Binyamin Rothstein – Treating Chronic Pain with Osteopathy

Binyamin Rothstein is an Osteopathic physician with extensive experience in treating conditions that other doctors considered incurable. He established a family practice in Baltimore in 1986, which he ran until 2005. That same year he published Brain Fog, which describes how to keep the human brain healthy for a lifetime.

“I specialize in the treatment of chronic fatigue and anxiety through my practice,,” he said. “I work closely with [my patients] to discover the causes of [their] symptoms and use a variety of individually tailored holistic treatments to get to a place of health and wellness.”

Likewise, “chronic pain’, he explains, ‘can occur anywhere in the body.” His approach incorporates the Osteopathic concept of the interaction of muscles, fascia and skeletal systems with the function of the body and mind, and how they affect the perception of pain and function.

Relieving chronic pain requires a multifaceted approach. The first step is making the proper diagnosis. Frequently people will experience chronic pain simply because the doctor is limited in diagnostic possibilities. These limitations are often due to faulty medical education where doctors are discouraged from thinking out of the box. Dr. Rothstein has found that more often than not the back has very little to do with the cause of the back pain. For example, chronic back pain can be the result of jaw tension (TMJ dysfunction), imbalances in the legs, old scars, stress (Tension Myositis Syndrome), old neck injuries, nutritional imbalances, magnesium deficiency and sometimes back pain can be due to a problem with the back such as a muscle spasm that can be so severe that it will mimic a pinched nerve.

Binyamin Rothstein is a 1981 graduate of the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, and served three years as a physician in the United States Army.


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Binyamin Rothstein – MTHFR Deficiency

As the Educational Medical Director for Age Diagnostics Laboratories in Chicago, Dr. Binyamin Rothstein worked to educate physicians in the interpretation and use of laboratory services. This work in the causes and symptoms of aging prompted increased interest in medical research into aging for Dr. Rothstein.

Dr. Rothstein developed an expertise in MTHFR deficiency, and developed Vitaben’s vitamins to help counteract the effects of this common enzyme deficiency. Methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is a rate limiting enzyme enabled by the MTHFR gene. Studies are ongoing into the influence of MTHFR deficiency on susceptibility to vascular disease, neural tube defects, Alzheimer’s disease and other possible forms of dementia, cancer and leukemia.

Research on mutations in the MTHFR gene has indicated possible risk factors for schizophrenia. There are also possible links to mutations in the gene as a probable cause of dementia, as indicated in a study involving elderly Japanese populations which showed links between a specific mutation of the gene, C677T, and types of senile dementia. In addition, mutations related to lack of folic acid and the effect on functional deficiency has been indicated in research. Dr. Binyamin Rothstein has used his research knowledge of genetic mutation and MTHFR to develop alternative supplement treatments for those suffering from the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

A 2011 Chinese study found C677T SNP associated with Alzheimer’s disease in Asian populations. Patients with severe MTHFR deficiency may exhibit developmental delay, motor and gait dysfunction, seizures, and neurological impairment, further support for the supplement protocol of Dr. Binyamin Rothstein.

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Dr. Binyamin Rothstein Educated at Venerable Osteopathic Institution

Binyamin Rothstein applied to and was accepted to the Des Moines Osteopathic Medical School after his graduation from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Rothstein had been awarded the prestigious Health Profession Scholarship Program which provided him with a full scholarship to medical school in exchange for 3 years of military service as a physician. Des Moines University is the second oldest osteopathic medical school in the United States and is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association and by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Founded in 1898, Des Moines University was originally known as the Dr. A.T. Still College and Infirmary of Osteopathy & Surgery. Going through several name changes over the years, including the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery and the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, the Dietz Diagnostic Center opened in 1971, and added the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery and the College of Biological Sciences in 1980.Binyamin Rothstein entered the University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Des Moines University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine consistently maintains the highest academic standards. The class of 2017 had an average overall GPA of 3.68 and an average science GPA of 3.68. Enrollees at Des Moines University must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, with a preference for a major in biology or chemistry. Enrollees must pass a criminal background check for each year of enrollment and before matriculation. The University offers 9 academic programs: the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) earned by Dr. Binyamin Rothstein, and degrees including the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.), Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.), and 6 other Medical certifications.

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Social Media Changing Healthcare

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The doctor will tweet you now – but should he face disciplinary action for doing so?

Many bosses would argue that mixing work with social media is not a good idea. Just ask Christian Solomonides, a hospital consultant who was recently suspended after he admitted posting strongly worded messages on Twitter. The tweets included a description of 90% of A&E admissions as “fucking bullshit”, a complaint that he was “sick of busting balls to ensure that a patient with a broken finger nail (who called an ambulance) is seen within four hours” and a comment that “ADHD is merely a polite term for a child who is just a little shit”. He also criticised a patient for “stinking of fags and demanding calpol on prescription” and called for fines to be imposed on people who “abused” the A&E system.

The tweets, posted over three-and-a-half years, came to light after the doctor was referred to the General Medical Council following an anonymous complaint in January 2015. According to the fitness to practice hearing, in a subsequent letter to his hospital trust, Solomonides recognised that he had undermined his position of authority and his credibility by publicly voicing his controversial views. However, he also stated that these views never undermined his clinical practice.

The fact that he faced disciplinary proceedings raises some interesting questions. Why shouldn’t Solomonides be allowed to express himself as he did? The tweets demonstrated criticism of the the NHS and its patients, but his comments were aimed more directly at society rather than any individual or specific group. There was no suggestion that he voiced his opinions to patients while he was performing his medical duties. Nor is there any suggestion that his treatment of patients or professional ability was compromised.

According to the European Court of Human Rights, in the case of Handyside v United Kingdom, freedom of expression includes the right to say things or express opinions “that offend, shock or disturb the state or any sector of the population”. Solomonides’ comments may be forceful and frustrated opinions on the state of the NHS and the behaviour of patients generally, but in my opinion there is nothing remotely “offensive, shocking or disturbing” about them. Equally, one of the main purposes of Twitter is to facilitate expression. Provocative positions are often the most aired and shared, so if there is no protection for these views, the purpose of social media itself is undermined.

Shooting the messenger

When we express ourselves on social media who, legally speaking, is the audience? In the context of criminal law, Paul Chambers won a high court challenge in 2012 against a conviction for sending a tweet of “menacing character” about blowing up Robin Hood airport in South Yorkshire, which had been closed due to snow. Chambers maintained that he did not believe anyone would take his comment seriously.

The long running case was a clear example of the difficulties in defining what is meant by an “audience” in the world of social media, where spontaneously sent messages can be unexpectedly passed on to a large number of people, resulting in a wide range of interpretations and varying degrees of acceptance.

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Thoughts, feelings and frustrated rants or inappropriate jokes can be sent, initially, to a very small group and then re-distributed to a potentially unlimited audience as happened with footballer Daniel Thomas’ homophobic tweet about Team GB divers Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield in 2012. Thomas was arrested following the tweet, but the Crown Prosecution Service later decided the message was “not so grossly offensive that criminal charges need to be brought”.

Although the initial recipients may not see the message as being obscene or menacing or offensive, members of a wider audience may do so. Herein lies the problem with social media, as surely it is reasonable to expect that provocative statements of the sort made by Solomonides, an NHS doctor working in the current climate of cuts and junior doctor demonstrations, might easily spread more widely?

Social media sackings

This isn’t the first time that an employee has fallen foul of their social media activity. As far back as 2010, an ACAS report recognised a rise in dismissals concerning the use of social media by employees, because users are still often oblivious to the risks, and the way in which social media can blur the lines of private and public life.

Since then, there have been numerous examples of employees being disciplined, or even fired, as a result of things they have said in this context. In cases where hostility has been directed towards the employer, colleagues or customers, there is normally a clear breach of contract, such as Apple sacking an employee for criticising the firm on Facebook. Such cases aren’t particularly problematic from a freedom of expression standpoint. However, as recognised by law professor Paul Wragg, where employees are being disciplined based on social media expression that may have a tenuous, or even no connection, to any aspect of their work, the right to freedom of expression is, potentially being undermined.

Solomonides’ hearing is a stark case in point, and an illustration of the challenge currently being faced by lawyers, employers and employees trying to find their place in this brave new social media world.

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Dr. Binyamin Rothstein Fully Certified Medical Practitioner in Israel

Training and licensing for Osteopathic physicians is quite different in the United States, as compared to other countries. While American-trained Osteopaths are fully licensed physicians, European trained osteopaths are not. The United States recognizes only graduates of Osteopathic medical colleges in the United States as physicians, and does not medically license those trained outside the country. Licensed Osteopathic physicians such as Dr. Binyamin Rothstein who are trained in the United States are able to practice in 65 countries with full medical permissions. The Bureau of International Osteopathic Medical Education and Affairs works to assure the licensing and registration of physicians outside the United States, and works with the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization to advance the work of U.S. trained osteopaths.

Dr. Binyamin Rothstein has lived and worked in Israel since 2012, and has offices in both Beit Shemesh and Jerusalem. U.S. trained physicians like Dr. Binyamin Rothstein often qualify as practicing physicians in foreign countries. The American Osteopathic Association encourages other countries to recognize U.S. trained Doctors of Osteopathy in the same way as M.D.’s are recognized.65 countries today grant unlimited practice rights to United States trained Doctors of Osteopathy. In 2005, U.S. trained Doctors of Osteopathy became accepted in Britain for full medical practice rights. One problem has been that there are “some countries (which) don’t understand the differences in training between an osteopathic physician and an osteopath,” according to Josh Kerr of the American Osteopathic Association.

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