Cramp Facilitation, The Same as Restless Leg Syndrome?

23 03 2011
See the World While You are Able

The patient Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) experience is a creepy crawly, twitching, involuntary underlying skin movement sensation and also may be associated with aching mostly in the knee down to the foot.  The symptoms can also occur in the arms with a feeling as if you are in a constant state of a flexing sensation.  This experience also induces insomnia for many that experience restless nights because of involuntary muscle movement.  There are now several potential causes identified with restless leg syndrome.  These causes are mostly to do within diet.  And the other causes could be something of concern that could stay undiagnosed for years until a neurological specialist rules out one thing or the other.

Caffeine and low levels of blood glucose have a known cause-effect associated with RLS.   It is recommended if you have RLS like symptoms, to rule out specific causes possibly through diet and that you seek a referral from your primary care physician to see a neurologist.  Until you get this referral try eliminating coffee, tea, sodas and cocoa from the diet.  This will provide some feedback to your neurologist when you get the consult.  By eliminating these potential causes from diet, either RLS symptoms are relieved, not relieved, or in remission.  If symptoms disappear, don’t cancel your neurology appointment.   The remission of symptoms could simply be due to infrequent muscle facilitation caused by something else.  And when you see your neurologist asks the following questions:  Can I also be evaluated for functional “hypoglycemia (low blood sugar),” and/or deficiencies of folic acid, iron or magnesium.

And if the lab results rule out these diet deficiencies, also ask if consideration of vitamin E and L-tryptophan trials would be worthwhile to assist in determining treatment.  It has been proven in clinical trials that vitamin and mineral deficiencies can and do cause hyper excitable muscle sensations (RLS) and that supplementation in clinical studies have proven to remove, or substantially reduce the symptoms associated with RLS.  But it is important to note while anyone can supplement their diet, using proper dosages under a physicians care is very important for the safety and success of such treatment.

Now let’s take a look at RLS syndrome’s close cousin [Cramp Facilitation Syndrome].  Why do I say cousin?  Because there are many close symptomatic similarities that could confuse the necessity to look further into your condition and unknowingly push off identification and treatment of a more severe and insidious disease.

What is cramp facilitation syndrome and how do you know you have it?  It is a rare condition characterized by muscle pain, twitching, cramps, creepy crawly sensations typically felt within the legs and arms.  These symptoms have also been characterized and confused by patients as restless leg syndrome at the onset.

It is also not common knowledge that there is a whole host of diseases that can cause these symptoms.  Other disease pathology mimics less serious diagnosis than others.  For a piece of mind, if you experience any of these symptoms [RLS, or Cramp Facilitation Syndrome] to seek a referral from your primary care physician to see a neurological to rule out other potential serious disease (Parkinson’s, MS, Cancer, etc.).  I recommend being adamant in pursuing this referral if you have RLS like symptoms.

I’ve become very familiar with RLS through commercialization of this conditional diagnosis as seen on infomercials.  But have never heard of “Cramp Facilitation Syndrome, and in some cases known as Isaac’s syndrome.”  These syndromes also mimic [although typically more pronounced and severe symptoms] very similar conditions, I only knew to be RLS.  Cramp Facilitation Syndrome is also medically transcribed and known as Neuromyotonia (NMT).

NMT or Isaac’s syndrome is a form of peripheral nerve hyperexcitabilty and is very rare.  There are no known cures for Isaac’s syndrome.  And from all I’m reading about it and as discussed with a neurologist, there are a lot of unknowns about the origins of these syndromes.  The 3 causes of spontaneous repetitive muscular activity “throughout” the body triggered by muscle fiber action potential with regard to NMT are: 1) Acquired  2) Paraneoplastic  3) Hereditary.

1)      The Acquired is the most common form of NMT and is thought to be caused by antibodies against the neuromuscular junctions; suspected to be an immune deficiency [80% of all cases).  If the immune system suspects foreign bodies at these neuromuscular junctions, they attempt to neutralize the foreign matter.  These antibodies are produced by our white blood cells and promote various antibodies to deal with perceived invasion of our internal body.  By binding to a perceived internal threat our defense mechanisms cause muscle fasciculation to occur.

2)   What is Paraneoplastic cause of muscle fasciculation – The immune or hormonal response from a tumor sends chemical signal to cause an antibody reaction at neuromuscular junctions within muscle cells.  The cause of this action is the presence of cancer in the body; excreted by tumor cells that trigger the body’s hormones or immune system.  And the muscle hyperexcitability can be triggered before a tumor is diagnosed as malignant!  Tumor cells usually present themselves within the lung, breast, ovaries or lymphatic system.

3)   Hereditary – Genetic predisposition to have NMT symptoms with like biological pathogen source passed down through family genes.

In many cases, cramp facilitation syndrome is treatable.  In rare occasions, those with more severe conditions where antibodies work against voltage-gated potassium channels [a chemical action necessary for muscle movement] impact the central nervous system and could be fatal (e.g., Morvan’s Syndrome).  Rest assured RLS and NMT is not fatal [exception: Paraneoplastic cause appears to have statistical probability associated with fatalities].

NMT does mimic other serious disease that could be fatal.  Most NMT cases are autoimmune and not associated with cancer [80 percent of all cases and is suspected to be autoimmune mediated, which is usually caused by antibodies].  For a piece of mind, having the correct diagnosis allows one to seek appropriate and applicable treatment as soon as possible, which also helps to reduce anxiety and mitigate outcome of insidious disease through early diagnosis and proper treatment.

World Wide Internet References,

http://www.tldp.com/issue/179/restless_legs_syndrome.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac’s_Syndrome

http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/c/cramp_fasciculations_syndrome/intro.htm

Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET. 2011 Copyright, All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing @: http://www.mirrorathlete.com,  Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.





41 Drugs to Die For

24 10 2010
Prescription Drugs “Can” be a Bit Like Rolling the Dice in Vegas

    I’ve stated before, “Anything manmade and outside of God’s natural organic order, can/will cause ill-health medical conditions.”  And there is nothing more true to this statement and applicable relative to the plethora of FDA approved drugs that are causing great harm to those with medical conditions and dependent on pharmaceuticals.

     Although I believe there is no manmade drug (including long-storage processed/restaurant, fast-foods) that is entirely good for us, I would concede there are medical conditions where specific types of drugs given to patients far outweigh the health risk consequences than going without.

     My biggest concern with our FDA (Federal Drug Administration) approved drugs process is the sheer number of products coming to market.  Recall, before these drugs come to market there is an extensive FDA safety-approval process that also equates to billions of R&D (Research & Development) dollars where investors demand a ROI (Return on Investment) by bringing product to market.  And it is also true that that much of the FDA’s budget is greatly dependent upon the pharmaceutical products and services industries.  These industry resources also equate to 10’s of thousands of government, private sector and special interest jobs, within our health care industry.

     It is my opinion, the drug companies know full well how to fudge research data and the FDA knows how to give a free pass.  Folks this is a dangerous combination for the unknowing patient in need of safe effective drugs with minimal side effects.  We already know anything manmade is going to create additional risk for our health.  However, how much unnecessary risk should the “unknowing” patient take?  Are drugs that create high risk health conditions with “little-to-no” health benefits really necessary?  And has our drug approval process “now” incorporated increased health risk conditions and acceptable death rate into the cost-of-doing business?  And is litigation and class action lawsuits now factored into the cost of doing business as well?

     It would appear, “patients” have become a part of the “rat” lab program included into the cost or R&D “in our open markets!” Human studies now are disguised through a “free pass to market” process that incorporates reuse of the same drug(s); “pulled from consumer use,” and then relabeled  under different names (read below “Off-Market Labels”) to treat conditions that were not initially approved by the FDA.  I submit… The cost of doing business in expediting drug-to-market approval for use on humans is more cost effective with better correlated data than animal lab studies.

     It seems the paradigm shift is “now” Humans are an expendable commodity where the cost of doing business is settled through class action lawsuits to appease suffering families by compensating financially.  Also more research animals are saved, simultaneously keeping activist at bay; investors also make huge fortunes; government and private sector jobs and special interests continue to thrive and grow.

     Have we become the little white rats supporting the Off-Market Label drug trials as drug products are expedited for use in the marketplace?  And is this why our prescription drugs have a ridiculously high cost:  “Factor cost of class action lawsuits; off-label product marketing costs and FDA blind-eye policy and underwriter kickbacks to give a green light on a free pass to market.”  Are Off-Market Label drug policies breaking our healthcare systems back?  Is there anything that can be done about it?

     American greed knows no boundaries.  Those without a moral compass care only about their here and now.  Think about it.  I don’t know the entire solution in how to resolve this particular crux.  My only thought is, without moral leadership at the helm of any private, corporate, or government regulatory agency, these types of things will change little because of a corrupt soul.

     What can we the consumer do about this.  We the people “do” have the power to change consumer regulatory control.  “Vote the vermin out of government office and fill the seats with good guys.”  How do you know who the good guys are?  Simple, they have an undeniable morale leadership character and honorable past with little interest in lining their pockets (look for the money trail which is a dead giveaway).  Also, look for agenda motive and who endorses them.  Good guys also don’t seek recognition for doing the right things, it just comes to them.  And they only seek to rise higher in the leadership hierarchy to do greater good serving the people and appointing “moral good guys/gals.”  They are also responsible and accountable for their actions and to the people under which they serve.

     I’ve listed 5 of the 41 most dangerous class action lawsuit prescription drugs below.  All of these drugs have caused serious health problems for patients and even death.  The lawsuits are an indicator that even with inception of new drug products to market; this “quick product to market” approach is not going to stop anytime soon.  It has only gotten more complicated with Off-Market Labels and class action lawsuits.  As long as the FDA continues to turn a blind eye to R&D data, and class action lawsuits data statistics, etc.  Consumers will continue to experience more ill-health side effects and prescription induced “early” death through the off-label drug to market process.

     Even the fines issued by the FDA are only a slap on the wrist to hundreds of billion dollar companies.  Fines do not incentivize these companies to change the way they do business, but instead provides a “pay-per-play” drug policy which gives the appearance of our Federal government doing something about malicious business practices.  If our government really cared, they’d slap an injunction to stop distribution-to-market and remove any drug label that is deemed to have caused significant medical harm and death.  And if they were serious about consumer protection, fine these companies in a way that hurts their bottom line and require these companies to begin the R&D approval process over from start to finish.   But this won’t happen, why?  Federal regulatory agencies are in bed with these deep pocketed special interest companies and addicted to the money.

     However, it is now obvious the FDA drug approval process trust is being challenged by many consumer class action lawsuits with no end in sight.  The FDA is under a tremendous amount of pressure from the government oversight committees, consumer watch dogs and other advocates against the current drug-to-market protocols that is releasing bad drugs into the market.  If this “business as usual” approach does not change, further erosion of Obama care mandates will occur because policy will prove to be “cost unsustainable.”  And if health reform does not control the “status quo” drug approval process, these governmental policies will crumble and take our economy with it.  As to continue forward with such drug approval processes will cause irreversible harm to our health care services and economy.

 Five out of 41 Most Dangerous Drugs in Class Action Lawsuits.  See following Link: http://www.legallawhelp.com/safety_and_health/defective_drugs.html

 “Accutane:   Lawsuit 2010-09-30 – This was an approved FDA, “award winning” vitamin A derivative to treat various forms of cancer highly effective at mitigating and killing the spread of cells in the pancreas, brain and nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome.  There are now many problematic side-effect and deaths as a result of use.  Some of the serious side-effects include but not limited to:  Bowl disease, psychosis, hepatitis, pancreatic, myalgia, raised blood glucose, etc., And birth defect rates are extremely high when proper screening before prescription occurred.   Legal action is the result of either party(s) wrongly prescribed, or misunderstood use of, or detailed information of potential risks/brochures, or a signed consent form of understanding of pharmacist was not accomplished per prudent protocols.”  http://accutanelawsuit2010.net/

 “Vioxx and Bextra:  Approved by the FDA – A new study links certain painkillers to High Cholesterol, 13 Feb 2007.  Pain killers known as COX-2 inhibitors (Vioxx and Bextra) at the time of the study were shown to increase excess cholesterol for lack of purging it from the body.  This increased the possibilities of blood clot and stroke.  Lipid loads in the body when using this anti-arthritic pain alleviation drugs were shown to increase leading to cardiovascular issues with pain patients.”  http://vioxx.pharmaceutical-lawsuits.com/

 “Ketek:  An anti-biotic was linked to liver failure and other problems.  Originally Ketek was approved by the FDA to treat sinusitis and bronchitis.  Because of the problems it was no longer allowed for use by the FDA as originally intended.  However, in 2004 was approved to treat pneumonia outside of a hospital or nursing home.  The statements made by former physician David Ross who worked on pre-approval for FDA at Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) after 10 years stated “his superiors forced him to soften his unflattering review of the drugs.” http://www.newsinferno.com/legal-news/ketek-lawsuit-filed-in-illinois-says-sanofi-aventis-knew-of-liver-failure-side-effects/

 “Zyprexa:  Approved in 1996 and has been used for years to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.  Clinical trials have shown this drug to cause weight gain and diabetes.  The CDER is known by prominent medical clinical research professional(s) regards the pharmaceutical industry as the FDA’s(agency) main client.  Off-label marketing (specific falsities as to the side effects of a drug) for anti-psychotic drugs used to sedate nursing home patients kills approximately 15,000 a year.  However there is evidence that off-label marketing is not as strong as it use to be.  Off-label use also means that prescription drugs may be used to alleviate other symptoms or conditions but not approved for use by the FDA.”  http://www.coreynahman.com/atypical-antipsychotic-lawsuits.html

 “Rosiglitazon (Avandia):   Approved by the FDA – A type 2 diabetes drug approved for diabetes 2 use in 1999 caused some patients to have heart attacks.   Rosiglitazon is an oral anti-diabetic drug that increases insensitivity to insulin.  After patients experienced, heart problems, liver failure, weight gain, low blood sugar and fractures the FDA put out a warning on the drug.  In 2005 the Canadian Medical Association Journal reported that Rosiglitazon caused partial blindness in 7 patients.  In 2007 a press release stated women that used Avandia showed increased signs of upper arm, feet and hand fractures.  In 2009, there is “no increase” in hospitalizations or death in comparison to those taking metformin with sulfonylurea.   But there were increases in heart failure and deaths for those taking Avandia.  The drug is still in use today and some patients are beginning to file lawsuits.”  http://www.avandia-injury-lawyer.com/index.php?gclid=CKbgwZyUr6QCFQsSbAodPibP0w

 “OFF-Label Plus,”

     It appears the drug industries are now focused on “Off-Label Plus” meaning to reduce or minimize false statements, or kickback incentives that would cause serious risk to patients.  In many cases some patients that have no other choice get treated with drugs that were originally intended and approved for a completely different use “without FDA approval!”

     The individual drug companies run these off-label research programs in a research setting funded by our government and “more than it should!”  This creates quite a lengthy mess during off-label prosecutions.  Research programs are causing our government to pay for more uses of drugs than it should through numerous individual Medicaid State agencies.  This off-label product-to-market channel is creating a complicated medical lawsuit nightmare for all parties involved.

     There are literally multiple-billion dollar; multi-national Companies with millions of “Off-Label Plus” claims throughout our nation.  In lawsuits, a heavy emphasis in the decision making process appears to be “patient harm versus patient benefit.”  Another major consideration in lawsuit cases is if research and development centers, physicians and/or sales reps have mislead the public trust, or the FDA in any serious way.  While in many other cases, if the off-label process were to be put to a halt, many patients may lose their life, while at the same time many lives may be saved. http://www.policymed.com/2010/07/pharmaceutical-marketing-lawsuits-slowing-considerably.html

Recommendation:  If you are taking any prescription drugs, and especially if that drug is one of the 41 class action lawsuits drugs found at the link I’ve provided above…  Learn all you can about the drug(s) and lawsuits, talk to your doctor and determine if there are better alternatives out there.  All too often, many of us tend to continue taking the same drugs for many years without physician follow up consultation to determine if health risk outweighs the benefits of using any particular, or combination of pharmaceuticals (annual physician consultations are a “good” ideal).  And through time, health condition, prescription formulation, dosages, may require prescription change; reducing risk while increasing health benefits. 

 Moderation and medical self-advocacy and due diligence is key in optimizing health benefits while reducing health risk.  This is especially true if you consume “any” product altered, or manufactured by man! 

 Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2010 Copyright, All rights reserved.  Mirror Athlete Enterprises Publishing @: www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your free eNewsletter.





Epidemiology Provides Ill-Health Prevention & Centurion Wisdom

23 06 2010

    In a nut shell, epidemiology is the study of illness and disease affecting a population’s health.  It is also an applied science specific to the incidence of disease in populations as opposed to the individual.  I believe basic knowledge of this highly specialized job can provide individuals with a better understanding in prevention of disease and relative-timely medical referrals for ill-health conditions.  My point is if we could learn how to use specific data to our advantage in seeking to identify and treat our ill-health, we would be much more successful at alleviating pain-illness and maintaining better overall health and happiness.  This does not mean you need a degree in epidemiology to apply a common sense approach to find resolve to a specific ill-health problem.  What it does mean, by understanding how science identifies and treats epidemics in populations; the basic principles of this knowledge can provide the individual a better ill-health troubleshooting skill set that many centurions use to improve upon quality living experiences as they age!

     The work of epidemiologists includes researching risk factors in environment that cause illness and disease, clinical identification/study of illness agent, data collection, etc., of infected people and treatment of environmental out breaks on population.  What most don’t understand, epidemiologists rely on a vast array of disciplines in order to “best” identify an ill-health outbreak.  In order to understand how ill-health is disseminated on a population requires an understanding and mastery by these experts; and those specialized in the fields of biology, sociology, mathematics, statistics, anthropology, psychology and policy (research policy and bureaucracy impact data results and interpretation).  So the “one cause-one effect” to illness and death rarely is a single contributor of ill-health on a population.   Instead, multiple factors, circumstances and opportunity within environment typically lead to an epidemic that would create the lethal agent outbreak impacting an entire population.  If pain alleviation and ill-health prevention wisdom is the result of knowing how to apply some of this basic knowledge; than living to be a healthy centurion is a “more likely than not” goal scenario, is it not?

     With a broad range of potential bio-agents and psychosocial cause factors, ill-health agents can attack the physical mind-body from many internal and external cause fronts.  Understand that each one of us is a 3-part being that requires a healthy environment which caters to the mind, body and spirit.  Also recall, the internal biological neural highways, mind-body (psychosomatic) connection can depress the body’s physical biology and spirit.  The same is true of body-spirit pain which can depress the bio-mind making any part of being sick through the psychosomatic connection.  We are a 360 degree feedback “being” mechanism.  In other words, to make it simple, we all have the ability to think ourselves into ill-health conditions when our internal and external environments depress us through infection worsening a condition for example.  We do not become ill due to only biological external environmental agents!  And when our “being” is depressed, we are more susceptible to illness and disease agents from multiple environmental cause agents!

     Now let’s look at one example where epidemiologists have used their specialized data collection techniques to determine agent cause, treat and save lives in populations, than use this as a model to apply to self. 

     Before water and food sanitation practices evolved many people got extremely sick from the cholera bacteria.  This bacterium dispersed within a population from feces, or other effluents (vomit, diarrhea, etc.) that contaminated their living space; water and food sources, etc.    Cholera would not only be in the water source but would then spread to coastal water ways for example and attach itself to shellfish contaminating those whose diet in part was dependent on them.  Through consumption of shellfish the bacteria would continue its assault on distant coastal populations.   This chain of events could then infect local and distant water/food supplies, dwellings, etc., which infected the body, mind and spirit of individuals, also families in multiple communities.

     By “collecting data points” from various near and distant infected social-cultural environments, people, animals, soil samples, water, food, etc., scientist where able to find the common contributing denominator(s) to an epidemic that wiped out huge populations in the past before the Cholera bacteria agent was identified.  Once this agent was identified, preventative sanitation and treatment practices were put into effect and outbreaks in civilized populations became nonexistent.  Today these specialists collect data and provide consumers and other interest groups risk data and advisement on poor diet, smoking (second hand smoke), sewage-sanitation systems/practices, food preparation/storage, various environmental impact studies, toxic product identification, pandemic containment advisement etc., and the list goes on.

     So what can you as an individual take away from this wisdom to apply to self?  After all most of us aren’t statistical analysts that have participated in illness and disease epidemic studies.  Regardless, there are lessons to be learned and tools that can be used on self, much like the epidemiologist approach in discovery to rid a population of ill-health environmental conditions.  So the basic skill set you can improve upon when seeking relative and timely treatment to ill-health signs and symptoms will require you to provide historical and daily data to a treating physician, or specialist.    Regardless of whether an illness is acute (infrequent occurrence), or chronic (frequent-consistent occurrence), you must learn to track specific data much like the epidemiologist seeks the cause and effect in finding an ill-health agent afflicting a population.  By learning how to target the cause agent a likely solution can be applied to the internal/external threat before it causes further damage to being.  What kind of data you ask?

     You must begin collecting data on your daily habits, time/day of pain, and frequency of event, duration, signs-symptoms, products/food you consume; identify risky behaviors-habits and things that cause stress in your life.  Now you are collecting data that can be shared with those of specific medical knowledge disciplines.  Remember a “one cause-one effect” that creates illness in a population is seldom the case.  That is, the Cholera a bacterium was born and spread from multiple cause agent carriers; starting through poor sanitation practices.  This infected people, food, rodents and water; impacted social activities, wellbeing (quarantined/death) which impacted social/family dynamics in local and distant communities for years thereafter.   So where did science start looking first for this culprit?  Good question, a process of elimination through data collection and other scientific means of the times.  The same is basically true when any patient has complex illness and pain symptoms.  By collecting data on your daily habits, signs and symptoms you are providing biological, psychological, diet, physical, statistical and social environmental information that will provide a more likely inference on the cause agent(s) origin to your discomfort and ill-health.

     Below are 12 data points of interest you can track for self to share with a physician before consultations; much like an epidemiologist would collect to increase probability of targeting harmful agents by sharing collected data with other specialists to rid a population of a likely cause agent.  You too must also do some homework by providing suspected cause agent data to your physician for the best treatment outcome. 

     Information and Data Cause Agent Source Example/Ideals for the individual:  1) Use the Internet to research your symptoms/treatment solutions and visit chat rooms-forums to learn more about suspected illness and disease.  2)  If diagnosed with substantiated illness-disease buy self-help books from experts, or visit your local library for successful treatment solutions/ideals.  3) Talk to parents, siblings and blood relatives to see if there is a genetic ill-health connection, cause and what was the treatment… Did the illness worsen, or improve with treatment?  4) Are your symptoms caused from poor diet?  5) Do you engage in unhealthy habits, i.e., smoking, drinking, poor diet?  6) Are you active, or do you live a sedentary lifestyle?  7)  Do you socialize, practice spiritualism, or are you a recluse?  8)  Do you encounter daily environmental/product toxins at work/home hobbies, living area etc.?  9)  Are you involved in a stressful relationship, job and/or family?   10)  Do you take prescription medications, if so what kind & how long?  11) Are you generally depressed?  If so, do you understand why?  12) Have you had a past injury, allergy, infection that remains problematic, untreated, causes pain and/or depression?

     A process of environmental cause agent elimination can benefit your ill-health quest by collecting these daily data points and plotting them on a graph for example.  Simply list your data point suspicions horizontally.  Next list each column by the day with a 3 category code in bold: Worse, No Change, or Better.  This way you begin to plot data where status change of condition can easily be noted and shared with your treating physician(s).

     By becoming knowledgeable of symptoms caused per unique environment, one can begin the process of removing potential cause agent sources out of the equation that may be impacting, or depressing the mind, body and spirit.  For example, if you suspect something in your diet is the source of your problem; remove the potential suspect source agent for a couple of weeks to see if this improves your condition(s) plot and code the data points daily.  This can easily be done in between consultations which can be shared with treating physician(s).  Note: Do not put off seeing a physician before you start this process.  Instead, seek medical attention as soon as possible if you feel you have a serious medical condition and chart your medical condition suspicion study simultaneously.

     There are many other ways an ill-health cause agent can catch you off guard.  But this data collection insight will provide a starting point of suspected agent(s) data when consulting with physicians and specialists.  Then again, this is important why?  Because all too often we seek medical attention without providing valuable historical, recent signs/symptoms data during the physician consult.  This my friend’s leads all too often to untimely and non relative treatment!

     You don’t have to have the expertise of an epidemiologist, but only understand the importance of data collection to share with your physicians to better analyze your ill-health conditions.  Because in too many cases, we the patient depend too heavily on our doctors to fix, or treat us with a prescription and follow up based on if our signs and symptoms have not improved.  This all-too-often quick results treatment removes signs and symptoms temporarily.  But it does not address the underlying environmental and habitual cause agents of our ill-health.  As you’ve seen, we are much more complicated beings that require a multidiscipline approach to treat and keep us healthy.  And in order to determine ill health causal relationships, requires us to also be honest with ourselves by identifying our bad habits, risky behaviors and environmental stressors while taking preventative action to keep our 3-part being healthy.  To do otherwise not only risk your good health but also can impact a whole lot of other people.

     And through preventative knowledge and timely self advocacy action much pain and suffering in one’s life and family can be mitigated.  Many centurion benefits are possible through understanding the epidemiologist’s wisdom of data collection in sharing with various disciplines to rule out the “one cause, one effect” causing illness.  If a one cause, one effect is substantiated through medical exam than one knows what one must do to get well.  But for a good majority of patients, medical exams “do not” substantiate symptom(s), nor do they correlate well with conventional medical treatment.  Often non-substantiated cases of illness, pain, or just feeling bad are treated subjectively as opposed to objectively for lack of medical findings and then prescribed pharmaceuticals.  Here lies the problem for many that accept the conventional outpatient consultation protocol.  Without self advocacy for relative and timely treatment, data collection-sharing skill sets during physician consultation; insidious illness and disease agents can go unchecked for years.

     If you want to experience healthy life benefits, such as quality living conditions, personal comfort, happiness and other quality life experiences with family as you age, there is much to be learned and applied from an epidemiologist wisdom.  For the individual and centurion this skill set wisdom is invaluable as a prevention and problem solving tool that you can put to use immediately.  This wisdom teaches us to take accountability in keeping our 3-part being healthy by collecting, sharing data, while identifying-advocating for timely and relative treatment when working with our physicians for the “best possible health outcome!”

Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET2010 Copyright.  All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing @: http://www.mirrorathlete.com,  Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.





Unexplained Pain Disorders Commonly Diagnosed as Fibromyalgia

8 04 2010

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Unexplained pain disorder diagnosis is commonly & medically transcribed “characteristic of fibromyalgia pain.” However, the worse thing about unexplained pain depression is not knowing where the pain disorder originates and how to effectively alleviate, or remove the pain. So we seek medical help to resolve our pain disorder issues commonly treated with strong “mental health” prescription drugs.

In this case, instead of “status quo” pychosomatic (mind-to-body) pain connection; a “not so well known” reversal of “undiagnosed (not medically substantiated)” neurological soft tissue damage creates the opposite pain pathology… In which physical pain can cause great depression effecting mental health. This my friends is much harder for medical specialist to diagnose and agree upon actual causes of any particular “unsubtantiated pain disorder(s).” And in many cases, unexplained physical pain disorders are now receiving a fibromyalgia diagnosis which is an easy out for much of our medical community; good for the pharmaceutical companies and horrible for these unique pain disorder outpatients.

In otherwords, it’s much easier “in many cases, not all” for physicians to prescribe psycotropic drugs for mental health conditions believed to be the cause of physical pain (mind-body neurological pathology connection). But when unsubstantiated physical acute pain becomes chronic… Much pain depression occurs from the body-mind connection pathology. This in turn causes depression of the mind originating from the body (non diagnosed origin).

In many of those suffering from physical pain seek pain alleviation to no avail because the pain never originated from a mental health cause pathology problem. Now if this undiagnosed physical problem continues on too long without the necessary intervention; a mental health ill-health condition begins to surface, then “can cause” phycosomatic health issues. The bottom line… substantiated pain origins must be determined to not worsen encompassing health issues in these unique outpatient situations.

This is a whole different ballgame for which our HMO’s don’t handle well. I know this from personal experience. I know our medical community has the technology to provide appropriate diagnosis in many pain disorder cases. However, HMO specialist disagree all to often and always seem to subjectively diagnose, label and prescribe medications all too often that are not effective and potentially cause further harm to patients. Once given a “labeled” diagnosis through subjectivity makes it very hard for some patience to receive further appropriate and timely referals; and other necessary help, i.e., further safe/healthy treatment, state services, e.g., Financial disability assistance, etc.

Tell your story in the comments section about your pain depression, fibromyalgia experiences/connection, disability support, or lack thereof so we can help steer each other to pain free bodies and minds. If interested in a fresh chronic pain forum to discuss this issue in our Face Book Discussion room.  Simply visit Mirror Athlete Enterprises Discussion Room.  Begin chimming in on health matters of importance while looking for solutions and shared experiences.  You can also create your own topics of discussion in this room that matter to you and your family.  Pain management is the topic category.

Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET2010 Copyright.  All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing @: http://www.mirrorathlete.com,  Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.





Diet and Weight Loss Simple through Deprivation?

23 12 2008

Q.  Do you know of any way I could lose weight and stick to the plan without dreading it?  It seems like every time I go through the diet process it’s boring, grueling and depressing.  I’m gaining more weight instead of losing, this is very frustrating.   I usually quit trying to lose weight for long periods of time and then begin to think about unsafe diet short cuts.  Is there any way to lose fat other than to deprive yourself from the foods you love and grueling exercise?

A.  I like you hate to diet for weight loss, let alone starting one that requires me to deprive my body of healthy and good tasting foods to achieve results.   All deprivation diets require a lot of will power which slowly reduces morale, creates depression and ultimately failure for most.  I much prefer a weight management program that includes healthy eating and fun activity, not deprivation dieting and grueling exercise like you see recommended by many published health experts.  A lot of health experts have no ideal on how to customize a healthy body, mind and soul management solution that will meet every health profile.

Our societal gatherings usually involve consuming foods like every other culture.  To follow a diet plan that excludes cultural or certain types of foods is simply ridiculous.  After all, we’re talking total calorie input here.  A diet plan followed to the letter that would prevent one from socializing at gatherings simply because they don’t have the will power not to eat certain foods is ridiculous.  In this event, deprivation diet plans do not promote a very positive experience and threatens non-participation in important cultural-social and family experiences.  Also deprivation diets for most will only create a state of anxiety, panic and depression.  For those that have wrestled with weight problems all their lives, “family and social gatherings that involve food are a big deal.”  Those that have not dealt with obesity in their lives have a hard time relating to traditional social eating habits and what food deprivation has on one’s psyche.  Everyone requires comfort in this life, for most comfort food boosts morale and staves depression.  Balanced food consumption keeps the body healthy regardless of cultural foods.  For all nutritionally balance cultural foods can be healthy for your body.

Following a diet plan that deprives your body of healthy balanced meals can create an ill-health condition.  What impacts are you having on your mind, body and soul through deprivation consumption?  I will list my top 10 health risk associated with deprivation dieting; however there are many more negative health impacts when unhealthy fad diets, diet pills, or deprivation diets are applied.

 1)  Deprivation of foods we love or need only makes you want to cheat on your diet loss plan that much more with failed results.
2)  Not consuming nutrients from all food groups will leave you feeling un-energized coupled with more sedentary behavioral patterns, low immune system, etc. leading to other ill-health conditions.
3)  Greater loss of will power due to repeat weight loss failures will leave you more prone to look for other unsafe fad diet solutions seeking the silver bullet will further risk your health.
4)  People tend to isolate themselves from others to avoid social gatherings where there will be tempting foods – Circle of family and friends isolation will further erode morale, well-being, and increase depression through isolation.
5)  Extreme mood changes typically causes acute -chronic depression which also has a direct impact on ill-health (psychosomatic) mind-body ill-health condition.
6)  Most deprivation diets fail and body weight returns with a vengeance solidifying failure, loss of will power, decreased self-esteem.
7)  Increase body fat and decreased muscle mass as a result of fad dieting, or deprivation results in slower, or broken metabolism.
8)  Risky diet plans can create behavioral patterns considered as OCB (Obsessive Compulsive Behavior) traits.  OCB traits are bad for your overall body, mind, soul and family.
9)  Brain function suffers, or does not perform optimally.  Nutrient reduction impacts cognitive, mood and physiological functions.
10) Sleep patterns becomes irregular, impacting well-being exposing you to other ill-health possibilities.

To get to the meat of this issue one must do a few things as we age to enjoy quality of life, enjoy foods we love and remain healthy while applying an appropriate and sensible weight management program.  I don’t use diet here, because to me this is too restrictive in tone, doesn’t apply my healthy life balance daily principles and has a negative connotation with regard to good health.  Instead I like to focus on how can I manage my weight without giving up quality of foods while socializing or just daily food intake with, or without my family.  Look for our next issue found within our site Health Repository, or Health Blog, “Diet & Weight Loss Simple?  “Manage & Lose Weight Tips,” Part 2.  Also subscribe to our monthly free eNewsletter, “Looking at Yourself.  Got Health?”  Stay up-to-date with all of our health articles which circulate NLT 25th of each month.

 

Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2008 Copyright, All rights reserved.  Mirror Athlete Enterprises Publishing @: www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your free eNewsletter.

 





Why Prostate Health Is Important for Men

12 08 2008

Although most men don’t understand the overall role, function or importance of prostate health, men over 40 should make every attempt to take care of the prostate gland.  The prostate to a man should be what breast health is to a woman.  Both examinations check for abnormalities within the soft gland tissue.  During a rectal prostate exam the physician is feeling for a hard or lumpy tissue signature that may require further examination.  The prostate gland has two main functions (also known as an exocrine gland that secretes fluids).  These fluids are important in the production of the male reproductive semen.  The prostate gland is also responsible for controlling the flow of urine.  The prostate is slightly larger than a walnut and surrounds the urethra just below the urinary bladder and can be felt during a rectal exam.  The urethra like the prostate also has two main functions: To carry urine from the bladder and carry semen. 

The prostate continues to grow during most of a man’s life.  This growth does not usually affect prostate health until later in life.  Three common prostate medical diagnosis:  1) Prostatitis – Inflammation of the prostate gland.  Where acute and chronic prostate enlargement conditions are due to bacterial infections and treated with antibiotics.  Possible causes of Prostatitis:  Bacteria & yeast driven infection, virus, food allergy BPH, Auto-immune response, possible rare tumor, physical injury.  2) Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) occurs in older men.  After the age of 50, half of all men have enlarging prostates and by the time they are 80, 80% of these men will have significantly enlarged prostates.  The prostate enlarges to a point where urination is extremely difficult and painful.  BPH can be treated with medication and in extreme cases surgery is required to remove the prostate. 3) Prostate Cancer – One of the most common cancers affecting older men in developed countries and a significant cause of death.  The lethality of prostate cancer stems from the fact, “as an endocrine gland the potential to spread cancer is great (cancerous tumors develop by growth and division “metastasis”) and remission becomes less favorable without prompt treatment.”  The prostate also produces a protein called Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA).  The PSA protein produced in the prostate, also found in the semen can be traced in the blood stream.  An elevated PSA blood test is typical when testing to determine if one has prostate cancer but does not necessarily mean you have cancer.  Prostatitis can also elevate PSA levels in the blood.  Regular rectal exams are recommended for older men to detect prostate cancer early. 

If you experience any of the following symptoms seek medical advisement:  Trouble sleeping at night, frequent visits to the bathroom, erectile problems, blood in the urine, poor flow of urine, difficulty in starting the stream.

RECOMMENDATIONS
1)   Limit intake of caffeine and alcohol.  Give up smoking.  Drink plenty of water.
2)   Diet turns out to be of primary importance.  Also high fiber intake is very important.
3)   Start a regular regiment of mild daily exercise.
4)   Get an annual PSA and prostate exam especially after the age of 50.
5)   Visit our wellness company at the home site.  Inquire about our prostate health supplements.

 Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2008 Copyright.  All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing, www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for FREE Monthly eNewsletter.