Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Integrative Functional Medicine: A good alternative in a bad economy
1:27 pm edt
Janet Hafner, a 64-year-old diabetes patient, has been able to control her blood sugar, so that she no longer needs
to take diabetes medication. Anita Rudd has had just one cold this past year - and no visits to the doctors - which she attributes
to a regimen of herbal remedies, including vitamin D and Turmeric. The cost? Just $80.
So does alternative medicine,
or what in the industry is called "integrative medicine," work? Can it help people stay healthy and cut their healthcare
costs? Dr. Chasse Bailey-Dorton, an integrative medicine expert, says that "with the help of our doctor many of us can
ditch the prescriptions and maintain our health through alternative medicines. With the economic situation right now and how
expensive pharmaceuticals and insurance is, we are looking for an alternative."
Integrative medicine respects
the body's natural ability to heal itself and offers treatment for the patient - mind, body and spirit. It combines conventional
treatments with complementary therapies and has been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of health conditions,
from heart disease and diabetes to allergies, cancer and depression.
At Saylor Wellness our goal is to help get
patients off prescription medicines, or at least, to help them lower their dosage.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Is Acupuncture better than standard treatments for chronic back pain?
2:18 pm edt
Did you know that people with back pain may get longer-lasting improvement with acupuncture than with
standard treatments like physiotherapy and regular painkillers. This is what a large new study has found.
do we know already?
Many people suffer from long-lasting pain in the lower back. It's one of the most
common reasons why people visit a doctor. And there's not much agreement about how best to treat long-term back pain.
Until now, there haven't been many good quality studies into the use of acupuncture for back pain. Most studies have been
quite small, had problems with the way they were carried out, or were too short, so we don't know how long the effect of treatment
Traditional Chinese acupuncture is based on the theory that energy travels around your body along pathways
called meridians. This energy flow can become blocked, causing pain. Acupuncturists insert thin, sterile needles through the
skin at specific points on these meridians where the energy (known as 'chi') is thought to be blocked. These needles are then
used to unblock the chi and restore balance in the body. Acupuncture theory says this is why it works for pain.
does the new study say?
The study compared different types of treatment: traditional Chinese acupuncture and
standard treatments such as physiotherapy, massage, heat therapy and taking painkillers regularly. Everyone had 10 half-hour
sessions with a therapist, usually at two sessions a week. Researchers interviewed the patients throughout the study and for
six months afterwards, to see how much effect the treatments had on people's back pain.
Traditional Chinese acupuncture
worked well to improve back pain for almost half the people in the study. They had much less back pain, even six months later.
Acupuncture worked for many more people than standard treatments. Only about a quarter
of people having conventional therapies had a big improvement in pain that lasted six months.
The people having
standard therapies had a mixture of treatments, including physiotherapy, massage and heat therapy. They also took painkiller
medicines. They saw a therapist or a doctor as often, and for as long, as the people having acupuncture. Not many studies
have compared acupuncture to regular conventional therapies in this way.
People having acupuncture were allowed
to take painkillers when they felt they needed them. But if they needed to take them regularly (more than 2 days a week),
the researchers didn't include their results as successful acupuncture treatment. That's because the painkillers, not the
acupuncture, might have been having more effect.
The findings were quite surprising. Firstly, acupuncture worked
much better than the conventional therapies.
This study was carried out by researchers from several universities
in Germany, including the University of Regensburg, Philipps-University Marburg and Ruhr-University Bochum. It was published
in the US medical journal, Archives of Internal Medicine.
This was a big, good-quality study of more than 1000
people. It was designed very carefully to get the most reliable answers about treatment for back pain. There were no major
problems with the way it was carried out.
The people having standard therapies had a mixture of treatments and
pain relief medicine. Some of these treatments (for example physiotherapy, heat treatment) might have worked better than others,
but the study doesn't tell us which ones worked better. So it's possible some of the conventional therapies might have worked
as well as acupuncture, but the results from other conventional therapies that aren't as good have hidden this result.
What does this mean for you?
Lots of people have back pain. For some people, the pain can be
long-lasting and cause a lot of distress and disability. If you're in that position, this study gives you hope that acupuncture
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Thursday, July 7, 2011
Four Ways to Boost Metabolism
2:12 pm edt
As we age, our metabolisms slow down, which can lead to gaining extra, unwanted pounds. But making
small dietary adjustments can help slow down the slow down. Try these suggestions:
small meals throughout the day. This encourages steady caloric burn and a consistent metabolism.
- Choose healthy carbohydrates. Replace refined, high-glycemic-index carbs with unrefined, low-glycemic
choices. The latter do not cause the spikes in blood glucose levels that encourage the storage of fat.
- Use spices. Capsaicin (the compound that gives chili peppers their bite), black pepper and
ginger all boost the generation of heat in the body, leading to more calories burned.
- Drink green tea. The main antioxidant polyphenol in green tea, known as Epigallocatechin gallate
or EGCG, stimulates the body to help burn calories.