Posts Tagged ‘ Nerve Impingement ’

Can sugar increase inflammation levels?

September 22, 2016
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In this first article of a series on how sugar impacts your health, I’m going to start by looking at the role a high sugar diet plays in inflammation. I first developed an interest in this link when patients would mention in passing that they had noticed an improvement in their pain levels after doing…

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For all the Dr Google’s out there

September 6, 2016
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There are few things I enjoy more than meeting another Dr Google. And I must confess to getting amongst it myself from time to time, checking to see if that bruise on my toe could potentially be a rare form of untreatable cancer. Heck, the sooner I know, the sooner I can book my one way…

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How to Breathe – 2016 Health Tip Part 2

May 25, 2016
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As you saw in my previous article , breathing can help improve the tone of the Vagus Nerve. This has been linked to reduced stress and anxiety levels, reduced heart rate, reduced blood pressure, and even reduced risk of dying from cancer. A 2016 article talked more about the link between stress and cancer, saying that stress acts…

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My Number 1 Health Tip for 2016

April 5, 2016
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My number 1 health tip for 2015 was to MOVE MORE, and no doubt you would’ve seen one of the countless articles talking about how bad prolonged sitting is for your health. Some articles called prolonged sitting worse for your health than smoking or obesity, and 60 Minutes did a great story which I posted outlining the…

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When to worry about back pain (and when not to)

March 11, 2016
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Here is a great article I just read which outlines in basic terms the key differences between back pain that is straightforward and musculo-skeletal in nature, and back pain that is coming from a more serious underlying condition. A lot of times when the pain is severe it can be extremely concerning, and this article…

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Should you rest or stay active with low back pain?

June 10, 2014
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In this post I’m going to discuss the results of a study which has found that when you suffer a back injury you are better off staying active than resting. Now, it may not seem terribly important, I mean, how bad could a couple of days on the couch be? Well, here are the stats:…

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Spinal Injections

February 14, 2014
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New research has come out questioning the effectiveness of spinal injections. Titled “Time to reconsider steroid injections in the spine?”, the article in the latest edition of the Medical Journal of Australia lists the following points, which I’ll post for your consideration: The largest of these showed marginal short-term (2-week) improvement in the steroid and local anaesthetic…

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Poor evidence for injections for back pain

July 26, 2013
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Kevin MD recently posted an article where he reviewed the effectiveness of various injections commonly used for low back pain. These consist of  local anesthetics, steroids like cortisone, and pain meds. The article included a summary of an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, as well as notes from a couple of other reviews previously done…

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Got Hand Pain?

May 26, 2011
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A new study has revealed a novel way to help reduce hand pain. And it’s as simple as crossing your arms, as this can confuse the brain as to the site of the pain. Read the BBC report here.

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Can we predict if you will get low back pain?

July 20, 2009
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What they were attempting to do with this study was take a bunch of people who were not suffering low back pain (defined as none in the last 4 months), analyse them, take a series of measures and scans, and then follow them for a few years to see who developed low back pain. They…

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