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.
IS BREAKFAST REALLY THE MOST
IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY?
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.
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BONE BUILDING DRUGS CAUSE FRACTURES
Osteoporosis is in the news and it is something that no woman (or man) wants to be diagnosed with. Your doctor ran you through a bone density test and then wrote you a prescription for one of the so-called “bone-building” drugs. Are you aware that both the television ads for Fosomax as well as their “trust us” package insert do not say that this drug decreases your chance of fracture? This group of drugs also has a significant number of serious side-effects (the most common have to do with your digestive system --- Fosomax has recently been shown to double your chances of esophageal cancer as well). Let me explain how Big Pharma has knowingly pulled the wool over peoples eyes by giving them drugs capable of increasing bone density without decreasing their incidence of broken bones.
The drugs that doctors prescribe to increase bone density do just that --- they increase bone density. But they do this in a fraudulently deceptive manner. These drugs all INHIBIT osteoclastic activity. In other words they increase bone density by preventing the breaking down and recycling of old and worn out bone. This means that although bone density increases on your DEXA Scan, the bone is not the quality of bone that it should be. The real kick in the teeth, however, is that studies have proven that drugs which inhibit the break down of old, brittle, bone (osteoclastic activity), AUTOMATICALLY inhibit the building and regeneration of new bone (osteoblastic activity). To put it simply ---- osteoporosis drugs increase bone density by not allowing your old brittle bone to be broken down and recycled ----- which automatically decreases the building of new, healthy bone. So, you ask, If these drugs are not good for me, what in the world should I do?
- First of all, do not simply take our word for this. Do your own research, and then talk with your doctor. Just don't be surprised if they are less than truthful with you.
- Secondly, there are simple do’s and dont's associated with preventing or reversing osteoporosis. Be aware that there are dozens of studies that say that the number one way to prevent bone loss and build strong, healthy bones is weight-bearing exercise (walking does not count). This means you must LIFT WEIGHTS or do resistance training of some sort. Take a few minutes to read all of our posts on OSTEOPOROSIS to get a better handle on this bullet point, as well as the fact a big factor in developing osteoporosis is taking anti-depressants or certain other medications.
- Thirdly, watch your diet. If you are drinking soda pop of any kind or eating lots of sugar or starch, you are asking for osteoporosis. Read our Acid -vs- Alkali page (found inside the link) to learn why. This might be a good chance to mention the relationship between BELLY FAT and Osteoporosis.
- Fourthly, simply drinking more milk and taking cheap / poor quality calcium supplements (like TUMS) is not going to help (IT WILL ACTUALLY KILL YOU). Maintaining a very strong stomach acid (low pH) is critical for the absorption of all minerals including calcium. TUMS decreases stomach acidity, and is actually known to cause osteoporosis via this mechanism (they also help lead to H. PYLORI INFECTIONS). We carry an inexpensive cold-processed bone meal supplement called CALCIFOOD. Incredible stuff for healing broken bones or reversing osteoporosis! Any protocol for dealing with osteoporosis (whether the person decides to take the drugs or not) must contain a raw bonemeal supplement, and the only one that I know of is made by Standard Process. By the way, If your calcium supplement is made from ROCKS OR SHELLS (calcium carbonate), I can already tell you that it is of a poor quality without knowing anything else about it.
- Lastly, check out the studies (HERE) concerning increased bone density and Whole Body Vibration Therapy. WBV is a great way to increase bone density for those who find it too difficult to lift weights or do other forms of weight-bearing exercise.
ARE YOU BLAZING YOUR FAMILY'S
HEALTH WITH ANTIBIOTICS?
In last month's issue of the scientific journal Nature, Dr. Blaser published a paper saying that it is his belief, after almost four decades of study, that overuse of antibiotics is killing off strains of the gut's "Good Bacteria" ------ permanently (much of this discussion had to do with H. PYLORI INFECTIONS)! It’s well known that taking antibiotics disrupts the Gut's Natural Flora, the population of microorganisms that we all carry around in our digestive tracts, and which vastly outnumber the cells that make up our bodies. the problem is that no one in the medical community seems to really be voicing their concern. Enter Martin Blaser.
Dr. Blaser of New York University’s Langone Medical Center has tightened the noose on the medical profession by arguing that antibiotics’ impact on gut bacteria is permanent — and so serious in the scope of its long-term consequences that medicine should consider restricting antibiotics to pregnant women and young children.
"Early evidence from my lab and others hints that, sometimes, our friendly flora never fully recover. These long-term changes to the beneficial bacteria within people’s bodies may even increase our susceptibility to infections and disease. Overuse of antibiotics could be fueling the dramatic increase in conditions such as obesity, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, allergies and asthma, which have more than doubled in many populations."
Via his research, he shows direct links between antibiotic use, VARIOUS AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES, ALLERGIES, ASTHMA, CHRONIC COUGHS, as well as many of the symptoms we commonly associate with FIBROMYALGIA --- OBESITY, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This disruption causes blood sugar regulation problems by suppressing two critical endocrine hormones, ghrelin and leptin, that basically tell you when you are full. Blaser points out that these bacteria are vulnerable to the same antibiotics that are prescribed to children for EAR INFECTIONS and colds — and that children routinely receive 20 or more courses of antibiotics before they reach adulthood.
In addition, he says, one-third to one-half of women in the industrialized world receive antibiotics during pregnancy. Couple that with the increasingly large percentage of children born by Caesarean section — who, by skipping their trip through the birth canal, miss their first exposure to friendly bacteria — and the result, he says, is that "each generation… could be beginning life with a smaller endowment of microbes than the last." HERE is some interesting research in a related area.
The function and influence of the natural flora — in the gut, on the skin and everywhere in the body — is a huge research issue right now, with research currently being funded by the National Institutes of Health. This is because there is speculation that altering gut flora (or skin flora ---- actually being too clean) can influence everything from obesity to depression. Dr. Blaser goes on to tell us that even though the medical community realizes that antibiotics are already grossly over-prescribed; reigning in over-prescription is one of the most daunting tasks in medicine. But if we do not, we will have the spread of SUPERBUGS, as well as permanently affecting people's health for the worse. (Unfortunately, Dr. Blaser is about three decades too late. It's already happening on a mega scale.)
To understand this topic better, I would suggest that you read more about "Dysbiosis" HERE. Why is this such an important issue for you and your children. Only because science has conclusively shown us that fully 80% OF THE BODY'S IMMUNE SYSTEM CELLS ARE FOUND IN THE GUT! Can someone get by without ever taking antibiotics? Ask my kids. They are now 13 & 14. Neither has ever had an antibiotic, and are two of the healthiest kids you'll see anywhere. HERE is some great information on the best Probiotics to give to people who have DYSBIOSIS. In fact, if you really want to scare yourself, find out where antibiotics and gut health fit into the OVERALL HEALTH PICTURE.
DR OZ'S SKETCHY DIETARY ADVICE
WHAT TO EAT NOW
Unlike most medical doctors, who never give any real advice about nutrition, he admits that when he has patients, "lying on a gurney, about to have their chest opened with a band saw, the biggest reason was often the simplest: the food they ate." He goes on to tell us that these specific foods are "Bad Fats". What are bad fats you ask? According to Dr. Oz, "Bad fats generally include saturated fats (found in animal products), trans fats (found in hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils), and their cousin cholesterol (found in egg yolks, meats, and dairy products)". Interestingly enough, he seems almost confused by this when he tells us that, "Most people have little issue with their blood cholesterol levels after eating foods that that are relatively high in cholesterol." Even still, the good doctor touts the fact that he, "has performed more than 5,000 heart surgeries, and I recommend a diet low in saturated and trans fats to prevent the build up of arterial plaque." Equating Saturated Fats to TRANS FATS is terrible advice, not to mention, terrible science. The truth is, on this matter Dr. Oz is behind the eight ball. Let's look at just two recent studies on this matter.
- A study called Saturated Fat, Carbohydrates, and Cardiovascular Disease was published in the March, 2010 of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. This was a Meta-Analyisis of 21 of the topic's largest Peer-Reviewed scientific studies, involving more than 350,000 individuals. The conclusions of the research done by Dr. Ronald Krauss of Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, "Our meta-analysis showed that there is insufficient evidence from prospective epidemiologic studies to conclude that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of stroke, or heart disease". Listen folks, if you can't find the link between heart disease and animal (saturated) fat after looking at 350,000 people, it probably ain't there!
- A Research Symposium was held in early 2011 with Dr Arne Astrup and the renowned Dr. Walter Willette, heading up an "invitation only" conference of the biggest names in dietary fat research ---- people who are "recognized as authorities in their field". By the way, these were not alternative practitioners. These were mainstream scientists from some of the most prestigious institutions on the planet. What were their conclusions? Saturated Fat raised the HDL levels the most in all 27 studies that were reviewed. HDL is the so called, "Good Cholesterol".
And when it comes to weight loss as well as blood chemistry values, which diet kicks the living daylights out of the others? Study after study is showing that Low Carb, Mediterranean Style diets (my favorite of these is PALEO) are not only the best for LOSING WEIGHT and maintaining weight, they are the best as far as normalizing one's blood work. Why is this? It all comes down to a very simple principle ---- CONTROL INSULIN LEVELS!
Dr Oz mis-characterized low carb diets when he stated, "the much-relied-on meats can lead to inflammation and irritation, causing some physicians to worry about heart attacks and strokes." Part of this statement is true. Much of it is not. The truth is, most medical doctors are still living in the past --- propagating the scientifically disproved "fat-free" or "low fat" diets of the 80's and 90's. However, the food group that tends to cause the most INFLAMMATION is grain (this is a sacrilegious statement from an old Kansas wheat farmer). Inflammation causes obesity. If I want to fatten a beef, what do I feed it --- meat or grain? I grew up on a Kansas farm Dr. Oz, but I would guess that even a city boy like you could answer this question. Yes, there are some good grains, but you had better be careful ---- most are now and forever GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms). Not to mention, the latest research is saying that somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 of the US population is GLUTEN SENSITIVE. Gluten Sensitivity has recently been linked to AUTOIMMUNITY. Could be why a whopping 1 in 5 Americans suffers from some sort of Autoimmune Disease (some experts say 1 in 3).
The Dr. Oz article was not terrible by any means. I really liked the picture of his "daily menu". However, I would say that it is a bit low on protein. Remember, if you are really interested in loosing weight, you had better get significant protein at every feeding.
Kettlebells (they look like a cannon ball with a small handle) have been around forever. Unfortunately, they are extremely expensive. But don't despair --- there is a great way to make your own. There are many kits on the market to do this. Forget about them. Truthfully, most of these type of devices feel unstable (wobbly / loose) and cheap. Although they are cheaper than buying a set of Kettle Bells, besides being flimsy, most are way overpriced (well over $100). However, there is a simple way to build a device that you can do Kettlebell swings with --- the queen mother of all kettlebell exercises. Be warned that this device will not in any way take the place of a kettlebell for other exercises. the device is called the "T-Handle".
Constructing Your Own T-Handle
Build your own Kettlebell Replacement with $20 worth of supplies you can get from your local hardware store.
- One 1" diameter X 8-12" long pipe nipple for the vertical shaft. (A "pipe nipple" is a short pipe threaded on both ends with male pipe thread). Shorter people require a shorter pipe nipple
- Two 1" diameter X 4" long pipe nipples for handles. Make sure that you cover over the exposed threads with tape.
- One 1" diameter pipe "T" fitting
- One 3/4" floor flange
- One spring clamp to keep plates from sliding at the top of the swing
- HERE ARE SOME PICTURES (near the bottom of the page)
PROPER FORM WITH KETTLEBELL SWINGS
GRACE AND ADDIE
GOUT IS LINKED TO
No one argues that GOUT is a Uric Acid problem. But believe it or not, scientific research is now showing that high levels of Uric Acid are caused not by eating too much protein (a prime scapegoat since who-knows-when), but by eating too much SUGAR --- and most particularly, a certain kind of sugar. Please Google "Gout: The Missing Chapter from Good Calories, Bad Calories" to see what Taubes has to say on the subject. To see why sugar is being linked not only to Gout, but to almost every disease process known to man, take a moment to review THIS ARTICLE.
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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