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It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
Let's Speak With One Voice in 2015
For the longest time, the chiropractic profession has attempted to achieve some form of unity. On a political level, this was characterized by an ultimately unsuccessful two-year merger effort between ACA and ICA leadership from 1986-1988.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
July, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 07
Hepatitis C: The Silent Epidemic
By Ruth Werner, LMP, NCTMB, Massage Therapy Foundation President
The votes are in, and we have a clear winner: Hepatitis C is the disease under discussion this month. I got several letters asking for an article on this topic, but this one really caught my eye:
I am so grateful to Kimberly and her willingness to ask questions like this. I called infection control at my local hospital and was referred to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They publish a guidebook (167 long pages) on occupational exposures to hepatitis B, C and HIV (www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/RR/RR5011.pdf), but the long and short of it is this: HIV and hepatitis C are most efficiently communicated through blood or sexual fluids. They do not occur in large enough amounts of saliva, sweat, urine, or other accessible fluids to be considered communicable in this form.
As long as Kimberly avoids open lesions (on herself and her client) and washes her surfaces (table, linens, bottles, hands, clothing) carefully, there is zero risk of contracting or transmitting either HIV or hepatitis C to her clients or family. Here's the lowdown on this mysterious infection:
History and Demographics: Way back in the late 70s, we had hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and a third little-understood pathogen called "hepatitis non-A, non-B." The virus wasn't named officially until 1989. (Now we have identified hepatitis types D, E, F, and G.) This virus, which is unrelated to any other hepatitis virus, causes long-term infections with a high risk for chronic liver disease.
Only 5 percent to 25 percent of infected people recover spontaneously; the rest are considered to have chronic hepatitis C infections. About 15 percent of that group develops cirrhosis within 10 to 20 years, and the risk of liver cancer is much higher than that of the general population. The presence of other illnesses, specifically HIV, hepatitis B, or alcoholism, raises the risk of complications from long-term hepatitis C infections.
Hepatitis C is the most common bloodborne infection in the U.S. It is carried by close to four million Americans, and almost three million people have the disease as a chronic infection. Hepatitis C is estimated to cause about eight to 10 thousand deaths per year.
Communicability: Blood-to-blood contact is the most reliable way to transmit hepatitis C, though in about 10 percent of all cases, the mode of transmission is unclear. Blood-to-blood contact can come about in the form of shared drug needles; accidental needle sticks in medical settings; or contaminated medical, tattoo, or body-piercing instruments. Hepatitis C is also considered a sexually transmitted disease, although this appears to be a relatively inefficient method to spread the disease, unless the uninfected partner is already health-compromised.
Signs and Symptoms: Symptoms of hepatitis C are weakness, fever, nausea, and possible jaundice. They often do not appear until many years after infection, when the liver can no longer compensate for the damage that has accumulated; however, an infected person can spread the infection to others well before symptoms appear. Because of the delay between exposure and the development of symptoms, the majority of people diagnosed in the 1990s were probably infected in the 60s and 70s when the long-term risks of unprotected sex or intravenous drug use were not fully understood.
Treatment: No vaccine or gammaglobulin shots protect against hepatitis C. Treatment starts with good sense (rest, fluids and good nutrition) and close monitoring to watch for signs of complications. Interferon and ribavirin may be prescribed separately or together to try to control the severity of the viral attack. Ultimately, a hepatitis C patient may have to consider an organ transplant. Almost one-half of all the liver transplants conducted in the U.S. every year are to correct the damage brought on by hepatitis C infections.
Massage for hepatitis C?
Many people with hepatitis C have no discernible symptoms, because their livers can keep up with the damage caused by the virus. These people are also good candidates for circulatory - or other types - of massage. Later in the disease process, judgments must be made based on the overall health and circulatory resiliency of the client. It is important to remember that the liver is a keystone for fluid management in the abdomen. Because it processes blood from both the hepatic artery and the portal vein, if the liver is overtaxed, the result may be distant edema or ascites (the accumulation of excessive peritoneal fluid). Any client who is positive for hepatitis C and who shows any signs of liver dysfunction (jaundice, malaise, edema) should consult his or her primary health care provider to determine if the circulatory impact of massage might overcome the liver's ability to adapt.
Next time: What would you like to see: West Nile Virus? Warts? Herpes? If I don't get a consensus from you, I will explore a fairly newly recognized phenomenon: metabolic syndrome. This is a group of signs and symptoms that set the stage for type 2 diabetes and heart disease -- the leading U.S. killers.
Drop me a line and let me know... what's on your table?
Many thanks and many blessings,
Ruth Werner, LMP, NCTMB
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