Health Report, December 3rd, 2014.

Question: are antibiotics good or bad?

Both. Antibiotics can be life saving in some situations. However, problems arise when these medications are used for regular illnesses. The more these medications are used the more diseases will learn from them and mutate. A mutated disease is much more difficult to fight. The purpose of our office is to help as many people as possible in their quest for natural health. Part of that includes helping to keep your immune system functioning at its optimal level. Read this week's health report for more information.

CHRISTMAS GIVING: We have adopted 2 families for the holidays! November 25th – December 12th we are collecting the following items:
*Boy clothing in size 5t and 24 mth
*Girl clothing in sizes 5t and 7, shoes in size 2
*Gift cards for groceries, gas, Bass Pro or Scheels
*Veggie Tales movies, toy trains, monster trucks, anything Spider man, anything Doc McStuffins, anything Minnie Mouse
*Heavy duty woman’s work gloves
Please drop the items off here at the office during open hours. All items must be at the office by the end of business on December 12th! If you have any questions please call 964-9114 and talk to Wendy.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS:
*We have our healthy coffee, Organo Gold, in a gift box set with 1 box of black a box of latte and a travel mug only for $55.
*We have a fantastic massage package gift certificate for $150. It includes 3 massages and 3 upgrades (foot scrub, face scrub or hot stone massage). That is normally $210, you can save $60!
*The last gift idea is the best one of all. The gift of health! Our purpose is to help as many people as possible to achieve health naturally and you can help us with this endeavor. We have free Christmas cards that we will mail for you. You only need to supply the address and a warm, caring note on the inside. In this card is a gift certificate for anyone that you send it to to come see if Dr. Moss can help them with their health issues.

HOME HEALTH CARE CLASS:
Who: new patients, long term patients needing a refresher, friends and co-workers willing to work on each other
Where: at our office - 2005 S. Ankeny Blvd Suite 400
When: Tuesday, December 9th at 6:30pm
What: Dinner provided so let us know how many people will be coming with you!

EXERCISE CLASS: December 20th, at 10am at Fitness World in Ankeny. This is a doctor supervised class designed to show you how to exercise and/or rehab without getting injured. Come alone or bring some workout buddies with you! Attendees do not have to be current patients. Let us know how many you will be bringing!

"The spine is the lifeline. A lot of people should go to a chiropractor but they don't know it." ~ Jack LaLanne

ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE IS A SERIOUS HEALTH PROBLEM, SAYS FDA COMMISSIONER
Volume 14 - Issue 113

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be increasing its push for more research into antibiotics, says FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, because of escalating antibiotic resistance among many, if not most, bacteria that cause infectious disease in humans.

Use of antibiotics is widespread for common colds and ear infections in children, and they are added to chicken and livestock feed which are then consumed by people. The results are whole new populations of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that do not respond to even the most modern antibiotics, turning formerly ordinary infections into life-threatening diseases.

Also, because antibiotics are destructive to the immune system, taking them year after year has weakened the defenses we have to fight these illness and diseases on our own.
Research and development of new drugs is low, and the range of new antibiotics is limited. “We no longer have effective ways to treat serious infectious disease. Clearly we must encourage more judicious use of these important drugs,” Dr. Hamburg said.

The commissioner said that the agency has increased its internal discussions about the antibiotic resistance problem, and is talking to consumer health groups and the food industry about regulations regarding the use of antibiotics in animal feed and new guidelines on the use of antibiotics for patients. The FDA will increase its collaboration with outside groups in academia and government-industry health organizations next year, she said.

Experts have been warning for years that we are heading into a “post-antibiotic world” when antibiotics will no longer work. The World Health Organization calls antibiotic resistance one of the three greatest threats to human health.
Because of the improper use of antibiotics, strains of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics are now killing hospitals patients around the world. If efforts to combat the problem are not launched now, even more infections that are still curable will make a dangerous comeback. Just like 100 years ago, and thousands of years before that, doctors will be unable to treat a host of common infections.

Here are a couple of relevant ideas:
While the scientists are trying to come up with new antibiotics, we can help avoid illness by maximizing our immune system health and bodily defenses ourselves. A balanced diet of healthy organic foods and regular exercise, along with high-quality vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements, can go a long way to healing and to prolonging health.

Regular Chiropractic and Acupuncture treatment also help fend off illness by maintaining positive spinal alignment, ensuring proper nerve communications with the entire body, restore proper blood flow and encourage the body to heal naturally and improve overall function.

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