WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HEADACHES AND NECK PAIN?
Did you catch the first sentence of the top quote above? "Headaches and neck pain are reported to be among the most prevalent musculoskeletal complaints in the general population". Even though the AOA says that more than a quarter of all Americans suffer with CHRONIC NECK PAIN, according to an April 2012 Gallup Poll, that number is approximately 33%. Any way you slice it, that is an insane number of people --- tens of millions --- that are regularly dealing with chronic pain that's directly related to their neck. Throw in the statistics from the American Headache Foundation concerning MIGRAINES ("Over 45 million Americans get chronic, recurring headaches. This is more than the 33 million sufferers of asthma, diabetes and coronary heart disease combined. 29.5 million suffer from migraines annually."), and you can see that this problem could legitimately be called an epidemic. Now, listen to what the AHF says about these chronic headaches and their relationship to neck pain.....
What does this paragraph tell me? It says that nearly 4 out of 5 sufferers of HEADACHES have what are labeled as "TENSION HEADACHES". Although they characterize this pain as "generalized", these people's pain tends to follow a distinct pattern. A Tension Headache will usually start in the area where the skull meets the neck (where all the muscles attach --- HERE), and as it gets worse, it travels over the head to end up in the area around the temple, forehead, and eyes. Furthermore, if it is not effectively dealt with, people get addicted to the DANGEROUS DRUGS they're given to relieve the pain. Whatever happened to treatment that is both effective and cost-effective?
What is the difference between what I do in my clinic and what others are doing in theirs? Just watch a few of our VIDEO TESTIMONIALS on neck pain and chronic headaches to find out --- especially THESE FEW. The thing that you'll notice after watching just a few of these is that many of our patients have had their pain for years ---- or not uncommonly, EVEN DECADES --- and tried just about everything there is to try, including lots and lots of CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS, before coming here. Don't get me wrong, adjustments can be an extremely effective weapon against all sorts of headaches ---- as long as there is no SCAR TISSUE present. However, if a person has FASCIAL ADHESIONS or FIBROTIC TISSUE of any kind, all bets are off as to how effective an adjustment will be or how long it will last (HERE).
Like I tell all my patients with chronic neck pain and headaches; try one treatment and see if it makes a difference. One treatment is either going to make a huge difference for you, or it will do nothing at all. One treatment and you'll know. Who else makes this kind of claim other than the ELDER STECCO? Call Cheryl at (417) 934-6337 to make an appointment today. You've got nothing to lose but the pain! If you are one of those people who was cursed with Migraine Headaches, make sure to read THIS very short post. And for those of you whose headaches are tangled up with one or more chronic illness, be sure to read THIS POST.
BOOK REVIEW: IT STARTS WITH FOOD
"Reactive foods are heavily linked to Inflammation, Leaky Gut Syndrome (Increased Intestinal Permeability), and pain. This is the natural cycle of all sorts of disease processes.... Again, the reason that these specific food groups are to be avoided is their penchant for reactivity. Reactivity causes Inflammation, illness and pain. There is no debating that those who have Autoimmune Diseases (or are headed down this pathway) will perform better physically and neurologically by cutting the most potentially reactive foods out of their diet. By cutting these specific food groups listed, reactive people end up with less inflammation. Decreased amounts of Inflammation mean that there will be less Immune Response to things that the body should not be responding to." Dr. Russell S. Schierling from a post on Veganism -vs- Paleo
One of my patients (PASTOR LARRY TUBBS) recently told me about a book that he was given called, It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. Larry had been dealing with severe NASAL CONGESTION to the point that not only was his breathing becoming almost impossible; the problem was so severe that it was giving him claustrophobia and panic attacks.
He and his wife were on a vacation not too long ago, and fortunately for him, someone had told him that following the advice in this book would change his life --- and fix his congestion. Not only did he read the book, he was so captivated and motivated to change his health that he started the Whole 30 Program immediately after reading the book ---- halfway through his vacation! Although Shirley probably thought it was crazy, she started the program right along with him. What sorts of results did Larry and Shirley have? No more sinus congestion. He can breathe again normally. They both lost weight. They both have less joint pain. And that's just for starters. When I saw him the other day, Larry was totally pumped ---- enough so that he wanted me to read the book as well. It's an excellent book that can benefit virtually anyone who follows its advice (THE PALEO DIET)! And as of 2017, is still the book I recommend people who would rather have a book than use my site.
My wife and I spent Saturday motorcycling past the area lakes (Bull Shoals, Beaver, Table Rock), then went to Eureka Springs, and then south on the PIG TRAIL (actually the ride home up 21 and then the area around the Boxley Area of the Buffalo River was better). Since I get up much earlier than any normal person should, I read the book early Sunday morning on the front porch of a cabin along the Arkansas River. I was so enthralled with the information the Hartwigs presented that I finished it in one sitting.
After getting sucked into my website and bouncing from blog post to blog post for hours on end, I have had many people suggest that I write a book. The thought has crossed my mind ---- but after reading It Starts With Food, I feel that someone has already written my book. As I turned the pages, I honestly felt in many ways that I was reading a book that I had written. The way they were promoting health and explaining to people why they were sick and how to turn the tables and get well, was, in many ways, almost verbatim what I have written extensively about on my website. The truth is, the Hartwigs got down to the ROOT OF PRACTICALLY ALL DISEASE with this book ---- the place where Chronic Pain and Chronic Inflammatory Degenerative Diseases live; as well as the solution for at least a great portion of people living with this wide range of health problems.
What did they talk about in the book? They talked about things like.....
The bottom line is that if you are interested in getting lean and healthy, this book will benefit you. HERE and HERE are testimonials from a couple of our patients who have used It Starts With Food as the template for their dietary changes.
CHRONIC PAIN TESTIMONIAL
A few years back, Larry stopped in at Summersville to get a haircut. He was complaining about an ongoing case of ELBOW TENDINOSIS that he had tried just everything for, including PRP and STEROID INJECTIONS. Nothing had helped. RONNIE HARPER was in the barber chair and suggested that he come down here to see us. Not only did Larry see a huge and immediate change, he referred his wife in and she has seen huge changes as well with her CHRONIC NECK PAIN (she had previously been through a neck surgery). We also solved a case of CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME that Larry had recently developed.
Larry recently made some huge strides with his CHRONIC SINUS / COUGH / ALLERGIES simply by following the advice of a book he had been reading, and eating nothing but WHOLE FOODS. He loaned me the book, It Starts With Food which I will be reviewing shortly. It already looks good. Thanks Larry and Shirley!
MENTHOL CIGARETTES CURE YOUR COUGH
The following is an email testimonial from one of my dear friends who was diagnosed with an Autoimmune Disease six months ago. Bear in mind that the list of Autoimmune Diseases is not only ridiculously long, but it has been estimated that somewhere between 20% and 50% of the entire American population has one or more of them (HERE). Also be aware that the only way to have a hope of solving these sorts of problems is to step outside the "Medical Box". It's always cool to see proof of what happens when people have the courage take that step. Thanks for the email Kate. We love you guys!
She said they don't know what causes it, and they don't have a cure for it. They just try to control the symptoms with medication. I left that day with a prescription for a drug that MIGHT help my symptoms, but also causes liver damage, digestive tract damage and makes your hair fall out. Needless to say, I didn't want to take the medicine. I thought to myself I have not tried nearly enough things to think that taking this medicine was a good idea.
I contacted Dr. Schierling, a long time friend, for advice. He immediately told me to get off GLUTEN (by way of THIS POST). The urologist had previously suggested a diet with NO caffeine, artificial colors, sweeteners, flavors and eliminate high acid foods. (Which I did) Dr. Schierling also suggested doing blood work to check gluten sensitivity, gluten cross-contaminates sensitivity GLUTEN CROSS-CONTAMINATES SENSITIVITY and for "LEAKY GUT SYNDROME". When the blood work came back it showed I was sensitive to corn and had "Leaky Gut Syndrome." Dr. Schierling did a lot of research for me and prescribed several different supplements to help heal the leaky gut in the hopes of combating the immune response attacking my body. By following the changes my diet that Dr. Schierling recommended (radical changes), I have improved my bladder symptoms / pain by about 90%. I went from being in pain all the time and being afraid I wasn't going to be able to live my life away from a bathroom to feeling fine most of the time and having minor discomfort from time to time.
The urologist's advice left me feeling hopeless because it wasn't addressing the underlying autoimmune issues. Dr. Schierling's advice not only helped naturally control the symptoms I was feeling, but over time I am hopeful will heal the underlying "Leaky Gut" and bladder disease. He also warned that autoimmune diseases tend to travel in "packs". If you have one you are very likely to get others as well. I REALLY don't want to have any others so I am highly motivated to stick with the diet changes in the hopes of having a healthy future. One happy side-effect is in the last 6 months I have lost close to 30 pounds. My HUSBAND has joined me in this diet change journey and has also lost a substantial amount of weight. More importantly, he FEELS better and is more energized.
UPDATE: As of 2015 there has been a 100% resolution of Kate's symptoms
Kate Burris Greenville, South Carolina
HEALTH AND UNREGULATED BLOOD SUGAR
Our country's health is in the dump, and we can place a large segment of the blame smack dab in the middle of our collective inability to control our blood sugar (HERE). Although you may not have heard, this is because virtually every disease and health problem you can name is being tied back to Uncontrolled Blood Sugar in the peer-reviewed scientific research. In fact, just this morning I saw yet another study tying ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE to INSULIN RESISTANCE (FYI: I have actually seen Alzheimer's referred to as "Type III Diabetes"). The first thing that I want to do is to discuss the difference between blood sugar that is "controlled' (regulated) and uncontrolled (unregulated). Trust me; you need to grasp this point if you want any chance at being healthy your entire life.
Here in America, we have told people that they are not Diabetic until they have a Fasting Blood Glucose level of 126. Just be aware that there are all sorts of experts in the field (including Endocrinologists) who believe that this number is not only too high, but way too high. In other words, there are many experts who feel that Fasting Blood Sugar readings over 100 should actually be considered as Diabetes (optimal Fasting Blood Sugar would be in the 80-90 range) (HERE). This is probably why nearly half of all those who are diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, already have visible signs of Neuropathy (HERE) by the time that diagnosis becomes official and they cross that magical 125 marker. Just understand this; if you are regularly eating the wrong kinds of foods, you may think that you are getting away with it because you have not yet hit 126. You're not!
Although most of the medical community seems to be ignoring this information, there are a host of health problems and outright diseases that are being tied back to Unregulated Blood Sugar. Although I will not even try to create a comprehensive list here, I would like to give you just a few that I think you should know about. I would hope that your doctor has been informing you of this information as well.
- CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DEGENERATIVE DISEASES: Here is a category that covers almost everything. All of the health problems listed in this link are heavily related to Uncontrolled Blood Sugar. The truth is, it is highly unlikely that you have any real idea what INFLAMMATION is (clue; it is not swelling). Curious? Just click on the link.
- PCOS: Although virtually all Endocrine (hormonal) problems are heavily related to Blood Sugar Dysregulation issues, this one takes the cake. POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME is the #1 female problem facing American women today. What causes it? Again, click on the link.
- OBESITY: Just a couple of weeks ago, we witnessed a huge battle within the medical community over whether or not OBESITY should be considered to be a "disease". I don't really care what you call it, 70% of Americans are overweight or obese (actually over 75% if you count those who are SKINNY FAT). The root cause of most obesity is simply Uncontrolled Blood Sugar.
- FIBROMYALGIA: What is FIBROMYALGIA? I promise you that it is not what your doctor has told you it is.
- DEPRESSION: DEPRESSION, along with ADD / ADHD, AUTISM , and a whole array of other mental health issues have been tied to problems with one's ability to regulate blood sugar.
- MANY OTHERS: ALLERGIES, many cases of HIGH CHOLESTEROL, DEGENERATIVE DISC or JOINT DISEASE, etc, etc, etc. Hopefully you are starting to see that controlling your blood sugar is foundational to a healthy lifestyle. Make sure to come back tomorrow for a really cool testimonial on this subject ---- complete with pictures
HOW TO WORK TOWARDS PROPER
BLOOD SUGAR REGULATION
(EVEN IF YOUR DOCTOR DOES NOT SEEM TOO WORRIED)
- EAT BREAKFAST: Mind you; the BREAKFAST you eat cannot be the usual American breakfast fare ---- waffles, pancakes, French Toast, OJ (the SUBSTITUTION of choice for many hardcore SUGAR ADDICTS), fried potatoes / hash browns, syrup, toast, sweet rolls or other pastries, donuts, etc, etc, etc. Plain and simple, eat a LOW CARB protein-based breakfast.
- AVOID FOODS THAT RAPIDLY RAISE (SPIKE) YOUR BLOOD SUGAR: This is a no-brainer. You should already be realizing that if you really want to control your blood sugar, you are going to have to avoid certain foods. of course, you will have to give up soda (yes, even the DIET SODA spikes insulin levels), as well as the obvious factors such as JUNK FOOD, chips, etc. However, there are many other foods that shoot your blood sugar through the roof without you being aware of the fact. White Potatoes are one. Grains are another. Still another is certain kinds of fruit. Dr. Atkins did not have everything correct back when he wrote his groundbreaking book in the early 1970's. But when compared to most of his peers (HERE), he now looks like a genius.
- GO GLUTEN FREE: Frankly, it's just a small leap from Low Carb to GLUTEN FREE / PALEO. However, make sure you go about it the right way. In other words, you cannot truly go Gluten Free unless you have a grasp of what GLUTEN CROSS-REACTORS are.
- WHEN YOU EAT CARBOHYDRATES, EAT THEM WITH PROTEIN: This is simple. If you are going to eat a banana (a true "Glucose Bomb"), make sure you eat it with a handful of almonds. The protein works to blunt the blood sugar 'spike'.
- EAT SEVERAL SMALL MEALS A DAY: Some would say that you need to be eating "three squares" with a small protein-based snack a few hours after each meal.
- UNDERSTAND THAT LOW BLOOD SUGAR AND HIGH BLOOD SUGAR ARE TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN: Some of you might be sitting there saying to yourself, "all of this information is all great for someone with high blood sugar. But I have low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). What am I supposed to do?" You can start by reading THIS.
- EXERCISE THE PROPER WAY: If you are addicted to spending hours slogging through a workout, READ THIS.
- UNDERSTAND THAT THERE BE OTHER UNDERLYING CAUSES OF YOUR HEALTH PROBLEMS(S): This is especially true if you have not been paying attention to your blood sugar for a very long time. You might have developed underlying problems such as LEAKY GUT SYNDROME, THYROID PROBLEMS, DYSBIOSIS, AUTOIMMUNITY, and a whole host of others (HERE). Yes; you'll have to deal with those if they are present. But, no matter what your problem is, a great starting point is controlling your blood sugar. For more information on this topic, read this TWO PART SERIES on the subject.
PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME VIDEO
Wayne had the whole nine yards; the pain in the butt, the inability to sit of perform certain functions without pain, as well as the SCIATICA. Like so many other people we treat, he had not really done anything about it because he did not want to get on the MEDICAL MERRY GO ROUND of SHOTS, PAIN MEDS, and even surgery. I treated Wayne two times ---- the second of which was just over a year ago. If you thought his video was a worthwhile watch; you can see SCORES MORE on a wide variety of health issues and Chronic Pain Syndromes (HERE).
PAIN IN THE BUTT?
In fact, if you were to look at just three of the hundreds of local patients I have helped with Chronic Pain due to Piriformis Syndrome (HERE, and HERE) who together, suffered for nearly a century; none of them had ever heard the term before ---- despite lots and lots of doctor visits and tests. If it's happening here in the Ozarks, the same thing is likely being repeated all over America. This begs a different question though. If patients are not being told that their problem is due to Piriformis Syndrome, what are they being told is wrong with them? The most common (by far) is that their pain is being caused by a HERNIATED DISC. This can be highly problematic in light of what we now know about ASYMPTOMATIC DISC HERNIATIONS. In fact, this particular issue makes it very difficult (often times impossible) to know whether or not a person's pain is disc-related or not.
When Cheryl shoots patient video testimonials, she does not coach them on what to say, but she does give them a few directions. She tells them to simply tell their story and not make it sound like a commercial (i.e. DO NOT throw in a comment such as, "I highly recommend that you come and see Dr. Schierling"). She tells them that we are interested in things like......
- Where is / was your pain?
- How did the pain affect your life?
- How many doctors did you see for your problem?
- What tests have you had?
- How long did you have your pain?
- How much money has been spent on this problem?
- How much better are you after seeing Dr. Schierling?
- In what ways has your life improved after seeing Dr. Schierling?
- Did you see an immediate result or did it take awhile?
- Etc, etc, etc, etc.
Sometimes she asks questions like this during the video to help jog people who are camera shy (there are lots of them), or to keep people who love to talk on track. We never edit our videos. They are what they are. However, sometimes, because people have never heard the word "Piriformis Syndrome" prior to being in our office (or OSGOOD SCHLATTER SYNDROME, DeQUERVAIN'S SYNDROME, TENDINOSIS, THORACIC OUTLET SYNDROME, ILLIO-TIBIAL BAND SYNDROME, PATELLO-FEMORAL SYNDROME, or any of the OTHER CONDITIONS I deal with on a daily basis), they look for help because they forgot the word or the term. That's how we do it. No gimmicks. No editing. No coaching. Check out a few of our videos today. You'll be impressed!
CHASE COUNTY KANSAS
YMCA CAMP WOOD OF THE FLINT HILLS
Those days are gone, now they're memories on the wall. I hear the sounds, from the place where I was born. I hear the songs, reminding me of a friend. Up on a hill across a blue lake.......... The Swedish House Mafia from "Don't Worry Child"
Elmdale is not much of a town now (population 51) --- and truthfully, it wasn't much of a town back when I lived there. Today, its biggest claim to fame is the fact that you basically have to pass through it to get to YMCA CAMP WOOD ---- about a mile and a half drive. A lot has changed at Camp Wood during the past 40 years. I can remember going up there for church cookouts as a little kid. Sometimes we would even ride our bikes out there to explore the place or swim in their lake (the old one, with an island in the middle --- and both a low dive and a high dive) during the years that the camp was either closed or barely open.
Having gotten tired of working on my Grandpa's farm, I decided after my freshman year of college (on Tom's advice) come to camp and work as a counselor / life guard / river guide / part time wrangler / part time maintenance person / etc, out at camp. By this time, Camp Wood was making a resurgence under the guidance of Luke Austenfeld. Numbers were up and the facility itself was being resurrected from the dead. Back in the day, we did a lot of heavy, hard work in those weeks before Y-camps actually started and the children arrived (painting, breaking concrete, digging trenches, tearing down old structures, etc, etc). But still; the camp looked nothing like what you see today.
There were the wild games of "Gold Rush", skit nights, Luke doing "the gorilla", and trips to "The Castle". There were specialized camps (wrestling and soccer) where I was able to meet and rub shoulders with several sports legends (the Smith brothers --- John, Pat and Mark, and "Stormin" Norman Piper come immediately to mind). We went through many a severe Kansas storms and more than our fair share of drought and heat while at camp. I remember teaching shooting at the old rifle range behind the old lake, and leading over 60 canoe trips my first year there. There were several of us that would get together to play music, and who could forget sitting around listening to Jon B. play the piano and sing? What about the "Camp Wood Softball Team" that used to play league in Cottonwood Falls during the weeks before the YMCA camps started? I can remember more than once, the staff coming down to my folks place to eat homemade ice cream. Then there was the 24 hours off between noon Saturday and noon on Sunday (a couple of things that immediately come to mind are MOTORCYCLING, and hanging out at the bridge from the movie (Murder Ordained).
When I was home from college or Chiropractic School, I used to go out and see what was going on at camp and spend some time on the lake or hiking the hills and ravines to the south and east. When the flood of 1998 went over the Elmdale dike and put two feet of water in my folk's house back in the fall of 1998, they ended up moving about an hour away (close to Melvern). Between that and the fact that Rick had moved on to a different camp, I have not been back in probably 15 years. Those days at Camp Wood are getting farther and farther away, but even today when I hear certain songs on the radio, I am immediately transported back to those summers.
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ANOTHER VIDEO TESTIMONIAL
The first thing I would recommend is to find out if your problem might be related to FASCIAL ADHESIONS of the Piriformis Muscle. I know. You probably have no idea what I am talking about. That's OK. Take a few minutes to read the links. I promise it will make sense. While you are at it, take 47 seconds of your time and listen to Amanda tell how her chronically painful Piriformis Muscle (complete with SCIATICA) was all but totally fixed in two treatments she had back before Thanksgiving.
FISH OIL INCREASES CHANCES OF
"We've shown once again that use of nutritional supplements may be harmful." Dr. Alan Kristal, member of the Fred Hutch Public Health Sciences Division and author of the recent paper in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute touting a the relationship between Omega-3's and Prostate Cancer.
Back in 2011, a study was published by (yes, you guessed it) the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center of Seattle, Washington. The study talked about the link between aggressive Prostate Cancer and Fish Oil / Omega-3's. Interestingly enough, that particular study showed not only that Omega-3's were tied to increased levels of Prostate Cancer, but that TRANS FATS were supposedly protective against Prostate Cancer. If you understand anything at all about the Immune System chemicals that we collectively refer to as INFLAMMATION and their relationship to both Trans Fats and CANCER, you are already sensing that something might be rotten in Denmark.
All of this begs the question about previous research on Omega-3's and Fish Oil Supplements. Are decades of previous research wrong? Are Omega-3 Fatty Acids just a bunch of hype? What is the truth? As always, I recommend that you do your own research and never take anything that any physician tell you (self included) as factual without first checking it out for yourself. Question everything you read or hear and you'll wind up healthier (and wealthier) for it!
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE RESEARCH
- SWEDISH STUDY: The June 2001 issue of the Lancet, published a study that followed nearly 6,300 men for 30 years. Conclusions? "Men who ate no fish had a two-fold to three-fold higher frequency of prostate cancer than those who ate moderate or high amounts did. Our results suggest that fish consumption could be associated with decreased risk of prostate cancer."
- NEW ZEALAND STUDY: The 1999 issue of the British Journal of Cancer compared 317 men with Prostate Cancer to a control group of 480 age-matched men from the same community. Conclusions? "A reduced risk of prostate cancer [is] associated with dietary fish oils". The Prostate Cancer reduction in this study was nearly 40% in the Fish Oil group.
- JAPANESE / BRAZILIAN STUDY: The September 1999 issue of Cancer Science followed 50 men from each of 5 different areas of Japan, as well as 50 men from Sao Paulo, Brazil (300 total). Conclusions? "The frequency of total fish intake corresponded to serum Omega-3 Fatty Acid composition. The relationship between cancer mortality and serum Omega-3 Fatty Acid levels was not clear, though an inverse association between prostate cancer and serum Omega-3 Fatty Acid levels appeared to exist." (in other words, more Omega-3's in the blood, less Cancer in the Prostate).
When you add it all up, what does all of this prove? I'm not quite sure other than it seems like Omega-3's are only related to Prostate Cancer if you are from the good ole USA. So; in light of what we know about the Cancer / Inflammation relationship, what could possibly be the mechanism via which Omega-3's are 'causing' Prostate Cancer? Hang on to your hats because this is where things start to get interesting.
Could there be something else other than consuming fish or taking Fish Oil Supplements that raises blood serum levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids? It turns out there is. And this one throws a monkey wrench in the machine, so to speak. It turns out that low fat diets also raise levels of Omega-3's in the blood. In February of 2001, the Journal of Nutrition (a peer-reviewed scientific journal) published a study called, "Total Fat Intake Modifies Plasma Fatty Acid Composition in Humans". The study's conclusions? "The [various Omega-3's] levels were all significantly increased in subjects when they consumed the low fat diet compared to consumption of the high fat diet.". What does this really mean? Let's take a quick look at a couple of different possibilities that prove Omega-3's might not be the menace that Dr. Kristal and his team are making them out to be.
- TOO MANY GRAINS AND SUGARS: The first thing that comes to mind is that if low fat diets, if they played any role at all in this study, tend to come with some serious baggage. Who remembers the crazy Low Fat / No Fat diet recommendations of the 1980's 1990's, and even the 2000's (HERE)? Nothing did more to ruin the health of our country than for our own government to openly declare that dietary fat, and not copious amounts of sugar and / or GRAIN-BASED STARCH is what makes people fat (and sick ---- HERE). The bottom line is that eating a crappy diet while taking Fish Oil Supplements does not get around the fact that you are still eating a crappy diet! If you want to truly deal with the Fatty Acid imbalances in your body, you must first understand that.......
- RATIOS RULE: If you look back at my Fish Oil Page, you will notice that I talk a lot about ratios of Omega-3's to Omega-6's. An optimum ratio of threes to sixes would be 1:1. That might happen if you were marooned on some fabulous tropical island. But in the real world, about the best you can expect is a ratio of 1:3 (maybe 1:2 if you are a total health freak). The problem is that here in America, every study I have ever seen on the subject says that we are eating diets with a ratio closer to 1:25 or even 1:30. Understand that this not only means that we are probably not eating enough Omega Threes, but that we are over-eating Omega Sixes as well. If you really want to fix this ratio (or at least drive it closer to optimal), you'll have to not only increase your intake of Omega-3's, but more importantly, decrease your intake of Omega-6's. Face it --- many people eat a crappy diet and then take some supplements to off-set it ---- including Fish Oil. Not only does this not help fix your ratio problem, odds are that in the process you are probably consuming.........
- POOR QUALITY OMEGA THREE SUPPLEMENTS: If you again look at what I have said on my FISH OIL PAGE, you will notice that I heavily promote only high quality, Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil Supplements (and the fact that these must be refrigerated). I am not going to go into detail on this matter here, but I would ask you to check out the link above if you want to understand what constitutes a quality Fish Oil / Omega-3 product. Again, read what I have written in the past. "Not taking Fish Oil is better than taking inferior quality Fish Oil". Again; to understand why, read the link.
What do studies like this recent one really prove? They prove that poor quality Fish Oil Supplements that contain copious amounts of potentially rancid oils, and likely contaminated with known carcinogens such as PCB's, dioxins, MERCURY and other heavy metals; may cause cancer ---- just as you might expect they would. I find it exceedingly hard to believe that in lieu of nearly two decades of research on Omega-3 Fatty Acids from around the world showing that fish or high quality Fish Oil Supplements are actually protective against Prostate Cancer, we now have to watch out for them because they actually cause it. As always, do your own research and make an educated decision regarding this topic.
For more information on Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil, including hundreds upon hundreds of studies from the peer-reviewed scientific literature, just visit THIS SITE.
DOES IT REALLY CAUSE HEALTH PROBLEMS LATER IN LIFE?
There has been a steadily growing outcry against spanking over the course of the past several decades. I am not sure that I know any government schools that allow spanking today for fear of a lawsuit. But ask the average public school teacher why our schools are all too often more like the Wild West than a classroom, and you'll quickly realize that they have been neutered as far as their ability to administer effective punishment is concerned. Spanking is not only being associated with child abuse, it is now being cited as a causal factor in developing heart disease, arthritis, and obesity.
According to research from Dr. Tracie Afifi of the University of Manitoba in Canada, children who receive "harsh physical punishment" were nearly 25% more likely to be OBESE, 35% more likely to develop ARTHRITIS, and significantly more likely to end up with heart disease than those who were not punished in a physically harsh manner. And it was just a year ago that her research tied corporal punishment to DEPRESSION, mental illness, and addictions to things like drugs, alcohol, and gambling. The conclusions of Dr Afifi's study, as reported by the latest issue of the journal Pediatrics (Harsh Physical Punishment in Childhood and Adult Physical Health) are as follows.
"Harsh physical punishment in the absence of child maltreatment is associated with some physical health conditions in a general population sample. These findings inform the ongoing debate around the use of physical punishment and provide evidence that harsh physical punishment independent of child maltreatment is associated with a higher likelihood of physical health conditions."
By the way, although I have not read it yet (I have read excerpts and articles about it), the same issue of Pediatrics contains an opposing editorial by Dr. Rachel Berger of the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and Dr. Adam Zolotor of the the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. They believe that her conclusions are "lacking".
VIDEO TESTIMONIALS FOR CHRONIC
NECK PAIN AND CHRONIC WRIST PAIN
ARSENIC IN FRUIT JUICES
The organic forms of arsenic are essentially harmless.Some scientific studies have shown that two forms of organic arsenic found in apple juice, dimethylarsinic acid (DMA) and monomethylarsinic acid (MMA), may also be a health concern. From a December 16, 2011 statement on the FDA's website. The statement was in response to an episode of the Dr. Oz Show.
The reason that there is arsenic found in these juices mostly has to do with what is sprayed on apples, grapes, and other fruits that the juices are made from. Many (maybe even most) countries that we import produce from, have little or no regulation as far as herbicides and pesticides are concerned. Chemicals that are banned for use by American agriculture are manufactured right here in the good ole USA, and then shipped overseas to be sprayed on foreign crops. The produce is then imported back into America and labeled "Safe" by the FDA. Look at any list of the worst fruits and vegetables for chemical residues, and you will always notice that grapes are at or near the top, with apples not far behind.
By the way, there is a reason that the American Academy of Pediatricians recommends that babies under 6 months old completely avoid juice; and that they also suggest no more than a maximum of 6 oz per day until they are 6 years old and no more than 12 oz per day after that. Little (i.e. none) of this has to do with arsenic. It has to do with the fact that most "juices" are really only a small percentage of juice, and mostly CHLORINATED / FLUORIDATED SUGAR WATER (the whole mess being pasteurized so that anything vital and living is killed). How many kids do you know who drink mass quantities of juice because mom thinks it's healthier than other drinks like SODA? Is it any wonder that we have an epidemic of UNCONTROLLED BLOOD SUGAR and DIABETES in this country?
HEARTBURN DRUGS CAUSE HEART DISEASE
Of concern, this adverse mechanism is also likely to extend to the general population using PPIs..... There’s going to be more information coming out that will, in my opinion, raise concerns about the long-term effects of proton pump inhibitors and risk of heart damage. Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Professor, and Heart Researcher, Dr. John Cooke
How do I know they are overused and abused? Just today at church, I had a friend tell me that his BP and GERD (Gastro-esophogeal Reflux Disease --- the 'doctorly' word for heartburn) had not given him one iota of grief since he had changed his diet to a WHOLE FOOD based way of eating, cut out the SUGAR, and cut way back on wheat and GLUTEN a month or so ago. How can diet so readily control most cases of GERD? Once you understand what causes GERD, you'll be better able to answer that question for yourself (HERE).
The journal for the American Heart Association is called Circulation. The latest issue published research from Dr. John Cooke, who happens to be the department head of Cardiovascular Sciences at Methodist Hospital of Houston, Texas. According to his research team, one of the pesky little side effects of this class of drugs is that they significantly elevate one's risk of having high blood pressure and a heart attack, as well as having a generally diseased heart. The problem is, the FDA has known this for a very long time and chosen to do nothing about it (How many government officials have their hands in Big Pharma's pockets? THIS MANY!).
Back in 2007, the FDA looked at two studies (Prilosec and Nexium --- "The Purple Pill") and discovered that these drugs (both made by AstraZeneca) both increased one's chances of heart attacks, deadly heart attacks, and generalized heart disease ---- but were then determined to be "safe for the public". Why? Simply because the FDA said so. But that isn't all. In 2010 and 2011, they issued public warnings that using these drugs for more than a year caused diminished magnesium levels, heart arrhythmias, seizures, muscle spasms, and INCREASED RISK OF FRACTURES / OSTEOPOROSIS. None of this takes into account the studies that have linked PPI's with C. DIFF INFECTIONS. All of this goes along with previous studies from the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association and British Medical Journal showing that people who already have heart problems are at risk for more serious adverse events concerning their heart (i.e. heart attacks, strokes, and death) if they take PPI's. I would tell you to ask your doctor about all of this. If they tell you not to worry about it, it either means they are unaware or simply don't care.
CURRENT RIVER SNORKEL TRIP
VAN BUREN TO BLUE SPRINGS
Although Alley Springs is my favorite Ozarks spring (it is the spring featured on the huge wall mural in the lobby of my office), Blue Spring (the one on the CURRENT RIVER, not the JACKS FORK RIVER) is a close second. When Amy said that she needed a day to herself to get ready for the upcoming homeschool year and politely asked us to spend the day at the river, she did not need to tell us twice. We put the boat in at Watercress Access area in Van Buren, Missouri, and ran up-river to Blue Springs. The day was incredible!
The weather was perfect, the sky was blue, and the water was all different shade of jade and turquoise --- and crystal clear. It was a perfect day for snorkeling. Snorkeling you say? In Missouri? Absolutely! I have been a CRSJ (Current River Snorkel Junkie) for almost 25 years. It allows us all to not only see some really incredible fish (Small Mouth, Large Mouth, Walleye, Buffalo, Drum, Hellbenders, and who-knows-what else), but also allows us to feed our scavenging habit. Allow me to explain. It has never ceased to amaze me what people who have no idea how to canoe, bring on their river trips. Couple this with copious amounts of alcohol, swift currents, and rootwads / trees in the water; and the treasure hunting possibilities for serious snorkelers are endless.
Over the years, we have found all sorts of goodies. Among our best finds are several guns (pistols --- all loaded), more knives than I can count, diamond rings and wedding bands (ask Rick and Kate B. about this one), enough fishing tackle to start a Bass Pro Outlet, cash, jewelry, tool boxes, tools, car keys, phones, wallets, kitchenware, all sorts of t-shirts & towels, hats, caps, sun screen, bungee cords, enough sunglasses that we keep them in buckets to hand out whenever we have company, a waterproof GPS, and just about anything else you can think of ---- and that's just for starters. If someone was crazy enough to bring it with them on the river, odds are that we found it on the bottom --- or maybe hung up in one of the many rootwads.
In the pictures at the very bottom, you'll see our latest haul. A very nice portable chair, a couple of canoe paddles, a wide brim hat and a couple of caps, a really cool IU basketball T-shirt, a number of "quality" sunglasses (including a really nice pair of Ray Bans that Malachi has latched on to), a "good" towel, some beverages (many of which are in the trash), and the finds-of-the-day (made by Michaela) ---- a unique flip-blade dagger with a pocket clip and a Smith & Wesson SWAT Knife. Malachi hung in there though, finding a good knife of his own to add to his massive collection. When you see the pictures, you can understand why we think that it really doesn't get much better than a day on the Current River. Don't get me wrong, snorkeling in the Caribbean is fantastic. But it's hard to beat the snorkeling right here in Southern Missouri!
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MALACHI AND BOBUS WITH A TURTLE
GRAVEL SPRINGS AT THE BASE OF PAINT ROCK BLUFF
THE DAY'S FINDS: KAYLA OUT-KNIFED MALACHI 2:1
THE HIV / GUT CONNECTION
The HIV patients, according to a report online in Science Translational Medicine, had a markedly different gut microbiome than did the uninfected participants. Michael Smith of the Gupta Guide
THREE EASY STEPS TO HELP GET RID OF CELLULITE
The average woman loses 5 lb of muscle and replaces it with about 15 lb of fat every decade of her adult life. Prevention Magazine advisor, Dr. Wayne Westcott.
One of the questions that I am asked over and over and over again by my female patients whether or not our SCAR TISSUE REMODELING treatments will get rid of cellulite. Unfortunately, they won't. But before I tell you what you can do to dramatically reduce the appearance of cellulite on your butt, thighs, and abdomen, lets talk about a few of the things that seem to cause it.
Firstly, you must realize that the number one cause of cellulite is simply being born female (about 90% of women have cellulite). Yeah; I know ---- just one more thing you gals have to put up with. By the way; isn't it interesting how every picture touting the latest "Get Rid of Your Cellulite Today!" article in Cosmo, Redbook, or Women's Fitness is of a model who probably does not even know what cellulite is?
Secondly, when one starts looking for the causes of cellulite, the first thing you'll notice is that many of these are extremely vague. Some that I found included things like "changes in metabolism and physiology", "hormonal or genetic factors", or "changes in circulation or the extracellular matrix". What I did find interesting is that two of the factors I saw on various lists were INFLAMMATION (why not? It causes just about everything else.) and "alterations of the connective tissues". Another common alteration of Connective Tissue has to do with the MICROSCOPIC SCARRING that is so epidemic in people dealing with various CHRONIC PAIN SYNDROMES.
The real question on everyone's mind though, is how to get rid of it ---- or at the very least; how does one halt it's progression and enhance its appearance?
DIMINISHING THE APPEARANCE OF CELLULITE
- FORGET ALL THE GIMMICKS: The truth is that all of the expensive pills, potions, lotions, procedures, LASERS, endermologie, cellulite massages, supplements, and who-knows-what-else, are not going to help you for any real length of time as far as your cellulite is concerned. I am not arguing that they might not help with the appearance for awhile, but like I said, any long-term results are probably a pipe dream with these methods. I am asked almost incessantly about the FB from AB Guru (HERE). While I think it's great and certainly appears to have helped a lot of people (it's certainly not anything new), it's another example of a product that is probably overstating what it can do on a number of levels.
- CHANGE YOUR DIET: It's not a secret that heavier women tend to have the most cellulite. If you are interested in LOSING WEIGHT, don't go on a crash diet. Eat a PALEO DIET, based on WHOLE FOODS. As a female, you'll need to step up to the plate and address your HORMONE DISRUPTORS as well.
- CONTROL INFLAMMATION: The cool thing is that by following the advice in the previous bullet point, you automatically help your case concerning this one! If you don't really understand what INFLAMMATION is, it would be in your best interest to take the 5 minutes it will take to read this link as it contains the link to Dr. David Seaman's Anti-Inflammatory Diet article (HERE). Bear in mind, however, that inflammation always leads to some degree of Scar Tissue (HERE).
- ENGAGE IN RESISTANCE TRAINING: I once knew a woman who, even though she was quite thin, had a real issue developing cellulite in all the places that women typically develop cellulite. As crazy as it sounds, she was exercising way too much ---- THE WRONG WAY, and actually creating a problem with something known as MONW. When she started lifting weights, the results were rapid and very noticeable. To understand this phenomenon better, visit THIS POST.
COULD YOUR CARDIO WORKOUT
BE MAKING YOU FAT?
(OR AT LEAST PREVENTING YOU FROM LOSING WEIGHT?)
Are you interested in losing weight? Then you should cut back on classic cardiovascular exercise. Shun it, even. Abolish it. Throw out your treadmill or better yet, give it to someone you don’t like as cardio doesn’t work if your goal is long-term weight loss.
Jim Karas used to have a weight problem. Today he is a celebrity trainer who has several best selling books under his belt besides a regular guest on numerous TV programs --- including the Dr. Oz Show. Last week he wrote an article for Yahoo called, "Is Your Exercise Making You Fat?". I surely don't agree with everything Jim espouses (one article about a day in his life had him drinking DIET COKE for BREAKFAST), but as far as this topic goes, he largely hit the nail on the head with his article. The quote at the top of the page was taken from the first paragraph of his article.
Some of you like to run for the sake of running. Far be it from me to discourage you. Just be aware that there are some serious myths floating around about the benefits of running / Cardio Training (I wrote about some of these in depth in my numerous posts filed under CARDIO TRAINING -vs- STRENGTH TRAINING). Jim's biggest beef with using Cardio Training as a weight loss tool is that it causes the loss of lean body mass ----- i.e. muscle tissue. According to the scientific literature, he is correct. Why would anyone perform exercise that is known to make you lose muscle mass when muscle mass is so tough to acquire in the first place? They buy into all those old WEIGHT LOSS MYTHS.
I have always heard that after the age of 30, people are losing 10% of their muscle mass per decade for the rest of their life ---- unless they are actively and specifically doing something to combat it (and as is usually the case, women are affected by this phenomenon significantly more than men). How do you combat this muscle loss? There is only one real way ---- STRENGTH OR RESISTANCE TRAINING. You see; loss of lean body mass presents an ugly metabolic dilemma once you realize that muscle burns more energy at rest than does an equal amount of fat --- far more energy.
Why is this weight gain happening? It's simple—muscle loss. When you lose muscle, your metabolism is destroyed. You are also decimating your metabolism by dieting without exercise or dieting with cardio. Your successful weight loss formula is dieting plus strength training. Period.
Are you interested in gaining weight? If you are, perform cardiovascular exercise, and a lot it.
You never want to worry about the calories you burn during exercise. More important are the calories burned after exercise, called EPOC (Excess, Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption). You get up to 38 hours of EPOC from interval-based strength training.
WHY PROPER RANGE OF MOTION IS CRITICAL TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
- What Reproduces the Pain?
- Where is the Loss of Range of Motion?
It's almost funny because I sometimes have patients get upset with me for telling them they have lost movement in a certain area. "What do you mean I have a loss of motion? All I do all day is move!" Sometimes this loss of ROM is quite visible. I was talking yesterday evening with a patient who was telling me about her first trip to my office almost a decade ago. Due to a Mountain Bike wreck she had suffered years previously, she was having ugly neck pain that left her crying every night and constantly seeking Chiropractic Adjustments. Her problem was that despite all of her adjustments, she had a tremendous restriction in her ability to move her neck (I was able to show her that she was turning her head / neck half of what she should have been).
Not only will this sort of restricted ROM translate into other musculoskeletal problems as the body goes into "Compensation Mode", it will cause ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS as well, which means that it could cause a wide variety of problems. The final kick in the teeth is that loss of Range of Motion ---- whether you realize it or not ---- is arguably the #1 cause of DEGENERATIVE ARTHRITIS here in America. Abnormal joint motion causes DJD, and DJD causes abnormal ROM. Do you see a vicious cycle starting to form?
If you are struggling with Chronic Pain, come see us and find out whether or not your problem is related to loss of ROM related to SUBLUXATION or SCAR TISSUE / FASCIAL ADHESION. Before you move on to the rest of your day, I want to leave you with the very first PATIENT TESTIMONIAL VIDEO we shot, a bit over a year and a half ago. See what breaking up Microscopic Scar Tissue can do for a person's ability to live a normal life. BTW, this video was shot immediately after (5 minutes) after Cassie's very first treatment (she had struggled for years with Chronic Pain and treated all over California after an ugly cheerleading accident).
PAIN MEDS CAUSE CANCER
NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO PAIN MEDICATIONS
INFLAMMATION is a huge problem in America. CANCER, HEART DISEASE, DIABETES, ARTHRITIS, LOW BACK PAIN, as well as a host of others are all classified as 'Inflammatory' problems. It has been thought that anti-inflammatory medications might actually protect people against cancer. Not surprisingly, this is not the case ---- particularly over the long haul. The authors concluded that, "In these large prospective studies of women and men, we found that use of nonaspirin NSAIDs was associated with an elevated risk of RCC (Kidney Cancer), especially among those who took them for a long duration." The question is, how much did these drugs elevate the cancer risk? For those who took them for a decade or longer, their chances of developing RCC went up nearly 300%. Gulp!
This begs the question that I am constantly asked in the office ---- "If anti-inflammatory medications are so bad for me, what natural product can I replace them with?" Truthfully, this is the wrong question to ask. What people are really asking when they ask this question is what nutritional supplement they can take that relieves their pain but allows them to continue living the same self-destructive lifestyle without the consequences. Sorry; it really does not work that way. But here is a short list of things you can do to ward off Inflammation and the pain, dysfunction, disability, and disease associated with it.
- UNDERSTAND INFLAMMATION: Although most people think they know what Inflammation is, they haven't got a clue. HERE is the place to learn about Systemic Inflammation.
- EAT A DIET BASED ON WHOLE FOODS: This one is fairly simple. Eat WHOLE FOODS and avoid processed foods. And as far as antiinflammatory herbs are concerned, THESE BAD BOYS are the cream of the crop.
- CONTROL YOUR BLOOD SUGAR: An ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET is one that avoids or limits most GRAINS and CONTROLS BLOOD SUGAR --- something critical for your health even if you have not (yet) been diagnosed with DIABETES.
- DRINK MORE WATER: Although this is seemingly a no-brainer, most people do not drink nearly enough water, while drinking way too much SODA and other beverages. Make sure that you drink THE RIGHT KIND of water as well.
- KNOW YOUR FATS: You must learn to eat good fats, while avoiding TRANS FATS. I would strongly suggest supplementing with PFGO as well. A simple rule of thumb I use is to cook with coconut oil or organically-rendered lard, and use EVOO for salad dressings and the like.
- MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT / AVOID THE PITFALLS OF A SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE: HERE is a quick link for going about this the right way.
- AVOID DRUGS AND XENOHORMONES: Drugs kill whether pushed or prescribed (HERE). It's no coincidence that the people I see who take the most drugs are the sickest people I see ---- who take the most drugs. Many would argue that sick people need lots of medications because they're sick. I would argue that for the most part, people need to follow some good advice (like what you just read) and avoid as many medications as possible. A good majority of the time, they're a big part of what is making people sick. DANGEROUS DRUGS. And if you are not yet aware of what XENOHORMONES are all about, just click on the link.
- OTHERS: This list is by no means exhaustive. If you are really struggling with hardcore pain, THIS POST should provide you with some solutions.
CONFESSIONS OF A MEDICAL HERETIC
THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE THEY STAY THE SAME
A while back I reviewed that landmark book, HOW TO RAISE A HEALTHY CHILD IN SPITE OF YOUR DOCTOR. Today we will tackle 1979's Confessions of a Medical Heretic. I recently pulled this book off my shelf, and in about 40 minutes, thumbed through everything I had highlighted. A great book that proves the old point that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Jodi-Hummingbird said it best in her Amazon review of his book, "This 1979 book is an interesting read. It is a bit dated and the book would likely be very different if written today, yet it is also true that the same core issues of ignorance and corruption in medicine remain. Hospitals are still causing lots of unnecessary suffering for their patients and for many doctors their `high and mighty' attitude is as present as ever. To get the best care, we need to question established medical practice and all of our doctors as much as possible. The medical profession is very slow to change and slow to admit they were wrong about anything, if they admit it at all. Mainstream medicine and media is so far behind when it comes to the best health information in many fields. You have to do your own unbiased research and be your own advocate."
So; which review of Dr Mendelsohn's work is more accurate? I have to say that they are both accurate. While it is true that his books are dated, the mainstream medical community is fighting the exact same problems today that it was fighting back when he wrote this book (I was 13 years old). Mendelsohn's folly was believing he could tackle some of the biggest sacred cows in modern medicine and come out unscathed. A few that come immediately to mind are VACCINATIONS, FLOURIDE & CHLORINE, ANNUAL PHYSICALS, FEVER, and THE MYTH OF EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE (it went by a different name back then --- "Science-based Health Care").
The bottom line is that J. Hummingbird was right ----- you do have to do your own research and be your own advocate if you want yourself and your family to survive and thrive in today's healthcare environment! Dr. M died 25 years ago, but the legacy he left for us lives on. If you are struggling with chronic pain or chronic illnesses, make sure to take a look at THIS POST that espouses many of the virtues touted by Dr. Mendelsohn.
MSG, ASPARTAME, AND OBESITY
(Or Why in the Name of Corn on the Cob is there MSG in Vaccines?)
Male rats received subcutaneous injections of MSG or saline during the first five days of life. At 150-days old, MSG rats presented massive abdominal fat deposition, hypertriglyceridemia, hyperinsulinemia, glucose intolerance and high plasma levels of malondialdehyde (MDA), a lipid peroxidation marker." From the January 2018 issue of the European Journal of Nutrition
"Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a widely-used flavor enhancer and stabilizer in ready-made or packaged foods. The excessive use of MSG has been shown to increase oxidative stress in different organ systems and causes glucose metabolism disorders, obesity, and coronary diseases." From the August 2016 issue of the Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal
MSG, Mono Sodium Glutamate, Mono Potassium Glutamate, Disodium Inositate, Glutamate, Guanylate, Glutamic Acid, Vegetable (legitimate "vegetables" will be listed by name), Protein (any kind of protein found on a food label “list of ingredients” is MSG), Extract, Gelatin, Hydrolyzed, Autolyzed, Sodium Casienate, Natural Flavor, Artificial Flavor, Flavoring or Flavored, Textured, Nutrient, Enzymes, Yeast (all kinds), Senomyx, Dextrin, Maltodextrin, Stock, Broth, Bullion (pure, 100% MSG), Whey, Isolate, Concentrate, Modified , Soy Sauce, Seasonings, Fermented, Starch, Cornstarch, Fructose, Lecithin, Carrageenan (sea weed / algae ---- big in Japan), Spices (legitimate spices, pepper, paprika, cloves, etc, will be labeled as such), Enzymes, Solids, Annatto, Gluten, and many others.
It gets crazier from here. If you look at the list found on the "Ingredients of Vaccines" page, which is found on the freakiest / scariest page of the CDC's entire website (HERE), you'll find among other fun things such as MERCURY (thimerosal), ALUMINUM, and FORMALDEHYDE; MSG (it's said to be a "stabilizer"). Once, however, you begin to understand what MSG does to the brain (make absolutely sure to watch Neurosurgeon, Russell Blaylock's video at the bottom of the page), you might think twice about following governmental VACCINATION recommendations (HERE is my information on Flu Vaccines). All the more troubling in light of what we know about 'MSG Obese' rats. MSG-Obese rats? Huh?
You see, not only have we known for decades that MSG causes behavioral problems (see quote at top of the page), but scientists are well aware that it causes OBESITY. How does MSG cause obesity? By affecting certain areas of the brain, most particularly the HYPOTHALAMUS (one of the single most important parts of the entire brain). This craziness is explained perfectly in the title of a 1997 study from the Department of Physiology of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil ---- "Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)-Obese Rats Develop Glucose Intolerance and Insulin Resistance".
Think about it for a moment; this is one heck of a combination. An intolerance to Glucose means that higher levels of blood sugar are going to give you such a wide array of physical and mental problems I can't even begin to mention them all here. But it doesn't end here; resistance to insulin means that it takes more and more insulin to get the glucose out of your blood and into your cells, leaving you with the dangerous combination of perpetually high blood sugar and perpetually high insulin levels (HERE or HERE). As we move forward, let me hit you with a few recent study titles showing the phenomenon of MSG or Hypothalamus Rats --- the process that scientists use to purposefully induce obesity.
Sex-Based Differences in Phagocyte Metabolic Profile in Rats with Monosodium Glutamate-Induced Obesity From the April 2018 issue of Scientific Reports
Environmental Enrichment Improved Cognitive Deficits More in Peri-Adolescent than in Adult Rats After Postnatal Monosodium Glutamate Treatment From the December 2017 issue of Physiology International
Liver Steatosis in Hypothalamic Obese Rats Improves After Duodeno-Jejunal Bypass by Reduction in de novo Lipogenesis Pathway From the November 2017 issue of Life Sciences
Efficacy of Nanoceria for Periodontal Tissues Alteration in Glutamate-Induced Obese Rats-Multidisciplinary Considerations for Personalized Dentistry and Prevention From the March 2017 issue of the EPMA Journal
Glibenclamide Treatment Blocks Metabolic Dysfunctions and Improves Vagal Activity in Monosodium Glutamate-Obese Male Rats From the May 2017 issue of Endocrine
(p-ClPhSe)2 Reduces Hepatotoxicity Induced by Monosodium Glutamate by Improving Mitochondrial Function in Rats From the September 2017 issue of the Journal of Cellular Biology
Since rats are the test-animal of choice for doctors studying drugs; when scientists need obese rats for their drug studies, and since there are no naturally occurring breed of rats, they must create their own. How do they do this? They inject them with MSG shortly after birth, scrambling their hypothalamus and areas of the brain that control satiety (the ability to sense 'fullness' after eating). Thus, we now have rats that eat and eat and then eat some more, gaining weight like there's no tomorrow simply because they never feel full. If you go to PubMed and start searching terms like MSG Obese Rats, MSG Obesity, or any dozens of others (there are just about as many terms for this as there are names for MSG), you will find hundreds upon hundreds of studies similar to what you are seeing today --- some of them dating back to when I was in grade school (and I'M A GEEZER). What does the MSG industry have to say about this?
MSGFacts dot com, the official site of MSG manufacturers, touts this sort of thing as one of the added benefits of MSG. That's right folks, this is how they spin MSG's addictive qualities. "Studies have found that adding MSG to certain foods, such as soup and mashed potatoes, has been successful in increasing the food intake of institutionalized elderly populations." Yay! Give individuals in the old-folks home MSG-laced grub so that they'll eat more of it. You can bet your bottom dollar that the MSG manufacturers are also aware of the evidence linking MSG to almost every neurological problem you can name (PARKINSON'S, ALZHEIMER'S, ADD / ADHD, DEPRESSION, MIGRAINE HEADACHES, ASTHMA, DIABETES, FIBROMYALGIA as well as a wide variety of GUT HEALTH problems).
So, whether you are a lab rat or a person trying to maintain your weight; just remember that MSG is going to cause you to gain weight in at least three different ways.
- It is going to cause an increase in insulin levels (INSULIN RESISTANCE) while leaving you less sensitive to glucose (meaning you need more and more blood sugar to achieve the effect your body requires).
- It is going to scramble certain parts of your brain, particularly your hypothalamus, often times leading to various forms of SYMPATHETIC DOMINANCE.
- MSG and processed foods are extremely and purposefully addictive. When you add to this the fact that much of the foods that contain MSG could best be described as "junk food" or "junk carbs," think for a moment about the exponential nature of the ADDICTIVE POTENTIAL.
By the way, Glutamate (the most abundant neurotransmitter in the body) is intimately related to the amino acid Aspartate, which Aspartame is made from. Aspartame causes the exact same brain lesions as does MSG. This is why current research has shown for decades (plural) that DIET SODA WILL ACTUALLY MAKE YOU FATTER (much fatter) than regular soda. Truthfully, this is the sort of information which, if you are breathing, have a pulse, and care about your family, you should know about. Reach the people you love and care about most by liking, sharing, or following on FACEBOOK.
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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