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I was reading a post by a friend and colleague of mine (Dr. Cheryl Lee-Pow) the other day on Facebook and it really got my mind racing. She was commenting on a pet peeve of hers…arguing that we, as chiropractors, do far more than just ‘adjust your bones.’
She stated…’Pet peeve for the day. What people assume that all chiropractors do is adjust your bones. We are neuromusculoskeletal experts (at least most of us). We look at the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves primarily. Nothing irks me more than someone who assumes all I’m going to do is adjust you. If you know me, I’m going to stick a good elbow in you.’
Of course I ‘liked’ her post, but then I thought it would be a good idea to further her point as many of us ‘like-minded’ chiropractors feel this way and many times we don’t have a loud enough voice.
Our education is essentially the same regardless of which chiropractic school we attend. Sure, some schools are a bit more philosophical whereas others are bigger on technique or on diagnosis. It doesn’t really matter in the end as we all have to pass the same strict National Boards. Once in the field, chiropractors have a broad array of approaches and those who seize on all that we have to offer are, in my opinion, the best in the field. Read More »
I have to admit that I am quite fond of Dr. Andrew Weil…well, at least, usually. He is generally holistic with his approach but there are times when I read his articles and scratch my head. Is he actually writing his pieces or is not reviewing them? He has written several articles about antioxidants and he does reiterate certain points. This is both a good and bad thing. One such article on antioxidants that has thrown me for a loop makes me think he is either confused, or is trying to confuse us. Here is the URL for the article… http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART03370/Antioxidants.html
A few points in this article actually caught my attention. Read More »
It’s always great when a bright mind takes on a hot topic. Antioxidants and vitamins are about as hot a topic as it gets. There is plenty of scientific data to support the use of such, but as is the case with most any nutritional intervention, precautions are needed. As doctors know from their hippocratic oath, ‘Above all, do no harm.’ With that being said, it is very important to also check the data from naysayers to be certain that harm is not being done. In the case of Dr. Offit’s attack on vitamins, we need to clarify some things! I agree that mega-doses of most anything are bad, but Dr. Offit seemingly blurs the lines between taking vitamins and mega dosing them and I find this to be irresponsible. Also, is it better to eat real fruits and vegetables vs. taking vitamins? Yes and no. If our fruits and vegetables no longer have the nutrient density they once had, we are paying the price. In this case, supplementation is essential! However, supplements using natural sources are the best way to go. Read More »
The Gac fruit (Mormordica Cochinchinesis) is a fruit mostly found in Southeast Asia. It is a unique fruit in that besides being high in antioxidants (such as beta-carotene, lycopene, and Vitamin E), the Lipocarotene from the fruit has fatty acids that, along with beta-carotene, allow for efficient absorption and transport of beta-carotene and other fat-soluble vitamins. Significant amounts of long chain fatty acids are found in the seed and pulp of the fruit. These fatty acids has also been shown to have anti-tumor properties (Int J Oncol 2005 Apr;26(4):881-9). Read More »
I got the idea for this blog when one of my patients told me that he had just had his physical and the doctor said he was very healthy. He was very happy about this.
I told him this was great and then I started thinking to myself…how does the doctor know that he is healthy? He had no complaints? His heart rate was good? His blood work did not show any off the chart numbers? He told the doctor he felt good? How did his doctor know that he was healthy, really?
I remember learning in chiropractic school that health is not merely the absence of disease. How is this so? How can we maximize our knowledge of what is going on inside our bodies? Can we even see what is going on in our bodies? Is there a simple and validated way to analyze your chronic oxidative stress? Does anyone check to really see what is happening in our bodies before diseases strike?
Can our doctors tell us the likelihood of what ailment(s) we’ll get as we get older? Is diet/nutrition an important focus and indicator of long-term health? Read More »
When assessing a patient who presents with lower extremity pathology, we tend to get fixated on the chief complaint. A person complains of knee pain, and we look at the knee…they have right calf pain, we look at the calf. A hip is tight/sore, we look at the hip.
The longer I practice and the more well-versed I get with movement assessments, a certain pattern of dysfunction seems to dominate over others. Now, we know that no one condition is an absolute, but this one does play in significantly, and it will throw off your entire movement.
Elise Sole’s piece in Healthy Living on April 8, 2013 about ‘The Paleo Diet, Debunked’ is an interesting attack on a rather healthy lifestyle. In fact, I’m not convinced she even understands what ‘debunk’ means. What is she debunking…what claims does she think those on the Paleo diet make? It always seems that people on the outside of something find it easy to attack that which they truly do not understand. By definition, ‘debunk’ means to expose the falseness or hollowness of a myth, idea, or belief. Okay, uh, what is false or hollow about the Paleo diet’s insistence on eating naturally and avoiding processed foods?… Read More »
Raman Spectroscopy was discovered over 70 years ago by Sir C. V. Raman, an Indian physicist. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930. Using sunlight and a filter to make the light monochromatic (in current day, we’d equate this to a laser), he would aim the ‘light’ onto a material of some sort and measure the scattered light. He also observed that some of the light would be ‘scattered’, thus changing the energy of the light.
Dr. Raman first used sunlight for his research as laser technology did not exist back in the 1920s. Fast forward to present day…with the advent of laser, his findings have garnered more attention as such light can be used extensively in the field of Raman Spectroscopy.
The big breakthrough with this science occurred in 1995 when the NIH gave a grant to the University of Utah to look for risk factors for macular degeneration. The scientists used the science behind Raman Spectroscopy to develop the first scanner and scientists were able to measure the carotenoid content in the cones and retina in the eye. When this research was published, ophthalmologists started recommending antioxidants to fight this process. This practice is still being used today as the antioxidants raise the carotenoid levels in your body this helps to reduce/suspend the macular degeneration. (Ophthalmology 2013;120:600–606) Read More »
Many of us have been exposed to different nutrient companies over the years and usually we come up with a product line or two that we really gel with. Although I’ve had the pleasure of working with quality pharmaceutical companies, I always felt as though something was missing. I believe the nutrients are of good quality and are tested by reputable sources for purity, safety, and consistency, but I could never know for sure if the products were ‘working’ for the patient.
Too many patients and friends of mine have always commented that they take nutrients and ‘hope’ that they are doing something good for themselves. I all too often get the ‘how do I know it is doing anything’ questions and to be honest, it’s not that easy to give a great answer. I know I recommend good products, but there is nothing to scientifically validate that one nutrient company is better than another. For that matter, ‘feeling better’ doesn’t mean much either. How you feel and what is going on inside of you can be two very different things.
In simple terms, how does a nutrient company assess what you actually need and how do you know that the company delivers on the quality of their products? Where is a good place to start in regards to figuring out if a particular multi-vitamin is doing anything for you? There has really been no way of doing this…until now! Read More »
We have covered a lot of information about Dry Needling in our last 3 blogs. We discussed the Radiculopathy Model, the Trigger Point Model, and the Spinal Segemental Sensitization and Pentad Model. Already, we can clearly see how Dry Needling can help to break down myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) and reduce pain. The fourth model will discuss another reason as to why Dry Needling can help you. Read More »