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Week of: Monday Jan. 27, 2020

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS:  Antacids put your health and nutrition at risk The most popular acid reflux medications — proton pump inhibitors like NexiumPrilosec and Prevacid, which are taken daily — can have serious side effects and “are not the benign drugs the public thinks they are,” said Dr. Shoshana J. Herzig of Harvard Medical School. Over the past five years, the federal Food and Drug Administration has issued numerous warnings about proton pump inhibitors, saying that long-term use, defined as a year or more, increases the risk of hip, wrist and spine fractures (though studies have found an increase in bone fractures with use over shorter periods). Long-term use can also lead to low levels of magnesium in the blood, which can precipitate seizures, arrhythmias and muscle spasms, according to the F.D.A. The use of these inhibitors for any period of time is also associated with an increase of intestinal infections and a higher risk of Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea, a potentially life-threatening disease. An F.D.A. advisory warns patients who use these drugs to contact their health care providers immediately if they develop persistent diarrhea that does not improve. Several studies have also reported that proton pump inhibitors increase the risk for pneumonia in hospital patients; a similar increase was not seen among patients taking a different type of acid-reflux drug called a histamine-2 receptor blocker (a drug like Pepcid or Zantac), Dr. Herzig said. Long-term P.P.I. use may reduce the absorption of other important nutrients, vitamins and minerals besides magnesium, such as calcium, iron and vitamin B12, and has been linked with anemia. NOTE: Ask us about natural remedies for acid reflux

WELLNESS: Fatigue There are a lot of reasons for fatigue or energy loss. Poor diet, not being as active as your body type requires, hormone imbalances, blood sugar imbalances and stress on you nervous system from misalignments. To properly address diet you need to know your body type. With the knowledge of your body type you can learn the best foods to maintain chemical balance and health. This can go a long way in raising your energy level. When you know your body type you have insight on what type of exercises work best for you. With Vega testing we can determine any hormonal imbalances or blood sugar imbalances that might be affecting your sense of well-being. And with the proper chiropractic evaluation we can determine where you might be carrying stress on you nervous system and what organs or systems that might affect. Of course rest and relaxation along with 7-9 hours of sleep can go a long ways of maintaining better energy levels as well as better mental focus and function. Stimulants are the worst way of trying to address the lack of energy because your body is trying to tell you something is wrong and just whipping the horse with some stimulant will cause more problems. If you or someone you know are sick and tired of being sick and tired start with an evaluation at Keefe clinic. Remember the five laws of health: diet, exercise, rest and relaxation, a positive mental and spiritual attitude and a healthy nervous system.

CONDITION OF THE WEEK: Detoxification With more than 80,000 chemicals put into American household products, food, and food packaging each year, we need to detox. Things you should know about detoxing1. Limit AlcoholMore than 90% of alcohol is metabolized in your liver. 2. Focus on SleepSleeping allows your brain to reorganize and recharge itself, as well as remove toxic waste byproducts that have accumulated throughout the day One of those waste products is a protein called beta-amyloid, which contributes to the development of Alzheimer's disease. 3. Drink More WaterWater transports these waste products, efficiently removing them through urination, breathing, or sweating. So staying properly hydrated is important for detoxification 4. Reduce Your Intake of Sugar and Processed FoodsBy consuming less junk food, you can keep your body’s detoxification system healthy. Excess junk food consumption is linked to chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes. These conditions can cause harm to organs important to detoxifying, such as your liver and kidneys. 5. Eat Antioxidant-Rich FoodsAntioxidants protect your cells against damage caused by molecules called free radicals. Oxidative stress is a condition caused by excessive production of free radicals. 6. Eat Foods High in PrebioticsGut health is important for keeping your detoxification system healthy. Your intestinal cells have a detoxification and excretion system that protects your gut and body from harmful toxins, such as chemicals 7. Decrease Your Salt IntakeConsuming too much salt can cause your body to retain excess fluid, especially if you have a condition that affects your kidneys or liver — or if you don’t drink enough water. 8. Get Activephysical activity lowers inflammation and allows your body’s detoxification system to work properly. 9. Other Helpful Detox Tips Eat sulfur-containing foods.  Try out chlorella. Chlorella is a type of algae that has many nutritional benefits and may enhance the elimination of toxins like heavy metals, according to animal studies Flavor dishes with cilantro. Cilantro enhances excretion of certain toxins, such as heavy metals like lead, and chemicals, including phthalates and insecticides. Support glutathione. Eating sulfur-rich foods like eggs, broccoli, and garlic helps enhance the function of glutathione, a major antioxidant produced by your body that is heavily involved in detoxification. Switch to natural cleaning products. Choose natural body care. 

FUNNY BONE: "Doctor, please hurry. My son swallowed a razor-blade." "Don't panic, I'm coming immediately. Have you done anything yet?" "Yea, I shaved with the electric razor."@@ A man speaks frantically into the phone, "My wife is pregnant, and her contractions are only two minutes apart!" "Is this her first child?" the doctor queries. "No, you idiot!" the man shouts. "This is her husband!"@@ Doctor: "I've got very bad news - you've got cancer and Alzheimer's" Patient: "Well, at least I don't have cancer"@@A man walks into a doctor's office. He has a cucumber up his nose, a carrot in his left ear and a banana in his right ear.
"What's the matter with me?" he asks the doctor. The doctor replies, "You're not eating properly."@@ "Doctor, are you sure I'm suffering from pneumonia? I've heard once about a doctor treating someone with pneumonia and finally he died of typhus." "Don't worry, it won't happen to me. If I treat someone with pneumonia he will die of pneumonia."@@ A pipe burst in a doctor's house. He called a plumber. The plumber arrived, unpacked his tools, did mysterious plumber-type things for a while, and handed the doctor a bill for $600. The doctor exclaimed, "This is ridiculous! I don't even make that much as a doctor!." The plumber quietly answered, "Neither did I when I was a doctor."