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Senator co-sponsored bill that hindered DEA

Washington- Marco Rubio isn’t saying much about his role in passage of a controversial law that former Drug Enforcement Agency officials said tied their hands from cracking down on drug distribution companies that sent millions of opioids to corrupt doctors and internet pharmacies.

The Florida Republican was one of four senators (three Republicans and one Democrat) to co-sponsor the legislation written by Utah Republican Orrin Hatch,Known as the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016.

A report by The Washington Post/60 Minutes Sunday interviewed a number of DEA officials who said the measure authored by Hatch in the Senate and Pennsylvania Republican Tom Morino makes it harder for the DEA to halt drug shipments that posed an “immediate danger” to the community.

The bill passed without opposition in both chambers .

Source: Ladyard King USA Today Network-Florida

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In an innovative approach to colorectal cancer prevention and treatment,scientist are studying ways to replace missing metabolites in patients prone to gut inflammation and CRC. A new study in The American Journal of Pathology describes how administration of histamine-producing gut microbes to mice lacking the enzyme histidine decarboxylase (HDC) reduced inflammation and tumor formation.These results suggest that alteration of the gut microbiome with probiotics may become a new preventive or theraputic strategy for patients at risk for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)-associated CRC.

“We are on the cusp of harnessing advances in microbiome science to facilitate diagnosis and treatment of human disease,”explains James Versalovic,MD,PhD,pathologist-in-chief at Texas Childrens Hospital,and Milton J. Finegold professor of pathology and immunology at Baylor College of Medicine(Houston).”By simply introducing mirobes that provide missing life substances,we can reduce the risk of cancer and supplement diet-based cancer prevention strategies.”

Source:Science Daily, sciencedaily.com

 

Belgian Scientist say they’ve made research breakthrough in the relationship between sugar and cancer.

Researchers found that yeast with high levels of sugar known as glucose overstimulated the same proteins often found mutated inside human tumors,making cell grow faster.The finding,published in Nature Communications on Friday,aims to shed light on how cancer develops.

John Thevelein,Wim Versees and Veerle Janssens started researching sugar’s link to caner in 2008 to try and better understand what’s called Warburg effect,when tumor cells make energy through a rapid breakdown of glucose not seen in normal cells.That energy fuels tumor growth.

The research “is able to explain the coloration between the strength of the Warburg effect and tumor aggressiveness,” Thevelein, from KU Leuven in Belgium, said in a release.

The finding is not a medical breakthrough,and it doesn’t prove that eating a low-sugar diet could change a cancer diagnosis.

“The findings are not sufficient to identify the primary cause of the Warburg effect,”Thevelein said in a release.”Further research is needed.”

Victoria Stevens, a cancer researcher with the American Cancer Society who was not involved in the study, said this research is great,but it comments on only “about one product made during the breakdown of glucose to produce energy.”In other words,it’s a small step in a long process.

 

Brilliant Botanicals

Recommending an adaptogen can be the perfect answer for your patients dealing with physical and mental stress. Adaptogens, a class of herbs that help the body adapt to stress, include many botanicals like ashwaghanda and rhodiola that are safe natural,and backed by clinical research.While adaptogens have been used medicinally for thousands of years,we are still learning about these unique medicinal plants. Most experts agree that the effects of adaptogens involve the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, inflammation,  and various gene pathways. Adaptogens not only affect the perception or qualities of mental stress they bolster physical endurance and recovery as well.

CBD is emerging as one of the most exciting natural alternatives used to treat a wide range of common conditions,and for good reason. CBD is the major non- psychoactive component of Cannabis Sativa. Cannabinoids are anti-inflammatory,analgesic,anti-spasmodic,and they enhance circulation and cellular regeneration. CBD is used to treat a number of common conditions, including chronic pain, inflammation, seizures, insomnia, spasms, multiple sclerosis, and mental disorders such as anxiety and depression. As a topical agent, CBD oil can be directly applied to certain areas of the body as an effective means of relieving pain and soreness, reducing inflammation, and soothing inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema. As CBD oil is non-psychoactive, applying it to the skin does not create mind-altering effects in the same manner that THC ingestion does.

The popularity of energy drinks is on the rise with adolescents and adults,with consumption rates highest among males 18-34 years of age.The energy drink industry generates astonishing revenues,with 2014 sales reaching nearly $50 billion worldwide. There is some evidence pointing to harmful physiological and psychological effects from energy drink consumption.For instance, the caffeine mixed with other ingredients may produce symptoms such as insomnia, hyperactivity, rebound anxiety and risk-taking behaviors.

What Is an “Energy Drink”?

Energy drinks are non-alcoholic beverages containing B vitamins,caffeine in concentrations similar to strong coffee, a variety of herbal ingredients that can have both stimulant and anti-anxiety properties,and often large amounts of sugar.An energy drink typically contains large amounts of caffeine,added sugars,other additives,and stimulants such as guarna, taurine, and L carnitine. These stimulants can increase alertness,attention and energy,as well as increase blood pressure,heart rate and breathing.Adverse effects related to caffeine include tachycardia,arrhythmia,increase blood pressure,anxiety,headache,insomnia, and nausea.

The rest of the story

Why sleeping position matters.

 

How do you feel when you wake up in the mornings?Refreshed,rested,and ready to go? Or stiff,achy,and wishing you could go back to sleep for another few hours? The difference may depend on your sleeping position.

Sleeping on your back

 

Most experts agree that sleeping on your back is the ideal position,but it’s not for everyone.When you sleep on your back you stretch your body out evenly on the mattress.Your head,neck,and spine are aligned in a neutral position-there’s no extra stress on on any part of your body.As a chiropractor,I recommend back sleeping,because it put the least amount of pressure on the vertebrae and discs of the spine.

If you have acid reflux,lying  on your back with your head elevated a bit by your pillow is a good way to keep acid from coming up.If you already snore,laying on your back makes it louder.This is the most likely to trigger “Honey,roll over” from your bed partner.It’s also the worst position for sleep apnea,a sleep disorder that makes your breathing repeatedly stop and then start again,sometimes with a loud snorting or choking sound,usually because the throat muscles relax during sleep and block the trachea.

Sleeping on your side

The side position,with your torso straight and legs stretched,keeps your spine elongated and unstressed.If you tend to wake up with neck and back pain,try this position-after a few days,you’ll notice a positive change in how you feel in the morning.Its also a good choice if you snore or have sleep  apnea,because it helps keep your airway open.If you have acid reflux,sleeping on your side keeps the acid from coming up.

The fetal position

Curling up on your side,much as babies and small children,is perhaps the idea sleeping position.With your torso and legs bent,you’re putting as little stress as possible on your spine while you sleep.Put a pillow between your knees to reduce the risk of lower back pain or stiffness.

Sleeping on your stomach

This position puts a lot of pressure on the back and neck.Because you have to turn your head to one side to breath,your likely to wake up with a stiff and sore neck and shoulder muscles; you might even wake with numbness and tingling in your arms.

Choosing the right pillow

Your bed pillow is critically important for supporting your head and neck aligned while you sleep. Choose a pillow that matches your favorite sleeping position.Nevertheless,good sleep position won’t make up for a bad mattress.Anecdotal reports from patients that suggest the ideal mattress is made of memory foam.A memory foam mattress contours to the spine’s natural curves and distributes body weight evenly.With no pressure points or sags,memory foam mattresses promote comfortable sleep through the night.

 

Robert G. Silverman,DC

 

 

Ease their pain

Offering hope to headache and migraine suffers. 

By: Julie Knudson

Headaches. Just about everyone has experienced them at some point, and many people are afflicted with them on a recurring basis. Fortunately, chiropractors are adopting treatment strategies that rely less on medication to address the pain and more on a holistic approach that seeks out and corrects the root of the problem. Headaches with a purely mechanical cause may show improvements relatively quickly sometimes after just a handful of visits. But, Levy warns, “If it’s a migraine it’s a longer process, because there’s so much information that’s necessary but I may not have it.” It sometimes takes longer to zero-in on the cause of migraines and, as Levy explains, the patients themselves may not know how to (or may not choose to) contribute fully to the process. “With migraines, treatment compliance may be high because the patient wants relief quick!”

Uncharted Territory

The use of trans cranial low level laser therapy for the management of mild traumatic brain injury.

By: Daniel J. Bourassa, DC

Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and concussion syndromes have been a subject of increasing interest in both medicine and the media. As neuromuscular specialists, chiropractors see a significant percentage of a patient population with a history of traumatic head and neck injuries resulting in mTBI. These practitioners are uniquely positioned to diagnose and treat this health problem. In cases of mild TBI, the term “mild” refers to the severity of the consequences of the injury. Secondary symptoms include chronic headaches, anxiety, depression, insomnia, social withdrawal, seizures, and other indications of CNS dysfunction. The WHO report recommends that DCs only “facilitate a path to good recovery for mTBI patients through early education and positive reassurance as well by providing treatments aimed at reducing associated spine and headache-related pain.”

 

Early symptoms:

  • Any loss of consciousness up to 30 minutes.
  • Any loss of memory of events immediately before of after the accident (up to 24 hours).
  • Any alteration of mental state at the time of the accident (e.g., dazed, disoriented, or confused).
  • A Glasglow Coma Scale score falling below 13 after 30 minutes (review ER Records).
  • Headache
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Lack of awareness of surroundings
  • Nausea with or without memory dysfunction
  • Vomiting

Later symptoms:

  • Persistent low-grade headache
  • Lightheadedness
  • Poor attention and concentration
  • Excessive or easy fatigue
  • Intolerance of bright light or difficulty focusing
  • Intolerance of loud noises
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Anxiety and depressed mood
  • Irritability and low frustration tolerance

Research has demonstrated low level laser therapy (LLLT) delivered thranscranially to be both safe and effective in the treatment of mTBI and other conditions of the central nervous system. Current research is a wake-up call for chiropractic physicians to consider transcranial LLLT in mTBI cases.

Over the last 15-20 years, a great deal of research has looked at the role fascia plays in pain, reduced function, range of motion and more.

For example, Stecco has shown that an increased concentration of hyaluronic acid in the extracellular matrix can cause stiffness and pain. By using a deep form of manual treatment, the clinician can actually reduce the concentration ( for viscosity) of the hyaluronic acid and thereby reduce pain and increase range of motion and function. We also know that fascia covers every cell in our body. There is a growing body of research showing that treatment in the eccentric position hastens recovery. Remember, there are no local problems and there are no local treatments, we must look at the body as a whole and look at how the fascia interconnects multiple body parts.