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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday June 8, 2020

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: 20% of COVID Patients Caught Disease at Hospital Figures released from NHS England suggest that up to 20% of hospital patients with COVID-19 were infected at the hospital, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson went so far as to call deaths from hospital-acquired COVID-19 an epidemic. A rapid review and meta-analysis of 40 studies found an even higher rate of nosocomial (originating in a hospital) infections, revealing that, among the confirmed patients, the proportions of nosocomial infections were 44% for COVID-19, 36% for SARS and 56% for MERS. The “high-tech” hospitals of modern day, with their enclosed, indoor close quarters, may be facilitating the spread of disease far more so than open-air hospitals of yesteryear. Records from an open-air hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, during the Spanish flu outbreak of 1918 to 1919 suggest that patients and staff there, who were treated outdoors in fresh air and sunlight, were spared the worst of the outbreak. Note: For those who don’t work at maintaining a high immune function by working at maintaining a high level of health then these can be dangerous times. The mere presence of a microorganism does not cause disease. Your immune system has to allow the organism to set up housekeeping to cause disease. Studies of patients who get regular chiropractic care show that they have an immune system functioning at 200% above the average person on the street. Keeping your nervous system free of pressure and eating foods consistent with your body type and getting some type of regular exercise can supercharge your immune system. Don’t wait for the next pandemic.

WELLNESS:  Odds are ... your gut is leaking...  The truth is: there are too many people suffering from a damaged gut lining that allows harmful elements like toxins, pathogens, and large food particles to leak through. This sets the stage for chronic inflammation - and ultimately, DISEASE! This is why the condition called “leaky gut” has been linked to so many health issues like, brain fog, arthritis and joint pain, anxiety, depression, dementia plus so much more. Bottom line: To fix the problem, you must heal your leaky gut and stop the source of inflammation. One way to help is by increasing the number of “friendly” bacteria living in your gut. A new, double-blind study in the Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine found that this one special ingredient (that’s probably in your home right now) could cause a 70% improvement in good gut bacteria in less than 60 days! According to another study in Phytotherapy Research Journal, this same ingredient is “significantly better” for joint pain than conventional anti-inflammatories.  And, it does NOT offer negative side effects! In fact, there have been over 6,000 peer-reviewed scientific journals published discussing this ingredient’s health benefits! Don't let this epidemic of leaky gut rob you of the healthy life you deserve.

CHIROPRACTIC: Low Back Pain: An Ice Pack or the Hot Tub? Many patients perform some self-care when they first hurt their lower back, hoping this will keep them out of a doctor’s office. While home remedies can sometimes make the pain go away, sometimes they don’t. It just depends on what you try. When the back is first hurt, it’s often a sprain/strain type of injury with accompanying muscle spasm.  When a nerve in the low back becomes pinched or irritated, the body will protect the delicate nerves by keeping you from moving and risking further nerve injury. The easiest way for the body to do this is to cause the back muscles to spasm in the injured area. Muscle pain can be quite severe and heat can sometimes soothe the pain. For this reason, many patients take to the heating pad or to the hot tub to try and get some relief. This should be avoided in an acute injury because inflammation is present. With inflammation, there is increased heat and the additional heat you provide is like adding gasoline to a fire. The results are usually not good. A better choice with an acute injury is to ice the area, but this also needs to be done with some caution. The simplest ice pack is ice cubes placed in a plastic bag. While effective, you can cause a frostbite injury if you leave the pack on for too long. Once numbness is achieved, the pack should be removed. You should most definitely not fall asleep while the pack is on. If this simple procedure does not solve the problem, it’s best to get your spine checked by a doctor of chiropractic.

FUNNY BONE: Why did the skeleton start a fight? He had a bone to pick.@@What’s the coolest part of a skeleton? The hip.@@What do you call a funny bone? A humerus.@@ “I told my boss that she made a mistake in the timetable because there is no 29th of February this year. She said, ’Do you mean that Tuesday is followed by Thursday this year?’ She was very serious.”@@ My three-year-old daughter stuck out her hand and said, “Look at the fly I killed, Mommy.” Since she was eating a juicy pickle at the time, I thrust her contaminated hands under the faucet and washed them with antibacterial soap. After sitting her down to finish her pickle, I asked, with a touch of awe, “How did you kill that fly all by yourself?” Between bites, she said, “I hit it with my pickle.”@@ One of the shortest wills ever written: “Being of sound mind, I spent all the money.”@@ Wrong number: Person 1: Hey Rachyl, do you remember me? Person 2: Wrong number. Person 1: What’s your number then?@@ Little League is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets. —Yogi Berra, Yankees Catcher

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