Archive for August 2007

Age has its advantages

August 31, 2007

got this in an email, thought it was pretty funny and decided to pass it on…..

DON’T MESS WITH OLDER FOLK!

A wealthy old lady decides to go on a photo safari in Africa,
taking her faithful aged poodle named Cuddles, along for the company.

One day the poodle starts chasing butterflies and before long,
Cuddles discovers that he’s lost..
Wandering about, he notices a leopard
heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch.

The old poodle thinks, “Oh, oh! I’m in deep doo-doo now!”
Noticing some bones on the ground close by,
he immediately settles down to chew on the bones
with his back to the approaching cat.
Just as the leopard is about to leap the old poodle exclaims loudly,
“Boy, that was one delicious leopard!
I wonder if there are any more around here?”

Hearing this, the young leopard halts his attack in mid-strike,
a look of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees.
“Whew!”, says the leopard, “That was close! That old poodle nearly had me!”

Meanwhile, a monkey who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree,
figures he can put this knowledge to good use
and trade it for protection from the leopard.
So off he goes, but the old poodle sees him heading after the leopard with great speed,
and figures that something must be up.
The monkey soon catches up with the leopard,
spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the leopard.

The young leopard is furious at being made a fool of and says,
“Here, monkey, hop on my back and see what’s going to happen to that conniving canine!

Now, the old poodle sees the leopard coming
with the monkey on his back and thinks,
“What am I going to do now?”,
but instead of running,
the dog sits down with his back to his attackers,
pretending he hasn’t seen them yet,
and just when they get close enough to hear, the old poodle says.

“Where’s that damn monkey?
I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another leopard!

Moral of this story….

Don’t mess with older folk…
age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill!

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Our clinic

August 30, 2007

I’ve been meaning to do this for some time. We finally had a professional photographer into our clinic to take some shots for us to use on the website and in other materials. I wanted to put some of these up so those of you who haven’t visited us in Austin could get a look at our clinic and put some faces with the names!

First, let’s introduce you to our staff.

This is me, hard at work.

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and here is my lovely bride, fellow clinic owner and therapist, Theresa:

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Ralph joined our clinic in January as our third therapist and has been an awesome addition to the team:

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and his wife Rosie, our office manager, is the glue that holds it all together. She is the one who really runs things!

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and below are a few assorted shots of our clinic, I hope you enjoy them!

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Green Tea

August 30, 2007

Researchers have published numerous studies showing the health benefits of the compounds in green tea. Here’s another one I found particularly interesting:

Concentrated chemicals derived from green tea dramatically boosted production of a group of key detoxification enzymes in people with low levels of these beneficial proteins, according to researchers at Arizona Cancer Center.

These findings, published in the August issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, suggest that a green tea concentrate might help some people strengthen their metabolic defense against toxins capable of causing cancer.

We live in a toxic world, surrounded by literally thousands of chemicals that didn’t exist even 10 years ago. There are potent toxins in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink and the substances we apply to our bodies. So anything we can do to help our body neutralize and eliminate these toxins is obviously a very beneficial thing, and this research suggests green tea can be an effective component in this process.

Watch that makeup

August 28, 2007

Came across an article at ScienceDaily talking about old makeup and how it can begin harboring dangerous bacteria over time, causing infections. The article has some guidelines about when to toss old stuff.

“Most women do have a drawer full of cosmetics that have been partially used,” says Angela Bowers, M.D., dermatologist on the medical staff at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine. Those old makeup containers may be full of more than just powder, they could be harboring dangerous bacteria.

You can read the full article here.

Egoscue and Thorlo Socks

August 13, 2007

Check it out:

http://www.thorlo.com/ws6/ego_running.php#

I’ve used Thorlo socks for years, love ‘em. Now Thorlo and Egoscue are partnering to help runners. Great stuff.

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Prolotherapy

August 7, 2007

The NY Times published a nice article about prolotherapy that does a good job of explaining what it is and when it is commonly used. I’ve had a number of clients who have used prolotherapy. Some have reported benefit, some have not. From what I’ve been able to discern, I think it’s a valid form of therapy in the right situations. Some joints seem to respond better to it than others. I’ve had several clients report improvement in knee pain and stability from prolo. However, I have yet to have a client have prolo in a hip and report benefit.

I have a client in Houston who suffered a serious tear to her sacrotuberous ligament that caused a serious mis-positioning of her SI joints. When she first came to me she could barely walk and suffered severe pain with every step. Egoscue helped her tremendously but she wanted to restore the ligament to as close to normal integrity and function as possible, so after doing much research she decided to embark on a series of prolotherapy injections. There was no question her improvement took another step forward and she firmly believes that prolo was an important part of her healing process, and that prolo and Egoscue worked extremely well together.

The point of this blog entry is not to promote prolotherapy, but to point to what seems to be a balanced and informative article that those who are unfamiliar with prolotherapy can use as a starting point for learning more about this. If you wonder if prolotherapy may be helpful for you, find a qualified physician who administers it and start a dialogue about your situation.

And remember, if a joint is out of position because of muscular/postural imbalance, prolotherapy will not address this. But in some cases, the combination of restoring the correct position of the joint via Egoscue and then addressing the health and intrinsic stability of the joint via prolotherapy may be an effective course of action.

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