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Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
January, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 01
Addressing the Skeptics, Part I
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
Editor's note: A few months ago, Massage Today received two letters in response to Dr. Upledger's April ("Cell Talk" www.massagetoday.com/archives/2003/04/10.html) and May ("Applications of CranioSacral Therapy in Newborns and Infants" www.massagetoday.com/archives/2003/05/08.html) articles, respectively.The first of these letters, along with Dr. Upledger's response, appear below. The second letter and response will appear in Dr. Upledger's next column. Letters have been edited for space and clarity.
The article "Cell Talk" crossed over all acceptable boundaries. I will illustrate my point of view using information from the article:
I strongly believe that each author has to carry a very high standard of writing or should not do it at all. Printed words have a lot of power. Unfortunately, Dr. Upledger uses a similar careless approach to the information he presents in the majority of his columns. This is professionally unacceptable.
I do not have the right to deny the ability of Dr. Upledger to directly "talk" on a cellular level; St. Francis of Assisi talked with birds. However, this discovery deserves a Nobel Prize in medicine. Dr. Upledger finally found the cure for cancer and many other pathological abnormalities. I have only one question remaining for the author: If the patient is Spanish-speaking and the practitioner is not, does the practitioner need a translator to talk with the patient's inner organs and cells, or may he or she use the English language?
I do not have anything personal against what Dr.Upledger does, or what he teaches. However, the situation reminds me of an old Japanese saying: "Do not let the blind man lead the crowd of blind people into the cave with fire."
Massage practitioners deserve a more respectable educational approach. Among all four major American [massage publications], Massage Today tries to build a scientific foundation for massage practitioners, and I have a deep respect for you in doing so. There are a handful of educators and researchers who try to ... restore respect to the medical benefits of massage among the medical community, patients and, more importantly, among massage practitioners.
Unfortunately, articles like this ruin all your and our efforts.
Ross Turchaninov, MD
Dr. Upledger's Response
I appreciate your comments related to my article, "Cell Talk." I will address your criticisms in the order in which they were presented:
Dr. Turchaninov, my conscience has never been clearer and my mind has never been more open. I urge you to try something before you reject it. It was Democritus, the ancient Greek philosopher, who said, "Many individuals full of knowledge possess no reason." He said this more than 2,373 years ago. We have a lot more knowledge now than we did then. I wonder how our reason compares.
Look around the world and think about it.
Author's note: In 1995, I wrote a summary of the research that had been done, to date, that involves the craniosacral system and related therapy. This monograph, "Research and Observations Support the Existence of a Craniosacral System," can be obtained from The Upledger Institute at (561) 622-4334, and is also available online at www.upledger.com/news/p-mon.htm.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
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