Huntsville Medical Doctor’s Halloween Candy buy back 2011

Huntsville AL Medical Doctor Eric Beck led an anti tooth-decay movement by giving away dollars in exchange for candy. This past Halloween, trick-or-treaters brought their excess candy to Dr. Beck’s office in Huntsville from November 01 to November 05, and received $1.00 per pound.

Dr. Beck led the anti tooth-decay movement by giving away dollars in exchange for cavity-provoking candy.

“It was a great turn-out and we received 230 pounds of candy. Kids still had fun trick or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well,” says Dr. Beck

Huntsville AL Medical Doctor Eric Beck Halloween Candy buy back 2011

Huntsville Physician Hosts a Halloween Candy Buy Back

Second Annual



Trick or Treating is FUN!


But all that sugar in the bag can cause tooth decay as
well as triggering weight gain, feeling of tiredness,
robbing our body of vital nutrients and opening the door
to other health problems like diabetes.



into a FUN and HEALTHY event!


Bring in your extra candies and we will give you

1 DOLLAR for every Pound!

Candy Drop-off Dates:
November 1st 2011 to November 5th 2011
Call us for a Drop-off Time

Eric Beck, MD

2227 Drake Ave #5, Huntsville, AL 35805
Tel: (256)382-1603

Huntsville Doctor Donates Proceeds for People in Need

Back pain is a common complaint. Most people in the United States will experience low back pain at least once during their lives. Back pain is one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor or miss work.

Acupuncture can be a very effective solution when treating most neck and shoulder problems. Neck and shoulder muscle tension and stiffness are very common concerns, especially of people who work in an office. Sitting in front of a computer and typing for extensive periods of time causes a lack of circulation in the tissue and fatigue of the muscles involved. Neck stiffness can be also aggravated by other common reasons, many of which can be effectively treated with acupuncture.

At the top of your neck, just below the hairline, there is a important acupuncture point called fuchi (GB20) which has been known to be closely connected to the eye. If you watch a computer screen or television for long periods of time and continuously strain your eyes, tightness can develop in this area, and sometimes a tight muscle mass forms. This area can also become quite tense with prolonged periods of thinking or mental concentration.

As a result, tightness at the top of the neck can influence autonomic nervous functioning and prolonged period of tension can cause a various symptoms such as headache, lack of concentration, poor memory, insomnia or irritability.

Other common sites of muscle stiffness that can be treated with acupuncture include the large muscle between the neck and the shoulder joint (the upper trapezius ) and the muscles between the shoulder blades. Some psychologists believe that the amount of muscle tension in the upper trapezius reflects the emotional state of a person and consequently, attach electromyographic (EMG) electrodes to these muscles to help analyze a patient’s emotional state.

Fixodent Can Cause Nerve Damage?

Fixodent: Can Excessive Use of Popular Denture Cream Cause Nerve Damage?

Medical Doctor Huntsville Nerve Damage FixodenMark Jacoby had no idea why his body was failing. Symptoms appeared gradually, said the 41-year-old former construction worker from York, Pa.

“I started getting tingling in my fingertips. And then it started happening in my toes,” he told ABC News’ 20/20 anchor Chris Cuomo, who is the Chief of the Law & Justice Unit. “I started getting weaker and, you know, I couldn’t walk right, off balance and I’m at this point now.”

Jacoby, who now uses a wheelchair, said his doctors searched for years for the cause of his debilitating neurological illness that robbed him of his independence.

Doctors eventually tied his disorder to high levels of the mineral zinc in his body. Jacoby, who has worn dentures for 20 years, said it came from his denture cream, Fixodent, which contains zinc.

“I can almost guarantee you it was the Fixodent,” said Jacoby. “It’s soaked into your body and it messes with the nerves.”

Similarly, 48-year-old Anne Coffman from Maine said she was a heavy user of Fixodent because of ill-fitting dentures, and after three years her body felt different.

“I started getting numbness in my toes. I wasn’t sure so I kind of didn’t do anything about it at first,” Coffman told Cuomo. “Then it started moving over to both feet and then … up to my knees.”

After many painful tests, she was diagnosed with zinc poisoning, a condition in which high zinc levels interfere with the body’s absorption of copper, which can lead to serious and irreversible neurological problems.

“[Fixodent] is the only product that I’ve ever used that had zinc in it,” Coffman said.

Coffman is now in a wheelchair and struggles with everyday tasks because of weakness in her hands and arms.

“I have trouble eating,” said Coffman. “I drop the fork a lot, so it gets frustrating.”

Coffman and Jacoby are part of a class action lawsuit against Procter & Gamble, makers of Fixodent, alleging that their use of the product has caused their devastating problems.

“I don’t know if you can put a dollar value on my health or anybody else’s, for that matter,” Coffman told Cuomo. “I would prefer to see [the makers] take the zinc right out of the product … or take the product right off the market.”

Used by many of the 35 million Americans who wear dentures, the cream is marketed with the catchy tag line, “Fixodent — and forget it.”

But what the maker didn’t tell consumers for years was that the adhesive contains zinc, which when ingested or absorbed in large amounts over time can lead to serious nerve damage.

The possible connection first was made five years ago by researchers at the University of Texas, who studied four denture users with neurological disease.

“They had high zinc levels that we could measure in the blood,” said Dr. Sharon Nations, author of a study in the journal Neurology. “And all of them reported that they were using very large amounts of denture cream.”

That study was completed in 2006, but its publication in Neurology was delayed for more than two years.

It was delayed, according to its authors, because of a peer review by Dr. Kenneth Shay, a dentist, who lambasted the study and called the link between excessive use of denture cream and neurological disease “little more than speculation.” He said that the authors “don’t understand the nature of the material they are writing about.”

But an ABC News investigation found that that Shay, at the time, also was a paid consultant to Procter & Gamble, the maker of Fixodent, when he reviewed the study.

“It is an outrage. This was wrong,” David Rothman, a professor at Columbia University Medical School, told Cuomo. “That is a fundamental transgression of professional medical ethics and not to be allowed.”

In e-mails and documents obtained by ABC News, Shay not only made recommendations that, according to the authors, led them to water down the study’s finding, but also sent draft reports of the study to Procter & Gamble.

In one e-mail, he said, “Please be circumspect because, as a reviewer, I’m not supposed to be passing an unpublished manuscript around.”

It is unclear what, if anything, Procter & Gamble did with the information Shay passed on to it.

It wasn’t until 2009, after the study was published in the journal Neurology, that Procter & Gamble added a “new label information” warning to the side of Fixodent packages, and on the back, cautioned that “prolonged zinc intake may be linked to adverse health effects.”

Shay declined to be interviewed, but in a phone call with ABC News he defended his review of the study, saying that the research report had “objective shortcomings.”

Procter & Gamble sent a written statement to ABC News reading:

“Procter & Gamble is committed to providing safe and effective products for all consumers. That is who we are and what we stand for. We go to great lengths to ensure that our products safely deliver best-in-class performance, so consumers can choose our products with total confidence. Fixodent is safe for use as directed, as supported by the experience of millions of consumers over many years. Our Fixodent formula has undergone extensive scientific testing, and we continuously monitor for its safe use. … We know of no valid scientific evidence that using Fixodent as directed causes any ill health effects.”

Click here to reach the full statement.

But Mark Jacoby and others like him said it all comes too late. He has stopped using Fixodent, but said the damage to his body has been done.

“Fixodent and forget it?” said Jacoby. “Well, apparently I can’t forget it ’cause it took a lot away from me.”

If you have suffered from adverse reaction to Fixodent, send your story to Chris Cuomo.


Medical Doctor Huntsville: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Treatment in AlabamaTreating carpal tunnel in the elderly: early electrodiagnostic testing is key. Early diagnosis crucial.

Approximately 90% of mild-to-moderate cases of carpal tunnel syndrome respond to conservative management.

However, given that the condition is progressive, the earlier it is diagnosed the more likely it is to respond to conservative intervention.

Conservative management, of course, typically includes nighttime wrist splinting, use of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (with or without diuretics), oral or injectable steroids and physical or occupational therapy.

Naturally, though, before commencing conservative management of carpal tunnel syndrome, the patient’s complaint must be diagnosed as such. The “gold standard” of testing for carpal tunnel syndrome is an electrodiagnostic study performed by or under the direct supervision of a board-certified specialist adhering to testing standards and guidelines developed by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

The most relevant electrodiagnostic tests for diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome are electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS). In addition to identifying abnormalities associated with specific symptoms and signs of carpal tunnel syndrome, these two tests are capable of excluding other neurologic diagnoses.

Further, these tests can yield data of the sort necessary for accurately assessing the severity of nerve damage. Typically, testing that demonstrates nothing but sensory abnormalities will be found to have mild carpal tunnel syndrome, while sensory abnormalities accompanied by motor dysfunction are usually taken as evidence of moderate severity. The condition is considered truly severe when testing reveals decreased or absent sensory or motor responses distal to the carpal tunnel or neuropathic abnormalities.

These tests can be repeated at future dates to gauge the effectiveness of therapy and other interventions.


Carpal tunnel syndrome is a serious problem for the elderly.

It is treatable, but treatment is most effective when started while the condition is in an early stage. Carpal tunnel syndrome should be suspected when patients – old or young – present with symptoms even loosely characteristic of the condition. These patients should promptly undergo electrodiagnostic testing to establish or rule out carpal tunnel syndrome as the diagnosis.

However, a problem with electrodiagnostic testing is that often the interpretation of the raw data is reported in ambiguous terms. Worse, delivery of the unhelpfully vague report takes many long weeks, during which time the specialist who performs the interpretation is uncommunicative.

At the medical offices of Eric R. Beck, MD, PhD, FAAPMR, none of these shortcomings exists. We are very clear as to whether a study comes back normal or abnormal; if the latter, we then spell out the degree of severity so that you can confidently proceed with treatment planning. Further, we offer extremely rapid turnaround on our reports of findings:

Typically, we put a summary report in your hands within 24 hours and a full report a short time later.

We also see your patients quickly, usually seven days after we are contacted with a request to schedule an appointment.

Once your patient arrives here, he or she is treated with utmost courtesy. Moreover, we strive to make the examination as painless and stress-free as possible by offering ethyl chloride numbing of the skin prior to needle testing.

We welcome your referrals of patients suspected of carpal tunnel syndrome and other musculoskeletal-neurologic problems. We can perform comprehensive evaluations of your patients and, if you desire, initiate treatment and perform follow-up, keeping you apprised every step of the way. But no matter the way you choose to utilize us, know that your patients will be satisfied by the high-quality services and interactions delivered at each encounter and will return to you as willing as ever to continue entrusting you with their ongoing care.

For more information about carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosis and treatment, please call Valley Center for Nerve Studies in Huntsville, Fort Payne and Birmingham, Alabama at (256) 382-1603.