Latest research reveals even more questions about the medical model

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Medical practitioners routinely underestimate the potential harm of the tests and treatments they recommend, while overestimating their potential value. Here’s the link to the research.

Learn more: Why doctors push diagnostic tests you don’t need.

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The greatest risk to elderly patients who see primary care physicians is not a treatment error but a medical prescription itself even when it’s correctly prescribed.  Here’s the link to the research.

Learn more: Nutrition vs. pharmaceuticals for low back pain

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Steroid injections make knee problems worse over a two year period, without providing any benefit. Here’s the link to the research.

Learn more: How to protect your knee cartilage.

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Statins caused an increase in mortality when given to lower-risk patients over 65. Here’s the link to the research.

Learn more: Cut your cardiovascular risk 50-70% or more.

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Running biomechanics and the “preferred path” theory

For years, biomechanics experts have been grappling with a challenging question: What is the ideal pattern of gait for runners?

The “ideal” pattern of gait would be a path of motion through the foot and ankle that allows for maximum running efficiency and minimal risk of overuse injury.

If you could define an optimal path, you could analyze how each individual’s running pattern varied from the ideal.  Then you could design the perfect shoe or orthotic insert to help compensate for individual deviation from the ideal.

Runners would run more efficiently and have lower risk of injury.  Running shoes could be designed (and recommended to each runner) on a scientific basis.

Unfortunately, coming to a consensus about this ideal path has been elusive.  That’s because the optimal path seems to vary a lot from one runner to the next.

Now new research (March 8, 2017 Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise) points to another way to address the challenges of runners.

The scientists had runners run with three differently designed shoes.  Surprisingly, the various shoes made little difference to the biomechanical path each runner used.  It seemed that each runner had a preferred pathway along which their foot and ankle moved, and shifting from one shoe or another made little difference.  Their motion was more dependent on their pre-existing “preferred path” than on the characteristics of the shoes they were wearing.

What does this mean for you?

I’m not trying to put my friends at the neighborhood running store out of business, but it may not be worth trying to find the perfect running shoe for your specific foot or gait type. If you’re trying to improve your running times and stay away from injury, you might see more benefit from working on yourself, not your shoes: core support, stretching, strengthening your calves, etc.

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Update on barefoot running

Running is healthy for your knees

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America’s other drug epidemic – seniors in the hospital

Kaiser Health News is a valuable source of health information.

Here’s a sample – an article from August, 2016 written by Anna Gorman describing our shocking overconfidence in prescribing drugs to seniors.

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Dangerous drugs that put seniors at risk

Chiropractic for seniors

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This quick enjoyment of life quiz predicts your longevity

I enjoy the things that I do

  • Never
  • Rarely
  • Sometimes
  • Often

I enjoy being in the company of others

  • Never
  • Rarely
  • Sometimes
  • Often

On balance, I look back on my life with a sense of happiness

  • Never
  • Rarely
  • Sometimes
  • Often

I feel full of energy these days

  • Never
  • Rarely
  • Sometimes
  • Often

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It’s more fundamental to health than good nutrition

What could be more fundamental to your health than good nutrition?

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Altered Sense of Humor an Early Warning Sign of Dementia

man laughingTo laugh is human…….

Our scientific understanding of the role of a sense of humor as part of health is growing. What’s also emerging is an understanding that a shift in the types of things that make you laugh can be a clue to a change in mental abilities.

A 2016 article in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease reported on the results of a questionnaire about humor preferences.

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Running is healthy for your knees

The traditional argument against running was that the pounding of running compacts your knee cartilage and speeds up the process of arthritis.

Here’s the counterargument: cartilage becomes healthier when it’s subject to cycles of loading and unloading. Since a large fraction of your knee cartilage has no direct blood supply, the only way to get nutrition into the cartilage (and flush waste products out) is to repeatedly squeeze and then release the tissue, just like wringing water out of a sponge.

The anti-running argument has always had numerous holes. For one thing, it’s been hard to document the negative effects of running in a scientific laboratory. And long term studies show that runners don’t have an increased incidence of knee arthritis.

Now the pro-running argument has gained even more support.

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New clues in chronic fatigue syndrome

If you have chronic fatigue syndrome, you confront a paradox: physical activity is helpful, but exercise can also backfire and leave you totally exhausted. You might feel burning or aching in your muscles as if you’ve run a marathon even when you’ve only walked around the block.

This hallmark of chronic fatigue has a scientific name: “post-exertional malaise.” Post-exertional malaise is considered one of the symptoms that officially defines the diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Now scientists have discovered a clue about the energy metabolism of people suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome that might account for post-exertional malaise.

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Reverse Hip Joint Arthritis

I’m on a mission to make hip joint degeneration a relic of the past.

Many of my patients have benefitted from a program that slows the processes that grind down the hip joint, reverses some of the accumulated damage, and prevents or delays the need to have hip joint replacement surgery.

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Harm Reduction vs. Restoring Health: Why Blood Pressure Pills Don’t Make You Healthier

Whenever I see my personal medical doctor I’m reminded of the differences between the allopathic medical philosophy and the chiropractic perspective.

“If you’re not able to control your blood pressure with lifestyle changes,” she was telling me, “You should take blood pressure medication to improve your health.”  Why did this statement sound off-base to me?

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