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A Simple Protocol for Holiday Stress
It's winter, a time when we should be deep in reflection, eating warming foods and sleeping long hours. Following nature's rhythms, we restore our bodies and minds in preparation for the renewal of spring.
DVT: Know the Signs and You Could Save a Life
I lost a friend several months ago. He died from a pulmonary embolism (PE) secondary to a deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) that originated in his lower leg. Bobby was in his mid-60s, soft-spoken and had a big heart.
Chiro School Reunion: Whatever Happened to...?
I opened the door to the closet slowly, carefully, since I knew it contained a large number of precariously stacked file boxes. It also held numerous outdated gizmos with electrical cords of various lengths that could trip or strangle a person.
All Fiber Is Not Created Equal
Sometimes the best place to start is at the end. So, the conclusion of this article is that all fiber is good ... but some fiber is better. Let's break it down. There are two main types of fiber: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber.
Assessing Core Stability and ROM: 5 Basic Checks
One of the first steps in addressing core stability is assessing static posture, ranges of motion, and motion of the pelvic bones, sacrum, femurs, lumbar spine and thoracic spine.
Meshing TCM With Environmental Pediatrics: Where's the Overlap?
Pediatrics has a long history within Chinese medicine dating back to the late Han dynasty (i.e., the late 200s CE), with the two primary areas of emphasis being herbal medicine and xiao er tui na (pediatric massage).
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Pt. 2)
Most overuse injuries are benign, but there are some high-risk injuries that, if unrecognized or inappropriately treated, can result in significant loss in time from the sport or even require leaving the sport.
6 Steps to Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet
People often ask me what defines success. Success, for me, is simple: doing exactly what you want to do in life. Whether it's the kind of practice you run, your life at home, your hobbies or something else, it's achieving anything you put your mind to.
End of an Era Looms at NYCC
New York Chiropractic College recently announced that Dr. Frank Nicchi will retire in August 2017 after 36 years with the college, the past 17 as president.
Dedicated to Defending Chiropractic
Whether you're a veteran DC or a first-trimester student, the name George McAndrews should be part and parcel of your professional vernacular, as familiar as the word chiropractic.
Can a Multivitamin Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence?
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multivitamin supplements in cancer prevention. However, with respect to preventing breast cancer recurrence, an important study was published in the Journal of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment in 2011 by Kwan ML, et al.
News in Brief
New President / CEO Takes Office at Yo San University. Electroacupuncture for Constipation?
Molecular Motors: Tiny Machines Behind the Rhythm of Life
In the clinic, we aim to restore healthy patterns of movement for qi that has gotten trapped or misdirected, or may have even collapsed. We may be focused on freeing stagnation, releasing heat or redirecting counterflow qi, but it often comes down to helping re-establish a flow of sorts.
A Letter to the Profession from the New President at AAAOM
Volunteering for a national, nonprofit organization brings with it such highs, lows, and accomplishments, as well as a steep learning curve.
Herbs for Digestion: The Power of Bitter
Many cultures (and indeed herbal clinicians) around the world have long respected the role of bitter herbs and foods for promoting digestion. For example, aperitifs – drinks consumed before a meal to stimulate appetite and digestion – were originally derived from bitter herbs.
Another Chance to Make a Difference
Just a few months ago, "the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy" hit Louisiana. During this storm, one area experienced 31 inches of rain in 15 hours as almost 7 trillion gallons of water rained down in just one week across the state.
Little Sticker, Big Impact
It's the end of an election year. Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump were the subject of conversation for everyone, everywhere for the entire 2016 calendar year. I don't think any of us can deny that this election affected us all very deeply on a personal level.
2016: A Year in the Life of Acupuncture
Happy Holidays, may you, your family and friends have peace, joy and blessings throughout this special time of year. As 2016 comes to a close, we can look back and celebrate the many events and accomplishments for the profession of acupuncture.
A First for the Profession: CCE Accredits First Chiropractic Residencies
The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) has awarded accreditation to all five chiropractic residency programs currently administered at Veterans Administration facilities, "the first residency programs in the nation ever to be awarded this distinction, a significant advancement in the evolution of chiropractic education," according to a VA press release announcing the milestone.
What We Can Learn From Spine Surgery
Patients with lumbar stenosis presumably present for conservative care to improve their quality of life and avoid surgery. However, providing clear guidance to these patients can be difficult for a number of reasons.
Branding: Set Your Practice Apart
Dr. Brad started his practice seven years ago on a shoestring budget. He created his generic logo in five minutes using a website because he didn't have the time to figure out how to make something special.
Southwest Acupuncture College Brings It to Division 1 Athletes
When Michael Phelps' photograph with the distinctive round marks left by cupping went viral, the Division 1 student athletes treated through the Dal Ward Athletic Center at the University of Colorado (CU) could relate.
March, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 03
Of Parables and Other Things
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
A parable can be a fun way to make a point. It is up to the reader to figure out what the storyteller is really talking about - there is always a deeper meaning or lesson to be learned.This month, I would like to share a parable submitted by a reader, James McFarland.
Wasn't that special? So many want something for nothing. Few realize the true cost they pay for a free lunch. Thanks to James for the story. He says he wants everyone to remember, "If you want to be part of the herd, you have to be willing to be milked."
Smallpox vaccinations have begun. My home state of Iowa is one of the first to vaccinate. I am so proud. This will wake up a dead disease. Smallpox is not explosively contagious and does not make for a good bioterrorist weapon. However, by implanting the virus in thousands of health care workers, an epidemic is quite possible. After all, they will become infectious to others for up to 21 days, while working around people most of whom already have weak immune systems or they wouldn't be in a health care facility. Of course they say it is only contagious by coming into contact with the infected site, which will be covered. If in fact smallpox can only be spread by physical contact with another individual's infected site, how could smallpox be introduced into a population, much less spread through it, except by vaccination? So, who are the terrorists, and where are they from? We will soon see. I Hope I am wrong. Stay tuned for more on smallpox next month.
Until then, if you are concerned about your health and want to know more about vaccines, health, and other interesting stuff, check out www.vaclib.org. Another good site is www.mercola.com - osteopath Joseph Mercola's weekly health newsletter is a wealth of alternative health information. For those of you interested in the battle between health and medicine, check out Tim Bolan's www.bolenreport.com or www.quackpotwatch.org/default.htm.
Pass the Carbs
Speaking of health, I just found a study showing that animals fed nothing but white sugar and pure starch (organic white sugar and pure starch, by the way!) died sooner than those who received no food at all. This should tell you something about the dangers of high-carbohydrate diets.
A Clinical Question
Every now and then, I can't resist incorporating a little technique into this column. So, ponder the following question, and I'll provide the answer in next month's column month:
Until then, take good care of yourselves - you deserve it. Tune in next month for more good stuff.
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