THE DARK SIDE OF HEALTHCARE: CHIROPRACTIC, DRY NEEDLING, ACUPUNCTURE, NATUROPATHY, TAI CHI, AND FASCIA. HUH?Read Now
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NEW STUDY MAY PROVIDE "SMOKING GUN"
IN THE VACCINE / AUTISM DEBATE
The current schedule as per the CDC says that babies should be vaccinated against Hep B at birth, with a second dose at one month. By two months, infants should have been vaccinated for Rotovirus, DTaP, Haemophilus Influenza, Pneumonia, and Polio. By six months they should be getting their, "annual vaccination 1 or 2 doses" for Flu. What do we know about these vaccines? A couple things for sure. Firstly, we know that ACCORDING TO A RECENT COCHRANE REVIEW, Flu Vaccines in children under 18 are no better than placebo --- about the same effectiveness as what we've seen for those over 65, which is about 1% (HERE). Secondly, we know beyond the shadow of a doubt that shots cause inflammatory reactions in many who get them --- especially children and infants.
Acute Inflammation --- the sort of inflammation dealt with in the Swedish study --- is characterized by five very specific entities; redness, heat (FEVER), swelling, pain, and loss of function. Let's take a look at what the experts say about vaccine-caused inflammation as it pertains to infants and young children. The information below was cherry-picked from the website of Seattle Children's Hospital. Be aware that there are thousands of similar disclaimers / warnings to be found on the net, all of which take their cues from the government (CDC, NIH, FDA, etc). I added a couple of links into their quote.
"Most local swelling, redness and pain at the injection site begins within 24 hours of the shot. It usually lasts 2 to 3 days, but with DTaP can last 7 days. Fever with most vaccines begins within 24 hours and lasts 1 to 2 days. All of these reactions mean the vaccine is working. Your child's body is creating new antibodies to protect against the real disease. Most of these symptoms will only last 2 or 3 days. Give ACETAMINOPHEN (e.g., Tylenol) or ibuprofen by mouth. Fever with most vaccines begins within 24 hours and lasts 2 to 3 days.For fevers above 102° F, give acetaminophen every 4 hours (If over 6 months old, okay to give IBUPROFEN every 6 hours). The following harmless reactions to DTaP can occur: Pain, tenderness, swelling or redness at the injection site (in 25% of children) and lasts for 24 to 48 hours and fever (in 25% of children) and lasts for 24 to 48 hours. Sore injection site occurs in 30% of children after Hepatitis B Virus Vaccine. With Seasonal Flu Vaccination, pain, tenderness or swelling at the injection site occurs within 6 to 8 hours in 10% of children. Mild fever under 103° F occurs in 18% of children. Fevers mainly occur in young children. With the Pneumonia Vaccine, pain, tenderness, swelling or redness at the injection site in 15 - 30%. Mild fever under 102° F in 15% for 1-2 days. Rotovirus Vaccine causes mild diarrhea or vomiting for 1 to 2 days in 3%."
Just to be clear, this leaves no doubt that purposefully induced "harmless" inflammatory reactions are a common occurrence with infant vaccinations. Many of the other vaccines that are given when your baby is just a bit older cause typically worse reactions than these --- probably the reason they are not given in the first few months (for instance, Seattle Children's says of the meningitis vaccine that, "sore injection site for 1 to 2 days occurs in 50%, with limited use of the arm in 15%. Mild fever occurs in 4%, headache in 40% and joint pain in 20%" (BTW, this vaccine is cleared to be given by six weeks of age). Let's talk about four things that we know for sure about the relationship between inflammation and the Immune System.
Firstly, we know that GUT HEALTH is of extreme importance because it's where 80% of your Immune System lives (HERE). Secondly, because inflammation is a function of the Immune System, it's not surprising that a huge segment of our nation's medical treatments are based on IMMUNE SYSTEM SUPPRESSION. Thirdly, research has been revealing for decades that problems in the Gut seem to be THE COMMON DENOMINATOR in children with Autism. And fourthly, we know that the infant Immune System, while miraculous, is nonetheless immature and largely undeveloped. On top of all of this, we've known for decades that all sickness and diseases (not to mention Chronic Pain) are either caused by, or highly affected by inflammation (HERE, HERE, and HERE). And none of this even begins to touch on the HYGIENE HYPOTHESIS as it relates to AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES. Here's why knowing all of this is important.
"We think the immune system in early life may be a key determinant of later risk of autism, and what we can see is that the innate immune systems of these babies is being influenced by and is responding to the environment around them already at the time of birth." -Dr Renee Gardner, lead author of the study we are discussing today.
Vaccines contain substances called "adjuvants". Rather than me tell you about these adjuvants, I'm going to let our government do it for me. Be aware that in the quote below fails to mention the vast majority of common vaccine adjuvants. One of the more popular adjuvants (it also acts as a preservative); heavily used since the 1930's, also happens to be the single most toxic non-radioactive element on the planet --- MERCURY (Thimerosal). According to the CDC's website (Vaccine Adjuvants).....
"An adjuvant is an ingredient of a vaccine that helps create a stronger immune response in the patient’s body. In other words, adjuvants help vaccines work better. Some vaccines made from weakened or dead germs contain naturally occurring adjuvants and help the body produce a strong protective immune response. However, most vaccines developed today include just small components of germs, such as their proteins, rather than the entire virus or bacteria. These vaccines often must be made with adjuvants to ensure the body produces an immune response strong enough to protect the patient from the germ he or she is being vaccinated against. Aluminum gels or aluminum salts are vaccine ingredients that have been used in vaccines since the 1930s. Small amounts of aluminum are added to help the body build stronger immunity against the germ in the vaccine. Aluminum is present in U.S. childhood vaccines that prevent hepatitis A, hepatitis B, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTaP, Tdap), Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), human papillomavirus (HPV) and pneumococcus infection [pnumonia]."
Back in 2009, the medical journal Weirdos, Whackos, Quacks, & Ativaxxers (whoops; scratch that)...... The journal Current Medicinal Chemistry published a study called Aluminum Vaccine Adjuvants: Are They Safe? Here is the abstract of this paper in its entirety --- not cherry-picked. WARNING: prepare yourself for an OMG moment.
"Aluminum is an experimentally demonstrated neurotoxin and the most commonly used vaccine adjuvant. Despite almost 90 years of widespread use of aluminum adjuvants, medical science's understanding about their mechanisms of action is still remarkably poor. There is also a concerning scarcity of data on toxicology and pharmacokinetics of these compounds. In spite of this, the notion that aluminum in vaccines is safe appears to be widely accepted. Experimental research, however, clearly shows that aluminum adjuvants have a potential to induce serious immunological disorders in humans. In particular, aluminum in adjuvant form carries a risk for autoimmunity, long-term brain inflammation and associated neurological complications and may thus have profound and widespread adverse health consequences. In our opinion, the possibility that vaccine benefits may have been overrated and the risk of potential adverse effects underestimated, has not been rigorously evaluated in the medical and scientific community. We hope that the present paper will provide a framework for a much needed and long overdue assessment of this highly contentious medical issue."
In case you did not grasp the magnitude of what these authors are saying, re-read it. They specifically discuss the complications of brain inflammation. We've already seen that vaccines given to infants and babies causes lots of inflammation. But how might inflammation affect a developing brain? When the brain's GLIAL CELLS are overcome with Inflammation --- something that is far easier to happen in a newborn than an adult --- bad things happen. But as Yoda would say, happen in adults they do. In fact, this is the same general mechanism that also leads to chronic neuro-degenerative conditions such as ALZHEIMER'S and PARKINSON'S. But it's even worse than it appears on the surface. Aluminum is only one of the adjuvants used in vaccines. There are others --- many others. If you get a chance, you can use Google to take a look at all the adjuvants associated with childhood vaccines.
Below left is a four minute video clip of British Columbia's Dr. Christopher Shaw, a neuroscientist of some renown, whose research focuses on neurotoxicity of aluminum as it relates to ALS, Parkinson's, Dementia, and other similar neurological problems. The video on the right is a lecture by famed neurosurgeon, Dr. Russell Blaylock. Blaylock, age 70, is a retired assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of Mississippi and current visiting professor at Belhaven College. An accomplished author; he has been warning people of the dangers of FLUORIDE, MERCURY FILLINGS (both of which various Dental Associations are finally admitting are problematic), Excitotoxins (MSG & ASPARTAME), and STATIN DRUGS, not to mention Vaccines, for the better part of three decades.
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RECENT STUDY REVEALS GLUTEN FREE DIETS ARE HARMFUL TO CHILDREN
- "Gluten Free Diets may Be Risky for Kids" LiveScience
- "The Gluten-Free Diet in Children: Do the Risks Outweigh the Benefits?" ScienceDaily & MedicalPress
- "Why Parents Need to Stop Forcing Kids to Eat Gluten-Free" The Boston Globe
These are a few of the hundreds of similar headlines being cranked out by today's mouthpieces for health. They are based on a commentary from last week's issue of the Journal of Pediatrics by Dr. Norelle Reilly (a pediatric gastroenterologist at Columbia University) called The Gluten-Free Diet: Recognizing Fact, Fiction, and Fad.
It's tough to argue against the fact that NUMEROUS FACTORS have been changing our modern grains for decades --- making them increasingly problematic as far as human health is concerned. This is at least part of what has led to a significant increase in in the AUTOIMMUNE CONDITION known as Celiac Disease (not to mention NUMEROUS OTHER AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES) --- something that Dr. Reilly at least partially admits to at the beginning of her article ("The prevalence of CD is increasing, reflected by escalating awareness of CD in the scientific community").
At this point her article begins to look like a tirade against the "GLUTEN-FREE FOOD INDUSTRY" --- something I would readily join her in. She says, "This increase in CD, however, does not account for the disproportionate increase in growth of the gluten-free food industry. According to market research, consumers without CD purchase the vast bulk of gluten-free products." While this is undoubtedly true, it certainly isn't good.
When I suggest to a patient that they start researching GLUTEN and GLUTEN CROSS-REACTORS as potential contributors to their health problems, I try to get them to at least contemplate undertaking a GLUTEN FREE ELIMINATION DIET. Typically, this is the best approach for people to figure out what foods might be driving INFLAMMATORY PROCESSES in their bodies. Furthermore, when people do go Gluten Free, I strongly suggest they stay far away from the "Gluten Free" isle of the grocery store. Reilly goes on to say.....
"For individuals who do not have CD, wheat allergy, or NCGS, the latter which has been described in adults but for which there is little evidence in children, there are no data supporting the presumed health benefits of a GFD. In fact, the opposite may be true in certain cases.... There is arguably no role for a GFD for children outside of treatment of CD and wheat allergy. The likelihood of a diagnosis of NCGS in children is unclear, given the limited data available describing pediatric populations with NCGS."
I believe that the key to Dr. Reilly's entire paper --- right or wrong --- lies in understanding NCGS (Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity), which, AS I HAVE SHOWN YOU DEFINITIVELY, is far more common than the standard one to three percent of the population that has Celiac Disease. Dr. Reilly, however, says that "The prevalence of NCGS ranges from about 0.5% to 6% according to recent reports.... It is not clear whether it is gluten to which individuals react. Recent evidence has supported the hypothesis that certain people with sensitivity to fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols [FODMAPs] may be misclassified as having NCGS. Other conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome [IBS], small bowel bacterial overgrowth [SIBO], and fructose and lactose intolerance may be responsible for symptoms in those self-diagnosed with gluten sensitivity." Let me show you why even though her the first sentence in her quote above might be technically true, it's extremely misleading.
Firstly, lactose intolerance (or intolerance to dairy period) and Gluten intolerance frequently go hand in hand. Secondly, as far as fructose intolerance is concerned; because of the rise of HFCS, it is becoming increasingly common and severe. And lastly, when it comes to the millions of individuals struggling with IBS or SIBO; FODMAPS are a huge consideration. Bottom line; people with these particular problems may not show positive with the various forms of Gluten Testing. However, when you take them off Gluten, their symptoms usually improve --- often times quickly and dramatically. So whether they actually have NCGS or some other problem affected by Gluten is a moot point as far as their health is concerned. Dr. Reilly actually proves this with the first sentence in the "Discussion" section of her paper. "It is undeniable that many people perceive benefit from a GFD, often without a clear scientific explanation."
She even goes on to chide parents who use a Gluten Free Diet for their AUTISTIC CHILDREN. "Data supporting the use of this diet in children with autism spectrum disorders are scant and have not been confirmed in double blinded studies." If you follow my blog, you know that I think studies are grand. But what do we seem to find over and over again when it comes to medical research? We often find data that has been fudged, results that are all over the place, not to mention the fact the the medical community continues to ignore any and all "EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE" they don't care for (click the link for examples). To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure I've ever met a parent of an autistic child who, after getting serious about GAPS, PALEO, or similar diets, did not see some fairly radical changes in their child.
The craziest thing that Dr. Reilly says in her paper is that, "Obesity, overweight, and new-onset insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome have been identified after initiation of a GFD. A GFD also may lead to deficiencies in B vitamins, folate, and iron, given a lack of nutrient fortification of many gluten-free products." The first sentence, while certainly true, is a red herring --- a no-brainer designed to distract us from the issue at hand. If you are eating lots of high glycemic-index crap, whether it's GLUTEN-FREE CRAP or Gluten-containing crap, you should plan on living with METABOLIC SYNDROME, DIABETES, and OBESITY. This is because even though you may not be consuming an iota of Gluten in your diet, you are LIVING THE HIGH CARB LIFESTYLE. And as for her second sentence.....
If your children are getting their (SYNTHETIC) B-VITAMINS (folate included) from things like breakfast cereal, BREAD, or pasta (which is the EQUIVALENT of white bread), they are going to end up as another statistic. When grains are milled, everything living and good is removed (or "bleached"). This is what allows processed foods to sit on the shelf --- sometimes indefinitely (think pasta or cold cereal here) --- and not rot, spoil, or mold.
A couple penny's worth of CHEAP SYNTHETIC VITAMINS are added during the processing so that we can call it "fortified" or "enriched". The people who promote this as a good thing are the same sorts of people who were telling your parents and grandparents that FORMULA WAS BETTER THAN BREAST MILK. Honestly, Dr. Reilly's efforts would have been better spent not trying to convince people to eat more processed grains (LIKE HUFFPO DID awhile back), but in convincing parents to act the part of the parent, get their kids to stop munching Cheetos, and eat their vegetables (HERE). The problem is, way too many parents don't even realize there's a problem (HERE).
Does every child need to live Gluten Free? Certainly not. But if they have chronic health issues of almost any sort, Gluten is something to at least ponder. I used to promote testing for NCGS and Gluten Cross Reactivity. However, because of high costs, false negatives / positives, and the general inaccuracies so common to many medical tests, I simply recommend that you have your child follow an ELIMINATION DIET for a couple of months and figure out whether or not certain foods might be a contributing (or even causal) factor in their health issues. As is always the case, get the express written consent of your pediatrician before attempting any of these death-defying tricks at home.
THEIR FILTHY TRAIL OF DISABILITY, DESTRUCTION, AND CHRONIC PAIN
One of the earliest "official" warnings by the FDA that Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics can cause joint pain and TENDINOSIS / Tendon Rupture came out eight years ago. Look at what Todd Zwillich wrote clear back in July of 2008 for that bastion of truth, WebMD (FDA Warning: Cipro May Rupture Tendons ---- Agency Issues 'Black Box' Warning for Antibiotics Known as Fluoroquinolones).
"The new warnings apply to fluoroquinolones, a class of antibiotics that includes the popular drug Cipro. The FDA has told companies that the drugs must now carry "black box" warnings alerting doctors and patients that the drugs can increase risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture in some patients. Fluoroquinolones have carried similar warnings for years, but officials say they continue to receive reports of safety problems. A "black box" warning is the FDA's sternest warning. Most of the tendinitis and tendon ruptures affect the Achilles tendon, behind the ankle. But the agency has also received reports of tendinitis and ruptures in the shoulder and hand. Researchers don't know exactly what fluoroquinolones do that promotes tendon rupturing. Theories suggest the drug may impede collagen formation or interrupt blood supply in joints. FDA officials would not confirm the number of reports of ruptures it has received, citing the ongoing litigation."
Unfortunately for the general public, this class of antibiotic is no different than other drugs or VACCINES when it comes to "Underreporting". Scores of studies reveal that only 1% to 10% of drug reactions are ever reported --- HERE). Although the government tells us that Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics only affect about 1 in 25,000 people, I will assure you that this number is low --- way too low. In 25 years of busy rural practice, I have probably, give or take, seen 25,000 unique individuals. According to the FDA, this means I should have seen one case of tendon problem caused by Flouroquinolones. The problem is, have seen dozens of such people who have been messed up by varying degrees by these drugs (and like STATIN DRUGS or CORTICOSTEROIDS; who knows how many others who not put two and two together concerning what messed them up). In fact, this problem is so common that there is actually a term used to describe it --- being "Floxed" (the name comes from the fact that there are about a hundred different Fluoroquinolones whose names end with "floxacin").
I see this problem as having two different layers. Firstly, is the underreporting mentioned above. It's virtually impossible to argue that the vast majority of physicians have totally ignored this phenomenon. They continue to prescribe drugs like Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) at the same rate they always have. Secondly, what do we know about doctor's prescription habits for ANTIBIOTICS IN GENERAL? Only that study after study continues to say that half or more are completely unnecessary or improperly prescribed (HERE). Cipro achieved rock star status shortly after the towers fell in 2001. If you don't remember, just Google "anthrax scare cipro". Because so many people now ask for it by name, it is frequently prescribed for things it has no business being prescribed for such as SINUS INFECTIONS and UPPER-RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS (colds and bronchitis) -- almost all of which are viral. Or THE FLU, which is always viral.
What does the federal government actually say about Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics on their website? Glad you asked. In light of the dozens upon dozens of citizen websites and message boards warning of the dangers of this particular class of antibiotic, we shouldn't surprised that the FDA has chimed in as well (other than the brand new warning at the top of this post).
"CIPRO belongs to a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. CIPRO can cause side effects that may be serious or even cause death. If you get any of the following serious side effects, get medical help right away. Tendon rupture or swelling of the tendon (tendinitis). Pain, swelling, tears and inflammation of tendons including the back of the ankle (Achilles), shoulder, hand, or other tendon sites can happen in people of all ages who take fluoroquinolone antibiotics, including CIPRO..... Sometimes infections are caused by viruses rather than by bacteria. Examples include viral infections in the sinuses and lungs, such as the common cold or flu. Antibiotics, including CIPRO, do not kill viruses."
In that November meeting from last year, it was reported that since 2010, approximately 23 million Americans are taking these drugs --- each and every year. No matter how you slice it folks, that's a lot of people. Furthermore, the largest group taking this class of drug are those with UTI's (Urinary Tract Infections). Although this problem can affect folks (usually women) of any age, it's typically found in the elderly ---- those who are already at greater risk for tendon rupture.
If you are finding yourself struggling with chronic health issues of any sort, there's almost always a natural solution. But it depends on whether or not you are willing to study, learn, and make some changes in the way you live your life. To see what I'm talking about, take a quick peek at THIS POST.
WANT TO LIVE A LONGER HEALTHIER LIFE?
Just like the study's name would imply, the authors took a look at still more of the effects of Calorie Restriction on human health --- this time in non-obese individuals without DIABETES. 220 healthy people from three different universities were followed to see how much food they normally consumed. Then for the next two years, they were only allowed to eat 75% of that amount. In other words, the researchers cut the experimental group's customary energy intake by 25%. Here are the cherry-picked conclusions of this research.
"Calorie restriction (CR) increases longevity in many species and reduces risk factors for chronic diseases. The CR and AL groups [Ad Libitum --- eating as much as you want] lost an average of 16.7 pounds compared with <1 pound respectively at month 24. Compared with the AL group, the CR group had significantly improved mood, reduced tension, improved general health and sexual drive and relationship at month 24 as well as improved sleep duration at month 12."
Here's what's wild. This study was absolutely not an attempt to lose weight, as these people already had "normal" BMI's (INTERESTING PHENOMENON concerning normal BMI's and weight loss). What's fascinating (but not surprising in light of the quote from the top of the page) is that everything else improved as well --- MOOD, SEXUAL FUNCTION, STRESS, and OVERALL HEALTH were all significantly improved over the eat-as-much-as-you-want group; even though all indications (blood work, BMI, PHYSICAL EXAMINATION, etc) showed the AL group to be normal / healthy. Firstly, I believe this is an indication of the skyrocketing number of Americans who are MONW. Secondly, it is more proof that everything comes back to BLOOD SUGAR. And here's what you need to take to the bank concerning what we learned from this study.
The PALEO DIET, which I strongly advocate for THOSE PATIENTS (or HERE & HERE) with CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DEGENERATIVE DISEASES and AUTOIMMUNITY, knocks it out of the park as far as real life results are concerned. Although some of you might need to ratchet things up to the next level (HERE), a Paleo Diet (modified according to an ELIMINATION DIET) is going solve the majority of health problems of the majority of the people who stick with it. Doubters need only look at the links. This is because the Paleo Diet not only controls Blood Sugar extremely well, it also cuts out the most potentially immuno-reactive foods. And once more we are given living, breathing proof that we can all (self included) eat less --- some of us much less --- than we are currently eating. The cool thing about Paleo is that most people have no need to count calories (HERE --- at the end of this link).
But I already know what you're thinking. You feel you can't do this because you are ADDICTED TO SUGAR AND JUNK CARBS. Believe me when I tell you that I have seen people much worse off than yourself get their lives back on track simply by learning to control what they eat. There are a million ways to motivate yourself to succeed for one week. One week? That's right. If you can find a way to make it through the first week, things get easier --- much easier. For more information on Calorie Restriction as a way of life (not to mention tons and tons of peer-review), visit the website of the CR SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL.
TENDINOSIS AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO DIABETES
If you go back and re-read my article on KETOGENIC DIETS, you'll find a short (seven minute) video by Dr. Charles Mobbs about the fact that BLOOD SUGAR is quite possibly the number one factor in aging and disease. Not a shock considering I have been BLOWING THIS SAME HORN for years. The shocking part of all of this is that when you start looking at studies on virtually all diseases (even many of the so called "GENETIC" diseases) you'll find that they have their foundations in Blood Sugar. Note that this does not necessarily mean that your Blood Sugar levels are high --- at least according to our nation's 'normals' or at least initially. What it means is that no matter how hard your body tries, it will eventually lose its battle with its ability to metabolize the immense amounts of SUGAR and PROCESSED CARBOHYDRATE so ubiquitous to the SAD (Standard American Diet).
Although I am one of those people who believes that when it comes to WEIGHT LOSS or battling chronic diseases such as Diabetes, diet trumps exercise (HERE) every time --- and it's not even close. This is not to say, however, that exercises is not valuable. It's just that you can't work out hard enough to compensate for a crappy diet. Case in point: "About 50% of patients with diabetes have to stop exercising because of musculoskeletal pain; and tendinopathy is typically the delineating factor." It is here that I would urge you to take a moment to learn the DIFFERENCES BETWEEN TENDINITIS AND TENDINOSIS. There is much more at stake here than an argument over semantics.
The Aussie researchers looked at over 1,000 scientific papers, threw out the ones that did not meet their criteria, and then crunched the data. What they found was disturbing for those of you who either have PRE-DIABETES or are considered MONW. "The researchers found that people with diabetes were more than three times (3.67) at risk of developing tendinopathy compared to the controls, regardless if the tendinopathy was diagnosed by imaging or clinical criteria." This was after throwing out confounders ("INCREASED CHOLESTEROL, STATIN USE, and ADIPOSITY [Obesity])"
The number one finding in these folks was, "thickened tendons". After revealing this, they implicates Collagen Cross-Linking --- something you can read about in the link a couple paragraphs back (or HERE). They also talked about the, "decreased vascularization" (blood supply) seen in Tendinosis / Tendinopathy. Blood supply is a huge problem with diabetics (and the obese) anyway (think PHN here). Add to it that tendons already have a poor blood supply, and you can imagine what might happen. But what about treatment?
Solving these and similar problems are where the rubber meets the road. Even though Tendinosis is not itself considered INFLAMMATORY, the conditions that set it up certainly are. Thus, you will probably have to deal with some of the underlying inflammatory factors --- especially if you find yourself with SYSTEMIC TENDINOSIS. The authors admit this by talking about the things that constitute effective treatment --- certain types of exercise / stretching and a wide array of body work techniques. They also admit that standard IMMUNO-SUPPRESSIVE THERAPY does not work worth a flip.
"Pharmacologic therapy does not do much, and continued use of anti-inflammatory drugs can even be counterproductive. In tendinopathy, 'inflammation' is not the pain generator and the NSAIDS do not do much more than Tylenol would, and of course there's the kidney and gastrointestinal risk."
Remember what I told you about Blood Sugar being the primer for the vast majority of all health woes? There is an epidemic of Diabetes sweeping our nation like an unholy tsunami of HFCS (HERE). If you are one of the majority of Americans living with chronic health conditions, you've probably already come to the realization that your doctor can't do as much for you as was ADVERTISED on TV. In other words, you are going to have to do some "Heavy Lifting" as far as your health is concerned. The truth is, you are largely on your own (OR MAYBE NOT). But don't fret. There are all sorts of things you can do to help your cause, and hopefully even help you get off your CRUDDY DIABETES MEDICATIONS. Where is the best place to start? HERE of course.
DANGEROUS TESTS, DANGEROUS DRUGS, DANGEROUS SURGERIES
"A 2004 report of inpatient deaths associated with the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research Patient Safety Indicators in the Medicare population estimated that 575,000 deaths were caused by medical error between 2000 and 2002, which is about 195,000 deaths a year. Similarly, the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General examining the health records of hospital inpatients in 2008, reported 180,000 deaths due to medical error a year among Medicare beneficiaries alone. Using similar methods, Classen et al described a rate of 1.13%. If this rate is applied to all registered US hospital admissions in 2013 it translates to over 400,000 deaths a year, more than four times the IOM estimate. A literature review by James estimated preventable adverse events using a weighted analysis and described an incidence range of 210,000 - 400,000 deaths a year associated with medical errors among hospital patients. We calculated a mean rate of death from medical error of 251,454 a year using the studies reported since the 1999 IOM report and extrapolating to the total number of US hospital admissions in 2013. We believe this understates the true incidence of death due to medical error...... Currently, deaths caused by errors are unmeasured and discussions about prevention occur in limited and confidential forums, such as a hospital’s internal root cause analysis committee or a department’s morbidity and mortality conference. These forums review only a fraction of detected adverse events and the lessons learned are not disseminated beyond the institution or department." Cherry picked from Tuesday's study that was published in the British Medical Journal (Medical Error: The Third Leading Cause of Death in the US)
It's always interesting how many people who come to see me who are totally freaked out --- literally panicked --- about making a visit to a Chiropractor. They've never been, they're desperate, and have gotten to the point they are willing to do anything; no matter how crazy or 'dangerous' it might be. Although I choose not to go there with these patients, it would be easy to get up on my bully pulpit and preach that sermon about how safe the practice of CHIROPRACTIC really is in relationship to medicine ---- even things like TYLENOL.
And like the authors from the BMJ study above insinuate (they actually come right out and admit it), ADVERSE EVENTS ARE ACTUALLY UNDER-REPORTED --- usually by somewhere between 1 to 2 orders of magnitude. You read that right; dozens of studies have shown that under-reporting often occurs at rates approaching 100%. Does anyone understand the term, "Circle the Wagons"? The last two sentences of the red paragraph above clearly show us that this is exactly what's happening in the medical profession.
Although this has been known for a very long time, it did not really punch the public in the face until Dr. Gary Null's groundbreaking study twelve years ago. If you have read his meta-analysis called DEATH BY MEDICINE, you have a better idea than most about the severity and magnitude of this problem. Despite the fact that I have mentioned much of this in my numerous articles on EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE (take just a moment to browse the titles), we are going to take it a step further today --- mostly because new research dictates it by continuing to reveal that this problem is getting worse, not better, at a rapid rate.
According to the CDC, CANCER and HEART DISEASE have been running neck and neck for the past several years as far as leading causes of death are concerned here in America. Shocking for some of you will be the fact that a mainstream journal revealed earlier this week that MEDICAL ERRORS are in third place --- almost doubling up the fourth place contestant; COPD. According to medical safety expert, Dr. Lucian Leape, we have had at least an idea of this fact since 1974's Congressional Report on the subject (HERE). Allow me today, to give you a taste of just how big this problem known in the medical community as IATROGENENIC MORTALITY really is.
DANGEROUS TESTS / DANGEROUS EXAMS
- BONE DENSITY TESTS
- ROUTINE COLONOSCOPIES
- ROUTINE PROSTATE EXAMINATIONS
- ANNUAL PHYSICALS (this will shock your socks off)
- REGULAR MAMMOGRAMS
- CAT SCANS
- CHOLESTEROL SCREENINGS
What happens when people get these and other tests? Sometimes doctors find something bad, treat it, and end up saving a life. Just as often, it starts a process known in the medical community as OVERDIAGNOSIS & OVERTREATMENT. Overdiagnosis leads to Overtreatment, which leads to populations ending up dead at rates that science has shown us are equal to or even greater than those who choose not to get the tests. The problem is, as nationalized medicine rolls forward, you will have an increasingly smaller say in what healthcare you want and don't want (HERE is one example of dozens).
DANGEROUS DRUGS / DANGEROUS MEDS
If this were translating into good health for our citizens, we could live with the drugs and their OUTRAGEOUS COSTS. It's not. A quick peek at various categories of world health rankings reveals that the good ole USA comes in somewhere around 30th overall. Unfortunately, when you look at the CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DEGENERATIVE DISEASES category, we come in about 90th. Here are just a few of the classes of drugs that are causing as many problems as they are solving --- probably more.
- HEARTBURN DRUGS (HERE, HERE & HERE as well)
- DIABETES DRUGS
- NSAIDS & CORTICOSTEROIDS
- DRUGS IN GENERAL
- SLEEPING PILLS
- MUSCLE RELAXERS
- FEMALE VIAGRA
- ADHD DRUGS
- LYRICA & NEURONTIN
- ASTHMA INHALERS
I could have kept going but I think you get the point. Drugs mess you up in ways that you cannot begin to comprehend (HERE & HERE) ---- until it happens to you. The cool thing is, there are actually ways to get off drugs. HERE is the template of an "Exit Strategy" one of my patients used to solve problems that were keeping her bedridden.
DANGEROUS & UNNECESSARY SURGERIES
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