Feb

26

The topic of headaches is vast as there are many causes as well as types of headaches, causing most doctors to shudder at the mere presentation of a headache patient.  Nonetheless, there remains hope for many with proper diagnosis and treatment.  Lets start by discussing the most common and least harmful type, stress headache.  This is often associated with tightness, which is band like around the head and often into the neck. These are often alleviated with stress reduction and increase in exercise.  The more chronic type would be best managed with treatment.  Headaches that have a throbbing component are typically migrainous headaches.  Migraine sufferers typically know when they are getting a headache as they get an aura, (seeing wavy lines, stars, etc.) just prior to the headache.  As this is a serious medical condition, individuals with these types of headaches should always seek care. Many will respond favorably to non-drug treatments.  Those who do not would be candidates for drug therapies.  Similarly, individuals often have headaches associated with high blood pressure.  You should have your blood pressure checked routinely when visiting a doctor of any type.  If you do not frequent your doctor, most shopping centers now have free pressure monitors that you can use.  Units for purchase are also readily available and inexpensive, especially in consideration of the preponderance of high blood pressure and the costs of managing it compared to prevention.  HBP will typically respond well to weight loss and exercise, however, if you already have HBP, you should work with a doctor regarding an appropriate exercise regimen as overexertion with HBP can be equally as dangerous.  Many individuals with severe headaches assume inappropriately that their headache must be the result of a tumor, although in realty, the vast majority of severe headaches are not related to tumors, which will rarely cause headache pain if at all.  Although there are many other types of headaches, these are the most common.  Our office has a very high success rate treating these types of headaches without necessitating the use of drug therapies. There is also much more detailed information on headaches available on my website which is listed below.

Feb

19

I am asked this question a lot as we have found that this is the best way to describe what it is that we do. In essence, it is exactly what it is.  Functional medicine pertains to restoring optimal function to a body part or system.  Integrative, refers to the integration of as many therapeutic possibilities as are required to appropriately treat an individual.  And neurology, obviously, is the practice of medicine specific to the brain and the neuraxis, (the entire nervous system).  In my office, we treat patients with neurologic disorders without the use of drugs or surgery.  This is a very difficult concept to comprehend by most, because as a society, we have come to accept that the only way to treat illness is with the use of drugs and surgery.  This is hardly the case.  It’s unfortunate that so many people are convinced, through advertising, that the best answer to a commonplace problem is a radical and toxic solution as the first course of action.  In fact, many of the things that I treat patients for respond better without drug therapies, which actually often complicate matters sooner than fix them.  Vertigo, dizziness, dysequilibrium and dystonia are a few of these types of conditions.  This is also coincidentally the focus of my practice.  Our office provides effective treatment strategies based on contemporary principles of applied neuroscience and the individuality of each patient.  I am fully trained to evaluate the functional state of each patient’s neurological system, as well as to appropriately determine specific and individualized neurological applications of treatment through non-invasive procedures.  As such, these procedures are uniquely designed to promote directed changes within the brain and nervous system.  Using these types of brain based directed treatments, we are afforded a greater understanding of the neurologic spectrum of disorders with an opportunity and an ability to serve the many patients who suffer with these afflictions.

Feb

12

Quoted from Laurence J. Peter, US educator & writer (1919 – 1988), one must wonder if he somehow anticipated our current healthcare system.  We are living in an age where it is deemed ok to suggest prescription drugs on TV which can cure all of your woes, despite all of those nasty side effects, which don’t appear to be really significant anyway as the girl on TV is throwing rose petals during the part about the side affects.  In light of this “better living through chemistry” attitude, we have never been more unhealthy as a country.  Type II diabetes, solely a result of poor diet and lack of exercise, is now the norm.  It will be endemic with the next generation of adults, many of who suffer with the affliction now as adolescents.  Many of these same children who already suffer with ADD and other behavioral disorders attributable to a poor diet and lack of exercise, will be given drugs to quiet them down rather than treat the underlying problems.  In my office, I see many, many adult patients, who come to see me for dizziness and imbalance, and on examination I find that they have been prescribed vestibular suppressant drugs, known to have no beneficial effect on balance or dizziness, and in fact, known to cause dizziness, lethargy, and imbalance.  It seems that drugs have become the illogical alternative to taking care of ones self and that the latter has been ironically labeled “alternative therapy”.  Exactly when did this happen, and more importantly, how has this happened?   Well, there is no question that by and large our culture is much more sedentary than any of our ancestors.  And the TV, with its ability to brainwash anyone who sits before it that what you see must be true, after all, it’s on TV, right?  At some point, logic must prevail if we are to avoid the many traps set to rob us of our health.  And this logic must be from within ourselves.  Individuals must learn to scrutinize decisions made regarding their health management, (which has never been easier since the Internet), and stand up to those that do not pass the common sense test.