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BRAND NEW GOVERNMENT STATISTICS ON
THE OBESITY / CANCER CONNECTION
The report said that 2/3 of our nation's adults are overweight or obese. What they didn't tell you is that when you add in the people whose blood markers show they are fat even though they might look OK on a height / weight chart (between 8 and 10% of the population --- HERE), all of a sudden we are in the 3/4 range. And while according to the CDC, many cancers have seen a downward trend, this is not true of the cancers related to obesity (endometrial, ovarian, and post-menopausal BREAST CANCER). As the rest of the world becomes increasingly "Westernized," they look more and more like us because they eat more and more like us (heavily processed foods and junk).
And just like the rest of government, everyone sits around declaring that something should be done. In fact, just yesterday senators from Maine and New Hampshire put forth a measure to create a "Diabetes Council" made up of researchers, physicians, and public health officials to discuss ways of improving our nation's TYPE II DIABETES PREVENTION and create better guidelines for delivering better care and providing better outcomes for diabetics or those with prediabetes (CARDIOMETABOLIC SYNDROME). Although it sounds "better," this is a total waste of time. We already know what causes Type II Diabetes.
Type II Diabetes (just like CANCER) is one of the myriad of health-related problems driven by inflammation (HERE). And while it's certainly not the only way to drive inflammation, suffice it to say that SUGAR and JUNK CARBS are highly inflammatory (HERE). And here is the kicker. The brilliant OTTO WARBURG (MD / Ph.D) won the Nobel Prize for Medicine -- back in 1931 -- for figuring out that cancer is fed by the fermentation of sugar. It's why KETOGENIC DIETS have proven effective in helping people prevent and even reverse this nasty killer.
If you are LIVING THE HIGH CARB LIFESTYLE, rest assured that you will pay a heavy price. Maybe not today, and maybe not tomorrow, but sooner or later it will catch up with you and make your life miserable --- and I'm not simply talking cancer (HERE, HERE, and HERE are just a few of the numerous examples I could have come up with). If you are looking to lose weight and get healthy in the process, take a look at the posts filed under THIS CATEGORY. And be honest with yourself; who else provides you this much valuable information, completely free, with no strings attached?
SHAKING YOUR FASCIA: WHOLE BODY VIBRATION HELPS TO SUCCESSFULLY ADDRESS CHRONIC PAIN AND CHRONIC ILLNESSRead Now
SHAKING YOUR FASCIA!
WHOLE BODY VIBRATION FOR SUCCESSFULLY ADDRESSING CHRONIC PAIN AND CHRONIC ILLNESS
As you might imagine, WBV is much different today. A quick peek on Amazon shows that Whole Body Vibration machines range in price from $13,500 to just over 100 bucks, with everything in between (interestingly enough, their highest-rated machine --- almost 2,000 reviews at an average of 4.5 stars --- was an economical 240 bucks, with free shipping). The question now becomes, why would you want one in the first place (or after you've read this post, why wouldn't you want one)?
To answer these questions effectively, we first need to understand just a little bit about how WBV works and it's neurobiological effects. Let's start with proprioception. My most popular post ever (48,000 Facebook likes and counting) pertains to fascia's role in proprioception (HERE). In part II (RESTORING INJURED FASCIA'S PROPRIOCEPTIVE ABILITIES), I discuss ways that people can help both CHRONIC PAIN and CHRONIC ILLNESS (including, as you will soon see, AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES) by increasing joint and soft tissue proprioception. Study after study after study shows that WBV stimulates proprioception.
Just remember that no tissue has more proprioceptive power than FASCIA (not surprising considering it is the most abundant connective tissue in your body), which is the reason that some of the smartest physicians and researchers in the world are suggesting that it provides the basis for understanding all pain and disease (HERE)! In fact, one of the methods I discuss with patients for increasing proprioception and kinesthesia is Whole Body Vibration (I use it in my clinic with certain protocols, including SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY). Understanding proprioception is important, but let's dig a bit deeper and look at a few of the practical outcomes of increasing or stimulating proprioception in your joints and connective tissues.
The August issue of the European Journal of Applied Physiology (Acute and Chronic Neuromuscular Adaptations to Local Vibration Training) concluded that, "Vibratory stimuli are thought to have the potential to promote neural and/or muscular (re)conditioning. This has been well described for whole-body vibration, which is commonly used as a training method to improve strength and/or functional abilities. The functional improvements are principally triggered by adaptations within the central nervous system." Intriguing already. And speaking of the Central Nervous System...
A study from last December's issue of the Journal of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions published a study called Acute Corticospinal and Spinal Modulation After Whole Body Vibration, that actually proves that WBV brings about its various effects not just via cord-based reflexes, but via activation of various brain pathways. What sort of changes do these five authors from Germany's Freiburg University mention? (This is cherry-picked due to time and space constraints as are most quotes I use)
"The impact of acute exposure to WBV on neuronal control of the skeleton muscle is extensively discussed in literature. Various scientific reports state that WBV can immediately have beneficial effects on strength and power, motor coordination and postural control among athletes, sedentary populations or patients in rehabilitation. Based on the evidence of neural modulation following WBV, the application in subjects suffering from disorders of movement control, such as in neurological diseases affecting the CNS, has increasingly been focused on. Investigations clearly point towards neuronal modulation regarding spasticity in patients with spinal cord injuries or cerebral palsy. By improving neuromuscular activation, e.g. through muscle strength, positive effects with regard to gait pattern and gross motor functioning were achieved in several populations with neurological disorders. WBV can be associated with the activation of more than one muscle group, and it involves sensory as well as motor nerve pathways with a contribution of spinal stretch reflex responses. Despite the difference between both vibration methods regarding sensory integration, they apparently result in similar effects, such as up to a 50% reduction in spinal excitability following vibration. An intact interaction between supraspinal and spinal modulation is indispensable for any kind of movement, such as during locomotion or postural control in everyday life. Vibration is the only treatment so far that is reported to persistently reduce spinal excitability."
A study from the July issue of the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (Whole-Body Vibration Training Improves Heart Rate Variability and Body Fat Percentage in Obese Hispanic Postmenopausal Women) took this issue even farther, showing that not only does WBV help restore underlying metabolic function in obese individuals, it actually helps increase something called Heart Rate Variability or HRV. Why is this a big deal? Because I've previously shown you that when function of the vagus nerve improves, HRV is improved (HRV is the physiologic basis for biofeedback), and virtually every function in your body tends to improve when it increases (HERE). This study showed that "there was a significant group by time interaction for heart rate, sympathovagal balance, and body fat percentage (BF%) such that all significantly decreased; and R-R intervals significantly increased following WBV compared to no changes after control".
From these three studies alone, it's becoming clear that if you are struggling with any chronic health issues, or whether as an athlete or housewife you simply want to improve your health, you really need to take a look at the previous link (when I published it last month, I said it was the most important thing I had written out of the 1,500 posts on my site) as it provides at least a significant part of the reason that WBV is so beneficial to so many aspects of your metabolic and structural health. Allow me to show you a few areas where WBV shines.
WHOLE BODY VIBRATION AND BONE HEALTH
For instance, just two short months ago the Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation published a rather cool study (Whole Body Vibration Versus Magnetic Therapy on Bone Mineral Density in Elderly Osteoporotic Individuals) showing that both magnetic therapy and WBV "increased BMD (bone mineral density) in elderly....osteoporotic patients. No significant difference in effectiveness was detected between these two alternative therapy modalities." Earlier this summer, the June issue of Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing published as study that dealt with one of the ways that this occurs --- increased bone vascularization (blood supply), concluding that "Low Intensity Whole Body Vibration-promoted bone repair is associated with the modulation of vascularization."
Another study, this one from September's issue of European Cells and Materials (The Effect of Whole Body Vibration on Fracture Healing) looked at 19 studies on the subject and concluded that "Most of the studies show positive effects on fracture healing... In three studies, vibration results in positive effects on angiogenesis [increased blood supply] at the fracture site and surrounding muscles during fracture healing. No serious complications or side effects of vibration are found in these studies." How big a deal is this considering that fracture incidence is literally exploding in the United States (HERE)? Once you realize that MOST CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTS are worthless and that BISPHOSPHONATE DRUGS (the drugs given to osteoporotic women to "increase" bone density) actually lead to more fractures, you'll start to get a greater appreciation for this aspect of WBV therapy.
Not only did I find several studies showing positive effects of WBV in treating OSTEOARTHRITIS (Degenerative Arthritis), but there were two large meta-analysis of using WBV to treat osteoporosis published a year ago in September, one in the Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences and the other in the Journal of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions. After looking at over 50 studies on the subject, they respectively concluded that, "In conclusion, our group found no strong evidence to contradict the finding that the WBV machine is a good alternative or good additive for the prevention and management of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women." And "WBVE are a relevant non-pharmacological option, as one of the modalities of exercises recommended for the management of postmenopausal osteoporosis."
I even found a cool study concerning bone regeneration in diabetics. Although this study pertained to Type I Diabetics (Autoimmune Diabetes), best guess is that the majority of the findings from this month's issue of Bone (Low-Level Mechanical Vibration Improves Bone Microstructure....) could be extrapolated for Type II Diabetics --- a big deal when you consider that over half the American adult population has diabetes or pre-diabetes (HERE), with few going about solving it the right way (HERE). Oh; and if you notice, in the third line below, these authors mention our culture's AUTOIMMUNITY EXPLOSION.
Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) is associated with reduced bone mass, increased fracture risk, and impaired bone defect regeneration potential. These skeletal complications are becoming important clinical challenges due to the rapidly increasing T1DM population, which necessitates developing effective treatment for T1DM-associated osteopenia/osteoporosis and bone trauma. T1DM-induced reduction of bone formation was inhibited by WBV... WBV also stimulated more adequate ingrowths of mineralized bone tissue into pore spaces, and improved peri-implant bone mechanical properties and MAR in T1DM bone defects. Our findings demonstrated that WBV improved bone architecture, mechanical properties, and osseointegration by promoting canonical Wnt signaling-mediated skeletal anabolic response. This study not only advances our understanding of T1DM skeletal sensitivity in response to external mechanical cues but also offers new treatment alternatives for T1DM-associated osteopenia/osteoporosis and osseous defects in an economic and highly efficient manner.
Speaking of diabetes and the problems associated with........
DIABETES & OBESITY
"The International Diabetes Federation estimates that there will be approximately 642 million diabetics by 2040. Whole-body vibration (WBV) has been used in patients with neurological or musculoskeletal disorders as a new and effective intervention method to improve physical function. When a diabetic patient is trained, the body decomposes glucose to supply energy, which causes blood glucose to drop. In addition, as blood circulation in the body increases, the amount of glucose and insulin delivered to the muscles increases, resulting in increased glucose levels in the peripheral tissues. As a result, insulin sensitivity is increased, and microcirculation, perfusion rate, and peripheral sensory function are improved. This physiological mechanism seems to be effective in improving peripheral sensory function of WBV of this study. This study confirmed the improvement in VPT (vibration perception threshold) by applying WBV to elderly patients with diabetic neuropathy, and it is thought to be a cornerstone for patients with sensory impairment."
Earlier this summer, just after OUR BIG FLOOD, the May issue of Oxford Academic's Endocrinology published a study on WBV as related to the hormone leptin --- a hormone made by fat cells that tells your body its full (the heavier a person gets, the more likely they become leptin-resistant, losing their sensitivity to the hormone, and thus never feeling full). The authors compared groups of mice that used WBV for 12 weeks to groups that did nothing, to groups that exercised in a traditional manner (treadmill). What they found was that WBV increased leptin sensitivity, decreased body fat, and increased lean muscle mass. And that's just for starters. Although you'll find some doctor-speak, the paragraph below is nothing short of astounding if you are wanting to lose body fat and / or gain lean body mass (is there anyone in America who wouldn't?).
Obesity is accompanied by lipid deposition in multiple tissues, including the skeleton, where infiltration of adipocytes into the bone marrow niche may negatively impact bone formation. Bone marrow stem cells express receptors for multiple adipokines, including the adipose-derived hormone leptin. Data from leptin-deficient rodent models have revealed regionally specific effects on the skeleton, with reports of cortical bone atrophy in weight-bearing long bones like the femur and tibia. Leptin-deficient mice also exhibit lower femoral cortical bone mineral density and strength compared with wild-type littermates. Bone loss in models of leptin or leptin receptor deficiency has been linked with lower osteoblast activity [osteoblasts are cells that build bones] suggesting that cellular leptin resistance in obesity might reduce bone formation. Participation in regular physical activity protects against bone loss, and increasing evidence suggests that whole-body vibration (WBV) elicits similar effects in certain patient populations. Exercise and WBV reduced adipocyte hypertrophy in visceral fat, attenuated hepatic steatosis, and enhanced glycemic control in leptin receptor–deficient mice......
Back in May, there was a cool study on WBV's effects on HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE in the journal Hypertension Research. The authors concluded that, "WBV could reduce not only aortic stiffness but also muscular artery stiffness, which was associated with an increase in leg muscle strength. This means that isometric exercise is not mandatory with WBV to reduce arterial stiffness... Thus, dynamic WBV is a safe and effective modality for the improvement of arterial function in young overweight / obese women." This increase in vascularity and circulation reached all the way to the feet --- a huge deal for Type II diabetics who tend to have foot problems --- as shown by a study published in the January issue of Medicina Clinica Barcelona (Effect of Mechanical Vibration on Transcutaneous Oxygen Levels in the Feet of Type 2 Diabetes) when the authors concluded that "Foot conditions in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) are major causes of morbidity and disability. Whole body vibration may increase transcutaneous oxygen levels levels with useful implications for the prevention or management of complications associated with restricted blood perfusion in the diabetic foot syndrome."
And think about this for a moment. The number of people who have had vascular accidents (strokes) is literally exploding in this country. As long as a person has some help (someone to make sure they don't fall over); if as we've seen for both osteoporosis and diabetes, WBV helps increase blood supply by creating new blood vessels, what could possibly be easier for stroke rehab than some form or another of WBV? Speaking of strokes and other neurological conditions......
BALANCE, STROKE REHAB, AND OTHER NEUROLOGICAL HEALTH ISSUES
"Current methods to improve the balance and gait capability of stroke patients include muscle strengthening exercises, task oriented training, and auditory and visual feedback exercises using unstable surfaces, whole body vibration exercise, and weight movement training). Recently, visual control whole body vibration exercise has been used as a new form of vestibular sensory stimulation). Visual control whole body vibration exercise causes changes in the cerebral hemispheres through stimulating afferent fibers). While receiving the vibration stimulus, muscles experience small changes in length). Vibration also excites the spinal reflex through enhancing connections between short spindle-motor neurons and motor nerves). Activation of muscle spindle receptors by vibration impacts muscles directly receiving the vibration stimulus and adjacent muscles). Whole body vibration exercise has been reported to improve the balance and gait of the elderly, stroke patients, and patients with Parkinson’s disease)."
Suffice it to say, in this study WBV proved very helpful for a wide variety of neurological conditions, including stroke rehab. If you or a loved one have had a stroke, I would strongly suggest you read the "discussion" part of this paper (it is free online) to see what kind of variations help make the WBV even more effective (blindfolded, using visual or auditory cues --- touching numbers or colors on the wall to the beat of music, etc, etc.). Another study, this one in the September issue of Top Stroke Rehabilitation (The Effect of Whole-Body Vibration Therapy on the Sitting Balance of Subacute Stroke Patients) not surprisingly showed that "WBV therapy led to improvement of the recovery in balance recovery for subacute stroke patients. Because the WBV therapy was as effective as conventional physical therapy, we can consider a WBV therapy as a clinical method to improve the sitting balance of subacute stoke patients." Another study from September, this one from Metabolic Brain Disease (The Macroscopic and Microscopic Effect of Low-Frequency Whole-Body Vibration after Cerebral Ischemia), showed that "Low-frequency WBV showed the potential in improving coordination and muscle strength and promoted neurogenesis after long-term exposure." But you don't need to have had a stroke to have balance issues.
Within the past several months there have been studies showing benefits for improving balance and preventing falls in women (PLoS One), middle-aged and older adults (the European Review of Aging and Physical Activity), and athletes with chronic ankle instability (the International Journal of Sports Medicine). There was even a study from the May issue of the Journal of Biomechanics that showed (as the title would suggest) the Effects of Vibration Training in Reducing Risk of Slip-Related Falls Among Young Adults with Obesity. In this study, groups were trained with WBV and without, and then exposed to a purposeful jarring on a treadmill, meant to cause one to lose one's balance. "The results indicated that vibration training significantly increased the muscle strength and improved dynamic stability control at recovery touchdown after the slip occurrence. The decline of the fall rates from the pre-training slip to the post-training one was greater among the vibration group than the placebo group (45% vs. 25%)." How about loss of balance caused by MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS?
A study from last December's issue of Disability Rehabilitation (Effects of Controlled Whole-Body Vibration Training in Improving Fall Risk Factors Among Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis). "Compared with pre-test, almost all fall risk factors and the bone density measurement were significantly improved at post-test, with moderate to large effect sizes varying between 0.571 and 1.007. The important findings of this study were that vibration training may increase the range of motion of ankle joints on the sagittal plane, lower the fear of falling, and improve bone density." WBV seems to help other neurological issues as well. It was interesting to see just how many studies there are showing WBV to be beneficial for for people (especially children) with Cerebral Palsy --- a group of disorders with a common denominator of muscle weakness / loss of muscle tone, loss of coordination, and problems with balance (I also found a bunch of studies on PARKINSON'S and WBV).
There was even a study from April of this year (Feasibility and Safety of Whole-Body Vibration Therapy in Intensive Care Patients) published in Critical Care that looked at studies conducted on unconscious or sedated patients in Intensive Care, concluding that testing for further benefit would be relatively simple. "A short-term response could be detected by electromyography. Longer-term effects involve muscular hypertrophy, which can be assessed by sonography-based morphometry. In summary, WBV, if applicable in conjunction with a vibrating dumbbell, appears safe and feasible in early rehabilitation." A common denominator with most patients in the ICU is an inability to breathe well. Could WBV possibly health respiration?
CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE
One year ago next month, the journal Respiratory Care published a meta-analysis of four studies of 185 subjects called Does Whole-Body Vibration Improve the Functional Exercise Capacity of Subjects With COPD?. In it the authors concluded that, "All subjects in the groups undergoing WBV showed improvement in distance walked in the 6-min walk test compared with the control group. Regarding the secondary end points, just one article reported improved quality of life and activities of daily living. The quality of evidence for functional exercise capacity outcome was considered moderate. WBV seems to benefit subjects with COPD by improving their functional exercise capacity, without producing adverse effects.... the degree of recommendation is strong." Did you catch that? All 185 subjects improved their score on their ability to walk six minutes --- simply by training with Whole Body Vibration.
Last March the same journal published another study (Low-Volume Whole-Body Vibration Training Improves Exercise Capacity in Subjects With Mild to Severe COPD) that came to essentially the same conclusions. Check this out. "A low-volume WBVT program resulted in significantly and clinically relevant larger improvements in exercise capacity compared with calisthenics exercises in subjects with mild to severe COPD." In other words, a doable amount of WBV (3 months with 2 sessions of 30 min/week) was better than physical exercise as recorded by numerous parameters (6-min walk test, 5-repetition sit-to-stand test, leg press peak force, Berg balance scale, St George Respiratory Questionnaire, and COPD assessment test). I don't care who you are, if you are dealing with COPD, this is super exciting information!
In May of this year, a group of researchers and medical doctors from universities in Austria and Germany, as well a Stanford University, published a study in Respiratory Medicine called What's the Secret Behind the Benefits of Whole-Body Vibration Training in Patients with COPD? After looking at a wide variety of parameters for 74 COPD patients, these authors concluded that, "Patients in the WBV group significantly improved postural balance in several domains compared to the control-group (tandem stance and one-leg stance). Six-minute walk distance and muscle power were also significantly improved compared to control group. Implementation of WBV training improves postural balance performance and muscle power output. The neuromuscular adaptation related to improved balance performance may be an important mechanism of the improvement in exercise capacity after WBVT especially in COPD patients with impaired balance performance and low exercise capacity." Let's be honest; how many COPD sufferers do you know that have a high exercise capacity?
FIBROMYALGIA, THE ELDERLY, BURN VICTIMS, ETC...
Although there are things worse than severe burns, the list is rather short. I've had the opportunity to treat several individuals with Freddy Kruger-like burns, and unfortunately have never seen one improve (I no longer do Tissue Remodeling on burn victims). I've been a long time fan of LLLT for these people, but evidence is mounting that WBV may be a viable option as well. Two months ago, the Journal of Burn Care and Research (A Randomized Pilot Study of the Effect of Whole Body Vibration on Pain in Healing Burn Wounds) published a study done by a dozen researchers at University of Miami's medical school which concluded, "Whole body vibration (WBV) has been shown to improve strength in extremities with healed burn wounds. We hypothesize that WBV reduces pain during rehabilitation compared to standard therapy alone. Exposure to WBV decreased pain during and after physical therapy. This modality may be applicable to a variety of soft tissue injuries and warrants additional investigation." There are so many other health issues that have been shown to respond favorably to WBV, but unfortunately we are just about out of time.
WHAT KIND OF VIBRATION PROTOCOL SHOULD YOU BE SHAKING TO
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For instance, there is a piece of exercise equipment that's been around forever called the Bodyblade. It looks kind of like an unstrung bow, and oscillates in whatever direction you work it --- side to side or up and down. Very cool gizmo that I have played around with previously, but am going to try again in tandem with the WBV (there are actually studies on this creature --- HERE). Another similar device is the Shake Weight Dumbbell, which is a dumbbell with springs that you make oscillate by rapidly pumping it up and down (just go to YouTube and look at it). There are probably numerous others ( hula hoops and especially TRAMPOLINES might even fall into this category).
Not only has the price point come down on all of these items, I'm not convinced that you need to spend a huge amount of time doing these things if you are the average Joe (or Jolene) who is trying to incorporate some sort of vibratory or oscillation training into your normal routine. In fact, while many studies I looked at touted half hour sessions, numerous studies were using sessions as short as ten minutes, and in some cases five. Bottom line, it would not be tough to incorporate WBV or similar into whatever you are currently doing.
And for those of you who want to see what WBV looks like in relationship to the bigger picture, simply take a look at THIS PROTOCOL I created for chronically sick people. While I would never suggest it were a "cure all," the thing that makes it effective for so many people is the fact that most diseases are slightly different manifestations of the same underlying pathophysiological aberrations and metabolic abnormalities (HERE). Sure you might need to see a specialist in FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE. This protocol, however, is meant to save many (arguably most) of you the time and expense.
A COOL TESTIMONIAL FROM GERMANY
I am happy to write about being treated by Dr. Russell. I have been living in Germany for over 9 years and my problems started when I had an incident of lumbago on my low back 3 years ago. After a month my upper back started feeling really weak and tight. I first thought it was an after-effect of the high dosage of NSAID's but I was wrong as the pain & stiffness became a companion / guest who just would not leave. I tried all treatment after that to help the problem. I visited numerous orthopedics and neurology experts in the field (Germany has one of the best medical aid in the world) and after numerous MRI / CT Scans and Xrays I was always dismissed as a normal patient with no problems. In other words, my pain was left to be treated as muscular in nature which could he treated by physical therapy / manual therapy.
For last 3 years I have tried everything possible to get rid of the pain; exercising, power training, swimming, yoga, stretches, therapies, chiropractic, etc, and the pain would always come right back. When I found Dr. Russell's webpage I had almost given up hope and thought OK here is a person who has a rich history of treating patients with chronic pain and his method sounds quite unique. I wrote to Dr. Russell about my problem and I must say that I was very happy that he said my problem sounded treatable.
The journey from Germany to Mountain View Ozarks was a long one but full of hope. When I started, my up and down movement in my neck [flexion / extension] were restricted to around 30° [CERVICAL EXTENSION is the most important ROM in the body and should be 90 degrees or more]. After the first treatment I was much better, and one session later I could completely go back to 90° [GK could tip his head backwards so that his forehead was parallel to the floor]. I must say my upper back was a piece of work. We had 4 sessions in a period of 3 days [I did not treat the same areas on consecutive days] uncovering so many scar tissues to my surprise. No wonder my upper back was a mess.
Today, 3 weeks after treatment, my pain has significantly reduced. I can see light at the end of the tunnel. "Scar Tissue Remodeling" works! I am happy that I made the trip to Dr. Russell. It’s strange that I had to embark on a journey from Germany to Missouri Ozarks to find a cure, but the reason to share my story is that I want other people suffering from pain similar to my condition to be helped by Dr. Russell. His treatment in working for me and I hope that it works for you too. Please make sure to follow the plan Dr. Russell gives you to the spirit and word.
It's not that any of these other treatments that GK did are a bad thing. Not by a long shot. In fact, I not only think they can be super beneficial, but are all things that I recommend. However, if there are significant amounts of Scar Tissue that are "TETHERING" a specific anatomical area, trying to break through said tissue with things like adjustments, stretches, exercises, therapy, etc, etc, might not simply prove to be an exercise in futility, it can sometimes EXACERBATE THE SITUATION --- something that GK was experiencing at times.
For the record, I have GK using a DAKOTA TRACTION DEVICE to stretch out his extremely shortened SCM MUSCLES as well as his "tethered" CERVICAL FASCIA. And while he was actually doing a pretty good job in the SYSTEMIC INFLAMMATION department, many of you reading this will need to ADDRESS YOUR UNDERLYING INFLAMMATION before making a visit to see me. this way we can help rule out things like AUTOIMMUNE FASCIA ISSUES or a similar situation (HERE).
GUT HEALTH, BRAIN DYSFUNCTIONS, AUTISM, AND CHRONIC INFECTIONS / DYSBIOSIS
This thought process was once again confirmed when a husband and wife team made up of Harvard Medical Professor, Dr. Huh Jun-ryeo, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Dr. Gloria Choi, worked together on a pair of similar studies showing how autism is related to Gut Bacteria (MICROBIOME). While this is certainly not news (see link in previous paragraph), what is news is the fact that they actually discovered the exact part of the brain that these bacteria are affecting --- S1DZ. Here is what Dr. Choi's team of 15 researchers concluded concerning S1DZ from their cherry-picked abstract in last month's issue of Nature.
Viral infection during pregnancy is correlated with increased frequency of neurodevelopmental disorders, and this is studied in mice prenatally subjected to maternal immune activation (MIA). We previously showed that maternal T helper 17 cells promote the development of cortical and behavioural abnormalities in MIA-affected offspring. Here we show that cortical abnormalities are preferentially localized to a region encompassing the dysgranular zone of the primary somatosensory cortex (S1DZ). Moreover, activation of pyramidal neurons in this cortical region was sufficient to induce MIA-associated behavioural phenotypes in wild-type animals, whereas reduction in neural activity rescued the behavioural abnormalities in MIA-affected offspring. Sociability and repetitive behavioural phenotypes could be selectively modulated according to the efferent targets of S1DZ.
What does this mean in English? Follow along. Mom gets some kind of virus while she's pregnant. Truth is, she might never even realize she was infected since it's likely as not she didn't exhibit severe symptoms. Regardless, said infections have the potential to activate her immune system in the form of something known as T-17 CELLS (this system causes pre-programmed cellular death -- HERE), which in turn stimulates a very specific part of the brain --- the somatosensory cortex. Overactivate or overstimulate this area and you'll end up with aberrant behaviors --- behaviors that these authors describe as being repetitive and affecting social interaction. If you've ever been around autistics, you know that these are the behaviors that seem to characterize them most.
What does the somatosensory cortex (S1DZ) of the mouse brain do? According to a study published in a 2004 issue of The Journal of Neurophysiology (Two Distinct Regions of Secondary Somatosensory Cortex in the Rat: Topographical Organization and Multisensory Responses), this part of the brain is responsible for, "the integration of somatosensory information with information from other sensory modalities. In this study, we used auditory, somatosensory, or combined auditory/somatosensory stimuli." Again; what are the very things that autistic children have issues with? Neurologically coordinating sensory input (sight, smell, touch, sound, taste, etc). Because these brain systems are not working properly in autistics, it's easy to send them into overload.
The paper by Dr. Huh (Maternal Gut Bacteria Promote Neurodevelopmental Abnormalities in Mouse Offspring) showed similar findings (much of the technical stuff is the same, or at least similar, so I am leaving it out. "In humans, epidemiological studies suggest that exposure of fetuses to maternal inflammation increases the likelihood of developing autism spectrum disorder. Pregnant mice that had been colonized with human bacteria that induce intestinal TH17 cells were more likely to produce offspring with MIA-associated abnormalities. Overall, our data suggest that defined gut commensal bacteria with a propensity to induce TH17 cells may increase the risk of neurodevelopmental disorders in the offspring of pregnant mothers undergoing immune system activation owing to infections or autoinflammatory syndromes." And not only this, but when his team stimulated areas of the brain that receive input from S1DZ, they were able to ''reverse the sociability deficits [and] halt the repetitive behaviors". Super cool, but we can't stop now.
Because of the controversy surrounding VACCINES as related to AUTISM, the question that must be answered is whether it's possible for the nasty chemicals and metals found in most vaccines (MSG, formaldehyde, ALUMINUM, MERCURY, and an array of others), not to mention things like GLYPHOSATE that we are essentially being bathed in, to cause disruptions of the normal commensal bacteria (Gut Flora)? Although a simple Google search gives us mountains of information on the topic (my site has quite a bit as well), let's look at a 2015 study from the oft-maligned MIT professor, Dr. Stephanie Seneff (the title alone --- Aluminum and Glyphosate Can Synergistically Induce Pineal Gland Pathology: Connection to Gut Dysbiosis and Neurological Disease --- should tell you where this is going). Citing almost 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers in her bib, Dr. Seneff concluded....
Many neurological diseases, including autism, depression, dementia, anxiety disorder and Parkinson’s disease, are associated with abnormal sleep patterns, which are directly linked to pineal gland dysfunction. The pineal gland is highly susceptible to environmental toxicants. Two pervasive substances in modern industrialized nations are aluminum and glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup. In this paper, we show how these two toxicants work synergistically to induce neurological damage. Glyphosate disrupts gut bacteria, leading to an overgrowth of Clostridium difficile. Its toxic product, p-cresol, is linked to autism in both human and mouse models. p-Cresol enhances uptake of aluminum via transferrin. Anemia, a result of both aluminum disruption of heme and impaired heme synthesis by glyphosate, leads to hypoxia, which induces increased pineal gland transferrin synthesis. Premature birth is associated with hypoxic stress and with substantial increased risk to the subsequent development of autism, linking hypoxia to autism. Glyphosate chelates aluminum, allowing ingested aluminum to bypass the gut barrier. This leads to anemia-induced hypoxia, promoting neurotoxicity and damaging the pineal gland. Both glyphosate and aluminum disrupt cytochrome P450 enzymes, which are involved in melatonin metabolism. Furthermore, melatonin is derived from tryptophan, whose synthesis in plants and microbes is blocked by glyphosate. We also demonstrate a plausible role for vitamin D3 dysbiosis in impaired gut function and impaired serotonin synthesis. This paper proposes that impaired sulfate supply to the brain mediates the damage induced by the synergistic action of aluminum and glyphosate on the pineal gland and related midbrain nuclei.
What can I really say about this study that she didn't already say? For starters, there are many studies linking autism to issues with serotonin production (HERE), one going all the way back to 1977 (I was 10 for Pete's sake). Neither is it difficult to find studies linking metals to dysbiosis (HERE are several from a NZ dentist). Dr. Seneff goes on to invoke things like INTESTINAL PERMEABILITY and other LEAKIES, DYSBIOSIS, HYPOXIA, ANEMIA, BIOTRANSFORMATION, C. DIFF (the chief reason doctors prescribe FMT's) and others. And just like the other studies discussed today, all of it drives INFLAMMATION and is driven by inflammation And here's the rub.
I sometimes sound like a broken record, but the word "inflammation" is used so often in our society that that I find most people don't have a clue what it really is. Oh, they think they understand what it is, but I would be willing to guess that in my little town of 3,000 people, you would be hard-pressed to find a handful of people (doctors included) who could adequately explain it. Unfortunately, if you don't know what inflammation is, as well as the reasons it can be both good and bad --- sometimes at the same time --- it's hard to formulate a plan for at least slowing it down and managing it. Fortunately, you won't need to re-invent the wheel. There are simple protocols that can completely "cure" some of you, help many of you, and even if they don't seem to be helping, will not likely cause ugly side-effects seen in so many of today's pharmaceuticals (HERE).
I get it; you might need to visit a SPECIALIST IN FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE. However, once you realize that the vast majority of disease process and even chronic pain share the same common denominators (HERE), a simple-to-understand DIY PROTOCOL like this begins to make more sense. As is always the case, be sure and check in with your doctor first; wouldn't want you doing anything without that big white-jacket 'Thumbs Up' now, would we. And in light of what we learned today; if you happen to be a pregnant mother (or for that matter, a woman who might become pregnant), do you really want that ridiculous flu shot (HERE)?
MILK DOES A BODY GOOD?
- SUGAR CONTENT: Note that I am not talking here about flavored milks such as Chocolate Milk, which will more than double the sugar content in milk. In and of itself, milk has about 12 grams of sugar per cup. Not off the charts, but for some of you, not what you need. On top of this, more than half the world's population are believed to have trouble breaking down milk sugar (lactose) --- particularly as they get older. Do you get gassy, bloated, or have diarrhea after drinking milk or consuming dairy? You likely have some degree of lactose intolerance. Oh; and because the fat has been removed from much of the milk consumed here in America, it is not present to blunt the metabolic effects of the sugar. Bottom line, there is a strong possibility that you are not metabolically able to handle / digest milk sugar.
- MILK PROTEINS: Cows are big animals. Today's average milk cow weighs between half to three quarters of a ton --- much more than a century ago. The bigger the animal, the more likely humans are to react to it's milk. Not only is cow's milk one of the chief GLUTEN CROSS-REACTORS, for various reasons its protein molecules are prone to attack by our immune systems, creating not only allergies, but sensitivities as well (these two show up on tests differently). This does not even get into the whole issue of glutomorphins and caseiomorphins (proteins from either gluten --- wheat protein, or casein --- a milk protein, that attach to morphine receptors). And on top of this, there are any number of factors that are found in cow's milk but not found in goat's milk or human milk. Bottom line, there is great potential for various sorts of immune system reactions to protein from cow's milk.
- MILK IS HIGHLY ANABOLIC: In a similar note to the previous bullet, milk is full of anabolic growth factors designed to rapidly turn baby calves into 1,500 lb behemoths. Several studies have linked dairy consumption with INSULIN RESISTANCE and TYPE II DIABETES, not to mention CANCER. Most of this has to do with the number and power of the growth factors. Cancer is essentially runaway cellular growth in a certain area or tissue --- it does not need anything pushing it to grow more. Oh; and on top of milk's endogenous anabolic hormones (hormones designed to turn little things into big things), commercial milk producers frequently use exogenous hormones such as rBGH (recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone) in order to dramatically increase production. With 70% of Americans overweight, and another almost 10% appearing so according to their blood work (HERE), suffice it to say that few American adults need to be consuming something whose very purpose is to make us bigger. Bottom line, there are several ways that milk will make you bigger that have absolutely nothing to do with fat content (you'll find at least two others in the next bullet).
- COMMERCIAL COW'S MILK IS A PASTEURIZED, HOMOGENIZED, PRODUCT THAT'S FREQUENTLY LOADED WITH ANTIBIOTICS, HORMONES, HERBICIDES, AND PESTICIDES: The amount of antibiotics being given to commercially-raised animals simply to make them "bigger" is one of Big Ag's many dirty little secrets. Not only is the HEALTH OF YOUR GUT arguably the most important part of your overall health, the antibiotics (along with the pasteurization process that is designed to kill all bacteria; not just the "bad" ones) destroys beneficial bacteria. The result of creating an imbalanced ratio of bad bad bacteria to good bacteria is DYSBIOSIS --- a problem associated with almost every disease process you can name, including INTESTINAL PERMEABILITY, which is itself associated with the same myriad of diseases. Commercial dairy herds are also much more likely to be regularly exposed to chemicals that are known ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS. And then there is homogenization. I'll not spend much time on it here, but there is plenty of evidence pointing to the fact that this process is not healthy. Around here I know several people who are making their own keifer or yogurt with raw milk (often goat milk) as it is widely available in OUR NECK OF THE OZARKS if you know the right people. Those of you living in the city will have a much tougher time with this.
- SUBSTITUTES: There are so many milk-substitutes out there (almond milk, soy milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, etc, etc) that it can make your head swim. What's my opinion? First, stay as far away from SOY as you possibly can as it is a phyto-estrogen. As for the others, most are not really what they claim (they are essentially some nuts and sugar in water). I'm not really a fan, but you might find a product that you really love. Just make sure you do due diligence.
Let me reiterate that I am not an anti-milk person. The thing that you must remember, however, is that if you were able to bring your great great grandfather back and have him sample the product that we today call milk, he would undoubtedly find it all but totally unrecognizable. Furthermore; in similar fashion to MODERN GRAINS, milk continues to be altered to the point that people's immune systems are increasingly viewing it as foreign and attacking it (for instance, virtually 100% of AUTISTIC KIDS will have issues with milk along with their other immune system issues).
What this means is that every bullet point above shows a different pathway that milk / dairy can drive INFLAMMATION in your body. Solve inflammation and you've gone a long way to solving your chronic health issues, including CHRONIC PAIN, CHRONIC DEGENERATIVE ILLNESSES, and AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES. For more useful tidbits on helping you stop inflammation in its tracks, make sure to check out THIS POST.
YET ANOTHER MAJOR STUDY SHOWS HOW WE ARE BEING DUPED BY CURRENT DIETARY RECOMMENDATIONS
In this study, the five authors from Masaryk University started by using the premise that all the foods we grew up being told were bad and believed were bad, are in fact bad. This list included things like red meat, butter, high-fat dairy products, eggs, and refined cereals. From there they compared average national health parameters (physical findings and blood lab values) as well as national morbidity and mortality rates for a wide range of illnesses, to what people were actually eating as measured by long-term questionnaire results from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAOSTAT), which is based in Rome.
Using this database, we collected daily consumption rates of 53 foodstuffs. We included all main food items and even some subcategories, whose annual per capita consumption was higher than 5 kg, concentrated sources of fat (olive oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil), and the general indicators of fat, protein, and energy intake. In addition to that, we computed nine additional food items (the energy from carbohydrates and alcohol, potato and cereal carbohydrates, and plant food; animal fat and animal protein; total fat and animal protein; total fat and total protein; pork and beef fat) in order to reveal more subtle relationships.
What did these authors find. "Irrespective of the possible limitations of the ecological study design, the indisputable finding of our paper is the fact that the highest cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevalence can be found in countries with the highest carbohydrate consumption, whereas the lowest CVD prevalence is typical of countries with the highest intake of fat and protein. The polarity between these geographical patterns is striking." Did you catch that? After looking at the dietary habits of all forty-two European countries, these authors determined (using UN statistics) that carbs were related to heart problems and that fat / protein was heart-protective. But it gets better. These authors came to almost identical conclusions that the authors of the previous study mentioned came to. It's conclusive folks' we've been duped!
The positive effect of low-carbohydrate diets on CVD risk factors (obesity, blood lipids, blood glucose, insulin, blood pressure) is already apparent in clinical trials lasting 3-36 months and low-carbohydrate diets also appear superior to low-fat diets in this regard. However, these findings are still not reflected by official dietary recommendations that continue to perpetuate the unproven connection between saturated fat and CVDs. Besides total fat and protein consumption, the most likely preventive factors emerging in our study include fruits (particularly citrus fruits), wine, high-fat dairy products (especially cheese), sources of plant fat (tree nuts, olives), and potentially even vegetables and other low-glycaemic plant sources.
And in similar fashion to the other study, these authors said that dietary recommendations need to be changed to reflect their conclusions --- conclusions that are echoed by a large number of previous studies. The cool thing is that these guidelines have already been done for you by a group of thirty physicians and researchers who are considered elite in their field (HERE).
And while simply going LOW CARB is far better than not, I would suggest you take a look at THESE ARTICLES to see exactly why the Paleo Diet is incredibly anti-inflammatory / anti-reactive --- huge factors to consider if you are dealing with CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DISEASES or AUTOIMMUNE ISSUES. And for some of you, a KETOGENIC APPROACH might prove beneficial, at least for awhile. If you want to see how diet fits into the bigger picture as far as getting out of pain and returning to health, HERE is the short post you need to take a look at.
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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