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Avoid Gluten – What do I mean when I say this to you!

Gluten is a protein contained in many grains, including wheat, barley, rye, and oats. It is even found in more unusual grains, such as spelt and kamut. Gluten is also found in beer. Wheat or gluten intolerance can cause gastric complaints like bloating and excess gas.  Some chronic illnesses may be triggered by gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity, and the extreme form of wheat allergy called celiac disease.

The problem is that gluten sensitivity creates inflammation in the entire body, beginning in the gut. It is a form of autoimmune disease. Celiac disease, the chronic and most severe type of gluten intolerance, affects one in a hundred people. Less severe symptoms of gluten allergy or gluten sensitivity may affect as much as one third of the US population. 

If you suffer from irritable bowel disease, canker sores, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, osteoporosis, anemia, cancer, autoimmune disease, MS, unexplained neurological problems, depression, anxiety, dementia, schizophrenia, nerve damage, migraines, epilepsy, and autism I will often recommend going gluten free. In addition to grains, gluten can be hidden in products such as soups, salad dressings, and even vitamins, stamps, and cosmetics.  I also often recommend UltraInflamX and Probiotics by Metagenics to help heal the gut and decrease the overall inflammation in the body.

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Eating ginger can help ease muscle pain

A daily dose of ginger can relieve the aches from sport, or even gardening and heavy housework, by as much as a quarter.
For centuries, ginger root has been used as a folk remedy for a variety of ailments, such as colds and upset stomachs.

Ginger is particularly good for staving off muscle pain because it has been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect. It is known to contain chemicals that work in a similar way to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen and aspirin. Studies have shown it can be effective in relieving the pain of arthritis.

Product recommendation: Metagenics makes a powder to use as a shake called UltraInflamX 360. Be consistent for at least 3 weeks consecutive days. Otherwise you can take two grams of ginger daily (cooked or uncooked).

Daily ginger intake reduces exercise-induced pain by 25 per cent. Heating the ginger had no effect.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1280005/A-pinch-ginger-help-reduce-muscle-pain-heavy-exercise.html?ito=feeds-newsxml#ixzz0qqrbo5ft

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Daily Ginger Consumption Found To Ease Muscle Pain

For centuries, ginger root has been used as a folk remedy for a variety of ailments such as colds and upset stomachs. But now, researchers at the University of Georgia have found that daily ginger consumption also reduces muscle pain caused by exercise.

Ginger has been shown to exert anti-inflammatory effects and decrease pain. Cooking with ginger is one way to increase your intake. Another way to benefit from the pain-relieving effects is to make a shake with UltraInflamX 360.

UltraInflamX® Plus 360° is a medical food made by Metagenics formulated to provide specialized nutritional support—including reduced iso-alpha acids (RIAA, from hops), L-glutamine, and easily digestible rice protein. UltraInflamX includes ginger and rosemary. It also provides turmeric extract, which has been shown in research to inhibit the activities of a wide variety of enzymes, cytokines, eicosanoids, and reactive species implicated in pain and inflammation.

Another recommendation to help decrease pain is to increase EPA-DHA consumption (Omega 3 fish oils). I recommend EPA-DHA 720 by Metagneics.

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Inflammation & Food Allergies

By Dr. Jeffrey Tucker
Everyone is talking about the detrimental effects of low-grade systemic inflammation. Inflammation is involved in a variety of conditions from neurological to degenerative conditions, and is considered a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

Low-grade systemic inflammation can be measured easily with the inflammatory biomarker called ‘highly sensitive C-reactive protein’ (hs-CRP). This is the same marker used as a cardiovascular risk factor, and is an inexpensive blood test that you can ask your Doctor for.

Inflammation is important and appropriate to produce an effective immune response when needed to eliminate pathogens and illness. But chronic low grade systemic inflammation is tissue-destructive, and cardiovascular tissue, joint tissue and muscle tissue is no exception.

Men with the highest level of C-reactive protein (CRP) showed in a study to have three times the incidence of myocardial infarction and two times the incidence of ischemic stroke when compared with men having the lowest level.

Low grade inflammation causing joint aches & pains, as well as difficulty losing weight may be due to the fact that you are eating foods that you’re allergic to! Food allergies that you are unaware of can also be responsible for a number of health issues including gas, bloat, fatigue, rashes, irritable bowel type symptoms and migraine headaches. When chronic pain patients come see me, I am very interested to hear about there responses to certain foods.

Patients who struggle with trying to lose extra weight may have food allergies as well.

One of the most allergic foods and therefore a high inflammation producer is dairy. Many patients are sensitive to dairy and don’t know it. Even those on a low carb diet, which I strongly advocate, may have switched to eating more dairy. You may need to perform a trial of cutting out cow’s milk, cheeses, and dairy products altogether to see how you feel.

There are seven foods responsible for almost all food allergies — wheat, peanuts, other tree nuts like walnuts, fish/shellfish, soybeans, eggs, and cow’s milk. For most of my clients, I usually start with limiting eating wheat and cow’s milk dairy. Why? Through years of clinical practice, I have found that wheat and dairy are usually the most problematic. Avoid breads, crackers, cereals, and chips that contain wheat. You can try goat and sheep’s milk dairy products. I find that food allergies and the excess inflammation in patients body contributes to weight gain, joint aches & chronic pains.

I don’t want you to feel hungry but I want you to have a food plan to promote your optimal health. I recommend medical foods called the UltraInflamX shake to help reduce inflammation in the body. www.Meta-ehealth.com/site/office/index.jsp to order.
References
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Arroyave-Hernandez CM, et al. Rev Alerg Mex. 2007 Sept-Oct; 54(4):162-8.

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LASER TREATMENT

Dr. Tucker says “One of the major goals of my treatment is to increase the blood flow and oxygen content to the tissues and that helps to reduce pain”. Cells and tissues that have a poor blood supply and low oxygen content as a result of inflammation, swelling/edema, and injury have been shown to have a significantly higher response to warm laser therapy than normal healthy structures.
Applicable conditions of laser therapy
1. Low back pain
2. Wound healing
3. Dermatological conditions
4. Temporo-mandibular Joint Dysfunction
5. Frontal and maxillary sinus inflammation
6. Rotator Cuff injuries
7. Epicondylitis (elbow pain)
8. Small joints of the hands
9. Trigeminal Neuralgia
10. Bell’s Palsy
11. Neck pain

Laser is used for sports injury, back problems, neurological conditions, wound/post surgical healing, fracture healing, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, soft tissue therapy, wounds, burns, arthritis, strains, tendonitis, temporary increase in local blood circulation, relief of minor muscle & joint aches, pain & stiffness, relaxation of muscles, & muscle spasms.

Laser therapy has been shown to: stimulate cell growth; increase cell metabolism; improve cell regeneration; produce an anti-inflammatory response; produce an edema (swelling) reduction; reduce fibrous (scar) tissue formation; stimulate nerve function; reduce the production of substance P (a pain producing chemical); stimulate long-term production of nitric oxide; decrease the formation of bradikynin, histamine and acetylcholine (painful chemicals); and stimulate the production of endorphins. Dr. Tucker finds “These responses are responsible for the pain-relieving effects often observed in patients treated with laser therapy”.
Tucker says, “Laser therapy influence the cells at the molecular level to improve healing”. The result is rapid regeneration, normalization and healing of damaged cellular tissue. This painless warm light therapy is a trigger for improving metabolism.
Dr. Tucker uses class IV laser therapy approved by the FDA with the highest wavelength for deeper penetration. Penetration is paramount in order to stimulate deep musculoskeletal, vascular, lymphatic and neurological structures.
He uses the top healing and pain reduction modalities available today. Dr. Tucker’s unique treatments not only include laser therapy, he also uses the Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS), exercise therapy and First Line Therapy nutritional recommendations.
“The most common musculoskeletal conditions I treat are neck pain and low-back pain”. The most common generators of pain in the cervical regions are the zygapophyseal joints of the neck in acute (traumatic) and chronic neck pain conditions. Several authors have reported the most common tissue of pain origin in the low back to be the outer layer of the disc. Given that the depth of these painful structures lies below multiple layers of muscle and fascia, Tucker uses a therapeutic laser device that has the ability to penetrate multiple layers of tissue.
Treatment plans include:
• Sports Medicine Laser Therapy.
• Painless laser therapy sessions (You must feel it to see why).
• Specialized plans for chronic pain relief.
• Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS) massage.
• Exclusive 30-minutes sessions directly with Dr. Tucker.
• No long term commitment treatment plans. You can be done with care.
• Specialized Corrective Exercise Training.
• Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy for misdiagnosed pain.
• Nutritional & weight loss advice.
• Performance Enhancement.
What is High Power Deep Tissue Laser Therapy?
Laser Therapy is a non-invasive, safe, and effective treatment modality where light is used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and promote wound healing and soft tissue repair. Most therapy lasers on the market today have a power range from 5mw to 500mw, making them a cold laser. Our laser will emit a power range from 1000mw to 10,000mw, making this a high-power heat deep tissue laser that can put an end to your pain fast!

You get better FAST!

How is the treatment done?
The laser is placed in contact with the skin allowing the healing energy to penetrate tissue, where it interacts with various intracellular bio-molecules resulting in the restoration of normal cell function. This also enhances the body’s natural healing processes. In essence, light energy is converted into biochemical energy.

The result; normal cell functions are restored. The process results in a disappearance of symptoms and increases the speed at which your body heals.

Other Effects; the immune system response is stimulated, lymphatic drainage is improved, production of growth hormone is increased, & the body’s natural healing process are enhanced.

FAQ’s

What does laser therapy have over other forms of therapy?
It does not require the use of drugs or surgery, there are less side effects or risks, and it is quick and convenient. Studies have shown that it is equal to or more effective than other forms of physical therapy. Pain relief is often immediate.

Does it hurt? What does the treatment feel like?
There is a warm heat sensation during treatment. Clients work with me to make sure the temperature is not too hot. There is no pain associated with the treatment. Laser treatment is relaxing and you welcome to ‘dose off’ during the session or we can talk during the session. Occasionally it occurs that pain can increase or begin 6-24 hours after a treatment session. This is because the laser light starts the healing process. This type of pain is particularly likely to arise when the health problems are chronic in their nature. It usually subsides after a few days but can, in rare cases, last longer.

How long does the treatment take?
The typical course of treatment is 10-20 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week. Treatment plans are determined on an individual basis.

How many treatments does it take?
This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions, 3 to 6 treatments may be sufficient. More chronic conditions may require 6-12 sessions. Conditions such as severe arthritis may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.

How long before results are felt?
You may feel improvement in your condition (usually pain reduction) after the very first treatment. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 2 to 4 sessions. If you don’t notice relief with the laser, I will add the Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS) to your therapy. Depending on your condition I may start with the DMS first.

Are the results long lasting?
Therapeutic Laser Therapy is about healing. It’s not about masking or covering up a condition. When you feel better from this therapy… it’s because you are better. Therefore results have been found to be quite long lasting.

Can it be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?
Yes, laser therapy is even more effective when combined with other forms of therapy, including physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, soft tissue mobilization, electrotherapy, and following surgery. I combine our warm laser therapy with specialized corrective exercise techniques to relieve your pain fast!

Is it a cold laser treatment?
NO! Our laser is a Class-4 Deep Tissue Laser with much deeper penetrating power. No cold laser on the market today can come close to the fast-acting therapeutic effects of our Class-4 device. Chronic pain relief and hard-to-fix cases are my specialty. I have many patient’s who have tried cold laser therapy with no success and with just ONE Class IV heat laser treatment they start feeling better. All lasers are not the same.

How do I know if laser therapy is right for me?
I will evaluate your condition and perform a complete functional examination to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure. Call us to schedule your evaluation and Q&A session. The only way to know is to try a course of therapy.

Can laser therapy be used over medical implants or over metal?
Yes, laser therapy is a light treatment. No heating is involved with the surgical or metal implants. It can be used safely with no side effects. It is extremely effective for post-operative wound healing. Many hip and knee replacement patients see us for care.

Is it covered by medical insurance?
Some insurance covers the procedure, but not many. Most patients who decide to receive the benefits of laser therapy are sick and tired of being sick and tired, so they choose to seek this effective method of treatment on their own. Price is usually not a consideration when you have been suffering for so long.

The average course of therapy in our facility is just 10 visits. Other facilities with cold lasers can reach 20 or more visits. So you get better faster, which saves you money on additional insurance co-pays and deductibles.

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