Sciatica: What is the Source?

sciatica_legpainSciatica: What is the Source?

One of the most common things that I see in my office is Sciatica.  In fact, many patients come to their first visit and tell me straight away that they have sciatica.  Self diagnosis is common today as you can find anything you want on the internet.  However, what most people don’t understand is that sciatic symptoms can have multiple different causes.  This means that sciatica treatment can vary depending on the primary cause.  The real trick is to uncover the true source.  Is is stemming from poor soft tissue health in the low back?  Scar tissue build-up in the hips and glutes? Poor pelvis function?  Poor lumbar spine function?  A herniated disc in the lower back?  Poor postural position of the low back and pelvis?  Or more commonly, is it a combination of many of these?  Many times therapists take a cookie-cutter approach to sciatica.  Adjusting the lumbar spine and pelvis, stretches for the piriformis, and maybe some electrical stimulation to the area.  This can sometimes help overcome the pain and symptoms, but most of the times function is never addressed.  This is the real source of the problem.  Some dysfunction in postural positions or movement has taken place that led to the problem.  Unless this is addressed the problem is likely to return.

The other issue I see is that people many times have an MRI that is done because of nerve symptoms that are present.  While this is not a bad idea you always have to remember that the pain is not always caused by what is found in the MRI.  For example, if you take an MRI of someone’s low back, many times you are likely to find that is does not look perfect.  You may find some mild narrowing of spaces or even some mild disc bulging.  This does not mean that you can automatically assign these findings to the source of all the patient’s pain.  This is why many times surgery to the lumbar spine fails to resolve the patients complaints.  The surgeon did a great job at making the MRI look ‘normal’, but it may not have been the actual thing that was causing the symptoms in the first place.  In fact, in the vast majority of cases conservative care will be enough to take care of the symptoms and restore function without pain.  However, there needs to be a comprehensive approach to this care.  You must address the soft tissue health, the proper joint function, the nerve health, postural positions, strength capacity, AND movement patterns.  You cannot just pick one and roll the dice.  If you fail to correct postural and movement patterns then treatment will likely fail or the problem will shortly reoccur.  We see this many times in our office as patients come to us after numerous other practitioners have failed to resolve the problem.  This is not because they are bad at the services they provide, it is simply because they did not address all of the problems at the same time.

Understand the basic premise behind sciatica treatment is taking pressure off of the sciatic nerve, wherever the compression may be happening.  Whether this is caused by scar tissue, poor joint movement, or poor functional patterns, it doesn’t really matter.  All we have to do is uncover all the dysfunctions, restore normal function, and then let the body heal on its own.  If you are suffering from sciatica, just make sure that your sciatica treatment program is comprehensive and addressing all these areas to ensure you the best chance for success.

The Unseen Cause of Recurring Injuries

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The Unseen Cause of Recurring Injuries

 

For many years I have worked to help people overcome injuries and optimize their health.  For many people, these injuries need to be addressed quickly and efficiently so that training can continue and competitions can be completed.  As training intensity and duration increases the likelihood of injury also increases.  It is my job to eliminate as many of these ‘injury variables’ as possible.  This is why our assessments go way beyond just figuring out what hurts.  Uncovering the underlying causes for the injury becomes the real goal.  Some common causes for injury are poor mobility, poor movement patterns, weaknesses, and/or pure over-training.  However, sometimes I see clients who not only have areas that continue to get injured, but also have multiple areas throughout the body that are injured, swollen, and/or are chronically in pain.  When this occurs we have to start thinking outside the box.  For these clients, what undoubtedly needs to be considered is the possibility of some underlying systemic inflammation.  What this means is that there is something causing inflammation throughout the entire body that is really at the core of nagging, recurring injuries.  While recurring injuries can also be due to weakness, poor movement patterns, and/or strict overuse, it can also be due to a limited ability to fully recover.  This is where systemic inflammation plays a part.  This inflammation, even if low-level, can impede the body’s ability to recover completely.  And poor recovery equals a much higher incidence of re-injury.

 

There are really two common presentations that make me want to consider underlying systemic causes of inflammation.  The first, is when recurring injuries occur to the same area regardless of consistent treatment and proper function.  While this can simply be from continual overuse, systemic inflammation must also at least be considered as a reason for improper recovery and poor tissue health.  The area of injury is really just the ‘weak link’ that breaks down first when excessive inflammation is present.  Eliminating the cause of the inflammation can result in improved recovery, strength, and ability to handle training loads.

 

The second common presentation is when many areas throughout the body have low levels of pain.  These typically show up in joints.  So, for instance, if a client tells me that they hurt their hip and it is not getting better, but also proceed to tell me that both knees, right ankle, and many finger joints also hurt, I automatically start thinking systemic.  Having numerous areas of the body that are painful is difficult to explain away with simple mechanical issues.  Unless of course, they crashed their mountain bike or were involved in a motor vehicle accident.  However, barring any known massive trauma it is tough for numerous areas of the body, especially on opposite sides, to be explained purely from function.

 

Now the question really becomes, what areas need to be assessed if systemic inflammation is suspected?  This can be a little tricky, but with the proper questioning and a little digging it can be determined what areas may be necessary to test.  Some areas that can potentially cause systemic inflammation are poor diet, food sensitivities, poor gut health, parasites, bacterial overgrowth, yeast infections, hormone dysfunctions, and many others.  Having the ability to narrow this list down a little bit can be helpful so that proper testing can be ordered and underlying issues can be uncovered.  In my clinic, we use a wide variety of tests depending on what we are trying to assess.  The best part about many of these functional tests is that they are simple to do and most times can be done in the comfort of your own home.

 

The next level of thinking and true proactive healthcare, for either the office worker or the competitive athlete, is to always assess these underlying causes of inflammation as part of a standard assessment for overall health and prior to creating a comprehensive treatment plan.  Appropriately selected lab work can accurately assess many different systems in the body to check for inflammation itself, or for those things that we know create inflammation.  Treatment programs that miss this piece can many times prove ineffective or at the end be unable to completely resolve pain.  If this occurs, consider seeking out a professional who can assess these ‘other’ causes and get down to the root of the problem.

 

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Does a Chiropractor Only Adjust People?

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Most people think of a chiropractor as someone who adjusts you and then sends you on your way. Whether that’s the result of an experience they have had or just a perception, they believe there isn’t much more to it than that. While adjusting is important, we believe it’s only a small piece of the puzzle. There are many other aspects that we address with every client.

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We look at soft tissue health and function, how the nervous system is functioning, and whether your muscles are firing properly and in the right order. We also address functional movement as well as analyze posture with a digital program to see how it may affect activity, movement and basic core support structure. Nutritional and hormone health is also very important, and we have many tools to address these needs as well.

Ultimately, we optimize the entire system, and don’t just focus on one thing.

The reason we are able to do this is because I have expertise in multiple areas and not just in spine health.

I started my career as a strength trainer. This allowed me to focus on training the body to perform better and focus on physical health. I then received my doctorate from chiropractic school, which taught me about joint movement, nervous system functions, nutritional health, disease processes, and overall human health. During and after chiropractic school I spent many years training in Active Release Therapy, which focuses on treating the soft tissue of the body – which is essentially everything that’s not bone.

I’ve also completed studies in functional movement training which focuses on identifying dysfunctional movement patterns and how to address them. This also included looking at muscle firing patterns and how dysfunctional patterns can cause major problems.

More recent post-grad specialized training has been in functional nutrition, functional endocrinology, and sports medicine. This knowledge allows me to analyze a client’s complete health through comprehensive lab testing and create customized programs to make sure the body is working from the inside out.

When you take a look at our practice, it includes all of these elements. Each is important for your overall health. Although adjusting the spine is an important piece, it’s only a small piece. Our goal is to take a holistic view of your health and help you improve it.

If you are interested in learning more, please give us a call at 949-387-0060.

14 Medications to Zero

pillsA few weeks ago I heard a great story about a lady’s return to health that made me both happy and frustrated all at the same time. While checking out at Nordstrom’s the woman that was assisting me took down my email address and noticed that ‘Dr.’ was in the spelling. She continued to ask what kind of doctor I was and when I told her I was a chiropractor her face lit up as she told me how her chiropractor was the absolute best and was the only doctor she currently uses. This, of course, makes me smile, but also begs me to get more information. The explanation of her return to health was really summed up in one sentence. She said, “Two years ago I was on 14 medications and now I am on none!”. 14 MEDICATIONS!!!!! It is almost difficult to believe that someone can continue to be handed prescriptions at a rate so high. She said that she finally sought out this chiropractor because she was not satisfied with the direction of her healthcare and didn’t feel right taking that many medications every day. This particular chiropractor took control of her care and in two years she lost 50 pounds and was able to eliminate 14 medications from her life! That is just plain awesome. Can you imagine the negative side effects that 14 medications have on your system? Not only each individual one, but there also must be some negative interactions between these meds. Now, this story is really not to say how chiropractors are the best thing in the world. This could have been any other healthcare professional, like a dietician, a naturopath, an acupuncturist, or even another medical professional. The point is that she was able to turn her life around so drastically and truly control her own health.
This really made me smile as I walked out of the store, but this satisfaction was quickly joined by a feeling of frustration. Clearing 14 medications from the system and returning the body to a healthy state is a massive victory, but it begs the question of how someone can possibly be instructed to take all these medications in the first place. Was this really the direction that her previous healthcare provider(s) thought was in her best interest?? Surely there were multiple medical professionals who each lent a hand in boosting her prescription numbers. And maybe even 3 or 4 of these medications were given temporarily and not meant for long term use. However, this would still leave the patient with at least 10 daily medications and potentially no planned date for ending their use. Unfortunately, this has become a common scenario in today’s healthcare system; partly because multiple doctors are used to control a patient’s health and partly because many medical professionals rely on medications as their primary tool for ‘health’. Luckily, this patient decided to seek out advice from another health professional whose goal would be to fix things without using a prescription pad. My hope is not that we eliminate the use of all medications as there are extremely useful and necessary in many instances. My hope is that we use them only when other methods fail to provide solutions or if the body just cannot sustain health without them. I’m sure there are many stories just like this, but probably even more people that COULD have stories like this if they decided to finally take control of their own health.

Heart-Attack or Rib Dysfunction?

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This blog article is a personal story, and thus a little long.  A couple months ago I was struck with severe pain in the right side of my chest.  There was no trauma or single incident that caused the pain.  It gradually began one day and became increasingly severe over the next couple of days.  Like many of my patients, the only thing that I could recall as potentially being the cause was some hard workouts the week prior to the pain beginning.  This not only caused severe chest pain, but it also began to cause other symptoms that most people would not correlate to a musculoskeletal injury.  I began to have acid reflux, heartburn, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath.  Sleep became difficult and work became touch-and-go with pain increasing throughout each work day.  Luckily, because of my training and profession I was about 90% sure of the diagnosis.  However, there was a small part of me that gave some thought to the potential of the pain stemming from the heart.  While my pain was on the right side, all of the other symptoms made me question my diagnosis.  Had the pain been on the left side as well then I would have had more of a questions in my mind and the heart consideration would have been stronger.  However, I was pretty confident that my pain was due to a rib dysfunction on the front of my chest.  So, like a good chiropractor, I made an appointment with my chiropractor and mentor.  Although, because of a family history of heart conditions I also made an appointment with a trusted medical doctor for the following day, should the rib adjustment not prove to be the root of the pain and other symptoms. 

One visit to my chiropractor (some ART and adjustments to the ribs and spine) and the pain was 80% decreased and was isolated to just chest pain, instead of being accompanied by reflux, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath.  More treatments and self-care were still needed to fully recover, but luckily my diagnosis was correct and the visit to my medical doctor was not necessary.

To this day, I still marvel at the fact that anyone else in this situation who was not a chiropractor would have probably went immediately to their medical doctor.  And this would have been the right decision as it is never wise to procrastinate on medical care if heart complications are suspected.  However, the unfortunate thing is that they would have went through extensive (and expensive) testing only to find that ‘everything looks good’.  Blood tests, an EKG, an x-ray, and maybe even a stress test would show that the heart is healthy.  They would be told they were fine and sent home with some prescription meds to mask the pain.  So, thousands of dollars later the patient would not be given much direction on how to solve the real problem and would be sent home to just let time heal everything.  Unfortunately, many times ribs do not just ‘fix themselves‘ over time and pain will last until the rib is corrected with a chiropractic adjustment.

I guess the point of this article is to show that there is a place for all health professionals in healthcare.  Medical professionals are fantastic at what they do.  In severe, acute-care situations, we have the best in the world.  However, when none of the serious conditions are confirmed with medical testing, the default treatment should not just be to pull out the prescription pad.  Especially in this situation, where relief of symptoms would not occur until a chiropractor correctly fixed the rib dysfunction.  No health professional knows everything, nor should they pretend to know everything.  In the event that the cause of a patient’s pain or symptoms is unknown, it is never OK to just dismiss their symptoms and assign the best known drug to mask all symptoms.  Just as I would expect any competent chiropractor to refer a patient out of his or her office should they need medical attention, so too do I expect a medical professional to refer to a competent chiropractor, or other therapist, should the root cause of the problem not be discovered with their knowledge base.  My rib dysfunction just reinforced this concept in my mind as this particular case would have cost a patient a significant amount of money and anxiety, and resulted in nothing but a recommendation to take harmful medications.  If your doctor will not be an advocate for your overall health, please take your health into your own hands and seek out a healthcare professional who cares enough to figure out the underlying cause of your symptoms.  While medications can be very helpful in many circumstances and can definitely help modify pain, it is up to the patient to not be satisfied with that as a treatment protocol or way to fix anything.  Having a team of health professionals that you trust is imperative, not only in the medical world, but also in the world of conservative care.  After all, the vast majority of symptoms that you will encounter in your lifetime will not necessitate true medical care. 

Supplements are a SCAM!

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nutritionist irvine, nutritional supplementation, supplements are a scamHopefully this article title got your attention, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.  It is true that the supplement industry is not regulated which allows everyone and their brother to make products that will sell.  So, yes, some (in fact many) of the products out there are a scam because they are made with cheap materials and may not even contain what they claim. 

However, it really frustrates me when I hear my patients say that their medical doctor told them that supplements are a scam and really ‘don’t do anything.’  This is just nonsense.  Especially coming from a health professional that knows little to nothing about nutrition.  This is not a slam on medical doctors, it just means that they were not trained at all in the topic of nutrition during their intense medical schooling.  They are extremely talented in their particular fields, but don’t have the knowledge base within the field of nutrition to make these suggestions. 

Just recently I had a patient tell me that their doctor said supplements were useless and a waste of money, yet told the patient that he wanted him to continue to take his ‘prescribed’ Vitamin D and Vitamin B12.  Doesn’t that seem a bit odd?  In fact, since we now know how powerful supplementation can be with these two supplements, there are now prescribed versions.  Another silly notion since high quality versions of these supplements are very inexpensive. 

In my clinic we use a very potent Vitamin D liquid supplement that costs about $20 for a 6 month supply!  Why on earth do we need a prescription for this?  Strictly because there is money to be made so the insurance and pharmaceutical machines wants a piece of the profit.    

The real truth is that high quality supplements can have a very powerful and potent effect on health.  The trick is knowing which ones to use, at what dosage, and for what duration.  The goal is not to be on endless amounts of supplements forever, but rather to use targeted supplementation to correct dysfunctions within the body and help your systems to return to normal function.  If this is done correctly you can then remove these nutritional aids and keep the body healthy with proper nutrition and lifestyle alterations. 

However, knowing the benefits of many supplements doesn’t mean that you should run out and just start taking the latest and greatest supplements.  Just because we know the vast benefits of things like Vitamin B12, Turmeric, Omega-3, etc, doesn’t mean that everyone should just start taking all of these for the rest of their life.  Some supplements can be beneficial as a daily addition to a proper diet, but many others can be eliminated as long as a proper diet is followed.  Supplements are just that, a supplement to a diet that should be full of all the major macro and micro nutrients that we need for a healthy life.  Sometimes our intake of proper foods fail or become inadequate and this is when supplements can be very helpful.  We also must understand that the nutrient value of foods today is much less than foods even just 15-20 years ago.  Many studies show that unless you buy organic foods you may be losing up to 25% of the nutrients found in food!  This on top of the herbicides and pesticides that are used on non-organic products can make it difficult to reap all the health benefits from some foods.

There are a few ways that you can see what supplements may be right for you:

  1. See if you feel better when a supplement is added.
  2. Use proper lab testing to determine which supplements may improve your health.
  3. Understand why/when you take a certain supplement and only use it when your diet is lacking.

Just know that using supplements can be a very effective way to improve your health.  I have seen many patients show significant improvements once we introduced some targeted nutrition and supplementation advice to their daily routines.  So, supplements can most definitely be a scam, but only if you buy cheap versions.  High-quality supplements, used with proper timing and dosage, can be very powerful additions that just might make that difference in your health!

Want to learn more?  Contact us today at 949-387-0060.

Tom Brady GETS IT

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tom brady healthy eating, tom brady food interview, nutritionist irvineIf you won’t take my word for it, maybe you will listen to Tom Brady. 

As a guy trying to etch his name in the ‘Best Quarterback to Ever Live’ category, he must know a thing or too about health, right?  Well, whether he does or not, his comments and views on the garbage that our food industry produces is SPOT ON!! 

Take a listen to this audio link of Tom Brady being interviewed on a radio station and see one of the reasons he has become such a dominate force in football.  Not only does he lash out at the food industry for ‘poisoning’ our children, but he also claims that his ability to return to football after a devastating injury was due solely to his decision to ignore the thoughts of the medical doctors and turn to holistic health to get him healthy. 

This is the second major quarterback in the NFL (first one being Aaaron Rodgers – read the article) to speak out and state that the major reason for the ability to play at a high level was mostly due to eating a very clean diet and paying attention to wellness principles. 

It is NOT because of the performance enhancing drugs.  

It is NOT because of the best surgeons in the world.

It is NOT because of the best medications in the world. 

It is, in fact, achieved by simply taking care of your body with the right foods, the correct amount of rest, and avoiding things that we know trash our bodies. 

Can eating whole, organic foods actually provide that much health and performance benefit??  The answer is ABSOLUTELY YES!!!  In fact, Tom Brady has received lots of press lately for saying that he wants to play another 10 years and ‘dominate‘ football until 2025! 

Listen here:  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/11/03/tom-brady-fights-junk-food-industry.aspx

Off Season is Peak Training Season

As the year is winding down, so has the triathlon season.  While this brings a much needed rest period it is also the best time to optimize your health and prep for a new season of training. 

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Getting your overall health in peak shape can pay huge dividends when training resumes for the next season.  It is not only important to stay strong and maintain base mileage, but it is also crucial to make improvements in the vitality of your immune system, adrenal system, and gastrointestinal system. 

During the season these systems get beaten down by the sheer volume of training and without proper attention these deficits can linger on into the next season and make peak training near impossible. 

If you really want to get better next year you need to pay attention to what you do in the off-season.  This means strength training, but more importantly getting as healthy as possible!

Strength Training

Strength training is always something that is highly neglected, in the endurance athlete world especially, but always pays huge dividends in performance.  Having sufficient strength to hold proper postures is very important for every sport, but in endurance sports it becomes more of an issue since that posture needs to be held for long periods of time. 

If these postures cannot be obtained or held for any duration then energy is significantly wasted and power output will drop significantly.  So, while practicing the particular skill of the sport is very important, your potential to convert those training hours into the most power output using the least energy is always the goal. 

Proper strength training is the only way to maximize that equation.  While many people don’t take this very seriously, at least they realize that it is something that would probably help performance if done correctly. 

Getting Healthy

However, the biggest bang for your buck can many times be just getting as healthy as possible.  You must remember that your ability to train hard rests solely on your ability to recover from the previous workout.  This recovery potential not only determines your ability to train hard, but it also determines much of your injury prevention.  

Most injuries occur because of overuse which means that use of an area overwhelms its ability to heal and recover.  While this seems pretty obvious to most people, what they fail to realize is that your overall health greatly influences your ability to recover. 

This means making sure you are eating right, sleeping well, your hormone levels are in normal ranges, your GI system is not dysfunctional, and your inflammation levels are low.  Difficult and long seasons tend to exhaust our systems and create dysfunctional hormone levels and high levels of inflammation.  Having the proper testing, like blood, saliva, and stool testing, allows you to know what systems need to be addressed and gives a great roadmap for how to address those systems quickly and effectively before the next season begins. 

If done properly, this rejuvenation of your internal systems will allow you to feel better, recover quicker, train harder, and ultimately get faster and stronger.  This can be the missing link for many people and can be the difference between a season of success and a season of battling injuries.

If you are interested in improving performance through health, now is the time!  Contact our office today at 949-387-0060 to find out about our programs designed to optimize your health.

How We Help You Optimize Your Health

Last week, we talked about the different types of people who we normally work with – those who are looking to be healthier in general, and those who have a particular problem they are trying to fix.

This week, I am diving in a little deeper on what our process is like to work with us when patients are looking to optimize their overall health.

Wellness

The first thing we encourage everyone to do is to attend one of our workshops. The way we approach health is often new or different than what most people have heard in the past. Sitting in on one of our talks will help you get pre-educated on our approach and philosophy. It will also help you get a better understanding of how our process works.

From there, if our patients are interested in the program, we like to set up a consultation. During this consultation, we work together to get a comprehensive picture of your health. This includes your medical history, goals, past failures at getting healthy, what has worked in the past, and what you are looking for.

We also complete metabolic assessment forms. These give us an idea of which systems in your body are performing well and which ones aren’t. Ultimately, it helps us customize a protocol specifically for each condition.

Lastly, we look at any lab work they might have had recently. This will allow us to look at a variety of things, including various hormone levels in your body.

After we have reviewed all of these metrics, we utilize all of that information to determine what would be an appropriate program to help them reach their goals.

When we are deciding which program is best, it’s not a one size fits all. Every person is unique and because of that, we customize our programs to each individual. We spend a lot of time up front figuring out what it is that you need so that we start each person off in the right direction. A well-rounded approach is an integral part of how we work with our patients.

These plans aren’t just about fitness and nutrition (although those are a big part of it). We also work on many other factors that might be affecting your health. One example is stress. You can be super fit and eat really well, but if you are experiencing high levels of stress, it’s going to have an impact on your health. By addressing the underlying factor, we can help you create a more balanced life that translates into better health.

Once we have decided on the program, we walk you through the entire process. Ultimately, we are here to help you reach your goals. If something in the plan isn’t working, we adjust accordingly and keep moving forward. We are here to hold your hand, cheer you on, and help you get back on track if you are struggling. However, the end game is to not only get you back to health, but to empower you with the knowledge to take care of your own health for the rest of your life!

If you are interested in learning more, please call us at 949-387-0060.

GMO Labeling Would ‘Deliver Many Benefits’

The term “GMO” has become a hot topic in recent times. 

There is a huge push to get all GMO products labeled so that consumers have the choice to purchase them or not.  However, the food industry is pushing back hard to prevent the mandatory labeling of these items. 

GMO Labeling benefits, problems with GMO foods, nutritionist IrvineAs always occurs, money and powerful lobby interests seem to push the direction of lawmaking in favor of corporations instead of the people.  The argument against GMO labeling, however, is also very popular and states that GMO products are completely safe and the public has nothing to worry about.  In my opinion, most people on both sides of the argument, just don’t have all the information to decide on the matter. 

In a very recent publication, Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., and Charles Benbrook, Ph.D., published a commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine.  For those who are unaware, this journal is probably the most respected journal in the medical world.  So, research articles and commentaries do not appear in this journal unless there is some serious science to support them.

In this commentary, Dr. Landrigan and Dr. Benbrook quickly and simply explain the reasons why GMO foods should be labeled and the FDA should reconsider how we grow these crops.  They state that the studies used by the Environmental Protection Agency to deem safe the herbicides used on GMO crops were ‘flawed’ and completely contravened ‘federal pesticide law’.

It goes on to show that the chemical compounds found in these herbicides has been proven already to be a ‘probably human carcinogen’ and that detailed study and assessment of these compounds linked them to increases in malignant tumors. 

Not only are the authors greatly concerned with the human health effects of the GMO foods themselves, but they clearly show how the herbicides used specifically on these GMO crops pose a grave threat to human health.

The final recommendation by Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., and Charles Benbrook, Ph.D, is that laws on GMO labeling need to be completely revisited with all the evidence and that GMO labeling ‘will deliver many benefits’.

Please take the time to read this very quick commentary and learn about some of the real concerns involving GMO foods.  These laws are all being discussed right now and it is important that we voice our opinions. 

Read this quick informative commentary at the following link:

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1505660