Archive | June, 2008

Reader Email

I wanted to talk briefly about the reader email i have been receiving. Thank you all for sending me email. I appreciate it and I wish you all well in your health. A common theme that appears is people emailing me saying something along the lines of “I wish I would have found your site before…”. I am aware that many people often will go and have their wisdom teeth removed and not think hard and long about the quality of life that could be diminished and impacted after the procedure. People may fail to do research online, or not do as much research as they should, or fail to find my site. I have been promoting my site hard through the use of SEO techniques and have been reading up heavily on blogs such as Winning the Web and John Chow. It is hard when Google works against you and tries to manually put you out of the search. It is also hard to compete against other websites for the top keywords such as “wisdom teeth removal” and “wisdom teeth”. It is my hope that you who are thinking about wisdom teeth removal can find this site before the […]

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1.5 Telsa versus 3.0 Telsa MRI

Over the past few years in an effort to find a source that is causing my constant headache since I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth out I have had some MRI’s done. I became aware earlier this year that the MRI’s had done of my brain before were all on 1.5 Telsa machines. These means that the quality and resolution of the image is not as good. When I learned that there were better scanners that produced images with more quality and resolution, I wanted to have an MRI done on one of these machines. There are actually even better MRI scanners out there up to 11 Telsa. These are currently only used on animals. The FDA has approved human use up to 7.0 Telsa, but clinically you will not find one over 3.0 Telsa. Part of the reason for this is the economics. MRI equipment is expensive. New 1.5 tesla scanners often cost between $1,000,000 USD and $1,500,000 USD. New 3.0 tesla scanners often cost between $2,000,000 and $2,300,000 USD. The 3.0 Telsa MRI that I had done did produce better images. I compared the images against the older 1.5 Telsa technology and there was a noticeable […]

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Licorice – Liquorice

Recently a neurologist I saw told me about adaptogens that can be used to regulate the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis or HPA axis. The term adaptogen is used by herbalists to refer to a natural herb product that is proposed to increase the body’s resistance to stress, trauma, anxiety and fatigue. One such adaptogen is licorice. I am sure many of you have had licorice before and likely think of red Twizzlers. Some of you may not like the taste of it that much. This is because it does not contain sugar as in most candies. However, recently I have been eating licorice that is better and tastes better than Twizzlers. I found some australian licorice at World Market. Licorice has a lot of medicinal uses and if you are depressed eating some each day might help you feel better. To learn more about the medicinal uses check out the Wikipedia article. Remember though to eat in moderation, and don’t eat too much licorice or it can cause toxicity.

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Prolotherapy – Lidocaine and Sugar Injections to Cure Headaches

ABC’s Lisa Thomas-Laury reports that there is a new headache relief without pills being tested. Dr. Greenberg uses a solution called prolotherapy where he injects a combination of anesthetic called lidocaine and dextrose (a sugar) into areas in Jamie’s neck and shoulder where  ligaments or tendons could be damaged. “We see damage in the cervical joints, and also in the back of the head where all the muscles go up and insert into the back of the skull,” said Dr. Greenberg. Ligaments, tendons, and cartilage have poor blood supplies, so when they are injured, they can be slow to heal. The injections, given every 3 to 4 weeks reduce inflammation and jump-start the healing .The dextrose causes the release of growth factors out of the tissues. Prolotherapy has been around for decades, but was used largely for sports injuries in the past. Dr. Greenberg became a believer in prolotherapy after giving himself the shots in a last-ditch effort to relieve headaches that he suffered long after a car accident. The pain nearly derailed his medical career, but today, he leads a full and active life. “I bike ride. I play hockey. I work out. I work all day long, and […]

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Stop Headaches During Exercise

A lot of people people complain about headaches while exercising. This is especially problematic if you are strenuously going all out. Here is some advice to prevent a headache before it starts. Drink! You should drink before, during and after your workout. If it’s somehow impossible for you to drink during sports, you should think twice before you exercise exceeds an hour. Dehydration is one of the main factors that you’ll lose energy and cause your headache after your workout. Water is good! Apple juice is a good addition for long distance runners. Eat! Even if your goal is to lose weight you should consider eating a small portion before your workout. Usually a fitness bar or a yogurt is enough. Make sure you don’t eat too much though or you will start getting stomach cramps during exercise. Vitamins! Fruit and/or vegetables are a good source of vitamins. Vitamins are important for your body and your endurance. Don’t go over the top! Try to increase the intensity of your workout progressively. Start slow and try to build up. Don’t go all out for too long though. I hope this advice will help you prevent a headache after a workout. If […]

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