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   Seventy-two per cent of migraine sufferers in a clinical trial experienced either ‘substantial’ or ‘noticeable’ improvement after a period of chiropractic treatment, defying historical skepticism of chiropractics by some medical practitioners.


I had a patient ask me about her migraines the other day and I wanted to address that in this issue of my newsletter. Here’s what I’ve found that you might not know.

There was a randomized clinical trial that was undertaken by a Dr. Peter Tuchin, a chiropractor for the past 20 years, as part of his recently-completed PhD thesis at Macquarie University.

Here’s what he had to say. “Around 22 per cent [of patients] had substantial reduction – which means that more than 60 percent of their symptoms reduced during the course of the treatment,” Tuchin says.

“What makes this a really strong result is that this was a really chronic group – the average length of time they’d had migraines was 18 years. To get a change of that sort of magnitude in a really chronic group was quite amazing.

“Another 50 per cent had quite noticeable improvement.

They either found that the frequency of the migraines was less, the length of time they had them was less or that they didn’t need to use their medications as much.

This last result is very significant because some of the migraine medications are very strong drugs which have lots of side effects. Some of the migraine medications also have the problem of giving instant relief to the migraine, but creating another ‘rebound migraine’ the next day.”

The trial used 123 migraine sufferers, whittled down from around 1,000 who applied after seeing a television program about the research. This group was divided into a treatment group who received chiropractic care, and a control group who were told they were receiving a form of electrical physical therapy.

“Both groups kept a record of their migraines for the whole six months, noting down how often they got them, how severe they were, how long they lasted, and if there was anything they could think of that contributed to them,” Tuchin explains.

Despite this study, some medical practitioners still dispute the ability of chiropractic care to help migraine sufferers.

However, Tuchin believes this is a fast-diminishing group.

“I think the vast majority of medical practitioners are now open to chiropractic, but there’s a very small percentage who don’t realize what developments we’ve had, what inroads we’ve made,” Tuchin says.

“Chiropractic is not the be all and end all, but for a good percentage of migraine sufferers – the neck is a significant contributing factor, and for them chiropractic treatment is really effective. I’m not saying that everybody’s going to be cured, but there’s very little to lose.”

If you have headaches and you haven’t told me that yet, please tell me. If your headaches get worse, also let me know that. I only want the best treatment for you, and so it’s important that you communicate that to me as often as necessary.

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There is one thing your weight loss plan most certainly recommends — water. Our weight loss program helps you lose weight fast, but I wanted you to know that water, (especially pH water) is very important to your weight loss efforts.

From the veggie-based Ornish diet to steak-loving Atkins (and virtually all diets in between) “drink lots of water” is part of the mantra. We don’t use either, as our weight loss plan is unique, but water is a part of any good, reasonable weight loss management plan.

And lately, there is some scientific evidence that H2O really does help you lose weight. Researchers in Germanyreport that water consumption increases the rate at which people burn calories. The impact is modest and the findings are preliminary, but the researchers say their study could have important implications for weight-control programs.

Eight Glasses a Day

   Despite the fact that most “diets” call for drinking at least eight, 8-ounce glasses of water a day, few studies have been done to determine if the practice actually speeds weight loss.

In an effort to answer this question, Michael Boschmann, MD, and colleagues from Berlin’s Franz-VolhardClinicalResearchCentertracked energy expenditures among seven men and seven women who were healthy and not overweight.

After drinking approximately 17 ounces of water, the subjects’ metabolic rates — or the rate at which calories are burned — increased by 30% for both men and women. The increases occurred within 10 minutes of water consumption and reached a maximum after about 30 to 40 minutes. I recommend you drink at least 17 ounces of pH water every 30 minutes and find out what happens to your weight. Do that for at least a month, then tell me your results.

The study also showed that the increase in metabolic rate differed in men and women. In men, burning more fat fueled the increase in metabolism, whereas in women, an increased breakdown of carbohydrates caused the increase in metabolism seen.

The researchers estimate that over the course of a year, a person who increases his water consumption by 1.5 liters a day (that’s about four 12 oz. glasses) would burn an extra 17,400 calories, for a weight loss of approximately five pounds. They note that up to 40% of the increase in calorie burning is caused by the body’s attempt to heat the ingested water. The findings are reported in the December issue of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.


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I had a patient ask me the other day, “Doc, what causes my foot pain?” I asked her, “Well how long have you had it?” She answered very curtly, “Well too long for me. Isn’t there something you can do for me?”