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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.
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.
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.
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.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
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...
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.
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!
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
October, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 10
Quantum Physics and CranioSacral Therapy
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
Quantum physics and CranioSacral Therapy (CST) might appear to be strange bedfellows. My experiences, however, strongly suggest they're mutually attractive. I've found that when I take some of the "rules" of quantum physics into my intentions while using CST, seemingly impossible things happen.
I was inspired to begin studying quantum physics in the late 1970s, when my research partner at Michigan State University, Zvi Karni, introduced me to the work of Erwin Schroedinger, a Nobel Laureate in physics. Dr. Karni has a PhD in biophysics and a DSc in bioengineering. On loan to the MSU department of biomechanics, for years he gave me near-weekly assignments in quantum and biological physics. We were both expanding and integrating our views.
Dr. Karni and I worked hand-in-hand and brain-to-brain like this for about five years, until he was called back to Israel to resume his position as chairman of biophysics and bioengineering at Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. The year after he left MSU, he arranged for me to become a visiting professor at Technion so we could tie up some loose ends.
The books Dr. Karni assigned to me then were What Is Life, Mind and Matter and Science and Humanism. They were all written by Schroedinger to integrate physics with biology. While I also studied many other books on the subjects, Schroedinger and Dr. Karni certainly integrated the two sciences for me. It was only natural to begin familiarizing myself with quantum physics, which I also integrated with CranioSacral Therapy.
Before we get into any of the complexities of blending quantum physics with hands-on healing CST-style, we must understand what "quantum" means regarding physics. A quantum is a definite amount of energy. One photon - considered to be the smallest parcel of energy - is a quantum of light energy, equivalent to one quantum of electromagnetic energy.
The overall concept is that energy is transferred from one place to another in parcels, or quanta. However, professional opinions on this vary. I can't predict how long it will be before the experts agree, so I've tried to make these statements in a way that would stimulate the fewest arguments.
Practical Uses of Quantum Physics Concepts in CranioSacral Therapy
Adding a few new intentions to your hands-on work is quite simple. All you need to do is incorporate a few principles of quantum physics.
First, we direct our energy into hard, stiff or restricted areas of the client's body. Consider this restricted area consists of a mass of atoms. There is enough atomic and subatomic particle movement going on to allow the involved tissues to be alive, but the tissues still are restricted in mobility, to the extent that their normal function is compromised. These restricted tissues are adhesions, fibroses and the like.
Motion Is health. Need I Say More?
Now, I'd like to tack on one more observation. Erwin Schroedinger came up with the concept of entropy. He said there is an energy (entropy) constantly at work creating disorder in orderly systems, especially in living organisms. The effects of entropy would be aging and dysfunction or disease. Schroedinger named the counterbalance to entropic disorganization "information." (This later became known as "syntropy.") His idea was that a person's level of health correlated to the balance between entropy and information.
In any case, when you send organizing energy into a client, heat often radiates from his or her body. Schroedinger believed this heat radiation was a release of entropy (entropic energy) that was therapeutic, because it threw the balance in favor of syntropy. So, on the whole, the client would have more constructive and less destructive energy in his or her body.
I'm sure you've experienced plenty of heating in your hands-on career. If you intend the energy to go through your hand into the client as syntropic energy, you might get better results even more quickly.
Try adding these approaches and intentions to your armamentarium. As long as your head is in a good place at the time you set your intentions, there are no known unwelcome side-effects.
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