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Tendonitis

Tendonitis

Doctors throw this diagnosis around as if it were some kind of a disease that attacks a joint.  But that’s just silly!  Any time we see a word ending with “…itis,” we know that it’s simply a Latin suffix meaning “sore” or “inflamed.”  People go to their doctor and say, “Gee, Doc, it feels like I have a sore tendon or something right about here.”  The doctor translates that into Latin and repeats what you just said by telling you, “Oh, well, you have ‘tendon … itis.”  True, but you already knew that, even if you didn’t know how to say it in medical-speak.

Medical approaches to treating tendonitis are first to give you medications to reduce pain.  But pain medications never “target your pain,” regardless of the hype the advertisers try to give us.  They work throughout the system, meaning they have the exact same effect throughout the entire body. But after you’ve taken your one-thousandth pill, when that one thousandth tablet wears off, you’ll need number 1,001.  They don’t correct anything!

Or they might give you a shot of cortisone.  It makes the tendon temporarily slide a little easier and reduces the inflammation by the process of suppressing your immune system.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my immune system compromised to hide a problem instead of fixing it!

One can certainly suffer infections in a joint that can result in tendonitis, but it would always involve a break in the skin and would be accompanied by a fever and a high white blood cell count.  However, this is very rare.

The real question regarding tendonitis is, ‘What’s causing the tendon to become irritated?’  When the body is functioning correctly, there are no irritating factors on the tendons.  If a tendon is sore, something involving the movement of the tendon is definitely functioning incorrectly - a mechanical malfunction.  Mechanical malfunctions at joints are what chiropractors have been addressing for well over 100 years.

Unfortunately, most chiropractors put most of their attention on the spine.  If you have tendonitis in your shoulder or your wrist, adjusting the spine is not going to change the alignment of the shoulder or the wrist.  You need very specific manipulation of the affected joint.  In my practice, for instance I can identify over 150 different possible misalignments in the extremities alone, not counting the spine at all.  A lot of chiropractors know a few extremity adjustments, an elbow adjustment perhaps, or two or three foot adjustments, for instance.  But there are at least 14 possible adjustments for the elbow, 22 for the middle foot.  So you’ll want to find a chiropractor who truly knows his or her way around the extremities (limbs).

There are two kinds of chiropractors that I know of that are particularly good at this as groups.  One group is Activator chiropractors.  The best ones in this group are Advanced Proficiency Rated in the Activator technique.  You may not want to settle for just Proficiency Rated unless no Advanced Proficiency doctors are near enough to you.  To find Activator Chiropractors, go to www.activator.com and look for a qualified doctor.

The second kind of chiropractor that’s really good at extremities is one who has been trained in the Impulse Technique.  Its founder is an ex vice president of Activator Methods and a research maniac!  He discovered that multiple impulses at the rate of six per second are measurably more effective than single thrusts with an Activator. This understandably caused consternation between himself and the president of Activator, so he left Activator and teaches a complete technique based on his instrument that delivers six pulses per second.

The best Impulse doctors are “Certified.”  To find one near you, go to www.goimpulse.com.  Click on your state and find a little “flag” near you.

In my own office, as one of the first doctors in the country to become Advanced Proficiency Rated in Activator and only the fourth doctor in Arizona to achieve full certification in the Impulse technique, I use a combination of what I consider the best diagnostics from both approaches and use the instrument that seems most appropriate for the patient in front of me.

By restoring normal mechanical function in a joint, it’s pretty easy to get rid of the irritations causing joint soreness that doctors like to call “tendonitis.”

 

A New Approach to the End of the “Tunnel!”

Carpal Tunnel, Ulnar Tunnel, Tarsal Tunnel, Cluneal Nerve Entrapment.

“Tunnel syndromes” result from physical nerve entrapment in an anatomical tunnel. Entrapment causes nerve stretching.  That causes pain. Treatment success requires releasing the nerves. Once released, they can move freely within those tunnels, without stretching.

Surgeons cut away bone or tissue to free the nerves.  But surgical scars can re-entrap those nerves. They cause a significant percentage of surgical patients to re-develop the symptoms within five years.

Chiropractors release nerves by adjusting the position of bones and soft tissue.  With chiropractic, there’s no scarring to re-entrap them.  But it does require repetition over a period of time.  The repetition trains the body’s tissues to “hold” the new positions.

Specialized laser therapy proves to maximize treatment outcomes. Adjustments last longer.  Stabilization occurs sooner.  It just optimizes the chiropractor’s treatments.

This kind of chiropractic requires very specialized training.  Dr. Boatright has that training and has practiced it for many years.

Whether it’s:

 


  • Carpal tunnel syndrome – (your thumb, first two fingers and half of the ring finger)

  • Ulnar tunnel syndrome – (half of your ring finger and your little finger)

  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome – (in front of your ankle on top of the foot)

  • Or Cluneal nerve entrapment – (from the crest of your hip, through the “osseofibrous tunnel,” into your buttock)


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there’s a specific chiropractic protocol for treating it.

Are you or somebody you love looking for a light at the end of a “tunnel” syndrome?  Give us a call for a complementary consultation.

Life’s too long to live it in pain!

 

 

Will They Grow Out of It?

Will They Just Grow Out of It?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard parents tell me about children who’ve experienced chronic pains and their doctors have told them, “Don’t worry.  They’ll just grow out of it!”  However, what this really means is, “I have no idea what’s going on, so please stop asking me questions about it.”  They’re hoping that the body will adapt to it, the pain will diminish or perhaps nature will take care of it.  But this is not always the case!

Nature has a blueprint for our bodies.  When they function normally, we’re healthy.  When we’re not healthy it’s because something in that blueprint is not functioning in the way it was designed to function by nature itself.  For every ill effect, there is a cause.  Resolution of the body’s departure from its normal function doesn’t come from drugging the effect or cutting the effect out of the body, even though these can sometimes be life-saving emergency measures.  Normal function comes from addressing the body’s departure from normal function and taking measures to correct those departures.  Saying, “Oh, they’ll just grow out of it,” simply reflects a lack of insight into the concept of cause and effect.

In chiropractic, the focus is on resolution of causes.  Chiropractors don’t dispense drugs because drugs are aimed at changing, reducing or covering up effects.  Chiropractors don’t do surgery because surgery focuses on removing or remodeling the effects of a disease process.

Surprisingly, chiropractic doesn’t actually address pain either!  Pain serves as a useful tool for helping the chiropractor locate where the cause of a health problem might originate, true.  But the chiropractor addresses a condition called a “subluxation.”  Subluxations are misalignments in the human skeleton that create adverse effects on the nervous system.  That’s hugely important because the not an organ or gland anywhere in the body can do anything without a command from a nerve.  If a nerve is being affected by a misaligned bone, it can create adverse effects in the function of the body and compromise our health in one way or another.  The nervous system is the tool the brain uses to communicate with and control every organ and tissue in the body.   When the misalignments of subluxations are corrected, mechanical interferences to the nervous system are removed. Often the causes of pain an ill health are removed as well.

What’s the bottom line?  In a healthy body there is no pain.  Quite possibly, your child may have no valid reason to wait until they “grow out of it.”  Why let your children suffer when they don’t have to.  If you haven’t tried chiropractic yet, you haven’t tried everything!
 

Menstrual Pain

Menstrual Pain

When I was twenty-four, I’d been in construction for three years.  My neck and back were a real mess and, since the medical doctors were doing absolutely nothing for me, I discovered chiropractic and was amazed by the results in a very short time.  About that same time, my son was born, our second child.  From that time on, my wife had … not one, but two periods … every month and her intense flow disturbed us both.  At the same time, she lost some control of her leg; sometimes, she even had to drag it behind her as she walked.

I had originally gone to my chiropractor for my own back pain, but, fortunately, he had educated me on the whole-body benefits of chiropractic too.  So just as a matter of curiosity, I asked him one day if chiropractic might be able to do anything to help her.  He was confident when he suggested that it might indeed help.

I took her in to his office with me; he examined her and adjusted her.  She was in the throes of one of her twice-monthly heavy periods at the time, but the period stopped before we even reached home!  After a few adjustments, the leg reestablished its normal function too.  It was one of those dramatic experiences that led me to decide I wanted to be a chiropractor too.

Every function in the body is regulated by the nervous system.  Chiropractic is actually the science and art of maximizing the function of the nervous system.  Moving bones is just the mechanical means we use to accomplish that.  Nerves that exit the spine in the middle of the low back are the ones that regulate the reproductive cycle in women.  Keeping those vertebrae in proper alignment to keep those nerves functioning at top levels can help the process go much smoother.  This is especially true when the chiropractic care is delivered just before or around the time of the menses.

Dozens of my patients over the years have also reported a decrease in the severity of PMS symptoms.  Some of those symptoms even disappear altogether.  Other patients come to see me once a month just for comfort control during their menstrual cycle.

If you experience difficulties or pain just before or after your menses, chiropractic might be a viable way to prevent or eliminate the symptoms rather than the use of drugs after they’ve already caused you misery.

Now is the time to eliminate this problem from your life.  Call for an appointment today.
 

Thumb Pain

Thumb Pain?
Short-Term Pain Strategies Contribute to Lifelong Arthritis!



Every time you try to button your coat, pick up a cup of coffee or try to tie your shoes it stabs you again. It’s amazing how easily you can forget it and you find yourself jerking back your hand and grimacing in pain every time that nasty, sharp, little pain pokes you again. You never realize how often you use your thumb to do things until you have a thumb joint that hurts like mad every time you bump it or try to put any pressure on it.
Sometimes it gets swollen and red. Sometimes it even hurts to bend or turn your wrist. You’ve read about it on the internet and Web MD. Maybe you’ve talked about it with your doctor. Maybe you’ve worn braces, used pain creams or eaten aspirins several times a day. Maybe your doctor has even given you injections. But it still hurts. Maybe not as much, but doggone it … it still hurts!



Your family and friends have told you that it’s arthritis. You didn’t want to believe them so you went to the doctor and he or she verified it … it IS “arthritis.” So now what? What do you do? You only have one set of thumbs and they’re going to have to last you a lifetime!
The most important thing you could possibly do at this point is to come to fully and completely understand one simple and indisputable fact! Arthritis is NOT a disease. It never has been and it never will be. EVER!



“Arthritis” is a Latin term made of two root words, “arthro” which is a term that refers to joints; and “it is” which is a Latin term indicating that something is irritated, inflamed or sore. That’s it!



So here’s the deal.




You go to the doctor and you say, “My thumb is sore.” The doctor looks at it. He sees that it’s red, moves it around and watches you flinch. And then he pronounces what you already knew: you have a sore thumb. Except the doctor doesn’t say it in English like you did. The doc said it in Latin, “You have “arthritis.” But here comes the really scary part.
Your doctor … like you and your friends … believe that “arthritis” is a disease that somehow attacks your thumb and makes it sore. The fact that you have arthritis is NOT evidence of WHY your thumb is sore, the fact that your joint is sore IS the arthritis itself! Arthritis doesn’t CAUSE sore joints, it IS the soreness!



Well, you wonder, if the arthritis isn’t causing the soreness, then what is? And this is the most crucial question you could possibly ask.



By far, the most common cause of arthritis (joint pain), according to the medical literature, is excess wear. It results in what is medically referred to as osteoarthritis. Long-term osteoarthritis is characterized diagnostically by pain in the joint, deteriorating cartilage in the joint space and the formation of bone spurs at the joint surfaces. But it’s not deterioration in the joint that’s causing the joint pain, but rather, the process that’s causing the deterioration in the joint is also responsible for causing the pain.



So the next important question has to be, What could cause all that excess wear? There’s plenty of research to tell us. When a joint is misaligned, it accelerates the rate of wear up to seven times the normal rate! THAT can cause that characteristic degeneration … BIG TIME!



So here’s the challenge:



We get some pain in the thumb joint. The creams, braces and aspirins may be able to offer some degree of temporary relief, but not complete relief and over time, when it reappears, it lasts longer and it’s more severe. That’s because we’re treating the symptom rather than the true problem. It’s like having an arrow in your back, going to the doc and getting pain pills but you walk out the door with the arrow still poking through your flesh!
If the excess wear is causing the accelerated degeneration of the joint and also causing the pain (arthritis), the logical therapeutic solution is to stop the excess wear. Since the most common cause of excess wear is a misalignment in the joint, the most logical therapy is to realign the joint into its proper alignment.



You can do that!



It’s pretty easy. If it’s a relatively new condition, it will take a relatively short time to correct. If it’s been there for a long time, it will take longer to retrain those tendons and ligaments, but it can be done.



The people who have been realigning joints with expert precision for 118 years are doctors of chiropractic. Most have focused their attention on backs and necks. Certain groups of chiropractors include “extremity” work in their regular practices … they adjust alignment in the limbs.



A few groups work extensively with extremities … groups like those who are certified in the Impulse technique and particularly those who are Advance Proficiency Rated in the Activator technique. Some of these doctors who have particularly mastered these techniques can identify tiny but hugely significant misalignments in joints like the thumb.
In my practice I correct these every day.



I have extremely good success with them. Obviously if they have been deteriorating for so many years that the bones are grossly miss-shaped, I’ll have some limits, but invariably, I’ve always been able to make improvements. In most cases, we’ve been able to give these sufferers their normal lives back. If you’re having frequent thumb pain, I’d love to put your case in that category too.



Don’t suffer any longer. You don’t have to! Stop chasing temporary symptom relief only to allow the misalignment and degeneration … the real problem … to increase over the years without ever truly conquering the pain. Come see me or another master of the Activator chiropractic technique where you live. Life’s too long to live it in pain! (602) 264-6300

 

Splenda, Your Thymus, Your Immune System and how They Relate to Colds and Flu:

Splenda, Your Thymus, Your Immune System and how They Relate to Colds and Flu:
Jump-start your health after the holidays.
If you’re a regular Splenda user, there’s a very simple way to make a major improvement in how well your immune system fights diseases of every sort. Believe me, I’m NOT here to sell you any kind of a product, gadget or gizmo. I’m writing to appeal to your own intelligence and your natural ability to make rational decisions based on facts – reality.
Forgive me if I’m being overly simplistic here but your immune system is a vast array of functions in your body that are responsible for fighting diseases, infections and helping you to heal. When that system is functioning to its optimum capacity, you stay quite healthy. When it’s compromised … in any way … you’re vulnerable to disease processes and infections of all sorts. It’s really that simple.
As a practicing doctor of 25 years, I could write an entire book about maximizing the function of your immune system (and I probably should) but in this blog post, I’m going to zero in on just a few points … Killer T Cells and your Thymus gland.
There are two ways a person can go about fighting a disease: 1) Kill the invading organism with some sort of death agent (a drug) that can be injected or swallowed, but that ALWAYS has unwanted side effects (because they ARE death agents), or 2) maximize the effectiveness of your body’s own immune system … your “resistance” to disease.
Killer T Cells are a type of white blood cells that are your immune system’s first line of defense against viruses that can make you sick … viruses like colds and flu. You want to make sure you have plenty of these and that they’re fully developed into the disease fighters they’re created to be. They have an interesting life cycle.
Some white blood cells, called lymphocytes, will eventually become these formidable Killer T Cells. In a way, they have to get specialized training to do their very special job. This takes place in the Thymus gland. This is where the Killer T Cells are fully developed into immune system agents that are fully in keeping with their name – a formidable foe to invading viruses. Maximize their presence and your resistance to disease is very high. Reduce their number or their development and your health is at risk.
Unfortunately, Splenda has been proven (from its vey inception) to shrink the Thymus gland, a fatty gland that sits on top of your heart, the “training center” for Killer T Cells. When the Thymus gland is compromised, the development of Killer T Cells can’t reach completion and your defensive army has already lost half of its battle against diseases of all kinds before the battle even begins!
P.J. Tolley, on rense.com quotes studies showing that Splenda reduces the size of the Thymus gland by up to 40%! Can you imagine going into battle with 40% of your army already gone before you even start? But that’s not all … not by a long shot! Splenda also:
Enlarges the liver and kidneys,
Reduces growth rate
Decreases your RED blood cell count
Causes excessive growth of the pelvis
Extends the length of pregnancy or causes premature delivery and
Reduces birth weight
I wondered about how accurate her report was so I did some additional research and found a document issued by the FDA. I was pretty surprised to read, with my own eyes, in doctor-speak (which I’ve been fluent in for over 25 years), that the above claims are all backed up in the FDA’s own research documents!
But I digress. What does all of this mean to YOU? I could give you hypothetical scenarios all day long but that would all be just theoretical. So let me tell you a true story … how I stumbled onto all of this myself.
About five years ago, I was a heavy Splenda user. I had fully accepted the sales hype about how wonderful it was and I’d use three packets in a cup of coffee! I’d been a heavy user for a few years. But I was also getting severe colds and flu 2 to 4 times every year. They’d have me down for days! They’d leave lingering symptoms for weeks. But this was an unusual, recent development for me. I’m a really healthy guy otherwise and it made my wife (a clinical laboratory scientist) curious. So she launched her own detective research project to see if she could discover the cause. My use of Splenda was her first area of research (since I used it so much).
Bingo! She found it right off the bat! But when she told me about her discovery, it made me angry and defensive (a sure sign that I was “addicted” to it). But she’s usually right with her research findings so I begrudgingly abandoned the Splenda altogether.
Amazingly, it worked right away. I’ve only had a very short bout of a cold … once … over the past 5 years! And that was when I couldn’t find any other kind of sweetener at a restaurant and used Splenda in the pinch.
For me … there’s absolutely no doubt, whatsoever. The facts have PROVEN themselves for me, a doctor married to a laboratory scientist.
Just remember, however, colds and flu aren’t the only diseases your immune system fights. It fights ALL diseases. The stronger your immune system, the better you’re going to be able to resist ALL diseases, even the very serious ones.
So what’s the alternative to using Splenda? Certainly NOT Aspartame unless you like being cranky, gaining weight and, again, compromising your immune system. Sugar may be OK if you’re NOT diabetic, but it can be a serious threat if you are. All of the extra sugar during the holidays also encourages viruses and bacteria lurking in the background in your body though. It’s one of the main reasons why we have so many colds and flu just after the holidays … every single year … without fail.
The pink stuff (like Sweet & Low) was linked to cancer in mice decades ago, but the study was flawed. It was administered to the mice in doses of what would be the equivalent of a bucket-full … every day … for a human. So its threat is actually questionable. I use the pink packets often, especially in restaurants.
Stevia, of all the sweeteners I know, however, is the only one that actually has redeeming nutritional value. A product called Truvia that has a little sugar in it too to maximize its pleasant sweetening taste.
Bottom line? It’s your immune system, but in my book, using Splenda is like deliberately taking doses of colds and flu and setting one’s self up for more serious disease processes.

 

Osteoporosis: Mastering Your Bone Density

OSTEOPOROSIS: Mastering Your Bone Density
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Osteoporosis is the dreaded severe bone loss experienced by some women after menopause. It results in brittle bones, compression fractures in the mid spine, hip fractures and stooped shoulders. There are a myriad of components to this condition.
Bone loss occurs normally in all people in their senior years. But due to the influence of testosterone and larger muscles on males’ bones, their bones are more dense that those of women. So when age causes the loss of bone density, it is more noticeable in women.
Also, when women are pregnant, the developing fetus takes a priority in the woman’s body. Much of her calcium is lost to the baby in the womb. Some scholars say that osteoporosis is therefore set up by poor nutrition during the woman’s child-bearing years but doesn’t become evident until 20 to 30 years later. So it’s imperative that expectant mothers get adequate amounts of calcium, Vitamin D and exercise during pregnancy.
A few words about calcium sources: store-bought homogenized, pasteurized milk will actually PREVENT you from absorbing calcium because of the phosphates present in the processed milk. Dairy products like cheese and yogurt may provide you with useable calcium, but there’s a big question about MILK unless you get it fresh from the cow!
Tums is another deceiver. Although there is a lot of calcium in Tums, because it is an ‘ANT-acid’, your body can’t absorb the calcium. Calcium requires an acid environment for your body to absorb it. Not only will your body fail to absorb calcium from Tums, you will not be able to absorb it from any other kind of food until the residue from the Tums has cleared from the stomach.
The best source of calcium is getting it from the same source that cows get theirs – GREEN LEAFIES!
For the last few decades women have routinely been prescribed estrogen to combat osteoporosis; however, the conclusions of the studies that endorse these prescriptions is faulty. In those studies, the women were given not just estrogen, but progesterone as well. But no mention is made about the PROGESTERONE in the conclusions. Estrogen may slow down bone loss to some degree but it can’t prevent it and it certainly can’t reverse it. Estrogen reduces the action of cells that break down old bone for replacement. Estrogen, especially in the absence of adequate amounts of balancing progesterone, has also been implicated by some as a major player in the development of nearly all cancers!
Bone-replacing prescription drugs have a horrible reputation for causing ulcerations in the digestive tract but that seems to be the manufacturer’s justification for being slightly more effective at replacing bone loss than estrogen (which only slows its breakdown but never actually replaces it with any new bone). The best the prescriptions can do as a benefit is to replace up to a maximum of about five percent of the bone loss.
NATURAL PROGESTERONE has been documented as being capable of replacing up to 19 percent of bone loss in one year and up to 29 percent in three years, with no known side effects other than the occasional exception of a few hot flashes for the first few weeks of use.
What about the ‘progesterone’ or progestin the doctor PRESCRIBES for women? If it is dispensed by prescription, it has been chemically altered, attaching a foreign molecule onto a natural progesterone molecule. This is the only way it can be patented and it must be patented to be able to be regulated by prescription. With the foreign molecule attached however, it just doesn’t work the same.
For instance, progesterone is the hormone that helps a woman to carry a baby to term. Pro – means ‘for’ or ‘supportive of,’ gest – means ‘gestation’ which is carrying a baby to term and erone – means that it is a hormone. But prescription progesterone is an active ingredient in birth control pills! So ALWAYS look for a NATURAL progesterone instead of using prescription types.
When looking for natural progesterone, get it in the form of a CREAM from a health food store. Delivery through the skin is 57 times more effective than oral doses. Make sure it has at least 450 milligrams of progesterone per ounce in the cream. Use about enough to cover your little finger nail per application. One day put on the inside of one elbow. The next day use the other elbow. The next day put it behind one knee, then the other. Next place it on the side of your tummy, then the other and finally, on one side of your neck and then on the other. Alternating the application sites prevents them from becoming resistant to its effects.
To prevent your body from becoming resistant, use it for three weeks then take one week off and then repeat the cycle regularly.
However, you can get plenty of calcium and have an effective amount of progesterone, but if you don’t exercise to put some physical stress on your bones, they have no physiological reason to get strong and stay strong. So be sure to get some regular exercise, the more strenuous (without causing you pain or injury) the better.
And finally, even if you do all the above, you’ll still need to make sure you’re getting an adequate amount of Vitamin D. For several years we were warned against taking Vitamin D because it’s fat soluble and can become toxic in large amounts. But “large amounts” were never quantified and so most Americans are now actually vitamin D deficient. Many doctors on the cutting edge today are recommending up to 11,000 IUs of Vitamin D3 for their patients. More conservative doctors, like me, recommend 5,000 IUs daily. Vitamin D3 is preferable to taking straight Vitamin D and is available at any health food store. Vitamin D is vital for getting the calcium into your bones.
In summary, to maximize bone density and minimize osteoporosis, pay special attention to your calcium picture during your child-bearing years. After menopause, be sure to take 5,000 IUs of Vitamin D3 daily, exercise regularly, avoid milk and taking Tums and eat a lot of green leafy vegetables. And if you need to REPLACE bone loss that has already occurred, the MOST EFFECTIVE and SAFEST approach is with the use of a NATURAL progesterone cream from your local health food store.
 

Chest Pains

Chest Pains
This is probably one of the scariest of all symptoms. Chest pains are automatically associated with heart disease and heart attacks. But a complaint of chest pain is sort of like a complaint about hip pain. The first thing people have to do is to identify exactly what they mean by “chest pain.” Is it pain in the front or in the side? Is it high or is it low? Is it a localized, sharp pain or is it a more generalized local pain? Does it seem to be on the surface or does it seem to come from deep inside? Is it limited to the chest or is it also in the back? Is there simultaneous pain in the left arm? Does the person feel chronically weak and lack energy? Does the person experience nausea and/or sweats when the chest pains occur?
These are all questions that are vital when discussing chest pain. Heart attacks can cause a plethora of symptoms but the chest pain usually has a particular characteristic, if there is actually any pain present.
Women, for example often don’t have the chest pains that are typical in men’s heart attacks. Women can just feel chronically tired and short of breath.
The heart attack chest pain in men is usually described as a crushing pain. You hear descriptions like, “It feels like an elephant sitting on my chest.” So the pain is usually non-localized and over a broad area throughout the chest.
Sharp, pointed pain that is localized to a spot that one can indicate with the point of a finger is usually not a heart attack, but rather skeletal irritations such as one encounters with misalignments of ribs at the sternum (breast bone) or of the sternum itself. A misaligned sternum can also leave one a bit short of breath because it inhibits the free motion of the ribs to breathe. A misaligned sternum can cause pain in the mid back too that seldom resolves with chiropractic adjustments to the back alone. This is also due to the rib attachments. They attach both in the front at the sternum and in the back on the spine itself.
The sternum is actually three bones with two joints. The xiphoid process is a tiny bone at the bottom of the sternum. The body is the center part and the manubrium is the top part of the sternum. The body and the sternum can become misaligned at their connection as well. This usually results in persistent pain in the upper back, where the top three ribs attach, and in preventing long-term resolution from regular adjustments to the spine only.
Again, chest pains are always scary. Especially if you have a history of heart disease, always be sore to err on the safe side and have it checked out. If your medical doctor finds no cardiac-related causes or if treatment for cardiac causes is ineffective at eliminating the pain, check with your chiropractor for misalignments in the back, in the ribs and in the sternum.
Hopefully the information above regarding the location and quality of pain can help alleviate some unnecessary worry (and expenses).
 

Knee Injuries in Female Athletes

Knee Injuries in Female Athletes
The first aspect to consider is that the female knee bears a specifically different shape than a male knee. This is due to a number of factors, the first being the width of the woman’s pelvic girdle. Women have a wider pelvic girdle to accommodate gestation – carrying a child internally for nine months – with minimal compromise to her own internal organs. This sets the hip sockets farther apart than those of men. The wider hips in turn create the necessity for a greater angle from the hip to the knee rather than the straighter up-and-down angle in males, and consequently a greater angle between the thigh and the lower leg at the knee.
Secondly, the location of the hip sockets in women is different than those of a man. They are more forward than men’s sockets. This is the reason why women’s feet tend to flare outward behind them when they run when compared to men. It’s simply anatomical.
These two anatomical factors also make women more prone to foot pronation. Foot pronation is a rolling inward of the foot so that the arch is closer to, or contacting, the ground – a “flat foot” or “fallen arch” if you will.
When the foot pronates, even slightly, it causes the ankle to rotate inward. That causes the knee to rotate inward and puts extra pressure on the inside of the knee. This lowers the hip on that side and creates a bend in the lower spine. The person compensates by raising the shoulder creating a bend in the middle spine. So the foot is like the foundation on a house. If it’s compromised, the entire structure is negatively affected.
Statistically, female athletes have an increased incidence of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in the knee. In fact, the Journal of Orthopedic Sports Physical Therapy 1996:24 published a study called, “The relationship between static posture and ACL injury in female athletes” stating that, “There is a high risk of ACL rupture directly correlated with the amount of pronation.”
What can female athletes do to minimize the risk of these ACL injuries due to pronation? The most obvious strategy is to minimize the tendency to pronate the foot.
In a healthy foot, there are three arches. The first one is between the great toe and the heel. This is the one we all know. There should be a second one between the little toe and the heel. Fewer people are aware of this one. And the third arch is across the ball of the foot from side to side. Few doctors are aware of this one if they’re not familiar with a system called “Foot Levelers.”
Custom-made inserts can be made to support these arches and help minimize pronation. Hard or firm arch supports aren’t healthy because the connective tissue between bones must have directional motion for maximum strength and flexibility. Hard inserts don’t allow this motion to happen so the connective tissue weakens and atrophies and most hard inserts only support the first arch but not the other two.
Correct custom inserts should be made from computerized measurements of the individual’s foot, complete with measurements of the condition of all three of the person’s arches. The insert or “orthotic” should have both support and a degree of “give” in order to help to strengthen the connective tissue in the foot.
In my estimation, the best system in the world for accomplishing this is the system I mentioned above, called “Foot Levelers.” I have this system in my office for patients and the orthotics are typically significantly less expensive than other, less effective inserts. By supporting the foot to minimize, prevent and/or reverse pronation in female athletes with Foot Levelers orthotics, these women can significantly reduce their vulnerability to ACL and other knee injuries.
If you’re not in an area that would make it convenient for you to visit my office in Central Phoenix to be fitted for Foot Levelers, find a chiropractor in your area who is equipped to do so. The investment is well worth it for everyone, especially female athletes.
 

Opting Out of Health Insurance

Opting Out of Health Insurance


A few years back, my wife, already on Medicare, had occasion to endure a week-long hospital stay in intensive care. All ten of her doctors at one of the most respected neurological hospitals in the country were befuddled and she left, despite their objections, having figured it out by herself within the first few hours of her stay.
As we anticipated the bills from the hospital and the doctors, we expected them to be uncomfortable reminders to invest in a secondary insurance. However, such was far from the truth! We spent far less by paying the deductibles and co-payments, out of pocket, than we would have spent on monthly premiums had we invested in a secondary insurance.
Over the two years that followed, we experienced two more hospital stays with surgical procedures and in both of those instances we again found that the out-of-pocket costs were less than if we had been paying for secondary insurance every month. Our conclusion – “Why throw money away for no apparent reason?”
The primary concern for people regarding health insurance is – “How do I pay for my care if something happens and I don’t have insurance?” Let me tell you that if you haven’t been involved with billing insurance over the past five years, you may not yet be aware that, in the experience of a great many people today, you’re still going to have to pay for your care, or a major portion of it, even if you are insured. The red tape, clauses, denials, reviews, appeals and on and on, result in non-payment of your claims or reduced or partial payment, leaving you liable for payment anyway. The insurance company gets your money but you still have to pay the doctor! Unfortunately, every time we make a monthly premium payment to the insurance company, we’re teaching them that their conduct is acceptable.
For me, the idea of paying several hundred dollars every month and then having to get permission to see my doctor from a clerk at a computer is ludicrous! Further, it’s outrageous that, having paid so much money each and every month, there should be any hesitance whatsoever by the insurance company to pay my bill. That is the one and only, sole purpose, of having insurance in the first place!
This is especially distasteful since we pay hundreds of dollars, each and every month in premiums, believing that there may be an outside chance that we will need to see a doctor or visit a hospital, and then when we don’t have to use it, we lose every nickel we paid into it. Every single cent! In fact, most of us seldom do need to use it. That’s why insurance companies are some of the most lucrative companies in the world. I personally believe that this is the main reason why government wants to get itself into the insurance business as well, skillfully and deceptively disguising their motivation as a humanitarian effort.
There is an alternative however, if you’re disciplined enough to use it. Here’s how it works.
First you have to understand that any public hospital today has to accept patients regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. There are signs on the walls in hospitals everywhere explaining this requirement. Nearly all hospitals in the country also offer discounts for cash payment (another strong indicator of how intolerable and financially risky insurance billing and collection is). The point is that no hospital will turn you away because you don’t have insurance. They can’t.
And lastly, regarding hospitals, their billing departments will happily set up a payment schedule for you to pay your bill off in monthly payments. Most would be thrilled if you offered payment in large monthly installments equal to the hundreds of dollars in insurance premiums we all pay monthly.
Consider the following. Shop for the best health insurance that you can purchase on the budget you have. It might be $325 per month. It might be $769 per month. It might be $1,237 per month. Select the amount you would be willing to spend for the coverage you would like to have. This amount has to realistically be something you would otherwise be willing to actually spend on your health insurance.
Instead of purchasing the insurance, however, set up a personal savings account and deposit that amount into the account each and every month. Be disciplined. It’s a monthly payment that would be a mandatory part of your budget anyway. Only, in this scenario, the payment is going to benefit YOU rather than an insurance company’s stock holders. I know some people would suggest setting up an HSA (health savings account); however, those are set up with insurance companies and again are subject to a third party insurance clerk dictating how and when YOU can use YOUR money! You may not get the tax advantage; however, YOU will be able to use YOUR money exactly as YOU wish.
Set up your own, personal savings account. As the months and years go by and your savings balance grows because you deposit more than you use, YOU will earn the interest. The part you’ve paid in and haven’t used always stays with YOU in YOUR account rather than simply disappearing into the insurance company’s coffers. Some who practice this kind of disciplined saving over a period of 30 years find themselves automatic millionaires, literally, due to compounding interest.
YOU will be able to decide what kind of doctor you can see for your health challenges and, in the process, gain your health care professionals’ undying loyalty, devotion and respect when you pay at the time of the visit or when you receive your bill.
YOU can decide what procedures you want to have done rather than having a clerk at a computer looking at a flow chart and deciding that it would not be in the insurance company’s best financial interest.
Bottom line: In this scenario,
• Your money is YOURS to use or to save and earn you interest.
• No one ever has any say as to how you use your health savings dollars but YOU.
• You never owe a doctor or hospital because you always pay in cash (at a discount).
• If you should encounter a hospital bill larger than the amount you have in your health savings, you can pay off the unpaid balance at the same rate that you were making deposits into your savings account, so you’re never out any EXTRA out-of-pocket money!
The only variable that’s not completely addressed in this scenario is the issue of Obamacare fines for those who choose not to carry health insurance. Without sitting down with the actual numbers, I believe that in a year’s time, the vast majority of people would be better off financially by paying the annual fine than by paying hundreds of dollars every month and having that money simply disappear with no benefit to the individual, year after year.
Obamacare doesn’t say that everybody has to have insurance; it only says that if you don’t, there will be a fine. It’s up to you to decide whether you want to surrender a few hundred dollars in fines annually or thousands of dollars in annual insurance premiums that completely disappear every year. The interest you earn on your account can at least partially offset the fines, in some cases, perhaps completely.