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How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
May, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 05
To C or not to C? That Is the Question
By Elaine Stillerman, LMT
Part of the work of a prenatal massage practitioner is to support your clients' decisions about their pregnancies and birthing preferences in a nonjudgmental environment. Hopefully, we also can educate them about the ramifications, benefits and potential risks associated with their decisions.In other words, make sure they are making informed decisions based on all the facts (without imposing our own will on them.)
However, I find it rather upsetting to watch the elective C-section rate escalate (it's up 36 percent in the past five years),1 simply because women don't want to go through labor. When asked if they are aware of the risk factors involved in major abdominal surgery, the reply often is, "What risks? My doctor never said anything about risks."
There are a number of medical situations and emergencies that account for approximately 70 percent of all Cesareans. They might include failure of labor to progress, questionable fetal health, prior Cesarean, and fetal malpresentation or breech presentation. In other and less frequent instances, abnormal placentation, obstruction of the birth canal, maternal illnesses and infections and cervical cancer might be indicators of a surgical delivery.23,4
However, even in some of these medical cases, the diagnosis of a C-section might be based on false or incorrect interpretations of instrumentation, and many surgeries are performed when there is little or no risk to the fetus or laboring woman.
There is no question about the safety and benefits of a Cesarean section when the medical need is compelling. However, as with any surgery, a Cesarean section is not without its risks. Whether it is performed out of medical necessity or as an elective decision, women need to be informed about the potential dangers. Dr. Peter Bernstein, MD, the author of "Complications of Cesarean Deliveries," divides the risk of surgical deliveries into three categories: short term, longer term, and those that present risks to future pregnancies. He also recognizes that risk factors are heightened when the surgery is not planned or in an emergency, compared to when it is a planned surgical delivery. Dr. Bernstein's article features the work and research of the Maternity Center Association, New York City.
Some of the short-term risk factors involving a C-section include maternal death (although low),5,6,7 thromboembolism and stroke (deep-vein thrombosis resulting in pulmonary embolism is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality after a C-section),8 excessive bleeding and hemorrhage,9,10 infection,11,12,13 rare accidental surgical injuries, particularly bladder or to a lesser degree, intestinal injuries,14 longer hospitalization,1516 pain,17 and an unhappy birth experience with a longer period of time needed to bond with the baby.18 In the long run, complications from a Cesarean might include additional hospitalization or readmission after discharge,19 incision pain,20 scar and adhesion formation,2122 emergency hysterectomy, or difficulty conceiving another pregnancy.
Although most surgical deliveries are safe for the newborn, there still are some risks that must be explored. C-section newborns are four times as likely to die than vaginally delivered babies,23 experience a higher incidence of asthma and respiratory problems,24,25 the birth is more traumatic,26 and these babies often fail to breastfeed.27 In addition, future pregnancies might be affected, with such complications as uterine rupture at the site of the initial incision,28 abnormal attachment of the placenta,29 and the need for a hysterectomy.30
While it's true that modern sanitary conditions and surgical competence reduce the chances of many of these complications, clients should be advised about the risk factors when electing to have a Cesarean. While we can't make up their minds, we can offer documentation to give them a clear picture of what their choice could mean.
Click here for previous articles by Elaine Stillerman, LMT.
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