The humble mushroom is gaining in popularity as a healthy food, and for good reason. They are a source of important nutrients like riboflavin, niacin, potassium and selenium. They are also very low in fat and calories, but are filled with lots of water and fiber, so they can make you feel full. They have been promoted as a weight-loss food for this effect.
Scientists prove it’s true – the spinal cord gets into the act to maintain chronic pain.
The experience of chronic pain is more than the sum of its parts.
Chronic pain sufferers are familiar with the scenario: Reverberating pain circuits get activated in the brain and spinal cord. Then you can’t get rid of pain just by healing an injured joint or muscle – the pain has taken on a life of its own.
Now a research team led by Sean Mackey, MD, PhD at Stanford University has found an elegant way to study this phenomenon – with functional magnetic imaging of the spinal cord.
I think I have the most important job in the world.
Many thanks to Linda Grayling of the consumer watchdog website Drugwatch for this important guest article.
Dangerous Drugs that Put Seniors at Risk
More than 40 percent of people older than 65 take five or more medications, and some take dozens of pills every day.
That’s a lot of drugs, and it’s no surprise that this results in confusion for many seniors, who often run into serious problems when they take too much of a prescription or mix medicines that interact badly.
Even worse, some drugs are dangerous all by themselves. Seniors should be aware of drugs with serious side effects, especially drugs that are targeted at diseases more common in older populations.
I’ve posted a recording of an interview I did with Virginia Reed of Progressive Radio Network. The conversation covered a range of topics including the therapeutic use of touch, spinal problems, movement, body awareness, chiropractic, and more.
You’ll hear a few moments of The Rolling Stones introducing her show. Enjoy!
Virginia Reed Interview
The April 15, 2013 edition of the medical journal Spine adds yet another chapter to our understanding of chiropractic in the treatment of acute low back pain.
This study compared two groups of acute back pain patients – those receiving standard medical treatment only and those receiving standard medical treatment plus chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy.
Based both on measures of pain relief and on return to functionality, the chiropractic group had a speedier and more complete recovery.
It’s one of the more common spinal problems for people over 55 – lumbar spinal stenosis.
Smaller Than Average Spinal Canal Predisposes to Symptomatic Stenosis
You get low back pain and leg pain that’s worse standing or walking. You feel better bending forward or sitting down. And your legs tire prematurely when you walk.
The symptoms of spinal stenosis are commonly caused by narrowing of the spinal canal from gradual spinal joint degeneration. The nerves of the spinal cord get pinched, causing pain and leaving your leg muscles weakened.
Although spinal stenosis is common, the standards for diagnosing it are controversial. Some doctors focus on the nature of the pain and the way it behaves. Others focus on imaging studies such as MRIs that picture the amount of space available for the spinal cord.
The problem is that not everyone with stenosis-like symptoms has canal narrowing that shows up on MRI. And vice versa – not everyone with spinal canal narrowing has pain, weakness, or other symptoms.
The sense of touch bonds families and groups, guides the brain of infants as they learn to understand the world, enhances healing, and serves as a private communication link between intimate partners.
Even though you rarely think about it, the nerve receptors in your skin are constantly engaged in picking up information.
And your tactile system is more sophisticated than you may realize. Here are some examples. Continue reading
It’s a tragedy that the current medical system has strayed so far from its basic mission of protecting people’s health. Financial incentives have become so skewed that they actually encourage sub-standard care.
Two recent articles offer powerful evidence.
I always dread it.
I’m treating an athlete with a hamstring strain, and I have to pass on the negative news – hamstring problems are notorious for their high recurrence rate. Even though your muscle may be healed and tests show that you’ve regained normal strength, once you’re back participating in sports or fitness activities there’s a fair chance your problem will recur.
In fact, one study illustrated the limitations of the standard rehabilitation protocol for hamstring injuries – stretching and strengthening of the injured muscle. Unfortunately, 6 out of 11 injured athletes using this rehab strategy for their hamstrings had their problem recur within 2 weeks of returning to normal activities. Those aren’t good odds.