ANTIBIOTICS, DYSBIOSIS, AND PROBIOTICS
We know that an antibiotic is a substance that works "against bacteria". So it only makes sense that a Probiotic be a substance that is "good for bacteria". So what does "Dysbiosis" mean? Let's just think about what we already know, and break the word down.
"Dys" means not or poorly ---- think "Dysfunctional" here. So "Dysbiosis" means that bacteria are doing something poorly (we will determine what that "something" in a later part of the series). To most of us raised on the idea that bacteria are the enemy, this sounds like a good thing. It's not. Not only is Dysbiosis bad news, it is at the root of numerous health problems, including a couple that the medical community either refuses to acknowledge (LEAKY GUT SYNDROME or in some cases FIBROMYALGIA), or simply blames on other things (MIGRAINE HEADACHES or AUTOIMMUNITY couple of common examples). Why is this? Why don't doctors recognize the role that science has proved Dysbiosis plays in such a wide variety of health problems? The answer is the first word in this Blog Article ----- antibiotics. If doctors were to admit that numerous health problems facing Americans are ultimately being caused by antibiotics, they would have to actually start doing things differently as far as clinical practice.
Listen to what Dr. Miriam Rabkin (M.D. M.P.H.) writes as part of the curriculum for training physicians in an Ivy League Medical School --- The Medical House Staff Training Program in Internal Medicine for the Department of Medicine - Columbia University Medical Center.
There is no role for antibiotics in the treatment of the common cold – or, in fact, for most upper respiratory infections. This should be an uncontroversial statement, as the common cold is caused by viruses, against which antibiotics are, obviously, useless. Despite this fact, more than 50 percent of patients presenting with URI [Upper Respiratory Infection] symptoms are given antibiotics.......
I would agree with most of Dr. Rabkin's assessment here. Unfortunately, her statistic of 31% being unnecessary is far too low. Most experts are now putting it at well over 50% --- some significantly so. When antibiotics are prescribed for every cough, sneeze, or sniffle (90% of all upper respiratory infections are scientifically proven to be viral), you will likely end up with DYSBIOSIS. What does this mean to you? That is coming in a couple of days. For more on ANTIBIOTICS, just click the link. And to see the newest wave of treatment for everything mentioned on this page, HERE it is.
How many people do you know rush to wait in line for a flu shot each year? How many folks do you personally know with Alzheimer's? Throw in the issue of Neurologically - based Gluten Sensitivity and things really start to get crazy. - Dr. Russell Schierling
Since the advent of modern, mass-produced vaccines; they almost universally contain a mercury-based compound called "Thimerosal". Thimerosal is and has been used as an antifungal / antibacterial "stabilizer" in vaccines for over 100 years. As you can imagine, there is an incredible amount of debate about the safety of this substance in vaccination preparations, with the GOVERNMENT, BIG PHARMA, and the medical community on one side; and parents concerned about SKYROCKETING AUTISM RATES and learning / development disabilities, the "Rogue Researchers", and people with neuro-degenerative diseases on the other. Although then-Governor Matt Blunt passed legislation to remove mercury from childhood vaccines several years ago in Missouri, it is still present in most adult vaccines ---- popular vaccines like THE FLU SHOT.
Dr Hugh Fudenberg (above) was arguably one of the most brilliant scientists of our time. Fudenberg (MD / Ph.D), an immuno-geneticist by trade, published nearly 900 scientific papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and is widely considered to be one of the top 10 or 15 most-published researchers in American History. Fudenberg, frequently abused by his peers for being an outspoken "CREATIONIST", had a career that reads like a scientific Who's Who of research academia.
Although he was a relentless researcher since his graduation from Medical School in 1953, he was one of those earlier mentioned "rouges" who ended up in a research arena that would not win him many friends inside the scientific community ---- mercury in vaccines. In 1971, while working as a Professor of Bacteriology and Immunology at the University of California, Berkeley, Fudenberg began a decade long research project on the relationship between vaccines and mercury --- particularly the Flu Vaccine. He later published two papers on his findings in the International Journal of Clinical Investigation. Listen to him recap those findings in a speech made to the N.V.I.C. in 1997:
"If an individual has had 5 consecutive flu shots between 1970 - 1980 (the years of the study) his / her chance of developing Alzheimer's Disease is 10 times greater than if they had one, two or no shots." When asked why this is, Dr. Fudenberg stated that, "It is due to the mercury and aluminum buildup that is in every flu shot. The gradual mercury and aluminum buildup in the brain causes cognitive dysfunction."
How many people do you know rush to wait in line for a flu shot each year? How many folks do you personally know with Alzheimer's? Throw in the issue of NEUROLOGICALLY-BASED GLUTEN SENSITIVITY and things really start to get crazy Yeah, I know that your doctor, not to mention the various Alzheimer's Associations, will pooh pooh this information. What did you expect from them? Oh; I forgot; more EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE. A word of advice; ignore this information at your own peril! For more information, please visit THESE POSTS.
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A similar study was done earlier this year, looking into ways of improving the outcome of back surgery. Dr Allison McGregor, professor of musculoskeletal biodynamics (biomechanics), and her team of researchers at Imperial College London, looked at over 300 patients over a six year period, hoping to answer the question, "Can post-operative exercise and rehabilitation help people to recover from back surgery? Or is up-to-date information and advice just as good?" Sounds like a ridiculous question does it not? Everyone knows how great rehab is.
Their conclusions? Neither approach (post-operative exercise and rehab or "advice") makes any difference on the outcome of spinal surgery in terms of functional disability. In other words, spinal surgery is such a crap shoot; you have just as good of chance of doing well (or poorly) if you simply shank the rehab protocol and decide to watch a movie, read a pamphlet, or listen to a tape recording instead! If you are looking to help your back problem, why not read my post, CURE YOUR OWN BACK PAIN!
TENDINITIS OR TENDINOSIS?
WHY IT MATTERS
So, if “itis” (inflammation) is not the primary cause of most of what we today refer to as 'tendinitis', what is? Medical Research has shown us that the primary culprit is something called “osis”. Thus the name, “tendon – osis” (tendinosis). But this begs the question, what is osis? The suffix “osis” indicates that there is a derangement and subsequent deterioration of the collagen fibers that make up the tendon. The truth is, even though doctors still use the term “tendinitis” with their patients, look on your EOB and you'll see that their AMA-mandated Diagnosis Codes almost always indicate that the problem is “tendinosis” or “tendinopathy” (tendinopathy indicates an unspecified tendon problem).
Is the differentiation between “tendinits” and “tendinosis” really that important, or am I simply “splitting hairs” and making a big deal out of nothing? Instead of answering that question myself, I will let one of the world’s preeminent orthopedic surgeons and tendon researchers answer it for me.
“Tendinosis, sometimes called tendinitis, or tendinopathy, is damage to a tendon at a cellular level (the suffix “osis” implies a pathology of chronic degeneration without inflammation). It is thought to be caused by micro-tears in the connective tissue in and around the tendon, leading to an increased number of tendon repair cells. This may lead to reduced tensile strength, thus increasing the chance of repetitive injury or even tendon rupture. Tendinosis is often misdiagnosed as tendinitis due to the limited understanding of tendinopathies by the medical community.” Tendon researcher and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. GA Murrell from an article called, “Understanding Tendinopathies” in the December 2002 issue of The British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Unfortunately, if you are dealing with a chronic tendinopathy, you are probably being treated using a model that is at least 25-30 years behind the times as far as the medical research is concerned (HERE)! You think not? Read what Dr. Warren Hammer, board certified Chiropractic Orthopedist (in practice since the late 1950′s), had to say about the subject in a 1992 column from Dynamic Chiropractic:
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons has provided a new classification of tendon injuries…. In the microtraumatic tendon injury the main histologic features represent a degenerative tendinopathy thought to be due to an hypoxic [diminished oxygen] degenerative process. The similarity to the histology [study of the cells] of an acute wound repair with inflammatory cell infiltration as in macrotrauma seems to be absent. A new classification of tendon injury called “tendinosis” is now accepted.
“Tendinosis” is a term referring to tendinous degeneration due to atrophy (aging, microtrauma, vascular compromise). Histologically there is a non-inflammatory tendinous degeneration due to atrophy (aging, microtrauma, vascular compromise), as well as a non-inflammatory intratendinous collagen degeneration with fiber disorientation, hypocelluarity, scattered vascular ingrowth, and occasional local necrosis or calcification.
If your doctor is still treating you for tendinitis and not tendinosis (using NSAID medications and CORTICOSTEROIDS), he / she is caught in a time warp. Anti-inflammatory drugs are known to deteriorate collagen-based tissues (this is why they are --- or should be --- rationed by your doctor). Plainly stated, the vast majority of tendinopathies are not inflammatory conditions (itis)! They are tissue derangements that wind up causing degeneration of the collagen fibers (osis)! For information about effectively treating tendonosis, visit our page specifically dedicated to helping people with all sorts of TENDINOSIS.
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And let's not forget that "healthy" ORANGE JUICE. If someone is either DIABETIC or HYPOGLYCEMIC and they start to "bonk" (their blood sugar drops too low), what are they given to rapidly raise their blood sugar? That's correct. The food of choice for quickly raising blood sugar is Orange Juice. This is because most Orange Juice is extremely high on a Glycemic Index. If you are interested in LOSING WEIGHT or just making sure that your children are healthy (and do not end up OBESE), please take a few minutes to learn about what it takes to CONTROL INSULIN. Your life could depend on this information! If you really want to start your day with a healthy breakfast, at least think about going PALEO.
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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