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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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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