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A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
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.
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