Free Natural Thyroid Health Webinars

Wellness Consultants- Natural Thyroid Health

Wellness Consultants- Natural Thyroid HealthWe found this series of free natural thyroid health webinars given by Dr. Eric Osansky, author of the book “Natural Treatment Solutions for Hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease.”

For those who are interested in treating their thyroid or autoimmune disorder naturally, we offer free webinars each month on how natural treatment methods might be able to help with different types of thyroid and autoimmune thyroid conditions. These webinars provide some valuable information about natural treatment methods.

Dr. Eric Osansky is a licensed healthcare professional who helps people recover from thyroid and autoimmune thyroid conditions through the use of natural thyroid treatment methods. He is a chiropractic physician, and while many people consider chiropractors to be neck and back pain doctors, some chiropractors receive special training that gives them the knowledge to focus on other conditions, such as endocrine disorders. Although Dr. Osansky focused on typical chiropractic conditions in his practice for 7 ½ years, he gained a greater appreciation for endocrine disorders when he was personally diagnosed with Graves’ disease.

We encourage you to check out the next webinar, as well as the articles and videos on Dr. Osansky’s page. Click here.

Using Nature to Fight Bronchitis, Colds, and Flu’s

Wellness Consultants- Virus

Wellness Consultants- VirusThere are many things you can do to help yourself fight off a cold and to help yourself recover faster when you are ill. Our body’s need the help and nature has many anti-viral agents to helps us recover faster.

The reason we need the help is because of the way viruses work. When we are exposed to a virus, either through touching or airborne, it goes from our mouths, lungs, and sinuses into our blood stream.

Viruses invade a cell and clone themselves, called replicating. They do this by killing the cells they invaded then replicating inside them and then leave looking for a new cell to invade. When they leave the cell they just killed they take with part of the body’s cell wall. This protein & fat cell wall covers the virus and acts as a false coat perhaps like a shield, making the body think that this is one of its own cells. This is how a virus can stay in our body without the immune system recognizing it and then killing it. The body’s white blood cells do not recognize the virus, they just see a small body cell floating around. It can take up to a week or two before the immune system finally identifies the false cell and begins killing the viruses. This is the reason why it can take days to weeks before you feel like you are getting over the “cold” or other viral infection. The faster we start killing off can boost our immune system response the faster your immune system will identify the virus.

Many researchers agree that up to 90% of pathogenic organisms that we come in contact with may be a virus or “virus like” in nature, therefore we introduce Monolauren. Monolauren can destroy the coating on these pathogenic organisms and thereby initiate defensive boost that our body may need to spark our immune system and make it faster in recognizing these organisms after they are broken down by the monolauren and enabling our body’s natural defenses to “rally the troops” to begin our recovery process.

Lipid Coated Viruses (LCVs) and Bacteria (LCBs) – LAURONIC ACID. This is made from fatty acids (fats), called Monolauren. A normally occurring fat in our cells. Monolauren will strip off the fatty / protein coat that the viruses hide with to confuse our bodies defenses. In tough colds I like this to help the immune system identify the virus. Consistently over the years in clinical practice we have found one thing……It really works. Some of the microorganisms inactivated by the lauric acid monoglycerides are listed in the table below. Many of the pathogenic organisms reported to be inactivated by these antimicrobial lipids are those known to be responsible for opportunistic infections in HIV-positive individuals. For example, concurrent infection with cytomegalovirus is recognized as a serious complication for HIV+ individuals.

The properties that determine the anti-infective actions of these lipids are related to their structure; e.g., monoglycerides, free fatty acids. The monoglycerides are active, diglycerides and triglycerides are inactive. Of the saturated fatty acids, lauric acid has greater antiviral activity than caprylic acid (C-8), capric acid (C-10) or myristic acid (C-14) for these viruses.

The antiviral action attributed to monolaurin is that of solubilizing the lipids and phospholipids in the envelope of the virus causing the disintegration of the virus envelope. In effect, it is reported that the fatty acids and monoglycerides produce their killing/inactivating effect by lysing (breaking open) the (lipid bilayer) plasma membrane. However, there is evidence from some recent studies that one antimicrobial effect of monolaurin is related to its interference with signal transduction (communication) in cell replication.

Wellness Consultants- LCVs

Wellness Consultants- LCBs

We suggest that you give it a try over the next 9 months and see what you think. Safe for all ages except infants, I believe you will be very happy with the results.

Many patients have asked for more information on Monolauren. Please review this information and check out this website for further information.

A Sante, Dr. Mark

PS Many patients use Monolauren for “preventative” purposes reporting best results as follows:

Preventative immune enhancement / protection: 1 to 2 capsules per day as needed or ½ scoop of crystals for “first line” immune defense and 2 scoops then 1.5 , 1.0, and .5 progressively for acute symptoms to assist your immune system in interrupting the replication cycle of the above listed virus’ and bacteria.

Monolauren supports your immune defenses allowing your body to still build it’s a specific immunity unlike most other supplements because it physically “denatures” the infective agent.

Laser Therapy for Disc Herniations

Dear Patients and Community Members,

We have over 10 years of experience in “laser treatment” for spinal and other structural injuries and rehabilitation, such as shoulders hips, knees and muscular malfunction, as well as several different types of “laser instruments” for treating these injuries. Suffice it to say, we are the local “state of the art” “go to guys” for accelerating injury repair and breaking down scar tissue from improperly healed “old injuries” as well.

Laser Therapy for Disc Herniations

By Fred Kahn, MD, FRCS(c) and Michael Patterson, MSc

Low back pain has obvious lifestyle and financial burdens; when it is accompanied by radiation of pain and numbness in the lower extremities, it can be truly debilitating. Lumbar disc herniations account for only 4 percent of low back pain patients, but account for a high percentage of low back pain costs.

A painful disc herniation results when a tear of the annulus fibroses allows migration of the nucleus pulposus (protrusion), resulting in nerve root irritation. Lumbar disc herniations typically occur in individuals between the ages of 30-40 years,1-2 when the nucleus pulposus is still fluid and the annulus is weakened by strenuous activity and age. Due to this relatively young demographic, poor treatment outcomes can result in decades of suffering for these patients.

Prior to the existence of imaging studies, little was known about the healing mechanism of disc herniations. Imaging studies have confirmed what has been long suspected: Disc herniations can decrease in size and even disappear spontaneously, leading to decreased pressure on the nerve root.3

In adult discs, blood vessels are normally restricted to supplying only the outer layers of the annulus. Low oxygen tension at the center of the disc leads to an anaerobic metabolism, resulting in high concentrations of lactic acid and low pH. These deficiencies in metabolite transport limit both the density and metabolic activity of disc cells.4 Collagen turnover time in articular cartilage is approximately 100 years5 and is theorized to be even longer in the disc.6The result is that intervertebral discs have a limited ability to recover from metabolic or mechanical injuries such as herniations.

There have been a number of mechanisms investigated in attempts to determine how disc herniations heal. It is generally accepted that the herniated disc fragments are reabsorbed.7-8 Histological investigations have shown the presence of granulation tissue with abundant vascularization surrounding the fibrocartilaginous fragments.7 Within the granulation tissue, the prevailing cell types are macrophages with fibroblasts and endothelial cells.8 These cell types have been demonstrated to be positively affected by laser therapy. The stimulation of macrophages and fibroblasts could be the primary mechanism by which laser therapy heals disc herniations.9

Inflammatory markers such as IL-1, IL-6 and TNF-a are also present at the site of disc herniations, leading to higher prostaglandin E2 concentrations. Two studies have demonstrated that laser therapy is effective in reducing prostaglandin E2 concentrations.10-11 Bjordal has demonstrated that inflammation is greatly reduced 75, 90, and 105 minutes after active laser therapy compared to levels prior to treatment.11 The reduction in inflammation appears to be another method by which laser therapy promotes healing in disc herniations.

There is substantial published research on the effectiveness of laser therapy in treating LBP and lumbar disc herniations. The majority of these research articles discuss chronic (nonspecific) low back pain either alone12-14 or with exercise.15-16 These positively inclined studies seem to be absent in reviews from either the American Pain Society / American College of Physicians17 or the Cochrane Collaboration.18

In the review of laser therapy for low back pain performed by the American Pain Society / American College of Physicians, four trials (566 patients) demonstrated that laser therapy was effective and one trial (140 patients) found laser therapy to be no more beneficial than a sham laser device.

The Cochrane study they refer to found that “three high quality studies (168 people) separately showed statistically significant pain relief with laser therapy in the short-term (less than three months) and intermediate term (less than 6 months) when compared with sham laser therapy.”18 Two small trials (151 people), also included in the Cochrane review, independently found that the relapse rate in the laser therapy group was significantly lower than in the control group at six-month follow-up. The conclusion was that “based on these trials, with a varying population base, laser therapy dosages and comparison groups, there is insufficient data to either support or refute the effectiveness of laser therapy for low back pain.”

The resounding statements from both of these meta-analyses were that “more studies are required” and “larger trials on specific indications are warranted.” Lacking in the conclusions were any suggestion of “how many patients and studies” are required to provide sufficient evidence. A recent study examining the effectiveness of laser therapy in treating lumbar disc herniations as measured using clinical evaluation and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) found that “low power laser therapy is effective in the treatment of patients with acute lumbar disc herniations.”20

Invariably, studies provoke questions. Some of the more common parameters for consideration are duration and extent of laser therapy treatment, joules per centimeter square of irradiation, power settings, etc. One must conclude these studies and meta-analyses, although well-intentioned, may in many instances be misguided. In our experience, almost 40 percent of all patients presenting for treatment suffer from back problems characterized by severe pain, and more than 85 percent can be treated successfully with laser therapy.21

The financial justification for the use of laser therapy as the first line of defense in disc herniations is overwhelming. Data collected from the SPORT trial found that the average surgical procedure cost $15,139, which rises to $27,341 when other costs such as diagnostic tests and missed work are factored in.21 The cost of conservative treatment in that same study averaged $13,108. In our experience, even the most extreme example of a herniated disc patient (receiving 40 treatments), resulted in a total treatment cost of just $3,200. When diagnostic tests and health care visits are factored into this equation, the total cost of laser therapy is closer to $5,700. This is a savings of more than $20,000 versus surgery and $7,500 over standard conservative treatment. Moreover, laser therapy is noninvasive and no adverse events have been reported in more than 3,000 publications.

In summary, this review of the current literature clearly reveals some of the shortcomings of meta-analyses and the performance of studies without standardized methodologies. We conclude that medical convention has demonstrated that the relief of symptomatic disc herniations continues to be problematic; and that both conservative and surgical solutions in the majority of cases appear to be equally ineffective. While the application of appropriate therapy requires a comprehensive understanding of the anatomy, pathology and biomechanics of the spinal column, we feel that laser therapy presents the most logical and effective therapeutic approach in managing these pervasive medical conditions.

References for Journal Articles / Citations are available at our office. Please call ahead should you decide to visit us for complementary consultation & wellness screening, regarding how these “lasers” may accelerate your injury recovery or improve your quality of life with your chronic or degenerative condition.

Inside Out VS. Outside In

When a person has high blood pressure, standard medical approach is to choose a drug that lowers blood pressure, and ask the patient to take the drug. This may serve to lower the blood pressure, but ignores the underlying causes that make the blood pressure high, and runs the risk of side effects complicating the person’s recovery. When it’s a nutritional issue, faulty control in the nervous system or a manifestation of stress, medication often will decrease the blood pressure, leaving the problem causing the symptom of high blood pressure un addressed. See why Chiropractic is different.

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The Wellness Approach

Wellness care and standard medical care differ in that wellness care seeks to turn on the body’s natural healing ability. Wellness care does not add something to the system; instead, it removes anything that might interfere with normal function. Wellness care trusts that the body would know what to do if nothing were interfering with it. Standard medical care, on the other hand, seeks to treat symptoms by adding substances and influences from the outside, medication, surgery or invasive procedures – not trusting in the body’s innate ability to restore health.

What is Wellness?

Wellness is a state of optimal conditions for normal function… and then some. The wellness approach is to look for underlying causes of any disturbance or disruption (which may or may not be causing symptoms at the time) and make whatever interventions and lifestyle adjustments that would optimize the conditions for normal function. That environment encourages natural healing, and minimizes the need for invasive treatment, which should be administered only when absolutely necessary. When the body is working properly, it tends to heal effectively, no matter what the condition. When the body heals well and maintains itself well, then there is another level of health that goes beyond “asymptomatic” or “pain-free” which reveals an open-ended opportunity for vitality, vibrant health, and an enhanced experience of life. This is true for mental and emotional health as well as physical health. While some people may suffer psychological disorders, creating an atmosphere of mental and emotional wellness will address all but the most serious problems.