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OUR NATIONAL EPIDEMIC OF FALLS, OBESITY, DRUGS AND ADDICTION
COULD THEY BE RELATED?
"A report found that in 2014 alone, slippery floors and rugs sent nearly 1.6 million people to the emergency room, while toilet accidents sent an additional 112,412 people. Bathrooms are a relatively dangerous place, especially with a growing elderly population. Elderly people are also the most prone to falls, which can lead to an accidental death — from a slippery bathroom to the corner of a carpet." From Samantha Olson's June 14 piece in Medical Daily called Opioid Epidemic And Falls Fueling Higher Rates Of Accidental Death
"Begin your fall-prevention plan by making an appointment with your doctor. Be prepared to answer questions such as what medications are you taking? Make a list of your prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements, or bring them with you to the appointment. Your doctor can review your medications for side effects and interactions that may increase your risk of falling. To help with fall prevention, your doctor may consider weaning you off certain medications — such as sedatives and some types of antidepressants." From Mayo Clinic's "Fall Prevention" page
In other words, falls are a big deal. Apparently a much bigger than even CAR CRASHES. And in the decade being discussed above, serious injury-causing falls increased by a whopping 1/3 in the 45 to 65 age range. What's doubly interesting about this statistic to me is that it has occurred in an era of greatly increased safety measures. In other words, there are far more hand rails, anti-slip surfaces, and other things to help keep people from falling than there used to be, but people are falling more --- lots more. The culprit? Although the author's study didn't speculate on the answer to this question, I think the chief reasons are fairly easy to deduce.
Firstly, a quick peek at Google reveals that both DIABETES and HYPOGLYCEMIA (which are more related to each other than most people realize) frequently cause people dizziness and issues with their equilibrium. This point is greatly magnified considering that OVER 50% OF OUR POPULATION is dealing with blood sugar regulation issues. Secondly (and related to the first point), although obesity has increased across the board, it is increasing much faster in women. For instance, we RECENTLY LEARNED that over 40% of the female American population is obese, with almost that many considered merely 'overweight'. Any number of studies show that carrying extra weight is a significant risk factor for falling. And thirdly (also related to the first two) is the fact that Americans --- both men and women --- are more sedentary than any point in our nation's history. The number one way to stimulate both the brain (HERE) and the body (HERE) is physical activity. Which brings us to our fourth point, which is a Lulu.
As Americans (particularly American women --- women are more prone than men to most diseases) take more medications, will become an increasingly serious issue. The reasons why should not surprise you. In January of 2015, Scientific American published an article called Dizziness Can Be a Fatal Side Effect of Many Medications, where they stated, "Lightheadedness and disorientation are among the most common side effects of prescription drugs". The December 2013 issue of the Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy (Vertigo / Dizziness as a Drug's Adverse Reaction) concluded that, "Our results show that, among the side-effects of different classes of drugs such as anti-convulsants, anti-hypertensives, antibiotics, anti-depressants, anti-psychotics, and anti-inflammatory, also vertigo or dizziness are included. Spontaneous reports of vertigo or dizziness, as side-effect of certain drugs, received at our Pharmacovigilance Center, represented the 5% of all reports in 2012. Considering the high incidence of such an ADR for several drugs’ classes, it can be speculated that under-reporting also affect vertigo and dizziness." Did I hear them mention "UNDERREPORTING"? There are at least 100 studies showing that ADR's are underreported by at least 90%.
Drugwatch dot com's article, Prescription Drug Side Effects, stated that, "Each year, about 4.5 million Americans visit their doctor’s office or the emergency room because of adverse prescription drug side effects. Diziness: While dizziness may not seem like a serious side effect, it can have grave consequences. For the elderly, especially those who are already battling other medical problems, a broken hip can take a deadly toll. Because dizziness is a common side effect of most prescription drugs, patients should be acutely aware of any vertigo-like feelings." The bottom line is that with the QUANTUM AMOUNT OF DRUGS that today's average American is taking, we should not be surprised that side effects, including issues with balance and equilibrium, are skyrocketing.
I guess my biggest question at this point is why. Why, in this day and age of internet information, do we continue to eat the foods and take the drugs that we know good and well are killing us? Firstly, many people don't realize that they or their families are fat and unhealthy. As delusional as this sounds, it's true (HERE, HERE, and HERE). Secondly, they have become addicts. I am not talking here about people with "cravings". I am talking about the sort of full-blown addictions that people will kill for. Think processed carbs and sugar aren't as addictive as hard drugs? If you simply browse the titles of THESE POSTS, you'll quickly see that drug-like addictions to junk food, highly processed carbs, sugar and, soda are not only real, they are more common than many (particularly those in the "food" industry) care to admit.
If you are interested in breaking your addictions and getting yourself in the sort of physical shape where you can actually expect to enjoy your retirement, my site has the information to hep you get it done. This is important because as I have shown you today, your ill health is affecting you in ways science is barely beginning to comprehend. For more information on solving your chronic health issues, including weight problems and chronic pain, HERE is the place to go. And for those who think it can't be done quickly, HERE is the proof that it can.
THE INFLAMMATION, SCAR TISSUE, DEGENERATION CONUNDRUM: THE THREE HORSEMEN OF CHRONIC PAIN AND DISEASERead Now
THE THREE HORSEMEN OF CHRONIC PAIN
INFLAMMATION, SCAR TISSUE / FIBROSIS, AND DEGENERATION
STOP THE VICIOUS CYCLE OF PAIN & DISEASE
"When inflamed tissue is repeatedly agitated, the chronic exposure to an inflamed region can lead to chronic inflammation and excessive tissue breakdown and result in tissue degeneration. Inflammation may become disrupted and prolonged when the tissue is continually subjected to repetitive or forceful activities. This can lead to a vicious cycle of injury, local inflammation, systemic inflammation, fibrosis, and tissue degeneration. These subsequent changes result in pain, loss of motor function, and depression / anxiety. The systemic effects of exposure to inflammatory mediators should not be ignored." Cherry-picked from Michael Higgins' book, Therapeutic Exercise: From Theory to Practice.
- INFLAMMATION: Inflammation is the name of a group of chemicals (HERE) that allows your cells to communicate with one another. They are a vital part of any healing process. However, inflammation is another one of the many areas where too much of a good thing can become a bad thing ---- in this case a very bad thing. Inflammation comes in two flavors, local and systemic. A local inflammation is typically caused by some sort of local injury (a SPRAINED ANKLE for example) or INFECTION. A "SYSTEMIC INFLAMMATION" is inflammation running rampant throughout your entire body. The worse the systemic problem, the more likely you are to find an underlying LEAKY GUT. Be aware that Inflammation is the centerpiece of almost every chronic health problem you can name --- even many (probably most) that have been touted as "GENETIC".
- FIBROSIS / SCAR TISSUE: Fibrosis is a synonymous term for Scar Tissue (HERE). Although you will hear me use either (as well as the term "DENSIFICATION"), when speaking to patients I typically use 'Scar Tissue' for the simple reason that people are familiar with the word and tend to understand the concept better. SCAR TISSUE is tissue, which, instead of its cells lining up in a neat and orderly parallel fashion to each other, is tangled, wadded, and twisted --- sort of like the difference between well-combed hair and a hair tangle (HERE). Scar Tissue is very different than normal tissue in several major ways, including the fact that it is weaker, less elastic, and more pain-sensitive --- as much as a thousand times more pain-sensitive (HERE).
- DEGENERATION: Degeneration is exactly what it sounds like --- something is wearing out. It is important to understand that degeneration can happen to any organ, organ system, or tissue, in your body. It is also important to understand that no matter how often your doctor repeats it, birthdays are not automatically associated with degeneration. If we live long enough, sure; we're all going to go through some degree of the stuff. But the whole, "After all Mrs. Jones, you just aren't as young as you used to be" is for the birds --- even though it is a convenient scapegoat for virtually all health-related problems.
When your body is functioning properly, everything is right with the world. However, when any of these three bullet points get tipped out of balance (particularly the first), a "vicious cycle" begins, which feeds itself until you end up in debilitating pain. Or worse yet; six feet under (HERE). A vicious cycle is defined as, "a sequence of reciprocal cause and effect in which two or more elements intensify and aggravate each other, leading inexorably to a worsening of the situation." In other words, A causes B, but B causes A. It's a cycle that feeds itself, and the faster it turns, the faster it will turn. And as you will see, even though I refer to it as "Chronic Pain's Vicious Cycle," you'll see that this cycle goes way beyond pain.
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- INFLAMMATION CAUSES FIBROSIS: I've previously provided tons of info on this phenomenon (HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE). Be aware, however, that inflammation is a critical part of the healing process. When it comes to the musculoskeletal system in particular, inflammation must sometimes be induced in small, local amounts via "HARSH METHODS" in order to stimulate healing processes.
- INFLAMMATION CAUSES DEGENERATION: A great example of this phenomenon is Tooth Decay (HERE). For decades, mainstream dentistry told patients that cavities were caused by the acid from bacteria. Not that this is not true on some level, but ultimately, it's inflammation that causes teeth (not to mention bones) to rot. But there's much more to it than that. The December 2004 issue of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences carried a study called Inflammation and the Degenerative Diseases of Aging, which spilled the beans about inflammation and degeneration. "Chronic inflammation is associated with a broad spectrum of neurodegenerative diseases of aging. Included are such disorders as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, ALS, all of the tauopathies, and age-related macular degeneration. Also included are such peripheral conditions as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, and myocardial infarction (heart attack). Chronically sustained at high levels, inflammation can seriously damage viable host tissue." The "damage" being referred to in the last sentence is ultimately one of two things --- fibrosis or degeneration --- or both. The point is moot, however, because....
- FIBROSIS CAUSES DEGENERATION: Think about it this way using ARTHRITIS or ADHESED FASCIA as an example. Arthritis (arthr = joint) + (itis = inflammation) will always, for any number of reasons, cause an inflexibility and lack of normal motion in tissues. How big of a deal is this? Think about it this way. After almost any kind of surgery, the nurses have the patient up and walking around while they are still groggy from anesthesia. Why is this? It has been known for decades that not only does lack of normal motion cause degeneration (HERE), but it does not take long for said degeneration to begin to set up like an unholy form of concrete.
- DEGENERATION CAUSES FIBROSIS: As joints deteriorate, they move worse. Worse movement causes more degeneration. That same lack of motion also happens to cause increasing amounts of Fibrosis. For instance, DJD causes joints to both thicken and stiffen, leaving the surrounding musculature and connective tissues weak and inflexible, which in turn causes more of the same.
- DEGENERATION CAUSES INFLAMMATION: Cellular death (known as apoptosis or necrosis depending on the context) causes the contents of cells to rupture into the interstitial fluid. Among other things, this causes the chemicals that we collectively refer to as "inflammation" to gain access to a method whereby they can be carried to other areas. One way to describe degeneration would be to say that there is increasing amounts of cellular death occurring. Thus, any time we have increased cellular death, whether due to age or injury, we are going to get a spike in local inflammation, and possibly even systemic inflammation.
What does all of this mean to you, the patient? It means that while Inflammation is the obvious driver of the process, the cycle can, to some degree, be driven from either of the other two corners of the triangle (Fibrosis or Degeneration). It is a true "Vicious Cycle". And in the triangular diagram above, it's even worse because we have three variables feeding each other instead of two. FYI, I used to think of this process in terms of being a more linear-looking loop, which is bad enough as it can also act as a vicious cycle. No matter how you choose to think of it, Inflammation always leads to Fibrosis, which always leads to Degeneration. Repeat.
If treating symptoms actually worked, you wouldn't be reading this post at 2:00 am with tears in your eyes. Sure, the "BIG FIVE" is going to help you with your pain.... But the relief is short-lived, coming with any number of brutal side effects, one of which is ADDICTION. Face it folks; if drugs worked, Americans would have the best health on the planet. But instead, according to our own government's statistics, even though we only make up about 3% of the world population, we consume 75% of the world's drugs (HERE). And you won't believe how bad our collective health really is. Overall, we rank consistently about thirtieth in the world. Despite all our fabulous technological advances in the field of medicine, there's only one way to solve this particular problem. Go to your toolbox and pull out the monkey wrench.
THROWING A MONKEY WRENCH
IN CHRONIC PAIN'S VICIOUS CYCLE
Fortunately for you, I'm into sharing DIY methods for regaining your health and getting out of pain (HERE'S ONE I made for solving back pain). It's all free of charge. That would be free as in "free" ---- no strings attached. I like giving people tools that they can use on their own, and that don't cost a lot of money to implement. The fact is, inexpensive (or free), uncomplicated, and rapid-acting, are exactly what most people are looking for as far as solutions to anything are concerned. And contrary to popular belief, it's possible to accomplish this with even some of the most stubborn health-related problems. But it has to be done properly.
Continually searching for pathology when your problems are "functional" is not going to do it (HERE). More doctor visits, tests, and medications, won't do it either. There is no magic bullet. What I've done for you is to lay some groundwork to provide a simple, generic solution that will help many, if not most of you on at least on some level. And the extra cool thing about it is that UNLIKE THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE, the side effect profile of this protocol is almost non-existent. There's never been a better time than today to turn over a new leaf.
Using even some of the strategies found in THIS POST will allow you to start breaking the vicious cycle at all three corners. But most importantly, it deals with inflammation. If you can't at least put the breaks on the inflammation, you have little chance of truly improving your health and getting out of pain. It's the very reason that some of you reading this have not had the results you were hoping for with your chiropractor, therapist, or physician. Although there may be other things you need to do along the way, the bottom line is that you must break the cycle.
MANIPULATING EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE USING INVISIBLE AND ABANDONED STUDIES
MEET THE INVISIBLE STUDY
This month's issue of the journal Pediatrics published a study on the topic called Discontinuation and Nonpublication of Randomized Clinical Trials Conducted in Children. They looked at nearly 600 studies on children, that were registered (as required by law) with the federal government over at Clinical Trials dot gov. It did not take the authors long to realize that half of the registered studies they reviewed were never published (almost 1 of 5 of the unpublished studies ended prior to completion, while 30% never published the results of their completed research). Although the authors claimed that the number one reason for this was, "Difficulty with patient accrual," (they couldn't find enough parents willing to "GUINEA PIG" their children), this doesn't tell the whole story ---- particularly once you consider that a similar situation is occurring rampantly in the adult population as well.
We already knew that the problem was severe from a study that was published in PLoS Medicine (Timing and Completeness of Trial Results Posted at ClinicalTrials.gov and Published in Journals) three and a half years ago. The authors of this study --- this one concerning research done on adults --- randomly pulled 600 studies that were posted on the same government website --- Clinical Trials dot gov). What they discovered was shocking, and as a tax-payer and consumer of healthcare, should enrage you.
"From the 600 trials with results posted at ClinicalTrials.gov we randomly sampled, 50% had no corresponding published article. Reporting was significantly more complete at ClinicalTrials.gov than in the published article for efficacy results, adverse events, and serious adverse events."
In other words, with WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW ABOUT THE DEVIOUS NATURE OF BIG PHARMA, we must assume that the reasons for this discrepancy between results that were filed with the government and the results being reported in peer-review are that firstly, the drugs were not as effective as claimed, and secondly, were far more dangerous than claimed. If you don't believe that the practice of medicine can be hazardous to your health, take a moment to READ THIS POST. The easiest way to for the pharmaceutical industry to solve this problem of studies not living up to expectations is to pull a page out of the Mafia's handbook, and like Jimmy Hoffa, make sure that these incriminating studies never see the light of day.
This problem (Discontinuation & Nonpublication of research) is so ubiquitous in the medical field that it frequently goes by another name --- INVISIBLE AND ABANDONED STUDIES. Back in January, I gave you an example of this phenomenon by sharing my RECORD-SHATTERING ABILITY for making consecutive free throws. While that article contained a comical tongue-in-cheek example of what's going on with medical research, it's certainly not a laughing matter when lives are at stake --- particularly the lives of children. Unfortunately, Invisible & Abandoned studies do kill children, and are exactly the reason that so many children committed suicide after taking Antidepressant medications (HERE).
Think about it this way for a moment. We already know that drug safety statistics are dramatically skewed due to the fact that only about one in one hundred adverse events are ever reported to the proper authorities (no; that's not a misprint --- HERE and HERE). This is why when you factor in the studies that are conveniently being dumped or buried, the SAFETY PROFILES OF VIRTUALLY ALL OUR NATION'S DRUGS are not even in the ballpark of where they are widely (and proudly I might add) claimed to be. Big Pharma and Big Government --- a match made in heaven. If, of course, you happen to be a major stockholder. Massive corruption. It's the nature of politics and it's the nature of EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE. What we call "science" today is decided by those with the most cash.
The RIAT ACT (Restore Invisible & Abandoned Trials) --- an initiative supported by some scientists and a few journals to require researchers to publish their results Clint Eastwood style; good, bad, or ugly --- could help solve this problem. Unfortunately, the government is married to Big Pharma (HERE, HERE, and HERE are a few examples of thousands), and blood is thicker than water. As long as the government refuses to hold industry's fingers to the fire, do you think they will follow the RIAT Act? Not for the most part, and certainly not with hundreds of billions of dollars at stake.
The point of all of this is for you to begin to realize that your health is largely up to you. Many of you have figured this out already (HERE). Some of you are still searching. Not only have I created an awesome resource for you to use to help understand what it's going to take for you to regain your health, it is completely and 100% free. No strings attached. Just take a peek at THIS ARTICLE and spend some time studying the links within. I promise that you will be less likely to be bamboozled by a system that views you as a commodity --- nothing more, nothing less.
WHICH ONE WORKS BEST?
"A central finding in this meta-analysis was that despite more than 300 available clinical trials involving nearly 120,000 adults and 1.4 million patient-months of treatment, there was limited evidence that any glucose-lowering drug prolonged life expectancy or prevented cardiovascular disease. There were no significant differences in associations between any drug class as monotherapy, dual therapy, or triple therapy with odds of cardiovascular or all-cause mortality."
Did you catch that? Read it again until the sheer magnitude of what the authors are saying hits you in the chest like a runaway train. Stop for a moment and think about this. Not a single one of these drugs help you live longer. And the kicker is that they don't even help to prevent the problems classically associated with Diabetes such as HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, HEART DISEASE, HEART ATTACK, or stroke. Are you joking me? Why else would America's DIABETIC OR PRE-DIABETIC POPULATION take the stuff? Could it be that they have been a pawn in one of America's all-time great con jobs? According to a commenter on a related article from MedPage Today (Do Dieu Que MD,visiting professor from Vietnam's Dong A University), this would seem to be the case. "Among diabetes drugs, which one is produced by what company, the company concluded that it's good."
In other words, about the only thing you can trust the drug companies to do is to claim their product works. Even when it doesn't. But hey; it's the nature of the garbage the government has foisted on us and dressed up with a clever, oxymoronic name; EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE. The authors went on to say that the only drug that showed benefit for diabetics was Metformin --- and it's none too wonderful (HERE). "Metformin was associated with lower or no significant difference in HbA1C levels compared with any other drug classes." Wasn't great, but at least it was better than placebo. None of this should come as a shock if you follow my blog on a regular basis.
Back in 2014, I wrote a post about John Fauber's amazing investigative piece from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (The Slippery Slope: A Bittersweet Diabetes Economy). In it he talked about the 30 Diabetes drugs that had been approved by the FDA to lower BLOOD SUGAR over the course of the previous decade. "From 2004 to 2013, none of the 30 new diabetes drugs that came on the market were proven to improve key outcomes, such as reducing heart attacks or strokes, blindness, or other complications of the disease." In other words, Diabetes drugs are much like STATINS. Although statin drugs certainly lower cholesterol, once you start looking at absolute risk -vs- relative risk, you realize that the emperor has no clothes. We have seen repeatedly that contrary to popular belief, Statins do little or nothing to lower your chances of heart attack or stroke ---- which is the only conceivable reason you would take them, considering their severe side-effect profile (HERE) --- a profile we already know is GROSSLY UNDER-REPORTED.
If you are truly interested in getting healthy, getting rid of the pain, losing the weight, getting off the drugs, and avoiding the surgeries that are almost surely on the horizon, there is something you really need to read. I have created a GENERIC PROTOCOL that will help the majority of you take your life back. It works quickly and is completely free, costing you little or nothing to implement. What could be better? Basically, I am giving you a GOLD BRICK. Reach out, take it, and change your life in the process!
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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