don’t try it 1 day and then quit! After this program, you are to ALWAYS have some fresh raw fruit or vegetables with every meal!
BREAKFAST FOR EACH OF THE SIX DAYS
15 minutes before you are ready to eat breakfast, squeeze the JUICE of a lemon in a medium glass of hot water and drink it.
Orange or Grapefruit Juice …………………… 8 ounces. You can take more if you desire, but be sure that you take 8 ounces at least.
Cottage Cottage Cheese …………………………………….. 5 level tablespoonful. No more or no less.
Fresh Fruit………………………………………. One-half pound. You may eat more, but be sure to eat at least,
(No bananas or avocados) 1 pound. - You can eat only 1 kind of fruit, or you may mix.
Coffee or Tea …………………………………. No coffee may be used. Herb tea 1 cup if desired.
Between breakfast and lunch you should- drink all the FRUIT and VEGETABLE juice you can hold. Also, eat fresh raw vegetables and fruit. The more live food, you consume, the more thorough will be the cleansing. If you can’t get the fresh juices, us the canned variety. Make up a lot of VEGETABLE BROTH (see recipe on back). Drink lots of this broth, as it is full of minerals. V-8 juice or vegetable juice from health food store can be substituted.
LUNCH FOR EACH OF THE SIX DAYS –
Vegetable Broth ………………………….. Drink two cups during the meal.
Salad Make a chopped salad of fresh raw vegetables. Use a dressing of olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Eat at least 8 LEVEL TABLESPOONSFUL, more if you desire. Use four of the vegetables listed below: Artichokes, Asparagus, Beans, Beets, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Celery, Dandelions, Endive, Egg Plant, Fresh Green Corn, Fresh Green Peas, Green Peppers, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Lotus, Okra, Onions, Parsley, Parsnips, Pumpkin, Radishes, Rutabagas, Salsify, Spinach, Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes,
Turnips. (You may use the leaves or tops also.)
Dessert Fresh fruit with a little pure honey.
Coffee or Tea …………………………. Not at this meal.
Between lunch and dinner, drink all the fruit and vegetable juice you desire. Eat all the fresh fruit and vegetables you want. Fill up! It's medicine for you. REMEMBER: The purge comes from the vitamins and minerals in the food, so be sure to eat plenty.
DINNER FOR EACH OF THE SIX DAYS
Vegetable Broth ……Drink TWO CUPS during the meal, more if you desire.
Cooked Vegetables ………….. Select two or three of the different kinds listed above and cook them with butter. Eat a generous helping of each. (No potatoes.)
Bread ………… One medium slice WHOLE WHEAT bread with butter.
Dessert ………. Baked apple with cream or a salad of fresh fruits. A little honey OK.
Coffee or Tea NOT at this meal. And ... if you still feel hungry after dinner, eat fresh fruits and drink, fruit or vegetable juice ... ALL YOU WANT!
RECIPE FOR VEGETABLE BROTH
Take 7 carrots and 1 small bunch of celery and cut fine. Place in 2 quarts hot water and boil for 15 minutes. Add 1/3 bunch of parsley and a large handful of fresh spinach, cut fine. Boil 10 minutes more. Drain off the juice or broth. Flavor with salt, onion, okra, tomatoes, green peppers or garlic. (You may save the vegetables and use for your cooked vegetables at dinner.)
The above recipe makes about 1 day's supply. You can make more if desired, and keep in the refrigerator. It can be used hot or cold. The purpose of this broth is to FLUSH. Drink lots of it during the six days. It is full of minerals from the vegetables. It is really a refreshing, soothing drink. Enjoy!
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE PROGRAM
The first day you may feel slight discomfort by having changed your regular mode of eating, but do not allow this to disturb you, for it is natural. About the 3rd or 4th day, the bowels and kidneys will begin to move freely. Much toxic material will be passed. There may be a few minor symptoms as the result of this cleansing. This is quite natural and is to be expected. - About the 5th day, you will feel a surge of energy. You will be surprised at yourself. Your complexion will have cleared up -- your eyes will begin to brighten -- you will feel wonderfully CLEAN inside. The little cells that were so full of toxins are now clean, and they will begin to cry out for other food. Continue on until the end of the 6th day; then combine your meals so they are balanced. -- Then keep up eating much fresh, raw vegetables and fruit, and you will be motivated by your better health!
VEGA testing is a simple biofeedback procedure. Your nervous system is a highly sophisticated information retrieval and intelligent response output organ. Your nervous system is a bio computer more sophisticated any computer made by man. Part of the nervous system retrieves and analyzes information the other part responds to that information.
During the VEGA test your nervous system is exposed to several different substances that it either responds to or doesn't. Probably the easiest way to explain this is if someone has an allergy to ragweed. In an allergy test with VEGA testing we would expose the body to the vibratory rates of ragweed. Because the body recognizes this as an allergen we would monitor a response.
This is an objective response that is repeatable. We observe this response in the apparent change in arm or leg lengths. The response of tapping the knee and observing the reflex extension of the lower leg is the exact same reflex we observe. If you elicited the reflex at the knee with the leg straight you would observe a temporary shortening of that leg as the muscles contracted. This biofeedback reflex mechanism is the basis we use for monitoring in VEGA testing.
VEGA Testing is based on the phenomenon of “medicine testing” found by Dr. Reinhardt Voll, M.D., a German medical doctor, in his work with electrical acupuncture. Dr. Helmut Schimmel, M.D., also of Germany, later developed Dr. Voll’s work into a system of substance testing now known as VEGA testing.
VEGA testing is based on the effect of electrical resistance changes of the skin on certain acupuncture points (low electrical resistance areas) in response to differing substances that are either beneficial or detrimental to the body.
Dr. George Goodheart, D.C., U.S.A., discovered in the 1950’s that the muscles of the body, in the presence of certain substances, would either become weaker or stronger. This finding is part of a diagnostic system called "Applied Kinesiology". Based on this phenomena, a simple arm or leg check can monitor the body’s response to any given substance.
Because this particular procedure is more objective and can be performed repetitively without fatiguing the body, this is the system that we use.
VEGA TESTING’S SCOPE
VEGA testing is a multi-faceted diagnostic procedure. It can be used to determine if a patient has an allergic tendency, and, if they do have allergies, what particular antigens they are allergic to. VEGA testing allows us to find the major organs that are under the most stress. It also helps to determine the level of stress of each organ or part of the body. It can monitor the progress that a patient is making, without having to re-run expensive laboratory tests.
The VEGA test method allows for nutritional evaluation to determine if there are serious mineral or vitamin deficiencies, as well as food overloads, e.g., over-consumption of salts or sugars, proteins, etc. VEGA testing also gives some information about the emotional status of a patient. We can determine if the nervous system is being stressed by some strong deep emotions, and what possible remedies might be effective in helping the emotional processing.
The VEGA test method allows for determining what nutritional products or remedies might be effective in the treatment of certain conditions. VEGA test method also allows for the determination of what is called, “Causal Chain”, or the domino effect that is taking place in the body. Most of the time when one organ malfunctions, it affects another organ, which affects another, etc. To find the original, or most stressed organ, can be very important in understanding a patient’s particular health problems.
VEGA test method is a quick, easy method of developing an acupuncture diagnosis as to which meridians or electrical circuits within the body are malfunctioning.
When a patient is showing signs of an infection, VEGA testing allows for a quick evaluation to determine what is behind these acute symptoms - whether the source is a virus, bacteria, yeast overgrowth, food sensitivity, or an allergy response.
This method allows evaluation of the immune system, showing which organs in the immune system are under the most stress and need the most support.
We can determine also if a patient is suffering from geopathic stress. This condition is due to radiations that might be influencing our health because of underground streams or mineral deposits or gases from underground; these can affect our bodies in subtle ways.
Through VEGA testing we can also tell if dental fillings are having an adverse effect on the body due to mercury leaching into the system. It will indicate the presence of a toxic overload, and tell if that overload might be due simply to metabolic toxins, or if it is from heavy metals or insecticides that have entered through the environment’s food or water supply.
VEGA testing also can give us an idea of which areas of the body (which arteries, etc.) may be being affected by excessive cholesterol levels.
BIOLOGICAL SCORE (AGE)
In the Vega test system the concept of bio-score, based on evaluating the body’s response to 21 ampules for toxic load of the body, relates to the level of over-all stress or disease within the body. If we gave each organ that was malfunctioning a numerical value, then added them all up, that is the idea behind the bio-score.
By having a score like this when starting therapy we can evaluate our treatment program any time we would like. As the body heals itself the score will reflect this by going down. If the score becomes fixed then a change in the treatment program becomes necessary. The bio-score is based on the body's reaction to one or more diagnostic ampoules in a set of 21. The more ampoules that the body reacts to, the more problems that represents. If you react to two ampoules, say number 10 and 21, then your score would be 21x2. If you reacted to 3, 10, 16, 21 then your score would be 21x4. Knowing each number within your score is not important, just your top number and how many, tell the story. In those two examples, 21x2 would be better than 21x4. The following tells what to expect with different readings:
TWO SCORES: PROGNOSIS EXCELLENT MILD IMMUNE STRESS,2-6 MONTHS OF CARE.
THREE SCORES: CHRONIC IMMUNE STRESS,6-9 MONTHS OF CARE.
FOUR SCORES: IMMUNE SYSTEM NOT COPING, ADRENAL STRESS, ALLERGIES, INFLAMMATIONS, CANDIDIASIS, FATIGUE, 9-18 MONTHS CARE..
FIVE SCORES: IMMUNE AND ADRENAL STRESS VERY SEVERE, AUTO-IMMUNE LIKELY,1 1/2-2 1/2 yrs. 0F CARE.
SIX SCORES: PROGNOSIS POOR, SERIOUS DISEASE LIKELY, SLOW RECOVERY, 2 1/2 +yrs. OF CARE.
THE ABOVE WAS BASED ON A LARGE SAMPLE OF PATIENTS AROUND THE WORLD . YOUR RECOVERY MAY BE FASTER.
We invite you to contact our office to schedule VEGA testing 918-663-1111.
Bad posture doesn't happen overnight. It's a gradual process. Bad posture is a response to how you hold your body in various positions, such as sitting, slouching and standing. After a period of time, your posture muscles become weak and other muscles take over the work, making it comfortable to slouch.
Your body responds to your bad postural habits, and soon begins to adapt to these habitual poses until they begin to feel "normal ", making it comfortable to slouch and end up with all kinds of aches and pains - because your back muscles are overworked and overstretched.
Typical problems relating to bad posture include back ache, headaches, muscle fatigue and strain. Even the position and function of major organs can be affected by bad posture.
The common manifestations of bad posture are swayback (a large curve in the back) and slouching, where everything moves forward and rolls in.
Computer use is the cause of a significant number of injuries related to posture and positioning. High heeled shoes, boots, tight clothing and wide belts also shift our center of gravity and move us out of normal alignment.
In order to remedy the problem of bad posture, postural exercises and stretching must be done. This is where the Posture Blocks therapeutic cushion comes into play. Posture Blocks lets gravity do all the work and replicates some of the recommended postural exercises. All you have to do is lay on the cushion! Allowing gravity to stretch the muscles is less harmful than forcing a stretch on an overworked, tight muscle. Sometimes people overstretch their muscles causing damage to the tissues.
Posture Blocks starts stretching the chest area and relaxes the back muscles as soon as you lay on it, relieving the tension and stress in the upper body caused by poor posture.
For best results, integrate the Posture Blocks cushion into your lifestyle. Make it part of your daily routine. The benefits of the Posture Blocks cushion are so numerous it will literally change your quality of life!
How the Posture Blocks Posture Cushion Works
The special contours and foam density of the Posture Blocks cushion causes your body weight, along with the pull of Gravity to stretch muscles that need to be stretched and relax muscles that need to be relaxed. Imagine an exercise program that works by you doing nothing except lie on the cushion!
This is what Posture Blocks can accomplish for you:
* Reduces Forward Head Posture;
* Stretches the front upper body tissues;
* Shortens the back tissues;
* Stimulates the spinal postural muscles;
* Increases circulation;
* Opens up the chest region, increasing respiratory functions;
* Alleviates upper AND lower back, shoulder and neck pain;
* Relieves muscle tension;
* Improves posture by aligning head, neck and upper body in correct position;
* Reduces slouching, improving self confidence;
* Relieves TMJ.
Can you think of any other product that can achieve so much?
For best results, Posture Blocks should be used daily for 5 to 20 minutes. Once you are used to the cushion, you can extend the usage over time, but do not use it for longer than 20 minutes at a time. Remember, your Posture Blocks is a therapeutic cushion, NOT a pillow. DO NOT sleep on your Posture Blocks.
"All my life I have had 'rounded shoulders' and not a very good standing position, since the first use of Posture Blocks my shoulders have pulled back and I have noticed the strain I felt in my neck and shoulders disappear. I am more upright and my chest size seems to have increased because it is pushed out now instead of being pulled under.
The first time I used Posture Blocks I also noticed an adjustment in my TMJ within moments of standing up.
Posture Blocks is extremely comfortable and I find it very easy to completely relax and drift off to sleep often. Wonderful product!!!
I now recommend it to my patients who are also noting changes in their posture - even from the first time of use!" -- Ian J Holmes, Bowen Therapist, Bradford, England
"I have never seen any device work quicker with greater patient compliance, not even traction. Posture Blocks works. Period".-- Dr. Joseph Ventura, posture expert and author of the Posture Pro computerized posture analysis system.
"I just received the Posture Blocks today - and I absolutely love it. I knew what my neck has looked like since chiropractic school, and have been using all sorts of ideas trying to restore the curve to my neck. I had a lateral film taken a few months back, and to my dismay, my neck was still as straight as it was when I left school three years ago. Anyways, after using it for 20 minutes on my lunch hour today, I could notice a difference already -- so I had my CA take a lateral film to see if anything changed. I couldn't believe it For the first time in years, there was a curve! Obviously, I still have work to do, but I was amazed to see a physical change on x-ray after one use!"
-- Dr. Lisa Olszewski, Chelsea, MI
"After so many years of physical abuse playing in the NBA, my body was really sore and tired. Then I discovered Posture Blocks. What a relief! For the first time in many years my upper body is relaxed and free of pain."-- Wallace Bryant , former NBA Center and Power Forward for the Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76er's and Orlando Magic.
"It's working great! My shoulder is no longer hurting and my shoes are wearing properly (the actual sole of the shoe and not the side of the sole). I'm not a chiropractor, just a person who found your web site while searching for answers to my problem which I had figured out was impingement of my right shoulder because of improper posture because of the FHP. I no longer walk with my face pointing downwards, and I now see more of the world 🙂 I do have to remind myself about my mental habit if I starting seeing my shoes again when walking."
-- Chris Osborn, Long Beach, CA
"I have been using Posture Blocks daily for about a month now in conjunction with physical therapy, and the results are amazing. My posture has improved remarkably, and my neck and shoulder aches are almost completely gone. This is probably one of the only products in the market that treats FHP problems with convenience, ease, and efficacy. I strongly recommend it."
-- L. Pichoo, Malaysia
"Using Posture Blocks for only two days and I can already see and feel an improvement in my posture. My round shoulders aren't round anymore! Amazing!"-- Carolyn Wilson BTAA, Retired Nurse & Bowen Therapist, Lancaster, England
"The Posture Blocks is a miraculously simple assistive device which could allow everyone to experience the naturalness of normal good posture. Thank you for making this product available and affordable to my patients."
-- Dr. Karen DeYoung, Alexandria, Virginia
"I ordered your product and had one of my patients try it and she really has benefited from it. In fact she began to have an increase in her pain when she didn't use it and had to return to see me. She fortunately has been corrected and now back to using the product and is very satisfied."-- Judith Whatley P.T., Houston, TX
Studies show more people are searching for natural solutions for their health. In 1993 the American Medical Association did a survey of health habits of Americans and found that more Americans visited doctors that practiced natural healthcare then doctors that practiced drug therapy and surgery.
There are many reasons for this shift in healthcare. Some people are concerned about the side effects that drugs have, (2000 deaths per week and over 1 million injuries per year), some people have a sense of body ecology and don't want to put any artificial substances within their body. Some people have discovered drugs mainly cover-up symptoms and never get to the root of their problem, and are more concerned with maximizing their health than just making some symptoms disappear.
I'm sure you have seen either a popular magazine or news program on TV on the benefits of different natural healthcare techniques. Chiropractic is the world's largest natural healthcare profession and specializes in finding the root cause of health problems and helping restore patients to better health through natural methods.
At Keefe clinic these are the principles that we specialize in. We promise you that we will not just cover-up your symptoms and allow the underlying condition time to get worse.
Chiropractic care, homeopathic care, individualized diet, acupuncture, nutritional therapy, muscle therapy and exercise, whatever it takes to move your body from disease to health, dysfunction to realizing your genetic potentials. We will customize a program to fit your particular health needs, from low back pain and headaches to digestive problems and PMS. From ear infections in babies to arthritis or heart disease and the geriatric patient, we offer the latest and natural healthcare.
If you have a health problem or suffering from some painful condition I would like to invite you to come in for a complimentary consultation, or, if you have been looking for clinic that offers natural healthcare and want to get started rebuilding your health, please give Keefe clinic call at 918-663-1111. We offer classic diagnostic testing as well as unique state-of-the-art innovative testing techniques from the natural healthcare field to help understand the nature of your particular health issues and help customize a treatment program. We offer comprehensive natural family care. Come join the revolution. Learn how to take control of your health needs.
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Magnesium is the number one mineral Americans are Deficient in. According to the USDA, not only do most Americans not get the RDA for magnesium, most of us-56% do not even get two-thirds of that amount. Because magnesium is depleted by stress, exercise, and alcohol, our needs are often well beyond the RDA, which many find inadequate in the first place.
What country has the highest rate of milk consumption? That's right: America. Now another question: what country has the highest rate of consuming calcium supplements? That is correct: America again. So, obviously, you would say, America must have the lowest occurrence of osteoporosis of all countries. Right? Wrong. We have one of the highest rates in the globe! Why? Excess calcium combined with low magnesium.
Optimum levels of magnesium: prevent kidneys stones, lowers blood pressure, build healthy bones, enhance athletic endurance and increase muscle size in response to weight training, protects the heart and arteries, prevents muscle cramps, protects the body from the damage of stress, increases energy production and fat burning, enhancing insulin function, balances blood sugar, helps relieve nervous tension and the low blood sugar of PMS, nourishs and calms the nervous system, enhancing immunity, prevents aluminum deposits in the tissues, decreases craving for foods such as chocolate.
Magnesium is the most important nutrient for the heart. Magnesium deficiency is the #1 cause of death by heart attack in the country. Getting optimal amounts of magnesium has been shown to: increase cardiac output, prevent cardiac arrhythmias and deaths they cause, decrease the output of stress hormones, which intern protects the heart, prevents the build-up of plaque on artery walls, prevents the dangerous depletion of magnesium caused by diuretic medications.
Congestive heart failure patients frequently have low magnesium levels. Most patients suffering from peripheral vascular disease are also deficient. Magnesium is also excreted in higher amounts by those with mitral valve prolapse.
Magnesium is essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system. Without sufficient magnesium the nerve cells can not give or receive messages, and become excitable and highly reactive. This causes the person to become highly sensitive and highly nervous. Noises will seem excessively loud and the person will jump at sudden sounds like a door slamming and will generally be nervous and on edge. Lights can appear to be too bright.
Magnesium deficiency is the most common mineral deficiency in diabetics. This may cause the many other complications seen in this disease. Magnesium and insulin work hand in hand.. Magnesium deficiency stops the body from using sugar correctly. Diabetics supplemented with magnesium have greater improved sugar metabolism and tissue response to insulin. Type II diabetics have significantly reduced magnesium levels when compared to healthy controls. Low levels of magnesium may be one of the main reason insulin fails to work for Type II diabetics.
Magnesium has been shown to be helpful in treatment of viral and bacterial infections, bronchitis, acne, the conjunctivitis. It is also particularly important for those who suffer from the overgrowth of the yeast known as candida albicans.
If you have enough magnesium in your blood, that does not mean you have adequate amounts in your body. Serum magnesium is like the amount of money in your pocket. The amount of magnesium in your tissues is like your net worth. They has nothing to do with each other. Magnesium spends it's time inside your cells, not outside. Serum levels of magnesium can be elevated and magnesium deficiency can still be present. Red blood cell and white blood cell magnesium is a better indicator of body stores. The best test for magnesium, however, is the magnesium loading test. In this test, magnesium is administrative orally or intravenously. A lack of magnesium in the urine is seen as a clear sign of deficiency. This method has detected magnesium deficiencies in a large percentage of hospital patients.
Magnesium Depletors: coffee, sugar, diuretics, drugs of all types, low thyroid, STRESS, and a high calcium diet.
Food sources for magnesium include nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans, seafood, leafy greens, and fresh vegetable juices. Few Americans eat enough of these foods.
Epson Salt baths are another way to get more of this valuable mineral into your body.
Week of: Monday Sept. 30, 2013
John H. Keefe III, D.C.
WELLNESS: VITAMIN B COULD HELP REDUCE RISK OF STROKE Vitamin B supplements may help reduce a person’s risk of stroke, Medical News Today reported. In a study published in the journal Neurology, researchers analyzed the results of 14 clinical trials involving 54,913 participants. Overall, they discovered that people taking vitamin B supplements for six months demonstrated a 7 percent reduced risk of stroke compared to people taking very low doses of the supplement, or a placebo. However, vitamin B did not appear to have any effect on the severity of strokes suffered by patients or their risk of death. Additionally, while vitamin B appeared to be effective, vitamin B12 had no effect on risk of stroke while vitamin B9 reduced the effects of vitamin B in terms of reducing stroke, according to Medical News Today. Vitamin B has also been shown to be useful for other health issues such as anxiety, depression, Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease.
CHIROPRACTIC: Chiropractic Care of a Pediatric Patient with Symptoms Associated with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Fuss-cry-irritability with Sleep Disorder Syndrome and Irritable Infant Syndrome of Musculoskeletal Origin
J Canadian Chiropractic Association 2008 (Dec); 52(4): 248–255 The mother of a 3-month old girl presented her daughter for chiropractic care with a medical diagnosis of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Her complaints included frequently interrupted sleep, excessive intestinal gas, frequent vomiting, excessive crying, difficulty breastfeeding, plagiocephaly and torticollis. Previous medical care consisted of Prilosec prescription medication. Notable improvement in the patient’s symptoms was observed within four visits and total resolution of symptoms within three months of care. This case study suggests that patients with complaints associated with both musculoskeletal and nonmusculoskeletal origin may benefit from chiropractic care.
Kinesio Taping gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It is also used for Preventive Maintenance, Edema, and to treat pain.
Kinesio Taping is a technique based on the body's own natural healing process. This Kinesio Taping exhibits its efficacy through the activation of neurological and circulatory systems. This method basically stems from the science of Kinesiology, hence the name "Kinesio". Muscles are not only attributed to the movements of the body but also control the circulation of venous and lymph flows, body temperature, etc. Therefore, the failure of the muscles to function properly induces various kinds of symptoms.
Consequently, so much attention was given to the importance of muscle function that the idea of treating the muscles in order to activate the body's own healing process came about. Using an elastic tape, it was discovered that muscles and other tissues could be helped by outside assistance. Employment of Kinesio Taping creates a totally new approach to treating nerves, muscles, and organs. The first application of Kinesio Taping was for a patient with articular disorders.
For the first 10 years, orthopedists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and other medical practitioners were the main users of Kinesio Taping. Soon thereafter, Kinesio Taping was used by the Japanese Olympic volleyball players and word quickly spread to other athletes. Today, Kinesio Taping is used by medical practitioners and athletes around the world.
The Kinesio Taping Method is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement on a 24hr/day basis. It is non-restrictive type of taping which allows for full range of motion.
In contrast, traditional sports' taping is wrapped around a joint strictly for stabilization and support during a sporting event obstructing the flow of bodily fluids as an UNDESIRABLE side-effect.
Kinesio Tape is used for anything from headaches to foot problems and everything in between. Examples include: muscular facilitation or inhibition in pediatric patients, carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back strain/pain (subluxations, herniated disc), knee conditions, shoulder conditions, hamstring, groin injury, rotator cuff injury, whiplash, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, patella tracking, pre and post surgical edema, ankle sprains, athletic preventative injury method, and as a support method.
By the time the first symptoms of most health care problems appear, that condition has been developing for months, if not years. There is an initial incident that causes normal function to be interrupted. After the loss of normal function, the next step is the tissue change or pathology. Then after enough tissue damage has taken place, symptoms will finally begin to appear. Considering this, it is clear that by the time we feel or know something is wrong the process is already in one of its later stages.
The 40 year old executive who dies of a sudden heart attack may have had no symptoms beforehand, no forewarning that the problem was there until too late. However, he did not just get "sick". There were processes leading up to that fatal moment of symptoms. This is basically true with most other health care problems. When the underlying dysfunction begins, the body tries to compensate. Then the dysfunction changes in nature, and the body again tries to compensate for that change. Each one of these compensations become, in fact, a" layer" of the disease process. Battle after battle, war after war, the two processes rage on: breakdown, degeneration, and death fight against repair, regeneration, and life. Back and forth it goes, until eventually, in the disease process, the degeneration starts to win, and, in time, symptoms inform the person of this fact. Usually the first symptoms are faint and infrequent. Gradually they become more severe and frequent, until the person realizes that something is really wrong. Unfortunately, in our society, the first step then is to try to SUPPRESS these symptoms.
The American health care system approach is sadly ineffective: most doctors will recommend a drug or medication to help cover up or suppress the symptoms. Aspirin for chronic headaches, coating solutions for chronic indigestion, tranquilizers for chronic anxiety, nervousness, depression, painkillers for chronic pain, and on and on. These approaches simply do not deal with the problem. As we sedate or cover up the symptoms, this allows the disease process time to become more chronic, more imbedded and deep-seated, and more difficult for the body to correct, or repair.
When the patient, finally desperate enough to seek alternative health care options, finds a doctor who is involved in returning the body back to true health, he can find himself in an uphill struggle. By now there is layer upon layer upon layer of the disease process already in place. There will also be toxic remains within the body from the drugs, that will have to be eliminated. Most disease processes change as they progress; as more and more tissues become involved, and then different organs.
The natural health care physician now must help the patient work back through each of these levels in an effort to reach true health. The disease process could represent 5-40 years of progression! However, the patient may have only had symptoms for weeks or months. His expectation is to be well in a week or so, unless he is made aware of the true nature of his condition. The healing process can take time, as the body back-tracks through each level of toxicity and dysfunction until it returns itself to 100% normal function.
This layer effect is something that becomes very obvious in our offices when we utilize VEGA-TESTING as part of the diagnostic evaluation of a patient. When a patient comes in with a particular symptom which concerns him, we do the initial testing. Certain organs, glands, deficiencies, etc. show up at that time. As we treat these, we may find that the condition will improve, but not completely disappear. Further testing then may reveal other organs or glands that need to be treated; or the same gland may need additional treatment that wasn't evident at the first test.
This is because the body can only deal with certain levels at a time. To use an example, if we are dealing with a certain stomach condition, it may actually be a condition that is being affected by the pancreas, the liver, the kidneys, and the colon. The initial diagnostic evaluation may only show a problem with the stomach that is associated with the pancreas. As we treat the pancreas, strengthen its function, and clear that problem, then the liver and colon may show up. They will then need to be supported, and treated. After that the kidney may show up. This is because it reflects the process of how the stomach problem first originated. We will go through a reverse order until we completely clear out all the factors that lead to the particular stomach problem; then the stomach will completely heal at that time. In this process. symptoms may have gotten better at each stage, or there might not have been any symptom relief until we got to the final stage.
Because of these particular complexities, there may be a time factor involved in the healing process that we as Americans are unprepared for. "Plop plop, Fizz fizz, Oh, what a relief it is!" is the philosophy of quick cure that is very popular with our "instant" world. We want what we want and we want it NOW! If you want quick relief at any cost, then you will not have a healthy body. Our apporach is dedicated to finding the root cause/s of your health problem and to work with the body until we return each organ, gland, and system of the body back to normal. And, understand, that can take time.
It is also possible that, as we remove one layer after another, certain negative symptoms can show up. This can be common in natural health care, and has several different names: retracing, de-toxins, healing crisis. It is basically a detoxifying process that the body has to go through in order to get well. That is why we will often recommend different types of cleansing diets to help the body quickly flush out these stored toxins so that it can get on with the process of healing, and so that the process can be undergone with the least amount of discomfort possible.
If you have been asked to read this brochure by Dr. Keefe, it is probably because you find yourself presently in this process. Your body is attempting to return itself back to normal as fast as it can, but it may not he doing that as quickly as you would like it to. We ask that you have patience with the process, for your body's sake. We ask that you continue to follow the recommendations you have been given in order to help you get well. Be sure to communicate any questions about your particular symptoms to Dr. Keefe. We are partners in "peeling the onion" one layer at a time, attempting to get to the core. That is the goal of good health. We all have a potential of a level of good health if we are willing to work the process until we get to the desired destination. Good health may be just around the corner - you may be closer than you think you are.
That is why it is important that we have a clear understanding about health and how to achieve it. Good health will affect every aspect of our lives. Good health will give us the energy we need to enjoy life and to do the things we must do in life. Good health is essential for a good state of mind, and for a feeling of wellbeing, of enjoying life at its fullest. It is worth our strong commitment and effort to be healthy in order to fulfill our callings in life.
But it takes time ... and effort. If you have not had a recent diagnostic workup, including blood tests and VEGA testing, your health could be at risk and you would not know it yet. We encourage you to schedule a Diagnostic health screen at our office to make sure all systems are functioning as they should be. Do what you need to do to get well, and then stay well by continuing to do what you need to do. Our first concern is your health. You are worth the time and effort it takes to reach that goal!! REMEMBER TIME IS THE FRIEND OF DISEASE, Get going NOW.
"The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, diet , and in the cause and prevention of disease." Thomas Edison
When a Chiropractic physician positions his hands to give an adjustment, a change is about to take place that could improve your health for a lifetime. Because nerves and blood flow from between your vertebra and not only go to the internal organs but to other parts of your body, misalignments potentially can have a devastating effect on your health.
The nervous system controls and coordinates every organ, part and system of the body and relates the individual to his or her environment. (Grays Anatomy)
Let me explain: little Tommy, due to his serious asthma reactions, could not go outside and play with his friends, that is until after his Chiropractic adjustments started. Then he could play with the best of them. Chiropractic adjustments freed Jeff of his chronic daily headaches and his wife Jessica no longer has sinus headaches. Beth was afraid to hold her newborn after the car accident because of her seizures, her medical doctor told her even though the drugs were starting to lose their effect he could not increase the dose because it could be fatal. After her first adjustments she never had another seizure.
Frank has suffered 20 years with his neck, shoulders and arms. It was that car accident he had when he was 20. He took the pain medication and the muscle relaxers but he never was free from the pain. That is until he got his Chiropractic adjustments. Sandy had carpal tunnel syndrome and was told surgery was her only option. Chiropractic adjustments proved that wrong. Jim was sure he was having a heart attack but after five hours at the hospital they sent him home with pain pills. Three or four times a week he would be gripped with chest pain and it became hard to breathe. Chiropractic adjustments changed that. Jim's mother suffered from digestive problems for the past 15 years. Chiropractic adjustments restored the normal nerve and blood flow to her digestive system and she can eat whatever she wants now. Jeannette suffered from chronic colitis that kept her running to the bathroom three or four times after each meal. She stopped doing activities that she used to have fun doing because of the flare-ups. It's been six months since she received her first Chiropractic adjustments. It's been five months since she had her last attack of colitis.
Bill was told surgery was his only option for his back injury and his surgeon told him there was no way he could return back to the type of work he has been doing the past 30 years. He received his first Chiropractic adjustments on Monday and by Friday he was back working full-time amazed how much better he was doing. Jennifer has had bad menstrual periods ever since she was 18 and the ibuprofen that she was taking started causing serious kidney problems. After she started receiving Chiropractic adjustments her next period was already 50 percent better and by her third period she was pain free for first-time. Linda and Bill had been trying to have a family for four years. Two months after they started Chiropractic adjustments Linda was pregnant.
Some patients say they need to get popped, others cracked. I prefer the word adjustment, after over 40 years of experiences like the ones above that word seems to better describe the act of releasing health back into the body. Now don't get me wrong, you can call it what you want. It's not what you call it; it's just making sure you get it on a regular basis.
Health is when each organ is functioning properly, and is functioning in relation to the needs and wants of the rest of the body. (Dorland's Medical Dictionary)
Nerves from the spinal cord (Pre-ganglionic fibers) communicate (synapse) with the nerves controlling organs (up to 20 post-ganglionic fibers - autonomic chain).
Vertebra become subluxated (misaligned) and compress the nerves (pinched nerves).
10 millimeters of pressure decrease the nerve function 40%. 20 millimeters of pressure decrease function by 60%. (Spinal Research University Colorado)
This nerve pressure causes the underlying weakness that allows disease to develop. Healthy bodies don't get sick.
Studies show chiropractic is twice as effective as medical care, at half the cost. (Trial records Wilks vs. AMA)