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The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
October, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 10
Leaping Into Space
By Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB
In the volcanic Shasta-Cascade region of northern California, the ice-cold waters of the upper McCloud River cascade over three spectacular waterfalls.4 Just above the lower falls is a relatively flat zone where layers of smooth rock, exposed to the late summer sun, define both shallow pools for wading and splashing and warm dry areas for simple reclining. Lying beneath the falls is a deep, emerald pool encircled by rocks 20-30 feet high. At one edge of the pool, a steel ladder, rising to the cliffs above, has been fastened to the rock. One by one, we accept the challenge of dropping from an overly hot summer's day off the cliff into the icy waters below. After watching how others take the leap (and miraculously survive), I stand with my bare feet on the warm smooth rock as I look down. A last moment of uneasy hesitation, a small impulse of my leg muscles, and then I feel myself dropping. The rush of the water enveloping my legs comes simultaneously with the sound of my splash. Then, it is cold and quiet, with a deep blackness below and a greenish glow of light above. An instant later, my head breaks the surface, breath returns, and I swim to the ladder for the climb back up; leaving the chill of the water behind, but keeping the exhilaration.
There are moments we face in life, much like my jump from the cliffs, when we must summon our resolve to move into the unknown. Sometimes those moments are the result of our seeing an opportunity for personal growth or more business and initiating a change. Sometimes those moments are the result of a door closing behind us, leaving us unexpectedly looking for a new door to open. Transition consultant William Bridges characterizes change as the shift that occurs in the external world, and transition as the internal "process of letting go of the way things used to be and then taking hold of the way they subsequently become". In between the letting go and the taking hold, there is a neutral zone that is both chaotic and creative.1 Bridges advocates examining change based on asking three questions. "What is changing? What will actually be different because of the change? Who's going to lose what?" 2 The questions clarify understanding of both the substance of the change and the inescapable process of having to let go of something familiar to create room for something new.
Since change is inevitable in our lives, we can help the process along by taking an occasional glance at the horizon. By anticipating changes before they arrive, we gain time to either change our own responses and skills or to seek a new situation. Some years ago, I took a row-it-yourself raft trip down the Green and upper Colorado Rivers through the rapids of Cataract Canyon.3 Each of us had a chance to be in command through at least one of the rapids. Before running each rapid, we walked ahead to look for the rocks and holes to avoid and the tongue of moving water to center on. Between rapids, we also looked for a place to "eddy out" and catch our breaths.
Doing what we can to figure out the directions in which to move, the places to avoid, and how to rest and recenter ourselves are as good strategies for career and life as they are for rafting. There are times, however, in both rafting and life in which our course doesn't play out as we have planned. When we are struck by a crisis, having an affirmation on hand for reaching down to our deeper strengths can help us to avoid being too paralyzed to find and take needed steps.
Sometimes the unknown isn't as much about external change as it is about feeling vulnerable while expanding the limits we've placed on our own behavior. On first entering massage training, for example, students may experience this feeling of vulnerability from greatly increased body awareness and touch interacting with previously unconscious scripts of body image and use. Bringing limiting body-connected scripts to conscious awareness and decision-making is a process of integration I refer to as "learning the names of our dragons"; an important step in sorting out the ways we will later nonverbally project and be role models for our clients.
Feelings of vulnerability also manifest simply from expanding our technical repertoire. I was recently reminded of this lesson in moving from my relatively "Mack truck" venue of sports and deep-tissue massage to take classes in lymphatic drainage. The subtlety of mapping the timing and direction of the waves of lymph flow stepped outside my previous skills to return me to feelings of novice ineptitude. I was immediately grateful for the shared warmth and support of my fellow students. Learning new kinesthetic skills is not instantaneous. During kinesthetic learning and integration we can often feel clumsy. Even previously mastered techniques can temporarily feel awkward before our kinesthetic vocabulary all comes together again.
Consciously creating the habit of taking small leaps into space makes us more adept at the process of our own transitions and better able to lend a hand to others. We let ourselves take more risks once we learn we are in an environment that is safe and nurturing. This type of environment is something we can work to create for others and ourselves.
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