THE SINGLE BEST EXERCISE FOR WEIGHT LOSS?
WHAT YOU PUT IN YOUR MOUTH!
People are always asking me questions like, "Dr. Schierling; what is the best exercise I can do to lose weight?". This is an easy one. Change your diet! There is no hidden meaning to this statement. It is what it is. Remember the old "You Are What You eat" slogan you learned in grade school? It's true. What you eat is far more important than how or how much you exercise. Don't get me wrong, there is a specific type of exercise that will allow you to achieve the results you are looking for to a much greater degree and much quicker than others, but what you eat is the most important step you can take in winning the battle of the bulge. For more information on WEIGHT LOSS, follow the link. For those of you asking what kinds of foods you should be eating; we'll cover that one tomorrow.
DESTROY CHRONIC PAIN
I have three websites (this one, SPINAL DECOMPRESSION MISSOURI, and DESTROY CHRONIC PAIN). I do all of the work on them. I take that back. There is one part of my site that I have farmed out --- the banners. Diana Rosdail is not only a wizard with her graphics software, she knows how to create images that convey the message that I am looking to get across to my readers. My last couple of banners were somewhat garish. Using Vincent Van Gogh's "Sorrowing Man" painting as a starting point, Diana knocked this one out of the park. The original paining, done in 1890, was also called Worn Out: At Eternity's Gate. It was completed two months before Van Gogh's death via suicide.
Although I have not experienced the crazy kind of pain that many of my patients deal with on a day-to-day basis, I have dealt with my share of Chronic Pain. You can read about my experience HERE and on my ABOUT US PAGE. Personally struggling with Chronic Pain, as well as treating thousands of patients dealing with the same, has given me an empathy and understanding for your situation. Can I help you with your particular problem? I never know the answer to that question beforehand (HERE). However, I will do whatever I can to help you find a solution to your pain. If you have never seen them, take a couple of minutes and look at our VIDEO TESTIMONIALS.
FOUR DECADES OF CHRONIC BACK PAIN SOLVED
Migraine headaches are a common side effect of gluten exposure for those who are intolerant. The website of the Gluten Free Society
Fasting, eating high-sugar foods, dieting too rigorously, and skipping meals can all trigger, or make people more likely to have a headache or migraine. Even delayed or irregular meals can make a difference. This is usually due to people’s blood-glucose levels falling too low. The website of the Migraine Trust
As a chiropractor, most people would assume that I would start out by recommending a bunch of Chiropractic Adjustments. You know what happens when you assume don't you? The starting point for taking care of Migraines is almost always diet. The two things that I see associated with Migraine Headaches over and over and over again are Blood Sugar and Gluten Sensitivity. Both can be dealt with by yourself if you know how to go about doing it properly. The really cool thing is that both of these problems are dealt with in much the same way; a strict PALEO DIET.
It is interesting to note that Migraine Headaches are not the first neurological problem to be tied to these two things. In case you missed it, NEUROPATHY is being heavily linked to Gluten Sensitivity and Blood Sugar Dysregulation as well. In fact, fluctuations in blood sugar are not only tied to almost every health problem you can name, they are being tied directly to Migraine Headaches by several studies. When a person eats a diet high in grains, processed and starchy carbs, or SUGAR, their blood sugar can become "UNCONTROLLED". It is critical that you understand that this might be going on even though your blood sugar readings are in the "normal" range. Most particularly, Migraine Headaches are shown to be linked to the blood sugar crash that comes after the spike ---- REACTIVE HYPOGLYCEMIA.
If you were to Google "Gluten Migraine" you will get three quarters of a million hits. Not only is this relationship seen in clinical practice, there are a number of peer-reviewed studies on the topic. Although most people associate Gluten with gastrointestinal symptoms, GLUTEN is heavily linked to neurological problems as well. In fact, more often than not, Gluten Sensitive people show neurological symptoms rather than GI symptoms (HERE). If you want to know the proper way to go Gluten Free, read my post on the GLUTEN FREE ELIMINATION DIET.
Here is the really great thing about following this method. This sort of approach is the basis for healing THE GUT and solving LEAKY GUT SYNDROME as well. It also happens to be the best way of eating if you have ADRENAL PROBLEMS / FIBROMYALGIA, THYROID PROBLEMS, all sorts of AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES as well as a host of INFLAMMATORY ILLNESSES ---- all of which can be related to Migraine Headaches. And for those of you who have tried this method of managing your Migraine Headaches without the results you were hoping for; do not give up hope. Your problem may very well be caused by Scar Tissue and FASCIAL ADHESIONS. Having the Scar Tissue broken, along with some CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS and STRUCTURAL CORRECTION can go a long way toward helping you manage your Migraine Headaches.
Take a look at Heidi Martin's testimonial from Dr. Osborne's site below. Her statement about misdiagnosis is particularly interesting in light of THIS HEALTHCARE PROVIDER SURVEY. Unfortunately, Heidi is the norm. In fact, if you fail to step outside the box and tackle these sorts of problems on your own (HERE), it is likely you will not ever find a solution.
I had been on disability for nearly 3 years due to debilitating migraines. I was getting them on an average of 26 to 29 days a month. I have recently gone on a gluten free diet and have stopped having migraines. My doctor had diagnosed my migraines as being brought on by stress but I am undergoing the most stress I have ever gone through yet I am migraine free, so I highly suggest to all you migraine sufferers, please try a gluten free diet. It really isn't hard to do at all... What a gift to not be living in daily physical pain... Now I am wondering if they misdiagnosed the reason I have an eight inch scar on my tummy from that intestinal surgery as when I read the symptoms of celiac disease, I seemed to have all those symptoms as well... I have lost so much faith in doctors...I am starting to feel better off researching things myself.
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CHRONIC PAIN AND OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH FHP
FORWARD HEAD POSTURE
EXAMPLES OF LOSS OF CERVICAL LORDOSIS OR REVERSE CURVE (KYPHOSIS)
EXAMPLES OF A LORDOTIC CERVICAL CURVE
On the other hand, if you do not have the proper amount of curve (or you have a reverse cervical curve), force is not only not dissipated, it is redistributed in a manner that both causes and accelerates the degenerative processes which are at work on all of us due to the effects of gravity. Instead of acting like a spring, your neck can end up pounding your discs like a hammer pounds a nail. As you might imagine, the resulting mechanical dysfunction causes a host of problems which can actually be seen on X-ray. The first of these is something called "Sclerosis" (a build-up of calcium). When this gets more severe, there will be bone spurs that form. Right along with these is DISC DEGENERATION. The bottom line is that anything that keeps your spine from moving like it should move (including having the proper curvature and GOOD POSTURE) will cause or accelerate Spinal Decay.
RESULTS OF HAVING AN IMPROPER CERVICAL CURVE
WHAT IT TAKES TO ADDRESS IMPROPER CERVICAL CURVES
The great thing is; once your chiropractor has put you through the proper tests and figured out that you can tolerate Cervical Extension Traction, you can do most of it at home with inexpensive devices such as my favorite, the DAKOTA TRACTION UNIT (thanks Dr. Tressler!). Not only does it have the ability to help the problems listed above by improving the biomechanical function of the cervical spine, it is my belief that Cervical Extension Traction (along with EXTENSION EXERCISES) are probably the single best methods of dealing with the CHRONIC TRIGGER POINTS that do not respond to SCAR TISSUE REMODELING.
SATURATED FAT AND HEART DISEASE
IS THERE A LINK?
"The mantra that saturated fat must be removed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease has dominated dietary advice and guidelines for almost four decades. Yet scientific evidence shows that this advice has, paradoxically, increased our cardiovascular risks. Furthermore, the government’s obsession with levels of total cholesterol, which has led to the overmedication of millions of people with statins..." Aseem Malhotra, Interventional Cardiology specialist at Croydon University Hospital of London
One of the oldest and most prestigious medical journals on the planet, the British Medical Journal, published an interesting (and controversial) commentary by Malhorta a couple of days ago called Observations From the Heart: Saturated Fat is not the Major Issue. The article, an overview of the peer-reviewed literature on the subject, showed that saturated fat is not the Great Satan it has been made out to be. Hopefully, this is not new information for you (HERE). TRANS FATS are the fats which are widely associated with disease; not Saturated Fats. This is why a PALEO DIET is so beneficial for people with a wide variety of chronic illnesses, including most cases of cardiovascular disease and OBESITY.
I would suggest you read the entire article (HERE), as it will only take you five minutes to get through it. While you are at it, you may want to check out our information on STATIN DRUGS as well. It all boils down to understanding and educating patients about what it takes to squelch INFLAMMATION at its source ---- something the worldwide medical community is, in my opinion, doing an extremely poor job of (HERE).
COMMON THYROID DRUGS LINKED TO BIRTH DEFECTS
The thing I want you to focus on here are the words, "early in pregnancy". This means that these drugs could be causing their damage before the woman even realizes she is pregnant. While I am certainly not advocating that you simply stop taking your meds, there are things that you can do to begin getting a handle on virtually all ENDOCRINE PROBLEMS, including THYROID. Although far from a total solution, HERE is what I consider to be the starting point.
WHY YOU ARE ADDICTED TO JUNK FOOD AND
HOW TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF ADDICTION
I am sort of like that "dry alcoholic". As long as I never touch it, I don't really crave it. But give me that first Oreo (or doughnut, or bite of cheesecake, or whatever) and I want more. And the more that I want is not just here-and-now today. I promise that I'll want it tomorrow as well. It's the nature of an addiction. The more you eat, the more you want. This is why you will almost never see me eating desert or junk --- I can't afford to ignite those cravings!
Using modern medical technology, Schroeder and his team at CC proved that Oreo Cookies (admit it ---- you can't eat just one yourself) actually activate a greater number of neurons that either cocaine or heroin / morphine. Stop and re-read that sentence and let the magnitude of it sink in. Here is the thing ---- you already knew this! Otherwise, pushing away from the table, saying no to junk, LOSING WEIGHT AND GETTING IN GREAT SHAPE would be so simple that everyone would be jumping on the bandwagon. Instead, if you count those who are SKINNY FAT, we are a society where nearly 4 of 5 adults are either OBESE OR OVERWEIGHT. For those of you who have done everything but still can't lose the weight, be sure and take a look at THIS POST.
LIFESAVER? DESTROYER OF HEALTH? OR BOTH?
"Antibiotic resistance is rising for many different pathogens that are threats to health,” said “If we don’t act now, our medicine cabinet will be empty and we won’t have the antibiotics we need to save lives. Every year, more than two million people in the United States get infections that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a result..... Studies have estimated that, in the United States, antibiotic resistance adds $20 billion in excess direct health care costs, with additional costs to society for lost productivity as high as $35 billion a year. The use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance. Up to 50 percent of all the antibiotics prescribed for people are not needed or are not prescribed appropriately. " Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dr. Tom Frieden, from September's 113 page paper Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013. By thy way, many studies are putting the percentage of 'inappropriately prescribed' antibiotics at 70% or greater.
"Resistance has emerged for all known antibiotics in use. For most antibiotics, and classes of antibiotics, antibiotic resistant genes have also entered the bacterial population in the domains where antibiotics are used. For example, in hospitals, farms and aqua-culture ponds." The Australian Department of Health's Joint Expert Technical Advisory Committee on Antibiotic Resistance (JETACAR) from a study called, ‘The Use of Antibiotics in Food Producing Animals: Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria in Animals and Humans’. October 1999
"The greatest possibility of evil in self-medication is the use of too small doses so that instead of clearing up infection the microbes are educated to resist penicillin and a host of penicillin-fast organisms is bred out which can be passed to other individuals and from them to others until they reach someone who gets a septicaemia or pneumonia which penicillin cannot save." New York Times June 26, 1945
Amoxicillin (a version of Penicillin invented in 1972) is America's most commonly prescribed Antibiotic for both adults and CHILDREN. It also happens to be the cheapest Antibiotic at $12 to $30 per prescription. Because the patent has expired, there are over 70 different companies manufacturing and / or marketing their version of the drug. Go to the average doctor with a sniffle, sneeze, or sore throat, and the odds are you'll walk out with a script for Amoxicillin.
A recent study of Amoxocillin was done using just over 2,000 patients from all over Europe. It was published in one of the oldest and most prestigious medical journals on the planet ---- Lancet. The study, published last December, took people with uncomplicated LTRI (Lower Respiratory Tract Infection without pneumonia) and broke them up into two groups ---- those who were given Antibiotics, and those who were given a placebo. The two groups showed almost no difference in the severity or the duration of the illness ---- even in the GERIATRIC POPULATION. There were, however, significantly more side effects in the Antibiotic group. Lead researcher, Dr. Paul Little of the University of Southampton, summed it up best when he said that, "patients given amoxicillin don't recover much quicker or have significantly fewer symptoms. Using amoxicillin to treat respiratory infections in patients not suspected of having pneumonia is not likely to help and could be harmful." HERE is a previous study on Upper Respiratory Infections and Antibiotics.
If you go back 100 years ago, the most common causes of death were related to bacterial infections. Half of all the infants that died did so due to infection with a bacterium called Streptococcus Pyogenes. Tuberculosis ("Consumption") was a dreaded problem that was not particularly uncommon. And Staph infections were fatal in about 80% of infected wounds. Antibiotics were discovered in the 1920's and became widely available for use just prior to the outbreak of WWII. This new "Miracle Drug" saved lives --- period! In fact, greatly due to Antibiotics, the generation who lived through this war saw their life expectancy increase by an astounding 8 years. Optimism was running so high the year I was born (1967), that William Stewart, the Surgeon General during President LBJ's "Great Society" made the following statement. "The time has come to close the book on infectious diseases. We have basically wiped out infection in the United States." Unfortunately, Stewart's statement was not only premature, it showed a total lack of understanding of what "health" is really all about.
LIFE WITHOUT FEAR
Just remember that even though they are all too often being used as such, study after study after scientific study tells us that Antibiotics should never be a first line of defense against things like EAR INFECTIONS, sinus infections, CHRONIC NASAL AND SINUS CONGESTION, colds, FLU, COUGHS, ALLERGIES / ASTHMA, and a whole host of others. Furthermore, if you do end up taking Antibiotics for any reason, there are very specific protocols you need to follow to replenish your body's good bacteria (HERE, HERE, and HERE are a few of these). This is because fully 80% OF YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM IS FOUND IN THE GUT ---- LARGELY MADE UP OF BACTERIA. If you take some time to read my posts on ANTIBIOTICS, GUT HEALTH, AUTOIMMUNITY, and BLOOD SUGAR, you might freak out just a bit. That's OK. Whatever it takes to wake you up and educate you about the harmful side effects of Antibiotics. Just remember that the lives and health of you and your family are at stake.
Many of you reading this post live your life in a state of fear. You are germaphobics. You are completely freaked out by the prospect of coming in contact with bacteria or other "germs". This is a completely wrong way to think. For the most part, bacteria should be one of your closest friends (HERE). Think about it for a moment; if germs were really the root cause of sickness and disease, none of us would be alive to be having this conversation. For information about starting your journey back to health, HERE it is.
CHRONIC NECK PAIN
HOW MANY VISITS DOES IT TAKE?
- FIRSTLY (It takes one visit to know whether I can help you): This does not imply that you will be 'cured' in one visit (BTW, the only thing that is "cured" is ham). This simply means that you will either see improvement after your first visit or you will not. Bear in mind that I am not talking about the kind of improvement that leaves you are mulling it over in your mind ''did he help me, or didn't he?". I am talking about the kind of improvement that will be clearly recognizable. The kind of improvement you see on our VIDEO TESTIMONIALS. Honestly; what more can you ask for? It really can't get simpler than that.
- SECONDLY (The neck pain must be "Chronic"): According to the website of the Cleveland Clinic, the difference between acute and chronic pain is as follows: "Acute pain might be mild and last just a moment, or it might be severe and last for weeks or months. In most cases, acute pain does not last longer than six months, and it disappears when the underlying cause of pain has been treated or has healed. Chronic pain persists despite the fact that the injury has healed. Pain signals remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or years. Physical effects include tense muscles, limited mobility, a lack of energy, and changes in appetite. Emotional effects include depression, anger, anxiety, and fear of re-injury. Such a fear might hinder a person’s ability to return to normal work or leisure activities." It is certainly not that we do not help people who have "acute" neck pain ---- we do. But with acute neck pain ---- the sort of pain a person is having after last week's MVA, there is a specific healing process that you will have to go through. If you watch many of our VIDEO TESTIMONIALS, the common thread that you will see in most is that these folks had their pain for a very long time prior to seeing us ---- some of them for decades. If you want to see a great example of a what I am talking about in this bullet point, take a look at this brief BEFORE AND AFTER VIDEO of a woman struggling with Chronic Neck Pain, whose problem started in a 5 roll-over WHIPLASH accident back in the mid 1980's.
- THIRDLY (If I accept your case): It's not a big deal for my local patients, but before people make a long trip to come see me, I want a detailed history of your problem beforehand. This way I can weed out the people who I know up front I cannot help. I accept only those cases that I really believe I can help. You can read more about this HERE.
- FOURTHLY (Although I did not explicitly state this, it is implied ---- your office visit might be lengthy if you come from a distance to see me): When it comes to treating patients with FASCIAL ADHESIONS from out of the area, I need plenty of time to figure out what is causing the pain and restriction (this is mentioned on our FAQ PAGE). As many who have been through the process can attest, this is often comparable to solving a jigsaw puzzle. After your initial examination, I will probably take you through a series of testing and treating repeated over and over and over again.
My goal is that when you leave my office, you see an immediate and significant improvement that will last over the long haul ---- not just as far as your pain is concerned, but more importantly, in your ROM (ROM must be the first thing to change --- everything else follows). I never reschedule my long-distance patients. The truth is, you may have to come back, and you will definitely need to understand the difference between PHASE I and PHASE II of the process. But you be the judge of that. As you can see from our VIDEO TESTIMONIALS, many people are taken care of in one visit. If you see nice changes but require more treatment, simply call Cheryl and schedule another appointment. HERE is an example of this in action. To read our recent Blog Series on Chronic Neck Pain, simply CLICK HERE.
HEADLINES TOUT NEW CHEMOTHERAPY COMBINATION EXTENDS LIFE IN THOSE WITH PANCREATIC CANCER
This terrible form of cancer hits pretty close to home because our neighbor, a woman who was like a grandmother to my kids, died of it almost 7 years ago. Wikipedia, using a host of stats cherry-picked from a wide array of the latest peer-reviewed research had this to say concerning Pancreatic Cancer.
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and the eighth worldwide. Pancreatic cancer has an extremely poor prognosis: for all stages combined, the 1- and 5-year relative survival rates are 25% and 6%, respectively; for local disease the 5-year survival is approximately 15% while the median survival for locally advanced and for metastatic disease, which collectively represent over 80% of individuals, is about 10 and 6 months respectively. Individuals vary, however - some are only diagnosed when they are already terminally ill and therefore only have a few days or weeks. Men are 30% more likely to get pancreatic cancer than are women. Early pancreatic cancer often does not cause symptoms, and the later symptoms are usually nonspecific and varied. Therefore, pancreatic cancer is often not diagnosed until it is advanced.
Although there are some symptoms sometimes seen with this problem (abdominal pain, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, unexplained weight loss, SUGAR DYSREGULATION PROBLEMS, and others), they are vague. Oftentimes, the first real symptom of Pancreatic Cancer is that you simply turn yellow (jaundice). According to lead investigator of the MPACT study (Dr. Daniel Von Hoff of the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix Arizona), this new drug combination increases survival rates by a whopping 17 to 23%. But what does this statistic really mean? It means that on average, the survival was about 50 days longer for the double chemo group than for the single chemo group (3.7 months to 5.5 months respectively). But, as you might imagine, the side effects of the double chemo were worse ---- particularly the NEUROPATHY.
This study reminded me of the study done a couple of years ago on a drug that was approved by the FDA for PROSTATE CANCER. Only if you work for the government or a Pharmaceutical Company could you ever report such terrible results with great gusto ---- and get paid big bucks for doing so. But then again; the treatment of Cancer is certainly a PARADOX here in the United States! If you want to learn more about stopping cancer before it strikes, READ THIS. GUT HEALTH is also a great starting point.
LATEST NEWS ON TESTING FOR
IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
"Mark Pimentel and his colleagues have been exploring the pathophysiology of IBS, and have found that in many cases, the condition arises after an episode of gastroenteritis, with bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine resulting from neuromuscular damage..... Increased levels of proinflammatory cytokines have been found in the colonic mucosa of patients with IBS, especially those patients with post-infectious IBS" From two different MedPage Today articles that were published earlier this week
I bring up the subject of diagnostic testing because doctors have recently come up with a test for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). IBS is a group of poorly defined bowel symptoms that consist chiefly of gas as well as pain and bloating in the abdominal (tummy) area. IBS is also almost always associated with changes in stool consistency (diarrhea and CONSTIPATION) and something called SIBO. However, there are a wide variety of other symptoms that are frequently associated with IBS as well (DEPRESSION is one of the biggies). Others include.....
- Heartburn (ACID REFLUX)
- Urgency (the need to find a bathroom NOW)
- The Feeling that the Bowel is Never Really Empty; Even After Voiding
- General Fatigue & Generalized Muscle and Joint Pain (HERE)
- Sleep Disorders / Insomnia (HERE)
- Low Back Pain (HERE)
Up until recently, there has been no diagnostic test for IBS. However, a recent breakthrough may allow Irritable Bowel Syndrome to be diagnosed via simple a simple blood test. Viniculin is a protein that plays a part in things like cellular cohesion, cellular movement, nerve cell migration, and MECHANORECEPTION. It also happens to play a part in things like FASCIAL ADHESIONS.
A new test developed by doctors at UCLA's Cedars-Siani Hospital in Los Angeles, California, is showing a diagnostic accuracy of almost 95% for detecting the presence of IBS. The test looks for high levels of anti-viniculin antibodies. What does this tell us? Something that those in the know had been speculating about for a very long time. IBS is an Autoimmune Disease --- a disease in which your body mounts immune system responses against its own tissues, makes antibodies against them, then attacks them.
What have I been telling people for a number of years? If you want to have any hope of dealing with AUTOIMMUNITY, you had better dramatically change your diet. I highly recommend the PALEO DIET because it completely cuts out the most POTENTIALLY REACTIVE FOODS (DO NOT FAIL TO UNDERSTAND FODMAPS!) I have also been telling anyone who will listen that virtually all health problems are driven by INFLAMMATION. Inflammation leads to LEAKY GUT SYNDROME (or visa versa), which in turn provides the foundation for ill health. Take this to the bank; you cannot have IBS without having a Leaky Gut. It is my experience that you cannot have IBS without having major food sensitivities as well ---- chiefly to GLUTEN and dairy (HERE is a list of Autoimmune Diseases associated with Gluten). Also, when it comes to IBS, FODMAPS are a factor in 75% of that population.
For those who are interested, a study so new it has not yet been published (it was presented by Dr. Orla Craig of Ireland's University College Cork in Ireland, at the recent American College of Gastroenterology meeting), is associating high levels of Interluekin-6 (IL-6) with both IBS and mood disorders such as DEPRESSION. IL-6 is one of the major markers used to detect INFLAMMATION. Not surprising considering we have seen Depression heavily tied to both ANTIBIOTIC USE and POOR GUT HEALTH.
As you should be starting to notice, it is looking more and more like much of our nation's sickness and disease is just one big thing (HERE). The problem is that instead of using this information to really help patients fix their Guts and CURE THESE VARIOUS DISEASES, they are using it to develop and promote ---- you guessed it ---- drugs. Not surprisingly, since IBS is an Autoimmune Disease, the drugs of choice are immuno-suppresive (drugs that suppress the Immune System).
A recent study done at the University of California in San Francisco probed the question of which anti-TNF-α drug (Tumor Necorosis Factor Alpha is a Cytokine, yet another marker of INFLAMMATION) is better for Colitis; Remicade or Humira. Be aware that the differences between these two drugs was slight, with both having about the same number of side effects. Both of these drugs are also used to treat other Autoimmune Diseases as well (Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Plaque Psoriasis, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, and many others).
The problem with these two drugs is, as is always the case, the side effects. Without going into all the specific side effects which you can do online yourself, you can begin to grasp how big a deal these drugs are because they are both ---- as stated earlier ----- Immuno-Suppressive. This means that they work by SUPPRESSING ONE'S IMMUNE SYSTEM. As crazy as it may sound, the inflammatory marker TNF-α (Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha) is actually a critical part of one's Immune System. Suppress the Immune System and you might relieve some symptoms, but you can also open Pandora's Box. Could be why several types of cancers are dramatically higher (as much as 300% higher) on these drugs.
Oh; there is one more thing that should be noted about this study. It was funded by Janssen Biotech of Canada (the company that just happens to market Remicade here in America) and a company called Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Salix, a North Carolina corporation that specializes in drugs and devices for Gastrointestinal Disorders, is listed as the American Corporation with the highest revenue (nearly $1,500,000) per employee. It's not a leap to imagine that if you followed the money on this little endeavor, you would find an incestuous relationship between Salix and Jenssen. In America, the cost of Remicade, which must be delivered via infusion, is between two and three thousand dollars per week, with Humira being somewhat less (Enbrel is another popular drug in this same class).
When inflammation is either not explained to patients, or "mysticized" as an unknowable phenomenon that can only be dealt with via a lifetime of drugs; that is exactly what is promoted ---- drugs. And eventually surgeries. Instead of blindly following your doctor's advice, don't you think it might be time to make some serious changes to your lifestyle? Not one person in 100 (maybe one in 1,000) has any real idea what Inflammation really is. Start changing you life by educating yourself and taking some action steps. No; I totally agree with you ---- it's not easy. But the alternative (staying on your same course of doing nothing and taking their drugs) is not likely doing you any favors over the long haul either. Use THIS INFORMATION as a starting point.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HEAL PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME?
You will either find great relief in this treatment, or it will not work. Jonie Barnes quoting my words to her in the video testimonial below.
- FIRSTLY (It takes one visit to know if I can help you): Notice that I did not say that it takes one visit to "fix" you. If I can help you, you'll know it in just one visit. Granted, that visit might last several hours, but you will know (HERE are some Blog Posts and Video Testimonials on Piriformis Syndrome).
- SECONDLY (Unlike Chronic Neck Pain in yesterday's post, I help a lot of people with acute Piriformis Syndrome): The truth is, I would much rather treat acute-onset Piriformis Syndrome. Generally speaking, it is much easier to deal with Piriformis Syndrome that has only been occurring for a few weeks or even a few months. However, if you watch our VIDEO TESTIMONIALS on Piriformis Syndrome, you'll be shocked to see how many of these people have had their problem for two, three, and even four decades.
- THIRDLY (It can come from almost anywhere): The FASCIAL ADHESIONS that are so often responsible for Piriformis Syndrome can arise from almost anywhere. This means that even though the "pinching" is occurring at the piriformis muscle, many times this is not where the primary problem actually is. To understand this better, I created a couple of different posts on the subject (HERE and HERE).
PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME TESTIMONIAL
WHAT CAUSES PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME?
Anything that puts torque on the pelvis and pinches the Sciatic Nerve in the Sciatic Notch can cause butt pain and / or Sciatica. This restriction or torque does not necessarily have to be at the Piriformis Muscle itself. The Piriformis Muscle just happens to be the anatomical structure that physically touches and comes in contact with the Sciatic Nerve. Dr. Russell Schierling from one of last week's Blog Posts
Last evening I worked on a physically fit middle-aged male with a long history of butt pain (only rarely does he have SCIATICA to go along with). Years ago, this person war riding his four wheeler, and ended up straddled over a railroad track. To get over the hump, he was goosing it and swishing the rear end around. When it finally broke free and jumped over the track, the rear wheels spun and threw him off on the ground with the quad coming over on top of him. He told me that he wondered at the time if he had killed himself or at the very least, paralyzed himself. He want on to say that he had imprints of the gravel (railroad gravel is actually fairly large rock) in his back for weeks after the wreck. Even though he did not land on his butt, he has had perpetual buttock pain ever since.
After breaking up Fascial Adhesions all over the pelvis with no immediate relief upon testing, re-testing, and still more testing, I checked his mid back. Interestingly enough, in the area of his TL Spine (the very top of the diamond-shaped area of Fascia we call the THORACOLUMBAR FASCIA), I found severe Fascial Adhesions. Even though this particular area gives him zero pain; after breaking up the Fascial Adhesions in this area, the pain in his buttock could not be reproduced. Video to follow in a few days. The moral of this story is that Fascial Adhesions have the ability to cause pain and dysfunction in areas that are quite distant and removed from the area of pain. For more on PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME, click the link.
TURNABOUT IS FAIR PLAY
THE GOD DELUSION
THE SCIENCE DELUSION
Science is being constricted by assumptions that have, over the years, hardened into dogmas. Such dogmas are not only limiting, but dangerous for the future of humanity. According to these principles, all of reality is material or physical; the world is a machine, made up of inanimate matter; nature is purposeless; consciousness is nothing but the physical activity of the brain; free will is an illusion; God exists only as an idea in human minds, imprisoned within our skulls. The jacket of Dr. Sheldrake's Science Delusion.
Since the death of Christopher Hitchens, the unspoken leader of "The Four Horsemen," Dr. RICHARD DAWKINS (evolutionary biologist, Oxford), is arguably the world's most outspoken and eloquent atheist apologist. Using the mantle of "science" as the foundation of the pulpit for his anti-creation / anti-design books, lectures, and debates, Dawkins is in many ways, the polar opposite of Sheldrake. His most popular book (a runaway bestseller with over 2 million copies in print) was called "The God Delusion". Sheldrake tackles Dawkins' ideas of what orthodox science is, head on.
What I want people to glean from this post is that "Science" cannot be trusted --- or at least it cannot be trusted completely. What was yesterday's "scientific fact" is today's laughing stock. Furthermore, science is all too often bought and paid for by the person(s) with the most money. In other words, "Truth" is decided by the highest bidder (HERE and HERE are great examples of this). Unfortunately, this is particularly true when it comes to the medical and pharmaceutical fields (Dr. Sheldrake's 10th point). Can we trust Big Pharma to do the right thing as far as the public health is concerned? Are you joking me? Read SOME OF THESE POSTS and come to your own conclusions.
GLUTEN AND ACNE
IS THERE A CONNECTION?
As noted by the University of Maryland Medical Center, food allergies exacerbate adult acne. In gluten allergy or intolerance, the small intestine may become damaged allowing gliadin to pass through the intestinal lamina which has capillaries and lymph tissue. Such activity stimulates the release of antibodies and inflammatory chemicals. Since inflammation is considered as the key factor in acne, it will then aggravate the condition. From The Link Between Gluten and Cystic Acne (The Acne Treatment Center)
We all know about the over-the-counter acne treatments (pads, washes, lotions, etc), but what are the treatment options that would be offered by a medical doctor or specialist? Because the majority of acne occurs in the female population, one of the first things that will be tried is Oral Contraceptives ("The Pill"). Without getting into all the potential short-term and long-term side effects of putting synthetic hormones (XENO-HORMONES) into your system on a regular basis, suffice it to say that going on The Pill is not something that I would recommend for anyone; acne or no acne.
There are several topicals that may be prescribed as well. Most of these involve one or more of three different substances;
- Vitamin A
- Benzoyl Peroxide
VITAMIN A BASED PRODUCTS
There are about a dozen or so different Vitamin-A based topical products used to treat acne (the most well known is probably Retin-A). These products work by speeding up cellular turnover. The main side effects of this class of drug are increased incidence of sunburn, and birth defects ---- particularly defects of the SKULL. That's correct; do not take these drugs if you are pregnant or could become pregnant. This is particularly true of a product called Isotretinoin (brand names include Accutane, Roaccutane, Amnesteem, Claravis, Isotroin, and Sotret). These drugs are known to cause severe birth defects as well as IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (not to mention Crohn's and others that are intimately related to LEAKY GUT SYNDROME). Other side effects include dry eyes, dry mouth, dry lips, dry nose, dry skin (all indicative of SYMPATHETIC DOMINANCE), itching, nosebleeds, muscle pain, sun sensitivity, poor night vision, HIGH CHOLESTEROL, high triglycerides, increased liver enzymes, DEPRESSION, as well as a slew of others including suicide). In fact, these drugs are so dangerous, that in order to take them one must agree to be part of an FDA-approved monitoring program.
Benzoyl Peroxide is by far the most common of the three physician-prescribed treatment options for acne. BP works by locally peeling the skin, which, like the Vitamin A products above, speeds up cellular turnover. Prescription Benzyol Peroxide products are not merely stronger versions of what are sold over the counter. They are BP products that are mixed with the Vitamin A products or topical Antibiotics (or both). BP is a known antimicrobial that is said to reduce the numbers of the bacteria on the skin.
Antibiotics are a super common treatment for acne, whether used by themselves or in tandem with other medications. This is because acne is associated with a particular strain of bacteria known as known as Propionibacterium Acnes (P. Acnes).
In the picture on the right, you see a cut-away side view of what the skin looks like under the surface. Although this specific breed of bacteria is considered to be part of the skin's "NORMAL FLORA", the P. Acnes bacteria prefer to live deep down in the pores of the skin around the hair follicle. Their primary food source is the oily substance known as sebum that most of us hate (especially those of the female gender), which protects us from the elements (sun, wind, rain, etc). Some of the different reasons people get acne in the first place, includes increased production of sebum (this happens at puberty) and blockage of the pores with dried sebum in the form of blackheads or whiteheads. Blackheads and whiteheads, however, are not the topic of today's post. Today I want to discuss Cystic Acne (Acne Vulgaris) as seen in the image at the top of the page.
P. Acnes is typically a slow-growing bacteria. That is, until it finds the right conditions to allow it to thrive. By-products of the bacteria's chowing down on sebum can mix with cellular debris and accumulate in the pores. Couple this with INFLAMMATION, and bacterial growth and reproduction can explode (FYI: click the link to see that acne is one of the myriad of health issues that are considered "inflammatory" or caused by inflammation). The key to finding the source of almost any health problem is to find the source of the Inflammation. Although this accumulation of debris in the pore and the subsequent cellular damage that it can cause is typically thought to be the source of the Inflammation, there may be a host of external inflammatory drivers as well --- particularly when it comes to Cystic Acne or Adult Onset Acne (or a combination of the two).
Most physicians and dermatologists will tell patients suffering with acne that there is nothing that they are doing to cause or contribute to this process --- it's just something that their body happens to do. While this is certainly true in some cases (teens with minor breakouts), in many if not most cases of acne, it is the farthest thing from the truth. This is why cleaning up one's diet helps so many cases of acne. But what about the person who has cleaned up his or her diet and is still suffering from acne? We'll get to that in a moment, but I would like to get back to the Antibiotic issue.
The website of the Mayo Clinic says of using antibiotics for acne, "Your doctor likely will recommend tapering off these medications as soon as your symptoms begin to improve, or as soon as it becomes clear the drugs aren't helping — usually, within three to four months." Whoa! Three to four months of Antibiotics? Does your doctor really have any idea the harm that this is doing to your system? And here is the thing; even if they do work (which is often the case), they will only work as long as you are taking them. Antibiotics are never a viable long-term solution to acne. If you don't believe me, do some research of your own into the zany world of side effects of antibiotic use --- even just a little bit (HERE).
What if, as we mentioned earlier, you were doing everything seemingly right as far as your diet were concerned? You are staying away from junk food and are working to CONTROL YOUR BLOOD SUGAR (IR is known to be a huge factor in acne, which is why acne has been called "Diabetes of the Skin"). You are no longer cheating. You are taking PGFO. What could possibly be the problem? Try Gluten on for size. GLUTEN is the chief culprit in hundreds of disease processes, including acne. Gluten, as well as other foods that many people are sensitive to, is a huge driver of occult (hidden) Inflammation. When these people are given Antibiotics, the problem often gets worse, spiraling out of control as people end up with all sorts of DYSBIOSIS. The next step in the equation is a GLUTEN FREE ELIMINATION DIET. Following the advice on this link will show you how to cut both Gluten and the Gluten Cross-Reactors.
Because Gluten is involved, you cannot neglect your Gut in this matter of acne. GUT HEALTH has been shown to be a huge factor in virtually all health problems ---- particularly anything INFLAMMATORY. At the very least, you need to take a GOOD PROBIOTIC. Depending on the severity of your Gluten Sensitivity, you might need to follow a LEAKY GUT PROTOCOL as well. And for those of you thinking that this "Gluten Thing" is someone else's problem, you must remember that the majority (60%) of all Gluten Sensitivity manifests as NEUROLOGICAL PROBLEMS.
A BIT OF ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE
It's not that I dislike scientific studies. But the truth is, I love anecdotal evidence. Maybe this would explain my infatuation with VIDEO TESTIMONIALS. Truth be told, not only is there plenty of peer-reviewed research on this topic of Gluten / Inflammation (thousands of studies), but there are literally millions of chronically sick patients finding their way out of their misery by following the right dietary advice. And yes; acne can be miserable.
On Wednesday I saw a patient who had been struggling with severe adult-onset acne, and "cured" herself with a Gluten Free / Dairy Free diet. She did this all on her own after several doctors (including a couple of dermatologists) treated her in a manner consistent with the status quo --- pills, potions, lotions, hormones (oral contraceptives), and Antibiotics ---- lots of Antibiotics. Her dermatologist actually made her feel stupid for suggesting something so ignorant as a potential relationship between Gluten and acne. The truth is, I have seen this several times over.
One of the most dramatic cases of this phenomenon occurred in a young woman whom I have treated from the time she was a little girl. As long as I can remember, she not only had terrible acne, but was so stiff all over I could barely adjust her. To make a long story short, she went Gluten Free, and currently has almost no trace of the brutal Cystic Acne that plagued her for years. She also has far less musculoskeletal pain because the stiffness in her skin and tissue that was such a problem, left her when she stopped consuming Gluten. For more information on solving this and other common problems, take a look at THIS POST.
HOW TO HELP ARTHRITIS PAIN
An estimated 50 million U.S. adults (about 1 of 5) report having doctor-diagnosed arthritis. The lifetime risk of developing knee osteoarthritis that causes pain is 45%. Researchers estimate that 57% of people who have had a knee injury and 60% of people who are obese will develop osteoarthritis. Among U.S. adults with arthritis, nearly half (47%) have at least one other disease or condition. In addition, more than half of adults with heart disease (57%) or diabetes (52%) and more than one-third with high blood pressure (44%) or obesity (36%) also have arthritis. Cherry Picked from the CDC's website (Arthritis: Meeting the Challenge of Living Well At A Glance 2013)
Even though there are nearly 200 different kinds of arthritis, we are going to discuss the most common --- Osteoarthritis, aka DEGENERATIVE ARTHRITIS (or DJD) as opposed to Systemic Arthritis (things like RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS). Bear in mind that for the most part, what I am going to show you will help (not cure, but help) virtually all forms of arthritis. Here are some simple rules to follow when trying to solve your Arthritis problem.
- THINK SYSTEMICALLY: This means that you cannot simply think in terms of, "GEE MY KNEE HURTS". You have to think of solving your problem in terms of your whole body. If the treatment you receive is solely focused on the local area(s) of pain, I promise that the boat will be missed as far as long-term relief is concerned. Allow me to give you an example. I do a lot of work with folks who have various kinds of TENDINOSIS. Because I receive a steady barrage of "CAN YOU HELP ME?" emails concerning Tendinosis, I wrote THIS POST for Tendinosis.org (and then THIS POST for my own site). They should help you understand my point.
- UNDERSTAND INFLAMMATION: Although I touched on this earlier, if you do not understand what INFLAMMATION is (not to mention its relationship to both FIBROSIS / SCAR TISSUE and DEGENERATION / DETERIORATION, you will be hard-pressed to help yourself. As crazy as it sounds, I don't find one in one thousand people who have any sort of idea what Inflammation really is (even though most think that they do) or that it is the NUMBER ONE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH in America. And for some strange reason, doctors seem to be keeping this information to themselves.
- UNDERSTAND THE POTENTIAL DRIVERS OF INFLAMMATION: The things that drive Inflammation can be anything from food sensitivities (GLUTEN is a biggie), to BLACK MOLD, to PARASITES, to Metal Toxicity (lead, MERCURY, ALUMINUM), to EMF's, to Chemical Toxicity, to STRESS, to LEAKY WHATEVER SYNDROME, to who-knows-what else. As you can see, the list is fairly extensive.
- EAT A DIET BASED ON WHOLE FOODS: A WHOLE FOOD diet is a wonderful starting point as far as helping people with Arthritis. I would, however, suggest that you need to go beyond that.
- GO PALEO: I have quite a bit of material on the PALEO DIET on my website. If you want to read a short post on why Paleo is generally considered the best way for chronically ill people to eat, HERE is the (very short) post. Bottom line; a Paleo Diet cuts potentially reactive foods out of the diet.
- CONTROL YOUR BLOOD SUGAR: UNCONTROLLED BLOOD SUGAR is being tied to virtually every single health problem under the sun --- even in the absence of DIABETES. This is partly because sugar itself is massively inflammatory (HERE). I hate to break it to those of you with a sweet tooth, but if you skip this essential part of the program, you will shoot yourself in the foot when it comes to helping yourself with Arthritis.
- STAY AWAY FROM FOOD ADDITIVES, PRESERVATIVES, AND EXCITOTOXINS: These things can all drive Inflammation. Furthermore, excitotoxins (MSG and ASPARTAME) stimulate pain pathways. For those of you struggling with Arthritis, this can be a deal breaker. Click on the links to learn more.
- AVOID TRANS FATS LIKE THE PLAGUE: Do not listen to those so-called 'experts' who would lump saturated fat (like that found in red meat) with Trans Fats (HERE). TRANS FATS are a different animal altogether, and one of the single most inflammatory substances you can put in your mouth. The difference between Trans Fats and other inflammatory substances is that when you eat Trans Fats, they get incorporated into your cell membranes. This leads to a whole array of health problems including CHRONIC PAIN, DIABETES, as well as many others. The real kicker is that these man-made fats have a half-life of about 50 days. This means that three months after your moment of weakness, 25% of the Trans Fats from those Oreos you binged on is still a part of your cells. If you simply Google Trans Fats Chronic Pain, you'll see what I mean (almost 100,000 hits).
- DRINK PLENTY OF WATER: I should not have to say it at this point, but water that is free of HALIDES is critical for good health. There really is no substitute for lubricating your joints. Not coffee. Not tea. And certainly not SODA or DIET SODA. Water and lots of VEGETABLES to alkalize your body (HERE). Besides being an inflammatory condition, arthritis is likewise an acidic condition.
- EXERCISE, STRETCH, MOVE: There is an old saying in the field of physical medicine and rehab that says, "Motion is Lotion". Likewise, we have all heard the old saying, "Use it or lose it". These are more true than most people have any idea. In fact, one of the main culprits in DEGENERATIVE OSTEOARTHRITIS is loss of normal joint motion. Figure out a way that you can move, stretch, and exercise, and do it. HERE is a great starting point for some of you (modify and simplify it).
- COLD LASER, CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS, AND TISSUE REMODELING: Although this is not something you'll be able to do by yourself, these three things are huge in coping with the Chronic Pain of Arthritis. CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS and SCAR TISSUE REMODELING help to restore motion once the affected joint is free of FASCIAL ADHESIONS and TENDINOSIS. The COLD LASER is the icing on the cake because it has the ability to penetrate deep into the tissue to provide a boost of ATP (cellular energy) for helping with tissue repair, healing, and regeneration.
- FIX YOUR GUT: Anytime we talk about INFLAMMATORY CONDITIONS or anything to do with the Immune System (yes; many kinds of Arthritis are AUTOIMMUNE), you have to be thinking about GUT HEALTH. Fully 80% of your entire Immune System is found in your Gut (HERE). There is a strong possibility that failing to address this one key issue could be sabotaging your entire health and causing or at least contributing to your Arthritis pain. For more information, read what Dr. Oz had to say about LEAKY GUT SYNDROME.
- TAKE THE RIGHT SUPPLEMENTS: While this is important, it is never a substitute for a clean, healthy diet. Many people want to take supplements and then eat whatever they please. Sorry, but it just doesn't work like this. On the other hand, there are some supplements that I would highly recommend if you have Arthritis. Unless you live in Alaska and are living on wild salmon, you need to take PGFO. There are also some good joint formulas out there with Glucosamine, MSM, as well as anti-inflammatory herbs like TUMERIC, Circumin, Ginger, Boswellia, Bromelain, Berry extracts, etc, etc, etc. Raw, unpasteurized, Apple Cider Vinegar is also a wonderful supplement that helps to maintain the STOMACH ACID, while keeping the rest of the body alkali.
- GET TO YOUR OPTIMAL WEIGHT: I hated to include this here. Unfortunately, DEGENERATIVE ARTHRITIS --- by far America's number one form of Arthritis ---- is intimately related to OBESITY. Google "Arthritis Obesity" and you'll find enough material to keep you reading for decades (well over 2 million hits). Suffice it to say that every additional pound you carry puts that much more mechanical stress on your joints --- particularly your spine, knees, hips, and feet / ankles. If you are serious about losing weight, HERE is how I would recommend you go about doing it (after, of course, you have checked to make sure it's OK with your doctor).
As you can see from the things on this list, you cannot always trust your doctor to really 'help' you with Arthritis. Oh sure, they can prescribe you a bunch of anti-inflammatory and pain medications (HERE). But these are never beneficial for the long haul, and they always carry a host of serious side effects. And as for surgery for arthritis, read THIS and THIS before even thinking about it. Knowledge is power. Once you understand what Inflammation is, you can begin to use your knowledge to help yourself squelch it. Hang in there because it gets easier the longer you do it!
PRESCRIPTION DRUG ADDICTION
DOUBLES IN AMERICA
Nationally, prescription drug-related deaths now outnumber those from heroin and cocaine combined. The recent Trust for America's Health report
When you're a kid and you get this drug that makes you feel that feeling, where else are you going to turn to when you're an adult? Courtney Love; rocker Curt Cobain's widow talking about their drug use
A report was published earlier this week by the Trust for America's Health (a health policy organization based in Washington DC) saying that since 1999 ---- the year that Prince was really partying ---- addiction to prescription drugs has doubled in nearly 60% of the states. But the hits keep coming. It's tripled in 20% of the states, and quadrupled in four states. Furthermore, all of these states were shown not to be doing much of anything about it (only one in ten Americans with a substance abuse / addiction currently receives any sort of treatment, even though they can partake in numerous governmental welfare programs). But should we be surprised by any of this? Of course not. Just look at 'Medicine's' willingness to be the smartly-dressed, behind-the-scenes accomplice to this fiasco.
We'll use Valium as just one example out of a plethora of potentials. According to the obituary of Diazepam's inventor, Dr. Leo Steinbach, who died in 2005 at age 97, "Diazepam... has been one of the most frequently prescribed medications in the world since its launch in 1963." How frequently has Valium been prescribed? Frequently enough to be America's number one prescription drug from1969 to 1982 (1978 was it's biggest year with sales of 2.3 billion tablets). Diazapam and other similar drugs are still runaway bestsellers. And we wonder why our country has a burgeoning drug problem.
WHAT CAUSES PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME?
The Fascial Adhesions that are so often responsible for causing Piriformis Syndrome, do not always occur at the Piriformis Muscle itself. The Piriformis Muscle just happens to be the place where the Sciatic Nerve gets squeezed or pinched. The pelvic torque caused by underlying Scar Tissue can occur in any number of places --- sometimes multiple places. I am slowly learning that this phenomenon is far more common than I ever imagined. Dr. Russell Schierling from a previous post
Although there are a host of "causes" of Piriformis Syndrome, it usually involves some sort of tissue binding or restriction. What's really crazy is that this binding / restriction can come from almost anywhere in the pelvis. Allow me to explain. Yesterday's early morning patient was a person that I had seen a few times previously for buttock pain and SCIATICA. The last time I saw him, we really had a breakthrough. As I worked and he talked, he told me something that had not been revealed during our initial exam / consult. Nearly a decade ago, he had done an extremely challenging leg workout, then turned around and played in a big softball tourney --- something he had not done in years. He ended up pulling a QUAD / HIP FLEXOR.
Although his Hip Flexor tested out equal as far as its range of motion when compared to the opposite side, after finding quantum amounts of TENDINOSIS and FASCIAL ADHESIONS, and subsequently breaking it up, his severe buttock pain diminished greatly. For the record, he also had severe THORACOLUMBAR FASCIAL TEARS (I call them tears because they were visible to the naked eye prior to treatment).
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER AND FIGURING IT OUT
When it comes to helping people with Piriformis Syndrome (or for that matter, virtually any number of other CHRONIC PAIN SYNDROMES), every patient I see gives me a better idea of what to look for with future patients. Anything that puts torque on the pelvis and pinches the Sciatic Nerve in the Sciatic Notch (see picture above), can cause pain. This restriction does not necessarily have to be at the Piriformis Muscle itself. It's just that the Piriformis Muscle happens to be the anatomical structure that physically touches and puts the pressure on the Sciatic Nerve. This is most likely true even in the case of common anatomical anomalies (the Sciatic Nerve going thru the Piriformis Muscle, the Sciatic Nerve going over the Piriformis Muscle -- thru the suprapiriformis foramen, or the Sciatic Nerve splitting into two parts and going through both the foramen before coming back together to form one unified Sciatic Nerve).
BREAST CANCER, MASTECTOMY, SCAR TISSUE, AND CHRONIC PAIN
COULD THERE BE A SOLUTION FOR YOU?
"What we are really trying to get across is that this post-mastectomy pain is something that doesn't necessarily go away." Dr. Ognjen Visnjevac, MD, anesthesiologist at State University as told to MedPage Today during an interview at the annual meeting of the American Pain Society.
"By breaking up those fibers, you can actually improve mobility, decrease pain and increase range of motion." Dr. Shelley Hwang, Chief of Breast Surgery at the Buck Breast Care Center, University of California San Francisco.
One of the many treatments for breast cancer involves removing the breast (MASTECTOMY). It should be noted that some studies say that incidence of mastectomies are increasing in America, while other studies say they are falling. Regardless of who you believe, approximately 40% of those diagnosed with Breast Cancer will undergo a mastectomy. Although this procedure goes off without a hitch for the majority of women, a large percentage end up with chronic post-surgical pain. In fact, this problem is common enough that it has its own name (Post-Mastectomy Pain Syndrome or PMPS).
Google "Mastectomy Chronic Pain" and you'll get nearly 70,000 hits. This is not surprising considering such a large percentage of women undergoing mastectomy end up with PMPS, which is defined as having, "pain located in the area of the surgery or same-side arm, present at least 4 days per week and with an average intensity of at least 3 on a scale from 0 to 10". Here are some statements made by the medical profession concerning PMPS.
Although recent advances in the diagnostic and surgical procedures have reduced the frequency of the more invasive surgical procedures, there still is a considerable risk of developing PMPS after treatment of breast cancer. Department of Surgery, Odense University Hospital as published in the August 2008 issue of the British Journal of Cancer.
Post-Mastectomy Pain, also known as post-mastectomy pain syndrome (PMPS), is a type of chronic postoperative pain. PMPS is pain that persists after a mastectomy or other type of breast surgery is performed. Procedures that may lead to post-mastectomy pain include total mastectomy, partial mastectomy, lumpectomy and even breast reconstruction. From the website of the American Chronic Pain Association.
Current literature illustrates that PMPS has an alarmingly high incidence (20-57%, but has been reported as high as 82% in one study). Despite various strategies of prevention or therapy, PMPS often persists for many years for those patients who are diagnosed with this syndrome (greater than 50% of patients still report pain at an average 9-year post-op follow-up). The national burden from this often unrecognized but commonly occurring condition is staggering. From a study done at University of Buffalo (NY) and published in the April 2013 issue of The Journal of Pain.
Although I could have included dozens more quotes, this last study, published a mere 6 months ago, is truly a shocker. Although the authors did not do any specific research themselves, they did a literature review of nearly 30 studies on the topic. At a three year follow-up, fully half of women who underwent mastectomy were dealing with PMPS. Furthermore, they stated that almost 1 in 5 women who have undergone mastectomy, have NEUROGENIC PAIN a decade after the fact. There are an estimated 1.2 million women in the U.S. who deal with PMPS. The financial burden for PMPS is thought to be in the 2.5 billion dollar a year range, which does not include loss of workplace productivity, family and social costs, or counseling costs.
WHAT CAUSES THE PAIN ASSOCIATED WITH PMPS?
SCAR TISSUE is normal tissue that has been physically deranged (click on the link for lots of pictures). In other words, tissue that should be aligned all nice and neatly like well-combed hair, becomes matted, tangled, and twisted into a restricted clump due to the surgery ---- sort of like a hairball. Not only is Scar Tissue extremely immobile and restrictive, it is up to 1,000 times more pain-sensitive than normal tissue. Couple this with the fact that you cannot see FASCIA on MRI, and you set the table for Chronic Pain's "PERFECT STORM". This is true whether one is having a complete mastectomy, or reconstruction / implants. Read the quote below from Roni Caryn Rabin in the May 20, 2013 issue of the New York Times.
Even with the best plastic surgeon, breast reconstruction carries the risks of infection, bleeding, anesthesia complications, scarring and persistent pain in the back and shoulder. Implants can rupture or leak, and may need to be replaced. If tissue is transplanted to the breast from other parts of the body, there will be additional incisions that need to heal. If muscle is removed, long-term weakness may result. A syndrome called upper quarter dysfunction — its symptoms include pain, restricted immobility and impaired sensation and strength — has been reported in over half of breast cancer survivors and may be more frequent in those who undergo breast reconstruction, according to a 2012 study in the medical journal 'Cancer'.
SIDE NOTE TO THIS ISSUE:
Although there have been other similar studies published on this topic, BIG PHARMA, under the guise of the medical community, keeps churning out studies saying that HRT and Breast Cancer are not related. In fact, a brand new study said that while HRT with multiple hormones is counterproductive, straight estrogen is a long-term cancer preventative. Be very cautious about trusting studies like this. Don't take any doctor's word for anything (self included). Do your own research to find out what is best for you and your family. HERE is a starting point, followed by THIS.
UNNECESSARY ANTIBIOTICS SITUATION IMPROVING?
Despite years of persuasion and publicity, antibiotics are still drastically overprescribed for two common complaints -- sore throat and bronchitis. The October 3 issue of MedPage Today by Michael Smith.
I have written extensively not only about the crazy ways that Antibiotics are still being over-prescribed, but about the numerous diverse ways they adversely affect your health. Antibiotics wreak havoc on your Gut, and people tend to forget (or maybe they never realized) that 80% of your entire Immune System is found in the Gut. GUT HEALTH is critical for your overall health, and Antibiotics destroy the good bacteria that make you healthy.
Despite the fact that doctors have known for decades that only about one in ten sore throats is bacterial (HERE), a recent records review of two national databases showed that 60% of the patients who go to the doctor with a sore throat are still being given Antibiotics (this is down from 80% 25 years ago). The same study went on to say that even though bronchitis never (their word, not mine) responds to Antibiotic therapy, Antibiotics are prescribed in nearly 3/4 of the patients who seek medical care for this particular problem. Furthermore, the study said that prescription habits concerning bronchitis have not changed one iota since 1996. Interestingly enough, this study comes on the heels of a 113 page paper put out by the CDC saying that the whole Antibiotic-Resistance problem is rapidly becoming a national crisis and is ready to hit critical mass.
If you value your health and the health of your family, learn more about this topic by clicking on the links above.
DISCOVERY MINISTRIES STYLE
THE ENDEAVOR TRIP
The trip was somewhat 'minimalist'. They were constantly on the go. Sometimes they were on trails (the Ozark Trail), sometimes they were going cross-country). They made camp late and were up early each day. All food, clothing, rock climbing / rappelling gear, was packed in with them (no re-supply). There were no tents (see pic above). Many of the meals looked like a single hors d'oeuvre. On top of all that, it rained on them a great deal last week.
Mix in the fact that they had no idea of their destination (they were all learning how to use a topographical map and compass), and it made for a strenuous and difficult week. But it's those difficult things that toughen you and make you stronger. Through it all, Malachi's body, mind, and spirit were all strengthened. He definitely came back a different person than the one who left a week earlier. BTW, everything in these pictures is within 30 to 40 miles from our house (as a crow flies). Click on the small images to enlarge them.
UPPER CURRENT RIVER ACROSS FROM TWIN ROCKS
CURRENT RIVER NEAR OWL'S BEND / BLUE SPRINGS
KLEPZIG MILL ON ROCKY CREEK NEAR THE CURRENT RIVER
ROCKY CREEK SHUT-INS AND ROCKY FALLS
CHICKEN NUGGET INGREDIENTS
WHAT'S IN A CHICKEN NUGGET?
Processed chicken: That's when they take a whole lot of chickens and assemble the respective parts. As I hear tell, all the parts are crammed into one big part, then the big part is cut up into little bitty parts. After all; parts is parts. From a 1988 ad for a Wendy's chicken product.
Dr. Richard D. DeShazo and his team of researchers from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, recently went to two fast food restaurants who are well known for their chicken nuggets (although they did not say which eateries these were, we can probably McGuess one of them). They took the nuggets back to their lab, took them apart, stained them, and then looked at them under a microscope. Their conclusions were published in this month's issue of the American Journal of Medicine.
Only 40-50% of the nuggets were made up of meat (muscle tissue). The other 50 to 60% was made up of yummy things like fat, blood vessels, cartilage, nerves, ground up bones, and even tissues that line the skin and internal organs. Although these products do not come to the fast food joint fully cooked, in the grocery store, they typically do. This means that on top of everything else, they are being fried in TRANS FATS (partially hydrogenated oils), as well as being supplied with a heavy dose of artificial flavors and EXCITOTOXINS / MSG in order to fool our taste buds and brains. They are then put into packages to get your children's attention and sold as something wholesome ---- chicken.
Unfortunately, we cannot leave this subject without first discussing Poultry Paste --- better known as Pink Slime. As crazy as it sounds, the process used to make these nuggets remains almost exactly as it was 25 years ago ---- as described in the quote from the top of the page.
Once the 'parts' are processed off the chicken into one large mass, it is blended together into huge vats and eventually becomes something called "Pink Slime". This gooey mess (seen below) can then be shaped, formed, flavored, and breaded in any way the food manufacturer wishes. By the way; hot dogs, lunch meats such as bologna, and all sorts of other meat products are made the same way --- only they use parts from a wider array of animals. Hey; it's true. Parts really is parts! Rather than me talking about it, just take a look at the first two minutes of this video.
MORE ABOUT INFLAMMATION
Everything is Inflammation. Dr. Jay Robbins at a recent Standard Process seminar on WHOLE FOOD NUTRITION, explaining how virtually all health problems start with Inflammation.
Several years ago my wife picked out a book for me that was languishing in the bargain bin of a St. Louis book retailer. The book, by Dr. Floyd Chilton, was called Inflammation Nation. Although I took exception to much of the book (his diet information is often times horrendous; particularly the information concerning Grains and Gluten, his promotion of margarine (TRANS FATS), his promotion of DIET SODA, as well as comparing SATURATED FATS to trans fats, were all way off base --- more on this topic can be found HERE), Inflammation Nation was a home run as far as helping Joe (or Jolene) Six Pack understand what Inflammation is and why it is something to be avoided if you value your health or the health of your family. On the back cover of his book, Dr. Chilton lists a few of the more well known Inflammatory Diseases (diseases whose known cause is Inflammation). His list includes....
- ALLERGIES: HERE is some general information on Allergies. Be aware that Allergies are intimately related to another "Inflammatory Disease" --- LEAKY GUT SYNDROME.
- ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE: Click THIS LINK to learn how Flu Shots drive enough Inflammation to cause Alzheimer's Disease.
- ARTHRITIS: There are nearly 200 different kinds of Arthritis.
- ASTHMA: I wrote a WHOLE SERIES on Asthma a couple of years ago.
- ATHEROSCLEROSIS: This is the 'official' name for hardening of the arteries. And yes, it is the result of Inflammation.
- ATOPIC DERMATITIS: The name you know this problem by is "hives".
- CANCER: For the record, this includes both breast cancer and cervical cancer. More on CANCER.
- CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE: This covers a lot of ground, including CHOLESTEROL ISSUES. Suffice it to say that Inflammation is the culprit.
- CELIAC DISEASE: Celiac is an AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE of the Small Intestine. The thing you have to remember here is that although 1 in 100 Americans have Celiac, about 1 in 3-5 Americans have other forms of GLUTEN SENSITIVITY --- and most of it is NEUROLOGICAL.
- CHRONIC BRONCHITIS: Inflammation of the breathing tubes.
- CHRONIC HEPATITIS: Inflammation of the liver.
- CHRONIC JOINT DISEASE: Could be categorized with Arthritis (DJD is one example of this).
- CHRONIC KIDNEY FAILURE: Often brought on by ---- yep; you guessed it..... Anti-inflammatory medications.
- CHRONIC PANCREATITIS: Miserable stuff --- an Inflammation of the pancreas that frequently results in cancer.
- CHRONIC THYROID DISEASE: There are at least 60 million Americans with THYROID PROBLEMS --- most of them Autoimmune.
- CIRRHOSIS OF THE LIVER / FATTY LIVER: The number one reason for these is not alcohol, but OBESITY, which is itself an Inflammatory problem.
- DIABETES: For years I have been trying to tell anyone who would listen that BLOOD SUGAR DYSREGULATION is the number one health problem facing Americans today. You do not even have to have full-blown DIABETES for this to be a problem.
- ECZEMA: Not only is this Inflammatory, it is almost always an indication of Autoimmune Food Sensitivities as well (number one on the list are our old friends Gluten and Dairy).
- EMPHYSEMA: Yes; smoking is massively Inflammatory, and this is only one of the many ways that it will manifest.
- HAY FEVER: You want to cure Hay Fever / Allergies? Read THIS POST.
- INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE: This covers a lot of ground, including some on this list. By the way, it is critical to understand that 80% of your entire Immune System is FOUND IN THE GUT.
- LUPUS: This is the disease that everyone associates with Autoimmunity. HERE is a list of others that are common.
- OSTEOARTHRITS: This is also known as DEGENERATIVE ARTHRITIS.
- PSORIASIS: HERE is a great picture of the problem in a post about the Cause and Cure of all disease.
- PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS:
- RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS: This is one of the thousands of Autoimmune Diseases. Forget the anti-cancer (chemotherapy) drugs that doctors use to treat this. There are better methods that actually get to the source of the Inflammation.
- SCLERODERMA: Another of the many Autoimmune Diseases. This one affects your skin as well as several organ systems.
- SINUSITIS: This is a chronic CONGESTION and Inflammation of the SINUSES. Although usually treated with ANTIBIOTICS, this is one of the worst things you could do (HERE).
- ULCERATIVE COLITIS: Ulcers in the Colon. Not fun stuff. Again 80% of your Immune System is found in THE GUT. Without understanding this, you are sunk as far as all of these problems are concerned! IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME could fall under this category as well.
That is one heck of a list! But the truth is, it could be longer ---- much longer (look at the lists on PREVIOUS INFLAMMATION POSTS, and you'll see things that did not make Chilton's list). Make sure to come back for part II of this post, which will be about finding answers to Inflammatory Health Issues. As you might guess, the solution is finding ways to squelch the Inflammation. By the way, the book I recommend for helping squelch Inflammation is not Inflammation Nation. Instead, read IT STARTS WITH FOOD. Once you understand that ALL DISEASES are essentially related to each other, this post will make much more sense.
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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