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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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
New President / CEO Takes Office at Yo San University. Electroacupuncture for Constipation?
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Q & A About Updated Codes
Yes, indeed there was an update to ICD-10 on Oct.1, 2016. This is a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and this type of update will occur every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
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.
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.
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.
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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