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Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
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.
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.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
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.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 09
Bye-Bye Hormone Replacement Therapy, Hello Alternative Medicine
By James P. Meschino, DC, MS
On July 9, 2002, researchers announced they were stopping the American Women's Health Initiative (WHI) trial of 16,000 women taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The reason was that after a little over five years of the study, there was a 26 percent increased risk of breast cancer in women taking HRT, compared with those receiving the placebo.Women taking HRT also showed a 41 percent increased risk of stroke, and a 29 percent increased risk of myocardial infarction.
Prior to this, the Nurses' Health Study indicated that for each year a woman remained on HRT her risk of breast cancer increases by 2.3 percent. Thus, after 10 years she had a 23 percent increased risk of breast cancer, and after 20 years, a 46 percent increased risk of breast cancer compared to postmenopausal women who did not use HRT.
Adding to the alarming results of the WHI trial is the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (July 17, 2000 issue). This follow-up study of 44,241 former participants in the Breast Cancer Detection Demonstration Project showed that women taking estrogen replacement therapy (with no progesterone, known as unopposed estrogen) had an increased risk of ovarian cancer. For women who had used estrogen replacement for 10 to 19 years the relative risk was 1.8, which increased to 3.2 for women who used estrogen replacement therapy for 20 or more years.
These latest findings are changing the way the medical profession views the use of HRT and estrogen replacement (ERT). Doctors are now encouraged to use HRT only in cases where there is an absolute need, and ERT, which was commonly prescribed for women who had undergone hysterectomy, is no longer the treatment of choice. As the results of these findings begin to emerge in the popular media, patients themselves are voluntarily terminating their use of HRT and ERT in large numbers, and this movement is anticipated to continue at a predictable pace.
The question on the minds of consumers and practitioners is if there are natural alternatives to the use of HRT and ERT that are safe and effective in the management of menopausal symptoms. There are three clinically proven natural supplements that all practitioners should be aware of: black cohosh extract, gamma-oryzanol, and soy isoflavones.
In head-to-head studies against HRT, diazepam, and placebo, black cohosh extract (containing 2.5 percent triterpene glycoside content), has been shown to reduce hot flashes, insomnia, nervousness, anxiety, and a host of other emotional and physical menopausal symptoms. The triterpene constituents have been shown to act like the body's weakest estrogen (estriol), and serves as a precursor from which the female body can synthesize progesterone. Black cohosh extract has been widely researched and is a medically approved intervention in many European countries as a treatment for menopausal symptoms. In Germany, it has been in use for over 40 years, with no evidence of serious side effects, contraindications, or harmful interactions with other drugs.
Gamma-oryzanol is a substance derived from rice bran oil, which is a prescription drug in Japan and is used to reduce hot flashes associated with menopause, and to reduce high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood stream. As heart disease is the number one killer of postmenopausal women, it is convenient that gamma-oryzanol can reduce bothersome symptoms of menopause, and help to lower risk of heart disease by reducing cholesterol and triglycerides by 12-15 percent. Recall that when people with high cholesterol lower their blood cholesterol level by one percent, there is a corresponding reduction in risk of heart disease of two to three percent. Thus, a 12 percent reduction in blood cholesterol translates into at least a 24 percent reduction in risk of heart attack and related cardiovascular events. The dosage of gamma-oryzanol required to contain menopausal symptoms and lower blood lipids is 150 mg, twice daily. Soy isoflavones have also been shown to reduce hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms, and lower cholesterol by 9-12 percent in hypercholesterolemic patients.
Soy isoflavones are also associated with a reduction in risk of breast cancer and have recently been shown, along with black cohosh triterpenes, to help support bone mineral density in postmenopausal women.
These are all attractive features for the postmenopausal woman, who is prone to heart disease, breast cancer, and osteoporosis. For this reason I recommend to postmenopausal female patients (who have no prior history of breast cancer) that they use a combination supplement product that contains all three herbal and accessory nutrients reviewed in this update, in one capsule, at the following doses:
The dangers of HRT and ERT will likely prompt a flurry of questions about the use of safe, and natural alternatives to these drugs. Health care practitioners will be called upon to help postmenopausal patients make informed decisions about the management of menopause, anti-aging and disease prevention strategies, based upon the existing scientific evidence. It is vital that patients be made aware of the evidence-based research in this area, which should help to avoid their reliance upon less effective or ineffective dietary supplements in the management of their menopausal years.
Black Cohosh References
Estrogen Replacement Therapy and Breast Cancer References
Click here for previous articles by James P. Meschino, DC, MS.
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