PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME VIDEO TESTIMONIAL
The other day, I wrote a post called CHIROPRACTIC MIRACLES, which was about a young woman whose life had been all but destroyed by PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME she developed from a severe automobile accident. Since she drove 1,600 miles to see us, you need to take thirty seconds to read her comment to the article. Cool stuff! Thanks Liz.
Below is a Video Testimonial of Vicky. Over a period of several years, Vicky had been thrown from her horse a number of times, always landing on her back and / or rear end. After developing progressively worse low back / hip / buttock / Sciatic pain, she came to see me. I took a couple of initial x-rays; and not following my own advice that it is frequently difficult to correlate X-ray findings with a patient's pain (I was fooled by their severity --- HERE), I sent her to Springfield for some additional testing. After running her through several advanced tests and essentially telling her that her case was hopeless (there was nothing to be done for her other than taking meds while her back DEGENERATED down to nothing), she ended back at my office.
Stupid me; I had not checked Vicky for FASCIAL ADHESIONS and TENDINOSIS of her Piriformis and Gluteal Muscles. The Scar Tissue was horrendous. And although Vicky is not where she wants to be yet, she is dramatically improved over where she was a year ago ---- this despite still having the same ugly findings on MRI and X-ray. Thanks for the video Vicky!
WHAT IS A PULLED MUSCLE?
The Reilly Tar & Chemical Corporation in Indianapolis, Indiana was placed on the National Priorities List (NPL) by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on September 21, 1984. Industrial development of the Site began in 1921 when Republic Creosoting Company started a coal tar refinery and a wood treatment operation on the southern end of the property. On-site wood treatment operations occurred from 1921 to 1972. Beginning in 1941, several chemical plants were constructed and operated on the northern end of the property. Environmental problems at the site are related to the management and disposal of creosoting process wastes and to wastes associated with and substances used in the process of manufacturing specialty chemicals. Contamination According to EPA studies, groundwater is contaminated with pyridine, benzene, and ammonia, all materials that are used in the chemical production operations. About 5,200 residents within 3 miles of the site use ground water for drinking. Citizens have complained frequently of headaches, general ill health, and increased cancer and birth defects. Soils at the site are contaminated with a number of volatile organic contaminants (VOCs), semi-VOCs, and carcinogenic polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PNAs). Taken from The Energy Library (the information can also found on numerous governmental websites).
Listen up folks. I have been warning you about SYNTHETIC NUTRITION for a very long time. This is serious. It's time to sit up in your desk and pay attention. Not just for yourself, but for your children ---- and your grandchildren. If you are trusting the FDA to protect you from this kind of nightmare, you are being fooled. It's all up to you --- always has been. If you do not educate yourself about the differences between WHOLE FOOD NUTRITION and the Synthetic Fractionated Chemicals that pass for today's 'vitamins', you are setting yourself and your family up. And the word "natural"? It means nothing. Limestone is "all natural" and happens to be the most common source for calcium supplements. How's that been working out for you (HERE)?
EXPERTS ONCE AGAIN WARNING TO RESTRICT SALT INTAKE
IS THAT SMART?
The United States could prevent up to half a million deaths over the next decade if Americans cut their salt intake to within national guidelines, according to a new study. That finding - which comes the week New York City announced success toward its goals of cutting salt levels by one-quarter by 2014 - is based on computer simulations using data from various studies on the effects of extra sodium on blood pressure and heart risks. Reuters Health, New York
The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies recommends 1,500 mg of sodium per day. They also recommend that you not exceed 2,300 mg of sodium per day. Unfortunately, the average American is actually consumes closer to 4,000 mg of sodium per day. Where is all this sodium coming from? Dr. Coxson claims (I believe she is correct on this point) that it is coming largely from processed foods, with only about 20 to 25% of it coming from their salt shaker. Thus, her recommendation to cut back on processed foods, as opposed to stop salting food.
TWO MAJOR PROBLEMS WITH THIS STUDY
- SALT & SODIUM ARE NOT SYNONYMOUS: Headline after national headline warns people to cut back on their salt intake. But this is not really what this particular study is saying. The study is really dealing with sodium intake. Table salt is NaCl --- Sodium Chloride. One molecule of each element, held together with an ionic bond. Although many processed foods are unarguably high in salt, the salt is not the sodium source to be most worried about. I would be more concerned about Monosodium Glutamate --- otherwise known as MSG. Without going into detail, just understand that MSG is a terrible substance (read the link). I am glad that on some level, this study differentiates between the sodium that comes from MSG and the sodium that comes from table salt. By the way, what do you think the CDC says is the number one source of sodium here in America? Bread and cereal. Just one more great reason to go GLUTEN FREE.
- COMPUTER MODELS DO A POOR JOB OF PREDICTING ULTRA-COMPLEX METABOLIC PROCESSES IN LIVING ORGANISMS: Since when do computer programs predict metabolic activity? Living systems are absurdly complex. This was brought out in the Best Evidence Salt Study (link below). Trying to calculate complex metabolic activity by creating computer models can be an exercise in folly. Why? Living systems often act 180 degrees differently than you might expect? This fact was recently echoed by Dr. Michael Alderman of New York's Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He, along with a growing body of others, hotly debate the recommendation to cut sodium to the levels that Dr. Coxson and her team are ultimately shooting for. On top of this, the single biggest study ever done on salt recently concluded that salt restriction leads to early death. And furthermore, the more you restrict salt, the greater chances you have of dying prematurely (HERE).
Are you still afraid of salt? Listen to what renowned Whole Food Nutritional Expert, Dr. Bruce West of Health Alert (one of the best WHOLE FOOD newsletters on the planet) wrote almost a quarter century ago (1990).
“Without adequate salt, nausea and anorexia result. And with radically reduced salt diets, nerves and muscles can suffer. There is poor growth, and bones do not develop properly. Digestion and metabolism suffer, and deficiencies of other minerals are common. In fact a low-salt diet is hard to follow, may actually be harmful, and has the potential of doing an enormous amount of harm, even to the heart and blood vessels.”
TOO MUCH CALCIUM DOUBLES RISK OF DEATH
In this latest study that spanned nearly two decades, a team led by Dr. Karl Michaëlsson and his research team from Uppsala University in Sweden followed over 60,000 women. Over the course of this study, they saw 1/5 of them (12,000) die ---- mostly as a result of cardiovascular disease. As crazy as it sounds in our calcium-infatuated society, those with the highest daily calcium intakes (over 1,400 mg /day) died at the highest rates. In fact, the study's conclusion reads as follows; "High intakes of calcium in women are associated with higher death rates from all causes and [most specifically from] cardiovascular disease..." For those who understand why too much calcium is such a bad thing, the study's results should come as no surprise. To everyone else, it is time to learn the truth about calcium. The first thing you need to know is that this is not the first study touting these sorts of results.
Three years ago, a New Zealand study showed that adults who took 500 mg /day or more of supplemental calcium, increased their chance of heart attack by almost one third. And just last year, a study published in the prestigious medical journal Heart, showed that those who got the majority of their calcium from supplements (as opposed to food sources), had heart attacks at rates that were more than double those of their non-supplementing peer group (gulp!). What gives?
For starters, it seems that everyone has been conditioned --- particularly women --- to believe that you cannot get enough calcium without serious supplementation. You know; the idea that if a little is good, then a lot must be really good. What's even more scary is just how much food is being "fortified" with calcium these days (the most common are milk, OJ, fruit and vegetable juices, soy & rice milk, tofu, and grain-based products such as cereal). But all of this begs the question of why ---- why is taking calcium supplements bad? Listen to what Dr. Bart Clarke of the Mayo Clinic and the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research recently told Yahoo's Shine concerning this particular question.
"The bones can’t make use of it fast enough, and then it finds storage in places you don’t want it, such as in the cardiovascular system, or in the urine, which can lead to kidney stones. Calcium seems to be absorbed too quickly especially in the form of supplements. Calcium in the form of diet doesn’t seem to be of increased risk"
Choosing the best Calcium Supplement is just like choosing any nutritional supplement. Calcium, like other minerals, does not appear in living systems as an isolated inorganic compound. Yet this is the sort of calcium supplements that most people are taking. If you are consuming mass quantities of calcium in the form of rocks (limestone or coral) and shells (ground up oyster shells), you are headed for disaster. I get it; these are the cheapest forms of calcium on the planet. Prescribing these makes sense to the uninformed, and purchasing them is even easier. My favorite all time numbskull story on this topic pertains to the brilliant marketing ploy by the St. Louis manufacturer of the well-known product, TUMS. Tums is an antacid. Remember this because it is critical for understanding my point.
I am getting ready to do a blog post on something called HYPOCHLORHYDRIA (diminished amounts or potency of one's stomach acid). Because you should have copious amounts of incredibly strong stomach acid (most Americans do not); Hypochlorhhydria is at the root of lots of different health problems ---- including mineral deficiencies and osteoporosis. You see, all of the alkalizing minerals (the minerals that help maintain a slightly alkali pH in your body --- calcium included), can only be absorbed in an extremely acidic environment. As you should see, telling people to take an antacid made from ground up limestone (my mom was told to do this by her doctor), has to be the height of clinical stupidity. Not only do you dilute the stomach acid with a buffer (calcium), your source of that calcium is about as bad as it gets as far as your health is concerned (chalk / powdered limestone --- calcium carbonate).
TUMS INGREDIENTS: Calcium Carbonate (500 mg), Sucrose (table sugar), Corn Starch, Talc, Mineral Oil, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Adipic Acid, Sodium Polyphosphate, Red Dye #40 Lake, Yellow Dye #6 Lake, FD&C Dye Yellow #5 Lake (Tartrazine), Blue Dye #1 Lake
On top of all this, we have not even addressed the fact that if excess calcium is being deposited in your arteries, it is being deposited in other places as well. Can anyone say "Arthritis"? Arthritis is what happens when calcium is deposited in muscles, ligaments, bursae, tendons, joints, fascia, arteries, organs, and other soft tissues. Excess calcium being deposited in the soft tissues is one of the most common findings we see when we do Mineral Assays of Hair (Hair Analysis). Oh; and don't forget to read about the book I was sent by a cardiothoracic surgeon, DEATH BY CALCIUM.
MY CALCIUM RECOMMENDATIONS
THE MOST DANGEROUS FOOD IN AMERICA
ACCORDING TO THE FDA
Although the picture on the left is of HFCS-laden Mars Bars that were deep fried in Trans Fat; if that was your guess, you just failed the quiz. According to the FDA, the number one offender on their list of Top Ten Riskiest Foods is (I'm not making this up) Green Leafy Vegetables. The FDA's list of 'dangerous' Green Leafies specifically included things like iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, leaf lettuce, butter lettuce, baby leaf lettuce, escarole, endive, spring mix, spinach, cabbage, kale, arugula, and chard ---- the picture on the top right. But mom always told me that these were good for me. This begs the question of why. Why, according to the FDA, are Green Leafy Vegetables the 'riskiest' foods we could possibly consume here in America? Here it is.
CSPI identified 363 separate outbreaks linked to leafy greens, making them the number one entry in the FDA Top Ten. Salads and other food items containing leafy greens... sickened over 13,568 people who were reported to have become ill.
On the other hand, Trans Fats are known to kill somewhere between 20,000 - 30,000 people per year in the US (according to government statistics) ----- and they did not even make the list. But while we are talking about the FDA, let's go one better. Drugs and surgical errors are said to kill well over half a million people per year here in America (HERE & HERE). I have shown you repeatedly in my blog posts that the FDA is not doing their job. Despite putting on a good show at times, they are just about as deeply in bed with Big Pharma, Big Food, and Big Tobacco as you can get. If you are one of those people who are fretting and worrying about consuming Green Leafy Vegetables, you likely need to spend a bit more time learning about what it takes to get truly healthy. HERE & HERE are great places to start.
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).
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