Posted by: ensomabodyworks | September 9, 2021

Proven Early Treatment of Covid Media is NOT Sharing

Since last March Physicians have been restoring patient’s health when they come down with covid in the Physician’s office or with a teledoc visit. There are numerous papers supporting this claim. Did you know you can teledoc with a Physician and get some of the best medications prophylactically and take this Fall and Winter or keep them on hand and wait until you have symptoms. You can see the most downloaded treatment and prevention protocols here and scroll down the document to see the diagram with supplements to take for prevention and treatment as well.

For some reason media and the government is NOT sharing this life saving information. Maybe to push the jab more? Who knows.

Please check out this practice for teledoc appointments and this one here in Huntersville; this doctor is amazing, and another here and America’s Frontline Doctors. Be sure to let them know I referred you.

Check out my home page for the magic Vollara Covid killing machine.

Posted by: ensomabodyworks | September 1, 2021

Do Masks Work to prevent the spread of viruses ?

And keep us safe?

This is the question I have been pondering for a while. The answer is no. Huge data crunch analysis masking does NOT work for prevention of spread of corona viruses or any virus for that matter. 

See the bottom of this blog for a healthier solution for staying well at home, at work and on the road. 

The data above is from Swiss Policy Research (SPR), founded in 2016, is an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit research group investigating geopolitical truths and propaganda. SPR is composed of independent academics and receives no external funding other than retrospective reader donations. Their analyses have been published by numerous independent media outlets and have been translated into more than two dozen languages.

I do not listen to the recommendations from the CDC. Why not? Each government Agency has an agenda of its own and most are “captured Agencies”, meaning the industry giants they are regulating, are heavily influencing their decisions for the American public, sometimes for our benefit and sometimes not, and it does not matter who is in the White House. For example: There is a revolving door between the FDA and pharmaceutical companies. The article highlights data from research from the Kaiser Health News. These links are from both NPR and more conservative pundits with references and a cool 6 min video.

I look at the science. And even the science has become political with a Leftie sending me a link to a biased paper in favor of masks that does not reflect the data and a Rightie sending me a paper saying masks don’t work BUT its political. This researcher here, Dr. Rancourt, has been de-platformed for sharing dozens of medical studies showing masks don’t work and are even harmful, causing hypoxia in the wearer, when worn for any lengthy time periods.  Here is a succinct summary with lots of papers cited. Don’t judge the website or author just read the studies for yourself.

Here link to a NON POLITCAL article with many links to scholarly papers. I hate politics. I am not Right nor Left I am me and I follow the science not the concensus. The science supports taking your masks off.  

Many masks contain graphene which is a toxin if ingested. Many masks packaging does not label contents.

This issue of mask v no mask triggers a lot people so please don’t bash this author, someone you have trusted with your body in the past – look first at the science – not your political feeds or personal favorite bloggers or even the CDC for that matter.. Follow the data..not op ed pieces or fact checkers. 

The data presented in these links supports 75 years of randomized controlled studies on masks and viruses..They do not work to prevent spreading viruses nor prevent illness. See first link at the top. Lots of graphs of illness with mask v without masks.

Please see my home page for a NASA technology air scrubber that will keep you safe, healthy and even address asthma and allergies in the home, at work and even in the car and your personal space (a tiny device you wear around your neck).

All constructive comments will be replied to if you would like to chat about this subject. Please share the love and not the hate.

Be well, 


If i hear one more colleague, patient or doctor say, “show me the data,” I am going to puke.

This short post will hopefully give you an ‘ah ha!’ moment concerning your doctors’ need for the ‘data’ before supporting a particular type of therapy of intervention to our ailments and how sticking to “the data” can be on ill-outcome for you.

The problem with EBM is four fold:

1. The body of collaborative knowledge that is used to make decisions is lacking certain data.

Google low back pain.  You will probably not find muscle dysfunction or muscle pain as a cause of back pain at web MD or similar sites.  Why?  Its not on their radar because its not taught in med school nor researched much nor included in the meta analysis’ being referenced by medical professionals.

The widely used reference site “uptodate” is the go to site for clinicians and doctors when wanting more info about a particular problem.   When its low bak pain or neck pain the uptodate researchers will not include soft tissue therapy or massage or manual therapy as its not included in their data scouring of the research on back pain and neck pain.

2. Confirmation bias.

Lets take the idea that  lowering cholesterol is always good for health. Cardiologists did a meta-study and found that men with higher cholesterol lives longer than those with lower cholesterol and concluded that they should consider recommending getting cholesterol even lower instead of asking the question, “Maybe we are barking up the wrong tree?” “Maybe cholesterol is not the killer we thought it was?” These cardiologists cannot take a step back as their confirmation bias towards cholesterol being the killer on heart disease is too powerful and blinding them.

I will even state that people with higher cholesterol live the longest!    Sounds nuts right according to what the media and American Medial Association tells us (and our docs)?  Read this here to prove my claim and that of the meta study mentioned in the previous paragraph:

And I used to think most pain was muscular (as a soft tissue guy) but have since learned umm, that ain’t the case Marty.  Confirmation bias is very very strong.

4. Corporate influence on research has left the research world a big QUESTION MARK as to can you believe the results are accurate and truthful?

Research is more and more funded by the corporation wanting an outcome supporting their drug or intervention of technology.   Dr. Gerger, MD does a amazing job of explains this and the “data” to back it here:

He explains how independent research on cell phone radiation shows a correlation to illness while cell phone company and telecommunication industry funded research does not!

And corporate interests are messing with studies and their outcomes –

And Companies mislead doctors –

In summary:
Data is two fold: Informed base and data based.  What goes on in my private practice as well sa data should influence what does on in my office. Not just one or the other.

I suggest asking broader questions to you therapists and doctors and ask them to think outside the “data box” concerning treatment for pain or what ever ails you and not make a decision on the “data” pooled from data based that are lacking in scope and outcomes of trials and research is skewed by bias and corporate financial outcomes.

Don’t just get two opinions get different expert opinions.

The father of EBM, David Sackett said it best. EBM is “integrating individual clinical expertise with the best external evidence”.

And this perspective is lost in the rush for “show me the data.”

You can read more about Sackett here:

Posted by: ensomabodyworks | January 21, 2015

Heterotopic Pain

Heterotopic Pain: What is it and why you need to know about it.

Heterotopic pain (HP) is a phenomenon where the source of pain is not where you experience it, commonly called “referred pain”. HP can have several causes: diseased organ (e.g., a dysfunctional gall bladder) expressed through right shoulder blade pain, or dysfunctional infraspinatus (shoulder blade) muscle, expressed as deep shoulder joint pain and/or nerve like tingling sensations down the arm.

So what Marty? Your MD or Yoga teacher and Massage and Physical Therapist may not know that there are at least 24 dysfunctional muscles that create HP. Dysfunctional muscles are routinely mistaken for other medical conditions, misdiagnosed, and then mistreated, often with prescription medications and lots of diagnostic testing ($$$$$ out of your pocket). Here are some examples:

  • Didn’t know about the gallbladder symptom? Many therapists will just mash away at the shoulder blade area while Yoga and Pilates teaches will strengthen the scapula stabilizers in an attempt to strengthen the area instead of asking, “Are you also experiencing nausea? A “Yes” maybe a gall bladder issue while “No” may equal muscle. And 4 different ones can refer to that exact spot!
  • How many medical doctors know that a dysfunctional scalene muscle group (deep front of the neck muscles) can refer pain down the arm and into the hand, confusing the sick muscle with a cervical pinched nerve, or into the chest mimicking a cardiac event.scalene tp (See this image here)
  • Have complaints of pain that shoots from the top of the foot into the big toe. It could be an L4-5 disc / nerve impingement or a trigger point at the top of the shin in the tibialis anterior.
  • Ligaments can refer pain consistently much like muscles. Your iliolumbar ligament can refer pain down the hip and around towards the trochanter (and even the testicle!)
  • Dysfunctional muscles are often misdiagnosed as strains or rotator cuff issues

See what I mean? Lots of reasons for referred pain and muscle is overlooked and mistaken for other problems.

Now what? If you read this far either you are a health info type person or maybe you have an ache or pain for a while that’s not going away. Drop me a line…let’s talk. Maybe I can direct you to more resources to read up or help with your issue.


IT Band issue or a dysfunctional Quadricep causing Your lateral knee and thigh pain?

This blog is the first installment of clarifying common misconceptions of specific pain and functional body issues.  If I got a dollar for every client who comes in and says, “I have been foam rolling (for months) and stretching my IT band and the side of my leg (or knee) is still hurting,” I would be rich these 17 years in practice.

The problem with foam rolling your IT band to allievate thigh and knee pain has many layers:

  • First the IT Band is NOT stretchable. “N” as in never, “O” as in ‘Oh it hurts to foam roll it’ and “T” as it is tinselly rated stronger than steel.  If you have done a cadaver study you would know that the IT bands fibers are interwoven, in cross layers, and VERY thick in order  to provide support for the knee and hip upon heel strike.  When you stretch your IT band you are actually stretching your gluteus maximus, medius and maybe a little TFL, the vastus lateralis quadriceps muscle.
  • Secondly most people use the foam roller too aggressively causing micro trauma on top of an already damaged soft-tissue structure.  (which is why it never seems to heal).
  • Thirdly and most importantly your lateral thigh pain and possibly your lateral knee is pain is being causes by a dysfunctional  Vastus lateralis (one of your quadricep muscles).   Look at this picture of thevastils lateralis and it band pic
    Quadricep – it lives underneath, in front of and behind the IT band. The red X’s represent the myofascial trigger points that develop over time from mechanical stress and cause pain up and down the side of the leg.   Your IT band and knee diagnosis may not be the issue and also misdiagnosed when the real culprit is a sick quadricep.

    vastis lateralis tps
    This second picture shows all the possible X’s that can develop and their pain patterns in red. These trigger points also “trigger” pain elsewhere so the X on the middle thigh may send pain down and onto the side of the knee.

The solution:   

  • Treat the quad: Use the foam roller gentler than you are used to and work in front of and behind the IT band up and down the leg SLOWLY followed by a good quad stretch.   (When foam rolling use pain levels of 3-5 and breathe deep.  Hold on spots that are sore for several breaths, move on and come back.  Do this for 5 min per side).
  • Foam roll your gluteus maximum and TFL muscles followed by your “IT band” stretch.  If you must roll your IT band please be nice to it. It works very hard to prevent your knee from buckling all day. (Your TFL and Glute maximus muscles converge and blend into the IT band. The IT band is merely a tendon and just following orders for those two muscles).
  • Be scientific about it.  It is quadricep trigger points or actual IT band dysfunction?  Just treat the quadricep as described above and not the Maximus, TFL, and IT band for a week or so and see what happens.

Questions or comments?  Call or email me please

Reader challenge:  Why do  we bipeds (humans) have 7 external  rotators of the leg and just two internal?  Get it right win a free 30 min treatment.

Next episode:  The IT band friction fallacy!

Posted by: ensomabodyworks | May 15, 2013

The Myth of ART or “Active Release Tecnique”

I am writing to educate the uninformed and clarify for those readers who know what ART is and is not.  The quick version is ART is massage for chiropractors.   ART is touted on the official ART website as “patented state of the art therapy.”  Its not.  It’s pinning and stretching muscle. Something Massage and Physical  Therapists and Osteopathic physicians have been doing long before ART was “invented” by a very business savvy and GOOD chiropractor back in the 80’s or 90’s.  He has stated that he created ART since most health care professionals do not address muscle injuries but focus on joint and tendon ad was filling a need for consumers.  I fully agree with him but want you the reader to know that any well trained Massage therapist with training in medical or sports or orthopedic massage  already does what he describes as “patented state of the art therapy.”

For the full story please read on:   Below is my email reply to the editor at a mens magazine which highlighted ART as the thing to do for muscle injuries.
I am writing to reply to the information concerning muscle injury treatment with “ART” in the article on “Optimizing Mark Teixeira.” The end of the article describes the various modalities Mark uses to stay healthy and recover faster from injuries. One such modality is “ART” or Active Release Technique.
I am happy to see that you are promoting soft tissue therapy for muscle injuries, since muscle is widely overlooked  by doctors, while being a major source of pain and dysfunction in muscles and joints.

I would like to see you promote Massage Therapy as a more comprehensive soft-tissue system than ART, for these reasons:

1. Massage Therapy has a growing body of knowledge validating its effectiveness, while ART does not. 

2. More importantly,  when it comes to muscle therapy, ART is the “sizzle” and Massage Therapy is the “steak.”   A competent massage therapist with training in deep tissue, sports, trigger point, medical, myofascial or orthopedic massage therapy will provide a much more comprehensive session in addressing the injured and dysfunctional muscle and muscle groups.

What is ART? ART is limited to using your hand, finger or thumb to pin a muscle down while putting the muscle and associated joint through a series of range of motion movements.  Massage Therapists have been going far beyond “pinning and stretching” muscles long before there was a “patented and state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique” as described on the ART official website. ART is easily mastered by chiropractors with limited experience with massage. However, good Massage Therapists utilize a much wider arsenal of techniques as part of a therapeutic progression to address muscle injuries, while an ART-trained chiropractor has a very limited toolbox of  soft tissue therapies.   I think the combination of ART and spine and extremity adjustments for athletes is a good start, but when you have a muscle injury and dysfunction why not go to the muscle expert?  This is where a trained Massage expert shines.

In addition to taking a broader and more comprehensive approach to muscle inquiries, a well-trained Massage expert will look for and treat trigger points (a.k.a. myofascial pain and dysfunction), another ignored cause of muscle pain and dysfunction that is discounted by most medical professionals. Many massage and physical therapists and most chiropractors know of trigger points, but most do not know how to effectively treat them.

If you already covered Massage Therapy in your magazine, I may have missed those articles as a new reader. Your readers will appreciate information on sport and muscle injury focused Massage Therapy to address and prevent injuries. Explaining to them in simple terms what a Massage Therapist can do for them (just like the ART piece) will allow them to make better informed decisions and receive the best possible care from the ART-trained chiropractor or / and a well-trained Massage Therapist.

Massage Therapy is growing as one of the most widely used CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) therapies today. I am honored to be an educator and professional in its ranks, and would love to share some of my knowledge with your readers.  Would you be open to a discussion on how I might contribute via an article, quick fact chart or blurb? You can reach me via email or phone number below.

If you have any articles on massage therapy can you please direct me to them.? I look forward to sharing more should this interest you.

Thank you for your time,

Posted by: ensomabodyworks | July 6, 2012

Being “Fit” may not equal being “Healthy.”

I was talking to my friend and acupuncturist Abe Rummage of Accu-care clinic about health.  He pointed out  from the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) perspective  that having good muscle tone,  good cardiovascular capacity and flexibility does not necessarily equate to health.  Say What?

  • It makes sense since TCM is not symptom based and compartmentalized as the western medical model is.  TCM looks at the entire person for a global perspective and not just symptoms (or the lack of them).  This is a key point. If you do not have any symptoms you are healthy but we also know this is not true. Cancer, arthritis,  muscle dysfunction and heart disease takes years to develop and show up as a “symptom,”  and you say that it “came out of no where!”  But the truth is your body and maybe your emotions were not in balance from the get go.
  • I feel Abe’s comment to me behooves us to look at our health from a larger perspective. than just the old western health model. And I use “old” here as many doctors and practitioners see the larger view and the need to integrate body, mind and spirit.
  • Physical fitness has several components: Muscular strength, muscular endurance, muscular flexibility and cardiovascular capacity.  But this does not mean you are healthy. Why?  Health is more about your entire body, all its organs and systems, including your mind, emotions and also  your spirit. Health is about these elements working optimally, connected and  integrated.  Achieving good health also means  giving your self time to relax and renew regularly.
  • One synonym for “health” is well-being.  I like this. It denotes you, a being, is well, which is synonymous with the word “glowing.” You know that look of a person who is glowing-they radiate peace, health and vitality.
  • I wonder how many people that work out, stretch, run or bike that also take an antacid or purple pill, or anti-inflammation or anti-anxiety or sleep prescription? Or how many people who identify themselves as religious or spiritual are very out of shape (and also on these medications).   And I wonder how many Americans actually take time to relax and restore? (which does not include T.V., a few glasses of wine, exercise or sleeping. How many of you have heard the story of the executive in his 50’s who drops dead of a heart attack? (And they did not find a heart defect afterwards in autopsy).  I hear this story once every few years at the fitness center or at synagogue.
  • I urge you to consider adding in some relaxation into your health model and also into the exercise regimen: An easy thing to do would be take 10 minutes after vigorous exercise and laying on your back deep breathing or  stretching slowly with deep breathing for 10-15 minutes (both would be ideal).
  • What aspect of the larger “health” model are you needing to address more? Exercising more, connecting to your community more?  Starting a meditation or breathing practice? Carving out time to rest more often?  For example I need to spend more time with people and less time at my computer! (and meditate more regularly).
  • Our bodies (and minds) need multiple forms of movement, stimuli, rest and integration to achieve well-being.  Not sure where to start? Drop me a line 🙂
Posted by: ensomabodyworks | November 28, 2011

Yogi Tea – The All Around Best Tonic for Health and Well-Being

I first heard of Yogi Tea practicing Kundalini Yoga.  I have since brought the tea to my Anusara Yoga community to raving reviews.  Not only does it taste great (like chai but better) it has wonderful healing affects on your body.   The tea recipe and comments come from

Yogi Tea is great cold in the warmer months and all Fall and Winter to warm your bones (but not this Fall….too hot!)


Yogi Tea

1 Gallon Water
30 cloves
30 whole green cardamon pods
30 whole black peppercorns
1 large finger of fresh ginger, thinly sliced (Marty uses mini food processor)
5 sticks cinnamon
1 teabag, Black Tea
*Milk and Honey to taste which is optional. (Marty ads honey after simmering is done so no need to do each single serving).

Bring water to boil.    Add all spices except black tea bag. Boil 30 -45 min. Longer is stronger.

Finally, add black tea bag and boil another 2-5 min(then remove) . **The black tea is added last because it amalgamates the spices and sort of seals them. Also the tannins help assimilate the spices into the body.

If adding milk & honey, do so after adding the tea bag and letting it steep– OR BETTER add milk and honey to individual cup or a small batch. That way you can store the raw tea in the fridge and prepare with milk and honey as you go.   After adding milk and or honey, bring to a boil again, then shut immediately or keep on lowest flame to keep warm.

**Milk (Marty uses almond or soy milk) helps to ease the shock of the spiciness on the stomach and intestines so drink with milk if you’re sensitive. Note: for a stronger tea you can let the spices sit and sink to the bottom. If the tea gets really strong you can cut it with milk or reconstitute with a little water.

I (Marty) usually make a big batch Sunday afternoons and it makes my home smell like warm spices for two days.

When Yogi Bhajan (the late Kundalini yoga Master) was a military commander in India there was an epidemic among the troops. He ordered all of his men to fill their canteens with yogi tea and drink nothing else, not even water. His Battalion was the only unit that didn’t get sick! Yogi tea purifies the blood, lungs and circulatory system. It cleans the liver and has many more unseen benefits. It’s good to drink this tea every day.


L’Chaim!  (to life and your health)



Posted by: ensomabodyworks | October 7, 2011



  • ·  Understand mechanics of the shoulder and shoulder joint

    ·  Perform easy self –care therapeutics and avoid expensive Physical Therapy

    ·  Prevent/ reduce / eliminate arthritis, tendonitis, and
    rotator cuff problems and prevent their return

    ·  Deepen shoulder openers and improve  athletic performance

    ·  Become the expert of your own shoulders

    Join Marty Kestin, MSW, LMBT, body worker and somatic educator in a dynamic workshop to deepen your
    understanding of the shoulder, common problems and easy solutions.

    You do not need a shot, a pill or extensive and expensive physical therapy to resolve pain or get rid of that chronic issue for good. Marty will teach powerful and simple but not widely known
    therapeutic techniques.


    Saturday, October 22nd ,  1-4


    The Bindu:  Cornelius, NC


    Early-Bird Discount: $35 (yogis) and $45

    (Massage professionals) registering by Oct 1.

    After October 1,  $45 (yogis),  $55 (MTs)

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Posted by: ensomabodyworks | September 20, 2011

The Rotator Cuff Demystified:

Rotator: One who turns or gyrates.

Cuff: Restraint or shackle.

The “Rotator Cuff” is comprised of 4 tendons that encapsulate the head of the arm bone securing it to the shoulder blade-your ball and socket joint (see the circled tendons in picture below).  It’s one of the body’s most versatile joints allowing us to paint, plant, draw, farm, write, throw a ball, etc. Our shoulder joint was a major development in our evolution or, if you like,  part of the  divine plan for humans to be able to do all the things we do.  Imagine not being able to make a circle with your arm and all the things you could not do…………… Without the support of the rotator cuff tendons (which transfer tension from  muscle to bone – which keep  the arm bone in place,  the arm bone would keep popping out of the socket.

Most orthopedic problems of the shoulder can be prevented by keeping the rotator cuff healthy.


There is an old samurai saying, “You cannot have both beauty and comfort, I hope you understand…..”

Similarly our shoulder joint has all this flexibility but the price for this gyrating joint is its propensity to injury if not cared for diligently. The strain on the rotator cuff (tendons) comes from chronic poor posture, repetitive overhead motion or the chronic static holding of the arms out – i.e. driving a long commute year in year out. This creates chronic muscle imbalances and dysfunction leading to tendon strain. The tendons are the anchors for muscle into bone.  Falls and accidents can also tear tendons of the rotator cuff but I wonder how bad the tear would be if the tendons were not chronically strained?

How to keep the rotator cuff healthy?

Too much emphasis is placed on treating the tendon when injured.  We should treat the tendon if injured but the idea is prevent this from happening. Keep the muscles clear of trigger points and balance its musculature. Do the exercise from the “save your shoulders blog.”  Seek out a qualified massage or physical therapist or yoga teacher and learn therapeutics for your shoulders.  Improve the ergonomics of your work station and micro break throughout the day. Merely doing strength exercises and stretching maybe exacerbating a compromised rotator cuff tendon without you knowing it. If you have any shoulder issues please get help now before it turns into a tear.


Your shoulders need constant functional movement to maintain healthy rotator cuffs. It’s a physical law called  “The law of stimulus and renewal” Either you are regenerating your muscles and tendons with healthy movement or degenerating them with poor movement and posture.  Do not forget “save your shoulder” workshop October 22ndClick here for more information.

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