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Are Osteoporosis Drugs Killing Your Jaw?

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

April 29, 2007

Several weeks ago I reported on a new revolutionary way to fight osteoporosis. This year astronauts will use the technique when they take the "Juvent Dynamic Motion Therapy Platform (DMT) to the space station. It's a non-drug method of preventing astronauts from developing brittle bones in a weightless atmosphere. I didn't realize at the time I wrote that it would also prevent osteonecrosis of the jaw, now linked to current drugs for treatment of osteoporosis.

New Space-Age Way To Treat Osteoporosis

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

February 11, 2007

In 2007 what will astronauts take to the space station? I'm sure we would name the things necessary to sustain life in outer space. But I doubt if many would know they will be packing the "Juvent 1000 Dynamic Motion Therapy (DMT) Platform" in the space shuttle. And how many are aware of Wolff's Law? Now, through the space research of NASA, patients have an alternative non-drug way to fight the ravages of osteoporosis (brittle bones).

Sharks Take A Bite Out of Joint Pain

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

Friday, November 10, 2006

Every year in coastal regions of the U.S. 1,500 people are killed by lightning and only 12 by sharks. During that same time worldwide, more people are killed by elephants, crocodiles and insect stings than sharks. Yet, sharks get the scary headlines. So it's time to give sharks some credit when they're responsible for a medication that's taking a big bite out of bone and joint pain.

Baby Boomers : Medical Problems Waiting To Happen

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Interested in another sure way to make money? Several months ago I suggested investing in hearing aids. I predicted that today's teenagers would be tomorrow's deaf from the excessive noise created by I Pods and rock bands. Now there's another sure-fire way to become rich, rich, rich.

Natural Ways To Ease The Arthritis Pain of Aging

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

"Why are you taking drugs when you haven't tried natural ways to ease the pain of arthritis?" I often ask patients. I remind them they're not swallowing M and M candy, but powerful drugs that can cause major complications. Moreover, they forget that many natural drugs can be used to not only treat, but also prevent wear-and-tear arthritis (osteoarthritis) that comes with age.

It Was A Pain From Hell

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

June 6, 2006

Have you ever had to crawl on your hands and knees because of severe back pain? It's not a dignified position. But it recently happened to me. What caused this problem and how did I finally get relief?

Single Injection Relieves Arthritis Joint Pain For Months

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

Saturday, May 13, 2006

"What can I do to relieve the pain in my knee?", a patient recently asked me. She had been treated by cortisone injections, Celebrex and others medications and it was still impossible to walk without pain. But there is a less known way to treat this disabling condition.

Helpless Without Epinephrine Kit

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

Saturday, May 6, 2006

"Why are you using, Celebrex a oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), to treat arthritis of your knee when a safer medication Pennsaid is available? There's also a report from Boston that will also help to ease your pain." It's advice I recently gave to my tennis partner.

Relieving Pain By Low Intensity Laser Therapy

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

Sunday, November 20, 2005

What can you do if you've tried every conceivable way to relieve pain? You've been treated by anti-inflammatory drugs, cortisone, painkillers, physiotherapy, massage and finally, surgery. Yet the pain continues unabated. A technique, known as "Low Intensity Laser Therapy" (LILT) could be the answer.

Single Injection Relieves Arthritis Joint Pain For Months

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

October 23, 2005

"What can I do to relieve the pain in my knee?", a patient recently asked me. She had been treated by cortisone injections, Celebrex and others medications and it was still impossible to walk without pain. But there is a less known way to treat this disabling condition.

It's "Calcium Balance" That Causes Osteoporosis

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

February 15, 2005

Why would I give my wife a new cookbook when she's often threatened to turn the kitchen into a den? I took a calculated risk that I wouldn't end up stirring the pot. But I believed she would see the benefits of "The Everyday Calcium Cookbook". It's loaded with sound advice on calcium-rich nutrition for whole-body health. And why normal amounts of calcium in the blood are causing an epidemic of osteoporosis (brittle bones).

The Dangers of Cosmetic Foot Surgery

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

August 15, 2004

How should a surgeon react when asked to do this operation? A woman wishes to purchase a pair of fashionable shoes. She has no bunions or hammer toes and her feet don't hurt. But there is a problem. She's unable to wear fancy pumps because her toes are either too long or too wide. Rather than purchasing a shoe that fits she insists on cosmetic foot surgery.

Course 101 In Back Pain

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

May 31, 2004

Ask me about Economics 101 and I'll flunk the question. But what about course 101 in back pain? In this case I have some answers. Ones that will help readers who ask "What is the best treatment for my aching back?"

How Much Sarcopenia Do You Have?

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

March 28, 2004

"What in the devil is Sarcopenia?" I wondered. But this ignorance didn't bother my psyche. After all, I knew I wasn't a whiz kid in Latin. So I asked my literate wife who loved Latin what it meant. She just shook her head and replied, "Dummy, it's not Latin. It's Greek." This gaffe did scar my psyche a bit. But it didn't stop me from learning more about this common condition. And why even joggers are not immune to developing sarcopenia.

Fighting Arthritis With Exercise And Pennsaid

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

March 7, 2004

"Why are you using, Celebrex a oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), to treat arthritis of your knee when a safer medication Pennsaid is available? There's also a report from Boston that will also help to ease your pain." It's advice I recently gave to my tennis partner.

Protect Children From Catastrophic Hockey Injuries

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

January 11, 2004

What should parents know about concussions in hockey? To find out I recently attended a seminar on this problem at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Today there's a huge debate raging over whether body checking should be allowed in players under 17 years of age. Unfortunately, the "big hit" does more to the brain than meets the eye. Today our national sport has become a violent past time.

Pennsaid, A New Local Treatment For Osteoarthritis

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

October 5, 2003

Elephants normally win when fighting a mouse. But for once the mouse has won. A Canadian company has beaten the U.S. and achieved an historic first. Dimethaid Research has developed a non-oral NSAID" (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) to treat osteoarthritis. And since it's locally applied it dramatically reduces the risk of stomach complications associated with oral NSAIDs.

Five Days Later My Father Was Dead

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

August 10, 2003

Some moments in your life you never, never forget. The Sunday morning that my father didn't answer the telephone, for instance. And later findings him lying on the floor with a fractured hip. The gradual down-hill course followed surgery with long hours at his beside, and finally death five days later. Suddenly, all I had left of the father I had loved so much was a box of cinders after cremation. The disaster of a fractured hip became imbedded in my mind.

Demolition Drivers Could Save Us Billions of Dollars

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

March 9, 2003

How much whiplash pain is in the mind and how much in the neck? It's an important question because a huge amount of money is involved. And it comes out of everyone's pocket. This year the diagnosis, treatment, litigation and insurance payments of whiplash complaints will cost North Americans 29 billion dollars. Now, a fascinating report about demolition drivers separates fact from fiction. It could be of use to defense lawyers.

Eating Your Way Out of Arthritis

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

July 21, 2002

Could the thousands of recent knee and hip replacements have been prevented by the right diet? And could millions of people suffer less arthritic pain by following more nutritious food consumption?

Low Testosterone and Fractured Bones

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

April 14, 2002

"What makes men act the way they do?" one annoyed woman asked her friend. She replied, "It's testosterone, stupid." One of the reasons men differ from women is that they produce 10 times more testosterone. But like most things in life "10 times" doesn't last forever. There's mounting evidence that males experience their own menopause (andropause). And that the dwindling of the male hormone has far reaching consequences for males, particularly on bones and sexual drive.

New treatment For Tennis Elbow and Painful Heel

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

February 17, 2002

"Why has God done this to me?" a patient asked several months ago. She had developed tennis elbow and had been forced to stop playing her favourite sport. But to make matters worse she had also developed plantar fasciitis, commonly known as painful heel. And she having difficulty walking. But she learned that God hadn't totally deserted her. Due to a new treatment she's now back playing tennis and walking without pain.

New Information on Drugs to Treat Arthritis

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

September 9, 2001

"Please write more about non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAID's) in treating osteoarthritis." This request follows a previous article about "Mobicox" which along with Celebrex and Vioxx have added a new "88 percent" dimension to the treatment of a common painful condition.

High Heels and Knee Injury

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

August 12, 2001

Males in the company of women are often heard to remark, "Wow look at those legs!" That's normally the end of the scenario. But if they looked a little closer that the female subject of their gaze was wearing high heels. Now, new studies show that fashionable high heeled shoes that add height and make legs look better, not only injure the feet, but also the knees.

What Is The Best Way to Manage Osteoporosis

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

July 2, 2001

What a change a few weeks can make in the management of menopausal problems! For decades millions of women have been prescribed hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to treat osteoporosis (brittle bones). Recent studies indicate HRT can lead to an increased risk of breast cancer and cardiovascular problems. Fortunately, there are other viable options for treating this common disease.

The Gold Standard For treating Arthritic Pain

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

March 18, 2001

Is it possible that the sale of the new arthritic drugs could outnumber those of bestselling Viagra? I never thought it would happen. But there are new kids on the block called COX inhibitors. The newest one is "Mobicox". This and the other COX drugs, Celebrex and Vioxx, are bringing relief to millions of arthritic sufferers.

I'll Never Know Why She Hit Me

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

February 25, 2001

The time? 35 years ago at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. I was totally relaxed in the hotel spa as a Japanese girl massaged my back. But while working on my neck she suddenly struck the side of my head. I'll never know why. I had not been indiscreet. But her sudden caused pain in the cervical spine. And years later I still suffer from intermittent neck pain. Sir William Osler, one of North America's most famous physicians, was right. He said a doctor never truly knows a disease well until he experiences it. So let me pass along some tips on when neck pain is serious and when it isn't. And the best treatment for it.

The Male Menopause and Broken Bones

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

November 21, 1999

So you're a man, and you believe only the weaker sex breaks bones. It's due to osteoporosis (brittle bones) you say. Well, you had better think again. Studies show that 20 to 30 percent of osteoporosis fractures occur in men. And that low testosterone levels in aging males may be responsible for many crippling hip and spinal fractures.

Red Flags For Back Pain

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

April 2, 1995

What should your doctor do if you suffer from back pain? Equally important, what should you do if the doctor doesn't do it? Thousands of North Americans succumb to back pain every year. But too often both patients and doctors push the panic button too soon. Errors can be avoided by three red flags.

What We Can Learn From Ballerinas and Hockey Players

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

March 26, 1995

Which writing assignment would I prefer? To study injuries to hockey players or ballet dancers? It would take a mere second to select the Toronto Maple Leafs. But this week I got lucky and killed two birds with one stone. What did I learn, and how can we all benefit from this experience?

A Great Birth day Present

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

February 19, 1994

"What do you want for your birthday?" Ask your children or friends this question and you'll get a variety of answers. But recently one of my colleagues told me he gave himself a birthday present, a total hip replacement (THR).

A Novel Way To Ease Knee Pain

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

January 16, 1994

What a pleasure in 1994 to find an internationally famous doctor who isn't interested only in CAT scans and MRI's that cost megadollars! One who believes "the art" of medicine shouldn't be banished to the Smithsonian Institution. And who recently reported novel ways to ease knee pain while he was Visiting Professor at the Wellesley Hospital In Toronto.

Priests, virgins, tame bears and chiropractors

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

May 24, 1992

Where can you obtain an unbiased opinion about chiropractors? Some physicians will say chiropractors manipulate your mind not your back. They contend chiropractors mislead the public into believing that manipulation of the spine can cure anything from diabetes, to bed-wetting to the common cold. And no chiropractor is going to admit he's leading his patients astray. So why not ask someone trained in both specialties? And if a little squeeze was good for Captain Cook, it may also be good for you!

Do you have an emotional backache?

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

March 15, 1992

What is the best cure for the common backache? Bed rest with hot packs? Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs? A scotch and soda? A disk operation? Or would it be more helpful for everyone if surgeons took "Course 101 in Psychology" to help them understand this common malady? And also heeded the advice of my old German Professor.

North american chinese foot torture

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

June 9, 1991

I often look at women's feet during an annual examination. Why? Because I am bemused by the great discrepancy between the size of their feet and the width of their shoes. And I wonder how women keep smiling when their toes are squeezed into such narrow pointed shoes? Now a report from California confirms that women's shoes are the modern version of the ancient Chinese custom of foot binding. As a result shapely legs often end in deplorable feet. And it's time that women tell shoe manufacturers they're not going to take it any longer.

Why should you exercise?

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

May 21, 1989

Dr. Logan Clendening in his book "Modern Methods of Treatment" wrote in 1924, "faddists are continually proclaiming the value of exercise but four out of five people are more in need of rest." Mark Twain echoed this sentiment when he stated he had gone to the funerals of many friends who believed in more exercise than he did. But in 1873 the Earl of Derby during a speech in Liverpool remarked," Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness." Today controversy remains about the value of exercise. But if you ever get into a debate on this topic or wonder if working up the perspiration is worthwhile, here are several positive sound reasons for the exertion.

The most common joint disease

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

January 29, 1989

Aristotle was right. There are no boy philosophers. Advancing years may imbue us with a touch of wisdom. But getting older leaves much to be desired. Like old rusty cars our bodies insidiously begin to break down. Osteoarthritis is one of the major degenerative problems. Doctors have always attributed this malady to excessive wear and tear. Now one researcher says it's just another myth that this common joint disorder results from excessive mileage. He claims there is a way to reverse this age-old plague.


W. Gifford-Jones M.D is the pen name of Dr. Ken Walker graduate of Harvard. Dr. Walker's website is: Docgiff.com

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Pre-2008 articles by Gifford Jones