- “Marijuana is not the ‘soft drug’ people think it is.”, says neuropharmocologist Veronica Campbell of Trinity College in Dublin. Endocannabinoids regulate development and aid survival of young neurons as well as controlling the wiring of neurons into circuits for learning and memory. Smoking marijuana during the periods of life when the brain is still developing obscures these critical chemical signals. (Conclusion: don’t be a stoner dude!)
- Researchers administered an anxiety and depression questionnaire to 25 females, half of whom received frown-inducing botox injections. The botox recipients reported feeling happier and less anxious in general; more importantly, they did not feel any more attractive (suggesting that the cosmetic affects were a non issue.) The conclusion of the study it that the more you smile, the less pain you will experience in life. Regarding doctoring, “People who frown during an unpleasant procedure (like a Dr. Hilpisch adjustment!) reported feeling more pain than those who do not. Journal of Pain May 2008
- University of California, Berkeley sociology study suggests that Speaking up counts more than competence in being a leader. This study found that students believed that those who spoke more often were the smartest in each group. Those who did not speak up were judged as averagely intelligent and not so creative. Conclusion: “Dominant people seem really good at things because they speak with so much confidence.” (Now maybe you know why my nickname is the Cliff Claven of Chiropractic!)
- Fifteen to 20 percent of adults worldwide suffer from persistent or chronic pain. In the spinal cord, some cells aberrantly amplify pain signals after undergoing a type of molecular “learning” that is similar to what happens in the brain during the formation of long term memories. In an important 2008 study neuroscientist Irene Tracy of the University of Oxford found that neural activity in the brain stem region in human volunteers paralleled the duration of painful symptoms that were similar to those of chronic pain patients. How this applies to you and your patients, they suggest: People who experience chronic pain may have problems assessing RISK and REWARD when making decisions. Thus when your patients insist on a destructive lifestyle that seems to be sabotaging their recovery, maybe YOU are not the problem!!!
HISTORY OF MEDICINE
* 2000 B.C. – Here, eat this root
* 1000 A.D. – That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer.
* 1850 A.D. – That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion.
* 1940 A.D. – That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill.
* 1985 A.D. – That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic.
* 2000 A.D. – That antibiotic doesn’t work anymore. Here, eat this root.
Palmer student Kim Trader gave me some similar advice:
What is the difference between Bird Flu and Swine Flu?
For bird flu you need tweetment and for swine flu you need oinkment
A few notes on what’s going on in Italy:
All three offices are scheduled to open sometime in October. The doctors going are:
Dr. Stephen Conicello – Rome
Dr. Brent Hollowell – Trapani, Sicily
Dr. Ryan Williams – Treviso (near Venice)
All three offices are going to be working in out-patient hospitals and will have American X-ray Digital machines, 3-D CAT scans, MRI and one has Dopplar Ultrasound. Each office has just about every medical specialty known working in them. On my last trip just a few weeks ago we had meeting in each hospital with 20-50 MD’s to learn more about UC. At each hospital there was 1-2 MD that spoke out about something they just didn’t understand but it was promptly cleared up them (whether they liked it or not.) At each meeting my partner in the offices (a medical doctor) stood and told them of this meeting in the States that all of the UC doctors in America come to (the UC Evolution.) He said he was going to speak at that meeting and show through research how the UC subluxation causes the problems it does and why, when you correct, it the problems go away. We have started putting together a research board for UC in Italy. We already have some of the top MD in their specialty committed to being on this board, an orthopedist, psychiatrist and neurologist. FINALLY we are going to have the support of the research community and other health professionals to help us prove what we have all known is the cause of disease. I hope BJ is smiling down over us. I believe this is just the tip of the iceberg. WE WILL PUT UPPER CERVICAL ON THE MAP! (“We will not be denied” has already been taken.)