Herniated or Bulging disks: Work place Injuries or Poor Lifestyle Issues?

Herniated or Bulging disks: Work place Injuries or Poor
Lifestyle Issues?

James Igani

In this season of poor health among many American workers, employers are
hard-pressed to deal with millions of workers’ compensation claims. The main reason
for this overwhelming and budget-busting phenomena is poor health in the workplace.
While some legitimate workers’ comp injuries do happen, employers are the ones
shouldering all the costs which ultimately affects the bottom line.
One of the prime reasons for workplace injuries is poor lifestyle on the part of
most workers. Coupled with poor ergonomics, the workplace becomes a ticking financial
time bomb with many workers out on disability while their colleagues pick up the slack.
It’s a no win for employers and employees, but the way out of workers’ compensation
nightmare is corporate wellness. One family found out how herniated discs can heal on
their own with the right diet—one that is plant-based, high carb, and low fat (Very
Veganish, 2017). One member of that family lost 40 pounds during the first nine
months, improved his circulation, and three of his four herniated discs began healing
themselves without medical intervention. If the family had taken on such a lifestyle from
the start, those herniated discs never would have happened.
Chronic back pain due to herniated discs is often associated with chronic
inflammation. Add to that stressors at home and at work, and the inflammation
increases exponentially. Dr. Eben Davis (2011), founder and clinic director of San

Francisco Spinal Decompression, believes that the best diet for a patient that is suffering
from such inflammation is a plant-based diet because it reduces inflammation. The
Standard American Diet, however, increases inflammation. Add to that all the snacks
and sugary drinks consumed by workers on the job and the stage is set for workplace
injuries. This includes even the ones who run those corporations and sit so long their
backs finally are affected.
According to Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. (2013), most people don’t know that
what they consume or don’t consume can be the difference between a healthy back and
an unhealthy one. Those who eat a non-inflammatory diet rich in plant-based foods are
likely to have a healthy back with no herniated discs. The spine supports the body and
all the bones and muscles must have proper nutrition to avoid inflammation which is
the most common cause/contributing factor to back pain.
Dr. Jennifer Rooke (2017), MD, MPH, FACOEM, FACPM and Founder and
Medical Director of the Atlanta Lifestyle Medical Center, spent nine years practicing
occupational medicine when she began to investigate the link between personal health
on workplace injuries and illnesses. She noted that when a healthy worker is injured,
healing takes place in a matter of weeks. However, unhealthy workers take far longer to
heal and the process may include infections which adds to the employer’s costs and far
greater suffering, both physical and financial for the worker (Rooke, 2017).
While workplace wellness programs address poor worker health, they still
advocate for exercise and traditional nutrition that does nothing to make the body
healthy. Further, if the workers blamed his/her physical condition on genetics only, they
are dooming themselves to a life of medications and with no changes in their health and
wellness on and off the job. As Rooke stated, “Genetics play a role but it is a minor role

compared to lifestyle” (2017). “Genetics may load the gun, but lifestyle will pull the
It’s time that corporations like yours take a good look at a true wellness program
that helps workers change their lifestyles. Coupled with sound ergonomic assessments
an ergonomic teaching, Back to Health Institute’s program has been a pioneer in
restoring physical health and well-being to workers on all levels and in all industries.
You have nothing to lose by giving the program the opportunity to make your workplace
a healthy workplace, and you will save millions in workers’ compensation claims.

Davis, E. (2011). The Best Spinal Decompression Diet. Retrieved from
http://www.sanfranciscospinaldecompression.com/2011/09/the-best- spinal-
Rooke, J., MD, MPH, FACOEM, FACPM. (2017). Dr. Rook’s Journey. Retrieved from
Very Veganish. (2017). Hi! I’m Abi. Retrieved from http://veryveganish.com/about/
Winternheimer, J., D.C. (2013). The Ultimate Back Pain Relief Tips Blog: How to
Prevent a Herniated Disc Through Your Diet. Retrieved from http://info.illinois
backpain.com/blog/bid/311012/How-to- Prevent-a- Herniated-Disc- Through-Your- Diet


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