Issue 44


Procedure Performed at MWA by Emma McGowan, M.D. & Martin Gallagher, M.D.


Acupuncture and Lateral Wedge Insole Benefit Patients with Medial Compartment Knee Osteoarthritis


In a parallel-group randomized controlled trial involving 40 patients with grade 2 or 3 medial knee osteoarthritis (OA), treatment with acupuncture was found to be as effective as treatment with an in-shoe lateral wedge, in significantly reducing pain and improving function, and non-clinically statistically significantly influencing femoral and tibial cartilage thickness. The authors conclude, "Both lateral wedge insole and acupuncture can be effective in the treatment of medial knee osteoarthritis without any superiority of one over the other."


"Comparison the effect of lateral wedge insole and acupuncture in medial compartment knee osteoarthritis: A randomized controlled trial," Ashraf A, Zarei F, et al, Knee, 2013 Dec 27; [Epub ahead of print]. (Address: Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran).



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Asthma & Allergy

In a MEDLINE search between January 1966 and July 2002 regarding the role of chiropractic care in asthma and allergy management, there were no primary clinical trials on spinal manipulation therapy and allergy found, while there were some control studies in systematic reviews on spinal manipulation therapy and asthma. Many of the claims of chiropractic success in asthma were based on anecdotal evidence or uncontrolled case studies. Three randomized controlled studies showed benefit in subjective measures, such as quality of life, symptoms and bronchodilator use. The differences, though, were not statistically significant between controls and the treated groups. There were no significant changes in any objective lung function measures. The data did not show evidence supporting the use of chiropractic spinal manipulation therapy as a primary treatment for asthma or allergy.

"Chiropractic Care in Asthma and Allergy," Balon JW, Mior SA, Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol, August 2004;93(Suppl 1):S55-S60. (Address: Jeffrey W. Balon, DC, MD, CCFD, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)



Procedure Ordered at MWA by Emma McGowan, M.D. & Martin Gallagher, M.D.

Prolozone & Hemozone

What is PROLOZONE therapy?

Prolozone is a unique form of therapy that incorporates classical prolotherapy injections in conjunction with Medical Grade Ozone injections.

After having performed numerous standard prolotherapy injections for the past 10 years, we have found that the addition of ozone to the injections have greatly augmented the effect of the therapy.  The ozone appears to have both an immune modulatory effect as well as a general healing regenerative effect.  For example, when injected into the knee joint, the patient has far less subsequent soreness and better and deeper healing.

Also because it has anti-bacterial effects, it can reduce pain associated with local soft tissue, joint disorders and dental problems.

What is HEMOZONE Therapy?

HEMOZONE therapy is classical PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections, along with the addition of medical grade Ozone injections.

What is PROLOZONE therapy?

Can Prolozone be used for Dental Problems?

Yes, Dental infections and local dental trauma often respond to Prolozone.

Each tooth is connected to a nerve and acupuncture meridian.  Dental stress from amalgams, resins, non-compatible materials, cavities, and abscesses can cause local dental problems and remote diseases.

Unexplained dental pain, facial pain despite normal dental exams. * Tooth pain caused by an underlying infection can be treated with a short series of local ozone injections into the involved tooth area. * Old dental scars from old root canal surgeries, wisdom tooth extractions, loose teeth, and other tooth extractions can be effectively treated.

How often and how many treatments do I need?

That varies from patient to patient and the body part being treated, age, and your general health.  Usually, a series of 4-12 treatments 2-4 weeks apart is a common treatment plan.



“Dr. Gallagher gave me my life back”
I had seen numerous doctors, both locally and out of state, but none of them could help me; they were all baffled by my confusing array of symptoms and tried to convince me that it was "all in my head." Dr. Gallagher was different. He actually listened to me and, after a thorough workup, was able to diagnose me with Lyme and chemical/environmental sensitivities. When I first came to him, I was effectively disabled. His treatment has given me my life back.
  Lani Enterline



Alternative Therapy
This is a general review article on the fact that alternative therapies are gaining in popular interest. These therapies include naturopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic techniques, homeopathy, nutritional therapies and biofeedback. Many individuals do not feel that they are getting their questions answered by traditional medicine and go to alternative therapies. Medical doctors in general are very unaware of the different variety of alternative medical therapies available, since their training is so focused on symptom and disease care.

There are 4 main categories of alternative therapies which include:

1. Psychological or spiritual approaches, use of trances, hypnosis, biofeedback, stress reduction, and/or visualization.

2. Nutritional approaches.

3. Biological approaches, which include non-approved drugs, serums such as live cell infusions, and chemotherapies like chelation or antioxidant therapy. These therapies are to enhance immune function and detoxification systems. Homeopathy may fit into this category.

4. The fourth category is all treatments based on the use of physical forces or devices, which includes chiropractic and other manipulative care, acupuncture and acupressure, electrotherapies, and magnetic therapies.

There is increasing evidence that poor diet, psychological factors, and environmental toxins are major contributors to chronic disease. Many of the alternative medical therapies are trying to standardize their programs, such as naturopathy, which has two federally accreditted 4 year postgraduate medical colleges. Doctors should ask their patients if they are utilizing alternative therapies and then educate themselves on that particular topic.

"Dissatisfied Patients Embracing Acupuncture, Other Alternative Therapies: More Scientific Assessment Urged", Goldman, Erik L., Family Practice News, June 15, 1992;1.


Nanoparticles from Tattoos May Create Long-term Health Complications

Scientists from the ESRF, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, Ludwig-Maximilians University, and the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt released a new first of its kind study reporting that ink from tattoos travel throughout the body.

Here-to-fore unknown, but suspected, micro/nanoparticles from tattoo ink travels into the lymph nodes. This is billed as the first study that tracks organic and inorganic pigments as well as toxic impurities thereof in tissues with tattoos.

"When someone wants to get a tattoo, they are often very careful in choosing a parlor where they use sterile needles that haven´t been used previously. No one checks the chemical composition of the colors, but our study shows that maybe they should," explains Hiram Castillo, one of the authors of the study and scientist at the ESRF.

In addition, the authors say that very little research has been done in terms of toxicity and impurities in various colors of tattoo ink and mixtures up until now. Organic and inorganic pigments, preservatives, and heavy metals are contained within most tattoo ink. It’s well known that heavy metals are neuro-toxic when left in the body. Nickel, chromium, manganese or cobalt are some of the most common heavy metals in the ink. One of the core ingredients, carbon black along with the second most common ingredient along with titanium dioxide (TiO2) a white tint used to mix with other colors are used extensively. TiO2 is also commonly used in food additives, sunscreens, paints. However, this tint may cause delayed healing, skin irritation, and itching. With this research, the authors feel they have a much better picture of tissue harm when the pigment is in place.

Bernhard Hesse, one of the two first authors of the study states, "We already knew that pigments from tattoos would travel to the lymph nodes because of visual evidence: the lymph nodes become tinted with the color of the tattoo. It is the response of the body to clean the site of entrance of the tattoo. What we didn't know is that they do it in a nano form, which implies that they may not have the same behavior as the particles at a micro level. And that is the problem: we don't know how nanoparticles react."

Using x-rays fluorescence and measurements they were able to locate micro and nanoparticles of titanium dioxide in the skin and lymphatic system. Previously only the chemical composition of the ink has been investigated. Researchers feel that the nanoparticles they found in the lymph may lead to chronic irritation and enlargement. In addition, Fourier infrared spectroscopy was used to assess biomolecular changes in the tissues in the proximity of the tattoo particles.

The researchers believe that the above is ample evidence of migration and long-term deposition of toxic elements from tattoo pigments for long-term irritation and inflammation, both locally and systemically.

As a side note, not related to the above research, there are many substances that will detoxify or chelate much of the toxins noted herein, from the body. Check with A4M or World health for more information.

Source: Dr. Michael J. Koch, Editor for and Dr. Ronald Klatz, DO, MD President of the A4M which has 28,000 Physician Members, and has trained over 150,000 physicians, health professionals and scientists around the world in the new specialty of Anti-Aging Medicine. A4M physicians are now providing advanced preventative medical care for over 10’s of Million individuals worldwide who now recognize that aging is no longer inevitable.

Journal Reference: Ines Schreiver, Bernhard Hesse, Christian Seim, Hiram Castillo-Michel, Julie Villanova, Peter Laux, Nadine Dreiack, Randolf Penning, Remi Tucoulou, Marine Cotte, Andreas Luch. Synchrotron-based ?-XRF mapping and ?-FTIR microscopy enable to look into the fate and effects of tattoo pigments in human skin. Scientific Reports, 2017; 7 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-11721-z