Author: David Drysdale
A good video on Joint Hypermobility Syndrome.
This video is by Professor Rodney Grahame, who is a specialist on joint hypermobility. It’s well worth a listen if you have an interest in the subject.
This is a great article about connective tissue etc
Classical Osteopathy in Ontario
Mechanotransduction is the word used to describe the various mechanisms whereby cells convert mechanical stimuli in to electrochemical activity (for a very general overview please click here as well as here).
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Dr. Helene Langevin: The Science of Stretch
I watched this video by Dr Helene Langevin and thought it was excellent. If you have an interest in Acupuncture, Body Work or Health I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
The Back Pain Epidemic.
Low back and neck pain is an increasingly widespread and expensive condition worldwide, costing the US alone $88bn a year – the third highest bill for any health condition.
Millions of people worldwide suffer from low back and neck pain, most of it unexplained, although some professionals think it may be worsened by sitting at desks all day, carrying bags and general bad posture. Episodes of acute pain are very common, but experts say that medical investigations only make things worse and the best cure is often to take painkillers, exercise gently and wait for the pain to pass. Continue reading The Back Pain Epidemic.
Why fasting bolsters brain power: Mark Mattson at TEDxJohnsHopkinsUniversity
Is fasting a free health fix – or is it just a fad? | Life and style | The Guardian
Restricting the amount you eat is said to fight disease, extend lifespan and improve wellbeing. As well as dieters, people with diabetes and MS could benefit
Source: Is fasting a free health fix – or is it just a fad? | Life and style | The Guardian
New ligament discovered in knee, Belgian surgeons say.
The knee joint is surrounded by ligaments to provide stability and support.
knee surgeons in Belgium say they have identified a previously unfamiliar ligament in the human knee.
Writing in the Journal of Anatomy, they suggest the fibrous band could play a part in one of the most common sports injuries worldwide.
Despite glimpses of the ligament in medical history, this is the first time its structure and purpose have been so clearly established, they say. Continue reading New ligament discovered in knee, Belgian surgeons say.
Exercise rivals Medication for Heart Disease.
Exercise can be as good a medicine as pills for people with conditions such as heart disease, a study has found.
- Can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer by up to 50%.
- Can lower your risk of early death by up to 30%.
- Can boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy as well as keep weight off.
- Moderate activity, such as cycling or fast walking, gives your heart and lungs a work-out
The work in the British Medical Journal looked at hundreds of trials involving nearly 340,000 patients to assess the merits of exercise and drugs in preventing death.
Physical activity rivalled some heart drugs and outperformed stroke medicine.
The findings suggest exercise should be added to prescriptions, say the researchers. Continue reading Exercise rivals Medication for Heart Disease.
“A Placebo Conundrum” by Michael Brooks
IT SEEMED like a good idea until I saw the electrodes. Dr Luana Colloca’s white coat offered scant reassurance. “Do you mind receiving a series of electric shocks?” she asked.
I could hardly say no – after all, this was why I was here. Colloca’s colleague, Fabrizio Benedetti of the University of Turin in Italy, had invited me to come and experience their placebo research first hand. Colloca strapped an electrode to my forearm and sat me in a reclining chair in front of a computer screen. “Try to relax,” she said.
First, we established my pain scale by determining the mildest current I could feel, and the maximum amount I could bear. Then Colloca told me that, before I got another shock, a red or a green light would appear on the computer screen.
A green light meant I would receive a mild shock. A red light meant the shock would be more severe, like the jolt you get from an electric fence. All I had to do was rate the pain on a scale of 1 to 10, mild to severe. Continue reading “A Placebo Conundrum” by Michael Brooks