CF 085: Highly Paid Drug Dealers, Keto Diet News, Axial Traction, Stroke Research
Today we’re going to talk about Highly Paid Drug Dealers, Keto Diet News, Axial Traction, Stroke Research
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K, we are back. Welcome to the podcast today, I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.
You have tip toed into Episode #85
Man, we have a show for you today. I’m still cleaning out some archives. Some papers that have been building up while we have been having guests. Some great guests that we have had more recently have been Dr. Anthony Nicholson from Australia who plays such a big part in the DACO program. The guy is a genius and eveyrone in our profession should know about him. We talked about decoding chronic pain just a few weeks ago so listen. What are you waiting for?
Then we had the chiropractor for Florida State, Dr. John Van Tassel and he is just a wise, accomplished, mentor that you need to go and hear what he has to say. Again, what are you waiting for? Go now!
Speaking of the DACO, I went to Dallas, I drove to the University of Texas in Arlington, TX …..that’s between Dallas and Ft. Worth for you out-of-towners…and I sat in a little cublicle next to some college kid with a bad case of the sniffles and I took my part one exam toward getting my Diplomate of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists.
I had heard from several sources that it was a hard test and that there really was no way in particular to prepare for the test because it is literally all over the map. And my sources did not tell any fibs people.
There were the most random, crazy questions on that thing. Things I’d never think to study because we didn’t learn them but, it seems my guessing picker was in order on that day because I passed. Or….they took pity on my and passed me because I’m a swell dude. Either way, I passed.
Don’t let my experience with this test dissuade you from going through the DACO by the way. The test is being changed and updated for the next round and I suspect it will be more relevant to the course teachings. That’s my guess anyway.
So, now it’s on to part two in November. I am taking a two-week break from studying and then I’ll dive back into that rigamarole.
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Let’s get on to the research shall we?
Our first paper here is one from NPR called “Opioid-Maker Insys Admits To Bribing Doctors, Agrees To Pay $225 Million Settlement” and was published in June of 2019. The title leads us….you know where it’s going. (Emanuel G 2019)
Insys Therapeutics, an opioid manufacturer, has agreed to pay $225 million to settle the federal government’s criminal and civil investigations into the company’s marketing practices. As part of the settlement, Insys Therapeutics admitted to bribing doctors to prescribe its opioid painkiller.” Oh my….do tell!
The courts proved that the company set up a fake “speaker program.” The doctors involved were not paid to give speeches, but were paid to write prescriptions of the company’s fentanyl-based medication called Subsys.
And, you guessed it…..many times the painkiller was prescribed to patients who did not need it.
The founder of Insys Therapeutics, John Kapoor, is among the highest ranking pharmaceutical executives to be convicted amid the opioid epidemic. Sentencing of the former billionaire is scheduled for September.
Highest paid drug dealers in the world right there.
Item #2 is called “Changes in Spinal Height After Manual Axial Traction or Side Lying: A Clinical Measure of Intervertebral Disc Hydration Using Stadiometry” by Dylan Rubinic, a physical therapist. It was published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in the March/April 2019. Hot stuff right here. (Rubinic D 2019)
Why They Did It
The authors were trying to figure out what effects axial traction have on someone compared to side lying when it comes to increased spine height after sustained loading.
How They Did It
21 patients with no symptoms were used.
They either had traction force for 2 rounds of 3 minutes
Or they had sustained side lying for 10 minutes
Spine height was measured with a stadiometer.
What They Found
There was a significant increase in the height after both manual therapy AND sustained side lying. Well what the hell does that tell us then?
Wrap It Up
This was a preliminary paper to set the stage for futre papers but it’s interesting. They say, “Both manual axial traction force and sustained side-lying position were equally effective for short-term change in spine height after a loaded walking protocol among healthy asymptomatic individuals.” So does that mean that traction is no good? I don’t see that at all here. I say there was little to no difference in asymptomatic, healthy spines when done for three minutes.
That’s all I see. What about compressed, degenerated, or dehydrated discs with annular fissures and without annular fissures with associate radiculopathy and without associated radiculopathy…..and and and and and.
Lots of stuff to look at but at least they’re looking at it and I look forward to finding out where it all goes.
Keto diets. The current big thing. Item #3 is called “The Ketogenic Diet for Obesity and Diabetes—Enthusiasm Outpaces Evidence” by Shivam Joshi, MD, Robert Ostfeld, MD, and Michelle McMacken, MD and was published in JAMA Internal Medicine on July 15 2019. Brand spankin new people. (Joshi S 2019)
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OK, on to the article.
They start by acknowledging the keto craze but say that the excitement doens’t necessarily equal the effectiveness or the evidence in supporting it.
The point out that a metanalysis of 13 studies lasting more than a year showed that a keto diet shwoed less than one kilogram of additional weight loss over high carb, low fat diets. Hmmmmm very interesting….
IN addition, a different meta-analysis showed energy expenditure and fat loss was greater with low-fat diets vs. a keto diet.
I’m going to quote the article directly here because they say it better than I can. They say, “In terms of the risk-benefit balance of the ketogenic diet, the potential adverse effects may give one pause.
A review of the literature on ketogenic diets for the treatment of pediatric epilepsy reveals multiple adverse effects, ranging from the relatively benign but inconvenient “keto flu,” to less common but deadlier occurrence of cardiac arrhythmias from selenium deficiency.
Other documented adverse effects include nephrolithiasis, constipation, halitosis, muscle cramps, headaches, diarrhea, restricted growth, bone fractures, pancreatitis, and multiple vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
The greatest risk, however, of the ketogenic diet may be the one most overlooked: the opportunity cost of not eating high-fiber, unrefined carbohydrates. Whole grains, fruits, and legumes are some of the most health-promoting foods on the planet. They are not responsible for the epidemics of type 2 diabetes or obesity, and their avoidance may do harm.”
In our continuing series of showing anyone thinking that chiropractors cause strokes that they are the equivalent of archaeic flat Earthers, we go with this paper called, “Effect of cervical manipulation on vertebral artery and cerebral haemodynamics in patients with chronic neck pain: a crossover randomised controlled trial” by Nicholas Moser, Silvano Mior, Michael Noseworthy, et. al. It was published in BMJ Open in 2019.(Moser N 2019)
Why Thye Did It
Their stated goal in the paper is quoted as, “We aimed to determine whether cervical spine manipulation is associated with changes in vertebral artery and cerebrovascular haemodynamics measured with MRI compared with neutral neck position and maximum neck rotation in patients with chronic neck pain.
They did it at The Imaging Research Centre at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. I have to say, I love those damn Canadians. They really do a great job on bringing quality and important research to the table for this profession.
They used 20 patients here with a mean age of 32 and mean neck pain lasting 5.3 eyars.
They tested maximal neck rotation followed by cervcial manipulation and/or
Cervical manipulation followed by maximal neck rotation.
What They Found
“Our results are in accordance with previous work, which has shown a decrease in blood flow and velocity in the contralateral vertebral artery with head rotation. This may explain why we also observed a decrease in blood velocity with manipulation because it involves neck rotation. Our work is the first to show that cervical manipulation does not result in brain perfusion changes compared with a neutral neck position or maximal neck rotation. The changes observed were found to not be clinically meaningful and suggests that cervical manipulation may not increase the risk of cerebrovascular events through a haemodynamic mechanism.”
I want you to know with absolute certainty that when Chiropractic is at its best, you can’t beat the risk vs reward ratio because spinal pain is primarily a movement-related pain and typically responds better to movement-related treatment instead of chemical treatments like pills and shots.
When compared to the traditional medical model, research and clinical experience show that many patients get good or excellent results through chiropractic for headaches, neck pain, back pain, joint pain, to name just a few.
Chiropractic care is safe and cost-effective. It can decrease instances of surgery & disability. Chiropractors normally do this through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal time requirements or hassle to the patient.
And, if the patient develops a “preventative” mindset going forward from initial recovery, chiropractors can likely keep it that way while raising the general, overall level of health of the patient!
Patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment offering the least harm.
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Emanuel G (2019). “Opioid-Maker Insys Admits To Bribing Doctors, Agrees To Pay $225 Million Settlement.” NPR.
Joshi S, O. R., McMacken M, (2019). “The Ketogenic Diet for Obesity and Diabetes—Enthusiasm Outpaces Evidence.” JAMA Intern Med.
Moser N, M. S., Noseworthy M, (2019). “Effect of cervical manipulation on vertebral artery and cerebral haemodynamics in patients with chronic neck pain: a crossover randomised controlled trial.” BMJ Open 9(5).
Rubinic D, K. V., Dudley J, Owens SC, (2019). “Changes in Spinal Height After Manual Axial Traction or Side Lying: A Clinical Measure of Intervertebral Disc Hydration Using Stadiometry.” J Manipulative Physiol Ther 42(3): 187-194.