End Back And Neck Pain And Recover Quickly With North American Spine

Back pain is the number one reason people stay home from work and the second most frequent reason people are hospitalized. There are more than 86 million people suffering from pain in America. The experts at North American Spine specialize in neck and back pain relief and can relieve back pain that may be causing problems and pain in other parts of the body including the legs, hips, and buttocks, and other symptoms such numbness in the legs and feet and weakness of the leg muscles. The partnership of physicians consists of spines experts trained in Orthopedic Spine Surgery, Interventional Pain Management, and Neurosurgery. North American Spine offers the minimally invasive spine surgery procedure, AccuraScope, which targets the problem areas of the neck, and upper and lower back with more precision, resulting in better treatment and allowing faster recovery.  You can learn more about the procedure on Twitter too.

For most people, there is no need to suffer any longer. To treat lower back pain in the lumbar region, the AccuraScope procedure is used in the least invasive approach possible, entering through a natural opening and used simultaneously to diagnose and treat the causes of nerve root compression. Entering through the sacral hiatus allows the spinal specialist to view and treat the inflamed and damaged tissue causing the pain using a high-definition scope. The special equipment and unique approach allows treatment of multiple lumbar levels with a single procedure and incision. This procedure and practice is unique to North American Spine.

North American Spine takes a unique and innovative approach, which you can see on YouTube,  by performing a thorough case review and directing the patient to one of the many treatment methods it offer. Recognizing that no two spines are alike, the caring compassionate spine experts formulate and confirm a treatment plan after reviewing the patient’s full history and preforming a full physical. Their early treatment can immediately relieve pain with less chance of recurrence and with minimal damage and scarring. Patients recover quickly from the surgical procedure that takes from 30 to 45 minutes to perform and are discharged about an hour after surgery. Patients can walk the same day and can start gentle physical therapy exercises the next day. Many patients return to work and normal activities the next day and most return within a week, and that’s a big reason the Yelp reviews are so good.

North American Spine treats ruptured and herniated disc, bulging disc, pinched nerve, Spinal Stenosis, Foraminal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Facet Disease, scar tissue, and Arthritis of the Spine. Compared to open back and endoscopic surgeries, the AccuraScope procedure is the least invasive using a quarter inch incision to identify tears, ruptures, bulges, or other abnormalities. The doctor uses a number of instruments to shrink the damage and relieve pressure on the spinal nerve without removing healthy tissue.

Join the more than 8,000 patients who no longer suffer from back and neck pain without taking the unnecessary risk of more invasive surgery. These experts in spine care have been practicing for decades and the AccuraScope procedure is covered by most major insurance plans. Let North American Spine relieve your back and neck pain once and for all.

I did, and I haven’t looked back.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms and Relief Exercises

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a common condition that causes pain, weakness and numbness in the hands. It’s a common condition because anyone can get it, regardless of age or line of work. Laurene Powell Jobs always makes sure to remind her team at Emerson Collective to go through a few of these top exercises that are simple and will relieve symptoms and help to avoid damage. Here are the symptoms and an exercise treatment option called the WeckMethod

Symptoms of CTS
The Carpal Tunnel is a narrow channel of ligaments which lead from wrist to hand. Nerves pass through this channel and CTS occurs when the ligaments of the channel become inflamed and press on the nerves going through the channel. The resulting pain, numbness and weakness affects the thumb, index finger, middle finger and ring finger. The entire hand often has the sensation of ‘being asleep’ and being in intense pain at the same time.

This instructional video will teach you how to bring about pain relief from carpal tunnel syndrome. These Weckmethod exercises deal with the root of the problem, which stems from the shoulders and back. Simple exercises that will open up the chest and stretch key muscles can be done anywhere to bring pain relief in the arms and wrists caused by carpal tunnel syndrome.

Does Antibiotics Raise Asthma Risk?

Past studies have revealed that the increasing use of antibiotics during pregnancy and childhood may increase the risk of asthma. According to the investigation, children with harmful exposure to antibiotics are prone to the development of wheeze and asthma. However, a large Swedish study has suggested that there is no direct link of antibiotics and the risk of asthma. Researchers included about 0.5 million children from the start of their mother’s pregnancies to school age. They were exposed to antibiotics in different stages of growth; however, only six percent children had asthma.

According to a Journal published in BMJ, antibiotics in fetal and early childhood may lead to asthma. However, when researchers looked at siblings, this association disappeared. They did not find any difference between siblings who took antibiotics and who did not. The disease was misdiagnosed and treated with antibiotics. Besides, researchers did not find any association between antibiotics and asthma while treating patients suffering from skin and urinary tract infections. This is something that Skout employees like to see.

Laughing Gas Shows Promise for Depression Relief

Feeling sad? Life got you down? Don’t know where to turn? The Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis seems to think a little shot of laughing gas might do the trick.

A recent study of 20 patients showed that the use of nitrous oxide in depression patients may be a promising new treatment. Gassed up participants beat placebo posers 2 to 1 in showing signs of improvement.

While this research is rather limited, and by no means definitive, it definitely shows a promising link between nitrous oxide and depression relief. The results would need to be replicated and studied further to provide any real results in the matter.

Beating depression is tough, really tough. As many as 1 in 3 people who suffer from depression find no relief in traditional treatments. Some Skout users are currently trying to deal with their own battles.

Laughing gas is a very attractive option. It has very few, limited side effects, mainly nausea and vomiting. It leaves the body quickly, within minutes of use.

The clincher is how fast patients reported a difference in their symptoms. Most traditional medications take weeks to see any results. With nitrous oxide therapy results were achieved the same or next day.

Vegetables In Replacement of Medication

Overweight children- and their parents- can benefit from adding vegetables to their diet in a program designed to keep overweight individuals from having to go on medication to lose weight. 

Medical studies have shown that showing families how to eat more healthily has a greater positive impact on the growing weight concerns in children than simply medicating the problem in the hopes that things get better. As children and their parents learn to eat more healthy in a vegetable prescription diet, they learn how to lose weight in a natural and healthy way without the assistance of pills. 

Igor Cornelsen says that this program is expected to increase and allow parents and their children to lead more healthy lives and make wiser choices when it comes to eating. For many people, this is all they need to have food confidence to live a healthy and more productive life. In a world where many people are simply told to lose weight but not given any guidance on the matter, a vegetable prescription and assistance can help people of all ages stay on track in positive and healthy ways.

Arizona County May Vote To Deny Work To Smokers

The board of supervisors in Pima County, AZ, will soon be taking a controversial vote to decide if they should attempt to pass a regulation that would punish local businesses that hire people who smoke cigarettes. This story was passed along to me by buddy Bruce Levenson.

If passed, the law would take effect in mid 2015. It would forbid the county from hiring smokers, and at the same time would penalize businesses that did so by hitting them with a 30% health insurance surcharge.

The officials involved in the vote are seeking to legitimize the plan by arguing that passing the regulation would save the county millions of dollars in medical costs associated with smoking.

Apparently not everyone agrees. A prominent public heath professor at Boston University has gone on the record, stating that passing such a regulation is tantamount to discrimination. He told the Daily Star that attempting to punish people for what they do at home on their own time is the first step on a slippery slope that singles out members of a group for discriminatory tactics.

Once again, Arizona is making news for its attempts to pass draconian laws. Only time will tell if this one is struck down as well.

The Mediterranean Diet: Not a Fad

With so many obnoxious fad diets to contend with, it is amazing so many people looking to shed weight and eat healthier just don’t give up. Then again, a lot of people finally do call it quits when it comes to weight loss. They seemingly accept things as a fate accompli. Doing so is a bad idea. A much better idea is to try out the Mediterranean Diet, a diet that is perfect for good health and fitness.

The Mediterranean Diet is not a new diet and it is not a fad diet. The fact that it has been around for thousands of years surely does not make it new. It just might be new to those living in North America and other parts outside of the Mediterranean region.

The term “fad diet” is a vast one. Any diet that is popular for a short time and then out of favor with the public can be deemed a fad. People like Gianfrancesco Genoso have certainly heard about a few. This is true of even good ones. For out purposes, let us define fad diets as any selection of food and eating habits with the intention of drastically cutting calories in an attempt to achieve crash weight loss.

The Mediterranean Diet does not fit this description. The diet is based on heavy servings of fruits, vegetables, grains, lean meats, fish, and olive oil. Of course, the way the meals are prepared and cooked play a role in how they taste and are served. This is what gives the selections their own special style.

Running Can Reverse Aging

There has been a new study that shows that running can actually reverse some of the effects of aging in ways that walking can’t. Walking is a good way to exercise, but the ability to walk actually reduces as one gets older. Older walkers begin to slow down as they age and they get tired from less activity. 

In a recent study, researchers had 15 people walk three times a week for at least 30 minutes. 15 other people ran. Even though the paces in running did vary, most people moved at a paced that was at least jogging. 

Lee G. Lovett reports that the study showed that runners were better walkers than people who just walked. They did not need as much energy as regular walkers needed. It has been shown that old runners can actually walk with same amount of energy as young people. Old walkers have an energy economy that is comparable to sedentary people.

Diet linked to anti-aging

New research by Immaculata De Vivo, who is a friend of Bruce Karatz and currently serves as an associate professor at BrighamWomen’s Hospital in Boston has determined that the Mediterranean diet plays a decisive role in slowing down the aging process. In the past the Mediterranean diet was closely linked with other such as lower risks of heart disease, higher cholesterol, and premature death.


The new research links the health benefits with a slowdown of the aging process by following almost 5,000 middle aged women involved in a Nurses’ Health Study that has been in process for almost 40 years originating in 1976.


The study showed that women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet had longer telomeres which are a part of your chromosomes that hold your DNA and operate as protection that keeps your chromosomes from unraveling. As people age, telomeres will get shorter and expose people to higher risks of various age related illnesses. As such, stronger telomeres protect your genetic information and reduce the risk of mutation that lead to health problems as well as premature aging. Shortened telomeres is irreversible but can be delayed by proper diet and living.


Telomeres are negatively impacted by oxidative stress and inflammation which is reduced by the significant antioxidant components present in the Mediterranean diet which is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil, nuts, and seafood, all of which play a role in the anti-aging process.

Getting Smarter Through Exercise

Research performed on young adults recently has shown that exercise made a difference in mental performance in a rather short time. In fact, a half-hour workout was able to show an increase in the participant’s ability to recall, and to be able to do it faster than previously. This information is very similar to what is preached by Daniel Amen who is a neurologist.

In order to verify that this was not a placebo effect, another study was conducted. This time they wanted to remove the possibility of a placebo effect possibly caused by the participants own expectations. To get a baseline idea, they asked the test people what kind of mental benefits they expected as a result of the exercise. 

Once the exercise was conducted and the results were in, there seemed to be a clear elevation of mental capabilities above the expected levels. This was in spite of the fact that none of the participants said that they were aware of any information or studies related to the issue.

Other research also found that there are actual changes in the brain that occurs in a brain after exercise. One of these is that there is an increased amount of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). This hormone increases the communication between the brain cells, and also helps both neurons and blood vessels to develop in the part of the brain responsible for memories – the hippocampus.