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The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
January, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 01
A Survey of CAM Approaches to Obesity
By Karen Stretch, assistant editor
Obesity is fast becoming an epidemic of outrageous proportions in the United States. The numbers are staggering: about two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese. And a host of recent reports indicate that it isn't getting any better.A December 15 study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) indicated that immigrants who had lived in the U.S. for at least 10 years were more likely to be obese. Other significant report findings have indicated that almost 30 percent of the U.S. workforce is obese and that obesity may account for up to 20 percent of all cancer related deaths.
But it's not just adults that are putting on the extra pounds. According to the Fall 2004 newsletter from the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 16 percent of children and adolescents are overweight. In addition to cancer, all of this extra weight is causing a myriad of health problems - type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke are just the tip of the iceberg.
The economic costs of treating the conditions brought on as a result of being overweight were approximately $117 billion in 2000. Doctor visits, medicine, hospital stays, lost wages from illness and disability, and loss of future earnings from early death were all factors which contributed to the astronomical amount spent on treatments for obesity and related conditions.
The causes of obesity can be attributed to many factors, including behavioral - consuming excessive numbers of calories and not getting enough exercise; environmental - living in areas that are not conducive to outdoor activities; and genetics.
New programs and initiatives have recently been put in place by the federal government to address obesity and the diseases that stem from it, and research is being done to figure out more effective ways to help treat and manage the problem.
The NCCAM, which is an active participant in this research through its participation in the NIH Obesity Research Task Force, is exploring ways in which complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) might help treat obesity-related conditions. Part of this includes supporting studies that examine the safety and effectiveness of several weight-loss plans, including Atkins, Zone, and Ornish. Researchers are also looking at practices from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as potential approaches to the obesity crisis, including:
Can Massage Help?
Because massage therapy stimulates blood circulation, helps the lymphatic system eliminate toxic waste, and increases the production of gastric juices and saliva, which are both important digestion aids, it may be one of several approaches to helping people regain control and adjusting their lifestyles to facilitate weight loss and healthy living. Additionally, the relaxation and stress-reduction properties of massage may help people deal with some of the emotional issues that contribute to overeating and weight gain.
Ayurvedic is one form of massage that may help aid in the treatment of obesity, as well as the conditions that are caused by obesity, by stimulating the body's circulatory systems. Udvathanam is a typical Ayurvedic massage that involves using herbal powders for 30-minute periods a day for 14-28 days. In addition to treating obesity, Udvathanam is used to treat hemophilia, paralysis, and rheumatic ailments.
Abhyangam is another type of Ayurvedic massage that uses oil and strokes, which are given according to the diseases for 45 minutes a day for 14 days. This treatment is thought to be quite useful in treating obesity, especially for diabetic gangrene, a condition that is caused by a lack of blood circulation in the extremities.
Other CAM Approaches to Obesity
Certain herbs are also used in the treatment of obesity. Herbs typically act as metabolism boosters, laxatives, diuretics, and appetite suppressants. When using herbs, patients should first consult with a physician since certain herbs can have serious interactions with prescription drugs (especially antidepressants that contain MAO inhibitors) and foods. The following list includes just a few of the many herbs that aid in weight loss:
Acupuncture can aid weight loss by releasing endorphins that help to calm and relax the body, thereby making it easier to deal with stress and anxiety that can result in binge eating. Endorphins also affect the digestive and hormonal systems that may be running too rapidly or too slowly, including metabolism.
A consultation with an acupuncturist before undergoing treatment for weight loss is helpful in order to establish an individual's pattern of overeating. The acupuncturist will check the pulse to assess the state of a person's energy and more specifically, to measure the health of stomach energy: The practitioner will also check the tongue for any cracks, peeling or swelling on the stomach area. A yellow or white coating may be an indicator of heat or coldness in the stomach that may provide answers as to why the person is gaining weight.
Look for updates on CAM approaches to obesity, as well as the latest news and information related to the obesity epidemic in future issues of Massage Today.
For more information on the NCCAM research studies, visit http://nccam.nih.gov.
Editor's note: Before beginning any weight loss program or undergoing treatments, always consult your physician, and encourage your clients to do so, as well.
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