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March 27, 2011

Changes in Skeletal Muscle Size and Glucose Tolerance With Electrically Stimulated Resistance Training in Subjects With Chronic Spinal Cord Injury

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Abstract: Mahoney ET, Bickel CS, Elder C, Black C, Slade JM, Apple Jr D, Dudley GA.
Changes in skeletal muscle size and glucose tolerance with electrically stimulated
resistance training in subjects with chronic spinal cord injury.
Objective: To determine the effect of residence-based, resistance exercise training (RET) on affected skeletal muscle size and glucose tolerance after long-standing, complete spinal cord injury (SCI).
Design: Before-after trial.
Setting: University laboratory trial.
Participants: Five men with chronic, complete SCI (C5-T9).
Intervention: Magnetic resonance images of the thighs and an oral glucose tolerance test were performed before and after RET. Subjects performed RET with both thighs, 2d/wk Abstract Article Figures/Tables References Calorie restriction initiated at middle age improved gl… Experimental Gerontology MECHANISMS OF THROMBOSIS IN SPINAL CORD INJURY Hematology/Oncology Clinics of North America Index Exercise Physiology in Special Populations Cardiovascular Health and Fitness in Persons with Spina… Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North A… Poster 26 assessment of plantarflexor muscle size using… Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Home Browse Search My Settings Alerts Help About ScienceDirect | Contact Us | Information for Advertisers | Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. ScienceDirect® is a registered trademark of Elsevier B.V. for 4 sets of 10 unilateral, dynamic knee extensions for 12 weeks. Neuromuscular electric stimulation induced RET by activating the knee extensors.
Main Outcome Measures: Quadriceps femoris muscle cross-sectional area (CSA), plasma glucose, and insulin concentrations were measured before and after RET.
Results: Skeletal muscle CSA increased by 35% in the right quadriceps femoris (from
32.6cm2 to 44.0cm2) and by 39% in the left quadriceps femoris (from 34.6cm2 to
47.9cm2) as a result of training (P<.05). There were no significant changes in blood glucose or insulin after training. However, a trend for a reduction in plasma glucose levels was observed (P=.074).

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A STUDY TO DETECT THE EFFICACY OF MICRO-CURRENT THERAPY ON PESSURE ULCERS. Xanya Sofra Weiss

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M. O. Ullah; 2007

Pressure ulcers (PU) are common international afflictions that occur in many different
healthcare settings. The aim of this prospective, randomized, multi-center study was to determine the
effectiveness of micro-current (MCT) therapy on patients with four chronic stages under The National
Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP). PU on 60 male and female patients enrolled from 6 hospitals.
The analysis reveals that MCT has a significant effect on wound healing. Data analysis also reveals that
wounds of female patients are healed significantly faster than those of male patients and that age
significantly influenced wound healing.

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March 15, 2011

Live Blood Analysis. Xanya Sofra Weiss

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Through a live blood analysis, you can see the life gifting element of your body come alive – your blood. After your health practioner takes one small drop of blood and places it on the slide, you observe as your blood reveals nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, yeast overgrowths, digestive problems, metal toxicity, liver stress, bacteria and parasite levels. The mysteries of your health become revealed and through the 45 minute assessment provided from your practitioner, you learn how to clean your blood and become an active participant in correcting any areas of concern. In partnership with your practitioner, you establish a proactive nutritional plan that will put you back in control of your own health

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DHA. Xanya Sofra Weiss

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Just inside your wrist is a narrow, bony passage called the carpal
tunnel. Anything but empty, this tunnel contains nine tendons as well
as a nerve called the median nerve, all of which are encased,
sausage-like, in a slippery sheath called the synovium. When the
synovium and tendons become inflamed and swollen, they squeeze the
median nerve, which runs to the fingers.

Ever watch a live
electrical wire rub metal? The pinched median nerve can send angry
sparks of pain, numbness and tingling from your fingertips to your
shoulder. More often the pain is in the thumb and the index and middle
fingers. Sometimes the ring finger is also involved. Many people who
suffer from CTS say it feels like their hands have fallen asleep;
others complain of weak grips and stiff fingers.

Women seem to
suffer from CTS more often than men. Changes in female hormones caused
by pregnancy, taking birth control pills and menopause somehow make the
synovium swell. And because women generally have small wrists, just a
little swelling is enough to cause carpal tunnel pain, experts say.

Surgeons agree that CTS should not be treated with surgery during pregnancy. Studies by Dr. Ellis found that vitamin B6
helped relieve CTS in 11 percent of the pregnant women with severe CTS
signs and symptoms during their pregnancies. These women were treated
with 50 to 300 milligrams of B6 daily for at least 60 to 90
days before giving birth. And there was no harm to either the mother or
the child. If you’d like to try this therapy, you should discuss it
with your doctor.

Obesity creates a similar situation. “There
is about a fivefold increase in CTS in people who are obese and couch
potatoes. So we encourage them to be in better shape and lose weight,”
says Morton Kasdan, M.D., clinical professor of plastic surgery at the
University of Louisville in Kentucky and clinical professor of
preventive medicine and environmental health

at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

CTS has also become the unofficial health complaint of the modern age,
the result of an increase in cases among people in manufacturing jobs.

Officials at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics don’t keep records of
the number of CTS cases reported each year. Between 1986 and 1992,
cases of “repetitive trauma disorders” (a category that includes CTS
and similar conditions) zoomed from 50,000 to 282,000.

Another
common culprit is working on a computer, which doesn’t require you to
take frequent breaks, as changing paper in a typewriter would. “The
repetitive activity produces inflammation, and this leads to swelling,”
explains Dr. Tunell. “That’s a major contributor for the patients I
see.”

Carpal Tunnel Supplements. Xanya Sofra Weiss

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Just inside your wrist is a narrow, bony passage called the carpal
tunnel. Anything but empty, this tunnel contains nine tendons as well
as a nerve called the median nerve, all of which are encased,
sausage-like, in a slippery sheath called the synovium. When the
synovium and tendons become inflamed and swollen, they squeeze the
median nerve, which runs to the fingers.

Ever watch a live
electrical wire rub metal? The pinched median nerve can send angry
sparks of pain, numbness and tingling from your fingertips to your
shoulder. More often the pain is in the thumb and the index and middle
fingers. Sometimes the ring finger is also involved. Many people who
suffer from CTS say it feels like their hands have fallen asleep;
others complain of weak grips and stiff fingers.

Women seem to
suffer from CTS more often than men. Changes in female hormones caused
by pregnancy, taking birth control pills and menopause somehow make the
synovium swell. And because women generally have small wrists, just a
little swelling is enough to cause carpal tunnel pain, experts say.

Surgeons agree that CTS should not be treated with surgery during pregnancy. Studies by Dr. Ellis found that vitamin B6
helped relieve CTS in 11 percent of the pregnant women with severe CTS
signs and symptoms during their pregnancies. These women were treated
with 50 to 300 milligrams of B6 daily for at least 60 to 90
days before giving birth. And there was no harm to either the mother or
the child. If you’d like to try this therapy, you should discuss it
with your doctor.

Obesity creates a similar situation. “There
is about a fivefold increase in CTS in people who are obese and couch
potatoes. So we encourage them to be in better shape and lose weight,”
says Morton Kasdan, M.D., clinical professor of plastic surgery at the
University of Louisville in Kentucky and clinical professor of
preventive medicine and environmental health

at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

CTS has also become the unofficial health complaint of the modern age,
the result of an increase in cases among people in manufacturing jobs.

Officials at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics don’t keep records of
the number of CTS cases reported each year. Between 1986 and 1992,
cases of “repetitive trauma disorders” (a category that includes CTS
and similar conditions) zoomed from 50,000 to 282,000.

Another
common culprit is working on a computer, which doesn’t require you to
take frequent breaks, as changing paper in a typewriter would. “The
repetitive activity produces inflammation, and this leads to swelling,”
explains Dr. Tunell. “That’s a major contributor for the patients I
see.”

Food Factors

The
pain hits your wrist, your hand and sometimes even your shoulder. But
carpal tunnel syndrome can start in your stomach. Here are some things
to consider.

Hold the reins on cocktails.
Alcohol is known to deplete the body of nutrients, especially the B
vitamins, which are vital for preventing carpal tunnel syndrome.

Drop those pounds.
Many doctors have noted that people who lose weight sometimes also lose
their symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. If you’re on a
weight-reducing diet, be sure to eat foods that contain vitamin B6, such as bananas and avocados.

Prescriptions for Healing

Many doctors recommend B vitamins for carpal tunnel syndrome. Because even the foods richest in vitamin B6, such as bananas, avocados, brewer’s yeast and beef, provide barely a single milligram of B6, you’ll probably need to take a supplement. B-complex capsules often include all of the recommended vitamins.

Nutrient Daily Amount


Biotin 300 micrograms

Riboflavin 25 milligrams

Vitamin B6 50-200 milligrams


MEDICAL ALERT: Take vitamin B6 in amounts above 100 milligrams only under the supervision of your doctor.

The Benefits of B6

Doctors are divided on why vitamin B6 seems to provide relief from CTS.

The author of five published studies that demonstrate the benefits of vitamin B6 for CTS, Dr. Ellis contends that synovium swelling and inelasticity are caused by a B6 deficiency.

Dr. Ellis and Karl Folkers, D.Sc., Ph.D., professor and director of the
Institute for Biomedical Research at the University of Texas at Austin,
once healed 22 of 23 people with CTS just by giving them 50 to 300
milligrams of vitamin B6 daily for at least 12 weeks. And a number of them had already undergone surgery without experiencing relief. “Vitamin B6 is as important to your body as oxygen and water, only it takes a little longer to show the benefits,” says Dr. Ellis.

The average diet, Dr. Ellis says, provides only about 1.4 milligrams of vitamin B6
a day, in part because the nutrient is lost in processing, so many
people are just not getting enough. “Raw foods are the best sources,
because heat destroys it,” he says. Foods containing B6 include potatoes, bananas, chicken breast, top round of beef, fish, brown rice and avocados.

Other doctors believe vitamin B6
acts as a diuretic, helping the body to eliminate excess fluid. “During
pregnancy, your feet swell, your hands swell, rings don’t fit anymore.
You’re retaining fluid, especially in the wrists,” says Dr. Tunell. For
some women, the problem worsens when they lie down, as fluid that makes
the ankles swell during the day is redistributed throughout the body,
including to the wrists, he says. “B6 helps you get rid of the extra water gain that’s causing carpal tunnel,” he says.

Another theory, backed up by two European studies, suggests that vitamin B6 somehow short-circuits an angry nerve’s ability to transmit pain signals. “We don’t know the mechanism, but we do know B6
reduces the amount of pain that animals feel, and that may be what’s
happening here,” says Allan L. Bernstein, M.D., chief of neurology at
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Hayward, California.

Medical experts do agree on one thing: No matter how vitamin B6
gets the job done, you have to be careful not to take too much. In
studies using laboratory animals, researchers found that excess B6 can harm your central nervous system.

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Western Human Nutrition

Research Center in San Francisco fed 12 experimental animals 1, 10, 100, 200 or 300 times their requirement of vitamin B6 for seven weeks. At the three highest levels of B6 intake, the animals’ reaction time to a loud noise was reduced. Signs of a B6 overdose also include an oversensitivity to sunlight, which produces a skin rash and numbness.

“Vitamin B6 toxicity symptoms are rarely seen in healthy individuals. Moderate supplementation of B6 will not cause that kind of thing,” says Robert A. Jacob, Ph.D., research chemist in micronutrients at the Western Human Nutrition


Research Center. “You’d have to megadose on it. So I don’t think that
would happen if you take just a multivitamin/mineral supplement with B6 or even a 50- or 100-milligram B6 supplement. It appears only when you chronically take massive amounts.”

Doctors recommend 50 to 200 milligrams of vitamin B6 daily to treat carpal tunnel.

Some Recommend Riboflavin and Biotin

There’s some evidence that vitamin B6
won’t work properly unless you’re getting adequate amounts of
riboflavin and biotin, other B vitamins. “Each one of these vitamins is
synergistic; each works in concert with the other,” says Flora Pettit,
Ph.D., a research scientist at the Biochemical Institute at the
University of Texas at Austin. Doctors suggest aiming for 300
micrograms of biotin and 25 milligrams of riboflavin daily.

By
law, most cereals, flours and other grain products are fortified with
riboflavin; milk, yogurt and cheeses are good sources, too. Biotin is
found in brewer’s yeast, soy flour, cereals, egg yolks, milk, nuts and
vegetables.

Older adults, alcoholics and those with nutritionally poor diets
are at particular risk for deficiencies in these vitamins, says Dr.
Tunell. “Generally, the elderly have poor diets, and they have trouble
absorbing B vitamins anyway,” says Dr. Tunell. “So they couldn’t go
wrong with a B-complex supplement unless they have Parkinson’s disease.
In that case, vitamin B6 may interfere with the absorption of their levodopa medication.”

“My patients are getting between 50 and 100 milligrams of vitamin B6 and riboflavin a day, using a B-complex supplement,” says Dr. Kasdan. “And 60 percent of them have gotten better.”

Most doctors agree that catching CTS early is a key to successful treatment. “If you have severe carpal tunnel, the vitamin B6
isn’t really going to reverse it,” says Dr. Bernstein. “But if you
catch it early, when you’re just starting to have pain and tingling,
and if there’s no weakness and it bothers you at night but not during
the day, you’ll do extremely well.”

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