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Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
U.S. Olympians Have a DC in Their Corner
It's probably old news to you that doctors of chiropractic play an increasingly prominent role in treating athletes, from youth sports participants to weekend warriors, to elite / professional competitors.
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Workers' Back Pain: Causes, Costs & Solution
You will want to share two important papers published in the past several months. Why? When read separately, each provides valuable information relevant to your patients, community and practice; together, they tell a compelling story.
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
ITB Syndrome: Treat the Tensor Fascia Latae
Iliotibial band syndrome is usually the result of repetitive knee flexion, such as in runners or cyclists. Pain may be experienced in the knee and/or the hip. The patient may express a sense of the hip dislocating, popping or snapping.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
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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