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Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
Workers' Back Pain: Causes, Costs & Solution
You will want to share two important papers published in the past several months. Why? When read separately, each provides valuable information relevant to your patients, community and practice; together, they tell a compelling story.
U.S. Olympians Have a DC in Their Corner
It's probably old news to you that doctors of chiropractic play an increasingly prominent role in treating athletes, from youth sports participants to weekend warriors, to elite / professional competitors.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
ITB Syndrome: Treat the Tensor Fascia Latae
Iliotibial band syndrome is usually the result of repetitive knee flexion, such as in runners or cyclists. Pain may be experienced in the knee and/or the hip. The patient may express a sense of the hip dislocating, popping or snapping.
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
November, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 11
Nutrition Research News
Supplements with Ephedra or Steroid Hormone Are Illegal for Minors, Says California Legislature
By James P. Meschino, DC, MS
In August 2002, the California legislature passed a bill on the sale and labeling of dietary supplements that contain ephedra and steroid hormone precursors.SB 1884 requires specific warning language, the FDA MedWatch phone number, and a notice that the product is not for use by individuals under the age of 18 years, on the label of all dietary supplements containing ephedrine group alkaloids (ephedra) or steroid hormone precursors, such as androstenedione and DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone).
The bill makes it a misdemeanor for any manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer or other person to sell, transfer or otherwise furnish a dietary supplement containing ephedrine group alkaloids or steroid hormone precursors to persons under 18. This action comes on the heels of a number of deaths and adverse effects attributed to the use of supplements containing ephedra and anabolic steroids. The adverse side-effects of supplements containing ephedra and anabolic steroids account for 17 percent of all adverse events reported from the use of dietary supplements - the highest percentage of any supplements. Ephedra-containing supplements have been associated with sudden death, stroke, seizures, and heart attacks, even in young people. They commonly cause nervousness; anxiety; insomnia; palpitations; arrhythmias; and other troublesome side-effects.
Americans May Soon Claim Dietary Supplement Purchases As a Tax Deduction
Senators Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced the Dietary Supplement Tax Fairness Act (S.1330) to Congress on August 2, 2001. The bill would put self-care products, such as dietary supplements, on a par with other medical care items, in that it would provide an IRS deduction for consumers who purchase them (when their total medical expenses exceed 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income). Premiums paid for insurance covering supplement purchases would also be deductible. The scientific panel of the Office of Dietary Supplement Research deems the legislation a valuable tool for the public health community by increasing the consumption of "disease-fighting phytochemicals."
Senator Harkin called the bill an effort to "advance sound health care policy." He added: "Our current policy is unfair and is failing to take full advantage of the potential to improve health and hold down health care costs through preventive health care practices available to consumers."
Senators Harkin and Hatch have been highly instrumental throughout the last decade in helping to create awareness of the scientific evidence indicating that nutritional supplementation may be a useful intervention in the prevention and/or management of many chronic degenerative diseases. Through their efforts, the Office of Alternative Medicine was established in 1991 at the National Institutes of Health (now the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine -- NCCAM). The two senators also introduced the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, which has greatly improved consumer access to nutritional supplements and to the scientific evidence to support their safe and responsible use. In the words of Sen. Harkin, "Consumers need ready access to high-quality, reliable information. They need it and they are thirsting for it. And if it is done right, it will improve health, extend lives and reduce health care costs by keeping people healthy."
It is also interesting to note that the budget for the NCCAM rose from $3 million to $50 million in four years. For the fiscal year 2000, its budget was $68.3 million; when added to the other research initiatives undertaken by other institutions and centers in the U.S., the total complementary and alternative medicine investment in research and related activities was approximately $161 million for the fiscal year 2001.
Click here for previous articles by James P. Meschino, DC, MS.
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