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- by Dr. Michael Rosen, D.C. BioVeda Health & Wellness Center of West Loop, IL
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- by Dr. Jean Gibson, D.C. BioVeda Health & Wellness Center of Fayetteville, AR
Have you experienced neck pain after a long day at work? There are many cause of neck pain, but one of the most common causes is related to poor posture, muscle fatigue and stress while in front of your computer or while at your desk. Your head, which weighs approximately 10 pounds, is balanced on your cervical spine (the neck) and is controlled by muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It’s like balancing a bowling ball on a broom stick using dental floss and twine – if you don’t keep the bowling ball perfectly balanced on the stick, the ball will pull on the floss and twine, which will stretch and ultimately the ball will not stay in place! While your head will not fall off your neck, the damage done to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments by poor posture does require intervention. Many of us have our work stations set up for us by either our employer or the previous person in the office. We never think to personalize the placement of our computer keyboard, mouse, monitor and telephone to fit our body. Just a few changes in the set up of your office can make a big difference in your neck pain:
If you are already experiencing pain in the shoulder or neck, treatment is necessary. Pain relievers only mask the problem, and you may inadvertently aggravate the problem because your body’s warning system – pain – has been temporarily turned off. A Doctor of Chiropractic will incorporate various techniques to fix any issues with your cervical spine, as well as the muscles and ligaments involved. They can also advise your on stress reduction and posture issues to help your body to function at its peak.
- by Dr. James Augustine, BioVeda Health & Wellness Center of Cerritos, CA
So it’s up to you. Fluoride for you? Your dental health has everything to do with your full body health, therefore, there is way more that you can do to improve and protect your dental health than using fluoride. - Dr. Augustine
At the end of the two-day hearing to evaluate the safety of amalgam, the FDA’s own scientific panel – including neurologists, toxicologists, epidemiologists, and environmental health specialists – told the agency to stop amalgam use in children, pregnant women, and hypersensitive populations.
After reviewing the available scientific studies and the presentations of researchers, experts, dentists, and injured consumers, the scientists concluded that – contrary to the claims of the FDA’s in-house dentist Susan Runner – amalgam is not safe for everybody.
According to the panel, the FDA’s amalgam risk assessments were not adequate to protect hypersensitive adults, children, and unborn babies. Repeatedly, panel members expressed their concern about amalgam use in children. Pediatric neurologist Dr. Suresh Kotagal of the Mayo Clinic summed it up for the entire panel:
“There is really no place for mercury in children.”
Other panelists went on to explain that dental mercury is like lead. The panel urged the FDA to quickly contraindicate amalgam for these vulnerable populations and insisted that the FDA provide consumers with labeling containing clear warnings.
- by Dr. Fred Southard, BioVeda Health & Wellness Center of Hamilton, OH
Often throughout my career I have been asked what is the difference between a herniated and a bulging disc. The way that I like to explain the difference is to compare the discs, or the cushions between the bones in your back, to jelly doughnuts (had one at the Y this morning after I finished my workout. One of the guys who comes in to the Y brought in some doughnuts to celebrate his return to health and I couldn’t resist replacing the calories I had just spent approximately an hour exercising off!). To get back to business, the annulus, or wall of the disc though much harder and much firmer, is like the dough of the doughnut. Inside the annulus, or wall of the disc, is a gel material, the nucleus of the disc, which, again, is much harder and much firmer than the jelly inside the disc. For numerous reasons, the wall of the disc develops a small tear and that tear grows and grows due to the strains associated with everyday life. Gradually, the nucleaus, the gel inside the disc, fills in the tear and such simple things as coughing or sneezing cause the tear to become bigger and thus more of the gel fills in the enlarged tear. Gradually, over a period of time, the tear works its way from the center to the outer edge of the wall of the disc and causes the outer wall of the disc to bulge, thus what is known as a bulging disc. Or, for comparison to the jelly doughnut, as long as the jelly in the doughnut is contained within the dough of the doughnut, but the outer part of the dough is stretched or distended, it is a bulging doughnut! When the gel breaks all of the way through the wall of the disc, or the jelly begins to leak outside of the doughnut, it is known as a herniated disc. Either way, a foreign material, either the wall of the disc or the nucleus (gel) of the disc, may enter into the opening where the nerve exits from the spinal cord, causing a pressure to be placed on the exiting nerve.
There are many effective treatments for both bulging and/or herniated discs, and the neuritis (neur = nerve and itis = inflammation or inflammation of the nerve) or neuralgia (algia = pain, nerve pain or pain in the nerve) associated with the bulging or herniated disc. Treatments range from conservative care all the way to surgery. That will be the topic of another blog, but as a chiropractor I would encourage anyone to try conservative care before resorting to surgical intervention. I will just mention here that through the more than thirty years that I have been in practice we have had a very high success rate with the conservative care that we provide in our office. We now use the most incredible technology that I have seen for the treatment of lower back (lumbar spine) herniations, that being spinal decompression with the DRX9000. I have available for viewing pre and post MRI’s of one of our patients who was treated with the DRX9000 and the associated reports from Fort Hamilton Hospital which show the largest herniation I have seen in my years of practice on the pre spinal decompression treatment with the DRX9000 and show the herniation being essentially gone on the post MRI. I also have the patient’s permission to show his MRI’s to anyone who would like to see them. But, as I said, that is the topic for another blog.
We follow the health sections of mainstream media sources such as The New York Times, CNN and WebMD, and lately we’ve been seeing more and more stories related to Complementary Alternative Medicine. It’s exciting to see this adoption of holistic remedies by conventional health practitioners and hope that it continues to become more commonplace as we enter 2011. Here are a few of the latest articles: