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Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson's Chronic Condition Natural Treatment Blog

Intentional musings of a unique Shelby Township Michigan Chiropractic Physician dedicated to helping people find solutions to improving their health by rooting out causes to chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, stubborn thyroid disorder symptoms, balance disorders, chronic knee & shoulder pain, migraines, sciatica, ADD/ADHD/ASD, back pain, peripheral neuropathy, gluten sensitivity and autoimmune disorders so they can Reclaim Their Life!

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Important Information about TSH - What Your Doctor Should Know

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Feb 02, 2021

Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is the hormone produced by your pituitary gland to control the function of your thyroid gland. A high TSH means your pituitary senses that your thyroid is underactive.

Traditional Lab Tests Can Be Deceiving 

Many labs are misleading physicians by using outdated ranges of normal for TSH, thus preventing doctors from giving their patients the most effective thyroid treatment they need. 

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Topics: Thyroid Tests, thyroid lab ranges, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, thyoid disease

Glutathione Deficiency Linked to Poor Outcomes & Death in COVID-19 Cases

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Mon, Dec 21, 2020

What is Glutathione?

Some of you reading this blog may not be familiar with glutathione.  Also called GSH, Glutathione is the most powerful, prevalent antioxidant in your body.  The most well-known antioxidants are vitamins C and E.  Glutathione is a tripeptide molecule composed of the amino acids; glutamic acid, cysteine and glycine, which exists in almost every cell of your body.  Our glutathione level actually indicates our state of health and can predict longevity.  Scientific evidence has found that glutathione is needed by our body to enhance the immune system response.  There are more than 60,000 published papers on the beneficial effects of glutathione replacement, unfortunately, it is still largely ignored by mainstream medicine.  Normal glutathione levels are important for good health because they neutralize free radicals, which can build up in cells and cause damage.

The main thing you want to really understand about glutathione is that it is something that our body makes all throughout our cells and our tissues. Glutathione has many functions. One of the main functions is it’s an antioxidant, so it protects against free radicals. Free radicals destroy tissues when we have an inflammatory response. Glutathione is a mighty warrior for our body and you will want to know more about this amazing chemical.

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Topics: Glutathione, COVID-19, Glutathione Deficiency, SARS-CoV-2

Can Coconut Oil Kill You?

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Dec 08, 2020

The recent headlines about coconut oil say that because it's higher in saturated fat than beef or lard, it's bad for you. “You'll drastically increase the chances of cardiovascular disease if you eat it because saturated fat raises cholesterol, which leads to heart disease and mortality.” That kind of warning comes from the American Heart Association (AHA)—a powerful organization that continues to promote the mythical direct link between saturated fat and heart disease.

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Topics: inflammation, cholesterol, Heart Disease, coconut oil,, healthy fats, triglycerides, unhealthy fats

Study Finds Common Bacteria Linked to Potential Dangerous Heart Problem

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Nov 24, 2020

Study finds that a common bacteria known as to cause ulcers may now also be responsible for irregular heart rhythm, known as atrial fibrillation (AF).

Dr. Annibale Montenero, lead researcher and chairman of Multimedica General Hospital's Cardiology Department and Arrhythmia Center, has discovered a strong link between the bacteria helicobacter pylori and an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation. 

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Topics: helicobacter pylori bacterium, Atrial Fibrillation

How Plastic Deformation Can Cause Back Pain

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Nov 10, 2020

“Back pain” is a common complaint for a patient. But pain in the back can originate from somewhere else along the Kinetic Chain, such as in the feet. The Kinetic Chain is a term that describes the variety of joints and bones that carry weight from the top of the body to the ground, famously sung about in the Dry Bones song by the Delta Rhythm Boys.

But pain caused by the feet might not necessarily mean pain in the feet. Instead, a structural imbalance might be caused by stress, time, and plastic deformation—when the foot’s tissues stretch beyond their elastic limits and become permanently deformed. 

Plastic Deformation - What Is It?

Think of the soft tissue in your feet like ice cream. If you leave ice cream in the sun, it’s going to melt (deform) and will never be the same. It’s a similar idea with your feet. Once the arches in your feet are stretched beyond their limits, like melted ice cream, they will never be the same. The soft tissues that make up the three arches of the foot are stretched every day as we stand and move. Over the years, being continually pushed past their limits decreases their elasticity. The tissues stay extended instead of returning to their original shape. This condition, called plastic deformation, causes the foot’s entire structure to collapse.

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Topics: back pain, Plastic Distortion, Orthotics, Foot Levelers Orthotics, Elastic Distortion

License To Heal Book Free-On November 11, 2020

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Mon, Nov 09, 2020

As a Reader of Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC's Blog, you can download a FREE copy of Dr. Andy Barlow, DC's new book, License To Heal

Are you living each day with chronic pain? Have you been told that there’s no hope for a solution and you’re “just going to have to learn to live with it?” Most people (and their doctors) don’t understand the root of chronic health problems, but Dr. Andy Barlow is here to help unravel the often mysterious causes of chronic pain.

A chronic symptom is like the check engine light flashing in your car. It alerts you to the problem but doesn’t tell you where it’s coming from. The good news is that it’s possible to untangle your web of dysfunction and find the root cause of your chronic pain. Using his 7 Keys to Health, Dr. Barlow walks you through simple and effective changes that you can start making today that will help you drastically improve the quality of your life.

Dr. Barlow is a chiropractor, functional medicine doctor, and neurological specialist who earned his diplomate and completed a fellowship through the elite Carrick Institute and has since taught hundreds of doctors from around the world this life-changing material. (I am one of the doctors privileged to have learned from Dr. Barlow and am a certified graduate of the American Functional Neurology Institute)
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Topics: autoimmunity, Oxygen, Dr. Andy Barlow, DC, License To Heal, Neurotoxins, Gut Health, Healing

Low Magnesium Associated with Coronary Artery Calcification

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Mon, Nov 02, 2020

Magnesium is probably the greatest predictor of all aspects of heart disease

Approximately more than 50% of Americans are deficient in this mineral. Magnesium plays a key role in more than 350 enzymes and is involved in virtually every metabolic process occurring in the body. 

Studies have suggested an association between low serum magnesium levels and cardiovascular disease. Low magnesium intake has also been associated with future risk of hypertension and stroke. Furthermore, numerous studies have shown that low serum magnesium is associated with vascular calcification, but there have been no studies examining a relationship to coronary artery calcification. 

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Topics: Magnesium, Nutritional Deficiency, coronary artery, Heart Health

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