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The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
November, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 11
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
Osteoporosis has become a "popular" problem over the last decade or so. While it's traditionally discussed in terms of post-menopausal women, more recently it's been showing up in increasing numbers of men.It commonly manifests as compression fractures in the spinal vertebrae in the elderly, and seems to relate to declining sex hormones and the inability to exercise the musculoskeletal system at least moderately.
In osteoporosis, we see a demineralization of bone and a reduction of bone mass. The bone itself has a negative calcium balance thought to be caused by hormonal imbalances, inadequate dietary intake of calcium and faulty metabolism of protein, which might be secondary to inadequate protein in the diet. Osteoporosis also might be secondary to the prolonged use of therapeutic steroids or heparin.
While many other causes have been considered, I believe a considerable number of osteoporosis cases fall within an etiologic model that can be effectively treated with CranioSacral Therapy and related techniques.
Osseous tissue constantly is reabsorbed by cells called osteoclasts. In turn, the boney tissue that's reabsorbed continually is replaced by osseous tissues synthesized by cells called osteoblasts. It's estimated that under normal circumstances, our skeletons are totally renewed every 10 years or so, and maybe even remodeled a bit to adapt to the demands of our evolving lifestyles.
However, when osteoclasts reabsorb more bone than osteoblasts replace, we see bone thinning and demineralization known as osteoporosis. If the balance shifts in the opposite direction - if osteoblasts outperform osteoclasts - we see the formation of bone spurs, spinal stenosis, malignant and benign bone tumors and more.
How do osteoclast and osteoblast activities relate to CranioSacral Therapy?
First, CST is aimed at generally mobilizing body fluids, neuronal-impulse conductions, cellular communication and the like. More recently, I've seen CST favorably interact with the immune system and many of its activities.
For instance, a cytokine named interferon beta is produced by a wide variety of immune cells. Interferon beta also inhibits the activity of osteoclasts. So an increased flow of interferon beta gives osteoblasts an opportunity to produce more osseous tissue than what can be reabsorbed in any given time period. This makes the CST approach to enhancing the production of interferon beta a valid treatment for osteoporosis.
The communication between the immune cells and you, the therapeutic facilitator, takes place not only through hands-on work and blending, but also by actually dialoguing with cells and tissues. Remember, intention is everything.
If the problem is overproduction of osseous tissue, the therapeutic approach simply is reversed. I have asked immune cells to reduce the production of interferon beta. I also have asked osteoclasts to reabsorb or liquify abnormal osseous structures that are interfering with the body's health and well-being. The results were well worth the conversation.
It seems almost too simple, I know. But I've seen it work. And why should we discount something just because it's simple?
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
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