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The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
November, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 11
People First, Business Second
By Perry Isenberg
After numerous columns dealing with business issues, I wanted to write something a little lighter. While in this frame of mind, I came across some life lessons provided by Ben Franklin that I found interesting and insightful.
The issues he noted generally affect us all: nutrition, fitness, health, wealth, business and marriage (relationships). I trust you'll find them as interesting as I did.
Nutrition: Franklin said: "A full belly makes a dull brain." Why he's right: The gastric acid your stomach uses to digest a protein-heavy meal forms bicarbonate, which alters your blood pH and indeed causes dullness in the brain.
Fitness: Franklin said: "No gains without pains." Why he's right: Weight training creates microscopic tears in muscles, which rebuild themselves (bigger and stronger) while you rest. Soreness is a likely result of these muscle tears and inflammation.
Health: Franklin said: "He's the best physician that knows the worthlessness of the most medicines." Why he's right: Beware of the doctor who dispenses antibiotics as if they were Pez. 75% of prescriptions for upper-respiratory infections are unnecessary, according to a recent study. According to the study, Doctors often prescribe because of patients' insistence, time constraints, and misconceptions about when antibiotics are necessary.
Wealth: Franklin said: "Patience in market is worth pounds in a year." Why he's right: After the last five bear markets, it took only an average of 1 1/2 years for the market to recover. On average, the stock market has grown 10.5 percent a year for 70 years.
Career: Franklin said: "Take council in wine, but resolve afterwards in water." Why he's right: It's okay to brainstorm a project over a beer. Alcohol, when first taken in, loosens inhibitions. Diminished inhibition is the best spur to creativity. But it's important to review those cocktail-napkin notes the next day, to see what will really work.
Marriage (Relationships): Franklin said: "Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards." Why he's right: Premarital counseling -- or simply talking about their relationships --can help starry-eyed young couples with tough issues like money, kids, sex and religion. After marriage, ignore quirks and show tolerance.
Business does not happen without people. One key to business success is the ongoing commitment to communicate with your clients about a wide variety of issues. Take the time to share when you find something interesting, funny, etc. Make copies and, either in person or by mail, send along the tidbit with a handwritten note. The exercise takes very little time, but helps you stay human within your business relationships.
Before I sign off, I wanted to take a moment to praise all the individuals and businesses that have stepped forward to help with the tragedies that have befallen us.
In the meantime, be healthy, be good, and stay focused and motivated.
Click here for previous articles by Perry Isenberg.
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