Monthly Archives: June 2013

MRI’s X-Rays Ineffective for Low Back Pain | Yankton Chiropractor | Brian Olson DC

Scans Ineffective for Back Pain

Patients suffering from lower back pain often undergo X-rays or imaging scans to detect the source of the problem. But new research shows scanning to find the source of back pain may do more harm than good.

Researchers from Oregon Health and Science University in Portland reviewed six clinical trials comprised of nearly 2,000 patients with lower back pain. They found that back pain patients who underwent scans didn’t get better any faster or have less pain, depression or anxiety than patients who weren’t scanned. More important, the data suggested that patients who get scanned for back pain may end up with more pain than those who are left alone, according to the report published this week in the medical journal Lancet.

About two thirds of adults suffer from low back pain at some time in their lives, and low back pain is the second most common symptom that sends people to the doctor (upper respiratory problems are first). Studies suggest that more than half the patients who see a doctor for back pain undergo X-rays or another imaging study as a result.

The problem, say researchers, is that back scans can turn up physical changes in the back that aren’t really causing any problem. One well known study from The New England Journal of Medicine put 98 people with no back pain into a magnetic resonance imaging scan. Even though all of them had healthy backs, two out of three of them came back with M.R.I. reports that showed disk problems.

“You can find lots of stuff on X-rays and M.R.I.’s like degenerative disks and arthritis, but these things are very weakly correlated with low back pain,” said study author Dr. Roger Chou, associate professor of medicine at Oregon Health. “We think we’re helping patients by doing a test, but we’re adding cost, exposing people to radiation and people may be getting unnecessary surgery. They start to think of themselves as having a horrible back problem and they stop doing exercise and things that are good for them, when in reality, a lot of people have degenerative disks and arthritis and have no pain at all.”

“I think patients should question whether they really need it,” Dr. Chou said. “From a societal perspective, it’s important because we’re wasting a lot of money that could be used for better purposes. But from an individual patient’s perspective, doing X-rays and M.R.I.’s can lead you down a path that you don’t want to go down.”

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Gluten Sensitivity Basics | Yankton Chiropractor | Brian Olson DC

Gluten sensitivity is basically defined as an immune response (sensitivity) to gluten.  It is not to be confused with an allergy.  By strict definition, allergy is a clear IgE-medicated response to an offender and may create anaphylaxis.  Gluten sensitivity is an IgA, IgM, or IgG response to gluten and does not fit in the category of allergy and is not typically involved with anaphylaxis.  This is important because the gluten sensitivity response will not be identified with conventional allergy tests that use skin testing of IgE responses.  Gluten sensitivity promotes an immune response that increases systemic inflammation and has been associated with a multitude of health conditions in the peer-reviewed literature.  Gluten is a protein found in wheat and other grains, including spelt, kamut, rye, and barely.  Oats are technically gluten free, but two issues arise with oats.  First, most oats (98%) in the United States are contaminated by gluten during processing or shipping.  Second, even gluten-free oats are prone to cross-reactivity to gluten.  They are close enough in proteome structure to elicit an immunological response to the gluten antibody.  Individuals with gluten sensitivity should avoid both oats in the diet and whole food supplements that use oats as fillers.  Visit our website at for more information.

Vitamin D & Low Thyroid | Hashimoto’s | Hypothyroid | Yankton Chiropractor

Vitamin D associations have been found in numerous autoimmune diseases, including autoimmune thyroid conditions.  It also appears that many individuals who have autoimmune thyroid conditions have not only vitamin D deficiency, but also a genetic polymorphism in their body’s vitamin D receptor sites that do no respond adequately to normal amounts of Vitamin D, and they may require much greater amounts.  Vitamin D appears to help against autoimmune mediated thyroid dysfunction.

Vitamin D levels may be tested with these individuals with a serum 25(OH) D test, but the ranges used to determine Vitamin D status adequacy may not represent individuals with vitamin D receptor site polymorphisms adequately.  Despite measurements of serum vitamin D levels, an autoimmune thyroid pattern may benefit from vitamin D supplementation.

If vitamin D is used, it should be in high doses (2000-5000 IU) per day in an emulsified form.  If you would like more info go to

Low Thyroid | Hypothyroid | Hashimoto’s | Brian Olson DC

Check out this video on youtube about your low thyroid.  90% of woman diagnosed with hypothyroidism have an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.  You need to have your blood tested for antibodies against your thyroid because treating your low thyroid with just thyroid medications will never address the real problem of autoimmunity.  You must dampen the immune response or it will continue to attack the thyroid gland and possibly other tissue.  Two things that must be avoided by hypothyroid patients are iodine supplements and gluten.  Iodine is like throwing gasoline on a fire when it comes to autoimmune thyroid conditions and gluten will also heighten the immune response against your thyroid.  Most doctors will only try to get your TSH and T4 levels normal while ignoring the cause of the problem which is the autoimmune response.  More information can be obtained by contacting Olson Chiropractic Center in Yankton, SD. 605 -665-2434.