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June 2011 Health Newsletter


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» Leg Cramps Alternative Solutions
» Asthma clinical study with Quantum Biofeedback
» Medical Study Indicates Chiropractic Care Most Effective For Back Pain
» Pain Relief May Be As Simple As Crossing Your Arms
» Doctors Recommend Kids & Teens Avoid Energy Drinks
» Conservative Pain Management a First-Line Defense Against Prescription Drug...

Leg Cramps Alternative Solutions

 

Leg Cramps: Alternative Solutions    by Clifford Fruithandler DC

Leg cramps that ruin your sleep can be caused by many different etiologies.  There are many remedies to try and often, trial and error is your best first approach.  In general poor circulation (night time lowering of blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, venous stasis, CHF…), electrolyte deficiencies (mineral imbalances Calcium Potassium), hormonal (specifically Thyroid deficiency), neuralgic ('pinched nerves' or nerve irritation), and overuse or underuse.  Regardless of causation, try these possibilities, they are all safe, and cost effective.  If it doesn't work see your primary care provider for a full physical.

1.    Taking calcium and magnesium supplements BEFORE bedtime. They should be in the same tablet in a 2 to 1 ratio. A natural muscle relaxant. 

2.    Antioxidant supplements combinations which include Vitamin C, E, pycogenol, and others again prior to bed time.  They reduce free radicals and oxidation by the tissues allowing more oxygen to get to the cells.

3.    Tonic water, a glass full at night.  It has small amounts of quinine which relax the muscles.

4.    Stretch out the leg muscles several times per day especially before going to sleep.  Stand 3 feet from the wall, one foot forward, and lean in with your arms until you feel a good stetch in the legs.  Do this on both sides.   You can also do this on the stairs with your toes on the step; allow your heels to drop.  Stretch for 10 to 30 seconds and repeat, build up slowly. 

5.    Taking a 30+  minute walk or cycling every day may do the trick as it improves the cardiovascular status.

6.    Drink plenty of water during the day, increase your vegetables and fruits as they have the minerals and enzymes which can improve all areas of your physical being.

7.    Quit smoking if you smoke

8.    If cold weather brings the cramps on, try wearing loose socks to bed, particularly if you get cold feet.  This works well with low blood pressure patients.

9.    If cramps come on after strenuous activities, try whirlpools or warm baths with a few cups of Epsom salts before retiring.  Epsom salts are Magnesium Sulphate, the healing powers of most mineral baths.  If you have house plants particularly palms, but the bath water on the plants and watch them super green in a few day.

10.                      Keep the ends of your bed sheets loose allowing the feet to move freely.

11.                      If you have been very irritable and stressed, take the water soluble vitamins prior to sleep including Vitamin C and B complex.

12.                      Night time herbals like chamomile, valerian root, and other relaxants.

13.                      If you are on diuretics you may need to change them (see your Dr) or simply try increasing potassium, a half to whole banana a day usually does the trick.

14.                      In my office I usually recommend Asyra Quantum Biofeedback as it balances the meridians and energetic systems. It works well when the others have failed.   We usually test for hormonal and circulatory issues first.

 

15.                      Supplements that we have in the office include all the above. 

a.    Radical Raiders are a combination of antioxidants. 

b.    Life force balances blood sugars, blood pressure and the autonomic nervous system.   This is taken in the mornings and will energize you all day.  This is my favorite "miracle supplement" as it is a combination of adaptogens that have the ability to heal whatever ails.  If you have a foggy mind, poor memory, low energy, libido, diabetes or chronic fatigue it is for you. 

c.     Heart and Artery is a combination of herbals and minerals designed to improve circulation.  It has been extremely good with leg cramps, and pins and needles of the digits but is expensive compared to the others.  It is well worth trying.

16.                      Consider massage therapy if many of your muscles ache.

17.                      Chiropractic of course helps balance the nervous system, and the nerves control the muscles.

18.                      Acupuncture also a energetic balancing tool can be very helpful.

19.                      L argentine amino acids in liquid form help to open up the vascular network.

20.                      Ask your physician or pharmacist if any of the medications you may be taking cause cramps.  The Statins for lowering cholesterol levels is a common irritant to the muscles.

So start with the simple and build up to the more complex.  If the above doesn't work see your physician.  Try a few at a time but always do the exercises, stretching and improve your diet.

 

Author: Dr Clifford Fruithandler DC
Source: Dr Clifford Fruithandler DC
Copyright: Dr Clifford Fruithandler DC 2011


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Asthma clinical study with Quantum Biofeedback

 

Asthma Natural Clinical Research Study  June 2011

  Asthma Natural Clinical Research Study  June 2011

Asthma clinical study with Quantum Biofeedback  June 2011

Asthma severity can differ greatly between individuals.  It is a complex disorder with allergic, non-allergic ad genetic causes.  Asthma patients may have severe attacks leading to poor quality of life and significant stress on them and their caregivers.

We are inviting patients with moderate asthma to participate in our natural asthma research study.  Participants will contribute to advancing the science of treating asthma naturally.

Participants will be asked to spend one hour on their first visit and undergo a clinical evaluation.  Testing will be a non invasive, safe, electro-dermal screening that utilizes the latest technology in advanced Quantum Biofeedback. 

After analysis, a custom homeopathic chord and laser remedy will be given. Each subject will be asked to return at 2 week or monthly intervals for a period of 3 months.  On each visit a questionnaire will be completed.  Follow up visits will take approximately 15 minutes.  Subjects will agree to be contacted for follow up yearly to see if symptoms have returned.   

Initial studies done at the University of Utah showed a 95% improvement in blood samples taken before and after .  The procedures and treatment are  considered extremely safe, all holistically based and natural.  We are looking for particpants in the 5-25 year old range, who have been previously diagnosed with Asthma and are symptomatic on a weekly basis, or are currently taking  medications for prophylaxis on a regular or as needed basis.  There are no fees for this study, but a $100 deposit will be requested and returned in full on completion of the 3 month trial period.  For more information please call 954-968- 8400 to see if you or your child are candidates.

Clifford Fruithandler DC

Chiropractic Physician, Certified Acupuncturist, Bioenergetic Medicine Instructor.

Author: Dr Clifford Fruithandler DC
Source: Dr Clifford Fruithandler DC
Copyright: Dr Clifford Fruithandler DC 2011


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Medical Study Indicates Chiropractic Care Most Effective For Back Pain

According to a new study conducted by a medical doctor and PhD's, chiropractic care compared to medical or physical therapy care results in a significantly lesser recurrence in those suffering from work-related nonspecific low back pain. While this is likely no surprise to chiropractors or many of their patients, what was surprising was the additional finding that in work-related nonspecific low back pain, receiving health maintenance care from a physical therapist or medical doctor was associated with a higher degree of disability recurrence than compared with receiving no treatment whatsoever. Results from the study were based on 894 cases followed for 1 year using workers' compensation claims data. If you're suffering from pain, make the safe, natural and research proven choice - call your local chiropractor today and schedule a no obligation consultation!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine; April 2011, Vol 53, Issue 4.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2011


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Pain Relief May Be As Simple As Crossing Your Arms

According to researchers in the U.K., reducing pain can be as simple as crossing your arms across the middle of your body. Researchers believe that this position confuses the brain helping to reduce the intensity of pain. It's believed the brain has internal mappings for both the body and the external space outside the body that are usually activated together. The act of crossing the arms across the middle of the body interrupts the traditional mappings and as a result appears to lessen perceived stimuli such as pain. It should be noted that some of the most common chiropractic treatments, most specifically the chiropractic adjustment, also similarly affects the nervous system in a pain reducing manner.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Pain, June 2011.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2011


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Doctors Recommend Kids & Teens Avoid Energy Drinks

With the increasing popularity of energy drinks, doctors are seeing more and more cases of negative reactions experienced by the kids and teenagers who consume them. Although energy drinks contain ingredients that many believe to be relatively harmless in smaller quantities, many kids and teens as well as adults consume large amounts as they are either unaware or unconcerned with the potential harmful effects. Doctors warn that kids and teens are more susceptible to the effects of energy drinks due to their smaller and more sensitive growing body's, much more than adults. Researchers also warn that many energy drinks contain a large mixture of vitamins and herbal extracts that may cause side effects that are not always adequately understood. With the energy drink market expected to reach $9 billion in 2011 just in the U.S., alone, it's not surprising that energy drink manufacturers are downplaying a recent report warning about the hazards of energy drink consumption in the young. Did we mention kids and young adults account for half of this $9 billion market! Experts recommend kids and teens quench their thirst with water or if they're a young athlete training hard, consider a sports drink that contains sugar, so long as it's consumed in moderation.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Pediatrics, online May 30, 2011.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2011


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Conservative Pain Management a First-Line Defense Against Prescription Drug...

Conservative Pain Management a First-Line Defense Against Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) applauds federal efforts to curb prescription drug abuse following the U.S. government’s announcement in late April that the problem has reached crisis level. ACA encourages patients and health care providers to explore drug-free, conservative approaches to pain management as a first-line defense against painkiller abuse.  The government’s report, “Epidemic: Responding to America’s Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis,” notes that while the use of some illegal drugs has diminished, the abuse of prescription medications has sharply increased, particularly prescription opioid pain relievers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin. It points out unintentional opioid overdoses—once almost exclusively the fate of heroin abusers—are today increasingly caused by prescription painkiller abuse.  “This new report shows that while sometimes the use of these powerful drugs may be necessary, their overuse and abuse can lead to deadly consequences. The chiropractic profession offers non-drug interventions for pain relief,” said ACA President Dr. Rick McMichael. “We urge health care providers, whenever possible, to recommend drug-free conservative care interventions for their patients before prescribing medications that may be associated with harmful side effects. It’s critical that patients know their options.”  The government report outlines a four-part strategy to reduce the incidence of overdose caused by painkiller abuse, including increased education; monitoring of “doctor-shoppers” who obtain multiple prescriptions; the safe disposal of prescription medications; and cracking down on “pill mill” clinics that dispense hundreds of pills per patient. ACA believes prevention is also key and that increased use of conservative approaches for pain management may curb the need for painkillers and thereby reduce the likelihood of patient dependency, overuse and possible overdose.  Chiropractic care is best known for its effectiveness in treating painful conditions such as back pain, neck pain, and headaches—which are serious causes of disability in the United States. According to the U.S. Bone and Joint Decade, the number of prescription medications has increased in the past 10 years. Chiropractic care may lessen or eliminate the need for medications in some cases and help patients avoid unnecessary surgery. Chiropractic physicians treat the whole person, promote wellness and strive to address the underlying cause of patients’ ailments, not just their symptoms.  Current evidence-based guidelines support the use of conservative care such as chiropractic for conditions such as chronic lower back pain. In 2007, the Annals of Internal Medicine published low back pain guidelines developed by the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians recommending that, for patients who do not improve with self-care, doctors should consider non-pharmacologic therapies such as chiropractic care, massage therapy and acupuncture. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), based in Arlington, Va., is the largest professional association in the United States representing doctors of chiropractic. ACA promotes the highest standards of patient care and ethics, and supports research that contributes to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients. Visit www.acatoday.org.

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: Acatoday.com, May 4, 2011.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2011


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