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A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Don't Forget About the Performers
Donald Petersen Jr.'s recent article, "Your Chance to Go Back to High School" [May 1, 2014 DC], focused on the injuries incurred by high-school athletes and the subsequent opportunities for the chiropractic profession.
From the Other Side of the Table
People come to us to gain freedom from pain, to feel better, to live better. As D.D. Palmer stated, "We Chiropractors work with the subtle substance of the soul." Therein also lies the rub.
Ringing in a Fiscal New Year With a Recommitment to Cost-Effectiveness
Back when the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research was in its heyday, I used to send out New Year's greetings and virtual noisemakers to some close friends on July 1 – the beginning of our new fiscal year – wishing for prosperity in the year ahead.
Your Patients' Best Health Resource
There is nothing as powerful as information. The right information has won wars, saved lives and changed hearts; lack of information has led to hesitation, poor decisions and unintended consequences.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Take Care of Your Skin: Tips to Pass on to Your Patients
Many of our patients are not aware that the largest organ in the human body is actually the skin. Accounting for 16 percent of total body weight and covering up to 22 square feet of surface area, the skin is more than just a "covering," as originally thought.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
The Life & Legacy of James Sigafoose, DC (1933-2014)
Surrounded by his family and closest friends, Dr. James M. Sigafoose passed away quietly on Thursday, July 3, 2014. With his wife of 60 years, Patsy, along with his children, Tina, Daun, Kieth, Selina and Carey – all chiropractors – at his side.
Watch Out for Red Herrings
In clinical practice, when one condition mimics another, it makes it difficult to obtain an accurate and timely diagnosis.
How to Find Your Ideal Patient – and Help Your Ideal Patient Find You
Just imagine: You're at the front desk looking at the scheduler and a smile creeps across your face. Row after row, name after name, hour after hour; you're blessed with an entire day of ideal patients. Every day should be like this, you whisper. Exactly!
Decompression-Traction: A Core Treatment Method in Chiropractic's Future
We're all competing for new patients. We're competing for new patients with physical therapists, massage therapists, medical specialists and hospital fitness centers. We're even competing with side-effect-ridden medications that quit working every four hours.
News in Brief
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (a medical doctor, no less) proclaimed October 2014 "Oregon Chiropractic Health and Wellness Month" in an official proclamation signed Aug. 25, 2014.
Building the DC-MD Bridge
From MDs practicing integrative holistic medicine to the family internist, many DCs are enjoying unprecedented attention from their allopathic colleagues.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Detoxification for Athletes: The Key to Winning Performance
One of the most dangerous culprits that affects an athlete's ability to perform at an optimum level also happens to be one of the most elusive.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
April, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 04
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
We've been talking about the use of dialogue in patient therapy for years. When you think about it, dialoguing with patients is not much different than talking to organs, which I've been doing for quite some time.And talking to organs, well, that's just a step away from talking to cells.
Consider Kayla, who is 16 years old. She's extremely bright and talented. I first met her while she was still inside her mother's womb. I had been treating her mother for injuries suffered in a car accident while she was pregnant with Kayla. After she was born, I treated Kayla periodically for one thing or another, but usually, I would treat her mother while Kayla sat in the room.
One Sunday morning, I got a call from Kayla's mother. "John, can you help me?" she asked. Kayla had taken sick two months earlier. She had gone first to her primary care physician, then to an infectious-disease specialist who put her on approximately eight different courses of antibiotics. None of them worked. He sent her to a rheumatologist, who thought she had some sort of autoimmune disease, but he wasn't sure. Finally, Kayla and her mom made an appointment to go to the Mayo Clinic to see what they thought. The appointment was scheduled for after she called me. I said, "Okay. Bring her over. I'll see what I can find."
Kayla was 13 or 14 years old at the time of this particular visit. She lay down on the treatment table, and I put my hands on her feet. I immediately sensed a virus in there somewhere. I "arced" (a light-touch technique used to perceive subtle energy changes) all the way up, and picked up chaotic energy or entropy in her knees, left pelvis, left bronchus (just off the side of the sternum), and the posterior aspect of her head - inside her cranium. All of those places seemed to me to have a disorganized energy that I would call an inflammatory process. I said, "I think you have a virus."
I worked hard to clear those "stuck" places. I'm calling them "stuck" because, for me, the energy couldn't get through. The areas were inflamed, and swollen, and there was a certain amount of what I call "fluidic stasis." It took me an hour and a half, but I finally got all of those places opened up, and she told me she felt pretty good. Then I gave her a regular spinal manipulation treatment to loosen everything that had been caught up by all of the discomfort she was having. Her mom called the next morning and said Kayla was "great."
The following Wednesday, she went to the Mayo Clinic as scheduled. They did some blood tests, and mom called me on Friday.
She said, "You were right. She has a cytomegalovirus."
"What did Mayo tell you to do?" I asked.
"She has to go to bed and rest until the virus burns itself out."
"How is she doing?"
"She did really well until Thursday, but then it started coming back. It's not as bad as it was."
I said, "Bring her over."
Over the next few sessions, I worked through the blocks again. Then I began to get the idea that the viruses create stasis so immune cells can't get in to get rid of them. They also hide inside normal cells, and they're hard to pick out. A virus in a normal cell will put out 10 or 12 abnormal markers on the cell surface. A normal cell has about 10,000 protein markers on its surface, so you've got to be pretty alert to pick out 10 abnormal markers amid 10,000 normal markers in an immune cell.
I helped Kayla's body break down all those blocked areas. I don't remember if it was the second or third time I saw her, but it struck me that if I could talk to organs, why couldn't I talk to immune cells? I put my hand or her thymus (a gland in the upper chest and lower throat that's responsible for directing and producing immune cells) and said, "Thymus, will you talk with me?"
I said to Kayla, "Just let the voice of your thymus come through. Don't censor it or change it or feel obligated to answer. Just go with whatever comes." Immediately, "Yes" came through from the thymus.
I said, "Thymus, I think there are viruses hidden around in this body that are so clever, you might need my help to find them. Would you be willing to send a whole bunch of monocytes and macrophages (types of immune cells) to the places where I put my hand?"
It seemed best to send a unique signature energy that was just mine, so I said, "Can you tell that this is my energy?"
"Okay. I'm going down to her knee. I want you to send a bunch of immune cells. Just tell them where to go. Clone them! Make millions of them to come down here."
Within a minute, I could feel a buzzing under my fingers. "Now, clear out anything that even looks as if it could possibly be diseased or 'not self.' Please, please, please take care of it."
That's right, I was not above begging the thymus for help. I could feel it responding.
"Now, can I move to the next place? You can leave the macrophages here and send me a whole new batch for the next one."
I went quickly, but with real intensity from place to place. Finally, I went up to the back of the head and Kayla said, "Oh my God! I feel better!"
"Kayla," I said, "you heard what I did. Right?"
"What I want you to do is look through your body every morning and see if you can find places that might be virus pockets. Then, I want you to politely ask thymus to send macrophages to wherever you find those pockets."
Kayla performed did this self-treatment twice a week for several months; she's doing quite well. She also showed a friend whose mother had CMV (cytomegalovirus) how to do it. Normally, the prognosis for that condition is poor. The mother came and did a two-week program and we taught her how to do it herself. Now she's running around doing fine. That's what got me started on what I now call "Cell Talk."
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
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