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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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
February, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 02
Addressing the Skeptics, Part II
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
Editor's note: A few months ago, Massage Today received two letters in response to Dr. Upledger's April 2003 ("Cell Talk" www.massagetoday.com/archives/2003/04/10.html) and May 2003 ("Applications of CranioSacral Therapy in Newborns and Infants" www.massagetoday.com/archives/2003/05/08.html) articles, respectively.
This is the second letter and Dr.Upledger's response. Part I of this installment appeared in the January issue (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/01/11.html). Letters have been edited for space and clarity.
I read with alarm Dr. Upledger's article, "Applications of CranioSacral Therapy in Newborns and Infants."
Far from being "proven effective," multiple studies to date show CranioSacral Therapy (CST) ineffective, with no ability to reliably detect a craniosacral rhythm.1,2 Furthermore, his conclusion that autism is related to a craniosacral system dysfunction disagrees with the other dysmorphic features of autism:3 higher rates among twins and males with other genetic markers;4,5 immunological indicators;6 and cerebral blood flow anomalies.7
While it's plausible that cranial misalignment may cause neurological problems that could be addressed by CST at an early age, there's no reliable evidence yet to suggest this. Presenting speculation as fact is, at best, misleading and premature. With a growing body of evidence showing CST ineffective in adults, Dr. Upledger needs solid proof before parents place their children's neurological futures in the hands of CST practitioners, or therapists spend large amounts of money learning techniques that have been repeatedly shown not to work.
Mark G. Woodruff, BS, LMT, NCTMB, CHt
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, entitled "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.
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