CF 290: Headaches In Kids & Multiple Myeloma Research


Today we’re going to talk about Headaches In Kids & Multiple Myeloma Research


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On the personal end of things…..

Hey, hey, everyone! Welcome – we’ve got a rather interesting topic to dive into, and it’s a bit personal, I must admit.


You see, in the world of chiropractic, we have our colleagues we love and then we have the ones we love to gripe about. But what happens when a fellow chiropractor goes completely off the rails and starts attacking others not only professionally, but personally as well? Strap in, folks, because today we’re talking about hate and about handling professional turbulence and keeping your cool in the face of what I perceive to be a sheer craziness.


So, picture this – there I am one night at home, minding my own business after a long hard day at work, scrolling on Facebook when I get tagged in a post. It’s brought to my attention out of nowhere that another chiropractor that will go unnamed here, got some hurt feelings by something I said somewhere in almost 300 podcast episodes and posted a hit piece on me that was full of absolute vitriol and hate. It was disgusting. Especially from someone that wants desperately to be a leader for the profession.


Certainly considering that I’ve never met the dude in my life. Never shared an email exchange, text, wave, no contact in my 25 years of being in the profession. These really seemed to be some hurt feelings here. This guy decided to unleash a barrage of attacks directly on me that came out of left field because I have never, nor will I ever, attack him, or one of his sycophants, directly by name, place, or person.


When I have ever discussed anti-vitalism, it’s in broad terms with no names or identifying factors. That’s intentional. I think it’s important to talk about ideas and why I support them or do not support them or why the evidence supports them or does not support them. But I have never found value in the idea of going after someone by name directly. That’s rude, hateful, it doesn’t demonstrate leadership, and it’s not the way I want to handle things personally.


This particular person doesn’t like when someone doesn’t support his brand of chiropractic. If someone says something against it, that person, so it seems, must be destroyed. There are lots of examples in his tabloid. It’s like he woke up and thought, “You know what would be a great idea? I’d like to try ruining someone’s reputation and potentially their license because they don’t agree with me!”


Regardless of the work people have put into their careers. Trust me, I’m not the first nor will I be the last to suffer these attacks from this tabloid. This person is on a mission that he thinks is vital at all costs. Regardless.

Now, I’m all for spirited debates and discussions within our profession. It’s healthy, it keeps us sharp, and ultimately benefits our patients and the profession. But attacking someone personally and professionally? Come on, man! We’re supposed to be helping people live better lives and making better doctors of chiropractic, not creating chaos! I mean honestly, it’s astonishing the depths that he went on this deal.


I’ve had my moments of frustration, just like anyone else. But I firmly believe that the best way to handle situations like these is with grace and professionalism. Let’s face it, we’re human – emotions can run high. But when someone goes “off the rails” as I like to put it, well, that’s a whole other level of… shall we say, “interesting.”


So, what did I do in the face of this unprovoked direct attack? Well, I took a step back, breathed deeply, and reminded myself why I got into this field in the first place. It’s all about helping people lead healthier, happier lives. And if I let someone else’s negativity derail me, then I’m not doing justice to my calling. Then, I called my lawyer who, after reading it, simply couldn’t believe someone would have the gall to write that hit piece but then recommended I let it go for now unless I suffer a personal or professional loss.


Because, without one single doubt, several points made at my cost in the hit piece were taken out of context and sensationalized for shock value and to, in my opinion, do nothing more than make me look like a fool and try to discredit me at every turn and on every level. And trust me, there are plenty of our colleagues that are sycophants of this guy that will think just that and believe every word. For example, it was claimed that I advertised I was the best chiropractor in Amarillo when you cannot advertise superiority. Even included a screenshot of a video I posted. But failed to mention that the video was announcing that I was voted Best Chiropractor in Amarillo. Two years in a row as a matter of fact. An accomplishment I’m very proud of.


Which I am more than able to post about winning. As many times as I damn well want to post about it. That context was absent from the hit job. When things are deliberately taken out of context and sensationalized in such a manner to attack and result in a personal or professional loss…..well then…legally…..the game changes, doesn’t it?


Getting back to it….It’s not always easy to maintain composure when you’re faced with such attacks. But I realized that responding in kind would only perpetuate the negativity. So, I’m choosing a different path – I’ve continued to focus on my patients, on my podcast, on my leadership duties, and on improving myself and my message. I do not plan on having a tick for tat running discussion going on this. He done his damage and I suspect it’ll end right there. I certainly recommend that it does.


As they say, ultimately, the best revenge is success. While this unnamed individual may be busy spewing negativity and trying to destroy anyone that disagrees with his brand of chiropractic, I’m busy promoting my brand of chiropractic without the personal and direct attacks on my colleagues. It seems like the ones that want to convince others that they aren’t somehow crazy and maniacal, are always the ones out there doing the crazy things. The crazy things that just go to prove everyone’s point.


So, what’s the takeaway from all of this? Well, first and foremost, keep your cool when faced with attacks, whether they’re personal or professional. Do what you can to get effective counsel and rise above the chaos and stay true to yourself and your purpose. I know who I am and I know damn well what I stand for – as do any of you who listen regularly or know me personally. And, Hey….I’m a big boy. Literally and figuratively. I can take it and I suppose if you’re going to take a stance and fight for the things you believe in, you have to be ready for the punches from the trolls. I wasn’t expecting it. But I am now.


And secondly, let’s all remember that in the grand scheme of things, we’re here to make a positive impact on the world, not engage in hate or destroying someone personally just because we happen to not agree with them. It’s shameful, desperate, and embarrassing. Hate is going to hate and we can’t change that so we might as well get busy living and doing what we can to be a positive change and a positive force for those around us that love us and have faith in our ideas and in our leadership.



Item #1


The first on today is called “Potential effect modifiers for treatment with chiropractic manipulation versus sham manipulation for recurrent headaches in children aged 7–14 years: development of and results from a secondary analysis of a randomised clinical trial” by Susanne Lynge, Werner Vach, Kristina Boe Dissing & Lise Hestbaek and published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies and on 11 July 2023. Dayum. That’s hot.


Why They Did It


A recent randomized controlled trial (RCT) investigating the effect of chiropractic manipulation in 199 children aged 7–14 years with recurrent headaches demonstrated a significant reduction of number of days with headache and a better global perceived effect (GPE) in the chiropractic manipulation group compared to a sham manipulation group. However, potential modifiers for the effectiveness of chiropractic manipulation of children with recurrent headaches have never been identified.


The present study is a secondary analysis of data from that RCT and will investigate potential effect modifiers for the benefit of chiropractic manipulation for children with headache.


How They Did It


Sixteen potential effect modifiers were identified from the literature and a summary index was prespecified based on clinical experience. Relevant variables were extracted from baseline questionnaires, and outcomes were obtained by means of short text messages. The modifying effect of the candidate variables was assessed by fitting interaction models to the data of the RCT. In addition, an attempt to define a new summary index was made.



What They Found


The prespecified index showed no modifying effect. Four single variables demonstrated a treatment effect difference of more than 1 day with headache per week between the lower and the upper end of the spectrum: intensity of headache (p = 0.122), Frequency of headache (p = 0.031), sleep duration (p = 0.243), and Socioeconomic status (p = 0.082).


Five variables had a treatment effect difference of more than 0.7 points on the GPE scale between the lower and the upper end of the spectrum: Frequency of headache (p = 0.056),

Sport activity (p = 0.110),

Sleep duration (p = 0.080),

History of neck pain (p = 0.011), and

 Headache in the family (0.050).


A new summary index could be constructed giving highest weight to History of neck pain and Headache in the family and Frequency of headache. The index suggests a difference of about 1 point in GPE between low and high values of the index.



Wrap It Up


Chiropractic manipulation offers a moderate benefit for a broad spectrum of children. However, it cannot be excluded that specific headache characteristics, family factors, or a history of neck pain may modify the effect. This question must be addressed in future studies.



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Item #2


Our last one this week is called, “An experimental treatment developed at Israel’s Hadassah-University Medical Center has a 90% success rate at bringing patients with multiple myeloma into remission.” by Judy Siegel-Itzkovich and published in The Jerusalem Post on MAY 29, 2023. Hot potato!


Why They Did It


The researchers and medical professionals at Hadassah-University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem developed the innovative treatment for multiple myeloma cancer because it is a significant medical challenge. Multiple myeloma is the second-most common hematological disease and has long been considered incurable, with a poor life expectancy for patients. The motivation behind this research was to find a groundbreaking solution that could improve the prognosis and quality of life for patients suffering from this type of cancer.


How They Did It


The treatment is based on genetic engineering technology known as CAR-T (Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-Cell Therapy). The process involves the following steps:


Apheresis: Blood components are collected from the patient, and the T cells (active cells in the immune system that can fight tumors) are isolated.


Genetic Engineering: A genetic segment that encodes a receptor against cancer cells is added to the T cells using a virus.


Injection: The engineered T cells are then injected back into the patient’s body.


Targeting and Destruction: The engineered T cells target the tumors and destroy the cancer.



What They Found


According to the article, more than 90% of the 74 patients treated at Hadassah with the CAR-T therapy went into complete remission. This represents a highly successful response rate and a significant improvement in the prognosis for patients with multiple myeloma. The treatment also showed minimal side effects, making it even more promising for patients’ well-being.



Wrap It Up


The researchers and medical professionals at Hadassah-University Medical Center have achieved an unprecedented breakthrough in the treatment of multiple myeloma cancer using CAR-T therapy. This innovative approach, based on genetic engineering technology, has shown remarkable success in achieving complete remission for the majority of patients treated.


The treatment offers hope to those suffering from a disease that was once considered incurable, greatly improving their life expectancy and quality of life. Moreover, by significantly reducing the cost of the treatment, Hadassah has made it more affordable and accessible to a larger number of patients in Israel and around the world.


The success of this treatment could pave the way for the development of future treatments using CAR T cells for other types of cancer as well. The researchers’ efforts represent a major achievement in the field of oncology and immunotherapy, with the potential to revolutionize cancer treatment worldwide.



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The Message

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 rather than chemical treatments like pills and shots.


When compared to the traditional medical model, research and clinical experience show us patients can get good to excellent results for headaches, neck pain, back pain, and joint pain to name just a few.


It’s safe and cost-effective can decrease surgeries & disability and we do it through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal hassle to the patient.


And, if the patient treats preventatively after initial recovery, we can usually keep it that way while raising the overall level of health!


Key Point:

At the end of the day, patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment that offers the least harm. When it comes to non-complicated musculoskeletal complaints….


That’s Chiropractic!



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