Disclaimer regarding health-related information
I intend the material here to be
interesting and valuable for medical professionals and for thoughtful
people who lack medical training.
While I quote from
peer-reviewed journal articles, what I write, and my attempts to
interpret and analyze the material from those articles, has not been peer-reviewed.
No matter how credible or persuasive you find one or more items of
information here, other items may be highly speculative or inadequately-informed.
Please base your healthcare decisions on a much
broader understanding than you can gain from this site.
What you read at this site is
advice. Medical advice is what you receive from your doctor
or nurse, after they have examined you. I am not a
doctor. Even if I were, I have not examined you!
After reading information at this site, you may choose to alter the way
for your health, regarding nutrition, drug use, and medical
interventions. It is beyond the capability of this website to alert you to all the safety
issues surrounding such decisions, in general, or for you in
particular. You will need to decide on the wisdom of changing
your nutrition, health care, etc. - ideally after discussing your
choices with your health care professional.
Some of the ideas you find here are likely to be safe for most
such as percussive massage of the lower back to help get rid of
or reduce Restless Legs Syndrome / Periodic Limb Movements. However, I
can't specify exactly how firmly to do it. For some people -
especially children, the elderly or
with a weak or injured back - percussive massage could lead to
No website can tell you how to determine who has a weak back, or exactly
how to assess dangers of any treatment or non-treatment. While
motorized percussive massagers have been sold
widely for many years, I know of no research on the long-term effects
of such massage.
I raise concerns about the side effects and effectiveness of some
prescription medications, such as the use of dopamine receptor agonists
for Restless Legs Syndrome. However, before you allow these
arguments to dissuade you from taking these medications, please
consider all the risks and, ideally, discuss your options with your
doctor. RLS may seem like a non-life-threatening condition, but
RLS disrupts sleep and so has a profound effect on quality of life,
including the possibility that tiredness may lead to deadly mistakes
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