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Do Doctors Understand Back Pain?

I was discouraged to come to the realization that many doctors seem to know very little about back pain.

They don’t seem to understand the biomechanics of back pain or perhaps they just don’t want to look at it.

Instead it is drugs or surgery.  Maybe they’ll recommend physical therapy. Cold laser therapy?  Ultrasound?  Are any of these reaching the root cause of the problem?  Why is the word “cure” so curiously missing from the dialog?  It seems to always be ‘treatment’ or ‘therapy’, doesn’t it?

But even if you go to a physical therapist or visit someone with a different approach like a chiropractor, are any of these people able to help you with your back pain?  Unfortunately, this is a big question mark.  I hope you can find someone who can and will.

I was surprised to find out that the doctors that I visited seem to have very little knowledge AND / OR inclination to dive in and figure out what my unique problem was.   I am still a bit shocked.

I was told a variety of things.  I was offered to see a specialist about the possibility of getting an epidural.

This is something I did not want.  I do not want drugs to mask the problem.  I thought that the underlying biomechanics need to be addressed or I could hurt myself more by ‘feeling no pain’ from prescription meds.

What I finally realized is that very few, if any, doctors exist who would be willing to figure out my problem and help me find a REAL solution that would be lasting and permanent.

Everyone had their favorite therapies, but none of them was about getting to the root cause of the problem.

If you need to look at your issue from a biomechanical perspective, I suggest Dr. McGill’s book  Back Mechanic.

It has worked for me.   In my estimation, Dr. McGill might just be the foremost authority on how the spine works and how you can get relief from your back issues without the need for surgery or superficial therapies.   He might be your best “shot” at it, after all.    Back Mechanic is his book.  


Dieting vs. Exercise: What matters more and how to balance it

Weight-loss has become a burning topic in today’s society. It is a well-known fact that a balance between regular exercise and healthy dieting is essential for any kind of long-term weight-loss plan. But, if you were forced into choosing just one method, would it be better to pump iron or would it be better to create a detailed dieting regiment.
One thing to keep in mind concerning exercising is that it can be very time-consuming. 20 minutes crunches session is guaranteed to burn more calories than a 10-minute jog, but can you afford to invest the extra time? The fact is if you want to burn a large number of calories, you are forced to spend a significant amount of time doing it. You also have to factor in the time you spend traveling to the gym, as well as getting cleaned up afterward.

The actual numbers

  • If you were to drink a can of soda, which contains as much as 150 calories, you would have to walk for at least 45 minutes to burn those off.
  • Now consider this: 1 pound of excess fat requires you to spend roughly 3,500 calories in order to burn it off.
  • In order to lose 1 inch of the waistline, you need a weight loss of approx. 8.5 pounds. Are you starting to get the picture?

Losing weight by picking exercise as a sole method is very time consuming, and not to mention less effective than by dieting. Time wise, you need to consider the choice: either not drink the can of soda at all, which you have to agree is much easier, or spend extra time on a treadmill to compensate. In essence, you need to burn more calories than you take in. Sounds simple enough but in reality, it means that you have to choose between a bar of chocolate and two hours of lifting weights in the gym, or not eating it all.

Various studies have shown that if we cut out processed sugar and saturated fats from our diet, we would be able to see the results of dieting a lot faster. If we were to put this into percentages, we could say it’s about 70-30 in favor of dieting.

What to do

A recent study has shown that obesity in children is not a result of a lack of exercise, but it comes down to poor diet choices. Another study which was conducted on 4000 adults has shown that minimizing the intake of calories has a greater effect on weight loss than simply exercising. But most of us have difficulties sticking to a dieting plan. Here is a thing you can do in order to find the middle.


If you have difficulties in regulating your calorie intake, try using natural supplements like this one:

And before we get into any confusion, this is not a miracle supplement, you will not lose weight miraculously from just taking it, you will not get slimmer by sitting in front of the TV and taking it, etc. Those drugs simply do not exist. Here is what this stuff is good for.
Since we are talking about picking the exercise method to lose weight, taking supplements like these will help your body function better.

It will start looking for energy stored in your fats faster than it did before. It will also help your blood cope better with the bad stuff released in the process of fat burning. Antioxidants will contribute to the general well-being and help you get rid of toxins in your body easier.

There are many other benefits of taking a supplement like this one, especially for those looking to take better care of themselves.

Taking all of this into account it is obvious that a healthy combination of dieting and regular workouts would be ideal long term. Exercising has a positive effect on the general quality of life and should be a staple for everyone who wishes to make an overall improvement in health. But, you are still much more likely to lose weight by being careful about what you eat than about how much you work out on a day by day basis. If you cannot commit to full-time dieting, consider taking small steps and start giving up foods that are really bad for you and use natural supplements to help your body cope.

-Marko Lipozencic

PS:  This post is for information purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat any form of disease, including but not limited to obesity.   Be sure to consult with your physician before changing your diet or taking up any form of exercise.

What Is In The Vertical Jump Bible?

There is nothing worse than investing money in something you know nothing about. You may not understand the product, how it works or how it is going to help you. Well this is why we have decided to review the vertical jump bible so that you won’t have to fall into the trap that so many others fall into when they buy a vertical jump program. This article has been written so that you can see what sorts of information you will find in the vertical jump bible and how it will help you.

There are programs out there that promise you the world but don’t actually perform. It can be really hard to tell the difference between the good programs and the bad ones. The bad ones can be such a waste of money and won’t actually increase your vertical jump. These programs are easily identifiable by the author. By looking at the author you can be sure of a good program. The vertical jump bible has been written by a real athlete who has gone though most of the programs before. He has seen what works and what doesn’t and has used this knowledge to develop his own unique program that promises to help improve vertical jump easily.

The vertical jump bible is a wonderfully easy program to follow because it is written in laymen’s terms. It has simple sections that are easy to understand and they break down the vertical jump step by step so that you can understand it easily. One of the sections even tells you of the right foods you should be eating and what you shouldn’t in order to increase your vertical jump and speed up the process so you can see the results quicker. There is a calculation that will help you to determine how high you can jump. This calculation will take into account your weight, your height, your age and your physical fitness. This will then give you a rough guide as to how high you can jump and this will be the amount you should be aiming for when you use the vertical jump program.

The vertical jump bible will help you to improve your vertical jump height and will also make you a fitter person. You will be able to use the exercises to not only heighten your jump but to also help boost your physical fitness. The vertical jump is in your reach and all you have to do is work at it.

All of My “Modern Diseases” Disappeared after I Began Practicing Falun Dafa


By a western practitioner in the U.S.

In Zhuan Falun it states, “Some illnesses cannot be detected at a hospital, even though people are actually ill. Some people are diagnosed with illnesses that do not have names, since they have never been seen before. Hospitals call all of them “modern diseases.”

Since my birth on October 7, 1957 as a two month premature twin baby girl, my medical chart must have read “has a modern disease” more times than not. Sometimes my symptoms would present themselves as “traditional diseases” that have names, a means to measure, and treatment protocols. However, the test results often came back as “normal,” leaving both the physician and myself frustrated. The condition would then remain a mystery. The first time this happened I was in college and was tested for hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). The physician noted that although my tests showed my blood sugar levels were just under range for hypoglycemia, there was no other explanation for the symptoms, as I was severely hypoglycemic. He warned me to never believe otherwise regardless of what other physicians might say.

Over the years, several western medical specialists tested and retested my thyroid. All of the tests results came back as normal. At the height of my chronic health problems, when I was 41 years old, a well-respected endocrinologist said, “You most definitely have a traditional thyroid condition that can be controlled by medication, and you most definitely have an adrenal condition. The adrenal condition is either a disease that stems from a problem in the pituitary and will require a lifetime of adjusting drugs dosages, or a fatal adrenal disease.” He was at a loss for words when the tests results all came back normal. Psychiatric disorders had been previously ruled out as the causes. So, other than long-term sleeping pills and antidepressants to control a few secondary symptoms, there was nothing to be done to assist me with a whole series of serious symptoms related to the thyroid, adrenals, and pituitary. Plus, there was no means to understand the root of the causes, so no cures.

There were other complications that impacted my overall health and well-being. Since childhood, I more times than not had allergic reactions to medications. Later as a teenager and twice as an adult, I had life threatening reactions to medications. One of these times, the side effects suggested permanent damage to the pituitary that resulted in problems with the adrenals. Over the years, many of the allergies I experienced to foods, chemicals, preservatives, and environmental toxins were medically proven by testing, while others were not, other than they happened. I did not take medicines of any kind unless it was the last resort and even then, with great caution. My diet and environmental settings continued to become more restricted with age due to the allergies and asthma. On the first visit to a new health care provider, I use to joke when they asked, “What are you allergic too?” My reply was, “It would be easier if I just told you the four foods I can eat.”

At the age of 15, I took a hard tumble into a ditch off a galloping horse that injured my left shoulder socket, causing temporary paralysis, permanent shoulder and arm weakness, and some limitations with the range of motion with my arm. This shoulder injury in combination with a hereditary condition of the spine that leads to deterioration of neck and lower back discs created a permanent situation of chronic pain and physical limitations that got worse with age. In my 20’s, I began regular chiropractic adjustments, periodic physical therapy, and alternative approaches and exercises for pain management and to assist with posture and mobility.

By my 40th birthday, I had struggled for seven years with a series of “modern diseases,” some with names and some without, that were making my life hell. Each morning I would awake from a couple hours of medication induced sleep and wondered how I was going to make it through another day. So, I decided to let “no rock be left uncovered” in my attempt to find the root causes and corresponding cures.

For the next four years, I spent on average between three hundred to a thousand dollars a month, in western and oriental treatments and medicines, numerous alternative health care providers and healers, counseling, self help approaches, body and energy work, diets, and supplements. It was most frustrating that no western medical specialist or tests could diagnose the problems. No traditional Oriental Medicine based approach or alternative health treatments could cure me either. Medication, self help approaches, biofeedback, self-hypnosis, past life regressions, and other self-help approaches could not address the underlying root causes as well.

In 2000, three years into my intense pursuit for causes and cures, I was losing the battle with the chronic conditions. The sleeping pill medication had lost its ability to provide meaningful sleep, so I tried another prescription. I had a severe reaction to the new medication that was so violent it left me basically bedridden, unable to sleep and eat, and lying, standing, sitting or walking were excruciatingly painful. Water from the shower hurt my skin and I could hardly open a door or carry my hand bag. This event caused a chain reaction of further decline in the symptoms of the chronic condition, and colitis and intense acid reflux. I experienced a dramatic drop in weight to the point that I was skin and bones. I could not eat much of anything. By now, my emotional and mental states were off the chart with depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts.

In May 2001, six months after moving to my parent’s home, I unexpectedly found the root cause of all my physical, emotional, and mental health symptoms through an ancient cultivation practice called Falun Dafa, or Falun Gong.

After practicing Falun Gong for eighteen months, I had no symptoms of the medication reaction, nor of my chronic health and physical problems. Some of these symptoms included: sensitivity to sound, light, temperature, hyper activeness followed by debilitating fatigue, periodic blurred vision, uncontrollable hypoglycemia, more dramatic food and environmental allergies and sensitivities, increased deterioration of the degenerating discs in my neck and lower back causing periods of “white knuckle” like pain, increased nerve damage in my left arm causing numbness and loss of mobility in moving my neck, periodic muscle weakness causing falling and inability to hold things, leaky gut syndrome (severe gas, bloating, intestinal discomfort and pain, etc.), chronic diarrhea or soft stools, severe insomnia, bladder stones causing intense irritation after urination, chronic yeast and bladder inflections, periods of memory loss and brain-fog, severe chronic fatigue, chronic low grade asthma, chronic bouts with cold sores, chronic outbreaks of sores on the arms and legs that were much like extreme stages of poison ivy, enlarging of endometriosis tumors, inability to maintain weight, and mild to extreme fibromyalgia.

Now, it has been over four years since I have seen a health care provider of any kind, had any treatments, adjustments, therapy, or taken any herbs, medications, or supplements. In addition, I can physically do things and without any pain that I have never been able to do because of my shoulder, back, and neck conditions, such as mow a yard, throw pots on a potter’s wheel, garden, and so on. I can eat any food and be in any environment without allergic, sensitivity, hypoglycemia or asthmatic reactions. I sleep soundly with REM dream cycles and have no digestive problems or fatigue. My emotional and mental health have never been better. Family, friends, and co-workers that knew me confirm that my healing through practicing Falun Dafa was a miracle.

I am most grateful to Falun Dafa for my new life.

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Stretching and Relaxing.

I read this book about stretching and I found that it helped me to be more flexible with less work.

This information could be important to you if:

1. You like the feeling that comes from stretching.

2. You have stretched before and want to regain
the flexibility that you once had.

3. You have seen other people with flexibility and
want to know how to duplicate their results or even
achieve half of their results.

5. You are an athlete and you KNOW that stretching is
important to your performance.