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Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
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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