Mar

5

So what is health, and how would you define it? It seems that everyone has a different idea of what they consider it is to “be healthy”. Through the years, I have seen many patients, who consider health to quite simply be the absence of disease. You may even be surprised to learn that many patients consider being able to live with diabetes, hypertension, obesity and other disorders through a delicate balance of drug therapies to be healthy. I think it is safe to suggest that this type of “eyes closed” mindset to taking care of oneself is less than being healthy and certainly less than desirable. Now don’t misunderstand me. I am all for the appropriate management of health conditions. What concerns me however is abandoning healthy habits and adopting poor habits with the assumption that the drug companies will make everything right. This is a tremendous wrong doing in society today and in fact the main reason for the endemic problems of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, etc. that we now have.  There is much information on my Healthy Eating Page regarding, well, healthy eating.  There are also exercises on my Fitness page from beginner to advanced, using a stability ball.  To truly be healthy, is a lifestyle choice with a  balance of healthy diet, exercises and nutrition, and addressing health problems before they take away your health.

Mar

3

There is no question that vestibular rehabilitation therapy is the best way to manage most causes of vertigo, dizziness and imbalance. The downside is that there are very few trained specialists in this field competent in diagnosing these disorders and formulating appropriate treatment applications. This field is mostly the domain of the chiropractic neurologist, and there remain very few doctors sub-specialized in this field, especially in NJ. Further, just because a therapist of sorts offers vestibular rehabilitation therapy, it does not mean that it will be done correctly. My office sees a myriad of individuals with these conditions. Several have somehow managed to find a therapist who performs some variation of vestibular rehabilitation therapy. All have failed because the therapy provided was a “canned” approach, and was not formulated specific to the patient being treated. I find that canned treatment approaches, especially pertaining to vestibular rehabilitation therapy, are destined to fail. Treatment protocols must be specifically designed for the patient being managed. If this is not the case, some patients will improve, some will stay the same, and some will worsen.  You can look at an analogy of physical fitness.  If you want to get into shape and hire a trainer, if the trainer says on day one, ok, were going to start with bench pressing 200 lbs., you can see how that will end up for someone who cannot physically do that.  The same thing happens when you exceed someone’s functional capacity with rehabilitation.

Mar

2

Of interest, the following topics are discussed in this weeks newsletter, composed from recent findings in the medical literature. To receive a copy of our E-News, sign up on our Subscribe Today! page.

Statin Drugs Related To Decreased Brain Function
Memory Is Proportional To Fitness Level
Literacy Level Associated With Poor Portion Control
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury And Seizure Disorder