CHRONIC NECK PAIN SOLUTIONS
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POST-SURGICAL SKULL PAIN
A CASE HISTORY
I had skull reconstruction surgery in 2015. They removed part of my skull on the left side and filleted it in half. 1/2 was replaced back on the left side of my head while the other half was placed on my right side of my head where skull was missing initially due to an epidermoid cyst which was removed in 2012, got infected and caused two additional surgeries, 1 in 2013 to remove cranioplasty and wire mesh, and in 2014 I got a second opinion and found out that I had infected material that was missed along with parts of my own skull that had been dead and also left in my head causing the incision from 2013 not to close up all the way. I would be dead if I’d had not gotten that second opinion. The surgery in 2014 involved removing Group B strep and staph infection from my head and had to have a PICC line for six weeks.
The first three surgeries were considered brain surgeries and I recovered from them thankfully. This last surgery however is different from the rest. I was recovering okay for a few months after my last surgery and then it started to change. I noticed that I was very very tense in my neck and upper shoulders and very tender and sore around my head in general I thought I was just having a lot of stress on a particular day but it’s never gone away since.
There is a crunchy sound on the left side of my head it doesn’t necessarily hurt but it is terrifying because I have no idea except for that it’s not normal. I have little bumps around my head here and there and it seems like when I’m really tense my head goes from round to really bumpy and it just seems like it changes shape. I have noticed that anytime I’m trying to focus on any one thing or sustained a position while focusing on any one thing that that’s when the cinder block tightening feeling starts and the area where tightening start changes on a daily basis leaving me completely unable to locate any root cause.
I’ve definitely had follow-ups on this and I’ve took Flexeril and I’ve had CT scans done. Everything shows up as fine and the flexeril sometimes made me feel worse at points until I was so exhausted and wanted to give up so I just went to sleep because not moving at all was the only thing I could do for relief. It sometimes gets that bad but not as much as it used to I’ve been really really trying hard to get on the right track on my own. since I’ve been taking magnesium, turmeric, and vitamin D I’ve been feeling a little bit better however it just seems like it’s more of a me coming to terms with reality in my situation and now in order to survive it’s more of me fighting with my own mind because I’m consumed with this taking over my life it seems like but then I can just relax and meditate and I’ll be ok.
I am really tired of not doing anything just to feel okay. It seems like anytime I put focus on something, everything just gets really messed up. There have been a few times, and those times are becoming a little more frequent, where I’ve let go of some of that fear from the feelings of tension and moved my head around anyway and I’ll hear fluid moving around, and things seem to let go in a sense and I get really hopeful, but it never lasts. It’s just that when it gets so tense, I have a natural flight or fight reaction to move my head and shoulders around and my shoulders and try to figure out how to move an order for me to move if that makes any sense. I always end up with more tension with movement I just don’t get it it’s like things are trying to stop me from moving around by causing the symptoms of desperate attempts for free range of movement.
I know that I need to be able to move freely and that something is causing me not to be able to do so but I also know that me gaining the ability to move involves me moving but moving causes restrictions. After reading up on this webpage, I just know that everything you have stated is a home run as far as matching up to my situation. I mean come on what else could it be? I would really like your input as I found that being educated and gaining more knowledge in general has help me put a little bit of Peace back in my mind allowing me to have things to refer to when a certain physical symptoms starts appearing. I am just really striving for the quality of life or at least some of the quality of life I used to have. Sorry for the horrible grammar I am using talk to text as it is easier on my head and neck than looking down and trying to type. I look forward to hearing from you and we’ll be sure to check my inbox frequently. Thank you for your time.
Epidermoid Cysts are benign cysts that go by a number of different names (Epidermal Inclusion Cysts, Infundibular Cysts, Sebaceous Cysts, Keratin Cysts, Epithelial Cysts, etc, etc). These rarely cause pain and are usually self-limiting, meaning they'll resolve on their own. They typically contain a COTTAGE CHEESY LOOKING SUBSTANCE (keratin) that frequently has the distinctive smell of sweaty feet. At times, however, they can turn CANCEROUS or become infected and cause problems.
Julie ended up having a surgery to remove the cyst, another surgery to remove the mesh that was installed in the first surgery, and then another two surgeries to remove leftover decaying tissue, and infection (STAPH & STREP) growing inside of her head, and then deal with the aftermath. It sounds like the result was probably a month and a half of hardcore antibiotics. While certainly necessary in cases like these, the resultant DYSBIOSIS can cause any number of hardcore side effects (HERE), with the whole mess driving large amounts of INFLAMMATION (not to mention the fact that head injuries are associated with autoimmunity --- HERE).
Remember that inflammation always leads to the scar tissue that the medical community typically refers to as fibrosis (HERE). When this fibrosis attacks the CERVICAL FASCIA or CRANIAL GALENA APONEUROSIS (the fasica on the skull), the result is likely to be microscopic scarring, which could certainly cause either or both NECK PAIN and SKULL PAIN (it sounds like Julie is probably dealing with LEVATOR TRIGGER POINTS as well).
The sounds that adhesed fascia makes on the head (CREEP / CREPITUS) is not really "normal" but could probably be considered common for what she has been through. As far as the "tightening" is concerned, just remember that one of the many ways that scar tissue is different from normal tissue has to do with the fact that it does not move as freely (HERE or HERE). In other words it can act in a TETHERING FASHION, sort of like a HAIR BALL as compared to well-combed hair, relentlessly pulling the surrounding tissues (nerves included) every minute of every day.
I cannot say that I am surprised that CT didn't show anything since fascia is extremely difficult to image using standard technology (HERE), although there is new technology that might possibly do the job (HERE -- great stuff but I have real doubts about its ability to image skull fascia). As for the flexeril; MUSCLE RELAXERS --- many of which are actually "HYPNOTICS" --- have a myriad of common side effects, including large numbers of premature deaths (see link). The "desperation" and "fight or flight" responses Julie is having are indicative of SYMPATHETIC DOMINANCE, which is common in CHRONIC PAIN situations. The result is people who are perpetually exhausted, but frequently unable to sleep.
The real question here is whether her pain is still related to an actual mechanical dysfunction (SCAR TISSUE), or has become "CENTRALIZED" (Central Sensitization) --- locked into the brain. The truth is that it can be extremely hard to tell the difference, which is why as long as there are not contraindications present (HERE), I will frequently examine and then treat people in hopes that they are not dealing with CS. The biggest problem is that no matter what other changes Julie makes, if there are significant amounts of FASCIAL ADHESION and scar tissue present in her neck and/or skull, it's likely that no amount of LIFESTYLE CHANGES are going to solve the problem until said tissue is dealt with.
Because people will invariably ask whether or not I can help someone in this situation, about the best I can answer is "I don't know". I have treated lots of folks who have skull pain over the years (NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH HEADACHES), and the best I can do is say that someone in this situation would know after their initial visit whether what I do will be effective for them or not. I wish you well with your situation Julie and pray that this post helps you in some form or fashion.
ASTHMA: AUTOIMMUNE OR INFLAMMATORY?
ARE THERE NATURAL WAYS TO STOP IT IN ITS TRACKS?
Asthma is the most common chronic disease of childhood and, in the latter part of the 20th century, reached epidemic proportions. Asthma represents a dysfunctional interaction with our genes and the environment to which they are exposed, especially in fetal and early infant life. The increasing prevalence of asthma also may be an indication of increased population risk for the development of other chronic non-communicable autoimmune diseases." From the December 2013 issue of Expert Review of Clinical Immunology (Prevention of Asthma: Where are we in the 21st Century?)
There are two critical points to be made in this paragraph. First is that gliadin is a component of gluten. Gluten is intimately related to autoimmunity because (secondly) regardless of your genetics ("irrespective of genetic expression" --- these are the epigentic factors I told you we would get to), it activates zonulin. What the heck is zonulin? Discovered in Y2K by Dr. Alessio Fasano and his team from the University of Maryland's School of Medicine, zonulin is not only the chief modulator of the tight junctions (increased zonulin breaks the tight junctions and causes the Gut to "leak") --- it's the only known modulator of the tight junctions. And as you just saw, the two primary modulators of zonulin are dysbiotic infections (bacteria, mold, yeast, virus, and other nasty critters) and gluten.
Did you catch that? GLUTEN & DYSBIOSIS are the only two things associated in peer-review with development of leaky barriers (Leaky Gut, Leaky Brain, Leaky Lung, Leaky Cord, etc --- see last link previous paragraph). We'll spend a bit more time on this shortly, but right now I want to show a brief time line concerning the scientific thought process of asthma as an autoimmune disease. Today's post will also help you understand the why behind YESTERDAY'S ONE PARAGRAPH POST, showing brand new CDC research that those who receive the most healthcare (healthcare workers) have the highest rates of asthma.
THE ASTHMA-AS-AN-AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE TIMELINE
- 2003: A 2003 issue of the International Archives of Allergy and Immunology (Asthma as a Paradigm for Autoimmune Disease) got the ball rolling by saying, "Allergy and autoimmunity result from dysregulation of the immune system. New discoveries suggest possible common pathogenetic effector pathways. The parallel appearance of asthma and autoimmune conditions in the same patients may reveal that such aberrations of the immune system have a common pathophysiologic mechanism." Pay attention because nothing has changed as far as mainstream medical treatment is concerned --- everything is based on IMMUNE SYSTEM SUPPRESSION. Think I'm exaggerating? "Immunomodulation is the key to successful treatment of asthma and autoimmune conditions." In 99% of the cases, modulating the immune system implies suppressing the immune system.
- 2007: A study from University of Washington was published in Science Daily (Connection Between Allergic Diseases And Autoimmune Diseases) revealing that, "Autoimmune disease refers to a group of more than 80 serious, chronic illnesses including diseases of the nervous, gastrointestinal, and endocrine systems as well as skin and other connective tissues, eyes, blood, and blood vessel. In all of these diseases, the underlying problem is similar—the body’s immune system becomes misdirected, attacking the very organs it was designed to protect. 'Our study implies that allergic and inflammatory diseases may actually trigger autoimmune diseases.'" The thing to remember here is that while there are probably 80 'well known' autoimmune diseases (HERE is a list), there are thousands upon thousands of autoimmune diseases that are not named simply because no one has figured out what the autoantigen is (the tissue, protein, enzyme, etc being attacked), or likewise how to test for it.
- 2008: The November issue of Expert Reviews in Clinical Immunology (Asthma and Autoimmunity: A Complex but Intriguing Relation) said this... "Approximately 50% of patients with nonallergic asthma react to intradermal injection of autologous serum... suggesting an autoreactive mechanism. Recent findings in experimental animals support the involvement of an autoreactive mechanism in allergic asthma as well... Asthma is characterized by chronic inflammation of the respiratory airways that can be triggered by allergen exposure or by other mechanisms, possibly autoreactive / autoimmune. The autoimmune hypothesis is further supported by the response to immunosuppressive drugs." Autoimmunity is an immune system raging out of control to the point it starts attacking self.
- 2010: Two years later, the Annals of Epidemiology (Subsequent Autoimmune or Related Disease in Asthma Patients: Clustering of Diseases or Medical Care?) said this about the relationship; "Asthma includes immunological components that may share mechanisms with autoimmune diseases. Hospitalized asthma patients [just over 4,000 in this study] presented with a number of subsequent autoimmune and related diseases. Although we were unable to exclude the effects of environmental factors, the data suggest that shared genetic factors or gene-environment [epigenetic] interactions may explain coexistence of some of these diseases."
- 2012: The May issue of the Annals of Medicine (Risk of Asthma and Autoimmune Diseases and Related Conditions in Patients Hospitalized for Obesity) showed how asthma and autoimmunity are related via inflammation (in this case by OBESITY, which is considered inflammatory). That same month, Human Immunology (Immune Responses to Self-Antigens in Asthma Patients: Clinical and Immuno-Pathological Implications) stated, "Asthma leads to chronic airway inflammation that shares pathological features of chronic rejection after lung transplantation. Due to significant role of autoimmunity in rejection, we hypothesized that immunity to self-antigens may also be present in asthma. Asthmatics had higher concentration of antibodies to collagen compared to control. These autoantibodies correlated with severe asthma and corticosteroid use. Additionally, antibodies to novel self-antigens epidermal group factor receptor (EGFr), activin A type 1 receptor, and alpha-catenin (α-catenin) were detected in asthmatics. Epithelial [barrier] damage from airway inflammation during asthma may result in exposure of self-antigens or their determinants resulting in immune response to self-antigens and these may contribute to pathogenesis of asthma." The body making antibodies against itself is never a good thing. Period. Furthermore, when epithelial barriers are compromised, you get "the leakies" (in this case, Leaky Lung). This study shows that this is exactly what's happening in those with asthma. This next bullet reveals why.
- 2013: The underlying culprit of virtually every chronic inflammatory degenerative disease (of which asthma falls into) is inflammation. What is inflammation? If you are not quite sure (I find about 1 in a thousand who really know), read THIS SHORT POST. Hint; it's not swelling or infection, although it can be related to both. The February issue of Immunology and Allergy Clinics of North America showed this in a study titled The Overlap of Bronchiectasis and Immunodeficiency with Asthma (the government's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute defines bronchiectasis as "a condition in which damage to the airways causes them to thicken and become flabby and scarred." In other words, bronchioles start showing FIBROTIC CHANGE / FIBROSIS of the bronchioles. Most of you would be shocked to click the link and see that fibrosis (the medical word for scar tissue) is America's number one cause of death. Control inflammation and you can manage almost any disease. The problem is that we are mostly going about controlling inflammation the wrong way (RED INK EXAMPLE).
- 2014: More of the same rubber (inflammation) meeting the road, with an amazing study in the July issue of Cell Microbiology (Defining Dysbiosis and its Influence on Host Immunity and Disease). "Mammalian immune system development depends on instruction from resident commensal microorganisms. Diseases associated with abnormal immune responses towards environmental and self antigens have been rapidly increasing over the last 50 years. These diseases include inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), multiple sclerosis (MS), type I diabetes (T1D), allergies and asthma. The observation that people with immune mediated diseases house a different microbial community when compared to healthy individuals suggests that pathogenesis arises from improper training of the immune system by the microbiota." This is a mouthful, but can be easily broken down by realizing that your MICROBIOME is everything, and that furthermore your Immune System is actually "trained" (their word) by the commensal organisms in and on your body (HERE). This is a great example of the HYGIENE HYPOTHESIS in action. "Thus, perturbations to the structure of complex commensal communities (referred to as dysbiosis) can lead to deficient education of the host immune system and subsequent development of immune mediated diseases." The more healthcare one is exposed to (vaccines, antibiotics, medications of all sorts, etc, etc) the worse off your microbiome. A poor micribiome means that your immune system will be trained in an ineffective manner. This means you start trading acute infectious diseases for chronic diseases like CANCER.
- 2015: The June issue of the Journal of Immunology (GIMAP GTPase Family Genes: Potential Modifiers in Autoimmune Diabetes, Asthma, and Allergy) showed yet another complex immunological link with autoantigens found in asthma.
- 2016: Another similar study from October's issue of Respiratory Research (Perip7lakin is a Target for Autoimmunity in Asthma) discussed yet another of these antigenic molecules. "The role of autoimmunity targeting epithelial antigens in asthma has been suggested, in particular in non-atopic and severe asthma. Periplakin, a desmosomal component, is involved in epithelial cohesion and intracellular signaling. We detected anti-periplakin antibodies in 18% of patients with asthma." In this case, not only is the body attacking itself, it's actually attacking the tissue (epithelium) that make up the body's barrier systems. Can anyone say "leaky"?
- 2017: Although asthma and allergies are typically associated with Mast Cells (which release histamine), another type of immune system cell (eosinophils) took center stage in 2017. July's copy of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (Sputum Autoantibodies in Patients with Severe Eosinophilic Asthma) "identifies an autoimmune endotype of severe asthma that can be identified by the presence of sputum autoantibodies against EPX and autologous cellular components." April's issue of Allergology International (Autoantibody Profiles and their Association with Blood Eosinophils in Asthma and COPD) dealt with autoimmunity in COPD, concluding that "It is possible that asthma tends to involve autoimmunity associated with antinuclear antibody more frequently than COPD because asthma is the more robust factor for antinuclear antibody positivity. Antinuclear antibody and rheumatoid factor are associated with eosinophilic responses." For the record, although it's not always accurate, the antinuclear antibody (ANA) test is the most commonly used test to determine non-specific autoimmunity. And finally, in April, Frontiers in Immunology published Eosinophils in Autoimmune Diseases, which concluded that, "The association of eosinophilic diseases with autoimmune diseases was also examined, showing a possible increase in autoimmune diseases in patients with... non-allergic asthma."
- 2018: Speaking of Mast Cells, last month's issue of Immunology Review (Mast Cells as Sources of Cytokines, Chemokines, and Growth Factors) talked about CYTOKINES and other inflammatory mediators as related to Mast Cells and the immune system. "There is strong evidence for important non-redundant roles of mast cells in many types of innate or adaptive immune responses, including making important contributions to immediate and chronic IgE-associated allergic disorders and enhancing host resistance to certain venoms and parasites. However, mast cells have been proposed to influence many other biological processes" Great stuff until inflammation causes the immune system to lose immunological control. The all too common result is a ramped up immune response, telling the body to start attacking itself. Because autoimmunity is never a problem with the organ or tissue being attacked, but a problem with the immune system itself; unless you deal with underlying causes, autoimmune diseases usually end up like Lays Potato Chips... You can't have just one --- they virtually always travel in packs, like wolves (HERE).
COMMON CHEMICALS / DRUGS AND THE AUTISM / ASTHMA CONNECTION
Cal State Davis has been leading the pack with this regard, publishing their first major study on the topic back in the August 2007 issue of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (Autoantibodies in Autism Spectrum Disorders --- ASD). Their paper dealt with, "recent studies performed by our group concerning the presence of autoantibodies directed against neural antigens, which are observed in patients with ASD." This was not new information when it came out in 07, because a 2003 issue of the journal Pediatrics (Increased Prevalence of Familial Autoimmunity in Probands with Pervasive Developmental Disorders) revealed that "Autoimmunity was increased significantly in families with pervasive developmental disorders compared with those of healthy and autoimmune control subjects." How significantly? Try 40% on for size.
With the known relationship between VACCINES and both autoimmunity & autism, it would behoove those individuals who are known to be autoimmune of have autoimmunity in their immediate family to think twice about most vaccinations. This argument becomes even more convincing once you begin to understand the role of VACCINE ADJUVANTS, MERCURY & ALUMINUM. Because we know for certain that autism is driven by inflammation (which by the way, is not always the result of vaccines --- HERE), it behooves us to understand the link. Listen to this cherry-picked paragraph from Moises Velasquez-Manoff from an August issue of the New York Times (An Immune Disorder at the Root of Autism)
"Better clues to the causes of the autism phenomenon come from parallel 'epidemics.' The prevalence of inflammatory diseases in general has increased significantly in the past 60 years. As a group, they include asthma, now estimated to affect 1 in 10 children — at least double the prevalence of 1980 — and autoimmune disorders, which afflict 1 in 20. Both are linked to autism, especially in the mother. One large Danish study, which included nearly 700,000 births over a decade, found that a mother’s rheumatoid arthritis elevated a child’s risk of autism by 80 percent. Her celiac disease increased it 350 percent. Genetic studies tell a similar tale. Gene variants associated with autoimmune disease — genes of the immune system — also increase the risk of autism, especially when they occur in the mother. In some cases, scientists even see a misguided immune response in action. Mothers of autistic children often have unique antibodies that bind to fetal brain proteins. A few years back, scientists at the MIND Institute, a research center for neurodevelopmental disorders at the University of California, Davis, injected these antibodies into pregnant macaques. (Control animals got antibodies from mothers of typical children.) Animals whose mothers received “autistic” antibodies displayed repetitive behavior. They had trouble socializing with others in the troop. In this model, autism results from an attack on the developing fetus."
Peer-review is replete with more of the same. If this topic is of interest to you I would strongly suggest you read Dr. Kevin Becker's study from a 2007 edition of Medical Hypothesis called Autism, Asthma, Inflammation, and the Hygiene Hypothesis (his paper is a comparison of the "parallel aspects of autism and inflammatory disorders with an emphasis on asthma."). I would also suggest you take a gander at the post I published just one short month ago called Autism Linked to Antibiotic / Acetaminophen / Glyphosate Combination (HERE). We'll get to the antibiotic / Gut Health / althma link momentarily, but first we are going to discuss....
GLUTEN AS RELATED TO ASTHMA
You must realize that when you see the word "allergies" (whether in the title of a journal or in the text of a study), in most instances you can substitute the word "asthma" and still be accurate. A 2011 study from the International Archives of Allergy and Immunology (Occurrence of Nonceliac Gluten Sensitivity in Patients with Allergic Disease) concluded that "A nonceliac gluten-sensitive enteropathy (NCGSE) commonly occurs in allergic patients. Based on the high prevalence of NCGSE in allergy, it is recommended that biopsy should be part of the routine investigation of allergic disease to offer the benefits of treatment with a GFD to the patients" A biopsy is a ridiculous amount of overkill in this case, even though it is the "gold standard" for diagnosing CELIAC DISEASE. Simply do an ELIMINATION DIET to rule out gluten as a problem. Just make sure to click the link so you understand that ALL GRAINS (not to mention about 30 other foods) can act like (they are known as gluten cross-reactors). Failing to understand this simple fact helps explain why some people claim that going off gluten did nothing for them, even though there is an obvious connection --- not to mention the fact that most of the GLUTEN FREE FOODS they've been eating are high glycemic processed crap anyway.
We are now going to start seeing the bleed-over into the next chapter of this post; Gut Health. A July 2015 study from the European Respiratory Journal (Coeliac Disease and Asthma Association in Children: The Role of Antibiotic Consumption) came to conclusions that I've been talking about for a long time, and that we will continue to talk about in the next chapter --- that antibiotics are strongly linked to asthma. Now it seems that they are strongly linked to both asthma and Celiac Disease. "Childhood treated asthma and coeliac disease are significantly associated." Just realize that NCGS is far more common than Celiac Disease (I would guess an order of magnitude). The link in the previous paragraph will explain the difference between the two.
Several months later, the journal Pediatric Clinics of North America published another bleed-over "Gut Hygiene" study called Gut Microbiome and the Development of Food Allergy and Allergic Disease in which they concluded,
"The prevalence of food allergy and other allergic diseases continues to rise within the industrialized world... The impact of gut microbiome on human development, nutritional needs, and disease has become evident with advances in our ability to study these complex communities of microorganisms, and there is a growing appreciation for the role of the microbiome in immune regulation. Several studies have examined associations between changes in the commensal microbiota and the development of allergic rhinitis and asthma.... The authors found that children living in farming environments had a significantly decreased frequency of hay fever, asthma and eczema compared to children living in urban areas. Other studies have shown an association between Caesarean-section delivery and the development of asthma, allergic rhinitis [hay fever], and eczema."
And while this study went on to talk extensively about the relationship of early antibiotics (among other things, they said that 1/3 of laboring women are given antibiotics against Strep) and diet on one's microbiome, it also happens to provide the perfect lead in for our next section.
THE GUT HEALTH / ASTHMA LINK
The first thing I want to say is that when we talk about Gut Health we are talking about two sides of the same coin --- dysbiosis (abnormal species or ratios of species of bacteria, YEAST, VIRUS, or other organisms) and Leaky Gut, which we talked about earlier. These are ugly twins --- where you find one, you'll usually find the other. Considering 80% of your immune system is found in the Gut (HERE), this relationship makes a ton of sense. The proverbial icing on the cake is that even though the process of degrading Gut Health is almost always caused by ANTIBIOTICS (even though MOST DRUGS have antibiotic properties), the resultant dysbiosis is fed by LIVING THE HIGH CARB LIFESTYLE. In other words, sugar and highly processed or high glycemic carbs (carbs that break down to BLOOD SUGAR rapidly) are infection's food of choice (HERE). And what is dysbiosis if it's not a low grade infection?
One thing you need to understand about this phenomenon is that the physiology is universal. Case in point, a study from Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practices (The Microbiota Regulates Immunity and Immunologic Diseases in Dogs and Cats) showed why DOGS & DIRT are not just important for our microbiomes, but that animal's microbiomes control their health as well. "The complex commensal microbiota found on body surfaces controls immune responses and the development of allergic and inflammatory diseases. Changes in the microbiota (dysbiosis) as a result of antibiotic use, diet, or other factors thus influence the development of many diseases in the dog and cat. The most important of these include chronic gastrointestinal disease; respiratory allergies, such as asthma; skin diseases, especially atopic dermatitis; and autoimmune diseases."
Think Leaky Gut is a farce just because YOUR DOCTOR DOESN'T BELIEVE IN IT? The month before I got married (February of 1996), the Journal of Allergy and Immunology published a study called (gulp) Allergies and Asthma: Do Atopic Disorders Result from Inadequate Immune Homeostasis Arising from Infant Gut Dysbiosis? They answered their own question affirmatively. "There was no significant difference in intestinal permeability between patients with allergic asthma and those with nonallergic asthma." In other words, both groups were equally "leaky" ("Our results support the hypothesis that a general defect of the whole mucosal system [epithelial barrier system] is present as a cause or a consequence of bronchial asthma").
In 2005, Chinese researchers published a study called Tight Junctions, Leaky Intestines, and Pediatric Diseases in the journal Acta Paediatrica in which they concluded.... "Tight junctions (TJs) represent the major barrier within the paracellular pathway between intestinal epithelial cells. Disruption of TJs leads to intestinal hyperpermeability (the so-called "leaky gut") and is implicated in the pathogenesis of several acute and chronic pediatric disease entities that are likely to have their origin during infancy. This review provides an overview of evidence for the role of TJ breakdown in diseases such as systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS), inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes, allergies, asthma, and autism. A better basic understanding of this structure might lead to prevention or treatment of these diseases using nutritional or other means." Did you catch that? Screwed up gut permeability can be successfully addressed with diet. This is a big deal because there are zero drugs that address this problem. If you are interested, you can look at a picture of this process in action under my link on "The Leakies".
HOMEOSTASIS describes your body's ability to maintain itself in perfect balance and harmony. In studying physiology, everything is about maintaining proper homeostasis. Lose it and you get sick. The April 2016 issue of Expert Reviews in Clinical Immunology discussed this problem in a study called Allergies and Asthma: Do Atopic Disorders Result from Inadequate Immune Homeostasis arising from Infant Gut Dysbiosis? Of course it does, with the two biggest factors being crappy diets and early exposure of either mom or baby to antibiotics. "We propose that the failure to appropriately down-regulate inflammation and produce a toleragenic state results primarily from less robust immune homeostatic processes rather than from a tendency to over-respond to allergenic stimuli." What is autoimmunity? It's a state of having a "BOOSTED" IMMUNE SYSTEM.
A 2014 French study from Respiratory Research (Food Allergy Enhances Allergic Asthma in Mice) showed that this problem is not static, but progressive and degenerative. The fourteen authors from various Universities across France stated, "Atopic march refers to the typical transition from a food allergy in early childhood to allergic asthma in older children and adults" After artifically inducing allergies to ovalbumin and house dust mites in mice, the authors challenged the mice's systems by exposing them to both. "OVA-mediated gut allergy was associated with an increase in jejunum permeability [Leaky Small Intestine], and a worsening of mite-induced asthma with stronger airway hyperresponsiveness and pulmonary cell infiltration, notably eosinophils." There was actually much more than this that I did not include.
Also in 2014, the journal Clinical and Investigative Medicine published High Prevalence of Abnormal Gastrointestinal Permeability in Moderate-Severe Asthma, which related asthma to Leaky Gut as well. After saying that, "Abnormal gastrointestinal permeability (GIP) has been implicated in a number of diseases, including chronic intestinal inflammatory disorders such as Crohn's as well as non-intestinal immunologic diseases such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis," researchers concluded that a Leaky Gut "could be involved with the development and propagation of asthma...." Still another study from 2014 (Low Gut Microbiota Diversity in Early Infancy Precedes Asthma at School Age from the June issue of Clinical and Experimental Allergy) concluded that "Low total diversity of the gut microbiota during the first month of life was associated with asthma at 7 years of age." Why would a baby have low bacterial diversity by one month? I can think of three right off the top of my head; antibiotics, PPI's (heartburn drugs), C-SECTION, or FAILING TO BREASTFEED.
2015's study (The Microbiome in Asthma) from the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology used new technologies to explore the microbiomes of those with asthma as compared to healthy controls. Although you might guess what's coming, the study talked at length about the intimate relationship between dybiosis and the propensity to develop asthma. Another study from 2015 from Science Translational Medicine (Early Infancy Microbial and Metabolic Alterations Affect Risk of Childhood Asthma). "Asthma is the most prevalent pediatric chronic disease and affects more than 300 million people worldwide. We compared the gut microbiota of subjects enrolled in the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study, and show that infants at risk of asthma exhibited transient gut microbial dysbiosis during the first 100 days of life. The relative abundance of the bacterial genera Lachnospira, Veillonella, Faecalibacterium, and Rothia was significantly decreased in children at risk of asthma." Here is where you get to see the beauty of Fecal Microbiota Transplants (FMT). When the authors put the missing bacterial species back into these mice, it "ameliorated airway inflammation" in their offspring. In other words, not only does FMT (microbiome) have the potential to affect the here and now, it has the potential to affect the next generation!
Twenty two researchers from the land down under teamed up for a study published in last June's issue of Nature Communications called Evidence that Asthma is a Developmental Origin Disease Influenced by Maternal Diet and Bacterial Metabolites that concluded "diet acting on the gut microbiota profoundly influences airway responses, and may represent an approach to prevent asthma, including during pregnancy." That same year, Microbial Diversity in Health and Disease published a study called Dysbiosis of the Gut Microbiota in Disease which stated, "There is growing evidence that dysbiosis of the gut microbiota is associated with the pathogenesis of both intestinal and extra-intestinal disorders. Intestinal disorders include inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and coeliac disease, while extra-intestinal disorders include allergy, asthma, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and obesity."
A study from December was published in the journal Current Opinions in Pediatrics (The Microbiome in Asthma) that stated, "The continuous rise in asthma incidence in industrialized societies cannot be attributed to genetic factors alone and implies that some environmental factors resulting from the modern lifestyle promotes asthma. The 'hygiene hypothesis' states that personal hygiene improvement, declining family size and decreased infection burden result in reduced early-life microbial exposure and promotion of atopic diseases." In other words, increasing numbers of scientists believe that we are trading acute childhood diseases that everyone used to get, for long-term chronic inflammatory and degenerative diseases, including autoimmunity. The culprits in having a "decreased infection burden"? That's easy; antibiotics and vaccines, including the utterly ridiculous FLU SHOT.
Follow along as I give you a few highlights from other studies. Just be aware that there is so much evidence supporting the Gut Health / Asthma link that I could have just as easily written a book.
- "Multiple studies have demonstrated airway microbiota dysbiosis, characterized by Proteobacteria expansion in the lower airways, to be a consistent trait of established adult asthma." July 2015, Current Opinions in Rheumatology (Influence and Effect of the Human Microbiome in Allergy and Asthma)
- "Dysbiosis of the microbial communities colonizing the human intestinal tract has been described for a variety of chronic diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease, obesity and asthma. Investigators have shown that the microbial composition of the airway flora is different between healthy lungs and those with chronic lung diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as well as cystic fibrosis... Should future studies provide such evidence, the airway microbiota might soon join the intestinal microbiota as a target for therapeutic intervention." January 2014, Pharmacology & Therapeutics (Microbiota Abnormalities in Inflammatory Airway Diseases...)
- "Asthma prevalence has doubled in developed countries during the past 30 years. After adjustment, prenatal antibiotic use was a risk factor for asthma." The December 2014 issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (Relationship Between Prenatal Antibiotic Use and Asthma in At-Risk Children)
- "Evidence on the association between post-natal exposure to antibiotics and the development of asthma is extensive... Maternal use of any antibiotics during pregnancy was associated with an increased risk of asthma in the offspring. Several maternal specific antibiotics were associated with the risk of asthma, and the strongest association was observed for cephalosporins. Child's use of antibiotics during the first year of life was associated with an increased risk of asthma. Child's use of cephalosporins, sulphonamides and trimethoprim, macrolides and amoxicillin was associated with an increased risk of asthma. Both prenatal and post-natal exposure to antibiotics was associated with an increased risk of asthma." January 1015, Clinical and Experimental Allergy (Prenatal and Post-Natal Exposure to Antibiotics and Risk of Asthma in Childhood)
- "We found increased risk of asthma associated with maternal antibiotic use in a clinical study of a birth cohort with increased risk of asthma and replicated this finding in an unselected national birth cohort, and in a subgroup using antibiotics for nonrespiratory infections. This supports a role for bacterial ecology in pre- or perinatal life for the development of asthma." The April 2013 of the Journal of Pediatrics (Use of Antibiotics During Pregnancy Increases the Risk of Asthma in Early Childhood)
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO NOW THAT YOU KNOW?
Rates of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases are literally exploding in Western nations, and most particularly, the middle and upper class urban portions of those societies. It's a message that's being echoed by scientists around the world. Researchers from London's King's College wrote in a 2007 issue of Biologics (Dishing the Dirt on Asthma: What we can Learn from Poor Hygiene), "Many aspects of modern living may contribute to this increase in asthma including, smaller family size, more urban living including a lower exposure to farm livestock, increasing vaccination and a more hygienic lifestyle." Take a look at what Amy Shah (MD) wrote about this study's statistics in a 2014 article for MindBodyGreen (Why Allergies & Autoimmune Diseases Are Skyrocketing).
"As just a couple examples of the prevalence of these issues, asthma affects nearly 37% of children in the United Kingdom, and type 1 diabetes rates have increased 23% over an eight-year period."
And here's the rub. Instead of using the peer-review I've just shown you in today's post to formulate better care plans, we have a medical system that continues to live in the past, passing out antibiotics out like candy (KNOWING DARN GOOD AND WELL THEY CAUSE ASTHMA). Oh; I almost forgot to mention that there are currently OVER 300 NEW VACCINES IN R&D. It's madness, and proof positive that the gap between medical practice and medical research continues to widen, making the Grand Canyon look like a rut in a gravel driveway. In other words, calling what's going on a "disconnect" does not come close to explaining how bad things really are. But hey, it's the nature of modern EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE. What could our modern medical community be doing to at actually address some of the asthma epidemic's underlying causes?
The first thing that must be understood is that the "healthcare" trajectory we are currently on is not only UNSUSTAINABLE, but is actually causing a significant portion of the problem. Case in point are the drugs used to treat asthma. People must wake up to the fact that asthma inhalers are so dangerous that studies have shown they are responsible for a large portion of the asthma-related deaths (HERE --- don't get mad at me, I'm just the messenger). Furthermore, if there is a commonly used drug with more and worse side effects than CORTICOSTEROIDS, I'm not exactly sure what it is. If you'll simply read between the lines, the scientific research is replete with solutions.
Case in point a pair of studies by the same team of Harvard researchers from BMJ Thorax (Maternal Diet vs Lack of Exposure to Sunlight as the Cause of the Epidemic of Asthma, Allergies and other Autoimmune Diseases) and the American Journal of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine (Vitamin D, the Gut Microbiome, and the Hygiene Hypothesis. How Does Asthma Begin?) that were written 8 years apart --- 2007 and 2015.
"In our view, the fundamental culprit for the asthma epidemic—and for the epidemic of all autoimmune diseases (Th1 and Th2)—is vitamin D deficiency due to a decrease in sun exposure which can probably be remedied only by supplementation of pregnant women. However, in their most recent paper published in this issue of Thorax, Willers and coworkers report the importance of a decline in the intake of fresh fruits and vegetables and perhaps oily fish consumption with regard to asthma, and it seems plausible that maternal dietary deficiencies of vitamin E are contributing to the epidemic of autoimmune disease as well"
If you are not sure what TH1 VS TH2 is, just click the link. The bottom line is that this is nothing more than the same things we've known forever, that healthy foods and the great outdoors will "cure" a lot of problems. Did the same authors have anything different to say almost a decade later? Not really. After rehashing the Hygiene Hypothesis, they talked a bit about Vitamin D.
"Finally, we have written extensively about vitamin D, which we believe is a critical link between the human gut microbiome and the developing fetal lung and immune system. First, vitamin D deficiency is recognized worldwide, and there are data indicating that levels have decreased over time, coincident with the rise in autoimmunity and asthma. Next, vitamin D has effects on the developing lung, and we have shown that vitamin D-related developmental genes are up-regulated in early lung development and that these same genes are linked to asthma. Third, vitamin D has effects on a variety of immune processes and cells that are critical to normal immune functioning. Finally, vitamin D is critical to the function of the gut microbiome. It controls the development of gut-associated lymphoid tissue, trafficking between gut dendritic cells, and gut Tregs and Treg function. Further study of how vitamin D influences the developing immune system is urgently needed."
Let's be real with each other for a moment --- how tough is it to take liquid Vitamin D drops and get in the sunshine more often? But these aren't the only things you could be doing to "TRAIN YOUR TREGS".
- PARASITE SOUP: Chinese researchers published a study in November's issue of Frontiers in Microbiology (Parasite-Derived Proteins for the Treatment of Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases) concluding, "Some parasite-derived immune-evasion molecules have been verified to reduce the incidence and harmfulness of atopic diseases in humans by modulating the immune response. More importantly, some parasite-derived products have been shown to inhibit the progression of inflammatory diseases and consequently alleviate their symptoms. Thus, parasites, and especially their products, may have potential applications in the treatment of autoimmune diseases." This isn't a surprise considering scientists have been "curing" severe cases of INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE by purposefully infecting sufferers with HELMINTHS (worms).
- BACTERIAL SOUP: A 2011 study by Harvard's Scott Weiss was published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (Bacterial Components Plus Vitamin D: The Ultimate Solution to the Asthma (Autoimmune Disease) Epidemic?). "The gut microbiome is overwhelming in its size and its metabolic and antigenic complexity. There are 1014 bacteria in the gut, or 10 times more microbes in the human colon than there are cells in the human body. These bacteria belong to over 1000 species and have 3.3 million genes, over 150 times more genes than our own genome. Culture alone is inadequate to identify the mostly anaerobic organisms of the gut, and bacterial sequencing must be used, in conjunction with culture, to definitively speciate, and hence identify, all of these organisms. These bacteria interact with the host in a variety of ways." Weiss goes on to talk at length about probiotics and Vitamin D. The problem is that as he mentioned, the microbiome is so huge and contains (or at least should contain) hundreds of bacterial species, it's difficult to measure and impossible to reproduce with probiotics. This is why I've said that for many chronically ill people, FMT IS FAR SUPERIOR TO PROBIOTICS. BTW, the point with these first two bullets is not that we want you drinking these concoctions, it's to show you how important and powerful the HH is.
- FECAL MICROBIOTA TRANSPLANT: Speaking of FMT, prior to mentioning the procedure as a viable option for asthmatics, the January 2014 issue of Pharmacology & Therapeutics (Microbiota Abnormalities in Inflammatory Airway Diseases - Potential for Therapy) said this. "Dysbiosis of the microbial communities colonizing the human intestinal tract has been described for a variety of chronic diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease, obesity and asthma. In particular, reduction of several so-called probiotic species that are generally considered to be beneficial, as well as an outgrowth of potentially pathogenic bacteria is often reported. A twist to this scenario is the recent discovery that the respiratory tract also harbors a microbiota under steady-state conditions. Investigators have shown that the microbial composition of the airway flora is different between healthy lungs and those with chronic lung diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as well as cystic fibrosis." Be aware that I am not suggesting you do an FMT on your own, but am simply providing some cool information --- very cool information.
- BREAST FEEDING: While most of my readers would consider this a no-brainer, this past January, the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology published a study called Breastfeeding and Autoimmunity: Programing Health from the Beginning, in which they spelled out those things DR. ROBERT MENDELSOHN was telling his patients decades ago in How to Raise A Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor. While the authors did say that breastfeeding has the potential to flare up a mother who is already autoimmune, they also said that "Being breastfed was associated with a lower incidence of diabetes, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis and asthma, explained by the protection against early infections, anti-inflammatory properties, antigen-specific tolerance induction, and regulation of infant's microbiome."
- REALLY STUDY THE VACCINE ISSUE: I've shown you repeatedly that speaking out about vaccines and their relationship to autoimmunity as a scientist is often a death sentence to one's career (HERE), and at the very least will get you censured. This means that much of the so called "EVIDENCE" (especially the evidence supporting certain drugs) must be taken with a grain of salt. And while numerous researchers mentioned VACCINES when discussing the HH, it was extremely rare that there was any real discussion. It's the true definition of a "sacred cow". The interesting thing is that our own government has shown that vaccinations have not improved mortality rates. Think I'm making that up? Take a look at THIS GRAPH that was put out by the CDC as proof. Bottom line, vaccines are not all they've been touted to be, and because they purposefully cause neuro-inflammation via ADJUVANTS (aluminum is considered the universal adjuvant), many kids never really have a chance --- their brain's are affected from day one and then assaulted on a regular basis throughout their lifetimes. I already realize that many will write me off as a crackpot because of this bullet point. In the famous words of Clark Gable's Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind, Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn.
- EAT REAL FOOD: There are things that are rocket science and things are simple. While it may be tough at times to follow through in practice, the idea that you are what you eat is simple. And even though few doctors discuss it's importance today (HERE), what could be more important to the health of your child than what you feed them day in and day out? And please don't tell me that all they'll eat is chocolate cake and Cheetos (HERE). Two studies, the first from the May 2016 issue of Clinical & Translational Immunology (Dietary Metabolites and the Gut Microbiota: An Alternative Approach to Control Inflammatory and Autoimmune Diseases), and the second from last July's Immunological Reviews (The Nutrition-Gut Microbiome-Physiology Axis and Allergic Diseases) drove home this message. "The modern 'Western diet' has changed in recent years... It is now convincingly clear that diet is one of the most influential lifestyle factors contributing to the rise of inflammatory diseases and autoimmunity in both developed and developing countries." If you feel you must, read the studies. But honestly, you already have a pretty good idea of what they say. The diet I recommend for dealing with chronic health issues? Unless there are specific reasons you need to be on a KETOGENIC DIET, I almost always recommend something along the lines of PALEO or the myriad of differently-named similar.
- GET ADJUSTED: I can't begin to tell you how many KIDS (AND ADULTS) I've successfully been able to help with asthma via adjustments. What can I say; it's the power of the nervous and immune systems unleashed! The problem is that many of you reading this want to live your same self-destructive lifestyles, while getting yourself or your kids adjusted in hopes of "curing" the asthma. Thanks to our increasingly toxic lifestyles, it doesn't work that way nearly as often as it used to (HERE).
While there are any number of others (HERE'S MY CLINIC'S GENERAL PROTOCOL for people dealing with chronic conditions), the foundation is fairly simple and straightforward. With such a huge percentage of the population struggling with asthma, everyone knows someone, individuals or families, who could benefit from this information. The easiest way to reach them, along with those you love and care about most, is by liking, sharing, or following on FACEBOOK!
HEALTHCARE WORKERS HAVE THE HIGHEST RATES OF ASTHMA IN AMERICA
Make sure to come back tomorrow because I am going to put up a comprehensive post on Asthma as an Autoimmune Disease that will rock your socks off!
COCA COLA LIES ABOUT THE 'EVIDENCE' SHOWING SUGARY DRINKS ARE NOT BOOSTING THE OBESITY EPIDEMIC
Dr. Blair left his professorship at the University of South Carolina's Departments of Exercise Science, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, where he not only received numerous accolades and awards, but was said to have published over 700 papers and book chapters (not as many as HUGH but a lot nonetheless). His area of expertise is the relationship between one's level of physical fitness / body composition (lean body mass -vs- bodyfat) and chronic disease (HEART DISEASE, OBESITY, DIABETES, etc, etc, etc). His most famous lecture / article is called "Physical Inactivity: The Biggest Public Health Problem of the 21st Century". While too little exercise is certainly a huge problem as far as Western health is concerned, is it really the biggest?
To answer this question, we need to go back to a couple of posts I wrote on calories. Let me go on record to say that calories have little meaning as far as your weight is concerned. In fact, I consider counting calories rather a waste of time. Why? Because it's not the CALORIES themselves that cause people to gain weight, but instead it's the effect said calories have on the endocrine system (particularly the metabolic pathways that deal with hormones such as insulin, glucagon, ghrelin, leptin, etc --- HERE).
For example, put your body in KETOSIS and you can consume more calories than you ever dreamed possible, while shedding pounds like a junkyard dog sheds fleas (HERE). On the other hand, subsisting on 1,000 calories a day of the wrong stuff (heavily processed carbs, sugar, and CHEMICALS) frequently contributes to ramped up INSULIN RESISTANCE and METABOLIC SYNDROME --- the precursors to TYPE II DIABETES. In other words, promoting "Energy Balance" as a valid method of weight loss in this day and age is not only ridiculous, it's living 60 years in the past.
Speaking of 60 years in the past; I've shown you on two different occasions how the sugar industry paid Ivy League researchers to "prove" that our nation's burgeoning health problems were related not to eating sugar but instead to increased consumption of dietary fat (HERE and HERE) --- and then got it published in the most prestigious journals of the day. Taking a page out of an old playbook; in 2014 Coca Cola created something known as the Global Energy Balance Network (GEBN), with Blair and two others leading the way (Coke had already been funding the research for many years). And although the organization went belly up in November of the very next year (stick around to see why), Coca-Cola managed to pay for several hundred studies, the driving theme always the same; that our epidemic of obesity and chronic illness has not been fueled by sugar (particularly SUGARY BEVERAGES), but instead by sedentary lifestyles.
How bad was the fallout? When the cat was finally let out of the bag as far as who was actually funding GEBN, not only did Blair find himself out of a job (he "retired"), so did one of the other head honchos (Dr. Hand lost his job as Dean of West Virginia's School of Public Health). Not only were these gentlemen paid handsomely for being industry shills, Coke was funding GEBN to do studies showing just how 'harmless' sugar really is. Recently, one of BMJ's numerous publications (the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health) published an Oxford-led paper that read more like a sordid tell-all that may have been more at home in the Enquirer than a scientific journal --- Science Organizations and Coca-Cola’s ‘War’ with the Public Health Community: Insights from an Internal Industry Document.
I am not going to spend any real time here because you can probably guess what was going on by recalling what Big Tobacco was doing three decades ago (plus the study is free online). Basically, Coke put the framework for GEBN in place, complete with internal memos revealing not only that the sole motive was making money and creating favorable public policy, but they also hid their relationship to the scientific community, not letting on that they were paying for the entire shindig, while making it look like Blair and his brethren were coming to all of these conclusions of their own. Newly revealed records show they weren't. Case in point, another study, also from England (Coca-Cola – A Model of Transparency in Research Partnerships? A Network Analysis of Coca-Cola’s Research Funding (2008–2016)), published in the Cambridge Core. Here are some cherry-picked highlights.
"There is concern in public health that The Coca-Cola Company may fund research that benefits its corporate interests and diverts attention from the role of sugar-sweetened beverages in the obesity epidemic. In 2015, The Coca-Cola Company published several lists of health professionals, scientific experts and academic researchers with whom it collaborated and whose research it funded between 2010 and 2015. It is not clear whether these lists are comprehensive. The Coca-Cola Company, in conjunction with The Coca-Cola Foundation and the Beverage Institute for Health and Wellness, has funded 389 studies between 2008 and 2016, published in 169 journals, involving more than 1000 authors. Although Coca-Cola took a step towards transparency, our data have shown major gaps and errors in its disclosures of research funding: Coca-Cola has acknowledged only forty-two out of 513 potential investigators on grants awarded by the company. Coca-Cola predominantly funds research on nutrition, with a focus on physical activity, the concept of ‘energy balance’ and how these two factors relate to obesity and diabetes."
Transparency? Surely you jest. Coke was about as transparent as our government's been (make sure to go see the new movie Chappaquiddick this weekend) --- particularly once this charade was exposed by journalist Larry Husten, and Medical Doctor Yoni Freedhoff. How one could conceivably refer to 42 of 907 "Coke" researchers (4.6%) as transparent is beyond me. And honestly, while Coke probably thought they were making a a good choice in Blair, I've always been adamant that doctors (and in this case, exercise physiologists), no matter how intellectual, academic, or "nice," SHOULD LEAD FROM THE FRONT. Nothing destroys credibility faster than someone who is severely overweight telling the public the best ways to LOSE WEIGHT --- kind of like a virgin working as a SEX THERAPIST. Furthermore, Blair's ongoing public debate with Cardiologist, Dr. Aseem Malhotra (see the link on 'Heart Disease' above) has shown just how off-base and financially conflicted he and GEBN really were/are.
Bottom line, this is how it rolls with way too much of what we oxymoronically refer to as 'EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE'. And if you think that this sort of thing is not happening times ten with significant numbers of DRUG & DEVICE STUDIES, I have this bridge in Brooklyn I've been wanting to get rid of; cheap. If you are struggling with with chronic health conditions, weight included, I'm giving you (completely free of charge and with no strings attached) a protocol to start moving your personal health-o-meter in a different direction. It's not designed to cure any specific disease, but to make your body function better by promoting proper physiology and homeostasis (HERE).
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IS IT "MAINTENANCE" OR SOMETHING ELSE?
The hope with any kind of maintenance is that it makes the useful life of whatever you are maintaining both longer and better (more functional). As a CHIROPRACTOR, I am a big fan of maintaining proper function in the spine and other joints. Joints wear out when they don't work properly, and with your neurological function being intimately tied to spinal function via something called PROPRIOCEPTION, it's easy to understand why mainstream scientists and physicians are increasingly touting joint function as the single most important factor in overall health (HERE). In terms of chiropractic, I've seen this phenomenon in action over and over again, at times with almost unbelievable results. Restore proper ALIGNMENT and movement to the spine, and watch what can happen (HERE). Thus, chiropractic adjustments should be a valid part of "maintaining" your body to prevent pain, preserve joint function, and maintain overall health.
I've recently been treating a person, whom for the last 45 years has struggled with CHRONIC NECK PAIN thanks to a severe (emphasis on severe) physical trauma that took place in childhood. This person has not only had years and years of chiropractic adjustments (along with various forms of massage and other bodywork), but for a significant number of years has been getting adjusted 3-4 times a week in the name of "maintenance". In other words, by the time this individual saw me, they had been adjusted hundreds upon hundreds upon hundreds of times, with no appreciable long-term (more than a day or so) reduction in their CHRONIC PAIN. To put it differently, it was a steady stream of neck adjustment, after neck adjustment, after neck adjustment, because neck adjustments were the only thing that brought any relief, it just wouldn't last or hold very long (and this person was not interested in TAKING THESE DRUGS).
Since the end of last year, I've seen this person 3 or 4 times, doing TISSUE REMODELING with an adjustment on each occasion (along with a DAKOTA TRACTION DEVICE for use at home). What's cool is that not only has this individual's pain diminished by 80% or better, but their RANGE OF MOTION IN THEIR NECK has doubled (maybe tripled) to the point of approaching normal (nope; hundreds of adjustments did not solve the crappy ROM). What's doubly cool is that this happens with surprising regularity (HERE). In fact, if you take a look at some of our VIDEO TESTIMONIALS you'll see that it's actually a rather common theme in our clinic.
My goal is to get you off the MEDICAL MERRY-GO-ROUND, and away from reliance on health care providers (self included). It's not that I'm against a certain degree of "maintenance," but let's be honest with each other for a moment; since when is a reliance on REPEATED ADJUSTMENTS just to get through the day considered maintenance? If your vehicle was up on the mechanic's rack three times a week, always for the same problem, you certainly wouldn't call that maintenance would you? Why would you call it maintenance just because it's your neck or back (HERE)?
To address the underlying inflammation that always leads to the scar tissue that the medical community refers to as fibrosis, THIS PROTOCOL might be right up your alley. And if you know people who could benefit from this information, be sure to like, share, or follow on FACEBOOK as it's an easy way to reach those you love and care about most.
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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