Posted by: connectivetissue | August 28, 2009

What is connective tissue?

Connective tissue is the tissue that connects all of our body’s cells together.  Think of a wall with bricks.  The bricks represent the cells, and the connective tissue is the mortar that holds the cells together giving shape to the wall.

Connective Tissue Matrix

Connective Tissue Matrix

Connective Tissue as Your Body’s Internet: Connective tissue is not just an inert glue-like substance like mortar, however.  It’s also kind of like our body’s internet.  Sometimes it is referred to as the connective tissue matrix.  This matrix is a dynamic web of communication and support system between all of our body’s cells, vital to all functions.  It is a body-wide system where all of the cells can send messages to each other.  For example, if a virus infects a cell in your body, the cell communicates this information through connective tissue to other cells including your immune system.  This mobilizes your immune response and gets your body ready to defend itself from the virus.

Every function and every process in the living body involves the connective-tissue-matrix in one-way or another!  For example, the matrix nourishes all cells in our body, and all waste products of cells pass through this matrix.  The very existence of all organ cells depends on the intact functioning of the system that guarantees a suitable environment for their existence.

Connective Tissue and Healing: Connective tissue forms the basis of our healing response.  When the body is injured it is the connective tissue that sounds the alarm and mobilizes the body’s defenses.  It begins the clotting of our blood, and is the source of the biochemicals that start the healing and repair processes.  In chronic disease, inflammation rages out of control in our body creating pain and preventing healing.  Long term chronic inflammation in the connective tissue contributes to and causes cancer, heart disease and stroke.

I believe that it is in the matrix that the causes and cures for so many systemic and chronic diseases can be found.  I see this everyday in my medical practice.  I also believe that it is in the matrix that the solution to the problem of cancer is likely to be found.  When patients in my medical practice adequately address issues of connective tissue, the healing response is freed, and the results can be amazing!

In health,

-Dr. Jake

Posted by: connectivetissue | August 26, 2009

How To Find a Top “Natural” Doc

Lost productivity for health reasons costs employees more than double the cost of medical care and absenteeism.  Healthcare is a valuable human capital asset and not just a cost of doing business.  Employee health is therefore one of the best investments in your productivity and company performance.  Improved health reduces medical costs and improves functionality, which translates into enhanced productivity.  For single owner businesses, health is one of the most critical elements of your productivity.  If you’re too ill to work, nothing gets done.

A federal survey of over 31,000 Americans found that 36% use some form of alternative or natural medicine.  Many workers and business owners don’t know where to turn for good advice on natural medicine and finding a good practitioner can betricky.

Naturopathic doctors, acupuncturists and massage therapistsare required to complete formal training and are subject to stateoversight.  Many other specialties such as herbal medicine, and aromatherapy have few and in some cases no training requirements.  So how do you find reliable information and a qualified practitioner?

Search out evidence.  A lack of scientific studies does not necessarily mean that a particular therapy doesn’t work, but an alternative practitioner should be able to defend his specialty.  Research is enormously expensive and the cost of developing a new drug for example can easily exceed $1 billion.  Only large organizations can afford the investment and alternative practitioners often cannot. A practitioner should however be able to recommend a place where you can look for more information.  Other questions to ask a prospective practitioner might include: “Does the specialty have peer-reviewed journals?” and “Has the technique been tested in placebo-controlled, double-blind experimental trials?”

Start with an ND. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are licensed physicians.  In most cases including Washington State, you can use an ND as your primary care physician. S/he can order blood tests, diagnostic imaging, perform clinical exams and take a medical history.  NDs prescribe drugs and perform minor surgery.  Many insurance plans cover a naturopathic doctor’s services.

Naturopathy however is not just conventional primary care medicine.  It is a medical system that uses herbs, nutrition, physical manipulation, homeopathy, and many other modalities.  Naturopathic doctors emphasize prevention as a primary goal, and believe in supporting the body’s innate ability to heal.

Naturopathic physicians attend a four-year nationally accredited doctoral level program including the same courses taught at conventional medical schools.  The personal approach to the patient is what differentiates NDs from mostconventional MDs.  An average office visit with an ND, for example lasts a full hour.  This means that you have direct access to a doctor for enough time that you don’t have to feel rushed.  Much of this visit is spent focusing on prevention and educating patients about the nature of their disease. NDs believe that informed patients make the best decisions about their health.  Likewise, an uninformed patient canoften get lost between the cracks of the increasingly complex US medicalculture.  Patients are encouraged to ask the doctor questions regarding their condition(s).  Laboratory results are gone over in great detail with patients as part of this education process. Conventional MDs are quick to reach for their prescription pads.  Naturopaths have this same ability, and yet take the time to place added emphasis on education, nutrition, preventative care, and natural treatments before relying on solely on drugs.

Important: A naturopath is not the sameas a naturopathic doctor.  In many states such as Washington, NDs complete rigorous standardize board exams toearn their license to practice. Naturopaths (often called “traditional naturopaths”) aren’t licensed.  Their education may consist of correspondence courses or an apprenticeship—they may even be self-taught.

Stick with older approaches. Therapies that have been around for a long time are more likely to be effective than newer, trendy therapies.  Traditional Chinese Medicine, for example has been around for thousands of years while massage therapy dates back as far as ancient Egypt.

Ask about training. Ask practitioners where (and for how long) they trained and how many years they have been in practice.  Try to find a practitioner who specializes in your health issue(s). For example, a naturopathic physician might specialize in endocrinology or gastrointestinal disorders, or women’s health issues.

Look for a practitioner that gives referrals. Acompetent practitioner refers patients to other practitioners, including mainstream MD’s, and specialists. I routinely refer patients to chiropractors, neurologists,gastroenterologists, massage practitioners and acupuncturists.  Avoid any holistic/alternative practitioner who refuses to communicate with – or refer patients to—conventional physicians.

Also, look for a practitioner who recognizes the value of laboratory and imaging tests. Every practitioner should know when to refer patients for testing and understand how to interpret and use the information from these tests.

Posted by: connectivetissue | August 25, 2009

Connective Tissue and Your Chronic Disease

Conventional modern medicine is failing miserably in the treatment of chronic disease.  Though effective for acute or emergency conditions, modern medicine has little to offer people with long-term diseases such as multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or long term stress and pain.  Because of its one-track linear perspective, modern medicine all to frequently merely treats the symptoms while ignoring the underlying cause.

When we approach chronic disease from the perspective of connective tissue, clarity arises as to what the proper approach should be.  Every chronic illness begins with a stress or disruption to the balanced state of health of the individual.  Instead of realizing the huge importance to maintaining health, modern medicine turns a blind eye to these stressors.  Insurance companies trivialize the old, reliable medicines or label them as uneconomical and don’t pay for the treatment.

In fact, disturbances of the balanced state of health including mental, social, and economic problems are rarely viewed as illnesses by the modern medical/insurance industry.  Instead they are put in a position of less importance than the chronic diseases that they cause.

This is a classic example of putting the cart before the horse. Things like stress that affect our health before we actually become sick are more difficult, expensive, and time consuming to measure than the actual diseases themselves which can be comfortably and objectively measured and put into categories.  To a large degree, our medical system is ignoring early warning signs and only treating advanced diseases.  Unfortunately, this “objective” approach of comes at an immense monetary expense, and only benefits a relatively low number of sick or high risk patients.

The success of any medical intervention depends on preparing in advance the conditions for a normal healing process.  Failure to address the  connective tissue matrix dooms many of our “modern” treatments as we ignore so many great numbers of people who have the beginning stages of systemic illnesses.  As time marches on, outrageously expensive “innovative” medications and surgeries are becoming even more and more expensive.  These “innovations” are being used not just where necessary, as their use has been extended to patients who do not even require them. This places a burden on our entire society. A sinister financial motive is lurking in the shadows here.

When we realize that our bodies are highly interlinked open systems, the wisdom of the matrix approach begins to unfold.  These philosophies are at the core of modern naturopathic medicine. I believe that it is in the connective tissue matrix that the causes and cures for so many systemic and chronic diseases can be found.  I also believe that it is in the matrix that the solution to the problem of cancer is likely to be found. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more blog posts….

Posted by: connectivetissue | August 24, 2009

Fascia and Chronic Disease

I believe that it is in the connective-tissue matrix that the causes and cures for so many systemic and chronic diseases can be found. I also believe that it is in the matrix that the solution to the problem of cancer is likely to be found. One of the problems of modern medicine is that it sees linear-causal relationships as contradictory instead of seeing that both can be used together to gain knowledge. Since almost all models of disease are based on linear-causal thinking, the usual treatments for these diseases as well as their presumed pathogenesis are based on these models.

Posted by: connectivetissue | August 21, 2009

Connective Tissue Matrix as the Body’s Internet

Research has demonstrated that the matrix components are actually semiconducting liquid crystals and have remarkable properties for the transmission, storage, and processing of information involved in cellular and systemic regulations.  The systemic aspect of the matrix arises from the continuously interconnected ground substance gel.  It maintains an electrostatic “tone” governing the availability of water, electrolytes, and electrons needed for proper functioning of all tissues.

Posted by: connectivetissue | August 19, 2009

The Matrix as the Body’s Internet

The connective tissue is our body’s internet.  It’s how all cells communicate with each other.  Connective tissue is not an inert filler substance or filter.  Rather it is a body-wide communication and support system, vital to all functions.  For example, we know that tensile forces in the matrix regulate processes inside of cells both in the cell nucleus and the cytoplasm.

Posted by: connectivetissue | August 18, 2009

The Connective Tissue Matrix

Every function and every process in the living body involves the connective-tissue-matrix in one-way or another. For example, the matrix nourishes all cells in our body, and all waste products of cells pass through this matrix. The very existence of all organ cells depends on the intact functioning of the system that guarantees a suitable environment for their existence.

Posted by: connectivetissue | August 18, 2009

The Connective Tissue Matrix

The Connective Tissue Matrix

The Connective Tissue Matrix

Posted by: connectivetissue | August 18, 2009

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