Pain Relief & Wellness March 2019

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MARCH 2019

REGENERATIVE MEDICINE Statistics tell us that we’re not living much longer than we did 100 years ago — only about four more years on average. What we’re actually doing is surviving birth better.

For those who might have experienced too much damage or need a little assistance, stem cell therapy comes into play. Stem cells are primordial cells that are unspecialized and therefore have the capacity to change into any healthy cell. Stem cells can migrate to injured tissues and release growth factors, which control the inflammatory response and relieve the resulting pain while the cells work to heal tissue and other cells. In addition, stem cells increase blood flow to an area by forming new blood vessels. Over the last several decades, athletes and entertainers have utilized the services of stem cells to heal damaged joints — knees, ankles, hips, elbows, shoulders, and so on — as well as disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, COPD, and leukemia. (Cedars-Sinai Hospital showed a 100 percent success rate with leukemia at the five-year mark.) There are four legal places to get stem cells: Two are sourced from your own body, and two would come from a donor. In your own body, stem cells can be derived from either bone marrow in your hip or from your belly fat. The challenge with the bone marrow and the belly fat is that, as you get older, so do your stem cells. If you’re diabetic, so are your stem cells. If you have high blood pressure, so do your stem cells. If you’re taking several medications, so are your stem cells. Thus, your body is not the most viable place to derive stem cells.

If you made it through your first year of life 100 years ago, your chance of living to be 100 would be just about as good as it is today. Most of the credit goes to cleaner water and sanitation, more readily available food supplies, and so on. In fact, statistics tell us that because of our modern lifestyles, we’re actually living nine fewer “healthy years” than we did a century ago, leaving us with a net negative five years.

In other words, we’re not dying so much from acute disease but more from chronic and degenerative disease, primarily due to our lifestyles.

Modern medicine is the best the world has ever seen to help with acute crises, from infection to injury, but by its own admission, it has a dismal track record for chronic and lifestyle-caused disorders.

Over the last few decades, an entire new branch of medicine has developed. Called regenerative medicine, it primarily focuses on developing a healthy lifestyle by eating fruits and vegetables,

consuming fewer processed foods (products that come in cans or packages), drinking clean water, and implementing stress reduction techniques, like mindfulness training, autogenic relaxation, biofeedback, and exercise. The lifestyle portion of regenerative medicine has already been successful at reversing Type 2 diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, cancer, dementia, Alzheimer’s, and more. We offer direction, counseling, and other helpful resources. In fact, the medical director for our office ran the largest natural health care practice in the state of Pennsylvania for over 20 years, and he pairs that knowledge with mine to help our patients improve the quality of their lives.

For this reason, we often use stem cells derived from a donor, called a tissue allograft.

It is also very common nowadays to freeze a sample of a baby’s umbilical cord blood when the mother is pregnant and save it in a tissue bank to be used should the baby ever have a problem. That way, the child’s stem cells can help regenerate their own tissues if needed.

Others who choose not to bank their own cord blood many choose to become donors and be screened throughout their pregnancy

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Whatever way it hits you, neuropathy can significantly hamper your daily life. It makes routine activities painful and can quickly keep you from enjoying your favorite hobbies. Many medical professionals rely on medications to treat neuropathy. The problem with drugs — many of which are addictive — is that they don’t treat the cause of your pain. Instead, they only mask the pain you feel and make life bearable. The second you stop taking your meds, the pain comes back. Pain Relief & Wellness Strategy Center is different. As a certified member of the Neuropathy Treatment Centers of America, we seek to heal your damaged nerve and treat the problem itself — not just the symptoms. We employ The Vinton Method of examining your body from head to toe to determine if there are other deficits contributing to your hand or foot pain, including dropped arches in your feet, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, spinal stenosis, disk herniations, poor posture, tight muscles, or inflammatory metabolic disorders. Once neuropathy has been diagnosed, we’ll create an exclusive, customized treatment plan that addresses your nerve damage at its source.

for all the common disorders and genetic defects. At the moment of delivery, once the umbilical cord is clamped and mom and newborn are settled, the rest of the cord is harvested and frozen within an hour instead of being thrown away. The difference between these and older stem cells is that these cells are just minutes to hours old; are typically more vibrant and plentiful; and are full of growth factors, cytokines, and all the necessary components that enable them to differentiate into any type of tissue. You, the patient, don’t have to be a certain tissue type — like you do with a kidney transplant — because stem cells are undifferentiated. Once they are injected into you, they become you. If you’re experiencing shooting pain, numbness, tingling, or a burning sensation in your extremities, you may be one of the 20 million Americans suffering from peripheral neuropathy. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) defines peripheral neuropathy as “the many conditions that involve damage to the peripheral nervous system, the vast communication network that sends signals between the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and all other parts of the body.” Many issues can lead to neuropathy, from trauma and infections to diabetes and vascular diseases. Neuropathy is rarely a genetic condition, but rather something that’s acquired. ... contined from Cover

Nobody should have to live with unwanted pain. If you’re dealing with any of the symptoms associated with neuropathy, give us a call today.

Stem cells can be administered with an injection — into a knee joint, for instance, to reverse osteoarthritis — through an IV, or through a nebulizer. Once they enter your body, they search for the point of inflammation, infection, or damage and begin working to create new healthy cells, thus literally regenerating the damaged part. On the cover, there is a before and after X-ray of an 88-year-old man’s knee that received a regenerative medicine injection. It’s nothing short of amazing. We’ll share much more in the coming months on this topic with some case reports and scientific updates. Rest assured that we continue to be on the cusp of the cutting edge and are always looking for ways to better help our patients ease their pain and regain their health and vitality.

Until next month,

-Dr. Vinton

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S oba N oodles W ith G arlic & Z ucchini

GO NATURAL WITH YOUR ANTIBIOTICS Our world is becoming increasingly antibacterial with practically every office, medical facility, and school being equipped with dozens of containers of hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes. While these products claim to be 99.9 percent effective at killing bacteria, the harsh chemicals dry out our skin, and over time bacteria become more and more resistant to these agents. Doctors, too, are blamed for overprescribing antibiotics. As a result, we’re hearing more and more about “superbugs” — strains of harmful bacteria that cause severe illness and are not easily remedied by antibiotics. But you can still protect yourself and your family against illness-causing bacteria without resorting to harsh chemicals and medications. The answer is to go all natural! Here are two options that are completely natural yet totally effective against the microorganisms that make us sick. RAW HONEY Most honey you find at the store has been pasteurized and filtered, rendering it far less effective when it comes to its antibacterial properties. On the other hand, raw, unfiltered honey is an incredible antiseptic. Even better than your average raw honey is manuka honey, which comes from New Zealand. Its antibacterial properties are potent enough that hospitals around the world keep it on hand to treat certain kinds of infections and burns. If you get a cut, applying raw honey to the wound can keep out harmful, infection-causing bacteria while killing any existing bacteria. Not only does the honey help prevent infection but it can also help reduce healing time. Raw honey can also help alleviate internal infections such as peptic ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori . Manuka honey is particularly great for this — just add some to hot tea or water and drink! OREGANO A study published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences took a look at the effectiveness of oregano against bacteria. It turns out certain compounds in oregano — carvacrol and thymol — make it a strong antibacterial and antifungal agent. The study found that oregano was effective against salmonella as well as other harmful microorganisms and fungi that make people sick. As an antibacterial, oregano is most useful as an essential oil. In this form, it’s highly potent, meaning you only need a drop or two in a glass of water for it to have an effect. You can drink it or you can infuse a couple of drops into some coconut oil and apply to your skin. However, be warned that because it is potent, it should not be used on a regular, ongoing basis. Use only when needed and only for a few days at a time — and never use it undiluted!

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ingredients • 4 ounces soba noodles • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 2–3 cloves garlic, grated • 1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and grated • 1/4 cup soy sauce

• 2 tablespoons water • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced • 1 small zucchini, julienned into noodle strands


1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add soba noodles and cook until tender, about 4–5 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water, then set aside. 2. In a large skillet or wok over medium-low heat, warm olive oil until barely shimmering. Add grated garlic and ginger, and cook for 1 minute. Pour in soy sauce and water, and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 2 minutes. 3. Add onions, simmering for 3 minutes. Stir in zucchini and cook for an additional 90 seconds. 4. Add soba noodles and toss to fully coat. Serve immediately, or cool and serve as a cold dish.


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INSIDE Regenerative Medicine PAGE 1 How We Treat Neuropathy PAGE 2 2 Effective Natural Antibiotics PAGE 3 Soba Noodles With Garlic and Zucchini PAGE 3 The Foods of Our Region PAGE 4


Our office in Grove City, Pennsylvania, is about equidistant from Pittsburgh and Youngstown, Ohio. That makes it easy for patients from both areas to come to us for specialized treatment, and it gives us the chance to travel to both cities regularly. Like all curious visitors, we enjoy exploring the local cuisine. Each city hangs its hat on an iconic dish, and we want to take a moment to celebrate them. BRIER HILL PIZZA (YOUNGSTOWN) While it may not possess the worldwide repute of New York thin crust or Chicago deep dish, pizza is just as much a point of pride for Youngstown residents as it is for citizens of the Big Apple and the Windy City. Brier Hill pizza, named for a neighborhood in the city, features a crisp crust, thick tomato sauce, peppers, romano cheese, and notably, no mozzarella. The most famous version can be found not at a restaurant, but in a church. Every Friday, Saint Anthony of Padua serves up hundreds of Brier Hill pizzas. It has been a tradition for decades, and you won’t find it anywhere else. PIEROGIES (PITTSBURGH) The culture of Pittsburgh owes a great deal to Eastern European immigrants, and the city’s most famous dumplings are no exception.

Pronounced “pro-geeze” by locals, pierogies are served all over the city. Who makes them best is a matter of fierce debate, but the best part of eating pierogies in the Steel City is the incredible variety offered. From the grandmother-approved classics at Bubba’s and the elevated delicacies at The Foundry Table & Tap to the experimental vegan creations at Apteka, Pittsburgh is a city with a pierogi for every palate. A trip from one city to another is perfect weekend getaway fodder. Another great addition to your next trip to Grove City is an appointment at Pain Relief & Wellness Strategy Center. Call us today to give yourself the perfect reason to take a quick vacation.

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