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The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
July, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 07
Mind and Body
By Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB
Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke stated, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Increasingly, our technological abilities to create multi sensory virtual realities approac h such magic. On a recent family trip to Disney's California Adventure, I was provided the visual, auditory, kinesthetic and olfactory illusion of soaring over multiple areas of California. Other virtual reality research has created the three-dimensional image of a cat that could be palpated with a special pen to feel bones and muscles.7
As fantastic as these accomplishments are, they still pale before the moment-by-moment magic of our own mind and body in creating our sensory experience of embodiment and presence. If ever you have doubted, even for a moment, how important the touch and human connection you provide can be to others, consider the lessons recently learned from neurological research.
Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), researchers have been able to track changes in blood oxygen flow to areas of the brain while different cognitive tasks are performed or emotional stimuli is processed. This has provided a window deep into the functional structures of our brain. Other studies of cognitive or emotional losses with brain injuries have yielded clues to the multiple paths by which emotional reactions result from stimuli passed to the amygdala structure of our brain.2,3 Research has shown that we learn to respond to situations, particularly those that are stressful or fearful, in both conscious and unconscious ways. According to Joseph LeDoux, our unconscious memories affect our actions and the way we experience our body:2
Our emotions and senses of having emotional support are shown to have profound effects on our health. Bruce McEwen and his associates have coined the term allostasis for our ability to adapt to the total stress in our lives.4,5 They note the extreme importance of the psychosocial context of our lives on our biological responses:5
David Spiegel has reported a significant relationship between mental attitudes, social support and the progression of cancer.8,9 Similarly, the crucial importance of the mind and emotions on physical health has been extensively discussed by Esther Sternberg and Philip Gold:10
For instance, studies have shown that persons exposed to chronic social stresses for more than two months have increased susceptibility to the common cold. On the other hand, a positive supportive environment of extensive social networks or group psychotherapy can enhance immune response and resistance to disease-even cancer. Women with breast cancer, for instance, who receive strong, positive social support during their illness, have significantly longer life spans than women without such support.
Beyond the process of learning to react to stress, and beyond the effects of our reactions on our health, the mind can integrate all of our sensory input and responses into our sense of self. We are able to build within us a consistency over time and a synthesis of all of our felt input that we identify with - a sense of self that may have been negatively impacted by abuse or trauma, and that can be positively affected by support and caring sensory input. Antonio Damasio hypothesizes how we build this magical sense of self.1
Dr. Vilayanur Ramachandran notes both the construction of our sense of body and that, even as adults, the image that the mind has built remains malleable.6
Given the above, the simple act of reaching out with your touch and presence may reach far deeper than we could have previously imagined. Few come to us unwounded in soul or unstressed by life. In reaching out to give of ourselves, we may well reach the core of each other's being to help reunite mind and body. What we are learning on the forefronts of science says that we have a unique opportunity to make a difference.
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