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How to Treat Tennis Elbow

submitted by: admin on 10/11/2017
  Tennis elbow is a repetitive stress injury that results from improper stroke technique and occurs in the lateral epicondyle for backhands and the medial epicondyle for the serve and forehand. All too often the joint is treated with a cortisone injection and physical therapy and the person is told to return to playing tennis when the pain is resolved....

How to Manage Cartilage Tears and Osteoarthitis of the Knee

submitted by: admin on 07/13/2017
  A study of 351 patients over age 45 with knee pain, cartilage tear, and knee osteoarthritis were treated with arthroscopy or physical therapy and evaluated after 6 and 12 months. One third of the physical therapy group elected for arthroscopic surgery but the remainder of the group did as well at 12 months as those getting arthroscopy. In osteoarthritis...

Infrared Light Therapy

submitted by: admin on 07/12/2017
Infrared light therapy is a very powerful new technology that relieves pain from most conditions including neuropathic pain. The use of an infrared scanner to monitor skin thermal changes in real time is essential to achieve safe and effective treatment. This video gives examples of its application and the article below describes it. Its use in the treatment...

Scientists Uncover New Treatment for Diabetic Neuropathy

submitted by: admin on 01/09/2017
An article published in May of 2012 in Nature Medicine reported that a chemical (methylglyoxal) that is produced excessively in people with painful diabetic neuropathy, appears to attack and modify a protein in nerve endings that causes nerves to become hypersensitive to pain, heat and cold. This may lead to investigating ways to increase an enzyme, glyoxalase,...

The Tragedy of American Healthcare

submitted by: admin on 11/08/2016
  THE TRAGEDY OF AMERICAN HEALTHCARE Len Saputo, MD Introduction: The New Terrain of American Health Care Over the past 25 years the practice of medicine has become a business, physicians have become employees, and patients have become commodities. Healthcare has become more standardized and doctors have been taught to treat “sets...

Statins Cause Fatigue

submitted by: admin on 08/23/2016
  A study published in Archives of Internal Medicine in June of 2012 showed that people using statins had a much higher incidence of decreased energy and fatigue upon exertion. Forty percent had worsened energy or fatigue with exertion; 20% had both, and 10% were severely effected. Other known side effects of statins include liver disease, muscle pain,...

Breast Imaging for Pain is Not Useful

submitted by: admin on 06/25/2016
  Women witlh breast pain who receive imaging as part of their evaluation undergo additional testing with mammograms, ultrasounds, and MRIs are often biopsied. However, they do not benefit according to a Boston University School of Medicine study published in March of 2012 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Pain is rarely a presenting symptom...

Managing Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

submitted by: admin on 06/25/2016
  There is now a treatment for chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy that is being tested in a clinical trial. The results in clinical practice have been very promising in reducing pain, numbness and improving proprioception (balance). Dr. Len recently participated in a pilot study on treating diabetic neuropathy using infrared light therapy. A...

How Oncologists Let Their Patients Down

submitted by: admin on 06/25/2016
There is a turf war between mainstream oncologists and CAM doctors that leads to an adversarial and competitive stance that is not in the patient's best interest. There is enough cancer around, but there aren't enough cures! Integrative oncology is sadly needed, but greed has gotten in the way of working together for the best interest of the patient....

Chondroitin Plus Glucosamine are Equal to Celebrex

submitted by: admin on 05/26/2016
We all have pain from time to time and we want relief as soon as possible. The problem is that relieving pain with pharmaceutical drugs has side effects that are not minor, especially in the case of NSAIDs such as Advil, Aleve, Motrin, and Celebrex. There are about 30,000 deaths annually in the US from NSAIDs  and more than 300,000 admissions to hospitals...

ARTHRITIS: NutritionalĀ SupportĀ Protocol

submitted by: admin on 06/22/2015
    There are many different types of arthritis but all of them are caused and worsened by inflammation. It is important that we live a healthy lifestyle to reduce inflammation by insuring we eat a healthy diet, get plenty of exercise, sleep enough, manage our stress, control our weight and have a meaningful purpose in our lives. In addition...

Arthritis Overview

submitted by: admin on 06/09/2015
  Arthritis is a painful and disabling condition that is common, especially as we age. Risk factors are reviewed and both mainstream and CAM treatments are offered. The dangers of treatment are pointed out. Integrative strategies are reviewed. Lifestyle medicine is highlighted. Treatment for autoimmune forms of arthritis is also reviewed.              

Tylenol Kills Emotions as Well as Pain

submitted by: admin on 05/28/2015
Sayer Ji from GreenMedInfo put together fascinating literature revealing that Tylenol, or acetaminophen, does more than relieve pain; it also dulls emotions! This drug has been on the market since 1953 and we're still learning more about its effects. Is this some kind of clue that the drugs we use in clinical practice are for the most part studied for their...

Are Statins Castrating Men?

submitted by: admin on 05/26/2015
In an editorial published in GreenMedInfo.com, Sayer Ji reviewed an article published in the July 2014 issue of Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology on the effects of 10 mg of Lipitor after 5 months of treatment in 17 normal men with normal cholesterol values. They found major abnormalities in both sperm morphology and function as well as in the seminal...

Are Knee Replacements Over-Prescribed

submitted by: admin on 05/19/2015
According to an article published in the June 2014 issue of the journal, Arthritis and Rheumatism, only 44% of knee replacements were indicated! This means that 56% weren't clearly indicated. You have to ask yourself why this is so. Is it because orthopedists do too many operations because they want the business? Is it because MDs are poorly trained...

Making Change in Medicine

submitted by: admin on 05/17/2015
There are many ways of dealing with back pain that do not require drugs or surgery that are reviewed. The dangers of NSAIDs is highlighted and the use and mechanism of action of infrared light therapy is discussed.

Peripheral Neuropathy Overview (PowerPoint)

submitted by: admin on 05/13/2015
It seems that peripheral neuropathy (PN) is becoming more and more common in medical practice today. I have seen more than a thousand people with PN over the past 15 years. There are a wide range of causes for PN and fortunately there is treatment for it that is revolutionary in my opinion. In this PowerPoint presentation, which is being presented to Alta Bates...

Alcoholism is a Family Disease with Kay Kopit

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
The entire family is involved, especially kids. Life is chaotic,confusing, and painful and not healthy. Love and caring are often missing yet responsibility and caretaking still predominate          

Aging and Muscle Mass

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
As we age we tend to exercise less but muscle building capacity remains intact. Staying fit is more difficult as we age. Injuries and pain limit exercise, Cautious interval training is best for all.            

Acupressure with Michael Gach

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
Michael Gach is an author, teacher, and founder of the Acupuncture Institute in Berkeley, CA. We instinctively use pressure points to help us with pain and other symptoms. We use our hands instead of needles and get the same result.