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There Are No Secrets: Treating Complicated Conditions with TCM
Including standardized extra points, there are just over 400 acupuncture points on the body. You get 400 and I get 400 - same. Yet, time and time again treatment protocols are coveted as if they were some secret formula only intended for the right and privileged.
Helping Infertility Patients with the Spirit Essence
As many of you know, when it comes to treating infertility, we are dealing with a patient population that is, generally speaking, in emotional turmoil. These patients often experience fear, anxiety, despair, hopelessness, grief and anger.
Some Thoughts on the TMJ
The temporomandibular joint is an interesting and dynamic articulation that can cause a lot of problems.
Why You Should Get to Know the National Vaccine Information Center
Barbara Loe Fisher has been a diligent advocate for providing parents with the information necessary to make informed decisions regarding the usage of vaccinations for their children.
What the Science Says About Magnesium Stearate
It's often been said that scientific studies can be used to support just about anything. But discoveries are never made one study at a time.
Correcting Kid Logic in Health Care and Research Design
A recent broadcast on public radio described a fascinating phenomenon known as kid logic.
Happenings in Our Evolving Profession
Good things seem to be happening for our profession and recent developments show we are all on board. Talking about being on board, this September The Veterans Express-Purple Heart Tour is expected to make its way out of the station.
SOAP Notes: It's Time for a Cleaning
I have been planning for some time to write an article about how traditional SOAP notes do not fit chiropractic practice, and the unfairness of holding DCs to a model clearly created for and primarily applicable to medical physicians.
Are They Finally Fixing Medicare Reimbursement?
Even with federal sequestration cuts taking effect in March, including a 2 percent reduction in Medicare reimbursement to health care providers, hope may be on the horizon in the form of a much-anticipated, perpetually suggested overhaul of Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate formula, which serves as the basis for determining physician reimbursement.
Chiropractic: The Right Choice for Relieving LBP
"Low back pain (LBP) is a common threat to medicine and a reasonable threat to all national health care systems. ... Reducing ineffective treatments is necessary to decrease the LBP associated costs."
Going Shoeless: The Pros & Cons of Barefoot Running
With the subculture of barefoot runners and the products catering to them growing daily, just about every chiropractor has been asked at one point or another about their opinion regarding barefoot running.
Remembering Joe Weider (1920-2013)
With the death of Joe Weider, the world's most famous body-building visionary, crusader, fitness magazine publisher and icon, on March 23, 2013, chiropractic has lost one of its greatest friends and supporters.
We Get Letters & E-Mail
Patient Perception and the Farce of "Fast Relief"; A Fly in the Ointment; Persecuted for Choosing to Practice Chiropractic.
A Building Block of Healthy Aging
Coenzyme Q10 has gained enormous attention in recent years, and with good reason —it's the Energizer Bunny of the cellular world.
Helping Patients Through Pregnancy Loss
There is a lot of focus in the acupuncture world on fertility and helping women get pregnant. It's exhilarating to hear the news that a patient is expecting a baby. The other side of that is pregnancy loss. That includes abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth.
What They Don't Say Could Hurt You
I have written previously regarding the difficulties of drawing information from patients who are poor historians, forgetful or just plain uncooperative. The thought to revisit the topic occurred recently during preparation for an upcoming seminar.
Let's face it – patient evaluation takes time. Unless you are really into the diagnostic evaluation game, you probably have found the formal exam protocol tedious if not downright annoying.
News in Brief
Controversial Florida PIP Law Under Review; D'Youville Chiro. Students Learning Art of Co-Managing; And the Award Goes To...; F4CP Recognizes Major Contribution by ChiroTouch.
Peer Points: Stories of Practice Success
When patients go see Arizona-based acupuncturist Jing Liu, it is to get top care from an practitioner well versed in all aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The Spirits of the Points: The Gall Bladder Official
The Gall Bladder is known as The Official of Decision Making and Judgment. In any given day, this Official makes countless decisions – conscious and unconscious, which influence every aspect of our being.
Herbal Medicine: Go Mainstream
When it comes to practicing herbal medicine in a mainstream setting, there are a number of important points to understand when it comes to prescribing formulas. Some important questions to ask are - what method of prescribing and dispensing is most effective in this setting?
Side Effects From Big Pharma: Wellbutrin – Dangerous for You and Your Baby
Are some of your pregnant patients taking Wellbutrin? If so, it could be a danger to them and their baby. This drug is extremely popular, but it has a serious history.
Economics of Complementary/Integrative Care
Although this column doesn't usually feature a book review, we're going outside of our usual public health format to discuss a new book written by Patricia Herman ND, PhD.
Medicine Presents: A Great Opportunity
The changing nature of health care presents both opportunities and challenges. While we tend to focus on our profession, we can sometimes forget the impact other health care professions can have on us.
Energy is a hot commodity. Society pays dearly for it and for the expertise of those who know how to cultivate it.
Research Abstracts From the Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics
Effect of Pain Relief on Lumbar Muscle Function and Activation; Effects of Thrust Amplitude and Duration of HVLA Spinal Manipulation; Immediate Effects of Upper Thoracic Manipulation on Cardiovascular Response.
You are What You Eat Part II: Integrative Protocols
In the previous installment of this article I discussed important ideas concerning gastrointestinal health and foundational ideas from TCM, which can provide key insights into creating effective protocols for healing the gut.
The Potter's Wheel: Reflections on Practicing in a Technology-Driven World
In my very early years of practice, an older patient named Cora would call me at home, usually late Sunday night after she had consumed an unknown quantity of beer.
June, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 06
Why Sell Ourselves Short?
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
I received an e-mail from a reader recently, informing me that I should stick to subjects that concern massage; I do, because I view anything that relates to health as having to do with massage.Massage is simply health care in the "wellness paradigm," not the "sickness paradigm." Massage therapy is the premier wellness modality. In my opinion, health is related to massage, and vice versa. Now, since we live in the world of opposites - day vs. night; positive vs. negative; yin vs. yang - reduced wellness also concerns massage.
Massage is more than "rubbing lubricant" on another person - I was able to do that long before I entered massage school; anyone can do that. Professional massage requires training in health and wellness, in addition to technique. The public is running away from the failed pharmaceutical, sickness-inducing allopathic system. When the public finds a massage therapist who provides wellness care, it keeps that person busy; the public may or may not support a massage therapist who just pushes lubricant around.
As massage therapists, we are "first- door" providers. What an opportunity! Why we sell ourselves short is beyond my comprehension. Why limit ourselves? Why run toward gatekeeper physicians and slave labor positions in physical therapy departments? We should be building alliances with other wellness-oriented providers to become the new health-care delivery system, making allopaths secondary providers for crisis care. Instead, we beg allopaths to control us. If they do, they will eliminate us: They have no interest in manual medicine. First, there is not enough money to be made with it, at least initially. Second, manual medicine helps heal people and keep them well. It doesn't have side-effects to provide secondary streams of income beyond the initial complaint. Massage therapists do not fit the allopathic paradigm: to maximize the profits of ongoing human suffering by offering endless treatments in which patients sometimes are cured, but seldom healed. "Cured" means the symptoms have gone away; "healed" means the cause has gone away.
The current "sickness-care" system (I just can't bring myself to lie and call it a health-care system) and its blessed research, focus on the physical aspects of illness, not the individual patient. It examines, diagnoses and treats, but does not heal. Most importantly, people want to be healed, not merely have their symptoms treated. Allopathic clinicians persist in treating the symptoms of illness, rather than the causes. They don't think about healing, because healing - as a holistic principle encompassing body, mind and spirit - is against their paradigm. Mainstream medicine operates under the methodology of "mechanistic reductionism." It cannot grasp life-related phenomena through such a microscopic, physicalistic approach. What has its focus on illness accomplished? Some heroic procedures and temporary fixes have been developed, but has the overall wellness of humanity improved?
Depending on your measuring standard, the answer is "maybe yes, maybe no." True, infectious diseases have decreased markedly, and perhaps that can be credited to the allopaths or to improved hygiene and sanitation. However, chronic diseases in adults (cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc.) and disorders of the immune system (asthma; atopic dermatitis; rheumatoid arthritis; lupus) are now widespread. What have allopaths done to prevent fibromyalgia and other chronic soft-tissue conditions? They cannot cure them, and they have no incentive to prevent them or any other "profitable" disease. The United States was once the healthiest nation in the world; now, we are not even in the top 10. Who has been in charge of health during that decline? Why aren't they being fired?
They are being fired by people searching for alternatives - which is why alternative disciplines are growing so fast. The public wants health care, healing and wellness. The public wants us! Let's step up and provide people with what they want. Let's learn our massage techniques and anatomy, but also learn and live the wellness lifestyle. Let's set high standards and extinguish the lowest common denominator.
Unfinished Business - Smallpox
The concentration on disease has produced more diseases. If there are too few diseases, "they" will initiate some new ones. Follow the money trai,l and you will quickly understand this process: A new disease equals funding for a new drug or vaccine. As a naturally occurring disease, smallpox ran its course and went away. Humans evolved beyond it, as always happens with naturally occurring diseases. It will be interesting to see if mankind can evolve beyond the new "designer diseases" under production in government and pharmaceutical company laboratories and released on an unsuspecting public.
The new "weaponized" smallpox, for example, seems potent. A Soviet field test of weaponized aerosol smallpox showed that the citizens (yes, of course, citizens) in the test region had an unusually high percentage of the fatal form of smallpox. Even those who were vaccinated developed the disease. Why bother to vaccinate? Think green: State health departments will get more money for programs, and pharmaceutical companies will get money for vaccine production. The allopathic-pharmaceutical cartel will make side-effects, such as the adverse cardiac effects reported among civilian recipients of the vaccine, and the 10 cases of myopericarditis in military personnel.
The Centers for Disease Control is now recommending people with heart or compromised immune system conditions not take the vaccine, but you may not be given that choice. For more information, visit www.mercola.com/2003/apr/19/smallpox_ vaccines.htm.
Homeopathic remedies for treatment of the disease and reactions to the (most likely) ineffective vaccine seem to be our best hope.
Question of the Month: Whom do you think is more likely to bring about health and wellness: an osteopathic physician (DO) with an "extreme diet," or an allopathic physician (MD) with a vaccine needle?
Tune in next month for more good stuff.
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