Functional Health: Boron, Vanadium, and Other Ultra Trace Elements

We spoke before about the role of trace elements in health and nutrition.

By definition, trace elements are those necessary for life and growth however, only in the tiniest amounts.

Vanadium and Boron are two more ultra trace elements we should talk about.

In some studies the element Boron has been found to help reduce the loss of calcium in our bodies. Therefore, it may actually have a positive and protective role in bone density maintenance.

In most situations, boron is relatively nontoxic in the forms most consumed by people. Boric acid for example has long been used as a preparation in health care with very rare adverse incidents.

Vanadium, another ultra trace element seems to have a role in potentiating the activities of insulin and blood sugar control. This of course could possibly be the connection between vanadium, neuropathy, diabetes, fibromyalgia and other forms of chronic pain.

I will caution you however, never to self-treat with vanadium supplements alone. To do so could be very dangerous!

Like everything, however you will find individual supplements and claims made for so many individual nutrients. Boron and vanadium are no exception. Be very careful here.

If you consume a diet that is high in vegetables, seeds nuts and the lean proteins, a deficiency of trace elements is extremely rare. Although, not impossible, there are variations in the quality of food based upon such things as the soils in which they are grown and the regions they come from.

Also, if you are supplementing your diet as we recommend, trace elements in very tiny absorbable forms are included.

Rarely should they be prescribed alone and in our opinion, always under close medical supervision.

Because everybody is different, in rare situations deficiencies of these elements can cause significant health issues. There are different tests available.

This is another reason why it is difficult to diagnose conditions, trace element analysis by hair and urine are often very helpful.

Once again, you can see the need for working with a healthcare professional who is trained in managing your neuropathy and chronic pain.

Look at all possible facets, dig deeper for answers whenever necessary.

That’s why we are here!

Please call us to schedule a visit at 781-659-7989 today and we’ll call you ASAP!

Vitamin B6: Neuropathy Cause or Cure?

Does Vitamin B6: Neuropathy Cause or Cure Neuropathy? This is a really great question!

Like all vitamins, vitamin B6 is an essential nutrient. But unlike other nutrients, both too much and too little vitamin B6 can cause peripheral neuropathy.

The amount of vitamin B6 necessary to cause neuropathy varies.

Some studies show it must be hundreds of milligrams or more per day. However, some patients will start to show signs of peripheral neuropathy at dosages above 100 milligrams per day.

The generally accepted safe dose is a maximum of 100 mg per day. The reality is, most of the time, patients need less than half of that.

Much like the other B vitamins, vitamin B6 was discovered in the 1930s. It was also discovered that, like the other B vitamins, deficiency of B6 often manifests as a skin disorder first. Now, with modern biochemistry, we know much more about this key nutrient. The primary function of vitamin B6 is to allow our body to synthesize, or put together, large molecules, including proteins that make up the vast majority of our body tissues—including skin, muscles, and organs… and our nerves!

B6 is also essential for our body to manufacture compounds necessary for nerve health and nerve transmission.

But vitamin B6 is a balancing act. Not enough B6 will cause nerve damage, and too much B6 can cause nerve damage. Again, this can occur in some people at as little as 100 mg per day.

Good sources of vitamin B6 include vegetables, nuts, bananas, and meats. However, cooking and improper storage of food can cause the vitamin B6 content to be depleted relatively easily.

Much like the other B vitamins, if you’re deficient in B6, you’re likely deficient in the others as well. This is why supplying these supplemental vitamins in complexes is usually best!

As you can see, balance is essential to your health. This is also why professional guidance with regard to dietary supplementation, especially in treating neuropathy and chronic pain, is well worth your while!

One other key thing to realize about vitamin B6 is it does have some excellent clinical uses. Two of the most classic usages are for tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as pre-menstrual syndrome.

Because vitamin B6 can affect the metabolism of certain drugs, especially those administered for Parkinson’s disease, it’s very important that you share all your medications and dosages with your healthcare professionals on a regular basis.

So once again, we can see that the more you learn about nutrition, the more you are able to help yourself and those around you!

 

“But, Doctor, It Hurts When I Exercise…” – Part 1

“But, Doctor, It Hurts When I Exercise…”

By now, everyone knows that exercise is good for you.

It helps to not only lose weight but keep your weight under control…

It strengthens your bones…

It improves your cardiovascular health…

It has even been shown to fight depression…

And if you happen to have diabetes, you know how important exercise is in managing your glucose levels.

But what do you do when your neuropathy or some other painful condition just makes it hurt to work out?

If you struggle with neuropathy, complications from diabetes, post-chemo nerve pain or any other painful medical condition, it can be really easy to just sit around and do nothing.

Because it just hurts too much to be active.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.  There are exercises you can do that won’t tax your painful joints or cause you more pain than you already have.

Here are a few exercises to consider that are easy on the body and only require gentle movements:

What About Stretching, Yoga and More?

Yoga will keep you limber and stretches the muscles in slow, easy, fluid movements.  You can do it as slowly as you like.  You don’t have to qualify as a Cirque Du Soleil acrobat to get the benefits of a good yoga practice.  Just do the postures to the best of your ability.  If it has been awhile since you’ve exercised, don’t expect to be limber overnight.  Give yourself time.

Yoga stretches the muscles and increases muscle strength simply by using the body’s own weight.  No extra equipment, no extra weight on painful joints or swollen feet.  Just what you already carry.  That’s tailor made for people suffering from nerve pain.

But whatever you choose, be SURE you are doing gentle but deliberate stretching daily.

Next time, we’ll talk a bit more about easy, low impact exercises to help you get in shape with as little pain as possible.

Call Our Office at 781-659-7989 with any questions and be sure to learn more about the Private Practice HERE:

Chiropractic Treatment: Low Back Pain and Spinal Care

A few decades ago, the chiropractic profession practiced in a relative absence of good scientific data concerning its main therapeutic tool, spinal manipulation.

The success of this profession and this treatment with patient care was empirically based. The evidence basis of spinal manipulation, however, has changed dramatically in recent years with a large number of well done clinical trials that have filled the information void.

No other back pain treatment has been subjected to such examination…when numerous clinical trials are considered together, the evidence in favor of chiropractic manipulation is overwhelming.

Analysis of the volume of research available on the topic of spinal manipulation and low back pain can be surprising to many health care providers who do not practice this specialty. The volume of research on spinal manipulation for acute low back pain is greater than for any other single treatment used for this condition. Currently, there are approximately 50 clinical trials of which about 35 are controlled randomized trials examining spinal manipulation for low back pain. This is approximately 4 to 5 times the trials that have examined the validity of NSAIDs (like Motrin, Alieve, etc) for this patient population.

The majority of the clinical trials on spinal manipulation for acute low back pain have found this treatment to be beneficial, outperforming the comparative or control treatments which have included virtually all other commonly used therapies.

The bottom line is that spinal manipulation words to relieve low back pain!

Manipulation has consistently outperformed any other therapy, compared to ultrasound only, traction only, exercise, bedrest and medications.

In most cases, it has provided benefits with range of motion, cost-effectiveness, decrease in lost productivity, patient satisfaction and pain relief.

Undisputed Benefits of Spinal Manipulation

The evidence basis of spinal manipulation has changed dramatically in recent years with a large number of well done clinical trials filling the information void.

The majority of the clinical trials on spinal manipulation performed by chiropractors for acute low back pain have found this treatment to be beneficial, outperforming the comparative or control treatments which have included virtually all other commonly used therapies.

If you have low back pain, then you should strongly consider spinal manipulation as a form of treatment. It is low risk, and the results are quick and often painless. As licensed chiropractors, we understand the significant value of manipulation, and can assure you of its benefits. (NSAIDS are drugs like Motrin and Alieve, to name just two).

Time to FIX the Pain and Stiff Movement!

If you are looking for pain relief, then look no further. We are here to help you.

In a few sessions, you could be experiencing pain relief, feeling significantly better and moving effortlessly. Imagine the feeling of smooth motion in all your joints, without a single restriction or stumbling block.

That’s exactly what we do for you. As your preferred chiropractor, we make every effort to present you with the fastest solutions to pain relief and improved motion, but remember, spinal manipulation is a significant part of long term supportive chiropractic care.

In fact, patients who participate in long term supportive care when studied take far less medication, do not take ambulance trips to the ER for acute back episodes, and the overall low cost to treat, and the ability to maintain work schedules is an an enormous personal and societal benefit.

Call or email us to schedule an appointment today! We look forward to assisting you with low back pain, and are always here to answer any questions. Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful day!

Please call us to schedule a knee evaluation at 781-659-7989 today!

Functional Health: Lyme Disease

If diagnosis and treatment of Lyme Disease are delayed, the chances of developing further complications, like peripheral neuropathy, increase greatly.

This has been called the great imitator. Unfortunately, patients who suffer through Lyme Disease oftentimes end up with neurologic disorders that mimic a whole host of neurologic conditions, including the development of peripheral neuropathy.

This illness is endemic in some parts of United States especially including the Northeast United States, and other wooded areas. It is especially prevalent upon the island of Nantucket where I spend a lot of time.

I have seen patients on the island with a variety of neurologic symptoms, as well as arthritic symptoms. Prior to the understanding that the Lyme Disease bacteria was causing these symptoms patients were often discounted as having psychiatric conditions.

Now, we know better. Mostly. I still see occasions where clinicians are slow to consider a Lyme diagnosis.

This can be practically dangerous is if the patient is suffering from neurological signs and symptoms. Some of these include tingling, numbness, burning, or shooting pains.

Sometimes, patients develop Bell’s palsy, a facial nerve paralysis.

It is also very important to understand that the classic presentation of an insect bite and a “bulls eye” rash does not always occur.

I’ve seen several cases, with an initial presentation of headache fatigue and flulike symptoms usually accompanied by significant fever.

Too often, I have seen it misdiagnosed as the flu.

It is very important to establish a diagnosis early. If diagnosis and treatment are delayed, the chances of developing further complications increase greatly.

In addition to neuropathy symptoms, arthritic symptoms can and do often develop.

Establishing the Lyme disease diagnosis early on is essential to successful treatment and shortening recovery time!

If you are looking for pain relief, then look no further. We are here to help you.

Please call us to schedule an evaluation at 781-659-7989 today!

Functional Health: Natural, Long-Term Relief from Asthma IS Possible

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that affects more than 28 million children and adults.

Sufferers of experience periods of difficulty breathing, mostly due to constriction of the airways, tightening of the muscles around the airways, and irritation within the lungs. Untreated asthma can cause:

    • Loss of school or work
    • Costly emergency room and hospital visits
    • In some cases, death

What Causes Asthma?

For unknown reasons, instances of asthma have increased drastically in recent years. The exact causes of asthma haven’t been determined, but asthma is widely believed to result from:

    • Genetics, or a family history
    • Respiratory infections in young children
    • Exposing young children to certain allergens and viral infections when their immune systems are still developing
    • Exposure to cigarette smoke
    • Carrying too much extra weight

What are the Common Symptoms?

Asthma symptoms can vary in intensity and number of occurrences. Typical symptoms include wheezing, which produces a high-pitched whistle noise when you breathe; chronic cough that lasts more than three weeks at a time; the inability to catch your breath; and tightness in the chest – or a feeling that you can’t expand your chest enough to breathe properly.

The Effects of Stress        

Research is beginning to show – as many medical practitioners have believed for years already – that anxiety, depression, and stress can actually make your symptoms worse. By taking steps to alleviate chronic stress, sufferers can drastically reduce the severity of their asthma episodes. One such way to alleviate chronic stress is to see a chiropractor for treatment of spinal misalignment, a condition that can cause spinal irritation and have a significant impact on general health and stress levels.

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

If you can identify the triggers that tend to bring on your attacks, you can greatly reduce your amount and intensity of episodes. Plus, we can help you with your overall level of fitness and maintaining optimum body and chest mechanics, which are often disturbed in asthma and respiratory infections.

Some common triggers include animal dander, dust, pollen, mold, smoke, pollution, and strong fumes from things such as cleaning chemicals, perfumes, etc. You can minimize triggers by taking preventative measures such as changing your bed sheets weekly, regularly replacing the air filter in your home (and springing for air filters that filter out a greater amount of dust mites), limiting exposure to smoke and other strong fumes as much as possible, and keeping your pet away from your sleeping quarters (or, if problems persist, sending the pet to live with a family member).

Chiropractic Care in The Treatment of Asthma

If you or a loved one are suffering from asthma, we can perform a thorough evaluation to determine what could be causing some – or all – of their symptoms related to correctable causes…

Many asthma sufferers who undergo chiropractic treatments are able to decrease – and in some cases, eliminate – the use of asthma medications.

You should note, however, that because chiropractic care focuses on restoring optimal function of the spine and nervous system, chiropractic is not a “quick fix” for asthma.

We can help you determine whether spinal misalignment is prolonging or even causing your symptoms… and if so, we will develop a plan for long-term relief.

Please call us to schedule a risks evaluation for yourself, friend, or family member today 781-659-7989!

Lupus – Not a Cookie Cutter Illness

When we hear that someone has lupus, we tend to think of it as one illness…

One illness with a very specific set of symptoms…

In both cases, we would be wrong.

Lupus is a very complex group of illnesses that not only vary by type but also in how they affect individual patients.

No two lupus patients and their symptoms are alike.

The fact is there are several types of lupus[1]:

  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) – the most common type of lupus and what most people are thinking of when they say someone has lupus.
  • Life Threatening Lupus – a form of SLE that affects one or more of the patient’s vital organs such as their heart, lungs, kidneys or liver.
  • Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus (CLE) – only affects the skin.
  • Drug Induced Lupus – caused by medications. The symptoms are like the symptoms of SLE but will go away once the patient stops taking the particular medication that caused it.
  • Lupus in Overlap with other Connective Tissue Diseases – this is a type of lupus in which the patient has some other disease that affects the joints and tendons as well like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Sjogren’s Syndrome or Vasculitis.

All of these forms are serious and incurable. Once you have any of these forms, you have it for life. Granted, you will have flares (episodes of active lupus symptoms) and remissions (when you’re symptoms aren’t present or are really mild), but you’re not cured. The symptoms come and go but the illness always remains.

With all these variables, it can be tough to know if you have lupus or something else.

If have at least four of these symptoms, you need to see a doctor immediately for testing and diagnosis:[2]

  • Chest pain when you take a deep breath or if you cough up blood
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Numbness, tingling, vision problems
  • Seizures
  • Vision problems
  • Abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Fever for no apparent reason
  • A general feeling of discomfort and ill feeling
  • Hair loss
  • Sores in your mouth
  • Sensitivity to sunlight
  • A rash over your cheeks and nose
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Many of these symptoms may be caused by the damage done to the peripheral nervous system or peripheral neuropathy. Because of the effects of lupus on the nervous system, a good place to start for diagnosis and treatment would be a physician well versed in diagnosing and treating nerve diseases and damage, like your local NeuropathyDR® clinician.

Exactly Why Are Lupus and Peripheral Neuropathy So Serious?

Because the peripheral nervous system can be affected, every system of the body that is regulated by the peripheral nervous system can be damaged.

That means the nerves that control involuntary body functions like heart rate, blood pressure, digestion and perspiration. Your body many not be able to regulate your heart rate or your blood pressure, you might not be able to properly digest your food, or your kidneys can be damaged and you could develop urinary problems. A little less than 5% of patients develop cranial neuropathy (damage to the nerves in the brain) leading to headaches, vision problems, depression, and even personality disorders.

As if that weren’t enough, this disease can cause serious problems with inflammation. That can lead to:

  • Inflammation of the sac around the heart
  • Diseases of the heart valves
  • Inflammation of the actual heart muscle
  • Inflammation of the tissue around the lungs or pleurisy

Now, imagine having any of these issues and having peripheral neuropathy, too…

Your peripheral nerves aren’t functioning properly and can’t send the proper signals to your brain to let you know you have a problem.

You can see why this could be very serious.

If you have at least four of the above symptoms, call your doctor or your local NeuropathyDR® clinician today. Early intervention is one of the best ways to minimize the damage caused by lupus and peripheral neuropathy. While your there is no cure, a combination of medication and the highly specialized treatment protocol available to you through your NeuropathyDR® clinician to minimize nerve damage can make your life bearable and your symptoms manageable

Please call us to schedule a visit at 781-659-7989 and we’ll call you ASAP!

Chiropractic Treatment: Low Back Pain and Spinal Care

A few decades ago, the chiropractic profession practiced in a relative absence of good scientific data concerning its main therapeutic tool, spinal manipulation.

The success of this profession and this treatment with patient care was empirically based. The evidence basis of spinal manipulation, however, has changed dramatically in recent years with a large number of well done clinical trials that have filled the information void.

No other back pain treatment has been subjected to such examination…when numerous clinical trials are considered together, the evidence in favor of chiropractic manipulation is overwhelming.

Analysis of the volume of research available on the topic of spinal manipulation and low back pain can be surprising to many health care providers who do not practice this specialty. The volume of research on spinal manipulation for acute low back pain is greater than for any other single treatment used for this condition.

The majority of the clinical trials on spinal manipulation for acute low back pain have found this treatment to be beneficial, outperforming the comparative or control treatments which have included virtually all other commonly used therapies.

The bottom line is that spinal manipulation words to relieve low back pain!

Manipulation has consistently outperformed any other therapy, compared to ultrasound only, traction only, exercise, bedrest and medications.

In most cases, it has provided benefits with range of motion, cost-effectiveness, decrease in lost productivity, patient satisfaction and pain relief.

Undisputed Benefits of Spinal Manipulation

The evidence basis of spinal manipulation has changed dramatically in recent years with a large number of well done clinical trials filling the information void.

The majority of the clinical trials on spinal manipulation performed by chiropractors for acute low back pain have found this treatment to be beneficial, outperforming the comparative or control treatments which have included virtually all other commonly used therapies.

If you have low back pain, then you should strongly consider spinal manipulation as a form of treatment. It is low risk, and the results are quick and often painless. As licensed chiropractors, we understand the significant value of manipulation, and can assure you of its benefits. (NSAIDS are drugs like Motrin and Alieve, to name just two).

Time to FIX the Pain and Stiff Movement!

If you are looking for pain relief, then look no further. We are here to help you.

Please call us to schedule an evaluation at 781-659-7989 today!

Functional Health: The Dangers of Self-Diagnosis and Treatment

Ever heard the phrase “The man who represents himself has a fool for a client?”

While that old adage is applied to the legal profession, the same can be said about patients who attempt to diagnose and treat their own illnesses and injuries. Especially when their symptoms indicate they’re dealing with something that could be serious.

The internet has made it easy for us to research our own health issues and become educated patients (which, mind you, is a very good thing), but it has also made it easy to misdiagnose and inaccurately treat those medical conditions.

That may not be dangerous with a common cold, but you could be doing your body irreparable harm by not consulting a specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment. By researching and treating on your own, you’re wasting valuable time and resources.

The delay in obtaining medical treatment could make a small problem much, much worse. Once that window for early treatment is gone, you can never get it back.  Treating on your own is an excellent example of being penny wise and pound foolish.

You Need to Seek Professional Care!

You may save a little money up front, but it’s going to cost you more in the long run when your health care provider has to play catch up and try to fix the harm done by delaying proper treatment.

Early treatment provided by a specialist familiar with your health condition will make it much easier for your body to repair itself and lessen your chance of developing further complications.

Before you try to diagnose and treat yourself, we hope you’ll consider the potential harm you could doing to your body.  And make the right choice – seek professional diagnosis and treatment.  Time is of the essence in repairing and protection your nerves.

Please take care and you can always call us at 781-659-7989 for information about our treatment centers and if you’d like to schedule and appointment!