Happy Spring Everyone!
We managed to avoid any really bad weather this winter and for that I am very grateful. I am really excited to jump into Spring. I am guessing that a lot of you already have plans for gardening, hiking, bicycling, golf and a variety of other outdoor activities.
This is the time of year when we see the greatest number of injuries coming into our office. I want to remind you that your muscles and joints may not be as ready to jump into Spring activities as you are. I encourage you to take it easy the first couple of times out. Start out slow and slowly increase the activity level as you feel your muscles warming up and the joints getting looser. This will avoid most of the injuries that we see but some are unavoidable. When those happen, remember that we can help with the back sprains, the pulled muscles, the twisted ankles, and the kinked necks.
Yes, Dr. Kris is busy, but despite running for the Ohio House and running the Clintonville Area Commission his main focus is still taking care of patients. Dr. Kris is seeing patients two to three days a week. Nephew Dr. Anton Keller is here the rest of the week providing the same caring treatment that you have come to expect in our office. Don’t hesitate to call when you need help. We are here and we will continue to be here. Even if elected, Dr. Kris will still be practicing two full days a week and Dr. Anton will expand his hours here to help meet your needs.
Scoliosis is a concern for parents of young adolescent and teen children. It is during this period of life that the young spine can take on an abnormal sideways curve that we call scoliosis. Most of the time this is something called “idiopathic scoliosis” which means that we don’t know why it happens. Because there is a lack of understanding of the cause, treatment for scoliosis has primarily consisted of “watch-and-wait”. When that failed, traditional treatment for severe scoliosis included surgery or extensive bracing protocols that did not always provide satisfactory results. Sometimes the surgery is performed for cosmetic reasons but that is a difficult decision to make.
Recent research has suggested a natural treatment for idiopathic juvenile scoliosis. That research found a consistent and significant improvement, up to 50% reduction in the abnormal curve, from a simple yoga exercise. Briefly, the exercise consists of performing what is called a side plank with the curved side down and held for as long as possible once per day. The results of this technique suggest that most cases of scoliosis are related to muscle imbalances in the spine. I have seen some cases improve with chiropractic treatment but it is unpredictable. It seems likely that combining chiropractic with the yoga pose would have a better chance of improvement than either one alone. Contact the office if you would like more information.
Beware of “low linoleic” oils. In response to evidence linking trans fatty acids to heart disease and cancer, food manufacturers have been moving to using oils low in a particular fatty acid called linoleic acid in their processed foods because they produce fewer of the trans fats when processed. In response, the seed companies have been genetically modifying soybeans, corn and other seed oil crops to create “low linoleic” versions of their crops. The result is that most of the crops produced in the United States are low in linoleic acid. The problem is that low linoleic diets have been connected with something called Mitochondrial Cardiomyopathy. Researchers are now discovering that linoleic acid is essential to the health of small organelles within our cells called mitochondria. Mitochondria are responsible for the final stage of converting energy in our food to the energy that our cells use to stay alive. Without linoleic acid the mitochondria are damaged and the cells die. The cells with the most mitochondria in our bodies are in the heart. In summary, a low linoleic diet kills your heart.
Until the food industry realizes this and reverts to natural seed oils you would be well advised to avoid all commercial vegetable oils especially canola, corn and soybean oils. The best oils for health are organic and non-GMO oils especially olive, coconut and grass fed butter. Add walnuts, almonds, hemp seeds, chia seeds and pecans to your diet to get a good balance of essential fatty acids. Don’t wait for the food industry to correct this mistake. It took them 50 years to break their dependence on trans fats.
We hope you enjoyed this newsletter. We look forward to hearing from you.
Dr. Kristopher Keller
Dr. Anton Keller
422 Morse Rd
Columbus, Ohio 43214