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Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
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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