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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.
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.
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.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
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.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
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.
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.
October, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 10
Oncology Conference Will Include Massage Therapy
By Editorial Staff
Founded in 2003, the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) is an international nonprofit organization for health professionals interested in studying complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in treating cancer.According to its Web site, the SIO "...focus[es] on the role of oncology practice in massage and other touch therapies, acupuncture, music therapy, botanicals, meditation and other mind-body approaches, nutrition, fitness therapies and more."1
On Nov. 17-19, 2004, the SIO will hold its First Annual Integrative Conference in New York City, wherein renowned experts from all around the world will gather to "provide valuable information about research, clinical application, and benefits and problems associated with the wide range of CAM therapies now used by patients everywhere during and after cancer treatment."2
The conference, a collaboration of several entities, including the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City; the Dana Farber Cancer Institute; the American Cancer Society; the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM); and others, will feature poster sessions, abstract presentations, exhibits, and panel discussions on various topics, including the science of integrative oncology; complementary therapies for physical and emotional symptoms in cancer patients; implementing complementary therapies; botanicals in the treatment of cancer; and complementary modalities for breast cancer.
Additionally, four satellite symposia will be held concurrently, following the closing remarks on the last day of the conference, including Acupuncture in Oncology Practice and Research; Developing Integrative/Complementary Medicine Programs; Music Therapy in Oncology Practice and Research; and Medical Massage in Oncology Practice and Research.
Medical Massage in Oncology Practice and Research
According to the conference Web site's description, the medical massage "symposium for massage therapists will present overviews of optimal clinical work with cancer patients and summaries of the research literature. It will also provide guidance in the conduct of medical massage research."3
Gary E. Deng, MD, PhD, is an assistant attending physician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's Integrative Medicine Service Department, and one of the symposium's presenters. His presentation, "Principles of High Quality Research," will emphasize the importance of applying rigorous scientific methodology in medical massage research. Key points of the presentation will include fundamentals of clinical research; special challenges in conducting massage research; review of findings from previous massage studies in oncology; and the future direction of massage research.4
"Massage performed by well-trained, qualified practitioners, is generally safe in cancer patients," Dr. Deng told Massage Today. "It helps relieve tension, anxiety, stress and pain."4
He also believes that continued research on the efficacy of massage for cancer patients will yield more positive results. "Definitive scientific evidence showing the beneficial effects of medical massage will help promote the acceptance of this modality by the public, the medical community and third-party payers," he said.4
Other symposium presenters will include keynote speaker Janet Kahn, LMT, PhD, research assistant professor, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry; Wendy Miner, LMT, massage therapy program director and instructor, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Martha Brown Menard, CMT, PhD, author of Making Sense of Research: A Guide to Research Literacy for Complementary Practitioners; Tracy Walton, LMT, MS, Muscular Therapy Institute, Cambridge, Mass.; and Debra Curties, RMT, author of Massage Therapy and Cancer.
For more information on SIO membership or the Integrative Oncology Conference, visit www.integrativeonc.org.
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