Monday, April 30, 2012

Just laugh when you are blue.

Juts watch it!

Kyokusen, Super Premium Sake

Gokujiyo Daiginjyo,(極上大吟醸)
極 Goku --- Extremely
上 Jyo ----  High

This Kyokusen Sake is Super.
It is called Sizuku sake.
Sizuku means drop. They normally press to make sake. But this way is hanging and wait to drop sake.
So, sake is pure and mild.

Kobe Bryant drunk this sake in CA. He opened 3 bottles. The price at there was $600 per bottle. He spent more than $2000 for dinner.
We sell this sake only $300. It's not bad.

Toro Maturity

This toro is on Saturday, 4 days after delivery.

This toro is on Wednesday, same day as delivery.

So, fish is same as beef, aged fish is better taste than fresh one, especially I can say it with tuna.
A almost cut same part of toro and color is big changed.
But the condition of tuna is not same all the time.
This tuna's condition was really good, meat was very firm. So I realized it took 3-4 days to get mature.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Welcome to Atlanta! July 29th. Sunday

They will definitely be calling it “Hotlanta” this summer when Barry arrives for his concert at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre on July 29!
And…we want you to get tickets before the general public!

BMIFC and Front Row Manilow tickets are available this Monday (April 30) at 10 AM Pacific.

BMIFC tickets will be available at or by calling 310.957.5788.

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I am very lucky. It's on Sunday. I will be there.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Hotaru Ika, Again!

It was so good and I ordered again. It was a tray last week but I had 2 trays this morning.
It was around 46 pieces.
I made sushi and sashimi. This is my best food in 2012 so far.
I might order 3 trays for next week if sells well.

By the way, Sakura Masu is no longer available. US government banned to import.
It is Cherry Salmon and need stomach cleaning before import. And they also need to see a paper, certificate.
It was the best salmon ever.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Best Tuna in April 2012

I bought 1/4 stomach side. It came with Oh-toro. But it was 45 lbs.

You can see nice Toro at the bottom of the fish.

I cut and ate Totro. It was delicious.

This is the bonus. I got 2 of Tuna-Kama, Collar.
I will grill these with just pepper and salt.
I already  sold one.

This is my special lunch today. It is Negitoro Don, spooned toro from back side of skin and scallion over sushi rice. It's best.

This tuna is available until next Tuesday. The condition is very good and can sell 7 days.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Taka Update April 24, 2012

 Taka Update April 24, 2012

 Fish delivery and more

I have great news. Excellent tuna is coming tomorrow. This is big eye tuna from Ecuador. I already ordered about 40 pounds and must sell.

Uni supply is not much. But new one is coming tomorrow. It sounds really good.

I have Suzuki, Japanese Sea Bass, I like this clean meat.

Many customers liked Cherry salmon and fresh Fire Fly Squid.

Both of them are coming back again on Thursday. If you did not eat last week, must try.

I think those fishes are only available in April.

We have a long vacation coming next week in Japan. Fish delivery will be limited and some fish are hard to get.

Weight Control and Golf

I lost weight last week. It was 169 lbs. That was not much changed. I was lazy a little bit.

I was just busy and so many things to do. Excuse? Oh, I am very sorry. I will try again.

I played at Smoke Rise in Stone Mountain last Sunday. I liked this course. And I will come back. It is very up and down and fun.

Bacon, Sausage Linked to Pancreatic Cancer

Processed meats such as sausage, bacon, and cold cuts may increase the risk of pancreatic cancer, but only slightly, researchers found.
For every 50-gram serving of processed meat per day -- a couple of slices of ham, for instance -- relative risk of the disease rose by 19%, Susanna Larsson, PhD, of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, and colleagues reported online in the British Journal of Cancer.
Red meat also posed a 29% greater relative risk of pancreatic cancer to men, they found.

"Relative" may be a key word, here, however, since the risk of pancreatic cancer itself is low. Marji McCullough, ScD, RD, director of nutritional epidemiology for the American Cancer Society, who wasn't involved in the study, emphasized that the overall risks appear to be "modest," although they are "consistent with associations with red and processed meats seen with other other gastrointestinal cancers.

"Several studies have shown a link between meat and stomach and colorectal cancers, but it's been unclear as to whether meat also affects pancreatic cancer risk. So Larsson and colleagues conducted a meta-analysis of 11 studies totaling more than two million patients, 6,643 of whom had pancreatic cancer. They found that eating at least 120 grams per day of red meat -- determined to be a "standard" serving -- was associated with a 13% increased relative risk of the disease, but it wasn't significant, and there was major heterogeneity between studies.

But when those findings were assessed by subgroup, that serving of red meat was associated with an almost 30% increased risk of pancreatic cancer in men (RR 1.29, 95% CI 1.08 to 1.53), and there wasn't significant heterogeneity between studies.

Red meat didn't raise the risk of pancreatic cancer in women, and the researchers said that men generally ate more red meat. That could mean there may be an association between the highest levels of red meat intake and pancreatic cancer risk, they noted.

Processed meat, on the other hand, was associated with a significant increase in pancreatic cancer risk all around. For every daily 50-gram standard serving, relative risk of the disease rose 19% (95% CI 1.04 to 1.36). Again, there wasn't significant heterogeneity between studies.

That increase is likely related to the nitrites and N-nitroso compounds found in processed meats, which have been shown to be carcinogenic and to induce pancreatic cancer in animal models, the researchers wrote.

However, they noted that the association was attenuated and lost significance in a sensitivity analysis that excluded just one of the studies.

Still, McCullough said the findings support American Cancer Society recommendations to limit the intake of red and processed meats to prevent cancer.

"This is more reason to follow a healthy diet, which aside from lowering the risk of cancer, also lowers the risk of heart disease and other diseases as well," she told MedPage Today.

She added that obesity and smoking are already established risk factors for pancreatic cancer.

Larsson and colleagues called for further prospective studies to confirm the findings, which were limited by the individual methodologies of the included studies, the lack of controlling for potential confounders such as weight and diabetes, and challenges in accurately measuring meat consumption.

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I like this, Scallop seal

We buy 7-8 live scallops everyday. I clean and sell them. But there are some good parts to eat and I clean and cook and dry.
It is really good with sake, beer. I think Japanese people like these kind of chewy parts.


Monday, April 23, 2012

Friday, April 20, 2012

Gobo, Eat this next time, no question!

This is our new item, Kinpira Gobo, Pan fried gobo.
We've been selling Gobo Tempura, Japanese French Fry.I stop to sell this and switch to Kinpira Gobo.
I add red pepper and make a little bit spicy.
Why Gobo? It's vegetables, and fiber. American women? Eat gobo, no question.
Need healthy body? Eat gobo. The texture is really good, crunchy.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Film "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" (Atlanta, GA)Jiro
-April 20
   JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar.

For most of his life, Jiro has been mastering the art of making sushi, but even at his age he sees himself still striving for perfection, working from sunrise to well beyond sunset to taste every piece of fish; meticulously train his employees; and carefully mold and finesse the impeccable presentation of each sushi creation. At the heart of this story is Jiro’s relationship with his eldest son Yoshikazu, the worthy heir to Jiro’s legacy, who is unable to live up to his full potential in his father’s shadow.

The feature film debut of director David Gelb, JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is a thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection, chronicling Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world, and a loving yet complicated father.

Place : UA Tara Cinemas 4
2345 Cheshire Bridge Road N.E.     Atlanta, GA 30324
Start from 1:15 pm to 9:30pm  5 times

But if you don't have times to see, check belows.   Preview of this movie   Anthony Bourdain

White tuna, Escolar

I can hear from customers about white tuna. I stopped to sell this fish almost 4 years ago. This is not tuna, is Escolar. Many people still don't know about fish and they just belive in what sushi chefs say.

I got some article for you.

Perhaps you've seen this fish at your local fishmonger or on the menu at restaurants. Sometimes it's under the name "butterfish," "oilfish," or "waloo/walu." Sushi restaurants occasionally serve it as "super white tuna" or "king tuna." Maybe you've heard it's extremely tasty. This is true; escolar is delicious. It's buttery and succulent. But before you eat it, there is something important you need to know.
Escolar has been popping up on restaurant menus and in seafood markets as of late. With some varieties of fish in danger of being overfished and other species becoming undesirable due to their high mercury content, seafood purveyors need a fish that's delicious, cheap, sustainable, and low in mercury. Escolar fits the bill as it is economical and politically correct, but it comes with a side effect that fishmongers and waiters fail to mention.
Escolar is a type of snake mackerel that cannot metabolize the wax esters naturally found in its diet. These esters are called gempylotoxin, and are very similar to castor or mineral oil. This is what gives the flesh of escolar its oily texture. As a result, when full portions of escolar are consumed, these wax esters cause gastrointestinal symptoms.
To be frankly and bluntly specific - and I'm sorry for this - consumption of escolar causes explosive, oily, orange diarrhea. People have reported that the discharges are often difficult to control and accidents can happen while passing gas. I personally know someone who ate an escolar steak one night, unaware of its side effects. The next day he was riding the elevator to his office when out of nowhere his bowels unleashed a surprise attack on his pants. As he said later, "Thank God I had my gym bag with me, which had a clean pair of underwear in it." This explains why escolar is also called the "olestra fish" and the "ex-lax fish."
The Japanese and Italian governments have banned the importation and sale of escolar for these reasons. The governments of Canada, Sweden and Denmark require that all escolar come with warning labels. The FDA lifted the escolar ban in 1992 because the fish is nontoxic - sure, it causes embarrassing things to happen in your pants, but it won't hurt or kill you.
In spite of all this, escolar is indeed very buttery and delicious, and should be enjoyed, but never in portions larger than six ounces. Portions below six ounces will not cause gastrointestinal distress. Don't say we didn't warn you.

More detail of new fish

This is Mahata, Seven band Grouper
White meat with texture + nice fat

This is Sakura Masu, Cherry Salmon.
This beautiful color is natural, no make up.
Meat is very soft and fatty.

Just Arrived

This is fresh fire fly squid, we had boiled one before.
I will make sumiso this time. This is very limited season product,

Mahata, this is fish is the first time.
It is called Sevenband grouper,
I ate and was really good, very clean meat and had texture.

This is also limited fish. You can say baby salmon. But this is wild caught.
This taste is really OMG. The meat melt in my mouth.
It is called cherry salmon. The season is just right now.

Unagi priice is up and up, again!

I have no idea about this. Chinese need to stop eating sushi.
Unagi price is going up again next week. So I buy 5-6 cases this weeks. This is my 3 or 4th times this year.

We could buy a whole unagi as the picture $5-$6 before. But it is not anymore. Now you see the price around $15-$17.

Small unagi is more expensive than large one. The picture shows 12oz and 14oz.
Large unagi might hit bones. I tasted both yesterday and I decided to buy 12oz.
Everything is going up, very dangerous and hard to live in the future.
Rich people? Come on, I can feed you, just pay.
Poor people? I am so sorry, just eat junk. and less pay. May be just like that in the future.

This is the killer, poison

This is the ice cream make my weight up and up.
My weight was 170.04 lbs yesterday morning.
So, I ate salad for lunch, salad for dinner with no wines and beer.
And it is 168.6 lbs this morning.
I will go to 165 lbs at the end of this weekend.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Taka Update April 18, 2012

Taka Update April 18, 2012

Fish delivery and more

Tuna is same as usual. We just carry yellow fin tuna. We had big eye tuna last week. And it was great on the order paper, and then I complained when I got it. Uni is very good, steady condition.I ordered some new fish from Japan. They are coming this Thursday. Horaru Ika, Fire fly Squid is also coming back. But it is fresh arrived this time. I am so excited.
We don’t have much Japanese fish on Tuesday delivery. I talked with the supplier and decide to carry Suzuki, Sea Bass. It will come next Tuesday.

Weight Control and Golf

I played with 70 people on Sunday and won. It was the first time in 2 years of Japanese tour. I shot 84 and the score was the best gross. Yes, I made it.

But the weight situation could not make it. My weight was 170.04 this morning. I need to stop to eat rice and bread. Also I need to cut beer before I go bed. I also need to cut ice cream. Costco just started to sell very good one with a lot of caramel sauce. This ice cream must be a killer and poison. I got this easy trap and cannot get out. I am a poor man. We will see it next week. Summer is coming soon and why I have to gain.

Freezer is the best place to hide money???

Despite the availability of ATMs and EPS cards that has minimized the need for wallets and actual bills, a lot of people still prefer to stash their cash inside the house, with a shoe box or cookie jar among the favorite hiding places. Some mothers for instance prefer to hide their emergency funds under the mattress. But a freezer?

Apparently, more than 25 percent of Americans who keep their money at home (instead of putting them in banks) literally freeze their savings. This was confirmed by a survey conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion or MIPO that said 27 percent of Americans across all age groups and from both sexes said their top hiding place is the freezer. The New York-based MIPO, which conducts polls on politics, the economy, sports and other areas, also disclosed that 10 percent of Americans bury their bucks in the cookie jar, 19 percent stuff money inside their socks while nine percent leave their money elsewhere in the house. However, 17 percent complained that they do not have any good place at home to safely hide their money. Perhaps these Americans will now start wrapping their dollars inside zip locks and freeze their wealth just like the other 27 percent.

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Difference of taste

Left-Cut in Vertical

Right - Cut in Horizontal

Which way is better taste? And Is it really taste different?

I watched Japanese TV a long time ago.
And They said Cutting in Vertical is tastier than cutting horizontal.

Do you  believe this?
Scallop body's line is vertical and cut same way is better for texture, maybe.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


There are so many wasabi.

1, Powder wasabi - this is the really common wasabi and all restaurants use it.

2, Oroshi Nama Wasabi frozen - This is a little bit expensive. I can say more than 10 times expensive than powder wasabi. I use it for sashimi or making dressing.

3, Chopped wasabi - This is good for a garnish and sauce, I think they make this from trunk of wasabi. It is still spicy.

4, Wasabi root - This is real wasabi and very very expensive. It's growing farm in NC and OR. And the taste is really good.

I use 4 different wasabis fot each occasions.

Friday, April 13, 2012

This is pur new wall design.

How about this? I like it very much. It is simple and looks good.
My imagination is not bad, right?

Under construction 2

Almost finished. I do more detail job this morning.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Make cool or make warm?

 I had a lower back pain. It came from crazy over work and Masters tour.
I almost felt bad on Tuesday morning. I was working at lunch business and a chiropractor came to eat sushi. I went to his place several times. And I ask him for a sudden appointment.

He said 1:30 is available and I went to his clinic after his lunch. He did several treatments and said keep cool lower back with ice 10 minutes 2 times a day. He said warm things are not great.
And I did. I felt better next day. And I decided to go to a massage place.
Actually I bathed  hot tub on Wednesday night. It felt good at that time.

This is a Chinese woman. She is from Beijing and cannot speak English. I went to her place many times.

I had an appointement on Thursday 2:30pm. I went to there. I explained my situation. She gave me a cup of ginger tea.
Ginger ? Yes, ginger makes the body warm. She insisted to make body warm.
She did foot masssage and body massage, And she gave me another cup of ginger tea.

The American chiropractor said make body cool, and the Chinese massager said make body warm.
Which one is right?

When we take a picture, we show teeth this country but don't show teeth in Japan same as Russia.
I think showing teeth is looking good, this is my personal opinion.

I am going to bed with  long sleeve shirts and winter sports pants,means very warm.

Anyway, I will play golf on Sunday.  Am I crazy ? I just need to do it for my life.

Under construction, wahat is next?

I finally took the Masters Decor last night. And I painted with same color. Now, I need to paint new lines on the wall. It takes a few days. Yes, it is under construction, but we are open!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Taka Update April 11, 2012

 Taka Update April 11, 2012

Fish delivery and more

We have big eye tuna and this is OK tuna, not toro. This weekend forecast is not great.

So I go deal with O2 tuna.

Uni was gone from the sushi case for a while. It came back this morning. I think it is available next 2-3 days.

I ordered some new fish from Japan. They are coming next Thursday. Horaru Ika, Fire fly Squid is also coming back. But it is fresh arrived this time. I am so excited.

Weight Control and Golf

I played golf last Saturday not Sunday. I did not remember the score but was around 95. We have Japanese Chambers of comme5rce tournament this Sunday. This is a big one. Almost 70 people will join this tournament.

But I have a lower back pain. I went to Chiropractor yesterday. And I will go to massage tomorrow afternoon. I am not young anymore. This is sad. I look young but inside of body is really old and some parts are broken. I eat healthy body soup and brown rice; take extra glucosamine, Co Q10. Take natural gelatin and chemical tablets.

Weight?  167lbs.

ADHD diet study suggests healthy eating might help kids

Do diets that claim to reduce symptoms of ADHD in kids actually work?

A new review of ADHD diets by pediatric researchers suggests healthy eating could actually help kids reduce their ADHD symptoms. But the researchers warn a diet probably shoud not be the first line of defense against ADHD, but merely a supplement to other proven therapies such as medication.

"Supplemental diet therapy is simple, relatively inexpensive, and more acceptable to patient and parent," the authors wrote in the review, published in the Jan. 9 issue of Pediatrics. "Public education regarding a healthy diet pattern and lifestyle to prevent or control ADHD may have greater long-term success."

For the study, Dr. J. Gordon Millichap and Michelle M. Yee, researchers at Children's Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University in Chicago, reviewed 70 studies on diet-based treatments for ADHD.

Some diets that have been thought to reduce symptoms of ADHD include the preservative-free Feingold Diet, a sugar-restricted diet, an "elimination diet" that avoids potential food allergens, and diets loaded with Omega-3 fatty acid supplements that supposedly boost brain health. What did the researchers have to say?

The Feingold Diet, which says to avoid foods like apples, grapes, luncheon meet, hot dogs, cold drinks, and anything else with orange and red dyes, was not proven to be effective by other studies, the researchers said. Parents who wish to follow this diet need patience, perseverance, and an understanding doctor and nutritionist, the authors wrote.

What about sugar? On the surface it seems giving a kid too much sugar can boost hyperactivity, but the researchers said the majority of studies it looked at failed to demonstrate that a diet high in sugar or artificial sweeteners had an effect on a child's behavior or cognitive function, thus questioning the importance of a low-sugar diet for kids with ADHD. The authors realize despite their findings, the perception that sugar makes a kid more hyperactive is unlikely to change.

Did any of the diets actually work?

Supplementation with Omega-3 and Omega 6- fatty acids, often found in fish oil supplements, helped some children reduce their ADHD symptoms and get higher grades at school. But the benefit was not clearly demonstrated across the board.

"Most parents are enthusiastic about trying the diet supplements, despite our explanation of only possible benefit and lack of proof of efficacy," the authors wrote. "In almost all cases, for treatment to be managed effectively, medication is also required"

Other studies suggested a reduction in ADHD symptoms from the elimination or "hypoallergenic" diet, which cuts out some common allergy-inducing foods like cow's milk and cheese, nuts, wheat cereal, and chocolate, and replaces them with hypoallergenic foods like lamb, potatoes, tapioca, carrots, and pears.

"We find the hypoallergenic diet might be effective, but difficult for families to manage them," Millichap told HealthDay.

What worked best? A "healthy" diet rich in fish, vegetables, whole-grain foods, fruits, and legumes seemed to improve symptoms for kids of ADHD, by combating some unhealthy foods found in a "Western" diet such as red meats, fast food, and high-fat dairy products. One Australian study found kids who typically eat a Western-style diet were significantly more likely to have ADHD than kids who ate the healthy diet.

The authors wrote, "A greater attention to the education of parents and children in a healthy dietary pattern, omitting items shown to predispose to ADHD, is perhaps the most promising and practical complementary or alternative treatment of ADHD."

Approximately 9.5 percent of U.S. kids - more than 5.4 million children - have ADHD.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Taka Update April  04, 2012

 Fish delivery and more

That was really good tuna last week. I hoped everybody enjoyed the best tuna of 1st quarter.

And this is really bad week for tuna. Is it Spring break for tuna?  Maybe and uni is not available either. And there is more. Flounder is not available. I am not sure for the weekend.

I know they have some quarters and cannot catch fish for 1 week or 2 weeks.

Kona Kanpachi is available somewhere but not in Atlanta. This is temporally out of stock. So, I carry Shima Aji, Striped Jack from Japan.

AutoNation's March domestic sales rose 15 percent and are up 26 percent from March 2011. GM was up 11.7%, Toyota was up 15.4%, Nissan was up 12.5% ad VW was up 35%.

 Our sales in March were 35 % up from March 2011. So, economy is coming back in Buckhead area. I feel like money is moving around slowly. You spend, I spend and other people spend money. We need make this circle bigger and bigger.

Weight Control and Golf

I have been busy and not much control of my body. My weight was 167 lbs,  meant 2 lbs of overweight.

Golf game was better. I shot 43-45-88 last Sunday. I made 2 weeks straight under 90.

I will not play this Sunday. I go to Augusta to learn PGA player skills.

And I have the first tournament of Japanese Chamber commerce on 15th.

For Neck Pain, Chiropractic and Exercise Are Better Than Drugs

Seeing a chiropractor or engaging in light exercise relieves neck pain more effectively than relying on pain medication, new research shows.

The new study is one of the few head-to-head comparisons of various treatments for neck pain, a problem that affects three quarters of Americans at some point in their lives but has no proven, first-line treatment. While many people seek out spinal manipulation by chiropractors, the evidence supporting its usefulness has been limited at best.

But the new research, published in The Annals of Internal Medicine, found that chiropractic care or simple exercises done at home were better at reducing pain than taking medications like aspirin, ibuprofen or narcotics.

“These changes were diminished over time, but they were still present,” said Dr. Gert Bronfort, an author of the study and research professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minnesota. “Even a year later, there were differences between the spinal manipulation and medication groups.”

Moderate and acute neck pain is one of the most frequent reasons for trips to primary care doctors, prompting millions of visits every year. For patients, it can be a difficult problem to navigate. In some cases the pain and stiffness crop up without explanation, and treatment options are varied. Physical therapy, pain medication and spinal manipulation are popular options, but Dr. Bronfort was inspired to carry out an analysis because so little research exists.

“There was a void in the scientific literature in terms of what the most helpful treatments are,” he said.

To find out, Dr. Bronfort and his colleagues recruited a large group of adults with neck pain that had no known specific cause. The subjects, 272 in all, were mostly recruited from a large HMO and through advertisements. The researchers then split them into three groups and followed them for about three months.

One group was assigned to visit a chiropractor for roughly 20-minute sessions throughout the course of the study, making an average of 15 visits. A second group was assigned to take common pain relievers like acetaminophen and — in some cases, at the discretion of a doctor — stronger drugs like narcotics and muscle relaxants. The third group met on two occasions with physical therapists who gave them instructions on simple, gentle exercises for the neck that they could do at home. They were encouraged to do 5 to 10 repetitions of each exercise up to eight times a day. (A demonstration of the exercises can be found at

After 12 weeks, the people in the non-medication groups did significantly better than those taking the drugs. About 57 percent of those who met with chiropractors and 48 percent who did the exercises reported at least a 75 percent reduction in pain, compared to 33 percent of the people in the medication group.

A year later, when the researchers checked back in, 53 percent of the subjects who had received spinal manipulation still reported at least a 75 percent reduction in pain, similar to the exercise group. That compared to just a 38 percent pain reduction among those who had been taking medication.

Dr. Bronfort said it was a “big surprise” to see that the home exercises were about as effective as the chiropractic sessions. “We hadn’t expected that they would be that close,” he said. “But I guess that’s good news for patients.”

In addition to their limited pain relief, the medications had at least one other downside: people kept taking them. “The people in the medication group kept on using a higher amount of medication more frequently throughout the follow-up period, up to a year later,” Dr. Bronfort said. “If you’re taking medication over a long time, then we’re running into more systemic side effects like gastrointestinal problems.”

He also expressed concern that those on medications were not as empowered or active in their own care as those in the other groups. “We think it’s important that patients are enabled to deal with as much control over their own condition as possible,” he said. “This study shows that they can play a large role in their own care.”

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