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Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
March, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 03
Where's the Water?
By John Fanuzzi
As we shift our focus from the specifics of building a successful spa to this next series, called "Where's the Water?" I can't help thinking back to my first experience with the word "spa." I was about 20 years old (about 1970); a friend invited me as a guest to work out on the weight machines and soak in the hot tub at a place called the "European Health Spa." I was impressed with the entire operation, especially the hot tub.I noticed I did not have any of the postworkout muscle soreness/fatigue that would normally occur if I was out of shape and started lifting weights after months of no exercise. I felt absolutely great, so I signed up with the spa as a member and attended regularly. I remember days when it was ice cold outside, but after going back and forth between the hot water (109 F) and the cold plunge (34 F), I felt no sensation of it being cold outside. I felt completely invigorated. That tingling feeling is something you can only get with alternating hot and cold water.
I live in the Paradise Valley in Montana, where natural hot water is abundant. There are at least five hot springs within an hour, including Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone Park. The Native American Indians considered the hot waters sacred ground. They have been around for hundreds of years except the Indians didn't use the word "spa." (The word is derived from "Spau," the name of a small village in Belgium known for its mineral hot springs.) The Romans had their own terminology for what they called "taking the waters." The word "Kur" is commonly known in Europe, derived from "kur" (or cure) towns, where the hot springs served as vacation/regeneration places. Chico Hot Springs, which about five minutes from my home, and Corwin Springs, about 20 miles south, were used as hospitals at the early 1900s, before modern medicine came on the scene.
In Germany in the mid 1800s, Bavarian priest Sebastian Kneipp suffered from pulmonary tuberculosis. He discovered a book by Johann Siegmund Hahn (1696-1773) entitled Instructions on the Wonderful Curative Powers of Fresh Water. That book saved his life. Kneipp immersed himself in the cold waters of the Danube regularly, which lead not only to his healing, but also his refinement of the science of hot/cold/warm water treatments. He became the world-renowned "Water Doctor" and authored a book titled My Water Cure. (I plan on discussing this book extensively in an upcoming article.)
Let's get back to the 21st century. We have created this fantastic "spa" industry, boasting revenues of roughly $10 billion per year; yet only a few spas offer the therapeutic hot/cold water treatments (or wet treatments of any kind). The U.S. has ignited the spa buzz worldwide, and in a big way. Don't you think we owe it to ourselves to go back to the simple curative powers of water, if we are to properly represent the traditional SPA meaning? After all, water treatments are still used by the medical industry in Europe.
So, where's the water? Tune in next month to find out.
Click here for previous articles by John Fanuzzi.
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