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Is acupuncture recommended for the treatment of akylosing spondylitis?
Acupuncture| Naturopathic medicine| Nutrition| Traditional Chinese Medicine
Years of experience 20
Of course, there are several researches in the world demonstrating the effectiveness of acupuncture in this problem. At that moment, I have two patients undergoing treatment with excellent results.
Look at this piece of research:
"The study showed no effect of acupuncture on outcome measures, including acute phase markers. However, a fall in EVA in both groups was observed, mainly in the acupuncture group (ES = 4). It should be noted that all patients were on NSAIDs / analgesics without the use of biological drugs despite their recommended and well-established use. The fact confirms that the protocol is a study of superiority, not inferiority. In addition, the selected patients had lost regular medical follow-up in the Rheumatology department.
It has been proven that acupuncture blocks pain by repeated stimulation of algogenic receptors, spinal cord and mesencephalic gray matter. Other mechanisms may be involved, such as actions in specific neuronal groups and the activation of both the sympathetic neurovegetative nervous system and the hypothalamus hypophysis-adrenal axis. Prolonged needling response corroborates the hypothesis of the therapeutic effect of acupuncture, as opposed to analgesic acupuncture with transient duration (involved in mechanisms of long-term depression, placebos effects and descending inhibitory analgesic system). In the literature, studies on acupuncture are scarce, and include uncontrolled trials with samples of varying sizes.11,12 Our study suggests the likelihood of a beneficial effect of acupuncture and is original.
What is integrative mental healthcare?
Years of experience 26
In a few words, integrative mental healthcare:
- is a person-centered approach to mental health care
- that takes into account the needs, preferences and circumstances of each unique person
- focuses on maintaining optimal health and treating symptoms not disorders
- uses both mainstream approaches like medications and psychotherapy, as well as complementary and alternative therapies
- is based on the best available evidence
The conventional biomedical model of mental health care widely practiced in the U.S. and many other countries emphasizes the use of potent prescription
medications to treat ‘disorders.’ Medications will probably continue to play an important role in mental health care—especially for managing symptoms of severe mental health problems such as bipolar disorder and psychosis—however non-medication treatments will play an increasingly important role in mental healthcare as more research evidence accumulates showing that they are both safe and effective. In contrast to the conventional biomedical model, integrative mental healthcare is concerned with maintaining optimal wellness and managing symptoms of each unique person in the context of their values, preferences and circumstances. Advantages of integrative mental health care over the conventional biomedical model, include:
- improved response to treatment
- reducing the dosage of a prescription medication
- reducing adverse effects of prescription medications
- saving money on treatment costs
- having greater control over your symptoms
- greater emphasis on maintaining wellness
- developing a more personalized plan for treatment and prevention
It is important to point out that integrative mental healthcare does not reject the use of prescription medications, psychotherapy or other mainstream approaches or discount their benefits for mental health problems. Medications and psychotherapy are often beneficial and safe and bring enormous relief to human suffering. Integrative practitioners often prescribe medications and recommend psychotherapy but go beyond this limited model of care. In addition to established conventional biomedical therapies integrative practitioners also recommend a wide range of non-medication treatment approaches such as herbals, vitamins and other natural supplements, whole body approaches such as exercise and massage, changes in the diet, mind-body practices and energy therapies such as acupuncture and healing touch, and many other ‘alternative’ therapies where scientific evidence supports their safe and effective use.
Because integrative mental health care focuses on each person’s unique needs and circumstances, treatment is often highly individualized. This means that there is no single ‘best’ treatment for any particular mental health problem, but each person may have a ‘most appropriate’ treatment plan depending on the particular symptoms they are experiencing in the context of their unique life story, values, preferences and circumstances.
To read further, you can explore my series of e-books on the topic here.
Can Diabetes Type II cause Heart Disease? Is there any correlation between the two?
Functional medicine| Integrative Medicine
What is Heart Disease?
Heart disease is a disease of inflammation. Heart attacks and strokes, contrary to popular opinion, are not caused by high cholesterol, they are caused by systemic inflammation in the arteries, which functional medicine physicians can measure with various lab tests such as homocysteine and high sensitivity C-reactive protein. We also have a new test that we do here in our office called the Max Pulse machine, which measures the health of your heart muscle, elasticity of your arteries and how well your autonomic nervous system is handling stress and interacting with your heart. The aforementioned factors are far more relevant to heart disease risk than your total cholesterol.
Unfortunately, cholesterol has been unjustly demonized by our society. Mostly, this is because of some erroneous studies and conclusions drawn by researchers decades ago. Cholesterol is in fact one of the most important molecules in your body, a vital component for the proper functioning of virtually every organ system and cell membranes, especially your nervous system and brain.
The Mystery of Arterial Plaque
People also get confused as to the nature of atherosclerotic plaque accumulation in the arteries. It is actually not narrowing of the arteries that directly causes heart attack and stroke, it is when a small chunk of that plaque dislodges from the artery wall and occludes an artery in the heart or brain, cutting off the supply of blood and oxygen to these vital organs. So what would cause the plaque to dislodge? Inflammation. When you have a combination of excessive atherosclerotic plaque and high inflammation, you now have the magic recipe for an ischemic episode.
Heart Disease and Nutrition
We therefore need to broach the subject of heart attack and stroke from the dual perspective of inflammation and plaque accumulation, both of which can be traced back mostly to nutritional and lifestyle factors such as excessive stress or inadequate sleep causing elevations in the stress hormone cortisol. First off, let’s take a realistic look at what causes plaque to accumulate in our arteries? Is it the number of eggs that we eat? The red meat in our diet? None of the aforementioned. A big juicy steak will not clog your arteries, regardless of what conventional wisdom would have us believe, but the potatoes and dessert we have with our steak will. This is because carbohydrates, especially starches and refined sugars raise our blood levels of the most dangerous type of cholesterol, triglycerides, which is the “sticky” cholesterol that ultimately clogs our arteries. Because eggs and steak and animal proteins do not raise our triglycerides, only our good HDL cholesterol, they are actually harmless by themselves. The truth that may astound you is that high-glycemic dried fruit or breakfast cereal will clog your arteries, but bacon and eggs will not!
How do Diabesity and Heart Disease Relate?
Carbs + Inflammation = Heart Problems
To add insult to injury, not only do high-glycemic carbs clog up your arteries, they are also highly inflammatory, so now we have the perfect formula for a heart attack or stroke. Cut your carbs and cut your heart disease risk. Fat and dietary cholesterol are not the enemy. Sugar is! But let’s be clear about the many names for sugar: white and brown table sugar (of course), honey, molasses, agave, sucrose, fructose, lactose, maltose, galactose, found in everything from candy to rice, potatoes and wheat, and even fruit. That is why fruitarians and vegetarians often wind up with advanced heart disease, because when any human switches from a primarily carnivorous diet (we are mostly carnivores genetically, not herbivores) and we choose to be vegan or vegetarians, we are choosing to become what many nutritionists like to call “carbivores”. Carbivores raise triglycerides and inflammation in their body because carbohydrates are inherently pro-inflammatory, especially high-glycemic carbs, and also hydrogenated oils and trans-fat.
It is unfortunate that, for over three decades now, processed food conglomerates have been enticing Americans with low-fat or non-fat versions of foods that are now loaded with sugar and, even worse, high fructose corn syrup. Health-conscious Americans have been avoiding fat and dietary cholesterol like the plague, yet we have seen an alarming rise in obesity and heart disease in the past two decades as folks have traded in their healthy fats for carbs. This madness needs to stop!
Remember that even if you have a history of heart disease in your family, your genes are not your destiny. You are in control of your own heart disease risk. Get the right tools to take control.
How do you get rid of type 2 Diabetes?
Years of experience 30
Type 2 diabetes is largely a disease of lifestyle, especially diet and exercise. However, stress, sleep, and certain pharmaceutical drugs predispose to developing it. The metabolic syndrome is discussed and the concept of insulin resistance is reviewed in my video..
You can watch my video here.