CHRONIC SPINAL PAIN VIDEO TESTIMONIAL
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Besides seeing her shortly after her original accident 24 years ago, I saw Gretchen two years ago in January for TISSUE REMODELING, and had not seen her since (I originally treated her THORACO-LUMBAR SPINE and HIP AND BUTTOCK AREA). She returned yesterday for treatment of her neck & upper back (I also did a little bit of work on her low
While FASCIAL ADHESIONS are certainly not the only cause of pain that doctors sometimes cannot get a handle on, it is certainly a substantial one. For those of you coping with chronic pain, chronic sickness, or a chronic inability to do the things you love, I have a NIFTY LITTLE PROTOCOL that might help get you back on track. It's certainly not a solution for everyone or everything, but at least take a moment or two to glance at it, as it might prove to be a game-changer for you or a loved one (and best of all, it's completely free).
CHRONIC NECK PAIN
COULD THERE BE A SOLUTION FOR YOU?
If you are wanting to solve your chronic neck pain, there is a STEP-WISE PROTOCOL that must be followed (HERE is the second part of the protocol). Firstly, you will have to deal with any underlying SCAR TISSUE (FIBROSIS). It's no wonder this young man (early twenties) was told his neck was like that of a dead person. Trying to get good adjustments without first dealing with the FASCIAL ADHESIONS is an exercise in futility that will never bear any fruit other than possibly some temporary relief. However, once the Scar Tissue has been dealt with properly, adjustments will work, and you can start to address FORWARD HEAD POSTURE (FHP) and any SYSTEMIC INFLAMMATION that might be present (the latter of which should be done anyway).
I kick myself because I actually thought about doing a before / after video on both of these individuals, but we were swamped and I didn't feel I had the time. Both of these men came in with terrible ROM and left with ROM that was nearly normal. That's what it's about in my clinic --- LESS VISITS INSTEAD OF MORE. And the only way to get results like this is to deal with the TETHERING effects of the Scar Tissue, which unfortunately, are neglected by way too many practitioners, most of which try and convince you that if you just get more treatment (adjustments, THERAPY, massage, DRUGS), everything is going to eventually resolve itself and be OK. If you simply play the odds (HERE), you realize that this at best a crapshoot.
Interestingly, on the same day that these two gentlemen came in, I saw another person who had been in the same boat. Near-zero range of motion in his cervical spine (neck) despite lots and lots of adjustments. Since last week was his second visit and he had done so well after his first (his first was the day after Halloween, and remember that I'm the guy who rarely makes patients a follow-up appointment after their first visit -- HERE), I asked if he would do a video for us. Although Gaylon is not the sort of person who gets very worked up, his was a very cool case, with thus far an excellent outcome. And for those of you who enjoy similar testimonials, I have a boatload of them HERE.
SOLVING CHRONIC NECK AND HIP PAIN
QUICKLY AND EFFECTIVELY!
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If you are struggling with chronic conditions, I might have the answer for you (HERE). Be sure and take a look at my generic protocol for getting out of pain, getting healthy, and taking your life back as well (HERE). And because FACEBOOK is the best way to reach those you love and care about most, be sure to like, share, or follow!
CHRONIC SHOULDER PAIN LIMITS A RETIRED FARMER / RANCHER
Glenn was about 75% better after his first treatment and decided to return for one more about a month later. Yesterday Glenn came in with the other shoulder messed up to the point he could not raise it high enough to saddle his horse. After fixing it in about 10 minutes, I asked if he would be willing to talk about his experiences on camera. This is the result.
ADESIONS OF THE THORACOLUMBAR FASCIA
TWENTY THREE YEARS OF CHRONIC BACK PAIN
SOLVED IN A SINGLE VISIT!
One thing I want to discuss that Ashley failed to mention in the video, but talked about at length to both Cheryl and myself, is the fact that despite everything she went through, her doctors didn't believe her. They did not believe she was having pain --- or at least not the sort of pain she was complaining of, and they they certainly didn't believe this pain was adversely and dramatically affecting the quality of her life. Unfortunately, this phenomenon is common --- especially considering that FASCIAL ADHESIONS of the sort Ashley had do not show up using standard advanced imaging techniques (HERE).
Although she had spent more than her fair share of time on the MEDICAL MERRY-GO-ROUND (which is always a costly endeavor even with "good" insurance), Ashley said that the only thing that doctors ever wanted to do was give her MUSCLE RELAXERS (or send her to therapy). If you are interested in seeing similar TESTIMONIALS of patients from both the U.S. and other countries, take a look at the link! Always remember that my goal is to help you solve your problem(s) and get you back to living a normal pain-free life as soon as possible (HERE). No games, no gimmicks. If I think I can help, I'll tell you. IF NOT, I'll tell you as well.
PHARMACIST TURNED PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER DRIVES FROM DENVER TO FIND RELIEF FOR HER CHRONIC NECK PAINRead Now
KARINA'S PAIN RELIEF STORY
Karina and her lovely mother drove from Denver to see me about six weeks ago. Not only was I able to help her with her CHRONIC NECK PAIN and associated symptoms (cervical vertigo for one), I was able to spend about 10 minutes with her mom fixing a three year old case of DEQUERVAIN'S THUMB. It was so much fun meeting them and getting to share a couple hours together. God bless you both and thanks for the kind words! If you ever decide to come back, bring your camera and our family will take yours' to THE RIVER. Oh, and for those who are interested, I have a couple hundred SIMILAR TESTIMONIALS showing that this isn't a fluke.
Dr. Schierling is amazingly knowledgeable, professional, and kind. After living with chronic neck pain for a year and trying all kinds of treatments, from chiropractic, to massage, dry needling, and spending a fortune on these treatments as they are not covered by any insurance, I started to research more about the effect of the fascia on our overall health. When I found Dr. Schierling's website I was fascinated by all the vital information he had in it and I was immediately interested in his treatment. Unfortunately I could not find a doctor here in Denver that did Tissue Remodeling, so I decided to drive all the way to Missouri to see him.
My mom and I were both treated by Dr. Schierling for different conditions and we could not be happier with the results. I have gotten at least 50% better after seeing him only once and I keep improving. My mom, got treatment for her carpal tunnel problem, and now she can use her hand without any pain. We highly recommend Dr. Schierling and his treatments!!
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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).
CHIROPRACTIC MAINTENANCE ADJUSTMENTS,
RESTRICTED FASCIA, CHRONIC INFLAMMATION, AND CHRONIC PAIN
The problem is that way too many chiros have things backwards. It's not that adjustments done on some sort of periodic basis can't benefit health in any number of ways (HERE); it's that no matter how you slice it, seeing the very same people for the very same problem(s) over and over and over again is not maintenance and it's not very fun. It's why my goal in most cases is simple --- get you out of pain quickly (see link in 1st paragraph), restore as much function / ROM as possible, and make sure you leave with appropriate DIY self-help ideas from MY CLINIC'S ONLINE HANDOUT. Could it be simpler? No long, drawn-out treatment schedules, no pre-buys, and no trying to upsell you on things you don't really need (be aware that disc herniations can be a different sort of beast).
According to various online sources, the definition of maintenance is, "Activities required or undertaken to conserve as nearly, and as long, as possible the original condition of an asset or resource while compensating for normal wear and tear. The process of preserving a condition or situation or the state of being preserved. The process of keeping something in good condition." Many chiros would argue that by seeing the same people over and over again, they are helping to keep them in good condition. Here's the rub. True health does not come from something that someone else does for you. It comes from the blood, sweat, tears, and tough dietary decisions that you make for yourself.
You see; all too often the person is coming in to get adjusted because it's the only thing that gives them any degree of relief. Nothing ever really gets better, but since an adjustment gives them a few days (or maybe a few hours) with less pain, they're down with it out of sheer frustration / desperation. When I see patients, whether local or from ELSEWHERE, whose problems are largely relieved by adjustments but the relief is never really long-lasting, I automatically think SCAR TISSUE. Your problem always returns to the same place and in the same essential manner? I think scar tissue. You have a great deal of restriction despite having LOTS OF ADJUSTMENTS or LOTS OF THERAPY (or maintaining a stringent STRETCHING PROTOCOL)? I think scar tissue. You've INJURED yourself or are locked into a job that holds you in a constant posture for hours on end, day after week after month after year? I think scar tissue.
You see, adjustments alone are never going to break "through" scar tissue and fascial adhesion if said scar tissue is anything greater than minimal; I don't really care how many of them you get. All of this is why a first-time visit to my clinic usually looks quite different than anything you've experienced previously (HERE). Allow me to give you an example.
I recently had a young woman come see me for CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN. Despite being thin, fit, and in good physical condition, she could not shake said pain. The first thing I did was examine her, learning that when I told her to touch the floor, she could barely bend over at all --- even by pushing it to the point of pain. I checked to see if scar tissue was a problem for her, and it was (HERE is the post I wrote about the experience). While the immediate results of her treatment were "OK" (not excellent but not terrible either), she ended up coming back in a couple of weeks because her problem had returned. I rechecked everything, broke some more tissue, and talked to her again about her diet (see link). Since she was extremely fair-skinned and red-headed, I had suggested that GLUTEN SENSITIVITY was a strong possibility (people of Western European descent are GENETICALLY PRONE) as far as driving hidden inflammation was concerned.
Here is what she sent me on Friday --- a bit over two months after her first visit. "Since following your advice, the pain in my back and neck has stopped entirely, as well as all of my bloating and stomach pain that I used to experience almost every day." Her problems were solved quickly, efficiently, and inexpensively. She is eating healthier, while exercising and stretching effectively. All without a huge amount of unneeded treatment. Pretty cool? My patients certainly think so. What's doubly cool is the long-term fruit that this sort of approach produces. Long-term fruit? Darn straight! Because inflammation always leads to fibrosis / scar tissue, and scar tissue always leads to degeneration of joints, organs, and tissues (HERE), she headed some serious lifetime problems off at the pass!
PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME / CHRONIC HIP FLEXOR PROBLEMS
RELIEF IN A SINGLE VISIT!
Due to a CAR CRASH that she was involved in something like 12 years ago, Angela had gotten to the point she could barely function. At first, she could not get off my table without extreme effort and she could not flex more than a few inches when trying to perform an air squat (she shook). When I finished with her, she could put her rear end almost on the floor in a very deep squat and hold it there without shaking! What were her problems? I realized almost immediately that although she believed her issue to be PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME (she did have a touch of this or SOMETHING THAT CAUSES SIMILAR SYMPTOMS), her main problem was an absolutely brutal unilateral HIP FLEXOR PROBLEM (I also solved a chronic SHOULDER PROBLEM for her as well).
This video was shot almost two weeks ago, immediately after treatment. I told Angela I would wait to post it to make sure her results held up. I got her email this morning. Angela, I am in awe of what you have done with your life. The good people of Columbus, Reynoldsburg, and the surrounding areas are blessed to have you in their corner, helping them fight the good fight in every way ("every way" means the five points of her program; physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and financial)! You're awesome Angela, and meeting you was both a pleasure and a privilege! May God bless you and your endeavors.
Below is an update from 1/4/2018 --- not quite two months after a second treatment. It seems that Angela may have got a bit rambunctious in the gym after feeling so good when she got back home after her first visit. She did things a bit different after her second treatment.
Hello Dr. Schierling,
I hope you and your family are doing well. I wanted to update you on my health since I last saw you (it'll be 60 days on January 7). I am happy (very happy) to report that I am feeling much better. I'd say I'm about 90% better than before my last visit and the only reason I'm not saying 100% is because I still have some stiffness and an occasional shooting pain in my tailbone area.
However, I am finally walking with no limp at all and the numbness and tingling that was throbbing from my tailbone to my foot is gone. I am also still able to squat low and my knee flexion has greatly improved. I found that while training clients I no longer have to constantly keep moving around. Before, if I stood in place any more than a few minutes I'd get terrible, sharp pains and eventually go numb. This hasn't happened although I do still move around just to make sure I don't get stiff.
This time, what I did differently is took two weeks and completely rested. I didn't train clients, I didn't lift anything over 5 lbs and I kept my legs elevated. I did my stretching daily and sat in the sauna at the gym. No exercise at all. I don't know if this combination of things is what did the trick but this is the first time I've been nearly pain free in four years.
Your scar tissue remodeling technique works! It's the right amount of applied pressure, going deep enough to make a change. A significant change. And the temporary discomfort, for me, was beyond worth living with daily chronic pain.
Thank you so much for your help. I'll update you again at my 6 month mark.
CHRONIC HIP FLEXOR PAIN AND FASCIAL
ADHESION IN A MIDDLE AGED WOMAN
Kendra came to see me with a HIP FLEXOR ISSUE she had been carrying around for over two years. It was not so debilitating that she was completely disabled, but she was in pain, and many, if not most, of her day-to-day activities exacerbated that pain. I saw Kendra in 2011 for two visits, five months apart. She was dramatically better after the first, and we cleaned up what was left five months later. Although some of you may have to TAKE THINGS TO THE NEXT LEVEL to resolve your pain, for many of you relief is just a phone call away. For hundreds of similar videos, HERE is the place to look.
CHRONIC SEVERE SHOULDER PAIN
SOLVED IN A SINGLE VISIT
Lisa had been to her doctor, been to the specialist, gotten an MRI, been given the usual MEDS (and SHOTS), and was ready to start THERAPY. With deductibles so blasted high these days, she had already spent a fortune and didn't really want to have to spend a lot more. She wanted a better solution. That's when she came to see us. I suppose I could hide a tiny little disclaimer at the bottom of this video warning you that Lisa's results are not typical of most of the patients we see, but that would be untrue. The proof? Take a look at some of our hundreds of other TESTIMONIALS.
If you want to see what makes a visit to my clinic a radically different experience than almost anywhere else you'll go, take a look at THIS, THIS, THIS, THIS, or THIS. BTW, our phone number is (417) 934-6337.
POST-SURGICAL DeQUERVAIN'S SYNDROME AND PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME
SOLVED IN A SINGLE VISIT
Not quite a decade ago, Rick developed something called DEQUERVAIN'S SYNDROME --- essentially a TENDINOSIS of the thumb's extensor tendons --- eventually being told he needed surgery on his thumb in order to fix it. The first thing he heard upon waking up from surgery was his doctor telling him that he was going to have to quit his job --- something he was not told before surgery --- a job that was necessary not only to take care of his family, but to put his two daughters through pharmacy school.
Needless to say, quitting work was not an option, so when things became unbearable Rick decided to come see me. Honestly, I don't even remember treating his thumb because I do so much of this work (I saw him one time not quite four years ago). The PIRIFORMIS ISSUE (I'm not quite sure I would call it Piriformis Syndrome yet, although it was headed that way) had only been going on six months or so. Take a listen to Rick's story --- pretty cool stuff from a pretty cool guy. If you liked this video, I have several hundred more you can view as well (HERE).
To see some of the other POST-SURGICAL issues caused by FIBROSIS and SCAR TISSUE that we have successfully treated, just start following the links (HERE'S another).
TOLD YOU NEED BACK SURGERY?
THERE MAY BE A BETTER WAY
After getting the standard medical run-around with his back pain, JG referred Roger in to see us a number of years ago. Roger had been told by his latest specialist that nothing would likely work for him other than a to do a $65,000 surgery to install a "Fixation Device" in his spine (Spinal Fusion). Roger knew he didn't want that and came to see me. Although LOW BACKS can be tough to solve --- particularly if there are HERNIATED DISCS involved --- Roger's solution was quick and simple. To understand why this is sometimes the case, you'll have to understand the two ten second videos at the bottom of THIS POST.
LOOKING FOR A SOLUTION TO YOUR CHRONIC NECK PAIN?
HOW LONG IS TOO LONG?
I realize that most consultants would tromp me because OF THE CRAZY WAY I TREAT MY NEW PATIENTS. However, after 25 years in practice, it SEEMS TO BE WORKING. But forget the fact that it's working for me; what's important is that it's working for my patients. Although I've been lazy with my VIDEO TESTIMONIALS lately, we shot three earlier this week. And while David has been a patient for a lot of years, the other two (Carl, recently moved back to the area, and Shauna, a river boat captain) together have seen me a grand total of four times. It was a couple weeks short of a year between Shauna's two visits.
The point is this --- SCAR TISSUE (the medical community calls it "FIBROSIS" --- is not only bad because it is the number one cause of death in America (HERE), it's bad because it's preventing patients from maximally benefiting from their ADJUSTMENTS and / or THERAPY. Every cloud has a silver lining, and this one's is that for MOST PEOPLE, there is no such thing as having a problem so long that time itself would prevent a solution. Typically, the only "too long" when it comes to your chronic pain is when you are told something like, "Sure I can fix you ---- it shouldn't take too long. Give me six months and we'll have you good as new. Sign on the dotted line, and for today only, it's half price ($X,XXX.XX)".
22 YEARS / 1 VISIT
12 YEARS / 1 VISIT
7 YEARS / 1 VISIT
BTW, David (a WORLD RECORD ROPE CLIMBER) and his wife raise organic, grass-fed beef. Besides the FRESCOLNS, you can get it from them if you call (417) 252-0832. I've had it and it's fabulous.
STRUGGLING TO COPE WITH CHRONIC PAIN?
WHERE'S THE BEST STARTING POINT FOR RELIEF?
For instance, I recently saw a teenager ("Johnny") who had struggled with headaches for a number of years. He was brought in by his parents who were naturally concerned. The thing is, I was their last resort, which they made sure I knew (they weren't too hip on seeing a chiro, but desperate times call for desperate measures). They had already taken him to their doctor, who prescribed some OTC meds (both ACETAMINOPHEN and IBUPROFEN), and when this didn't work, they set him up with a specialist who ran a CT ON HIS HEAD (a brain scan), looking for tumors. Although brain tumors certainly can cause headaches; because they are exceedingly rare when compared to things like SUBLUXATION or FASCIAL ADHESION, it's no surprise (and thankfully so) that none was found.
After a couple years of what I refer to in here as riding the MEDICAL MERRY-GO-ROUND, the parents broke down and brought Johnny to me. The first thing I did was to make sure that the ranges of motion in his neck were normal (HERE). They weren't even close. And although there had probably been $25,000 spent on this kid between insurance coverage and out-of-pocket payments, no one had figured this simple fact out yet. Immediately following his first Tissue Remodeling treatment and adjustment, his ROM was virtually normal, and his headache was completely gone --- for the first time in over two years. I saw him once or twice after that to clean things up and make sure everything was functioning well (and to get him started with a DT UNIT for use at home). Simple, inexpensive, no wasted time, effort or dollars. What more could anyone ask for? The point is this....
Why not start here first? If don't think I can't help, I'll tell you so (HERE --- Friday I had to send two people out that I could not help, the first a patient with an acute compression fracture in the mid thoracic spine (logging injury), the second a CALCANEAL STRESS FRACTURE in a pre-pubescent athlete). If I'm not sure but think it's worth a look, I'll tell you that also (HERE). The cool thing is that worst case scenario, you're out a few bucks without me being able to help you. The doubly cool thing is that rather than me telling you you'll need lots and lots of treatment to fix your problem (HERE), you'll know after your first visit if my approach is right for you (HERE). What have you got to lose other than the pain and misery?
CHRONIC SHOULDER PAIN SOLVED IN ONE VISIT
CHRONIC SHOULDER PAIN SOLVED!
A NEW YORKER MOVES TO THE OZARKS
AND STUMBLES INTO PAIN RELIEF
SOLVING CHRONIC HIP FLEXOR PROBLEMS
IN A FEMALE ATHLETE
As a pole vaulter, Jane would drive off one leg, while violently throwing the other forward and up in a kicking motion trying to create the momentum needed to carry her up and over the bar. Although she was far from debilitated, A buildup of SCAR TISSUE in her abused Hip Flexor had severely affected her ability to run or exercise. One treatment eight months ago --- problem solved.
TESTIMONIALS FROM THE WEB
The first testimonial comes from Wendy Farris of Montana, who provided this online comment to AN ARTICLE I had written on my Destroy Chronic Pain website. BTW, HERE is the link to Dr. RE Tent's site in Novi, Michigan (he has lots of cool stuff on YouTube as well).
You are my new hero (you and Dr. Tent)! I admire your logical thinking, though one thing I don't hear anyone mention is the medications everyone is / was on. For my father's situation, I found that his ED Medication actually started his pain in his legs, buttocks, shoulders, wrists, etc....no doctor or test came up with this one. Luckily I ran into a similar website where people talked about their common side effects that were supposed to be so rare. People need to know to stop these medications and their mysterious pains in some cases could actually have a chance to get better as happened for my father. Thank God for the Internet because doctors and safety inserts are inadequate.
Thanks for sharing Wendy. You are spot-on about the whole stop-your-medication-because-it-could-be-causing-your-problem thing (with your doctor's permission of course). The "trust us" safety inserts are inadequate and rarely tell the whole story. This phenomenon is so common in my patients taking STATINS, it's the first thing I want to know in those coming to see me for joint or muscle pain. And what about REBOUND HEADACHES --- headaches caused by the very medications used to treat them? Or FLUOROQIONOLONE ANTIBIOTICS? Or......? The truth is, drugs are far more dangerous than we have been led to believe (HERE & HERE), much of which is due to another of the dirty little secrets within the medical community commonly known as "UNDERREPORTING".
Even though most of my readers are probably not aware, one of the most common side effects of ED drugs (ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION) is pain --- muscle pain, joint pain, and spine pain. This is particularly true of the bathtub drug, Cialis. After doing a great deal of research, Wendy's advice here is excellent.
Far too often, people's problems are FUNCTIONAL AS OPPOSED TO PATHOLOGICAL. Plainly stated, this means they won't show up on tests. This leads to several scenarios, most of which are bad. Maybe your doctor will give you that deer-in-the-headlights look that indicates they have no idea what's wrong with you or how to go about fixing it. Or maybe you'll be treated as a malingerer --- a drug seeker or person looking to cash in on Disability. Or maybe you become the GUINEA PIG that's really more like a cow ("Cash Cow") than anything else.
Fortunately; thanks to the power of the internet (message boards, research, articles, journals, my site), you can become an expert. Although most doctors absolutely despise this and feel that you are meddling in their turf, I have seen lots and lots of patients figure out their problems when neither myself nor their physician had any idea. Case in point, an exceedingly healthy female patient who was recently having chronic low back pain realized that her problem was being caused by the sinus medication she was taking. Bottom line, nothing in this post should come as a surprise considering what you find in THESE POSTS.
This next testimonial comes from Isabel in response to a post (AUTISM AND GUT HEALTH) I wrote for this site three and a half years ago (for those who are interested, I've written a number of similar articles since then; HERE & HERE are two of the more recent).
Hi Dr. Russ,
Thank you for spreading this information. I put my lupus into remission after years of getting worse and worse! Three doctors told me there was no help in changing diet whatsoever. After 3 DAYS on the Specific Carb Intro Diet (basically the same as GAPS although GAPS she specifically geared towards autism) I felt better than I had in MY WHOLE LIFE. Swollen knuckles, depression and anxiety that was so bad I basically had people telling me I had a personality disorder and should be medicated for the rest of life -- the fatigue and rashes and nausea all gone! Wow I really did notice that certain foods made my symptoms flare and was not just imagining it like everyone will tell you!
Mainstream medicine almost killed me, that Plaquenil did nothing but make me sick for months! And what the mainstream doctors and psychiatrists offer is enough to make anyone kill themselves. I was looking into assisted suicide because I felt like my life had absolutely NO HOPE. If I lived in the Netherlands I am sure I would have been able to qualify for assisted suicide! Thank goodness for real healers like you and Dr Natasha spreading honest information. Many people would probably rather be sick than give up their favorite addictive treats but many of us want the best for our children and not eating these foods is a small sacrifice for the peace and wellness it brings.
If you pay attention, you'll notice that there is a lot said by Isabel in these two short paragraphs. For starters, if you are actively looking into assisted suicide, the problem is code-red serious. Secondly, she talks about ADDICTIVE TREATS. She's not exaggerating. Study after study has shown that JUNK FOOD (and particularly sugar) is more addictive than hard drugs such as METH, Coke, or HEROIN. Thirdly, she is absolutely correct --- there are many people who would rather be sick than give up certain foods. It's the nature of an addiction. I've actually had lots of patients tell me something along the lines of, "Don't talk to me about that stuff doc, I'm not interested. I don't care about eating right and I absolutely hate exercising. The thing is doc, I have good insurance. If I get sick I just go to the doctor. Meanwhile, I do what I want to do, live how I want to live, and eat what I want to eat." And her statements about Psychiatrists and DEPRESSION --- interesting in light of the post that went viral a couple weeks ago (see link).
One of the drugs that Isabel specifically mentioned was Plaquenil; an anti-malarial medication that's also used to treat RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, Lupus, and other AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES (not to mention it's occasionally used for HIGH CHOLESTEROL and DIABETES). When this drug is used long term, Wikipedia says the side effects include, "abdominal cramps, diarrhea, heart problems, reduced appetite, headache, nausea and vomiting, altered eye pigmentation, acne, anemia, bleaching of hair, blisters in mouth and eyes, blood disorders, convulsions, vision difficulties, diminished reflexes, emotional changes, excessive coloring of the skin, hearing loss, hives, itching, liver problems or failure, loss of hair, muscle paralysis, weakness or atrophy, nightmares, psoriasis, reading difficulties, tinnitus, skin inflammation and scaling, skin rash, vertigo and weight loss, and can worsen existing cases of both psoriasis and porphyria."
And now it's time to discuss the $64,000 question; how'd Isabel do it? She did it JUST LIKE MY SISTER DID IT when she lost 100 lbs in just over half a year, and essentially "cured" herself of some of these same diseases (RA / Lupus / Scleroderma). Whether you use a GAPS, Specific Carb Intro Diet, PALEO DIET, ELIMINATION DIET, or any number of other similar doesn't matter. What does matter is that seriously cleaning up your diet is the first step in getting the job done. Next you'll need to address your Leaky Gut as well as the imbalances within your Microbiome called Dysbiosis (all found HERE).
It's all free on my site. When I say free, I mean free. I'm not selling products through my site (although one day I might), or trying to upsell you in some form or fashion. I am truly interested in your health. And as you can see from these two testimonials (we get similar every day), the message is making the rounds. If you want it, you'll have to educate yourself and put forth some effort. The cool thing is, it's easier than you thought. For more information about solving your own health problems, HERE is the link.
CHRONIC BACK PAIN
SOLVED IN A VISIT
Although I've known John for at least two decades, until he came to visit me after moving to Lake of the Ozarks, I hadn't seen him for years. John had developed CHRONIC MID AND LOWER BACK PAIN and for the better part of two years, suffered with it because he could not find anyone to solve it for him. I saw him a couple years ago and fixed that problem in one visit. Then, after developing a HIP / SI / BUTTOCK PAIN that had been a thorn in his side for a few months, he made another trip. Bam! Two for two.
But the really cool thing was when he brought his buddy from NEW TRIBES to see me several months ago. This individual, an elder in his church, had been hunched over a computer keyboard translating the Bible into the language of one of the indigenous tribes of New Guinea. He had been struggling with Chronic Pain for years and years, but nothing he did and no one he saw could fix it. John brought him along and pow --- a life-altering difference in one visit. Be sure to look for G's testimonial, coming soon.
IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN
READ THIS POST
Jan 27, 2016
My 13 year old daughter was diagnosed back in May with costochondritis. At that time she had been battling multiple bouts of strep throat and possibly a second mono infection (she had mono at age 10). She didn't do anything strenuous over the summer (no camp, no theater, no dance, no amusement parks, etc). She tried cheerleading for the first time in years in August and it set her way back.
We went back to her doctor who sent us to pain management (for the chest pain). They gave her lidocaine cream and advised physical therapy. PT advised she was hypermobile and had weak muscles. He worked a lot on her hips to get them aligned. She came home from physical therapy bruised and swollen at times.
This prompted a visit to a Rheumatologist who didn't do much other than order an MRI, which showed Pectus Excavatum. She had been seeing an acupuncturist which provided a little relief but wouldn't last. It was a good counter to the pain caused by Physical Therapy. Her echo-cardiogram came back okay, and we are awaiting her results from the pulmonary function test.
Her orthopedist thinks that musculoskeletal disruption from an acrobatic move she did months prior to the costochondritis diagnosis is causing her pain. She felt / heard a click or pop, and it hurt a couple of days but then she was okay. While we wait for an appointment in late February for pain management (mind you, we only gave her Advil and topicals, and the Advil caused esophagitis so she had to stop taking that and start taking Zantac instead) we have started seeing a chiropractor. The first gentle thing he did provided some relief (placebo effect?). She was the best I had seen her in some time. Shortly after he started working muscles, and she isn't feeling so great.
What I have learned so far during this is that all these things are kind of related yet they tell me they are not the cause of her problem. She is hypermobile, has pectus excavatum, may or may not have costochondritis, has muscle spasms, her spleen tip is palpable again (mono) but they didn't seem concerned, the chiropractor thinks she might have a hiatal hernia, X-rays and MRI seem okay other than pectus excavatum, mild scoliosis that orthopedic doesn't even consider scoliosis because it's so minor........
Is she a candidate for what you do? You are a long way away but I would consider it. Our chiropractor is following the pain for now but even he says he really hasn't dealt with something like this before.
Jan 28, 2016
A couple things. Firstly, unless it is grossly severe, the PE has nothing to do with anything. Secondly, she would obviously not tolerate what I do. It sounds to me like a systemic thing --- probably autoimmune (commonly triggered by viral infections such as mono --- EBV / Cytomegalovirus --- or any number of other reasons). Sounds like there's probably a history of lots of antibiotics as well. Tons of info on my site about addressing these problems. Read my post called "EXIT STRATEGY".
Jan 28, 2016
Thank you for responding and for being upfront that she wouldn't be receptive to your treatment. She seemed to do well with the electric stim and the basic adjustment, but not so much with the muscle work. I will look up your web site. Thanks again. I do appreciate it.
Feb 12, 2016 (After spending a couple of weeks studying)
Oh my goodness,
After your initial response I have been reading your Facebook and website pages, and it brought me back to when my daughter was an infant - colic, severe and was given prescription drops. She also had baby eczema. Her first breathing treatment at an ER was when she was 10 months old. She was later diagnosed with asthma.
My daughter has dealt with GI issues forever. As a young child we finally went to a GI doc and went the psych route at the same time. Celiac was negative and she was only mildly lactose intolerant so specialist said it was probably IBS, made worse by anxiety. So we went with that to no avail.
Psych meds had terrible effects on her - all the SSRI's [antidepressants] with the worst being Zoloft. I swore never again (so if the pain management clinic we go to in a couple of weeks even tries this road again they can forget it). She was able to tolerate Buspar [anti-anxiety] but it did not help her GI problems at all. Things got worse for a while with the start of her menstrual cycle, and for about a year she would get diarrhea, and a day or two later she would throw up --- then the following week she would have her period like clockwork.
After that first year I thought the stomach problems subsided a bit. Now I am thinking she just got used to it. I am noticing she still has bouts of loose bowels and bouts of constipation, I guess she just doesn't complain as much about it. Any nausea complaints get dismissed by her doctors as a consequence of the pain.
I have since bought some items in the gluten free variety, and just today downloaded the FODMAPS diet. I don't know if any of this will help her rib/sternum pain, but it might help her stomach. If our current chiropractor is correct and she does have a hiatal hernia, I'm sure eating better will help that as well since she has been on the typical terrible teenage diet the last couple of years.
Today you posted about NSAIDS and I almost commented but decided against it (for privacy issues I guess) but you may post the info if you like.... It was ibuprofen use (the thing the doctors told her to take) for her pain, which was round the clock during physical therapy, that caused esophagitis. That pain was probably worse than her original pain and scary for her because she felt like she couldn't get a good breath and had to find awkward positions to lay in to get some relief and rest. I knew long-term use could cause stomach problems and possibly an ulcer but I thought that would be very long term use. I had no idea that it could irritate the esophagus in such a short period of time.
So I want to thank you again Dr. Schierling. I enjoy reading your pages as you are not selling anything. Other pages I have visited with similar postings all seem to be selling their own supplements or services. I reached out and you were honest about my daughter not being a good candidate for your form of treatment. I'm not gonna lie, I wish you were closer to my area anyway.
MY TAKE ON LORI'S DAUGHTER'S CONDITION:
Let me first say that the following is entirely speculation --- an "educated guess" if you will. The cool thing is that even if I am wrong, the method I recommend to start her down the path of solving her problem will be quite similar. And unlike the numerous drugs she has taken, there are no real side-effects from using THIS APPROACH.
Due to her history of ECZEMA and IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME, we can be pretty sure that she is AUTOIMMUNE (does she have a positive ANA blood test? --- not a great test but a start). The ASTHMA could possibly be due to Antibiotics taken as an infant (HERE and HERE). Coupled with her symptoms of Rhinitis, it might indicate Lori's use of ACETAMINOPHEN when she was pregnant. It might also be the result of her daughter's ANTIDEPRESSANT use (also in previous link). It could also be the result of VACCINES. Please note that I am not picking on Lori here, as all of these things are promoted by the average physician as completely safe, whether pregnant or not.
Add COLIC and ANXIETY into the mix, and we can rest assured that Lori's daughter has some pretty serious GUT HEALTH issues (I would be surprised if she does not have both DYSBIOSIS and a LEAKY GUT). Although these problems are easily tested for, they are rarely tested for in mainstream medicine, mainly because 99 times out of 100 they are caused by the very drugs being used to treat them --- the worst offender being ANTIBIOTICS. Particularly disconcerting once you realize that 80% of your body's entire Immune System is made up of the BACTERIA THAT LIVE IN THE GUT (aka your 'Microbiome'). On top of everything else, the fact that this girl has had mono twice, tells me her Immune System is extremely weak (Mayo's website says, "Most people who have infectious mononucleosis, or mono, get it only once. Rarely, however, mononucleosis symptoms may recur").
All of this leads me to believe that she probably has something called HYPOCHLORHYDRIA (not enough stomach acid). Because the symptoms are erroneously believed by most doctors to be caused by too much stomach acid instead of not enough, she was given a PPI DRUG (Zantac), which in reality, makes the problem worse. Now add in NSAIDS, whose number one side effect is destruction of the GI tract, and you have a living, breathing, nightmare on your hands --- a nightmare that the average doctor is clueless about solving. As you can see from her history, they love to order tests like MRI'S, but don't understand basic physiology, like the importance of having plenty of strong Stomach Acid (see link at top of paragraph).
A couple of observations. Because Lori mentions it, I will second the motion that the TYPICAL TEEN DIET is bad --- probably far worse than most parents can even comprehend (dietary stress, like other forms of stress, leads to ADRENAL FATIGUE). Also, the FODMAPS DIET is a good starting point. Be sure to realize two things. Firstly, that most "GLUTEN FREE" foods are just as bad as their gluten-containing counterparts --- only without the gluten. Secondly, the fact that she did not test positive for Celiac means little more than she is not mounting a wheat-induced autoimmune attack against her own small intestine. If you understand NON-CELIAC GLUTEN SENSITIVITY (far more common than Celiac), you will realize that GLUTEN (or its CROSS-REACTORS, of which milk is one) could be inducing autoimmune attacks against any one of the millions of other tissues in her body besides her small intestine. This is not my opinion. It's what the peer-reviewed scientific literature reveals over and over again.
As for the "costochondritis", it's extremely difficult for me to make a judgement about this. Just guessing, but I am not convinced it is either a RIB SUBLUXATION or a RIB TISSUE PROBLEM (or for that matter, a hiatal hernia). There are any number of points (the 'Liver Point' on the 3rd rib to the right of the sternum, Chapman's Liver / Gallbladder, and Pancreas Points, and Murphy's Point, just to name a few) that indicate pain being reflexed to the chest / upper abdomen from internal problems (often digestive). It could also be part of the whole autoimmune thing. Be aware that because we only have tests for a relatively small number of Autoimmune Diseases (HERE is a short list), many --- maybe even the majority --- go undiagnosed.
Unfortunately, cases like Lori's daughter are common. No; I take that back. They are the norm --- and all too often they are either being caused or heavily contributed to by the medical profession. The crazy thing about the practice of medicine is that even though "BEST EVIDENCE" proves that much of what they are doing on a day-to-day basis is not nearly as "evidence-based" as we have been led to believe. But the band plays on. The prescriptions continue to be written in record numbers. The money continues to pour in. And little seems to change. It's business as usual. And who suffers because of it? The millions upon millions of Americans struggling with CHRONIC PAIN and CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY ILLNESSES.
BTW, Chiropractic Adjustments do much more than deliver a "placebo effect" (HERE is a cool example that I cannot personally take credit for even though I was part of).
I wish you well Lori, and please keep me in the loop as to what you figure out with your daughter. There is likely someone well-versed in FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE quite close to you.
TODAY: FEB 15, 2016
Wow, that was amazing.
I expected a small excerpt maybe about the NSAIDS causing worse problems not the entire history and blog about her. I literally read your blog about the low stomach acid last night! I will absolutely let you know what comes of all this. I will also reach out to a functional medicine practitioner as I think I have an idea of how our pain management visit is going to go.
Thanks so much,
SHOULDER INJURY DUE TO FULL-CONTACT KARATE
"I am a 50 year old pharmacist who has been practicing karate for the past 4 years. In addition to traditional exercises, such as push ups, and stretching, I regularly participate in full contact sparing. Over time I developed an issue with my right shoulder, which gave me constant pain. It was particularly annoying when trying to sleep on my right side as the pain would wake me up. I tried various stretches, ibuprofen, muscle rubs, and time off from working out, but the pain did not go away. I explained this to Dr. Schierling who suspected I had an issue in my rotator cuff caused by a tangling of the soft tissues. He proceeded to perform one of his "scar tissue remodeling" procedures on me, then instructed me to do specific stretches over the next week, with no impact exercises during that time. Almost immediately after the procedure I felt relief. That first night I had NO pain while sleeping. And since the procedure I have gone back to regular activities (including sparing) with ZERO pain."
SCAR TISSUE otherwise known in the medical community as "FIBROSIS" is nasty stuff. It's easy to understand why, once you realize that the most potentially pain-sensitive tissue in the body (FASCIA) is also the most abundant; and it does not image with standard medical testing such as MRI (HERE). If you are interested in seeing more testimonials concerning the work done here in Mountain View, MO, THIS IS THE LINK to follow. BTW Scott, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to spend some time catching up with you. You and your family have a blessed 2016!
CHRONIC HIP FLEXOR PAIN
SOLVED IN A SINGLE TREATMENT
PAUL & ILENE: LEAVING A LEGACY
Although there was certainly sadness for the passing of the family matriarch, ILENE, the day was really a celebration of her and Paul's life together. For instance; one of the kids (Jonah?) found an old slide projector and slides --- all of them four to five decades old. It was an incredible time watching everyone's reactions to the slides and listening to their stories.
That afternoon, Rick approached me about taking care of someone's shoulder. After working on one person, it sort of snowballed. Several people told me of chronic (long-standing) problems they had been struggling with, and I spent a couple of hours working on anyone who needed. I felt honored to be able to give something back to a few of the people who have become a second family to me. Below is an email I received from DREONA'S husband -- a law enforcement officer in PA.
Following an incident that occurred while conducting an arrest, I had severe neck and upper back pain that kept me up at night and inhibited my movements during my work day. While at a recent family function, Dr. Russ Schierling performed Scar tissue remodeling treatment on me. After the procedure, I instantly felt the pain release from my neck and upper back. That night I slept for the first time in months without waking, and I am now able go through my workday pain free. - Jeremy Breton
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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