Friday, December 30, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
What to do?
Get a treadmill and build yourself a simple desk over it, so that you can walk while you're at your computer. There are $5,000 systems on the market, but here's a way to do it for just $39.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Dr. Shawn Talbott's latest e-newsletter warrants a full quote:
"Back in April, I wrote on my blog about a new study in the highly-respected scientific journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) that showed how common painkillers such as aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) can interfere with the effects of antidepressant medications called SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, Lexapro, Luvox, and many others.
"I've received so many followup questions about the links between stress (and depression) and inflammation (and pain), that I thought I would update that original blog article and send the update out to the TALBOTT TIMES Newsletter.
"You can read the abstract of the PNAS study here =http://www.pnas.org/content/
"The new research showed that the anti-depression benefits of SSRI drugs were "cancelled out" when taken along with painkillers (called NSAIDs for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). NSAIDs cancel out SSRIs - sounds like a lot of alphabet soup - but millions and millions of people take BOTH types of drugs everyday - so this is important research.
"We've known for a long time that depression and chronic pain are closely related in many ways. Both conditions share some of the same underlying biochemistry (related to stress hormones such as cortisol and inflammatory compounds such as cytokines) and people with depression tend to experience more episodes of chronic pain (and vice versa). Indeed, physical pain can undoubtedly make psychological pain (depression) worse - likely due to the finding that inflammation is known to worsen and perhaps evencause depression in many people. You might find it interesting to know that cytokines (inflammatory hormone-like chemicals produced in the body)
"Conventional wisdom would suggest that controlling depression might also help to control pain - and that reducing pain would help to alleviate depression. However, the research findings in the PNAS article suggest that painkiller drugs may actually interfere with the activity of antidepressant drugs - potentially making depression worse.
"I have written about the numerous problems with antidepressant drugs HEREand HERE as well as the problems associated with painkillers HERE - and now we have new evidence of further problems when they are used together.
"I also cover the links between inflammation and stress in some detail (full chapters on each) in my upcoming book, The Secret of Vigor - How to Overcome Burnout, Restore Metabolic Balance, and Reclaim Your Natural Energy - which will be released on 11/11/11. You can pre-order a copy from Amazon.com here."
Monday, August 15, 2011
- Women who reported more than six hours per day of sitting were 37% more likely to die during the study period than those who sat fewer than three hours a day.
- Men who sat more than six hours daily were 18% more likely to die than those who sat fewer than three hours per day.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
- Improved quality of life for patients receiving radiation treatment for head and neck cancers;
- Significantly decreased damage to heart tissue in experimental animals in whom heart attacks had been induced the previous day; and
- Greatly increased range of motion in patients with shoulder impingement when compared with exercise alone.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
- Make a donation at the JSA's dedicated website
- Print your receipt
- Schedule your appointment(s) by contacting Dr. Connie at 206-658-7658 or DrAmundson (at) gmail (dot) com
- Bring your receipt on April 1 to "purchase" your services (donations may also be made at the event and additional services may be scheduled on a space-available basis)
Monday, February 14, 2011
- Do you feel frustrated by injuries forcing you to the sidelines?
- Are you concerned about the long-term effects of chronic foot, knee, hip, back or neck pain?
- Have you tried expensive custom orthotics with limited success?
- Are you inspired to run with minimalist shoes or even barefoot, but wondering what to do about your pronation or supination?
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
The study involved 36 healthy, fit men using an 808 nm continuous wavelength laser, much like what we use in our office. The LLLT men showed an increase of 55% in strength on isokinetic dynamometry, significantly higher than the increases with exercise alone. Soon we may see LLLT commonly used to improve sports performance.
(Lasers Med Sci. 2010 Nov 18)