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Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
News in Brief
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We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
June, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 06
The Man and His Mission, Part I
By Nancy Griffin
Editor's note: This is part one of a two-part series on Sebastian Kneipp and Kneipp therapy, based on information from the Sebastian-Kneipp-Schule in Bad Wšrishofen, Germany.
Born in 1821, the son of a poor weaver in the Bavarian region of Germany, Kneipp fell ill with pulmonary tuberculosis while studying for the priesthood. Inspired by German physician Johann Hahn, who wrote about the power and effect of fresh water on human health nearly a decade prior, Kneipp cured himself from his potentially fatal disease by taking full-immersion dips in the icy waters of the Danube and literally "shocking" his system back to health.
Using the healing system he developed through experimentation and observation, Kneipp helped cure a number of gravely ill patients (to whom he had actually been summoned to administer last rites). His unorthodox methods earned him the resentment of doctors and pharmacists; he was even arraigned before the court to answer charges of "quackery." His ecclesiastical superiors had him relocated to a small Dominican monastery at Wšrishofen, located in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. His 1886 book, My Water Cure, became a bestseller, taking Germany by storm; after it was translated, it spread throughout the world. In 1889, Kneipp published The Way You Should Live, which explained his belief in a natural, healthy lifestyle and the importance of education. He died in 1897 at the age of 75, leaving a legacy in his wake: "I want all mankind to share my knowledge."
The Five Pillars of Kneipp Therapy
Naturopathy is rooted in Kneipp's healing system. One of the most important characteristics of Kneipp therapy is to gently stimulate the body "to give nature a gentle hand," thereby strengthening the immune system and raising the body's tolerance for stress. Kneipp was a strong believer in physical exercise, simple food and a "regular style of life for body, mind and soul."
Kneipp therapy consists of:
Hydrotherapy: Water functions as a natural stimulus to the body. It increases energy and disease resistance, and improves body-awareness. The therapeutic qualities of water also have positive effects on the psyche and the nervous and hormone systems. Kneipp hydrotherapy treatments are finely adjusted to suit the individual and situation.
Herbs/Phytotherapy: Kneipp had documented, scientific research that herbs and phytotherapy have prophylactic, or healing, effects on the body. Kneipp herbal treatments can be prepared in various forms, including teas; ointments; oils; baths and herbal wraps.
Exercise/Kinesiotherapy: Sensible physical exercise stimulates important functions of the body, including the musculoskeletal; cardiovascular and nervous systems; and the digestive tract. Massage is an indispensable supplementary treatment to exercise.
Nutrition/Dietetics: Kneipp believed that nutritional diseases are avoided or cured by a well-balanced, low-fat diet consisting of fresh food prepared in such a way that its vitamins remain intact.
Lifestyle/Regulative Therapy: Lifestyle and health education are the most important part of Kneipp's doctrine. Kneipp believed it is as important to live in harmony with one's social and natural environments as it is to lead a balanced life.
The specifics of Kneipp hydrotherapy treatments will be addressed in Part II.
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