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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Nov. 25, 2013

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

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IN THE NEWS: FDA SUED, FORCED TO REMOVE SAFETY STATUS ON TRANS FATS For the past 60 years, saturated animal fats have been wrongfully accused of causing heart disease, despite mounting evidence showing that saturated fat is actually critical for optimal health while trans fat is the dietary fat causing heart disease. In 1961, the American Heart Association began encouraging Americans to limit dietary fat, particularly animal fats, in order to reduce their risk of heart disease. In the decades since, despite low-fat diets becoming increasingly part of the norm, heart disease rates have soared. “In the 1980s, some scientists began to associate heart disease with saturated fats, and in response, groups such as the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the National Heart Savers Association (NHSA) began to hound manufacturers for “poisoning America ... by using saturated fats,” and as a result “nearly all targeted firms responded by replacing saturated fats with trans fats,” as David Schleifer wrote in 2012 for the journal Technology and Culture.10   At the time, many restaurants used beef fat for frying, which groups like CSPI believed was far worse than hydrogenated oils...” SEE

WELLNESS:Prescription opioid analgesics increase depression risk Scherrer JF, et al. J Gen Intern Med. Oct 29, 2013. Investigators examining the association between opioid analgesics and risk of depression gathered data on 49,770 patients without a diagnosis of depression or record of opioid use in the last 24 months from the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Participants were each prescribed opioid analgesics for varying lengths of time (91% had a prescription for <90 days, 4% for 90 to 180 days, and 5% for >180 days). Increased risk of depression correlated significantly with opioid duration—suggesting that patients who are given an opioid be monitored for development of depression.

CHIROPRACTIC: FROZEN SHOULDER SYNDROME IMPROVES WITH CHIROPRACTIC CARE 98% of patients studied with Frozen Shoulder Syndrome (Adhesive Capsulitis) responded positively Of the case files reviewed, 20 were male and 30 were female; and all were between the ages of 40 and 70 years. The average number of days under care was 28 days (range, 11 to 51 days). The median change in Numeric Pain Rating Scale score was −7 (range, 0 to −10). Of the 50 cases, 16 resolved completely (100% improvement), 25 showed 75% to 90% improvement, 8 showed 50% to 75% improvement, and 1 showed 0% to 50% improvement. Conclusion: 98% of patients treated with frozen shoulder syndrome were reported to have improved with chiropractic care.


A woman burst out of the examining room screaming after her young physician tells her she is pregnant. The director of the clinic stopped her and asked what the problem was. After she tells him what happened, the doctors had her sit down and relax in another room and he marched down the hallway where the woman’s physician was and demanded, “What is wrong with you? Mrs. Miller is 60 years old, has six grown children and nine grandchildren, and you told her she was pregnant?” The young physician continued to write his notes and without looking up at his superior, asked, “Does she still have the hiccups?”

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