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By Dr. Masoud Shamaeizadeh
One of the most frequently asked questions in my office is about the use of heat vs. cold to treat an injury. In this post I'm going to cover the benefits of heat modalities on the injured body.
The purpose of heat is to increase blood circulation in the body; because most of the healing in the body involves blood and because blood has ability to repair and clean up the injury site, it is important to know that every time any part of our body gets heated, it increases blood flow to cool it down.
The first question we should be asking is when to use the heat modality.
Because our body is created to heal itself by design, the first 24 to 48 hours our body's injured part has a lot of blood presence and the use heat could actually make it worse, so I don't recommend to use heat in the first 24 to 48 hour while the injury still acute. I do recommend the use of cold and I will go into more detail in Part 2 of this post.
The second question we should be asking is what type of heat modality to use.
If your injury involves muscles, the best heat modalities are the one that make use of water such as a heat shower, bath tub or Jacuzzi, so that the muscles stay hydrated. If your injury involves joints, dry heat such as microwave heating bags is okay .
The third question we should be asking is how high should the temperature be and how deep should the heat go.
The amount of heat applied should be to your toleration so that it does not harm you or burn you. However, the deeper the heat modality can go, the better healing power it has on both muscles and joints. Unfortunately most home use modalities don't go very deep. The deepest heat is up to 1/4 inch into your body and that is the best case scenario. However, many chiropractic offices offer short-wave diathermy modality that can go as deep as 1 1/4 inch into your body. This type of heat modality has huge benefits such as increasing the joint range of motion and accelerating the healing for the muscles.
By Dr. Masoud Shamaeizadeh
These days we hear a lot of talk about antibiotic-resistant bacteria due to the over consumption of prescription and antibiotic drugs. Unfortunately there is a side of the story that doesn't get a lot of attention which is even more problematic for our health; that is the fact that when we consume antibiotics we are killing good and bad bacteria! Good bacteria produce some of our vitamins and enzymes and also keep bad bacteria away.
Consider this, even if you are not over-consuming antibiotics, but you eat meat, you are still at risk of killing your good gut bacteria. In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirmed that animal agriculture consumes 80 percent of all antibiotics used in the United States. This means that unless you are always eating grass-fed, certified organic meat, you are indirectly consuming antibiotics that were fed to farm animals.
Why is that important?
When the bad bacteria outnumber the good bacteria in the gut, inflammation and allergies appear. It is the job of the good bacteria to keep the levels of bad bacteria in check.
So one way to restore the balance of our gastrointestinal tracts is by taking a lot of probiotics in pill or capsule form for long periods of time, then checking stool samples to see if the balance has returned. The problem with this is that the majority of the probiotics in a pill are killed by the acidity of the stomach, so the potency of the pill is decreased and very few probiotics reach their intended destination.
The best method to restore probiotics to the intestinal tract is by consuming fermented vegetables such as cabbage, daikon, carrots, celery, onions and turnips. You could ferment one type of vegetable alone or a mixture of vegetables such as kimchi. You can use a probiotic pill to ferment the vegetables. We also recommend having the fermented veggies as a replacement for salad dressing. This way, there is a better chance that good bacteria gets to your lower gut levels.
Vegan pasta noodles (made from rice or quinoa)
Marinara Sauce jar (or ingredients to make your own marinara sauce)
1 large eggplant
1 large zucchini
1 Portobello mushroom
RECIPE SERVES 4