Is Gluten Hurting Me?

Gluten intolerance and celiac disease occurs in people whose bodies cannot digest gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. The undigested protein triggers the immune system to attack the lining of the small intestine.

A study using frozen blood samples taken from Air Force recruits 50 years ago has found that intolerance of wheat, gluten, a debilitating digestive condition, is four times more common today than it was in the 1950’s.

The findings contradict the conventional wisdom that the sharp increase in diagnoses of wheat/gluten intolerance has come about because of greater awareness and detection. It now seems likely that dramatic changes in the American diet have played a role. The rapid increase in celiac disease and gluten is no surprise considering the modern Western diet, which consists in large part of grain carbohydrates.

Additionally, modern wheat is different from the wheat your ancestors ate. The proportion of gluten protein in wheat has increased enormously as a result of hybridization.

Until the 19th century, wheat was also usually mixed with other grains, beans and nuts; pure wheat flour has been milled into refined white flour only recently.

The resulting high-gluten, refined grain diet most Americans have eaten since young was simply not part of the diet of previous generations.

When gliadin in gluten becomes water soluble, it is free to bind to cells in your body. If you are sensitive, your body will make antibodies to gliadin and attack the cells gliadin has attached itself to, treating those cells as an infection. This immune response damages surrounding tissue and has the potential to set off, or exacerbate, MANY other health problems throughout your body, which is why gluten can have such a devastating effect on your overall health, causing inflammation, diarrhea, mausea and abdominal pain, However symptoms can be present as a wide array of non-gastrointestinal complaints, such as:

  • Weight gain or loss
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Anemia of various types
  • Tooth enamel defects
  • Dementia, ADDD
  • Dermatitis Heretiformis
  • Osteopenia/Osteoperosis
  • Organ Disorders

The treatment for celiac disease or gluten intolerance is a gluten-free diet, which means abstaining from grains and any food that contains gluten. Typically avoiding gluten for a week or two is enough to see significant improvement. If you don’t see significant improvement with avoiding gluten, there could be another reason for your symptoms and seeking advice from a medical professional may be necessary. At Back in Action Medical Center, Dr. Pearson is a highly skilled medical doctor with a specialty in holistic medicine and can help you find answers to your health troubles.


The Core! Not just a six pack!

Common thought is if you have a six pack of abs you have a strong core. It is
surprising to some that this may not always be a true statement! The core consists
of more than just the abdominal muscles, the core is comprised of the following
muscles: abdominals, obliques, lower back and gluteus muscles.
Weak core muscles and tight hamstrings are two of the most common
musculoskeletal problems that cause low back pain. Common symptoms of a weak
core are: back pain, poor posture, inability to sit or stand for long periods of time
without pain, overall weakness and a history of frequent exercise/sports related
injuries. Other symptoms of a weak core can present throughout the body and may
result in hunched forward and tight shoulders, neck pain and even headaches as the
body is compensating for a weak core. If you have any of these symptoms, don’t
blame them on genetics or stress, look to your core first as the possible cause of
your pain and dysfunction. Evaluation by a physical medicine practitioner like a
physical therapist, chiropractor or orthopedist can help determine if your core is
weak and if it is causing the pain and/or poor posture that you have. There are
many ways to improve core musculature even if you have existing back pain without
doing painful sit ups at the gym or risk hurting yourself further. Our trained team of
physicians and health care providers can provide steps to getting a stronger core
and correcting the reason why you have pain, poor posture and musculoskeletal
dysfunction. Call our office today for an evaluation and take charge of your health!


Sinus Troubles: S’not What You Think

Chronic Sinus Trouble
Do you wake up with a stuffy head and mucus in your throat or nose? Do you feel as
if you always have a cold or that your last cold never left you? Do you have a chronic
“postnasal drip”? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then you may be
suffering from sinusitis – an inflammation of the sinuses. Your sinuses (Latin for
“hollow”) can refer to any cavity or sac in your body. Here we are referring to eight
spaces in the cranial bones of your forehead and around your nose. Sinuses help you
to breathe, yet when they get inflamed and fill up with mucus it seems that healthy
breathing is the one thing they prevent.
What is Mucus?
It’s the butt of jokes and may be considered one of our less pleasant secretions and
yet mucus, that sticky, elastic, unappealing gel is nothing less than one of the
greatest protections that we have against infection and poisoning. Your nose, throat
and sinuses are line with mucus to help ensure that your air is moist, warm and free
from dust, dirt and pollutants; without this filtering gel your lungs and kidneys, and
even your blood, could fill with toxins.
There can be too much of a good thing. When too much mucus fills the sinus linings
the condition is called sinusitis. When too much mucus only involves the nose or
throat it’s called rhinitis and may mimic a cold.
Causes of Sinusitis & Rhinitis
Anything that irritates the sensitive mucus membranes can be a contributing factor
to sinusitis (or rhinitis): dust, mold or pollen, fumes, viri or bacteria, and hot or dry
air in buildings. Allergy sufferers often have sinus symptoms because of many
allergens first irritate the nasal passages. Less common causes of sinusitis are bony
growths, nasal polyps, deviated septum, facial injuries, tumors or diseases of the
upper teeth.
Treatment for Chronic Sinus Troubles
Drugstores are filled with all kinds of sinus remedies. The standard medical
treatment for sinusitis and rhinitis are the promotion of drainage and treatment
with decongestants, antibiotics and antihistamines. There are also other
complimentary therapies that can help alleviate sinus troubles. Many of them
include the use of a netti pot, breathing in moist air with essential oils, acupuncture,
massage and chiropractic. Although some of the complimentary therapies like
massage, nutritional counseling (removal of mucus producing foods), acupuncture

and chiropractic don’t treat the sinus trouble directly; they do bring relief for many
people who suffer from chronic sinus problems! How do those therapies work?
They work by relieving stress on the nervous and structural systems, helping your
body work more efficiently. Further, chiropractic care specifically ensures that the
bones in the neck and upper cervical region move freely and ‘breathe’ permitting
body fluids to drain without interference. Additionally much research has been done
on the benefits of chiropractic adjustments for children suffering from chronic ear
infections and sinus troubles, many times saving them from going through rounds of
antibiotics and having ear tubes placed in their head.
Anyone suffering from sinusitis, rhinitis, chronic ear infections, or other respiratory
problems should see a chiropractor for a check up where alternative therapy can be
prescribed and combined with traditional therapy to get the best results possible!


Stop The Beating (In My Head)

What Puts the Ache in Headaches?


The ache in headache does not come from your brain- your brain cannot feel pain. During brain surgery a patient is often wide-awake feeling nothing, even talking to the surgeons and nurses while his/her brain is being operated on (a local anesthesia numbs the scalp). So what puts the ‘ache’ in headache? It’s the non-brain structures: blood vessels, membranes and cranial nerves in the brain and skull and often times structures in the neck as well. When these structures are stretched, compressed, irritated, inflamed or infected, headaches often result.


The Headache Free Approach to Headaches


Anyone who suffers from headaches knows how debilitating they can be and often time headaches come during the worst of moments interfering with life. The typical treatment is to reach for over the counter medicines, feel better, then repeat for the next headache circuit. Over time and with repeated use even over the counter medicine like Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Excedrin and Aleve can have detrimental side effects causing harm to major organs such as the liver and kidneys. It’s important to recognize the need for a change if you find yourself or a loved one always reaching for medicine to help their headache and not reaching for answers and solutions to their problem. So here are the hard facts about headaches: the majority of headaches can be treated naturally and safely through physical medicine practices. Physical medicine practices focus on finding the cause of the headache and addressing the root problem through a variety of physical (non-pill) approaches!


How Well Does Physical Medicine Work for Treating Headaches?


In a randomized controlled trial performed at the University of Odense, Denmark, those under physical medical care decreased their use of painkillers by 36% and the number of headache hours per day decreased by 69% (Nilsson N, Christensen HW, Hartvigsen). The effect of spinal manipulation in the treatment of cervicogenic headache. JMPT. 199;20:326-330) Some patients report dramatic relief after just one treatment and most patients find resolution of their headaches by following customized treatment recommendations. The aim of treatment is to find which non-brain structure is causing the headache and then treating the cause, not just chasing a symptom.


What about Hormone Related Headaches?


Menses, menopause, thyroid induced headaches got you beating your beating head against the wall? If there is a non-physical (nerve, muscle) reason for your headaches those can be helped too! There are natural approaches other than harsh hormone replacement therapies (HRT) to helping headaches related to these conditions. A board certified specialist in holistic medicine, Dr. Edward Pearson, MD has had incredible success in treating hormonal imbalances and tough to balance thyroid problems through gentle, natural ways that will rejuvenate your life!


A Disc You Want To Know About!

Between your spinal bones (vertebrae) are flexible, gel-like pads called “discs” (intervertebral discs) that give your spine its curve and flexibility (a curved, flexible spine is much stronger than a straight rigid one). Spinal discs are often times involved in lower back pain.


Disc Problems


As you age, your discs may lose fluid and small cracks or lesions may form in the outer walls. This damage may also be caused or accelerated by the presence of subluxations, a distortion in your structural system that chiropractors can correct. Your disc may bulge, irritate the nerves and cause lots of pain and discomfort. In severe cases disc damage may affect sitting, standing, walking or lifting and cause pain when sneezing, defecating or coughing. Numbness and/or tingling of the leg or foot or a loss of muscular control may also occur.


Can I find Relief from my Disc Problem?


If you know you have a disc problem or think your back pain may be due to a disc there are many different options for treatment depending on the type of damage. Some disc problems do end up in surgery, but the majority of disc problems are effectively treated through conservative care (Physical therapy, Chiropractic, Local Injections) measures.


Can I Prevent Disc Problems?


Improved mechanics of muscle and bone movement can prevent abnormal wear and tear and disc problems, so yes, disc problems and back pain can be prevented.  If you already have a disc problem or think you have one then conservative care, specifically chiropractic and physical therapy, can help you regain your life back from spine and disc problems. Other benefits of getting care for your spine (discs, vertebrae and nerves) is that you will feel and see improvements throughout your whole body! Conservative care is not limited to back and disc problems; it is for your entire body. Many times patients visiting their physical medicine clinic for a back or a neck problem have been pleasantly surprised at the holistic or whole-body effect of chiropractic and physical therapy. Why wait until a disc becomes ‘hot’ before exploring conservative care measures, prevention is the key.


Prevention is the Best Medicine.


Chiropractic and physical therapy care may help prevent your spine from deterioration and herniation. Conservative care practitioners have even helped people relieve the pain and frustration of failed back surgery. Please, before your problems get worse, have a simple spinal check up. You get your eyes, teeth and blood pressure checked, why not your spine?


Do I use heat or ice on an injury?

The short answer is both.  Ice is typically used for a newly injured, swollen tissue, and/or muscle spasm to reduce inflammation. Heat is typically used for stiffness and muscle pain greater than 72 hours post injury.

Ice is typically used for a newly injured, swollen tissue, and/or muscle spasm to reduce inflammation. It can be applied for 20 minutes at a time no more often than every 2 hours. Icing is most effective when the area is rested, iced, compressed, and elevated.

Heat is typically used for stiffness and muscle pain greater than 72 hours post injury. Heat promotes blood flow to the affected area in order to heal and decrease muscle tension. This therapy can be applied for 20 minutes no more often than every 2 hours.