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Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
October, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 10
Who's the Smartest of Them All?
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
In 1960, my mentor, Stacy F. Howell, said to me, "Upledger, I don't know why we're so worried about the Communists. It's the viruses that are going to get us." Dr. Howell, a biochemist and 1937 Nobel laureate runner-up, was referring to the overuse of antibiotics that began in the 1940s and escalated in the 1950s.
How would this make viruses a more significant problem? In our view (I soon shared his perspective) a natural balance exists between bacteria and viruses. Viruses need bacteria to reproduce, and bacteria keep viruses under control. When a virus is through with bacteria, the bacterial cell simply dies. Nature has set up a system that prevents bacteria and viruses from overrunning each other.
The problem is, antibiotics kill bacteria, but not viruses. We'd gone on a "kill the bacteria" campaign that was irrational and out of control. Doctors gave antibiotics to almost every patient with a cold or sore throat, and they were freely used to prevent other infections. This abuse has only just begun to slow down today.
Let's look at this from the viral point of view. The virus uses bacteria as a host in which to reproduce, because it's not equipped to do so on its own - viruses usually contain only DNA molecules (though a few have only RNA).
DNA carries biological information. It determines, for example, the color of your eyes; how smart you'll be; what you'll like or dislike; even whether you'll be a nice person. The virus is mainly a sac full of information. Since other cells contain different things, it seems reasonable to say that, pound for pound, viruses are actually smarter.
The virus enters your body, perhaps through your lungs, skin or mucus membranes, then travels around your blood stream until it finds a cell to fool. Your cells are surrounded by membranes penetrated by channels that select protein molecules from your blood and intercellular fluids, to be used as building supplies. The virus somehow discovers what a given channel will accept, then imitates that molecule.
When successful, the channel opens and admits the viral molecules. It then transports the viral DNA or RNA to the host cell nucleus, where the viral DNA immediately combines with the host DNA and modifies it to suit its purpose.
Once in the host cell, a virus can quietly exist for as long as seven years, according to some estimates. When the virus decides to activate, the cell releases new viruses into the fluids and bloodstream, often at a rate of up to 500,000 per minute. Is it any wonder patients can get sick so quickly?
When we started our antibiotic rampage years ago, we began killing bacteria by the trillions. The viruses undoubtedly noticed a shortening supply of cell hosts and adapted to the changing conditions. Soon we saw colds and flus become more severe when antibiotics were used, probably because the viruses were forced to invade more human cells. In the past few decades, we've seen an even wider array of viral diseases -- consider not only HIV and AIDS, but the tenacity of herpes and the rapid-acting, deadly Ebola virus.
There's little we can do pharmacologically. Vaccines have some use, but their focus is narrow and viruses can quickly outwit them. Witness the variable success of flu vaccines. Each year the virus changes just enough to require a new formulation. So any victories we achieve using chemical agents will probably be short-lived.
This whole picture may seem depressing. It appears humans have little hope if viruses decide to take over the world. Yet my real encouragement comes from the intelligence of the human immune system, where the "use it or lose it" rule applies.
Our immune system can miraculously improvise and adapt, learning to resist bacterial and viral disease-producing organisms. But if everything is done for the immune system, as in the use of antibiotics or vaccines, we'll never achieve our full potential. We need to be exposed, in moderation, to a wide variety of antigens that stimulate immune responses, rather than relying on external medicines to cure us.
An effective immune system requires exercise; plenty of rest; healthy habits; good nutrition; only reasonable amounts of stress; and a happy emotional and spiritual. The immune system even responds to your thoughts -- if you think you'll get sick, you probably will. However, if you sincerely ask your immune system for help, and express faith and gratitude for its assistance, it will do its best to perform more effectively.
Viruses are smart, but you can help defeat them with an energetic, well-exercised immune system.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
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