WEAVER'S BOTTOM OR PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME?
Earlier this week I saw a patient for PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME that had come quite a distance to see me. This person had some absolutely brutal FASCIAL ADHESIONS and Scar Tissue around the area of the buttocks / posterior hip. I had treated this person once before --- several months ago; but in the meantime, they had been to an older "Country Doctor" (there are not many of these left) who told this individual that their problem was not Piriformis Syndrome, but was instead something called Weaver's Bottom. Weaver's Bottom?
Although I do not claim to be a very intelligent person, this term, "Weaver's Bottom" was completely new to me --- something I had never heard of before. My patient said that it is what people who used to sit on a hard stool or chair all day long, while weaving on a loom or wheel, used to get. Of course I wanted to know more, so I jumped online and started to read.
Weaver's Bottom is the 'Olde Tyme' common name for something called Ischial Bursitis. Let me help you find your Ischial Tuberosity. First (and this is extremely important), look around and make sure no one is watching you do this (you'll understand why momentarily). Now lean to one side and run your finger along the bottom part of your bottom --- right where you sit. Now feel for what I tell my patients is the "Butt Bone". You just found your Ischial Tuberosity!
In the picture below, the Ischial Tuberosity is bony prominence that is just below the "eyes" of the pelvis ---- the lowest part of the pelvis that you sit on. Now, take a look at how far the Piriformis Muscle is from the Ischial Tuberosity. Although the Sciatica (leg pain) could certainly radiate into the area of the Ischial Tuberosity, I do not typically see Piriformis problems referring pain solely to that particular spot.
There is a fluid-filled sac that sits on the bottom of the Ischial Tuberosity called the Ischial Bursa. The purpose of any bursae is to protect both tendons and bones from the friction that they create when they rub against each other during movement. The word 'itis' means INFLAMMATION; and when used in conjunction with the word, "bursa", you get BURSITIS --- an inflammation of the bursa. Although I think that there are lots of people who suffer with Ischial Bursitis (Weaver's Bottom), my guess is that it is frequently misdiagnosed.
I have always said that much, if not most of what is diagnosed as bursitis, is really Tendinosis. TENDINOSIS is the problem that doctors used to refer to as tendinitis. As far as the medical profession is concerned, it makes no difference to them what they call it because they treat it the same way ---- anti-inflammatory drugs and CORTICOSTEROID INJECTIONS. In some cases of severe Ischial Bursitis, the bursa is actually removed surgically.
There is a direct relationship between the Piriformis Muscle and the Sciatic Nerve --- the nerve that causes leg pain when irritated. Look at the picture on the left. If you move down from the Piriformis, you will see the white tendon of the long head of the Hamstring Muscle anchoring itself to a bony prominence (red). This bony prominence is the Ischial Tuberosity or "Butt Bone" as I called it earlier.
Just from looking at the anatomy of the area, you should start to realize that Weaver's Bottom (Ischial Bursitis) and Piriformis Syndrome (with sciatica or without) are two very different problems that in most cases should be fairly easy to distinguish from one another. For one thing, you will not get sciatica with Ischial Bursitis. For another thing, HAMSTRING TENDINOSIS will usually be helped by our Scar Tissue Remodeling work, but it may very well aggravate a true bursitis.
Sitting tends to aggravate both Piriformis Syndrome and Ischial Bursitis; and Ischial Bursitis is usually caused by either traumatic or repetitive injury --- the same things that can cause Piriformis Tendinosis. This can sometimes make Weaver's Bottom somewhat difficult to distinguish from Hasmstring Tendinosis. This is a very similar phenomenon to BICEPS TENDINOSIS being frequently misdiagnosed as Subacromial Bursitis. Just be aware that MRI will usually fail to identify any of these problems (HERE), and is not typically a good diagnostic tool for them.
THE GIANTS ARE DYING
The experts tell us that the remaining WWII veterans are dying at the rate of nearly 1,000 a day. When I was newly in practice over twenty years ago, I treated scores of these vets. Not so now. It's a sad thought, but with the youngest of these men approaching 90 years old, it won't be long before they are all gone.
Maybe it's because my mom lost her father while she was still an infant (the Ardennes Forrest in Belgium ---- the Battle of the Bulge), but I have always been a student of the Second World War. I probably have about 200 books on the subject in my personal library. But sitting and talking with these men as they open up about their experiences, and listening to what they went through to keep this nation free has always been a privilege; something truly unforgettable. Yesterday I was talking with an elderly woman whose husband is in a nursing home with Alzheimer's. I relayed a story about her husband's brother that she had never heard before.
This man was stuck in a foxhole somewhere in the South Pacific (maybe Guadalcanal) for the better part of two weeks. It rained the entire time, and he and the rest of his company's clothes and boots were literally rotting off of them. They all had varying degrees of Malaria and Dysentery, and were covered with a wide range of skin conditions collectively called, "Jungle Rot". As he came out of his hole for an attack, a Japanese shell hit close by and knocked him down. He said it felt like someone had hit him in the chest with a baseball bat. He looked down, and there in his the front pocket of his shirt, embedded in the cigarette tin where he kept his Testament, was a jagged, smoking, hunk of shrapnel about the size of a shooter marble. It had literally buried itself in the pages of his Bible. He brought it in and I got to actually hold it in my hands. His Bible kept the shrapnel from going through his heart!
I treated a quiet, unassuming farmer who was a tank commander in Europe. He went through 5 different Shermans over the course of the war. One would get blown up, and if you survived, they gave you another one and told you to get down the road. I knew a gentleman who flew scores of bombing missions in both Europe and the South Pacific. I spoke with a patient one day who told me a story about one of our local pastors. It seems that these two friends who ended up in the same company, wound up together in the Far East and traveled across North Korea together in an old wooden box car. They told me that they have never felt anything so cold in their life. I have heard heartbreaking stories of loss, and dramatic stories of courage too many times to count.
The men that came home, got married, had families, worked all sorts of jobs, went to church, built their communities, and never complained or felt like the world owed them anything. They were thankful to be alive. We could all take a lesson. Thank a veteran today, and remember those fallen heroes that never made it home. Most of that generation --- the 'Greatest Generation' --- was a hero. We could all take a lesson. The giants are dying.
COLD LASER THERAPY AND TRIGGER POINTS
I have been using Cold Laser Therapy (aka Low Level Laser Therapy or LLLT) for the better part of two years. Although it has certainly not helped every person we have treated with it, it has helped a significant percentage, with some of those being characterized as nothing short of "miraculous".
One of the things we have used it for is Trigger Points. TRIGGER POINTS are small knots of muscles that, although they can occur anywhere, usually occur in the trapezius muscle (where the back meets the neck and shoulder). Although our tissue work helps some of these folks, unfortunately these are, much of the time, not simply FASCIAL ADHESIONS.
What does the scientific peer-reviewed literature have to say about COLD LASER THERAPY for Trigger Points? Let's go back a few years and take a look. in the January 2009 edition of JMPT (The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics), a study was published called, "Chiropractic Management of Myofascial Trigger Points and Myofascial Pain Syndrome: A Systemic Review of the Literature" . 112 relevant studies were reviewed, and various forms of Trigger Point treatments were looked at. Here are the results of this study.
Did you catch that? The evidence for Low Level Laser Therapy (Cold Laser Therapy) is strong for dealing with myofascial pain issues --- particularly Trigger Points. To learn how it works, click the link above. Because Trigger Points can be so difficult to completely get rid of, I would suggest the inexpensive TheraCane or Back-Buddy for dealing with these at home and in the office. I would also suggest asking your Chiropractor about using a DAKOTA TRACTION DEVICE. Not sure what I'm talking about? Read my posts on EXTENSION THERAPY and DRY NEEDLING.
GOVERNMENT PANEL SAYS THAT DOCTORS SHOULD SCREEN FOR OBESITY
This latest recommendation by the United States Preventative Services Task Force is a real head-scratcher. For Pete's sake; most people own a mirror and scale. Really; how hard is it to admit that you should probably be doing some things differently --- like maybe some push-aways from the table. Take the bull by the horns and start reading through my posts on WEIGHT LOSS. I promise that the information there will be far better than what your doctor provides you.
GLUTEN FREE ELIMINATION DIET....
"We are in fact considered a human commodity. Our loved ones, our children, our elderly are considered cash cows that are preyed upon by pharmaceutical reps such as myself that are encouraged to go in and build market share without thinking of the consequences to patients, without knowing the misinformation that they are distributing, without being aware that the clinical data has been contrived or that the patient population has been cherry-picked, or that the side effects have been minimized and represented in such a manner as it doesn't present the information correctly."
FASCIA TRANSMITS MESSAGES
ACTING AS SECOND NERVOUS SYSTEM
Fascia researcher, cell biologist and biophysicist, DR. JAMES OSCHMAN recently quoted from a biology book that is over 60 years old (Man on His Nature), which can be seen at the top of the page. The quote pertains to the fact that despite having no nervous system, a paramecium (single cell organism) can swim like a dolphin, avoid creatures trying to eat it, find food, and mate. How is this? How can a single-celled organism do all these things without a brain or nervous system to guide it and provide messages?
And increasing amount of scientific research shows that certain cells found in the connective tissues not only communicate directly with the nervous system, but with can actually communicate with each other as well --- potentially over great distances. Dr Alfred Pischinger (1899-1982) was the head of the Department of Histology and Embryology at the University of Vienna's Medical College. In 1948 he went a step further than ANDREW TAYLOR STILL and described where the "neural" control of the EXTRA CELLULAR MATRIX (the gel-like sugars, proteins, and membranes that lie between the cells and absorb mechanical stress) came from, theorizing that this is where all disease starts --- something that other equally brilliant scientists are increasingly picking up on (HERE).
Dr. Oschman shows how all bodily motion --- no matter how small --- generates electric fields that are caused by the compression, deformation, and stretching of LIGAMENTS, TENDONS, FASCIA, BONES, and other COLLAGEN-BASED CONNECTIVE TISSUES. In nerve-like fashion these messages spread throughout the surrounding tissues like ripples on a pond, providing information to other areas of the body. And if you have followed my BLOG POSTS ON FASCIA, you already realize that these messages travel through the water-based ECM at the speed of sound in water ---- 750 mph as opposed to just over 150 mph, which is the speed that nerve messages travel.
Although many others have since followed his lead, Dr. Pischinger went so far as to state that Fascia is an organ (HERE is the brand new research on this). Furthermore, he says that it is the body's single largest organ ----- the only system that touches every other system (even though most physicians will tell you that SKIN is the largest organ). Although we now know that in the human body, the nerves branch down until they touch / affect each cell in the body, we are seeing that Dr. Pischinger was not far off. Pischinger was one of the first to recognize the incredible importance of Fascia when he said over a half century ago that, "The fascia must be looked upon as a single organ, a unified whole, the environment in which all body systems function."
University of Vermont's DR HELEN LANGEVIN (a neurologist and endocrinologist who is also affiliated with Harvard) has shown that Fascia forms a body-wide network that functions in a nerve-like signaling capacity. Like nerves, the impulses travel by way of cells that electrically polarize and depolarize. However, it does not stop there. TISSUE REMODELING, MECHANICAL LOAD, CELLULAR DEFORMATION, POSTURAL CHANGES, and changes in motion or position (PROPRIOCEPTION), also transmit signals. These signals are altered by decreased function that is caused by things like CHRONIC PAIN or injury (or MICROSCOPIC SCAR TISSUE). Interestingly enough, Dr. Langevin keeps going. She goes as far to discuss the probability of a relationship between the Connective Tissues (Fascia) and organs / organ systems. Although the conditions needed to validate this relationship have been shown to occur in "laboratory test tubes", it has not yet been proven in living humans.
What should you take away from all of this? Only that properly functioning Fascia and Connective Tissues are absolutely critical to one's overall health. We have seen doctor after doctor after doctor --- brilliant men of science (Oschman, Pischinger, Ingber, Still, and numerous others) who have pushed the controversial idea that all disease arises from abnormalities in the body's Connective Tissues (HERE or HERE). Their belief is not arising from thin air, but from decades of clinical experience and research. Maybe this is why in our clinic, we frequently get COMPLETELY AMAZING RESULTS! Ignore the Fascia and other Connective Tissues at your own peril. And for those who really like what they are seeing with fascia research, I have 160+ articles on the subject all neatly categorized into one post (HERE). Enjoy!
ICE -VS- HEAT
AND THE RELATIONSHIP TO...SOFT TISSUE BRUISING
An important concept to remember is that you cannot injure the tissue without injuring the tissue's capillary bed as well. Because these capillaries are quite thin, they can be torn or broken relatively easily. Let's say that you were hit in the thigh by a line drive baseball while pitching to your son. As the tissue was impacted, it deformed / stretched. This is normal and good. Unfortunately, the blow by the baseball was too intense and occured too quickly for the soft tissues in your thigh to overcome the mechanical stresses / load placed upon it. In other words, the tissue tore.
Bear in mind that usually this "tissue tearing" is something that occurs microscopically. In other words, testing with advanced imaging techniques (MRI, CT, Diagnostic Ultrasound) might show some swelling, but are not likely to show the tissue damage itself --- even though it was the tissue damage that caused the swelling to occur.
When this happens, there are chemical mediators that are released (INFLAMMATION) which, while not to be considered swelling, attract swelling to them via vasodilation. In other words, these mediators we call Inflammation can actually make the blood vessel dilate to a larger size! As you can imagine, the worse the tissue injury, the worse the swelling. And the worse the swelling, the more things that can go wrong. Some of this is because the initial Swelling and Inflammation is the first step in forming SCAR TISSUE. This is why it is important to control swelling. Oh, and by the way, when the capillaries are torn enough, they can actually leak red blood cells into the fluid around the tissue (Interstitial Fluid). This is called a BRUISE.
My advice is to only use heat for old (chronic) injuries and then use it systemically ---- whole body heat in the form of a bath, shower, jacuzzi, etc. Local heat has the potential to cause lots of problems. Instead use ice. Just be smart about how you do it. No more than 10-20 minutes (depending on the area being treated) and never directly on the skin. One more thing. Even though anti-inflammatories work, they have lots of potentially serious side-effects, which is why we recommend ice instead of drugs!
BREAKING MICROSCOPIC ADHESIONS,
SCAR TISSUE, AND TISSUE FIBROSIS
WHY BREAKING SCAR TISSUE CAUSES BRUISING
Francis Pottenger Jr (1901–1967) was the son of Francis M. Pottenger Sr (a famous Medical Doctor who co-founded the Pottenger Sanatorium in Monrovia California for treatment of tuberculosis) was incredibly interested in the relationship of food and health . After completing his residency at Los Angeles County Hospital in 1930, he began working full time at the Sanatorium with his father. It was during this period (1932 to 1942) that he conducted what has come to be known as the Pottenger Cat Study. Being a contemporary of nutritional pioneers in the field of whole foods, WESTON PRICE and ROYAL LEE, Pottenger wanted to study the comparative nutritional value of raw foods to cooked foods, as some people believed that nutritional value was destroyed via cooking and high temps.
In 1940, the junior Potenger bought some of the Sanatorium and started the Francis M Pottenger, Jr. Hospital. Dr.Pottenger applied the principles of WHOLE FOOD NUTRITION and ENDOCRINOLOGY from early on in his professional life. Like Royal Lee, Dr. Pottenger was a pioneer in using adrenal gland extracts and "glandulars" as nutritional supplements (similar to Standard Process's DRENAMIN). He used these to treat things like allergies and exhaustion. (i.e. ADRENAL FATIGUE, which is today called FIBROMYALGIA / CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME). In his treatment of lung conditions, he always emphasized proper diet based on the Whole Food Principles promoted by men like Drs. Price, Lee, and the famous cancer doctor, MAX GERSON. At his hospital, he broke all of today's nutritional rules by serving copious amounts of real liver, butter, cream and eggs to sick patients.
As the number of cats grew, he found himself running out of ways to feed them. So Dr. Pottenger began ordering raw meat scraps from a local meat packing plant (organs, meat, and bones) to feed his cats. Dr. Pottenger fed a separate group of cats from this supply of raw meats, and noticed that within months this separate group appeared in better health than the cooked meat group. Not only were they more healthy, but their kittens were more energetic and healthy as well. And on top of all this, most interestingly, the Raw Foods group's post-surgical mortality rate was significantly lower.
At a certain point, Dr. Pottenger made the conscious decision to run this part of the experiment in a scientifically controlled fashion. Over the course of a decade, Dr. Pottenger studied approximately 900 cats (three generations).
One group of cats was fed a diet of two-thirds raw meat, and one-third raw milk with cod-liver oil, while the other group was fed a diet of two-thirds cooked meat, and one-third raw milk with cod-liver oil. The cats who ate the all-raw diet were healthy while the cats fed the cooked meat diet developed various health problems that got generationally worse.
- By the end of the first generation the felines had begun to develop degenerative diseases. Dr. Pottenger noted that they became lazy as well, displaying decreased energy levels.
- By the end of the second generation, the cats were suffering with degenerative diseases ---- by mid-life. They also showed a decrease in their coordination.
- The third generation of cats were developing degenerative diseases while still very young, and it was not uncommon to see this group have offspring that were born blind and weak. This generation did not live as long as previous generations, and many were sterile. On top of this, the third generation of cats had problems with parasites, fleas, and other "vermin", while skin conditions and allergic reactions jumped from five percent to over 90 percent. According to one source, "Kittens of the third generation did not survive six months. Bones became soft and pliable and the cats suffered from adverse personality changes. Males became docile while females became more aggressive."
- By the fourth generation there were no more cats.
For those of you who understand the difference between WHOLE FOOD NUTRITION / SUPPLEMENTS and the synthetic, processed stuff; this will come as no surprise. As far as the amount of Degenerative Diseases taking place in the cooked food groups, I would strongly suggest that you take a quick peak at Dr Weston Price's Magnus Opus, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. In this book, Dr. Price chronicles his trip around the world, while observing the devastating health problems that quickly overtake indigenous peoples as they are introduced to processed foods. If you are interested, you can actually purchase the book written by Dr. Pottenger about his study called, Pottenger's Cats.
WHAT THE HECK IS THE AD COUNCIL?
HOW IS IT FUNDED?
It is difficult to calculate the amount of funds spent by the federal government on advertising each year. The reasons for this include (1) there is no government-wide definition of what constitutes advertising and (2) there is no central authority to which agencies are required to report advertising expenses.
However, an estimate of the federal government’s expenditures on contracts for advertising services can be derived from data in the Federal Procurement Data System. According to these data, federal agencies spent $750.4 million on advertising services in Fiscal Year 2011. From A CRS Report to Congress called, "Advertising by the Federal Government: An Overview". By Government Analyst, Kevin R. Kosar. April 6, 2012
The War Advertising Council was conceived the year that the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor (1941). It's purpose was to mobilize the war effort, encourage people to purchase war bonds, and conserve materials used in the war (practically everything). When WWII ended, the War Advertising Council changed its name to the Ad Council and shifted its focus to peacetime campaigns. In 1945, the Ad Council began working with the "non-profit" group, The National Safety Council, whose motto is, "Making our World Safer by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes, and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy".
So, the Ad Council is providing PSA's (Public Service Announcements) for the Government and Government "non-profits". What does this really mean. Every time you hear these idiotic, moronic, worthless, brainless commercials on the radio like the "Know-it-Alls and the Car Seat", "Stay Seated during Airplane Turbulence", "Hands only CPR", "Billy can't go to the State Fair because his parents did not use Mercury-Based Lumen Light Bulbs", Michelle Obama's "Move Campaign" (Salad on Saturday, Fruit on Friday, Throw a ball Thursday, Water, Water, Wednesday, Touch your Toes Tuesday, Let's Move Monday, Swap a Snack Sunday.), "Unity", "Neighborhood Diversity -- HUD" (Mehan and her dad), "Animals are People to", or the latest AUTISM ads; just remember that this worthless garbage is your tax dollars at work!
I love what Wikipedia says about the subject. "Given the Ad Council's historically close collaboration with the President of the United States and the Federal Government, it has been labeled by Robert Griffith as 'little more than a domestic propaganda arm of the federal government.'" I could not agree more. We have an extremely wasteful government at all levels --- all parties. At a time when the President says that even though we are in the worst economy since the Great Depression (he then said the economy was "fine"), we should bail on this sort of worthless junk. These ads do not help anyone other than the Ad Agencies who receive significant Federal Monies to create them, and the stations that get paid to run them over and over and over and over and over and over until you can recite them in my sleep.
I sometimes listen to Sports Radio on 100.9 out of West Plains, Missouri. I am not exaggerating when I say that every other ad is a PSA of some sort. In fact, just the other day, I counted five in a row. Every time you hear the end of the ad say, "Brought to you by _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ and the Ad Council", don't forget to eat a few more veggies, get a FLU SHOT, buckle up, PREPARE FOR ZOMBIES, and stop beating your children. And while you are at it, roll down your window, reach into your pocket, and throw some more of your hard-earned money out the window ----- just like the government is doing with this ongoing and worthless endeavor! But hey; it's the one thing our government is really good at --- spending other people's money.
IF DOGS AND DIRT CREATE HEALTHIER CHILDREN;
WHAT DO ANTIBIOTICS AND VACCINES DO?
According to Dr. Bergroth, "The amount of dirt is likely to correlate with bacterial diversity in the living environment, possibly affecting the maturation of the child's immune system and further affecting the risk of respiratory tract infections." But this should come as no surprise either. What have we learned over the past decade? the answer is two-fold. Firstly, we have learned that one's MICROBIOME is arguably the most important aspect of one's health. Secondly, we have discovered a strange and shocking truth ---- that Americans are often not dirty enough, either inside or out (HERE). We have too many children that never play outside, never really get dirty, and essentially live their lives in a "sterile" environment ---- an environment saturated with antibacterial soaps, lotions, cleaners, detergents, and wipes, not to mention the insane numbers of ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS.
Let's look at this another way though. If it's true that things like dogs, dirt, and bacteria can positively affect a child's immune system by "developing / maturing" it properly, what might do the opposite? In other words, what sorts of things might prevent that same developing immune system from maturing normally? In light of this information, it would make sense that things like ANTIBIOTICS & VACCINES could potentially adversely affect a child's Immune System by not allowing it to develop / mature properly. Interestingly enough, I have been hearing this theory bantered around the scientific community for at least 25 years (HERE).
A quick search of the internet shows that there are an increasing number brilliant scientists and physicians who believe that because of exploding numbers of Vaccinations and widespread antibiotic overuse, we have essentially traded acute childhood illnesses like Chicken Pox, Mumps, Measles, WHOOPING COUGH, etc, for chronic, debilitating illnesses such as CANCER, FIBROMYALGIA, NEUROLOGICAL PROBLEMS of all sorts, AUTISM, as well as AUTOIMMUNITY. In our age of "hi tech" medicine, it is easy to forget that 80% of your entire Immune System is made up of the bacteria that reside in your Gut (HERE). An indisputable fact is that Antibiotics assault these bacteria, thus weakening the Immune System as opposed to strengthening it (HERE). In light of much current research, many believe that the same can be said of Vaccines (HERE, HERE or HERE).
even though many of you will disagree with my conclusions, my goal is always to get you thinking outside the box. If you know others that enjoy living outside the box, help us spread the word by liking us on FACEBOOK. It's the best way to reach those you love and care about most.
DO YOU HAVE A MOLD PROBLEM?
IF YOU HAVE ANY SORT OF CHRONIC HEALTH ISSUES, DON'T
DISMISS THIS QUESTION WITHOUT READING TODAY'S POST
Although you may not realize it, mold is everywhere. Mold spores are a common component of household and workplace dust, and can be found on just about every surface in your home. This type of mold is not usually a problem for the majority of the population. But give mold the environment it needs to grow (high moisture content, nutrients, warm temperature, etc), and you will soon have a huge problem on your hands --- quite possibly a nightmare you could never have even imagined (HERE). I know because I have witnessed first hand how mold has helped destroy some of my patient's lives!
When mold spores are present in abnormally high quantities, they can present a serious health hazard to humans. Mold's symptoms come in the form of hypersensitivity reactions to the spores themselves, but reactions to their mycotoxins (toxic chemical byproducts of molds) as well. Some of the more common health issues associated with mold exposure include.........
- Allergic Reactions (Current research says that over half of all Asthmatics have RESPIRATORY ALLERGIES --- one of the most common being mold.)
- Asthma (HERE)
- Coughing / Wheezing (HERE)
- Light Sensitivity (HERE)
- Rashes (HERE)
- Sugar / Starch Addiction (HERE)
- Nausea and other Digestive Problems (HERE)
- Chronic Fever (HERE)
- Headaches (including MIGRAINES)
- Eye Problems
- Sinus Congestion / Infections (HERE)
- A vast array of Respiratory Problems including Infections and Bronchitis (HERE)
- Fungal Infections of the Sinus, Skin, Lungs, and Digestive Tract with prolonged exposure (This is a form of DYSBIOSIS)
- Hypersensitivity Reactions of all kinds (A 2003 issue of The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine published a study called Adverse Human Health Effects Associated with Molds in the Indoor Environment saying that at least 5% of the American population is affected at some time in their life with Hypersensitivity to Mold.)
- Immune Suppression / Autoimmunity (HERE)
- Neurotoxicity / Neurological Problems (HERE)
- Cancer (HERE) (Darn straight! For the fun of it, Google "Cancer Mold" or "Cancer Fungus" and prepare to be truly freaked out.)
- When water leaks or spills occur indoors - ACT QUICKLY. If wet or damp materials or areas are dried 24-48 hours after a leak or spill happens, in most cases mold will not grow.
- Clean and repair roof gutters regularly.
- Make sure the ground slopes away from the building foundation, so that water does not enter or collect around the foundation.
- Keep air conditioning drip pans clean and the drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly.
- Keep indoor humidity low. If possible, keep indoor humidity below 60 percent (ideally between 30 and 50 percent) relative humidity. Relative humidity can be measured with a moisture or humidity meter, a small, inexpensive ($10-$50) instrument available at many hardware stores.
- If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes ACT QUICKLY to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source. Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.
- Vent appliances that produce moisture, such as clothes dryers, stoves, and kerosene heaters to the outside where possible. (Combustion appliances such as stoves and kerosene heaters produce water vapor and will increase the humidity unless vented to the outside.)
- Use air conditioners and / or de-humidifiers when needed.
- Run the bathroom fan or open the window when showering. Use exhaust fans or open windows whenever cooking, running the dishwasher or dishwashing, etc.
- Reduce the humidity.
- Increase ventilation or air movement by opening doors and / or windows, when practical. Use fans as needed.
- Cover cold surfaces, such as cold water pipes, with insulation.
The most capable and knowledgeable person in the area for this sort of work is Chris Jungbluth of Environmental Services over in Springfield, Missouri (he is originally from the Raymondville area). What sets Chris's business apart from others advertising similar services? Training, experience and certifications. He's not one of those "experts" who took a weekend course, then hung out a shingle advertising "Mold Remediation". Chris has a college degree in Environmental Services, and has been in the game for a very long time. Think your mold problem is bad? I guarantee he's seen worse and successfully dealt with it. If you think mold might (might) be causing or contributing to your chronic health issues, give Chris a call.
LOW CARB DIETS, BLOOD SUGAR, THE GLYCEMIC INDEX, AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO BOTH HEALTH AND WEIGHT
Fortunately for us, practically every carbohydrate you can imagine has been indexed as far as its speed of being converted to Glucose is concerned. This is called the GLYCEMIC INDEX. Foods that are quickly converted to Glucose by your body are not good for you in large amounts, or on a regular basis. They rapidly increase blood sugar, and are said to be High Glycemic Index Carbs (see the "spike" on the graph in red above). Low Glycemic Index Carbohydrates, on the other hand, are not converted rapidly to sugar, thus they do not raise blood sugar nearly as rapidly or as steeply as their High GI brethren.
If you want to really understand this whole concept and how it affects your weight and your overall health (yes; high blood sugar is being touted as a root cause of almost every disease process out there), then it is critical to take 10 minutes and read THIS SHORT BLOG POST.
Why am I blogging about this topic again? Allow me to tell you a story that happened in the office yesterday. A young woman came in for an adjustment. I saw her two months ago, and we had a heart to heart talk about her weight (she is very overweight). Nothing she had tried had worked for her as far as her ability to lose weight is concerned. And in her early 20's, her health was failing (PCOS among other things). After her visit two months ago, she went home and read the Blog Post above and began putting it into action. So far she has lost nearly 30 pounds. And on top of this, several major health problems have cleared up. And the cool thing is "gets it". She understands why what she is doing now is working, and everything she tried in the past failed. And if she can do it, so can you.
MY DIAGNOSTIC MISTAKE
(The Importance of a Good History)
- BILATERAL SCIATICA: Any time SCIATICA is bilateral, it starts to raise a red flag.
- SADDLE PARESTHESIA: He had abnormal sensation on the inside part of his legs that would come in contact with a saddle.
- TESTICULAR ANESTHESIA: He could not feel his testicles. Enough said.
- ANAL ANESTHESIA: He could not feel it when he wiped his rear end. Enough said.
- ANAL LEAKAGE: He was leaking feces ---- and could not feel it happening. Enough said.
Any one of these is a potential Red Flag, but when put all together it is truly glaring. I gave this individual a brief letter, scrawled on my letterhead, outlining my findings. I also told him to go to a different Emergency Room and give the letter to whomever they came in contact with first --- immediately. Mind you, I did not actually do an examination on this person. There was no need. I simply got this information from what he told me during a three minute consultation.
I wrote on the letter that I believed he had CAUDA EQUINA SYNDROME due to a herniated disc; a serious problem that requires immediate surgical intervention. I was wrong. After having an MRI, they discovered a tumor pressing on his spinal cord and causing Cauda Equina Syndrome. His wife called our office yesterday and told Tracy the story, who then relayed it to me. He is scheduled for surgery later this month. Needless to say, she was extremely grateful we listened to them; and then thanked us for going out of our way to help them.
As an update to this terrible story, this patient passed away about 7 months later.
RECORD NUMBERS OF AMERICANS ADDICTED TO PRESCRIPTION PAIN MEDS
According to doctor Christopher Jones of the CDC in Atlanta, who published a letter on the subject in a recent issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, pain killer use for "non-medical reasons" among men has increased by over 100% in the last decade, and 75% in the general public. There are 4.6 million people taking these drugs for "non-medical use" more than 30 days a year. And a whopping 1 million individuals taking prescription painkillers for non-medical reasons over 200 days a year. And let's face facts. If you are taking prescriptions pain meds for over 200 days a year, you are taking them 365 days a year if you can possibly afford it.
So, what should be done about this problem? For starters, how about revoking prescription rights of doctors who knowingly prescribe pain killers to addicted individuals. It's really not that tough. Just take away their ability to dispense narcotics. This was done right here in our town several years ago when a local doctor earned a reputation for over-prescribing narcotics. He then began prescribing Nubain like it was water (a synthetic opioid that is not regulated like most other narcotics), eventually losing his prescription rights altogether.
And let's not stop there. If doctors are knowingly and wittingly prescribing class III drugs to addicts, they should not only have their prescription rights taken away, they should be prosecuted as drug pushers. Sorry, but a medical license does not give one the right to dispense these drugs without good reason ---- a very good reason.
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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