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To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
December, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 12
Formerly Conjoined Twins Successfully Separated, Doctors Remain Hopeful
By Rebecca J. Razo
Last fall, Massage Today reported that conjoined Egyptian twins, Ahmed and Mohamed Ibrahim, were being evaluated by the Children's Medical Center in Dallas to ascertain whether they were candidates for separation surgery.During the process, Dr. Kenneth Sayler, one of the twins' surgeons and founder of the World Craniofacial Foundation, referred the boys to John Upledger, DO, OMM, and a team of therapists from the Upledger Institute for several rounds of CranioSacral Therapy (CST) to help their brains begin to function independently (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2002/10/01.html).
"We got a lot of independent functioning between the two children [following CST treatment], all the way from brain function to bowel movements," said Dr. Upledger. "When they first came here, it seemed that one twin was performing much of the physiological functioning for both of them. And I thought [that] if these kids were separated, the child whose systems aren't working as strongly may well die. So, we worked on bringing about as much independent functioning of their body systems as possible, and encouraged their bodies to begin a subtle separation where the brain vessels were shared."1
On Oct. 12, 2003, a team of 10 surgeons, nine anesthesiologists, and dozens of nurses, medical technicians and other support staff participated in the 34-hour surgery at Dallas Children's Medical Center, which resulted in the successful separation of the boys. Immediately following surgery, the boys were placed in medically induced comas to minimize the risk of brain swelling. Several days later, the comas were lifted, and on Oct. 24, the boys visited each other for the first time.2,3,4
"They play a lot with a tambourine and their stuffed toys, and there's a lot of giggling and laughing going on," said Dr. James Thomas, chief of critical care services at Children's. "The medical team continues to be pleased with their progress."4
Each day, the boys receive several therapy sessions, including physical therapy, speech therapy, and play and music therapy. They usually nap between sessions and are also sleeping through the night. Doctors continue to monitor the boys' brains for increased fluid pressure, but so far, none has shown any danger signs.4,5
Although the twins are making daily progress, they are still listed as "guarded" by doctors,* and there has been no speculation of when they might be able to return to Egypt; however, once the boys do return home, they are likely to travel to the States for additional therapy and reconstructive surgeries that could take several years to complete.2
"Once they're out of the woods, they'll probably come back for more CranioSacral Therapy," said Dr. Upledger. "I think we can help clear up a lot of residual tissue trauma to give them a reasonably good chance of [living] normal [lives]. I feel very good about it."1
Editor's note: As of November 14, the twins conditions were listed as "good." They have been transferred from Children's Medical Center to Medical City Dallas where they will continue their rehabilitatation and undergo craniofacial reconstruction.
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