Monday, May 3, 2010

Dr. Riggs' April/May Blog

Taxes are done so I'm back on.

NEW SERVICES
(Laser Therapy/Ionic Detoxifying Foot Baths)

LOW-LEVEL LASER THERAPY (LLLT or 3LT):
I'm excited about a new therapy modality I am now offering.  I trained recently with Dr. Jeff Spencer, the chiropractor responsible for keeping Lance Armstrong and his Tour de France team healthy during their multiple straight wins (7 for Lance, 8 for the team).  Dr. Spencer used the Erchonia LLLT or 3LT (cold laser) to treat Lance and other professional athletes such as Tiger Woods and many others.  I have purchased the same laser he uses and have been using it with very good results for almost a month.  Even though the equipment was quite expensive, I have made treatment very affordable as a cash service since insurance carriers and medicare do not cover it.  Currently, as far as I know, I am the only one in Midland using the laser.

There are many conditions that can be treated with 3LT (cold laser) and so far, I have treated the following conditions with the laser:
  • Muscle weakness found through muscle testing
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel and hand pain
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • TMJ problems
  • Tendonitis/Bursitis
  • Knee Pain
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Foot Pain
  • Meniere's/tinnitus
  • Sciatica/radiculopathy
DETOXIFYING FOOT BATHS:  (Using  the EBPro)
I have also added ionic detoxifying foot baths as a cash service.  Many of my patients were driving as far as Abilene to receive such services.  Treatment times (18-25 minutes) vary but we have tried to make this affordable as well, plus the time and gas savings of having to drive out of the area.  It helps pull out the toxins we build up from daily exposure. TREATMENT PRECAUTIONSCannot be used on patients with-pacemaker, organ transplant, arrhythmia, heart regulating medication, pregnant or lactating females, patients with open wounds.  Excess use can cause dehydration, fatigue, increased blood pressure, dizziness, headache , or upset stomach.  Diabetic and patients with low blood sugar should eat a meal prior to treatment.

NUTRITION NEWS:
Lowering Heart Attack Risk Naturally:  chronic inflammation in the body is a risk factor for many diseases including heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer's and many others.  One indicator of inflammation in the body is C-Reactive Protein (CRP).  Studies have suggested that CRP may even be a greater risk factor than high cholesterol in evaluating heart attack and stroke risk.  Crestor, a statin drug, has been found effective in lower risk for those with moderate LDL levels and excess CRP.  However, Crestor has its issues including major cardiovascular events.

A multi-method approach to lower CRP
  • Vitamin C (1000 mg/day)
  • Decreased high-glycemic carbohydrates
  • Intake of cholesterol lowering foods (almonds, soy protein, fiber, plant sterols)  High fiber tends to lower the risk of elevated CRP
  • For men, balancing the free testosterone/estrogen levels (decreases inflammation and belly fat).
  • Dietary supplements suppressing inflammation:  curcumin, Irvingia, vitamin K, Luteolin, fish oil, borage oil (GLA), acetyl-L-carnitine, Vitamin C, theaflavins, soluble fiber, CoQ10, isoflavones.
  • Good dental health (periodontal disease increases CRP)
  • Decrease homocysteine levels
  • 17 Daggers of Arterial Disease:  low blood EPA/DHA (fish oils), Elevated CRP, Excess LDL, Excess Insulin, Low HDL (good cholesterol), High Glucose, Nitric Oxide Deficit. Excess Estrogen, Excess Triglycerides, Low Free Testosterone, Excess Fibrinogen, Excess Homocysteine, Hypertension, Low Vitamin K, Excess Cholesterol, Oxidized LDL (from Life Extension Foundation).

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