You may have heard of a treatment called dry needling and wondered what exactly it is or if it’s something that may be right for you.
While the name of the procedure may sound intimidating, dry needling is safe, minimally discomforting and often an effective technique for patients with certain musculoskeletal presentations. Dry needling is a treatment performed by skilled, trained physical therapists, certified in the procedure. A thin monofilament needle penetrates the skin and treats underlying muscular trigger points for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.
So, what is a trigger point? A trigger point is a local contracture or tight band in a muscle fiber that can disrupt function, restrict range of motion, refer pain or cause local tenderness. When dry needling is applied to a dysfunctional muscle or trigger point, it can decrease banding or tightness, increase blood flow, and reduce local and referred pain.
It’s important to note dry needling is not the same as acupuncture. It uses similar tools, but that’s where the similarities end. Dry needling is performed by different practitioners with different training. Acupuncture is based on Eastern medicine, while dry needling is rooted in Western medicine and evaluation of pain patterns, posture, movement impairments, function and orthopedic tests.
Dry needling treats muscle tissue, and its goal is to reduce pain, inactivate trigger points and restore function. It rarely is a standalone procedure. Rather, it often is part of a broader physical therapy approach incorporating other traditional physical therapy interventions into treatment.
Dry needling can be used for a wide variety of musculoskeletal issues, such as shoulder, neck, heel, hip and back pain. While research indicates dry needling is a safe and effective approach for treating and managing pain, some insurance companies may not reimburse for the procedure.
Kara Johnson, D.P.T.
There is a silent epidemic of blindness which is gradually sweeping over aging Americans.
This common blindness is being caused by macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is now the #1 most common cause of blindness in adults. In fact, one in ten folks over age 60 has already unknowingly started the changes of early macular degeneration.
The macula is in the center of the retina (the layer of tissue on the inside back wall of your eyeball). It deteriorates in a variety of ways. There are two types of macular degeneration. One type is called dry macular degeneration which is more common and less severe. The other type is called wet macular degeneration. Wet macular degeneration is generally caused by abnormal blood vessels that leak fluid or blood into the region of the macula creating scar tissue while dry macular degeneration is a steady deterioration or rotting away of the back of the eyeball.
Considering the wealth of information on clinically documented cures for this disease it baffles me why so many ophthalmologists are clueless about the causes and cures of this eye disease. You wonder how a person who specializes in one tiny organ, the eyeball, can fail to want to know everything there is to know about it.
So what are the causes?
As people get older and get macular degeneration or other eye problems that their levels of two nutrient called lutein and zeaxanthin go down, as opposed to folks who keep healthful levels in their eyes. Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids from our foods that are present in the highest concentration in the retina. No other place in the body is higher.
Spinach is a wonderful source of lutein and the most potent form in supplements I've found is 20 mg Lutein (also contains zeaxanthin). Is important to note that improvement deteriorated if they discontinued the supplements.
And of course eating a lot of dark green leafy vegetables and not just relying solely on nutrients has improved vision in 71% of participants.
It shocks me that with the most expensive and high-tech medical system on the planet, more ophthalmologists don't do the obvious and that is to check the nutritional status of their patients. Many folks have completely gotten rid of their macular degeneration.
But like anything else, the earlier it is attacked, the better the results.
The bottom line?
Take a daily Lutein 20 mg and anyone with any type of eye disease should get the Cardio/ION with an expert interpretation. Your whole future depends on your eyes.
Obesity has hit epidemic proportions and the world is desperate to do anything to lose their unwanted fat.
Although eating a healthy diet and exercise is paramount to losing fat, there is one little unknown fact that will prevent millions of people from ever losing fat.
According to the US government this one thing is the considered the number one pollutant in the human body and will put a quick halt to ever reaching your desired level of fitness and fat loss.
One of the major causes of the obesity epidemic is the unprecedented level of phthalates or plasticizers.
The problem with these toxic environmental toxins is the fact that they are difficult to impossible to avoid. In fact they are found in every species even in the most pristine wild.
In fact we have so damaged the chemistry of even animals in the wild that the polar bears in the Arctic have human diseases such as hypothyroidism and osteoporosis.
Phthalates are the highest pollutant in the body being over 10,000 times higher than any of the thousands of other environmental toxins.
In fact they are so pervasive that now children six years of age have levels that used to take adults until the age of 40 to accumulate.
Phthalates are the highest pollutant in the body being over 10,000 times higher than any of the thousands of other environmental toxins.
-The government agencies, scientific and medical literature have clearly documented that a huge amount of these environment toxins (phthalates) come from our water, soda and infant formula bottles, food packaging, cosmetics, nail polish, mattresses, couches, carpets, clothing, medications, styrofoam cups, IVs, vinyl flooring, construction materials, home wiring, computers, industrial and auto exhausts, etc.,
The sad point is the fact that these toxins stockpile in the body and overwhelm our ability to detoxify them.
We routinely measure them with a wonderful test called Phthalates & Parabens Profile (https://www.gdx.net/product/phthalates-parabens-test-urine)
In addition to the damage these environmental toxins do to the biochemistry of losing fat they have also been known to be associated with difficult to treat chronic fatigue syndrome,fibromyalgia, ADD, syndrome X, diabetes, arteriosclerosis, allergies, and much more.
In fact the label that a disease has is now unimportant. All we care about is what caused the disease and what biochemical corrections are necessary to get rid of it and actually bring about a true solution, a word you rarely hear in drug-oriented medicine.
What is even worse is the fact a pregnant mother's phthalate levels (look at how many are continually drinking from plastic water bottles, etc., thinking that it's something healthful) hugely influence not only the development of the child's brain and glands, but even future fertility and cancers in their unborn children, not to mention, of course, obesity.
What you need to understand and something the researchers have forgot to mention is the fact that fat stores a huge amount of our chemicals, so the fatter you are the more the difficult it is to lose fat. Interesting and at the same time depressing.
The bottom line is many people will never lose weight or solve their medical problems because they have not gotten rid of the phthalates and other environmental pollutants that have damaged their chemistry and genetics.
One of the key ingredients to ridding the body of these harmful toxins is first to do what you can to avoid it (STOP DRINKING OUT OF SYROFORM CUPS and PLASTIC BOTTLES) and invest in a far infrared sauna
Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., DACBN, MS, CFMP
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Before starting any self treatment Dr. Grisanti recommends that you consider consulting with a doctor trained in functional medicine.
The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dr. Grisanti and his functional medicine community. Dr. Grisanti encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.
A study published in Nature revealed that improving the gut microbiota could be a potential target in addressing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). While it is known that the gut microbiota impacts health in many ways, it seems that modulating gut bacteria may also help to mitigate autism symptoms.
In this study, the researchers re-evaluated a small group of 18 ASD children who had severe digestive issues. Two years prior, these children underwent Microbiota Transfer Therapy (MTT), which consisted of antibiotics, cleansing the bowels, suppressing stomach acid and a fecal microbiota transplant. At the time of the MTT, the results showed significant increases in bacterial diversity along with marked improvements in both gastrointestinal (GI) and ASD symptoms for participants. This follow-up study subsequently found that two years after the MTT, bacterial diversity persisted and both GI and ASD symptoms remained “improved” compared to baseline according to the same GI and behavioral tests that were utilized previously.
Currently, one in 59 children in America have ASD. A great majority of individuals with neurobehavioral disorders, such as ASD, also experience chronic gastrointestinal symptoms. Established research supports the notion that ASD children have distinct gut microbiomes compared to neurotypical children.
This novel study highlights a non-human microbial cell perspective of neurobehavioral health, one that could help to treat conditions like ASD. The need for microbiota therapy is exigent as the study points out that currently “no medical treatment has been approved to treat core symptoms of ASD, such as social communication difficulties and repetitive behaviors”.
Sleeping more on the weekend to recover from sleep lost during a busy workweek is very common. Yet, recent study findings suggest that sleeping more on the weekend is not an effective strategy, and still leads to metabolic dysregulation and a higher risk of metabolic problems such as obesity and diabetes.
The study examined the connection between habitual weekend “recovery sleeping” and circadian timing, energy intake, weight gain and insulin sensitivity. Healthy, young adults were used as study participants and were assigned to one of three groups. The first group was the control group and had 9-hour sleep opportunities. The second had sleep restriction without weekend recovery sleep and 5-hour sleep opportunities. The third group was allowed to sleep for 5 hours during a 5-day workweek, as well as 2 days of weekend recovery sleep, followed by 2 nights of insufficient sleep.
The results showed that insufficient sleep increased after-dinner energy intake, as well as body weight. During weekend recovery, the participants slept for 1.1 hours more than the baseline group, and after-dinner energy intake decreased once again. However, when the participants experienced insufficient sleep after the weekend, the after-dinner intake and body weight increased again. The group that had only insufficient sleep had decreased insulin sensitivity compared with baseline, and the drop was approximately 13%. Yet the insulin resistance of those who were allowed to recover at the weekend equally dropped by between 9 and 27%. Without management, insulin sensitivity can lead to further metabolic issues.
This study suggests that sleeping more on the weekends to recover from a recurrent lack of sleep during the week is not as health-promoting as getting sustained good-quality sleep throughout the week.
Sleep and weight is a two-way street. Lack of sleep can lead to weight gain; weight gain can lead to lack of sleep. Take steps to break those tight links and your weight, energy, and overall health will improve.
Sleep Less, Weigh More
When you don’t get enough quality sleep, two major hormone pathways in your body are affected, and not in a good way. Your pituitary gland, which acts as the master controller for all your other hormones, is very sensitive to lack of sleep. If you’re getting the seven to eight hours of sleep most people need, your pituitary gland functions normally. While you sleep, it coordinates the release of growth hormones and thyroid hormones, for example, and suppresses the release of the stress hormone cortisol. But if you’re like a lot of other adults these days, you’re in a more or less constant state of partial sleep deprivation. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the average American today sleeps only about seven hours a night--and many sleep only five to six hours a night on a regular basis.
Chronic sleep deprivation leads to elevation of cortisol in the evenings, a time when levels should be diminishing. When cortisol levels are chronically high, so is insulin resistance, a key factor leading to weight gain and a sharply increased in the risk of type 2 diabetes. Chronic sleep deprivation also changes your release of growth hormone. Instead of sending out one large pulse of the hormone soon after you fall asleep, you send out two smaller pulses, one before you fall asleep and another after. This exposes your tissues to growth hormone for a longer period and is probably a factor in reducing your glucose tolerance.
People who get too little sleep tend to be heavier than those who sleep enough. To take just one research example, women in the long-running Nurses’ Health Study who slept on average 5 hours a night or less had a 15 percent greater chance of becoming obese over 16 years than women who slept on average seven hours a night. According to the CDC, 33 percent of people who sleep less than 7 hours a night are obese, while only 26.5 percent of people who sleep more than 7 hours a night are obese.
Why does lack of sleep make you gain weight? One big reason is that the hormones that control your appetite are powerfully affected by sleep loss—they make you hungry! In fact, they make you hungrier than you should be relative to how much energy you’re expending by staying awake. Your level of the hormone leptin, which regulates how satiated you feel, drops markedly if you don’t get enough sleep, so you feel hungry even if you’ve eaten recently. At the same time, your level of the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates your appetite, goes up, making you feel even hungrier—and crave carbohydrates to satisfy your appetite. It’s not a lack of willpower that’s making you eat cookies late at night--it’s lack of sleep.
Another reason chronic lack of sleep causes weight gain is increased insulin resistance. The mechanism is complex, but when you don’t sleep enough, your cells can’t handle insulin well--the sensitivity of your fat cells to insulin can drop by as much as 30 percent. When your cells are resistant to insulin, your blood sugar goes up and your pancreas produces more insulin to overcome the resistance. But insulin is also your body’s fat-storing hormone, so that extra blood sugar gets carried off to be stored as fat. You gain weight and are at increased risk not only for type 2 diabetes but also for high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer. The risk of type 2 diabetes is very real. According to the CDC, 11.1 percent of people who sleep less than 7 hours a night have type 2 diabetes, while only 8.6 percent of those who sleep more than 7 hours a night have the disease.
Weigh More, Sleep Less
The weight-sleep equation goes the other way, too: being overweight or obese can keep you from getting enough sleep. Weight-related health issues such as sleep apnea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and arthritis can keep you from sleeping well—you don’t get enough sleep even if you’re in bed for seven or eight hours or even longer. Poor sleep has the same effect on your weight as lack of sleep.
Obstructive sleep apnea, for example, is a very common cause of poor sleep quality, especially among adults who are overweight or obese. When you have obstructive sleep apnea, your airway collapses or is blocked while you sleep. When that happens, your breathing gets very shallow or even stops while you sleep—the pauses can last for just a few seconds to up to a minute or even longer. In severe sleep apnea, they can happen as often as 30 times or more in an hour. After a breathing pause, you usually wake up with a choking noise or snort. Often, you go back to sleep right away, without realizing you woke up. The poor quality of your sleep leads to daytime sleepiness, putting you at risk for car crashes and workplace accidents. In the long term, obstructive sleep apnea can cause the same chronic illnesses that sleeping too little does, including high blood pressure, heart attacks, diabetes, and cancer. It’s also associated with cognitive and behavioral disorders.
Sleep apnea is a serious medical problem that can be treated with breathing devices such as positive pressure masks, but lifestyle changes, particularly weight loss, are key.
When you have COPD, shortness of breath can make sleep difficult. People who have COPD and are also overweight or obese have even more trouble sleeping, which in turn can make their COPD symptoms worse. Exercise has been shown to be very helpful for COPD, for example, but it’s hard to exercise when you’re tired from lack of sleep. Losing weight can help improve sleep and raise energy levels. If you have COPD and feel that losing weight could help, talk to your doctor about choosing a diet and exercise plan that’s right for you.
Painful joints from arthritis can keep you up at night. Anti-inflammatory drugs and pain medication may help you sleep, but they can also bring additional problems, such as digestive upsets and possible dependence. Just as being overweight or obese is a significant risk factor for developing arthritis, losing weight is one of the best treatments. That’s hard to do if lack of sleep is making you feel hungry and painful joints are limiting your activity, but the improvement in arthritis symptoms from weight loss can be significant.
You can turn the two-way street of sleep loss and weight gain into a one-way street leading to better health. The key is putting the brakes on weight gain by finding ways to get more high-quality sleep. If a medical issue such as sleep apnea or pain is keeping you from resting well, seek professional help to get it under control. More often, the issue is simple lack of sleep. Work schedules and life issues can mean a solid night’s sleep is low on your priority list. When you move sleep up to the top of the list, however, you might be pleasantly surprised by how much your work and personal life improves. Being well-rested gives you more energy and improves your outlook on life in general. When that happens, your ability to change your diet and stay focused on healthy eating really improves.
Truly, if you snooze, you lose!
By: Robert G. Silverman, DC, MS, CNS, CCN, CSCS, CKTP, CES, CIISN, DACBN, DCBCN, HKC, FAKTR
IMPORTANT FOR WOMEN! COMPLETELY AVOIDING SUNLIGHT IS ASSOCIATED WITH A 1000% INCREASE IN BREAST CANCER.
By Marc Sorenson, EdD, Sunlight Institute
As I was searching the National Library of Medicine (PubMed) for information on sunlight and its relationship to breast cancer, a profoundly important piece of research emerged. An investigation from Iran on the association between cancer risk and vitamin D showed that low vitamin D predicted only a slightly increased risk of breast cancer. However, among women who totally covered themselves and thereby had no sunlight exposure, there was a more than a 10-times increase in the risk of the disease.
The message of the study is that sunlight avoidance, as promulgated by the sunscreen industry and dermatological societies, is one of the biggest frauds ever perpetrated. Coupled with our pitiful nutritional habits, it guarantees that breast cancer will remain rampant. Women (and men), please take care of yourselves by getting regular, non-burning sunlight exposure. That habit correlates to a reduction not only in breast cancer, but also prostate cancer and about 20 other major cancers. The sun is not your enemy. Just use it wisely and don’t burn. And while you do that, please eat lots of berries, dark fruits and green vegetables.
I have written many articles on this site regarding sunlight and cancer. Use the search bar to look up and read them. I will shortly post another blog on prostate cancer and sunlight. Until then, happy and safe sunbathing!
 Bidgoli SA, Azarshab H. Role of vitamin D deficiency and lack of sun exposure in the incidence of premenopausal breast cancer: a case control study in Sabzevar, Iran. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2014;15(8):3391-6.
This amazing food has shown powerful immune-boosting and anticancer activity--including blocking the formation of tumors.
One food source that has been thoroughly researched in its role in immune stimulation and cancer are Medicinal Mushrooms. This amazing food has the ability to complement chemotherapy and radiation therapy by countering several of the side effects of these modalities, including nausea, bone marrow suppression, anemia, and lowered resistance. The following mushrooms have shown powerful immune-boosting and anticancer activity—including blocking the formation of tumors. These mushrooms contain polysaccharides, substances that increase immune defense by enhancing the function of macrophages and natural killer (NK) cells.
A seven-year clinical study funded by the National Institutes of Health and jointly conducted by the University of Minnesota and Bastyr University in Seattle found that freeze-dried turkey tail mushroom had a dramatic impact in boosting immune function for women with stages I, II, and III breast cancer and also contributed to tumor shrinkage."
This mushroom, also 'known as hen of the wood' has been found to inhibit tumor growth in human clinical trials. It has also been found to increase the production of interleukins, neutrophils, T cells, and macrophages while decreasing side effects of chemotherapy.
A 2015 University of Florida study showed increased immunity in people who ate a cooked shiitake mushroom every day for four weeks." By comparing blood tests obtained both before and after the experiment, researchers saw better functioning immune cells and reductions in inflammatory proteins.
Reisshi ("Mushroom of Immortality")
Reisshi mushrooms contain beta glucans, a type of polysaccharide that has demonstrated antitumor and immunostimulating activity. Recent findings indicate that reishi mushrooms may increase NK cell cytotoxicity against cancer cell lines. They may also protect against radiation damage.
Lion's mane mushrooms have been demonstrated to stimulate NK and macrophage activity and also to inhibit angiogenesis (the development of new blood vessels), contributing to reduction of tumor size. It was also discovered that when the mushroom was combined with the chemotherapy drug doxorubicin, an otherwise drug-resistant human liver cancer became treatable.
Evidence shows that cordyceps is an immune modulator with potentiating and suppressive effects on both innate and adaptive immunity. It enhances the activity of NK cells and has been found to initiate T cell responses against microbial pathogens and tumors."
Conclusion: As you can see from the above, Medicinal Mushrooms should be included in everyone's diet to enhance immune function and has promise in the management of cancer.
By: Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S.
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The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dr. Grisanti and his functional medicine community. Dr. Grisanti encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional. Visit www.FunctionalMedicineUniversity.com for more information on our training in functional medicine.
1. Practice PosturePosture is a developmental process, meaning that the more that you stay in a certain position, the more that you’re going to remain in that position. That means that good posture is something that you have to constantly practice. Posture largely affects the amount of strain that you’re putting on various parts of your body, so making sure that you’re sitting up straight while you’re at your desk can be the difference between a healthy back and unpleasant bi-weekly visits to the chiropractor.
2. Get the Exercise GoingStretching regularly and exercising is a great way to loosen up your body, making it more malleable to your good habits. You’re relieving stress centers that exist in your body, providing your posture with the relief that it needs to make you look and feel great. By exercising, you’re protecting your body from stress that can cause chiropractic problems. It’s not only good for your chiropractic health, though. Exercise is going to improve your overall health, improving every part of your life, including both your body and your mind.
3. Watch Yourself at WorkIf you want to stay on top of your chiropractic health, you need to make sure that you’re watching yourself during your workday. Ideally, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re never sitting for more than forty-five minutes at any given time. Make sure that you get up and walk around for a little bit, it’s going to keep you loose and make sure that you continue feeling great.
Unless you’re in a job that requires it, you should be cutting out as much heavy lifting from your lifestyle as possible. If you can’t, make sure that you’re utilizing the proper lifting techniques to prevent potential injuries from occurring. Lift with your legs, not with your back, and if you have to carry something heavy, don’t put all of the weight on just one shoulder, or you might get shoulder pain, which can result in even worse problems.
4. Avoid Bad Sleeping Habits One of the easiest ways to cause back problems is to sleep on it incorrectly. In order to get the spinal health you want, make sure that you never sleep on your belly, and on your back if you can. Your mattress should be more firm than soft, and you should have a contoured pillow that will fit your neck correctly while you rest. If you don’t do this, you might start experiencing the back pain that millions of Americans are already experiencing.
If you’re falling asleep on the couch at night, make sure that you’re not using the arm of the sofa as a pillow, as this can strain your neck substantially, causing you to need some serious chiropractic work. Try to sleep on your side with your knees bent and a pillow between them. Not only is this a very comfortable position, but it’s also the best position for your chiropractic health.
5. Wallet in the Front PocketThere are many seemingly harmless things that you can do to practically ruin your chiropractic health, but among them, having a wallet in your back pocket is probably the worst. Having something constantly digging into your posterior is not only uncomfortable, but it also throws off the entire alignment of your spine, making it almost impossible for you to retain the good chiropractic health habits that you want to have. Make sure that you don’t keep anything in that back pocket, it’s more for decoration on your pants anyway. You can be sure that your lower back is going to thank you for it.
Practice Chiropractic WellnessChiropractic wellness is a simple matter of practice. Catch yourself next time you’re at your desk and notice that you’re slouching. Discipline yourself to get out and exercise whenever you can. Cut out the lifting, and make sure that you avoid all of the bad sleeping habits. These are all tips that can prevent chronic pain from becoming a problem in your body. By practicing all of these, you substantially reduce your risk of experiencing pain, which can take several chiropractic appointments over a matter of weeks to fix.
If you want to stay flexible, reduce your stress, and prevent a myriad of disease, you need to stay on top of your chiropractic health. The only way to do that is to have regular appointments with a chiropractor who has a plan that’s based on your specific chiropractic needs. From physiotherapy, to spinal adjustments, your chiropractor has a plan for you. What do you do when you’re not with your chiropractor? How do you stay on top of that chiropractic health in the interim? Here are a few tips that you can use in your everyday life to improve your chiropractic health so you can stay on top of things between the appointments that you have with your chiropractor.
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