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Headache info and help beyond painkillers November 14, 2008

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womanheadacheLUCKY NUMBER SEVEN? NOT WHERE HEADACHES ARE CONCERNED Valley doctor offers insight into this common malady

Got a headache from all the news of economy, stress at home and work? You’re not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from this common malady yet many make generalized assumptions about how to find relief. In truth it’s more complicated than most realize and popping an over-the-counter pill isn’t always the best answer.
A local doctor hopes to change that by educating the public about the many types of headaches and different options for treatment. This may relegate traditional painkillers to the back of the medicine cabinet and increase your overall health.
Valley doctor Michael Staub recommends a different approach to diagnosis and treatment. He advises that there are seven different kinds of headaches. Headaches can be due to a wide variety of causes, such as drug reactions; temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ; tightness in the neck muscles; low blood sugar; high blood pressure; stress and fatigue. Dr. Staub says the majority of recurrent headaches are of two types: tension headaches (also called cervicogenic headaches) and migraine headaches. There is a third, less common, type of headache called a cluster headache that is a cousin to the migraine.
According to Dr. Staub the seven classifications are:

1. Tension headaches

2. Migraine headaches (both Common and Classic)

3. Organic headaches

4. Cluster headaches

5. Hormone headaches

6. Sinus headaches

7. Rebound headaches

Dr. Staub’s first step to treatment is to diagnose the type of headache a patient exhibits by gathering past history concerning habits, stress levels, physical activity and diet. Once the type of headache is identified, he will develop a treatment strategy for that specific condition

Treatments may include chiropractic modalities to correct nerve related headaches, acupuncture and massage to help with trigger related headaches and a blood screen to identify food and environmental sensitivities likely to contribute to the problem.

“It seems that in today’s society, we usually tend to block the pain with pain killers,” says Dr. Staub. “While this may work with some headaches, a good percentage of my patients reported taking pain killers for many day, weeks or even years, with no fix.”

Headache statistics in our country are astronomical, while a “miracle drug” has yet to be found. According to the American Headache Society, every 10 seconds, someone in the United States goes to the emergency room with a headache or migraine and the lost work due to migraine disease costs more than $13 billion every year in the U.S. alone. More than $1 billion is spent on over-the-counter medications to treat headaches and migraines.

And commonly used, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs are dangerous to the kidneys and should be taken infrequently. Over-use can be toxic and damage could be irreversible. Great caution, as with any medication, should be taken.

Dr. Staub’s tips to avoid headaches:

· Stress may be a trigger, but certain foods, odors, menstrual periods, and changes in weather are among many factors that may also trigger headache.

· Emotional factors such as depression, anxiety, frustration, letdown, and even pleasant excitement may be associated with developing a headache.

· Keeping a headache diary may help you determine whether factors such as food, change in weather, and/or mood have any relationship to your headache pattern.

· Repeated exposure to nitrite compounds can result in a dull, pounding headache that may be accompanied by a flushed face. Nitrite, which dilates blood vessels, is found in such products as heart medicine and dynamite, but is also used as a chemical to preserve meat. Hot dogs and other processed meats containing sodium nitrite can cause headaches.

· Eating foods prepared with monosodium glutamate (MSG) can result in headache. Soy sauce, meat tenderizer, and a variety of packaged foods contain this chemical which is touted as a flavor enhancer.

· Headaches can also result from exposure to poisons, even common household varieties like insecticides, carbon tetrachloride, and lead. Children who ingest flakes of lead paint may develop headaches. So may anyone who has contact with lead batteries or lead-glazed pottery.

· Foods that are high in the amino acid tyramine could also be avoided, such as ripened cheeses (cheddar, brie), chocolate, as well as any food pickled or fermented foods.

For more information, contact Dr. Staub at 480-990-2663 or visit


About Dr. Staub and the Bone & Joint Wellness Center.

Dr. Michael Staub has been a licensed chiropractor since May 1997 when he founded The Bone and Joint Wellness Center. The center provides chiropractic care, corrective exercises, lifestyle advice, nutritional counseling, spinal and postural screenings and physiotherapies that include cold laser, transcutaneous electrical muscle stimulation, mechanical traction, cryotherapy , moist heat therapy, work hardening rehabilitation programs, core strength ball and theraband exercises and custom Orthotic fitting.


Free lecture about Comprehensive 5000 blood test September 30, 2008

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SCOTTSDALE- Bone thinning is a natural process that begins to effect men and women around the age of 30. While it is natural, there is a fine line between nature’s process and osteoporosis. One in two women and one in four men will experience an osteoporosis-related injury at some point in their life. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, in 2005 these injuries were responsible for an estimated $19 billion in costs. That figure is predicted to rise to $25.3 billion in the next 17 years if steps in prevention are not implemented.

“Many people spend most of their lives not worrying about osteoporosis until they are spending thousands of dollars to treat it,” said Dr. Shaun Hudson, Bone and Joint Wellness Center physician. “That is the point where it is too late to do anything except spend the money.”
The Bone and Joint Wellness Center keeps osteoporosis from being a disease of their client’s future by explaining the benefits of regular weight-bearing work outs, proper nutrition and being aware of the current health of their bones. Normal workouts promote stronger bones by working the bones and muscles against gravity. Getting 30 minutes of exercise everyday will dramatically y reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Diets rich in calcium and vitamin D create a foundation for healthy bones. Since most bone mass is developed by the time a person reaches the age of 20, it is vital that supplements are taken if the normal levels of minerals are not reached in a normal diet.

As a farewell to National Bone and Joint Decade Action Week, which stretches from Oct. 12-20, Dr. Hudson will be hosting a free lecture on the benefits of the Comprehensive 5000 blood test on Oct. 28. This test examines the current mineral levels in the blood and shows the weaknesses that need to be fixed to avoid osteoporosis. The lecture will be held at the Scottsdale Civic Library (the Silver Room) at 7:30 p.m. Please call 480-990-2663 to RSVP.

Dr. Shaun Hudson of The Bone and Joint Wellness Center is a chiropractic physician and a certified in Physical Therapist; practicing in the Valley for over 10 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in human biology as well as a doctorate in chiropractic. Dr. Hudson attended undergraduate at Indiana State University and then received his doctorate at Logan University of Health Sciences in St. Louis, Missouri. The Bone and Joint Wellness Center is located at 7701 E. Indian School Rd, Suite H in Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information, call 480-990-2663 or visit


Client Accomplishments this week! September 26, 2008

Just wanted to share some great Client accomplishments this week:

Chris Kulpinski was on a 12 News Education panel today with School Solution’s reporter Kim Covington to discuss finances and our children.

Dean Wegner will be getting up early again to chat with Ch 3 on Wednesday at 5:45am and then will be a guest of Ankarlo’s on KTAR at 8am to discuss the realities of what’s happening with real estate/mortgages.

Michelle Evard had an awesome interview on Pat McMahon’s show this week to discuss her thoughts on the big bailout controversy.

Trish Gulbranson is featured as one of the Valley women in “The Million Dollar” club of Arizona Woman magazine which just hit newsstands this week.

NARPRO shop owner, Jim Garnand of Hi-Tech Auto Care got great publicity for his “Name Your Price” Oil Change to benefit Officer Scott, who died after participating in a charity boxing match.

Howard Fleischmann was honored as a Spirit of Enterprise award winner yesterday with ASU’s W.P. Carey Business School.

Dr. Bicky Tran will tell viewers of Sonoran Living if dental rinses, gels, whiteners really are worth your money on September 30th.

And if you want to know more about how to keep your bones healthy, Dr. Shaun Hudson will be giving low cost, easy tips on Sonoran Living on October 13th.


Backpack Health Info from Bone and Joint Wellness August 18, 2008

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Dr. Shaun Hudson of Bone and Joint Wellness Center in Scottsdale was on Sonoran Living (ABC 15) today and demonstrated the proper use and fit for kid’s backpacks.

Although back pain is relatively common among American adults, children are beginning exhibit symptoms such as back and neck pain much earlier in life than previous generations. The use of overweight and improperly fitted backpacks appears to be a contributing factor.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that backpack-related injuries were responsible for more than 7,000 emergency room visits in 2001 alone.

Feel free to contact their office with any concerns you may have regarding your child’s spinal health,
especially if your child has a history of scoliosis. The Bone and Joint Wellness office is equipped with the latest diagnostic technology; allowing us to determine the status of your child’s condition.

For more information and the multitude of services we provide, visit or call Dr. Shaun Hudson or Dr. Michael Staub at (480)990-2663.
Back to school special…Call and schedule your child’s free backpack fitting.


Client featured in 9pm EXTRA on KTVK Ch 3 August 14, 2008

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Great story on Channel 3’s 9pm News about my clients at Bone and Joint Wellness Center in Scottsdale. Their patient, Alison Zelenski was having some skin issues and aches and pains that just didn’t seem to go away. Until she took an IgG test and discovered food sensitivities such as wheat. When she took them out of her diet, her issues began to go away.



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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) an estimated 50 million people suffer from allergies in the United States. Of those 50 million, 12 million are diagnosed with some sort of food allergy. There are two different types of reactions to these allergies, one being immediate and the other delayed. Immunoglobulin E (IgE) is an antibody in the immune system that instantly reacts causing hives, swelling and congestion. The immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibody reacts more slowly potentially causing crankiness, back pain and sleep disturbance within hours of eating the harmful food.

Allergies affecting the IgG antibody are much harder to detect, mainly because most people do not relate the symptoms to an allergic reaction. Dr. Mike Staub, owner of the Bone and Joint Wellness Center, uses blood testing to identify these allergies.

“When people come into my office with unexplainable pain, they almost always doubt it could possibly result from allergies,” said Dr. Staub. “Patients usually avoid an allergy test for the fear of it being painful, but the IgG test is a simple pain-free way to start living a healthier life.”

Blood testing for allergies is a fairly new process. The food allergy blood panels are becoming increasing popular for physicians as a reliable method to aid in the diagnosis of an otherwise difficult diagnostic problem. Before this type of testing the only methods to test food allergies were skin tests, elimination and challenge diets or double blind placebo controlled oral food challenges.

“I was in so much pain everyday and it wasn’t until after the IgG test that I realized I was allergic to almost everything I craved and ate daily,” said Alison Zelenski, a patient of Dr. Mike Staub. “This test has made it possible for me to enjoy life and made me feel like a completely new person.”

The Bone and Joint Wellness Center is owned by Dr. Mike .Staub and Dr. Shaun Hudson. Mike is a Doctor of Chiropractic and Certified in Physical Therapy and Acupuncture. Shaun is a Doctor of Chiropractic and Certified in Physical Therapy. Both doctors are graduates of Logan University and have been practicing for eleven years.

The Bone and Joint Wellness Center is located at 7701 E. Indian School Rd, Suite H in Scottsdale, AZ. For more information, call 480-990-2663 or visit their websites at or