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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday July 20, 2020

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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IN THE NEWS: The COVID-19 Curve Has Been Flattened Even though the COVID-19 curve has been flattened, mainstream media outlets continues to push doomsday predictions of an impending explosion of deaths. According to Stanford University's disease prevention chairman Dr. John Ioannidis, the COVID-19 fatality rate for those under the age of 45 is “almost zero,” and between the ages of 45 and 70, it’s somewhere between 0.05% and 0.3%. So, the fact that young and middle-aged adults are testing positive in droves is not a warning sign of an impending onslaught of deaths, as the risk of death in these age groups is minuscule. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the COVID-19 mortality — which had declined for the last 10 weeks straight — “is currently at the epidemic threshold,” meaning if it declines just a little more, COVID-19 will no longer be considered an epidemic. The sharp increases in “cases” are not proof of disease spread but, rather, the spread of testing.

WELLNESS:  Save your teeth: Discover natural ways to improve gum health   (NaturalHealth365)  Naturally, everybody wants healthy teeth and gums – especially when you consider the connection between poor oral health and chronic disease. Unfortunately, in order to avoid tooth loss, it would appear that too many people remain uneducated about how to improve gum health – the key to maintaining strong teeth.So, how do we avoid gum disease1. Consume calcium-rich foods:   Please note: We do not recommend the consumption of calcium supplements that can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Having said that, Calcium, of course, is important for your bone growth and formation but even more important is the mineral called silica (silicon dioxide). You don't have enough of this mineral in your diet and you can take a ton of calcium and brush your teeth five times a day and still lose your teeth, just like your hair in the shower, as you get older without it. Simply put, you’re at higher risk for periodontal disease if you don’t get enough calcium. Focus on healthy sources such as organic dark, leafy green vegetables, sesame seeds, wild-caught salmon, and other plant sources like organic broccoli and chia seeds. 2. Avoid plaque with xylitol: Xylitol is a sugar alcohol in some fruits, such as berries and plums. Because it tastes sweet, has fewer calories than sugar, and does not spike your blood sugar levels the way sugar does, the food industry uses it as a sugar substitute in some sugar-free gums and candies. Using a xylitol-containing (or herbal) toothpaste can reduce plaque formation and neutralize some bacteria in your saliva that produce acid and contribute to tooth decay. When brushing, you may also like to use essential oils like, clove, neem and peppermint. 3. Reduce inflammation: Your gums are inflamed if you have gingivitis and periodontitis – which is more advanced gum disease.  Bottom line: bleeding gums is not a good sign.  Be sure to increase your anti-inflammatory activities like, salt water rinsing to reduce the risk of swelling, redness and infections. In addition, supplementation with fish oil and borage oil provide essential fatty acids. can Plus, to help reduce inflammation, you may want to consider: Vitamin D supplementation to optimize your blood levels-Topical folic acid-Probiotics – which you can get from miso, tempeh, kombucha or supplements-Pomegranate. 4. Eat lots of antioxidants: Antioxidants protect cells against damage from chemicals called free radicals. There are a variety of antioxidants which slow down the progression of periodontal disease or reduce symptoms, including: Vitamin C – which you can get from citrus fruits and vegetables or in a high-quality nutritional supplement. Mouthhealthy.org Mayoclinic.org

CHIROPRACTIC: How to Become a Chiropractor. Chiropractors must earn a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree and get a state license. Doctor of Chiropractic programs typically takes 4 years to complete and require at least 3 years of undergraduate college education for admission. Education. Chiropractors begin their education by getting an undergraduate degree with a focus in the sciences. After graduation, they move on to a four-year chiropractic program with both classes and hands-on experience. Chiropractors perform many of the same tasks as other general and specialty doctors. Patient health histories are gathered, physical, neurological, and orthopedic examinations are performed, and various laboratory tests, x-rays, and diagnostic imaging tools are used to diagnose and analyze the patient's condition. Other forms of treatment may be used or recommended by the chiropractor including ultrasound, massage, heat, water, acupuncture, or electric currents. Prescription drugs and surgery are not part of the services provided by chiropractors. Chiropractors may recommend patients to see other doctors or specialists to address health issues or concerns outside of their area of expertise. Some chiropractors choose to specialize in a certain type of practice, such as orthopedics, neurology, sports injuries, internal disorders, diagnostic imaging, or pediatrics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a job growth increase of 17% in the chiropractic field over the next seven years. An increasing public interest in alternative healthcare methods is beneficial to the chiropractic field. The public is seeking healthy living options which do not include prescription medicines or surgery; instead, a substantial number of people are searching for solutions which emphasize healthy lifestyles. The non-invasive procedures provided by chiropractors in answer to their patients’ health issues and concerns appeals to the segment of the public looking for these types of answers.

FUNNY BONE:  Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn't seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps, "My friend is dead! What can I do?" The operator says, "Calm down. I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead." There is a silence; then a gun shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says, "OK, now what?"@@A Roman legionnaire walks into a bar, holds up two fingers and says, “Five beers, please.”@@ Apparently, someone in London get stabbed every 52 seconds. Poor guy@@ Women only call me ugly until they find out how much money I make. Then they call me ugly and poor.@@How many Germans does it take to screw in a lightbulb? One, they are efficient and not very funny.

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