My wife Chandra and got back to Austin, Texas Sunday evening. We taught at Professor Marcos Santos’ academy. Prof. Santos asked me if I could teach a leglock seminar to update Jiu-jitsu practitioners and discuss nutritional information on athletes regarding joint pain. I absorbed the absolute great energy at the weekend event, and Chandra and I feel we accomplished many of our intended goals. So here was s the timeline:
1. Got Pain? Clinic
Our first event was a workshop we called Got Pain? Chandra and I developed, and co invented our essential oil product called St Jude’s Miracle Oil®. The name St. Jude’s Miracle Oil® is a proprietary blend of 9 essential oils registered under the US Trademark and Patent office, and is protected by trademark and patent laws. The special blend is a trade secret not public, and is also protected by law.
The product has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-histaminic actions. Each particular oil can be referenced from medical journals such as the NCBI, PubMed, JAMA and the Essential oils Desk reference book 5th edition. For consumer information, the 9 essential oils in our product are:
1. Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
2. Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
3. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
4. Eucalyptus Blue (Eucalyptus bicostata)
5. Clove bud (Syzygium aromaticum
6. Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
7. Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
8. Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)
9. Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
Essential oils do not require FDA approval, however manufacturers are not allowed to claim that they prevent or treat illness. We do not make claims such as those, but oils in our product have been used separately in clinical trials in medical journals. Regarding our joint issues, and athletic injuries, inflammation is where our problems start. On separate trials, each oil has impressive results regarding inflammation in medical journals:
Wintergreen acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. (1-4)
Peppermint oil are analgesic, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial. (5)
Lavender has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and pain relief assessment. (6-7)
Eucalyptus Blue has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. (8)
Clove bud has anti-infectious properties include: anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal effects. (9-10)
Geranium has shown temporary relief of neuralgia pain. (11)
Clary Sage in pain relief on outpatients with primary dysmenorrhea. (12)
Frankincense was used for symptomatic knee osteoarthritis. (13)
Myrrh oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic activity. (14)
Medical Journals references
1. Methyl salicylate 2-O-β-D-lactoside, a novel salicylic acid analogue, acts as an anti-inflammatory agent on microglia and astrocytes.Lan X, Liu R, Sun L, Zhang T, Du G.J Neuroinflammation. 2011 Aug 11;8:98. doi: 10.1186/1742-2094-8-98.
2. A novel naturally occurring salicylic acid analogue acts as an anti-inflammatory agent by inhibiting nuclear factor-kappaB activity in RAW264.7 macrophages. Zhang T, Sun L, Liu R, Zhang D, Lan X, Huang C, Xin W, Wang C, Zhang D, Du G.Mol Pharm. 2012 Mar 5;9(3):671-7. doi: 10.1021/mp2003779. Epub 2012 Feb 15.
3. Anti-inflammatory activity of methyl salicylate glycosides isolated from Gaultheria yunnanensis (Franch.) Rehder.Zhang D, Liu R, Sun L, Huang C, Wang C, Zhang DM, Zhang TT, Du GH. Molecules. 2011 May 9;16(5):3875-84. doi: 10.3390/molecules16053875
4. Evaluation of the new anti-inflammatory compound ethyl salicylate 2-O-β-d-glucoside and its possible mechanism of action. Xin W, Huang C, Zhang X, Zhang G, Ma X, Sun L, Wang C, Zhang D, Zhang T, Du G.Int Immunopharmacol. 2012 Dec 4;15(2):303-308. doi:10.1016/j.intimp.2012.11.014.
5. Mullally BH, James JA, Coulter WA, Linden GJ. The efficacy of a herbal-based toothpaste on the control of plaque and gingivitis. J Clin Periodontol. 1995;22(9):686–9.
6. Hajhashemi, V., Ghannadi, A., & Sharif, B. (2003). Anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of the leaf extracts and essential oil of lavandula angustifolia mill. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 89(1), 67-71.(Lavender)
7. Pain relief assessment by aromatic essential oil massage on outpatients with primary dysmenorrhea: a randomized, double-blind clinical trial. Ou MC, Hsu TF, Lai AC, Lin YT, Lin CC. SourceDepartment of Applied Cosmetology, Hungkuang University, Taichung, Taiwan
8. Phytochemical composition of Cymbopogon citratus and Eucalyptus citriodora essential oils and their anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties on Wistar rats. Gbenou JD, Ahounou JF, Akakpo HB, Laleye A, Yayi E, Gbaguidi F, Baba-Moussa L, Darboux R, Dansou P, Moudachirou M, Kotchoni SO. SourceLaboratoire de Pharmacognosie et des Huiles Essentielles, Faculté des Sciences de la Santé, Faculté des Sciences et Techniques, Université d’Abomey Calavi, 01 BP 918, Cotonou, Benin.
9. Antifungal activity of the clove essential oil from aromaticum on Candida, Aspergillus and dermatophyte species Euge´ nia Pinto,1 Luı´s Vale-Silva,1 Carlos Cavaleiro2 and Lı´gia Salgueiro2
10. Curr Med Chem. 2003 May;10(10):813-29.Antibacterial and antifungal properties of essential oils. Kalemba D, Kunicka A.SourceInstitute of General Food Chemistry, Technical University of Lodz, Poland.
11. 20Greenway, f, Frome & Engels, T. (2003). Temporary relief of postherpetic neuralgia pain with topical geranium oil. American J of Medicine, 115, 586-587.
12. Pain relief assessment by aromatic essential oil massage on outpatients with primary dysmenorrhea: a randomized, double-blind clinical trial. Ou MC, Hsu TF, Lai AC, Lin YT, Lin CC. SourceDepartment of Applied Cosmetology, Hungkuang University, Taichung, Taiwan. email@example.com
13. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2013 Jan 30. Ayurvedic medicine offers a good alternative to glucosamine and celecoxib in the treatment of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis: a randomized, double-blind, controlled equivalence drug trial. Source Center for Rheumatic Diseases, Pune, School of Biomedical Sciences, Symbiosis International University, Pune, BJ Medical College, Pune, Department of Rheumatology, Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, Department of Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, Interactive Research School for Health Affairs, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Pune, SPARC Institute, Mumbai, Department of Medicine, KEM Hospital, Mumbai and Symbiosis International University, Pune, India
14. Anti-inflammatory and analgesic activity of different extracts of Commiphora myrrha. Source: Jiangsu Key Laboratory for TCM Formulae Research, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, Nanjing 210046, PR China.
Got pain? clinic points
Our clinic began with my wife Chandra being the main speaker. When she dictated on her powerpoint, she discussed points according to research regarding Chronic pain in the USA. In her speech, she noted medical data on Chronic pain. These were her points:
More than half of Americans live with chronic or recurrent pain
– Leading causes of recurrent or persistent pain affecting Americans are headache pain, back pain, and neck pain.
–About four in 10 Americans say pain interferes with their mood, activities, sleep, ability to do work or enjoyment of life. Two-thirds report interference with any one of these.
Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. The chart below depicts the number of chronic pain sufferers compared to other major health conditions.Some points from a past article on NSAIDS and pain:
American effect from disease in order (Pain at the top):
|Condition||Number of Sufferers||Source|
|Chronic Pain||116 million Americans||Institute of Medicine of The National Academies (2)|
|Diabetes||25.8 million Americans
(diagnosed and estimated undiagnosed)
|American Diabetes Association (3)|
|Coronary Heart Disease
(heart attack and chest pain)
|16.3 million Americans7.0 million Americans||American Heart Association (4)|
|Cancer||11.9 million Americans||American Cancer Society (5)|
1. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that people using NSAIDs may have a higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke.”
2. “Even at normal NSAID dosages, people with compromised kidney function can develop NSAID toxicity” (1).
3. “Adverse effects of NSAIDs cause 103,000 hospitalizations and 16,500 deaths per year in the United States” (2).
6. The use of non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) has commonly resulted in internal bleeding and stomach ulcers. Every year over 100,000 individuals are hospitalized and over 15,000 people die as a direct result of NSAID consumption. In America alone 50 people die every day as a result of medicating with common NSAIDs like Ibuprofen.
- Stomach ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding
- Increased blood pressure
- Delayed digestion
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
- Kidney damage
- Erectile dysfunction
8. Dr. Walter Peterson, the professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, stated, “consumers usually have no idea of the toxicity of OTC [over-the-counter] drugs”, he went on to say, “They believe that because they are OTC, they are safe.”
9. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs linked to increased risk of erectile dysfunction who take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs three times a day for more than three months were found to be 2.4 times* more likely to have erectile dysfunction compared to men who do not take those drugs regularly, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published online in The Journal of Urology.
1 http://www.lef.org/protocols/appendix/otc_toxicity_01.htm (Whelton A et al 1991).
2 An estimated 10-20% of NSAID patients experience dyspepsia, and NSAID-associated upper gastrointestinal adverse events are estimated to result in 103,000 hospitalizations and 16,500 deaths per year in the United States, and represent 43% of drug-related emergency visits. Many of these events are avoidable; a review of physician visits and prescriptions estimated that unnecessary prescriptions for NSAIDs were written in 42% of visits. Kearney, Pm; Baigent, C; Godwin, J; Halls, H; Emberson, Jr; Patrono, C (June 2006). “Do selective cyclo-oxygenase-2 inhibitors and traditional nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs increase the risk of atherothrombosis? Meta-analysis of randomised trials” (Free full text). BMJ (Clinical research ed.) 332 (7553): 1302–8. doi:10.1136/bmj.332.7553.1302.ISSN 0959-8138. PMC 1473048. PMID 16740558
3. Page, J; Henry, D (March 2000). “Consumption of NSAIDs and the development of congestive heart failure in elderly patients: an under recognized public health problem” (Free full text). Archives of internal medicine 160 (6): 777–84.doi:10.1001/archinte.160.6.777. ISSN 0003-9926. PMID 10737277.
5. The main adverse drug reactions (ADRs) associated with use of NSAIDs relate to direct and indirect irritation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. NSAIDs cause a dual assault on the GI tract: the acidic molecules directly irritate the gastricmucosa, and inhibition of COX-1 and COX-2 reduces the levels of protective prostaglandins. Traversa, G; Walker, Am; Ippolito, Fm; Caffari, B; Capurso, L; Dezi, A; Koch, M; Maggini, M; Alegiani, Ss; Raschetti, R (January 1995). “Gastroduodenal toxicity of different nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs”. Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.) 6 (1): 49–54. doi:10.1097/00001648-199501000-00010. ISSN 1044-3983. PMID 7888445.
6. NSAIDs can cause kidney problems, especially in the elderly and those with kidney disease… Any sudden weight gain or swelling should be reported to a physician. Anyone with kidney disease should avoid these drugs. – NY Times Health http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/acute-gouty-arthritis/treatment:-acute-gout-attack.html
7. A 2005 study linked long term (over 3 months) use of NSAIDs, including ibuprofen, with a 1.4 times increased risk of erectile dysfunction.^ Shiri et al (Received 2005-05-21). “Effect of Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Use on the Incidence of Erectile Dysfunction”. Journal of Urology 175 (5): 1812–1816. Retrieved 12 June 2011. And “Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs linked to increased risk of erectile dysfunction”. sciencedaily.com. 2 March 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
9. Joseph M. Gleason, Jeffrey M. Slezak, Howard Jung, Kristi Reynolds, Stephen K. Van Den Eeden, Reina Haque, Virginia P. Quinn, Ronald K. Loo, Steven J. Jacobsen. Regular Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Use and Erectile Dysfunction. The Journal of Urology, 2011; DOI: 10.1016/j.juro.2010.11.092
Chandra hit the home run on information. We both were asked many questions on pain, and audience members stated many endure insomnia, pain, degenerative joints, and other conditions linked to pain. The Miracle oil was very well received, and we are very proud of our education and information to the general public. Chandra made comments on collagen and arthritis, and the medical journals reference. I noted on facebook there was a good amount of discussion and what seems to be a new motivation for many in attendance. The impressive points were two people who just saw us on the internet and came to the academy and purchased the oil. We have been to many expos, but this was our first Miracle oil expo. I think we gave the public hopeful information.
2. Leglocks, the Great Equalizer! clinic
I have many students at my academy in Austin, Texas that practice leglocks. I work with them all the time, and even my white belts understand a basic setup for leglocks. These are a neglected portion of our Jiu-jitsu world. I first became intrigued with leglocks as a teenager. I watched Ric Flair, and later Buddy Landell and others in pro wrestling. I was fascinated by the moves, although Pro wrestling is pre arranged. When I began BJJ, as a white belt I practiced anklelocks, basic kneebars and heelhooks. My goal was to reverse engineer them and try new ideas. My instructor and dear friend Carlos Machado helped me to develop them. I have an unorthodox method of developing ideas. Most people understand a basic leglock, but they know very few counters or escapes. I was surprised, but very elated to find at the seminar that two of my instructors (Carlos and John Machado) were actually going to attend. Originally, I thought that if I came down I would also spend time with Carlos and John. I knew it was Carlos’ birthday that weekend, and I know what his love in life is. He loves the science of Jiu-jitsu. I thought if I taught if Chandra and I had a Got pain? Clinic, he probably would come by to see me because he uses the oil and his wife and family do too. Carlos contacted me and told me he was going to attend the leglock clinic and so was John. For all of us in Jiu-jitsu, its one thing when we eat dinner or spend time with our BJJ instructors, but for Carlos and John Machado to tell me they are attending, I will say as a martial artist and that is one of most humbling, flattering and exciting things to hear. Why? Because I looked forward to their critique. I wanted them to review. I wanted my instructors to hopefully see something new where they could lean back and not to feel competitive, but to feel proud of their product they designed almost 20 years ago. I was pleased to hear their review of he design in my leglock game and new concepts. I began by showing fundamental ankle locks and heelhooks. We then opened it up with newer ideas. From there the question of escaping heelhooks. I showed defense to heelhooks live, to display defenses if you can develop them. My favorite part was when my mentor Carlos was viewing a technique Jean Machado asked. Jean was training with my dear friend and fellow black belt Orlando Waugh from Arlington. If you reside in Arlington, and need a Jiu-jitsu instructor, Orlando Waugh is the place to go. I have known Orlando since 1997, and he and his wife have worked on a great academy, and the top techniques. You can contact Professor Waugh via his website at http://www.martialartsarlingtontx.com/
Orlando changed a heelhook angle and Jean asked what to do. There is a move I call the punch counter and there is a counter leglock. I showed it real quick, and told everyone to go back to drills. Master Carlos interrupted, and said: “Wait, I want to see that calf lock again.” I joked and said we need to get back to drills. He then said he was taking over and everyone needs to know that calf lock. We all laughed, but when your instructor sees things your teaching he wants to open up on, its a reflection of his great teaching, not a student who has good teaching skills. I can literally go on a euphoric high when teaching leglocks, or BJJ for that matter. Our two hour seminar I had no idea had already stretched into four hours. I asked everyone did they want to conclude, and even though each person is carbohydrate drained, they too gave me a great review by all voting to keep with the seminar. I want to thank first Carlos and John Machado for gracing my clinic as an attendee. I want to thank all of my students who came from Austin to support the event, all of RCJ Machado students, Marcos Santos and his students, Orlando Waugh and his students, and all the friends and family who attended the Got Pain! clinic.
I was boots hit the ground since Friday morning. I arrived in Ft. Worth, and had to teach a private lesson with one of Marcos Santos’ students. I did two hours with him, and Marcos and I got to do a little training. And I want to make a special note here. I have an old friend among all my old friends in BJJ from the old days at Chuck Norris’ Walker Texas Ranger set where we started and the years after. I miss a lot of my old friends and I catch them when I can. I saw my old friend Eric Shaw. When I was a blue belt Eric was a white. I used to work with he and a lot of old school guys on counters and angles I was exploring. Eric received his black belt a few months ago. Eric in his ceremony mentioned me, and talked about me from 18 years ago. I met him that Friday, and we got to go over new ideas, and theories, and trained a little on the mat. I then saw my best friend and family that night. My wife and I made our spaghetti and low carb organic pizza at their house. We got to spend the important personal time real friends in community do and should do. Not fake photo taking opportunities, but the real friendship that is not drinking or going out, but real friends. In our Martial art there are good people and bad. You always want your good ones around and to support them, and always let them know your there if they need you. Chandra and I wanted everyone to know that. We discussed health, and I lectured everyone including my instructors on their health, and their obligation, responsibility, and duty as mentors to keep up with nutrition, supplements, Miracle oil and many others. The reviews from my peers is important. Two of my instructors gave me a thumbs up on the Got Pain? Clinic, and they both are now on more supplements. They gave a video comment on my leglock seminar, and I wanted to be peer reviewed by them. I wanted them to see a product that can give back to our BJJ community, but in the end, we always need to give credit back to our instructors. John and Carlos were the first two Machados I met in 1995. I met Rigan, Jean Jacques and Roger later, and have learned from all of them. Developing new concepts and theories comes from my science lab on the mat, but were it not for my instructors I would not have been able to develop the thinking strategy. They deserve the credit for that. That is a code I wrote on my website.
4. Carlos Machado surprise birthday party
Mrs. Machado (John’s wife), and Mama Machado of the five brothers
I believe in a part of society that many do not. I believe in community, support, and a sincere hope to pass your care and teach others to go on that pathway as well. In photos of my events there are sincere smiles, happiness, community and true friendship. I wanted to see my instructor and spend some time with he and John. I knew it was his birthday and wondered if anything was planned weeks out. Since there were no plans, I spoke to Lindsay about a surprise birthday party in the area he loves more than anything else..on the mat. I was so happy that Chandra and I could show him how community is there and never forgets the small things. Carlos is 51, and is at his best of Jiu-jitsu knowledge. It was more than a birthday. It was a community and family event. His wife, children, brother, nephews, nieces, closest friends, students, and his Mother were all there all day. Chandra knocked the walls down on education in her presentation. I think I did ok on my leglock seminar, and I am grateful and appreciative to everyone that kept wanting me to go after four hours. I enjoyed my brothers Marcos Santos, Orlando Waugh, RCJ students, Carlos and John, and all my family outside the mat. Thank you for allowing Chandra and I to reach out to you on nutrition and our St. Jude’s Miracle oilTM product. Thank you for the opportunity to teach a game of leglocks I love very passionately to your satisfaction. Thank you to all for being there for Carlos’ party. Thank you all very much.
Absorb and think,
Prof. William Vandry