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Advanced Medical Health Clinic is unique for many reasons: we are fully supportive of our patients; we treat you like priviledged family members; moreover, we offer the latest cutting-edge technologies that are 100% effective; and you can count on excellent service and excellent results. We invite you to visit our beautiful and modern facility with on-site parking.

The following is an overview of the mainline research that we conduct on an on-going basis. We have divided this research into the following five main categories. The main emphasis is on present day clinical uses of the latest and best Medical and Health research:

Medical and Health Nanotechnology
Biology Lasers
Chemistry    
Medical and Health
Advanced Medical Health Clinic offers many cutting-edge technologies in the area of highly effective clinical tools. These technologies are:

1) Computer-Controlled Traction (CCT)
. Spinal decompression is a term that describes the relief of pressure on one or many pinched nerves (neural impingement) of the spinal column (1). Spinal decompression can be achieved both surgically and non-surgically and is used to treat conditions that result in chronic back pain such as disc bulge, disc herniation, sciatica, spinal stenosis, and isthmic and degenerative spondylolisthesis. Surgical spinal decompression can be performed in two common procedures. These procedures are known as microdiscectomy, or microdecompression, and laminectomy, or open decompression. Microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which a portion of a herniated nucleus pulpolsus is removed by way of a surgical instrument or laser while using an operating microscope or loupe for magnification

(2). Laminectomy is an invasive surgical procedure in which a small portion of the arch of the vertebrae (bone) is removed from the spine to alleviate the pressure on the pinched nerve. This is an elective procedure for those that have not found relief of their back pain through more conservative treatment options.

(3). Non-surgical spinal decompression is achieved through the use of mechanical traction controlled through an on-board computer that controls the force and angle of disc distraction. Thus, non-surgical spinal decompression can simply be called computer controlled traction. This enhanced control allows non-surgical spinal decompression tables to apply a traction force to the discs of the spinal column and significantly reduce intradiscal pressure.

Computer Controlled Traction (CCT) is a permanent low-cost, high tech cure for most spinal problems. All-to-often, back surgery is performed unnecessarily. Many aren't aware of both the financial and medical benefits of CCT. CCT is a highly effective technology that is supported by insurance companies due to the outstanding success rates and relatively low costs compared to surgery. An MRI is required to qualify for CCT. More than 75% of all patients with spine problems are good candidates for CCT (4).

A typical back surgery will cost an insurance company more than $50,000. CCT costs range from $1,500 to $3,000 depending on the number of treatments required. It makes use of angles and forces along with the proper number of repetitions to a particular area of the spine per session. CCT is a highly effective alternative to surgery, chiropractic and traditional physical therapy. This process hydrates the affected disk and aids in nursing it back to a healthy state. The surrounding muscles undergo neuromuscular re-education and help take pressure off of the disk and nerves during a rather rapid healing process. A session takes about an hour and there are usually a total of 20 sessions with a minimum of 4 sessions per week. CCT can be directed to cervical, thoracic and/or lumbar areas even on patients who have had prior surgeries with hardware implanted. After 4-6 weeks, the patient should be feeling good as new.

CCT is indicated for: herniated or bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, posterior facet syndrome, sciatica, central stenosis and in general most neck, middle and/ot lower back pain. CCT is contraindicated for: diffuse osteoporosis, congenital spinal abnormalities, spondylolysis, spondylosithesis, fractures, patients who are pregnant and patients who weigh more than 425 pounds.

References:
1. Spinal decompression - definition of spinal decompression in the Medical dictionary - by the Free Online Medical Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia". Medical-dictionary. Retrieved 2010-12-18.

2. "Back and Leg Pain - Definition List | Resources | HJD Spine Center". Med.nyu.edu. Retrieved 2010-12-18.

3. "Laminectomy - procedure, recovery, test, blood, tube, removal, pain, complications, adults, time, infection, operation, medication, heart, types, risk, rate, Definition". Surgeryencyclopedia.com. Retrieved 2010-12-18.

4. Shealy, C Norman; Koladia, Nirman; Wesemann, Merrill M (July 2005). "Long-term Effect Analysis of IDD Therapy in low back pain: a retrospective clinical pilot study" (PDF). American Journal of Pain Management (American Academy of Pain Management) 15 (3): 93�97. ISSN 1059-1494. Retrieved 2009-03-19.



2) Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT).

Considerable insight into the effect of wavelength on LLLT has been gained from the work of TI Karu, who over a period of years [1,2,3] conducted extensive research using cell cultures of various types. Her work has provided an action spectrum for bio-stimulation of the rate of DNA synthesis in HeLa cells, and for the proliferation of bacteria and yeast colonies. These spectra show peaks in the blue (404 and 454 nm), red (620 nm), and near infrared (760 and 830 nm) wavelengths. Her findings also reveal that individual spectral bands may give antagonistic effects on the all-important electron transport chain, for example, blue versus red, and ultraviolet versus red, when these respective wavelengths are delivered in sequence [1].

Wound healing consists of several distinct phases [4,5,6], all of which can be affected at the cellular level by LLLT. The initial, pro-inflammatory and vaso-active phases of inflammation include clotting of any cut blood vessels and deposition of a platelet plug, after which the site is infiltrated by neutrophils and macrophages. These infiltrating cells, together with resident tissue cells and fibroblasts, release a variety of biologically active substances including growth factors. For example, enhanced production of fibroblast growth factor can occur with Low Level Laser Therapy from fibroblasts and macrophages.

Faster wound closure is of great importance in compromised patients, such as diabetics, and patients undergoing treatment for malignancies. Because LLLT can enhance the release of growth factors from fibroblasts, and can stimulate cell proliferation, it is able to improve wound healing in such compromised patients. Histological studies have demonstrated that laser irradiation improves wound epithelialization, cellular content, granulation tissue formation, and collagen deposition in laser-treated wounds, compared to untreated sites [4,9]. These findings have been confirmed in oral mucosal wound healing in clinical studies in humans [10].

Only a very small subset of research has been shown here. The LLLT literature is large, with more than 1000 papers published on this topic. It is a real task to dissect this literature due to the variation in laser equipment, methodology and dosimetry between the different studies It is important to have sham-irradiated controls in clinical studies is an important element, since placebo effects can be important (8). Furthermore, the newer laser diode technology has made significant breakthroughs in significantly lower costs, improving capabilities and decreasing sizes of these incredible low level laser devices within the last 10 years (7).

References:

1. Karu TI. Photobiology of low-power laser therapy. London: Harwood Academic Publishers. 1989.
2. Karu TI. Photobiological fundamentals of low-power laser therapy. IEEE J Quant Electron QE-2 1987:3:1703-1717.
3. Karu TI. Molecular mechanism of the therapeutic effect of low-intensity laser radiation. Lasers Life Sci 1988:2:53-74.
4. Yu W, Naim JO, Lanzafame RJ. Effects of photostimulation on wound healing in diabetic mice. Lasers Surg Med 1997:20:56�63.
5. Mester E, Mester AF, Mester A. The biomedical effects of laser application. Lasers Surg Med 1985:5:31-39.
6. Walsh LJ, Murphy GF. The role of adhesion molecules in cutaneous inflammation and neoplasia. J Cutan Pathol 1992:19:161-171.
7. See http://www.newport.com/Tutorial-Laser-DiodeTechnology/852182/1033/content.aspx
8. Laakso EL, Richardson CR, Cramond T. Factors affecting low level laser therapy. Aust J Physio 1993:39:95-99.
9. Lyons RF, Abergel RP, White RA, Dwyer RM, Castel JC, Uitto J. Biostimulation of wound healing in vivo by a helium-neon laser. Ann Plast Surg. 1987:18(1):47-50.
10. Marei MK, Abdel-Meguid SH, Mokhtar SA, Rizk SA. Effect of low-energy laser application in the treatment of denture-induced mucosal lesions. J Prosthet Dent. 1997:77(3):256-264.
Biology
Within the last decade, the two most revolutionary advances in biology are stem cells and sequencing methodologies in genetics.

1. Stem Cells

Most folks know very little about stem cells. To bridge this gap, please review the following NIH website: http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/basics/

If you have heart disease, congestive heart failure or cardiomyopathy, you would well-advised to visit the following website:http://texasheart.org/research/stemcellcenter/index.cfm

You may not be able to get these exciting treatments in the United States due to the red tape at the FDA, but Bangkok has FIVE premiere hospitals saving heart patients on a daily basis. The European Society of Cardiology reports that "Stem Cells Heal Hearts!". In fact, they report that the largest long-term stem cell study in cardiology history shows huge increase in quality of life for stem cell patients vs. serious deterioration for standard cardiology patients. And unfortunately, heart patients, limited to only standard cardiology, die at five times the rate of stem cell patients.

2. Genetics - Sequencing
The advent of high-throughput next generation sequencing technologies have fostered enormous potential applications of supercomputing techniques in genome sequencing, epi-genetics, metagenomics, personalized medicine, discovery of non-coding RNAs and protein-binding sites.

Further, the next generation sequencing technologies will foster enormous potential applications of supercomputing techniques in genome sequencing, epi-genetics, metagenomics, personalized medicine, discovery of non-coding RNAs and protein-binding sites. And most importantly, next generation sequencing will substitute microarray techniques, the currently used technology in genomics and bioinformatics.

See http://www.technologyreview.com/biomedicine/37551/

Chemistry
Science Daily (Jan. 5, 2012) Oxytocin, the "love hormone" that builds mother-baby bonds and may help us feel more connected toward one another, can also make surly monkeys treat each other a little more kindly. Administering the hormone nasally through a kid-sized nebulizer, like a gas mask, a Duke University research team has shown that it can make rhesus macaques pay more attention to each other and make choices that give another monkey a squirt of fruit juice, even when they don't get one themselves.
Nanotechnology
Batteries: They power our phones, our computers, even our cars. But batteries have one big downside, they die! And usually way to soon and at the worst possible time. Chemist Amy Prieto and her colleagues at Colorado State University are working to change that.

A high surface area means it will charge faster. The battery is made up of three main parts: an anode-made of tiny copper nanowires, a cathode-made from a rubber-like material, and an electrolyte-made of plastic that separates the anode from the cathode. Nanowires increase the battery's performance and are so small that 25 million of them can fit on the surface of a penny. "So, they're really tiny, that surface area is about 10,000-times higher, so that's where you get this power from, Prieto explained.

Wires: Ultra-miniature wires just one atom tall have been created by inserting a string of phosphorus atoms in a silicon crystal by a team of researchers from the University of New South Wales, Melbourne University and Purdue University. This image from a computational simulation run of the wires shows electron density as electrons flow from left to right. The wires are 20 times smaller than the smallest wires now available and measure just four atoms wide by one phosphorus atom tall. (Credit: Purdue University image/Sunhee Lee, Hoon Ryu and Gerhard Klimeck) And for physicists, the results show that Ohm's Law, which demonstrates the relationship between electrical current, resistance and voltage, continues to apply all the way down to an atomic-scale wire.


The NanoWire

BELIEVE IT or not!!
The following four wonders are either natural or man-made and are quite real. Believe it! They are all the real deal and presented here for your educational enlightenment.

 
The Green Flash
The Green Flash is a natural light phenomenon that happens at sunrise or sunset. If you have not ever seen one, it's because it is faint and only happens for 1-2 seconds. In the photo, one is caught behind the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and that magic moment in time is unforgettable. There are beach restaurants around the world called "The Green Flash" to make people aware of this natural wonder.
Fire Rainbow
National Geographic News reports this particular fire rainbow was caught on film on June 3 2006 in northern Idaho not far from the Washington State border. A fire rainbow is more technically called a "circumhorizon arc" or "circumhorizontal arc" by weather scientists.
Global Warming and Weather Changes
The following are Global Warming Basics starting with the Natural Resources Defense Council website:
See http://www.edf.org/climate/global-climate-solutions

Global warming is very real and we all need to be prepared. Most of all, you can NOT afford to stick your head in the sand and avoid this GIANT issue. You may be living in a part of the United States or world in which very predictable events will happen, increasingly so over the next 20+ years. These are critical years for all of us. Major weather forces will appear like never before experienced. The correlation of factory CO2 emissions and global warming is alarming. The number one 'potentially controllable' problem is China's industrial expansion 'without' effective CO2 emission controls. Most likely this will only be remedied after there becomes an undeniable world disaster in which the political blame falls on China's Leaders.

2010
Haitian Earthquake: A deadly earthquake in the month of January 2010 caused severe damage to Haiti, almost collapsing the country's economy. The human death numbers exceeded 200,000 and this disaster can be classified as one of the deadliest in the history of the world. The magnitude of the earth quake by itself was huge, at 8.9 on the Richter scale.

2011
One of the world's deadliest earthquakes hit the eastern part of Japan in March 2011. This quake, measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale was the biggest to hit Japan and left one part of the county completely devastated. The total cost of the destruction caused by these twin disasters has overrun several billions of Dollars. In fact, Japanese economy which was already weakened by the world wide depression now faces even more decline.

The aftermath of the earthquake has also damaged a nuclear power plant which has caused further damage to the already ravaged country. Two of the nuclear reactors exploded, releasing deadly contamination into the air. The overall death toll has run into several thousands and still continues to this day. This massive disaster has caused more damage to Japan than all other disasters put together, including Japanese devastation in world war two.
Glacier Shrinkage
Since 1979, there has been a 20% shrinkage in the Artic polar ice cap (see photo). Glaciers have been retreating for the past couple of years. The changing weather and environmental effects of this phenomenon will increase in magnitude every year and at some point will become profoundly real. Many glacier filled areas in the world are undergoing a radical change, in the process destroying many animal and plant life forms. The Antartic (South pole) is actually increasing its ice mass, but has less than one-half the rate compared to the melting in the Artic (North pole). Rising seas will severely impact costal cities. Scientists conservatively project as much as a 3-foot sea-level rise by 2100. According to a 2001 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study, Just for the Unites States, this increase would inundate some 22,400 square miles of land along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, primarily in Louisiana, Texas, Florida and North Carolina.
15 Crazy Fitness Contraptions
In the world of inventiveness, there seems to be no bounds. The following website blog is testimony to that:
See http://diettogo.com/blog/15-crazy-fitness-contraptions-past-100-years

Vibrating Belt circa 1950's
The vibrating belt started a whole new trend that simply refuses to die even 60 years later. Somehow applying intense vibration to certain parts of your body is supposed to help you shake that fat right off!
Lasers
Advanced Medical Health Clinic is unique for many reasons: we are fully supportive of our patients; we treat you like priviledged family members; moreover, we offer the latest cutting-edge technologies that are 100% effective; and you can count on excellent service and excellent results. We invite you to visit our beautiful and modern facility with on-site parking. The following is an overview of the mainline services that we offer:

Spinal Rehabilitation Therapy
Advanced Medical Health Clinic offers computer-controlled spinal rehab for all areas of the back, including the lumbar, thoracic and cervical spine. We add supplemental treatments of low level laser therapy, therapeutic touch and/or select exercises to effectively heal and rehabilitate specific injury areas and/or treat unique conditions.

Advanced Medical Health Clinic evaluates the latest cutting-edge, clinical tools and methodologies available to our patients.

We recognize the immense technology available through Photo Medical Lasers. Just for a starter, lasers have both medical & commercial purposes. There are FOUR main classes of lasers:

Class Strength Example/Focus Year Began
Class I 1mW Laser Printers 1980's
Class II 1mW Laser Printers 1990's
Class IIIA 1-5 mW Telescopes 1990's
Class IIIB 5-500 mW Medical Grade and Use 1970's
Class IV 0.5-10,000W Safety Issues 1950's

Class IIIB laser equipment is used for Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) and is the group of Clinical Lasers used at Advanced Medical Health Clinic. See the SERVICES section for details.

Clinical trials at Advanced Medical Health Clinic with a test patient base of 92 patients determined that the upward limit to 100% effective in healing humans is to use no more than 4W of energy. More than that causes too little time to incite the cells to heal effectively. Some Class 4 laser companies push the higher wattage, say 10W to hasten the treatment. Thus the practitioner saves treatment time by going to the higher wattage above 4W, but only delivers about 70% effectiveness to healing patients based on the study mentioned above. Also, the protocol of moving the Class 4 laser wand like a paint brush is actually spending less time on the damaged area. Instead, turn down the watts and let the laser rest on the skin for at least 20 seconds. This is the minimum reaction time required to heal, again based on the above study.

There are some very effective, yet unique uses of lasers:
1. PUVA uses UVA & UVB wavelengths cures Eczemia, Psorassi & Vitiligo to a 92% level on an early detect basis.
2. PhotoDynamicTherapy (PDT) used in the treatment of some cancers.
3. PhotoBioModulation . . also called Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) (or Cold Laser Therapy)
There are three wavelengths that are most effective:
a) Red light, 635nm wavelength, delivers a 5 to 8 times increase in healing. Penetrates about 3/8" into the skin.
b) Near Infrared, 808nm wavelength, 2-3" deep penetration, similar to red light but penetrates to deeper relieve neuromuscular and joint problems.

CLASS IV is the most powerful of the classes. It starts at a power of 1/2 Watt and goes up to 10,000 Watts of power. It is used for surgical, laboratory & military purposes. Typically, the class IV is a cutting &/or burning Laser. In the below 10W power range, there are some significant medical applications of the Class IIIb and Class IV Laser, such as: using as it a Light cure in Dentistry, LASIK or LASEK for the Eyes, Laser Assisted Surgery, BacteriaArrest Laser, etc.

Contraindications: these laser units should not be used for direct irradiation of the eyes, should not be used for use over the pregnant uterus, should not be used for use with carcinoma or any known primary or secondary lesions, should not be used over the thyroid gland, should not be used for hemorrhage, should not be used when taking immune suppressant drugs and should not be used over the sympathetic ganglia (brain), the vagus nerves (brain stem) & the cardiac region in patients with heart disease.

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is indicated for: macular degeneration and cataracs to significantly improved vision; natural tendon and ligament repair for tennis elbow, shoulder tears, meniscus injuries in the knee; ankle and hip joint problems; state-of-the-art hair growth for men and women; killing skin bacterias, such as acne and promoting healthy skin repair; and many other applications supported by a large number of peer-reviewed, up-to-date journal studies proving the effacieny of this technology.

Red/Blue Cosmetic LED's
Relatively inexpensive. Has multiple beam 5mW each, the red is for the gradual removal or significant reduction of facial skin wrinkles, then to blue, or both red and blue, to kill facial bacteria with blue, such as acne. Skin contact required, especially for the ultrasound add-on.

Red Healing Laser
The red LASER is 3-5 times more effective than the very inexpensive, red LEDS. 7 beam 635nm 5mW each for healing superficial wounds, injuries and/or burns. Skin contact must be avoided, laser unit held 1/2" to 1" above skin.

Near Infrared Healing Laser
7 beam 808nm 70mW each, a total of 490mW is directed toward healing muscoskeletal injuries, mending bones, ligaments and tendons. Requires the deep penetration treatment technique without moving the laser unit and skin contact required.

Major Manufacturers of Healing Lasers (Class 3 or 4)
Company Yearly Sales Year Established Price Range
Erchonia $300 Million 1996 McKinney, TX $3K to $12K
K-Laser USA $125 Million 2002 Italy / 2005 USA $12K to $27K
Litecure $110 Million 2006 $18K to $25K
Thor Photo Medicine $85 Million 1998 Stuarts Draft, VA $3K to $12K
Apollo Healing Lasers $36 Million 2006 $5K to $12K
MediTech International Inc. $24 Million 1989 $5K to $20K
Theralase $2 Million 1994 $3K to $12K
Advanced Medical Health Clinic <$1 Million 2014 $2K to $8K