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ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
July, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 07
The Big Picture on Milk Intolerance
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
There is a great deal of talk these days about intolerance and/or allergy to milk and other dairy products.
While it is true that many people experience gastrointestinal (stomach and bowel) problems when ingesting dairy products, totally eliminating them from the diet can potentially adversely affect health.
Dairy products seem to be the only presently known source of a carbohydrate (sugar) known as galactose.This substance is an essential building block for a rather complex family of chemical compounds named gangliosides, which are essential for the development and maintenance of the brain's gray matter. Without them, the nerve cells are unable to intercommunicate with peak efficiency.
Total absence of gangliosides can result in loss of brain function. However, if the deficiency is small, you may just have a little trouble concentrating or focusing on a task. At its most extreme, newborns and children on completely milk-free diets may not be able to develop to their fullest mental capacities.
Between 40 and 60 percent of the population have enzymes in their bodies called epimerases, which have the ability to convert glucose (the most commonly available sugar) to galactose. These people do not have a ganglioside deficiency problem, even if there are no dairy foods in their diet.
Those who are truly milk intolerant and/or allergic may be unfavorably reactive to either of two major components of milk - casein and lactose (milk sugar). Fat, another component of milk that can cause problems for some, is easily avoided with the availability of fat-free milk.
There is a way to determine which dairy component is the cause of an unwanted physical reaction. First, try some casein. If that is the offending agent, one teaspoon of casein in water, juice or food will produce a reaction within 30 minutes. If this occurs, you can most likely get along with lactose.
However, if casein does not produce a reaction, try lactose. One teaspoon of lactose, if it is the cause, will produce unwanted effects within 30 minutes. If the reaction does not occur, you can use lactose as a supplement. I recommend one teaspoon of lactose twice daily in water or juice, on food, or as a sweetener in tea. If lactose causes a reaction, take some galactose. If you can tolerate galactose, you have the option of taking it as a supplement on a daily basis. I recommend about half a teaspoon twice daily in liquids or on food. It is important to keep your brain in shape. I certainly suggest that if you are on a dairy-free diet, you take either lactose or galactose supplements. This is particularly significant for children, whose learning and function could be hampered.
While solutions to dairy-product allergy or intolerance exist, lactose, galactose and casein are a little hard to find. Your local health food store may carry them, as do several national companies. A quick search on the Internet will probably be worth the trip.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
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