08.30.11

Got Chronic Pain?

Posted in Pain Management at 10:02 AM by Dr. Greathouse

Try the link below, you may find some answers to the problem there.

http://www.deflame.com/Home/tabid/36/Default.aspx (copy & paste into your browser)

08.25.11

Autism Not Caused by Vaccines, IOM Report Concludes

Posted in Medication at 4:22 PM by Dr. Greathouse

Autism Not Caused by Vaccines, IOM Report Concludes

By Michael Smith, North American Correspondent, MedPage Today
Published: August 25, 2011
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There’s convincing evidence that some vaccines can cause some adverse effects, including seizures, brain inflammation, and fainting, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

But the evidence also favors rejecting the idea that some vaccines cause type 1 diabetes or autism, the institute said.

The 647-page report was commissioned in 2009 by the Health Resources and Services Administration, which administers the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. The agency asked the institute to review the evidence linking eight vaccines and a suite of possible adverse effects that have been the subject of compensation claims.

All told, an expert panel convened by the institute found “convincing evidence” that 14 adverse effects can be caused by eight vaccines — those against varicella zoster, influenza, hepatitis B, hepatitis A, human papillomavirus (HPV), measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), and meningococcus, as well as tetanus-containing vaccines that do not carry the whole-cell pertussis component.

Evidence “favors” the idea that vaccines can cause another four adverse effects and favors rejection of the causal link with five others, including autism and diabetes, the expert panel reported.

Finally, evidence is inadequate to accept or reject a causal link in another 135 possible associations.

“The findings should be reassuring to parents that few health problems are clearly connected to immunizations, and these effects occur relatively rarely,” said the panel’s chair, Ellen Wright Clayton, MD, JD, of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

“And repeated study has made clear that some health problems are not caused by vaccines,” Clayton said in a statement.

The panel established four categories of causation, based on evidence that:

  • “Convincingly supports” a causal relationship, usually on the basis of good epidemiological data and a clear mechanism of action.
  • “Favors acceptance” of a causal relationship, but is not firm enough to be convincing.
  • Is “inadequate to accept or reject” a causal relationship.
  • “Favors rejection” of a causal relationship. Because it’s impossible to prove a negative, the committee did not have a category of evidence that “convincingly” rejects a causal relationship.

The panel was not asked to say how rare potential various adverse effects might be. But, they reported, “many of the adverse events we examined are exceedingly rare in the population overall, and in most instances any particular adverse event, be it arthritis, meningitis, or any of the other vaccine-adverse events that the committee considered, are not preceded by immunization.”

The committee reported convincing evidence that:

  • Because of infection by the vaccine virus strain, the varicella zoster vaccine can cause four specific adverse events — disseminated varicella infection, disseminated varicella infection with subsequent infection resulting in pneumonia, meningitis, or hepatitis in people with immunodeficiencies, vaccine strain viral reactivation, and vaccine strain viral reactivation with subsequent infection resulting in meningitis or encephalitis.
  • The MMR vaccine can cause measles inclusion body encephalitis in people with compromised immune systems.
  • The MMR vaccine also is linked to febrile seizures in infants and young children.
  • Six types of vaccines — MMR, varicella zoster, influenza, hepatitis B, meningococcal, and tetanus-containing vaccines — can cause anaphylaxis.
  • Any of the vaccines can cause syncope and deltoid bursitis.

The experts found evidence “favoring” a causal link between HPV vaccine and anaphylaxis, as well as between the MMR vaccine and transient arthralgia in women and in children.

Also, the committee said, there’s evidence that favors a causal link between some trivalent inactivated influenza vaccines used in Canada recently and a mild and temporary syndrome, characterized by conjunctivitis, facial swelling, and upper respiratory symptoms.

Evidence favored rejection of a causal link in five cases:

  • The MMR vaccine and autism.
  • The MMR vaccine and type 1 diabetes.
  • The tetanus component of the Dtap vaccine and type 1 diabetes.
  • Inactivated influenza vaccine and Bell’s palsy.
  • Inactivated influenza vaccine and exacerbation of asthma or reactive airway disease episodes in children and adults.

The panel cautioned that the “inadequate evidence” category might lead some people to conclude that, “because the committee did not find convincing evidence that the vaccine does cause the adverse event, the vaccine is safe.”

Others, they said, might take the opposite tack: because the committee did not find convincing evidence that the vaccine does not cause the adverse event, the vaccine is unsafe.

“Neither of these interpretations is correct,” the report concludes. “‘Inadequate to accept or reject’ means just that – inadequate.”

Is your spine (what the French call) Les Incompetents?

Posted in Disc Data at 1:21 PM by Dr. Greathouse


Remember this Home Alone movie memorable quote…

“You know, Kevin, youre what the French call les incompetents”

More specifically, is your disc(s) incompetent? If it is, you might need back or neck surgery. If it isn’t then I can probably help you.

An incompetent disc is a disc herniation or rupture where the center gel substance (nucleus) has extruded all the way through the disc wall, like a hole in a jelly donut. In some cases the inner disc walls can be so damaged that the gel center off centers in multiple directions, incapable of re-centering. This, too, is a degenerative form of disc incompetence.

When the disc is incompetent, your conservative (nonsurgical) recovery potential reduces. The good news is most disc problems aren’t incompetent and the bulging/protrusion can be reduced and stabilized in many cases. With disc reduction, leg/arm symptoms abolish and local back and neck pain abolish as well!

Through reliable examination we can determine if the disc is competent and what kind of treatment will reduce and correct the problem. Most back/neck problems are disc related. Do not have back or neck surgery before having a McKenzie (MDT) examination!

We do McKenzie!

Protrusion Reduction

08.21.11

Alternative Fungus Fighters

Posted in Alternative Care at 2:42 PM by Dr. Greathouse

Candida and athlete’s foot.

If you’ve evered suffered with a fungal infection you know how difficult it can be to get rid of. The meds are typically not very user friendly. The link below suggests some effective alternatives. As always check with your MD firs

http://amazingwellnessmag.com/fungus-fighters/

08.09.11

Chiropractic Ranked #1 Alternative Therapy for Back Pain

Posted in Chiropractic at 12:46 PM by Dr. Greathouse

Americans Are Flocking to Alternative Therapies

Chiropractic care was ranked as the most effective treatment for back pain.

July 22, 2011 — Most Americans believe that prescription medications are the most effective treatments for many common illnesses, but a Consumer Reports survey of more than 45,000 people finds that three-fourths of us are turning to alternative therapies like yoga and acupuncture.

The new report says 38 million adults make more than 300 million visits per year to acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and other practitioners of alternative and complementary techniques.

“Despite the hoopla over alternative therapies, when we asked respondents how well the therapies they used worked for 12 common health problems, results showed that they were usually deemed far less helpful than prescription medicine for most of the conditions,” Consumer Reports Health says in its September issue.

Also, over-the-counter medications in many cases are more popular among consumers than widely used dietary supplements, according to the survey.

Most Popular Alternative Therapies

Chiropractic, deep-tissue massage, and mind-body practices like yoga dominated the list of alternative treatments that respondents said were helpful for back pain, neck pain, and the aches of osteoarthritis.

And though meditation is widely touted as an effective way to relieve anxiety, insomnia, and depression, the survey says prescription antidepressants are used by more people.

Among key findings of the survey:

Ø    Consumers ranked prescription drugs as most effective for nine of 12 conditions — allergies, cold and flu, depression, anxiety, digestive problems, headache and migraine, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, and osteoarthritis.

Ø    Of the 46% of respondents who used prescription drugs for osteoarthritis pain, 53% said it helped a lot; 54% of respondents used glucosamine/chondroitin for osteoarthritis symptoms, and 25% said it helped a lot.

Ø    Of the 27% of respondents who used meditation, 42% said it helped “a lot” with anxiety.

Ø    43% of respondents used deep-breathing exercises for anxiety, and 34% found it helped a lot.

Ø    Chiropractic care was ranked as the most effective treatment for back pain.

Ø    Pilates, yoga, and deep-tissue massage all rated about the same as prescription medication for back pain.

Ø    Vitamins and minerals were the most commonly used alternative treatments for general health, with 73% of respondents taking them.

Ø    A majority of people who said they used alternative therapies had told their doctors about it.

Ø    Respondents were online subscribers of Consumer Reports.

Ø    Consumer Reports recommends that people who decide to try alternative treatments talk to their doctor first to set realistic expectations for improvement.

SOURCES:

News release, Consumer Reports Health.

Consumer Reports, September 2011.

08.07.11

Higher Hospital Death Rates With Older Physicians

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:49 AM by Dr. Greathouse

Am J Med. July 22 2011

Longer Lengths of Stay and Higher Risk of Mortality among Inpatients of
Physicians with More Years in Practice.

CONCLUSION:

Inpatient care by physicians with more years in practice is associated with higher risk of mortality. Quality-of-care interventions should be developed to maintain inpatient skills for physicians.

Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

PMID:
21745651
[PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

08.05.11

Hot Dogs as Bad as Cigarettes?

Posted in Nutrition at 12:11 PM by Dr. Greathouse

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a Washington, D.C., group that promotes preventive medicine and a vegan diet, unveiled a billboard Monday near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the advisory: “Warning: Hot dogs can wreck your health.”

The billboard features a picture of hot dogs in a cigarette pack inscribed with skull and crossbones. It aims to increase awareness of a link between colorectal cancer and hot dogs.

Hot dogs, like cigarettes, should come with a “warning label that helps racing fans and other consumers understand the health risk,” said Susan Levin, the committee’s nutrition education director.

Other health experts disagree.

Although hot dogs are certainly not health food, neither are they toxic, if consumed in moderation, they say.

“It is not necessary to eliminate consumption of red or processed meat; rather the message is that these foods should not be the mainstay of your diet,” American Cancer Society guidelines state.

About twice a month, Kimberly Hunt indulges. She harbors no illusions that hot dogs are good for her, but she’s not worried about the risks.

“Not any more than any other processed foods that we eat,” said Hunt, as she finished off lunch in downtown Indianapolis. “There’s a lot of things that are going to cause cancer. Are hot dogs on the top of my list? No.”

Hot dogs are low in nutritional value, said Dr. Jesse Spear, an internal medicine physician with St. Vincent Medical Group in Fishers, Ind. They’re high in salt, which can lead to hypertension and heart disease.

Should we avoid them at all costs?

That’s not what Spear tells patients. Instead, he advises them to eat a generally healthy diet — more fruits and vegetables, less processed meats.

“I don’t personally tell people never to eat hot dogs, because I guess I’m just realistic enough to know that people will still consume them to some degree,” he said.

But there’s something about a car race that encourages hot dog consumption. Last year, more than 1.1 million hot dogs were sold during the Indianapolis 500.

So this year, the Physicians Committee decided to target another Speedway event, Sunday’s Brickyard 400, with its $2,750 billboard.

The strong warning is needed to make people think twice about eating hot dogs and all processed meats, Levin said. That includes deli meats, ham, sausage, bacon and pepperoni.

“A hot dog a day could send you to an early grave,” said Levin, a registered dietitian. “People think feeding their kids these foods (is) safe, but (it’s) not.”

The research linking colorectal cancer and processed meat is convincing, says a 2007 report by the World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research.

Just one 50-gram serving of processed meat — about the amount in one hot dog — a day increases the risk of colorectal cancer, on average, by 21 percent, the study found.

George Hanlin has his consumption down to one or two a month, as part of a plan to eat healthier. Monday, he contemplated the data linking hot dogs to health risks.

“Will it keep me from never eating hot dogs? No,” Hanlin said. “But there’s no question I will try to limit it a lot more.”

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08.02.11

What Do The World’s Greatest Basketball Player, The World’s Greatest Cyclist, and The Author Of The Self-Help Bible “Think and Grow Rich” All Have In Common With YOU?

Posted in Marketing & Promotion at 9:41 AM by Dr. Greathouse

What does David Letterman, Emmitt Smith, Lance Armstrong, Michael Jordan, Napoleon Hill, Jack Nicholson, and Dr. Phil have in common with you??

Well, they all have something very important in common with YOU.

What is it?

They and too many others to fit on this page… and YOU… utilize Chiropractic care to ease pain, relieve stress and strain, perform better and attempt to live life to the fullest.

But the amazing thing is: Many people today are very limited as to what type of doctors they can see. This comes from restrictions imposed by HMOs or personal finances. Too often, insurance companies make personal and medical choices that should be made by you and your Doctor.

But everyone in the pictures above is pretty much exempt from the restriction of insurance and HMOs. They have enough money to choose any type of healthcare and Doctor their little heart desires. And many of their careers depend on optimal performance. So it really tells you something when they all choose Chiropractic care to be part of their lifestyle.

And not only that…some even credit Chiropractic as being responsible for their massive success. For example, Winner of the decathlon and named world’s greatest athlete in 1996, Dan O’Brien had this to say: “If it were not for Chiropractic, I would not have won the gold medal.”