By Miguel Cruz
“Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” 1 Corinthians 6:19 KJV
In this series of articles, I want to focus on current useful research that comes across my desk and share it with everyone. In these times of censored media outlets and questionable research, it’s hard to know what to believe.
My goal is for us to do the best we can in taking care of the temple of the Holy Ghost (our body) which has been entrusted to us while on this earth. I firmly believe that we are truly spiritual beings residing in temporary bodies. I subscribe to Medline, Medscape, PuB Med, and others to keep up with current topics and follow up with my own research. I get daily feeds that I read through and will be sharing in this publication. Let’s get started.
Prescription drugs designed to boost cognitive function do not work and may even decrease productivity. 35th European College of Neuropsychopharmacology:
Randomized controlled studies have shown that while these medications give the sensation of being more alert, they have not improved function and even decreased it compared to a placebo. These medications are derivatives of amphetamines which hype you up and can be addictive. There are lots of natural, herbal-based cognitive boosters that have clinically been effective.
The Role of Aspirin Today, Medscape, July 2022,
Aspirin has been around for 125 years and is one of the most widely used drugs in the world, particularly for joint pain. While this article discusses all the good aspects of aspirin, it also discusses some reasons NOT to take it according to the current research. Here are some statements.
“People with atrial fibrillation or embolic strokes need to have blood thinners, the addition of aspirin to the other blood thinners does not increase efficacy, it only increases the risk for bleeding.”
“People above the age of 75 taking aspirin have an increased risk for intestinal bleeding”. It’s important to know that an estimated 20,000 deaths per year are attributed to taking NSAID’s, including aspirin.
“In the last 5 years, research has clearly shown that aspirin is not effective in the prevention of vascular events of stroke, myocardial infarction, and vascular death, it only increases the risk of bleeding.” If your doctor has you on daily aspirin, you should discuss this with them.
Processed Foods Tied to a Faster Rate of Cognitive Decline: Alzheimer’s Association Conference 2022
This is old news that we have all heard before but important to understand if you are noticing any signs of early dementia such as losing your keys often, walking into a room, forgetting why, and having words of familiar objects that you can’t think of. Don’t wait until it’s too late to do something about it. Processed foods can be defined as most things that come from a box or package and definitely fast foods.
Exercise Slows Progression of Cognitive Decline in Early Parkinson’s, Neurology, January 13
“Just 1-2 hours of moderate to vigorous exercise twice per week appears to slow the progression and cognitive decline in early Parkinson’s disease.”
More recent research indicates positive effects of intense exercise for short periods, as little as 10 minutes. Another reason not to wait until it’s too late to help yourself.
I believe the general takeaway from the research cited is that there is a time and place for medications, but do not expect them to fix you without any effort on your part. I believe we can live out our 4 score and 20 years or more in decent health, able to do the things we want, and have a decent state of mind if we practice regular temple maintenance and do those things which we know are healthy.
Dr. Miguel Cruz is in practice along with his wife of 35 years, Lesia Cruz who is a certified Integrative Nutritionist. They own Cruz Life Center in Burnsville NC. Dr. Cruz is a licensed Chiropractor since 1981. When asked what he does for a living he explains that he helps people get out of pain and improve their overall health without the use of drugs or surgery. Something everyone seems to want but nobody seems to know how to get there. Dr. Cruz accepted Jesus Christ in the summer of 1979 while in chiropractic school. He has since dedicated his life to helping people grow in physical health and spiritual health. Read more from Dr. Cruz HERE.