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Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
July, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 07
To Breathe Again
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
In September 2002, I received a letter from Marilyn Thomas, a physical therapist from Cincinnati, who asked me if I would consider taking a look at her son, Matthew. Before I even got to the end of the letter, I was irreversibly hooked.Born November 15, 1991, Matthew Geier has spent his life struggling with the little things most of us take for granted. Delivered by emergency Caesarean section, Mathew was floppy and blue; his Apgar scores - a quick test performed right after birth to determine the newborn's physical condition - were alarmingly low. Within a few short hours he was intubated and placed on a respirator to help him breathe.
Fifteen days later Matthew was diagnosed with congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS), a rare breathing disorder characterized by apnea and right-sided heart failure. When he was 18-months old he received a pacemaker, but it didn't help. The doctors told Marilyn her son would be dependent on a ventilator for the rest of his life.
Years later, Matthew's breathing difficulties were compounded by symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which made it extremely hard for him to learn. According to Marilyn, Matthew would constantly snap his fingers; flap his hands; walk on his tiptoes; and experience a great deal of anxiety and "racing" thoughts.
Having taken a Cranio-Sacral Therapy (CST) class some years earlier, Marilyn began using CST on Matthew at bedtime to help him sleep. She soon noticed his symptoms improve, so she began working with another therapist to co-treat Matthew every week. Still, being his mother, she wisely recognized that she was too emotionally involved to treat him the way he really needed; that's when she wrote to me.
I first saw Matthew on February 20, 2003, at The Upledger Institute HealthPlex Clinical Services in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. My evaluation led me to believe that his breathing difficulties were secondary to dysfunctions of his autonomic nervous system and his thoracic and diaphragmatic peripheral nerves. So we set about applying therapy to normalize these neurological dysfunctions.
During his time here, Matthew had a total of about a dozen sessions between me and staff therapists Roy Desjarlais, LMT, CST-D, and Rebecca Flowers Giles, OTR, SCP, CST-D. Together, we "opened up" his fourth ventricle and respiratory diaphragm, giving his body "permission" to do this on its own. Matthew's response was remarkable - even to those of us who are used to seeing the remarkable. For the first time since the day he was born, Matthew began breathing on his own without the ventilator.
Since returning to Cincinnati, Marilyn reports that ongoing CranioSacral Therapy has continued to help. She says Matthew was off the vent for five hours one day and four the next. His attitude has also undergone a dramatic change. I'll let Marilyn tell you about it in her own words:
Thank you, Matthew, for the inspiration you have provided to all of us to continue pursuing the impossible.
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