December 1, 2015

Short and Sweet

Is It The Gluten Or Is It The Glyphosate? New evidence points to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, as the culprit in the rise of gluten intolerance, celiac disease and irritable bowel syndrome. A study just published in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Toxicology (Vol. 6(4): 159–184 ) by Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff explains how the nearly ubiquitous use of glyphosate as a crop desiccant is entering our food chain and making us ill.

Higher Vitamin D Levels In Patients With Advanced Colon Cancer Appear To Improve Response To Chemotherapy And Targeted Anti-Cancer Drugs, Researchers Say.  "We found that patients who had vitamin D levels at the highest category had improved survival and improved progression-free survival, compared with patients in the lowest category," said lead author Dr. Kimmie Ng, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Those patients survived one-third longer than patients with low levels of vitamin D -- an average 32.6 months, compared with 24.5 months, the researchers found. 

Poor Sleep Quality May Accelerate Cancer Growth, Study Finds: Failing to get a good night’s rest may actually have some serious health consequences.
Poor quality of sleep marked by frequent waking can speed cancer growth and increase the disease’s aggressiveness, according to new research.

The American Academy Of Pediatrics Says Children Under Two Should Avoid Using Tablets:
Parents think they’re educating and stimulating their kids, but doctors and therapists are raising a red flag — too much screen time can hurt their developing bodies. “If they are always on the iPad and not actually doing those paper pencil activities that they should still be doing, those muscles are going to remain weaker,” said occupational therapist Lindsay Marzoli, Learning and Therapy Corner.

Steroid Shots Do Little Good for Back Pain: Study
Lower back pain related to herniated disk (when intervertebral disks become compressed and bulge) and, to a lesser degree, spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal), is often treated with epidural steroid injections, the researchers said. But after reviewing 38 previously published studies, the researchers found no strong evidence to support their use for these conditions.
Lead researcher Dr. Roger Chou, a professor of medicine at the Oregon Health & Science University, said, "Patients may have a perception that these injections reduce the need for surgery or result in long-term benefits," Chou said. "It's important for them to understand that benefits appear to be short-lived and to weigh these short-term benefits against potential complications of the injections, such as infection and nerve injury."
Dr. Nick Shamie, professor and chief of orthopedic spine surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, agreed with the findings.
"We have known that steroid injections don't have a lasting benefit," said Shamie, who was not involved in the study. "For spinal stenosis, giving an injection is not going to open up the compression of the nerves and is not going to have a lasting effect."

Dr. Olson’s note:
Chiropractic and acupuncture are excellent as the first line of defense in seeking healing from back pain. Rather than seeking merely to relieve the pain, these modalities effectively treat the cause of the pain. This approach to healing is more time- and cost-effective, as well as having encouraging results in your physical outcome. Give yourself the gift of preventative and maintenance care on a regular basis, as well as when you are in pain.