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A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Chiropractic Research in Review
Chiropractic Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis; Cost / Benefit Analysis: Different Doses of SMT for Low Back Pain; Imaging for Occult Rib and Costal Cartilage Fractures; Treating Neck Pain: Thoracic Thrust Manipulation vs. Non-Thrust Mobilization.
Why Young People Need Chiropractic Now More Than Ever
According to a recent study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, "It is now widely acknowledged that neck pain (NP), mid back pain (MBP), and low back pain (LBP) (spinal pain) start early in life and that the lifetime prevalence increases rapidly during adolescence to reach adult levels at the age of 18."
CCE Finally Takes a "Baby Step" Toward Reform
During a 16-month period from October 2010 to February 2012, I devoted four separate columns to the heavy-handed attempt by the Council on Chiropractic Education to radically change the chiropractic profession through the accreditation process.
Pain Underfoot: Metatarsalgia
Foot pain can interfere significantly with normal activities and severely limit participation in sports. Metatarsalgia is foot pain involving the metatarsal bones in the forefoot – the complaint of pain on the bottom of the ball of the foot.
News in Brief
National Chiropractic Health Month: Be Proactive; Collegiate Roundup: Academic Appointments at Parker, Logan.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
A Vibrating Capsule for Constipation? Relevance to Your Chiropractic Practice
The relationship between gastrointestinal (GI) complaints and back pain is not typically written about or discussed.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
9 Common Causes of Thyroid Imbalance and How You Can Help
How you sleep, how easily you wake up, and how much energy and stamina you have during the day are directly related to levels of the thyroid hormones.
MPA Media Wins 7 Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Dynamic Chiropractic and DC Practice Insights, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecedented seven publishing awards by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Waking Up the Gluteus Maximus
In previous articles in this series, we expounded on the importance of the gluteus maximus (GM) in athletic performance and protecting the knee from injury. We also know there is a link between iliotibial band syndrome and GM weakness.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
June, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 06
White House CAM Commission Delivers Final Report
By Editorial Staff
After two years of various meetings, hearings and site visits, and after listening to written and oral testimony from more than 1,000 members of the health care community and the general public, the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy has issued its final report to the Department of Health and Human Services.The inch-thick document, which the Commission's chair calls "a ground plan ... for ways to integrate complementary and alternative medicine approaches to health care into the system,"1 lists more than 100 recommendations and courses of action, many of which emphasize information and education as the keys to making intelligent, objective decisions about health care. It also suggests that the federal government will play an increasing role in the evaluation and implementation of certain forms of complementary and alternative medicine.
The Commission's recommendations are divided into six categories, covering nearly every aspect of complementary and alternative medicine. Among the more noteworthy suggestions:
Several recommendations were aimed specifically at the quality of dietary supplements:
Education and Training
Access and Delivery
Coverage and Reimbursement
Wellness and Health Promotion
"There's a lot that needs to be digested ... before taking the next step."
Although the Commission's recommendations are non-binding, and are intended to serve merely as a framework for future government studies, they have stirred controversy among both critics and advocates of complementary and alternative medicine. Some of this controversy may be attributed to the non-specific nature of the report, which lumps both proven and unproven forms of CAM into one category. For instance, while the group recommends that insurers and managed care organizations "should offer purchasers the option of health benefit plans that incorporate coverage of safe and effective CAM interventions," the report fails to mention which forms of CAM they consider safe and effective. In fact, in the report's introduction, the Commission's members admit that "most CAM interventions have not yet been scientifically studied and found to be safe and effective."
Furthermore, not every member of the Commission agreed with the final report's conclusions. In a separate statement, two panelists criticized the report for being overly generic and vague.
"While many of the Commission's recommendations will help maximize the benefits of proven safe and effective approaches, practices and products, they do not appropriately acknowledge the limitations of unproven and unvalidated CAM interventions or adequately address the minimization of risk," they wrote.
The Commission acknowledged the other panelists' criticism in its introduction. "The report does its best to distinguish in its recommendations between those proven safe and effective ... and those that are not. But the Commission recognizes that this distinction may not always be clear," they wrote.
It is also unclear as to how much credence will be given to the Commission's work by the Bush administration, given that the organization providing the report was created by former President Clinton. In an interview with Reuters Health, Bill Hall, a spokesperson for Health and Human Services, said, "There's a lot that needs to be digested first before taking the next step of saying where we're going to go."2 Hall added that the department would consider the Commission's recommendations, but that it was "premature" to say what might happen in the future.
Others have voiced their support for the group's efforts, including Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), a long-time proponent of alternative therapies.
"I'm hopeful the commission's recommendations will help move toward the day that Americans can get the best of both traditional medicine and complementary medicine," Harkin told the Washington Post. "Public policy has not kept up with consumers or the science in this area. People are spending record sums out of their own pockets for complementary health care, and they have a right to expect good and reliable information and continued access."3
Exactly what impact the final report of the White House CAM Policy Commission will have on complementary and alternative medicine in the United States remains to be seen. Nevertheless, in many ways, the "final" report represents an important first step that has been taken in the recognition of complementary and alternative medicine. With its mantras of education, information and research as the keys to making informed, intelligent decisions about health care, the Commission's report sets the foundation upon which further actions by the federal government and private health care organizations can be built, and is sure to spark debate among practitioners across the full spectrum of the health care profession for years to come.
Editor's note: A complete copy of the White House CAM Commission's final report is available for viewing and printing via the Internet. Interested parties can access the report at http://whccamp.hhs.gov.
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