Archive for April, 2008


NutraSweet-Aspartame and why it is to be avoided at all costs.

April 29, 2008

hi all,

here is the story of aspartame and why if you are using it, you are endangering your health. Anyone with seizure disorder should especially watch this video.

Sweet Misery – A Poisoned World Video


In October of 2001, my sister started getting very sick. She had stomach spasms and she was having a hard time getting around. Walking was a major chore. It took everything she had just to get out of bed; she was in so much pain.

By March 2002, she had undergone several tissue and muscle biopsies and was on 24 various prescription medications. The doctors could not determine what was wrong with her. She was in so much pain, and so sick, she just knew she was dying. She put her house, bank accounts, life insurance, etc., in her oldest daughter’s name, and made sure that her younger children were to be taken care of.

She also wanted her last hooray, so she planned a trip to Florida (basically in a wheelchair) for March 22nd.

On March 19, I called her to ask how her most recent tests went, and she said they didn’t find anything on the test, but they believe she had MS.

I recalled an article a friend of mine e-mailed to me and I asked my sister if she drank diet soda? She told me that she did. As a matter of fact, she was getting ready to crack one open that moment.

I told her not to open it, and to stop drinking the diet soda!

I e-mailed her the article my friend, a lawyer, had sent.

My sister called me within 32 hours after our phone conversation and told me she had stopped drinking the diet soda AND she could walk! The muscle spasms went away. She said she didn’t feel 100% but she sure felt a lot better. She told me she was going to her doctor with this article and would call me when she got home.

Well, she called me, and said her doctor was amazed! He is going to call all of his MS patients to find out if they consumed artificial sweeteners of any kind.

In a nutshell, she was being poisoned by the Aspartame in the diet soda…and literally dying a slow and miserable death.

When she got to Florida March 22, all she had to take was one pill, and that was a pill for the Aspartame poisoning! She is well on her way to a complete recovery. And she is walking! No wheelchair! This article saved her life.

If it says ‘SUGAR FREE’ on the label; DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!

I have spent several days lecturing at the WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE on ‘ASPARTAME,’ marketed as ‘NutraSweet,’ ‘Equal,’ and ‘Spoonful.’

In the keynote address by the EPA, it was announced that in the United States in 2001 there is an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus. It was difficult to determine exactly what toxin was causing this to be rampant.

I stood up and said that I was there to lecture on exactly that subject.

I will explain why Aspartame is so dangerous: When the temperature of this sweetener exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in ASPARTAME converts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis. Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants. The methanol toxicity mimics, among other conditions, multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus. Many people were be being diagnosed in error. Although multiple sclerosis is not a death sentence, Methanol toxicity is!

Systemic lupus has become almost as rampant as multiple sclerosis, especially with Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers. The victim usually does not know that the Aspartame is the culprit. He or she continues its use; irritating the lupus to such a degree that it may become a life-threatening condition.
We have seen patients with systemic lupus become asymptotic, once taken off diet sodas.

In cases of those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, most of the symptoms disappear. We’ve seen many cases where vision loss returned and hearing loss improved markedly.

This also applies to cases of trinities and firma.

During a lecture, I said, ‘If you are using ASPARTAME (NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc) and you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting, pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, unexplainable depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, or memory loss you probably have ASPARTAME poisoning!’

People were jumping up during the lecture saying, ‘I have some of these symptoms. Is it reversible?’

Yes! Yes! Yes! STOP drinking diet sodas and be alert for Aspartame on food labels! Many products are fortified with it! This is a serious problem. Dr. Espart (one of my speakers) remarked that so many people seem to be symptomatic for MS and during his recent visit to a hospice, a nurse stated that six of her friends, who were heavy Diet Coke addicts, had all been diagnosed with MS. This is beyond coincidence!

Diet soda is NOT a diet product! It is a chemically altered, multiple SODIUM (salt) and ASPARTAME containing product that actually makes you crave carbohydrates. It is far more likely to make you GAIN weight! These products also contain formaldehyde, which stores in the fat cells, particularly in the hips and thighs. Formaldehyde is an absolute toxin and is used primarily to preserve ’tissue specimens.’ Many products we use every day contain this chemical but we SHOULD NOT store it IN our body!

Dr. H. J. Roberts stated in his lectures that once free of the ‘diet products’ and with no significant increase in exercise; his patients lost an average of 19 pounds over a trial period.

Aspartame is especially dangerous for diabetics. We found that some physicians, who believed that they had a patient with retinopathy, in fact, had symptoms caused by Aspartame.
The Aspartame drives the blood sugar out of control. Thus diabetics may suffer acute memory loss due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are NEUROTOXIC when taken without the other amino acids necessary for a good balance.

Treating diabetes is all about BALANCE. Especially with diabetics, the Aspartame passes the blood/brain barrier and it then deteriorates the neurons of the brain; causing various levels of brain damage, seizures, depression, manic depression, panic attacks, uncontrollable anger and rage.

Consumption of Aspartame causes these same symptoms in non-diabetics as well.

Documentation and observation also reveal that thousands of children diagnosed with ADD and ADHD have had complete turn arounds in their behavior when these chemicals have been removed from their diet. So called ‘behavior modification prescription drugs’ (Ritalin and others) are no longer needed. Truth be told, they were never NEEDED in the first place! Most of these children were being ‘poisoned’ on a daily basis with the very foods that were ‘better for them than sugar.’

It is also suspected that the Aspartame in thousands of pallets of diet Coke and diet Pepsi consumed by men and women fighting in the Gulf War, may be partially to blame for the well-known Gulf War Syndrome.

Dr. Roberts warns that it can cause birth defects, i.e. mental retardation, if taken at the time of conception and during early pregnancy.

Children are especially at risk for neurological disorders and should NEVER be given artificial sweeteners. There are many different case histories to relate of children suffering grand mal seizures and other neurological disturbances talking about a plague of neurological diseases directly caused by the use of this deadly poison.’

Herein lies the problem:

There were Congressional Hearings when Aspartame was included 100 different products and strong objection was made concerning its use. Since this initial hearing, there have been two subsequent hearings, and still nothing has been done. The drug and chemical lobbies have very deep pockets.

Sadly, MONSANTO’S patent on Aspartame has EXPIRED!

There are now over 5,000 products on the market that contain this deadly chemical and there will be thousands more introduced. Everybody wants a ‘piece of the Aspartame pie.’ I assure you that MONSANTO, the creator of Aspartame, knows how deadly it is.

And isn’t it ironic that MONSANTO funds, among others, the American Diabetes Association, the American Dietetic Association and the Conference of the American College of Physicians?

This has been recently exposed in the New York Times.

These [organizations] cannot criticize any additives or convey their link to MONSANTO because they take money from the food industry and are required to endorse their products.

Senator Howard Metzenbaum wrote and presented a bill that would require label warnings on products containing Aspartame, especially regarding pregnant women, children and infants. The bill would also institute independent studies on the known dangers and the problems existing in the general population regarding seizures, changes in brain chemistry, neurological changes and behavioral symptoms.
The bill was killed.

It is known that the powerful drug and chemical lobbies are responsible for this, letting loose the hounds of disease and death on an unsuspecting and uninformed public. Well, you’re iformed now!


Balance in Life by Kanoe Hook, DPT

April 23, 2008

It is my thought that we have a tendency to live life fast. We constantly
drive ourselves harder and harder then wonder why we break. If you don’t
service a car every so often – get an oil change or tune up, what happens to
the car. The body is no different. It is just a more complex form of

If we do not allow ourselves to rest or take a break from the constant
stress of life, we will break. Luckily there are things we can do to keep
ourselves from breaking down – take a vacation (even if it is just in your
home), exercise and eat right.

Also, if there is a problem (an area of pain, tightness, etc) – get it
fixed. The longer you wait, sometimes the worse the problem gets – ie. think
about a car. I encourage you all to evaluate your lives and find places
where you can take a well-needed break.

Kanoe Hook, DPT


Rehab after a unique shoulder surgery; beyond predictors of outcome

April 19, 2008

Rotator Cuff Rehab after a unique shoulder surgery with beyond predictors of outcome.

Sally Skurdahl, PT

I chose this b/c when I searched
for stuff on the internet after initially evaluating this client,  I didn’t come up w/ much.
Maybe this can help people! I found it unique in that the rehab and integrative manual therapy resulted in an outcome that was beyond what is usually expected.

Topic: latissimus dorsi transfer to repair torn rotator cuff
I had the pleasure of evaluating and treating my first patient s/p
latissimus dorsi transfer this year and wanted to comment on the success of
this surgery.  My patient came to me after having arthroscopic shoulder
surgery without success to repair his torn rotator cuff. His surgeon then
decided to try a procedure in which he detaches the latissimus dorsi muscle
from its proximal attachment and splits it into strands to reattach in the
rotator cuff muscle attachments. I searched for literature re: the rehab
after this procedure and came up w/ nothing.  This patient had about 10
degrees of active range of motion and hardly any strength. With persistence
and patience we have increased ROM to near full and allowed him to throw a
football to his son pain free for the first time in 3 years!  Rehab for this
particular patient included Integrative Manual Therapy, joint and soft
tissue mobilizations, graded exercise including functional and weight
bearing stability exercises.  In addition, the progress was made possible
through a consistent home exercise regime by the patient.


Chronic pain and nutrition! Get rid of your chronic pain through Detox!

April 18, 2008

Hi everyone,

I want to write a few thoughts about detox and diet and how we as physical therapists came to be doing so much detox and dietary work with our patients.

Over the years, we’ve been able to help chronic pain sufferers actually clear their pains and return to normal lives; and by normal I mean painfree and able to do what they want to do in life such as return to work after long disability or write a book and do book tours.  Both actual past patient stories.

What we did to help these people is Integrative Manual Therapy and we can write more about that later.  But what we  found helped besides our hands on therapy was paying attention to our patient’s diets.  We found that by eliminating some allergenic type foods, and getting people off processed foods and on to a diet high in vegetables, we were able to fix up their problem permanently.

As we studied more and more about diet and toxins we started our patients on detox diets to “jump start” their bodies back to health; and we noticed that they improved even faster; much faster.

Years of studying and working with patients has resulted in us having a good grasp of how eliminating toxins and implementing good diets are vital to help a patient.

It all goes back to Hippocrates 2500 years ago, who said “First make food your medicine” or the Ancient Chinese Medicine principles where Mindfulness and Diet are #1 and #2 in how to help a patient and supplements, herbs, and medicines are last resorts.

We have found this to be true as well.  I’m confident, based on years of clinical research ( i.e. working with and finding out what actually works for patients) that if a patient with chronic conditions, including fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic headaches and many others does what we say regarding their treatment plan we can make permanent and quick changes in their health and function.  This means doing the simple but effective dietary changes, doing the individualized detox program, getting some integrative manual therapy and doing the home program; Even conditions un-helped in the past, have been turned around and a return to a normal life achieved.  There are many testimonials on our web site.

I hope this helps ,

my best to you,

Ralph Havens, PT, OCS, IMTC


What is a Detox Diet? The “BIG DEAL” about Detoxification.

April 16, 2008

Detox, short for detoxification, is the removal of potentially toxic substances from the body. Although detox can be thought of as a treatment for alcohol or drug dependence, the definition I am using refers to the use of diets, supplements, and other methods of removing environmental and dietary toxins from the body for general health.

The detox process in one form or another has been used to promote health in cultures around the world for thousands of years. Many health problems may be associated with prolonged exposure to various toxic agents that our bodies may not be able to cleanse completely. Some conditions with links to toxins include:

• Frequent fatigue and low energy
• Food allergies
• Irritability and mood swings
• Headaches/Migraines
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
• Skin rashes and conditions
• Hemorrhoids
• Candida infections
• Neurological conditions
• Joint and muscle pains
• Chronic health conditions

There are various ways that have been developed by doctors, naturopaths, acupuncturists, physical therapists and others to detox the body. Some examples include saunas, ion foot baths, clay baths, supplements, dietary methods, manual lymph massage, and manual therapies. While these can be useful, the methods I will be describing involve detox through the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract and the urinary system with help of a specialized diet, supplements and Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT).

The reason I use the combination of diet, supplements and IMT for the Detox program is that it is a natural way for the body to detoxify itself. The urinary system, consisting of the kidneys, ureters and bladder help the body eliminate toxins through urine. The GI tract uses the small and large colon to help the body eliminate toxins through bowel movements. These routes of elimination are a way for the body to clear large amounts of toxins. Therefore, helping the body with this process can result in a significant amount of detoxification.

Essentially, as we are all exposed to toxins through our diets, in the air we breathe, and the water we drink, it is vital to reduce the toxins we put in our bodies by eating a nutritious diet, avoiding polluted areas, and drinking clean water. Some of us may be experiencing chronic conditions due to the many toxins that we have accumulated over the years. The toxins are stored in our fat, liver, bone, nevous system and other areas. Detoxification is not only a way to rid the body of toxins, but to give the body a fresh start and regain optimal health.



Welcome to our first blog!

April 3, 2008

Mission Hills Physical Therapy is a physical therapist owned practice in the heart of San Diego. We specialize in Integrative Manual Therapy™, a method developed by Sharon Giammatteo PT, PhD.

Integrative Manual Therapy™
The Science and Art of Total Body Health

Our approach is that we view and work with the individual as a whole. We look at the underlying causes that hold physical conditions in place. We use IMT, which is Integrative Manual Therapy™, a method of locating the underlying causes and then treating the problems so that the person’s condition is cleared and their health improved.


Pain Vs. Function

April 3, 2008

Pain vs. Function?

Many clients ask me why I work on certain areas when their pain is in a different location. In the physical therapy world there are two main ways of thinking about patients and treatment. Both have their time and place.
One philosophy concentrates on pain, what structure in the body is painful, and applying direct treatment to that area. In this type of approach modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, cold laser, and others are used directly on the pain producing structure. Manual therapy techniques including massage, joint mobilization, and stretching may be used. This type of treatment is useful when someone has a new injury and the body has not compensated by becoming tight or weak in other areas. This type of treatment is straightforward and when the correct structure is identified, usually effective.
In other situations, however, such as a chronic or recurring injury, treatment directed to the pain producing structure may only give temporary relief. Other structures in the body may be tight or weak, yet not painful. These dysfunctional structures may place an undue strain on the painful area not allowing it to fully heal or making it vulnerable to reinjury. In this case it is important to evaluate how the rest of the body may be affecting the injured area. Treatment to these other areas is important. Equally important is educating the patient in the type of problem they have and what changes they can make in posture, work habits, and exercise to avoid reoccurrences. This type of treatment focuses on function. By improving function, painful areas no longer have irritating stress placed on them and can remain pain free.
By taking into account the length of time the injury has been present, the predisposing factors affecting the injury, and the way a body functions as a whole, the therapist can determine which type of treatment would be most useful. Many times a combination of the two treatment philosophies is indicated.

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