The Care of a Teenage Girl with Migraine Headaches with the Advanced Orthogonal Procedure: A Case Report

 

Moses Bernard, DC Bio, Joel Alcantara, DC Bio, G. Stanford Pierce, DC Bio

 

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ January 24, 2013 ~ Pages 14-19

 

Abstract


Objective: To describe the chiropractic care of an adolescent girl with chronic migraine headaches (HAs) without aura.

 

Clinical Features: A 16-year-old female presented with a chief complaint of migraine HA since kindergarten.   Magnetic resonance imaging, computer axial tomography scans of the cranium and a dental consultation were unremarkable.  The frequency of HA attacks occurred 1-2 times per week, lasting approximately 2-3 hours per episode.

 

Intervention and Outcome: The patient was cared for with the Advanced Orthogonal Procedure characterized as instrument assisted SMT to address atlas subluxation. The patient attended a total of 16 visits in a period of one year and received 5 corrections to the atlas. Ongoing care resulted in independence from the use of medications and abatement of HA attacks to 2-4 per month of mild intensity.

 

Conclusion: The care of an adolescent with chronic migraines with Advanced Orthogonal Technique was presented. This case report provides supporting evidence that patients with migraine HAs may benefit from this type of chiropractic care.

 

Keywords:  Migraine Headaches, Advanced Orthogonal, Children, Chiropractic, Upper Cervical

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Improvement of Chronic Sinusitis, Constipation and Pharyngitis in a Child Following Chiropractic Care: A Case Report

 

Ian Ryan, DC Bio & Denise Rollette, DC Bio

 

Moving with children

Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2013 ~ Issue 1 ~ Pages 18-23

Abstract

Objective: This case report describes the evaluation and management of a child who presented for chiropractic care with complaints of chronic sinusitis, constipation, and pharyngitis (sore throat).

 

Clinical Features: A nine year old female presented with chronic symptoms of sinusitis, constipation, and sore throat. The mother was concerned that the child was no longer responding to her prescribed antibiotic medication and was concerned with her chronic illness. The child was sick at least one time every two months and had problems falling asleep due to her complaints.

 

Interventions and Outcomes: A course of conservative management was performed which consisted of 12 chiropractic visits over a three month period. Chiropractic techniques utilized included Diversified, Activator and Applied Kinesiology. Upon reassessment, the child was found to have better bowel movements and was no longer taking antibiotics. She was also able to sleep through the night and reported less nasal congestion.

 

Conclusions: The conservative chiropractic care of a child with chronic sinusitis, constipation, and sore throat showed improvement of symptoms over a three month period.

 

Key Words: Chiropractic, sinusitis, constipation, subluxation, child, sore throat

10 Best Heart Health Foods

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February 27, 2013 by Scott Davis

Today’s article features 10 foods that everyone should have in their kitchen if getting heart-healthy is on your agenda.

The great thing about these goods is that they are tasty, can go in numerous recipes, and can be eaten throughout the day in breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between.

Below is a list of the top performers and their best benefits:

Yogurt- This is very high in magnesium and potassium, both of which are critical in maintaining healthy circulation.  Eat about 2 ½ to 3 cups per week of plain Greek yogurt.

Blueberries and strawberries- The compounds in these fruits are known to dilate blood vessels, easing high blood pressure.  They are also packed with very powerful antioxidants. Try to get about 2 cups a week into your diet…how about with yogurt?

Avocado- This little fruit is outstanding for fighting LDL cholesterol.  Eat one to two avocados per week, for example, in sandwiches, mixed in eggs, or mashed to hold lettuce wraps together.

Chia seed- These little lovelies are so much easier to eat than flaxseed.  They are one of the best sources ever of soluble fiber and do a great job of filling you up.  Add one tablespoon to salad, veggie pizza, oatmeal, or most any food.

 

Nuts- Pretty much any type of nuts are heart healthy. These little beauties are full of omega 3 fatty acids and proteins.  They are great with fruit as a snack between meals.  Check the package for recommended serving size and stick to the unsalted, unsweetened variety for best health benefits.

Salmon- The Omega 3 fatty acids in this fish are abundant.  Serving size should be 6 ounces or less, though, which is true for any meat, fish, or poultry protein serving.  If you are eating the glazed variety when you are at the restaurant, make sure to go for a walk afterward to ward off the inevitable blood sugar spike.

Spinach- This dark, leafy green is packed with so many benefits, it’s hard to limit them to one paragraph.  Fresh is best, but if you prefer cooked spinach, make sure it’s just lightly sautéed and not the canned variety.  About 8 to 10 ounces 3 or 4 times a week is best, but make sure to wash it first.

Beans- If ever there was a perfect food, beans are it.  Packed with protein and fiber, these incredible little guys can go in so many different recipes it boggles the mind.  Anyone fighting cholesterol, obesity, or type two diabetes should invest in a cookbook focusing on healthy recipes for beans.

Edamame- This preparation for soy is one of the tastiest and easiest.  Most grocer freezers will have it already stocked.  All you have to do is steam it a little and shake on a dash of sea salt and you’re good to go.

Olive Oil- Forget butter, margarine, and canola or vegetable oil.  Olive oil contains the heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that are known to decrease coronary artery disease, fight LDL cholesterol, and improve digestion.  Make sure not to skimp on this, though.  Buy a high-quality, extra virgin olive oil for your recipes.

Low vitamin D levels increase breast, colorectal cancer risks

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Monday, February 25, 2013 by: J. D. Heyes

NaturalNews) More evidence from a new study shows that lower vitamin D levels  could be more hazardous to women because it leads to a higher risk of breast  cancer.
The latest research, conducted by scientists at the Westmead  Breast Cancer Institute, Westmead Hospital, in New South Wales, Australia,  followed 214 women who had been newly diagnosed with breast cancer. According to  a summary of the findings, women with lower-than-normal vitamin D “levels were  found be inversely associated with the odds ratio of breast cancer.”
The  lower level “was associated with a significantly higher risk of breast cancer,”  said the summary. “These results support previous research which has shown that  lower [vitamin D] concentrations are associated with increased risk of breast  cancer.”
The findings correspond with earlier studies conducted by  researchers around the world, which were confirmed recently by U.S. scientists  conducting a review of breast cancer data.
‘High vitamin D levels  reduce the risk of breast cancer and other diseases’
“Epidemiological  and laboratory studies have long established that high vitamin D levels can  reduce the risk of breast cancer,” says a report by The Press  Association. That said, the report added, a previous study of more than  67,000 French women, which was led by Pierre Engel, an epidemiology manager at  Quintiles-Outcome, a top research firm, “showed the importance of a minimum  vitamin D level in preventing breast cancer.”
Vitamin D is available in  many forms, via foods like fruits and vegetables, and through sunlight, the  latter of which can prove to be a problem for women who just happen to live in  northern climes where sunlight is a premium, researchers said, noting that  western women in particular lead busy lifestyles and may spend far too little  time in the sun.
“High vitamin  D levels reduce the risk of breast cancer and also offer protection against  many other diseases,” Ad Brand of the Sunlight Research Forum (SRF)  said.
“In the Northern Hemisphere, the level of sunlight from September  to May is often insufficient for the body to produce enough essential vitamin  D,” said Brand. “”It might therefore be sensible to undergo moderate artificial  UV exposure on a regular basis.”
Two studies completed in 2010 by  researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center found the  same link between lower levels of vitamin D and increased breast  cancer risk.
“The research adds to mounting evidence that some  connection exists between vitamin D and cancer, although it is not yet known how  vitamin D modifies or contributes to cancer risk,” said a press release from the  school.
“Our data certainly suggests that it is important to test  patients for serum vitamin D levels, and if necessary, treat the deficiency  along with the disease,” said Alissa Huston, M.D., assistant professor of  Medicine at URMC, who presented the findings. “In some cases, weekly high doses  of vitamin D are needed to bring the patient up to sufficient  levels.”
Blacks may be at higher risk
“Currently,  we recommend a minimum 1000 IU of vitamin D3 daily (in addition to calcium) to  our patients,” Huston said, “but in most instances this dose needs to be  individualized to the patient’s specific level.”
A second study, led by  Kevin Fiscella, M.D., M.P.H., found that “vitamin D deficiency among African  Americans may explain a persistent mystery in colorectal cancer:  why black people die of this disease far more often than whites,” said the press  release.
Researchers have found that simply being African-American  doubled the risk of dying from colorectal cancer.
Earlier, scientists  using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that  a vitamin D deficiency may also contribute to a higher number of heart and  stroke-related deaths among blacks.
Sources:
http://www.vitasearch.com/get-clp-summary/40517
http://www.nursingtimes.net
http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/news/story/index.cfm?id=3013
Learn more:  http://www.naturalnews.com/039246_vitamin_D_breast_cancer_risks.html#ixzz2M0vcFJDr

Tomatoes, dandelions, and hawthorn – why they trump Obamacare

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Monday, February 25, 2013 by: Lance Johnson

(NaturalNews) The Affordable Care Act seems compassionate, but its one size fits  all philosophy suppresses real healthcare, the kind found growing freely and  more affordable – in nature. Fully implemented in 2014, this law mandates every  American purchase health insurance. This is the first time in U.S. history that  Americans are required to buy a product. This one-size-fits-all mandate of  herding people’s health philosophy is misguided, ignorant, bankrupting, and  tyrannical. It flies in the face of real health. The most successful, healthy  people know from experience that the most effective health philosophy is simply  a lifestyle of nutrition utilization and positive thinking.

Eating tomatoes is cheaper than disease management drugs

The mysterious  elements of foods – the nutrients, minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants inside –  are absolutely necessary for healthy survival. These blessings of nature, when  digested in their real form, are important for energizing the body and mind. The  best part about nutrition – it was never intended to cause bankruptcy. You can  find nutritious blessings growing freely in the pasture, in the park, in the  woods, in the vacant lot, or in the garden.
Tomatoes, for example, are  more than just food. They are medicine. The lycopene inside a tomato is a  powerful antioxidant that aggressively scavenges free radicals from its  surroundings. Many chronic diseases result from tissue injury caused by free  radicals. Free radicals can trigger chain reactions that damage lipid membranes,  enzymes, chromosomes, and other cellular components. By utilizing antioxidants,  one can prevent free radical  damage to cells, keeping disease at bay. This is the philosophy of real health  insurance – taking care of the root cause.

Dandelion, the most affordable diabetes medicine

The government is  trying to make pharmaceutical drugs more affordable, but drugs don’t create  health. They suppress symptoms and cause new problems. For example, diabetes can  be treated with Sulfonylureas, which stimulate the pancreas to create more  insulin. Ultimately, this causes low blood glucose, upset stomach, skin rash, or  weight gain. Thiazolidinediones may help but can cause congestive heart  failure.
Ultimately, there are natural options, like the abundant,  affordable dandelion.  Dandelions aren’t just weeds. Packed with vitamins A, C, iron, and calcium,  dandelions are strong detoxification foods. Dandelion juice can help diabetic  patients by stimulating the production of insulin from the pancreas, keeping the  blood sugar level low. As a diuretic, dandelion makes the diabetic patient  urinate frequently, removing the extra sugar from the body. Since they are  bitter, they also lower sugar level in the blood.

Hawthorn berries trump heart prescription drugs

Low sex drive,  dizziness, and fatigue are all clinical side effects of current heart  prescription drugs. This is counterproductive and enslaving.
Why not try hawthorn berries  instead?
The German Commission E, a scientific body which determines the  effectiveness of herbal medicines, recommends hawthorn for:
• Cardiac  insufficiency • Cardiac pressure and tightness • The aging heart • Mild  bradyarrhythmia • Increasing coronary and myocardial  circulation
Enough said. This berry, rich in antioxidant flavonoids,  benefits the heart through  powerful anti-inflammatory, relaxing effects on the blood vessels. One cannot  overdose hawthorn either. It is a berry of safety and longevity.
Why  do heart medications even exist, when mankind knows all about this powerful  berry? Why do Americans cling to”health  insurances” and government mandates? There are more affordable, simpler answers  to health all around. Positivity, creativity, and nature will pave the way for  real healthcare. Hope exists, but it’s far from government mandates rooted in a  system of drugging medical intervention.
Sources for this article  include:
Haas, Elson, MD. “Staying Healthy with Nutrition,” http://drugs.about.com/od/diabetesmedications/a/diabetes_meds.htm http://www.susunweed.com/herbal_ezine/November08/healingwise.htm http://www.ehow.com/about_5312043_side-effects-heart-medication.html
About  the author: Lance Johnson, along with his wonderful wife Kender, are  creating a natural products movement from the ground up: Free Spirit All Natural  Products. As more hearts are pulling toward natural solutions in a world of  toxins and propaganda, Lance wants to help others see the real health  opportunities all around us. www.allnaturalfreespirit.com
He’s also a passionate  writer who has self published two works of poetic writing that relate to the  people, unmask the hiding, and challenge the status quo. He has more writing  ideas within him, as health and freedom has become a major topic of interest  within him.
Learn more:  http://www.naturalnews.com/039253_dandelion_hawthorn_Obamacare.html#ixzz2M0uQA8mA

U.S. dairy industry petitions FDA to approve aspartame as hidden, unlabeled additive in milk, yogurt, eggnog and cream

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Monday, February 25, 2013
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com

(NaturalNews) You probably already know that the FDA has declared war on raw  milk and even helped fund and coordinate armed  government raids against raw milk farmers and distributors. Yes, it’s  insane. This brand of tyranny is unique to the USA and isn’t even conducted in  China, North Kora or Cuba. Only in the USA are raw milk farmers treated like  terrorists.
But now the situation is getting even more insane than you  could have imagined: the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the  National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) have filed  a petition with the FDA asking the FDA to alter the definition of  “milk” to secretly include chemical sweeteners such as aspartame and  sucralose.
Importantly, none of these additives need to be listed on the  label. They will simply be swept under the definition of “milk,” so that when a  company lists “milk” on the label, it automatically includes aspartame or  sucralose. And if you’re trying to avoid aspartame, you’ll have no way of  doing so because it won’t be listed on the label.
This isn’t only for  milk, either: It’s also for yogurt, cream, sour cream, eggnog, whipping cream  and a total of 17 products, all of which are listed  in the petition at FDA.gov.
As the petition states:
IDFA  and NMPF request their proposed amendments to the milk standard of identity to  allow optional characterizing flavoring ingredients used in milk (e.g.,  chocolate flavoring added to milk) to be sweetened with any  safe and suitable sweetener — including non-nutritive sweeteners such as  aspartame.
This is all being done to “save the children,” we’re told,  because the use of aspartame in milk products would reduce calories.

Milk industry specifically asks to HIDE aspartame from  consumers

Astonishingly, the dairy industry is engaged in extreme  doublespeak logic and actually arguing that aspartame should be hidden from  consumers by not listing it on the label. Here’s what the petition  says:
IDFA and NMPF argue that nutrient content claims such as  “reduced calorie” are not attractive to children, and maintain that consumers  can more easily identify the overall nutritional value of milk products that are  flavored with non-nutritive sweeteners if the labels do not include such claims.  Further, the petitioners assert that consumers do not recognize milk —  including flavored milk — as necessarily containing sugar. Accordingly, the  petitioners state that milk flavored with non-nutritive sweeteners should be  labeled as milk without further claims so that consumers can “more easily  identify its overall nutritional value.”
In other words, hiding aspartame  from consumers by not including it on the label actually helps consumers,  according to the IDFA and NMPF!
Yep, consumers are best served by keeping  them ignorant. If this logic smacks of the same kind of twisted deception  practiced by Monsanto, that’s because it’s identical: the less consumers know,  the more they are helped, according to industry.  And it’s for the children, too, because children are also best served by keeping  them poisoned with aspartame.
Consumers have always been kept in the dark  about pink slime, meat glue, rBGH and GMOs in their food. And now, if the IDFA  gets its way, you’ll be able to drink hormone-contaminated milk from an  antibiotics-inundated cow fed genetically modified crops and producing milk  containing hidden aspartame. And you won’t have the right to know about  any of this!
The FDA confirms this “secret” status of aspartame, stating,  “If the standard of identity for milk is amended as requested by petitioners,  milk manufacturers could use non-nutritive sweeteners in flavored milk without a  nutrient content claim in its labeling.”

FDA requests comments

The FDA is requesting comments on this petition.  You have until May 21st, 2013 to submit your comments. Click  here for instructions.

This is a clue to stop drinking processed milk and milk products  altogether

There’s a bigger story here than just the industry hoping to get  FDA approval to secretly put aspartame in milk products while not listing  aspartame on the label.
The bigger question is this: If an industry is  pushing to hide aspartame in its products, what else is it already  hiding?
How about the pus  content of its dairy products? How about its inhumane treatment of  animals who are subjected to torture conditions and pumped full of genetically  engineered hormones? How about the fact that homogenization and pasteurization  turn a whole food into a dietary nightmare that promotes obesity, autoimmune  disorders and cardiovascular disease?
There are lots of dirty little  secrets in the dairy  industry of course, and that doesn’t even get into the secret closed-door  conversations to encourage the FDA to destroy the competition of raw  milk.
The only rational answer to all this is to stop buying and  consuming processed dairy products, period!
I gave up ALL milk  products many years ago and have never looked back. I drink almond milk, not  pus-filled pasteurized cow’s milk. (Click  here for a recipe to make your own almond milk at home.) I don’t eat yogurt.  If I want probiotics, I get them from tasty chewable probiotics supplements such  as Sunbiotics.  I parted ways with processed dairy products many years ago, and as a result, my  cardiovascular health, skin health, digestive health and stamina have all  remained in outstanding shape.
There’s also a philosophical issue here: Don’t buy products from an industry that habitually LIES about  everything. The dairy industry is like a mafia. They actively seek to  destroy the competition, keep consumers ignorant and monopolize the market. They  run highly deceptive ads with ridiculous claims like, “drinking milk helps you  lose weight” and other nonsense.
The U.S. dairy industry is steeped in  deception at every level, and now they want you and your children to unknowingly drink aspartame that’s secretly blended into the  product.
The dairy industry is to food as Lance Armstrong is to sports.  It’s all a big lie, laced with secret chemicals and false claims.
Stop  drinking milk. Stop financially supporting the food mafia.
Recommended  videos: Raw Milk Rover (hilarious animation) http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=273C2497DFDE9F61CB9E8867113CA5CA
Got  a PUStache? (satire) http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=C463AA940B9AEBA5D294F87FF0716579
Jonathan  Emord raw milk freedom speech: http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=F8DF9A42CC5479D8829A2445C56AFEF3
Farmageddon  interview with Kristin Canty http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=3340FCCC93B2C17EEFA43C7E6296728D
Sources  for this article: This petition was originally brought to our attention  by a reader who says it was covered on Activist Post. I haven’t yet read that  article but may update this article with a link to that article once I identify  the URL.
FDA petition page: http://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/02/20/2013-03835/flavore…
Learn more:  http://www.naturalnews.com/039244_milk_aspartame_FDA_petition.html#ixzz2M0smb033

Physician Dispensers Are Getting Desperate

posted on 02/21/2013

Joe Paduda

 

Oh this is getting fun!

On Jan. 24, WorkCompCentral published a column ostensibly written by a physician attacking me for exposing the dangers, both physical and financial, inherent in physician dispensing of repackaged drugs. I say ostensibly because the column reads like it was ghostwritten by one of the industrys shills, perhaps one of Ron Sachs interns. (Rons the guy physician dispensing company AHCS hired to call reporters to tell them they were suing me.)

By the way, I LOVED the column.

It was an amazing combination of pronouncements from an arrogant-beyond-belief doctor, with a really nasty and personal attack on me, my motives and my ethics.

Alas, it was so poorly done, with so many logical fallacies and nonsensical arguments based on nothing more than fact-free opinion that I cant believe a real doctor actually wrote it. After all, doctors are supposed to believe in science; you know, research, medical evidence, facts, logic supported by data those kind of things. Yet the column didnt have any of those, instead it was a mishmash of unsupported claims based on our experience and never directly addressed the key issues I raised in my piece, e.g., retail pharmacies have much more complete access to patient data, and docs who dispense dont.

(BTW, a Summit on Physician Dispensing will be held in Boston on Feb. 25-26. Sponsored by PMSI and Progressive Solutions, the Summit is free of charge and is held the day before WCRIs annual conference in the same hotel. This is an invite-only event; there are a few slots open. Email me for details.

The ostensible author, one Dr. Rafael Miguel, offered not a single shred of evidence to support his claims of better outcomes and enhanced quality of care. When not denigrating pharmacists, mischaracterizing my statements and accusing me of profiting from defeating physician dispensers (more on that below), Dr. Miguel/the intern hid the total lack of data supporting his claims behind the omnipotence of the god in the white coat, as if his title is proof enough and we non-physicians should meekly listen and obey.

You can tell the physician-dispensing industry is in desperate straits when they use surrogates to question the motives of their opponents, fabricating reasons why anyone would dare interfere with their ability to suck money out of taxpayers and employers by charging outrageous amounts for the drugs they prescribe and dispense to workers comp claimants.

Thats known as diversion; when you cant refute a critic, yell really loud about what a bad person they are.

Well, lets look at Dr. Miguel.

Dr. Miguel is a dispensing physician using Rx Development Associates. A quick check of their website reveals frequent mention of one of the key benefits of physician dispensing; additional revenue for the physician. RxDA also touts how easy it is to sign up and use their system to generate big profits, without interrupting or burdening staff members. Thats in direct conflict with Dr. Miguels assertion that physicians must recover the costs and time to provide this service to workers compensation patients.

Lets look at Dr Miguels scripts. Hes dispensed fluoxetine, etodolac, omeprazole and gabapentin, among other meds. One of those scripts, omeprazole, is commonly used for heartburn. Omeprazole, also known as Prilosec, can be bought over the counter for about a buck a pill; Dr. Miguel charged about $10 pill. Thats not opinion or hyperbole, its fact. Miguel charged about 10 times more for the drug than it would have cost over the counter.

Dr. Miguel/the intern contends docs cant buy drugs for the same price retail pharmacies do, and thats why they have to charge so much more. Again, he offers no evidence of this. In fact, if Dr. Miguel had tried, he could have found repackaging companies clamoring to sell him drugs at very low prices.

Finally, allow me to address Dr. Miguel/the interns questioning of my motives, and contention that my efforts to combat physician dispensing are what can only be described as an attempt to fatten Mr. Padudas personal bottom line.

As I have noted many times, I am co-owner of CompPharma, an association of workers comp pharmacy benefit managers. It makes no difference (financially) to me if physician dispensing dies off, explodes or just stumbles along. I dont get a nickel more or less.

My public battle with the industry and its advocates has cost me tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees not to mention hundreds of uncompensated hours.

Yes, PBMs will benefit if physician dispensing ends, but I am not a PBM, nor do I own a PBM, nor do I get paid based in any way on their volume of business.

What Miguel/the intern cant understand is some people just have principles, standards that they live by, ethics that require them to speak out when they see others doing wrong.

And physician dispensing of repackaged drugs is wrong.

Joe Paduda is owner of Health Strategy Associates and co-owner of CompPharma, a consortium of pharmacy benefit managers. This column was reprinted with his permission from his Managed Care Matters blog.