What We Treat

Plantar Fasciitis and Acupuncture

Happy Friday my friends. Fall is nearing here in South Florida and soon we’ll be seeing all those out of state plates which means reuniting with friends we haven’t seen for a while, going to the many events that come up in the cooler weather and for many, getting back in shape from our long summer hibernation. More activity is always good but unfortunately does lead to more injuries.

I see many types of athletes in my office who come in either to achieve a higher level of performance or because of an injury. One very common injury (esp.) to runners is plantar fasciitis. It is commonly referred to as “Runner’s Heel”. The plantar fascia is a ligament. It is a thick and flat band of connective tissues on the bottom of our foot that originates near the heel bone, medically known as the calcaneus bone. It basically connects our toes to the heel bone. And functions to support the arch of the foot. While running, this ligament works closely with the Achilles tendon to both store and return energy and stabilizes our inner forefoot when the force peaks during push off. A runner develops Plantar Fasciitis c when this ligament becomes strained. Straining and excessive lowering of the foot arch increases tension in the plantar fascia that results in tiny tears of the ligament and overloads the attachment of the plantar fascia on the calcaneus bone. If not treated timely, it swells, becomes inflamed and weak – shooting unimaginable pain into the heel during runs.

Runners are most likely to experience this condition if they have tight calf muscles. Another factor is excessive pronation and repeat hill workouts. You’ll be surprised to know that approximately 10% of runners experience plantar fasciitis injury in their career and unfortunately, some even quit because of the pain. But for a passionate runner, quitting is never in the cards. A passionate runner looks for solutions to fire up the run rather than waving a white flag and saying goodbye to the tracks.

If you have or ever have had plantar fasciitis, then chances are that you have tried a number of remedies such as wearing night splints, using insoles, taping your feet, taking Anti Inflammatory medications and/or stretching. Some find relief with these methods while many others find the relief to be short lived or get none at all. It is very common to have plantar fasciitis recur many times resulting in a great deal of down time and deconditioning. There is also the recurring financial expenditure on doctors and remedies.  This is when many turn to alternate treatment methods such as acupuncture. In my practice I have achieved great results that can help people beat the pain and recover fast.

Based on research and the excellent results I have achieved, I am confident that acupuncture for plantar fasciitis is probably one of the best treatments available. Like always, my goal is to empower you with complete knowledge about this treatment so that you can decide for yourself. I will walk you through what it acupuncture, how it works, what medical science says about it so you know what to expect. Call my office for a FREE consultation and decide for yourself.

Dr. Edward Scarlett

Cert., Ac  Dipl. Ac.

(561)272-7816

Gluten and It’s Impact on Our Health

Happy Friday everyone. I was just thinking about how many of my patients have removed gluten from their diet or want more information on how to get rid of gluten. Some suffer a true intolerance to gluten (celiac disease for one) and others would like to try the health benefits of being gluten free. I have tried gluten free products that were terrible and some that were just as good as their gluten rich counterparts. There is a growing number of do it yourself types who enjoy making their own gluten free products. The main benefit to this is having absolute control over the ingredients you use. Cost can be another benefit. Today I am going to show you some gluten free alternatives to regular flour so that you can experiment on your own and find out what you like best.

First, what is gluten?

Gluten is a protein present in wheat flour, which is widely used in commercial and homemade baked goods. Gluten is also found in flour made from barley, rye, spelt, and triticale, a cross between wheat and rye. Gluten helps dough to rise and lends shape and a chewy texture to baked goods.

Why is gluten bad?

Gluten is a protein composite found in several types of grains, including wheat, spelt, rye and barley. Gluten consists of two proteins… gliadin and glutenin. It is the gliadin part that people react negatively to. When flour is mixed with water, gluten forms a sticky network of proteins, giving elastic properties to dough and allowing bread to rise when baked. Actually, the name gluten is derived from these glue-like properties. When gluten reaches the digestive tract and is exposed to the cells of the immune system, they mistakenly believe that it is coming from some sort of foreign invader, like a bacteria. In certain people who are sensitive to gluten, this causes the immune system to mount an attack against it. In celiac disease (the most severe form of gluten sensitivity), the immune system attacks the gluten proteins, but it also attacks an enzyme in the cells of the digestive tract called tissue transglutaminase. For this reason, celiac disease is classified as an autoimmune disease. The immune reaction can cause degeneration of the intestinal wall, which leads to nutrient deficiencies, various digestive issues, anemia, fatigue, failure to thrive as well as an increased risk of many serious diseases. Celiac disease is believed to afflict about 1% of people, but it may be more common (over 2%) in the elderly. There are also studies showing that the rate of celiac disease is increasing rapidly in the population. Keep in mind that a large percentage of celiacs don’t even have abdominal symptoms, making diagnosis on clinical grounds very difficult. The symptoms might manifest themselves in different ways, like fatigue, anemia… or something much worse, like a doubled risk of death in several studies. According to one study, over 80% of people with celiac disease don’t even know that they have it. You don’t need to have full-blown celiac disease to have adverse reactions to gluten.

There is another disorder called gluten sensitivity (or gluten intolerance), which is much more common. Although there is no clear definition of gluten sensitivity, it basically means having some sort of adverse reaction to gluten and an improvement in symptoms on a gluten-free diet. If you have adverse reactions to gluten, but celiac disease is ruled out, then it is called non-celiac gluten sensitivity. In non-celiac gluten sensitivity, there is no attack on the body’s own tissues. However, many of the symptoms are similar to those in celiac disease, including bloating, stomach pain, fatigue, diarrhea, as well as pain in the bones and joints. Unfortunately… because there is no clear way of diagnosing gluten sensitivity, reliable numbers on how common it is are impossible to find. There are two sources showing that up to 6-8% people may have gluten sensitivity, based on anti-gliadin antibodies found in the blood. However, one gastroenterologist found that 11% of people had antibodies against gluten in their blood and 29% of people had antibodies against it in stool samples. Given that there is no clear definition of gluten sensitivity, or a good way to diagnose it, the only true way of knowing is by eliminating gluten temporarily from your diet, then reintroducing it to see if you have symptoms. Other possible links to gluten and health issues are: Gluten May Cause Adverse Effects, even in People Who Don’t Have Gluten Sensitivity. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a major suspect. Even though gluten primarily works its “magic” in the gut, it can also have severe effects on the brain. Many cases of neurological illness may be caused and/or exacerbated by gluten consumption. This is called gluten-sensitive idiopathic neuropathy. In a study of patients with neurological illness of an unknown cause, 30 of 53 patients (57%) had antibodies against gluten in the blood. The main neurological disorder believed to be at least partly caused by gluten is cerebellar ataxia, a serious disease of the brain that involves an inability to coordinate balance, movements, problems talking, etc. It is now known that many cases of ataxia are directly linked to gluten consumption. This is called gluten ataxia and involves irreversible damage to the cerebellum, a part of the brain that is important in motor control. Schizophrenia: A subset of schizophrenia patients sees massive improvements by removing gluten. Autism: Several studies suggest that people with autism see improvements in symptoms on a gluten-free diet. Epilepsy: There are several reports of patients with epilepsy improving significantly when removing gluten.

Bottom Line: Several disorders of the brain respond well to a gluten-free diet, including autism, schizophrenia and a rare form of epilepsy. Now armed with this information, you may just want to try going gluten free just to see if there is any improvement in you overall well being. Even if you don’t have any of the symptoms listed.

Baking without gluten can be challenging because gluten contributes important properties to baked products like cookies, cakes, pastries, and breads. That’s why, in addition to seeing gluten-free flours such as white rice flour listed in the ingredient list, you may also notice xanthan gum and guar gum. These gums work with other ingredients, such as yeast, baking soda, and baking powder, to help the dough or batter rise. I’ll start you off with one basic recipe and then list some other flour alternatives that you can find recipes for and experiment on your own.

Ingredients

3 eggs, separated

3 tbsp. cream cheese, softened

1 tsp sugar

1/4 tsp cream of tartar

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, mix egg yolks, cream cheese, and sugar until smooth.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine cream of tartar with egg whites; beat with an electric mixer on high speed until fluffy and stiff peaks form. Gently fold egg yolk mixture into egg white mixture until well combined. Spoon mixture into 10 even rounds on baking sheets.
  4. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

 

When you are ready to experiment further, places like Facebook, Pinterest, and search engines on the Internet, you can spend a lifetime gathering and trying recipes. If you suspect you have an issue with gluten you should of course discuss it with your doctor. I work alongside Western Medicine to help people ease their symptoms using acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. To get your complimentary health analysis and personalized wellness plan, call my office at (561)272-7816. Have a happy and healthy weekend.

 

Dr. Scarlett

Cert. Ac., Dipl. Ac.

Pain: Opiates or Acupuncture

 

Every day 40 Americans die from overdose on doctor prescribed opiates and an estimated 1.9 million others are addicted. For the first time in history, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will be issuing guidelines to primary physicians for prescribing opiates (Vicodin, Oxycontin, etc.) for chronic pain management. If they must be prescribed then doctors are encouraged to start at the lowest dose for the shortest time possible. Why now? Because decades of evidence show us that addiction and overdose are so widespread with these products that the risks far outweigh the benefits of their use. The other issue at hand is thee is no end the pain/pill cycle. In today’s world we know of many ways to treat the root causes of pain without introducing toxic chemicals into the body.
This is where I come in. I am a expert in Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupressure. My goal is to not only ease pain in my patients but also to discover and eliminate the root cause(s). 73% of patients I see are here because they suffer from pain of some kind and want relief without using a chemical that simply masks pain.

What conditions are commonly treated by acupuncture?
Hundreds of clinical studies on the benefits of acupuncture show that it successfully treats conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, and others) to nausea, migraine headache, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and infertility.

Case-controlled clinical studies have shown that acupuncture has been an effective treatment for the following diseases, symptoms or conditions:
Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
Headache
Knee pain
Low back pain
Morning sickness
Nausea and vomiting
Neck pain
Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
Periarthritis of shoulder
Postoperative pain
Rheumatoid arthritis
Sciatica
Sprain
Tennis elbow

In 1958 news was made with the first ever surgery performed without anesthesia of any kind. Acupuncture alone was used to block the pain of a tonsillectomy. Between 1958 and 1986 more than 2 million procedures were done successfully using “acupuncture anesthesia” including operations on the brain, face, neck, chest, abdomen, and limbs.

Armed with this information, if you (or someone you know) are using prescription medications (opiates, narcotics, over the counter, etc.), please call my office for a free consultation on how I can help you through a natural, holistic and non invasive
Methods I can use to help you.

**Please note – Do not stop (or start) ANY medication(s) without first consulting with your medical physician as adverse potentially severe reactions could occur. We are committed in working with Western medicine to provide you with the best possible care.

Diabetes

Approximately 25.8 million men, women and children have diabetes. It is one of the biggest health concerns in the U.S. today. Treatment for diabetes requires keeping close watch over your blood sugar levels (and keeping them at a goal set by your doctor) with a combination of medications exercise, and diet.

 

Common symptoms of diabetes:

Urinating often

Feeling very thirsty

Feeling very hungry – even though you are eating

Extreme fatigue

Blurry vision

Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal

Weight loss – even though you are eating more (type 1)

Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)

 

Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing complications.

 

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. With type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance.

 

Diabetes Drugs

If you have type 1 diabetes, you will need insulin in the form of injections or through use of a continuous pump By checking your own blood sugar levels, you can track your body’s changing needs and work with your doctor to figure out the best dosage.

 

For some people with type 2 diabetes, diet and exercise are enough to keep the disease under control. Other people need medication, which may include insulin and an oral drug.

 

 

Acupuncture and Diabetes

A theory has arisen as to how diabetes progresses. The disease begins with a deficiency of yin. However, patients in the early stage of diabetes actually have a hyperactive metabolism that does not provide useful energy. Food nutrients are not successfully utilized; This yin deficiency generates heat and parches the yin. The imbalance of yin and yang eventually degrades and inhibits the qi (chee), so that qi and yin deficiency co-exist. At this point, secondary effects may begin causing many serious symptoms. Without proper nourishment of qi and yin, yang eventually becomes impaired, and the patient, now with advanced disease, has a combined deficiency of qi, yin, and yang.

 

 

How Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Treats Diabetes
In treating diabetes, Oriental medicine offers a way to address each patient individually to eliminate the symptoms associated with diabetes and reduce the need for insulin.  The practitioner may choose to use a variety of techniques during treatment including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, bodywork, lifestyle/dietary recommendations and energetic exercises. The treatment for diabetes will focus on regulating the circulation of blood and Qi and balancing the organ systems to improve pancreatic function and address internal heat and the depletion of fluids.

Chinese Herbal Medicine
Herbal medicine can be an important component to the treatment of diabetes.  Different formulas may be effective for different people, so practitioners may try several different approaches

 

Remember, prevention (and laughter) is the best medicine, so why don’t you call me at (561)272-7816 and arrange for a free consultation and personalized wellness treatment program or treatment for diabetes and any other health issue.

 


Edward Scarlett of Alive and Well Acupuncture Clinic

 

For nearly 20 years, Dr. Edward Scarlett has been serving the Delray Beach community by spreading wellness through multiple Acupuncture styles and Body Work techniques. He is the founder and lead physician at Alive and Well Acupuncture Clinic. Specializing in managing acute and chronic pain conditions with the use of Acupuncture, Acupressure, Moxibustation, and Deep Muscle Therapy, Dr. Scarlett has built a reputation for achieving excellent results. He believes it is most important to treat the cause of people’s health issues while focusing on achieving relief.

Is Acupuncture For Me?

It seems that the answer these days is a resounding “YES!” Western medicine relies on hard facts, and with the US Library of Medicine listing more than 23,000 studies on acupuncture, the evidence of acupunctures efficacy is undeniable. Another part is the desire/need for alternative treatments that are holistic, non-invasive and painless solution to a variety of health issues.

 

How does it work? A typical treatment involves the painless insertion of very thin needles on key points of the body in order to stimulate the body’s natural healing process. These key points run along channels called meridians in which energy known as Qi (chee), flows to all parts of the body including our organs. When a meridian is blocked, the organ at the end experiences distress and can cause pain or illness. Unblocking the meridian causes the body to release natural chemicals like endorphins, serotonin and relieves inflammation.

 

What are some common health issues that acupuncture can help?

 

Chronic back pain affects about 80% of us at one time or another and is the second most common cause of disability in America according to a study by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Another study showed that patients arriving at an Emergency Room in Melbourne Australia showed that patients treated with acupuncture experienced the same amount of pain relief as the ones that were given drugs.

 

With headaches, acupuncture has a long track record for relieving pain from migraines and tension headaches. A recent study showed that acupuncture cut in half the number of day’s patient experienced migraines. When they did have one, the pain was greatly reduced.

 

With asthma and allergies over 25 million Americans have asthma. That includes 6.8 million children. Research shows that ongoing treatment reduced asthma symptoms and use of inhaled steroids. When acupuncture treatment stopped, symptoms and inhaler use returned to previous levels. Similar results were found in a separate study on allergies and antihistamine use. Of particular note was that if a health problem is controlled in childhood it is less likely to become chronic in adulthood. As a plus, acupuncture for children rarely requires the uses of needles. Since their Qi flows very close to the surface of their skin, usually all that is required is a light brushing or rubbing along the meridian path to get things flowing along. Kids usually love it and respond very well.

 

With digestive problems, acupuncture has been used successfully to treat colic in babies, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), morning sickness, and post operative nausea caused by anesthesia and chemotherapy. The World Health Organization notes that acupuncture relieves nausea better than atropine injections.

 

Continued Wellness takes a lifelong commitment to fitness, acupuncture should be used on a therapeutic level for one’s life. Doing this will ensure a lifetime of maintaining good health and keeping our bodies operating at optimum levels.