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Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
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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