"[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.
OR RIB TISSUE PROBLEMS?
The first thing that must happen is that the really bad things must be ruled out. Heart and Cardiovascular Problems are at the top of this list, but there can be others. Be aware that a Heart Attack can mimic muculoskeletal pain of various sorts. Also be aware that ischemia (lack of oxygen) from chronically clogged arteries can cause similar symptoms as well. Secondly, understand that while X-rays are a valuable diagnostic tool, unless you suspect a fracture, they are probably not going to provide pertinent information as far as short term pain relief is concerned.
Most of the time, a rib problem is going to manifest as pain in the area of the rib cage (all 360 degrees are potential places for pain to show its ugly head). This pain is typically sharp / severe, and is aggravated by coughing, sneezing, laughing, breathing, and other similar things. Interestingly enough, as severe as rib pain can be, it is not dangerous like a HERNIATED DISC can be. Another interesting fact about Subluxated Ribs is that as severe as their pain can be, when they are adjusted correctly, the pain relief is often instantaneous. If you are seeing someone for rib pain and getting adjusted over and over and over with no discernible decrease of your pain, something is being overlooked. Most of the time, this is either because the adjustment is not being done correctly, or more likely because there is a problem with the tissues around the rib.
Think about it this way. If you've ever eaten a rack of ribs before (and who hasn't?), you realize how much meat there is on the ribs. There is also a lot of Connective Tissue as well --- particularly Fascia. Anytime FASCIA is a primary player, the potential for pain is there (HERE are several articles to help you understand why). Sometimes it can be difficult to determine whether or not a problem is Rib Subluxation or Rib Tissue. Here are a few "rules" to keep in mind (bear in mind that none of these rules would be considered 'hard' or 'fast'.
- Have you been adjusted? If you have been adjusted several times and still have the pain, odds are that your rib is not simply "out of place". There is probably more to it, and one of the first things to think about is SCAR TISSUE.
- Does it hurt to move? Although a Rib Subluxations can hurt to move, in my experience, movement is more likely to bother someone with a Rib Tissue problem than a Rib Subluxation.
- Where does it hurt? If the pain is closer to the spine, there is a greater chance of it being a Rib Subluxation. The further away from the spine or breastbone that the pain is, the greater the chance it is Rib Tissue and not Rib Subluxation.
- Does the pain move or travel? With Rib Tissue issues, the pain is more likely to stay put, while Rib Subluxations can (and often do) create an irritation in the nerve than can travel all the way around the rib to the front.
As you can see, none of this is what I would call an exact science. Typically, the potentially severe pain of a Rib Subluxation will resolve rapidly with a proper adjustment. If I cannot get a relatively rapid improvement or resolution in my clinic, I may start checking to see if it is a Rib Tissue problem. In fact, I will sometimes check for a Rib Tissue problem immediately after adjustment if a person does not get the relief I think they should. HERE is a recent article I wrote on Rib Tissue Pain, complete with a couple of VIDEO TESTIMONIALS.
WHAT IS IT, WHAT CAUSES IT, WHY IS IT SO BAD, AND WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT?
Scar Tissue itself is very different than normal tissue --- facts you will find in any Pathology Textbook. Some of the various ways that Scar Tissue differs from normal tissue includes.....
- Scar Tissue is up to 1,000 times more pain-sensitive than normal tissue
- Scar Tissue is less elastic and weaker than normal tissue
- Scar Tissue has poor blood supply when compared to normal tissue
- Scar Tissue does not oxygenate as well as normal tissue
- Others (HERE) are twenty other reasons problems with Fascia have the potential to wreak havoc.
If you have scarring of your FASCIA, the situation can be critical. You have just taken what is arguably the single most pain-sensitive tissue in the body --- one that cannot readily be imaged with even the most advanced imaging techniques available today ---- and sensitizrf it up to a thousand times greater than normal. As you can see, this is a recipe for disaster --- a potential "PERFECT STORM" in the making. As you are probably starting to see, Scar Tissue --- particularly in the Fascial Membranes ---- has the potential to make a train wreck of your life.
HOW DOES ONE GET SCAR TISSUE IN THE FIRST PLACE?
This is easy to answer. You can develop Scar Tissue for any number of reasons, but they can be broken down into essentially two categories. These are TRAUMATIC INJURY OR REPETITIVE INJURY. Either one can break tissue down. Allow me to explain farther. In my clinic, I work chiefly out of two treatment rooms, each equipped with a counter top for me to put my tablet computer, instruments, and other small things on. I tell people that if I wanted to knock the counter top off of the wall, I could do it in one of two ways. I could use a the 16 lb antique sledge hammer I use for WORKING OUT and give it one massive slam (Traumatic Injury), or I could use a 10 oz ballpein hammer and simply tap tap tap (maybe for years) at the counter top until eventually, I broke it free from the wall (Repetitive Injury). Many injuries are combinations of these two together (HERE).
WHY IS SCAR TISSUE SO BAD?
Scar Tissue --- particularly the microscopic kind that is seen or properly diagnosed so infrequently --- is bad for a number of reasons. Some of them were covered in the first couple of paragraphs, but much of it boils down to pain. Not only can pain often be directly related to the Scar Tissue, it can be "indirectly" related as well. When you look at microscopic pictures taken of healthy Connective Tissues, you will notice that the fibers align in a neat, orderly, parallel fashion (HERE). This is what gives the tissue the ability to elast and stretch. The tissue in a scar is jumbled, tangled, twisted, and clumped, in all three dimensions, which makes it far less elastic (not to mention weaker) than normal tissue. Unfortunately, one of the chief causes of Degenerative Arthritis is abnormal joint motion or loss of motion. In other words, the scar-induced joint restriction ends up leading to things like bone spurs, calcium deposits, and thinning cartilages / discs (HERE and HERE). Because of these degenerative changes, the affected joints move even worse --- which causes more degenerative changes. Repeat cycle ad infinitum.
WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT SCAR TISSUE AND ADHESIONS OF THE FASCIA?
This is the real question that everyone wants to know. Frequently, however, physicians and even patients are so unaware of this whole scenario that they continue looking to standard medical tests and diagnostic imaging in an attempt to "see" what is causing the pain and dysfunction. We routinely see people who have been through this scenario for years --- or even decades (HERE are a few examples of what I am talking about).
Besides making some serious lifestyle changes in the event that you are dealing with some sort of "SYSTEMIC PROBLEM", you need to try Tissue Remodeling. TISSUE REMODELING is not like so many other Myofascial Therapies. Furthermore, one of the best things about it is that you will know in just one treatment whether or not it is going to help you (HERE). For a list of problems that can potentially be helped with Tissue Remodeling, go HERE.
SECRET VACCINE EXPERIMENTS
"The fact that no record of these trials can be found in the files relating to the Department of Local Government and Public Health, the Municipal Health Reports relating to Cork and Dublin, or the Wellcome Archives in London, suggests that vaccine trials would not have been acceptable to government, municipal authorities, or the general public. 'However, the fact that reports of these trials were published in the most prestigious medical journals suggests that this type of human experimentation was largely accepted by medical practitioners and facilitated by authorities in charge of children’s residential institutions.' " From the June 11, 2014 issue of The Daily Mail (UK). The article was titled Thousands of Children in Irish Care Homes at Centre of 'Baby Graves Scandal' Were Used in Secret Vaccine Trials in the 1930s.
For those who are interested, Burroughs Wellcome now has another name ---- one that many of you have heard of because of their own crooked dealings. Can anyone say GLAXO-SMITH KLINE? GSK has been all over the news in recent months (and recent years) for various sorts of fraudulent activities and underhanded dealings. Some of the latest came to light a couple months in emerging markets such as Iran (alleged bribery of government officials). Seems that the more things change, the more they stay the same. If you wish to read this article in its entirety, it will only take you a few minutes to do so (HERE).
SMALL TOWN GIRL MAKES GOOD IN THE WORLD OF ART
GUT HEALTH AND THE RELATIONSHIP
TO DIET AND EXERCISE
"Exercise seems to be another important factor in the relationship between the microbiota, host immunity, and host metabolism, with diet playing an important role." -Dr. Fergus Shanahan, Department of Medicine and Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, University College Cork, National University of Ireland, Cork, Ireland
A brand new study was published in one of the British Medical Journal's numerous specialty journals; Gut. Not only did diet and exercise both play an important role in the biodiversity that occurs within a healthy GUT, they found that increased consumption of protein seemed to help as well Hmmmmm. Can anyone say PALEO? Think about it; high Glycemic Index diets may not cause DYSBIOSIS, but they certainly feed it. Interestingly enough, the study's authors also found that those with better gut health had less INFLAMMATION. Frankly, none of this should come as a surprise.
The study's conclusions should be taken to heart by all of us. "The results provide evidence for a beneficial impact of exercise on gut microbiota diversity but also indicate that the relationship is complex and is related to accompanying dietary extremes." Although the "dietary extremes" they are talking about (Low Carb / High Protein), have been ravaged by the media lately; due to its ability to completely CONTROL BLOOD SUGAR, it is what I recommend for most of my patients.
CRISTIANO HAS TENDINOSIS IN HIS KNEE
A two-day-old article from Yahoo says that, "tendinosis is a non-inflammatory condition involving a previously injured tendon that heals with weak collagenous fibers, low weight-bearing resistance and has a high risk of future injury". BreakingNews.com describes Tendinosis as, "a degeneration of tendon's collagen due to chronic overuse". And in a June 4 article by Andi Thomas (Cristiano Ronaldo has Tendinosis. What the Hell is Tendinosis?) we learn even more. Listen to what Thomas writes...... "According to tendinosis.org, it's a "chronic injury of failed healing". Basically, it's when a lot of tiny tears to the connective tissue around the tendon start to have a cumulative effect on the strength of the tendon. Think pain, think stiffness, think mild swelling around the left knee. It's not to be confused with the more common tendonitis, which involves inflammation of the tendon itself."
POT IS LEGAL, BUT RAW MILK IS ILLEGAL
What? You're telling us that there are health risks associated with smoking pot? According to the "420" folks, marijuana is the greatest thing going, and has actually been shown to have numerous HEALTH BENEFITS; a great many of which are denied by VOLKOW'S PAPER. I am not here to either bash pot or advocate it's use. As is usually the case, the truth is somewhere in the middle. It just seems interesting that our government is actively working to legalize pot, while continuing their relentless attacks on small farmers for selling raw milk (non-commercially, I might add). HERE, HERE, and HERE are some local examples of this persecution of people that I personally know --- some of whom are patients.
WWII'S GREATEST BATTLE
OPERATION OVERLORD / D-DAY WAS 70 YEARS AGO TODAY
I used to treat hundreds of WWII Vets. Now I treat just a handful (HERE & HERE). There is good reason that these men are known as our "Greatest Generation". Not only did America's sons and fathers save Europe from Hitler and his totalitarian regime, they saved a huge portion of it from Communist Russia as well (unfortunately, part of Europe did become Eastern Bloc and ended up behind the Iron Curtain). Even though a post-Stalingrad Red Army would have eventually defeated the Germans without us, the fact that we opened up a second front in the West prevented the Russians from overrunning the entirety of the European continent (with the possible exception of the British Isles).
Earlier this week, I was asking a patient (I will call her "S") about her husband's seemingly strange first name --- a name that I have never heard before. It turns out that he was named after a war buddy of his father --- a man who had saved his life in 1945. This person --- a local farmer who was a patient of mine before he passed away a few years ago --- was shot in the ankle and captured by the Germans. As the Allies pushed northeast into Germany from France, Belgium, and Holland, allied POWs were taken further north toward Berlin. The word "taken" would not be exactly accurate here, as these men were frequently force-marched because there were no spare trucks for the Nazis to haul them in. In fact, the person telling me this story described it as a "Death March".
If you have not thanked a WWII Vet lately for the fact that you are free, do it today. Time is running out, as there are not many left. HERE is a tribute to one who was there.
CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN
CHRONIC NECK PAIN
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE PERMANENT CHANGES?
After talking to him about it almost a year ago, Dave finally took me up on the invitation to see if I could solve his neck problem. Because his range of motion was so restricted (and had been for over 20 years), I did a "Before and After" video, thinking that I could change both his range of motion and his pain levels quickly. One of his chief complaints was that while CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS were one of the only things that really helped him, the results would never last more than a few hours --- maybe a day if he was lucky. This is a classic sign of of FASCIAL ADHESIONS, and almost always indicates that Scar Tissue Remodeling would be appropriate. Bear in mind that these two videos were shot yesterday afternoon, about 15 or 20 minutes apart. Also remember that Dave had been a chiropractic patient for years.
DAVE "BEFORE" VIDEO
DAVE "AFTER" VIDEO
THREE YEARS OF CHRONIC BACK PAIN IN A YOUNG MAN
We took a few minutes and checked him for FASCIAL ADHESIONS of his THORACO-LUMBAR FASCIA. He was loaded with them. Before yesterday, I had not seen Stephen since I treated him eight months ago. Watch his testimonial! By the way, if you enjoy our VIDEO TESTIMONIALS, just click on the link to see dozens more.
CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN VIDEO TESTIMONIAL
WEAVER'S BOTTOM OR HAMSTRING TENDINOSIS?
(Or Piriformis Syndrome?)
- Pain in the upper area of the hamstring --- mostly where it connects to your "butt bone".
- Pain while sitting --- particularly on harder surfaces.
- An inability to stretch or contract your hamstring with any degree of force.
- Numbness and / or tingling in the leg.
- Butt pain.
- Worse pain when trying to move after resting.
The problem is, the symptoms of Weaver's Bottom can be very similar.
- Hip or buttock pain that is worse with sitting.
- Specific (and sometimes severe) point tenderness at the butt bone (ischial tuberosity).
- Numbness and / or tingling in the leg.
Here's the thing. Both of these have very similar symptoms, which are themselves similar to the BUTT PAIN caused by SCIATICA (which is itself a symptom) and / or PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME. The best way to deal with a chronic problem of this nature, is to hit it with everything you have. Instead of the usual PAIN MEDS and CORTICOSTEROID INJECTIONS, the first thing I would recommend is making sure that you are not driving an INFLAMMATORY PROCESS in your body (HERE is one example of what I mean by this).
From there you move on to TISSUE REMODELING, specific exercises and stretches, COLD LASER THERAPY, and possibly CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS, depending on what is going on with alignment of the pelvis. Developing CORE STRENGTH is always at the top of the list as well. You also might have to get a cushion or donut(s) to sit on while the area is healing --- or even rig up a way to stand at your desk.
Finally, be sure and remember that sometimes these various problems can overlap. In other words, a person could potentially have some degree of all or at least most of the problems listed on this page. This is why I am so keen on going back to the beginning and dealing with things in a SYSTEMIC FASHION.
MADSTAD WINDSHIELD REVIEW
REVIEW OF LED RIDER'S HIGH OUTPUT 5 XM-L FLOOD LIGHT
"Listen Russ, I've been meaning to talk to you about something. Next turkey season you should really use a shotgun instead of your Goldwing. Not glad to see you damage your bike, but it was the perfect excuse to get away." -Fred Harmon of Angel Ride Enterprises
After arriving on Sunday evening, Fred spent Monday working on the bike, taking it apart, putting new parts on, and then putting it back together with a couple of twists (a MADSTAD Windshield and a pair of LED RIDER "anti-deer" lights), while Diane spent time with Amy and the girls. Since Fred finished the GOLDWING on Monday, we all went to the CURRENT RIVER on Tuesday. We ended up taking a 20 mile boat ride up to BLUE SPRINGS. We then spent the afternoon cooking (pics below), floating in the boat, swimming, and hanging out on the gravel bars. We even stopped by Big Springs on the way home. It was a great day in every sense of the word!
For the record (and particularly for the guys on the GL1800Riders Board), I want to let everyone know just how terrible a person Fred really is. He actually "forced" me to ride his Traxxion-equipped 2012, for which he just happens to be a dealer. All I can say is DANG! The custom suspension by Traxxion Dynamics is the real McCoy ---- especially considering he is running their "Mega Monty". Can't justify it for my bike (I broke down and did the upper and lower Triple Trees with a brand new rear shock from a GW being triked), but the ride, cornering, and low-speed turning were ridiculous.
I can adjust the ride so that if I want, I have almost no air on me whatsoever. Interestingly enough, there was so little air behind the windshield that I had to take my foam Tunnel Blockers out in order to hear the radio through my external speakers. Not sure why, but the acoustics were different with the Madstad (BTW, the Madstad does not cut down on road noise even though it cuts way down on buffeting). My wife also gets less buffeting with the Madstad, although the Baker Hand Wings do an excellent job of helping with that situation (we did have to use a Dremel to cut a small notch in the bottom of the Bakers to accommodate the lights).
I went with the Madstad over the Windbender because of good reviews on bigger Harleys, and because the rake is a built-in feature as opposed to being a one hundred dollar option. If anyone has any specific questions, just leave a comment and I will answer it for all to see. By the way, I would like to give a huge thank you to FRED HARMON. There might be someone on the planet who knows more about fixing Goldwings than Fred, but I would not have a clue who it is.
DIET SODAS FOR WEIGHT LOSS
SURELY YOU JEST
"In unrelated news, the Alliance of Princess Tea Parties has released a study showing that boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider." Phillip Ryan commenting on a May 28 article by Allison Aubrey (Could Diet Soda Really Be Better Than Water For Weight Loss?).
I have not only written numerous articles on SODA over the years, but have written extensively about DIET SODA as well. And to be very specific, I have repeatedly shown you that Diet Sodas DO NOT help people with long term weight loss. In fact, numerous peer-reviewed studies have shown that Diet Soda actually causes weight gain. Once you understand that MSG and NUTRASWEET (Aspartame) are both excitotoxins, and excitotoxins are known to cause OBESITY, you should begin to wonder how this study's authors got the results they did. Truth be known, they got it in the same fashion that the majority of our EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE is gathered in this country ---- someone paid for it.
When you start to look at this research, almost immediately you read that, "the study was fully funded by The American Beverage Association". Furthermore, the study's lead author, Dr. John C. Peters, "received consulting fees from The Coca-Cola Company outside of the submitted work." He was not the only author to do so. This is no different than a few years ago when the American Corn Growers told 60 Minutes that HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP was the same as white sugar. By the way, who is John C. Peters? He is an Associate Professor and Chief Strategy Officer at the University of Colorado's Anschutz Wellness Center. We learn from the university's website that Peters, "spent more than 25 years in research and development with the Proctor & Gamble Company, where he conducted and managed research, technology and product development programs in areas including nutrition, obesity, diabetes, metabolism........".
Riddle me this Batman. How in the world does one whose life work can be summed up as, "involved in a number of public health initiatives aimed at promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors for the prevention and management of obesity and diabetes," be taking money from Coca Cola and telling us that Diet Soda is better for us than water? You're right; it is a terrible CONFLICT-OF-INTEREST. But hey; the medical research field is littered with them. What's new?
If you are interested in losing real weight, it's going to take some real effort --- mostly regarding what you chose or chose not to put in your mouth. HERE are a few posts on Weight Loss. If you are going to do it, you may as well do it right!
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