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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
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.
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.
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.
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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