Prior to the current use of TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) to assess thyroid function, doctors used much simpler, yet highly effective ways to grade thyroid function. Doctors in the 1940’s used signs and symptoms to make a working diagnosis and relied on basal metabolic rate to confirm the diagnosis. Basal body temperature, metabolism and heart…

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Statins are one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in North America. There is controversy about their efficacy and safety – but one thing is for sure:  CoQ10 must be considered as an adjunct treatment. To learn about CoQ10’s use in general, click here. To learn how to pick CoQ10 supplements, click here. A little…

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Coenzyme CoQ10 plays a very important role in heart disease. Click here to read about the need for CoQ10 supplementation when taking statins. Click here to learn how to select a CoQ10 supplement and what makes a good one. CoQ10 can also be useful for several other disease processes, as I will discuss below. All…

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WHAT IS ROTATOR CUFF TENDINITIS? Your rotator cuff is a group of 4 muscles that act to stabilize the shoulder joint. The 4 rotator cuff muscles are: Supraspinatus Infraspinatus Teres Minor Subscapularis With rotator cuff tendinitis, one (or multiple) of the rotator cuff tendons gets inflamed. Repetitive strain, overhead movements, and increased stress on the…

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WHAT IS ACHILLES TENDINOPATHY? Did you know that the Achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in the body? With Achilles Tendinitis, the Achilles tendon, also known as the common plantar flexor tendon, gets inflamed and irritated. Overloading the tissues, repetitive strain, and increased stress on the structures leads to pain. You might hear…

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WHAT IS JUMPER’S KNEE? With jumper’s knee (patellar tendinitis), the quadriceps tendon/ligament structure gets inflamed and irritated. Overloading the tissues, repetitive strain, and increased stress on the structures leads to pain. It is more common in younger, athletic populations, especially in sports that involve a lot of jumping and explosive movements. HOW DO I KNOW…

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WHAT IS GOLFER’S ELBOW? Golfer’s elbow is the common term for medial epicondylitis. It is not as common as lateral epicondylitis. With medial epicondylitis, the common flexor tendon of muscles – responsible for movements of the forearm, wrist, and fingers – gets inflamed and irritated. Overloading the tendons, repetitive strain, and increased stress on the structures…

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WHAT IS TENNIS ELBOW? Tennis elbow is the common term for lateral epicondylitis. It is the most common elbow injury. With lateral epicondylitis, the common extensor tendon of muscles – responsible for movements of the forearm, wrist, and fingers – gets inflamed and irritated. Overloading the tendons, repetitive strain, and increased stress on the structures…

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Many of my patients are taking acid suppressing medications, and have been for a long time. I often find myself explaining to them that “acid blockers can do harm long term”. A lot of patients don’t realize the gravity of the situation, since in many cases, their family doctors are fully aware of their long…

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