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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.
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.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
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?
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
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.
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.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
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.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
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.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
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.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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 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.
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.
January, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 01
Snap, Crackle and Pop, Part II
By Neal Cross, PhD, NCTMB
Last spring, I discussed the anatomy of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). (Editor's note: See "Snap, Crackle and Pop, Part I" in the May 2001 issue, available on line at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/05/08.html.) Problems with this part of our anatomy are now commonly referred to as temporomandibular disorders (TMD) or TM dysfunction.Numerous anatomical features may be involved in TMD, in large part related to the fact that many different clinicians are involved in its treatment.
One set of anatomical features involved in TMD is referred to as internal derangements. These problems involve problems with the articular disc, articular capsule, associated ligaments, and the bony articular surfaces. These problems may be related to osteoarthritis; neoplasia; fracture; disc displacement; etc.1
An important set of anatomical features sometimes associated with TMD is occlusal misalignments. The literature is equivocal on the significance of malocclusion and TMD; nonetheless, dentistry often plays a significant role in the management of certain TMJ problems. Different occlusal elements, including missing dentition, misaligned dentition and broken dentition, have been implicated in the etiology of TMD. In addition, these abnormal dental features certainly have an impact on the function of muscles of mastication, face and neck. Simons et al1 discuss the involvement of myofascial pain and TMD. It is still unclear whether myofascial pain associated with TMD is a primary causative agent, or the result of internal derangements, as discussed above. In any event, there is often muscular pain associated with TMD. How this myofascial pain manifests itself will in part determine the type of clinician and modalities used to treat the problem. Sometimes pain is not apparent, but muscle imbalance creating uneven mandibular opening and closing is obvious.
Neuralgias may be associated with TMD, or even confused with it. These neuralgias may result from almost any condition, from posttraumatic to post-herpetic to nerve compression.
These anatomically based disorders are treated in several different ways. Acute pain can be managed palliatively until the cause can be identified and treated in an appropriate manner. Eliminating the cause can be complicated and time-consuming. The cause is often multifactorial, requiring cooperation between patient and clinician(s). Common causative factors include malocclusion; body mechanics; various forms of arthritis; chewing dysfunctions; and stress.
Although TMD can represent a very complex set of etiological factors, it also offers an opportunity for the cooperation of several different clinicians to help manage and solve its presenting features.
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