"[Lateral spinal] curves are important because they are useful to increase strength, and to maintain balance, shock absorption and fracture protection." From the Chinese study we are discussing today.
Today I want to show you something interesting. Medical Academia (particularly those in the field of biomechanics) are chipping away at this common assertion ---- the assertion that abnormal cervical curves are; well..... normal. Interestingly enough, this latest study (yeah, I realize it is over a year old) was done not solely by medical professionals, but by engineers who wanted to learn more about spinal function. A group of Chinese physicians and engineers, working in Hangzhou Red Cross Hospital in Zhejiang, China, created a model that shows just how severely abnormal mechanics of one's neck bones (aka, the cervical spine) can affect one's life. The study (Straightened Cervical Lordosis Causes Stress Concentration: A Finite Element Model Study), was published in the March 2013 issue of the journal Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine.
Comparing biomechanical computer models of cervical spines based on our knowledge of ranges of motion with the normal lordotic curve, to computer models based on necks with diminished cervical curves, the two models were compared, with findings were interesting to say the least. One of the things the authors did was to describe the spine as a, "highly versatile mechanism" that "displays all rigidity, strength, and leverage required in the jib of a crane" Sounds sort of like something I talked to you about a few years back (HERE). Now listen to these conclusions taken directly from the article's abstract, and follow along as I explain what this means in English.
"The results demonstrated that the active movement range of straightened cervical spine decreased by 24-33%, but the stress increased by 5-95%. The stress was concentrated at the facet joint cartilage, uncovertebral joint and the disk. The results suggest that cervical lordosis may have a direct impact on cervical spondylosis treatment."
This study talks at length about the way that a loss of proper cervical curvature affects the nervous system. That's right folks. BJ may not have been as crazy as some would say! Abnormal spinal function cause problems (mechanical tension, irritation, interference, etc) within the nervous system. Listen to this quote from the paper about the regions of the Nervous System that they found to be affected by improper mechanics of the cervical spine, "hind-brain, cranial nerves, cervical cord, and cervical nerve roots". Did you catch that? If you are one of the millions of Americans struggling with CHRONIC NECK PAIN, you absolutely need to re-read that sentence. The authors are saying that both the BRAIN & SPINAL CORD, as well as the nerves that come directly off the Brain (CRANIAL NERVES) and Spinal Cord (Spinal Nerves) are all potentially affected by these abnormal biomechanical processes.
The thing is, if you will take a moment to READ, you will realize that chiropractors have been talking about this phenomenon for more than a century. Solving these sorts of problems is what I have been doing in my clinic for nearly a quarter century ---- finding the areas of the spine that are misaligned or are moving abnormally (these are often the result of SCAR TISSUE --- particularly in the FASCIA), and restoring function. Restore function and you decrease pain. Restore function and you slow down the Degenerative Processes that are working on all of us. Restore function and you take interference out of the Nervous System ---- the place where the I-don't-believe-that-just-happened MIRACLES take place. Restore function and improve the quality of your life.
Do drugs (PAIN PILLS, Muscle Relaxers, ANTI-INFLAMMTORIES, CORTICOSTEROID INJECTIONS, etc) restore function? Absolutely not --- not in any sense of the word. While they might provide some temporary relief for certain conditions, the dirty little secret in the field of medicine is that not only do these things not restore or increase function, over the long haul, they actually diminish it even further than it already is.
THE HIGH COST OF A
HIGH CARB LIFESTYLE
"Carbohydrate metabolism is important in the development of Type II Diabetes, which occurs when the body can’t make enough insulin or can’t properly use the insulin it makes." Harvard School of Public Health's internet article (Carbohydrates and Blood Sugar).
THE HIGH CARB / HIGH SUGAR LIFESTYLE
The things is, many of us think that since we are not fat, we are getting away with living the "High Carb Lifestyle" (HERE). Although the numbers of young children who are OBESE is going through the roof (HERE --- just yesterday I saw a 16 year old Type II Diabetic), it is still common to see rail-thin children, adolescents, and even young adults, eating horrendous diets and seemingly neither gaining weight nor paying the price as far as their health is concerned. If you think this lifestyle is going to work out for the long haul, take five minutes to finish this article. Or just go to your next class reunion and see for yourself.
- Weight Gain --- Particularly in the Midsection
- Bloating / Gas
- Sugar Cravings
- Intense Hunger
- Frequent Hunger no Matter how much you Eat
- Concentration Problems
- Anxiety / Panic / Depression
- Lack of Focus or Motivation / Brain Fog
- Fatigue/ Chronic Tiredness / Lethargy
- Weakness (Temporary) / Shaking / Temporary Tremor
- Rapid Heart Beat
- Blurred Vision / Double Vision
HYPERGLYCEMIA / HYPOGLYCEMIA
As you lose your ability to control / regulate your blood sugar, you will see it bounce both up and down. When the blood sugar levels go up, your body makes insulin to deal with it. As the body dumps more and more insulin into the system in it's effort to keep up with regulation, you will sometimes see blood sugar levels plummet below baseline. This is known as "REACTIVE HYPOGLYCEMIA" and is actually the flip side of the same coin which is just a hop, skip, and jump away from Type II Diabetes. That's right. As strange as it may seem, low blood sugar is a step on the path to Diabetes.
While this is a serious situation, the problem is that if the Insulin Resistant patient's BLOOD SUGAR levels don't slide into the range to be officially labeled as a "Diabetic" (or at the very least, "Metabolic Syndrome"), little or nothing is going to be done about it other than your doctor possibly providing some BLOOD SUGAR DRUGS for the symptoms that you will soon be having if you are not having them already.
- High Triglycerides (or currently being treated for high triglycerides)
- Low HDL Cholesterol (or currently on a STATIN DRUG)
- High Blood Pressure (or being treated for high blood pressure)
- A Fasting Blood Sugar over 100 (or having been treated for Type II Diabetes at any point in your lifetime)
Listen to the conclusions of this study (Prevalence and Trends of Metabolic Syndrome in the Adult U.S. Population, 1999–2010) from last August's issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. "The increasing prevalence of abdominal obesity, particularly among female adults, highlights the urgency of addressing abdominal obesity as a healthcare priority." I have been warning people (particularly men, women, and children) for well over a decade about the numerous problems associated with ABDOMINAL OBESITY. Because Obesity is considered (as is Diabetes) to be an "INFLAMMATORY" problem, most doctors will tell you that either one causes the other since they are so intimately related to each other.
TYPE II DIABETES
One of the most fascinating things that I have noticed about people with Type II Diabetes in recent years, is that even when they trade in their High Carb Lifestyle for a LOW CARB LIFESTYLE, although the majority lose weight rapidly (HERE), some have trouble. And for many others, even though they lose the weight, they cannot seem to get their blood sugar regulated back to normal without medication --- even though they might be considered downright SKINNY. This is because when you get down to brass tacks, Diabetes is not really a "blood sugar" problem as much as it is one of the numerous CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DEGENERATIVE DISEASES. This means that for most of you, sugar is probably your biggest source of inflammation (HERE). However, some of you will have to figure out the source of your INFLAMMATION and squelch it. I'll show you how momentarily.
A MISERABLE DEATH
According to the Honor Society of Nursing, "nearly 25 percent of the adult population in the United States suffers from metabolic syndrome X. Of the adult population, roughly 40 percent of people over 50 have metabolic syndrome X." The truth is, their numbers are way too low (HERE). Add to this the nearly 30 million Americans with Type II Diabetes (a nearly 20% increase over 2010 --- at a cost of over half a trillion dollars), and you'll begin to wonder why Diabetes is only the 7th leading cause of death in the US and not at the very top (probably because Blood Sugar Dysregulation is the #1 factor in our nation's leading causes of death, including HEART DISEASE, CANCER and most INFECTIOUS DISEASES).
Rest assured, the longer you live the High Carb Lifestyle, the more it is going to cost you, the more years you are taking off your life, and the less quality your remaining years will contain. And if you do manage to live to a ripe old age, odds are that you will be physically miserable (HERE). If you are truly interested in making a change, I have something for you to read (HERE). And the crazy thing is, it's not even that hard ---- and usually preferable to being six feet under.
GLUTEN SENSITIVITY IN THE NON-CELIAC
TRUTH OR FICTION?
"There's no question that gluten can affect your neurological system: people with both celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity report symptoms that range from headaches and brain fog to peripheral neuropathy (tingling in your extremities). Neurological illnesses such as epilepsy, depression and anxiety also are common in those who react to gluten." Medical Author Jane Anderson, from May 2014's Gluten-Related Neurological Symptoms and Conditions
The reason I am bringing this up is because I have seen a spate of recent articles --- many by physicians or researchers with fancy titles and lots and lots of letters behind their names ---- telling us that unless you are actually diagnosed with Celiac Disease, your problem has nothing whatsoever to do with Gluten. In fact, a recent poll of America's doctors revealed that over half believe this to be true (HERE). But as we all know, just because the majority rules, does not necessarily mean they are right. Part of the problem seems to be the way that many experts look at Gluten Sensitivity.
Some of the problems being associated with Gluten in the peer-reviewed literature are downright freaky. For instance, how long have we known that there is an intimate link between FIBROMYALGIA and IBS? Actually, we've known it for a very long time. But that "anecdotal" evidence recently became "empirical" with a study that was published in a 2013 issue of Arthritis Research & Therapy. In this study (Remarkable Prevalence of Coeliac Disease in Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome plus Fibromyalgia in Comparison with those with Isolated Irritable Bowel Syndrome), we learned that 7% of those struggling with Fibromyalgia also had Celiac, which is far less common that non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity. Here are the study's conclusions.
"Interestingly enough, these seven patients were started on a gluten-free diet (GFD), showing a remarkable improvement in their digestive and systemic symptoms on follow-up. The findings of this screening indicate that a non-negligible percentage of IBS/FMS patients are CD patients, whose symptoms can improve and in whom long-term CD-related complications might possibly be prevented with a strict lifelong GFD."
Another of these "crazy" problems that is sometimes associated with Gluten is Schizophrenia (no pun intended). Although Schizophrenia is not nearly as common as some of the other problems we have discussed in the past as being associated with Gluten, the two have been linked together by the scientific medical community for over 60 years. After a 1954 article showed that almost 10% of a group with Celiac Disease had Schizophrenia, an article by F.C. Dohan (M.D.) published in the 1966 issue of the American Journal of American Nutrition, further explored the link between Gluten and Schizophrenia. Listen to the conclusions that were written 48 yeas ago.
"The percent change in pre-war values during World War II in the number of women admitted to hospitals for the first time with Schizophrenia in five countries, was found to be significantly correlated with the percent change in the amount of wheat and wheat plus rye consumed."
I want to look at Gluten and Tinnitus / Vertigo (sometimes referred to as Meneire's Disease). Although these two problems are quite different from each other, they are related because both have to do with the inner ear (and many people with one, also have the other). Read this abstract from the March 2012 issue of The Laryngoscope (a journal for ENT's).
Wheat is one of the most common food allergens found in patients with Meniere’s Disease. Gluten from wheat has been identified to have a etiopathogenetic role in celiac disease, IgE hypersensitivity to wheat disease, and recently to [non-celiac] gluten sensitivity. There were 58 adult patients with definite Meniere’s Disease, 25 healthy volunteers, and 25 patients with grass pollen rhinoconjunctivitis [allergies] tested with skin prick test to gliadin [Gluten]. A total of 33 Meniere’s Disease patients (56.9%) proved to be sensitive to gliadin.
In the March 2012 edition of Nutritional Neuroscience (Effectiveness of the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet for Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Based on Parental Report), we find some damning evidence. Although many will scream that this is not really EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE because it is not a double-blinded, placebo-controlled study (it is a survey), the conclusions are difficult to dismiss. "Overall, diet efficacy among children whose parents reported the presence of GI symptoms, food allergy diagnoses, and suspected food sensitivities included greater improvement in ASD behaviors, physiological symptoms, and social behaviors compared with children whose parents reported none of these symptoms, diagnoses, or sensitivities. Parental report of strict diet implementation, indicated by complete gluten/casein elimination and infrequent diet errors during and outside of parental care, also corresponded to improvement in ASD behaviors, physiological symptoms, and social behaviors."
And what about this study from PLoS One a year ago this month (Markers of Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity in Children with Autism)? "Children with autism had significantly higher levels of IgG antibody to gliadin [Gluten] compared with unrelated healthy controls. A subset of children with autism displays increased immune reactivity to gluten, the mechanism of which appears to be distinct from that in celiac disease. The increased anti-gliadin antibody response and its association with GI symptoms points to a potential mechanism involving immunologic and / or intestinal permeability abnormalities in affected children." Stop for a moment. If you are wondering what these "intestinal permeability abnormalities" in the affected children are, look no further. Can anyone say "LEAKY GUT SYNDROME"?
If you or someone you love are dealing with health problems that no one can get a handle on of figure out, I would advise you to read THESE POSTS first. To learn more about the best way to go GLUTEN FREE, just follow the link.
OLDER RESEARCH ON GLUTEN SENSITIVITY
I’ve long suspected that everyone has some degree of sensitivity to gluten, even if they’ve never been formally diagnosed and even if they don’t notice any overt symptoms after eating it. Mark Sisson from the September 5th 2012 issue of his blog called Mark's Daily Apple (How Common is Gluten Sensitivity?).
The point I would like to get across is that according to the latest research, only a small fraction of those who are Gluten Sensitive actually have Celiac Disease. However, many of the same things that are true about Celiac Disease are also true of non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity. I tell you this so that when you read some of the conclusions of the research I am going to present today, you can have a better understanding of what is going on in the field of Gluten Research by substituting the words "Gluten Sensitivity" for "Celiac Disease". Although there will be many who will argue against this point to the bitter end, the proof is in the fact that I see miracle after miracle after medical miracle, simply as the result of pulling patients off of Gluten.
To get the ball rolling, I will mention a study that was published in the March, 2010 issue of Current Opinion in Gastroenterology. The study, (Celiac Disease) concluded that, "In the last year, work has shown that the prevalence of celiac disease has increased dramatically, not simply due to increased detection. Also, undiagnosed celiac disease may be associated with increased mortality." We are going to discuss both of these topics today and then end by asking ourselves why Celiac Disease is increasing dramatically. But first let's look at a study that gives us a glimpse into how much higher the incidence of mortality (death) really is.
GLUTEN SENSITIVITY & INCREASED MORTALITY
The elephant in the corner is that we already know that the vast majority of those with Celiac Disease are never diagnosed, and that the vast majority of those with Gluten Sensitivity do not actually have Celiac Disease. In fact, if you look at the results of a study that was published in a 2006 issue of the medical journal Gut, you learn that Gluten Sensitivity is somewhat like an iceberg, where as much as 90% of it lies unseen below the water's surface. This begs the question of how big the 'Gluten' iceberg really is. Gut told us eight years ago that, "these figures suggest that the current ratio of clinically diagnosed to undetected cases — that is, “the size of the iceberg”—in the UK is approximately 1 in 8." In other words, 87.5% of the iceberg is hidden under the water. The whole while, THE TITANIC roars on full steam ahead (HERE also).
GLUTEN & TYPE I DIABETES
The "islets" they are talking about here (Islets of Langerhans) refers to the part of the pancreas that makes hormones (Glucagon, Amylin, Somatostain, Pancreatic Polypeptide, Ghrelin, and yes, Insulin).
In other words, if your mom or dad are Gluten Sensitive, you have a much greater chance of developing the Autoimmune form of Diabetes (Type I) than someone with a non-Gluten Sensitive mother. And as astounding as it might seem, early adherence to a Gluten Free diet has been shown to halt the development of Type I Diabetes in this group. Need more evidence? A Danish study published just last month showed that a Gluten Free diet done prenatally (via mom's diet) or early in life via mother's milk, significantly reduces the risk of developing Type I Diabetes --- a big deal considering incidence in America has skyrocketed in recent years to 3 million, is increasing by about 3% per year, and increased by almost 25% over during the decade of the 1990's.
GLUTEN AND THE BRAIN
ARE WE GETTING IT RIGHT?
In the Harvard Medical Practice Study, diagnostic error accounted for 17% of preventable errors in hospitalized patients, and a systematic review of autopsy studies covering four decades found that approximately 9% of patients experienced a major diagnostic error that went undetected while the patient was alive. Taken together, these studies imply that thousands of hospitalized patients die every year due to diagnostic errors. From the website of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
This is more evidence that diagnostic errors could easily be the biggest patient safety and medical malpractice problem in the United States. There’s a lot more harm associated with diagnostic errors than we imagined. Dr. David Newman-Toker (M.D. / Ph.D.), neurologist and professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, as well as head of the recent BMJ Quality and Safety study saying that in the US, as many as 160,000 people a year die or are maimed as the direct result of diagnostic errors.
From everything I have read, it seems this is doubtful. HERE is one such example of studies pertaining to medical errors. I do not want to go into great detail right now, but if you search my site along with the internet, you'll find thousands upon thousands of other such examples, including ONE OF MINE. The point is, making a proper diagnosis is difficult. Especially today when everybody and their brother is OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE and struggling with AUTOIMMUNITY, LEAKY GUT SYNDROME, and / or a plethora of CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DEGENERATIVE DISEASES.
I remember back to a professor I had in school who is now an expert in the field of Functional Medicine as well as having a Diplomate in Radiology. Brilliant diagnostician! He showed us a study from one of the latest medical journals of the day showing how upon autopsy, it was revealed that only about one in four medical diagnosis was actually correct. Naturally, this means that the vast majority of diagnosis are incorrect. However, he showed us something that provides a real advantage in the field of Natural Medicine / Physical Medicine. When it comes to treating people with the sorts of problems that I see day in and day out, knowing exactly which tissue is injured or what specific disc is hurting is probably not as important as one would initially think. The reason is that virtually all the injured tissues that we treat respond to motion / movement and proper nutrition.
This is particularly true when I try and differentiate TENDINOSIS from FASCIAL ADHESIONS (it can sometimes prove impossible). Be aware that the same treating and healing principles are true when dealing with CHRONIC ILLNESS as well. In other words, as long as you are not in the throes of some sort of life-threatening health issue, there are certain protocols that will help almost everyone --- depending on the category of problem you have. As far as a starting point is concerned, HERE are some articles on this subject. I am not for one minute saying that diagnosis is unimportant. What I am saying is that general protocols, such as those listed in the previous link, are going to help huge numbers of people, with little or no downside.
ARE THEY ALWAYS ENOUGH TO RESTORE GUT HEALTH?
- MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT HAVE A LEAKY GUT: If you do not know what I am talking about here, take a few minutes to read my post about Dr. Oz's program on LEAKY GUT SYNDROME. If you have a "Leaky Gut" (the medical community refers to this as "Increased Intestinal Permeability"), all bets are off as far as your ability to get well is concerned --- unless you deal with it first. There are now several companies, including Cyrex, who make simple, inexpensive tests for this commonly overlooked, but very serious problem.
- CUT THE SUGAR: If you have any sort of Gut problem or DYSBIOSIS (too many bad bacteria or yeast and not enough good bacteria), you will have to dry up their food source if you hope to make headway. This will probably mean cutting back not only on SUGAR and HIGH GLYCEMIC INDEX CARBOHYDRATES, but on many different fruits as well. This is another of the reasons I so heavily promote a PALEO DIET for most people struggling with Chronic Illness. Be aware that if you have Candida Yeast, you may have to get crazy strict with your carbohydrate restriction. Either way you slice it, a Paleo Diet high in both soluble and insoluble fiber is going to help you accomplish your goal, as these are the food-of-choice for the good bacteria living in your Gut.
- EAT FERMENTED FOODS: Some of those that I use or have used in the past include Sauerkraut, Beet Kavass (my favorite), Kombucha, Kefier (hopefully you have access to RAW MILK), as well as a host of others. I strongly advise people --- as much as it is possible --- to make their own. The internet is full of information and recipes on this topic.
- GARDEN: Gardening is an oft-forgotten link in the whole Gut Health dilema. The very same bacteria in your organically maintained garden are the bacteria that will be (or at least should be) widely found in your Gut. This is why I told you a number of months ago to EAT DIRT!
- EXERCISE: In case you did not see it, a recent study said that REGULAR EXERCISE dramatically increases both the numbers of good bacteria in the Gut, as well as the numbers of different strains of good bacteria in the Gut. Both are critical for good health.
- STOOL TRANSPLANTS: Gulp! Did I just say what you think I said? Yes I did. HERE and HERE are a couple of articles. Bear in mind that these articles are for informational purposes only, and should not be acted upon without the express written consent of your physician.
- TAKE A QUALITY PROBIOTIC: If you are taking "Acidophilus", you are probably missing the boat on this one. Acidophilus is the name of one single strain of bacteria. We use a probiotic that contains about 20 different strains of HSO's (Homeostatic Soil Organisms) --- the most common bacteria found in organic soil. Just remember; it's not that probiotics are somehow bad, but that they are probably not enough --- especially for those of you who are chronically ill.
It is critical to understand that your overall health is directly related to the health of your Gut. For more information on this topic, you can comb through the archived articles I have written under GUT HEALTH.
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE & CANCER
IS THERE ANY SCIENCE BEHIND IT?
The annual meeting of the ASCO (the American Society of Clinical Oncology) is one of the biggest physician gatherings on cancer on the planet, and as you'll see, Dr. Gorski is concerned that "quackery" is invading his chosen profession. The session that Gorski was particularly upset about was called, "Integrative Oncology: The Evidence Base".
The list of alternatives that were discussed at the meeting (and then discussed by Dr. Gorski in his post) was as follows.
- Meditation and other “mind-body” therapies
- Optimal nutrition, special diets, and supplements
- Massage Therapies
- Music Therapy
- Acupuncture Treatment
If Dr. Gorski and other cancer doctors / policy makers really believe that diet and exercise are part of the "fortress" that makes up "science-based medicine", why don't we see this play out in the average patient's cancer treatment? I would contend that unless you are treating at a very select few cancer treatment facilities, you will not be provided with any (strong word, but it is the correct one) advice on diet or exercise. In my nearly three decades of experience with patients, the exact opposite is far more likely to occur (HERE). In fact, other than patients who have sought out "alternative" practices for treating their cancer either here in the States or in Mexico, I have yet to hear of a patient being given any sort of real / substantial advice concerning diet other than, "eat whatever you want" (see previous link). And why not? Especially if, as Dr. Gorski says, these are "science-based".
The truth is, "science" is not necessarily what we have always thought it was, or what we were taught it was while in school. All too often, science is paid for by the highest bidder, making large amounts of what we today refer to as EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE, anything but. As is always the case, I would suggest that you not blindly follow your doctor concerning anything. Do your own research and make educated decisions about your healthcare --- especially when it comes to CANCER.
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).
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