THE SIMILARITIES BETWEEN SCAR TISSUE AND HAIRBALLS
"We can also think of this fascial scarring and adhesion in terms of hair. Remember our example of well-manicured hair that a comb or brush glides through easily? Now think of the exact opposite. Think of a hair tangle. What happens to hair that is not well taken care of, or was slept on wet? Instead of the individual hair follicles lying parallel to each other in a neat and orderly fashion, they become tangled with the individual hair fibers running in every conceivable direction. The result is a tangled mess —— a ball of hair that takes forever just get a comb or brush through it. “Hair balls” can be so restrictive that just trying to get a comb through it, pulls and causes great pain. This is even more true with fascia." Dr. Russell Schierling from his Destroy Chronic Pain site.
"Dr Schierling; just a quick note. My name is Michael Boyle, I'm a strength coach based in Boston. One of my coaches forwarded me your blog link and I loved the analogy of fascia and hair ( combed vs. uncombed) and I want to tell you that I will eventually use it in a blog or article. Thanks for a great analogy." Michael Boyle, owner of one of America's top gyms as voted on by Men's Health (Body by Boyle), as well as being the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Boston University Men's Hockey Team --- the 2009 National Champions.
Fascia is not only the most abundant connective tissue in the body, it is arguably the most pain-sensitive as well. On top of this, in most areas of the body it is so thin that it cannot be seen with even the most advanced imaging techniques commonly in use today (for example, MRI). Couple these factors with the fact that fascial injuries are exceedingly common, and you can see a PERFECT STORM brewing on the horizon. This is especially true when you realize that FASCIA is found everywhere. It's a big reason I have written so many articles on this subject. Below you'll find a few of them.
There are tons of others. If your doctors are having a difficult time telling you why you are having CHRONIC PAIN, or are treating your Chronic Pain to no avail, take a few minutes to read about Fascia. These articles may provide a glimpse of hope. When you are trying to cope with Chronic Pain, a little hope goes a long way.
OTHER EXAMPLES OF TANGLES
PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME & SCIATICA
One of the hallmarks of PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME is that like DISC PROBLEMS, it has the ability to cause SCIATICA (leg pain). One of the hallmarks of Workman's Comp is that people tend to get the run-around. Annette had been a patient for quite sometime, as had her HUSBAND; so when she developed severe hip / buttock pain at work, she knew where to come. Unfortunately, in Missouri, patients injured at work cannot choose their own doctor (the employer along with the WC carrier sends you to the "Company Doctor"). As usual, Workman's Comp had her on the MEDICAL MERRY-GO-ROUND; a place she knew she did not want to be considering what her husband had gone through several years prior (look at the link above). I saw Annette ONE TIME in the latter part of last year, and did not see her again until yesterday. Rather than me tell you about how well she is doing, I'll let her tell you herself. For those that are interested, I have many other POSTS & VIDEO TESTIMONIALS on Piriformis Syndrome. Enjoy.
WHAT IS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN FIBROMYALGIA AND NEUROPATHY?
What is the chief reason that LOW CARB DIETS work (my preference is PALEO because it does such a good job of dealing with INFLAMMATION, GLUTEN, AUTOIMMUNITY, and LEAKY GUT SYNDROME)? I have been telling people for a very long time that if you truly want to get healthy, the very first thing you'll have to do is strictly control your Blood Sugar (HERE). Failure to keep your blood sugar on an even keel (huge PEAKS and even deeper VALLEYS) is the hallmark of UNCONTROLLED BLOOD SUGAR.
I bring all of this up to tell you that there is a growing number of physicians and researchers who believe that FIBROMYALGIA is the result of NEUROPATHY throughout the smaller nerves of the body. In other words, many believe that instead of "CENTRAL SENSITIZATION" with Fibromyalgia, the problem is that Neuropathy is present not only in the larger nerves of the Nervous System, but the smaller nerves as well ("Small Fiber Neuropathy"). There is actually a lot of research that backs this theory up, with the latest study coming out of the most current edition of Arthritis and Rheumatology. It seems that not only were there about 20% fewer superficial nerve fibers present in those who had been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, but they also had high levels of a specific marker of Inflammation (IL-2R --- a marker in some Autoimmune Diseases). HERE is a partial list of inflammatory markers that indicate whether a person has high levels of systemic (whole body) Inflammation present. I would say that the argument is no longer whether or not this Small Fiber Neuropathy is present in people with Fibromyalgia, but whether it is actually causing the problem, or merely a symptom of the problem.
There are any number of reasons that my vote would be that this Small Fiber Neuropathy is a symptom as opposed to being the actual cause of the problem. We know that Small Fiber Neuropathy is a characteristic of many chronic pain syndromes. Chronic Pain has the ability to alter the nervous system (brain atrophy is one of the most well known), and my best guess is that Small Fiber Neuropathy is just one more example of this phenomenon. We also know that a diagnosis of Neuropathy does not account for all the other problems commonly seen with Fibromyalgia (MIGRAINE HEADACHES, AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES such as IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME, INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS, or others ---- click on the "Autoimmune" link above for a list).
The truth is, we have known for a very long time that Fibromyalgia is intimately linked to something called "ADRENAL FATIGUE". After a certain amount of time (it's different for everyone) a body that is trying to process the quantum amounts of SUGAR (160 lbs per person per year) and starch in the typical American diet will start to fall behind. The further behind the body falls, the higher that blood sugar rises. One of the very first things the body will do to compensate for this failure of the pancreas alone to control blood sugar is kick in the Adrenal Glands (the stress glands that produce Cortisol) to help take up the slack. After a period of time (again, different for everyone) the Adrenal Glands become "burned out" or "fatigued". This is why you will never find a person who has Fibromyalgia who does not have Adrenal Fatigue. And because their sugar regulation system is so fouled up, these folks are almost always ADDICTED TO SUGAR AND STARCH as well. So; in answering the question of Fibromyalgia or Small Fiber Neuropathy, the point is almost moot. Why? Because you would deal with both in essentially the same manner --- the manner that I spoke of in the first sentence of this post.
Just remember that while Low Carb is a great starting point, for many of you it will not be enough. This is because TYPE II DIABETES is not simply a "Blood Sugar" issue. Type II Diabetes is considered one of the numerous "INFLAMMATORY" health problems. This means that it is driven not only by sugar (which is itself considered to be extremely inflammatory), but potentially by all sorts of other things as well. These can range from gluten or dairy (or other food sensitivities), to heavy metal toxicity, to parasites, to XENOHORMONE EXPOSURE, to POOR GUT HEALTH, chronic bacterial or viral infections, or any number of others. This is why "MONOTHERAPIES" (taking supplements for symptoms in the same way one would take drugs for the symptoms) are never a solution for any health problems, including Fibromyalgia.
RELIEF FROM CHRONIC NECK PAIN
“That gluten sensitivity is regarded as principally a disease of the small bowel is a historical misconception. Gluten sensitivity can be primarily and at times exclusively a neurological disease.” Dr. Marios Hadjivassilou from a 2002 issue of the British Medical Journal's, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. He is defeating the argument that there is no such thing as "non-celiac" Gluten Sensitivity.
"After speaking with Perlmutter, Dr. Oz agreed that consuming healthy fats and limiting carbs can help prevent and even reverse conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, and ADHD. Perlmutter is not alone in his assessment that a low-carb, high-fat diet can curb disease. Cardiologist William Davis, author of Wheat Belly, said it can reverse diabetes. And obesity expert Dr. Eric Westman said a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet produces rapid weight loss without exercise or calorie-counting. Dr. Westman detailed how the ketogenic diet accelerates weight loss without deprivation in his book A Low Carbohydrate, Ketogenic Diet Manual." From an article in the October 21, 2013 issue of Examiner.com called Dr. Oz: Low-carb, high-fat diet can reverse Alzheimer's, diabetes, ADHD. After consulting with Dr. Perlmutter, Dr. Oz is changing his stance on eating a diet high in whole grains and avoiding fats.
"Mayo Clinic researchers have uncovered a new link between celiac disease, a digestive condition triggered by consumption of gluten, and dementia or other forms of cognitive decline." From the October 12, 2006 issue of ScienceDaily (the research was published in that month's issue of Archives of Neurology).
The benefits of "Low Carb" are really nothing new. Not only was cardiologist Dr. Robert Atkins talking about the numerous health problems associated with processed carbs, grains, and sugar back in the early 1970's (1972's The Atkins Diet Revolution), there were many before him preaching the same message. DR ROYAL LEE and others were warning people about the dangers of processed grains clear back in the 1920's. There were several early nutritional pioneers who understood that the modern milling process leached virtually all the nutrients from grains, leaving nothing but empty carbohydrates. In fact, in one of his newsletters, Dr. Lee wrote that, "The vitamin of flour is lost as soon as its oils becomes rancid, a change that occurs in a few days after the milling of the grain unless the flour is refrigerated".
We are being duped to think that the products we are purchasing and consuming under the auspices of "Whole Grain" are wholesome and healthy. The fact is, we live in a society whose way of eating is based largely on processed grains. On top of that, our government is telling us we should consume up to 14 servings of grain a day (HERE), while the majority of the sugar comes from grain as well (HFCS). The truth is, it is difficult to avoid grains in our society. But it is increasingly looking like this might be a necessary step in avoiding CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DISEASES as well as a host of Neurological Diseases such as PARKINSON'S, EPILEPSY, MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, HASHIMOTO'S THYROIDITIS, NEUROPATHY, and numerous AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS.
Who is correct in this argument? The studies are all there for everyone to look at. All I can tell you is that person after person who makes the commitment to go GLUTEN FREE sees substantial changes not only in their GUT HEALTH (LEAKY GUT SYNDROME), but in their neurological systems as well. This should not be a surprise considering what we already know about the NEUROLOGICAL EFFECTS OF GLUTEN and the fact that most (80%) of one's Immune System is found in the Gut (HERE). Let's play the devil's advocate though, and say that Gluten has nothing whatsoever to do with Alzheimer's. It's almost a moot point. Why? Because we know beyond the shadow of a doubt that HIGH GLYCEMIC INDEX CARBOHYDRATES (such as those found in grains) do cause / contribute to Alzheimer's Disease (HERE) simply because they contribute to UNCONTROLLED BLOOD SUGAR and INSULIN RESISTANCE. Believe whomever you wish, but if the doubters are wrong, and non-celiac's with Gluten Sensitivity are creating AUTOIMMUNE RESPONSES against their own brains; the results will be disastrous (see Dr. Hadjivassilou's 12 year old quote from the very top of the page).
I guess you could always look at the bright side. If you do get Alzheimer's, it will probably only be a short mater of time until you are unaware of the fact. Trust me on this one. I never see people who cut sugar and crappy, processed carbs from their diets who feel worse after doing so. Furthermore, the leap from Low Carb to Gluten Free is a small one. If you value your brain, take the plunge.
THE CONNECTION BETWEEN PCOS, LOW LIBIDO, UNCONTROLLED BLOOD SUGAR, AND HIGH TESTOSTERONE
"Androgen excess is the most common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age. Androgens are produced primarily from the adrenal glands and the ovaries. However, peripheral tissues such as fat and skin also play roles in converting weak androgens to more potent ones. Androgen excess can affect different tissues and organs, causing variable clinical features such as acne, hirsutism, virilization [masculinization] and reproductive dysfunction." From the opening paragraph of Dr. Mohamed Yahya Abdel-Rahman's online article called Adrogen Excess. Abdel-Rahman is a Reproductive Endocrinologist at Sohag University in Egypt.
Generally speaking, when men have chronic health problems they end up with low libidos, which is actually one of the first signs of ill health in males (HERE). They are usually told that this is the result of "LOW T" (not enough testosterone), although Low T has a number of underlying causes. Women can likewise end up with low libidos as the result of long-standing generalized health problems. You have heard me say repeatedly that UNCONTROLLED BLOOD SUGAR --- even in the absence of full-blown DIABETES ---- is at the root of almost every health problem you can name.
One of the most visible examples of this phenomenon is something called PCOS. We know that PCOS is heavily linked to both blood sugar and INSULIN RESISTANCE. So much so in fact, that it is frequently treated with Diabetes drugs such as metformin. With PCOS, women's bodies fail to respond normally to insulin (they require more), and on top of this they make much more testosterone than they need. And as you might have imagined from this post's title, this affects the libido, but not in the way that seems obvious from what you've learned so far (SUGAR IS TURNING MEN INTO WOMEN AND WOMEN INTO MEN).
Although some women with PCOS will actually have an increased sex drive (intuitively, this makes sense), the majority will have a dramatically decreased (or even non-existent) libido. As I'll show you in a moment, much of this depends on what's going on with testosterone levels. So, PCOS is not only the number one cause of INFERTILITY in America (it's arguably America's #1 female endocrine problem), but also a huge contributing factor to SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION as well. While the medical community is busy trying to solve this problem with a host of drugs and procedures (including IVF), I would like to show you what you can do to start the process of getting your life, your fertility, and your libido back on track. Why am I talking about this on my blog? Read the email I got from R.F. of the Seattle area just the other day.
Dear Dr. Schierling,
I am at my wits end. I am a 38 year old married female in very poor physical condition. I admit that I am severely addicted to sugar, sweets, and fast food. Although I was an athlete in college and took great care of myself, over the course of the past 15 years (two healthy teenagers), I have gained over 100 pounds (I am 5'7"). I have been to lots of doctors, and although they all tell me that among other things I have PCOS, nothing they prescribe seems to work for me. I am now on antidepressants along with several other medications. I have absolutely no libido and my husband is becoming more distant by the day. What advice can you give me? I am willing to do anything. Just please do not just tell me to eat less and exercise more like my doctor does. That approach does not work. I cannot go on living like this. Thank you for your website and the amazing amount of information you provide.
Sincerely, XXXXX XXXXX
When women end up with high levels of testosterone caused by Insulin Resistance, they also end up making excess Estrogen as well. This is why they not only end up with PCOS, but are thrown into ESTROGEN DOMINANCE at the same time. Because the female hormones get fouled up, one of the common solutions is to get a prescription for certain hormones (bio-identical hormones are particularly hot right now) to "balance" things out (HERE). With women, it is often some sort of HRT, with men, it is taking testosterone for the supposed "Low T". Let me show you why in and of itself, this is extremely short-sighted.
Don't get me wrong, someone who really knows what they are doing with these hormones can make some dramatic changes in symptoms --- at least for awhile. The problem is that virtually all of the hormones in your body are on negative feedback loops ---- the same sort of loop your air conditioner and heater are on. A thermostat has an adjustable set point, and shuts off your heat or air once the desired temperature is achieved. When the temperature changes, the thermostat fires your unit up again. Hormones are on similar thermostat-like feedback loops. When the body has enough of a hormone, it will shut down endogenous (its own) production. This is why bodybuilders who take testosterone end up with shriveled testicles.
THE TESTOSTERONE DICHOTOMY
Your body's tissues / cells communicate with each other via a number of chemicals. These chemicals have interesting names like CYTOKINES, chemokines, interleukins, or any number of others. We like to refer to these chemicals collectively as "Inflammation". Not too long ago I was at a nutritional seminar where the speaker made an interesting statement. When referring to solving chronic disease states, he said, "Inflammation is everything". In other words, find out what is driving INFLAMMATION, and you'll likely be a long way to solving your problem. Sugar is extremely inflammatory, as is JUNK FOOD. For many people, GLUTEN is massively inflammatory. The list is extensive, and can include everything from heavy metals to parasites. In fact, it can be nearly endless.
What does this have to do with PCOS? Listen to what Hethir Rodriguez of the Natural Fertility Info website has to say on this subject. "It has also been found that women with PCOS have low-grade inflammation, which may be a cause for insulin resistance. White blood cells produce substances to fight infection, this is known as inflammatory response. In some predisposed people eating certain foods, or exposure to certain environmental factors may trigger an inflammatory response. When inflammatory response is triggered, white blood cells produce substances that may contribute to insulin resistance and atherosclerosis." If you want to see a list of the "substances" she is talking about, HERE is a post on the subject.
But back to the question at hand. Why do you find some women with PCOS who are obese and some who are not (because 70% of our society is overweight or obese, most of those with PCOS are naturally going to fall into this category)? And why do you find some women whose sex drive is off the charts, while others (the majority) have sex drive that are in the dumps? There are any number of reasons, but I will attempt to shine some light on a few that I am aware of. I am sure that I am just scratching the surface.
- LENGTH OF TIME WITH THE PROBLEM: When researching this post, it seemed that generally speaking, the vast majority of the women touting increased sex drive with PCOS had not been living with the problem for very long. It also seemed like they were not, for the most part, women struggling with the most hardcore PCOS Symptoms. In other words, I am not sure if I recall seeing a post from a woman with all of the PCOS SYMPTOMS saying that she had a raging libido. In fact, many had no other symptoms than high testosterone on their blood work, and the inability to get pregnant (they may or may not have been overweight).
- SHBG: SHBG stands for Sex Hormone Binding Globlulin. Women manufacture testosterone in several places (25% from the adrenals, 25% from the ovaries, and about half comes from the conversion of androstenedione in the fatty tissues). However, when it comes to testosterone, the number that really matters is how much free testosterone is circulating in the blood stream --- most labs will say this is about 30-75 ng/dl, which is only about 1% of one's total testosterone. According to Dr. Mohamed Yahya Abdel-Rahman, some of the things that cause SHBG to "unbind" from testosterone and leave women with increased levels of free testosterone circulating in their bodies includes HYPOTHYROIDISM (sometime take a moment and compare the symptoms of Hashimoto's to PCOS), EXCESS INSULIN / OBESITY (these two go together like peas in a pod), Glucocorticosteroids such as CORTISOL and CORTISONE, as well as excess androgens themselves. An interesting side note is that Estrogen is antagonistic to Testosterone (it decreases it), which is why the birth control pill is a commonly used medical treatment for PCOS. Just be aware that 'The Pill' has an incredible number of potential side effects itself --- particularly with long term use.
- ESTROGEN DOMINANCE: There are any number of reasons that women can have higher testosterone levels in their system, with PCOS being one of many. Some women simply have more T than others. Read the internet message boards on the subject or look at the peer-reviewed literature and you'll find that women who engage in heavy, complex, multi-joint weight lifting also seem to have both high testosterone levels and higher sex drives (HERE). Remember that although there are probably hundreds of reasons that women have androgenic hormones (testosterone or precursors such as DHEA) in their systems, conversion to Estrogen is one of the biggies. Over-conversion ("aromatization") is just one more thing that can lead to Estrogen Dominance, which is an epidemic among American women. And as far as I am aware, you simply do not find women with significant Estrogen Dominance who have heightened normal sex drives (they are always suppressed).
- GENETICS: I would never hope to tell you that genetics play no part in PCOS. However, it is critical that you understand that EPIGENETICS trumps genetics in case after case after case. "It's my genes" has become the excuse du jour. Once you understand that in many (arguably most) cases you have the ability to turn genes on or off via diet and lifestyle, it can be very empowering.
- POLLUTION / TOXIC LIVING: We are exposed to a wide array of pollutants on a daily basis (HERE), the majority of which are considered to be "ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS" (they are also known as XENOESTROGENS). Along this same line of thinking, having a toxic (or absent) microbiota (POOR GUT HEALTH) is being linked, along with blood sugar, to most health problems as well. This is loosely called "DYSBIOSIS", and along with a LEAKY GUT, is one of the major consequences of our nation's UNBRIDLED ANTIBIOTIC USE. Another point I have to make here is that it will be impossible to correct hormonal imbalances without being able to clear excesses from your body (HERE).
- STRENGTH TRAINING: STRENGTH TRAINING can increase androgen levels somewhat. However, because it is extremely effective at lowering insulin levels and increasing insulin sensitivity, you will never see it associated as a causal or contributing factor as far as developing PCOS is concerned.
Granted, there are many of you reading this that might very well require the services of someone trained in FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE. The thing is, according to any number of experts, DOING THE BASICS on your own will result in great improvement for many of you; probably the majority of you. For instance, you can already imagine what a PALEO or KETOGENIC DIET do for you! For a complete generic protocol (nothing to buy), take a look at THIS POST.
This post is not really geared for the person who is occasionally constipated, but for those people who deal with it every single day of their lives --- those who go to the bathroom every week or two ---- or even less frequently (yeah, I've seen it on numerous occasions). According to a 2006 meta-analysis of nearly 150 studies on the subject (Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology), "the incidence of constipation is determined to be >30% in the general population." In other words, darn near one in three Americans of all ages is constipated. In other words, there are a lot of folks you know who are, like you always suspected, literally full of it. Just remember that constipation is never really a diagnosis unto itself, but a symptom of a deeper problem. This means that dealing with this problem will probably entail more than simply taking that special formula you bought at the health food store.
The two types of constipation are "Obstructive" and "Hypomotility". Obstructive Constipation simply means that people "plug up" because they are full of impacted fecal matter. Hypomotility means that the rhythmic motion of the intestines called "peristalsis" slows to the point a person has trouble evacuating their bowel. Be aware that Hypomotility can and frequently does become Obstructive over time. Some of the reasons people become constipated also have to do with the medications they are on --- brutally common medications (STATINS, ANTIDEPRESSANTS, ACID BLOCKERS, and NARCOTICS are some of the biggest offenders). HYPOTHYROIDISM and UNCONTROLLED BLOOD SUGAR are both common causes as well. PARKINSON'S, MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, and numerous other neurological issues can contribute to this problem also. IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME can cause both constipation and diarrhea. This does not even begin to get into the potential problems caused by things like polyps. There is also the mysterious "Slow Transit" (Severe Hypomotility --- sometimes called STC), which simply means that things move through the digestive tract extra slowly, and which doctors sometimes try and deal with via colostomy. This problem is thought to be caused by a deficiency of one of the chemicals related to intracellular communication, SUBSTANCE P (one of those chemicals that falls under the heading of "Inflammation").
- CONTROL YOUR WEIGHT: Although this should come as no surprise, I found numerous peer-reviewed studies linking OVERWEIGHT / OBESITY to constipation in both children and adults.
- EAT THE RIGHT FOODS: This goes hand-in-hand with the bullet point above. Heavily processed foods, SODA, SUGAR, and JUNK FOODS, are highly associated with constipation when compared to a healthy diet. It goes without saying that you need to be consuming lots of soluble and insoluble fiber (fruits, vegetables, etc). However, fiber is not the be-all end-all it has been made out to be concerning constipation. More on this in a moment.
- STAY AWAY FROM BAD FOODS: Some of these are obvious and go without saying. Some are more subtle. GLUTEN, for instance (most people who are sensitive to Gluten are also sensitive to dairy). Make sure to learn how some of the neurological diseases mentioned earlier are related to Gluten (HERE). HERE is a video from one of our patients who had this problem her entire life --- until she changed her diet.
- DRINK LOTS OF WATER: Notice I did not tell you to drink lots of fluids. I told you to drink lots of WATER. In most cases, the difference is huge (Green Tea is an exception to this rule --- particularly if it is hot).
- EXERCISE: Although this is fairly generic, it is important nonetheless. I have written on this topic extensively (HERE).
- EAT THE RIGHT FATS AND PLENTY OF THEM: Americans have been freaked out by dietary fat ever since the FAT-FREE 80's, when they got fatter than ever. If you are not getting enough good fats in your diet, you are setting yourself up for a host of health problems, including constipation. Coconut oil and EVOO are both excellent fats. The Livestrong website once said, "Saturated fats are difficult for your body to digest and can contribute to hard, difficult-to-pass stools. Your child should eliminate consumption of saturated fats to help alleviate abdominal pain associated with constipation." Terrible advice to say the least. FISH OIL, cod liver oil, and castor oil, can be beneficial for constipation as well. When possible, add lemon to your oil to really get things moving along (it's great for the liver and gall bladder).
- TAKE CARE OF YOUR LIVER AND GALLBLADDER: This is huge. A sluggish Liver / Gallbladder is going to sludge up your bile production, which fouls up your digestion, and can lead to constipation. BEETS are a good way to do this. Just be aware that any and all the medications you take affect the liver. This is why your meds can cause or contribute to constipation. There are any number of Gallbladder Cleanses online that are all basically the same (EVOO, lemon juice, organic apple juice, etc).
- ACIDIFY YOUR STOMACH: Although this is possibly the single most important bullet point on the list, I will warn you that this point is going to sound counter-intuitive for many of you. As crazy as it sounds, most people have too little (or too weak) stomach acid. If you want to see how this all works and how you have been duped into thinking you have too much or too strong stomach acid, read THIS POST. Along with acidification of your stomach, DIGESTIVE ENZYMES can be extremely beneficial as well --- especially for those not consuming raw vegetables (a chief source for such enzymes).
- LEARN ABOUT GUT HEALTH: Be aware of the numerous things including ANTIBIOTICS that literally destroy your GUT'S HEALTH. Fail to understand Gut Health, and constipation will be the least of your worries. You may need to take PROBIOTICS. Kombucha, Beet Kavass, Sauerkraut, DIRT, and any number of other fermented foods are helpful in this arena as well.
- GET PLENTY OF FIBER: If you are consuming lots of vegetation, great --- you should be fine. If not, get on it. As an extra source of fiber, I prefer FLAX SEEDS in a special drink (click the link) as an extra boost of fiber. Just remember that the more fiber you take in, the more water you will need to make it work. If you fail to follow this step, the fiber will actually act like a plug.
- COLONIC IRRIGATION OR ENEMAS: I realize that to many of you, this old-school method of dealing with constipation sounds terrible, but here's a fun fact for you. Go back fifty or sixty years, and if you were admitted to the hospital for whatever sort of problem, you were likely to get an enema. Why? Doctors still understood Gut Health and the fact that a clean bowel helped their patients heal better and faster.
- HERBAL OR OTHER SUPPLEMENTS: Many people use synthetic Vitamin C in large doses to help with constipation (this can actually promote diarrhea). To see why I am not a fan of this, you can click HERE. People do something similar with the mineral Magnesium, which I think is not a problem for most people. There are a host of formulas on the market for helping with constipation. While most are certainly not harmful, how beneficial they are, I cannot say. I do know that Aloe Vera seems to work well for lots of people. Also, as part of the Master's Cleanse (one that I have done many times), part of the process involves the "Epsom Salt purge" each morning first thing. It definitely works.
- HAVE YOUR SPINE ADJUSTED: The nerves that emanate from the spine control every function of the body. I cannot begin to tell you how many people, over the years, have found the solution for their constipation via CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS ---- even though they were coming in for something else (usually low back pain).
- FECAL MICROBIOTA TRANSPLANT: Look folks; if you've tried everything and nothing has worked, FMT is the likeliest answer. I put it last because many of these other things should be part of your health regimen anyway.
RETIRED DENTIST DISHES ON CHRONIC NECK, SHOULDER, AND HIP PAIN
Below is a recent testimonial from Dr. Winna. Dr. Winna entered the world of Chronic Pain almost 20 years ago via a skiing accident (CHRONIC NECK PAIN, CHRONIC SHOULDER PAIN, HIP PAIN, PIRIFORMIS). If you enjoy testimonials like Dr. Winna's, take a few moments to watch some of our nearly 200 VIDEO TESTIMONIALS.
In 1995 while snow skiing at Lake Tahoe, California, a snowboarder crashed into me causing a rotator cuff injury. Over the next ten years, I had three cortisone injections and took pain medications to no avail. I regularly used over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) to try and minimize the pain. I also have Fibromyalgia so I am always in some degree of pain. Then in 2011, while playing tennis on a Wii, I suddenly began to experience even worse shoulder pain.
I saw a sports medicine physician who sent me to a physical therapist. The PT said they see many people with this sort of injury because there is no resistance when playing the Wii. After several weeks of therapy, I felt only minimal relief. Not wanting to live in chronic pain any more, I researched my injury on the internet and found Dr. Schierling's website. After my first visit, I had very little pain. And after a follow up one week later, I was pain free. I have been playing tennis (real tennis) the past two summers.
I still suffered from chronic pain in both hips. Even though I see a chiropractor every week, he could not alleviate this pain. It became difficult to walk after only an hour or so. Dr. Schierling once again came to my rescue. I even traveled to Dublin, Ireland last Fall and was able to walk through the city every day with only minimal discomfort. Doctor Schierling has enabled me to look forward to many years of retirement which can now include sports and travel. God bless you Dr. Schierling!
Dr. Edwina J. Beasley
Chief Dental Officer, Retired
California Department of Corrections
CHRONIC NECK PAIN AND HEADACHES
HOW MANY AMERICANS STRUGGLE WITH THIS COMMON PROBLEM?
While there are a wide array of potential reasons for this (GLUTEN SENSITIVITY, FAILURE TO MANAGE BLOOD SUGAR, etc, etc), one of the more common is ADHESION OF THE FASCIA coupled with SUBLUXATION. If you are one of those people who can barely turn their head, or who gets relief from Chiropractic Adjustment, but it never seems to last; watch the video below. If you feel like it, you can watch some more videos (HERE). Cooper (below) was at the end of her rope. She had been through all sorts of tests, including BRAIN SCANS. The medical community's solution? DRUGS! Fortunately; for most of you there is a better and far less expensive way to deal with this problem. And the really cool thing is that doing it this way actually addresses underlying causes as opposed to simply covering symptoms.
CONTROL YOUR BLOOD SUGAR
CONTROL YOUR HEALTH
Recently, Yahoo ran an article by Eve O. Schaub called, "My Family Stopped Eating Sugar for a Year and This is What Happened". This short article chronicled the effects of her family of four going without sugar for one year after realizing that, "sugar is the thing that is making so many Americans fat and sick". After cutting out any and all foods containing added sugar, she began noticing changes. Some of the effects she described after going without sugar for a year included things like dramatically fewer sick days for her children (less illness), more energy, feeling healthier, feeling stronger, etc. The thing that sealed the deal for her was when she consumed a piece of banana cream pie on her husband's birthday. After going a year without sugar and then eating only a few pieces of a slice of pie, she virtually passed out on the couch for an hour with a racing heart and splitting headache.
Why don't we all react like this when we eat sugar? For the same reason that a heroin addict feels that fleeting feeling after ingesting the drug. But it doesn't take long for their body to begin screaming for the next fix. Fail to get it, and the addict will get physically sick. Many of us (self included) are SUGAR ADDICTS. And when we want to fool ourselves or others, we simply SUBSTITUTE "BAD" SUGAR FOR "GOOD" SUGAR. The problem is, even if the crazy amounts of sugar we are consuming is not (yet) making us fat (trust me; it will), it is making us unhealthy. The truth is, almost every non-genetic disease we can think of (and many that are widely considered to be "GENETIC") can be traced back to Uncontrolled Blood Sugar (HERE is one such example). Uncontrolled Blood Sugar simply means that whether or not your the numbers on your blood test are within range, you are putting massive stress on your Endocrine System via the sugar you are consuming. The following are some of the many posts that pertain directly to blood sugar (these are in no particular order).
If you spend any amount of time on my site, you'll find others --- many others (HERE is one I thought of after I finished). If you want any hope at solving your Chronic Illnesses, you must get your blood sugar under strict control. For those of you who are seriously struggling with CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY ILLNESSES or GLUTEN SENSITIVITY, CHEATING is not an option.
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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Can You Help
Cardio Or Strength
Cold Laser Therapy
Death By Medicine
Degenerative Joint Disease
D's Of Chronic Pain
Evidence Based Medicine
Gluten Cross Reactivity
Ice Or Heat
Jacks Fork River
Leaky Gut Syndrome
Number One Health Problem
Platelet Rich Therapy
Post Surgical Scarring
Re Invent Yourself
Rib And Chest Pain
Scar Tissue Removal
Sleeping Pills Kill
Stay Or Go
Stretching Post Treatment
Tensegrity And Fascia
The Big Four
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Whole Body Vibration