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THE DESTRUCTIVE EFFECTS OF ANTIBIOTICS
DESTROY YOUR MICROBIOME, DESTROY YOUR HEALTH
- ANTIBIOTICS IN THE SOIL: One year ago this month the journal Science of the Total Environment published a study called Adsorption and Degradation of Five Selected Antibiotics in Agricultural Soil, concluding that, "Large quantities of antibiotics are being added to agricultural fields worldwide through the application of wastewater, manures and biosolids, resulting in antibiotic contamination and elevated environmental risks in terrestrial [land-based] environments. All five antibiotics tested (tetracycline, sulfamethazine, norfloxacin, erythromycin, and chloramphenicol) were susceptible to microbial degradation under aerobic conditions, with half-lives ranging from 2.9 to 43.3 days in non-sterilized soil and 40.8 to 86.6 d in sterilized soil. For all the antibiotics, a higher initial concentration was found to slow down degradation and prolong persistence in soil. The degradation behavior of the antibiotics varied in relation to their physicochemical properties as well as the microbial activities and aeration of the recipient soil." In other words, if you are not chemically treating your soil to "sterilize" it, count on the antibiotics sticking around at least 1 to 3 months. The problem is, the metabolites of antibiotic degradation take longer than that --- much longer.
- ANTIBIOTICS IN THE SOIL PART II: A study in the January issue of Environmental Pollution (Antibiotics Degradation in Soil: A Case of Clindamycin, Trimethoprim, Sulfamethoxazole and their Transformation Products) looked not at the antibiotics themselves, but at their metabolites. "Five metabolites were detected and identified in the soil matrix. The parent compounds degraded in all soils. Almost all of the metabolites have been shown to be persistent in soils, with the exception of N4AS, which was formed and degraded completely within 23 days of exposure. The mentioned metabolites can be formed in soils, and the most persistent ones may be transported to the ground water and environmental water bodies." So, even though the antibiotics themselves were completely degraded in just over three weeks, the metabolites stuck around much longer (persistently), eventually ending up in the ground water.
- ANTIBIOTICS IN THE WATER SUPPLY: Soil-based antibiotic residues will virtually always end up in the water supply. November's issue of Bioresource Technology (Removal of Antibiotics in Wastewater by Enzymatic Treatment with Fungal Laccase - Degradation of Compounds Does Not Always Eliminate Toxicity) discussed some of the substances being added to our water supply in an attempt to degrade the significant amounts of numerous antibiotics that make their way there. There were some problems with this approach ("This enhanced degradation induces unspecific toxicity"). So even though the fungal enzymes are helping degrade the antibiotics, at least for the short haul your water will be more toxic than less. January's issue of Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety (Occurrence and Risk Assessment of Antibiotics in Surface Water and Groundwater from Different Depths of Aquifers...) concluded that, "The occurrence of 14 antibiotics (fluoroquinolones, tetracyclines, macrolides and sulfonamides) in groundwater and surface water during three seasons were higher in spring than in summer and winter. Erythromycin was the predominant antibiotic in surface water samples, while in groundwater samples, fluoroquinolones and tetracyclines accounted for the dominant proportion of total antibiotic residues." Bad stuff folks --- particularly the FLUOROQUINOLONES. If you take antibiotics but don't know what it means to be "Floxed," click the link.
- ANTIBIOTICS IN THE HONEY SUPPLY: Speaking of being Floxed, the most well known of the fluoroquinolone antibiotics is Ciprofloxacin (Cipro). A study from next month's Food Additives and Contaminants.... (Variability of Residue Concentrations of Ciprofloxacin in Honey from Treated Hives) dealt with antibiotics in the honey supply. "Honey bees were treated with ciprofloxacin (2012-14) to investigate the variability of residue concentration in honey. Honey was collected over nine scheduled time points from May/June till late October each year. The average ciprofloxacin concentration for 2014 at the last time point was more than 10 times the concentration compared with samples from 2012/13 at the same time point." While the authors blamed this on the species of honey bees being used, it is a freaky scary study nonetheless. Especially knowing that......
- ANTIBIOTICS ACCUMULATE IN CHILDREN'S BODIES MAKING THEM FAT: I've not only shown you that antibiotics are likely the single worst thing you can do for the health of your children (HERE), there is unequivocal evidence that these drugs make them fat as well (HERE). A study from last Spring's issue of Environment International (Antibiotics Detected in Urines, and Adipogenesis in School Children) backs this idea by concluding, "Antibiotic use during early life has been demonstrated to be related to the altered adipogenesis [becoming fat] in later life. 586 school children aged 8-11 years were selected in 2013, total urinary concentrations (free and conjugated) of 21 common antibiotics from six categories (macrolides, β-lactams, tetracyclines, fluoroquinolones, sulfonamides, and phenicols), including five human antibiotics (HAs), two antibiotics preferred as HA, four veterinary antibiotics (VAs), and ten antibiotics preferred as VA, were measured. All 21 antibiotics were found in urines with the overall detection frequency of 79.6%. Some types of antibiotic exposure, which were mainly from food or drinking water, were associated with an increased risk of obesity in school children."
I don't care who you are, this is scary stuff! You do everything you can so that your family never takes an antibiotic, and boom; you learn it's everywhere. The soil. The water supply. The food supply. What's a person to do? Every cloud has a silver lining, and the good news is that there are natural antibiotics you can use if you feel you or your children need an antibiotic. It seems that the antibiotic crisis is at such a point where scientists are actually looking toward these as opposed to focusing only on pharmaceutical chemicals.
- THE DEVELOPMENT OF NATURAL ANTIBIOTICS: Last month's issue of Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry (The Impending Renaissance in Discovery & Development of Natural Products) revealed that, "Antibiotics are wonder drugs. Unfortunately, owing to overuse, antibiotic resistance is now a serious problem. Society now finds itself in the post-antibiotic era, and the threat of infectious diseases is on the rise. New antibiotics are sorely needed. There is strong evidence that suggests natural products are an attractive source of new antimicrobials. They posses desirable structural and chemical properties that make them potent therapeutics."
Isn't it funny how science is validating what the natural health community has been saying forever? Gut Health is everything. Antibiotics are destroying people's health in ways they can't even imagine. We are entering the "post-antibiotic era". There are any number of natural antibiotics out there should you need an antibiotic.
If you are chronically ill or struggling with chronic pain (and especially if you have a history of taking antibiotics at some point in your lifetime --- HERE), make absolutely sure you read THIS POST, which among other things, addresses Gut Health.
EVIDENCE BASED MEDICINE
LIES, DAMNED LIES, AND STATISTICS
Wynn's article talked about (either overtly or via a chart), Mammograms, Paps, Colonoscopies, Blood Pressure, and Blood Sugar screenings, writing that, "The Affordable Care Act's efforts to increase preventive services appears to have paid off: More people received screenings to prevent cancer and heart disease in 2015 than in 2012, according to figures released Wednesday by the National Center for Health Statistics. In some cases, the growth was dramatic." I want to show you that this is largely a propaganda piece rather than something you should be standing and cheering about (or maybe even doing "The Wave").
Firstly, I've shown you that for at least three decades a debate that you have probably never heard about has raged within the medical community over REGULAR EXAMINATIONS of almost every type. The dirty little secret is that even though you are being told over and over again that by doing these screenings you'll catch your disease earlier and thus, be more likely to lick it, just as often you find the exact opposite. While Wynn's premise is unarguably true in many cases, in equal numbers of cases, it leads directly to something called OVERDIAGNOSIS & OVERTREATMENT.
Overdiagnosis & Overtreatment is the name given to the phenomenon where people end up dying because doctors start messing around with problems that aren't really problems --- things that would never have been a problem in the patients natural lifetime if they had just left well enough alone. Things they would have gone to their grave with, and in many (maybe even most) cases, never even knew they had. Some call it opening Pandora's Box. Around here people understand Pandora to be a site for obtaining free music, so we simply refer to it as opening a can of worms.
What we know from cold, hard, statistics is that for every person medicine is claiming to have heroically cured of their (insert disease-of-choice here __________) on the front end, someone is being buried without fanfare on the back. Think I'm being too harsh? According to a recent study from one of the oldest and most prestigious medical publications on the planet (BMJ --- the British Medical Journal), I'm actually being TOO EASY. Arguably way too easy. Which brings me to my second point.
The idea, widely promoted by Wynn and his brethren, that preventative services and screenings "prevent" anything, is a misnomer. True "PREVENTION" is not the same as 'early detection' (which as I just showed you, is not everything it's cracked up to be either). Prevention is actually heading said diseases off at the pass --- before you get them. This requires you to keep your body in a state of homeostasis. When it comes to maintaining your body's HOMEOSTASIS (normal and balanced physiological function), drugs aren't getting the job done. They can't. By their very nature, all they can do is cover symptoms (while typically causing huge numbers of side nasty effects --- HERE). Clearly stated, they don't change the underlying pathophysiology. What does? That old standby, lifestyle.
I don't care who you are or which candidate you voted for; Bernie, Trump, Clinton, or Bugs Bunny; none of it matters when it comes to this topic. Everyone's plan is UNSUSTAINABLE. Healthcare is financially breaking the back of our nation for the simple reason that people think it's something their doctor does for them. WrongO. Health Care (taking care of your health as opposed to "DISEASE MANAGEMENT") is something you have to do for yourself and your family. Period. And with recent statistics revealing that we are collectively living longer than ever, but spending the last twenty to twenty five years of our lives battling CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DISEASES and AUTOIMMUNITY, what can you say other than it's a fantasy-come-true for BIG PHARMA --- the fruition of a brilliant plan and a well-oiled machine --- a corporate-level wet dream.
The cool thing is, increasing numbers of people are finished taking it on the chin, with more and more standing up and taking their lives back each and every day (HERE'S ONE OF THEM). The doubly cool thing is that you can do it as well. I showed you YESTERDAY that there is always hope. HERE'S the recipe. No, it's not the total solution for all of you. But it's a great starting point for many.
SCAR TISSUE, ADHESED FASCIA,
CHRONIC PAIN, AND AUTOIMMUNITY
A PAIR OF CASE HISTORIES
Oh dear God, PLEASE help me with my right hip pain. It stated aged 19 and I'm 39. I don't take pain killers for it and never have. It's enough to drive anyone crazy. I don't complain about it but anyone else I know would at least have gone to their GP and would be whining about it non-stop. I just get on with it. I've been to so many physios (and one GP). I even went to a sports medicine physician (who sent me to a physio).
It starred when I got glandular fever. At the time I had anterior thigh pain and a very very very very tight IT band with it. I then developed foot drop and urinary incontinence. I was sent to a neurologist and waited over a year for a T-L MRI. I've never had a hip x-ray, and as I dislike the amount of radiation, no one has scanned me.
I have muscle wasting down my whole medial right leg. At the time and for years I had fasiculation right up to my right eye. My right toe still catches on the ground. The pain back then and for ages also went to my knee and the sole of my right foot and right great toe. My hip is tender always. I have not the same strength in my right-sided glutes as left.
I also had pain from the middle of my back across my right scapula, under my arm in to my elbow and right wrist then. I also had intense pain where you would describe the gallbladder to be. I've tried everything (so far have declined steroids or surgery). I can't externally rotate or abduct. I can't do yoga. Sitting, standing, walking, running, and high heels hurt. I can't even sit in the yoga position. I finally have to admit that I have chronic pain.
Up until that time I played sport for my country, and enjoyed immense immense immense fitness, and intense success in sport. It was easy for me. At club level, the coach used to run me extra / separately and had me training with him. And he was at his peak fitness. I was ridiculously fast and had ridiculous stamina and flexibility. It feels like my life changed overnight. I remember no injury.
Now I'm lethargic and overweight with a sugar addiction. A shadow of the athlete that I was. Truth is I am now finally admitting.... this has made me depressed. Thank you for any help you can give! Jane.
Let's start at the beginning. Glandular Fever is the Aussie's name for mononucleosis (Mono), which is most often caused by either the Epstein Barr Virus (Herpes Virus 4) or Cytomegalovirus (Herpes Virus 5). If you spend any amount of time looking at message boards or talking to people in FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE, you'll find that while these two infections are usually self-limiting, they have the potential to do some crazy things and cause some ugly problems --- problems that are not well understood inside the mainstream medical community.
Part of the reason for this is that all herpes virus have the ability to lay dormant for decades, raising their ugly heads when given an opportunity (some sort of IMMUNE SYSTEM DYSFUNCTION). You can see this with things like cold sores, HPV, SHINGLES, etc. The other thing about these two virus is that they are both associated with Guillain Barre Syndrome. According to Wikipedia....
Guillain–Barré syndrome (GBS) is a rapid-onset muscle weakness caused by the immune system damaging the peripheral nervous system. The initial symptoms are typically changes in sensation or pain along with muscle weakness, beginning in the feet and hands. This often spreads to the arms and upper body with both sides being involved. The symptoms develop over hours to a few weeks. Some are affected by changes in the function of the autonomic nervous system, which can lead to dangerous abnormalities in heart rate and blood pressure. The cause is unknown. The underlying mechanism involves an autoimmune disorder in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks the peripheral nerves and damages their myelin insulation. Sometimes this immune dysfunction is triggered by an infection or, less commonly, surgery or vaccination.
Simply do a Google search of "Epstein Barr, Cytomegalovirus, Guillain Barre Syndrome" and look at the freaky amount of freaky information that comes up --- some of it brand new and some of it fifty years old --- much of it from the peer-reviewed literature. In other words, this connection is not a reach and it's not anything new. Honestly, GBS is a simple diagnosis to make, so I doubt that you actually had GBS. However, you most assuredly had something along those same lines --- something in the same family (there are many many neurological reactions and autoimmune issues that are unnamed --- can anyone say MUPS?). This tells us that you are not dealing with just a simple hip issue.
This stuff may affected your left brain / right cerebellum on some level, and undoubtedly attacked your lumbar plexus. You have radicular symptoms on the right side (foot / toe drop, muscles not firing, sciatic-pain, etc). Also, your bladder is neurologically controlled (at least partly) by nerves that come from about the L3 level down through the sacrum --- the same area that makes up the SCIATIC NERVE. If you look at myotomes and muscle innervation charts, you'll see that these are the same levels that innervate the muscles around your hip, quad, and certain other areas of the lower extremity, thus, the reason they wanted an MRI of your (TL area) THORACOLUMBAR SPINE (BTW, you are correct about CT being dangerous). It's important to be aware that it's very difficult to correlate what's found on the imaging with real-world symptoms (HERE).
So; getting down to fixing (or at least addressing) this beast. I think your approach has to be three-pronged. You'll have to address the AUTOIMMUNE ISSUE, you'll have to address the occult (hidden) viral infection (HERE'S a common example of this phenomenon in a different arena), and you'll have to address the neurological issue (undoubtedly you are in SYMPATHETIC DOMINANCE). This is not just a matter of strengthening and stretching; the reason that your PT was unhelpful.
The very first thing you are going to do is to do an ELIMINATION DIET to figure out if there are foods you are reacting to (Gluten is assumed with autoimmunity --- HERE). The next thing you'll have to do is get off the sugar (BREAK THE ADDICTION) simply because it, along with PROCESSED AND EVEN WHOLE GRAINS, are the single most inflammatory things we collectively tend to put in our mouths all day long (HERE). You'll also need to get started on a PALEO DIET because nothing squelches INFLAMMATION better. And depending on your lifetime history of ANTIBIOTICS and OTHER SIMILAR MEDICATIONS, you may even need to contemplate an FMT. All of this info can be found HERE.
As far as addressing the virus, there are all sorts of cool things out there that help a lot of people assess and address the occult virus hiding in their body. For instance, I have a patient (HERE) who has been able to win world championships in off-road triathlon, despite having Lymes Disease (bacterial). She underwent ozone therapy from an MD in Florida (Ozone Sauna among other things) with great success. And as far as the neurological aspect; hands down, I would make a trip to see DR. RANDY BECK --- an instructor and author for the CARRICK INSTITUTE. Don't know him personally, but if he is teaching for Ted Carrick's group, he's sharp.
God Bless and hope this helps. I want an update in six months Jane. I also commend you for recognizing that "THE BIG FIVE" is not going to help you with this problem.
**** From her response to this post, I learned that "Jane" is a physician --- 'Dr. Jane'. Her (edited) response to me can be found near the top of my TESTIMONIAL PAGE.
This next Case-History comes from an OUT OF STATE PATIENT I treated for CHRONIC NECK PAIN, upper back pain, RIB TISSUE PAIN, and pain around her shoulders. She also has TMJ issues. "Sally" wrote to me saying....
I worked as a cashier for 3.5 years beginning in Feb. 2014. During this time, I began having shooting pain in my ribs on the right side. Then I could start feeling it in my chest. I was seen by a few Chiros briefly with very little improvement. The areas between the ribs are tender. I was told by an ER Dr it's costochondritis.
Next, My shoulder blades feel like they do not lay correctly, and my left shoulder is so tight. It does not relax when I sleep. I eventually thought this was being caused by repeated motions at work. Eventually I had joint shoulder pain and nerve pain across the collar bone region and down my arms, along with numbed arms and fingers. I looked into Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. A surgeon said I didn't have that. A work comp doctor said I have a fascia problem with some scapular winging, but didn't provide any assistance. I had 12 PT sessions while still working that did not help at all.
Since quitting the cashier job that made me repeat my motions and over-extend my shoulder blades, the nerve pain and numbness have mostly gone away. But the overall pain across my shoulder blades, joints, and ribs remain. And I have bad "flare ups" when I use my arms too much, or experience bouncing motions of exercise like running or jumping jacks. Putting up the Christmas tree at work caused a week of extra pain and discomfort. My primary MD mentioned fibromyalgia to me, and I ran the other direction.
Along with all this, I've experienced neck/throat spasms on my left side. Currently, I have a knot on the underside of my jaw/neck area that's been there for a couple months. It's causing my jaw and mouth muscles to tighten. My dentist is creating a special mouth guard to help with TMJ, but she said I need PT help to improve posture. I wondered if it was a swollen gland, but the dentist swears it's a knot in the SCM muscle. I fear opening my mouth too wide while yawning, singing, etc.
I'm at a loss. I cannot/have not laid on my sides in over 2.5 years. Instead I lay on my back using a wedge pillow that helps keep low back pain away. Tonight I had shooting chest pain that also shot across my ribs to the left of my breast under my armpit region. I'm scared and need help. Please let me know if this is anything you could help with?
Because in my mind, this was all being driven by some sort of SYSTEMIC INFLAMMATORY ISSUE, I told her that I doubted I could help, not realizing she had been addressing these systemic issues for quite some time as you'll notice momentarily. For the record, the costochondritis diagnosis she had received was a commonly-seen cop out from someone who surely knew better, as was the FIBRO. Sally responded with this email.
Dear Dr. Russ,
That is the opposite of what I thought you would say. I read your website, and I see myself in your patients as well as your extensive information. Chronic pain patient. Slowly losing mobility. Fascia is inflamed and needs work. I thought that is what you treated? This pain has taken over my life.
I replied thusly. "I might (emphasis on might) be able to help you, very difficult to say. I'm sure what I do would help you for at least awhile. The thing is, your problem sounds systemic. What are you currently doing to deal with systemic inflammation?" I included THIS LINK with my email Sally replied...
I've seen a functional medicine Dr for the past 6 years. He has tested me for hypothyroidism, insulin resistance / hypoglycemia, estrogen dominance, and other hormone imbalances including sex hormones and cortisol levels. My insulin resistance and hypoglycemia symptoms are gone. My insulin and glucose levels are in healthy ranges. My thyroid is in range. I dropped 40 lbs through dietary changes. My diet is predominantly organic and grass-fed meats, vegetables, healthy fats, little fruit, some nuts and seeds. I developed food sensitivities overtime, which included grains, dairy, soy, and yeast; all of which I cut out of my diet. I still experience some PMS and PMDD symptoms. I haven't had my cortisol tested in a while, but my energy levels are better than ever and I sleep well. My yeast sensitivity caused 1.5+ years of constipation, which has recently improved. I no longer drink kombucha. I believe it was a big part of the constipation problem. I'm trying to figure out what else to do. I am considering acupuncture.
Sally ended up coming and getting treated. She was loaded with SCAR TISSUE all over the place. This factor alone (along with the history of HASHIMOTO'S THYROIDITIS --- itself an autoimmune disease) makes me think that she might also be dealing with one of the myriad of unnamed autoimmune diseases that work against connective tissues FASCIA, LIGAMENTS, TENDONS, etc) and maybe MUSCLES (so many remain unnamed because no one has figured out what the auto-antigen is --- the possibilities are limitless). The thing you must remember about autoimmunity is that it is never primarily a problem with the thyroid, fascia, or whatever other organ or tissue is being attacked --- it is an immune system problem. Fail to address overactive immune system (HERE) and before you know it, you'll be fighting half a dozen autoimmune diseases --- like THIS PERSON was before I got involved.
I have a hunch that Sally has PCOS, although she was never tested (her functional doctor had been doing things that would have addressed this anyway). After talking with her, I suggested that she do an Elimination Diet with NIGHTSHADES since she had not done that yet. As far as what might have caused some of her FIBROSIS other than hidden inflammation (Inflammation always leads to fibrosis --- HERE), she was in two relatively harsh MVA'S a number of years ago, as well as falling off the top of the monkey bars flat onto her back when she was about ten.
I treated Sally (broke the FASCIAL ADHESIONS and then gave a MANUAL ADJUSTMENT which she had not experienced before). I then got her started on THE DAKOTA TRACTION DEVICE. Below is her one-week response to treatment that I received yesterday.
Russ, I would say maybe 50% better? Maybe a little less. I can tell there's a difference involving the fascia/scar tissue, so that's great! But the pain and tightness I am feeling is strong. My collar bone area is angry.
That collar bone area is where muscles like the SCM and PLATYSMA attach (BTW, TRIGGER POINTS in the SCM can be tricky), creating a strong propensity for FHP (Forward Head Posture). Interesting how the kombucha was causing her CONSTIPATION --- undoubtedly the same sort of mechanism that leads to VITAMINS or even PROBIOTICS causing various sorts of DYSBIOSIS. It's why anymore, my mind almost automatically turns to FMT when known or suspected autoimmunity is involved (Sally couldn't remember whether her ANA test was positive or not).
I want you to know that I am rooting for you "Sally" and that I thoroughly enjoyed our time together. Keep me in the loop. Wishing you the best, Russ BTW, once Sally got started on a regimen of Pilates, her pain virtually ended.
THE PALEO DIET
WHAT ABOUT BEANS?
Let me start by saying that I do not consider SOY to be included in the type of beans we are discussing today. It is it's own category and for a number of reasons, something that most of us have no real business putting in our mouths --- especially here in America where 100% is GMO. As you do your Elimination Diet, some of you are going to discover that beans act more like GRAINS in your body, while others will find that you can consume beans, at least periodically, without any problems whatsoever.
If you spend any time studying this issue (beans on a Paleo Diet), you'll notice that many people get wrapped up in their particular definition of what a PALEO DIET is and what it should look like. These people (some of them much smarter than I) usually bring up the fact that beans contain large amounts of some of the same potentially problematic compounds (anti-nutrients) as grains --- namely phytic acid and lectins. However, a quick peek at PubMed reveals that there are any number of "healthy" foods that have at least as much or more (sometimes many times more) phytic acid than beans or legumes.
Foods like spinach, certain kinds of greens, nuts such as almonds or pecans, dark chocolate, along with any number of others, all have as much or more phytic acid as beans. Don't get me wrong; this can certainly be an issue for some people because phytic acid has the potential to block absorption of some minerals (zinc and iron tend to be highest on this list) as well as potentially adversely affecting specific DIGESTIVE ENZYMES. Not surprisingly, one of the WILDEST ARTICLES I came across while researching this subject came from the always-interesting Richard Nikoley, over at Free the Animal (Down the Rabbit Hole: when Phytate Becomes a Nutrient). As for lectins.......
Lectins are specific kinds of proteins that bind to sugar. If you really want to understand what lectins are, as well as their potential relationship to LEAKY GUT SYNDROME, I would suggest you read Ryan Andrews' ALL ABOUT LECTINS over at Precision Nutrition --- a short article that packs a lot of punch. The most intriguing aspect of his article was his statement that, "Because we don’t digest lectins, we often produce antibodies to them. Almost everyone has antibodies to some dietary lectins in their body. This means our responses vary. Certain foods can even become intolerable to someone after an immune system change or the gut is injured from another source. The presence of particular lectins can stimulate an immune system response." What does this mean really? That some of us (emphasis on "some") are going to have issues with lectins --- undoubtedly those of us with SICKER GUTS.
The bottom line is that there are any number of foods that Paleo Rightists and Paleo Leftists argue over --- beans being one of the biggies. There are slews of others. For instance, even though liquid milk presents a problem for me personally, I can do cheese with no problem whatsoever. I also realize some would call me a "Paleo Heretic," while signing the order to have me burned at the stake. But, as the brilliant ART AYERS once said (I'm loosely quoting from memory here), it doesn't matter so much whether your diet is vegan or Paleo, it's more about having the proper GUT FLORA to break down whatever it is you are eating.
One last mention before signing off; a big part of the issue with beans probably has to do with FODMAPS. Thus, if you have IBS, IBD, or something similar, make sure you know a little something about this topic.
Like anything having to do with nutrition, you'll find an almost endless number of opinions --- certainly true when it comes to beans / legumes. Maybe it's just because I like them too blasted much to give them up totally (my wife and daughters make wicked good chili and ham & beans). However, I do think that if you are going to eat them, you should test yourself. How? By doing the Elimination Diet I talked about earlier. If you are chronically sick or living with CHRONIC PAIN, it's an integral part (it's actually the first step) of creating your own personal EXIT STRATEGY.
CHRONIC NECK PAIN: TENSION HEADACHES -VS- CERVICOGENIC HEADACHES; WHICH IS THE MORE ACCURATE DESCRIPTION?Read Now
CHRONIC NECK PAIN
TENSION HEADACHES -VS- CERVICOGENIC HEADACHES
No matter who you look to, you'll see that TENSION HEADACHES (oftentimes referred to as "Stress Headaches") are the most common kind of headache --- by far --- affecting a significant portion of the population (not surprisingly, women more than men), as well as accounting for approximately 90% of all headaches. But is "Tension" or "Stress" Headache the best or most descriptive name for these kinds of headaches? In other words, are these terms accurately identifying what's really going on in many, if not most cases?
After Yesterday's discussion of ADRENAL FATIGUE and SYMPATHETIC DOMINANCE, it is hard to argue that stress or tension is not a factor --- after all, it's a factor in most aspects of our lives. The kids, the spouse, the job(s), the mortgage, the car payments, braces, mom's going in the nursing home, you just got served papers, etc, etc, etc. Life can be crazy and I didn't even begin to scratch the surface with this list. The thing is, I know lots and lots of people who would not describe their lifestyle as particularly "stressful," yet are plagued by chronic Stress Tension Headaches. What does this really mean?
I have been saying for a very long time that a better descriptor of what's going on in this situation (as well as a better name for the headache) might, at least in most cases, be "Cervicogenic Headache" --- meaning that the headache was 'generated' or 'birthed' by the Cervical Spine (neck). What would make me say this? When I see patients with headaches that start in the upper back or neck (often at the base of the skull) and then travel up the back of the head, settling in the area around the eyes, forehead, and temples ---- sort of like the Lone Ranger's mask --- I always think neck first. Sometimes these headaches encompass the ENTIRE SKULL as well.
Part of the confusion comes from the fact that there is already a specific type of headache labeled as "Cervicogenic". The American Migraine Foundation (AMF) describes Cervicogenic Headaches thusly.....
"Cervicogenic headache is a secondary headache, which means that it is caused by another illness or physical issue. In the case of cervicogenic headache, the cause is a neck disorder or lesion. Headache causally associated with cervical myofascial tender spots or pericranial tenderness. Clinical features such as neck pain, focal neck tenderness, history of neck trauma, mechanical exacerbation of pain, unilaterality, coexisting shoulder pain, reduced range of motion in the neck, nuchal onset, nausea, vomiting, photophobia etc. are not unique to cervicogenic headache. These may be features of cervicogenic headache, but they do not define the relationship between the disorder and the source of the headache. To confirm the diagnosis of cervicogenic headache, the headache must be relieved by nerve blocks. Treatment for cervicogenic headache should target the cause of the pain (in the neck), and varies depending upon what works best for the individual patient. Treatments include nerve blocks, Botox injections, and medications. Physical therapy and an ongoing exercise regimen often produce the best outcomes."
For those of you struggling with Chronic Headaches, there's a lot of meat here. The first thing to note is that all of the symptoms of the Cervicogenic Headache are the same basic symptoms seen in other types of headaches. Secondly, while nerve blocks may certainly be "diagnostic," they don't constitute a good form of treatment; mostly because they are not solving anything, but only covering symptoms. It's important to be aware many blocks contain CORTICOSTEROIDS along with the blocking agent --- a ready way to destroy the collagen-based tissues of your C-spine (BONE, CARTILAGE, LIGAMENTS, TENDONS, MUSCLES, FASCIA, DISCS, etc). The coolest thing we see in their quote is that physical medicine and exercise seem to get the best results. What does this mean for you, the headache sufferer? We'll get there momentarily.
I bring all of this up because I would argue that many, if not the majority, of the headaches that the average American is dealing with --- headaches being diagnosed and referred to as Stress Tension Headaches --- are actually mislabeled (or at the very least, misnamed). While stress of all kinds can certainly cause tension (MENTAL STRESS, PHYSICAL STRESS, DIETARY STRESS, etc, etc), is it the stress itself, or is there an underlying mechanical issue with the cervical spine that is being aggravated by stress? The only way to know to find out is to check.
While for the medical community, "checking" frequently involves lots of tests (CT & BRAIN SCANS, MRI, blood labs, etc) mostly to rule out rare causes of headaches such as brain tumors, there really is an easier way. Rather than me trying to tell you what others are doing in their clinics, I will simply tell you what I do in mine.
- CHECK RANGES OF MOTION: Yes, I do a short neurological and orthopedic exam, but I realize the average person seeing me for the first time for Chronic Headaches has already been to any number of specialists, and been through all sorts of tests and examination. The most important question is does the patient have good ROM in their cervical spine or don't they (HERE)? Because it's easy to do, make sure you aren't fooled (HERE).
- ARE THERE TRIGGER POINTS PRESENT? Just remember that TRIGGER POINTS are only one side of the coin that is the MYOFASCIAL SYNDROME, but they can cause some ugly problems that refer pain to the base of the skull (I am getting ready to do a post on the dreaded "Levator Trigger Point" that I personally deal with at times).
- IS THERE SCAR TISSUE / FIBROSIS / DENSIFICATION PRESENT? Normal tissue is sort of like well-combed hair. It's nice and flexible, supple and soft. SCAR TISSUE, FIBROSIS, or DENSIFICATION are just the opposite --- they are like a matted, tangled, HAIRBALL that is both hard and inflexible. If present, nothing else you do is going to work --- or at least work for the long haul. It's almost like being perpetually "TETHERED". Sure the exercises, stretches, PT, adjustments, massage, etc, help you feel better. But only for a short while. The problem then returns exactly like it always has, to the same place, and with the same characteristics. This is the classic "Modus Operandi" for Scar Tissue.
- DOES THE NECK HAVE GOOD SEGMENTAL MOTION: I don't care how good the gross ranges of motion of the neck are; if there is SEGMENTAL DYSFUNCTION is the cervical spine, results will be compromised. Again, all of this comes back to the whole PHASE I -vs- PHASE II thing. It's why adjustments can be so cool (HERE). But it also explains why adjustments alone create the need for the next bullet point.
- DOES THE NECK HAVE THE APPROPRIATE LORDOTIC CURVE? The most important range of motion in your cervical spine is your ability to tip your head back into EXTENSION. Extension is critical, and a loss of this particular range of motion or a case of Forward Head Posture (FHP) means that you'll absolutely have to spend some time DOING THIS.
- HAVE YOU EFFECTIVELY DEALT WITH INFLAMMATION? Along with the whole Scar Tissue thing, dealing with effectively DEALING WITH INFLAMMATION provides the solution to yet another "missing link" in the neck pain / headache conundrum. This bullet is such a big deal that I actually could have (maybe even should have) put it at the beginning of the list instead of the end. Inflammation is the very thing that causes both Fibrosis (Scar Tissue) and degeneration / deterioration of the affected area (HERE). Figure out what it takes to squelch inflammation, and not only have you made everything on this list work better --- maybe way better --- in some cases you may have actually solved your problem. Although THIS POST has a lot of valuable information for dealing with inflammation, an ELIMINATION DIET is the best starting point. If you ignore this bullet, you potentially compromise all the others.
What does all of this mean in relationship to Stress or Tension Headaches, Cervicogenic Headaches, and the best way(s) to deal with them? As we saw in the quote from the AMF, DRUGS --- by far the most common remedy the medical community has to offer --- don't change underlying pathophysiology. Plainly stated, they cover symptoms (HERE).
If you've read this far, I already know that you are sick and tired of covering symptoms with drugs --- literally sick and tired. Pick up the phone today and call Cheryl at (417) 934-6337 to make an appointment. HERE is exactly what that appointment will look like. HERE are some very cool video testimonials of people just like you, who after living on the MEDICAL-MERRY-GO-ROUND, found rapid relief in our clinic. You've got nothing to lose but the pain.
CHRONIC PAIN? WHY A TRIP TO SEE DOCTOR SCHIERLING FROM SPRINGFIELD, ROLLA, POPLAR BLUFF, OR MOUNTAIN HOME, MIGHT MAKE SENSERead Now
IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING WITH CHRONC PAIN AND LIVE IN
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WHY NOT DROP ME A LINE AND SEE IF I CAN HELP?
If you are tired of BEATING YOUR HEAD AGAINST THE WALL because of CHRONIC NECK PAIN, CHRONIC HIP OR BUTTOCK PAIN, CHRONIC BACK PAIN (not disc), HEADACHES, or any of an array of other problems (HERE are some), use my CONTACT PAGE to do just that --- contact me. Tell me what's going on in a brief history (maybe a couple of paragraphs). If I think I can help you, I'll say so and you can call Cheryl for an appointment. If I don't think I can help you (HEY, IT HAPPENS), I'll tell you that as well.
If you decide to come see me, THIS is approximately what your visit will look like. Nothing up my sleeve. No bait-and-switch. No trying to sell you something, including long, drawn out care plans. And the doubly cool thing is that you'll know after the one treatment whether my site is hype or the real deal. Rest assured that Carl thought it was hype --- NOT ANY MORE. If you need some more reassurance, just take a look at OUR TESTIMONIALS. Outrageous!
GUT HEALTH AND FMT ARE IN THE NEWS YET AGAIN: UNDERSTANDING WHY COULD HELP YOU SOLVE YOUR CHRONIC PAIN AND CHRONIC ILLNESSRead Now
GRASPING ITS IMPORTANCE GOES A LONG WAY TOWARD
SOLVING YOUR CHRONIC PAIN AND CHRONIC ILLNESS
Your microbiome is the name given to the number and type of the various species of BACTERIA, MOLD, virus, YEAST, fungus, PARASITES, etc, that live in and on your body. And while it might sound disgusting, a healthy microbiome not only keeps you healthy, but has been shown by peer-review to be potentially capable of reversing a wide array of chronic conditions, while a Dysbiotic Microbiome (a microbiome made up of too many "bad" bacteria, or more accurately, the improper ratio of bacteria and other organisms to each other) can literally destroy you, being a causal factor in almost every (NON-GENETIC) disease that has thus far been studied.
I've previously shown you studies where scientists have taken obese mice, transferred feces from healthy mice into their bowel and made them thin (Fecal Microbiota Transplants otherwise known as FMT), then turned right around and reversed the process, making them fat. This process has been done with other diseases as well. Just listen to some of the cherry-picked results of a study (Transplantation of Fecal Microbiota From Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome Alters Gut function and Behavior in Recipient Mice) by two dozen researchers, gastroenterologists, immunologists, and physicians from around the world, and published in the edition of Science Transnational Medicine that hit the shelves just three days ago........
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), the most common gastrointestinal disorder worldwide, is characterized by abdominal pain and altered gut function and often is accompanied by anxiety. An association between intestinal dysbiosis and IBS has been reported, but the functional relevance remains unknown. To evaluate a functional role for commensal gut bacteria in IBS, we colonized germ-free mice with the fecal microbiota from healthy control individuals or IBS patients with diarrhea (IBS-D), with or without anxiety, and monitored gut function and behavior in the transplanted mice. Microbiota profiles in recipient mice clustered according to the microbiota profiles of the human donors. Mice receiving the IBS-D fecal microbiota showed a taxonomically similar microbial composition to that of mice receiving the healthy control fecal microbiota. However, IBS-D mice showed different serum metabolomic profiles. Mice receiving the IBS-D fecal microbiota, but not the healthy control fecal microbiota, exhibited faster gastrointestinal transit, intestinal barrier dysfunction, innate immune activation, and anxiety-like behavior. These results indicate the potential of the gut microbiota to contribute to both intestinal and behavioral manifestations of IBS-D and suggest the potential value of microbiota-directed therapies in IBS patients.
Allow me to help you break this down and digest it because what just happened in this abstract is nothing short of amazing proof that the "healers" of generations gone by were correct all along --- "All health begins in the Gut: Heal the Gut, Heal the Body". The first thing I want you to understand is that IBS is an autoimmune disease. AUTOIMMUNITY simply means that your body has, for various reasons, decided to start attacking itself in some capacity. Also be aware that this is frequently precluded by sensitivities to GRAINS, most particularly Gluten-containing grains (HERE).
Although we tend to think of Dysbiosis in terms of having too many bad bacteria and not enough good, this is only partly true. Just remember this simple little ditty --- "Ratios Rule". It's not so much about the absolute numbers of the various strains of organisms as much as it is about having them present in the correct ratios. Anything (I mean anything) that fouls up these ratios, has the potential to adversely affect your health (ANTIBIOTICS of course are the worst, but ALL DRUGS act as antibiotics, as can even VITAMINS in certain circumstances). DYSBIOSIS is the name given to the state of having fouled up ratios of bacteria in your digestive tract or on your body (which means folks --- it's very possible to be "TOO CLEAN" --- both inside and out). Just realize that Dysbiosis is bad on levels that we are just beginning to figure out.
The researchers took groups of people with and without IBS, transplanting their feces into the bowels of GMO mice that were bred to be "germ free" (they had no bacteria of any sort in their innards). After an amount of time, stool samples of these mice were looked at, and not surprisingly, knowing what we know of FMT, were found to match that of their human donor. Interestingly enough, the IBS group and control were similar taxonomically, meaning that they grossly had the same species of bacteria in their guts. However, probably due to subtle differences in ratios, they differed differed dramatically in their Metablomic Profiles.
Your Metablome is everything (I mean everything) found in whatever sample you happen to be looking at. So, as opposed to the bacterial profile (numbers and species of various bacteria), the Metablome would describe the "Small Molecule Chemicals" found within any given sample of tissue, fluid, etc, etc, etc. The defining factor of what makes a "Small Molecule" small (less than 900 Daltons), is that it not only has a low molecular weight and a very tiny molecular size, it is small enough to diffuse across cellular membranes.
Oh; I almost forgot to mention; not only is the Metabolmic Profile looking at the makeup of certain sugars, Organic Acids (think OATS TEST here), Vitamins, Nucleic Acids (DNA & RNA), Fatty Acids, ANTIOXIDANTS like GLUTATHIONE, amino acids, cellular metabolites, etc, etc, but the Metablome consists of artificial or exogenous chemicals as well (chemicals from outside the body). This means that DRUGS, XENOHORMONES, and the huge array of potential toxins (HERE'S A FREAKY ONE to contemplate) are also part of one's Metablome. As would make sense, most drugs are purposely manufactured to be very small (under 500 Daltons) so that they readily diffuse into your cells.
The result was that the the IBS mice had "faster GI transit times" (can anyone say diarrhea? --- which along with periodic bouts of CONSTIPATION, is the hallmark of IBS). The IBS mice also showed "intestinal barrier dysfunction". This describes the flip side of the Gut Dysfunction coin ---- Leaky Gut Syndrome. And here's the bite about LGS. Not only do the majority of the medical profession pooh pooh its very existence, be aware that there will be other "Leakies" likely tagging along with (Leaky Lung, Leaky Brain, Leaky Cord, Leaky Nerve, etc, etc (HERE). And finally, "activation of the innate immune system". Your immune system is not only made up of bacteria (AT LEAST 70% AND AS MUCH AS 80%) as well as GLIAL & MICROGLIA, but it is made up of generalized chemical responses. Although it's way oversimplified, think of your innate immune system as INFLAMMATION --- the group of chemicals and WBC your body manufactures in order to deal with various sorts of tissue damage (as opposed to Adaptive Immunity, which would describe the antigen / antibody response).
The end-product of this mess? By transplanting the dukie from unhealthy people into germ-free mice, the researchers created --- whallah --- IBS; complete with the anxiety (not surprisingly, both ANXIETY & DEPRESSION) along with everything on THIS LIST are considered "inflammatory" diseases. The astute among you should be salivating at the not-so-hidden potential in this study. If scientists can do such amazing things transplanting unhealthy dukie, what might happen if they decided to transplant healthy dukie into unhealthy mice --- or maybe even unhealthy people?
It's already been done folks, and for the love of Pete; if you have serious chronic illnesses or weight issues (especially if you have a history of EVEN A TINY AMOUNT OF ANTIBIOTICS), don't walk away without reading to the end. Get on the bandwagon and start studying FECAL MICROBIOTA TRANSPLANATION. I have provided you tons of peer-review, all laid out in a neat and orderly fashion, including what to look for in a donor, as well as DIY advice (for the record, the advice is not mine and I would never recommend anyone try this on their own without the express written consent from their doctor --- although the world wide web abounds with stories of people doing just that). It's why the generic protocol I have provided you (free of charge of course) has FMT as part of it (HERE --- HERE'S a cool post on Functional Medicine as well).
As a special bonus to various friends and patients dealing with MS (or for that matter, PARKINSON'S, ALZHEIMER'S, EPILEPSY, or whatever), make sure to look at these specific posts on the topic (HERE, HERE, and HERE, along with a post that carries a short video from a physician with MS that pulled herself out of a wheelchair nearly two decades ago --- DR. TERRY WAHLS --- just by changing her diet). As a special bonus, even though the authors of today's study concluded their study with the promise of using their data to create, "microbiota-directed therapies," HERE is why probiotics (which BTW, I am a fan of) can never be a tiny fraction as effective as FMT for truly sick individuals.
THE WAR ON DIETARY FAT
IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE OVER............. NOT EVEN CLOSE
For grins, you can skim the (very short and very biased) article on the symposium from MEDPAGE TODAY. But honestly, who really cares about the article itself? If we're honest with ourselves, we have to admit that it's the comments we're after. Fortunately, we can see from the comment section that not everyone in the medical community is jumping on the anti-fat (ESPECIALLY ANTI-SATURATED FAT), vegan bandwagon.
For the record, the only issue I (potentially) have with what Dr Y had to say concerned VEGETABLES. While some people do well with what amounts to a CARNIVORE'S DIET, it is hard for me to believe that more dietary vegetation (NOT GRAIN) is not beneficial to health on some level. BTW, there are several big names chiming in on this discussion, including NINA TEICHOLZ.
BIG PHARMA CORRUPTS EVERYTHING AROUND THEM, INCLUDING PATIENT ADVOCACY GROUPS
Think of it like this; if you were involved in some sort of legal dispute and needed to hire an attorney, the last thing you would want is your attorney (your 'advocate' before the court) to be working for or collecting money from the other side. Unfortunately, this is exactly what's happening with PAO's (Patient Advocacy Organizations). The groups were first formed in the 1950's over concerns the general public had about CERTAIN 'SECRET' EXPERIMENTS (and not so secret experiments) mostly in the field of CANCER. And as is often the case, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Especially true in the field of EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE.
Does anyone remember back in the mid 2000's when the ADA (American Diabetes Association) was busted for endorsing candy-maker Cadburys-Schweppes (similar to THIS FIASCO)? Of course there was money changing hands. Or what about more recently when the American Heart Association was giving their stamp of approval ("Heart Check Mark") to certain Campbell's Soups that did not fall within their very own "heart healthy" guidelines? Now we learn from two brand new studies that BIG PHARMA has been pouring money into Patient Advocacy Groups of all kinds for decades.
About six weeks ago the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a study called Patient Advocacy Organizations, Industry Funding, and Conflicts of Interest, concluding that, "Of the 439 surveys mailed to PAO leaders, 289 (65.8%) were returned with at least 80% of the questions answered. The median total revenue among responding organizations was $299,140. A total of 165 of 245 PAOs (67.3%) reported receiving industry funding, with 19 of 160 PAOs (11.9%) receiving more than half of their funding from industry. The median amount was $50 000 and the median proportion of industry support derived from the pharmaceutical, device, and/or biotechnology sectors was 45%. A total of 220 of 269 respondents (81.8%) indicated that conflicts of interest are very or moderately relevant to PAOs. A total of 22 of 285 PAO leaders (7.7%) perceived pressure to conform their positions to the interests of corporate donors."
If you don't grasp how big this really is, you need to read it until you do. 82% of the Patient Advocacy Groups readily admit that ethics and Conflict of Interest (COI) are highly important to what they do. However, they continue to "conflict" away, pocketing millions upon millions of dollars from the very groups they are in many cases supposed to be advocating against. And as to the number of these organizations that are essentially being 'threatened' if they don't goose-step along with their donor's wishes; my guess is that in similar fashion to what we see with DRUG SIDE-EFFECTS, the true numbers are being vastly under-reported. But the fun doesn't end there.
Not to be outdone, just yesterday the New England Journal of Medicine published a similar study of their own called Conflicts of Interest for Patient-Advocacy Organizations. In it they revealed that after their, "examination of 104 large patient-advocacy organizations, 83% receive financial support from drug, device, and biotechnology companies, and industry executives often serve on governing boards." This whole thing can be likened to my attorney defending me, while sitting on the Board of Directors of the very company who I am in battling in court. But honestly, are you surprised? If so, I have this bridge in Brooklyn that I'd just looooooove for you to have. Today only, it's half price!
LOOKING FOR A SOLUTION TO YOUR CHRONIC NECK PAIN?
HOW LONG IS TOO LONG?
I realize that most consultants would tromp me because OF THE CRAZY WAY I TREAT MY NEW PATIENTS. However, after 25 years in practice, it SEEMS TO BE WORKING. But forget the fact that it's working for me; what's important is that it's working for my patients. Although I've been lazy with my VIDEO TESTIMONIALS lately, we shot three earlier this week. And while David has been a patient for a lot of years, the other two (Carl, recently moved back to the area, and Shauna, a river boat captain) together have seen me a grand total of four times. It was a couple weeks short of a year between Shauna's two visits.
The point is this --- SCAR TISSUE (the medical community calls it "FIBROSIS" --- is not only bad because it is the number one cause of death in America (HERE), it's bad because it's preventing patients from maximally benefiting from their ADJUSTMENTS and / or THERAPY. Every cloud has a silver lining, and this one's is that for MOST PEOPLE, there is no such thing as having a problem so long that time itself would prevent a solution. Typically, the only "too long" when it comes to your chronic pain is when you are told something like, "Sure I can fix you ---- it shouldn't take too long. Give me six months and we'll have you good as new. Sign on the dotted line, and for today only, it's half price ($X,XXX.XX)".
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BTW, David (a WORLD RECORD ROPE CLIMBER) and his wife raise organic, grass-fed beef. Besides the FRESCOLNS, you can get it from them if you call (417) 252-0832. I've had it and it's fabulous.
CHRONIC NECK PAIN
SEGMENTAL MOTION -VS- SECTIONAL MOTION
When people with CHRONIC NECK PAIN go to their doctor; although they are likely to get imaging that is either dangerous or totally ineffective as far as revealing where their pain is actually coming from (HERE, HERE, or HERE) is concerned, they are likely not to receive the simplest and best test (RANGES OF MOTION) for quickly assessing how severe the problem might be. Once injured people figure out that THE DRUGS THEY WERE PRESCRIBED not only aren't working, but are actually making them worse, they see someone else --- practitioners of all sorts, therapists, chiros, specialists, etc, etc.
Ranges of Motion are checked (or not) and the patient is frequently told to stretch because their neck is tight, bound, restricted, stiff, and full of arthritis. The problem is, often times they can't stretch --- or at least they can't stretch like they are supposed to. Things aren't working. Either their stretching is making them worse (HERE), or they are hitting A BRICK WALL OF RESTRICTION that they cannot push past. Enter the two ranges of motion we are discussing today, Sectional and Segmental.
- SECTIONAL RANGE OF MOTION: Sectional Ranges of Motion describes your ability to grossly move your head in it's normal ranges of motion. I call these ranges "yes" "no" and "maybe". "Yes" is like nodding your head yes --- can you flex your chin to your chest (or thereabouts) without pain, and can you extend your head backwards so that you could put a glass of water on your forehead? "No" is like nodding your head no, and involves being able to rotate your head both right and left to the point where your nose is over your shoulder. "Maybe" is kind of like shrugging your shoulders and tipping your head to one side (nodding your head maybe), only in this case, don't shrug your shoulders toward your head; move your head toward one shoulder and then the other. While there are any number of reasons that your neck might not be able to move through normal ranges of motion (don't be surprised to have said restriction blamed on "ARTHRITIS" or old age), be aware that you can address the Scar Tissue with things like TISSUE REMODELING or TISSUE DEFORMATION and still not attain anything remotely near normal ROM of your neck. Often times this is due to a failure to address....
- SEGMENTAL RANGES OF MOTION: There are a total of 24 moving vertebrae in your spine. Your SKULL, 7 neck vertebrae, 12 thoracic vertebrae (AND THEIR RIBS), 5 lumbar or low back vertebrae, and the sacrum or tail bone. Every one of these bones must go through its normal ranges of motion. Remember that any joint not regularly being moved through normal ranges of motion is in a heightened process of wear and degeneration (thin discs, calcium buildup, and bone spurring). The more the joints deteriorate, the worse they move --- and the worse they move, the more they deteriorate. This is why it is not terribly unusual to have individuals who have normal Sectional Ranges of Motion (gross ranges of motion or overall ranges of motion) in their neck, yet have segments of their neck that are barely moving or not moving at all. So even though their overall range of neck motion looks good, there are aberrant mechanical stresses being put on both joints and tissues because one or more of the individual segments are "stuck".
As you might imagine, this phenomenon not only affects necks, it affects other areas of the spine as well. A classic example is the diamond-shaped THORACOLUMBAR AREA of the low back. People are frequently told their chronic low back pain is due to DISC HERNIATION, DEGENERATIVE JOINT / DISC DISEASE, etc. It's common to see people who have been through large numbers of treatments that involve stretching and strengthening, and often times lots of adjustments. Sometimes, lots of adjustments. These problems can frequently be solved simply by following the proper order (Phase I before Phase II as I discussed in the first paragraph) and being sure that the Scar Tissue is really broken (HERE). To better understand this concept, take a look at these seven second 3-D ultrasound videos of adhesed fascia compared side by side to normal fascia (HERE). Allow me to show you the practical side of segmental -vs- sectional function.
I saw a patient yesterday who had been referred in by a couple who had received incredible results with Tissue Remodeling after trying everything else. Even though this individual was only in his early thirties, he had been dealing with chronic low back pain for the better part of a decade, with no one (all the professionals mentioned earlier) being able to help him. After finding and "BREAKING" an area of Scar Tissue about the size of a football, he could barely reproduce the pain. A touch more treatment and he could not reproduce the pain --- something he had not been able to do for years.
If stories like his interest you, take a look at our TESTIMONIAL PAGE, as well as some of our clinic's VIDEO TESTIMONIALS. I even took the time a number of years ago to create a post I called the WEEKLY PATIENT TREATMENT DIARY for some in-house research I was doing at the time. In a day and age where everything is supposed to be "EVIDENCE-BASED," what more can anyone ask for?
BRAND NEW STUDY TIES OBESITY TO NEARLY A DOZEN KINDS OF CANCER
Sure, we talk a good fight, but when it comes down to brass tacks, "PREVENTION" for most health-related issues is is not working, mainly because it is not what we have been led to believe it is. And while there are certainly outliers (incredibly healthy people who wind up with cancer, or the four-pack-a-day person who lives to be 95), the statistics are telling. With nearly 70% of our population either obese or overweight, and another 7 to 10 percent considered to be "SKINNY FAT" (the medical term for this is Medically Obese Normal Weight), we are reminded that the current governmental bickering over healthcare is almost laughable considering the UNSUSTAINABLE TRAJECTORY we're on, whoever's plan comes out on top (HERE). Nowhere is this more evident than in the diagnosis and treatment of CANCER.
I recently showed you how Dr. Otto Warburg, winner of 1931's Nobel Prize for Medicine, figured out that cancer is fed by sugar (HERE). This is not simply because sugar is seriously acidic (HERE), but because it's seriously inflammatory as well (HERE). And interestingly enough, both cancer and obesity (not to mention DIABETES) fall under the category of "CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DISEASES". This has been reiterated by a brand new study from yesterday's issue of the British Medical Journal called Adiposity and Cancer at Major Anatomical Sites: Umbrella Review of the Literature. In her analysis of the data from over 200 meta-analysis on the subject, England's Maria Kyrgiou and her team concluded that (cherry-picked of course)......
"An increase in body mass index was associated with a higher risk of developing oesophageal adenocarcinoma; colon and rectal cancer in men; biliary tract system and pancreatic cancer; endometrial cancer in premenopausal women; kidney cancer; and multiple myeloma. Weight gain and waist to hip circumference ratio were associated with higher risks of postmenopausal breast cancer in women who have never used hormone replacement therapy and endometrial cancer, respectively. The increase in the risk of developing cancer for every 5 kg increase in body mass index ranged from 9% for rectal cancer among men, to 56% for biliary tract system cancer. The risk of postmenopausal breast cancer among women who have never used HRT increased by 11% for each 5 kg of weight gain in adulthood, and the risk of endometrial cancer increased by 21% for each .1 increase in waist to hip ratio. Five additional associations were supported by strong evidence when categorical measures of adiposity were included: weight gain with colorectal cancer; body mass index with gallbladder, gastric, and ovarian cancer; and multiple myeloma mortality. Associations for 11 cancers (oesophageal adenocarcinoma, multiple myeloma, and cancers of the gastric cardia, colon, rectum, biliary tract system, pancreas, breast, endometrium, ovary, and kidney) were supported by strong evidence."
An editorial in the same issue of BMJ by a couple of researchers from the "Harvard of the Midwest" (St. Louis' own Washington University) went even further when they stated....
"Though some specifics remain to be worked out, the unavoidable conclusion from these data is that preventing excess adult weight gain can reduce the risk of cancer. Furthermore, emerging evidence suggests that excess body fat in early life also has an adverse effect on risk of cancer in adulthood. Those in primary care can be a powerful force to lower the burden of obesity related cancers, as well as the many other chronic diseases linked to obesity such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. The data are clear. The time for action is now."
But here's the conundrum. What in the world are doctors going to do differently than they've been doing for who-knows-how-long? Most people are already aware of how bad their diets really are, and are choosing to live that SAME LIFESTYLE anyway. On top of this, doctors are so buried in ACA paperwork and regulation that they barely have time to breathe, let alone warn mom that "Little Johnny" isn't so little any more, all while she promises him that if he behaves they'll head over to the "Big Yellow M" and order whatever he wants. In case you have not figured it out yet, SUGAR, JUNK CARBS, and GRAINS (what you feed farm animals to fatten them up prior to taking them to the Sale Barn), causes obesity as well as a host of ENDOCRINE and GUT-RELATED health problems. Because 80% of our collective immune systems are found in our Guts, we should not be surprised that cancer is yet another in a long line of problems associated with said diets.
For those of you who are interested in breaking free from your SUGAR AND JUNK ADDICTIONS and taking your life back (as well as getting off the WORTHLESS DRUGS), the first thing you need to do is create an EXIT STRATEGY. Study, learn, and figure out what it's going to take to get off the MEDICAL MERRY-GO-ROUND and then stinking do it! No more EXCUSES. Because of EPIGENETICS, we now know that good health is related more to good habits than good luck or good genes. Get with the program and start working to SOLVE YOUR CHRONIC CONDITIONS TODAY!
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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