I remember my wife Kathy and I driving south out of Anchorage along the Turnagain Arm right after moving to Alaska in May of 2011, wondering why the speed limit just dropped to 45mph in the middle of nowhere. Of course I’m assuming that we’re slowing down for another dose of the ever-present Alaskan summer road construction. But instead we find ourselves motoring through a crowded highway corridor of bucket and net-wielding men, women and children. I had no […]
It is the nature of modern healthcare that treatments are driven by research and research is driven by profit margins. Within the last several decades the vast majority of clinical research has become privatized–a situation that has put the management of clinical research into the hands of businesspeople, rather than clinicians. The result is that instead of being the product of the best available evidence and scientific inquiry, the state of healthcare is, to a […]
Back in the 1920s it was pretty rare to find women in the medical field. In fact, female students at Baylor University College of Medicine were told they would need to score grades 10 points higher than male students in order to graduate with "equal standing."
But that didn't stop Ruth Jackson from graduating from Baylor in 1928. Eighth in her class and against her father's wishes. And she went on to become the first female member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Dr. Jackson had a special interest in injuries of the cervical spine. She suffered with significant pain herself following an automobile accident in 1936, and in 1956 she published her findings from the collected data on over 15,000 patients in her acclaimed and authoritative book, The Cervical Syndrome.
Dr. Jackson's Cervical Syndrome is a gold-mine of information when it comes to understanding the neurological changes that trigger chronic headaches (and worse: migraines). More important though, is how this information has helped us understand how to correct the root cause of chronic headaches and migraines.
Five months, trapped on a ship, tossed back and forth on stormy ocean swells, and all you can do is lie flat on your back. Sounds miserable. But hard to really understand unless you’ve actually been through the experience. That’s how Larry (who in real life is actually a woman…and not really named Larry) first described to me how life had been for him for the last half of a year. One night he just […]
Every once in a while I’ll have a topic come up, seemingly randomly, from 3 or 4 individuals, all within a week or two. Most recently the subject of soy has been popping up in several conversations I’ve had both in and out of the office. A whole lot of people are under the impression that soy is a health food. It’s one of those things that has worked its way into the realm of […]
So why are we seeing so many more cases of shingles than we used to? Well, as it turns out, the practice of vaccinating children against chickenpox has had the undesirable effect of reducing parents' and grandparents' immunity to the virus, making them more susceptible to shingles.
It’s that wonderful time of year when you can’t visit a shopping center or public building without encountering some form of propaganda incessantly reminding you that you need to have a flu shot. Yes, the statistics cited are grossly overblown in an effort to motivate you through fear. And no, you’re not going to die from the flu if you’re a healthy individual. But it does suck to get a cold or the flu, and there […]
One of the most common organisms responsible for bladder infection is the bacteria E. Coli. Unfortunately, many such infections are resistant to most antibiotics. A new study from the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine found that at least two flavonoids from green tea could significantly suppress E. Coli, even those organisms resistant to many antibiotic drugs. Of all the flavonoids (called catechins) in green tea, epigallocatechin gallate […]
Chronic pain is a cruel task-master. Day in and day out it drives you–to find a remedy, a procedure, an exercise, pill, potion or lotion–to find anything that will make it go away. And all that searching is exhausting: between appointments with doctors and specialist, blood tests, MRI’s, CAT scans and X-rays, chronic pain often leaves individuals not only physically drained, but mentally and emotionally as well. When I see people who continue to deal […]