Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen, to another week of well-being. It has
been a great year in the world of upper cervical care. Our new healthcare
paradigm is sweeping across the planet. We have another office opening in Italy
and are looking to expand to other countries in Europe in the very near future.
More research is being conducted, 20 new offices just opened in the United
States, and thousands of people have already had their health significantly
improved by upper cervical care. It's awesome...but while we are all trying to
do something that will improve healthcare, re-define it, and take it to new
heights, others are creating products that are the antithesis to health.
My future wife, my fwife as I like to call her, recently sent me an article
about a new kind of cigarette that has taken the market by storm. It's called an
e-cig, or an electronic cigarette. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the answer to your
smoking problems has ARRIVED! Instead of smoking tobacco products, you can now
enjoy this revolutionary new product, in which you smoke from a battery
operated, cigarette-looking stick filled with pure nicotine. Instead of inhaling
tobacco, you inhale pure nicotine. Nevermind that pure nicotine is often used as
a pesticide to keep bugs off of plants...this is the new "it" thing. Hey, they
even promoted this sucker at the Oscars this year, encouraging the role models
of our country to stop lighting up and start flipping the on-switch. Yep,
there's nothing harmful about these cigs. It's the tobacco in real cigarettes
that is harmful. These e-cigs that have you smoking pure nicotine...naahhhh...there's
no way that can be bad for you.
To get further information about the complete and utter safety of this
astonishingly wicked new product, cnn.com contacted the CEO of the company that
makes these awesome new cigs, Elicko Taieb of Smoking Everywhere. "There are no
ingredients in our e-cigs that can cause cancer. However, it is a pretty new
product, so we are not 100 percent sure of the side effects at this point,"
Taieb said. "But we haven't heard of any negative side effects yet, but we are
pretty sure they are safe."
I think Taieb should get the Humanitarian of the Year award in 2009. I'd say
he's a shoe-in.
Wait a second...
You've got to be KIDDING me!? People, make no mistake about it, there isn't a
single thing about a cigarette that is GOOD for you. Nicotine is absolutely
GOD-awful for you. What that drug does, and make no mistake about it being a
drug, is attach to neurotransmitters in the brain that are responsible for
carrying messages between brain cells....which is pretty important. Nicotine
actually changes the reaction that those transmitters have in the body.
Increased blood pressure (heart disease ties in fairly well, don't ya think?),
increased breathing (pick one of the respiratory problems from the laundry
list), increased blood sugar (diabetes, anyone?)...and as if that wasn't enough,
it also has a distinct effect on the limbic system, which controls appetite,
learning, memory, and emotions (a slew of mental conditions fall here).
The biggest thing to note from this issue is that our society has a tendency to
shoot first, ask questions later. In this case, a company developed a product
and released it to the public without significant testing to see what the side
effects could be. The president of the company can't even tell you that he's
sure it's safe to use his product. However, you can buy them online or order
them from kiosks in over 100 American malls. Because it's innovative, the odds
suggest it'll become a pretty popular item. Yet, only now does the FDA step in
and suggest that it could be harmful and that further tests need to be done.
Does anyone in the FDA realize the harmful effects on nicotine? This is a
product that should be yanked off the market immediately.
If you care to read the article, I have included the link below...
Condition of the Week: Asthma
17 million sufferers across the United States. 13 billion dollars spent per
year. 10 million missed days of school per year. More hospitalizations than any
other childhood condition.
These are the statistics that describe asthma, a relatively simple condition
that affects so many. Asthma, put simply, is a combination of airway obstruction
in the lungs and a hypersensitivity of the muscles that line the airways. It can
happen at various ages, but it has garnered more attention in recent years
because of the sharp rise of its diagnosis in children. Since 1980, the
prevalence of asthma in kids has risen sharply to the point that, now, about one
out of every four kids is diagnosed.
Most research that has been conducted on the condition, from a medical
standpoint, has focused on the environmental and genetic risk factors. While the
environmental factors should certainly merit some consideration since smoking
and other environmental pollutants remain at an all-time high, the genetic
argument is completely without basis. There is no evidence to suggest a genetic
More recent research points to a nervous system-based cause (anyone else
noticing a trend, here?)
One of the key components of asthma that cannot be ignored is the
hypersensitivity of the muscles in the airways. This is where the nerve system
argument cannot be ignored and really plays the most prominent role. To
understand that, we must re-visit a simple lesson in how the body works...in
particular, the lungs. The lungs are designed to take in a certain amount of
air. Everyone knows that. How they do so is not so well understood. The lungs
first send a signal to the brain that they need air. The brain then sends
signals to the respiratory system, which consists (put in general terms) of the
mouth, nose, throat, and finally the lungs. The all important brainstem is
responsible for regulating the air taken into the lungs. It even has a specific
respiratory center where all those messages from the brain have to go before
being routed onward throughout the respiratory system. Back to the muscles that
line the airways...the brainstem regulates breathing by routing messages from
the brain that tell those muscles to contract and relax. Breathing in occurs
when they contract. Breathing out occurs when they relax. Those muscles only do
what they are told to do by the brain sending instructions through the brainstem
So, I want to tell you a story. I was driving to Raleigh a few days ago to
celebrate the birthdays of two good friends. When I got there, I stopped to get
gas. As I was paying for my gas, an angry customer walked in and started
berating the employees because the pump he was using was not working. It was
actually kind of scary. Here's what likely happened...this guy was driving for
several hours. He was tired, he was hungry, and he was ready to get where he was
going. Then, he pulls up to this gas station, in hopes of spending about
3-minutes there before heading back to the road to conclude his lengthy trip. It
would just so happen that he'd pull up to the one faulty pump. Oh, the guy was
certainly not in the mood for that. He wanted to spend as little time as
possible at the gas station and now he's been inconvenienced enough to have to
move his car to another pump. Rather than just do so, he becomes so darned
irritated at his plight that he walks in and starts literally yelling at the
employees. He basically has a verbal spasm and unleashes the wrath of hours and
hours of irritation from an empty stomach, little sleep, 12-hours in the car,
and now a faulty gas pump that puts him behind schedule.
We've all been in the same boat as this guy at one point in our lives. Maybe we
didn't handle it the same way, but we've been there. In my youth, I berated a
poor telecommunicator at Time Warner for the guy who was supposed to set-up my
cable missing his appointment to do so THREE times. I just got so irritated that
I spazzed out (I lost it).
Traffic, waiting in line, screaming babies on an airplane, your noisy
neighbors....odds are there is something that has irritated you to the point
that you, too, spazzed...
So, your body wants to tell you a story. Your brain was driving a bunch of
messages to the respiratory system. When those messages got to their
destinations, you breathed in and out without having to think about it. The
brain pretty much put that process on repeat. Then one day, the muscles lining
the airways of the respiratory system just went crazy. You, in turn, could not
seem to catch your breath. It was actually kind of scary, wasn't it? Here's what
likely happened...the brainstem was taking all of these messages from the brain
and sending them along all of these nerves to the body. It wasn't tired, it was
just doing what it was supposed to do. But then something happened, and the top
vertebra in the spine clamped down on the brainstem. It continued to clamp down
on the brainstem for quite a while. In fact, nothing was relieving this pressure
on the brainstem. So, the brainstem became more and more irritated. Oh, it
certainly is never in the mood to be squeezed and choked...it was has work to
do! Since it can't just remove that pressure on its own, it just keeps getting
more irritated, to the point that now the nerves to the respiratory system,
specifically those muscles that line the airways (and make breathing happen) get
super irritated, too. Those muscles become hypersensitive because, frankly, they
are just so darned irritated. Finally, the muscles "snap" and go into spasm,
unleashing a furious couple of minutes on you as you struggle to figure out what
is going on and catch your breath.
The lesson to be learned is that when the top bone in the spine misaligns and
stresses the brainstem, it can irritate the respiratory system and cause the
muscles that line the airways to spasm. That, in a nutshell, is all that asthma
truly is. Obstruction plays a part, yes, but the same lung obstructions in the
environment are there for me to inhale as they are for people with asthma to
inhale. I don't have asthma. My good friend's little boy doesn't have asthma. My
future wife doesn't have asthma. None of us have that underlying irritation to
the brainstem and the nerves that originate from it. If you remove that stress
on the brainstem, then the irritation is gone. And if the irritation is gone,
the condition known as asthma will be gone with it.
Now, for you smokers out there...you are not only contributing to the
obstruction of your own respiratory system, but to mine...to your family's...to
your friends and their children's...to your pet's...to your wife's or to your
husband's...(Doctor's note- I'll have more for you later)
Thinking good things for all of you...