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Time to Address the Global Impact of Pain
More people may be living longer, but they're not enjoying it, particularly when it comes to musculoskeletal health, according to the latest Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study.
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A number of years ago, experimental studies suggested melatonin could block key steps in the development of Alzheimer's disease, primarily by acting as a brain antioxidant and inhibiting the build-up of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain.
Embrace the Necessity of Change
My son, David, and my daughter, Deborah, play high-school and club soccer. For those of you who aren't familiar with this lifestyle, each practices two to three times a week, 48-50 weeks a year. Between the two, they play approximately 70 games annually.
The Roots of TCM in Depression Treatment
In traditional Chinese medicine, there is historical precedent for the treatment of so-called "Shen" (Heart-Mind) disorder, or disorder/dysregulation of the spirit, which is also considered as distinct but not separate from the cognitive function of the brain.
Online Marketing Basics: Google Ranking, Part 1
We all know there is so much opportunity with online marketing. And, let's face it, if you don't have a presence online with a website and social media, you are probably not where you want to be.
The Integrative Medicine Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together
The conversation is changing in the broader healthcare community with patients actually moving the discussion toward more integrative topics. Patients today want to know their options.
Coding for Functional Performance Testing and Measurements
I have noticed a trend for medical necessity of chiropractic services to be defined with statements and language indicating "functional improvement" as one of the standards for efficacy of treatment.
Medicine as Metaphor
The practice of medicine is both an art and a science. We study and learn the system so that when the time comes to apply it, there is a greater possibility of successfully helping others.
Merger Creates New Model of Care
Two San Francisco powerhouses of holistic healing, the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) and California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), are merging. Together they are building a visionary approach to applied integral health.
Exploring and Learning from the Gift of Life
I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to teach cadaver dissection classes and workshops with Stephen Cina at the New England School of Acupuncture over the past seven years, first through the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Program and later as a NESA elective course.
The Source-Luo Point Combination, Part 3
Dr. Nguyen Nghi (NVN) was born in Vietnam and is one of the most important scholars, writers, teachers and practitioners of modern time. Many of his theories and applications are the source of modern teachers from Europe and the United States.
How's Your Bucket? Two Key Benchmarks to Help Plug the Holes
Just about every businessperson knows it's far less expensive to hold on to a repeat customer than it is to acquire a new customer.
The Art of Creating a Healing Space
I always advise my graduates to examine their group practice or treatment rooms with fresh eyes after they leave my CE workshops. I tell them, "Ask yourselves - is your space qi filled, welcoming and healing? Or is it cold and clinical?"
Adding Microneedling to Your Clinic for Results and Profit
Microneedling has taken the beauty world by storm over the last 10 years. Under the names dermaroller, microneedling or skin needling you will see these treatments listed in the services of nearly every fashionable beauty salon and day spa in the country.
Abdominal Acupuncture for Eye Healing: The Sacred Turtle and Ba Gua Map
Our ideas about western medicine have shifted in recent decades, while the public is asking more from health care providers.
Viewpoints: Pes Anserine Tendonitis vs. Medial Meniscal Tear
What do you think stiff golf shoes, playing with a child, riding a bike, running and swimming the breaststroke all have in common? Each requires knee joint involvement. To quote physical therapist Gary Gray, "The knee is just the dumb guy in the middle."
A Simple Exam Protocol to Assess Lower-Extremity Imbalance
One of the most common conditions of the human frame is excessive foot pronation, in which the foot rolls inward, creating a foot that is flatter, wider and longer. A resultant subluxation pattern of the various tarsals and metatarsals results.
Are You Using Your Professional Title Ethically?
Many faculty members teaching in the classroom or performing research within academic institutions have earned doctorates and use the title of "Doctor" or "Dr." They are usually referred to as professor or doctor within the classroom by students.
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I don't think we manage SI misalignment properly. First, we tell our patients they have an SI problem. I am not convinced this is accurate, and I will speak to that issue. Second, I think repetitive mobilization of the SI joints is not useful.
Can Acupuncture Treat Knee Pain?
Recently, an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that, "neither laser nor needle acupuncture conferred benefit over sham for pain or function" among older chronic knee pain patients.
Colon Health and TCM
I still remember many years ago, the loud "Yuck" from my wife at the time when we were together watching the Chinese movie "Last Emperor."
January, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 01
Institute of Medicine to Study CAM Use in U.S.
By Editorial Staff
Last spring, the White House Commission for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy released a report detailing more than 100 recommendations regarding the implementation of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) into American health care.(Editor's note: See "White House CAM Commission Delivers Final Report" in the June 2002 issue). At the time of its release, the report was hailed by alternative medicine advocates as "a ground plan ... for ways to integrate complementary and alternative medicine approaches to health care into the system."1
Following on heels of that report, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), the federal government's leading agency for scientific research on alternative medicine, has announced the launch of a $1 million, two-year study on the implications of CAM use by the American public. The study, co-sponsored by 16 federal offices and agencies, will be conducted by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and is intended to answer several questions regarding issues of regulation, coverage and policy toward complementary and alternative medicine. Lyla M. Hernandez, MPH, a senior official with IOM, will lead the study.
The Institute of Medicine is a component of the National Academies, a private, nonprofit, nongovernmental institution created by an act of Congress to supply the nation with objective information on matters of science and technology. The IOM's role, as it relates to the National Academies, is to examine policy matters regarding public health, and to provide timely, authoritative health information and advice to government, corporations and the public.
For the study, the IOM will assemble a panel of approximately 16 experts from a broad range of CAM and conventional aspects of health care. Over the next two years, the panel will review existing data on CAM use, hold workshops, invite speakers to address the panel, and conduct other activities necessary to achieve the following objectives:
In addition, the IOM study will attempt to answer the following questions:
Why conduct such a study, and why put it in the IOM's hands? According to NCCAM Director Dr. Stephen Straus, because IOM is a nongovernmental organization, it was judged to be best suited to consider questions of CAM policy and research critically, yet impartially.
"Americans use CAM therapies in record numbers," Dr. Strauss elaborated. "The IOM's report will give us a clearer understanding of the scope of CAM use by Americans, as well as CAM's public health impact, and scientific and policy issues that will better inform our research decisions."2
In addition to NCCAM, the study is being cosponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and numerous divisions within the National Institutes of Health. Given the typical bureaucracy that takes place between government agencies, especially when funding is involved, the fact that 17 separate organizations were able to agree on one common subject shows the increasingly important role complementary and alternative medicine are playing in American health care.
Recruitment of panel members is already underway. For more information on the study, contact the NCCAM's press office at (301) 496-7790.
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