BULLETIN 8 (2008)

August 15, 2008

Your Health Bulletin is information from scientific literature to make sense of the right choices for your health.  It is a reminder to consider periodic check-ups of your spine, joint mechanics and appropriate exercise.  Maintenance is better than repair!



Both chiropractic and medical researchers at the University of Southern Denmark have been studying patients with suspected angina pectoris, who have been referred to cardiologists and who in fact have been found to have a musculoskeletal problem with symptoms mimicking heart disease.

Previous research has shown that suspected angina patients who have pain when their chest wall is palpated/probed have a musculoskeletal origin of their ‘heart’ pain.  What is new with this research, published in the Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapy 2008, is that patients who have chest pain on palpation, and who were tested for ischemic heart disease, were found to have less disease and more normal circulation than other patients.



Over the years I have seen many patients with chest pain who had a negative cardiovascular workup including ECG – in other words, no trouble was found with their heart – but they still had chest pain.  After locating and correcting the tight joints and muscles their chest pain disappeared.



Health Canada has advised against over-the-counter medications for children under 6 years of age, and requires advisement for children under 12.  This was reported on 19 December 2008, in the Globe and Mail.  Too many adverse effects from these meds have been reported, and recently 5 infants have died.  So… what should we do?


The immune system has 2 divisions, the natural (macrophages & NK cells) and acquired (humoral & cell-mediated).  The natural division is capable of dealing with infection, but can be overwhelmed, and then sends a signal to the acquired division for help – but this takes time.  This is why most colds resolve in 7-9 days, the time for the acquired immune system to kick in.


However, you can get the natural immune system to work better by eliminating protein from dairy and grain-based foods; we know that these suppress the natural immune system’s NK cells.  Therefore home-made chicken soup (no grain, just chicken, carrots, celery, garlic and onion) and fresh fruit are recommended if there is no improvement in 2-3 days.  You have the choice to continue this until clear of symptoms, or to use isopathic remedies (Pleo Not and Pleo Quent) which increase the ability of our immune cells to get rid of infection.  These preparations are available from our office along with explanations of how they work, in Handout #274.  Inquire how to use them properly.



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