October 24, 2013 03:05 PMPosted by: Chiropractic Partners.
September 30, 2013 03:24 PM
One Saturday, I got a call from a representative of the country music group Alabama. I was actually was not on call that particular weekend, but I was available to help. A member of the band had injured his lower back and needed treatment. So I drove to the office and pulled up next to a long, black stretch limousine and out steps Teddy Gentry (original Alabama member who plays bass guitar) and one of his staff. Teddy wasn't standing quite that tall on this particular morning and by the look on his face, I could tell he was in a lot of pain! I took him into my office, and after the normal intake and exam, treated him for his lower back condition. After that, Teddy got up from the table much taller and was able to freely move and function like normal. He was very happy - so much so that he immediately offered me two front row seats for the Alabama show in town that evening. My wife and I attended, and Teddy asked us to come backstage to meet the rest of the Alabama musicians, and hang out with the Charlie Daniels band as well. We accepted his generous offer and did just that. It was a great evening, and we felt like celebrities hanging out with Alabama and the Charlie Daniels band. For me personally, it was very gratifying to see Teddy Gentry stand up and play his bass guitar in front of all of his adoring fans! It was certainly a special, memorable Saturday for us to meet such famous musicians and to once again experience firsthand the power of chiropractic care!Posted by: Dr. John Smith
August 30, 2013 02:10 PM
Below is a very interesting article about "Gluten Syndrome" from the journal Medical Hypotheses.
The gluten syndrome: A neurological disease, Medical Hypotheses 2009, Vol. 73, pp. 438–440
by Rodney Philip Kinvig Ford, The Children’s Gastroenterology and Allergy Clinic, Christchurch, New Zealand
KEY POINTS FROM DAN MURPHY:
1) “Gluten grains (wheat, rye, and barley) have become staples in our diet. The quantity of gluten in our daily food intake has been steadily increasing with advances in food processing.”
2) Gluten instigates celiac disease (gluten-sensitive enteropathy), which affects one in every hundred people. Celiac disease is a gastro-intestinal disease; symptoms are due to mucosal damage or malabsorption. In celiac disease there is
histological evidence of mucosal damage.
3) “Gluten causes symptoms, in both celiac disease and non-celiac gluten-sensitivity, by its adverse actions on the nervous system.” Gluten harms the nervous system. “Gluten is linked to neurological harm in patients, both with and without evidence of celiac disease.”
4) “Many celiac patients experience neurological symptoms, frequently associated with malfunction of the autonomic nervous system.”
5) “Gluten-sensitivity can be associated with neurological symptoms in patients who do not have any mucosal gut damage (that is, without celiac disease).”
6) “Gluten can cause neurological harm through a combination of cross-reacting antibodies, immune complex disease and direct toxicity.”
7) A host of symptoms ‘‘outside” the gut (extraintestinal symptoms) have been observed in gluten sensitive people.
8) Gluten is responsible for significant ill health other than celiac disease (“non-celiac gluten-sensitivity” or “The Gluten Syndrome”), such as:
Irritable bowel disease
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Many patients with these problems respond favorably to a gluten-free diet.
9) “Gluten intolerance gives rise to a variety of dermatological manifestations which may benefit from a gluten-free diet.”
10) “The smooth uninterrupted function of the body relies upon the autonomic nervous system. The sympathetic and parasympathetic pathways are driven by the respective neuro-transmitters. The regulation of the cardiovascular system, gut,
bladder, uterus, and glands (pancreas, gall bladder, sweat, and saliva) all depends on this vast autonomic nerve network.” There is evidence that gluten causes intestinal autonomic neuropathy.
11) Gluten-sensitivity without histological gut damage may provoke neurological dysfunction; “such nerve damage might be through autoimmune damage.”
12) Celiac disease is not a mandatory requirement for gluten-sensitivity. This is why more than half of patients with negative gut IgG-gliadin antibody tests report improvements in a variety of symptoms with a gluten-free diet. These include
tiredness, lethargy, irritability, and sleep disturbance. “These are likely to be neurological symptoms generated by gluten-sensitivity.”
13) “Evidence points to the nervous system as the prime site of gluten damage.”
14) “The histological gut damage in celiac disease is not mediated through this neurologic system. It is caused by local toxicity to the bowel in susceptible people.”
15) Non-gut symptoms related to gluten are mediated through neural networks.
COMMENTS FROM DAN MURPHY
All of my family and close friends and many patients are gluten free as a consequence of our direction. My immediate family has been gluten free for many years. All of us have noticed substantial improvements in our health and we all avoid gluten like the plague. There are many excellent books of this topic. My favorite most recent book is Wheat Belly, by William Davis, MD, 2011.
For a number of reasons, wheat has been significantly genetically modified over the past half century. Reasons include increased crop yields, improved harvesting efficiency, and desirable palliative and baking aesthetics. Sadly, these modifications
have significantly raised modern wheat’s Glycemic Index and reduced the digestibility of its gluten.Posted by: Dr. Brian Ransone
July 08, 2013 02:36 PM
Can you still smell the lingering scent of chlorine after the holiday weekend? Swimmers can benefit from chiropractic care just as much as other athletes. Marifrances Henley, a Division 1 Swimmer at NC State University, was struggling to make it through practice every day. She was suffering with a swollen arm that turned purple and extremely painful anytime she swam, lifted, did push-ups, planks, or pull-ups. Her Athletic Trainer at NC State University referred her to Dr. Rubin with Chiropractic Partners. Marifrances was suffering from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS), a rare condition that involves pain in the neck and shoulder, numbness and tingling of the fingers, and a weak grip.
Marifrances thought her swimming career was over: “My goals and dreams seemed to be drifting away from me,” she said.
After treatment from Dr. Rubin, she can do everything she could do before the diagnosis.
“I really cannot thank Dr. Rubin enough for helping me get back to what I love to do. I was able to compete at the ACC Championships and the NCAA Championships,” Marifrances said.Posted by: Chiropractic Partners
April 08, 2013 11:30 PM
Although chiropractors care for more than just back pain, many patients visit chiropractors looking for relief from back pain.
Some interesting facts about back pain:
- Half of all working Americans experience it each year.
- It is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is second only to upper-respiratory infections as the most common reason for doctor’s visits.
- Most cases are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer, but are purely mechanical.
- As much as 80% of the population is estimated to experience a back problem during their lifetime.
What Causes Back Pain?
There is not one simple answer since the back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. It can be a simple, everyday movement or a sports related injury. There are a variety of things that can lead to back pain such as spraining ligaments, straining muscles, rupturing disks, and irritating joints. In addition,arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain. A person may also experience back pain from disease of the internal organs, such as kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots, or bone loss.
Manipulation as a Treatment for Back Problems
Manipulation, though largely ignored by most providers in the health care community, has been used by Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) for a century. With healthcare’s growing emphasis on treatment and cost effectiveness, manipulation is receiving more attention.
Pain treatment by chiropractic spinal manipulation is safe and effective. Chiropractic manipulation reduces pain, decreases medication, rapidly advances physical therapy, and requires very few passive forms of treatment, such as bed rest. In fact, after an extensive study conducted by a federal government research organization called the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, it was recommended that low back pain sufferers choose the most conservative care first. And, it recommended spinal manipulation as the only safe and effective, drugless form of initial professional treatment for acute low back problems in adults.
Tips for Preventing Back Pain
- Maintain a healthy diet and weight.
- Remain active—under the supervision of your chiropractor.
- Warm up or stretch before exercising or any physical activities, even yard work.
- Maintain proper posture. To ensure this in your work space, work with your chiropractor to create an ergonomically correct computer workstation.
- Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.
- Sleep on a medium firm mattress to minimize any curve in your spine.
- Lift with your knees, remembering to keep the object close to your body and not twist when lifting.
- Quit smoking. Among the many disadvantages of smoking, be aware that it impairs blood flow, resulting in oxygen and nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues.
For more information about this article, please visit The American Chiropractic Association at http://www.acatoday.orgPosted by: Dr. Betsy Case-Luca