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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.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
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.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
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.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
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.)
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
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.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
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.
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.
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.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
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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