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Spinal Manipulation Can Alleviate Back Pain

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on April 14, 2017 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (4)

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One of the most common reasons people go to the doctor is lower back pain, and one of the most common reasons doctors prescribe powerful, addictive narcotics is lower back pain.

Now, research published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association offers the latest evidence that spinal manipulation can offer a modestly effective alternative.

Researchers analyzed 26 studies involving more than 1,700 patients with lower back pain. The analysis found spinal manipulation can reduce lower back pain as measured by patients on a pain scale — like this one — from zero to 10.

Spinal manipulation, which is typically done by chiropractors, physical therapists, osteopaths, massage therapists and some other health providers, involves applying pressure and moving joints in the spine. 

Patients undergoing spinal manipulation experienced a decline of 1 point in their pain rating, says Dr. Paul Shekelle, an internist with the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Rand Corp. who headed the study.

"So if it had been a 7 it would be a 6, or if it had been a 5 it would be a 4," Shekelle says. That's about the same amount of pain relief as from NSAIDs, over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen.

The study also found spinal manipulation modestly improved function. On average, patients reported greater ease and comfort engaging in two day-to-day activities — such as finding they could walk more quickly, were having less difficulty turning over in bed or were sleeping more soundly.

It's not clear exactly how spinal manipulation relieves back pain. But it may reposition the small joints in the spine in a way that causes less pain, according to Dr. Richard Deyo, an internist and professor of evidence-based medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University. Deyo wrote an editorial published along with the study.

Another possibility, Deyo says, is that spinal manipulation may restore some material in the disk between the vertebrae, or it may simply relax muscles, which could be important.

There may also be mind-body interaction that comes from the "laying of hands" or a trusting relationship between patients and their health care provider, he says.

Deyo notes that there are many possible treatments for lower back pain, including oral medicine, injected medicine, corsets, traction, surgery, acupuncture and massage therapy. But of about 200 treatment options, "no single treatment is clearly superior," he says. The findings of this study may slightly shift that evaluation of benefits.

The findings are in line with guidelines the American College of Physicians released recently. Those guidelines suggest people with low back pain use techniques that may help speed up the healing process, including heat wraps, massage, acupuncture and spinal manipulation. The bottom line message, says Deyo, is to try to avoid medication.

"Even over-the-counter medications have some important side effects and complications," Deyo says. "Spinal manipulation seems to be quite safe when it's done in the lower back."

Medications can cause gastritis, an upset stomach and a rise in blood pressure. And if patients are prescribed stronger medication, such as opioids, they risk long-term use and even addiction.

Dr. Steven Atlas, an internist and associate professor at Harvard Medical School who practices at Massachusetts General Hospital, says the study offers "more support for alternative treatments," particularly for patients who are not getting better with self-care techniques such as heating pads, exercise and yoga. 

Atlas says further research could help identify patients who would benefit most from spinal manipulation therapy. This could make it easier for doctors to refer patients for treatment by a chiropractor or physical therapist, he says

Transitioning to Tower Garden

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on March 19, 2017 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Transitioning to Tower Garden


As the 2016 season drew to a close, I got a Tower Garden with grow lights and moved the growing inside. This first winter, the yield of greens and herbs from my indoor Tower Garden eclipsed what I’d gotten out of my soil garden last summer. Those plants grow so quickly!


I was so thrilled with the results that I bought another two tiers for Tower Garden . I will be adding full spectrum lights for my tomato plants.


Here’s my point: I spent a significant amount of time, effort and money trying to grow food using traditional methods. And the results were pretty disappointing.


But when I planted an indoor Tower Garden, I was soon harvesting two times a week—and continued to harvest from the same plants .This should be for more than six months, they say. And the whole process has required little time or effort.It has been a wonderful humidifier through this dry winter.


Now it’s hard to imagine not harvesting my own fresh food daily. I don’t think I’ll be giving up Tower Gardening anytime soon.


That said, I still maintain my outdoor dirt garden—in addition to my two Tower Gardens—to grow root crops (which I can’t grow with Tower Garden).

Because who’s to say you can’t do both? 

Maintaining weight without Pasta/Grains

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on February 13, 2017 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)


What if you want to eat healthy but cannot afford to lose weight?


Dr Gundry's recommendations are:


Please eliminate all Lectin containing foods from your diet.; all grains, pseudo-grains, nightshades. Eliminate all American cow milk products. You may have goat yogurt and cheese, sheep cheese, coconut yogurt, coconut milk, French and Italian cheeses. Use Macadamia or walnuts for calories and be generous with coconut oil.Published on his Q&A under DiabetesCD from Ohio asking:



I have been having patients use raw milk that is not homogenized to make higher calorie healthy foods. I am on the search for more information on whether raw milk was considered when the list for no American cow milk was made.


Dr Pam



Question Statins

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on February 13, 2017 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (3)

Saturday, June 13, 2015

National Panel Reverses Idiotic Cholesterol Guideline

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The studies are clear statins are only indicated for men after they have had a heart attack. There is no benefit for women. Check it out

Dr Pam