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.
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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...?
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).
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