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Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
December, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 12
Formerly Conjoined Twins Successfully Separated, Doctors Remain Hopeful
By Rebecca J. Razo
Last fall, Massage Today reported that conjoined Egyptian twins, Ahmed and Mohamed Ibrahim, were being evaluated by the Children's Medical Center in Dallas to ascertain whether they were candidates for separation surgery.During the process, Dr. Kenneth Sayler, one of the twins' surgeons and founder of the World Craniofacial Foundation, referred the boys to John Upledger, DO, OMM, and a team of therapists from the Upledger Institute for several rounds of CranioSacral Therapy (CST) to help their brains begin to function independently (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2002/10/01.html).
"We got a lot of independent functioning between the two children [following CST treatment], all the way from brain function to bowel movements," said Dr. Upledger. "When they first came here, it seemed that one twin was performing much of the physiological functioning for both of them. And I thought [that] if these kids were separated, the child whose systems aren't working as strongly may well die. So, we worked on bringing about as much independent functioning of their body systems as possible, and encouraged their bodies to begin a subtle separation where the brain vessels were shared."1
On Oct. 12, 2003, a team of 10 surgeons, nine anesthesiologists, and dozens of nurses, medical technicians and other support staff participated in the 34-hour surgery at Dallas Children's Medical Center, which resulted in the successful separation of the boys. Immediately following surgery, the boys were placed in medically induced comas to minimize the risk of brain swelling. Several days later, the comas were lifted, and on Oct. 24, the boys visited each other for the first time.2,3,4
"They play a lot with a tambourine and their stuffed toys, and there's a lot of giggling and laughing going on," said Dr. James Thomas, chief of critical care services at Children's. "The medical team continues to be pleased with their progress."4
Each day, the boys receive several therapy sessions, including physical therapy, speech therapy, and play and music therapy. They usually nap between sessions and are also sleeping through the night. Doctors continue to monitor the boys' brains for increased fluid pressure, but so far, none has shown any danger signs.4,5
Although the twins are making daily progress, they are still listed as "guarded" by doctors,* and there has been no speculation of when they might be able to return to Egypt; however, once the boys do return home, they are likely to travel to the States for additional therapy and reconstructive surgeries that could take several years to complete.2
"Once they're out of the woods, they'll probably come back for more CranioSacral Therapy," said Dr. Upledger. "I think we can help clear up a lot of residual tissue trauma to give them a reasonably good chance of [living] normal [lives]. I feel very good about it."1
Editor's note: As of November 14, the twins conditions were listed as "good." They have been transferred from Children's Medical Center to Medical City Dallas where they will continue their rehabilitatation and undergo craniofacial reconstruction.
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