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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
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.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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