Cancer treatment can be extremely stressful on the body due to the effects of the chemotherapy, radiation and surgeries that are commonly used to fight the disease. Among the symptoms cancer patients typically experience are nausea, headaches, increased pain and stiffness in the bones and joints, sciatica, neck and lower back pain, and problems with moving and walking.

The health care team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) takes a whole-person approach to treatment and feels it is important to not only treat the cancer itself, but to also improve the patient’s overall well-being and quality of life; chiropractic care can play a significant role in achieving that end.

Dr. Howard J. Boos, a chiropractor at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, says, “The first thing that people need to know about participating in chiropractic care if they have cancer is that chiropractic is not meant to treat cancer. My job, whether someone has a heart problem or cancer problem, is to help strengthen that patient.” Boos continues, “We want to find out what their symptoms might be; and that’s one part of it – the aches and pains – the other part is just making sure that the patient is functioning well.”

Walnut Creek Chiropractic care can help restore strength, mobility and flexibility, while reducing stress. Dr. James Rosenberg, National Director of Chiropractic Care at CTCA, notes, “By adjusting and connecting the musculoskeletal dysfunctions, we often reduce stress to the nervous system, which in turn, can help restore the bodychiropractic and cancer’s ability to heal. It’s also a way of helping the body to function better.”

Chiropractors at CTCA will first take a look at the patient’s medical history, tests and any sort of diagnostic imaging that may have been performed (such as x-rays and bone scans), and make sure bone metastitis is not an issue before performing a chiropractic adjustment. They will then sit down with the patient to get an accurate view of the patient’s symptoms and pinpoint the sources of pain so they can develop an appropriate course of treatment tailored specifically to that person.

Patients are also educated by CTCA staff on ways to maintain the health of their musculoskeletal system, including lifestyle changes to alleviate strain on the patient’s bones, joints and muscles.

After treatment at CTCA, chiropractic care does not have to stop. According to Dr. Rosenberg, “The goals of chiropractic care depend on the goals of the patient. Oftentimes we can diagnose and begin to treat the source of the patient’s problem during his or her time at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center. Once the patient has completed treatment at the hospital and returned home, we can make arrangements for him or her to continue chiropractic care with a local chiropractor.”

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Biotin (also known as vitamin B7 or vitamin H), is one of the water-soluble B-vitamins, necessary for a number of functions, including cell growth, keeping skin, hair, and nails healthy, as well as maintaining a well-functioning neuromuscular system. It is also involved in the metabolism of amino acids, carbohydrates, and fats so they can be converted into energy.

One of the greatest advantages of biotin is that it has been shown to increase glucose tolerance and reduce insulin resistance, which is helpful for those with Type 2 diabetes. In studies performed on adults with Type 2 diabetes, it was found that supplementation with biotin reduced their blood sugar levels by half.

Though biotin can’t be absorbed topically through either the hair or skin (making shampoos and cosmetics that contain it a waste of money), taking biotin supplements internally is often advised for those wAdvantages of Biotin vitamin b7ho are suffering from brittle nails and hair breakage.

Biotin is a vitamin produced naturally by your body’s own intestinal bacteria, so a deficiency is not common, apart from those who drink alcohol excessively or eat raw eggs on a regular basis. One of the best sources of biotin is egg yolks, however, it is important to note that the body may not be able to absorb the biotin in an egg yolk if it is eaten with the white of the egg. Raw egg whites contain the glycoprotein avidin, which binds to biotin, preventing absorption. The prolonged consumption of raw or undercooked egg whites can lead to a biotin deficiency, but by cooking egg whites thoroughly the avidin is deactivated, leaving the biotin intact. Other good dietary sources of biotin are Swiss chard, liver, tomatoes, carrots, yeast, and soy.

Some symptoms of biotin deficiency are skin problems, such as seborrheic dermatitis or cradle cap in infants (a relatively common problem in which they develop a pale yellow or white crusty growth on the scalp), hair loss, brittle nails, depression, lethargy, lack of muscle tone and coordination, and muscle pain. Biotin has also been used to help treat peripheral neuropathy and Parkinson’s disease.

It is especially important that pregnant women get sufficient amounts of biotin, as it breaks down more quickly during pregnancy, and a deficiency in the first and third trimesters was found to be relatively common. Taking biotin supplements can alleviate this problem.

The recommended daily allowance for biotin in adults is 300 mcg per day, which will keep you from a deficiency and will provide you with healthy skin, hair, and nails, in addition to helping prevent diabetes.

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Have High Blood Pressure? Walnut Creek Chiropractor Says To Check Your Mercury Levels

“Mercury toxicity should be evaluated in any patient with hypertension, coronary heart disease, cerebral vascular disease, cerebrovascular accident, or other vascular disease.” This was the conclusion of an August 2011 study that appeared in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension.

For those of you lucky enough to not know the term, hypertension is the medical name for high-blood pressure. About one out of every three adults in the United States has high blood pressure (National Center for Health Statistics, 2008) so the odds are that at least one of your parents or grandparents is affected. Or, perhaps it you that has high blood pressure? Either way, this is a study you’ll want to know about since it clearly connects how mercury toxicity (which can be tested for and reduced) can manifest itself as hypertension and other vascular diseases.

 

Most research studies you hear about on the evening news or popular science programs are full of data and statistics. These types of studies are typically trying to correlate two facts – such as people with higher mercury exposure have greater incidence of heart disease – and may go future to try to establish causation. However, statistical methods don’t ever really settle the causation question. For that we need biochemistry.

Biochemistry is all about understanding the different pathways that nutrients (and toxins) travel in our bodies. This particular study looked at the many internal processes that mercury interferes with in order to establish a biochemical basis for the resulting symptoms – hypertension and coronary heart disease. Here’s what they found.

Mercury:
1. Inactivates many reactions that depend on sulfer-containing enzymes
2. Inactivates many sulfer-containing antioxidants
3. Substitutes itself for zinc, copper and other trace minerals in certain reactions

As a result:
1. Mitochondria – the energy powerhouses of the cell – malfunction
2. The body’s oxidative defenses are diminished increasing oxidative stress and inflammation

Which manifests in the body as:
1. Hypertension (high blood pressure)
2. Coronary heart disease
3. Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
4. Cardiac arrhythmias
5. Atherosclerosis
6. Renal dysfunction, and
7. Proteinuria

Even if you didn’t follow any of the preceding couple paragraphs, you can appreciate the need to ‘connect-the-dots’ between cellular-level processes and downstream diseases. This study connected the dots between high levels of mercury and the many downstream disease states listed. A brilliant piece of work!

So, what should you do if you have hypertension or other types of coronary heart disease? The study authors and Walnut Creek chiropractors advise testing for acute or chronic mercury toxicity. Modern mercury toxicity tests are done using urine, blood, hair and toenail samples so they are minimally invasive and results come back fairly quickly.

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Bibliography

Houston, M. (2011, August). Role of mercury toxicity in hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. Journal of Clinical Hypertension, 13(8), 621-7.
National Center for Health Statistics. (2008). Retrieved August 12, 2011, from Centers for Disease Control.

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