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Dr. Reese’s Bits and Pieces
October 2020 Newsletter

I’m sure by now you’ve learned that when you are outside…don’t breathe!  Of course, that’s a joke but I’ve been finding lots of chemicals and mold in patient’s lungs and even their house air during the past several weeks due to the smoke and ash in the air.  Minerals, multivitamins and amino acids all help pull the chemicals out of your body so take your supplements.

Too Sensitive
No, I’m not talking about people, but the PCR test for Covid:  Health experts now say that PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus associated with the illness COVID-19, is too sensitive and needs to be adjusted to rule out people who have insignificant amounts of the virus in their system. .. In three sets of testing data that include cycle thresholds compiled by officials in Massachusetts, New York and Nevada, up to 90 percent of people testing positive carried barely any virus, a review by The New York Times found…Any test with a cycle threshold (CT) above 35 is too sensitive, says Juliet Morrison, PhD, a virologist at the University of California, Riverside. “I’m shocked that people would think that 40 [cycles] could represent a positive.” A more reasonable cutoff would be 30 to 35, she added. Dr. Mina said he would set the figure at 30, or even less. Those changes would mean the amount of genetic material in a patient’s sample would have to be 100-fold to 1,000-fold that of the current standard for the test to return a positive result worth acting on.

The CDC’s own calculations suggest that it is extremely difficult to detect any live virus in a sample above a threshold of 33 cycles.“We’ve been using one type of data for everything, and that is just plus or minus—that’s all,” Dr. Mina said. “We’re using that for clinical diagnostics, for public health, for policy decision-making.” But “yes” or “no” isn’t good enough, he added. It’s the amount of virus that should dictate the infected patient’s next steps. “It’s really irresponsible, I think, to forgo the recognition that this is a quantitative issue,” Dr. Mina said. (CR)



Dr. Gruhl’sHealthyRules
October 2020 Newsletter

“The doctor of the future will give no medicines, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the causes and prevention of disease.” ~ Thomas Edison

Ahhhh, yes- The wacky Chiropractors have been doing all of these things for well over 120 years, and I’m happy to be continuing the tradition. I guess we’ve been “doctors of the future” for a while now! Although Dr. Reese and I do dispense natural supplements in the form of pills, we like to think of them as little bits of food. In fact, recently when a patient was asked what she was doing when taking her supplements at work, she smiled and said, “I’m eating!” J

We had a request from another patient to discuss INFLAMMATION, so I thought I’d dedicate this October newsletter to the art of DE-FLAMING your body.

So what is inflammation? Inflammation is considered a defense mechanism used by the body to protect against illness and infection, and to aid in healing. It is a normal, healthy response to things like physical trauma, infectious agents, and other bodily stressors. However, more and more research shows that chronic (ongoing) inflammation can contribute to disease, trigger pain, and increase the risk of the most common illnesses like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and irritable bowel syndrome. Inflammation isn’t a CAUSE of these illnesses, though- it’s a reaction to something. You need to go upstream to find out what caused the inflammation in the first place. The first place to start? YOUR DIET.

Here is a list of some of the most inflammatory foods that you should stay away from:

  1. Fried Foods (potato chips, French fries, fast food) &Vegetable Oils (canola, sunflower, safflower, soybean, other “seed” oils) These are bad fats; they oxidize readily, tend to be heavily processed, and are molecularly similar to plastic when heated at high temperatures. Most restaurants use these cheap oils to fry food in, so it’s hard to avoid when eating out.
  2. Refined Carbohydrates (anything that ends in -ose is sugar, High fructose corn syrup, white flour products like breads, pastas, muffins, etc.) Refined carbohydrates in the form of sugar, sweeteners and grains- even whole grains in some cases- spike your blood sugar. One study showed that a slice of white bread spiked blood glucose longer than a can of Pepsi did. Read labels, because refined carbs are hidden in almost all packaged food like pancake mixes, crackers, cookies, etc.
  3. Artificial Sweeteners (Sucralose, Splenda, etc) These at first glance seem to be healthier than consuming sugar, but they are inflammatory neurotoxins that negatively affect brain health and cravings. Avoid them by reading labels carefully. Stevia and Xylitol are sutiable replacements that work for most people. Personally, I like the liquid stevia for flavoring and baking because you can adjust the sweetness to taste.
  4. Alcohol (I know, I know- nobody likes to hear this one.) The reality is, for every study on the benefits of alcohol, there’s another food that you can get the same benefits from that doesn’t come with the negative side effects of inflammation and stress on your liver. Both Dr. Reese and I enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine now and then, but less is more if you are concerned about chronic symptoms.
  5. There are many more! But starting with this list will create huge changes in most people. If you want more info,  just ask for my more detailed handouts with food choices next time you are in the office.

See you soon! – Jared                                                                                                                   www.drgruhl.com