CHRONIC NECK PAIN AND THE STERNOCLEIDOMASTOID MUSCLE (SCM): IMPROVEMENT'S FIRST STEP IS INCREASING RANGE OF MOTIONRead Now
CHRONIC NECK PAIN & THE SCM
Head in forward posture can add up to thirty pounds of abnormal leverage on the cervical spine. This can pull the entire spine out of alignment. Forward head posture (FHP) may result in the loss of 30% of vital lung capacity. Would you be surprised that your neck and shoulders hurt if you had a 20-pound watermelon hanging around your neck? Rene Cailliet M.D., famous medical author and former director of the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Southern California
There are several things that happen when the SCM (as well as the PLATYSMA that covers it) has ADHESIONS OF THE FASCIA. One of the first is that it goes in to hyper-contraction or spasm. As you can gather from looking at the pictures above, this will draw the head downward (HEAD FORWARD POSTURE) or at the very least, prevent it from going backwards or side-to-side as much as it should. Not only is the FORWARD HEAD POSTURE associated with many bad outcomes (pain, ARTHRITIS, OSTEOPOROSIS, and even TYPE II DIABETES), so is the restricted motion that is almost always associated with it. It is critical to understand that DEGENERATIVE ARTHRITIS has a known cause --- loss of normal joint motion.
Joints that do not move properly wear out prematurely, and as joints wear out, they move worse. As you can see, it is a vicious cycle that actually feeds itself. Listen to what Allen Woodruff said about Whiplash in an article he wrote for last year's April 15 edition of Dynamic Chiropractic (The Illusive Root of Whiplash Associated Disorder).
"Unanswered questions surround whiplash, especially when no bones are broken. There is lack of evidence correlating speed, impact, size of vehicle, and severity of injury to chronic pain that shows up much later. A patient having fresh tissue injuries directly from whiplash unfortunately is a candidate for developing into a chronic sufferer, which can devastate their life. Most whiplash injuries begin with mild symptoms, but still pose an 18 percent chance of developing into chronic problems down the road, as much as two years following the initial injury."
"When the SCM is strained or shortened the muscle itself rarely hurts, no matter how stiff or tight it may be. Problems are referred elsewhere, to head and neck, ears, eyes, nose and throat. The astonishing laundry-list of pain and dysfunction includes severe dizziness and other neurological symptoms. These may be mistakenly diagnosed as migraine, sinus headache, atypical facial neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia, arthritis of the sternoclavicular joint, ataxia, multiple sclerosis (MS), brain lesions, tumors, and other frightening conditions. As always, these possibilities should be eliminated through differential diagnosis. However, because of its intimate relationship with the brain stem and several nerves including the vagus nerve, the SCM can produce many neurological disturbances all on its own. One is a condition known as “postural dizziness” — just walking around feeling dizzy and disoriented — perhaps with a frontal headache commonly interpreted as “sinus” pain."
"quite common, especially in the cervical musculature, and most often found in patients 31 years to 50 years of age, with a greater incidence in women than men. Several studies have reported that up to 85% of back pain and 54.6% of neck pain and headaches are caused by myofascial pain."
Some of the things I use in my clinic include SCAR TISSUE REMODELING, CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS, COLD LASER THERAPY, restoration of the normal cervical curve and stretching the SCM with the DAKOTA TRACTION DEVICE, STRETCHES, and strengthening exercises (the last three all done at home), among others. Just remember that whether or not you have pain today; if your neck does not move as well as it should, you will end up with pain at some point in the future (HERE). Prevent DEGENERATIVE ARTHRITIS, Chronic Pain, and other problems by dealing with the dysfunction in your neck today.
RITALIN.... "PRESCRIPTION METH"
MEDICATION OR DOPE?
"I do believe I was a victim of the pharmaceutical and insurance cartel in this country, which indulges a system where drugs are administered before every other possible option is explored." Twenty year old "M", the subject of a recent Yahoo article called Taking My Kid's Ritalin was a Nightmare and a Revelation
A recent article on Yahoo (Taking My Kid's Ritalin was a Nightmare and a Revelation) exposed a stepmom's shock at the strength of her stepson's medication --- medication he had been on non-stop since first grade. After mistaking his RITALIN for one of her sleeping pills one night and subsequently feeling, "her jaw tightening, clammy, agitated, and chilled," she was not so surprised that her son, "seemed emotionally dependent on having his meds". It is no wonder that Courtney Love, widow of Nirvana's front man, Kurt Cobain, who killed himself 20 years ago last month at age 27, said of their drug use, "when you're a kid and you get this drug that makes you feel that feeling, where else are you going to turn to when you're an adult?". Cobain was diagnosed with ADHD and begin taking Ritalin at age 7.
Note the dichotomy here. Even though "M" (from the quote at the top of the page) wishes doctors would have explored other options before the drugs, his stepmom writes that, "he feels that some of his prescription drugs have allowed him to function in society far more effectively than he might have otherwise. At the same time, he's concerned about the effects of synthetic chemicals on a developing brain. He also wonders if other issues that arose in his late teens might have been related to long-term Ritalin use." In the end, the author states that, "it's impossible to know now whether it was a mistake to start M on Ritalin all those years ago".
My point with sharing this article is not to beat folks over the head for something they may honestly not have known, but to educate them about better ways. In the same way that "Meth" is a dangerous and highly addictive street drug, so are the meth-based medications used to treat ADD / ADHD. You need to do whatever it takes to get your child(ren) off these meds. Because many mental issues (DEPRESSION for instance) are considered to be "INFLAMMATORY" problems, you first need to figure out how to squelch the inflammation. Start by following the previous link and consuming PGFO. Also, ADD / ADHD is another one of the "NEUROLOGICAL PROBLEMS" that is being heavily linked to GLUTEN. And everyone knows what SUGAR does to these kids --- it's not some sort of mystery. You'll probably have to deal with some GUT ISSUES as well --- particularly if your child has been on any amount of ANTIBIOTICS. This is a starting point.
Here's the good thing. In the time since Cobain and "M" were prescribed their Ritalin, the internet has taken a prominent place in our society. There are huge quantities of information on dealing with ADD / ADHD naturally --- some of it right here on our site. If you do nothing else, please do whatever it takes to keep your kids of these drugs!
LOSING THE WAR ON OBESITY
Gallup Polls, who has been tracking American obesity for the past six years, revealed the other day that as a nation we have increased our percentage of those who are obese by over half a percent from last year at this time. By the time that you tack on the 7 or 8% of Americans who are "SKINNY FAT", it is easy to see why weight and weight-related health issues are two of the largest drains on our national economy.
If you are serious about losing weight, HERE is a good place to start. Some of you have underlying health issues that will not allow you LOSE WEIGHT without some intervention. The reasons for this could be anything from fouled up flora from taking ANTIBIOTICS, to chemical toxicity, to HORMONAL ISSUES, to FIBROMYALGIA, to GLUTEN SENSITIVITY, to BLOOD SUGAR REGULATION ISSUES, to dozens of others. Our site is an excellent resource for getting started. Knowledge is power. If you are not willing to step out of the "medical" box, odds are you will be in the same shape or worse a year from now when the next Gallup Poll comes out. 2014 is almost halfway gone, take the initiative and get started today (HERE).
CHILDHOOD ATHLETES AND CONCUSSIONS
IS THERE A SOLUTION?
Typically, it is caused by a direct impact to the head but can occur as a result of any ‘impulsive’ force transmitted to the head. In the United States, between 1.7 and 3.8 million TBIs occur each year, with over 240,000 of these injuries occurring due to sports and recreational activities. Between 2001 to 2009, the number of sports-related TBIs seen in emergency departments (EDs) increased 62%, from 153,375 to 248,418; the highest rates are among males between 10 and 19 years of age, with 70% (173,285) of the TBIs occurring in this population. TBI was cited as a contributing factor in approximately 30% of all injury-related deaths—accounting for 52,000 deaths per year. From an article in the latest issue of Practical Pain Management, called Recognizing and Treating Concussions Related to Sports Injuries.
PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH TBI AND SRC (SPORTS-RELATED CONCUSSIONS)
- Headache (this is the most common of the four)
- Sleep Disturbances (an inability to either get to sleep or stay asleep)
- Cognitive Deficits (slow reaction times, feeling like you are in a fog)
- Neuropsychiatric Issues (emotional reactions or lack of reaction, mood swings, irritability, rage, depression)
DRUGS -vs- NO DRUGS FOR TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES
The authors tell us that the single best form of treatment for individuals who have been through an SRC / TBI, "involves physical and cognitive rest until the acute symptoms have resolved". They specifically mention that this means resting from things like, "homework and video games" as well as "at least 24 to 48 hours" of physical rest after the concussion. From there, the young athlete is supposed to, "follow a stepwise graduated return to play protocol". As you can see, there is potential wiggle-room for coaches who want their athletes back quicker than they should (and let's face it, as a coach myself, I can assure you that no coach likes playing without their best players on the field). Beyond this, you have to understand that in order to get back on the field, athletes will often lie (just Google "I lied about concussions" to see how prevalent this phenomenon is in all levels of athletics).
Coaches must be educated about this --- particularly the specifics of the return-to-play protocol. My sincerest wish is that once they understand the potential for lifelong, yet often occult (hidden --- at least at first) consequences of these supposed "mild" brain injuries, they will err on the side of caution. Ethically, they must. When you add the fact that the authors tell us that most ("80-90%") of these concussions take "7-10 days" to recover from, due to the fact that, "athletes who have suffered previous concussions are at a significantly higher risk for incurring a repeat concussion, especially in the acute post-concussive period," you can see the potential for disaster.
This would be as good a time as any to allow me to reiterate the "no drugs" message being touted by these authors. After talking about some of the drugs that these children could be prescribed for their post-concussive symptoms, and then discussing the array of potential side effects, they come to a final conclusion in the paper's last paragraph. "The evidence behind the majority of these pharmacologic therapies is lacking..... Non-pharmacologic therapy with physical and behavioral rest, as recommended by CISG2 should be attempted prior to the initiation of pharmacologic therapy." This is good advice for coaches, parents, and athletes themselves. Just remember that your young athlete is likely to lie in order to get back on the field. You must be aware of this fact and protect them from themselves!
MANAGING THE ATHLETE WHOSE SYMPTOMS LAST LONGER THAN 10 DAYS
Take my word for it when I tell you that the drugs chiefly discussed in this article are for the purpose of covering the symptoms listed earlier. This is because, "there have been few clinical trials of medications that modify the underlying pathophysiologic processes" associated with TBI's. This is not really news. Ask those who have PCS (Post-Concussive Syndrome) whether the drugs really help them, and virtually all will answer in the negative (HERE IS AN EXAMPLE). The authors do let us know that athletes on drugs for TBI caused by SRC are not allowed to return to the field / court while still on drugs. Furthermore, because HEADACHES are the most common symptom (slightly less often, these can be MIGRAINES), I feel that I must mention that the authors concluded that they, "strongly recommend against the use of opioids in PTH [post-traumatic headache]". They also discussed "Rebound Headaches" (aka "Medication Overuse Headaches") --- headaches that are actually caused by the very medication(s) people take for their headaches.
POST-CONCUSSION DEPRESSION & INSOMNIA
I found it interesting that while they discussed INSOMNIA, they were not enamored with the drugs used to treat it. They did promote the concept of "Sleep Hygiene," which entails things like, "using the bed only for sleeping, avoiding coffee, alcohol, and nicotine, going to bed at the same time every night, and avoiding sources of stimuli in bed, such as televisions, computers, and mobile phones". Interestingly enough, they also talked about supplementing with Melatonin --- a chemical made by your body to regulate Circadian Rhythms and Sleep Cycles. I was troubled to see that they promoted RITALIN and similar drugs (HERE) for the "Cognitive Deficits" seen with TBI / SRC.
Overall, I think the article was good. It seemed however, that despite the fact that over and over again the authors spoke about drugs not being good options for treating children with concussions, they spent an awful lot of time talking about various drugs used to treat children with concussions. To better understand why this is, you can read a commentary I wrote on this topic a few years ago (HERE). Honestly, the more one understands the way that EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE works (or doesn't work), the less you are surprised by this frequent doublespeak. If your child is suffering the after-effects of a TBI (whether it's sports-related or not), have them checked out by a Functional Neurologist trained by Ted Carrick. Trust me when I tell you that TBI's can lead to some places you do not want your children to go (HERE).
DOES CHIROPRACTIC HELP WITH
CHILDHOOD EAR INFECTIONS?
A VIDEO TESTIMONIAL
"With 10 million new cases every year, ear infections (otitis media) are the most common illness affecting babies and young children and the number one reason for visits to the pediatrician — accounting for more than 35 percent of all pediatric visits. Almost half of all children will have at least one middle ear infection before they're a year old, and two-thirds of them will have had at least one such infection by age 3. For many children, it can become a chronic problem, requiring treatment year after year, and putting the child at risk of permanent hearing damage and associated speech and developmental problems." The opening of the American Chiropractic Association's 2014 article called Chiropractic Approach to Ear Infections.
"Many doctors will prescribe an antibiotic, such as amoxicillin, to be taken over seven to 10 days. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued guidelines in 2013 that encourage doctors to observe and closely follow these children with ear infections that can’t be definitively diagnosed, especially those between the ages of 6 months to 2 years. If there’s no improvement within 48 to 72 hours from when symptoms began, the guidelines recommend doctors start antibiotic therapy. Sometimes ear pain isn’t caused by infection, and some ear infections may get better without antibiotics." From the NIH's website (Ear Infections in Children)
To learn more about the way that Chiropractic Adjustments help with chronic childhood ear infections, you can read our five-part series on the subject (HERE). By the way, if you want to see some truly "jaw dropping" videos from parents of children we have been helped (unfortunately, I cannot legally use the word "cured" here) with severe and chronic ear infections, just take a couple of minutes to look at THIS LINK. I promise that these cases are worse than anything your family has dealt with.
CHIROPRACTIC, EAR INFECTIONS, TUBES,
HEARING LOSS, AND SPEECH DIFFICULTIES
LIBIDO AS AN
INDICATOR OF HEALTH
"Erectile dysfunction affects as many as 30 million American men, including 30 to 50 percent of men between the ages of 40 and 70. It has definite physical and / or psychological causes. It is not a "natural" consequence of aging." Cherry picked from Johns Hopkins Medicine website
"The strong association between sexual dysfunction and impaired quality of life suggests that this problem warrants recognition as a significant public health concern." From 1999's Robert Wood Johnson University Medical School study called Sexual Dysfunction in the United States: Prevalence and Predictors
Unlike what you see on the TV commercials for the drugs listed above, most of the men dealing with this issue are not fit. The truth is, the drug companies would have you believe that impotence is merely a side effect of the aging process --- you know; the whole, "It's all downhill after the age of (insert your age here no matter what it is)" thing. The quote at the top of the page from Johns Hopkins tells us otherwise. Aside from DRUGS THAT CAUSE MALE IMPOTENCE, most of the time this problem is fairly straightforward as far as getting a handle on it. Lose the BELLY FAT, CONTROL THE BLOOD SUGAR (even in the ABSENCE OF FULL-BLOWN DIABETES), deal with the HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE and HIGH CHOLESTEROL, and things will usually fall into place. Again men; one of the earliest signs your health is not what you thought it was is the inability or lack of desire for sex. Women are different, but maybe not as different as one would expect.
Although there is a much wider range of potential reasons for a loss of sex drive in females, the underlying causes are often the same. We see examples of this phenomenon HERE. But there are others. They range from ESTROGEN DOMINANCE (which can also affect men), PCOS, HORMONAL DISRUPTIONS, THYROID & HYPOTHALAMUS issues, ADRENAL FATIGUE, DEPRESSION, as well as those that men typically deal with. Although there are underlying reasons for all of these, there is one that stands out above the others. The current peer-reviewed research is pointing to Blood Sugar Dysregulation issues for these and numerous others as well (HERE). To learn more about preventing or reversing these and other health-related problems, simply follow the links.
WHICH IS MORE LIKELY RELATED TO OBESITY;
HYPOTHALAMUS DYSFUNCTION OR THYROID PROBLEMS?
"Patients who insist they have thyroid disease causing their weight problems are frequent. Some try thyroid medications, yet they feel worse and don't lose weight. These patients would only benefit from therapy for their hypothalamic dysfunction." Dr. Saad Sakkal
A few years ago, one of the most brilliant physicians on the planet (Dr. Datis Kharrazian) published a paperback book specifically written for patients with Thyroid problems. The name of the book is Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal? The book is an excellent primer on the relationship between the Immune System, the Endocrine System, the Brain / Nervous System, and the Gut. It seems that the medical community just might be coming around to this way of thinking. In a recent study by Kentucky endocrinologist, Dr. Saad Sakkal; we find him pitching the Hypothalamus (a part of the brain) as the primary culprit in a great deal of obesity cases. Although the study is yet to be published, it was presented at last week's annual meeting of American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists in Las Vegas ("Why Obese Patients May have Normal Thyroid Tests Despite 'Thyroid Symptoms'"). If you follow my site, all of this is old news.
Earlier this year, I published a post on the relationship between Obesity and Hypothalamus Dysfunction (HERE). While quite small in size, the functions of the Hypothalamus are numerous and significant. It controls things like LIBIDO, FERTILITY, Emotions, Motivation, Circadian Rhythms (sleep / wake cycles), Body Temperature, and Hunger. This is probably why Dr. Sakkal reported that the symptoms of the people (mostly women, as is the case with the vast majority of those with ENDOCRINE DISORDERS) in his study of Obese individuals with the appearance of Thyroid Dysfunction.
- Fatigue (76%)
- Temperature Dysregulation (68%)
- Weight Changes (88%)
- Changes in Sleep (70%)
- CHRONIC PAIN (72%) Be aware that 68% also had TRIGGER POINTS
- Mood Swings / Disorders (80%)
- Libido Issues (38%)
- Symptoms of SYMPATHETIC DOMINANCE (64%)
Although some of these are symptoms of Thyroid Dysfunction, Dr. Sakkal says that if you have three of four of the above symptoms, you "likely" have a HYPOTHALAMUS issue. If you have four or more, you are "definite". Dr. Sakkal concluded that this problem is not only common, but relatively easy to diagnose clinically (without tests). Which all begs the question of how he and others are treating this condition.
Although he and his team treat these problems with multiple drugs, I am not convinced that in many maybe most) cases, drugs are the best options. The vast majority of the chemicals and neurotransmitters your body makes and uses are on negative feedback loops. In other words, they work just like a thermostat on your heater. When the temperature gets too low, the thermostat senses this and triggers your furnace to kick on. Once the temperature regulates, the thermostat turns the heater off again. When you take drugs / medications, your body senses that it has enough of whatever particular chemical you are taking into your body. This, in turn, shuts down endogenous production.
If you want to start turning the tide on this problem, seek out someone trained in Functional Neurology who knows how to get your brain firing properly again. Next, you'll have to figure out what is driving INFLAMMATION in your body (GLUTEN, Heavy Metals, Parasites, ENDOCRINE-DISRUPTORS, etc, etc). There are several NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS that could benefit you as well, including Standard Process's Hypothalamus PMG. As far as other steps, many are general and could benefit the better portion of the population (HERE).
BENEFITS OF CHIROPRACTIC CARE
NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN
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Several months ago the medical journal Spine carried yet another couple of studies touting the benefits of Chiropractic Care for low back pain. The first study called, Spinal High-Velocity Low Amplitude Manipulation in Acute Nonspecific Low Back Pain: A Double-Blinded Randomized Controlled Trial in Comparison with Diclofenac and Placebo, and the second, called Randomized Trial Adding Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy to Standard Medical Care for Patients With Acute Low Back Pain: Results of a Pragmatic Randomized Comparative Effectiveness Study, showed that when CHIROPRACTIC CARE is added to standard medical care the results are "significantly" better than adding things like certain drugs or sugar pills. All I can say here is big whup!
These sorts of studies have been around for decades, and while they used to be something special, they are now a dime a dozen (HERE ARE A FEW MORE pertaining to Chiropractic -vs- Spinal Surgeries). And you know what? The medical community largely continues to ignore them and do what they have always done (HERE). But think about the reasons for this. There is no real money in conservative or alternative care when compared to Standard Medical Care. And do not kid yourself. In today's environment of "Corporate Medicine" (around here it's either Cox or St. Johns) the bottom line is all that really matters.
The bottom line for sick patients is this; f you refuse to step outside of the box labeled "Standard Medical Care", you have little hope of ever overcoming your health problems. Sure; you might lower your CHOLESTEROL or BLOOD PRESSURE a bit, but real changes to your health? Forget about it. For example, how many people do you know who have been diagnosed with FIBROMYALGIA that are getting great results from the myriad of drugs their doctor(s) have them on? I could say the same thing for numerous other health-related conditions, including most AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES.
The practice of Medicine is not only dangerous, it is often deadly (HERE). And on top of that, if you are suffering from CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DEGENERATIVE DISEASES or the problems associated with LEAKY GUT SYNDROME, you are unlikely to find what you are looking for in your MD's office. If you ever find yourself bored, take a half hour and watch some of our VIDEO TESTIMONIALS from the blog. What we do works. DIETARY CHANGES and WHOLE FOOD SUPPLEMENTS, coupled with CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS, COLD LASER, TISSUE REMODELING, and CORE STRENGTHENING PROTOCOLS, are going to help large numbers of people.
MORE EVIDENCE FOR CHIROPRACTIC
- Over a year prior to America's entrance into WWII, the July, 1940 issue of the American Journal of Anatomy published an article by Dr. Mary Stearns. Stearns told us that the only real way to get injured soft tissues to heal was to subject them to, "early and persistent motion".
- An article by Dr. Emil Seletz in the November, 1958 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (Whiplash Injuries; Neurophysiological Basis for Pain, and Methods Used for Rehabilitation) chimed in on this subject as well. After discussing the various forms and degrees of neck injury so frequently associated with whiplash, the abstract states that, "Treatment with tranquilizers and psychotherapy is of no avail, and patients become discouraged and resentful. The procedure here outlined includes heat, manipulation, and traction. Carefully adapted to the individual case, this plan generally obviates the danger of surgical and psychiatric complications and often leads to prompt rehabilitation of the patient."
- Dr. James Cyriax, who is widely considered the father of modern orthopedics, in 1982's Textbook of Orthopedic Medicine, spoke at length about the necessity for injured soft tissues to be mobilized in a controlled fashion for proper healing to occur. He also spent significant time dealing with the detriments of imobilization as it pertains to joint and tissue health.
- The March 1985 issue of the Canadian Family Physician looked at nearly 300 patients with low back pain who had been treated with Spinal Manipulation. After telling us that at any given time, "20-30% of adults suffer from low back pain," Drs. Kirkaldy-Willis and Cassiday (both board-certified orthopedists ---- one an MD and one a chiropractor) revealed in this study that chiropractors had about an 80% success rate with Class Four patients. Class four patents are those with low back pain and / or sciatica that is considered, "constant severe pain, [with] disability unaffected by [medical] treatment".
The truth is, I could literally go on and on and on. The evidence showing the efficacy, safety, and overall benefits of Chiropractic are overwhelming. But, as with anything, you'll have to find out for yourself. To learn more, take a few minutes to look at some of the ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE found scattered throughout our site.
RESEARCHERS RETRACT STATEMENTS ON STATIN SAFETY UNDER PRESSURE FROM THE BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL
[Our goal with this editorial is to] "alert readers, the media, and the public to the withdrawal of these statements so that patients who could benefit from statins are not wrongly deterred from starting or continuing treatment because of exaggerated concerns over side effects." Dr. Fiona Goodlee of the British Medical Journal explaining why the public needs to be "warned" that Statin Drugs are much safer than some physicians and researchers have been telling the public. The statement comes from her editorial called "Adverse Effects of Statins: The BMJ and Authors Withdraw Statements that Adverse Events Occur in 18-20% of Patients".
Dr Fiona Goodlee, the editor-in-chief of the BMJ, recently withdrew two scientific papers from their
archives, denounced the results of the studies, and is in the process of forcing retractions from the study's authors. Trust me when I tell you that these studies were not done by Bevis and Butt Head. The first study, by Dr. John Abramson (MD) of Harvard Medical School was called Should People at Low Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Take a Statin? The study concluded that, "The evidence does not show that the benefits of statins in low risk patients outweigh the harms and that the advice for treatment of this group should not be changed." Later that same week, Aseem Malhotra, an interventional cardiology specialist registrar at Croydon University Hospital in London, England published an editorial in BMJ called Saturated Fat is not the Major Issue. The jist of the paper was that TRANS FATS and SUGAR / CARBS seem to be the driving force in Cardiovascular Disease and METABOLIC SYNDROME / DIABETES, not SATURATED FATS --- a fact I have belabored on this site.
Although Goodlee herself has been the hatchet-person for these studies, the actual act of retraction has been left up to others. She decided that, "the right thing to do is to pass this decision to an independent panel." In the immortal words of Dana Carvey, "Isn't that special". I'll not get into what "INDEPENDENT PANELS" tend to look like, but suffice it to say that they are rarely as "independent" as they claim to be. Folks; this is EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE at its finest. Sort of makes you wonder how much money / favor changed hands in this filthy little tryst.
ANTIBIOTICS, INFANTS, AND ASTHMA
"Antibiotic use in the first year life is associated with an increased risk of early-onset childhood asthma that began before 3 years of age. The apparent effect has a clear dose response. Heightened caution about avoiding unnecessary use of antibiotics in infants is warranted." The conclusions of a study published in the March, 2014 issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (Consequences of Antibiotics and Infections in Infancy: Bugs, Drugs, and Wheezing).
"Overall, children given antibiotics in their first half-year were 2.6 times more likely to develop allergic asthma, the team told a meeting of the European Respiratory Society on Tuesday. With broad-spectrum antibiotics, which kill a wide range of bacteria, the risk was far higher: children were 8.9 times more likely to suffer from asthma." From the October 1, 2003 "Biomedical Archives" of FuturePundit.com. The study itself was done in the Henry Ford Hospital of Detroit, Michigan (they have 5 hospitals in their network).
Asthma is not the only consequence of prescribing infants antibiotics. A quick review of the scientific literature tells us that Asthma is not the only thing that Infant Antibiotics are associated with. Studies tell us that this class of drug is related to everything from ALLERGIES to OBESITY, to DIABETES, to IBS, to eczema and other AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES (including FIBROMYALGIA), to CHRONIC EAR INFECTIONS, to ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE, to SYSTEMIC YEAST / CANDIDA INFECTIONS, and on and on and on. These are just some of the many reasons that I have been telling my readers that Antibiotics are one of the single largest long-term health destroyers in America.
We do not really need more taxpayer-funded research telling us that ANTIBIOTICS DESTROY HEALTH and cause lifetime health-related problems. We need educated parents and doctors who will stand up and say, "no; I am not giving little Junior an antibiotic. That's not what he needs right now". But the solution to this problem does not end with simply not killing off one's good bacteria with antibiotics. One must actually expose themselves / their children to bacteria in order to be healthy (I have written about this previously HERE, HERE and HERE). Let me share with you what the 2003 article from the top of the page said about this matter.
"This "hygiene hypothesis" has been gathering strength in recent years. The latest result certainly strengthens the argument considerably. The idea is basically reminiscent of the saying "idle hands are the devil's workshop". Remove the normal antigens that the immune system is exposed to and it starts reacting to things it ought not react to. Our ancestors lived in dirt floor dwellings and had much more exposure to animals, dirt, and nature in general. We live lives which bring us in much less exposure to the antigens we evolved to deal with. Exposure to those antigens appear to be necessary to instruct the immune system on what it should identify as a threat."
IS YOUR PAIN SUPERFICIAL OR DEEP?
Despite the wealth and diversity of studies that have been reviewed in the current work, there is a paradoxical feeling that fascial research is still in its infancy, largely because it is not ‘mainstream’. Yet it is likely to become so in the foreseeable future if it does indeed hold the key to understanding aspects of musculoskeletal problems such as low back pain and fibromyalgia. As a substantial number of visits by patients to primary care centers relate to musculoskeletal disorders, the importance of attracting further interest in fascia from the research community is obvious. Some of the concluding remarks from Mike Benjamin's scientific article (The Fascia of the Limbs and Back – A Review) in the January 2009 issue of the Journal of Anatomy.
There are three chief types of Fascia; the Superficial Fascia (actually considered to be one of the lower layers of the skin), the Deep Fascia (the fibrous connective tissue which surrounds individual muscles and divides groups of muscles into compartments --- this is the one that I spend the vast majority of my time with), and the Visceral Fascia (the Fascia that surrounds the viscera or organs). It is all basically the same 'stuff' but is named according to where it is found. When all three layers work together, you have a tough, yet elastic tissue that, "surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, and nerves, binding some structures together, while permitting others to slide smoothly over each other". As I have written about extensively (HERE & HERE) Fascia is not only one of the most important tissues in the body, but is also one of the most pain-sensitive and under-recognized as well. But back to the original question; is the source of your problem superficial or deep?
More often than not, it is not so deep that I cannot get at it. Let me give you a couple of examples. Although I certainly do not claim to be able to help every person with PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME or CHRONIC SHOULDER PAIN, a quick glance at some of our Video Testimonials (check the previous two links) will tell you that I help a significant number. With the shoulder, I can get to the deltoid muscles, the pectorals, the biceps, and at least three of the four muscles that make up the Rotator Cuff (including the Supraspinatus, which is by far the most common to have problems with). Despite the fact that I find the majority of shoulder problems are accessible to be able to treat, people perceive that the pain is deep --- as in deep down in the joint itself, which is not usually the reality of the situation. With Piriformis Syndrome, I find that in many cases, the problem is not the Piriformis Muscle itself, but is in more superficial layers of tissue or Fascia. The Piriformis Muscle (at the Sciatic Notch) just happens to be the place where the impingement is occurring (HERE).
The bottom line is that while not everyone's problem is going to be accessible with Tissue Remodeling, the majority are. Out of time today. Stay tuned for part II of this article later this month, when I will explain pain referral patterns.
SLIPPED DISCS AND THE RELATIONSHIP TO GLUTEN-INDUCED INFLAMMATION
"Systemic or chronic inflammation has a domino effect that can seriously undermine your health... Many experts now see inflammation as arising from an immune system response that’s out of control.... Common allergens like casein and gluten (proteins found in dairy and wheat) are quick to spark the inflammatory cascade.... So the first step in cooling inflammation on a cellular level is to pay attention to your diet." Cherry picked from Causes Of Inflammation by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP
The thing is, even though the word "INFLAMMATION" is bantered around constantly, I don't find one in a thousand people who really knows what it is. More importantly, I find few people who know what drives it or how to effectively squelch it. Although there are lots of different things that can drive Inflammation, one of the more common in our "CARB-ADDICTED" society is GLUTEN (wheat protein). After our discussion, Larry and his wife started a GLUTEN FREE PROGRAM immediately. The results were pretty amazing.
When I saw him on Friday, he said that he started getting dramatically better within a couple days of starting the diet. With the insane numbers of people showing some degree of Gluten Sensitivity, but most doctors failing to acknowledge it (HERE), we are seeing a largely preventable health disaster taking place in this country. Follow Larry's lead and see what happens to your health and your pain. You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain, whether your problem is BACK PAIN, some other sort of pain (HERE), or even some sort of NEUROLOGICAL PROBLEM. Start by following the links and progress from there.
SOLVING CHRONIC SHOULDER PAIN
IN A POLICE OFFICER
A month ago, I attended Tom's retirement shindig. Having been a member of Mountain View's police force for 35 years, it was a big deal, with burgers served and hundreds of people turning out over the lunch hour to wish him well in his retirement. I was amazed to learn that he had been involved in something like 5,000 felony arrests over the course of his career. When Tom came to me asking for help with his CHRONIC SHOULDER PAIN, my desire was to make it as good as new. Not sure we'll ever get to "new", but Tom is 80% better after only two treatments (I gave him a third yesterday). rather than me talk about it, I'll let him tell you about it himself. Enjoy your retirement Tom, and thank you for the many years of service to our community!
NEVER HAD CARDIOVASCULAR PROBLEMS?
DON'T TAKE ASPIRIN AS A PREVENTATIVE
"Consumers and patients who do not suffer from cardiovascular disease sometimes consider taking aspirin to reduce the possibility of having a heart attack or stroke. Reducing the possibility of having a first heart attack or stroke is called primary prevention. The FDA has reviewed the available data and does not believe the evidence supports the general use of aspirin for primary prevention of a heart attack or stroke. In fact, there are serious risks associated with the use of aspirin, including increased risk of bleeding in the stomach and brain... The CDC [along with several other organizations] agrees with FDA’s position." - FDA Consumer Warning from 5/2/2014
What do I recommend instead? That's easy. It is critical to understand why people develop risk factors for heart disease and high cholesterol (HERE). Once you understand what INFLAMMATION is (I find that not one in a thousand people have a clue), you can begin to tailor a program for preventing or even reversing things like HEART DISEASE, DIABETES, and all of the problems associated with.
CAR CRASHES AND CHRONIC PAIN
"The great majority of these individuals are discharged to home after emergency department evaluation, but a subset of these individuals develop motor vehicle collision-related widespread pain which is characterized by substantial suffering and functional loss. We believe that our research indicates that doctors have to start treating these individuals with persistent widespread pain very early, and not wait for the pain to resolve in itself." - June Hu as told to MedPage Today
Interestingly enough, this is not the first time I have heard similar information. Back in the mid-1990's while attending a seminar on WHIPLASH by the venerable Dan Murphy, he was presenting studies (possibly by Gargan & Bannister) who were saying essentially the same thing. In fact, the research from two decades ago revealed that people who were not improving at 30 days and 60 days post-accident, were not very likely to get better --- ever. These were the people who entered the world of CHRONIC PAIN that Hu is speaking about.
If you are interested in learning more about how to deal with "Functional Loss", our site is a great place to start. We have lots of information on WHIPLASH and MVA, INFLAMMATION, and Chronic Pain due to FASCIAL ADHESIONS, as well as hundreds of VIDEO TESTIMONIALS from those who know what we do works! If you are struggling with Chronic Pain, click the links and educate yourself. Knowledge is power, and if you are not serious about learning how to avoid living a life of Chronic Pain, you will be taken advantage of, ignored, or both, by the medical community.
ARE THEY EFFECTIVE?
- Investigators Find Something Fishy with Classical Evidence for Dietary Fish Recommendation - The May 1, 2014 issue of Medical Press
- Case is Closed: Multivitamins are a Waste of Money, Doctors Say - Bahar Gholipour for LiveScience, December 16, 2013
- Studies Show Supplements Are Ineffective - Michele Wessel for Liberty Voice on January 22, 2014
- Diet Supplement Pills Ineffective or Dangerous - Karen Collins, M.S., R.D., C.D.N. for the
- Study: Popular Supplements Ineffective Against Arthritis - The September 29, 2008 issue of USA Today
- Vitamin D Supplements Ineffective in Osteoporosis Protection - Isabel Alface from the October 11 2013 issue of Nature World News
- The HCG Diet: Yet Another Ineffective Quick Fix Diet Plan and Supplement - Scott Gavura from the July 19, 2012 issue of Science-Based Medicine
- Vitamin Supplements a Waste of Money – Ineffective, Sometimes Dangerous! - The Dec. 17, 2013 issue of SeniorJournal.com
- Healthy Women Advised Not to Take Calcium and Vitamin D to Prevent Fractures - Gina Kolata from the June 12, 2012 of the New York Times
- Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements Ineffective at Lowering Risks to Heart, Large Italian Study Finds - Marilynn Marchione, from the May 9, 2013 Associated Press Newswire
- Experts Decisive Against Multivitamins: 'Stop Wasting Money' - James Hamblin from the Dec 17 2013 issue of The Atlantic
- Effects of Calcium Supplementation on Bone Density........ - The October 12, 2006 issue of the British Medical Journal
- Antioxidants Don’t Lower Heart Risk Study Examines Vitamins C, E, Beta-Carotene for Preventing Heart Attack, Stroke Salynn Boyles - Salynn Boyles from WebMD's Health News from August 13, 2007
WHY IS RESEARCH PROVING THAT
NUTRITION DOES NOT MATTER?
Clearly, the medical community and pharmaceutical industry that largely controls them, detest nutritional supplements. The truth is, they want to control / regulate them. In fact, in the quarter century I have been in the field, the medical community and government have gone after Nutritional Supplements to make the "prescription only" numerous times. The only reason they failed was because the American people rose up and fought. Why was my instructor wrong about nutrition even though so many studies seem to be proving him right? What are some of the things that this individual clearly did not understand? Can Nutritional Supplements be a huge boost as far as regaining and maintaining health is concerned? Here is a partial list of the reasons why you are hearing that nutrition does not matter.
- EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE IS A HUGE FARCE: I have shown you repeatedly (HERE is an example from a few days ago) how studies can be set up to prove anything you want them to prove (HERE is another example). If you want to read about the myth of EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE, just click the link. If you have not already figured it out, you'll realize that money is what makes the world go round, and Big Pharma --- the power behind the medical community ---- does not want you healthy. Healthy people do not need drugs. Big Pharma views you as a commodity. Nothing more; nothing less. The sicker / fatter / more sedentary you are, the more money they stand to make off of you over your lifetime.
- MOST NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS ARE SYNTHETIC: Although synthetic nutrition is sometimes a viable solution for physicians looking to achieve a drug-like effect, most of the time this approach is problematic. You can read more on this issue HERE, but truthfully, you already know this intuitively. Eat foods made by God, avoid foods made by man. BTW, some of these like WHEAT can fool you. HERE'S why.
- MOST NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS ARE OF POOR QUALITY: Is your Fish Oil Supplement refrigerated? Does it sit on the shelf in the light or heat? Is it checked for heavy metals, PCB's or dioxins? Is it from wild, cold-water fish or does it come from farm-raised fish? This is just one example of dozens. Cheap supplements are usually cheap for a reason. Much of this has to do with the fact that they are synthetic / man-made (see link on synthetic nutrition) or of inferior quality.
- NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS IN AND OF THEMSELVES NEVER ADDRESS THE BIG PICTURE: Monotherapies do not change Physiology (HERE). In other words, it is a pipe dream to believe that simply taking this supplement, that vitamin, or some other product, is going to revolutionize your health. Health is a "BIG PICTURE" sort of thing. Fail to get the big picture, and you will fail in your quest for health.
- PEOPLE HAVE UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS: What most people want is to live like they've always lived, eat what they've always eaten, and maintain the same old self-destructive habits they always have, but be able to take a magical Nutritional Supplement that miraculously makes everything better. This is how medicine is practiced. You have "X" symptom, take drug "Y". Symptom "A? Just take drug "B". You know that SUGAR CAUSES CANCER, DIABETES, and a whole host of other health issues (HERE), yet you refuse to give up your SODAS. I could give you dozens of other examples but you get the point. Simply taking supplements without making changes to your diet and lifestyle are ineffective.
- PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR INSTANT RESULTS: Are you willing to stick it out for a lifetime? Or are you one of those people who refuses to give up certain foods. Are you willing to add vegetables to your diet? What about EXERCISE? Instant fixes are rare in the field of Functional Medicine because it's all about changing the underlying physiology --- not merely covering or masking your symptoms. If you are really interested in going the distance, HERE are a few posts on getting started.
MOTORCYCLE -vs- TURKEY
After our younger girls won their soccer game that morning 12-0, Amy and I went for a ride. As is frequently the case, we took the GOLDWING to Arkansas. Our route took us to Willow Springs, where we caught highway 76 (which happens to "The Strip" in Branson). From there we got on 125 south. We took the ferry across Bull Shoals Lake near Protem, and then took the roundabout way into Mountain Home, where we ate Fajitas. We came home via highway 5 to Gainsville, and then took 181 back to 76 near Willow Springs --- about a 6 hour circle, including all the stops we made. It was literally the perfect day, and was possibly the most beautiful Spring ride I have ever been on --- except for the Turkey Strike.
We were rounding a full speed curve to the left, when a large Tom Turkey (22-25 lbs) flew low off the bank of the high ditch on the right side of the road. Nothing I could do. I thought at the time I hit it with the point of my fairing ---- flush in the middle of my headlights. But the reality is, the turkey impacted the right headlight. We were well into our trip, so we had no other choice than to keep going. There is some damage.
Fairing is cracked and moved some (you can tell when you look at the rubber seals between the fairing and the mirrors). The headlight reflectors are shattered and the headlight cover is in pieces. Needless to say, the right low beam doesn't work. But thank God that the bird was not flying a foot or two higher. Not sure what would happen if it would have hit my windshield. Thankfully Amy saw it and was ready for the impact (honestly, the impact was momentarily harsh, but it did not change our course at all). Would have stopped and brought it home for supper if it wasn't almost 90 degrees and us at least three hours from home.
As crazy as it sounds, this is my second wild turkey taken with a motorcycle. My first was about 25 years ago with a Yamaha XS 1100 Special. The turkey flew low across the road (near Babler State Park close to St. Louis) and I hit it with the nose of the Windjammer, just below the point. It knocked the bird down onto the pavement where I ran over it. Hopefully in the future, all game will be taken with conventional methods.
SOME PICTURES OF OUR RIDE
ON THE FERRY WITH A BUNCH OF HARLEYS (MISSING RIGHT ENGINE SHIELD)
BULL SHOALS LAKE (LOOK AT THE CLARITY OF OUR OZARKS WATER)
OUR CANCELLATION POLICY FOR OUT-OF-STATE OR INTERNATIONAL PATIENTS
Making an appointment is simple. Call Cheryl at (417) 934-6337 and talk to her. She will tell you to send a detailed history of your problem to my personal email (HERE). I will look at it and determine whether or not I might be able to help you (HERE). If I tell you that I cannot help, don't get upset with me (HERE). When you call Cheryl to schedule an appointment, she will ask you for a $100.00 deposit to hold your appointment slot. The bad news is that this deposit is non-refundable. The good news is that it applies towards your visit.
I have been forced to do this because I have had some people (not a lot, but a few) simply not show for their appointment. Or they cancel / reschedule, leaving me unable to fill the slot. This policy is fairly simple to understand, but if you have questions you can call or email the office.
TRIGGER POINTS AND CHRONIC PAIN
- Continual intense muscular contraction. Can be due to injuries, repetitive strain, or emotional issues
- Cold, hot, or damp conditions
- Long periods of immobility
- Nutritional or hormonal imbalances / Nutritional deficiencies / Endocrine issues
- Muscle compensation in synergistic or antagonistic muscles
- Organic (organ) problems can refer pain / triggers along specific pathways or patterns
- Chronic dehydration
- Allergies or Sensitivities to food or environment
- Hypoxia or diminished tissue oxygenation
Or, if you had an extra $200 laying around, you could purchase the 'bible' on Trigger Point therapy --- Travell and Simons' Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual. You see; Dr Janet Travell was, for a time, JFK's physician. She figured out a way to help him with the pain he had due to injuries he received in WWII (PT 109), and along the way, developed the current theory of Muscle Trigger Points (MTrP's). Then in the early 1980's, along with a doctor named David Simmons (a disciple of hers), published the fore mentioned book. According to Drs. Travell and Simons, Trigger Points are defined as, "hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers." In other words, they are small, hard muscle knots. A review of the scientific literature on Trigger Points was published in a 2007 issue of The Clinical Journal of Pain, describing the four most common diagnostic criteria of Trigger Points.
- Tender spot in a taut band of skeletal muscle
- Patient pain recognition
- Predictable pain referral pattern
- Local twitch response
This went along hand in hand with what Dr. Travell herself had described in her work.
- Pain related to a discrete, irritable point in skeletal muscle or fascia, not caused by acute local trauma, inflammation, degeneration, neoplasm or infection.
- The painful point can be felt as a nodule or band in the muscle, and a twitch response can be elicited on stimulation of the trigger point.
- Palpation of the trigger point reproduces the patient's complaint of pain, and the pain radiates in a distribution typical of the specific muscle harboring the trigger point.
- The pain cannot be explained by findings on neurological or radiological examinations.
In other words, Trigger Points are hard (pea or marble-sized) nodules of tissue that cause pain, but have no specifically known causes or findings that can be determined from X-rays, MRI, or neurological examinations. Not only this but they tend to refer pain along very specific patterns. And although not as common, they can involve a "Twitch Response" (if you run your fingers along a Trigger Point perpendicular to the direction of the muscle fibers themselves, it can cause the "triggered" portion of the muscle to fire or 'twitch'). Although Trigger Points can be found anywhere in the body, by far the most common place people get them is in the upper trapezius (shoulder muscle). There are not only all sorts of theories as to how Trigger Points start, there are a wide variety of methods used to treat them as well. The three methods described by Dr. Travell include,
Other methods of dealing with Trigger Points include, modalities such as Electric Stimulation, Ultrasound, COLD LASER THERAPY, various forms of VIBRATION, a wide variety of massage and body-work methods, CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS, Dry Needling (using a heavy gauge needle to repeatedly poke / puncture a MTrP, acupuncture (very different than dry needling), and numerous others, including our SCAR TISSUE REMODELING (a popular online encyclopedia states that, "Fascia surrounding muscles should also be treated, possibly with myofascial release, to elongate and resolve strain patterns, otherwise muscles will simply be returned to positions where trigger points are likely to re-develop"). This would make sense as I believe that FASCIA is often times a missing link in helping people struggling with various CHRONIC PAIN SYNDROMES.
I have found to effectively deal with the Trigger Points that occur so frequently in the trapezius muscle, one must address the Structural / Functional model. No one would argue that structure and function are intimately related. However, because so few people have a proper LORDOTIC CURVE in their cervical spine (neck), most physicians consider this loss of curve a "normal" finding. This is absolutely not true. Even the medical community is starting to admit this. As a primary example, we can look at last August's study (Cervical Spine Alignment, Sagittal Deformity, and Clinical Implications: A Review) from the Journal Neurosurgery, Spine. I am going to cherry-pick some sentences from this study ---- a study that was written by surgeons, for surgeons, about people they believe need surgery.
What is dumbfounding when reading this article is that the authors --- spinal neurosurgeons --- almost sound like chiropractors. They say things like, any amount of FORWARD HEAD POSTURE causes "an increase in cantilever loads...". Furthermore, they unequivocally tell us that the worse the Forward Head Posture, the worse the quality of life (HRQOL). But here is where the rubber meets the road. According to these surgeons, the various regions of the spine (cervical, thoracic, lumbar and pelvic areas) are not independent from each other. The alignment of one affects the alignment of the others. To top it all off, they admit that alignment affects function; and loss of function causes pain and degeneration (ASD). The bottom line is that things like alignment and posture matter (the next thing you know they will be telling us that these problems could actually lead to sickness and disease --- HERE). Interestingly enough, loss of normal cervical (neck) curve can not only be measured, but it can effect the cord itself and lead to DJD and severe neurological problems. I bring all this up because of the work of Dr. Donald Harrison.
It's almost comical to watch the medical community make these huge "breakthroughs" ---- particularly when the chiropractic profession has been saying these very things for decades. Although he passed away in 2011 leaving his son Deed and others to carry on his work, the elder Harrison's accomplishments cannot be overlooked. Dr. Harrison received a doctorate in Applied Mathematics and a master's degree in mechanical engineering after becoming a chiropractor. He eventually founded Chiropractic Bio-Physics (CBP), which, over the past two-plus decades, has published approximately 150 peer-reviewed papers in scientific / medical journals on this very topic.
I have found that simply adding "EXTENSION THERAPY" to my clinical protocols (I personally like the Dakota Traction device from Dr. Mark Payne) can not only dramatically improve outcomes, it seems to help many people who struggle with hardcore Trigger Points of their upper traps. But, in order for Cervical Extension Retraining Devices to be effective, range of motion in the cervical spine must be dealt with on both a sectional basis (Tissue Remodeling) and a segmental basis (Chiropractic Adjustments). Trying to create cervical extension (put your head back as far as you can to see what I mean) without addressing both the sectional and segmental motion abnormalities (SUBLUXATION and FASCIAL ADHESIONS) can cause real problems as well as pain (WARNING: Do not try Cervical Extension at home without a trained individual first determining if you are a good candidate, and then receiving instruction on how to proceed).
ARE CHILDREN REALLY GETTING THINNER?
"Research that trumpets a sudden improvement should always be taken with a grain of salt. I would hate for people to think that all of a sudden we have stopped the adult and childhood obesity epidemic, because we most certainly haven't." Dr. Stephen Pont, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics provisional section on obesity as told to AFP
We know that approximately one in three Americans is OBESE, with another third being overweight. Throw in the 7-8% who are MONW ("Skinny Fat"), and you'll see that three out of every four Americans is struggling in this area. A recent study by NHANES (the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) concerning children from the ages of 2-19 confirmed this --- even though they reported otherwise. The truth is, childhood obesity has increased by approximately 2.5% over the last 15 years. And inf fact, in direct opposition to what the government reported, the heaviest of the heavy are actually getting heavier.
If you look at children who are at least 20-40% heavier than the 95th percentile of their peers, you'll see that this group has increased by (gulp) 100% over the course of the past decade and a half. Furthermore, because the average child is getting progressively heavier, any given percentile is going to be heavier as well. In other words, kids who are in the 95th percentile of weight today, are significantly heavier than the 95th percentile of kids 15 years ago. I was in grade school 40 years ago, and can tell you that there were very few children who today would be considered heavy, let alone obese. All of this begs the question of how the government looked at this data and reported that children were not only getting less obese, but were getting way less obese.
I have shown you previously that there are any number of ways to set up studies to get the results you are looking for. More specifically, many researchers use a technique commonly known as "Data Mining". When researchers "mine" data, it means that they do their study, and then look at the data to see if there is any conceivable way that it can be twisted to get to the sought after end point. Oh; I see. You are one of those people who still believe that scientific research is "independent", "unbiased", and "untainted" by financial conflicts of interest. Trust me. With our government so deeply entwined with so-called "EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE" (HERE is one such example), and drug companies always looking for new ways to cash in, it is difficult to trust anyone anymore. Science is bought and paid for by the highest bidder. Mostly it is whatever he who has the most cash says it is. Don't believe me? Check out the link on EBM above.
The way the government got away with it in this particular instance was to start their study from the year 2003, instead of 1999-2000. 2003 saw a sharp spike in childhood obesity (my guess it was due largely to HFCS). So, when we compare rates of childhood obesity increase today, it (the rate of increase) is less than it was in 03. This is sort of like our politicians claiming that our government is getting our spending under control. Their proof? Our rate of deficit spending is decreasing. Not that we have balanced a budget, mind you. But the rate of borrowing has gone from 50 cents on the dollar to 40 cents on the dollar. The old saying is certainly true. "Figures never lie, but liars figure." However......
When Dr Joseph Skelton (a Wake Forest Medical Center pediatrician) and Dr Ashley Cockrell Skinner (a University of North Carolina professor of 'Health Policy') published their brand new study in the latest edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics (Prevalence and Trends in Obesity and Severe Obesity Among Children in the United States, 1999-2012) --- a study based on the very same data used by our government ---- the results were nearly 180 degrees opposite of what was reported by the CDC.
Drs. Skinner and Skelton concluded that even though the dramatic increase in obesity might be "stabliizing," "nationally representative data do not show any significant changes in obesity prevalence in the most recently available years." Furthermore, the authors went on to say that, "unfortunately, there is an upward trend of more severe forms of obesity (probably the understatement of the day)" Of course their solution was more research into the cause(s). Do we really need more tax dollars spent on this issue? This is NOT ROCKET SCIENCE. We have a "plugged in" and overly-sedentary society --- particularly among our youth. On top of that, most of these kid's diets (even SCHOOL LUNCHES) have become so devoid of nutrition, that we are seeing diseases previously only seen in adults, in epidemic numbers of grade school aged children. Unfortunately, this story does not end here.
Just the other day, a study was published in the April issue of the medical journal Pediatrics (Lifetime Direct Medical Costs of Childhood Obesity). The authors concluded that America's obese children are going to cost us a lot of money --- much of it out of taxpayer's pockets. How much money? Depending on the way the authors calculated, as little as $13,000 per child or as much as $40,000. If trends continue, not only will we find that their estimates are low, they will barely scratch the surface of what it takes to take care of these folks for the better parts of their lives. The study showed that if you only consider our nation's obese / overweight 10 year-olds, the lifetime cost for taking care of these individuals will be in excess of 20 billion dollars over their lifetimes (again, these dollar amounts will prove to be low).
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).
Brain Based Therapy
Can You Help
Cardio Or Strength
Cold Laser Therapy
Death By Medicine
Degenerative Joint Disease
D's Of Chronic Pain
Evidence Based Medicine
Gluten Cross Reactivity
Ice Or Heat
Jacks Fork River
Leaky Gut Syndrome
Number One Health Problem
Platelet Rich Therapy
Post Surgical Scarring
Re Invent Yourself
Rib And Chest Pain
Scar Tissue Removal
Sleeping Pills Kill
Stay Or Go
Stretching Post Treatment
Tensegrity And Fascia
The Big Four
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Whole Body Vibration