Archive for August 2010

Cancer Experts Speak Out

August 28, 2010

If you have cancer or know someone who does, this looks to be a terrific resource for you.It’s from Mike Adams at NaturalNews.com and it’s a compilation of interviews with some of the top minds in this field, and you can get them all between now and 8/31/10 at half off, less than $20. I just bought it to have as a reference and I think it was $14.

And just a note: when I recommend programs like this, I’m doing so without any financial gain. If you buy this program, I don’t make a penny. I have no affiliation with NaturalNews.com of any kind, other than I enjoy reading much of their material. It’s just important to me to pass on to folks information that I think can help them make a positive difference in their lives.

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Flu vaccine sending kids in Australia to the hospital

August 27, 2010

It’s “flu season” in Australia, so they’ve been taking the same flu vaccines we’re going to start hearing about here in America shortly. Want to know how well it’s working? Read this:

http://www.naturalnews.com/029586_Australia_vaccines.html

“Perth mother of two Bea Flint said her 11-month-old boy Avery had a seizure after receiving the first dose of the two-dose flu vaccination on Saturday. Mrs Flint said that after the 9am vaccination she noticed Avery had a minor temperature about 2pm. At 7.45pm, Avery started whimpering and moaning. When Mrs Flint got to his cot the baby had vomited and was lying on his side having a seizure. ‘He couldn’t cry – his head was hanging down in the car seat and he couldn’t move. I was petrified – it was one of the worst experiences of my life.”

The story goes on to say, “The doctor who treated Avery told Mrs Flint her baby was the fifth child with similar symptoms admitted to the hospital that day.”

In other words, this was no rare event. Vaccinated children suffering severe convulsions were piling up in hospital emergency rooms across the country.

Again, this is just my opinion, but in MY opinion, flu vaccines don’t do anything to strengthen the immune system, they weaken it, and there is no data to demonstrate that they reduce flu-related mortality. So they don’t work and they cause harm to some who take them.

For these and other reasons, me and my family will NOT be getting flu shots. Not this year, not ever.

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Could we ask you for a favor?

August 26, 2010

If you are one of our clients, I have a favor to ask. Would you PLEASE add a review of your experience at our clinic over at yelp.com? Or if you don’t have a Yelp account, would you be kind enough to do it over at Google maps?

I wouldn’t ask if it wasn’t important. If you’ve been a client at our clinic, you know we’re passionate about helping people get out of pain, and you know how effective Egoscue can be. More and more, people in pain are looking for online reviews to help them decide what route they should take to try to get pain relief. The power of these kinds of reviews is real, people use this information to make buying decisions every day. We’ve served literally thousands of people in our clinic, and we have a LOT of clients who tell us they tell all their friends and family about Egoscue and our clinic, but this is a way you can literally tell tens of thousands of people how they can get out of pain and get their lives back.

If you would just take 3-5 minutes to do this, you’ll accomplish two things:

1. You’ll likely help someone in pain find Egoscue when otherwise they may not have tried it.

2. You’ll help our business out. As a small business here in Austin, we’ve been blessed to survive through these turbulent economic times. We have been privileged to serve a lot of great clients and we’d be genuinely grateful if we had the opportunity to serve even more! Your online review will help refer people to us you’ve never met, and that’s a great thing both for them and for us!

To add a review for our clinic at yelp, go to this website and click on the “Write a Review” link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/egoscue-austin

To add a review at Google maps, go here and click on the “Write a Review” link: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Egoscue+austin

You don’t need to do both, Google automatically pulls in Yelp reviews. And if you don’t know what Yelp is, you should check it out! It’s a great service that let’s you find user/customer reviews for businesses in your area. Want to find a plumber or handyman in your area whom people adore? Yelp is the place to find them!

For those who follow through and add a review to help us out, I want to thank you in advance. I know you’re busy and we genuinely appreciate you taking the time to help both us and people in pain whom you’ve never met. You guys rock.

Now go do your menu!

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How Egoscue Works

August 24, 2010

I had a client in the other day and I thought her situation did a really nice job of clarifying how Egoscue works and how we look at the body, so I thought I’d share her situation with you.

Susan (not her real name) came to us with left foot pain. She had tried all kinds of things to make it better, including physical therapy, chiropractic, stretching, acupuncture, and drugs. Nothing worked and it was hurting more than ever.

One of the things I love about Egoscue is that it takes a comprehensive look at the body. Most people assume the problem is where the pain is, but that’s rarely the case. The pain is obviously telling us there’s a problem at that location (in this case, her left foot), but the core problem that is responsible for that pain is usually elsewhere. So, how do we figure that out? Let me walk you through an abbreviated version of the analysis portion of her appointment.

The first thing we teach new Egoscue therapists is NOT to treat symptom. Focus on the whole body, see the client’s posture as a whole and let it tell you its story. I wasn’t looking at her thinking “what kind of exercises can I give her to help her foot feel better”. No, instead I was looking at her body and asking myself “what is going on with her body as a unit?”

The first thing that jumped out at me was when she was facing towards or away from me it was very apparent she had an elevated right hip. It wasn’t a little higher than her left hip, it was a LOT higher, like a full inch. Now, I know from clinical experience that when a hip is that elevated, often the client will have trouble efficiently putting weight on that side. The hip is just so out of position that they can’t effectively ‘load’ it. Weight is designed to be carried evenly between the left and right sides of the body. In her case, just standing there, I could see a weight shift to the left.

So, I ask her to stand there and bend her right leg and lift the knee up to waist high and balance on her left foot. She can balance on her left leg (the symptomatic side) without a problem. I then ask her to switch and stand on her right side and she’s really unstable, having a lot of trouble finding a balance point. So now I’m REALLY suspecting this right hip elevation is a key factor in her left foot pain. But I want to see her walk first. So I ask her to walk to the other side of the room and back. She does, and guess what I see? She limps onto her left side, the painful side! Not in a dramatic way, but you can absolutely see it, and you can also hear it. Her left foot hits the ground harder than her right foot. I ask her if she can feel it and she says she can, kind of. Then I ask if she can hear it and she pauses for a minute and says “absolutely, no question.”

Then I ask her “so why would you limp ON to your painful side? Most people limp away from pain, not into it.” She thinks about that for a minute and says “I have no idea, but you’re right, that doesn’t make sense.” So I explain to her my thinking, that her right hip is so out of position that she is simply unable to load her weight evenly from left to right. Theoretically, that makes sense to her.

So that’s it, right? Her left foot hurts because her right hip is up, causing her to shift weight to the left, and we need to give her hip exercises to lower that right hip. Not so fast! First, we have to figure out why that hip is up. Maybe the problem IS with the hip and she needs hip exercises, but maybe something else is going on.

One thing we often see in our clinics is that a client’s upper body position has a profound impact on the ability of their lower body to be properly positioned and to work correctly. As I’m looking at Susan from a side view, what do I see? I see a pelvis that is tipped back on itself, an upper body that is rounded forward, shoulders that are hinged forward, and a head that is way in front of her shoulders. Her entire upper body is rounding into flexion. She’s basically dropping into a big ‘C’ curve. So I have her face me again and I put a thumb on top of each side of her pelvis right at her sides and I confirm her right hip is an inch high. Then keeping my thumbs there, I ask her to interlace her hands behind her head and pull her elbows back. Hard. She does and makes a little sound, like I’m asking her to do something really difficult. As she’s pulling her elbows back, guess what happens to her hip? It drops completely level with the left one! So now I ask her to walk across the room and back while she keeps her hands there and keeps pulling her elbows back. She does and now he’s loading her left and right sides evenly, no disparity. She can feel it and she can hear it. That sound difference from before is gone and she is blown away.

She says “so, the answer is I just have to walk around like this for the rest of my life, right?” and she laughs. I look her in the eyes and say “yep, that’s exactly the answer, but we need to get your upper body in that position without you having to do that to get it there.” She nods in agreement; she gets it.

What did the hands behind head test do? It took an upper (thoracic) back that was stuck in flexion and shoulders that were rounded forward and it artificially put them into a more extended position, closer to the blueprint of where they’re designed to be. Then we stepped back to see how the rest of the body changed. And what we saw was her hip dropped level and her walking normalized.

So what does it all mean? This: Susan has left foot pain. Her left foot hurts because she beats it up with every step because she puts more weight onto it than it should normally get. On top of that, as she keeps shifting weight onto her left hip, it’s gotten progressively tighter and tighter over time to the point that now the foot and knee no longer point straight ahead, but point out to the side. So not only is she putting more weight on that side than it’s habitually intended to receive, but the hip has gotten so tight that it’s pulled the foot out of position and now she’s lost normal heel/ball/toe function when her foot contacts the ground as she walks. Bottom line, she’s beating the heck out of that foot with every step!

Why does she put more weight there? Because the right hip is so out of position she can’t load her weight evenly. And why is the right hip out of position? Because her upper body is pulling it there! So, to help her heal her left foot and resolve that foot pain she MUST change the position of her upper back and shoulders!

Everyone else who tried to help her did so by giving her exercises for her foot. But as you can see, she could’ve done those exercises for the next 10 years and it wouldn’t have change the core issue, the position of her upper body. So we gave her a menu (a routine of exercises) designed to feed her upper body the extension demand it was screaming for, along with some exercises to help assist that hip into a better position and help it be stable there, and by the end of her session her hips were level and she was walking better than she had in years.

Now it won’t be a quick fix. She needs to do her exercises every day to retrain her body where it’s supposed to go, but if she does the work, her body won’t just temporarily get into a better position, it will stay and live there. And once that happens, the left foot pain will be a thing of the past.

Remember folks, the pain isn’t always where the problem is. In fact, it’s rarely in the same place. Your body works as a unit. If you assess and treat it like a unit, you’ll get great results. If you’d like help figuring out what YOUR body is doing, go to http://www.egoscue.com and enter your zip code to find your nearest Egoscue clinic. Then give them a call. I promise you, they will not try to sell you anything, they’ll just answer your questions and do their best to serve you.

If you have questions or comments about this post, please enter them below and I promise to respond. And pass this on to your friends and family. The more people who understand these concepts, the more people who can stop hurting. Let’s stop being afraid of pain, let’s stop trying to shut it up, and instead, let’s listen to it, learn from it, and then intelligently respond to it! If your body hurts, it’s asking for help. Are you going to ignore it, or are you ready to listen and act? The time to begin making things better is NOW!

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Here we go again

August 23, 2010

OK folks, the pharmaceutical propaganda machine is about to kick back into high gear and I want you to be prepared. Soon, you’ll start hearing forecasts that we’re in for a tough flu season, and encouraging everyone to get their flu shots. It’s absolute rubbish.

Now, I cannot and will not tell you whether or not to get a flu shot. That would be medical advice and I don’t give medical advice. But I’ll tell you what I think and what my family and I are going to do: we are absolutely not getting any flu shots. Ever.

First, I think they’re toxic.

Second, I think they’re ineffective. And guess what, the experts agree with me!

from this article: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/27/flu-vaccine-not-effective-in-elderly/

Michael Osterholm, who directs the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, Tuesday told a national conference on vaccine research that it’s time to be more open about the flu vaccine and its lack of protection for the elderly.

Osterholm also urged his colleagues to support attempts to create a new, effective vaccine.

“These 36,000 deaths that we keep talking about with the flu, that we want to get people vaccinated for so they don’t happen, really is not going to occur. And we have to be honest about that,” Osterholm said.

One of the main reasons people are encouraged to get flu shots is to avoid flu-related deaths, to reduce flu-related mortality. Well, the data tells us that in those over 65 (the population most at risk of flu complications), flu shots do NOT save lives. The flu vaccine simply does not work!

Last year, we were bombarded with messages of an impending pandemic that would sweep the globe and kill millions of people if we didn’t properly vaccinate the entire planet. I thought that was ridiculous then, and what transpired absolutely bore that position out. Last winter turned out to be one of the mildest flu seasons on record.

Here’s an article from mercola.com that I encourage you to read:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/08/21/barbara-loe-fisher-on-flu-vaccine-changes.aspx

In the meantime, don’t fall for the propaganda, because that is exactly what it is. If you currently don’t get flu shots, good for you! If you do, if you believe they are important to maintaining your health, then I encourage you to critically assess that position and look for data that supports it. You won’t find any because, in my opinion, flu shots do NOT enhance health. I believe they actually damage our health. The only thing I believe flu shots enhance is the bank account of the companies that make and distribute them.

Go through the information above and I’d love to hear your comments below. And if you have any other information to share on this topic, please post it in a comment. Let’s all help each other get as educated as possible about this BEFORE the media onslaught resumes.

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The Problem with Experts

August 22, 2010

Great post from Matt Whitehead again in Portland.

http://egoscueportland.wordpress.com/2010/07/19/the-problem-with-experts/

I tell our clients that it is critical that they listen to their bodies, trust their own instincts and not delegate responsibility of their health to “experts”.

Sometimes a client will get this wry smile and ask me “well, does that include YOU?”, expecting me to say that we’re the exception.

My answer: YES, that includes me! It includes EVERYONE!

Listen, no one knows your body better than you. No one. Most of us have had the experience of ignoring that still small voice inside and listening to someone else when we really didn’t feel like their advice was our best course of action. And usually, such a course of action usually ended up causing more problems than it solved. So yes, I tell our clients to trust their own instincts over ALL the experts, Egoscue included. In fact, we WANT to know what your instincts are telling you, it will help us help you more effectively.

So check out Matt’s post above, great stuff.

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Can the spine really change its curvature?

August 16, 2010

We’ll have clients who come in with a ‘military neck’, where they’ve lost the normal extension curve in their neck (cervical spine) and they’ll wonder if it can truly improve.

Well, I just checked in with a client via email and got this reply back:

I am doing VERY well. As you know I get Upper cervical chiropractic adjustments. I needed new xrays last week because the adjustment gave me an immediate headache and severe nausea among other things. I was delighted to see a beautiful cervical curve in place of the ram rod straight neck on the last xrays in April. I also have had several weeks with no rotation in my spine! YEAH HURRAY!

So, in 3-4 months time of doing Egoscue she’s restored the curvature to her neck and is feeling MUCH better!

What are YOU waiting for?

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