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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
May, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 05
When the Inner Physician Speaks, I Listen
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
Even after many decades of being a physician, my work never gets boring, because I am constantly learning from my own patients. One of my greatest teachers was a woman I'll call "Samantha." My experience with her brought me into a far greater awareness of the power of dialoging with body tissues and cells as an extension of the work I had long been doing with my patients' Inner Physicians.
For CranioSacral Therapy or any other bodywork to succeed, I believe that the therapist must release all assumptions, blend with the client and listen intently - with the hands and all faculties - to the Inner Physician.This is the voice of wisdom; the part inside all of us that maintains complete awareness of our inner and outer workings.
Samantha came to see me about five days before she was scheduled for a radical mastectomy of her left breast. She had a malignant tumor that was about 2 cm by 0.5 cm on the mammogram. It was attached to a smaller tumor about half its size, which was interpreted as a spread of the larger tumor. Fortunately, there was no detectable spread to the axilla (armpit).
In the few days she had before surgery, Samantha wanted to see whether she could reduce the tumor and avoid a radical mastectomy by receiving CranioSacral Therapy and accessing her Inner Physician. As I worked on her, I gently placed my hand on the tumor tissues and silently asked the white cells to phagocytize (consume and digest) the tumorous cells. For about 30 minutes, I intentionally sent energy into the breast tissue while I visualized the two tumors shrinking. After awhile, I actually felt them getting smaller and melding into each other. The process finally stopped when the tumor felt as if it was about the size of a pea. When Samantha visited the surgeon a few days later, he was openly astonished at the change. Instead of having to perform a radical mastectomy, he did a simple lumpectomy and removed the pea-sized tumor through a small incision.
I saw Samantha frequently for some weeks after the malignant tumor was removed. All went well for about a year. Then one day, she came in with an ulceration in the same spot where she had the incision on the breast. Together, we put healing energy into the ulceration with positive, observable results. To my knowledge, Samantha has been fine ever since.
I had another teacher-patient I'll call "Joyce." She had breast cancer with axillary metastatic, highly malignant lymph nodes. Armed with pathology reports for both the breast and lymph nodes, she was scheduled for surgery a week later.
Joyce came to see me for three consecutive days. During our sessions, we did CranioSacral Therapy and dialogued extensively with her Inner Physician. From those experiences, Joyce came to believe that the cancer was her inner self desperately trying to get her attention. Through our conversations with her Inner Physician, it dawned on her that she had come into this life to fully experience being a woman; yet, by her own admission, she had not wholly embraced the roles of wife and mother.
A few years before presenting with cancer, Joyce had experienced endometriosis - another undeniable connection to her womanhood. Ironically, she had been treated with male hormones for the condition. Now, Joyce felt the breast cancer was a message that could not be ignored. She became aware that it could be lethal if she did not fully honor herself, and instead chose to continue being only a part-time wife and mother. Joyce agreed to make her female roles her highest priorities. In return, she asked the cancer cells to become benign. About a week after returning home, Joyce called to tell me her husband had insisted on the radical mastectomy. After the entire breast and its 22 lymph nodes were removed, both her husband and her surgeon were astonished to find they were all benign. The pathologist report showed no malignant cells.
I like to think this was undeniable proof to Joyce that she was on the right path to embracing her whole self. For me, I learned to be very careful about what we communicate to cells, tissues, organs, systems, bodies, aches and pains. For better or worse, they take our words literally.
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