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Flavored Vape Issues & Adverse Events From Cervical Spinal Manipulation

CF 335: Flavored Vape Issues & Adverse Events From Cervical Spinal Manipulation Today we’re going to talk about Flavored Vape Issues & Adverse Events From Cervical Spinal Manipulation But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music

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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #334 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about Colo-Rectal Cancer Recognition & Less Gabapentin With Chiropractic.  Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

Still slower this week. Making some tough decisions that maybe I’ll feel more comfortable getting into sometime in the future after it all shakes out. I’ve actually had a few things boiling under the surface that will all be shaking out in the next few months.  One is a staffing issue that we may talk about down the road. But not at this time.  One I mentioned last week. We are trying to move forward with an investment group out of Houston that has proposed purchasing 60% of my practice, taking over the billing, collections, and HR, helping at PT, helping at an associate, and helping us grow the clinic beyond what I’ve been able to grow it in its current state.

Helping me move more and more toward exiting day to day patient care and more into admin work while making more money overall. This cannot happen fast enough if they come with the right offer.  Another is signing on with a legal group and putting my Forensics Diplomate to work finally. I was referrred to and engaged by a large legal group offering counter affidavits and medicolegal work.

Have the Forensics Diplomate and the Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Diplomate, not to mention certfication in Biomechanics and Traumatology, puts me in a good position to be able to make good money outside of patient care. Which makes it easier to consider sellign 60% of what I’ve built over the years. If the investment group’s projections are fulfilled, I’ll make more money than I’ve ever made next year anyway. But, if not, I will still have the medicolegal work, the Airbnbs, and the Voiceover work.

I will always make money regardless. Even if everything with the clinic buyout and aftermath bluew and and it all went belly up – which will not happen- but assuming it could happen, I can move to Dallas and start over with little to zero issues. 

I’ll always make money and be OK. That’s who I am. That’s who a whole bunch of the people that listen to my podcast are as well. So most of you know exactly where I’m coming from. Big moves are easier when you have that faith and that confidence in your ability to always provide.  Another is being forced to file a grievance on a large law group here in Texas. I’ve been doing PI work since 2007 and have never had to do that before. I’ve thought about doing it several times as you can imagine. There are some amazing attorneys and, as most of you know, there are some miserable SOBs otu there that don’t deserve a law license. 

This firm wormed their way into the state association and I tried to be a good association leader and use them as much as I could. Well, now they owe me $27k and have refused to pay after years of haggling with them. The patients got paid as far as I can tell. But nothing to us. They claim they sent us the checks and they were deposited. That’s not true. We balance out every check that comes in and somehow all 7 of these cases…..we somehow messed up. Nah, dawg…..nope.

Plus, we contacted out bank manager and they investigated and confirmed we never got any funds from them on the cases.  So, I told them it was going to happen and I tried and tried to get them to settle but they refused. So I had to file a grievance with the state bar. We’ll see how that goes. Fun times right there but I’ve had it with sorry PI attorneys over the years and they’re not getting away with this one. 

When I say not much is going on this week….sometimes that’s true. These larger things typically live in the background and they’re just constants to my life that I don’t necessarily have on my radar every day.  Sometimes they’re much more in focus for me depending on where each of them lies in the process of resolution. The staffing one is front and center this week, we sent off P&Ls to the investment firm last week, I engaged with the legal group last week, and the Bar complaint had an extension filed out into July just last week so they’re all kind of front and center this week.  There you have it. Welcome to my life. Time to treat some patients so let’s get to it

 

Item #1 The first one this week is called, “Flavored Vapes Might Expose Users to Hundreds of Dangerous Byproducts” by Emily Harris and published in JAMA Network on June 7, 2024, and OMG that is H-O-T! Remember, the citations can be found at chiropracticforward.com under this episode. 

doi:10.1001/jama.2024.10326

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2819956?guestAccessKey=749c8b24-8407-42dc-8d29-754707b6f8ed&utm_source=silverchair&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=jama_network&utm_content=network_highlights&utm_term=061624&adv=000003189471

This is an article that is in reference to a research paper that is linked at this point in the show notes if you want to go and see it.  https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-024-59619-x The reason I’m not just going through this paper and sticking to this JAMA summary is that….bruh…..it’s a workout for the brain. It’s a deep dive into pyrolysis, organic chemistry, and cold sweats and nightmares from my college days. Things I prefer to not re-live.  God blessed us all with people that love that stuff, understand it, and can use it to benefit us.

But we don’t have to get in the weeds on it. We’ll just get straight to the info.  “The liquid in flavored e-cigarettes likely produces an array of harmful chemicals when heated, as occurs during vaping, a recent study in Scientific Reports found. Again, that is linked above in the show notes. The researchers used artificial intelligence to predict what would happen when 180 substances known to be present in flavored e-cigarettes are exposed to high temperatures. According to their findings, the representative chemicals would transform into 127 acutely toxic products, 153 compounds that are health hazards, and 225 chemicals categorized as irritants based on the Globally Harmonized System classifications.

Long-term exposure to chemicals in e-cigarettes “makes it plausible that we are standing at the starting line of a new wave of chronic diseases that will only emerge in 15 to 20 years from now,” the researchers wrote, noting that the results suggest the number of compounds in e-liquids should be limited.” 127 acutely toxic product and 153 compounds that are health hazards. And I wonder how many of these people go out there and post about the harms of the covid vaccine and all of that stuff right before they hop into their car and vape some strawberry delight? 

 

Item #2

The last one this week is called, “Adverse Events After Cervical Spinal Manipulation – A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials” by Pankrath et al and published in Pain Physician Journal dated May/June 2024 and that’s some hot damn, smooth like candy. 

https://www.painphysicianjournal.com/linkout?issn&vol=27&page=185&fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTEAAR3cd0i48Y25pF-5JQbXRtMIkg98so7Bg0BIBSKhR8zAVkTGMwNV0vBYQeI_aem_AU0JsgqrIkg6RHuBfM6nq6WJzrB96CUoo-DwiTYJC8n74dbmOyFNL3SUczMkQAEygR_XJRezjaPITCBKeYB8p2zP

Why They Did It

Cervical manipulations are widely used by physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, and medical doctors for musculoskeletal dysfunctions like neck pain and cervicogenic headache. First of all…..show me these MDs that are using SMT, please? The use of cervical manipulation remains controversial since it is often considered to pose a risk for not only benign adverse events (AEs), such as aggravation of pain or muscle soreness, but also severe AEs such as strokes in the vertebrobasilar or carotid artery following dissections. 

Studies finding an association between cervical manipulation and serious AEs such as artery dissections are mainly case-control studies or case reports.  These study designs are not appropriate for investigating incidences and therefore do not imply causal relationships. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are considered the gold standard study designs for assessing the unconfounded effects of benefits and harms, such as AEs, associated with therapies.  Due to the unclear risk level of AEs associated with high-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA) cervical manipulation, the aim of this study was to extract available information from RCTs and thereby synthesize the comparative risk of AEs following cervical manipulation to that of various control interventions. 

How They Did It The project was a systematic review and meta-analysis. A systematic literature search was conducted in the PubMed and Cochrane databases. This search included RCTs in which cervical HVLA manipulations were applied and adverse events were reported.  Two independent reviewers performed the study selection, the methodological quality assessment, and the GRADE approach.  Incidence rate ratios (IRR) were calculated.  The study quality was assessed by using the risk of bias 2 tool, and the certainty of evidence was determined by using the GRADE approach.

What They Found Fourteen articles were included in the systematic review and meta-analysis.  The pooled Incidence rate ratios indicates no statistically significant differences between the manipulation and control groups.  All the reported adverse events were classified as mild, and none of the events reported were serious or moderate.

Wrap It Up In summary, HVLA manipulation does not impose an increased risk of mild or moderate AEs compared to various control interventions.  However, these results must be interpreted with caution, since RCTs are not appropriate for detecting the rare serious AEs.  In addition, future RCTs should follow a standardized protocol for reporting AEs in clinical trials. Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week. 

 

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