A recent study conducted by medical and health care professionals outside the chiropractic profession, “Health Maintenance Care in Work-Related Low Back Pain and Its Association with Disability Recurrence,” (Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, April 2011, Vol. 53 Is. 4, p: 396-404) concludes chiropractic care to be more effective for common, work-related, low back pain (LBP), when compared to treatment by a physical therapist or physician.Overall, chiropractic patients illustrated lower medical expenses, fewer disability recurrences and shorter initial periods of disability.
The popularity of Vitamin D, sometimes called the sunshine vitamin, exploded over the past decade, with sales going from $40 million in 2001 to $430 million in 2009, according to the Nutrition Business Journal.
The surge in supplementation is due to a slew of recent epidemiological studies showing patients with higher Vitamin D levels in their blood experience better health outcomes in a wide range of maladies, from colorectal and breast cancer to stroke.
Martha Rozman had a persistent cough for two years. After visiting multiple medical doctors and being treated with inhalers and antihistamines to no effect, she decided to try something different.
“A friend of mine recommended Dr. Billiot,” Rozman said.
Dr. Melodie Billiot runs Alternative Health Improvement Center in Marietta.
“Nutritional choices are key to our health. All day long I deal with people struggling to find and maintain their health. I tell them if you don’t take time to be healthy, you’re going to have to take time to be sick,” she said.
Two days after Rozman saw Billiot, her cough stopped.
Doctors of chiropractic are drawn to researched-based, scientifically sound, but wholly natural solutions to health issues. Sharing health information with patients is part of our role. Because most of our patients are also seeing medical doctors, and many of those are taking prescription medications, we must be conversant on those drugs, their side effects and their impact on overall health.
Many of our patients with cholesterol problems are taking a cholesterol buster (a "statin" drug). They sometimes work well, but there are unwanted side effects that are well known.
The very mechanism of the statin drugs that make them successful creates another dangerous problem that is not stressed sufficiently to consumers: they deplete Co-enzyme Q10 — in some patients, up to 40 percent. Co-Q10 is a co-enzyme, a vitamin-like substance that facilitates and mediates 95 percent of energy production in the body by helping to create adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in the mitochondria. It has been extensively studied for over 30 years.
Since 2001, four long-term studies have examined the utility of glucosamine and/or chondroitin supplementation versus placebo in patients suffering from osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee (1-4). One long-term study compared glucosamine sulfate with placebo in patients with OA of the hip (5). To date, there has yet to be a trial with glucosamine/chondroitin for spinal OA, although one case history has been published (6).
While there is no guarantee for a perfectly happy and healthy life, if you follow the listed thirteen steps, you improve your chances of boosting your quality of life. Disregard them, and you may well be taking a big gamble with your mental and emotional well being.