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Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
October, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 10
Upledger Institute Helps Prepare Conjoined Egyptian Twins for Surgery
By Editorial Staff
In August, the world held its collective breath as conjoined Guatemalan twins Maria Teresa and Maria de Jesus Quiej-Alvarez endured 22 hours of surgery at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.The one-year-old girls were born craniopagus, meaning joined at the head -- a condition that affects only an estimated two percent of conjoined twins, and often makes separation surgery difficult, if not impossible.
As the Quiej-Alvarez girls recuperate in Los Angeles following their complex, 22-hour surgery, another set of craniopagus twins face a similar situation in Dallas, Texas, and John Upledger, DO, OMM and the Upledger Institute are lending helping hands.
Fifteen-month-old Egyptian boys Ahmed and Mohamed Ibrahim arrived in Dallas in late June for a battery of diagnostic tests to detrmine if separation was feasible. The twins' visit was arranged by Dr. Kenneth Salyer, a renowned craniofacial surgeon and founder of the World Craniofacial Foundation, which provides financial and emotional support to families and children with craniofacial and cleft deformities.
At Dr. Salyer's request, Dr. Upledger and a team of therapists from the Upledger Institute traveled to Dallas for three weeks, administering CranioSacral Therapy to the boys. Even after the first session, improvements were noted:
As we go to press, the Ibrahim twins are scheduled to take part in an outpatient program at Upledger Institute HealthPlex Clinical Services in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida from September 16-20. Dr. Upledger and his team will provide five days of intensive CranioSacral Therapy, designed to "release membranous and structural restrictions around the brain and spinal cord, and encourage the central nervous system to function at peak efficiency."
Dr. Upledger is encouraged by the results thus far, and optimistic about the twins' chances for separation:
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