CHRONIC NECK PAIN
As long as your neck is "TETHERED," you can forget about it moving properly. This is true no matter how many stretches you do or how many adjustments you get. The truth is, without REALLY AND TRULY addressing the SCAR TISSUE, FIBROSIS, and FASCIAL ADHESION in your neck and upper back, any hope of resolution (or even improvement) may be a pipe dream (sorry, but living on "THE BIG FIVE" doesn't count as either). Plainly stated, this is why the two steps (PHASE I & PHASE II) are named as such. Disrupting the order of treatment in patients with long-standing neck pain, and you'll likely get less than stellar results (THIS is what "stellar" results look like).
What this means as far as stretching is concerned; if your injury is new (HERE are some of the common ways that Fasica and other tissues such as MUSCLES, TENDONS, and LIGAMENTS are injured), you certainly need to get things as mobile as you can, as quickly as is safe. However, for the very reasons I gave a couple paragraphs ago, if your injury is "old," stretching may prove to be an aggravation or trigger for your pain. And for those of you whose neck issues are just the tip of the iceberg, I have some information for you as well. Make sure to take a look at THIS POST to see what it might take to get your life back on track if you are struggling with chronic illness on top of everything else.
SUGAR CONSUMPTION SLOWS BRAIN FUNCTION
ALZHEIMER'S IS DIABETES OF THE BRAIN
COULD SUGAR BE SLOWING YOUR
BRAIN FUNCTION TO A CRAWL?
A study from this month's issue of Scientific Reports (Macrophage Migration Inhibitory Factor is Subjected to Glucose Modification and Oxidation in Alzheimer’s Disease) brought this whole thing (Alzheimer's is really Type III Diabetes) to a head one more time. It seems that while the mechanism of brain damage (Tau Plaques) was not quite accurate, the underlying premise --- that consuming high glycemic index carbs --- was. The study's abstract states....
"Early Glycation inhibits MIF enzyme activity and ability to stimulate glial cells. MIF is involved in immune response and insulin regulation, hyperglycaemia, oxidative stress and glycation are all implicated in Alzheimer's Disease. Our study indicates that glucose modified and oxidised MIF could be a molecular link between hyperglycaemia and the dysregulation of the innate immune system in Alzheimer's Disease"
In essence, ADVANCED GLYCLATION END-PRODUCTS (AGES) inhibit the white blood cells (macrophages) that act as garbage scavengers, cleaning up your body on the inside. This leads to immune system reactions (inflammation), DIABETES, or at the very least, PRE-DIABETES and OXIDATIVE STRESS, all of which stimulate the most abundant cells in the brain --- the GLIAL CELLS. Unfortunately, hyperstimulation of glial cells can have far-reaching consequences, including CHRONIC PAIN in the form of something called "CENTRAL SENSITIZATION".
For those of you who think this is brand new information, or that Alzheimer's Disease is largely a "GENETIC" condition, you would be mistaken on both counts. Take a look at 2008's study from Brown University that was published in the Journal of Diabetes and Science Technology (Alzheimer's Disease Is Type 3 Diabetes–Evidence Reviewed). With a bibliography containing over 130 other studies and books, the authors concluded that...
"Altogether, the results from these studies provide strong evidence in support of the hypothesis that AD represents a form of diabetes mellitus that selectively afflicts the brain. Alzheimer's disease has characteristic histopathological, molecular, and biochemical abnormalities, including cell loss; abundant neurofibrillary tangles; dystrophic neurites; amyloid precursor protein, amyloid-β deposits; increased activation of pro-death genes and signaling pathways; impaired energy metabolism; mitochondrial dysfunction; chronic oxidative stress; and DNA damage. We conclude that the term “type 3 diabetes” accurately reflects the fact that AD represents a form of diabetes that selectively involves the brain Altogether, the data provide strong evidence that AD is intrinsically a neuroendocrine disease caused by selective impairments in insulin and IGF signaling mechanisms, including deficiencies in local insulin and IGF production. At the same time, it is essential to recognize that Type II Diabetes and Type II Diabetes are not solely the end results of insulin/IGF resistance and/or deficiency, because these syndromes are unequivocally accompanied by significant activation of inflammatory mediators, oxidative stress, DNA damage, and mitochondrial dysfunction, which contribute to the degenerative cascade by exacerbating insulin/ IGF resistance."
This proves something I have shown you over and over again. While sugar is one of the single most inflammatory things you can put in your body (HERE), Type II Diabetes is not really as much a sugar problem as it is an inflammation problem. What does this mean to you, the person suffering through the effects of Diabetes despite the myriad of DIABETES DRUGS you are taking? It means that it is not only imperative that you learn what inflammation is (HERE), but what steps can be taken to stop it at its source (HERE).
As I have shown repeatedly, the number one problem facing America is Blood Sugar Dysregulation (HERE). Why is knowing this such a big deal? Because frankly, it is the root of almost every other non-genetic health issue there is. But here's the good news --- you can take the bull by the horns and actually do something about it. In other words, you prevent Diabetes of the Brain (Alzheimer's) in essentially the same manner you would strive to prevent DIABETES in general. I get it; there may be too much damage to to actually improve full-blown Alzheimer's Disease. But do you have children or grandchildren? It's never to late to turn over that new leaf and start looking at SOLUTIONS LIKE THESE.
If you are interested in other posts on ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE in general, just follow the link. Since this post was written I published a much larger post dealing with the science behind Type III Diabetes (HERE). And if you know people who need to hear this life-and-death information, the easiest way to get it in front of them is by liking, sharing, or following on FACEBOOK (tag them for Pete's sake --- people do it all the time).
CONVENTIONAL FITNESS AND WEIGHT LOSS WISDOM SAYS EAT LESS AND EXERCISE MORE. SHOULD WE BE EATING MORE AND EXERCISING LESS INSTEAD?Read Now
WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT AND GET
HEALTHIER IN THE PROCESS?
EAT MORE & EXERCISE LESS!
My suggestions to her were simple. I told her to cut back to no more than one hour of walking a day tops, add some simple resistance training with a ball and dumbells, along with kettlebell swings, core strengthening, and extension exercises (HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE) --- maybe 10 to 15 minutes worth, three or four times a week, and to make sure to mix things up. I also told her that it was impossible to out-train the problems with her diet (I gave her one of my HANDOUTS). A few simple changes to what she was doing, and the changes in the way she looked and felt were not only amazing, they were noticeable almost immediately.
You see, people have been going about things incorrectly for so long that some of these things --- I'VE REFERRED TO THEM IN THE PAST AS "MYTHS" --- have become so ingrained in our collective psyches, they are acting like cerebral concrete. For instance, we count calories, when the truth is, at least in the Westernized world, calories alone have almost no bearing on one's weight. We look at those stupid 'Calories Burned' charts (one hour of walking burns 350 calories per hour; one hour of jogging burns 550 calories per hour; etc, etc) as if they have any link to reality. And maybe worst of all, we tend make our health all about our weight (in other words, as long as we are not "OVERWEIGHT" we like to think we are healthy --- HERE). If you have struggles with your weight, whether you weigh too much or don't weigh enough (don't laugh --- see the link before the last one), there is a simpler solution.
SIDE NOTE: Before I get to the meat of this post, I want to talk to those of you out there dealing with chronic conditions. These include things like HEART DISEASE, DIABETES, RA, THYROID PROBLEMS, STOMACH ACID, and a multitude of others. To get the same results as people without chronic conditions, it's likely you'll have to first address said problem(s). Although diet is certainly the cornerstone to getting these issues under control, there are any number of other things you might have to at least address, many of which have to do with Gut Health (HERE).
It also means that you'll have to figure out what foods you can eat more of, while avoiding those that ignite your cravings, fire up your endocrine system, or feed a DYSBOITIC GUT. You see, the number of calories you eat has very little meaning as far as either gaining weight or losing weight is concerned. It's why I want you to stop thinking in terms of calories (read GARY TAUBES' "Good Calories, Bad Calories") and start thinking in terms of how your body biochemically and physiologically reacts to what you put in your mouth (HERE).
Figuring out what to eat is all about keeping both your immune system and endocrine system happy. When you eat foods that create immune system responses in the form of INFLAMMATION, there is a huge price to be paid. Never forget that obesity (along with ANY NUMBER OF OTHER HEALTH ISSUES), is known to be one of the many "inflammatory" diseases / problems. This means that if you can solve your inflammation problem, you can probably start losing weight and increasing lean body mass, while getting healthy in the process. It also means that the very first thing you'll need to do (along with conquering your sugar addiction) is figure out what foods, if any, are driving inflammation in your body.
For many of us GLUTEN is a problem. And wherever you see Gluten Sensitivity, you are likely to see DAIRY SENSITIVITIES as well (and vice versa). For some of you there may be issues with NIGHTSHADES or FODMAPS. For many of you, GRAINS in general (not only the gluten-containing grains) will prove problematic. Oh, and never forget that sugar is the most inflammatory thing that most of us consume on a regular basis (HERE).
Although some of you have done various sorts of LOW CARB DIETS with good results, I am of the opinion that if you have any sort of chronic health issue (including a struggle with your weight, either high or low) you need to do an ELIMINATION DIET. Because testing for food sensitivities can be both inaccurate and expensive, a better way to figure out whether you might have issues with certain foods being hidden sources of inflammation is to simply follow the link. The good thing is that if you do your Elimination Diet correctly the first time around, you won't have to repeat it.
The last thing I want to talk about here is how controlling your ENDOCRINE SYSTEM is a key (if not the key) to losing weight, and why calories are, for the most part, meaningless. To understand this, all we need to do is look at a KETOGENIC DIET. Ketogenic diets are almost always both low carb and high fat. Because most of us CUT OUR TEETH listening to experts repeatedly warn about how terrible dietary fat was, it is still ingrained in many of us (it's still a particularly serious problem within most of the medical community --- HERE).
Your endocrine (hormonal) system has the potential to become fouled up from the foods you eat (some of it put into hyperdrive, while other parts burn out) --- particularly the processed carbs and sugar (read THIS SHORT ARTICLE about soda to see how bad things currently are in America). With over half of our nation's citizens coping with Diabetes or pre-diabetes (HERE), it is clear we have an epidemic on our hands. This is why it's critical for you to realize that protein and fat have relatively little effect on your endocrine system. Carbs on the other hand, have the potential to turn your endocrine system into a YO-YO. The fact that your body can't tell the difference between a bagel and bag of Skittles (HERE) is one of the many reasons I am so high on the Paleo Diet for both chronically sick people or people dealing with CHRONIC PAIN.
And because the PALEO DIET is ultimately a diet based on "VEGETATION," it does a good job of feeding your Gut the FIBER it needs to build and maintain it's all-important MICROBIOBIOTA. If your diet is not helping in the GUT HEALTH DEPARTMENT, you are probably eating the wrong foods. The beautiful thing about all of this is that as long as you are eating the right things, you can eat until you are full and still lose weight. Quick note: many of you need to grasp the metabolic difference between fruits and vegetables (HERE).
Back in the 1970's, the inventor of Nautilus Gym Equipment (the eccentric Arthur Jones, whose son Gary founded the Hammer Strength line of equipment) brought the idea of MED as it pertains to exercise to the mainstream. MED stands for Minimum Effective Dose and basically means that any amount of exercise you are doing beyond optimal, is not doing you any favors. It kind of went along with Joe Weider's constant warnings back in the early days of Muscle & Fitness not to overtrain, as it would actually make you lose lean body mass. MED has been likened to what it takes to get a good sun tan. If it takes a certain amount of time in the sun for you to get a tan, any amount over that is not good because it will cause various degrees of burning. In other words, the whole I'm-going-to-go-out-and-fry-myself-and-let-it-turn-into-a-tan thing is neither effective nor healthy.
Although the science as far as exercise can be all over the place, it's clear on this issue. Long, slogging, workouts are not optimal --- even ULTRA-MARATHONERS are adding explosive strength training (deadlifts, squats, kettlebells, power cleans, etc) to their training. They are also cutting back on "jogging" and doing more sprints (HERE). Protracted exercise is also related to LEAKY GUT SYNDROME --- a hallmark of chronic illness (obesity included much of the time).
For many of you --- especially those of you dealing with chronic debilitating pain or illnesses --- your ability to exercise may be extremely limited. Walking is always a fantastic option (stay off the CONCRETE when possible), as are things like yoga, Pilates, swimming (or water workouts of some sort), light weights on an exercise ball (HERE), or any number of others (for some of you, REBOUNDING can be awesome). Even getting on a WBV UNIT can provide some real benefit for many of you (I'm a huge fan). The thing I want you to walk away with here is that while exercise is inarguably important, it is far less important than diet when it comes to weight loss. Case in point is a patient who lost 100 lbs in 7-8 months using nothing other than a strict Paleo Diet and a bit of walking (she also "cured" herself of five different autoimmune diseases in the process -- HERE).
THE DANGERS OF HOMEOPATHY -VS- THE DANGERS OF VACCINATIONS
Belladonna is a green, leafy plant that happens to be one of the most famous (or infamous as the case may be) of the family known as NIGHTSHADES (this family also contains potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, paprika, and tobacco). It's a vasodilator that was used in antiquity to dilate the pupils of women who wanted to appear sexy, and help them get their "come hither" look on. It also happens to be the main ingredient in a compound called Atropine, which is used as a drug to slow the heart rate, reverse certain kinds of chemical poisoning, as an eye medication, as well as helping to reverse various forms of HYPER-SYMPATHETIC NERVOUS SYSTEM REACTIONS. It also happens to have such a wide array of known side effects, I won't even begin to list them here.
WHAT IS ENERGY MEDICINE?
WHAT ARE HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES?
Our professor, a man whose name I have long-forgotten (Curlile, Curnutt?????), explained to the class of about three hundred that the bridge collapsed because it had a frequency / resonance that was too close to the frequency / resonance of the wind. Although frequency is a simple concept, resonance is a bit more difficult to understand. Wikipedia describes it thusly...
"In physics, resonance is a phenomenon in which a vibrating system or external force drives another system to oscillate with greater amplitude at a specific preferential frequency. Increase of amplitude as damping decreases and frequency approaches resonant frequency of a driven damped simple harmonic oscillator. Frequencies at which the response amplitude is a relative maximum are known as the system's resonant frequencies or resonance frequencies. At resonant frequencies, small periodic driving forces have the ability to produce large amplitude oscillations, due to the storage of vibrational energy. Resonance occurs when a system is able to store and easily transfer energy between two or more different storage modes (such as kinetic energy and potential energy in the case of a pendulum). However, there are some losses from cycle to cycle, called damping. When damping is small, the resonant frequency is approximately equal to the natural frequency of the system, which is a frequency of unforced vibrations. Resonance phenomena occur with all types of vibrations or waves: there is mechanical resonance, acoustic resonance, electromagnetic resonance, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), electron spin resonance (ESR) and resonance of quantum wave functions. Resonant systems can be used to generate vibrations of a specific frequency (e.g., musical instruments), or pick out specific frequencies from a complex vibration containing many frequencies."
The thing I want you to realize is that everything ---- everything --- whether living or non-living, has a frequency and a resonance; right down to every sub-atomic particle. That's cool, but what is really cool is found in the last sentence, "Resonant systems can be used to generate vibrations of a specific frequency." Plainly stated, this means that if you can figure out how to control the resonant system in some form or fashion, you can do some amazing things. For some that might mean MAKING INCREDIBLE MUSIC (OR HERE) (or even HERE). For others, it might mean using this information to for healing (HERE'S AN EXAMPLE THAT EVERYONE CAN UNDERSTAND)
Although I don't really practice in this manner, I actually took a couple of classes under the brilliant (and unconventional) BERT HANICKE while I was at Logan (many of us called him "The Magic Man"). Although I will not do it justice as far as an explanation, he had a way of measuring the frequency / resonance of sick people as well as the frequency / resonance of their "disease". He would then treat distilled water with the same machine, creating a sine wave (a wave with the peaks and valleys exactly opposite the original frequency), using it to energetically "neutralize" said disease. The thing is, while many dismissed Dr. Hanicke as an eccentric intellectual (he was certainly intellectual, but was amazingly down-to-earth), he not only cured himself of lung cancer, but had actually trained under the brilliant Dr. Voll. According to the bio on Biontology Arizona.....
"In the late 1940’s, Dr. Reinhard Voll, a German medical doctor and engineer began researching an innovative testing method now known as EAV (Electroacupuncture According to Voll). This method was documented and proven, in over a decade of hospital studies in Germany and today is widely used throughout Europe by over 25,000 medical practitioners. In the United States, it is currently growing in acceptance particularly by medical practitioners who specialize in “Alternative, Holistic and Biological Medicine” techniques and disciplines. It is an “Energetic” assessment of the individual. And while all the organs, glands and complex systems in the body are physical and chemical in nature, there is also an unseen component to them and this is called the Energetic System."
In our neck of the woods, Dr. Herbst (OVER IN VAN BUREN) uses a Vega Machine. By placing various test vials of either healthy organ tissue as well as diseased organ tissue of various sorts into the circuit, astute practitioners can evaluate a patient electrically / energetically, and actually measure the changes in resonance electrically. The newer machines are all computerized, so instead of needing hundreds (or even thousands) of test vials, all resonance frequencies are stored on the computer (remember that everything, whether living or non-living has a specific frequency). What's doubly amazing is that you can actually test against your particular health problem against any number of remedies and see how they resonate with your body. But there were people doing similar long before Dr. Voll came on the scene.
Developed by the German medical doctor, Samuel Hahnemann around 1800, Homeopathy was an early form of "energy" medicine. Although our government derides Homeopathy as QUACKERY, the National Institutes of Health define it as.....
"Two unconventional theories: “like cures like”—the notion that a disease can be cured by a substance that produces similar symptoms in healthy people; and “law of minimum dose”—the notion that the lower the dose of the medication, the greater its effectiveness. Many homeopathic remedies are so diluted that no molecules of the original substance remain. Homeopathic remedies are derived from substances that come from plants, minerals, or animals, such as red onion, arnica (mountain herb), crushed whole bees, white arsenic, poison ivy, belladonna (deadly nightshade), and stinging nettle. Homeopathic remedies are often formulated as sugar pellets to be placed under the tongue; they may also be in other forms, such as ointments, gels, drops, creams, and tablets. Treatments are “individualized” or tailored to each person—it is not uncommon for different people with the same condition to receive different treatments."
I bring this up to take you back to Belladonna --- the controversial ingredient in Hyland's teething tablets. Because homeopathic remedies are always diluted; often to the point where there is nothing left but the "energetic" fingerprint that is for all intents and purposes, negligible enough not able to be measured using current technology. This is true of the Belladonna. In fact, Hylands dilutes it, according to the ingredient list found on their website, "12X HPUS (0.0000000000003% alkaloids, calculated). As calculated, this means that each complete teething tablet contains only approximately 0.0000000000002 mg of Belladonna alkaloids. The amount of Belladonna alkaloids in teething tablets is minuscule, especially when compared to conventional medicines that contain Belladonna alkaloids. To put the calculated amount of Belladonna in a Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablet into perspective, the 0.0000000000002 mg of Belladonna alkaloids is THOUSANDS OF TIMES below even the therapeutic amounts of Belladonna used in conventional anti-spasmodic medicines [MUSCLE RELAXERS] that doctors sometimes prescribe (0.2 to 5 milligrams of Belladonna alkaloids)." In English, this means there are 2 ten-trillionths of a milligram of Belladonna in their product.
The first lesson in all this is never underestimate the brain power of a good German (HERE is another recent example). The second lesson; everything (EVEN YOUR THOUGHTS) have physical properties such as frequency / resonance. The third lesson is that no matter how safe something is, there will always be complaints that it isn't --- maybe even legitimate complaints. Case in point, the September FDA warnings about potential health-risks from consuming Hylands Teething Tablets. In a PRESS RELEASE from last September, the FDA said...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that homeopathic teething tablets and gels may pose a risk to infants and children. The FDA recommends that consumers stop using these products and dispose of any in their possession. Homeopathic teething tablets and gels have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safety or efficacy. The agency is also not aware of any proven health benefit of the products, which are labeled to relieve teething symptoms in children. Consumers should seek medical care immediately if their child experiences seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation after using homeopathic teething tablets or gels.
One of two things are true. Either homeopathic remedies are totally worthless because the amount of active ingredient has been diluted to virtually zero, or they actually do do something, potentially causing some children to react (Sheila Kaplan wrote an article on the subject yesterday for STAT). My point here is that while my family had fantastic results with this product, I don't want to marginalize anyone that not only didn't, but had a physical reaction --- some of which were alleged to result in seizures and even several deaths. But if we believe that Teething Tablets can cause the problems listed in the paragraph above, how much more so for vaccines?
Society (particularly the press) has started labeling anyone that questions the safety and efficacy of any vaccine as an "ANTIVAXXER". Honestly, this is a totally incorrect moniker since I don't know of anyone who is against you doing whatever you want to do as far as VACCINES are concerned. There are many people, however, concerned enough (dumbfounded might be a better word) at the continued use of known neurotoxins like ALUMINUM in all vaccines, and MERCURY in many of them, that we believe we should speak out. Not necessarily against vaccines, but for the freedom to choose. Because if you don't stand up, WHERE WILL IT END?
Couple this with the massive numbers of vaccines infants, children, and adults are being bombarded with from cradle to grave, and many (self included) see the potential for a NEUROLOGICAL and AUTOIMMUNE tsunami --- exactly what you see when you look around you. When it comes to healthcare (vaccines included), studies are showing that what people want most (HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS INCLUDED) is the freedom to choose. That freedom started being eroded over a century ago with the publication of the Flexner Report.
THE FLEXNER REPORT, commissioned by the government, but essentially the work of the wealthiest man on the planet; JD Rockefeller (Abraham Flexner was the brother of Rockefeller's right hand man), set in motion the gears that would intentionally / purposefully grind (or at least attempt to grind) all non-allopathic forms of medicine (including both homeopathy and CHIROPRACTIC -- or HERE) to dust. For the record, it was a vaccine from one of Rockefeller's pharmaceutical holdings that was the recipient of our nation's first "mandatory" legislation concerning a vaccine (as you might imagine, the Rockefeller were big wheels in both NY and national politics, as well as in the formation of HEW and the UN). Also for the record, the earlier B&W pics are of defunct homeopathic medical schools from the turn of the century.
If Teething Tablets are truly dangerous, they need to be taken off the market. But when we talk about dangerous substances routinely given to infants and children, we can't leave without discussing DRUGS. Have you seen the stats on how many people die of ASPIRIN each year? Or TYLENOL? Or IBUPROFEN? The truth is that drugs are crazy dangerous. In fact, the prestigious British Medical Journal (HERE) recently declared "medicine" to be the third leading cause of death in America. But what about vaccines? Aren't they in this same mix as well?
As for the whole vaccines-are-safe----now-sit-down-and-shut-the-hell-up argument, how can we possibly trust the research when it's been proven time and time again that Big Pharma finagles it in every conceivable way --- always for the purpose of putting their products in a favorable light (HERE are slews of posts on the subject)? And lastly, I'm not sure how you dismiss the hundreds of websites around the web of parents warning other parents what happened to their children after getting vaccinated. I've never personally heard of someone having a reaction to any homeopathic remedy, let along teething tablets. But in my twenty five years in practice, I have seen lots of children whose parents and grandparents (farmers, bankers, nurses, business owners, and even PHYSICIANS) who know only one thing for certain ---- that their children were normal before their shots.
If you are interested in seeing how both childhood vaccines and antibiotics might arguably prevent and "cure" some childhood diseases on the front end, while actually causing some of the vary same diseases as well as all sorts of inflammatory diseases (INCLUDING CANCER) on the back end, just follow THIS LINK.
THE TETHERING EFFECTS
OF FIBROTIC FASCIA
In the same way that the horses above are not allowed to move freely due to being tied (tethered) to a post, scar tissue is tethering people, causing both restriction (even in some that will fool you --- HERE) and pain. The end-game of any process that causes joint restriction is a LOSS OF PROPRIOCEPTION that causes degeneration / deterioration as well. Unfortunately this causes loss of function, which further increases both the speed and severity of the degenerative process, leading to more of the same. As you can see, it's a horribly vicious cycle. Fail to stop it and it has the potential to disrupt, or even ruin, your life.
Hopefully, the resultant tissue will end up more like the pic in the middle --- scarred but functional. Abnormal, but relatively organized. This is more likely to happen in a person who who is both NUTRITIONALLY SOUND and PHYSICALLY ACTIVE. When people are "inflamed" however (take this simple SELF-TEST), the Scar Tissue is more likely to look like the pic on the far right --- clumped, wadded, tangled, twisted, and generally bound up and restricted. In a word, it's tethered.
The problem is that in most cases, we are not talking about visible scars as seen HERE. We are talking about Scar Tissue that's occurring in tissue that is often times as thin as cellophane. Unfortunately, however, as you can also see from the link above, this tissue can also be incredibly pain-sensitive --- over a thousand times that of normal tissue. This is why you need to deal with this situation before it starts causing TYPE III PAIN (aka, "SUPERSENSITIVITY").
The good news is that we are able to help the biggest portion of people dealing with these sorts of problems --- usually quickly and effectively (HERE are numerous examples). When this approach is coupled with lifestyle changes meant to address underlying SYSTEMIC INFLAMMATION, the result is almost always an improvement both in how you feel and in function. This is huge because while drugs can certainly make you feel better on some level, they have a myriad of SIDE EFFECTS, while DOING NOTHING to actually change the underlying aberrant physiology. And here's the coolest thing about all this.
If there is anything easier than making an appointment with me to let me see if I can help you, I'm not sure what it is. I have intentionally made it as simple and affordable as is humanly possible. All my cards are on the table. THIS is what a first visit looks like at my clinic. And as crazy as it might sound to those of you who have been going visit after visit after visit to chiros or therapists with little in terms of lasting relief, I rarely schedule a new patient a follow-up visit (HERE). I don't have to. It's no surprise that people flock to where they get quick, inexpensive relief from pain, and restoration of function (not to mention the "FREEBIES" I hand out to patients all day, every day).
TYPE II DIABETES, OBESITY, BUTTER, AND PUBLIC HEALTH
THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE THEY STAY THE SAME
- Is diabetes on a decline? (in few lines share your thoughts on the topic)
- What diabetes diet and management mistakes do you see most people with diabetes make?
- What tips would you give to someone who is newly diagnosed?
TYPE II DIABETES: CONUNDRUMS AND SOLUTIONS
Lifestyle changes become even more critical once you realize studies continue to show that while diabetes drugs do a decent job of lowering blood sugar, they do a negligible job of changing end points, i.e. improving outcomes such as heart attacks, strokes, or death. Furthermore, blood sugar dysregulation --- the hallmark of type II diabetes --- is linked via peer-review to almost every health problem you care to mention, including cancer. This health crisis can be traced back to two distinct but interlinked issues; the growth of the processed food industry and our government's fifty-year war on dietary fat.
In the 1950's, public health officials realized that heart disease (including fatal heart attacks) was skyrocketing in American men. By the 1960's, two schools of thought had formed around this problem. The first, championed by Dr. Ancel Keys and his infamous 'Seven Nations Study,' claimed that saturated animal fats were the cause, while the second, by Dr. John Yurdkin, claimed that increased processed carbohydrate and sugar consumption was the culprit. Thanks to recent revelations showing how the sugar industry has been paying off high level researchers since at least 1964 (Project 226), we now know why Keys won and Yurdkin faded into relative obscurity. The problem is that even though peer-review is now clear on this subject, old habits die hard.
Instead of promoting Paleo, Ketogenic, LCHF, Atkins, or other similar 'Low Carb' diets, far too many health professionals continue to live in the distant past, touting variations of the old "Low Fat" way of thinking. The result of health care leaders not completely abandoning Keys' failed paradigm is a nation crippled by the twin epidemics of type II diabetes and obesity. This helps to explain why when it comes to treating diabetics using diet, the difference between medical practice and medical research has become a chasm that oftentimes makes the Grand Canyon look like a roadside ditch. The good news is that you can take matters into your own hands.
The CURRENT EVIDENCE-BASED GUIDELINES for treating those with type II diabetes reveal not only how effective this approach is, but how safe it is as well. In fact, it's so safe that you don't need a doctor's "OK" to get started. And for the few of you that have given it an honest shot but had only limited success, there is likely an answer for you as well. The key is realizing that type II diabetes is not so much a "sugar" problem as it is an "inflammation" problem.
Some might be shocked to learn that type II diabetes falls into the same category of illnesses (Chronic Inflammatory Degenerative Diseases) as arthritis, heart disease, asthma, most digestive problems, most autoimmune diseases, most chronic pain, and even cancer. The doubly good news is that by finding and solving the underlying inflammation, most of you --- even many of the difficult cases --- will respond favorably, not only as far as your blood sugar is concerned, but with many of your other health problems as well.
The guidelines are there for all to see, written by over thirty medical doctors and biomedical researchers. Use them to your advantage as you start the process of regaining your health and taking your life back. © Dr. Russell Schierling 2017
WHY CANT WE BREAK FREE FROM KEYS' MISGUIDED AND OBSOLETE PARADIGM?
Being a long time subscriber to MedPage Today, as well as being a fan of at least some of the work of DR. WALTER WILLETT, I was intrigued by the title of the article in my inbox, Pearls From: Walter C. Willett, MD, DrPH: Setting the Record Straight on the Great Butter Debate. But I was frankly shocked at the gist of his three and a half minute video.
Dr W started out by saying, "There has been a lot of confusion about the role of butter in the diet." After this, he started dredging up some of the same old drivel about animal fats, and particularly saturated animal fats that I have heard since I was a kid. Believe it or not, he actually compared eating butter to eating "refined carbohydrates and starch," calling calories from either, "a wash" as far as your health is concerned. He then went on to tell us what is better than butter (say that three times fast).
"Liquid plant oils like soybean oil, olive oil, canola oil, pretty much all the liquid vegetable oils; those plant oils are going to be a whole lot better than butter. Whenever you have a chance to replace butter with something that's healthier, basically the liquid vegetable oils, that's going to be a better choice, both for improving blood lipids and for reducing risk of heart disease in type 2 diabetes."
Holy Toledo! Did I just hear what I think I heard? Take the olive oil out of this equation and we just climbed into Dr. Brown's DeLorean and went back in time thirty five years ---- TO THE 1980's! (or even further back; to ANCEL "DISCREDITED" KEYS' crazy study). I guess this is not surprising considering Dr. Willett helped write the American Heart Associations brand new (and extremely misguided) dietary recommendations for fat consumption (HERE).
I've shown you previously how bad SOY BEAN OIL is for human consumption. The thing is, this is true of any of these refined oils that are made by heavy use of chemical solvents --- also true of any olive oil that is not "extra virgin". BTW, my advice for oils / fats is rather simple; EVOO for salad dressings or foods you do not heat up, and Coconut Oil (or --gulp --- butter / lard) for those you do. If you decide to take a look at the article for yourself; quick suggestion. Skip straight to the comments as they are far more interesting (and enlightening) -- and mostly from the medical profession.
As for butter, it's kind of like the debate currently going on over SALT. Not only can you can click the link to see that I've been saying for a very long time that extreme salt restriction is extremely stupid, the international community once again ripped the US (see MedPage Today's article from last week called CardioBrief: International Experts Call Sodium Guidelines Far Too Restrictive). Why is it so critical that we get the answer to this "conundrum" correct? Namely because the whole mess is perpetuating itself in our nation's children.
This month's issue of Pediatrics (Parental Obesity and Early Childhood Development) looked at obese parents as their own distinct EPIGENETIC FACTOR in childhood development (we already know that overweight parents tend to have overweight kids). Guess what? It turned out exactly how you thought it would. "Compared with normal/underweight mothers, children of obese mothers had increased odds of failing the fine motor domain. Paternal obesity was associated with increased risk of failing the personal-social domain. Children whose parents both had BMI over 35 were likely to additionally fail the problem-solving domain. Findings suggest that maternal and paternal obesity are each associated with specific delays in early childhood development, the ability to control movement of small muscles, such as those in the fingers and hands, social competence, and problem solving ability."
Why do I mention this? Namely because the two problems being discussed today --- diabetes and obesity --- are bound together tighter than Laurel & Hardy. And with over half our population coping with diabetes or pre-diabetes (HERE), we need good, solid advice. Not the same OLD REHASHED AND REPACKAGED FARE dressed up to look like something new.
LOTS OF VISITS OR LOTS OF RELIEF?
THE CHOICE IS YOURS
That means that my office will not calling to badger you about a missed appointment or why you haven't been in to see me in a while. And the really great thing about coming here --- one of the many things my patients love and appreciate --- is all the freebies. If you need information on effective weight loss, I'll provide it to you. Need to know what it will take to solve your back pain? I'll give you that as well. Struggling with Diabetes or any number of Autoimmune Diseases? Dealing with Fibromyalgia? I've created a SIMPLE "CHECKLIST" HANDOUT I give my patients, with everything they need to solve the majority of their health problems on their own (HERE'S A GREAT EXAMPLE). Did you catch that? On your own. Do you grasp what that really means? It means you're far less likely to require lots of expensive doctor visits to solve your problems. And let's be real honest; your doctor probably doesn't want to see you anyway (HERE).
On occasion, I even take one of the endless emails I get from people and turn it into a blog post for all to see (HERE and HERE are a couple examples). There's nothing more exciting to me that watching really sick people --- chronically sick people --- turn things completely around and get their lives back (HERE). Like I've always said, it's better than someone handing you a GOLD BRICK. Gold bricks are certainly nice; but living a HAPPY, HEALTHY, MOBILE, MOTIVATED, THOUGHTFUL, SEXUALLY FULFILLED, DRUG FREE, PAIN FREE, life --- that's priceless!
THE BEST METHODS FOR REMODELING
FIBROTIC CONNECTIVE TISSUES
I've had Staffordshire Bull Terriers for over 25 years (WE ARE ON OUR THIRD). These dogs need lots of activity and roughhousing. It's what they were BRED FOR. Fail to work these dogs out intensely, and they will be unhealthy. Likewise, your muscles and connective tissues need to be worked out. In fact, without REGULAR MECHANICAL STRESS, connective tissues and muscles will fall into a state of disarray and slow (or maybe rapid) degeneration (HERE). Although it might come from work (around here I treat lots of ranchers and loggers), thanks to today's sedentary society, it might need to come in the form of EXERCISE, STRETCHING, YOGA, WEIGHTLIFTING (strength or resistance training of some sort) etc, etc, etc. Bottom line, if you are not regularly stressing your connective tissues in multiple ways (and for that matter BONES, which are a non-fibrous connective tissue), you are causing yourself future grief. But what happens when these tissues are stressed too much?
There are any number of ways that connective tissues and muscles can be injured (HERE), with repetitive injuries typically being worse (HERE). When tissue damage occurs, INFLAMMATION is released (not nearly as much with TENDONS). Inflammation is what gets the ball rolling in most healing processes. The problem is, soft tissues often heal with something called FIBROSIS --- the medical name for SCAR TISSUE. While this situation is normal on some level and how your body is designed to heal and repair itself, it can and often does lead to problems --- especially if you are not living an ANTI-INFLAMMATORY LIFESTYLE. Much of this has to do with the fact that Scar Tissue / Fibrosis is different from normal tissue in almost every conceivable way --- not to mention it does not show up well with standard imaging (HERE).
This means that if you don't want to live a life of pain, you'll have to address the Fibrosis. For many people, this is relatively simple. In fact, for the majority of people in the majority of situations, SIMPLE STRETCHES OR EXERCISES are enough to get the job done. For others, CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS or THERAPY provide enough mechanical stress to work through the minimally-fibrotic tissue and restore normal ROM. For some of you, however, it will require "breaking" the fibrotic tissues that are TETHERING & RESTRICTING your joint's ability to move properly, in order to get out of pain and restore function. The word "break" implies a degree of INTENSITY typically not seen with other forms of therapy. What does recent scientific literature have to say about this aspect of tissue remodeling?
The first thing you must be aware of is that the scientific medical community usually refers to the purposeful mechanical stress put on tissues in order to remodel them as, 'tissue deformation' (this term is also sometimes used to describe the injury process itself). In other words, if you want to make tangible, long-term changes to connective tissues and muscles, you must 'deform' them in some manner. The second thing you need to be aware of is that there are dozens --- maybe hundreds --- of different mathematical and computer models of how this occurs. Unless you are really into advanced mathematics and computer algorithms, you won't find it interesting.
I found "Tissue Deformation" studies about embryology, surgery (many of them pertaining to the development GM realistic-feeling tissues for surgeons to practice with), and even studies trying to figure out how much tissue deformation (i.e. sagging) the average female breast undergoes over time. Probably, however, the thing I was not expecting was that the huge majority of studies on this topic were theoretical. Allow me to explain.
Like I said just a moment ago, there are an insane number of computer and mathematical models being looked at concerning tissue deformation. Why is this? Why are we using models instead of real tissues, especially when according to 2012's book, Virtual Reality in Medicine (chapter, Soft Tissue Deformation), "Mechanical tissue behavior is highly complex and only partly understood. Due to the complexity of soft tissue, the formulation of an appropriate mathematical model is a difficult task. Therefore, the accuracy of deformations can often only be roughly approximated."? Without going into incredible detail, suffice it to say that mechanical deformation of tissues is a far bigger factor not only in healing processes but in overall health than most of us have any idea.
This can be seen in the opening paragraph of a Dutch study from the Department of Tissue Regeneration, MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine at the University of Twente. "Tissue deformation influences the development of the vasculature in the embryo and in the contracting wound. Current models suggest that physical forces originating from the blood, from cells pulling on neighboring cells, and on the Extra Cellular Matrix (ECM), distort cellular membrane receptors and cytoskeletal elements, modulating biochemical signaling pathways and the behavior of endothelial and smooth muscle cells." The cytoskeleton is made up of filaments, fibers, and tubules, and along with the ECM is made by FIBROBLASTS. Listen to what Wikipedia says about the cytoskeleton in relationship to tissue deformation.
"There is a multitude of functions that the cytoskeleton can perform. Primarily, it gives the cell its shape and mechanical resistance to deformation, and through association with extracellular connective tissue and other cells it stabilizes entire tissues. The cytoskeleton can also actively contract, thereby deforming the cell and the cell's environment and allowing cells to migrate. Moreover, it is involved in many cell signaling pathways, in the uptake of extracellular material..... Furthermore, it forms specialized structures, such as flagella, cilia....."
Tendons are also in on the act, with a study from last month's issue of Acta Biomaterialia (Micro-Mechanical Properties of the Tendon-to-Bone Attachment) describing the forces between the velcro-like "Sharpey's Fibers" that anchor tendons into the bones, and the bones themselves. "The tendon-to-bone attachment (enthesis) is a complex hierarchical tissue that connects stiff bone to compliant tendon. The attachment site at the micrometer scale exhibits gradients in mineral content and collagen orientation, which likely act to minimize stress concentrations. To further examine structure-mechanical function relationships, local deformation behavior along the tendon-to-bone attachment was determined using local image correlation. A high compliance zone near the mineralized gradient of the attachment was clearly identified and highlighted the lack of correlation between mineral distribution and strain on the low-mineral end of the attachment. This compliant region is proposed to act as an energy absorbing component, limiting catastrophic failure within the tendon-to-bone attachment through higher local deformation."
As you are probably beginning to see, tissue deformation can be either good or bad (remember that it describes both the injury and a mechanical portion of the process necessary for healing), and it can be painful. Last month's issue of Clinical Biomechanics (Comparison of Lumbo-Pelvic Kinematics....) "Compared to controls, individuals with acute low back pain had larger pelvic range of rotations and smaller lumbar range of flexions. Patients with acute low back pain also adopted a slower pace compared to asymptomatic controls which was reflected in smaller maximum values for angular velocity, deceleration and acceleration of lumbar flexion. Irrespective of participant group, smaller pelvic range of rotation and larger lumbar range of flexion were observed in younger vs. older participants. Reduced lumbar range of flexion and slower task pace, observed in patients with acute low back pain, may be the result of a neuromuscular adaptation to reduce the forces and deformation in the lower back tissues and avoid pain aggravation." Certainly not surprising. Speaking of pain, how about pain in the face?
It is not uncommon for people who have CHRONIC NECK PAIN and / or HEADACHES, to end up with FACE PAIN. A study from the November 2016 issue of Skin Research and Technology (Analysis of Morphological Changes After Facial Massage...) looked at massages of the face using 3-D CT imaging, concluding that there were, "marked morphological changes of the nasolabial folds after facial massage, and changes of the lower, upper and lateral cheeks and lower eyelid were also observed in more than half of the subjects. Facial massage-induced change rate values were significantly changed in the paranasal area, nasolabial fold area and cranial part of the mandibular area. Photograph-based scores at the lower cheek and lower eyelid were well correlated with facial massage-induced change rate in the inferior part of the nasolabial fold and the mandibular area, respectively. Massage-induced changes of subcutaneous fat tissues and facial expression muscles were also apparent on CT images. 3D-CT imaging is useful for objective evaluation of the effects of facial massage, including anatomical changes in subcutaneous structures." The problem is that CT SCANS are highly toxic, as far as radiation exposure is concerned.
This information is probably helpful on some level, but for solving chronically adhesed fascia and other soft tissues, you'll have to have more than information. Fortunately, I wrote a blog post concerning this issue, which helps explain why SIMPLE STRETCHES are often times not enough to solve these sorts of problems (as well as why it can sometimes actually make them worse). To see my blog post on why it is necessary to cause TISSUE DEFORMATION (in this case for people with neck problems) just follow the link. For those of you dealing with whole-body issues, take a look at our PROTOCOL FOR ADDRESSING SYSTEMIC PAIN OR DISEASE. Once you begin to understand that most chronic conditions are variations of the same underlying screwed up physiological processes (HERE), it will all begin to make more sense.
OPEN LETTER TO A MEDICAL DOCTOR
"I have been utilizing infrared heat and light therapy almost daily for a year. It is amazing. I recommend it to everyone. I do isometric exercises in an infrared sauna (Hot Bot Detox now called Hotworx) most days of the week and then use a red light stand up booth to dry off and reap the benefits of the effects on my skin. I have infrared heating pads. I bought them for my parents. Now read the next paragraph.
I am a medical doctor. Honestly the negativity you have about medical doctors pisses me off. I think your adversarial tone is counterproductive to a comprehensive approach to patient care between those of us who went to medical school and other health professionals such as yourself.
I saw a 29 year old woman the other day as a new patient with complaints of fatigue, irritability, neck muscle tension, poor sleep etc. She'd seen numerous other medical practitioners, had lab tests run repeatedly (all normal). She came to me and I told her, if you do what I recommend, you will get better. I recommended she get her 5 year old son to bed earlier every night so she has time to care for herself. I discussed sleep habits with her extensively and may have her get a sleep study. I recommended that she eat healthy nutritious food, avoid preservatives/chemicals/processed foods. I recommended that she start exercising with yoga or tai chi. I recommended she get an infra-red shoulder heating pad. I told her that medication (alone) is not the answer for her symptoms. I did discuss medications and the mechanism of action on neurotransmitters. I prescribed her 25 mg of Sertraline to get her started but reminded her that she would not feel better if she didn't follow my other recommendations.
My point is that generalizing MDs as not treating patients as a whole is not always true. I am a daughter, sister, wife, mother, and friend. I practice Family Medicine. I love my job (minus the bureaucracy of Medicare the insurance industry) and I care a great deal about my patients. I hope that if you read this you will have hope for MDs because not all of us only believe in surgery and medication."
It's always nice to hear a doctor say they love their job because recent peer-reviewed studies and polls are showing that many physicians --- arguably the majority --- don't (HERE). Let me also say doc, that I apologize for over-generalizing and characterizing all MD's in the same light. You are correct in saying that that there are some physicians out there who treat their patients as whole persons (I'll add to this that the number of docs doing so is growing). It's fantastic that you care enough about your patients not to prescribe unnecessary drugs or recommend needless or questionable surgeries. However, I would guess that this is exactly how many --- maybe even the majority --- of your colleagues practice. In my neck of the woods we have exactly one doctor who takes the time to talk to her patients about diet, lifestyle, exercise, alternatives, etc. One.
It's not that I go out of my way to be adversarial. If you'll notice; although I undeniably promote myself and what I do on my site, I don't sell any products through it (I do offer some WHOLE FOOD NUTRITION in-house). The purpose of my site is to empower people in general, whether they are my patients or not, to get off their duffs and take their lives back (LIKE THIS WOMAN DID). I want to see them off as many drugs as possible (HERE), lose the excess weight and change their body composition in the process (HERE), change their diets (KETOGENIC, PALEO, ELIMINATION, etc), and get out of pain in the process. To find physicians who are on board with that mission is refreshing (HERE'S ONE ABOUT A HUNDRED MILES FROM ME). Unfortunately, I not only see this as not being the norm, at least here in the Ozarks, it's exceedingly rare. Maybe things are different in your state and town?
Although I do have a tendency to be polemic and say some fairly half-cocked things (I was diagnosed with foot-in-mouth disease decades ago), I always try to back up what I write or say with peer-review or "best evidence" (which itself can be EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO TRUST). The truth is, I hate to see people reliant on doctors of any kind if they don't need to be, and that goes for me as well (HERE). To help empower my patients, I use THIS HANDOUT in my clinic to help send patients with questions in a direction that will hopefully get them doing some research on their own.
By the way, I want my readers to know that this doc is doing is pretty cool stuff in her clinic. One of my patients --- AN ELITE ATHLETE --- uses both infra-red and ozone saunas as part of her recovery regimen. The LIGHT THERAPY is pretty awesome as well. If you ever happen to have your family in the Ozarks in the summertime doc, let me know and maybe I could get you all on the CURRENT RIVER.
CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND THOSE WACKY ANTIVAXXERS
"9/11 was concocted by Bush and Halliburton so that the U.S. could invade Iraq to capture their oil, United Flight 93 never took off, and Mahatma Gandhi plotted World War II to free India from British rule. Vaccination phobia is the perfect storm of paranoia. The lesson I've drawn from conspiracy and non-conspiracy theorists is that crank can coexist with competence, and competence can coexist with stupidity. Maybe if we treated the anti-vaxxers with a smidge of respect they might -- just might -- get over their vaccination phobia."
While conspiracy theories are certainly fun (compare THESE PICS to the owl seen in the dollar bill above right), about the only thing they tell us for sure is that OJ never made it to Mars on Capricorn One. Beyond that, it's all up for grabs. Hitler living in South America, JFK's real killer, Bigfoot, UFO's & space aliens (Roswell and Area 51), The Da Vinci Code, Opus Dei, and the Knights Templar. I mean really; who doesn't love this stuff? It's the same reason you're secretly drawn to Enquirer headlines as you check out at the grocery store --- "Eight Year Old Girl in Svambockian Mountains Gives Birth to Rare Twelve Year Old Spotted Yeti." The thing is, sometimes conspiracy theories actually turn out to be true (HERE, HERE, HERE, or HERE). Dr. Jha (a radiologist of all things) went on to write.....
"9/11 truthers remind me of anti-vaxxers. They share a deep paranoia which is impervious to logic and science and which becomes stronger when confronted with logic and science. What doesn't change their minds, and little does, makes their beliefs stronger."
Here's the rub. We've seen that in medicine, nothing is as it seems. Its practice is far more dangerous than we've been led to believe, or that anyone on the inside cares to admit (LAST YEAR'S BMJ STUDY). A significant amount of research --- by some estimates, more than half --- is being "ABANDONED & BURIED" when results don't turn out as well as industry hoped or expected. Academic medicine is for sale (HERE). And to top it all off, there are any number of ways to make research come out the way you want it to (HERE). Oh; and while I probably don't need to tell you this, it's all driven by money (HERE). So if there's one thing we've learned so far, it's that we can't trust much of anything we've learned so far (HERE'S THE WHOLE KIT AND KABOODLE). However, there are a few things we do know for sure.
We know that the book Jha recommends to debunk conspiracy theorists like myself was written by none other than DR. PAUL "FOR PROFIT" OFFIT --- an individual said to be making tens of millions of dollars in the vaccine industry. We know that the rates of autism continue to skyrocket (HERE). We know that more people have autoimmune diseases than you can shake a stick at (HERE'S a list of the more common ones). We know that CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DEGENERATIVE DISEASES have become ubiquitous to Western society. We know that the aluminum used as the adjuvant in virtually all vaccines is extremely neurotoxic (HERE or HERE). And above all of this, we now know that germs aren't even really the cause --- or at least the primary cause --- of disease to begin with (HERE or HERE). And while some of this can be blamed on our collectively crappy diets, there are many like myself who think there is more to it than that.
As is the case with many online articles, the comments are far meatier and more interesting than the article itself. Such is the case with this portion of the comment from Andrew Johnstone, RPh / MD of the Johnstone Family Practice in Indianapolis. The interesting thing is how many doctors agreed with Dr. Johnstone's views (he also had some great things to say about the measles vaccine).
A couple of my 'anti-vaxers' are actually very educated (one is a physician who is an immunologist, and the other has a PhD in biochemistry), and several others work in health care as nurses, a physical therapist, and two pharmacists. So writing them off as 'uninformed' or 'stupid' is nonsensical. Maybe 'paranoid', but then I can think of numerous historic examples in medicine where skepticism or defiance of 'standard practice' turned out to be prophetically correct.
Being blind to the clear financial incentives for both private industry and government alike to minimize or even hide side effects is to assume that somehow the vaccine industry is completely different than the 'pill' industry. Physicians are portrayed as 'shills for the pharmaceutical industry' when it comes to pills, as if all we do is happily prescribe the most expensive, unnecessary, dangerous pills the drug-rep with the most exposed cleavage pitches to us over pizza. Then a 180-degree shift when it comes to the government and media attitude to those same pharmaceutical industries - any and all vaccine products they put forth are assumed to be completely safe and absolutely vital, and should be mandatory the day they are released. Any physicians expressing hesitancy are obviously deranged or 'paranoid'.
The double standard is fascinating.
If my kid gets immunized like a good kid, and the neighbor's kid fails to get immunized, then my kid gets measles because the neighbor's kid exposes him......is that evidence the other kid/mom were the problem, or is that evidence that the measles vaccine my kid got wasn't all that effective...?
NOBEL PRIZE WINNER DR. OTTO WARBURG
IGNORE HIS FINDINGS ON CANCER AT YOUR OWN PERIL
Otto Warburg was born in Germany in 1883. He rapidly showed his mettle in academics, working in the fields of chemistry, cell biology, biochemistry, and physiology, earning his MD degree in 1911. He moved rapidly up the ladder of academia, and by 1918 (the end of WWI) had been appointed a professor at Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Biology, where his chief work was on tumor metabolism and respiration (he would have achieved this sooner had he not served in Germany's most elite cavalry unit during 'The Great War'). Although it is said that he would have earned a second Nobel Prize if he had not been part of Hitler's Germany (he was actually part Jewish), he won the prize in 1931 (he was nominated 46 times in his career). What did Dr. Warburg discover that was so incredible --- worthy of a Nobel Prize? He figured out that blood sugar (glucose) is Cancer's meal-of-choice.
According to an article in the November, 2010 issue of Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research (Biographical Sketch: Otto Heinrich Warburg, PhD, MD), Warburg was speaking to a group of other Nobel Laureates when he said.....
"Cancer, above all other diseases, has countless secondary causes. But, even for cancer, there is only one prime cause. Summarized in a few words, the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar. All normal body cells meet their energy needs by respiration of oxygen, whereas cancer cells meet their energy needs in great part by fermentation. All normal body cells are thus obligate aerobes, whereas all cancer cells are partial anaerobes. From the standpoint of the physics and chemistry of life this difference between normal and cancer cells is so great that one can scarcely picture a greater difference. Oxygen gas, the donor of energy in plants and animals is dethroned in the cancer cells and replaced by an energy yielding reaction of the lowest living forms, namely, a fermentation of glucose."
Basically, Warburg realized that cancer cells shared a universal characteristic -- they were hypoxic (low levels of O2), requiring them to find another source of fuel. Instead of cancer cells going through normal cell respiration using oxygen, they respired anerobically by fermenting glucose and destroying MITOCHONDRIAL ACTIVITY. By the end of his life he believed and taught that this was the result of exposure to toxicity ---- POLLUTION, CHEMICAL TOXICITY, RADIATION, INFLAMMATORY METABOLITES, microbes run amok (we would today call these OCCULT INFECTIONS or "DYSBIOSIS"), as well as ACIDITY.
Although the body will do everything in it's power to maintain HOMEOSTASIS as far as pH is concerned, hyper-acidity tends to lead to cancer, while cancer leads to a state of hyper-acidity (see the final link in the previous paragraph). It is my belief that the primary area of manifestation is not necessarily the blood, as the body will not let the blood move out of an extremely narrow range of pH without dire consequences (death). This acidity is undoubtedly, however, affecting our GUT HEALTH and MICROBIOMES. Tomorrow (or whenever I get it done), I'll show you how MEDICATIONS are one of the chief ways we are toxifying our bodies. The resultant toxicity is related almost every health issue you can name, including CANCER (HERE'S ONE OF THE MORE COMMON ONES).
As Warburg got older (he lived to the ripe old age of 86, working the entire time --- not unlike DR. SEYFRIED), the journal mentioned earlier revealed that he took his message of toxicity, and pH control to heart. "In his later life, he apparently became somewhat eccentric regarding his eating habits, insisting on organic foods long before the current trend, even taking his own produce to restaurants." What should this tell you? It is imperative that even though neither your doctors nor most of the medical research community give a flip about Otto Warburg's discoveries the better part of a century ago, you had better grasp their implications if you care about your health and the health of your family. It's why even though Mayo and MD Anderson have publicly denounced the "Sugar / Cancer" connection (HERE), you would do well not to make the same mistake.
It's also why according to peer-review, one of the hottest ways of eating as far as cancer is concerned is the KETOGENIC DIET. Never forget that sugar not only feeds cancer (HERE), it feeds infection as well (HERE). And if you'll click the KD link two lines above, you'll see that it's also being used to treat a vast array of other diseases associated with mitochondrial dysfunction (MS, Type II Diabetes, ALS, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, etc).
Chronic illness (cancer included) is a colossal bummer. Here's the thing folks; if Dr. Warburg was correct, there are steps that can be taken to keep yourself healthy. The truth is, it's a whole lot easier to prevent cancer than to try and kick it once it's there. This post goes a long way towards giving you preventative solutions. I've incorporated some of his principles into THIS PROTOCOL. No, it's not a cure for cancer. But the results can be amazing nonetheless (HERE). BTW, show us some love on FACEBOOK.
ACIDITY -VS- ALKALINITY: THE INVERSE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN STOMACH ACID AND YOUR BODY'S LEVEL OF ACIDITY AS RELATED TO PPI'sRead Now
PROTON PUMP INHIBITOR (PPI) USE
ACIDITY -VS- ALKALINITY
THE INVERSE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE pH OF
YOUR STOMACH ACID AND THE pH OF YOUR BODY
"First, the pH in the extracellular fluids is about 7.4. When the pH of the blood falls below 7.0, the nervous system becomes so depressed that the person first becomes disoriented and later comatose. In the process of adjusting the hydrogen ion concentration of the extracellular fluid, the kidneys often excrete urine at pH's as low as 4.5..... Even when the pH of the extracellular fluids is at the normal level of 7.4, a fraction of a millimole of acid is still lost each minute. More acid than alkali are formed in the body each day, and this acid must be removed continually. Because of the presence of this excess acid in the urine, it's normal pH is about 6.0 instead of the 7.4 of the blood."
So, the normal pH of your blood as well as the fluids that move in and out of the blood stream with relative freedom, must be, according to Guyton, about 7.4, while the pH of your urine can run between 4.5 and 6.0. Just remember that the normal pH for a healthy stomach is 0.8. Did you catch that? In order for you to be able to digest protein and protect yourself from invading microbes such as H. PYLORI, the acid in your stomach needs to be barely less acidic than battery acid, which is in the ballpark of 0 (HERE).
Your stomach is supposed to be acidic --- very acidic --- less than 1 on the pH scale above; while your body is supposed to be slightly alkali (between 7 and 7.5). Unhealthy people tend to have things in reverse. As their stomach acidity goes down (which means that the numbers on the pH scale are going up), their body is becoming more acidic. The foods you eat can alter your body's pH. Don't think for a minute that this effect is going to show up in your blood labs -- it won't. Your body has any number of mechanisms to keep the pH of blood tightly regulated (one of them being the excretion of acid in the urine). This is probably why we continue to see studies associating acidity with any number of diseases states, probably the biggest being CANCER (HERE, HERE, and HERE are some examples). However.....
There are any number of fantastic and well-bibbed papers (Cordain, Wolf, Leech, Kresser, Gunnars, Sisson, etc) showing that your body's mechanisms for dealing with acid are powerful enough to allow you to eat foods that are acidic without your blood and cellular fluids becoming acidic. Let me get something straight right off the bat --- I am not contemplating highly acidic PROCESSED SUGAR AND HFCS here --- you'll get no argument from anyone (except the sugar industry) that these are both harmful and acidic. I am talking mostly about animal products such as MEAT, EGGS, BUTTER, etc, etc, which are unarguably acidic when compared to vegetation (and GRAINS as well). In order to digest animal protein, you not only need the proper enzymes, you need stomach acid. Unfortunately, far too many Americans are not making enough good (strong) stomach acid --- even though they are being told by their doctors (OR BY MINDLESS TV COMMERCIALS) they are making too much.
Having too little stomach acid or stomach acid that is too weak is called "HYPOCHLORHYDRIA," and is so common in America that it could be considered epidemic. How do you know this? Click the link and you'll see that it's treated with one of the most-prescribed classes of drugs in America --- Proton Pump Inhibitors, otherwise known as PPI'S. These drugs not only destroy your Gut Health and Microbiota / Microbiome (HERE), they are associated with a never-ending parade of adverse events (HERE) --- side effects that are only reported about 1% of the time (HERE). Why does it matter if you are not the one currently dealing with heartburn, acid reflux, or side effects from the drugs taken for such?
It's a big deal because as you'll see in a moment, the side effects associated with taking drugs to actually raise your stomach's pH (block acid in the form of H+) are many and especially over time, potentially brutal. Secondly, although it may simply be a phenomenon related to what you are feeding your microbiome, as people squelch stomach pH, over time they seem to become more acidic --- or at least seem to be using more energy to control their body's pH. You can see a similar phenomenon with sugar and insulin. People who abuse their body for decades with sugar think they are getting away with it because their blood sugar readings are "NORMAL". However, as these systems 'burn out' due to overuse, INFLAMMATION, sickness, pain, and eventually death are the end result.
WHAT ARE PROTON PUMP INHIBITORS (PPI's) --- COMMONLY REFERRED
TO AS ACID REFLUX DRUGS --- DOING TO YOUR BODY? TO YOUR BRAIN?
STUDY REVIEW OF PAST THREE MONTHS
- GASTRIC POLYPS: A study published in this month's issue of Medicine (Are Gastric Hyperplastic Polyps an Additional Manifestation in Celiac Disease?) looked at lots of factors to see if they might be associated with Gastric Polyps, one being use of PPI's. The authors determined that "Gastric polyps are frequently reported in patients undergoing upper endoscopic procedures. Fundic gland [top part of the stomach] polyps were more common in PPI users than in nonusers among both celiac and nonceliac patients."
- DEMENTIA: According to last month's issue of the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (Dementia, Cognitive Impairment and Proton Pump Inhibitor Therapy - A Systematic Review), "Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are among the most widely used medications worldwide. Dementia is an increasingly common cause of disability in older populations. Recent studies have suggested an increased risk of cognitive impairment and dementia diagnosis among people who consume PPIs. The systematic search strategy and screening process yielded 11 studies for inclusion in the systematic review. Four studies explored PPI use and dementia and seven studies explored PPI use and acute cognitive impairment. Three of the four studies exploring dementia identified a positive association with PPI use. A positive association was also observed in the majority of studies exploring acute cognitive impairment." The November issue of BMJ Open (Commonly Prescribed Drugs Associated with Cognitive Function) agreed by concluding that, "Proton pump inhibitors (PPI) were adversely related to reasoning, memory, and reaction time."
- GUT HEALTH: In my protocol for getting healthy (you'll see it at the end of the post), one of the suggestions is to get off as many drugs you possibly can (with your doc's blessings, of course). Here is one more reason for doing so. Last month's issue of Gut Microbes (The Influence of Proton Pump Inhibitors and Other Commonly Used Medication on the Gut Microbiota) concluded that, "Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), used to treat gastro-esophageal reflux and prevent gastric ulcers, are among the most widely used drugs in the world. The use of PPIs is associated with an increased risk of enteric infections. Since the gut microbiota can, depending on composition, increase or decrease the risk of enteric infections, we investigated the effect of PPI-use on the gut microbiota. We discovered profound differences in the gut microbiota of PPI users: 20% of their bacterial taxa were statistically significantly altered compared to those of non-users. Moreover, we found that it is not only PPIs, but also antibiotics, antidepressants, statins and other commonly used medication were associated with distinct gut microbiota signatures. As a consequence, commonly used medications could affect how the gut microbiota resist enteric infections, promote or ameliorate gut inflammation, or change the host's metabolism." In other words, more proof that the only real way that drugs are changing physiology is by fouling it up (HERE).
- MAGNESIUM METABOLISM: According to any number of experts, including the venerable Mississippi neurosurgeon, RUSSELL BLAYLOCK, magnesium is the most important mineral in your body. The Italian journal, Giornale Italiano de Nefrologia published a study in December of last year called Review: Update on Magnesium Metabolism that helped back this assertion. Not surprisingly, the authors found that, "Magnesium is the second intracellular cation [positive ion] and the fourth most abundant mineral in the body. Low levels of magnesium have been associated with insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes mellitus, asthma, osteoporosis and chronic kidney disease (CKD). The use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) represents the most common cause of hypomagnesemia [low blood magnesium levels]. The risk of hypomagnesemia, and consequently worsening of the renal function, is increased when diuretics are added to therapy in subjects treated with PPIs. Interestingly, diuretics and PPIs are two of the most used drugs in subjects with CKD." Two quick thoughts. First, giving people drugs that actually work against them is ultra, super, mega common (HERE and HERE) here in America (or HERE). Secondly, because all minerals can only be absorbed in extreme acid (pH's around 1), metabolic disturbances related to all minerals are common across the board with PPI's. Speaking of disturbances in mineral metabolism.....
- FRACTURES, OSTEOPOROSIS, DENTAL IMPLANTS, AND SURGICAL FAILURE: Because there are any number of studies dealing with the relationship between PPI's and OSTEOPOROSIS, we shouldn't be surprised about the rest of the title of this bullet. Last month's issue of Drug Metabolism Reviews (Systemic Drugs that Influence Titanium Implant Osseointegration) published a list of the drugs that affect knee, hip, and other joint replacements that contain titanium. "Following implant fixation, patients receive systemic drugs that could either impair or enhance osseointegration. In order to prevent complications from occurring after surgery, some post-operative systemic drugs are administered; these can show an impairment in the osseointegration process. These include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, proton pump inhibitors and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors." For info about the NSAIDS and SSRI's just follow the links. The October issue of Clinical Implant Dentistry and Related Research concluded that, "Subjects using PPIs had a higher risk of dental implant failure compared to those who did not use the drugs." How bad was it? The PPI group had over double the number of failures as the non-PPI group.
- LEAKY GUT SYNDROME (INCREASED INTESTINAL PERMEABILITY): If you have any sort of chronic health issue, until you solve it or exclude it via testing, you have to live under the assumption that you have a "LEAKY GUT". One of the more astounding studies I have seen on GUT HEALTH came out in October's issue of Clinical and Transnational Gastroenterology (Human Intestinal Barrier Function in Health and Disease). This amazing primer on LGS (175 studies in its bibliography) said (cherry-picked as are most of the quotes I use), "The intestine is the main organ involved in the uptake of nutrients and water. At the same time, it constitutes an essential barrier against harmful substances and pathogens from the external environment. The intestinal barrier is mainly composed of the mucus layer, the epithelial layer, and the underlying lamina propria. Tight junction (TJ) proteins connect the intestinal epithelial cells and regulate the paracellular permeability. Disruption of this barrier results in increased intestinal permeability, which in turn facilitates translocation of harmful substances and pathogens to the bloodstream. Infectious intestinal pathogens, including various bacteria and viruses, have different mechanisms of gaining access to the host. The end result is typically disruption of the TJs, leading to increased epithelial permeability, and facilitation of the translocation and colonization of pathogens into the body. Many studies have shown that in active IBD there is a dysbiosis of the microbiota, which could be a cause for a disturbed epithelial barrier function. There is no doubt that the intestinal tissue injury [in Inflammatory Bowel Disease] is caused by an excessive immune/inflammatory process in the gut wall. Consequently, immune suppression is the mainstay of therapy. The altered host–microbe interplay in IBS fits with a pathophysiologic concept integrating the intestinal ecosystem, immune activation, intestinal barrier, afferent sensory signaling, and the brain. It is well known that acute stress may affect intestinal barrier function negatively. The intestinal barrier function is disturbed in 60–80% of patients using NSAID therapy. PPIs were shown to induce smooth muscle relaxation and to inhibit contractile activity, indicating that they do not only affect the proton pumps. In this manner, they may affect the regulation of the TJ complex and hence the intestinal epithelial barrier function." OMG! Read this study!
- TREATMENT OF GI BLEEDS: After raving about the wonders of PPI drugs, the authors of a study published in the December issue of the World Journal of Gastroenterology (Protons Pump Inhibitor Treatment and Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding: Balancing Risks and Benefits) spilled the beans on this aspect of PPI's. "Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) represent a milestone in the treatment of acid-related diseases, and are the mainstay in preventing upper gastrointestinal bleeding in high-risk patients treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or low-dose aspirin. However, this beneficial effect does not extend to the lower gastrointestinal tract. PPIs do not prevent NSAID or aspirin-associated lower gastrointestinal bleeding (LGB). PPIs may increase both small bowel injury related to NSAIDs and low-dose aspirin treatment and the risk of LGB. Recent studies suggested that altering intestinal microbiota by PPIs may be involved in the pathogenesis of NSAID-enteropathy." BTW, the number one cause of GI bleeds and fatal GI bleeds is NSAIDS (see link from two bullets ago).
- BLOOD PRESSURE: Your body makes NO (Nitrous Oxide) --- a powerful vasodilator --- from various nitrite-containing compounds (not nitrite preservatives) in order to maintain LOWER BLOOD PRESSURES. A study from last month's issue of Hypertension (Blood Pressure-Lowering Effect of Orally Ingested Nitrite Is Abolished by a Proton Pump Inhibitor) tells the story via its title. "Fifteen healthy nonsmoking, normotensive subjects, aged 19 to 39 years, were pretreated with placebo or [a PPI] before ingesting sodium nitrite, followed by blood pressure monitoring. Nitrite reduced systolic blood pressure when taken after placebo, whereas pretreatment with [PPI] blunted this effect. We conclude that the acute blood pressure-lowering effect of nitrite requires an acidic gastric environment." Without plenty of strong (strong) acid, there are any number of bodily functions that simply cannot occur properly, maintaining a healthy blood pressure being one of them.
- DYSBIOSIS & GASTROENTERITIS: Strong acid is an immune system barrier set up to prevent harmful microbes from making it past. As a result, we've repeatedly seen that acid suppression is intimately related to all sorts of DYSBIOSIS, including infections with both H. Pylori and C. DIFF. It also causes something called "Listeria". The great and powerful Wikipedia says of Listeria, "Listeria primarily causes infections of the central nervous system (meningitis, meningo-encephalitis, brain abscess, cerebritis) and bacteremia in those who are immuno-compromised, pregnant women, and those at the extremes of age (newborns and the elderly), as well as gastroenteritis in healthy persons who have been severely infected. Listeria is ubiquitous and is primarily transmitted via the oral route after ingestion of contaminated food products, after which the organism penetrates the intestinal tract to cause systemic infections." Again, not enough strong acid and you can't kill the microbial invaders that make it into the stomach. December's issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases revealed that, "PPIs were associated with an increased risk of listeriosis." December's issue of the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (Risk of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth with Chronic Use of Proton Pump Inhibitors in Children) dealt with the risk of another form of dysbiosis --- SIBO --- in children. Just under 1 in 10 of the PPI group tested positive for SIBO, while 3.7% tested positive in the control group --- a difference of over 100%. Speaking of children......
- PEDIATRIC USE OF PPI'S: Let me start by saying that even though these drugs have never "officially" been studied in children and infants, they are one of the more frequently prescribed classes of drugs for them. I remember the shock I first felt when I heard that a one month old was taking a PPI. It's now passe --- the new norm. This month's issue of the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy (Guidelines for Proton Pump Inhibitor Prescriptions in Paediatric Intensive Care Unit) looked at drugs prescribed to babies in a pediatric ICU and concluded that, "Off-label PPI prescribing for SUP (Stress Ulcer Prophylaxis --- "ulcer prevention") was common in our PICU. The introduction of guidelines was associated with a significant decrease in PPI use and dosage." These prescriptions are "OFF-LABEL" because they've only been studied in adult populations. For the record, ulcers are caused by H. PYLORI INFECTIONS. Also for the record, the guidelines diminished PPI prescriptions about 20% --- a good start, but certainly not enough as emphasized by the authors of a brand new study (Widespread Use of Gastric Acid Inhibitors in Infants: Are They Needed? Are They Safe?) from the World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pharmacology and Therapeutics. "There is increasing evidence that the majority of symptoms may not be acid-related. Despite this, gastric acid inhibitors such as proton pump inhibitors are widely and increasingly used, often without objective evidence or investigations to guide treatment. Several studies have shown that these medications are ineffective at treating symptoms associated with reflux in the absence of endoscopically proven oesophagitis. With a lack of evidence for efficacy, attention is now being turned to the potential risks of gastric acid suppression. Previously assumed safety of these medications is being challenged with evidence of potential side effects including GI and respiratory infections, bacterial overgrowth, adverse bone health, food allergy and drug interactions [the result of LGS]." All I can say is that if you have a child on PPI's, take a few minutes and read this study!
- THE OVER-MEDICATED ELDERLY: On the other end of the spectrum we have the elderly population, of which no group is more heavily drugged. Last month's issue of Pharmaco-epidemiology and Drug Safety (Long-term use of Proton Pump Inhibitors and Prevalence of Disease and Drug-Related Reasons for Gastroprotection) concluded that the number of those regularly taking PPI's in the over-65 crowd is similar to that of the general population --- "Long-term use of PPI occurs in one out of nine individuals in the older population." Here's the zany part though; there was no clinically valid reason for 40% of these individuals to be doing so. "For four out of ten of these, no reason for PPI use can be identified." More proof that EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE is an oxymoronically named farce!
- SEMEN QUALITY / LOW SPERM COUNT: Trying to get pregnant? You probably don't want to be taking PPI's. The December issue of Fertility and Sterility asked the question via the study's title (Are Proton-Pump Inhibitors Harmful for the Semen Quality of Men in Couples who are Planning Pregnancy?), which they promptly answered. "The use of PPIs in the period 12 to 6 months preceding semen analysis is associated with a threefold higher risk of low TMSC (Total Motile Sperm Count), which suggests that a long-term increase in gastric pH [stomach acid becoming more alkaline] results in a decline of sperm quality."
- PNEUMONIA: The November issue of the British Medical Journal (Proton Pump Inhibitors and Community Acquired Pneumonia) chimed in with their two cents concerning pneumonia. "Concerns about proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and the risk of community acquired pneumonia initially arose in 2004 after the publication of a nested case-control study, in which the risk of community acquired pneumonia was significantly higher among current users of PPIs than among those who had discontinued use. This finding was supported by a strong biological rationale: acid suppression may result in bacterial overgrowth and an increased risk of bacterial aspiration. Several observational studies and corresponding meta-analyses have subsequently been conducted. The most recent meta-analysis found that PPIs were associated with an increased risk of community acquired pneumonia." For those of you who are taking the vaccinations associated with both pneumonia and flu, you might want to READ THIS.
- PARKINSON'S DISEASE: The mere title of this study from this month's issue of Neurology India (Drug-Induced Parkinsonism On the Rise....) should give you chills. "In last 2 months, we [the author's clinic] had 6 patients of drug-induced Parkinsonism. All these patients had dyspeptic symptoms and were started on a combination of levosulpiride with proton pump inhibitors (PPI). Almost all patients developed Parkinsonian features within 1 week of exposure to levosulpiride." What the heck is levosulpiride? It's an anti-psychotic that is frequently given to people with, among other things, functional bowel problems --- non-pathological problems thought by many doctors to be psychological (HERE).
- PREVENTING CANCER IN THOSE WITH BARRETT'S ESOPHAGUS: According to Wikipedia, "Barrett's esophagus refers to an abnormal change in the cells of the lower portion of the esophagus. The medical significance of Barrett's esophagus (BE) is its strong association with esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC), a very often deadly cancer, because of which it is considered to be a premalignant condition. The main cause of Barrett's esophagus is thought to be an adaptation to chronic acid exposure from reflux esophagitis." A recent meta-analysis in PLoS One (Proton Pump Inhibitors Do Not Reduce the Risk of Esophageal Adenocarcinoma in Patients with Barrett’s Esophagus) showed that, "Approximately 10% of patients with several longstanding chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) will eventually develop BE as a complication of GERD. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are the most commonly prescribed class of medications that are used for treating GERD. Some studies have suggested that PPIs exert a protective effect against progression from BE to EAC." Was there a protective effect? "No dysplasia- or cancer-protective effects of PPIs usage in patients with BE were identified by our analysis."
- COLORECTAL CANCER: A study from December's issue of Current Oncology (A Retrospective Analysis of the Role of Proton Pump Inhibitors in Colorectal Cancer Disease Survival) stated, "Proton pump inhibitors (PPI's) are a commonly used medication. A limited number of studies have identified a weak-to-moderate association between ppi use and colorectal cancer (CRC) risk, but none to date have identified an effect of PPI use on CRC survival. We therefore postulated that an association between PPI use and CRC survival might potentially exist." Did it exist? No it did not. "Our results suggest a potential adverse effect of PPI use on overall survival in CRC patients."
- PANCREATIC CANCER: Pancreatic Cancer is a veritable death sentence, with something like 1 in 45 people surviving longer than 18 months. Pay attention as the journal Cancer Epidemiology (Proton Pump Inhibitors on Pancreatic Cancer Risk and Survival) gives the lowdown. "Hypergastrinemia may promote the development and progression of pancreatic cancer. Proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy is known to cause hypergastrinemia. Adjusting for diabetes, smoking, alcohol use and BMI, PPI users including both former users and active users with longer cumulative PPI use had a higher risk of pancreatic cancer compared to non-users. Long-term PPI therapy may be associated with pancreatic cancer risk. While PPI users recently started on treatment had a slightly worse survival..."
- GRAND FINALE: These are recent studies that looked at PPI use in an overarching fashion as opposed to looking at one specific aspect of their use. Last month's issue of the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology stated, "Proton pump inhibitors are among the most commonly prescribed classes of drugs and their use is increasing, in particular for long term treatment, often being over-prescribed and used for inappropriate conditions. In recent years, considerable attention has been directed towards a wide range of adverse effects, interaction with other drugs, increased risk of infection, reduced intestinal absorption of vitamins and minerals, and more recently kidney damage and dementia." The German journal Zeitschrift für Gastroenterologie said, "PPI's are widely used, even with non-specific symptoms.... and a previously considered low side effect profile. At the moment, there is growing evidence that the long-term intake of PPI's may not be as safe as assumed. In addition to interactions with some drugs, including platelet aggregation inhibitors [aspirin and Plavix are two that are well known], recent studies have shown an increased risk of myocardial infarction [heart attack], interstitial nephritis, chronic renal injury, infections, vitamin deficiencies and electrolyte shifts as well developing dementia." Last month's issue of the European Journal of Internal Medicine (The Appropriate Use of Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs): Need for a Reappraisal) concluded that, "In the last decade, we have witnessed an almost continuous growth of their use and this phenomenon cannot be only explained by the simple substitution of the previous H2-receptor antagonists, but also by an inappropriate prescription of these drugs. This endless increase of PPI utilization has created an important problem for many regulatory authorities in terms of increased costs and greater potential risk of adverse events. The main reasons for this overuse of PPIs are the prevention of gastro-duodenal ulcers in low-risk patients or the stress ulcer prophylaxis in non-intensive care units, steroid therapy, anticoagulant treatment without risk factors for gastro-duodenal injury, the overtreatment of functional dyspepsia and a wrong diagnosis of acid-related disorder. The cost for this inappropriate use of PPIs has become alarming and requires to be controlled. We believe that gastroenterologists together with the scientific societies and the regulatory authorities should plan educational initiatives to guide both primary care physicians and specialists to the correct use of PPIs in their daily clinical practice, according to the worldwide published guidelines" Speaking of guidelines... A Polish journal I won't even attempt to type (Overuse of Proton Pump Inhibitors and its Consequences) concluded, "The authors note that their low awareness among physicians contributes to wide and imprudent use of drugs. Over recent years usage of proton pump inhibitors has increased dramatically. Their use is prevalent and often it does not correspond with existing medical guidelines."
Ah.... MEDICAL GUIDELINES. Not only are these frequently created by those who have something to gain financially, but they are frequently ignored by practicing physicians who opt for the prescription pad as opposed to actually attempting to find solutions (these are almost always DIETARY IN NATURE). The classic example of ignoring their own guidelines would be ANTIBIOTICS. If you really want to get healthy, you've got to get off the PPI's. Part of this has to do with the fact that every single one of the drugs in this class carries a warning as far as directions for use are concerned.
The "trust us" safety insert inside your prescription box says that this class of drug should not be taken for more than 14 days (2 weeks) at a time, and not more than three such rounds per year. As I've shown you for the past several years, the consequences of blocking the proton (H+) pump over the long haul are numerous and severe, not just for the body, but for the brain as well. The great thing is that there's a way for many of you to break free from the chains of these and other drugs. Simply read THESE ARTICLES and start doing your own research.
TENDINOSIS AND INFLAMMATION: IF YOU HAVE TENDINOSIS, CURRENT RESEARCH SAYS YOU MAY BE HEADED TOWARDS HEART DISEASERead Now
INFLAMMATION AND TENDINOPATHY
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TENDINOSIS AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
"Recent evidence has found potential associations between cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors and common musculoskeletal disorders. A strong association was observed between CVD risk scores and both glenohumeral joint pain and rotator cuff tendinopathy. The results show a dose-response trend of increasing risk [i.e. the more of one you found, the more likely you were to find the other along with it]. CVD risk factors demonstrated a strong correlation with glenohumeral joint pain and an even stronger correlation with rotator cuff tendinopathy. Results suggest a potentially modifiable disease mechanism."
The last sentence is particularly interesting. It is suggesting that, in similar fashion to the myriad of CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DEGENERATIVE DISEASES (which include virtually everything on THIS LIST of autoimmune diseases), TENDINOSIS can be controlled by "modification" --- which is the code word for diet and lifestyle. Let me break this down and give you my thoughts.
While it's true that tendinosis itself is not inflammatory (it does not contain inflammatory markers when biopsied), it is likely that inflammation --- SYSTEMIC INFLAMMATION --- can affect the mechanical qualities of the tendon. In other words, tendinosis is not throwing off inflammation, but is certainly affected by it. Because inflammation is caused by damaged tissues, there are a couple of things that come immediately to mind.
Not knowing exactly how they diagnosed the tendinopathy, It would not surprise me to learn that much of what the authors are referring to as tendinopathy is actually FASCIAL ADHESION. And as I've told you before, it doesn't really matter as far as treating it is concerned (HERE). The other thing is that at least in America, the number one cause of tissue damage-causing inflammation is arguable our collectively poor diets. Although the authors have nothing to say about diet in this study (they didn't even measure blood markers of inflammtion due to lack of funding), I've yet to see any health issue (even many of the "GENETIC DISEASES") that cannot be helped / modified / aided / changed / improved by cleaning up one's diet.
Writing for Practical Pain Management (Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy Found Associated with Cardiovascular Disesase Risk), Thomas Ciccone, interviewing Dr, Kurt Hegmann, the study's co-author and professor and director at the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational & Environmental Health at the University of Utah stated (I'm cherry-picking), "Over the years, doctors have explored the theory that inflammation could be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Now, some new epidemiological evidence could provide credence to this theory. The study, adds yet another angle to the growing body of research exploring the possibility that common musculoskeletal disorders, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, Achilles tendinopathy, and lateral epicondylitis, are associated with cardiovascular disease risk factors."
Dr. Hegmann went on to say, "Physical activity level at work was not associated with glenohumeral joint pain or rotator cuff tendinopathy, despite the fact the cohort consisted of a diverse range of employment types, from sedentary, office-based jobs to highly physically demanding jobs requiring frequent exertion. We would think that ultimately people would show that there is some risk of rotator cuff tendinitis from job factors, but the fact that this was negative was unexpected. Oftentimes, low grade inflammation is one such explanation behind this, whereby the body’s immunological response through circulating inflammatory markers could be indicative of an increased risk for compromised cardiovascular health."
In other words, according to Dr. H's research, the physicality of your job doesn't matter a fraction as much as whether you are systemically "inflamed" or not, with some of the problems mentioned being ACHILLES TENDINOPATHY, LATERAL EPICONDYLITIS (Tennis Elbow), and CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME. What have I shown you to be true of inflammation according to the most current research?
- INFLAMMATION IS THE ROOT OF ALMOST ALL HEALTH PROBLEMS: This is not only true of physical problems (see the earlier lists) but mental / emotional problems as well (for instance, both ANXIETY and DEPRESSION are considered "inflammatory").
- INFLAMMATION ALWAYS LEADS TO SCAR TISSUE: Who cares that the medical community refers to this Scar Tissue as "FIBROSIS". I have shown you over and over again via at least a dozen posts that inflammation always leads to Scar Tissue (HERE and HERE).
- INFLAMMATION INDUCED FIBROSIS IS AMERICA'S #1 CAUSE OF DEATH: Now we're talking real money! For those who were not aware, America's #1 cause of death is Fibrosis (HERE) --- just ahead of medical errors (HERE).
- INFLAMMATION IS A MIGHTY BEAST, BUT A BEAST THAT CAN LARGELY BE TAMED: This, folks, is where the rubber meets the road. As Arnold said in his hit movie Predator, 'If it bleeds we can kill it'. In this case, all we have to do is figure out what's driving the inflammation. While it's true that there are any number of potentials, looking at diet first is simply going after the low-hanging fruit.
For those of you looking to get off the MEDICAL MERRY-GO-ROUND and get your lives back, I've created a generic protocol for doing so that will help you figure out what's driving inflammation and allow you to start taking charge of your health (HERE).
THE CALCANEAL (HEEL) STRESS FRACTURES
DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT
The first thing you have to do is to determine whether or not your child (or you for that matter) has a stress fracture of the calcaneus (heel bone). Although you can go have X-rays, CT SCANS, bone scans, etc, this is just about like X-raying a rib to see whether or not it might be cracked (we are not talking "shattered" here as might be seen in severe trauma). Considering the treatment is the same whether it is or isn't, why bother? The test for determining a Calcaneal Stress Fracture simply involves grabbing the sides of the heel with your thumb and forefinger (see the black arrows above) and giving a firm (firm) squeeze. If there is pain, then there is likely a stress fracture.
What exactly is a stress fracture? Stress fractures occur mostly in the lower extremity and foot, and occur mostly due to overuse. When muscles get fatigued, they have a diminished ability to act in their secondary role as shock absorbers (their primary role is contracting). The result is a tiny fracture that may or may not show up on X-ray. And like almost every other health problem out there, females are more prone than men. The best way to deal with a stress fracture is by staying off of it for 4-6 weeks --- the amount of time it will take the fracture to heal (my experience is that in kids they will often heal faster than that). Beyond rest, other forms of treatment that might prove helpful (or measures that might prevent recurrence) include....
- CALCIFOOD: Despite ingesting far more calcium than most of the rest of the world, incidence of fractures (stress fractures included) are exploding in the pediatric population (HERE). The solution is not taking more calcium supplements (HERE)! Learn why there is only one real calcium supplement out there, and it comes from raw bone meal (HERE).
- LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPY: In case you haven't heard, LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPY is good for almost anything and everything. Click the link to find out why.
- BETTER SHOES & ORTHOTICS: Unfortunately, way too many people --- even people who spend lots of money on their footwear --- are wearing the wrong shoes for their foot type. For example, it's not uncommon for me to find a person with a high-arched rigid foot (a supinator), wearing "stability" shoes used to correct pronation. The result is that people are often thrown into the very posture or position they are trying to avoid. How do you find out if a certain shoe is right for you? One of the best ways is to have a video gait analysis done by someone who knows the score (HERE for instance). While this is relatively simple in large urban areas with huge shoe stores or departments, you won't find it in our neck of the woods.
- STAY OFF THE CONCRETE: Look; I completely realize that you aren't going to be able to live you life barefoot on the beach. Just remember that HARD SURFACES will eat you up over time, and that they are a huge contributing factor to stress fractures as well.
- DON'T OVERTRAIN: This one is huge. Of the people who love to work out, a significant portion works out too much, too often, too intensely, or too long. The results of overtraining are never good. It all comes back to the concept of MED or Minimal Effective Dose. For instance, if three sets of ten pull-ups is optimal for muscular development, anything more than that is at best a waste of time, and at worst counterproductive or even harmful. While it's true that sunshine is healthy, exposing your skin to anything over a certain amount is going cause varying degrees of damage in the form of a sunburn. If you are overtraining, you are causing varying degrees of damage to certain body tissues.
- USE GOOD FORM: Honestly, this is a no-brainer. I don't care whether it's playing tennis, running, lifting weights, or throwing a baseball, poor form is going to adversely affect your body, leading to increased chances of developing a stress fracture.
- ENGAGE IN REGULAR STRENGTH TRAINING: Because stress fractures often start with fatigued, weak, or underworked muscles, one of the very best ways to solve (or better yet, prevent) the problem is make sure your muscles are strong. Muscles are strengthened by resistance training, not straight cardio. It's why the importance of adding STRENGTH TRAINING to whatever kind of training you are doing cannot be overlooked. If you are an athlete who finds yourself injured but needing to train, the pool or bicycle can be great alternatives to pounding-type exercises.
How common are these calcaneal stress fractures in kids? The December 2014 issue of the Brazilian medical journal, Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira (Stress Fractures in the Foot and Ankle of Athletes) gives us a pretty good idea. " Stress injuries are common among athletes and military recruits, accounting for approximately 10% of all orthopedic injuries. Prospective and retrospective studies show a higher incidence among Caucasians. When compared to American black and Hispanic individuals, white individuals are more susceptible to stress fractures. The same occurs with age: older individuals present a higher incidence of such fracture. Stress fractures are less common in children than adolescents and adults. In relation to sex, some studies have shown that military women have an incidence 5 to 10 times higher than men."
Because of my experience, I think we may be way underestimating these particular stress fractures in kids. I not only saw calcaneal stress fractures in at least 3 OF MY 4 KIDS (all are soccer players), but I saw it in kids I coached as well (not to mention in patients). Soccer-wise, it was most common during dry periods when the fields were hard as proverbial rocks, or in kids who were both playing soccer and running cross country or playing basketball.
WHAT WILL KEEP YOU MOTIVATED TO MEET
YOUR HEALTH GOALS IN THIS NEW YEAR?
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How’s that working out for you?
The fact that you are on this site is a demonstration that there is something in your life you want to improve. On this site, you have unlimited and FREE access to an encyclopedia of health information, all of which is well-researched and documented and based in fact. For many years, Dr. Schierling has poured himself into the process of providing this information because his experience as a chiropractor in the past 26 years has proven to him that all health care is not created equal. Where you live, you may be able to take a 10-minute drive in any direction and arrive at the office of a chiropractor. But I can promise you this, you could visit every doctor in your area and even scour the internet, and you would not find another person more consistent and dedicated in the study and practice of optimal health. Healthy living is what Dr. Schierling lives and breathes. The results of his consistency have produced outcomes that most of his patients have spent several years and tens of thousands of dollars looking for.
It is no wonder that much of what Dr. Schierling puts forth flies in the face of traditional health care practices. The content on this blog is so valuable that many would pay a small fortune to obtain it. Dr. Schierling freely offers this information because of his genuine desire to see people living well. However, I will tell you another secret about the information on this site. It is not a secret in the sense of something that is hidden for conspiracy. Rather it is a revelation.
THERE IS NO POTENTIAL IN THE INFORMATION ON THIS SITE.
Why would I make that claim?
I do so because I know that it is not information that transforms us. What this information offers, is OPPORTUNITY.
THE POTENTIAL EXISTS IN YOU.
I’m Rick Burris, Life Strategist and the owner of a company called Leaders Fuel. Think of Leaders Fuel as an online location where you can get tools that empower your personal and professional growth. The first of those tools is called the Life Leaders GPS.
Doctor Schierling has allowed me to place this message here because he and I are like-minded in our ideal that each person can and should be the steward of their own life. In addition to creating the Life Leaders GPS, I also write each weekday about something I call ultrapreneurial life strategies.
When I use the term “ultrapreneur”, I am speaking of someone with the spirit of an entrepreneur who wants to do more than follow the masses through life. My definition of an ultrapreneur is a person who recognizes that life is a one-shot deal, has the wisdom to learn from experience and apply the principles of success to all areas of life. If there are two key ingredients necessary to be an ultrapreneur – purpose and passion. Ultrapreneurs have come to the realization that their lives are destined for loving others and adding value to them.
Being an ultrapreneur requires the independence of an entrepreneurial spirit. Unfortunately, we are not conditioned in life to think independently. We spend most of our formative years being taught what to think, not how to think. There wasn’t a class on entrepreneurial skills or how to live successfully.
There are a lot of myths surrounding what creates success.
Your current perceptions about success and what creates it will have a significant impact on your ability to grow beyond your existing level in life. As will your current perceptions about yourself, your potential, other people, your business, your faith, your finances, and the world at large.The Life Leaders GPS is an online self-paced course. In it, participants focus on broadening and shifting their perception of success to one of ultrapreneurial success.
The 30 lessons of the process empower a person to live life on the cause end rather than on the effect end. You can have free access to the first lesson – The 8 Pillars of Legacy; and free access to life leadership content each weekday. The 8 Pillars of Legacy is an 80 question, Likert-type assessment tool which gives you your Life Impact score. You can get it HERE.
In my daily messages, I use story to share timeless principles on life leadership. Here is an example from yesterday’s email.
My personal-growth words for the year are “test and measure”. As a person who started a company only three months ago, I know the sobering statistics. 8 out of 10 businesses fail in the first 5 years. Even in the fifth year, there is still an 80% chance of going under. Measuring the effectiveness of the actions I take to promote and grow my business are crucial. Part of what led me to select “test and measure” was an understanding of the importance of monitoring what I am doing - especially in advertising. Here is what I know. My business will never outgrow who I am.
There was a period of my life that I answered to the name of “Chief Rick”. That is the title given to counselor/teachers in therapeutic wilderness camps. For eight years, I was called “Chief Rick” and my wife was called “Mom Kate”. In fact, there are some fellow “chiefs” reading this message. As chiefs, we were immersed in group work every waking hour, meaning that we spent our time with small groups of boys in a wilderness setting. Everything we did was done together as a group using a simple experiential learning cycle of:
PLAN IT – DO IT – EVALUATE IT
We planned activities in advance and prior to starting an activity, we gathered the group together to discuss the way we intended to do the activity. After completing an activity, we got together again to evaluate how we did. I said all of that to share a saying we had as chiefs. “A group cannot grow beyond their chief.”
We were working with “troubled” boys. It is true the boys had experienced and caused plenty of trouble in their life. However, any chief who had the audacity to stick around, became very aware of the “trouble” in their own life. It was uncanny how the problem issues that emerged within the group mirrored the personal issues in the life of the chief. There were plenty of hard skills to master as a chief, like designing and building a shelter, or planning and leading extended-wilderness trips. But it was the development of “soft” skills that mattered most, such as, managing stress and keeping anger in check or letting go of past hurts. The extent to which a chief was willing to grow in both hard skills and soft skills had the most powerful influence on the success of the group.
Former Notre Dame president and priest, Theodore Hesburgh, said, “The very essence of leadership is that you have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.”
No camper enjoyed following an insecure chief and they could smell a phony a mile off. The boys followed what was leading the strongest and the group got the corresponding result. My business/life (and yours too) will not grow beyond us. It won’t outgrow my thinking. It won’t outgrow the level of my physical health. It won’t outgrow the execution of my developing hard skills or my soft skills.
Not long after I became an executive director for the first time, one of my board members, a gentleman named Bob Carroll, who had finished a successful career in insurance, said to me, “Rick, you’ve got to keep your nose in those numbers.” His advice was salient enough for me to become my mantra. I typed it in large font and framed it on my office wall. It served me well and kept me from guessing I had it right or hoping things would improve.
Testing and measuring is more than keeping my nose in financial statements. For example, since January 1 I have been wearing a Fitbit. It tracks my health in several categories. With the year one-twelfth gone, I stepped on the scale today 10 pounds lighter than I was 30 days ago. It is good progress but the numbers tell me I am not moving enough to achieve my overall health goals. More importantly, measuring my health gives me a level of accountability to influence better habits that create better results in my life. What is not lost on me is that testing and measuring not only helps me personally, but also, as I grow, I am more available to positively influence your growth. The investment I make in myself I am making in others too.
Those who invest in their growth through the Life Leaders GPS, will have, among other lessons, the Productivity Jet Pack. This is a series of tools that help provide healthy accountability for a progressive and productive life. There are tools in there I use constantly, and some I have needed for a short-term basis to get me back on track.
If you have completed your 8 Pillars survey (some are letting it sit latently in their inbox), you have a powerful tool to help you evaluate your first one-twelfth of 2017.
Take some time today to reflect on your growth in January. Don’t forget. Testing and measuring is helpful only if you are flexible enough to try new things for new results. It is also to celebrate what is working.
SHAKEDOWN CRUISES AND THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE
MORE ALIKE THAN YOU MAY HAVE IMAGINED
It was thirty days around the horn
The captain says it's a thirty-five more
The moon looks mean and the crew ain't staying
"There's gonna be some blood" is what they're all saying
It was a shakedown cruise (Shakedown, shakedown cruise)
And I was just another fool (Shakedown, shakedown cruise)
There ain't no easy way out (Shakedown, shakedown cruise)
They're gonna shake you 'til you shout (Shakedown, shakedown cruise)
From Jay Ferguson's 1979 single, Shakedown Cruise (Real Life Ain't This Way)
When ships started moving from wind power (sails) to steam, hull technology did not always keep pace with the ship's power. In other words, due to the fact that some of the original engines shook like a California earthquake, there was the potential for the ship to do a whole lot of vibrating while under power, which had the potential to cause breeches in the hull or other damage. As engines moved from outside the ship to inside the ship, as paddle wheels were replaced with props, and as the progression of ships moved from steam, to petrol, and even nuclear power, these vibrations (and leaks) continued to be an issue. This lead to something called the "Shakedown Cruise"
The Sea Talk Nautical Dictionary defines Shakedown Cruise thusly, "A limited sea excursion used to test all the mechanical and hull capabilities of a new vessel, or one which has undergone upgrading or maintenance work." The ISR Glossary of Terms describes the time immediately after Shakedown as the period of, "Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) - An availability assigned to newly built, activated or converted ships upon completion of a shakedown cruise. The PSA will normally be of 1.5 - 4 months duration and will be completed no later than the end of the eleventh month after completion of fitting out at which time Ship Construction, Navy (SCN) funding and work authority terminates. Work performed shall be limited to correcting defects noted during the shakedown cruise and those remaining from Acceptance Trails."
So; the Shakedown Cruise is the (short) testing period for a new or remanned ship, so that problems can be visualized, noted, and ironed out ---- in a timely manner. The problem is that all too often we have (improperly) transferred this idea of the Shakedown Cruise over to the practice of medicine.
If you go to the FDA's RAP Page (no, not THAT kind of rap) and look at Gaffney's paper, How Many Drugs has FDA Approved in its Entire History? New Paper Explains, you will see that there have been about 1,500 drugs approved by the FDA since the early 1930's --- certainly at least a few more since this was written a few years ago. Furthermore, according to any number of sources, for every 1,000 or so drugs that BIG PHARMA sets out to get approved by the FDA, only one actually makes it all the way through the process -- a process that can take as long as a decade. Add to it the fact that over the past sixty years ANY NUMBER OF DRUGS have been pulled off the market because they were determined to be dangerous or deadly after being OK'd for public use, sometimes for decades (Vioxx, Thalidomide, etc). What does all this really mean?
When you plug the facts into the calculator and pull the handle, it's rather scary. It should not comfort anyone to know that drugs are so dangerous that only .1% are approved, while others are being removed all the time because long-term testing on you, the HUMAN GUINEA PIG, continues to show how problematic chemical exposure can be over the long haul. All the while, medications that have been around seemingly forever and are considered by most of the public, both medical and non-medical, to be safe (ACETAMINOPHEN or IBUPROFEN for instance) are being increasingly revealed to be far more dangerous than anyone was ever led to believe back in the day. It sort of makes you wonder where slogans like "Tylenol, Nothing Safer" really came from?
One of the best articles on this topic is from Liz Szabo writing for USA Today (Not All FDA-Approved Drugs Get Same Level of Testing). Listen to just a few of the cherry-picked sentences from her revealing piece. "Although the FDA usually requires two trials before approving a drug, a study led by the Yale University School of Medicine found that 37% of approved drugs were backed by a single study. Many studies were quite short, with only 34% of new drug approvals backed by a study that lasted more than six months. And while the FDA may require drugmakers to conduct follow-up studies – to make sure that drugs are safe when used in the real world – many of these studies are never done. Only 32% of drug studies compared a new product with an existing one. Most studies simply compared new therapies to a placebo. In the real world, however, patients don't want to know whether taking a drug is better than taking nothing. instead, patients need to know which drugs are better than others. In 45% of drug approvals, researchers measured a drug's effect on "surrogate endpoints" – such as blood test results or cholesterol scores – instead of its effect on real health conditions, such as heart attacks. While lowering cholesterol sounds impressive, what patients really need are ways to reduce their risk of having a heart attack or dying." And we didn't even get into the whole "OFF-LABEL PRESCRIPTIONS" thing here.
As for the point Szabo makes in her last sentence above, this is a problem I have spoken at length about with both STATINS and DIABETES DRUGS. Sure, they do exactly what they claim to do --- lower cholesterol and blood sugar respectively. However, once the curtain is pulled back, we get to see how really useless they are at preventing heart attacks, strokes, and death in the process. It appears as though the emperor is wearing no clothes. What's my suggestion for you?
If there's one thing we've learned over the years, it's that chemicals are bad for your health and the health of your family. And while some of these chemicals (we call them medications) might be able to force a certain result in your body, they do not change the underlying pathophysiology (HERE). This means that it behooves everyone reading this to take no more medication than is absolutely needed. Between INVISIBLE & ABANDONED STUDIES, the biomedical community's wide array of "RESEARCH TRICKS," and so many financial shenanigans that we couldn't possibly cover them all here (HERE, and start scrolling titles), the problem is far worse than you could have imagined even one short decade ago. And once you throw in the fact that only about one in one hundred "real world" adverse events (side effects) is ever reported to proper authorities (HERE, HERE or HERE), I'll probably have to grab you a trash can in case that queasy feeling you're having, progresses to the point of regurgitation. Fortunately, for many of you there is a viable solution.
First, sit down and create a plan --- an EXIT STRATEGY if you will. A written plan for getting off the MMGR. Secondly, get a thumbs-up from your doctor for whatever you are planning to do (or at least tell them what you are doing). Just be aware that they might not be on board with a "Shakedown Cruise" of your own. That's OK. Find a doctor that is (HERE). Now, WORK THE PLAN. As is the case with every Shakedown Cruise, you'll find some things that need tweaked or addressed. Just realize that you and only you really control your health. What about your doctor? As great a person as they are, they can't do it for you. The cool thing is that if you follow the links, you'll see that I've given you a basic outline for taking your life back -- a GOLD BRICK if you will.
BUSTER KEATON'S 1923 SHAKEDOWN CRUISE
IT'S ALMOST RIVER TIME AGAIN
SUMMERS SPENT ON CURRENT RIVER
in the Caribbean, call me crazy but I have yet to find anything that quite compares to Current River. Enjoy!
STRUGGLING TO COPE WITH CHRONIC PAIN?
WHERE'S THE BEST STARTING POINT FOR RELIEF?
For instance, I recently saw a teenager ("Johnny") who had struggled with headaches for a number of years. He was brought in by his parents who were naturally concerned. The thing is, I was their last resort, which they made sure I knew (they weren't too hip on seeing a chiro, but desperate times call for desperate measures). They had already taken him to their doctor, who prescribed some OTC meds (both ACETAMINOPHEN and IBUPROFEN), and when this didn't work, they set him up with a specialist who ran a CT ON HIS HEAD (a brain scan), looking for tumors. Although brain tumors certainly can cause headaches; because they are exceedingly rare when compared to things like SUBLUXATION or FASCIAL ADHESION, it's no surprise (and thankfully so) that none was found.
After a couple years of what I refer to in here as riding the MEDICAL MERRY-GO-ROUND, the parents broke down and brought Johnny to me. The first thing I did was to make sure that the ranges of motion in his neck were normal (HERE). They weren't even close. And although there had probably been $25,000 spent on this kid between insurance coverage and out-of-pocket payments, no one had figured this simple fact out yet. Immediately following his first Tissue Remodeling treatment and adjustment, his ROM was virtually normal, and his headache was completely gone --- for the first time in over two years. I saw him once or twice after that to clean things up and make sure everything was functioning well (and to get him started with a DT UNIT for use at home). Simple, inexpensive, no wasted time, effort or dollars. What more could anyone ask for? The point is this....
Why not start here first? If don't think I can't help, I'll tell you so (HERE --- Friday I had to send two people out that I could not help, the first a patient with an acute compression fracture in the mid thoracic spine (logging injury), the second a CALCANEAL STRESS FRACTURE in a pre-pubescent athlete). If I'm not sure but think it's worth a look, I'll tell you that also (HERE). The cool thing is that worst case scenario, you're out a few bucks without me being able to help you. The doubly cool thing is that rather than me telling you you'll need lots and lots of treatment to fix your problem (HERE), you'll know after your first visit if my approach is right for you (HERE). What have you got to lose other than the pain and misery?
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).
Brain Based Therapy
Can You Help
Cardio Or Strength
Cold Laser Therapy
Death By Medicine
Degenerative Joint Disease
D's Of Chronic Pain
Evidence Based Medicine
Gluten Cross Reactivity
Ice Or Heat
Jacks Fork River
Leaky Gut Syndrome
Number One Health Problem
Platelet Rich Therapy
Post Surgical Scarring
Re Invent Yourself
Rib And Chest Pain
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Sleeping Pills Kill
Stay Or Go
Stretching Post Treatment
Tensegrity And Fascia
The Big Four
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Whole Body Vibration