Is it possible that bacteria could aid in healing from injury or surgery?
Yes. In fact it is important to promote the variety of bacteria in your gut to promote immune health, reduce pain and reduce risk of infection.
As described in an earlier post about the leaky gut syndrome, supplemental recommendations that may reduce pain and improve healing are geared to promoting gut health. Specifically, the microbiome diversity is strongly linked to gut and mental health. This gut-brain connection is at the core of much of the research around supplemental probiotics. A literature review evaluated the research around use of probiotic use and migraine headache. The findings of improving gut microbiota and reducing inflammation may have positive effects on strengthening the gut and improving brain function. This is important to surgery/injury in that gut health supports brain health which thereby will have a positive benefit in the role of the brain in the pain experience.
Metabolic Syndrome (Met S) affects nearly 47 million Americans. 1 The prevalence of arthritis is 52.5 million US adults between 2010-2012. This is estimated to rise to 78 million for Americans aged 18 years or older by 2040 per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2 These numbers are staggering in so much as it would seem lucky for you not to get either Met S or some form of arthritis. The question becomes whether or not having Met S may increase your risk of developing arthritis and how to avoid both problems.
This blog was written as a summary for a talk given to young female volleyball players on December 12, 2015.
Many things have changed since my athletic days. I’d argue that my Crossfit participation reminds me of my athletic days, yet I don’t consider myself an athlete anymore. Why? Because I only do Crossfit twice a week and I don’t compete. It is a means to stay fit and healthy. A majority of my time is spent on mothering and physical therapy “performance.” However, I will argue that my ability to participate in Crossfit at my young age of 39 years old, is directly related to a few things that I WAS NOT doing when I was actually competing in high school and college athletics.
With age comes wisdom, right? What I know now, I wish I knew then? What might I have been able to accomplish athletically?
It doesn’t matter because what I know now helps me stay fit and healthy enough to participate in Crossfit, mother three kids, run a physical therapy practice, work towards a Master’s of Science in Holistic Nutrition, write a blog every once in a while….. My optimal performance in these tasks requires optimal nutrition.
Here is the interview from the Katie Coombs show Uncommon Sense. I am primarily in Segment 7 and 8. I wonder how many "ums" I actually said?
Hopefully this sparks questions for you. Please share and ask. I would love to hear your thoughts.
Special thank you to Katie Coombs for the opportunity.
I have seen news recently in regards to the effectiveness of birth control for decreasing teen pregnancy in the US with use of IUDs and Long-acting reversible contraceptive. Read more here.
Even New Zealand’s Otago University is proposing “Every girl in New Zealand will be put on long-acting reversible contraceptive drugs, delivered through implants or patches, before they become sexually active…” Read more here.
I recently had a conversation with a local physical therapist and he shared a story about a patient of his with multiple spinal tumors that he would also describe simply as “unhealthy.” After a few visits, he asked the patient about what he ate and drank during the day. What the patient responded was shocking. He drinks 38 diet sodas/day and…..….does not matter what else he said after that. My colleague went to look up aspartame toxicity on the web and found that yes it is a real thing.
The ICD 9 code is 995.3 and in October 2015 it becomes ICD 10 T78.40XA. These codes are for a diagnosis described as “Allergy, unspecified” or “adverse reaction to substance.” (www.ICD10Data.com) So I took the next step and went to PubMed.
Did you know that fats, also known as lipids, are an important macronutrient that supplies concentrated energy, supports cellular health, and aids vitamin and mineral absorption? Fat is good for your health and healing in moderation, but not all fats are created equal.
Many of us were raised on the idea that consumption of fat (aka lipids), especially from animal sources, results in obesity and heart attack. Yes, an overconsumption of lipids, calories, or sugar results in obesity and potentially metabolic syndrome. However, the reality is that healthy lipid consumption does not equate to obesity or heart attack. In fact, healthy lipid consumption promotes cellular health, provides cellular energy, improves absorption of Vitamins A, D, E and K, provides the precursor (cholesterol) to many hormones, as well as supporting other metabolic processes. 1
In discussions regarding sugar, many people notice it everywhere. So, the question is how much is ok if you can’t avoid it 100%?
That’s a tough question to answer. It’s really a personal answer. Perfection is never the key in life, but thriving thru life is the goal.
Do you struggle with cravings for sweets? What do you do to curb the cravings?
Sugar is sneaky. It goes by many names. Like high fructose corn syrup, fructose, sucrose, rice syrup, turbinado sugar, raw sugar, agave, maltose, dextrose, and many others. We already know high sugar consumption is associated to chronic inflammatory diseases like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease to name a few.
Did you know that your gut microbiome can also impact inflammatory arthritis disorders?
Rheumatoid Arthritis, an inflammatory arthritis disorder, is a debilitating autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissue, typically the small joints of the hands and feet. Traditional treatments include medications, physical therapy and surgery to control symptoms and prevent joint damage. Recent research is indicating that probiotic intervention holds promise to decrease disease activity score and inflammatory cytokines (TNF alpha, IL-6, IL-10).1
Dr Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT, MSHN
Where physical therapy, nutrition and lifestyle meet, because how you live your life determines whether or not you soar. Inspiring action with information so you can reduce pain, optimize healing and improve function naturally during recovery from injury, surgery or painful condition. This is a website for the open-minded; obstinate need not apply.