THE DESTRUCTIVE AND DEADLY
Inflammation is the common denominator of many chronic age-related diseases such as arthritis, gout, Alzheimer's, and diabetes. But according to a Yale School of Medicine study, even in the absence of a disease, inflammation can lead to serious loss of function throughout the body, reducing healthspan — that portion of our lives spent relatively free of serious illness and disability. A recent issue of Eurekalert discussing a study from the October issue of Cell Metabolism called, "Canonical Nlrp3 Inflammasome Links Systemic Low-Grade Inflammation to Functional Decline in Aging"
This is interesting when considering the recent study on quality of life and longevity. The bottom line was that even though people are living on average much longer than they used to, their health and quality of life are much lower --- particularly in those later years. I'm not surprised. Much, if not most of this has to do with Inflammation. The problem is, when I talk to my patients about Inflammation (including many healthcare providers), I find that few really understand what it is. This despite the fact that the word is used almost ubiquitously in the media and in healthcare.
INFLAMMATION is the collective name given to a group of several dozen chemicals made by your Immune System. Although these chemicals are necessary --- even vital ---- for health and healing, they can be driven to excessive levels by a wide variety of things including cruddy diets, smoking, food sensitivities, parasites, heavy metal toxicity, low grade infections, etc, etc, etc. Now we can add one more thing to the list --- birthdays. It seems that the older we get, the more "Background Inflammation" is created by our Immune Systems. This helps contribute to a host of inflammatory disease processes that are specifically associated with aging, including DEGENERATIVE ARTHRITIS, OSTEOPOROSIS, DIABETES, ALZHEIMER'S, PARKINSON'S, Dementia, Cataracts, GOUT, THYMUS DEGRADATION, and numerous others.
Although the point of the study concerned developing drugs to down-regulate the "Immune Sensor Nlrp3 Inflammasome" (their latest specific culprit in the aging process), my advice makes more sense. Start right now with a simple program designed to squelch inflammation at its source. Then follow and refine this program your entire life. For more information on how to proceed, HERE, HERE, and HERE are wonderful places to start.
WHIPLASH INJURY CAUSES CHRONIC NECK PAIN
ANSWER TO CHRONIC NECK AND SHOULDER PAIN
This country will be drenched in blood, and God only knows how it will end. You people speak so lightly of war; you don't know what you're talking about...... I’ve been through two wars and I know. I’ve seen cities and homes in ashes. I’ve seen thousands of men lying on the ground, their dead faces looking up at the skies. I tell you, war is Hell! General William Tecumseh Sherman --- the man for whom the "M4 Sherman Tank" was named after (the tanks below are M-1 Abrams)
Although TBI'S could fall into this same category, once you understand the nature of FASCIA, you can very well understand how it can become Chronic Pain's PERFECT STORM. The following is a testimonial received last week from an individual who was injured by a tank almost a decade and a half ago. We are respecting his right to privacy by leaving out his name. I can assure you that this individual's pain / disability was off the chart, and that before coming to see me, had been through every test and treatment that the military had to offer for CHRONIC NECK PAIN / CHRONIC SHOULDER PAIN ----- two problems that are so often seen together, they are often one. As is typical, they played it off and blamed it on DEPRESSION.
I thank you for your service to our country!
TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURES & TBI-INDUCED AUTOIMMUNITY
MORE COMMON THAN EVER IMAGINED
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 1.4 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury each year in the United States. Of these, about 50,000 die, 235,000 are hospitalized, and 1.1 million are treated and released from an emergency room department.... head trauma may induce an autoimmune inflammatory disorder.... Damaged brain tissue leaks through the blood-brain barrier into the general circulation and becomes, in fact, an antigen just like a virus or allergen. Antibodies are formed against brain tissue that may become "auto" and start to attack various tissues including the brain itself. Regardless, an autoimmune inflammatory disorder may develop after head trauma and not only cause joint and muscle pain but attack other organs such as the eye, lung, heart, liver, intestine, and kidney—just like any autoimmune inflammatory condition. Dr. Forest Tennant, from the May 2013 issue of Practical Pain Management --- a journal specifically for "Pain Doctors". Dr. Tennant is the editor of PPM.
The problem with TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), however, is not simply the "Post-Concussion" headache. The problem is that Traumatic Brain Injuries are being linked to a host of health problems that are seemingly unrelated to the head injury itself. In fact, this is almost surely the reason that the famous whiplash research team of Gargan & Bannister declared over two decades ago that whiplash-like injuries frequently result in a host of, "bizarre and seemingly unrelated symptoms".
The specific symptoms of TBI mentioned in Dr. Tennant's article include (links are mine), "memory loss and confusion; mood swings; reading, speaking, or reasoning problems; problems understanding what is being said, learning new things, or dealing with old familiar things like time, numbers, or money; difficulty sleeping; abnormally low body temperature; weight gain; confusion; explosive behavior; severe fatigue; loss of interest in hobbies, friends, and sex; difficulty organizing and prioritizing or sequencing events, multitasking, watching movies or sports; coping with noisy or brightly lit places; eroding social skills; failure for children to develop' THYROID, pituitary, adrenal [FIBROMYALGIA] or other hormonal problems". But that's not all folks --- the hits keep coming. Some of the others listed in the article include
- INABILITY TO LEARN OR CONCENTRATE (Mental Fog)
- INCREASED RISK OF HEART ATTACKS AND / OR STROKES
- LOSS OF MUSCLE MASS / WEAKNESS (This is most likely a function of injury-induced LOW TESTOSTERONE)
- LOSS OF LIBIDO --- MALE OR FEMALE
As you can see, thinking about concussions / head injuries in simple terms of headaches is extremely short-sighted. This is why those of you struggling with Chronic Pain that your doctors cannot seem to find a reason for might want to take the time to read DR. TENNANT'S ARTICLE. It will take you less than five minutes, and could be the thing that starts you on the pathway back to health.
I will share a couple of tidbits with you concerning this article / editorial. It is my experience that people who are AUTOIMMUNE have an almost 100% chance of being GLUTEN SENSITIVE, which, in and of itself leads to numerous other NEUROLOGICAL PROBLEMS. And if you are sensitive to Gluten, you are probably sensitive to other things as well (HERE). Fail to address these issues, and you cannot possibly hope to find a "cure".
INFLAMMATION will continue to run rampant in your body. And in similar fashion to the "LEAKY BRAIN SYNDROME" discussed in Dr. Tennant's article, you will undoubtedly develop LEAKY GUT SYNDROME as well. But there is hope. Between various forms of BRAIN-BASED THERAPY, SCAR TISSUE REMODELING, CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS, COLD LASER THERAPY, as well as proper DIET / NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT, people with these sorts of problems can often be helped --- many times significantly (HERE). It is truly unfortunate that no one shared this information with ELVIS PRESLEY after his head injury.
THE SUGAR / CANCER / OBESITY LINK
The study, done at the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health in Minneapolis, and published in the latest issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, & Prevention, showed that the rate of estrogen-dependent Endometrial Cancer (cancer that forms in the tissue lining the uterus) nearly doubled (a whopping 78% increase) in women drinking four or more sweetened drinks a week (that would be one every other day). Listen to what Charles Bankhead wrote on this subject in Friday's issue of MedPage Today.
"Consumption of sugar-containing drinks has risen in parallel to the prevalence of obesity in the U. S., offering one potential explanation for sugar's association with endometrial cancer, which occurs disproportionately in obese women. In developed nations, obesity is associated with at least half of type I [estrogen-dependent] endometrial cancers. Epidemiologic studies have linked higher intake of sugar-sweetened drinks to higher risks of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Collectively, available evidence provides biologic plausibility for sugar-sweetened drink consumption as a contributing factor in endometrial cancer..... The finding that sugar-sweetened drinks might contribute to the most common type of endometrial cancer is not particularly surprising, given the cancer's association with obesity"
Listen folks; nearly ALL DISEASES start the same way. Once you begin to understand this, you can begin to understand why OBESITY is so intimately linked to so many different chronic illnesses, and why dietary changes are so critical to your regaining your health. What diet do I recommend? That's easy. For the vast majority of you; the PALEO DIET is the way to go. Don't simply shrug it off. Click on the link, do a little bit of research, and learn why going Paleo might not simply solve your weight issues, but your INFLAMMATORY HEALTH ISSUES as well.
CAN IT BE DEALT WITH NATURALLY?
"Though diabetes and ED (Erectile Dysfunction) are two separate conditions, they tend to go hand-in-hand. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, men with diabetes are two to three times more likely to develop erectile dysfunction. In many cases, problems with achieving or maintaining an erection is an early clue that you may be diabetic, particularly in men 45 and under....... There are several risk factors that increase your chances of complications from diabetes, including ED, including uncontrolled blood sugar, obesity, poor diet, inactivity....." From Adrienne Santos-Longhurst's May 9, 2013 Healthline article titled, "The Connection Between Type II Diabetes and Erectile Dysfunction".
"43% of American women, young and old suffer from some degree of sexual dysfunction (JAMA,1999). Many of the same health problems that cause erectile dysfunction in men, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, as well as many medications used to treat these conditions, can cause sexual dysfunction in women. And yet for most of this century doctors have dismissed women's sexual complaints as either psychological or emotional." From the 2001 edition of For Women Only: A Revolutionary Guide to Overcoming Sexual Dysfunction and Reclaiming Your Sex Life, by sisters Jennifer Berman, MD, and Laura Berman, PhD
For the most part, Sexual Dysfunction in women has been chalked up to emotional / psychological problems or "hormonal" issues. When we go ahead and throw in DEPRESSION, as well as the fact that the most popular medications used to treat it have an almost 100% chance of causing at least one of a wide array of potentially bizarre Sexual Dysfunctions (HERE), you can begin to understand that America has a serious problem on its hands. Just Google "Sexless Marriage Divorce" and you'll see what I mean.
To reiterate; according to a growing number of experts, most Sexual Dysfunctions, whether occuring in males or females, are not only physical in nature, but are largely being caused by the exact same factors. Follow me for a moment so I can show you why knowing this is such a big deal --- particularly for those with the desire to turn things around. Do all (or at least most) diseases have common origins? I believe they do (HERE). In fact, if you click on the link to "Uncontrolled Blood Sugar" above, you will see that the peer-reviewed scientific literature is tying Blood Sugar Dysregulation to almost every single disease process you can name ---- including all of those based on INFLAMMATION.
The real kick in the teeth though, is that since our Blood Sugar Guidelines here in America are extremely liberal (you are not considered diabetic until you are at an absurdly high 126mg/dL), huge numbers of people with "normal" blood sugar levels, would actually be considered diabetic when looked at through the lens of Functional Medicine. For example, numerous physicians and experts in the field of FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE would say that anyone with a fasting blood sugar over 100mg/dL should be labeled as Diabetic. Unfortunately, one of the chief side effects of Uncontrolled Blood Sugar (whether you are actually labeled as "Diabetic" or not) is that it destroys nerves via a process which results in Neuropathy.
NEUROPATHY AND SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION
Listen to Jenny Ruhl of Blood Sugar 101 explain how Uncontrolled Blood Sugar can be a debilitating and potentially / eventually deadly problem. "Because nerves are damaged by the "mildly" elevated blood sugar levels that most doctors ignore, almost one half of people with Type 2 diabetes already have detectable neuropathy by the time they have been diagnosed with diabetes. Many other people who are never officially diagnosed with diabetes but have higher than normal blood sugars also get "diabetic" neuropathy. It may be a major cause of the impotence so common among men in their 40s and older." According to the most current research, her last sentence probably should have said "people".
As a side not to this topic; AGES are being causally implicated in the development of Alzheimer's Disease (HERE). As sugar consumption, exposure to ALUMINUM, and one's accumulative number of FLU SHOTS go up, so does Alzheimer's Disease.
Let me leave you with some cherry-picked quotes on the Neuropathy / Sexual Dysfunction / Blood Sugar link from our own government. Here is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). The article is called, "What Sexual Problems Occur in Women with Diabetes?"
Both men and women with diabetes can develop sexual problems because of damage to nerves and small blood vessels..... The body's response to sexual stimuli is involuntary, governed by autonomic nerve signals that increase blood flow to the genitals and cause smooth muscle tissue to relax. Damage to these autonomic nerves [neuropathy] can hinder normal function. Reduced blood flow resulting from damage to blood vessels [usually the result of obesity, high blood pressure, and / or Inflammation-induced high cholesterol] can also contribute to sexual dysfunction.
What sexual problems can occur in women with diabetes? Many women with diabetes experience sexual problems. Although research about sexual problems in women with diabetes is limited, one study found 42 percent of women with type 2 diabetes experienced sexual dysfunction that may include.
PCOS AND SEXUAL FUNCTION
Although testosterone drives both the male and female libidos, PCOS causes women to make so much testosterone that it actually suppresses their sex drive instead of heightening it. At the same time, the extra testosterone causes women to increasingly take on sex characteristics that would be best described as 'predominantly male'. Although there are a slew of these (male pattern baldness, HIGH CHOLESTEROL, hypertension / high blood pressure, to name a few), the two most common are hirtusism ---overly hairy, and ABDOMINAL OBESITY. The end result is all sorts of abnormal periods and INFERTILITY (sadly, PCOS is by far the number one reason that women who want to have babies cannot).
DEALING WITH SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION NATURALLY
What diet do I recommend for most of my patients ---- particularly those who have no 'overt' Chronic Illnesses? That's easy to answer ---- Paleo. I am a huge fan of the PALEO DIET because I have not found anything else that even comes close to controlling the root cause of sickness and disease ---- INFLAMMATION. It is my opinion that the Paleo Diet will address most if not all of the underlying metabolic issues that cause or contribute not only to Sexual Dysfunctions, but to all sorts of other health problems as well. Not that other therapies won't have to be undertaken such as certain supplements like HSO'S / PGFO, BRAIN EXERCISES, an EXERCISE PROGRAM, etc, etc, but it is hard to argue with results. Some of the other Chronic Health Problems that may have to be dealt with, include thing such as HERE, HERE, and HERE, as well as several others. For more information on this topic, go HERE.
DRUGS TO ENHANCE FEMALE SEX DRIVE
The truth is, I would say many of the same things about the huge numbers of NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS that are being sold under the guise of "Performance Enhancement". Most of these junk products are good for little except lining the pockets of unscrupulous marketeers. Trying to find a supplement to fix your problem without addressing the underlying cause of that problem is simply buying in to the UNFULFILLED PROMISE OF BIG PHARMA..
WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY
IS IT WORTH IT?
An annual $190 billion is spent on obesity-related medical costs, according to a Reuters report, citing data from the Mayo Clinic. There are even obesity-associated costs to the overall economy. The report says job absenteeism among the obese is higher, airlines need an extra $5 billion in jet fuel to fly heavy passengers compared to 1960 weight data, and we spend an additional $4 billion annually on extra gas for heavy passengers and drivers. Bruce Kennedy from MSN's MONEY "Is weight-loss surgery worth the cost?" (Feb 25, 2013).
A popular online encyclopedia defines it thusly, "A variety of procedures performed on people who are obese. Weight loss is achieved by reducing the size of the stomach with a gastric band or through removal of a portion of the stomach or by resecting and re-routing the small intestines to a small stomach pouch." Although it varies for different procedures, the cost for Bariatric Surgery runs between $15,000 and $45,000.
What do the studies say about surgical weight loss? Although several recent studies of Bariatric Surgery (a couple from just last week) show health benefits that could only be described as "astounding", we might not be getting the whole story. And as is all too often the case, the story we are getting might be bought and paid for.
Research suggests that over several years, many bariatric patients regain some of the weight they lose in the first two years -- a fact that has raised doubts about the cost-effectiveness of the surgery, which can cost $20,000 to $25,000 for the initial procedure, plus a wide range of costs to treat complications after surgery. Melissa Healy from a November 13, 2013 article in the "Science Now" portion of the LA Times.
"In contrast, the surgical group lost almost one-third of their lean body mass [muscle mass]. This is kind of a dirty secret that's not very well advertised for bariatric surgery, that you can lose a lot of lean mass and I don't think we fully understand the long-term consequences of that." Dr. David Cummings being quoted by Nancy Walsh in Tuesday's issue of MedPage Today concerning whether a "Diabetes Cure" via surgery is more effective than by medication.
Complications from weight loss surgery are frequent. A study of insurance claims of 2522 who had undergone bariatric surgery showed 22% complications during the initial hospital stay and a total of 40% risk of complications in the subsequent six months. This was more common in those over 40 and led to an increased health care expenditure..... Nutritional derangements due to deficiencies of micronutrients like iron, vitamin B12, fat soluble vitamins (A, E, D, & K), thiamine, and folate are especially common after malabsorptive bariatric procedures...... A study in Veterans Affairs (VA) patients has found no survival benefit associated with bariatric surgery among older, severely obese people when compared with usual care, at least out to seven years. Wikipedia
The point is, although everyone seems to be singing the praises of of Bariatric Surgery these days, it's not all peaches and cream. Just visit some of the weight loss surgery message boards. Although most people will still say, "I've tried everything and nothing works --- it's time for the surgery", this is rarely the case. As a last resort, see a doctor who specializes in "FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE". Lastly; can we really trust the research? As you should have noticed from my post THE OTHER DAY, I have serious doubts.
One of the latest studies (presented recently at Atlanta during the "Obesity Week" meetings) touting the benefits of Bariatric Surgery was headed by Dr. Cummings, who just happens to be on the payroll (he "received the financial support") of Johnson & Johnson ---- the maker of the "Realize" gastric band. The meetings themselves were sponsored by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery --- an organization whose mission statement reads, "The purpose of the society is to advance the art and science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by continually improving the quality and safety of care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases".
WHAT DO I RECOMMEND FOR LOSING WEIGHT?
CHIROPRACTIC AND FLU PREVENTION / FLU TREATMENT
IS THERE A LINK?
Photograph from a 1918 edition of the St. Louis Post Dispatch
“High sympathetic tone may alter organ and tissue responses to hormones, infectious agents, and blood components.” Dr IM Korr from “Andrew Taylor Still Memorial Lecture: Research and Practice --- A Century Later.” from the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (1974).
"Contemporary research is beginning to shed light on the neurobiological mechanisms which may explain the outstanding clinical results chiropractors have experienced when managing patients with infectious diseases. The popular press has been filled with stories describing the emergence of antibiotic resistant pathogens, and the futility of the long term strategy of developing new, stronger antibiotics." From Dr. Christopher Kent's, "Neuroimmunology and Chiropractic ".
"And when interviews of other old timers are made it is evident that each still vividly remembers the 1918 influenza epidemic. We now know about 100 million persons around the world died of the flu with about 500,000 Americans among that number. But most chiropractors and their patients were miraculously spared. Even today, we repeatedly hear about those decisions to become a chiropractor after a remarkable recovery or when a close family member given up for dead suddenly came back to vibrant health." From an April 27, 2009 article on ChiroUnity.com called, "Chiropractic: Maybe the Best Defense Against Influenza".
Every year we are told to get the Flu Vaccine because THIS IS SHAPING UP TO BE THE WORST FLU SEASON EVER! As for me and my family, we'll take our chances. Am I crazy? Many would say so. But hey; I'm used to it ---- I'm a chiropractor. For many reasons, I am not an advocate of FLU SHOTS. In fact, once you understand exactly HOW THE FLU VACCINE IS MANUFACTURED, you start to realize that it would never stop a flu pandemic anyway. Besides, I'm not a big fan of drug-induced ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE. This paragraph is begging the question of just what we would do in the event of a flu pandemic?
Among other things such as a diet and supplements based on WHOLE FOODS and regular exercise, I also would make absolutely sure that we were all getting regular Chiropractic Adjustments. Huh? Chiropractic Adjustments for the flu? Sure! Once you understand a little bit of physiology, this makes a lot of sense. Because CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS have significant effects on the Nerve System, and because the Nerve System heavily modulates the Immune System (this is the exciting new field of "Psycho-neuro-immunology"), there is a large and rapidly growing body of evidence showing how Chiropractic Adjustments can positively and significantly up-regulate the Immune System. The cool thing is that there is a lot of evidence to back this statement.
Although many people decry anecdotal evidence in favor of double-blind placebo-controlled experiments, I would argue that in certain cases (the practice of Chiropractic for instance), the later can be difficult to the point of being impossible to perform. For example, how would a researcher give someone a "sham" adjustment and make their subject think they were on the receiving end of something therapeutic? Just another example of why I have said for a long time that EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE is one of the biggest hoaxes currently being perpetrated on the American people. This is why I love our VIDEO TESTIMONIALS so much. The proof is in the pudding. But back to chiropractic and the flu.
I have known for a long time ago about the fact that chiropractic care had a better track record than medical care as far as helping sick patients survive the 1918 flu pandemic. In fact, I have actually met and personally spoken with chiros whose fathers and / or mothers (chiros themselves) cared for thousands of very sick patients during that scary period of our history. If we understand the way that Chiropractic Adjustments modulate the Immune System, we should not be surprised. Without going into lots of statistical details (this info can be found all over the internet on this very topic), suffice it to say that during the period from 1918-1920, people with the flu who were under chiropractic care died at lower rates than people treated by the medical profession --- much lower rates. To begin to understand why, I would urge you to take a look at a short article on a study from the early 1920's known today as, "THE WINSOR AUTOPSIES".
Oh; for those who will doubt what I am telling them is true, HERE are several Video Testimonials with similar examples of this phenomenon ---- from my clinic.
THE BRILLIANT DAN MURPHY ON CHIROPRACTIC
AND THE FLU PANDEMIC OF 1918
UPDATE ON STACY'S HORSE
SCAR TISSUE REMODELING FOR HORSES
For those keeping score (HERE), Ben had been diagnosed as a horse that would never rope or barrel race again because of significant amounts of SCAR TISSUE / FASCIAL ADHESION in his right hind quarter / buttock / hamstring area (see the first link above). For Stacy, taking that news lying down was not something he was ready to do. So naturally, he called me.
After working on this horse 5-6 times, I can tell you that the density / quality of the Scar Tissue is much different than when we started. Not only that, but while you can still see the abnormal gait (I call it a "hitch") when the horse walks, kick him into a trot and the abnormality disappears --- totally. I am going to continue seeing this horse in order to see just how much change can be made. It's kind of neat to see this work on Ben. But then again, why wouldn't SCAR TISSUE REMODELING work on a horse, when it so often works like magic on people (HERE)?
FINAL UPDATE: Unfortunately, the horse was hit by lightning and died.
JUST REMEMBER THAT WHEN YOU SMOKE,
YOU ARE AFFECTING THE NEXT GENERATION
"Hurd and colleagues were exploring the mechanisms that account for apparently permanent effects of temporary cannabis exposure seen in animals, which persist long after the exposure stops. Earlier studies in her lab had shown, for example, that dosing rats with THC during adolescence increased their interest in heroin self administration during their adulthood." From the November 14, 2013 issue of MedPage Today (John Gever). THC exposure in male offspring also seemed to provide long-term stimulation of the part of the brain involved with habit formation and obsessive behaviors.
The truth is, I get it. For those who are struggling with severe, debilitating CHRONIC PAIN, pot is probably a much better / safer option than Prescription Pain Meds (HERE, HERE, and HERE). However, smoking weed (whether for medical or recreational reasons) does not come without its own unique set of consequences.
The last time I was in Idaho Springs getting some work done on my feet (HERE), Shawn told me that their little town of about 1,800 people had six (6) Medical Marijuana dispensaries in it --- one for every 300 people in the city limits. Dang; for a little skiing town in a state that ranks so high on the "healthy" chart, that's a lot of sick people! But I regress. One of the well-known effects of regular marijuana use is that regular use tends to create a lack of motivation --- a trait that was recently studied at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. If you are a regular smoker, this study should at least raise some eyebrows ---- particularly if you plan on having children.
The effects of pot were looked at across multiple generations. Interestingly enough, the effects of THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) were passed on to the grandsons (3rd generations) of rats, even though neither dad (the second generation) or Junior (the third) consumed the THC themselves. The offspring of the THC rats were less motivated to seek out tasty food (reduced interest in chocolate) than were their peers who never smoked, and as seen in the quote at the top of the page, they had a much greater affinity for Heroin (probably why MJ is often times referred to as a "Gateway Drug"). Many will argue, but this did not seem like a good combination to me. The study was presented by Dr. Yasmin Hurd at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.
CHRONIC PAIN AND FASCIAL ADHESIONS
When the cause of your complaint is a Connective Tissue-Based problem, you will garner all sorts of odd responses, deer-in-the-headlights looks, and made up explanations from the medical profession. I have heard an array of "made up" answers that would be comical if the situation weren't so downright desperate. Or you may just get that blank look like you were an alien from the planet Neptune. Both are common. So is throwing it in that bucket labeled "Fibromyalgia" and moving on to the next patient. Dr. Russell Schierling from a BLOG POST on Fascia
Hi Dr. Schierling.
I don't think that I can receive your treatment, but I just wanted to say that it's very relieving to read about your recognition of the absurdity of response from GPs regarding fascia pain.
I have been extremely impaired and tortured for 12 full years without rest to the point that I suspect that the human body / brain is not capable of processing further pain, and I came to suspect this on the basis that while hitting a seeming ceiling of pain on multiple occasions, a ceiling that is impossible for me to even imagine or even nearly remember how extreme it was unless it is upon me again (and I only remember while the intense pain is engaging),.
While in that state which has been repeated 3 - 5 times, my mind was just one blurry mess with an incalculable number of pains that all blurred together, and on subsequent visits to that level of pain I came to identify (whether in the moment or as it was reducing, I don't know) that my whole mind was dedicated to processing that pain. In retrospect, I've personally come to think that it's possible that when the mind's processing power is already maxed out, dedicated to translating the pain that pushes all else out of the mind, that additional pain won't be experienced due to the lack of it being processed. That is my suspicion based on hitting this same, non-dynamic upper ceiling of awful and de-humanizing pain on multiple occasions, during which I would be unresponsive, without thought, recognition or awareness of things such as defined perceptions of myself, things around me, etc, sounds would be audible, but not mentally processed or responded to, they were just there. I think that in those events it was as if my being was just one big pain receptor until it eased up.
Anyway, I've been the recipient of all the inane thoughts doctors can conjure up on the subject which is described HERE: "It means that when you go visit various doctors (orthopedists, pain specialists, neurologists, etc) they run all sorts of tests, and then look at you as though you are crazy. Or maybe they look at you like you’re a drug seeker, or trying to get Social Security Disability. Or maybe they just chalk it up to hard work and too many sports. Or maybe they just tell you that you have “arthritis” or “fibromyalgia” just to get you out of their office."
I've been labeled an abuser of drugs as a result of my voluntary allowance of a drug counselor to sit in on a psychiatric review, in which I merely stated that I have occasionally self-medicated outside of prescribed medicine (which became a necessity because my doctor only wanted to prescribe ANTI-DEPRESSANTS, which I've used numerous times through the decade and which have always been completely without positive effect - although some awful negative ones). It actually helped when I focused in meditation, as it articulated my thoughts and made my attempts to relax and release fascia marginally tangible, and it was my only success in all of my treatment.
I've received much emotional abuse at the hands of family, who are understanding for a time but then it seems they become impatient with waiting for me to suddenly be perfectly healthy and they judge and accuse and pressure me to do what I really cannot. I've had some doubts from friends, although they are the most understanding and compassionate out of everyone. I've even received related extreme abuse from police during an event where an attempt at theft of my car was made, in the following interactions I was severely and deliberately abused by one officer who has caused serious lasting trauma to me, which exacerbates my pain and increases feelings of despair, humiliation, lack of worth, and loss of feeling of having any control.
Anyway, I don't mean to moan and complain, and this is just partially summing up what effect this unrecognized pain has done for me, and I'm still untreated and without help or advocate. I appreciate reading your recognition of the pain and the often ludicrous experiences that people who suffer it go through from their GP. It's a small piece of self-affirmation and validation of experience, and I appreciate that.
BRAND NEW MEDICAL GUIDELINES
FOR TREATING OBESITY
As BMI increases, the risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer all go up. Donna Ryan, MD, co-chair of the Guideline Committee for Cholesterol and Weight Control by the AHA, ACC, and Obesity Society
Approximately 37% of male doctors reported being overweight, with 5.3% being obese. This was very similar to a 2004 study that found 38% of male physicians to be overweight and 8% obese, suggesting that the situation has not improved much over the past 7 years. As for women, according to the CDC, 28.6% were overweight in 2008 and 35% were obese. In the Medscape survey the percentage of women physicians who reported being overweight tended to be slightly lower (26%) than the nation's women. A 2012 survey from Medscape. As you might imagine, the numbers are lower on a survey, than the actual findings of physical examinations
But what about doctors? As it turns out, we tend to be healthier than people on the other end of the stethoscope, but only barely. Fifty-three percent of physicians in the U.S. are heavy enough to be classified as overweight, a number only slightly lower than the general population (64 percent). Dr. Eric Van De Graff of the website LivewellNebraska from a 2013 blog post
This study suggests that providers perceived to be overweight or obese may be vulnerable to biased attitudes from patients, and that providers’ excess weight may negatively affect patients’ perceptions of their credibility, level of trust and inclination to follow medical advice. The conclusions of a study published in the March issue of the International Journal of Obesity
"Obesity Guidance" is one of the four parts of the NEW CARDIOVASCULAR GUIDELINES I dealt with the other day. Dr. Ryan wants obesity to be dealt with on every single doctor visit and wants insurance to pay for it all. Not to say that obesity should not be dealt with in the doctor's office, but let's be honest with each other for a moment. With approximately half of all doctors being either overweight or obese, how's that whole thing working out so far? Click on the previous link to find out.
After reading a recent article on the numbers of weight loss drugs currently in development, I am more convinced than ever that the new emphasis on WEIGHT LOSS will really be looked at as a way to sell more drugs (HERE). Argue with me all you want, but take a hard look at the financial conflicts of interest on the last link, and you will come to the same conclusion. In fact, let's just look at the conflicts personally reported by Dr. Ryan regarding the publication of her Guidelines
For this study, Dr. Ryan reported relationships with
- Alere Alere is a company who, among other things, manufactures tests for both cholesterol levels and blood chemistry related to the heart. Dr. Ryan helped write the newest guidelines concerning both of these.
- Amylin According to Wikipedia, "Amylin Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company based in San Diego, CA, that was founded in 1987. The company is engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of drug candidates for the treatment of diabetes, obesity and other diseases."
- Arena Pharmaceuticals Again, according to Wikipedia, "Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company located in San Diego, California that manufactures the drug lorcaserin (Beliviq). Lorcaserin is approved for use in adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater, and who have at least one weight-related health condition, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol."
- Eisai Eisai is a Japanese pharmaceutical company that is ranked in the top 25 in the world according to its revenue (approximately 10 billion a year). You would recognize many of their drugs, including Acotnel (OSTEOPOROSIS), and Asiphex (REFLUX).
- Novo Nordisk Novo is a Danish company which has been around for almost a century. Novo is famous for its "Insulin Pens". The company has been in the news lately for problems with its Diabetes drug Tresiba. From what I can gather, Novo makes about half of the world's supply of anti-diabetes drugs.
- Nutrisystem Nutrisystem advertises a great deal on TV using celebrities or ex-athletes who have lost weight on their products and with their "weight loss counseling". Webmd states that Nutrisystem is a problematic way of addressing eating issues because, "dieters may only experience success while they are ordering the prepackaged foods because once they are on their own, they are faced with the real world of cooking, meal preparation, and issues they are not prepared to handle because they were not addressed on the plan". I have a number of issues with the Nutrisystem Diet that time constraints will not allow me to cover.
- Orexigen The company Orexigen Therapeutics does very similar things that Arena (above) does. It is a company based in San Diego and Osaka (Japan) whose chief purpose is creating drugs for weight loss.
- Takeda As you might imagine, this company (it's been around since 1781) is Japanese. It is in to just about everything, with a strong emphasis on drugs for TYPE II DIABETES (Actos and Basen)
- Vivus Vivus is a smaller California company whose website says, "Developing innovative, next generation therapies to address unmet needs in obesity, diabetes, and sexual health [they have their own version of Viagra]". I have written previously about the widespread problems of drugs used for DEPRESSION / Weight Loss (HERE). Vivus also happens to be the company about which the documentary movie ORGASM, INC was created.
- Scientific Intake SI makes a creature called "The SMART Device". This is a custom mouthpiece that fits against the upper palate, forcing a person to take smaller bites and chew more in order to be able to swallow. Kind of a cool, non-invasive idea.
Although Dr. Ryan has some serious conflicts (there were others I did not list), the other members of the committee reported "numerous relationships with industry" as well. This probably means that for the number of people on the committee, listing all of the "relationships" would have taken up far too much valuable journal space. For those who are not aware, this is status quo. After reading the list above, do you think that Dr. Ryan can be trusted to do what is in your best interest as far as things like diabetes and weight are concerned?
Am I saying that Dr. Ryan or the individuals on her committee are corrupt? No. A financial "conflict-of-interest" does not necessarily mean that these people have done anything devious or underhanded. It is, however, at the very least, the appearance of such. She and the other members who have their hands in more cookies jars than we can keep track of, simply need to recuse themselves from having anything to do with these guidelines. By the way, there are several Physicians Organizations that do not support the guidelines put forth by Dr. Ryan's committee.
And as far as other recommendations (which diet or exercise programs to use), there was a great deal of disagreement within the committee. They looked at 17 different diets and could not come to a consensus other than to say that, "clinicians should prescribe a diet based on patients' other risk factors". This sounds well and good, but where are these clinicians being trained to do this? Oh, and the other recommendation for dealing with obesity....? BARIATRIC SURGERY. At best I am leery of turning weight loss over the medical community. At worst, the overweight will become (as if they haven't already) another commodity to be looked at by those who control healthcare as walking, breathing dollar signs. And on top of this, it simply does not work (HERE)!
THE BEST WAY(S) TO LOSE WEIGHT
MULTIPLE LOCAL PROBLEMS
DIANE HARMON recently spent a few days with us. If you click on the link, you'll see that she presented with a number of different problems. And although she did have a weak right cerebellum that was causing a wide range of issues, the fact that she could not walk or function well (not to mention the CHRONIC NECK PAIN) was mostly the result of several different local problems. After dealing with them one-by-one, she was better --- dramatically better, almost immediately.
HERE and HERE and HERE are some posts on what constitutes a Systemic Health Problem. In order to really start understanding the difference, you'll need to have a handle on things like LEAKY GUT SYNDROME, the importance of GUT HEALTH, and its relationship to things like INFLAMMATION, AUTOIMMUNITY, and BLOOD SUGAR. Without understanding some of the basics, you will stay on the MEDICAL MERRY-GO-ROUND. Although you might be able to garner a bit of temporary relief, your chances of finding a solution are slim to none. Hint, once you have decided to make some changes, the PALEO DIET is a good place to start!
MORE SCAR TISSUE REMODELING
I would never let someone do that to me! A patient speaking to me Wednesday as I brought them past another patient I had just done Scar Tissue Remodeling on for a LATERAL EPICONDYLITIS
Because I not only deal with people suffering with Chronic Pain on a day-to-day basis, but also because I have suffered with it myself, I understand why the average chronic pain patient would gladly agree to be beat with a baseball bat if they thought it would help. Dr Russell Schierling
Scar Tissue is relentless. It never rests or sleeps. On top of that, Scar Tissue is up to 1,000 times more pain sensitive than normal tissue. And unless you get rid of it, it is likely to haunt you day and night. Not that it is an every-day occurrence, but I have literally had patients writhe, cry, and even scream while I treated them. And when I would stop, they would tell me to keep going (HERE is an example of this --- read the comment). Breaking Scar Tissue (FASCIAL AHDESIONS & TENDINOSIS) is a solution to many people's problem(s). Here are some of the VIDEO TESTIMONIALS from patients who have undergone Scar Tissue Remodeling.
By the way; the patient from the quote at the very top of the page........? He decided that he wanted to try Tissue Remodeling for the chronic mid-back pain he had been dealing with for at least three and a half decades. His was the same story I hear all day long ---- "Adjustments are really the only thing that help me. They just don't seem to last very long". He had severe Scar Tissue between his shoulders, running down into his THORACOLUMBAR FASCIA. The change was immediate and profound. He is already planning on having it done again after DEER SEASON is over.
THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE THEY STAY THE SAME
Statins Get High Marks in New Cardiac Prevention Guidelines. The headline from Tuesday's MedPage Today article by Todd Neale
These guidelines will provide updated guidance to primary care providers, nurses, pharmacists, and specialty medicine providers in how best to manage care of individuals at risk for cardiovascular diseases based upon evidence. ACC president doctor John Harold of Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles
The new Cardiovascular Health Guidelines suggest that people should be given STATIN DRUGS, not simply based on HIGH CHOLESTEROL levels, but on the basis of their age, sex, lifestyle (sedentary, smoker, TYPE II DIABETES, blood pressure, etc) and weight. In fact, the group's recommendations were so sweeping that if they had their way, (I am not making this up) 1 in 3 American adults would be on these drugs. Re-read this last sentence and let it sink in a moment. Also understand that with large scale Socialized Medicine, sooner or later these "recommendations" are going to become "regulations" --- something you will be forced to do --- quite possibly against your will.
The group chose a couple of doctors to actually physically write / type the guidelines (Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD, and Neil Stone M.D. both of Northwestern University in Chicago). It should be noted what MedPage Today said about these two doctors; "Stone and Lloyd-Jones reported that they had no conflicts of interest." This makes you feel all warm and fuzzy until you read a bit further (you know; the fine print at the bottom) and realize that, "Eckel [you will meet him momentarily] reported relationships with Amylin, Eli Lilly, Esperion, Foodsminds, Johnson & Johnson, Novo Nordisk, Vivus, GLAXOSMITHKLINE, and Sanofi-Aventis/Regeneron, and Ryan reported relationships with Alere Wellbegin, Amylin, Arena Pharmaceuticals, Eisai, Novo Nordisk, Nutrisystem, Orexigen, Takeda, Vivus, and Scientific Intake." Of the dozens of other doctors and scientists who were part of the Guideline Committee, this is what the rest of the fine print at the bottom said. "The other members of the writing groups reported numerous relationships with industry." Do you have any idea what that really means? It means that there were so many financial conflicts of interest, it would have taken pages (that would be plural) to list them all? HERE is more on this topic.
Can we trust these doctors. Suuuuuuure we can. And I have this wonderful piece of ocean front property in Arizona that I would just looooooove to sell you ---- cheap. I bought it from George Strait himself! Seriously people; we have seen over and over and over again that power and money tend to have a corrupting effect on people. In the quote at the top of the page, Dr. Harold said that these guidelines were made in response to "evidence". Evidence? Don't kid yourself. EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE is part of the wall of double-speak that the industry leaders hide behind in order to make you think that what they are doing is "scientific". It's always embarrassing when the "evidence" shows that guidelines and treatment(s) are based solely on money. I promise that DR. KUMMEROW was never invited to be on this committee!
Were the lifestyle recommendations any good? Although the recommendations for people to get of their sedentary butts, quit smoking, and eat healthier foods, were exactly what we would expect, the dietary guidelines left something to be desired. Dr Robert Eckel of the University of Colorado at Denver, wrote the diet recommendations. It is exactly what I would expect. He issued a, "strong recommendation to consume a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, legumes, fish, poultry, and nuts and low in sweets, sugar-sweetened beverages, and red meats." Some of this I would agree with wholeheartedly. However, the idea that eating a diet high in grains is simply fueling the fire that is AMERICA'S NUMBER ONE HEALTH PROBLEM. Not to mention, the issue of GLUTEN and GLUTEN CROSS-REACTORS. If you happened to read THIS POST that I wrote a few months ago, you already know that the majority of practicing physicians pooh pooh the idea of non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity as a "fad".
Furthermore, the recommendations say to severely limit red meat. I have shown you TIME and TIME AGAIN that this is folly. It is amazing to me how these doctors cannot get the recent past out of their heads when it comes to red meat. In fact, if you will look at the PALEO DIET, you will see that about half of these "expert's" recommendations are going to actually cause INFLAMMATORY REACTIONS that lead to a host of disease processes. I should also note that the way that the guidelines are written implies that while "sugar sweetened beverages" are bad, DIET BEVERAGES are fine.
Then there are the non-dietary recommendations for dealing with OBESITY by Dr. Donna Ryan of Baton Rouge (Pennington Biomedical Research Center on the LSU campus). She wants at least 6 months of weight loss counseling and intense in-home interventions done by trained healthcare providers. Firstly, it sounds rather expensive to me. Secondly; has it been shown to work in the past? In a word; no.
WHERE ARE WE HEADED WITH ALL OF THIS?
What does all of this prove? Only what most of my readers already knew. You cannot trust the government, or the organizations which are funded by the government, to do what is right for your health. If you are concerned for your family's health, you'll have to take the bull by the horns and do it yourself. Do your own research, figure out what it takes to GET HEALTHY, and then take the steps to get it done. Never, ever, ever blindly listen to anything that any doctor tells you (self included) without studying the matter out for yourself. No; it's not easy. But then nothing good in life ever is.
HELPING PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC
NECK PAIN AND HEADACHES
(A Video Testimonial)
When I consult with people who give me a version of of the following scenario, it is virtually a lock that this person is dealing with underlying Scar Tissue ---- most likely in the form of FASCIAL ADHESIONS. 'The only thing that helps me Doctor Schierling is __________ (insert the term(s) "adjustments", "bodywork", "massage", "drugs", or whatever else you do for temporary relief here), but the results never last more than _________ (insert "a few hours", "a day", "a few days", "a week", etc here)'.
Most therapists tend to put the cart in front of the horse. They altogether skip or skimp on PHASE I, going directly to PHASE II. Physicians, for the most part, skip both phases and move directly to drug therapy. This is palliative (palliative care may make you feel better temporarily), but is never therapeutic (therapeutic care actually helps you get better by aiding the healing process). Proof of this can be seen in the side-effects of a wide variety of drugs, including CORTICOSTEROIDS.
All too often, Chiropractors totally focus on the adjustment portion of Phase I (HERE). Although CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS are an extremely valuable tool in the quest to help injured people restore their lives; with seriously injured people who struggle perpetually with Chronic Pain, they are only one piece of the puzzle. And as great as massage therapy and body work can be; in severe cases, it is simply not intense enough (not to mention, it skips every other part of the two phases of care). The end result of any of these above-mentioned scenarios? Repeated visits to whatever kind of practitioner you are going to without ever getting any sort of relief that could even remotely be categorized as "long-lasting".
To truly deal with the CHRONIC PAIN that many people who have old injuries and / or DEGENERATION struggle with on an day-to-day basis, treatment(s) must be done in a stepwise fashion. If you put the cart in front of the horse and get things out of order, you will likely be carting "Repeat" around with you until your funeral. Isn't it time that you gave Repeat a proper burial instead?
CHRONIC NECK PAIN AND HEADACHE VIDEO TESTIMONIALS
IMMEDIATELY BEFORE TREATMENT
IMMEDIATELY AFTER TREATMENT
CHRONIC NECK PAIN VIDEO
BENEFICIAL OR NOT BENEFICIAL?
A panel of experts convened by the government, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, says that for most vitamins and minerals, there is not enough evidence to determine whether the pills can lower risk of heart disease or cancer. From Government Experts Say Supplements Don't Prevent Heart Disease, Cancer in the latest issue of Time by Alexandra Sifferlin
According to Wikipedia, The United States Preventive Services Task Force is, "an independent panel of experts in primary care and prevention that systematically reviews the evidence of effectiveness and develops recommendations for clinical preventive services. The task force, a panel of primary care physicians and epidemiologists, is funded, staffed, and appointed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality". In other words, these are the folks who brought us EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE (HERE are all of my posts on the topic).
Just like back in school, the USPSTF assigns letter grades (A, B, C, D, or I) to each of its recommendations.
- Grade A: Recommended. There is high certainty that the net benefit is substantial.
- Grade B: Recommended. There is high certainty that the net benefit is moderate or there is moderate certainty that the net benefit is moderate to substantial.
- Grade C: No recommendation. Clinicians may provide the service to selected patients depending on individual circumstances. However, for most individuals without signs or symptoms there is likely to be only a small benefit.
- Grade D: The Task Force recommends against this service. There is moderate or high certainty that the service has no net benefit or that the harms outweigh the benefits.
- Grade I: The current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms.
One other thing I should mention about their grades and recommendations is that unlike virtually anything and everything done in the private sector, the cost of said treatment is not taken into account when looked at by the USPSTF. This means that you end up with ridiculous (and absurdly expensive) recommendations such as these (HERE and HERE are two of thousands). Oh, and in case you had not heard, these recommendations are bought and paid for by the highest bidder. Yep, these grades and recommendations are lobbied for just like in congress.
So, when the USPSTF comes out and says that there is no "evidence" that taking vitamin or mineral supplements can help prevent Cardiovascular Disease or CANCER, should we believe them? I believe that the answer to this question is both yes and no. The truth is, I find it difficult to trust a medically oriented organization, when there are 30 billion non-insurance dollars on the table (30 billion is the approximate amount of money spent by Americans on Nutritional Supplements). After all, we have seen governmental organizations attempt to pass legislation to totally control Nutritional Supplements numerous times over the past couple of decades. On the other hand, I do believe that the evidence for Vitamins and Minerals is slim as far as preventing Cancer and Heart Disease is concerned. There are at least a couple of reasons that come immediately to mind.
Firstly, since both of these problems are considered to be INFLAMMATORY, it would only make sense that the best supplements for dealing with both of these problems would something with the ability to squelch INFLAMMATION. This would be PFGO, which, while a Nutritional Supplement, is neither a Vitamin nor Mineral (there is a mountain of research on this particular supplement --- click on the link). Secondly, it takes about two seconds to realize that the studies the government is looking at to make their determinations, pertain to Synthetic (chemically fractionated) Vitamins. If you have not figured out that there is a difference, please take a couple of minutes to read my SYNTHETIC NUTRITION -vs- WHOLE FOOD NUTRITION page. Understanding and following this simple-to-grasp concept will change your life for the better.
In these studies, the practitioners are using Synthetic Nutrition like they would use a drug. In other words, doctors take patients with problem X, give them supplement Y, and look to see if they improve. This my friends, is not how "health" works. It is the hollow promise of medicine --- giving chemicals to control symptoms. If you want to get your health back, you have to go at it from a "Whole Body" perspective. To better understand what I mean by this, just realize that when looking at Vitamins' relationship to Cancer, the USPSTF showed that synthetic Beta Carotene actually increased people's chances of developing certain cancers ---- most particularly lung cancer. They also claimed that Fish Oil caused increases in the rates of Prostate Cancer (HERE). If you want to understand what it really takes to jump start your health, while kicking sickness and disease in the butt, you need to start by reading THESE POSTS.
THE HOLIDAY CHALLENGE
FIND A FRIEND AND DO IT TODAY!
Friends don't let friends drive drunk. And friends don't stand idly by watching while those that they love and care about decimate themselves with the foods they choose to put in their mouth! Find a friend you can trust --- someone who has the same desire to make changes that you do; and present them with a challenge. Dr. Russell Schierling from last year's HOLIDAY CHALLENGE
I all but quit consuming SUGAR / SODA about 16-17 years ago, when I saw what it was doing to me. During that time, I have experimented enough with my diet to know that I am moderately GLUTEN SENSITIVE, CARB / SUGAR SENSITIVE, and am prone to INFLAMMATION when I eat the wrong foods. I have a PROBLEM with holiday goodies, and if I am not careful, I can play a game with myself over the holidays that looks like this:
CONVERSATIONS WITH MYSELF
THE DEVIL ON MY LEFT SHOULDER: It's OK Russ. After all, it is the Holiday Season. You deserve it. Live a little buddy --- treat yourself. You do so good for the rest of the year; what could it hurt to just have a little taste? Come on; you'll offend your hosts if you don't at least sample some of these treats.
THE ANGEL ON MY RIGHT SHOULDER: Hold on Russ. You aren't really even hungry --- let alone hungry for that kind of stuff. Just think about the metabolic strain it will put on your system. Not to mention pal; you know good and well the sort of cravings that this stuff will unleash on you. Don't do something you'll regret later.
THE DEVIL ON MY LEFT SHOULDER: Stop it already. Stop being such a party pooper! Just for once I'd like to see you stop playing 'The Doctor' and live a little bit. For Pete's sake, it's only one glass of eggnog / piece of toffee / slice of pie / homemade cinnamon roll / slice of fresh baked bread / __________ (insert your own personal G.O.C. --- Goodie of Choice --- here).
ME: TO MYSELF: Well, I guess it wouldn't hurt to have just one. OUT LOUD: Sure; I'll take whip cream with that.
THE DEVIL ON MY LEFT: See. That wasn't so bad, was it? And since you've already blown it, you may as well have some more.
THE ANGEL ON MY RIGHT SHOULDER: It's not too late to stop. You know how you are going to feel after doing this.
ME: OUT LOUD: Yes please; I'll have another _______ (insert your G.O.C. here). TO MYSELF: I'll get back on track Monday.
THE DEVIL ON MY LEFT SHOULDER: Good job buddy. You deserved that. Cravings? Not a problem. You're tough. You'll be able to lick those cravings. No sweat. But in the meanwhile; tis the season to be jolly. It's OK to feed your cravings over the holidays. Look around you Russ. It's what Americans do! You're just being normal.
ME A FEW WEEKS LATER: Boy howdy; I really have blown it. I guess it would not really matter to just blow it for the rest of the year and Kick off the New Year with a brand new Resolution.
THE DEVIL ON MY SHOULDER: Good idea Russ. New Year's Resolutions are always such an effective way of dealing with bad habits and addictions --- every year. When January first hits, just train a bit harder ---- or better yet; START RUNNING. That's always a grrrrrrrreat way to tip the balance in your favor!
Seriously; you know whether or not this post is relevant to you. Some people can handle their sugar ---- at least until they develop DIABETES and all the problems that go along with. Me; I've come to realize that as long as I don't touch it, I don't really want it. Get me started however, and I can become a raving lunatic. HERE, HERE, and HERE are some articles to help you understand the process, and encourage you to succeed (HERE are all my articles about Weight Loss). If you want some real motivation, check out the results of LAST YEAR'S HOLIDAY CHALLENGE. Find a friend and hold each other accountable. HERE is my friend's follow up to last year's Holiday Challenge from a few months ago (and HERE is his wife Kate's testimonial). I am calling you out Rick. Are we on for this year? You can't defeat me two years in a row. Truthfully man; I'm so proud of the way that you and Kate have turned things around by changing your diets.
NEW CAUSES AND POTENTIAL "CURES"
FOR AUTOIMMUNITY, INCLUDING RA?
NOT NEW. MORE OF THE SAME OLD STUFF I'VE BEEN SHOWING YOU FOR YEARS
The inflamed joints and systemic inflammation characteristic of early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have been linked with an altered pattern of gut microbial colonization, suggesting a new explanation for autoimmunity and having potential implications for treatment.... 75% of patients with new-onset, untreated RA had a distinct predominance of intestinal microbiota, with an expansion of pro-inflammatory Prevotella copri. As reported by Nancy Walsh in yesterday's edition of MedPage Today --- research led by Dr Dan Littman (MD / Ph.D) of New York University
WARNING WARNING WARNING DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!
Once a person get severe enough and their health degrades below a certain point, diet changes (HERE), taking HSO PROBIOTICS, and other interventions might not be enough to solve these problems. Not that I would ever suggest you try this without a doctor's supervision, but in Europe, they are effectively treating Autoimmunity via STOOL TRANSPLANTS. Yeah; you heard me correctly the first time. In Europe, they are solving all kinds of cases of AUTOIMMUNITY by flushing out the bowel via enemas or colonic irrigation procedures, and then reintroducing good bacteria via a healthy "stool" donor. The process is really not all that complicated (roughly speaking, 2 oz of donor feces are collected, liquified, and then 'injected' back up into the colon of the ill individual) .
If this post is speaking to you, go to MedPage Today and read the entire article. Better yet, if you really want to get educated about the way(s) that all of this works together for health or illness, start clicking the above links. I have many articles similar to this one.
FIXING A GOLDWING
SOLVING CHRONIC NECK PAIN
(While Having Fun and Making Some Friends in the Process)
You're right Russ; after working on the F-16 program for so many years, motorcycles really aren't that complex. Fred Harmon sitting around our dinner table talking
I started square dancing when I was 9 years old. The problem is, I quit when I was 10. Fred explaining to the caller that even though he was from Fort Worth Texas, he was not a professional square dancer
I recently had the opportunity to meet and spend some time with Fred and Diane Harmon of Fort Worth, Texas. For the past quarter century, Fred worked as an Aeronautical Engineer inside of Lockheed Martin's F-16 program. Recently, he gave that up to become a full time motorcycle mechanic. He focuses his efforts on two bikes; the Honda Goldwing (specifically the GL1800) and the Kawasaki Concourse (1400). Although YouTube knock-
I have taken several significant rides, both by myself and two up --- some of it with my wife and some with my son. Since having the work done, I have been all over highway 9 in Arkansas, Scenic 7 through Jasper between Harrison and Russellville, practically the entire length of 76 between Willow Springs and Branson, large chunks of 14, 160, and 181, and part of 17, 19, and 137 here close to home ---- scenic Ozark Mountain roads one and all (my wife's facebook page is loaded with photos). And all have plenty of twisties. For those who will invariably ask, I run a yellow 2001 GL1800 with Progressive Monotubes in the front, the Progressive Spring in the rear, a MADSTAD WINDSHIELD, a Bridgestone 709 on the front balanced with Centramatics, and a Michelin Primacy Alpin (run-flat) on the rear, balanced with Dynabeads (it's a long story). Yeah; I'm one of those crazy DARKSIDERS who, after experiencing the difference, won't ever give up my CT.
DIANE'S FIRST EXPERIENCE WITH CHIROPRACTIC
Knowing that the MEDICAL MERRY-GO-ROUND was not for them, Fred and Diane both prayed about finding a solution for the CHRONIC PAIN that she had been dealing with (and getting progressively worse) for many years. Due to a number of different factors, Diane came to the realization that she needed to find a chiropractor. The only question now was which one? About a week after her revelation, Fred went to Diane to tell her of a crazy Chiropractor from Mountain View, Missouri who had contacted him out of the blue, offering his 'expertise' (word used loosely), if Fred would be willing to travel to southern Missouri and do some work on his YELLOW GL. They were both excited about the prospect and made the trip here, via my favorite riding state, ARKANSAS.
After examining Diane, I thought right away that I could help her. Although generally 'healthy' Diane had a wide variety of common and not-so-common complaints. Insomnia, equilibrium issues, bloating, PROBABLE GLUTEN SENSITIVITY, SYMPATHETIC DOMINANCE, CHRONIC NECK PAIN, POSTERIOR TIBIAL TENDINOSIS, WRIST TENDINOSIS / DeQUERVAIN'S, a probable LEAKY GUT, along with a few others. I explained to Diane that the TENDINOSIS she was dealing with might not be MULTIPLE LOCAL PROBLEMS, but instead could be some sort of SYSTEMIC TENDINOSIS, which is actually one of the numerous AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES. Either way, I figured it could be dealt with.
I used a number of treatment protocols on Diane, including CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS, a couple of different WHOLE FOOD NUTRITIONAL PRODUCTS, some NUTRITIONAL ADVICE, SCAR TISSUE REMODELING followed immediately by COLD LASER THERAPY, a STRETCHING PROTOCOL including time on the DAKOTA TRACTION UNIT, as well as a number of brain-based exercises to strengthen an extremely weak right-sided cerebellum (HERE). I also cast her for some orthotics that were custom built by Shawn Eno, owner of XTREME FOOTWERKS in Idaho Springs, CO. The results were predictably rapid as you can see her testimonial at the bottom of the page.
FUN WITH FRED AND DIANE
Over the course of their three day stay, we had Fred and Diane in our home a number of times. It was a blast! Fred is a humble, soft-spoken genius ---- a true Christian gentleman whose expertise lies in solving problems with anything mechanical or electrical. On the other hand, his wife Diane who teaches English as a second language, has the propensity to get a bit more animated ("animated" might be an understatement). It is incredible to be around people who have the hand of God all over their lives (Diane was instrumental in helping to start a Nepalese church in their area).
Since we homeschool our kids, my 15 year old son who is far more mechanical than I am, got to spend a significant amount of time working with Fred and learning from him (he actually did the valves on the left side of the Wing). Having the opportunity to meet and spend time with folks like Fred and Diane is why I never plan on retiring. We'll get them here in the summer time, when we can take them to the CURRENT RIVER with us. Thanks for the memories. We look forward to doing it again soon!
FRED HARMON WORKS ON GOLDWINGS
IN THE DALLAS / FORT WORTH AREA
Unbeknownst to me until he forwarded me a link, Fred, one of the leaders on the GL1800 Riders Message Board, wrote A POST concerning he and Diane's experience here. Since they have relatives in the St. Louis area (and are contemplating retiring to the Ozarks of northern Arkansas, southern Missouri, I will be able to periodically check her progress and treat her as needed. Here is Diane's first progress report (I saw her two and a half weeks ago). Thanks Diane. You are far too kind with your words.
Some friends and family members tried to stop me to see a Chiropractor and attacked chiropractic treatment that a chiropractor is not an MD doctor. I thank God He lead me to see Doctor Schierling.
I went to see Doctor Schierling in the middle of October, 2013. After the doctor treated me for about 25 minutes, he could tell me what was causing my chronic pain. Before long, I could turn my head almost like normal people. The pain in my right ankle, neck, upper back, hands and wrists disappeared like a miracle after my first treatment.
Most of all, I could go out dancing the next day after my first treatment. Everyday I go shopping at a grocery store, I can walk like a normal 58 years old woman. I do not have to get on an electric scooter any more. I still have no pain in my body. Thank you God for giving Doctor Schierling to us. I have my life back.
What makes Dr. Schierling unique is:
1. He has a gift of healing from God .
2. He is very humble, sincere( very down to earth doctor) and he gives credit of his healing work to God’s glory,
3. He has genuine love and care for every of his patients. Every patient is very important to him.
4. When he treats his patient, it is not only in a very professional manner but also very personal. He can feel the pain with his patients while he is treating them with his healing touch.
5. His treatment does not stop after you leave his clinic. It is like the doctor follows each of his patients home to continue on giving his treatment. His patients can still get benefits and can improve their health of their particular problem from reading his news letter online that he put out every single day with genuine love and care.
6. His clinic is in a small peaceful town, where the patients do not have to be worried about parking spots, traffic jams, or air and noise pollution. Most of all, the doctor takes his time to be with each of his patients, and does not hurry to finish up.
TWO YEARS AND COUNTING
As you might imagine, our girls (all three of them) are very athletic, and all grew up playing soccer from the time they were old enough to kick a ball (Michaela played for me at age 3). Grace and Addie both play on the U-10 team that I coach (a team that was undefeated this year). One of the coaches from another team --- a good team (we tied them once and beat them by 1 the next time) was having a conversation with a buddy of his who, unbeknownst to him, we happen to attend church with. They got to talking about the number of adopted children in our church, and this coach said to Chris, "You wouldn't happen to go to church with a family from Mountain View that has a couple of black girls would you?" When Chris answered in the affirmative, the opposing coach said with great enthusiasm, "Tell him that I want his girls to play on my team for the Show Me Games this summer".
God has been good to us.
A NATION-WIDE BAN ON TRANS FATS
IT'S ABOUT TIME!
This news "is very welcome and strongly supported by massive scientific evidence that trans fat has many adverse effects on health. Trans fat has no place on the table, and this step will help make the diets of Americans safer." Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, of the Harvard School of Public Health, in an article on today's issue of MedPage Today
Contrary to decades of clinical assumptions and advice to patients, dietary cholesterol is good for your heart – unless that cholesterol is unnaturally oxidized (by frying foods in reused oil, eating lots of polyunsaturated fats or smoking). University of Illinois Life Science editor, Diana Yates from a February 2013 story called, Lipid Researcher, 98, Reports on the Causes of Heart Disease
Fred Kummerow is an interesting man. He is not only the Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois' Food Science and Human Nutrition department, he also happens to be just shy of his 100th birthday (he got his Ph.D right smack dab in the middle of the Second World War ---1943 --- in Lipid Biochemistry). Interestingly enough, Dr Kummerow touts the same message I have been spreading for over two decades. CHOLESTEROL and ANIMAL FAT do not, in-and-of-themselves, cause of Heart Disease. TRANS FATS, however, do! In fact, Dr. Fred is so passionate about this subject that he wrote a book about it 5 years ago called, "Cholesterol Won't Kill You, but Trans Fats Could...".
Shortly after writing this book, Kummerow filed a 'Citizen Petition' with the FDA calling for Trans Fats to be totally banned here in the US. Among other things, the petition stated that, "Trans fat calcifies both the arteries and veins and causes blood clots. Trans fat leads to the reduction of pro stacyclin that is needed to prevent blood clots in the arteries. A blood clot in any of the coronary arteries can result in sudden death." The FDA is required by law to respond to these 'Citizen Petitions' in a timely manner (within 180 days). When the Obama Administration's FDA failed to do so, Kummerow filed a lawsuit back back in September ---- over four years after the fact. This seems to have gotten at least a few bureaucrats off of their trans fatty arses.
It must be incredibly rewarding for Dr. Kummerow to know that he has helped save countless lives and curb a whole lot of misery with this ban. But because the FDA has not set a definite date, there is a good chance that Dr. Kummerow will not actually be alive to see the fruit of his labors. Write your congressman today and urge them to require the FDA to get a move on it! We sincerely thank you for your hard work and dedication Dr. Kummerow. Some of this story reminds me of another elder physician who accomplished some big things (HERE).
SCAR TISSUE REMODELING FOR HORSES?
Scar tissue can restrict movement in adjacent joints, eventually creating injury to the joint itself. This type of restrictive tissue can become stronger and as non-elastic as connective tissue like tendons and cartilage. After an injury, collagen fibers are laid down in a sporadic and unorganized pattern in order to prevent the recurrence of injury...... There is no guarantee that manual therapy can break up the tissue, and you must understand that by mobilizing tissue that has grown over like a scar, you will be required to create a new injury by pulling the adhered tissue from the adjoining tissue. This can be painful, and requires a new healing process attended by more therapy. From an Ezine article by Kathy Duncan called Equine Massage for Releasing Scar Tissue. Although I am not doing massage, the principles are the same.
I had done some SCAR TISSUE REMODELING for injuries Stacy sustained several years ago. He thought, "Hey; if it works on people, why wouldn't it work on a horse?" Not knowing any different, I had to concur.
Although I grew up in the Flint Hills of Kansas and worked for several people who used horses to take care of their cattle (I also used to occasionally wrangle at YMCA CAMP WOOD), I am about the furthest thing from a horse expert there is. Just to see if it's possible, I am using my Scar Tissue Remodeling technique on an area of severe Scar Tissue on Stacy's horse in an attempt to get the horse well enough to compete again.
The problematic area is made up of what I believe to be a combination of TENDINOSIS and FASCIAL ADHESIONS. After taking care of the horse, I finished up by using some COLD LASER on the area. Stacy is STRETCHING the animal as best he can. To get an idea of how effective this sort of work can be when done on humans, take a look at some of our VIDEO TESTIMONIALS (or HERE). Because the Scar Tissue is thicker than anything I have ever seen or dealt with before, I'll see the horse half a dozen times and see what happens.
HERE is a progress report from a few weeks after this post was created.
SIDE VIEW OF HIND LEG
REAR VIEW HIND LEG
CHRONIC NECK PAIN
FACTORS THAT WORSEN THE ACCIDENT AND THE INJURY
In most cases, the tissue that tends to sustain the most injury via whiplash is the Fascia. As you will see, this presents its own unique set of problems. Because Fascia is arguably the single most pain-sensitive tissue in the body; and because it cannot be imaged well even with advanced techniques such as MRI, the fallout can be disastrous ---- the PERFECT STORM OF CHRONIC PAIN. Fortunately for my patients injured in such manner, a large part of my practice is predicated on dealing with these underlying FASCIAL ADHESIONS. In fact, if you watch my VIDEO TESTMONIALS, you'll notice that I have a special emphasis on patients that have been injured and in pain for years ---- or even decades. One thing more thing to understand is that you can have a whiplash injury from things other than a car accident. Here are my blog posts on CHRONIC NECK PAIN and WHIPLASH.
FACTORS THAT HAVE BEEN SHOWN BY PEER-REVIEWED STUDIES TO WORSEN THE EFFECTS OF A WHIPLASH INJURY
- UNAWARE: One of the biggest myths pertaining to whiplash injuries has to do with whether or not you realize beforehand that you are going to be in an accident. Think about this in terms of football. The person who gets blindsided always gets the worse end of the deal. This bullet point is thought to be the number one factor for potentially making an injury worse. In fact, I have seen experts who claim that being 'unaware' of the impending accident can make the likelihood of injury up to 1,500% greater.
- FEMALE: This is the number two factor in determining who tends to get the short end of the stick in a whiplash accident. Men typically have more muscle mass than women. Less muscle mass in a female equals more potential tearing of soft tissues.
- HEADREST (HEAD RESTRAINT) POSITIONED INCORRECTLY: Properly positioning your head-restraint is the number one thing you can do to potentially lessen the effects of an MVA on your spine ---- particularly in a rear-ender. Incorrectly positioned headrest (too low) can actually make a whiplash injury worse by acting as a fulcrum for your neck as your head slams backwards.
- SLICK ROADS: Wet, Icy, or Slick roads (or gravel for that matter) makes it much more difficult to stop due to lack of friction. It also makes the transfer of energy from the accident to your neck / spine much greater. Slick or worn out tires goes right along with this category.
- DRIVING AN AUTOMATIC: Automatic transmissions are almost ubiquitous today. A manual transmission will minimize the acceleration of your vehicle after it has been impacted.
- LARGE BULLET VEHICLE / SMALL TARGET VEHICLE: If you are driving a vehicle that is small and light, which gets struck by a larger vehicle, you could be in for trouble. Think about the game of football here.
- SLOW TARGET VEHICLE / FAST BULLET VEHICLE: Again, think of the game of football here.
- PRE-EXISTING ARTHRITIS: There are millions of people walking around with DEGENERATIVE ARTHRITIS, yet do not have pain. A whiplash-like accident can wreak havoc on these people by de-stabilizing a stable situation. Once the neck has been de-stabilized, it can be very difficult to re-stabilize. Just be aware that the Insurance Company will use this bullet point against you at every opportunity.
- ELDERLY: Elderly people are simply less flexible than younger people. This means that the neck does not have to be thrown as far until the soft tissues start to tear. This point goes hand in hand with the previous point
- ANGLED IMPACTS: If your head is turned at impact, or if your accident is a not directly from the front or rear (see the pic of the side-impact at the top of the page), the potential for injury is greater ----- much greater.
- WEARING A SOFT COLLAR FOR MORE THAN TWO WEEKS: While this is not nearly the problem it was 20 years ago when doctors thought that soft collars were the greatest thing since sliced bread, it is still a problem in certain parts of the world or with doctors who are still living in the 1980's. Unless you have a fracture or instability, you need motion for the healing process.
- LITIGATION OR NO LITIGATION: In a meta-analysis of numerous similar studies, the June 2012 issue of the journal Pain said that there was no relationship between the long-term effects of whiplash injuries, and whether or not a person received a financial settlement for their injuries. In fact, I have a study that shows that even though people who hire attorneys for whiplash-like injuries due to MVA get substantially better settlements than those who do not hire an attorney, they actually end up with less money in their pocket. Who gets it? You already know the answer to this one --- the attorney of course. After OUR ACCIDENT about 8 years ago, we used a $20 online book by Dan Baldyga on settling our own claim.
MICROSCOPIC SCAR TISSUE
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).
Brain Based Therapy
Can You Help
Cardio Or Strength
Cold Laser Therapy
Death By Medicine
Degenerative Joint Disease
D's Of Chronic Pain
Evidence Based Medicine
Gluten Cross Reactivity
Ice Or Heat
Jacks Fork River
Leaky Gut Syndrome
Number One Health Problem
Platelet Rich Therapy
Post Surgical Scarring
Re Invent Yourself
Rib And Chest Pain
Scar Tissue Removal
Sleeping Pills Kill
Stay Or Go
Stretching Post Treatment
Tensegrity And Fascia
The Big Four
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Whole Body Vibration