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Back Pain Management

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Back pain affects most of us at some time in our life. Both mainstream and CAM treatment alternatives are offered and integrative strategies encouraged. The use of infrared light therapy is introduced as a powerful adjunct along with physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, bodywork, imagery, qigong, prolo therapy, ozone, surgery, and much more.            

Epidural Injections for Back Pain Cause Fractures

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
  A study at the Henry Ford Hospital found that epidural steroid injections for back pain increased the risk of fracture by 29% with each steroid injection. They compared 3000 patients with severe back pain who had at least one injection with 3000 control patients without an injection. Steroids decrease absorption of calcium in the GI tract and increase...

Epidural Steroid Injections May Lead to Worse Outcomes

submitted by: admin on 02/20/2015
  According to  the February 2013 issue of the journal, Spine, epidural steroid injections (ESI) often lead to more pain and level of functioning at 4 years. In the short term, ESI can have a profound effect on pain relief. In those eventually going to surgery, compared to those not getting ESI, surgeries were shorter as was hospital stay. While...

Gut Microbes Linked to Weight and Metabolic Syndrome

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
  Scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine published in the August 2012 issue of PLoS a study showing that there are at least 26 species of bacteria linked to obesity and the metabolic syndrome traits such as body mass, triglycerides, cholesterol, glucose levels, CRP, insulin resistance, and high blood pressure. We know that many...

Indigestion

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
Indigestion usually results from a weak gut lining caused by drugs such as aspirin, steroids and NSAIDs, and physical or emotional stress, depression. Treatment with drugs is dangerous and addicting.          

Inflammation and Sports Injuries

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
Inflammation has now been shown to promote healing, so using anti-inflammatory analgesics, while they control pain and swelling, retard healing. Injuries stimulate the production of IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor) and the body manages a symphony when it comes to regulating inflammation and healing. Steroids are the ultimate example of reducing inflammation...

Inhaled Steroids Cause Fractures

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
Patients with COPD who use inhaled corticosteroids to improve breathing for more than 6 months have a 27% increased risk for bone fractures. The risk goes up as the dosage increases. It was previously assumed that inhaled steroids would have a predominantly local effect, but now we know this is not true. Treatment should consist of lowering or discontinuing inhaled...

Managing Your Allergies

submitted by: admin on 10/10/2013
  Environmental pollution causes many allergies such as asthma, eczema, hay fever. Most allergies are preventable. Roadside traffic is a common pollutant that causes pollution. Mainstream treatment blocks the symptoms of allergies but does nothing to treat the underlying cause. The dangers of antihistamines, bronchodilators, and steroids are reviewed.          

New Lupus Drug is a Blockbuster

submitted by: admin on 06/16/2019
Lupus erythematosis is a chronic auto-immune disease that affects millions of people.  Scientists are not exactly sure if lupus is a genetic disease, environmental, or related to lifestyle. Lupus can also be drug induced. It can be very debilitating and can affect joints, blood cells, skin, as well as organs such as the kidneys, heart and lungs.  Lupus...

Options in Treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

submitted by: admin on 10/12/2013
Mainstream treatment for inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's Disease sometimes require very aggressive treatment with steroids, TNF alpha blockers, chemotherapy, and even surgery, but they also require nutritional support of the GI tract with probiotics, l-glutamine, quercetin, digestive enzymes, essential fatty acids, and optimal...

Overtreatment of Sinus Infections with Antibiotics

submitted by: admin on 06/16/2019
Sinus infections are overtreated with antibiotics. Only about 3% of sinus infections are bacterial�the rest are viral. Antibiotics don't work in viral infections, but they are still too often prescribed.

Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
  A study of professional baseball players showed that anabolic steroids are now commonplace. The reasons and ethics of using these drugs is discussed. There is a price to pay for the effects on health. Steroid usage is rampant among non-athletes as well for cosmetic reasons. Acne, testicular atrophy, and breast enlargement are side effects.          

Steroids and Sports with Phillip Miller, MD

submitted by: admin on 10/16/2013
Are steroids unfair in sport. Hear the unusual perspectives of Dr. Miller. Both testosterone and growth hormone are illegal, but how much good do they do? He also feels that these antiaging hormones are valuable as we get older. If we are active weekend warriors, by the time we're 50, we start getting injuries...these hormones can prevent them.          

Steroids Can Cause Osteoporosis in 3 Months

submitted by: admin on 10/16/2013
  Glucocorticoids such as Prednisone and Prednisolone can cause osteoporosis within 3-6 months of use and lead to fractures, especially vertebral fractures. Nearly 5% of women in the US are on these drugs for a variety of conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, vasculitis, and a myriad of skin disorders. The risk...