August 06, 2015

Mandatory Vaccine

Articles by Dr. Erdman are for informational purposes, and are not to be taken as specific medical advice.

Ever since the measles outbreak originating at Disneyland started, I’ve been itching to write an article on the hypocrisy of those calling for mandatory vaccinations. The pharmaceutical companies played a first class propaganda ploy to ensure profits at the expense of your health.

They say those of us who don’t vaccinate pose a serious danger to the rest of society. Apparently we are all pharmaceutically deficient and need to be forced to get their vaccines or be punished and segregated.

July 23, 2015

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI)

Articles by Dr. Erdman are for informational purposes, and are not to be taken as specific medical advice.

In today’s world of high stress and fast paced lifestyles, many people can feel overwhelmed. Depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues are skyrocketing. Many people turn to their medical doctor for help.

According to the CDC, one in twelve Americans over the age of 12 report some form of depression, and a full 11% of the population over age 12 is on some type of antidepressant medication. In the Geisinger Health System, the number one drug class prescribed by their doctors is for depression/anxiety.

Unfortunately, the latest research overwhelmingly shows these drugs do not work as advertised. They may actually exacerbate the cause of some of the mental disorders.

June 18, 2015

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

Articles by Dr. Erdman are for informational purposes, and are not to be taken as specific medical advice.

Now that summer is finally with us to stay, many people are motivated to get into exercising again. That is great!

One problem many people from new exercisers to hardcore trainers run into is post exercise soreness. There is a technical name for this pain in the muscles that occurs 1-2 days after the workout; it is called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness or DOMS.

DOMS is actually caused by the inflammation from small microscopic tearing of muscle fibers and surrounding soft tissues. The damaged muscles release chemical irritants that contact pain receptors and cause them to fire pain signals to the brain. Generally, the pain of DOMS will go away within just a few days without lasting effects. In the meantime, it will more than likely keep you from being as active as you’d like to be, or just hinder normal movements with pain.

June 04, 2015

Diet Soda

Articles by Dr. Erdman are for informational purposes, and are not to be taken as specific medical advice.

Pepsi has just announced that Diet Pepsi will be switching from aspartame to sucralose, as the artificial sweetener.

So why is Pepsi Co switching?  As many studies over the years have shown, aspartame is just hazardous to your health. It is carcinogenic in many ways, and people are rejecting its use.

Sucralose, or Splenda, isn’t really a better alternative at all. It has many of the same adverse effects as aspartame including, headaches, seizures, GI problems, heart palpitations, respiratory difficulties, and ironically, weight gain.

April 30, 2015

Magnesium

Articles by Dr. Erdman are for informational purposes, and are not to be taken as specific medical advice.

After hearing of another study reporting to have found that taking certain vitamins may actually be bad for you, I just have to ask if that is really a possibility. I don’t know the answer, but it sure doesn’t make me want to toss my nutritional support. Common sense would dictate that too much of even a good substance may be bad for you in abject excess. Hey, even water can kill you if you drink too much at once. Common sense also says that our food is lacking in many nutritional areas, even with the best of diets.

Let’s move on to this week’s topic of the vital mineral magnesium. Overlooking this mineral can lead to calcium imbalance, type 2 diabetes, vitamin D deficiency, lack of energy for your muscles and ill health. Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body. It exists in over 300 different body enzymes. Fifty percent of it is found in your bones. It aids in energy metabolism and protein synthesis. It is required for making glutathione, known as the master antioxidant. As high as 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium.

April 16, 2015

Shaken Baby Syndrome, Part 3

Articles by Dr. Erdman are for informational purposes, and are not to be taken as specific medical advice.

In the last of the series of three articles on Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), we will look at how vitamin D deficiency and vaccine aluminum adjuvants mimic SBS. Child abuse is a terrible crime, and should be punished to the fullest. But as scholars such as Dr. David Ayoub have found, thousands of cases of ‘child abuse’ are in fact misdiagnosed cases of rickets, caused by vitamin D deficiency.

Vitamin D deficiency in an infant looks different on an x-ray then it does in the classic presentation at an older age. On an x-ray, bones may appear to be broken, even to the trained radiologist ignorant of rickets presentation in infancy.

April 02, 2015

Shaken Baby Syndrome, Part 2

Articles by Dr. Erdman are for informational purposes, and are not to be taken as specific medical advice.

Is it Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), or something else? They tell us the triad of brain swelling, retinal hemorrhage, and brain hemorrhage can only mean one thing, you hurt your baby. Child abuse is abhorrent, but so is being accused of killing or injuring your own child with abuse when you know you have not. The simple allegation can ruin a person’s life; so we better be sure when that accusation is leveled.

According to experts, the alleged scenario for SBS goes like this: A baby crying inconsolably triggers the action; the perpetrator shakes the baby from 5 to 20 seconds at a rate of 2 to 4 times per second. So at a minimum, you can do unfathomable damage to a baby’s brain in 5 seconds by shaking them up to twenty times. Is this good for a baby, obviously not, but can it do the alleged damage absent neurologic and neck injuries? It seems highly improbable that that action would kill a child, especially after the quote from the National Shaken Baby Coalition that less damage may occur if you drop them from three stories up! And real science seems to back up that conclusion.