Sometimes called degenerative joint disease (DJD) or “wear and tear” arthritis, osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic condition of the joints. It begins when the cartilage or cushion between the joints breaks down leading to pain, stiffness and swelling.
Symptoms include stiffness, especially first thing in the morning or after resting, and pain. Many joints may get swollen after extended activity.
The January 28, 2019 issue of Osteoarthritis and Cartilage showed that patients with mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis who used joint injections of corticosteroids experienced accelerated progression of osteoarthritis compared to those those in a matched group who had not received joint injections.
Another study showed that quarterly corticosteroid injections for knee osteoarthritis increased cartilage loss without providing any clinical benefit, according to a randomized controlled trial published in an issue of The Journal of The American Medical Association JAMA."Although the cartilage loss was not associated with worsening of symptoms, rates of cartilage loss have been associated with higher rates of arthroplasty, raising the possibility of potential for longer-term adverse consequences on the health of the joint," write Timothy E. McAlindon, MD, MPH, from Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, and colleagues.
Reduce inflammation by determining the root cause. Heavy metal toxicity will be a problem contributing to inflammation and joint pain. Remove imbalances that may be occurring in the joint by evaluating your current meridian status. Balance any structural problems in a joint.
If you or a loved one are experiencing joint pain, have tried everything and would like to consult with me and receive a Wellness Score Report with analysis at our N Rodeo Drive clinic location…..give us a call at 310.295.1078.
How Long Will It Take To Heal?
Far too often in the health care profession, a patient is told after extensive examination, "There is nothing wrong," or "Sorry, you'll have to learn to live with it. ”The examining doctor, unable to find the root cause of the problem, has little else to tell the patient.
Fortunately, many physicians are now referring their patients for a different wellness approach and evaluation.
Once a meridian analysis, medical history, physical examination and labs have been completed and if the case accepted……. the next common question…
How long will it take?
A small number of patients will experience a worsening of symptoms as the body's energies are returning to normal. This is normal and no need for alarm. It’s followed by improvement as part of the usual healing process.
Wellness care also relies on your self-healing abilities. For acute problems where there has been little or no organ system or tissue damage, results are often permanent. For chronic conditions and depending how much tissue damage exists, symptoms may return from time to time.
Common factors that influence healing:
Some issues that include calcium deposits, ligament instability, muscle damage or scar tissue can make it difficult to correct BUT supportive care can help keep symptoms at bay and slow progression.
If you have questions about your health problem and factors that are slowing your recovery, ask!
Our primary interest is your health and well-being.
It’s hard to miss the necessities of collagen proteins these days. Whether it’s in the form of homemade bone broth or collagen powders, collagen-rich items are now the “go-to” product to help slow the effects of aging. Dietary collagen can be helpful for supporting the body’s collagen structures.
Did I Always Have That Wrinkle?
As crazy as that sounds, over the years, I’ve said that on numerous occasions staring at the person in the mirror!
Collagen breakdown begins as early as in your 20s. And the breakdown continues… Year after Year…….
And it gets worse. As we age the body produces less collagen as we age over time. So, it can’t “hold up” your skin as well as it used to. Some believe this is one of the reasons for aging skin, uneven skin tone, brittle nails, and other signs that give away your age.
Over time epithelial & dermal layers get thinner due to loss of collagen, elastin, proteoglycans and water binding capacity. This results in wrinkles, dryness, loss of tone & elasticity, cellulite, and “crepe-like” appearance.
Why would you want to support collagen and maintenance?
Well, collagen accounts for as much 40% of all the protein in the human body, especially connective tissue (skin), including blood vessels. Here’s how collagen supports us as a percentage of the protein in the following tissues:
Compared to other proteins, collagen has a special amino acid combination thats crucial to your body. It’s the braid-like three protein strands woven together that lends collagen its strength as well as its flexibility, which we see in some of the tissues above.
Oh yes! We stretch, run, do yoga and Pilates while our blood vessels expand and contract thanks to the structural properties of collagen.
Here’s the science behind it all for the curious ones.
Collagen proteins are rich in something called hydroxyproline. This is the amino acid proline, modified by adding an additional component. Hydroxyproline accounts for around 12% of the amino acids in collagen.
Collagen also contains a high amount of the amino acid glycine (about 22%) which is found in the dietary protein which provides the building blocks for collagen, but ingesting pure collagen itself ensures a combination of these critical raw materials.
Many of us don’t consume enough daily protein. Even those with a higher protein intake, the richest sources of collagen—animal skins, bones, and tendons—are not typically part of the modern Western diet. (Tendon soups and stews are popular in East Asia.)
Fortunately, powdered collagen protein is now available, and it can be incorporated into shakes, smoothies, and other foods and beverages (including coffee). (You can use it to make homemade jello, gummies, puddings, and other gelatin desserts.)
Collagen powder is also an easy (and tasty) way to get higher doses of this kind of protein than you might be able to get from sipping broth or eating chicken skin.
Collagen proteins are helpful for a number of issues.
Because of its primary structural role in certain tissues, collagen has been shown to help increase bone mineral density, support healthy blood pressure, improve nail growth and the appearance of skin wrinkles, and reduce some of the symptoms associated with osteoarthritis.
Did you know collagen is a unique protein that…
#2 HAIR: The amino acids in collagen support the structural proteins in hair that encourage existing hair growth, thickness, and strength.
#3 JOINTS: Collagen provides support to the body’s connective tissues and joints.
#4 BONES: Collagen can help strong and healthy bone structure.
#5 BRITTLE FINGERNAILS: Collagen supports fragile and brittle nails.
#6 COLLAGEN PRODUCTION: Collagen has sources of amino acids that help the body naturally produce more collagen.
#7 LEAN BODY MASS: Combined with resistance exercise, collagen supports lean muscle growth and muscle strength.
#8 LIVER HEALTH: The glycine in collagen may also help support the liver.
#9 ANTIOXIDANT FUNCTION: Collagen has antioxidant properties.
#10 RESTFUL SLEEP: Due to its glycine content, collagen supports the quality of sleep in those who have occasional difficulty sleeping.
My Collagen Choice
I personally use the Whole Body Collagen (see below) because it contains 3 unique Collagen Peptide Blends:
Are you not feeling yourself when you wake up in the morning? Are tossing and turning at night trying to find that comfortable position?
Chances are, if you have back pain it keeps you awake at night.
Of course, researchers have found that chronic back pain significantly affects quality of sleep. Address sleep problems as an integral part of your pain management plan to prevent the progression of back pain (Marin et al., 2006).
Chronic back pain was found to affect several dimensions of sleep, including (Kelly, et al., 2011):
To prevent lost sleep at night and to improve next day performance capabilities, it is important to have proper sleeping posture. Proper sleeping posture supports your spine while you are asleep to prevent waking up feeling stiff and sore throughout the night.
Sleep Solutions to Prevent Waking Up with a Stiff Back
The best sleeping postures are sleeping on your back or your side. While sleeping on your back focus on relaxing your spine so your back, shoulders, and hips are comfortably touching the bed. Keep your legs extended out, or place a small pillow under your legs with your legs slightly bent. Laying on your back and allowing your legs to fall to one side or the other can cause excessive spinal twisting while sleeping.
If you prefer to sleep on your side be aware of your posture by placing a small pillow between your legs. This will help keep your hips in a level position throughout the night. Check to see that your ear is aligned over your shoulder and your shoulders are aligned over your hips. This is a neutral posture with minimal stress to your back and neck.
Support your body with good pillows, but not excessively fluffy pillows. I want you to feel comfortable at night and be able to fall asleep without pain. However, excessively fluffy pillows can create strain to your neck and do not support your head. You may experience headaches or neck pain from the use of too many pillows or very large pillows. (I see this happening too frequently)
Once you find a comfortable position that supports your back focus on falling asleep in this posture. If you wake up throughout the night consciously put yourself back in the healthy sleeping posture and fall asleep again in this posture.
You want to train yourself to sleep in a healthy position. This requires conscious repetition. Even if you wake up in a different position, simply move back into the healthy posture to fall back asleep.
Take note of your posture when you wake up. Did you wake up in the same position or did you toss and turn throughout the night? Tossing and turning can reduce sleep quality leaving you feeling groggy in the morning. If you moved throughout the night put yourself back in the healthy posture before rising from bed. Train your brain and body to maintain a good sleeping posture.
If you feel stiff in the morning when you wake up, take a shower then perform light stretches of the lower back before heading to work. Ease into the day with a good stretch and proper posture.
Poor sleep is associated with many health consequences that can affect your performance at work, your mood, and how you feel during the day. To prevent fatigue the next day take care to sleep in a good position and create new posture habits that support healthy sleeping patterns.
There’s a frightening pattern I'm seeing in patient's blood tests that needs your attention.
My concern is the combination of dangerously low red blood cell (RBC) magnesium “and” low vitamin D levels seen in many comprehensive blood tests..
It’s important to know that if you consistently have low vitamin D levels, even though you take vitamin D, a magnesium deficiency may be the reason you can't correct it.
Low magnesium levels could also make you a victim of a fatal heart attack.
In addition to increasing your RBC magnesium levels, I recommend working on increasing your vitamin D levels to 75 nmol/L or more.
Don't settle for a Vitamin D level of less than 50 nmol/L. It is not enough to support your healing or good health. The most current medical literature has shown that 5000IU per day is safe. You can increase as high as 10,000 IU.
I'm seeing many health providers are still recommending 3-400IU per day. This is out-dated information. This level is enough to help prevent a disease called rickets.
Much higher levels of vitamin D are needed for prevention and healing diseases such as diabetes, coronary artery disease, osteoporosis, depression, recurrent infections, dental problems, etc.
So the take away is make sure you have your red blood cell magnesium levels in conjunction with vitamin D levels properly tested.
By the way, I mean red blood cell magnesium NOT serum magnesium. There's a big difference!
For help getting tested for Vitamin D or RBC Magnesium, give us a call.
Not all lectins are evil. Some reports are simply making broad statements that are scaring too many people. Lectins are made by plants to help protect themselves in nature.
As for beans, an article in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that eating a few servings a week cuts heart attack rate by 22%. Beans also have effects on reducing blood pressure and block an enzyme for which many people take a drug. Don’t forget the macrobiotic diets that include beans and the positive effects with cancer patients.
As a patient you already know the techniques I use support brain health. The brain communicates with your body and the care you receive enhances your neurology.
But what happens when there is a disorder of the brain itself? One of the things we first notice is memory loss. Now, "remember" we must also take a look at the biochemistry of the body and....
There are exciting things happening in the area of brain research to help with disorders of the brain. I initially discovered this approach in 2010 but was still somewhat skeptical back then.
I'm always reminding myself, "The frog in the well knows not of the great ocean beyond...but only sees the sky above." This is certainly one of those seeing beyond items.
I have observed hundreds of studies on this topic and am excited to see the results evolving. Read on....
Photobiomodulation (PBM) describes the use of red or near-infrared light to stimulate, heal, regenerate, and protect tissue that has either been injured, is degenerating, or else is at risk of dying. Yes, please re-read that last sentence.
One of the organ systems of the human body that is most necessary to life, and whose optimum functioning is most worried about by humankind in general, is the brain.
The brain suffers from many different disorders that can be classified into three broad groupings: traumatic events (stroke, traumatic brain injury, and global ischemia), degenerative diseases (dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's), and psychiatric disorders (depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder).
There is some evidence that all these seemingly diverse conditions can be beneficially affected by applying light to the head.
There is even the possibility that PBM could be used for cognitive enhancement in normal healthy people.
In this transcranial PBM (tPBM) application, near-infrared (NIR) light is often applied to the forehead because of the better penetration (no hair, longer wavelength).
Some workers have used lasers, but recently the introduction of inexpensive light emitting diode (LED) arrays has allowed the development of light emitting helmets or “brain caps”.
This research review article will cover the mechanisms of action of photobiomodulation to the brain, and summarize some of the key pre-clinical studies and clinical trials that have been undertaken for diverse brain disorders.
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Here's another research article surrounding Home Treatment For Dementia..
Significant Improvement in Cognition in Mild to Moderately Severe Dementia Cases Treated with Transcranial Plus Intranasal Photobiomodulation
Objective: This study investigated whether patients with mild to moderately severe dementia or possible Alzheimer's Disease (AD) with Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE) Baseline scores of 10–24 would improve when treated with near-infrared photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy.
Animal studies have presented the potential of PBM for AD. Dysregulation of the brain's default mode network (DMN) has been associated with AD, presenting the DMN as an identifiable target for PBM.
Materials and Methods:
The study used 810 nm, 10 Hz pulsed, light-emitting diode devices combining transcranial plus intranasal PBM to treat the cortical nodes of the DMN (bilateral mesial prefrontal cortex, precuneus/posterior cingulate cortex, angular gyrus, and hippocampus).
Five patients with mild to moderately severe cognitive impairment were entered into 12 weeks of active treatment as well as a follow-up no-treatment, 4-week period. Patients were assessed with the MMSE and Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale (ADAS-cog) tests.
The protocol involved weekly, in-clinic use of a transcranial-intranasal PBM device; and daily at-home use of an intranasal-only device.
There was significant improvement after 12 weeks of PBM (MMSE, p < 0.003; ADAS-cog, p < 0.023). Increased function, better sleep, fewer angry outbursts, less anxiety, and wandering were reported post-PBM.
There were no negative side effects.
Precipitous declines were observed during the follow-up no-treatment, 4-week period. This is the first completed PBM case series to report significant, cognitive improvement in mild to moderately severe dementia and possible AD cases.
Results suggest that larger, controlled studies are warranted. PBM shows potential for home treatment of patients with dementia and AD.
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Dr. Aristotle Economou
Dr. Aristotle understands the difficulties patients go through when dealing with a personal health challenge. In 2006, an event occurred that turned his life upside down and put his years of clinical experience in wellness healthcare to the ultimate test. Over a short period, the muscles in Aristotle’s body unexpectedly became paralyzed with only the ability to slightly move his hands at the wrists and blink his eyes.
Aristotle ended up in an intensive care unit (ICU), followed by a 72-day stay in a local hospital. He was told he may never walk again. Throughout the year, his healing journey continued while confined to an electric wheelchair and requiring around-the-clock care.
With help and determination, Aristotle combined modalities from Functional Medicine, Eastern Medicine and unique techniques in Chiropractic and Tui Na. This resulted in the ability to rebuild his body mind and spirit, which was the foundation to his miraculous recovery including the ability to walk again.
Aristotle then wrote the book, Change the Way You Heal: 7 Steps To Highly Effective Healing. No matter how big or small your health problem, this inspirational book shows you how to maximize your healing abilities and resources using the same methods he implemented in his own recovery.