A Team Approach

Dr. James H. Gruft discusses the team approach, and how working together helps to ensure a better outcome.

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Comprehensive Pain Management

The most important issue in pain management is a focus on managing chronic pain symptoms as opposed to forcing a “quick fix” or masking symptoms without addressing their root and meaning.

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Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy (PT) programs provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease.

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Meet Our Team

Meet Dr. Gruft and the From Pain to Wellness staff, learn about our services, and get the help you need.

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Treating Sleep Dysfunction

According to a recent study published in the Journals of Gerontology, approximately 3 out of 5 aging adults experience some form of sleep dysfunction. We can help you!

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Nutrition Is Medicine

High-quality dietary nutrients can alter the way our genes do their job while insufficient nutrient-intake due to a poor diet can be a serious risk factor for a number of diseases.

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Types of Chronic Pain

Types of Chronic Pain

Pain that has continued for more than six months is generally classified as chronic pain.

There are various types of chronic pain – each is unique, and each must be addressed uniquely through treatment.

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Vitamin Supplements: Friend And Guardian? Really?

Vitamin Supplements: Friend And Guardian? Really?

Dr. James Gruft explores the relationship between nutrient deficiency and disease

Our typical understanding (and I mean most people, including doctors) is that the only reason we need to take nutrients (vitamins, minerals, etc.) is to prevent deficiency diseases like scurvy, rickets, beriberi, etc.  It is also common for me to hear that a particular patient of mine was told by his or her primary care physician that whoever takes supplements is wasting their money; all he or she needs to do is eat a balanced meal, according to the food groups listed in the food pyramid. Unfortunately, this thinking is wrong on many levels.

 

Let’s take a look at the first supposition:

“the only reason we need to take nutrients (vitamins, minerals, etc.) is to prevent deficiency diseases like scurvy, rickets, beriberi, etc.”

Taking enough nutrients to prevent a deficiency disease (defined as the RDA or recommended daily allowance) is no guarantee that we are taking the optimal amount of nutrients for optimal health. As Dr. Bruce Ames, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California, Berkeley, and a Senior Scientist at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), explains, there are about 50 different diseases that may result from genetic variants that interfere with biochemical reactions in the body The disease then manifests partially as a result of a decreased binding capacity of enzymes to nutrients, which in many instances, act as cofactors (enabling the enzyme to work). According to Dr. Ames these problems “can be remedied by feeding high dose B vitamins, which raise levels of the corresponding coenzyme; many polymorphisms also result in a lowered affinity of enzyme for coenzyme and thus may be in part remediable.”

Let’s take a look at the second supposition:

Whoever takes supplements is wasting their money; all he or she needs to do is eat a balanced meal

Unfortunately, our food today is less nutritious than before WWII! From 1940-1991 vegetables lost 76% of their copper, 46% of their calcium, 27% of their iron and 24% of their magnesium. Fruits have lost 19% of their copper, 16% of their calcium, 24% of their iron, and 15% of their magnesium. Why? The soil in our food has been depleted of nutritional treatment, so that depletion is passed onto our produce. There is a movement apace to correct this deficiency, called the Real Food Campaign at www.realfoodcampaign.org.

Best regards,
Jame Gruft, M.D.

Author’s note: The advice/recommendations contained herein are an adjunct to, not a substitute for, regular medical therapy. If you have health problems please consult your physician for treatment of your condition(s). The recommendations contained in these blogs are based on the latest scientific information. Science is always evolving, however, and further understanding of medical nutritional therapy may lead to changes in the recommendations we make here.